Jennylyn Mercado says son Jazz doesn't know about her "sexy" title and covers: “Huwag niyo lang babanggitin sa kanya."

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Jennylyn Mercado admits to feeling awkward whenever guys stare at her: “Hindi pa ganun medyo ka-comfortable kasi iniisip ko pa din, 'Hoy mommy na ako, huwag naman ganyan.’"


Jennylyn Mercado has truly turned things around.

While giving birth to Alex Jazz Mercado at the age of 21 was a life-changing experience, it did not deter her from becoming the woman that she is now: award-winning actress, a reliable leading lady, an endorser, and FHM's Sexiest.

In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the launch of Avon Fashions 2015 Fall-Winter Collection on July 29, at the Shooting Gallery Studios in Makati, Jennylyn said being a mom has actually made her more comfortabke in her own skin.

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“Ewan ko, for some reason parang mas naging full-grown woman.

“Parang kumpleto na yung pakiramdam ko. Wala na akong fears, hindi na ako natatakot kahit anong isuot ko, okay na lang.

“Siguro ganun kapag mommy e. ‘Pagkatapos manganak, wala na akong iniisip kung hindi siya na lang.

“'Tapos ako, paminsan ko na lang iniisip yung sarili ko.”



HOT MOMMA. One thing she did not actually expect was the FHM sexiest title.

Up to now, Jennylyn said, it has not actually sunk in.

“Siguro ‘pag medyo matagal-tagal na.

“Hindi pa rin po ako sanay na tinatawag akong ganyan, may title na ganyan, kasi isa lang po akong artista na mommy ganyan.

"Lalabas lang ako ng bahay kasama yung anak ko, simple lang.”

And though she had become the magazine's cover girl twice already, the 28-year-old Kapuso actress admitted she doesn't really feel comfortable when guys stare at her.

“Hindi pa ganun medyo ka-comfortable kasi iniisip ko pa din, 'Hoy mommy na ako, huwag naman ganyan.’

“Kasi iba yung guys kapag tinitignan ka nila, ‘di ba?

“Iba rin yung kapag girl e. ‘Pag girl kahit titigan mo ako okay lang e pero kapag guy, ‘what?’ Iba e.”

What does her six-year-old son say about her FHM title and covers?

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Jennylyn clarified, “Hindi ko pinapakita sa kanya yun, a.

“Yung mga sexy magazines, hindi, hindi ko pinapakita sa kanya yun.

“Hindi niya alam yun! Wala siyang kaalam-alam.

“Huwag niyo lang babanggitin sa kanya.

“Wala siyang alam. Kapag nakakakita siya sa TV, lagi lang naming ine-explain ganyan, hindi totoo 'yan, arte lang 'yan."

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A photo posted by Jennylyn Mercado (@mercadojenny) onMay 15, 2015 at 1:23am PDT

TIME FOR JAZZ. Jennylyn is currently working on two movies, a television series, a cooking show and reality show.

Asked if she still has time for his son Jazz, she replied, sounding quite apologetically, “Sa morning na lang, bago ako umalis papuntang work.

“Pupuntahan ko siya kahit saan siya kasi maaga yun gumigising e, 7 am o 6 am gising na yun.

“Naglalaro muna kami tapos ‘Bye,bye mommy’ ganun na lang, honestly.

“For now, yun na lang yung kaya kong ibigay pero I think in two months, magkakaroon na ako ng once a week na pahinga, mga ganyan.

"Sa ngayon, yun lang.”

GMA showbiz reporter Cata Tibayan asked: how does she juggle everything?

The Kapuso actress related, “Kasi 'di ba single mom ako, kailangan kong ma-manage lahat 'yan, paano ko pagsabayin lahat ng trabaho ko, family ko, at sarili ko.

“Parang na-expert ko na yung time management.

“Naka-schedule lahat 'yan, araw-araw naka-schedule lahat 'yan.

“Kahit na may onting oras, kunwari taping, break puwede punta muna ako ng Belo sandali or bago pumunta sa trabaho, kasama ko muna yung anak ko.

“'Tapos sa pag-uwi ko ng morning maglalaro muna kami bago ako matutulog.”

Her message to all single moms: "Sa lahat ng mga mommies, mga single mom, lagi niyo aalagaan yung sarili niyo.

“Huwag niyo papabayaan yung sarili niyo, yung family niyo that’s very important.

“Alagaan ang isa’t isa at magmahalan.”


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