Jennylyn Mercado on how she gets rid of stress: “Matulog lang kayo.”

IMAGE Francesca Ganal

Jennylyn Mercado sits down with the press during the opening of her salon/ spa/ boutique, Fit and Form, at T. Gener cor. K3 St., Kamuning, Quezon City.


Jennylyn Mercado has one rule of thumb on keeping herself “happy.”

“Matulog lang kayo,” she said.

She sat down with the press in a unique interview set-up held at her newly opened salon/ spa/ boutique, Fit and Form, last August 1.

A one-stop shop for all things “girly,” Jen had eyed the three-storey building on T. Gener cor. K3 for a business set-up since she and her mother took notice of it.

“May three-storey, baka puwede,” she said, “‘Tapos ‘yon lang, ‘yon na ‘yon. From there, ‘yon lang maiisip ko. Baka puwede, ‘tapos tutuloy ko siya."

She related how the venture's concept evolved.

“Originally, hindi siya ganito, e. Parang fitness center siya na… ‘yong first idea namin parang may pilates na may yoga, may zumba gano’n.

“'Tapos sa iba na lang siya, kasi naisip namin na baka hindi pa mag-work.

“Kasi ‘yong location namin mahirap puntahan, medyo, kung mapapansin niyo traffic ‘yong area so baka...‘tapos ‘yong parking namin, hindi masyadong marami."

So those who are stuck in the traffic can pass by the establishment and de-stress.

“So nag-isip kami ng ibang idea na puwedeng mag-boutique kami sa baba 'tapos parang one-stop shop.

“Parang merong, pang mga girly stuff gano’n.

"Puwedeng blower, mag-nails, mag-massage, 'tapos nando’n na sa isang ano lang, 'tapos ‘yon, do’n na kami nag-work.”

Jen occupied all three floors, and maximized each space to create a relaxing, feel-good atmosphere.

“Ano pa ba puwede naming idagdag? So ginawa namin, ‘yong parang mga Instagram account, nagtayo sila ng store sa baba.

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"So, meron silang mga stall d’yan. Iba’t ibang klase, may perfurme, gano’n, ‘yong mga bags, accessories.

“‘Tapos ‘yan, salon. ‘Tapos sa taas, spa. 'Tapos may ganito rin [pink armchairs] sa taas.

“Pero ‘yong mga gusto na tahimik, ayaw nila ng may mga nagbo-blower. Mas may privacy sa taas.”

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BUSINESS INSTINCTS. Fit and Form took some time to materialize, but Jen wanted to make sure that the place was exactly how she wanted it to be when she started to work on it last December.

“Kasi, ano e, ahh, ‘yong una naming—‘yong unang contractor namin, medyo hindi namin nagustuhan ang pagkakagawa ng lahat.

"Ng lahat talaga, from top to bottom. So ginawa namin, pinaulit namin ulit.

“Another gastos pero sige na, para matapos na tayo. Kasi ayaw ko mag-settle lang sa gano’n e na maganda, na hindi ka happy 'tapos gano’n lang, ‘di ba?

“Sayang naman ‘yong...'tsaka kapag may mga tao na pupunta dito, sino ba may-ari nito? Ang pangit naman ‘yong...ayoko makarinig ng gano’n."

Her requisites...

“Gusto ko lahat ng area puwede sila mag-picture. Relaxing 'tapos yong colors maganda, ‘yong lighting maganda, comfortable sila, gano’n.”

When it comes to making business decisions, Jen understands that she may not know the technicalities of entrepreneurship but she sticks to her guns.

“Sabi ko nga, ano ba ‘yan, parang wala akong oras para mag-aral.

“Kasi hindi ko naman, hinid naman ito ‘yong forte ko, e.

“Kumbaga, pinasok ko lang siya, s’yempre, for my future, kung ano man ang mangyari, ‘di ba, sa showbiz.

“Meron lang akong mga pinagkakatiwalaan na mga tao na naghahandle ito—'yong nanay ko, kami-kami lang.”

Aside from Fit and Form, she has a franchise of Elorde Quantum Fitness at Techno Hub and a soon-to-open coffee shop, Bean Leaf, on Timog Avenue.

“'Yong coffee shop parang puwede kasi may gasoline station do’n, ‘tapos for rent, puwede, sige. Kasi maraming tao do’n sa gasoline station.”

Jen chooses to focus on the experience of making a business rather than never knowing what it is like to take risks.

“Umm, ano e, para sa ’kin ayoko na nag-e-entertain ng takot, e.

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“Lagi akong, ano e, lagi akong… gusto ko nag-ri-risk kasi kapag hindi mo sinubukan ‘tapos hindi mo na experience ‘tapos paghihinayang mo, ayoko ‘yon e.

“Parang, sige na, go! Gano’n. Gano’n ako parati ‘tapos positive lang.

“Ayoko nang nag-e-entertain ng, ‘A, baka ganito, baka ganyan,’ ayoko.”

STAYING FIT AND FORM. YES! magazine asked Jen to give advice on how to stay “fit and form.”

She kept her answer brief, “Exercise, eat right, and ‘wag ma-stress.

“Hirap 'no [‘wag ma-stress]? Pero try niyo talaga, ano, maging optimistic.

“Be happy.

“Matulog lang kayo, kailangan niyo ng tulog kasi ako, kahit sobrang busy, naghahanap talaga ako ng time na matulog.

“Kasi ‘yon ‘yong para sa skin ko naman, maganda skin, ‘di ba? Kasi kung magpuyat ka, daming tumutubo sa ’yo.

“‘Pag stressed ka, nag-he-hair fall ka, pumapangit ‘yong skin mo… Daming, ‘dib a, ang negative ng aura mo, so ‘yan lang.”

Jen’s personal way to de-stress?

“Window shopping. Retail therapy, ‘yan!”


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