Jolina Magdangal had a completely new image when she appeared live yesterday, February 7, on Showbiz Central.
Jolens, as she is known, has changed in many ways since getting Perry Lansigan as her manager. Before Perry came into the picture, it was Jolens' father, Jun Magdangal, who managed her career since she started in showbiz. With Perry now handling her career, a new Jolina emerged—looking sophisticated and definitely ready for new challenges and her career's growth.
Her crucial change, however, left some questions about her switching managers. Rumor has it that her decision to have Perry as her new manager created a rift between her and her dad and the two parted ways negatively.
THE NEW JOLINA. The now revamped look of Jolina—who was wearing hip and funky clothes at the time of the interview—surprised the audience and even Showbiz Central co-host John "Sweet" Lapus. Does this mean that the conservative Jolina is now going for the daring route?
"Sabihin natin na ngayong 2010 ay maraming exciting ang mangyayari at makikita nilang Jolina sa TV," smiled Jolina. "Sa lahat ng aspetong 'yon. Pagiging daring naman, e, hindi naman basta sa looks lang, di ba? Maraming bagay na daring na makikita ninyo sa isang Jolina ngayong 2010."
"In particular, movies?" asked Sweet. "Mga kasabayan mo si Judy Ann Santos, ginawa 'yan sa Sabel, si Claudine Barretto sa Kailangan Kita... Makikita ba namin ang ganoon klaseng adult and mature roles si Ms. Jolina sa isang pelikula soon?"
Jolina smiled and answered, "Siguro parang it is about time kasi nagawa ko na lahat, e, at 'yon na lang hindi. Siguro marami na rin akong nagawa sa showbiz at alam ko na marami pa akong gustong gawin na iba sa nagawa ko dati."
CHANGE OF PHASE. Jolina's overall look was not the only thing she has changed. She also changed managers, shifting from her dad Jun Magdangal to Perry Lansigan.
"Bakit ka nagpalit ng manager," asked Sweet.
"Pagpapapalit ng manager na 'yan, e, mutual decision ng buong family," explained Jolina. "Nakita namin na... May bubuksan kaming business sa Tagaytay. So, yung business na 'yon, e, hindi siya business na puwede na pupunta lang doon kung free. Kailangan tutukan. Naisip ni Daddy na kailangan niyang tutukan 'yon. Being the father of the family, kailangan niyang tutukan 'yon and, siyempre, hindi naman magagawa nang sabay, e. Naisip namin na this is it and it was time. Si Perry ay isang napakagaling na manager at napakabago ng ideas. Bago ko siya naging manager, e kaibigan ko siya, so ganoong kalaki ang tiwala ko sa kanya."
Perry also handles the careers of Dingdong Dantes, Geoff Eigenmann, Angelika dela Cruz, and Gabby Eigenmann, among others.
Jolina continued to reveal that her dad supported her decision to change managers. "Walang [ibang] ibig sabihin 'yon," she said.
After hearing this, Sweet followed up his question by saying that even though everything turned out okay, was Jolina's dad surprised when he first heard his daughter's decision?
"Sa family namin, pag nag-decide kami, e, hindi lang dahil nagwo-work na kumbaga as a team. Family talaga kami, e. Ang nangyari, usapan ng buong pamilya ito. Parang kailangan talaga na magkakaroon ng change, di ba? Hindi talaga kami nagkaroon ng malaking diskusyon dito."
DADDY WISHES ALL THE BEST. In a separate interview, SC got to get Daddy Jun's say on the issue and his thoughts about his daughter's decision as a whole.
"It would be hypocritical for me to say na tuwang-tuwa ako," expressed Daddy Jun. "Siyempre, may kurot 'yon, e. Pero for the sake of her career and the sake of our business, it is the best decision I have ever had.
"Nakakapanibago. Honest to goodness, I have yet to see the concrete result of what they are doing. I am happy that the day has finally come na dito na namin makikita na anong klaseng manager si Perry at anong klaseng talent si Jolina pag iba manager niya, e, dito natin makikita."
About his relationship now with Jolina, Daddy Jun said, "It turned out for the better. Iyong pagiging father ko na lang ang naka-focus sa kanya. Ngayon, ang needs na lang niya as a daughter ang focus ko. Mas tatay na ako sa kanya at good luck sa endeavors mo now that ikaw na mismo and si Perry ang humahawak sa career mo. E, alam ko na malalampasan niyo pa kung ano ang na-establish ko sa career mo. Good luck and the best of everything!"
After hearing the interview of her dad, Jolina added this afterthought: "Kumbaga, hindi naman ako tumatalikod sa fact na kaya ko narating ito dahil kay Daddy at sa pamilya. Lahat ng natutunan ko na values sa family at showbiz na kahit anong sabihin nila, e, maging professional ka, natutunan ko 'yon kay Daddy. Ang maganda ngayon, e, mai-apply ko now kasi magaling din si Perry."
Jolina added that her dad is happy about her new look. Before appearing in Showbiz Central, Jolina performed in SOP as her comeback after more than a couple of months.
"Napatawag siya agad at sabi niya na nagustuhan niya talaga. Natuwa sila ng mommy ko!" she exclaimed.
How about her boyfriend Mark Escueta? Was the Rivermaya drummer drummed up as well when he saw his girlfriend's new look?
"Si Mark, lagi 'yan sumusuporta sa akin talaga," Jolina said. "Lahat ng gusto kong gawin at natutuwa akong gawin, e, go siya. Tanong nga niya agad, 'Pati ako kailangan magganyan?' Siguro hindi ko magagawa ito pag wala ang support niya sa akin."
Will she ever miss her daddy Jun as manager?
"Noong si Daddy manager ko, every day kasama," said Jolina. "Ngayon, puwede naman siyempre daddy ko, e, pero hindi na yung palagi."
Aside from having a new look and a new manager, Jolina has also come up with a new magazine Jolie as its editor-in-chief.