Jomari Yllana talks about the significant impact of 'Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig' on his life and showbiz career.
Although he was only the second choice to play the role of Joey in Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig, it was as if Jomari Yllana was really meant to be part of this movie tribute to Our Lady of Pe'ntilde;afrancia because of his family'rsquo;s historical connection to the loss and recovery of the said miraculous image in Bicol. "Mga four or five generation of devotees yung mga ninuno ko e. From one generation to another, meron sa pamilya namin ang nagiging pari or madre. Lahat ito nag-aalaga sa Our Lady of Pe'ntilde;afrancia. There was a time na yung lola ko siya nag-aalaga and she was the only one allowed to touch her at nag-bibihis kay Ina," said Jomari to the local press during the special screening of Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig at ABS-CBN'rsquo;s Dolphy Theater last January 10.
Jomari claimed that Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig is the most special project that he has done in his showbiz career. He did not just waive his talent fee for the sake of a meaningful cause but also for the personal journey it entailed from the moment he accepted the job. "Parang isang umaga nagising ako may kumakakatok sa bahay at may prinisinta sa 'rsquo;yo na project na hindi mo mahindian. Merong history na pinanggalingan, may future na hinaharap. Pero blind ka for the first time na iharap siya sa 'rsquo;yo. Hindi mo alam kung ano mangayayari. Kumbaga tinanggap mo siya wholeheartedly at complete devotion yung pagtutok mo dun sa ginagawa mo kasi hindi naman smooth-sailing yung paggawa namin ng pelikula."
The dashing actor was also grateful because this is his reunion movie with director Marilou Diaz-Abaya whom he first worked with in Sa Pusod Ng Dagat (1998). "Na-miss ko siya. Pero tulad ng sabi ko kanina, parang hindi lang director ang tingin ko sa kanya while working on this project. Hindi lang siya tabaho para sa akin. I'rsquo;ve never been so focused with any of my projects. Meron lang extra push or minsan parang kahit hindi na kaya ng katawan mo, meron pa rin nag-aangat sa'rsquo;yo. Sobrang sayang experience. Para sa akin regalo talaga 'lsquo;to na makatrabaho ko si Direk Marilou ulit."
In the story, Jomari plays a doctor and longtime boyfriend of Ina Feleo'rsquo;s character who will never let her down when her family'rsquo;s faith is put to the test due to an unexpected turn of events. In the same way that he will prove the depth of his love for her despite the conflicts in their relationship. When asked how the movie changed his perspective about love, Jomari simply replied, "Para sa akin itong pelikula na ito ay isa sa pinaka nag-explain ng true meaning of love. That it conquers all and it'rsquo;s above everything [that we expect in life]."