Jennylyn Mercado admits that doing martial arts helped relieve her stress.
From StarStudio magazine
Although she has proven that she could learn to deal with life-changing situations like an unexpected pregnancy in 2008, Jennylyn Mercado admitted she had to deal with yet another challenge after her well-publicized breakup with Dennis Trillo. A promising relationship which allegedly ended in physical violence, Jen admitted she had to put on a brave front for the sake of her loved ones. “I’ve been keeping myself busy at work and at home para ‘di ko na lang maalala. Masakit para sa akin na matapos ang
relationship na ‘yon ng hindi maganda. Ang hirap mag
-move on. So far I’m doing good. Ginagawa ko yung trabaho ko. Nagiging mas
as a mom,” she shared in the July issue of StarStudio magazin
The 24-year-old singer-actress, who lives with her adoptive mother Lydia and her three-year-old son Alex Jazz, said that she is thankful that her family has been there for her every step of the way. “Dahil sa sobrang suporta ng
family at ng
friends ko, na
-inspire ako siyempre na matutong mag
-dwell sa mga
positive na nangyayari sa buhay ko kesa sa
negative. Ganoon naman talaga yata, laging pagkatapos ng bawat
clear clouds na pumapalit
,” she said.
Jen also admitted that she has also recently renewed her friendship with her son’s father, Patrick Garcia, whom she has allowed to visit their house on almost a daily basis nowadays. “Natutuwa naman ako kasi mas
open na kami sa isa’t-isa. Pareho naming naiintindihan na yung
friendship namin ngayon ay malaking tulong para sa pagpapalaki namin kay
Jazz. Makakatulong na maging
family life niya
,” she explained in SSM’s feature story.
When news broke out that she and Luis Manzano had started dating after training in the same self-defense classes, the public then found out about her longtime interest in martial arts. “Gusto kong magk
self-defense kasi ayaw ko nangmasaktan
. ‘Pag may nanakit ulit sa akin, hindi na puwede yun.
Despite looking like a frail 5’3”, 110-pound woman, Jen immersed herself in jiujitsu, Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial arts, the latter which she eventually plans to be good enough to enter a competitive level. “Ang laking naging tulong sa akin ng
jiujitsu kasi nailabas ko talaga lahat at nakakatanggal ng
-prepare lang ako
to compete though I really can’t say kung kalian
,” she added.