Jennylyn Vergara Mercado (born May 15, 1987) is a Filipino actress, singer and songwriter. She gained fame as the winner of the first season of the Philippine TV series StarStruck, a reality search show on GMA Network. She has released three albums from GMA Records and Viva Records which have several popular singles such as “Sa Aking Panaginip,” “Moments Of Love” collaboration with Janno Gibbs, “Maybe This Time” and Kahit Sandali.” In 2003, Mercado joined the reality show StarStruck> She and Mark Herras won, receiving 1,000,000 pesos plus exclusive contracts from GMA Network. After winning StarStruck, she starred in the Encantadia, I Luv NY, Now and Forever titled Dangal, Super Twins, Sine Novela: Paano Ba Ang Mangarap?, SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa, Ikaw Sana and Sine Novela: Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak.
She released her first album, Living the Dream, containing original compositions of composer Vehnee Saturno, and a carrier single titled “Kahit Sandali”. In May 2006, Mercado released her second album Letting Go which included the single “Sa Aking Panaginip” by Vehnee Saturno. Her first major concert was held on May 15, 2006 at the Music Museum in Greenhills. In January 2010, under VIVA Records, she released her third album, Love Is… Jennylyn Mercado. Due to her popularity, she held a birthday concert at the Music Museum, titled I Am Woman in May 2009. The concert was sold-out.
p style=”text-align: center;”>Her first films included So Happy Together and the teen-flick Let the Love Begin but her most acclaimed film performance was a Filipino period piece, Rosario. Jennylyn’s acting career is handled by Becky Aguila and VIVA Entertainment, Inc. Her singing career is managed by VIVA Records. Her contract with VIVA ended in 2011. Jennylyn signed back with Regal Entertainment. Mercado recently branched out into television hosting, hosting the Philippine reality series Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break with co-hosts Ogie Alcasid and Dingdong Dantes. She is also in the GMA-7 Sunday talk show, Showbiz Central.