Friday, October 13, 2006

Super Noypi’s Jennylyn Mercado: Not so dainty after all

By WALDEN SADIRI

Anyone would enjoy a helicopter ride. Why not? But hanging in the landing bar of a helicopter as it hovers hundreds of feet above ground for minutes is not exactly the kind of fun helicopter ride anyone would enjoy except if you’re actress Jennylyn Mercado!


Known for being dainty and sweet and dramtic in most of her roles for television and movies, Jennylyn’s career took a death-defying twist with this helicopter stunt which was needed for her upcoming Quark Henares film for Regal Entertainment entitled "Super Noypi." And mind you, she did her own stunts in the movie!

"At first, I was just supposed to hang from the bar of the helicopter a couple of feet high only. But I thought it wouldn’t look good on screen. I then let them take me higher and I hang longer than what was expected," she explained proudly in Tagalog.

If she used a double for such a stunt, moviegoers would know it wasn’t her anymore because the camera was in front of her, showing her facial reactions.

"I just enjoyed the scene because it would be a waste if I didn’t. If I put my fear first then I won’t be effective especially on film," she gushed.

She stressed though that she wasn’t anymore aware of time when her stunt commenced because she was focused on her acting and not committing any mistake. For her safety, her body was harnessed to the helicopter just in case her hands slip and she falls.

The helicopter scene was just a few of the stunts she had to endure (but had fun doing) for "Super Noypi." Before doing their fight scenes in the film, she and the rest of her co-actors had to train for weeks in various martial arts - Arnis and Tae Kwon Do, and gymnastics too before filmming began.

"I’m not really your type of a courageous person. I also had fear about my helicopter scene but I just wanted to try it," she said with a smile.

The irony of it all though was that Jennylyn has vertigo. According to her, she found out about it just recently and it is triggered by stress. She’s just glad that she didn’t have a vertigo attack while hanging for dear life from the chopper’s landing bar. Jennylyn’s most recent vertigo attack was during a mall show wherein halfway through a song she fainted and woke up inside the mall’s infirmary.

In "Super Noypi," Jennylyn plays a martial arts expert from the future who went back to the past to locate other "Pinoys" with superpowers to help her save the country and the whole world from an evil nemesis.

"Super Noypi," whose concept is like that (except for the superhuman powers part) of the international box-office hit "Terminator" in terms of saving the human race by going to the past, also stars her onscreen love team Mark Herras, John Prats, Polo Ravales, Katrina Halili, Monsour del Rosario, Andrew Muhlach and Sandara Park.

Written by Fair Raymundo and Enzo Valdez, "Super Noypi" tackles the lives of a group of teenagers and how they will be changed by their discovery that they possess superhuman powers and that their parents were all superheroes.

For this "Super Noypi" project, one of the official fim entries of Regal Entertainment to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, Mother Lily Monteverde has brought together experts from the United States and Asia. Her goal is for her film to be truly loved and enjoyed by children of all ages this Christmas season.

These experts are Joe La Penna, a prosthetics expert who worked for "Saturday Night Live" and "Tales from the Dark Side," visual effects supervisor Ted Godwyn of Geebo Digital and stunt directors Philip Ko of Hong Kong and Jon Escudero of the Philippines.

"This is the first time I’ve been given an action film project. I’m used to doing sweet romance and dramatic films. I’m very excited of the outcome and I’m sure moviegoers will enjoy ‘Super Noypi,’" Jennylyn exclaimed proudly.

"Super Noypi," despite being physically taxing, has been a good test of Jennylyn Mercado’s versatility as an actress. She enjoyed every moment especially the camaraderie she built with her co-actors and director. And if she’s offered another action-packed movie, she said she wouldn’t mind accepting it since she also looks up to Angelina Jolie who’s known as Lara Croft in the "Tomb Raider" film series.

With her bravery in doing her helicopter stunt, we now know why Jennylyn is an Ultimate Survivor, in showbiz and in real life!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

ni Joe Barrameda

Inabutan namin sina Dennis Trillo at Jennylyn Mercado na parehong natutulog sa set ng Now & Forever: Dangal habang lunchbreak.

Biro nga namin, hindi pa nangangalahati ng taping ay mukhang pagod na pagod ang dalawa.

Maganda ang rapport nina Dennis at Jennylyn sa set. Kampante na sila sa isa’t isa. Hindi na kami magugulat kung magkaroon ng kaugnayan ang dalawa.

Sa pakikipag-usap namin sa direktor ng Now & Forever na si Mac Alejandre ay napag-alaman namin na siya rin ang magdidirek ng bagong programang papalit sa Love To Love.

Walang katotohanan na siya na ang magdidirek ng last taping day ng Love To Love. Si Direk Mark Reyes ang magdidirek nito hanggang sa huli.

Di Nagpa- Double Nang Maglambitin Sa Helicopter

Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 10/12/2006

Takot sa heights si Jennylyn Mercado pero dahil napaka-propesyunal nito at mahal ang trabaho, hindi ito nagpa-double sa delikadong stunt nang maglambitin sa helicopter na ang taas ay higit pa sa 100 ft. para sa pelikulang Super Noypi.

"Di ako kailangang magpa-double dahil di pwedeng dayain at kita ang mukha ko. Sarap ng feeling at di naman ako nalula. Naka-take one lang ako sa eksena," aniya.

Ang una palang plano ay maglalambitin lang siya. Nang mag-suggest ang director na gawin itong totohanan ay pumayag naman si Jen na maglambitin sa helicopter at hindi ininda ang nerbyos dahil gusto niyang maging makatotohanan ang eksena.

Sa ginawa niyang ito ay humanga sa kanya nang husto ang kanyang stunt director na si Philip Kho na taga-Hongkong.

Ipinakikita rin ni Jen ang galling niya sa martial arts sa Super Noypi.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Jennylyn, in-enjoy ang paglambitin sa helicopter

ni Allan Diones

Nag-enjoy si Jennylyn Mercado sa paglambitin sa lumilipad na helicopter para sa pelikulang Super Noypi.

Kumapit si Jennylyn sa ilalim ng chopper na umangat nang 100 feet mula sa lupa at ilang minuto siyang inikut-ikot sa shooting nila sa may Fairview area.

"Sayang kasi kung uunahin ko ‘yung takot dahil hindi magiging effective ‘yung eksena. Masarap ‘yung feeling kasi, ang lamig dahil umaambun-ambon, tapos nandu’n ka lang at nakasabit ka sa chopper! Ha! Ha! Ha!’ tawa ni Jen nang makausap namin sa set ng Super Noypi kamakalawa sa Sta. Mesa Heights, QC.

Hindi na raw namalayan ni Jen kung gaano katagal siyang nakalambitin sa ere. Medyo may fear of heights siya pero hindi raw siya nalula at hindi rin siya natakot dahil may harness siya at alam niyang safe ito sakaling makabitaw siya.

"Ang plano talaga eh, sasabit lang ako sa chopper at aangat lang nang konti from the ground. Pero nagbiro si Direk Quark (Henares) na, ‘Bakit hindi totoo?’ So sabi ko, ‘Sige po!’

"Nagulat din sila na pumayag ako, so sabi nila, ‘Gawin na natin!’ Kaya ayun, ginawa namin! At saka kita po kasi ‘yung mukha ko sa eksena na ‘yon kaya ayoko ring magpa-stunt double. Medyo may fear ako sa mga ganu’ng bagay pero gusto ko ring subukan!" bulalas ng dalaga.

Akala namin ay lalampa-lampa si Jen at mahina ang loob pero kaya pala ng powers niya ang mag-aksyon-aksyon.

Marami siyang action scenes sa Super Noypi, na sobrang ikinatuwa niya dahil for a change ay nag-i-stunts siya at hindi siya nagda-drama, nagpapa-cute o nagko-comedy na madalas niyang ginagawa.

Type niyang mag-ala-Angelina Jolie sa Lara Croft: Tomb Raider kung bibigyan siya ng ganu’ng klase ng project. Bago nag-shooting ay nag-train muna si Jen ng martial arts, arnis, taekwondo at gymnastics kay Jon Escudero at later on ay sa ilalim ng Hong Kong stunt director na si Philip Ko.

Buti na lang at hindi siya sinumpong ng sakit niyang vertigo nu’ng gawin niya ang kanyang daring helicopter stunt.

Ani Jennylyn, minsan ay parang nabibingi siya at parang may sumisipol sa kanyang tenga at hilung-hilo siya.

Mga one week ago pa lang nang matuklasan niyang meron siyang vertigo nang magpa-check-up siya sa doktor. Stress umano ang pangunahing dahilan nito.

Medyo delikado ang nasabing sakit ni Jen dahil minsan ay bigla na lang siyang natutumba at nawawalan ng malay.

Kuwento pa niya, sa mall show niya kamakailan sa SM Molino (Cavite), paglabas niya ng stage, nasa kalahati pa lang siya ng kanta niya ay bigla na lang siyang hinimatay at bumagsak at paggising niya ay nasa clinic na siya ng SM!

Jennylyn Mercado, action star!

Article posted October 10, 2006

Kung noon, para sa sweet at drama roles lang si Jennylyn Mercado, nagyon, pang action star na rin! Buong lakas na bumitin si Jennylyn sa helicopter na may taas na 100 feet! Kung noon, my phobia si Jennylyn sa matataas na lugar, pinagsisikapan niya labanan ito ngayon sa shooting ng filmfest movie niya, Super Noypi. Walang takot na bumitin sa helicopter si Jen ng sampung minuto sa taas na 100 feet.

“Kailangan kong gawin for the movie. For the sake of… art,” sabi ni Jen.

Ang unang plano, gumamit ng double. Kaya lang nang sabihin ni Jen na gusto niyang siya ang gagawa, halos hindi makapaniwala ang mga kasama niya.

“Ang pangit naman kasi kung magkakaroon ng daya, di ba? So mas maganda at mas makatotohanan kung ako mismo ang gagawa,” sabi ni Jen.

Mother Lily hires Hollywood experts for new movie
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by : Bong De Leon

WE visited the set of “Super Noypi,” a Regal Films big-budget all-star cast tailor-made movie for kids with today’s exciting young stars from two giant networks, Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, John Prats, Sandara Parks, Polo Ravales, with the celebrated young director, Quark Henares, at the helm.

Producer Mother Lily Monteverde also hired experts from Hollywood for the action-adventure as never seen before in a local movie—prosthetics expert Joe La Penna, visual supervisor Ted Godwyn of Geebo Digital, and stunt director Philip Ko from Hong Kong with Jon Escudero from the Philippines.

All the stars had workshops prior to the shoot supervised by direk Quark. The perfectionist that he is, he won’t be satisfied until the scenes were done in perfection. Take the helicopter scene by Jennylyn, for example. The young actress had vertigo until she braved to do such dangerous stunt of clinging to the flying chopper, and ascended 100 feet above the ground and hovered several miles.

Supervising producer,. Roselle Monteverde, was all praises for Jennylyn for being so professional.

Direk Quark says everyone in cast will have his or her highlight in the movie.

Jennylyn mala-Angelina Jolie

by : Nitz Miralles


Si Jennylyn Mercado habang nakalambitin sa helicopter
TAKE one lang kinunan ni Direk Quark Henares ang eksena ni Jennylyn Mercado sa Super Noypi, kung saan nakabitin siya sa chopper.

More than 100 ft. din ’yun at ilang minuto rin siyang nakabitin, pero ’di siya natakot at ’di kinailangan ng stunt double.

“In-enjoy ko na lang at ang sarap ng feeling habang nasa ere ako. Ang lamig! Nag-concentrate rin ako’t hindi ko inisip ang takot.

“Safe naman ako’t naka-harness at nakakapit ako sa bar ng chopper. Hindi puwedeng dayain ang scene dahil kita ang face ko sa shot,” kuwento ni Jennylyn.

Dapat pala, kasing-taas lang niya ang gagawin niyang sabit, pero pumayag siya nang magbiro si Direk Quark na taasan na niya ang pagsabit.

Nagulat daw ang mga nasa shooting sa pagiging daring niya.

Seryoso si Jennylyn sa role niya bilang Lia, isang martial arts expert. One month siyang nag-training ng taekwondo, arnis at gymnastics.

Kayang-kaya na niya ngayon ang mag-cartwheel at back flip. Natuwa ito sa biro ng press na para siyang si Angelina Jolie sa Lara Croft: Tomb Raider at pouting lips na lang ang kulang.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Jennylyn, umikot-ikot sa ere!

Dondon Sermino

TAKOT sa mataas na lugar si Jennylyn Mercado. Katunayan, madali raw siyang mahilo kapag umaakyat na siya sa matataas na lugar, lalo na at napapatingin siya sa bandang ibaba.

Pero kamakailan lang ay inalis lahat ni Jennylyn ang takot na ‘yon sa kanyang isip at katawan. Aba, sa kuwento ng isang staff ng Super Noypi, matapang na pumayag si Jennylyn na maglambitin sa isang helicopter na lumilipad sa mahigit na 100 feet ang taas.

Sabi nga, gumawa ng record si Jennylyn sa showbiz ngayon, dahil sa pagkakaalam namin, siya pa lang ang pumayag na maglambitin sa isang lumilipad at paikot-ikot na helicopter.

Siyempre, sa simula ay kinabahan din ang lahat, dahil baka mag-panic si Jennylyn at mahimatay sa ere. Pero, hindi nga ganu‘n ang nangyari, dahil habang nakalambitin na si Jennylyn sa helicopter, tinanong-tanong siya ng piloto kung puwede pang iangat ang helicopter.

Inusisa rin siyang mabuti kung puwede siyang paikut-ikutin. At puro ‘oo’ nga lang daw ang isinagot ni Jennylyn, hanggang sa umabot na `yon ng 100 feet.

Siyempre, masayang-masaya ang stunt director mula sa Hong Kong na si Phillip Ko, pati na ang director ng Super Noypi na si Quark Henares.

Kung titingnan mo, parang ang hina-hina ng katawan ni Jennylyn. Hindi ba, dumating sa punto na parang bagsak na bagsak ang katawan niya dahil sa sobrang pagod.

Ang akala nga ng marami noon, parang si Yasmien Kurdi ang pinakamatapang sa grupo nila sa StarStruck noon. Pero, mali pala ang lahat, dahil si Yasmien pa pala ang isa sa pinakaduwag sa grupo.

Eh sa mga pagsubok sa palaro nga lang daw sa Hokus Pokus, umaatras na si Yasmien. Eh, ‘yung ilambitin at paikut-ikutin pa kaya siya sa helicopter, baka nawalan na nga siya ng ulirat.

Jennylyn bumitin sa lumilipad na helicopter

DAILY INSIDER
by : Dinno Erece

HERE’S a full account sa pagiging daring ni Jennylyn Mercado sa shooting ng Super Noypi ng Regal Films.

In the shooting of Super Noypi, Jennylyn braved without stunt double hanging on to the helicopter. She broke a Philippine movie record today (Sunday) by hanging on a helicopter more than one hundred feet ang height from the ground. Jennylyn is the only Fi-lipina actress to have done it. Hindi lang siya iniangat, the helicopter actually made a complete round of the area. The pilot kept asking Jennylyn kung okey lang itaas pa ang height and Jennylyn kept on saying yes naman. To think that she has fear of heights, ha.

Philip Ko, the stunt director from Hong Kong and director Quark Henares were both overjoyed sa katapangan ni Jennylyn and even Regal Films producer Ms. Roselle Monteverde-Teo congratulated her.

From the start naman, both Jennylyn and partner Mark Herras were looking forward in doing Super Noypi dahil this is their first movie na may action.

What they are mostly doing kasi are the teen fares na comedy, romance, drama and musical so this is a first for them kung kaya’t nagpapakitang gilas sila lalo pa’t this is their third festival movie after So Happy Together na comedy and Blue Moon na drama, both from Regal Films.

Super Noypi is one of the four festival entries ng Regal Films this year.

Monday, October 09, 2006

PINAHANGA pala ng young actress-singer na si Jennylyn Mercado ang direktor at Hong Kong stunt instructor na nagtutulong sa Super Noypi, filmfest entry ng MaQ Productions.

Ayon sa text message na ipinadala ni Roselle Monteverde-Teo kahapon, “Jen braved without stunt double hanging on the helicopter. She broke Philippine movie record today by hanging on the helicopter. More than 100 feet ang height. The only Filipina actress to have done it alone.

“Hindi lang siya inangat, the helicopter actually made a complete round of the area. ’Yung pilot asked Jen kung okay lang itaas pa ang height and she kept saying yes. To think she has fear of heights!

“Philip Ko, the stunt director from Hong Kong, and Direk Quark Henares were both overjoyed by her brave act. Congrats to Jen!”

People's Tonight
10/9/2006 13:25 PM

Jennylyn does risky stunt in Super Noypi

FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo
The Philippine Star 10/09/2006


She may look as fragile as a China doll to many people but Jennylyn Mercado is actually a gutsy young lady.

She surprised onlookers at the shooting yesterday in Fairview, Quezon City, of an action scene in Super Noypi, one of Regal Films’ five entries in the 2006 Metro Filmfest, by saying no to a stuntman "double" and doing the scene herself. And it was not an ordinary action scene, mind you. It called for Jennylyn to hang 100-feet above the ground from a helicopter. In the "futuristic" film, Jennylyn plays a martial artist from Year 2075 (you know, a back-from-the future kind of story) assigned to plant a stricker bomb on the helicopter.

For several minutes, direk Quark Henares (Dr. Vicki Belo’s son) and stunt master Philip Ko from Hong Kong) gasped as Jennylyn dangled mid-air, breathing easily only after she safely landed on earth.

And to think that Jennylyn is suffering from vertigo!

She should get a trophy for pluck for that, shouldn’t she?

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Jen Mercado Rocks!
October 08th, 2006 | Category: supernoypi
Jen Mercado broke Philippine movie records today by being the only actress of her age to have ever harnessed herself to a helicopter on flight more than a hundred feet above ground. The helicopter didn’t just lift her, it actually made a round in the area. while on flight, the pilot kept on asking Jen whether she wants to go higher and she kept on saying yes.

now, how’s that for someone who has actual fear of heights. we will upload the pictures as soon as we can so watch out!

and to Jen, you rock our world!

http://supernoypi.com/