EXCLUSIVE: Ana Jalandoni Dominates the Jinseo Arigato International Film Festival as an Actor and Producer

EXCLUSIVE: Ana Jalandoni Dominates the Jinseo Arigato International Film Festival as an Actor and Producer

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Ana Jalandoni gives MEGA Entertainment an exclusive take on her new role as a producer and her recent win as an actress

More than her pretty face and headturner stature, Ana Jalandoni is a woman of drive and passion. From taking on daring roles as an actress, and now as a producer, she recently reaped the fruits of her labor—winning the Most Promising Actress Award at the Jinseo Arigato International Film Festival. 

In an exclusive interview with MEGA Entertainment, Ana shares her thoughts on her recent win and how she’s evolving in her career in the entertainment industry.

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Ana accepted her award at the Jinseo Arigato International Film Festival 2024

Doing Double for the Project

“I like challenging work,” the new producer affirms. “Originally, I was only supposed to produce Manipula. But when I read the script, nagustuhan ko ‘yung story and the characters. So, I wanted to take on the role.” She continues, “It’s really tough! I really had to ask myself if kaya ko ba. Hindi madali ‘yung ganitong trabaho lalo na nung nag-uumpisa pa lang ako.” 

But how did she manage her producing and acting roles for the film? Through collaboration with director Neal “Buboy” Tan. “We helped each other out sa set, kung paano pa ba namin pagagandahin ‘yung story.” 

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The actress wore a black LSW piece for the awards night

Besides Manipula, Jalandoni has more movies lined up for her fans—The Mourning After and Otoko Oona. The former is a triple genre of horror, comedy, and drama directed by actor Xian Lim, and starring Teejay Marquez, Devon Seron, Felix Roco, and Tart Carlos. Meanwhile, Otoko Oona is a Njel De Mesa-directed comedy drama shot in Nagoya, Japan. 

Ana’s Next Role

After winning her “Most Promising Actress” accolade at the international film festival in Japan, Ana is all the more fueled to refine her craft. Crystal clear on her vision, she has her dream projects and co-stars set, working her way to achieve them. 

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Ana is ready for more challenging roles as an actress and producer

“I still want to do an action film and love story na nakakakilig, parang The Notebook!” she shares. As for her dream co-stars? She definitely has a roster of renowned actors on her list. “Sila Angel Locsin, Angelica Panginiban, Jodi Sta. Maria, Zanjoe Marudo, Jericho Rosales, and Paulo Avelino.” 


Photos: ANA JALANDONI (via Instagram)

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