Jodi Sta Maria on International Emmy nomination, Jolo Revilla

Alexa Villano

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Jodi Sta Maria on International Emmy nomination, Jolo Revilla

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Jodi also reacts to Jolo Revilla's congratulatory message

MANILA, Philippines – Jodi Sta Maria said she was quite emotional after news of her nomination at the International Emmy Awards was announced.

Jodi said she was surprised when she heard the news. Jodi was nominated for her role as Amor Powers in the 2016 version of Pangako Sa’Yo.

“I was so surprised. As in to the point na when the news was delivered to me, talagang it brought tears to my eyes. Literally, I cried.  This is something that’s unexpected,” she said in an interview with reporters on Wednesday, September 28. 

According to Jodi, she was asked to fill out a form but she later forgot about it.

It was Star Magic head Mariole Alberto who gave her the good news.

“And then one day, Tita Mariole called me. At first, she was congratulating me. I thought [it was] for a different project kasi meron kaming inaayos (because we were fixing something).  

“So, thank you naman ako nang thank you.

“Little did I know that she was congratulating me because of the International Emmy nomination.” she said.

“I was just thankful na mabigyan ng opportunity and syempre, napansin tayo, ang Pilipinas sa International Emmys,” Jodi said.

(I was just thankful to be given an opportunity and of course, the Philippines to be noticed in the International Emmys.)

Jodi will be competing in the Best Actress category alongside Judi Dench for Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, Grazi Massafera in Verdades Secretas (Hidden Truths), and Christiane Paul  for Unterm Radar (Under The Radar).

According to Jodi, she immediately went online to check the profiles of the nominees and their body of work.

“To be nominated alongside the great Judi Dench diba sobrang honor na iyon (that’s already a big honor) for me.

Na kung sakali na palarin tayo, hindi ba, sobra-sobrang blessing at bonus na talaga yun. (If we do win the award, isn’t that already so much blessing and that’s also a bonus.)

Pero yung ma-recognize lang, ma-nominate, okay na,” she said. 

(But to be recognized already, be nominated. that’s already okay.)

Asked if she will be picky with her roles following her recognition, Jodi said:  “Each and every project na dumarating sa akin, lagi ko siyang kinoconsider na dream project ko, and I make sure na pag may ginawa akong isang proyekto, talagang yung oras ko, yung puso lagi kong binibgay sa kanya.

(Each and every project that comes to me, I always consider it as my dream project, and I make sure that when I do a project, I give it my time, that I give my heart to it.) 

“‘Yung sa pagiging mapili, siguro naman hindi ko kailangan magpakita ng skin. Yung mga ganung klase kasi may anak din naman ako and aware naman ako sa social responsibility bilang aktres at sa mga kabataan natin,” she said.

(With regards to being choosy, I guess I don’t have to show skin right? Those type of roles, because I do have a son and I’m aware of my social responsibility as an actress and to today’s youth.)

On Jolo Revilla

At the press conference, a reporter asked Jodi what she felt when Jolo Revilla congratulated her and called her the “love of his life.” The two broke up last June.


“Thank you,” Jodi said, smiling about the news. According to her, she was not surprised with Jolo’s endearment for her.

She was also asked about attending the 50th birthday for Jolo’s father, senator Bong Revilla, who is currently detained at Camp Crame.

“Yes, it was a simple gathering. Okay naman,” she said.

Jodi then respectfully told everyone that as much as possible, she would like to keep things private as to her personal life.

“Well, when it comes to that matter, syempre (of course) I really want to keep my private life na nasa low-key,” she said. –


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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.