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They say that in order to be happy, you have love the life you live and live the life you love. True to these words, the Cebuana veteran actress Jackie Lou Blanco proves that pursuing what makes you happy and living the life you love can indeed make life worth living even as she turns 55 this February 11. On this special day, let us get to know more about the beloved daughter of Pilita Corrales.

Here’s 10 Facts we bet you didn’t know about Jackie Lou Blanco:

Kidnapped at 9

Jackie with her mom Pilita Corrales in the 70s. Photo from @jackielou.blanco

Jackie with her mom Pilita Corrales in the 70s. Photo from @jackielou.blanco

During an interview, the actress shared how she can vividly remember how she was kidnapped by her father when she was just nine years old. She recalled how he was brought by his father to America by presenting a document with a forged signature of her mother. After Pilita Corrales filed a report to the NBI, her mother was able to successfully get her.

Became a singer at 14

Photo from Red Javier

Photo from Red Javier

Jackie Lou was a big fan of her mother. She fondly reminisces the time that she got to watch all the shows of her mother and memorize all her songs. No wonder, she began her singing career at 14, emulating the footsteps of the Asia’s Queen of Songs. Sadly, after realizing how big the shoe she has to fit in with all the achievements of Corrales, she later on turn to acting where she eventually fell in love.

 Became a girlfriend of Martin Nievera in 1982

Martin and Jackie Lou Blanco performed "Friends In Love." Photo by Carlo Orosa

Martin and Jackie Lou Blanco performed “Friends In Love.” Photo by Carlo Orosa

Jackie Lou and Pilita Corrales contributed a lot to the success of Martin Nievera. Martin later on courted Jackie Lou and the two stayed together for quite some time, they even had plans of marrying each other.

Married at 11

Photo from https://www.instagram.com/jackielou.blanco

Cropped photo from @jackielou.blanco

The absence of Snooky Cerna during the GMA Supershow resulted to the love story of Jackie Lou and Ricky Davao. Ricky was supposed to sing to Snooky during the show but because the actress failed to appear during the shooting, Jackie Lou was instantly pulled to replace her. There then started the love affair of the two. After several years, Ricky surprised the veteran actress by marrying her on her birthday – February 11. Take note, they got married without the presence of their parents!

Separated 13 years after

Sadly, after13 years of being together Ricky and Jackie Loud suddenly found themselves talking seriously about finally separating ways. From the interviews gathered on both sides, both claimed that they just found themselves no longer sharing the same intimacy as they had before and therefore decided to remain as friends.

Focused on her 3 kids

Jackie Lou Blanco with her kids (L-R) Ken, Rik, and Ara. Photo from @jackielou.blanco

Jackie Lou Blanco with her kids (L-R) Ken, Rik, and Ara. Photo from @jackielou.blanco

After their separation, she focused her attention on their three kids by giving them the love they deserve. She makes sure that she gives time to each of them, especially to one of her daughters who has finally confessed her identity as a lesbian. As a mother, she openly accepted this fact about her daughter telling that if she gives up on them, who else would they have? She knows how judgmental the world can be; the least thing that she can do is to add up to what her daughter was facing.

Almost turn down a project with 3 Claudines

Photo: Saan Ka Man Naroroon (ABS-CBN)

Photo: Saan Ka Man Naroroon (ABS-CBN)

Jackie Lou can best be remembered from her antagonistic role as the evil aunt in Claudine Barrettos’s Saan ka man naroroon wherein the young actress starred as Rosario, Rosenda, and Rosemarie. As she’s not that familiar with roles of her being the kontrabida, she initially thought of declining the offer. Good thing she didn’t because after that drama, she was given more projects casting her as villain.

 Stays at GMA 7

Photo from https://www.instagram.com/jackielou.blanco

Photo from https://www.instagram.com/jackielou.blanco

Rumors has it that Jackie Lou planned on transferring to another network; but the veteran actress explained that even when she was still part of the Kapuso center, she has always considered herself as a Kapuso. At her age, she can no longer imagine herself going elsewhere. She shared how she loved staying at the station that gives her good roles and allows here to do guesting in other networks when opportunities come. Recently, she deviated from her kontrabida role and starred as the mother of Sunshine Dizon and Angelica dela Cruz in the teleserye Inagaw na Bituin.

She won the Slimmer’s World Great Bodies Competition in 2001

Photo: Screen grab from YouTube

Photo: Screen grab from YouTube

 

Just last year, the actress surprised everyone on her birthday when by uploading a photo of her on Instagram flaunting her body in a two-piece maroon bikini. She recalls having to wear such kind of outfit twenty years ago. In an instant, she became a fitspiration to many given how she maintained her body at 54. It can be remembered that she became the winner of the Slimmer’s World Great Bodies Competition in 2001.

Still dreaming for that 1 BIG DREAM

During an interview, Jackie Lou shared how she dreamt of portraying a gay character. Though totally difficult, she found it challenging as an actress but totally fulfilling as she gains another milestone in her acting career. This was even ignited after learning that her daughter was a lesbian. For her, this will become an eye opener to the society as well as to parents having children who belongs to the third sex.

On her 55th year, who knows what this actress has prepared for her followers. Will she be able to do that one big dream? Would she slay another fitspirational photo? Let’s keep posted!

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