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VP/Xclusives: Fall Head Over Heels in Love with Jamir Zabarte and Zonia Mejia

VP/Xclusives: Fall Head Over Heels in Love with Jamir Zabarte and Zonia Mejia

Truth be told, love is the odd disorientation that overtakes one person because of another. But apparently, witnessing two growing individuals with spirited moments together is just admirable — especially for the rising pairs. Nonetheless, this month could not be more stirring as the Kapuso artists Jamir Zabarte and Zonia Mejia graced us and shared their on and off-screen moments.

Jamir and Zonia appear to be one of the booming Kapuso loveteam. In fact, they are part of the star-studded roster of Sparkle GMA Artist Center talents. They debuted as a couple in Heartful Café, the 2021 GMA Network romantic comedy-drama series starring Julie Anne San Jose and David Licauco.

The Sparkle love team will also appear in the upcoming sitcom Jose and Maria’s Bonggang Villa this May. Jamir and Sonia are among the celebs cast in this major project starring Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.

As they take the spotlight of their acting career, zealous fans are excited to know more about the two. Prepare for the romantic and thrilling feels as it’s time to be smitten with the #JaNia fever.

Hooking the connection between Jamir and Zonia

The tandem affirmed that they first met in a recording session. During that time, they were both thrilled to know each other. Hooking the connection was easy peasy at all, as they confirmed.

“…Nung sinabi po sa akin ng handler ko na may recording kami together ni Jamir, super na-excite ako kasi first time ko siya makikita. I remembered Jamir na very makulit noong first meet namin, and we felt comfortable na with each other kahit first time namin mag meet.”

Sonia said when asked how did she find their first encounter.

Meanwhile, the 19-year old actor was intrigued if their individual energy would match. Prior to the session, he only caught sight of Zonia through photos and video content.

“’Nung una, curious ako kung magma-match kami ng energy or magka-wavelength kami kasi sa mga photos and video content ko lang po siya nakikita. Ayun, mabait, tapos tahimik lang siya ‘nung first meet namin, tapos humanga ako ‘nung kumanta na kasi boses anghel siya.”

Jamir responded when asked how did he find their first encounter.

In addition to their moments, they mentioned that their openness and trust in each other make their relationship special.

“’Yung kilala talaga namin ‘yung isa’t isa at ‘yung relationship namin bilang magkaibigan. Tiwala lang kami sa kung anong kaya naming i-perform, at walang doubt.”

Jamir shared when asked what makes your tandem/relationship special among the others.

Jamir and Zonia’s Heartful moments in ‘Heartful Café’

In an interview, Jamir and Zonia revealed that their series, Heartful Café, served as a testing ground to explore their artistry. More than that, it became an avenue to screen their match-made-in-heaven chemistry. As they divulged, they are both comfortable pairing with each other.

“…Nung nag sho-shoot na kami, sobra kong na-enjoy katrabaho si Jamir, madami akong na-realize sa sarili ko and sa craft ko dahil sa kaniya. And makulit and madaldal kasi si Jamir so hindi ako nahirapan mag-reach out sa kaniya or i-approach siya kasi makita ko pa lang si Jamir, ramdam ko agad na welcome ako sa life niya hahaha.”

Zonia stated when asked the feeling of working with each other in their first teleserye.

Jamir even applauded the 20-year-old actress for the assistance that she gives in delivering their scenes.

“To be honest, thankful talaga ako na siya ‘yung nakasama ko sa first serye ko kasi never niya akong iniwan sa ere, parati siyang and’yan para tulungan ako sa kung ano man ‘yung kailangan kong i-deliver na scene. Ang saya din sa feeling na may taong concerned sa’yo.”

Jamir said when asked the feeling of working with each other in their first teleserye.

In their free time during shoots, the Kapuso stars are apparently joined at the hip, from their off-the-screen conversations to their jamming sessions.

“Konti lang scenes namin that day so kami ni Jamir nasa mga kaniya-kaniya lang na villa… Nasa may veranda ako then biglang lumabas din si Jamir sa veranda nila and kumakanta siya with his guitar, and ang tagal naming nagkantahan lang doon and super na-enjoy namin yung company ng bawat isa.”

Zonia said when asked the most unforgettable behind-the-camera moment in their shoot.

Connection to their roles

Jamir and Zonia also shared how they relate to their characters in the series as Sol and Buddy, respectively.

“Pareho kami ni Sol na determined, alam namin pareho kung ano yung priorities and goals namin. We both treasure our families. Palaban kami pareho sa buhay, and hopeful.”

Zonia said when asked on how she relates to her character as ‘Sol’.

“Simple kaming tao, masaya kaming nabubuhay kahit na anong sitwasyon basta kasama ‘yung pamilya.”

Jamir said when asked on how he relates to her character as ‘Buddy’.

Written in the stars

Primarily, the two of them look forward to reaching their dreams. Now that the pair is stepping into the limelight of entertainment, their dreams en route to success turn out to be written in the stars.

“Lino-look forward ko na mas madami kaming tao na mapapasaya ni Jamir, sa pamamagitan ng mga trabaho na gagawin namin. Linolook forward ko din na maabot namin ni Jamir yung mga dreams na lagi naming napag kwekwentuhan.”

Zonia shared when asked about the things they look forward to as a rising love team.

In relation to the things they look forward to, Jamir denoted that he wishes that their tandem would remain firmed not limitedly to their characters in every project.

“‘Yung mas tumibay ‘yung relationship namin as Jamir and Zonia, not just our characters sa mga projects namin. Maging successful sa kung ano man ‘yung craft namin ngayon kasi parehas din kami ng pangarap, yung mabigyan ng mas kumportableng sitwasyon ‘yung pamilya namin at ‘yung mga taong malapit sa’min.”

Jamir said when asked about the things they look forward to as a rising love team.

Meanwhile, the actors are beyond grateful for the overflowing love and support of their zealous fans. As Zonia emphasized, they will always do their best to make every supporter happy and proud.

Realizations as individuals

Aside from their image as a pair, both of them underlined the highlight of their career as individual artists. In addition, they also shared their own realizations upon entering the entertainment scene.

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Zonia believes that she has not yet attained her highest peak in her career. For her, there are still things to explore.

“Well, wala pa po ako sa highest peak ng career ko, madami pa po akong gustong gawin and i-explore. Pero sa showbiz, natutunan kong maging totoo. Na dapat totoong mahal ko yung ginagawa ko para mas magtagal ako. Na-realize ko na super blessed ako na makapasok sa industry na ito, and iilan lang ang nabibigyan ng chance dito,”

As she fulfills her dream, she never forgets to be grateful for all the opportunities and achievements that she receives.

“…Sa lahat ng gagawin ko, sa bawat achievement ko, hindi ko makakalimutan na magpasalamat kay Lord kasi Siya ang nagbigay sa’kin lahat ng meron ako po ngayon ❤️” she added.

Jamir also expressed her appreciation to the people who guide and assist him in leading his path as a model-actor.

“‘Yung may mga taong nagmahal at naniwala na makakaya ko ‘yung mga bagay na imposible sa sitwasyon ko noon. Sila ‘yung dahilan kung bakit nandito ako sa path ko ngayon. ‘Yon ‘yung  maituturing kong pinaka highlight ng istorya ng pagiging actor ko.”

Truth be told, seeing the #JaNia on-screen is a picturesque scene. Their vigorous chemistry and attributes prove them to be one of the rising stars of today’s loveteams. Indeed, they will mark a stellar prestige in the industry as their tandem will stir up a groundbreaking legacy in the making.

Keep shining, Jamir and Zonia. We are definitely falling head over heels in love with your artistry!

Publisher | Richie de Quina & Gwynn Crisostomo
Editor-in-Chief | John Luke Chica
Senior Editor | Rapha Garcia
PR & Advertising Manager |  Josh Austria
Digital Manager | Allen Esteban
Words by John Alfred Esmilla

Photographer | Gem Tugade
Retoucher | Mark Neto
Studio | Beyond Concepts Studio

Zonia Mejia
Makeup | Jason Delos Reyes
Hair  | Mark Anthony Rosales
Stylist  | Macky Combe (pink dress) and Daryl Maat (yellow ensemble)

Jamir Zabarte
Grooming | Dexter Gonzalgo
Stylist  | Macky Combe

Special Thanks to Chester Jan Singian, Felix Ilaya, and Sparkle GMA Artist Center

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