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Luis Manzano strips for ‘Dyosa’
By Len Ramos Llanes
Just like his mom, Star for All Seasons and Governor of Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano is a very good subject to interview. He’s always quick to answer with a smile and doesn’t play coy with questions that would have other stars blurting “no comment” in the blink of an eye. He was his usual candid, witty self when ABS-CBN.com talked to the MYX VJ and Dyosa cast member.
His dad, Optical Media Board Chairman Edu Manzano, speaks highly of Luis. “Since he reached [the age of] 27, pinapabayaan ko na siya. He has a mind of his own. Masipag yan at focused sa trabaho.” Mom Vilma has the same philosophy, since Luis is now living on his own in their old Greenmeadows home. But being the mom that she is, she checks on him regularly. “I have my household help with me and my mom calls me up twice a day. Kaya nga nalaman ko sa kanya na nagkita sila ni Angel (Locsin) sa birthday ni Tita Cristy (Fermin),” he says of his living arrangements.
Speaking of Angel, it’s no secret that he and the Lobo star have been seeing each other for close to a year now. Angel has even the won the approval of Luis’s parents. Mom Vilma likes Angel’s “love for her craft at ‘yong pagmamahal niya sa pamilya.” Ate Vi has even given Angel one of her signature handkerchiefs. Meanwhile, dad Edu is all praises for Angel’s influence on his son. “Mabait siya and I like her influence on him. I like her effect on him. There is a tremendous change in how I see him now and he is more responsible.”
As for the controversy between Angel and Claudine Barretto, Luis chooses to steer clear of the issue. “I would prefer to keep quiet. I don’t think there is something I can say about it.” But he does clarify that Angel is not the type to throw a hissy fit and pick a fight. “In the length of time we have been together, I have [gotten to] know her a lot. ‘Di siya ‘yong tipong nagtatantrums. She is not capable of doing it.” Luis went so far as giving a tongue-in-cheek reply. “Ah, oo nga. May ginilitan na nga siya ng leeg, may sinaksak ng dalawang tao ‘yan. Sa awa ng Diyos mga buhay pa naman sila ngayon.”
ABS-CBN.com also asked Luis how he felt about Angel doing kissing and love scenes. “Pareho kaming hindi nagpapakialaman. It’s Angel’s profession. Should I worry about it? Just think of my mom. How many guys has she kissed or had a bed scene with? Mga 30 ba? I just couldn’t be so shallow about these things. We have both grown up a lot.”
Luis also talks about his new role in the fantaserye Dyosa where he is reunited with his Kampanerang Kuba leading lady Anne Curtis. The actor is sure to raise eyebrows with a scene that has him totally naked for the cameras. “Ang dami kong pasa. Dati ‘di ba nagpakita na ako ng behind ko? Dito sa Dyosa me frontal naman ako. I did it because I trust Direk Wenn (Deramas) so much. He has an excellent way of executing the scene.” Audiences can be sure it will be one of the most awaited scenes in the upcoming series.