MANILA - TV host-actor Luis Manzano considers his relationship with actress Jessy Mendiola as "very, very steady."
But when asked if he is ready to settle down with Mendiola, Manzano said he would rather respect the actress' "timetable."
"I'm not forgetting the fact that she's only 24 and I'm turning 36 on April 21st," he said in an interview on the sidelines of a press conference for his newest endorsement on Thursday.
"Para sa akin, I completely understand the fact that she still has so much responsibilities for herself, for her family, and I will never take that away from her. I respect her timetable the same way she respects my timetable," he added.
"But when she's ready, I'm definitely right by her side. We're definitely taking our time."
Manzano went on to say that he is enjoying the fact that he and Mendiola have different perspectives given their age gap.
"I mean her being a bata, medyo bata pa talaga siya, iba ang mentality niya. 'Yung sa akin naman, being a bit on the old side, but we still get along," he said. "You think na bata 'yan baka we are not on the same wavelength, pero we are."
Meanwhile, Manzano shared that he and Mendiola are planning to go on more beach trips this summer.
"For April, May, mayroon kaming beach trips... Gumagawa kami ng time. I think she's very busy, at the same time ako, I'm very fortunate to be working, so we have to put in that extra effort to spend time with each other," he said.
When asked if Mendiola gets along well with his mother, veteran actress Vilma Santos, Manzano replied: "Yes, they are."
He added that Mendiola even sent flowers to Santos last Valentine's Day.