Edu Manzano disappointed over defeat, says son

by Napoleon Quintos, ABS-CBN.com

Posted at May 17 2010 06:22 PM | Updated as of May 18 2010 02:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Luis Manzano admitted that he felt sad for his father, Edu Manzano, who lost his bid for vice presidency in the national elections.

Luis said he spoke with his dad over the phone when the counting of votes began, and he revealed that his father was disappointed that he lost in the elections.

“I called him mga two days after, nung nagkakabilangan na [ng boto]. I told him that I love him. My dad is a fighter. In any battle that he gets into, he would want to win. ‘Yung ang isang trait na Manzano. Of course there’s a bit of disappointment on his part. But he still believes that he can serve in other ways,” Luis said.

During the campaign season, Edu said he would retire from show business, but Luis said he hopes his father would change his mind. “Maybe in terms of acting [baka mag-retire na siya]. But as a son and as a viewer, sana bumalik pa rin siya sa hosting.”

In his 30 years in showbiz, Edu has become a respected actor and award-winning television host. He hosted “Pilipinas, Game KNB?” for 3 years. He was also part of ABS-CBN morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda.”

Luis said: “To my dad, I’m still unbelievably proud of you. I am surprised na ganoon karami pa rin ang sumuporta kay daddy…. Running for VP kasi is not an easy job. Nagulat ako na many people believed in him, and as a son I am very proud.”

Despite his father’s defeat, Luis is celebrating the victory of his mother, re-elected Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, and stepfather, Ralph Recto, who ran for senator.