TV host moves on after split from Jennylyn
MANILA -- "Every smile you see from me is genuine. I'm happy."
This was the ready answer of Luis Manzano as to whether he has managed to move on from his break-up with actress Jennylyn Mercado, his girlfriend of two years.
The 32-year-old actor-host was speaking with reporters at the sidelines of a surprise birthday party for his mother, actress-politician Vilma Santos, held early this week.
Manzano was animated in sharing a conversation he had with Santos, in responding to questions about his separation from Mercado.
"Sabi nga ni mommy kanina eh, nung magkasama kami backstage, sabi niya, 'O anak, mag-plan tayo ng next vacation natin. May isasama ka na ba?' Sabi ko, 'Wala naman!' Sabi ko, 'Hinga muna 'ko! Teka momsky, hinga muna ako!'"
The "Minute to Win It" host confirmed his split from Mercado last October 24, a week after the first rumors about the break-up surfaced.
The couple declined to reveal the cause of the separation, but maintained that there was a third party involved.
"Ang akin lang naman," Santos, who was beside Manzano during the interview, began, "kung sino talaga ang magmamahal sa kanya, kahit sino pa, at 'yun ang gusto niyang panindigan, dun lang din ako. But when it comes sa mga problema niya, mga personal, I don't usually meddle."
"Lagi ko lang sinasabi, 'Anak, if it's meant, it's meant. Pag hindi, then let go. Count your blessings.' Ang point ko, even if you will feel the pain, remember, compared to other people, blessed ka pa rin. So kung hindi para sa'yo, baka hindi sa iyo," Santos said.
As for his future relationships, Manzano brought up the qualities of his mother he wishes to also find in a new partner.
"My mom is the constant woman in my life," he said. "Nakikita ko si mommy bilang isang asawa, so definitely gusto ko 'yung magiging asawa ko may characteristics na nakikita ko sa kanya bilang isang ina. So ba't pa ako lalayo ng isang peg kung nasa bahay lang naman?"
Asked if he misses seeing Mercado, Manzano only said, "Things happen for a reason... Always look at the brighter side of life. Life is too short to sulk."