Profile of Edu Manzano

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 13 2009 12:44 PM | Updated as of Nov 14 2009 12:04 AM

MANILA-(UPDATED)-The vice presidential bet of Lakas-Kampi-CMD was born on September 14, 1955 in San Francisco, California.
 
He was christened Eduardo Lorenzo Barrios Manzano.

At 17 years old, Manzano became a US serviceman and  stayed enlisted for four years.

After his military service, he went to the Philippines where he chose to settle.

In the late 70's, Manzano entered show business, and starred in movies such as “Kapag Puso'y Sinugatan” and “Romansa.”

Many pegged Manzano into villain roles, but later he ventured into comedy and dramatic roles.

In 1991, he won a Famas award for  best supporting actor in the movie, “Kaaway ng Batas.”

Manzano is also best remembered for his characters in “Captain Barbell,” “Separada,” and “Batang PX.”

Two decades after his breakthrough into showbiz, Manzano handled late-night talks shows and game show franchises from “1 vs 100” and “Pilipinas: Game Ka Na Ba?”

Manzano's stint as a public servant bloomed in 1998 when he became the vice-mayor of Makati.
In 2001, he ran for mayor of Makati but lost to incumbent, Jejomar Binay.

On February 2004, President Arroyo Appointed Manzano as chairman of the Optical Media Board (OMB).

But last August 20, Manzano resigned as OMB chief. He was replaced by action star Ronnie Ricketts.

Manzano is the father of actor Luis Manzano and is the former husband of Batangas Governor Vilma Santos.

He was also once married to actress Maricel Soriano.

Manzano is also a co-founder of the non-profit organization called "Ako Mismo". – report from ANC