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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 17, 2015

Edu Manzano Enjoying Playing A Dark Character & Man Of Mystery In 'Bridges Of Love'

EDU MANZANO is enjoying his acting comeback on ABS-CBN as Lorenzo Antonio, the rich business tycoon who acts as the father-mentor of Paulo Avelino.

“When they offered the show to me, I immediately liked my character,” says Doods. “He’s dark, a man of mystery whose name is synonymous to power and authority so no one has enough guts to dare oppose him. The only one who can come close to him is his adoptive son, Paulo as Carlos. Maraming twists na mangyayari sa characters namin but I’m not at a liberty to disclose them. Basta viewers will surely be hooked when they start watching.”

We first met Doods when he was launched in “Alaga” by Bancom in 1980. Since then, he has always maintained a close and friendly relationship with the press. No wonder he’s generally well liked. He has also maintained his slim good looks. Everyone agrees that he’s better looking than his son Luis. What’s his secret?
“I eat right. I don’t eat rice, I avoid salt and sugar. I eat mostly fruits. I work out. I don’t use expensive creams or lotions but I do see a dermatologist for advice. I avoid stress, which is one reason why I avoided acting for a while. My last soap, ‘Walang Kapalit’, was in 2006 yet and my last movie was ‘Tanging Yaman’ pa. Ayoko noong magdamagang puyatan. Hindi ko na kinaya kasi I accepted being the Optical Media Board Chairman. But I’m so glad everyone in ‘Bridges of Love’ is so professional. Lahat, dumarating on time, alam na ang gagawin nila, so it all makes our jobs easier.”

So what happened to the OMB after Ronnie Ricketts was suspended as Chairman? “Magulo. Walang chair or CEO ngayon. I’m really surprised they haven’t appointed a new one. Kaya piracy is running rampant. May sarili na silang building. Nakakuha na sila ng business permit. Naaawa lang ako roon sa regular employees ng OMB na naabutan ko pa roon. Lahat sila ngayon, suspendido rin.”

Doods doesn’t really have to act since he owns three restaurants he himself is managing. Two, Lucky Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Black Sheep, are both in Makati. And he has a new one in the City of Dreams. “But nami-miss ko na rin ang pag-arte and I’m glad I’m now doing ‘Bridges of Love’.”