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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 9, 2015

Edu Manzano On Gov. Vilma Santos' Running For Higher Public Office

EDU MANZANO avoided doing teleseryes for a while as he became wary of the long hours of taping that ends at the wee hours of the morning. He was last seen on TV5 and he did nothing but hosting jobs there. But now, he back doing a soap in ABS-CBN’s “Bridges of Love”.

“When the project was offered to me, I found the project very interesting, as you will see when the show starts airing this Monday, March 16,” he says. “Naiiba ang story, exciting, and I enjoy working with Paulo Avelino as my adopted son, Maja Salvador, Carmina Villaroel and Jericho Rosales, with whom I’ve worked before kasi he played my son in ‘Tanging Yaman’. They’re all very professional. Pagdating sa set, in character na sila, alam na ang lines nila, so it makes the job of everyone easier.”

Does this mean he’s going back to acting full time? “As you know, meron din akong mga restaurants na mga negosyo. I think now, at this stage of my career, I have the luxury of choosing the roles. So, basta kung may magandang role, bakit hindi? Kagaya rito, I like my role as a very wealthy business magnate na babago sa buhay ni Paulo and other characters.”

Is his son Luis running for public office in the elections next year? “I think, he decided na hindi muna. Kasi, it’s hard also na you run for elected office and then, nakikita ka araw-araw sa telebisyon. Especially if you’re local government, mahirap ang local government, pi-sikal, kailangang nandodoon ka para sa kanila. Okay na rin kaya maganda naman ang takbo ng showbiz career niya.”

How about Gov. Vilma Santos running for higher office? “She’s entitled to do anything she wants, you know, but I would like to see muna kung what positon she’ll run for, ano ang magiging plataporma niya, kung sino ang mga makakasama niya. I’m not saying she doesn’t deserve it, but para fair sa lahat, latagan mo ako kung ano ang vision mo at plataporma mo.”