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Luis, Jessy not yet a couple

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ACTOR Luis Manzano has said that he and actress Jessy Mendiola are not yet a couple but the criticisms they received have made them stronger.

“Wala pang formality, wala pa. We are just enjoying this journey. It’s a journey filled with road bumps, and we’re just going to enjoy everything – both the good moments and the bad,” said Manzano on “Quick Questions” by Marie Lozano of ABS-CBN.

Manzano, 35, also said that Mendiola, 23, his rumored girlfriend, is happier now following criticisms from several fans after being proclaimed “Sexiest Woman in the Philippines” for 2016 by FHM Magazine based on online survey.

Mendiola was also bashed when she dated Manzano who then just broke up with another actress Angel Locsin.

“She’s fine. She’s happy. There’s no way to go but feel happy. To go through that? It definitely made us stronger. I appreciated her more, her strength – mas bumilib ako sa kanya. Mas malaki lang akong tao pero she’s way stronger than I am,” according to the son of Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto and actor Edu Manzano.

“Ang taong naghahanap ng mali ay makakahanap ng mali. They don’t want to understand the other side of the spectrum.

To begin with, they never liked her,” Manzano added.

“So they wouldn’t put any effort into understanding her. Ganoon naman talaga. I’m not going to knock into people’s houses, saying, ‘Hey, like me.’ No, you don’t like me? Fine,” he said.

Manzano, who is currently hosting the game shows “Minute to Win It” and “Family Feud,” has signed up for three more years with the Kapamilya network.

“Thank you very much ABS-CBN, our bosses and all Kapamilyas! I’m looking forward to 3 more years of hosting and pakikipagkulitan at tawanan sa lahat ng Kapamilya natin :) MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT,” said Manzano on Instagram.

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