In the January 5 episode of Kris TV, Janelle Manahan revealed that she and the late Ramgen Revilla had been living together the entire time that they were a couple. She was only 17 years old when they started their relationship. Not only did she give up her fledgling showbiz career, but she also defied her parents just to be with him at the time. “Opo, [ka-batch ko si Erich Gonzales]. Nag-a-artista ako nung time na yun. Six months after ng relationship, tumigil ako. Ayaw niya [akong mag-artista] kasi wala po akong time sa kanya. E gusto niya 24/7 kami magkasama palagi. So tinigil ko yung showbiz and na-disappoint na naman sila mommy.”
Janelle’s mom Rosario Quintana, who was based in Legazpi province, further shared that she was unaware about her daughter’s living arrangements for a long time. “Of course I was very disappointed kasi she was too young at that time. Yung yaya niya kasi tinatago din sa akin kung anong nangyayari. That time kasi she was living with her aunt sa Quezon City. So I thought nandun lang siya, so hindi ko alam na all the while nandun na pala siya kina Ramgen. And I thought nung nandun siya kina Ramgen, wala talaga siya sa house nila Ramgen, na nandun siya somewhere in Cavite na siya lang at yung yaya niya [ang magkasama], so yun ang alam ko.” This revelation was surprising enough to even render Kris TV host Kris Aquino speechless for a few seconds.
On hindsight, Janelle admitted she gave up everything for Ramgen, thinking that he was really the one she’d end up marrying. But after all what happened, she realized the value of her parents, especially now that they’re the only ones she can depend on with the ongoing murder investigation. “Kasi before, aminado naman talaga ako na na-neglect ko sila before because of Ramgen. Kasi feeling ko siya na talaga, parang sobra sobra yung pagmamahal ko sa kanya that I neglected everything and everybody.”
Nevertheless, Janelle said she knows that everything happens for a reason, including the fact that she survived the tragic incident and became a witness to the case. “I was supposed to be in La Union a day before pa with friends and my cousin. Not naman po pinigil na sinabi niyang [huwag ako pumunta], pero dini-delay niya yung lakad ko. Gumagawa siya ng plans na kami na lang magkasama instead na pumunta ako dun kaya nag-stay po ako... Basta every night po, whenever I pray, I always cry. Not naman lahat [because of] sadness. Of course, I’m really grateful that I’m alive. Pero siyempre nami-miss ko talaga si Ramgen kaya naiiyak talaga ako and until now hindi ko pa talaga natatanggap yung nangyari. Pero iniisip ko na lang everything happens for a reason. And kung bakit ako nabuhay? It’s maybe because to give justice to what happened.”
If there’s anything she deeply regrets though, it’s the fact that she wasn’t able to say “I love you” to her boyfriend before he passed away. “Ang gusto ko lang po sana mangyari, kahit for a while makausap ko ulit siya, kahit sa dream. Kasi ang dami kong gustong sabihin sa kanya. Kasi ‘di ko nasabi yung nararamdaman ko sa kanya that day. Even though buong araw siyang nag-I love you [sa akin]. Wala po kaming tampuhan, pero kasi para sa akin, ‘pag yung tao parating nag-a-I love you sa ‘yo, parang feeling mo ‘di na totoo, parang OA (over acting). So that day talaga, [even with the] smallest things, mag-te-thank you siya sa akin, mag-a-I love yo