• Home
  • Fresh Scoops
  • Luis Manzano hopes to level up his acting prowess via 'Alta'

Luis Manzano hopes to level up his acting prowess via 'Alta'

Multi-awarded host Luis Manzano says acting is also important to him because it provides him an avenue for growth.



11/30/2011 9:40 AM
Luis Manzano hopes to level up his acting prowess via 'Alta'

113011-luis_main.jpgAfter almost three years, Luis Manzano returns to TV acting via the teleserye Alta. The actor-host’s last series was Dyosa (2008-2009) with Anne Curtis.

In Alta, Luis will play the role of Rafael whose achievements are always not good enough for his family. “Medyo may similarity siya sa character ko sa (2009 movie) In My Life, kay Mark dahil it was basically saying me not living up to the expectations,” he explained.

Since he concentrated on hosting in the past couple of years, Luis admitted that he had to familiarize himself again in acting. “Naninibago [ako], kahit sa standby area ang kulit-kulit ko, kumbaga andun pa rin ‘yung [pagiging] host ko.” Still, he said that acting is important to him because it provides him an avenue for growth. “Sabi ko nga it’s still one thing that I have to do being part of the industry. I want to grow in this industry hindi lang puro hosting. Kahit paano nga I’m fortunate enough na ma-recognize sa acting so it makes you yearn for more. Gusto mong iangat ang pag-arte mo,” he explained. Luis earned two Best Supporting Actor trophies in 2009 for his role in In My Life.

In Alta, Luis is intent on pulling off his character to prove that he has matured as an actor. “[The role] gets me excited again. Iniisip ko nga na ulit paano ko ba kukunin ang atake ko sa role na ito? The whole project is very exciting, especially ‘yung mga makakasama ko. I’m going to take this as one big learning experience once again.”

Initially, Sam Milby was supposed to be part of Alta but he had to give it up to focus on his international career in the coming months. Diether Ocampo has taken over Sam’s role. “Sayang nga, eh kasi pinag-iisipan namin Dyosa boys kami, eh,” he said, pertaining to himself, Sam and another Alta co-star Zanjoe Marudo, who were all together in Dyosa. Nonetheless, Luis is still happy that Diet will be part of the cast because he had worked with him before in Rounin (2007). Luis said, “Kumbaga it’s really one big family again, pantay pa rin. I am not going to say Sam should have been better at that role, kumbaga pareho silang may kakaibang maihahain.”

Luis was also all praises for his leading lady, Angelica Panganiban, who was his leading lady in Rounin. After four years, the actor-host could not help but observe how she has transformed into a fine actress. “No doubt that Angelica is one of the finest actors that stepped in front of the camera. Ke bata-bata napakagaling na niya,” said Luis. “Working with her again, ito drama na talaga, definitely I’m going to learn something from her.”

He said that he is not worried about their chemistry because he is confident that their good friendship will be visible on-screen.  “Kahit ‘di kami nagkakasama sa proyekto nagkakausap pa rin kami so hopefully that translates into chemistry. Kumbaga napakatalino na ng Filipino audience na you don’t necessarily need to have a romantic relationship for them to appreciate what you do on the screen.”