Luis Manzano still won't confirm his candidacy for elections next year.
As one of the hosts of The Voice of the Philippines
, Luis Manzano said everyone on the show is happy with how the current season is doing. “Okay naman. We're very happy sa nangyayari sa season two ng The Voice. Everything is going okay. Ang inaabangan talaga natin is who will be the next Voice of the Philippines pero ang isa pang inaabangan is the interaction ng mga coaches lalo na pag nag-aagawan sa isang singer. Especially ngayon na merong steal. So mas grabe yung kulitan nila, grabe yung asaran nila para ang makuha kung sino man yung hindi nakapasok sa knockouts,”
Luis dispelled rumors that coaches Lea Salonga and Apl de Ap have gotten on each other's nerves already. “Wala, wala naman. They're both very outspoken pero they know the game. Never sila nagkapikunan na kahit anything serious naman,” he shared.
There has been much speculation about whether Luis will run for mayor or governor in next year's elections but the Kapamilya actor-host says he is not confirming his candidacy just yet. “I do have to think about running very soon. I'm still talking to a lot of people, mga bagong tao na nagugulat ako kung bakit ko na lang nakakausap and I will have a decision very, very soon. I still have to make my mind up very soon. Hindi naman public announcement. Hindi ko naman nakikita na sasabhin ko, 'Eto pakinggan niyo, tatakbo ako!' The way I see it, it's something very personal. Hindi ko kailangan i-broadcast kung sakaling tatakbo na ako. Hindi naman ako showbiz in that aspect. So ang sa akin, if I decide to run at siguro nagkataon na may interview na mangyari, I'll be open about it or siguro makikita ako sa filing. But as of this moment I'm taking everything in, all sides, both the pros and cons kung sakaling tumakbo ako, ano yung mga kailangan. Andun pa ako sa lagay na yun,” he explained.
Another consideration for Luis if he does run is prioritizing politics over show business. “I would like to take it easy, way easy. Kasi kung saka sakaling tumakbo ako, the voters need my undivided attention. It would be very unfair sa isang botante kung tatakbo ako tapos ipapagkatiwala nila sa akin buong buhay nila, especially for a first timer pero hati yung attention ko. Napaka-unfair sa tao na yung tiwala na yun na isusulat yung pangalan mo sa ballot. So kung sakali I'd have to really slow down sa mga ginagawa ko para sa showbiz,” he said.
Luis said he is already thankful for his mom's vote of confidence. Vilma Santos recently admitted she had gone through some depression after her longtime aide Aida Fandialan passed away earlier this year. “Sana nga naman my mom respects my decision and it's also nice to know na throughout my 33 years on this earth, she has faith in me. I probably did a few things right din naman. My mom recovered na naman.
She pretty much grew up with Ate Aida. I grew up with ate Aida. For someone that close to her to pass away, siyempre kumbaga nanibago bigla yung mundo niya. So that's why her health had to suffer for a bit. But now we're coming into terms with loss. Kumbaga alam naman niya yan.
She's bouncing back,” he confirmed.
Luis said if he ever does run, he already has a “first lady” in mind. “Si Angel whenever we'd start talking about politics grabe yung suporta niya. Nagugulat ako kasi alam natin na medyo madumi ang mundio ng pulitika. Minsan bilang isang girlfriend or bilang isang soon-to-be-wife ay sabihin, 'Ay huwag na, magulo yung mundo na yan.' Pero si Angel has shown nothing but support since day one,” he admitted. When asked how serious he is about calling Angel Locsin his soon-to-be-wife, Luis further stressed that he meant what he said. “Dun naman papunta lahat ng bagay. We're taking everything in stride,” he added.
After turning down a chance to do a movie with his mom and Angel next year, Luis said he is excited to see both of his favorite ladies on the big screen in one film. “Nabasa ko nga yun. I read it online. Hopefully, I would love to see them together. Yung movie pa lang nila excited na ako eh. I think they're starting very, very soon,” he admitted.