Marlo Mortel expressed his happiness now that he is singing a duet with Janella Salvador in the 2016 Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016. "Sobrang happy din kasi award winnng 'yan last year, third Best Song tapos Best Music video so it's an honor for me to share the stage with her," he said in an interview with Push.com.ph.
The actor said that their new song "Mananatili" is a more mature tune compared to Janella's entry last year. "It's more mature song na talaga naman, hindi lang pang teens siya eh. 'Yung challenge namin na makanta talaga namin ng maayos 'to lalo na sa finals night."
Janella recently celebrated her 18th birthday and Marlo did not forget to make Janella feel special as she celebrates a new chapter of her life. The actor shared with Push the presents he gave Janella. "Ano kasi mahilig siya sa pusa kaya nagbigay ako sa kanya ng earrings na cat ang design tapos meron ding bracelet at nagbigay ako ng Ferrero na boquet," he relayed.
Janella, who was also interviewed by Push, remarked that she appreciates Marlo's gesture to give her presents. "Ay nako last year nong 17th birthday ko, binigyan din niya ako ng Ferrero na boquet this time lumaki na. Alam talaga niya ang gusto ko na pagkain talaga and I value 'yung his gift naman, 'yung binigay niya sa akin."
What is Marlo's advice to Janella now that she has entered adulthood? "Well lagi ko namang sinasabi sa kanya na galingan lang niya kasi alam ko naman na dream niya 'tong ginagawa niya so ako susuportahan ko lang siya. Maging masaya lang."
Now that Janella is working with Elmo Magalo as the former's new ka-love team, Marlo admitted that he misses her. "Sobrang nakaka-miss. Actually pagnagkita nga kami parang laging ang kulit kulit lang, di ba kasi nga sobrang kulit lang namin at sobrang naging close lang kami at ganon na lang kami ka komportable sa isa't isa so comfort zone na namin 'yung isa't isa."
Is he open to be paired with other Kapamilya stars this time? "Ako naman kasi open naman ako kung sino ang ibigay, go lang, no one in particular pa for now."