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Manilyn Reynes on being reunited with former love team partner Janno Gibbs: ‘Ang taba ng utak niya’

‘Mang Jose’ actress Manilyn Reynes plays her first villain role in Vivamax’s Christmas offering.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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12/25/2021 02:27 PM
Manilyn Reynes on being reunited with former love team partner Janno Gibbs: ‘Ang taba ng utak niya’
Photo credit: @manilynreyner27 and @jannolategibbs Instagram

More than two decades after they were first paired together as a love team on the iconic Pinoy ‘80s variety show That’s Entertainment, Manilyn Reynes and Janno Gibbs finally share screen time again in the new superhero film Mang Jose. Manilyn admitted she is happy that their original fans have been welcoming of their onscreen reunion.

“Nakakatuwang isipin na hanggang ngayon nasasabik pa din silang panuorin at malaman kung ano ang nangyayari sa amin. With this movie parang nabuhayan sila. Gusto nila talaga na mapanuod even when nung time pa lang na mag-shu-shoot pa lang kami. Nakakatuwa na nandiyan pa rin kayo to support us. Kaya thankful din kami of course sa Viva, kay direk at sa bumubuo ng pelikulang ito. Happing happy lang talaga. Alam naman natin na nag galing galing kumanta ni Janno at ang daming ideas. Hindi siya nauubusan ng ideas. Ang taba ng utak niya,” she shared during the Mang Jose mediacon. 

READ: Janno Gibbs at Manilyn Reynes balik-tambalan sa ‘Mang Jose’ movie after two decades


In Mang Jose, Manilyn finally gets the chance to play a very different kind of character named King Ina who is a villianess who can control minds using milk tea.

“Sa pelikula oo makoko-consider ko na first time na gumanap na villain. Naaliw ako dun sa role ko sa totoo lang kasi ang sarap niya paglaruan kasi ang saya siyang gawin. Matagal ko ng gustong gawin ang ganyang role eh kaya lang hindi lang nabibigyan ng pagkakataon. Pangalan pa lang nga eh (laughs). Nung una nung nakita ko yung name pa lang, sabi ko,’Totoo ba?’ Tapos habang binabasa ko na yung mga mangyayari, natuwa ako kasi matagal ko ng gustong gumanapp ng ganyan eh, yung medyo may pagka-bad ika nga. Pero may bali naman ng konti, may pagka-comedy pa rin. So pasok, gustong gusto ko yan (laughs). Happy ako sa role ko,” she admitted. 

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When she was first offered the role, Manilyn said she had no problem when she found out that she would be working with ex-boyfriend Janno Gibbs and his wife Bing Loyzaga. Manilyn said even her husband Aljon Jiminez was supportive of her accepting the project.

“Hindi naging mahirap ang um-oo para gawin ang role ko. When I found out na kasama rin siya, parang chance na rin ito para after a long, long time ay magkasama at magkatrabaho pa this time. Sobrang wala ng katapusan ang daldalan habang nandun kaming dalawa sa loob ng tent. Ganun ang nangyari. Even when Janno called for the movie and when Viva called for the movie wala din naging problema. Okay din kay Aljon na mapanuod ng mga fans ng Janno =anilyn at Manilynians, ganyan. Nakakatuwang isipin na sa ganito pang role ko kami magkasama (laughs). Nakakatuwang kasama ang dalawang yan at kami ni Bing nagkaroon ng chance magka-mini-bonding ika nga sa loob ng tent so nagkuwentuhan lang kami dun. We had a good talk. Nakakatuwa yung mga kuwentuhan. Masaya lang yung kumakain habang nagdadaldalan,” she explained. 

During the Mang Jose mediacon, Manilyn said all three of them had long buried the hachet when Bing was blamed by their fans as the reason for the breakup of their successful love team.

“Actually napakatagal na rin yung moment na yan na i-let go, isipin na talaga na wala na ito. Napakatagal na rin, sobrang tagal na actually. Kaya pag nagkikita kami, kapag nag-u-usap usap kami at nagtatrabaho kami talagang masaya na lang. Wala na kaming looking back pa. Hindi na ganun,” she added. 

Watch Mang Jose on Vivamax. Starring Janno Gibbs, Jerald Napoles, Manilyn Reynes, Mikoy Morales, and Bing Loyzaga. Directed by Rayn F. Brizuela.