Out of late actor Spanky Manikan and Susan Africa’s three children, Migo Manikan showed the most interest in following in his parents’ footsteps, having been exposed to being on the set and around cameras at an early age.
“My parents did bring me around different sets. But the thing was, hindi ko pinapansin yung mga artista, pinapansin ko yung mga manok na tumatalon sa gilid or yung mga aso, the nature side of it. But there was one particular taping na naalala ko, yung Krystala. that was the first time I was standing on the side and watching a scene. I think that scene had Ryan Agoncillo in it. I learned the technical aspects like blocking and all of that. And then there was another show with Derek Ramsay and I was standing on the side with my dad and from there I realized that this is something that I want to do because there are so many ways to do it, it takes a lot of creativity, you have to make your own ideas,” he shared during the Star Magic Black Pen Media Con.
During the event, Migo revealed why it took him some time to decide to join showbiz.
“When I was a kid I wanted to be so many things. A soldier, a scientist, biologist, paleontologist, lahat na. In high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do so my dad told me, ‘Want to take up law because the family doesn’t have a lawyer yet?’ So I did that. I went with that for a while. Tapos when it came to the time I had to choose what to take up for college I didn’t know if I wanted to do law all the way. So I took a pre-law course Psychology to see if it could help me become a lawyer or if I wanted to become something else. Then in college I didn’t know what I wanted to do again so I was just living my life. And then my dad got sick and said he wanted me to continue it for him and I picked it up from there,” he explained.
Even though he once dreamt of becoming a lawyer, Migo said acting was his real passion.
“It was a fleeting thing yung pagiging abogado. Sa high school lang yun and it wasn’t really passion thing. Parang I never really felt like doing it then. I like studying the law and politics but doing it, manifesting it, it was never really my thing. I think at the end of the day, performing talaga yung gusto ko gawin,” he said.