JAY Manalo was very candid with his answers during the open forum for the movie, “Love is Love”, where he plays the long time lover of Greta, the gay owner of a resort played by Raymond Bagatsing. When asked who he’d prefer to have an affair with, matronas or bading, he chose the latter. What is his reason?
“Mas marami akong friends na bading kesa matrona and for me, mas malawak ang pang-unawa ng mga bading,” he says. “Mga matrona kasi, mas wild mag-isip, nagseselos agad. Hindi katulad ng mga bading na mas nakakaunawa. Mas nakakaintindi.”
Has he had an experience with a bading? “Oo naman! Pero wag nyo nang ipadetalye. Mamaya na lang, magkuwentuhan tayo.”
Does he have a kissing scene with Raymond in “Love is Love”? “Secret. But if ever, hindi ko naman first time gagawin 'yun. I’ve had kissing scenes with Dennis Trillo before in ‘Aishite Imasu’ at torrid talaga 'yun. Bilang aktor, wala namang kaibhan ang halikan ng dalawang lalaki sa babae at lalaki kung nagiging professional ka lang at ginagawa ang trabaho mo bilang aktor.”
Jay is also a certified ladies man, having 12 children with six different women. He’s still young at only 44, but he already has two grandchildren. This is why he is not afraid to admit that he has really sown his wild oats and also had experiences with gays. He knows that this point in his life and career, such a confession will not do him anymore harm. “Love is Love”, directed by GB Sampedro, opens in theaters this Wednesday.
RAYMOND OPEN TO NEW POSSIBILITIES
RAYMOND Bagatsing was asked in the presscon of “Love is Love” how he feels that some quarters question his gender, especially now that he is playing a gay character?
"I don’t know, mahirap magsalita nang tapos, e," he says. “Matagal na namang pinagdududahan ang gender ko. All I know is I appreciate everyone. I appreciate people, human beings, I appreciate love. I’m very close to a lot of gay people, but I’m also very close to men, macho alike, intellectuals. I’m very close to a lot of people, even girls.”
He says he saw a documentary about the late Hollywood actor, James Dean about this. "At one point, sabi niya sa best friend niya, 'I have to try to be in a relationship, to go to bed with a man. How can I feel if I’m doing a role as a homosexual? How can I do it?' So parang ginawa nga niya. Kaya sabi ko, at one point, 'yung sobrang lalim ng pagpasok ko sa mga karakter, sabi ko, siguro I have to try that also. Secret na lang kung anong nangyari, but I just know na hindi ko puwedeng i-limit ang sarili ko. Kasi ang love has no gender, and that’s the message of this film. Ang love, galing sa puso. It cannot be categorized, it cannot be explained no matter how you intellectualize it, no matter how you find a formula na hindi tayo masaktan sa buhay, that’s part of our journey. Basta love is love. Actually, I just went through some depression because I just came from a relationship that ended after seven years. She’s a woman.”
Raymond has been married twice. First to former actress Lara Fabregas then to U.S.-based writer Cora Pastrana, who’s 20 years older than him. Both marriages ended in separation.
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