WATCH: Our Exclusive "Metro In Love" Interview With Jessy Mendiola And Luis Manzano
We take a look back on this newlywed couple's relationship journey—from how they met to when they became a couple to how they've strengthened their relationship
Now that Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano are officially husband and wife, we take a look back on their relationship journey through this exclusive "Metro in Love" interview that took place shortly after they announced their engagement back in December.
They announced their wedding yesterday, on Easter Sunday, through a vlog on her YouTube channel. They tied the knot in The Farm at San Benito, Batangas.
Metro in Love is our series of video interviews on our YouTube channel, featuring celebrity couples who got engaged and married during the pandemic.
Below, read more about this "HowHow" couple (in case you didn't know, HowHow is their term of endearment):
How they met and fell in love
The entertainment industry is small. It becomes smaller when you’re part of the same network and even smaller when you’re part of the same show. The chances of bumping into each other in the studio and by the hallways, getting introduced to each other, or working on the same show together are big. Many showbiz couples met and fell in love when thrust into those circumstances.
“Obviously, we’re not fit to become a loveteam, p’wede pa siguro mag-ama kami sa acting,” the jokester Luis says. “I would constantly see her in ASAP, and she would always guest on my game shows, sometimes with her significant others at the time or with her loveteam.”
It wasn’t love at first sight, though. The attraction would come much later. Because of their age gap, she saw her nothing more than an older brother—to put it bluntly, Jessy says laughing, ”’Yung kuya na parang manyak!” She has admitted again and again that it was a wrong assumption; she mistook him as that because he’s such a smooth talker, a gentleman, and an overall "swabe" guy. But that’s just how he really is.
Luis liked Jessy first, and he was determined to make her see what he was really made of beneath his playful moves and the sweet words that she may have initially perceived as flirtatious.
“It was complex, ’yung courtship namin. It’s not your usual,” Luis tells Metro.Style. “I’ve always known her. Then something happened a while back which brought us closer together. But there was nothing. I mean, ’yung attraction wala eh. There was a bond. That’s the best way to put it dahil nga sa pinagdaanan namin. We were both in different relationships pero we formed this solid bond so parang that’s where it started eh.”
A significant moment that fueled momentum in their relationship happened at a birthday party of Luis in 2016, which wasn’t actually supposed to push through but ended up like their first date. Who would’ve thought that years later, it would play a remarkable part in the retelling of their love story?!
Jessy almost didn’t attend Luis’ birthday party as she just got off taping then, but he insisted and all his pangungulit was worth it in the end. When the loud music and the party crowd were all gone and their voices were the only ones amplified, Jessy heard his heart out loud.
“Everyone left and then when people were cleaning up na, we went outside, we went outside by the pool tapos that was the time na I saw, ‘Oh okay, p’wede pala siya.’ There was attraction na. Sabi ko, he’s the type of guy that I could talk to about anything under the sun. Kumbaga anything and everything under the sun. I could just talk to him about simple things, about weird things and I didn’t feel awkward at all so sabi ko p’wede siya ha. Parang everything just fell into place after that.”
While they couldn’t really pinpoint when Luis began to court Jessy, it would be later revealed that it was the following month, in May, when he would officially pursue her. They clarified that they had broken up with their exes at the time, and that there were no overlaps in the relationships.
Still, the two often became the targets of bashers and naysayers, making their relationship such a bumpy ride overall; despite that fact, the couple has chosen to focus on their own journey and shielded themselves from any form of negativity. The intrigues that have constantly tested their relationship would only prove to strengthen it, strong enough for them to want to to spend today and forever with each other.
He’s such a positive thinker. Whenever I would go through something, whenever there are bad things coming my way, he would always be the first one to tell me na things will get better. It will be okay. We will get through this together.
—Jessy on how Luis improved her as a person
How they maintain their relationship
Luis and Jessy have been together for more than four years. They celebrate their anniversary every June. They confirmed their relationship in July 2016, making their first public appearance as a couple at that year’s Star Magic Ball.
Being in a romantic relationship needs constant effort and nourishment. It’s not easy to maintain one, more so when the two who are in a relationship are both showbiz personalities and public figures. The limelight can take so much away from their private lives and even highlight and magnify the slightest problems that are otherwise non-issues for non-showbiz personalities.
For Luis and Jessy, the keywords that have positively contributed to their relationship over the years are balance, trust, compromise, and communication. Had they not worked hard on establishing these elements to supplement the love they have for each other, it would’ve been so much harder to remain as a couple.
Luis is known for his comedic side, and because he’s a host by profession, people naturally assume that he talks and jokes a lot. Jessy reveals, however, that when it’s just the two of them, Luis is actually pretty quiet and serious.
Luis shares, “Sometimes ’di ba, the strength, ika nga, because I’m Luis, I’m the guy, ganito kalaki ang katawan ko. But there are so many times din naman na siya ’yung nagiging rock ko, parang ganu’n. So nakikita lang kasi palagi ng mga tao na si Luis, ay baka alpha ’yan. Pero ako ’yung minsan mas nagbe-baby talk sa kanya, mas malambing pa sa kanya and reciprocated. ’Yun ’yung mga hindi nakikita ng mga tao.”
The two have become so used to criticism, and that’s easy to seep into the little cracks in a relationship. But rather than be affected by it, Luis and Jessy have allowed their love for each other to shine brighter and overshadow it.
Their relationship is far from perfect, but they’ve always tried their best to nourish it and make it last. There’s never a formula for when they resolve conflicts, because they have different approaches to these situations. Luis points out, “What I learned from her and our relationship is ’yung style mo, ’yung diskarte mo is not the only way to do things.”
“Pagdating sa conflict namin, we do it two ways,” Luis says. “Ako, I’m a believer, not always naman, but I’m a believer na sometimes couples need to take time off. Mamaya ’di ba emotions are too high, maybe you take a night off from each other. You know, ’wag muna kayo mag-usap.”
Jessy, on the other hand, believes that there’s no point in putting off a conversation to clarify and settle issues. She shares, “Ako talaga, I can’t sleep at night knowing na may away or may conflict, even kahit hindi sa kanya, even sa family, sa friends. Ayoko ng may mabigat na feeling. So I guess ’yun din kasi talaga ako as a person. Kahit hindi ako ang may kasalanan, mahilig ako mag-sorry. Gusto ko talaga na natatapos siya agad.”
What the pandemic did was it actually found a few cracks in the relationship. I guess that’s the best part eh. It showed us which areas of the relationship na we had vulnerabilities. So, at the same time, we were given a chance to fortify the relationship and fix those cracks.
—Luis on how the pandemic strengthened their relationship
Watch our full "Metro in Love" interview with Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano below:
Lead photos from @senorita_jessy