Edu Manzano has always been a generous soul. I remember a famous comedian confided to me that when he was down and out and maxed out all his savings, he stayed for a couple of months with the award-winning actor. Not only did Edu make the comedian share his home and his meals, the actor even made him choose from his designer clothes what he wanted to take home along with some pocket money to start his life with.
In Baranggay Calayo, a beach town in Batanggas, the townfolk brag about his generosity not only with his treasure as he often gives medicines and groceries to the townsfolk but his time as he plays basketball in the local court together with the youth and ordinary townsfolk. “Nakikibagay siya sa amin. Wala siyang ere at matulungin pa siya. Mahal namin si Edu dito sa Calayo,” a townsfolk told me once when I visited the village.
Last Sunday, Edu hosted a Zoom mass in thanksgiving for another lease of life the Lord has given to President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. The mass was officiated by Father Jerry Orbos and was attended by the family and friends of Erap, Cabinet members, members of the Mare Foundation and some actors and media from the showbiz industry.
At the end of the mass, Senator Jinggoy thanked everyone especially Edu Manzano, talent manager June Rufino and actor Rez Cortez who helped organized the mass for his brother.
He also revealed some decisions he had to make to help save his father’s life. “When the doctor said he needed to be intubated, and they needed the answer immediately because they might lose him, I immediately complied without asking for my mother’s permission and the family’s as well. I am glad I made that call because now that he has been extubated, I am so happy because the nurse sent me a video of my dad singing his favorite song, ‘Always You,’ in the emergency room. I would still like to ask for your prayers for his full recovery.”
The 13th president of the Philippines who is now 83 years old is always a fighter.