Anjo: 'I'm proud of Jackie'

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“Very proud ako sa kanya kasi nakita ko yung paghihirap niya.”

Actor-politician Anjo Yllana made this remark in reference to his wife, Jackie Manzano, in an exclusive interview with YES! Online last October 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Quezon City.

“Stewardess na siya sa Cebu Pacific,” he continues. “After a series of tests—written and practical—then minsan, sabi niya ‘I’m gonna fly.’ Sabi ko, ‘Bakit stewardess ka na ba?’ Sabi naman niya, ‘Hindi, kasama yun sa training.’ Tapos binigay niya sa akin [yung report card], ‘I’m top of my class.’”

Jackie is a former ABS-CBN contract artist and she met Anjo on the set of the defunct sitcom Palibhasa Lalake. On August 29, 1998, they got married in Las Vegas, Nevada. They now have three children—two girls (7 and 5 years old) and a boy (2 years old).

Anjo said his wife came from a family of stewardesses and pilots. It has been Jackie’s childhood dream to become a stewardess, Anjo added.

According to Anjo, Jackie first applied in Philippine Airlines but because she was married already, she was not accepted. Not giving up, Jackie then tried her luck in Cebu Pacific.

“She wanted to [apply] sa PAL pa lang kasi her mom, since 1975, nasa PAL na,” Anjo told YES! Online. “Her father who died when she [Jackie] was 11 years old, was a 747 pilot naman sa PAL din. Both her grandfathers are also pilots. I think nasa blood nila yung paglilipad. In fact, yung tita niya, kapatid ng mother niya, stewardess din. So I guess, parang frustration niya yon."

“She was excited kasi,” he continued, “I saw her excitement na parang yung matagal na niyang gusto, magagawa na niya—to fulfill her childhood dream. So I supported her up to now. Natutuwa naman ako kasi nga she was top of her class. Talagang two hours bago siya umalis, nag-aayos [na] siya. Siyempre, stewardess ka e. Talagang yung preparation niya matagal. In fact, I bring her to the airport. Susunduin ko yan wee hours ng umaga kasi sa Cebu Pacific kasi, ang dating ng international flights nila dito, 12 na ng gabi.”

Jackie’s job as a stewardess is actually her first work since she married Anjo. After the birth of their first child, Jackie was supposed to return to acting but their second baby came unexpectedly.

Anjo tells us this story: “I remember si [GMA-7 Senior Vice President for Entertainment] Wilma Galvante nung kasama ko siya sa party, sabi, ‘Ako na ang magma-manage diyan sa asawa mo. Ipasok natin siya sa drama. Jackie you visit me, we’ll talk about it, ako na ang manager mo. Wag kang makinig diyan sa asawa mo kung ayaw kang pag-artistahin. Magtrabaho ka.’ E, siguro wala pang one month, nalaman naming buntis si Jackie sa second baby namin. Sabi ni Wilma, ‘Ano ba yan, sinabi ko lang mag-artista, binuntis mo na asawa mo!’”

According to Anjo, there won’t be any problem with taking care of the kids.

“Wala namang problema kasi she always comes back. Wala naman silang overnight kasi balikan palagi ang flights nila e. Siguro pinaka-late na niya is 1 a.m. So andun pa rin siya when the kids wake up. Ganun din naman ako, I always sleep sa house. Although pag wala siya [Jackie], naninibago yung mga bata. Ang importante naman kasi is she comes home. Hindi yung mag-aantay kami ng two or three days.”

Although Jackie has been away from the limelight for many years now, some passengers of Cebu Pacific still recognize her, says Anjo.

“In fact, yun nga ang sabi niya sa akin. Hindi niya alam kung dahil kilala siya or kilala ako or both, kasi may ibinibenta siya sa plane, laging ubos. Number one din siya sa benta,” laughs Anjo.

“Kasi sa Palibhasa, yung pangalan niya dun was ‘Cute na Cute na Jackie.’ Sa plane, ganun din daw ang tawag sa kanya ng passengers: Cute na Cute na Jackie. ‘Di ba ikaw yung sa Palibhasa?’ Or yung iba, ‘Di ba ikaw ang asawa ni vice mayor, ba’t nagtatrabaho ka pa?” he laughs again.

Anjo also tells this about Jackie: “Very strong yung character ng asawa ko e. Talo ako niyan lagi. Lagi akong bow diyan. Kasi di nagpapatalo yan. Pag naglolokohan nga kami niyan, ‘Di ba, ako ang lalake? Ako ang king.’ Magagalit yan. ‘Hindi, ako!’ Kahit diplomasiya, hindi ko ma-convince. Very strong.”

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