Smokey Manaloto: homeboy!

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STAIRWAY TO ATTIC. The framed movie posters hint at how the comedian—christened Bryan Paul but called Smokey after the great Smokey Robinson, his father Romeo's idol—has become one successful star.

(YES! January 2002 issue)


"Tahimik talaga, puro kasi babae kasama ko. Mama ko saka mga ate ko, maaalaga sila sa bahay... laging malinis... parang lahat puwede mong higaan." The only time the order is disrupted is when friends and relatives come over. "Kasi kapag nandito naman kaming lahat, yung kumpleto at nag-abot-abot... maingay... magulo," he laughs.


In fact, what makes the home a standout in the neighborhood is the laughter that emanates from it. He smiles, "Pinaka-importante yun, masayahin ang mga nakatira dito."


Smokey's showbiz career has already spanned 19 years and counting—starting at age 10, staying six years with That's Entertainment, nine years with Home Along Da Riles, and movies in between. From all that, he has invested in a three-story, 330-sq. m., six-bedroom town house in Cubao where he has stayed the last eight years. He considers this his "fortune house." "Magaan ba," he explains. "Puro mga Chinese nga ang mga nakatira dito, kami lang ang Pinoy."


And what is a talkative, quirky TV character like him like at home?

"Tahimik lang din ako 'pag nasa bahay," Smokey says. "Hindi porke't madaldal ako sa TV, ganoon na din dito. Minsan nga 'di nila namamalayan na nasa kuwarto lang pala ako. Akala nila all the while nasa labas pa rin ako. Kasi halos 'di ako lumalabas, I spend a lot of time watching TV and movies in my room. As much as possible, I review my movies... kung saan ako nagkamali, lalo na sa pagde-deliver ng punchlines na importante sa mga komedyanteng tulad ko na maging aware talaga. In short, serious din akong tao."

If the YES! photo shoot is an indication, he is. He studiously listened to instructions, asked questions, made clear comments. The seriousness, he says, he got from comedy king Dolphy.

Siyam na taon ko na siyang kasama," he says. "Hindi na niya ako itinuring na iba, kundi anak na. Tatay nga ang tawag ko sa kanya e. Siya ang nagsabing seryosohin ko ang trabaho ko. Malakiang respeto ko sa kanya, sobra." He adds, "Madalas kapag nag-uusap kami ni Tatay, puro buhay-buhay, may konting problema, pew madalas tungkol sa chicks!"

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But a typical non-working day for Smokey isn't spent just reading scripts, watching TV, or reviewing his shows, all of which he does. Much of his time is spent goofing around with his nephews ("I have two nephews, si Alfonso and Thomas. Malapit ako sa bata talaga"); playing with his dogs ("Dalawa rin ang aso ko, mga babae naman, na minsan mas makulit pa sa tao"); and cooking ("Yan ang therapy ko from work. In fact, gusto kong maging chef, gusto kong mag-put up ng restaurant. Gusto ko sana fine dining kaya lang masyadong mataas ang market noon. Okay na sa akin ang bar and restaurant. Specialty naming magkakapatid, pasta. Sister ko sa noodles, ako sa sauce. Kaya rin marami kaming cookbooks kasi libangan talaga namin lalo na kapag weekends").

And all this he does right in his fortune house!


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