John Prats courts Shaina Magdayao the old-fashioned way

John Prats talks to the entertainment press about his love for Shaina Magdayao (inset, bottom). The young actor, who reprises his role as a gay son in Manay Po 2: Overload, also talks about being an uncle to the firstborn son of sister Camille Prats (inset, top).

John Prats plays a homosexual in the movie Manay Po 2: Overload,but he's actually straight. He firmly declared his love for Shaina Magdayao by saying that he wants to have a serious relationship with her.

In the Manay Po 2: Overload press conference last night, March 13, John was asked: Do you think Shaina will be the last girl in your life?

"I really hope so. Ayaw kong magsalita nang tapos but as of now, ang masasabi ko, I'll do everything because I'm not getting any younger. I'm twenty-four years old. Is she the one? So far..."

The young actor admitted that he wants to court Shaina Magdayao the old-fashioned way, which is why they haven't gone out on an official date yet.

"Gusto na rin namin [lumabas] pero gusto namin, respect din sa dad niya, siya ‘yong bunsong anak. May rule na ‘pag dadalaw ako sa kanya, sa bahay muna. I'll do that first."

What age does he consider as the right marrying age?

"Siguro twenty-nine. Five more years saka eksakto lang siguro sa kanya kasi when I reach twenty-nine, thirty, she will be twenty-four, twenty-five. Perfect na ‘yon sa lalaki, perfect na sa babae."

How is Shaina accepted by the Prats family? "Sa side ko, walang problema kasi nakasama ni Camille si Shaina sa Marinella. So, kilala ng mommy ko si Shaina."

How did John and Shaina celebrate Valentine's Day?

"Nasa Tacloban siya with her sister [Vina Morales] and noong birthday ko rin. Pagbalik niya, nag-lunch kami kasama ang ASAP family namin and kabarkada."

"Last Valentine's Day, I sent her flowers. Nagpadala ako ng bouquet of flowers. Assorted. I didn't give her roses kasi parang common, e."

Since John celebrated his birthday last February 14, what gift did he receive from Shaina?

"Binigyan niya ako ng card and it was signed by my closest friends. Ako kasi, it's not the price, it's the thought. Para sa akin, yung effort din niya na pinapirma yung mga taga ASAP without me knowing, yun yung pinaka-okey na gift."


What is his dream wedding?

"I want do it sa church and I want it big kasi naniniwala ako na ang kasal dapat isang beses lang. Kaya isang matinding wedding."

PLAYING UNCLE. John could not hide his excitement about taking care of his one-month old nephew, Nathan Caesar Linsangan. His younger sister Camille came back to the Philippines after giving birth in Los Angeles, California, last January 24. She came back to the country with her husband Anthony in the hope of reviving her showbiz career.

How is it like being a doting uncle to Baby Nathan?

"Ang sarap. Ang aga nilang gumigising, mga 6 a.m. gising na siya. ‘Pag gising ko, pupunta ako ng taping, nandun na sila sa labas kasi kailangan nila ng sun, e. Alam mo yung feeling na gustung-gusto mo nang umuwi kasi gusto mo nang makita yung baby?

"First nephew siya [Nathan], first apo, first everything. Spoiled."

Do Camille and her husband businessman Anthony Linsangan have plans to build their own house?

"Eventually, pinapatayo pa nila yung bahay nila. After their church wedding, I don't know when, saka where. They're planning it. Hopefully this year, probably this December or first quarter next year.

"Ang binyag baka after Holy Week pa. Ako'ng nag-aalaga. Kinakarga ko talaga [si Nathan]," said John proudly.

John said that the Prats family wants to spend the Holy Week in Manila together so they can bond with Camille, who was separated from them for some months. As for Shaina, John informs us she would be spending Holy Week in Hong Kong with her family.

What is Shaina's reaction to the fact that John plays a gay character in the sequel of Manay Po?

"Natuwa siya nung nalaman niya kasi napanood niya yung Manay Po sa Cinema One. Kinuwento ko sa kanya na gagawin ko yung Manay Po 2. Sabi niya, ‘My God, sana mas laugh trip kaysa yung sa first.' Excited din naman siya para rito."


Regal Entertainment's Manay Po 2: Overload opens in theaters nationwide on April 16, 2008.





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