Jessy Mendiola grateful to be treated like family by BF Luis Manzano's mom Vilma Santos

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Jessy Mendiola on Batangas Six District Representative Vilma Santos: "Sobrang bait ni Tita Vi. Parang wala akong masabi. Kasi si Tita Vi, siya naman, ang hangad lang naman niya yung kasiyahan ni Lu."


Jessy Mendiola feels grateful to know that she and boyfriend Luis Manzano have earned the approval of his mom, Batangas Sixth District Representative Vilma Santos.

The Kapamilya actress fondly calls the congresswoman “Tita Vi” and her boyfriend Luis as “Lu.”

Jessy is very much happy with the way “Tita Vi” treats her like family.

She said, “Sobrang bait ni Tita Vi. Parang wala akong masabi...

“Kasi si Tita Vi, siya naman, ang hangad lang naman niya, yung kasiyahan ni Lu.”

In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Tuesday, August 1, Jessy was told that Vilma recently had an interview wherein the congresswoman defended her and Luis from their detractors.

“Feeling ko naman, lahat ng mga ka-close namin, yun ang hinahangad—hayaan na lang natin yung iba na sumaya.

“So, I guess ganun din siya sa amin.

“Kasi nakikita niya kung gaano kami kasaya, e.

“So, dun siya nanggagaling—na sana pabayaan na lang silang maging masaya.

“I know she means well.”


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After a year of being in a relationship with Luis, Jessy described what it's like bonding with the congresswoman and Star For All Seasons.

“Oo, galing lang siya ng States nung isang day, tapos nag-Gawad Urian Awards na [last July 20].

“So yun, nag-text siya kanina na nami-miss niya daw kami.

“Magkita-kita daw kami soon.

“Kasi nga, lagi kaming may ginagawa, si Lu laging may trabaho.

“So, siyempre nag-aantayan lang kami ng free schedule.”


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Jessy further said that Luis is also close to her family.

Last June, she finally introduced the 36-year-old TV host-actor to her British-Lebanese father who came to Manila for a quick vacation.

“Actually, siya yung pinakaunang lalaking pinakilala ko sa dad ko.

“Sabi ko, ‘Suwerte mo, ha! Ikaw yung pinakaunang nakilala, nagustuhan ka pa.’”

What was her father’s impression of Luis?

Jessy happily replied, “Same sila ng humor.

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“Sabi ng dad ko, ‘I like him. He’s funny like me.’

“So yun, nagkasundo sila agad.”


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