Apparently, it’s a network deal. On April 28, GMA talent Jennylyn Mercado will appear as a special guest on “Deal or No Deal,” the ABS-CBN game show hosted by her boyfriend, Luis Manzano.
In return, the Kapamilya hunk is expected to cross over as a guest on Jennylyn’s talk show on GMA, “Showbiz Central.”
The Kapuso actress clarifies that she obtained a one-time pass for her ”Deal or No Deal” only as a part of the show’s birthday treat for Luis, who turned a year older last April 21.
The two-part birthday special has already been taped, with Luis’ mother, Batangas governor Vilma Santos-Recto, kicking off the proceedings.
“Naunang ipinalabas last Saturday (April 21) ‘yung kay Tita Vi. Yun kasi ang birthday mismo ni Luis,” Jennylyn says.
Both shows were taped on the same day.
“We were both in the studio noong tine-tape ‘yung show. Pero nasa bandang likod ako. Si Tita Vi ang nasa harapan ng audience. Sa dressing room na kami nagkausap,” she says.
Needless to say, Jennylyn had a blast doing the show with Luis, her boyfriend of one year. But she admits getting unnerved by the idea that his mom was watching them in the studio.
“Hindi naman nawawala ‘yung kaba ko lalo na kapag nandiyan si Tita Vi. Sobra ang respeto ko sa kanya kaya kapag nandiyan siya, kailangan maayos ako,” she explains.
Thankfully, Luis was always ready with a wisecrack or three: “Si Luis kasi, mahilig magbiro kaya natatawa ako. Nawawala tuloy ang poise ko dahil sa kanya.
‘Pero sinasabi naman niya na ginagawa niya iyon para ma-relax ako. Mas gusto raw niyang hindi ako ninenerbiyos. Kaya panay ang pagpapatawa niya sa akin,” she adds.
But the truth is Jennylyn has nothing to worry about. The Star for All Seasons likes her son’s girlfriend just the way she is.
“Noong mabasa ko nga ‘yan sa mga interviews ni Tita Vi, natuwa naman ako kasi ‘yun pala ang napapansin sa akin. Hindi naman ako aware na ganito pala ang kilos ko. Basta nandiyan naman si Tita Vi, I try to be myself talaga,” she says.
And based on those interviews, what matters the most to her Tita Vi is that Jennylyn makes Luis happy.
“Kung napapasaya ko si Luis, napapasaya rin naman niya ako,” she says. “Pareho lang kaming masayahing tao at nagkataon na magkasundo kaming dalawa.”
She thinks the compatibility also applies to their respective careers.
Working for different networks has allowed them to maintain their identities as individuals.
But of course, when the idea to guest on each other’s shows came up, Jennylyn knew it was a deal she couldn’t pass up. Now that she has fulfilled her end of the bargain, when will Luis live up to his?
“May pinag-usapan naman na kami and with our managers. Pumayag ako na mag-guest sa show ni Luis, kaya papayag din siyang mag-guest sa ’Showbiz Central.’”
All indications point to the prospect of Luis popping in as a ”surprise guest” when Jennylyn celebrates her birthday on the show next month, but her handlers are keeping the details under wraps.
“Hindi ko alam kung ano talaga at kung kelan. Pero mas maganda nga kung sa birthday ko para parehas lang,” she says. “Abangan na lang nila kung kelan mapapanood si Luis sa GMA. For sure
na isang exciting na araw ito for both of us.”