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|Born||Jay Lan Manalo
30 January 1973
Saigon, South Vietnam
(now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
After he won as 1st runner-up of SM Man of the Year he became a model/endorser of Blowing Bubbles.
His film debut was through the action movie Brat Pack in 1994 which starred Arman Menguito. He became a lead in his second film, Paracale Gang, which was released in 1996 and followed by the movie Urban Rangers. That same year, he did a switch from action to sexy roles when he starred in the movie Gayuma opposite Aira Marie Nadurata. Possessing boyish looks and an oozing sex appeal, he became a staple of sexy movies in the Philippines, with the film Totoy Mola pushing him to sexy stardom.
After Totoy Mola, he played lead in "bold flicks" like Kool Ka Lang, Kaliwat Kanan, Sakit sa Katawan, Bayad Puri, Bawal na Halik and Balahibong Pusa. By the turn of the century, his roles had become more serious and dramatic. His recent performances have been well received by movie critics, and he has won a number of acting awards in the Philippines. Some of his noticeable portrayals are in the films Prosti, Bayaran, Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa, Hubog, Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita and Mano Po 3: My Love. He ventured into other film genres, having starred recently in comedies such as I Will Survive and Ako Legal Wife and in fantasy / horror films such as Gagamboy, Feng Shui, and his latest film Barang.
His latest movie role was in 2011's Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 as Mar in the episode, Rain Rain Go Away.
Jay Manalo has been part of the cast of soap operas. His TV career started with the top-rated soap in 1997, Mula Sa Puso, (ABS-CBN) which starred Claudine Barretto. He followed it up with other appearances in soaps like Pangako Sa 'Yo (ABS-CBN) and Kung Mawawala Ka (GMA Network).
His breakthrough role in television is his portrayal in the soap opera, Vietnam Rose in ABS-CBN in 2005. He plays Miguel, a Vietnamese businessman who was Carina's (played by Maricel Soriano) first love. Though the performances of the cast were well-cited by critics, the ratings were disappointing. After Vietnam Rose, he was included in the cast of GMA's TV adaptation of Bakekang. He played Christoph, an actor and a love interest of the lead role, Bakekang, played by Sunshine Dizon and Valeria, played by Sheryl Cruz. Bakekang became one of the top-rated shows in the Philippines. He recently starred in his new action-adventure series on GMA titled Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan as Drigo, a Filipino version of Hessler of Shaider.
His father is a Filipino musician based in Vietnam during the war and there he met Jay's mother who is Vietnamese. After Jay was born, they moved to Manila and by the time he was five, his parents got separated and his mother was forced to leave him with his father, Eustaquio G. Manalo Jr. In 1981, his father went abroad to work as a musician / entertainer leaving Jay to his grandmother. His father reunited with him in the year 1993. His mother also reunited with him in the year 1995. His mother married a US Navy serviceman and his father continued with his passion for music.
He has recently admitted that he has 11 children with six different women.
Manalo was released to the custody of his lawyer on the 6th of July in 2007, a day after cracking a bomb joke while about to board a flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan on the 5th of July early in the morning. Prosecutor Ticyado ordered Atty. E. Teodoro to take him into custody. Manalo was removed from Philippine Air Lines (PAL) flight PR185 minutes before the aircraft was to take off at 8 in the morning from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal. He told a flight attendant that there was a bomb in his backpack. The prosecutor found that Manalo was only cracking a joke and had no intention of carrying explosives nor harming any of the passengers in the Palawan-bound flight.
|1991||Una Kang Naging Akin|
|1993||Paranaque Bank Robbery|
|1997||Totoy Mola||Totoy Mola|
|Maalaala Mo Kaya||Roger|
|Kool Ka Lang|
|Kaliwa't Kanan, Sakit sa Katawan||Ruben|
|Habang Nasasaktan Lalong Tumatapang|
|Gloria, Gloria Labandera|
|Wangbu||(Released: 4/22/1998) (Produced and Directed by: Toto Natividad)|
|Bayad Puri||(Released: 9/9/1998)|
|Ginto't Pilak||(Released: 11/18/1998)|
|Masikip, Mainit... Paraisong Parisukat||Al|
|Mano Po||Emerson Lau
|2003||Sssshhh... She Walks by the Night|
|Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa||Fr. Emman
|Mano Po 2||Johnson Lim|
|I Will Survive||Greg|
|Mano Po III: My Love||Paul Yang
|Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita||Ichiru
|2005||Mano Po 4: Ako Legal Wife||Elton Chong
|2006||Pacquiao: The Movie||Emong|
|2011||Shake, Rattle & Roll 13||Mar|
References and sources
- Valerai, Nini (June 14, 2003). "Jay Manalo:Bringing up father". Global Nation (Philippines). Archived from the original on December 2, 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-13.
- Sicami, Edmund L. C. "Jay Manalo: More Than a Stud". Planet Philippines.
- Cruz, Marinel R (July 28, 2003). "2 Jay Manalo starrers". Global Nation (Philippines). Archived from the original on November 11, 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-13.
- Jay Manalo at the Internet Movie Database
- Galvez, James Konstantin. "Actor Jay Manalo ordered released after bomb joke". The Manila Times (Philippines).