Male stars in ‘Manay Po’ didn’t have qualms accepting gay roles
By: ----   From: Manila Bulletin
[May 4, 2006]

    All the male lead stars in Regal Entertainment’s "Manay Po" admitted during the recent press conference of the movie that they did not have qualms accepting their gay roles when it was offered to them by Mother Lily and the director, the awarded Joel Lamangan. Now, they’re thanking profusely Mother Lily and Joel Lamangan for entrusting them their respective roles.

    Playing Oscar’s younger brother Orson is Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition second placer. Before he joined PBB, John was seen on the big screen as a gay Chinoy son who comes out of the closet in the MMFFP hit and award-winning comedy "Ako Legal Wife: Mano Po 4."

    John admitted that playing the flamboyant Orson in "Manay Po" is even more challenging than his role as a closet gay Chinoy in "Ako Legal Wife." John said "the hardest thing I had to do was put on Zsa Zsa Padilla’s clothes. In most of the movie, I acted normally because I was playing a closeted gay. In ‘Manay Po,’ I’m playing a loud and proud gay for the whole movie, and this takes a lot of energy."

    John continued: "There’s even a scene where I join a gay beauty pageant, so you can imagine the outfits I had to wear. There’s also a scene where I pull the hair of LJ Reyes because she’s stealing my crush, played by Mike Tan. And of course, I won’t give up Mike without a fight!"

    Isn’t John worried about doing two consecutive gay movies? He said no, "because for me, the fun of acting is that I get to play different people, especially characters who are very different from who I am in real life."

    In his forthcoming project, the teleserye "Bituing Walang Ningning," John won’t be playing a gay role. "Like any actor, I want to surprise the audience with everything that I do. When they’re least expecting it, I’ll play another gay character," he promised.

    "Manay Po," also starring Christian Vasquez, Glaiza de Castro, Giselle Sanchez, IC Mendoza, among others, will be premiered on May 29. Regular run will be start on May 31.