Luis Manzano admits smitten by Jennylyn Mercado’s

Actor Luis Manzano confessed that he admires actress Jennylyn Mercado’s beauty even before as he confirmed that he is currently dating the Kapuso star.

The admission comes after weeks of alleged sightings of the duo in Boracay during the Holy Week.

The actor-TV host said they got close to one another early this year through their Jiu-Jitsu trainings. He also admitted that he’s not dating anyone else at the moment.

Both Manzano and Mercado were romantically involved with fellow showbiz personalities recently. Manzano however had chosen not to dwell on their respective pasts saying there is no point in talking about it.

He also defended Mercado from criticisms particularly on the negative write-ups about the actress having a child out of wedlock. He said Mercado’s situation is just similar to her mom, Batangas governor Vilma Santos who had him as a son when she fell in love with Sen. Ralph Recto.

Manzano also related that Gov. Vilma Santos had already met the actress last Holy Week in Batangas.

On Mercado’s son Alex Jazz, Manzano related that he already met him twice when the kid would visit his mother during the classes.

Regarding his previous relationship with fellow Kapamilya Angel Locsin, that actor said he has already moved on and is very happy now, even describing Mercado as a blessing.

For her part, Mercado said she was overwhelmed by Manzano’s statements adding that he is the first guy who defended and praised her in media interviews. She also said

Manzano is a true gentleman who really knows how to treat a lady.

However the actress said she is not yet ready to enter into a new relationship as she is still nursing a broken heart, referring to her recent breakup with Dennis Trillo.