"Wait, no! I have so many things to do!" 25-year-old actress Jessy Mendiola said in response when her British-Lebanese father asked about her plans of settling down. Early this month, Jessy was surprised by her dad's attendance at a birthday celebration that her beau Luis Manzano threw for her.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, Jessy revealed how this visit was a special time for her and her father. "First time niyang pumunta dito, I was seven. Pumunta siya ulit five years ago kasama 'yung ate ko. Biglang pagdating niya ngayon natuwa ako. He made time for me."
And during his stay, Luis got along incredibly well with him. "'Yung dad ko sobrang joker din. 'Pag nagkikita silang dalawa, wala na silang ginawa kundi mag-joke."
Their apparent closeness led to their talks about marriage: "Niloloko na nga nila ako. My dad kasi, he's a believer, parang 'oh, you're turning 25. Do you know the Lebanese way? They get married at 25.' So bigla akong nagulat."
She then said that Luis has already shown her his intentions for settling down: "Every day pinapa-obvious niya sa akin na 'ready na 'ko.' I think that's one way of showing his love for me na he's patiently waiting."
Right now, Jessy is taking things slow while enjoying her career and personal life. "There are things in life na hindi mo mapagpapalit sa career, 'di ba? I can whip it up again and I'm taking my time. I'm really thankful for strength and love that my family, my friends, si Luis, na binibigay sa akin. It's a blessing for me."
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