He might be the son of two of the greatest and most influential stars in the country – veteran actress-turned-politician Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto and actor-host Edu Manzano – yet Luis Manzano was able to step out of the shadows of his superstar parents and create his mark in the industry through his own efforts and talents.
Ever since he embarked on the local entertainment scene, his presence on-screen has been highly anticipated not only because of his unmistakable good looks that truly runs in their blood, but of his impressive and distinctive flair, mostly, in hosting and comedy. Thus, there’s no wonder that he is being deemed as the most in-demand and topnotch presenters of his generation, not to mention being multi-awarded.
As he is set to entertain us anew through his hosting stint in the newest reality talent program of ABS-CBN billed Your Moment, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit his almost two-decade career as a prolific television presenter.
Luis entered show business in 2003 and became one of the pioneer video jocks (or VJs) of MYX until 2013. He would then join ASAP the same year as a main host, a continuing stint up to the present. From 2004 to 2006, he was tapped to host both the Kids and Teens edition and the two seasons of the artista search Star Circle Quest alongside Jodi Sta. Maria. Then in 2005, he hosted the reality love team search Qpids opposite Anne Curtis.
It was in 2006 when he had the chance to join Toni Gonzaga and Mariel Rodriguez in hosting the long-running reality show Pinoy Big Brother for its Celebrity Edition 1, which was subsequently followed by their stint in the showbiz-oriented talk show Entertainment Live on that same year and in PBB Teen Edition Plus in 2008.
In 2010, he worked together with Billy Crawford in headlining the trivia game show Panahon ‘Ko ‘To!: Ang Game Show ng Buhay Ko and the inaugural season of the talent competition Pilipinas Got Talent, which they also co-hosted in 2013 (Season 4) and 2016 (Season 5).
The 38-year-old actor was then able to further exude his comedic chops when he hosted the weekly comedy gag show Laugh Out Loud opposite premiere cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao. It was then succeeded by his stint in the much-awaited return of the popular game show Kapamilya Deal or No Deal in 2012 and its latest staging in 2015. At the same time, he also accompanied the Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo in emceeing her own weekly musical program Sarah G. Live.
A year after, the Philippine adaptation of the phenomenal game show Minute To Win It was launched with Luis as the perennial facilitator of challenges. It ran for three seasons, with the second (2016) and third (2019) tagged as The Last Man Standing.
His journey in The Voice Philippines franchise began in 2014 as one of the hosts of the Kids Season 1 and of the second staging of the regular edition on that same year. With the competition’s comeback in 2017 for the Teens edition, Luis also reprised his role.
In 2015, he replaced his friend Billy Crawford in headlining the game show Celebrity Playtime. After a year, he was given the hosting gig for another game show billed Family Feud.
Did you know that he was also tapped to be a guest co-host of It’s Showtime? Well, that happened in 2017, the same year when the mystery music game show I Can See Your Voice was inaugurated, which is currently on its second season.
This year, he rang in 2019 by hosting World of Dance Philippines, the Pinoy incarnation of the global hit dance contest of the same name executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. And before the year ends, we’re indeed ‘lucky’ to see him host another remarkable program, Your Moment, which is yet to start this coming November 9.