Luis declares love for Angel at Dubai press event

Posted at 01/24/14 7:18 PM

Former couple Luis Manzano and Angel Locsin. File photo

Getting back together a matter of formality, says Luis

MANILA -- In a highlight of a press event overseas, Luis Manzano on Thursday readily admitted his feelings for former girlfriend Angel Locsin, who earlier confessed that she hopes to get back together with the TV host.

The "Minute to Win It" host made the statement during a press conference at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel in Dubai, for the two-part live show of ABS-CBN's "ASAP 19" in the city held Friday.

Manzano was asked once again to react to Locsin's interview last January 15, where she confessed to still having feelings for Manzano, five years after their separation.

"I love her," was the actor-host's quick response, as quoted by The Filipino Times in the United Arab Emirates.

"We are definitely working things out," Manzano said, when asked if he intends to pursue Locsin. "We are taking things step by step. If you ask, she obviously already answered."

While Locsin has publicly expressed her feelings for him, Manzano said she has yet to tell him the same personally. "She hasn't answered me, but I am very vocal about it of clearing things with her. So I guess it's just a matter of formality."

"I like to think that we both matured in our past love stories so hopefully with all the things happening, it could be a new love story for us," he added.

Locsin, in an earlier interview, clarified that she and Manzano are still trying to fix their differences. She said that while she hopes for a reconciliation, being a couple again is not necessarily in the near future.

"Inaayos parin naman namin," Locsin said at the time. "Hindi naman ibig sabihin na magiging kami na agad, kasi meron pa kaming issues na hindi naso-solve talaga before. But right now, okay kami."

The former couple separated in 2009 and has since been romantically involved with other personalities.

Locsin recently broke up with her boyfriend of over a year, football player Phil Younghusband. She confirmed the breakup in late October, the same month Manzano confirmed his split from actress Jennylyn, his girlfriend of two years.