Jay Manalo (born Jay Lan Manalo on 30 January 1976 in Saigon, South Vietnam) is a Filipino-Vietnamese actor and model. He was born in South Vietnam but raised in Tondo, Manila. He was born to a Filipino father and Vietnamese mother.

Jay Manalo
Jay Lan Manalo

(1976-01-30) 30 January 1976 (age 46)
Other namesJay
OccupationActor, model
Years active1992–present
Agent(s)GMA Artist Center
Viva Entertainment
Regal Entertainment
Star Cinema

Early lifeEdit

Manalo was born in Saigon, South Vietnam but raised in Tondo, Manila. He was born to a Filipino father and Vietnamese mother. His father is Estaquio Manalo Jr.


After he won as 1st runner-up of SM Man of the Year he became a model/endorser of Blowing Bubbles.


His film debut was through the action movie Brat Pack in 1994. He became a lead in his second film, Paracale Gang, which was released in 1996 and followed by the movie Urban Rangers. That same year, he did a switch from action to sexy roles when he starred in the movie Gayuma opposite Amanda Page. Possessing boyish looks and an oozing sex appeal, he became a staple of sexy movies in the Philippines, with the film Totoy Mola pushing him to sexy stardom.

After Totoy Mola, he played lead in "bold flicks" like Kool Ka Lang, Kaliwat Kanan, Sakit sa Katawan, Bayad Puri, Bawal na Halik and Balahibong Pusa. By the turn of the century, his roles had become more serious and dramatic. His recent performances have been well received by movie critics, and he has won a number of acting awards in the Philippines. Some of his noticeable portrayals are in the films Prosti, Bayarán, Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa, Hubog, Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita and Mano Po 3: My Love. He ventured into other film genres, having starred recently in comedies such as I Will Survive and Ako Legal Wife and in fantasy / horror films such as Gagamboy, Feng Shui, and his latest film Barang.

He voiced Simakwel in Urduja whom was the titular character's fiancé. The film also stars Regine Velasquez, Cesar Montano, Eddie Garcia and Johnny Delgado.

His latest movie role was in 2011's Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 as Mar in the episode, Rain Rain Go Away.


Jay Manalo has been part of the cast of soap operas. His TV career started with the top-rated soap in 1997, Mula Sa Puso, (ABS-CBN) which starred Claudine Barretto. He followed it up with other appearances in soaps like Pangako Sa 'Yo (ABS-CBN) and Kung Mawawala Ka (GMA Network).

His breakthrough role in television is his portrayal in the soap opera, Vietnam Rose in ABS-CBN in 2005. He plays Miguel, a Vietnamese businessman who was Carina's (played by Maricel Soriano) first love. Though the performances of the cast were well-cited by critics, the ratings were disappointing. After Vietnam Rose, he was included in the cast of GMA's TV adaptation of Bakekang. He played Christoph, an actor and a love interest of the lead role, Bakekang, played by Sunshine Dizon and Valeria, played by Sheryl Cruz. Bakekang became one of the top-rated shows in the Philippines. He recently starred in his new action-adventure series on GMA titled Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan as Drigo, a Filipino version of Hessler of Shaider.

Manalo was last seen in the teleserye FPJ's Ang Probinsyano on ABS-CBN.

Personal lifeEdit

His Filipino father, Eustaquio G. Manalo, Jr., was a musician based in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War; Jay's mother is Vietnamese. After Jay was born, they moved to Manila and by the time he was five, his parents separated, his mother forced to leave him.

In 1981, his father went abroad to work as a musician and entertainer, leaving Jay with his grandmother. Jay reunited with his father in 1993, and two years later with his mother. She has since married a United States Navy serviceman; Eustaquio continued with his passion for music.

Despite being married, Manalo has admitted that he has eleven children with six different women.[1]

Bomb jokeEdit

Manalo was released to the custody of his lawyer on 6 July 2007, a day after cracking a bomb joke at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport while about to board a morning flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Prosecutor Ticyado had ordered Atty. E. Teodoro to take him into custody, as bomb jokes are criminal offences in the country.

Manalo was earlier removed from Philippine Airlines flight PR185 after telling a flight attendant that there was a bomb in his backpack. The prosecutor found that Manalo was only cracking a joke and had no intention of carrying explosives nor harming any of the passengers in the Palawan-bound flight.



Year Title Role Network
2022 Tadhana: Batangueno Lover Banjo GMA Network
2020-2021 Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday Joaquin Escoto
2019 Sino ang May Sala?: Mea Culpa Lucio Del Rio ABS-CBN
2018 Magpakailanman: May Forever si Lola Rene GMA Network
The Cure General Fernan / Supremo
2017 Alyas Robin Hood Pablo Rodrigo
Meant To Be Melchor Dela Cruz
2016 Till I Met You Robert Ernesto Galang ABS-CBN
Conan, My Beautician Conrado GMA Network
Danny Zialcita's Bakit Manipis ang Ulap? Ricardo's brother TV5
2015-2016 And I Love You So Dominador "Dexter" Eustaquio Jimenez ABS-CBN
2015 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Victor Mangubat
Healing Hearts Abel Villamor GMA Network
2014 Strawberry Lane Christopher "Chris" Bernarte
Niño Lucio
2013-2014 Madam Chairman Armando "Dodong" de Guzman TV5
2013 Kidlat Mario Palomares / Burak
2012 Isang Dakot Na Luha Mario San Diego
2011 Glamorosa Dr. Arman Gallano
Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum Salazar
Babaeng Hampaslupa Charles Wong
2010 The Last Prince Carlos Ledesma GMA Network
May Bukas Pa: Father Franco de Jesus ABS-CBN
2009 SineSerye: Florinda Ramil Gonzales
All My Life Gary Romualdez GMA Network
2007-2008 Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan Commander Drigo
2006-2007 Carlo J. Caparas's Bakekang Kristof Arevalo
2005-2006 Vietnam Rose Lê Đình Hiền Hoàng / Miguel ABS-CBN
2005 Saang Sulok ng Langit Dante GMA Network
2002-2003 Kung Mawawala Ka Nestor Adorable
2000-2002 Pangako Sa 'Yo Caloy Macaspac ABS-CBN
1997-1999 Mula sa Puso Gilbert Matias
1986-1989 Superstar Himself - Guest RPN


Year Title Role
1994 Brat Pack
1995 Urban Rangers Chito
1996 Totoy Golem Nicasio "Asiong" Salonga
1996 Paracale Gang
1997 Totoy Mola Totoy Mola
Maalaala Mo Kaya Roger
Kool Ka Lang
Kaliwa't Kanan, Sakit sa Katawan Ruben
Habang Nasasaktan Lalong Tumatapang
Magkapalad (Released: 26 November 1997)
Gloria, Gloria Labandera
1998 Sabong (Released: 25 March 1998)
Wangbu (Released: 22 April 1998) (Produced and Directed by: Toto Natividad)
Bayad Puri (Released: 9 September 1998)
Ginto't Pilak (Released: 18 November 1998)
1999 Bullet
2000 Abandonada
2001 Balahibong Pusa
Hubog Uno
  • nominated for Best Actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards
2002 Bayarán
  • won for Best Actor in the FAMAS Awards
Prosti Nonoy
  • won Best Actor in the Urian Awards
Masikip, Mainit... Paraisong Parisukat Al
Mano Po Emerson Lau
  • nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards
  • nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the Urian Awards
2003 Sssshhh... She Walks by the Night
Ang Huling Birhen sa Lupa Fr. Emman
  • won for Best Actor in the Manila Film Festival Awards
  • nominated for Best Actor in the Star Awards for Movies
Mano Po 2 Johnson Lim
2004 Gagamboy Ipisman
I Will Survive Greg
Singles Anton
Feng Shui Inton
Mano Po III: My Love Paul Yang
  • nominated for Best Actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards
Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Ichiru
  • nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards
  • won for Best Supporting Actor in the Film Academy of the Philippines Awards
2005 Mano Po 4: Ako Legal Wife Elton Chong
  • nominated for Best Actor in the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards
2006 Pacquiao: The Movie Emong
Barang Elmo
2008 Urduja Simakwel (voice)
2009 Manila Tristan
2010 Romeo at Juliet
2011 Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 Mar
2011 Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story Prison Mayor Guardame
2013 Seduction Ervin
2017 Higanti Congressman Alex
Ang Panday
2018 Watch Me Kill Franco
2021 Anak ng Macho Dancer Jun Mallari
2022 Girl Friday Congressman Fredie

References and sourcesEdit

  • Valerai, Nini (14 June 2003). "Jay Manalo:Bringing up father". Global Nation (Philippines). Archived from the original on 2 December 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2006.
  • Sicami, Edmund L. C. "Jay Manalo: More Than a Stud". Planet Philippines. Archived from the original on 4 March 2007.
  • Cruz, Marinel R (28 July 2003). "2 Jay Manalo starrers". Global Nation (Philippines). Archived from the original on 11 November 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2006.
  • Jay Manalo at IMDb
  • Galvez, James Konstantin. "Actor Jay Manalo ordered released after bomb joke". The Manila Times (Philippines). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007.


  1. ^ Carvajal, Dolly Anne. "Jay Manalo: I have 11 kids with 6 women". Inquirer Entertainment.

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