COMEDIAN Jose Manalo showed his serious side by admitting he was just too glad to be part of the Fastbreak 2 Charity Game held Saturday for the benefit of the victims of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan).
Manalo played alongside amateur and collegiate star players together and fellow showbiz personalities during the benefit game organized by Ateneo stalawart Kiefer Ravena at the Blue Eagle Gym.
The Eat Bulaga! mainstay said he’s more than willing to lend a hand especially in a benefit game such as this, whose proceeds will all go to the relief aid of Concepcion town in Iloilo.
“Masaya ako at nagpapasalamat kay Kiefer na nakaisip siya ng mga ganitong charity game para makatulong. Sana marami pang players na makaisip ng fundraising,” said Manalo in a short interview with Spin.ph after the entertaining match that ended in a 71-all draw.
Serious as he was about helping typhoon victims, Manalo’s wacky antics still drew the biggest laughs from the sizeable crowd that watched the game.
Manalo immediately had the crowd in stiches when he immediately complained to the referee upon entering the game in the second quarter.
Minutes later, he switched role and acted as referee, using a whistle which he had been keeping under his socks.
Also a big hit was when Manalo dunked twice during the game – upon being carried by players Kevin Alas and Von Pessumal.
The favorite sidekick of popular comedian and TV host Vic Sotto played relatively extended minutes during the game, saying he’s been trying to keep in shape by exercising and playing basketball during his spare time.
“Practice lang ng practice, medyo ume-edad na rin kasi,” he said with a smile.
But what kept Manalo’s attention was the comparison being made by basketball fans between him and so-called look-alike University of Sto. Tomas coach Pido Jarencio.
“Marami ngang nagsasabi 'nun (na kamukha ko si coach Pido),” said Manalo.
The comedian said in jest he doesn’t think so.
“Pero mas hawig siya kay Allan K,” he added, referring to his colleague in the popular noontime show.