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Post by retblast19 on Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:09 pm

Manuel Chua Jr. at Supreme

No Fear Factor
Tim Yap
January 10, 2009 12:00 AM

Seven participants left and counting. RJ Calipus, LJ Moreno, Janna Dominguez, Jommy Teotico, Savanah Lamsen, Marion dela Cruz and Manuel Chua, Jr. In Pinoy Fear Factor, we’ve seen these reality show stars conquer their fear, one by one: from fear of heights to fear of sights, to eating insects and chomping on objects. These fearless few are not of the faint-hearted variety — we all know this by now.

It’s anyone’s ball game, and that is when it gets more exciting.

The Magic 7 has it strong. RJ is very determined to win because of his family — he has two kids and a wife to support. Jommy’s ace is that he is able to play mind games, which serves as his strategy in distracting his opponents. Janna’s willpower stems from the fact that she wants to help her family, especially her father who works in Japan. LJ is naturally competitive at anything she does, coming from the oh-so-competitive world of showbiz. Marion loves challenging himself and has great footwork, having been a soccer player in Austria. Some people underestimate Savanah because of her being the kikay one, which is why she wants to prove that she is, indeed, a toughie.

Supreme sat down with Manuel Chua Jr., while under the lens of stylist-slash-photographer Ton Lao and asked him how he gets to face his fears, and conquer them.

“In terms of the game, whenever there’s a scary challenge, I’d block off everything that surrounds me and not pay attention to anything else. I just keep my focus on the task at hand,” Manuel says in a very polite manner, peppering every sentence with po and opo to the whole team involved in the shoot.

Later on, he would reveal the deeper reason why he never gives up on the challenges. ”It’s because of my daughter. I’ll do anything for her.” Manuel is talking about his four-year-old angel Klarine Angela. Manuel also has an appliance store in Nueva Ecija, even before joining the show.

Our bets are on Manuel. It seems like nothing scares this guy. After the shoot, he waxes philosophical about fear. “There’s fear in not knowing, so whenever I see fear, I rationalize things so I can handle it well. I think deeply so I can understand it better. There is nothing that the mind cannot control.”

Hearing that, let us all have a fearless year ahead of us.


I was never afraid of…Heights, deep water, speed…I’m basically an adventurous person.

I fear…Failure.

And I conquered this fear by…Thinking positive. Believing in God and myself.

When I was a kid, I used to be scared of…My mom, because she is really the disciplinarian in the family. Growing up with two other hard-headed brothers, we used to get involved in a lot of mishaps but we backed up each other all the time.

The hardest challenge in the show would have to be…The pressures of the show. Giving my best, expectations that I need to meet and trying to push myself to win. Stunt-wise there were actually three stunts that stood out for me as the hardest, first was the snake tank stunt that I never get to try because I earned the “IWAS PELIGRO” for that round of elimination (I was lucky on that one); second was the candy shop where we had to eat insects, rats, worms while trying to beat each other’s time (not lucky at all); third was another stunt whose difficulty I underestimated at first.

When I’m scared,
I…Tend to block it off. Fear is all in the mind.

Something that with strong determination you can control and overcome.

In your own words, complete the line in the song “When I was afraid, I was…” When I was afraid, I was really damn afraid.

I’m not afraid to show my… Kryptonite (everybody has his own weakness).

This coming year,
I promise to… Be the best that I can possibly be.

You can watch me in…Pinoy Fear Factor on ABS-CBN primetime bida.

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Post by jasz on Fri May 01, 2009 3:36 pm

May 01, 2009
by: Robert SIlverio


Last April 26, Sunday, idinaos sa Clubhouse ng Kingswood Condo sa Pasong Tamo ang exclusive at first get-together event ng fans club ni SUperManuel na tinaguriang “SuperFriends of Super Manuel”.

And fans club na ito ay nabuo via internet threads sa pinoy Duon nagka-ipon-ipon at nagchachat ang mga fans ni Super Manuel, magmula nung magpost duon ang president at founder na si Mario Enrico Pacana Jr. And after 4 months, more than 1,000 fans na ang naglolog on doon at more than 200 fans ang very active sa grupo.

Alam nila ang daily activites ni SuperManuel (a.k.a. Manuel Chua Jr., one of the Top 4 sa Pinoy Fear Factor) like tv guestings, tapings and mall shows. At dahil duon kaagad nagkaroon ng common bonding ang mga supporters ni SuperManuel and eventually, nabuo ang pangalang SuperFriends of SuperManuel

Anyway sa nabanggit na get-together, maraming makabagbag damdamin ang nangyari. Una, hindi inaasahan at hindi alam ni Super Manuel na darating dun ang butihin nyang ina na si Mrs. Daisy Chua, kasama pa ang ilang mga kamag-anak at family friends.

Kaya bago dumating si Manuel sa clubhouse ng Kingswood, nagtago muna sa loob ng men’s and ladies confort room ang mga kamag-anak at ang ina niya.

Unang sumalubong kay Manuel ang mga mapagmahal niyang fans at walang katapusang akapan, picture taking ang nangyari. Nang uupo na si Manuel, laking gulat nya nang maglabasan mula sa CR ang mommy niya at mga kamag-anak.

Talagang inilihim kay Supermanuel ang pagdating ng kanyang mga kaanak na nagbuhat pa sa Cabantuan at San Jose, Nueva Ecija. Kaya na surprise si Manuel dahil more than a month na niyang hindi nakakapiling ang mommy niya, mga kamag-anak at friends niya sa Cabantuan. Halos mapaiyak si Manuel nang makita niya ang mga ito.

After ng napakahabang program na inihanda ng isang mapagmahal na fan din ni Super Manuel – mga games, sharing, question and answer at reflections na parang Holy Retreat ay salamt at isinalang din ang very special audio visual presentation na ginawa nina Marlo Kinney at Jasmine Ramos para sorpresahin si Manuel.

Dinnertime na nung ipalabas yun and again, nakakaiya na naman ang kanilang nasaksihan. Nandun sa avp ang mga kamag-anak at kaibigan ni Supermanuel. Plus of course, matiyagang naipon nina Marlo at Jasmine ang mga video clips ng mga tv guestings at mall shows ni Manuel

At ang halos ikaiyak ng lahat, lalo na ang mommy ni Manuel ay ang pagpapalabas muli ng video clip ng episode sa Pinoy Fear Factor nang matalo si Manuel sa isang stunts. Kinokontrol ng lahat ang mga luha nila, lalo na si Mrs. Daisy Chua, dahil nag-flashback sa kanila ang madramang pagkakaalis ni Manuel sa PFF n asana ay nag-champion siya dahil sa rami ng world records na nagawa niya duon.

“Malapit na akong humagulgol ng iyak”, sabi pa ni Mommy Daisy. “ Naaawa ako sa anak ko sa pagkatalo niya duon. Pero salamat at nariyan ngayon kayong mga kaibigan niya at ang Channel 2 na sumusuporta pa rin sa kanya.

Ang mga kamag-anakan at family friends ni SuperManuel na dumalo ay kinabibilangan nina: Lomie Lauriaga, Denden Hernandez, Jhonel Roda, Marivic Hernandez, Dante Garchitorena, Victorino Hernandez, Vangie Hernandez. At ang Superfriends of Supermanuel na nakisaya ay sina Apol Arcega, Jasmine Ramos, Mon Octaviano, Armie Tayag, Lhen Valdez, Judy Frias, Marlo Kinney, Margie Dalisay, Rita Santos, Denise Alonso, Edcile May Doromal, Mary Rose Damole, Michelle Gabriel, Annie David, Annalyn Tagundo, Morgan Garora, Malyn de Galon, Mario Enrico Pacana at si Miss Josephine Villanueva na isa sa may pinakamalaking naitulong sa naturang event.
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Post by jasz on Sat May 02, 2009 3:31 am

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Written by All Access / Ricky T. Gallardo
Sunday, 26 April 2009 18:35

Fearless Manuel Chua Jr. is ready for everything

HE might not have won the top plum in the recently concluded Pinoy Fear Factor on ABS-CBN, but he certainly scored so many important points among the followers of this reality show shot entirely in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“They say that winning is the only thing, but I certainly believe otherwise. Life does not guarantee that we win all our battles. For me, it is more important that I gave a good fight and I fought till the end with the best and all I’ve got,” he tells us when we spoke to him at the GOMA Cup in Boracay.

Manuel strikes us as very mature and sensible. He is from Cabanatuan City in the province of Nueva Ecija, not married but has a daughter. “She is my everything,” he muses, “that’s why I am very grateful that the Pinoy Fear Factor show has opened possibilities for me to enter show business.”

Manuel will soon be shown in “Bud Brothers,” the premiere episode of the new afternoon drama of ABS-CBN Precious Hearts Romance. “I’m also very happy that I was handpicked to be in George & Cecil, the movie of Judy Ann [Santos] and Ryan [Agoncillo] that will start filming soon.

While waiting for his projects to take off, Manuel shuttles back and forth to his hometown in central Luzon, overseeing his business investments. “I have an appliance-dealership store and I also rented a parcel of land where I grow and harvest palay.”

We feel Manuel will go a long way in this business, and we hope he will play his cards right. He is intelligent, realistic and certainly good-looking.
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