Goin’ Bulilit’s John Manalo graduates from college with girlfriend Erika Rabara

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  • John Manalo, who is best remembered as among the first batch of “Goin’ Bulilit” cast, recently graduated from college with his girlfriend, Erika Rabara
  • John shared one of their graduation portraits on Instagram which he captioned with a long message for his girlfriend
  • From being a multi-awarded child actor, John now aspires to be a filmmaker, and chronicles much of his photography work on his Instagram page

John Manalo, who is best remembered as among the first batch of “Goin’ Bulilit” cast, has grown older and is now a college graduate.

John shared one of his graduation portraits on Instagram; notably with his girlfriend, Erika Rabara.

According to ABS CBN, the couple graduated from the University of Santo Tomas.

John took up AB Communication Arts, while Erika took up BS Medical Technology and graduated as cum laude.

In his caption, John shared how proud he is of Erika. He wrote as an ender to his long message: “Congratulations, Erika Cecilia Rabara, my CUM LAUDE.”

PRIORITY, SACRIFICE, and FAITH. Let’s talk about “priority” first. Nung nililigawan palang kita, alam ko na talaga kung ano ang priority mo, at yun ay ang pag-aaral mo. Ni minsan hindi sumagi sa isip ko na dapat “tayo” ang maging priority mo. Kagaya nga nang palagi kong sinasabi sayo, hindi ko babaguhin ang landas ng iyong paglalakbay kundi sasamahan kita sa pangarap na matagal mo ng gustong makamit. Pangalawa naman ay ang sakripisyo. Dugo’t pawis, puyat at pag iyak. Pagbabasa ng libro habang bumabiyahe, naglalakad, kumakain, at ngumingiti sa harap ng camera. Nakita ko ang lahat ng pagod at sakripisyo na nilaan mo para sayong pag-aaral. Ito ang lagi mong tatandaan nandito lang ang panyo ko para sa iyong mga luha, ang balikat ko na handang umalalay pag hindi mo na kaya, at ang bibig ko na hindi magsasawang sabihin sayo na “Kaya mo yan, love.” Lastly, faith. Nakaya mo ang lahat ng paghihirap dahil sentro ng relasyon natin si God. Lahat ng bagay na ginagawa mo ay inaalay mo para sa kanya. Maraming mas nakatatanda ang nagsasabi na ang relasyon ay maaaring makasira ng pagaaral ngunit salungat yun sa mga nangyari sa atin, hindi natin hinila ang bawat isa pababa, bagkos hinatak natin pataas ang bawat isa. Congratulations, Erika Cecilia Rabara, my CUM LAUDE. ??

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John, 22, is the nephew of Filipino actor Jericho Rosales. John was last seen on television in an episode of “Ipaglaban Mo” in 2017.

His role in “Goin’ Bulilit” (2005-2008) was followed by a string of supporting roles in primetime series, including “Mara Clara”, “Princess and I” and “Bridges of Love”.

And for the series of Mga Anghel na Walang Langit, John got his two awards in The Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation as Most Popular Child Actor and Best Child Performer and at the young age of 9, he became a multi-awarded child actor.

John aspires to be a filmmaker, and chronicles much of his photography work on his Instagram page.

Forever is composed of nows.

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His favorite subject, it appears, is his girlfriend, Erika.

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