Actor Jim Pebanco revealed his romantic relationship with award-winning director Joel Lamangan.
In an interview with Pep.ph, Jim said that he met Joel in the 80s when he auditioned in one of the movies produced by the director.
According to him, the two became close after he became a theater actor.
“Nag-o-audition ako, nakita niya ako. Nagalingan siguro sa akin. Nag-o-audition ako sa mga musical plays before kasi kumakanta ako. ‘Tapos, nakakapasa naman ako. Tapos, nagkaroon ako ng scholarship sa CCP and that’s it. And there I was trained,” he said.
“Kumakanta ako sa isang piano bar sa Roxas Boulevard during the early ’80s. Ang mga kasama niya [Joel], mga direktor din—sina Soxie Topacio at Khryss Adalia,” he added.
He said that they’d been in a relationship for more than three decades, and he gladly shared the secret of their bond.
“Ano iyan, e, dapat pati yung kagandahan, kabutihan, at saka medyo yung quirks. At saka kailangan dapat tatanggapin mo yun and learn how to compromise. At saka araw-araw, learning experience iyan, e. Hindi madali,” he stated.
“Dapat intindihin mo ang pagkatao ng kasama mo. Pati yung kanyang mga topak, yung mga mood swings, and don’t be afraid na matuto ka araw-araw kasi meron kang nakikita, e. At saka meron kang nalalaman araw-araw,” he added.
Meanwhile, Joel was currently popular on social media, not because of the movie he directed, but because of the character he’d been portrayed on FPJ’s Batang Quiapo.