Jiro Manio captured the attention of the netizens after he sold one of the most prized possessions he got during his career as a child actor.
In the episode of Pinoy Pawnstars, Jiro offered his Gawad Urian Best Actor trophy to Jayson “Boss Toyo” Luzadas for P500,000 but sold it for only P75,000 after a short negotiation.
It’s not yet known why Jiro sold the trophy he won due to his exemplary performance in the 2004 movie Magnifico.
Jiro only said that he sold the trophy because he trusted Jayson that he would only display it in his planned museum, but netizens believed there were other reasons why the former child actor sold it for a low price.
Due to the speculations that Jiro badly needed money, netizens asked FPJ’s Batang Quiapo star Coco Martin to help the award-winning actor.
“Sana Kunin ka ni Mr.Coco Martin mabigyan ka uli ng break ulit . Napaka galing mo actor alam nmen na kaya mo uli bumalik sa pag artista . Malaki na nabago sa sarili mo ngaun tuloy tuloy mo lang idol at lagi ka mag dasal . God less boss Toyo,” a netizen said.
“Paging Mr. Coco Martin baka puwede naman maisama si Jiro sa Batang Quiapo?” another netizen commented.
However, when asked if he was planning to return to showbiz, Jiro said that he preferred to continue his job as a volunteer in the rehabilitation center where he was treated.
“Ang maganda kay Jiro, alam niya sa sarili niya na hindi niya pa kaya, kumbaga nagre-rehab siya pero may nakikita pa siyang kahinaan sa sarili niya, kaya hindi niya iniiwan ang rehab,” said Jiro’s doctor, Joel de Leon in a past interview.