Days before learning about the gruesome death of her boyfriend Ram Revilla, teen actress Janelle Manahan took to poetry to pour out her sentiments.
The poem, which she wrote on Nov. 1 while in her hospital bed, was flashed in an "Umagang Kay Ganda (UKG)" report on Nov. 10, and it read:
Different stories, different setups
My days and nights has been like this
Thinking what could have I done differently so
None of these exist
"I wanna cry, I wanna cry so bad
But what's the point
When there's no UNDO button
To make it all alright."
Her father, Julius Manahan, admitted that he can't figure out what the poem means.
"Makata 'yan eh, kaya hindi ko maintindihan. The best person who could interpret that is her," said he in a taped interview that also aired on "UKG."
Prior to writing the poem, Janelle's dad related that his daughter dreamed of Ram.
"Bigla siyang nagising, tapos sabi niya, 'Pa… napanaginipan ko si Ramgen. Sabi ko, 'O? Talaga? Masaya ba siya? Nakangiti ba siya sa'yo?' Tapos bigla niya kong tiningnan, 'Hindi naman,' sabi niya. 'Nagda-drive lang kami. Tapos sinabi lang niya sa'kin na 'Suwerte ka Janelle, you were given a second chance to live,'" recalled Mr. Manahan.
Although Janelle's five-year relationship with the actor and son of former senator Ramon Revilla, Sr. was kept below the media radar, Julius said, "Maganda naman po 'yung pinagsamahan nila ni Ramgen."
Julius said Janelle got emotional after the police told her that Ram's siblings, particularly Ramon Joseph "RJ" and Ramona Bautista, were charged as purveyors of the crime.
"Actually very close siya sa family. Umiyak lang... wala naman siyang comment or anything, basta continuously umiyak," said he in the interview.
As for witnesses' claims that there had been a long-standing rift among the Revilla siblings, Julius said that Janelle hasn't mentioned anything about it.
"Negative po, negative. Very private po si Janelle sa kanyang mga activities especially sa relationship nila ni Ramgen although alam ko ongoing nga po 'yung kanilang relasyon and they're going on as normal na magkasintahan," he added.
In her testimony to the Parañaque police, Janelle mentioned that Ramona was with her and Ramgen when they were assaulted by a still-unidentified gunman last Oct. 28 at Ram's house. The "Star Circle Teen Quest" contestant likewise said that she had asked Ramona to call for help after she and Ram were attacked; the former, however, no longer returned to the house.
Janelle has recently undergone surgery for the gunshot wound on her face. She's open to cooperate with authorities in their investigation but requests for time to fully recover, "UKG" reported.
By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ