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Daniel Mananta: Patriotism, loud and proud

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 27 2013   /  02:18 pm

Emcee and businessman Daniel Mananta propels patriotism in pop culture.

On a rainy afternoon, television personality Daniel decides to go to a gym as flooding hits Jakarta and his work schedule for the day has to be rearranged.

“I was supposed to have a job at Mangga Dua Square [in Central Jakarta], but the organizers had to reschedule it until next week because of the floods. Oh well, I’m enjoying it anyway,” Daniel, who has been hosting Indonesian Idol since 2006, tells The Jakarta Post over the phone, after a session at the fitness center.

“About the gym thing, it’s because I’m going to shoot for a TV commercial, which requires me to take my shirt off during the production. So, I really need to go to the gym [to look in shape],” he adds lightheartedly.

Talking with Daniel is like catching up with an old friend over a cup of hot cappuccino.