Melai Cantiveros says spotty English not a problem during AAA

Melai Cantiveros says spotty English not a problem during AAA 2023 appearance

/ 07:40 PM January 10, 2024

Melai Cantiveros says spotty English not a problem during AAA 2023 appearanceMelai Cantiveros. Image: Instagram/@mrandmrsfrancisco

Melai Cantiveros. Image: Instagram/@mrandmrsfrancisco

One of the highlights of the Asia Artist Awards (AAA) 2023 last December was Melai Cantiveros’ funny remarks during the interview portion and her acceptance speech, which caught the attention of Korean stars such as Kim Seon-ho and NewJeans.

Among her hilarious remarks included her interview with IVE’s Jang Won-young who asked her thoughts about being part of the event. She said in response: “Attending to [sic] AAA is a very honor. I feel like I am the first honor [sic], a valedictorian in attending an AAA. So the best, prestigious award [sic]. I cannot believe this happening!”


In her cover interview with Preview magazine, Cantiveros recalled her AAA 2023 experience, saying she did her best to respond to the question though she is fully aware that she is not fluent in English.


“Grabe yung kaba ko. Mabuti na lang nilabanan ko (I was very nervous. It’s a good thing I was able to move forward from it),” she was quoted as saying.

“Mabuti na lang tumawa yung mga tao, dahil kung hindi sila tumawa… I think, I’m sorry, I’m signing off. Charing! Mapagtagumpayan ko lang ito, hindi lang ako mahimatay, okay na ako,” she told the magazine. (It’s a good thing people laughed. Because if they didn’t, I think, I’m sorry. I’m signing off. Just kidding! As long as I can pull this off well, I won’t faint, I’m okay with it.)

Cantiveros also noted that she lived a more simple life before skyrocketing to fame. But the thought of making people laugh is what convinced her of her place in showbiz.

“Maraming tao ang naha-happy sa akin. Iba ‘yung happiness na nabibigay ko sa kanila eh. Pag nagpapa-picture sila sa’kin, doon ko narere-realize na pwede ko ipagpalit yung privacy ko,” she said. (I make people happy. The happiness I give to them is different. When they take pictures with me, that’s when I realize that I’m willing to exchange it for my privacy.)

The host-comedienne was among the recipients of the Best Actor award in the AAA after her lead role in the film “Ma’am Chief.” The movie also starred Jennica Garcia and Karylle.

South Korean actors Ahn Hyo-seop, Kim Se-jeong, Lee Dong-hwi, and Lee Joon-hyuk also received the coveted award in the ceremony.

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