by: Bernie Franco
Melai Cantiveros said that the issue of her burning the picture of radio and TV jock Mr. Fu on the gag showBanana Split was blown out of proportion. The Pinoy Big Brother Double Up Big Winner said that their objective in burning the picture in that particularBanana Split episode was to suggest letting go of the past year and to welcome the brand new year. Mr. Fu became a sensation last year because of his expression, “Me ganon?”
“Hindi naman po talaga kami close [ni Mr. Fu]. Hindi kami magkakilala po. Ngayon kung tanungin n’yo po si Mr. Fu baka hindi niya ako kilala,” explained Melai. “Sabi ko naman din, nagpapatawa kami [at] isa ‘yan sa mga gags. Ang motive namin is magpatawa. ‘Yun mga nauso sa 2010. Wala naman ako masamang intensyon hindi ko kilala magagalit ako, abnormal ako hindi ko kilala [aawayin ko]?”
Melai also did not hesitate to express her apologies to Mr. Fu if he was hurt by what she did. “Kung nasaktan man siya dun, pasensiya and sorry kung nasaktan siya dun. Hindi ko naman alam na nagkasala ako dun, artista ako, eh. Sabi ni Direk, pinapagawa lang sa akin.”
The comedienne also said that this controversy is nothing compared to real problems in the society. “Sa amin nagpapatawa kami hindi naman ‘yon over-over, hindi ‘yun malaking isyu. Maraming dapat isyuhin yung mga lahat ng ginawa ng mga pulitiko, maraming dapat pag-usapan pictures lang yun po. Ang sobra pa sa Internetpara kang nakapatay ng tao na hindi naman. Parang pinalaki lang.
Meanwhile, Melai is now gearing up for her next TV show, which is also her launching TV series together with real-life boyfriend Jason Francisco. The said afternoon teleserye will be a Precious Hearts Romancespresentation entitled Mana Po. Joining them in the project is their fellow PBB Double Up ex-housemate Tom Rodriguez.