Kris Aquino explains why she did not attend Crazy Rich Asians Philippine screenings

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Aug 26, 2018
Kris Aquino reacts to the way her photo was used by a fastfood chain to congratulate her for the success of Crazy Rich Asians. In this photo, Kris's Princess Intan character talks to Rachel (played by Constance Wu).

Kris Aquino explains why she did not attend the Philippine screenings of Crazy Rich Asians.

The actress who played Princess Intan in the Hollywood movie Crazy Rich Asians reacted to the way her photo was used by a fastfood chain in its Instagram account.

The Instagram account of @chowkingph posted a photo of Kris holding chopsticks.

It was accompanied by the caption: "Crazy successful ang Crazy Rich Asians, and we're crazy happy for you, Ms. Kris! Congratulations!"

Kris left a comment on the Instagram post and explained why she did not attend the screenings of Crazy Rich Asians in the Philippines. The Filipina actress even missed the Manila premiere of the movie held at Rockwell Powerplant Mall in Makati last August 20.

She wrote: "I know you had the best of intentions BUT the reason i got off social media right before the showing of @crazyrichasians was because i didn’t want to make myself a target of unnecessary stress & trolling... i purposely chose to keep quiet & not even attend a single screening of CRA here in the [PH] because i didn’t want to be labeled EPAL."

She then asked the administrator of the social media account to delete this photo of her.

Kris wrote: "I respectfully ask the admin of this @chowkingph feed to remove this post? I chose to not drumbeat the movie because it was more than enough for me to hear from friends & supporters, and read posts of people i don’t even know that the audience in cinemas would spontaneously applaud during my brief screen time... in a country now dominated by hate it is victory enough that i haven’t chosen to go as low as the purveyors of vitriol.

"@chowkingph wala naman tayong crab or alimango sa menu natin- so wag nang bigyan ng space mag promote ng produktong hindi naman natin sine-serve. #truth"

Last August 16, Kris posted some behind-the-scenes photos of her while shooting Crazy Rich Asians.

Kris's Instavid showed a montage of her photos with her CRA co-stars. In this photo, the Pinay actress is seen with Ah Ma (played by veteran actress Lisa Lu) and Astrid Teo (played by Gemma Chan).

Kris Aquino's Princess Intan shares a lighthearted moment with Rachel (played by Constance Wu).

Here are some scenes from the luxurious Philippine premiere night featuring three wine and cheese buffet stations.

Among the guests that night were relatives of Nico Santos, the Fil-Am comedian who played Oliver in Crazy Rich Asians. Oliver is a cousin of the lead actor Nicholas Young (played by Henry Golding).

Guests were served unlimited wine at the Manila premiere of Crazy Rich Asians.


Guests had the chance to try cold cuts and various cheeses at the lobby of Rockwell Powerplant Mall in Makati before the screening was held that night.

Crazy Rich Asians is the Hollywood adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel of the same title. After the screening, stay awhile to see the mid-credit scene that drops a hint about the upcoming sequel.



i was reminded about the NON DISCLOSURE clause in the contract for the TVCs i’ll shoot tomorrow & on Sunday w/ kuya josh & bimb... just to be sure, won’t post anything work related in the next few days... i’ve been reading the heartwarming comments of so many Fil-Ams ???????? plus Filipinos in Dubai & the rest of the Middle East who made the effort to watch @crazyrichasians on opening day & all i can say is THANK YOU... every good thing that has ever happened in my life’s journey has been because a lot of Filipinos chose to embrace my family & me ????????... The impact of being part of a film that highlights & celebrates our Asian heritage for the whole world to see is a GIFT... These pictures had to stay hidden in my iCloud for 14 months, and i felt humbled while editing this video... the opportunity to work w/ not just a TALENTED but a warm & generous TEAM was a BLESSING i shall always be grateful for... if i may share, my mom was protective & unsure that my career path would give me a happy & stable home life; she was correct about her fears- it’s very hard for love to survive when your partner’s chosen profession gives everybody the right to judge & scrutinize what should be your private life... But my dad- he encouraged my dreams, and every time we’d watch a movie together in Boston, or he’d indulge me & watch Dear Heart of Sharon & Gabby w/ me- he’d always say “Beautiful, 1 day ikaw na yung papanuurin natin.” I was 12 years old when he was assassinated so he never saw his baby fulfill her dreams... and as much as i got to feel how supportive & proud my Mom was, it was NINOY AQUINO, my Dad, who believed that this was part of my destiny...To the first & only man who loved me for simply being me, and the first & only man who never doubted me- please know i remain STRONG because i had the privilege of seeing & feeling that you believed in me because you saw so much of you was in me. ????

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Kris Aquino reacts to the way her photo was used by a fastfood chain to congratulate her for the success of Crazy Rich Asians. In this photo, Kris's Princess Intan character talks to Rachel (played by Constance Wu).
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