After being an online sensation, KaladKaren, the impersonator of Karen Davila, gets a big break in her career.
She is set to host the ABS-CBN Mobile Exclusive show KikinangKinang with KaladKaren, where she gets to present different challenges to various Kapamilya celebrities.
Before appearing in different shows of the Kapamilya network, KaladKaren—or Jervi Li in real life—used to write for TV shows such as Eat Bulaga and other cable channels.
Now that she has her own show with ABS-CBN, does this mean that she has already signed a contract as a Kapamilya?
KaladKaren answered, "Actually, I'm not affiliated with any network because I'm a freelancer, so ibig sabihin I can work anywhere. I write for events, I write for TV shows.
"But with regards to ABS-CBN, I don't know yet what's gonna happen, e.
"Kung yung exclusivity or whatever, I think they're still fixing it.
"Pero ngayon, walang problema because wala naman akong network na may kontrata ako. Dito sa ABS, lumalabas ako. To be honest, nag-guest din ako sa kabila so wala naman akong problema."
KaladKaren is thankful for the big break that ABS-CBN gave her, especially since it is in the digital platform, which is considered the future of Philippine entertainment.
"Alam mo, touched na touched ako, talagang narinig ang panawagan ko na mabigyan ng opportunity na ganito, to be able to have a show in ABS-CBN mobile which I think the digital platform, I think, getting stronger and stronger as the years go by."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment reporters spoke to KaladKaren during the press launch of ABS-CBN Mobile last October 26 at 9501 Restaurant at the ABS-CBN,compound.
HISTORY. In a separate interview with PEP.ph after the press conference, KaladKaren recalled her days in Eat Bulaga as a writer for three years, from 2009 to 2012.
She said, "I just graduated, that was my first job!
"Actually, kapag writer ka kasi, you will be assigned to different segments, e. Pero I remember I did Pinoy Henyo, Eat Bulaga's Dance Station, "Boom Boom Pow" pa ang uso [na kanta] noon at saka "Poker Face!"
"When I left Eat Bulaga, I joined Amazing Race Philippines season one! Ako yung kulot kulot na red yung hair. Top five kami, ang nanalo ay si LJ Moreno at CJ Jaravata."
After GMA-7 and TV5, KaladKaren became a writer for cable shows, including the ongoing reality show of Roxanne Barcelo and travel show of Andi Eigenmann on VIVA TV.
However, KaladKaren pointed out, "Pero ngayon medyo tumigil muna ako kasi di ako nakakasama with them. Kasi kunyari travel show, two days out of town so hindi kinakaya ng schedule."
As a writer, she has already worked with almost all the TV networks, except ABS-CBN.
"Oo, alam mo di pa ako nag-ABS ever, I've never done a show with ABS-CBN.
"Pero ngayon, nung pumutok nga yung Kaladkaren, ayun. Pinalad, salamat sa Diyos."
Her viral video impersonating Karen Davila in The Correpondents paved the way for her to penetrate the Kapamilya network, not as a writer but as a TV personality.
It will be recalled that in the video, KaladKaren mimicked the voice of Karen Davila while crossing a river.
KaladKaren recalled how she shot the river-crossing video together with director and dancer Miggy Tanchangco, who is the son of famous dance choreographer Geleen Eugenio.
The video was shot during a taping of a VIVA TV's reality show hosted by Roxanne Barcelo, where KaladKaren is a creative writer.
She said, "Kasi pumunta kami ng Tanay, Rizal. May bundok, tatawid kami talaga ng river.
"One take lang yun, Mars! Kaya parang ano kaya yung mga sinabi ko dun, may mga indigenous tribe, may mga current!"
They did not expect the video would go viral on social media.
KaladKaren said that Miggy is very happy for her.
"Natuwa siya! Actually, I'm very thankful to Direk Miggy kasi siya yung nagpost ng video, di ba.
"If not because of his video, hindi naman magba-viral. So until now, nag-te-thank you ako sa kanya tapos parang kung magkakaroon man kami ng ibang show ng Kaladkaren, of course, I will involve him!"