News about Pokwang's alleged one-night stand with ex-singer Rozzano Martin circulated the tabloids nearly four months ago. Pokwang claimed that they had met at a stopover in the Netherlands while shooting Crazy Over You.
At first, the comedienne just tried to laugh off the issue but began to realize the gravity of it by the reaction of her loved ones. This drove her to deny that she had ever met Rozzano.
Pokwang sent out a message to Rozzano back in a July 2007 Entertainment Live interview, saying: "Mr. Rozanno Martin, salamat sa iyo. ‘Tapos alam ko may pangarap ka rin sa buhay. Sana marating mo ‘yan in a nice way na walang nasasaktan na tao kasi nasaktan talaga ako doon sa lumabas na issue."
The message seemed to have reached Rozzano's ears as he phone patched a reply to Pokwang's message with an apology.
"Yung sinasabing one-night stand with Pokwang? Wala akong na-mention na ganoon. Ang inaano ko lang kay Pokwang, e, yung sinabi niya na hindi niya ako kilala kasi impossible ‘yon. Pokwang, kung na-hurt kita, e, I'm sorry. Wala po talagang one-night stand na nangyari."
All of this happened over four months ago, and now, Pokwang and Rozzano got to patch things up personally as Rozanno came back to the Philippines last October 29 to produce an album and concert.
Pokwang admitted in her interview with Entertainment Live yesterday, November 17, that the issue is still fresh in her memory. With tears in her eyes, she introduced herself as Marietta Subong, not as Pokwang, her screen name .
"Single mother ako," Marietta began. "Oo, nagka-anak ako sa dalawang magkaibang lalake pero hindi po ibig sabihin na kaladkarin akong babae. Alam ko na matatapos na ito, di ba? Kahit papaano, e, natutuwa ako na ito na ang araw para tapusin na ang ganitong mga salita-salita."
Then reflecting on what reasons may be behind the issue, she said, "Nasasaktan lang ako kasi may mga taong nangangarap na magkaroon ng magandang chance sa showbiz, pero hindi nila nakikita na nakakaapak na sila, na nakakasakit sila."
That said, Entertainment Live co-host Toni Gonzaga suddenly called in Rozzano to do his part in finally sealing this issue shut. After he greeted Toni and Pokwang with beso-beso, Toni asked Rozzano if he was also affected by the issue.
"Oo naman, no!" Rozzano said. "Apektado din ako, siyempre. Kahit nga ako, naguguluhan din kung bakit ganoon ang naglalabasan dito sa Philippines."
The big question here, Toni said, is why Pokwang was involved in this controversy in the first place? Did a one-night stand really happen between the two of them?
"Wala," Rozzano said. Then he offered a likely theory on what may have caused it: the press.
"Noong nagpa-presscon ang manager ko last July, nagtanong ang mga reporters kung sino daw yung na-meet ko na artista dito sa Philippines. Sabi ko, kung Hollywood ba o local lang? Sabi nila local lang. So sinabi ko na si Toni at si Pokwang. After that, biglang isiningit ang pangalan ni Pokwang. Sabi nila ‘Kamusta si Pokwang?' Sabi ko, ‘Si Pokwang? Maganda at sexy.' 'Tapos may nagtanong, ‘Ano, may nangyari?' Anong nangyari?"
From then on, Rozzano began on what was like an attempt to jog the memories of both Pokwang and Toni on remembering who he was and how they all met. Pokwang looked far from convinced.
"Granted na nagpa-picture tayo," Pokwang said. "Pero huwag naman po sanang lahat bibigyan meaning na porke't nagpa-picture tayo, e, may nangyari na. Ibig ba sabihin na lahat na nagpa-picture sa akin, e, hala, naka-one night stand ko na?"
The last sentence was meant to be as a joke just to loosen the mood. After the laughs, Rozzano again said his apologies and Pokwang was now able to breathe freely, knowing that this issue is finally off her chest.