Instead of minding all the intrigues thrown at her, Mariel Rodriguez simply ignores them. In fact, the TV host-actress admitted that she has become more open in answering questions about her.
At the media junket prepared for Mariel by her newest product endorsement, Zen Zest, at The Spa, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City, the Entertainment Live! host told PEP (Philippines Entertainment Portal) that she just lets her detractors do their thing.
"Okay lang, kasi hindi ko naman talaga sila mapi-please," said Mariel. "Basta ako, I'm just doing my best, di ba? 'Tapos as much as possible, I try to be more positive siguro. Ang tinitingnan ko na lang, 'yong mga positive write-ups, 'yong positive comments, ganyan.
"Kasi, kahti naman sino, wala naman yatang isang tao... Ito na lang, kung ang Kris Aquino nga grabe [tirahin], what more 'yong isang katulad ko lang, di ba? So, ganun talaga siguro."
The 24-year-old TV host-actress gave credit to Pinoy Big Brother, where she became a celebrity houseguest for several weeks, for becoming stronger in taking all these intrigues.
She said, "You know what, after my PBB experience, it really made me a stronger person. Lahat kaya ko na after that, and it's true. At first, I thought my world is going to fall apart because people didn't understand me. But then, it was just magnified."
Mariel also believes she should not hide anything from the public, especially she's hosting an entertainment talk show. Besides, she added, she has nothing to hide.
"Ngayon, sobrang kahit ano talaga, kaya ko na. Before, bago mag-presscon, 'yong heart ko talagang [malakas ang tibok]. Kapag nagpe-presscon laging kinakabahan ako. Ngayon, kahit ano ang ibato mo sa akin sasagutin ko, kaya ko. Kasi wala naman akong itinatago, e."
ENTERTAINMENT TURNS ONE. Aside from getting more endorsements, Mariel is also glad that her weekly entertainment talk show with Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, and Luis Manzano has survived its first year.
"Alam mo, I can't believe it. Imagine, one year na kami sa Entertainment Live. Kahit papaano, we survived," exclaimed Mariel.
Mariel admitted that initially, they were afraid since she and her co-hosts would be competing with the longest-running entertainment talk show in the country, Startalk. They used to wonder, "'Kaya kaya'? Kasi mga bata naman kami."
"Siyempre, 'yong mga tinatapatan namin—sila Manay Lolit [Solis], Joey [de Leon]—na talagang credible. Sino ba naman kami, di ba? So grateful kami, thankful kami na kahit papaano maraming mga nanonood. So, sobrang thank you."
For their anniversary celebration, Mariel promised that their episode on Saturday, August 16, would be exciting. "Kaabang-abang talaga ang episode namin this Saturday kasi... Basta, controversial 'yong mga in-interview namin. Kaming lahat, isa-isa. Exciting talaga ang Entertainment Live sa Sabado."
As for the next episodes, Mariel said that their stories would be juicier and she would be more confident in asking their guests.
"Hindi na kami natatakot," Mariel said. "We're not afraid to ask questions anymore. Kasi sa job natin, it's hard sometimes, di ba? Kasi mahirap rin pati tayo masangkot or whatever, di ba? So, mayroon pa ring parte na artista ka pa rin, pero may part rin naman na nagtratrabaho ka rin. Trabaho mo 'yon. It's your duty sa public na matanong ang mga gusto nilang malaman na sagot."