Maxene Magalona would rather not discuss rating figures and percentage, nor think about the competition in the daily afternoon block.
"It's not actually a question kung sino ang mas mataas ang ratings o kung sino ang mas magaling. But it's a question kung napapasaya ba namin ang tao.
"And dahil nga mataas ang ratings, it just goes to show na natutuwa 'yong mga tao sa show namin and sa lahat ng pinaghirapan namin," said the 23-year-old actress.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), along with other entertainment reporters, had the chance to talk to Maxene last night, October 13, at the thanksgiving party of Trudis Liit, held at the 17th floor of GMA Network Center in Quezon City.
The afternoon series, which is topbilled by child star Jillian Ward, will conclude its four-month run on October 22.
Maxene is clueless about whether she will have anither project after Trudis Liit.
"Kung anuman ang ibigay nila sa akin, kung anuman ang next show ko, I'm willing naman to try new things. Unlike before naman kasi, talagang marami akong restrictions and limitations. But now na of age na nga pala talaga ko and marami na kong nagawa, I wanna try new things."
The daughter of the late singer-songwriter Francis Magalona said it doesn't matter whether management retains her in the afternoon slot or moves her to the highly-competitive primetime bracket.
"Kung mapapansin ninyo po, suki ako ng pang-hapon!" laughed Maxene. "Kahit primetime man o pang-hapon, basta mataas ang ratings and napapasaya ko ang mga tao, dun ako masaya."
NO RIFT WITH PAULEEN. When Trudis Liit was launched last June, observers wondered if it was a sound decision to put Maxene and co-star Pauleen Luna together in one show.
The two stars got embroiled in a controversy last summer after it was reported that Maxene and some of her closest friends in showbiz were ganging up on Pauleen by posting unflattering remarks about her on their Twitter accounts.
It was said that Pauleen's closeness with Survivor Philippines grand winner JC Tiuseco earned the ire of Maxene. Although both parties never admitted anything to the media, it was rumored that Maxene and JC became an item at one point.
Maxene's group, which is composed of Angel Locsin, Glaiza de Castro, Bianca King, Bubbles Paraiso, and Rich Asuncion, was dubbed as "Ampalaya Anonymous"—said to be a collective representation of the group's "bitter" attitude stemming from failed relationships.
Maxene said that the matter was resolved even before she and Pauleen started working for Trudis Liit, and that the entire issue was simply blown out of proportion.
"Actually, aaminin ko po sa inyo, before we had that issue, hindi kami ganun ka-close. Friends naman talaga kami ni Pauleen to begin with because of Eat Bulaga!, because of my dad, and nakikita ko siya.
"But we were never that close. And then nagkaroon ng issue and misunderstanding.
"When we sat down and talked to each other before the show started, 'yon na, pagsimula ng show, wala na and parang walang nangyari. Mas lalo pa kaming naging close.
"But we've never gone out yet. But siguro in the future, siyempre mami-miss namin ang isa't isa kasi nasanay din kaming ilang days in one week na nagkikita... I would love to see more of her."
AMPALAYA ANONYMOUS NO MORE. As for the notorious Ampalaya Anonymous, Maxene said it's gone, although the friendship remains intact despite previous controversies.
"'Yong Ampalaya Anonymous, wala na po 'yon," stressed Maxene. "Actually, hanggang ngayon, hindi ko na nakakasama sila Angel, sila Bubbles... Hindi ko na po sila nakikita kasi busy na ko and I really want to focus on my work and career.
"Kahit 'yong mga nakakasama ko talaga, like si Glaiza and Rich, hindi ko na sila nakikita coz Glaiza is busy with Grazilda. Si Rich naman is busy with school. Plus now, she's gonna have a new show, which is 'yong papalit dito sa Trudis Liit, 'yong Little Star. So, hindi ko na sila nakikita.
"Kaya now, I'm happy that I get to spend more time with my family talaga and my non-showbiz friends. Pero 'yong grupo na Ampalaya Anonymous wala po 'yon. Wala na po 'yon, matagal nang wala na."
The negative issues, Maxene pointed out, did not affect their friendship.
"Actually, it doesn't matter kung ganun kalaki 'yong issue, what matters is how you let it affect you. Para sa akin, I never let it affect me. Hindi ko hinayaan na sirain kung anumang friendship meron ako with Angel, with Bubbles, with Pauleen, with Glaiza... Walang nangyari
"We accept the fact that because we're in show business, may mga intriga talaga na ganito. Ang usapan namin, no matter what happens, we won't let anything ruin our friendship.
"Because our friendship was not formed just because of show business, so ba't nating hahayaang masira just because of the issues?"