Maymay Entrata is one lucky lady.
But the grand winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 (PBB) has proven that in order to succeed luck needs to be coupled with the determination to never give up on your dreams.
The Camiguin-born and Cagayan-de-Oro-raised Kapamilya has since found her place in the showbiz industry, and her star only continues to shine brighter.
Here's her inspiring journey.
She auditioned and got rejected in multiple reality TV shows
Maymay was a 14-year-old high school student when she started to audition for reality TV shows, particularly Pinoy Big Brother (PBB), since it was her ambition to become an actress someday.
She first auditioned for Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010 but failed to get in. She tried again for Pinoy Big Brother: 737, but luck was not yet on her side when she failed to get a slot in the audition phase.
And because she can sing, she even tried to audition for The Voice and Pilipinas Got Talent, with no luck as well.
Then her grandfather, whom she fondly called Papa Joe, got sick. This was what fueled her determination to succeed in her next audition.
“Nang eto na talaga, nagkasakit naman yung lolo ko. Parang ibinigay na sa akin yung rason para mag-audition ako kaya sabi ko, gagawin ko na lang yung best ko. Gusto ko kasing mapatunayan na, kung kaya nila, kaya ko rin! Kung nagawa nilang magtagumpay, magtatagumpay rin ako,” she said in an interview for Star Studio magazine in April 2017.
She passed the audition for Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7, joined the show as Miss Wacky-Go-Lucky of Cagayan De Oro, and eventually emerged as the grand prize winner.
As fate would have it, the young lady who failed the PBB auditions twice, emerged as the reality show's grand winner in 2017.
She pursued her education despite her busy schedule
Before joining PBB, Maymay was a college student taking up technology communication management at Mindanao University of Science and Technology. She had to stop schooling for some time in order to pursue her career.
In a press conference for Knowledge Channel's 20th anniversary celebration in September 2019, Maymay was tapped to host the "Puno ng Buhay" segment.
She then stressed the importance of education.
“Education is important. You will take it with you wherever you go and until you grow old. And the experience is something you can’t buy,” she said.
Describing herself as an average student, she confessed, “My weakness is English; I find it hard. That’s why I chose it as a major.”
To date, Maymay has resumed her college studies online. She even made it to top students' list during her school's first semester.
She was the first Filipina to walk in the Arab Fashion Week
In 2018, Maymay was personally invited by Dubai-based Filipino designer Furne One and fashion PR Josh Yugen to be Amato Couture's muse for its Pre-Fall 2019 collection in the Arab Fashion Week 2018. The event, held on November 21, 2018, was a smashing success, with Maymay slaying the runway with two creations of Furne.
The 5'7" morena beauty received loud cheers from the crowd when she stepped on the runway.
She was so happy that the bashers could not dampen her spirit.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on November 27, 2018, Maymay expressed her gratitude to everyone who supported her.
"Hinding-hindi ako magsasawang sabihin na sobrang blessed ako at sobrang nagpapasalamat ako dahil talagang mainit yung suporta ng buong Pilipinas sa akin at saka sa lahat ng fans, sa lahat ng sumuporta sa akin," she said.
She has a foreigner boyfriend
On February 14, 2022, Maymay surprised everyone with her latest Instagram update.
She uploaded a photo of herself and a foreigner who she addressed as "Aaron." She wrote in the caption, "Happy Birthday my Valentino (heart emoji)".
This was the first time Maymay let the public know about her love life.
Although Maymay and Edward had been rumored to be in a relationship several times, the two refuted the claims and decided to be just friends.
This year's Valentine post by Maymay proved this.
Her posts in January indicated that she had been in Canada for a vacation, and that her photos seemed to be taken by Aaron.
And though her annoucement took some of showbiz fans by surprise, it was also welcomed by many netizens and wished Maymay all the best with her newfound love.
With regard to MayWard, the love team agreed to do separate projects in May 2019, before the pandemic.