Daiana Menezes feels like waking up on the right side of the bed again
If you still think of Daiana Menezes as the girl from the longest running noontime show in the country, then you most probably are an FHM reader of the pre-social media age, which seems like ages ago but is really just 11 years back.
To put things in perspective, she had resigned from that show in 2012. So does that make her idle? No, it doesn’t. In fact when we asked her what keeps her busy these days, we were given a long list.
“I may not be as visible on TV these days but I have been constantly working. I have never been without projects. It’s just that most times people think, ‘ano’ng nangyari sa girl from Eat Bulaga’? Well, after EB I studied acting for film at the New York Film Academy. Then I started doing indie movies. I also kept up with my endorsements. I also did some hosting, which is my passion and comfort zone. Post EB, I’d done shows for both of the major networks, including becoming the main host of a reality show called The Fiercest of Them All.
“I actually did a movie abroad, titled Sketch, it was a drama and I played a battered wife. And then there's Way Of The Cross, also an international film thriller, which will be shown in cinemas here and abroad by the end of the year. I'm currently shooting another movie, this time a rom-com called Pepeng Kulot costarring Renz Fernandez and FHM cover girl, Mara Lopez.
“I’m the Philippines’ ambassador for the RED WHISTLE, an advocacy group dedicated to HIV awareness. We go around the country meeting groups, doing free tests, educating people, especially the youth, on how to prevent the spread of the virus, how to stop the stigma discrimination, and how to live with the virus if you test positive. In case you weren’t aware, we now have a very high number of HIV cases in the country.
“I’m also into business. I design my own bikini line and jewelry, manufacture health products. and I also represent big brands like Tanduay Asian Rum.
“I host a show on Pinoy Extreme Channel called Super Sabong, three times a week. I announce the biggest cockfighting scores and results. It has quite an audience, from the richest breeders to the pinakakantong sabungero. It’s funny because I do sexy stuff but I also know a lot about cockfighting. And I like sabungeros because they’re so nice. I even enjoy going to cockfights. At first I was like, what is this about? Why are these chickens getting mad at each other? It’s not like we have that in my country. I thought it was wild. So first, I had to learn how to hold a COCK... KIDDING!”
So apart from Daiana still having a sense of humor, yeah, she’s busy.
On Instagram Daiana has half a million followers. There she treats her horde to a slew of photos, and the bikini photos don’t disappoint.
“The Philippines is such an amazing country with all its beaches-there is no way you will not wear a bikini here! So why not just flaunt it? You know you're in a beach, and it’s an amazing place, why are you going to a wear a sweater?! Maybe this is really how I keep up with FHM readers,” she says.
“It’s amazing that a lot of young people know me through social media. When I do mall shows, I’d see millennials there who I would guess have not seen from Eat Bulaga but follow me on IG or Facebook.”
So does she consider herself an IG expert and would there be strategies on how to increase followers that she would like to share?
“I don’t have a strategy. I don’t really plan on stuff like that. I just go with it. What I love most now is IG Stories, because you can be more real. I think what social media does is help you be yourself. You don’t need to play any role. If I had to give any tips on engaging better on social media, I’d say keep it real. That, and always keep up with your followers.”
‘‘I’m 30 but I’ve never felt so 21 than now!”
You can’t blame Daiana for feeling fancy free these days. Last year she had to go through a divorce (which means the relationship had taken a turn for the worse, but we will not go into that). But now “I’m back on the market, single, and no kids yet.”
On the job, that translates to being game at every opportunity.
“I’m open to every opportunity that will present itself to me. I’m enjoying doing movies. I will always be open for TV, which is really a passion for me. When I host, I may sing, too; I’m not a professional singer but my voice doesn’t break mirrors naman, ha ha! I see myself doing vlogs in the future, I think there’s something interesting in that,” Daiana says.
She relishes the memory of the first movie she made, with no less than Bossing and the King of Comedy, Dolphy.
“The movie was Dobol Trobol. I didn’t even know what I was doing then, I didn’t know any Tagalog. I didn’t know what they were saying, I just memorized the script. I was very fortunate to have worked with the King of Comedy, and there was one scene with him that I remember so well: I enter the elevator, Dolphy’s inside, and he farts. And then I look at him and say, “Ang baho naman
ng ringtone mo”, with this accent,’” Daiana recalls.
On life itself, her newfound freedom translates to renewed hope that she gets it right this time.
“I think I am forever a kid trying to get out of a little shell. I may come across as confident but there are a lot of insecurities. Lovelife--oh my God!-it never works. If anyone out there is a good candidate, please let me know. I am always looking for love. I am a hopeless romantic.