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Daiana Menezes feels like wak­ing up on the right side of the bed again

FHM (Philippines) - - Pulse - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Ejay Le­ung of Mid­night Bonkers

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.

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