IT’S GOTTA BE REAL
When asked why they get along so well, Edward says, “I know what she’s thinking. I know that sometimes, if she doesn’t really want to answer a question, she’ll just make you laugh. She is one of the most genuinely happy people I have ever met. When we first met, I thought, ‘Oh, she must be hiding something.’ Or it’s some kind of mask. But no, it’s real. When there was a beauty-contest challenge in the house and Precious Lara Quigaman tried to break the girls and bring up all the insecurities they had, only Maymay didn’t cry and break down. Whether it was some comments on her looks or her past, she could just take it all in stride and shrug it off.”
When I ask him if he had ever heard some of the comments made about them that could be potentially hurtful, I didn’t think that he would just blurt out and ask Maymay on the spot. “Hey, May, some people say that I’m prettier than you!” And sure enough, she was nonplussed. “See, she genuinely doesn’t care.” Of course, their fans want them to be a couple, but Edward insists that they are just good friends. Well, he is all of 17 and she just turned 20 this year, so commitments can wait. He does admit that their bond runs deep. “With what we went through in the house, she is the person who knows me best. She knows me better than some of the people I grew up with. If tomorrow I suddenly have to move back to Europe, it would be very hard for me.”
Maymay says of Edward: “He is so different from other foreigners. In Camiguin, of course, I would also see foreigners, but they were so serious! But when I would make faces at Edward, inside the house, he would do the same!” When asked why Edward so quickly learned Tagalog from her and she didn’t learn English from him, she reasons, “I’m very generous! I want him to be the one to learn from me!”
Even Ben Chan noticed this chemistry. “I can see that it’s real. They really do get along, and it’s not fake. It’s not just for the cameras at all, like some love teams do it. And that is why their social-media numbers are what they are.” His sister, Nenita ChanLim, saw their magic early on. “I watched them when they were still inside the house and it was so funny to see them.”
For their Preview.ph video, Maymay gets to apply makeup on Edward. She does it with palpable glee and he begs for mercy and makes sure the timer doesn’t exceed the allotted five minutes. They are both in hysterics by the time the challenge is completed. But will Mayward exceed their 15 minutes of fame? They may be the flavor of the season or the most talented love team of their generation. Only time will tell, but for this moment, they are having the time of their lives.