Winning looks easy with Pinoy Big Brother winners Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, who are wearing the creations of the 2017 Bench Design Competition winners.
Revel in the youthful spirit of Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber.
every fairy tale should have a castle. For this story, it’s a giant inflatable one, in Mondrian colors, kept afloat with a giant blower that makes any kind of communication a test of will and lung power. After the first outfit change, even young and ever energetic BJ Pascual admitted that shooting while balancing on the bouncing castle has made him woozy and slightly out of breath. Edward Barber, the “Ward” in “Mayward,” has already admitted to being under the weather, but gamely jumps away. Maymay, who not only has to pose and bounce at the same time while wearing what Fashion Director Daryl Chang described as a very heavy outfit, seems unscathed. When I ask her if she’s fine, she answers with a wide, radiant smile. She then adds, “It’s my first time!” Seeing the quizzical look on my face, without any hesitation she explains, “Mahirap lang kami noong bata ako, at malayo ang mall sa amin. Kaya ngayon ko lang na-try ’yan!” In that one instance, the long journey she has taken to make it from wannabe reality-show contestant to bona fide star becomes crystallized. From her bare-bones childhood in the island of Camiguin to her lonely college life in Cagayan de Oro, to finally winning as the grand champion of the latest edition of Pinoy Big Brother and now being part of one of the country’s most popular love teams, her life is potentially a melodrama. And yet, it’s also as romantic and comedic as a romcom could and should be.
HAVING A BALL
At the annual Star Magic Ball, local Tinseltown goes all out. Young men don tuxedos and patent lace-ups, and the young girls get to have their princess moments. And so it does take a particular kind of magic to stand out and be noticed in a sky full of stars. Young designer Mark Bumgarner, himself having a bit of a fairy tale, fashion-world style, has become a favorite for red-carpet moments. When he was interviewed during the red-carpet pre-show special, Mark was asked about the star he most wanted to see. He said, “It’s Maymay’s first ball, so I really want it to be special for her. I’m really looking forward to seeing her on the red-carpet.” On his IG feed, he had posted their final fitting, and Maymay is twirling just like a ballerina in a music box. Indeed, she is named among the best dressed at the ball and under the hashtag #Starmagicball, her image is the first to pop up. And to think she used to have a fear of formal events and even skipped her senior prom because of a disastrous junior prom.
She very animatedly tells us that for her junior prom, her mother had given her P1500 to buy a dress, cover her hair and makeup appointment and her transportation needs. In order to make everything fit her budget, she chose a dress from the clearance rack that didn’t fit very well. When dancing was about to commence, she stepped on her dress and it dropped to her waist. Ever the optimist, she still finds a silver lining in her fashion emergency and quips, “Buti nalang madilim!” Her very chivalrous schoolmates all turned away so that she could adjust her dress.
Of that post that Mark Bumgarner uploaded, she admits that she was channeling Disney’s Cinderella as she waltzed around Mark’s atelier. She grew up loving princesses as much as any girl, but still can’t believe she is having her own fairy-tale moment. “Hindi ako makapaniwala na may gown na para sa akin isinukat!” She also jokes when she sees her shrieking fans, “Am I a zombie, that’s why they scream that way?” Her moniker inside the house, “The Wacky Go Lucky of Cagayan,” her rubbery face that she often contorts, and her gift for a quick one-liner all certainly endeared her to televiewers and housemates alike.
There’s an old saying that goes, “It takes three years to make an overnight sensation.” Make that seven years for Maymay, who first auditioned in 2010. What gave her persistence? In a voice and posture reminiscent of elementary declamation contests, she answers, “I have motivation and inspiration!” The whole dressing room, from her road manager, to Edward’s mom and the shoot assistants, descend into laughter. It’s hard to stay serious because Maymay loves to turn every conversation into a punchline. When asked what genres she would like to explore, she retorts, “Heavy metal!” She then proceeds to do some air guitar, with rock ‘n’ roll hand gestures. Then she ends her impromptu performance with the line, “Goodbye, fans!”
It’s only when we are alone that she goes back to her struggle. There’s no self-consciousness at all when she recalls her pre-fame days. “I really came to a point when I had to ask God, ‘When, when, when will I win?’ Every time I joined a contest, kung modeling or the first PBB Teens audition, wala. I thought maybe it would be in modeling, so I watched all the Victoria’s Secret shows. That was my modeling school because walang pang-tuition sa modeling school. Ang favorite ko ’yung wife ni Adam Levine. Si Behati [Prinsloo]! May something siya, gustong-gusto ko.” And as she conquered each challenge in the Big Brother house and emerged the winner, she has just gone from strength to strength. Her debut album went gold in one day and platinum in six months. She and Edward just starred in Loving in Tandem, a romcom with Kissmarc, aka Kisses Delavin and Marco Gullo, who shared the house with them. She has big dreams, of course. “In two or three years, I want my mom to come home and by then, I want to have a house and car for my family.” Her first treat for her family were Bench gift certificates. She shares, “Tuwangtuwa sila! They were so happy that they could shop in Bench!”
ON MAYMAY: Asymmetrical striped dress, P10,000, JAGGY GLARINO, @jaggy_glarino on Instagram. ON EDWARD: Striped jacket, P12,500; oversized white shirt, P8500; both JAGGY GLARINO. White shorts, P700, BENCH, SM Megamall