Comedy Concert Queen Ai-Ai de las Alas says Alfonso Martinez's statement is below the belt.
Ai-Ai de las Alas surprised Sharon Cuneta at her birthday concert held at the Araneta Coliseum last Tuesday night (January 11). The Comedy Concert Queen performed a sexy and acrobatic dance number, saying that she was dedicating her performance to the birthday celebrant.
Ai-Ai is still overwhelmed by the box office success of her movie, Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na 'lsquo;To, which has already grossed P179 million. Ai-Ai expressed her gratitude to all those who supported her movie.
On the other hand, the comedienne expressed her dismay over the insulting statement of Alfonso Martinez'mdash;son of Albert Martinez and Liezel Martinez'mdash;which he posted on his Twitter account. Alfonso'rsquo;s statement criticized the organizers of the Metro Manila Film Festival, because he was not satisfied with Wenn Deramas (Tanging Ina director) winning the Best Director trophy. Albert'rsquo;s son also criticized Ai-Ai'rsquo;s movie and described it as stupid. Albert was the director of another MMFF entry, Rosario, but the actor-director failed to get a nomination.
Ai-Ai said that she had mixed emotions when she read the message. "Halo-halo gulat, pagtataka, atsaka bakit kailangan niyang sabihin 'lsquo;yon?" she complained. "'rsquo;Yun lang naman 'lsquo;yung akin, kasi pinaghirapan ang pelikula. Kapag wala kang masyadong alam tungkol sa industriya, I think wala ka namang masyadong karapatang magsalita ng ganon about stupidity." The actress added that she did not like the "F" word that Alfonso used in his tweet. "Hindi 'lsquo;yun sinasabi ng isang taong nakapag-aral kaya nga ang sabi ko kaibigan ko si Liezel, kaibigan ko si Albert pero mas kaibigan ko si Liezel, sasabihin ko nga turuan n'rsquo;ya 'lsquo;yung anak niya na gumalang sa matatanda."
More than the movie, Ai-Ai pointed out that Alfonso should learn how to be respectful. "Hindi ito about the movie, about ito sa respeto mo sa kapwa mo. Hindi lamang respeto bilang tao sa industriya. Hindi ka magsasalita ng ganon."
Liezel had apologized and justified that her son was just carried away by his emotions since his father was supposedly snubbed by MMFF. But Ai-Ai stressed, "Kahit na. Dapat pinapaliwanag nila sa anak nila na ang pagkatalo ay part ng buhay. Mga anak ko kahit matalo ako wala naman akong naririnig na ganun kaya siguro dapat i-guide ang mga bata."
Asked if she tried to call up Liezel, Ai-Ai said that she does not know Liezel'rsquo;s contact number anymore. "Pero dapat siguro personal siyang mag-sorry kay Direk (Wenn), tingin ko lang."
Ai-Ai also defended Direk Wenn'rsquo;s reaction on Alfonso'rsquo;s tweet. She continued that it is normal that Direk expressed his disappointment with someone who does not see the whole picture. "Kasi hindi naman talaga maganda 'lsquo;yung statement and I think 'lsquo;yung mga tweet-tweet na 'lsquo;yan sana tigilan na 'lsquo;yung mga tweet-tweet na 'lsquo;yan kasi bukod sa negative siya, marami siyang sakit at away na nangyayari. Nag-aaway nagsasakitan, napaka negative, I think dapat itigil na lang '