Melai Cantiveros says she is not competing with Pokwang

Melai Cantiveros doesn't understand why people keep trying to stir up trouble between her and Pokwang.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

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2/5/2011 12:30 AM
Melai Cantiveros says she is not competing with Pokwang


As ABS-CBN gears up for the February 12 launch of its newest noontime variety show Happy, Yipee, Yehey!, Melai Cantiveros clarified rumors that she was chosen over fellow Banana Split cast member Pokwang. "Over naman, hindi naman siguro ganun ang nangyari kasi over kami ka-close i Ate Pokie kaya hindi naman siguro ganun. Bagong show naman ito so iba rin yung mga hosts na pinili," she said.

Melai also dispelled the issue that she is now being favored over her 'lsquo;Ate'rsquo; Pokie. "Hindi, walang ganun. Maraming show si Ate Pokie sa abroad so marami din naman siyang ginagawa. Kasi si Ate Pokie, 'lsquo;pag magkasama kami sa Banana Split, over kami sa happy dun kaya feeling ko naman walang ganun," she shared.

Melai said that Pokwang has been nothing but supportive and encouraging of her career. "Marami naman siyang advice sa akin pag magkasama kami sa Banana Split. Nung magkasama kami sa show sa London, sinabihan niya ako na dapat walang dead air 'lsquo;pag nagsasalita, mga ganun. Tapos sabi niya i-love ko yung trabaho ko para hindi ako magkaproblema, mga ganun," she said.

Melai also doesn'rsquo;t see the point in why people continue to want to compare her with Pokwang. "Hindi naman kasi kailangan magka-issue. Kasi alangan naman tatanggi ako sa project dahil sa ganun? Ano gagawin ko pag sinabihan akong magtrabaho dito or mag-host dito? Hindi ako natatakot kasi si Ate Pokie, sobrang friendly, para nga siyang aking mama dito sa showbiz kaya kami, magkasama kami sa Banana Split," she revealed.

On the rumor that Ai-Ai De las Alas was first considered for her hosting slot, Melai said that she isn'rsquo;t bothered by the fact that she was the second choice. "Hindi ko alam kung second choice nga ako. Okay na lang rin, at least hindi third choice (laughs). Okay na rin para makaipon rin ng pera para sa mga tao sa Gensan kaya okay lang din," she said good-naturedly.