After Nathaniel, Pokwang is finally coming back on primetime through the feel good serye We Will Survive.
The show about four girl friends has Pokwang starring with actresses Melai Cantiveros, Bea Saw, and Regine Angeles.
“Okay lang ba sayo na makatrabaho si Melai? Sabi ko ‘Sure na ba ‘yan? Kasi ang tagal tagal ko ng gustong makatrabaho si Melai,” Pokwang shared during the show’s press conference when asked how she felt about working with Melai.
However, even prior to their first soap comedy soap pairing, Melai and Pokwang, as comediennes, were being pitted against each other.
Now that they are finally working on a soap that would involve them both unleashing their comedic prowess, the two quashed the said rivalry issue.
“Guni-guni lang talaga nila ‘yon. Kasi wala talaga kaming rivalry ni Ate Pokwang. Unang-una talaga idol ko kasi si Ate Pokie kasi siya ang nagsimula ng mga ganitong mukha. Kung wala si Ate Pokie wala kami dito nila Kiray,” Melai started in jest.
Turning serious, Melai revealed that she owes a lot to her “Ate Pokie” especially when she was still starting in the business.
“Sobra akong pagka-thank you talaga kay Ate Pokie. Kaya mahiya ako kay Ate Pokie sa mga rivalry na ‘yan kasi siya ang inaaway. Tsaka si Ate Pokie talaga, Ate talaga ang turing ko sakanya. Happy Yipee Yehey palang tapos Banana Split tinutulungan niya talaga ako sa mga outfit tsaka sa make up. Talagang Ate-Ate siya sa akin kaya nahihiya ako talaga kapag inaaway siya,” she said.
She even stressed that they have been friends for a while now.
Both Melai and Pokwang hail from reality competitions. Melai won Pinoy Big Brother Double Up in 2009 while Pokwang emerged as the winner of stand-up comedy contest Clown in a Million in 2004.
To this Pokwang responded, “Wala natawa nalang ako kasi nakita ko naman si Melai, napaka-genuine, napakabait na tao. Tsaka sabi ko bakit kailangan pagpapatulan ang mga ganyang bagay eh iisang network tayo, mag-Kapamilya tayo so dapat tulungan tayo.”
The actress even reiterated what the late Comedy King Dolphy used to say.
“Kagaya ng paulit-ulit na sinasabi ni Mang Dolphy noong nabubuhay pa siya, ‘Magtulungan kayong mga komedyante!’” she said.
As proof of their good relationship, Pokwang even revealed that she was with Melai and her husband Jason Francisco during a trying time in their marriage.
“In fact, na-survive nga namin ‘yung muntik na silang mag-break ni Jason. Nandoon sila sa bahay ko nagsusumbong sa akin. ‘Umamin ka!’” she ended.
Catch Melai and Pokwang’s first comedy soap together titled We Will Survive starting on February 29 before TV Patrol.