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Aiko: No right to snub fans 

by Athena Yap

AFTER several issues about personalities ignoring fans or co-stars went viral on social media, actress-turned-politician Aiko Melendez shared her two cents worth’ on the matter.

Melendez began her sentiments by sharing why she makes sure to still wave “hi”’” at supporters or take pictures with fans despite being very tired.

“Ako kasi kapag me bumabati sa akin o magpapapicture kahit gaano na ako kapagod pinagbibigyan ko,” she said in a post on her Facebook page. “Ang rason ko lagi hindi naman natin alam kung first and last encounter mo na dun sa taong yun eh so ung mga simpleng gestures like saying ‘HI!’”

The actress said a simple picture would do, except if it’s in an unnecessary place such as emergency room or a wake, where it would be understandable to refuse.

“Or pagbigyan ng picture taking ok lang yan. Hindi naman kawalan sa pagkatao nyo yan. Pwera nalang kung Asa ER ka ng hospital at hindi naman tama ang right timing pwede ka tumanggi,” she said.

Although she did not mention whom she is alluding to, she advised that personalities also give credit to their fans even in the simplest manner.

“Ang Artista, Politicians, athletes influencers etc considered as a Public figure, give credit also to your fans na iniidolo kayo [y]ung simpleng time mo,” she continued.

She said that if artists want to avoid being noticed or recognized, they should not be going out to public places.

“If you want your fans to respect your private time, I suggest don’t go to public places otherwise hindi mo talaga maiiwasan na me matuwa na nakakakilala sayo ang mag hi and hello or papakuha ng picture sa inyo,” she said.

Before ending her thoughts, she has a friendly reminder to always be humble and kind.

“Tandaan Humility! Fame is all temporary but [the] right attitude lasts a lifetime  GOOD AM! Be nice and kind!”

Image screen grabbed from Aiko Melendez’ Facebook

Chocó Mucho Volleyball 

The volleyball team of Choco Mucho Flying Titan were recently called out by some personalities, including the seasoned host Kim Atienza, over their viral video which supposedly showed them being snobbish to fans.

In a Facebook post, the trivia master reposted the viral video with his dismayed reaction, saying that it was an “irritating yet sad sight” to see the players just passing by their supporters without even smiling or saying anything.

“We have a choice to inspire and show gratitude to fans who passionately support us or we can choose to stay private and give them the cold shoulder,” Atienza said.

“This team should be advised that catering to fans is a responsibility, otherwise, stay out of the public eye and play privately.”

The Choco Mucho management, however, said that its players could have handled the situation differently, but also condemned “malicious posts that put our players, our team, and our company in a bad light.”

Image screen grabbed from Kuya Kim Atienza’s Facebook.

Tuesday Vargas

The comedienne Tuesday Vargas has recently been talked about on social media for flagging young celebrities whom she did not name.

In a Facebook post, Vargas said that the rising stars should be nice and kind to everyone.

“Mga batang artista, kahit gaano kayo ka sikat at pinagkakaguluhan ng mga tao, mag hello kayo sa kapwa nyo artista pag dating sa work. Lalo na sa nakakatanda,” she said.

Without naming anyone, she advised the young personalities to give a simple greeting to their senior celebrities. 

“Sumingit na nga kayo sa program kasi nagagalit na ang handler nyo at bawal ata kayong pinaghihintay. Tapos ako pa ang nag bigay galang sa inyo, dinedma nyo pa ako,” she added.

Vargas then ended her sentiment with a reminder to the young artists that it’s easy to reach fame but it is hard to sustain it.

“Tandaan, madaling maabot ang fame. Longevity is harder. Pakabait ok? Huwag ganun.”

Image screen grabbed from Tuesday Vargas’ Facebook

Image courtesy of Facebook: Aiko Melendez



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