Alma Moreno looks back on Karen Davila interview, parody Twitter account
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Actress Alma Moreno admitted that she was not pleased with the parody Twitter account @LovelinessAlma, which poked fun at her during the campaign season.
@LovelinessAlma supposedly surfaced after Moreno's interview with broadcast journalist Karen Davila on ANC's Headstart. Following her interview, the hashtag #PrayForAlma trended, when netizens questioned how she answered during the interview. (READ: Alma Moreno speaks up on Karen Davila interview)
On Tonight with Boy Abunda, she maintained that she holds no ill feelings against Davila. She said, "Hindi ako nagalit kay Karen, nasaktan lang ako (I'm not mad with Karen. I'm just hurt.)"
In a guest appearance on Tonight with Boy Abunda, Moreno said that she can withstand criticism on her own, but became teary-eyed when she mentioned that her children – especially Wynwyn and Yeoj Marquez – have been affected.
Moreno's ex-husband Joey Marquez and son Vandolph, who was elected as councilor in Parañaque City, also previously admitted that they were upset by how the interview came out. Vandolph said that her mother was "humilated" by Davila.
"Mas tumatag ako, pero ayaw mo ipakita sa mga anak mo na naapektuhan ka. Kailangan strong ka (I became more tough, but you wouldn't want to show your children that you're affected. I had to be strong)," she told Abunda.
Moreno shared that she prepared for the interview, as there were talking points given to her, but she told Abunda, "First time kong mag-guest sa isang ganoon. Sanay ako, Kuya Boy, sa showbiz. Alam mo naman 'yun."
(It was my first time to guest in that kind of show. I'm very used to showbiz, Kuya Boy. You know that.)
She added that she became more hesitant to take on further interviews after the appearance on Headstart. "May mga gustong mag-interview sa akin, pero nagkaroon ako ng takot. Kasi baka 'yong sabihin ko mali na naman."
(There were some people who wanted to interview me, but I was fearful. Because I might say something wrong again.)
Wynwyn and Yeoj, her children with ex-husband Joey Marquez, assisted in reporting @LovelinessAlma to Twitter.
Shortly after the elections, May 9, @LovelinessAlma posted tweets that made fun of her, such as "I conceive! Good night," and "Whoever wins tomorrow will be declared the winner."
The Twitter account has been deactivated, but screenshots of its tweets still circulate online.
"Naapektuhan ako nung nakita kong ganoon yung anak ko (I was affected when I saw my children reacting like that)," Moreno said.
"Minamaliit ako na wala akong pinag-aralan. Pero 'di nila nakikita kung anong meron si Alma, 'yung tunay na Alma (They belittle me for not having an education. But they don't know what Alma has – the true Alma)," she said, enumerating her experiences while serving as councilor in Parañaque City and as the chair of the Philippine Councilors League.
She told Boy Abunda that she's aware of her shortcomings, but appealed that the criticism should not be excessive. "Huwag naman nila ako apakan ng sobra. Isipin naman nila mga anak ko (Don't trample on me. Think about my children)," she said.
In a previous interview on DZMM, she said of the parody account: "Masyado naman ako pinaglalaruan. Masyado naman ako binabastos na. Masakit." (It made fun of me too much. It was too disrespectful. It was hurtful.)
"Ewan ko kung sino iyan na ayaw ako tigilan," the actress said. "Ano ba naman to? Talo na nga ako, ano pa nginingitngit nito? Bakit kailangan ako maliin nang maliin? Kung anu-ano pinaglalagay."
(I don't know who's behind it, who doesn't want to stop. What is this? I already lost, what is this raving about? Why does it need to make me sound like I'm always wrong? It's putting up random things.)
Moreno also told DZMM: "Kaya nga sabi ko, wala sigurong magawa eh. 'Di ba dapat kung wala ka magawa, manahimik ka na lang, 'di ba? Para sa akin, ipagdadasal ko na lang siya. Bahala na ang Panginoon sa kanya. Anyway, para problemahin ko pa s'ya, hindi na no."
(As I said, it's as if the person has nothing better to do. If you have nothing better to do, shouldn't you keep quiet? For me, I'll just pray for the person. I'll lift this up to the Lord. Anyway, I would rather not bother with this anymore.)
Regarding her unsuccessful bid for the senate, Moreno told the DZMM anchors that she has accepted the outcome: "Akala nga ng lahat masyado daw depressed ako, dahil daw natalo. Sabi ko, 'Hindi.' Maluwag kong tinanggap na ako ay hindi sinuwerte."
(Everyone thought I was depressed because I did not win. I said, 'No.' I wholeheartedly accepted that I did not strike lucky this time.)
As of May 12, 4:56pm, with 95.85% precincts reporting, Moreno has not made the top 12 to be elected as a member of the Senate. She was part of the senatorial slate of Vice President Jejomar Binay.