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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 19, 2010


AI AI DE LAS ALAS is celebrating her 20th anniversary in showbiz with a Big Dome concert, “Akin ang Tronong ‘to”, with the poster showing her as the Queen of Hearts sitting on a pink toilet bowl. “Five hours inabot ang pictorial dahil sa makeup at costumes ko,” she says. “Thanksgiving din ito as stars now come and go, but kahit mabilis ang turn over, salamat sa Diyos, narito pa rin ako. It’s 20 years na full of blessings.”

We first saw Ai Ai as an emcee at Music Box Comedy Bar 25 years ago. Everytime she’d sing off key, she’d say: “Second voice yun.” “Pero nagte-teatro din ako noon sa Met. Secretary ako for Tanghalang Pilipino and I even did ‘Hamlet’ for the late Rolando Tinio. Dalawang trabaho ko kaya nagka-TB ako. Grabe. Those were the days. Pero doon ko sa teatro na-meet yung tatay ng eldest kong si Sancho. (Theatre actor Rey Malte Cruz.)”

She remains the undisputed Comedy Concert Queen. She has a sitcom with Aga Muhlach, “M3”, a coffeetable book about her life featuring so many old fotos, a new film “Tanging Ina Mo Rin” for the Metro filmfest, and now, this “Akin ang Tronong ‘To” concert. Despite her busy sked, she returned to school taking up public administration in UP to prepare for her plan to run for office in Batangas. So no lovelife at all? “Walang time. But I have a classmate na crush ko. Sana mapansin niya rin ako. Lahat ng classmates ko, invited sa concert ko para kapag may reports ako, they won’t grill me anymore in class.”

She proudly proclaims that all her guests in her concert are also kings and queens. “Sina Sharon Cuneta, Lea Salonga at Regine Velasquez lang naman among the girls,” she says. “Gusto ko sana sina Martin at Pops dahil Concert King and Queen sila, but di raw available. Gusto ko ring mag-guest ng mga Denial King and Queen, mga Bomba and ST Queen, Pictorial Queen, at iba pang klaseng queen, pati Closet Queen, kung okay sila.”

Directed by Floy Quintos, produced by Ambient Media and with Homer Flores as musical director, the show will be held at Araneta on November 19. Tickets starting from P317 general admission are available at Ticketnet, 911-5555.