“Eat Bulaga’s” little darling Ryzza Mae Dizon can now boast of something only stars like her are entitled to: a show of her own. And it’s not just a song-and-dance presentation, mind you. “Eat Bulaga Presents … The Ryzza Mae Show!”, with big-name stars as guests, is a talk show which debuts on Monday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. on GMA 7.
The seven-year-old Little Miss Philippines 2012 grand winner is now a little big star -- as Maricel Soriano calls her. She is also the youngest talk show host.
The meaning of star may not yet be clear to this grade two student, but she knows what its demands. Ryzza stops whatever she’s doing to pose for the camera – that of a photographer’s or the TV guy’s.
What mother can resist pinching those chubby cheeks? What father, tired from a day’s work, won’t delight in those witty, innocent remarks?
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'Cha Cha Rap!'
And what young person, her age or a little older, is immune to Ryzza’s famous dance act, “Cha Cha Rap!”?
Her parents raised the little girl well. Before taping for her show’s pilot episode started, Ryzza asked everyone in the audience to rise and say a prayer.
“Sana po, suportahan ang show. Sana po, masaya ang taping,” the girl in the hot pink headband, pink boots and balloon skirt dress beseeched. Beside her waited a pink toy bike she’d take with her all around the set.
The girl adlibs. She pokes fun at her weight, her pint-sized frame, even her packed schedule.
Ryza’s Mommy Rizza – dressed in simple t-shirt and pants -- sits quietly in a corner of the audience area. She knows her talented daughter is tired from a full day of work. Her answers to questions from the press before the taping at Broadway Centrum were short and clipped. And the press, understanding Ryzza, didn’t ask for longer answers.
Rizza understands Ryzza’s need for much-deserved rest.
“Tulog na siya ng 9 o’clock (ng gabi),” the soft-spoken mom says.
And she knows showbiz is not forever.
“Priority niya ang studies,” Rizza adds.
So far, so good. Let’s hope Ryzza Mae keeps up with her packed schedule while making sure she doesn’t lose sight of things that really matter – her studies and good old-fashioned values of love, faith and respect.