Compilation of 'Melanisms' planned
MANILA - Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez, who has become known for her "quotable quotes" when speaking English, is planning to write a book that includes a compilation of these famous "Melanisms" over the years.
Foremost of Marquez's memorable lines was her response in the question-and-answer portion of the international pageant, where she was asked if she would insure her legs for a million dollars, like American actress Angie Dickinson had done years earlier.
"I won't change my legs," Marquez answered, "because I'm contented with my long-legged."
More than three decades and countless interviews later, Marquez said she is planning to put together similar one-liners, which have since become a signature of hers, in a book.
"I just hope this year [it gets released]. In the right time. Timing lang po iyan," she said.
"Marami pa akong iko-compile na nakakatawa, mga 'Melanisms' and quotable quotes ko, para lahat mag-enjoy -- isa na 'ko roon," the 49-year-old former beauty queen told ABS-CBN News Mario Dumaual last Saturday.
Marquez explained that the goal is to produce a humor book, saying Filipinos need a break from national issues, including the recent streak of political scandals.
"Kasi, alam mo, kailangan natin, sa dami ng problema rito, sa buhay natin, I don't think I should be negative," she said. "Sa akin talaga, positibong tao ako. It's nice also to laugh at yourselves, lalo na sa mga mistake sa grammar ko. So what? I'm not an American!"
"Pilipino ako, and I'm proud to be Pilipino. Yehey!" she said, laughing.
The mother of six is currently on vacation in the Philippines from Utah in the United States, where she operates a 200-acre ranch with her husband of 14 years, Atty. Randay Lawyer, and their family.
Marquez recently had a week-long guest appearance on the noontime program "It's Showtime" as a judge -- one of her several professional engagements in the Philippines, which she explained as the reason for her extended stay.
Asked why she has come to embrace being known for her "creativity" with the English language, Marquez said, "E kasi naman, may pagkabulol ako na sometimes po, 'yung gusto ko talagang sabihin, iba 'yung nabibigkas ko."
"But it doesn't matter," she said, looking into the camera. "As long as I can express myself and you guys can understand me, it doesn't matter!"
Ahead of the possible release of her book, here are 10 of Marquez's most memorable 'Melanisms' over the years and why she said them:
1. "Nagpapasalamat lang ako sa Diyos na walang complication kasi pwede ako ma-parasite dahil sa car accident." - On her recovery from a car crash in the US in February this year which could have left her paralyzed
2. "I don't eat meat, I am not a carnival." - On why she is a vegetarian
3. "I-English-in ko para maintindihan niya. And to you, Mrs. Dee, I have two words for you: Ang labo mo!" - Her message to her former husband Derek Dee's mother, who she partly blamed for the breakup
4. "Ang tatay ko ang only living legend na buhay!" - Marquez, in her speech accepting an award for her biopic directed by her father, late director Artemio Marquez
Melanie Marquez in her younger years. Rated K
5. "Why should I have a calling card? I'm not a call girl!" - Marquez, recalling her response to a baron from England asking for her calling card in her younger years
6. "You can fool me once, you can even fool me twice, you can even fool me thrice. But you can never fool me four." - Her message to her former house boy who she accused of molesting her kid
7. "Nikki, you're so galing. You should go to the States. You will sell hotcakes!" - Marquez, to actress Nikki Valdez reportedly after watching her dance number from the side of the stage
8. "Ah, okay lang 'yan, Boy [Abunda], kasi matagal na rin akong semi-retarded." - On whether she is concerned about her showbiz career after becoming a Mormon
Melanie Marquez gives her speech after being crowned Miss International 1979. Rated K
9. "I would like to thanks... to give my thanks to all of you, and to the designer who've made all my clothes and that's Renee Salud... and also to the poor... people... in the Philippines." - Marquez, in her speech after being crowned Miss International 1979
10. "Don't judge my brother; he is not a book." - In defense of her brother, Joey Marquez, at the height of the controversy involving the actor-politician and TV host Kris Aquino