‘Umarte ayon sa ganda’? Liza Soberano reacts to cockroach meme

Miguel Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2018 09:50 PM

Actress Liza Soberano. Instagram: @mickeysee

MANILA — “I’m not afraid of cockroaches,” in the case of Liza Soberano, is a statement that’s proven to be fact, following the viral video of her unflinching reaction to an insect crawling up her arm, all the while thinking it was a cockroach.

Soberano, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful faces in local showbiz, inadvertently launched a meme with her recent “What’s in the Box” challenge.

 

“Umarte nang naaayon sa ganda,” so goes the running joke, with fans pledging to welcome cockroaches on the dinner table or engage them in conversation, among other “friendly” gestures.

Soberano, 20, is not oblivious to her challenge taking social media by storm, with many who watched the videos praising her for being “fearless.”

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“I think I’m a pretty brave girl, but I wouldn’t say I’m fearless,” Soberano said. “Of course, there are things I’m afraid of, but I’m not afraid of insects. I’m not afraid of cockroaches.”

The “Darna” star spoke with ABS-CBN News Sunday on the sidelines of the shooting of “Family is Love,” the media giant’s Christmas station ID set to premiere on November 18.

Onscreen partners Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil join some 400 Kapamilya stars in ABS-CBN’s ‘Family is Love’ Christmas station ID. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

Asked for her reaction to the meme that ranks her beauty as the standard for determining how one should behave, Soberano said, “I actually saw the comments! I was laughing!”

“It was really funny, and I’m just amazed by how fast it reached everybody, and how amazed they are by it,” she added.

Soberano’s “What’s in the Box” challenge was part of a promotional campaign of a watch brand she endorses. Along with other endorsements, Soberano is set to juggle in 2019 a Black Sheep film with onscreen partner Enrique Gil and director Antoinette Jadaone, as well as the highly anticipated “Darna.”