Things are looking up for this wonder girl
SHE is perhaps the youngest and best example of “tenacity”—that strong willed determination to succeed, backed up with her comedic wit, talent and an adorable look that everyone finds irresistibly cute.
Ryzza Mae Dizon is the embodiment of today’s star, whom, as Boy Abunda said in this section’s main story has that “hunger” and that inspiring “backstory,” which has helped her find success in an industry many could only dream of.
She looked just like she did on TV when The Manila Times visited her during a live episode of noontime hit show Eat Bulaga. A typical Filipino kid—brown-skinned, a bit chubby, she looked more like the kid you see playing on the street rather than the mestizo or “glammed-up” ones we usually see on TV.
Ryza recalled that she was five-years-old when she joined her first contest called “Little Mutya ng Sto. Nino.” Not the most unusual story except for the fact that when her mother wouldn’t let her join, she ran to the barangay hall, by herself, to ask for their help instead.
“Ako din po yung nagpunta sa palengke at humingi ng tulong sa mga kapitbahay namin para manalo po ako,” she told The Manila Times in this exclusive interview.
“Wala din po kasi kaming panggastos noong mga panahon na yun, kaya kahit gusto ko siyang suportahan at samahan siya medyo gipit kami, kaya si Ryzza mismo ang gumawa ng paraan para makasali,” her mom Rizza added.
“Gusto ko pong maging artista para makatulong po sa magulang ko,” not the rehearsed answer of some kid who wants to get some empathy but because it was the truth. “Dati po meron trabaho ang tatay ko pero ngayon po wala na, nagbabantay na lang po ng tindahan namin,” she said.
“Pagkatapos po nung ‘Little Mutya’ nag-audition po ako sa ‘Puregold Sta. Maria Bulacan’,” Ryzza continued her story. “Ang dami po ng mga bata dun mga, 400 po yata, kaya kahit maaga po kami pumila po ang tagal din namin naghintay.”
To get the attention of the crew and the camera men, Ryzza said she would call out every time they passed by, “Tinatawag ko po si kuya para unahin sana ako sa linya, sabi ko ‘kuya pwede po ba mag-modeling ako?”
Her mom said Ryzza would always ask her to go to auditions; there was even one time where they had to fall in line for almost a day. “Minsan kailangan pa po kami mangutang ng pamasahe para lang makapunta sa auditions kasi nagpupumilit si Ryzza.”
Ryzza was able to make it join Eat Bulaga’s “Little Miss Philippines” competition but lost in the early rounds. She would eventually return as a wildcard contestant before finally winning the title in the grand finals.
She would eventually become the youngest host of Eat Bulaga as Aling Maliit and would go on to host her own program, The Ryzza Mae Show.
Ryzza has since been able to provide her family with a new house, a car and a better life, but she continues to be the same simple child who just wants to make people laugh.
“Gusto ko lang po magpatawa at magpasaya ng tao katulad ni Bossing.”
“Bossing” of course is Vic Sotto who she considers as her idol. She also considers their movie Enteng Kabisote as her favorite film.
“Yun pa lang po kasi ang pelikula ko.” She has another movie for the Metro Manila Film Festival, which pairs her with James Aquino or Bimby. “Sa picture ko lang po siya nakita pero pogi po siya.”
Her schedule has also become more hectic, waking up at 7 a.m. for school, then going to the studio at 10 a.m., and going back to school again at 3 p.m.
“Kapag napapagod na siya, pagkain lang ang katapat nyan,” says her handler Jack Salvador.
Her favorite foods, despite her stardom remain the same: Adobo, sisig, giniling, paksiw na bangus, and pancit canton.
Ryzza has two siblings; an older sister and a younger brother whom she thinks wants to be a cop instead of an actor.
“Sa tingin ko po ayaw mag artista nun, parang gusto nya mag pulis kasi lahat ng laruan nya puro baril.”
Her mom says Ryzza doesn’t think of what she does as work: “Minsan po nag-aa-lala na kami kasi baka napapagod na din po siya, pero para kasi sa kanya hindi po ito trabaho, parang laro lang sa kanya.”
If she wins the lotto, would she still continue acting? “Opo naman kasi gusto ko po talagang maging artista,” she quickly answered.
Jack says compared to the other kids Ryzza is really special. “Ang dali niya maka-pick-up. Hindi siya ordinaryong bata dahil kapag kausap mo na siya parang 18 at hindi 8 years old ang kausap mo. Matalino siya and mahilig magtanong and siguro inborn talaga yng pagiging performer niya.”
When she grows up Ryzza says she wants to become a chef or a makeup artist, but she says she will continue to be in showbiz. She also chooses to be intelligent than grow up beautiful or rich.
If given the chance, she would like to meet President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“Tatanungin ko po if may girlfriend siya and if wala tutulungan ko po siya maghanap,” she said smiling.
Her advice to kids who want to be in showbiz? “Pray lang po, makinig sa magulang, kumain ng gulay at huwag po sila pasaway.”