Hilarious Melai Cantiveros Moments and Lines at Asia Artist Awards 2023

Melai Cantiveros really shined bright at the star-studded Asia Artist Awards 2023! The comedienne’s wit and humor effortlessly brought laughter to Filipinos, including South Korean artists. No wonder why she trended under the K-pop category on X, formerly Twitter.

From the red carpet, the netizens were already laughing out loud because of her funny poses in front of the cameras, not to mention Ryan Bang’s humorous side comments that added good vibes to the event!

In a quick interview during the awards show, IVE’s Jan Won-young, who was among the hosts, asked the actress-TV host how she felt about attending the prestigious event. Here’s her answer:

“Attending to AAA is a very honor. I feel like I am the first honor, a valedictorian in attending AAA. It’s so the best, prestigious award. I cannot believe this is happening.” [sic]

Won-young asked another question, “There are many artists representing Asia here today. Is there any particular artist you really would like to meet?

Melai answered Kim Seon-ho and NewJeans, “I’m so very idol Kim Seon-ho and then NewJeans because my daughter loves NewJeans.” [sic]

Melai Cantiveros

Photo: Melai Cantiveros

Prior to her interview, she was spotted on the screen giggling in the background of Seon-ho’s interview, which drew laughter and cheers from the audience. *Who wouldn’t feel kilig over Seon-ho?! Same, Melai, same.*

Another funny Melai moment was during her acceptance speech as she received the Best Actor award alongside Kim Se-jeong, Ahn Hyo-seop, Lee Dong-hwi, and Lee Jun-hyuk. These are the hilarious lines that made everyone laugh:

“If someone question[s] why I have [an] award, don’t worry, I question, [it] too.”

“I just received [an] award all of my life from my mother and father every time they are angry to me.” 

“My heart is very kuan…the best.”

“God moves in mysterious ways.”

“I cannot believe what the food that they eat, why they chose me.”

“I’m very sorry to the Koreans I acted like this, but I am so overwhelmed.”

“To my family, we will serve the Lord.”

The Philippine Arena was filled with laughter and “Melai” chants. P-pop supergroup SB19 was also cheering for the comedienne! Some South Korean artists spotted laughing and chanting during her speech were Stray Kids, SEVENTEEN BSS, NMIXX, and Lapillus’ Chanty, who’s also a Filipina.

On Facebook she shared photos of her award and with K-drama celebrities Kim Young-dae and Moon Sang-min with the caption, “Lord.”

Melai recently starred in a Philippine-South Korean action-comedy film Ma’am Chief: Shakedown in Seoul, which was released in November.

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Congratulations and thank you for the good vibes, Melai! 

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