Kristel Fulgar wants to put an end to the controversy surrounding the last-minute cancellation of her hosting gig for South Korean Seo In Guk’s fanmeet.
In a video released on Facebook, the former Goin’ Bulilit star in Facebook assured fans that all is well with her, saying getting replaced as host at the said event weeks ago wasn’t a big deal for her.
“Madali ko siyang natanggap kasi alam ko naman na hindi ko forte ang hosting. Kung siguro pinalitan ako sa acting, sa role na ganito or sa singing, doon medyo ma-hurt ako. Pero ‘yung sa hosting, hindi siya ganun ka-big deal para sa akin.
“Sa mga nagwo-worry sa akin, okay po ako. At doon naman sa mga ginagawa pa ring isyu ‘to tigilan na natin, mag-move on na tayo. May mga nangyari na hindi maganda pero tingnan nalang natin ‘yung brighter side. Mindset lang yan,” said Kristel.
“Sa bashers diyan, magbagong buhay na tayo. Ay, kayo lang pala,” she added, addressing the naysayers online.
Despite knowing that hosting would be challenging because it was not her forte, Kristel shared she chose to accept the offer to host the fanmeet of In Guk, her ultimate idol, after getting support from fellow fans of the actor.
“Alam ko naman sa sarili ko, aminado ako na hindi ko strength ang hosting. So bakit ako ang kinuha? Actually, nagulat din ako nung in-offer sa akin ito.
“Hindi agad ako nag-yes. Ayoko nung una, kasi alam ko yung kapasidad ko. Zero experience pa ako sa hosting and mga hosting ko lang mga spiels sa ASAP.”
Kristel also went into detail about how she did three rehearsals, only to be told at the last run that she would not be hosting the event anymore.
The YouTube vlogger also addressed criticisms over supposedly lacking energy and not giving her best during the rehearsal.
“Sa tatlong rehearsals na ‘yun, wala man lang isang taong nagsabi sa akin na ‘Uy kulang ka sa energy. Baka naman pwede mong ibigay ‘yung best mo.’ Walang ganu’n. Nagulat na lang ako pagtapos ng pangatlo, pinatawag ako para sabihin sa akin na papalitan na ako.
“The show starts at 7pm so I was trying to save my energy and my voice for the actual event. I knew that hosting is different from singing so I was trying to be careful not to overuse my voice.”
Kristel said she also thought of her fans who bought tickets to see her in the show.
“Kahit konti lang sila, maliit lang yung percentage nila sa audience, meron pa din. So pano ‘yun?”
Kristel also recalled the Korean technical director being adamant about the decision to replace her as a host.
“Nagmamatigas yung Filipino director and yung organizer na ‘wag akong palitan dun sa Korean director. Pero nakita ko kung gaano talaga siya naninindigan na palitan ako. At sabi pa niya, ‘Kung hindi yan papalitan, ako aalis,’” shared Kristel.
“Ayoko mag-cause ng gulo kasi lahat nai-istress na… So ako, okay na, tama na, I’ll give way ‘wag lang magkagulo, ‘wag lang ma-delay. Magbibigay na lang ako ng statement,” she added.
“Alam ko kahihiyan ‘yung pagdadaanan ko pagkatapos ‘nun, pero sige na. Kung ‘yung sinasabi ng Korean director na para sa ikagaganda ng show, sige na.”
If anything, Kristel said she has already moved forward from the issue, and is happy over having a one-on-one interaction with In Guk backstage.
An hour before In Guk’s fanmeet event on August 12, Kristel shocked fans with a message announcing the hosting cancellation.
Former Pinoy Big Brother Kumunity housemate and TV/Events host Karen Bordador eventually showed up on stage to take over as the show’s host.