Ariel Rivera considers it “presumptuous” for him to be nicknamed “Kilabot ng mga Kolehiyala”, revealing that he never liked the title as it doesn’t match his personality.
The actor-singer spoke about it during an interview with Boy Abunda in the latter’s program “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda”, broadcast on Friday, June 16.
“Tama ba ang pagkaalala ko na ayaw mo nung ‘Kilabot ng mga Kolehiyala’?” the TV host asked Rivera. (Do I remember correctly that you didn’t want the nickname “Kilabot ng mga Kolehiyala”?)
“I didn’t,” the singer admitted.
Rivera recalled some instances when he was younger and would voice his disapproval of using said title.
“There were a few times when Bong [Quintana] (Abunda partner)—[because] Bong would always be behind the scenes, [along with] Hansel and Ernie – would say, “Introduce Ariel – Please welcome, Kilabot -” [then] I said to Bong, ‘Bong, you introduce me like that, hindi ako lalabas its stage (then I won’t go on stage)’” Rivera shared with a laugh.
He then explained his view on the matter and said: “It’s so presumptuous of me to feel [that] all these kolehiyalas (students) love me. It’s so presumptuous of anyone to feel that way, and it’s just not me.
“Also, looking back, I didn’t know Hajji was the original ‘Kilabot,'” he continued, referring to vocalist Hajji Alejandro. “Wala naman akong alam in the history (I didn’t know the history of) OPM during this period. How can you take someone’s title when there’s already someone who has that title?
During the interview, Rivera also shared the “craziest thing” a fan has done to her, which happened during her show at an exclusive all-girls school.
“Ang ginagawa namin (What we do is) we take a girl [the stage] then we give them a kiss. When it was time for me to kiss her, she just grabbed my face and [we kissed] lips to lips,” he said. “The next day, ka-date ko na siya (we were already dating).” /ra
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