- Ryzza Mae Dizon became a bullying victim when she joined Little Miss Philippines in 2012 at the age of six
- Dizon won the said competition, jumpstarting her career in the showbiz industry
- Eat Bulaga! plans to bring back the beauty pageant for little girls on television after its last edition in 2014
Who would have thought that Little Miss Philippines 2012 title holder Ryzza Mae Dizon experienced bullying at the age of 6 for joining the competition?
During the Boom segment of Eat Bulaga! last July 5, Dizon’s experience with her co-contestant became the hot topic of Joey De Leon in his throwback story. The host tried to persuade Dizon to tell what happened but the young host refused.
“Sabihin mo, okey lang yun. Nanalo ka naman, e,” said De Leon as he forced his young co-host to spill the beans.
“Ano ang sabi sa ‘yo? Ikaw ha, nagdadalaga ka na. Gusto mo sabihin ko? Ganyan ba talaga kapag lumalaki na, nagdadalaga, nahihiya na?” the host added.
But the comic host kept on urging Dizon.
“May sinabi sa ‘yo yung Inglesera mong kalaban, e.”
Not long after, the young star, even though undecided, recalled the hurtful words a contestant said to her for joining Little Miss Philippines.
“We’re a princess, you’re a monster!” she said.
“O nasaan siya ngayon? Malaki na rin yun ngayon!” De Leon said.
Maine Mendoza, Dizon’s partner in Boom implicitly cheered the young star, “Nasaan siya ngayon at nasaan ka ngayon?”
Ryzza Mae Dizon was the grand winner of Little Miss Philippines in 2012. Her life story before she became a star was even featured in one of the episodes of Magpakailanman where she played herself.
Her first appearance as a child star was in the 2012 sitcom series, Tweets for My Sweet starring Marian Rivera-Dantes. After that, she was cast in different television shows of the GMA Network with some having her in the lead role.
She also became part of various films such as Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote, at si Ako (2012), My Little Bossings (2013), My Big Bossing’s Adventures (2014), Enten Kabisote 10 and the Abangers (2016), and Trip Ubusan: The Lolas vs Zombies (2017).
At a young age, Dizon has already bagged several awards which include: Child Star of the Year, Best Child Performer, Breakthrough Talk Show Host, Best Child Female Film Actress, Most Innovative TV Child Star, and Best Female Child Star.
Eat Bulaga! continues to give inspiration to people, especially to the less fortunate. In four decades, it has helped discover stars like Julia Anne San Jose, Rita Daniela, Aiza Seguerra, Gladys Reyes, Camille Prats, and Catriona Gray.