Written by Lauren Acurantes / Photography by Raymond Saldaña
If there’s one thing Mae Dela Cerna values above all else, it’s her family. On the day of her photo shoot, this diminutive beauty who makes up one-fifth of the popular all-female singing and dancing group, Mocha Girls, tearfully disclosed to PLAYBOY that if it weren’t for the support of her family, she wouldn’t be where she is today. “My parents have always been my biggest supporters and my inspiration. It was my father that taught me how to sing and my mother is my best friend. I admire her patience and her loving nature,” she said. “Kahit na ganito lang yung ginagawa ko, masaya ako pag nakikita kong masaya din sila. I feel happiest when I see them smiling,” she humbly added.
And humility is a trait that she has in abundance. Every time the popularity and success of her career was mentioned, she would protest, saying that she really wasn’t that popular. Not popular, we asked? With more than 400,000 followers on Facebook and almost 36,000 on Twitter, we beg to differ. “Minsan naman pag naglalakad ako sa labas, di naman ako nakikilala ng mga tao,” she remarked, her eyes twinkling with amusement. But in all earnestness, she acknowledged that their manager is also a big influence on the way she conducts herself. “He always tells us not to think of ourselves as popular or beautiful, kasi lilipas din daw yung mga bagay na yun. He advises us to always work hard and he pushes us to improve ourselves,” she said.
Gifted with a melodious, sweet-sounding voice, it’s almost impossible to think that when she first tried to break into showbiz, Mae almost didn’t make it. Her first foray into the industry consisted of an audition for dance troupe, EB Babes, but she was initially rejected because, she claimed, “I just wasn’t that good of a dancer”— a natural pre-requisite if you are trying to join a dance troupe. But then they made her sing. “They asked me to sing for them. I think they liked it, kasi tsaka lang ako natanggap,” she said.
See the full story and photos in the May-June 2013 issue.