Franki Russell And Diana Mackey Put The Real In Reality TV
Franki Russell, 25, and Diana Mackey, 22, may seem like your typical reality TV stars who exited Pinoy Big Brother’s house and immediately entered stardom. The PBB alums snagged roles and appeared alongside seasoned actors in Ang Probinsyano, one of the country’s longest-running television shows. They’ve amassed a solid fan base together, collectively called FrankiAnas, and there isn’t a day that they’re not trending on Twitter. All these, they’ve done and went through in less than a year.
At first glance, you’d think that their combined star material is what makes their tandem a force to watch for in the industry. They both have strong stunning features, sure. But digging deeper, you'll realize that there’s more to it than just God-given genes.
Franki truly embodies her PBB moniker Wandering Stunner ng New Zealand. Her yearning for adventure brought her to Kuya’s house, and the risk she’s taken in life is starting to pay off. “For me, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. That was part of the journey,” Franki shares. “I don’t know what’s gonna happen but I’m just gonna go with it and take every moment as it comes and just have fun. My whole inspiration was just to have fun and learn a lot.”
She may look like she isn’t a day older than Diana with her friendly face and easy-going disposition, but her maturity shines through the longer you spend time with her. During our interview, she’d answer our questions first, each time with a smile and wisdom beyond her years, and Diana would follow suit.
Diana, on the other hand, is slightly more reserved. “Dati, before PBB, hindi ko talaga kaya kumanta in front of people, as in kahit ano,” she admits. “I used to be super shy, pero after PBB, sobrang na-boost yung confidence ko.” Her calm and collected aura may often be mistaken as shyness, but it’s actually very telling of her impressive pageant experience. She knows how to handle herself under pressure and exudes that quiet confidence of a true beauty queen.
But despite her cool and composed character, you can tell she’s got so much energy for the things she’s passionate about. Her eyes would light up with conviction whenever she talks about her fans or even about the crime thrillers she loves to watch on Netflix when she’s off-duty from being a celebrity.
What’s strikingly common between the two, however, is their unbothered and unfiltered take on life, which is one of the things so many people admire them for. Perhaps we can attribute it to their PBB days where being surrounded by hidden cameras 24/7 meant you don’t have the option to filter out what the world sees and hears from you. But it’s also apparent that being true to who they are is a shared desire for Franki and Diana even before they met, and it’s something not even showbiz can take away from them. “I think there are a lot of people that try to fit into a mold or try and be something that they’re not, and think that’s super obvious,” Franki shares. “So the moment that you’re yourself, you’re comfortable around everyone, and people love that.”
Individually, they’d do just fine in the industry. They've each got the potential and the willingness to work hard to shine in solo projects. Together, though, their message is stronger. The way they want to inspire their fans is clear in how they live their lives: being unapologetically proud of who you are and not letting what anyone says stop you from pursuing what you love.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video of their Eye Candy shoot here:
Producer: Mylene Mendoza
Sittings Editor: Ysabel Y. Yuzon
Photography: Tonio del Rosario
Art Direction: Hannah Villafuerte
Styling: Van Mercado
Hair: Briele Orano (for Franki) and Andrew Bryan Galleguez (for Diana)
Makeup: Janina Dizon (for Franki) and Andrew Bryan Galleguez (for Diana)
Team Art Director: Jico Joson
Special thanks to: Prima Stella Management
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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.
On a platform we stand
Faces seen all in a blur
Relentless searching led by a spur
To find someone, to feel something
Aren’t we fools to waste away time?
To look for one man’s treasure
Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile
As a bond built in crime
But aren’t we just like every weary heart?
Hoping for an oasis
In the midst of the desert
Wanting to quench our thirst
Aren’t we all like frosted windows
Of old and battered houses on winter?
Wishing for the sun to give us warmth
To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made
Aren’t we maven pretenders?
A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?
A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?
Let down the walls, It’ll be okay
Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating
Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,
Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end
Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear
Realization dawning as loud as a thunder
As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber
Waking up from this reverie
Truth slapped me back to reality
Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see
Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free
From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,
What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April
We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked
Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey
What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower
Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss
Unbounded joy brought by your presence
Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven
Now the heart weeps for evanescence
A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain
But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .
Written by me, the one-shot story
Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________
It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.
"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.
"What size?" she asked.
"Small." I said.
Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.
Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad. I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.
"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.
"Yes. Thank you." I said.
"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.
"Oh thanks." I said .
"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.
I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.
And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....
I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY
One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.
It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!
Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?
Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020