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When Small is big

By MILLET M. MANANQUIL, The Philippine STAR Published Oct 03, 2021 5:00 am

Her name is Small Laude. But as the cliché goes, she’s small but terrible. She is terribly funny.

Small has become a famous personality with a cult following on Instagram (170 thou) and more on YouTube and Metro Channel, where she has a weekly show called “It’s a Small World.” She’s on a break right now and is scheduled for nine more episodes for the Christmas season.

It’s a-day-in-the-life kind of thing where viewers see her beautiful Ed Calma home, her collections such as dinnerware, and her closet full of designer clothes and bags.

At first glance, you might find it showy, but when she says, “No bashing!” you are disarmed. And your frown turns into smiles as she says self-deprecating stuff and silly little things that make her so down-to-earth and lovable. You know she just wants to laugh — at herself, at whatever she can find funny in this depressing pandemic era.

Is this her way of coping with these sad times? “Yes, and maybe because I’ve always idolized Ellen DeGeneres. I want people around me to laugh and be happy.”

Comments in her Instagram account show how people find her reachable, like she can be their friend even if she lives in a mansion:

pursejunky16 She’s so hilarious... ang yaman pero so real hindi pasosyal lol.

 With her household staff when she got the YouTube Silver Play Button for reaching more than 300,000 subscribers

immjhay  Super nakakahawa po yng tawa niyo! Very true kayo, Madame, in Tagalog, totoong tao!

iamnaomi.k Paulit-ulit ko pinapanood tong videos na to sa youtube… maarte na ndi mo kaiinisan kasi ang cute nya tlga napaka natural nang dating, complete package ika nga maganda.mayaman.mabait pati c madam.napakahumble kahit gahigante ang antas sa buhay.

She took up Business Management at St. Paul’s Manila and it seems her business now is to make people laugh away their depression. ‘At age seven, I wanted to be a donya,’ she laughs. Maybe a funny donya?

aimatias Your videos with Ms @iamkarendavila bring so much laughter.

misschev Both of you are just hilarious together! Small becomes funnier and more natural while Karen’s laughter is contagious! Love watching you both… extremely entertaining.

bhe_sicat Sana po sa vlog ninyo kayo po ni ma’am alice ma’am melva naman po. nakakahappy po ksi ninyo super totoo po ninyo tao kau po ni ma’am alice.

 Small with her philanthropist sister Alice Eduardo after Sunday Mass in Beverly Hills.

Alice and Melba are her sisters, and they have a brother, Joel. “My parents are very conservative. They instilled good moral values in us. We never fail to attend Sunday Mass and have dinner together. My husband Philip is very supportive of my passions and endeavors. He is a good father. He trained the kids to be entrepreneurs at an early age. I have three sons — PJ, Michael and Tim — helping out in our family business. My daughter Allison is in high school. She plays the cello, is into graphic design and helps in school charities.”

 Small in her Pink Salon: “My fave colors are pink and Tiffany blue.”

Her Ate Alice Eduardo, who is a self-made construction magnate, has been doing charity projects the past decades, notably for PGH.

She is Small’s role model, aside from Princess Diana “for her courage and sense of classic fashion.”

Small’s real name is Marissa.

 Christmas in Beverly Hills with her husband Philip and their children PJ, Michael, Tom and Allison

My dad called me Small because I was so small when I was a baby.”

Small took up Business Management at St. Paul’s Manila and it seems her business now is to make people laugh away their depression. “At age seven, I wanted to be a donya,” she laughs. Maybe a funny donya?

One follower, margauxmatabuena, says that “ Small is the Lisa Vanderpump of the Philippines.”

 Pausing in her living room from an SM shoot a few days ago.

“I’ve always enjoyed pranking my family and friends,” says Small. It took the pandemic to bring out the funny girl in her, out of her fab closet, thanks to Metro Channel who conceptualized Small’s show. An avid fashionista, her digital exposure has made her in demand as an endorser. A few days ago, she had a shoot with SM.

 Small’s cool and spacious living room.

Before this, she had her hobbies to keep her busy and creative. “I love collecting Old World, antique and vintage finds. I love to buy accessories and knickknacks for my table settings. I am also into gardening.”

 Small’s favorite hangout is her roof deck, which is filled with greenery.

Her favorite part of the house? “My roof deck where I grow herbs, fruits and vegetables. And our garden where I am surrounded by plants and I hear the sounds of nature that come with it.”

 Surrounded by hanging plants in the gazebo of her roof deck

Her sentimental favorite item in the house? “My prayer icon where I pray every single day. It’s been with me for the longest time.”

Small has a big heart. “I help my employees by sending their children to school.” She has her Small Saturdays, feeding a hundred people every week and extending a hand for Hospicio and White Cross. “Small lang,” she says, but this makes her happy.

Then maybe you can say that Small is laudable.

At home in Givenchy

In Beverly Hills beside a statue inspired by Botticelli’s “Primavera” in their garden

In Gucci for Tatler

The plant-loving Small in D&G

At home in Givenchy

In Beverly Hills beside a statue inspired by Botticelli’s “Primavera” in their garden

In Gucci for Tatler

The plant-loving Small in D&G

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