MANILA -- Kris Aquino took to social media to explain why she did not attend any Philippine screenings of "Crazy Rich Asians."
Aquino, who played Princess Intan in the Hollywood film, said in an Instagram comment Saturday that she skipped the screenings because she did not want to be called "epal."
"I purposely chose to keep quiet and not even attend a single screening of CRA (Crazy Rich Asians) here in the Philippines because I didn’t want to be labeled epal," she said in a comment on a post of Chowking Philippines.
The fast-food chain in an Instagram post congratulated Aquino, one of its endorsers, but was asked by the actress to take down the post.
Aquino added that she also got off social media before the screening of "Crazy Rich Asians" because she didn't want to make herself a "target of unnecessary stress and trolling."
"I chose to not drumbeat the movie because it was more than enough for me to hear from friends and supporters, and read posts of people I don’t even know that the audience in cinemas would spontaneously applaud during my brief screen time," she said.
"In a country now dominated by hate, it is victory enough that I haven’t chosen to go as low as the purveyors of vitriol," she added.