Saan nagkaiba?: Nora mas magandang hangaan from a distance, Vilma mas madaling abutin!

ILANG taon ba akong naging tagahanga ni Nora Aunor?

Sa totoo, I was only in high school when I became a dyed-in-the-wool Noranian.

My late father indulged my blind idolatry for the superstar to the point that he bought me a life-size portrait of Ms. Aunor that he placed strategically in my room.

Funny but it’s true. Para siyang santang hinahaplos-haplos ko every time I would wake up in the morning and concomitantly, when I retire in the evening.

My mom, on the other hand was not half as supportive. “Tao lang ‘yan,” she would admonish me when she would catch me looking at my idol’s life-sized photo. “It’s not a healthy thing, my son, to be treating her like a demi-god when she’s a human being like you and I.”

Anyway, I went to Manila way back in the 80s to look for my place in the sun and in a way, to pursue my childhood fantasy of becoming an entertainment writer like my idols Baby K. Jimenez, Billy Balbastro and Alfie Lorenzo.

To make a long story short, I met Ms. Aunor, through the intercession of the late Ate Luds Carvajal who was popularly known as Inday Badiday, at her then super-fab P. Guevarra mansion in San Juan.

Baptismal ‘yun ni Matet kaya super dami ang tao.

Sabi ni Baby K., go na lang daw ako sa chapel dahil Nora was there.

Honestly, I was appalled when I first saw Nora in person looking very much different from what I always envisioned her to be. Hakhakhak!

She was outfitted in simple t-shirt and faded maong pants and donning a pair of rubber shoes that were so small, these might as well be worn by a kid of ten or eleven years old. Hakhakhak!

But when I came back in the evening of the same day, I was again stunned for she was already the Nora Aunor of my fantasy.

Made-up to perfection, her cheekbones highlighted with rogue that was applied just right and was wearing a dramatic all black outfit that highlighted her brown complexion and becoming facial features.

Sadly though, I could sense that she was kind of cold and not that easy to penetrate.

Inasmuch as she gave me her phone number (‘Mas mabuti ngayon, kuya, dahil di pa ako masyadong busy,’ she told us in earnest.), I wasn’t able to push through with my intention, for pinning her down for an interview then was tantamount to asking for the moon. Hahahaha! How naive could I possibly be. Hakhakhak!

Anyway, I never stopped becoming a fan. I always made it a point to watch her movies, enjoy her moments of triumphs vicariously, and practically slugged it out when other people would belittle her musicality or put her down in earnest.

Anyhow, I had an encounter with her again when she was staying then at her rented place in Broadcast city sometime in 1992 when my friend Ate Fely Igmat asked me to keep her company.

As usual, she was nice to Ate Fely but no recognition whatsoever could be gleaned from her expressive pair of eyes on my direction.

That was the time when I told her about my pent-up emotions and opened up the floodgates of despair and disenchantment that I felt right that very moment.

But to no avail.

To no avail daw, o! Hakhakhak!

She was still cold and seemingly not aware of my existence when we met again at GMA Supershow to get my most popular writer award for the defunct Hot Stars tabloid.

Bago? Hakhakhak!

Anyhow, just the other night, our path would cross again when we attendend Gov. ER Ejercito’s presscon for their epic movie El Presidente.

As usual, the superstar went out of her way to kiss, greet and hug the entertain- ment press in attendance that she supposedly missed. Hahahahaha!

But predictably so, she didn’t linger one bit on our table when she passed our way and went to other tables nonchalantly without a trace of recognition on her slight -ly made-up face.

Hakhakhak!

Di na kami nagtaka.

Ganon naman talaga siya at wala na kaming naramdaman ni katiting na pagtatampo this time dahil we’ve already shifted our love and loyalty to the star for all seasons Ms. Vilma Santos.

And speaking of Ate Vi, late 80s palang ay napabilib na niya kami sa kanyang sense of fairness when we wrote a series of explosively denigrating and exceedingly biting column items about her. But far from losing her cool and becoming vindictive and caustic when we inadvertently met at the press con of her Regal movie that time, she was indeed the paradigm of sweetness and understanding as she explained her side of the story.

Tongue-tied talaga kami and was red of face because she did not cheapen herself by bombarding us with uncouth tirade and cavalier words, she chose to kill us with kindness instead.

Many years after that, we received an invitation from her and it was really touching in the sense that I was the only Noranian present.

Na-appreciate pala ni Ate Vi ang mga nasusulat namin innocently praising her good traits along with her unfading freshness and beauty. Hahahahaha!

But what totally floored us was, when we were still a part of Juicy (the rating one, huh? not the resounding flop version that’s presently being anchored by Fermi- nata who’s veritably plastic, the viewers are avoiding her like the plague..Hakhakhak!) and we went to Batangas interview her.

Naturalmente, sina Alex Gonzaga at IC Mendoza ang naunang nag-interview sa kanya dahil sila naman talaga ang anchors ng show.

You could imagine how surprised we were when Ate Vi asked halfway of their inter- view if we, supposedly, would not have our chance to have an interview on cam with her, too.

Shakira, di ba naman? Pero ‘yan nga si Ate Vi, sugar and spice and everything nice all these years.

Hindi man kami madalas nagkikita, it makes me happy to feel that kind of caring and sincerity that she indubitably radiates when we would meet once in a rare while.

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Bonggang date nina Sam, Alden sponsors ang gumastos

NAKAALIW naman ang nabasa namin kamakailan tungkol sa bonggang date ng stars of  “Tween Academy: Class of 2012” na joint production venture ng GMA films at SMDC, na sina Sam Pinto at Alden Richards sa isang yate sa Manila Bay.

Imagine, wise guy pala itong si Alden dahil ni isang kusing ay di gumastos at puro sponsors ang nag-shoulder sa kanilang date. Hakhakhak!

Libre pala ‘yung yate at pati lafang, at pati ‘yung special gift ng bagets sa kanyang date ay sponsor rin ang give. Hakhakhak!

Kaaliw naman.

Kunsabagay, utakan lang naman ‘yan.

Why spend nga naman when you have sponsors who are dying to do it for you, di ba? Hakhakhak!

Nakabibilib nga naman ang diskarte ng bagets na ‘to.

Ang nakatutuwa lang, hindi kaya pag dumating ang time na mag-asawa na siya ay puro sponsors pa rin ang gumastos, particularly sa kanilang honeymoon ng kanyang magiging wife?

Hakhakhak!

Wise guy, this young hunk Alden. Hakhakhak!

Anyway, still on Alden, marami ang nakapupunang ang gagwapo ng new breed of young actors ngayon ng GMA.

Apart from him, naririyan din sina Derrick Monasterio (na super wapo rin), Kristoffer Martin at Elmo Magalona.

No wonder, ang tindi ng kilig factor ng Tween Academy: Class of 2012 at malaking advantage ito sa GMA flms.

August 24 nga pala ang opening ng movie na ‘to sa chosen cinemas nationwide.

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Crsity Fermin hate ng forumers sa GMA Forum!

TOUCHED naman kami sa isang reader ng Remate na nag-text sa amin tungkol sa isang forumer sa GMA Forum na si Rod Mateo (thanks pare! Hakhakhak!) na ang ganda ng sinulat sa amin.

“Gud day, Pete,” our texter intones. “Punta ka sa GMA Forum at may isang forumer run na name niya Rod Mateo.

“Ang ganda ng sinulat niya sa Juicy at tungkol sau.

“Binanatan niya si Cristy Fermin at ikaw ang pinuri at si Peter Ledesma.

“Nasa rating thread #649 at Comment and Suggestion Thread #61.

“I-print mo at isulat mo sa columns mo.”

Hahahahaha! Hayan Fermin, ha? Pati sa GMA Forum, kami ang pinupuri at ikaw ang nilalait. Hakhakhak!

Tigilan mo na kasi ang katutula mo at magpa-lipo ka na para makapagsuot ka naman ng medyo body-hugging outfits at ng hindi ‘yang mga tent-like outfits ang may-I wear mo most of the time. Hahahahahahahahaha!

Period. Ayoko ng tsakaaaaa!

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Bakekang ang ina pero gandara ang anak

HAHAHA! Ka-amuse naman ang eksena off-cam ng bagets na young actress na ‘to na hataw ang career sa ngayon.

Imagine, kung ano’ng ginanda-ganda niya, siya namang tsinaka ng kanyang ermats who happens to have an impairments.

Deaf-mute po siya pero international ang kanyang mga napangasawa.

Imagine, ang panganay niya’y European ang tatay, Japanese naman ‘yung ikalawa at at lespong Pinoy ang erpats ng bunso. Hakhakhak!

Dati-rati, and this was the time when they were still living in Tondo, Manila, oras na umuwi na ang anak nito from her taping sessions, asking galore raw agad ang madir ng 2k at go na sa #168 shopping Center. Hakhakhak!

Carry n’yo ‘yan?

Hakhakhakhakhak!

At any rate, nasa town house na ang young actress sa ngayon kasama ang kanyang mga utol at lola pero wasang daw si Madir. Buhkit?

Well, palagi raw kasing ‘nagkakalat’ si madir kaya parang binukod ng kanyang anak na ngayo’y strongly opinionated na at di na uubrang diktahan nang kahit na sino.

Sosyal! Hakhakhak!

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And with that, ito po ang kuya Pete ninyo na nagsasabing, Christopher, my son, I love you very, very much, my love for you goes beyond eternity.

Adios. Mabalos. I always need you, Nong!

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