I Got Stricken With S(T)ARS
To cap off Kids TV for 2005, I got into a segment shooting in which we feature the premiere night of "Exodus", the movie our show was promoting for the Metro Manila Film Festival.
After much thought, I decided to let the kid hosts get in the cinema after they were done with their spiels. They were supposed to interview the cast themselves, but I got a bit worried that they might get squished by other media members from giant networks.
Which means that I have to do the interview by myself, with the cameraman.
But there's a catch. Even though I've been exposed in the showbiz environment eversince I was a child, I'm get scared of celebrities. No, I don't freak out and run away. It's just that...I tend to get scared of going near them and having a conversation, especially if I'm meeting them for the first time.
You are so right...I get starstricken.
Who wouldn't? I'm about to interview Bong Revilla Jr., an action star-turned comedian-turned anti-piracy czar-turned senator-turned all-in-one.
So while I was waiting for the cast to walk by the red carpet, I spotted the owner of Enchanted Kingdom theme park (one of the producers of the movie). Call it a training to face my fears of sorts, I asked him about the movie (as indicated in my script). He was obviously happy and proud that the premiere got a high influx of people queueing.
And then, Senator Bong went walking the red carpet, together with child wonder BJ Forbes. The media went scambling for photos and video. After the senator was done with the photojournalists, it was the TV people's turn to ask him questions.
Odd enough, I was the first one to ask him.
"What makes Exodus stand out from the festival's other entries?"
I could see the reporter from ABS-CBN peeking at my ID while Bong was answering my query. I actually felt like an odd-one-out. Looking at the row of microphones placed before the actor, with logos of the big networks and then there's a relatively-unheard of Kids TV (not many people watch at RPN-9, except when there are boxing matches on a Sunday or beauty pageants).
I got a little cocky when I vomitted my second question.
"How proud are you in this movie?"
Senator Bong admitted that he felt proud of his movie, but quite nervous as to how it will fare come Christmas. Three huge fantasy movies are vying for top blockbuster. Aside from Exodus (which I predicted to become number 1, no kidding), Filipinos are anticipating for Mulawin The Movie (which was based on a hit fantasy TV series about a tribe of birdmen), and Enteng Kabisote 2 (a sequel of a spin-off of a fantasy comedy TV series back in the 1990's, Okay Ka Fairy Ko).
I let the other reporters ask their questions. I think my two questions are enough.
In the process I also interviewed some of the cast members who graced the premiere, like reality show host Paolo Bediones, comedian Long Mejia, and sexy actress Aubrey Miles.
But what really got me excited was when I got the chance to interview young star Iya Villania, a VJ and singer by profession. While asking her the same questions I asked the other actors, it was right there when I realized how beautiful she is in person. Goodness, her eyes are heavenly, her lips was glistening, and she just gives a kind and warm smile (making a seeemingly first-time reporter like me at ease).
I went straight home after watching the movie, and asked random people from the cinema about their thoughts of the movie like the usual "Ang ganda!" (It was beautiful) and "Sulit!" (Worth the money), a common practice here.
I can't help but think of Iya the whole night. That sent me into panic mode.
Oh no, I think I'm a lesbian.
THE EMPRESS IS THANKFUL
1) Thank you for reading my blog. Wishing all of my readers, and everyone in my blogroll, the merriest of Christmas. Maligayang Pasko!
2) I was happy that my blog peaked at rank #198 at PinoyTopBlogs.com. Not bad for me... :)
2) I was supposed to submit a draft of my play tonight (the deadline), but so far I got writer's block. I can't even get past the story treatment stage. Have to do something.