…ended after 3 seconds. LOL.
Two weeks ago, I would get all jittery whenever the clock struck 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. That’s because I was informed that Gymboree Play & Music Philippines’s Mommy Meet-up was the featured story of Lifestyle’s Scene & Heard segment. For one week, it was played everyday at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Because of our busy sched, I missed its airing on the first days. But on Day 4, I made it a point na talaga to make sure I catch it. Of course, our helpers were in full support. They never left the dining table with me to wait for their beloved Ma’am Dew to appear on national TV. I mean, todo cheer sila dati when Randy, Raviv and Drogo were featured on national TV during the UP SAVER pet show in February, remember? Now, it’s my turn. 🙂
When I was in 4th year high school, our class adviser asked us to write a list of the things we want to do in our lifetime. It wasn’t called a bucket list yet, just something that our class adviser got from a Chicken Soup for the Soul eklavu (ganun dati eh—wala pang Brightside so we get our “reflections” from Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Right, batchmates? :D). One of the things I distinctly remember writing was, “To appear on TV”. Our teacher read some snippets of our bucket list in front of the class without mentioning who wrote it. When she read my, “To appear on TV”, my classmates snickered. Someone even said, “O sino naman ‘yan?! Ang kapal ng mukha!”
So of course, nakitawa na lang din ako para hindi halatang ako ‘yun. Although at the back of my mind, I was thinking, “What on earth was wrong with that?!? Mga kriminal nga lumalabas sa TV! Hindi ko naman isinulat na maging bida sa teleserye ah! I just freaking wanted to appear on TV!”
The journey begins
When I was a senior in college, our DevCom 70 class went on a field trip to the taping of Mel & Jay (when Mel Tiangco was still allegedly in a relationship with Jay Sonza, it was Mel & Jay and NOT YET Mel & Joey), and we were in the audience. We waited for hours before the program began, and my gahd, we were seated on “chairs” that had no backrest. For hours!!! Super sikip pa! But the agononizing wait was sulit because:
Number 1, Brad Turvey was a guest on that show. I screamed like a banshee when I saw him! He was at that time the most handsome celebrity for me (trumping Piolo Pascual, et. al)
(On hindsight, I now realize he’s less handsome than I imagined. I used to think he’s the Philippines’ answer to Chace Crawford, but no. Layong gwapo pa rin ni Chace! I was probably that starstruck only because at that time, I still wasn’t used to seeing celebrities yet.)
and Number 2, I saw that the cameraman was filming our side, and I know na nahahagip ako! Of course I couldn’t help but think of my “bucket list” in 4th year high school! Oha oha oha!!!
So every Sunday, I would watch Mel & Jay and check out whether it was the episode we guested in. After several Sundays, finally, the episode finally aired!!! I had to keep my eyes from blinking, and prevent myself from peeing while there were no commercial breaks yet to make sure I won’t miss seeing myself on TV! So after waiting and waiting and waiting…ayun, I saw myself. Before I could even point to myself, tapos na. ‘Yun na ‘yun. I waited until the episode ended, pero ‘yun na ‘yun. I told myself, this isn’t the realisation of my bucket list. May next time pa, promise.
Fast forward to the Raviv era. Kung kelan ako tumaba at nag-wrinkles, that’s when I started getting media exposures.
But these were just either electronic and print only. The TV exposure is yet to come. When Raviv was invited to join teleserye workshops (but after only 1 session, I pulled him out. I didn’t like the dialogues the children were made to say. Parang hindi na talaga bata), I was invited to be an extra. I refused, for I already had an idea how long I had to wait for my chance to utter a one-liner. Not worth it, I thought.
And a few months after, I was assigned to host Gymboree’s Mommy Meet-up event, whose media partner was Lifestyle of ABS-CBN. As the host for at least 3 hours, ewan ko na lang kung hindi pa ako ma-expose!
Actually, hindi pa rin. Nahagip pa rin lang ako. :p But at least, lumampas naman ng 2 seconds. Aaaand, I was able to recognize myself.
So without further ado, here’s my latest 3 seconds of fame:
Pwede na, right? Let’s wait for another 12 years. Perhaps by that time, aabot na nang 15 minutes ang exposure ko.