Jan 29, 2012

Sinetch Itech?

I know it was clearly stated in my first entry that blind items are not my thing. Pero mga Teh, super fresh itey! Coming from a reliable source! Kaloka. Read on. 

Where: Backstage at an afternoon Sunday variety show
Who: Lead Star of Soap and Kontrabida of Soap

Lead Star of Soap (LSS) and Kontrabida of Soap (KS) were preparing for a dance number to promote a new teleserye. Both artists were asked to bring “black flowing dresses” for the production number. However, KS was unable to bring one at the last minute. Instead, she brought other black pieces of clothing to mix and match. Fortunately for LSS, she had a personal stylist who was able to provide the dress. She looked beautiful in her outfit, which was a bit more formal than what KS was able to come up with. KS had on a pair of leggings, a tank top, and a lace top her best friend (also part of the show) lent her.

Backstage, a few minutes before the number, KS saw LSS hastily putting on a pair of leggings as well. This confused KS because she knew LSS had already rehearsed in her dress and looked absolutely fantabulous! And the leggings did not exactly add to the look. So KS asks, “Why are you putting on leggings pa? Maganda na naman yung suot mo ah!” LSS says, “Para sana may kaparehas ka. Para kahit papaano terno tayo.” Huwhaaat??? KS couldn’t believe what LSS was doing: she was selflessly dressing down just so KS wouldn’t feel uncomfortable for being underdressed!  Awww… :) KS was so touched by her kindness. She said  “Okay lang ako girl. Perfect na yung suot mo kanina! You don’t have to wear the leggings para damayan ako.” And LSS only relented after much insisting. Wow. :)

Sinetch itong beautiful, down to earth, confident, talented and kind hearted Lead Star na may bagong teleserye na maguumpisa sa January 30 at 11:30am sa Kapamilya Network? (yehesssss promo!)

CLUE: Ako si KS. Hihihi. Give away na yan ah!

But seriously, I just felt like I had to share this encounter with you guys.

This industry can be toxic sometimes. In a world where gossip is the language, flaws are hyped and scandals are fabricated, I can understand why many artists keep their guards up. 

But every once in a while, you come across an artist who has not  succumbed to the culture of putting on a show even off cam. You come across someone who looks like she might turn into a good friend some day. And I am reminded that kindness and beauty and goodness are just there. They are EVERYWHERE. But you must choose to see it first. Today, I’m the lucky recipient of such kindness. :) 

This small gesture might seem insignificant to some. But for me and the other artists who are constantly judged for a living, it’s a reminder to have faith in the goodness of people. :)

Ika nga ni Kumareng Amelia Earhart:
"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."  

Jan 10, 2012

Slum Book Millionaire

So… cyber awkward silence... I really don’t know what to write about next. I believe it’s best we get to know each other first.

Let’s kick it old school, shall we?

Now I’m sure most of you know what a slum book is. No? Ok class, take your seats. In the olden days  (in the olden days talaga? hehe), a slum book was a notebook that was passed around a classroom with a question that everyone had to answer. Questions varied from “What is love?” “Who is your crush?” to “Who was your first kiss?”  Our mommies and daddies used to call it slum book. WE (born 1982-1990) refer to it as an “autograph book”. And kids these days call it “profile”. Sushal.

Here’s a 1999 autograph book entry of mine. I was 11 years old then and very much in love with the Spice Girls.

For the record, I did not write F.R.A.N.C.E (Friend Remain and Never Can End) or J.A.P.A.N (Just Always Pray At Night) on the last page. I do hope you were able to read the text. Peak kasi yan ng kausuhan ng gel pen hence the purple pearly ink.

Here’s an updated version of that. Same questions, but let’s see how much has changed.

Name: Monica Pauline S. Gil
Nickname: Nikki or Your Highness
Birthday: August 23, 1987                       Age: Right now, Jan 2012, I am 24 years old.
Year sign: Year of the Fierce and Fabulous Rabbit (becky yung rabbit?)
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

School/University: Montessori de Manila, Shekinah Christian Training Center, Ateneo de Manila University
Year/Course: AB English Literature Batch ‘08
Favorite Subject: I’m sure lahat kayo at some point sinagot “Recess” para astig kuno. :p But I actually enjoyed all of my Lit classes in Ateneo. And… Uh… That’s about it.

Books: Hello??? THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY (THG fans put yo hands in the air!!!), Like Water for Chocolate, Lolita, Middlesex, The Help, Room, Captivating, Become a Better You, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Shack, She’s Come Undone and many more. Or, as they used to say, M-T-M. Many to Mention. Hahaha!
Authors: Nicholas Sparks (who doesn’t love NS?), Ellen DeGeneres (she’s hilarious), Joel Osteen (such an anointed writer), Wally Lamb, Roald Dahl. Again, M-T-M.
Kind of Movie: Anything Jack Black or Will Ferrell. Anything Vilma Santos or Maricel Soriano. Anything that might make me laugh or cry.
Movie Idols: Emma Stone, Leo Di Caprio, Johnny Depp, Wynona Ryder (She was actually really good), James McAvoy, Meryl Streep, Bea Alonzo.
Singers/Bands: I STILL LOVE THE SPICE GIRLS. So, there. But I also enjoy listening to Emily King, Corinne Bailey Rae, Robin Thicke, Alicia Keys, Lea Salonga, Nina, Kyla, Jay R, Kris Lawrence, Billy Crawford (yeah son!), Musiq Soulchild, India Arie, Eric Benet, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Ella Fitzgerald, Renee Olstead, The Puppini Sisters. Again M-T-M.
Music: R&B, Jazz, Standards and Novelty (“turuan mo ko niyan, turu-turuan mo ko niyan…”)
T.V. Programs:  Grey’s Anatomy, Friends and Modern Family. And Wow Mali.

Dress/Outfit: Ah, this will require an entirely new entry.
Perfume: Anything that smells like soap.
Food: Yes, I still like chicken skin. Japanese food, Thai food, and the most important part of the food groups: CANDY.
Drinks: Anything cold and tangy
Pals: M-T-M. Hahaha galing talaga ng nakaimbento ng M-T-M.
Hang-outs: Studio, mall, movie theater, home. Saya noh?
Colors: Pink, brown, white.
Pets: Starbucks, my yellow Labrador retriever (sumalangit nawa) and Charlie, my golden retriever.
Lucky no.: 4. This was my volleyball jersey number. Yes, I used to play volleyball. Ahem ahem, first six ako.

Ok fine, this happened ONCE. Nung na nasuspend yung ibang players at anim nalang kaming natira.

Motto: Raise your hand if you’ve ever answered “ajinoMOTTO” or “MOTTOrcycle”. Mga pilosopo! :p Serious motto: I’d like to be able to tell myself I’m glad I did rather than I wish I had.

Who is your love? Asuuuus. Sige na nga. Si BI_LY CRAWFOR__ Guess who.
How did you meet? We met at a photo shoot for a show we were hosting together.
Is she/he your first love? Hindi counted ang “puppy love”? Then yes. :p
Her/His special characteristics? He is beyond PATIENT. He is an amazing singer and dancer. And he is mabango.
What attracted you most? Separate entry for this one. ;)
Happiest Moment It has yet to happen.
Greatest achievement in life 13 years ago I said “when I received God as my personal Savior”. I don’t think that’ll ever change J 
Greatest Dream Well, I STILL don’t have my own limousine or my own tree house. So that’s still on the list.
Most stupid thing ever done Ah, I have a long list for this one. Separate entry.

Beliefs/Philosophies in life I believe that I serve a good, loving, forgiving and faithful God.  He says, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 Message Bible.

Thank you all for the overwhelming online response to Gil the World. I honestly did not expect to receive so many hits in a day.  Thank you for the feedback regarding the way-too-small font size, links that don’t work, corny blog skin etc. Know that I am working on it and that these things will be addressed… as soon as I make friends with an astig graphic designer willing to work with me for free. :p