A Happy Occasion at the Revilla Mansion

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A Happy Occasion at the Revilla Mansion


My friend, Richard Francisco of Vicor Music Corp., has been so disturbed by the "unusual" behavior of a popular character actress which he himself witnessed last Sunday.

He happened to share the same flight, along with his other colleagues from the music industry, with the actress on their way back to Manila from a brief business trip in Bangkok, Thailand.

He asked me to write about the incident not to cast aspersion on the person of the character actress, albeit, Richard just wants the readers to pick up a lesson or two from this experience. We are not going to name the actress for obvious reasons.

With that in mind, Richard told us what he saw. He said that all throughout, the actress had been acting weird, irritable. "There was this one time when she forced her way through the stewardesses when they were serving food. And when the stewardess said, one moment please, she retorted in a stern voice, cant you see Im already in the middle?"

"There was another instance when she turned her mobile cellphone on while in flight so the American guy behind her tapped her shoulder to ask her to turn it off. She got mad and said, you cant do that to me. Do you know who I am? Are you going to my country?"

And to cap the entire puzzling scenario, Richard said that "when we got off the plane, she went to the customs people who knew her and told them to make it hard for the American to get through."

Richard told me that somehow, this incident when written could be an eye-opener for all of us who tend to be rude sometimes. We understood exactly what he meant.

But of course, it is always a totally different scenario when that person happens to be a celebrity. Which brings us back to the fact that they indeed, have a bigger responsibility than most of us.

* * *

When two formidable political families get together, that is always an occasion worth writing about.

The occasion was the "official pamanhikan" for beautiful bride-to-be Andrea Bautista, who is very well-known in showbiz as simply Andeng, besides having a very popular senator brother Bong Revilla and being the doting daughter of former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr.

The family of Andengs fiance Junjun Ynares (his father Rizal Gov. Ito Ynares, his mom former Gov. Nini Ynares and sister Nina) trooped all the way to the Revilla mansion in Imus, Cavite a week back to formally ask for Andreas hand in marriagea wonderful age-old tradition that is still very much practiced among Filipino families.

Andengs own family naturally came in full force to witness the momentous occasion in the life of Andeng, easily the apple of the eye of every member of that family. Sen. Bong and his wife Lani Mercado were there along with their kids. Marlon and wife Gigi were there, too, with their kids; Rowena and husband Boyet Mendiola were there too, Princess and her kids were present, youngest sister Diane was also there. …

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