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I am a Kapamilya fan and also an avid reader of Fashion PULIS. I would like to share with you some sidelights/tidbits about the ASAP stars when they had the ASAP show here in Singapore recently.
The ASAP stars were all around SG for 2 days and since there are many Pinoys here including the OFW's, many fans easily recognized them. My friend and I were at Suntec when we saw Bamboo having coffee at Coffee Bean. Of course we were starstruck but too shy to approach. We followed him when he stood up and walked towards the Conrad Hotel. Then we were so surprised to see most of ASAP stars scattered at the hotel lobby. Since it is a hotel, we were really too shy to approach them to take pictures, so we just stood there and gawked.
Almost all of them were going in and out of the hotel lobby except for one, Piolo Pascual who was the only one sitting at a couch and smiling at us. It was such a friendly smile as if he was inviting us to approach him, but oh, we really didn't have that much guts to even go near him, what a loss! I don't know, but we felt awkward to be running after stars inside the hotel. My friend and I were probably the only fans there.
During the actual show itself, Piolo was "super bait," with such genuine kindness. Yes, we also saw several stars walking along the lobby and we said 'Hi' to them and they waved and said Hi back to us. However there were also a few who were quite a big disappointment, and kind of turned us off completely.
We saw a Teleserye hunk Actor TA getting off from the lift and walking with his head bowed all the time while holding a cap to cover his face. It was actually funny and OA of him to do that because there were just my friend and I whom you can call as Pinoy fans who were there at that time. As in there was no one who would haunt him for photos and ask for autograph. Thus, TA's fears to be hounded by unruly and screaming fans was clearly unfounded. Our impression was that TA was really a complete snub.
Another turn-off was a VJ/host VJH. She walked infront of us so my friend said, "Hi VJH!" Yes, she mentioned VJH's name. But we were so surprised by her reaction. VJH just glared at us, very coldly, "sabay irap!" We were shocked and it took a while before we recovered from that. Just goes to show that what we see in front of the camera is really different from what some of them show in public, especially with VJH. Until now, I still can't forget how stiff her face was. Oh well, maybe she wasn't in the mood, or just so wrong of us to expect a 'hi' from her or even a smile, just like the rest of the stars we met like Shaina, Kim, Maja, Piolo, Bamboo, Khalil, Daniel, Enchong etc.
By the way, most of our"kababayans" who went to see the ASAP show were quite disappointed with Very Popular teleserye Actor VPA as well. He was so cold with the fans, he was smiling but so uncomfortable or shy maybe? He wasn't charming like most of his colleagues, some fans branded him as "suplado." Could it be that he was still "living" his role in the soap that just ended?
Well, this just it, FP - I'm just venting out maybe, and at the same time showing big appreciation to some stars who know how to acknowledge their fans whether in or out of the Philippines.
Congrats to your blog, FP! God bless always!
An avid fan,
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