Watch Me Entertain Myself!

Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Regal Shocker

The office messenger handed me an envelope, fat and ready to burst. A familiar swirl-logo was on it, but my mind was too lazy to figure out whose logo it was. Three names were on the envelope, mine and two other officemates from creatives. Eh? What’s this for?

The envelope flap wasn’t sealed so I quickly took out the contents. There were two booking confirmations—one for Boracay Regency and one Seair e-ticket. OMG! OMG! It’s confeeeeeermmmmmed! I looked again at the logo on the envelope: Creative Guild. Yay, I’m off to Boracay for the Kidlat Awards 2009!

I quickly scanned the e-ticket. Aside from my co-delegates from the office there were two other names, one of which stood out: Rustom Padilla.

And I couldn’t believe my incredulous reaction when I read the name: “Isn’t he dead already?”

Other thoughts followed in quick succession: “I see dead faggots.” “Oh my god, I’m flying with a dead man.” “Wait a minute, who’s the other guy flying with us?” “Dead man flying! Dead man flying!”

Cue in Hitchcockian music. Iii! Iii! Iii! Iii! Iii!

Wow, isn’t it amazing what happens when one fully buys into an illusion, any illusion—whether it’s a persona, an alter ego, media hype, a love affair, self-image, a sense of entitlement, or even one’s place in the larger scheme of things?

(Okay, okay, for the record: by the time I was thinking “dead faggots,” everything had already clicked into place in my head. No sex change, no legal name change, official documents, yada-yada-yada. Just so you know, hm’kay?)


Mr. Scheez said...

Maski naman si Bebe (Gandanghari) mukhang bangkay eh. Sobrang payat, nakikipag kompetensya kay Nicole Ritchie. LOL!

Write about the event on your blog, ha? Abangan namin =)

word verification: singl - short for single. Single pa daw ako hangang ngayon. LOL!

Ernesto said...

Hi McVie,
Long time reader here. I'm still a bit in shock when I found out Rustom's transition to BeBe. We were friends (well more of an acquaintance) when I was a student at UCLA and he was taking directing classes at my school. Last time I saw him, he was dressed up as a vampire (we went to West Hollywood for Halloween). Anyway, since you'll be flying down to Boracay with him/her, can you say hi to him/her for me. Thanks. I love your blog.

joelmcvie said...

@MR. SCHEEZ: Tingnan natin kung kayanin ng powers ko to write about the event. I'll be very busy leading up to the event as well as during the event itself eh. Bahala na si Batman. =)

@ERNESTO: Yes, I remember you; this isn't the first time you commented on my blog. =)

Sure, I'll tell Bebe you said hi. Do I just say "Ernesto from UCLA says hi" and she'll know that it's you?

John Halcyon von Rothschild said...

Errrr can you still cancel?

After watching this I'm kinda scared. He looks so matronic.

joelmcvie said...

@JOHN: I don't think many of us in the ad industry find BB scary. In fact, I think a lot of us will have fun with her. The point is not to take any of this--including her--seriously. =)