Went to the wake of Donna Troy’s mother a few nights ago, and as with any huge family events Donna Troy was not familiar with all the visitors. And before the night was up who should come in but a local celebrity.
“Ate,” Donna Troy made kulbit (is there a direct English translation to this? Called the attention of?—too formal. Fingered?—too weird) her sister. So Donna Troy made kulbit her sister and said in star-struck awe, “Ate, ate… si… si Helen Gamboa!” Sister Rehab looked at the celebrity. “Tangek, si Boots Anson-Roa yan.”
Donna Troy told us this anecdote later in the parking lot, to which Frichmond said, in between derisive laughter, “Ha-ha-ha… matagal nang patay si Helen Gamboa no!”
“Tangek, si Helen Vela yun,” everyone collectively said.
To entertain ourselves I quizzed everyone on the filmography of Boots Anson-Roa over huge amounts of ice cream. We couldn’t come up with anything. Truly, we all need to brush up on our local celebrity factoids. Calling Mark V!
I did inform Mark V of this non-event, and he only had one thing to say: “Shame on you all!”