Plus: P20-per-photo op with Maine for charity draws flak
Fresh from a successful benefit show in South Korea along with her son Sancho Vito, Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai delas Alas posted her observation of poor facilities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. She particularly noted a defective lighting fixture, which greeted her on disembarkation.
Her comment subsequently jolted a number of reactions from netizens who took another step and lobbied to rename the airport to the old Manila International Airport again.
On the other hand, there were also negative rejoinders from Kris Aquino’s supporters who felt that Ai Ai’s post was simply one of provocation, if not an act of retaliation, given their once close friendship gone sour.
Vignettes, however, thinks otherwise. C’mon! Let’s just be honest to admit that the NAIA is one of the worst, if not the worst airport in the world! Something has long needed to be done as an an international airport is arguably a reflection of a nation, its people and its economic landscape before the eyes of foreign visitors.
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Reportedly, a single picture taken with Maine Mendoza will cost a fan P20. No, this isn’t Yaya Dub’s income on the side, as the funds generated from the photo op will benefit an institution for the elderly.
We couldn’t help but travel back to the ’70s with this piece of news. Back then, diehard supporters of Superstar Nora Aunor embarked on a similar fund-raising drive, which they aptly called “Mamera Para Kay Nora (A Penny For Nora).” The estimated P1 million donations were turned over to the National Mental Hospital for charity.
Nora and Maine’s respective campaigns, more than four decades apart, are unmistakably earmarked for a worthy cause. But what’s the value of a penny now if it were still in circulation vis-à-vis a 20-peso bill?
Insignificant as the amount may be, to an ordinary fan P20 is equivalent to half kilo of NFA rice, an MRT ride from Pasay Taft-Rotonda to Boni Ave. station, or 750-ml of a popular cola brand at a retail store.
Herself broaching the very idea of charity work, can’t Maine part with the tiniest fraction of her God-knows-how-much earnings without burdening her fans? Better yet, can she not mount a sponsored show where its proceeds will go the beneficiary institution? In Vignette’s opinion, what a clever way to generate funds at her fans’ expense.
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GUESS WHO? Once upon arriving home from work, a popular actor (PA) seriously asked his wife, “Pray tell, is it this couple or am I the one who’s going nuts?” The incredulous PA then earnestly shared his story about a guy (who’s married to an actress) he had an encounter earlier that day.
With already an inkling about the couple’s weird domestic set up, the PA turned to the male spouse and casually asked, “So how are the kids today?” The couple were apparently worried when their children fell ill all at the same time.
The guy stared at him anxiously then replied, “One of them hasn’t recovered yet, but the others are still being taken care of by their nanny. But they’ll be fine.”
The PA held his reaction back as he walked away from the male spouse and stepped into his car. Alone, he silently told himself, “Confirmed.”
Readers, your turn to unravel the mystery surrounding this couple on the home front.