Vignettes made it to the second and last day of veteran entertainment columnist-talent manager Alfie Lorenzo’s wake at the Faith Chapel of Arlington on August 3.
We arrived too early for the necrological mass (which his managers’ group PAMI had organized), but immediately saw his fellow manager Lolit Solis already there, mourning in black.
“O, ‘Nay,” we greeted her. “Napaaga ka yata?” Fixing her blouse’s neckline that partly showed the strap of her undergarment, she replied: “Naku, as if naman you don’t know me. Hindi ako lumalabas sa gabi. At saka sinadya ko talagang dumating nang maaga para makaiwas ako pagsalitain sa eulogy.”
The PAMI members had all agreed to say give a eulogy except Solis. Laughingly, she justified her stern refusal, “I’m sure hindi nila magugustuhan ‘yung sasabihin ko, ‘Hoy, ang pa-plastic n’yo! Hindi ba imbiyerna (angry) naman kayo kay Alfie?’”
Solis cited the PAMI’s inaction on Lorenzo’s complaint against former ward Judy Ann Santos whose camp, through a lawyer, had sent the former a document terminating his management services. To be fair however to the managers’ group, they has opted not to mediate in the case as they believed that Lorenzo and Santos could iron things out between themselves.
Solis also pointed to June Rufino in jest, “Gusto rin ba niyang malaman na masama ang loob ni Alfie sa kanya? Days before kasi, June called up Alfie to inform him that Lito Pimentel (the latter’s ward) wanted her to manage him. Kumbaga, nag-heads up lang si June, umokey naman si Alfie pero sabi niya, ‘Bakit ganu’n, isa-isang nawawala ‘yung mga alaga ko?’ Pero siyempre, etching (joke) ko na lang na nagtatampo si Alfie sa kanya!”
Meanwhile, Vignettes fondly recalls starting a friendship with Lorenzo during the early ’90s. To Kuya Alfie, you will be missed as you will always be remembered.
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GUESS WHO? If King of Talk Boy Abunda is famous for his imaginary mirror, this multi-awarded actress (MAA) has this absurd habit of bringing to the set at least three mirrors of different shapes and sizes.
To her, each of those mirrors serves its rightful purpose.
Try going near her to strike a casual chat during taping or shoot breaks, the MAA will face and converse with you as though you’re in the mirror. Or look around, you’ll catch her curled up in one corner mumbling her lines, this time in the mirror of her makeup kit.
Yes, vanity gets the better of this the brown-skinned MAA.
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HERE’S ANOTHER ONE. AN artist manager (AA), who has long been in the business, once vented her sentiments toward her talent, a first-rate actress (FRA) from whom she got a phone call that seemed to be a matter of life and death.
“Since you’re remiss in your duty as my manager, I’m officially terminating your services effective today!” the AA quoted the FRA as having told her.
Completely clueless, AA even graciously asked what the problem was. Before a group of peers and in between sighs AA narrated: “It had something to do with an incident prior to her return to Manila by land from a taping in Bataan. She had a co-cast member (a veteran actress/VA) who wanted to hitch a ride in her van. Eh, ayaw niyang pasakayin ‘yun so she (FRA) rang me up. Kesyo sayang daw ‘yung ibinibigay niyang 10 percent commission dahil hindi ko ginagampanan ang tungkulin ko as her manager. ”
While the AA acknowledged the fact that it was up to the FRA whether or not to allow the VA to hop in her van, “Kunsiderasyon na lang, ‘di ba? Kaedad na nu’ng mga showbiz parents niya ‘yung tao who started way, way ahead of her in the industry.”