PLUS: A unique souvenir from Rosanna Roces
Most of the loud-behaving but comic, rambunctious yet adorable figures in showbiz are perceived to simply laugh their problems away. But it turns out that they have also had their share of blue Christmases like everyone else.
Today, some of the most larger than life entertainment figures share with Vignettes their unforgettably melancholic Christmas—which will hopefully be a thing of the past this season.
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Family is where the heart especially during the holidays. In 2001, comedian John “Sweet” Lapus sorely missed his kin even as he experienced a white or snowy Christmas in freezing cold New York for a show with The Hunks. He had to do with overseas phone calls.
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Eat Bulaga host Allan K, meanwhile, admits to being at his lowest when he had no steady partner on Christmas. “I was unattached when I took a trip alone to Japan in 2014. Malungkot ako kapag walang love life; iniisip ko na lang that I have my family around.”
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Now while artist managers Lolit Solis and Ogie Diaz do not schedule work-related trips abroad during this season, they confess they had their share of holiday blues over the conspicuous absence of their loved ones at the Christmas dinner table.
“A father myself, I still grieve the loss of my dad on November 27, 1986. Taxi driver ang tatay ko na ninakawan na ng kita sa maghapong pamamasada, walang awa pang pinatay,” related Diaz.
The eldest in the siblings, Solis is used to playing Santa during the season with the gates of her West Fairview residence open to them. She laments, “Kahit matanda na ‘ko, it’s still the tradition but I can’t help but remember my mother (who died of heart attack in June 1982) tuwing sasapit ang Noche Buena. Matakaw kasi siya. I thought that with the passing of years, naka-move on na ‘ko, hindi pa pala to this day.”
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“Kinda fat but very beautiful,” Butch Francisco said of Rosanna Roces who was dressed in ivory-colored gown when she tied the knot with lesbian partner Blessie Arias December 10.
As Butch—who walked Osang down the red carpet—safely put it, what took place was a Christian [definitely not Catholic]wedding held at the Alexa Secret Garden, if only for the mass where there was a Gospel reading and Holy Communion given to the pair of brides.
Rev. Cresencio “Ceejay” Agbayani Jr., founding pastor of the LGBT Christian Church, Inc., presided over the wedding, the couple being the 808th same-sex pair he has blessed.
The wedding entourage had Gab [Osang’s 12-year-old grandson, and child of daughter Grace by Jolo Revilla] as the Bible bearer, and his half-sister as the flower girl.
The invited guests, estimated to be around 50, were mostly straight. The was just two steps away from the altar.
The principal sponsors who showed up for the late afternoon wedding were Nora Aunor, indie film directors Adolf Alix and Neal Buboy, and the owner of a detergent powder company who gifted the couple a honeymoon trip to Phuket, Thailand.
If there was, however, something unconventional about the wedding, it was that much-awaited part where Osang—instead of tossing her bouquet in the air before an excited crowd of single women—threw a pair of green briefs?
And for souvenirs, she gave away condoms. ‘Nuff said.