Friday, July 15, 2011

On the new Photos in my Slider: Memories are Made of These

Just think of the many events that happen in your life 24/7, year in, year out. As long as the memory stays sharp,  the events are stored in your cerebrum that flash like a movie screen every time you want to think about them. But when the memory fades which inevitably happens, there is your treasure trove of photographs, the existing proofs that these events actually happened.

I was going through my drawers where my photos were neatly filed and I was so thrilled to see my photos with celebrities. While my memory is still sharp about the circumstances of the why and the when of each event, I scribbled notes behind each photo. I decided to add them to my slider to share my memories with my readers.  

As I said before, hobnobbing with celebrities does not necessarily mean you end up being good friends with them. They are in their own stellar universe and you are just a meteorite which passed their galaxy for that moment and perhaps they will remember you or not at all. 

Tall, Tan and Handsome Julio Iglesias

Julio's charm and good looks can melt even an iceberg.
Exactly 20 years ago, handsome Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias came to Manila to visit his very  good friends Jorge and Stella Araneta.  The gracious Araneta couple invited some friends and me to a small luncheon party at the Manila Hotel where Julio was billeted. During the lunch, Julio asked me to host a party for him at my apartment.  Why me, I thought. Is it because I tried to speak to him in Spanish and he was charmed by that? 

I was stunned by his request but Jorge answered for me, "Of course, she will host a party for you and she will invite all her beautiful friends." 

And so it happened. I hosted a small dinner party for Julio Iglesias at my Ritz apartment and I made sure to invite interesting and beautiful people. For posterity measures, we took a lot of photos with him and this was one of them. He was so so gracious and charming and this photo shows how he can melt even an iceberg.  Julio enjoyed the party so much that it went on and on till the wee hours of the morning. 

Viva Valentino!  

Thanks to French FashionTV Maven Marie Christiane Marek, I had an interview with optimum designer Valentino. 
I was in Paris in July of 2006 during Fashion week and my friend Marie Christiane Marek, TV host of French Fashion TV, invited me to the Valentino Show. 

On top of this generous gesture of Marie Chrisitane (I met her thru fashion designer Jeannie Goulborn), she arranged an interview for me with Valentino backstage before the show.  I was on Cloud 9 during the interview and more so during the show as I had the opportunity to casually meet Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Hurley and a few other celebs that occupied the nearby seats where I was seated. 

Marie Christiane Marek sat with my invited guest Vicky Schmid (wearing a pink linen Valentino, while I wore a layered Vivienne Tam) and me during the show

Oprah gave me the thumbs up when I told her that I was her biggest fan
Reserved Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas is every inch the Mega Star that he is

When I was living in New York, Producer Arnold Kopelson whom I met thru my good friend, Chinese celebrity Yue Sai Kan invited me to the shoot of his film The Perfect Murder, starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. We had to be formally dressed and mingle in the crowd as it was a party scene at the 
Metropolitan Museum.  Michael was nice enough to pose with me but unlike Gwyneth Paltrow who was so charming and friendly and mingled with us in between takes, Michael kept to himself.  Michael attended a  "despedida" party in my honor a few weeks after the shoot, and he was more relaxed and friendly, as the picture shows. 

Mr. Blue Eyes Ralph Fiennes  

Ralph Fiennes was one of the guests of honor at a dinner hosted by celbrity Yue sai Kan at her posh Shanghai apt. 

He was in Shanghai to film The White Countess with Natasha Richardson as his leading lady.  Yue Sai Kan, "the hostess with the mostest" gave a dinner for the cast of The White Countess at her luxurious home when I was visiting Shanghai and staying at her home.  Ralph (pronounced Rafe) was friendly, down to earth and had an adventurous palate. He tried all the Chinese dishes on the lazy susan.  I was seated next to him and noticed that every time we spoke, he looked at me with his crystal blue eyes like nobody else was in that room but me. 

Sweet and Soft Spoken Natasha  Richardson

Natasha Richardson is a genteel soul who will be sorely missed. She is one of the friendliest, most down to earth celebs I have met
She was at the same dinner party where I met Ralph Fiennes.  She was so friendly, so conversant, so down to earth.  She told me all about the nice silk dresses, accessories and bags that she bought at the Shanghai markets.  I felt an extreme sadness when I heard of her passing. I was with her on at least 3 occasions and she always remembered me.  I  am sure her family and friends are missing her. 

How is the weather up there Sigourney?  

Sigourney is funny, and oh, so natural

She laughed when I asked her that because in spite of my high heels, she towered over me.  Tall and statuesque, Sigourney Weaver looks exactly how she photographs. So natural looking, I don't think she ever tried botox or any cosmetic procedure.  With Sigourney, what you see is what you get. 

Hugh is Huge!  

Hugh is wolverine in sheep's clothing. His spirituality is surprising for someone so famous
He is Wolverine in Sheep's clothing.  I met him during the Shanghai Film Festival in 2007 where he promoted his film Wolverine. I attended the one -on- one interview he gave Yue Sai Kan for her TV show and believe me when I tell you that this man has no airs and has his head on his shoulders.  He didn't think anything big about being voted by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive, "although it is flattering, I will not let it change my life."   No second thoughts,  He is one of my fave celebs. 


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