HALO-HALO: My Gossip Column
By Raïssa Robles
2 senators in full view of entire theater escorted to seats in the middle of a performance of Lisa Macuja farewell performance at aliw theater Friday oct 7.
My curiosity was instantly piqued because not many Filipinos go out of their way to watch ballet on a Friday evening – especially a full-length classical ballet. That’s usually not how Filipinos want to spend their TGIF moment.
Still, several hundred fans of prima ballerina Lisa Macuja braved the traffic to view her dancing Odette and Odile for the very last time. But just as they were being drawn deep, deep into the the magical mood of theater, one and then two figures were seen walking at the edge of the light.
They were definitely not part of choreography. In the dim light, their silhouettes were unmistakable.
“Isn’t that —”
“And that’s —-” the audience murmured.
The presence of the two senators was a surprise to my source who saw the duo. I agreed with my source. Swan Lake was not something that would pop in your mind when you think of the two.
What got the audience was that the two lawmakers violated a cardinal rule in theater-going – at least in big stage performances abroad. When late, one has to wait for an intermission before being ushered in.
“They cannot do that. Just walk in in the middle of something,” my source said.
“If somebody walks in in the middle of a performance, it’s not nice,” my source sniffed.
But I told my source it was the fault of the ushers who let them in. It’s the wang-wang mentality embedded in Philippine culture to accommodate the wealthy and the powerful always.
True, my source said, but those two should have known better.
Ever the trooper, Lisa Macuja did not skip a step despite the rude interruption. Or maybe she just didn’t see.
However, she hinted on her Facebook page that she did not enjoy her Friday performance as much as her next one. She wrote:
My 2nd performance of Odette/Odile yesterday was more fun to dance. I really felt more comfortable and certainly enjoyed the performance. One more on Oct. 15 at 5pm. But first, onward to the House of Congress today!
I nagged my source to tell me who the senators were.
My source said:
Miriam and Trillanes.
“What’s that? Mother and son?” someone else to whom I told the anecdote said.
Did you know that at the Department of Foreign Affairs, junior officers are encouraged to take foreign language courses.
Recently, the number of those who wanted to take up Mandarin was quite big, so the DFA decided to halve the class. One half still took Mandarin, but the other half was made to take Arabic.
Mandarin to Arabic, hmmm. Okay, both use squiggly writing.
With Christmas fast approaching, female reporters in one newspaper are wondering what Christmas greetings will surprise them in their e-mail.
You see, one of their male editors had sent them a photo of himself clad in nothing but swimming trunks.
Maybe it was his way of singing “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells. Jingle all the way!”