It may sound funny that I recall something so trivial. But a celebrity who personally answers a call from a stranger is, WOW. I know a lot of people who refuse to talk directly to mere mortals just because they feel sikat. These people are not even half as famous as Jim Paredes. The world, I realize, is plagued with people who have a superstar complex. So meeting a celebrity whose feet are firmly rooted to the ground is quite refreshing.
A day before we left for Palawan for Passion Night 4, he called to give me details of the trip. "Jim Paredes called me!" I said aloud the moment he hung up. Even my bookshelf was impressed, I swear it smiled. I wanted to pinch myself. Jim Paredes called me. I felt like I was the coolest person on the planet. Haha.
If someone back then told me that I'd meet Jim Paredes one day and that I'll have dinner and conversations with him, I wouldn't have believed them. What were the odds? But the universe loves surprising me, I know that enough now.
I also really admire how humble and how simple he is. It is inspiring, really. The entire time we were in Palawan, I never saw him act like a diva. He was always nice, real, and human. And the way he spoke about his wife and children -- oh, so heartwarming!
THANK YOU, Jim Paredes, for Passion Night 4. It was absolute privilege meeting you and Ditchay and Lui and Matt and Sandro and Sheng and Din and Mariel and JC and Zion and Cate and Kat and BV. I am forever grateful.