01 August 2013

Meeting the Megastar


I never really understood those who cry when they see their favorite celebrities. Well, until today.

The moment I saw Sharon get up to meet me and extend her arms to hug me, I almost cried. "Aileeeeeen!" her happy voice filled the room. She held my face with both her hands and said, "sooooo pretty!" And then she hugged me tight, like I was a long lost friend. My heart was bursting and I was on the verge of crying, but I held back tears. She then introduced me to her team who were all so very nice. "This is Aileen," she said, "a friend I met on Twitter." I'm not sure if I heard that friend part right, but I almost cried again. How sweet is that introduction?

I've been following Sharon on Twitter since she started. And you know how there are people you just 'get'? That's how I feel about her tweets. I just get her. Later on, when she started replying to my tweets, I realized she gets me, too. At one point, I entertained the thought that we might be kindred spirits. But that would be presumptuous of me because she is a megastar and I am, uhm, a free floating nameless planet. Haha.

In the tweets and DMs we've exchanged, Sharon sounded really nice and funny and sweet. Meeting her today confirmed all that. And more. Out of her many good qualities, it's her sincerity that struck me the most. There's something so genuine, so gentle, so vulnerable about her that is quite endearing. She is also such a positive energy that she lights up a room when she enters.

Today, she showed me clips of her new series. I think it will be a hit. We talked a little, laughed a lot. For the most part, I was speechless and starstruck. Haha. I even forgot to hand her my note! *sigh* I hope we get to see each other again and talk about food, travel, books, life, and love, perhaps, over afternoon tea.

When I said goodbye, she said: "Come back anytime. Just let me know." And then we hugged. Three tight bear hugs (yes, I counted. haha).

One Photo

When my friends learned that I met Sharon today, everyone was so excited. They asked me to post pictures immediately. I told them I only have one photo. ONE. And it was Sharon who suggested we have a picture together. If she didn't, I'd probably hate myself forever for being so shy to ask. Haha.

I am a shutter-happy person, I wanted to take a gazillion photos of her. But I didn't because I felt that if I did, it would be disrespecting her space and privacy.

Fangirls

"I am with Sharon Cuneta." I texted my sister Abbie. "Suya ko (I envy you)," she replied. She and I are big fans. When we were in elementary and highschool, we used to make scrapbooks upon scrapbooks of Sharon's pictures and magazine clippings. We've watched all of her movies. Speaking of movies, when we got home after watching Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala, I wrote in my notebook every word of conversation in that movie!

I mentioned Abbie to Sharon and she said: "Sana sinama mo siya!" "She's in Cebu," I said. "Awww, sayang. Di bale, when we go to Cebu, maybe we could meet." My sister got pretty excited when I told her. I think she won't be able to get any decent sleep from now on. Haha.

Also, I realized my friends are Sharonians!

Grateful

This is such a memorable 15th anniversary. Thank you, Sharon. Today is another proof that nothing is impossible and that wishes come true.

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26 left some love :

Patricia August 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM  

Lucky you!!!

I'm so happy for you, Aileen! and a whole lot of envious too! =D

konsuy August 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM  

you are so lucky, ai. and yes, i would have cried too seeing her. you know how mabaw my tears are. =)

Marky Ramone Go August 2, 2013 at 12:26 PM  

Wow. I'm not surprised that even Sharon Cuneta found you to be a very likable person.

Melanie August 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM  

This made me smile :) Good things happen to good people...

Meikah Ybañez-Delid August 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM  

Awesome, Ai! I want to meet Sharon Cuneta, too! :D

Liza August 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM  

Wow! You are so lucky, Ai! A meeting with the one and only Megastar? That's quite something! I am a Sharonian too! I grew up a big fan of her's--watching all her movies and singing her songs! Mangaway pa ko sauna when others criticize her. But unlike you, I don't think I'll ever meet her in my lifetime. I wish though! Now I am a bigger fan given what you've shared here. :-)

Rachael Jones August 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM  

Wow lucky you! I'd be thrilled if I met SC in person! I saw her concert in the early 90's but I was sitting too far from the stage. Bambi is a huge fan, im sure she'll be jealous if she see this picture!

Anonymous August 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM  

so lucky of you Ai!but i know, nothing is impossible jud. i'm so happy for you.thanks for sharing & God bless!

Leen August 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM  

I'm thrilled by your post :). Nothing is impossible indeed!

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM  

Patricia said...
Lucky you!!!

I'm so happy for you, Aileen! and a whole lot of envious too! =D

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Thank you, Pat! I wish you and Chelo and Mimi were with me. I can imagine the conversations and the laughter! : )

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM  

konsuy said...
you are so lucky, ai. and yes, i would have cried too seeing her. you know how mabaw my tears are. =)

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If you were with me, Chi, magdungan tag hilak. I was alone and na-shy ko. Haha. I miss you!

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM  

Marky Ramone Go said...
Wow. I'm not surprised that even Sharon Cuneta found you to be a very likable person.

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That is very sweet of you to say, Marky. Thank you. : )

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM  

Melanie said...
This made me smile :) Good things happen to good people...

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I do believe that, too! Hi Mel! : )

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM  

Meikah Ybañez-Delid said...
Awesome, Ai! I want to meet Sharon Cuneta, too! :D

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I hope you get to meet her, too, Mei! : )

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM  

Liza said...
Wow! You are so lucky, Ai! A meeting with the one and only Megastar? That's quite something! I am a Sharonian too! I grew up a big fan of her's--watching all her movies and singing her songs! Mangaway pa ko sauna when others criticize her. But unlike you, I don't think I'll ever meet her in my lifetime. I wish though! Now I am a bigger fan given what you've shared here. :-)

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It truly is something, Liz! And yes, I feel so lucky! Happy to know you are a big fan, too! Who knows, you'd bump into her when she visits the US again. : )

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM  

Rachael Jones said...
Wow lucky you! I'd be thrilled if I met SC in person! I saw her concert in the early 90's but I was sitting too far from the stage. Bambi is a huge fan, im sure she'll be jealous if she see this picture!

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I just realized we all are Sharonians! I'll tell Bambi of this meeting! She'd be so happy for me (although yes, I think she'd be jealous). Haha.

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM  

Anonymous said...
so lucky of you Ai!but i know, nothing is impossible jud. i'm so happy for you.thanks for sharing & God bless!

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Thank you, whoever you are. : ) And God bless. Please leave your name next time. : )

Aileen August 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM  

Leen said...
I'm thrilled by your post :). Nothing is impossible indeed!

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I always remember this when something seem hard. : ) Hi Leen! : )

Anonymous August 3, 2013 at 6:37 PM  

thrilled and happy for you Ms. Ai. I am a fan of SC too. And yes, SC is right, you are pretty.

Ging

Chelo August 7, 2013 at 2:36 AM  

This should be made into a poster.. i feel like im closer to Sharon Cuneta now, because of you.. (char! nakiapil!) hehehe..

I would be crying with matching sipon,hahaha ;-)

Rea Alducente August 8, 2013 at 6:46 AM  

Wooowww! I can relate coz I'm a fangirl too, super! Thanks for sharing this, I also follow her on Twitter and indeed, she seems to be a very genuine person. So happy for you Aileen! :)

Here's to hoping you'll have more meet-ups soon!
REAlity Bites

Aileen August 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM  

Anonymous said...
thrilled and happy for you Ms. Ai. I am a fan of SC too. And yes, SC is right, you are pretty.

Ging

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Thank you, Ging! : )

Aileen August 9, 2013 at 8:22 PM  

Chelo said...
This should be made into a poster.. i feel like im closer to Sharon Cuneta now, because of you.. (char! nakiapil!) hehehe..

I would be crying with matching sipon,hahaha ;-)

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Hahaha! Funny gyud ka, Chel! If you were with me, I can imagine the conversations and laughter. I think magkasinabot pud mo! : )

Aileen August 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM  

Rea Alducente said...
Wooowww! I can relate coz I'm a fangirl too, super! Thanks for sharing this, I also follow her on Twitter and indeed, she seems to be a very genuine person. So happy for you Aileen! :)

Here's to hoping you'll have more meet-ups soon!
REAlity Bites

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She truly is genuine. Glad you are following her on twitter, too! : )

JoAnn August 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM  

That's so surreal! You met THE Megastar! One of the biggest and most successful names in the film industry and yet humble enough to reach out to fans. That is so cool! SC said it right. Beauty indeed runs in the Siroy family. :)

Aileen July 17, 2014 at 5:56 AM  

JoAnn said...
That's so surreal! You met THE Megastar! One of the biggest and most successful names in the film industry and yet humble enough to reach out to fans. That is so cool! SC said it right. Beauty indeed runs in the Siroy family. :)

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Surreal, indeed! Thank you, JoAnn! :)

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