It was the mid ’80s at Penguin Café in Malate. A Saturday night. I was sitting on a black bar stool facing the entrance, when former child actor, Dranreb Belleza, walked in the door.
“Well, hello!” I said warmly. Dranreb looked at me oddly and confused before walking away. It took me a few seconds to realize we had never been introduced.
Because my brain was programmed to say hi to familiar faces, I said hello because I thought I knew him. In fact I had only seen him in magazines and on TV!
We became friends for real a few years after, but I’ll never forget that embarrassing moment at Penguin.
A few months ago I was at a Blackberry event at Whitespace when I saw TJ Manotoc, and what’s worse is, I even kissed him on the cheek! It was too late when I saw that TJ looked very awkward. I thought I knew him, it’s just that I see his face on ANC all the time.
I swear I wanted to die. I disappeared quickly.
Then tonight my friends and I were dining at Donosti at The Fort when this guy walks in and sits in front of us.
My brain told me, hey, he looks familiar. My brain associated him with food, so I thought he was a food blogger.
I immediately said hi and he smiled back. Then I said, “Hey, how are you?”
That was when my brain clicked. I don’t freaking know him. I’ve seen him online but have never met him.
I heard myself mumble an excuse. “Oh, I’m sorry you don’t know me but I know you, from the Internet.”
“You probably saw him on TV,” Grace said. “That’s Gino Gonzalez.”
OMG. Chef Gino who’s engaged to China Cojuangco.
So freaking embarrassed.
And you? Have you had this experience too?