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Celebrity sighting faux pas
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It was the mid ’80s at Penguin Cafรฉ 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.

Dranreb, TV Times

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.

TJ Manotoc

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.

Chef Gino Gonzalez
(Photo: Yummy magazine)

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?

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PatrishRoa

Yesss. Entered an elevator in Greenbelt and Apl de Ap was in it with two other guys. Apl looked familiar so I gave him a smile, but it was like a “hey, how are you na?” type of smile. Three floors down later, I realized we never met. =/

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mimi

Gawd, PENGUIN CAFรˆ dont you just love the way old Malate used to be.. sayang, it’l never ever be the same.. so artsy before.Now it’s so trashy..

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- r@ch alarcon -

I guess it happens especially if you are up to date about their lives or you always see them on TV! :p

My own fan moment with you was when I saw you at Rustan’s Power Plant with a grocery cart… wala lang, I didn’t think you would be doing and pushing one! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Eric

When I said hi chuvaness at SnR macapagal – without any hesitation, recognized you with the shoe you are wearing.. My mom told me ” anak anong chuvaness? ” (:

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CVS Reply:

:))

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When Jeroen was here a few weeks ago, feeling ko nagpa-picture ako sa artista. Haha.

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iarra

I got “starstruck” with Jeroen in Eastwood once. I was with a straight male friend when I suddenly went:

“OMG, si Jeroen, o!”
Friend: Jeroen who?!
Me: asawa ni Chuvaness!!!
Friend: sinong CHUVANESS?!”

*repeated, like, 3 times, i felt like i didn’t have time to explain ๐Ÿ™‚

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Aisling

back in college 80’s pa, UST (Go Usteeh!…sori di pa maka-move on…), uwian na…from afar, as I was walking to the gate passing by the parking lot, there was this guy sitting in front of his car….I was sure I’ve seen him somewhere (magazine ba, movie?) but can’t put a name to the face….isip isip…as I got near him, I finally remembered his name and I blurted it loudly…Jinggoy! Nagulat si Jinggoy halos madulas sa pagka-upo……

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Pia Reyes

Oh yes! I said Hi Cecile with a big smile while waving to you in Greenbelt. You were about to withdraw in an atm near the ladies room. I was in shock, it was my first time to do such thing. I walked away feeling so embarassed. My friends thought I knew you personally and they said that you even asked “do I know you at me” but I have already turned my back to walk away because of embarassment! Hahaha .. I hope you still remember that ๐Ÿ™‚ [Reply]CVS Reply:October 19th, 2013 at 11:38 AMi remember a little bit.… Read more »

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kathy yap huang

engaged? i thought they’re married already?!

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CVS Reply:

i dunno

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Danica

I saw you in Power Plant, I almost said “Hi, Cecile!” and I realized the same thing, we don’t know each other personally. I stood there for a second and my classmate asked, “Okay ka lang?” sabi ko, “Si Cecile yun ah.” LOL. This digital world makes the real world so small! [Reply]Danica Reply:October 18th, 2013 at 5:45 PMPero ang tingin ko mas grabe sa Pinoy eh, yung tulad ng sa grandaunt ko, inirapan nya si Princess Punzalan way way back and she gave her a weird stare inside a resto, kasi sya daw ang nagpahirap sa buhay ni Claudine… Read more »

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Danica

Pero ang tingin ko mas grabe sa Pinoy eh, yung tulad ng sa grandaunt ko, inirapan nya si Princess Punzalan way way back and she gave her a weird stare inside a resto, kasi sya daw ang nagpahirap sa buhay ni Claudine nung Mula Sa Puso days. Gusto nya raw sampalin. Hahaha!

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she

i worked with geoff eigenmann a couple of times. then after almost a year, i saw him in ortigas, walking with his cousin, sid lucero. i really wanted to say hi to him, but was too shy; don’t want to be embarrassed, he might not recognize me anymore. so i just stood there and he passed by me. then, surprisingly, he talked to me.. “hey! i know you!” i smiled and told him that i’m too shy to say hi. ๐Ÿ™‚

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gigi

so i hope you know how we (the ordinary people) feel when we suddenly approach you ha. i hope you wouldn’t get mad or something. sometimes i want to shake hands with people i really admire. ๐Ÿ™‚

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CVS Reply:

not at all ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nice Paulate

I did the same to TJ Manotoc sans the beso. Few years back, saw him in Podium with his girlfiend (i assume) i thought i knew him so I said hi and flashed a big grin, the gf gave me a stare. At the airport lounge in Davao, i saw someone who i thought was a friend of the family or a distant Tito, I waved and said hello he turned out to be Anton Lagdameo. Just recently, I saw Sec. Butch Abad at BGC, greeted him with a smile, he approached me and asked how we met, i panicked… Read more »

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Zel

Kwento lang sa akin: friends attended a wedding. During the reception, one of them waved at a guy, thinking he was one of the waiters. The “waiter” just smiled back at him, even after waving for several minutes. When it came time for the introductions, he realized that the “waiter” was really the father of the bride! Nagkataon na medyo magkapareho yung suot niya sa mga waiters. Oops!

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Thea

I actually saw you Ms CVS once in the Pepper Lunch branch in Shangri-La. You were with a group of people so I didn’t even muster the courage to even say hi and say that I’m an avid reader of your blog.

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CVS Reply:

thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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TINAYINBOTHPOLES

Manny Pacquiao in 2007. He was then enrolled in my school to study PolSci or something. He was with his bodyguards, eating at the cafeteria. Bigla na lang akong sumigaw towards him ng “Hi Manny!” OMG that was so awkward buti na lang he smiled and said hi back.

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Patrick Garchitorena

Fash-yawn Week at SMX. I bumped into an old friend from college at the smoking area. I was happy to see him and blurted – Paulina, dalaga ka na! How’s life being a heredera?! And the horrific part? It was his twin brother pala. Four hours later, I got a call from that friend and he was hysterical; I apparently outed him to his brother very untimely. Muntik na raw sya majombag. Scarydadsanchez.

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Dash

A cousin in law and his girlfriend visited us at home for the first time, without further introductions, the girlfriend beso’d me, my son and husband – including the yaya!

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Joey Melliza

i’ve several friends who had similar incidents with Ogie Alcacid and Ariel Rivera. — anyways – this is something up your alley and more familiar — NAIA has been named 2013’s worst airport in the world — 3 years and counting http://manila.coconuts.co/2013/10/17/naia-1-tagged-worlds-worst-airport-again

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disqus_KvM8RkODjt

I have almost the same experiences but its the otherway around. I would struggle remembering whothese people approaching meand pretend I knw them. Buti after a few minutes I wouldpick from their stories and realized who they were. Ka-tense.

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wenggaye

sanay na siguro si dranreb..my freshman year in UP i saw dranreb hanging out near the CASAA steps, he looked familiar so i said HI…saka ko na lang narealize na kilala ko sya pero di nya ako kilala…

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Autumn

We had a general assembly at the school and after the session, I went with my lead teacher near the stage because she wanted to talk to the guest speaker who was her former work colleague. While my lead teacher was talking to the guest speaker, I looked around and right in front of me was a person who I thought to be the school district auditor (who I was chummy with due to a salary concern that she addressed). I warmly approached her, smiled and made beso-beso. A few seconds right after, I realized I greeted one of the… Read more »

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sugarcages

My mom once ran into Winnie Monsod in a mall and blurted out, “AY MARE!!” Parang talagang mag-kumare sila lol. Buti na lang Ms. Monsod was nice and said hello.

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jane samson

We had our company convention once and when our HR Manager arrived at the hotel she greeted everyone with a kiss including the bell boy whom she thought was also one of the employees. We were laughing so hard while telling her that she just kissed the bell boy, lol

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Alice

I once waved at a girl in the mall cause she looked familiar- until i realized it was Judy Ann Santos! She looked really casuall and “normal” in jogging pants pa and loose ponytail. She was nice though just smiled slightly then looked down na (must have creeped her out,lol)

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hiddendragon

HS Reunion. Nice hotel ballroom. One waiter didn’t wear his uniform. Some classmates actually beso’d him. He was a happy chap that evening.

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loll

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winzi

my friend was in the lobby of congress….. saw some guy in a polo barong… matikas, familiar…. immediately said “hiiiiiiiiii!” may beso pa…… turned out to be one of her tita’s driver/bodyguard! hahahahahah! the guy daw looked slightly dazed and uncomfortable initially and she was wondering why! [Reply]CVS Reply:October 17th, 2013 at 8:09 AMhappened to my tita! she beso’d a waiter that she thought was a party guest, hehe [Reply]J Dizon Hoschka Reply:October 17th, 2013 at 10:29 AMI kissed a yaya in school. lol! [Reply]CVS Reply:October 17th, 2013 at 2:19 PMwhose school? J Dizon Hoschka Reply:October 17th, 2013 at 3:17… Read more »

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chichiYS

hahahaha! Feeling close lang.
Ako naman, sa sobrang concern ko na magkamali – naiwas ako. Ayun! suplada ang dating!
Friends and even relatives would Yell at me, “Hoy! Hindi mo ako kilala??? what the….ยฃโ‚ฌยฅ@&!!! ” then we all laughed. But please believe me, Super OK memory ko, takot lang ako ma “deny” as in Mabigo! Yun na! LOL!

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Lorraine Villanueva

Can I say say Hi and kiss you on the cheeks when I get the chance to see you? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hahaha this is very funny!

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Erwtensoep

Truth is, I almost greeted your husband in Power Plant when I was on break in Manila last year, but I snapped out of it and remembered quickly that I just saw his pictures here a number of times. Glad I was spared the indignity. ( :

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Rominia Francesca

CVS, i met you at a time when i was reading/backtracking through your livejournal blog from 2006 entries. so when i finally got to see you around ’09, it felt like i knew you. good thing (for me), you turned out to be very warm and engaging. and i had the obligatory fan pic. ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you…

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thank you too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Victoria McAdams

I wonder if your followers does the same when they meet you in person? BTW… your other post about the Ogre had me laughing. The comment about the waxing had me chuckling. Thanks! I so needed the laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

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neo

this is hilarious! hahaha! nakaktawa ka CVS.

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njmanang

That’s probably what I will end up doing when I finally see you and Divasoria in person. Hahaha “Hey remember when we were discussing the issue about……” Ay mali sa blog lang pala yon. Sorry Mam.

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