here they come the beautiful ones

Queer Eyed

When Kyan Douglas and Thom Filicia of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame stormed Manila one June weekend for book signings, an Ayala Museum-cocktails and a fashion show, I knew I just had to be right in the eye of the storm.

So I braved that one Saturday and traveled all the way to Alabang Town Center (remember, I live in Manila) for Thom’s talk on interior designing and a latter book signing. With my officemate Tricia in tow, we were able to score reasonably-positioned seats in the atrium and enjoyed Thom’s endearing sense of humor and appreciation for Filipino flair in designing. Come signing time, we were horrified that only those with yellow signing stubs (only 30, would you believe?!) will be given the chance to have their Queer Eye book signed. Ugh! No fat chance. His road manager and the Ayala people insisted that he could no longer accommodate the others in line (then what the hell was this beauty queen-turned actress-turned mother doing up there when she has no yellow stub ticket?!). Taking our chance just the same, we opened our books and gently shoved them in front of Thom, which he accommodatingly and happily signed on.

Soon after, Tricia and I rushed to Greenbelt 3 for Kyan’s talk on grooming and his book signing. This time around, I was able to score two tickets – nos. 38 and 39 – for 40 available slots. Boy, we were on a high! Kyan was smashingly good looking and had all the girls (and gays, alike) swooning at no end. Kyan was the more serious of the two, nonetheless, he has charmed his way into the heart of his Filipino fans, especially this one time when he went down on his knees when asked by one girl from the audience “Will you marry me?”, but retorted by standing up again and saying, “Honey, I’m sorry I’m gay, maybe if we’re in another time period.” Laughter all around. Charming, isn’t he?

Two happy fans later, Tricia and I used our connections to get into the fashion show and maybe rub elbows with Thom and Kyan. With the director of the show putting us on his VIP list, we sashayed down to Ayala Museum at around 7pm and met the Fab Two for some photo op at the red carpet, enjoyed canapes and wine, and watched the fashion show presented by Store Specialist (sister-company of Rustan’s).

The Fab Two sure have stirred a storm in their little fan circle here in Manila, but on a personal (and grander) scale, their whirlwind visit was one of the highlights in this colorful, colorful life.


4 Responses to “here they come the beautiful ones”

  1. 1 Moja August 4, 2005 at 12:14 pm

    what can i say? rubbing elbows with VIPs, attending fashion shows, taking pictures with handsome men.. hehe.. cool.. oh by the way, my sister (Ate May) was hired by Rustans but i dunno where.. i think its in gateway.. she is now the accounting supervisor..

  2. 2 Mark August 4, 2005 at 3:39 pm

    hehehe. it was a surreal, fun experience, something that will go down in my books. :) that sound’s great about your sister! hope to meet her sometime. :)

  3. 3 Anonymous August 4, 2005 at 7:05 pm

    I’d like to see mark to be the 6th member of the Fab5. Ay…doesn’t sound right.:(

  4. 4 Mark August 5, 2005 at 2:00 am

    Hahaha! Di na alliteration ang Fab Six, ang baduy na. :D

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