I should’ve been studying for my Evidence midterms, but I was intrigued by the SONA that I found myself in front of the TV at odd times this afternoon. Besides, that was the reason classes were called off today, so I reasoned out that I might as well do what I was supposed to do.
Okay, I’ll come clean. The real reason is because I overheard from Tambalang Failon at Sanchez (TFS) about the latest SONA gimmick: red carpet. I swear! The first time I heard of a red carpet being rolled out here in the Philippines was during the premiere of Ruffa Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama’s movie My Monster Mom. And I couldn’t believe it even then. But then this was Ruffa we’re talking about, the same person from the Pantene commercial that positively stated, “As an actress, a mother, and a celebrity…” Okay, okay. I will grudgingly admit that she’s a celebrity, since her acting skill has not yet, erm, manifested itself. But really – when I think celebrity, I think famous personalities known the world over. But I digress. I’ll concede that Ruffa and her mom can have their red carpet, since they did have a movie they needed to promote. And the red carpet is just for that purpose: to pose for pictures and get interviewed, hoping against hope that come morning the showbiz talk shows and blogs don’t bash the gown you’re wearing.
But for the SONA to have a red carpet? What is the Philippines coming to?
But I should have known that the red carpet treatment would be justified. The red carpet is usually rolled out for movie premieres and showbiz awarding ceremonies. Well, the SONA did sound like an awards night with someone thanking just about everyone, perhaps since there’s nothing else positive for her to say.