Rise and shine



R.I.P., Baron—I have no idea about that. Kung sino man ang nagkalat, I call him crazy ge­nius. In a way, it kind of helped kasi so­brang sakto. He “killed” me be­fore my birth­day. I put a quote na lang there that the old is gone; the new has come. My old self, ini­wan ko na sa Pam­panga; my new self I found here in Cebu. Natawa lang ta­laga ako. Ako— I’m dead?

Ah, I felt bad. I felt a lit­tle mad and sad. Some of my good friends in the in­dus­try called. Some were cry­ing. It was not a good joke. It was an evil prank. What can I do? I just laughed about it.

I posted it be­cause I don’t want peo­ple to worry. Ac­tu­ally, ayaw ko ta­la­gang pat­u­lan kasi I don’t want at­ten­tion. Kasi, when I come out— yung mga si­nasabi kong mga plano— I want to sur­prise them. Wow… this is the guy that we all have been wait­ing for.

Peo­ple might as­sume that I am not tak­ing my pro­gram se­ri­ously be­cause they see me out­side. Third re­hab ko na ’to. For me, the open-gate pro­gram is the health­i­est. In a closed-gate type, like what I had pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced, you don’t know how to blend in sa so­ci­ety. It makes you feel afraid and sad. You end up go­ing back to your old habits.

Here, I can en­joy my re­cov­ery. I get en­cour­age­ment from re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts. Most im­por­tant thing about re­cov­ery is en­joy­ing it kasi pag pinip­ip­ilit lang, you’ll stum­ble.

My first month was re­ally un­easy. I was just em­brac­ing the thorns, the cac­tus —ac­cept­ing who I am and my re­al­ity, and where I am at right now... emo­tion­ally bank­rupt, phys­i­cally and men­tally bank­rupt. But slowly, slowly, I am learn­ing from the “12 steps.”

It’s just ba­si­cally talk­ing about our prob­lems, how we’re cop­ing be­cause we have a lot of char­ac­ter de­fects. Some­times, we get pissed off eas­ily, but by us­ing the “big book,” nagkaka­roon ng tools for cop­ing skills. I have a book, a blue book; it’s called “Al­co­holics Anony­mous.”

I haven’t thought of be­com­ing a bet­ter ac­tor af­ter re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, but I think I’d be a bet­ter hu­man be­ing, a use­ful hu­man be­ing in so­ci­ety— more lov­ing and car­ing.

Well, kasi ano, I am still go­ing to Skype with the pro­duc­ers next week for a movie that will be shot in Qatar. Hope­fully, it would push through. I don’t want to men­tion the rest, but I am mov­ing two movies be­fore the year ends.

Yu’ng isa, se­cret pa, pero se­ries. Let peo­ple spec­u­late. We’re cook­ing up some­thing here. I also have ser­vice work. I go around jails, around Cebu, and prob­a­bly schools for drug aware­ness. We’re cook­ing up a show—we’re cook­ing up a show just to go around Cebu. Basta, ‘yun na lang. Things are go­ing to hap­pen very soon.

I am go­ing to Liloan to feed the or­phans on June 17. I, my­self, am al­ready an or­phan. My birth­day wish was to make th­ese kids happy. Be­fore, I used to do this when I had lots of money, but it didn’t come from the heart, min­san nga napip­il­i­tan pa ako—okay, just for the sake of help­ing. Now, I can re­late na. There’s re­ally mean­ing in the process of giv­ing; it’s more of see­ing them smile.

The key to a suc­cess­ful re­cov­ery al­co­holic is ac­cep­tance. You al­ways have to have aware­ness, hindi lang sa sar­ili but out­wardly, too. You have to be teach­able. You have to be very, very hon­est to your­self.

I love the Ce­buanos. They ac­cepted me as an adopted son. I want Cebu to be my sanc­tu­ary ta­laga. This is where I learned the hard way—this is where I found peace and love. Thi­sis where I found who I truly am. Pag­magka pera na ako, I’d like to buy a sim­ple home lang dito, town­house lang, mo­tor­cy­cle lang.

Af­ter my pro­gram, I am go­ing back to set up a restau­rant in Pam­panga, and then branch out in Bulacan. Not in Cebu, dami’ng kom­pe­ten­sya—masyado’ng lami dito, bai.

Fine util­ity

The lat­est menswear collection of Yvonne Quisumb­ing—per­haps, few of the lady fash­ion de­sign­ers who wel­come the chal­lenge of tai­lor­ing —springs from her previous pieces, which had fluid sewing con­struc­tions.

And she is more se­ri­ous now more than ever: dark util­i­tar­ian jack­ets with pop of col­ors in a pat­tern that forms the first ini­tial of her name. In­spired by the 1974 movie “Night Porter,” the tran­si­tion lies in the sil­hou­ette. The semi-dou­ble breasted jacket is re­duced to a slim ver­sion, pro­por­tional with the epaulettes (or­na­men­tal shoul­der ac­ces­sories you see in a mil­i­tary uni­form). She paired it with trousers that are hy­per ex­tended on the side seams.

“The collection is com­posed of strin­gent cuts and deco de­tails,” Quisumb­ing de­scribes.

Shoot As­sis­tant: Niño de Gra­cia

Groom­ing: Jon Do­minique Roa tel. no.: 415-1174 or 0915- 5070972

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