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- PUBLIO J. BRIONES III pjbriones@sunstar.com.ph

It was nice to be asked if I wanted something to drink and what would I like to eat and then be given a loot bag that contained a lipstick, an eyebrow pencil, a foundation

Last Wednesday afternoon, I found myself inside Studio 11 at the ABS-CBN complex in Quezon City for a pictorial for one of the entries of this year’s Cinemaone Originals competitio­n.

My idea of a pictorial was standing in front of a camera, striking a few poses, puckering the lips a la Zoolander, throwing the head back so the giant fan could blow the hair and finally pacing the floor and making sudden, quick turns.

Oh don’t get me wrong. I did strike a few poses, but I spent most of the time grinning from ear to ear, albeit pausing briefly to make a long face just to show that I was not a one-dimensiona­l character. But not before spending 45 minutes being primped inside a makeup room by, of all people, a Cebuana transplant who, and we both agreed, succeeded in making me look a year younger.

My director, Cebuano Keith Deligero, was seated to my left, while my co-star Jay Gonzaga was to my right.

Those who know Keith might think he’d be the last person to enjoy the whole attention, but he actually looked like he didn’t mind as one of the stylists, who turned out to be a Bisaya from Surigao, tried to mold his hair to look like that of Johnny Depp’s (his words not mine).

Then again, it didn’t matter because he was the “star” that day, being not only the director but also the screenwrit­er of “A Short History of a Few Bad Things,” a dark comedy where he cast me in a supporting role of a police chief.

Hey, I had no illusions that Jay and I were there to serve as his retinue, but it was nice to be asked if I wanted something to drink and what would I like to eat and then be given a loot bag that contained a lipstick, an eyebrow pencil, a foundation and other stuff that a newspaper editor and columnist would find useful in his line of work.

Speaking of Jay, the guy is tall and well-built. And young. It was no surprise then that there were at least three people fussing over him, paying particular attention to his hair.

If they had only seen mine back in my heyday, they would have gasped—yes, gasped--at how luxuriant it looked despite the sides being slicked back by gel so these wouldn’t move while I shook my head side to side and up and down with my left hand raised as I danced to the beat of Depeche Mode’s “People are People.”

When it was my hair’s turn to be checked, the stylist ran his fingers through it. He looked at me in the mirror, and said, “It’s so short,” which I took as an apology that there was nothing he could do to help me recapture my youth. I was quick to point out that my two younger brothers are bald and that I considered myself very lucky to have hair so stubborn to cling on to my skull at this junction of my life.

And as if having a “bad hair day” wasn’t bad enough, I literally froze when I discovered that there was more to the pictorial. That there was also an interview where I would talk about the movie, my character and myself.

Thankfully, I was born a natural ham, so after regaining my composure, I breezed through the interview, or at least that was what Jay and the PA told me. I also managed to deliver the spiel that they had asked all of us to do in just two takes.

After all, I am “A Short History of a Few Bad Things,” I am Publio Briones, and I am Original.

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