Wednesday, June 13, 2007
A Really Intriguing Story
Note: I did not wrote the article. I just received it via e-mail from my former college professor. Since, I was not aware of this rumor. As it was noted (pun not intended) in the end of the story, the intriguing relationship was popular in the 1980s. I was born in 1984.
Here goes. By the way the title is UNTOLD PINOY STORY NO. 10
They were the best of friends. They were always seen together around the University of the Philippines (UP)campus in Diliman: one was undoubtedly a very good-looking guy and the other was unquestionably a plain-looking guy. Opposites really attract. Hey, but they're both brilliant students. Well, birds of the same feather also flock together. Indeed, they were very close to each other. Unusually close.
They were the perfect tandem. Like suman and ripe mango. Or nuts and bolts. Peg and a ught law courses. The good-looking guy delivered the evening news on TV, hosted a TV quiz show and wrote analytical articles on pop culture. His good looks,
intelligence and impeccable manner endeared him to televiewers.
Despite their divergent career choices, the good-looking guy and the plain-looking guy really seemed to follow each other's path. But this time,
their path led to a nice little apartment near the Ateneo de Manila campus. And they shared that nice little apartment. Just the two of them.
Yes, the plain-looking guy and the good-looking guy lived together.
Those gifted with wild imagination got titillated at the mere thought of these two young men sharing a lovely apartment. The moralists out there shook their
heads at the mere thought of the goings-on beyond that innocent-looking apartment door amid rows of middle-class houses in Loyola Heights in Quezon City . But the pair would not budge from their nest. Nor would they yield to any pressure. Not even from the plain-looking guy's bible-reading siblings who berated him for living with another guy. The plain-looking guy's own family started to cast doubt about his
All telltale signs which have accumulated all those years could no longer be ignored. People started talking openly about the two guys. Speculations about the true nature of the pair's friendship became a daily fodder for gossip mongers. The academic freedom which alma mater UP's oblation symbolizes seemed to
have gone beyond the duo's lust for knowledge. In order to prove to his family that he was not what they thought he was, the plain-looking guy suddenly
announced that he was getting married. His family jumped with joy.
But the plain-looking guy's marriage did not dispel wild speculations about his sexuality; instead, it only succeeded in erasing any remaining doubt about his alleged agenda of using his wife to finally succeed in his failed initial crack at pursuing his lifelong dream. And it was well worth his efforts. Because this former loser's desperate act finally triumphed. Thanks to his wife.
However, the plain-looking guy's deep friendship with his good-looking friend took a backseat as a result of the former's new civil status. The plain-looking guy did not want to hurt his new wife's flourishing career nor spoil his newfound success. That's why he played his role as a good family man to the hilt. However, he had not forgotten his good-looking best friend at all. As a token of their undying friendship, the good-looking guy stood as one of the godfathers of the plain-looking guy's first baby, together with Edu Manzano, Cesar Montano, Cherie Gil, Ciara Sotto, Angeli Valenciano, Fanny Serrano and a host of other household names. Of course, the plain-looking guy's wife was clueless about her husband's past.
But the plain-looking guy's wife had her share of dark past. She is a single mother who parted ways with her good-looking "first husband" after she discovered that
her good-looking "first husband" was already married to another woman when she hastily married him after she got pregnant at a young age. This meant that her
marriage to her good-looking "first husband" was not legally binding after all. Now, the plain-looking guy was her knight-in-shining- armor who rescued her from the stigma of being an unmarried mother.
Ironically, while his non-binding marriage with her good-looking "first husband" was solemnized by several high-ranking priests at the cavernous Manila Cathedral amid countless clicking cameras and thousands of shrieking admirers several years ago, her supposedly legitimate marriage with the plain-looking guy was officiated not by a Catholic priest but by a pastor in a cramped living room, with only a few relatives and friends as witnesses.
Later, the good-looking guy reportedly got marriedalso without fanfare. They said that his bride was a creative consultant for ABS-CBN Interactive. However, some women still believe and hope that he is still unmarried to this day.
The good-looking guy soon rose to become ABS-CBN News Channel's (ANC) Director for Current Affairs. He has been circling the globe as host of ANC's weekly travel show, Executive Class.
Yes, the good-looking guy is David Celdran. And the plain-looking guy is megastar Sharon Cuneta's husband, Senator Francis Kiko Pangilinan.
And most UP Diliman students of the 80s know the rest of their intriguing friendship.