Sorry for the late posting. Day job got in the way.
Question of the Day: Why is it only now that Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros and Alden Richards were given ‘stars’ at the Walk of Fame when these four (especially Jose and Wally) have been popular celebrities for quite some time? Especially since much lesser stars have been honorees in the past years?
Then again, Gabby Concepcion is also one of this year’s honorees. If there’s someone who should have been there a long time ago, it’s him.
I was able to catch this year’s unveiling of the Eastwood Walk of Fame where Team Kalyeserye, ie., Alden, Maine and JoWaPao were among the inductees. Unfortunately, Alden did not make it because he needed to rest (FINALLY!!!) but seeing Maine up close and in person for the second time (the first being Tamang Panahon) totally made up for it. Even if it means seeing her in person for just a few precious seconds.
I initially positioned myself at the main tent, but a friend called me up to say that it would be better if we watch the festivities at the place where the stars are (by ‘stars’, I meant the Walk of Fame stars, not the people/celebrities). This friend has attended previous Walk of Fame events and know how things will go (although she did also say that things were different in previous years; for example, in previous years, there were no barricades separating the stars from the audience). So I moved my butt from the tent – with a huge sigh of relief, if I may add, because I cannot take all the baseless chit chat around me any further – and went to the place where the stars are. What I found? Was this.
Yep. They were still in the process of constructing the stars.
In fact, the honorees were already being presented at the main stage, and the Eastwood crew were still doing last minute touches to the stars:
You just know that this is a Kuya Germs event when you see a shining, shimmering, splendid veil being used to cover the stars.
A few minutes later, the honorees came in one by one. The first we saw was Eula Valdez, with Kara David and Harlene Bautista.
Then came the still-gorgeous Alice Dixson, along with Sunshine Dizon and Rocco Nacino:
More stars came in, and then… Bellestar Dancers! OMG, it IS indeed, a German Moreno show.
It just sucks that the Bellestars came in along with Gabby Concepcion, who was mind-numbingly handsome that I failed to take a decent photo. Argh!
And then… without much fanfare, this lovely woman came running in like a playful child who outsmarted her guardians.
Wait… I think she did outsmart her guardians. It looked like she ran away from her horde of bodyguards because after the initial shock, all of a sudden she was covered by about a thousand burly men who totally blocked our view even if we’re behind a glass panel and we totally would never be able to do any damage to Maine. I learned from my friends who stationed themselves at the main tent that these bodyguards also formed a human barricade as she approached the stage. It’s like even Kuya Germs was not allowed to see her. (I’m exaggerating, but maybe not so much.) I know they were instructed not to let anyone touch her, but are we also not allowed to see her? WTH was that??? #MedyoOA ha.
So basically, when they removed the shining, shimmering, splendid cover to unveil the stars, this was what I was able to capture:
Well, I got a decent shot of Maine’s brother, at least.
Fortunately, I was able to spot her holding two trophies before she was buried under all that Rogelio. At least I got my ‘kilig’ fix for the night.
And even more fortunate, I was able to get one decent shot of the super-beautiful Maine Mendoza.
The very petite Maine wore a simple outfit, simple accessories, simple styling, but my golly, she SHONE brightly among the stars. There’s just something about her that draws attention towards her.
By the way, the horde of security was only for Maine (and, I assume, for Alden if he was able to make it). Maine left earlier than JoWaPao, and when she left, the battalion left with her. Although from what I gathered later on, it was quite understandable that they were given that kind of security. The crowd only reacts whenever Team Kalyeserye gets mentioned or makes an appearance. They nearly ignored the other honorees. I also gathered that nearly everyone at Eastwood was looking for Alden.
Which made us wonder what exactly were the other honorees thinking while being basically sidelined from all the rabid attention given to Maine and Team Kalyeserye?
You think I was kidding about the other stars being sidelined, albeit unintentionally, by Team Kalyeserye? Here’s one proof: when Maine’s battalion left, it was then that we realized that right in front of us was one of the super-popular young stars from the rival station: Enrique Gil.
He’s been there all along, and we didn’t notice. I actually thought he missed out on the Walk of Fame, being Kapamilya and all. Yun pala ayun lang sya sa harapan ko. Enebeyen.
After the honorees have left, the barricades were removed and the public may now take photos of/with the stars. That is, if you can manage to squeeze yourself in.
It’s like a scene straight out from The Walking Dead: the photo-opportunists are the horde of walkers and those two stars are the victims. What’s more annoying is that none of the horde wanted to leave in order to give way to the others who also wanted to take permanent residence at the Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza stars.
That would’ve been a really cool address, though. Alden Richards-Maine Mendoza Stars, Eastwood City Walk, Libis, Quezon City. (Beside Jhake Vargas. hahaha!)