Marjorie Javier, government employee: “I’m a great fan of OPM. In my opinion, our pop songs in the ’70s and ’80s are incomparable, especially those from the Metropop. I was a great fan of Ms Celeste Legaspi, who is a consummate performer. She has class, elegance and intelligence—and how I miss listening to her beautiful voice as she sang in venues like the CCP and Music Museum.
“Somebody told me she has retired from singing. I think she’s too young to retire! I wish she would stage a comeback because, just like vintage wine, she’s only gotten better with age!”
Minda Beltran, food expert: “Boy Abunda, in his neither futuristic nor Jurassic garb, recently guested on ‘Gandang Gabi, Vice.’ He tried to relax, but he was unusually stiff.
“I didn’t think it was going to be a battle over who could outwit whom, but when Vice asked Boy a question and the latter answered at length, Vice tried to ‘diplomatically’ interrupt him. Boy wouldn’t have any of it, and sternly dismissed his host with a ‘Sandali lang!’ and rattled on. It was priceless to watch Vice retreat, not wanting to give nonverbal clues of his annoyance—but, annoyed he was!
“As sensitive as Boy is, I think I saw him eventually ease up. When the script called for him to mentor gay-pageant contestants, his uptight demeanor was hilarious! I laughed so hard at his coaching style, though his advice was logical. It was at this point that Vice got back into his comedic groove without being intimidated by Boy’s overbearing presence.”
Pennie Flores, retired teacher: “I avoid watching ‘Banana Split.’ Do the gag show’s cast members have to be that loud—especially Melai Cantiveros, who tries so hard to make the audience laugh by shouting? I hope she realizes that comedy isn’t about volume, nor is it generated by trying hard to be funny.”
Ling Brian, televiewer: “I’d like to commend ‘Ako ang Simula’s’ ‘Alkansiya’ segment for promoting the alkansiya as a practical means to save. I grew up with a bamboo alkansiya in the late ’60s. Later, my mom took me to the First Insular Bank in Mati, Davao Oriental, to deposit the coins I’d saved in it—the sum total of years of diligent centavo-saving! Whatever the alkansiya we use, it gives us that sense of security that we have ‘saved for a rainy day!’”