NOTE: This is a recount of my July 11, 2010 interview with Piolo. I got the invitation for the job July 8. Just a heads up, to avoid confusion in the posting date.
Last Wednesday, I received a text from a friend whose sister is looking for a freelance writer to cover Sun Life’s “It’s Time!” campaign launch with Filipino actor Piolo Pascual. All expense-paid (transpo and food) plus a day’s pay to attend an event in the luxurious Sofitel Plaza Hotel, ask the hunk a few questions along with 50 or more journalists (ala-White House field reporters’ Q&A ba) and create an article from there (to view my Manila Standard article about the Sun Life launch, click here).
Easy? That’s what I thought so.
I’ve never been big on celebrities. They are as normal to me as any human being is, with the same needs and hidden flaws.What made me nervous though, was the fact that this is my first time to actually have my name printed on a national paper, a first formal, official writing project (my only writing experience so far is web content writing and blogging) and a first time to ask a well-renowned personalities’ insights in the raw. A first for everything. And there can never be any fuck-ups on this one. Never.
July 11. My friend, Lerma and her sister, Lorna – an advertising personnel for the Manila Standard Today – along with two other companions, headed to Sofitel for the big P. Lorna told me I was to raise questions as often as I can when the panel Q&;A comes up. I began to write down notes and some questions for Piolo in the taxi till, which I only gathered from research the night before (last minute, ya, I know. But I was still working then in Ortigas, and by the time I get home, I only have time for eating dinner and going to sleep).