“Not once, but twice!” Yan ang cute na quote from Susan Roces in a press conference on June 29, 2005. It was directed at President Gloria Arroyo and a continuation of the statement “The gravest thing that you have done is you have stolen the presidency.“
Alam natin na si Erap ay pinalitan ni President Arroyo matapos itong mapatalsik sa Malacañang noong 2001. At sa presidential election ng 2004, there is a common perception na si Fernando Poe, Jr. ay dinaya lamang kaya natalo.
“Walang Wangwang.” That’s the quote of the year courtesy of our new president.
A lesson in humility, that phrase is a concrete evidence of the rising popularity of President Noynoy Aquino. Hindi lang kasi sikat ang cute na quotes kundi nagkaroon ito ng malaking epekto sa buhay ng mga Pilipino.
Hindi lang sa kalye ang effect nito. Ang mga government officials ay conscious na ngayon na dapat ay pantay-pantay ang lahat. The best example was done by presidential sisters Ballsy and Pinky nang sila ay nagtiyagang pumila sa NAIA on their way to Hongkong sa kabila ng offer ng airport officials for them to be escorted.
For the celebrity side, let me share with you some cute quotes in my personal collections.
Since Kris Aquino is in the news again about her impending separation with James Yap, I thought it relevant to go back to the time when Kris was in the process of separating with Joey Marquez.
“My brother is not a book,” the very memorable but cute quote from the queen of quotes herself during the STD issue. Siguro ang ibig sabihin ni Melanie Marquez ay huwag husgahan na parang libro ang kanyang kapatid na si Joey Marquez.
Another quote to further defend her brother, Melanie claimed that the Sexually-Transmitted Disease (contracted by Joey Marquez) may actually be due to dirty public toilets!
I remember na binalak ni Melanie na gumawa ng libro about her cute quotes. Melanisms ang working title. Ano kaya ang nangyari at hindi ito natuloy? Siguro dahil hindi siya talaga writer kaya later on ay nawalan ng drive para isulat ang libro niyang yun.
For the Miss Philippines beauty pageant, Eddie Mercado asked, “Angie Dickinson has insured her legs for a million dollars. Would you do the same?” Melanie confidently answered, “No, of course, no, because I am proud and contented with my long legged.”
In an unspecified question and answer portion, when asked, how do you survive in life’s trials?, Melanie boldly replied, “When you are alone you really have to step your foot forward.”
Although hindi gaanong memorable, Alma Moreno has her share of cute quotes. In interviewing Joey Albert in her TV show, Alma Moreno said, “Pakiulit mo yung concert mo sa University of Belt.”
Since Alma had started as a bold star and she was giving an impression that she’s all beauty with no brains, wala namang makapagsabi kung ang mga mistakes ni Alma ay sinasadya o natural.
Sa Seeing Stars with JQ, Joe Quirino asked, “Sharon, are you familiar with the current problems we have in the film industry?” Sharon replied, “Sorry, Tito Joe, I’m afraid not.” Si Myra Manibog naman ang hiniritan ni JQ. “How about you, Myra?” Ang sagot ni Myra, “Naku, Tito Joe, I’m afraid also.”
Hindi lang pang-artista kundi pang-sports din. When asked kung sinong artista ang may appeal sa kanya, Arnie Tuadles replied, “Si Jen.” Then Arnie clarified, “Si Jen Saburit.”
Atoy Co a.k.a the Fortune Cookie has his own contribution. After winning a very close game, tinanong ni Joe Cantada si Atoy Co kung ano sa tingin niya ang nagpanalo. Ang sagot ni Atoy ay “The ball is around.”
Asia’s sprint queen Lydia De Vega was asked for some remarks after her winning against PT Usha of India in the 1984 Asian Games. Ang sagot ni Lydia, “Opo nga, mabilis siya, but you know, I ran and I fast.”
Do you remember Ana Margarita Gonzales? Siya ang sister ni Kring-Kring at anak ng dating matinee idol at congressman, Jose Mari. During Janice De Belen’s debut celebration in Germspecial, Ana Margarita Gonzales asked, “Ilang taon ka na ngayon, Janice?”
Isang ironic na cute quote ang binitawan ni Madam Auring. Sa kanyang prediction for Stella Strada, eto ang sinabi ng intriguing manghuhula. “Lalo siyang sisikat sa darating na taon at malalampasan niya ang kasikatan ni Alma Moreno.” On the next day, naka-headline: Stella Strada commits suicide.
One of the latest in my collection is the cute quote of Mommy Dionisia, the mother of Manny Pacquiao. Favorite singer pala niya si Imelda Papin. Pero nang tanungin siya kung ano ang masasabi niya kay Imelda, ang sagot ni Mommy Dionisia ay isang tanong na “Buhay pa ba siya?”
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