The burning issue
With everything that's happening in our country right now
, you'd think everyone at our company, which is owned by the country's most popular broadcast network, would be talking about the alleged wiretapped recordings of the President and her relatives' involvement with jueteng.
I did spend a substantial amount of my weekend watching television, trying to get ahead on the week's work. The issue I was closely following had nothing to do with the aforementioned issues. I was following news about the break-up of Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado after she caught him cheating on her.
They've been the most popular love tandem for the network, in terms of fan support from text messages and website presence. And while Angel Locsin
probably has more casual fans than Jennylyn Mercado, I think Jen (or more accurately, the Jen-Mark team) has more die-hard fans.
(Feeling ko nga, kahit magkaroon pa ng coup d'etat sa Pilipinas, kebs lang yung mga fans... eh pucha, nag-break kasi si Mark at Jen no!)
Already, the fans on the message boards have rallied around Jen, basically throwing Mark (and the other girl) under a bus. While a handful of them are still in denial, most of them seemed to have moved on. They're already having debates as to whom should be the next partner for Jen (the names of Richard Gutierrez and Dennis Trillo have all come up), while some suggested that Jen shouldn't be paired up with anyone so soon after the break-up.
The whole issue took up a substantial amount of time during our weekly production meeting. My colleagues and I were joking about how Jennylyn could become this decade's Manilyn Reynes
(who was two-timed by then-boyfriend Janno Gibbs which led to public sympathy carrying her to superstardom), even suggesting that the first single off Jen's next album should be Manilyn's hit song, Sayang na Sayang
Of course, (again in the immortal words of Seth Cohen
) I'm only there for comic relief, so during meetings I just try to squeeze in as many jokes as I could. Like the other day, a colleague was asking me about some designs:
Colleague: "Pwede ba tayong mag-table dito?" (referring to HTML tables)
Me: "Aba, pare, basta meron kang pang-bayad ng ladies' drink, pwede kang mag-table!"
Also, at the meeting earlier, we were discussing doing features on celebrities and their pets, and talk turned to celebrities who had prominent dogs. Everyone chimed in with their suggestion, and then when it was my turn to talk, I just blurted out, "Katrina Halili
has nice puppies, and I sure would like to see them."