By Nikki Muller
On Style Factor, we cover celebrities who make a mark in showbiz. But before all the hotties of today, were a few actors and singers whom I have admired since I was 2 feet tall. When I think of these artistas, I become that same little girl again who religiously watched “Eat Bulaga” (when it was still Tito, Vic, Joey, Aiza & Coney), “Palibhasa Lalake”, “Buddy en Sol”, “Home along da Riles” and my ultimate Thursday night favorite, “Okay Ka Fairy Ko!” Some of my happiest childhood memories were spent glued to the TV (during those days of infamous brown-outs) waiting for my showbiz heroes. Here’s a list of my ultimate faves from back in the day!
Eric Quizon: He was my first ever crush when I was 3 years old. I remember how he and Redford White would crack me up on “Buddy en Sol”. Eric had not revealed his sexuality at the height of his career so as a little girl, I guess I thought I still had a chance! I remember going to the mall with my Papa to get my ears pierced. I was wearing a pink dress and spotted my ultimate crush nearby. I was apparently gutsy enough to approach him and ask for his autograph. I remember he said to me, “Wow, you’ve just got your ears pierced? You look so pretty!” I think I was too stunned to react as he hugged me. Sigh…I still have that autograph somewhere.
Donna Cruz: The first ever cassette tape I got was a Donna Cruz album. I had just lost a tooth and was told to put it under my pillow for the tooth fairy. The tape was way better than the usual coins one gets for losing milk teeth. I remember staring at the album cover thinking, “This girl looks cool. I want to be like her!” My favorite tracks on the “Donna” album are, “Kapag tumibok ang puso!” and the uber fun, “Pakipot”.
Gabby Concepcion: I thought Gabby was a real hunk. Apparently he was named Gabby because he talks too much. I followed all the tsismis up to when he disappeared from the scene after the 1994 Manila Film Festival Scandal. Remember that? The Best Actor and Actress awards were announced as Gabby Concepcion and Ruffa Gutierrez but later it was revealed that the real winners were meant to be Edu Manzano and Aiko Melendez (another one of my faves!) Juicy stuff! Glad he’s back and still looking beautiful!
Richard Gomez: What a stud. Here is someone with career longevity, is debonair and who seems to look better with age! Imagine my excitement when I found out he was our new neighbor. Well, he lived a few streets away but I remember going for walks around dinner and standing outside his quirky modern “lego looking” house hoping to catch a glimpse of him coming home. Hay nako, I never saw him. Pero fan girl talaga ako ni Richard! Swerte naman ni Lucy!
Samboy Lim: He was my favorite PBA player! I’d get so excited waiting to watch this shooting guard play for San Miguel. I once spent my birthday in the hospital (after eating 13 ube twin-popsies) and out of nowhere, my dad walked in the hospital room with Samboy Lim! He had bumped into him in the hallway and asked if he could greet me. I was over the moon!
Gretchen Barretto: Gretchen was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen! I really wanted to be like her when I grew up. I still find her to be the prettiest of the Barretto sisters. I would cut out photos of her from magazines and put them in my wallet to show people that she was my “friend.” Creepy ba? Idol lang!
Aiza Seguerra: Aiza was and always will be SO COOL! She was one of the youngest folks in showbiz in the 80s and 90s and she always cracked me up on “Eat Bulaga!” I remember going ice-skating in Megamall and seeing her at the rink. I was one of the only kids skating at there at the time so she approached me and we hung out on the ice together and she was a really good skater. I tried my best to keep up! My weird memory is of her asking me “Where were you made?” I really didn’t know what she meant at the time but my response was, “I was made in New York!” I remember my parents said that’s where they lived when they found out they had a baby on board. Weird ba? Moving on.
Rene Requiestas: Classic. This guy was an absolute champ! My childhood would not be complete without this hilariously talented actor and comedian. That mischievous face and cheeky smile is priceless. I loved watching him on the big screen alongside Joey De Leon and Kris Aquino. Through the grapevine I heard that he used to sell cigarettes on the streets before he was discovered by a talent scout and mentored by Joey De Leon, himself! Rene was someone everybody could relate to. No airs about him whatsoever. I remember crying when I found out he had died. Apart from Dolphy, I can’t think of any other actors who had such an impact on me growing up.
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