Eavesdrop on our conversation with Atty. Lorna Kapunan, legal counsel of James Yap. Obviously we discuss the ongoing Kris Aquino-James Yap case—at least the parts that can be discussed in public. Then we talk about family law, men’s rights, spousal abuse, things to remember before you get married, community property, why there is no divorce in the Philippines, the legal profession and political office, and how to hang on to your soul when everyone is selling theirs.
According to the article, fame is like Aztec human sacrifice. To quote our favorite review of one of the later Star Wars, “Break me a fucking give.”
VICE has called Esquire’s interview with Megan Fox The Worst Thing Ever Written. Yup, it’s drivel. But is it sincere drivel, or is it meant to be a joke? Come on, Aztecs, leprechauns, Bigfoot…
Deep in her house, Megan Fox and I are discussing human sacrifice. I tell her about an Aztec ritual practiced five hundred years ago in ancient Mexico during the feast of Toxcatl, when the Aztecs picked a perfect youth to live among them as a god. He was a paragon, beautiful and fit and healthy, with ideal proportions.
Fox has been telling me about the toll that celebrity has taken on her, how the only way to keep from bending to the outside is to bend within. She’s sitting on a sectional sofa in workout clothes and a sweatshirt that hide her body, her knees folded beneath her.
The sacrifice’s year was filled with constant delight, I tell her. He danced through the streets adorned in luxurious clothes given to him by the master, decked in flowers and incense, playing magical flutes that brought prosperity to the whole world. He had eight servants and four virgins to attend to his every need, and could wander wherever he pleased. But at the end of the year, when the feast of Toxcatl came around again, the perfect youth had to smash his flutes and climb the stairs of the great temple, where the priests would cut out his heart and offer it, still beating, to the sun.
Megan Fox is not an ancient Aztec. She’s a screen saver on a teenage boy’s laptop, a middle-aged lawyer’s shower fantasy, a sexual prop used to sell movies and jeans.
“It’s so similar. It totally is,” she says quietly…
Megan Fox will not go willingly to have her heart cut out.
Yesterday we went to a lunch hosted by Century Canning/555 Tuna to introduce its new endorser, Robin Padilla, and to honor five working men and women who embody the ideals of their “Katawang Palaban” media campaign. More on this in our Philstar column on Sunday.
We didn’t forget the questions you posted for Robin Padilla. As expected, there was a full house and it was nearly impossible to get an interview with the actor. However, we were able to join a 10-minute press chat with the actor, during which many of your questions were covered by the lifestyle writers in attendance. So we didn’t get to ask your questions exactly, but we extrapolated the answers to some of them.
johnbristol6 asked: How do you reconcile your religious beliefs and your relationship with BB Gandanghari?
Religion was not discussed, but it was mentioned that Robin Padilla’s obviously effective skin care regimen includes regular facials at BB Gandanghari’s salon.
allancarreon asked: What was your biggest regret from your Bad Boy years?
He said that in those years he was driven by anger, and that to this day he’s still asking for forgiveness from the people he had wronged. “Buti lang nakulong ako,” he mused. He added that he still has a temper so it would be a terrible idea for him to go into politics. Robin said he doesn’t want to be the guy on the news beating up colleagues in Congress.
wangbumaximus asked: Igan, anu-ano po ang mga dietary regimen ninyo po’t mga exercises ang madalas ninyong ginagawa po?
Robin said he is seriously into martial arts. He added that he should get dental surgery but it would not be a good idea since he does a lot of sparring. When asked if he has had cosmetic surgery or used Botox, he said no and proceeded to smoosh and squeeze his nose, cheeks and forehead.
Rhick asked: Bakit hindi pinasalita si Marian Rivera sa advertisement ninyo kasama si Jericho Rosales?
This question didn’t come up, but Robin did express great admiration for Marian Rivera’s beauty, prompting some reporters to ask hypothetical questions (viz. If you had met Marian before you met Mariel Rodriguez…) he cannily declined to answer.
Someone brought up an incident in which Mariel asked Robin’s ex Ruffa Gutierrez a question to which Ruffa’s answer was “Ang asawa mo” or something. (Sorry, we are ignorant.) Robin said he hasn’t dared ask Mariel about it, adding, “Napaka-awkward pala ang pinag-uusapan ka ng dalawang babae na parang wala ka roon.”
ros_al asked: How’s Mariel as a wife, di ka ba naiingayan sa kanya?
The answer is in this clip. Robin is talking to reporter Rommel.
Thank you for sending in your questions; we will forward them to the Century/555 people.