That’s Tony from West Side Story [played by Christian Bautista]. Not to be confused with the long-suffering and steadfast Toni, the boyfriend, who made the unfortunate, yet completely predictable (if I do say so myself), misstep of losing his heart to me.
Photo taken by toni at the West Side Story press con during his pro-photographer days.
Laugh if you must but I’ve long harbored an adolescent crush on Christian Bautista. It began the very first time he appeared on TV for Star in a Million. I don’t usually watch ASAP so my young mind was quick to conclude it was fate and love at first sight, on my part anyway. I was convinced that once he saw me too, he’d return the affection.
Years later, in 2007, we would get to meet at People Asia’s Men Who Matter event in Shangri-La. I looked at him. He looked at me. I waited for a spark of recognition in his eyes. Surely he’ll see that I’m the one he’s been unknowingly singing all his love songs too, and that it didn’t work out between him and Rachelle Anne Go because it was I he was really meant for.
I looked at him. He looked at me. Nothing. He offered his hand and gamely posed to have our picture taken together. There were about five other people in the frame, including my best friend, I cropped them all out before uploading the photo in Friendster.
Sigh. He broke my heart that night. All my thoroughly fleshed out fantasies decomposed right before my eyes. But don’t worry too much about me. I reached for a flute of champagne and some hors d’oeuvres and bounced right back.