International photographer Romeo Gacad taking a crowd shot as I waved our flag in victory.

As promised in my “Manny Mania” article, here is a post about my so-called international “stardom” as an aftermath of the Pacquiao-Marquez bout.

No one believed it but I knew I was destined to be a star 🙂 As a little girl, I daydreamed about being in the Little Miss Philippines contest. It never happened.  As a teenager, I fantasized about being a cheerleader and be the one on top of a human pyramid.  Never happened.  I even imagined myself being in those nice TV commercials where pretty girls in flowing dresses blow bubbles and run in the field.  I guess you know by now that it never happened too.  But at least I got to be in advertising and work behind the scenes. Puwede na.

Then it finally came.  Hah!  It pays to never stop believing that I’d someday be famous.  Well, almost.  Here’s how…

As you all know, the result of a Manny Pacquiao fight is always big news in the Philippines and in any part of the world where boxing is popular.  And thanks to international photographer, Mr. Romeo Gacad, my face somehow made its way to the Monday news both online and on print!  A friend in the U.S. sent us a link to GETTY IMAGES – Agence France Presse where she found the news bit (and our photo).  Then our friends back in Manila had been excitedly telling us that they saw us in the major broadsheet, The Philippine Star.  Likewise, the same news item was in Yahoo Sports News.  International exposure, baby!

My friend gave another thought that’s worth daydreaming about:  Imagine searching on Google and type “cheer”, “nationalistic” and “PRETTY FILIPINA”. Bam!  You see me. Okay, I know that’s far-fetched but I always dream big haha!  My face in the photo will remain nameless so the world will never know me.  There goes my stardom.  At the very least, my family and friends recognized me so they kept the newspaper clipping… under my instructions hehe.  I want to thank Manny Pacquiao and Romeo Gacad for giving me my five-minute fame 🙂

Here’s an excerpt of Mr. Gacad’s impressive profile (WikiPilipinas).  You can tell he’s really got an eye for great subjects 🙂

“Romeo M. Gacad is a Filipino veteran photojournalist and a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee whose works have appeared on the cover of various international publications including Time and Newsweek magazines. He is the chief photographer for the Manila bureau of Agence France-Presse (AFP), the world’s oldest established news agency…

His photographs of the 1988 Olympics, the 2001 Afghanistan war, and the 2003 Iraq war earned him three Pulitzer nominations for journalistic photography.”


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