Christine Gambito, wrapping up her interview with the Inquirer.net folks in a separate function room of the St. Francis Square showroom, turned around and saw us.
“Hey, you're up next,” she said. “I haven't forgotten you.”
Just like that, and Coy melted again.
Okay, I'm exaggerating, but just a tiny bit. After having said our “Hi's” to Happy Slip and eaten into lunch, Coy aka Cokskiblue and I were very excited to finally have our up-close-and-personal moment with the vlogging superstar. But we had to wait for everybody else to finish their interviews before we could have our own. A couple of reporters from another newspaper had suggested earlier that we do a group chat with Christine. Nah, we said politely. We wanted something exclusive for us and for our blogger friends.
So we waited, until we were the only ones left. Yes, Coy and I were the last guests to interview Happy Slip. And what a dream interview it turned out to be--not least because Christine was knee-slappingly goofy, voluble, witty, a bundle of amazing energy even with jet lag and all.
And a real trouper, too. Before she faced our camera she shrieked, “Ohmigod, something's stuck in my tooth! I did all those interviews with something stuck in my tooth!”
Then, totally unself-consciously, she cleaned her teeth and fixed herself before a compact mirror--while we were there staring at her. “I'm such a nerd,” she said afterwards, smiling sweetly. By this time, Coy's face was positively aglow, as if he had seen the Transfiguration.
The interview itself? “A whole 11 minutes of pure fun and laughter,” as Coy would put it. I happily played cameraman while the Cokskiblue grabbed the chance to gab with Happy Slip on-cam. Congratulations, by the way, to the five v/bloggers whose questions Happy Slip got to answer: JM, Marhgil, XienahGirl, Kring and Aajao. Guess what? Your questions were the only ones we talked about mostly, since Coy and I thought that all the preceding interviews and TV spots had basically covered everything else about Christine's visit to the Philippines.
Maiba naman, so why not begin with JM's bombshell of a question: “Where did you get that gigantic diamond ring in 'Contagious'?”
Watch Happy Slip get stumped for a second before letting out a yelp!
Enjoy the rest of the interview in the following two-part video (expertly put together, as usual). And watch out for the last few magical seconds. The cab fare we paid going to and from the venue: P200+. The look on Cokskiblue's face as Happy Slip gave her an unexpected hug: Priceless.
[P.S. The hug, she said, was also for everyone. Aww.]
(The Happy Slip Meet & Greet happens on February 7, Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mag:net Café, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. Go.)
PLUS: Happy time with Happy Slip, Part 1