How should a certain Annabelle Rama be dealt with? How should she be understood despite all disgraceful reports cast to her? Have Filipinos, in general, tried understanding Annabelle as being a mother, a talent manager, a private woman, and as a human being, a friend, or enemy? Are we considering Annabelle giving her a fair respect the way we are giving to Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Ms. Claudine Barretto, and to our own weaknesses?
These are things I reconsidered when learned about the latest ruckus left by Annabelle and a certain Chito Alcid during the wake of the “Philippine Comedy King” Dolphy at the Heritage Park on July 13, 2012. What’s new with that story?
Hardly could we read fine and endearing press releases or scoops about Annabelle out from tabloids to broadsheets. Hardly could we hear about Annabelle’s works or contributions fully acknowledged in showbiz occupation. Hardly could we see Annabelle’s efforts and sacrifices paid attention on dailies. Yet, always, we saw, heard, and read about Annabelle at her fault. Why?
It could be possible that apparently Annabelle is different. I am different. You, too, are different. Then what are the differences? Uniqueness of personality defines most Annabelle Rama. Her experiences in life, her sacrifices, her traumas and fears, her outlooks on the way how she sees perspectives based on what she had learned from her pasts defined her into what she is today, though different from what the rest of us wanted her to be. Then, what should be our mindset? Is it according to what we see, hear, or read? Or, is it according to reasons and the subtlety of human nature?
On Annabelle vs. Chito
Both sides have already been printed. Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) quoted Annabelle’s and Chito’s sides verbatim (Visit these links for their stories exclusive from PEP: “Annabelle Rama claims…” and “First Read on PEP: Chito Alcid…”).
Apparently, both stories have two versions in terms of cause. While Annabelle claims that she was provoked by Chito Alcid, the latter retorts that his write-up against Ruffa Gutierrez, daughter of Annabelle Rama, fueled the infamous incident. Then, here comes the real score!
Annabelle tweeted wherever she went. That is her first unique habitual characteristic. In fact, according to her, Ruffa warned her of that habit.
For her enemies, it is an opportunity. It is a chance when they could plan attacks — disguised attacks. For Annabelle Rama, I assume that her tweets are for her enemies warning them not to go to that place or event at that particular time. This warning, I assume, is not to challenge her enemies but to ask forbearance in her being at that (I assume readers have known Annabelle Rama’s irrevocable temper). But what had happened instead?
A Possible Plot of Disguised Attack or Simply Incident?
July 13 was not the last day of Dolphy’s wake at Heritage Park, we knew it. I presumed Chito Alcid knew it, as well. I also presumed that Chito Alcid and Amalia Fuentes read Annabelle Rama’s tweets. Generally, for responsible and disciplined people, going to a place where they could surely meet their possible bad fate would be the least to consider pursuing, except, when having no choice. Conversely, for people who have plans and intentions to challenge a possible bad fate, they would consider it a “windfall trick”. With these two analogies, would you consider the incident happened at Dolphy’s wake as intentional or mere incident? I will leave it to you.
A person who knows beforehand the fall of his enemy is a person who knows more about his enemy. A person who did pursue his plans nevertheless of the consequences received condemnation. In Annabelle Rama vs. Chito Alcid wrestling attempt, establishing of who between them have the knowledge beforehand about each others’ course and nature is, for me, the most reasonable rule of engagement in determining who is at fault. In my raison d’être and when my presumptions are correct, Chito Alcid deserves condemnation at all costs. Why?
Chito Alcid knew Annabelle Rama very well as to her temper. He knew Annabelle Rama very well as to defending her children and dignity as a mother, as a talent manager, as a private woman, and as a friend or enemy. In my case, for common sense and respect, I shouldn’t have gone to that place after I knew my enemy would be there, as well, knowing beforehand that my enemy has an “irrevocable” temper when challenged even in public. I should have left at once when I saw my enemy’s presence for sake of professionalism and respect, knowing beforehand that my enemy has “kinda attitude” even in public. But look, who’s crying for justice, instead?
Meanwhile, others labeled Annabelle Rama as feisty, always ranting, and worst, ill-bred. Look, who are they talking their own fools or perfections? Others insist that this is not an issue of perfection. Rather, it is an issue of respect and an exercise of being educated. My retort is this: Very least a number of people with or without education but having a high blood pressure struggle can behave gracefully under pressure. A negligible number of people with education but having high blood pressure struggle can withstand the grace under pressure when provoked and slyly insulted. Those people who could argue with me on these matters successfully are people worthy of my true respect and are people of “I-don’t-know-what-kind-of-highest-education” they have.
Speaking of education, Annabelle Rama is an undergraduate in nursing course and used to work as flight stewardess in Philippine Airlines in her younger years. We know that working in an airline industry demands values and attitude with poise, of course. Then, who’s fooling us around and working out bad publicity against Annabelle Rama despite the fact that Annabelle is Annabelle Rama. In politics, she could be Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago; in Hollywood, she could be Demi Moore. But, it happened that she is Annabelle Rama in Philippine showbiz and in the future in Philippine Congress . . .
Annabelle Rama can appreciatively be remembered in her first movie, Uhaw, then, Hidhid, Hayok, and Apoy at Paraiso. These daring movies with class of their own, in general, are first standards in daring movies before Rosanna Roces, Ara Mina, Joyce Jimenez, and the rest daring stars have been awarded and fully acknowledged at their respective times. In 2008, Annabelle starred in My Monster Mom as her comeback movie.
On Persona Non Grata Call
A certain party-list group ambitious to earn a seat, at least in Congress is now staging to call Annabelle Rama as “persona non grata” and as enemy of press freedom. That party-list, in my view, is shortsighted in analyzing the two sides of a peso coin!
If and only if Annabelle Rama’s response to a certain writer is tantamount to press harassment, then why didn’t they do it to Claudine Barreto, et al vs. Tulfo? Simply because both incidents are not, my golly, condemnatory to press harassment, period!
In Annabelle Rama vs. Chito Alcid, cause-effect relationship should be the engaging format to point out who’s incautious or who’s injudicious.
- “Annabelle Rama tweets about… ” by Coolbuster.net
- “Annabelle Rama claims she was provoked…” by PEP
- “First Read on PEP: Chito Alcid on incident…” by PEP
Filed under: Opinion and Social Issues Tagged: | Annabelle Rama and Chito Alcid, Annabelle Rama at Dolphy's wake, daring Annabelle Rama, Dolphy's wake, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, persona non grata, Ruffa Gutierrez