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Si Papa Piolo!!! (Adventures in Qatar)

Filed under: Features — GSM0d at 4:53 pm on Friday, September 16, 2011

First time ko naka-bonding si Papa Piolo Pascual at sa Middle East pa!

Parang honeymoon lang sa Libya. Nagpuputukan.

Actually, nakasama ko na siya sa Rome pero di kami nag-bonding dun kasi iba hotel niya. Pero ngayon, bumonding si Papa P sa amin kaya naman kaming lahat ay tuwang-tuwa.

Bonding na siya sa amin ni Jovit Baldovino and TFC head Mickey Muñoz mula sa plane ride.

Bonding siya sa amin sa pagtambay sa Qatar lounge for five hours.

Hanggang sa pasyalan sa Qatar, join siya.

Qatar is a magical place. Behind us is the spectacular pearl bay of Qatar where they park their “Pearl” boats.

These boats are actually reminiscent of the pearl boats that Qatar used back in the 1800s, when they didn’t know yet that they’re an oil-rich country—to harvest pearls in their sea.

Now these boats are just fishing boats.

Behind the boats is the Museum of Islamic Art, the venue for the Tribeca Film Festival, which was founded by Robert De Niro after the 9-11 attacks to rejuvenate Manhattan.

Ang Al-Thani family ang nagpapatakbo sa Qatar. Ang kanilang Amir ay si Amir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani .

Nagsagawa ng isang mapayapang “coup” para mapalitan ang kanyang ama noong 1995.

Ngayon, ang Qatar ay isa sa may pinakamataas na per capita income sa buong mundo dahil sa kanilang langis at natural gas reserves. Sa sobrang yaman nila, may kuwento akong narinig na may pinatayong hotel ang Amir. Nang-ma-realize niya na overlooking pala yung hotel sa kanyang banyo, pinatibag niya ang 40-story hotel na fully-furnished. Kahlowkah sa yaman!

Etong bonggang-bonggang mall na ito ay balitang patitibagin din ng Amir kasi gagawa siya ng football stadium dahil host ang Qatar sa FIFA World Cup ng 2022.

Meron na talagang football stadium and Doha (capital of Qatar): the Khalifa International Stadium which has 60,000 seats.

FYI, mag-so-solo concert lang naman dito sa engrandeng stadium na ito ang ating kababayan na si Charice Pempengco on September 29. Bongga, di ba!

Tickets are priced at 350 Qatari Rial (times 11 sa peso so bale 3,850 siya sa currency natin). Mabuhay ang Pinoy power.

Balikan natin yung titibagin na Villagio Mall sa Qatar para makagawa sila ng mas malaking football stadium for FIFA Cup 2022. Palaisipan talaga sa akin kung bakit niya titibagin ang mall kasi ang dami-daming open empty lots sa Qatar.

Ang rason ay dahil sa napakagandang Torch Doha hotel sa likod namin ni Jovit Baldovino.

Ayon sa kuro-kuro, gusto dawn ng Amir yung mga VIP ng world cup na doon titira sa hotel na yun. Kahkahlowka, parang lego land lang niya ang Qatar. Build and tear! Ang yaman!

Piolo did not join this picture as he was busy shooting the wondrous Torch Doha Hotel with his hi-tech Canon camera. “Kristina [KC] gave me this.”

It was not the first time he brought up the name of KC in our conversations. In fact, he would bring her up all the time. Di lang alam ni Piolo na tuwing sinasambit niya ang pangalang KC, sobra ako Kinikilig dahil isa akong true blue KC- PIOLO love team fan.
Noong araw kasi, SHARON-GABBY fan ako. I was grade five then. But now that I’m in 4th year college (Chos! Mangarap ba, Sanchez?), next gen fan na ‘ko nina KC at Piolo.

Mga sambit ni Piolo tungkol kay KC:

“Ang tagal din namin ni Kristina sa Paris.”

“I surprised her one day when we rode the train. Natulog siya and when she woke up, I brought her to Assisi, a fascinating town in Italy.”

“What I like about Kristina is her humility. She’s very grounded. With all the things she’s gone through, having a diploma in Paris, yet…Alam mo, napakatalino yet she’s level-headed. It’s so easy to approach her.”

“Si Cristina na ata ang pinakasimpleng tao na nakilala ko. The simplest things in life make her happy. Hindi mahilig sa grand things at napaka-down to earth niya.”

Hindi naman masyadong obvious na in-love siya kay KC. Kung di pa umiyak si KC on national television at umaming may pinagdadaanan sila ni Papa P, I would not have guessed that there was a minor problem in their relationship the way Piolo talked about her.

Since he was talking about the love of his life half of the time, I asked Piolo if I could publish his answers to the following personal questions which he was very elusive to share to the press—the sensitive topic about his relationship with KC being on the rocks. Kumbaga sa FB relationship status, “it’s complicated.”

At least ngayon, mas maliliwanagan na kasi magsasalita na si Piolo, as in now na!

G-Spot: Did you get to watch KC cry in The Buzz?

Piolo: I did not get to watch but I heard.

G-Spot: What was your reaction?

Piolo: It’s something really personal that I haven’t thoroughly discussed with her. Mas mabuti na kami munamag-usap.

G-Spot: KC has spoken, even Sharon has spoken. Why have you kept quiet all this time?

Piolo: Hirap kasi when you’re in showbiz, everything gets magnified and everything is talked about. Hindi pa rin ako sanay…Para hindi na lang lumaki, I will just settle this between the two of us.

G-Spot: But you know you can fix it?

Piolo: For sure, oo naman. Were going to fix this. Hindi naman ako papasok sa isang relasyon mapa-showbiz man o hindi if it’s not for the long haul or if it’s not good for me. I did not wait this long just to waste my time.

G-Spot: Do you consider KC as your one true love? Siya na ba?

Piolo: Oh yeah…I hope so!

OMG! I’m so kilig! So ayan na mga PEPsters, Huwag na kayo mangamba kasi aayusin na nila. Konting tampong kulangot lang ‘yan.

Abangan na lang natin ang susunod na kabanata, malay mo, wedding bells na! Haay, sana sila na nga ang magkatuluyan!

Oo nga pala, may part 2 pa ito dahil nadumog kami ng fans sa Kuwait! As in dumog!

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