Lovelier the second time around

Posted at 04/11/2008 3:33 AM

FUNFARE

By RICARDO F. LO

Oh yes, it’s true: (Motherly) love is lovelier the second time around, especially if it involves a “prodigal son” dissolving into the long-waiting arms of a loving and forgiving mother (or, to be more accurate, a nanay-nanayan as in “surrogate” mother) separated for 13 long years by more than just thousands of miles.

 

 

The Philippine Star


Oh yes, it’s true: (Motherly) love is lovelier the second time around, especially if it involves a "prodigal son" dissolving into the long-waiting arms of a loving and forgiving mother (or, to be more accurate, a nanay-nanayan as in "surrogate" mother) separated for 13 long years by more than just thousands of miles.


However, the face-to-face meeting between Lolit Solis and her anak-anakan Gabby Concepcion Wednesday night at Annabel’s Restaurant (on Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City) was marked neither by tears nor by recrimination but by light banter.


It was anti-climactic. Last year, Lolit and Gabby, formerly manager and talent whose relationship was rudely interrupted by the infamous 1994 Manila Filmfest scam, already met by chance in Las Vegas where they found themselves in under one roof during the Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales fight.


Recalled Jojo Gabinete, Lolit’s bosom buddy, "From across the room, I saw Gabby, kaya kinalabit ko si Ate Lolit at itinuro ko sa kanya."


Lolit said that her initial reaction was a pleasant surprise, although she didn’t have any second thought about approaching Gabby and, in her characteristic "Lolitism," told him, "O, bati na tayo, ha. Penge ng $100." A noted tightwad, Gabby readily fished out a hundred dollar bill from his wallet and very gladly handed it to his Nanay Lolit. "If I know," Lolit now said, "‘yon lang ang pera niya sa wallet."


That moment in time bridged the gap between the nanay-nanayan and the anak-anakan who let bygones be bygones and, as I would love to put it, buried the hatchet not on each other’s backs.


So when the two met again at Annabel’s, it was more like a "formality." When Gabby arrived from San Francisco (where he and his wife Genevieve "Ginbee" Yatco and their two-month-old daughter Samantha are based) at dawn last March 30, Lolit was among the first ones to express happiness for his long-delayed homecoming. The feeling turned out to be mutual.


Last Wednesday’s meeting, which lasted for barely an hour (because Gabby had to attend a reunion with his fellow Regal Babies), was arranged by "Mommy" Rose Flaminiano, Gabby’s new manager who facilitated his comeback.


"Gabby is a changed man now, he has matured," said Lolit, "at ako naman, I’m not getting any younger."


They will have to remain just friends now, resuming their relationship as nanay-nanayan/anak-anakan but not as manager/talent.


A tight hug was all it took to sweep the unpleasant past into the dustbin.


Did Lolit ask for another $100 from Gabby before they parted?


"I’m sure walang laman ang wallet niya," she quipped.


Briefly noted


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