Fame, (Power, Fortune), and Paparazzi
ByPriam Gabriel D. SalidagaIf you have these three: fame, power, and fortune, you have the whole worldin your hand. Although, like a bargain “buy-two-take-one”, you only have towork for two to acquire the other one basically for free.Say, If you are a wealthy politician, it is easy for you to buy people to put youin the limelight and make you the most well-dressed, sexiest man in the planet. Inviting Mikey Arroyo to a dinner can earn you tip-offs from the manhimself.Or if you are a wealthy actor, you can run with less effort for presidency andwin. No need to say names, but you know who they are. The first one wonand was impeached; the other one won but was cheated (Hello, Garci?).Or if you are an actor-politician, you can use your power and charisma toamass fortune. Some people know these actor-politicians who are involvedin jueteng payola and kidnapping.However, of the three, the most sought is fame. It is the most convenient portal to power and then to fortune. If power and fortune are the sash and thestaff, fame is the crown.That is why one can keep wondering why some celebrities are said to beafraid of fame? Turtles despising the water, they accuse media, ironicallythrough the televisions and entertainment papers, of “invasion” of their privacy and private parts. Thankfully, they are redeemed by the likes of Madame Auring and Mystika who voluntarily flaunt their souls in publicwithout being egged on.By the look on her youthful face, Madame Auring enjoys the attentionshowered on her by media, much so that she knows there are other SGs(Sugar Grandmas) so envious at her for being “swarmed” by younger men.And here is Mystika crying, cursing, and naming names at a certain singer-cum-starlet on national televisions for allegedly carting her boyfriend away.