Everybody Should Visit ManilaArenas was at the Ateneo-La Salle game last July 6!
Jul 14, 2008
Plus, with the security I had, I felt like I was the President. I felt like I was Obama. I really felt like I was running in the presidential election, especially when I got to meet the U.S. ambassador out in the Philippines. We had a great time talking to each other.
We actually went to a college basketball game together. Their college game would be like if it was Duke and Maryland playing each other and you split the crowd in half, 50-50. One side of their gym was blue and one side of their gym was green and everybody was just yelling.
Backstage I met Manny Pacquiao, he’s the town hero. I have to be honest, they made me feel even bigger than him at the moment. I talked to him and he invited me to his November fight, so if I have time and depending on if we have a day off, I might go see that. Oh, I also met Jet Li in Shanghai, can’t leave him out.
On top of everything else in Manila, I stayed at the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at – The Peninsula. I was in the mack daddy “El Presidente” suite and was like the Fresh Prince with Geoffrey – I had a live-in butler.
I watched the telecast but they didn't show him on cam. Or maybe they did—I wouldn't know; I was asleep by the end of the first quarter! Stupid, yes, because the Blue Eagles won that game in the last few seconds.
I can confirm, however, the kind of security Arenas said he had. I saw it with my own eyes.
You see, the day before that game my friends and I attended R+K's wedding. The reception was at the Manila Peninsula and we totally abused the open bar. We were hanging out at the lobby when Arenas arrived.
He had with him a large security detail. And like all bodyguards worth their salt, his looked willing and able to beat people up.
At this point my memory's hazy, but I'm almost sure I heckled Gilbert Arenas as his entourage passed no more than twenty feet from us.
I don't know what came ov—wait, scratch that. I do know what came over me: liquid courage! Also, I was so secure that I had resbak of my own. Had there been an incident my friends would've made sure I didn't bloody my suit too much.
Too bad Arenas didn't notice the one Filipino who didn't think he was the bee's knees. I missed being blogged about by someone famous!