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Meeting Mario Maurer
I'm completely obsessed with everything and anything about Mario Maurer! Well, okay... not that obsessed as in "obsessed" pero mahal na mahal ko siya! All my friends know this about me, and perhaps - feeling ko lang naman ha - obsessed din sila! Tee hee! How can they not be? He's uber handsome, yummy, down-to-earth, and did I mention handsome? Eeeeeeeeeeehhhhhh <3 <3 <3

Anyways, for those of you who don't know him (saang kweba ba kayo nagtatago?), Mario Maurer is actually a Thai actor/heartthrob. And what's even more amazing is that his star power transcended his homeland, reaching most parts of Asia, including the Philippines! 

TEEN SENSATION. Mario became widely popular because of his romantic-comedy film
Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Girls were immediately drawn to his irresistible charm! Then again,
his breakthrough performance as an actor was actually in the 2007 film Love of Siam.
While the movie was marketed as straight romance drama, LoS shocked Thailand when Mario's
character Tong fell in love and kissed his male bestfriend Mew! That was the moment
wherein I so so so fell in love with Mario! Kaya magtigil 'yung mga baguhang fans diyan ng CLTCL!

Fast forward to last year, 2011... Imagine my happiness when I found out that he was the newest brand ambassador of a local clothing company. Moreover, it was also announced that Mario is to be paired up with local actress for his first ever Philippine movie (sana may second, third, fourth... pa)! Wah! Push, push, baby na 'yan!

Twice (or thrice) he visited the Philippines since his pasabog announcements, but unfortunately I had no access to him. In the end, nakuntento na lang ako sa mga magazine articles and TV interviews niya. Super sad ako na hindi ako nakapunta ng fan conference niya, not even get to watch his exclusive interviews in person.

That was last year!

Fast forward na naman to now as I am writing this entry, October 2012... I'm back at ABS-CBN, and Mario is back to promote his movie Suddenly It's Magic with the beautiful Erich Gonzales!

Pero bago ang lahat ng 'yan, may prelude pathetique sa pagtatagpo ng landas namin ni Mario (mehganon?). It all started with a kiss with a photo sent to me by my ASAP co-workers Gerrome Esguerra and Rich Garcia when they were in ASAP Singapore last October 14.

@OHOHMARIO SAYS "HI"! I died when Gerrome tweeted this photo! As a diehard fan of Mario,
this already means a lot <3 His role in the movie Love of Siam meant so much to me kaya naman
feeling ko eh ako si Mew when I saw this. Haha! Kaloka! Akala ko hanggang dito na lang, pero...

Just this Monday while I was in our ASAP meeting, I found out that Mario was back in the Philippines yet again, and and AND he has a taping for Gandang Gabi Vice at 4PM. With lots of prayers while servin' some The Secret realness, natapos ang meeting namin ng 4:30! Baba agad ako ng 2nd floor, and thank the heavens because GGV began rollin' at around 5PM! Perfect! Pak! Kaboom! Umabot akech :)

I saw Mario in person for the first time.

STARSTRUCK. First reaction: subtle hyperventilation! After all, I needed to calm down my tittays!
Watch out for this episode, airing on Sunday! Super funny, I kid you not <3 Abangan niyo ang mga
pasabog na gay words that Mario will learn at kung paano susubuan ni Mario si Vice ng kwek-kwek!

The goal was that after the interview, magpapa-picture ako kay Mario. Unfortunately, ang daming tao, security was tight, and Mario has another engagement; meaning, I wasn't able to have a picture with him! Boo!

Was disappointed nang bongga! Then again, I decided to shrug it off, and umasa na lang na may magic na magaganap!

Come Wednesday, just yesterday... habang nasa ASAP meeting na naman ako, meron nga! I found out that Mario's one-on-one interview with Toni Gonzaga for The Buzz na dapat outside the ABS-CBN building isu-shoot was moved to - where else - just in ABS-CBN na lang! Waaah! Second chance! Tee hee <3

SUGOD SA TAPING. O, ayan... nauna na ako sa set up ng crew! Tee hee <3

THE MAGICAL MOMENTS IN HIS LIFE. Catch this special interview, airing this Sunday as well :)

FAILED ATTEMPTS. Some jeje photo op realness lang, haha! Pero after the interview,
Mario obliged naman for a photo. Gosh, moment na moment na 'yun! Pero kaloka!
Out of the three photos, three rin silang blurred, haha! Mario then left for the elevator...

Hindi talaga ako nagpatalo, kinapalan ko na 'yung mukha ko, at hinabol ko sila sa elevator! Mario was with his team of managers, not to mention his brother, brother's GF, and their mother! Saan ka pa? All-star cast at umi-extra ako doon!

Good thing their local managers/handlers were with them, and kilala ko naman si dear Mac Merla, and he was nice enough to allow me for one last photo with Mario:

MONEY SHOT! Finally, a photo with my ultimate Thai crush Mario Maurer! Tee hee!
After seeing this photo, I couldn't help but jump, giggle, and dance in glee!
Still can't get over the fact that I managed to have a photo with him after everything.

All I can say is: Nakaka-high! 

Siguro ganun nga talaga 'pag fan ka ng isang taong naka-affect sayo nang bongga. I'll say it again: His role as Tong in Love of Siam totally fascinated me. It was unexpected. It was sweet. It was raw and honest. It was realistic. And it was love.

Way back in 2008 or 2009 when I first watched the film, never in my life kong na-imagine na he will be that famous here, let alone he will visit the country. Never in my life kong na-imagine na makikita ko siya in person unless ako ang pumunta ng Thailand at i-stalk siya doon.

But suddenly, it was magic. And nakita ko siya <3 <3 <3



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