Wasak!: Lourd de Veyra and Friends at the Manila International Book Fair
With the special participation of Mr. Jun Sabayton, Mr. Ramon Bautista, Mr. R.A. Rivera, and Mr. Stanley Chi.
(SPOT.ph) There was a deluge going on outside the SMX Convention Center, but more than a hundred people waited over two hours to have their copies of the just-launched The Best of This Is A Crazy Planets: Book 2 signed by author Lourd de Veyra (poet, essayist, bandleader, polymath, TV host, sometime model). Really, though, lining up was worth it, if only to listen to the antics of Lourd’s partner-in-crime Jun Sabayton (actor, resbak, comedian, host, idol, full-time model).
"’Di ba mga makabagong Pilipino, disiplinado tayo?" he says to the throng, keeping crowd control by lightly tapping them with a rattan cane he brought, barangay tanod-style, for the occasion. A multitasking man, Jun is emcee, barker, entertainer, bodyguard, and interviewer all rolled into one; functions he performs admirably, even when everyone wants to have their picture taken with him.
Scroll down for shots from Lourd de Veyra’s book signing of the latest volume of The Best of This Is A Crazy Planets, launched just this past weekend at the Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center.
Lourd’s worlds collide! A lucky guy gets a Radioactive Sago Project shirt signed by the lead singer himself. The fan’s favorite album? Urban Gulaman.
Jun asks this fan, "Nanonood ka ba ng Word of the Lourd?", referring to Lourd’s (and Jun’s, and sometimes, Ramon Bautista’s) series of TV shorts. The fan nods. "Ano’ng natutunan mo doon? Paghuhubad?"
To have their books signed, fans were assigned a number. "Jun, ano’ng number na?" Lourd asks. "Yosing-yosi na ako!" He pulls three of them out of the line to accompany him on a cigarette break, and signs their books while smoking.
Jun Sabayton and filmmaker R.A. Rivera, who’s directed a lot of stuff with Lourd (and Jun) in it, including some great-looking videos for Radioactive Sago Project. Seriously, check out "Astro."
Jun Sabayton and his baton.
Tools of the writer trade: a fan gift, a can of Schweppes, and a drink to fortify you.
Fans have cover artist Warren Espejo sign their copies of The Best of This Is A Crazy Planets, too. One of them even has him sign a picture of Marian Rivera.
Lourd mixes a new drink of Absolut vodka and tonic water. "Bagong rule, Jun!" he says as he prepares his drink. "Lahat ng kalalakihan na lalapit, kailangan syumot!"
Jun interviews a macho fan. "Anong sikreto ng katawan niyo, ser?" "Clean living po." "May libro na ba kayo, ser?" "Wala pa."
Look who drops in during the final moments of the book signing.
Stanley Chi, Ramon Bautista, and Aly Almario drop by the Booth of the Lourd. "Wala kami ni Stanley sa Cosmo 69!" Ramon laments, referring to Cosmopolitan Philippines’ September issue of centerfolds. "Summit Media talaga, nagiging kasukatan ng pagkalalaki ang abs!
Paano na kami ni Jun?"
Photos by Lio Mangubat