Celebrity Urban Legend

I am having a good time reading this thread from Pinoy Exchange.
(http://zefiris.pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=302672) I think that not only us Filipinos are very much interested on the dirts and intrigues of the people that we put on the pedestal; the celebrities. Does it mean that with all those flaws and inconsistencies, it make them a lesser person or a lesser celebrity? For some people, yes. But for some, especially the logical ones, maybe not!

Urban Legend # 1:
What’s with St. Luke’s that make it a favourite target of abortion urban legends? This urban legend made me curious whenever I’m there for our yearly lead-in-blood testing, a company requirement. Who knows, baka andun si ganitong artista para magpa-abort, debah? But then, if we will analyze it in a logical way, if I were the celebrity, I would have the fetus aborted in the US or anywhere else in Asia; in a place where I can keep my real identity hidden. Why would a good hospital like St. Lukes be the favourite target of intrigues? Why not Makati Med? Why not Asian Hospital?

Urban Legend # 2:
When I was a little kid, I was afraid to go to any Robinson’s mall for fear of being eaten by the snake that’s said to be Robina Gokongwei’s twin. There were two celebrity urban legends that made the story “credible” in the late 80’s: that of Alice Dixson and that of Rita Avila. The latter denied the incident. I wonder, if this snake story is true, then how come people still patronize all Robinson’s stores? It’s now 2009, I guess people from that time (80’s) were more prone to believing baseless rumors just like their belief in ET’s and UFO’s. And don’t you think that that black proganda in the 80’s came from Robinson’s rival mall? Hmmmm….

Urban Legend #3:
Just like Urban Legend #1, there is no solid proof that some of our sweet and decent actresses like Charlene Gonzales or Dawn Zulueta had an abortion. I may agree that some actresses REALLY had an abortion but again, the question is, how reliable is the source of this rumor? I was 19 when I was hospitalized due to dehydration at the height of my morning sickness and one of the nurses who attended me was the son of our family friend. True to his professional code of ethics, he didn’t mention my condition to any of our mutual friends or acquaintances. (Our family kept this incident to protect our privacy since we were living in the countryside with lots of conservative people around.) Now what’s the connection? It’s in the professional code of ethics. Sure, we’re talking about urban legend here that this actress went to this hospital to have an abortion. So who’s the source? The doctor? The nurses? Where is their code of ethics then? If it’s just an urband legend that is meant to ruin one’s reputation, then who made this urban legend?

Some celebrity urban legends are indeed amusing just like Ramon Revilla Sr’s amulet stories and the Nida Blanca-Ninoy Aquino courtship. One thing that also fascinates me is the fake Bongbong Marcos story and Imee Marcos’ paternity story. I wouldn’t want to think that Adolf Hitler is our national hero’s son and I think that it had been proven that Rizal was not his biological father.

Urban legends, real or not, are entertaining to read. It’s just a matter of logic and common sense what to believe and what not to believe. Right?

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