thrilla in NAIA

Excuse us for posting showbiz stuff, please allow us to rant.

I was retardedly staring blank on my television yesterday watching the pre-fight bitch-off between Cotto and Mayweather while my mind is travelling to Turkey. Basking under the annoying aura of Floyd made me utter loudly–“this sucker should reconsider joining pro wrestling instead of—WTF? is that the Bieber girl?

Late afternoon this video spread across facebookdom faster than herpes in a college frat house.

So the brouhaha started when the Baretto bee started throwing fits at the counter when they found out that their luggages were offloaded due to “safety measures.” It just so happen that the controversial media man, Mon Tulfo, was in the same airport and tried pulling a paparazzi stunt off his a-hole and started taking pictures using his phone. Tulfo said when he told the news that he was just concerned, “The ground stewardess was on the verge of tears!” He claimed that he never saw it coming when he was physically assaulted by the actress’ husband Raymart (damn, I never imagined that I will actually be typing these names in this lifetime. *facepalm).

See, the issue here branches out to different directions: First, how cebu pacific ground staff handled the scenario. They should have the right manpower with the right skill set to handle people like the Barettos. These celebrity clan have a biting reputation of having slashing tongues that can run faster than the propeller of cebupac’s ATR72-500. Ground attendants crying on the counter will just fuel their contabida flame and will just make it easy for them to bite off their heads. Second, if Tulfo, like what he stated, was sincerely concerned of what was happening, he could have just tried mediating and NOT feasting on the material that could potentially be viral on the web. Karma’s a bitch so he ended up on his very own viral video. Lastly, Six security guards? Are you kidding me?

Now both parties are facing the camera with their underdog faces on and they are playing such characters that leave the people unsure which side to take. Perhaps start betting on who’s good and who’s side is the evil with the totality of what’s going around, The Baretto-Santiagos are on the loosing side. But in the end, what happened just showed how uncivilized some people can become under adverse circumstances.

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Sometimes passengers find themselves caught off guard when airport drama like this happen. I was in the same scenario two years ago when my Jetstar flight was delayed for more than 24 hours. We demanded for an explanation, but instead of talking to us, the manager of Jetstar Office hid behind their office at terminal 1 and tried avoiding the furious passengers. One German lady couldn’t help but cry because she missed her connecting flight to that one event that she have long been waiting to attend since college. That made me feel bad for her and I exploded that I went beyond the counter barricade and knocked the door open to confront whoever should have been responsible in handling the crowd.

Me: If you can’t find a flight for us, then at least give us a decent place to spend the night.
Manger: Mister, you booked a promo fare, it doesn’t go with such perks!
Me: .. THAT’S IT! YOU MUTHA*^&#$%*@(!

I contained myself when a 50 something year old passenger held me and pacified my anger. If not for this good soul, that manager would never hear the end of it ’til kingdom come.

So going back to the Las Vegas ring side, Mayweather (with the moral support of his girlfriend Bieber) won the fight that day. Who cares? For me this NAIA fiasco is the fight of the year. But seriously, it was so delicious that it was fattening. I wouldn’t mind seeing Claudine in the boxing ring with Mayweather for next season’s Heavyweight match.

Have you encountered such scenario while traveling? What will you do when you find yourself in the middle of an airport drama?

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  • chyng

    May 9, 2012 at 5:36 am

    check! tulfo just starred on his own viral video. haha
    and no more paawa roles for the drama queen ^_^

    only in the philippines!

  • Doc Wends of Journeys and Travels

    May 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

    this unfortunate event Ron highlighted many unsavory attitude of those whose fame and reputation is misplaced from the start when they get angry and hurl insults to hapless staff of Cebu Pac. As for Mon Tulfo, it was dead wrong to record the rant of Claudine but that one he has to stand by himself and justify, however, what Claudine has resorted to is unladylike.

    Ganito kasi sa tingin which merits a discussion:

    To the Barettos: if they do not want the hassle and agony of being treated equally as is with other Cebu Pac passengers, they should chartered a flight since artista sila and mayaman and all that kasi sabi nila, there were 30 of them in their group; with that, di kailangan ang off-loading ng luggage nila ng Cebu Pac at iwas gulo pa sa public place. If they can’t afford a chartered flight and choose to go through the hassle, they should be ready with any untoward eventuality and matanong ko rin, kasalanan ba ng ground crew ng Manila if ang nag-off load were the ground crew ng Caticlan. If I were those two hapless crews, I will file defamation charges against Claudine.

    To Tulfo: being an all-jab journalist do not entitle you with all the access and opportunities to snoop at other people’s lives primarily because he saw the chance. You could have been courteous enough to respect people’s privacy even if they are in a public place.

    To Ron: ikaw lang ang travel blogger ang nangahas na magsulat about this incident. I love it! Super love this post.

  • killerfillers

    May 9, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Sir si Mon Tulfo yun, not Ben. should also watch the respond of Tulfo brothers (Ben,Erwin and Raffy) on their program T3.

  • flip'n travels

    May 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Haha! Thanks! Edited na the post! 🙂

  • mheanne ojeda

    May 9, 2012 at 11:06 am

    only when a respected PTB Ron writes a media scoop that i get to read a showbiz tsismis in depth haha. well written Ron.and i like Doc Wendell’s comments. grabe tsismosa ko haha

  • Mitch

    May 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Wow! I got into the same trouble with Cebupac. The manager cannot talked and explained and she kept hiding at her desk! F&&@k! Don’t expect people to go sit and wait for the next flight!! Byw, this vid is clearer than on TV. She is a Furious Barreto! But hope to resolve this once and for all.

  • nina

    May 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    My only comment on this is… walang propeller ang Airbus A320.

  • flip'n travels

    May 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    sorry for the wrong aircraft reference Nina.
    thanks for the correction i was thinking of ATR72-500.

  • flip'n travels

    May 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    @Chyng… chrooo. wag na umasa ng lead role sa soap drama
    @Doc wends…. very well said. hehehehe napanganga ako while reading your comment. very sound observation indeed.
    @killerfiller… yes, we saw the video on youtube… well its gonna be a looooong drama ahead
    @ate mheanne… aww this made me smile. hehe masarap talagang pagusapan ang chismis. lalo na ako i thrive in cheap thrills
    @Mitch… airlines should really consider doing something on this matter. not because they are low cost means it’s an excuse to keep their service on the same low level as their airfare matrix. thanks 😉

  • lakbay philippines

    May 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    ahahhahaha! i had a good laugh at nina’s comment! 😀

  • Lawstude

    May 10, 2012 at 3:31 am

    ang tatapang kasi nila eh pero mas matapang ka pala hehe.

    i agree that it only goes to show how uncivilized we can get, either common tao ka or showbiz people like them. very informative post ron, ito lang ang binasa ko about the tulfo-barretto event 🙂

  • Marky

    May 10, 2012 at 5:39 am

    You have a future with “showbiz” writing. Funny, people were wondering the next morning kng kanino magsusumbong si Mon Tulfo? guess nagsumbong sya sa T3 Brothers nya lol.

  • Kaiser

    May 11, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Airport.More fun in the Philippines… haha

    One thing Filipinos learned from “thrilla in NAIA” is tumaba ba si Claudine..

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