Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Power of Commercial

Gossip Girl: The Inglourious Basterds

"Short hair is more commercial, more sell-able. And I ... I wanted to be sold. As the locks of hair started to fall, I felt like all the heroines in all the books and films I've seen. I'm Romeo's Juliet, I'm Dante's Beatrice. I'm Serena and Blair, I'm the Devil Wearing Prada."

Arlan invited me to go with him to a birthday party and be his plus one. I haven't seen him for a while, and I was looking forward to a night of drinking and dancing. With a little flirting on the side, I hoped. I arrived at the venue first and waited for him at the lobby of the condominium.

"Oh my God honey. Ang guapo mo!" A said when he saw me. I smiled impishly and twirled around to show him my new haircut.

"You think?" I asked, and we both laughed.

"Shit! Kelan pa yan? For sure, marami kang makikilala niyan!" he told me.

"Of course," I said. "Because it's commercial. Para lang iyang Jollibee, pang masa!"

So I caved in. For years, I held off from cutting my hair and opted for a more "unpopular" style, growing it long. I loved my long hair. It allowed me to change my look every now and then. I would curl it, tease it. But there's a time and season for everything. And one day, I decided to cut it short.

Like ... really short.

The effect was instantaneous. Overnight, I became the darling of gay men as I paraded in clubs, parties, and events. I attended a play and I met a college freshman who followed to the restroom. That same day, I met another guy at the gym who wanted to take me out to dinner, mind you. My God, ano ba yan, I wanted to tell him. I'm easy. You don't have to buy me dinner.

Once, I was at a bar chatting with a friend when a guy nearby talked to me out of the blue, "Alam mo, ang guapo mo." I turned around, surprised. I was a little embarrassed.

"Ahhh ... wala lang iyan," I said, trying to downplay things. "Nakainom ka lang."

He kept on smiling. "Ang guapo mo," he repeated, nodding his head. I gave him a smile and felt my knees tremble slightly.

A couple of weeks ago, I received a text message from a guy who kind of likes me. I was partying the night before and he saw me at the club. "Hi Kane. Hanga na ako sa charm mo. Panalo! You're an epitome of what a real chicboy is."

I reread the message again and again with a small smile on my face.  Yes, I've had many compliments in my life. But each time, it still never fails to surprise me. I guess, deep down, there will always be a part of me saying "Me? You mean me?" That boy who always felt he was just ordinary.

Maybe I am, maybe I'm not. But I must admit, it still feels good every time it happens. Someone once told me, "It never gets old". You know what, it really doesn't.



Meowfie said...

Nice blog ^_^
I just commented coz i wanna be first
the guy with a green cap has a cute smile ^_^

tipz said...

it suits you well! keep it short babe!

citybuoy said...

Shet ka Kane! Ang pogi mo! haha

Hustin said...

Gwapong magbabarkada!

rudeboy said...

Short hair just suits you better, Kane.

The Rapunzel Look just wasn't doing you any favors.

gillboard said...

i agree you look better with the shorter hair.

miss you kane.

bien said...

short hair and your beauty creamssss


short is clean and easy to mnage.. ang cucute nio!

♔ıǝɹɯɐı♔ said...

It's official, Rapunzel is soooo decades ago.

LJ said...

i have short hair all my life and this never happen to me.

kapoging bata!

JohnM said...

Ang gwapo ni kane!

♥N said...

I admit, I like a guy with longer hair. So I can twist my fingers around it, and run my hands through it. You looked fabulous with longer hair, but the short hair suits you as well. It brings out your features more, shapes it, defines it. It must be so nice to be so beautiful. You could be bald and your beautiful features would still shine through.

~Carrie~ said...


jett0629 said...

You've always been very charming and gwapo K.. ;)
There's an air of mischief and sex appeal that just oozes from you.. Very fun and flirty.. Hahaha!

Tim Smithson said...

OK cge, hands down, ikaw na gwapo! but bigay mo na rin yung sexy and hot sa akin! hahahaha

Ang lakas ng bentahan sa mall mo ah! hahaha

Anonymous said...

Had my haircut last Friday - its way too short now. You look like you're having fun in the photos. Great blog post.

Anonymous said...

is the guy in blue A???OMGGGGGGGG