During the Christmas season, our company usually celebrates the end of the year with a Christmas Party. …and several days before the said event, we would always practice what we call “Secret Santa” or others would call it “Monito, Monita” or “Kris Kringle”. You can call it by different names but the same rules apply.
Secret Santa is a Western Christmas tradition, in which members of a group or community are randomly assigned a person to whom they anonymously give a gift. Often practiced in workplaces, or amongst large families, participation in it is usually voluntary. It offers a way for many people to give and receive a gift at low cost to those involved.
We would randomly pick a name from a bowl, and whoever we picked would be our “Baby”, and we would be the Secret Santa. Secret because everyone would never reveal their identities until the big day.
Every week, at least four weeks before the Christmas Party, there would also be a particular small gift or token that would be given to our “babies”. These gifts are different from the real gift that would be given on the day of the Christmas party.
Each week would have a different gift category. Like “something long and hard” on the first week, then “something soft and round” on the second week, and so on.
We would also post our wish on the bulletin board so that our Secret Santa would know what we would like to receive on the big day. The posted wishes were very helpful and convenient for both sides because it takes the hassle out of thinking for the appropriate gift to give to our “Baby”.
In this modern age, we’ve gone paperless and high-tech. A few years ago, all instructions were sent via email. The following years, they were now posted on our company Facebook page, and we could now post our wishes on our Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. We could give hints, or directly say what we would like to have so that whoever is our Secret Santa could see it on out tweets and posts. Everyone was also welcomed to give gifts to each and everyone they like.
Celebrities are just like us. No matter how affluent and well-afford they already are, they would still love to receive gifts from other people, even from their fans.
How would you know what gifts they would appreciate? Check out their tweets !
1. Kuya Kim Atienza
Kuya Kim was also a body builder during his younger days and even starred in a show called “Fitness in Motion”. So he would probably appreciate a gift that could be useful in his exercise and fitness activities like a mountain bike or its accessories, good running shoes, sports wear, health drinks, etc.
Kuya Kim is popular for being a great source of trivia which he generously shares in his regular TV shows like TV Patrol, Showtime and Matanglawin. So a great big book of facts, or equivalent digital e-books, would be ideal. Just make sure he doesn’t already have a copy of it, so look for something newly-released.
2. Cesca Litton
One of her tweets tells us that she would like to go back to Paris, and was smitten by a La Vie En Rose music box.
La Vie En Rose means Life In Pink. It was a 2007 French biographical film about the life of French chanteuse Édith Piaf. The title La Vie en Rose comes from Piaf’s signature song. Marion Cotillard stars as Piaf. The film won five Césars, including one for Best Actress, and Cotillard won an Academy Award for her performance, marking the first time an Oscar had been given for a French-language role.
Édith Piaf first popularized La Vie en Rose in 1946. The lyrics were written by Piaf and the melody of the song by “Louiguy” (Louis Guglielmi). Initially, Piaf’s peers and her songwriting team did not think the song would be successful, but it became a favorite with audiences. An English version of the lyrics was written later by Mack David. Owing to its popularity, the song appeared on most of Piaf’s subsequent albums.
We could probably give Cesca something similar. If a trip to Paris or other European countries would be too expensive for us, let’s just give her a music box with an equally appealing tune.
3. Gretchen Fullido
Gretchen has recently received a new puppy which she called “Bullet”.
The puppy is a “Yorkie” or short for Yorkshire Terrier. Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier is active, loves attention, very overprotective and should not show the soft temperament seen in lap dogs. They are a little harder to train than some other breeds of dogs. This results from their own nature to work without human assistance. All you really need to do is be patient, as well as persistent, with your Yorkshire Terrier and invest a lot of time into training him or her.
So we now know she loves dogs, and maybe she would appreciate gifts that could help her take care and pamper her dog. Maybe a dog training certificate to help train the dog, or some of those cute little outfits for dogs. Gretchen loves wearing sexy dresses that effectively flaunts her voluptuous figure, so maybe we could give her dog an outfit matching her taste in clothing.
4. Iya Villania
According to one of her tweets, her favorite gospel group is Anointed, a reason why she loves to harmonize.
Anointed is a Contemporary Christian music group from Columbus, Ohio, known for their strong vocals and harmonies, featuring siblings Steve Crawford and Da’dra Crawford Greathouse, along with former members Nee-C Walls (who left the group in 2001) and Mary Tiller (who left in 1995). Their musical style includes elements of R&B, Pop, Rock, Funk, and Piano ballads.
Iya also apparently loves cupcakes and Silvanas, a frozen cookie made with a layer of buttercream sandwiched between two cashew-meringue wafers, coated with cookie crumbs. Many describe it as a cookie version of a Sans Rival. She also seems terrified seeing big bananas. Hey, …calling the attention of Drew Arellano…
We’ve learned that Iya loves Gospel music so she could probably appreciate other Gospel groups as well. Give her an ipod or any similar media player containing selected Gospel music, along with some popular pop and dance music for her dance routines.
5. Christine Reyes
Chocolate bars, cakes, chips and crackers. V-cut, Roller Coaster, Granny Goose Tortillas, Potato Fries, etc. She definitely looks like she loves to splurge in a mountain of junk food while watching her favorite movie.
Christine is one of the sexiest stars in show business, so I think she just do this overindulgence every once in a while. Probably during her not so busy nights. After all those product endorsements, shows, guest appearances, movies, and other commitments, it’s good to reward yourself occasionally.
She also goes to Allura to get rid of her tummy fats using their UltraShape machine. The UltraShape can trim as much as 10cm from your frame after three 45 – to 60-minute treatments. Using a combination of a vacuum-like device (to gently stimulate blood flow to the targeted area) and focused ultrasound, the UltraShape Contour/Ver3 works to permanently destroy fat cells and tighten lax skin at the same time.
She also mentioned in one of her tweets that she would love to have a Viva Artist catalog, and sell it too. A catalog full of glamour, class and peg. Does she probably mean she would be creating the catalog?
Do I need to spell out what she would love to have?
How many times have you heard the expression “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your handsome prince?”
The Frog Prince is a lovely fairytale of hope and love. It is an age old tale of how things may not be what they seem, and wonderful things may come in less than wonderful packaging.
In our world that seems to put superficial beauty at such importance, it is important that stories like this one point our children towards inner beauty.
The friendship she gets from her personal friends or colleagues in show business may seem enough for comedian Pokwang or Marrieta Subong in real life, but I feel she is similar to a clown who makes people laugh, but deep inside her is loneliness due to solitude or lack of a lover.
Pokwang definitely needs a man in her life. So maybe we could introduce her to some bachelors out there, and set her up for a “blind” date.
7. Angelika Schmeing-Cruz
Popularly known as Angelicopter due to her co-hosting in Magic 89.9′s Good Times. Good Times is a radio show originally hosted by Mo Twister (Mohan Gumatay), Mojo Jojo (Joseph Paul Pacis Javier), Grace Lee (Lee Kyung Hee) and Angelicopter (Angelika Schmeing-Cruz).
Angelicopter was one of DJ Mo’s best friends, she believes that DJ Mo was not the one who released the video that went viral on YouTube implicating Rhian Ramos to an abortion scandal. She believes this is not the attitude of her best friend to destroy the life of his loved one.
She once tweeted that she was having a hard time finding the Manila Hotel coming from Makati. So she definitely needs a map detailing the street directions within Manila. Or if possible, a GPS or Global Positioning System, a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. It is maintained by the United Statesgovernment and is freely accessible by anyone with a GPS receiver with some technical limitations which are only removed for military users.
“And I find myself lost again in Makati. Tgsshh! Need to start using my Garmin GPS.”- angelicopter899
8. Janelle Manahan
I can’t blame Janelle is she is having some sleepless nights because of the tragedy that befall her and her long-time boyfriend, Ramgen Revilla , son of the former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. with wife Genelyn Magsaysay.
Ramgen was killed while Janelle was suffered a gunshot wound through her face which was later reconstructed by surgery. She spent several weeks in the hospital recuperating.
Ramgen Revilla’s murder was rumored to have been orchestrated or master minded by Ramgen’s own family (mother and siblings) due to sibling rivalry brought about by money matters.
Janelle definitely needs some sort of activity or hobby to keep her busy.
She once tweeted to ask for the best software to compose and record songs. You could give her some of the popular music creation software out there. Some Googling would reveal plenty of choices.
9. Iza Calzado
Iza Calzado, or Maria Izadora Calzado in full, once tweeted her proud acceptance of her very first acting workshop certificate.
An acting workshop is a meeting of actors or others of one specific trade to learn how to hone their skill and to network with other actors or casting directors. Many actors will critique their peers and offer tips on how to enhance their abilities. Acting workshops are often staffed by professionals, which can include coaches, directors, or actors themselves. Casting directors sometimes act as coaches also. It is usually recommended that serious actors attend acting workshops to help increase their skill.
There are other types of workshops for similar kinds of trades. Voice actors learn how to enhance their skill of voicing a character, writers learn to how to give characters personality, and comedians can learn how to increase their comedic skill. There are even more trades in the arts that workshops aim to assist in.
Iza says she hopes to attend more acting workshop to hone or improve her acting prowess, though I think she doesn’t need it anymore because of her superb performances already evident from her past and present TV and movie appearances.Truly, we do need constant training to enhance our skills because there’s always something new to learn as we work with different types of people, and as the entertainment industry changes with the times.
So start researching on providers of acting workshops.
10. Angelica Panganiban
Angelica has proven herself to be a vibrant star in many genres: comedy, drama and even horror. Her movies and TV shows are always top-rated, and her acting awards and recognition are already accumulating by the heaps. She also has many product endorsements due to her angelic face and super-sexy figure.
Though a big star already, she still gets star-strucked! Like when she had the opportunity to meet and take a picture with Vic Sotto, a veteran comedian from a rival TV station, she tweeted that she would have their picture together framed.
Choose the perfect frame for her picture, and be sure to get her measurements first, I mean get the full Width x Height of the item to be framed, before buying her a picture frame.
Her tweets also revealed she and her boyfriend, Derek Ramsay, owns a lot of puppies. One of her tweets also said she tried baking cookies for the first time.
Some dog accessories and baking tools would be perfect as a gift.
To be continued soon!
Part 2 coming up next.
Huling Hirit/Final Note:
“Perhaps she can rectify what has been done by helping us really achieve the reforms and the transformation of the society by telling us what exactly was done, how it was done, what were the loopholes that were exploited” – Noynoy Aquino’s Christmas wish from Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
“For the Chief Justice, and with all due respect, perhaps he can revisit the oath that we all in government have to undertake and remember exactly to whom he made the promise to and what was promised” – Noynoy Aquino’s Christmas wish from Renato Corona
“Pamasko niyo na lang po sa akin. Kapag may good news po tayo, huwag lang po sana natin itong ipagbulungan” – Noynoy Aquino’s Christmas wish from the Media
“My wish isn’t to mean everything to everyone, but something to someone.” – Anonymous