By Abner Galino
PHILIPPINE movie personality Kris Aquino, whose mother and brother both became presidents of the Republic of the Philippines, graced the world premiere of “Crazy Rich Asians” in Hollywood wearing a fabulous yellow gown.
While the color yellow has been identified with the political opposition after the assassination of Kris’ father (former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.,) during the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos, the color has evolved to pigeonhole the supporters of the Aquino clan.
The Aquinos and their followers, particularly those who belong to the Liberal Party, are considered oppositions in the government of President Rodrigo Duterte.
As expected, Kris Aquino’s presence in Hollywood and her conspicuous wearing of a yellow gown during the event ignited an outburst of both favorable and unfavorable commentaries in the social media.
Earlier, those who invited fans and the media for the Hollywood appearance of Kris Aquino sent out words early on that she would be attending a purely entertainment event.
“Entertainment po ito. Wala pong pulitika rito,” posted a leader of an organization in his Facebook invitation, days before Kris Aquino arrived in Los Angeles.
“Hi everybody! Mabuhay! Mahal ko po kayong lahat!,” Kris, accompanied by her son Bimby, was heard telling the crowd during a live Facebook streaming by Tony Garcia, a regular contributor of LA based Fil-Am newspapers.
Many fans found it cute that Bimby tried to raise up the neckline of his mother’s gown while she was being interviewed by Filipino American media.
Kris appreciated his son’s gesture and simply smiled at him.
Bimby wore the traditional Barong Tagalog which he paired with a black pants and a dark colored rubber shoes.
Kris also took time to pose with fans who were screaming and waving behind the steel barricade as Hollywood personalities and actors walk the red carpet before the screening of Crazy Rich Asians.
Later on, Kris posted in Instagram her supposed “memorable moment” with Warner Bros chairman Toby Emmerich who introduced her to a Filipino American member of his staff.
“He said that for 25 years she’d been taking such great care of him but had never asked for premiere night tickets except for tonight for (Crazy Rich Asians) because she wanted to meet me. It was just so heartwarming how many pictures Mr. Emmerich took of us because it just proved to me that anywhere in the world — our graciousness as a people is valued,” Kris said in her Instagram account.
The yellow gown that she wore was a creation of Filipino fashion designer Michael Leyva. She reportedly brought along five gowns that were created by Leyva and another Filipino designer Francis Libiran.
Kris Aquino’s look during the premiere night caught the attention of the Vanity Fair, a respected American fashion and lifestyle magazine.
Crazy Rich Asians is a movie that features actors and actresses of Asian ancestry. It is a romance-comedy between an American born character named Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Singaporean Nick Young (Henry Golding).
Crazy Rich Asians is a movie based on a book of the same title that was written by Kevin Kwan. It generally talked about the lavish trappings of being rich, being crazy and being Asian – all at the same time.