Businessman and bon vivant Tony Rufino often invited his family, relatives, and friends to dine at the chic-of-the-week “La Scala” restaurant along Jupiter Street in Bel-Air. It was a novel restaurant where the waiters and waitresses sang opera arias while serving the guests.
That night at Tony’s table, there were his cousins Cita Abad-Dinglasan, Babylin Abad-Panlilio, Jo Panlilio, me, Tony’s wife Mita Bantug-Rufino, as well as Tony’s mother Julieta “Julie” Abad-Rufino, former Vice-President Fernando “Nanding” Lopez, and former First Lady Trinidad “Trining” de Leon-Roxas.
It was all very nice with the waiters and the waitresses singing arias from Verdi, Puccini, et. al.. It was deafeningly delightful and delightfully deafening. And seated at the various tables were the “Everybody who was Anybody” in Manila. All very nice… until the Three Seniors with us got hungry waiting for their food…
“Waiter! Ano ba? Nasaan ang pagkain? Hindi namin puwedeng kainin ang kinakanta niyo! Kanina pa gutom ang mga kasama ko!” inquired Julie Rufino testily.
“Gutom na kamiiiii…!!!” complained Nanding Lopez.
“Hoy! Kanta na kayo ng kanta, nasaan ang pagkain??? Kanina pa kami nagugutom! Magsilbi muna kayo bago magkanta!” demanded Trining Roxas.
After that, the Three Seniors wanted to go back to their homes and sleep PRONTO.
Harharhar!!! 😀 😀 😀