How does Gretchen Barretto shop? RS Francisco has the deets

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RS Francisco on how his close friend Gretchen Barretto shopped in Hong Kong: "Sabi niyang mag-shopping, mga ano 'to ha, mga ala-alahas! 'One of this, one of this, one of this, one of this, one of this. Can you deliver it to my hotel room?'"


What it is like to be friends with Gretchen Barretto?

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with actor-director RS Francisco, who is also one of La Greta's closest friends. 

The award-winning Bhoy Intsik actor indulged us with details about his friendship with Gretchen, whom he met when they worked together in the Kapamilya serye Magkaribal in 2010.

RS said, “Eto, totoo ito, ha? Nung una, akala ko talaga mag-aaway kami ni Gretchen. Akala ko magka-clash kami.

“Idinirek ko siya sa isang commercial, akala ko from the start, magka-clash kami.”

He continued, “Siyempre Gretchen Barretto 'yan.

“Yung reputasyon niyan... reputasyon, ha, hindi ko sinasabing ganun siya.

“Yung reputasyon niyan, mataas, suplada, maldita, sosyal, ganyan, maarte.

“Alam mo lahat nun, kabaligtaran nung na-meet ko siya.

“So promise talaga, alam ni Gretchen ‘to, lagi kong sinasabi sa kanya ‘to, ‘Before, nung hindi kita kilala, hate kita kasi ang ganda-ganda mo!’"

RS said he and Gretchen clicked because of their shared personalities and the varied topics they can talk about. 

He revealed, “Luka-luka rin siya, pareho kami.

“In fact, we talk about the weirdest things.

“When we go abroad, we talk about the weirdest things.

“At there, kunwari, hindi siya kilala ng mga taga-ibang bansa, mga Pilipinio kilala siya.

“Pero yung mga taga-ibang bansa, hindi siya kilala, so we talk about the weirdest things candidly.

“Pag may party sa bahay niya… I haven't seen her in a long time, ha, I haven’t seen her in, like, four months already… we talk about talaga, crush ko, ganito.

“Alam niya, alam talaga niya, promise!

“Pag nagkukuwento ako, sasabihin niya, ‘RS, grabe alam ko na iyan ang gagawin mo!’ So, bading siya!”

If he could become Gretchen for a day, what would he do?

RS quipped, “Hindi ba puwedeng one month?”

He continued, “Okay, if I were to be Gretchen Barretto for one day, gagayahin ko yung kung paano siyang mag-shopping!”

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But isn't RD a shopaholic too?

“Mas malala si Gretchen, promise!

“One time nasa Hong Kong kami, hindi niya alam na nandun na ako sa meeting place kasi napaaga ako.

“Nakita ko siya sa mall, nandun ako sa likod.

“Bini-video ko siya, hindi niya alam ha, kasama lang niya mga guards.”

RS went on, “Sabi niyang mag-shopping, mga ano ‘to ha, mga ala-alahas! ‘One of this, one of this, one of this, one of this, one of this. Can you deliver it to my hotel room?’

“Ano ‘to ha, hindi ‘to yung mga tiangge-tiangge, ha? Jewerly shop talaga.

“Mamayang konti may nakita siyang scarf, Alexander McQueen, sa pesos mga 40K [PHP40,000].

“Sabi niya, 'It’s so beautiful!'

“She must have gotten four or five, hindi ko na maalala, basta marami, more than one.

“E, may nag-'Hi!' sa akin.

“Si Rhett Eala [sikat na fashion designer] nakita ako, ‘Hi, RS!’”

That's when Gretchen caught RS taking a video of her shopping spree.

“Sabi niya [Gretchen], How long have you been here?’

“Sabi ko, ‘I’m taping you!’

“Sabi niya, ‘Don’t put that out! Don’t put that out!’

“Sabi ko, ‘Girl, I have it on tape!'”

“Sabi ko ano ba pinamili mo? Pinakita, 'tapos ginanun ko. Sabi ko, ‘Scarf? Forty thousand pesos? Sabi ko, diyusko halika sumama ka sa akin sa Mong Kok, ang daming ano dun sa tiangge, maraming mura dun!’

“Alam mo sabi ni Gretchen sa akin? ‘No, thank you. I’m happy where I am now.’”

RS loves shopping in tiangges.

He said, “Yeah, I’m very practical, I’m very practical.”

What's the most expensive thing he's bought for himself?

“Bahay!”

What about gadget?

“Vertu. Yung phone.”

Vertu is a former British manufacturer and retailer of high-end luxury phones. It was founded by Finnish mobile manufacturer Nokia in 1998.

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RS said he bought his Vertu phone for six hundred thousand pesos.

He noted, “Siya yung pinaka-high end ng Nokia. Pero this was before mga smart phones.

"Vertu that time is talagang ano, di ba dati uso ang mga Nokia-Nokia.

"Kumbaga, ang Nokia [na] high-end, Vertu.

"Mura pa nga yung nakuha ko, e, six hundred. Alam mo ba kung magkano ngayon ang Vertu? Two, 1.5 million!"


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