Boy on attending state dinner: It's one for the books

Posted at | Updated as of 05/01/14 8:48 PM

MANILA – Boy Abunda said he was once again just the boy from Eastern Samar when he went to the state dinner attended by United States President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, Abunda described how starstruck he was to be surrounded by influential people.

“Right in the same hall, nakikita mo yung mga tao na nababasa mo sa dyaryo. Sabi ko nga, I was a fan. Maraming mga senador, the richest people in this country, the influencers, the most photographed people. Ang gandang panoorin. Bumabalik ang iyong pagiging tagahanga,” he said.

Abunda said he was awed by the presence of Obama, whom he described as a very charismatic person.

Barack Obama. File Photo.

“I saw the President of the United States of America. Iba yung presence, may aura talaga siya. I listened to his short speech. Iba yung charisma. Kapag siya ay nagsasalita, parang ikaw ang kinakausap. And ikaw naman, you have this feeling of being 'so special because he's talking to you. Parang, kilala niya ba ako? May ganoong dating,” he said.

Saying the state dinner experience is one for the books, Abunda thanked the Aquino family who invited him to the gathering.

“Kauna-unahang pagkakataon na ako'y naimbitahan sa state dinner. it's a fascinating experience. It was not a decadent affair pero may elegance,” he said. “When I look back years from now, I'd say I was invited to that state dinner, ang ganda.”

Abunda, who is a close to the Aquinos, is Kris Aquino's best friend.