MANILA — Sharon Cuneta, too, has felt discriminated against while shopping at a luxury boutique overseas, not once, but thrice.
Cuneta shared her own experience after her close friend and concert collaborator, Regine Velasquez, revealed being denied service at a Louis Vuitton shop in New York, prompting the French fashion house to send her flowers as an apparent gesture of apology.
The OPM icons were the guests of the October 14 episode of “Tonight with Boy Abunda,” where Velasquez, and then Cuneta, recalled their respective, similar encounters.
Cuneta said she has been at the receiving end of discrimination three times. One instance was when she visited a Hong Kong branch of Cartier, the French brand of watches and jewelry.
Without mentioning when, Cuneta recalled that she entered the boutique dressed simply, wearing a plain shirt and jeans.
“I said, ‘Excuse me. I’m not finished yet!’ I was so angry, there was another sales rep who was very nice, and I ended up buying things I didn’t really need because I was so angry,” she said.
“Ako, galit ako 'pag Pilipino, inaapi,” Cuneta said.
The music veteran also tackled the topic of buying luxury items, which has time and again become the target of criticism online, particularly when celebrities show their collections.
“No one can fault you for buying something expensive, because you worked for it,” she said.