A broken trident and lots of selfies: What happened when 'Aquaman' met his Pinoy fans

Vincent Garcia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 12 2018 08:39 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2018 07:10 AM

Jason Momoa admits he is rarely awestruck, but the Pinoy crowd managed to drive him speechless with their passionate support. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Perhaps this was one of those times when one could say that a "lull" during a fan meet, where excitement, passion and joy all usually blend into chaotic scenes, is a good thing. 

Jason Momoa, the star of "Aquaman," took his time to tirelessly hand out autographs and take selfies with nearly all those lucky enough to be within touching distance of him, leaving the hosts onstage to awkwardly find topics to fill the dead air. 

"I have never received this much love in my life," Momoa admitted later on, when he did eventually reach the stage with co-star Amber Heard and director James Wan. "I love you," he added, as if everyone at the Mall of Asia didn't know that already. 

The moments he spent off the stage was more indicative of just how grateful he felt for the fervent welcome that greeted him from the second he stepped onto the venue. 

The screams were deafening and cheers of "Aquaman" quickly echoed throughout. There were some fans who brought along artwork they drew themselves, others figures and comic books -- all just to show Momoa how much they love his character. 

And Momoa did his very best to repay all of that by staying as long as he can with them, signing the stuff they brought and grabbing their phones and taking the selfies himself. 

Heard and Wan tried to do the same, resulting in the main program lasting just a few minutes. One question each, a presentation of a special gift from legendary Pinoy artist Lan Medina, a final message from each of them and then it was over. 

There was a crazy sequence by the end though when Momoa slammed the bottom of the trident he held into the ground so hard that it broke. What followed was a rain of confetti and a kid who managed to make it past security and hug Momoa from behind. 

Initially surprised, Momoa then regained his composure and gave the kid the broken trident as a gift. Safe to say the young fan will take home some treasured memories with him -- as do the others who flocked the fan meet just to see "Aquaman" up close. 

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News