Following the now-deleted viral video of fans insisting on taking a photo with Lea Salonga in her dressing room, actress Neri Naig and singer-actress Bituin Escalante recalled having a photo opportunity with the Broadway star from her past concerts and musical shows.
Naig said she previously watched Salonga’s concert with her husband, Chito Miranda, and got the chance to have a photo opportunity with her. She pointed out that they didn’t go to her dressing room even if Miranda knew the Broadway star personally.
“Nagkaroon kami ng chance na magpapicture sa kanya. Pero hindi kami pumunta sa dressing room nya. Naghintay kami sa gilid ng stage, waiting for her na magpalit ng casual attire kase naka gown sya nun. Kahit kakilala ni Chito si Ms Lea, never syang nag insist na pumasok kami sa dressing room nya. Or kinulit si Sir Gerard Salonga na papasukin kami sa dressing room ng kapatid nya.” [sic] she wrote.
The actress also emphasized that the fans patiently waited for Salonga to meet them outside, where she granted each one’s photo opportunity request.
“Pagkalabas naman nya, inisa isa nya lahat ng gustong magpapicture sa kanya. And hindi lahat ng andun ay artista or producers, lahat ng andun mga fans na nanood ng concert nya na naghihintay ng turn na makapagpapicture sa nag iisang Lea Salonga. Let us all be nice,” [sic] she added.
Meanwhile, Escalante shared photos of her and her family with Salonga after the latter’s performance at the musical show Sweeney Todd in Singapore. She said prior to the show, they asked the production nicely if there would be a chance to take a photo with the cast.
The very gracious @MsLeaSalonga with our family after a performance of Sweeney Todd in Singapore. We did ask permission from production, prior to the show, if there was an opportunity to meet the cast. Asking nicely, and within respectful bounds, goes a long way. pic.twitter.com/Q9MCafZ1mh
— bituin escalante (@gobituin) July 17, 2023
“Not one to use her privilege either, when she comes out to support local productions, she usually hangs back during post show meet and greets and waits her turn to say hello to the cast,” she added in the replies.
After the recent fiasco sparked discussions online, Salonga spoke up about the importance of boundaries and reminded her fans not to cross them through a Twitter post.
Just a reminder… I have boundaries. Do not cross them. Thank you. https://t.co/LVziX55lDf
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) July 17, 2023
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