Back in 1990, Feyma and I got married in General Santos City. Back in those days, they didn’t get too many foreigners traveling in that part of Southern Mindanao, although it’s a little more traveled now. We were married at Saint Peter & Paul Parish in Lagao, General Santos.
When we first went to the Parish to arrange for our wedding, we met with the Church Manager (I guess that’s what you’d call the guy), Mr. Espejo. Mr. Espejo was a nice man, although very strict, and he gave me quite a grilling before allowing us to have a wedding at the Church. After we started making preparations for the wedding, Mr. Espejo told Feyma that he has a side business of doing “Video coverage” of weddings. In other words, you could hire him to videotape your service. Back in those days, camcorders and such were still not too widely owned, so it was a good side business for Mr. Espejo. He had an inside track for anybody getting married at the Church, they were potential customers for his side business! Nice way to make some extra money.
Well, we agreed to hire him. I don’t recall what the cost was for the service, but it was not cheap. Especially in those days, I was just in my 20’s, and was not a wealthy man! But, we figured that it was a once in a lifetime event, and it would be nice to have it on tape so that we could show friends and family, etc. Especially with the fact that my family was not able to be in the Philippines for my wedding, it was a nice thing to be able to show them the video.
The morning after the wedding, we had made plans to go see Mr. Espejo and pick up the videotape, as it was to be ready for us that afternoon. We woke up and not too long later, one of Feyma’s sisters (Sally) came to see us at the hotel. We talked for a while, had some coffee and such, and after a while Sally said – “Oh, I saw you on TV this morning.” “What?” we said. She went on to tell us that our wedding had been playing one of the local TV channels! There was no Cable TV in GenSan at the time, only two broadcast channels (ABS-CBN and GMA). Well, we turned on the TV, and sure enough, they were playing our wedding video! I don’t recall which station it was, but Mr. Espejo had made a little more money by selling a copy of our wedding video to one of the local TV stations! Back in those days, it was not common for a foreigner to get married in General Santos City, so I guess this was to be considered “news” for lack of a better word. They actually looped the video and played it over and over again through the day!
As Feyma and I went around town that day, people all over town would point at us and whisper, some would even come up to us and tell us that they had seen us on TV. Oh my… it was kind of embarrassing!
I did learn a lesson, though… make sure that you tell people you hire exactly what to do for you! And, what not to do!
So, as the title says… back in 1990 I had my first TV show! 🙂