By in August 21, 2014 • Filed in: Press

Here you have the full inside article from August issue of Filjap magazine.

Filjap- August 2014



Editor’s Note (August 2014)

On Meeting Tom Cruise

When I met Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise at the Japan premiere of his film “Oblivion” last year, I thought it was only a one-time opportunity. In my report, I described it as surreal for the simple reason that he is my ultimate idol.

That experience has taught me a lot of things—representing myself as a Filipino journalist in this foreign land being the most important.

“Come here, come here.” How can I forget this line uttered to me by Tom?

More than a year have passed since that encounter but it feels like it just happened yesterday.

On June 26, we were invited to cover the red carpet premiere of his new sci-fi action movie “All You Need Is Kill,” held at Roppongi Hills Arena in Tokyo—the same place where I first met him.

I was ecstatic beyond words. I never thought I’d be able to see him again in the flesh.

Together with FilJap Magazine’s perennial photographer Din Eugenio, we covered the event. And just like in all Japanese premieres that we attended, we were the only Japan-based Filipino media present.

“I love you!” were Tom’s first and last words for his excited fans.

“You’re here!” was his verbal acknowledgement when he saw me in the crowd of local and international media.

It’s because of these dreamlike encounters that we came up with the idea of having him on our cover—an act fitted for his charm, humility and kindness.

May this month’s issue bring you one step closer to Japan’s most beloved Hollywood icon Tom Cruise, as this is our way of sharing with all of you the priceless experience I had with him.