King of Talk Boy Abunda was among the privileged few who had the opportunity to be part of the recently-concluded state dinner hosted by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino for US President Barack Obama last April 28.
Abunda was invited by good friend Kris Aquino to the affair which was attended by the who's who in the country's political and business spheres.
In an interview during his contract signing with ABS-CBN on Wednesday, April 30, the Aquino and Abunda Tonight host gamely shared his "fascinating" experience at the historical state dinner even if he failed to get close to President Obama.
"Maganda kasi ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na naimbitahan ako sa state dinner. It was a fascinating experience. 'Yung protocol at tsaka 'yung simple. It wasn't a decadent affair pero may elegance," he described.
The veteran host-columnist wasn't able to keep from gushing over people he met at the affair. "Bumabalik 'yung pagiging taga-hanga ika nga and I was just watching."
"The food was excellent. Doon, right in the same hall nakikita mo 'yung mga taong nababasa mo sa dyaryo and sabi ko nga I was fan really. Maraming mga senador, maraming mga richest people in this country, the influences, and the most photographed people. Ang gandang panoorin," he added.
What can he say about President Obama? "Iba 'yung presence. May aura talaga siya. I listened to his short speech iba talaga sya. He's a charismatic leader ika nga sa social development at kapag siya ang nagsasalita parang ikaw ang kinakausap. Meron siyang ganon and ikaw naman you have this feeling of being special because he's talking to you. It's a gift eh. Parang [mararamdaman mo] 'kilala nito ba ako?' May ganong dating," he shared.
One of the much-contested aspects of President Obama's visit was the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement which paves the way for the increased presence of American troops in the country and gives them wider access to military bases.
"Sabi ko of course at that moment isinantabi ko muna ang aking pananaw sa politika. Kung ako'y naniniwala kung tunay bang nakikipagkaibigan ang Amerika, that's an entirely different debate, that's for another show pero nung gabing 'yun, ako'y isang taga-hanga lang," Abunda reiterated.
Speaking of politics, Abunda seemed to have had a change-of-heart as he shared that he's now bowing out from the possibility of running for office in the upcoming 2016 national elections.
"Kasi dati I think in one of my interviews I was saying na I was open, ngayon hindi muna. Balik muna ako sa pag-aalaga sa aking mahal na nanay. I think she needs me now more than ever. She's doing very well, she's stable in her condition but ito 'yung mga panahon na para sakin kinakailangan na even if we don't talk as much, gusto kong nakikita niya ako at nakikita ko siya parang ganon. We're better off now. We're more stable now in our relationship. I think mas may acceptance that nanay is already old, she's 85. It took a while kasi," the seasoned Kapamilya host explained.
Apart from his mother, Abunda also cited other reasons why he's begging off from politics, at least for now. "'Yun isa 'yun sa mga dahilan. Pangalawa, naguguluhan ako. Naguguluhan ako sa mga kaganapan sa ating bayan and in the context of politics. Pangatlo siguro I'm just too happy in what I do. But I am not closing my doors, anything is an option. Not just politics. I am not closing my doors. I am open to the possibility of anything. I can be a dancer, I can be a singer or an actor," he quipped.