July 15, 2013

Of Celebrities and Autographs

To be honest, I'm not the type of person who instantly becomes starstruck at the sight of famous people. In my lifetime, I've seen a few icons in the Filipino industry. Most of these celebrities are usually musicians. Back when I was in high school, I was a regular concert goer so I've seen a lot of my favorite local bands live.

An autograph from Gosh of Sponge Cola.

When it comes to internationally-renowned people, I think the only one I can include in my list is Manny Pacquiao. Out of all these instances, I rarely mustered the courage to actually approach any of them. My mother would always tell me that I'm missing once in a lifetime opportunities, but I'd always brush her off because I think it's embarrassing to randomly approach a fellow human being for a photo or an autograph.

Sometimes, like in the above photo, I allow myself to indulge. This time, I did it again, but with someone different and even more special.

Most people who follow me through my social networking accounts are probably aware of how much I fawn over Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks. I haven't been a fan for as long as most people. For example, N has been following him since elementary. On the other hand, I've only started being his fan since 2011, the same year the Mavs won their first NBA championship. The first game I ever watched was during the series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Although I'm a "new" fan, I'd like to believe I love him enough to make up for all those glorious years of his career that I missed. Now, his team hasn't been doing so well since Mark Cuban decided to let go of the key pieces of the championship year. Unlike most people, (read: bandwagoners) I refuse to stop believing in Dirk and the Mavs. This is why I literally dropped on all fours when I saw this in the mail today:

I discovered a website called Fanmail.biz that allows fans to request for autographs from their favorite celebrities. I noticed that Dirk was part of their listing and a lot of people claimed to have successfully received a reply from him. I had nothing to lose, so I decided to try my luck. Also, I frequent the post office a lot so it really isn't a waste of time.

The site tells you to include an International Reply Coupon in your letter. I searched far and wide for one, but I found out this can only be bought in the main post office that's located in Manila. I was dejected at first, but I decided to just send the photos anyhow. I stated in my letter that I'd be more than willing to pay for postage if they just let me know how to go about it. Luckily, I didn't have to. They generously sent the photos back, but only one was signed. I'm still quite thankful though.

I'm having my signed photo framed. I may never get to see Dirk in person, but at least I have this, right?

I might try my luck with other celebrities I admire, but I'll have to get hold of some IRCs first.

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