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Sarah Jessica Parker finds Manila exciting, interesting

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Sarah Jessica Parker, the lead character in “Sex and the City,” graces the opening of the SM Aura Premier in Global City in Taguig on Thursday, May 16, 2013. The fashion icon talks about her real self and the fictional Carrie Bradshaw that she portrayed in the drama series, among others. Video by RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

If fans were charmed by the fictional Carrie Bradshaw, the lead character in the drama series “Sex and the City,” the actress who portrayed the New York newspaper columnist and fashionista was just as charmed with Manila on her first visit to the country this week.

Sarah Jessica Parker vowed to come back to the Philippines, saying she found Manila “exciting and interesting.”

“I’ve heard about the beautiful beaches, but I love the city, too. Maybe you don’t see how interesting it is because you’re always here, but I think it’s exciting,” Parker, the celebrity guest at the opening of SM Aura Premier, the retail giant’s new luxe destination in Taguig, told the Inquirer. “I don’t mind the heat because New York is hot, too, though we cannot compete with this.”

She said she loved Manila’s traffic, too.

The actress, stunning in a sleek sheer black dress, her golden-streaked brown hair parted in the middle, said dressing up for such events as the SM opening was “still as much a fantasy as it was 10, 15 years ago.”

“Borrowing a beautiful dress, putting it on, isn’t tedium to me. I am as delighted today as I was many years ago. I’m allowed to wear beautiful clothes, and it’s a privilege and I honor that.”

Parker, who’s married to actor Matthew Broderick with whom she has three children, said that while motherhood hadn’t altered her style, she had to adjust her sartorial picks in keeping with a mother’s lifestyle.

“Dressing up now is about getting out of the door fast because the kids have to go to school in the morning,” she said.

Parker, 48, who said she tended to shop more for her children—James, 10, and twin girls Marion and Tabitha, 3—vowed to explore SM’s “legendary shoe department.”

“It’s amusing to dress the girls, though I don’t really dress up my daughters. They dress themselves,” she said. “Unlike my son, my daughters have very strong opinions about what they wear. It’s more colorful.”

The actress, inextricable from her famous HBO character Carrie Bradshaw, said that unlike her, Carrie was bold.

“I’m not. She throws all ideas to the wind when it comes to fashion. It would be foolish to say that the lines have been blurred between me and her. But it’s like living two lives,” said the fashion icon.

Parker advised busy working mothers like her to “dress in a way that speaks of who you are.” A celebrity red-carpet favorite, she said there was no big secret to staying chic while teetering in stilettos all day.

“If it hurts after six to eight hours into the day, take it off and rub your feet under the table, and put it back on,” she said.

At the press conference, it was announced that Parker donated $100,000 for the underprivileged of Taguig City, via the SM Foundation.—With a report from Pocholo Concepcion


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  • Iggy Ramirez

    Umm… Jessica, now that you’re here in Manila, why the long face?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001505612875 Adrian Jacinto

    Kapag kasi may mga foreign celebrities na dumadalaw sa Pinas, di na sana tinatanong ng mga ka-cheapan na yan..how do you like the phil? blah blah blah.

  • victor1052

    And dangerous.

  • JanofVA

    Ala nga namang sabihin niya na it’s the dirtiest, hottest, most disgusting city I’ve ever been sa interview sa Pinoy press….ha..ha..ha..ha…

  • carlorocci

    Promotional stunt lang yan…..Sa airport pagdating nya kung todo iwas pasa mga tao. Plastic talaga karamihan sa mga celeberties local man o foreign.

  • Lightning_seed

    Yan din sinabi ng producer ng bourne legacy..manila is warm, friendly people..etc blah blah..pero nung nakabalik na sa bansa nya..dirty at stinky place ang manila ( tru naman) …ang resulta gusto sya ipersona non grata ng congressman

  • jackereno

    OPPOSITE LANG ANG SINABI NYA AT BAKA AWAYIN SIYA NG MGA TAO, PLAY SAFE LANG SIYA. WALANG AIRCON ANG AIRPORT, 4HOURS SIYA SA TRAFFIC, KALIWAT KANAN ANG NAGPAPALIMOS, BUTI HINDI NYA NAAMOY ANG BANTOT NG BACLARAN AT HINDI RIN NAMAN SIYA NADUKUTAN O NA SNATCH ANG BAG, O KAYA NAKUTUNGAN NG MGA LISPO. PERO UNG BABALIK PA SIYA MALABO UN. KARAMIHAN NG DAYO SA ATIN YAN ANG NAKIKITA AT NARARAMDAMAN, MOSTLY AYAW NA NILA BUMALIK MALIBAN SA MGA OLDS NA MAHILIG SA PUKPOK.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reymedina-Fong/100001830895982 Reymedina Fong

      very trueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • tekateka

    Manila… The Gateway to HELL…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reymedina-Fong/100001830895982 Reymedina Fong

      agreeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • BCon

    When you cannot say “weird” or “strange” because you dont want to offend, you say “interesting”. Foreigners should be blindfolded from the airport till they get to their hotels. Its all about the “first impression” principle.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reymedina-Fong/100001830895982 Reymedina Fong

      agreeeeeeeeeeee.. she was paid by sm………….. no harsh comments



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