Nico Bolzico, the Argentine entrepreneur-husband of Kapuso actress Solenn Heussaff, hit the nail on the head when he recently described on video how one leaves a Filipino party.
On Instagram, Bolzico poked fun at his on-point observations about how many times Filipinos say good bye to their hosts and other guests before they actually leave, that Filipino-British host James Deakins aptly called it the “stations of good bye.”
“Foreigners that come to the Philippines will realize pretty fast that Filipinos are the best hosts in the planet, but there is a catch, they want you to stay forever!” he captioned his post, which showed a video depicting how difficult he found it to cut short a seemingly endless goodbye session, even up to the point where he was already inside the car and about to speed off.
This prompted him to give a step-by-step to-do for other foreigners who have not yet been initiated to this facet of Filipino hospitality.
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Banking on his 12-year experience in the Philippines and being the self-appointed leader of the Bullied Husbands Club, the affable social media-savvy Bolzico, however, admitted that being hosted by a Filipino is “one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.”
“It doesnt matter if you just met, they will make you feel like family right away. The biggest asset of this country is its people’s heart, the second is #Wifezilla (to me)!” he said in jest, referring to the Filipino-French Heussaff.
Bolzico, in his typical malaprop fashion, said the trick is to announce to everyone that you are ready to leave, and the host and some of his family members would naturally walk you to the door to send you off. Once at the door, expect more chitchat to follow, and then some more as you walk to your car.
“When you finally try to open the door, they will keep following you to find other topics of discussion before you go. If you make it to the car it would take another five minutes to open the door. At this point you are talking about the next party,” he said.
But just when you thought you are out of the woods upon reaching the safety of your car seat, it is when the host would proceed with a new topic of conversation to delay your departure.
“And so more chika chika to delay your departure. And as soon as you start driving, you will be followed by the host for at least ten to twenty meters. Goodluck trying to leave a Filipino party,” he said.
Some of his celebrity followers appeared to have connected with his narrative, among them Isabelle Daza, Georgina Wilson, Iza Calzado, Wil Dasovich, and Deakin.
Dasovich told Bolzico he had seen this happen so many times that good byes would clock a good 30-minute run, to which the latter replied that this is especially true when the two of them are together. EDV