Cristine Reyes and Richard Gutierrez Make It to the New York Times

The story on how Richard Gutierrez saved the stranded Cristine Reyes hits CNN, Fox News and The New York Times.

After the news that Cristine Reyes was stranded on top of the roof of her house in Provident Village in Marikina City, her leading man Richard Gutierrez came to the rescue. Richard borrowed a speedboat and navigated the flooded area of Provident Village to look for Cristine.

The true-to-life suspense thriller story made it to major news network in the US and top broadsheet like The New York Times. Here’s an excerpt of the report entitled “Filipino Actor Saves Real-Life Damsel in Distress”:

A popular Philippine actress cried out for help from a rooftop as a tropical storm roared and floodwaters rose menacingly. Then an actor emerged from nowhere on a speedboat and swept her to safety.

A romantic scene from a movie?

No, it was the real-life travails of young actress Christine Reyes. Her rescue by movie and TV heartthrob Richard Gutierrez as Tropical Storm Ketsana raged across the northern Philippines was one of the happier moments of last weekend’s disaster that left at least 140 dead and tens of thousands homeless.

The day after the incident, a malicious text message proliferated saying that the rescue story was only a “gimmick” to promote the upcoming Yam Laranas movie which is topbilled by Richard Gutierrez and Cristine Reyes.

Richard denied that his rescure effort is only a gimmick:

“I feel sad that there are negative-minded people na gumagawa ng mga maling kuwento. Do you think I, or anybody for that matter, would risk my life negotiating the dark, flooded area at 1 o’clock in the morning para lang mag-gimik?”

Cristine also denied the malicious text message:

“Do you think I would be that crazy to stay on the roof for 12 hours with my mom and my two pamangkin para lang gumawa ng gimmick?”

The Richard-Cristine starrer “Patient X” is showing in theaters later this month.

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