Sunday, December 6, 2015
The Fuzzy Wires of Clemente Cobaria
He was just one of the attendees of a recent book launch that I covered for my blog. A few minutes before the actual event, I was surprised when he approached the author and handed over something like a bunch of colorful wires which we later realized creatively depicted the name of the said author.
The author was grateful of the "gift" and thanked the guy. He then noticed the lettering or design on the shirt I was wearing and boasted that he can also imitate the design. I suggested he just make one illustrating my name instead, but then quickly changed my mind and requested for my blog's name of Wazzup Pilipinas.
I sort of suggested I could blog about him because he was really a bit interesting for being aggressive in sharing his creations amidst the book launch crowd of which he even created a "Welcome" sign incorporated with a pen holder plus a pen as well as another gift for the registration table. He immediately agreed to my proposal and created a Wazzup Pilipinas version for me.
According to this generous 65 year-old man, he already patented the creation he called something like "sintas." I maybe wrong with the name but he had several rolls of it available in different color hues inside his bag. He can easily twist the colorful fuzzy wires to form letters evolving into words. He did say he was already featured in some TV shows, and maybe some publications. Thus, I am honored to be the very first blogger to feature him after this accidental meet.
The Fully Booked BGC branch seemingly had another launch as some of the people were looking into what he was doing at the said venue. He even had inside his bag some pins with colored heads to act as the dot for the letter "i" in the word "Pilipinas" and he was the one who decide to separate the color of "Wazz" from "Up" since the slang did came from the words "What's Up." He also used two colors for "Pilipinas" appropriately blue and red for the colors of the Philippine flag. I would have made the same choice for green and yellow for "Wazzup."
But I don't really believe in accidents. Somehow, it was meant to be. After he showed me his ID to get his name, I learned later that he was from the Guadalupe Bliss housing community located at Barangay Cembo in Makati. That was a place I often pass by during my stay at our Pateros residence. I would always pass by that area after getting a ride from Guadalupe heading towards Pateros.
I would love to commend him for taking the risk in introducing his product through the book launch. That is a courageous move. It was a good thing that the organizers just let him do his stuff while the book launch has not started yet.
I do hope luck finds this entrepreneur soon. Maybe there would be someone willing to invest on his creation. With slight modifications and some good marketing and promotional strategies, he might be able to make it viable.