Why #TeamAmiga & #CoffeeOrChupa trended on Twitter: Starbucks conversation gets live-tweeted
When Ellie Centeno (@ForEllice onbTwitter) went for coffee at Starbucks she overhead a juicy conversation between three 40 year-old ladies, whom she refers to as the three "Amigas" (female friends). She proceeded to live-tweet the entire conversation. Ellie had the sense to hide the real names of the people involved, with the exception of the main character, Amiga #2, who goes by "Raquel".
Apparently, Raquel cheated on her current husband "Alfie" (not his real name) by sleeping with her ex-husband "Rollie" (not his real name), and was seeking advice from her two friends Amiga #2 (aka Ms Roleplay) and Amiga #3 (aka Ms Esse).
The entire story was supposedly live-tweeted on Monday morning, drawing many into thinking that it is real and that it was happening live. She also shared photos of the Starbucks branch things supposedly took place. She did not specify the branch.
We have attempted to contact Centeno to verify the authenticity of the incident.
Update 1 (09-Jun-15): The timestamps on Twitter were causing some confusion earlier. We have updated the hours mentioned in the article to reflect Philippine Time, which appears to be 15 behind Twitter's timestamps.
Update 2 (09-Jun-15): grawrz on Reddit has confirmed that the Starbucks branch shown on the photo is located in Rufino cor Dela Rosa.
Update 3 (09-Jun-15): Ellie has since taken down the Tweets. We have added a few screencaps.
It all begins with this seemingly innocent first tweet, posted at 8:55 PM on June 7 (11:55 AM of June 8 in the Philippines):
Sitting next to a group of mid-40 amigas at Starbucks & one of them is asking the two others for advice because she slept w/ her ex-husband.
Followed by this:
"Honestly, I can't believe I slept with him pero I had so much wine kasi!" (From what I gather, she remarried and is still married.)
To which her friend (Amiga #2) responds by saying:
"Oh my gosh, how was it?" (Amiga # 2 asking the important questions.)
To which Raquel replies:
"Eh syempre it felt familiar. Di ba nga I always told you he was better than Alfie?" (Poor Alfie is her husband now. Stay tuned.)
Translation: Of course it felt familiar. Didn't I always tell you he was better than Alfie?
Enter Amiga #3, whom we shall refer to as "Ms. Esse" (she likes to smoke Esse cigarettes):
"Naku, when did this happen? Has he texted you after it happened?" (Amiga # 3 engages in the conversation after lighting a stick of Esse.)
To which Raquel narrates a birthday incident that led to alcohol (you know where this is headed):
"Last night! It was Michelle's birthday so we all went to Spiral and I brought a bottle of wine..." (She trails off w/ a look of regret.)
Amiga #2 apparently keeps things sexy in the bedroom through role-playing - we will thus refer to her "Ms. Roleplay":
"Ay nako, you talaga! Kami ni Mike, when it gets boring in the bedroom, we roleplay!" (Amiga # 2 is officially my favorite amiga.)
Translation: Oh dear look at you! Me and Mike, when it gets boring in the bedroom, we roleplay! Raquel becomes defensive and blames the liquor:
"But that's you and Mike! I was drunk! Pero sa totoo lang, namiss ko siya..." (Amiga # 1, get your shit together!)
Translation: But that's you and Mike! I was drunk! But in truth, I missed him ...
She goes on to lament that her current husband (Aflie) spent more time with his job at Novartis (a healthcare provider in the Philippiens) than with her:
"Maybe it's because busy din kasi si Alfie lately with Novartis. I have needs!" (Amiga # 1 tries to justify her cheating.)
Ms Roleplay then suggests using toys (why not!):
"Keep your legs together, Raquel! Kaya nga may vibrator eh!" (Amiga # 2 wins an award @ life.)
Translation: Keep your legs together, Raquel! That's why there are vibrators!
Raquel then reveals that she agreed to meet with her ex-husband Rolly for coffee later that day:
"Anyway, I agreed to meet up with Rolly later for coffee." (Amiga # 1 making bad decisions on a Monday. Note: Rolly is the ex.)
To which Ms Roleplay responds with "Coffee or chupa?" (coffee or oral sex)?
"Coffee ba talaga yan or chupa?" (Amiga # 2 is a woman after my own heart. Amiga # 3 takes a long drag of her Esse and groans audibly.)
Racquel defends herself - she is meeting her ex just to "clear the air":
"To clear the air lang, ikaw naman! I won't do anything, para lang we're on the same page." (What do you think, guys? Coffee or chupa?)
Ms Esse (Amiga #3) rejoins the conversation by scolding Raquel:
"Ay nako, matanda ka na, Raquel. What are you going to do when Alfie comes home?" (Amiga # 3 speaks up. Note: Alfie is away for work.)
Raquel then asks her friends to have faith in her non-stupidity (really?):
"I won't tell him, of course! Hindi ako estupida! Have some faith in me!" (A tension rises between Amiga # 1 and Amiga # 3.)
Translation: I won't tell him, of course! I am not stupid! Have some faith in me! Ms Roleplay calls Raquel a Flirt and brings up John from Xavier (a Filipino-Chinese school in San Juan):
"High school palang tayo, malandi ka na talaga, Raquel. Remember John from Xavier?" (Amiga # 2 is digging Amiga # 1's past. Exciting!)
Translation: You were always a flirt ever since High School, Raquel. Remember John from Xavier?
John died two months ago due to Cardiac arrest, reveals Ms Esse:
"John died two months ago. Cardiac arrest. Sa Quezon Ave. yung burol." (Damn, Amiga # 3 is making all this tension build up.)
Raquel again on defense, refusing to own up to what she did, not wanting to feel guilty:
"Wag niyo nga ako pangaralan. I can't help that I'm lonely!" (Amiga # 1 takes out the loneliness card.)
Translation: Don't scold me. I can't help that I'm lonely!
Ms Esse continues to scold Raquel:
"Di namin kasalanan you married Alfie for his money and not for his penis." (DAMN, AMIGA #3. YOU ARE ON A ROLL.)
Translation: It's not our fault you married Alfie for his money and not for his penis. Raquel pleas for her friends' support:
"Ay nako, wag ka nga. I just need your support on this." (Amiga # 1 looks at Amiga # 2 with an expression of desperation.)
Ms Roleplay retorts with this:
"Konti nalang papatahi ko na yang kepyas mo, Raquel! (laughs)" (I want you to be my tita, Amiga # 2.)
Translation: Just a little more and I will sew your pussy, Raquel! Raquel still insists on meeting Rolly for coffee that night:
"Decided na ako. I'll meet Rolly tonight for coffee & tell him we can't do that again. Even if I want to." (Amiga # 1 is a #thirstytita.)
Translation: I am already decided. I'll meet Rolly tonight for coffee & tell him we can't do that again. Even if I want to.
Ms Esse drops bombs on Raquel:
"Buhay mo yan, Raquel. More importantly, pepe mo yan." (Amiga # 3 dropping truth bombs all over Starbucks.)
Translation: It's your life, Raquel. More importantly, it's your pussy. Followed by another one:
"Decided ka na pala na magkikita kayo, why do you need our help? Anyway, I'm hungry." (Amiga # 3 puts out her 3rd stick of Esse.)
Translation: If you've already decided to meet, why do you need our help? Anyway, I'm hungry.
The set goes to a close as the three head for Mom and Tina's for some food (a bakery / cafe located in Pasig):
"Dati pang pahamak yang pepe mo, Raquel! (laughs) Let's go to Mom & Tina's?" (Looks like this teleserye's coming to a close, guys.)
Thus the "Raque-Pepe" was born, a play on "Raquel" and pepe (Filipino for pussy / vagina):
(Amiga # 2 starts gathering her things and drops a #titajoke.) "Kaya nga Raque-Pepe eh. Laki Pepe." (I'M DYING, YOU GUYS.)
Translation: That's why you're Raque-Pepe. Huge Pussy.
After 2 minutes, Ellie tweets that they are already leaving for Mom and Tina's (so soon? are we supposed to believe this):
(They're all gathering their things and it looks like they're about to leave. Gusto ko sumama sa kanila sa Mom & Tina's.)
Ellie ends with a description of our three lovely amigas at 12:46 PM, a little less than an hour after she started tweeting at 11:55 AM.
Some take-aways: Amiga # 1: thirsty af tita. Amiga # 2: my favorite tita. Amiga # 3: dropping truth faster than Drake dropping mixtapes.