Twas the night before Christmas…
Oops. Wrong story.
Twas the night of December 18 when I received a message from Ria Pavia asking if I’ll be free to meet up with her the next day. You know, coffee and all. Being my nanay-nanayan, I just couldn’t say no. 🙂 So we agreed to meet up at Robinson’s Place Manila the next day.
Come December 18, we decided to meet around 2pm at SM Megamall instead. But while I was riding the MRT, she called and asked me to meet her at Dome Restaurant in Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Took me 15 minutes to get there coz I’m not familiar with the place. Hehe. She was about to call me, I think… when suddenly I appeared in her peripheral vision. Ah… She put down her phone while she was sipping her fresh calamansi juice. Poor mommy. Down with the flu. The actual reason for our meeting up is that she could give me my Christmas present. 😀
She gave it to me wrapped in white bond paper tied with red ribbon. I didn’t open it yet coz I was saving it for Christmas. Hehe. Super chikahan galore… It’s been what… probably 3 years since we last saw each other. It was nice seeing her and talking to her again… There’s nothing like talking about anything under the sun with someone who knows you well. We’ve been friends since she was in high school, and I was in my 1st year of college then. I think it was through blogging at Tabulas.com that we met.
After our Chikahan galore, she asked me to open her present for me. Awww… It’s a cute keychain. 😀 With “I love you” inscription on it. Then she took out the other pair, which is hers. Yey! Perfect fit. 😀
Then, our meeting couldn’t be complete without some picture taking, right? 😀 So there, we took a picture while she was sitting, and I was standing. Deym. I’m that small. (Aunt Rizzie and Grandma Lainee should have been with us… but they’re not available that time. Boo.)
Since I had nothing to do all day, she asked if I’d like to watch the premiere of Desperadas 2 later at 7pm. I said, “Why not?” Truth be told, I haven’t been in the cinema in a looooong time. I can’t even remember the last movie I watched. Then we decided to go to SM Megamall already where we’ll be meeting with Fabz, the president of Izadoration, and the other fans of Iza Calzado.
I’ll let you in on a little secret, I was the one who made Iza Calzado’s Friendster account which she checks once in a while. 🙂
So the meeting place was at Jollibee, 3rd Level of SM Megamall but it was past 5pm already and they weren’t there yet. It was probably a little blessing from God that Mcoy Fundales, former member of Orange and Lemons and now with Kenyo, will be having a show at the Converse Mega Sale in Megatrade Hall 3. So we went upstairs to see him perform. We talked to him while he and his band were setting up but I wanted to look around and see if something will catch my attention inside. I remembered Randy that time… it was probably his own version of heaven. Hehe. 😀 I was about to text him but there was no signal from Globe that time. Boo. Everything there was marked down to 75%… and mind you, they’re all brand new and in good condition. Sheesh. If only I had money that time, I would’ve bought a gazillion pairs. But I’m not really so much of a fan of Converse. I’d really dig it if it were Nine West, Mango, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Aldo, Charles & Keith, etc. Hehe. 😀
Kenyo was supposed to play 5 songs. And when they started, Ria went outside to watch. I followed 2 songs after since I’m honestly more interested in window shopping. *peace!* Not that I don’t like the band, I like Mcoy and the songs he wrote. Who would forget the Pinoy Ako song which was the theme song of Pinoy Big Brother? Anyway, there was a cute guitarist in Kenyo. I don’t know what kind of guitar he’s playing but he’s on the left side of Mcoy, right side of the audience. Their last song was Hanggang Kailan and I sang along since I knew it. 🙂 After that, we let their fans take pictures with them then we went backstage with them. They’re entitled to 1 free pair of shoes from Converse, cool huh? So there, chika chika again with Mcoy and Ria then picture taking. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a pic with the cute guitarist. 😦 Mcoy invited us to their 9pm gig at Hard Rock Cafe but we’re booked for the night. And I told him I still have curfew, which is half-true. When we went outside, we saw RJ Jimenez. Chika chika again then we left him so he could set up.
Anyway, we went back to Jollibee to wait for the others. While there, I was texting with Mcoy.
Moe: Hi mcoy! Nice meeting you. Thank you for being nice.. Ü – monique
Mcoy: Ey monique! Pleasure’s mine. Funny kse may curfew ka =p
Moe: Hehe. Funnier thing is, I’m older than Ria. Ü Wasn’t able to ask permission kc na il becoming home late. Ü maybe next tym. Ü thanks again!
Mcoy: U didnt ask permission? That’s funnier still wahehe
Moe: Ahaha.. Oops. :p I didn’t know I’d see you today! Ria just surprised me. Ü
It was a good thing that some of my friends were texting me while Ria and I were waiting for the tickets. 🙂 It was really boring in Jollibee eh. It was almost 7pm when Fabz and the other fans arrived. It was funny coz they thought I was a hardcore Iza fan. Truth be told, I was not a member of the forums. But I know some people simply because Iza and I were previously acqauinted. 🙂 I also met Ate Lucy the president of Robin Padilla’s fans club/former cook/present cook at his foundation. I discovered that he has a house at Thomas St., Multinational Village. It was fun talking to them coz they updated me about the showbiz industry. Since I don’t watch TV nowadays, I’m probably the sorest loser when it comes to showbiz stuff.
I had dinner while waiting for the tickets, which were coming from Tito Lito, dad and manager of Ate Iza. There were around 50 tickets!!! And yep, they’re free. It was the 1st time I’d be watching a premiere… Hehe. So I was really ecstatic. 😀
It was almost 8:30pm when we went inside the cinema. We were given the red carpet treatment c/o Tito Lito. 😀 Yey! First time to walk a real red carpet. 😛
We went inside and were seated at the De Luxe section. The premiere section was reserved for the cast, their family, and other VIPs. Most of them were wearing gowns… I just wonder if they didn’t feel cold coz it was freezing inside. Poor them. 😛
I went outside again since I wanted to see the artistas before they enter. 🙂 Popoy, the manager of Marian Rivera was busy talking to his phone that time. As if I’d talk to him. Lolz. So I turned my attention to the entrance instead. I saw Assunta de Rossi, Ana Roces, Loren Legarda, Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez, Richard and Raymond Gutierrez, Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado, Marian Rivera, Ogie Alcasid, Jay-R, Niña Jose, Rafael Rosell, and some other showbiz people I don’t know.
The film started screening around 9:35 pm and finished at 11:05 pm. 🙂 The film is really really good. I love it! 😀 Everyone was at their best. Except Marian, whose acting was less than fair. Plus, I don’t like the way she talks. Even her Tagalog isn’t nice. Ruffa Gutierrez acted so great. And her daughter there was also a good one. I don’t know if she’s Ruffa’s real daughter but she has the same attitude as Ruffa. 😀 Rufa Mae Quinto is a natural. She made me laugh without showing any effort at all. 😀 And super kinis nya… grabe! 😀 Iza Calzado is sooo beautiful and shows finesse even in acting. Well, don’t get me started on Marian. She has no class at all. I think Ogie was the one who brought the whole movie to stardom success. 😀 He was the long lost half-sister… and he brought unity, peace, and humor into the show. 😀 Hehe. I really recommend you watching it. 🙂 Ogie is a superb actor. Ang galing niya! 😀
On the way home, I saw none other than Kris on the footbridge near Shang. He was from UST Paskuhan perhaps. 😛 Would’ve talked to him a little longer but since I had some friends with me, we just split our separate ways. 🙂
Got home an hour later. Tired but super happy. 🙂