Okay, so going back before the program started. Ate Irizh chat Jason if we could see him in private for the shirt and for the picture. (She said she will do her best to have me and Jason in one picture when she knew that ever since I never had a photo with him even though I watched their gigs so many times). I remember myself praying shortly because of our chances, “Lord, isang picture lang. Please.” And yes, Mamu – their road manager I think wasn’t there. (Masungit kasi siya haha that is why some of the fans were afraid of her). While waiting for the program to start, she showed me videos of Jason during gigs, his pictures, she told me who Manong is outside the stage. Nagulat nga ako sa sobrang dami ng revelations pati yung isang video ng gig nila sa Bulacan. Goodness!
We planned how we will able to see Manong personally. She wasn’t expecting the number of people who were there kaya pati siya nag aalala na kung makakapagpapicture pa kami. And we came up to this plan na during their last song, which we thought Ikaw Lamang but it was Bumalik Ka Na Sa’Kin, we’ll take our exit and proceed to their holding area. But because of the number of crowd, nahirapan kami. She was feeling sorry pa nga kasi baka mag fail yung plan namin. We were both worried and excited at the same time.
The whole gig was fun and rad, sobrang powerful! They played: Hiling, Kundiman, Meron Nang Iba, Di Bale Na Lang (solo si Manong ) Sayo, Pasensya Ka Na, Sa Piling Mo, Rebound, Shut up and dance with me (chorus) and Bumalik Ka Na Sakin. I wasn’t able to take pictures because I was too busy taking videos. But it was fine, every moment were captured. Still have the same feelings for them as if I am watching them playing for the first time.
And there was Jason na hinarang na namin. I hugged him tight the moment na nakalapit kami sa kanya. He’s talking with ate Irizh, but that’s fine. Solve na ako sa 10+ seconds na yakap! I thanked him sa pagpunta nila and I asked for a picture pang graduation gift lang. Pumayag naman siya agad agad kahit na nagmamadali na sila. Nakailan ata akong thank you sa kanya. Paalis na siya pero yung kamay ko naipit sa pagitan ng likod at ng backpack niya, and nahirapan akong alisin yung arm ko. Super babye ako kahit hindi ko na sila nakikita. After their van left, I told ate Irizh, ang bango bango ni Manong and she strongly agree with me.
After that, we went for a store to buy bottled water. And it happens na yung mga staffs ng Silent Sanctuary was there, bought soft drinks while waiting sa isa pa ata nilang gamit na naiwan sa stage. Ate Irizh approached them, and I am waiting for our water. It was just a short moment and before they leave, kuya Pancho gave me a high five. They told us na mag ingat kami pauwi. Mababait pala sila. Nung pasakay na kami ng tricycle, kuya Randy rolled down the window on the passenger’s seat and said, “Oy, ingat kayo. *with a wave*.”
When I got home, I’m still telling ate Irizh how thankful I am for that night, how kilig I was and how happy I am. I remember her words before I sleep that night, “Tiwala lang. Tingin ko naman tanda ka na ni Jason.” Matandain daw kasi si Manong. Literal na matanda na, haha. Charot!
After that I messaged Jason, nag thank you lang naman ako kasi pumayag siya makapagpicture kami. Pang graduation gift na niya sa akin haha. He replied naman, maiksi pero okay na. Kilig pa rin!
And waaaaait, I got a video greeting from him. Ha! Umuunlad talaga ang pagiging fan girl ko. (Thank you ate Rochie and ate Irizh, love you both. See you soon!)