Aftermath: Boardwalk Shares ‘Shirt Up And Be Counted’ Event
30 June 2017 – Fisher Mall
Last Friday, I officially ended my hiatus of almost half a year from active fangirling. I actually thought that I’d be on retirement for good, as I suddenly have to do things on my own now. Apparently, the universe doesn’t want me to stop yet. So here I am.
It all started when Boardwalk posted the announcement for the Boardwalk Shares event on 15 June, around 10pm. I saw it about 15 minutes after it was posted. They said that we could join a promo where participants can get a chance to have a photo op with Alden, either in groups of five or a solo one-on-one pic with him. All we have to do is to make the required purchase.
Since I was still fresh from that… ‘fiasco’ that was the Upsurge Meet and Greet thingy, I sort of lost trust on promotional events like that. I wasn’t fast enough to be qualified for the first 300 buyers, how much more if the chances are as small as the first 10? I’m not well-connected enough to be confident that I’ll get in. For all I knew, the slots were already taken even before the promo was announced. So I just shrugged it off and went to bed.
For some reason, I couldn’t sleep that night. I just found myself taking out my phone and placing orders for Boardwalk Shares shirts at 2:30am, and immediately sending the digitized copy of the proof of purchase to the designated email address. I kinda felt silly afterwards – I mean, who buys shirts at 2:30 in the morning just for fangirling purposes? – but at the back of my mind, I felt confident that I may have gotten in.
The next day – late afternoon, to be exact – I got a call from Boardwalk telling me that I should replace one of the items that I ordered because it was out of stock. It felt very Upsurge-y. I still feel that I lost the 1st-300-buyers thing because of something that is beyond my control, namely, Ticketnet posting the wrong ticket price (which I bought, anyway) and cancelling my purchase because of it. Don’t tell me I lost my photo op slot because I bought something that turned out to be out of stock! That would REALLY suck.
I lost hope after that and just kinda forgot about it. Buying the shirts means I participated in a worthy cause, anyway, so it’s not like it all went for naught.
19 June 2017. I received this email from Boardwalk Shares.
Omigad, the promo is real! I got the solo pic slot! After being away for almost a half a year, I’ll finally have a close encounter moment with Alden again!
Fast forward to 30 June. The event was supposed to begin at 10am and seats will be on first-come-first-served basis, but I couldn’t possibly be there that early on a weekday. I figured, Fisher Mall isn’t that big, I have zoom lens, and I will get my close encounter with Alden regardless of where I’ll be seated during the show. I also happened to know what Alden’s calltime is. So I got there in the afternoon. We were instructed to go straight to the registration table to get our photo op pass. As soon as I gave my name and they plucked out the list, I almost laughed out loud when I saw that my name is right on top at Number One.
Yep, that’s what happens when you buy shirts at 2:30 in the morning.
I won’t go into details about the show itself and just let the photos do the talking. I will point out one thing, though: despite me coming in a bit late, I still somehow found myself right beside the runway and managed to take up close photos of Alden without the need to use the zoom lens.
After Alden’s song number, the photo op winners were paged to approach the stage. Again, I found it amusing that I was called first at the roll-call and I was first in line at the queue. Like, what the heck is this? hahaha! Then, we were lead to this small room (with me leading the pack) where Alden, the photographer and the Boardwalk people were waiting.
I went in, said, “Hi!”, and I heard someone say, “Ate Pau!!!” (that was Leysam) and another “Ate Pau!!!” from Alden himself, who didn’t seem to be surprised to see me there. (To those who are new here: yes, this blogger tends to be delusional at times. No, ALL the time.) Then I sat beside him for the photo op, and I felt like my photo will not come out nice because I was concentrating on what he was saying to me. Which, for the life of me, I can’t remember right now. Then he said his thanks, I stood up, he asked me, “kumusta?” and I so wanted to tell him a lot of things but there’s not enough time and it wasn’t the proper place to do so. We exchanged a few more pleasantries and I then I went out of the room with a huge smile plastered on my face. It was a short but sweet encounter.
After the event, I talked with my fellow Alden fans who also had a chance for a photo op and I learned that they were able to take selfies with him using their own phones even if it was clear on the rules that we weren’t allowed to do so. I’m the only one who didn’t have an extra selfie with Alden. Why??? Why am I always that person who’s afraid of breaking the rules??? I’m such a loser.
Then again, I shouldn’t feel sad. My photo from Boardwalk turned out great. I mean, save for the very obvious burger on my tummy, I look THIN on the photo.
In fact, when I saw the post, I had to do a double-take. If I didn’t know that I was the first in line for the photo op, thus, my pic would be the first one on the album, I wouldn’t think that the woman beside Alden was me.
Looking back, I know that I don’t really need to go through this much unnecessary stress just to have that close encounter with Alden. But anyone who has been a fan of an artist would understand why these things have to be done. Believe me, when things go well beyond expectations, the experience will be worth remembering for the rest of your life. And besides, Alden is so worth it.
Here are the photos from the Boardwalk Shares event. Can I just say, the only thing I regret from that event was that I wasn’t able to take a selfie with Nikki Co, the Chinese member of One Up? I’m an avid viewer of Meant To Be; he was in the cast. I was able to have one with Dave Bornea, though. And Yasser, because he was from Eat Bulaga’s Spogify and I’ve already sort of met him twice before. He’s a nice kid.