Aftermath: “Thank You For 30” Cebuana Lhuillier 30th Anniversary Concert
01 September 2017 – Mall of Asia Arena
This is one of those beautiful accidents that I didn’t plan on happening, but it did.
Around 2:00pm, 1st of September. I was busy twiddling my thumbs at home when I received a message from a certain someone, asking me if I’m watching the Cebuana Lhuillier concert happening that very same day. I said no, I don’t have a ticket. She said she has some, and she’s giving it to me and my fellow ‘no-group’ friends. Her only reason: she wants me to be there. Ok, then. Who am I to say, ‘no’ to that? I’ve been really wanting to see this show because, hello. Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo. And then JaDine was announced as surprise guests just the night before. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to score tickets #longstory but I guess the universe – or certain, uhm, *someones* – really wants me to witness this.
So I took a quick shower, grabbed my super-zoom cameras which were, thankfully, fully-charged, and hurried towards Mall of Asia Arena for the Thank You For 30 concert.
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I really love how this AlDub fandom has given me lots of pleasant surprises in such a short time.
I had wanted to join all the major events related to My Bebe Love promotions but things just get in the way. Things like, personal schedules, and the need to preserve my own well-being. I was supposed to attend the Premiere Night – ok, I’m exaggerating; I was supposed to be at the lobby with the rest of the uninvited mortals – but I was already booked for a trip to Tagaytay with my family from the 21st up to the 23rd. I am not about to miss some precious vacation time just to be pushed and squished by the crowd at Megamall. Of course, it would be a totally different story if I got an invite.
Then there’s the 2015 MMFF Parade of Stars. I was also supposed to be with the rest of AlDub Nation Unites for that special project we had (namely, the yellow balloons that flew just as the MBL float was about to arrive at Luneta Grandstand) but again, I’m booked at Tagaytay until the 23rd, the date of the Parade. The only chance I would get is if my family decides to leave Tagaytay early and I would be able to catch the Parade, wherever it may be by the time I reach Manila.
Then, my father himself decided to leave Tagaytay early because he also had a few appointments that he must attend to on the 23rd. Is that a sign?
So we checked out of our hotel after breakfast, did our pasalubong shopping and left Tagaytay at before 10:00am. Normally, that should be more than enough time to reach Mall of Asia before 1:00pm, the scheduled start of the Parade. You see, I was informed by one of my Alden Nation friends that the best vantage point to catch the MMFF Parade if one is allergic to crowds is at the starting point; in this case, at Mall of Asia. Since I am already allergic to crowds, I opted to follow her advice.
However, it’s two days before Christmas. You know what happens to Metro Manila during Christmas season, right?
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