This week will be a very busy one for me. This week I will be donning a variety of hats, and will assume different responsibilities. Let me share with you how my week will be.
On Thursday, I will be wearing my business hat, but also the concerned citizen, husband, friend hat as we launch “Hope for the Flowers” in Mall of Asia Main Atrium at 12noon. “Hope for the Flowers” is a photo exhibit of World class photographer Jun de Leon, and features moving and touching images of Cervical Cancer survivors, and the recently concluded Tour of Hope, a bike tour from Alabang to Camsur. Guys, we don’t want to lose our wives, moms, female friends to Cervical cancer. Try to pass by the exhibit or go to thetourofhope2009.multiply.com to find out more.
On Friday (and Saturday),I will be wearing my “showbiz” hat, as well as friends hat. The musical group The Tux will have a concert, “STux on You, You’ve got a Friends’” at the Music Museum . As most of you may (or may not) know, I have been the Production Assistant / Road Manager for the Tux for over 20 years now. (Wow! Popo, wala bang pension fund)
This concert is a very special one. It not only marks the major return of Tux to the music scene, but is a fund raiser for one of the members. Last March, 2009,Tux was asked by LSGH to perform as part of their 50 year celebration. The group which has 4 members from LSGH, gladly obliged. The concert was scheduled for May 15. It was during preparations and rehearsals for this particular concert that we found out that one member of the group wouldn’t be able to perform. Carlo had gone for a check- up, found a lump in his colon, that had to be removed. The operation was a success in that the lump was successfully removed. But further tests were needed to see if the tumor removed was benign or malignant. The other 6 members of the group gathered themselves, and, as the saying goes. “The show must go on.” And perform the guys did!!!! Inspired by family and friends, and Carlo who was there, fresh stitches and all, the guys sang their hearts out!!! After almost 5 years of inactivity they performed admirably. Wow, proud ako!!! After the success of the concert, people were asking for a repeat. We quickly decided to try to put up another show.
After a couple of weeks, we received a text from Carlo’s wife Marika. Carlo was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. She asked for info if we knew anyone from pharma companies to get discounts from Carlo’s meds and chemo treatments. The members of the group met with Direk Freddie Santos and decided to put up a concert to help in Carlo’s medical bills. So this Friday and Saturday, Tux will take to the stage, along with friends ,Zsa Zsa Padilla, John Lesaca, Nanette Inventor, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, as well as ex-Tux members, and members of the group Opera Manolo Tanquilot, and Zeb Zuniga, and tenor Nolyn Cabahug who will take time out from their busy skeds to help out. If you guys want to enjoy good music, and have a laugh or two along the way, please try to watch our show this weekend.
On Saturday, I will be donning my business hat , as well as my Dad hat, as the very very first ever, EXPO DAD is held at the Rockwell tent. This event comes from the heels of two very successful Expo Mom events. I decided, “Sandali lang, paano naman kami? Aba kami yata ang nag da-drive sa inyo sa mga event na iyan. Equal rights naman….” Well not exactly that way but, Dads it’s our turn.
The event will have booths to cater to every dads taste. Aloha Boardsports, Dynamic Sports ,(distributor of Titleist, King Cobra,Head),Spoofs, Clever Cats, Coach E Basketball school, and Mobile 1 are just some of the booths that will be part of Expo Dad. Interesting demos/talks like “Aikido and Time mangement”, Fencing from SEA Games medalist Walter Torres,a talk from Anton Diaz on Daddy Blogging, even a fashion show for dads, will spice up the Expo. Raffle draws every hour will add excitement. So new dads, old dads, groovy dads, tekkie dads, sporting dads,BASTA dad ka, please make your way to Rockwell Tent this Saturday, July 18. By the way, Moms, there will be booths also that we are sure you will also enjoy. See you!!!!
And finally my busy week will be capped off by my donning my coaching hat. The 4th MPG Invitational Basketball Tournament kicks off this weekend. My team, Team Africa, named because of our captain Noy Africa is in it’s 3rd year of existence. The first year we joined, we reached the finals, and last year, we reached the semis. This year, we hope to go all the way and win it all. But it will be a really difficult task as all the other teams improved by stocking up on youn talent, while we pretty much just gained weight:) Positive thinking dapat. So, I cap off my week, by bringing out my inner Sonny Jaworski. BTW, the Big J, and I have another thing in common, I am also the elder statesman of the team. HAH!!! This is you…………
I hope to see you in my events, especially during the weekend!!!!
ONE BIG FIGHT BLUE EAGLES!!!! DEFEND THE CROWN!!!! ANG POGI NI SALVA at ANG TAPANG NI MONFORT!!!!!