As you all know, I turned 23 two months ago.. but up until now, I still get to feel that “birthday spirit” and you probably know why. Just three days ago, I had my 9th birthday celebration hosted by an ADN group– the last birthday celeb on my calendar for this year. Grabe yung siyam no (23+9=32) feeling 32 na tuloy ako! Anyway, let me share with you guys some brief stories about these parties.
1. #NicomaineAt23 (day of 3-3)
We had prepared a simple prod number in barangay; just a plain birthday celeb on TV. Gave thanks to the bosses for the opportunity to be part of the show; to the dabarkads for treating me as part of the EB family; and to JoWaPao for the being the best kuyas I could ever have.
You all know I am not good at delivering speeches. (Anything that requires me to speak verbally, to be completely honest.) Perhaps it has something to do with me being really shy in front of people. And the image of them waiting and looking at me to say something rattles me to the core. I need to overcome that fright. Anyway, Maine and ADN supporters sent cakes for me, too! Oh and the brands I endorse as well. Grabe, the number of cakes I get during my birthday is so overwhelming! I remember joking Kuya Mike (our future kagawad) about it, sabi ko “Kapag onti nalang yung cake sa birthday ko ibig sabihin wala ng nagmamahal sa akin.” Lol!
2. My actual birthday party (night of 3-3)
It was held at FUCT (Friends U Can Trust) in Makati. I opted for a simple bar/club where my guests can go hard as they want without me minding about damaging the place. Lol you know what I mean? I invited my friends from high school and college and some friends from work. So nice to see my high school barkada and Sagamore pals who I haven’t seen in ages! It was a really fun night! Somewhat accomplished my birthday-celeb-goal; to get everybody drunk. Don’t know whether I should give Kuya Pao the “Pinaka lasing” award for having no idea how he got home barefooted; or Tristan who slept at the venue and woke up inside his car the following morning. LOL nonetheless it was a solid party!
I already have a birthday theme in mind for next year’s party! Yay, can’t wait to turn 24…..not.
3. #MaineLegendaryAt23 (3-9)
A How I Met Your Mother-themed party thrown by Solid Maine United! (One of my fave series!) Grabe to, from the moment I saw the invitation, yung excitement ko over the top na. I was required to wear a suit for the party to honour Mr. Stinson and try to be legendary for a night. I thought it was just me who’s going to be in a suit that evening but seeing everyone in the venue wearing the same was amazing! I mean you know how themed parties go, right? You don’t get to make all of your guests to follow the dress code. Laging may mangilan-ngilan na pasaway! Sabi ng strictly black and white, tapos may nakapink at blue. Sabi ng floral, tapos may nakastripes. Sakit sa bangs!
Each SMU group prepared a song/dance presentation for that night. Nakakaaliw ang kanya-kanyang pautot! And then of course an AVP that is always present during parties. Nakakaemosyonal na AVPs! Are they really meant to make you think about your life and cry? Lols. If you’re gonna watch the AVP below, please skip the first part. My gad, hanggang ngayon hindi ko pa din kaya panoorin! Kahiya-hiya!
After everything, it was already time for “the speech”. Thanked everybody for all the effort to make this HIMYM party a success. Thought of singing a song to them as another way of saying thanks. And Salamat by Yeng Constantino was the perfect song to sing at that moment. Then I figured right after singing it.. that it’s the perfect song to dedicate to all the people who’s been with me in this journey. Salamat.
Oh but it didn’t end there. Ranjit was waiting for us outside! A private after-party for me and my friends in a party bus! Got home at around 4am, thank God it was a Saturday! It was a night filled with smiles, laughter and love. Thank you SMU for the HIMYM party. It was….
4. #EnchantressMaine23 (3-14)
Two words: Fairytale feels. An enchanting celebration with SMF and Team No Group! These are the highlights of the evening:
– The sack dance performance that made everyone laugh (Sa pang-ookray ng mga hosts– Oreo and Betty)
– AVP with the OrgComm singing along to Donna Cruz’s “I Can”
– Meeting the Singing Angels Quartet (Maricor, Mary Danelle, Camille Michaela, Czarina Michaela)
– The lady (RJ if I am not mistaken) who gave a talk about how she sees me as a “bearer of light”. It was a long speech and she tackled so many things but I will never forget the time she asked me to put my hand on my chest and feel my heartbeat. She said, “Sa pang sampung heartbeat, isipin mo kaming mga nagmamahal sayo. Sigurado kasya kami lahat diyan kahit hindi lang kami sampu kasi malaki ang puso mo.” I was trying not to get emotional when I did it because everyone’s eyes were on me. Nahihiya ako. But let me tell you, I do it whenever I feel lonely; to remind me that I am not alone and there are more than ten people who genuinely care for me. Helps me get back on my feet. 🙂
– Cake mapping surprise
– Me being emotional (again) when I gave my speech about my “10 supporters”.. hay. Basta yun. Ayoko na pagusapan. Haha!
This night made me realise on another level how blessed I am for others to regard me as a blessing to their lives. Salamat ng sobra sa lahat.
5. #MaineRemarkableAt23 (3-21)
Organised by Maine PH to celebrate my birthday and their second year anniversary. An ube keso-themed party, charot! A 10-minute (or less) AVP was shown; a compilation of group photos and video greetings from other Maine PH members/chapters from all over the country. Many members were not able to attend the party but through the video presentation their presence were felt. Thank you very much for allotting time for this!
We had to leave earlier because there was another birthday party scheduled that night. Back to back! Timetable was adjusted because I arrived late (Teka, may rason ako!) I came from Pampanga that day (Juan For All) that’s why it took me so long to get to the hotel and get ready for two parties that had different motifs!
6. #FUNtasticMaineAt23 (3-21)
Second party that evening; theme was summer/floral. Gulat ako when I entered the venue, ang daming tao! Members of Mommies and Titas of Alden and Maine filled the whole room. A couple of song and dance numbers were part of the program. There’s this little boy who sang one of my favourite songs (the song that can make me cry!) Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk. It was sung beautifully. Ang galing nung bagets talaga! And of course, that tita who sang Imagine You & Me, may pa-duet pa kami sa huli. Katuwa! At one point, the hosts called me up on stage. Akala ko magsspeech na ako kasi inabutan na ako ng mic. But then the band started playing Sway by Bic Runga. I was waiting for someone to go on stage, little did I know it was me who’s going to sing it. Surprise pala nila sakin ito na surprise sakanila, huwaw surprised talaga ako! Hahaha!
Teka may ibang paandar din ang titas and mommies! They went on stage individually, each one holding letters (that spelled my name: Nicomaine Dei) and had prepared an adjective that starts with the letter assigned to them, with explanation yun syempre.
It was a great way to end a tiring day. Fun back-to-back parties! Thank you Titas and Mommies of A&M! Ito lang ang masasabi ko..
T – hank you
I – nfairness
T – alaga namang
A – ng tindi ng
S – uporta
A – t syempre
N – g
D – edikasyon
M – o
O – o, ikaw (po)
M – araming salamat sa pagiging
M – abuting tagahanga
I – love you all
E – spesyal kayong lahat
S – aakin
7. #MaineMagicalAt23 (3-22)
Aurora Borealis-themed party organised by both Maine and ADN fan groups. Highlight of the night was the dress mapping that made everything magical. Bongga! Talagang every party may kanya-kanyang paandar! Love it! Also cannot believe the crowd made my nanay and tatay sing and dance.
8. VivaLaVidaMaine (5-18)
Mayo na, may birthday party pa! It’s been two months yet I am still celebrating my birthday. Grabe talaga. This party organised by Maine Alliance Worldwide was held in a yacht! Wow talk about taking birthday parties to the next level. No wonder sa susunod sa eroplano na o kaya submarine. Choz! It was my first time to have/be in a yacht party.. nakakahilo pala? Lol it didn’t matter for some especially to those who were partying at the deck. It was fun to just simply watch them having fun.
The night ended with fireworks radiating the night sky; Coldplay’s Viva La Vida playing in the background. Ohh my love for fireworks and Coldplay! Anyway, MAU opted for Viva La Vida because of its meaning “Live the life”. Expressing their full support on me living my life the way I want it to be; doing whatever makes me happy. What a gift. 🙂
9. #MaineInspirationalAt23 (5-24)
Last birthday party on my calendar for this year. Cherry blossom-themed party with Certified Aldub United! This was just three days ago, fresh pa sa memory ko yung ibang ganap! Everyone in the venue was wearing my favourite colour! Andito din yung cute kid from #FUNtasticMaineAt23, this time he sang Sway. May pa-duet din sa huli kasi inabutan ako ng mic! Hehe
Couldn’t help but get emotional during some parts of the program. Like the part when this Tita read a speech in front of everybody; talking about how she sees me as a person. I was trying to ingest every good word that comes out of her mouth.. and it made me think “Am I really that kind of person?” I started questioning my existence. But it doesn’t end there; in fact, it all started at that moment.
When they played the AVP, they had messages and quotes alongside photos. And I’ll never forget this one thing that hit me the most, it goes something like “Maybe God didn’t add days to your life because you need it. Maybe you are still alive because someone out there needs you.” I.. believe so.
When the group leaders went on stage to sing “Thank You” for me/with me. Meh, ayun na.. Looking at them and seeing those big smiles on their faces made me feel weak and strong at the same time. Ewan, may mga moments talaga na ramdam mo lang lahat. When you are trying to grasp everything in front of you. Diba no? O tama na, baka maiyak pa ako dito. Charot!
At salamat din pala sa mga donasyon niyo para kay EJ! Nakakatuwa, sana marami pa tayong matulungan!
By the way, there were also groups who celebrated my birthday in our McDonald’s branch in Sta. Clara. Maraming salamat po sainyo!
Everything was such a delightful and overwhelming “birthday experience”, maka-siyam ka ba naman eh! But really, it is not about having lotsa cakes and parties. The mere thought of these people coming together to celebrate your birthday with you will instantly make your heart full. It feels good to love; but it feels so much better to feel loved.
To you who are reading this (kung hindi ka masamang elemento), I don’t care if you haven’t gone to any of my parties/events. If you accept and love me as I am.. that is enough. Please know that I am grateful for you; not because of the compliments, gifts, bday parties, power tweets etc. I am grateful because you are still here. Thank you for not giving up on me. Please take some time to listen to this.