The Jersey Boys and A Fan Girl in Manila

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First of all, I have to give the credit to Ms. Glaiza Lee, my classmate in high school and now a writer, who made this memorable experience possible. Thank you very, very much! 🙂 🙂

She invited me to watch the musical play, Jersey Boys. Knowing that my crush, Christian Bautista is one of the characters, and after confirming that it is for free, I said YES! (capslock para intense!). Kinilig ako promise! I was a fan of him since Star in a Million days and this opportunity is a wish come true to see him live. Ang saya ko! #Fanmodeon.

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Oh My!

September 24 came. I was supposed to meet Glaiza and to have dinner before the show at 6pm but due to heavy traffic from Laguna to Ortigas, I arrived past seven. My fault to watch the show while our stomach was grumbling. Sorry, teh.

 

To tell you honestly, I don’t really know who the Jersey Boys are, or what their story is about. I didn’t Google-d anything about them before the show so I will have the reason to be more excited. Pero ang habol ko lang talaga, si Christian! Hehehe.

Four Seasons and Four Voices

The cast is composed of Markki Stroem as Tommy deVito, Nino Alejandro as Nick Massi, Nyoy Volante as Frankie Valli and Christian Bautista as Bob Gaudio. They are collectively known as The Four Seasons –the 1960’s rock n’roll group who brought songs like “Sherry“, “My Eyes Adored You” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“, among others.  All throughout the play, I was waiting for the name “Jersey Boys” to come out haha! ‘Yun ang title ng play, diba? ‘Yun pala, the four members came from New Jersey. So that makes sense.

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Jersey Boys cast. Photo from @markkistroem Instagram

Oh wait… I won’t write here the synopsis, you can find it in Google anyway.

Each member has his own shining moment, taking turns to narrate the rise and fall of the band as the seasons change (winter, spring, summer, fall). At first, I was like, “Where is Christian? Ang tagal nya namang lumabas!”, but when he appeared whoa! I wanted to jump off my seat and hug him. Ayun na siya!!!

They all pronounced their lines clear and sang beautifully. But what amazed me was how their voices blended so perfectly. And Nyoy’s falsetto was really incredible! Nakakaloka lang!

Aside from showcasing their voices, the kind of music of the band requires the cast to have some dance moves. So Nyoy, Markki and Nino can dance but Christian however, still needs to improve in this art. (Sorry, baby! I still love you.)

The whole play was outstanding, the songs used were entertaining and the over-all experience was memorable. I even found myself searching You Tube for their songs! Their performance really deserved a standing ovation. Oh what a night!

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Too bad though, as per theatre rules, taking photos during performance was prohibited. So wala kaming picture ni Christian 😦

 

Still Can’t Get Over…..

The consolation that I got from two of the boys is this: untitled

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The song My Eyes Adored You is my personal favorite, listening to this now 🙂

Chorus:

My eyes adored you
Though I never laid a hand on you
My eyes adored you
Like a million miles away from me
You couldn’t see how I adored you
So close, so close and yet so far

Carried your books from school
Playin’ “make-believe you’re married to me”
You were fifth-grade, I was sixth
When we came to be
Walkin’ home every day over Barnegat Bridge and Bay
Till we grew into the me and you
Went our separate ways

[Chorus]

Headed for city lights
Climbed the ladder up to fortune and fame
I worked my fingers to the bone
Made myself a name
Funny I seemed to find
That no matter how the years unwind
Still I reminisce ’bout the girl I miss
And the love I left behind

[Chorus]

(My eyes adored you)
All my life I will remember
(Though I never laid a hand on you)
How warm and tender we were way back then, whoa, whoa, baby
(Like a million miles away from me
you couldn’t see how I adored you)
Oh, the feeling, sad regrets
(So close, so close and yet so far)
I know I won’t ever forget ya, my childhood friend

(My eyes adored you)
(Though I never laid a hand on you)
(My eyes adored you)
(Like a million miles away from me
you couldn’t see how I adored you)

[Fade]
So close, so close and yet so far

 

Discover friendship, love, stardom and the music of the “Jersey Boys” as they run until October 16 at Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave. corner Meralco Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Check out ticketworld.com.ph for ticket prices and show schedules.

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Midnight Thoughts

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I’ve been thinking and wondering
Of the things I’ve said, and of the things you’ve said.
Did I hurt you? Or it was you who hurt me?
You silenced yourself without a clue,
You walked away with no words on queue.

I stayed and said that I don’t care,
I stayed but didn’t gave a stare.
Did I just lost you?
Or it was you who lost me?

I pretend that everything is alright,
I pretend to smile so bright.
Can we start to pick up our broken pieces?
Or be broken and let our friendship end?

It’s a mess when we act like a stranger,
And a nobody when we see each other.
You said that it would be better to be this way,
And let time heal our wounds of yesterday.

Well then my friend, if this is your stand,
Take care of yourself and be glad.
I know someday you will remember my dear,
That I’m still here, waiting for you to be near.

Memories from Adamson University & The One Who Said I’m Ugly

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After 13 years, I finally got my Transcript of Records at Adamson University. Yep! For 13 years that I’ve been working  and since I left the university, its just now that I requested for a copy of my TOR. It felt like time suddenly ticked back to year 2000-2003 as I flipped its pages. And it made me cry. Not only because of the figures, but because it reminded me of these:
a) the kind of student that I was; b) my failures;
c) the sacrifices of my parents just to send me to college;
d) and dreams that I still have to chase and fullfill.

For the record, my first choice was Business Administration but I ended up with my second choice, Chemical Engineering. It was a last minute decision during enrollment so I can be in the same class with my bestfriend (ganda ng rason, diba?). But she transferred to TIP after a year (ang saklap, Baks!).

As a student, I am that home-school-home-school type. Having a challenging, or I may say difficult course (napagtanto ko lang nung 3rd year na ‘ko), I discovered different forms of cheating just to survive a class. To avoid it, there were  professors who gave exams in two sets (set A and B), sometimes in three, or kapag minamalas hanggang four sets. Biruin mo, looking around with a tarsier eyes and a giraffe neck was elementary. So there were sign languages, eye contacts, cheat notes written in tiny fonts on sleeves, hands, desks or on scientific calculators. But cheating in any form is still cheating, it is not a right thing to do; honesty is the best policy ika nga. Forgive me, I must admit, I am guilty that at one point, I tried the sign language. If I would judge myself based on my scholastic record during that three years of stay in AdU, it was not actually outstanding.Nasa average lang. Medyo nakakaiyak.

My TOR shouted four 5s. Nakakahiya, I failed on some of my major subjects on my third year. I failed not only academically, but also I failed to exert more effort and focus that time. No other words to further explain pero maliwanang na nasayang ang tuition. Matutupad ko sana ang pangarap ng mga magulang ko. Yun ang talagang nakakaiyak.

I believe that every parent dreams of giving their children the best education. My mother who is a dressmaker, and my father who doesn’t have a permanent job, are not an exemption to that. Sending me to college with P24,000 per semestre was expensive for us, and I was fortunate to pursue a degree despite the cost. My mother (the biggest contributor of my college days) earns somewhat like P2000 a week that time and I am aware that she borrows money for my tuition fee. Add to the expenses are my fares, school supplies, uniform, books and allowances. But for three years, she managed to pay all of that. She managed to send me to AdU. Yun ang mas nakakaiyak. Napakalaki ng pagod, hirap at sakripisyo ng magulang ko mapag-aral lang ako. Sobra ang pasasalamat ko. I can never repay them for that.
I wasn’t able to enroll for fourth year because my parents cannot anymore afford the tuition fee. (Two years & a summer na lang sana!) They sacrificed more than enough for me, I had no choice but to find a job, and I never had the chance to continue my studies.

Getting a diploma is still a dream that I need to chase. It is still a goal that I have to plan for it to be real. To give my mother & my siblings a happy and comfortable life is the bigger dream. I pray that God will permit what my heart desires.  Yun na siguro ang pinakanakakaiyak sa lahat. Dahil sa saya. Ang makitang natutupad ang mga pangarap mo.

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Mahaba na ang post na ‘to pero…

THANK YOU!

Adamson University:
dahil binigay mo na ang TOR ko. Thank you for the memories! Para kang boyfriend, gusto kitang balikan kaso mas mahal na ang tution fee. Mamimiss kita. Wish ko sa’yo maging Champion ka naman sa UAAP Mens Basketball, puede ba yun?;

To professors like Engr. Roque, Engr. Duque, Engr. Ong:
Hindi ko po kayo malilimutan dahil mahirap kayo magpaexam hahahaha! Thank you very much po and may you continue to mold more Chemical Engineers. More power and God bless to all of you 🙂

To my classmates:
I am happy for your success! Buti na lang may Facebook!

To that one upper class student na hindi ako tinuruan dahil pangit ako:
Gusto ko lang sabihin na pangit pa rin naman ako ngayon walang bago. haha! Ano na nga name mo? 🙂

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From your fellow Adamsonian,
LJ

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