This same day last year, we never thought one of our teenage dreams will come true. A1 was in Cebu for the first time. It was beyond my wildest dreams and expectations. I couldn’t contain my happiness and excitement. I couldn’t believe they have landed already the Philippine soil and in my very own hometown and have been here for a while… Days passed but I still have not seen them.
Til one day, I got the news that they will be playing at the Magellan’s Pub that night. That would be my first and probably the last time to see them. They will be leaving soon. I texted all my friends who happened to be A1 fanatics way back our highschool days to come with me, but sadly, they all declined. It was already evening. Time was running out. I haven’t found someone yet to go with me. I almost wanna give up thinking I will never be seeing them. I prayed so hard. “Lord, I don’t wanna miss this chance”. I’m going to regret it the rest of my life. Pls give me someone to go along with me. I must be very loved by God to hear my prayer in an instant! I texted my former officemates & boom! One replied, “I’m going with you!” It was Karen…
Karen: What time will we meet? Where?
Me: Let’s meet now! As in now! Jolibee-Hiway. I’m on my way!
Karen: Why did you just tell me now?
Me: I didn’t know you were a fan! lol.
This still made me laugh whenever I look back to those times, crazy times!
And so we were there at the Magellan’s Pub. The place was filled with foreigners and no vacant seats! OH MYYYYYYY!!!
The guard told us to leave the place since they can no longer accommodate more customers. In my head, NOOOOOOOO WAYYYYYYYYY!!! I’m not leaving!!!!!!!!!! It’s NOW or NEVER.
Karen with her wit and charm talked to the guard, “Give us more time to look for empty tables.” Sure their will be other customers leaving the place moments from now”. After a few minutes, the guard told us that if we can convince that one girl in the corner to share a table with them (she was with a foreigner guy) he will not force us to go. I can still remember how we begged to the girl. So funny!
“I will ask my partner first if it’s ok with him.” She told us. “As for me, no problem.”
The guy whom she shares the table with at that time was in the restroom.
After a few minutes of waiting, the guy arrived. The girl whispered to him something. He took a glance of us and we were like glued to where we are standing, waiting for his approval. I knew that he can sense it in our minds how much we’re begging.
The girl faced us, smiled, and signaled OK!
We were the happiest!
We’re saved now. lol. We promised not to disturb them and just think as if we’re not existing! We told them, we’ve waited for this moment to see A1 in person. And thanked them for letting us share their table. It’s been 12 long years. The American guy was amazed. He couldn’t believed our obsession! haha.
After a few hours of waiting, A1 walked in… Shouts and screams filled the air. People taking pictures, (some are fans, some are just curious mind chatters) wanting to shake their hands and touch them.
A1 seated at the very corner of the pub. I manage to follow them. I really wanna see them up close & personal. But Manong guard takes the scene again. (panira ng moment!) He blocked my way.
“Maam, we prohibit going to that area, sorry…”
Me: huh?!? (Sigh*)
One Norwegian guy saw me wanting to come in and told the guard, “Oh, let her in!” (me smiling- nakahanap ng kakampi! LOL) And he let me in.
Following A1 upon their arrival to the pub. I was taking pictures of them, running after them to their seat. When Mark saw me with all my effort to get a picture of them, he turn to me and said…
Mark: Hi! How Are you?
Me: (starstrucked): Oh, Hi Paul! Can I take a picture of you? (he strikes a pose)
Mark: Let me see (holds my camera)
Me: Oh, blurry One more time pls!
(Mark was very kind to pose again)
Me: Thank you Paul!
The first attempt was blurry.
The second attempt was close to perfection! yeah, ha!
Waahhhh… Wen I get back to my seat, it was then I realized it was Mark I was talking to! Can I disappear now? lol. I was so starstruckeeeed that I forgot his name! (What the?!?)
But to tell you the truth guys, Mark was very friendly and very nice to the fans! I took a pic of him twice. It was so nice of him to oblige to my request of taking a pic of him the second time around!
A few hours later, A1 finally stepped in the stage. “This is it”, I said. You can just hear the loud screams and shouts (kilig much over the cuteness of these 3 guys). They’re already in their 30′s but it seems like they’ve never grown old. And we never outgrow loving them and getting chills, and having butterflies in our stomachs whenever we see them. It was just like yesterday when they occupy our teenage fantasies! lol. And they still do up to now.
They sing their hit songs, “Everytime” “Heaven by Your Side” “Take on Me” “Caught in the Middle and of course the most requested and crowd’s favorite “Like a Rose.” And they never fail to capture our hearts with their lovely and angelic voices!
Christian and Sara (Ben’s gf) having a duet here…
It was indeed a night I will never forget!
They we’re just a fantasy I had 12 years ago. I have only seen them on TV. I have only sing along with their songs when I’m all alone in my room. I have only scream and shout over the cuteness of Ben Adams ♥ in my dreams when he was only 19 years old while I was 13 back then. In short, they only exist in my dreams for more than a decade. And tonight, this very night I never expect I would be seeing them in the flesh! Touch them, talk to them, shake their hands, and sing along with them, no longer in my dreams this time but for REAL! And it’s all because I served an amazing GOD with whom all things are possible! It’s still worth 12 years of waiting… One of those nights I sure will never forget! ♥
(P.S. Thank you to these two people who were God’s instrument so we can see A1 (the girl with her American boyfriend? maybe). We don’t know where they are now, but thanks a million!
They even paid the bills for the food that we eat that cost a thousand bucks! lol.) How lucky is that?
(P.S.S. Other admins (Mark and Katrina) were also there during that night at the Magellans Pub, shouting and screaming with us (most probably) but we didn’t know them yet. We were not yet friends back then.
I even captured a pic of Admin Kat (LawRa Read) here… and Mark as well (see second pic above, the one wearing the blue stipe polo shirt).
Hmmm… destiny? haha.
Admin Kat (@LawRa Read) caught on cam! hehe
while Me & Karen here…
And of course, I’d like to thank one very special girl whom I believe was the main reason why our dreams find its way to reality after 12 years. Many thanks Miss Sara Skjoldnes! Thank you for bringing A1 to Cebu! You have no idea how many dreams have come true because of you!
After few months, A1 went back to Cebu to do a benefit concert for the Younglife Foundation. Here we are now, with our beloved A1!
We’re living the dream! ♥
(Dreams do come true! You just have to wait, and trust and PRAY! There is a time for everything!)
Thank you for taking the time to read this.