Forty-Eight Great Things That Happened On My Birthday

By now, it would be an understatement if I say that I didn’t enjoy my birthday.  Here are forty-eight great things that happened on my 48th natal day:

  1. Heard Mass together with co-celebrant Virgie at Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Church
  2. Had Chinese Misua with whole boiled eggs with the Cue Family
  3. Got an early morning call from Congressman Jun Acharon
  4. Had great conversation with Virgie, Kerwin, Jimson and Grace
  5. Was a godfather in a wedding
  6. Got seven different birthday cakes
  7. Gifted with five roasted pigs – thanks Chester, Cecille, Elena, Tita Nitz and Eric
  8. Received over 500 Facebook greetings
  9. Three of my ex-partners called
  10. Gave away over thirty Angry Birds gift-items
  11. Dino Veloso’s Luau / Hawaiian theme was a smashing success
  12.’s theme music debuted courtesy of [C]enterpoint Band
  13. Chiclet Rillo’s energetic organizing of my party
  14. Shopped for Hawaiian clothes for my family
  15. Gifted my AUB Family with Hawaiian polos
  16. Captured party moments by EZ Capture Photo Booth
  17. Inspired show by the Kuerdas Reggae Band
  18. Jaw-dropping performance by the Firedancers
  19. Videos of my most memorable pictures by my niece Bea & Friends
  20. Awesome Birthday Video Tribute by my AUB Team Mindanao (thanks Alexis)
  21. Got over 200 birthday text messages and Smart Infinity ACTUALLY sent a birthday greeting
  22. Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio’s presence just blew me away
  23. DJ Joey Concepcion’s heartwarming hosting of the party and Romarie too!
  24. Presence of three Miss Gensan title-holders Rean, Romarie, Ghen and Caroline
  25. Santo Nino Devotees who came in their Hawaiian outfits
  26. Despite feeling under the weather, my buddy Caloy Hagosojos was there
  27. My High School Batchmates Cecil, Patbing, Suzette, Raul, Bong and Joel were there too
  28. Bestfriend Patrice Santos in her beautiful new-do mingled with Glenda and Alona
  29. Ernan Buncalan who acted like my mayordomo — Thanks be!
  30. BMC’s world-class Hawaiian dance number — Thanks Gladys, Cathy, Chari, Ernan, Phillip, Tita Nitz and Chiclet!
  31. Love-love-love Tita Nitz Velasquez for the superb food and lechon!
  32. Bloggers from Davao made my day — Ria, Lyle and Brendel!  I love you to death!
  33. Couple power Ricky and Tess Almanzor’s Floating Restaurant venue at Amandari Cove
  34. Kumpleto ang Pamilya #1:  Teves Family (Bonggang lechon!  Picture-picture with Mayor!)
  35. Kumpleto ang Pamilya #2: Docena Family (Thanks Ate Nilds for the venue make-over!)
  36. Kumpleto ang Pamilya #3: Velasquez Family (Napanganga ako sa graceful dance ni Tita Nitz!)
  37. Kumpleto ang Pamilya #4:  Arreglado Family (I am Ika’s certified Mommy Ormz na!)
  38. Nag-effort talaga si Boboy Napalit sa outfit nya!  Thanks Yumz!  Thanks Achi Tiny too!
  39. My AIESEC friend Anthony Pangilinan dropped by and was cool with the many photo-ops!!!
  40. Heart-warming presence of my Banker Friends Manny, Tess, Joseph and Mercy
  41. Sox Bloggers na umatend — Gilbert, Laurence, Cidz, Xyril, Lizy, Lito, Rosilie, Arnel and the rest!
  42. I love my AUB Gensan family especially ang nag-perform — thanks Jun for teaching them to dance!
  43. My high-school mentor Bro. Willy Lubrico came all the way from Koronadal
  44. Edwin Po’s Lights & Sounds added glitter to my party
  45. Former AUBankers Abegail and Dave will always be in my heart
  46. Super explosive dance number of Limlim na hindi kailangang pilitin ni Mark (hehehehe!)
  47. Got a call from my favorite First Lady Rose Acharon
  48. Super happy at nakahabol sina JR & Kenneth Gaisano (thanks to Michael too!)
Kung may nakaligtaan ako — pasensya na po — memory gap!  O di kaya di na kumasya sa 48 reasons!  Hahahahaha!  Love you all!  And siempre ang pinaka-importanteng kaganapan ay naabot ko ang 48 years — PRAISE THE LORD!!!

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