Continued from BT@20 Went Neh-she-nuhl (Part 1): Ovulation & Fertilization
Although we have already identified the parts and the highlights of the program, we still do not know the specifics. Most pressing was, what exactly will the teachers do? Early on, I kept on saying that the teachers’ performance should not be something boring…you know, it should never be the typical “basta-lang-makaapak-ng-stage-ang-teachers” performance, which I (and definitely everyone else) hate so much! It ought to be something that EVERYONE in the audience would enjoy, whether the person in the audience reviewed at BRAIN TRAIN or not. I actually thought of doing away without a performance from the teachers, for fear that the non-BRAIN TRAIN audience will boo us because our boring performance will just delay their watching of what they were there for: to watch UPCAT the Movie. But since we have a pool of seasoned theater actor-teachers (including yours truly, though I don’t belong to the “seasoned” category, for I only starred in one play in college), sayang naman. Moreover, Irvin said that we need to put the BRAIN TRAIN stamp on the event. Speeches were definitely a no-no! From the start, I ruled having opening remarks, message of thanks and the other usual ho-hum “program red tape” (hehe) that would have made the program boooooo-riiiiing. Being boring is so un-BRAIN TRAIN, ‘di ba? So I consulted the “master storyteller/hari ngimpromptu”, Oscar Laborem “Pong” Garcia on Reg Martinez’s birthday celebration to give the story line.
He suggested an American Idol-style BRAIN TRAIN-teacher application auditions concept, with Randy, me, and Edu Jatulan as the judges. Randy would have been Simon (parehong mean, hehe); I would have been JLo (pareho kaming fab), and Edu would have been Randy Jackson (er, do I need to say why?) But Randy immediately begged off. You see, my husband HATES the spotlight! “Andami nating actors and actresses, ‘wag na ako.” he said. So one Saturday on my way to Caritas Don Bosco, Sta. Rosa, I had a reverie. Everything started falling into place: I tweaked Pong’s American Idol auditions to the more jologs Wowowee Talent Portion. I pitched the idea to Pong, and he approved of it. He also gave several remarkable insights. And we got even more ideas when we talked to the other brilliant BRAIN TRAIN teachers. And when everything fell into place, we knew our presentation would be a hit.
Or make that sickness in waking-up early in the morning…‘di ba Sargei? Hehe. As I’m sure happens in ALL major (major talaga!) events, problems arise. First problem: this was Sargei’s first time to handle the “uncreative” aspect of an event, or, in his terms: “Wala kasi akong tao!” There were the sponsorship problems: the “Ay nasa meeting po si blah-blah. Kami na lang po ang tatawag.” (asa!) follow-up hassle, the P150,000.00 Smart sponsorship that went pffft; trouble having a DECENT conversation with the people who own the rights to UPCAT the Movie; arguments between Joseph and Sargei re: poster design; tight schedule of BRAIN TRAIN teacher-performers; miscommunication between us and among the members of our partner org; Sargei’s Facebook and YouTube addiction (peace Sargei, hehe), Irvin’s Manila trips and my…well, my occasional laziness and habitual procrastination. Basta, sooooo many problems arose that there were times I was in a foul mood the whole day and I was so pessimistic about the event. I was already thinking of giving out the tickets because I was afraid we won’t be able to fill even half of the 700+ capacity of DL Umali Hall. At dumagdag pa ang incessant rains that caused floods that caused class suspensions that caused people not being able to go out to buy tickets and make-up classes scheduled on THE event day!!! We had to work double-time to promote the event.
Part 3 to be continued…when I have the time to 🙂
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