Ako na, ako na talaga! For the second straight year, I pulled off another surprise milestone birthday party successfully. Last year it was Randy’s, this year it’s Motherhood’s.
Tita Len’s suggestion
Some time in July, when my Tita Len (Motherhood’s younger sister) visited us she asked me what my plans are for Motherhood’s birthday. I told her I had no plans, because we will be in Hong Kong at that time. She said we should throw a simple surprise birthday party for Motherhood’s because she will turn 60 na! I was surprised because I didn’t expect that Mom would get her dual citizenship this year (You know—Filipino citizen and senior citizen. Hehehe) So of course, I agreed. Except for one thing: I did not like the word “simple”. Allergic ako sa simple. Motherhood deserves a somewhat bongga birthday party. And knowing her, that’s what she would want. Hindi naman bonggang-bongga that would cost hundreds of thousands. But that party should have a program, nice décor, catered food, and guests should look handsome and beautiful. Yung hindi naman backyard party lang at a-attend kung sino lang ang mahablot, if you know what I mean.
My initial cohorts
I will let you in on a secret: to successfully throw a surprise party, don’t involve too many people early. So after my talk with Tita Len, I contacted only two other people who love Motherhood so much: Kuya Mark Nas and Tita Romilyn Haresco. Kuya Mark is one of Motherhood’s “intellectual” friends—ka-Genetics circle niya and Motherhood is like Kuya Mark’s second mother. Tita Romilyn on the other hand is Motherhood’s batchmate and longtime college roommate at UP.
We had conversations on Facebook where we discussed the best date, time, motif, theme, etc. I swore them to secrecy and made it known I’ll hate them forever and ever if they spill.
So after some brainstorming, we decided on the following:
Date: October 4, Saturday (we will have returned from Hong Kong by that time)
Time: 6 pm (pero alam namin na 6:30 ang dating ng mga tao)
Motiff: Red and black (red is Motherhood’s favorite color and black para old Hollywood ang dating)
Theme: Masquerade (para ma-reinforce ang air of mystery kuno)
The problem lang talaga was how to make sure Motherhood attends her own party. In case you didn’t know, Motherhood and Fatherhood still live in Mindanao (although Motherhood is always attending meetings in Manila and Los Banos so parang taga-Luzon na rin siya. Also, since she’s originally from Tiaong, Quezon and got her BS, MS and PhD from UPLB plus she has lots of projects/collaborations with CHED, PCARRD, IRRI, UPLB, we’re sure hindi lalangawin ang Luzon birthday party celebration niya!). Baka kami ang ma-surprise kasi no-show ang celebrant! Kung anu-ano na ang iniisip kong reasons!
I: Tita Len, ano kaya kung sabihin mong nakabuntis si Ochie (my cousin who’s still in college) tapos magpapakasal na sa Oct. 4?
Tita Len: Ay juskopo ineng, magwawala iyon at baka atakehin pa! Hindi n’ya na mae-enjoy ang mga benefits ng pagiging senior!
And after a long time brainstorming it just hit me: I’ll tell her that I will open my Gymboree Sta. Rosa on Oct. 4. And she had to be there because it’s so bongga that Sharon Cuneta will do the ribbon cutting. I told her just that and she said she’ll make sure she and Dad will attend. Aminin man ni Mom o hindi, alam ko anong naging magic words dun: Sharon Cuneta. Hukhukhukhuk!
Motherhood used to watch this every Sunday! May hanash pa si Motherhood dati na galit na raw siya kay Piolo kasi pinaiiyak si KC!
We all heaved a sigh of relief, and then I started booking a caterer (remember when my iPad got lost? It’s because of this party! So Mom ibili mo ako ng bagong iPad!), a venue, photographer and photo booth, etc. I also created a Facebook Secret Group where we posted details of the party and invited people. Of course, each member was also sworn into secrecy.
I’m just so happy because it was apparent that so many people love Motherhood…isang request ko lang na could you do this or that, game agad. And when I thank them profusely, they’d say it was their pleasure because Motherhood is like this or that to them, and that was the least they could do. Take note, these are busy professionals and some have to juggle family and work pa, but they go the extra mile for Mom. I remember when I booked her party venue, the person in charge volunteered to give me a big discount because she knows Motherhood. Take note, I didn’t ask for the discount—she just volunteered it!
Anyway, before the party, we were all laughing our hearts out because Madame EKS (that’s Motherhood is called at her workplace—EKS=Emma K. Sales) can’t contain her Sharon Cuneta excitement! Tita Rom posted this on our Facebook group two days before THE DAY:
Emma: Romilyn, sa Sat ay opening ng school ni Dew sa Sta Rosa. Si Sharon Cuneta ang guest. Me: Wow, a-attend kayo?
Emma: Oo, dapat daw andun kaming 2 ni Edwin [Dad] at dahil bff kita, invited ka.
Me: Anong oras at anong suot?
Emma: 6pm Sat at syempre, maarte ang anak ko, formal daw.
Me: Sige, try ko. Text kita sa Sat pm
Ang hirap magpanggap!
And then the day before THE DAY:
So what happened the following day?!? Abangan!
Tell me what you think!
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