On the day of the party, Tita Len was also at our house because I also “invited her to my launching because of Sharon Cuneta”. Everything seemed to go well, until I got a phone call just before noon. It was Tita Romilyn. She was with one of the guests, Tita Ayet, who came all the way from Pangasinan just to grace Motherhood’s birthday.
Ang mahihiwagang bangus at rosas
But Tita Ayet’s thoughtfulness did not end there: she also brought with her 7 bangus fish! Since they had no ref or anything, Tita Romilyn asked me to get them. Patay na, because I was also preparing for my afternoon class! So I asked Tita Len to get the bangus for me. Tita Len also bought roses from the market because, “Gagawin ko raw bouquet para ibigay kay Sharon.” Hahaha!
Hours before the partey
I was not able to primp early because I had classes from 1-3pm. Alangan namang nakatodo make-up at 4-inch stilettos ako sa klase ko dabah? My students might just belt out a mocking “King & Queen of Hearts” upon my entrance. That is, if they are familiar with the song. So I was only able to start doing my hair (Parusa! I’m so clueless when it comes to hairstyling!) and make-up at around 3:30 pm. I was able to leave at 4:30 pm, na medyo disater pa rin ang hairdo ko.
Since Randy’s class was to end at 5:30, the plan was that he would drive Motherhood and Tita Len to “Gymboree Sta. Rosa”. Our good friend Regina Martinez also played a big role: she was to do Tita Len and Motherhood’s make-ups, and help delay their leaving in case it’s necessary. I couldn’t leave the task to Randy because Randy has no acting skills whatsoever.
At the event venue
When we (Dodong, Raviv, Raviv’s Yaya Beth and Dad) arrived at the event venue (UP Seniors’ Social Garden), Motherhood’s immediate relatives from Tiaong and Tita Romilyn and Tita Ayet with hubby were already there. The place has also already been set-up, and my photographer friend with his photobooth were already there as well.
However, Tita Romilyn and her co-dancers were still busy practicing their surprise number: they were gonna sing (lipsync) and dance Liza Minelli’s “Cabaret”.
Liza Minelli’s Cabaret
The UPLB senior who does not know the places in Los Banos
O di ba bonggels? But at 6 p.m., several other guests haven’t arrived yet…including the host, LOL! So I was busy communicating with Reg and Randy and Tita Len how to delay their arrival. Ang giraffe guys!!! Reg said that Motherhood was already having tantrums—those who know Motherhood know that she is the consummate on-time-dapat–lagi person! She was stressed because I told her that the party will start at 6 p.m., eh bibiyahe pa to Sta. Rosa. So pa’no na? Well, I ain’t the mistress of surprise parties for nothing. A great idea hit me: Fatherhood’s older sister, Auntie Cely, was in town visiting her grandchild studying in UPLB. Motherhood and I invited her to the “Sharon Cuneta” affair (but I told Auntie Cely the truth days before the event). So I told Randy to tell Motherhood that Aunty Cely was on her way to our home to ride with them to Sta. Rosa. And voilà, that shut Motherhood up from hurrying to leave. However, Reg called me to inform me that Motherhood was calling Auntie Cely!!!! Patay na patay na!!!
I called Aunty Cely right away and her phone was busy. Shet na malagket! When I finally got ahold of Auntie Cely, I heaved a sigh of relief when she told me she didn’t answer Motherhood’s call. Then I told her that I used her in my plan. Later on I learned that this conversation happened:
Motherhood: O Ate Cely asan na kayo?
Auntie: Ay hindi ko alam.
Motherhood: Pakausap ako kay Nina (my niece who’s a senior at UPLB) siya tatanungin ko.
At nag-panic daw si Nina!
Motherhood: Nina malayo pa ba kayo?
Nina: Dito po sa may paliko….
Motherhood: Anong paliko? Diba galing ka lang sa FO e dire-direcho lang naman papunta dito? Asan na ba talaga kayo?
Nina: Lola Emma…hindi ko po alam asan na kami.
Motherhood, thinking (not out loud): Ano ba naman itong si Nina, 4 years nang nakatira sa UPLB hindi pa alam ang mga lugar?!? UP student hindi nag-iisip!
And finally when almost all of the guests have arrived (plus the host), and Tita Romilyn aka Liza Minelli and her gang have already practiced their special number, I called Randy and gave them the go signal to leave. The plan was that Reg will be dropped off to the Seniors’ Social Garden where she is to attend a wedding (but while waiting, Mom was thinking again: Ano ba naman ito si Reg napakalapit lang ng Social Garden magpapahatid pa eh late na nga kami kay Sharon!)
The host announced that Motherhood was coming. So we dimmed the lights and all were asked to stand up and put on their masks…
…and Fatherhood was to escort Motherhood into the hall.
Then we saw our car driven by Randy with Reg, Tita Len and Motherhood. Reg alighted from the car, and asked Motherhood to get off as well. Of course did not want to, kasi bakit naman daw siya mskiki-attend sa weding reception na hindi siya invited. But then Randy also got off and said, “Uy Mom si Irvin! Baba tayo Mom, tingnan natin!” Still she did not get off, at nas-stress na siya! Then even Tita Len got off the car and expressed her interest to attend the wedding reception. She was already alone in the car so she exasperatedly got off. And then she saw Dad daw, who pulled her to the party. Now she was getting confused and angry: Bakit andito ang mga tao eh dapat asa Sta. Rosa?!? At bakit kami makiki-attend sa party na hindi kami invited?!?
Let’s take a look at the development of Motherhood’s expression, caught by the lens of my friend Charles Caramihan’s camera:
And upon recoginizing her friend, Tita Ola…
Then everyone could see the joy on Motherhood’s face!
And if during the course of this stressful preparation I questioned why I had to do give myself additional burden and stress, it’s because I knew I’d see this:
The woman whose hoarse and loud voice disciplined me (yet hearing that same voice also reassured me that everything will be fine), and whose peddling of cowboy hats and footwear embarrassed me (but later on made me oh so proud—we were never in want, we were never in debt, and she always gave her tithes to God) deserved a night of smiles and laughter and happiness.
Did you miss Part 1? Here it is: Madame EKS (aka Motherhood)’s 60th Surprise Birthday Party Part 1: Party Planning
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