We’ve been adjusting since Monday last week, when we started our spankin’ new 4-hour sked, and what a way to end our first week doing four hours! The last 3 days were fully-packed like anything.
HEY MONDAY ON THURSDAY
We were supposed to interview Hey Monday, the opening band of Fall Out Boy’s Manila concert, last Thursday, but they got caught up and arrived a little after 10am. Jude and Gelli ended up interviewing the young band, but I was able to get my picture taken with them. Just the day before, Boyce Avenue also dropped by, but I wasn’t able to get a photo taken with them.
MADAM AMBASSADOR, TAKE 2
We were so happy to have on the show, for the 2nd time, the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Philippines, Ambassador Kristie Kenney. The first time she joined us on the show was during Thanksgiving of 2007! That was around the same time I started my blog. I distinctly remember that I mentioned her visit in one of my earliest posts, my third if I’m not mistaken, but I wasn’t able to post any pictures from that meeting.
So now, we were thrilled to have her back, this time for Valentine’s Day. She was so sweet, she even brought a whole lot of cookies and other sweets for the Rx staff. She said she had “a little help” with the baking, but that it was mostly her handiwork.
We also got to talk about the new American president, Barack Obama, the ambassador’s new blog, and even squeezed a promise out of her to add us on her Facebook! I swear she’s such a cool personality. If we weren’t careful, we could easily forget that we’re with a foreign dignitary because she was so much fun to be with. A lot of the RX staff came extra early to meet the ambassador and to have their picture taken with her.
Then later that same day, was the RX Color-coded Singles Party which was such a big hit! I know it sound odd, coming from us, but seriously, there was a long line getting into the club until 3am! We were pooped with only about an hour to sleep until it’s time for work the next day,
VALENTINES WITH OUR ST. PAUL GIRLS
With barely an hour of sleep, we got up early because as I posted in this blog, we were doing a new twist to an old concept. We did love messages on air, but to be read by our grade school students from St. Paul College Pasig. The girls ranged from grade 3 to grade 7. Our girls did us all proud by stepping up to the challenge and performing way better than we ever expected. They were so nervous and they weren’t given much time to rehearse or prepare for their on-air debut, but they didn’t buckle under the pressure, with some even exceeding our wildest expectations! It was so cute hearing little girls reading grown-up messages for Valentines. But some of them also had a chance to read their Valentine messages for their love ones, like their brother, their mom, their dad, their yaya, even their dead pet. It was handful managing 20 young girls in a confined space, but we survived it. (By the way, thank you so much for the overhelming response for our call-out for love messages to be used in the special. We felt so bad chooshing only a few, but we only had 3 hours worth of greetings and songs. So if you’d like to read all of the messages, just read the comments from the post, “Valentine Special 2009”.)
But by the time we were done, we were practically crashing. That’s why I’m on holiday as we speak. :-)