Again, we trooped to our next stop in our book tour, NBS Megamall! And again, we were so happy that so many people took time out from their schedule on a weekend just to have their books signed.
In fact, there were so many people that there was a bit of a problem with the lines. Unlike in Galleria and Trinoma, the Megamall management didn’t allow lining up until about 12:30pm, so every time people started lining up, they would be dispersed by the guards. But eventually, they started allowing lines, but only in one area. So when the area was full, they’d tell the others that they’ve reached the cut-off already. But what they meant was, they just need to clear the holding area, then they’ll start giving out numbers again. Unfortunately, some people thought that they missed their spot already.
We promised that we’d stay on for as long as we needed to, to accommodate everyone who lined up. Fortunately, we were able to do just that. We gave away more than 300 numbers, and we were able to entertain everyone who lined up. With the exception of the initial misunderstanding, everything went great. At least no one came away unsigned.
Also, this was the first signing that, since we were able to accommodate everyone, we were able to stick around and mingle with the Rushers, who again, stayed on from beginning to the very end. The energy was high all the way, even though many of them came from an all-nighter after attending the RX Singles Party the night before.
We were also happy that Gino was able to join the latter part of the book signing! He still had a prom hosting later that day, but he also stayed on until the end, and gamely signed the books of many Rushers. It was also funny (and in retrospect eerily foreboding) that Gino entered with the strains of the late Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” blaring in the speakers, as they always do when we enter and exit with our bodyguards.
Little did we know that in less than 24 hours, the great voice will forever depart this earthly plane.
Again, thank you to Summit, National Bookstore Megamall, our bodyguards, our host, Dr. Love Tom Alvarez and especially the indefatigable RUSHERS who never fail to support every single book signing. Our gratitude is overflowing! THANK YOU!!!
Next Stop: Next Saturday, February 18, Powerbooks Greenbelt 4, 2-5pm!