(Photo courtesy of @OscarDelaHopia)
Wow, has it really been that long? People are calling it the show’s sweet 16. Imagine, if Delle and I had a baby when we started working together, she’d be 16 years old now! What a freaky thought.
We went from this:
From FM radio’s love team, to the Kikay Barkada! It’s been quite a road, the one we’ve traveled. The highs were (are) high, like the one we’re riding as this very moment, but the valleys were low indeed. When I think back, I marvel at how we weathered the rough patches. Heck, we’ve outlasted many marriages! Someone recently told us: “This is like your fourth wind?!?” But this latest incarnation of The Morning Rush, The Kikay Barkada, with Ginoboi, the irrepressible latest member of the family, is quite the creature! This anniversary is EXTRA special, having been the 3rd in a string of blessings that washed over us like a tsunami of good vibes. To celebrate this in the wake of winning the Tatt Award for #trendingradio and the OMG Award for Best Radio Show (not to mention the unexpected success of the Top 10 book), the anniversary is the icing on the cake. I have never felt so fortunate and blessed to be doing what we’re doing that right at this very moment. To be quite honest, it makes wading through the muck of the difficult times all worth it. When we celebrated the rounded-numbered 15th anniversary, it actually felt like an ending. I had this fearful hollowness in my gut that something’s ending. With Delle having a baby, and our personal lives evolving at racing speeds, I actually didn’t know what the future had in store for us. Little did we know that this whirlwind we’re experiencing right now was about to unfold. Gino’s arrival, the birth of the Kikay Barkada, the book, the awards, the past 6 months have been the best of our lives. Not to mention the manic support of the Rushers who literally toil and trouble their days in support of whatever project we may have in the wings. The outpouring of love (and I don’t take this word likely) is breathtaking.
So here we are, the latest version of us, this weird, dysfunctional, but happy little family we call our own. How long will this last? Who knows. But while we’re on this ride, let’s all enjoy it. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US!!!