I am in a grave need of rescuing myself in what was supposed to be a rescue run. I was assigned to do something I never did before and never thought capable of. But I was forced to be in this situation by circumstances. So what the fabulous diva to do? Stand up and overcome!
Typhoon Pablo wreaked havoc in Mindanao December 4, 2012 most especially the banana plantations and the rural communities of New Bataan, Compostela Valley where most of the more than 1,000 fatalities were found (not including the more than 800 still missing as of this writing). The Greentennial Run, noted not only for their imaginative and well organized races but for doing runs for a cause, mobilized its dynamic volunteers to once again join forces in putting up another Rescue Run. So it was, after 12 days of hectic preparations, it came into being December 23 at the Bonifacio Global City.
The Fabulous Running Divas was not only there, they were a part of the production team being assigned to host the event together with the staple and no less fabulous, Michelle Estuar and Mish Maravilla. Ivan Patrick Camposano and Sweet Cabiltes were assigned to do the job with me and Vicente “Blue” Zapanta accompanying them to the production meeting a week before the event. Unexpectedly though and without any warning, I was chosen by Sir Rovic Gloria, the head of the Greentennial Run, to be the Production Director in the place of Madam Cathy who was absent that time. Placed on the spot, I was dumbfounded and cannot air my apprehension as to what this job entails as I have zero experience in this department. The team members that comprise the production are all familiar, popular in fact, faces in the running community that I was confident we would do just fine.
Come race day and Sweet was nowhere to be found! I cannot let Ivan do the hosting by himself as they are supposed to be partners in certain segments of the program. Mish Maravilla is running a little bit late and in a few minutes we need to be on air for some initial voice over! Coach Michelle would not want to be by her lonesome self when the time comes for her to mount the stage. At the same time, as if compounding my dilemma, boxes and paper bags of prizes from sponsors arrived and needed some sorting out! I only have Juvy Solabo, another fabulous diva member, backstage to do this. With no other recourse, I delegated Ivan to help Juvy out with me taking over the hosting job while waiting for Mish to arrive. Luckily, she did so just a few moments into the program. Heaven sent is another fab barefoot diva, Rose Marie, who volunteered to do the directing after she had her initial assignment of seeing over the voting for various special awards to be given later in the show all worked out.
The goddess of things gay and fabulous must be smiling upon us that particular day even though at certain point it drizzled and posed as if turning into a downpour. Luckily it didn’t and the program went on smoothly as well. All our expected and unexpected guests are on hand to do assigned and impromptu speeches, prayers and tasks including Sir Mike Logico, a high ranking military officer assigned at the very area ravaged by the typhoon to do opening remarks; and Sir Dennis Mendoza, pink runner and BGC officer, to do the opening prayers. Officers of JEC and Public Safety College are on hand likewise to do the gun start honors and the beauteous and fit zumba dancer to lead the special feature warm-up dance, as well as, the cool down after the race.
The rest of the program followed smoothly due to the proficiency of Michelle and Mish with me doing some “pasaway” just to spice things up. Luckily the skies cleared as we progressed with the program and we were able to do marvelously the exciting portions of the show like the Special Awards (best running group, best blogger, best blog, best host, “crush ng bayan”, etc.) which hopefully will become a staple as many runners found it both amusing and fun. Coach Michelle led beside the stage her own style of exercises/competition I dub “Michelle’s Ladder” where a strip of cloth like material shaped to form a ladder was laid down on the pavement and where different types of hardcore exercises were performed by various running groups competing with each other. The awarding of major prizes for “podiumers” in various categories where efficiently handled my Mish even though her meticulously iron curled hair is slowly showing the disastrous effects of drizzle, sweat (after joining the 5k run) and wind. Despite that though, she still looks not an inch less fabulous! I on my part look like a gaudy Barbie wannabe beside her in my leotard pinned with plastic poinsettias and ruffled tutus courtesy of my designer friend Kelly (I am so sorry for him really). But that’s really the point of the whole get up (as if nobody knows it yet, haha).
Such was the theme of the day. There were chaotic and rough points but with the cooperation and help of the entire crew, individually efficient and hardworking, they were handled just fine and without any hitch. My initial fear of not being up to par was allayed by the thought that I am surrounded by well-meaning crew and their confidence rubbed on to me. I cannot let myself fail miserably for the nth time in my history of failures. I cannot let those who put their trust in me down. After all, as Ivan Patrick Campusano would emphatically say, I am a FABULOUS RUNNING DIVA!