I marked the date on my calendar. Being a Megan Young fan, she was arriving Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11th via CX flight from HK. Oh boy, who wouldn’t be excited? Megan Young just won Miss World 2013 — the first ever blue crown for the Philippines.

Megan Young Miss World 2013 homecoming

I knew the crowd of welcoming people would be huge. I wished once again that I had met her even before she left for Bali. But that’s done and it’s time to face reality. I had to choose between joining her parade along Ayala Avenue or waiting it out at SM Mall of Asia Main Mall Atrium where she was going after the parade for a meet and greet.

Since mobility is a challenge, plus there’s the factor of Typhoon Santi — Metro Manila was just placed under Signal No. 2 — my daughter and I had to opt for the latter… SM MOA Atrium. It wasn’t easy getting there as taxi cabs were rather choosy and jacked up their prices for poor commuters.

FX to Sucat via MOA

It was a good thing there was a nearby mall — Lucky Chinatown Mall — where we got an FX ride to Sucat via MOA. Metro traffic wasn’t too heavy, but we were late nonetheless in getting to MOA. Thankfully, Megan Young’s entourage wasn’t there yet and we even waited a while to see the growing number of people waiting for Miss World 2013.

Mommy Vicky with me

Security was too tight so we didn’t get a chance to have a one-on-one photo opp with Megan. But I’m happy to have met Megan’s mom, Vicky Young. I got some photos with her together with my newly found TeamBata colleagues — Megan Young’s official fan club. I also handed to Mommy Vicky the scrapbook that I put together in a moment’s notice to give to Megan. I hope she liked it.

scrapbook for Megan Young

Bea and I decided to have our dinner after the meet and greet, and since we were already at MOA, to watch Alagwa — the multi-awarded indie film starring my uber favorite actor Jericho Rosales and child star Bugoy Carino.

My thoughts on the movie? It’s a must-see film indeed! I was totally touched by the father-son relationship in the film and I could relate to Echo’s plight as a single parent struggling to do the best for his son. The movie is simple, only has a few but meaningful characters. It is straightforward — none of the trimmings you will find in mainstream films. But it did keep me on the edge of my seat until the end. Heartwarming relationships, gut-wrenching portrait of human trafficking, and an astounding ending are some of the reasons why you must not miss Alagwa at all! Congratulations and kudos to everyone — the director, cast, and crew — behind the production of Alagwa! May we see more quality Filipino films that we could be proud of sharing with the whole world! 😀 Trek to SM cinemas to catch Alagwa as it has been extended on its second week!

Have a great weekend! Till next time… ta-tah! 😀

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