Thursday, October 23, 2008

Christmas in October with Kapuso Stars

I woke up early this morning but not to run or play tennis.

Yesterday, I was advised by the DSAPI (Down Syndrome Association of the Phils. Inc.) to bring Eia to GMA-7. She was picked as one of the 25 children with DS to participate in a special shooting with some Kapuso stars.

Naturally, I was thrilled to the bone. It would be a whole new experience for my daughter (plus the fact that I'll get the chance to rub elbows with some TV personalities heh heh . . . ).

Eia's not used to eating breakfast early so we just dropped by McDo's Drive Thru and ordered 1 pc. chicken with rice for her. We also ordered fillet-o-fish for Ate Ella and me but unfortunately, it's not yet available. It's good we brought with us Sky Flakes crackers and a cooler filled with 2 cans of Coke Light and 2 Mango Juice. But when lunchtime came, GMA was kind enough to provide sumptuous meal for every parent, caregiver, and child.

I knew passing EDSA was the shorter route but it's been years since I've travelled that far. I couldn't picture in my mind how I can transfer to the left side since we would be at the right side of EDSA, coming from Las PiƱas City. I decided to take the longer route instead, via Quiapo.

Then I received a text message from Adette, our DSAPI administrator, that the shooting would be held at the 3rd floor of the new building, the GMA Studio Network. She told me its not along EDSA but on the first street right after GMA. To make a long story short, we made it on time, arriving earlier than the Kapuso stars.

Kuya Glen assisting the kids with their coloring activities while waiting for the Kapuso stars.

That's my daughter Eia grinning at me.

When Dingdong Dantes entered the studio, shrieking mothers rushed unto him dragging their bewildered children for picture taking. I was almost tempted to join the bandwagon but was able to control my overwhelming desire with superhuman strength.

My daughter Eia had the chance to stay close to Dingdong but chose not to. She's faithful to her "boyfriend" Roger Federer.

Hmmm . . . how come Eia sat beside Wendell Ramos and not with Dingdong Dantes?

Eia with very beautiful faces Yasmien Kurdi, Gelli de Belen and Camille Prats.

On stage during the gift giving of GMA Kapuso bags. At the background is Lovi Poe.

Kyla with Eia above and with me, below. Do you think if I don't stop running my figure will go back to it's former form just like Kyla's??? How I wish!

The GMA loot bag with its contents: When Eia opened her bag and saw what's inside, what she said simply melted my heart--"Wow! So many! I will give Kuya!"

One last picture: Eia curious why the gifts around the giant christmas tree were not distributed among the children. I explained to her that the gifts intended for them were inside the GMA loot bag.


  1. Eia is so lucky. How touching.

  2. Eia is a special "special child" Jinoe. She thinks of other people's welfare before her own. During mealtime, she's the one serving food to us. She does things not even done by normal children. I'm so lucky to have her.

  3. Eia is so lucky to have a mom like the golden girl and you are very lucky to have a daughter like Eia.
    She is trained well and it is because of the love and special care you have given her. congratulations!

  4. Hmmm...maybe in our next races we can get pledges for a charity that supports kids with DS.

  5. Our children are really God's gifts to us, Mae. We are drawn closer to God because of them.

    See you at the OctobeRUN!

  6. You are ever so thoughtful Jay. Actually, the recipient of my 50th bday was the DSAPI. Instead of my friends giving me gifts, I asked them to contribute something to the association. My golden celebration was my first 5k Run.

    I have formally proposed a fun run to the Board of Officers of the DSAPI for our DS kids. Will update you on this as soon as it is approved.

    Thanks for the kind suggestion, Jay. God bless you and your family.

  7. I'm sure it was a great and memorable experience!! It's always a thrill to be around the TV and movie stars -- I'm sure Eia herself would remember this event for a long time.

    Just a request, would it be possible to fix the arrangements of the photos? In my laptop, the pictures are skewed to the right -- as such, I only see a very small portion of the bottom pictures and your comments.

    Here's praying for even more blessings to you and your family!

  8. I'm sure it was great and memorable experience for you and Eia!! Being with TV and movie stars is always a thrill. I'm sure Eia will never forget this special day.

    Just a request -- would it be possible to re-align the pictures posted? The pictures towards the bottom are skewed towards the right -- and is covered by the right section of blog. Would love to see the full pictures.

    Here's praying for even more blessings for you and your family.

  9. Hi, Johnny! I missed our 5k run today at the OctobeRUN Festival. Eia got sick last night.

    Hope to run 5k with you and Wayne at the VSO this Nov. 9.

    God bless you too and your family!

  10. I don't know why the pictures appear that way in your screen, Johnny. I'm also using a laptop but the pictures and the comments are not skewed to the right on my screen. Hmmm . . . that's weird. They appear OK in my blog . . .

  11. Wow! Eia is on the road to celebrity status (soon to be proud KAPUSO na) and so do her mom...hehehe

  12. awww... so touching naman. and umm nora, who knows? when you do keep on running you may get back to the "kyla body" you once knew to be yours din... :)

  13. Actually, Anna feeling ko mas excited pa ako kaysa kay Eia hah hah ... di naman kasi niya kilala ang mga Kapuso stars simply because she's glued to the Disney Channel.

  14. Sana nga Vimz. Impossible is nothing di ba? Baka 20 years from now, balik Kyla na figure ko!

  15. now, iam such a proud, proud, proud no, make that very very very very proud tito and cousin too.

    And don't you worry about that figure. We will get there.

  16. Hah hah hah . . . thanks, Jun!

    Congrats for placing 4th in your age group last Oct. 26. It's really sad that I wasn't able to join you, also Ate Ella.

  17. Hey that's great post Nora. Yes Eia is special and lucky to have such a great Mom!

  18. We're both lucky to have each other, Gene.

    See you tomorrow at the VSO! While I'm writing this, I am imagining you and Wayne talking and laughing with each other already.

  19. Tita Nora ... one of these days, I will personally make sure Eia will have her own private time with Dong! :O)

  20. I think the mother is the one more interested with Dong than the daughter, Doc Doray heh heh . . .

  21. Ah ganun ba? hehehe. Sige na nga, pwede na rin! hahahah! ... I'm trying to convince him to run as well, so this week, he might train with us in Ultra in the mornings. I'll let you know! I-pace mo siya! hehehe :O)

  22. Sayang! Kung malapit lang sana ang ULTRA!