Whenever someone is going through some life-altering event— whether it’s good or bad— friends do come together and volt in.
I am not sure if this concept was instilled in my generation because of Voltes V, where five friends have to volt in to form the mighty robot who would fight the enemy.
The Voltes V couldn’t operate/use its optimum strength if the team isn’t complete.
Pag ang kalaban ay major, kailangan mag-split screen into five to show how they’d combine their powers, “let’s volt in!”
In my experience, each time I’m undergoing crucial moments, I volt in with friends and family. Kahit di nila alam what I’m going through, I volt in with them. And maybe without me knowing, they volt in with me. There’s power in numbers and company.
Pero sa grupo namin nina Gelli de Belen, Carmina Villarroel, and Aiko Melendez, naka-announce all the time na kailangan namin mag-volt in.
AIKO’S “EMERGENCY.” Years ago, out of nowhere, Aiko called an emergency meeting. That was when she got pregnant with Andre.
Say niya sa phone, “Walang may alam, ikaw lang.” I was in a meeting and rushed to her condo. To my surprise, Gelli and Mina were there as well. Ayun, sinabihan din niya ng, ” Walang may alam, ikaw lang.” Hahaha!
CANDY’S “S.O.S.” Nine years ago, I rang up Gelli because of my separation.
It was then a rainy Sunday. Gelli was in Tagaytay. Aiko was out of the country. Mina, who was feverish, came to see me, and drove by herself.
While I was pouring my heart out, the other two were calling for updates.
Most of the time naman, we just need a break… Let’s volt in! Kasi naman, meeting friends recharges one’s self.
Meron namang mga volt in na may alinlangan ka sa pag-join.
Sa true Lang, hate ko before si Martin Jickain (ex-hubby of Aiko). But now, love ko na siya. Gelli and Mina had to drag me out of the house to attend the wedding.
Heto na, pagdating namin sa venue, we headed straight to Aiko’s room. We locked the doors and talked to her. “Puwede ka pang umatras. Tatakas ka namin. Merong daan sa likod.” Laugh lang nang laugh yung Aiko hanggang na-realize niya na serious kami.
VOLT-IN FOR MINA. A few months ago, I got a call from Tita Dolor Guevarra, manager of Mina.
” November 16, wag ka na mag-sked ng iba. This is it na para kay Mina! Buong pagtatakang nagtanong ako, “Huh, ano meron?”
Tita Dolor said, “Magpo-propose na si Zoren, then segue na sa kasal. Kailangan kumpleto kayong apat.”
I really felt bad because if fell on the date of my scheduled solo stand-up show in Teatrino. ” Tumulong ka na lang sa preparations kung di ka puwede sa 16.”
That was how we ended our phone conversation.
After a few minutes, my phone was ringing with calls from Aiko and Gelli.
One week after, I received another call from Tita Dolor about the change of date. Yipee! Makaka-attend na ako.
Fast forward to two days before the wedding, Gelli and I were discussing if we should meet up with Mina before her big day.
Ang dialogue ni Gelli, ” Bridal shower na hindi niya alam. Ganun ba ang drama natin? Di ko kaya. Baka maiyak ako pag nakita ko siya.”
Preparations, non-stop teleconferencing, assuming, wondering, worrying over nothing, meeting up regarding program, until the wedding…
Aiko got a hotel room near the venue. I went there to get dressed. Gelli had to tape three episodes for Face to Face. Tense na tense kami for Gagay! Forever coordinating kami with each other about our route.
” I will ride with Aiko going to the venue, let’s meet up there. Basta Daang Hari yun. I saw the venue nang dumaan ako minsan dun. Tawagan tayo. Please Gagay, hold on to your phone,” I told her.
Tawa kami nang tawa ni Aiko habang nasa car papuntang venue kasi kinakabahan kami.
Upon arriving at the venue, I saw a lot of beautiful, good-hearted, and happy faces. Kahit yung mga manong na drivers na nakatambay sa parking, naka-smile. Ang positive ng aura. Ang gaan ng paligid. Walang kokontra!
“Pero bakit wala pa si Gelli?” asked the worried Aiko.
My phone started ringing. It was Gelli!
“Nawawala ako! Nasaan ba ‘yang venue? I think lagpas na ako ng Daang Hari.”.
I told her, “Balik ka! The venue is within Daang Hari. Hello! Hello… Choppy!”
Gelli: “Grrrr… Stress ako. Di kita … (busy tone)”
Oh no! Parang bakulaw na si Gagay sa phone.
We tried calling her but couldn’t get through.
Finally she arrived!
Super poised siya and super smile. Gagay approached us and whispered, “Sumabog ako sa car. Na-stress ako. Okay na. Let’s ask what we’re supposed to do? Where’s Chinky? Aiko na-distribute mo na yung postcards?” say ni Gagay.
After greeting everyone, exchanging hellos, having a quick meeting with the event coordinator, the proposal was about to start. We (Aiko, Gelli, myself, and ate Janice) were watching together at the monitor they provided. We could see what was happening inside.
Gelli: “Okay Ito. Support ko talaga ito. Among all your weddings, ito lang ang wedding na totally approve ako!”
Nagkatinginan na lang kami ni Aiko.
Kinakabahan ako… But I enjoyed the few quiet moments.
I was happy for Carmina, and I was also happy observing the friends of Mina, who were very happy for her.
Honestly, ang daming tearful moments sa buong wedding, and there was a lump in my throat when I saw her dad, the sisters who were trying not to cry, and Mina, walking alonedown the aisle with the twins behind her.
Hindi ako nakakuha ng pictures at all dahil busy naman talaga ako. Sa ceremony, busy ako sa emotions ko. Sa reception, busy ako, bilang host kami ni Gelli.
After the whole affair, nagtago kaming magkakaibigan sa isang sulok sa may garden area kasama namin ang newlyweds. Para kaming nag-quick post evaluation.
Mina just wanted to talk and ask stuff. There, Papa Z told Mina, “Nag-change nga kami ng date kasi di puwede si Candy at meron daw siya show. Kaya today ginawa, instead of tomorrow.”
I quickly replied,” Ako talaga reason? OA ka naman Papa Z”.
“Ano ka ba! Di naman ako papayag na di kayo kumpleto. Di ba, ‘Nay [referring to Mina], malulungkot ka kung kulang sila. I decided to move it para complete kayo at nandito ka. Salamat guys, ha,” Z said.
I am more thankful, Papa Z, because you gave me the chance to be there. Siyempre sinabi ko lang yun sa heart ko. Ang dami nang nangyari sa buong araw, baka kung hinirit ko pa yun, maloka na si Mina.
I went home with no pictures. My feet were killing me. I was hungry. I was tired and sleepy. But I was happy because I just came from a very memorable volt in!