Another PhilPop blessing: being in the contest was a reminder of the support system I had in family and friends. At a time when I was discovering the downside of social media, which was that it gave a voice to haters and sour-graping losers and opportunities for them to spread lies and negativity, I also discovered friends and relatives who would go out of their way to support me – whether or not I knew it.
PhilPop’s SMART People’s Choice Award would go to the entry with the most number of text votes. I did my share of promoting my song, campaigning and asking people to text my songs code number to 2929 and so on. And people's show of support was incredibly heartwarming. Old classmates, people I had not heard from in a long time, resurfaced on Facebook and on email to tell me they were texting. Friends texted many times, and there were Globe subscribers that went as far as buying SMART sim cards just to be able to vote for my entry. (I would joke and say, "..And the winner is.... Manny Pangilinan!" Looks like this telecom marketing ploy worked - at least on my friends and relatives!) Others posted on their walls and campaigned for me, encouraging their own friends to vote for me. Nakakataba ng puso.
My good friends Jungee Marcelo (with wife Anna) and Jonathan Manalo - also songwriting "veterans" who joined but didn't make it to the Top 14 - were there to support me and other colleagues. They had also already purchased copies of the PhilPop album. Like everyone else who joined the contest and didn't make it to the Finals, they had their share of feeling disappointed when the results came out. But being professionals, they knew and understood the process of selecting the finalists. No bitterness in their hearts. Instead, they chose to join in the celebration of OPM's boost through this much-awaited affair.
And friends from Mass Appeal, the choir I sing with every 4th Sunday of the month at La Salle Greenhills threw their support for me in a big way – literally.
Walang sinabi ang mga contestant sa American Idol! 'Di ko kinaya! Even talent manager/PhilPop Executive Producer Girlie Rodis had to take a photo. I kept laughing when I saw this tarp, but at the same time it was also like one big warm and fuzzy embrace from the whole group. What a pleasant surprise! I will never forget this.
With love and support from these angels, how could I not feel like a winner?
TO BE CONTINUED...
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