Thursday, March 27, 2008

Close Encounters With Happy Slip

Last January, Ms. Christine Gambito a.k.a Happy Slip visited the Philippines.
I was privileged to be part of her entourage. 

Traveling with her for 14 days, from Manila to Bohol, Cebu to Boracay, and Palawan to 
Nueva Ecija.  Jeepney rides, Coaster trips, Airline flights, Tricycle bumps, Motor-boat wave like
ride, Speedboat buzz and Sedan cozy drive.

I was with Happy slip for her media press interviews, from early morning TV show guesting to the Hypnotic-like guesting at popular noon time show,  to the dazzling camera clicks and flashes of photo op, blitz-like blog interviews up to fans-clapping at her meet-and-greet events.

Up close. I saw her smile and yes, shed a tear. I witnessed her overflowing energy and how 
she can transform a routine-like day  into laughter filled-stomach-crumpling-hey-it's-a-happy-slip-day.

I felt her sincere attachment with her fans. 

One can really sense how much her fans mean to her.  She was always wanting to talk to every one. No matter how tired she was, she has this reserve strength always for her fans.

Being with Happy Slip is like taking a trip with Peter Pan going to Neverland. 

It felt like being around with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland.

I was like a kid all over again. It seems that my "cruel roller coaster" world of advertising stopped for two weeks. I was laughing, bubbling, inspired and beholden to Christine's world of Happy Slip. 

Happy Slip made me become a believer again - - that yes, Ed there's still good things amidst today's cruel world and that yes, old and weary Ed, dreams do still come true. At my stage in my advertising career, no one would ever believe me when i tell them of my dream of creating a Philippine campaign that will entail collaborating with a certified global internet celebrity! This Happy Slip campaign was a dream come true!

Maraming Salamat, Christine : - )