I. The tshirt. Fans who have been reading up on everything DC need no explanation for the design of the tshirt. It takes off from Cooky’s Katy Perry tshirt, which was first seen way back in January while he was doing the USO Tour. He has worn the tshirt frequently during the Declaration Tour. We’ve been told that the EEB loved the tshirt, and were quite pleasantly surprised to find out that each of them had one too (theirs are blue). They appreciated the fact that only fans would think of making a reference to the “Katy Perry Slept Here” shirt, which is one of Cooky’s favorites. I had a quick chat with Joey before they left last Sunday, and he said that it was a really cool idea. They had not received the tshirts yet – see, all gifts go through the tour manager and security. Also, we think they didn’t open most of the gifts anymore for practical reasons (it's easier to pack things as they are). Each tshirt was wrapped in japanese paper and packaged in an abaca bag. Well, except for Cooky’s, which I threw onstage during the M&G (fortunately one of the BNO guys picked it up, was it Slick Rick, I can’t remember anymore. Thank you Rick!). Er yes, you read that right, I threw it. What, sleepyinsomniac and I panicked, we didn’t want him to leave without getting the shirt – that was the goal for the day. As you know, Cooky laughed when he held it up and saw what was written on it.
(Picture by tim_09 of PEx.)
II. The sneakers. Naturally we knew what size to get (thanks to Vera,Valermarie, raefabulous and AprilD of IOC *wink*). The art was done by the artist Lala Gallardo, who might be known to some as the 1st prize winner (together with sister Waya Gallardo, who did the writing) of the Neil Gaiman-initiated First Philippine Fiction/Graphic Awards, for her work on The Mad, Sad, Incredible But True Adventures of Hika Girl. Here is the study that Lala submitted:
Here is the final result:
We were unable to give the sneakers, along with the tshirts for the band, during the M&G at the
Later, we waited in the lobby for Cooky and company to pass by so we could give him the sneakers, which had already been filmed by the media (yep, a whole lot of people saw the sneakers before Cooky heard about them). When he did come, I took one step forward and called out “David, you forgot this!”, but did not get to go within a few feet. Fortunately someone from the party held out a hand and took the bag with the sneakers (plus a couple of tshirts and tubaos – native scarves for the band – clandestine and I had picked out at Kultura). The tshirts for Kyle and Joey were with
Fortunately, there was a woman there who graciously accepted sleepyinsomniac's request to bring the 2 bags for Andy and Neal. But shortly afterwards, sleepyinsomniac had second thoughts - what if we got a chance to meet the EEB later? Wouldn't that be a better way of giving the tshirts? I'll let her tell her own side of the story later, but for now let me just say we ended up running after the woman as she made her way to the front desk .We didn't want to seem ungracious, at the same time Cha Park and I were more inclined towards leaving things as they were, but sleepyinsomniac inexplicably felt like she should get the bags back.
So there we stood
Atty. Mancao represents Fearless, and (as we understand it) oversees the various aspects of the concert. She deals directly with the producers and the talents. She was our in to David Cook himself. We can’t say how grateful we are for having met her, for she was very understanding and accommodating. We told her about our last gift, the guitar, and she agreed to personally deliver it to David for us.
III. The guitar. The guitar was custom-made by Guitar Master, exporters based in
glitch_101 arrived late in the night on Friday, the eve of the concert. We were initially worried when she reported that she was not allowed to handcarry the guitar – they had put it together with other cargo, gaaaah!!! Fortunately, there was no mishap. By another stroke of coincidence, glitch mistakenly went to Makati Shangri-La instead of Edsa Shangri-La (the three of us – I,
She made good on her promise. Behold:
Atty. Arlyn says he was completely blown away, that he was impressed and bewildered ("Oh my god, this is expensive."). Skechers was there to give him shoes *cough cough* - that's the bag you see on the bed - when she came in to the room, but when he got the guitar he left and immediately brought it back to his room to make sure it was safe. As I mentioned in PEx the other day, the guitar was handcarried from Manila all the way to the US.
A closer look:
I'm finishing this post rather abruptly, but I intend to come back and add some more details if I've forgotten any. For now, let me just say, fellow Cookistas, stand proud, you all rock. Thank you to all those who contributed, whether in monetary terms or in some other way, so that we could give these gifts to David. Atty. Arlyn Mancao and Fearless, "Salamat po so much!" (tm David Cook)