(Beware: Long Post :D)
I am proud to say that I’m a rusher for almost 12 years.
2nd year highschool nung una ko sila napakinggan, I’m scanning the radio nung napahinto ako sa KC FM (ngayon ay iFM) dahil kasalukuyang tinutugtug ang kantang Scream by WYRD. matapos ang kanta, may dalawang DJ na nagsimulang magkwentuhan. Umaga noon at gumagawa ng assignment para sa aking klase sa hapon pero di ako makaconcentrate dahil sa Top 10 nila (Rush Hour Top ten) Nahawa ako sa kanilang tawa at napatango sa kanilang mga komento. English man ang medium, mas naiinitindihan ko sila kesa sa ibang tagalog FM station, hindi dahil sa jokes, kundi may laman at mas may puso (at sense) ang kanilang mga sinasabi. Sina Chico and Delle and uanng DJ na nakilala ko ng lubusan sa radyo.
Simula noon, nagbago na aking umaga. listening to their segments like “He says, She Says” and “Like a Virgin” up to “GMIX” segment where they features remixes by Vince G made me more hooked to to these two. kakafrustate nga lang because I can’t join the topic dahil de pager pa nun, si itay lang ang may pocketbell, at malayo ang landline sa bahay, effort para sa isang 2nd year high student na nakatira sa isang payak na pook sa isang sulok ng Bulakan (play dramatic music here.) 😀
Highschool Graduation when I got my first phone, Alcatel man pero oks narin, makakasali narin ako sa topic ng Rush Hour. since then lagi akong nakapako sa malaki naming stereo pag magsesend ako ng entry sa kanila, I still remembers yung unang entry ko na nabasa sa radyo, quite ironic nga lang na di ko matandaan ang topic na nasalihan ko
My first entry goes: “my girlfriend (ex now) went abroad without saying goodbye, I later learned from her friends that she don’t want to tell me that she’s sick and have to go abroad for medication. She rather be alone than struggle seeing me frustrated, can’t go with her and share the pain., so emo right, but that was also the first time I disclosed something personal to another person, and it was aired on national radio. Chico and Delle sympathized and gave advices. They become my on-air therapist and comfort.
from highschool to college, from KC FM back to Monster Radio RX 93.1, from that forgotten codename to RENdenzer to Ureiqn to Amherst Ureiqn, di ko nmalayan na almost 12 years na pala ako nakikitawa sa dalawa (minsan tatlo pag kasama si Brad Turvey), ‘di ko masasabi na silent rusher ako, di ko rin masasabi na active na active, pero lagi silang nasa background ng araw araw kong byahe tuwing umaga.
Then twitter was invented. then podcasts made RXTMR playback possible and more accessible. Time changed but Chico and Delle are still the same. They touched many lives here and abroad and it is simply amazing (smart? :D)
then this awesome moment when I practically converted a college friend to a rusher. nageedit kami ng isang AVp for his event when i played a rxtmr podcast. nacurios siya sa tawa ni Chico, simula noon, naging rusher na sya, he is in Dubai now but he still manage to enjoy TMR thru podcasts. (thanks BlueRitz and Mommy Gubster)
Then came the RXTMR Book. I brought one as a christmas gift for myself and since then I’ve been wondering paano mapipirmahan ang copy ko, I planned to attend the book launch sa Glorrieta pero may klase sa masteral. At thesis subject pa. sorry chico and delle but I know you’ll understand. 😀 Two more booksigning happend and still cant attend and have my book signed. Pero thank God nung natapat ang book signing sa National Holiday, walang pasok sa Graduate School pero sa MOA, from north to south, effort to, pero sa tingin ko ito ang una at huling pagkakataon ko na makita ang mga kaibigan ko sa radio for almost 12 awesome years so I decided to go.
nakangiti akong bumibyahe pauwi from work, may binabalak akong gawin, well I promised Niel (converted rusher) a signed rxtmr book. but I keep disappointing him sa skype pag nalalaman niya na di ako nakakapunta sa booksigning, well I have to make bawi bigtime (kumukonyo na ako like Chico haha)
Excited, I packed my bag night before and charged my videocamera. pero may lagnat at sipon na ako pagkagising, I even tweeted Delle and Chico but got motivated by Chico’s “aww…”, Gino’s “Oh no” and Delle’s blackmail remark, “sige ka, huli na ‘to” haha.
so there, I left home around 8AM and reached MOA by 12Noon, naexpect ko na ang mahabbang pila sa labas ng NBS two and a half hour before the actual book signing. I was able to “endure” the long line, thanks sa mga katabing random strangers na pinaguusapan sina Chico and Delle, cant stop to eavesdrop but I learned that they are silent rushers, but they talk things about Chico and Delle na parang close sila sa CND, it made me smile. then there’s a group na maingay sa harap ng bookstore, di sila nakapila but their black shirts said it all. THE Rushers. sila yung mga stakeholders ng show, mga active to tweet entries 😀 para talaga silang celebrities, I am amazed that finally seen faces behind those famous codenames like Butterbaby, JRhyan and others (well, ilang beses ko na nakakasakay sa ortigas si Oscar delaho nung nagwowork pa ako sa callcenter, not a stakler haha, just to be clear)
mga 3:40 na nung napasok ko ang NBS at napaupo. yes, malapit na ako sa tagumpay este kina Chico and Delle. They joked and we laughed, that moment was so magical as mesmerizing (ok mejo creepy na) pero, I mean after 12 years di ba?
so yun, i gave the book to their assistant para mapila sa pipirmahan then Got surprised when Delle saw my codename on the book that she’s supposed to sign, she grabbed the mic and ask the audience, “Oh my God, is Amherst Ureiqn here?” , I raised my hand and claimed the glory, “so Ikaw pala yun, nice meeting you” Chico and Delle said. “dati active ka lang sa twitter, but now, nice meeting you ulit” Delle added. and the rushers begins to shout my name, hehe, some mispronounced it as urine but Delle and Chico corrected them, we laughed. my codename got the attention of the crowd for seconds I almost burst into tears when I talked to them and asked them a favor. one of my happiest moment this year 😀 muntikan na ako mag nosebleed sa pagkastarstruck ko hehe 😀
anyway, I must accomplish my other mission, habang nanginginig ang boses ko, i called their attention and asked them a favor. after some takes, (thanks for the patience Chico and delle), I got my books signed and a special gift for my pal abroad.
I went home smiling and excited to upload the video I created for Niel. Sunday came and able to stumble upon the book signing photos, found mine and upload them on my facebook wall. nagsimula nang magtanong si Niel kung nabilhan ko sya ng kopya at napapirmahan, Di ako nagreply, I waited for him to go online thru skype.I gave him a link and said “to answer your question, please watch this.”, he went to the link and sarcastically said:”so gumawa ka pa talaga ng video?” (kaibigang tunay haha), then follewd by “antrapik parin sa pinas” (pertaining to the traffic shown on video) , then silence. “panuorin mo hanggang dulo, there’s a suprise”, i said. “o sige na nga, wait”…then we disconnected. my net connection sucks big time.
Thank God, he appreciated the video, it’s your birthday, and you deserve it.
“Matagal na tayo magkaibigan, di mo prain alam spelling ng pangalan ko.hmp.” (referring to the subtitles)
Sorry Niel, it’s NEIL pala no? pasensya na dyslexic ang kaibigan mo, 😀
so there you go, thanks for CND for almost 12 years (and counting) of friendship and making this video possible. thanks Rushers for making that day one of a kind and to CherrytheGreat for the pics, i love it :D)
(sidenote: thanks Delle for appreciating the video and Chico for featuring it to your famous blog. Thank you to Silent and Active rushers who watched, commented and shared the video. SuperUltraMegaMagnaSumaThankYou! Cheers to a show that binds people across the globe through laughter and lot of Good Vibes. Long Live RXTMR