Many months ago, like every Chaster I know, each one prepared for the experience of a lifetime. That is to go on a journey where one can savor and delight on the wondrous gift of witnessing and listening to a little girl who inspired a lot of people. In the beginning, I only know about my journey and my story. But I met people on the road who are heading on the same way as I am. And it was truly enlightening to be aware of these people’s stories like a different insight when one realized that the mountain is clearer from the plain.
I went there with a mission… that is, to hunt the Golden Voice of the Little One (as David F. and most of us fondly call her). I am the Goddess of the HUNT (lol ), so I suppose I have the ability to capture her beautiful voice and share it with everyone (though my video and camera always fail me). I gave my heart to it, as I wear my gear in the artemesian fashion (you will see what I mean) so that when I see her, my vision will be much clearer and I will embrace and hold her tightly as I promised other chasters from far and wide.
So I braved the rain as it tried to stop me from going to the place early. I continued my journey and faced another harm of season ( well in EDSA it’s actually a usual sight), this time the name of my opponent was …traffic! Ab.Bonita, truly a “belle” in disguise, guided my way. I was calling her all throughout and she always responds in a very loving way. She gave me hope that I will arrive in the promised place on time. But due to the many white lines on the road (as David Foster pointed out in the concert) in the Philippines…there were many suggestions on the road I have been seeing. It almost won over me and kept me from the right path. I was almost lost. But I listened carefully to Ab.Bonita so I finally found a place to park.
Then I went straight to the meeting place where the gathering is happening. There were many Chasters there, and although I walked in their midst … only a few saw me. I immediately approached Tintol and told her that I just arrived, we embraced quickly and she handed me white weapon sticks that they said will glow once shaken… which really look like little laser beams used by the Jedi lol. By that time, the place looks very busy already. Seemingly, a lot has happened already as evidenced by the glow in their faces and the white caps that they are wearing.
Then I saw Noellen. I hugged her tightly, we were like long lost sisters separated by time and space. I introduced her to my cousin who is a priest and who is also a recruit (he can be a chaplain or spiritual director if you need one). Noellen was in full battle gear, wearing an orange shirt and her new beautiful hair (Tintol was also wearing a brand new hairdo).
Ab.Bonita didn´t see me when I entered, we just saw each other when I was going to the Big Dome already. She said, your name was called for the Meet and Greet, but you were not yet there, so another Chaster got your slot. Imagine the pain in my heart when I heard that. I felt like a loser and couldn´t fathom the lines that I heard. So I went back to Tintol and told her about my interest of going to the M&G… but she was very busy and on her way to the coliseum already. Then I stopped walking and Tintol was lost in the sea of people. I still felt like a child lost in the woods at that time ( I was not lost in EDSA but I felt I failed in my mission already). I sent Tintol a message begging her to allow me. It’s a good thing I was with a priest. He told me… maybe there is a reason why you and Charice will not see each other now. Even if he said that in a very wise and loving manner, I still could not comprehend and accept that I lost and failed. I remember telling myself that I came here to win. But there is a concert to attend to… so I fall to rise for another chapter of this journey.
Now, while we were entering the gate, we were approached by a Chaster named Julius ( I can not remember if his surname was CEASAR or SALAZAR lol) he gave me another 2 laser beams (which did not really help in forgetting that I will not see Charice… hmmm, the more I remember CHA hu hu hu sob sob sob). But… ( read carefully this part… this is the meat of the story) I heard him showing me my seat, and eagerly telling me that he also won in the Meet & Greet, a spark of jealousy was burning in my heart… until he told me, but he gave it up for a Chaster from Davao.
My whole being vibrated and I saw the universe in a different light. He said many Chasters from Manila gave up their slots to give to the Mindanao group. Call me overacting but I cried as it turned my world upside down. I felt like I just also gave up my slot so that a Chaster (from afar) can see and experience what I have experienced when I met Charice…and it made a lot of difference. That already made my night.
I always say that Charice inspires me to make this world a better place. I was also inspired by Julius and Roy ( I was able to chat with him after the concert) and around 5 more people I talked to. Where else can you find that kind of random kindness? That gave me a feeling that I can also give up something that is so precious to me… if it will ensure the promise of a better world. Charice (young as she is) has always shown that. Truly the heart of being a Chaster.
I enjoyed the whole concert that night. Suffice it to say that I lost my voice… my mind… and my heart. That night was beyond words. CHARICE ROCKED to inspire more people. Truly a remarkable experience. And even though I was not at the M&G, I rejoiced in the knowledge that one soul is smiling in happiness to see the Little One.
That night, I may not have won, and I failed in my mission… but moreso that night, I did not only
capture and savor the Golden Voice of our little girl, but I was captured by the golden hearts and souls of Chasters all over Philippines and the whole world. The Huntress became the Hunted.
I felt so blessed to belong to the greatest souls of this generation and family of CHASTERS. I went home with a smile in my heart and a laser beam in my soul.
Written by Artemis Gibran
Posted by AnonymousFanatic and Schoen, charicemania.com
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