The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya & Rafi : Pageant Trouble

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya & Rafi : Pageant Trouble

“Rafi what will I do there?” Richard Lim was talking to his best friend Rafi on the phone. He didn’t notice that his wife was already inside his home office as he was so busy turning down Rafi’s request.

“Chard naman eh. Sige na. Si Hon kasi can’t sing eh. May sore throat siya and he already committed himself to serenade the candidates of the Daragang Magayon beauty pageant. Ikaw na lang kumanta sa kanila. Two songs lang naman. Sige na Chard.”

“Rafi I’m busy with LAI atsaka may mga new instructors kami for interview. I have to personally talk to them. Ang kulit mo naman. Sabi ko nang hindi ako pwede.”

Maya carefully sat on Ricky’s cushioned chair. She’s amused watching him running his hand thru his hair, trying his best to say no to Rafi. Maya knows how persistent Rafi is and she couldn’t help but smile at her husband’s dilemma.

“So you really won’t help me? Kahit mapahiya si Richard ko kasi hindi siya makakapunta sa commitment nya? Kakayanin ng kunsyensya mo yun?”

“Hey don’t blackmail me with that Rafi. That’s not gonna work. Humanap na lang kayo ng ibang pwedeng kumanta. And please stop bullying your poor husband. Kaya siya nagkakasakit because you always make him miserable.” Then he laughed.

“Ewan ko sa’yo Chard. Bahala ka na nga.” Then Rafi ended the call. Ricky was still laughing. He felt so good having been able to successfully decline Rafi’s request. It felt good because he hardly escapes Rafi’s pangungulit.

He was still so proud of himself. He felt so good then he turned around only to find Maya staring angrily at him, with brows furrowed and lips in a thin line.

Now he’s in trouble. “Sweetheart kanina ka pa?” He said in a soft guilty voice. He knows Maya hates it when he treats Rafi rudely though it’s really how they were even before she became Richard’s wife.

She’s obviously infuriated.

“Sweetheart?”

“Ano yun narinig ko? Tuwang tuwa at tawang tawa ka pa na may sakit yun asawa ni Rafi?”

“Ah… eh… no. Hindi yun yun tinatawanan ko. We were just…”

“Nakakainis ka. How could you? Nakikiusap na sa’yo yun tao kasi may sakit yun asawa nya tapos hindi mo na nga pinagbigyan aba pagtatawanan mo pa.”

“Sweetheart…”

But she continued to angrily stare at him which prompted him to dial Rafi’s number.

“O ano naman Richard Lim?” Rafi said the moment she answered his call.

“Okay Rafi. I will do it.”

The moment he ended the call, he glanced at his wife and was relieved to see her smiling and giving him her ‘im-so-proud-of-my-husband look’.

“Okay ka na sweetheart?” He asked making sure that he’s now forgiven.

“Okay na okay!” she said as she went to him for an embrace and a kiss which made him pause and close his office door for that kind of kiss would definitely lead to something else.

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“Maya!” Rafi surprised her with a visit at her Time Airways office.

“Rafi anong ginagawa mo dito? Wala kang pasok?”

“I have work but I really want to bring you this. Niluto ko yan with of course my husband’s help. Gusto lang kasi naming magpasalamat for helping me convince Chard to take my husband’s place dun sa event next week.”

“Naku Rafi wala yun. Ano ka ba! We are always here for you ni husband mo. Atsaka si Ricky binibiro ka lang nun. Papayag naman talaga siya.”

“Yeah right. Naku Maya wag mo nang pagtakpan si Chard. Ayaw naman talaga nun. Alam ko naman that you were the one who convinced him. Nahihiya tuloy ako. He will be interviewing LAI applicants pa mandin. Babawi na lang ako promise.”

“Rafi ano ka ba! Walang problema yun kasi I will take Ricky’s place. I will be the one to interview the applicants.”

“Mabuti naman kundi lagot ako kay Chard. Naku thank you talaga Maya. You’ve always been a lifesaver to me and my husband.”

“Kumusta na pala siya?”

“Okay naman na kaso he still can’t sing. Pinagbawalan muna ng doctor. He was so worried kasi wala nga kaming makuhang papalit sa kanya in serenading the candidates. Si Chard lang naman talaga ang pwede kasi same ang genre ng songs nila and secret lang at wag nating aminin sa kanilang dalawa ha Maya, sila lang naman ang super gwapo at bagay sa mga ganung events. I’m sure the ladies there would be so kilig.”

Rafi was giddily imagining her husband and her best friend and yes the girls would definitely be so kilig to be serenaded by Richard Lim.

Maya was surprised. She wasn’t aware that it’s a beauty pageant. She thought Ricky would be singing in a corporate event because Rafi’s husband frequents corporate shows.

She could imagine what Rafi said and she hates the idea of Ricky serenading beautiful ladies.

“Maya okay ka lang?” Rafi immediately noticed the change in her mood.

“Ah eh oo.” Then she paused and asked Rafi, “ Rafi serenade? Saan ba yan?”

“Hindi nakuwento ni Chard? Maya he will be singing at the Daragang Magayon Pageant. He will serenade the candidates.”

“Ha?”

“May problema ba?”

“Ah eh wala naman Rafi pero…”

“Oh you’re worried that Chard will be surrounded by more than a dozen lovely ladies? Maya your husband would never…”

“Rafi hindi yun. May tiwala naman ako kay Ricky. Yun mga babae lang yun wala akong tiwala.”

Natawa si Rafi. She knows how jealous Maya gets whenever ladies would be overly friendly towards her husband.

“Samahan mo na lang si Chard para wala kang problema atsaka para makaunwind naman kayo. You can leave the kids with me kasi wala naman akong work then.” Rafi suggested.

“Nakakahiya naman yun Rafi. Atsaka dapat kung pumunta ako dun eh may role ako.”

“Alam ko na. I can ask my friend, who organized the event, to make you a judge tutal you’ve been exposed to lovely flight attendants naman whom you train di ba? You are very much qualified to be a judge.”

“Talaga Rafi?”

“Oo naman. Sige I’ll talk to them then tawagan agad kita.”

“Thank you Rafi!”

“I should be the one thanking you Maya. Halika na let’s eat at lalamig na yang dala ko.”

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Richard and Maya just arrived from work and the invitation for the pageant and the plane tickets had been delivered by Rafi earlier that day. It was handed to him by Manang Fe.

He was reviewing it and was surprised to see Maya’s name as one of the judges. “Kasama ka din sweetheart?”

“Oo eh. Si Rafi kasi…”

But he already hugged her. “Shhhhh wag ka nang magpalusot. Just say that you want to be there kasi maraming magaganda dun. Nagseselos ka lang eh.”

“Uy hindi ah! Ang yabang mo sweetheart! Hindi talaga!”

“Selosa!”

“Hindi no! Gusto ko lang pagbigyan si Rafi. Wala naman sa’kin yun ah!”

“Defensive! Ayaw mo lang akong ishare sa iba eh.”

“Ang yabang mo Ricky ha! Nakakainis ka!”

“Hep hep baka kung saan na naman yan mapunta ha Maya! Ricardo! Magkakapikunan na naman kayo tapos magtatampuhan tapos hindi kakainin ng dinner at magkukulong sa kwarto ng buong araw kinabukasan. Tigilan nyo na yan. Maliliit pa yun kambal!”

“Manang Fe!” Namumula si Maya, while Ricky had his goofy grin.

“Ano? Kayong dalawa alam na alam ko na yun mga pinagagawa nyo. Lalo na ikaw Ricardo. Naku makapasok na nga sa kusina.”

Manang Fe left them elbowing each other, blaming each other kasi napagalitan tuloy sila ni Manang Fe.

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It was the much awaited Coronation Night and Maya was fixing her husband’s coat backstage.

“Sweetheart kinakabahan ako. What if I jumble my lyrics? What if masintunado ako?”

“At bakit ka naman masisintunado at magkakamali sa lyrics?”

“Siyempre ang gaganda kaya ng kakantahan ko. I’ll surely get distracted.” He teased which earned him Maya’s angry stare and a pinch at his side.

“Ouch! Biro lang sweetheart! Of course I might get distracted kasi I’ll be performing in front of you.”

“Umayos ka!”

“Yes Mrs. Lim!”

Then he kissed her just in time before she was introduced onstage as one of the pageant’s judges.

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The lovely candidates were now parading their evening gowns while being serenaded by Richard Lim.

Maya can’t help but feel so proud of her husband. Unmindful of some flats in his song, she had her eyes focused on Ricky who she considered the best singer in the whole world (hehe!). She also felt giddy whenever he glances her way. They would exchange silent messages through their stares and smiles.

In the middle of the song though, Ricky sang a little longer to a particular candidate, candidate number 8. Maya easily noticed it and couldn’t help but get slightly annoyed. She made a mental note to observe candidate number 8.

The pageant successfully ended with Candidate  #7 being crowned as Daragang Magayon 2017 and Candidate #6 being the first runner-up.

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They were on their way to the hotel and Rafi was on the phone with Ricky. Maya was just listening to her husband while her head was leaning on his shoulder. She couldn’t hear Rafi though.

“Oh my God Chard ang galing mo kanina. I was watching the livestream and admittedly, you did great!” Rafi was praising her best friend.”

“Yeah right Rafi! You’re just saying that kasi napasubo ako sa’yo. My hands were so cold up there sa stage kanina. I thought hihimatayin ako.”

“Hindi naman halata na kinabahan ka. You were even confidently sintunado up there.” Rafi giggled.

“Rafi!!!”

“Biro lang Chard! Oh well kahit naman nasintunado ka it went unnoticed naman kasi the audience were all staring at you.”

“Because they find me handsome.” Ricky proudly said.

“Ewan ko ba? Bulag ata yun mga tao dun just like your wife.”

“Rafi one more and I would never do you a favor even if you beg in the future.” Pikon na siya and Maya was amused to see him pikon.

“Oh that’s a strong statement. Pero seriously Chard, thank you talaga. Successful yun pageant and you guys contributed a lot to its success.”

“Yeah fortunately everything went on smoothly. The people were also very warm and accommodating. Kung wala lang kaming pasok, I would have preferred to stay longer. Marami palang magagandang lugar dito”

“Maybe next time you could plan a vacation with the kids. O teka pala, I was just curious bakit hindi nakapasok yun candidate #8. I was actually rooting for her.”

“Actually ako rin. She was stunning and she did well in her question and answer as well. She’s a very charming lady.” Richard carelessly blurted out, forgetting that he would definitely get in trouble with his wife.

“Charming mo dyan Ricardo! Lagot ka kay Maya kapag narinig ka. Where is she ba?”

He automatically glanced at his wife who’s still leaning on his shoulder but whose eyebrows are now furrowed.

When he didn’t answer, Rafi continued, “Alam mo nahalata kita dun sa pag-serenade mo sa candidates. You stayed a little longer kay number 8. Kaya ata hindi nanalo kasi minalas sa pagkanta mo.” Then Rafi giggled again but the giggles didn’t last long for realization hit her. “Oh my God Chard! Hindi nanalo si Candidate #8 because Maya didn’t let her win. Ikaw kasi kinantahan mo nang matagal. Lagot ka Chard. It’s your fault she didn’t win. I heard that she’s the favorite candidate dyan. Lagot ka. Pinaselos mo kasi si Maya, ayun tuloy hindi nanalo si #8” Rafi further teased.

“You’re ridiculous Rafi! I don’t think that even happened!” he glanced at his wife again while saying this but of course her face is hidden from him. He was not aware that Maya is turning into a tigress.

“Bahala ka pero ako alam ko that you were obviously interested dun kay 8. If nahalata ko malamang si Maya rin.”

“I am not!” he said in a loud voice which made Maya remove her head from his shoulder and lean on the car window instead.

“Sige na Chard. Goodnight! Thank you again and goodluck sa pagsuyo kay Maya.” Rafi was laughing now and she ended the call before Ricky could even answer back.

He ended the call and gave his wife a nervous, guilty look. Rafi was right, he found candidate number 8 pretty but that’s just it. He’s a normal guy who admires beauty after all. Oh well maybe Rafi’s observation about Maya isn’t true at all. His friend has this way of making him feel guilty but he should act normal. He smiled at Maya who was just blankly staring at him.

“Sweetheart what’s wrong?”

“Ang lakas ng boses mo. Masakit sa ulo.” But she already looked angry while saying this.

“Sorry. Si Rafi kasi. She was insisting that…”He paused because he realized that what Rafi said may be true after seeing Maya’s reaction.

“Insisting what?” Nakataas na yun eyebrows ni Maya.

“Sweetheart naman eh. Nakakatakot ang hitsura mo. Are you mad?”

“Takot ka? Guilty ka?”

“Yes. No!  I mean yes natatakot ako sa hitsura mo. You look like the volcano here, yun Mayon. You look like sasabog sa galit. But no I’m not guilty of anything. What would I be guilty of ba?” He smiled sweetly at her and tried to reach for her but Maya just ignored his attempt for a hug.

“Eh ano nga yun iniinsist ni Rafi?” She asked again so he had no choice but to tell her.

“Kasi sweetheart Rafi was insisting that I paid extra attention dun sa candidate number 8 kaya she didn’t win. Rafi was insinuating that naasar ka sakin kaya ayun hindi tuloy nanalo yun number 8. Isn’t Rafi ridiculous?” He was grinning but he abruptly stopped when he saw Maya’s reaction.

“Mabuti pa si Rafi napansin niya.”

“Oh God! Sweetheart so totoo nga?”

“Ricardo tig two seconds lang yun ibang candidates pero dun sa kanya you lingered for six seconds! You were staring at her for six seconds!”

“Sweetheart…”

“Siguro attracted ka sa kanya no? Siguro you want to get to know her better.”

“Of course not! Hindi naman siya kagandahan. She looked plain and…” palusot ni Ricky.

“Eh bakit ang tagal mo sa kanya?”

Lagot! Buti na lang smart si Ricky. “Ah eh… I’m Chinese sweetheart remember? I stayed a little longer dun kay number 8 kasi lucky yun number 8 sa mga Chinese. Yun lang yun. It’s the number not the candidate.”

“Talaga?” Maya is aware that nagpapalusot lang si Ricky and she actually finds him adorable when he acts scared of her. She just loves it kapag sinusuyo siya ni Ricky.

“Yes! Yun lang yun. Alam mo naman that you’re the only apple of my eye and I could never and would never stare at anyone else like the way I do to you.”

“Hmmm nagpapalusot ka lang eh.” But Maya was now smiling and allowing herself to be engulfed in her husband’s embrace.

“No of course not. You want mamaya sa hotel room I’ll spend the entire night staring at you?” Ricky suggested in his overly sweet voice.

Of course Maya naughtily quipped as well. “Stare lang?”

Ricky chuckled. “Of course stare and a lot more Mrs. Lim.”

Then they comforted each other with their tight hugs and occasional kisses unmindful of the hotel driver who couldn’t contain his kilig as well.

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One Fine Day – 3

One Fine Day – 3

Richard Lim and his daughter Sunshine together with Maya dela Rosa and her son Sky were rushing to the kids’ school.

They alighted their taxi even if they were still a few blocks away from the school. The traffic was terrible and they decided that running is a wiser option to be able to reach the school bus which will bring the kids to the ferry terminal.

While still catching their breaths from running, they were told the bad news. The school guard informed them that the school bus already left.  They don’t have a choice but to hail a taxi again to be at the ferry terminal by 8 am. They just have 15 minutes to go to the terminal so the kids could still catch the cruise ship which would tour them around Manila Bay and Corregidor as part of the activities of their field trip.

The moment they boarded a taxi, both kid and parent sat at the backseat of the taxi. Since both Sunshine and Sky wanted to sit by the window, Maya and Richard had no choice but to unfortunately sit beside each other.

“This is your fault. Ang tagal nyo.” He started blaming her in hushed voice so that the kids won’t hear them.

“Mr. Lim maaga kami. We were at your place 6:45. Kayo yung wala doon.” Maya countered in a hushed voice as well.

“Hindi ka ba marunong magbasa? I posted a message at my door and I clearly wrote that Sunshine and I would be having breakfast at McDonalds.”

“Richard Lim wala na yun sinasabi mong message pagdating namin. Atsaka hindi man lang ba sumagi sa isip mo na tawagan ako? Alam kong binigay ni Corinne yun number ko sa’yo. Bakit hindi ka tumawag para alamin kung nabasa ba namin yun nawawala mong message sa pintuan ng unit mo?”

“Why would I call you? We aren’t even close.”

“At sinabi ko ba na close tayo? Tatawag ka kasi mahuhuli na yung anak ko at yung anak mo sa field trip nila. Hindi ba importante sa’yo yun? Ang yabang mo naman na mas isipin pa yun pride mo at ayaw mong ikaw yun unang tatawag!”

“Eh ganun pala bakit hindi ikaw yun unang tumawag kung iniisip mo yun field trip ng mga bata?”

“Wala akong number mo. At hindi ko pinangarap na kunin yun number mo after kong makita kung gaano kasama ng ugali mo.”

“Me? Masama ang ugali? Excuse me Ms. Dela Rosa but I’m the nicest person in the whole world.”

“Ikaw nice? Kung nice ka aba santo na pala ako!”

“Whatever! But I assure you. I am a nice and very likeable person kung nice din yun tao pero with someone like you wag na lang nga. Sayang naman yun friendship ko if I’ll waste it on someone like you.”

“Ang kapal mo talaga. As if naman I’m interested to be your friend. Oy Mr. Lim I am friends only with your ex- wife that’s why I agreed to fetch Sunshine. At hindi ako interesado to add you sa friends’ list ko.”

He was about to say something but his phone rang.

It was actually his friend Ryan, who’s also their company lawyer who is calling, but Richard Lim had a naughty idea formulated in his mind.

Still in a hushed voice which won’t be heard by the kids but would definitely heard by Maya, “Oh hi gorgeous! I had fun last night.”

“Anong gorgeous? Hoy Richard Lim si Ryan to!” A confused Ryan stared at his phone to check if it was indeed Richard’s number he dialed.

“Of course I know who you are. Ikaw talaga! How could I forget you after what we did last night? So Stephanie, are we gonna have fun again tonight? You should wear those lace undergarments again. It turns me on.”

A shocked and overly disgusted Maya gaped at Richard then she clumsily dialed her phone too in an attempt to distract herself from Richard’s conversation with the person he made her believe to be a certain Stephanie.

“Brod kung anong kalokohan na naman yan wag mo nga akong idamay. Pumunta ka na dito kasi umuusok na sa galit ang papa mo. Wala ka na naman sa 7:30 meeting kanina. Your success sa closed deal mo kahapon is good for one day lang. Eto aburido na si Tito Roberto. Pumunta ka na agad.” Then Ryan also ended the call.

“I’ll definitely see you tonight babe. Don’t forget to bring the massage oils as well.”

He was staring at Maya with the naughty glint in his eyes. He’s purposely annoying her.

Maya just shook her head while waiting for the person she called to answer his phone.

“Oy Mayabels asan ka na ba? Akala ko very early tayo kasi you will rehearse your presentation. Asan ka na? Mag-aalas otso na dear.”

“Naku Emman maaga sana ako kung walang pasaway na asungot na sumira sa araw ko.”

“Oh why? May problem aba?”

“Malaking problema Emman. Eto naghahabol kami ni Sky para maabutan yun field trip nila kasi merong mama dito na siguro napuyat sa babaeng with lace undergarments kaya late na nagising. Naku kung hindi ko lang kaibigan yun kawawang ex-wife nya.” She was already fuming mad. She needs to be in her office already for her big presentation.

“Naku Mayabels kung sino man yan, hayaan mo na. Umiral na naman ang pagiging man-hater mo. Sige na ihatid mo na muna si Sky. I’m sure naman na kayang kaya mo yun presentation later. Basta be here by 9 ha. Nandun na kasi sa office ni Ma’m Ina sina Mr. Jaime Ventura at yung anak nya. “

“Sige Emman. Thank you ha!”

“No worries Maya. Basta kalma ka lang ha. At please lang be nice dyan sa sinasabi mo. Ayaw mo naman sigurong magmukhang stressed on the day of your presentation.”

“Oo na Emman.”

When she ended the call…

“So who’s that? A boyfriend? Oh let me rephrase, a very unlucky boyfriend?”

“Mr. Lim please lang ha. I have a very busy day ahead at hindi ko gusto yun pambwibwisit mo. If you’re the kind of person who stays home in front of the TV watching stupid shows and eating a whole box of pizza, drinking beer and enjoys annoying people because they have nothing interesting to do, please spare me. I am a very busy person and my time is very precious.”

“Ouch! That hurts Ms. Masungit. Buti na lang your son is not as grumpy as you.” Then he even winked at Sky.

The taxi stopped and they rushed to the ferry terminal but unfortunately, the ferry already left.

Sky and Sunshine were waiting for a taxi to bring them home. They were now aware of their bickering parents.

“Kasalanan mo talaga to. Now how would I work with my son tagging along with me.”

“Hindi ko kasalanan.”

“At kanino aber?”

“The circumstances, yun hangin na naglipad sa note sa pinto ko, yun pagiging ontime ng field trip… maraming may kasalanan…”

“Or sabihin mo, yun hindi umaandar na initiative mo to call me. Nakakapikon ka talaga Richard Lim!”

“My mom hates your dad.”

“My dad hates your mom too.”

“But we don’t hate each other, right Sunshine?”

“Of course we don’t, Sky.”

“Can I see your dad’s phone?” Sky got curious of Sunshine’s dad’s phone which she’s playing with.

“Here. Daddy has lots of games.” Sunshine handed her dad’s phone to Sky.

“Here is Mommy’s phone too. She also has some girly games.” Sky also showed Sunshine his mom’s phone.

Their parents got the phones now.

Both kids were able to return each other’s phone but Maya thought they didn’t so she grabbed the mobile phone from Richard’s right hand and shoved the one she’s holding in his left hand.

“You Richard Lim are the most disgusting person, correction, creature I’ve ever met!”

“And you Maya dela Rosa are the most crazy woman I’ve unfortunately interacted with!”

“I hate you!”

“No you don’t and I assure you, you won’t!”

“I DO hate you with every fiber of my being!”

“Fine!”

“Fine!!!!”

Then they both boarded separate taxicabs to bring them to their destination for the day.

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Preview:

At the daycare center…

“Here’s Mr. Potato…”

“Oh hi Mr. Potato, can my daughter join your games?”

“What is her name?”

“Her name is Sunshine. She wants to play too.”

Maya decided to leave Sky at a local daycare. They arrived while there was an ongoing puppet show where the performer was hidden. Only his puppet covered hands can be seen by his eager audience.

Maya was so impressed that she was clapping her hands when the short show ended.

The performer suddenly emerged.

It was Richard Lim.

 

A/N : Sorry delayed. Hindi kasi safe… magsulat while busy sa work. (hehehe!)

 

 

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Birthday

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Birthday

“Alam ko na where to celebrate your birthday brod. Pumunta na lang tayo sa bar. Isama natin yun mga engineers.” Atty. Ryan suggested.

“What? No! I won’t go to a bar to celebrate my birthday!” He said in a louder than normal voice, upset at his friend’s suggestion.

“Mabuti naman at pinansin mo na rin ako.”Atty Ryan was actually just trying to get the attention of his friend, whose mind seemed to be drifting elsewhere. “Kanina pa ako nagsasalita dito. I’ve been talking for about 15 minutes already brod and you were totally ignoring me. You’re hurting the feelings of your friend who cleared his schedule just to visit you on your birthday.” He even exaggeratedly remarked.

“Oh stop it Ryan!” He was really in a foul mood and he couldn’t even hide it.

“Brod bakit ba kasi? It’s your birthday tapos nagsusungit ka? Even yun mga nagsurprise sa’yo sa office kanina mukhang natakot sa’yo.”

“And why would they be scared? I even thanked them.”

“You thanked them nga pero halata naman na aburido ka. Siyempre takot yun mga empleyado mo.”

He just smirked and shook his head.

“Bakit nga? May problema ba brod? Si Maya ba?” Atty. Ryan asked again.

He sighed. Sadness and disappointment evident on his face.

“Aha! So si Maya nga ang dahilan. LQ ba kayo brod?” Ryan pried some more

“LQ?”

“Lover’s quarrel! Don’t tell me hindi mo alam yan. Naku dapat aralin mo ang mga terms na yan brod at yun mga millennial terms na malamang kabisado ni Maya.”

“We’re not lovers! She’s not even my girlfriend yet.”

“Hindi ba? Hindi pa? Akala ko ba nililigawan mo siya? Hindi ka sinagot? Nabasted ka?” Atty. Ryan was surprised that Maya is not his friend’s girlfriend yet. He knows Richard’s been courting Maya for more than a year now.

“Ryan watch your term! Anong nabasted? Of course not!”

“Eh ang tagal mo nang nanliligaw hindi ka pa rin sinasagot? Aba bro ang hina natin ha! Baka naman ayaw  lang ni Maya na masaktan ka kaya hindi ka nya magawang ibasted.” He teased again the already infuriated Richard who stared sharply at him. Galit na siya.

“Biro lang brod. Eto naman ang seryoso. Will you loosen up. Birthday mo pa naman.”

“Ikaw eh. Mainit na nga ulo ko sumasabay ka pa!”

“Oh so mainit nga ang ulo mo! And why is that?”

He shook his head. No sure whether to open up to his friend.”

“Brod promise hindi na kita aasarin. Now tell me bakit inis na inis ka sa mismong birthday mo? Did something happen?”

“Si Maya kasi. I was expecting her to be here today kaso ayun pa sa San Nicolas. I even celebrated with the kids yesterday and left them dun kina papa at mama so we could spend time by ourselves today pero I found out na hindi pala siya sumabay sa flight today.”

Richard was trying his best not to show his annoyance but he couldn’t control himself. He was very disappointed that everything he had planned for today was all for nothing.

What incensed him more is that she didn’t even call to greet him this morning.

He was expecting Maya to be the very first person to greet him knowing how thoughtful she was.

“Brod baka naman may dahilan kung bakit hindi siya nakabalik today. Tinanong mo sana.”

If he saw Richard upset awhile ago, Ryan could now see the sadness in his friend’s face.

“She didn’t even call.” Was all he could say.

Atty. Ryan couldn’t believe it as well. He knows Maya and it’s so unlike her to totally forget Richard’s birthday. “Brod baka naman may surprise. Baka pag-uwi mo eh nakahanda na sa bedroom mo yung…” Ryan tried to joke but was instead met by Richard’s angry stare again.

“That’s not funny at all Ryan! Maya is a decent woman.”

“Wait brod! That’s not what I meant. Ibig kong sabihin eh baka she’s preparing a surprise like a cake or handa dun sa bahay nyo. Of course mas surprise kung sa kwarto mo. Brod sorry, honestly hindi yun ang ibig kong sabihin. I really meant her decorating your room. Yun lang talaga kaso pinutol mo yun sinasabi ko. I know that Maya is a decent woman.”

“Mabuti na ang malinaw.”

“As I was saying, maybe she has a surprise. You better go home at baka naghihintay na siya dun.”

“You think so?” Richard was suddenly hopeful.

“Well oo. Pwede! Sentimental si Maya. Maybe she prepared something special. Pero if hindi naman, I’m sure may dahilan siya.”

Richard’s face suddenly lit up.

Maybe Ryan was right.

Maybe there was a surprise waiting for him at home.

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“Kumusta na siya?” Manang Fe was talking to someone on the phone when he arrived.

“Ayun Manang tulog pa rin. Nagpupumilit na bumiyahe kaso napagalitan na ni Nanay. Pinainom na namin ng gamot. Nataranta kami ng nahimatay eh.” It was Kute whom Manang Fe was talking to on the landline.

“Hesusmaryosep na bata yan! Ano raw ang dahilan bakit siya nahimatay? Sigurado nagpakapagod na naman yan si Maya.” Manang Fe sounded worried.

This was what Richard heard the moment he entered the house. He rushed to get the phone from Manang Fe when he heard Maya’s name. He got it even before Manang was able to inform Kute that she’ll be handing the phone over to Richard.

Kute was still talking at the other line “…okay naman siya kahapon. Sobra ngang excited makabalik dyan. Umaga pa lang nakahanda na. Tapos may pinuntahan sa palengke. Namili ata ng pasalubong. Ayun bigla kaming tinawagan ng suki ni nanay sa palengke. Nahimatay daw si bunso.”

“What? How is she now? Did you bring her to the hospital? What did the doctor say?” Richard blurted nonstop. He was so worried.

Kute who thought she was still talking to Manang Fe, was surprised to hear Richard Lim’s voice.

She was also touched by the sound of his voice which meant that he was very much concerned of Maya. Maya already told Kute of her dates with her Ser Chief and she already told her of how he takes care of her even after she stopped being Abby’s nanny. The daily trips to and from Time Airways, the food deliveries at Maya and Emman’s condo, how he took care of her when she got drunk from the Wine Tasting activity –Kute was aware of all these. She thought that Maya was just exaggerating it because of her ‘crush’ on Richard Lim. Hearing how worried he is confirmed what Maya had been telling her. She can’t help but smile.

“Ah eh Sir Richard kalma lang po. Okay na po si bunso. Medyo nahilo lang kahapon kasi nakipagsabayan sa maraming tao sa palengke eh hindi pa nag-almusal. Pinacheck-up namin eh sabi ng doctor over fatigue daw kaya ayun pinagpahinga na muna sya. Tumawag lang naman ako kasi alalang alala si bunso na hindi siya makabalik dyan eh birthday nyo daw po. Happy Birthday nga po pala.”

“Thank you Cris and just call me Richard. Please stop calling me Sir. How is Maya now? Kumakain ba siya? Does she drink her medicine? Sinong kasama niya.” He was frantic again.

“Sir este Richard okay na si bunso. Konting araw lang na pahinga siguradong babalik na yun sigla nya. Si nanay po ang nagbabantay sa kanya sa kwarto at pinapagalitan siya kapag hindi kumakain.”

He sighed, relieved to know that Maya is well-taken cared of. “I am just so worried. Alam ko naman that she is in good hands lalo na at kayo ang kasama nya. Thank you for informing me Cris. I was already worried when she didn’t reply to my messages and I couldn’t even reach her phone.”

“Yun nga po ang dahilan kung bakit ako tumawag. Sobrang alala kasi ni bunso na hindi ka man lang niya mabati ngayong kaarawan mo. Nung nahimatay kasi siya nawala yun cellphone nya sa palengke. Nahulog yata. Sana yun nakapulot eh ibalik pa sa kanya. Pero ayun hindi ka nya matawagan kasi hindi nya kabisado yun number mo. Ang saulo nya eh etong landline ng mansion.”

“Tell her not to worry about not being able to greet me. Pakisabi na magpagaling siya. I’ll see her in a few days. Please tell her too na wag pabayaan sarili nya at kumain ng mabuti. And please give her my number or kahit save mo na muna sa phone mo so I can talk to her there.”

“Ah sige Richard. Kunin ko na yun number mo at ipapaabot ko kay Maya lahat ng sinabi mo.”

“Thank you so much Cris. Pakisabi na rin kay Aling Teresita na salamat.”

“Salamat din Richard sa pagaalala mo kay Maya at sa lahat ng pagaasikaso mo at pagaalalay sa kanya dyan sa Manila.”

“Your sister is very important to me Cris. She is very special too.”

“Halata nga. Salamat at happy birthday ulit.”

The moment they ended the call, Richard still couldn’t seem to calm down. He was still worried of Maya and he felt helpless being far from her.

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“Nay bakit ka ganyan makatingin?” Maya woke up to see her Nanay Teresita adoringly staring at her.

“Wala lang. Ang bunso ko kasi dalaga na. May naiinlove na.” She teased.

“Nay naman eh. 25 na po ako hindi na dalaga. Atsaka kung si Simon na naman yan…” She gets upset every time her family teases her to her childhood friend Simon who had been very vocal of wanting to court her.

Nanay Teresita ignored her. “Kumusta na pakiramdam mo? Nakahanda na yun dinner mo sa labas or gusto mo dito na lang. Kaya mo na bang tumayo?”

“Nay hindi naman ako lumpo. Kaya ko na po atsaka buong araw na po akong tulog.” Then she suddenly remembered something. “Nay si Kute po tinawagan na po ba nya si Ser Chief? Binati na po ba nya? Naku sasama ang loob nun sa akin.” She was worried now.

“Maya natawagan na ni Kute. Wag ka nang magalala dyan. Atsaka alam kong maiintindihan naman yun ni Sir Richard mo.”

“Kasi naman nay nung birthday ko masyado nyang ginawang espesyal tapos ako ngayon…”

“Maya nagkasakit ka. Mas magagalit si Sir Richard kung nagpumilit kang bumalik sa Manila.”

“Kahit na nay. Ang dami namang araw na magkakasakit eh kung bakit sa kaarawan pa ni Ser Chief.”

She didn’t notice Kute joining them. She also had a teasing look. “Baka naman kasi bunso sobra kang excited sa kaarawan ni Ser Chief mo kaya hayun nagkalovenat ka tuloy.”

“Uy Kute hindi ah! Kaasar to!”

“Hindi pero namumula na. Naku Maya umayos ka nga. At mag-ayos ka ng buhok mo. Ayun binigay ni Ser Chief mo yun number nya. Tawagan mo na para masabihan mo na nang I love you, este Happy Birthday pala.”

“Kute ano ba!” Pikon na si Maya. “Pahiram na muna nga ng phone mo.”

Nanay Teresita enjoyed watching her daughters.

“Naku mag-ayos ka na muna Maya tapos lumabas ka na muna para kumain na tayo. Mamaya mo na tawagan si Sir Richard.” Her nanay said with finality then left the room.

“O bunso magpaganda ka na para naman magtunog kang maganda sa phone.” She teased some more.

“Excuse me Kute maganda talaga ako!”

“O siya sabi mo eh! Bilisan mo na para makakain na tayo at para makausap mo na si Ser Chief mo. Para na rin matanggal yang lovenat mo kapag nakausap mo si crushmate.”

“Kute!!!! Marinig ka naman ni Nanay! Tayong tatlo lang ni Ser Chief ang may alam dyan eh. Nakakainis ka!”

“Oo hindi na! Kaya mo na ba talaga ha? Hindi ka na nahihilo?”

“Hindi na Kute. Okay na ako. Sige na mauna ka na dun at wag mo akong bibiruin sa harap ni Nanay. Kahiya!”

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After fixing her hair and changing her clothes which she had been wearing since last night, Maya went out her room and proceeded to their dining table. She was surprised to see what her nanay and sister prepared. All her favorite dishes were on the table.

“So how are you feeling Maya?”

The gentle voice that she missed so much startled her and gave her goosebumps. Even Richard Lim’s voice never fails to make her feel giddy.

Maya turned around slowly. She thought her ears were playing tricks on her.

The moment her eyes met his, she was unable to control herself, he flung her arms around him for an embrace. “Nandito ka Ser Chief! Happy Birthday!”

She was beyond happy to see him.

Though a bit embarrassed that Maya hugged him in front of her parents, Richard hugged her tightly in return. He even kissed her forehead. “You overworked yourself again kaya ka nagkasakit. You made me worry. ” He tenderly told her in a voice that made her knees wobble with kilig.

Also in a whisper she replied. “Sorry na. Kala ko naman kasi kaya ko eh.” They were still in an embrace while talking to each other. They occasionally look into each other’s eyes while doing so.

“Ehem ehem… ang dami nang langgam… yun pagkain.”

The two suddenly broke the embrace, both blushing.

Richard sheepishly smiled. While Maya pouted and gave her pikon glare at Kute.

“Ano Maya? Bakit ganyan ka makatingin? Huy bunso may basbas naman na ni Nanay yan so okay lang. Go lang kayo.” She joked.

Nanay Teresita was just observing them but she was happy to witness Richard’s concern for her daughter.

“Anong basbas? Anong pinagsasabi mo Kute?”

Richard interjected, “Ah eh, Maya kanina I already made my intention clear to Aling Teresita and Cristina Rose. I asked their permission to court you and they gave me their blessings.”

If she was already blushing awhile ago, Maya even turned redder this time. She was shy all of a sudden especially as to where the conversation was leading to.

Richard was quick to notice how she became uncomfortable. “Hey what’s wrong?” He even tucked her errant hair in her ear.

She was really shy. “Ah eh wala! Wala  naman.”

“Maya I asked permission so that your nanay and sister would know that my intentions are clean. I also promised them that I’ll take care of you and won’t give them any reason to worry. This is the right thing to do Maya and gusto ko na alam nila that I’m sincere when I say that you are very special to me. I also want them to know that I would always support you and never get in the way of your dreams kahit, hopefully, maging tayo na. I also want to assure them that I would always protect you, never give you a reason to be sad or upset or mad. And most of all I would take care of you and always be careful with your feelings, with your heart.”

“Sir Chief!”

“What?”

“Eeeehhhh! Nagpapakilig ka nang masyado baka himatayin ulit ako nyan.”

“Silly!” Then he hugged her again and kissed her forehead leaving both Nanay Teresita and Kute in awe of the man who flew all the way to San Nicolas just to make sure that their daughter is okay.

He even gave both the dela Rosa women flowers and asked the local restaurant to prepare food to celebrate his birthday with Maya and her family.

“Ehem ehem sabi ko nga di ba ang dami na pong langgam ng pagkain…”

“Yes let’s eat now.”

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After a hearty meal shared by the family and even their neighbors, Maya and Ricky were now seated at the small sofa in the dela Rosa living room. Kute and Nanay Teresita were at the Chibugan. They wanted to give Richard and Maya privacy so they left them alone.

“Ser Chief salamat ha!”

“For what?”

“Nagpunta ka pa talaga dito. Kawawa naman yung mga bata.”

“No. I already celebrated my birthday with them yesterday and nandun sila kina mama at papa. I cleared my schedule today kasi nga I have plans to celebrate my birthday with you. Kaso yun nga nagkasakit ka.”

“Nagalit ka ba nang hindi kita natawagan at nabati?”

“No. Of course not!”

“Hindi ka affected?” Sad sya to learn na wala naman kay Ser Chief na hindi siya nabati.

“Syempre affected. I was expecting to hear your voice the moment I woke up eh to greet me. Pero hindi ako galit. Tampo is more like it. But when I found out you got sick it’s more of worry. I had to ask Captain James to fly me here.”

“Si Ser James? Seryoso? Akala ko naiinis ka dun.”

“No hindi ako naiinis. Nagseselos ng konti siguro. But that was before. Now alam ko that there’s nothing to be jealous of.” Then he gave her his confident smile.

“Ang yabang!”

“Bakit do I need to be jealous of him?”

“Siyempre wala. Pero dapat hindi ka na nagpunta. Pwede naman na akong lumuwas bukas.”

“No. We’re staying here for three days. Ipinagpaalam na kita sa Time Airways and I already  asked Liza and Atty Ryan to take care of LAS matters.”

“Ser Chief hindi naman kailangan eh. Mas kailangan ka sa LAS.”

“But I want it here. I want to take care of you. I also want to experience what it’s like to live here in the province kahit three days lang. I’ll make sure na magpapagaling ka.”

“Magaling na nga ako Ser Chief. Ang kulit.”

“Shhh stop arguing with the birthday celebrant.”

“Ay teka Ser Chief may surprise ako sa’yo.”

“A kiss?” he teased.

Namula si Maya and she lovingly slapped him. “Ano ka ba! Hindi! Ikaw talaga!”

He made a pout.

She just giggled at how cute he looked.

 

Then she stood up and got something from her room. “Regalo ko to na pinagawa ko sa palengke kahapon.”

It was a shirt with his face on it

In front it showed

 

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Before meeting crushmate

At the back…

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When I Met You

She gave the shirt to him and hid her face while giggling at what she had printed on it.

He chuckled, amused at her. Maya never fails to make him smile.

“Nagustuhan mo?” She asked him.

“Of course. What’s in this shirt is true. I only began to smile when I met you.”

“Pakilig ka na naman eh.”

“I love the shirt but of course it would be better to have a birthday kiss too.”

She was blushing again.

“Bakit bawal ba?”

“Ah eh… hindi naman pero…”

But before finishing what she was saying Richard already captured her lips with his and gave he a gentle kiss which made Maya close her eyes and hold on to Richard’s nape.

 

A/N: No hindi pa sila pero pwede naman ata yun kiss. Birthday naman ni Serchief Ricky eh.

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Kids

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Kids

The kids came to the breakfast table and found their dad smiling as if imagining something. He was even blushing. He seemed  amused. Kahit yung eyes nya smiling. Isang linya na lang sa tuwa.

“Uy si dad very happy. What are you thinking about dad?” It was Luke.

Hindi siya narinig ni daddy nya. Ser Chief’s mind was on something else. He was indeed thinking about the “tipsy” incident and he couldn’t help but feel kilig. Parang kinukuryente and yun butterflies sa stomach nya di makalma. He’s been grinning, shaking his head, smiling… he looks like a lovesick fool.

“I bet dad is thinking about his crush. Ayan he is nagbublush!” It was Nikki in her typical ‘Nikki-like’ comment.

Of course naalert ang ears ni daddy nya when he heard the word crush.

“No I’m not!” Of course deny naman ang daddy nila, panic seen in his eyes.

“Of course you are, dear daddykins. Even nga your ears are red and you look like Kuya whenever he is daydreaming about Ate Joey. Naku nagmana pala sa’yo si Kuya.” Nikki further teased her already uncomfortable daddy.

“Nikki!” hala panic mode because his kids seemed to notice him na. Worried sya siyempre.

Namumula siyang lalo.

“Daddy it’s okay to have a crush. At least you’re no longer sungit and we get to see you being happy.” Nikki assured him when she saw na parang nagworry si daddy nya.

“Oo nga dad okay lang naman yan. Atsaka pabor sa amin ni Niks and Abby kasi tumaas allowance naming.” Luke even joked.

Si Abby naman tahimik lang. She’s enjoying eating her cereals for breakfast.

Ayaw pa rin ni Ser Chief patulan yun sinasabi ng kids. Patay malisya na lang. “Kumain na kayo. Malalate na kayo sa school.”

“Si dad iniiba ang usapan. What were you thinking about kasi?” Nikki prodded.

Oh well he was thinking about the tipsy incident of Maya, of course hindi yun kanya kasi nahopia sya when Manang Fe interrupted them.

He remembered how extra touchy Maya was that time.

He remembered how she poked his dimples and pinched his cheeks.

He also remembered when she even told him how handsome he looks and how good he smells.

Kinukuryente na siya sa kilig while imagining it again.

“See kuya. In love talaga si dad.” Nikki again commented.

“Dad kelan mo ba kasi balak ligawan si Ate Maya?” Luke casually asked.

All the three kids – Nikki, Luke and even Abby excitedly looked at him.

Hala caught red-handed si Ser Chief. Namumula. Nauutal. “What are you talking about?” Last attempt nya para magpalusot.

“Dad we all know naman that you like Ate Maya and we all know that everyday mo syang pinupuntahan sa Time Airways.” Nikki admitted.

“Yes dad and alam din namin na kaya ka sobrang inspired lately is because of Ate Maya. So dad when ka manliligaw? Bibigyan kita ng tips dad.” It was Luke.

“Eeewww Kuya! Baka hindi sagutin ni Ate Maya si dad kapag moves mo yun gamitin nya.” Si Nikki.

Ser Chief now smiled. Nakahinga ng maluwag. So the kids know pala and are even okay with it.  He was beyond happy with what he discovered.

“Dad I love Ate Maya. Sana maging mom namin sya.” At humirit pa ang Abby.

“Naku baby masyado kang advanced. Baka matakot si Ate Maya nyan. Pero honestly dad, if ever may papalit kay mom, I hope it is Ate Maya.” Luke assured him.

Nagsmile na lang si Ricky. He didn’t know what to say. Overwhelmed siya sa support ng kids nya.

Yes they were what he calls ‘crushmates’ but he already had elaborate future plans which definitely includes Maya.

“Oh dad wag ka nang magworry kasi okay naman sa amin nina Kuya at Abby. I’m sure you are making tago your kilig kay Ate Maya kasi you are worried na kontra kami. Of course we are not kontra dad. We are 100% behind you.”

“Oo nga dad at tutulong pa kami. Even nga sina Ate Sabel, Ate Doris and Kuya Joma are planning how to help you and Ate Maya.” Luke added.

“Oh yes dad. You’re so bagal kasi. Mamaya nyan baka may makilala si Ate Maya na mas handsome, mas mabait at mas sweet sa’yo sa Time Airways. Marami pa namang gwapong flight attendants. Siyempre alam lang ni Ate Maya na you have a crush on her. Iba dad yun crush lang sa making ligaw na. Sige ka maunahan ka ng iba.” Nikki even warned him.

“So everybody knows?” He was surprised that the entire household knows.

Nahiya tuloy siya kasi he exerted much effort acting na parang wala lang sila ni Maya when in front of his kids and their househelp.

“Oo naman dad. We all know. Even sina lola at lolo knows.” Nikki happily told him.

“Yes dad and lolo Roberto said that you are like a turtle daw po. Mabagal ka daw po.” Abby innocently said.

He was blushing, shaking his head and laughing “When did you find out? I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hide it kaya lang…”

“Dad we understand. Siyempre nakakahiya naman na someone like you is like a high school boy na kinikilig sa crush. Nakakahiya naman talaga yun.”  Nikki interrupted what he was about to say.

He was about to explain about the more serious reason like – the kids may not agree with it or they may not like Maya, pero his kids are really kindhearted. They genuinely like Maya and they thought na nagtatago siya ng feelings kasi nahihiya siya to have a crush at his age.

“O dad we’ll go ahead na po kasi baka mahuli na kami sa school.” It was Luke.

“Bye dad!” Si Nikki.

“Bye dad!” Si Abby.

All the kids kissed him goodbye.

As they were about to board the car, Ricky called all the three of them. “Guys give your old man a hug muna pwede?”

Then the three kids rushed to their dad.

Ricky engulfed the three of them in a big group embrace while whispering “Thank you very much. I love you guys.”

“Awww si dad mushy. You’re making me iyak.” Si Nikki.

“Naku Niks halika na nga. Magdradrama ka pa eh.”

Then the kids left. Ricky was beyond happy. Now he could indeed tell Maya his intentions.

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The kids were with him when he fetched Maya one afternoon. He begged them not to tell Maya that they already know. Ayaw nya kasing maging uncomfortable si Maya. All the three kids agreed.

“Maya kasama ko yung mga bata. Gusto kasing magbonding.” He immediately told her the moment he saw her at the TA entrance.

“Huh? Hala dapat di mo na ako sinundo Ser Chief. Nakakahiya naman sa mga bata. Naabala pa yun bonding nyo.”

“Maya they wanted na kasama ka sa bonding namin. They actually requested na sumama sila to fetch you.”

“Ser Chief naman nakakahiya naman sa kanila.” Worried syempre si Maya.

“Don’t be. They like you. Actually excited na yan pumunta dito. Bitin daw kasi sa bahay because kahati pa nila sina Sabel at Doris sa’yo.” He assured her.

“Sinasabi mo lang yan Ser Chief.”

“No I’m honest.”

The moment they arrived sa car, aba excited nga yun kids. Unahan sila sa paghug kay Maya. Sa loob naman ng car, unahan din silang magkwento about school. Totoo nga yun sinabi ni Ser Chief

Ricky was enjoying every minute of it.

“This will be my future family”, he told himself.

He drove towards a mall to watch a movie which was part of the kids’ request.

After the movie they were having dinner while telling nonstop stories.

Ricky was just enjoying the scene before him when Abby suddenly blurted out…

“Ate Maya when will you say yes po sa panliligaw ni daddy?”

Sabay namula si Ricky and Maya.

Daldal ni Abby. Little Maya talaga sya.

Oh well baka matulungan nya si turtle daddy nya.

Paano na yan crushmates?

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Atty Ryan : Gym Bodies? Gym Buddies?

The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Atty Ryan : Gym Bodies? Gym Buddies?

A/N : Namiss ko si Atty. Ryan.

In Ricky’s home office aka principal’s office:

“Brod samahan mo na ako. Makakatipid kasi if dalawa tayong magsisign-up. The second person gets to pay only 50% of the registration fee.” Atty Ryan was convincing Ricky to join him. He wanted to be a member of the newly opened gym near LAS. His panyero owns it kaso nahihiya siya to go there alone that’s why he’s inviting Richard.

“Brod I don’t need to go to the gym. I’m a busy person.” Ricky doesn’t want to.

“Brod at our age, we need to be more fit. We need to burn more calories kasi bumabagal na yun metabolism natin. Atsaka you don’t exercise. I bet you don’t even jog or walk. Yun pool nyo nga nilulumot na  ata kasi ayaw mo man lang lumangoy. Ang alam mo lang eh bahay – kotse – office. You need to be more active brod.” Makulit si Ryan.

“And who says I’m not active. Brod for your information, I get to burn lots of calories daily! And I do it with a more enjoyable and may i add extremely pleasurable activity with my wife. I don’t need to pay those high gym fees.” Ricky bragged.

“May gym equipment kayo dito?” Atty. Ryan got curious. He wanted one for their home din kasi. Papatulong siya sa brod nya bumili.

“Wala. Who needs gym equipment. Kami lang ni Maya. We do our exclusive-for-the-bedroom exercise daily. As in walang palya. That’s the reason why I’m fit, very healthy, very happy, very agile. Same goes for my wife. She’s also very healthy, glowing, very happy. No gym equipment needed just ourselves, just our own equipment.” Then he grinned. Natawa sa pinagsasabi nya. “Ikaw ata ang fragile ngayon Brod.” He couldn’t stop grinning. He teased his friend.

“Whoah nahiya naman ako sa inyo ni Maya brod! At nang-inggit ka pa talaga. Alam mo namang  two months wala si Ivy sa bahay. Iba ka Mr. Richard Lim. Nagpakasal ka lang aba yumabang ka na. Tsk!” Ryan pretended to be annoyed.

Ricky was still laughing. Naisahan nya si Ryan now. Between the two of them kasi, Ryan is the arrogant one, the sweet talker, more outgoing, the sociable one. Ryan would always be the one teasing him kaya he felt good to be able to do it to his friend for a change.

“Kaya naman pala gusto mong maggym kasi wala si Ivy. Naku brod you really need a release.” Dagdag pa ni Ricky.

“Naku brod nilalayo mo yun usapan. Basta isasali kita dun sa gym.  Ako na lang magbabayad kung ayaw mong mabawasan yun laman ng wallet mo. Alam ko naman kuripot ka, nagpapalusot ka lang na you don’t want to go to the gym.”

“Bahala ka. Basta I don’t need to go there ha. Atsaka baka magalit si Maya kapag pumunta ako sa gym. Alam mo na. Maraming mga girls na nagpapapansin sa mga lugar na ganyan.”

“Ano naman akala mo sa sarili mo brod? Yuppie at pagkakaguluhan? Hoy Engineer Richard Lim may I remind you that we’re both middle aged men who would just go to the gym to be able to keep up with our activities with our wives. Pampalakas resistensya para di tayo mapahiya sa mga misis natin. Yun lang yun.”

“Speak for yourself Ryan.” He was still grinning, having a blast with their conversation. Confident siya kasi naman he really feels good and feels strong despite his age. Effective talaga yun daily exercise nila ni Maya.

Nagpipilitan pa sila when Maya arrived.

She kissed Ricky even in front of Ryan. They were already comfortable being sweet in front of their close friends, Ryan included.

She also gave Ryan her customary beso.

“Sweetheart you’re early. I was supposed to fetch you in an hour pa ah.”

“Naku Sweetheart pinauwi na kami ni Ms. Calandra kasi cancelled yun mga flights this afternoon. May sira daw kasi yun runway kaya closed muna. Kahit tuloy yun dapat meeting namin eh cancelled na rin. Bukas daw resumption ng flights. Ayun nagkakagulo na sila sa airport.”

Ryan commented“Naku grabe ang perwisyo nyan. Pero buti na lang Maya nandito ka na. Ikaw na lang magkumbinsi dito sa asawa mo. Ang hirap kasing mapa-oo.”

Ricky was just smiling. He’s very confident that Ryan won’t be able to convince Maya as well.

“Para sa ano yan Ryan? Umoo saan?”

“May bagong gym kasi yun kaibigan ko na malapit sa LAS. Iniimbitahan ko sana si Ricky na sumali para naman may kasama ako at para na rin sa health nya. Okay yun di ba Maya?” Ryan was hopeful.

Ricky was just shaking his head at his friend’s persistence. Natutuwa sya that even si Maya kinoconvice nya when he very well knows that Maya wouldn’t agree because she’s not fond of having workout sa mga gym.

Or so he thought….

“Maganda yan Ryan. Ricky sumali ka na. Makakatulong yan para mas maging fit ka. Para na rin sa resistensya mo. Bagay yan kay Ricky, Atty Ryan. Hingalin kasi to tapos mabilis pa makatulog kapag gabi. Sige na Sweetheart tutal  kasama naman si Atty. Ryan. Ako nga gusto ko rin kung papaya si Ricky na sumali rin ako.” Maya was talking nonstop, oblivious to her now tahimik at mas lalong sumingkit sa inis na husband.

Then Maya needed to leave to answer  a phone call…

“Agile pala, very healthy, very fit brod ha!” It was now Ryan who was teasing him.

“Oo na sasali na ako sa gym mo na yan, tigilan mo lang ako.” Seryoso na si Ricky. Pikon na agad siya.

“Okay okay. Wala naman akong sinasabi.” He stopped na kasi pikon na si Ricky.

“Goodbye Ryan. I would have a word with my wife now to remind her of what she was saying kanina. Bye.”

“Aba at talagang sapilitan mo akong pinapauwi.” Ryan was really about to leave pero natawa pa rin sya with how Ricky acts whenever he’s pikon.

“Magkita na lang tayo sa LAS bukas.”

“O siya. Ingat brod ha. Baka marupok na yan.” He was grinning as he still commented before he left.

Ricky smirked. Asar sya at naisahan na naman siya ni Ryan.

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That night…

Sa bedroom…

“O bakit ganyan ang mukha mo sweetheart?” Maya was smiling sweetly at her husband, unaware that her husband was angry with what she told Ryan.

“Wala. Let’s sleep.”

“Ha? Sleep na agad?”

“Oo kasi di ba yun ang sabi mo kay Ryan. Di ba sabi mo hingalin ako at antukin. Well I’ll prove na tama ka so halika na let’s sleep.”

“Sweetheart nagtampo ka sa sinabi ko kanina? Uy sorry na. Hindi ko naman sinasadya yun eh. Atsaka honest lang naman ako.” She was hugging her husband from behind.  Nilalambing ang masungit na Ricky. She’s even burying her face sa side ng neck ni Ricky.

Pero hindi effective. He just stared at her then sighed.

“Ricky naman eh. Sorry na. Nakakainis naman to. Para yun lang.”

“Huy Maya, hindi yun ‘yun lang’. You hurt my ego. Ipinahiya mo ako kay Ryan. Baka akalain nya eh I’m a failure in that aspect.”

“Failure saan?” clueless na naman si Maya.

“Failure in my duties to make you a very happy woman inside our bedroom.” Seryoso si Ricky. Nagtampo talaga siya.

Maya on the other hand, got shy with what her husband said. She blushed. Then while avoiding his gaze kasi hiya sya. “Hindi ka failure Sweetheart. Very happy nga ako. Ikaw ang best sa ganun in the whole world.” She covered her face with a pillow which Ricky removed.

“How would you know na ako yun best eh ako lang naman ang asawa mo? You’re just saying that para mabawasan atraso mo. Binobola mo lang ako.” Pakipot pa si Ricky.

“Hindi ah. Hindi ako marunong mambola atsaka the best ka kasi nga lagi akong excited kapag malapit nang gumabi.” Shy at kilig ang Maya.

Naalert ears ni Ricky. “You mean you’re looking forward to it din?”

“Oo kaya halika na start na tayo?” Si Maya talaga oo!

Napalunok na lang si Ricky. Feisty pala si Maya.

He really needs to go to the gym to keep up with his wife. Maybe they should really go together.

Naku ang magsweethearts na to.

Who wants to join them? (sa gym ha!)

Anyone?

 

Can We Start Over Again 3

Can We Start Over Again 3

Richard Lim and Maya dela Rosa represented the Filipinos of the US  in The Voice Duets Philippines.

Together with the other Filipino contestants from Canada, Middle East, Europe and of course, the Philippines, they were trained by their respective chosen coaches as they continue to advance in the levels of competition.

The network converted the famous PBB house into a studio for the rehearsals of the contestants.

Maya, Richard and the other kids were provided with a place to stay nearby. They had assistants to take care of their needs.

Both Maya and Richard enjoyed all the new things they have the opportunity  to experience.

They met new friends and even visited the beautiful places of the Philippines.

They were able to experience the warmth of their kababayans and were able to immerse themselves in the Filipino culture which their parents have been so proud of.

They were also privileged to be coached by the famous Tony-awardee, Coach Lea.

They busied themselves with rehearsals, voice lessons, dance lessons and even guestings on the network’s talk shows.

Since Richard and Maya were the most good-looking, most smart and articulate among the contestants, they would be sent to various TV shows and radio programs to promote The Voice Duets.

They enjoyed the entire experience despite being tired from the daily activities.
Richard kept his promise to Nanay Teresita and Tatay Arturo.

He really took good care of Maya. He would always stay with her and always warn her whenever she gets very close and so trusting with people she meets.

Maya was  always very friendly that Richard had to always remind her to be careful in dealing with people. Ricky was very much aware that despite the glitz and glamour of showbiz, the business of entertainment is full of insincere and superficial people.  For him, it is better to be safe than sorry and he definitely would want his and Maya’s stay in the Philippines safe and of course successful.

They stayed in a two bedroom condo nearby just like the other contestants from abroad. They were accompanied by Maya’s Auntie Fe and the assigned Personal Assistants from the network.

Everything they needed from clothes, food, transportation were provided by the people behind The Voice Duets Philippines.

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After many rounds of competition, Maya and Richard finally emerged as one of the three finalists of the competition. They represented Coach Lea’s team.

The many weeks of being seen on TV already earned  them many fans. Regular viewers of the show have noticed the chemistry of the duo. They were already being tagged as a loveteam which they just took in jest.

The network have seen the potential of the kids even when they were just starting. They vowed to offer them a career in their network regardless of the results of the competition.

Their parents have arrived a week before the finals. They made sure to be around to give moral support to the kids during the finals.

During the finals, Maya and Richard sang three OPM songs ‘Araw Gabi’ ‘Please Be Careful With My Heart’ and ‘Sana Maulit Muli’. All songs were arranged to suit their voices and the proper blending of their vocals.

They were able to sing the Tagalog songs fluently, flawlessly and full of emotion despite being born and raised in the US and it  made the audience appreciate them more.

With their undeniable vocal talent coupled with their inexplicable charisma, Maya dela Rosa and Richard Lim emerged the champion  of The Voice Duets Philippines.

The moment their names were announced, Maya and Richard couldn’t help but be emotional. They were beaming with happiness. They hugged each other and tearfully whispered words of thanks and congratulations to each other.

It was a difficult journey to be joining a prestigious competition in an unfamiliar country and culture especially being far from their parents.

Every step towards their success had been with sleepless nights, tiring rehearsals, song memorization, difficult dance choreography,  homesickness, nonstop travelling to various parts of the Philippines.

Their young minds and body could only take too much but doing these things together made everything easier and a wonderful experience.

“Ricky we made it!” Maya was saying  while tightly hugging him.

“I can’t believe it Maya! Salamat! Salamat talaga! Papa won’t leave for Australia anymore.”

They were congratulated by the people behind the show.

They were also congratulated by the big bosses of the network.

Their Coach Lea was so elated. “I am so proud of you guys!” Then she hugged both as well.

Even the other coaches Sarah and Bamboo were also satisfied with the results.

Richard and Maya, though being with Coach Lea’s team, had always been a favorite of the other coaches as well.

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Maya and Richard and their parents are now staying at the hotel provided for them.

They still couldn’t believe the fortune they have won and the success they have achieved.

“Maya, Richard you both know na magagaling kayo. The results of the competition even proved it. But always remember that you should never let all the success get in your heads ha! Remain humble and just be the same kids na minahal ng mga sumuporta sa inyo.” Nanay Teresita adviced them while they were having dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

The network allowed the families to have their own private time so they ensured that no press people or fans would be following them.

“Nanay siyempre naman po. Kami pa ni Ricky! Ambabait kaya namin.” Maya was quick to answer her nanay.

“Maya seryoso ako. Hindi ako nagbibiro.”

“Opo Nanay Teresita. Hindi naman po namin iniisip ni Maya na mas nakakalamang na kami just because we won. We were just blessed but we are still the same Ricky and Maya na siyempre hinding hindi kayo bibigyan ng sakit ng ulo.” Ricky replied.

“Compadre medyo hindi ata ako pwede sumama sa mga lakad ng mga batang to. Nakakatakot kapag dinudumog sila ng mga tao.” Roberto voiced his concern to Arturo.

“Ako rin nga. Grabe pala yun mga supporters ng dalawang to. Hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala. Noong panahon kasi natin mga Pilita Corales lang yun mga pinagkakaguluhan.” Tatay Arturo joked.

“Naku si Tatay nagpapahalata ng edad. Samahan nyo po kami ni Ricky sa mga guestings namin. Mas kampante kami kapag kasama namin kayo.” Maya told her tatay.

“Kids ha ayaw ko ng mga teasing teasing nila ng loveteam loveteam kuno ha! Baka mamaya makaapaekto yan sa inyong dalawa.” Esmeralda also pointed out one concern she and Teresita had been worrying about.

They were aware of how the fans see them as a loveteam. Though both parents want their kids together, they were worried na baka mailang yun dalawa sa isa’t isa. They were still very young anyway to be thinking of those things.

Maya and Ricky stared at each other, smiled then they just gave their parents a hearty laugh. “Si Mama Esmie nagpapatawa. Kami ni Ricky? Yuck ayoko nga! Sungit sungit kaya nito. Suplado pa. Atsaka may crush ako sa ABS. Si Papa Piolo! Lamang yun ng 100 na paligo sa iyo bestfriend!” Then Maya giggled which made both parents laugh.

“Ako rin naman, kung si Maya lang naman,  I’d rather stay single all my life. Ang ingay ingay kaya nito atsaka ang kulit.” Richard also teased Maya.

“Naku tigilan na at baka magkapikunan pa kayo. O siya akyat na kami sa kwarto namin. Magkita na lang tayo dito bukas for breakfast. Kelangan nang makapagpahinga ng mga bata.” Nanay Teresita reminded the kids.

After their goodnight hugs and kisses for each other, they all went to their respective rooms to rest.

After winning, they still have lots of scheduled interviews, pictorials, guestings in various TV shows, provincial shows and other commitments to honor. They will also record an album and have a concert with all The Voice Duets contestants.

They still have to finish everything before they return to their normal lives in the States.

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Maya and Richard’s  winning the top prize opened lots of opportunities for both of them.

It made them instant celebrities of the network.

It made them famous not only in the Philippines but worldwide as well.

It gave them the opportunity to make the lives of their families better.

But it also forced them to make the very difficult decision which would change their relationship and lives forever.

Kwentong Maya & Ricky : Sundo

“Ser Chief nandito na naman kayo? Bakit nandito na naman kayo?” Maya was surprised to see Richard waiting for her again at the lobby of the Time Airways building.

It was his fourth consecutive day of waiting for her.  Nahihiya na siya. Nakakaabala na siya kay Ser Chief nya atsaka the Time Airways employees are already wondering why the LAS CEO kept fetching their FA Trainee.

Though most of them know that Maya dela Rosa once worked as the nanny of Mr. Lim’s daughter Abby, they still find it unusual that Mr. Lim kept on fetching her when he could just ask their driver to do it instead of him.

Some were already asking Maya about it. Even Ms. Ina was already curious why Mr. Lim would use  his precious time to fetch Maya.

Now that he fetched her again, sure si Maya that they would be bugging her with questions again the following day. She would always tell them the same excuse her Ser Chief tells her. For the past three days he would tell her that he had a meeting nearby and just dropped by since he would be passing by Emman’s condo on the way to the mansion anyway.

“Good afternoon Maya. Are you done with the training? Halika na ihatid na kita.” he casually said, not answering her question so she asked again, “Ser Chief bakit nandito na naman kayo?”

“May meeting ako nearby.”

“Na naman Ser Chief? Aba ang layo ng LAS dito. Di kayo napapagod? Bakit hindi na lang sa malapit sa LAS ang meeting nyo?”

Naku she’s noticing it already. He is so obvious. Now baka umiwas na naman sa kanya si Maya. He didn’t want that to happen.

“Ah eh yes we had our meeting sa coffee shop nearby.  We preferred it here kasi kasama namin si Mr Ventura kanina. So let’s go Maya? Tara na sa kotse.”

She can’t do anything besides mas pinagtitinginan na sila sa kakukulit nya. She’s drawing attention already eh ang gwapo pa naman ni Ser Chief nya so he would definitely attract attention. Ayaw naman nya nun kasi secretly selosa siya and she doesn’t want other women ogling at her Ser Chief.

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Inside the car, Maya still wouldn’t stop.

“Ser Chief di ba sabi ko hindi mo naman ako kailangan sunduin araw araw. Nakakaabala na ako sa’yo eh. Sobra na pong nakakahiya.”

“Maya how many times would I tell you that hindi ko sinadyang puntahan ang  Time Airways. Nagkataon nga lang. I was just around the corner. Atsaka boring magdrive papunta ng bahay ng walang kausap. Matraffic pa naman yun way going home so it’s really better na daanan na lang kita. Hindi ka nakakaabala. Never mo akong naaabala.”

“Ser Chief hindi ka naman matratraffic kung hindi mo naman sasadyain yun Time Airways eh.”

“Maya sabi ko nga di ba, we had a meeting nearby so dumaan ako para may kasama ako sa byahe paguwi. Actually it’s you who’s doing me a favor. Baka nga ako na ang nakakaabala na sa’yo.” He is trying a different tactic this time para wag mafeel ni Maya that she’s a bother to him.

“Ser Chief, pwede naman nga na sa iba na lang na lugar magmeeting.” she countered again.

“Ang kulit mo naman Maya. Di ba sabi ko nga, malapit yun meeting dito kasi kasali si Mr. Ventura.”

“Kasama nyo po si Ser James?”

“Yes.”

“Eh pano pong nangyari yun eh buong araw sa conference room si Ser James. Hindi po siya umalis dun kasi may mga bisita kaming dumating?”

Lagot! Buking siya.

Pero he can still recover from it.

“No not James. Yun daddy nya.” Ayan lusot siya. He sighed in relief.

“Ha? Umuwi na pala si Don Jaime? Sabi kasi ni James nasa Europe pa daw parents nya. Kaya nga siya yun busy sa mga bisita kanina.”

Uh oh! This is embarrassing. Wala na siyang lusot. She found out that he is just making excuses

So since wala na sya mabigay na excuse, he opted to keep quiet.

He started the car and drove out of the Time Airways parking area.

Panic naman si Maya. She have made her Ser Chief feel bad. Binuko nya yun mga palusot when she already knows that he’s really going to the Time Airways to fetch her. She felt bad tuloy.

Now she’s thinking kung pano babawi.

An idea hit her. Patay malisya mode na lang na as if the previous conversation didn’t happen. She fished inside her bag and found her uneaten burger na binili nya sa canteen ng Time Airways. Pwede na to start a topic again with the now-sulking Ser Chief.

“Ser Chief  kain ka na muna nito. Alam kong pagod at gutom ka.” she wants to make ammends sa ginawa nya kanina.

He glanced at her. “Sa bahay na lang Maya.  How can i eat eh I’m driving.”

She secretly smiled. At least hindi tiger mode si Ser Chief and he’s still talking to her kahit nga obviously tumamlay siya unlike when he was excited upon seeing her awhile ago. Unlike the previous days din when he insisted that they have their snacks before going home, hindi na naginvite si Ser Chief.  Nagtatampo nga talaga.

Maya hurriedly opened the burger then also got a bottled water in her bag.

“Ser Chief eto o, susubuan na lang kita ng burger para kahit nagmamaneho ka pwede kang kumain.”

Nagulat siya. Natuwa. Napasmile.

“O bakit parang sweet ka bigla?”

“Hindi ah! Ayaw lang kitang magutom.”

“Yun lang ba?”

Na shy ang Maya.

“Ehh kasi tumahimik ka bigla. Nagtampo ka sa kakulitan ko. Sorry na Ser Chief.”

“Ikaw kasi eh. Don’t you want me fetching you? Ikinakahiya mo ako sa colleagues mo?”

“Naku Ser Chief hindi! Hindi kita ikinakahiya kaso para namang alangan di ba? Yun pinagkakaguluhan ng maraming kababaihan na boss ng Lim Aviation Services na napakagwapo, napakatalino, napakabait eh magsasayang ng oras sa tulad ko. Ang weird lang di ba?”

“What’s weird with that?” he raised his voice not liking what she was saying.

“Ser Chief kalma.”

“I don’t want to hear any of those kinds of arguments Maya. What’s wrong if I want to spend time with you. Anong weird doon? Atsaka I don’t notice na pinagkakaguluhan ako ng kahit sino because I myself  I just try to focus on you.”

“Si Ser Chief nagpapakilig pa…” namula siya with what he said.

“Ikaw eh and arte arte mo. Sinusundo ka na nga, ang reklamo mo pa. I was expecting a different reaction tapos ayaw mo pala.”

“Ser Chief hindi ko sinasabing ayaw ko ah. Siyempre gusto.” she shyly admitted.

“So it is settled. I wont be hearing any complaints kapag sinusundo kita,  okay?”

“Okay Ser Chief.”  she softly told him. “Sorry din. Hindi lang kasi ako sanay na may lalaking kaibigan na sobrang sweet sa akin.”

“We’re not just friends nga di ba. Crushmates nga tayo, di ba?” He again gaver her his pamatay na smile.

“Ewan ko sa’yo Ser Chief.” She was giggling while hiding her blushing face from him.

“So do you really mean what you said?” He asked again.

“Ang alin Ser Chief?”

“Yun sobrang sweet ako. You really find me sweet?”

“Oo Ser Chief. Sobra.” She giggled again.

Kinikilig na rin si Ricky.

“Pero mukhang unfair naman ata yun Maya.”

“Ang alin Ser Chief?”

“Yun ako lang yun sweet. Dapat sweet ka na rin sa crushmate mo.”

“Ah eh Ser Chief naman…”

“I’m just kidding Maya. Asan na yun burger? As usual nakakagutom to argue with you.”

“Eto na Ser Chief.” Then she carefully held the burger for Ricky to bite. She even wiped the corner of his mouth with her hand. Kilig na kilg si Ricky. She finds the act a little intimate for him.

“Uy bakit ganyan ang ngiti mo? Ser Chief ha baka kung ano na ang iniisip mo ha!”

“Why? What do you think am I thinking?”

“Ewan!”

She seemed embarrassed so binawi ni Ricky yun naughty quips nya.
“Wala Maya. I was just smiling kasi mabuti na lang you’re sweet while feeding me that burger. At least di ko maisip na ang sama ng lasa nya.”

“Ay grabe masama pala yun lasa ng ginawa ko?” She joked.

“No! I meant…medyo lang …hindi naman… argh!”

“Ser Chief ang cute cute mo talaga!” Then she pinched his cheeks.  “Binibiro lang kita. Binili ko lang yun burger sa canteen namin. ”

Both of them were surprised at what she did.

She thought nasaktan sya sa kurot nya sa cheeks so she caressed it.

He pretended to be hurt  because he loved what she’s doing.

“Alam mo you should do what yun ginagawa mo kay Abby kasi ang sakit ng kurot mo.”

“Ano naman yun?”

“Eh di the magic kiss.” he grinned.

“Ay Ser Chief ha! Hindi pwede yang mga ganyan mo! Tara na ihatid mo na ako sa bahay.”

“I’m just kidding Maya.”

Then he got her hand, kissed the back of it, gave her a very sweet smile and even winked at her.

Si Maya? Oh well panay pray nya that she survives the 1 hour trip to Emman’s condo without melting sa sweet moves ng  sundo nya.  It didn’t help that he’s even singing her favorite Eraserheads song, Ligaya.