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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Star Troopers: We move it, move it!


A SPACE IN SPACE
by Maria Eleanor Elape Valeros
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Star Troopers: We move it, move it!
(Taking The FREEMAN to a place it has never been before!)


Blurb: "We indeed moved it, moved it! And took this company to a place it has never been before. But such could not have been possible if Sir Boy didn't assure us we can do it. All the man did to catapult our egos to great heights is simply to believe in what we were doing. "Hindi naman sa pinilit kayong manalo. Total nandito na rin lang kayo laban na kung laban. Kaya nyo yan! (You are not forced to win! But since you're already here, fight a good fight. I assure you, you can do it!)"

The cheerdance competition as part of the opening program of the 12th Cebu City Trimedialympics or the Mayor Tomas Osmeña Cup came in as the toughest challenge posed this year for us employee-members of THE FREEMAN Star Troopers squad as we don't have the luxury of time for rehearsals. Besides, the last time I joined one was back in fourth-year high school. I'm a lazy feline, that's what, I never have the freewill to flex muscles and arch backs to still be able to do the back handspring, back flip, the split, or the cartwheel - though I still do a romancing with the dance!

Forming the cheerdance squad for The FREEMAN Star Troopers to hoomp and whoomp to the "bem-bem" beat of Axxel's "Crazy Frog" became the first big question. Rumors within the circle went that since some of us had never ever performed before a crowd, it would be very hard to bring the name of the company to victory. Aside from that, detractors said we are a bunch of writers, strivers, proofreaders, and support staff --- not professional dancers. Next, came the question on the attention given us by management most especially on our team's request for uniforms. As some jealous workmates began mocking at the team's "bankability" to bring home the proverbial bacon, I got emotionally challenged.

"Ipapanalo namin 'tong uniform na to (We would make sure this uniform wins)," I told myself silently as I watched our General Manager Melandro "Boy" Mendoza prepare breakfast as early as 4am of September 25, Sunday. The team slept at his rented space in Figuerroa street near the C. Padilla area. For me, Sir Boy that Sunday morning was inspiration personified as he proved to meet us halfway amid our weaknesses, shortcomings and "iniquities". Some of us, I must confess, had not been zealously showing interest to excel in such endeavor as manifested by what transpired during our 3-week rehearsal. We hardly even got a quorum until Sir Boy came into the picture to personally supervise our pace.

After a series of rehearsals done at 6pm to 9pm on weekdays and at the Tejero Sports Complex on weekends, verbal personal attacks ensued that eventually led to the walkout of a support staff, and this writer flaring up at the administration building over the issue on our uniforms charged to salary deductions should we fail to grab victory. I found it disheartening to discover jealous colleagues. I would never care if the team would be rejected by other dailies, I could understand very well ridicule and rejection. But for homemates, I took to heart the challenge that eventually lead me to keeping the uniform (please see photos) free of charge.

Since "Crazy Frog" carried the theme: "Move it, move it!", the team was motivated to leap frog-crazy to great heights beyond our grasp so we could bring The FREEMAN to "a place it has never been before". Such conviction seeped only on the third week when squad members had already bonded well and digested in Sir Boy's criticisms.

We indeed moved it, moved it! And took this company to a place it has never been before. But such could not have been possible if Sir Boy didn't assure us we can do it. All the man did to catapult our egos to great heights is simply to believe in what we were doing. "Hindi naman sa pinilit kayong manalo. Total nandito na rin lang kayo laban na kung laban. Kaya nyo yan! (You are not forced to win! But since you're already here, fight a good fight. I assure you, you can do it!)"

KAYA NYO YAN! (YOU CAN DO IT!) It is the only line I was waiting for for others to follow suit. Assure us that even if we are no UP or UST pep squad, or no Maneouvres or X-People, we can always be the best that we can be because we believe we are good and we can move things to places they've never been before. Thanks to Sir Jerry Tundag, our editor-in-chief, for allowing Chendrina, our layout artist, and I to leave our posts for the rehearsals; to my fellow editors who gave way and showed their understanding that I should be away from my area for two hours; to our propsgirls Jasmin Uy and Liv Campo who prepared those party poppers, a new version of the poompooms; to everyone who cheered for us and assured us that we had a great performance. You also moved it, moved it and took this company to a place it has never been before.

TEXTPRESS URSELF! 27-Sept 14:59:16 "Gud pm, i'v read ur column n 1 of d publications here n cbu (freeman) im curious of what ds club all about, wud u mind asking about ur organization? - Lyn of Danao

EBOX. For your comments, reactions, suggestions, and contributions, crank up my email addy:
pinay_mangatkatay@yahoo.com or text me @ 09215323616. Greetings go to a TF reader Rowland Eturma. Halleur, row! Birthday wishes go to my workmates who like me are October birthday celebrants Chendrina Rosaroso (October 4) and Maribeth Berongan (October 10), to fellow "mangatkatays" Leila Monteñedo (October 16), Marites Arañas (October 29) and Jeffrey Soriano (October 31) of Norkis. Many more peaks to climb, soon!