What a great opportunity for Filipino fans to see more of David before he leaves for his mission.
A few days before David’s arrival, TV5 contacted Archuleta Philippines for an interview with some fans to be featured on their website. It was a last minute thing so not many were available. The interview was at TV5’s office at Global City so only @Nareejo and I made it. The interview was focused on how we became fans, what we liked about David, what we thought about David’s new stint with TV5 and our message for him.
For weeks, Archuleta Philippines spent hours and hours of planning via YM, text, email, phonecalls to get fans organized to meet David when he arrived at the airport. @Jackryan4DA,@ascphil, @Nareejo,@Kricket_234 and myself were among those painstakingly planning how to get it all together. @Ferjiperj came up with designs and had new banners printed for this special event (we all saw how great those banners were!).
For days, Kricket and I were swamped with twitter and text messages of fans eager to join Team Airport to welcome David and Kari.
The night before his arrival, some of us stayed overnight at my place since I live close to the meeting place – Wendy’s along Boni Edsa. We chose that location not because it’s near my place (LOL) but because it’s in the center for majority of us.
We slept at around 1:00 AM. We were up by 2:00 AM to get ready (only 1 hour of sleep!). We met the rest of Team Airport at Wendy’s at around 4:15 AM. There was 70+ of us and 5 vans were waiting to get us to the airport. (One funny thing while we were on our way to the airport, a guy from a show in TV5 texted me asking if we were already at the airport and if I could let him know if David has arrived since he and his group are still in transit quite far from the airport.)
The group lined up carrying our welcome banners for David. Within minutes, camera men and reporters of TV5 took pictures and videos of the group. They even interviewed some fans.
Along with @JackRyan4DA, @Nareejo, @Ferjiperj, @Carlacharisse, @NetteKulet_AP and Arlene (AP’s VIP pass winner), we went inside the VIP lounge to get ready to document David’s arrival. There we met Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Eula Caballero, David’s co-starts in the TV5 mini-series.
By 5:30 AM, we got to our designated positions inside the airport. My assignment, to do the livestream. Watch recorded video here - Airport Arrival livestream
We immediately saw David when he came down the stairs. The mood at the airport suddenly changed. Even people who didn’t know who David was took pictures of him. I talked a bit with David as we walk out of the main building. I told him the fans were waiting outside to welcome him. He was surprised at the number of people there to see him at 6:00 in the morning.
As David stepped out of the building, you could hear the fans chanting “DAVID! DAVID!”. It was so awesome! Then he was met by Jasmine and Eula who both gave him orchid garlands. Then the group went to the VIP lounge. David saw @Nareejo as soon as he entered the VIP lounge. He gave her a sweet hug :) A mini presscon ensued where David candidly answered some questions. Eula and Jasmine also joined him for a few questions and for pictures.