To celebrate the much loved Nandito Ako mini-series, Archuleta Philippines organized a Viewing Party for the final episode last Friday, March 23, and it was such a blast!
The party was held at the Go Hotel in Pioneer, Mandaluyong. It was attended by at least 20 very excited fans :)
Different ‘TEAM’s were represented.
Team Holly! Well, I was the only person in the room when I took this pic. But my Team Holly girls – Kricket, Annie, Naree, Ree, etc – joined me in spirit LOL
Team Onya I mean Jonya!
Once the show started, the group settled down. LOOK AT THOSE FACES!
During commercial, the group turned into a rowdy bunch! Crying, laughing, jumping, clapping, spazzing, squeeling… NAME IT!
At the end of the show, when WAKAS came on, everyone cheered, clapped and gave the show – the cast and crew – a STANDING O! I hope somebody captured that moment, it was so awesome!
To THANK THE FANS for their love, support and endless promotion for Nandito Ako, TV5 donated the shirts David wore on Nandito Ako – cemetery scene, ‘lampa’ scene, stay at Anya’s house, visit to Anya, mall scene, beach scene, kite scene, etc -, Nandito Ako shirts and Nandito Ako pillows.
10 NA pillows, 2 NA shirts and 1 JB shirt (from lampa scene) were raffled off to the 20 attendees of the Viewing Party.
The GRAND WINNER was TIN! Uh oh, someone’s not happy in this pic. Ha ha! Congratulations, girl!
Winners for the #napromo via Twitter will be picked soon by Archuleta Philippines in coordination with TV5 .
THANK YOU TV5, Mr. Perci Intalan, Ms JoAnn Banaga, Ms Ana Feleo, Ms Risa Guilas, Direk Mac Alejandre and everyone who made Nandito Ako possible! WHAT AN AWESOME RIDE IT WAS
I may be a hardcore Kapamilya, but for the past week or so I’ve been watching Nandito Ako, the TV5 miniserye starring American Idol season seven runner-up David Archuleta (aka Archie) who plays singer Josh Bradley. I’ve been a fan since I watched a video of him singing the Jennifer Holliday hit “And I Am Telling You” on YouTube months before he first auditioned for the show. So when I learned he would be doing Nandito Ako for TV5, I knew I had to watch the pilot episode. Somehow, despite my packed schedule, I managed to watch not just the pilot, but the four episodes that followed it. Here’s a recap of what happened in Josh Bradley’s world during the show’s first week.
Looking for love
Josh is a wildly popular Filipino-American singer, and the pilot begins with a scene from his Manila concert. In that scene, Josh tells the…
It is the first weekend since David left the Philippines. It has also been a week since Nandito Ako aired. What abetter way to spend the weekend than to go out and promote David’s show!
A week ago, I dropped by TV5’s office to pick up hundreds of posters and flyers for Archuleta Philippines to use to help promote the show. As early as Sunday last week, Naree started distributing them to members of Archuleta Philippines to distribute to potential viewers.
Archuleta Philippines also embarked on a Promotional Power Campaign for Nandito Ako and created materials in addition to the posters and flyers that others can download and print themselves for the promotion (design c/o Kricket and Ferj).
And Archuleta Philippines even made the campaign more exciting by releasing this announcement to die-hard, hard core promoters of Nandito Ako:
If you feel like you’ve already been doing your best to promote Nandito Ako, then this is probably good news for you. A reward may be on its way!
AP, in coordination w TV5, is giving away special archustuffs, and A SPECIAL GRAND PRIZE for winners to our “NANDITO AKO TODO PROMOTE!” contest. Watch out for our post on this later today, and you may just win something from JOSH BRADLEY himself. *Wink*. (Hint: When you do all of the above suggestions for promotions, make sure you document it – take a video or picture. Who knows, you may be our lucky winner!) Be sure to follow us @archuletaphils @kricket_rc234!
If you haven’t done your part yet, then better get your fangirl mode on and power campaign for David!
So, here I am documenting my weekend of non-stop, shameless promotion of Nandito Ako. It was so much fun seeing the reaction of the people I’ve talked and how many of them wanted more copies once they saw who was on the show ;)
1) Posters outside tricycles (a motorcyle with a sidecar, often used as mode of transportation in the Philippines for short distances) – I got these tricycle drivers to help me put up the posters at the back of their tricycles. They even asked me for more posters that they can share with their buddies.
2) Flyers inside Tricycles
3) Posters in Shops
3) At bus stops
4) In buses
On our way to Sand Fernando, La Union and Baguio, JackRyan and I had the bus conductor put up posters inside the bus near the entrance/exit.
5) In events – Panagbenga Festival (Flower Festival) in Baguio
Knowing how hundreds of thousands of people, local and international visitors, flock Baguio during its annual Flower Festival (also known as Panagbenga) , JackRyan and I went up to Baguio to share in the festivities and spread the word about Nandito Ako. We targeted those who were taking pictures with TV5’s float and they were excited about the show when they found out David Archuleta is on it. Some even asked for multiple bookmarks as keepsakes.
We also targeted the ice cream vendors since they move around a lot and people can easily spot the posters when they buy from them.
6) And even at home
It was a tiring yet productive weekend. Hopefully, everyone we talked to will start tuning in to Nandito Ako this Monday. They’re in for a treat – David Archuleta in bunny suit!
Anne Curtis is so sweet to her younger sister, Jasmine Curtis Smith.
Even if Anne is with another network (Kapamilya), she is fully supportive of Jas especially with her new mini-series at TV5 with David Archuleta.
Every night before Nandito Ako starts, Anne would tweet her Twitter followers to remind them to watch the show.
“Nandito Ako to support you no matter what J I love you forever and forever!!!!” was Anne’s tweet to Jas before Nandito Ako premiered on Monday night.
She happily said on Twitter, “Yahoo! Nandito Ako is trending. It hasn’t even aired yet!! Go, baby go!! Please excuse me, I’m a proud Ate (older sister)!”
Apart from the Philippines and worldwide, Nandito Ako also trended on its pilot episode in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and US.
Anne congratulated the cast and crew of the show especially Direk Mac Alejandre for the [success of the show as indicated by the] many advertisements placed during the show.
Last Tuesday, Anne tweeted her younger sister saying “Anya, you’re so pretty in your ponytail!! Your Tagalog is very good!!!”
Anya is the name of Jas’ character in Nandito Ako. David is Josh. Anne can’t wait for Anya and Josh to meet.
Ogie Alcasid who originally sang the hit OPM ballad was happy that [the song] trended [on Twitter].
He tweeted on Monday. “Thank you, Mr. David Archuleta and to his legions of followers for making Nandito Ako trend after 23 years. Aaron Paul del Rosario, congrats!”
David responded, “So cool it trended! Thank you and Mr. Aaron Paul for letting me sing a great classic OPM song, and for your kindness.”
David (who is now back in the States) was happy that a lot of people enjoyed watching his first mini-series.
“Glad to see that you guys enjoyed the pilot episode of Nandito Ako! Thanks for all of your support!” Archuleta said in his tweet.
Jasmine Curtis Smith and Eula Caballero felt lucky and honored to be working with David Archuleta in Nandito Ako.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to work as one of the leading ladies for David Archuleta in the show. I am overwhelmed.”
“Until now, I wake up each day wondering, ‘Is this true? Am I in a dream?’”
“I never imagined that this will happen to me. Especially since I am quite new in the industry.”
“Working with David is such a pleasure. He’s so light and easy to work with. And he’s really willing to listen and to grow and to adjust to whatever needs to be done.
“He is willing to do anything. He won’t stop shooting a scene until he has given it his best.”
“We are all proud of him. We saw his progress in the 3 weeks that we worked with him,” shared by 17-year old Jas, who went back to Melbourne, Australia to continue with her studies.
What would you remember most in working with the American Idol alumnus?
“Everything. All of us enjoyed working with him, his singing on the set, his jolly mood.”
“He is so much fun to be with. As a person, as a friend, as a co-actor, we really won’t forget him,” shared smilingly by the pretty lass.
1st Star Factor winner Eula Caballero is thankful that she was chosen to star [the show] with David Archuleta, especially since a lot of people have been asking when TV5 will give her a break. Ritz Azul, the runner up of the reality show, already had her break.
“I’m very happy that TV5 allowed me to grow first before they gave me this [opportunity]. They have been so good to me. They allowed me to go through other things first before giving this to me.”
“And now, Jas and I were given this chance to work with David Archuleta. I am very happy. And David was such a good actor.”
“This is his first time to act in a mini-series. I must say he is a natural.”
“When we do a scene and he felt that he was not able to give it his all, he would request for another take.”
“He wants to give his best in every scene. I am so impressed with him,” shared the 16-year old Kapatid star.
Eula will not forget David’s singing on the set of Nandito Ako. It is among the things she will miss now that David is back in the States.
Nandito Ako is shown every night after Wil Time Bigtime.
January 26 – Naree and I went to meet JR for a trip to the Nandito Ako set. We went with @Amee_and_Sam and her daughter who came all the way from Bicol to see David (LOL, I think she was sent for work).
We couldn’t decide what to buy for the staff and crew, so we bought:
Mamon from Pan de Manila for the crew
Mango Bravo cake from Contis for David
Cupcakes by Sonja for David, Eula, Direk and Kari
JR also brought special siopao for the group. It was the BEST SIOPAO I ever tasted. (And I heard MyDearWriter liked it a lot!)
Found out that in the set the previous day, a lot of fans brought Mango Bravo for David. So we decided to eat the cake instead! LOL Yes, we ate the cake in the car on the way to the set somewhere in a village in Marikina.
When we got to the location, they were shooting a scene of Josh and Holly’s date. They were walking, talking. We heard the part where Josh asked Holly if she sings, then she laughed saying ‘hwag baka umulan’.
Then, in preparation for the next scene, Direk Mac showed David how to eat balut. There are no words to describe the look on David’s face when Direk showed him what’s inside the shell. Thanks Kari for this pic right before Direk actually opened the balut
While waiting to shoot their next scene, Eula and David sat talking on the set. At one point, David looked our way and smiled recognizing us.
While shooting the next scene, we got to stand behind Direk Mac and watch the scene from the monitors. Gosh, Josh and Holly looked so good together! I was late in going back to where Naree and JR were since I had to wait for someone in the crew who helped get me a cup of water. Dang, David briefly talked to Naree and JR while I was away asking them how they got to the set.
On one side of the location, we noticed that the swing was decorated with flowers. Someone in the set told us that it was for the dream sequence. What?! We got excited. It would be Holly’s dream, they said.
David and Eula left the set to change. Yes, for the dream sequence.
Unfortunately, we were not able to watch the scene up close since David requested to have everyone leave the scene except the cast and crew. LOL David didn’t want us to see them shoot the next scene. Someone in the crew told us that David did not want to do the scene originally. So some negotiations were done – they will let David have the scene he requested (my guess – inviting the fans to the concert scene) if he did the dream sequence. We all know David got what he wanted :)
We had to move far back. But we still had a good view of the set :)
They shot the scene several times from different angles. And everytime the scene is cut, David would burst into laughter. Ha ha! It was as if he was caught doing something naughty LOL
After the dream sequence, we decided to call it a night. We briefly talked to Eula and had some pictures taken. I’m still waiting for Naree to share me a copy of our picture with Eula :)
And here’s Eula having late dinner from that night :)
It was the most anticipated day of David Archuleta’s 3-week stay in the Philippines – the culmination of all the hard work David has put into making his first real acting project and the day fans get to show David how much they love and support him.
My Kind of Perfect
David performed this well-loved song much to the delight of the fans (video taken by @jackryan4DA)
Interview with Eula and Jasmine
Eula and Jasmine joined David onstage for a mini-Q&A.
Another view of the interview that shows David doing the dougie at the end
Nandito Ako Trailer
We did not expect it and neither did David, Jasmine and Eula, but TV5 premiered the Nandito Ako trailer during the Grand Fans Day. It was a real treat to share the excitement of watching the trailer the first time with David, Jasmine and Eula <3
I love this version from Ustream as it showed David’s reaction while watching the trailer. I also tried to watch David from my seat and I could see him laughing and giggling at times… some during the romantic scenes, some when David is crying. Gosh, what a mess I was! My tears kept flowing uncontrollably not only because of the story that slowly unfolded before our eyes, I was SO PROUD OF DAVID! Who knew David would be SOOOOO GOOD in acting. He was such a natural, like what Mac Alejandre kept on saying about David on Twitter. None of his acting in his scenes looked forced. DAVID THE ACTOR HAS ARRIVED! And I wasn’t alone in that sentiment. All the fans in the cinema squeed in unison and everywhere I looked, I saw misty eyes :)
Here’s a clearer view taken by @ascphil:
Archuleta Philippines’ Tribute and Pledge
For weeks, Archuleta Philippines has been planning a sendoff tribute for David. We did not know how we are going to present it to David at that time. We just went on planning and preparing for it. We knew somehow we’ll find a way to show our tribute to him.
Our initial plan was to sing a medley of David’s songs plus an adaptation of Nandito Ako to tell him how we will always be here even if he’s gone for two years. A week before Grand Fans Day, TV5 graciously gave us 4 minutes to perform for David. Since we only had limited time, we decided to just sing an adaptation of the whole Nandito Ako song. As we practiced the full song for the first time after the mall tour in MOA, emotions ran high knowing that this will be our only chance to let David know how much we support and love him before he leaves for his mission.
I am so glad Ustream captured our performance and David’s reaction while watching us.
David got teary-eyed which made us even more emotional during the song. We could hardly sing, but it did not matter. David heard our message <3
Here’s a video from another angle where you see more of Archuleta Philippines performing. At the 5:00 mark, @kricket_rc234 handed over to David the Certificate for the adoption of 21 trees planted in his name and a CD copy of our tribute video showing how Archuleta Philippines celebrated his 21st birthday last December 28, 2011 – we planted 21 trees, we packed relief goods for typhoon victims and we had a mini birthday celebration for him! (cr. seceew)
Here’s a copy of the tribute video :
The lyrics that were given to David
It was such an emotionally fulfilling experience for all of us. Thank you, David!
Talentadong Pinoy Taping
Right after Grand Fans Day in Megamall, we rushed to Skydome in SM North Edsa where David was to tape a performance at Talentadong Pinoy.
David first sang Nandito Ako (to be aired on February 5). He looked so handsome in his suit.
The performance as aired on TV5.
He next sang Wherever You Are (to be aired on February 19).
This was a first time for many of us, to join the audience during the taping of a show. Only for David. Ha ha!
We tried to go to Meralco Fitness Center to hopefully watch the Press Launch live. However, it was a by invitation event so the group decided to watch it via livestream instead.
Along with @nareejo, @jackryan4DA, @kricket_rc234, @KarissaCortez, @carlacharisse, @feeshda and @cmaecy, we went to Persiana for dinner. We watched the Press Launch from @jackryan4DA’s laptop and from our iPhones.
David sang Nandito Ako flawlessly for the press. We also got to see the cast sing Nandito Ako at the start. What a lovely cast!
Thank you again, Mr. Preci Intalan and the TV5 management for believing in David and for engaging the fans throughout the entire process.
Can’t wait to watch Nandito Ako. It will be a big hit. I know it for sure :)
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.
Nice pic from TV5/FollowArchuleta.ph
After the media was done with the interviews, the fans took over and had pictures with David.
Pocket Press Con
After David left the airport, Carla and I went to Makati – I to take calls for my meetings and Carla to get some work done while she’s deciding whether she goes home or go to Edsa Shangri-la Hotel where some went.
At around 9:30 AM, I received a call from TV5 asking me to go to Edsa Shangri-la Hotel for the pocket presscon and special meet and greet with David. What?! I couldn’t believe what I heard. Without hesitation, I gathered my stuff and took off for the hotel. Carla tagged along even if we were not sure if she could get in.
At around 1:00 PM, we got our cue to go upstairs for the presscon. @Nareejo, @Jackryan4DA, @ascphil, @Carlacharisse and @KarissaCortez joined me. Other fans from Pinoy Archies were also invited.
I did a livestream of the presscon (recorded here Pocket Presscon) David and Perci answered a lot of great questions – how the project came about, why David took it, what it will be about including what deets about David’s mission. We got to hear a bit of Nandito Ako from David – it sounded soooooo good.
My favorite part of the day (and probably of his entire stay) is the special meet and greet:
He sat beside me
He looked directly at me with his beautiful hazel eyes when we were introduced; he shook my hand
He looked at me the entire time I was asking my question
He giggled about the fact that we were wearing almost similar shirts
Towards the end, he asked me if I wanted a picture with him (*DIES*)
ALL OF THESE ON DAVID’S FIRST DAY in MANILA!!!
I can’t wait for everything that will happen in the next 3 weeks. Bring it on!
3 missed calls and 10 text messages. What’s happening? Haven’t had the chance to read the messages yet when my phone rang again. Okay, so kelangan ko na raw umalis and go to Makati Cinema Square (MCS). I didn’t even had to ask why. Getting a call from @nareejo only meant one thing or one person LOL – David Archuleta.
Within minutes, I was already in MCS. @nareejo and I met at Dunkin Donuts. I knew we were in the right location when I saw the guy from the table next to us – it was Mon Confiado, one of the guys in the twitpic sent by Direk Mac the night before (and apparently the guy playing Josh Bradley’s driver).
After dinner, we went to the 3rd floor where they were busy setting up for the next set. There we saw some familiar faces from the night before. They let us stand in front with a nice view of where David will come out.
We got to see 2 scenes:
(1) David talking to Mon, who looks like a chauffeur in his uniform. They were talking and at one point they laughed… unfortunately, we couldn’t hear them even if they were right in front of us.
(2) David…err… Josh being mobbed by fans. It was funny coz the fans all had big posters of David with Josh Bradley written on them. So weird LOL. And then, as the fans ran toward him, Josh tried to find a way to get away from them. There we saw David’s ninja moves. All of a sudden he was already running towards the next room, right next to the area where we were sitting a few minutes ago (we shouldn’t have moved!). There was one take where David almost ran into me LOL. Yeah, he was quick to run away. It was fun watching David act… the changes in his facial expression, his body language. David definitely could act!
Some of the things we liked about tonight was how nice the TV5 people were to us/fans. When they saw me and @nareejo standing and watching, they brought us monobloc chairs to sit on. When they went on dinner break, someone came out with 2 plates of beef steak. They even fed us!
We brought Dunkin Donut munckins for David and Jasmine. But then since we wouldn’t be able to stay long to actually give the munchkins to them, we had the TV5 peeps give them instead.
And they got them! At least it was confirmed by Jasmine :)
We were so tired from the night before that we decided not to wait anymore. They told us they were going to shoot 2 more scenes and one of them will be at the basement. But that meant at least an hour of setup. So, yeah, no waiting this time. (Looking back, we should have waited. They did the bunny suit scene at the basement!)
P.S. Before the hallway scene, David was inside the studio where I think they shot the scene shown yesterday with him, Ana and Alwyn trying to pick the winner for the date contest.
Before we went to the set, Jasmine thanked us for the gift we gave her in SM Fairview
(In italics were comments added today after watching Ep 7 of Nandito Ako)