Last year, or last December 2012, I was very disappointed when the first Comic Convention was held here in Iloilo. It was because I had no idea. I almost cried when I saw my friend posting his photo on Facebook with Manix Abrera. I should have been there too, you know. I have all these comic books waiting to be signed by Manix. I should have a photo taken beside him too. Oh my gosh, I was meant to be there. But no, I was only meant to miss that and cry my heart out. That’s why I’ve been very desperate to wait for the next Comic Con. When I remember it, I search for schedules only to see that most of it are held in Manila. I’ve waited and I’ve waited. Not until a week ago when I passed by CPU and I saw a large publicity for the second Comic Con. I read the contents and again, I was disappointed that Manix will not be there. I almost lost hope but one day, I randomly searched on Facebook the site of the second Comic Con. To my surprise, I saw that Manix would be there. I prepared my book, I chose the first of the Kikomachone Komix, and I bought two tickets. I was planning to invite any willing friend, finally, Marife accompanied me, she also had the first Kikomachine book.
Last Friday, May 30, 2014, I got out of work at around 4 PM, I was really excited. Actually, when one of my friends posted a picture of Manix’s drawing at 1PM, I was really itching to ditch work, but it was pay-day so I need to have my money first. It was only fortunate that I was let go at 4PM. I travelled almost 30 minutes because of the traffic, but when I finally got there, it was all worth it. First, I listened to the last part of Carlo Pagulayan’s interview and then looked around for Manix. When I finally caught a glimpse of him, I immediately took my book out of my bag and had him sign it. I was really happy. I don’t know, happy is an understatement after finally having a check off my bucket list. I am ELATED. I had a photo with him beside me or with me beside him. I will have my other books signed next time. Salamat po, Idol!