It all started when this arrived in my email inbox:
Actually, I thought it was a hoax first, because it arrived at a time when I was busy answering comments left by MLM employees in my blog. So, I emailed the sender and asked how she came by my email address. And quite promptly, she replied that she got the email address from my personal blog (this blog). I googled her name, Greta Razon, and her affiliation, Keren Pascual Public Relations and Events Management Services and found nothing wrong. I replied to the RSVP invite and fixed my schedule. The event is supposedly Coke’s “Biggest Surprise” to be held at BGCEA Community Facility, right across the NBC Tent.
So, okay, I do not really know what to expect from this event nor could I really bother Ms. Razon about it, since it claimed to be a “surprise”. But, of course, the first thing that would come to mind is that it’s a product launch party. But what product?
So, February 13 arrived and I found my way to BGCEA Community Facility. I was a bit early and found the staff still setting up props so, I left the place for a while and chilled at GoNuts Donuts. And I learned one thing during my stay there: there’s a basketball team called Coca-Cola Tigers. Hahaha. What a noob, you’d say. But hey, I don’t watch basketball nowadays.
After half an hour, I went back to BGCEA Community Facility and found that a lot of guests have already arrived.
I think I might have been a wallflower this time. I didn’t know anyone, though I think I saw Abe there. But, what the heck, I was already there, so I might as well enjoy my stay.
And they did make the guests feel real comfy, while waiting for the “real” event to start:
Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on those bottles?
Waiting to be filled up and emptied
This really tasted good…
And this one, too…
…and this one, too! But please don’t ask me how they’re called. I just ate ‘em and forgot the names because I couldn’t pronounce it. Hehe.
It was almost 6 o’ clock in the evening when we were told to go outside of the place. Then, we were ushered to ride on some shuttles parked outside.
Wait, where are you taking us?!?!
I think this was the time when I twitted this:
It’s funny how people who were in the shuttle with me also thought of the same thing, and some were joking about not having their lawyers with them. But then, where are we going, really?
We’re going on a field trip!
No, seriously, I didn’t have any idea where they could be taking us. Except for maybe there could be a new building of some sort that is connected with their product launch.
(I was supposed to insert the video of our trip here but I was unsuccessful with my attempt to convert the video format. I’ll have an attempt at it again next time)
This is the place where we actually ended up:
What’s up at the Helipad? (Honestly, this picture looked as if a Cloverfield monster might appear anytime soon behind McDonald’s sign and swat it off its pole)
Those men looked like they mean business (they’re actually our “tour guides”)
People scurrying about to find their places
So, what are we really waiting for?
What is that chopper carrying?
Yup, it’s the biggest coke surprise there is (note: this photo was taken later. I actually had a video of the chopper dropping the coke bottle but it got erased. Jon saw it dropped too!)
With all that secretiveness and ceremonies, I was pleasantly surprised, actually. It was fun! That must be the only time when it’s fun to be kidnapped (not to mention being kidnapped by cute men in black, hehehe).
It said taste it and then, peel it. So, I tasted it first. Hehe. And what do we have after peeling the bottle…
Ta-da! Coke Zero! (Oh well, it’s still Coke Zero, even if it wasn’t peeled but anyway…)
Coke Zero? What does that mean?
It is the new product of Coca-Cola being launched now in the Philippines. It claims to look and taste like the regular Coke, but without the sugar and the calories. And it does!
I got Zeroed!
Also, you get to win one of the 10 iPod Touch gadgets being given away at the party, if your Cliquebooth photos are one of the wackiest and most original. But I wasn’t able to get myself into the Cliquebooth photobooth because I got too “aliw” with the magicians (Ruther, Ian, Oliver, and Marco(?)) in the party and their magic tricks (but, don’t worry, Marcelle, you’re still my favorite hehehe).
But this guy did and won one of the iPod Touch:
I don’t know him but I heard he’s an ETC talent. Anybody there who knows this guy?
Megan, former PBB Celebrity edition housemate, and Marc Abaya were also there at the party and won iPod Touch. Geez, why are the celebrities still included in the raffle? They can afford to buy those, anyway. Hehehe.
And the party went on with more food and some party music courtesy of Up Dharma Down (sorry, wasn’t able to take photo of their band. I love their music, but got distracted by magicians!) and Chicosci:
At around 8 p.m., the party ended and I went home, empty-handed because I didn’t win an iPod Touch, but with a full stomach. I really got stuffed with food and Coke.
So, watch out because soon, Coke Zero is going to invade the grocery stores and supermarkets! Better prepare to get zeroed!