Pre-Birthday Celebration a.k.a Ian Somerhalder "Stalking" Day

First of all, I would like to thank Penshoppe for bringing Ian Smolderhalder in the Philippines and for giving us, the fans, a chance to see him in person even if it’s just from afar.

Yesterday, Lea Rose and I met up in SM MoA where we waited for Ian Somerhalder. The event was set up for 3pm and we were there around 1pm, and the place was filled with girls, mostly teens. We were positioned about 15 feet away from the stage and there was still a bit of room around us. Around 2:30pm I noticed that the crowd was getting bigger, the space around us was diminishing.

People started screaming when they changed the monitor’s feed to show
the fans.

When Ian finally arrived, some people saw him go inside the backstage and the screaming started again, and then we were pushed two-feet forward. I thought it was funny. I was wondering where the space came from as the whole place was jam-packed even before the pushing. That was what I called “first” wave. The second wave pushed us another 2 feet, and the third another foot. Seriously, where did the space come from?

Lea Rose and I, in the middle of the “sea”.

The program didn’t start till another 10 minutes and before that, people were chanting, screaming, and getting ready to take pictures. I thanked everyone for coming to my birthday. LOL. I also thanked some people who were fanning themselves because the air was going in our direction too. By this time, I was standing too close to the person in front of me that her hair was sticking to my sweaty skin.

Mr. Emcee whose name we do not know. If ever he said it, I didn’t hear it.
Ian came out taking a video of the crowd. More pushing ensued.
It was his idea to sit like that.

He’s so nice! When they sat down, people started pushing again so he moved to that position and asked everyone to stop pushing as the people in front where getting squished.

I would have had lots of pictures but most of the ones I took where either out of focus or blurred because once I think I have the shot, I’d get pushed. And the most clear pictures I have of Ian are derpy, I’m not posting them. Most of these are cropped. Enjoy~

Sitting pretty.
SMILE!
GAH! SO HANDSOME! <3
So near, yet so far. πŸ™

Them lucky bitches. 😐

View from above, courtesy of PublicityAsia.
We’re somewhere in the middle.

After the event ended, we waited at the backstage in hope of seeing him again, even if it’s just a quick pass-by. Unfortunately, he already left. People still waited though long after we had left.

We felt like we’re teenagers again. LOL.
Still waiting for someone who’d already left. πŸ™

Most of us didn’t believe the people who kept saying he’d already gone because there were still people going in and out of the room and nobody was attempting to clear the place up. But then when the big bosses and managers left, they showed us that there was no one else inside. Boo. πŸ™

Anyway, the interview was mostly about the environment and Ian’s foundation. Honestly, I did not understand most of the things they were talking about because the audience was too loud. But I did remember him saying that he’ll be back for sure because ISF (Ian Somerhalder Foudnation) is teaming up with Penshoppe, and because he loves our country and he thinks it’s really beautiful here and that we’re the most unappreciated country. He also said he wants to visit all 1,700 islands.

This was my first time to be part of an event like this. I don’t usually go to these things but it was quite fun. We weren’t prepared for what happened because we didn’t expect it to be like that. We were thinking there will be an area with chairs and be like a first-come-first-served thing. And then they’d close that area and people could just stand behind the barriers and the pushing would have been somewhat prevented. Although no one was actually hurt, there was a girl who fainted or was hyperventilating after everyone left.

Because of this experience, I have come up with tips on how to prepare for an event like this.

  1. Do not bring bags or any thing that is bulky.Β You can either leave your things in the car or bring someone who’s not interested with what’s going on and have that person hold your things while you “go to war”. IF you really need the bag, make sure that you…
  2. Have at least a bottle of water.Β In events like these you have to be there early so you’ll have a good choice seat/position. Of course there’ll be a lot of waiting and if you leave your spot, it won’t be there when you get back.
  3. Vantage point is a must.Β It was our mistake to stand in the middle of the enclosed area. We barely saw Ian’s face, I saw him mostly through the zoomed camera lens. People on the second floor had a better view of him and I bet there were less pushing.
  4. Girls, tie your hair.Β I know some girls like to keep their hair down because it makes one look prettier or something. But if you sense that the area is going to get cramped, make sure to bring something to tie your hair with. Once the pushing starts your hair will be on someone else’s face, in more unfortunate situations, someone might pull your hair to piss you off. Besides, the celebrity will barely notice your beauty anyway unless you’re REALLY drop dread gorgeous.
  5. Bring a small towel/tissue to wipe your sweat.Β All the waiting and the people around you will make you sweat like a pig despite the venue’s a/c system. After the event, most of us were drenched in sweat.
That’s all I could think of right now. If I missed something or if you thought of another thing to remember for this kind of event, leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list. Next time Ian comes back, we’ll be prepared. XD
Mostly writing about my life and experiences, I started blogging in 2005. This current version of the blog has been established since 2011. Professionally, I'm a homebased SEO Expert for a UK company with international clients. With a wide range of interests and hobbies, it took me a while to narrow down my blog niche. I own and care for 5 dogs in a small studio apartment in Las PiΓ±as City, Philippines. I love traveling locally when I have the means, otherwise, I spend most of my time at home.

39 Comments

  1. Maria Christina Paigna
    25 May, 2012

    Happy Birthday nix!

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  2. meowbykate
    25 May, 2012

    omg! that crowd πŸ˜€ Happy birthday, dear :))

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  3. Cheska Cruz
    25 May, 2012

    OMG! Look at the crowd. Never expected MOA would be filled-up like that. Shocks, so pogi!

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  4. nicklelove
    26 May, 2012

    I know! I was surprised when I saw PublicityAsia’s photo of the crowd. Wasn’t aware there were so many of us.

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  5. nicklelove
    26 May, 2012

    Thanks Kate! So many fangirls, right? =))

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  6. nicklelove
    26 May, 2012

    Thanks Paigs! πŸ™‚

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  7. Renz Bulseco
    26 May, 2012

    Wow at the crowd.

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  8. april
    26 May, 2012

    natawa ako sa “the lucky bitches” hahahaha
    ang gwapo tlga :3

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  9. Franc Ramon
    26 May, 2012

    That’s a packed MOA for vampire Damon Salvatore

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  10. Rudolphian
    26 May, 2012

    he was supposed to come to davao last month but postponed the Philippine trip because of that robinsons galleria holdup incident which scared his manager. sayang hndi na cya nakapunta davao

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  11. nabuagermeline
    26 May, 2012

    i can relate. as much as i want to join these kinds of event baka d kayanin dahil sa stature ko na payat.haha baka himatayin.aw

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  12. Kathy Ngo
    26 May, 2012

    thats what I call a crowd … Ian must have been so happy

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  13. Jenn Ji Hyun
    26 May, 2012

    Wow! That was some experience! I know you had a happy birthday because of this but I’m still greeting you anyway. Happy birthday, Nickle! πŸ™‚

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  14. nicklelove
    28 May, 2012

    Aw.. Sayang. But he will return naman. Malay mo pagbalik nya matuloy na sya sa Davao. πŸ™‚

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  15. nicklelove
    28 May, 2012

    They won a twitter contest daw. KAINIS. I didn’t know there was one. πŸ™

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  16. nicklelove
    28 May, 2012

    He was! He kept taking pictures and videos tapos lahat talaga tinitignan nya, I mean he looks at the people above, to his left, to his right, even at the people near the backstage. He waves at everyone.

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  17. Eigroj Stain
    28 May, 2012

    Gosh I love Damon so much— he’s so handsome and yummy hahahahah

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  18. Yuuki
    28 May, 2012

    i love Damon/ Ian! from the very start of Vampire Diaries

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  19. athena
    28 May, 2012

    i only watched a few episodes of vampire diaries but i have to agree with millions that ian somerhalder is absolutely hot. probably it’s the mesmerizing eyes ?

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  20. The City Roamer
    28 May, 2012

    i don’t watch vampire diaries but he’s a familiar face. looks like Penshoppe has been getting endorsers from famous series. wondering who’s next…

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  21. Toteng Tanglao
    28 May, 2012

    For all the hassle and trouble, I am sure seeing this Vampire Diaries star was worth it. Suffering is indeed temporary. Bragging your friends about it is forever.

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  22. claire
    28 May, 2012

    Wow! look at those people they really love Ian

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  23. nicklelove
    28 May, 2012

    YES! You should watch the rest of it. It gets so exciting.

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  24. Arnold Familaran
    28 May, 2012

    di mahulugan karayom sa dami ng tao!

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  25. Tess Chancellor
    28 May, 2012

    yummmy nga ,hehehe . he is so likeable and huggable

    Reply
  26. unsugarcoatedreviews
    28 May, 2012

    Wow so many people. Quite a mob! I don’t even know this guy :))

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  27. thechefsdaughter
    28 May, 2012

    Nice pictures, I can see how amazed he is sa dami ng tao who went there to see him. πŸ™‚

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  28. NezMercader
    28 May, 2012

    I love Vampire Diaries. But I just don’t have the guts to swim in “seas” like this. haha!

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  29. Noria P. Adam-Lim
    28 May, 2012

    Can’t blame the girls. He is a eye candy. πŸ™‚

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  30. Massa P
    30 May, 2012

    That’s cool that you got to see someone you admire! πŸ™‚ He’s hottt. But I definitely wouldn’t want to be in that massive crowd… Panic attack.

    To be honest, I’m not a fan of VP (can’t stand the show and that Degrassi chick’s ‘acting’). The cast of VP often come to Toronto for promos, but I’m like, “Mehhh.” Paul Wesley was just in town last April for Toronto Comic Con… Yeah, skipped his appearance, even though I was already in the building. LOL.

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  31. Eunice
    2 June, 2012

    I was there too with my brother. You’re right about the waves. We were 10 feet from the stage but people kept pushing forward that you could already feel the breath of the person next to you. LOL. It was all worth it though. πŸ˜‰

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  32. nicklelove
    17 October, 2012

    I heard Leighton Meester was here during the weekend for Phil. Fashion week. Ian was also in Lost, if you’ve seen it. πŸ™‚

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  33. nicklelove
    17 October, 2012

    It’s my first time! It was okay for me coz I’m big and somewhat tall, hindi ako naipit, ako nangiipit. LOL

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  34. nicklelove
    17 October, 2012

    Sobra! Literally ‘sea of women/girls’. Pati yung pag wave, parang nasa gitna ka talaga ng dagat.

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  35. nicklelove
    17 October, 2012

    True! It was totally worth it. Hindi ako masyadong naramdaman na na-hassle ako siguro dahil sa sobrang excitement at sobrang pogi nung inaabangan namin. Hahaha!

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  36. Shirgie Scf
    17 October, 2012

    wow..you’re lucky enough to saw him in person… and thanks for the tips…

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  37. Maria Gemma Defeo-Hilotin
    17 October, 2012

    grabe dinumog buong place! pogi kasi! .. great tips!

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  38. Argee Abadines
    17 October, 2012

    Ok, now I know who he is πŸ˜›

    Good tips on how to prepare for such an event πŸ™‚

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  39. Noria P. Adam-Lim
    17 October, 2012

    Imagine that wave of females screaming! It’s raining estrogen. hihihi

    Reply

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