Mike had a simple birthday wish: he just wanted to watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with me. So despite receiving numerous inquiries for the evening of his birthday, I declined all of them because I was already “booked” by my most important client — my husband! (This is me trying to be a good wife. Family first!).
We really liked the movie, and we said to each other that it was the kind of film that we wouldn’t mind watching again. Well, who knew that we would actually be watching it again?!
It was the 18th of December when Abigail, my client-turned-friend from Ion Management Solutions, sent me a message on Facebook and asked if I would be okay to host their company’s event, which was the block screening of Rogue One. The event was happening the next day!!! There was no more time to meet, prepare, and review the script beforehand, but the opportunity to host this cool event for one of the most anticipated movies of the year was just so hard to say no to. Plus, I was also doing it for Mike, who is a huge Star Wars fan! Happy birthday? No! More like HAPPY, HAPPY birthday!
The event was sponsored and organized by ION Management Solutions, Inc., a company that provides expert services and skills in IT Management and Virtualization, together with Red Hat, an American multinational software company providing open-source solutions. This was their year-ender event for 2016, which was also their way of saying “thank you” to their valuable customers for their unwavering support.
Ion and Red Hat rented out one of the cinemas in Uptown Mall BGC for the event. It was my first time to see a movie in this cinema, and I think this was certainly a good choice for a venue! The mall is new, so of course, the cinemas are also modern, with state-of-the art facilities. It’s so easy to fall asleep on the seats! They’re so comfy!
When I asked Abigail what I should wear when I host this event, she asked, “Didn’t you host a Star Wars party before? You wore a Princess Leia outfit, right?” (She was talking about this Star Wars party). Right! But I didn’t think a Princess Leia OOTD (with buns on my head and all) was the most suitable ensemble for this kind of event. Haha! Thank God Mike has a Darth Vader shirt stored in his closet! I borrowed my husband’s shirt, put a blazer and a pair of jeans on, and finished off the look with black combat boots. Bad-ass and edgy, eh? Just like the movie’s main character, Jyn Erso!
Before the movie started, we heard a few words from Mr. Steve Bird, the Managing Director and CTO of Ion, as well as Mr. Bobby Corpus, Red Hat’s Solutions Architect. They talked about their approach to Open Shift and Open Stack Solutions. Don’t ask me what that means. I know nothing about I.T. jargons! (Nosebleed!)
The customers (plus Mike and I) got a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the film while snacking on popcorn, burgers, and drinks, all provided by Ion and Red Hat, of course! We really felt like VIPs. We had the entire cinema to ourselves, and we even got free nibbles! What a life!
At the end of the movie, a lucky draw was held wherein three lucky customers won Starbucks gift certificates worth PHP 1,000 each! That can buy you about five cups of coffee!
Here is a short video of the event. Don’t worry, no movie spoilers here because posting spoilers is just rude.
Thank you to Ion Management Solutions (especially to Abigail and Mr. Bird) and Red Hat for having me and for this awesome experience!
To my husband Mike, thank you for being my movie date. Thanks also for letting me borrow your shirt and for making me look cool that day. Haha! Hope you had a happy birthday!
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