A Sunday Well Spent: Greenwich with the NICOnatics

By Karla Aguas - 12:04:00 PM

Barkada shot lang featuring Kelly, Anne and Nics HAHA
For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed planning things. From birthdays to surprises, get togethers to trips, I have always ENJOYED fixing things up. I guess the OC freak girl in me just lives for these kinds of stuff. So it's no surprise that ever since I started dating my Bubba, I've been wanting to plan a little something from him for his loyal band of FRIENDS (I like saying friends over "fans") as a way of saying thank you for their never ending support.
P.S. All of the pictures here are from the NICOnatics that sent me pictures and tagged me. Because I was so busy being a "game master" I wasn't able to take many pictures. So thank you for letting me use these! :)
People always tell me nga that if I were an "artista" my fans would love me (ano daw?!). Mahilig kasi ako mag pa-party. Burger burger burger! Haha... So after months and months of planning, after making kulit and fixing things up, my Bubba's and my schedule finally freed up and we were able to have his little Sunday party with the NICOnatics (don't you just love the name? SO CUTE).


Thank you as well to Solenn, Anne and Kelly who came to our event. HAHA #choz
Thanks to the wonderful and generous Greenwich team, we were able to have our late lunch in Greenwich Galleria. It was a nice place to have it because we were guaranteed GREAT food and GOOD service. I seriously am in love with Greenwich. They have the BEST lasagna and glazed chicken... I could eat it all day, everyday. Yum yum yum.

I was also able to ask Bubba to talk to GetBlued and Gatorade if they would like to be a part of this celebration. I tell you, ako na kasi dapat manager ni Nics eh. I know all his sponsors and I know who he should contact when it comes to things like this HAHA anyway.... They were both generous and AWESOME enough to say yes! Yay! So everything was really coming together. We had a place with food and we had prizes and giveaways for everyone. All we really needed was people that were going to go.


Bubba and I arrived half an hour early so I could shop to walk around and then go set up. I remember him saying he was scared that no one would show up. I just smiled at him and said that there would definitely be people- but if wala, well, nan diyan naman ako eh. And I'm his biggest fan! WAHAHAHA! Thanks to Cherry, our go-to NICOnatics leader and friend, however, the Bubba's worrying wasn't necessary because the turn out was great!


It was nice to meet the different people that showed up. People from ALL OVER came to hang with us. Imagine- some came from Pampanga, Paranaque and Cavite! All the way to Galleria for a lunch with Nics?? How sweet are they?! How BLESSED is Nics!!! It was also nice to see how Nics spoke to them and made kwento with them. It really felt like one big barkada outing and I was so happy about it. I really enjoyed just watching everything happen (but of course, being so madaldal friendly, I ended up making chikka with everyone as well). We ate tons and tons of food! Greenwich was scared ata na magutom kami! NKKLK!



We had 5 different kinds of pizzas, plates of fried chicken, plates and plates of GLAZED CHICKEN (ERMERHGERD I DIED) and an unlimited supply of their lasagna. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! The lasagna... omg I'm craving for it now. WHY OH WHY IS IT SO YUMMEH!!! :(( It was nice to see everyone just laughing and making kwento about past games and their favorite moments. Even if the topics were mostly basketball related, nakikirelate naman rin ako. Poser eh. Haha!

I was so amazed at how happy everyone was, and I truly believe that God planned it all out. Really. Bubba and I may have contacted the sponsors and whatever, but it was GOD who made everything great. It was such a nice lunch!

Kamusta naman fez ko HAHA
After we ate, we started playing some games. Thanks to our friends over at Gatorade, we were able to have some really kick ass dry fit Gatorade shirts and super cute sports towels as our first giveaways! I swear I really wanted my own towel but naubos sa mga games! I couldn't join eh. HUHU :( Everyone had fun answering little trivia about Nics and grabe, SILA NA! They knew everything about him. Talo pa ako!

The look of love
We then got to the more "grand" prizes- things from Nics' own closet! He decided to giveaway some signature socks (unused DAW), an Ateneo sweatshirt (bakit ako walang ganun?), a GetBlued mug with his face on it (parang missing child lang sa milk carton) and of course... the Grandest of the Grand... a pair of GAME WORN NIKE BASKETBALL SHOES! With free kachichas! Yahoo! Haha


Everyone got so competitive and it was so cute to watch them really think about the answers to the questions and try to beat each other in raising their hands. SUPER KYOOT TALAGA nakakagigil! We couldn't stop laughing and everyone ended up winning prizes which was great.

As a final giveaway, Nics gave everyone an Ateneo GetBlued shirt. Imagine! THE shirts that are sold at games! The designs were all so nice and I was so happy that everyone was able to go home with a shirt of their choice. Thank you so much GetBlued! Your shirts ROCK! :)



What really made me happy was after our little "program" - the picture taking. You see, I know that after games people hang around for forever just to wait for the players to exit so they can have pictures with them. I know that it's hard because I see people competing to get a picture before the player makes a run for it and leaves. It was GREAT to see that everyone was able to have NUMEROUS pictures with Nics and you could see, todo lang talaga mga smiles. Yay! :)


What really touched me though was how sweet everyone was to me. As in, I wanted to cry siguro mga 10 times last Sunday (drama queen?). Everyone was so sweet and made me feel so loved! They even asked me to sign their notebooks (artista na ba ako?) and they all wanted pictures with me (the cam whore in me was so happy). REALLY! I have never felt so LOVED! Also, thank you so much to Cherry, Rika, Rodge, Brenna and Regz for the gifts. OMG guys, may gifts rin ako!!! Brenna gave me a whole box of Ferrero just for me! Wala siyang gift for Nics. For me lang! Haha :))

Such blessings!!!!
You see, there are SO MANY thoughtful, sweet, nice and amazing people out there. They truly are blessings and they overpower and outnumber the "haters" and NEGAtrons in life. I really wanted to cry and it made all the stress and kulitans for the past months worth it! I told Nics that we should host these lunches more often and he agreed! He had so much fun he can't wait to do it all again.


So thanks again to Greenwich, GetBlued and Gatorade for being so generous and supportive of Nics and all his endeavors both in basketball and in his life. Companies and brands like yours continue to help mold fantastic athletes.



A big thank you also to my Bubba, who patiently took all my little sermons and kulitans about planning something like this. And who took the time for his rest weekends from his busy schedule to hang out with some of his new found friends. Thank you for being a sweet, generous and DOWN TO EARTH athlete. I love how you were able to share a part of yourself with them and proved how WRONG people are with their assumptions about who you are. Thank you for sharing yourself and being the best person ever. It's no wonder I fall more and more in love with you every single day.
Love my big barkada! :)
And last but certainly not the least, a BIG THANK YOU to the NICOnatics who cam last Sunday. Without people like you who tirelessly support, encourage and devote time to Nics and his career, he wouldn't be the athlete he is today. Your undying support and love just goes to show how much of a POSITIVE influence you are to Nics and how WRONG people are about what kind of a person he is. Thank you for following his career and continuing to support him on and off the court.


Thank you as well for always being so sweet to me, for making me feel loved and making me feel like a basketball superstar. I may not be an artista with millions of adoring fans, but, I AM BEYOND BLESSED to have sweethearts like you in my life. Making me feel so special for being me. Thank you so much. Iiyak na ako right now actually as I'm writing this! No joke! Huhu :(

We love you Che!
To all those NICOnatics that couldn't attend but sent tweets, thank you. Your tweets are something I look forward to reading everyday and I'm sorry if I don't get to reply to all of you. Thank you also for reading my blog and sending me emails. Don't worry, Nics and are planning MANY MORE lunches and parties for this year and the years to come and we can't wait to meet more of you! Let's make this barkada BIGGER AND BIGGER! :)
#kainezzz Hahahaha
So thank you again for everything. I am so blessed to have been able to experience what I did last Sunday. I am so blessed to have personally met you and had the PRIVILEGE to be in your company. Hope to see you all soon! :)

I'll leave you all now with probably the BEST picture I will ever have in my whole life. I'm so FREETTYYY :)

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35 comments

  1. Love you Karls! Stay happy always :)

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  2. What an awesome idea! You must be REALLY special because Nico said yes to this event. Even GetBlued and Gatorade! You are one awesome girl, Karla Aguas! Hope to see you personally next time! Love you and Nico :*

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm okay lang, I just like seeing people happy Hehe :) Hope to meet you soon too!

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  3. m his no.1 fan in nueva vizcaya province before and now here @ Dubai...pls reserve 1 shirt for me ms. karla...hehehe.. i am a nico-believer for he is a great athlete and it seems a great person too... you are a great partner ms karla for u support him very much and organize some stuff like this... just continue to be an inspiration for all of us...thank you

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    1. Wow layo! Dubai! My best friend lives there and I miss her all the time :( Hoping you'll be able to join one of our get togethers the next time you visit the Philippines! We will definitely be having many more :)

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  4. like na like ko pumunta last sunday kso sobra layo ako weh..(nueva ecija) sna someday mameet ko kayo 2 sobra fanatic nyo ako daig ko pa stalker..hahaha gumawa pa ako ng account d2 mkpg comment lng... :) soo freeetttty mu talaga ginagaya ko hair mo hirap na hirap ako f panu i curl like ng hair mu...hahaha stay happy and inlove w nico :)

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    1. Hi Christine! Aww it's okay, there will be many events like this, promise. Hopefully you'll be in town when one of them will be held. Haha aww thank you cutie! I just curl it with a flat iron- I feel it works better and faster than compared to a curling iron :)

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  5. thank you for thinking of these stuff for me and my new found friends. you are the bestestestestest. i love you so much

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    1. OF COURSE BABY! You're so funny. Commenting pa here and then texting me about your comment. KYOOTIE :* Love you too

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  6. omg!!! i'm so ingit. sana po may next time pa :( tumapat po kase yan sa finals namen ee.. :/

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    1. Don't be! There will be more just you wait! ;)

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  7. My heart skipped a beat after reading this karls :( </3 I'm too jealous huhu. As much as I wanted to come and be a part of your "Barkada" I didn't make it I'm too far kasi eh (from Visayas) still not lossing hope and praying for more "Barkada" celebration you'll organize for Nico :) more pa nmn diba? Right? YES or YES? :)wanna be part of your "Barkada" eh We love you NicsandKarls. Seeyou soon :) Krish here karls hope you still remember me. (I missed sending random tweets for you and updating NicsandKarls accnt) Kudos to you karls for organizing such stuffs like this for Nico.

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    1. Hi Krish of course I remember you :) Yes and yes! There will be more barkada outings and I'd love to finally meet you in person! Hopefully you'll be in town when it happens :) See you soon xx

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  8. Bwahahahahahahahaha...nakonsensya tuloy ako!I'm actually planning to send something for you and nico but i dont know where to send it.haha...Last Sunday was one of the best day of my life!I'm super duper happy lalo na yung mga alaga ko sa tiyan!hahaha...Special thanks to Greenwich!!!...You know what,my friends used to say na Nico is mayabang daw but after meeting and talking to him last Sunday napatunayan ko na mali talaga yung impression sa kanya ng mga tao.Nico is really nice,humble and of course gwapo.:)) And also Nico is really lucky to have have you.Thank you for being nice and sweet to us.Hindi halata sa face mo na madaldal ka coz you know,you look so soyal.hehehe....Thank you again and Im lookin forward to more gatherings with the Niconatics!Love you both!:*

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    1. Hi Brenna :) I'm glad your view of Nics has changed. You can tell your friends na mabait pala siya (at ako) Hehehe :P Don't worry, Nics said there will definitely be more outings so I'm sure you'll be able to go to those also. And bring na din your friends :)

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  9. Bakit puro G and sponsor nyo! Hahaha

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    1. Dahil G-usto namin. HAHA I didn't notice till you pointed it out, actually.

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  10. nakaka inggit naman yan ate karls, dapat may part 2 pa, magiipon na ako pambili nang plane ticket :) -gemarie

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    1. Hi Gemarie. Don't worry, there will be more :)

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  11. part 2 please! :) i was so excited when i saw it on his twitter, i even told my bf that we should come. too bad we have a wedding to attend last sunday. wah! :(

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  12. Hi, Karla and Nico! I would like to say YAHOOO!!! I FINALLY MET YOU and NICO! You don't know how excited I am to meet both of you. I'm not sure if I'm the first one to say yes when Cherry asked who wants to come. But one thing is certain, I instantly said yes because no doubt that I will come to this event no matter how far (or poor) I am. I do think Cherry was surprised that I said YES agad without even asking her the details. Hahaha.

    Thank you, Karla and Nico! It was so fun and I can really say that the 4-hr travel is so worth it and I will do it again and again for you guys. I have found new friends and I have met another gorgeous and so beautiful person like you. To all your haters, they need to meet you in person because they'll surely have a change of heart. You are a great person, Karla.And I'm really glad also that I met the Nico outside the court. I always knew that he's a great basketball player and he'll soar high in his career. Meeting the Nico outside the court, the soft-spoken, very humble and makulit Nico is such a plus and made me admire him more. You guys have a good heart that's why you're so compatible with each other.

    I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to meet you and Nico. I'm looking forward to the next. GOD BLESS YOU AND NICO, ALWAYS. Stay happy and sweet.


    ♥ From Zambales with love - R ♥

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    1. It was really great meeting you, sweetie. You don't know how blessed I truly feel to have met someone as thoughtful and sweet as you. I cannot believe that you went through a 4-hour trip just for a lunch. Really, there are no words. I'm sure Nico feels the same. So thank you again. I do hope to see you again soon and I hope everything you want is granted unto you. Take care sweetie and God Bless you and your BIG BIG heart :)

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  13. I'm jealous :( Ang layo ko kasi. Bicol pa ko eh :( Pero one day alam ko ma me-meet ko din kayo ni kuya Nico :)
    God bless you po! Stay pretty and humble Ate Karla! <3

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    1. There will be more, promise! I hope to meet you soon Merilouise :)

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  14. Hi Ms. :) Kamusta? Mukang ang saya naman ng event na yun. Sana nakapunta ako :( Sana yung mga next events na plano nyo makapunta na ako. Ang cute ng pictures, lalo na yung pic nyo ni Nico na kayong 2 lang. :))
    Ang bait nyo pareho, kitang kita sa mga picture na kasama ang mg friends nyo. Sana Ms. ikaw din magkaroon ng ganyang event. :)
    Sobrang blessed kasyo kasi yung blessings nyo shini-share nyo sa iba. Godbless you both. :*

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    1. Aww sino pupunta? Ikaw lang? Okay rin ako dun. Date tayo! Hehe :) Thank you so much my dear, I'm so kilig so early in the morning. Have a wonderful day ahead! xx

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  15. Hi Karla! I always look up to your instagram, twitter, and this blog site. I love reading your thoughts and seeing your fashion style. Im your fan <3 I hope you would organize another party for Niconatics. I would really love to go! Sayang nga too late nung nalaman ko about this HUHU :( Im so inggit with all of the pictures and it looks like you all had fun. I would go all the way from Pampanga just to see you and Nico. I wish there will be another one this summer. One time big time, before I leave the Philippines for good, help me check one of my bucketlist. Pretty pleeeeease! <3 God bless to both of you!

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    1. Hi Mariko! Aww thank you for visiting my blog and my social networking accounts, it means a lot. Don't worry we are definitely planning another outing just in time for the summer. It's still in the works and hopefully we'll be able to let everyone know the details soon. Hope to meet you! :)

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  16. Hoping I can come the next time you and kuya Nico will plan another party. :(

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  17. OMG! the last picture made it :)) youre so cute karla! :D HAHA I hope next time kasali na ko.. LOL (hindi naman siguro masama mangarap..)(im too far kc) tsk.. - JANE :)

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    1. Aww don't say that Jane! We may be able to see each other one day. I know I would really love to meet you! :)

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    2. ahhh *.* thank you so much :* this made my day :)

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