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I’m so excited for the next few Mondays because aside from Mio doesn’t have chemo until the 23rd (he’s in the consolidation stage of his treatment now. We’re preparing his body for the intensification stage. He has new medicines and check ups so we’re literally having the time of our lives so to speak), MioMondays are soooo yuMMMMMy really. Pino has always provided us with a homey venue for laidback drinks, dinner meetings with volunteers… the first MioMonday which Project Head Alessa Libongco setup with owners PJ Lanot, Star and Chef Ed to celebrate her birthday salubong with family and barkada (was it? I’m assuming really, it cost her friends and Dad an arm and a leg, yeah but they love her like that!) was baffling for me, I had every intention of just dropping by to say thank you for the help the Poveda girls were giving us until I tasted the salad… then took a bite of the entree… and was smashed with the signature Pino dessert! I just knew I had to come back and felt fortunate that I could take a bite or two in between 🙂 sharing with you pictures that my good friend, John Palafox took of the launch.

Mio loved this, btw

Mr. & Mrs. Van der Linden, all the way from Paranaque (Thank you so much for coming!)

My new favorite bottle, Hardy’s (thanks for sponsoring!)

We went back the week after for a special MioMonday on a Thursday so we can thank those who organized the past fund-raising projects for Mio and as thanksgiving for Mio’s condition that’s clearly improving. It was also a chance for me to introduce my family to the very people who have treated us like one 🙂 these photos were taken by my Kuya.

looked who enjoyed the asparagus soup 🙂

… how about the paella? Yep, that’s Kuya 🙂

Mommy Owie & her Kristo finally meet Mio!

the signature Pino dessert that made my family sooooo happy

Incidentally, Alessa’s creativity doesn’t stop there. We still have Mio The Artist in Gallery 7 come December and she made these really ingenuous buttons pins from some of Mio’s drawings. We’re selling them for P75 each. We gave them away as gifts along with iCANCERvive baller bands for MioMonday participants and volunteers. They’re really useful! There’s a keychain-slash-mirror and a magnet-slash-bottle openner! O dba so cool???

Hope to see you on a MioMonday!

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