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A birthday party turned car meet

Probably the most memorable birthday for Tami so far

Little Tami here loves cars and motorcycles. PHOTO FROM NADINE CUA

It takes a village to raise a child, or in this case, an entire community—with cars as the magnet that brought everyone together.

This is how a stay-at-home mom, Nadine Cua, describes her experience raising a child and making his ninth birthday party extra special.

Things can get overwhelming thanks to the easy access and exchange of information. And Angelo, Nadine’s son nicknamed Tami, grew to appreciate and love cars.

Rare cars are a common sight every Sunday in places like BGC. PHOTO FROM NADINE CUA

Tami had always been a car and motorcycle enthusiast since he was three years old, after watching numerous automotive and motorcycle videos on social media as soon as he could sit up and pay attention to the screen.

Tami first started imitating the sounds when the parents realized he was slowly becoming a dyed-in-the-wool enthusiast at a very young age. His dad, who is also named Angelo, is an avid motorcycle rider himself, so the fascination with speed must be in the genes.

Nadine tried to dissuade Tami at first, offering a variety of other options, but the birthday boy had set his mind and wouldn’t budge.

But instead of roaming around BGC, the cars went to Tami's ninth birthday party. PHOTO FROM NADINE CUA

Nadine was becoming desperate and started posting on car content-centered Facebook page groups, randomly asking sports car owners and people in the car community for help to make Tami’s birthday wish come true.

Many instead recommended that Nadine and Angelo bring Tami to known car-spotting venues like BGC, but Nadine felt it was too basic for her son. Tami wanted to be up close and personal with the cars.

Thankfully, automotive car enthusiast and all-around good guy Tom Badillo saw Nadine’s plea on social media and replied. Tom then proceeded to round up some sports car-owning friends to help grant Tami’s birthday wish.

We would've killed to have a birthday party like this when we were kids. PHOTOS FROM NADINE CUA

Prior to this, Tom and Nadine had never met each other. But a mother’s earnest plea to give the best she could for her child was overpowering and overwhelming, so Tom was compelled to help make the wish happen.

Tom then posted on social media with an invitation for sports car owners to bring their rides to Tami’s birthday party. Tom also created a chat group to facilitate communication between Nadine, Tom, and the rest of the participants.

Suddenlyfrom unsure if a car meet would ever happen for TamiNadine’s worry shifted to having enough food and drinks to welcome strangers bringing their sports cars to the party.

We know this kid will be a gearhead for life after this experience. PHOTOS FROM NADINE CUA

The appointed day came, and much to Nadine’s surprise and gratitude, people driving sports cars actually came, their noise getting Tami excited. He rushed outside to see who made it to his party.

Paolo and Jennifer Balagtas arrived in their R35 GT-R and A90 Supra; Chris Sales came in his Chevrolet Camaro; drifter Gio Rodriguez showed up with his Nissan A31 Cefiro drift car; and a few other people who apparently had seen Nadine’s post also appeared.

Other notable sports-car guests were a Porsche 911, a Ferrari 488, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V, a Nissan Silvia S14, a Mazda MX-5 (ND), and a couple of Ducati big bikes.

It's always nice to see the Filipino car community come together and do nice things. PHOTO FROM NADINE CUA

It definitely made birthday boy Tami elated seeing some of his favorite sports cars.

Nadine and husband Angelo were overjoyed with the outpouring of support from strangers in the local car community, and extremely happy Tami got his wish. Tami himself said that it was his best and most memorable birthday party yet.

Core memories indeed, and a sign that our car community is made up of kind and generous souls.

Botchi Santos

Botchi is your friendly, walking car encyclopedia. He loves helping people choose the right vehicle for themselves as much as he enjoys picking the right one for himself. Expect him to write about car culture, test drives and car-shopping advice. His regular column is called ‘Car Life’.