I had a very interesting opportunity recently. I went to a dinner show featuring Pia Mia, the Guam born singer/song writer. Honestly, I don’t know too much about Pia Mia and I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy the show. I felt a bit guilty being there and taking a spot that a young fan could have had.
The show was at the Westin Resort. I always enjoy the food and service at the Westin, but seriously they out did themselves for this event. Everyone was so pleasant and seemed genuinely happy. After picking up our tickets at the reception table we were directed into a room where fans were eagerly awaiting a chance to meet Pia Mia and have their pictures taken with her.
When my name was called, mom and I went to the room where the greeting and picture taking was taking place. As we were walking in you could hear the young girls talking about how nice she was. I wasn’t really expecting that. The pictures I had seen of her don’t really portray a sweet friendly girl. The pictures I saw didn’t do her personality justice. She smiles a lot! As soon as we walked up to her she exclaimed that she loved my kitty ears. Yes, I had on my kitty ears, long story. And then I introduced myself and my mom. And she told my mom that she liked her necklace, the spondylus my mom always wears. We took a few pictures, hugged her, and thanked her.
The ballroom they set up for the dinner show was a lot more intimate than I had expected. The 10 or so tables were mostly filled with Pia’s family and lucky young fans. The table we were seated at included a father, his teenage daughter, and her boyfriend, a Russian couple visiting Guam, and a mother with her two daughters, who were obviously big Pia Mia fans. Both mom and I had busy day so we had both skipped lunch. Thankfully, the dinner was amazing.
Soon after our dessert plates were gone the short interview began. We learned about her excitement and disbelief about being recognized by Billboard as a new artist to watch in 2014. She talked about how she loves telling people about Guam and how she’s hoping to gain at least 10 pounds off all the local food she’ll be eating while she’s home. The Westin explained their wellness program and gifted Pia Mia with some work out shoes and clothes, knowing that she is a fitness buff. She was excited and showed genuine appreciation. It was cute seeing her give the Westin GM a big grateful hug.
Then the show began. We weren’t expecting to stay for the whole show since both mom and I had to wake up early the next morning. I had quickly watched a couple of her music videos that afternoon, and they were good, just not my thing. But the show, the show was fun, packed a lot of energy in that small room, and kept me pretty entertained. The two young fans at our table sat themselves on the floor by the stage. And Pia Mia took the time to acknowledge them while they recorded her performance on their phones.
We stayed. And when it was over I had so much pride in this girl that I still didn’t know too much about. What I did know was that she is one of ours. And I hope for the absolute best for her. I hope she stays on course making her family, her island, and most especially herself, proud. I hope for her wellness and that she gets good guidance in her career and in life. She is an example of what our youth need to see, more success stories.
Good luck Pia Mia Perez and please continue to come home.
BTW, part of the proceeds from the dinner show ticket sales benefit UNICEF.