The 501st Legion

Originally posted on: ‘2010-03-21 14:59:00’, ‘2010-03-21 06:59:00’

We marched in the Stand Up Take Action Paa-Bilisan Road Race, which is a rally against poverty. There were three different routes you could run. We opted for the 3 kilometer route, and all troopers (and handlers too!) completed the route in one piece!

We marched in the Stand Up Take Action Paa-Bilisan Road Race, which is a rally against poverty. There were three different routes you could run. We opted for the 3 kilometer route, and all troopers (and handlers too!) completed the route in one piece!


At our wedding, we had 12 troopers in attendance: 10 white troopers, one Imperial officer, and Darth Vader. Two other members of the Philippine Outpost, Noel and Paolo, weren’t able to bring their armor, but they did help wrangle the troopers.
The guys of the Outpost escorted me and Oneal as we made our big entrance into the reception as man and wife. First the members of the entourage were called and they went down the stairs into Coral Tree Garden. Everyone, from the principal sponsors to the flower girls, was introduced, and they walked into the reception to the sound of applause and cheers. But that was nothing compared to the cheers when the stormtroopers marched in. So many people crowded around the red carpet to take pictures that there was barely any room to walk! It was so exciting.
We’re so happy that the troopers were able to make our wedding so memorable. The guests were so thrilled! Some of them had never seen the stormtroopers before, and were scrambling to have their pictures taken. there was much regret that many guests did not stay till the end of the reception, because two very familiar droids made their first appearance together in the Philippines: C-3PO and R2-D2.
Our ninong, Manny Mendoza, now the XO of the Philippine Outpost, worked for two years on the little astromech, and made sure it would be operational by the time of the wedding. C-3PO, of course, was none other than our best man, reception host and event coordinator, Paul Catiang, who will soon be joining the ranks of the Philippine Outpost as Grand Moff.
The wedding was really made so much more Star Wars-y by the troopers and the droids, and we hope they’ll all be around to make the rest of our lives star-filled and just as much fun too. — rej, 2010/03/20

The 501st Legion is an international organization of Star Wars fans, with over 4,700 members in over 40 countries all over the world. To join the 501st Legion, applicants are required to assemble their own accurate Star Wars villain costume, be it stormtrooper armor, Darth Vader, or even a nasty bounty hunter! Locally, the 501st Legion is represented by the Philippine Outpost. Founded by current Commanding Officer Manny Mendoza in 2004, the outpost now has 19 members in service, and we have more recruits incoming. Oneal is the current Executive Officer (XO), while I serve as Garrison Press Relations. We each have our own sets of armor: Oneal has his clone armor, and is working on his new stormtrooper armor, while I have a biker scout and a clone trooper costume. The couple that troops together stays together. 😉
In addition to assembling his own and my costumes, Oneal has also assembled costumes for Darth Vader, C-3PO, the TIE pilot, the Royal Guard, and Imperial officers. A costume is never really complete, and aside from ongoing modifications to existing costumes, new costumes are always in the works too.
The 501st is such a big part of our lives, and we’ve made so many friends and met so many great people through the Legion. Not only do we get to further celebrate the phenomena that brought us together in the first place, but we also get to travel the world, march in the Rose Parade, and help others. I don’t know a lot of other hobbies that let you do all of that. 😉 — rej, 2008/11/18

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