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How Do People Spend Their Holidays?

We gathered up few of our friends again and asked them how and where they’d be spending their Christmas.

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‘Tis the season again to celebrate the happiest and most wonderful time of the year—and it will always be linked to spending it with our families, friends and loved ones, at home or elsewhere in the world.

We gathered up few of our friends again and asked them how and where they’d be spending their Christmas. 

One way to celebrate Christmas is simplicity, as long as it is done correctly and in order to connect in the most special way with a loved one. Xyla ‘s plan is an example of how she simply and intimately celebrates it with her boyfriend.

 

“I’m agnostic so I don’t really celebrate Christmas but since it’s an international holiday, I’d spend it in my partner’s place because he won’t have work that day and we made homemade dinner plans to have a date plus the kitchen looks nicer than my studio unit.”

Xyla Dishan

Because of how busy we are, sometimes we forget the people who have been with us since we were born, our family. For example, Vincent has always been busy with his student life and ends up missing important events, and he will make sure that Christmas is the best way to spend it with them.

“This Christmas, I plan to spend it wherever my family should. Be it in the mall, out of Cebu or even at home. It’s because these past few weeks, I’ve been leaving home early and going home late and that leaves me with nearly zero time for bonding the family. I figure that this Christmas break would be the perfect time to catch up with my family and to find out how they’re doing.”
-Vincent Dior Villanueva

Speaking of busy lives, we salute people who still choose to be with their families despite thriving and studying for their dreams. Risa chooses to juggle both, no matter how challenging it is, because her family is also her strength.

“I’m going to spend time with my family in Zamboanga City while I study for my board exam this coming January. My mom usually prepares everything, so I’m pretty sure I’ll have another perfect Christmas with them. I usually receive gifts every year but not this year because I asked them to not give me anything until I pass my board exam which I hope I will. Also, I’ll make sure to give more and receive less, Merry Christmas!”

–Risa Ai

Christmas at home with parents is one of the most fulfilling time of the year, away from stress and work. While making the most out of it, we might want to celebrate it with relatives as 

a reunion and have those hearty conversations. Archie wanted the traditional way of reunions as he plans to spend the Christmas season with his parents.

“I’m pretty old school so I’m spending my Christmas at my parent’s house in Talamban with my family. Share gifts, songs and cook some really good food and enjoy the healthy laughter.”
–Archie Abong

Exploration is also another way of celebrating the holidays with an appropriate budget. We rarely have the opportunity to celebrate it outside the country and Hana wanted to make a new discovery rather than a Christmas celebration.

“This year’s going to be a different because it’d be my first time not to spend Christmas at home with my loving family. I am hoping though to achieve a merry Christmas in Thailand. While Thai food is undeniably tasty, Bangkok is also known for cheap shopping experience. Perhaps my Christmas is going to be more of a food trip and shopping galore.”
–Hana Sala

It is indeed a celebration of food, travel or all the fantastic things we receive each year, but no matter how we celebrate Christmas, let’s not forget the essence of the holiday in which a child was born saved us. Love, forgiveness, compassion, reconciliation and joy are some of the important things this yuletide season. How will you spend your holiday?

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22 Tango Records Celebrates 9 Years with Roll-Out

The music label celebrates 9 years of homegrown music.

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22 Tango Records celebrates its 9th year of producing and releasing quality local
music by hosting an anniversary event on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Draft Punk, Mango Square. “Roll-Out” will feature live acts from a carefully curated list of artists signed under the label.

Performing on stage will be Wonggoys, Bethany, Vincent Eco, Lourdes Maglinte, The Labrats, and Mother Folker (aka Cattski).

Along with this grand celebration will be the unveiling of 22 Tango Records’ new website, with updated features, music articles, events calendar, lots of music and valuable content not just about the label but also about the local music scene.

“As much as I feel like there’s reasons to celebrate, I feel like there’s still so much work to do.” Cattski expressed, when asked about their anniversary celebration. “We still have a long way to go. But, looking back, I’m proud of what we’ve done. We’ve explored the different aspects in the music business – from music creation, promotion, education, distribution, publishing and production – all in the hopes that we’ll ultimately co-create a sustainable local music industry.”

22 Tango Records has given opportunities for artistic growth and development for all their artists in the span of 9 years, training and guiding them to become better at their craft. The label plans to keep giving its support by continuously creating events designed to cater to different genres and music listeners, giving each a unique brand and working hard to keep it consistent.

“I believe in our potential.” Cattski says, “I think to have our own hyper local music industry is something that we strive for. We want the future to have thriving musicians capable and empowered to work for their music using the latest technology, communication means and with a supportive community”.

Chief Finance Officer and Co-founder Anne Muntuerto also shares her thoughts about 22 Tango Records advancing into bigger, more eventful years.

“I’m so proud of how 22 Tango Records has made a mark in the Cebu music scene no matter how small it may seem in the last 9 years,” she says. “We have been extremely lucky to be supported and surrounded by people who believe in our advocacy— our dedicated street team members, artists, brands and companies who have supported us, and 22T’s loyal listeners and followers. It takes a village. And it’s this tribe that inspires us to keep going.”

Catch Roll-Out on March 30th, Saturday, in Draft Punk, Mango Square. Music starts at 8PM with a door fee of P150, inclusive of one free drink.

For more updates and information, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@22tangorecords).

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You Can’t Miss The Final Performances of M. BUTTERFLY in Cebu

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For its final performances, the M. BUTTERFLY National Tour 2019 will spread its wings at SM SEASIDE CEBU from March 14 – 17. Presented by Tony and Grammy award winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment (producer of highly-acclaimed independent films Bhoy Intsik and Bwaya), this world-class masterpiece is brought closer to those who did not have the opportunity to catch its 2018 Manila run. After all, location should not limit one’s exposure to the arts and culture.

Due to many challenges and technical details that come with productions, most theatre companies in the Philippines are often hindered from bringing their projects to other key cities. Because of this, Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment are taking this bolder step to carry on their mission and advocacy in the performing arts and to further enhance audience development throughout the Philippine archipelago.

A revival production of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY, this is the winner of the 2018 ALIW AWARDS for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Director and nominations for The Best Featured Actress in a Play.

Targeting audiences between ages 18 and beyond, the producers are
hoping that this classic drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini’s opera ‘Madame Butterfly’, will likewise resonate to theater audiences from Luzon, Vizayas and
Mindanao that “ love, power and deception holds no boundaries – whether this be
in a rural or urban setting.”

The M. BUTTERFLY NATIONAL TOUR 2019 will benefit the following charitable institutions namely: Iloilo Prima Galaw, Philippine National Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, The Children of Cebu Foundation, Silliman University Culture and Arts Council and the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation.

The schedule of performances of M. BUTTERFLY in Cebu are as follows:

Mar. 14 – Thursday – Opening Night – 7pm
Mar. 15 – Friday – 7pm
Mar. 16 – Saturday – 2pm / 7pm
Mar. 17 – Sunday – 2pm / 7pm
VENUE : SM Seaside City Centerstage

For tickets, you can get them at SM Tickets through any SM Mall or SMTickets.com.

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You Can’t Miss the Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues for V-Day Cebu’s 17th Year Anniversary

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This year, join the Vagina Warriors as they celebrate V-Day yet again with a benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues on March 7 & 8, 2019 at 8PM at Asmara Urban Resort & Lifestyle Village.

V-Day Cebu and its current campaign ONE BILLION RISING: REVOLUTION is just one of the thousands of benefits held around the globe to raise funds and awareness toward the empowerment of women. Through the performances of The Vagina Monologues , these events help spread the message of equality, dignity, and freedom for all.

Marking the seventeenth year of V-Day Cebu, this special benefit of The Vagina Monologues will be performed by influential and affluent ladies. Featuring Alem Garcia, Andrea Pateña-Matheu, Anya Lim, Bea Algar Evardone, Brazzy Valdez, Charlene Virlouvet, Christine Tan, Gembelyne Icamen, Jo-ann Abesames Zalumbide, Kim Covert, Liana San Diego, Lourdes May Maglinte, Shiella Pestaño-Gemperoa, Shifrah Bouchikhi-Enclona, Stephanie Sitoy, and Tiffany Neri, and directed by Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, this two-night performance will surely touch the hearts of those privileged to see them on stage.

The Vagina Monologues will be performed at the Asmara Urban Resort & Lifestyle Village on March 7 & 8, 2019. Tickets are at priced at ₱500, which also offers all ticket buyers 50% off on all hair-related services at Mira Beauty by Design, located at Basement 1, Robinson’s Galleria Cebu. For tickets and reservations, please call 2TinCans at +63 917 896 2181. You can also email plays@2tincans.ph or visit V-Day Cebu and 2TinCans Philippines Inc. on Facebook.

This event is produced by 2TinCans Philippines Inc. and co-presented by Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village, Atelier-a, Mira Beauty by Design, and Your House Doctors.

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