A few months ago, I suffered a breakdown. The weight of work, demotivation, and lack of rest came crashing on me and I was left in a rubble of sleepless nights, mediocre work, and a rising pile of deadlines. I was able to acknowledge the mess I was in quickly and began steps to rebuild my life. One of the things that helped me was music.
When it comes to singing, it’s a known fact that Filipinos are incredibly talented. Just take a look at the singers who have made names in reality shows, theater, and the industry abroad. The ones who have built their careers here are just as good, like BoybandPH, whose members are the first winners of the musical reality show Pinoy Boyband Superstar.
SM Aura is one of the country’s most beautiful malls, featuring unique food and shopping options. The mall glows with an elegant atmosphere and I love spending time there because it’s less crowded. It’s my respite whenever I visit Bonifacio Global City, because I love basking in its airconditioning while exploring its upscale haunts. There’s always something new to discover at SM Aura, and hidden in a nook is Weekends at the Courtyard, my new favorite hangout place.
It has always been a dream of mine to watch Lea Salonga perform live. I’ve always known she was a legend, but I only got to appreciate her when I transitioned into a showtune queen and slowly realized the impact she has had on musical theater. After all, this is the woman who played Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables, and Grizabella in Cats. Let’s not forget that she voiced two Disney Princesses: Mulan and Jasmine in Mulan and Aladdin!
My dream of seeing Salonga perform live was granted when I watched her lead a star-studded night at I Dare to Dream, the concert finale of Globe Studio’s digital reality series I Dare to Dream. Inspired by Disney Princesses, the show follows six young girls who pursue their dreams with the help of Disney Legend Lea Salonga; host, vlogger, and ate Janina Vela; and experts in the field where the girls want to excel in.
A virgin has a lot of expectations. He plays his first scene over and over his head, picturing how it would go. Depending on his imagination, it could be as simple as a quiet tryst, or complete with fireworks and explosions in the sky. I’m still a virgin in many ways, and I lost my Wanderland virginity this year. I imagined it to be quite the experience, but it lived up to be so much more.
This year had an interesting lineup. The headliners were The Temper Trap and The Ting Tings, and they were joined by Explosions in the Sky, Yuna, Purity Ring, HONNE, LANY, and Woodlock. Locally, there was UDD (formerly known as Up Dharma Down), Gab and John of Urbandub, Tom’s Story, Fools and Foes, and Reese Lansangan, along with the winners of the Wanderband competition, Banna Harbera, Lola Amour, and Mickey Sulit.
The Wanderland Music and Arts Festival is coming up next week, and I’m thrilled because this will be my first! I’ve only been to one music festival (the 7107 International Music Festival in 2014), so I’m looking forward to reliving the fun I had in Clark.
In preparation for #GlobeWanderland, I’ve been listening to the musicians on Spotify nonstop for the past week. Here are the 10 acts I’m excited to see this year:
I gave up on the party scene in my early twenties. At that point, going to a club to get wrecked (sorry, my age is showing) didn’t appeal to me anymore, and I much preferred staying in or hanging out at a Starbucks somewhere. If I was in the mood to drink, I would choose a quiet bar or lounge where my friends and I could actually talk. I also gave up beer for wine.
I wasn’t always this boring. I started partying when I was 15 years old, back when Valkyrie or even Embassy didn’t even exist. The clubs everyone went to were Absinthe and Temple in Greenbelt or Basement and Ipanema in Eastwood. I also went to pre-Nectar gay clubs Bed and Government. I peaked too early so I became a tita early. So when I was invited to the Silent Disco, a headphone party in the Ayala Triangle, I thought I would hate it.
I loved every single minute of it.
I am a casual fan of Pentatonix, but when my friend offered a good seat for half the price, I couldn’t say no.
Pentatonix is an a cappella group composed of Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi, and became famous for winning the third season of The Sing-Off, an a cappella singing competition. After they won, they hosted a popular YouTube channel where they do covers, medleys, and originals.