Progress Report #3 on Nomad Manager - Part 2 of 2
They say, “Love is not enough” or that “We cannot survive on love alone” (or wait, no, that was supposed to be bread, but anyway). But love can help sustain us when the future looks bleak and uncertain. Love encourages us to soldier on in the face of trials and tribulations, in the face of production mishaps, proposal rejections, underwhelming sales, and other disappointments.
Last night, I was trying to edit a Punchdrunk Panda 2011 recap video from all the videos we were able to produce last year. And looking back, it’s nice to see all of the things we were actually able to achieve. 2011 may have been our most challenging year yet, but we were rich with collaborations, as in I have never met more people because of the business before.
In 2011, we had two bigger photo shoots than we’ve ever done before, and worked with a lot of talented people like Pol Sena, Kryz Uy, Reza Aznar, Shayna Young, Little Red Moments and Legit Status. We were also finally able to produce PdP videos c/o Jopy Arnaldo of Fictionaut Productions and Patrick Vinalay of Red House Productions.
We organized our first event ever, Punchdrunk Panda’s Anteroom Sessions at Moonleaf Maginhawa, featuring musicians such as Slow Hello, Outerhope, Tarsius, Manuel Nicolas Alvero, Love in Athens and Love Never Dies.
We had the privilege of being immersed in My Masterpiece Movement culture because of our involvement with them for our Community Creativity Camp (CCC). We also got to meet other Yabang Pinoy advocates because of CCC.
We worked with new PdP artists Kneil Melicano, Ray Sunga and Steph Mangalindan, and shot artist webisodes for JP Cuison, Rob Cham and Tof Zapanta.
We had intimate blogger hangouts with David Guison, Arriane Serafico, Alexis Lim and Eileen Campos at Subspace Coffee House, and Thysz Estrada, Robbie Bautista, Ava Te and Gerd Perez at Milky & Sunny. (I’m sorry, I got too lazy to link everyone. Dami e. I’m sure you’ll find them through Google searches, or check PdP’s Facebook albums)
I also have to acknowledge those who have been part of the core PdP team, through their brief internships and their continuing involvement with PdP afterwards, Ritz Alejandro, Pat Remoquillo, Pat Manlapas, Joseph Velasquez and Jonver David. And model employee Nica Kim, of course, I couldn’t have gotten through 2011 without you. If you’re reading this, I love you guys.
It’s really overwhelming when I think about the number of people I had the blessing of working with in 2011. And I love that we’ve introduced more meaning and purpose to the brand this year by really doing more things to promote Filipino artists, not only in the field of graphic design, but also in photography, film, music, styling, make-up — and Filipino brands/companies as well.
But again, “Love is not enough”, and the passion we have at PdP can only take us so far. So I really hope we can turn things around in early 2012. We’ve got some things percolating, but it’s too early to say how things will really go for us this year. But I really hope things shape up for us. I love PdP too much to ever let it go. (Yes, parang pag-ibig lang.)