This has been the happiest video I’ve had to edit so far. :D
Granted, it took me two months after the event before I actually churned out this video, mostly due to the amount of footage, my workload, and sometimes, most of the time, really just procrastination. But yeah, I found myself smiling stupidly and laughing while reviewing the clips.
I’m bummed that I had to cut out a lot of other fun footage (I imposed a 2.5-minute limit upon myself, for the benefit of those with attention deficit), but I think that essentially, what I have on the video is representative of the good vibes and happy energy of the night (happiest moment is 1:29). :D My work here is done.
I wonder when the next Anteroom Sessions will be. :)
Believe it or not, this is the abridged version of post-Anteroom Sessions 2 thoughts. :P
Anteroom Sessions 2 & bringing Cubao X back to life
Jen of Punchdrunk Panda shares her “abbreviated” thoughts on Anteroom Sessions 2, which was was held at Cubao X last March 31, 2012.
She would be overjoyed if you read until the end. :)
Anteroom Sessions 2: A celebration of creativity & passion
A novel by Jen Horn
But I guess I can start with A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make Anteroom Sessions 2 such a happy, heart-warming, memorable event. My current Punchdrunk Panda team is little, but through our collaboration with so many other groups and individuals, and with help from people we’ve worked with before, we managed to pull off yet another Anteroom Sessions.
Thanks to Heima for co-presenting the event with us, whose store interiors also inspired us to create our tent decor. One day, we hope to have a PdP office/store that evokes similar feelings of I-wanna-stay-here-forever. Special shout-out to Bong & Madel!
We would also like to thank our inspiring and happiness-inducing performers: DJ Only Revolutions, Tarsius, Gentle Universe, Slow Hello, Love Never Dies, Ang Bandang Shirley, The Strangeness, Techy Romantics & DJ Joey Santos, for pursuing their musical inclinations and sharing that with us last Saturday. We hope that Anteroom Sessions 2 helped more people discover your talent and realize how awesome our local indie music scene is. :D
Many thanks to our fellow pop-up shops: Agos, Artwork, Electromagnetic Tentacle, Junk Studio, KLoi’s N KLay’s, MaPapel, Moonleaf Tea Shop, Sophie’s Mom, Ukay Alalay, Vesti, Vnaltik, Yuki who also decided to come on board with us and showcase their wares. You are proof of Pinoy ingenuity, wit and resourcefulness. :)
Thank you also to Red House Productions’ Patrick Vinalay & Nailen Garalde, and to Chyna Lo for creating the webisodes for our skimmer design teams, whose skimmer designs we launched that night. You can check out all the webisodes at Punchdrunk Panda’s YouTube.
Thank you to PdP artists OJ Desuasido, Joseph Velasquez, Rob Cham, Tof Zapanta & Ge Mapa for creating Anteroom Sessions 2 gig posters, which were also exhibited during the event. So happy to have such passionate and talented people like you in our pool of our artists!
Of course, I would like to thank my PdP team, Nica Kim, Pauline Santillan, and Steph Yu for putting up with my abuse. Haha! I commend you guys for being at the venue since morning, helping me setup and prep (long before the event proper), and perhaps silently praying with me as I asked the heavens to let the rain keep pouring down in the morning so it would stop by afternoon. (It was literally flooding in the street in front of Heima that morning. Thankfully, we were only inconvenienced by a little rain in the late afternoon.) These ladies were standing up pretty much the whole time too and were hungry, thirsty, and undoubtedly tired at the end of the night, but I still saw the smiles on their faces. I love you, guys! You have no idea.
Thank you also to Jonver David & Joseph Velasquez, former members of my PdP team but always part of the bigger PdP family, for helping around with various things: moving the PdP booth, keeping things dry, setting up the projector, looking for my co-host Thysz, who also did a smashing job, while I ran around like a headless chicken, bouncing around from the stage, to the Punchdrunk Panda booth, to the other pop-up shops, to the Cubao X gate when (horror of horrors!) they prevented people from coming in during Earth Hour.
By George was it a tiring day/night, but oh so worth all the beads of sweat and severe leg cramps and muscle pain that I am still experiencing right now due to fatigue. When I get thanks from the event performers and pop-up shops for the opportunity to be a part of the Anteroom Sessions project my heart swells, and I just feel that we are as indebted to YOU guys as well. So, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
We created Anteroom Sessions for people to discover and celebrate Filipino talent and creativity in design/art (through our own products, our gig poster exhibit, and all other pop-up shops), music (through our performers), and film (through our webisodes), and if we were able to achieve a bit of that through our efforts, then we are happy pandas. Our product launch was just a good excuse to throw a party for you all.
I also have to thank EVERYONE who joined us at Anteroom Sessions 2. Even if you are not among the people that I singled out above, thank you so much for coming to support the event, for giving local indie music the recognition it deserves, buying proudly Pinoy-made products, and helping bring life back to Cubao X!
It’s weird that I’m feeling tears welling up in my eyes (Agh! Sorry for being such a girl. Oh wait, I AM one), but I can’t help but feel that we did good with Anteroom Sessions 2. Aaaand…goose bumps again. Agh! I’m just so happy!! I cannot even begin to express in words the high I am still on from all the good vibes from Anteroom Sessions 2. I guess some might say that we’ve come a long way from the first Anteroom Sessions at Moonleaf Tea Shop in September 3, 2011, but this sustained, ineffable happiness is not much different from what I felt after that.
I will be forever grateful to everyone who’s just been so game to humor our little ideas, collaborating with us and making these crazy seeds grow into something bigger and better than we initially imagine.
We hope you all had a blast, and that you will be with us if (or when) we put together another Anteroom Sessions some day.
Your happy headless chicken,
Jen a.k.a. Nomad Manager
Punchdrunk Panda & Heima present ANTEROOM SESSIONS TWO
Cubao X | March 31, 2012 | 4pm-11pm
Poster by OJ Desuasido
Kick back with us as we go indie music-making, pop-up shopping, paper-crafting, webisode-watching, and more!
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
Love Never Dies
WITH POP-UP SHOPS BY:
(as of 02.28.12)
AND CRAFT PROJECT BY:
AND PDP WEBISODES BY:
Red House Productions
Anteroom Sessions is all about showcasing budding independent brands and talent. And as a company that passionately supports creativity through their graphic-designed products, Punchdrunk Panda acknowledges others who actively follow their creative inclinations, and provided this avenue to share their passion with others.
With the success of last year’s Anteroom Sessions, Punchdrunk Panda will be holding another leg of the Anteroom Sessions at a bigger venue to bring a bigger crowd to the event.
Anteroom Sessions 2 will be held in partnership with home & lifestyle brand Heima at Cubao Expo on March 31, 2012 from 4-11pm. In keeping with the idea behind Anteroom Sessions, there will be indie music performances, pop-up shops, paper crafts, and webisodes screenings about the design teams for Punchdrunk Panda’s new skimmer collection, which will be launched during the event. Punchdrunk Panda’s skimmer design teams include JP Cuison & Saab Magalona, Ge Mapa & Selena Salang, Kitkat Pecson & Patricia Prieto, Kasey Albano & Arriane Serafico, and Robbie Bautista & Cheyser Pedragosa.
The first Anteroom Sessions started as a modest idea to show off some Punchdrunk Panda sample products at a milk tea place while screening photo shoot webisodes and having a DJ (a coaxed boyfriend) mix some tunes. Gradually, the idea grew and grew, and with everyone who decided to come on board with Punchdrunk Panda for this event, Anteroom Sessions became bigger than the team imagined.
For interested brand partners / pop-up shop merchants or other inquiries, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, SMS 0915-8048683, or call 861-3577.
Why Punchdrunk Panda created Anteroom Sessions
Punchdrunk Panda’s Anteroom Sessions was really all about showcasing budding independent brands and talent. And as a company that passionately pursues creativity through our work, we acknowledge others who actively follow their creative inclinations, and provided this avenue to share their passion with others.
We had people passionate about music. About tea. About photos. About film. About fashion. About dance. About design.
We listened to inspired and inspiring performances from: RJ Gomez of Love Never Dies
Karlo Cleto of Love Never Dies
Selena Salang of Slow Hello
Diego Mapa of Tarsius
Owel Alvero of Manuel Nicolas Alvero
Mike Benedicto of Outerhope
Mick Benedicto of Outerhope
We cooled down with smile-inducing tea concoctions from our host venue Moonleaf Tea Shop.
We let loose, wielded nifty props and got fun, free photos as Anteroom keepsakes, thanks to Topshot Photo Booth.
Punchdrunk Panda also sold all sorts of funky items alongside Splatt.MNL, Junk Studio, Holic, Filed & Analog Soul.
Some of the Punchdrunk Panda creations we had in our pop-up shop
We also screened webisodes from our last photo shoot in which we collaborated with hip hop dancers Legit Status, photographers from Little Red Moments, stylist Reza Aznar and make-up artist Shayna Young. (We also collaborated with The Amazing Playground and Giordano Philippines for our shoot apparel). Through the webisodes, we wanted to showcase the passion that these people have, and what drives them to pursue their respective crafts.
Of course, we could not have produced the webisodes without the help of Fictionaut Productions, whose short film and demo reel we also featured.
Jopy Arnaldo of Fictionaut Productions
Anteroom Sessions started as a nameless, modest idea to show some Punchdrunk Panda sample products at a milk tea place while screening our photo shoot webisodes and having a DJ (a coaxed boyfriend) mix some tunes. Gradually, the idea grew and grew, and with everyone who decided to come on board with us for this event, Anteroom Sessions became bigger than we could have imagined.
I’ve finally calmed down from the sustained high I got from Anteroom Sessions, but a “kilig” feeling still lingers back every now and then when I think about Anteroom Sessions.
This is probably among the more “serious” writing I’ve done for Punchdrunk Panda, (because I’m usually trying to be witty or funny when I write for PdP), but I just can’t help but feel like we achieved something important through our first ever event. We’ll definitely do this again next year, and hopefully showcase even more independent brands and talent.
Anteroom Sessions High
Hay, so high!
I didn’t think I’d ever organize an event like Anteroom Sessions, with a number of live indie performances AND pop-up shops AND a photo booth AND webisode/film screenings, much less actually pull it off!
Oh my god I am still so happy I can’t think of anything else right now but #anteroomsessions and how happy I am for all the support and so thankful to everyone who helped make this happen.
My Punchdrunk Panda team was great! Knowing I could leave Nica, and our interns Pat & Patman to their respective tasks made me feel so much more confident and just leave them to do their own thang while I (with the help of Thysz & Jonver) hosted the event and made sure the artists got their Moonleaf refreshments :)
I lacked sleep the night before, and yet, when I got home from the event last night, I still didn’t immediately crash into bed. I slept at 3AM and got up at 630AM today. AND I STILL FEEL ENERGIZED :)) Oh my god. Haha.
When I finally crash, I will crash hard. But right now, I feel glorious! XD
With my awesome team: TOP (L-R) Thysz of Moonleaf, myself, Nica (operations manager); BOTTOM (L-R) Jonver (marketing intern), Patman (design intern), Pat (marketing intern) :D
We’re sooo tired from all the fretting and preparing but we are sooo happy with how ANTEROOM SESSIONS by Punchdrunk Panda turned out!
Many thanks again to Moonleaf Tea Shop for the venue and yummeh milk tea, to our photo booth partner Topshot Photo Booth, to our pop-up shops Analog Soul, FILED!, Holic Accessories, Splatt.MNL & Junk Studio, supporting brand Yabang Pinoy, to our super talented performers Outerhope, Tarsius, Slow Hello, Manuel Nicolas Alvero, Love in Athens, Love Never Dies, to our DJ Only Revolutions, and of course our webisode director Jopy Arnaldo and his crew at Fictionaut Productions!
We couldn’t have done it without you guys!
Thank you so much for making the event a success!
Thank you also to all those who joined us! We love you all! Ang daming !! pero I’m still hyper and excited despite the lack of sleep. But I’m sure I’ll crash after typing this. :P
For those who didn’t make, you missed out! You’ll have to wait ‘til next year for part 2 of Anteroom Sessions! :D
Plimsolls & chukkas,
P.S. Super thanks to the Punchdrunk Panda team, Nica Kim & our beloved design & marketing elves Pat Manlapas, Jonver David & Pat Remoquillo!
Punchdrunk Panda brings you its first event ever!
The first Anteroom Sessions will happen this September 3, Saturday, 5-9pm at Moonleaf Tea Shop in Maginhawa!
Come and chill with us for a night of music, tea, and good company! We will be bringing you DJ sets and talented indie artists, guaranteeing you a laid back night with your friends. :) We will also be screening some of our webisodes from our latest shoot, and setting up a pop-up shop in the venue so you can check out our latest collection. All of these while sipping your favorite tea drink from Moonleaf Tea Shop!
Save the date! Anteroom Sessions at Moonleaf Tea Shop this September 3!