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
Ante-Anteroom Sessions 2 with Selena Salang a.k.a. Slow Hello :)
A short teaser of our upcoming skimmer design team webisodes as well as our upcoming Anteroom Sessions 2 featuring Selena Salang, one of the members of our 5 skimmer design teams (shoes will be launched during Anteroom), a.k.a. Slow Hello, and also part of Ang Bandang Shirley (both acts also set to perform during Anteroom). :D
Thought of getting my camera too late into Selena’s impromptu session, so yeah, super teaser lang. :P
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.
10-A Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair
Too long ago, (wow, I’m now 2 days short of a month of putting this entry off) I visited the 10-A Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair at well, 10-A Alabama street in Quezon City, thanks to my friend Jamie.
I hadn’t actually heard about it before, nor was I able to see any blog posts on it prior to my visit, so I didn’t really know what it would look like or what merchandise would be sold there. All I know is that she wanted to look at “resurrected” furniture c/o Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery.
When I got there, I found more arts and crafts and a lot of accessories. I particularly loved the above photo of screen-painted portraits, or whatever you might call them. Alas, I couldn’t find a card/artist/owner to attach these art pieces to. If anyone does, send me a message so I can credit him/her properly. :)
A lot of the stuff you’ll find look like they came straight out of Etsy, that website with all the handcrafted stuff. :) I was mildly disappointed by this because I was hoping to see more restored/repurposed furniture, but I was still very happy about going there and meeting some of the artists who participated in the fair, including but not limited to…
This is Femi Cachola with her handsewn critters :D
And this nifty DSLR plushie…
And check it out! You can even change the picture on the back panel/monitor! :D
Haha how cool is that? And Punchdrunk Panda's Anteroom Sessions brand partner Junk Studio (Nikki seems to be everywhere, really! :D) And another upcycled accessory brand Junkshop Abubot…
…whose incidental salesperson Jasmine proved to be very effective. I wound up making an unexpected earring purchase because of her! :))
I was also privileged to meet dolphin-saver Maye Padilla!
Yes, she’s one of those responsible for spreading the message of love for dolphins on our otherwise drab and dreary city walls. So cool to meet the person who has unknowingly seared the familiar image of these adorable sea mammals in my brain. I just love and support all efforts that encourage us menace-to-the-Earth humans to become more conscious about how our actions impact the earth and all the creatures that inhabit it. Yay!
There was also a tiny table selling pretty potted plants, but I just recently killed one, so I thought to spare a life of another and not buy one right now. But I love how the owner adopted a concept similar to Honesty Cafe in Batanes (though I haven’t gone there, I just heard about it). Read!
And more than the sellers, I just loved the look of 10-A Alabama. :D
I just love places that aren’t brand new or too crisp and clean-looking. I just feel that some age and wearing down adds more character to furniture / interiors, so yeah. I think that’s why I was hoping to see more furniture.Check out the below photo! Quite Anteroom Sessions-esque!
There was a bunch of other sellers I wasn’t able to take pictures of, or include in this post, but you can view some other pictures I took here.
Anyway, the next 10-A Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair will be on Dec. 10-11, the same weekend of the Port 88 Christmas Bazaar at Megatent (Punchdrunk Panda will be participating at Port 88!), so make sure to allot time for both events that weekend! :D
Buy your Christmas giiiiiifts!!
HO HO HO-ing,
Number Line Records is in Preview Magazine’s 2011 Creative It List, yall!
Congratulations to Number Line Records! Glad to know the label is receiving this much-deserved praise. :)
More power to you, Benedictos!
Bobby Benedicto’s Send-off Party @ Cubao Z
Sept. 9, 2011
Gotta love them house parties. Especially when you’ve got a a lot of great bands performing, like Ang Bandang Shirley, Tarsius, Ciudad, The Strangeness & Wilderness, a good amount of booze and some laughable Floptop Haiku Rap Battles.
Bobby Benedicto of Number Line Records was throwing a going away party before leaving for Berlin (he still didn’t have his visa at the time of the party, but he is actually either en-route or already at Berlin at the time of this post). It was nice to see a lot of the Anteroom Sessions artists there. :)
Selena Salang of Ang Bandang Shirley and Slow Hello told me about what a fun gig Anteroom Sessions was, and that it was a great concept. :D And I truly appreciate her for that even if she seemed to have a bit of buzz at the time we spoke. :P
The crowd during Ang Bandang Shirley’s set. Spot your back if you were there!
Tarsius setting up on these nifty modular wooden boxes. :P
You can’t see him but my boyfriend Karlo was going nuts (relative to his usual self) during Tarsius’ set. :P
With some other friends: Kitty, Reza, Ana, Karlo, Pepe, Kiyo & Jobelle
With long-time friend, Patrick Vinalay :D (Marcos, if you’re reading this, we miss you!)
Michael Benedicto of Outerhope
Pat with Kathy Gener of Attraction! Reaction!
Yiz, he be drunk. :P
That was that, and it was fun. :)
Hope Punchdrunk Panda can do some sort of collaboration with Bobby Benedicto of Number Line Records for future events, or maybe Number Line-inspired designs? :P Not sure if he plans to come back from Berlin or how long he intends to stay there though. Anyway.
Auf Wiedersehen, Bobby!
P.S. I tend to be OC, but my photo watermarks are not all uniformed in size or placed in the exact same spot of the photos. I only noticed a few weren’t at the very corner of the photo, but it’s too late in the night / too early in the morning for me to care at this point…it was 5:17a.m. when I posted the pictures on my personal Facebook account, and it is now 6:26 a.m. as I conclude this post. (I drifted off a couple of times in between). So yeah.