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Stephanie Joy Ching

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A FAMILIAR FEELING | Filipino singers pay tribute to Luis Eduardo Aute in video concert

Born to a Spanish father and a Spanish-Filipina mother during the first half of the 20th century, Luis Eduardo Aute was an accomplished painter, film director, singer and composer. Though a true renaissance man in all art forms, his true calling was music, having first written for other artists and later performing his own songs. With hits in many Spanish speaking countries around the world, he is regarded as one of the greatest and most accomplished Spanish artists of his time.

THREE-PART AMBITION | The Cheat Codes raise hell in three different ways

For many budding artists, putting together one cohesive debut album is already a pretty daunting task. From having to create a story from songs to making sure they all flow together, a full-length album entails a lot of work. Genre-defying act Cheat Codes, however, chose to make their mark in the music world with not just one, not just two, but three albums that tell one story.

CELEBRATING BROKENNESS | Chad Price on why songwriting gives him the most joy

With careful, deliberate lyrics and earnest, folksy tunes, Chad Price has accumulated multiple national/international TV sync deals and millions of streams on Spotify. Known for his ability to turn vulnerability into hits that really hit in the feels, Chad’s newest song, “Broken Open”, celebrates “brokenness.”

According to the Ontario-based singer-songwriter, “Broken Open” took its inspiration from his decision to “go inward and acknowledge the pain.”

MUSIC FROM THE HEART | Bazzi on ‘life as a series of movements’

Born to a Lebanese immigrant father and American mother, Bazzi and his dad moved to California during his senior year where he single-handedly wrote and produced a series of viral smashes like “Alone” and “Beautiful,” earning millions of worldwide streams and top 10 placement on a variety of influential playlists. Now armed with what he describes as his “most personal song yet”, Bazzi exhibits a more revealing side of himself.

Melancholy and Abe Parker’s not-so infinite sadness

Although he seemed to have suddenly appeared in the music scene with his breakthrough song “Empty House”, Abe Parker is no newcomer to the music scene. Having written and produced for the likes of Marc E Bassy, David Kushner, Lecrae, Crowder, Social Club Misfits and Jaylon Ashaun, he already had quite the repertoire. However, his new single, “Butterflies” marks the first time that the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter takes on the role of the artist.

EMPOWERING DIVERSE EXPERIENCES | Spotify celebrates Filipina artistry

As a platform that encourages diversity, Spotify is certainly no stranger to seeing content creators from all walks of life, particularly women creators.  So in honor of International Women’s Day, Spotify celebrates Filipina artists, creators and listeners with fresh content through the #PinayPowerInAudio, the flagship International Women’s Day campaign. Held last March 7 and hosted by Joyce Pring of the Adulting with Joyce Pring podcast, the panel touches on the importance of gender representation, as well as tips on how to break new grounds in the music and podcasts space, and its importance to the fabric of Pinoy culture and creativity.

Bring home the bacon with homegrown Baken snacks

First developed as a way to preserve pork, bacon has become a much-beloved staple across the globe. From being served with eggs during breakfast or having it with rice, bacon is as versatile as it is delicious. And now, it has been reimagined as tasty, on-the-go snacks for the modern age by Filipino-grown brand Baken.

ONE STEP CLOSER | Angelina Cruz on expanding her musical horizons

Since her standout music scene debut in 2017 with her version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, Angelina Cruz has established her ability to capture her listeners’ hearts with her soulful vocals. Her stripped-back cover of “Hanggang Kailan” by Orange and Lemons back in 2018 also became a standout hit, now with over 10 million streams on Spotify and counting. Now armed with an original song, “Ayoko Lang”, Angelina uses her newfound range to talk about struggling to heal and move on.

Equipping Filipinos for the future

A study conducted by VPN provider Surfshark indicated that the Philippines ranked number 77 out of 85 countries in terms of average broadband and mobile download speeds and stability. This makes the country’s connection one of the slowest and least stable in the world.

Equipping Filipinos for the future

A study conducted by VPN provider Surfshark indicated that the Philippines ranked number 77 out of 85 countries in terms of average broadband and mobile download speeds and stability. This makes the country’s connection one of the slowest and least stable in the world.

DIFFERENT WORDS, SAME TUNE | Just Stef on singing in a foreign language

Singing in a completely different language is certainly a challenge. One has to take note of the pronunciation and accent of the target language in addition to the tune of the song. So when singer and TikTok sensation Just Stef found out that a lot of her fans came from the Southeast Asian region, she decided that singing in Tagalog was a challenge she could take on.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad P1 takes productivity and user experience to new heights

In the study conducted by Lenovo titled “Future of Work and Digital Transformation study”, it was revealed that 70% of employees around the world feel higher job satisfaction at home. Additionally, 56% of them also stated that they feel more productive working from home. As such, it is clear that even as the world goes back to normal, some people will still opt to work from the comfort of their own homes.

AUTHENTIC WOMANHOOD | SILVY and the power to influence people through music

After the rise of such movements such as the #MeToo movement and #HijaAko in our own shores, it is clear that the current wave of feminism is pushing back against outdated ideals of how a woman should behave and dress. Known as the fourth-wave of Feminism, it is defined by Bustle in a 2015 article as “queer, sex-positive, trans-inclusive, body-positive, and digitally driven.” As such, it comes as no surprise that many female artists of this generation have included this message into their art.

GREAT RESETS | The challenge of building technology around customers

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the global stage in 2020, no one could have predicted the scope of its aftermath. With face-to-face interactions severely limited, many businesses were forced to adapt to operating online in order to survive. However, with every business imaginable now on the internet, new challenges arise, and suddenly it is no longer enough to just put up a functioning website.

Yung Bae on marrying the old and the new

Drawing inspiration from classic works of art has been around for a very long time. Whether it is making use of classic tropes for stories or referencing classical paintings, artists always manage to take these classic works and put them into a new modern perspective. And for future punk musician Yung Bae, this philosophy is largely the reason why he got into music producing.

Globe continues to GoLearn

In this new normal, education has changed drastically. Without face to face classes, students, parents and educators are met with a set of unique challenges all at once. For students, they have to deal with a much larger workload or find the isolating nature of online learning stifling. For parents, they now face challenges such as connectivity and having to make adjustments to ensure that the children learn. Meanwhile teachers have had trouble adjusting to technology or find it difficult to keep students engaged online or have trouble monitoring how well students grasp concepts.

Doing well while doing good

With more and more companies making the shift towards becoming more environmentally conscious, “sustainability” has become a buzzword that they use to promote these ideals. Though it is all over the place, sadly some parts of the population are still unaware of what being sustainable truly means. As such, this means they are unable to take concrete steps towards it themselves or make decisions that would benefit the environment.

Sustainable mining is possible–Philex

As mandated by Memorandum Circular 4, Series of 2019 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Publicly-Listed Companies (PLCs) are now required to submit annual sustainability reports. This is done in part to monitor which companies do the most damage to the environment and how they can improve and make greener and better business decisions.

THE BAND WE KNOW | The Itchyworms kick off their 25th with animated short

As part of their 25th-anniversary celebrations, pop-rock band The Itchyworms released the music video for “The Life I Know” from their fifth studio album, “Waiting for the End to Start.” Helmed by award-winning filmmaker and close friend of the band, Marie Jamora and her husband Jason McLagan of Indie Pop Films and animated by Apartment D, the music video is a stunning short stop motion film that shows a uniquely Filipino perspective on childhood.

ICT, a necessary component of a post-pandemic world

Every June, the Philippines celebrates National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) month, as mandated by Proclamation Number 1521, Series of 2008. During this month, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) brings to light their efforts in working with the government to further the digital transformation in the country.

TELUS International Philippines promotes gender sensitivity and allyship at work

In celebration of pride month last June, TELUS International Philippines (TIP) held an intimate gathering with media friends to share the company’s advocacy on the importance of gender sensitivity in the workplace and key steps on how to become an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community. As a company that is heavily grounded in a people-first culture, TIP feels that  diversity, inclusiveness and belonging within the company should be one of its first priorities.

FINDING DADDY | St. Vincent connects with ‘elusive father figure’ in latest album

Inspired by the early 1970s New York music scene and the recent release of her father from incarceration, St Vincent (Annie Clark) releases her seventh studio album, Daddy’s Home. With its rich and atmospheric instrumentation combined with Clark’s smoky, crooning vocals, the album is her way of connecting with the “elusive father figure” in her life.

NutriAsia launches ‘EcoStation’ in BGC as part of green initiative

NutriAsia, a leading producer of popular condiments and sauces, recently launched Select & Collect, a new kind of sustainability hub with multiple features designed to help Filipinos embrace “a greener way of living.” Sitiuated at the bus stop along 30th street beside Track 30th in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the NutriAsia EcoStation provides a convenient and more sustainable shopping haven for restocking on kitchen staples.

Nationalism in the New Normal

Independence day in the Philippines is the day we commemorate every hero who fought, bled and died for the freedom we currently enjoy. Under normal circumstances, this day would be celebrated with a yearly flag raising at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence. In some years, a civil military parade is held in the capital of Manila. Symbolically, the day represents the centuries of Filipino resilience and nationalist pride that shaped our history.

60 Years of leading through Faith and Service

When the first missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints arrived in Philippines shores in 1898, they did not know if the country would accept the restored gospel that they preached. However, just a few decades later in 1961, the Church firmly established itself in the country, quickly expanding and becoming an integral part in nation building. Through their efforts and collaboration with the local government via their humanitarian arm, many emergency responses, sanitation programs, and medical aid were able to reach even the most vulnerable members of the population, providing a comforting presence in their lives.

Meeting up with the Youth’s Environmental Concerns

In a 2018 study done by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it was concluded that if humans do not take immediate action to limit their carbon footprint by 2040, the earth will become damaged beyond repair. As carbon traps heat, the earth will experience more extreme and more frequent natural disasters such as droughts, devastating wildfires, massive floods, deadly hurricanes, and widespread famine. However, despite this warning, many companies and individuals alike still choose to stick to their old ways.

Regenerating the Earth

For many years, people have been warned about the dangers of climate change. With the global average of atmospheric carbon dioxide reaching a record high of 409.8 parts per million in over 800,000 years, the earth is warming at an alarming rate. Due to this spike in global temperature, many countries have begun to experience more and more natural disasters such as droughts, wildfires, and floods.

A MEANINGFUL CELEBRATION | Why a low-key and more intimate Chinese New Year matters

For many Filipino-Chinese, the Lunar New Year is like a second Christmas-extended families meet up and share a meal of traditional Chinese food and exchange ang-paos (also known as hong baos) to welcome wealth for the coming year. People may also travel to their ancestral villages in China to meet with relatives still living in the area. As the Lunar New Year traditionally marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring, it is also one of the biggest major holidays in China.

SM’S GIFT OF EDUCATION | Scholars reflect on their journey to success

One of the late Mr. Henry “Tatang” Sy, Sr.’s greatest beliefs were the equalizing power of education. For him, education is a lifeline for financially challenged individuals that can help them and their families escape the poverty cycle. This belief gave birth to the SM College Scholarship Program. Ever since its inception in 1993, it has helped thousands of families in improving their lives through education – by providing the youth in grassroot communities the power to dream of a better future and the confidence needed to pursue a full education.

MAKING EDUCATION MORE ACCESSIBLE | SM Foundation builds new school building in Tanza, Cavite

As part of their initiative to make education more accessible to grassroot communities, SM Foundation (SMFI) constructed a new school building in Tanza, Cavite last November 20. This project is part of the foundation’s School Building Program, a social good project in line with DepEd’s Adopt-a-school program that aims to provide quality public education for Filipinos.

Lark webinar hopes to harness technology for business growth and sustainability

It has often been said that the only constant thing in life is change. And with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, the workplace was forced to adapt quicker to the changing times or be swept away. Suddenly remote work is the norm and the primary mode of communication has become emails and video calls. While daunting at first, most people have adjusted to the best of their abilities, proving that while change may be daunting, it is possible with the right resources.

IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE | SAHAR expands capabilities to fight COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic still growing in many parts of the world, time is of the essence. As cases rise, the time between testing and receiving results is crucial so as to track, trace, and isolate to prevent further infections and to administer the proper treatments and eventually the vaccines. However, with the Philippines’ limited capacity for mass testing, not only can testing be expensive, but it is also inaccessible in many parts of the country.

Pinas Muna Tayo

In an effort to jump start the economy from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, various members of both the public and private sectors have joined hands to form #PinasMunaTayo. Described as both “a campaign and a movement”, #PinasMunaTayo is spearheaded by the  Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Alliance Global Group Inc., and Resorts World Manila. It aims to advocate Bayanihan through the patronization of local products and destinations in order to stimulate the growth of domestic consumption. The campaign has three main objectives, namely, TriPinas, to revive local tourism, ShoPinas, to encourage the patronization of local retail brands and LasaPinas,which stirs local interest in different local delicacies.

Pushing for a regenerative future

As the Philippines’ largest renewable energy company, the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) has always been at the forefront of providing not just sustainable energy, but sustainable living as well. For EDC, renewable power must not only reduce human and businesses’ carbon footprint, but should also “enable national development and create a better life for everyone today and tomorrow.”

WATCH | Maris Racal shows introspective side on new single, ‘Not for Me’

Other than gracing the screen with her acting chops, Maris Racal has also graced the soundwaves with her own songs. With her more intimate and refreshing style of pop music, Racal surprised audiences with her songwriting skills that chronicle love in the modern age. After wowing listeners with “Ikaw Lang Sapat Na” and the city pop style “Abot Langit”, a collaboration project with Rico Blanco, the former Pinoy Big Brother housemate opens up a new side of her with her latest single “Not for Me.”

TOO GOOD TO RESIST | Justin Jesso on the art of letting go

After breaking out in the music scene as both as a featured artist and a songwriter of Kygo’s “Stargazing”and his own hit single “If You’re Meant to Come Back,”Justin Jesso proves that he’s a master in writing global hits. Whether it be writing hits for other artists or singing his own material, Justin’s knack for tugging heartstrings always manage to shine through.

FORTUITOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

Six months into the lockdown, the Itchyworms surprised everyone with their latest release, Waiting for the End to Start. Dubbed as their “quarantine album,” Jazz Nicolas, Jugs Jugueta, Kelvin Yu and Chino Singson originally conceptualized it as a single track but quickly developed into a full-length project after they managed to write and record eight more songs.

The show goes on

First launched in 2014 in line with Proclamation No. 933 declaring that “arts and culture shall enjoy the patronage of the State,” the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) has since become an annual cultural celebration that celebrates and inspires talent across the country.

FROM THE HEART | Heartbreaks and quarantine go hand-in-hand with Kyd the Band

Growing up with a pastor for a father, Devin Guisande always thought he’d follow in his old man’s footsteps and become a preacher himself. Fate, however, had a different path set for him. Now a rising star in the music world, Guisande, better known by his stage name Kyd the Band, has the world listening not to sermons, but to soulful songs that truly speak from the heart.

NEXT GENERATION STORYTELLER

Hailed by TIME Magazine as a “storyteller for the next generation”, singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin recently released his debut album These Two Windows, which include fan favorite songs such as “Oh My God” and “Demons.”

CULTURAL COCKTAIL | Mishaal embraces musical diversity and delivers a winning sound

Fresh from his success with the single “Friends”, Saudi-Ecuadorian artist Mishaal returns with his new single, “I Don’t Wanna Wait for Summer.” Armed with a distinct sound that is a cocktail of different cultures, the 21-year old singer-songwriter is considered to be one of RCA Records’ most promising talents.

Natural gas is key to a cleaner and sustainable future

In a report made by GreenPeace, it was revealed that coal has the largest share in the Philippines’ energy mix. In 2018 alone, about 51,932 gigawatt hours of energy produced in the Philippines came from coal. That is estimated to be about 52 percent of the Philippines’ annual energy consumption of 99,764.718 gigawatt hours.