Jewelle Villarisco's Dream That Turned into a Reality
Even at a young age, Jewelle Villarisco always liked to draw already. Jewelle remembers telling her nine years old self that being an artist is what she wants to do forever. It was like it was the career that she really wanted for herself. Even before starting a Facebook page, she would always post her creations on her personal social media account. At around 15 and 16, people began encouraging her to create her own art page for her works to reach more people. Jewelle was hesitant at first during that time because, in her mind, once she made one, her art would get a lot more people, and she was still timid. She even asked herself what if she received negative comments and all that.
From Waiting for Meetings to Being 'Your Own Boss'
Inha Arceo started her corporate job in 2015 and lasted for six years. Back then, it wasn't in her head to enter the art world and pursue being an artist. During the pandemic, she started to want to do something else that she enjoyed than just stare at her computer waiting for her meetings. Inha began with painting, and she started to get clients, then realized it was an opportunity to take hold of. After some time, she tried digital arts, so to her, it was a learning process that became a business. She did not expect it, but it just happened, and she continued pursuing it.
How Rio Sumalinog Molded Her Own Brand and Identity
As an artist, she sometimes gets demotivated and does not feel inspired because of some external factors, and that's where the question "how do you make your artwork extraordinary." Rio's tip to the young artists who want to build their own brand is to create an identity for themselves and their brand because that is what people will remember, and that is what you will be known for. In the future, Rio wants to open a boutique studio where she can share her knowledge with other artists. Share to other artists that you need to take great care in your daily routine besides sticking with your brand. Accomplishing your art even in times when you get demotivated.
Martti Franca and the Space in His Heart for Music
Let’s write his name down and light it up because Martti Franca is taking up the spaces in our hearts! An independent singer-songwriter, Martti Franca creates intimate indie-pop folk music that comes from his personal experience. The rawness of the emotions in his songs has penetrated the hearts of many, as experienced in his hits Spaces and Things She’ll Never Know. The talented artist has so much more to share other than his emotional songs—his advocacy for mental health and financial independence of indie artists, his story with music, and advice for aspiring musicians.
Best of Both Worlds: Ceej Frankera on Pursuing Her Passion for Music
Ceej started seriously pursuing music in 2017-2018, around the time when she began to write her songs. She shares that she’s always been a performer. As a child, she would always sing, then join different performing groups throughout her teenage years. She shares that she started doing it as a hobby when it came to songwriting. Then, she began performing in 2019. Gaining momentum, she already had songs lined up for production. Sadly, this got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Plan that Changed Successfully
Amanda Cua was always big on education. She thinks she must take off and have a bright future ahead. Before the pandemic, her life revolved inside the school, and she spent her days and free time studying. Even on weekends, her life revolved on school-related stuff. One time in her last two years of learning, a classmate told her that if that person were to describe Amanda, s/he would say that Amanda is constantly studying and very quiet. She only talks when answering questions from the teacher or laughing, but the teacher mostly laughs at the jokes. The other things that she'll be doing are writing her notes and studying. Amanda would also spend her lunch eating or just studying.
Myra Aquino and Her Pursuit for Her Passion
Myra Aquino, a filmmaker, was born in Guam, grew up in the Philippines, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Myra is the prime example of someone following her calling and pursuing what you love. She is the doctor turned filmmaker who won the "Best Film" award in the Cinemalaya 2021 with her short film "Beauty Queen." She graduated from the UCLA MFA directing program in 2020. Aquino received an MD and her Master's in Public Health from the University of Miami. She also obtained accolades and recognitions, including the Streisand Sony Fellowship, the Motion Picture Association of America Award, and the Norris Foundation Fellowship. Her other films include "The Gray," which was selected for the 2021 Etheria Film Festival. The said festival features films that are directed by women, especially in the genres of horror, fantasy, action, thriller, and science fiction. Aquino is also passionate about exploring the impacts of globalization and multiculturalism in communities like Southeast Asia, Pacific Islanders, etc. Currently, she is writing a coming-of-age set in 1990s Guam alongside a high school set in post 9/11 Philippines.
Promoting Consent One Brushstroke At A Time
It was in the early Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Greek eras that the symbolic naked art of female deities represented fertility and love. As time goes by, not only the art itself evolves, but also the perception of those who view it. This is what makes Christa Vega, a fine arts graduate at the University of the Philippines - Diliman, more committed to promoting consensual nude arts she calls #SecretNudes.
Superstar Gigiboy’s Secrets To Success
Dripping with cynicism and caustic wit, Gigiboy Jose’s irresistible skit comedy TikTok videos might just be your ultimate go-to content. His videos center on college life, romance, and POV, and with his mom as his “mommager”, Bubble Gang, and Banana Split as his inspiration, and his charisma as his weapon, he’s a superstar in the making. But that wasn’t really his intent when he first hopped on TikTok and started churning out content.
Grace David, On Owning your Femininity in a Male-Dominated Field
Advocacies and movements for education have been widely emerging. For a third-world country, it is a good thing to have people who truly care about providing quality education for the future of the younger generation. And the fact that most new-gen people have been very open to diversity in any aspect is a good indication that tomorrow brings a brighter day for everyone. Edukasyon.ph has been promoting career awareness to Filipino youth for several years until now. Partnered with prestigious educational companies, they have provided a great deal of information and guidance not just to the students, but also to the teachers seeking professional growth and development.