ANTEROOM SESSIONS 2: Double the fun!

MARCH 31 — Exactly six months and 28 days ago, we held the very first Anteroom Sessions at Moonleaf Maginhawa. I was an intern at Punchdrunk Panda then, and we just wanted to launch some new kicks, with a couple of bands playing, while still making sales. It was just a simple, very simple, musing. Until after some meetings, we decided to take on five bands, a couple of DJs, six brands, and a video production team on board. To cut the story short, we were overwhelmed with the outcome of what we were able to come up with then. Up until now, I still feel kilig whenever I look back at the very first Anteroom Sessions. It was the highlight of my internship, and I can say with all confidence that it was my biggest project for PdP. (Sorry for the emotive tone, I can get very emotional with this, hehe)

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AND NOW IT HAS GONE OUT OF PROPORTIONS! A month before I was surprised to know that the second Anteroom Sessions will be held at CUBAO X! It shocked me and it instantly brought me back to my internship days where I first envisioned PdP at — exactly at the SAME SPOT as I saw them last night. It was surreal, and PdP didn’t disappoint.

DSC_0182PdP’s Nomad Manager and the coaxed boyfriend

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DSC_0184Blogger Arriane and Martha of Vesti

DSC_0188Last year’s crowd favorite Tarsius opened the night! I haven’t heard them with drum sets, and it was a whole different Tarsius last night!

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This year, I really felt where Anteroom Sessions came from!!! Seven bands, two DJs, thirteen proudly Filipino brands, and a whole lot of FUN awaited people – indeed MORE FUN WITH PUNCHDRUNK PANDA! I think I’ll shut my mouth a bit, and let these photos speak for itself *giddy*

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DSC_0195Dinner at Penpen’s

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DSC_0200Gentle Universe were very gentle… lovely tunes!!! We were able to listen to their last set only because we were dinner-ing.

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DSC_0204Last year, Slow Hello was only composed by Selena herself. Now she’s with her complete band set!

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Also, Selena was celebrating her birthday last night! Happy birthday again, S!

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Aside from the awesome, awesome lineup, 13 brands also participated and sold their proudly Filipino products! One of Punchdrunk Panda’s PdP-losophy is to, in any way possible, be proud of their Filipino roots – and here’s adhering to that value.

DSC_0210Mental note to get this from YUKI!

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DSC_0212Artwork. They’ll be carrying PdP’s camera straps soon!

DSC_0213Vesti

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DSC_0215Agos. They invited us to their Baler surfing event, but Hanna and I have other plans already :( NEXT TIME!

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DSC_0217Cool shirt from Electromagnetic Tentacle

DSC_0218Junk Studio was a brand who participated with us last year also. Here’s to brand friends!

DSC_0219We collaborated with blogger Eunicena last year, and now she’s one of our collaborators also — Vnaltik

DSC_0220Kloi’s and Klay’s is as quirky as it can get!

DSC_0221MAPAPEL is one witty brand! I love their products!

DSC_0222Saab‘s Ukay Alalay for the benefit of Francis Magalona Foundation was also there.

DSC_0223What tripled my excitement for Anteroom Sessions is that SOPHIE’S MOM were also there!!! Perfect with Hakka milk tea from Moonleaf Tea Shop!

DSC_0224Loved these choco-dulce de leche cupcakes. Extra sinful!

DSC_0232With Tita Tonette, The real Sophie’s Mom, and daughter Sam

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You bet there were a lot of goofing around last night! Pate, Hanna, Erika and I were playing with my Paradigm Shift noose neckpiece, taking pictures of them pulling it. THEN SUDDENLY A CRAZY THOUGHT. I took pictures with everyone doing it!!! It was so much fun!!!

DSC_0237My girlfriend from PdP, Nica

DSC_0238Haha, let’s not forget Love Never Dies were playing while I was going around looking for people to pull me :P

DSC_0239My lovely Ate and boss, Thysz

DSC_0240…and his brother, Tim!

DSC_0241PdP designer Joseph

DSC_0242They were kinda enjoying it – Chris and Pate

DSC_0243OHGAWDIFORGOTHERNAMETHOUGHIREMEMBEREDIASKEDFORIT. But we wore the same shirt that day! Hurrah!

DSC_0244Loyola Film Circle

DSC_0245My mentor, former slave driver, nomad manager, Master Panda Jen Horn

DSC_0246This hurt the most!!! MUST YOU, ROB CHAM? Lolz, twas ok man!

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Oh, I was enjoying too much and it was time to watch all five webisodes, featuring the design teams and their lovely skimmers. Too bad, I’m a guy. But for y’all lovely girls out there, check ’em out here.

DSC_0250Birthday girl Selena Salang pulled my noose before she went stage to perform with Ang Bandang Shirley!

DSC_0251Lois Yasay of We are Sole Sisters. I love her blog, go visit!

DSC_0252Charls just can’t get enough pull, hehe

DSC_0254Oh!!! With Paradigm Shift’s very own – Mike Magallanes, pulling!

DSC_0255Junk Studio’s Nikki…

DSC_0256…and the best photo of the night! You really pulled a good S&M there, Nik!

DSC_0257With Saab Magalona, just right before she leaves! Miss you Saab!

DSC_0260By the time Ang Bandang Shirley played, I couldn’t take a photo near them already! But their set was fun!!!

DSC_0261Uh so lezz continue… Elyoo as Madamoiselle Eleanor Roosevelt. Loveleh outfit meym!

DSC_0262Bobet, with Mike’s perfect photobomb!

DSC_0263With Yuki’s Miguel!

DSC_0264And another ’cause we’re cool like dut!

DSC_0266Hanna’s friend, Yang from UPD! See you again soon!

DSC_0267The one and only STEFAN PUNONGBAYAN!!!

DSC_0268Saw Ping Medina and gulped and asked a photo from him. Love that face!

DSC_0269Again, forgive my inability to remember names. This lovely girl is wearing a Mich Dulce hat! So chica!

DSC_0270Today x Future’s Austin! His birthday this month… and Panty Monster’s anniversary!

DSC_0274And while we were in Future, I showed I Love You store to Hanna

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DSC_0276Karla and THAT. SPIKED. HAKKA. Moonleaf prepared a special concoction last night – add rum and add even more happiness to your milk tea!

DSC_0277Pwedeng I love your hair, Ruther?! And oh, he’s wearing Paradigm Shift!

DSC_02798mile-inspired photo of Pate, lolz

DSC_0281Os Accessories’ Paul with fenk hair

DSC_0282Salad Day’s Willar Mateo. I want that spiked cap! Oh hi there again, Karla!

DSC_0283Eunice was a bit shocked but did it nonetheless :P

DSC_0284Monday’s Bonnapart Indiebon Galeng

DSC_0285Curves a.k.a. Leatherengines with his latest hair color

DSC_0289Shinji Manlangit of The Strangeness, Nica’s BebeKo, was really funny!!! You da ultimate performer, man!

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DSC_0291Took time to visit Heima, Anteroom’s co-presentor this year!

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DSC_0311AND FINALLY TECHY ROMANTICS HAPPENED! With all fairness to this year’s lineup, they were all great, but there is really something unique about Techy Romantics! I just had to stop taking photos and go dance!

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DSC_0320PdP’s girls (I was once a PdP girl, chos!) Stephanie, Pauline, Nica, and Jen. I wish Gail can be there if there will be a third installment!

DSC_0321Miss you girlfriend!!

DSC_0322Hanna’s #Swag look while ordering booze at Fred’s

DSC_0323Okay, back to being twelve, haha

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Party wasn’t literally over as it was just starting at Today x Future! I love that *what you call that* from PdP!

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DSC_0328I caught Techy Romantics’ Camyl before she left X and had a photo. She told me not to hang myself. I think PdP has thought me to love life enough to stay alive, hehe. CHARAUGHT!

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And breakfast (yeah, that was breakfast already…) at Mister Kabab before going home.

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DSC_0302Oxygen x Marcela Gutierrez graphic tee, Levi’s distressed denim pants, Thrifted military boots, Wrangler denim tote, Paradigm Shift noose neckpiece

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Towards the end of the night, I was approached by someone and he happened to not know that I am no longer officially with PdP. He, all of a sudden, thanked me for bringing Cubao X back to life. In those few seconds, I felt a tear jerk. One, because I was once part of this. And two, because all that he said are true.

When I finally recovered last night, I think I spontaneously just smile at the thought of Anteroom Sessions. It was indeed a brainchild and I wish there will be more of this in the coming years. As it grows bigger, I hope more brands will become inspired of what PdP achieved in its smallness and greatness all at the same time. More than the fun, I think how Punchdrunk Panda seeks to advocate the arts is what really amazes me, above all.

Kudos, PdP and Heima, and to all who were involved in this huge endeavor! I will never tire of supporting these guys!

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2 responses to “ANTEROOM SESSIONS 2: Double the fun!

  1. Great Stuff, do you have a twitter profile?

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