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This Taylor Swift-Approved 19-Year-Old Artist Gave An Intimate Performance In The PH

Carlie Hanson is definitely someone to watch for!
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Imagine being a teenager and having one of the world's most famous musicians include your music in a curated playlist alongside her influences, colleagues, and other faves? That's exactly what happened to 19-year-old Carlie Hanson, who has more than once been featured in Taylor Swift's personally-curated, much-awaited playlists.

“Everything that happens to us is just part of a story we’ll tell someday," writes Taylor as she described her latest one, Playlist by ME!, featured on Apple Music. "These songs are the soundtrack to my story at the moment. I love this playlist for kitchen dance parties, long drives home, sun-soaked reflection, or aggressive bopping. All songs have been loved and appreciated by ME!”

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But while Taylor's playlist definitely helped Carlie gain more fans, she was definitely recognized on her own merit. The music video for Carlie's "Back In My Arms," Taylor's chosen track, already has over 2.5 million views as of writing:

Her previous single, "Only One," was also featured in Taylor's 2017 Apple Music playlist Taylor Swift's Favorite Songs.

On September 27, Carlie Hanson performed an intimate gig in Manila during Warner Night, a media showcase held in Pioneer in Mandaluyong. She performed her top songs with electric energy fit for a full-blown concert. "You guys already know me?" she said in disbelief, as it's her first time in the country and already the guests were singing along to her songs.

"We believe Carlie is the next big thing in music because there’s no one currently like her around. She’s still so young but she’s already an amazing songwriter and performer. Her energy is fresh and she is very real and relatable too and all these reflect on her music. No surprise, Taylor Swift is already a huge fan," says Vicky Malong, marketing manager of Warner Music Philippines.

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Here's a peek into Carlie's short and sweet Manila visit:

For the rest of her music, check out Carlie Hanson's Spotify page

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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