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Greyson Chance is Back

New voice, new sound, same old love for Manila.
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Cue the screams—Greyson Chance is finally back after five years, and he's not wasting time. The Philippines is one of his first stops after his triumphant comeback, and we were fortunate to catch him during his press conference in Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas. On his return after his fairly long break, the world is met with a fresher, more mature version of him: standing at 6'1", his height isn't the only thing that changed over the course of time. Greyson's voice had become deeper—gone was the voice we all loved from "Waiting Outside The Lines" and "Sunshine and City Lights"—and this had become palpable in his latest EP Somewhere Over My Head, inspired by his return to hometown Oklahoma while taking a break from the music scene. "It's really overwhelming, you know. I was really nervous about this EP honestly. I was back in the States when we were writing it and I was particularly nervous because people got used to who I was, and how are they going to respond to this change?" But no worries, Greyson, because the Enchancers were more than thrilled to hear the new and improved Greyson Chance, judging from the positive response on the EP.

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During his hiatus, Greyson spent his time studying, and he shares, "I encourage all my fans and my supporters to really stay in school and to work hard in it. I think it makes you a better, well-rounded human being." His stay in school definitely paid off, and now that he had just recently graduated from high school, what are his plans? "My next step towards school is I think I'd probably take some more classes on a collegiate level, and I'll focus on music for now." And what about acting, which seems like a common path that most artists in the music industry have been trying lately? "My mom always told me to only do what you're good at, and it's like when I got in front of the camera and I had some lines, I was like, 'Oh no, I'm not good at this.' So I'll stick to music for now and I’ll let other people act." Sorry guys, looks like we won't be seeing him on the big screen anytime soon, save for his documentary that is currently in the works!

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At the end of the day, there is no denying that at the age of 18, Greyson has gone through a lot. He had his own share of ups and downs and failures and successes, but that certainly did not stop him from continuing to chase his dream. "My story's really one that I think a lot of kids can resonate to," he says. And a piece of advice from him?

"I would say be authentic, be yourself and to work hard and do something you're passionate about, and hopefully it all works out."

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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