6 Young Artists From Cebu You Need To Follow On Instagram
Recently hailed by UNESCO as a “Creative City of Design,” Cebu continues to take the spotlight with its vibrant art scene and vast pool of creators. Here are some of The Queen City of the South’s up-and-coming young creatives you’ll want to check out.
Bea Mahusay, 19
Grade 12 – Southwestern University PHINMA (school of design + communication)
Apart from being skilled in both traditional and digital art, Bea is best known for her online artisan shop BIYA LOKAL, where she sells banig bags she handpaints herself. Starting out as a summer project, her business slowly grew with the aim of promoting local art and supporting homegrown weavers. Her vibrant product designs reflect her eye for botanical art and her love for the flora around Cebu.
Bea aspires to create more platforms and safe spaces for young creatives to express themselves through art and design.
Rey Allan Orlanes, Jr., 21
BFA Advertising Arts, University of San Carlos, 2019
Artistically inclined since his younger years, Rey has always enjoyed creating—a passion which shows in his vibrant and childlike art style. Specializing in illustration, he gets inspiration for his art from nature, pop culture, and art history, often creating connections from far-off subjects, with the aim of showing people new perspectives.
Rey currently works in an ad agency and does freelance on the side, and he hopes to be able to make more personal art and collaborate with other artists.
Fleur Puao, 23
Graduated Associate in Arts, UP Open University, 2019; currently applying for a local art school
Fleur has gained quite a following for her fresh and vivid illustrations. Her art is a mashup of numerous influences, from her childhood heroes such as W.I.T.C.H., to her favorite anime and Disney movies. She also gets inspiration from her idols in the illustration industry such as Loish and Wouter Toup. She loves drawing people and creating characters, always interested in the stories that come with them.
She’s currently working on drawing characters that exhibit local culture with Western influences. Apart from accepting commissions, Fleur also has some of her prints and stickers sold at Dear Paper in Mandaue City, Cebu.
Joyce Belasoto, 21
4th year - Fine Arts, University of the Philippines – Cebu
Known for her distinct illustrations and mastery of different art styles, Joyce’s ever-evolving work is always fun to keep up with. After exploring realism and other genres, she is currently leaning towards creative lineart and graphic illustrations, having been inspired by the works of several Japanese and Filipino illustrators. She takes a lot of artistic inspiration from mundane things she encounters in her daily routine or in public.
Joyce hopes to be able do some solo exhibitions for her art in the future and collaborate with her favorite brands. As a fine arts student, she considers art her therapy, and always makes time for drawing in her daily routine.
Jon Ahmed Durano, 22
BFA Advertising Arts, University of San Carlos, 2018
Always exploring boundaries as a visual artist, Jon considers his art as highly experimental, mixing influences from photography, illustration, and graphic design. Apart from getting inspiration from music like hip-hop, jazz, and lo-fi, Jon also gets ideas from philosophy, transforming his interpretations into unique, visual formats.
Currently working as a co-founder and creative director of an independent design studio, Jon hopes to learn and experience more in order to spark ideas, innovation, and progress as an artist, while enjoying the process.
Winona Chan, 22
BFA Advertising Arts, University of San Carlos, 2018
Winona’s soft yet whimsical art is the burst of sunshine you need on your IG feed. As a work-from-home freelancer, she specializes in illustration, while dabbling in animation from time to time. She gets a lot of inspiration from films, music, daydreams, and real life events, and describes her art style as somewhere between anime and cartoons, a result of heavy influence from both.
Apart from accepting commissions, she’s also sold her art at conventions, having recently tabled at ARCHcon Cebu’s Artist Alley. Winona’s goal is to keep improving her skills as a creator and produce more art along the way.
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
I just posted some of my own movie reviews from LSS to The Heiress para naman may pagka-movie critic ako in the midst of the pandemic… from Home! Check them out here: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 3 (#PPP2019): • #LSSTheMovie: bit.ly/MyLSSReview • #ThePantiSisters: bit.ly/MyTPSReview • #ImEllenyaL: bit.ly/MyImEllenyaLReview Metro Manila Film Festival: • #TheMallTheMerrier: bit.ly/MyTMTMReview • #MissionUnstapabol: bit.ly/MyMissionUnstapabolReview • #3polTrobolHuliKaBalbon: bit.ly/My3polTrobolReview Non-film fest: • #JamesAndPatAndDave: bit.ly/MyJPDReview • #TheHeiress: bit.ly/MyTheHeiressReview Any thoughts? Don't forget to connect by commenting! Enjoy #MovieBingeAtHome! #COVIDMovieCritic