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Summer Favorites: Gigger Boys

We caught up with the cast of Boystown at the set of their show!

Name: Ernest Lorenzo Dee
Nickname: Enchong
Birthday: November 5
You've seen me in: Abt Ur Luv, ASTIGS, My Girl, My Only Hope, Lastikman, Boystown, ASAP09, Palimos ng Pag-Ibig

My summer's favorite...
Read: Donald Trump's Think Like a Champion
Album/Song: "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas
Show: Ellen, ASAP, Your Song, TMZ
Movie: BFF, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Outfit: Board shorts lang =)
Pig out place: Nothing compares to my mom's home cooked meal =)

Name: Sam Concepcion
Nickname: Sam
Birthday: October 17, 1992
You've seen me in: Super Inggo, I Love Betty La Fea, Boystown, and in concert! :)

My summer's favorite...
Read: Neverwhere
Album/Song: Year of the Gentleman
Show: American Idol!
Movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Pig out place: Shangri-la Circles

Name: Dino Imperial
Nickname: Dino
Birthday: April 9, 1988
You've seen me in: ASAP 09, Boystown

My summer's favorite...
Read: Marvel Comics
Album/Song: Kanye West's songs
Show: CSI
Movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fast and Furious
Outfit: a loud graphic t-shirt, trucker caps, and hi-cut shoes
Pig out place: Teriyaki Boy, Burger King

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Name: Robert Marion Domingo
Nickname: Robi
Birthday: September 27, 1989
You've seen me in: MYX, Studio 23, ASAP09, Boystown, Ateneo

My summer's favorite...
Read: The Kite Runner
Album/Song: Your Universe by Rico B. "Tell something..."
Show: MYX, your choice, your music
Movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Outfit: Bench
Pig out place: Home... with my family. Awww...

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Name: AJ S. Perez
Nickname: AJ
Birthday: Feb 17, 1993
You've seen me in: ASAP, Boystown, Abt Ur Luv, BFF, Magkaibigan, Lobo

My summer's favorite...
Read: Wolverine Origins (the comic)
Album/Song: Folie a Deux (Fall Out Boy), Blame It (Jamie Foxx)
Show: Gossip Girl, Boystown
Movie: Star Trek
Outfit: Casual
Pig out place: Home or at taping

Name: Chris Gutierrez
Nickname: Chris
Birthday: May 9, 1992
You've seen me in: ASAP09, Boystown, Abt Ur Luv

My summer's favorite...
Read: The Stranger
Album/Song: Blame It, Folie a Deux, Kiss Me Thru Da Phone, and Roc Da Mic
Show: Boystown
Movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Outfit: Graphic shirts, bonnets, rings, and Dunks
Pig out place: Teriyaki Boy, Sizzling Pepper Steak

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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