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Getting in the Scene with Banana Queen, Joyce Glorioso

Saturday, October 3, 2020



Within 27 years, Joyce Glorioso has already changed two worlds. First, the quiet blue of the Pagbilao sky that erupted in bliss on the day of her birth. Second, the stirring silence of West Virginia, USA, where two years ago, had been home to her laughter and dreams when she spent months of her BS HRM traineeship.

These worlds were her own, and they’re stories we would never hear unless we meet Joyce. In an interview with Metroscene Mag, Joyce Glorioso, or more popularly known in social media as “Joyang”, shared stories of her life, and her thoughts on how her simple yet fun world, was slowly beginning to be a part of ours.


Banana Queen


With over 420,000 followers, and 6.6 Million likes on TIkTok, Joyang gained social media fame when she started creating and uploading short comedic skits, and her version of viral dance challenges on the app. She gained attention first on TikTok, then on other social media sites like Twitter, where she uploads her videos that get thousands of likes and retweets.


Perhaps her most remarkable contents were the videos in which a bunch of bananas can be seen hanging like a ‘chandelier’ in plain view. But Joyang didn’t earn the title of “Banana Queen” just because she uses bananas in her videos as props. She earned this title because, as the famous line goes - “Maghanap ka ng puno sa Pilipinas, saging lang ang may puso!” - and indeed, there are many content creators in the country today, but what can easily set Joyang apart from them all, is her heart.

Having been raised in a small and simple family in Pagbilao, Quezon, with a humble sari-sari store as a source of income, Joyang was aware of how the pandemic turned lives upside down, and wanted to give people something that would at least, make them smile.

“I want to help people who are suffering today to reduce their stress by creating funny contents to make them happy”, Joyang stated, emphasizing that most of her content were inspired by the eagerness to bring joy during these trying times.



Social Media Star


Joyang never planned to become a content creator, nor become viral in different social media sites. As a graduate of Hotel Restaurant Management, her dream was to score a job abroad, and eventually earn enough money to build her parents’ dream house.

Just like most of us, Joyang began using social media sites as an outlet, and as an escape from boredom. But being the naturally funny, good-spirited person that she is, the videos that she posted caught the attention of netizens with its right level of relatability, and humor that many people found extremely entertaining to watch. Soon, the number of her followers and views grew, and now she’s currently working on her YouTube channel, Joyang TV, where she uploads life vlogs mixed with jolly and quick-witted jokes.


In pursuing the kind of content she makes in her social media accounts, Joyang shared that she has “Five Fs” as her sources of motivation - Family, Friends, Followers, Filipinos and Father Above. Her list of motivations also includes Filipino comedians that she looks up to, and many of her idols who inspire her to make content that turns ordinary things in life as sources of a good laugh.


Despite the positivity and light-heartedness of her videos, some people still find a reason to hate on her and her works. “I just ignore it”, she said, and explained that she just tries to be patient with them, and be more understanding of their opinions.


The Joy in Joyang


It’s easy to discredit content creators due to the notoriety attached to social media fame, and with many creators becoming more arrogant as they become more popular. Joyang on one hand, despite having thousands of fans, does not think the same way. “I really don't see myself as an influencer, I just see myself as an individual who's spreading good vibes through social media”.

Behind the fun and famous personality we see on our screens, is a person of great humility. In real life, the 27-year-old Banana Queen is just a daughter who helps in running their family business; the social media star is just an ordinary girl with an extraordinary creativity that shines through; and JoyangTv is just the young and witty Joyce Glorioso who continues to dream big while making sure we watch her videos with a smile on our faces.

Joyang ended the interview with this message for young aspiring content creators: “Focus on what they are doing, remind themselves to always be thankful to God for all the blessings, small or big. Follow their dreams and never give up. And lastly to be kind - the most essential thing in these trying times. For me even if you're not an educated person, if you have a kind heart and a pure soul, you can inspire every single person around you”.


By: Kim Argosino



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The Scene: Pipay Kipay And The Humor Of Subtle Shade

Saturday, September 26, 2020



The COVID-19 pandemic has put almost everything on pause. However, as we sink deeper to the quarantine period, a handful of promising and talented content creators are rising—not only to entertain—but to spread awareness as well.

With all the things happening in the country, having a content creator or an influencer who can speak our language is a breath of fresh air. Luckily, we can finally get to breathe that good air with Pipay Kipay!

19-year-old Civil Engineering student John Paul Joseph Santos, also known as Pipay Kipay, has gone viral numerous times on Twitter and have gained a huge amount of attention—all for good reason.

In his viral videos, Pipay Kipay hilariously features the different situations everyone faces during the n-month-long quarantine period. But what sets Pipay Kipay from the other content creators out there? His subtle political shades.

In this feature, Metroscene Mag is lucky to have the chance to talk to Pipay Kipay himself. Here's why Pipay can make the basic influencers run for their money:

Also Read: 6 Content Creators Redefining What It Means To Be An Influencer


Metroscene: Have you always wanted to become a content creator? 


Pipay: Yes of course! I looked up to many content creators na hindi lang nagpoproduce ng entertaining content but also truth. I’ve always wanted to do videos na alam kong may purpose at may patutunguhan. I also love editing my own videos, it makes me happy na alam ko yung nilabas kong content is pinag isipan at nalaanan ko ng puso. 


M: Where do you get ideas for your videos?


P: Usually from news, I don’t usually refer sa social media lalo na kung hindi verified yung source, ayokong magkalat ng fake news lalo na sa audience ko. Minsan sa mga ganap din sa buhay na alam kong maraming makakarelate ganern! 



M: What’s your motivation in pursuing this kind of content? Who are your inspirations?


P:
I’m a fan of quality contents na hindi mema. I like something po na may matututunan ako as well as my audience. I really look up as an inspiration po sila kuya Macoy Dubs, Dora Dorado, Davao Conyo, etc. gusto ko yung content na may kabuluhan na may konting shadyness xhnz! 

M: How did you find the courage to publicly show your opinions?


P:
Kung hindi pa ngayon, kailan? Now’s the right time, dapat na tayong marinig. Kung may say ka, say it, kung natatakot ka that’s the sign na alam mong may pinaglaban ka. Ako personally, natatakot, I’m too young for this, but no too young to voice out my side. 

M: Have you dealt with any hater in social media? How did you respond?


P:
Me personally, di ako masyadong palabasa ng comments. Comment section are way too dangerous and hurtful. If ever man na may nakita kong hate comment, ignore, I am also a viewer, not all contents are for everyone naman. 

M: What’s the message you want to tell young aspiring content creators?


P:
Use your platforms wisely, one day you’ll become a great influencer. Make your viewers remember you as a quality content creator, that used his/her platform as a voice and did something for the country and its people. And make them remember that you used the title “influencer” the way it should be used. Discipline yourself, you can’t influence others if you don’t start it within you. 


M: And lastly, your message to the youth especially in these trying times?


P:
Work hard. Don’t waste time. Time flies so fast, so make the most out of it and be productive. There’s no such thing that can hinder you from reaching your dreams. Lastly, follow safety protocols and be safe.


 
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6 Content Creators Redefining What It Means To Be An Influencer

Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Over the years, the online community has grown dramatically together with the influencer scene and the culture of content creation. The internet has become more crowded than ever, especially with the use of social media that has become a platform for everyone to showcase their talents and express opinions to a wider audience. 
 
However, truth be told, social media can be a drag and toxic when following the wrong influencer or content creator. With many popular personalities popping here and there, who are the best influencers you should be looking up to? 
 

Dora Dorado 

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Dora Dorado who is better known as @doracrybaby on Twitter and Tiktok became an instant internet celebrity with his videos tackling current political and social issues in the country. On his Youtube channel, Dora also sums up some of the most current and relevant issues is the country and gives his insights. His videos may be laced with political commentary, but Dora— with his witty antics and background in dancing— always delivers his message with facts and en pointe. Get it? 

  
You can follow Dora Dorado on his Twitter, Tiktok, and Instagram, and subscribe to his Youtube channel.


Macoy Dubs

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If you’ve been spending your time surfing the internet, you’ve probably seen Mark Averilla also known as Macoy Dubs, the content creator behind the woke and hilarious modern-day Filipina aunt, “Aunt Julie”.

In one of his most recent videos as “Aunt Julie,” Macoy reminded the public that voter registration for the upcoming 2022 election has resumed has already resumed this September. 

Also, last July 30, Macoy Dubs together with other social media influencers went to the Supreme Court to file the 21st petition asking to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

You can follow Macoy Dubs on Twitter, Facebook, Tiktok, and Instagram.


Yani Villarosa 

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The one and only Yani Villarosa or @yanihatesu to her followers has become quite a household name in the local Twitter scene through the years. Her relatable skits and funny antics have caused her to go viral numerous times, and we can't really blame the internet. Yani is indeed very funny, but what makes her stand out? At her young age, she already found her voice to raise awareness to certain causes. She is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and a strong supporter of @maykamaykaba and Save Our Schools Network's advocacy which is to spread awareness and provide welfare and safety to our Lumad brothers and sisters in Mindanao. 
 

You can check out Yani Villarosa on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.


AC Soriano

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AC Soriano’s tweets are everywhere and we are not complaining! The Twitter personality goes with the Twitter handle @itsacslife and avidly uses his platform to speak on certain issues in the country. His relatable and unapologetic opinions never missed a beat and were always accompanied by facts.

You can check out Ac Soriano on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.


Davao Conyo

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Phillip Hernandez, also known as Davao Conyo is the human form of Paxil, Prozac and Lexapro. His hilarious internet skit #IsangPlatitongHustisya is a breath of fresh!

But while his Tiktok videos and infamous dubbed videos have given everyone a lot of laughs on the internet, Davao Conyo has also been very vocal about certain social issues in the country. He is also a body-positivity advocate and shares his healthy journey on his social media.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Tiktok, Instagram, and Youtube.


Hershey Neri

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Hershey Neri’s videos are hilarious. Period! Her stories of surprising events— missing bathrooms and exposed genitals— will make you want to go out and experience life a little more. Aside from that, Hershey also uses her platform to encourage women to embrace their empowered self and be the person they are destined to be. She is also a mental health advocate and avidly uses her voice to speak towards current social issues.

You can catch Neri’s stories on her Twitter and Instagram.


 
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This Youtuber Makes Cooking Fun With Hilarious Kitchen Antics

Monday, June 8, 2020


If there’s one thing we all can agree on about being a Filipino, it’s that we are naturally funny with an appetite. We love to eat and laugh. But who would've thought food and humor would mix well? Luis Azcona and Sharlene Gumpal did.

Listening to Luis narrate his fiancรฉ, Sharlene’s cooking videos is undeniably a comical breakthrough. Puns and jokes in the entire videos were hidden in between ingredients presentation, clumsy errors, and the fun process. "Hello sa inyo, mga bata!" impersonations. Vanilla jokes. Strawberries na nakipagsapalaran sa Maynila. Nanay ng almond. These are just a few of "Luis Azcona Videos'' hidden gems.

The 32-year-old music and video producer with a natural sense of humor, paves his way to an original social media content. His videos are very much unique and pure that it makes one unconsciously smile at a cooking tutorial. And he's not even trying too hard.

In an exclusive interview with Metroscene Mag, Luis and Sharlene unveils how they find inspiration and motivation to create this one-of-a-kind content.

Kitchen stories



Just like his real-life heroes, Anthony Bourdain and Elon Musk, Luis is a visionary and prefers to live in the moment. It’s a strategy he calls “just having fun.” According to him, his motivation comes from the fun that goes along with the entire process of filming.

“My motivation is the fun that we experience during production, and interacting with our subscribers," he said.

Creating unique and valuable content is a multifaceted challenge, and for our dear Sharlene, it's a challenge accepted.

“Na-cha-challenge 'yung inner artist ko, how I will execute in a creative way especially the plating. I look up to Joshua Weissman, Adam Liaw and Marion’s Kitchen. Mel Thompson for makeup,” she shared.
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The imperfect recipe for perfection


One strength of their content is how they do not cut out the mistakes in cooking--in clumsy holding or filling, breaking eggs, or missing out an ingredient. It's an added ingredient to what makes it so natural. A testimony that says: one's flaws does not make one flawed. Otherwise, clean it up then grow from it.

“I think it's the fact that we don't hide the mistakes in the process. We are home cooks that make mistakes all the time and I think our viewers can resonate with that. Plus, I think the rhymes, the puns, the humour in the voice over instructions help too,” Luis answered as to what makes their content unique from others.

Aside from their online cooking shows, Luis first started uploading musical content, travel vlogs, and educational and witty videos like Tagalog-Bisaya Tutorials and Bokabularyo ni Yorme. Now, Sharlene's make-up tutorials made it to the ensemble still alongside Luis' funny remarks.



Dealing with the bad eggs


Although social media really gives everyone a platform to showcase their talents and creativity, it is also filled with bored trolls. Luckily, the couple is blessed with supportive and loving fans.

“Not really. There's maybe 1% of them. We're very lucky to have a nice, supportive community,” they answered when asked about handling online criticism.

A pinch of life lessons and a smidgen of wisdom


Just like in cooking, the couple have had their fair share of trial and error in terms of finding the right content that suits everyone's taste. The couple now has more than half a million followers on Facebook and almost eighty thousand subscribers on Youtube, and counting. The couple has proved that the secret to achieving success in one's life is doing what you love and loving what you do.

“Create what makes sense to you. If you're on a beach and you got a surfboard, make a surfing video. Obsessed with gardening? Gardening channel. And so on. That way, you will never fail, because if no one watches it, at least you had fun. Most of the time, fans can sense if the creator is having fun and that kind of appeal converts to shares and views.”

If you're reading this, know one thing or two: you love food or you just love watching videos in general. If that's the case, Luis and Sharelene's channel might just be the perfect thing for you!

The couple uploads their videos every week on  Facebook and Youtube.

Text by: Kyle Cadavez & Mark Baccay



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