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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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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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These 7 Indoor Activities Will Help You Get Over Quarantine Blues In a Breeze

Thursday, September 17, 2020


Hey! Don't cut your hair just yet. 

Dealing with the boredom that comes along with the COVID-19 lockdown is really tough. Things might not go back to normal sooner, and the uncertainty of it is causing frustrations to some of us.

Luckily, we have a few tips on how to stop yourself from going bonkers in this alternate reality we all found ourselves waking up to.

So relax. And please leave your hair alone!

Learn To Cook

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This time,try to be one with the gourmet universe and instead of just grabbing a fork, pick up that elusive chef’s knife and start chopping things up. Be a kitchen frontliner rather than a culinary spectator. The upside of cooking far outweighs the actual joy of eating anyway. Or so they say. Use whatever’s left of your pantry and whip up easy quarantine dishes for fun. Heck, do it to survive.

Start Selling Online

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There’s always a willing buyer out there! Quite literally. Facebook marketplace has a diverse market for selling just about anything. From antiques, to old toys, vintage watches, paintings and even real estate!  Instead of watching your savings go down the drain, why not be an entrepreneur and sell a few things lying around your house. Better turn the situation into something profitable!

Learn New Things

Maybe you can try learning one Michael Jackson Choreography or whatever. Just use your spare time to learn something new.  Practicing and looking like a total fool will not be a big deal, everybody’s locked up inside their homes!

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Real estate sales in the Philippines is still business as usual. Surprisingly, the current situation induced a surge in sales as clients found themselves having more time now to actually reassess and reconsider their finances. One of the nation’s top real estate companies, Ayala Land Inc. has shifted their operations online amidst the current pandemic. This situation gives clients the chance to diversify their portfolios, take advantage of current deals and promotions!

Help The Country By Donating 

Nothing more pleasurably helping your fellowmen. This pandemic has taken it's toll in all of us and some of us are extremely suffering. So, if you’re one of those lucky "Ones" to have enough means to survive, why not take the load off our frontliners a bit and start donating?

There are a ton of ways where you could send help. Different donation drives are out there ready to receive any kind of support that you may want to volunteer. When this is all over, you’ll be so much more fulfilled knowing that your time wasn't wasted doing nothing.

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Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine

Saturday, September 12, 2020

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The fears that surround the COVID-19 pandemic can take an emotional toll, especially if you're already living with an anxiety disorder. For many people, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle, causing panic that leads to breathing difficulties. 

In a clinical setting, psychologists use exercise, medicine, and different kinds of therapy to treat anxiety. But if you do not have the means to connect with your (or have one in the first place) psychologist, it’s okay. There are still a lot of things you can do to ease your anxiety through this trying times.

Indulge yourself in reading 

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You may say, I know that already or I have done that already, and it doesn't help. Reading books should be enjoyed in a quite well-ventilated area in your house. Immersing yourself in the story helps you to relax and have an engaging experience with the story. Pick a book that is interesting to you, read something happy, or sparks joy in you.

Unleash the artist in you

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 Create 'do it yourself' projects; some people enjoy it; they find it entertaining and relaxing. The feeling of satisfaction when you finished the project, it gives you joy. While doing the project, your mind will be directed away from those thoughts that worry you and will be now focused on the thing you are doing. You can start small, like DIY bracelets, or make teddy bears from old socks and clothes. It's up to you!

Find time to meditate 

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 You may hate exercises and moving a lot, but yoga is proven to not only strengthen your bones, but it also helps the mind and body to relax. When doing yoga, find a quiet place in your house, or if you like, you can play soothing music. Then don't forget to breathe in and breathe out. This will calm your nerves.

Tell your stories 

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Letting it out is better than keeping it in. Talk to your friends on the phone; you can video call or message them as well. Talking about things that make you feel anxious can help ease your troubles. Just pick a friend that you can trust and not a negative person. She/He can console you and listen to everything that you have to say. But it's better if you have your therapist's phone number that you can call, if not settle with friends. 

Play with your pets 

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If you have a dog, cat, fish, or bird. Whatever you have at home that you call a pet, you should play with them, spend some time grooming them. It will take your mind off the situation. 

Be one with nature

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If you don't have plants, try planting some, it will take a while for it to grow, but you are in quarantine, so you'll have a daily task to water and tend to your garden. If you already have plants, try watering them and remove their dried leaves. Admire their beauty, admire their flowers and leaves. 

Remember, while doing these things, breathe in and breathe out. Relax, ease your mind, don't think about it. Take your time to calm down. Laugh, cry, and it's okay. Just remember that there are therapists online that you can contact if you can't handle it anymore. Reach out, and it's better than to keep it all to yourself. 

Some of these tips may not be helpful to those who are experiencing full-blown anxiety attacks, but you can prevent them from happening by breathing exercises and soothing the person. 

Text by Zelina Ramos

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LGBTQ+ lost a safe place as Today x Future announces closure

Thursday, June 18, 2020

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It’s a sad day for the LGBTQ+ community as Cubao’s famous bar, Today x Future announced its closure.

For almost 12 years, the bar has become safe place very dear to every people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual orientations and gender identities.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, the bar shared their gratitude for the community, “Thank you to all our promoters, our performers, our tireless staff and all our regulars, old and new. You have made our tiny abode the warmest, most nurturing nursery it can be.”

Read Today x Future’s full statement below:

Today x Future is closing.
After long days and nights of deliberation, wrestling options and way too much alcohol to cushion the emotion, we are left with the decision to say farewell.
We would have turned 12 years old but alas, the uncertainty has made it incredibly difficult. However, this isn’t a statement about sorrow and regrets and wishing things would have been different. This is a love letter—a love letter to all of you who have kept our Future shining bright for over a decade.
We don’t know what the future holds but we hold on to all the unforgettable memories. We’ll always remember them fondly, from the loud, endless singalongs and sardinas sayawan to the quiet moments when we realise how much we all mean to each other.
Thank you to all our promoters, our performers, our tireless staff and all our regulars, old and new. You have made our tiny abode the warmest, most nurturing nursery it can be.
As we close another chapter, we keep one open. Futur:st, our baby sibling in Poblacion will remain open as long as we can keep it that way. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing plans to welcome you back there in another shape and form, and we hope you can continue to support us and make it your second home.
We may not be able to throw Today x Future the closing party it truly deserved but we are throwing one last hurrah on June 27, with our online Pride celebration. More details to be announced in the coming days!
What is coming is better than what is gone? Who knows? Perhaps we’ll see you again in the near future ❤
We love you. We thank you. We will miss you.

As the nightclub closed its curtains, avid goers took to social media to share how Today x Future has become part of their lives.

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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 fiancΓ©, 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.

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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