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In pursuit of happiness

Before meeting Filipino philanthropy advisor Jenny Santi, I had no clue what her career was all about. So her job description is helping people help other people? Well, yes, in its simplest explanation—but like any other career, there’s more to it than just the title. Founder and director of philanthropy consultancy firm Saint & Partners, Jenny is now based in New York City.  Born and raised here in Manila, she was exposed early to the realities of life. She recalls that back when she was still a student, she had seen what was life like for the underprivileged. “Those days going to school, I would be in the back of the car and I’d see beggars in the street. Just a day-to-day experience, and some of us have become desensitized by that …

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8 mindblowing things about Honor Thy Father

Some films reach you on an entertainment level. And then there’s the odd cult phenomenon that sears straight into the cultural subconscious, both maverick and strange, spread by contagious enthusiasm, rescued from oblivion and brought into veneration. Here, to further fan the flames of fandom, trivia about this year’s unofficial Best Picture (according to rabin fans, please.) 1. The film was originally meant to be entered in Cannes, but didn’t make the cut. According to Mich Yamamoto, Erik Matti’s co-screenwriter, the film was meant as a follow up to the Piolo Pascual-starrer On the Job, but it didn’t get in. “They didn’t get the religious fanaticism, so I guess the movie was cultural.” They tried the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) next, but Honor Thy Father  (HTF) also didn’t get in, only …

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New lessons

A picture may be worth a thousand words but words can reveal a whole new world of images. Discover how to handle writer's block, and how to find inspiration from Filipina poet and two-time Palanca Award-winner Conchitina Cruz as she holds a Basic Creative Writing workshop at the Ayala Museum. Workshop dates are on Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, and 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 02 759 8288 local 25, villaflores.md@ayalafoundation.org, www.ayalamuseum.org

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A world of art

Get the #feedgoals you’ve always wanted by posting the artistic world around you, making more people see the art that you see and appreciate it more. These posts might even get you a chance to win P450, 000 in #ArtLotto, an advocacy by Publicis Jimenez Basic (PJB), E. Zobel Foundation, and 4As Creative Guild of the Philippines. The competition aims to raise consciousness and appreciation for Filipino art and make minds richer. “It’s in underpass tunnels, along highways, in coffee shops and restaurants, in offices, in schools, on streets — practically everywhere. Through #ArtLotto and in collaboration with artists, we hope to make more Filipinos pay more attention to all the art around. It’s an attempt to democratize art, to make it more inclusive instead of exclusive, and ultimately make people …

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Home sweet Metro Manila condo

Heavy traffic is said to be a sign of progress, signaling that our beloved Metro is rushing forward so rapidly that people are returning to city center to maintain sanity. Peons make do with bedspace. My friend JV bought three old houses in Makati’s Barangay Pio del Pilar and renovated them into dorms. Occupancy is always 100 percent. They’re within walking distance to the CBD so dorm-ers save on transpo. More important, they can stay up late gimmicking and still arrive at work bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the morning after. People higher on the totem pole rent or buy studios. Instead of daily struggles to get to Bulacan, Cavite, or Laguna, they stay put on weekdays and head home only on Fridays.  Sometimes their families come over for weekend malling. With matters getting …

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This is Dan

Designer and illustrator Dan Matutina winces at being called an artist. His “artistic” foray—he’s co-directed commercials, designed short films, made maps, created black hole lamps and installations, he’s even designed food—he chalks up to his knack for trying out new things. His promising and prolific career as a graphic designer—he co-founded Plus63 Design Co., was awarded the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award in 2013, has worked with clients like Coca-Cola, Nike, Havaianas, Pinterest, Airbnb, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired; was named one of the ambassadors of Microsoft Windows 10—he ascribes to hard work, strategic collaborations, and taking risks. “My works are all art-based but they’re not necessarily art,” Dan says. “I have high regard for artists. When you see art, you know it’s art, no matter the …

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This year in pop history

#PleaseRih-leaseAnti What is the truth, Robyn Fenty? Will Anti ever come out? At this point, people will accept struggle vocals on a belated remix of any of your songs from Music of the Sun. You know, it’s been 10 years since that album (Happy 10th anniversary!) and fans all over the world want to celebrate, but you are making it very hard when all you do is everything except release an album (you released a line of feather-trimmed socks!). For most of 2015, you seemed like a professional wearer of clothes, regaling with us many pretty-only-on-you looks like the scrambled eggs dress from the Met Gala. And then there were the last few months of last year: The AntiDiary Experience was a confusing mobile phone promotion and rumored release dates, including …

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