PLDT lauds ‘unbreakable spirit’ of PH enterprises amid challenging times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented immense challenges to industries around the world. With mobility restrictions in place, business owners had to rethink their operations and adjust to navigate the uncertainties in the new normal. Although some companies were able to adapt and seamlessly shift to the new norm, the process was not easy with many struggling with financial losses and temporary business closures. A survey from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released September last year reported that the Philippine economy experienced the worst impacts of the pandemic. The Philippines logged the highest number of business closures and layoffs among its peers in Southeast Asia. Despite that, Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP and Head of PLDT & Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups, said that resilience is one of the core values that helped businesses conquer the challenges of the pandemic. This ‘unbreakable spirit’ of enterprises allowed them to embr

Collaboratory Live: Of Poems and Music

Spoken words have been a flourishing performing art in the Manila art scene for the recent years. Different groups and collectives were already established performing pieces that transforms poems into a moving art- both physically and emotionally. A spring of new collaboration that does not only features different spoken word artists but also features performances with budding musicians. Collaboratory.PH recently held their live performance entitled Collaboratory Live at Gift Avenue Café in Quezon City last November 11, 2017.
Filled with words and music, Collaboratory Live is a performance event conceived by Collaboratory.PH which features spoken word artist and musicians that are actively contribute to this art scene. The event also features an open mic for the audience who wants to share their poems, music and would like to have a piece of the stage for a night. Moreover, outstanding original work performances from the collaboration members were witnessed. Uniquely, Collaboratory Live introduced several performances that were done and featured collaborations with solo musicians hailed from different collectives and area. These poems and performances does not only tackle the usual themes such as unrequited love or pain of being broken-hearted, moreover, it opens and spread ideas of inclusive love, grief from a loss, respect on individuality and as far as love for freedom.
The successful event was well attended by enthusiast, several bloggers and supporters. Performances from the collaborator mainstays Maimai Cantillano, Jerome Cleofas, Mark Dimaisip, Sofia Dara Medina, Leandro Reyes, Ian Christopher Sudiacal Reinne Villasanta and collaboration with their guests Siege Brazil, Meivelyn Caliboso, Nuna M. Esguerra, Nelle Fernandez,Mark Ghosn and Keene JV Agaton Leonor were all applauded.  
A rerun of Collaboratory Live will be held this coming December 2, 2017 at Gift Avenue Café in Quezon City.

Text and Photos by Ariane Dave Farnazo.

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