Sezairi dominates streaming charts in Asia with global hit “It’s You”

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After going viral on TikTok and subsequently charting on Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart where it peaked at No. 17, Singapore-based singer-songwriter Sezairi is currently on the rise with the recent success of his single “ It’s You .” A rousing ballad that showcases the journey of putting one’s fears to rest when it comes to loving someone, “It’s You” is part of Sezairi’s recently released EP, Undertones . “I had a lot of things in mind when writing this song but I guess the underlying theme is love,” the chart-topping artist opens up about the inspiration behind the track. “It’s like going on this crazy journey just searching for ‘the one’ and then having a sudden realization, and disbelief even, that you already know who you were looking for and that they were always there and will always be there for you no matter what. It’s also a sort of ode, a thank you to that special someone in your life.” The song is steadily climbing on Spotify Philippines’ Top 100 charts, ranking at No.

2018 Thirteen Artists Awardees Revealed.

The 13 Artists. Zeus Bascon, Cian Dayrit, Janos Dela Cruz, Carlo Gabuco, Dina Gadia, Guerrero Habulan, Doktor Karayom, Raffy Napay, Archie Oclos, Shireen Seno, Lynyrd Paras. (Not In Photo: Bea Camacho and Eisa Jocson.)
 It is an ominous and omen-like numeric title that popular superstition would probably avoid, but it has proven to be stronger than its own ghosts as the Cultural Center of the Philippines revealed 13 Artists Awards for 2018. Now on its 17th year of conferment, Thirteen Artists Awards (TAA) it means as it sounds, has given special recognition and citation in the field of contemporary visual art to 185 artists since the program started in 1970.
The 2018 Thirteen Artists awardees are Zeus Bascon, Bea Camacho, Cian Dayrit, Janos DelaCruz, Carlo Gabuco, Dina Gadia, Guerrero Habulan, Eisa Jocson, Doktor Karayom, Raffy Napay, Archie Oclos, Lynyrd Paras and Shireen Seno. They were officially named at the press conference held at Museo Ng Kalinangan Pilipino Hall on 14 March 2018 at 12 noon. Chris Millado (CCP Vice President and Artistic Director) made a welcoming remark, Irene Rada (Corporate Communication Division Chief) made a rousing introduction, Rica Estrada (OIC, Visual Arts and Music Division) made an introduction about the awards and the jurors and Noel Cuizon (2018 TAA Juror and previous awardee) made the announcement of awardees.
Winners will receive a cash grant to defray cost of materials for producing new work for a group exhibition at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery). The exhibit opening on 18 October 2018 will be highlighted with the formal recognition of winners. This year’s exhibition will be curated by Ronald Achacoso and the trophy will be designed by Eric Zamuco, both TAA awardees (2000 and 2003, respectively).

For more information, contact the Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at landlines (632) 8321125 local 1504/1505, or (632) 8323702, mobile (0920) 4700690, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

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