Friday, February 25, 2022

Coco Martin Supports New Partylist Advocating for Livelihood and the Transport Sector


Coco Martin, famously known as Cardo Dalisay on-screen, is making rounds all over as he debuts his endorsement not of the partylist with the same name as his show, but of a new party-list – AP Partylist #AkoyPilipino on Friday, February 25. 


“Anuman ang hirap na ating pinagdadaanan, may kakampi na tayo…” Martin introduced his new party-list group with first nominee Rep. Ronnie Ong in-action in the background in the partylist’s video now circulating online. He continues, “Ang AP Partylist ang tutulong magbigay ng trabaho at kabuhayan sa mga manggagawang Pilipino.”


Rep. Ronnie Ong is Coco Martin’s long-time friend and is nicknamed by PeopleAsia as the “frontliner Congressman.” Ong is known for his various out-of-the-box COVID-19 Bayanihan projects since the first lockdown, such as his #LibrengSakay program for healthworkers, #LibrengGulay program for community kitchens, #LibrengTablets and E-skwela Hub e-learning centers for students and teachers. 


Before the pandemic, Ong also supported senior citizens looking for employment through his Tulong Pangkabuhayan program, deploying various able-bodied and willing-to-work seniors at airports, public universities and government agencies. During the pandemic, he also helped out-of-work transport workers such as UV Express or FX drivers by employing them as #LibrengSakay drivers, as well as some laid-off ABS-CBN employees who found alternative work as contact tracers.


More than just Coco Martin, the all-star cast of Ang Probinsyano forming the famed “Task Force Agila,” has also expressed their support for AP Partylist on their social media pages, sharing the various advocacies of AP Partylist closest to them. “Mula po noong umpisa nakasama na namin si Cong. Ronnie, at kita namin na nagtrabaho talaga siya, naglingkod talaga siya. Kaya ngayon, ang #164 AP Partylist na kasama siya ang sinusuportahan na namin. Sana po ay suportahan niyo rin,” Coco Martin said. 


Aside from the endorsement video, AP Partylist also collaborated with OPM artists Bassilyo, Sisa and Smugglaz with their “Ako’y Pilipino,” anthem that sings of the pride, perseverance, and hardwork of Filipinos. They sing, “Ikaw ay magtiwala, magtiwalang may magagawa. Ito na ang panahon, ang tamang pagkakataon, sa bawat daing mo’y magtutugon. Ako’y Pilipinong lumalaban, tumatapang, lalo kung nasusugatan, anumang pagsubok ang daanan, haharapin nang may kagitingan. Itaas mo ang noo, isigaw mo sa buong mundo, ako’y Pilipino.” Both videos are available on Youtube and on AP Party-list’s official social media pages. 


Coco Martin calls on the audience to join him on his new journey with his new partylist, “Dito na tayo sa biyaheng aasenso ang lahat ng Pilipino… AP Partylist #AkoyPilipino, number 164 sa balota.” 


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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

DIY Chinese New Year Headpiece and Costume Ideas for 2022

Celebrations are defined as a gathering of family and friends in one location, influenced by tradition. As Asians, we are proud of and grateful to our Chinese friends who are celebrating Chinese New Year in the Year of the Water-Tiger, 2022. 

Tradition significantly influences Chinese New Year celebrations, and the Spring Festival, to give Chinese New Year its proper name, is the most important festival of the year, with family and friends gathering to honor their ancestors with prayer and a feast.

The festival lasts for 15 days and takes place in the first or second month of the Lunar calendar. 

There are many customs associated with the festival, including a complete house and instructions on how to use the Feng Shui concept. Some Western traditions that are nearly the same during the Chinese New Year celebration include staying up late till the New Year arrives, opening doors and windows to let the spirit bad luck in, and welcoming the new ones in.

The Chinese New Year is recognized for its vibrant colors, incredible music, celebratory parades, loud and strong fireworks displays, and a delectable and spectacular assortment of delicacies and tasty meals.

Of course, now is the time to dress up in your favorite Chinese New Year traditional costume to have a more enjoyable experience; after all, this is a two-week festival, so there will be plenty of time to indulge in those brightly colored skirts and headpieces.

People wear unique clothes during the New Year season, which is usually brand fresh to represent the "new chapter." Traditional costumes are composed of silks and feature intricate embroidery. Loose tunics of various lengths are popular, and they're often worn with loose pants and a puffy vest.

"Pien-fu," a two-piece ritualistic costume consisting of a tunic top that hangs to the knees and ankle-length skirts or pants, is one of the three variations of this Chinese costume style. The "ch'ang p'ao," a one-piece ankle-length tunic dress that has been modernized with a highly attractive, body-hugging design, is another style. The "shenyi," a two-piece top and bottom suit sewed together in one piece, is the ultimate variant on Chinese New Year outfits.

Embroidered slippers, a rickshaw-type hat, or a fitted-cap style hat with a pigtail coming out the back can all be added to your Chinese costume as accessories. Red underwear is another option for your Chinese New Year outfit. Red is thought to be able to ward off evil spirits and bad luck, and everyone in modern China wears red underwear to symbolize this belief. 

For the 2022 Chinese New Year, I was invited by a PR firm to join an online Thanksgiving Chinese New Year Party; there was a message suggesting we could wear a Chinese costume, so I opted to come up with my own using the materials and clothing I already had at home. My daughter assisted me in making a headpiece for me to wear. See the TikTok video below to see what materials she used and how she put them together to create a festive and one-of-a-kind Chinese-inspired headdress. 

@bitsenpieces #DYI Chinese inspired headdress and costume won grand prize yesterday! 

For the robe, fortunately, I have a silk floral robe that my mother gave me, and because the event is virtual, only the upper portion of the robe will be visible in the camera. For me, it was ideal as a Chinese-themed costume. I also made a necklace out of an old red ribbon lace. Two small pineapple trinkets were also added from the Chinese decor, which provided the majority of the items we used. 

 And I won the grand prize for my DIY Chinese-inspired costume and headdress! 

Thank you for hosting the virtual party, Comm&Sense/Roar Agile Communicators; I had a blast!