After just a few months, The Listening Room came back to another special venue: the Cebu City Public Library, which was in partnership with Youth for a Livable Cebu as part of their #BeyondBooks project. Along with homegrown artists, we also had Cebuano writers as guests as well in celebration of National Book Week.
Haps Homemade Goodies gave everyone a treat while waiting for the show to start. They use 100% natural, fresh ingredients, and their stuff is TDF! They look good in photos, but they taste better in real life!
Our merch was also on full display at special prices.
J Russ opened the show, and like other performances, his heart was on his sleeve. He set the tone as he shared his somber and poignant songs, while the audience, fully captivated, listened.
The Wonggoys debuted their new Bisaya song – a first for them – emphasizing how chill they are as a band and as brothers. We can always count on these boys to remind us to stay calm and relaxed despite life’s hurdles.
Bisaya short story and flash fiction writer R Joseph Dazo shook things up as he read excerpts from the Libulan Binisaya Anthology of Queer Literature. The audience whispered to each other and to themselves while he uttered bold and honest poetry.
It’s always a pleasure having Loop at our shows as they strip down their songs to put focus on the stories behind them. The result is dreamy and bittersweet, just the way the listeners like it.
Writing wanderlust Johanna Michelle Lim was very generous in sharing an excerpt from her upcoming book, What Distance Tells Us: Travel Essays About the Philippines, a collection of 12 essays from the different parts of the Philippines, and one essay about distance, which she read to the audience.
Capping off the show was the boys from Bethany, who were equally generous in telling the what, how, and why of each song, making their performance even more intimate.
Big thanks to everyone for respecting the #shhhhpolicy and genuinely listening; and to Youth for a Livable Cebu and the Cebu City Public Library for helping us make this possible! Here’s to more celebrations of homegrown music, literature, and culture!
Photos by Vanessa Leuterio
Authored by Micah Alamazan