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Gearing up for Christmas!

I’m excited that Christmas is just around the corner!

Christmas is a wonderful time to spread the love and cheer, and it’s also a great opportunity to create memories with loved ones. Today, I’m blogging about what our family has done in the past so you can get some ideas.

Every Christmas Eve, our Claudio clan comes together to celebrate. We exchange gifts and eat lots of food, like most families. Two Christmases ago, we decided to add something extra and share what we were most grateful for in the past year. In a clan of 30+ people, it helped us to get to know a little something more about each other and in the process, thank God for all the blessings He has showered on our family.

Last Christmas, we had extra time to spare, so I got an idea to do something fun. I recruited my art teacher friend Linny to help me make some plain top hats out of black cartolina (known in other countries as cardstock or construction paper), then I emailed our relatives to tell them to bring art materials and other props that could be glued. All we needed to prepare were some glue guns and we were ready!

When they arrived, each person picked a top hat (the men got the taller ones), and we challenged them to come up with a creative hat using any of the materials that were available. I was blown away by how creative everyone was!

Here are some photos from that night:

We made mini top hats for the kids

Even the adults were into it!

My nephew made his own hat

Talk about effective use of props!

More of the finished products:

This was the winning hat:

The kooky Claudio clan:

You’re welcome to try this out with your family this Christmas!

Meanwhile, we’re still figuring out what to do this year. Got any ideas to share? :)

Tribute to MTV Philippines

The Super! section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer made a tribute to MTV Philippines, and they asked some of us to write about our memories.

It was one of my toughest assignments ever…there was too much to say! I was still in Boracay with my family when I got the messages from Tammy David and Pam Pastor of Super! so I had to work within the 30 minute computer access I had in the airport to whip up whatever I could. It was so rough, I had to ask Pam to edit me, haha! Thank you very much to Pam Pastor and the staff of Super! for making this tribute and asking us to be a part of it. You can read the whole thing–with awesome pieces by iconic VJs Sarah Meier-Albano and KC Montero, and superwoman Georgette Tengco + quotes from industry people and of course, a tribute to our favorite cameraman and MTV superhero, Tengie Daguio–in today’s paper. What follows below is the rough, uncut, and untitled piece that I wrote, plus the other photos that didn’t make it (there was just too much to squeeze in!):

In the Philippines, MTV has gone through several chapters—it’s almost impossible to keep track. There’s so much to say about working at MTV, that I  believe that anyone given the task to write about it would have a tough time knowing  where to start. From the first day that I entered their Fort office during my job interview, I felt like I had entered a different world. And in many ways, it was.

People think that MTV was all about entertainment, partying, and having fun, but for most of us, it was hard work. We spent long hours in the office and we spent weekends working on out-of-town shoots, concerts, and events, all in the name of giving the audience something to remember. And as fun as it all was, we joked that a lot of blood, sweat, and tears were poured out. We did a lot of crazy things and went beyond the call of duty several times just to have the show go on. One event that comes to mind is a concert in Cebu where KC Montero had to host, do the voice-over, act as a bouncer, and be a water boy all at the same time. Yes, we’re talking about one of the best VJs of all-time, but those were desperate times. But thankfully at MTV, we were more than just a company. We were family.

I worked in MTV Philippines from 2004 to 2006 as Communications and Press Executive and returned in 2007 to 2008 as Head of Artist and Media Relations. While it felt like I was there for much longer time than that, in reality, I was really just a speck in the history of MTV Philippines. Many people have been part of the legacy: from VJs to employees, crew members and freelancers, working at MTV was more than just a job for all of us—it was a time in our lives when we were part of something larger than life. (The continuation + photos after the jump!)

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