Coming from a family of artists, I have always been interested in the different forms of art. My grandparents on both sides were part of different worlds of arts. My dad’s parents were known to be one of the biggest movie love teams back in the 50’s while my mom’s mother was a creative director at JWT, one of the biggest advertising agencies in Manila, during her time. Later on, my mom Pia became a stunning commercial model in the 70’s and is now very good in creative marketing while my father, the late FrancisM, started hip-hop in the Philippines and rightfully earned the title of “The King of Rap.” He was always known as “The Man from Manila” because of his great and undying love for his country which we, his 8 children, inherited from him. Like him, we all love the Philippines immensely and we couldn’t be prouder to be Filipino because of the rich culture and magnificent places our country boasts of.
This love for the arts that my grandparents and parents once possessed trickled onto us, the third generation Magalonas — my sister Saab took Creative Writing in school and is now one of the top bloggers in Manila today and also has her very own band called “Cheats,” my brother Elmo is a budding television and film actor who is already doing so well at the young age of 20 and another brother of mine, Frank, is so musically-inclined that he makes his own music, writes his own songs and produces them all by himself with a college degree in painting at the biggest fine arts school in Manila to boot. As for me? I am an actress/TV host/model who loves to listen and sing-along to music, watch TV shows and movies and travel to different parts of the world to be able to see and appreciate all sorts of cultural experiences. As much as I love the Philippines, one of my biggest dreams is to travel the world and see what else is out there. So far, I’ve only been to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and Hawaii, all of which I enjoyed very much. Now, I am just itching to visit more places around the globe because I’ve already grown to love travelling so much! One of my dream destinations, which I plan to go to next year, is the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps and the city where Lady Liberty gloriously stands — New York. *fingers crossed*
Ahh, New York! I’ve seen this place in all those TV shows and movies that I love to watch and I’ve already heard about it in the songs of some of my favorite musicians. How can I not be so intrigued by this fascinating and diverse place? I’ve always wanted to go to New York because of all the amazing things I’ve heard about it! I’ve always wondered, if I were to catch a plane to NYC, would I be able to fit in? Would I enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed all the other places I’ve been to? Would I actually fall in love with New York? The answer, I think, would definitely be a big YES. And it just makes me so excited the more I think about how much fun I imagine my first (because I’m so sure that it won’t be the last) trip to New York would be! Why am I so sure that I’m gonna enjoy being in NYC, you ask? Let me tell you why.
First off, some of my favorite TV shows are all set in New York — Sex and The City, Gossip Girl, The Mindy Project, Girls and FRIENDS. Because of these shows, I fell in love with New York and somehow, I’ve always felt like I’ve already been there. Believe it or not, I am the BIGGEST Friends fan in the whole world. Ask me anything about the show and its characters and I will be ale to answer all your questions. Quiz me on Friends and you will be schooled. Believe me. I love the whole cast and I can’t wait to go to NYC just so that I can take the Friends tour!
Secondly, I absolutely love to eat and when I travel, I make sure to try all different kinds of food in all the new places I visit. I’m sure that when I go to New York, I’ll be able to find all sorts of delicious food at sumptuous restaurants but what I’m most excited about is the street food! In Manila, some of my favorite can be found on the street. Yup — I am a street food addict. I love isaw, fish balls, kwek-kwek, chicharon bituka and dirty ice cream. What I can’t wait to experience in New York are their hot dog stands and food trucks! I love getting bits and pieces of all sorts of food so that I can try many things at once.
Third, being an artist myself, I don’t just enjoy TV shows and movies, I also love watching musicals and plays. When Wicked came to Manila, I was lucky enough to watch it and boy, was I just blown away! I have so much respect for theater actors who can act, sing and dance on stage at the same time. It definitely doesn’t look easy but they make it look like it is! Watching plays makes me become even more passionate about my work because I get inspired by theator actors and their love for their craft so much which is why I am definitely looking forward to watching shows on Broadway. One more thing I enjoy is listening to music because like I’ve said, I appreciate all forms of art and I truly believe that music is one of them. My favorite genre is hip-hop and RnB and some of my favorite rappers are actually from New York which is another reason why I love this city even more! Ja Rule, Charles Hamilton, Nas, the late and great Notorious BIG and of course, Jay-Z who produced the song, “Empire State of Mind” which sort of became New York’s modern day anthem. Although I also appreciate west coast rap music for other reasons, I just love how east coast rappers made their style dapper while making their music sound smooth. (Just a little bit of trivia: My dad, the King of Philippine Hip-Hop was greatly influenced by New York rappers Kurtis Blow, Notorious BIG and LL Cool J.)
Last but definitely not the least, the reason why I know I will fall in love with New York is because of the fact that I am a hopeless romantic. I am a sucker for romance and I can only imagine what it would be like to go on a date in a city as beautiful and captivating as New York. Since I’ve already seen romantic films set in NYC, I somehow already have an idea. Some of my favorites are Wicker Park, Begin Again, The Great Gatsby, Sleepless in Seattle and Serendipity — I can’t wait to try the hot chocolate they serve at the Serendipity 3, the cafe where John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale went on a date. Oh, it would be absolutely incredible to hold someone’s hand while walking at Central Park, whether it be winter or fall — any season in New York would probably be just as wonderful as the next. From what I’ve heard, New York is a city that promotes love and even started the “I <3 NY" campaign in the 70's. I can't wait to get all dolled up for a romantic evening in New York! I'd wear one of my prettiest dresses, put on my dancing shoes and of course, splash on some of my favorite perfume because, well, wearing perfume for me is like putting on underwear. I'd feel naked without it! And if I ever take a trip to New York, I know exactly which of my perfumes to bring — My DKNY MYNY perfume! It's just the perfect scent for New York! Every time I spray it on, I just feel so vibrant, renewed and energetic! And I know that if I put on just the right amount, my date will want to be near me the entire time. Hahaha!
For all these reasons and so much more, I just can't wait to hop on a plane and fly to one of the most marvelous cities in the world! Somehow, I feel like I was meant to go to New York. Just like the city that never sleeps, I live a fast-paced life, I enjoy eating out on the streets and I love LOVE! New York just might be the perfect city for me. Let's wait and see!
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