What’s ahead? The year that was, the year that’s to come

IN JUST a few hours, we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome the New Year. Although this year provided us a lot of memories to look fondly on, there’s nothing like the promise of a new beginning where we can map out our goals and make our dreams a reality. In this article, some of the city’s locals share their insight on what they’re looking forward to this 2019.

“I am looking forward to finally setting up my little studio home, finishing my Master’s Degree from the University of San Tomas (with Latin honors? crossing fingers), learning to cook real food, completing my book, creating more design magic with my team, saving money (no more month-long backpacking trips) and just being a better person.” - Carla Marie Adlawan | Instructor / Master of Storytelling

“I look forward to exploring more possibilities in the digital art and sound experimentation scenes. I intend to break more barriers and defy more conventions. 2019 will be an artistic anarchy in the making!” - PJ Ong (a.k.a. Inodoro™) | Creative Director / Graphic Artist

“2018 has been an exciting year, personally and professionally. For 2019, I’m looking forward to more business expansion opportunities for Topline Group of Companies. For the last few months, we have been setting our roadmap for the upcoming year, and I’m excited to have our plans come into fruition. Our goal is to create businesses with purpose, and 2019 will be a great year to make that happen. Personally, I’m hoping for good health and more travel opportunities.” - Eugene Erik Lim | Businessman / President

“What I’m looking forward to in 2019? More adventures. Hopefully more travels, since I am teaching now; more people to meet and more friends to make. I will also make a better version of myself.” - Jo Anne Rivera | Dentist

“2019 will be a busy year with so many things planned both in my personal and professional life. I’m excited for more travels and discoveries with my kids, especially now that they’re easier to travel with. I also look forward to doing both Quest’s and Crimson’s major corporate social responsibility activities, and 2019 will be a defining year as our activities get bigger for the hotel’s respective causes; a challenge that’s very fulfilling once accomplished, as we’ll bring more scholars to school and provide additional funds for adaptive sports.” - Mia Sy | Hotelier

“I honestly look forward to pretty much the same things every year just like experiencing new things, meeting new people, strengthening relationships with loved ones, and the like. But 2018 was quite different for me. Different in a good way. One of the highlights was being able to win the Binibining Cebu Charity 2018 title. This opened so much opportunities for me and at the same time, gave me a new sense of purpose. For 2019, I look forward to giving back in my own ways through the help of the Binibining Cebu Platform, to furthering my personal advocacies, to dreaming new dreams and to achieving greater heights.” - Tracy Maureen Perez | Industrial Engineer/ Beauty Queen/ Model / Event Host

“2018 was an awesome year, but I am really excited and optimistic for what 2019 has to offer! This year was filled with blessings and challenges (which were still blessings in disguise); all of which, I am grateful for and exactly what I want more of. I am blessed by my family, my friends, my peers and my peers who have become friends. I am blessed to have amazing people who support and inspire me, and truly understand the gift of loving. Here’s my list of more things that I want in 2019: to explore, discover, believe, dream big and work hard. There is no greater guarantee of a long, happy, healthy and prosperous life than for you to be continually working on being, having and achieving more and more of the things you really want.” - Arnel V. Aparis | Marketing Communications Consultant (Contributed photos)


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