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3 Cebuano Artists You Should Stan

There is no shortage of genius and talent in Cebu. Meet Jolianne, Chai Fonacier, and Jan Sunday – three of the most promising Cebuano artists today.

There is a wealth of culture and talent that can be found anywhere in the country. Cebu in particular is home to many world-class artists including Anna Fegi, Kenneth Cobonpue, and Monique Lhuillier to name a few.

For the millennial and Gen Z generations, the inclination to follow Cebuano artists is hinged on their availability on social media platforms where their work, and they themselves, are more accessible and relatable.

The “Stan” culture

In the age of digital media and social network, accessibility and relatability are important social currencies and leverages for talents to thrive and be recognized. People could not only be a fan of their work; they can also stalk their profiles and explore their catalogue in depth, hence “stan” – a portmanteau of the words stalk and fan.

Cebuano artists to stan

Without further ado, here are three talents from Cebu who are present in all relevant social media platforms. Go ahead and stan them.

Jolianne

Jolianne Salvado, or Jolianne, is an artist from Cebu City who recently joined the Philippine-based music record label Careless Music (owned by James Reid). The 17-year-old singer-songwriter debuted as an official talent of Careless Music on March 26, 2021 with her dream-like single and music video, “Sublime”.

The song was written by her and Brett Jackson, former Pinoy Big Brother housemate and a fellow artist from CM label. Jolianne is no stranger to reality TV shows herself as she was a contestant of The Voice Kids Philippines in 2011 and was mentored by Sarah Geronimo.

She also worked with national and international names including Jed Madela, Nonoy Zuniga, hadji Alejandro, Marco Sison, Air Supply, and Stephen Bishop. We can expect more alt-pop and alt-R&B tracks from this Cebuano teen queen who is sure to have a long musical road ahead of her.

Where to find Jolianne:

Chai Fonacier

Chai Fonacier is a multi-awarded film actress best known for her roles in Patay na si Hesus (2016), Miss Bulalacao (2015), Respeto (2017), and Born Beautiful (2019).

She recently broke international grounds this year as she joined international movie stars Eva Green and Mark Strong in the psychological thriller “Nocebo” directed by Lorcan Finnegan (release date to be announced). In this film Green plays the role of a fashion designer with a mysterious illness, and Fonacier’s role is that of Green’s caregiver that will use “traditional folk healing” on her which will astound doctors and Mark Strong’s character who is Green’s husband. The production was in Ireland and concluded recently. Eva Green had nothing but praise and admiration for Chai.

Chai is involved in several local projects including the now-defunct trip hop band Womb, her entries Kung Dili Pa Lang Ko Buang (2017) and Laylay (2020) in VisPop, in most notably the Cebuano web series Sutukil Sauce. She was a contestant of the first season of Pinoy Dream Academy, and has received many acting accolades including Best Supporting Actress awards from Cinema One Originals, Luna Awards, FAMAS Awards, Gawad Urian Awards, and PMPC Star Awards for Movies.

Where to find Chai Fonacier:

Jan Sunday

Photo from Zee Lifestyle

Jan Sunday is a self-taught photo-based visual artist whose works include experimental photography, mixed media, videos, laser and film prints, and art installations. She has been making rounds in the local and national art scene because of her unconventional body of work that has recurring themes of femininity, the female body and the divine feminine, gender taboos, time and space, and multidimensionality.

Looking Through (2020): Mixed media, digital print, watercolor paper, acrylic, spray paint and mirror

Jan was recently featured in Art-list’s 10 Women Artists in Philippine Contemporary Art (published April 29, 2020 on art-list.com). She started doing major art exhibits with !HA?, not a PunkShow (2011, Manila), Box of Little Secrets (2014), and “Edge Day” (2012).

When she’s not doing visual art, she rocks the stage with her rrriot girl punk band Tiger Pussy (defunct in 2018). They released two LP’s: People You Hate in 2013 and Residuals in 2017. Residuals earned them a spot in The Rest Is Noise’s list of Best Albums from the past decade along with other great Filipino albums from Ang Bandang Shirley, Up Dharma Down, and Sleepwalk Circus.

Where to find Jan Sunday:

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