The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us in varying degrees. The younger generation, with their futures thrown into uncertainty, may have endured more than we care to see. In our next GANAP episode, “Young and In Quarantine,” let us listen to our youth as they share their experience of this global crisis. The episode will air on June 19 (Saturday) at 3PM.

They say that the younger ones are safer from the pandemic. Stronger immune systems, they say. But even the healthiest body could not have protected them from the inefficient handling of the pandemic in the Philippines. Filipino youth continue to suffer from compromised quality of education, loss of jobs, and the death of their loved ones.

What does the younger generation feel, growing up in this severely limited world? What do they want to do and what actions do they demand from authorities? On this episode, listen to our young performers,

Isay Gavica, Chadwick Calica, Emilio Fabregas, Gymno (Halyn Lunel Gamboa), Giselle Barrientos, and Mac Andre Arboleda as they share their locked down thoughts through lyrics and verse.

Let’s take the time to understand the plight of our youth. See you on Saturday!



Chadwick Calica is a self-taught musician and singer-songwriter from Los Baños, Laguna. With his love for sports, he once aspired to be an athlete until he realized it was not just for him. At first, music was just a hobby until it became his passion. It became his sanctuary, a medium where he could express himself. He is highly influenced by Jeff Buckley, Eddie Vedder, Nick Drake, Unique Salonga, and The Beatles. As of now, he continuously works on his craft by experimenting with different genres to create a sound with the fusion of folk, pop, and rock.

Emilio Fabregas is a composer and guitarist of the band Bonsai! Bonsai! who makes compositions as an effort to find his voice in the world. His solo projects explore his personal life, touching on the intimacies of human relationships and inquiries into self-discovery; while recent collaborative projects include forays into film scoring and sound design.

Giselle Barrientos is a 22 year-old singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Her music draws influences from the genres of R&B, hip-hop and neo soul, with lyrics that explore earnest musings on life and love from a 20-something in existential flux.

Gymno is a singer-songwriter from Calamba, Laguna. She mostly dabbles on bedroom pop and indie folk within the confines of her own room.

Isay Gavica writes poems that explore the magic found in the mundane. She is based in San Pedro, Laguna and is currently a spoken word resident for GlobalGRACE Philippines AiR. She openly shares her experiences with depression and with being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community to advocate for mental health awareness and gender equality.

Mac Andre Arboleda is currently an artist-in-residence at GlobalGRACE Philippines AiR and Akademie Schloss Solitude. He is Founding President of the UP Internet Freedom Network, Project Lead of the Artists For Digital Rights Network, and fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar and World Urban Parks Emerging Urban Leaders Program. He lives in Laguna, where he is taking up graduate studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.