Lacking in Cebu are businesses that are true partners with a community. A lot of businesses are run like hardware stores. They put wares on the shelves, wait for people to come in, and sell them stuff. That’s it. No community building, no partnerships, no sense of giving back. Nothing against hardware stores, I’m just using them as an example. There are a ton of businesses that all they want to do is sell you a product.
Handuraw never felt like that. They’ve managed to not only survive, but thrive in the restaurant business. There aren’t many that have been in business for more than 15 years, and definitely not a lot that put community as a focus. It is a storied venue that has supported countless communities. Not just in music, but also in film, literature, charity groups, etc. With this in mind, I talked to Eric Smith, the managing director of Handuraw. I was interested in his perspective and how he has managed to grow it to what we know and love today.
In this episode, we talked about the importance of community, how to be approachable as a venue, how to grow a business, the challenges faced by Handuraw, and about their other ventures like Hale Manna and Books and Brews.
Enjoy the episode!
Where can you find Eric?
This episode is brought to you by Qube Gallery, a progressive art space in Cebu, Philippines providing network and exhibit opportunities for contemporary artists with whom they work closely with and promote beyond the local reach. Aside from its physical space in Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City, you can check out their online collection on www.artsy.net/qube-gallery.
This month at Qube Gallery: Countercurrent by G.I. Pongase and Unchained Melody by Thom Jopson Two of Cebu’s young and upcoming artists, GI Pongase and Thom Jopson, will have their back to back shows at Qube Gallery. GI Pongase expands the range of his expressionist visual language with a series titled Countercurrent. In addition to texture and surface engagements, Pongase incorporates gestural lines, figurative drawings and other graphic elements to complement the rough, vulnerable and potent visual field that he explores with much empathy and restraint. Thom Jopson shows off his fantasy and surreal inclinations in his latest exhibition, Unchained Melody. Luxuriant characters and ornate sceneries compliment the peculiar stories told by each piece. Thom is such a clever and dexterous storyteller, with his art expounding on the sensational lines of magic realism and fantasy.
Catch Countercurrent and Unchained Melody on view at Qube Gallery from October 31 to November 16, 2019.
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Music is Piano March by Audionautix