Story Nights Manila

Story Nights Manila - an exclusive storytelling club in Manila
When was the last time you have a good storytelling?

Last week? Yesterday with your friends? Few hours ago, maybe?

We love telling stories (and gossips) with our friends, right? It is our way of communicating and connecting to others, either online or over your favorite smoothies.

But have you experienced telling your true stories right in-front of different crowd, outside your well-guarded comfort zone? If you do, then you are so brave and I admire you!

I admit – I am not blessed to do public speaking, that’s why I opt to share my voice through writing. Writing makes me feel free to express my thoughts and explore everything with no judgement (and if others do… I don’t fucking care!), lol.

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What is Story Nights?
Story Nights is a storytelling club and live event series dedicated to inspiring, healing, transforming and entertaining people through the art of storytelling. It got a humble beginning in October 2015 in Bratislava, and the group has been growing steadily, and now have storytelling events in Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest.  In April 2017, the first True Stories event was organized outside of Europe and travel to the east in Chandigarh, India.

Then a year after, Story Nights have finally reached Manila and had a gleeful premiere at Pineapple Lab last Thursday night, 26th of April 2018.

Story Nights will hosts more events in most cities around the world in the coming months making it as one-of-a-kind cross-cultural and cross-border live storytelling event.

How does it works?
Story telling comes from various walks of life, it doesn’t discriminate and that’s the beauty of it!
Anyone who wants to share their story can do so for 5 - 7min and tell true tales about life, experiences, passion, goals, taboos, cultures, romance, adversity - you name it. Every true story is an opportunity to learn something about others, ourselves and has the potential to make a difference to our understanding of the world around us.

The goal is to meet in a prejudice and judgment free environment to share true stories that make the audiences think, laugh, cry, hope, wonder, learn and care. Nobody is forced to tell a story, so feel free to come and just listen to others’ true stories.

You can tagged your friends, colleagues and mingle with other attendees and speakers, and it’s a great opportunity to meet new acquaintances, new friends, or maybe other opportunities!

Story Nights Manila - an exclusive storytelling club in Manila

The premiere night
Thursday night and I got my mail, which contains a set of free movie pass for the premiere of Avenger: Infinity War, and I know that is exciting right?! Most of the people in my circle wouldn’t mind to wait in-line just to have those tickets… in my case, it was landed on my mailbox.
But I decided to give it away, and had a little adventure outside my comfort zone, braving the traffic and almost not making it to my destination because I couldn’t get a ride. (damn)

And because I am armoured with patience and my feng shui chart says it is my lucky day, I still feel relaxed and composed. No biggie.

Then I reached Pineapple Lab in Rockwell (which I almost got lost, and I thank my Google map for staying with me).

Story Nights Manila - an exclusive storytelling club in Manila
Story tellers that night was pretty entertaining AF.

From a single, struggling guy who had this huge crush to a lady in his church, and ended up rediscovering his true passion and love in life; A (modern) lady who shared his digital dating adventures with Tinder and OKCupid (personally I don’t use these two dating apps, coz I find them boring) sharing her odd dates, and still dating; A lady with a kick-ass corporate portfolio, but chooses to leave that stressful life and have a pause; another corporate lady who is rocking the boardroom and spontaneously jumping out of her comfort zone every weekend, and hop to unknown island and experience what it has to offer.

Love is a complicated word, but truly an awesome topic that sometimes I need more popcorns and just be focused listening.

Story Nights Manila - an exclusive storytelling club in Manila

Story Nights Manila - an exclusive storytelling club in Manila

Like a Baby Bear accidentally found his Papa Bear, a casual friendship that turns into something complicated; when you sometimes a your patriotism hits you and shared your memories during the fall of the Berlin Wall; a whirlwind love affair of two travelers, but choses to travel in different directions; and an unexpected love that she found in the nearest grocery shop – and soon will lead to a new happy beginning together.

Life is full of surprises and colors!

You want to be part of this exclusive community? Follow Story Nights Manila on Facebook and send your entries!

xoxo, Blair

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