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A Pair of Geniuses: Wincy Ong and CJ de Silva
He’s been hailed as a “genius” by Quark Henares and she began her public life being endorsed by a milk product as being a “gifted child.” But it’s certainly something when a polymath talent and a child prodigy fall in love. Wincy and CJ share a lot of things in common—most especially things that they hate. Even celebrating anniversaries are anathema to them. After all, what do you expect from a couple that can boast a combined artistic legacy that includes perfect pop tunes, advertising campaigns, album design, and a horror film? If anything, the most normal thing this maverick duo plan to do is get married, which they will this month. Best wishes from Spot.ph!
What are your plans for Valentine's?
Wincy: We usually don't celebrate Valentine's Day, because as people, we're innately contrarian. There's just something in our brains that declines established norms like dancing “Gangnam,” watching Les Miserables or going on a date. We'd usually just cook pasta, listen to music and watch movies from CJ's massive torrent folder. Yeah, we're a really introverted couple.
CJ: I don't think we have plans for Valentine's. We don't usually celebrate "special occasions." We don't even celebrate our anniversary. But we'll probably cook dinner, jam for a little bit, and watch an old movie—maybe a childhood favorite.
What's the best advice you've heard about love and relationships? Where and or from whom?
Wincy: Ha ha, actually from our secondary sponsor Gang Badoy! She told us, "Once you get married, move out immediately, even if you'll be living in a shoebox with only a Gasul as your appliance." Funny but helpful.
CJ: From my dad: To always listen. Listening is what brings people closer.
What's the one thing you wish somebody told you about before all this started?
Wincy: That a relationship is really not a choice, but sort of like gravity. We just fall into people, for some strange reason. And yeah, that being in love is not everything. If you're not lucky enough to find someone, or you get widowed or divorced, life should still go on and there are still a million amazing things out there to get you excited.
CJ: It's always a work in progress. In art school, they taught us to learn when to stop, because you continuously see imperfections that you want to improve on. But with relationships, it's constant discoveries, acceptance and working it out.
Who says sorry first?
Wincy: We usually do it in unison. I sometimes do harmonies.
Wincy: We both love Miniature Tigers' "Hot Venom."
CJ: “Fine Time” by The Eraserheads and probably “Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates. We just like singing this song together when we're driving!
By: Yvette Tan and Erwin Romulo