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The Best K-Pop And High Fashion Crossovers We’ve Seen So Far

They're probably the biggest influencers in the world right now.

K-Pop stars starring in fashion campaigns and becoming rightful ambassadors of luxury brands? We’re not even surprised. From BTS and Louis Vuitton to 2NE1 and Jeremy Scott, here are our favorite high fashion crossovers so far.

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Monsieur G-Dragon, as what the French fashion house calls him, has been an ambassador for Chanel since 2017. The leader of Big Bang is often seen in womenswear and styles them with accessories that reflect his sartorial choices. G-Dragon is one of the first few Korean stars who have become a friend of the house, having been invited by legendary fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld himself on several shows. G-Dragon was also the first K-pop star to be invited to Paris Fashion Week.

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Who else wants everything from Kai’s Gucci latest capsule collection? Having been a front-row fixture since 2018, it was a no-brainer that the Italian fashion house would finally announce the Exo member as their ambassador a year later and even starred in Gucci’s campaigns.


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BTS aren’t only true hitmakers, but now, we can finally say that they are unequalled fashion kings in the K-pop world. Sure, they’ve done collaborations with FILA, McDonald’s, PUMA, and with frequent sightings in front row shows. But being hand-picked as Louis Vuitton ambassadors? That’s next level. Remember when they wore custom outfits on stage by former men’s artistic director Kim Jones? They did THAT.


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How do you even get an actual co-sign from Saint Laurent’s creative director himself, Anthony Vaccarello? “She is the future Saint Laurent girl. It is in the way she lives, the way she leads her fashion, and the way she is free from the public,” Vacarrello says of Rosé. Recently, the K-pop star has also been appointed global ambassador of jewelry brand, Tiffany & Co.

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Known for his kitschy designs, Jeremy Scott had it in the bag when he got Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy as his muses. Admit it, you’ve always wanted to dress like a 2NE1 member growing up. They were one of the first girl groups in K-pop who were bold enough to show their bad-ass side despite their contemporaries who were more branded as girly and soft.

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Before Blackpink’s Lisa became Celine’s global ambassador, the French fashion house was always in hot waters because of how Hedi Slimane veered away from former creative director Phoebe Philo’s legacy in womenswear. But when Lisa came into the picture, the search queries for their pieces leapt to more than 60% globally. Her impact!

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They don’t call her “Human Chanel” for nothing. Along with Lily Rose Depp, Margot Robbie, and fellow K-stars, G-Dragon, Lee Dong Wook, and Shin Min Ah, Blackpink’s Jennie became their global ambassador just two years into the girl group’s career before they even blew up worldwide. It-girl status indeed.

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Singer and actress IU was confirmed as the Italian House’s global ambassador early in 2020. The airport fashion of the “Human Gucci” (as her fans call her), front row looks, and magazine covers all see her wearing the luxury brand effortlessly. It goes without saying, she makes headlines all the time. She was even spotted wearing fellow K-pop star and ambassador Kai’s sweater dress from his capsule collection.

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At the moment, Baekhyun of EXO has over 20.7million followers on Instagram alone, but his impact as co-creative director (along with CEO, fashion editor and stylist Danyl Geneciran) for Privé Alliance is unmatched in streetwear. Privé by “BBH” not only stood for his initials Byun Baekhyun, he also reflects his identity in the brand, and took inspiration from the phrase: “Be brave, be Humble”


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Blackpink’s Jisoo really went from K-pop’s mystery girl pre-debut to becoming the global ambassador or Dior for fashion and beauty. Business of Fashion even revealed that Dior’s net income in Korea skyrocketed to 250% in 2020. The French fashion house’s first female creative director, Maria Grazia Churi, was enamoured by Jisoo’s feminine and modern style, that she became the inspiration for their A/W ’21 collection.

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Known for his street style and preppy outfits, Lucas Wong of WayV, NCT, and SuperM is Burberry’s global ambassador. Storming the fashion world isn’t new to him as he walked at Seoul Fashion Week in the past and is frequently being invited to Burberry’s shows in London and China. He was also seen wearing the British brand on his NYLON China cover shoot.


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If you’re into sugar, spice and everything nice, K-Pop girl group ITZY just came out with their second collaboration ‘ITZ ME’ with Charles and Keith. The drop consisted of chunky loafers and hobo bags in five different color combinations. Their first release was also huge, with a cooler take on platform boots and mary janes. One step closer to living your K-Star fantasy. What else can you ask for?


Ladies and gentlemen, let us all welcome the youngest ambassador of Louis Vuitton, NewJeans’ Hyein. This maknae followed the footsteps of older member Hanni and made headlines at the beginning of the year. Last year, she might’ve dropped hints already when she appeared on the cover of Vogue Korea wearing LV from head to toe.


It makes perfect sense that Jimin would be announced as Dior’s ambassador knowing that the brand’s creative director Kim Jones made the stage outfits of BTS back in 2019.


Gucci appointed NewJeans’ Hanni as their ambassador because of her “unique charm and style.” Each of the girl group members are very experimental with their looks and Vietnamese-Australian Hanni is no exception.


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New Music Releases

What You’ve Missed: The New Music Releases Of The Week (April 17-23)

Here are some of the songs that were released in the past week

From BGYO to Ariana Grande, and DAY6, here are some of the new music releases of the week.

It’s Friday which means the weekend is here! But before you head off on your adventures, here are some of the latest music releases of the week that you may want to add to your weekend playlist.

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Save Your Tears Remix – The Weeknd, Ariana Grande

The Weeknd just released his highly anticipated remix of Save Your Tears with Ariana Grande. This standout song from the After Hours album is made even better with Ariana’s mesmerizing vocals

You make me – DAY6

DAY6 just released new music with the release of their latest EP, The Book Of Us: Negentropy, with You make me serving as their comeback single.

Smile – Wolf Alice

Smile is the second single to Wolf Alice’s highly anticipated third studio album, Blue Weekend. This hard-hitting rock song was inspired by lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s desire to fight back against those who try to define her.

Unlearn – benny blanco, Gracie Adams

You know what’s even more emotional? This soft piano ballad also has an acoustic version.

Low Key In Love – The Struts, Paris Jackson

British glam rock group The Struts teamed up with Paris Jackson for this classic rock and roll duet

He’s Into Her – BGYO

P-pop boy group BGYO is blessing us with new music with the release of their latest single, He’s Into Her. This upbeat song is about the boys being head over heels over a girl, which will figure in the upcoming series of the same name starring Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano.


Arthur Nery is back with new music that is giving us all the feels.

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Alternative pop trio almost monday have new music in a form of this breezy and groovy song from their second EP out later this year.

Part Time Psycho Remix – SHAED, Lamon

SHAED is out with a remix to their single Part Time Psycho featuring Lamon.

Whatever This Is – Side B – Fern.

Fern.’s soulful vocals in Whatever This Is – Side B makes it feel like the kind of song you want to be immersed in.

If You Change Your Mind Remix – Hunter Hayes, Party Pupils

Hunter Hayes has a remix out to his latest single, If you Change Your Mind, courtesy of Party Pupils, a group composed of producer SuaveYungBlanc and singer MAX.

Risk – Jess Connelly

Jess Connelly has a new single out called Risk, and it’s a whole bop

Imagine – Ben Platt

Ben Platt bears his heart and soul out in this song as he sings about a special person in his life who changed him and can’t imagine leaving him.

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the oscars 2021

Everything You Need To Know About The 2021 Oscars

The finale to the 2021 awards season is aiming to be the most unique one yet

Just like with most award shows held during the pandemic, this year’s Oscars is going to be anything but normal.

Like with most live events, award shows were drastically impacted by the pandemic, with some being held virtually while others have been canceled entirely. The past few big awards shows tried a mix of in-person gatherings with Zoom appearances of the nominees. This is what the 2020 Emmy Awards and the 2021 Golden Globes did to relative success.

The 2021 Grammys, meanwhile, had as many nominees as possible appear in person for the show on a rooftop setting with most performances being done live while some were pre-recorded.

With the Oscars coming very soon, we are now reaching the end of the 2021 awards season. As the finale to the awards season, the 2021 Oscars promises to be special, unique, and distinct from the past awards shows. Here is everything you need to know.

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It will be held in multiple venues

For decades, the Oscars have been held at the Dolby Theatre. This year will be different as multiple venues will be the official site of the Oscars. Most of the nominees will be at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles where most of the awards will be given. Only those who are up for a certain category will be allowed in the showroom while the rest wait in two nearby courtyards. According to the show’s producers, this change in venue is meant for a more “intimate” event. There will still be some action held at the Dolby Theatre though. For nominees who can’t fly to LA, the Oscars have set up 10-12 Oscar hubs around the world like in London and Paris for nominees to join via satellite link.

The show is going to be filmed and presented as a movie

Unlike in the past, this year’s Oscars is to be filmed differently and be presented and shot like a movie. According to the show’s producers, Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher, Jesse Collins, “It plans to look cinematic… you’ll feel like you’re watching a movie and essentially operate as a movie, with presenters playing versions of themselves, working scripts crafted based on pre-show interviews and emphasizing the communal nature of the film industry by equally celebrating big names and below-the-line contributors.” The further the narrative, the presenters will be called cast members. Other features that will be used to enhance the story include wide lensed angles, a musical score, and creative over-the-shoulder camera angles of the attendees’ reactions.

There will be no host this year

Just like in the 2019 and 2020 Oscars, this year’s Oscars will have no host. Instead, “guides” will be used to shepherd the viewer through each chapter of the 3-hour event, or movie as the producers call it, using pre-recorded interviews with the people in front and behind the camera.

Attendees won’t be required to wear masks during the show

This year’s Academy Awards is being treated like a movie, so people on camera and up for an award will not be wearing a mask. They will however wear a mask during commercial breaks and when not on camera. This is a departure from past award shows like the Golden Globes and Grammys when every attendee was required to wear a mask and only take it off when presenting or giving an acceptance speech.

There will be safety measures in place

With that being said, proper safety measures will still be enforced. Attendees will be required to test at least three times for COVID-19 before arriving at the venue. There will also be mandatory temperature checks at the entrance. The showroom will be limited to 170 people at max. Audience members will also be rotated in and out of the venue so only those who need to be in the room will be there.

There will be pre and post Oscars specials

The 2021 Oscars isn’t a one-and-done event as there will be specials aired before and after the show. Pre-show, there will be a special called Oscars: Into The Spotlight where every Oscar-nominated song will be performed in full on the rooftop of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. This is a departure from the past when the Oscar-nominated songs were performed during the show. Post-show, there will be a special called Oscars: After Dark, which will recap the must-see moments and show the winners having their Oscars engraved.

There may be some surprises in store

When Steven Soderbergh was asked about the role masks will play in the Oscars, he cryptically said masks will play “a very important role in the story, if that’s cryptic, it’s meant to be, that topic is very central to the narrative.” It has been rumored that there will be a tribute to first responders in the show, so it’s possible that there may be some surprises.

Oscar history could be made

When the nominees were announced for the 2021 Oscars, history was already made. 9 of the 20 acting nominees were people of color, which is the most it has ever been. Emerald Fennel and Chloé Zhao’s nominations for Best Director made it the first time that more than one woman was nominated in the category in the same year. Further Oscars history could be made during the show as all four acting awards could go to people of color. Chloé Zhao could be the second woman and first woman of color to win Best Director.

The 93rd Academy Awards will air on Monday, April 26, 8 am, PH time.

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Harry Styles Gucci Talk Show

Dearly Beloved: Harry Styles Is In The Hot Seat For This Gucci-Imagined, James Corden-Hosted Talk Show

It’s showtime.

From a laugh out loud segment that quickly turns into a meta moment, Gucci brings back the charm of the retro late night talk show with Harry Styles and many more.

In the late night tradition made popular by the masters of conversation, Johnny Carson and David Letterman, Gucci is talking up a storm with its latest fragment of fantasy. From far-off forests to sprawling Italian estates, Alessandro Michele dreams up a late night talk show set in a glorious desaturated filter that is befitting of the golden age of television chit-chat. Unlike the point of distraction and detachment that these spectacles offer the viewers as they wind up the day, this special broadcast was fashioned as an extension of the brand’s universe. Being a talk show in the aesthetic and attitude of Gucci, who else best to lead the introduction than everyone’s friend and man of the moment, Harry Styles.

Hosted by the riotous raconteur, James Corden, Harry Styles walks into the frame and perches himself securely in the well-upholstered blue seat, with a Gucci Jackie 1961 bag in jet black nestled safely by his side, of course. Naturally, he is decked out in head-to-toe Gucci, from the extravagant fur coat, denim flared jeans to the ubiquitous white sneakers. Shifting in his perch, Harry Styles and James Corden fire up a friendly banter that ends up in a fit of laughter. Pretty much a standard fare in the landscape of the late night talk show, many of which Harry Styles himself has been a guest on, the film-like clip quickly cuts to the chaotic duo now oddly austere, watching the interview on a vintage television. Meta? Definitely.

From The Beloved Show to what seems to be a commentary on the authenticity of relationships feigned on a talk show, Harry Styles and James Corden are graceful and genuine but obviously guarded, eventually exchanging professional pleasantries and separate ways in the studio hall.


Dearly Beloved: Harry Styles And More

Harry Styles Talk show

Much like the source of inspiration, the Gucci talk show featuring Harry Styles and James Corden is a seamless integration of charm, commentary, and commerce. A well-orchestrated production that shows off the full spectrum from the come-and-go nature, the humor and hubris of guests, and the inner workings behind-the-scenes, this was a surprisingly fun way to present the Beloved collection, heroing of course the brand’s iconic bags.

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“We went back in time to the original TV talk shows, where the protagonist is the bag itself, the big star. Very often these creations are named after influential women who conditioned the habits and customs of many,” explains Alessandro Michele, artistic director of Gucci in a statement. “It is precisely beceause they have great personalities that in the industry we gave them these powerful names; and now have them in a show and twisted with the idea that there were two stars: the bag and the actual talent. A game of cross-references between the two great protagonists.”

Aside from Harry Styles toting the Jackie 1961, a constellation of stars descended on the set of the Gucci-fied TV talk show. Starring the likes of Akwafina, Dakota Johnson, Diane Keaton, Sienna Miller, and Serena Williams, it wasn’t just about them and their stories, but the quiet intrusion of the likes of the GG Marmont, Horsebit 1955, and the Dionysus. Lensed by artist, photographer, and filmmaker, Harmony Korine, The Beloved Show was an appropriate venue to essay the hyperrealistic narrative of Alessandro Michele.

A compelling continuation to the centenary celebration of Gucci, the talk show led by the beloved Harry Styles is set to become the talk of the town yet again. So, what else is there to wait for? Hello, The Beloved Show, it’s showtime.


Earth Day 2021

This Earth Day, Here Are 7 Ways You Can Help Out The Environment In Your Local Community

You don’t need to be in a position of power to make change

Happy Earth Day! Here are 7 things that you can do at home or in your surroundings to help the environment.

In the past decade, the climate and the environment have become important issues due to the rise in global warming and the steady decline of the environment around the world. Now more than ever, it is important that we do what we can to help the environment because we literally do not have that much time left to prevent irreversible damage. Truth be told, the climate crisis has become so central to the conversations of today’s youth, and with good reason, too. After all, who is to inherit the world that we are not properly taking care of now? While we are far from where we are supposed to be in the shift to eco-consciousness, steps have been taken in terms of information and practice. It is with great hope that this becomes a way of life for all, especially that we are responsible for this planet we live in.

This Earth Day, even though most of us are at home, we can still do our part to support the environment. Here are 7 simple things that you can do (and should do even after Earth Day).

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Support local businesses by buying local products. Not only do you get to help your local community, but you also get to lessen your carbon footprint. This also works when buying local produce as you get to hit two birds with one stone: you support our local farmers and fishermen and help the environment. If you have space, resources, and know-how, you can even grow your own vegetable garden so that you can get your vegetables right in your own backyard.


This may sound obvious, but thinking before shopping is one of the best ways to reduce waste and help the environment. Before you buy something, think first if you really need it or if it’s just an impulse buy. Rather than buying a lot of products, use things that you have at home first. And while you’re online, you may also want to consider deleting old emails. Emails actually contribute to the carbon footprint and that’s the last thing you want to do.


By sustainable, it means products made out of recycled materials or those that won’t ruin the environment easily. Try to substitute the products you have at home with products made out of sustainable material. It also is not that hard to find animal cruelty-free and environmentally friendly make-up brands that are both great and affordable.


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Mask-wearing has now become part of our daily lives. Because of this though, there has been an increase in masks littering beaches, oceans, waterways, and other spaces. Even when it comes to masks, you have to still throw them away properly. Before you throw the mask, remember to remove the straps of the mask. This is so to prevent animals from possibly being caught and entangled in the masks.


This age-old adage remains true today and will remain true for years to come. There are many things you can do at home to follow this and help the environment. Composting your own food or donating it to a local composter is a viable option. Upcycle your old things can also help you reduce waste. If your old gadget is still working and you don’t need an upgrade, don’t buy. For broken electronics, there are programs that deal with the proper disposal and recycling of these gadgets. Bring reusable plates, utensils, and straws when you go out to prevent the use of plastics. When out shopping or groceries, use cloth bags so that they can be reused multiple times. And if planting trees are your thing, then you may want to use Ecosia as your new browser. Go on the web and help plant trees at the same time if participating in tree-planting projects are to inconvenient for you.


Read up and educate yourself on environmental issues. It just takes a google search to get up-to-date information on pressing issues regarding the environment. You can also use what you learned to educate (not humiliate) others as well. Talking to people about the issues and spreading awareness may seem really small, but that’s where big environmental movements start. But always make sure that your information is reliable and comes from credible sources (spreading false information can be more damaging to the cause).


As good as it is to do individual action, it also greatly helps that large corporations and governments also do their part considering their potential impact to the environment. And in this aspect you can help. It does not hurt to tell or inform your local government unit (LGU) about environmental things that can be improved or implemented such as more sustainable practices. Support local NGOs, charities, and organizations who are keeping up to good fight against climate change and for the environment.

You can even talk to your local barangay and inform them about possible environment-related programs they have or the possibility of starting one. An example of this could be advocating for the maintenance of parks and green spaces in your village or local community. There is also the possibility of starting a community garden or a donation system within the community. At the very least, your vote is important in helping usher in politicians who actually care for the environment. Remember that you have the power to vote people in and out of office.

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Of Passion And Purpose: What We Can Learn From BTS’ Smartest Collaboration Yet

This is proof that spring day will indeed come.

RM, Jin, Jimin, J-Hope, V, Jung Kook, and Suga of BTS are using their influence to push you to reach for your dreams in their latest commercial film collaboration.

The last time that the Filipino ARMY’s were able to catch a glimpse of the Grammy-nominated super group was in 2017, for BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour In Manila. In a time when we least expect it, BTS sent a comforting and empowering message through their campaign collaboration.

A few days after the record-breaking success of Bang Bang Con 21, Smart released their interactive commercial film with the world’s leading pop icons, bringing an all-too important message to ARMY’s all over the world.

The creative geniuses that they are, and in collaboration with creative agency, Dentsu Jayme Syfu, Smart was able to create eight gigantic sets to illustrate each member’s words of encouragement. After months of preparation down to the actual shoot, it was truly a product of the team’s blood and sweat, fortunately, without tears. (Tears of joy, maybe, because as of this writing, #SmartSeven, #PassionPurposeBTS, #LiveSmarterBTS are trending.) No wonder it’s indeed a dynamite hit with a message.


BTS is known to put hidden meanings in their MVs, collaborations, and their performances. Can you spot them?

Why the stairs? It symbolizes defying the challenges that everyone is facing today.

RM reminds us to KEEP LEARNING as he opens a book. 

Jung Kook wants us to KEEP INSPIRING as he enters a recording studio.

Jimin encourages us to KEEP CONNECTING.


Suga’s message is to KEEP LIVING YOUR PURPOSE.

V pushes you to KEEP EXPLORING.

And J-hope tells you to KEEP MOVING.

All the members of Bangtan Sonyeondan have expressed how they miss performing. But through the love and support that the ARMY, they were able to break more records this year, a testament that truly, life goes on. So, it makes the most sense to hear this soundtrack BTS’ smartest film collaboration yet. Here, it is as if you are able to hold your bias’ hand, close your eyes for a few seconds, because this, as with all things, will pass.

As for the beautiful photo cards and other surprises, we are also tuning in to see what else this collaboration with BTS has in store for us. And we will be first in line to tell you what we know.

Could this be part of the BTS Universe? Tell us your thoughts.



Bridging The Past, Present, And Possible, These Young Filipino Artists Prove That Art Is More Than Just A Pretty Picture

The picture is pretty clear: the kids will be more than alright.

In a non-conforming proposition of perspective and purpose, young Filipino artists Jude Macasinag and Fred Espina are fashioning a fascinating future that more than meets the eye.

“When the whole of France shut down last March to May and June of last year, we could hardly get any bit of fabric we needed even though we still had projects to fulfill,” shares young Filipino artist and design student, Jude Macasinag, setting the context of what eventually be a creative introspection of sorts. “Fortunately enough, that didn’t hinder my will to create anything new. So, the lack of materials only pushed me to seek different avenues into which I could continue to creatively explore. During online classes also, we had a discussion about the art movement Neo-Concretism, which to briefly summarize talked about how we can view ideas of art beyond its physicality as material objects (paintings, sculptures) and perhaps see that idea onto another form.”

With this bout of artistic existentialism, the Plato-penned proverb comes to mind as stated in the philosophical dialogue, Republic: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” As common as this finds itself in many earnest essays of the youth, it holds a whole lot of truth, especially since the impressionable ideal has been unceremoniously punctured by the pandemic.

With the deflation of many energies, from the creative to the economical, the world has since acted from disbelief to drummed up drive, finding ways how to not only cope with the blurring of the days with distractions, but to ultimately survive this predicament through passion and purpose. Anchored on design and a distinct narrative, many young Filipino artists have taken to their specific mediums to tell their story from their specific points-of-view, which in turn informs and inspires the perspective of those who can see it. “One of the advices I received from a mentor was that when I create, I should make it personal. It’s not about trying to make something look unusual, but rather about how you input a part of yourself into your work and make something new with it, hoping that other people would, in return, somehow relate with your own perspective,” Jude explains.

“That said, I have been trying to observe the new things happening in both art and fashion in France and in the rest of the world, but something—a connection—felt lacking. The difference I found between the approach of creating in the Philippines vs. with that in France is that in the Philippines, there’s a more collectively human sense imbued in the process, while here it seems to be a somehow more immediate response. My aim was to tap into the Filipino emotional consciousness through familiar symbols and objects (the human) while showing it through new media (the immediate). In this way, I think I am (hopefully) able to create work that is innovative enough and is also relevant and understandable to a wider audience.”


As Told By Young Filipino Artists

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With a desire to expand the way one sees and knows something, in this case, image and meaning-making in the lavish lens of fashion, Jude Macasinag took to his own liberties, education, and inspiration to create an evocative exposition that is nothing is nothing short of breathtaking. With In Dividend’s Day, we are immediately immersed in a hyper-realized sense of surreal, where what appears to be those sweeping works of art that hovered above our heads in a traditional Filipino dining table becomes an essay of escapism that traipses along the cornerstones of the past, the present, and the possible.

An expansion of the way we perceive our periphery, this three-dimensional triptych in the tradition of fashion editorials that have long tickled the fancy of many pundit and creative in the industry we subsist in is upon closer inspection is a clever exposé of social injustices coddled in the fantasy of style and sentimental sensibility.

What may appear as circumstantial contradictions in the everyday function as an exercise of moral discernment that is deliberate on the end of the young Filipino artists responsible for this riveting slice of life. “Initially, the aim was to try to understand fashion more than as something we wear. We often overlook the other creative possibilities that can be done with fashion as a medium, which results to a lack of inclusivity in fashion. We wanted to use fashion imagery—its appeal to the eye, its ability to convey narratives—to hopefully engage with other people who aren’t always involved in the fashion community,” details Jude Macasinag.

“The image is the result of a collaboration between me (a designer and design student in France) and Fred Espina (a student-artist currently studying at the Philippine High School for the Arts). One of the media that Espina has been working on is 3D digital rendering, and I wanted to see how we could make my knowledge on fashion and design and his knowledge to such new creative technology meet.” More than a convergence of design, discipline, and distance, this was most importantly a coming together of young Filipino artists with a mutual respect for each other and an unbridled thirst for the truth of life.

In Dividend’s Day

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A window into the history that is unfolding before our very eyes, In Dividend’s Day is a visual navigation of things witnessed within the parameters of the pandemic. Exploring the play of power in the mundane coalescing with a modicum of patronizing superiority, the contrasts of simplicity and sense of self-awareness expands into vignettes that can exist on its own, as it does as a connected reality. “It aims to illustrate how a commonly shared crisis influences and creates a greater difference between these systems, whether through a wall that shows decay, a familiar-looking rug tattered by shoes, a figurine of a ship in Chinese porcelain, or direct symbols of political entities,” explains Macasinag on his Instagram post.

In Dividend’s Day attempts to merge the contradictory notions of the surreal with that of a common circumstance through set precepts of creation in fashion. Beyond its physical forms, it aims to demonstrate how a discipline sometimes deemed as ‘out of touch’ may re-bridge its gap from reality through a guided discourse of various truths and general social understanding.” And by virtue of optical osmosis, it inevitably permeates far more effectively with this perceptive and profound combination of words and fine art.

“If you look closely at some details, they actually reveal the grim happenings in both the Philippines and the rest of the world—how despite a pandemic power is still forced upon the disenfranchised, or how the crisis is (ab)used to favor those in control. And because not everyone will respond to such direct images, it was a matter of re-contextualizing these issues in a more amiable way without romanticizing them or taking them as token—perhaps it was through the usage of color or the amusing 3D novelty that may ease the viewer,” illustrates Macasinag. True enough, in the back and forth of the gaze from whimsical wonder to weary restlessness, there erupts a stream of discomfort that makes you question the grandeur of it all with the lashing of insights that are revealed only if you pay close attention.

While the young Filipino artists, Jude Macasinag and Fred Espina, worked on a variety of textures, exacting a physicality despite the obvious tangible limitations, there sprung the poetic justice of ironies. From the contrast of materials such as paper, plastic, and the kumot, as well as of metalwork and yet-to-be-materialized mediums such as molded rubber, the most stirring proposition were the juxtapositions of tension-filled, terno-swathed otherworldly mannequins flanked by a warship in Chinese porcelain, the devotion of religion and precision of education with blind support, and finally, an Imeldific reference of blood-stained stilettos that sends shivers of a dictatorial bygone that we are committed to never forget in history and justice, all displaying a rooted sense of detachment and inequality that disrupts the very equilibrium of the reality we live in today.

“For me, the idea of getting comfort out of art during a global crisis comes from a bourgeois perspective. We will only truly be comforted once the government takes action according to the interest of the masses rather than to further uplift the rich and those in power,” says Fred Espina. “In a way, it might ease the viewer to know that this plea is being amplified and echoed through art.”

Going Beyond Just Art

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While art does in fact cohabitate with narcissism, this isn’t what these young Filipino artists are here to perpetuate. With purpose and passion coursing through their veins, this merging of the past, present, and what is possible in fashion and technology, In Dividend’s Day is a challenge immortalized by these young Filipino artists, one that will constantly compel the observer to look beyond what is just in plain sight. Art, as with many other tenets of society no longer stands as an altarpiece guarded off for its select few, and more importantly, it vehemently denies the veneration of vacuous vanity.

“Fashion, rooted in its history, has always been about exclusivity. But it’s already 2020, and we should be learning more on how to be inclusive as a community. A part of this means learning to equally collaborate with other people and not only for their technical capability, but also for their capacity to explore as creative individuals. This ability to work as a collective—all with unique minds—will only strengthen and enrich our ideas further,” says Macasinag. “Also, the continuous usage of new things and techniques in fashion should remind us that to innovate is to seek an endless adventure with curiosity, risk, and growth. There’s no fun in being the same all the time.”

“There’s still so many ways for art to grow. It’s good to think and discuss how we can take our art further from what we normally do,” shares Fred Espina on the prospect of art flourishing with this new non-conforming premise in the future.

True, art is no longer what is was, because as we can clearly see, the stakeholders who will inherit the future are reclaiming the narrative for what it can and should be, not what it used to be. “It feels more freeing to not have to conform to what we know of as fashion. I want to constantly be challenging myself and those around me by using techniques and ideologies in art to continuously grow creatively. I also want others to challenge me and to further challenge other people with these methods of thinking and making,” punctuates Jude Macasinag. “It’s through this way that we will be able to develop our craft and hopefully add value to each and every one in our creative community.”


Finally, things mean something and matter more, for these young Filipino artists. Without even having to draw up the composition and colors of what the future holds, the picture is pretty clear: the kids will be more than alright.


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Patience, Anxiety, Resignation: Millennials And Gen Z Say What They Really Think Of The COVID-19 Vaccines

They're willing to wait, but that doesn't mean they're going to put up with nonsense.

These young people get honest about what they think about getting the vaccine, who deserves it most, and the country’s vaccination efforts.

As many countries around the world vaccinate their population against COVID-19, there is a demographic of people that are going to get their vaccines near to the last, young people. Unless they have a special condition or work in a priority area, most young people are most likely getting the vaccine later than their parents and everyone else. With everything that has been going on, what exactly do young people think about this? We asked some unvaccinated Millennials and members of Gen Z to share their thoughts on what they really think about the COVID-19 vaccines.

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“I don’t mind having to wait for getting vaccinated as long as it goes to the right people first.”

A lot of things have been said about the COVID-19 vaccines: they are the key to stopping the pandemic, they have unknown long-term side effects, some vaccines are better than others. This mixed messaging has affected how some young people see the COVID-19 vaccines in general. Jess, a 23-year-old video editor has heard that “There are numerous vaccines that have varied efficacy rates and side effects.” Lay, a 21-year-old university student has come upon mixed things about the vaccines, saying that it’s both good against COVID-19 and that the side effects may or may not be real. Mikey, a 25-year-old software engineer says that “…I think one of the underlying issues with vaccines is not the vaccine itself, but the credibility of where the vaccine was produced.”

Most young people will most likely wait a while longer to get the vaccine, the respondents we talked to didn’t see this as an issue. “I don’t mind having to wait for getting vaccinated as long as it goes to the right people first,” says Lay. This was a sentiment that was also shared by Mikey and Nat, a 23-year-old community manager.

Mac, a 27-year-old architectural apprentice, and Angelica, a 22-year-old who works at a local music company, also said that they were willing to wait, but that their personal circumstances were making them slowly feel that getting the vaccine would be better sooner rather than later. For Mac, he says that his work “tends to force my hand to work in the office and I was recently in close contact with a positive case. The situation made me realize I’m exposed and vulnerable when in the office and what scares me is what if I possibly bring home the virus and spread it to my family.” Angelica, meanwhile, recently had a close contact with a positive case near her home, which made her feel like she needs protection “as soon as possible.”

Another thing they also see no issue with is being last on the priority list. “I think it’s fair, especially since COVID-19 is more severe on the older ones,” says Angelica. “Statistics show that the older age groups and those with underlying health issues are more vulnerable to the virus, so it is fair that they are prioritized,” adds Jess. Mac feels that the situation feels “completely understandable.” He also adds that, “The young have a better immunity system and have the energy to stay more cautious.” Mikey also feels the same way, but he cautions that “it doesn’t give an excuse for the government and those in charge to continue delaying vaccination efforts.”

While some people assume that being fully vaccinated is good reason enough to step outside more confidently, studies show that this isn’t the case. “I don’t think that getting vaccinated would immediately change my feeling about going outside…I’ll generally stay cautious just to play it safe,” explains Lay. “I would rather stay cautious when going out and still keep my distance from crowds,” says Mac. “I will continue to follow safety protocols and social distancing rules for as long as needed,” adds Jess. Mikey also shares these sentiments by saying, “I will continue to social distance until the majority of the population has been vaccinated or I ensure that those I see are already vaccinated.”

Just because they weren’t willing to stop following social distancing rules post-vaccination does not mean though that they aren’t already thinking about their plans once a big majority of the population are vaccinated. All of them said that they want to travel again once it is safe to do so. Meeting up with friends and family was also another popular response. Mac would also love to watch a movie in the cinema while Mikey is looking forward to being able to watch a concert in person again.

“I was told so, but I’m keeping the mindset of not receiving it para lang ‘di ako mapaasa.”

With the slow rollout of vaccines in this country and news of delays of vaccine shipments to later this year, the young people we talked to were divided on whether or not they would be given the opportunity to get vaccinated this year. Jess and Mac are already scheduled to get a vaccine later this year. Lay feels hopeful that he will, but he also has his doubts. Angelica and Nat both think they won’t get vaccinated while Mikey adds, “I was told so, but I’m keeping the mindset of not receiving it para lang ‘di ako mapaasa.”

One of the big reasons why people are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccines is because of the possible side effects since the vaccines are new and it isn’t clear yet what the long-term effects could possibly be. There was a noticeable divide among the young people about any fears they have of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. One on hand, Angelica, Lay, and Mac all have no fears with regards to getting the vaccine. Jess, Mikey, and Nat, on the other hand, all said that they were about the possible long-term side effects to their health.  

“Gets my blood boiling.”

As of this writing, there are two vaccines currently available in the Philippines: AstraZeneca and Sinovac, with the latter being more widely available. It was clear though that the young people we talked to were no fans of Sinovac. “A lot of people are apprehensive about getting vaccinated since Sinovac is the main one being distributed in the Philippines, which has an efficacy of only 50%,” says Jess. Mac says that “The most accessible one which is Sinovac is by far the most “sketchy” since it started with a lot of bad reputation when first introduced.” Lay then adds, “Given that there’s quite a lot of Sinovac vaccines going around, you can’t help but think that there might be some political motive behind it.”

With the late arrival of new vaccines from different makers though as well as a surge in cases, it has been said that it is better to just get any vaccine that is offered, a sentiment shared by Mikey. “At first I didn’t want to receive anything from China, but at this rate, with the lack of availability and options to choose from, I think it’s best at this rate to choose whatever vaccine is available for as long as it goes from the due process set by the government.”

He adds that the feeling of resignation that he has is also shared among his friends: “We share the same sentimentality that at the rate of how things are, it might be best to just choose whatever is available.”

While the young people we talked to did not mind waiting on the sidelines and for their turn to get the vaccine, it bothered them about how the country’s vaccination efforts are currently going. “Overall, it has been slow and inefficient. It seems that private corporations have put more effort into vaccinations than our own government. This makes it feel like Filipinos have been left to their own devices when it comes to getting vaccinated…” says Jess. Lay adds, “I would describe it as late and slow. Of course, it’s great that we started getting people vaccinated, but the response is seriously slow, especially when some people get vaccinated earlier by cutting lines. Our situation is worsening day by day, so the current state of our country’s response is not enough.”

Mikey feels that “Our government’s mindset is never in the long run and it only responds once a problem comes up. To add, the government just never seems to learn from its mistakes and continues to produce the same blunders over and over again.” And as Mac bluntly puts it, “I hate it. The fact we’re the only country in Asia to sue a vaccine company really gets my blood boiling.”

So, what can be done to improve the situation, especially when it comes to encouraging more young people to get the vaccine? The young people we talked to have a list of suggestions. Mac wants people to know that getting vaccinated should be seen as a selfless act meant to help the community as he explains, “Getting a vaccine is more than just personal safety and health, it’s about seeing the bigger picture and we’re all in this together.” Angelica would like for organized dissemination of verified information since she’s confused about getting the vaccine through her local LGU or her company. Mikey thinks that vaccines should meet the people where they are instead of being centralized in certain locations.

Lay and Jess, meanwhile, think that education should be a top priority. “I think more young people would be open to getting vaccination by getting educated about the vaccines. The internet is a valuable source of information these days, and clearing out some facts and debunking myths about COVID-19 vaccinations would definitely help.” says Lay. “Commit to widespread information drives targeted towards the youth regarding vaccinations.” adds Jess.

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The 6 Sweetest Secrets We Learned From Nash Aguas And Mika Dela Cruz’s Boyfriend And Girlfriend Tag Videos

The couple has been together for more than 2 years now, but we are still learning new things about them.

Nash Aguas and Mika Dela Cruz spilled a lot of secrets when they did the boyfriend and girlfriend tag video. Here are the ones that caught our attention.

Nash Aguas and Mika Dela Cruz have known each other since they were kids. Starring together in Goin’ Bulilit and both having built a career for themselves post-Goin’ Bulilit, you could probably say it was destiny when both of them officially became a couple a few years back. The two have been going strong ever since and recently, they opened a joint YouTube channel called Mika and Nash. A few weeks ago, they did a video on the popular boyfriend and girlfriend tag and spilled some details behind their romance. Here are the six sweetest secrets we learned that made us envy their relationship even more.

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Mika sent Nash a message on Facebook saying, “You Make Me Crazier”

When Mika asked Nash where he was when she sent the message, he revealed that it was when they were still young, around 10 years old and that Mika sent it through her older sister’s computer. It was also revealed that she got the line from Taylor Swift’s song, Crazier.

Nash bought Mika a green mermaid pen when they were kids as a gift

Nash revealed that when the two were still on Goin’ Bulilit, they once filmed in Singapore and Nash noticed that Mika was looking at a green mermaid pen at a souvenir shop. Mika didn’t have the money at the time to buy it, so Nash bought it for her. According to Mika, Nash threw the pen at her without telling her he bought it. But the whole experience touched her.

Nash was there when Mika had her first period

Mika asked Nash when she had her first period, and he said that it was on his birthday on October 10. Mika explains that it was during a taping for Goin’ Bulilit and only told Nash about it years after they saw each other again. Nash then jokes that it’s relationship goals that Mika’s first period is on the birthday of her boyfriend.

Nash accompanied Mika when she bought her first baby bra

The story goes that Mika and Nash were going to swim at Ace Water Spa and they went to Crossings Department Store to buy a baby bra. The two weren’t alone though as they were accompanied by their mothers. Nash also knew what size the bra was and even jokingly made fun of her at the time.

The two first met on the set of Tiyanaks

At the time, Mika was just starting out on Goin’ Bulilit, so she didn’t know Nash that well. He then went to look for Mika and the two saw each other behind the set. Nash says that the situation felt awkward because he didn’t want to say hi to her and describes the moment as slow motion. He also inferred that he may already had a crush on Mika at that time.

Nash noted down the first time they met as their anniversary

When Nash asked Mika when they first met, she responded by saying May 3, 2007. Nash then said that he placed down that date as their anniversary even though they were dating yet. He explains that on his first-generation iPhone, he noted the date down on Mika’s contact as their anniversary, which is something Mika learned for the first time.

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SB19’s First Collection Depicts the Colors Of The Philippine Flag

Fact: It sold out in 2 minutes.

Hit after hit, SB19 raises the bar for P-Pop. This time, they make it major with their collection in collaboration with local designer Chynna Mamawal.

SB19 this week: latest single reaches more than 8 million views on YouTube, dives into fashion and releases their first ever collection that sold out in 2 minutes. The power they hold is unparalleled. But despite all of SB19’s success locally and globally, they never fail to take pride in their roots. Unsurprisingly, for their exclusive merch, they specifically chose the colors of the Philippine flag as the main palette of their looks. We even tried to guess what the collection would look like as soon as they officially announced it, and reimagined what it’d be like if they walked the runways of Louis Vuitton and Dior. See how the collaboration came to life with the initial designer sketches for SB19 x Chynna Mamawal below.

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As the leader or “pinuno” of SB19, Pablo chose the color blue for his outfit. “Kaya po blue kasi Pa-blue,” he jokes. In the psychology of color, blue symbolizes leadership, wisdom and stability.


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It’s time to normalize boys in cropped tops again. Stell, the lead vocal of SB19 looks every bit the golden boy he is in this bold ensemble. Simple and basic lang talaga ako, but this time gusto kong mag-explore,” he reveals.


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Looking suave with his slicked back hair, Josh takes all the risks by choosing a flared silhouette for the bottoms and an ultra low neckline. The lead rapper of SB19 is all sorts of fiery in his red-hot coordinates.


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Perhaps the boldest when it comes to trying fashion trends, Ken’s cozy hoodie and baggy pants are an ode to his love for Japan. The main dancer of SB19 kept comfort at the top of his mind when he picked this silhouette. He also had a kimono especially designed for him by Chynna.


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A fan of minimal and clean looks, the visual and creative director of SB19 opted for a more polished outfit with his coach jacket and trousers. Reminiscent of the 3 stars and sun, yellow is the color of enlightenment, optimism and happiness.

You can purchase SB19 x Chynna Mamawal’s Premium collection on Wear Casa’s site starting April 24, 10PM.

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