Check Out These 7 New Local Titles Hitting Screens This October

Settle in for a month of local excellence.

Get ready for a new set of diverse stories to watch this October as new Filipino movies and series hit the cinema, television, and streaming services!

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The year 2023 has seen plenty of Filipino excellence make waves both locally and internationally. From Maria Clara at Ibarra to A Very Good Girl, local productions have been present, diverse, and well-received—as they should! Filipino filmmakers and stars are raring to tell unique stories and share them with the world, proving that Philippine TV and cinema are well and alive as new genres, stars, and stories make their way to local and international screens. There’s no slowing down, much less stopping, for the art and these artists, and there’s no shortage of people wholeheartedly willing to champion Philippine cinema and production.

If you haven’t had enough of local media, or if you’re looking for something new to love, these seven upcoming and highly-anticipated Filipino movies and series will fill your October with enough drama, horror, comedy, and romance to tide you over.


GMA’s new youth-oriented anthology series features the freshest and up-and-coming young stars of GMA’s talent agency Sparkle Center. Sparkle U, set in the fictional Sparkle University, touches on the problems and issues faced by the youth of today, from social media to school hierarchies. The series’ first installment, #Frenemies, stars Shayne Sava as Bekang, a teenager who, along with other average students, save Yazzi (Roxie Smith) the popular girl at their school. Sparkle U airs October 1 on GMA’s Sunday Grande sa Gabi.


Starring Zanjoe Marudo, Dolly de Leon, Elijah Canlas, and more, Keys to the Heart is a Philippine adaptation of 2018 Korean dramedy of the same name. Marudo stars as Joma, a washed-up boxer who comes home to his long-lost family and finds out he has a gifted pianist brother, Jayjay, on the autism spectrum. The film will be released on Netflix on October 4.


Linlang is an upcoming ABS-CBN drama series starring Paulo Avelino, Kim Chiu, JM De Guzman, and Maricel Soriano. The series revolves around dirty lies, secrets, jealousy, and betrayal in relationships. Linlang airs on Prime Video starting October 5.


This folk horror film written and directed by Kenneth Dagatan is set in World War II and features a young girl, Tala, who tries to save her troubled family by turning to a suspicious, flesh-eating fairy for help. In My Mother’s Skin premiered at Sundance Film Festival and has since appeared in more than 10 international film festivals. Lauded for its macabre horror and unique story, this film is worth a watch on Prime Video starting October 12.


DonBelle’s much-awaited first primetime teleserye Can’t Buy Me Love stars Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano as Bingo and Caroline, respectively, who come from very different backgrounds but are brought together when Bingo saves Caroline from a kidnapping attempt. The series airs October 13 on Netflix, October 14 on iWantTFC, and October 16 on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, Jeepney TV, TFC, A2Z, and TV5.


Superstars Julia Montes and Alden Richards show off chemistry and their well-honed acting chops in their first romantic drama together, Five Break-Ups and A Romance. In the film, Montes plays the driven Justine Royales across Richards’ optimistic Lance Sandoval. Tackling the complexities of relationships in this day and age, Five Breakups and a Romance is coming to cinemas October 18 and promises an emotional rollercoaster of a love story with a large heaping of charm.


Hit WLW film Rookie directed by Samantha Lee and starring Pat Tingjuy and Aya Fernandez made waves at Cinemalaya Film Festival 2023 for its depiction of a volleyball-themed love story where queerness is the norm. Rookie tells the story of Ace, a new student in a Catholic school, who’s encouraged to try out for the school’s volleyball team, where she meets Jana, the team captain. They form a friendship and find love in this sweet coming-of-age rom-com.

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How To Deal With Friendship Breakups, According to Kaori and Vivoree

"Magla-last yung friendship namin."

How often do you think about your ex-best friend? What happened? How did you deal with it? Continuing the conversation on friendships, Gen Z stars Kaori Oinuma and Vivoree Esclito talk about how they deal with friendships ending.

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If you’re not already aware, there’s a trend on TikTok where people ask their male partners “How often do you think of the Roman Empire?” because for some reason, the answer is rarely “never.” Now people are saying that an equivalent of the Roman Empire question is “How often do you think about your ex-best friend?” Go ahead, ask the question to your friends. The look on their faces will tell you everything you need to know.

The widespread relatability of the question implies that so many of us have undergone the loss of a friendship and it still lives rent-free in our minds regardless of how it ended. And as we are aware, losing a friendship is often just as heartbreaking as a breakup, if not more. Best friends Kaori Oinuma and Vivoree Esclito were not safe from this very human experience, and while their friendship is standing strong today, it’s because it’s built on lessons they’ve learned before.


In her experiences with friendship, singer-actress Vivoree chooses to move on, but has also learned that it’s perfectly okay to feel hurt and be vulnerable. After all, losing a friendship is still losing something or someone that you valued for a certain amount of time.

“Growing up,” she shares. “I didn’t give myself freedom to feel any heartbreak…Parang natatakot ako masaktan.”

If she felt that there were certain friends that are sort of drifting away, Vivoree just lets them go. “Iniisip ko na lang na maybe hanggang doon na lang yung friendship natin.”

But she admits that if a friendship were to end now that she’s older, she really would be heartbroken. “I’m gonna let myself feel the heartbreak.” Pushing emotions away is often easier than letting yourself acknowledge and feel the pain. That’s why the “how often do you think of your ex-best friend?” question hits a little hard—because while we often think about a friend we lost, how often do we really process what happened and how we feel about it?

Now, Vivoree has learned that “It’s okay to feel pain, to feel vulnerable, kasi we’re all just human beings.”


Kaori Vivoree Layout 2

Young actress Kaori recounted her own story about friendship breakups—when her one friend in Japan suddenly cut her off and stopped talking to her completely for seemingly no reason. As a young girl who didn’t know much Japanese yet, she relied on a friend who helped her with the language and their lessons in school. But one day, the friend ghosted her completely, making her feel even more isolated.

“Out of nowhere, one day, bigla na lang na lang siyang lumalayo sa’kin.” Kaori wondered what was happening, and even thought about the possibility of other people influencing her friend to stay away from her because she was a foreigner in Japan.

“Ang ginawa ko was tanggapin…inaccept ko ‘yung nangyari.” At some point, Kaori did try to reach out to the friend and asked them how they were doing, but she no longer tried to rebuild the friendship.

“Natakot na ko na nagawa mo na once, [so] mayroong possibility na magawa mo siya ulit.”

Kaori learned then, she shared with LionHeartTV, that some people really do just leave your life, but others come in and make it better, too. She also shared with NYLON that you don’t need to overthink too much if a friendship isn’t made or lost. Kaori moved on with her life and found better, more loyal and trustworthy friends—like Vivoree!

“Magla-last yung friendship namin,” Vivoree reassures. “’Di kami mag-iiwanan.”

Hear more about Kaori and Vivoree’s friendship and lessons they’ve learned on Seated With NYLON Manila podcast on YouTube or Spotify, coming September 29!

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Bars in Poblacion

Tara Pobla? Here’s A Rundown Gen Z-Approved Bars in Makati

See you there?

After everyone’s phase of BGC bar hopping, we’re now shifting to Poblacion’s nightlife scene.

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It’s always at the moment when we’re finally thinking about outgrowing our party phase that the group chat throws in a casual ‘Tara G?’ At this point, we’re not fooling anyone—the party never ends. Sure, some are entertaining the idea of early bedtimes or binge-watching more than a night out, but maybe we’re just refusing the same scene. After all, who wants to hop around the same bars every weekend?

After trying the best bars in BGC and Tomas Morato, we’re diving headfirst into another it-destination—Poblacion. This is where we meet friends, forget about exes, engage total strangers in conversations about anything, and simply dance the night away. And whether you’re thirsty for chill cocktails or shots, here’s a tipple trail of the Gen Z-approved bars in the area for your next night out.

Xin Chào

@eleinapp Vietnamese inspired bar in the heart of Poblacion, must try! #fyp ♬ WayBackHome – 苏七岁

Xin Chào has one of those secret doors that lead you straight into the neighborhood’s nightlife. As you enter, you’re greeted by red lights, setting the mood for a memorable night out. The bar boasts a well-curated drink menu that perfectly complements the trendy yet intimate setting. Whether you’re in the mood for classic cocktails or a daring mix, Xin Chào has got you covered.

Xin Chào is located at 1210 Valdez, Makati.

Ugly Duck

@uglyduckpobla Here’s what you missed at the St. Patrick’s Day Event 👀 #fyp #tiktokph #pobla #viral ♬ original sound – Ugly Duck

From Hallyu Hype to trivia nights, Ugly Duck dances to a new theme every weekend. This retro-inspired rooftop lounge is far from ugly, adorned with checkerboard tiles and neon-lit accents, in a way evoking the 80s charm of old-school bars. With their food-to-drinks menu and amazing DJ list, Ugly Duck is the ultimate chameleon—the perfect place for groovy evenings or laidback brunches.

Ugly Duck is located at White Rabbit, 5672 Doña Carmen Street corner General Luna Street, Makati City.

The Fun Roof

@the_funroof new rooftop bar in poblacion ⛳️⚾️ #fyp #poblacion #makati #poblacion #poblacionmakati ♬ BOOM – Tiesto

If I could describe The Fun Roof in three words, it would be ‘childhood-meets-adulthood.’ With an amusement park and nightclub on one rooftop, I didn’t know I could reconnect with my inner child while partying. They not only serve drinks that’ll keep you electrified through the night, but we’re talking neon-lit mini-golf, monkey bars, and arcade games!

The Fun Roof is located at 4/F Matheus Building, 5382 General Luna, Poblacion, Makati City.

Spirits Library

@_eatsph Hidden gem in Poblacion! They have a wide selection of spirits —literally looks like a library but with bottles on the shelves. Love!!! #fyp #foodph ♬ Sexy Saxophone (Jazz Background Music) – rehegoosync

A must-visit for book and alcohol collectors, The Spirits Library is a spot where you can taste-test curated beverages. When it comes to the interior, imagine the Hogwarts library, but with alcohol bottles. Don’t stress, they still have books in mind. Adding a touch of whimsy, history, and grandeur, this place houses the world’s first cocktail book, published over 100 years ago!

The Spirits Library is located at 4963 Guerrero, Makati.


@tiff.anywhere Sanctuary Poblacion in a chill vibe during Happy Hour 🍸 They offer unlimited cocktails, wine & beer. #fyp #happyhour #poblacionmakati #sanctuarypoblacion #cocktails #chillvibe ♬ THAT'S MY BABY – PLAYERTWO

Sanctuary is a not-so-secret rooftop terrace with a breathtaking view of the Makati skyline. Offering both al fresco dining and indoor partying, you can experience the vibrant nightlife of Poblacion; along with themed music played by guest and resident DJs, a chill-to-wild atmosphere, and a diverse food-to-drinks menu.

Sanctuary is located at 5060 P. Burgos cor. Guerrero, Poblacion, Makati.

HQ Poblacion

@kayetnxbye Ngl, thanks to #Blackpink #Lisa’s influence! UNREAL!! I LOVE HER EVEN MORE 😭 @DESTINY #destinyrogers #hqpoblacion #notoriousconcepts #fypシ #kpop ♬ Tomboy – Destiny Rogers

Notorious HQ was the home to the infamous Good Gang. Whenever you see those pink LED lights on Instagram, you can’t help but feel FOMO. Aside from the lights, what makes the bar IG-worthy is the presence of celebrity photos on the walls and celebrities themselves every weekend. If you’re lucky, you might catch your favorite artists from Careless Music and After The Noon Records! The best part? Compared to other nightclubs in Poblacion, the bar above West 32 is reasonably priced!

Notorious HQ is located at 8464 Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion.


@champie_b Went to Apotheka and it was my first time to watch Jason Dhakal perform live, now I’m obsessed! Love all his songs! #jasondhakal #jasondhakalmusic #Apotheka #Poblacion #poblacionbars #makatibars #trending #fyp ♬ can't get enough – Jason Dhakal

With its spacious dance floor, red lights, electrifying music, and live performances, Apotheka is the perfect place if you’re simply thirsty to dance the night away.

Apotheka is located at G/F, White Rabbit Bldg., 5672 Dona Carmen St, Cor General Luna, Makati.

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Can’t Buy Me Love’s Full Trailer Got Us Even More Excited For DonBelle’s First Teleserye

Love comes with a price tag.

DonBelle brings the drama and the romance to primetime with their upcoming teleserye Can’t Buy Me Love, airing on October 13! We already can’t wait for the show to air.

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Action, drama, and a whole lot of romance are in store for Bubblies and soon-to-be-Bubblies starting October 13! Can’t Buy Me Love, the upcoming teleserye starring Gen Z icons Belle Mariano and Donny Pangilinan, dropped its full trailer last Monday. The highly-anticipated primetime series looks to be an exciting romp filled with thrills and suspense, love and laughs, and of course, that classic DonBelle charm.

In the trailer, also seen in the series’ previous teaser, Caroline (Mariano) seems to be abducted by unknown men and left to drown, but Bingo (Pangilinan) saves her. She assumes he’s the one who kidnapped her, but eventually warms up to him, and so starts their unorthodox relationship. Quick scenes show Caroline and Bingo’s respective struggles with family and the treacherous road ahead involving deaths, dangers, and secrets—one that they’ll traverse together. It’s definitely something new from the couple—a love story tackling different cultures, crime, and an unusual first meeting between leads helmed by Mae Cruz Alviar, Cathy Garcia-Sampana, and Ian D. Loreños.


Belle Mariano’s Caroline Tiu is a wealthy daughter from a traditional Chinese family with a tumultuous relationship with her sister, and Donny Pangilinan’s Bingo Rivera is a young man working hard to provide for his family. The harm that befalls Caroline—her kidnapping and almost-drowning—we can assume is caused by her family’s wealth. Meanwhile, the trouble Bingo gets into, which is perhaps connected to Caroline’s problems, is caused by his own family’s lack of money to afford healthcare.

Caroline and Bingo meet at Caroline’s sister’s engagement party, where Bingo is working as a waiter. The stark contrast between Caroline’s high-society lifestyle and Bingo’s financial struggles paves the way for the series to explore the tensions between people of different class backgrounds and the lengths people go through to obtain money. It’s a fresh take on a tried-and-true trope that looks to rattle plenty of emotions from the audience.


The phenomenal Gen Z loveteam DonBelle has made many root for their romance both on and off-screen since they were first paired up in teen series He’s Into Her (2021-2022). Since then, they’ve worked on rom-coms Love is Colorblind (2021) and An Inconvenient Love (2022).

Can’t Buy Me Love is their first foray into primetime television, and is a new challenge for the pair. However, throughout their different projects, DonBelle has shown that they can act with heart and do comedy, drama, and romance like nobody’s business. And whatever screen they’re on, their chemistry straight-up leaps out of it, as shown in the 2-minute trailer, so it’ll be exciting to see what they do with Caroline and Bingo. And further solidifying DonBelle’s first teleserye as a TV moment, the show will premiere on Netflix on October 13, a full three days before it airs on TV.

Can’t Buy Me Love also features a star-studded cast that includes Ruffa Gutierrez, Maris Racal, Albie Casiño, Nova Villa, Agot Isidro, Enzo Pineda, Rowell Santiago, Vivoree Esclito, Darren Espanto, Celeste Legaspi, Kaila Estrada, Karina Bautista, and Joao Costancia. Just from the trailer, we learn that the storyline is set to have many twists and turns, the production is grand and immersive, and that DonBelle is embarking on a thrilling new chapter.

Can’t Buy Me Love will premiere on Netflix on October 13, iWantTFC on October 14, and Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, Jeepney TV, TFC, A2Z, and TV5 on October 16!

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9 Cop-Worthy Collabs From Gen-Z Approved Brands That Just Make Sense

A need, not a want.

Consider our early holiday shopping list slowly getting filled up with these collabs and crossovers.

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It’s always an exciting time whenever a collab or crossover happens in the world of beauty and fashion. You don’t know which brands, labels, or creatives will come together, but you just know that a certain kind of magic will be made. It’s even better when you don’t see the crossover happening. And over the past year, so far, there have been quite a few collabs that just made sense and had us double-tapping our screens and pressing add-to-cart. Scroll down for a list of special drops you may want to cop before the year ends.


Croc's x Levi's

What happens when you put a 150-year-old denim manufacturer and an iconic shoe brand in one room? You get this stunning capsule collection from Levi’s and Crocs. This drop features an all-new take on Crocs’ All-Terrain Clog, with a design featuring a denim-wrapped panel, Sashiko stitching, and Levi’s staples, such as the Red Tab on the right shoe and button shanks on the heel strap. Another piece to watch out for is the tie-dye print Classic Clog inspired by the Japanese technique of Shibori dyeing. And yes, both come with special premium Jibbitz.


Spongebob x Careline

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? A beauty girlie, that’s who, thanks to this collaboration between SpongeBob SquarePants and Careline. From contours, liquid blushes, and liquid highlighters, this collection is giving us major Y2K vibes as SpongeBob and friends help us get that snatched beat.


Billie Eilish’s partnership with Nike is the gift that keeps on giving. And in 2023, she gave us another one with the reintroduction of the Nike Air Alpha Force 88. The 80s silhouette comes in two colorways, the first being the one Michael Jordan wore in January 1988 at a game against the New York Knicks, which was where the shoe made its debut, as well as a Black/White option. Keeping in line with Billie and Nike’s advocacy for environmentalism, the fly kicks are made with sustainable and recycled materials.


In 2022, H&M made history with the launch of its first-ever collection with Filipino brand DBTK. This year, they continue that partnership as the Swedish powerhouse and local streetwear brand team up with artist Garapata for an exclusive Philippine collection that marries the vibrant worlds of streetwear and art. From hoodies to tees and more, the drip game got turned to an 11.


Uniqlo is no stranger to getting social media talking with their special collections, like partnering with Spy x Family and Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 for UT collections. But their crossover with Studio Ghibli may just be one of their best this year. The 26-piece collection, which was made in collaboration with Thai artist Kanyada Phatan, ranges from tees, shirts, and accessories and incorporates the animation studio’s iconic characters and designs. Even their viral mini shoulder bags get new variants with Totoro and Catbus designs. Sleek, stylish, and nostalgic, Uniqlo x Studio Ghibli gave what needed to be given.


In hindsight, NewJeans partnering with The Powerpuff Girls for the cartoon’s 25th anniversary made all kinds of sense. But when the two announced the collab during the group’s comeback, many were left gagged. Aside from transforming NewJeans into their own Powerpuff Girls for their New Jeans music video, the collab also included a collection for Line Friends that included, among other things, key chains, phone cases, caps, and shirts.

NewJeans really gave the childhood-favorite cartoon a Gen Z makeover, and we’re here for it. If you want to cop the collection for yourself, you can visit the NewJeans x Play Line Friends pop-up on the 5th floor of Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall. They’ll be there until December 23, 2023.


Fenty x Puma

Before there was Fenty Beauty, there was FENTY X PUMA. Rihanna lowkey helped change the game with her collections with PUMA from 2015 to 2018. And this 2023, the superstar returns as the Creative Director of FENTY x PUMA with a multi-year partnership and several product launches in the pipeline First up on the list is the FENTY x PUMA Avanti, an unconventional mix of two PUMA icons blending the high-quality leather design of the King football boot with the outsole of the heritage running shoe, Easy Rider.

The shoes have buttery soft vintage leather, a fold-over tongue with a debossed and printed gold-foil FENTY, and a PUMA CAT logo. With a gum outsole and leather footbed, the details of the Avanti nod to PUMA’s deep history and heritage in the sport of football. The black and white version is complimented by a chrome execution with laser-etched logos and leather chrome details. Aside from online, limited pairs are available at PUMA’s EDSA Shangri-la store.


Earlier this year, Netflix tapped Lacoste for a special collection that reimagined the sportswear brand’s green crocodile through the lens of the streaming services’ biggest shows. Polos, sweatshirts, tracksuits, caps, and more were given the Netflix treatment as eight shows, such as Stranger Things, Bridgerton, and The Witcher, made their way onto the French brand’s silhouettes and everyday wear. If ever you wanted to see the Lacoste crocodile as a Demogorgon on a polo, here’s your chance.


Dua Lipa has been a fan of Versace for years, often wearing their designs for performances or events. She even walked in one of their shows. 2023 took Dua’s partnership with the fashion house to a new level when she and Donatella Versace co-designed a collection called La Vacanaza. True to its name, this Dua x Versace team-up is all about living your best life during a vacation at all times, as exemplified by the pieces ranging from gowns to beachwear. The collection also has a vintage aspect to it, with the looks harkening to Versace staples such as metallics, butterflies, and polka-dot designs.

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5 Fun Facts About Mackenyu That’ll Make You Love Him Even More

Your newest fave.

With Mackenyu traveling to Manila this November, it’s time to get to know more about this fast-rising actor.

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Whether you know him as Roronoa Zoro from Netflix’s highly successful One Piece live-action series or Takauji Namiki from Todome no Kiss, Mackenyu Arata has been on everyone’s lips as of late. For years, the Japanese-American actor has been steadily making a name for himself as one of the hottest young actors in Japan. It’s a reputation that has since exploded thanks to One Piece and his praised turn as the green-haired swordsman Zoro.

Now, with his star reaching the stratosphere, the talented thespian is a worldwide household name, and for good reason. If you made a list of breakthrough actors of 2023, Mackenyu would be near the top of that list. Whether you’ve been a fan for years or just newly obsessed, here are some fun facts about Mackenyu that might just make you stan harder.  


Mackenyu Arata

While many are crushing on Mackenyu hard, he only has his eyes on one girl. ICYDK, Mackenyu is married and has a child. And even if the actor is on the fast lane to superstardom, he still makes it a priority to keep his private life exactly that, private, and keep his family out of the public spotlight. Fame and fortune aside, we love how Mackenyu is keeping his boundaries and not subjecting his family to unwanted media attention.    


Depending on which side of TikTok you’ve been on recently, you’ve probably come across one or multiple edits of Mackenyu, either from One Piece or his many other projects (with Over Drive being a particular fan favorite). And if you’re wondering if Mackenyu knows about all this crushing, yes, he does, as seen in this promotional video for One Piece when Netflix sat the actor down to react to thirst tweets.


On the acting front, the 26-year-old has been on the rise in Japan thanks to his movies and shows, some of which include live-action anime productions even before One Piece like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Tokyo Ghoul SKnights of the Zodiac, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Rurouni Kenshin: The Final. He’s also worked on a major Hollywood movie with his role as Cadet Ryoichi in Pacific Rim: Uprising.

And if that wasn’t enough, he also has a passion for music. He began playing the piano when he was 10 years old and learned how to play the saxophone and flute in high school. Oh, and he has a great voice too as he’s done a few covers and even dabbled in musical theater. Looks, acting, and vocals? Mackenyu has got it all.


Yes, you read that right. In an interview with Lyn Ching at the end of 2022 to promote Dragons of Wonderhatch, Mackenyu was asked where he would go if he could ride a dragon. Without hesitation, the actor said that he would like to go to the Philippines as he’s had friends from the country, but he’s never been. Imagine being friends with Mackenyu Arata. Sana all. And it seems that Lyn Ching’s invite to be his personal tour guide may come true because…


In an announcement that had Filipino fans talking on social media, the Manila Pop Culture Convention, which is set to take place this November 17-19 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, revealed that Mackenyu is traveling to the country to attend the convention as well as meet his Pinoy fans.

As far as we know, this will be the first time Mackenyu has been to the country, so it’ll be exciting to see what he can get on his itinerary. While the entrance is free to ManiPopCon, getting up close to the actor is going to cost, with an autograph costing 5,500 pesos, a photo with him at 6,000 pesos, and the VIP experience at 12,000 pesos. You can get your tickets here.

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YOU Beauty

All About That Base: A Step-by-Step Guide To Picture-Perfect Makeup

It's a non-negotiable in your routine.

This beauty brand continues to develop skincare-infused cosmetic products that will deliver pigment while providing our skin the nourishment it deserves.


When we’re to focused on sleek brows and sharp contours, base routines are often overlooked. While it includes a strict skincare routine and a good night’s sleep—it all boils down to your base routine. Knowing how to apply foundation, concealer, and powder properly seems simple enough, but finding the perfect products makes the difference.

I agree with ‘skincare first, makeup after‘, but why not invest in makeup products infused with skincare ingredients? Y.O.U Beauty believes in the importance of having good and healthy skin as the base of a great makeup look. That’s why this beauty brand continues to deliver skincare-infused cosmetic products that will deliver pigment while providing our skin the nourishment it deserves. When we’re all about that base, here’s a step-by-step guide to picture-perfect makeup.

Step 1: Skin Prep


The first step should be all about skin prepping. Since we’re putting layers of makeup, the skin needs to be clean, moisturized, and smooth. If we’re not properly prepped and hydrated before applying base makeup, the final look wouldn’t reach its full potential—nor will it last long enough.

Note that choosing a moisturizer with ceramides can help to lock in moisture. Y.O.U Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream doesn’t only hydrate, but also strengthens and supports skin barrier thanks to Ceramide 1-3-6.

Step 2: Color Correct

If you have acne marks, discoloration, and dark circles, applying a color corrector before your foundation can be a game-changer. Color correcting may seem intimidating and best left to the makeup gurus, but a good color-corrector should seamlessly blend into your skin, neutralizing discolorations that foundations and concealers might miss.

Y.O.U Cloud Touch Correcting Concealer Palette is a multi-functional creamy concealer that provides two corrective colors and two concealer shades that can correct and conceal blemishes.  Infused with Ceramides and Centella Asiatica, this palette brings you that smooth, buildable coverage that evens out your skin tone while showing some love with the hydration and nourishment it’s been craving.

Step 3: Skin Tint

YOU Beauty Cloud Touch Fixing Tint

The biggest difference between skin tints and foundation—or any other complexion makeup product—is the level of coverage. Skin tints, being designed for a more minimalist routine, allows some of your natural complexion to show through. If you’re looking for sheer coverage, a skin tint would be best for your next purchase.

Y.O.U Beauty Cloud Touch Blurring Skin Tint is a lightweight, skincare-infused, blurring liquid foundation that delivers a soft-matte finish. Formulated with Film-Forming Technology, it builds a breathable skin layer capable of locking in makeup for up to 24 hours, while providing SPF 25 PA+++ to help protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Whether you’re in for a long workday or a weekend getaway, your skin’s sun-protected.

Step 4: Conceal

Y.O.U NoutriWear+ Complete Cover Concealer

If you still have blemishes that are visible after putting on a skin tint, a good concealer can help give your skin that picture-perfect look. Concealers generally have a higher concentration of pigment, so they’ll take care of what needs attention. Apply Y.O.U NoutriWear+ Complete Cover Concealer on areas that need extra coverage like under the eyes and dark spots.

Step 4: Set

Y.O.U Noutriwear Airy Fit Loose Powder

If you’ve always avoided powder for fear of being cakey, you’re missing out. Whether you have oily skin, fighting sweat, or simply setting your makeup, loose powders are the real deal. This makeup product keeps your base makeup, cream contours, and liquid blushes in place, preventing them from creasing and helping them stay put all day (or night). Need recos?

Y.O.U Noutriwear Airy Fit Loose Powder prolongs makeup and has skin-loving ingredients like Centella Asiatica that boost collagen production. The best part? This loose powder comes in three shades!

Step 5: Lock

Y.O.U NoutriWear+ Makeup Stay Lock Mist

Having setting spray in your makeup stash is an absolute necessity. After all, what’s more annoying than having your makeup melt off your face just a few hours after you’ve put in all that effort? Without setting spray, all the previous steps will slide, smudge, and fade before your next break.

Consider Y.O.U NoutriWear+ Makeup Stay Lock Mist, a nourishing setting spray that contains Filmexel®, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Immortelle C-lock Essence. This formula effectively locks in makeup, reducing the need for midday touch-ups.

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I Tried This Viral 2-in-1 Moisturizer, Is It Worth the Hype?

TikTok fave put to the test.

Was the FYP right on Y.O.U Beauty’s Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream?


If there’s one thing TikTok loves, it’s a beauty trend—especially one that reveals the secret to radiant skin. With beauty and skincare content creators saturating every scroll of our FYP, finding reviews and recommendations has never been more accessible. But in the midst of skincare sensations and trending products, it becomes more difficult to personally pick what’s truly worth the hype.

The latest beauty buy that has recently surged in popularity is a dual-purpose moisturizing cream from Y.O.U Beauty. Boasting over 330 million views, the beauty brand has been praised for skin-repairing and brightening properties. Now, is the Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream worth the viral status? Here’s what we think.

Fast Facts: All About the Trending 2-in-1 Moisturizer

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Before diving deep into Tiktok’s fresh fave, here are fast facts about the Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream. After all, reading the label matters.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Ceramide 1-3-6, Powerful Brightening System (Symwhite 377, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, and Licorice Extract), Snow Mushroom Extract

SKIN TYPE: It’s made with nature inspired ingredients making the Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream suitable even for sensitive skin.

USES: Brightens skin without greasiness and boost radiance from within.

PRICE: ₱599 for 30g | ₱799 for 50g

The Formula aka The Good Stuff

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Y.O.U Beauty’s approach to their active ingredients is thorough and thoughtful. The beauty brand uses all-natural and skin-loving formula backed by third-party research. That said, it includes a beautiful blend focused on brightening and skin-repairing properties. Here’s a breakdown of every ingredient:

Ceramide 163: While our skin naturally contains ceramides, daily life can deplete them, causing concerns like wrinkles, dullness, and flaky skin. Compared to retinols, hyaluronic acids, and Vitamin Cs, ceramides are often overlooked. Yet, they’re essential for repairing the skin barrier, reducing wrinkles, and enhancing texture in your skincare routine.

Snow Mushroom Extract: Emerging as a key ingredient in Western skincare products, the Snow Mushroom Extract is dubbed as the next hyaluronic acid due to its hydrating properties. Hyaluronic acid can retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making this fungus function similarly when drawing moisture into the skin. If you’re seeking to tackle perpetually parches skin, its hydrating power is pretty major. 

Powerful Brightening System: This powerhouse combo consists of Vitamin C, Symwhite 377, Niacinamide, and Licorice Extract that effectively reduces melanin production and fades discoloration with consistent use.

Yay or Nay?

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I am the poster child for combination skin and discoloration. That said, my face is two shades lighter than my neck with dryness, humidity, and irritation. From head to toe, my skincare routine is carefully curated with products that focus on achieving an even skin tone, and reducing dark spots. While I’ve found products that work wonders for brightening and hydration, it’s been a while since I’ve come across something that can effectively serve both purposes.

I’ve been using the Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream for a whole week now, and here’s what I think: For starters, I immediately noticed that the moisturizer was lightweight. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tacky or sticky, and there’s no residue left after application—good for skin prepping prior to makeup application. Then again, it imparts a radiant glow from within. I will continue to test the moisturizer for best results, but it’s clear that the Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream is a must-have addition to my skincare routine.

Try the Y.O.U Beauty Radiance Up! Deep Moisturizing Cream by shopping on LazadaShopee, and in-stores at Watsons.

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Everything We Know So Far About The Manila Pop Culture Convention 2023

Geeks, we march at dawn (of the 17th)!

Manila Pop Culture Convention 2023 is coming to Ayala Malls Manila Bay from November 17 to 19 to celebrate all things fun and geeky! Here’s what to expect.

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One Piece star Mackenyu made headlines recently when he was announced as the headliner for ManiPopCon, or the Manila Pop Culture Convention 2023, an upcoming gathering and convention of geeks, gamers, and pop culture enthusiasts in Manila. At the convention, Mackenyu will have a solo panel, meet and greet, and special photo op and autograph sessions the weekend of November 17 to 19. Other special guests are also slated to attend the event, like actresses Diana Lee Inosanto and Mela Lee.

Tickets for Mackenyu’s special events are being sold here, but even if you don’t manage to score one, don’t worry—you can still catch a glimpse of him at the convention!

ManiPopCon promises all sorts of geeky fun. And the best part? Entrance is FREE! But there will be a ticketing system, so stay tuned to their website and social media accounts to secure your tickets. Special events and VIP experiences like Mackenyu’s meet and greet have separate ticket prices, which are a little pricey, but hopefully it’s worth it. If you’re wondering what else is in store for the convention, read on ahead.


As with any other events that involve social gatherings like concerts or even movies, conventions have reached new peaks after the worst of the pandemic ended. From Comic-Cons to Sticker Cons, people are gathering to shop, sell, play games, cosplay, bond, and just have fun with their fellow enthusiasts.

Of course, there’s much to learn with conventions’ growing popularity and the changing times. Tech and gaming convention CONQuest 2023 back in June “turned into a nightmare” after failed logistics, incredibly long lines and waiting times, and scams, among other issues. Social media was on fire after attendees and vendors alike voiced out their concerns with the event. After, the organizers apologized and refunded the tickets of those unable to enter the venue.

Moreover, there was a Manila Pop Culture Convention back in 2019, which unfortunately faced some criticism related to poor planning and logistics.

So, clearly it’s not enough to just want to bring people, games, media, vendors, and merchandise together under one roof to explore passions and niches. There’s a lot of expectations to be met, work to be done, and issues to be addressed. ManiPopCon seems to want to deliver a well-executed event, so here’s hoping this year’s convention will turn out better to allow all the artists, gamers, cosplayers, and geeks abound to have a grand time celebrating all things pop culture.


ManiPopCon is said to be “a safe space to cosplay, meet other geeks, gather collectibles, play with opponents, and meet special celebrities within the geek community.” They promise Filipino movie classics, nostalgia and thrills, toys and collectibles, streaming stars, anime, comics, games and tournaments, and so much more.

There’s also sure to be booths that offer a wide array of merchandise, fanart, collectibles, and knick-knacks attendees can stock up on to show their love for their specific niches of geekhood. ManiPopCon recently opened up a call for exhibitors, which means people can promote their art or brand to a wide audience of convention-goers. There are three tiers of varying benefits and prices. Plus, there’s a lot more for them to announce, but the hype is real.


Besides vendors and merch and special guests, what else is happening? Well, let us tell you. There will be a music festival, After Dark Music Fest, on November 18 and 19, headlined by artists like Silent Sanctuary, Tanya Markova, One Click Straight, and more! Get tickets here.

Not just that—ManiPopCon will also have something for the film buffs. They’re partnering with ABS-CBN’s Sagip Pelikula to screen restored Filipino film classics like LVN’s Ibong Adarna (1941) and Captain Barbell (1973).

Register for Manila Pop Culture Convention 2023 here and stay updated on their Facebook page, where they’re hosting some trivia games for the chance to score tickets for some of the movies they’ll be showing at the event!

Bookmark this page for more updates!

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5 Things You Can Do To Prepare For That Eras Tour Movie Viewing Party

The cultural experience of the year arrives in the Philippines.

Bestie, wake up! Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour movie is showing in the Philippines beginning this October 13. It’s time to get ready.

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October 13, 2023 is not just a regular Friday. To Swifties around the world, it may as well be a global holiday, with the Eras Tour movie hitting cinemas in over 100 countries simultaneously. And yes, that includes the Philippines. SM Cinemas and Ayala Malls Cinemas will be screening the concert on screens around the country, with SM showing it on October 13-15, 19-22, 26-29, and November 2-5, and Ayala Malls having their showings on October 13-15 and 19-22.

Given the heartbreak of the Eras Tour skipping the Philippines and only hitting Singapore and Japan next year, the concert film is the chance for Pinoy Swifites to see Taylor’s massive tour if they weren’t able to secure tickets abroad. And given how both SM and Ayala Malls websites went down at the start of ticket selling, the hype is real. As we’re just a couple of weeks away from the concert’s screenings, here are a few things you can do so that you can live your best Swifite life at the cinema.


While it isn’t the actual concert, nothing is stopping you from making the mood feel like one. So, get those friendship bracelets ready and trade some with your fellow Swifties at the cinemas. That way, you still get to experience a core part of the tour even if you aren’t going to any show. Consider it a souvenir from the screening. Let that creativity fly and flex that TS knowledge with your bracelets.


Who says you can’t serve while watching in the cinema? Dust off that Eras Tour outfit you wanted to wear or execute that dream ‘fit and show out at the movies. If you’re watching the Eras Tour concert, might as well look the part and feel as if you’re right there at the stadium.


Ticket prices these days aren’t cheap. But prices for the Eras Tour concert are on another level with regular tickets going for 550 pesos and IMAX tickets setting you back 1000 pesos a piece. While they are significantly lower than the thousands you would have spent for an actual Eras Tour ticket, it’s still nothing to sneeze at. So, make sure to save up as you plan which weekend to watch the movie.


A key part of any Eras Tour show is the audience participation and fan chants, most of which were made by fans and ended up being adopted by the fandom. From the “1,2,3 let’s go bitch” at the start of Delicate to asking Taylor where she’s going during the first pre-chorus of Bejeweled, the show has a lot of cues for fans to participate in. So, brush up on the to-do moments and make the cinema feel even more like an actual show. While Taylor can’t hear you do them, we have a strong feeling she’ll love seeing her fans do them in the cinema. 


Eras Tour poster

For many, the Eras Tour showing in cinemas will be the best chance they get to watch the actual tour (aside from TikTok lives, of course). The whole point of Taylor bringing her tour to the movie house is for her fans to enjoy, have fun, and revel in a shared love. Play her songs, memorize the lyrics, and binge-listen her bridges. Whether you’re going with your Swiftie barkada to an organized viewing party or watching alone, it’s your time to let loose and experience the special event. No one is ruining the fun for us.

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