We Finally Found The Suncreen You’ll Want to Wear This Summer

Sunscreens are non-negotiable.

The Sunbrella Series of Y.O.U Beauty is your guide to summer-ready skin. Get to know more about the sunscreen that’s formulated for you.

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As the summer season starts, thoughts turn to beach trips, lazy afternoons by the pool, and all these adventures under the sun. While it’s tempting to focus on packing essentials like tankinis, flip flops, and digicams, there’s one summer staple that should never be left out of your tote bag: sunscreen. But this isn’t just about protecting your skin from the scorching heat—it’s all about making sun protection a year-round priority for your skincare routine.

Whether you’re basking in the seaside breeze or leisurely lounging in your balcony, sunscreen is your best defense against the harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays. From preventing premature aging signs like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation to reducing the risk of skin cancer, the importance of sunscreen cannot be overstated. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the ultimate sunscreens that you’ll actually want to wear this summer.

The Sunbrella Series

Get set to rock your summer with the Sunbrella Series from Y.O.U Beauty—your ultimate sidekick for sun-soaked adventures without the stress. Promising broad-spectrum protection against those sneaky UVA and UVB rays, the Sunbrella Series’ SPF 50+ formula is like a force field against sun damage, blocking out a whopping 98% of UVB rays while scoring top marks with its PA++++ rating for unbeatable UVA defense.

With four fabulous variants to choose from, there’s a sunscreen ready to match every adventure and lifestyle. So, whether you’re chilling by the pool, hitting the hiking trails, or just running errands around town, trust Y.O.U Beauty to have the perfect sunscreen to suit your style. Scroll through what the Sunbrella Series is serving up this summer.

Y.O.U Sunbrella Airy Outdoor Sunscreen Spray

Get ready to make a splash with the Y.O.U Sunbrella Airy Outdoor Sunscreen Spray—a game-changer for divers, surfers, and adventure seekers. Designed for those who are always on the move, this ultra-lightweight sunscreen spray packs a punch with its SPF 50+ PA++++ protection without weighing you down.

Infused with skin-loving ingredients like Niacinamide and Buddleja Officinalis Extract, it not only defends against UVA/UVB/IR rays but also nourishes your skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and ready for action. The best part? It’s reef-friendly, so you can dive deep without harming our coral reefs.

Y.O.U Sunbrella Intensive Care Aqua Sunscreen

Meet the Y.O.U Sunbrella Intensive Care Aqua Sunscreen, a must-have for those with sensitive skin seeking comprehensive protection and care. This gentle yet powerful sunscreen offers 8x all-around protection, ensuring your skin stays shielded from harmful UV rays while receiving the TLC it deserves.

Enriched with skin-loving ingredients like SymWhite 377 for brightening and Ceramide for fortifying the skin barrier, it not only safeguards your skin but also enhances its summer-ready radiance. Perfect for weekend warriors planning to groove at music festivals or hit hiking trails, this sunscreen ensures you can soak up the sun worry-free, leaving your skin feeling pampered and protected all day long.

Y.O.U Sunbrella Tone Up UV Elixir Sunscreen

Get ready to shine bright with the Y.O.U Sunbrella Tone Up UV Elixir Sunscreen—your glow-getter for sun-soaked adventures! This multitasking marvel not only amps up your UV protection game but also works its magic with Photosensitive Smart Powder technology, ensuring your skin stays selfie-ready at every tourist hotspot you visit.

Enriched with a blend of Sunflower Seed Oil, SymWhite 377, and Hyaluronic Acid, it’s like a burst of sunshine in a bottle, banishing dullness and leaving you with a luminous, radiant complexion. So, whether you’re striking a pose in front of iconic landmarks or capturing candid moments with friends, let Y.O.U Sunbrella Tone Up UV Elixir Sunscreen be your go-to glow enhancer.

Y.O.U Sunbrella Triple UV Elixir Sunscreen

Serve up some serious fun in the sun with your new BFF: the Y.O.U Sunbrella Triple UV Elixir Sunscreen. Whether you’re sunbathing or spiking volleyballs, keep your skin hydrated throughout the summer.

With its 3x oil control power and a blend of soothing ingredients like Witch Hazel, Matmarine, and 4D Centella Asiatica, it’s the skincare staple that will keep natural oils in check without white casts. So, say goodbye to shine and hello to clear, radiant skin that’s ready to hit the beach with confidence.

Nourish, protect, and repair your skin while you soak up the summer sun! Don’t miss out on exclusive deals on Shopee, Lazada, TikTok Shop, or visit select stores like Watsons, SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Store, and many more.

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ILLIT’s First Step In Their World Full Of Whimsical Vibes And Magic: “We Will Make It”

They are the lucky girls.

HYBE and BELIFT LAB’s youngest act, ILLIT is here to entice you into their universe. Will you come?

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If you want to know what gagging the world in less than 10 minutes looks like, check out ILLIT’s debut EP. It’s the five-member girl group’s first appearance on the ever-growing music scene, but their debut album, SUPER REAL ME, has already made the listeners magnetized to its infectious laid-back melodies. Living up to their name, ILLIT, which blends “I will” and “It,” YUNAH, MINJU, MOKA, WONHEE, and IROHA are primed to show everyone their vast potential and facets.

“Each one of us has a unique identity, color, and vibe. I was really excited about the idea of the five of us coming together as ILLIT to create synergy and showcase a variety of looks,” says WONHEE during their debut media showcase. “Our slogan saying that we can become anything is a confidence booster,” utters YUNAH.


My World is the perfect opener for SUPER REAL ME, welcoming you to the world of ILLIT and giving the listeners a peek into ILLIT’s future that’s full of zing. The next single, which serves as the album’s title track, Magnetic, really does draw you in with its hooking tune. And now that you’re in, the members echo the message of carrying on with what the universe is telling them: “to continue the story that has been started and spark endlessly” in the subsequent track, Midnight Fiction. Concluding the EP with Lucky Girl Syndrome, all the girls have to do at this point after successfully debuting is have faith in themselves and recite the spell, “We’re lucky girls.”

Reflecting on working with HYBE’s chairman Bang Si Hyuk (“hitman” bang), who’s involved in the production of the EP, YUNAH highlights the value of the sense of responsibility he instilled in them. “When we do our music, we should have a sense of responsibility. He also monitored our films and gave us feedback,” she says. As ILLIT follows in the footsteps of successful HYBE groups like ENHYPEN, LE SSERAFIM, and NewJeans, who all made a big impact right from their beginnings, MOKA admits to NYLON Manila, “I do feel a bit intimidated.”



However, instead of allowing this thinking to overpower them, they channel it into something they can use to also become great artists like them. And IROHA believes that what makes them unique is that they’re always fully engaged at the moment. “Outside music, we’re also super immersed in our daily lives, and we’re going to show those facets of us to our fans,” she adds. “We have a lot of seniors who we can learn from and look up to. There are also a lot of people who support us, and we know this. So, we try to always remember this and do our best to live up to the expectations,” MINJU states.

It’s just the beginning but the quintet’s music is already making its own way to people’s playlists and worldwide charts (ILLIT entered the Spotify global chart on their very debut date, setting an impressive record among K-pop girl groups). Indubitably, the girls have goals on their list, and one of them is to win the Rookie of the Year award as “this is an award we can get only when we are rookies.” Read our full interview with ILLIT below!

First of all, congratulations on your anticipated debut! Since you’re just new in the industry, introduce yourselves and tell us something that you plan to bring to the table as a member of ILLIT.

YUNAH: Hello, everyone! I’m YUNAH, and I bring energy to the group!

MINJU: Hi there, I’m MINJU with a charming voice.

MOKA: Nice to meet you. I’m MOKA, the quietest member of ILLIT.

WONHEE: Hello! I’m WONHEE, and I’m the most-rounded member of ILLIT.

IROHA: Hello, I’m IROHA, the youngest with a lovely smile.

Since your group name is called “ILLIT,” which is a combination of “I will” and “It,” could you complete this sentence? “I will…” or “We will…”

YUNAH: I will try it.

MINJU: We will make it.

MOKA: We will win it!

WONHEE: We will show it.

IROHA: We will shine.

Tell us how you prepared for SUPER REAL ME. How was your experience recording the songs, learning the dance choreography, and filming the music video? How does it feel to finally put your hands on these for the first time?

WONHEE: We were experiencing everything for the first time, so we were all a bit nervous. But as we neared the debut, excitement started to outweigh our worries.

YUNAH: I did experience some difficulties along the way and it took some time to get used to them since everything was so new to us. However, that made it all the more fun. When we were shooting the music video for Magnetic, that’s when it really sank in for me, and I thought, “Wow, we finally made it. We’re actually making our debut.”



Which of the songs do you think suits you or your musical taste the best, and what was your reaction when you first heard that track?

MOKA: I adore all of our tracks on SUPER REAL ME, but My World truly stood out to me when I first heard the song! There was something about it that piqued my curiosity and mesmerized me. I was especially eager to hear how ILLIT’s voices would complement this track.

IROHA: Magnetic resonated with me the most. I think it captures the essence of ILLIT! I was instantly captivated and thought this is the track I would add to my playlist, even if the track doesn’t end up being included in our album!

In what aspects or ways do you believe your participation in ‘R U Next?’ helped you prepare for the shift in pressure, where public attention is constant rather than tied to elimination rounds?

MINJU: The experience of participating in R U Next? and showcasing our performances will definitely help me feel less nervous when I step onto the stage.

YUNAH: What I experienced and learned during R U Next? proves to be most helpful when I’m on stage. As I prepared for our Debut Show ILLIT: I’LL (SHOW) IT, memories and lessons from R U Next? flooded back to me. Reminding myself of the challenges I’ve overcome throughout the show allows me to manage the stress and nervousness, and gives me the confidence to perform in front of a larger audience. 

Tell us what’s one thing you’ve picked up from participating in the survival show program ‘R U Next?’. What was the most precious memory you remember or the core memory you have from the show?

WONHEE: I participated in the show shortly after becoming a trainee and I gained invaluable experience in such a short period of time. I was fortunate that I had the chance to further improve my performance skills on stage and learn what it takes to excel as an artist.

IROHA: One valuable lesson I took away from R U Next? is the importance of facial expressions — I learned that with the right look and expression, I can take the performance one step further. After each round, I monitored myself and tried to reflect on the feedback I received, which I believe helped me enhance my expressions to better deliver the performance.



Do you recall the first time you met each other? What were your first impressions?

YUNAH: MINJU might come across as quiet and composed, but I found her incredibly funny when we first met! She seemed a bit shy at the start, but soon enough, she showed her hilarious hidden talents. I remember thinking, “Wow, this new girl is very funny!” (laughs) MOKA seemed relatively reserved and laid-back, while WONHEE had naturally adorable charm; with her round face and glasses, she looked like a cartoon character. IROHA appeared like a cute younger sister, but her dance moves were on par with seasoned artists!

MINJU: Upon first seeing YUNAH, I was taken aback by her model-like aura. And MOKA had this serene and laid-back vibe about her. But when she hit the dance floor, her moves were anything but subdued – they were absolutely electrifying! WONHEE possessed a captivating charm that effortlessly drew people in, and despite being one of the younger trainees, IROHA’s dance skills were impeccable.

MOKA: I’ll never forget the first time I met WONHEE; she was just too adorable to describe with words. Right from the beginning, I vividly recall YUNAH greeting me with her big, radiant smile. MINJU stood out as one of the strikingly beautiful trainees and IROHA seemed extremely cool whenever she danced.

WONHEE: When I first met everyone, I was struck by how beautiful they all were. Especially when I saw YUNAH, I was in awe, thinking, “Wow, she is so pretty!” I remember MINJU being one of the people who first came up to me to say hi. She was stunning with her own soft and graceful allure, while MOKA exuded an air of calm and poise. I was surprised by how fluent IROHA was in Korean even though it’s not her native language. Plus, she had such an adorable name that perfectly matched her charm.

IROHA: Meeting everyone for the first time is etched in my memory like it happened yesterday. YUNAH was always beaming with her kind smile and uplifting personality, no matter what the situation was. MINJU’s unique alluring voice caught my ears! MOKA, a fellow Japanese trainee, showcased remarkable dancing abilities and I remember finding WONHEE incredibly cute, who can also sing very well.

How does it feel to be the first girl group under BELIFT LAB, following the steps of ENHYPEN, as well as the girl groups LE SSERAFIM and NewJeans, who all are making names for themselves in the industry? Is there anything we should look forward to ILLIT in the near future?

MOKA: At HYBE LABELS, there are so many artists with amazing careers that we look up to. I do feel a bit intimidated, but we’re eager to showcase our individual charms and personalities as we strive to become great artists ourselves. What makes us stand out is that we have a playful and high-spirited vibe, like fun high school students, that everyone would like to hang out with!

YUNAH: I think our playful, witty, and whimsical identity will resonate well with the audience.

You made your Paris Fashion Week debut, filmed many introductory content for fans, became new faces of Acne Studios, and more even before you debuted. Now you’re busy with your album preparations and promotions. How’s your idol life so far? How would you describe living the life you’re dreaming right now, and what are you looking forward to the most doing and achieving?

WONHEE: I’m genuinely grateful and feel privileged to have had such opportunities even before our debut! My aspiration is to grow as a K-pop artist and connect with as many fans as possible through grand concerts.

MINJU: So far it’s been much busier than I imagined, but I feel blessed as I’ve finally achieved my dream of becoming a K-pop artist. I’m eagerly anticipating the chance to engage with our fans through stages, fan meets, and content.



Was there a moment when you had second thoughts on whether you’re now sure of pushing through this career, or is being an idol your No. 1 dream in the first place?

IROHA: I always liked dancing, so before dreaming of becoming a K-pop artist, I wanted to be a dancer. It was after watching performances by various K-pop artists that I felt inspired to pursue a career as an artist.

MINJU: I had a lot of aspirations, such as being a violinist, a kindergarten teacher, and more.

Speaking of that, which artists helped you decide that you’re going to also take the path they took? Are there any artists that were a big part and influence on your music journey?

MOKA: There are many artists who have influenced me, but my love for K-pop started after seeing BIGBANG’s performances, and I began dreaming of becoming a K-pop artist.

YUNAH: It’s challenging to single out just one, as there are a number of K-pop artists who have inspired me along the way. However, BTS has had a significant impact on my journey towards becoming a K-pop artist.

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NYLON Manila Picks: Our Favorite Food and Restaurants of March 2024

Take ‘eating your feelings’ to the next level with these picks

March walked in and out of our lives real fast, but these are the food faves that helped us stay grounded this month. 

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Can you believe we are now a quarter of the way through 2024? Whether you’re in high spirits or 100% done, food is a friend we can all rely on. When it’s time to celebrate, it’s time to eat. When your heart is broken? It’s also time to eat!

This month, let the NYLON Manila team help you decide what eats to try next, as we’ve compiled a list of our favorite foods and restos for March 2024: 

French Kiss by Odd Café

“I must confess that I’m not a coffee person but when i discovered Odd Café’s French Kiss I immediately fell in love with this drink! It is an espresso, vanilla, and cinnamon concoction that can be served cold and hot but I always prefer when served cold in terms of coffee.” – Kurt Abonal, Fashion Assistant

Birthday Cake Iced Capp by Tim Hortons

“As a fan of anything ‘birthday cake’ flavored, this ice-blended drink really hits the spot. It’s like drinking a honey-glazed donut.” – Maggie Batacan, EIC

BLK 513

“As someone who has a love-hate relationship with frozen yogurt, BLK 513 is one of my favorite places to get dessert. The yogurt is a nice mix between sweet and sour and they have a variety of toppings to choose from. A personal favorite of mine is the Dark Side Cup.” – Raf Bautista, Managing Editor

Unsweetened Medjool Dates

“Apart from their long list of nutritional benefits, dates make for a perfect non-messy snack while working. With no peeling or prepping required, they’re my go-to snack both at home and on the go, particularly when I need a reliable source of glucose.” – Andre Chang, Fashion and Creative Director

The Chimney Cone

@lexychiu Cutest ice cream in Paranaque!🍦 📍@the_chimney_cone in Ayala Malls Manila Bay 3rd floor The cone is baked with perfection! I love the bread and the ice cream itself cause It may look too sweet but don’t be fooled, it has a balance flavor of sweetness. My fave would the Very berry! Strawberry syrup topped with blueberries and coated with berries candies (again not sweet!). Second to my liking is the S’mores with two biscoff cookies and torched mallows on top. My least favorite from everything we ordered was the matcha😢 was really looking forward to tasting this one but it lacks that matcha taste. Hope they can improve the matcha. Love that you can custom your ice cream from the cone to the ice cream to the toppings with ingredients mostly sourced from France! #chimneycone #icecream #softserve #desserts #smores #sundae #foodporn #biscoff #smores #matcha #matchaicecream #strawberry #saltedcaramel @The Chimney Cone PH ♬ Mori no chiisana restaurant – 手嶌 葵

“It’s a new dessert place in Parañaque! Their cone pastries are always freshly baked and mixed with different flavors of ice cream and toppings ❤️ Plus it looks aesthetic!” – Jasmin Dasigan, Editorial Assistant

Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza

“I recently had the salad and prosciutto pizza at Gino’s and I was delightedly satisfied! I particularly found the spicy honey dressing to be unique and delicious paired with the pizza. And the price point is fair for two people. I would definitely come back for more.” – Elyse Ilagan, Jr. Brand Manager

Daily by Bo’s Coffee

“For college students like myself who are on the verge of becoming broke but still want to get that caffeine fix with a snack, the choices at Daily by Bo’s Coffee make an excellent option.” – James Jacinto, Art Contributor

Bucky’s Brownies

“As a brownie lover, I’ve gone through several different brands in Metro Manila, but nothing has hit as well as Bucky’s Brownies. The original has just the perfect amount of sweet that doesn’t hurt your throat. The Buckies and Cream, while on the sweeter side, is also a must-try, especially if you like Oreos. It’s like an Oreo version of a brownie.

Bucky’s Brownies is also not stingy when it comes to size, so you can either split it in half to share or save for yourself 😁” – Bianca Lao, Account Manager

Oddchata by Odd Café

Oddchata from Odd Café. Not only the is interior of their store visually-appealing, it’s Gen Z approved. Their drink specifically their Horchata is a refreshing beverage. The combination of cinnamon with the rice milk and oats is spot on.” – Gelo Quijencio, Multimedia Artist

Ramen Yushoken

“My ultimate comfort food! The noodles are cooked perfectly and broth is the most flavorful. Paired with a side of gyoza, I always crave ramen whenever I’m feeling under the weather, and I can always count on Yushoken to pick me up.” – Sophia Samala, Ad & Promo Manager

Green Goddess Pesto by Dean & Deluca

“This pesto-heaven in a plate is the most perfect weekend treat I got this March. Accompanied by the restaurant’s soothing ambiance, the dinner night couldn’t have been better.” – Diane Sarmiento, Editorial Intern

Southbank Café + Lounge

“As a self-proclaimed gyudon enthusiast, my current fave is from Southbank Café + Lounge. Just the thought of their brekky gyudon makes my mouth water. The combination of tender beef, sous vide egg, and crispy onion strings is like a flavor explosion in every bite. TBH, I’d happily enjoy it any time of day! And to wash it all down, their matcha latte is the perfect choice—it always hits the spot for me.” – Shane Sy, Social Media Associate

22 Grams MNL

“I first tried 22 Grams Manila at an event, and let me tell you, I’ve been frequenting that café ever since. While everything I’ve tried so far has been good, what I loved most was their Tom Yum Chicken and Bonbons.” – Precy Tan, Beauty Writer

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NYLON Manila Picks: The Fashion Pieces We’re Obsessing Over in March 2024

Get that bag—literally.

We’ve got you covered with the perfect excuse to ~add to cart.~

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When it’s that time again—another hectic end of the month—you know deep down that you deserve a little treat, or perhaps a full-blown shopping spree. And if you’re itching to refresh your wardrobe with some new pieces that will seamlessly slot into your rotation, fear not! We’ve got you covered with the perfect excuse to indulge in some serious retail therapy.

From style staples to statement pieces, NYLON Manila Picks presents a curated selection of fashion-forward clothing, shoes, and accessories that is capturing hearts and turning heads this month. Scroll through for fitspos below.

Aupen Purpose Ice Bag

“This little purse is just a beautiful statement piece. I can only imagine the amount of craftsmanship and time that was needed to create the waterfall of crystals. When carrying it with me to events I often look down at it and smile because of how wonderful and sparkly it is.” –  Maggie Batacan, Editor-in-Chief

LYN Diva On Tone Shoulder Bag

“This month, I snagged the LYN Diva On Tone Shoulder Bag, and it has been a staple ever since. While it’s available in three wearable colors – black, red, and taupe – the red one is a style statement in itself. This trendy bag boasts a distinctive half-round shape and a spacious compartment, but what I love most about it is the logo plaque on the side and the extra pouch hanging from the straps.” – Precy Tan, Beauty Writer

Maison Margiela X Gentle Monster

“If you want eyewear that’s the definition of serve, look no further than the collaboration of Gentle Monster and Maison Margiela. Its iconic design meets innovative craftsmanship, with the second installment of the genderless line being cop-worthy. It makes for a look that will always stand out for the right reasons.” – Raf Bautista, Managing Editor

Onitsuka Tiger GSM 

“My Cream Green Onitsuka Tiger kicks perfectly complements my seven-days-a-week UST AB uniform! These light and comfy soles are my coverage besties and have cozily walked the streets of España to Estancia.” – Diane Sarmiento, Editorial Intern


“They say bigger is better and that’s proven with these kicks from Puma. It’s become one of my favorites in my shoe rotation where I can wear it from work to the mall.” – Raf Bautista, Managing Editor

Steve Madden Weslynn Boot in Pewter

“As a Fashion Assistant who’s always on the go, attending events, fashion shows, or pulling items from designers and brands, I strive for a look that exudes flair and edge. Luckily, I stumbled upon these Weslynn Boots in Pewter from Steve Madden, which perfectly complement my everyday style. Whether paired with shorts, boot-cut trousers, or skirts, they add a touch of unexpected Western charm, making the entire look intriguing.” – Kurt Abonal, Fashion Assistant


“My VEJAs are the most comfortable, travel-friendly sneaker I own. Their colorways are also so cute and subtle, making me want to get a pair in every style despite the steep prices. But VEJAs cost the way they do because they use organic materials and commit to fair trade practices. They offer you comfort in more ways than one—and my feet say they’re worth it.” – Nica Glorioso, Features Writer

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Put The “Break” In “Holy Week Break” With These Activities

It's a break for a reason.

Time for some much-needed R&R and reflection.

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As one of the most important events in the Catholic Faith, Holy Week is a time for solemn reflection and joyous celebration as it marks the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. With the end of the Lenten Season, many embark on a long weekend break, which usually means logging out of the work email and heading to the beach, province, or even abroad. But even if you aren’t part of the faith or are spending Holy Week at home, you can still use the moment for that much-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of life. So, we listed down a few things to do and try this Holy Week to make the most of the R&R.



With Holy Week comes thousands leaving the city and heading to the province and other vacation destinations. With fewer people, cars, and crowding in the Metro, now would be a great time to head out and enjoy the open air. Go biking, head to your nearest park, or go for a run. With the city feeling a lot less crowded these days, take advantage of the moment and get in that breeze and vitamin D.



Four days of no work and school. You know what that means? Time to re-enter your cinephile era and watch all those movies you’ve been dying to see. Life can be so busy sometimes that we end up not having the time to watch our favorite media. So, use the Holy Week break to get those binging hours, catch up on what you’ve missed, and stay updated on the latest releases.



Even if you don’t consider yourself the prayer or religious type, you can still pause everything that has been running in your mind. And one of the first things you can do is go on a social media detox. Time to reflect and meditate, and not be on your phone 24/7. So, go offline for a bit and remember to take in what’s in front of you, not the latest trends on social media. A little break and time off won’t hurt anyone.



As a time to quiet down and look inward, Holy Week serves as a great setting to go on a spiritual retreat. Step back from all the noise and reflect on what matters the most as you rejuvenate and re-align your spiritual energies. But if going to the province or an isolated retreat house isn’t your cup of tea, doing Visita Iglesia or visiting a prayer park is more than enough. As long as you enter this with the right mindset and intentions, you’re good to go.



If you’ve ever wanted to check out a local art gallery, try that cafe you’ve been seeing on TikTok, or even see if rock climbing is for you, consider Holy Week your excuse to do so. A less congested city means a relatively easier time to explore and see the different parts and destinations that you’ve been meaning to go to. You have at least four days to check off your itinerary. Who knows, you might find that next favorite hangout spot.



Remember that book you bought and promised yourself you’d finish in a month? Yeah, it’s still there in the corner of your bedroom still inside its plastic covering. But don’t worry, you can use the Holy Week break to finally dive into the literary world and finish (or get started) on that book. And no, we aren’t talking about school readings. Even if you aren’t interested in reading, the long weekend can still be the time to get on with the hobbies you’ve been putting off.

If you feel like life keeps getting in the way of those activities you hold near and dear to your heart, Holy Week is the time to focus on just that. Put your mind off work or school and spend some, or several, moments doing what you love.

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NYLON Manila Picks: Our Favorite Tech of March 2024

Digital must-haves for the digital native

Looking for some new tech to play with? Our team’s got you covered with our March round-up of tech faves!

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If you’re a tech enthusiast, perhaps there’s no better time to be alive than right now. It almost feels like everyday there’s a new invention popping up on social media, and you’re sitting there wondering, “Why is this something that’s only coming out now and where can I get it?”

If the list of new releases is too overwhelming for you to tackle, allow us from the NYLON Manila team to steer you in an interesting direction. We present to you: our tech faves for March 2024–

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise

“ACNH kept me sane for majority of the lockdown, so when HHP was announced I practically lost my mind. I get to work as an interior designer that creates vacation homes for my cute villagers with an unlimited budget? Say less. The hype around this game may have died long ago, but when I’m particularly stressed I’ll boot up the game and spend an hour on each vacay home to calm my nerves.” – Maggie Batacan, EIC

Tekken 8

“I’ve been playing Tekken for years and Tekken 8 is one of my most favorite entries in the series so far. While the story mode hits, it’s the abundance of online and offline modes that you can do once the credits role that make the game worth the price of admission. Add to that a strong roster and solid mechanics, I’ll be playing Tekken 8 for months to come.” – Raf Bautista, Managing Editor

Digital Cameras

“If you’re looking for a trusty alternative to film cameras but still want to attain that same nostalgic vibe, investing in a digicam is the way to go. Plus points if you opt for one made in the early 2000s.” – James Jacinto, Art Contributor

Sony WH-CH720N

“If you want to get your hands on Sony headphones, but a more budget-friendly version that does the job, then the WH-CH720N will be your best friend! As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of a heavy noise cancelling feature that most headphones have now, the CH720 provides a good balance of it – noise cancelling and the outside world. There are different settings in which you can adjust the noise to your liking.

In comparison to past pairs of headphones that I’ve owned, I’d say that the sound quality of this is pretty good. Battery life is really good as well, can go two to three days without charging the unit.

On the plus side, you can also decorate it with cute stickers or ribbons~” – Bianca Lao, Account Manager

Mini Smart Projector

“Perfect for impromtu movie nights at the end of a long work day. I always reach for my comfort films and series to unwind, and the projector easily turns my room into a cinema.” – Sophia Samala, Ad & Promo Manager

Remax 3-in-1 Portable Fan, Powerbank, and Phone Holder

@lheyah16 hanging neck mini fan with power bank #usbminifan #hangingminifan #minifan #affiliatemarketing #affiliate #foryoupage #fyp #foryou ♬ bilhin mo na yan sis – mx dione

“Random marketplace scrolling, then BOOM, the best find ever. As a journalist who is always on the ground, this 3-in-1 survival device is my ultimate life saver!” – Diane Sarmiento, Editorial Intern

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NYLON Manila Picks: Our Favorite Media Of March 2024

On repeat.

From Ariana Grande’s new album, LE SSERAFIM’s latest comeback, and more, here is the entertainment that got us through March 2024.

Related: NYLON Manila Picks: Our Fave Media Of February 2024

The start of a new month is always an exciting and curious time as you imagine what the next four weeks will be for you. And the following list is a showcase of how our March went, and let’s just say, it was anything but boring. From movies, shows, music, concerts, and so much more, our March 2024 lit up with entertainment, and all for our viewing pleasure. Some were recently released, while others have been out for a while now. But all these titles share in the fact that they were our top watches of the month. Scroll down for our fave media picks.


Probably my favorite series of all time. I rewatch it from start to finish every few months and fall in love with it every time. I learn a lot, the characters are full of depth, and I appreciate them more as I get older. A lot of the values I carry with me today are modeled after those that the News Night crew exemplifies, namely: the responsibility of the media to properly inform its consumers with honor and truth.


My worries about the show living up to the 90s original flew right out of the window after watching the first minute of episode 1. Brimming with new ideas, inventive animation, and varied characterization, the series is checking all the boxes on my list. 


I felt the FOMO when everyone was flying out to different countries to watch Taylor Swift on the Eras Tour. I’m so glad Disney+ released it recently because I got to experience and sing along to the songs in the comfort of my home.


This month, Harleys in Hawaii by Katy Perry is my go-to track on repeat. It’s giving summer situationships—everything that’s fun and flirty.


Shoot From The Hip is a UK-based improv comedy group that makes the most hilarious improvised plays, skits, games, and more! Their shows are chaotic, crazy, and wildly entertaining. The comedy is quick and witty, and the chemistry between the four is the stuff of magic. Their videos got me through some tough times! Some of my favorite full-length improvised plays are The Milkman and The Hare Who Wore A Sweater


As someone who grew up fascinated with rock songs (my emo era), Xdinary Heroes is reliving my inner child as their concept is fresh. The Break the Brake setlist, the boys’ visuals, stage presence, vocals, and their talent ARE top-tier. The concert is so much fun and a vibe!


My top pick for media this month is the K-Drama Queen of Tears, featuring Kim Jiwon and Kim Soohyun! From the storyline to the cast and the OST, it’s a solid 10/10 across the board. Whether you’re into rom-coms or enjoy a good tear-jerker, this series has it all. Even though we’re only six episodes in, it’s already shaping up to be one of my all-time favorites.


The song’s message resonates a lot with how I view life recently. It’s a great song for those who are gaining confidence and having the ambition to think smart and be a winner despite life’s challenges. 


It’s a great mix of comedy, action, and drama. Perfect for those who want to relieve stress after a long week.


I originally watched it because I’m a Zendaya fan, but the movies were soooo good that I got hooked and obsessed with the story, and made me want to read the entire book collection of Dune.


Aside from new music, this series is what I look forward to the most every time my Dreamies have their comeback. It’s a healing experience to see them beyond their idol persona—laid back and bare. My heart is continuously growing with so much love for these boys!


One of my favorite movies, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this March. It’s nice to have another form of media to keep its legacy alive. Its soothing tunes and very relatable lyrics pierce right into my lover girl soul. I’ve also read somewhere that this song could be dedicated to the press, and I have never been the same.

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NYLON Manila Picks: The Beauty Products Our Team Tried and Loved in March 2024

What's your pick?

Let NYLON Manila Picks inspire your next beauty purchase.

Related: NYLON Manila Picks: Beauty Buys That Got Our Team Through February 2024

As the seasons change, so do our skincare and makeup routines. March 2024 has been no exception, with a plethora of new releases and summer staples fighting for our attention. Lucky for you, we’ve made it our mission to sift through the latest offerings to find the best buys deserving a spot in your stash.

So, scroll through the standout products our team has tried and loved this month, offering insights into what’s worth the investment. From skincare solutions to makeup must-haves, our curated selection promises to inspire your next beauty purchase.

Canmake Creamy Touch Liner

“This is the holiest of holy grails in my makeup arsenal. It glides easily along the waterline. The precise tip makes it easy to draw my puppy dog wings and thicken my lash line while still maintaining a somewhat natural look. Also, once it sets it’s really not going anywhere.” – Maggie Batacan, Editor-in-Chief

ISSY Solar Balm

“My top beauty pick this month is the ISSY Solar Balm in the shade Playdate. I’m all about glossy lipsticks, and this one not only provides a beautiful sheen but also keeps my lips moisturized and shielded from UV rays. It’s a win-win!” – Shane Sy, Social Media Associate

KISS ME Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover

“The KISS ME Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover is my holy grail! With just this and my cleanser, all my makeup disappears like magic, even the most stubborn mascaras. Simply apply it to your lashes, wait a bit, then wipe away with a tissue (I recommend pinching your lashes between your thumb and finger with a tissue in between to avoid smudging it all over your face). The ridged plastic end makes application to your lashes a breeze, and while it’s easy to avoid getting it in your eye, it’s not very irritating if it does.” – Nica Glorioso, Features Writer

Strokes Beauty Silk Kiss and Face Sculpt Lines

“My current obsession is Strokes Beauty’s lip oil and contour sticks. I love that they innovated the packaging to make it sleeker and cleaner, and I adore the new shades. Personally, I use the My Lips But Better shade in the lip oil and the contour stick in the shade Peanut.” – Elyse Ilagan, Jr. Brand Manager

Sunnies Face Glidegloss

“As a fan of moisturized, hydrating, and glossy lips, the new Sunnies Face Glidegloss is a must-have for me. It’s comfortable, nourishing, flattering to my skin tone, and it adds a pop of color to your lips (a must for me wink).” – Gelo Quijencio, Multimedia Artist

Vice Cosmetics 𝗛𝘆𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗪𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝟮𝟰𝗛𝗥 𝗔𝗶𝗿𝗯𝗿𝘂𝘀𝗵 𝗣𝗼𝘄𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

“I remember falling in love with Vice Cosmetics’ powder foundation in 2019, and I was definitely excited to try their new Hyperwear 24HR Airbrush Powder Foundation. To say the least, they didn’t disappoint. Apart from the sleek packaging, it’s a powder foundation that gives the skin a matte finish with coverage and oil control. Tip: spritz water on your sponge or powder puff before applying for maximum coverage.” – Precy Tan, Beauty Writer

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Outing Etiquette 101: 6 Things That Lowkey Should Be The Standard In Barkada Outings

That's not the vibe bestie.

Wonder why you haven’t been invited to a barkada outing in a while? Maybe it’s because you’re guilty of breaking these rules.

Related: 8 New Hangout Spots In The Metro To Check Out With Your Barkada This Weekend

Many of us know the struggle of getting the outing outside the barkada gc. While it’s one thing to say in the chat that you want to hang out, it’s a whole other ballgame to see it manifest in an actual get-together. The payoff at the end though is often always worth it when spending time with the people close to you. But, just because you’re besties doesn’t give you a free pass to do what you want, especially if it causes inconvenience to others.

Just like with any social gathering, barkada outings also expect certain behaviors from the people involved to make the experience as fun and smooth as possible. Sure, every barkada operates on their own dynamics, with each friend group being different. But there are some universal truths still worth following. After all, no one wants a vibe killer in the gang. So, scroll down for a few red and green flags to keep in mind for your next barkada outing, whether that be watching a movie or going on trips abroad.



From a simple hangout at a friend’s place to a weekend stay at an Airbnb, a lot of planning can often come with barkada outings. So, when someone initiates, replay in the gc. No one wants to be left on read or seen. A simple yes or no will suffice. Not only will it make things clearer who will and won’t be able to go, but it will also make life easier for the designated organizer of the group to plan the outing. Also, when you’re asked what you want to do, respond and let your friends know. Don’t assume your friends can read your mind.



If your barkada agreed to a schedule or itinerary, it’s best to follow it. So, don’t be late or show up hours after the agreed-upon meet-up time. Unless you have a valid excuse to be late or change the schedule, stick to what was agreed upon. While you might think it’s not a big deal to your friends, it’s a sign that you don’t respect their time or know how to manage your own time.

Yes, we all have that friend who is always late. But let’s not make it a habit, especially for outings that require a certain time to be followed. Finally, these plans were settled before the outing, so if all you’ll do is complain when you get there, it might be best if you never went in the first place.



Car trips with friends are always fun. But that doesn’t mean you’re entitled to free trips for the rest of your life. Even if your friend doesn’t ask for it or is fine with not being paid, it’s still nice to offer to pay for a portion of the gas or toll. Trust us, it’s going to mean to them knowing that you care for them like that. The least you can do is pay for what you spend. Don’t leave all the expenses on one or a couple of friends. And remember, if you have to pay someone back, pay them back on time.


No one likes a flaker, especially someone who does it at the very last minute. Unless you have a valid excuse, do not ditch the outing when you said you’d go. It’s annoying and frankly leaves a bad taste in your friends’ mouths. At the very least, you can let them know that something came up last minute, and you can’t go. The last thing you want is to leave your friends hanging without an explanation. This kind of behavior is a one-way ticket to being uninvited from the barkada hangouts.



A bit of a hot take, but if it’s not agreed upon that you can bring a plus one to an outing, then don’t bring one. TBH, it’s a vibe killer when someone brings a plus one from outside the circle of friends to the get-together. And even if it’s someone they know, it’s always best to say it in the chat ahead of time. This is especially true if you’re thinking about bringing your boyfriend or girlfriend to the barkada hangout. Don’t be that friend who shows up with an uninvited guest.



When it comes to overnight stays, out-of-town trips, and even overseas vacations, just because you’re having fun, doesn’t mean you should neglect your responsibilities. If you see your friends doing tasks such as cooking, buying groceries, or cleaning the plates and utensils, read the room and help where you can. They aren’t your maids, so be responsible, make yourself useful, and pitch in on what needs to be done. Even something as simple as cleaning up after yourself is an appreciated gesture.



While it’s not a must-have for every outing, it is a plus when the passenger princess, or whoever has the AUX cord or whose phone is connected to the speaker, has good music taste. It doesn’t hurt to have a lit playlist for the whole squad to enjoy.

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5 Things From NCT Dream’s DREAM()SCAPE Era That Already Have Us Electrified

It’s a five-course meal.

Get a taste of this smoothie.

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NCT Dream’s 5th mini album has all the makings of a cultural reset after an evident switch in the group’s musical color. Shifting from their staple vibrant and refreshing themes, DREAM()SCAPE is leaning towards a more intense and beat-heavy musical direction that fits the members’ coming-of-age just right. 


The group’s anticipated comeback continues to soar to greater heights after beating their own personal record. Amounting to 1,329,701 sales on its first day on Hanteo Chart, this new era for NCT Dream is just getting started, and we are all for it. Here are five things from the group’s latest chapter that already have us excited. 

The Perfect Smoothie

Chewing Gum, Hot Sauce, Candy, Yogurt Shake, and now, Smoothie. We’re really getting that five-course meal from our Dreamies. Capturing the neo-coded essence of a hip and beat-heavy track, the lead single Smoothie is the perfect representative song for the era.

At the heart of NCT Dream’s brand is providing hope and healing for Dreamzens (the name of their fandom). For this comeback, the group takes a darker turn. From providing vibrant hope, DREAM()SCAPE is an album that acknowledges nightmares and fading hope, reaching the youth who are struggling to craft a vivid dream yet. 

Through shared empathy from the members themselves, the mini album wishes to provide comfort to the troubled youth, urging them to literally ‘blend away’ negativity. 

A-list B-sides


With Smoothie standing tall as the mini album’s lead single, the B-sides are not lagging behind in terms of quality. NCT Dream is known to have the best B-sides in the industry, and the standard is through the roof. We’re talking Dive Into You, Life Is Still Going On, Teddy Bear, and much more here.

From the haunting tunes of icantfeelanything, the solid statement of BOX, Carat Cake’s fly energy, the hopeful beats of UNKNOWN, and Breathing’s emotional resonance to its listeners, DREAM()SCAPE offers a variety of sounds that cater to a diverse music taste. NCT Dream has something for everyone. 

From NCT Dream, By NCT Dream

DREAM()SCAPE is an ensemble of each of the members’ individual colors, all put together in this revolution of an album. The group has constantly expressed their desire to carry on a more mature sound, showcasing their versatility. 

If the album sounds more striking than usual, it’s because the members have actively participated in the creative process from scratch. Dream’s rap line pulled off yet another power move by participating in both the composition and production of some tracks. Everyone also had a hand in deciding the musical direction of the comeback. This is a special album made by the Dreamies with the hopes of reaching the hearts of their beloved Dreamzens. 

7llin’ With Dream

You know it’s comeback season once SM Entertainment pulls up one of these. Before entering the storm of the comeback, this 4-episode healing series for both Dream and Dreamzens is regarded as the ultimate comeback kickstarter.

Nothing but a cry feast as we watch Dreamies talk about life and how far they have come in a somber setting of dim lights and hazy night. 7llin’ With Dream is a connection closer to the boys—proof that beneath their shiny idol exterior, they’re just little boys trying to get through life.

Small Screen Takeover

NCT Dream is everywhere: Eating shows, music shows, game shows, you name it. And we are digging it! It has been so long since the group graced our screens. That’s why Dreamzens are feeling spoiled with the abundance of Dream’s show appearances. This avenue of showcasing both their talent in music and entertainment is the promotion they deserve.

As we grow up along with NCT Dream, we get to indulge in the group’s newer hues, reflecting how they have become an industry staple. Morphing into the bittersweet taste of maturity, DREAM()SCAPE is the group’s indication of both growth and stability—that no matter how much their sound changes, Dreamzens always have their back.

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