Prepare For A Celebration Of Filipino Identity With BYS Fashion Week

Championing Filipino identity on the runway.

From October 5 to 8, BYS will showcase local talent and creativity in The Filipino Palette: Same Same But Different, a week-long fashion show featuring local designers and the unwavering Filipino spirit.

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Inspired by the multifaceted nature of a makeup palette, BYS Fashion Week 2023 is a testament to grounded adaptability and the Filipino spirit. A makeup palette is a tool that can be made up of different colors and finishes, and can yield a myriad of looks. In bringing together unique, individual products, a palette is able to be at its best—versatile, effective, and a medium for human creativity.

On October 5 to 8, BYS Fashion Week will channel the Filipino Palette as it embraces a distinct blend of individuality and commonality. As our history and our nation is rooted in diversity and often division, local artistry rooted in culture and identity is one thing we can come together to celebrate.

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Filipino fashion has always been diverse, but often draws from our deep cultures and traditions. Our identity, itself a convergence of voices, cultures, and influences, is encapsulated in the creations of the designers and artists featured in the second year of BYS Fashion Week.

In this exploration of art, fashion, and beauty, and the common palette that binds us, this event seeks to answer the question: in this world of difference, what brings us together?


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In highlighting local artists and artistry, The Filipino Palette: Same Same But Different emphasizes the strength of our collective identity and the possibilities of our creative spirit. As with anything in our culture, the Filipino Palette offers diverse perspectives and ways to carry our history and culture with every step forward.

BYS Fashion week is a tribute to BYS Philippines’ connection to its “diverse, discerning” Filipino audience. It’s a space to “celebrate the beauty of our differences, the strength of our shared identity, and the endless possibilities that arise when we come together as a community of creatives,” says Angie Goyena, president of iFace, Inc., the distributor of Australian brand BYS Cosmetics in the Philippines.

Same Same But Different, a statement of contrast and juxtaposition, signals a confluence of differences that marks the Philippine landscape and captures the essence of Filipino identity—an essence that local artisans used to breathe life to their creations.


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All week, Filipino designers will showcase how they’ve woven together narratives of tradition and innovation, heritage and modernity, with their unique interpretations of fashion and beauty. From ready-to-wear pieces to extravagant collections, contemporary edge to enchanting whimsy, there’s something for everyone on this runway.

The four-day affair will open with bold designs from, Antonina, Rafa Worldwide, and Randolf Clothing on Day 1. On Day 2, designers Neric Beltran and Chris Nick will bring their innovative fashions to the runway. Then, the stage is set for visionaries Vin Orias and Cheetah Rivera on Day 3. Finally, Vania Romoff will close the show with her timeless, feminine pieces on Day 4. Models will walk down the runway wearing these designers’ creations and in beauty looks orchestrated by makeup artist Gery Penaso.

As contemporary art and fashion move toward highlighting identity and the freedom to express who you are through clothing as well as to create art however you see fit, BYS Fashion Week’s message rings loud and clear: be yourself.

Stay tuned to BYS Fashion Week 2023 on Instagram, and follow BYS Cosmetics on Facebook, Instagram, X, and Tiktok.

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How This Gen Z Artist Captures What It Means To Be Filipino Through Painting

Sining para sa bayan.

Through her paintings of everyday life, culture, and resistance, 21-year-old artist and student Raya illustrates her own understanding of what it means to be Filipino.

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There’s much debate going on about what Filipino identity truly is. It’s been long discussed, whether in social media or the academe: what does it mean to be Filipino? Our history and culture are amalgamations of influences brought about by trade, travel, colonization, and globalization. Whether in cuisine or art, unearthing what it means to be Filipino is a daunting task that, perhaps, has no reward satisfying enough for everyone.

But for one Filipino Gen Z artist, to be Filipino means a shared experience of the everyday, a culture of diversity, and resistance. It’s about “recognizing the culture, arts, cuisine, homeland, and countrymen as integral parts of [our] identity” and fighting for our nation and its people no matter what.

Twenty-one-year old Raya is a freelance artist and fourth-year student at the University of the Philippines Baguio, taking up a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her work amasses thousands of likes on social media platforms X and Instagram because of her distinct style and subject matter. An artist working with both traditional and digital tools, Raya paints with warmth, memory, beauty, and a love for her country and its people.


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Dapit Hapon / Raya (biyaheniraya)

Raya’s art often features themes of youth, girlhood and womanhood, and Filipino life, culture, and identity. Most of her works exude an air of days-gone-by, evoking a sense of deep-rooted familiarity. For instance, her digital painting Dapit Hapon depicting Filipino children playing Chinese garter on the street is a warm, beautifully-lit piece encapsulating the simple joys of a Filipino childhood. Similarly, Tampisaw shows children relishing the rain, umbrella forgotten. You know they’re aware of the scolding they’re bound to get from their parents for playing in the rain, but they don’t mind.

Tampisaw, raya

Tampisaw / Raya (biyaheniraya)

The feelings evoked by Raya’s art is her attempt at capturing the distinct experience of mundane Filipino life. Referencing how sad it makes her to hear how many Filipinos want to leave their country for better opportunities, but knowing that it’s not their fault, Raya shares, “That’s why I make art about Filipinos, so that I can remind people in subtle ways that there’s a lot more to be proud of as a Filipino, even the mundane life.”

More of Raya’s work include women dressed in modern or traditional Filipino clothing, city staples like the tindahan or landmarks like Session Road, and artwork inspired by Filipino films like Liway (2018) or Goyo (2018). Womanhood is also often the subject of her work, an important aspect of her art and advocacy. In relation, the student-artist is also working on the beginnings of her thesis, which she hopes will delve into the role of women, particularly homemakers, in Philippine society.

Remedios by raya

Remedios / Raya (biyaheniraya)

Raya Filipina sketches

Sketches / Raya (biyaheniraya)

Indios Tagalos - Raya

Indios Tagalos Redraw / Raya (biyaheniraya)

Whether through traditional or digital methods, Raya’s artistry shines through. She was initially inspired by Disney and Studio Ghibli art styles, as well as artists like Sibylline, Aeonix, and Hong Seung Wook. “But as much as possible,” she says, “I want to exude the aura of local style.”


Aside from Filipino life and culture, a distinct theme that’s woven through Raya’s artworks is one of resistance.

“Whether we like it or not, our political views are a part of what makes us Filipino,” she says. Plenty of her paintings reference Filipino struggle and the systemic issues that plague the nation and its people. An untitled piece, for example, depicts a young girl painting a mural similar to Botong Francisco’s Filipino Struggles Through History, a visual representation of how art serves as immortalization of memory and a reminder to resist oppression and fight for freedom. It’s a work of art that celebrates the unyielding Filipino spirit, shared across history and generations, even in the face of adversity.

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Raya (biyaheniraya)


Raya elaborates that “It is our duty as Filipinos to consider the implications of our decisions and what would be best for our nation. As it is our right to voice our concerns in various types of media, it is best to use art as a powerful instrument to inform and communicate.”

Raya uses her art to amplify calls for change and stand in solidarity with her fellow Filipinos. Last year, she opened art commissions to assist the victims of Typhoon Paeng, and created artworks supporting Leni Robredo for president during the elections. She’s able to craft clear, impactful messages through her art, criticizing injustice as she does.

Sa Ritmo Ng Buhay Estudyante-Manggagawa / Raya (biyaheniraya)

But in struggle comes optimism, and a spark of hope is also set alight by Raya’s work as she highlights important themes and opens discussion on intersectional issues. She aspires to be a children’s book illustrator, telling stories involving issues of “mental health, the environment, and history” to a young audience—an effort to change things for new generations who can learn a thing or two from history. Her favorite project is one done with author Lacy Bussey, a yet-to-be-released children’s book about keeping one’s dreams alive.

Her love for the Philippines and its people is clear as day in every painting, and her ultimate ambition is to be “an independent artist who promotes Filipino culture and traditions.”



Hindi Pasisiil / Raya (biyaheniraya)

Of course, like with any artist or creative, it wasn’t easy for Raya to pursue her ambitions of being an artist. Often, the art and creative industry faces plenty of judgment for not being lucrative. Raya doesn’t believe that’s true.

“There are a lot of career opportunities related to arts because a business cannot function without it. People who don’t understand how difficult it is to create art are the ones that make us feel inferior.”

However, even though the young artist always loved art and was passionate about creating things, there were times where she no longer found the process enjoyable.

“I’ve been putting so much pressure on myself to succeed, comparing myself to others, and depending my value primarily in terms of the things I produce,” she shares. She had to learn how to see her work “with the innocent perspective of a child” and to “focus more on the process than the final product.”

Tindahan Ni Raya

Tindahan Ni Raya / Raya (biyaheniraya)

In finally finding her style, what she’s fighting for, and what art truly means to her, Raya creates with and exemplifies what it means to be artista ng bayan.

“I came to understand that creating art isn’t just about beauty; it’s also a way to express oneself and create memories.”

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Filipino Roadtrip Movies

These Travel Scenes From Filipino Movies Will Give You Major Wanderlust

Tara G?

If you’re stuck with work or school, these Filipino films are your next best thing to a roadtrip.

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I can still recall the first time I watched ‘I’m Drunk I Love You.’ It was a chill evening with friends, but before we even realized, we were loading up the trunk and we’re heading North to La Union. Talk about spontaneity (and dumb decisions) early in the morning—the same moments that create core memories and make you feel free.

Fast forward to adulting; we’re working, some are starting families, and the idea of traveling takes a backseat. If you’re caught up with work or school, what’s the next best thing? Why escaping into movies, of course, that feature iconic cross-country travels. From Sagada to Siargao, these locally made movies will ignite your wanderlust even if you can’t leave the room. Go grab your favorite snack; we will take you out on a roadtrip across the country.

I’m Drunk I Love You (2017)

I’m Drunk, I Love You is a heartwarming (and heartbreaking) Filipino film that captures a scenic road trip to La Union. Starring Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador, there’s a whole lot of drinking, as the title suggests. Then, there was an adventure, talks about friendship, and moving toward the realities of adulthood. Beyond being a romantic comedy on unrequited love, the 2017 film felt like a metaphor for life itself—sometimes messy, sometimes uncertain, but always worth the ride.

Lakbay2Love (2016)

Lakbay2Love combines two of our greatest pleasures: cycling and traveling. Through captivating storytelling and picturesque cinematography, the 2016 film dives deep into adventure and self-discovery. While cycling across the countryside, Dennis Trillo and Solenn Heussaff work through the meaning of love and purpose in a coming-of-age film that will make everyone fall in love again.

Mr. & Mrs. Cruz (2018)

The travel scenes in Mr. & Mrs. Cruz are not just settings; Palawan was a character in itself. The 2018 film features JC Santos and Ryza Cenon, who find themselves taking off for Palawan to escape the not-so-great realities of their current lives. This travel narrative with touching themes of love, chance encounters, and the complexities of human emotions, reflects the transformative power of a new place—not only leading to one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines, but a journey toward self-discovery and confronting personal demons.

Patay Na Si Hesus (2016)

Patay Na Si Hesus hosts a dysfunctional family on a hilarious journey to fulfill their mother’s deathbed wish. The 2016 dark comedy is not your typical trip from Dumaguete to Cebu. Instead, it’s a rollercoaster ride of banters while working towards grief, forgiveness, and acceptance— all while keeping the audience laughing.

Sakaling Hindi Makarating (2016)

Sakaling Hindi Makarating takes the audience on a stunning trip to Zamboanga, Siquijor, and Batanes—places rarely captured in local cinema. Fun fact: the beauty of Regatta de Zamboanga, an iconic travel scene in the movie, had never been featured in a Filipino film before.

In the 2016 film starring Alessandra de Rossi, the main character follows a series of mysterious postcards in search of the anonymous admirer. As she travels, she encounters a diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique stories, perspectives, and purpose. Through these chance encounters, the protagonist unravels the meaning of the postcards and dives deep into loss, healing and emotional growth.

That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)

That Thing Called Tadhana is a romantic comedy that tells a heartfelt love story, and also serves as a love letter to the breathtaking landscapes of northern Philippines, particularly Baguio and Sagada. Starring JM de Guzman and Angelica Panganiban, the 2014 film is all about finding yourself (and a new love) after a heartbreak, as well as a gentle reminder to trust tadhana.

Unforgettable (2019)

Unforgettable revolves around Jasmine and her cute companion, Happy. They take on an adventure to the rocky roads of Baguio, believing that Happy’s presence could heal her sick grandmother. Starring Sarah Geronimo, the 2019 film reminds people of the profound connection between humans and their furry friends. Along this touching story and travel narrative, we witness the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative impact of kindness.

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Here’s How To Achieve Kaori Oinuma’s No-Makeup Makeup Look 

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For an easy everyday look, shop the exact products in Kaori’s beauty bag.

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With the rise of skinimalism to the three-dot concealer method, we’ve been noticing the no-makeup makeup look everywhere. Even celebrities and content creators are embracing the effortless era on social media, going against the typical Instagram looks characterized by bold brows, full coverage bases, and winged liners. The no-makeup makeup is basically the bare minimum, focusing on letting your skin breathe and shine through.

When we talk about the no-makeup makeup look, one particular celebrity comes to mind—Kaori Oinuma. The illusion of a makeup-free face, when you’re actually wearing makeup, is no walk in the park, but Kaori is known for her expertise in the field. And luckily, she shared the exact products she incorporates into her skincare-first, makeup-later routine with us.

Nars Orgasm

For Kaori, it’s all about that natural flush. Take inspiration from her effortless everyday look, and delicately apply a touch of blush to either the apples or the high points of your cheeks. For those seeking a sun-kissed glow with their no-makeup makeup look, Kaori recommends the fan-favorite NARS blush in the shade Orgasm—a natural, peach-pink with a subtle shimmer.

Benefit Cosmetics 24-HR Brow Setter

Nothing beats those au naturale brows, but most people aren’t blessed with a perfectly shaped and well-defined pair. Regardless, Kaori kills the no-makeup look by brushing them upwards with the Benefit Cosmetics 24-HR Brow Setter. This clear brow gel doesn’t disappear, making it one of Kaori’s must-haves in her beauty bag.

Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara

Even if you don’t feel alert and energetic, you can still appear that way by brightening up your eyes with a touch of liner or mascara. Kaori keeps it simple, using the Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift to achieve that wide-awake look.

DHC Moisturizing Medicated Lip Balm Cream 

If lipsticks are not your thing, you’re just like Kaori—keeping her lips makeup-free, quite literally. Instead of using colored creams, her personal pick is the DHC Lip Cream with vitamin E, olive oil, and aloe vera leaf extracts for hydrated lips. After all, who wants their lips looking chapped and crusty?

Dior Addict Lip Glow

How could anyone resist the Dior Addict Lip Glow? It adds a subtle sheen that enhances Kaori’s natural beauty with your lips, but better. Her lips aren’t just hydrated; this gloss is the final step in sealing her no-makeup makeup look.

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Beauty Beat: What’s The Difference Between Blurring, Gripping, and Jelly Primers?

It's time for a primer.

Blurring, gripping, jelly—it’s like a whole new language. Don’t worry, we’ve prepared a helpful guide for you.

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We need to talk about a makeup product that’s collecting dust on beauty shelves—primers. Either you can’t live without them, or you’ve never even tried them in the first place. While it’s the first step of my makeup routine, some beauty enthusiasts often overlook the full potential of a good primer. Here’s the thing: a must-have moisturizer and SPF 50+++ aren’t enough if you want your makeup to last throughout the entire day.

What are primers, exactly? Essentially, it’s like the foundation for your foundation (pun intended). A primer forms a barrier between your skincare and makeup. Whether you’re blurring wrinkles, controlling oil, or minimizing pores, primers are the ideal starting point for your base routine. While it takes an extra minute to apply another layer of product, imagine a camera-ready makeup look? I think that’s a minute well spent. Believe me, once you begin incorporating primers into your routine, you’ll be left wondering why you hadn’t given them a shot earlier.

A Primer’s Purpose

Now, why should you bother with primers at all? Here are a few reasons why they deserve a space in your trusty kikay kit:

  • Less Is More: With a good primer, you can dial down on the foundation, concealer, and all that jazz, which means less cake-y makeup and a way more natural look. Speaking of makeup staying…
  • Makeup Life Span: Every primer serve as a barrier between your skin and makeup, preventing your foundation from breaking down or fading throughout the day. It’s not just that; a good primer protects your skin from breakouts when makeup and excess oil tend to clog pores.
  • Texture Troubles: If you’re dealing with the drama of uneven skin texture or those stubborn scars, here’s the 411: they work some major primer power by blurring out large pores, correcting pesky discolorations, and smoothing out texture troubles.

Truthfully, searching for the perfect primer can be overwhelming. Blurring, gripping, jelly—it’s like a whole new language. But for starters, primers are just like skincare, where each type serves specific purposes depending on your skin concerns. So, if you’re feeling uncertain about your next makeup purchase, don’t worry—we’ve prepared a helpful guide for you. A ~primer~ of sorts.

Blurring Primer

Yes, it’s all about moisturizing and slathering on that broad-spectrum sunscreen. Keeping it hydrated? Check. Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays? Check. But now, it’s time to apply a blurring primer. Picture your skin with a little less texture because blurring primers give your skin a soft-focus look. Whether you add a layer of foundation or a skin tint, their job becomes easier since the primer has created a smoother canvas.

Note: Blurring primers are perfect for texture troubles. We’re talking reduced appearance of pores, filled-in fine lines, and an even-toned complexion. My personal favorites? GRWM Cosmetics Blurmatte Primer and Careline Cosmetics Instant Filter Pore-Refining Primer.

Gripping Primer

Compared to blurring primers, a gripping primer feels like a gel serum that leaves a slight sticky residue on the skin. No need to stress, that stickiness is all part of the plan to give your makeup base a solid grip. BTW, what makes gripping primers a fan fave is that they work wonders on every skin type. Note that these babies don’t have a mattifying or oily effect, but they hydrate the skin and extend the longevity of cream-based products. My personal picks are Vice Cosmetics Aqua Grip Primer and GRWM Cosmetics Life-Proof Primer.

Jelly Primer

If you’re into that natural glow and avoiding matte looks, jelly primers are your best bet. They allow the skin to have that glass-skin shine without unnecessary dewiness. Imagine healthy-looking skin without a pore-blurring filter. Jelly primers are actually new to the local market, but they’re a must-have in your makeup bags. So far, my best purchases are the GRWM Cosmetics Jelly Primer and the E.L.F Cosmetics Jelly Pop Primer.

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Something Fruity Cooked at QUICKFX and NYLON Manila’s Baking Party

We're getting that watermelon sugar high.

NYLON Manila and QUICKFX came together to host a baking party and to launch a sweet skincare blend.

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When life’s got you running from one errand to the next, we just can’t be bothered with the extra steps in our beauty routines. We all know that step-by-step skincare can work wonders, but sticking to them religiously isn’t always a reality. That said, there’s the latest innovation in beauty: skincare smoothies.

Taking inspiration from blended beverages, smoothies are a mixture of various fruits and vitamins, serving as another way to enhance skin health. Are your blenders ready? QUICKFX and NYLON Manila came together for a fruity fix! Here’s what went down at the launch of the QUICKFX Glo Smoothies skincare line.

Beauty and Baking

Thanks to social media, skincare smoothies have become a worldwide trend, but QUICKFX has now brought them to F-Beauty shelves. To celebrate this innovation in the local scene, QUICKFX hosted a baking party in collaboration with NYLON Manila. Held at the cozy counters of Bakebe at SM Aura, this unique skin-loving launch brought together beauty content creators for an unforgettable Saturday, blending beauty education with culinary creativity.

What’s Cooking?

The launch of the QUICKFX Glo Smoothies skincare line kicked off with a warm welcome from QUICKFX Category Lead Mari Barretto-Syquia and NYLON Manila Editor-in-Chief Ayn Bernos. As the sun streamed through the windows of the co-baking space, beauty content creators were treated to a delightful blend of skincare smoothies and the aroma of freshly baked cupcakes. Needless to say, the event was a sensory delight.

QUICKFX, known for its commitment to accessible and effective skincare, took the stage to discuss the delightful story behind their latest product line. According to the QUICKFX Team, ‘Formulating a new skincare product is truly a work of art, just like baking!’ The beauty brand’s dedication to providing carefully formulated products with skin-loving ingredients such as watermelon extract, peach extract, tranexamic acid and niacinamide was a masterpiece in itself. Just like baking, finding the perfect blend of ingredients was key in developing these fruity, brightening formulations. 

Since we’re all about the QUICKFX Glo Smoothies, we tried and tested the skincare line. Here’s what we think.

It’s A Must-Have

Just like your daily dose of blended beverage for an energy boost, the QUICKFX Glo Smoothies line has watermelon and peach extracts for hydration and that glass-like glow. It’s plumping, perfect for prepping the skin, and also hydrating for beauty rest. To top it all off, they smell extremely refreshing like watermelons and peaches! Yes, we’re definitely getting that watermelon sugar high. 

Check out the entire recipe for glowing skin with the Glo Smoothies regimen below: 

Glo Smoothies Brightening Serum Cleanser

Cleanse with the Glo Smoothies Brightening Serum Cleanser: This brightening, non-stripping cleanser clears away dirt and excess oil without leaving your skin feeling dry. Packed with watermelon and peach extracts, it helps hydrate the skin to maintain that natural, healthy glow with every wash. 

Glo Smoothies Ultra Brightening Serum

Treat with the Glo Smoothies Ultra Brightening Serum: This serum is a concentrated blend of fruit-based antioxidants that help lighten spots for a radiant, glassy glow. Enriched with Tranexamic Acid, Niacinamide, Adenosine and Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, this serum packs a punch! It battles discoloration and sun spots while plumping and refining the skin. Just like your favorite smoothie, it’s perfectly refreshing and oh so good for you!

Makeup Artist Tip: Mix this in with your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer for that extra lit-from-within glow. 

Glo Smoothies Brightening Gel Cream Moisturizer

Moisturize with the Brightening Gel Cream Moisturizer: This brightening gel-cream moisturizer hydrates, detoxifies, and soothes skin with the refreshing blend of Watermelon & Peach Extract, Niacinamide, Adenosine and Centella Asiatica Extract. Besides the delicious smell, it leaves the skin dewy and glowing after every application. 

We truly found the perfect mix for that glass skin glow with the new QUICKFX Glo Smoothies line, exclusively available in Watsons!

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7 Wholesome KyleDrea Moments That Make Us Believe Girls and Guys Can Truly Be BFFs

We're here for it!

The reunion of Kyle Echarri and Andrea Brillantes is the BFF comeback of 2023! And their wholesome moments are proving that guys and girls can be besties.

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Even if it already is 2023, we still live in a world where guys and girls can’t just be friends. Pop culture, as a reflection of our society, perpetuates the notion that these friendships always have to turn romantic. This expectation not only spreads stereotypes, but often overlooks the beauty of platonic relationships.

In showbiz, where celebrity culture reigns supreme, this pressure reaches an apex. It’s no secret that the entertainment industry thrives on gossip, shipping, and speculation. Whenever male and female friends are seen together, the rumor mill goes into overdrive. Every exchange is scrutinized, and every shared smile is dissected under the microscope of public opinion.

While shipping your picture-perfect couple is giving feels, it can get problematic fast. FYI, men and women can go on friendly dates, travel abroad, and make TikToks together without romantic feelings entering the equation. Just take a look at Kyle Echarri and Andrea Brillantes. Despite what people may say about them, the two Gen Z actors have not let it affect their friendship. So, here are wholesome Kyle Echarri and Andrea Brillantes moments that make us believe girls and guys can truly be BFFs.

All About That Comeback

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been friends for years—sometimes, life happens. But the thing is even if they take a break, it doesn’t mean they won’t come back into your life. Speaking of comebacks, we’re all about this KyleDrea reunion. The recent episode of ‘Perspectives’ had everyone buzzing as people rooted for Kyle Echarri and Andrea Brillantes’ friendship. When he captioned the YouTube vlog, ‘I finally had a deep talk with my best friend after years of no constant communication,’ everyone felt relieved because they were finally back in each other’s lives.

Serving Tiktok Trends


Parang may mali

♬ walshy bae owns this sound – RECXRDDEAL

Are you even besties if you haven’t dropped TikToks together? Well, KyleDrea doesn’t dissappoint. If you scroll through their feeds, you’ll find them slaying every trend. Our personal fave is their attempt at the Super Bass trend—Kyle totally tried his best.

These Besties are Swifties


♬ original sound – Username0234561189

If you need another reason to stan KyleDrea, this bestie duo are Swifties, though at admittedly two different levels.

THAT FIBA Kiss Cam Moment

@mojokyledrea i lov:kiss cam (bff version)🤭🧡 #kyleecharri #andreabrillantes #kyledrea #fyp #fypシ゚viral #fypシ ♬ original sound – KYLEDREA

Kyle Echarri and Andrea Brillantes were the talk of the town during the FIBA games. When they found themselves on the infamous kiss cam, Kyle gave Andrea a quick kiss on the forehead instead. Naturally, KyleDrea gave everyone butterflies with that wholesome gesture.

Another FIBA Moment

@blightcws ang saya nila aaaaaaa >> #andreabrillantes #kyleecharri #kyledrea #blythe #fyp ♬ original sound – jay

In another FIBA moment, KyleDrea was caught in a proposal and we’re living for their genuine (and matching) reaction. We’re all about people celebrating other people’s happiness.

Wanderlust Buddies


new podcast series called "Perspectives" with blythe up on my YouTube channel tomorrow at 6pm.

♬ original sound – Kyle Echarri

KyleDrea isn’t just serving #BFFGoals—they’re travel goals too! We’ve spotted them in Cebu, on a yacht, and on a jet ski, but recently, they posted pictures of themselves hiking.

We Are Family

Sometimes, friends become family, and KyleDrea is living proof. Last week, Kyle’s mom posted about a family dinner with Andrea, complete with baby playtime!

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There’s No Need To Be Pressured Into Labeling Your Sexuality

To label or not to label.

[OPINION] Labels can be empowering, but being pressured into labeling your sexuality can be a burden. 

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A friend once told me about an encounter they had where someone kept asking them how they identified. “Are you bi or lesbian or what?” It made them uncomfortable, because they didn’t know for sure if they could identify with a certain sexual orientation. And they never really thought that they had to be sure about what label they’re sticking onto themselves.

While the world has come a long way in terms of diversity and inclusivity, one thing that’s intensified over time is the prevalence and normalization of labels. Of course, labels are important in that we can ascribe a name to a certain existence, therefore realizing and validating that existence. It clarifies that which was initially unknown or unclear, and recognizes the differences between people—and thus the differences in our needs and experiences. Labels can help shape identity, forge connections, and build communities.

On the other hand, labels as they exist now are teetering somewhat dangerously on the line between freeing and limiting, in that enforced labelling pressures people into coming out or identifying with labels that aren’t quite right—which adds even more stress and confusion to the whole figuring-yourself-out thing.


Often, finding the right label feels like a spark of clarity. It allows people to learn about who they are and identify with a community.

The usage of labels, when treated as a rigid rule, can actually be limiting. Especially with media and social media making all sorts of impressions on young people, being pressured into identifying and naming your sexual or romantic orientation can be overwhelming. It can even take away from any sort of freedom bestowed upon someone who learned that the way they love breaks boundaries.

And there’s no excuse for people to force others to disclose their sexuality or identify with a label, whether they’re a celebrity or a friend. People are entitled to their privacy the same way they are entitled to the freedom of loving who they love and the freedom of figuring themselves out.

When it comes to sexuality and romantic attraction, labels should be “descriptive and not prescriptive.” Perhaps that’s why the usage of the term “queer” or “sapphic” or “gay” (in its most broad sense) is so popular these days. It allows people to explore their identities, identify with the community, and make sense of their existence without being restrictive.


Sexuality, like gender, is a spectrum. It’s prone to changes and shifts—just like you, and just like life itself. Whether or not you choose to label yourself now, know that you can change, and that you are free to. You can acknowledge and respect the boundaries of definition when it comes to labels (and you should), but you don’t need to conform to any standards. You can change your labels, or choose not to have one. It’s perfectly fine to exist as you are and love as you do without having to stick a label on yourself or explain yourself to anyone.

Of course, being able to label and identify yourself proudly and freely is a privilege not afforded to all. The knowledge and discourse regarding queerness and sexuality that we are exposed to are not accessible to every person. And in the grand scheme of things, where members of the LGBTQIA+ community are being killed, detained, and demonized, one could make a case that the discussion of labels doesn’t seem to be the most pressing issue at hand. But it carries with it the implications of agency and self-determination, and could just help us learn a thing or two.

But essentially, you don’t have to brand yourself with a label, or stick forever with the label you proudly own now. People, life, and love are complex, and you can take as much time as you need trying to figure everything out. 

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What’s Clicking? This Ancestral House-Turned-Creative Studio In Metro Manila Is Ready For Your Next Photoshoot

Are you camera-ready?

Here’s everything you need to know about One Hectare Grounds.

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Serving as visual time capsules, the sentimental value of a photograph is immeasurable. But here’s the thing: photography has evolved beyond the mere sake of making memories—it has become a medium for self-expression and creativity. Whether you’re an aspiring model, a photographer, or simply someone exploring their artistic side, this is where photo studios come into play. These dedicated spaces are equipped with photography equipment, lighting setups, and backdrops that transform ordinary photographs into works of art. The possibilities are endless, and a newly opened studio in Quezon City is combining artistry and memory in the biggest house-turned-studio in the Metro.

If you’re looking to canvas your next photoshoot, check out this ancestral house-turned-creative studio in Metro Manila.

All About One Hectare Grounds

One Hectare Creative Grounds is an ancestral house that has been restored and renovated to serve as a creative studio for shoots, events, and exhibitions. Located at the center point of Metro Manila, specifically in Sta. Mesa, it stands as one of the largest studio spaces in the area. The vision behind One Hectare Creative Grounds is to provide fellow creatives with a spacious canvas for content creation, gatherings, and the showcasing of their work.

The ancestral house, originally built in the 60s, remained unoccupied for nearly two decades. It now boasts multiple rooms and spaces that serve as versatile venues for various productions. These spaces are equipped with high-speed internet, professional photoshoot equipment, and dedicated staff. Every nook and cranny in this studio has undergone significant revamping to capture the essence of Filipino Neo-Classic architecture. Notably, the vintage furniture and home decor imbue each room with a distinctive ambiance.

Learn more about the creative studio through the interview with Migs Alcid, the interior designer behind One Hectare Grounds.

How did One Hectare Grounds come about?

One Hectare Creative Grounds is headed by five directors: Carel Tan (Founder and CEO), Carolyn Tan and Sunny Pirodon (Co-founders), Forresty Garcia (Creative Director), and IDr. Migs Alcid of Studio Tatin (Design Director). We are seeking a concise name that effectively conveys the size of the space we provide. Furthermore, we aim to instill a strong sense of community, and the word “One” serves to harmonize and unite this collective spirit. We noticed a growing trend of old residential properties being converted into photography and event venues, that’s why we were motivated to adaptively reuse the stunning architecture of the house.

During the pandemic, Carel conducted product shoots in various photo studios across Manila. She soon recognized the surging demand for studio spaces, yet a noticeable scarcity of supply in the market. Furthermore, she anticipated a surge in demand for events and exhibitions once the pandemic subsided. Her attention was drawn to an abandoned mansion that had remained unused for over two decades. Carel envisioned the potential of restoring it into a remarkable studio and event venue. After a year of dedicated restoration and renovation efforts, half of the space is now fully operational. One Hectare eagerly anticipates the upcoming expansion, with additional spaces scheduled to open next year!

What sets you apart from other creative studios?

One Hectare Creative Grounds is the biggest house-turned-studio in Metro Manila. It exemplifies the possibilities we can have when we reuse abandoned spaces in the metro instead of destroying good architecture. The Neoclassic stylings and architecture evoke a lot of nostalgia and grandeur in each person who comes in. They make each person feel like they’re home. The new generation of creatives is more productive inside a cozy and home-like work environment. 

Here’s How to Book Your Next Photoshoot with One Hectare Grounds

People interested in connecting with One Hectare Grounds can readily reach out through their social media platforms, including Instagram, where they can be found under the handle @onehectare, or by visiting their official website at

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5 Times The Senior High Cast Gave Major Barkada Vibes


Trouble may be brewing among the student body of Northford High, but off the set, the Gen Z stars of hit series Senior High give off major bestie vibes!

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Senior High started airing August 28th, and it’s chock-full of secrets, suspense, drama, and serious and sensitive issues. Its star-studded cast includes young stars Andrea Brillantes, Kyle Echarri, Xyriel Manabat, Juan Karlos Labajo, Elijah Canlas, Zaijan Jaranilla, Daniela Stranner, Miggy Jimenez, Tommy Alejandrino, and Gela Atayde. However, when the cameras are off, this young Gen Z cast gets to goof around and have fun as friends do!

From TikToks to pretend talk shows, hangouts and events, these stars make the most of their time and friendship together as they work on the game-changing youth-oriented thriller.



Sky nyo may chika kay roxy haha

♬ No Me Diga – Daphne Rubin-Vega & Stephanie Beatriz & Dascha Polanco & Leslie Grace & Melissa Barrera

In a video that only spurred our curiosity, Senior High leads and close friends Andrea and Xyriel used the “tell me something I don’t know” TikTok audio from In the Heights to spill some clearly piping hot tea—a secret that required emoji censors to prevent even lip readers from finding out! The follow up TikTok was also giving “tried-and-true besties trying to knock some sense into each other” as a Xyriel playfully throws Andrea around in a bout of gigil in response to the secret.


They’re so unserious! In Kyle’s newest vlog, co-stars Juan Karlos and Elijah have some fun playing around with the concept of a talk show, where they invite Andrea to talk about what’s been bothering her today. (Spoiler alert: she’s got some unfortunate bathroom troubles.) The fake characters, the serious, dramatic acting and music, and the “crime” and the “conviction,” make for a hilarious watch.



Don’t they look like they’re a group of friends going to a concert? Or a dance crew ready to rock the stage? For their appearance on ASAP, the crew donned funky matching ‘fits in the show’s signature purple as they promoted Senior High to a lively audience.


Spotted in Poblacion, Makati: the Senior High cast taking in the vibrant nightlife! What’s a friendship without fun night outs, right? At the end of theirs, the cast say their goodbyes to each other and the fans that ran into them. Apparently, Andrea also gave a rose to one of the fans! Hopefully they all had a great night.


@blythe SENIOR HIGH MAMAYA NA PO! 9:30PM sa kapamilya channel, kapamilya online live , iwanttfc, A2Z, jeepney tv at tv5! ! #fyp #seniorhigh ♬ nhạc nền – xiao xiao 💦

We all know how Andrea loves her TikToks, particularly the recent “Sandy Super Bass” trend she’s done several times with different people. It’s a special treat when she got the Northford High students all together for a quick TikTok dance on the day the series premiered. And with the uniforms, they even look so much like those friend groups who do TikToks in their school hallways!

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