8 Times Xyriel Manabat's Acting Stole The Show In Senior High

8 Times Xyriel Manabat Acted Like Her Rent Was Due In ‘Senior High’

Two-time FAMAS winner for a reason.

Give Xyriel Manabat her flowers. She constantly shows off her acting prowess as Roxy in teen drama ‘Senior High’.

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Xyriel Manabat’s acting on teen drama Senior High has consistently been going viral, shining a light on her talent that fills a screen, and bringing her to the fore of an industry of young actors cementing their stature in pop culture.

The 19-year old Xyriel plays Roxy Cristobal, Sky’s (Andrea Brillantes) best friend along with Roxy’s boyfriend Tim (Zaijan Jaranilla). They all attend the prestigious, mysterious, and intense Northford High and stick together in trying to get to the bottom of Sky’s sister’s death, while facing heaps of new drama themselves. The normally sweet and bubbly Roxy (who’s always rocking amazing hairstyles) is loyal, supportive, loyal, strong-willed, and can hold her own. Xyriel plays her with a controlled, decisive hand that’s let her earn her stars as a young actress taking on a fresh, relatable, and charming role. Scroll down for the moments where the young star ate down on Senior High.


They’ve still got it. Child actors-turned-young adult professionals Zaijan Jaranilla and Xyriel had an “act-off” in this breakup scene from Senior High, which deservingly went viral for their acting, the palpable weight of the situation, and the heart-wrenching emotions they both delivered. The slow, subtle shift in Xyriel’s expression when she realizes something bad was going on was a Moment™️. The barely-ten-minute scene where Tim (Jaranilla) admits to Roxy that he kissed someone else and their consequent breakup is riveting, driven by their tears and the complexity of their respective perspectives.


Running to Sky for some comfort, Roxy continues her breakdown and bares it all to her in both an emotional and humorous way. “Ano yung special? Itlog na maalat ba yun?!” will live rent-free in our minds for weeks. While we feel her pain (who of us hasn’t comforted a heartbroken friend before?), Xyriel and the show allows us to experience a bit of levity in the heartbreak.


Roxy’s bravery and grit knows no bounds. As she stands up to Gino (Juan Karlos Labajo) on behalf of Sky, Roxy’s rage and indignation proves that a) she’s a tough girl you’d never want on your bad side, and b) Xyriel can channel perfectly-acted anger into her performances. Gino towering over her doesn’t faze her one bit—Sanya (Gela Atayde) even has to hold her back.


Archie made a huge mistake. Roxy’s immediate rage and payback at creepster Archie is so satisfying to watch. She didn’t let him off easy, and the emotions swirling on Xyriel’s face even after the incident when she holds back Tim is intense and desperate. Roxy can hold her own, for sure, and Xyriel makes sure everyone knows it.


In yet another showcase of her ability to portray a mix of complex emotions like anger and heartbreak in this scene in a manner than makes you wonder if it’s okay to laugh, Xyriel as a heartbroken Roxy goes on another live selling session with simmering anger and dead-inside eyes. The two-time FAMAS winner held her own and chewed that scene up all by herself.


Alexa, play We Were Happy by Taylor Swift. In this scene, we see Roxy be her bubbly, charming self as a liveseller and share a sweet moment with a jealous Tim—before everything went wild. Xyriel is likeable with her big smile and big movements. It’s no wonder she’s got “MINEs” for her products all around.


In a conversation between sisters that totally captured what it’s like to have a sister, Roxy and her Ate Ria (Rans Rifol) cycled through judgement and annoyance that was borne out of love and care. Xyriel was able to move from judgmental to thankful in a heartbeat. Taking bribes may have been a bad move, but Ria was willing to go above and beyond for her sister, and Roxy realized it, even if she disapproved.


Let it be known throughout Northford High that one should never do Roxy wrong. Her worry for Tim as well as her genuine joy for her friends and herself for getting high grades show how personable the character is—caring, loveable, and kind. Roxy is a light in the often dark and intense series, and consistently increasing praise for Xyriel’s talent is well-deserved.

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8 DonBelle Looks In 2023 That Prove Their Style Star Status

Serving looks anywhere, everywhere.

Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano have traipsed runways and the world arm-in-arm this year, always lovely, and always in style.

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You can’t buy me love, but you can buy that DonBelle are loveteam royalty—and they dress like it, too. Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano have been booked and busy this year, what with traveling the world and starring in their new hit series Can’t Buy Me Love. But one thing they never fail to do despite their hectic schedule is serve looks every time, be it in an airport or at a gala, that compliment each other. These two artists can bring the heat in jeans or tuxedos, ballgowns or edgy leather dresses.

It was hard to choose which outfits they wore this year that were the most slay, because you can bet all their outfits are always massive joint slays, but we rounded up eight of their grandest, coolest, most stunning looks so far. No matter how amazing the pair looks this year, we know it only gets better from here.


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Is it hot in here? The outfits DonBelle wore when they performed the Can’t Buy Me Love theme song You’ll Be Safe Here on ASAP Natin ‘To is absolutely stunning. Donny’s oxblood leather jacket perfectly paired with Belle’s two-piece, lace-up top and skirt with matching heels makes for an alluring, swoon-worthy matchy-matchy moment.


DonBelle ABS-CBN Ball 2023


When you Google “red carpet looks,” this DonBelle moment at the ABS-CBN Ball deserves to be in the top images. Belle’s glittering, sequined gold Michael Leyva gown was a gorgeous contrast to Donny’s sleek, all-black Louis Vuitton look.


donbelle costume captain barbell and darna


donbelle costume captain barbell and darna


Suddenly, I need to be saved. For Halloween this year, Donny and Belle channeled classic Filipino komik superheroes Captain Barbell and Darna. Their dedication to the roles as well as the perfect balance of modernity and timelessness in their homage to the Filipino heroes easily earned them top spots on people’s Best Halloween Costumes lists.


donbelle nylon manila june fanzine cover

DonBelle brought bright, bold colors and youthful energy into our lives on the NYLON Manila fanzine issue last June! Styled by Adrianne Concepcion and John Lozano, Donny and Belle served main character realness on the cover.


donbelle star magical christmas 2023


Holiday Barbie and Ken showed up and showed out at the Star Magical Christmas event as Belle and Donny turned up the Christmas glam and channeled the spirit of the holidays in their bright and merry ‘fits.


donbelle airport


At the airport headed off to Europe, the two opted for classic, elevated casual looks. Belle’s two-piece pinstriped pantsuit and messy updo is style inspo fodder. This was before Can’t Buy Me Love even aired, but she was already giving Caroline Tiu energy. It’s trendy and to-die for, just like Donny’s knitted half-zip that looks like it’s cozy, perfect for a long flight.


donbelle can't buy me love launch


At a Can’t Buy Me Love press conference, the couple served monochromatic elegance in white and off-white outfits. Belle donned a shimmery, sparkly white top with a silky, bejeweled miniskirt while Donny looked ever-dapper in a crisp linen suit.


donbelle star magical prom

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Donny and Belle made bold, daring moves at the Star Magical Prom earlier this year, and it paid off! They looked like a million bucks (Belle’s Francis Libiran gown alone cost almost that much!). That night’s Prom King and Queen chose black-and-white for a classy, tried-and-true look, along with sheer lace and tiered ostrich feathers. Talk about head-turners.

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Expect A Year-Long Celebration of Komiks And Art With Komiket 2024

Art lovers rise.

Get your fill of art, komiks, stickers, and even friendships at Komiket 2024, one of the most anticipated art celebrations in the nation!

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Looking to expand your sticker and art prints collection or meet your favorite Filipino artists? Well, you have plenty of chances, what with art fairs growing more and more popular as of late. From booths at conventions to events dedicated to having local artists showcase and sell their art, local art and artists are having their time—and love and support for local art and artists are growing exponentially. One of such events is Komiket, a series of events organized by its namesake non-profit organization.

This 2023, Komiket isn’t even done yet, what with its always-stacked lineup of events. But the organization has recently released its 2024 calendar, where one can see that the komiks and arts collective and organization has a year jam-packed with events almost every month. Artists are already preparing to showcase and sell their art, and everyone else is eagerly awaiting if their favorite artists and the art they want to cop will be there.


Komiket is an organization primarily dedicated to giving local komik artists and artists of all kinds a platform to share or sell their artwork. Given the rich history of Philippine komiks, they also aim to provide accessible and affordable komiks markets, where creators can showcase their work. They also strive to protect and champion creators by publishing komiks and graphic novels, discover and promote new artists, and be a bridge for Filipino art and komiks to reach the world.

Komiket events feature artists showcasing and selling their work in a wide variety of forms like comics, stickers, postcards, posters, tote bags, keychains, and more. People also often do cosplay, play games, meet their favorite creators, and more! Some artists also sell their work for discounted prices compared to in their online stores—that’s why some people are curious to see if their favorite artists will have a table at the next Komiket. Entrance fees to Komiket events are usually 100 PHP.


komiket 2024 calendar

The 2024 rendition of the event is spread out all over Metro Manila all 12 months of the year. But pick your events wisely, as a few Komiket events have faced criticism for logistics, handling, and organization. For instance, participants and users on X called out the latest Komiket partnership with Cebu Literary Festival or CebuLitFest for concerns regarding logistics and lack of proper communication. Also, earlier this year, at Komiket Pride, the organization was criticized for controversial remarks about the LGBTQIA+ community. They have since apologized.

Previous events of an organization being criticized does not mean people should no longer patronize future events, though. This criticism opens doors for organizers and handlers to do better and provide a better experience for both exhibitors and patrons.

So this year, take your pick from Komiket 2024’s almost-monthly selection of events. Some events are themed or have a specific goal, such as Komiket Pride in June (Pride Month), which highlights local queer artists and their work or the Philippine International Comics Festival in July. Watch out for which ones your favorite artists will attend or choose the one nearest to you! Or, if you’re a really avid fan, attend all the Komiket events and hoard prints, stickers, posters, komiks, and experiences.

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Book It: 7 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends In Seoul That Won’t Break the Bank

So when's the trip?

Seoul is a great destination for travelers, Hallyu enthusiasts, foodies, families and barkadas. Here are a few fun, unique, budget-friendly things to do in the capital of South Korea!

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I don’t know about you, but my favorite trips are the ones that aren’t so wild, crazy, and exhausting, but aren’t too relaxed either. I don’t want to camp or kayak, nor do I want to just spend all day lounging around in a hotel room. Exploring cities is where it’s at for me, and I assume for many people as well. Seoul was perfect then, in that it’s chill enough to warrant a simple stroll but busy enough to be enjoyably lively. South Korea has been steadily rising in popularity as a must-visit place, and whether you’re solo-tripping or spending time with family or friends, it’s a great place to put on your travel bucket list.

We spent five days in Seoul, staying in the Myeong-dong area—a busy, tourist-y area of the city that had plenty of shops, restaurants, landmarks, and places to explore. And while going to Seoul is the dream for many, the funds required to do so is no joke. Plane tickets, in this economy? But if you spent most of your money getting there, worry not, because while trips are expensive, there are plenty of things to do in Seoul that’s totally worth it but are definitely not a waste of money. Scroll down for some of them.


Everyone says to do it—and they’re right. Street food, particularly in Myeong-dong, offers a wide variety of excellent food from full meals to desserts, steak to tanghulu, chicken skewers to souffle pancakes, cheese tteok-kocchi to Korean marshmallow ice cream. When the streets come alive at night with lights, food stalls, locals, visitors, and all sorts of delicious scents waft through the air, you can bet you’ll find yourself walking around with armfuls of food and even little trinkets, stuffing your face with all the delicacies available.


seoul caricatures
acorn caricatures myeongdong seoul

Acorn Caricature (@uncles_painting on Instagram) has plenty of branches around Korea. I saw it go viral on social media before we went to Seoul, and luckily, I spotted one near where we stayed—a storefront and bench decorated with their signature yellow and bold marker caricatures on a small street in Myeong-dong.

There, my sister and I sat for at most five minutes as we got our caricatures done (9000 KRW per person or around 386 pesos) and chatted with the sweet Korean artist who mentioned that she visited Mactan, Cebu back in 2015. The caricatures were well-made and adorable, and it’s definitely a fun, cute experience to have!


Okay, maybe this one will do some damage to your wallet. But we won’t blame you if you spend hours shopping in Seoul’s underground malls, particularly in the Myeong-dong Underground Shopping Center. You can access the basement shopping center from the Myeong-dong Station Line 4 Exits. The “mall” offers everything from the latest Korean fashions to K-pop merchandise for affordable prices—definitely more affordable than the shops or department stores aboveground. Score deals here on trendy knitwear, shoes, down jackets, albums and photocards, and so much more.


What’s a Gen Z trip without endless new and creative ways to take photos? Photobooths dot the streets of the city (there’s even one up on Namsan Park near the N Seoul Tower), so you can take so many photos and get them designed however you want!

There are even photobooths with unique, distinct brandings like DON’T LXXK UP. There, the photos are taken from a high angle for an edgy, youthful set of photos where you can look your coolest. Photobooths cost around 3,000 to 6,000 KRW and have a variety of styles, concepts, and designs to choose from.


itaewon seoul
itaewon seoul

City nightlife in Seoul is marked with bright lights and chilly wind in the fall. Make the most of it by taking a quick trip to Itaewon or similar bustling areas to check out the sights, bars, and restaurants frequented by the young people of Seoul!


Whether it’s cycling along the Han River or eating at a famous restaurant, visiting places idols and actors have been to is a fun way for a K-pop or K-drama fan to spend some time in South Korea. Recreate your faves’ photos for selca days, or just for fun, and get a glimpse of why they love and enjoy these places in their home country.


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seoul fall

South Korea in the fall is stunningly picturesque. When the sun graces you with its presence and hits the green, yellow, orange, and red leaves just right, the city skyline is breathtaking. The N Seoul Tower in the heart of the city is a local landmark atop Namsan Mountain.

Did we get a little confused going there? Yes. Did we stumble upon a bridge that gave us a gorgeous view of the fall foliage and the tower without a lot of people around? Also yes. You can ride the subway or the bus to get to stations near the area and make your way up the mountain on foot (for free if you’re just planning on getting to the base of the tower), or take a taxi to get to the cable car station and ride up for around 14,000 KRW. There’s also a free shuttle from Myeong-dong Station Exit 1 or Seoul Station Exit 9. Get up there for panoramic views of the city and to see the “Locks of Love” placed around the plaza!

Photobooth photo in thumbnail used with permission.

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10 Of Our Favorite Fan Reactions to HORI7ON’s NYLON Manila Cover That Are A Whole Mood

ANCHORs' reactions caught in 4K.

HORI7ON made waves on social media as NYLON Manila’s October cover stars, and here are some of our favorite fan reactions from X (formerly Twitter)!

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When the HORI7ON for NYLON Manila teasers and materials dropped, we (who are mostly K-pop and P-pop fans) experienced being on the other side of fan culture for once. Seeing the reactions to the cover story, photos, videos, TikToks, and podcast was an exciting experience. From seeing fans react or make jokes on the timeline to seeing them print the photos from the shoot, we agreed that fandom is such a unique experience, shared across a wide population. So, when these reactions hit our timelines, we couldn’t help but relate!

The seven-member global group have some dedicated, sweet, and hilarious fans (called ANCHORs), and we’ve compiled some of our favorite reactions to the group’s feature on NYLON Manila from X (formerly Twitter, the stomping grounds of fandoms) so you can see just how much fun they had.


One great thing about social media is how fast the talents, looks, and even personalities of artists reach a wide audience. People from all over the world can easily discover new artists and their music, as well as how great they are as people! And yes, sometimes with just one song, photo, or video, you can immediately tell how worth it stanning someone is going to be.


Lots of people live out their busy lives fully while also still having the time and energy for stanning. For this user, no matter how tired they were, they probably got a jolt of energy from all the pasabog from the group!


Styling is a vital part of any act, photoshoot, the artist’s general public image, and so much more. And when designers and stylists serve, like stylist Quayn Pedroso with assistance from Jia Torrato and Alexie did here, the artists serve even harder. Styling also sets the tone for the entire layout. Get them their flowers!


One thing about stans—they will always know their idol from a mile away. ANCHORs took to pausing, rewinding, screenshotting, and even editing photos to see which members of HORI7ON were on the teasers.


Fans can manifest anything, truly. This DM was sent just days after we shot HORI7ON for the cover, so this fan’s spidey senses were tingling for sure.


There’s something so rewarding about watching your idols grow and reach new heights. The connection fans have with the artists they love is so strong that there’s just a sense of pride that comes with seeing them achieve things as you cheer them on.


The amount of people asking who a certain HORI7ON member was is awesome to see. And the responses—from wholeheartedly giving up all the information about the member to jokingly gatekeeping—were also so funny to see on the timeline.


What’s the point in choosing a bias line when every single member bias-wrecks like their life depended on it? Good luck sorting out your biases.


Leave it to a stan to make the funniest slang references to praise their idol! Winston in this distressed top with genius jackstone details truly was a life-changing serve.


We’re not just hyping the HORI7ON shoot team up here—we’re glad that fans understood the concept and the story told throughout the layouts! So, this is how K-Pop creative teams feel whenever they drop concept photos.


Winston would never been on the bottom two, that’s for sure! HORI7ON proved how multi-talented they are as they slayed and served in every photo and layout. The hundreds of thousands of views on each individual photo would definitely secure them an ANTM win.

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Going Viral: 5 Reasons Why Criza Taa Is The Internet’s Crowned Queen Of GRWM Videos

She's that girl.

If you’re looking for funny GRWM videos, Criza is your girl.

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Thanks to social media, Gen Z celebrities have been rising to stardom faster than ever. Apart from promoting the latest talents in the showbiz scene, it’s incredibly easy for them to capture the hearts of the madalang people when we get a glimpse of their day-to-day lives beyond our TV screens. A case in point: Criza Taa.

Since her stint as one of the former housemates on Pinoy Big Brother: Otso, the 19-year-old actress has never ceased to be in the spotlight. You might recognize her as Roxanne in Kadenang Ginto or as Naih in He’s Into Her. Regardless, there’s a good chance you’ve scrolled through her TikToks with the ABCD Girls. Just when we thought Criza Taa couldn’t become any more viral, she adds GRWM Queen to her already extensive list of accomplishments.

Below, we’ve rounded up five fun reasons why she’s taking over the throne.

She’s That Trendy

@mscrizataa Replying to @user6811863810404 ♬ Chill Vibes – Tollan Kim

Strawberry makeup look? Served. Searching for clean girl makeup products? Check her yellow basket. Before influencer marketing managers could tell you what the hottest TikTok trends and hashtags are right now, Criza Taa has already tapped into it. From fashion-forward looks to the latest beauty releases, she’s the trendy icon who effortlessly dominates the ever-changing landscape of social media. If you’re looking to start creating content, take notes from her feed.

That Transition was Smooth 


gimme more babe

♬ Originalton – speed up songs

Apart from her GRWM vlogs, you know what really makes Criza’s content stand out? It’s that seamless flow, fam. When she’s filming a makeup look, this 19-year-old is killing it with transitions smoother than butter and a beat drop. Now, to whoever said that content creation is ‘not that hard,’ try recreating her most viral videos.

Authentic and Relatable AF


bday shoot vlog link in bi0OOO!!

♬ original sound – Criza Taa

While most celebrities wear a carefully constructed persona, this actress isn’t afraid to share her authentic self. Did I mention that she’s also relatable AF? She’s like the friend you can always count on for real talk and chismis.

If I were you, watch her videos whenever you’re getting ready. For starters, who isn’t obsessed with her sense of humor? Plus, there are her gentle reminders about self-love and self-confidence that will make you feel like that girl.

Criza Taa Bought It? Consider Me Budol-ed


another unboxing ang atake ko

♬ Cool modern chill out, 10 minutes(1001927) – 8.864

If you’re looking for the latest makeup that lives up to the hype, you better check out Criza’s yellow basket. It’s even more on point if you watch her haul videos. You’ll be in the know about all the hottest beauty products she’s loving and why they’re total game-changers. I remember buying those gray non-prescription contact lenses, and you best beliver I’m not the only one who got budol-ed into trying them.

Going Viral (For Other Reasons)


mr. mahiyain naman ang darling ko na yern

♬ walshy bae owns this sound – RECXRDDEAL

Criza Taa is indeed the crowned Queen of GRWM videos, but she’s not just going viral for her beauty content. Besides proving the incredible power of female friendship with the ABCD Girls, everyone is shipping her with Onie de Guzman. If you need one more reason to stan, she’s currently living life in a boy best friend trope—and we’re here for it.

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13 Slasher Films We’re Binge-Watching On Halloween Night

Stabbing their way into my heart.

Ready for Halloween? Everyday is Friday the 13th with these slasher films.

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From Michael Myers to Freddy Kreuger, who would most likely become besties if these iconic slashers met IRL? Whatever the answer is, I’m sure of one thing: nothing will beat these masked madmen of cinema. We’re talking The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. However, some modern slasher films like Happy Death Day and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark keep the subgenre alive and kicking today — which is more than most stereotypical villain can say to their victims.

If you’re seeking to add some spine-tingling thrills to your Halloween night, we’ve got you covered with a carefully curated selection of binge-worthy classics and new releases. From psychological thrillers to a blood bath, everyday is Friday the 13th with these slasher films. Spoiler alert: you won’t find sequels on the list, (hot take: no lucrative franchise was that good—ever).

Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho remains a timeless masterpiece of thriller and psychological horror. To this day, the iconic shower scene and the mention of Bates’s motel sends shivers down my spine. It’s actually the first film that started my obsession with horror movies.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an unrelenting classic in the slasher genre. Tobe Hooper’s gritty direction and the film’s raw, unsettling portrayal of family horrors make it a haunting experience that leaves a lasting impression. Not to mention, it introduced the infamous Leatherface.

Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter’s Halloween gave the world Michael Myers, the embodiment of pure evil. This slasher set the standard for the genre, emphasizing suspense over excessive gore. And, while we’re on the subject of the fan-favorite villain, we know that the franchise wouldn’t be the same without Jamie Lee Curtis’ portrayal of Laurie Strode.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Now, there’s just something about summer slashers that will forever hold my heart in the shape of a hockey mask. I’m all about the suspenseful reopening of the Crystal Lake Camp, slow deaths, and the revelation of the masked madman that set the stage for the long-running horror franchise Friday the 13th. Not to mention, the debate over whether Jason Voorhees deserves to be called a villain makes this classic a must-watch.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street introduced Freddy Krueger, a dream-dwelling slasher who haunted the dreams of teenagers in a small suburban town. With its inventive premise, the film blurred the lines between dreams and reality, creating a literal nightmare. This iconic killer, with his scarred face, fedora, and razor-fingered glove, delved into the deeper fears of the human psyche, making it a standout in my long list of slasher films.

Scream (1996)

Drew Barrymore and Courtney Cox rolled into one slasher film? Bet! Another one of Wes Craven’s creations, Scream reinvigorated the slasher genre by cleverly deconstructing its own conventions. With a self-aware script, a star-studded cast, and the iconic Ghostface, no one should hang up first in this classic.

Child’s Play (1988)

Chucky, one of the most memorable slasher killers in movies, made his debut in this horror classic. With a balance of humor and horror, Child’s Play introduced a unique, if somewhat unhinged, concept to the gruesome genre. The film beautifully blended the chilling presence of a possessed doll with moments of dark humor, setting the stage for a franchise that would leave audiences with both laughter and shivers. I remember watching this for the first time and thinking it wasn’t that scary—until I had my dolls removed from the room. LOL.

Jigsaw (2017)

My mom is a sucker for the Saw franchise, and I remember her being first in line at the cinema for its return with Jigsaw. While classic slasher films hold a special place, Jigsaw is still just as gruesome as the original. It was one of my first mind-bending movies, not due to the puzzles and riddles, but because it forced me to reflect on what’s morally right or wrong when lives are at stake. And we’ll break our own rules a little by mentioning Saw X as a worthy watch in cinemas.

Happy Death Day (2017)

One of my irrational fears? The time-loop concept. I would rather run away from Michael Myers than living out my death day in a never-ending cycle. But if you’re into that type of story, Happy Death Day centers around a self-absorbed college student who becomes trapped in a time loop, repeatedly reliving her own mystery murder until she uncovers the identity of the Bayfield Babyface Killer.

Ready or Not (2019)

If you’re getting married soon, this slasher film adds a scare to the thought of having monster-in-laws. Ready or Not serves a darkly comedic take on the deadly game of hide-and-seek on a silver platter. While the ending could’ve been better, it does radiate WTF energy and there’s no denying that we were all rooting for the strong and savage Samara Weaving.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Based on beloved children’s not-so-scary stories, this film brings classic Halloween themes to life with impressive visuals and a spooky vibe. Think scarecrows, haunted houses, and your worst nightmares coming to haunt you. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark isn’t for those seeking a lighthearted Halloween adventure; it’s created for those who crave spine-tingling chills and hair-raising thrills.

Freaky (2020)

Imagine Freaky Friday meeting The Hot Chic in the slasher genre. As you might have guessed, the plot twist in this horror-comedy is that the villain swaps bodies with their teenage victim. Don’t worry, no spoilers ahead. To say the least, Vince Vaughn’s performance as the killer in the young girl’s body strikes the perfect balance between thrills and laughs.

Totally Killer (2023)

Claire from Modern Family and Sabrina the Teenage Witch in a star-studded film? Consider my Halloween night sold. The newest film on this list, Totally Killer serves a fresh take on the slasher genre, mixing it with themes of time travel and mother-daughter drama. Now, the bloody cherry on top is the introduction of another villain, the Sweet Sixteen Killer, with the modus operandi of stabbing its victims sixteen times. That’s sixteen times the horror.

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Meet The Gen Z Fiber Artist Whose Work Has Been Worn By BINI, Nadine Lustre, And More

Gen Z girlies in the fashion industry? We're here for it!

Whoever said there’s ‘no future’ in art-related passions? Well, Erin Cervanez is here to totally debunk that myth. You’ve probably seen her crocheted creations on stars like BINI and Nadine Lustre!

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Coming from the traditional Filipino mindset, we were constantly bombarded with the notion that hobbies are primarily intended for leisure—like another way to de-stress after a grueling workweek of grinding. But this whole concept painted a big ‘X’ on art-related passions, implying that they were burning money. Gen Z is here to prove that this age-old sentiment is not a universal truth.

Meet Erin Cervanez, an exceptional Filipina fiber artist who has proven that passions combined with art are boundless. If her name sounds familiar, that’s because she’s behind mmelc, the brand behind that viral crochet butterfly tops. This 21-year old has taken the art of crocheting—a craft often seen as a chill pastime—and turned it into a thriving small business. You’ve probably seen her crocheted creations on TV screens, worn by your favorite celebrities, content creators, and girl groups. Get to know her and her craft in our interview below.

Erin Cervanez | mmelc.ph

Introduce yourself.

I’m Erin Cervanez, a 21-year-old Filipina fiber artist. I am the creative mind behind my own brand, mmelc. Within my small startup, I specialize in the art of crocheting and knitting, weaving together threads for handmade pieces.

How did you get into the art and business of weaving threads together?

As a crafty kid who got her hands on loombands (the nostalgia! hahaha), I found myself enjoying the slow process of creating. It was almost a decade ago, and it’s also around that time when my Aunt (shoutout to you, Mommy Yeye) brought home the first crochet hooks and yarn that I own. I still have them with me, proving the longevity of crochet.

I’m self-taught; I started with online tutorials for basic techniques and then found free patterns for cute items. After that, I freehanded almost everything I crocheted. I stopped when I reached high school because it wasn’t considered a ‘cool’ hobby back then. It was associated with grandmas on television, doing it in their rocking chairs. I just left the materials under my drawer and never got rid of them.

After years, when the pandemic hit, I decided to get back into the hobby. The world was on pause, and I remembered how therapeutic crocheting is. I started creating again, but this time I shared it on my small platforms. Crochet wasn’t very popular in our generation during those times, but I received great feedback! With less than a P1k allowance, I invested in more yarn and started a page for my creations, turning it into a small business. That’s the foundation of where I am right now. Everything started from there, and I’m eternally grateful.

What’s the concept behind your business?

mmelc.ph is a pandemic baby. It was born from the ‘what if’ of a 17-year-old. We started with a one-woman team and have since grown to include student crocheters working with us. We specialize in selling garments made from knitted and crocheted textiles, with the majority of designs originating from my creative mind. We also cater to fellow crocheters by offering patterns for some of our designs. Patterns are essentially written tutorials on how to create specific items. mmelc.ph is a brand that emerged from a simple desire to share art. Today, it’s more than just a business; it’s a tradition and a lifestyle.

What was your biggest break?

It was way back in 2021 when we shared our own version of the crochet butterfly top. This beautiful gradient top features our outline that mimics butterfly wings. It became a global sensation, with orders pouring in from four corners of the globe. Not to mention the ongoing issue of our product pictures being stolen and shared without permission. Regardless, this design inspired numerous crocheters to create their own versions and even receive commissions for this handmade piece. It remains one of my most memorable breakthroughs.

When you’re creating countless looks for personalities, which project was your favorite and what was the experience like?

Catering to stars comes with its own set of hardships. We are a slow fashion brand, often working on rush orders to meet high demands, but BINI remains one of my favorite projects. I’m a strong advocate for women’s empowerment and supporting local artists. BINI is a group of incredibly talented women, and when Ica Villanueva, their stylist, approached mmelc.ph to create crochet pieces for them, I felt truly honored.

It was surreal to be part of performances I had only observed from a distance. My team and I crafted these pink crochet and knitted pieces for them, even giving birth to new looks. It was an iconic moment.

What was the inspiration behind the look?

While we had creative freedom for some pieces, BINI’s pink look inspiration was provided by their incredible stylist, Ica Villanueva. We carefully craft pieces based on stylist’s pegs and then witnessing them in action on stage or in photo shoots.

How did it feel when you started seeing your works on big platforms?

The excitement never stops. From creating the garments to today, even those around me unconsciously remind us of that moment. It still feels dreamlike, and I cherish these moments. One of my goals is to elevate wearable crochet to the level of clothing we see everywhere, whether it’s everyday wear or pieces for specific shoots and events. Collaborating with celebrities gives me hope that we can bring about this change with the help of their influence. Gratitude always remains at the forefront. Of course, it all boils down to the fangirl in me who never thought we would get this far.

What is your creative process like?

When I conceive a design, I sketch it right away. Visualizing everything is essential, and I learned this the hard way. Trust me, I’ve had numerous designs that went nowhere because I forgot about them. And when I create eyeballed and freehand pieces, I think of designs I’d personally love to wear—ones I’ve never seen before but believe are achievable. It could be something as simple as a tank top in my favorite color or a detailed dress with textured stitches.

I try to crochet every day, but I don’t pressure myself. Despite the prevalence of fast fashion, I remind myself that I have my own pace, my handmade art, and I’m not a factory. Also, a lot of iced coffee, tea, and pain relief patches – haha.

Could you share tips for anyone who wants to get into the business?

Starting a crochet business is a lesson rooted in experience. You’ll never know what it can become if you don’t give it a chance. Monetizing your hobby involves risk, but remember, you can always pivot or step back. Launching a small business means you become your own boss, so if it works out, you’ll look back with no regrets.

While many people have small businesses nowadays, don’t view them as competition. It’s easy to lose self-confidence when you constantly compare yourself to others. Set a goal and stay focused on it. No matter how many times you feel like giving up, you can adjust your approach, but never abandon the goal.

We have a wealth of learning resources available now, as almost everyone is engaged in e-commerce. This is the time to dream big. Keep creating, keep posting, and happy crocheting!

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10 Celebrities That Served Rockstar Realness at the Billboard Philippines Launch 

They went for loud and edgy.

These ‘Rock Chic’ ensembles at the Billboard Philippines Launch deserve a billboard of their own.

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The Billboard Philippines Launch was nothing short of a rockstar affair, with singers, emerging artists, and major names in the entertainment industry coming together to witness history in the making. The main event celebrated the country’s music scene with a ‘Rockstar Chic’ theme that set the tone for an evening of true talent and style, underlining the Philippines’ undeniable influence on the music stage.

Now that we’ve come, seen, and danced the night away, it’s time to declare the best-dressed personalities on the blue carpet at the Billboard Philippines Launch. Nobody disappointed, but these celebrities served rockstar realness.


A quarter of the girl group BINI made quite the entrance with their picture-perfect attire for the evening. Styled by Ica Villanueva, Mikah and Aiah captivated the crowd as they strutted down the blue carpet, with each ensemble making a unique statement while maintaining a cohesive sense of unity. Mikah commanded attention in a sleek, all-black outfit that showcased her edgy yet elegant persona. In contrast, Aiah embraced a complementary palette of white and red.


G22 doesn’t simply speak through P-Pop but also through their personal style. When asked about their look last night, members of the girl group described it as ‘very avant-garde and very G22. We agree because those all-black and color-coordinating sets deserve their own spotlight.


As SB19 made their grand entrance, the collective presence of these stars spoke volumes about their evolving image in the Philippines’ entertainment industry, leaving attendees and fans eagerly awaiting their next moves in the music scene. After becoming Billboard Philippines’ Maiden Issue cover stars, who knows what they’ll achieve next?

As if that isn’t enough, in a world where music and fashion collide, the Kings of P-Pop proved that they are not only masters of their craft but also influential icons who are shaping the future of men’s fashion. They totally brought their A-game to the event, showcasing the dashing dark blue and black ensembles.


We all know that BGYO has mastered performing and traveling in style, but Gelo and Nate’s bold blue carpet affair wouldn’t be left behind. Rocking mixed textures, prints, and accessories, they captured the essence of the night. Their ability to seamlessly blend various elements of fashion, from fabrics to patterns, showcased their knack for pushing the boundaries and redefining style. This fearless approach to fashion continues to be a source of inspiration for fans and fashion enthusiasts alike.

Ena Mori

Ena Mori, an emerging talent, offered a fresh perspective to the event. Her experimental and all-denim style revealed her willingness to push the boundaries and explore new avenues in fashion, just as she does in her music career. It’s no wonder why she won best-dressed last night.

Zild Benitez

Another awardee for best-dressed, Zild Benitez made a strong statement that was as powerful as his artistry. Wearing an-all black jersey matched with sunglasses and a choker, he’s serving rockstar realness with that fierce face and personality.

Nadine Lustre

Nadine Lustre, known for her personal style and aesthetic, was nothing short of lustrous last night. The actress killed it with a red, RAFA WORLDWIDE leather skirt and a black bodice off-shoulder. If Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera’s style had a baby, it would look like this rockstar affair.


While we’re thinking of leather jackets and fringes for the event, Jayda took it to the next level with a red gown, gracing the blue carpet with elegance and a contemporary edge. While it was a departure from the expected all-black affair, it served as a refreshing reminder that fashion is a canvas for self-expression. Who knew that the fusion of elegance and rockstar flair could be equally show stopping as edgy ensembles?

Inigo Pascual

Inigo Pascual made a splash with a sophisticated all-white ‘fit. The actor and singer-songwriter’s tailored suit, accompanied by subtle accessories, exuded elegance and charisma. Needless to say, Inigo demonstrated the power of classic style with a modern twist, symbolizing a fusion of sophistication and youthfulness.

Regine Velasquez – Alcacid

A true icon in the Philippine music industry, Regine Velasquez displayed her timeless grace through this maximalist gem—think fur sleeves, mismatched patterns, and a statement necklace. With this bold fashion choice, Asia’s Songbird not only reaffirmed her status as a music legend but also showcased her flair for pushing the boundaries of style and making a lasting impression in the world of fashion.

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6 Easy Group Halloween Costume Ideas For You And Your Friends

It's giving best-dressed barkada.

Looking to roll up at a party as an ~extra~ barkada but don’t have the time for elaborate costumes? We got you. Check out these group Halloween costume ideas!

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Some of the best parts about celebrating Halloween the way we do includes dressing up and being with your friends. So when you dress up with your friends, whether to trick-or-treat (because who’s too old for that?) or have a party all by yourselves, or just to take some cute pics together, you can bet it’s going to be a great time. But we don’t always have the luxury of time or money for complex, detail-accurate costumes. Still, don’t fret! You can still whip up some costumes for you and your barkada.

The group Halloween costumes below include a lot of pop culture references—perfect for the Gen Z costume-wearer of today. No one’s dressing up basic these days! References and cosplays add a whole new layer of fun to costumes, so take your pick below!


group costume Ideas: barbie

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ELLE

Bust out those outfits you wore to the Barbie movie and dress up as a group of Barbies (or Kens) in shades of pink, plenty of accessories, and a dash of glitter. Sure, so many people will be dressed as Barbies and Kens this Halloween, but who cares? If the entire event, the entire city, or the world looks like Barbieland for one night, we’re not complaining!


group costume Ideas: 2521


Strut your stuff down a street clad in classic 90’s throwback garb and you’ve got the makings of the characters from hit K-drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One. If you’re keen, and can scrounge up a couple of fencing outfits real quick, why not take it a step further by dressing up as Na Hee-do and Ko Yu-rim?


Alright, someone bring out the adult-sized diaper. If someone’s willing to round out the squad by dressing up as the diaper-clad Tommy Pickles, the group costume should be done quite quickly and easily. Dress up as Chuckie, Angelica, Phil & Lil, Susie, Spike, Kimi, and maybe even the adults for a fun, nostalgic night.


group costume Ideas: kpop


Channel your inner K-pop or P-pop idols by dressing up in colorful, matching, layered outfits that could be seen on your favorite idols! Go for fresh summer comeback themes or dark, edgy ones and coordinate your outfits. Grab some microphones, put on some chains, layer plenty of very extra accessories, and commit to the bit by giving your group a name and a hand symbol (like GOT7’s or ITZY’s) for a unique yet easy barkada look for Halloween.


The second Shazam! movie Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023) may not have had the best reception, but there’s no denying that the franchisee introduced us to some epic characters in the form of the Shazamily, six kids that turn into superheroes upon uttering the word “Shazam!” The costumes may look complicated, but honestly? Dress monochromatically in their respective colors, grab some sheets and DIY the logo, arm bands, and belts with some gold foil and you’re good to go.


group costume Ideas: phineas and ferb gang

Similar to Rugrats, this group costume of Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, Baljeet, and Buford is pretty casual and simple as long as you keep the color schemes, but you have to add a little bit of effort to hair, accessories, and demeanor. You can even ask some more friends to dress up as Candace, Stacy, Jeremy, and Vanessa as they also have pretty simple outfits. We’re a long way from summer, but this group costume will get people to remember how to spell the word for the plastic tip of a shoelace.

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