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

"Magla-last yung friendship namin."

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Filipino Roadtrip Movies

These Travel Scenes From Filipino Movies Will Give You Major Wanderlust

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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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Meet The Final 7 Members of The Girl Group Project

Go off, queens!

The final members of the upcoming, yet-to-be-named girl group of The Girl Group Project have been making the rounds on social media, and after months of training and evaluations, they’re almost ready to take on the P-Pop stage.

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If you were on TikTok the last few weeks, then you definitely have come across the “I Wanna Go Back” dance trend set to a sped-up version of Do It Again by Pia Mia. Well, did you know that the creators of the trend are young Filipino trainees getting ready to debut as members of a new, upcoming P-pop girl group?

@ggprojectmedia boy can we go back? 🤷🏻‍♀️ dc: jezrene 🐝 & nicole 🐣 #fyp #ppoprise ♬ do it again – ᶜ ʰ ˡ ˡ ˣ ᵉ ᵈ ⁱ ᵗ ˢ

That’s right, dancers and artists Jezrene and Nicole, whose names you may have seen credited under TikToks of the trend, are members of a yet-to-be-named girl group formed by DreamCloud Media Productions. DreamCloud recognized the immense potential of Filipinos in the pop music industry, and so, in early 2023, they started The Girl Group Project. It was a passion project, an initiative to select, train, and evaluate talented young girls to form a group ready to take the P-pop world by storm.

After the final evaluation at Eton Centris last July 30, seven trainees were selected to debut. It’ll take some more time, work, and decisions before they make it big, but for now, let’s meet the young girls who have made it steps closer to living their dreams.


Nicole from the girl group project

1/2 of the pioneers of the “I Wanna Go Back” trend, Nicole is The Girl Group Project’s center, and has shown her prowess in singing, dancing, and playing the ukulele—which she’s been playing since she was in high school. She’s driven by her desire to show the world her talent. She’s a Virgo, and her MBTI is ESFP-T.


Jezrene of the girl group project

The other half of the TikTok trend’s creators, 19-year old Jezrene is a strong singer, which got her the position of lead vocalist. A true introvert but with a powerful voice, she’s a Gemini, an INFP, and, like most of us, her hobbies include sleeping. She’s been inspired by K-pop since she was young, and pushed through some mental and physical challenges before she got to where she is now.


Hana of of the girl group project

Keen-eyed girl group enthusiasts may recognize the 22-year-old as a former center of idol group MNL48! Her stage name used to be Aly, and she can be seen in MNL48’s videos like Ikaw Ang Melody. Hana is the group’s lead rapper, visual, and sub-vocalist. She’s a Capricorn, INFJ, and she likes playing mobile games.


Jane of the girl group project

Jane is the group’s main rapper and a lead vocalist. She’s a Capricorn and an INFJ-T, often in dark clothing and makeup to match her fierce and independent spirit. She likes to sing, cook, and watch anime. She made, sold, and delivered food to help out her sick parents all while studying and trying hard for her dreams.


kath of the girl group project

Kath was the first trainee to be announced as part of The Girl Group Project. The 20-year old is the group’s main dancer and lead rapper while also being a diligent university student at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She’s got grit and stage presence for days, and is a Taurus and ISFJ-T.


Mita of the girl group project

Lead vocalist and dancer Sushmita, or Mita for short, is a proud Taurus and INTJ. She loves cats and owns a handful of them—18 to be precise. A multi-talented performer, Mita was influenced by her aunt to get into music.


Pearl of the girl group project

The ever-fashionable Pearl is the group’s main vocalist and resident baton twirler. A Taurus and INFP-T, she was the last trainee to complete The Girl Group Project. She also loves to design clothes. Emotional during her last interview before making the final lineup, Pearl is driven and determined to reach her dreams.

Stay tuned on The Girl Group Project’s social media accounts (TikTok, Facebook, Instagram) to keep up with these talented Gen Z artists! Do you have a bias yet?

Photos courtesy of Jionor Verona for The Girl Group Project/Facebook

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We Really Should Stop Taking Photos And Videos Of Random People In Public

Put that camera down.

There’s another kind of pandemic going around: people that think it’s okay to take photos or film strangers in public and subject them to Internet ridicule or vitriol just for a few thousand likes. We really should stop invading people’s privacy.

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Isn’t it crazy how you could just be eating lunch at a restaurant, minding your business, and you could go viral for being that pathetic, lonely person on your phone eating by yourself? Or how you could just be at a concert or a sports game with a poker face, but you were caught in the background of a content creator’s video and now your face is blasted to hundreds of thousands of people and you’re being called out for being mean?

You could be scrolling on TikTok or X and stop short when you realize “Wait…is that me?” and then you open the comments to see people either laughing at you or pitying you.

Anything can go stupid viral these days. The age of virality and content creation is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it gives people the chance to get creative and earn a living. But on the other hands, it allows people to think they’re entitled to everything because hey, they’re just making content.

It’s nothing new to take photos or videos of someone without their knowledge and post them for the world to see. But TikTok and the way we currently use social media these days have exacerbated the problem. For the most part, it’s pretty reasonable why we shouldn’t encourage this practice, but in case you’re still not really sure why, read on.

It’s an invasion of privacy.

Honestly, why are people still surprised when strangers glare at those filming in public? Why wouldn’t people get upset at being made into content in desperate attempts at humor or virality? It’s an invasion of their privacy, especially if their faces are seen. There are so many weirdos out there that can find a person’s school or workplace by just their face, and you could invade someone’s privacy even more that way by posting them online without their knowledge.

But listen, if filming is necessary to ensure yours or someone’s safety—by all means, film away. We’ve all seen how important it is to have documented proof of injustice.

But when all you’re doing is making weird faces over your dinner or doing an outfit check, get a grip. You don’t need to bother people by putting them, on purpose or otherwise, in your content. Please respect people’s privacy. Most of us don’t walk around the streets hoping to get famous because we’re in the background of someone’s TikTok.

Just because you’re in public doesn’t mean they consent.

I get it. It is pretty difficult to film your own content in public without having anyone else in the shot. But in such cases, you can easily ask someone if they’d be okay with appearing in the video, inform them you’re filming, or even blur out their faces in post.

Because what’s so hard about asking people if they’d like to be part of a video? And if you’re uncomfortable with asking them directly to their face about filming, then there’s obviously something wrong with what you were planning to do.

Unfortunately, people don’t really value strangers’ consent to be filmed when the content they’re making banks on the reactions. There’s a whole slew of content out there that makes strangers the butt of the joke, or participants in something they don’t know about. And while sometimes it’s harmless, it’s never guaranteed that a person is okay with posting a moment they’re involved in for the world to see for a number of valid reasons.

If your content relies on stranger’s responses or reactions in the moment without prior knowledge, then what’s so hard about asking if they’re okay with the video being posted after the fact? There’s plenty of things and topics we can use to consume as media—unconsenting people shouldn’t be one of them.

People are not yours to make fun of or make sad stories about.

We’ve become so desensitized to things because of our social media consumption that we take a look at one photo or a few seconds of video and immediately pass judgment without knowing the context. The infamous TikTok wherein a young girl gets upset at being touched by a content creator received tons of comments from people asking why it was such a big deal to her, saying she was racist, and generally being unnecessarily cruel to a young girl who never consented to being filmed or touched by a stranger.

The girl’s sister clarified that she was on the autism spectrum and had “contamination OCD,” but the damage has been done. People have proven that they’ll jump to conclusions and run with their own uninformed narratives just because they saw something on social media and wanted to express their opinion. What happened to knowing the context? What happened to minding your own business?

People also love to project their own insecurities onto people they see and make up their own stories based on a single photo or a few seconds of video. Listen, just because someone is eating alone doesn’t mean they’re sad or pathetic. Willingly exposing people to ridicule or vitriol and not realizing the possible outcome of our actions signals a very dark future for humanity—and I’m really not being overdramatic.

Know your boundaries.

Seriously, don’t film, touch, or harass people randomly in public for content. That’s just basic respect for their privacy, boundaries, dignity, and personal space. It’s just really sad that boundaries are being crossed or disrespected in the name of content. A sense of knowing when it’s okay to do something for content and when it isn’t is critical in this day and age. And if you’re unsure—just ask!

Many people have said that it might be a good idea to adopt Japan’s practice of having your camera make a sound whenever you take a photo, and while it’s usually just an offhanded statement to highlight the unethical practice of taking photos and videos of people in public, the sentiment is understood. This mindset that we have that it’s okay to do whatever serves us without considering how it could affect other people needs to change. And it’s much easier and far better for everyone if we all just listened to our conscience and started caring more about the people around us.

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6 Moments Proving AC Bonifacio and Darren Espanto Were The Definition Of BFFs In Milan

Young, beautiful, talented, and friends.

Long-time BFFs AC Bonifacio and Darren Espanto, along with other stars, recently went to Italy for ASAP Milan, and the duo showed everyone just how fun, vibey, and funny their friendship is!

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Darren Espanto and AC Bonifcaio have been friends for almost a decade now, after first meeting in 2015. Both hailing from Canada, the two bonded over their shared roots and pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. The multi-talented duo can sing, dance, and act! It’s giving triple threat.

After all of that, it’s true that they have chemistry—but not in the way you think! Because even if people do ship them together, the two have repeatedly firmly established that they are just great friends. Their energy together is always fun, fresh, and playful, and it’s always refreshing to see wholesome platonic friendships in an industry that always wants male and female stars to get together.

And that was on full display when they, along with a slew of Kapamilya stars, went to Milan for ASAP Milan had tons of fun. From orchestrating group TikToks with icons like Piolo Pascual and Regine Velasquez to pretending to be IG livesellers, best friends AC and Darren totally made the most of their trip to Italy! So, to show off this great friendship, we compiled a few moments to show you what these besties were up to in their European adventures.


Darren and AC opened up Instagram Live for a few minutes on September 13 and pretended to sell products live in an outlet store in Milan, imitating live sellers that were surprisingly doing it for real in the same store. The two showed off shoes, hats, bags, and joked around the exact way friends goofing off do, complete with Darren showing off a pink gradient bag and comparing it to AC’s own currently red hair (he even called her “bes“)!


AC and Darren selfie on a plane as BFF


BFFs AC and Darren selfie in Milan


What’s a trip without countless selfies? AC showed off her .5 photo-taking skills in both of their Instagrams, showing everyone first their comfortable digs on the plane and then the ornate surroundings and skyline of Milan.



one more time in the air

♬ walshy bae owns this sound – RECXRDDEAL

Even before the pair landed in Milan, Darren and AC were already having fun filming TikToks and taking photos on the plane. A clear favorite, they did the famous “Sandy Super Bass” TikTok trend again while in the air—their third time in three weeks!


BFFs AC and Darren selfie, Darren is cropped out


Listen, when you look this good, sometimes you just need to crop your bestie out of the photo. Kidding aside, this cropping is such a bestie move and so representative of Darren and AC’s playful friendship.



we forgot to film a bunch of times so enjoy!!! HAHAHAH

♬ original sound – EX7STENCE™

You can always count on young artists like Darren and AC to have absolutely fire drip. Their outfits in Milan, often matching and always set against the beautiful backdrop of Italy, were the epitome of casual chic, and the pair showed them off the with, what else, a TikTok.




♬ Wassup Gwayy – FamousSally & YB

In a dig at all those shippers, Darren and AC made a TikTok proving to everyone that guys and girls, especially in the showbiz industry, can just be friends. AC even shut down a commenter under the TikTok who said “No I want you guys to be [a] couple 😢” by responding “sana ok ka lang.” The pair have shared before that they really never had feelings for each other, and that they’re more like siblings—they know everything about each other, they’re always down for a fun TikTok or two, and they’re always there to support each other.

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As someone with naturally oily (and sweaty) skin, I can confidently say that the Dazzle Me Get a Grip Makeup Setting Spray didn’t disappoint.

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Having setting spray in your makeup collection is an absolute necessity. After all, what’s more annoying than having your makeup melt off your face just a few hours after you’ve put in all that effort? Without setting spray, you’ve got instant crusty concealer, rogue mascara, and a shiny T-zone.

But here’s the thing: if your skin is naturally oily like mine, finding a setting spray that will keep your makeup intact throughout the day is easier said than done—and I know that they often don’t come cheap, too.

That’s when I came across the Dazzle Me Get a Grip Makeup Setting Spray on my Tiktok FYP. One after another, beauty girlies were doing smudge tests and all-day wear tests. Obviously, I had to personally test these claims. And girl, I’ve got to tell you something. This viral setting spray is trending for a long list of reasons.

All About Tiktok’s Favorite Setting Spray

@rasha_hizon Ok I didn’t expect that 😳 #beautyph #selfcare #dazzlemesettingspray #dazzlemeph #hulasproof #beautytok #fyp ♬ original sound – rasha

There’s a reason TikTok is obsessed with Get a Grip, and finally, I got a front row seat to what it can do.

This Get a Grip Makeup Setting Spray is your final touch to 12-hour makeup that won’t move at all. With high-tech film-forming ingredients, your makeup turns fade-proof, waterproof, and sweat-proof. It also has hydrating and skin-loving ingredients we all know and love: hyaluronic acid and rose water. At this point, it’s like a guardian angel against makeup mishaps. 

The mist itself is refreshing and has a fresh coconut scent. Personally, I love that. Packaging-wise, while some may appreciate a handy bottle, I’m lowkey hoping for Dazzle Me to release a version larger than their original 60ml. Something that good might as well come in a bigger size.

I Tried the Viral Setting Spray and Here’s What I Think

@precyrto The Get a Grip Setting Spray isn't just talk. It served every claim on a silver platter. Waterproof? Check. Sweat-proof? Check. Life-proof? 100% yes. #dazzlemesettingspray #dazzleme #weartest ♬ r&b loop – Official Sound Studio

The moment I snagged the setting spray, I knew I had to recreate the trending swatch test. I swatched purple eyeshadow on both arms, and set the other one with Dazzle Me. In the video, it shows that the swatch with Dazzle Me didn’t budge at all.

Of course, I also did a full face wear test. For this one, I did my makeup around 8 AM, using my regular primer but skipping any retouching. It was the ultimate experiment—a long, busy, rainy work day. After 12 hours of work, I wasn’t really expecting anything anymore when I found myself drenched in that downpour on the way home. 

But here’s the thing: after all that traffic, sweat, rain, and hours of good ol’ hard work, I still had my blush, contour, and highlight. Typically, they fade fast, but for the first time ever, I came home around 9:30PM with my nose contour intact, my cheeks still blushing, and my highlighter blinding. Although I noticed a little shine on my forehead, no rain and sweat were strong enough to set off my setting spray.

Here’s How the Setting Spray Works on Powder vs. Cream Products


The NYLON Manila team tries Dazzle Me's viral setting spray

♬ Chill Vibes – Tollan Kim

I’ve heard that setting spray works better with powder-based products than with cream products, so let’s put that to another test. Only this time, the entire NYLON Manila team tried the Get a Grip Setting Spray. Here’s what we think.

As expected, it didn’t budge on powder-based products, but there’s a little smudging with cream-based products (and lipsticks). It’s honestly still impressive, considering that cream contours and liquid highlighters tend to fade quickly. Well, that’s a tip for all beauty girlies: this setting spray works best for powder products.

Final Verdict

For reference, here’s a before and after photo.

FINAL VERDICT: The Get a Grip Setting Spray isn’t just talk. It served every claim on a silver platter. Waterproof? Check. Sweat-proof? Check. Life-proof? 100% yes. Today, I gave the setting spray another go, and the moment that mist settled on my makeup, I was ready for anything. From attending an event to powering through a full workday, the Dazzle Me Get a Grip Setting Spray is the new holy grail. It’s safe to say, I’m stocking up on these bottles.

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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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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.



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♬ 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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This Gen Z Entrepreneur Turned A Small Business Into A One-Stop-Shop For Celebs And Content Creators

She's giving vintage a new name.

Meet Sophia Nuestro, a 23-year-old fresh graduate and the proud owner of SONU Vintage.

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Thrift. Repurpose. Rewear. Once a taboo topic in the fashion scene, the growing market for pre-loved items is now being more widely accepted and shopped by the masses, especially with Gen Z. With a continuous fight against throwaway culture and fast fashion, today’s trends are pointing towards clothing pieces that our parents probably still have hanging in their closets. Of course, you can snag secondhand goodies from vintage markets, thrift shops, and sidewalk vendors. In tandeem with the power of social media, Gen Z isn’t just paving the way for a more sustainable future— they’re also creating their own success stories.

For Sophia Nuestro, she’s all about redefining vintage. Starting as an online business venture for her pre-loved clothing collection, this self-made Gen Z entrepreneur turned a small-time hustle into the ultimate hotspot for celebrities and content creators. Meet the 23-year-old fresh graduate and the proud owner of SONU Vintage, your one-stop-shop for vintage (and authentic) designer pieces.

A One-Woman Team

Sophia managed all the ins-and-outs of SONU Vintage, from sourcing the designer pieces and curating collections, to advertising and packing parcels. Did we mention that this business girlie started SONU Vintage while she’s getting a degree in the University of Santo Tomas?

Well, nothing stopped Sophia from working hard on her business venture. “Balancing academics alone is really hard; adding business to the picture is much harder. Time management is really the key. When I have free time, I use it productively and also multitask. Looking back, I was listening to school discussions through Zoom while preparing parcels for shipping,” she explained.

From Facebook live selling to becoming financially-free (and now traveling the world), get to know more about this self-made Gen Z by reading the interview below.

How did SONU Vintage come about?

Sonu Vintage began as a vintage designer shop on Instagram. I curate collections from luxury bag brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Christian Dior, Céline, and many more. In fact, the brand initially started when I began selling preloved and thrifted clothing. Once I had accumulated enough capital to launch my first ‘bag collection,’ I emptied my bank account and took the risk.

When did you realize that SONU Vintage was genuinely growing as a brand? 

I realized SONU Vintage was truly growing as a brand when my sales kept increasing, going from selling 10 items to over 100 items in a single collection. Additionally, being recognized and followed by celebrities and content creators I totally admire was a significant milestone. Then there are customers making repeat purchases, it was incredibly rewarding; it’s a whole new level of kilig.

What was your first big break?

I believe it was my recent LV Collection. One morning, I woke up to our Instagram DMs flooded with inquiries from Europeans about the items. I was curious about how they found out about my shop, and then I realized that I had recently posted a TikTok video that had garnered a significant number of views and engagement in European countries! Interestingly, it was the same collection in which I achieved my first seven-digit sales in a single collection alone.

What were the challenges that you faced as a young entrepreneur? 

Figuring things out on my own and starting from scratch, the early stages of business have been the most challenging for me. It’s difficult not to compare yourself to those who already have large followings and successful, sold-out collections. I find myself making these comparisons, which is unfair to myself. I once read, ‘We shouldn’t compare our early stage to someone else’s peak,’ and that really rings true.

What are the pros and cons of owning a business at a young age?

Pros: You can earn your own money, and it feels really good not to rely on your parents for financial support. I was able to pay for my own tuition fees, cover our monthly bills, and start building my savings. Now, I get to travel and explore the world.

Cons: It’s quite unusual to have slow days and just lie in bed for some Netflix and chill. My health is also at risk since I engage in live selling until very late at night, causing me to sleep late.

What’s your message for aspiring young entrepreneurs? 

First, figure out the type of business that truly interests you. It’s crucial to have a passion for your business because you should be your own biggest supporter. Second, focus on your own path; don’t compare yourself to others. Every successful entrepreneur didn’t start with high sales. Lastly, just go for it; you’ll never know until you start!

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Here’s How to Create Your Own Skincare Smoothie

What's your secret recipe?

An approach popularized on social media, a skincare smoothie is the next self care layering.

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In the ever-evolving world of Instagram beauty gurus and TikTok skincare hacks, we’re being introduced to skincare smoothies. An approach popularized on social media, a skincare smoothie is the next skincare layering. Imagine creams, moisturizers, and serums—all of your skincare must-haves—carefully concocted into a handful (or more accurately, a glob) of product.

And when skincare smoothies are mentioned, one beauty brand comes to mind: Drunk Elephant. I would wager that you’ve spotted those pop-colored products somewhere, whether in the store or on social media. ICYDK, these are clean and minimalist skincare products that are supposedly suitable for every skin type. I recently started trying their products and I must say that I’m obsessed (and a little overwhelmed as a beginner). If you’re like me, here’s what you should know about skincare smoothies and must-try recipes.

What are Skincare Smoothies, Exactly?

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When you’re feeling tired the morning after a wild party, there’s a hangover smoothie for faster recovery. Then there’s pre-workout smoothies and your daily dose of morning smoothies for energy boost. Like choosing ingredients for your beverage based on what your body craves, you should select products for your skincare smoothies based on your skin’s needs.

Imagine a new day, new smoothie—blend products with your skin type in mind. Nevertheless, I always advise people to consider their skin’s concerns as well. I concoct my skincare smoothies depending on what my skin feels that day. While it’s naturally oily, it could sometimes feel dehydrated in a cold room or become balanced after my period. Listen to your skin, it doesn’t always require the same treatment.

Skincare Layering vs. Skincare Smoothies

@joshzeichnermd Layering vs mixing your skincare #skincaretiktok #skincaretips #retinol #sunscreen #learnedontiktok #Dermatologist ♬ Sunny Day – Ted Fresco

Generally (and I mean very generally) speaking, skincare layering is a suggested sequence for applying skincare products: cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing, and then sunscreen. But before overthink your skincare routine, I can’t stress enough that there is no correct amount of products. Whether your routine consists of two steps, three steps, or five steps— the choice is yours.

Between layering and skincare smoothies, the deal-breaker here is the time spent on your skincare sesh. With beauty brands like Drunk Elephant, some skincare products are formulated for a one-step only routine. As an on-the-go girlie, those extra minutes are a life saver.

Are there any skincare ingredients that should NOT be mixed together?

@bellamaddd highly requested vid: what ingredients to mix and what NOT to mix in skincare 😤 #skincare #skincareph #skincaretips ♬ original sound – Bella🔅@isabellieeee (IG) – Bella ♡

Creating your very own skincare smoothies and trying these various cocktails is a skin-loving type of fun. While there aren’t rigid guidelines and rules, be cautious when combining active ingredients like AHAs, BHAs, and Retinols. Also, don’t blend sunscreens and skin tints into your skincare smoothie as well. The bottom line is—unless the skincare products are explicitly formulated by the manufacturers to be mixed, then don’t.

With Drunk Elephant products, creams, serums, and oils can become a skincare smoothie in the palms of your hands, allowing you to apply them all at the same time. Take note that the long list of recipes doesn’t include C – Firma Fresh Day Serum and T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, with one formulated for nighttime use and the other for your morning routine. Then again, apply the Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 last. Remember, the protective zinc sits on the skin’s surface and should always be the last step in your daily skincare routine.

Skincare Smoothie Recipes

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Recall the basic lesson from skincare 101: it’s dry, oily, or sensitive skin. But here’s the thing: our skin needs are constantly changing depending on the products, the weather, and our overall lifestyle. Disclaimer: these recipes are mere recommendations for specific skin types. Feel free to mix and match them depending on your skin concerns.

Dry Skin: Lala Retro Whipped Cream + B-Hydra Intensive Hydrating Serum + Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Oily Skin: Protini Polypeptide Cream + T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum + T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

Sensitive Skin: Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser + Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray + F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial

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