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BEACH
BABE
GOALS
Slay your
vacay in fun,
fresh prints
and makeoutproof tints!
THROW T
CHILLESTHE
POOL PA
EVER!RTY
TROPIC
LIKE IT’S
HOT
Transform your
space into a
tropical getaway
I SAW
THE SIGN
Is this generation
TOO obsessed
with astrology?
Her Lustrous
Summer
Starts Now
Contents
APRIL 2018
✱ On the Cover
18 NADINE LUSTRE
This is not a drill: Our IG queen
is releasing her very own
makeup line.
26 BEACH BABE GOALS
Slay all day under the sun.
74 I SAW THE SIGN
18
Into the gloss
Why more and more people are
turning to astrology for answers.
80 IS YOUR #MCM RUINING
YOUR LOVE LIFE?
It’s time to take a good hard
look at your celebrity loves.
100 THROW THE CHILLEST
POOL PARTY EVER!
An easy-peasy spread you can
prep in no time.
104 TROPIC LIKE IT’S HOT
A tropical getaway in your
own home.
✱ Know
10 15 THINGS TO DO
(PHOTO) DOOKIE DUCAY. (TOP AND PANTS) SHOP LCP. (EARRINGS AND SHOES) ALDO.
This month’s must-tries.
12 COSMO RADAR
Watch as your favorites make the
jump from page to screen.
15 IT’S LIT
Summer reads to stash in your
beach tote.
16 COSMO BAE
An honest conversation with Milo
Ventimiglia from Tis Is Us.
17 CONFESSIONS
Death by word vomit.
✱ Wear
32 SHOPPING CART
No baggage allowance? These beach
essentials are all you need to pack.
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Contents
100
25
Rock the boat
Sea through
108
Golden girl
72 WHY BEING IMPERFECT
Killer looks that will make
heads turn.
IS THE NEW PERFECT
To borrow from our cover
girl’s wise words, come on,
guys—it’s 2018.
42 POOL PARTY
Unleash your inner hubadera.
✱ Bloom
50 TAKE A TINT
Meet your lips’ new best friend.
52 HANDY MAKEUP HACKS
No set of brushes? No problem.
54 BEAUTY QUICKIES
56 GET READY WITH ME
A beauty routine as easy as
Sunday morning.
58 BEAUTY NOTES
DIY skills tried and tested by
Cosmo girls.
60 GOLDEN HOUR
Bianca Umali finds her light.
✱ Feel
68 CAN CREATIVITY MAKE
YOU HAPPIER?
A deep dive into our artistic side.
✱ Love
83 HOW WE MAKE IT WORK
Blogger Camie Juan on moving
to New York with her man.
84 TO MOAN OR NOT
TO MOAN?
Why it’s no good to fake it till he
makes it.
86 MODERN ROMANCE
What to keep in mind when
dating a foreigner.
✱ Work
87 HOW TO KEEP IT
PROFESH IN A TMI
WORLD
The boundaries you need to
establish at work.
90 SHE STARTED IT
The empowering story of MMI
big boss Rhiza Pascua.
92 ON THE JOB
Why it’s important to build your
brand online and of.
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✱ Move
94 BODY LOVE
When your family is your biggest
body shamer.
96 HEALTH BUZZ
It’s time to take a look at the health
problems you tend to ignore.
98 HEALTHY BITES
When French cooking meets
Filipino ingredients.
✱ Play
102 FOOD PORN
Go on a yummy, feed-friendly
food crawl.
✱ Everything
Else
105 SHOPPING DIRECTORY
106 ASTROLOGER
108 GOOD VIBES TO GO
Nothing but respeto for actress
Chai Fonacier.
(PHOTOS) JEREMY WESTBROOK/STUDIO D, ERWIN CANLAS, PATRICK MARTIRES.
36 SOME LIKE IT HOT
A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Sunnies
state of
mind.
When life gives you lemons, pull a Queen
Bey and make some lemonade. If there’s
Be Little Miss
Sunshine in these
pumps from
Stradivarius.
6
Marla Miniano, Editor in Chief
Behind the
scenes:
Nadine
touches up
in between
takes at
our super
chill cover
shoot at
Cove
Manila.
A total
summer
skin
savior!
(PHOTOS) DAIRY DARIL AG, DOOKIE DUCAY, ISTOCK, COURTESY OF FE ATURED
BR ANDS. (MAKEUP) JOAN TEOTICO USING NARS COSME TICS.
A shot of
hydration
for your
parched
skin.
one thing the summer represents, it’s endless
possibilities. The warm months stretch ahead,
drenched in the golden promise of adventure—
and tinged with the assurance that there are new
beginnings rising up all around you. Whatever
challenges you went through or mistakes you made
or heartbreaks you had to patiently endure earlier
this year, summer is the best season to put all of
that behind you and start fresh.
Summer is often the time for reinvention,
whether you’re debuting a new ‘do (even if it just
entails cutting your own bangs—find out how on
page 58), or changing up your style (lots of cool ideas
from page 25 onwards), or taking a brave chance on
love (get inspired when you read about how lifestyle
blogger Camie Juan took a leap of faith on page
83). This means it’s also the perfect opportunity to
put all your free time to good use and take a nice
hard look at the life you lead now versus the life you
spend your days dreaming about. Are your creative
pursuits honestly giving you joy (page 68)? Is there
room to make your relationships with the people
close to you just a little bit healthier, a little bit more
harmonious (page 94)? And are you ready to build
something you truly believe in, empowered by your
desire to make a difference, even if the odds seem
to be against you (page 90)?
Whatever your summer do-over is, we hope it
leads you back to your happiest, most fulfilled self.
Happy April, Cosmo Girls!
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H O T ,
F R E S H ,
A N D
R I G H T - T H I S - M I N U T E
THE REINVENTION
While many artists have tried to constantly change their image, Katy Perry’s
transformation from Christian rock artist to the legendary pop superstar she is
today is undoubtedly the most successful reinvention of all time: from feisty Lolita in
her debut album, to purple-haired Cali gurl with five #1 songs in a single record—a
feat that cemented her superstar status. We also witnessed her roar at the
Superbowl in 2015, and then as she chopped her hair off and went platinum blonde
to swish into the latest era. So even if she changes hair color like a girl changes
clothes, this modern day icon’s longevity is undeniable, and you can bet she’ll be
serving look after look and unforgettable performances for the years to come.
9
9
over when it’s still too
early for tequila.
Pen, P360, Typo
1
TAKE
Coachella to
work with this bag.
Bag, P1,995, Zara
15
8. LET
your wine
glass speak for
you. Wine glass,
P520, Charming
Charlie
7. PUMP UP
every outfit with
a pair of eyecatching shoes.
Pumps, P6,130,
Katy Perry
Collections
6
2. GET PLAYFUL
with your
notes. 12-pack
neon pencils,
P800, Typo
THINGS
TO DO
THIS
MONTH
3. BREATHE
a bit
better with essential
oils for anything and
everything you’re
feeling. Diffuser,
InnoGear, P1,038,
amazon.com
ADD A POP OF COLOR
to your
look with an accessory that’s
the opposite of irr-elephant.
Pouch, P625, Charming Charlie
5. SIP
from a
berry cute
mug. Mug,
P700, Typo
10
4
SWISH, SWISH with
thick and luxurious
lips. Katy Kat Gloss in
Kitty Karma, P400,
Covergirl
(TE X T) STEPHEN DE JESUS & GABY IGNACIO. (PHOTOS) COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE BR ANDS.
LET this pen tide you
10
GET YOUR SUPERHEROOBSESSED GANG TOGETHER
for the latest installment from
the Marvel universe, Avengers: Infinity War, out
April 25, as the Avengers and the Guardians of the
Galaxy join forces to stop Thanos from collecting
the Infinity Stones.
12. BEAR WITNESS
13. DANCE to Kylie
to an eye-popping visual
masterpiece as Katy Perry
brings Witness: The Tour to
Manila on April 2 at the SM Mall
of Asia Arena.
11. NEVER GO HANGRY again with the country’s first
breakfast biscuit, belVita. It’s healthful (made with oats,
whole grains, and contains less than 100 cals a pack!),
delicious (chocolate for breakfast?!), and perfect for
when you’re on the go, especially when paired with a
piece of fruit and some milk. belVita is available in
leading supermarkets nationwide.
14.. STAY IN TOUCH with your
nearest and dearest and support
local talent when you download
Kumu, the newest call and
messaging app. We love that even
their stickers are extra Pinoy—
taho shouting “taho!” anyone?
Kumu is available for free in the
Apple Store and Google Play.
Minogue’s much-awaited
comeback with her 14th
studio album, Golden,
which comes out April 6.
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COP COOL
SUNGLASSES
from i2i New York’s DJP
Collection, designed by
Daniel Padilla. Inspired
by the heartthrob’s
favorite musicians and
Hollywood idols, such
as Johnny Depp, Robert
Downey Jr., and John
Lennon, every piece is
priced between P370
and P460.
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COSMO RADAR
CULT READ
TO BIG
SCREEN
Get excited for these beloved titles making their
silver screen debut in the next few months.
arlier this year, we were
held captive by Elio and
Oliver’s dreamy summer
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the film Call Me By Your Name.
When it came time to say
“later,” there was a pleasant
surprise waiting for us as the
credits rolled and we began
Googling every little thing about
the movie. It was far from a
secret, but the thing about Call
Me By Your Name was that the
average viewer wasn’t aware
of the Andre Aciman novel it
was based on. So instead of
the book vs. film debate that
came with most adaptations,
Aciman’s novel became a lovely
companion that added depth to
the viewing experience, that let
Elio and Oliver linger just a little
bit longer.
Not every book-to-film
adaptation will exist in such
sweet harmony, but we have
high hopes for these titles hitting
screens in the next few months.
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LOVE, SIMON
BASED ON: Simon vs. the
Homo Sapiens Agenda by
Becky Albertalli.
THE CAST: Nick Robinson
from Jurassic World,
Katherine Langford from 13 Reasons Why,
Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel.
IN A NUTSHELL: Seventeen-year-old
Simon has two secrets being used against
him by a classmate-turned-blackmailer:
1) he’s gay, and 2) he’s falling for an
anonymous online correspondent who
goes to his school as well. With director
Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, The
Flash, Supergirl), writers Isaac Aptaker
and Elizabeth Berger (This Is Us), and
producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen
(The Fault in Our Stars), you can bet that
Albertalli’s critically acclaimed debut novel
is in good hands.
YOU’LL LOVE IT IF: You agree with Simon’s
sentiments that it doesn’t seem fair “that
only gay people have to come out… Why is
straight the default?”
DON’T WATCH IT IF: You have no love for YA
stories. (Y tho?)
HITS CINEMAS: May 9.
N
O
M
I
S
,
E
V
O
L
FANTASTIC BEASTS:
THE CRIMES OF
GRINDELWALD
BASED ON: Fantastic Beasts
and Where to Find Them by
J.K. Rowling.
THE CAST: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp,
Jude Law, Ezra Miller.
IN A NUTSHELL: What started as a
Hogwarts textbook mentioned in the
Harry Potter series and made available
to Muggles as a thin paperback is now a
trilogy in the making. The sequel picks up
as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny
Depp) escapes the authorities to rule
over Muggle-kind with an army of pureblood wizards. Newt Scamander (Eddie
Redmayne), the Magizoologist who would
later pen Fantastic Beasts, is enlisted by
Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to help put a
stop to Grindelwald’s wicked plans.
YOU’LL LOVE IT IF: You’re a Potterhead
through and through.
DON’T WATCH IT IF: You can’t stand Depp’s
icy blonde look as Grindelwald (or the
domestic abuse allegations made against
him by ex-wife Amber Heard, which she
later dismissed…)
HITS CINEMAS: November 16.
( T E X T ) D YA N Z A R Z UE L A , S OP HIE G ODD A RD. (P HOTO S) I S TO CK , (FA N TA S T IC BE A S T S) S CHOL A S T IC, (M A R Y P OP P IN S ,
S IMON V S . T HE HOMO S A P IE N S A GE ND A ) H A RP E R C OL L IN S , ( T HE NE W MU TA N T S) M A R V E L .
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THE CRIMES LODF
GRINDELWA
MARY POPPINS
RETURNS
BASED ON: The Mary
Poppins children’s
books by P.L. Travers.
THE CAST: Emily
Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl
Streep, Ben Whishaw.
IN A NUTSHELL: Fifty four years
after the classic Julie Andrews
musical, Mary Poppins returns to
charm the socks off a whole new
generation. Set in ‘30s London,
which is the time period featured
in the books, the sequel follows
siblings Michael and Jane, now all
grown up. After Michael suffers
a sudden, painful loss, Mary
Poppins (Emily Blunt taking on
Julie Andrews’s role) returns with
lamplighter Jack (Hamilton genius
Lin-Manuel Miranda) and her
cousin Topsy (none other than Meryl
Streep).
YOU’LL LOVE IT IF: You’re up for a
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
adventure.
DON’T WATCH IT IF: You think all the
spoonfuls of sugar in the world won’t
help a musical go down.
HITS CINEMAS: December 25.
W
E
N
E
TH NTS
MUTA
MARY P
RETURONPPINS
S
YOU’LL HAVE TO
WAIT FOR THESE
THE NEW
MUTANTS
BASED ON: The New
Mutants comic book
series created by
Chris Claremont.
THE CAST: Maisie Williams from
Game of Thrones, Charlie Heaton
from Stranger Things, Henry Zaga
from 13 Reasons Why.
IN A NUTSHELL: Everything feels
heightened when you’re a teenager,
even more so when you’re a mutant
exploring (and being exploited
because of) your superpowers. In
the Marvel comic book series, the
New Mutants are a group of teens in
training at Xavier’s School for Gifted
Youngsters, but the film adaptation
seems to have them locked up in a
creepy asylum.
YOU’LL LOVE IT IF: You think it’s
high time for a horror movie set in
the X-Men ‘verse.
DON’T WATCH IT IF: You consider
spandex suits a non-negotiable in
superhero movies.
HITS CINEMAS: February 2019.
The film rights have
been bought, but there’s
no release date yet…
LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE
by Jessica Knoll
Ani is a 28-year-old working
at a women’s magazine (Knoll
is a former US Cosmopolitan
staffer), who hides a dark
trauma from her past.
PRIMATES OF PARK AVENUE
by Wednesday Martin
Martin’s controversial memoir
lays bare the social mores she
encountered when thrown
among New York’s upper class.
CATHERINE THE GREAT &
POTEMKIN: THE IMPERIAL
LOVE AFFAIR
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
The best-selling history tome
focuses on the notorious
Russian empress’s love life.
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COSMO RADAR
ONE PAGE
AT A TIME
With his wicked sense of humor and deeply personal
stories, Adam J. Kurtz has built and inspired a loyal
following around the world. Here, the artist and author
of Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for
Creatives shares a few words of wisdom that will
resonate with you, no matter the industry you’re in.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO
YOUR WORK IS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO
PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. WHO DO YOU FREELANCERS?
You have more freedom and flexibility, which
TURN TO WHEN YOU’RE THE ONE FEELING
can be very cool. But you’re not just your
UNINSPIRED?
YOU HAVE SUCH A DISTINCT VOICE: CHEEKY,
EMPOWERING, ZERO BS.
The thing is, we already know our authentic
voice—it’s the voice we use when we talk
to our friends. What happens is that a lot of
people sit down, take out a fancy notebook
and pen, and be like, I’m writing now. Just
write how you would talk to your friends.
The work comes in terms of fine-tuning your
voice. When I talk to my friends, it’s actually
a little bit more depressive. But in the book
Things Are What You Make of Them, I try
to say things that are positive but not in a
cheesy way. Positive, but still myself. There’s
a little bit of course correction.
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own boss—you’re your own employee. You
still have to treat it as a job. Wake up in the
morning, and put on pants, put on socks,
put on shoes. Follow a schedule, and take
a day off when you need to. You have to hold
yourself accountable for your own bullshit,
but you also have to allow yourself to pull
some bullshit.
HOW DO YOU COPE WITH
IMPOSTER SYNDROME?
Everybody has that; you’ll always wonder
if you’re good enough. The thing is, you
never know what you can do right up until
you actually do it. Imposter syndrome
never goes away, but it can be a good
thing too—it means that you’re still
humble. I hope to never lose my humility.
I’m confident about some things now
that I wasn’t before, but I’m still scared
of most things. Feeling that you’re not
good enough also means that you have an
objective eye that recognizes beauty and
talent in the world. It means you’ll see
things that you consider better, which will
push you to do better. It also means you
have good taste, so pat yourself on the
back, congratulations. Just keep going.
Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for
Creatives is available at National Book Store.
(TE X T) DYAN Z ARZUEL A. (PHOTOS) COURTESY OF ADAM J. KURTZ /NATIONAL BOOK STORE.
There’s all this pressure at the beginning
of a new year, and this year had me really
freaking out. My way of getting through that
was by talking to artist friends. It’s so easy
to be hard on yourself and think that all your
friends are doing amazing. So just talk to
them, and they will confess that they’re also
stressed out. That kind of advice is helpful
to me. Just like in my books, I’m not trying to
present myself as an expert. I don’t always
trust the expert. I just want to talk to real
people, and I want them to be honest and to
commiserate with me. Like, tell me about
your shit too. Now you got me, now I’m
listening, let’s talk about the good stuff.
IT’S LIT!
CALL ME BY
YOUR NAME
By André Aciman
A tender ‘80s
romance with a
strange premise:
17-year-old Elio
meets 24-year-old
Jewish scholar Oliver, who comes to
their Italian summer
home as his father’s
new research assistant. Amidst quiet
rivers and lush
greenery, the pair
discover one another
and themselves.
STATUS ANXIETY
(TE X T) CHANDR A PEPINO. (PHOTO) LOUIE AGUINALDO. (ST YLING) STEPHEN DE JESUS.
By Alain de Botton
Too often we find
ourselves worried
about how the outside world perceives
us, when all that
should really matter
is our happiness.
The School of Life
founder writes about
the five things that
beleaguer humanity,
as well as the five
things that give life
its true meaning.
DEEP DIVE
Let these summer page-turners steal
you away for an afternoon.
THE UNBEARABLE
LIGHTNESS OF
BEING
By Milan Kundera
This 1984 classic is
worth a revisit if only
for its characters: a
young woman, in
love with a
womanizer; one of
his mistresses and
her ever-faithful
lover; a smiling dog.
Picturing ‘60s
Czechoslovakia
might be a stretch
for the reader’s
imagination, but the
universal theme of
love isn’t.
HERE WE ARE NOW
By Jasmine Warga
Musician Tal Abdallat doesn’t know
much about her
estranged father—
that is, until she
finds a box of letters
from indie rock star
Julian Oliver. Could
this be the missing
piece she’s been
looking for all along?
All titles available at
National Book Store.
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We’ll never let go, Jack. The Pearson
patriarch may have met his end on This Is
Us, but he will live forever in our hearts—
and on the flashback-heavy show.
BOTTOMS UP
“When we got together
as a cast to watch the
first episode of This Is
Us, it was a surprise to
me that you see my ass
before you see my face.
I’m flattered, but I think
it’s had its moment.”
“It was 30 seconds of
heaven. No—it’s funny,
when you’re younger,
you’re afraid to say or
do the wrong thing.
When you’re older and
new things happen—
and they do…all the
time—you’re inspired
by it.”
DUDE BRAIN
“I didn’t understand the
complexity of women
until I got older. Hopefully, women get that
we’re fucking knuckleheads. We do things
ass-backward all the
time. You have to be a
little patient with us.”
FAN FRENZY
“People can say
some aggressive stuff.
I’m shocked at how
graphically people ask
about costars I’ve been
intimate with on camera. But I appreciate
when someone walks
up to me. I’m a fan of
people too! It’s not
one-sided.”
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THE FIRST TIME
Because even our own mouths can betray us
CONFESSIONS
“My boyfriend took me to meet
his parents for the first time.
When his dad asked when we
started dating, I said, ‘In France,’
while he said, ‘A few months ago.’
We had actually met during a junior term abroad in Paris last
year, but he didn’t want his conservative mom and dad to know
that their son had been dating
without their supervision. He got
into some trouble, but his parents still like me...I think.”
“The final oral exams at my university are held
individually. When my exam was over, my
professor congratulated me for doing well. In
my nervousness, I replied, ‘Good thing this
means I’ll never see you again, Sir!’ He was taken
aback at first, but he laughed and sent me on my
way. I was mortified!”
— JULIANA, 20
“I was fighting with my
sister one day, and she
said something hurtful
about my boyfriend. I was
so angry that I blurted out,
‘At least I still have one!’
She had just broken up
with her own boyfriend,
so she burst into tears
right there. We made up
by cuddling on the couch
with ice cream.”
“We all have a tita who likes to
point out how much weight
we’ve gained. That happened to
me at a Christmas reunion:
‘Anak, you’re looking bigger!’
My younger brother, who is
only eight, defended me and
said ‘You too, tita!’ Everyone at
the reunion stopped what they
were doing out of shock!”
—PRECIOUS, 24
“Remember in Mean Girls
when Cady meant to say
‘great’ and ‘cool’ and ended
up saying ‘grool’? Well, I
meant to say ‘Thank you’
and ‘It’s okay’ and ended up
saying ‘It’s thank’ to the
teller while I was paying for
my phone bill.”
—MEG, 22
“My Uber driver said ‘Okay ka lang diyan, babe?’
and I replied, ‘Okay naman po.’ It turns out he
was talking to his wife on the phone! The worst
part? I was in an UberPool!”
—DINA, 23
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(TE X T) COMPILED BY CHANDR A PEPINO. (PHOTO) ISTOCK.
—NADINE, 23
MAYBE THE Y
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MOVING TO
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ON THE COVER:
BODYSUIT,
FOLDED AND
HUNG. EARRINGS, JJ JIAO.
THIS PAGE: TOP
AND SHORTS,
ASSIE RAY. EARRINGS, JJ JIAO.
Art direction: Paula Pangan.
Makeup: Jelly Eugenio, assisted by
Florence Torreto. Hair: Paul Nebres,
assisted by Pao Joyner. Styling: Myrrh
Lao To, assisted by Carvey Samonte
and Zia Dela Rosa. Special thanks:
Cheska Descalzo and Patrick
Tolentino of Okada Manila, Sara
Alvarez of Geiser Maclang.
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S
Nadine Lustre is throwing a
summer party—and everyone’s
invited. On the menu: an array
of beach-to-bar looks and her
trademark candor on tap.
BY BIANCA MASCENON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOOKIE DUCAY
SHOT ON LOCATION AT COVE MANILA
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I
t’s about time we all gave
her credit for it, because
this month’s cover girl
knows exactly what she’s
doing. By simply being
herself, Nadine Lustre has
achieved something most
of her contemporaries
can only dream of coming
close to: she’s successfully
married her name with an
aesthetic—one with the
perfect mix of je ne sais quoi
and undeniable distinction.
“Very Nadine” is an apt
description for every single
thing she puts out, be it an
Instagram post, a grand
concert, or in the case of
her latest creative venture, a
makeup line in partnership
with BYS. The Lustrous
Collection, dripping in
gold and adorned with
tropical florals, is just as
aesthetically pleasing as it
is powerful. Waterproof,
highly pigmented, and
expertly curated, every
piece in the collection will
last you from dawn to dusk
to after-hours, and looks
equally pretty on Nadine,
on you, and on your vanity
table. Party favors, please?
HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT
BYS WAS THE PERFECT
PARTNER FOR YOUR BEAUTY
INDUSTRY DEBUT?
During our first meeting, BYS
introduced me to all their
products and presented their
list of endorsers to me. My
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friend, Kiana [Valenciano],
is also an endorser. I told
her that BYS wanted to
collaborate with me for
this makeup line. She
said, “Yeah, girl, do it! BYS
is amazing. They have
everything!”
WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF
CREATING LUSTROUS LIKE?
WHAT WERE YOUR ROLES IN
THE PARTNERSHIP?
I created a mood board
for the collection, then
we discussed shades,
the items I wanted to be
part of the collection, and
product names. We wanted
to formulate makeup
that I would personally
want to use. I made sure
that each product would
fit my standards. For the
packaging, I tapped my
friend, Soleil Ignacio, to do
the illustrations. I’m a fan
of her work and she knows
what I like. She gets my
personality, and she was
able to put all of that into
the packaging.
WERE THERE SPECIFIC THINGS
YOU WANTED FOR THE LINE?
WHAT WERE THE FEATURES
YOU KNEW YOU WEREN’T
GOING TO COMPROMISE?
This is the summer
collection, so I wanted
the products to be longlasting and waterproof.
One of my problems when
I go to the beach is that my
eyebrows aren’t defined
without product. That’s
always my issue, or my
“IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME THAT
I HELP ALL THE GIRLS WHO
LOOK UP TO ME FEEL A LITTLE
BIT MORE CONFIDENT.”
mascara’s always smearing
when I sweat, or I look pale
in photos. Even when I’m at
the beach, I still have to fix
up. I know that when a lot
of girls go to the beach, they
think, “Oh no, I’m gonna lose
my eyeliner!” Or their kilay,
or whatever. So I wanted this
collection to be able to help
them with that.
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS
WHEN YOU FIRST TRIED THE
PRODUCTS?
I first got to try them
at a shoot with my makeup
artist, Jelly [Eugenio].
He loves them! They’re
Jelly-approved, and that’s
important! That’s how I
know we created something
really good.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO
LAUNCH THESE SPECIFIC
PRODUCTS FOR YOUR FIRST
COLLECTION?
I didn’t include a base in this
collection because when I’m
on holiday, I just really want
to give my skin some space
to breathe. When you’re at
the beach with a glowing tan,
you wouldn’t want to cover
it up.
Lipstick tends to feel too
thick and sticky for the
beach. The lip tint isn’t like
that and won’t stick to straws
when you drink your piña
colada or buko juice. You can
use the same product to add
color to your cheeks. It stays
on because it’s not powder
based, so it won’t just melt
of your face.
The eyeliners and eye
shadow palettes are really
for play. They’re both highly
pigmented, so you don’t
have to put a lot—one swipe
and you’re good to go.
They’re perfect for nights
out at the beach when you
just want to be a bit playful
with your look but still look
fresh and clean.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED
ABOUT, NOW THAT YOU’RE
ABOUT TO REVEAL THE
COLLECTION TO EVERYBODY?
I’m excited for everyone to
have their own Lustrous
kit and take it to the beach
and just be confident. What
I noticed now is that a lot
of girls aren’t comfortable
in their own skin, and it’s
important to me that I help
all the girls who look up
to me feel a little bit more
confident—in any way I
can. I’m not necessarily
saying that you should wear
makeup to feel confident.
It’s not like that. Makeup is
just a tool to enhance the
way you look and the way
DRESS, YONG
DAVALOS. EARRINGS AND NECKLACE, NAMI.
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SHORTS, GEM
CO. EARRINGS,
NAMI. SHOES,
ALDO.
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you feel about yourself. It’s
like confetti! Like sprinkling
confetti on yourself. Makeup
isn’t supposed to change
how you look completely; it’s
supposed to highlight all the
best parts of your face and
boost your confidence level
in the process. It really does
make you feel pretty. I had
problems with my self-esteem
when I was younger, but
makeup helped change that.
It’s true that whenever
you’re wearing makeup and
you look at yourself in the
mirror, you think “Hey, I look
so good.” But at the end of the
day, I know that deep down
I’m still me. I am beautiful and
I’ve learned to accept it.
WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT
THING YOU’VE HAD TO LEARN
GROWING UP IN THIS INDUSTRY?
Acceptance. Because you’re
not going to stop looking down
on yourself if you don’t accept
all the things na ayaw mong
tanggapin sa sarili mo, all the
things you don’t like. I went
through that stage growing up.
I had a lot of things I didn’t like
about myself, and I’d always
feel insecure.
Everything follows when
there are things you don’t
like about yourself. You
start doubting yourself and
putting yourself down. I
remember back when I used
to go to VTRs, I would look at
the girls lined up and think,
they’re all mestiza, they’re
all halfies, they all look good.
We all know the standard
here in the Philippines.
Everyone likes fair-skinned
girls. That’s what’s beautiful
for us. When I was a kid, I
had the same mentality. I
would always wish my skin
was white. I would wish I
was a halfie. I would doubt
myself and I would think
that I wasn’t pretty enough,
that people didn’t like me.
When I started accepting
my flaws, my fears started to
go away. I started believing in
myself. I told myself, “You’re
not mestiza, but you still
look good. You’re still pretty.
Everyone likes you.” All that
kind of stuf. When you’re a
teenager, it’s so easy to break
you down because you’re
still figuring everything out.
I learned that the only way to
free myself from worry and
doubt is acceptance.
Everyone is beautiful. It
just depends on how you
look at yourself because
beauty comes from within.
If you think you’re beautiful,
everything follows. It’s funny
kasi I have a lot of followers
who look up to me and
keep asking me how I do
it. It’s really just accepting
everything and being okay
with who you are. That’s what
the universe gave you, what
God gave you. You should
be happy and proud with
what you have and just work
with it. Say you don’t like
your hair. Just work around
it. You don’t have to stress
about anything, just work
on it. If you don’t like your
body, just go to the gym; if
you don’t like your skin, then
take care of it—sleep early,
have a healthy diet, drink lots
of water. There is always a
solution to every problem.
You just have to look for
it. You don’t need to put
yourself down because you
think you can’t do anything
about it. That’s impossible!
You can do whatever you
want, change whatever you
want, as long as you do it to
“I’M JUST BEING MYSELF...
YOU HAVE TO NOT BE
AFRAID TO SHOW WHO
YOU REALLY ARE.”
improve yourself. Most
people just give up. Don’t
just give up. Work on it.
HOW DID YOU DEVIATE FROM
THE USUAL COOKIE-CUTTER
IMAGE PEOPLE EXPECT
CELEBRITIES TO HAVE? DO YOU
THINK SOCIAL MEDIA HELPED
YOU SET YOURSELF APART?
It’s simple: I’m just being
myself. I’m not trying to
be anyone else. I believe
that everyone’s diferent.
It’s just that you have to
not be afraid to show who
you really are. People
look at me diferently
because I speak out. I’m
unapologetic. That’s
really me from the very
beginning.
If you go and check my
old posts on Instagram,
I’ve always been me.
Always taking photos—
ganoon talaga ako. That’s
why I’m diferent, that’s
why my Instagram is
diferent, that’s why
people think I’m diferent.
I don’t like pretending. I
can’t imagine wearing a
mask when I’m out with
other people and then
being this type of person
when I’m alone. That’s so
hard! It’s tough to be two
diferent people.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE
FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO
START BUILDING ANYTHING, BE
IT A BUSINESS, A BRAND, OR A
NAME FOR THEMSELVES?
You have to be smart. ‘Di
puwede ‘yung susugod ka
na lang because you think
it’s okay. Do your research,
and think about where
your hard-earned money
is going. I have a lot of
friends na naloko na sa
business because they were
reckless. I have friends
na just because nilapitan
sila, they think it’s legit.
We’re still young. When it
comes to business, we’re
still starting out. This is
the age when we should
experiment, but we have to
be careful.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT
BEING A #GIRLBOSS?
The best part is I get to
put all my creative ideas
into all the brands I make.
I make sure to put myself
into whatever I do so that
people can really feel and
see that it’s a part of me.
Our concert, for example, it
was like that because of all
our ideas. It was really our
brainchild. It’s nice to put
out stuf that really came
from you.
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COSMO QUIZ
Instagram girl crush:
My most extra beauty product:
Best beauty advice I’ve received:
Birthday:
The first makeup item
I bought for myself was:
I never leave home without
this in my bag:
I have way too many...
My signature scent:
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IS CLEAR
See-through accessories
are clearly in this season.
(PHOTO) JEREMY WESTBROOK/STUDIO D. (STYLING) RACHEL STICKLEY FOR BERNSTEIN & ANDRIULLI. (BAG) VASIC.
(SUNGLASSES) CRAP EYEWEAR. (HEELS) 3.1 PHILLIP LIM. (BRACELETS) LIZZIE FORTUNATO AND ALEXIS BITTAR.
The PVC stripe keeps
this sunny tote from
becoming a black hole
of your belongings.
Instead of masking
your face, these
shades give off a
peachy sheen.
A chunky heel is way
more walkable but
still looks delicate in
minty-fresh plexi.
Play peekaboo with sculptural,
translucent cuffs.
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CHEAT SHEET
PRESS PRINT
Amp up your summer wardrobe with
these fun and flirty prints, as worn by
Rachel Tee Tyler (@rachelteetyler).
Dress, Alice McCall.
Turban, Zimmermann.
Earrings, Country Road.
Top,
H&M,
P1,490.
Earrings,
Stradivarius,
P595.
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TROPPO
Pants,
Mango,
P2,295.
Shoes,
Mango,
P4,995.
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Zara,
P3,295.
Bag,
Mango,
P1,495.
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Dress,
H&M,
P1,990.
Grab some fun tropical
florals in off-the-shoulder
shapes and ruffles for that
beach-to-bar vibe.
Dress, Zimmermann.
Belt, Sportsgirl.
Shoes, Prettylittlething.
Hat, Lack of Color.
Top,
H&M,
P1,690.
Top,
H&M,
P1,190.
Dress,
Zara,
P1,895.
Skirt,
Mango,
P2,295.
Wedges,
Primadonna,
P1,899.95.
Vertical striped pieces will
make those bronzed summer
legs stretch for days.
Bag,
Zara,
P1,995.
Sunglasses,
Sunnies
Studios,
P399.
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Mango,
P1,995.
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Bodysuit, Alice in the
Eve at General Pants Co.
Skirt, C/meo Collective.
Earrings, Peter Lang.
Bangle, Colette by
Colette Hayman.
Earrings,
Zara,
P
Dress,
Wallis at
Zalora.com.
ph, P3,449.
Skirt, M
And M at
Zalora.com.
ph, P499.
ON THE DOT
Need a night-time print? Polka
dots can easily be paired with
fun, quirky accessories.
Shorts,
H&M, P
Headband,
Mango, P
Dress, Zara,
P
Skirt, Pull
& Bear,
P
Bag, Mango,
P
Mules,
SoFab! at
Zalora.com.
ph, P
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Sunnies
Studios, P399.
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Parfois, P4,990. 3
Dress, H&M, P1,990. 4
Bag tag, Cath Kidston,
P449. 5 Sunglasses,
Sunnies Studios, P499.
6 Hat, H&M, P899. 7
Beach mat, Hey
Sweety, P1,090. 8
Packing pouches,
Travel Manila, P850. 9
Pouch, Herschel,
P1,490. 10 Wedges,
Charles & Keith,
P2,799. 11 Bikini, I Love
Koi, P2,280. 12 Shorts,
Penshoppe, P799. 13
Kimono, Pink N’
Proper, P1,849. 14 Belt
bag, Bershka, P895.
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Walker. Bikini,
Subtitled at
General Pants Co.
Scarf, Frankie
Peach. Necklaces,
Nicole Fendel.
STAYING COOL IS OVERRATED—BARE ALL
AND SOAK UP THE RAYS.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY ABAY
THIS PAGE:
Jumpsuit, Tigerlily.
Swimsuit, Fella.
Sandals, David Jones.
Necklaces, H&M and
Boohoo. Bracelet,
Colette by Colette
Hayman.
OPPOSITE PAGE:
Swimsuit, Frankie
Swimwear.
(TEXT) COSMO AU. (STYLING) CHARLOTTA BACKLUND. (HAIR) REMINGTON SCHULZ, PANTENE HAIR AMBASSADOR.
(MAKEUP) AIMIE FIEBIG/DLM. (MODEL) EDEN/CHIC MANAGEMENT. (STYLIST’S ASSISTANT) ANA ZUPANOSKA.
THIS PAGE
Top, Leo & Lin. Bikini
bottom, Zimmerman.
Shoes, Asos. Sunglasses,
Le Specs. Necklace,
Nicole Fendel.
OPPOSITE PAGE
Kimono, H&M. Bikini,
Bonds. Sunglasses,
Bolon. Necklaces, H&M
and Nicole Fendel.
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DIVE INTO THE
SUMMER IN
CHEEKY SUITS
AND OVERSIZED
SUNNIES.
On Kim: Sunglasses, Mujosh,
P4,990. Earrings, Aldo, P555.
Cuff, Gildee Jewelry, P745.
Bikini, Cesa, P1,980.
On Nicole: Sunglasses,
Mujosh, P3,990. Necklace,
P790, and bracelets, P590,
all Parfois. Maillot,
Aquaholic, P2,298.
On Che: Sunglasses, Mujosh,
P5,990. Earrings, Aldo, P455.
Bikini, I Love Koi, P1,880.
BY HAPPY LOPEZ
PHOTOGRAPHY BY
PAOLO PINEDA
SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE CIRQUE
SERVICED RESIDENCES
Sunglasses, Mujosh,
P6,490. Necklaces,
Parfois, P990 as a
set. Bikini, I Love Koi,
P1,880.
OPPOSITE PAGE
On Nicole:
Sunglasses, Mujosh,
P4,490. Necklace,
Gildee Jewelry,
P745. Maillot, Agua,
P4,790.
On Kim: Sunglasses,
Mujosh, P5,990.
Earrings, Aldo, P655.
Bikini, Cesa, P2,180.
On Kim: Sunglasses,
Sunnies Studios, P499.
Necklace, Aldo, P655.
Bikini top, P2,700, and
bottom, P2,700, both
Agua. Bracelet, Gildee
Jewelry, P695.
On Che: Earrings,
Aldo, P455. Maillot,
Naked Sun, P2,350.
Bracelets, Gildee
Jewelry, P695 each.
Bikini top, P2,700,
and bottom, P2,700,
both Agua. Bracelet,
Aldo, P795.
Assisted by Carie
Aguila and April
Lozada. Makeup by
Angie Cruz and Cielo
Medved. Hair styling
by Angelu Dominguez.
Modeling by Kim
Ross, Nicole
Guerrero, and Chean
Kubota of Mercator
Models Management.
(TEXT AND STYLING) BIANCA MASCENON. (PHOTO) PAT DY. (MAKEUP) THERESA PADIN. (HAIR) FRANCIS GUINTU, REVLON PROFESSIONAL
BRANDS PH. (MODEL) BIANCA UMALI, GMA ARTIST CENTER.
G I R L- C R U S H -W O R T H Y
G O R G E O U S
I N S I D E
A N D
O U T
We all know by now how important
sun protection is, but while we’re
slathering sunscreen all over our
bodies, we often forget that the same
UV rays that cause damage to our
skin can wreak havoc on our hair, too.
Prevent dryness, brittleness, and
breakage by wearing a hat if you’re
going to be out in the sun all day, and
spraying on a UV hair shield from
roots to tips pre-sun exposure.
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Perfect Flush
Cream Tint in
Rosy, P395,
Human Nature
FORMULA:
Cream
Liptitude 24/7
Hydrating Lip
Stain in Swaaag,
P399, J.Cat
Beauty
Lolli Tint,
P1,900, Benefit
FORMULA:
Cream
FORMULA:
Liquid
FINISH: Opaque
FINISH: Opaque
Two Kisses Dual
Tint Gel Side,
P695, Banila Co.
FINISH: Stained
FORMULA:
Liquid
FINISH: Sheer
Holi Pop Jelly
Tint in Chilli,
P395, Holika
Holika
Peri’s Ink Velvet
in #2, P450,
Peripera, Club
Clio
FORMULA: Gel
Glam Jam Lip &
Cheek Plumper
Tint, P599, Snoe
FORMULA:
Cream
FINISH: Stain
FINISH: Opaque
Two Kisses Dual
Tint Emulsion
Side, P695,
Banila Co.
FORMULA: Gel
FINISH: Sheer
FORMULA: Gel
FINISH: Stain
Gel Tint & Silk
Gloss, P690, Pixi
by Petra
FORMULA: Gel
FINISH: Stain
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Tint in OR201,
P248, Etude
House
Lip & Cheek
Stain in Dusty
Rose, P795,
The Body
Shop
FORMULA:
Cream
FINISH: Stain
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FORMULA:
Liquid
FINISH: Sheer
(TE X T AND ST YLING) BIANCA MA SCENON. (PHOTO) LOUIE AGUINALDO.
HOLY GR A I L
MIDDLE
RING
USE IT FOR
Blush
USE IT FOR
Under-Eye
Concealer
“Tap your finger
from temple to
cheekbone for a
natural flush,”
says Kryolan
makeup artist
Kelly Thompson.
POINTER
The digit is
the hardest
to move
independently
and applies
the lightest
pressure—so
it won’t pull on
your delicate
eye area.
USE IT FOR
Lip Color
This finger
pad is ideal
for dabbing
product onto
your bottom
lip. For extra
precision on
the top lip, use
your fingertip.
HANDY
MAKEUP
HACKS
THUMB
USE IT FOR
Eye Shadow
Press each
thumb pad into
the pigment, then
onto opposite
eyelids (so the
tip of your finger
faces the inner
corner of your
eye), wiggling
it to diffuse
the color.
Give complicated
applications
the finger—literally!
HEEL
USE IT FOR
Contour and
Highlighter
It’s like a face-defining
stencil. Apply bronzer
there, and press it into
cheek hollows. Repeat
with highlighter above
the cheeks to strobe.
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PINKIE
USE IT FOR
Inner-Eye
Accents
“Dip the tip into a
shimmery shadow
or highlighter,
and roll it in one
motion into innereye corners,”
says Thompson.
You’ll instantly
look more awake!
(TE X T) K ATE FOSTER. (STILLS) JEFFRE Y WESTBROOK. (ST YLING) SAR AH GUIDO-L A AKSO FOR HALLE Y RESOURCES. (HAND) STOCKSY.
HOLY GRAIL
WELLNESS IS
A LIFESTYLE
Make 2018 your most
relaxing year yet with
CHI Spa’s new membership packages. Use your
credits to avail of their
signature facials, massages, and products,
and take advantage of
member’s perks such
as Shangri-La’s Health
Club and pool access.
Boys & Girls Lipstick
in Cristiano, Boys
& Girls Lipstick in
Scarlett, P1,960 each,
Tom Ford
BOYS AND GIRLS
ASK BIANCA
I WANT TO GET
MY FIRST
BRAZILLIAN
WAX IN TIME FOR BEACH
SEASON. WILL IT BE
PAINFUL? HOW CAN I
PREPARE FOR IT?
No lies—waxing your intimate area
can be painful, but there are a few
ways to make the process as
comfortable as possible. Don’t do it
too close to your period, pop an antiinflammatory painkiller preprocedure, and go for hot wax—it
tends to be quicker and less painful
than the cold variety. Strip’s new rose
wax is anti-inflammatory and made
specifically for sensitive skin, making
it a great option for first timers.
BEAUTY
QUICKIES
The beauty world’s biggest
news broken down into
bite-sized portions.
Busy thinking about boys? Put all
that head spinning to good use and
pick up one of Tom Ford’s clutchsized lippies inspired by and named
after today’s dreamiest men. As if
the 50 shades from the Lips & Boys
collection weren’t enough, Tom has
added 50 more shades named after
the girls in his life—find yours and
your beau’s name, perhaps?
FIX OF THE DAY
The OG finishing mist gets a
scented twist—coconut, rose, and
lavender—so you can refresh, hydrate,
and set your makeup to your heart’s
(and nose’s) content. You’ll discover a
new use for it every day, whether it’s
keeping your brows in place, reducing
eyeshadow fallout, or moistening
brushes for easier application.
Essential
Oils, P250P1,560,
vnmnaturals.com
THE ESSENTIALS
Visit Strip at the
5th floor of Mega
Fashion Hall,
SM Megamall,
Mandaluyong.
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If you want to explore the art of
aromatherapy, V&M Naturals’
collection of 10 essential oils is a
good place to start. Ask them about
their easy recipes—their
knowledgeable staff can
recommend which oils to blend for
specific concerns. Dry skin? Add
three drops each of ylang-ylang and
chamomile oil into 30ml of rosehip
oil then apply topically.
Prep +
Prime
Fix Plus,
P1,250,
MAC
(TE X T) BIANCA MA SCENON, CHANDR A PEPINO. (PHOTOS) DOOKIE DUCAY, JEFFRE Y WESTBROOK, JON PATERSON, CHRIS ECKERT/STUDIO D,
FE ATURED BR ANDS. (MAKEUP) SARI CAMPOS, MAKE UP FOR E VER. (HAIR) FR ANCIS GUINTU, RE VLON PROFESSIONAL BR ANDS PH. (SIT TINGS AND
ST YLING) STEPHEN DE JESUS. (MODEL) SAM COWPER.
The CHI Spa is located at EDSA
Shangri-La Hotel. Membership
starts at P15,000.
GET READY WITH ME
EASY MORNINGS
Entrepreneur and content creator Rhea
Bue’s morning routine is just as chill and
relaxing as her laid-back, effortless feed.
Follow Rhea
on Instagram
@iamrheabue.
It’s good to have the
L’Occitane Brume
Perfecting Mist within
reach at all times. It’s
a great way to instantly
refresh and hydrate
my face.
One of my favorite exfoliants
is the St. Ives Apricot Oil
Scrub—it’s really gentle
on the skin and it helps
control oiliness. For my lips,
the Ellana Lip Scrub is my
weapon of choice.
I’ve never been the lotion
type of girl because I hate
the greasy feeling, but I use
the Nuxe Multi-Purpose
Dry Oil to treat dry skin on
my legs and arms. It doesn’t
feel greasy at all—definitely
my holy grail product.
I’m really into
gentle products,
and Glossier’s
Milky Jelly
Cleanser
and Priming
Moisturizer are
two of my faves.
They both glide
on my skin and
leave it feeling
plump and
moisturized.
SKINCARE
The Too Faced Born
This Way Matte Liquid
Foundation is the only
foundation I can wear
the whole day without
breaking out or looking
cakey and oily.
I need my mascara
to be waterproof,
and Maybelline
Lash Sensational
Mascara does the
trick—it lasts all
day and makes my
lashes look longer.
I use the Anastasia
Beverly Hills Eyebrow
Pencil for definition, then I
add volume to my barelythere brow hairs using the
Maybelline Brow Precise
Fiber Volumizer Brow
Mascara.
MAKEUP
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(PHOTOS) JEFF ONG. (SIT TINGS EDITING) BIANCA MA SCENON.
The Benefit Boi-ing
Airbrush Concealer can
cover up anything and
everything! It hides all my
imperfections flawlessly.
I love my 3CE
Glow Beam
Highlighter and
Cream Blush.
A little goes a
long way for both
products.
BEAUTY NOTES
YOU DO YOU
Up your DIY skills with a
little help from these
Cosmo girls and their
at-home beauty secrets.
DIY Manicure
PART 1: CLEAN
Cut Your Own Bangs
1 2
If you’re giving yourself new bangs, make sure you have a peg on
hand—there are so many different styles that vary in thickness,
parting, and bluntness.
Start by sectioning off your hair (your bangs-to-be) using a
thin comb with a pointed end for parting, then clip or tie the
rest of your hair back so you won’t accidentally cut it. To keep things
organized and give you more control, low-ball it and start with a thin
section of hair, adding more hair as you go.
3 You don’t have to use professional shears, but make sure you’re
using a sharp, pointed pair of scissors. You can cut horizontally
for blunt, straight bangs, but trim the hair little by little so it doesn’t
end up too short. For layered side bangs, clip that section of hair
between your middle and pointer fingers, then swing it diagonally
to the left or right side. Cut below the two fingers using only the point
of your scissors.
—Doly, 22, brand communications supervisor
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Soak your nails in warm water and apply
cuticle cream before cleaning your nails.
When they’re soft enough, you can either
push the cuticles down using a cuticle pusher
and stop there, or you can cut off the excess
skin on the sides and cuticles using a cuticle
clipper for a cleaner look. If your nails are
yellow, use a three-step buffer to buff off the
top layer and smoothen the nail’s surface.
PART 2: POLISH
To avoid bubbles, don’t paint right after you
wash your hands. Water stays on your nails
even after you’ve toweled off, and bubbles
form because a layer of polish keeps the
excess moisture from evaporating. Also, nail
polish begins to dry as you apply, so stay
away from fans. When working with your
weak hand, hold the tip of the cap with your
pointer finger, the body of the cap with your
thumb and middle finger, and move it using
your wrist—this gives you more control over
the brush.
—Nikki, 38, beauty blogger,
makeup artist, and PR specialist
The Right Way To Wax
Melt a pan of hot wax on an incense frame with a candle
underneath—it makes things easier by keeping the wax melted.
Prep the area with some baby powder, which ensures that the wax
only sticks to hair and not your skin. Then, use a popsicle stick to
spread hot wax in the direction of your hair growth. Quickly place
a waxing strip on top, and pat it down till the wax cools. Stretch
the skin on one side of the strip, and in a swift motion, pull the
strip off in the opposite direction of your hair growth.
A FEW TIPS:
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—Naomi, 25, occupational therapist
Dye Your Hair At Home
1 Get your hair in the best
condition possible—the chemicals
in hair color will compromise
your hair. Prep using at-home hair
treatments for at least a week.
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E YECANDY.CO.UK. (STILLS) STUDIO D/JON PATERSON, CHRIS ECKERT, JEFFRE Y WESTBROOK.
2 trash bags, wear an old t-shirt, and
use gloves and a cape.
4 Take a mixing bowl and coloring
brush and begin mixing your
color. You don’t have to mix all of it at
once—you can always mix more when
you need to.
Invest in a good box of hair color.
Do your research, read reviews,
and buy from reputable brands or
sellers. Don’t buy anything super
cheap; it’ll do more harm than good.
Make sure to buy enough dye for your
hair—longer hair would need more
than one box.
Section your hair using clips,
then work one section at a time,
using the hair color brush instead of
your hands to apply the color. This
helps you avoid patchiness.
3 6 Protect yourself and your
surroundings from stains. Cover
your chair and the floor area with
5 Comb through your hair to
make sure you’ve applied the
hair color evenly, then wait until the
recommended process
time elapses.
7 Use a sulfate-free shampoo to
wash the dye completely out
of your hair, then use a hydrating
conditioner after.
—Janiela, 19, entrepreneur
Groom Your Own Brows
Start by creating an outline of your ideal brow shape using a brow pencil. It’s
usually best to follow the original form of your brows, but you can also create
a different shape, making them straighter, thinner, or more arched. Using an
eyebrow razor, shave the hair outside the outline. Shave in the direction of hair
growth, then use a tweezer to remove the small hairs left behind after shaving—
it’ll be much less painful, and your brows will stay groomed for longer. Using a
small brow comb, brush your brow hairs upwards, then cut off the hair that goes
past your outline with a pair of brow-shaping scissors.
—Micah, 24, makeup and permanent makeup artist, fashion stylist, and entrepreneur
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BURNT
ORANGE
Peach’s sultrier sister, this
muted hue can lend your
face just the right amount
of warmth. Go for a monochromatic look by blending
the shade on your eyes and
dabbing a bit of eye shadow
over a nude lipstick.
GOLDEN
HOUR
A little bit of sunshine, a whole lot of magic.
On March 3rd, an entire nation watched as Bianca
Umali turned eighteen. By no means has her journey
into womanhood been easy, especially during the
whirlwind of criticism over a contentious Facebook
post last year. Still, she faced the elements without
a stitch of makeup (or fear), armed only with the
earnest belief that we ought to love what we’re
born with: “My intentions were clean. When the
issue came out, they were saying I was against girls
who wear makeup. I wasn’t, because I myself love
makeup and have my own collection. We all have our
own perspectives, but I just wanted to encourage
young women to be comfortable in their own skin.”
She may wear diferent faces for a living—new
makeup looks, new roles to portray—but there’s only
one Bianca behind it all.
BY BIANCA MASCENON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT DY
INTERVIEW BY CHANDRA PEPINO
OPAQUE
HIGHLIGHTS
At this point, we’re no longer
trying to fool anyone into thinking we woke up like this. Push
all subtlety aside and make the
highlights on your inner corners
and brow bones opaque. Blend
away the harsh lines, but keep
the intensity up for a striking
eye look.
SUN
SPOTS
Freckles? We’re kicking
things up a notch and
going for bigger beauty
marks. Concentrate the
spots on the bridge of
your nose, fading out to
your cheeks. Use different brow products
in similar shades—
maybe a brush pen and
a pencil—to give your
freckles more
dimension.
’
METALLIC
BLUSH
Tap your blush brush into
a warm blush shade and
a gold toned highlighter,
then swirl it all over
your cheeks. The effect
is a multi-dimensional,
luminescent glow—you’ll
be blinding people from
all angles.
(MAKEUP) THERESA PADIN. (HAIR) FR ANCIS GUINTU, RE VLON PROFESSIONAL BR ANDS PH. (ST YLING) BIANCA
MA SCENON. (MODEL) BIANCA UMALI, GMA ARTIST CENTER.
WAXED
DOWN
BROWS
Brush your brow hairs up
and out, then set them with
a strong-hold brow gel. Use
your fingers to smooth the
brow hairs down from the arch
all the way to the tail for bushy
but put-together brows.
EMPOWERED, ENLIGHTENED, AND BETTER THAN EVER
(TEXT) DANIELLA SCOTT. (ILLUSTRATION) HITANDRUN CREATIVE STUDIO.
SLEEP LIKE A BABY
If sales of adult coloring books are
anything to go by, we are a generation of
grown-ups desperate to be kids again.
And what better way to feel six years old
than by having someone read you a book
before bed? At London hotel 40 Winks,
guests can pop on pyjamas and head to
the bar for “Bedtime Story Nights.” Better
still, stay home and download the Calm
app—its “Sleep Stories” feature has tales
narrated by the likes of Stephen Fry and
Game of Thrones’ Jerome Flynn. We’re
drifting off alrea...ZZZ.
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IF THE JOY OF
PAINTING IS
GOOD ENOUGH
FOR BOB ROSS,
IT’S GOOD
ENOUGH FOR US.
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CAN
CREATIVITY
MAKE YOU
HAPPIER?
There’s definitely more to it than coloring books for
grown-ups, paint-while-you-drink nights, and your
weekly dance class.
t seems everyone’s a creative these days. It’s been a while
since yuppies have taken a back seat to yuccies (that’s short
for Young Urban Creative), and everyone is either working on
a passion project of some sort, is a freelance artist/designer/
photographer/whathaveyou, or working nine-to-five (although to
be honest, it’s probably a nine-to-two a.m.) at an agency doing art
or writing copy.
This, of course, isn’t a bad thing; if anything, it’s absolutely fantastic that we’re getting in touch with our more artistic sides, and
making careers in industries that only years ago were considered
inferior to fields like medicine, engineering, or banking. Being an
artist these days is, well, finally a legitimate career.
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“There is no choice but to be creative, because that’s what life is
about,” shares Dr. Randy Dellosa,
psychologist and founder of the
Life Change Recovery Center.
He explains, “All of us are born
creative, but our conditioning
impedes and hampers our
creative processes. When we
start going to school or church,
when we start having relationships, we’re placed in a box.
We’re taught to be in that box,
rather than taught to really
explore.”
This isn’t to say, however, that
there’s a Van Gogh inside each of
us just waiting to be unleashed
on a bare canvas. “We have our
different intelligences. We have
to admit that some people are
really bad artists, or bad mathematicians, but despite having
these innate intelligences, we
can look at it as an opportunity
to explore and be creative,” says
Dellosa. “Let me put it this way:
Even if you were in prison and
there was no way out, you would
be able to do something meaningful if you were creative,” says
Dellosa. “And it doesn’t have to
be the visual arts—because there
is an art to everything. Just the
fact that you are able to play with
what exists is already creativity.”
We all have this idea that
only those who can draw, color
within the lines, sing, dance,
act, or write are creative, but
Dellosa insists that it’s a quality that transcends the thinking
of being left- or right-brained.
“Even mathematicians [are creative]. They still play around
with what exists. For people to
come up with scientific theories and inventions, some look to
their imaginations and dreams.”
Creativity, then, is being able to
think out of the box.
ART ATTACK
The strong focus on the idea
that art equals creativity,
however, doesn’t spring from
nowhere. Multiple studies
on the link between creativity and happiness more often
than not utilize painting, coloring, sketching, and the like
to represent the expression of
creativity, versus more logical
activities like jigsaw puzzles.
Art therapy follows the rationale of using the more tradi-
“All of us are
born creative,
but our conditioning
impedes and
hampers our
creative
processes.”
tional arts in non-traditional
ways.
Dellosa, however, cautions
against art therapy classes
that focus more on technique than healing and selfexpression. “There are faux art
therapy classes: They’ll teach
you techniques, and they’ll
make you think or they think
that’s already art therapy,”
he explains. “Art therapy can
work with technique, but it’s
not usually important: it’s
about cathartic expression, or
it allows a person to undergo
self-discovery. He or she may
find hidden aspects of himself or herself in the art.” Dellosa further explains that the
human mind thinks in images,
which makes the process of
healing through something
equally visual a very powerful
tool for therapists to use. “Art
therapy is a means to project your inner, subconscious
thoughts, which are essentially images. Our memories
are movies. So if you tweak
the movie, you can somehow
change how you feel about it.”
For example, if you feel you’re
caught up imagining yourself as a spiky hedgehog, and
want to be more of a slinky cat,
expressing the image of a cat
through whichever means you
chose might help you bring
out those traits by creating a
change in your perception.
As for the benefits of undergoing art therapy? “It can
promote self-awareness and
self-expression. It can facilitate emotional healing. It can
promote personal growth and
life advancement. It brings out
a person’s childlike spontaneity, their playfulness, so it gives
your inner child an opportunity to express itself,” Dellosa
says, adding, “Art therapy can
help with depression, anxiety,
even schizophrenia, multiple
personality disorder, and bipolar
disorder.”
Whichever form art therapy
might come in—“Anything that
promotes feelings of expression
and catharsis might be considered art therapy. Even if something were a hard science, if you
could express yourself through
it, it works,” says Dellosa—the
idea is to express and discover
one’s self, a more modern way
of viewing therapy not just as a
means to fix something broken,
but to discover one’s self and, in
the process, live a more fulfilling life.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
If this renaissance and new
respect for art and creativity is
anything to go by, the anxiety
we’ve come to know and love so
well as a generation should be
nothing but a myth. If you’re in
a creative field, shouldn’t you be
happier than your peers stuck
in the sterility of hospitals or the
precision of banking? Burnout
shouldn’t be a thing if your day
involves Pantones and typefaces.
That, apparently, is a myth.
A writer or an artist for a massive conglomerate, after all, is
still beholden to the demands of
a boss or a client. His or her creativity is still, essentially, limited. “If a person were burnt out
from their creative job, it means
they might be living according
to someone else’s expectations,
because people don’t usually get
burnt out from their own creative endeavours,” says Dellosa.
“They have to be creative in the
way they want outside of their
job. They need the mindset of
‘In this job, even if I’m a creative,
I’m a limited creative. What I
can’t get from this job, I need to
do outside of it.’ There needs to
“Self discovery
itself could
lead to
changes,
whereas
starting with
wanting a
certain
change might
limit you.”
be separation, and you can’t
just rely on your profession for
creative fulfilment.” He also
advises forms of art beyond
your core competencies. For
example, a writer might begin
to paint, or a dancer might
want to begin a bullet journal
or start to sketch. “It’s good to
explore [other forms of art],
just to figure out if it’s right
for you or not. With technical
artists, their technique might
impede the self discovery or
therapeutic process because
they might be too hung up on
the technique rather than just
expressing themselves,” Dellosa explains.
FOR HEART’S SAKE
Whether you’re a creative or
not, art therapy could prove to
be something worth looking
into, and Dellosa recommends
a few tweaks to your mindset
before signing up for it. “The key
to deconditioning and reprogramming the mind is to first be
aware of suppressed emotions.”
He also recommends setting aside our fear of how good
or bad the output might be.
“Remember, art therapy is
more about the process. If you
think you’re a terrible painter,
art therapy would be good for
you because you would be liberated by the pressure to make
something ‘beautiful’ because
in the ‘ugly’ art that you do,
you might discover something
about yourself. And what’s ugly
art to begin with? Beautiful art
is conditioning of the mind.
You have to get over that.”
Finally, Dellosa suggests
adjusting your perception that
to undergo therapy, whether
art therapy or more traditional
talk therapy, means something
is wrong with you. “It could just
be about self discovery,” he says.
“Self discovery itself could lead
to changes, whereas starting
with wanting a certain change
might limit you. The idea that
you have to better yourself can
be hindering. Anything that
provides you with insight about
yourself gives you the choice of
how to act on it, if you do want
to act on it. This will naturally
steer you somewhere, and that’s
an adventure in itself, wondering where your discovery will
lead you.”
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WHY BEING IMPERFECT
IS THE NEW PERFECT
Striving for perfection is so 2017.
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‘m not going to lie—I really
struggled with writing this
feature. I wrote three different intros but, being the
perfectionist that I am, I
didn’t think any of them
were good enough. And quite
frankly, this one probably isn’t
much better, but I’ve decided
I’m OK with that, because I’m
embracing wabi-sabi. It’s not a
side order for your sushi; it’s an
ancient Japanese philosophy
that embraces all things imperfect and encourages you to find
delight in the simpler things—
like peanut butter on sourdough
instead of fancy unicorn toast.
“Wabi-sabi is modest and humble. It’s well-worn jeans, weathered wood, or an unrestored
antique chest,” says Leonard
Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers.
But before you dash out to your
local ukay to grab some cracked
plates and pre-loved clothing, it
goes deeper than just how you
decorate your home.
I
(TE X T) DANIELLE K AM. (PHOTO) SHUT TERSTOCK.
THE WABI-SABI LIFE
In an age when we’re all so concerned about gaining more possessions and getting ahead in life,
wabi-sabi is about taking a step
back and going with the flow,”
says Amanda Gruhn, a Gestalt
psychotherapist.
Gruhn might be onto something. According to a study from
the University of Kansas, women
of our generation are burning
out faster than men because we
are striving for perfection in our
careers and all other aspects of
our lives. Can you blame us? With
phrases like “girlboss” and everyone being encouraged to “lean in,”
we’re constantly comparing ourselves to those who are slaying it
in start-ups, rising up the ranks
of corporate ladders, and smashing the Likes with their perfectly
filtered pictures on Instagram.
IMAGE PROBLEM
“Now more than ever, women
are under pressure to work
harder and look better,” Gruhn
says. “I have more and more
young women coming into my
practice who are getting everything from breast implants
to labiaplasty at such a young
age because they want to be
‘perfect,’ but it doesn’t always
equal happiness. The idea of
wabi-sabi is that we’re born
imperfect. Your hair color, your
wrinkles, they’re all reflections of your life. A large part of
unhappiness comes from not
accepting who we are.”
She’s right! What’s so great
about being perfect carbon copies
of each other? Who doesn’t have
a soft spot for imperfectly perfect
girls like Lena Dunham or Jennifer Lawrence? They’re the kind of
people you can imagine having a
glass of wine (or 10) with because
they openly admit they don’t
have their shit together. Admitting you’re not perfect is actually incredibly endearing—and
embracing it can be really fulfilling. “When we see celebrities who
are willing to be a bit of a goof, it
really speaks to us,” says Gruhn.
“It’s actually very freeing to just
accept who you are.”
So how do we incorporate it
into our everyday lives? “Change
the motivation behind the
things you do,” says Gruhn. So
instead of working out because
you want to a achieve a “perfect” bod like Gigi Hadid, hit the
gym purely because it’s good for
your health and well-being. And
rather than catching up with
friends because you feel like
you need to appear popular and
upload the perfect brunch pic to
your Instagram, go because you
genuinely enjoy their company
(assuming you do, that is!).
MY WABI-SABI SELF
It sounds simple enough, so I’ve
decided to sprinkle a little wabi-
“Wabi-sabiis
modestand
humble.”
sabi on my own life. Since moving back home after two years
living abroad, I’ve found myself
trying to play catch-up with all
my friends, who, in the time I’ve
been gone, have gotten engaged,
been promoted, started companies, and bought houses. Rather
than feel disappointed in myself
about the fact that the most
expensive item to my name is a
leather jacket, wabi-sabi tells me
to abandon my pursuit of perfection and, instead of dwelling on what I think I’m lacking,
be grateful for what I do have.
In the two years I was abroad,
I may not have saved enough
money for a house deposit,
but I made some amazing new
friends, snorkelled between tectonic plates in Iceland (#humblebrag), and learned a ton of
new skills working there. For
that, I’m grateful.
Next I took a long, hard look
in the mirror because wabi-sabi
says we need to appreciate our
natural selves more. As hard as
it is not to cringe at the sight of
new fine lines around my eyes,
I remind myself they’re a result
of all the laughing-till-I-cried
pub sessions with friends. The
freckles are from spending all
day in the pool with my nieces
and nephews, and that extra
squish around my tummy is
from drinking copious amounts
of Prosecco in Italy. And when
I think of it like that, I have
nothing to be disappointed
about. Oh my God, I totally just
wabi-sabi-ed myself. Still not
convinced? Jessica Alba is a fan.
If it’s good enough for Jess, it’s
good enough for me (errr, not
that I’m making comparisons
or anything...).
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IS IT REALLY
WRI
RITTEN
TTEN IN
THE STA
TARRS?
If you’re Gen Y, you probably swear by your Zodiac—
rain, hail, or star sign. Whether the universe has our
back or not, it seems we’re all searching for a little
spiritual get-up-and-go...
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(TE X T) MEL E VANS. (PHOTOS) ISTOCK.
How much
of your life is
planned based
on what your
star sign tells
you? If you’re in
retrograde, do
you use it as an
excuse? (“Sorry
I yelled at you—
Mercury was in
retrograde.”) Do
you feel hope
when you think
of that rose
quartz in your
pocket attracting
love? Why do we
put this much
faith in “the
universe”?
A logical mind will tell you
that relying on the universe
for answers is a bunch of BS.
But cut to me during any particular week and you’ll see
a woman cross-referencing
three different astrologers,
wondering whether she needs
to refer to her natal chart
and cleanse her crystals during the full moon. Impatient?
Deluded? Or just wanting a
heads-up? You be the judge.
Even though I perpetually
find myself relying on some
galactic map to determine my
life, I’m no looney. Even my
most with-it girlfriends join
me in the discussion. Whether
we’re worried about work, confused about our next step in
life, or losing patience in the
seemingly never-ending quest
for love, our horoscopes, psychics, Tarot cards, and whatever-elses serve to tell us that
everything is going to be okay.
Because it just has to be. Right?
IMAGE PROBLEM
“It’s a human tendency to
want to know what’s coming up at times of emotional
difficulty,” says psychologist Samantha Clarke. “That’s
partly linked to the way our
mind is set up. We have the
limbic system, which controls
our fight-or-flight response,
and the pre-frontal cortex,
which is pretty much why
we’re at the top of the food
chain. But we still don’t like
uncertainty. Our mind thinks
that if we can’t see what’s in
the distance, there might be
a predator—and it needs to
know what’s there so it feels
safe. The physical threats have
disappeared, but the psychological threat of not knowing
about the future is still there.
We need a little reassurance
to let that part of our anxiety
settle down.”
Last year presented a huge
raft of uncertainty in the
world. Because of this, we
seem to be a melting pot of
lost souls searching for meaning in WTF times. Sometimes
seeking a forecast of good
news is nothing more than
needing a sounding board, a
confirmation of previously
held beliefs or just, you know,
some guidance.
To an extent, our gender also fuels this obsession,
encouraged by the “locus
of control.” Clarke explains
it as a two-sided pattern of
thinking when it comes to
our personality—internal
and external—and women
are believed to have a higher
external locus of control.
According to Clarke, those
with an internal locus of control feel they have more control over what happens to
them in their life: in their
mind, “they make a choice
that leads to an outcome,” she
says. Then there are the rest
of us, those with an external
locus of control, who feel like
we’re more powerless to control our situation regardless of
what we do. Think about your
workplace: you may feel you
have no control over who the
boss gives a promotion to—
but ask a guy and he’ll (likely)
feel he has all the control. The
mind is a funny thing.
Astrologer Jenny England
believes that planets can
determine our life’s path.
Knowing this, we’re more
inclined to sit in the passenger
seat. ‘Cause it’s written in the
stars, right?
“When it’s done properly by
a certified astrologer, your
astrological chart is a blueprint of who you are: your
DNA,” she says. “We can’t be
anybody but who we are, and
when we try to go against
it, we go wrong. When you
get back to your proper self,
you feel happier and more
content.”
But away from these confirmations-of-sorts, these
maps are king content creators (read: money makers). Stories I’ve found in the
past month include “This Is
How Old You Are Mentally,
According to Your Zodiac”
(“42 to 49”), “This Is What
Job You Were Born To Have,
According to Your Zodiac”
(“to marry someone rich”),
“This Is The Most Annoying
Thing About You, According
to Your Zodiac” (I’m a “hypocritical people-pleaser”), and
“This Is The Best Date According to Your Sign” (“taking a
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narcissistic bunch. We long
to feel as though we belong
and that we each, individually, have our unique special place. Because we’re
special. And armed with
this, we continuously strive
to find out the secrets to
our future through an
industry that’s worth more
than P90 billion.
LOSING OUR RELIGION
class”). There are even star
sign-themed fragrancemaking workshops, in case
you want to know exactly
what a Libran smells like.
We’re approaching system overload. But, hey, at
least I can flop down on my
Libran bed, wrap myself
in a Libran robe, or enjoy a
Libran walking tour.
DO YOU BELIEVE?
We’re not only keener than
ever to figure out our future
whatever the forecast, we’re
taking it far more seriously,
with 58% of 18-to-24-yearold Americans believing
that astrology is scientific.
But it’s not scientific—far
from it. The mere mention of horoscopes and science in the same sentence
has the potential to make
Bill Nye spit out his tea. It’s
more to do with our psychological needs: although
we know our horoscope is
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being read by millions
of other people, we want
to be able to glean a sentence from it, look off into
the distance and think, “It
just gets me.”
Case in point: an experiment conducted in 1948
by Bertram Forer. The
US psychologist told his
students that they were
receiving a unique outline of their character
and asked them to rate
its accuracy. The catch?
The outlines were actually identical...yet every
student rated theirs as an
excellent description.
Team this with an analysis of more than 22,000
Yahoo horoscopes, conducted by David McCandless in The Atlantic,
which found they mostly
rehashed the same old
details for each sign,
regardless of the fact that
each Zodiac sign is meant
to possess varying traits
and desires.
As psychoanalyst Gérard
Miller explains, “There is
something in each one of
us that’s superstitious, that
can’t be convinced by reason. This part of us means
we are able to dream,
to access our imagination. The problem is that
it makes us vulnerable to
astrology, clairvoyants,
or any type of guru who
claims to know something
about our essential being,
our needs, our desires, our
future”—just something we
do not.
A little spirituality, wherever it may come from,
allows us to live in a makebelieve world where sadness is seldom mentioned.
Because the truth can hurt.
But thinking that a generic
roundup speaks only to us
alludes to the motivation
behind our search. We’re a
“People have been moving away from churches
and close connections with
family, and instead seeking material things,” says
England. “This is leaving
a lot of Gen Y with a lack
of meaning. They have so
much choice and so much
pressure to achieve, it’s
paralyzing.”
Humanity is a fan of patterns. Add this to a lack of
meaning, and looking to
the stars helps us deal with
not knowing what’s ahead.
Even if we read between the
lines, we’re still using the
message to our advantage
because it helps us silence
anxious feelings. As long as
we take it all with a grain
of salt (and a dash of reality), what’s the harm in
believing that something
good is ahead for us? We
can believe in whatever we
choose—so why not let a
bunch of stars in the sky be
our guiding light?
I’ll be honest: they really
are just a guide. Anything
negative is ignored, and the
good is treated as inspo. “If
your patterns of behaviour
are working for you, and
you read your horoscope
and it makes you think
about what you can learn
in order to move forward
in your life, it’s fine,” says
Clarke. That’s just the sign
I need.
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LET’S GET LOUD
Plenty of us are aces at feeling love...but letting it show can be a challenge.
The Spice Girls prophesied 2018’s biggest romantic tragedy: not knowing
how to tell people what you want, what you really, really want. Whether it’s
learning to let loose during sex or channeling your romantic feelings in a
healthy way, we could all use a lesson on expression.
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IS POP
CULTURE
MESSING
WITH
YOUR
LOVE LIFE?
How fandom culture could be messing with
your real-life relationships.
I
t was
wa January 2013, and the
Tw
Twitter community was in
upr
uproar—positioned at the top
of th
the Worldwide Trends list
was an alarming three-word
has
hashtag. One click and you
were assaulted by the sight of
forearms sliced open, posted
online as proof of some kind
of demented blood pact. Why
were teenagers in nearly every
major city in the world cutting themselves? It was a bid
to get their hero, Justin Bieber,
to stop smoking marijuana.
The hashtag #CutForBieber
started out as a cruel prank
by trolls, but by the time
they tried to explain, blood
had already been shed. This
isn’t the first time celebrity
obsession has driven fans to
psychotic lengths—from Beatlemania in the 1960s to Kim
Kardashian and Kanye West
getting tackled to the ground
at Paris Fashion Week in 2014,
diehards will stop at nothing to bask in the presence of
their idols.
The thing is, fan relationships always start out innocuously. You notice the hype and
want to understand it, embark
on a quick Google search,
and before you know it,
you’re neck-deep into what’s
referred to as a ‘fandom’—
a dedicated group of people
who devote the same kind
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of time, money, and
energy one would on
an actual significant
other. Fans shell out
thousands on tickets, merchandise, and
collaborations, camp
out on the streets
to be first in line for
exclusive events, and
manage separate
social media accounts
to post updates about
their idols and interact with fellow fans. When the integrity of their
beloved is challenged by rival fandoms, they don’t hesitate to declare
war. There’s a word for this typically
female-normative excitement: lisztomania. Outsiders to this culture
might find this level of commitment
utterly baffling, if not disturbing.
After all, how could one possibly give
so much to a distant public figure—
someone who says they love them all
the time, but never truly does?
“At its most extreme, [obsession]
is ruminative—it can take on a life
of its own,” explains Maria Sherman, author of Truly, Madly, Deeply:
Exploring the Relationship Between
Fandom and Mental Health. “[One can
be] ‘love-obsessional’: [to believe]
that there’s a personal relationship
that doesn’t really exist. There’s
‘erotomanic,’ which is where the fan
believes the subject is actually in
love with them. ‘Intense-personal’ is
[where you’d hear things like], ‘[He’s]
my soul mate.’ The last is personality-disorder level, the borderline
pathological: ‘If someone gave me
ten thousand pesos, I would consider spending it on a napkin used by
[him].’” Susceptibility to this culture
is predominant among youths, while
fans from an older age bracket might
view their participation as a way to
feel ‘young’ and ‘alive’ again (yes,
Directioners in their 40s are a thriving demographic). However, this
pseudo-relationship with celebrities
runs a very real risk in terms of how
young people view love and modern
unions.
All superstars, whether they’re
boy bands, actresses,
or Billboard charttopping pop singers,
capitalize on the identity that they project
onto the public sphere.
Their no-makeup selfies, supposedly ‘candid’
videos, and ‘off-thecuff’ tweets are carefully calculated to give
fans the illusion of
close, genuine connection. Nobody is asserting that celebrities don’t actually love and appreciate
their fans—but the only type of love
they can realistically give is towards
a collective, never to one specific
person. You might know what Charlie Puth is allergic to or what Harry
Styles’ fondest childhood memories are, but in a real relationship,
to know and love someone calls for
much more than a militant familiarity with details. Fandom culture, at
its worst, becomes problematic when
the individual fails to learn how to
grapple with loving flawed people. It
sets an impossible standard for reallife relationships, and it’s unfair to a
partner who, by virtue of their regularness, could never match up to the
established persona of your not-perfect-but-practically-perfect idol.
The negative implications become
more apparent when one realizes
that celebrity obsession is often
used as a crutch by the lonely or
recently heartbroken. “Belonging,
while a psychological motive for all
humans, is particularly apparent in
fan groups,” explains Sarah Sloat of
InVerse Entertainment. “[It’s a] ‘psychological construct’ that includes a
feeling of involvement and identification.” When the qualities fans search
for and fail to find from the men they
date manifest themselves in celebrities, unhealthy projection occurs,
making it even harder for a fan to
cope with the highs and lows of a
typical relationship.
So how can one go about loving
their favorite celebs without going off
the deep end? For starters, you can
channel obsessive feelings towards
Obsession is
ruminative and can
take on a life of
its own.
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productive discussions that help
you understand yourself and society better...and make it a point to
be critical of your own idols. “Fans
want to make the things they love
better, so they find something that
they don’t agree with—a problematic representation or a social issue
that could be highlighted—and
they talk about it,” says Paul Booth,
author of Playing Fans: Negotiating
Fandom and Media in the Digital Age.
The key is to understand that our
objects of affection are more than
just objects; they’re living, breathing human beings. And by coming
to terms with that reality, one can
move on to pursue healthy, mutually beneficial romantic relationships—no hashtags necessary.
HEARTS OF GOLD
A rundown of celebrities who
stepped in when their fandoms
needed them to.
ARIANA GRANDE
After the tragic
Manchester shooting
at her concert in May
2017, the pop star gathered
artists and fans alike for One Love
Manchester, a benefit performance
for victims of the attack. Grande
managed to raise 10 million pounds
($13,000,000) for the cause.
BTS
In response to the
Sewol Ferry Disaster of
April 2014, which killed
300 people, the boy band
and their record label donated 100
million won ($93,000)—and openly
defied a blacklist by the Korean
government that barred popular
public figures from helping out.
NICKI MINAJ
After the rapper
offered to fly winners of
a contest to see her live
in the US, an outpouring of requests
asking Minaj to pay for their
college tuition emerged—and she
delivered, granting support worth
$30,000 to more than 30 lucky fans
with straight As.
how much we’ve always wanted this
as individuals and as a couple. Their
support definitely made it a hundred
times easier to take the plunge.
WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU ENCOUNTER WHILE PREPARING
FOR THE MOVE?
C: Securing my fiancé visa was quite a
long and tedious process filled with
lots of uncertainty. Another challenge
was making sure we’d have enough
financially to survive in a new city.
NYC is an expensive place to live
in, so we made sure we had enough
saved up to last us four to five months
because we weren’t sure how soon
either of us would find work. To add
to our savings, Gab sold his car, we
held a garage sale, and I started a side
business selling handcrafted items
and other digital goods.
AFTER
OUR CIVIL
WEDDING ON
DECEMBER 8
HOW WE MAKE IT WORK
(INTERVIE W) CHANDR A PEPINO. (PHOTO) COURTESY OF CAMIE JUAN.
CAMIE JUAN AND
GAB DE LEON
The lifestyle blogger talks about moving to the Big
Apple with the love of her life.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO SPEND THE REST
OF YOUR LIVES WITH ONE ANOTHER?
CAMIE: It was late at night and we were
in our garden, lying under the stars.
I turned to look at Gab and thought,
“This guy is amazing. I could spend
forever with him and never get bored.
Tell him you love him.” I did, and Gab
said it back. Now that we’re married,
we still look at each other and think,
“I can’t believe I get to spend the rest
of my life with this person.”
HOW DID THE DECISION TO MOVE TO NYC COME ABOUT?
C: We discovered that NYC was a
goal we had in common and that we
both wanted to achieve, so it kind
of became our dream together. [But
with any major life decision], the
scariest part was knowing there
would be really challenging times
and questioning if we’d have what
it takes to face them together. Our
family and friends were really
supportive because they all knew
TELL US ABOUT A SOURCE OF CONFLICT AS YOU ADJUSTED TO
YOUR NEW LIFE IN NYC.
C: After Gab and I got engaged, I lived
with him and his family for a few months
before our big move, so we basically knew
each other’s little quirks and habits and
what ticks us both off. When we moved to
our place in Queens, we were surprised
at how much we still learned about
each other! We make sure we listen and
understand where the other person is
coming from. When you choose to keep
it in and hide the negative feelings, that’s
when resentment for the other person
grows, which can often lead to big fights
that are avoidable if you just learn to
communicate in the first place.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES LOOKING TO MOVE
TO ANOTHER COUNTRY TOGETHER?
C: Have a trial run back home. You may
think you know someone, but you’ll
be surprised by how much more you
can learn about your partner when
you have no one else to rely on to run
the household but each other. See how
he deals with handling money and
doing chores. If you already know your
partner like the back of your hand, my
best advice is to just do it. It strengthens
your relationship and brings you closer
to one another. While it can be scary, it’s
also such a rewarding experience.
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TO MOAN
OR NOT TO
MOAN?
Here’s why you
moan like a cat in
heat even when
you’re not feeling it.
once dated a guy who took forever in bed. As he took his sweet
time, I would be tired and aching,
parched like the Sahara down
there. We had been dating for a while
before I told him that his marathon
sessions were actually physically
painful for me. I didn’t want to hurt
his feelings, so I moaned and muttered like I was in the throes of the
greatest passion known to woman,
hoping that it would get him off.
Admit it: You’ve been that woman
who would rather pantomime pornlevel pleasure than tell her partner
“That’s not working,” or “You’ve been
pounding away for the past half hour;
can you please wrap it up?”
I
FAKE IT ‘TIL HE MAKES IT
A lot of women are guilty of committing such low-key sexual subterfuge.
In a study published in the Archives
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of Sexual Behavior in 2011, researchers from the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Leeds
asked 71 sexually active heterosexual
women about the “copulatory vocalizations” they make. They found that
those noises were often made before
and simultaneously with their partner’s
orgasm. 66% reported moaning to speed
up their partner’s orgasm, and 87% did
so to boost his self-esteem.
Trisha O’Bannon, columnist for The
Big O, says, “So many women are scared
to be honest about the quality of the sex
they’re having. None of us want to tell
our partners—some of whom we like or
even love—that they’re not really doing
it for us in the bedroom. So we just moan
and get it over with.”
Our culture has normalized the
image of the woman wailing with abandon during lovemaking while the man
lets out the occasional grunt. With not
enough healthy public discourse on sex
to inform the regular Jane, no wonder
we’re turning to pop culture for tips and
acting them out to please our perceived
audience, i.e., our partners. “We don’t
talk about sex in the right way, so obviously everyone’s first and maybe only
idea of sex is what they see in porn or
in movies,” O’Bannon says. “That porn
is produced, polished, and targeted to
heterosexual males, so it doesn’t truly
reflect the different ways sex can be.
People don’t realize that porn is, above
all, fantasy and performance.”
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All this fake moaning leads to the question: If you’re too eager to please your
partner, who’s looking out for your own
pleasure?
Faking your enthusiasm doesn’t teach
your partner how to please you and
keeps you from the good sex you so truly
deserve. “He’ll think he’s doing something right and keep doing it, not knowing that there’s something else he should
be doing to get you off,” she says. “Everybody loses in the long run, especially the
woman who might never have a truly
enjoyable and orgasmic experience.”
COME ON, FEEL THE NOISE
So how can we express ourselves genuinely
in bed without getting performative?
Sexual chemistry is key. If the sex is good,
your moans will roll out of your mouth naturally. O’Bannon advises, “Pull him in closer
when he’s doing something right. Control
the pressure and speed if he’s not. Move
your body along with his. Be an active participant in your own pleasure.”
Once he hits the spot, give yourself permission to veer off the media-dictated
script. “Genuine pleasure doesn’t always
sound pleasant to the ear,” O’Bannon continues. “Focusing on looking and sounding
pretty and sexy takes away your ability to
feel pretty and sexy.”
So go scrunch up your face and scream
the neighbors’ ears off—as long as that’s
what feels natural to you. Whatever noise
you make will be music to his—or at the very
least, your—ears.
NAUGHTY
NOISES
FOR THE
GOOD GIRL
Always get tongue-tied
when the banging begins?
Sex-positivity activist Trisha
O’Bannon shares some totally
doable dirty talk tips.
TELL HIM WHAT WORKS. If he’s doing
something right, point it out. Whispering
“That feels so good” when he whips out
a move will be just the thing to get you
more—and more! More! More!—of the
same.
BE BREATHLESS. No need to howl like a wolf
on a full moon to let your partner know
you’re into it. Soft, breathless panting—
plus points if you do it right in his ear—is a
sexy alternative.
SAY WHAT FEELS RIGHT.
Forget about
following a script—just say what feels right
in the moment, whether it’s a stream of
curses or those three little words. “Being
sincere trumps being graphic every single
time,” O’Bannon says.
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MODERN ROMANCE
INTERNATIONAL
LOVE
It's not uncommon for Filipinas
to find themselves in serious
relationships with
foreigners—but scathing
misconceptions continue to
exist today (stories about 'gold
diggers' and catfishers
abound). That's because
interracial unions are a
historical taboo—the
country's previous notoriety
for mail-order brides doesn't
help matters—but it's 2018,
and prejudice should be the
last thing in the way of true
love. Everybody's got
something to say, so we break
down what to pay attention to...
and what to filter out.
MIND...
LIVING ARRANGEMENTS.
A long-term union will prove
challenging if you two aren't
based in the same country. Is
one of you planning to move to
be close to each other? Will you
be living together, or is a longdistance relationship in the
cards? Paperwork isn't sexy,
but securing the visas and
documents necessary to make
your relationship work will be
worth it in the end.
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES.
Depending on where they're
from, your partner's traditions
and beliefs might clash with
yours; this will become more
apparent when you meet one
another's families. Figure out if
there are ways to navigate
religious, political, or social
differences (hopefully, they're
surmountable).
YOUR INTENTIONS. Love
transcends race and skin
color—so if you're head over
heels, then by all means, live
out your happily ever after.
NOT 'SUCCESS'
STORIES—
JUST STORIES
Australia to meet his
family. Now, I have a
permanent job in Australia,
and we plan to get married
in late 2019.”
Three Filipinas share
how they met the
love of their lives.
—CHIARA*, 24, ENGAGED
“I met my boyfriend Tom*
in college while he was an
exchange student. After
graduation, I flew to
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“While studying in
California, I met Joshua*,
who coincidentally was
also raised in my hometown, Cebu—he was just
on vacation to see his
However, it's crucial to do
some self-reflection the way
you would if you were dating a
Filipino. You want to be with
them for them, not for the
novelty or perks that come
with dating a foreigner.
DON'T MIND...
PUBLIC REACTIONS.
Prepare to be on the receiving
end of a lot of stares when
you're out in public. You might
feel judged, but remember that
your love story is yours and
yours alone. You don't need to
relatives. A year later, I
returned to Cebu, and we
reunited. We're lucky that
we don't have to deal with
long-distance. The way
we met was so serendipitous that I feel like we're
meant to be.”
—DANIELLE*, 22, IN AN
EIGHT-MONTH RELATIONSHIP
“I lived in Europe for most
of my 20s, but when I was
explain yourself to complete
strangers.
COMMENTS ABOUT YOUR
FINANCIAL SITUATION.
The most ubiquitous
misconception about
interracial relationships
revolves around money. If
you're secure in that respect
and know in your heart that
that's not what you're after,
pay them no mind. If you
were single, your money
would be your business,
so why would this be any
different?
26, my family asked me to
find work here. My French
boyfriend, JB*, was
reluctant to uproot
himself, but took the leap
for me anyway. He now
works here as an
engineer. And my
relatives consider him
part of the family
already!”
—KRYSTAL*, 29, IN A
FIVE-YEAR RELATIONSHIP
(TEXT AND INTERVIEWS) CHANDRA PEPINO. (PHOTO) ISTOCK. *NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED.
What it's really like to date
somebody with a different
passport.
(TEXT) JESSICA GOODMAN. (ILLUSTRATIONS) RAMI NIEMI.
G E T
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HOW TO KEEP IT
PROFESH IN A TMI WORLD
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BEHOLD, FIVE POTENTIALLY DICEY
SCENARIOS—AND HOW TO DEAL
Isabel was unsure
whether or not to
invite her boss
to her birthday
party. In the end,
she figured the
more, the merrier!
“If you’ve never
mixed your friends
with your boss,
your birthday
party is not the
place to start,”
says Tina Sharkey,
cofounder and CEO
of the e-commerce
company
Brandless.
Typically, wedding
invites are okay,
but don’t ask
your manager to
anything that could
become a rager
(read: you, sloppy
and swimming in
booze). “Bosses
don’t feel excluded
if you don’t invite
them—they get it!”
explains Sharkey.
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Emoji and slang can help
show your colleagues you’re a
real person, not just a robotic
workhorse. An occasional
smiley face or LOL is fine in most
offices, says workplace expert
Lynn Taylor, adviser to American
Express OPEN on workplace
culture and author of Tame Your
Terrible Office Tyrant. “But don’t
make them so cutesy that they
distract people.” Hold back on
kissy-face emojis, and definitely
no eggplants.
Jill and Cary have no
problem discussing
sexcapades even
when no one wants to
hear them.
Unless you’re sequestered
in a soundproof room, never
share ultra-personal or
cringe-worthy details at work.
“Only speak about topics you
wouldn’t mind being broadcast
to the entire staff,” says Taylor.
“People talk, and information
spreads rapidly, especially
if your industry is small.” If
you just have to dish to your
work wife, take your recaps
outside or plan an after-hours
catch-up.
Lauren always
goes in for the
hug—but maybe
she shouldn’t.
Even innocent physical contact
may be considered an HR
violation or, worse, sexual
harassment—so unless you
are BFFs with a colleague,
avoid initiating hugs. “The
safe bet, particularly in a
coed environment, is to shake
hands,” says Tiffany Dufu,
chief leadership officer at the
career-advancement service
Levo. If your boss goes in
for an embrace and you’re
weirded out, deflect with
humor. “Say, ‘Sorry. I’m not a
hugger!’ Do it with a big smile.”
The way boss lady
Amy talks to
employees about
her life is...a lot.
You’re a staff member, not a
therapist…and playing one
at work can backfire. “When
you know personal things
about your boss, she may
feel vulnerable in front of
you and avoid you or maybe
even withhold a promotion,”
says Dufu. If you catch your
manager in a rough moment,
say, “I see you’re having a hard
time. Should we reschedule
this meeting?” says Sharkey.
Give her the opportunity to
speak to someone she has an
intimate relationship with.
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SHE STARTED IT
RHIZA
PASCUA
CEO and Founder, MMI
MMI’s big boss has brought artists like
Madonna, Coldplay and One Direction
to Manila, and she’s just getting started.
R
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Pascu
Pascua was a law
student
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Angeles,
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she took on the job, even if
she knew next to nothing
about concert production.
“We—myself and three
good friends—didn’t
even have a proper venue
and ended up getting a
high school auditorium
in Culver City,” she says.
Despite only having three
weeks to prepare, Pascua
says the show turned out
well. A year later, South
Border, another Filipino
band, came to visit the
States and Pascua took on
the job of organizing and
promoting that show, too.
Eventually, she started
doing it often enough that
she dropped out of law
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school to concentrate on
the business full time.
“I think I made the right
choice,” she says.
This marked the
beginning of Music
Management International
(MMI), a concert and
events company that is
now one of the largest and
most successful in the
Philippines. Pascua moved
from bringing Filipino
artists and organizing
concerts in the West Coast
to eventually producing live
shows featuring Western
artists in Manila.
AN UPHILL CLIMB
One of MMI’s first big
shows was boy band
98 Degrees in 2000.
Pascua says one of the
first challenges she
encountered was how
to prove to artists and
their management team
that the Philippines
was a safe and secure
country, considering the
exaggerated news about
sporadic terror incidents
happening in the country.
Pascua also admits that
she felt fears of being
discriminated against,
at least during the early
years. “I thought maybe as
long as I had the stomach
of a man, I was able (or
at least hopeful) to break
the glass ceiling. Being an
Asian woman—a minority
in the truest sense—I
learned to be relentless,
persistent, and aggressive
as I've stood my ground
and blazed my own trail.
As long as I was good in
my craft, I was ready for
battle, I thought.”
“Fortunately for me, I
never had to experience
being discriminated
against,” she adds.
“Perhaps I was meant to
have a long-lasting bond
with other strong and
intelligent female Asians
who are well-respected
in the music industry.
They have inspired and
mentored me since day
one. They took me under
their wings, introduced
me to the right people,
taught me to go through
the proper channels and
told me to keep doing
what I was doing. My
hard work paid off. After
more than two decades
of working together, we
are all still good friends.”
THE SOUND OF SUCCESS
To understand exactly
how much of an impact MMI
has had on the local concert
promotions business, you’ll
have to look at the shows
that they have
done through
the years.
Undoubtedly,
the biggest so far
is pop superstar
Madonna, who
performed two
sold-out shows
in Manila in
February 2016.
MMI also brought
in One Direction
during their peak
in 2015, as well as British
superstars Coldplay in
2017. “We got almost 50,000
people for Coldplay’s first
show here,” Pascua says
proudly.
Today, MMI promotes
about 17 to 20 shows a year.
Up next are Harry Styles on
May 1, then Bruno Mars on
May 3 and 4. All dates have
been sold out since last year.
Although Pascua is based
in LA, she manages a small
team here in Manila. “Our
office structure is a welloiled machine,” she explains.
“I finalize the deals with
the artists, then our CAO
does the delegation and
distribution of pertinent
information such as
production requirements,
marketing materials,
payment requests, and
so on to its respective
departments. We all have
our own territories and I’m
proud to speak of the good
and extremely harmonious
relationship in the office.”
“When people ask me what
our secret is, I think it’s our
teamwork,” she says. “We
have a great team.”
When asked how she
decides which artists are
worth allocating time,
money and a whole lot of
effort to bring to Manila,
she mentions the three
body parts involved in
decision making: the gut
for intuition,
the heart for
passion, and
the brain for
analytical
thinking.
“Of course I
take advice
from my
three kids,”
she says.
“They’re my
consultants.”
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BEHIND THE MUSIC
When people talk about
concerts, they only think
about how much fun it is
to be in the audience and
watch their favorite artists
perform. Hardly anyone ever
considers how much work
actually goes into making
it all happen—negotiations,
publicity, logistics, security,
the production itself, and
hundreds of tiny little details
that all add up to what is
truly a stressful business
and profession.
It’s a wonder then, how
Pascua is able to juggle all
of that plus be a doting wife
and mother to her husband
and kids. “Balancing family
and career is a tough act
to do,” she says. “From the
outside, it may look like I'm
able to balance, and I try my
hardest. In my heart, family
will always be first. There
were times when I had to
miss out on shows or cut my
trips short because one of
my kids was ill. I must say
though that I have never
missed a parent-teacher
conference, a competition,
nor a school performance.”
Pascua even mentions the
“three-day rule” that she
developed with her family
but was recently abolished.
“I could only be gone for
three days, maximum,
or the locks on our front
door would be changed,”
she says. “My eldest son,
then five, served as the
proponent of this sacred
rule. Of course, the other
three ‘board members’—
his two siblings and their
dad—immediately agreed
and I gladly complied.” She
adds, “It was more difficult
back then as technology
was not as advanced as it is
now. Overseas calls were
not the usual ‘How was your
day?’ type of conversation.
I checked their homework,
listened to them rehearse
their speeches, went
through the list of a hundred
questions like ‘How was
your test?’ ‘Did you brush
your teeth?’ and ‘What did
Dad feed you?’ These were
normal occurrences in
between meetings while
in Manila.”
Asked if any of her kids are
inclined to join her thriving
business, Pascua says she’ll
let them decide. Eldest son
Gabriel is a Psychology
graduate from Loyola
Marymount University and
now works as a behavioral
therapist, while 20-year-old
Jacob is a communications
major at California State
University Northridge.
Her 18-year-old daughter
Isabella is currently studying
Business Administration
in London. “At age 10, she
wrote a clause in a contract
stipulating her takeover of
MMI immediately after her
college graduation,” Pascua
says of her youngest. “I had it
framed. At that young age, I
really thought it was all talk
until I noticed that all her
future planning revolved
around MMI. She may be
‘The One’ but until such time,
my husband and I will always
let them know of their options
so they could decide what they
want to pursue and whatever
they choose to do, we remain
supportive.”
In the meantime, Pascua is
busy with many people’s idea
of the dream job—organizing
the biggest concerts and
shows in the country, rubbing
elbows with the planet’s
biggest stars, and making tens
of thousands of people happy.
She’s aware that many people
would love to be in her shoes,
so for those harboring dreams
of becoming the next big
concert promoter, she has this
to say: “You have to be very
passionate. I notice that a lot of
people who get into the music
business are music lovers. So
you have to be updated when it
comes to the latest and hottest
artists.”
TOP TO
BOTTOM:
PASCUA
WITH CHRIS
MARTIN,
HARRY
STYLES,
AND ED
SHEERAN.
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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TAKE
SOUL RICH WOMAN (SRW) TO
THE PHILIPPINES?
to position themselves
online.
GL: The Philippines
is fertile ground. Our
mission is to move
the needle of female
entrepreneurship: We
want to help you if you’re
looking into starting a
side hustle. From your
side hustle, if you’re
making more than your
current income, we
want you to go into fulltime entrepreneurship,
and from full time
entrepreneurship, we
want you to scale up the
business. We take women
through a certain system
so they can build their
own side hustle.
WHAT IS A MISTAKE MOST
FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS
MAKE?
ON THE JOB
FROM SIDE
HUSTLE TO CEO
Genecia Luo, former Miss Singapore and
founder of Soul Rich Woman, Southeast Asia’s
largest network of female entrepreneurs,
explains why you need to build your brand,
online and off, ASAP.
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GL: SRW started out
of my passion for
supporting women.
I was an image
consultant after being
Miss Singapore; I was
paid by the hour, and I
didn’t like that, because
what’s the point of
entrepreneurship if
you’re trading your
time for money? You
don’t work, you don’t get
paid. That’s
when I
decided to
go online,
and that’s
the goal
of SRW—
to help
women
take their
businesses
online.
A lot of
people are
stuck in
traditional businesses
and don’t know how
WHAT IS YOUR
CHALLENGE WITH FEMALE
ENTREPRENEURS?
GL: A lot of women in Asia
are putting themselves
last. The fire in their
bellies is
hidden, and
we want to be
the catalysts
that get them
out there,
making things
happen for
themselves.
"I wantedtosolve
theproblemsof
mentoring,
support,and
networking."
Soul Rich
Woman
offers free
memberships.
To join, or for
more information, visit
soulrichwoman.com.
(INTERVIE W) GABY IGNACIO. (PHOTO) COURTESY OF SOUL RICH WOMAN.
WHY DID YOU CREATE SOUL
RICH WOMAN?
GL: It’s not their fault,
but most don’t know
how to create a cohesive
message. They don’t
know how to put their
voice and brand online.
There are millions of
accounts and pages
online; how do you stand
out? That is what we
want women to learn:
to gain clarity in their
message. We don’t want
women to hard-sell their
products. We want them
to utilize technology and
stretch their influence.
A lot of business owners
are just selling products.
You need to work on
branding, because most
people buy brands. A lot
of people that take their
business online don’t
think that branding is
important.
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GET A LIFT
(TEXT) CHANDRA PEPINO. (PHOTO) LOUISA PARRY. (FOOD STYLIST) LAURIE PERRY.
Every single day, we’re inundated with health advice, whether it’s getting eight
hours of sleep, drinking eight glasses of water, or your well-meaning tita saying
you could stand to lose eight pounds (FYI: it’s time to stop taking this lying
down). It can be tough to keep your spirits up amidst the noise—so remember
that there’s only one voice you need to listen to: your body’s. This month
(World Health Day is on April 7!), learn to stay in tune with its needs, banish
body-shaming, and nip health crises in the
bud before they get any worse.
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BODY LOVE
LAST JANUARY, MY MOM’S
SIDE OF THE FAMILY HAD A BUFFET DINNER, courtesy of a
tita who was visiting from
Canada. It was going to be
my first cheat meal since
cutting out carbs and sugar.
Four weeks into my diet,
I had lost 14 pounds, and I
was excited for my relatives
to see a slimmer me.
There were high fives and
compliments, but one uncle
wouldn’t stop teasing me
about what I was eating.
Each time he passed by my
table, he’d look at my plate
and say, “Naku, sushi? Wala
na ’yung 14 pounds na nalose mo!” My lolo, who was
sitting beside me, declared,
“Wala namang pinagbago!
You should lose at least 30.”
He also kept talking about
what I should and shouldn’t
eat. Unfazed, I told my
brother, “Nothing can get
me down tonight.” The next
day, the ceaseless ribbing
was all I could think about.
I couldn’t stop crying.
DON’T SUFFER
IN SILENCE
I’ll bet my left kidney that
my family reunions aren’t
so different from yours, in
that the titas, titos, lolas, and
lolos greet us with comments about our love lives
(and lack thereof) or our
weight (and abundance or
lack thereof). Being told by
relatives that you’re either
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WHEN YOUR
FAM BODY
SHAMES YOU
How to ask family
and friends for
less shade, more
support.
THAT JOKE WASN’T
FUNNY, TITA
“napabayaan sa kusina” or
“mukhang kalansay,” and
all the snarky comments in
between, isn’t just a Pinoy
thing. Look up “body shaming by family” online, and
you’ll find that it happens
around the world.
There’s a variety of reasons behind your loved ones’
insensitive words, which can
range from good-humored
teasing to explicit fat/thin
shaming, but it’s never fun
to be on the receiving end.
Here are some ways you
can handle a body shaming
situation:
Speak up. The kind of
conversation you can have
with the offending relative depends on your personal relationship with
them. Perhaps you can shut
them down with a witty
comeback or bluntly tell
them they’re being hurtful. (Don’t be unnecessarily
cruel—this isn’t about starting a fight.) In other cases,
you can sit them down for
an honest chat. Use the
“When you say x, it makes
me feel x” approach, rather
than accusing them of being
judgmental or unkind.
When the other person is
dear to you, it’s especially
important to express your
feelings before resentment
and hurt destroy your
relationship.
Plan ahead. Say the
guilty party is a lola you
only see at the big family
reunion at Christmastime.
Surely you’ll survive a
yearly encounter! Remember, you don’t have to talk
to her the entire time.
Stick with your siblings or
cousins, watch funny animal videos on your phone,
or text a friend. Think of
things you can do to keep
your spirits up, even when
Lola keeps pinching your
“chubby” cheeks.
Change the topic. It’s
possible that relatives
aren’t being snarky about
your weight on purpose—
they just don’t know what
else to say to you. Steer
the conversation and give
them something else to
talk about. Try, “Let me
tell you a more interesting
development in my life—
my boss said I’m on track
to get promoted this year!”
Call a time-out. Some
encounters with family and friends are par-
Express your
feelings before
resentment and
hurt destroy
your relationship.
ticularly distressing, and
you’ll want some space
afterwards. That’s absolutely fine. Skip a few family gatherings if you need
to, and take time to center yourself and feel better. Engage in self-care
(e.g., a mani-pedi, some
yoga), and decide that biting comments from your
loved ones will not diminish your happiness.
The best thing you can
do is focus on your relationship with yourself.
Self-love can be an arduous journey in itself, but
it’s a life-changing one. Fill
your own love tank, and
you won’t need anyone’s
thumbs-up. Know your
own worth, and no one
else will have to spell it
out for you.
If you react to your body
shaming relatives, you
might hear a new set of
comments, including, “Ang
sensitive mo naman masyado,” “Huwag mo na lang
pansinin,” or “Ganoon lang
talaga ’yun.”
Um, no. Just because
something was said in jest
doesn’t mean it doesn’t
sting or cause harm. It’s
hard enough trying to genuinely love our bodies and
be wholly comfortable in
our own skin without somebody—anybody—doing
some backseat driving. But
many people don’t get that,
so we have to educate them.
Best-case scenario? It
could go the way it did
with my mother. After
she lost 30 pounds a couple years ago, she prodded me to start my own
weight loss journey. She
kept saying, “If I did it at
my age, so can you.” I knew
she meant well, but hearing it over and over made
me feel bad, so I talked to
her. I said, “When you say
that, it makes me feel like
I’m not beautiful or I’m
not enough, just the way I
am.” My mom immediately
stopped pestering me.
See, that’s the great thing
about family and friends:
Unlike social media trolls
whose sole purpose is to
bring you down, these
people genuinely love you
and want you to succeed,
even if they sometimes
have silly ways of showing
it. Tell them how to support you, and hopefully,
they’ll be happy to.
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THE HABIT EXPERT
“Like all fixations, nail biting
develops out of repetition and reward.
If you bite your nails one day when you’re
feeling anxious, you may feel slight pain,
which is distracting. That’s the reward,”
explains Wendy Wood, professor of psychology at the University of Southern California.
“The next time you feel anxious, you do the
same thing—until it becomes routine. Try
substituting biting with another action,
such as chewing gum every time
you feel the urge.”
HEALTH BUZZ
BACK PAIN IN MY 20S:
WHAT’S THE DEAL?
This isn’t a lola problem—back pain
is more common among young
adults than you think. Here are three
quick fixes.
THE PROBLEM: Muscle strain.
THE FIX: Ice, ice, baby. According to Hallie Levine
Sklar of Health.com, heat will only make the pain
worse—so keep an ice pack on the area for 15
minutes.
THE PROBLEM: Herniated disks.
THE FIX: The disks in your spine degenerate over the
years, so OTC or prescription anti-inflammatory meds
and physical therapy are your best bet, advises Sklar.
THE PROBLEM: Everyday wear and tear.
THE FIX: Symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis can begin
to show in your 20s. Start incorporating back and
core-strengthening and flexibility workouts into your
routine now.
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HOW DO I
STOP BITING
MY NAILS?
Three experts weigh in on your
childhood (dis)comfort zone.
THE MD
“Learn the consequences of your
behavior: Chronic nail biting can lead
to numerous problems, including infections, pain, and disfigurement,” advises
Chris G. Adigun, MD, dermatologist and
nail specialist in North Carolina. “Although not the coolest option, covering
your fingertips with medical tape for
two weeks will help you completely break the habit.”
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on the outer surface or enamel of
your tooth, temperature and touch
sensitivity can occur, according to
Claudia Hoffman, DDS.
SOLUTION: A root canal or an
extraction.
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Wisdom teeth usually come in impacted, causing crowding among
your existing teeth. The result?
Tender or bleeding gums, jaw pain,
and migraines, says the Mayo
Clinic.
SOLUTION: You’ll need dental
surgery to have your wisdom teeth
removed.
SENSITIVE TEETH. According to the
Academy of General Dentistry,
teeth become sensitive when dentin, or the inside of your tooth
where the nerve endings are, loses
its protective enamel covering.
SOLUTION: Switch to a toothpaste
formulated for sensitive teeth, and
brush less aggressively.
HOW THE HECK DO I DEAL WITH HYPERACIDITY?
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GINGER
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
COCONUT WATER
According to Dr.
Manoj Ahuja of Fortis
Hospital, New Delhi,
ginger has excellent
anti-inflammatory
properties. Either
chew it fresh, or
steep it in a cup of
boiling water.
A low supply of stomach
acid is often to blame for
hyperacidity issues—this
ingredient will stabilize
your stomach again. Mix it
in a cup of water, or take
one tablespoon and
‘chase’ it with a glass of
water, says NDTV Food.
According to Dr. Ahuja,
drinking coconut water
causes your body’s pH
acidic level to turn alkaline and helps the production of healthy mucus that
protects the stomach
from further inflammation. Chug, chug, chug.
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NIÇOISE SALAD
WITH SEARED
FRESH TUNA
LOIN, P480
HEALTHY BITES
DOWN TO
EARTH
Load up on organic
local produce that
nourishes both body
and soul.
Sagana is at G/F
Net One Center, 3rd
Avenue cor 26th Street,
Bonifacio Global City.
98
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BAKED INDIVIDUAL
PUMPKIN SAVOYARDSTYLE, P310
PALAWAN HONEY AND
GRATED COCONUT ICE
CREAM WITH DARK
CHOCOLATE SAUCE AND
CHANTILLY CREAM, P210
HOMEMADE GOOSE FOIE
GRAS TERRINE WITH
TOASTED BRIOCHE
& GINGERED MANGO
CHUTNEY, P1,290
BRAISED NATIVE BLACK
CHICKEN COQ-AU-VIN
WITH SHOESTRING
POTATOES, P760
( T E X T ) C H A N D R A P E P I N O . ( P H O T O ) PAT R I C K M A R T I R E S . ( S T Y L I N G ) S T E P H E N D E J E S U S .
“Sagana” means
abundance—and Chef
Marc Aubry’s newest
concept, Sagana
Epicerie and Bistro,
pays homage to the
diversity of Philippine
crops and ingredients
by fusing these flavors
into French dishes. The
French believe that
terroir, or “what the salt
is made of,” affects the
quality of produce and
nutrients we receive
from them, affirming
that sustainable eating
is the best choice for the
earth and for your body.
Their dishes are an
indulgent but sensible
treat for the healthconscious looking
for something more
sophisticated than a
salad. A must-try? The
Baked Ratatouille with
Sautéed Minced Lamb,
Parmesan, and Organic
Brown Rice Pilaf
(P860) will keep you full
without the guilt.
LECHE FLAN
CARAMEL
CHEESE CAKE,
P260
(TEXT) DYAN ZARZUELA. (ILLUSTRATION) OLIVER BURSTON.
COSMO GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
SUMMER IN THE CITY
Can’t get away for—or can’t stand the thought of—some sun, sand, and sea?
You can still have a blast this scorching season within the confines of the city
or even your own home (with your precious AC). Round up the gang and go on a
food crawl around the metro. Fill your home with the best of the tropics. Throw
a fuss-free house party, pool optional. The city is bursting at the seams with
possibilities—all you have to do is take the plunge.
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PLANS THIS WEEKEND?
These sweet and salty
snacks are perfect for
your summer shindig.
You’ll be done in a snap,
so you can spend more
time partying than
prepping.
AN ICE-COLD
BOTTLE OF VODKA
MULE DEFINITELY
FLOATS OUR BOAT.
Smirnoff Vodka Mule,
P32, available in
grocery stores.
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(TEXT AND MEAL PREP) MACY ALCARAZ. (PHOTOS) PATRICK MARTIRES, COURTESY OF THE CIRQUE. (STYLING) MARTINA BAUTISTA.
(SITTINGS) DYAN ZARZUELA.
POOL
PARTY
PAIRINGS
PARTY TRUFFLES
SIMPLY MARGHERITA
This flatlay-friendly
snack is super easy
to make. Spread a bit
of cream cheese on a
round cracker. Slice a
cherry tomato in half
and place on top of the
cream cheese. Finish
off with a basil leaf and
you’re done. Arrange on
a white platter to bring
out the colors. They’re
ready for your guests’
Instagram shots!
These colorful bonbons will
make it seem like you slaved
all day in the kitchen, but
you can actually make them
in minutes. Crush a pack of
chocolate cookies in a blender.
Add 1/3 cup of cream cheese
and mix until combined. Form
into balls and set aside in the
fridge (or the freezer if you’re
serving them soon). Melt 4
ounces of white chocolate in the
microwave. Heat in 30-second
increments and stir after every
round until completely melted.
Dip the chilled truffles into the
chocolate and coat in pastelcolored vermicelli or sprinkles.
Make these ahead of time and
take them out of the fridge right
before serving.
COLOR STORY
One way to set the mood of
your party is by sticking to
a color palette. Going for a
nostalgic ‘80s theme? Bring
out the neons and bright
colors. For this fete, we went
for an Americana-inspired
palette—red, white, and blue
plus a whole lotta spirit!
Want to take your pool
party to the next level?
Round up the gang for a
staycation at The Cirque
Serviced Residences, and
take a dip in their resortstyle pools. Introductory
rates per night: P4,800
(one-bedroom flat),
P5,800 (one-bedroom
loft), and P7,000 (twobedroom unit). The Cirque
is located at Circulo Verde,
#70 Calle Industria, Brgy.
Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
Log on to thecirque.com.
ph for reservations.
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FOOD PORN
EATS MORE FUN
IN MANILA
What Metro Manila lacks in
postcard-perfect, summermust beaches, it more than
makes up for in exciting,
gastronomic, and, yes,
IG-worthy restaurants.
The ideal neighborhood coffee shop
serves top-notch brews, complements
its surroundings, and encourages
contemplation and conversations.
Caferista ticks off all these boxes and
then some. Sandwiched between an
outdoor gear store and a surf-moto
shop-slash-co-working space in
Kapitolyo, Caferista is where the likeminded community comes together for
a mean cup of coffee. No complicated
concoctions, just classic drinks done
right, using the Yardstick Caferista Blend
from the Yardstick Coffee Company. Our
recos: the Flat White (P150) and Cortado
(P150). The interiors are refreshingly
bare save for a few surfboards, bikes,
and potted plants available for adoption.
“There’s so much going on around us
that we wanted the cafe to be a breath
of fresh air. I’d like to think our coffee
is not the focus but rather the perfect
pairing to the ideas you bring with you,”
says restaurateur Red Espiritu. “We’re
pretty stoked with what we’ve done so
far, and our goal at the moment is to be
consistent with the quality of our coffee.”
This summer, watch for their new online
store, which will make their blends more
accessible to more coffee lovers.
#11 Brixton St., Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig
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(TEXT) DYAN ZARZUELA. (PHOTOS) (CAFERISTA) ERWIN CANLAS, (DISTRICT 8 AND MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL) COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE RESTAURANTS.
CAFERISTA
DISTRICT 8
Everything about District
8 feels massive, from the
generous portions, to
the 180-seating capacity,
to the eight partners
behind the gastropub,
namely celebrities Daniel
Padilla and Vice Ganda,
pro athletes James Yap,
Marc Pingris, and Paul
Artadi, Chef Kel Zaguirre of
Locavore, former San Juan
Vice Mayor Francis Zamora,
and entrepreneur Charlton
Yu. Despite the magnitude,
however, there’s a cozy,
neighborly vibe to the
gastropub, whose interiors
are inspired by NYC’s
Meatpacking District.
The menu is a mix of
creative dishes made to
complement your choice
from the extensive drinks
list. Choose a sweet
cocktail—there are eight
signature cocktails inspired
by the eight partners—to
go with the Pork and Tuna
Tiradito (P490), which
combines the Peruvian
raw fish dish with our
grilled pork belly and
ears pulutan. Or, pair the
Chorizo and Brie Flat Bread
(P400), crunchy brick oven
squid ink pizza, with your
choice of beer. Finish off
with the Cerveza Negra
Chocolate Cake (P280), a
rich, eight-layer cake with
just a hint of the dark lager.
In between bites, spot the
street art-inspired murals
by Peter Apuyan, as well
as the celebrities, pro
athletes, and personalities
from the all-star circle of
the partners who regularly
dine here.
2/F G-Strip, Greenhills
Shopping Center, San Juan
MALINGAP CENTRAL
FOOD HALL
What’s striking about
Malingap Central Food Hall
is its personality—quirky,
cohesive, singular in
every sense of the word. A
remarkable feat since food
halls are, by their very nature,
a mishmash of different
cuisines and brands. With
Chef Edward Bugia’s careful
curation, Malingap Central
has rounded up 13 (going on
15) brands that complement
each other, including Sweet X
Go by Sweet Ecstasy, Honey
Butter Fried Chicken from the
founders of Rub Ribs BBQ,
Nice To Meat You by Chef Him
Uy De Baron and JJ Yulo,
Comisario Quixote which
traces its roots to Dulcinea,
and newcomers Hapitori and
Taza Platito Desserts. On
your first visit, make a beeline
for Honey Butter Fried
Chicken’s banner product
(sets start at P165), Hapitori’s
Butabara (P45/stick), Sweet
X Go’s Cheeseburger (P140),
Taza’s Lemon Olive Oil
Cake (P130), and Comisario
Quixote’s Churros con
Chocolate (P120), which
uses Dulcinea’s original 1963
recipe. Enhancing your dining
experience are the rainbowcolored interiors, cheeky
reminders to CLAYGOC (clean
as you go, cutie), and perhaps
most important of all, allday air-conditioning and 14
guaranteed parking slots.
This month, make sure to
check out the Malufete Arts
& Music Festival, a punny
event inspired by Fete de la
Musique and co-hosted by
Malingap Central.
#40 Malingap St., Teachers
Village, Quezon City
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AT YOUR PLACE
Set of 4 plates,
P1,550, Crate &
Barrel
TROPIC LIKE
IT’S HOT
Transform your space into
a tropical getaway with a few
quick touches.
Woven tote,
P5,100, Pottery
Barn
Palm jungle print,
P10,260,
Pottery
Barn
Faux succulent
plant, P1,550,
Crate & Barrel
Glass
hanging pot,
P1,550,
Crate &
Barrel
Appetizer plates,
P1,550, Crate &
Barrel
Kate Spade
table lamp,
P28,875,
Pottery Barn
Scented candle
in glass jar,
P930, H&M
Home
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(TEXT AND STYLING) STEPHEN DE JESUS. (PHOTOS) (MAIN IMAGE) ISTOCK, (PRODUCTS)
COURTESY OF RESPECTIVE BRANDS.
Counter
stool,
P22,170,
Pottery
Barn
SHOPPING DIRECTORY
BEAUTY
Avène Greenbelt 5
Banila Co. Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 5
Benefit SM Megamall
Biore Major department stores
BLK Cosmetics Major department stores
The Body Shop SM Megamall, SM Makati,
Power Plant Mall
BYS Major department stores
Catrice Major department stores
Clarins Rustan’s The Beauty Source
Clinique SM Megamall
Club Clio TriNoma Mall
Elizabeth Arden Glorietta 4, TriNoma
Estée Lauder Rustan’s The Beauty Source
Etude House SM Megamall
Guerlain Sephora.ph
J.Cat Beauty Uptown Mall
Kanebo Rustan’s The Beauty Source
Kylie Cosmetics kyliecosmetics.com
La Mer Rustan’s The Beauty Source,
Glorietta 4
Laura Mercier Rustan’s The Beauty Source
L’Oreal Major department stores
MAC SM Megamall, Robinsons Magnolia
Make Up For Ever SM Megamall
Maybelline Major department stores
Murad Rustan’s The Beauty Source
NARS SM Megamall
Neals Yard Remedies Rustan’s The Beauty
Source, Glorietta 4
Nuxe Beauty Bar, Glorietta 2
Origins SM Megamall
Peripera BeautyMNL.com
Pure Beauty Watsons
Revlon Major department stores
Shiseido SM Megamall
Snoe www.snoebeauty.com
Tom Ford Beauty Rustan’s The
Beauty Source
Tony Moly Major department stores
FASHION
A’postrophe Glorietta 4
Aldo, Aldo Accessories SM Megamall,
Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5
Bench benchtm.com
Bershka Mega Fashion Hall
Call It Spring SM Aura Premier
Charles & Keith Greenbelt 5,
Power Plant Mall
Dorothy Perkins dorothyperkins.com
Esprit esprit.com
Ever New The Podium, Bonifacio High
Street Central
Forever 21 SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM
North EDSA
Fossil Shangri-La Plaza
Guess Glorietta 4, Mega Fashion Hall
H&M hm.com/ph
i2i SM Megamall
La Senza SM Mega Fashion Hall, TriNoma
Mall, Bonifacio High Street
Mango Shangri-La Plaza, Power Plant Mall,
TriNoma Mall
Maven Shop facebook.com/themavenshop
Miss Selfridge Greenbelt 5
Naked Sun facebook.com/NSSwimwear
Parfois Glorietta 4, SM Megamall
Pedro SM Megamall
Plains & Prints plainsandprints.com
Primadonna facebook.com/
primadonnashoesofficial
Private Storey instagram.com/
privatestorey
Promod Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall
Pull & Bear Mega Fashion Hall
River Island riverisland.com
Sfera facebook.com/SferaPhilippines
Sperry sperry.com.ph
Stradivarius stradivarius.com.ph
Topshop topshop.com
Una Rosa SM Megamall, Shangri-La Plaza,
Alabang Town Center
Uniqlo SM Mega Fashion Hall, Power Plant
Mall, SM Aura
Warehouse facebook.com/
WarehousePhilippines
Zalora zalora.com.ph
Zara SM Mega Fashion Hall, Power Plant
Mall, Shangri-La Plaza
LIFESTYLE
Amazon amazon.com
Charming Charlie Bonifacio Central Square
Typo TriNoma Mall, Bonifacio High Street
by The Astro Putas | @putastrology
Hey, kitty girls. Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to let the sunshine in. With the sun
comes Vitamin D (and we mean the real vitamin, y’all), as well as some naturally occurring
serotonin. Whether you’re an angsty Aries or a chill as hell Scorpio, the time feels ripe to
get productive. Make something new out of this feeling, ya feel us?
ARIES
0 3 . 2 1 – 0 4 .1 9
This month, you’re a nature girl, Miss Ram. You can get
so tied to the city’s routines that you sort of lose
yourself. And not in an Eminem way; in, like, a
Nietzschean alienation way. Find your inspiration in
the natural world. This doesn’t mean taking a trip to
the mountains (though it could). It could be in a desk
plant, or an encyclopedia on mammalian anatomy. It’s
in these quiet, small things you’d typically refuse that
you’ll find your next step.
ARIES GAL
Elle Fanning
04.09.98
(TEXT) APA AGBAYANI, JESSIE ROASA. (ILLUSTRATION) CARA PHELAN.
TAURUS
GEMINI
CANCER
LEO
04.20–05.20
0 5 . 2 1– 0 6 . 2 0
0 6 . 2 1– 0 7. 2 2
0 7. 2 3 – 0 8 . 2 2
April will bring you the right
mystery for your creative mind to
crack. Someone call a Biblical
scholar, because we’ve got a
Good Samaritan in the house!
Your pitch-perfect problemsolving could save a life. The
karmic reward comes
eventually, but we hope you see
the value, too, in the way you can
teach someone to fish (instead of
giving them a fish? We don’t
know where we’re going with
this aphorism).
Beware, Gemini. Typically you’re
a mystery, because you’re
constantly in contradiction, and
that confuses people. This
month, things will be purposely
hidden from you, whether by
people around you, or by the
universe. Your inquisitive soul
knows how to seek out answers,
though, and we know you’ll be
able to turn the tables and find
what you need if you use your
wiles to investigate this willful
deception.
Seek solace in the nighttime.
Your skin’s cell turnover is naturally faster at night, but your
brain will be flying at warp
speed. Listen to the sounds of
nighttime birds, or the silence of
a home where everyone else is
sleeping. People fear the witching hour because of what they
might see, but we need you to
stay awake long enough to face
the mirror and seek out truths,
even as they frighten you. Write
down what you see.
You’ve been a kind lion of late,
Nala. This is the month that comes
back to you. It’s a time to
collaborate with others, to create
with trusted souls and uncompetitive egos in a room. You’re
known to lead the pack, but
consider letting someone you
trust play alpha. See what new
roles you can play within this new
team dynamic. You’ll see how
relaxing it can be to step out of the
spotlight, and learn new things
about yourself out of the limelight.
VIRGO
LIBRA
SCORPIO
SAGITTARIUS
0 8 . 2 3 – 0 9. 2 2
0 9. 2 3 –10 . 2 2
10 . 2 3 –11. 2 1
11. 2 2 –12 . 2 1
Sip that tea, Tita Virgie. And we don’t
mean gossip; we mean some nice
genmaicha to clear the mind and
body. Your inspiration shall rise
from your bodily wellness this
month. If you take care of your body,
your mind can soar even further.
Seek quiet spaces, healthy eats and
hydration, and the rest will follow
from there. While you’re at it, try
some meditation as well. See what
new habits you can take on in your
life moving forward.
Libra, you fall in love every day,
but this month, let that love inspire you to create. Cut to the
feeling and make good use of it.
Write a poem, sing a song, take
photographs of your beloved.
Revisit the richness of past love
and see what’s there to salvage.
Some of the best things we
know in the world were created
out of love, or even just desire.
You of all people know how to
channel emotion into thought
and make it feel new every time.
This month is less for making than
for planning out the year ahead.
What happens this month will
have repercussions for the rest of
the year, so be wary of events this
month, for it could become the
precedent for present danger (say
that five times real fast). We know
you always look far ahead of you,
but this could be the turning point
of your year. Plan the rest of the
future accordingly and the inspiration for new things may make its
way into your life as you go along.
Hey, hey, Miss Fire. Calm down.
You’ll find yourself looking for
insane new adventures and
wanting to blaze a path on your
own. This isn’t the best idea this
month. You may feel as if you’re
always right (and you often are),
but April is a time to listen to
others. Watch your manners,
because you can be a rude girl
when you don’t watch yourself.
You’ll find that there’s wisdom
in other people (shocker!) and
new ways of seeing the world.
CAPRICORN
AQUARIUS
PISCES
12 . 2 2 – 0 1.19
0 1. 2 0 – 0 2 .18
0 2 .19 - 0 3 . 2 0
In the face of trouble, people
often say, “Tawa na lang.” You’re
the least likely person to act this
way, but there is wisdom to be
found in finding humor in the
madness. Don’t worry, you can
solve the problems (we know you
want to, badly). This new
lightness will not only be helpful,
but also essential as you work
through a ton of conflict this
month. Don’t feel like Boo Boo the
Fool, because you’ll be the
comedy queen who can diffuse
any difficult situation.
Immerse yourself in social
networks this month. Read that
tita’s long Facebook status about
her bad experience at an upscale
restaurant. Seek out the best
Instagram pictures and the
funniest tweets. This is a month
for seeking inspiration in
connections and the stories of
others. You might find something
to learn hearing what other
people go through, who they go
around with, and how they see the
world. It could change your life
for the better.
This month will be as easy-peasy
as a swim downstream, Miss
Fish. Everything looks like it’s
going your way, so immerse
yourself in this ease. We go
through so much having to
complain and work through
inconvenience that we miss out
on pleasant, quiet details. This
month, you will see with so much
clarity, it might scare you. But
take this while you can, because
you will find so much wonder and
wisdom in the world around you.
ARIES GUY
Chance the Rapper
04.16.93
Your man has
larger-than-life
plans. Keep him
grounded in case
the time comes for
him to scale back
to find real
success.
GOOD VIBES TO GO
MY SECRET TO
BEING HAPPY
“LET’S REVERSE
THE IDEA THAT
SPEAKING
CEBUANO IS
BADUY.”
“A lot of Cebuano speakers still aren’t
used to hearing their own language in
music and in art, so it’s weird for them to
hear Cebuano in formal settings. In grade
school, we were told to pay one peso every
time we didn’t speak in English. We barely
got to use our mother tongue, except when
we were playing or talking in whispers.
Isn’t that ironic? It teaches kids to prefer
something other than one’s own. These are
the little things that contribute to the larger
identity crisis we perpetually have.
So you look at shows, you look at
entertainment, and you see all these
fair-skinned people. Kids like me grew
up not having anybody to look up to. And
I was searching for that message telling
me I belong too, and I didn’t find it. In the
industry, there are a lot of people who say,
‘Love yourself,’ and they enjoy the benefits
of understanding that message, [but it
doesn’t come through] to the audience.
Now that I’m a part of this industry, I’m
going to repeat that message to myself and
to everybody else.”
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(TEXT) CHANDRA PEPINO. (PHOTO) ERWIN CANLAS. (MAKEUP) JANINA DIZON. (HAIR) DAVE GRONA OF REVLON PROFESSIONAL BRANDS PH.
(STYLING) JL CRESPO. (STYLING ASSISTANT) VIKHA VARGAS. (OUTFIT) LOUKHA CLOTHING. (SITTINGS) DYAN ZARZUELA.
Chai Fonacier, award-winning
breakout star of Respeto, Pauwi Na,
and Patay Na Si Hesus, discusses
the challenges of Cebuana
representation in showbiz.
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