Cover Story
June 24, 2022

Long before “drag” as an artform and a source of entertainment emerged from the underground scene to global mainstream consciousness, an unassuming but already groundbreaking resto-bar in Malate, O BAR, has long opened its doors to serve as a safe space for the queer community. Sixteen long years later—a few changes in its zip codes, and even with a few other establishments tailing its success, O Bar continues to break through the mold and redefine what a gay bar is and should be, holding itself proud not just as a mecca of talent to some of the most celebrated drag talents in the Philippines, but a heart that continues to pulsate equality, respect, and love for all.

Tech & Gears
June 24, 2022

EcoFlow, a portable power and renewable energy solutions company, provides easy access to clean energy through its line of power banks and solar panels. These products are essential in saving households and buildings from power outages, especially when summer is over and the turn of the season to the rainy season begins.

Data & Insights
June 15, 2022

Together with BTS, Spotify has launched global campaign ‘#SpotifyPurpleU’ in celebration of the KPop superstars’ recent album release “Proof.”

Events & Festivals
June 15, 2022

UP Statistical Society (UP StatSoc) marks the return of LIMITLESS 2022: National Youth Summit in Statistics with the theme “Diving Deep Into Data”.

Lists & Guides
June 14, 2022

We all know how challenging it is to treat our dads who have always provided for us and never seem to ask for anything. The good thing is that you can find just about anything online these days, including the perfect gift that your old man will be sure to appreciate.

Brand & Campaigns
June 14, 2022

Waving the Filipino flag proudly, Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Asia’s best pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena and the Philippine Women’s National Football Team fueled their #ThirstForGold at the recently concluded 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam with Summit Natural Drinking Water behind their backs with every lift, leap and kick.

Perspectives
June 13, 2022

If the world’s biggest group says it’s perfectly normal for men to wear a skirt, who would dare challenge them and say they’re wrong?

Arts & Design
June 13, 2022

Following the success of historic collaborations with established, game-changing artists like Filipino artists, Quiccs and Egg Fiasco, adidas Philippines zooms in on young illustrator and muralist Jappy Agoncillo with the release of the new City Shop “Manila Hoops” tee collection.

Events & Festivals
June 10, 2022

The Virgin Labfest (VLF), with its years of tradition as the festival of untried, untested and unstaged plays, makes a return to live stage this year with 12 new works slated to be unveiled on June 16 to 26, at Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater).

Screening Room
June 10, 2022

Netflix has just answered and confirmed everyone’s questions and crossed fingers for a sequel to the beloved Korean zombie series, All of Us Are Dead, with the announcement of its return for a second season.

Perspectives
June 13, 2022

If the world’s biggest group says it’s perfectly normal for men to wear a skirt, who would dare challenge them and say they’re wrong?

Perspectives
May 6, 2022

More than the usual campaign of promises and vows, this election season has shown a different side of unity within Filipinos. We have seen how, from her announcement to the remaining days of the campaign period, Vice President and now-presidential aspirant Leni Robredo triumphed in igniting the spirit of bayanihan at pagkakaisa, unveiling a new face of hope for a better normal.

Perspectives
May 4, 2022

Counting down the days until we elect the nation’s leaders who will take an oath and see us through in the next six years, the youth is taking matters into their own hands, airing their thoughts and making a case for a future where people and planet come first.

Insider
March 30, 2022

The Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival (PMFF) is gearing up for its second year taking on the virtual stage. In partnership with GO LIFESTYLE Group Inc. this year, the festival is preparing to transform itself into an industry-wide event featuring multiple talented designers that showcase the talent of the Filipino.

Insider
March 29, 2022

California-based Filipino multimedia artist Kyle Amor, talks about his flight from working in real estate, posing for the camera, to finding his voice, freedom and place in the creative industry.

More from Hive
October 18, 2021

Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun, and Jung Ho-yeon ditch the now-iconic Squid Game tracksuit with sharp suits as they try to act out clues in yet another childhood game battle: charades!

October 13, 2021

Netflix releases a video of your favorite dimple couple Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho is in a tough challenge of reading compliments from their overseas fans and try not to laugh or smile. Who wins?

August 17, 2020

More than the saccharine exchanges and the heart-tugging drama, “Gameboys: The Series”, elicited critical and audience success with its delicate and refreshing portrayal of love–unembellished, uninhibited, pure. We sat down, virtually, with the series’ leads Elijah Canlas and Kokoy De Santos on all things ‘Gameboys’.

March 21, 2020

Rank Magazine statement on releasing timely, informative, and substantial content in the time of a pandemic.

More from Reel
June 15, 2022

UP Statistical Society (UP StatSoc) marks the return of LIMITLESS 2022: National Youth Summit in Statistics with the theme “Diving Deep Into Data”.

June 14, 2022

We all know how challenging it is to treat our dads who have always provided for us and never seem to ask for anything. The good thing is that you can find just about anything online these days, including the perfect gift that your old man will be sure to appreciate.

June 14, 2022

Waving the Filipino flag proudly, Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Asia’s best pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena and the Philippine Women’s National Football Team fueled their #ThirstForGold at the recently concluded 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam with Summit Natural Drinking Water behind their backs with every lift, leap and kick.

June 13, 2022

Following the success of historic collaborations with established, game-changing artists like Filipino artists, Quiccs and Egg Fiasco, adidas Philippines zooms in on young illustrator and muralist Jappy Agoncillo with the release of the new City Shop “Manila Hoops” tee collection.

June 10, 2022

The Virgin Labfest (VLF), with its years of tradition as the festival of untried, untested and unstaged plays, makes a return to live stage this year with 12 new works slated to be unveiled on June 16 to 26, at Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater).

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The Takeover Issue

Long before “drag” as an artform and a source of entertainment has emerged from the underground scene to global mainstream consumption as a million-dollar moneymaking machine, an unassuming, but already groundbreaking resto-bar in Malate, O BAR, has long opened its doors to serve as a safe space for the LGBT community.

Sixteen long years later—a few changes in its zip codes, a few other establishments that came tailing its success, O Bar continues to break through the mold of what a gay bar is and should be, holding itself proud not just as a mecca of talent to some of the most celebrated drag talents in the Philippines, but a heart that continues to pulsate equality, respect, and love for all.

For The Takeover Issue, for Pride Month, we visit O Bar and take part in its journey back to the live stage, two long years after closing its doors because of COVID-19, scarred but unwavering in its mission to nurture fresh, new drag performers with its growing and ever-evolving roster of talents, and, more importantly, to wave the Pride flag for all—all gas and no brakes.