As we reach the final days of Pride Month, celebrated differently this year, we zoom in on the evolved sensibilities of prominent fashion photographer BJ Pascual as he steps from behind the lens to the forefront, embracing the perks and pitfalls of his now very public persona. As he navigates his newfound sense of conviction using a platform that reaches his army of supporters, we go beyond his celebrity–transcending from a talked-about wunderkind into an advocate and a person of influence with an undeterred voice raring to make a lasting statement.
On Karl Marx, 20:20, ‘El Fili’, and raw sienna bags. The Philippines scored big with an unprecedented industry milestone. Right at the tail-end of 2019, ‘Dead Kids’ became the first locally-made film ever to be licensed and released by streaming powerhouse, Netflix. The hype is good and beautiful. But after the film’s explosive thrust in the global scene, the fan frenzy, and the critical acclaim, what’s left is the inimitable display of acting prowess from the film’s lead cast, Kelvin Miranda, Vance Larena, Gabby Padilla, Khalil Ramos, and Jan Silverio. ‘Dead Kids’, after all, has been seen not just as a source of Filipino pride, but a potent harbinger of the rise of the future of Philippine entertainment.
From a string of supporting roles on television and films, Marco Gumabao was led to what is now an iconic role of a young man entrenched in an adult relationship–paired with an actress every budding actor his age could only dream of. In the end, we were introduced to someone who’s more than just a thirst trap, but an actor ready to step into the fore and develop a repertoire of roles that showcase his depth and evolving dedication to his craft.
Rising above the competition at the Binibining Pilipinas bout for the best, Cebuana beauty, Gazini Ganados, rolls up her sleeves once more and sets her eyes on the prize not just for a back to back title for the Philippines, but a mission to create a legacy that is remarkably hers.
Glorified not for the love teams they were born into, but on the characters they have expertly portrayed on the silver screen in their steadily growing portfolio as actors, “Open” lead Arci Muñoz and JC Santos set off to make an unmistakable dent in cinema and in the industry and proves there is more to the business of show than subscribing to conventions.
James Reid continues his stride in not just celebrating but elevating the local music scene with the continuing success of artist collective, Careless Music Manila. With Narez La Fuego joining this cause, we talk to the young creative powerhouses as they flex their musical geniuses and break ground for Island City PH, a multimedia platform by artists, for artists.
Apart, Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards are superstars in their own rights–making history with their respective love team that are two of the most phenomenal the nation has ever seen, no less. But together, they not only collect a strong, unstoppable support from armies of solid “fandoms”, they are also united by a mission to break out of the love team mold and set out to prove their mettle as actors and flourish on their own—breaking barriers not just of the great divide between two rivaling networks, but also of national consciousness, to look at good stories as the real celebrity.
In a Rank Magazine first, we curated a diverse list of men in their top form, with merits that transcend skin color, nationality, industry, and even sexual preference and identification.
In recent years, much talk and attention have been given to the phrases “inclusion” and “representation”, fanning the fire of much-needed discussion on the state of the divided world we live in now—a segmented world of walls of “us” versus “them” and never a world of a united “we”. For the Hot Damn! Issue, we bring five equally gorgeous women who best epitomize that every body is beautiful.
One look at the victorious run to the top of Kyline Alcantara and Paul Salas, and it cannot be missed: with these two, much like all of the young ones who are emerging triumphant in the fields of sports, business, media, and politics, the kids are definitely alright.