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The Gospel According to Precious Paula Nicole
Mike Bryan Agcalis | December 23, 2022

On the heels of her Drag Race Philippines triumph, Precious Paula Nicole continues to bring wit, charm, and inimitable talent packaged beautifully not just in jaw-dropping visuals and sublime stage presence but a heart that beats pure, unadulterated passion for her craft—all the while representing the Filipino drag artistry and identity to the world stage. Now, on a historic turn, taking home the first-ever title for the Philippines in the phenomenal million-dollar franchise, Precious Paula Nicole stands her ground and does not waver from bringing forth a ringing statement of love, compassion, and even service for the underserved, especially with what is now a growing, ever-evolving global platform because after all, that’s what queens do.

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Manila Luzon of the People, by the People, and for the People
Rank Magazine | December 19, 2022

Off her successful thrust atop the pantheon of global drag superstars birthed by the million-dollar empire by drag goddess, RuPaul, herself, Manila Luzon, one of the most recognizable drag artists ever to graduate from the phenomenal, and seminal Drag Race franchise, heads on to work on what she refers as her most important career decision of late—a drag pageant of Filipinos, by Filipinos, and for Filipinos. Drag Den Philippines in its launch has already triumphed in bringing unadulterated Filipino drag artistry, with homegrown and nurtured sensibilities to the world stage—void of any preconceived notions of what a drag reality show is and could be. Manila Luzon, the host, recording artist, creative entrepreneur, and icon takes pride in putting on this titanic role as global ambassador of the Filipino drag arts, while marveling on her newfound connection to her roots and, in doing so, paving the way for young drag artists to harness their rightful time to celebrate and champion drag, as an art form, advocacy, and an unrelenting statement now, more than ever.

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Sweet Disposition: The Education of Ruru Madrid
Rank Magazine | November 30, 2022

Much like the rest of the world in the midst of a raging pandemic, there was a point where Ruru Madrid’s career trajectory—rather, his life as a young person supposedly brimming with hope, with a wealth of things to cross off his creative bucket list—got inevitably halted and stuck in limbo. But it is in introspection and in recalibrating his ethos as an artist two long years of an uncertain pause in the business and from life as he knew of it that Madrid saw himself slowly but more carefully evolved not just in his mastery of his craft but more importantly in his sense of self. For these reasons alone, Madrid, few days shy of turning 25 and off his recent and simultaneous forays in primetime television, keeps on shining on and leading the charge with such sweet disposition.

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The Flight of Kelvin Miranda
Rank Magazine | November 11, 2022

Off his rookie years taking on roles that commanded a second look with his refreshing verve and acting depth, we have seen the arrival and eventual ascent to leading man status of young, emerging actor Kelvin Miranda. At 23, Miranda has transitioned from uncredited bit roles, to historic firsts (“Dead Kids”), and those that color outside the lines (“Loving Miss Bridgette”), easily becoming one of GMA Network’s most celebrated young actors who continue to take flight and stake his claim as the next big thing in entertainment.

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The Unbreakable Nadine Lustre: A Declaration of Independence
Rank Magazine | September 17, 2022

From her early days as a wide-eyed aspirant to her whirlwind romance with national fame, and now in her continuing reign as entertainment and pop culture royalty, there remains to be an incontestable fact that Nadine Lustre is an indomitable force and she is showing no signs of slowing down. An award-winning actress, a musician, a sold-out concert performer, creative visionary and entrepreneur, fashion icon, and even a fan-anointed figure head, while cognizant to the attendant boon, curse, and responsibility of her ascent to the pantheon of entertainment greats, editor Leo Balante writes, heavy is the head that wears the crown, but Nadine Lustre has declared herself completely free from edicts on her person other than hers, and has mastered—no, lived and breathed—the art of being Nadine Lustre.

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All in the Family: An Oral History of the Odd Creatures of O/C Records
Rank Magazine | August 26, 2022

In a world of uniformity and predictability, being unconventional often leads to rejection and alienation. But O/C Records has taken the strangeness that the world does not want and developed it, creating a space where incredible skills are valued and odd creatures are born and nurtured.

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Lloyd Garcia Rises Through The Ranks
Rank Magazine | July 17, 2022

With the unprecedented halt brought by the pandemic, now more than ever, streaming, led by kumu brought not only a new avenue for entertainment and livelihood to creators, but more importantly, a sense of respite and reprieve from the uncertainty of an otherwise bleak “new normal”. Led by hotelier turned BPO professional and now streamer Lloyd Garcia , for The Breakthrough Issue, we worked with the leading social media platform to celebrate young, emerging streamers who rose through the ranks, and have found a new, nurturing stage to showcase their charm, candor, and talent, and help foster a strong community of, for, and by Filipinos.

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The Pink Door Revolution: The Gospel according to O Bar
Rank Magazine | 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.

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Rookies of the Year: The Arrival of VXON
Rank Magazine | May 30, 2022

Barely a year since its entry in the PPop scene, dominated by predecessors who have laid the foundation for the genre’s mold-breaking meteoric rise, the young five-member “Monster Rookies”, VXON, with C13, Sam, Patrick, Vince, and Franz, have already pocketed one solid hit after another. For the New Agenda issue, editor Leo Balante zooms in on the emerging homegrown musical talent, to make a declaration on the young group’s inevitable ascent atop the pantheon of PPop greats—and of original Filipino music as a whole.

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Two for the Road: The Sonic Education and Evolution of joan
Rank Magazine | May 27, 2022

For American duo, joan, the hunt and discovery for the pair’s defining sound is not a new thing. As the indie-pop band puts it, theirs is a sonic exploration that has long evolved from their creative partnership that dates all the way back in college leading to now, two years in the midst of a pandemic—having recently released a two new EPs “hi” and “bye” by the tail-end of 2021. Hopeful to own an art that, on a deeper level, is true to themselves, the duo is raring to share their new ventures with their growing audience as the world slowly opens up and their artistry continues to break new ground and evolve.

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