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All Eyes on Gianna Jun and the Unceasing Global Allure of ‘Kingdom’
admin | July 23, 2021

With the weather in the Philippines growing more somber and darker as the rainy season then pummel us with new world realizations, the special origin story in Kingdom’s thrilling saga is the perfect accompaniment to a cold evening of hiding under the blankets and scaring ourselves into insomnia. But not only will it give us nightmares to wake from, Kingdom: Ashin of the North also promises hard-hitting emotions that goes deep into the human experience. And we can’t wait to lose sleep over what that entails.

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‘Non-Apology’ and ‘Band-Aid Solution’ Fan the Flames of Public Outcry Over Canon PH’s ‘Non-Male’ Ambassadors Snub
Leo Balante & Pauline Nacar | July 22, 2021

When a company as big as Canon blatantly disregard marginalized photographers in a program meant to celebrate local talents of a certain caliber, you know there’s something awfully wrong.

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Events & Festivals
We’re So Close to Seeing Brgy. Venezia Come to Life Online and Here’s Everything You Need to Prep Your ‘Rak of Aegis’ Streaming Party
Pauline Nacar | July 21, 2021

‘Rak of Aegis’ is definitely up there as one of the most iconic Filipino theater productions ever, and with everything happening in the world, the news of its streaming is a welcome ray of sunshine amidst this dreary rain.

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Why Alessandra de Rossi Put the Spotlight on a Different Type of Love in Directorial Debut, ‘My Amanda’
Pauline Nacar | July 20, 2021

The three years-in-the-making film finally premieres globally on Netflix, following the story of two “unusually close” best friends. The leading pair off of ‘My Amanda’ dives deep into the borders and expanse of true friendship, and what it means to love someone in a different type of way than what most mainstream films dictate.

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How Jensen Gomez’ Exercise in Self-Rediscovery Led us to a New Era with Four-Volume Love Letter to Music
Pauline Nacar | July 19, 2021

With Jensen Gomez’ release of lead single “No Sides”, the singer-songwriter and producer marks a brand new chapter as he embarks on a full comeback, leading us to the release of his four-volume album, “Phases”. Rank Magazine gets a first glimpse into this new era, with the lead single off his three-track first volume EP, that culminates his years-long exercise in self-rediscovery.

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Fashion & Style
We Covet these Pieces from Dickies’ Love-Centric Collab with Russian Visual Artist Ilya Kuvshinov
Rank Magazine | July 19, 2021

The renowned Japan-based Russian artist partners with Dickies Philippines to create a limited capsule collection all about Dickies’ belief in representing the best of humankind: love.

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Events & Festivals
Cinemalaya 2021 Goes Hybrid as it Dives Deep into the Social Currents with 13 Competing Short Films
Rank Magazine | July 15, 2021

The Philippines’ biggest independent film festival is back into the virtual world on August 6 to September 5, streaming on KTX.ph. This year’s lineup includes 13 short films competing for the prestigious Balanghai trophies.

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Music & Recording
Careless Music Artist Luka Releases English-Arabic Dance Track ‘Mashi Baeed’ with Nadine Lustre
Rank Magazine | July 13, 2021

Manila-based Sudanese Astrokidd is back to release new music as ‘Luka’ in ‘Mashi Baeed’ featuring Nadine Lustre. The English-Arabic song is the first of its kind in the country with soulful lyricism contrasted by its dance track beats.

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PMFF 2021: Renan Pacson Takes his Jab at Sustainable Fashion Further with Reimagined Post-Pandemic ‘First Ball’
Pauline Nacar | July 12, 2021

As Filipino designers confront the fashion industry’s new reality, Renan Pacson is set on using this time to pause, recalibrate, and move towards purposeful and ethical fashion. At this year’s Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival, he shows the fruit of his labor with forward-looking collection, ‘First Ball’.

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Joco Comendador Returns to his Artistic Core with Avant-Garde Footwear
Pauline Nacar | July 9, 2021

How are footwear designers faring in this time when most Filipinos are indoors and unlikely to look for new outdoor shoes? For this artist-slash-designer, the pandemic rocked him back to his founding days, and inspired him to look at footwear, and himself, through different lenses.

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