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What Makes Samsung S21 5G and its Feature Updates a Galaxy of Star Power?
Christina Zabat | August 20, 2021

Sleek and modern-looking—you’ve probably seen the Samsung S21 5G in one of your recent Netflix K-Drama binge-watching sesh. The premium Samsung offering was officially launched this January 2021. With a few months left into the year, does it still hold up with its predecessor? We list down the four features we loved about this smartphone.

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The New Order Issue Special: Adrianna So, Elijah Canlas, and Kokoy De Santos by Jerick Sanchez
Rank Magazine | August 18, 2021

The New Order Issue photographer Jerick Sanchez captures the iconic trio of pioneering Boy’s Love (BL) series and now a global phenomenon, Gameboys, Elijah Canlas, Adrianna So, and Kokoy De Santos on a raw and intimate take on the set of our recent anniversary cover feature.

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Review
Cinemalaya 2021: Shorts B Tackles Loss, Privilege, and Challenging Existing Social Order
Karen Briones | August 18, 2021

Exploring social issues using new modes and technologies in storytelling, the curated films in the Shorts B category chart the human condition dealing with grief and loss and a commentary on existing social structures emblematic of the Cinemalaya stamp on filmmaking.

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Music & Recording
Hello Internet! Meet James Reid and His Mustache in ‘Artista’ Stereotype-Breaking MV
Rank Magazine | August 17, 2021

The playful and whimsical side of James Reid strikes a pose in his latest music video for single “Hello”, depicting the craziness in us all amidst the yearning to form connections outside.

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Review
Cinemalaya 2021: Shorts A Explores Questions of Life, Identity, and What it Means to Be a Disposable Face Mask
Pauline Nacar | August 16, 2021

With all the films and entries available for your viewing pleasure at this year’s Cinemalaya run, does the “Shorts A” lineup measure up? Spoiler alert: Of course it does.

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Cover Story
Not a Genre but a Movement: The ‘Gameboys’ Triumph and the Dawn of a New Mainstream
admin | August 13, 2021

Over a year down the line, and the story, success, and overall love for the “Gameboys” franchise and its cast of young actors have only grown further and deeper. With two seasons, a spin-off, and a feature film recently released, the cast looks back on what the past year has meant for their respective characters, their personal careers, and society at large. But more than anything else, here’s a look at how Elijah Canlas, Kokoy De Santos, Adrianna So, and the whole of the “Gameboys” universe rewrote mainstream rules and became the ultimate cultural arbiters of this generation.

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Brand & Business
LOOK: Burger King Sports a Royally Awesome New Look in the Philippines with Digital-First Design
Rank Magazine | August 12, 2021

Dig into Burger King’s new visual identity as it arrives in Philippine shores, with the commitment to digital-first self-expression and tasty product improvements.

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Perspectives
Beauty Ad Under Fire for ‘Insensitive and Upsetting’ Portrayal of the #PandemicEffect and Grilling Women’s Insecurities While They’re at it
Leo Balante & Pauline Nacar | August 11, 2021

The Internet demands brands and advertising agencies to do better when promoting beauty, and to go beyond the age-old message of making people feel bad about their physical appearances. The latest to receive this awakening is Belo Medical Group, which has recently launched a campaign all about the pandemic’s impact on our self-care routines.

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Music & Recording
Jackson Wang By the Numbers: Here’s How ‘Drive You Home’ Topped Charts Around the World
Rank Magazine | August 10, 2021

“Drive You Home” is an instant chart topper around the world as Jackson Wang dominates YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and other major streaming platforms.

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CINEMALAYA 17: A Rundown of the 13 Short Films in Competition and the Filmmakers Behind the Narratives
Pauline Nacar | August 6, 2021

As the highly-anticipated annual festival draws nearer, Rank magazine looks into the short films slated to compete at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival this year, with a stronger focus on portraying the social and cultural intricacies that make up the Filipino reality.

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