Following this year’s theme of “Spectrum: The Art of Possibilities”, the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) strengthens its commitment to amplify the reach of local creative talents and visionaries with this year’s batch of winners. Out of the record-breaking 701 submitted entries across the country, eight Filipino painters and sculptors have come out victorious with pieces that resonate present-day realities from introspective look on our collective pandemic state of mind, natural and man-made disasters, to a ringing indictment on existing social arrangement of powers.
If a particular song can’t seem to escape your mind for months and years on end, that’s a striking sign it’s probably meant to play a big part in your career. Such is the case for David Bay and his long-standing relationship with his debut track, way before it was even a single to begin with.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
At only 19 years old, dia maté has entered the local music scene with an already-deep but ever-evolving understanding of herself, her craft, and the vastness of life’s many twists and turns. As she establishes herself in the industry with her first-ever EP, “Don’t Quote Me”, Rank Magazine delves into the young artist’s inner psyche, wishing to tell her story through her self-produced music and hope that hers is a story that resonates with others, basking greatly on the same healing properties of music on her.
The highly-anticipated global premiere of Netflix Original Filipino Anime “Trese” is finally within our midst, and to say that fans and non-fans alike are excited would be a severe understatement. As the world prepares for a thrilling show, we look into the creative process, origin story, and the significance of it all in modern-day, folklore-less, Philippines.
Move to Heaven, now streaming on Netflix, poignantly tells the stories of those who have passed on through the heartwarming relationships between a group of trauma cleaners. By unraveling the untold stories of the deceased, the Netflix Original K-Drama is able to explore the raw emotions of those left behind with star-studded cast Lee Je-hoon, Tang Jun-sang, Hong Seung-hee, and a lineup of exciting surprise appearances.