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Childhood Games Take a Deadly (and Life Changing) Turn in ‘Squid Game’: Inside the Internet’s Newest Dystopian Phenomenon
Pauline Nacar | October 1, 2021

What happens when you take 456 people and offer them a 45.6 billion won prize to play a game they’ve known since childhood? In this wildly addicting series from Netflix, a cast of characters desperate for money go through lengths to win the prize, and to survive. Starring Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Jung Ho-hyeon, Heo Sung-tae, and Wi Ha-joon, “Squid Game” is one K-series for the books, and it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.

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EXCLUSIVE: The 2021 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Champions the Art of Possibilities with this Year’s Awardees
Rank Magazine | September 13, 2021

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.

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Shifting Gears: David Bay Breathes New Life to an Iconic Track for Debut Release
Pauline Nacar | September 3, 2021

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.

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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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‘Everything Sucks’: vaultboy and the Universality of Longing and Sadness
Pauline Nacar | July 26, 2021

In less than one year, Vaultboy has amassed over 11 Million likes on his TikTok content sharing his original songs and covers, and effectively launching his music career to the world. As ‘Everything Sucks’ gains momentum, Rank magazine sits down (virtually) with him from Florida, and talk about everything that does not suck. For the things that do, well, they make for viral songs.

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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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From the ‘Shahs of Sunset’ to the World: Golnesa Gharachedaghi on Being a Reality TV ‘Persian Princess’
Pauline Nacar | July 19, 2021

Rank Magazine chats with one of the leads of reality show “Shahs of Sunset”, Golnesa Gharachedaghi as she gets real on living her authentic self on TV, the importance of Persian representation, and what to expect in its latest season.

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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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