Showcasing talents in the midst of the pandemic, Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE), with the theme “Emerge: Step Into Your Boundless Future,” continues to serve as a beam of light for these artists as they return to their realms after the scarred vision in artistry. Over 500 of them turned the relentless episodes of catastrophe and deafening adversity that the crises left ingrained into effulgent works using various painting and sculptural techniques, but only four completed the final piece.
For The Mastermind Issue, on its second year, Rank Magazine celebrates the breakthrough of young and thriving new and established creatives who continue to forge an indomitable path to excellence in the art and business of creativity. Ina Martelino, Jolianne Salvado, Lee Caces, Ady Cotoco, Karlo Carranza, and Kim Cruz, may hail from different walks of life, discipline, and artistic expression, but they share the same passion for creation—each one carefully leaving an unmistakeable mark and all of them seamlessly wearing multiple creative hats, excelling and thriving, enough to call themselves masters in their own right.
For what it is and what it represents, “Mula sa Buwan” , in all its splendor and jaw-dropping glory, transcends its very description of a “story of love and defiance”. It is not merely a story of love and loss, but a deep well of narratives that question ‘what is’ and shows us ‘what could be’ if all the man-made and socially constructed concepts on which the edifices of judgment and othering are built do not exist. In all its grandiosity and surrounding fan-clamor, “Mula sa Buwan” goes beyond a celebration of the return of theater. It is a declaration and a reminder of the strength and power of the human spirit.
His boy-next-door charm and wit propelled him from becoming a lockdown vertical video-sharing app mainstay to a widely-favored e-commerce app favorite, but Alton Lorenzo Amor is set out to show he is no one-trick, social media pony. His trajectory from fitness instructor, commercial model, marketing professional, and even a podcast creator who talks eloquently of his views on a wide breadth of interests from great reads, climate change, down to how the weather could affect our mood and our cognition, is one that is marked not by chance but by smarts, passion, and a heart to create meaningful dialogues. All these said, Enzo Amor is next.
After four long years since it last raised its curtains to the public, the hit musical “Mula sa Buwan” returns to bless the theater stage this August. Marking as one of the first full-blown productions that seeks to make a return after the two years of virtual makeshift stages for Philippine theater, we sat down with director Pat Valera, choreographer JM Cabling, and the talented cast of the game-changing musical on love and defiance to discuss the inner workings of the highly-anticipated production.
Women get a lot of unnecessary assignments from men, and society, in general. Women must be this, women must be that. Women should do this, women should do that. But women, now more than ever, have been taking a stand on not turning in that assignment. This must feel like a continuous work for women, but so far, they have been beautiful in what they feel is much liberating for themselves.
After two years without a physical theater, without a sizable crowd, and a long line of people excited to witness the distinctive film festival experience, Cinemalaya comes back to life, again, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and in cinemas across the country to the delight of fans of Filipino cinema. Festival Director Chris Millado talks to Rank Magazine to revisit the storied years that marked the biggest and most prestigious film festival in the land.
Hot on the heels of his Rise through the RANK campaign in social media platform kumu, we talk to 23-year-old Cavite-based-talent agency handler-turned-streamer, John Robert Anastacio , whose passion, married with an efficient platform and hefty dedication, had him jostled upfront of what could have been a long haul trip out of the field of programming towards the macrocosm of live streaming.
As a social media and entertainment application that has amassed millions of Filipino supporters looking to connect and be entertained, kumu shifted the condition of the entertainment business in the Philippines. Rounding up the roster of emerging young streamers for The Breakthrough Issue, we look at Kayla Escano, Kathleen Agir-Zarandin, and Andrei King, who are rising through the ranks not just in finding a channel to showcase their talents and wits amid a pandemic, but in harnessing a significant venue to foster human connections in a time when it matters the most.
To call “Everything Everywhere All At Once” an absurd, genre-bending cinematic masterpiece is every bit of an understatement. From googly eyes to the hotdog fingers, the Everything Bagel to the now canonical “Yeoh-verse,” life’s sensible yet carnivalesque nature was captured, highlighting the humor, chaos, and unconventional structure of the temporal in A24’s biggest film to date.