Capitalizing the “A” in Adult coloring books

by Ina Jacobe

This month, Privato Hotel has got something for everyone.

by Isabelle Toledo

If you don’t know what to order, we’ve got you covered.

by Marga Buenaventura

TBH, it’s the perfect fusion of jazz and rap.

by Coco Maceren

We totally get why L’Oréal’s Infallible makeup line is a cult favorite.

by Coco Maceren

Nothing feels (or smells) like falling in love all over again.

by Coco Maceren

The experts at the Hong Kong Tourism Board give us the lowdown.

by Marga Buenaventura

Satchmi’s new Motorino Mk. III strikes the perfect balance of old school charm and modern-day tech essentials.

by Tin Sartorio

Catch dramas, comedies, and more at Shangri-La Plaza’s Spring Film Festival.

by Isabelle Toledo

The standalone café at the BGC Arts Center goes way beyond your regular McDonald’s coffee.

by Neal Corpus

Time to channel our inner Mia Dolan and Sebastian Wilder.

by Coco Maceren

Fingers crossed that this’ll be a chance for us to see how her music translates to film.

by Gaby Gloria

Netflix and chill to ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ with Globe Broadband’s 10 mbps speeds.

by Tin Sartorio

Don’t let anything stop you in your tracks with Samsung’s new phones.

by Isabelle Toledo

Sometimes you need to declutter your life, meditate, and heal.

by Coco Maceren

Time to kickstart your journaling journey with the ABC Daily Journal.

by Isabelle Toledo

An AIDS advocacy group is introducing Filipinos to a new and effective medication that fights HIV.

by Coco Maceren

Hello Kitty Live – Fashion & Friends musical comes to town to tell us more about her own life and the lives of other Sanrio characters.

by Gaby Gloria

New artists are given a chance to showcase their work at Underground Gallery’s newest exhibit.

by Neal Corpus

Tenant Manila’s shop and cafe provides a sweet HOHOL spot for the holidays.

by Neal Corpus

Pat Valera and William Manzano’s adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ tells of love, heartbreak, and ideals packaged in local culture and history.

by Neal Corpus

How far are you willing to go for the perfect sweet treat? It’s been 10 years since Sonja Ocampo of Cupcakes by Sonja introduced the Red Velvet Cupcake to Filipinos and our dessert game has never been the same ever since.

But as the pastry brand marks its 10th year, we are the ones getting a little treat. Sonja went everywhere from San Francisco to New York, Milan to London to taste and learn the art of donut making. When she returned back to Manila, she created her own version of the classic pastry that only Sonja can perfect — light, fluffy, and with generous amounts of delicious filling.

As a celebration, Cupcakes by Sonja brings us 12 signature donut flavors. Dessert lovers can delight from a wide selection of flavors like the classic vanilla bean, truffle, cacio e pepe, strawberry cheesecake, or even toasted rice. You have to hurry, though: These special donuts are only available at Cupcakes by Sonja Serendra from Oct. 14-16 so you better get them while they last.

Visit for more information.

by Tin Sartorio

If you’re anything like us, you probably binge-watched Stranger Things at least 3 times since it aired three months ago. You also probably called dibs on your favorite character as your costume for this year’s halloween. Lucky for you, the Hoodwink store in SM Aura will be transformed into The Upside Down where mysteries abound. On Oct. 22, disappear into an alternate universe as Hoodwink celebrates its third anniversary with another rager like no other.  ‘Stranger Winks Chapter 3: The Vanishing of the Fuccboi’ invites everyone to come in their best character costume. If you’re not up to shaving your hair ala Eleven, you can also come in your coolest 80s attire. The most creative ones will get a bunch of cool prizes. But if you’re not as crafty as Jonathan Byers, you can just go for the booze and the grub.

And what’s a party without some cool mixes? Come up with your own Stranger Things-inspired playlist and an album art to go with it. Post it on Instagram and tag @Youngstarphils and @Hoodwinkph. Contest runs til Oct. 19. The best 3 entries will be used at the party and the winners will bring home goodies from Hoodwink. So what are you waiting for? Get mixing and get your freak on. 

For more information, visit @YoungStarPhils and @Hoodiwnkph on Instagram.

by The Young STAR team

Two words: stationary buffet. You read that right —shelves filled with postcards, stickers and notebooks that you can hoard to your heart’s content. If those words aren’t enough to get your inner elementary student buzzing and thinking, “I will find this place and I will buy everything I can get my hands on,” then we don’t know what else will.

The Craft Central is newly opened in Greenbelt 5 to showcase a magical spread of stationary items guaranteed to bring back memories of writing nonsense letters to your elementary buddies. While liking a good quality rainbow patch could’ve made you the butt of jokes in pre-Instagram times, these days, there’s absolutely nothing childish about wanting to collect as many stickers as you possibly can.

Owned by Alexis Ventura, the calligraphy artist behind the IG account-turned-full-blown-calligraphy-brand Ink Scribbler, The Craft Central was originally an online store where workshop participants could buy their products. After two years of conducting business online, she was finally able to open an actual store that could very well be the physical manifestation of every crafter’s dream.

It’s the perfect time, too, since Alexis is confident that an appreciation for all things handmade is steadily growing. Look no further than the mass-produced patches and pins from mainstream brands that are made to look handmade on purpose. There’s a lot of love and hard work that goes into handcrafted products.

The journey to get all these creatives together in one shop was tiring, but Alexis says it was worth it. After holding an open call for possible artists to partner with on Instagram, they categorized the applications and accepted around 70 artists in an effort to represent a lot of different crafts.

The Craft Central is a haven for both arts and crafts enthisiasts and creatives as well. Aside from the stationary buffet (have to repeat that because it’s a stationary buffet) and its own brand, the store is also home to a host of other well-loved online brands like Soak Artisan soap, Pink Opium and Bedazzle Accessories. Enamel pins with pizza and astronauts on them? Check. Bath bombs and plants in dinosaur pots? Double check. Cheeky sticker designs with pop culture references? Triple check.

Partner artist Tish Hautea is grateful to have a space to showcase her work and products. “One thing I’ve learned is that you have to be open to other opinions and advice from other crafters,” says Trish, who is the lady behind the intricately hand-carved SQOOID stamps. “I also learned how to deal with people, how to talk to them, how to befriend them. And then my art, it became better kasi I was able to improve on it.”

Join The Craft Central (3/F Greenbelt 5) for a weekend of crafts and freebies on Oct. 1 and 2. Follow @thecraftcentral for more information. 

by Ina Jacobe

If you’re anything like us, you probably have a lot on your mind too. Final exams are fast approaching and our Christmas shopping lists are just about to get longer. Let’s not forget about the mayhem that is Philippine politics and the government’s war against drugs, among other things. How about Manila traffic? That #Brangelina divorce is quite a lot to process too. But while we can always partly blame Mercury retrograde for this series of unfortunate events, getting over our anxieties is always up to us. (#stateofmind)

When you feel like you’re spinning in chaos, you can always take simple steps to take control of your life ASAP. Revive that forgotten group chat and plan something fun with your gal pals. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded with people who give you nothing but good vibes. Sing or dance to your current LSS. It’s a quick and easy way to release tension and the best part is that it won’t cost you a dime. Get crafty and finally do that DIY project you’ve always dreamed of. Forget that no-carb diet. Give in to that food craving you’ve been trying to ignore for weeks and let that extra donut finally do you some good. But when all else fails, there’s not enough stress in the world that a little retail therapy can’t fix.

Lucky for you, our amazing friends from Human are always here to help. In partnership with Young STAR, enjoy an afternoon of de-stressing at the Human and Chill Shopping Party happening on Sept. 24 at the Human branch in Glorietta 4. Going to the party won’t even be a problem thanks to the Human promo with Uber. Meet and hang with your favorite influencers and chill out to nostalgic beats by DJ Arthur Tan. Get cozy over some draaanks by San Miguel like flavored beer and snack on some treats from Oishi, J. Co Donuts and The Little Whisk. You can even have a collage made by artist Pau Tiu. Party it up at the dressing room as you try on items from Human’s latest collection. Did we mention everyone gets a 20 percent discount? Now, how’s that for a pick-me-upper?

Drop by anytime between 2-8PM at the Human branch in Glorietta 4 on Sept. 24. Visit and for more details.

by Tin Sartorio

As the stress of adulting finally takes it toll on our youthful faces, we can’t help but wonder if we’ll ever be as graceful as the girl bosses of our dreams. You know: kinda like the ones we see walking down the street at eight in the morning looking confident in their crisp white tops, all dolled up and ready to take on the world. But as I continue (read: struggle) in my journey into legit adulthood, I found out that no one is immune to the hassle of it all. (Building a successful career and maintaining an exciting personal life is an art all its own, after all.) But I’ve also learned that behind every girl boss lie three secrets to starting your day right: a nice cup (or two) of strong coffee, a bold lippie, and a trusty pair of shades.

While we can always get good coffee from most corners of Metro Manila, Korean beauty brand Etude House made our lives even easier with the Dear My Blooming Sweet Box. Don’t be fooled by the cute packaging. Each box comes with two Etude House Chiffon lipstick shades and a pair of glasses from Optical W that can all shake us out of even the heaviest slumps — or at least out of the house. Etude’s Chiffon lipstick combines both cream and matte formula, leaving a thin and light texture but a long-lasting vivid color of your choice. While it will take some time before we actually become the girl bosses of our dreams, this Sweet Box from Etude House is the perfect starter kit. It’s light enough to keep us fresh all day but strong enough to make a confident impression that will get us through the day. Because you know what they say: ya gotta fake it til ya make it. — Tin Sartorio

The Etude House Chiffon lipstick is available at all Etude House branches nationwide.

by Tin Sartorio

A lot of good things happen in September. Examples: Beyoncé, Narcos Season 2 and Satchmi. The vinyl and overall analogue lifestyle store is celebrating their second birthday in SM Megamall.

by Maine Manalansan

Most iconic paintings in world-famous museums aren’t completed overnight.

by Maine Manansalan

MaArte, an annual fundraiser that showcases and promotes Filipino craft and artisanship, is entering its eighth year and, it turns out, it’s not just for titas.

by Maia Puyat

The best thing about our barkada slumber parties are the stories, music and food we share—pizza being the staple, of course. Now you and your barkada have more to share with the Greenwich #ULTIMATEBANDKADA mash-up meals, which are not only affordable but will also be freshly delivered to your homes.

Alphabet song: ABCG is one of the final eight bands competing at Greenwich’s #UltimateBandkada

After two months of auditions and eliminations, Greenwich’s search for the hottest mash-up talents have come down to the final eight. The Bandakada finalists that were chosen are ABCG, Alab, Musico, Shalom, Relentless, Plethora, Ace Form, and Happy Ending who proved their talents through their musicianship, charisma, voice quality and music mash-up. The bands are now training under different mentors from the music industry like award-winning singer, songwriter, producer Thyro Alfaro, emerging boy band The Juans, YouTube vlogger and singer Donnalyn Bartolome and music executives from Viva Records, MG Mozo, Civ Fontanilla, and Punch Liwanag.

All of the eight bands will perform their self-composed song on Sept. 10, 2016, at the Palace Manila in Bonifacio Global City to determine the top three winners. The top band will win P100,000 plus a management and recording contract with Viva Artist Agency. The second and third placer will bring home P60,000 and P40,000 respectively.

For those who really want their voices to be heard, you can vote for the band of your choice by grabbing a Greenwich #ULTIMATEBANDKADA mash-up meal (each meal equals a corresponding number of votes) or voting via their website: The band with the highest number of votes will get the “Favorite ng Barkada Award.” Voting is now open until Sept. 5, 2016. So better rock that vote.

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For more news and updates on the Greenwich #UltimateBandkada Search Season 2, visit the official website at

by Marlly Bondoc

Here are five tips before you head out to watch ‘Finding Dory’ in theaters this weekend.

by Tin Sartorio

SM Youth and SM Men’s “#DENIMCITIZENS” fashion show tour highlights the versatility of denim with its latest denim collection.

by Marlly Bondoc

Lifestyle store Satchmi expands its SM Megamall store for an even more comforting experience for the city’s old souls.

by Marga Buenaventura

Recipes by Gab Bustos of 12/10

MANILA, Philippines – While there are restaurants and establishments that welcome animals — and even cafés where you can pet as many cats as you want — most of these places still primarily cater to people who regard the surrounding animals as a quirk or gimmick — something simply for extra IG appeal. So what’s a cat lover to do? To paraphrase the old adage, “If you can’t bring the cat to the restaurant then you bring the restaurant to the cat.” For this week’s “Pet Issue,” we asked one of the city’s top young chefs Gab Bustos, himself a father to cats Oskar and Nikka, to create food for our feline friends.

In between taking part in Negroni Week in his restaurant 12/10 (50 percent of its sales will go to the Philippine Animal Rescue Team) and finalizing The Girl and The Bull’s move to Legaspi Village (look for it in the next two months), Gab spent a Tuesday afternoon creating not one but two dishes specifically for cats. “I wanted to make something healthy and fresh,” he explains, adding that this was the first time he’s ever had to make something for cats, let alone animals. Understandably, he made it a point to study and learn what ingredients not to use — like grapes and avocados, which could prove harmful to cats. He also read up to learn that cats aren’t all that particular when it comes to taste, but since this was no ordinary cat food he was making, Gab made sure that the dishes would still pack the right amount of flavor.

 Fish Skin Chips And Bonito


Salmon skin, scaled and cleaned (or any other fish skin, like tilapia, red snapper or cod)

Katsuobushi /dried bonito flakes

Mayonnaise (pre-made is fine, preferably Kewpie)

Olive oil salt

Other things you’ll need:

Sheet pan

Parchment paper (or a silpat)

Palette knife

A brush


1. Pre-heat your oven to 250°F.

2. With a sharp knife, cut skin lengthwise into 1”-1.5” strips (approx. 4 
strips per large salmon skin).

3. Line your sheet pan with parchment paper (or your silpat) and brush 
with a thin layer of olive oil.

4. Lay the skins flat on the sheet pan, then brush another thin layer of 
olive oil onto the skins and sprinkle with a little bit of salt (make 
sure there’s about half an inch of space in between the skins).

5. Place the tray into the oven and bake for one hour and 30 mins, or 
until crisp.

6. In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise and katsuobushi (a1:1 ratio should be fine).

7. Once the skins are done, take the tray out of the oven.

8. With a palette knife, gently transfer the skins onto cooling racks.

9. Sprinkle with salt, let cool, then serve with bonito mayonnaise.


• While olive oil is safe for cats, it’s best that they consume no more than a teaspoon (5ml) a day. Keep this in mind while preparing this recipe, and try to use as little oil as possible.

• The same goes for salt, as the safe amount for cats is 42mg per day.

• Most types of mayonnaise are high in fat, and you should only feed it to your cat on rare occasions. The safe amount is half a teaspoon per five pounds of body weight.

• On the other hand, these fish skin chips can be prepared ahead of time and stored in airtight containers for about a week or even more. They’re the perfect treats for your cats!

Flame-Grilled Sanma, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Dill


Sanma / pacific saury, filleted or mackerel


Peeled and seeded
cucumber, cut into 1/2” cubes

Fresh dill and dill flowers

Black sesame

Ground raw honey
olive oil

Other things you’ll need:

A charcoal grill

A blender or juicer

Water from the first wash of rice (if you find yourself cooking rice that same day)


1. Place the coals into the grill and ignite, set a wire rack above the coals cut the cantaloupe into 1/2” cubes, just make sure to reserve about 25-30% of the cantaloupe for juicing.

2. Set the chopped cantaloupe aside with the chopped cucumbers.

3. Then using a blender (or juicer), puree the reserved cantaloupe until smooth and pass through a fine sieve — set aside.

4. In a small saucepan over high heat, reduce the rice water to about 10-percent of its volume (expect this to look like glue or paste), then set the heat to low.

5. Add cantaloupe juice about double the amount of rice liquid into the saucepan and mix thoroughly (there shouldn’t be any change in taste, but the texture / consistency should be slightly thicker and appearance should be a bit more opaque), then set aside.

6. Per cup of cantaloupe liquid, add 2 tsp raw honey.

7. Once everything is ready, take the sanma fillets then brush lightly 
with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

8. Lay fillets skin side down on the grill, and cook until crisp and 
charred (at this point you won’t really need to flip the fillets anymore, but if you prefer to cook the meat all the way through, then feel free to do so), then set aside and rest for a few minutes.

9. While the fish is resting, place the chopped cantaloupe and cucumbers in a mixing bowl then drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

10. Arrange the sanma with the cantaloupe and cucumbers on the plate, then pour a few spoons of cantaloupe liquid around the fish and onto the cantaloupe/cucumbers.

11. Garnish with black sesame, fresh dill, and dill flowers.


While olive oil is safe for cats, it’s best that they consume no more than a teaspoon (5ml) a day. Keep this in mind while preparing this recipe, and try to use as little oil as possible.

The same goes for salt, as the safe amount for cats is 42mg per day.

Cats who are tasting honey for the first time can take up to half a teaspoon (2.5ml), and if there are no allergic reactions, they can take up to one and a half teaspoons (7.5ml).

Jonty Cruz by Jonty Cruz

It doesn’t really take much to be famous these days. Give someone a camera and the WiFi password and you’ll be amazed by the content that they come up with. There’s no doubt there have always been talented people out there, but technology has made it a lot easier for us to discover them. People can easily get all the likes and the views that they want, but talent coupled with a lot of hard work is still what makes a true artist.


As one of the notable musicians in today’s indie scene, Clara Benin has an album, an EP, and thousands of loyal fans to back her up. While one can only imagine where else she’ll go from here, it’s good to also reflect on the amazing musical journey she has taken so early in her life. As a celebration, Stages Sessions Presents: “Coming Home: A Clara Benin Concert” — her first and last major concert before she goes on hiatus. On July 29 and 30, great music from Clara and special guests such as Reese Lansangan, Rizza Cabrera and Keiko Necesario will fill Teatrino theater in Greenhills. It will also be a thanksgiving for the people who helped her get to where she is — so we guess we’ll see you there, too? — Tin Sartorio

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Stages Sessions Presents: Coming Home ‘A Clara Benin Concert’ is happening on Jul 29 and 30, 8PM at Teatrino, Greenhills. For more information, visit

by Tin Sartorio

Admit it — deep down, you’ve always wondered what it felt like to be spoiled and pampered like Sharpay from High School Musical (“I want it all!” she said.) Well, on June 26, you may finally have your chance.

The upcoming BDJ Box Beauty Boot Camp at the Palm Grove, Rockwell Club, is called “Glam Indulgence!” It’s a day dedicated to luxury, beauty, and treating yourself. And, since it’s a day dedicated to pampering, they’re sparing no expense. There will be 10 pamper stations available at the beauty fair, granting attendees access to free makeovers, skin consultations, hair coloring, hair styling, eyebrow makeovers, and more.

There will be workshops featuring well-known celebrity makeup artists Jigs Mayuga, Bobby Carlos and Jasmine Mendiola, known as masters in their field. Attending the workshop, which costs P800, grants you free access to the pamper stations, loot bags with lots of exclusive goodies, a workshop certificate and, of course, the experience of a lifetime.

The event also comes with lots of freebies for a few lucky attendees. The first 200 attendees will receive the newest Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo, and 10 girls can win an exclusive 70 percent off on Browhaus’ Eyelash Extensions.

Young STAR is giving away five pairs of tickets to this exciting beauty boot camp, so make sure to check Instagram for more details.

by Maia Puyat

If there’s one thing I want Manila to become, it’s a walkable city. Traffic wouldn’t be so annoying if there were actual sidewalks that we could resort to whenever C5 fails us. It’s such a problem here that even efficient transportation systems and carefully planned city layouts of other countries become actual tourist attractions for us. (Trust me, it’s a thing.) And when a city also has wonderful architecture, good food and stunning street art, it’s a certified tourist destination that’s more than just Instagram-worthy; it’s also pocket-friendly.

Georgetown, Penang is one of those cities. It’s located at the northwest part of Malaysia and it’s definitely hours away from the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. It’s much more laid-back and you won’t feel the time catching up with you. It’s a good destination for people who need to recharge and replenish their creative juices.

Green pastures: The Habitat at Penang Hill is the perfect escape from the city grind.
Wander wall: Iconic street art at Georgetown


If you want to get to Penang without the hassle of stranded buses and immigration mayhem (it definitely happens), flying is the way to go. AirAsia offers flights to Kuala Lumpur daily. From there, you can easily take a connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Penang. There’s almost always a long layover in between, but that won’t hurt your schedule or add to travel stress levels much, because their airport has a good selection of shopping and dining options. (Indian cuisine before a flight? So wrong, yet so right.) Once you arrive at Penang International Airport, you can take a bus or a cab to Georgetown.

Even looking out from a bus, the charm of Georgetown is undeniable. They weren’t lying when they said that the city looks like a postcard. With all the different-colored buildings, the majestic temples at street corners and street art, Georgetown is better experienced with an open sense of wander and a good pair of shoes.

Hawker’s eye: Char kway teow and oyster pancakes are favorites at the hawker center.

Just like any walking trips, a strategically located home base is essential. During this trip, we stayed at Sunway Georgetown. Out of the many luxurious hotels Sunway has across Malaysia, this is definitely one of the crowd favorites. The rooms are spacious, the beds are comfortable, the staff is friendly and, most importantly, it’s right beside a hawker center. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Walking around Georgetown, it’s evident that the British colonizers heavily influenced the architecture. And they are entirely grateful for that — at least according to our tour guide. In 2008, the city was listed as one of Malaysia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites together with Malacca City. It’s easy to understand why. Even standing at an intersection, you can see Chinese temples, Indian boutiques, mosques and churches in every direction. And they seem to co-exist well. If that’s not a good representation of beauty, then I don’t know what is.

Monkey business: American Ninja Warrior wannabes can check out the obstacle courses at Escape Adventureplay.

Up Close And Personal

For some people, touring a country only means trying the food and buying souvenirs. But Georgetown gives tourists an opportunity to get to know its culture by literally opening the doors to some of their homes.

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a favorite among those who are interested in the lives of the rich and the famous. The Peranakans — also known as the Babas and Nyonyas — are descendants of Chinese immigrants during the 15th and 17th centuries. Their lifestyle was lavish, to say the least. The mansion exhibits their typical home setup: fancy furniture, marble statues, emerald tables and even their wedding chambers. Beside the main mansion is a special exhibit dedicated to their intricately crafted clothing and jewelry collection.

Temple run: The Kek Lok Si Temple is known to be the biggest Buddhist temple in Malaysia,

A few blocks away from the Pinang Peranakan Masion is Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house that looks more like it came straight out of Mulan. The area is huge with its main building and a theater stage right across from it. When visiting Khoo Kongsi, take a moment to look closely and study the incredibly detailed stone carvings and paintings. It’s definitely worth more than an Instagram picture.

Ready, jetset, go: The Chew Jetty is one of the most-visited water villages in Penang.

For something more current, check out the Clan Jetties along Weld Quay. The water villages became home to Chinese Hokkien immigrants who share the same surname in the 19th century. Among the famous ones is the Chew Jetty. Although there are still some families residing in the area, it looks more like a souvenir shop than an actual village. After seeing so many shops selling big bowls of ramen and durian ice cream, we’re definitely not complaining.

Going Offline And Climbing Uphill

If afternoon strolls aren’t your thing, check out Escape Adventureplay at Teluk Bahang just an hour outside Georgetown. It has obstacle courses, bungee jump stations, balance beams and trapeze training, plus more. This is perfect for American Ninja Warrior wannabes or adrenaline junkies.

Right beside Escape is Entopia. It recently reopened and now it’s packed with more activities and a better guided tour to boot. It’s a haven for creepy critters and beautiful butterflies. What’s great about Entopia is you get to learn about insects you used to run away from (e.g. me and millipedes) and understand that they have feelings too. Nobody likes to be rejected, after all.

For a more immersive experience of nature, The Habitat at the top of Penang Hill is a good place to take a breather. It can be accessed via the Penang Hill Railway. The Habitat’s nature trail is 1.6 kilometers long and it boasts a scenic view of the city. There are several species of plants and birds that can be seen if you pay enough attention. What I love most about the place is the gigantic swings where you can just reflect and chill.

Hawker Is Where The Heart Is

A trip to Penang wouldn’t be complete without hitting hawker centers. It’s like your regular nightly food market but with cheaper options and better food. Our hotel in Georgetown was right beside the New Lane Hawker center — better known as “that place Anthony Bourdain visited.” As per our guide’s recommendation, I tried char kway teow, oyster pancakes and the essential teh tarik, and, surprisingly, my bill didn’t even exceed P350. It’s understandable how some people go back to Penang just for the food; I definitely would.

To be completely honest, walking down the streets of Georgetown gave me a glimmer of hope that maybe someday, people from different cultures and religions can get along. Penang gives you that strange positive energy. It radiates from the people who are friendly enough to say “hi” to you in the middle of the street, from the men and women on their way to their respective temples, and even from the vendors in the hawker centers who are trying to finish their job as quickly as possible.

Maybe this is the reason why people go to Penang: to experience a present that we all aspire to have.

Check out AirAsia’s website for a complete list of flights to Malaysia:

by Maine Manalansan

The growing community of YouTubers is yet another bit of proof that new media is taking over. Every day, the numbers grow, as does its followers. (This is YouTube’s 21st birthday, by the way.) It’s quite a sight to see, especially in a place like the Philippines where less than half of the population has access to the Internet. Look no further than the mania that YouTube Fan Fest Manila has inspired yet again, with thousands of screaming teenagers gathering to meet their vlogger faves at the World Trade Center in Pasay last May 27.

The second #YTFFManila dares to go even further than its predecessor, with 13 YouTube creators from the United States, Australia and the Philippines. Leading the pack is American vlogger Connor Franta, whose videos on coming out and self-expression have resonated with the young LGBT community and beyond. Fans also got to enjoy music from vloggers like Tanner Patrick and Tiffany Alvord, and even some Filipino-American talent from returnee talent AJ Rafael and the Filharmonics (whom you may have seen in Pitch Perfect 2). We were particularly enamored of the Chinese-Australian beauty vlogger Wengie whose Korean skincare tutorials are the stuff of our dreams. Of course, our favorite — Lloyd Cafe Cadena, who is neither a cafe nor a chain — went on to slay the second time around. If YouTube Fan Fest grows even bigger and better next year, we’re gonna need a bit more room.

Visit for more information.

by Marga Buenaventura

Etude House’s new collection gives a shout out to strawberries all over.

by Marga Buenaventura

Many moons ago, Young STAR bagged an exclusive interview with Hannah Montana’s Anna Maria Perez de Tagle who was then starring in a bombastic revival of Godspell in the Big Apple. Alongside Weeds star Hunter Parrish and then-unknown Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black, we roared excitedly about the performances and the process of putting the show together, having been blown away by the tenacity and sheer inventiveness of it. Picture this: theater-in-the-round, a makeshift bar onstage during intermission, and improv. What more could a theaterati ask for?

We knew full well that the musical, which takes a romp through the parables of the Gospel of Matthew, was written by Stephen Schwartz. You will remember that he was in Manila recently for the opening of, y’know, his other li’l musical called Wicked. But more than the re-orchestrations of hits like Day By Day, Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord and All For The Best, it was really the ensemble work that did it, under the creative vision and direction of Daniel Goldstein.

Imagine the thrill of being able to experience Godspell in Manila, this time with a brave new concept by director and theater provocateur Dr. Anton Juan, as well an all-Filipino cast headlined by the likes of Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Topper Fabregas and The Voice’s Poppert Bernadas. With license to transform the play to reflect society’s most intimate sensibilities, director Juan is taking a “world theater” approach to the production — the play is both global and local at the same time. Expect fireworks, unconventional storytelling techniques, improv and boundless creativity. Laughs here, tears there and, possibly, a chilling end to the festivities that will make you reflect on the ties that bind after the divisiveness of the previous elections, as Filipinos, as God’s children, and as citizens of the world.

Godspell will run from June 17 to 26 (Friday to Sunday) at the RCBC Theater.
For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

by Toff De Venecia

Billy Joe Armstrong fan girls, rejoice. A new rock opera by way of alt-favorite Green Day’s songs will soon come your way.

by Helene Enriquez

MANILA, Philippines – Summer’s out and for most of us, it’s almost time to go back to school. But before we say goodbye to the fun times, it’s time we look back at the highlights of the season.

Last April, Young STAR in partnership with National Book Store had a short fiction writing contest. Given a 300-word limit, over 700 aspiring young writers sent in their entries. While we at Young STAR are still overwhelmed by the amount of great stories that we received, we could only choose three winners to bring home prizes from National Book Store and a chance to be published in an issue of Young STAR.

Here are the winning entries from the Young STAR x National Book Store Short Fiction Contest. Thank you to everyone who sent in their entries. We hope that this serves as an inspiration to all the aspiring young writers out there and we hope to be able to give more opportunities like this soon.

What’s left of us

By Mone Virma Ginry Gumapac

I hate how people glorify the word almost.

How people bask in the realm of not getting there,

How people seem to be okay of reaching nowhere.

I remember how you chose the 12th of November — my birthday, actually —to promise that you will always be there for me.  I remember laughing at you because I can’t seem to wrap around my head at how you could throw words like that to me when I know how many combinations of cuss you could mutter whenever you suffer from negative mbps connection.

I remember mornings spent together because you fancy my breakfast routine and love how my verbal filter isn’t on yet so I say things way too honestly (and probably saying things I shouldn’t be). I remember sharing pancakes and toasts while you prepare my berry-tinged tea despite the fact that you will be late since my home’s in Quezon City and you work at Makati.

I remember crafting the good-night-sweet-dreams playlist that you needed before going to bed (after you coffee-binged at work resulting to insomnia) and yet you still chose to call me because hearing  my voice (as you say) is effective to lull you to sleep.

I remember many things and I hate how I remember these things.

Because all of these are just that: things — things that shouldn’t and wouldn’t matter.

Because we never existed.

We were almost there. We almost made it. We almost are.

But just like other almosts, we never really happened.

Almost is a universe that people created to label something beautiful in its time but never really flourished.

Almost is a place where the hapless and hopeless walk with clasp hands toward an uncertain future.

Because in the end, almost is just that, an almost.

And always remember, almost never counts.


By Beatrice de Leon

Bakit nag-iisa ka na naman?”

Muling gumagambala sa akin ang kaibigan ko. Hindi ko alam kung matutuwa o maiinis akong narito siya sa aking pag-iisa.

“Lagi naman akong ganito, alam mo ‘yun,” sagot ko. Pinatay ko ang ilaw sa kwarto at nagtaklob ng kumot. Siguro naman ay hahayaan na niya akong magpahinga. Naramdaman kong mas lumapit pa siya sa akin.

“Hindi ka ba pinapansin ni Victor? O bagsak ka sa pagsusulit? Hindi ka talaga nakikinig sa mga payo ko sa iyo. Sinasa-”

Tinakpan ko na ang tainga ko para hindi ko na siya marinig. Sawang-sawa na ako sa paulit-ulit niyang pangaral sa akin.

“Lubayan mo muna ako, pwede ba?!” sumbat ko. Hindi ko na kaya, imbis na makatulong sya sa pagpapagaan ng loob ko ay ganito pa ginagawa nya.

“Hindi ako aalis hangga’t hindi ka matatauhan,” talagang pursigido sya. “Huwag ka nang bumuntot kay Victor. Ikaw lang ang nagmumukhang kawawa. At hindi ka pa rin nagseseryoso sa pag-aaral mo. Wala ka nang ginawang matino sa buhay mo, Maria!”

Tama na. Hindi ko na kaya.

Hindi ko alam kung paano ako nakatulog pero nagpapasalamat ako dahil nagising wala na ang aking kaibigan sa kwarto ko – wala naman talaga siya sa kwarto ko sapagkat nasa isip ko lamang siya

Sink or Swim

By Francesca Mauricio

This is how your life ends:

You’re staring at your computer screen, eyes clouded with tears that you refuse to shed. You’re staring, and thinking, “why?” because right in front of you is a pixelated version of you without a top on, without…anything on. You’re baring it all, and the only saving grace is the strategically placed blanket.

It’s you, but naked.

And there are tears in your eyes because this picture was never meant to see the light of day. Nor were the sixteen others. They were meant for your boyfriend. Well, ex. They were meant for your petty ex-boyfriend.

You used to think that there was nothing worse than the time you scraped your knees while biking and cried the entire way home, nothing more embarrassing than wetting your brand new skirt on the first day of second grade. They felt like cinder blocks on your chest.

But staring at the pictures — which though were shared in utmost intimacy, were now public domain — makes you realize that the cinder blocks were just that. This was the Empire State building on your weak, fragile ribs.

The tears are falling now because your privacy has been violated. By someone you trusted. In your cloudy state you can’t decide which is worse: having the world (or at least, people you know personally) see your body unclothed or having someone you trusted betray you over a stupid breakup.

The tears are falling and you hate yourself for it. You hate yourself for trusting, for taking those photos, for sending them.

You do, you hate yourself. (But not more than your ex, at least.)

The tears are dripping down your chin like rain in a hurricane, like droplets of water in a tidal wave.

And now you’re drowning in the waves.

MANILA, Philippines – If you’re anything like me, you probably spend most of your Saturdays at home. Whether I’m recovering on the busy week at work, catching up with the TV series I missed or doing laundry, the things I do still seem to be like tasks that I didn’t have a choice but to do. But last Saturday was different. Together with my friends, I headed all the way to Tagaytay for an all-girls road trip and we dropped by Solenad 3 in Nuvali to visit Muni Market before heading back to Manila.

I’ve been to a previous Muni market and if there’s anything that I remember well, it was the good food. So appropriately, our first order of business was to find snacks. We passed by a strawberry lemonade stand and decided to get an order. No hipster mason jars, no cute cocktail umbrellas nor fancy straws. Just some freshly squeezed fruits. We also got fruit popsicles from Picolé. With our snacks on hand, we made our plan of attack. The event area wasn’t too big so we though we would be done in 30 minutes. But as soon as I started to walk around, I knew I was going to stay a little bit longer. They had me at free samples.

Muni Market had everything from Kimochi Aroma’s herbal pillows that can double as hot or cold compress, TreeHugger World’s staple-less staplers (which comes in a panda design, btw!), to Katch PH’s literature-inspired designs for tote bags and post cards. Upon walking up to the stall, the merchants even take the time to explain what their products are made of and what greater personal, environmental, or social good inspired them to make it. Katch PH is in support of indigenous books and building community libraries while TreeHugger World’s arts and crafts materials are created with better waste management and reforestation in mind. These are just some of the many brands that were there at Muni Market to sell products and more importantly, promote a more conscious lifestyle. What I once thought were ordinary things that I could buy in passing at the mall could also be the little things that I can start with to achieve the changes that I want for myself and for those around me.

It’s quite easy to feel like we’re stuck with the kind of life we have simply because we accept that it is just the way things are. But if only we care enough to question and actively choose better for ourselves and for those around us, we find that we do have a choice in what it is that we do, support, and buy. All it really takes is to put in more effort and be surrounded by like-minded people and that’s what the Muni community is all about.

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For more information, visit

by Tin Sartorio

MANILA, Philippines – As kids, we had a certain passion for colorful gel pens and scented pens; we would pile up quite a number in our double-decker pencil cases. As we grow older, we become lazier. We realize that one pen is enough to get us through the semester. After all, Facebook groups are made for a reason (hint: sharing notes and probably quiz answers). We drop the pencil case all together and some of us even carry only one pen to class for quizzes and tests.

If your uniform has a breast pocket, chances are you’ve lost your fair share of pens after running to get to your next class. Maybe the reason why you lose your pens is because you don’t love them enough. Hold the #hugot lines, but it might actually be the truth. Think about it: most of the things you really hold dear will never leave your sight — your phone, your wallet, that love letter your crush mistakenly passed to you during class. So why put your pen in a place of danger — and by danger, we mean your shirt pocket — if you love it so much? Maybe it’s not cute? Is it boring? Is it too controlling, or perhaps you can’t control it enough?

With German brand Online’s wide range of pen designs, you will always find what you’re looking for. For 25 years, they have been a trendsetter in design and style for writing materials. From calligraphy pens to rollerball pens, there are a lot of matches — probably more than your actual Tinder matches — and combinations to choose from. And, unlike Tinder, they are 100-percent cute.

The Online collection brings a little color to your boring classroom classes. For the more sophisticated professional, the Top.Line collection’s range of pens with rosewood, pearl and Swarovski pieces are worth checking out.  Online also updated their College and Campus pens for a better writing experience in class or while doing your homework. (Good news for lefties: both College and Campus pens have been designed for the comfort of left-handed users.)

Online continues to take it up a notch after being on the market for a quarter of a century. And seriously, when will your Tinder date show that level of commitment? With Online pens’ new designs, we definitely swipe right.

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 Online pens are available in all National Book Stores nationwide.

by Maine Manalansan

MANILA, Philippines – It’s one thing to want change and another to actually take that step to make it happen. The effects of climate change are becoming more and more evident. If you’re anything like us, you’re starting to feel the pressure of being more conscious and responsible with your everyday choices. You want to do something about it, even if you don’t really know where or how to begin. Lucky for you, Muni is here to help.

Now on its fifth run, Muni market is heading down to Solenad 3 in Nuvali on May 21. The area will be filled with healthy, local and eco-friendly products from brands such as The Superfood Grocer, Bayani Brew, Gouache Bags, The Green House Project, and Risque Designs. Besides being able to bring home items (brand new or upcycled!), market goers will also be treated to an opportunity to engage with the Muni community of mindful makers.

More than just entrepreneurs, the Muni tribe of cause-driven individuals aims to provide an environment for learning that increases the quality of our lives. Get to ask questions and hear their stories — not just about the inspired process behind their products, but the reasons why they do these things in the first place. On the day of the event, there will be a variety of programs hosted by some of the brands like a healthy food demo by Holy Carabao & Jertie’s Kitchen and a yoga session by Life Yoga. Local performers Toni B, Gentle Universe, Paolo Mauricio, Mellow Submarine will also serenade the crowd through the relaxing sunset.

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Muni market is happening on May 21 at Solenad 3 in Nuvali from 11a.m. to 9p.m. For more information, visit

Stepping Out – The Musical will run from April 1-24 at Greenbelt Onstage.

by Tin Sartorio

Remember when love notes were a thing? Yeah, me neither. Not because I wasn’t alive before mobile phones existed, but because, well, no one has ever given me one. (Sad but true.)

by Maine Manalansan

Pay a visit to Art Fair Philippines, where three floors of a carpark are transformed into an exhibit that features the best of Philippine contemporary art.

by Tin Sartorio

Whether you’re pro or anti, or divinely wapakels, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and there’s simply no way out of it. If you don’t want to spend it waiting for food in a fully booked restaurant, re-watching and live tweeting your favorite rom-com hugots (we’ve all been there) or fifth wheeling with your friends at a club, then a night of millennial feels might just be your thing. On Feb. 12, some of your favorite mainstream and indie artists like Curtismith, Bullet Dumas and Morisette Amon will come together for “Confessions: A Night of Secrets, Stories and Songs.” Think mini concert, open forum, guidance counseling and a meet-and-greet all rolled into one.

Stages Digital started doing a mini concert series called Stages Sessions in CBTL Bistro at the Fort a season ago. It’s a platform where the artists have full control of the songs they want to sing and the things they want to talk about. At the same time, it’s also a place for the audience to genuinely interact with the artists and see them as more than just a silhouette in a crowded bar on a gig night.

This Valentine’s Day, Stages Digital is bringing the same experience but for a wider audience and with more artists, more throwback hits and more uncensored fun. (Spoiler alert: boy band songs included!) “Confessions” will be centered on the crazy world of millennial love — from falling in love, dealing with heartbreak, to making up or moving on.

“Confessions: A Night of Secrets, Stories, and Song” is happening on Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m. at Music Museum. For more information, visit and @stagessessions on Instagram and Twitter.

by Tin Sartorio

This year promises to be the best year for music festivals.

by Jonty Cruz

No one likes spending hours after work stuck in traffic. If you’re up for some culture, check out these cool art exhibits happening around the Metro in the next few days.

by Tin Sartorio

MANILA, Philippines – Ringing in Chinese New Year is no mere monkey business. Just like true titas, we take time to prepare for another extended holiday. (Read: delivering tikoy, cleaning the house and giving out red envelopes.)

But there’s more to it than good luck and good food. It’s a celebration of Chinese culture, and what better way to do so than attending the Spring Film Festival in Shangri-la Plaza? Now in its 10th year, the festival will again bring a wonderful lineup of acclaimed Chinese films. From a young girl dreaming to be a part of the Beijing opera to a group of rebellious senior citizens trying to audition for a Japanese TV competition, the festival showcases 10 stories depicting traits that make Chinese culture interesting. Besides running acclaimed films from Jan. 29 to Feb. 7, there will also be Chinese painting exhibits and cultural workshops throughout the week. Admission is also free (a big plus for millennials), so just kick back, relax and get your Chinese culture fix all in one stop.

The 10th Spring Festival is organized by Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies together with the Cultural Section of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Confucius Institute, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and Credit Suisse, and the cooperation of Ateneo Celadon and Shangri-La Plaza. For tickets, please call Shang Cineplex at 633-2227.

by Tin Sartorio

Your eyes can deceive you. You might be seeing five dads decked out in polos wielding instruments on a stage, when your ears tell you that you’re hearing a group of reckless teenagers living out their dreams of being in a band. Your gut tells you they’re having the time of your lives, and everyone in the crowd feels it. That’s what it was like attending Basement Lung’s launch for their debut album “Candelaria” at Saguijo, playing songs they wrote in the ‘80s like it was yesterday.

Before the Eraserheads even existed, a group of high schoolers named Raymund Marasigan, Don Marasigan, Choy Guerra, Menel Emralino, and Macky Sevilla spent idle summer afternoons in a living room jamming with borrowed instruments and a mic plugged into a karaoke machine. (Betamax, anyone?) Eventually, life happened, and some of them left the sleepy town of Candelaria, Quezon to go to college, find jobs and raise families. One of them even went on to become one of the most respected and prolific local musicians today. But just like your first heartbreak, you never forget your first band.

They would later reunite to play shows when they returned home for holidays, and it was only a matter of time before Raymund suggested that they record the songs for posterity. The tracks were meant to be handed around just to their childhood friends and neighbors when their guitarist, Choy, emailed one of the demos to Jam88.3. When DJ Russ Davis heard Tanong, an anthem sung with a whisper, swathed in feedback and lo-fi warmth, he was baffled; he couldn’t find anything about Basement Lung online, as though these kids came straight out of the ‘90s (with a non-sequitur band name to match) and were too cool for the Internet. It turns out they were all just hanging out in Raymund’s basement. Lang.

Word spread, and they started getting booked for gigs all over Manila.

“I think we played more this year than we did our whole career,” said Raymund with a laugh while the band sat on the flight of stairs at the basement exit. They even got college kids moshing. Music may have gone through a lot of changes since the band began 25 years ago, from the reinvention of recording technology to the upheaval of the music industry, but if anything has stayed true all along, it’s this: a good song is a good song.

Choy, Don, Menel and Macky may be releasing their debut album in their 40s and joking about aching backs, but they still exude the same sense of wonder and sheer thrill of playing music with your best friends without worrying about fame or fortune, or even day jobs. That’s the kind of spirit that makes good old rock ‘n’ roll.

(Album highlights: Yakap, High Hello, Tanong, Perfect Alibi)

by Mariah Reodica

Scotch used to be your tito’s favorite post-dinner beverage. Now it’s something you and your friends enjoy on a night out; the brand, no matter the age, remains the same. Everybody loves Johnnie, after all. Hard not to see why: the heritage whisky brand is known for getting people together over a drink to celebrate success or encourage even more of it. That’s why the brand recently launched its “Joy Will Take You Further” campaign through the media event “The Way I Walk” held at Green Sun.

The campaign aims to laud old and new models of success, showing us that new methods of creativity can blend well with more traditional means. To empower that idea even more, Johnnie Walker teamed up with personalities such as OK Go (as in, the band) and artistic duo Haas & Hahn, who are known for creating murals in deprived areas in partnership with locals.

The Philippines, of course, with its rich stock of creative minds, has its own local influencers too. Romi Garduce, the first Filipino to climb one of the Seven Summits and the only Filipino who has climbed all of them, is one of Johnnie Walker’s ideal models of success. For the arts they teamed up with Saab Magalona, a known figure in the local indie music scene as the lead vocalist of Cheats, as well as a host, actress, blogger and photographer — the perfect millennial cocktail. With no shortage of talent in most fields, it’ll be no surprise that Johnnie Walker’s new campaign will indeed show us new ways of finding happiness in success. At the risk of being corny, we say, that’s definitely something to toast about.

by Marga Buenaventura

Observations on a recent scroll through Instagram: selfies, foodstagrams, landscapes and even more selfies. But just because everyone is using a smartphone camera and A6 filter, doesn’t mean their photography skills aren’t any good. If our feeds are any indication, there seems to be a growing consciousness of detail and the value of storytelling, something the Vancouver-based brand Herschel Supply Co. aims to cultivate.

Being a design-driven accessories brand, they came up with #CityLimitless, a detail-oriented photography series that celebrate unique design stories from cityscapes around the world. Instagrammers have been tagging photos of architecture and street photography and, in less than a year, the series has reached up to 90,000 photos and still counting.

Concrete jungle: @aieos is also an architecture major
Step up: @jelitodeleon captures architectural details.

But what would a social media craze be if Manila weren’t part of it? In a recent trip to the country, Lyndon Cormack, co-founder and managing director of Herschel Supply Co., officially launched the #CityLimitless campaign through a photo exhibit in A Space Manila. Joining his photos taken during a trip to Manila were shots by Jelito de Leon, Marvin Conanan and Aaron Quinto. You probably know them by their IG handles, but there is more to them than their double-tap-worthy feeds. While these local photographers have made walking around the city on an ordinary day seem like nobody else’s business, they have also challenged the way people look at their surroundings. By focusing new angles on mundane architecture, streets and spaces, their photographs capture the day-to-day stories that bring our city to life — making them perfect for the #CityLimitless campaign. More than visual treats, the growing interest in photography is teaching people the value of detail and a timely reminder that beauty is just a matter of perspective.

Follow @herschelsupply on Instagram and tag your own urban photos with #CityLimitless. Visit Herschel Supply Co. at TriNoma, SM Megamall, Alabang Town Center, SM Aura Premier, SM City North EDSA Annex, UP Town Center, Uptown BGC, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza Mall, MarQuee Mall, and Ayala Centrio Mall. Herschel Supply Co. is also available at GRIND, General, Flight 001, Res|Toe|Run, SneakPeek, Bratpack, The Travel Club, and Rustan’s stores nationwide.

by Tin Sartorio

You might’ve have been hearing about a certain movie from all your cool friends and immediately felt bad that you missed seeing it. Thankfully, you have one last shot to avoid FOMO as the award-winning and breakout film of the recent QCinema International Film Festival, Apocalypse Child is having a one night only screening this

by Jonty Cruz

One would think that humor (and the intense love for it) has become deeply embedded in Philippine culture. Unfortunately, aside from slapstick comedy and exaggerated adlibbed sketches, other comedic styles haven’t exactly been welcomed with open arms. Safe to say that it sure hasn’t been easy for the stand-up comedians here in the country. Comedy

by Maia Puyat

The digital age has put more pressure on traditional media than ever before and it’s no stronger felt than by the newspaper. The once titan of industry has been on the ropes for the last several years but the broadsheet is still fighting, thanks to the efforts of those who still see and believe the

The truth is not everyone is born with a lion’s courage. Sometimes lions don’t even know they had it in them all along. Dorothy and her lion companion’s journey to Oz taught us this lesson at an early age. But life throws everything at us at light speed; we barely can keep up and we

by Rogin Mae Losa

Snow White doesn’t get enough credit as the OG (original gangster, to the uninitiated) fairy tale princess. When we list down our faves, we tend to dismiss her because she was the least good looking/most poorly drawn, given technology’s limitations back then — so much for “fairest of them all.” But she was a trendsetter,

by Marga Buenaventura

We’ve had a thriving art scene these last few decades. Contemporary art is now something more than just cool, it’s now become insanely profitable as well. So what’s next for art in the Philippines? Who are the next big things we all need to know about before they hit it at Salcedo Auctions? We’re about

by Jonty Cruz

For those of you looking for a little break from the daily grind, why not head over to Uke Box Caffe on Aug. 8 for an afternoon of conversation and creativity? Online magazine The Thing is hosting a zine-making session where guests can hang out and eat while creating their own mini publications. For the

by Gaby Gloria

Over a light, jovial discussion with fellow theaterati the other day, we ruminated over how contemporary musicals these days seem to be devoid of an invisible, indefinable sound, a timeless, unexplainable quality to them or, for lack of a better term, a certain zsa zsa zsu. Whereas musicals of yesteryear had an iconic emotional quality

Toff de Venecia by Toff de Venecia

Step into the world of Jeremyville, and you’ll find yourself transported into a world of furry friends, unicorns, and commercial cartoons doing un-commercial things (like Darth Vader and R2-D2 in a tight embrace).


Step into the world of Jeremyville, and you’ll find yourself transported into a world of furry friends, unicorns, and commercial cartoons doing un-commercial things (like Darth Vader and R2-D2 in a tight embrace). Australian artist Jeremyville is exhibiting his artworks for the first time in Manila. His illustrations come alive like the skater boy version of a Peter Max painting: a frenzy of pop and psychedelica, and fictional characters wearing top hats sliding down rainbows. His series of Community Service Announcement prints feature lovable cartoon characters — like those from the Little Miss books — generally reminding you to take a chill pill. “It’s OK to be you. It’s OK to be me,” reads one poster on the wall. Another features a herd of people begrudgingly walking in a group, with the headline, “Question where we are going.” Like any service announcement, they’re little nuggets of wisdom that make you go, “Hmm,” intended to be good for you. Also on display are his maximalist paintings, and limited edition Hieronymus porcelain sculptures made in Belgium, which look like trippy Matryoshka dolls that open up and reveal smaller critters inside.

The artist grew up playing with Lego, Smurfs, sea monkeys, toy soldiers, and Tintin figures. His career was jumpstarted by an illustrator stint at the Sydney Morning Herald, drawing for the daily until he became one of the most notable pop artists today. He has had collaborations with Nike, Mercedes, LeSportsac, MTV, Disney, Swatch, Diesel, Adidas and recently Uniqlo (which has yet to be launched in Manila). His works have been showcased in the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, La Casa Encendida Museum in Madrid, the Madre Museum in Napoli, Colette in Paris, Cappellini in NYC, and the 798 Arts District in Beijing. He was also selected as one of the 100 Best Illustrators in the World by New York Times editor Steven Heller.

Catch Jeremyville’s show at Vinyl On Vinyl, in Warehouse 2 – 2135 Chino Roces, Makati, on display until June 9.

by Kara Ortiga

Imagine taking a small piece of your heart, setting it down somewhere — anywhere — and allowing a stranger to peruse its contents, in the hopes that he or she sees life a little differently.

by Jam Pascual

Fashion can always evoke the strongest emotions from us – from the clean lines of Calvin Klein to the cool street style of Alexander Wang. Unbound, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s (DLS-CSB) Fashion Design grad show, aims to do just that. This April 25, the vibrant orient dreams to come alive on the runway with the 2015 theme Asian Wedding. Marrying Asian elements from both the past and the present, the 77 fashion design students will showcase pieces that aim to reflect their years of technical education and intensive research.

Unbound takes to the runway at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in the School of Design and Arts, in three segments which will take place at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. To attend any one of these shows will surely evoke a strong emotion, and might just give a new meaning to what being unbound means.

For more information, please refer to Unbound’s Facebook page at or its Instagram profile at @Unbound2015.

by Helene Enriquez

Playing pretend can be fun: whether playing someone else or becoming a different version of yourself. If this is something you’re interested in now that school’s out, Performance Lab has got just the thing. Performance Lab is a multi-arts performance master class series, the first of its kind in the country. The workshop series will

It’s the middle of April, and your summer is supposed to be in full swing. You scroll past all the photos of your friends chilling at the beach and under cherry blossom trees and find yourself wondering what you’re doing with your life. If you somehow managed to breeze through the usual summer itinerary of

Everybody has a story to tell. And if you’re lucky, people might just listen. Sharing your story is like ripping your mind and heart wide open for the world to see. It’s scary to think about. But once you wrap your head around it, once you realize how important your story is, it’s one of

Picture this: you’re with your bestest friends, you’ve got a fire going to keep you warm, but instead of the usual kumbaya sing-a-long, you got the King of the Jungle himself, Kid Cudi blasting his best hits. Oh and there’s smores too! Makati’s concrete jungle is sure to get even wilder on April 25 as

We don’t know about you but we can’t help but get jealous of the artist lineup of music festivals like Coachella and NYC’s Governor’s Ball and think: Why can’t they bring that to Manila? It might take a while for them to bring a production that big to our shores but our prayers are slowly

You can’t deny that our moms are our number one homies.

No one else has been there with us from the beginning, or knows just what makes us feel better (food and 13-hour naps, naturally). Of course, they also know what annoys us to no end (nagging us about our messy rooms), but it’s all part of why we love them.

It’s this deep and lasting bond of motherhood that inspired artists and mother-and-son Mayi and Tokwa Peñaflorida for their two-man show Pietà this January 28. The exhibit is named after Michaelangelo’s famed La Pietà sculpture, which depicts the Virgin Mary clutching onto her son Jesus Christ after he died on the cross.

Mayi and Tokwa’s paintings follow a similar thread. The mother and son’s oil paintings show mothers and their children in various poses, each one highlighting how this relationship is one that is loving and nurturing. Dark and evocative, the paintings highlight the artists’ vastly different styles. They may come from the same family tree, but their individual aesthetics vastly branch out—Mayi is known for transforming the human body with enlarged heads and svelte limbs, while Tokwa paints with dark and dreamy brush strokes.

Even the sneak peek of the exhibit—a dreamy oil painting of the aforementioned Michaelangelo piece—is enough to whet any art lover’s appetite. It’ll certainly be worth seeing how this mother and son duo collaborate to create something so visually arresting. After all, we do worth best when our homies are right by our side.

Pietà opens on January 28, 2015 at Vinyl on Vinyl, 2nd floor, Warehouse 2, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.

by Marga Buenaventura

Here’s something we can all agree on: newsletters are notoriously why we hate opening our e-mails. We think we want to know what’s in them, but eventually all the news about back to school discounts and the latest in pastel sweaters can make us feel a little nauseated. It’s about time we find a way

by Margarita Buenaventura