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Shame game

“Pills, pills, pills, forget about those pills,” goes the famous Destiny’s Child song released way before Beyoncé was the Queen of Lemons. No wait, wasn’t it “Bills, Bills, Bills?” But then again, in today’s hypocritical society of clinging on to archaic religious dogmas and condoning murders of the untried, it may as well be one or the other. But what is it about pills and family planning and birth control that make a lot of Filipinos still cringe at the mere mention of any of them, making signs of crosses in the air, and summoning all the names of the saints? Why is it so hard to have a healthy, meaningful discussion on a more logical level in relevant public avenues without everything becoming an angry clouded argument over the true meaning of morality? It’s sex. It’s delicious sex. It’s power. It’s …

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Preparing for the big one

Photos Noel B. Pabalate There you are, on your bed after a long day of work, trying to figure out what you’re doing with your life. Then it happens.You think the nausea is caused by going through all those lonely profiles on your phone. But the hanging lights start to swing and the framed photos of your cat begin to fall. Then everything starts to shake violently as the lights flicker. You hear glass shattering and people screaming from the outside as car alarms go off. It won’t stop. It’s the Big One. The question is: Are you prepared? It’s easy to say that you are. We’ve been taught to duck under tables since we were in kindergarten. We’ve participated in earthquake drills. We’ve been told about the triangle of life. But what happens afterward? What do you do? Where do you go? The hysteria will be unparalleled. We’re talking about levels of chaos …

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Time to go fast

Images by Noel Pabalate “I own a Ferrari.” Yes, even the most casual of luxury racing fans dream of saying this. Ferrari is, after all, about the race, the luxury, the revs, and the sleekness. It’s about the Enzo, California T and P/45, but it’s also about the caps and t-shirts. It’s about the race red color, the color of power, rage, speed, and energy.  It’s all of it and more. It’s about the black horse emblem perched confidently up that yellow sky. It’s about Italy, Singapore, Morocco. And now, thanks to a new line of Scuderia Ferrari line of watches introduced recently in the Philippines, it can be about me and you, too. Scuderia Ferrari is the racing division of this luxury Italian auto manufacturer. This is where the names Kimi Raikkonen …

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To infinity and beyond

Images by Jim Guiao Punzalan There may be no greater dessert than chocolate: An aphrodisiac better than ginseng, an endorphin-releaser better than Ecstasy, an antioxidant more delicious than glutathione, and an immune system booster better than a probiotic drink. The benefits of consuming chocolate seem to be endless, but really, it’s the deliciousness that has captivated us all. From chocolate drinks to chocolate bars to chocolate dextroses, the way we consume chocolate is limitless as well. But there’s really only one word that’s as iconic as chocolate itself, and that word is Magnum. Magnum first burst into the Philippine chocolate scene in 2012, and the hype was incredible. It was priced steeper than any other chocolate bars available in the market, but there was incredible buzz about it on social media. People were curious why their friends and family were posting pictures …

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Smoke and Mirrors

I have been smoking for 17 years now, but I still remember that first stick. I was a naïve and 14 years young, and wanting acceptance,  easily gave in to peer pressure. I was dorky, a new guy in a new school. I needed to fit in and I needed to look cool and I needed to show everyone that I was no pushover (ironic, yes). And one day, I found myself walking with a schoolmate under the newly constructed skyway onramp along Arnaiz Avenue, right around the corner from where my school was. He bought a stick of Winston reds from an ambulant vendor, stopped before he lit it, looked at me, and asked, “Do you want one?” Those words were killer. Of course I did, because smoking was cool, …

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Walls of Art

“We need to paint this.” This was what went through the mind of Beau Basse, founder of art consultancy company Le Basse, after seeing the giant walls of Bonifacio Global City when he went here for a visit four years ago. He was taken aback and was instantly giddy with their potential, recognizing that this were unique canvasses that can no longer be seen anywhere in the world. Just like in his hometown of Los Angeles, billboards were the norm whenever a new wall came up, leaving less and less room for street art. “To come here and see wall after wall after wall without advertising? We need to paint this,” he added. And so he got in touch with the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) and collaborated with them in order to …

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Hail to the king

I have this unending love-hate-love relationship with jeepneys. I admire the craftsmanship that comes into building one, a blatant disrespect to the capitalist system that dictates a certain standard defined by the knowledgeable elite. I, however, am not a big fan of taking this disrespect to unprecedented measures, a seeming requirement for the drivers of these colorfully loud modern-day chariots, who seem to create new road lanes, loading points, and traffic rules. But then again, can anybody really discount the cultural significance of these “kings of the road?” The jeepneys, of course, started their reign after the Second World War, when discarded military service vehicles were converted into passenger carriers capable of bringing civilians from point A to point B. Decades later, these bad boys still rule the Philippine roads, what …

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Keeping the flame

Meet Jim Lafferty from Ohio, a fitness coach who sits on the board of the Medical Wellness Association, a physiologist by training, a coach for the Philippine Track and Field Olympic team, and an all-around sporty guy has been in the fitness industry for the longest time. His wife, Carol, is a former director of a Canada-based events company and is now a yoga instructor. A match made in fitness heaven, these two have found their love for health to be the flame that keeps their love burning. But in a plot twist that could probably only be seen in the fabled dramarama soap opera-filled afternoons, Jim is actually CEO of the British American Tobacco Company, one of the five largest tobacco companies in the world. The CEO of a tobacco company and his wife advocating health and fitness? Say what? You heard that right. Jim and …

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Enter, Stage Right

The blinding lights. The beautiful costumes. The glass-shattering singing. The marvelous acting. The stage. There’s just something about the world of make-believe that’s mesmerizing, that’s pure magic. Worlds we’ve never seen before, places we’ve been to some time in the past, friends we’ve never met and we’ll never see again, stories that are our own, events that we’re now only finding out. The make-believe becomes real. Reality? That’s just a figment of our imagination. Theater can be quite exhilarating for some, but daunting for most. There are, after all, hundreds, nay, thousands of eyes fixated on your every word, on your every pitch, on your every move. Those who have worked on stage their whole life know exactly how to deal with the pressure (though I assume the advice “imagine the …

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A city of a million faces

Makati City: What was once a small pottery town in the 1600s is now the financial center of the Philippines, where thousands of buildings, millions of establishments, and an unfathomable amount of money can be found. But what makes Makati unique, really, is the people who call it home, all four million people who find themselves somewhere in this area of 22 square kilometers sometime in the day. Each one has a story to tell, each one has a Makati narrative to provide. From the big bosses of multinational companies to the Millennials working on their first jobs to the street children who knock on car windows to be able to get their first meal of the day, all of them make Makati the eclectic, dynamic city that it is, …

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