Bianca Umali - Village Pipol January 2019 Issue

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TRAVEL TO YOUR

HEART'S CONTENT

THIS 2019

BY KARLA MAE DOMINGO

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SPC UNVEILS WINNERS

OF SHARP LOVES YOUR

FAMILY VIDEO MAKING

CONTEST

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THE PROBLEM WITH

PENN BADGLEY IN

'YOU'

BY LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

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ANDRÉ BROUILLETTE

IS THE MULTIRACIAL MAN

OF YOUR DREAMS

BY SHAWN KLIFF SACAL

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EVOLUTION

RED ENTERTAINMENT, INC., THE COMPANY THAT PUBLISHED THE 1 ST

FREE ONLINE AND PRINTED NEWS MAGAZINE IN THE PHILIPPINES,

VILLAGE PIPOL, WAS ESTABLISHED ON OCTOBER 2007. #CHEERS!

New year signifies the continuation of our long journey towards our desires. All spirits are

hopeful, putting their best assets on their welcoming fete to this annual change of calendar.

The wonder of seeing everyone in light and loud tone makes every January a refreshing season

for beginnings and embraces. Of course, the enthusiasm and excitement will always be there,

giggling and blushing.

To start this year right, our first cover for 2019 features the admiring old soul of Bianca Umali.

With the current flow of showbiz, she is defying the norms. She is a fighter, fearless and firm

in breaking boundaries in her craft. Moreover, her passion and resilience has made an indelible

mark to those around her that she has become a marvel in her own right.

PUBLISHER RICHIE DE QUIÑA

GWYN CRISOSTOMO

MANAGING EDITOR JOHN LUKE CHICA

PR & MARKETING MANAGER JOSH AUSTRIA

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JIM REYNOLD ZAMORA

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LAYOUT ARTIST FRAME RIVAS

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT LARA TOLDANES

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

PHOTOGRAPHERS

VIDEOGRAPHER

MAKE-UP ARTIST

STYLIST

HAIR STYLIST

LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

SHAWN KLIFF SACAL

RUTH KARLA DOMINGO

GIA CATIMBANG

JOBO NACPIL

KENNETH TANGONAN

RXANDY CAPINPIN

VINCENT SY

NATHAN FEROLINO

JOHN PAUL DIZON

NELLY SEGIRL

As we grew older and wiser, we have learned to appreciate things more than its shallow

representation. Everything has its own purpose and the challenge to find each significant path

will bring satisfaction to our hearts. Do not be afraid to take the risk of following your desires.

This year is for you!

Let's welcome 2019 with high hopes and numerous goals. Be the best version of yourselves!

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TRAVEL TO YOUR HEART'S CONTENT

THIS 2019!

by KARLA MAE DOMINGO

This new year, it’s time to focus on yourself and what

you desire the most. Get rid of self-doubt and that

pessimistic attitude of 2018. Embrace the great

opportunities ahead, the people who love you, and the places

you are yet to see.

We know that your social media feeds are now swamped with

“goals” articles here and there. You might consider this piece

one of them but our intentions are pure. We are declaring 2019

the year for you to travel to your heart’s content. Remember

that bucket list of yours you always hide and neglect to fulfill?

Pull it out and let’s start checking off one by one!

1

Seoul, South Korea

Going here wouldn’t just be about the oppas or the phenomenal boy/

girl groups, it will mean that you finally live your daydreams. Admit

it or not, at some point of your life you wanted to wear a furry coat

and strut on the streets of those you watch in teleseryes! Am I right?

Don’t worry, we are all guilty.

2

Bali, Indonesia

You’ve seen Eat, Pray, Love right? I don’t know about you but I am

a fan of temples and serene places. Bali is the perfect spot for you

to hibernate! Experience oneness with nature through the calming

breeze of their surroundings, the beaches, the villas.

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3

Taipei, Taiwan

Asia is rich with picturesque areas. Even though filled with business

districts, Taipei is a go-to for tourists who still want to get away. Most

of the prominent influencers today shoot there for instagrammable

posts because the bright lights are to travel for!

4

Bangkok, Thailand

Again, if you’re fan of temples and the Asian experience, go to

Bangkok! They have a handful of featured areas that will make you

forget about the stress at work or at home back in the Philippines.

Plus, their shopping districts will let you snatch cool pieces without

breaking bank!

5

Batanes, Philippines

Of course, love our own. Batanes may be underrated but its beauty

will leave you speechless. The hills for sure will give you the chills!

Over the years, this place has been featured in many independent

films and has captivated an abundance of adventure seekers. Should

you follow that wanderlust, make Batanes among your top list!

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CHILL NIGHTS, WINGS, AND RIBS:

EXPERIENCE BRAD

& PIT’S RIBSHACK

by LARA TOLDANES

hen the hustle and the bustle of the

day get the best of you, you will

W seek comfort in good food, good

music, and a good place. However, with the

jam-packed restaurants and bars in the Metro,

finding a space to breath may be difficult.

Brad & Pit’s Ribshack can offer you more than

just a sumptuous meal but also a chill night

filled with smooth beer and soothing songs.

Located at a residential area in Kapitolyo, Pasig,

you may think that it’s only an ordinary eatery.

But once inside, you will experience the tropical

and whimsical vibe of the Cuban-inspired

restaurant.

The ambiance inside Brad & Pit’s will transport

you to the Caribbean. With the displays of old

Vinyl records, old bottles, and phrases written

on the black-painted walls with chalk, you’ll

feel nothing but nostalgia that tugs a relaxing

feeling. The tables and chairs are made of

hard woods and steels, the ones used typically

at the diners by the beach. Laid back nights

for drinking calls for a good music, which are

delivered by live performances in the corner of

the restaurant.

With their affordable price and delectable

meals, you’ll find yourself coming back to Brad

& Pit’s. Munch in all of your favorites in one

plate with the Super Combo meal. It comes

with the Original Ribs, Carribean Wings,

Pomadoro Pasta, and rice. The smoky yet

tender ribs will satisfy your palates, along

with the dulcet wings, pasta, and rice, surely

deserved the ‘perfect combo meal’ title. You

can also select from their Ribs Combo, Wings

Combo, Steak Combo, Braised Beef Combo,

and Tuna Combo. The Tuna Combo is a must

try. Grilled tuna belly paired with corn and

carrots, you can choose either Barbeque or

Cream Sauce. The latter complements the

tender and juicy grilled belly tuna, so we’ll

recommend this one.

Up for some cold beers? Dynamite Sticks,

Calamares, and Torched Cheesy Mussels are

best paired with chilled drinks. The Dynamite

Sticks will give you just the right kicks,

the spiciness tugs with the melted cheese

inside. A little bland, but the tenderness of

the Calamares and the right sauce will keep

you reaching for more. The Torched Cheesy

Mussels comes in two variety of sauce, the

regular cheese and the tomato cheese sauce

with a teeny tiny spiciness in it. Both are equally

appetizing.

If you are looking for a place to fill your hungry

stomach and tired minds, Brad & Pit’s is the

place to be. Visit them now at 35 E Capitol

Dr, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Open from

Monday to Sunday 11 am to 12 midnight. n

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SPC UNVEILS WINNERS OF

SHARP LOVES YOUR FAMILY

VIDEOMAKING CONTEST

Sharp Philippines Corp. (SPC) has been part of

the Filipino households for more than 36 years,

highlighting its legacy of bringing convenience

and comfortability. Before 2018 ends, SPC

wants to honor every Filipino family, who has

been part of their successes through these

years.

Sharp’s Loves Your Family Video-Making

Contest, the second phase of the SPC’s

“We Love Philippines” campaign, recently

announced their lucky winners from hundreds

of entries nationwide. Each entry showcased

impressive creativity and heartfelt message,

which greatly represent their love for their

families and loved ones. The said contest

began last November 15 and ended last

December 15, 2018.

There are total of 10 winners of Sharp 45-inch

4K LED televisions, three (3) winners of french

door refrigerators, and 100 winners of rice

cookers!

Headed by PR and Marketing Head Amor

Golifardo, the winners were judged based on

their creativity and smooth story telling.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Follow Sharp’s official social media accounts for

more updates!

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COVER

BIANCA

UMALI

A MARVEL IN HER OWN RIGHT

In show business, where talent is slowly becoming saturated and where fame is the

sensationalist’s paradise, artists must spark own fires. With the current situation, Bianca Umali is

defying the norms. For a life often dictated by others, she is writing her own narrative.

WRITTEN BY SHAWN KLIFF SACAL & LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

CREATIVE DIRECTOR JOBO ANTONIO NACPIL | PHOTOGRAPHER KENNETH TANGONAN | VIDEOGRAPHER VINCENT SY

STYLIST JOHN PAUL DIZON | MAKE UP ARTIST NATHAN FEROLINO | HAIRSTYLIST NELLY SEGIRL

SPECIAL THANKS TO GMA ARTIST CENTER, WILFRED E. VILLARUEL AND ZOOMBURST STUDIOS

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W

hen you look up at the sky, you

cannot help but wonder how big

it is. Its reach is so wide and its

possibilities are endless that there is no other

way but up. For celebrities, the sky is the limit

-- their stars hang high up in the heavens for

everyone to see. Their luster shine as heads

lean up to them. From a supportive fan base

to a growing social media presence and from

brand endorsements to an overall exposure,

these stars constantly find ways to leave a mark

in a diverse industry.

Suit & Pants: Rodel Brinas

With the current situation, Bianca Umali is

defying the norms. For a life often dictated by

others, she is writing her own narrative. Born

a fighter, she is fearless and firm in breaking

boundaries in her craft. With a voice that’s

loud and clear and a presence that resonates

among her peers, she definitely stands out. The

budding pressure to become her own individual

never seems to shake her determination. Her

passion and resilience has made an indelible

mark to those around her that she has become

a marvel in her own right.

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“I don’t really mind [the pressure]. I mean, yes.

Na-fefeel ko yung pressure, but I don’t take it as

something I have to dwell in because I think that in

everything I do, I always give my 1000% best.”

She says this so matter-of-factly with a straight

face that you know she’s being true to herself.

With her phone on one hand, a handbag on the

other, and her pet Pomeranian named Boop in tow,

Bianca looks like your basic millennial teenager in

her natural environment. But wait for her to speak

and tell her story, and you’d fall for her charm.

She’s eighteen years old but she talks like she’s way

beyond than that.

“You’re not the only person who said that. Marami

kayong nagsasabi na, ‘Hindi ka 18.’ They say I’m

like a 35-year old when I talk. I think it’s because

of the experiences. I grew up independently. I’ve

been self-supporting [since I was 10]. I’ve been

supporting my cousins as well. And my family na

rin. Kumbaga, I learned things the hard way. Ganito

ako kasi wala akong choice kundi maging ganito.”

Floral dress by Mariane Perez

She faces the camera like she’s about to erupt in

flames. Her eyes tell her story, and her glow gives

off big woman energy. Having grown up under the

limelight, it’s clear that Bianca Umali is a star. She

modeled for a diaper brand way before she spoke

her first words, she acted in TV shows long before

she knew herself. If anyone can project an entire

story with one glance, it’s her -- and there’s so much

more where that came from.

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BEYOND THE LIMELIGHT

A new year opens with a splash of Living Coral. It

awakens the dormant emotions in us and urges to

embrace our humanity with this therapeutic direction.

Invigorating but never overpowering, Bianca is an

embodiment of such an energizing color palette. Not

only is she a breath of fresh air, there’s more to her

than meets the eye. You would know when someone

is being true to themselves -- you can feel it from the

words they say, to the things they do. For Bianca, her

genuine desire to leave an impact in the industry and

the people she meets is electrifying.

Born as Maria Isadora Bianca Soler-Umali, she has

been paving her road by doing commercials as early

as 2 years old. This ultimately led her to become one

of GMA Network’s budding talents. One could say

the limelight was destined to shine on her. Working in

her element has helped her propel to greater heights

and acclaimed roles in TV series including Once Upon

A Kiss, Wish I May, Mulawin vs. Ravena, and Kambal,

Karibal among others.

Digging a little deeper, despite the glitz and glamour

of being a celebrity, Bianca is like any other girl. In

reality, she sums herself up as "loka-loka". She adores

dogs having Juno and Boop, and indulges in sketching

and painting on her spare time.

When asked if she could imagine another version of

herself apart from her career, she sheepishly shook her

head. She shared that she grew up doing what she’s

doing now -- acting has always been her thing. What’s

happening now is that other forms of art gravitate to

her in her spare time. She expressed her interest in the

possibility of pursuing Fine Arts if she goes to college

because she likes making things with her hands. Her

meticulous nature makes her good not only as an

artist but also as someone in the creative arts field.

But growing up under the public eye, she learned how

to compromise her wants and desires. She knows she

can excel in acting, so she’s hitting it off from there.

“I think it’s a matter of discipline. It depends on how

you manage not only the things you have to do, but

also yourself. It’s not easy having almost everyone’s

eyes on you, on everything you do. And it’s not easy to

balance your priorities and work. Everything depends

on how you manage yourself -- your thinking on how

you take the positives and the negatives.”

Bianca admits that she still has no long-term goals in

mind yet. She just moves along and takes what she’s

given. The universe, in her opinion, is unpredictable

even with meticulous planning. One should expect the

unexpected.

Top: Stradivarius;

Pants: Forever21

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Top & Skirt: iamwearingpaul;

Trench: Zara

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RELENTLESS BELIEVER

To call her brave would be an understatement. The life she

had is nothing close to being easy. Bianca lost both of her

parents at an early age. Her mother lost the battle with breast

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cancer in 2005, while her father of heart attack in 2010.

Rather than wallowing in despair, she used these experiences

All the things Kim has done in the twelve years

to fuel her slow but steady rise. She draws her strength from

as a Kapamilya actress have been for her family.

her grandmother who is her superhero, and everyone else

She's gone through a lot at an early age and her

who loves and supports her. Speaking with the depth of a true

family has been with her ever since. They have

warrior, Bianca doesn’t regret anything that has happened in

been her inspiration for a lot of decisions she’s

her life and wouldn’t, for once, change anything. She believes

made in her life and career. With the way she

nothing happens simply by chance. There is always a reason.

talks about her family and how her eyes glow, it

Seeing the rainbow amidst it all is a meaningful reminder of

is clear how much she loves them.

how storms are a part of the story, as much as the sunshine.

“They have been my anchor,” she said as she

“Ang lagi kong sinasabi whenever I lose something or when

described her family. “Kasali talaga sila sa mga

something unexpected happens, you shouldn’t stay in one

desisyon ko. Hindi pwede na hindi.”

corner and cry yourself out and dwell in the pain. It’s when

you fall, you stand up and move on. And doon mo makikita

In a way, loving has been Kim's greatest asset.

yung happiness, doon mo mahahanap yung peace and

The way she loves her work and her family is

yung contentment. ‘Tsaka, kahit na sobrang sakit nung mga

a testament to that. With so much going on,

nangyayari, once na ma-achieve mo na yung acceptance,

she also learned that loving too much can be

mamahalin mo lahat ng mga flaws mo. Mamahalin mo

painful. She guards her heart and she does not

lahat ng mga bagay. Even the people who did you wrong,

allow herself "..to fall agad kasi natakot na eh."

mamahalin mo sila lalo, once ma-forgive mo sila.”

She said it with a smile, but it is clear that Kim

has learned and that she’s stronger now.

As a piece of advice for people who have gone through

difficult times, she has this to say:

Kim believes she had to take up more

challenging roles -- roles that bring out a

“Masakit ‘yon -- losing people. And it’s not easy. But it still

version of her the public doesn’t always see.

depends on how you think. It depends on how you handle

She knows that growth will not happen if she

your situation. Kapag nalulungkot ka, yes, sige, namnamin mo

stays with the same kinds of roles. A part of her

for a while. But don’t stay there. Because, really, promise, I’ve

decision to show her strength as an actress was

been through it. It’s not nice.”

accepting her recent movie.

Surely enough, a diamond is never the precious gem that it

She read somewhere before about what her

is without the trials of fire. Going through a rough patch has

next big move would be, and it has definitely

made her wise beyond her years. Her secret formula? Her

stuck with her. She has done rom-coms, period

faith. She exclaims that she owes all her accomplishments to

pieces, pure comedy, and horror. She believed

God, His power, and His timing

it was time to do something new. When the

opportunity came knocking on her door, she

grabbed it. One Great Love is a movie she topbills

with Dennis Trillo and JC de Vera. It’s the

first time she has worked with both men and

the story was what pulled her in even more.

When she read the script, she realized it was

the project she was looking for. What’s next

for Kim Chiu? She finally answered with a love

scene.

“You will definitely see a different Kim in One

Great Love. You will see things na 'di ko pa

nagagawa ever sa isang project. Magugulat

na lang kayo. Ako nga nagulat din. Nung napreview

ko yung movie, I was like ‘Ako yan???’

Kakaiba pero relatable sa lahat. Working with

Dennis and JC was fun. It was like seeing GMA

and ABS working in one film, and it was nice.”

Wardrobe: Sheena Alsree

Accesories: Jacatel

Floral dress by Liza Padilla

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HER HEART IS UNSTOPPABLE

Each day seems to unfold for Bianca.

Underneath her evident older sister persona,

lies the most tender and beautiful soul. She

is currently in partnership with World Vision.

She recently celebrated her 18th birthday with

the organization and flew to Marawi for a citywide

outreach program. There, she spent time

with the families in the war-stricken region.

Since her induction as a youth ambassador for

education, she has been an active advocate for

children’s well-being, ending violence against

them, and reading.

“I, somehow, find satisfaction when I see the

smiles of the elderly and the children. Kapag

nagsasmile sila, it just melts my heart. And ‘yon

yung reason kung bakit lagi kong hinahanap

yung advocacies. Baka ‘yon siguro kasi yung

purpose ko in life. It’s to make people happy, to

help [people] and to inspire them. Kasi I grew

up with my lola and cousins, and we’re all girls.

And sa’ming lahat, ako yung pinaka-ate. So

lumaki ako na ate ako sa maraming bata. [So]

now, isa sa mga motivations ko in inspiring

children is gusto ko maging ate -- hindi lang sa

bahay namin, pero sa buong mundo.”

People who have gone through a great deal of

pain and mourning do become the strongest.

And it is in her loss that she found the will to

make people feel good about themselves. She

knows what it’s like to be at the bottom, so

she has made it a point to uplift everyone else.

That’s Bianca Umali’s strength -- her heart.

With so many things that transpired in 2018,

life-changing is precisely how she describes the

months prior. It was the “steepest rollercoaster”

in terms of the times she stumbled and fall but

continued to move forward. As for resolutions

in 2019, she wants to keep on being a beacon of

inspiration and happiness to many. Additionally,

she is steadfast in her promise to read a

hundred books. This is the fifth year she has

pursued such a feat.

Bianca notes that she’s a bibliophile -- someone

who is passionate about the printed book. She

has nothing against e-books but there’s no

replacing that “new book” smell. Each book

smells differently and each page has its own

distinct scent. She then brings up that each

person has its own story to tell. Each person is

a book waiting to be read. In her time with her

advocacies, she has met people from all walks

of life. Each person a page of this book of life,

each page so necessary to grow.

Blazer: Bershka;

Turtle Neck: Stradivarius;

Pants: Forever21;

Brooch: Vintage;

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AUTHENTICITY IS POWER

Age is but a number for Bianca. Opportunities are

endless, if you’re fearless to take it. To strike while

the iron is hot and to give it your all. Now, in such

a delicate chapter, she offers the wisest lesson on

coping with pressure.

Undeterred by the demands of showbiz, Bianca

strongly holds into discipline to keep herself in

check, and to bring balance between work and other

priorities. She is, in several ways, an open book

herself: what she projects onscreen is a reflection of

who she genuinely is. Being comfortable in her own

skin allows her to empower women and the youth

clear of any inhibitions. She is convinced how this

generation must learn to disconnect and reconnect to

what truly matters to be the future that they are meant

to be.

“Hindi ko mapopoint out isa-isa kung ano [ang] mga

dapat natin baguhin because I believe na dapat natin

baguhin lahat. Today is so different. It’s super different.

Ang gusto kong sabihin is maybe it’s time to reset. Or

like, it’s time to think again about how we are now.

I noticed today na andaming nag-aaway, andaming

gulo, andaming opinions, andaming misunderstanding.

When we forget na, sometimes, the things we say are

not even important anymore. We have to reset.”

For someone so young, Bianca has enough teeth in

her bite. She walks her talk and struts her ideals. She

knows what she believes in and does what she can to

make those happen.

Top & Skirt: iamwearingpaul;

Trench: Zara

“We can be better. We can if we want to. We can if we

will. Kasi if we wait? No one’s gonna do it. It’s also one

of the things I believe in sa mga advocacies ko. Like, in

helping. Kasi lagi ko iniisip kung hindi ko ‘to gagawin

ngayon, kung hindi ako tutulong, sino ang tutulong

sa kanila? Kung hindi ako makikinig sa mga bata, or

‘don sa mga taong may mga gustong sabihin, pa’no

natin malalaman? Kasi I know no one would listen. So,

in every [time] we want to change, it will always start

with you. So if we start with you, that’s when everyone

will follow.

A vision worthy of emulation, Bianca slowly finds her

own ground in an industry that’s ever-shifting. Her

reach has slowly widened and her possibilities have

become clearer. Like the tide, the path she chooses to

take rises and falls. Like the wind, the opportunities

come from every direction. However, holding to her

own truth, she surely knows the way. Bianca may be

an actress for most of her life, but her journey has just

begun. With a heart so full of passion, she is exactly

what the industry needs. Her genuineness backed

by her desire to be more than just a pretty face sets

her as an example for her generation. The smiles she

gets from those who draw her as an inspiration are

testaments of her achievements.

Her light shines brightly among the constellation of

ever brighter suns. Her spark is a fire that’s every

glowing.

The sky’s the limit for Bianca Umali. n

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SPOTLIGHT

SWEAT PANTS AND SHIRT, BERSHKA; SNEAKERS, ZARA MAN

Andre Brouillette

THE MULTIRACIAL MAN

OF YOUR DREAMS

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JACKET, FOREVER 21; PANTS, UNIQLO; SNEAKERS, ZARA MAN

Fairy tales do come true. More often than not, it could mean a “rags

to riches” story. However, for us, it's being in the midst of a real-life

prince. André Brouillette seems to come straight out from the pages of

a storybook with his classic side part and pompadour.

WRITTEN BY SHAWN KLIFF SACAL

PHOTOGRAPHER | RXANDY CAPINPIN

ASSISTED BY | ANTON VAZQUEZ

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SWEAT PANTS AND SHIRT, BERSHKA; SNEAKERS, ZARA MAN

Aloha! Like the Big Island, this knight in shining

armor came sweeping in like a huge tidal wave.

He's hard to miss with eyes that speak right to

your soul and a physique that would melt you on

the spot. Although fresh in the industry, right off

the bat, we know André is here to stay.

PATCHWORK OF CULTURE

You might have guessed it already. André is a

native of the Hilo, Hawaii. Yet, his stark beauty

has an intricate history behind it. This worldclass

model weaves countries together being

half-Filipino, a quarter French and German. Nani

kōkī (supremely beautiful), to say the least.

His Filipina mother, born in Pangasinan, wished

for a better future. With her husband who is

a U.S. national, they decided to move abroad.

Undeniably, there's more that connects us than

what brings us apart.

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LEAPS OF FAITH

The voyager in André longed for more. As a result, he

traveled to Japan to learn their language. As fate had a hand

on it, he was scouted by an agency a month after to see if he

had a knack for modeling and acting.

"I love to create a feeling through the camera from my

acting. I wish to encourage people to never give up on

their dreams, put in the work, and dream big," to which he

responded with vigor.

This gave him his first taste of the limelight. At the same

time, he also starred in a show of NHK, a television channel

in the country. Being a fast learner, André began speaking

fluently in Japanese in a matter of a year.

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CONNECTING TO HIS ROOTS

Consequently, this sense of wonder led him to

the Philippines. Initially, he was only supposed

to shoot a short film The Scarf for about a

week. The daredevil in him realized it was a

great opportunity to move back home. He sold

most of his belongings to start anew in Manila.

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"Some advice I would like to give my younger

self is heartbreaks and mistakes happen, learn

from it and be more wise. Also, don’t be afraid

to take a risk. Those who are willing to take

risks are the ones willing to make it to the top,"

remembering how far he'd come.

Indeed, fortune favors the bold. André has

recently entered the Pinoy Big Brother house

as its new batch of adult contestants. He sees

this as a favorable chance to get to know what

it truly means to be a Filipino.

If all goes well, he plans to use his mother's

maiden name Javelona for his screen surname.

He considers Brouillette as hard to remember

and to pronounce.

Despite being a combination of different

backgrounds, it would always show how our

fighting spirit is with him. The entertainment

world is about to witness an icon unfold.

His debut marks a new generation that

seamlessly ushers and benchmarks a fresh set

of standards. Looks on point, talented, and well

calibrated throughout, what more can we ask

for? He was made for this.

André is gaining traction and there's no

stopping him. From here on out, his future is

written in the stars. He is what we've been

waiting for. In fact, the rest of us and the world

are ready for him! n

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VP TECH

SAMSUNG GALAXY J4

PLUS REVIEW:

SLEEK STYLE AND PERFORMANCE ON A BUDGET

by GIA CATIMBANG

Samsung has always made waves in the mobile realm

for being a pioneer of good style and performance

while remaining in the borders of affordability. The

Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus (stylized as J4+) is the newest

smartphone in the J series which showcases good looks

and nice performance.

BUILD QUALITY & DESIGN

We were impressed with how the images turned out when

used for daylight photography, with good shadows and

vibrant colors using the rear and front camera.

charging port, the Galaxy J4 Plus’ speaker is unusually

located just above the power button.

Regardless of where the audio speaker is positioned, we

did not like how the sound turned out when using solely

the phone’s speaker.

However, nighttime photography is not the Galaxy J4 Plus’

strong suit. Prevalence of noise and shakiness somehow

degrades image quality but retains the same brightness

and color vibrancy nonetheless.

UNDER-THE-HOOD PERFORMANCE

But thankfully, the Galaxy J4 Plus features the Dolby

Atmos sound effect. This feature revamps the audio quality

to produce an immersive, 3D sound that works wonders

with a pair of earphones or a Bluetooth speaker.

The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus features a slim metal and

glass unibody design that is reminiscent of stunning highgrade

smartphones.

BATTERY LIFE

Thin bezels surround the Galaxy J4 Plus to put emphasis

on its 6-inch screen. Samsung also opted for an in-display

home button for the latter purpose.

On the flipside, the Galaxy J4 Plus presents a glossy,

plastic-made back panel housing the single-lens camera.

Power and volume buttons are located on the sides, while

the headphone jack and charging ports are at the bottom.

The Galaxy J4 Plus is also available in three different

colors: Black, Gold, and Pink.

DISPLAY QUALITY

The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus brandishes a 6-inch True HD+

Infinity display with 720x1480 pixels resolution,

The display has good brightness levels and is still visible

under direct sunlight. When used in the dark, its brightness

levels prove to be comforting when used minimally.

The Galaxy J4 Plus also offers the blue light filter feature

that reduces eye strain, very fitting for a screen-full

smartphone.

AUDIO QUALITY

Unlike the usual smartphone where the audio speaker is

located either on the top side or at the bottom beside the

The Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus is equipped with a 3,300

mAh battery, beating the Galaxy S8 and S9’s battery

capacity. The device also supports Power Saving mode for

longer-lasting battery life.

Enabling the Power Saving mode in mid setting extends

the J4 Plus’ battery life exceptionally.

It’s enough to make it last for 2 days without charging.

Which makes us wonder how much longer can it last in

maximum Power Saving mode?

Although blessed with enduring battery performance,

the Galaxy J4 Plus sadly does not support Adaptive Fast

Charging. Average charging time ranges from 2 to 3 hours

until the battery reaches 100%.

CAMERA

The Galaxy J4 Plus features a 13MP rear camera with

f/1.9 aperture and LED flash while its 5MP front camera

brandishes a f/2.2 aperture and LED flash.

The device comes with the Android 8.1 Oreo update and

equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor

and also features dual SIM and 4G LTE support.

The Galaxy J4 Plus can deliver daily tasks such as

messaging, video streaming, and social media surfing, but

struggles when it comes to multitasking. The device seems

to buffer whenever you try to reply at a chat head while

browsing the internet at the same time.

Surprisingly, the Galaxy J4 Plus provides sluggish to nearseamless

performance when it comes to gaming.

We tried playing PUBG with the J4 Plus on medium

settings. While gameplay remained within 20-30 framesper-second

plus the slight lags, the Galaxy J4 Plus’ quadcore

processor and 2 GB RAM still managed to deliver our

chicken dinner.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, the Samsung

Galaxy J4 Plus is a mustchoice

for consumers

who are looking for a

budget smartphone with a

modern flair in aesthetics

and average hardware for

casual everyday use.

We recommend the

Galaxy J4 Plus for those

who prefer wielding big

screens over pocket-sized

smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy J4

Plus is available nationwide

for P6,570.00 to P8,680.00

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THE PROBLEM WITH

PENN BADGLEY IN 'YOU'

by LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

…is hands down the show's greatest strength. Penn Badgley

has a way of bringing out the best in creepy New Yorker

boys. If that didn't sound right, then I may have gotten your

attention.

ONE AND ONLY YOU

YOU is a psychological thriller series that treads between

the thin lines between love and obsession. With social media

becoming a window for anyone to have a peek at your life,

no wonder it's easy to stalk anyone with the right amount of

desire.

Based on the book by Caroline Kepnes of the same name,

YOU fairly sticks very close to its source material. As the

series creators promise that YOU will have the same themes

and same flow, they intend to change things up a bit, add and

flesh out more character. They want to please the fans but

also want them to be thrilled much like new viewers.

Apart from the solid acting, a gripping plot, and a good pace,

YOU has got it going. It's a show so worthy obsessing over,

that its 10 episodes will be a binge-friendly breeze.

Penn Badgley is known for his role as Daniel Humphrey in

the hit CW series Gossip Girl back in 2007 to 2012. In that

show, Penn played a rather sarcastic New York outsider who

secretly wanted to be part of the his peers in the NY elite.

He was in love with the "it" girl Serena van der Woodsen, and

even created the online persona known as Gossip Girl in her

honor.

Now, Penn seems to play the sarcastic outsider so well that

he brings it out effortlessly in YOU as Joe Goldberg. Unlike

his portrayal in Gossip Girl, Penn serves as a downright

creepy New York book store manager who falls in love with

a customer named Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail). This

love, however, escalates to a obsession and that's where the

thrilling story picks up.

VP NEWS

MEET THE BEST

SMARTPHONES

OF 2018 AT THE

#GIZPHONEAWARDS

by GIA CATIMBANG

2018 continues to be a fruitful year for mobile tech as

GIZGUIDE names the best smartphones of the past year in

their annual Giz Phone Awards last Jan. 12 at the DC Super

Heroes Cafe.

From the best entry-level smartphone to the smartphone of the

year, take a look at the winners of the 2018 Giz Phone Awards:

2018 Giz Phone Awards: Plaque List

Best Ultra-Budget Smartphone 2018:

Cloudfone Thrill Boost 3

Best Budget Smartphone 2018: Cherry Mobile Flare S7

Best Entry-Level Smartphone 2018: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Best Affordable Mid-Range Smartphone 2018: Honor 8X

Best Mid-Range Smartphone 2018: Pocophone F1

Best Affordable Premium Smartphone 2018: OnePlus 6T

Best Flagship Smartphone 2018: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

YOUR NEXT OBSESSION

Psychology Today points out that delusions are

"fixed beliefs that do not change, even when

presented with conflicting evidence".

For Joe Goldberg, the idea that Guinevere Beck was

in love him the moment she walked into his bookstore

looks to be a clear sign of erotomania -- a delusional

disorder where someone believes that another person is

in love with them. This person of interest usually comes from

a higher social class or of popularity.

Unlike some psychological disorders, delusions usually do not

impair daily functions nor behavior. People who suffer this

may look normal as long as their delusional themes are not

stimulated.

Penn as Joe is spot on. You wouldn't know if you want to root

for him or not. He is witty and brilliant. He seems to know

what to say at any given time. His sarcasm doesn't skip a beat.

His good guy charm oozes of him naturally. And that's why he

plays a homicidal outsider to the brim -- because it seems so

unlikely that he'd be a killer. Until bam! He's on an obsessive

killing spree for the one he loves.

LOOK BEHIND YOU

With the rise of social media, cyber-stalking related incidents

have gone up. Based on 256 cased from a report made by

WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse), 60% of women and

40% of men in the US reported to have experienced being

cyber-stalked. YOU certainly hits a social nerve that people

seem to relate with.

The show presents a socially relevant issue that is visually

appealing. Adding characters that are relatable and grounded

in actual human interaction, YOU may have come at the best

time.

2018 Giz Phone Awards: Special Awards

Editor’s Choice Best Budget Smartphone 2018: Realme C1

Editor’s Choice Best Affordable Feature-Packed Smartphone 2018:

Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus

Editor’s Choice Best Gaming Smartphone 2018: ROG Phone

Editor’s Choice Best Smartphone Innovation 2018:

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

2018 Giz Phone Awards: Editor's Choice

Best Budget Selfie Smartphone 2018:

Cloudfone Next Infinity Pro

Best Selfie Smartphone 2018: Vivo V11

Best Affordable Camera Smartphone 2018:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Best Camera Smartphone 2018: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Best Local Smartphone 2018:

Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus

Best Affordable Gaming Smartphone:

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1

Best Gaming Smartphone 2018: Pocophone F1

Best Affordable Long Battery Life Smartphone 2018: OPPO A3s

Best Long Battery Life Smartphone 2018: Huawei Mate 20

Best Productivity And Multimedia smartphone 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Best Design Smartphone 2018: OPPO Find X

People’s Choice 2018: OPPO A3s

2018 Giz Phone Awards: Main Award

Best Smartphone of 2018

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

As the show places us in the mind of Joe Goldberg, we hear

his snark comments, his ramblings, and inner ramblings in

the form of voice overs. This form of story telling works quite

well for the plot. What better way to know what an obsessed

stalker thinks than to hear them as they play out.

Penn's signature voice seals the deal as he delivers his lines

so well. He may been born for this kind of characters if I say

so myself.

YOU shows us that love and obsession are two sides of the

same coin. Visually glorious and intense, the series paints a

familiar social problem without romanticizing it. It plays out a

serious truth in our society beneath its fictional premise, and

makes sure that we’re siting at the edge of our seats. With the

brilliant Penn Badgley in the center of this gripping tale, I can’t

wait for season two.

The first season premiered on the cable channel Lifetime last

September 9, 2018 in the US and internationally on Netflix

last December 26, 2018.

GIZGUIDE Editor-in-Chief Peter Jan Icogo

Giz Phone Awards Hosts: Kim Vargas and Rhijean Sarenas

Peter Icogo, GIZGUIDE’s Editor-in-Chief, couldn’t be more

happier of what smartphones have achieved in 2018.

“We saw a lot of game-changing products. A lot of design

changes, the screen is getting bigger and better, phones are

getting faster, battery life of most phones are now longer,

charging time is faster, and the cameras are much better,”

Mr. Icogo said, applauding both the high-end and entry-level

segments of smartphone innovation.

“It’s our responsibility to acknowledge those that we really

loved and that’s what happened here.”, says GIZGUIDE’s Neil

Jimenez on GizAwards’ possibility of branching out to other

categories. “baby steps muna,” he added.

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