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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!

Pride Month is an opportunity for us to celebrate our personal journey of selfdiscovery

and healing, a colorful celebration of uniqueness, diversity, and acceptance.

Above all, this is a public reminder for everyone that love should always win despite

differences.

Village Pipol Magazine continues to advocate for inclusion and diversity. As a media

entity, we want to use this platform to elevate discourse for the LGBT+ community

and its allies. We are also committed to our mission to further normalize all forms of

love and help break the stigma and bigotry against our brothers and sisters. Lastly,

we believe that Pride Month goes beyond gender—it’s a celebration of one’s truth.

This 2019, learn to love in all of its forms. Just because they choose to take a different

path doesn’t mean they’re lost. It’s time to speak, live, and celebrate your truth —

whoever, whatever, whichever you identify as. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS RXANDY CAPINPIN

KYLE SHIH

VIDEOGRAPHERS VINCENT SY

JASPER LAWAN

STYLISTS CHYNNA MAMAWAL

DARYL MAAT

MAKEUP ARTISTS GUILLANO VALENZUELA

RICK CALDERON

HAIR STYLIST MARK ANTHONY ROSALES

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TRAVEL

Swimming through

the Seven Seas in the

City of Golden Friendship

WRITTEN BY LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

Ahoy there! Beyond the crashing waves and endless depths of

Neptune’s seven seas, there lies a paradise for adventure seekers.

And by adventure, I mean wet and wild and thrilling fun.

Growing up, I wasn’t really a fan of heights. But, boy, was a fan of

swimming, beaches, and pools. Now, though, I realized life is short

and what better way to experience it than going all out. Why not enjoy

best of both worlds?

If you’re like me who thirsts for adrenaline, then let’s journey together

to this water paradise.

Summer time may be coming to a close but the heat certainly isn’t

over.

So ready your rash guard and put on some sun screen. We’re off to an

adventure!

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Setting Sail

Nestled just a 20-minute car ride from

Cagayan de Oro‘s city proper, there lies

a seaside gem situated at Barra, Opol.

For those who are geographicallyuncoordinated,

Cagayan de Oro is the

capital of Misamis Oriental. To picture

it out even clearer, that’s in Region

10 — Northern Mindanao. Just a mere

one hour and twenty-minute flight from

NAIA.

Having grown up in Cagayan de Oro,

I can say it’s a far cry from the buzzing

and monumental Metro Manila.

Although, being one of the fastest

growing cities in Mindanao in recent

years, CDO is becoming an urban force

to be reckoned with.

Moreover, more than any tourist

attraction, CDO boasts its warm and

hospitable people. It isn’t called the

“City Of Golden Friendship” for nothing.

An array of tourist grabbers, a set of

inborn hospitality, my hometown is on a

sea of endless possibilities.

Riding the Seven Seas

Speaking of rides: It has 10 heartthumping

water slides, a 400-meter lazy

river, a kids’ water play area, and a dual

wave pool.

Just thinking about the thrill of the rides

sends shivers down my spine. And I like

it!

They’ve got the Cannon Ball Run,

Cutlass, Pacific Reef, and the Cyclone

which needs to have 4 people on the

float. They also have the PlankDrop

which is the country’s first almost

90-degree single water slide.

Plus, the Riptide Reef, Escape Tunnel

Pira–Chute, and Buccaneer Bay Wave

Pool.

Oh, Captain! My Captain!

Seven Seas is the brainchild of the same

entrepreneurial mind who brought Asia

its first longest dual zipline in Dahilayan

Adventure Park in Bukidnon — UC-1

Corporation’s Engr. Elpidio M. Paras.

Now that they’ve conquered the sky and

mountains, I guess it’s pretty clear they’d

want to ride the waters and seas.

Having opened to the public last October

2017, Seven Seas is a first of its kind and

definitely the largest pirate-themed

resort in the Philippines.

The Verdict

Wherever you go, whoever you’re with, the most important thing is to have fun.

I particularly enjoyed my stay at Seven Seas. I totally got what I came for—the sun,

the thrill, and my friends. The place was built for groups. I guess anyone can go alone,

but where’s the fun in that? I understand that some want to travel on their own, but my

advice? If you go to Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort, go with friends or with family.

More than the place itself is the time I’ve spent with good people. The place definitely

is IG-worthy. But screaming from my life when I got dropped to that nearly 90-degree

slide is equivalent to the stories and smiles I’ve shared with friends I haven’t seen in a

while.

I may have already moved to Manila and left CDO behind. But I guess now I have

enough reason to come home.

You can visit Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort’s Facebook page for more info.

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FITNESS

WHY SHOULD FITNESS GOURMET BE

YOUR NO. 1 SUPPLIER OF HEALTHY MEALS

umans in general have different body types. But one

thing is for sure, we all want to live a healthy life.

Thanks to Fitness Gourmet PH because now, we

can enjoy our healthy yet delicious meals!

Low Calorie Meal

There are plenty meal plans to choose from. First off,

we have the meal suitable for those who are aiming for a

sexier yet rich in nutrition body.

The Low Calorie program is recommended for

individuals who are first time dieters or who want to

achieve their desired weight in a healthy way.

• Available in: 1200, 1500, 1800 calories

• Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and

one (1) snack for five (5) days or seven (7) days

• Macronutrients Proportion: 60%

carbohydrates, 15% protein, 25% fats

• Average Weight Loss: 1-2 lbs/week

• Fee: P1,800 plus daily delivery fee**

High Protein Meal

The High Protein diet program is best for individuals with

active lifestyle or who want to gain muscle mass.

• Available in: 2000 calories and 2500 calories*

• Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, (one) 1 fruit, and

(one) 1 snack for five (5) days

• Macronutrients Proportion: 55%

carbohydrates, 20% protein, 25% fats

• Average Weight Loss: 1-2 lbs/week

• Fee: P3,000 plus daily delivery fee**

HCG Diet (Human Chorionic Gonadtrophin)

The HCG Diet program is suitable for individuals who

desire to lose weight faster but in a safe that sweet and

fresh your taste buds will surely love. This program is

recommended for a period of 48 days for better results.

Individuals under the program are required to take HCG

drops as appetite suppressant and must take 500

calories per day. The 60ml HCG Drops Bottle, which

is good for 30 days, must be purchased from Fitness

Gourmet PH and will be delivered with the 500-calorie

meal on the first week of the program.

• Nutritional Counseling/Coaching

• Customized meals depending on your medical

conditions

• Daily delivery of meals for 5 or 7 days weekly

• Fee: Starts at P2,500 + delivery fee**

For prices and other details, please call or text our

Therapeutic Diet Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian at

0908-863-7058.

Ketogenic Diet

Promotes faster fat burning suited for individuals with

active lifestyle who want to lose weight.

corporate meal plan subscription.

Our group or corporate subscription include:

• Individual meal plans as ordered

• FREE Delivery at the office

• Nutritional consultation before and during the program

by

our Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian (RND)

• Up to 10% DISCOUNT on total billing*

• FREE subscription for up to 2 pax weekly *

• Quarterly nutritional talks by our RND on agreed

corporate

events*

• FREE healthy snack booth set-up with RND

consultation on

one (1) event every year*

Come and try these diet programs and never think of

skipping a meal just to achieve your dream body. You can

always plan your Fitness Gourmet meals and enjoy what

life has to offer.

* Daily calorie intake will depend on our Nutritionist-

Dietitian’s recommendation based on the individual’s

Nutrition Assessment, which considers fitness goals,

lifestyle, Body Mass Index and medical condition.

** Delivery fees vary per area. FREE Delivery if next

week’s meals are booked and paid on or before Friday of

the current week

• Available in: 500 calories

• Includes: lunch, dinner, one (1) fvzzruit, and

(one) 1 snack for seven (7) days

• One (1) 60ml HCG Drops good for 30 days

• Average Result: 3-6 lbs off/ week

• Fee:

P2,800 + delivery fee** (Meals only)

P2,500 + delivery fee** (HCG Drops only)

P5,000 (Meals and HCG Drops, FREE Delivery)

For the Meals with HCG Drops package, the HCG Drops

will be delivered first and the meals will be delivered

after two (2) days.

Low Calorie Meal with ThinTea

Fitness Gourmet PH has partnered with ThinTea to help

people achieve better weight management results and

healthier lifestyles. ThinTea Detox Blends is an expertformulated,

non-laxative tea that has helped individuals

all over the world achieve sustainable weight loss. Its

all-natural ingredients help the body reach an alkaline

state, detoxify, and burn fat naturally.

• Available in: 1200, 1500, 1800 calories

• Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 1 snack

for 2 weeks (10 days); Plus: ThinTea Detox and

Fat Burn Blends good for 14 days

• Macronutrients Proportion: 60%

carbohydrates, 15% protein, 25% fats

• Average Weight Loss: 1-2 lbs/week

• Fee: P4,800 plus daily delivery fee**

• Plus P100 for Tea Infuser (optional)

Therapeutic Diet

Our Therapeutic Diet is a complementary diet for people

with special dietary requirements or with medical

conditions such as high uric acid, diabetes, fatty liver,

hypertension, gastritis and PCOS.

With this meal program, we aim to provide safe,

delicious and convenient individualized meals to such

individuals and also promote healthy lifestyle and eating

habits as a part of treatment of medical conditions. This

program includes:

• Nutritional Care Plan

• Available in: 1500, 2000 calories

• Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and 1 snack for 5 or

7 days

• Macronutrients Ratio: 70% fats, 25% proteins & 5%

carbs

• Average Weight Loss: 2-3 lbs/week

• Fee: Php2,200 / 2,500 for 5 days and Php2,500/3,000

for

7 days + delivery fee

Vegetarian Diet

Best for people who want to lose weight while

maintaining a healthy meatless diet

• Available in: 1200, 1500 & 1800 calories

• Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and 1 snack for 5 or

7 days

• Macronutrients Ratio: 60% carbs, 15% proteins & 25%

fats

• Average Weight Loss: 1-2 lbs/week

• Fee: Php3,000 for 5 days / Php4,200 for 7 days +

delivery fee

Corporate Meal Subscription

Best for people who want to lose weight while

maintaining a healthy meatless diet

• Available in: 1200, 1500 & 1800 calories

• Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and 1 snack for 5 or

7 days

• Macronutrients Ratio: 60% carbs, 15% proteins & 25%

fats

• Average Weight Loss: 1-2 lbs/week

• Fee: Php3,000 for 5 days / Php4,200 for 7 days +

delivery fee

We at Fitness Gourmet believe that healthy, fit and

stress-free people are more focused and energized,

thus more productive. One of our missions is to

provide working individuals with healthier meals at the

convenience of their workplaces.

With our meal plans, we can help you eat right at work

and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Plus, eating healthy

is better and more enjoyable if the people around you

also do. Good thing we are now accepting group and

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FITNESS

FIT 'N RIGHT ACTIVE IS

THE FUTURE OF FITNESS AND ENERGY

What’s a drink that can keep up with your active lifestyle while maintaining your shape fit n right? If you’re thinking

about Del Monte’s Fit ‘N Right active, then you surely guessed it right!

Fit for Workout

To make the most out of your workout, you need water and energy to keep you going. When you work out, you

normally feel fatigue because you lose fluids and energy through sweat. You need electrolytes to rehydrate and glucose

to boost your energy to help fight fatigue, continue with your workout, and ultimately… become fitter.

Fit ‘n Right Active is the only 2-in-1 isotonic drink that helps maximize your workout. It contains Electrolytes that

rehydrate plus L-Carnitine that helps reduce fat. Plus it is low in calories. So even if you have limited time to work out,

you can get more from the effort you give with Fit ‘n Right Active.

Right for the Body

So how does the Fit ‘n Right Active work?

• It has Electrolytes that rehydrate the body by aiding fluid absorption. When you sweat, you lose electrolytes and

essential salts. This may cause dehydration and fatigue.

• It also has L-Carnitine, that is clinically proven to help reduce fat. L-Carnitine is essential for the conversion of fat

into energy. Fit ‘n Right Active contains 900mg of L-Carnitine to help you maximize weight loss when you pair it with

your exercise regimen.

The future of fitness and hydration is here. Try Fit ‘n Right Active with your workout today! Available in two refreshing

flavors: Mixed Berries and Blueberry Grape. Available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores near you.

If you’re on the more traditional side, you can also try Fit ‘N Right Juice drinks with 6 different flavors.

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EVENTS

SONGKRUN 2019: A SOLD-OUT AND

STAR-STUDDED FUN RUN EVENT

Successful is an understatement if you are to

describe how SongkRUN PH 2019 went. From

a massive sold-out to the most memorable

fun run this summer! If you joined the wettest

and wildest event this year, you will surely agree

to this.

Star-studded Event

Runners from different categories took their

chances to take selfies from these famous

celebrities! GMA’s Primetime King Dingdong

Dantes joined the run together with other soaked

sprinters.

Kapamilya marathoner Kuya Kim Atienza graced

the event and even lead the prayer for the safety

of the racers.

Influencer Kimpoy Feliciano and Miss Scuba

International 2015 Cindy Madd also finished the

race with wide smiles.

While TV host and dancer Regine Tolentino led a

Zumba session before and after the race. Runners

followed every spin and shake of Miss Regine with

her hunky back-up dancers.

GMA News also had a coverage of the event! This

proves the massive success of Metro’s biggest

water brawl!

A Flood of Freebies

What’s a better way to reward the soaking

wet runners than to give them loot bags full of

freebies! These bags contain Dole Pineapples

Juice, Dole Four Seasons, Dole Bananas, Fit N

Right, Sip Water, Magic Chips, and Tong Garden

snacks. It also has Fitness Gourmet gift certificate

worth Php 500 and Casino Filipino bet worth Php

500. This will not be possible without all of the

sponsors and partners.

But wait, that doesn’t stop there. The top 3 male

and female runners per category also bring home

more loot bags from Flanax, Perskindol, and

Propan Fit. While champions per category got

desk fans from Sharp Philippines.

Run for a Cause

A part of the proceeds of this event will be

donated to Dialysis PH. They are a Patients-

Relative support group for patients suffering from

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The joy in running

translated to something more meaningful for these

people who need our help.

Mermaids and Wet Ambassadors

A wet and wild event will not be complete without,

of course, our wet ambassadors. These guys and

girls carry big water guns to make sure every

runners feel the splash!

Who would have thought that mermaids also

joined this spectacular run? These mermaids are in

charge to give out Dole pineapples in a cup.

Lucky Raffle Winners

Fitness Gourmet also gave away meal plan and a

gift check worth P10,000 during the raffle. While

La Jeunesse Aesthetics got your pampering time

covered. Php 5,000 and P10,000 are up for grabs!

Winners from the raffle take home these gift

certificates, of course.

With the presence of Sharp Philippines’ Marketing

Manager Amor Golifardo, Sharp Philippines also

gave away spin tub washing machine and LED TV!

Red Sports 1st Anniversary

This fun run inspired from Thailand’s New Year

celebration, Songkran, is also an anniversary event

for Red Sports. For a year now, Red Sports has

continually offered Filipino runners quality fun run

events like Shake, Rattle, and Run, Sharp Fun

Run 4 Every Juan, Singles Run, and many more.

With this in mind, we can hope for future fun run

events that will not only bring bliss but will also

help those in need.

RUN4URLIFE SongkRUN

is produced by:

• Red Sports

• Red Entertainment

Co-presented by:

• Casino Filipino

• Sharp Philippines

Official Major Sponsors:

• Dole

• La Jeunesse Aesthetics

• Fitness Gourmet

Official Event Partners:

• Perskindol

• Propan Fit

• Fit ‘N Right

• Flanax

• Organique/Mestiza

• Jack & Jill Magic Chips

• Plantronics

• Tong Garden

• Tranfast

• Slimmers World

• Circulan

• Mogu Mogu

• Megafiber

• Vines

• The Philippines Events

• Ganda Negosyo

• Lungcauire Plus

• Holistic Integrative care center

Official Hydration Partner:

• Sip Water

Official Media Partners:

• Village Pipol Magazine

• Pinoy Fitness

• Takbo.ph

Official Registration Partners:

• Gold’s Gym

• Garmin

• Gooranha.com

• Platinumlist.net

Advocacy Partner:

• Dialysis PH

In Cooperation with:

• Grafik Crowd

• RSRJ Events

• Kinetix Creations

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COVER

KEVIN BALOT

truth

Celebrating Her

In a big spectacle of paper faces on parade, the world feels nothing but a masquerade. Every

person seething, breathing lies. A life spinning in an endless merry-go-round of fearful disguise.

One after another, with filtered lives and curated moments, it makes you someone you are not.

Although, you know who you are. The question is: how to become that? To a crowd who wears

their masks all too well, Kevin Balot stands a cut above the rest.

PRODUCER SHAWN KLIFF SACAL | PHOTOGRAPHY RXANDY CAPINPIN | ART DIRECTOR JOBO NACPIL

VIDEOGRAPHY AND EDIT JASPHER LAWAN | ASSISTED BY JAEM ARANETA

STYLIST & DESIGNER CHYNNA MAMAWAL | ASSISTED BY MARIA CLARISSE MADRIAGA

MAKEUP ARTIST GUILLANO VALENZUELA | HAIRSTYLING MARK ANTHONY ROSALES OF REVLON PROFESSIONAL | ASSISTED BY CHYREL UNADA

SHOT IN RXANDY CAPINPIN STUDIO | PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS JANVIN BRUA AND LARA TOLDANES

SPECIAL THANKS TO PATRICIA CO AND AARON DE GUZMAN

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Pride Month commemorates not only the

celebration of our uniqueness, but the

struggles that comes along with it. The

Stonewall Riots of ‘69 in New York City sparked

the beginning of a new era showing how we

will not be silenced. A milestone that created

ripples to a bigger wave we recognize today.

Village Pipol Magazine goes spectrum in honor

of this momentous occasion with Kevin Balot

on our cover.

REDEFINING REALNESS

Kevin marches with her head held high in all of

her glory — both raw and authentic. Proving

to those who see the world in black and white

that it is, in fact, filled with a kaleidoscope of

colors. And that, if we wish to be truly free, it

needs to begin inside. For the most important

kind of freedom is being unapologetically who

you are.

“Nung bata pa ako, my Tito Obet gave me a

gift from Taipei which was a robot then yung

kay ate naman doll. Iyak lang daw ako ng iyak

kasi gusto ko kung ano yung kay ate ko, yun din

ang akin,” Kevin recalled the first memory she

had when she realized who she’s meant to be.

While there exist thousands who are trapped

by their families, religions, or beliefs, Kevin

was held captive inside her own body. Her

inner truth did not match her outer self,

being assigned male at birth. Like most of

the LGBTQ+ community, coming out left her

scarred.

“Mahirap! Hindi ito natanggap agad ng family,

especially ni Papa. Kaya mahirap kasi lagi kami

nag-aaway because of this. Basta half of my

childhood memory is masakit, lagi ako umiiyak

at nasasaktan.”

Nevertheless, this convention killer boldly

challenged gender norms. Back in 2012, she

decided to get a sex reassignment surgery. To

many, a revolutionary act on its own.

“Alam ko talaga bata pa lang ako na may mali.

I felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body,”

Kevin stated how she took inspiration from

herself for this turning point in her life.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

As a strict Catholic country, the Philippines have stayed quite close-minded and regressive in terms of gender and its

complexity. The harsh reality is how Filipinos would often equate tolerance as acceptance. Except, this mentality seems

farther from the truth. Even the likes of Kevin had her fair share of horrors, but she is glad to how we are slowly making

progress.

Currently, several legislations ensures anti-discrimination for the community. Be that as it may, bigotry is very much alive

masking it with the idea of ‘fairness’. Advocating for equality should not be one over the other.

“Respect differences then understand! Lahat tayo magkakaiba so [kapag] hindi mo kaya unawain, talo ka,” Kevin stated on

her thoughts for inclusivity to all.

Additionally, she urged everyone to never stop reveling in the grandeur of life and of yourself. Dolls may have long

symbolized a twisted example of perfection, but she has since then deviated from this misrepresentation.

The goal never concerned achieving impractical proportions. Rather, it’s about self-revelation and the beauty of becoming

who she really is. Her parting message to those struggling with their identity, Kevin advises to prioritize one’s happiness.

“It’s better for you na sabihin mo sa parents mo. If hindi nila tanggap, hindi mo na problem 'yun. At least, ginawa mo ang part

mo bilang anak nila. And sa iba na until now you’re still hiding something in life, if not now, when?”

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On the other hand, she couldn’t help but remember the hesitation she had before transitioning. It still boiled down to the pain of her father not accepting her, but her dream

must go on. Day by day, Kevin believed she will make it past this and she did.

At first glance, she does exude the strength and determination. Regardless, you could not miss the sadness in her eyes when speaking about her loved ones. She notes that

not a single thing could possibly compensate if she had her family’s support in the first place. They might not have seen each other eye to eye but, in the end, blood would

always be thicker than water.

Despite all the changes she’d undergone, Kevin said being optimistic will remain forever. Similarly, we couldn’t help but wonder why she chose to keep her name and the

symbolism behind it.

“Ate is Karen, I’m Kevin, then si bunso [ay] Kimberly. So, baka pwede ko ng mabigay sa mom ko 'yung part na napagod siya kung paano niya isipin mga names naming

magkakapatid.”

Of the countless hurdles she encountered, her courage finally paid off. Kevin was hailed Miss International Queen 2012, a pageant for transgender women from across the

globe. Likewise, she’s Pantene Philippines first transgender ambassador where she got to tell her own transformation story.

“Grabe, happy lang ako kasi akala ko hindi ako maaappreciate ng mga tao. Sobrang appreciated pa pala. I’m more than thankful. No matter what, I try to always remember

to be grateful and humble.”

Apart from her alluring looks, it’s Kevin’s heart that will immediately hook you when you meet her. The bubbliness and life-of-the-party vibe lit up the studio when she

arrived. Of course, we wouldn’t want to waste the chance of being in the presence of an international titleholder and not ask her opinion on certain matters.

“Transgender women are women. Some are wealthy enough to undergo surgery para maayos nila kung ano man ang tingin nilang mali, some naman is hindi but deep inside

babae talaga sila,” spoken like a true queen when asked about sensitivity towards the LGBTQ+ in the Philippines.

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the future

we yearn

to see

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Most people assume revolutions to be

disruptive, threatening, and violent.

However, sometimes, it isn’t. It could be

peaceful yet life-changing, quiet though

echoing. Indeed, the greatest revolutions

often start hidden in the shadows. Kevin

Balot may be unique to this, but she is never

alone. Her journey profoundly resonates as

a testimony to what you can do if you will it.

Nobody is asking the world to change. It

has already done so without anybody’s

permission. Instead, what we ask is to

protect the right of the world to change.

You don’t have to be lesbian, gay,

transgender, or bisexual to support their

rights. All you have to be is human. Isn’t

respect, acceptance, and compassion

universal after all? Lobbying for their rights

continue because, to this day, they’re

still considered “too taboo” in society.

This 2019, learn to love in all of its

forms. Just because they choose to

take a different path doesn’t mean

they’re lost. It’s time to speak, live,

and celebrate your truth — whoever,

whatever, whichever you identify as.

Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

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SPOTLIGHT

JANE

DE LEON

A Fierce Lioness

VP SPOTLIGHT

Just like the lioness which prowls on the sides as the lion spearheads an attack, Jane De Leon

comes up for the swipe. With grace and strength of the wild, she does what she knows best.

And there’s nothing we can do but stare as she strikes us with everything she has. There is truly

nothing more dangerous that a woman who knows her worth.

Manolo Pedrosa

WRITTEN BY LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

PHOTOGRAPHER RAPHAEL YU | STYLIST JANNO NOVENARIO OF JANNO STYLES | ASSOCIATE STYLIST DAN FERNANDO

MAKE-UP ARTIST APRIL IBAÑEZ | HAIRSTYLIST MYCKE ARCANO | SHOT IN ZOOMBURST STUDIOS

SPECIAL THANKS TO NENETTE DEMILLO, ARLIE SALAGANTIN AND STAR MAGIC

BREATHES LIFE

INTO HIS CRAFT

Manolo Pedrosa isn't just an actor. Driven with intense love and enthusiasm, he truly embodies his

craft and gives life to the characters he portrays. With his pure and unmatched talent, he gives

justice to any script as he marches on like true and zealous actor.

PRODUCER ANGELA GRACE BALTAN | PHOTOGRAPHER GIO MARASIGAN

STYLIST PATTY YAP | GROOMING JAY HERRERA

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS JEZREL SANTILLAN AND HYACINTH LUDIVICO

SPECIAL THANKS TO ROCHE TUAZON, PATCHOT DELA CRUZ, AND GMA ARTIST CENTER

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A

n actor portrays a character in a performance.

They become the muscle and flesh of an

existing body of brain and bones. Preproduction

builds a character with foundation and

actors during production give it life. Post-production,

then, adds the music, animation and basically, the

magic that makes it all perfect.

Manolo Pedrosa embodies his craft as a true and

talented actor. He is filled with passion, hard work and

dedication. With his talent, he strives long and hard to

become one of the notable names in the industry. He

already has the devotion for his craft and the hunger

for more. He also has the whole road of possibilities

waiting for him. The chinito sweetheart only needs

to continue his journey and take the shots as he goes

along.

DRIVEN WITH PASSION

Manolo says that acting has a whole lot of intricate

webs that you thread together to make someone out

of nothing. Actors create an attitude, personality and

behavior to a name, to a character on TV or movies.

"Acting is bigger than just merely acting, it is so

complex which makes it challenging and fun."

Actors create an entirely new persona with their art,

portraying a different character every time. Manolo

loved that fact about his job and its impact became

the reason why he continues to do it.

"We all watched movies or series that gave us

an impact, be it to make us cry or laugh. It's just

fascinating for me how acting can do that. To be given

an opportunity to do even something close to that is

amazing."

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AN UNFORTUNATE BREAK FROM THE

SPOTLIGHT

A few years ago, Manolo went on an indefinite

hiatus. No one really knew anything: why he

disappeared and when will he come back. As

he rises from his bench, he finally revealed why

he and his career suddenly went dark. He felt a

sudden and agonizing pain but still continued in

doing a scene from a show he was supposed to do.

"It was a tough experience, I was actually on set

when I realized something was very wrong. The

scene was simply just to stand up and say some

lines. As I did, I felt a very sharp pain in my lower

back. I shrieked in pain, 'Sorry, direk.' I had no

choice, I still had to finish the scene and went

home in agonizing pain. Afterwards, I got an MRI

to confirm the bulging disc."

A bulging or herniated disc can occur anywhere

along the spine, mostly happens in the lower back.

It also becomes one of the most common causes

of lower back pain, as well as leg pain or sciatica.

Despite the pain, Manolo didn't agree with having

a surgery and opted for alternative medicine.

"It's the lower back we're talking about here, no

way I would have surgery as young as 16 years

old. There had to be another way. So, I researched

and researched [until] I found ways to fix it noninvasively."

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WHITE PLEATED GOWN (USED AS SKIRT), GFR MANILA BY DAMSEL (@GFRMANILA)

BLACK VINYL CORSET, DARYL MAAT

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GOING BACK TO NORMAL

A herniated disc symptoms can subside on its own over time without medical intervention. Although symptoms may resolve, it doesn’t necessarily mean it has healed. With

that said, Manolo rehabilitated his disc with no special work-out but went back to his normal routine and improved his diet.

"I actually went back to my normal routine. Got better lifting gear and really focus on form. Doctors would tell not to lift weights anymore as for my safety but it was lifting

weights that helped strengthen my body. I cleaned up my diet, no more processed and junk food. I replaced that with more nutrient-dense foods to nourish my body to help

itself heal up."

During his spare time, we could see Manolo in two places: at home or at the gym. When he remains at his house, he relishes in researching about topics he finds interesting.

He also learns new things as much as he could, acquiring and modifying existing knowledge.

"For my free time, you'll only see me in two places... As a huge introvert, it would be being alone in home I recharge by being in solitude. With that, I do a lot of learning

through reading books, listening to audiobooks, research. I love learning new things."

Manolo goes to the gym often. He also makes it his hobby to stay in shape, maintaining his build as he improves his strength. He has to battle himself which teaches him a

lot about himself and his brawn.

"Aside from being home, you'll see me at the gym. I love lifting weights; it's my #1 hobby. It is my passion. Not only is it required to my work to look good but in

bodybuilding, your only competition is yourself and it teaches you a lot. I like that."

Aside from physical self-care with exercise and diet, Manolo also meditates for thirty minutes every day for a sound mental health. He had to gain his confidence back after

the whole situation. He stayed positive throughout the process and believed that with patience, something would somehow work. With that said, there are others who fall

into the same situation as him and he encourages them to remain courageous and brave.

"I would tell them not to be scared. The human body is powerful, just give it the right conditions and it will heal. Do your research."

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from script

to scenes

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Manolo has been thriving in romantic comedies.

Speaking of stepping out of his comfort zone, he

actually would dream on prospering in a thriller

genre. He expressed that the category controls

the viewer's emotions, more likely with faster

heartbeats and shallow breaths.

"My favorite genre is thriller, the mix of emotions

I feel watching a thriller is just amazing. So, it

[has] got to be [a] thriller, no matter what role. I

would love to do that."

Manolo gets into a character in silence, letting

the attributes course from his mind to his actions.

He takes his time in analyzing a character which

obviously takes a lot of time, energy and effort.

"When I'm actually on set and working, I like

to not think so much. The preparation and the

actual work for me is before takes. The character

analysis, emotional obligation, memorization of

lines, etc., should all be in me before I come in

the set. Once the director says 'Action,' it should

just flow through."

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ABANDONING THE COMFORT ZONE

Actors sometimes get thrust in a situation which exceeded over their comfort zone. Manolo experiences that every time and he handles it like a responsible

young man. He, then, expresses his gratitude to GMA Network for putting him in acting workshops for making him confident out of his comfort zone.

"I am a young adult who lived a sheltered life, doesn't have much life experience and someone who is not gifted with much talent. With that said, it's definitely

a challenge for me. Acting is all about stepping outside your comfort zone. This is especially true in the acting workshops provided by GMA. It's mostly taking

a leap of faith and trusting the process."

Manolo loves his fans with all his heart. Driven with passion, he expresses his gratitude towards the people who continue to support him whatever it takes.

Keeping it short and sweet, he has a message to his love-filled and doting fans.

"Team Manalo, thank you so much for supporting me in all those years, no matter what happened. Even when I had a hiatus from showbiz, you guys still stuck

by me [until] I came back. Much love."

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VP

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FLEXIBLE AND DURABLE IS PLANTRONICS

BACKBEAT FIT'S ACE IN THE GAME

Plantronics BackBeat FIT has the built of David but

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This wireless sport headphones even got the Editor’s

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Packaging

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You can get this beauty at any Plantronics concept store

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VP

TIPS

SIP WATER IS THE PERFECT DRINK

THIS UPCOMING BALIK-ESKWELA

The best way to quench your thirst will always be by drinking fresh and clean water. And even if you don’t

feel that thirsty, you can always grab a bottle of Sip Water to drink.

That is why this Back-to-School season, you can make sure your kids and loved ones will stay hydrated with

Sip!

The Perfect Sip for you

For the parents out there, here are Sip Purified bottled waters you can choose from.

This bottle is perfect for every on-the-go guys and girls out there. Kids will surely love this easy to carry

container. It can fit every lunch bag and a perfect partner for your kids’ baon and merienda. For Php 7.00,

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In line with this, Maine Mendoza herself shared some interesting facts to educate us all.

During an interview with Sip, the phenoMAINEnal star showed her goofy side while answering this pop quiz.

Sip Water brings “Back-to-School” essentials

You can also grab these Sip items if you bought a certain amount of this drink. If you buy 5 cases of Sip, you

can get a free umbrella for this upcoming rainy season. You can also have these special edition beep cards

with Maine Mendoza if you buy 10 cases of Sip Water.

So what are you waiting for? Buy Sip Water now and get these amazing freebies.

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VP

HEALTH

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PROFAN FIT IS THE MULTITASKING VITAMIN

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This vitamin also helps protect

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PAIN WILL NEVER COME YOUR WAY

WITH PERSKINDOL PAIN RELIEF

VP

FEATURE

The first thing that should

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Pain Relief. This yellow tube of

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That is why this Back-to-School

season, you can make sure your

kids and loved ones will stay

hydrated with Sip!

Where does this come from?

This Swiss brand is obviously

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over thirty years ago by a

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businessman.

The name Perskindol actually

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skin – for pain.”

This first-aid for cramps now

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Perskindol’s products and

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From Classic Liquid to Dolo Hot

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the kind of muscle ache you

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This all-rounder remedy is

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Perskindol Classic+ Active with

triple therapeutic effect has

an initial cooling effect that

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Applying the gel only to the

painful areas relieves pain

in a targeted manner; local

blood flow is ultimately

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with a warming effect and

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healing. This is available in Gel,

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and even for Bath.

Perskindol Hot

It is important to realize that

this variant specializes back,

neck, and shoulder pains.

Perskindol Hot products

contain essential oils fit for

short or long-term use. It

warms, relieves pain, and

promotes healing on the

affected areas.

The patch is best to leave in

the painful area of the body

for 24 hours. After a one day

break, the treatment allows

the body to adjust and you can

repeat up to three weeks.

Perskindol Dolo

This variant is the specialist

for arthrosis and arthritis.

Perskindol Dolo comes in Gel

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It is also non-greasy so you are

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You can also use this to ease

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lumbar pain, lumbago,and

inflammation of the joints,

muscles, tendons, tendon

sheaths, ligaments

Perskindol Cool

Another key point is this

Perskindol Cool that comes in

Gel, Spray, Patch-N, Bandage,

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These products have a pain

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Perskindol Sport

The warm-up and cool-down

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every athletes bag. It is ideal for

warming up the muscles before

sports activities and for massage

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afterwards. Contains essential

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Because we all deserve a

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Perskindol will be there to make

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