VP 2019-07 DARREN ESPANTO DIGITAL

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VP/SPOTLIGHT

YONG MUHAJIL:

DIGITAL PRINCE

BY JANVIN BRUA

VP/TRAVEL

NEW CAMIGUIN

TOURISM AD SHOWS

HOW STUDENTS CAN

MAKE THE MOST OF

THEIR FREE TIME

BY NIKKI MENESES

VP/LIFESTYLE

SHARP PHILIPPINES

LAUNCHES

REVOLUTIONARY

SOLUTIONS FOR A

BETTER LIFE!

VP/FASHION

BREAKING BOUNDARIES

OF GENDERED STYLE

BY SHAWN KLIFF SACAL

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VP/EDITORIAL

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EDITORIAL

EVOLUTION

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FREE ONLINE AND PRINTED NEWS MAGAZINE IN THE PHILIPPINES,

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

Generation Z is driven and optimistic. They embrace diversity and equality

in gender, race, and religion — making them the generation of open hearts

and unprejudiced minds. The rise of Gen Z is evident and the society is slowly

interpreting their distinctive characteristics: independent, confident, and

passionate.

Aside from being technology advanced and internet-savvy, Gen Zers can offer

something bigger to society. With their ability to learn fast and their deep

understanding of what is happening to the world, the possibility of changing the

world is realizable. We, as the older generation, have this responsibility to guide

them and to bring out the best in them. Through our wisdom, let’s pave the way for

them.

This July 2019, we are proud to feature two of the most promising stars of this

generation. Total performer Darren Espanto graced our cover, sharing his journey

to stardom. The 18-year-old singer-actor entered the industry with genuine

enthusiasm, which evolved into a passionate drive to do more.

Meanwhile, VP/Spotlight highlights Yong Muhajil, a young passionate man who

is now making his own name in the vlogging industry. With his determination

to succeed and his humility, Yong surely knows where he is going. He may not

be perfect but he is natural—he speaks with sincerity, and that alone made him

unforgettable. A good character makes a great man and he is a perfect example, no

doubt.

Grab your July 2019 issue now.

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VP/TRAVEL

In partnership with Skyjet Airlines, Nathaniel Castro Productions

produced an advertisement entitled “Hanggang Saan Ka Kayang

Dalhin ng Free Time mo?” that featured the new direct flight

that now connects Manila and Camiguin—an island province

located in Bohol Sea that is part of the Northern Mindanao

Region.

The island’s peaceful atmosphere, its untouched environment,

and its relatively ideal size for exploration make it the perfect

vacation spot for tourists who want the perfect getaway from

the stresses of reality, or for those who simply want to get

adventurous and explore the island’s beauty. And for the first

time after years, travel time to the mentioned vacation spot in

the Philippines is finally made shorter. Thanks to the new direct

flight line, vacationers wanting to get a taste of Camiguin no

longer have to worry about the long hours of travel when they

consider travelling there.

NEW CAMIGUIN

TOURISM AD

SHOWS HOW STUDENTS CAN

MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR

FREE TIME

By Nikki Meneses

Going back to the different social media

trends that went viral, one would likely

recall the famous challenge where

students made the most out of their

vacant period by going to different

vacation spots such as beaches, resorts,

and other places. Many others joined the

bandwagon and did their best to be extra

with their posts, going as far as stepping

up the social media challenge by taking

social media-worthy photos abroad, still

proudly sporting their school uniforms.

This eventually became the inspiration

for the storyboard of the airline's new

advertisement, making it the ultimate

#squadgoals for every barkada out there

wanting to spend their free time together.

In addition, the video was patterned to

the mentioned social media trend to show

how quick it is now for tourists to reach

the beloved travel destination, making

it easy even for students to utilize their

vacant period in visiting Camiguin.

Despite the limited people and resources

available for shooting the video, the

production team behind the airline’s new

advertisement still managed to make the

shoot as creative as possible. Nathaniel

Castro is the owner and founder of the

stated film production. During the shoot,

he was the director, drone operator,

storyboard creator, and the cameraman,

all-in-one for the production team. The

rest of the production team members also

lent a hand in the creation of this famous

advertisement. They became the actors

for the two-day shoot, showcasing some

of the breathtaking locations in Camiguin.

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The viral advertisement is now Skyjet

Airline’s most viewed video, with over

488,000 views on Facebook and over

144,000 views on Youtube, and has

been garnering positive comments

and reactions from netizens. Last

2017, another Camiguin Tourism

Advertisement had also gone viral

after viewers were touched with

the video’s story of a chatty tourist,

whose journey was led by a mute

tourist guide.

SOME OF THE BREATHTAKING PLACES

FEATURED IN THE NEW CAMIGUIN

TOURISM ADVERTISEMENT!

Nathaniel Castro Productions,

the brainchild behind the famous

advertisement, is a start-up film

production specializing in same

day edit, slide show creation,

documentaries & other professional

services. As a production team full

of millennials with the passion and

fire to stand out, Nathaniel Castro

Productions envisions to be more

adventurous and creative while also

showcasing the strong millennial spirit

in all of its crafts.

Nathaniel Castro Productions would

also like to formally give thanks to Sto.

Nino National High School Paranaque

for its participation in shooting the

Skyjet Airlines Camiguin Tourism

advertisement

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NOVEL DERMATOLOGY &

COSMETIC SURGICENTER

IS THE FUTURE OF BEAUTY

BY JANVIN BRUA

There is more than a love story when a Dermatologist marries a Cosmetic Surgeon

and eventually joined forces for the love of beauty and wellness. Novel Dermatology &

Cosmetic Surgicenter will prove that you can achieve your desired results with the care

of two loving professional beauty doctors!

History and branches

Dermatologist Dra. Ma. Christina L. Tanciangco-Javier already made her

name in the industry almost 2 decades ago. In 2002, she already started

with her first clinic Tanciangco’s Derm-Med Center after her dermatology

residency training. After treating patients with skin diseases in her

hometown, she then married Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Julio P. Javier II in 2003.

Dr. Javier’s hometown, Las Piñas City, is where they opened their second

branch with a bigger and improved facility. Finally in 2010, Dr. finished his

training in General Cosmetic Surgery. That sparkled the evolution of their

clinic into Novel Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgicenter. For those of you

who are wondering, Növel came from a Hungarian word which means

enhance. This is because both doctors believed that each and every human

being possess their own version of beauty.

Last July 2016, they officially started penetrating the business capital of the

Philippines, Makati City. They became easily accessible now to their clients

here in the Metro.

Your face and body can be as good as new once you got the chance to

experience the Novel touch. The married doctors will make sure that you will

not spend too much on what services and products you deserve.

“You don’t want to change anything. You want to be

beautiful na unique”

Their clinics specializes Surgical and Non-

Surgical Cosmetic and Dermatological Services.

Dra. Javier will take care of your hair, skin, and

nails and all other Non-Surgical Dermatological

Services. They have the common services like

Wart Removal, Diamond Peel, Photo-Acne Facial,

etc. To know more about their dermatological

services, you can check it here!

While Dr. Javier makes sure Cosmetic Surgery

will run as smooth sailing as possible. If you're

planning to schedule an appointment for a

surgical enhancement, then check this full list of

their cosmetic surgery offerings here!

They also specializes in non-invasive facial

rejuvenation. For those of you who are not familiar

with this term, it is a treatment where you don't

need to undergo surgery just to achieve surgical

changes. This is a more high-end procedure that

enables clients not to suffer from "after-surgery"

effect. With this in mind, this treatments do not

offer lifetime results unlike surgeries

Check out their Non-invasive Facial Rejuvenation

Treatments here

So the next time you feel like visiting a

dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon for your

own aesthetic satisfaction, why not try Novel

Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgicenter!

-Dr. Ma. Christina Tanciangco-Javier.

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VP/EVENTS

Sharp Philippines

Corporation (SPC)

has been providing a better

and convenient life for

everyone for more than 37

years. They truly becomes

the leading appliance

brand here in the country.

The brand continues to

commit high-quality and

innovative products. Sharp

launched revolutionary

products last July 2 at

the Shangri-La the Fort‘s

Grand Ballroom.

SHARP BETTER SOLUTION

FOR A BETTER LIFE

Sharp’s Media Launch

Hosting the launch, Giselle Sanchez energized the crowd during the morning event. Chief Executive Officer Yoshihiro

Hashimoto started the launch with a warm opening remark and thanked the support they received from media and

bloggers. President and General Manager Kazuo Kito presented how Sharp Philippines performed drastically well

throughout the years. He also introduced game-changing products which fall into four categories: Entertainment,

Business Solutions, Clean & Comfort and Health & Beauty.

Entertainment Solution

Sharp Philippines is changing the world with 8K technology. It delivers

clear and high-definition images that has the potential to eventually change

the society. It develops and expands into sectors such as broadcasting,

healthcare, security, and education. Sharp leverages 8K Ecosystem strategy

while developing the 8k according each company’s strengths.

The 8K Ecosystem is finally in the Filipino market with the Sharp 2nd

generation 8K TV (8T-C80/70/60AX1). The 8K LED TV has impressive features

that give every Filipino household a chance to level up. This has the 8K AI

Revelation Engine which analyzes and coverts contents up to 8K picture

quality, resulting in clear and high-definition videos. It has the brand’s original

panel with IGZO, an extremely high resolution with around 33-million pixels

delivering crystal clear images.

AQUOS 8K LED TV already succeeded in Japan, making society better as it

is being used in the medical, security, and education field. Just like in Japan,

Sharp expects this technology to enhance industry and business possibilities

in the Philippines. Aside from this, the brand proudly offers newest audio

category which expands customers’ viewing experience with AQUOS Sound

Partner. This offers ear-free and hands-free personal audio. SS1 remains

suitable for enjoying music while being alert of your surrounding and SX7 is to

add more immersive experience through acoustic vibration system.

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VP/ EVENTS

Business Solution

As technology evolves, there comes the need to upgrade the tools we already use in

organization and enterprises. With this in mind, Sharp launched their new set of B2B

AQUOS TV, which remains a perfect part for signage in retail and and product AVPs

in the office. This leads to Sharp acquiring Toshiba Dynabook and introducing it in

the Filipino market. These professional LCD products are available in four models:

The All-in-One Display has a professional LCD display monitor with built-in SoC

(system on a chip) technology for a versatile digital signage solutions.

The Video Wall Display is a signange display monitor using Sharp’s Advanced UCCT

(Universal Colour Calibration Technology) for superbly colour-accurate, dynamic

video walls for inspiring signage.

4K B2B AQUOS is a digital display monitor in a 4K resolution which is built for an

eye-catching signage.

Sharp Big Pad is an interactive display monitor that can become a smart and

powerful partner to boost your collaboration in business meeting.

Clean & Comfort

Filipinos started to give importance to hygiene and comfort in

households. We now value the clean and fresh air we breathe inside our

homes. With this in mind, Sharp showcased their Plasmacluster Ion

Technology, which purifies the air with positive and negative ions,

deactivates airborne mould, viruses, dust mite allergens, and bacteria.

This technology is present in the AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things)

J-Tech Inverter which purifies the air, eliminates odor, removes static, and

keeps the skin moisturized.

Health & Beauty

Sharp knows that its consumers’ demands on health and beauty have started to

evolve. They now offer products that meet their needs and objectives with fast and

cost-effective solutions. With that said, they introduced Healsio Hotcook, which

is an automatic cooker promoting healthy cooking. You won’t even need to stir the

food you would want to cook as it already has a stirrer inside that does the work for

you. This has a total of 330 stirring patterns and different functions to cook your

food and dessert.

Aside from Healsio Hotcook, Sharp also introduced Vacuum Blender, which

minimizes oxidation-retain vitamins and minerals of fruit and vegetables. This makes

it perfect for health conscious Filipinos.

For the beauty section, Sharp introduced beautéA that has a new line-up for beauty

appliances including Hair Iron, Blower, and Curling Iron with a Plasmacluster

technology. This lessens the dirt and prevent hair damage. This also includes a

massager where it reduces the sebum which causes dry scalp.

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VP/COVER

GOES ONWARDS

AND UPWARDS

Darren Espanto

With no one and nothing stopping him, Darren Espanto will continue going onwards and upwards.

WRITTEN BY Angela Grace Baltan

PRODUCER | ANGELA GRACE BALTAN PHOTOGRAPHER | GIO MARASIGAN VIDEOGRAPHER | DONNA REY

ASSISTED BY PATRICIA YSABEL TORRES STYLIST | RODEL BRINAS ASSISTED BY KIMMY GUEVARRA, JESSA GREGORIOS,

AND JOEY BUENAOBRA GROOMING | MABETH CONCEPCION ASSISTED BY BRYAN SANDERS FASHION DESIGNERS | MOSES BERAMO, JOJO BRAGAIS,

RUBRI | MCA MUSIC INC. RICKY ILACAD CEO MCA MUSIC INC. | NEIL GREGORIO SENIOR DOMESTIC LABEL DIRECTOR | KERWIN ROSETE

ARTIST MANAGER | JACKIELOU DELOS SANTOS ROAD MANAGER

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VP/COVER

On Vivoree, Juan Paolo Francisco

On CK, Rosbert Villar and Moses Beramo

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Music is surely the strongest form of magic. It gives a soul

to the universe and becomes the language that doesn’t

speak in particular words. It speaks to us with emotions

through melody and rhythm. Keeping the foundation of joy

and love alive in us, music dissolves one’s perplexities and purifies their

character and sensibilities.

DARREN SPEAKS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

Delivering these feelings with raw talent and powerful vocals, Darren

Espanto lets music communicate what the lyrics convey. He wows

his audience with every song he performs. Definitely wise beyond his

years, he talks with sharp wit and clever perception.

At such a young age, Darren entered the industry with genuine

enthusiasm, which evolved into a passionate drive to do more. He

gives credit to his parents for inspiring him to become the acclaimed

performer that he is today.

“As a kid, I always enjoyed watching other performers po sa TV doing

what they love which is singing. Doon po talaga ako na-influence sa

panunuod sa kanila and also, ‘yung parents ko po kasi mahilig rin silang

kumanta sa karaoke. Pinapakanta rin po nila ako. It has always been my

dream talaga to perform here in the music industry.”

Performing for a huge amount of people across the globe takes nerve

and courage. With true grit, Darren learns through practice as a means

of inviting the perfection desired. Despite his fame, he still experiences

performance anxiety with clammy and shaky hands.

“Before I go on stage, I always feel like I’m going to throw up. Minsan

nanginginig ako, minsan sobrang lamig ng kamay ko… I don’t really deal

with it. I just let it happen because when I go on the stage, it goes away

naturally kasi ‘yung energy po ng crowd and ‘yung vibe nila.”

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DARREN AS

AN ARTIST

Creating music isn’t just staring at a river and

telling your audience what you see. It’s stepping

into the river, joining the flow and absorbing the

temperature as the sun lightly kisses your skin.

Darren gets involved in the creative process of

his music, its videos, and the message it should

convey.

“I like getting involved in the creative process

ng paggawa ng music videos and ng kanta. I

think it’s important for an artist to be involved in

such kasi it’s your own image din. It’s your own

branding, the way you want to present yourself to

the world.”

Music travels from one mouth to another’s

ears, and from one person to a whole audience.

Darren’s audience isn’t just in the Philippines but

also out of the country. As a performer, he can

travel to different countries and performing for

Filipino all around the globe.

“My favorite part of being a singer… is I get to

travel and perform in different countries. So,

I’ve been to almost all the continents and dream

destinations na gusto kong mapuntahan. It’s so

nice to be able to see all of the Filipinos in each

country and to be able to perform for them and

to be able to live my dream po talaga.”

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DARREN BECOMES A

WORLDWIDE SUCCESS

“I get to inspire other people din. It’s

cool seeing them na minsan ginagaya

nila ‘yung mga ginagawa ko. It’s

something that I have always dreamed

of din: to inspire others.”

Speaking of his experiences in

traveling the world and performing

for Filipinos across the globe, Darren

appeared and showed his finesse on

the hit Chinese show Singer 2019. He

stepped on the stage for a special

performance during its finale.

“I felt very nervous po kaming apat

na sumalang,” referring to his fellow

performers Russian singer Polina

Gagarina, Kazakhstani child singer

Daneliya Tuleshova and Chinese

rapper, Air. They performed We

Are The World and their whole

performance made waves of positive

and optimistic feedback.

Darren felt like an electric current

flowed through him with thrilling

and galvanizing fire of enthusiasm.

An animated jolt of a sudden charge

coursed through his veins during their

performance.

DARREN DOESN’T LET HIS MUSIC GET LOCKED UP

INSIDE OF HIM. HE RELEASES ITS BEAUTY AND

TENDERNESS, UTILIZING IT TO ACHIEVE ONE OF HIS

DREAMS: TO INSPIRE OTHERS.

“Ako po talagang… feeling ko parang

na-ground ka, ‘yung buong katawan

ko ganun po ‘yung pakiramdam bago

ako sumalang sa stage. Sobrang ang

lamig ng kamay ko and everything

but it was really a great experience

to be able to sing in a different

country and on television, as well…

Sobrang na-proud din po ako sa sarili

ko kasi siyempre parang I pulled it

off. Masaya po ako sa reaction ng

tao na nagustuhan pala nila. I felt

really loved by, of course, ‘yung mga

kababayan po natin, fellow Pinoys

kasi they supported me din kahit hindi

naman ako sumali.”

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DARREN CELEBRATES HIS FIFTH YEAR OF SUCCESS

Despite his success, Darren still wants

to prove himself to others. At such

a young age, he already garnered

millions of fans as he ventures to the

top. The thought of other talented

people coming in the same industry as

him makes Darren strive even harder

to stay at the summit of his success.

“I think every day [I still try to prove myself

to others], especially in the music industry,

you have to keep improving your craft po

and sa lahat ng ginagawa mo… At any

moment, pwede kang palitan, eh. Ang

dami nang pumapasok na mga bagong

singers, of course, atsaka mga bagong

artista. So, it’s something na you have to

keep working on kahit feeling mong okay

ka na kung nasaan ka ngayon. You should

set a standard for yourself and just keep

on… pushing yourself.”

As Darren grows up, he obviously would

go through puberty. His voice started to

change where one’s pitch suddenly drops

and deepens. Scientifically, it is usually

happens along with the larynx where the

vocal cords grow significantly longer and

thicker. This affected a full year of his

career as he needed to adjust to it.

“Thankful po ako na ‘yung boses ko ‘di siya

biglaang bumaba na it was gradual. Pero

meron talagang isang year na hindi ko

alam kung anong gagawin ko kasi nawala

‘yung falcetto ko. Tapos, hindi po ako

maka-birit na and then, dadaan ka pala

talaga doon para mag-adjust. So after

niyang mag-adjust, I started doing vocal

coaching. Ayun po, nakatulong rin and I

got my falcetto back and also, ‘yung range

ko mas lumawak. Kasi, dati puro nasa

taas lang. Ngayon, parehong taas atsaka

baba.”

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D

DARREN AS A TRIPLE-THREAT

Above all, Darren doesn’t stop with singing and

performing. He becomes a full triple-threat as he

debuted as an actor through The Hows of Us, which

also starred Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. This

is under Cathy Garcia-Molina’s direction and Star

Cinema’s production. He played Kathryn’s younger

brother, who has a difficulty in seeing. He comes

along with her sister to look for their father overseas

who never came back for them.

After his stint in the movie, he received offers for

movies and television shows. However, his schedule

never seems to match with the opportunity. Darren,

on the other hand, would want to work on his acting if

he decides to continue down the road.

“Actually after po ng The Hows of Us, I got offers po

for teleseryes and movies. Pero ‘yung schedule ko rin

po, hindi sumasakto. I also want to probably work on

acting din bago isalang kasi ‘yung THOU biglaan lang

pong binigay ‘yung role din. If I am going to do another

project, I’d like to siguro do workshops muna din.”

Darren has nothing but kind words to Kathryn, Daniel,

and Direk Cathy. In fact, he expressed how they truly

helped him through the new process. Kathryn and

Daniel had a lot to input in conveying his feelings and

emotions without even saying it. Direk Cathy, on the

other hand, let him relish as his character and it would

be his job to figure out how that person manages their

emotion.

“Sobrang gaan po katrabaho ng lahat, especially Ate

Kath and Kuya DJ. Tinutulungan nila ako sa pag-deliver

ng emotion atsaka ng linya. Si Direk Cathy po…

hindi niya sasabihin kung anong dapat gawin mo, eh.

She will put you in the place that your character is in

and then, i-figure out kung anong emotion mo dapat.”

“That really helped po talaga so parang workshop as

it was going on. Actually habang nagfi-film kami, nung

parang sixth day ko na parang naisip ko na I could

have done na ‘yung first day ko na mas ganito, mas

ganun. Kasi sinasanay ko palang ‘yung sarili ko nung

first week, eh. Nung medyo nasanay na ako, ‘Ah, sana

ganito ‘yung ginawa ko.’ Pero I’m still happy on how it

turned out.”

“Actually after po ng The Hows of Us, I got offers po

for teleseryes and movies. Pero ‘yung schedule ko rin

po, hindi sumasakto. I also want to probably work on

acting din bago isalang kasi ‘yung THOU biglaan lang

pong binigay ‘yung role din. If I am going to do another

project, I’d like to siguro do workshops muna din.”

Darren has nothing but kind words to Kathryn, Daniel,

and Direk Cathy. In fact, he expressed how they truly

helped him through the new process. Kathryn and

Daniel had a lot to input in conveying his feelings and

emotions without even saying it. Direk Cathy, on the

other hand, let him relish as his character and it would

be his job to figure out how that person manages their

emotion.

“Sobrang gaan po katrabaho ng lahat, especially Ate

Kath and Kuya DJ. Tinutulungan nila ako sa pag-deliver

ng emotion atsaka ng linya. Si Direk Cathy po…

hindi niya sasabihin kung anong dapat gawin mo, eh.

She will put you in the place that your character is in

and then, i-figure out kung anong emotion mo dapat.”

“That really helped po talaga so parang workshop as

it was going on. Actually habang nagfi-film kami, nung

parang sixth day ko na parang naisip ko na I could

have done na ‘yung first day ko na mas ganito, mas

ganun. Kasi sinasanay ko palang ‘yung sarili ko nung

first week, eh. Nung medyo nasanay na ako, ‘Ah, sana

ganito ‘yung ginawa ko.’ Pero I’m still happy on how it

turned out.”

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ARREN GOES ONWARDS

AND UPWARDS

With his worldwide success, Darren continues

his journey to the top. He acknowledges his busy

schedule and hectic environment with a relaxing

moment as a way to take care of himself mentally.

He described his way of relaxation, which always

includes taking a step back from the things that

make him feel overwhelmed.

“Mentally, gusto ko lang nagre-relax kasi diba, hindi mo naman maiiwasang maoverwhelm

din and nabu-burnout talaga. Kahit sino naman, diba, sa trabaho. So, ang

ginagawa ko po talaga, I like to relax [and] unwind. Minsan, may biglaang roadtrip lang,

biglaang kain sa labas ganun. I guess [sometimes], I like to stay at home and binge watch

or hang out with friends and family. I think it’s very important to surround yourself with

positive vibes din since sobrang toxic rin ng industry minsan.”

Of course, Darren admitted that the industry can be toxic sometimes. With that

knowledge, he revealed how he deals with hate and backlash. Although he doesn’t

particularly care when someone tries to tear him down, his parents do. His mother and

father who just want the best for their 18-year-old son can’t handle the hate that their

young child has to endure.

“I do not respond to hate… Ako po talagang ever since pumasok ako sa showbiz, hindi

po talaga ako na-bother sa bashers. ‘Yung parents ko sobrang gusto na nilang awayin…

Sinasabi nila, ‘Hindi mo kasi alam ‘yung pakiramdam…’ Sabi ko naman, ‘It’s how you deal

with the situation rin.’ Atsaka if nasa showbiz ka, it’s something that’s inevitable sa career

na ito. Even if you’re not in showbiz, actually, people will still backstab you… judge you

for… a lot of things.”

With the amount of fans that he has, there are always people who would want to

become a part of the music industry. Darren hoped they think about entering this world

and he wished they push through rejections.

“For me, if you’re going to want to go into the music industry, pag-isipan mo. Pag-isipan

mo ng mabuti, isipin mo kung ano ‘yung mawawala sayo; siyempre ‘yung privacy mo. If

this is really something na gusto mo, go for it and pursue your dreams. Siyempre you will

get rejections along the way, pero that shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love. It

should inspire you… to do better. That’s one way to help you improve, as well. Sing your

heart out!”

Darren truly and deeply loves his fans, of course. In fact, he holds on to many

interactions with them, counting those as his favorites. He had a birthday concert at the

Mall of Asia, seeing the people who had supported him since day one.

“There’s so many that I hold on. I get to have parties with my fans so ang dami namin.

Pero my favorite will always be yung sa MoA Arena na concert ko po, kasi birthday

celebration ko. It was so nice to see everyone who supported me from The Voice.

Nandoon silang lahat and parang isang malaking birthday party lang po talaga siya. It’s

something I will always remember na ginawa ng fans ko para lang sa akin.”

When asked about his messages to his fans, Darren felt confused why they choose to

support him. However, he thanked them for the outpour of love and support they give

him. He also hoped they cherish the friendship they built within their community.

“’Uhm, bakit? Bakit ako ‘yung pinili niyong suportahan?“’

‘Yun po talaga ‘yung tinatanong ko minsan kasi ewan ko din kung anong ginawa ko para

ma-deserve ‘yung suporta nila and all their love. Pero I’d like to thank them for all the

efforts din na ginagawa nila po talaga. It’s crazy kasi dati, konti lang po sila. Ngayon,

over the years, they’ve grown. Sobrang nakakatuwa kasi ‘yung mga hindi magkakakilala

nagkikita sa mga events ko. Sa next events ko, magkakabarkada na sila… Ang sayang

makita noon. They’re my inspiration, they’re the people that keep me going besides my

parents and my friends.”

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DARREN LOVES HIS SUPPORTERS

With his worldwide success, Darren continues his journey to the

top. He acknowledges his busy schedule and hectic environment

with a relaxing moment as a way to take care of himself mentally. He

described his way of relaxation, which always includes taking a step

back from the things that make him feel overwhelmed.

“Mentally, gusto ko lang nagre-relax kasi diba, hindi mo naman

maiiwasang ma-overwhelm din and nabu-burnout talaga. Kahit sino

naman, diba, sa trabaho. So, ang ginagawa ko po talaga, I like to

relax [and] unwind. Minsan, may biglaang roadtrip lang, biglaang kain

sa labas ganun. I guess [sometimes], I like to stay at home and binge

watch or hang out with friends and family. I think it’s very important

to surround yourself with positive vibes din since sobrang toxic rin ng

industry minsan.”

Of course, Darren admitted that the industry can be toxic sometimes.

With that knowledge, he revealed how he deals with hate and backlash.

Although he doesn’t particularly care when someone tries to tear him

down, his parents do. His mother and father who just want the best for

their 18-year-old son can’t handle the hate that their young child has to

endure.

“I do not respond to hate… Ako po talagang ever since pumasok ako

sa showbiz, hindi po talaga ako na-bother sa bashers. ‘Yung parents

ko sobrang gusto na nilang awayin… Sinasabi nila, ‘Hindi mo kasi

alam ‘yung pakiramdam…’ Sabi ko naman, ‘It’s how you deal with the

situation rin.’ Atsaka if nasa showbiz ka, it’s something that’s inevitable

sa career na ito. Even if you’re not in showbiz, actually, people will still

backstab you… judge you for… a lot of things.”

With the amount of fans that he has, there are always people who

would want to become a part of the music industry. Darren hoped

they think about entering this world and he wished they push through

rejections.

“For me, if you’re going to want to go into the music industry, pag-isipan

mo. Pag-isipan mo ng mabuti, isipin mo kung ano ‘yung mawawala

sayo; siyempre ‘yung privacy mo. If this is really something na gusto mo,

go for it and pursue your dreams. Siyempre you will get rejections along

the way, pero that shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love. It should

inspire you… to do better. That’s one way to help you improve, as well.

Sing your heart out!”

Darren truly and deeply loves his fans, of course. In fact, he holds on

to many interactions with them, counting those as his favorites. He

had a birthday concert at the Mall of Asia, seeing the people who had

supported him since day one.

“There’s so many that I hold on. I get to have parties with my fans so

ang dami namin. Pero my favorite will always be yung sa MoA Arena

na concert ko po, kasi birthday celebration ko. It was so nice to see

everyone who supported me from The Voice. Nandoon silang lahat and

parang isang malaking birthday party lang po talaga siya. It’s something I will always remember na ginawa ng fans ko para lang sa akin.”

When asked about his messages to his fans, Darren felt confused why they choose to support him. However, he thanked them for the outpour of love and support they give

him. He also hoped they cherish the friendship they built within their community.

“’Uhm, bakit? Bakit ako ‘yung pinili niyong suportahan?“’

‘Yun po talaga ‘yung tinatanong ko minsan kasi ewan ko din kung anong ginawa ko para ma-deserve ‘yung suporta nila and all their love. Pero I’d like to thank them for all the

efforts din na ginagawa nila po talaga. It’s crazy kasi dati, konti lang po sila. Ngayon, over the years, they’ve grown. Sobrang nakakatuwa kasi ‘yung mga hindi magkakakilala

nagkikita sa mga events ko. Sa next events ko, magkakabarkada na sila… Ang sayang makita noon. They’re my inspiration, they’re the people that keep me going besides my

parents and my friends.”

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SPOTLIGHT

YONG

MUHAJIL

Digital Prince

The moment you see the meek radiance in Yong Muhajil’s visage is the exact moment you’ll have a glimpse

of the beautiful soul inside. He’s almost an angel whenever he blesses you with a sight of his gentle and

heartening smile. But more than what meets the eye, this determined man will never run out of passion in

his heart. Yong is never afraid to show how grateful he is for his family, friends,

and people who supported him.

Producer Janvin Brua | Photographer | Wilmark Jolindon Art Director | Jobo Nacpil Videographer | Jasper

Lawan Stylists | Arnel Zulieta and Benj Barrus Ledesma III of Van Mercado Styling Team Makeup Artist | Janell

Capuchino Hairstylist | Mycke Mortiz Arcano Special Thanks To Nenette Rustia, Star Magic, and Studio 206

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HUMBLE

BEGINNINGS

The moment you see the meek radiance

in Yong Muhajil’s visage is the exact

moment you’ll have a glimpse of the

beautiful soul inside. He’s almost an

angel whenever he blesses you with a

sight of his gentle and heartening smile.

But more than what meets the eye, this

determined man will never run out of

passion in his heart. Yong is never afraid

to show how grateful he is for his family,

friends, and people who supported him.

Before he was hailed as Pinoy Big

Brother Lucky Season 7 3rd Big Placer,

Yong went through a tough journey

in his quest inside the famous yellow

house. Their batch is undoubtedly one

of the most remarkable ones — with the

likes of Edward Barber, Tanner Mata,

and Elisse Joson to name a few. The

opportunity given by this show is one

thing Yong will be forever grateful for.

But when he auditioned for this show,

he did not tell anyone — even his family.

He only confessed it to his parents after

receiving a confirmation as an official

housemate.

“Grateful ako na naging parte

ako ng Pinoy Big Brother.

Doon ako nagsimula at naging

daan ‘yun para marating ko

kung nasaan ako ngayon.”

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FAMILY FIRST

Yong also made history as the first Tausug housemate

in Big Brother’s house. His representation of his

community is greatly needed in the media nowadays.

But greater than this, the love for his family is what the

general public should see and appreciate.

Being in a family with 17 siblings in total, Yong

strives to live up to his title:

“Pag-A-Son ng Angkan ng Zamboanga”

He may be living here in Manila with a sibling and

some of his cousins, but there will always be one

place he will call home.

"Mahalagang mahalaga ang pamilya ko sa akin,

kahit magkakalayo kami, nagsusuportahan kami sa

isa’t isa.”

Coming from a big household, he did not have a

hard time mingling with a bunch of new faces —

thanks to the lessons he learned living in a one big

happy family.

“Kasi ang dami niyo, iba-iba kayo ng ugali, matututo

kang makisama at rumepeto kahit minsan hindi

kayo pare-pareho ng opinyon kasi parte pa din kayo

ng iisang pamilya.”

Before joining the reality show, Yong knows how

to do things on his own. As he put it into words, he

learned it the hard way. He grew up helping his late

father in feeding and taking care of their chickens.

He also worked in a water station, and he did all of

these things to ultimately help his parents.

You can call Yong, in layman’s term, a family guy.

Even if the opportunities are greater here in the

city, the one thing he can’t trade for this luxury is his

mother in Zamboanga.

“Ang pagkakaiba lang nandoon ang nanay ko,

pamilya ko.”

There will always be pros and cons wherever you

chose to stay. But, what’s more important is you are

rooted to the core of your being, knowing where

your heart should always be.

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THE MAKING OF

DIGITAL PRINCE

Inspiration is what drives Yong to do his current endeavor — vlogging.

His co-PBB housemates-turned-vloggers are his biggest influence in this

venture.

“Sila Ate Baninay, Ate Aura, Kuya Jesi – lahat sila nag vlo-vlog at lahat

sila nakainspire at nakatulong sa akin.”

Seeing his brothers and sisters in Big Brother’s house fulfill their dreams

through this platform made him realize a lot of things. Through vlogging,

his authentic self shines through. Above all, he emphasizes that vlogging

gives him the opportunity to showcase his truth.

“Ngayon mas kilala ko na ‘yung sarili ko, alam ko kung ano ang totoo sa

hindi. Lagi akong naka-focus sa blessings, good vibes lang. Masaya pag

minahal ng mga tao ang totoong ikaw. Hindi mo kailangan magpanggap.

Maging humble palagi. Ako pa rin si Yong, hindi ko tinitignan na mas

lamang ako sa ibang tao.”

His following on Instagram and Twitter is a solid 470k+ and 142k+,

respectively. Yong also has 142k+ subscribers on his YouTube account,

giving him the Silver Play Button. At the end of the day, he will not be

called Digital Prince for nothing.

Of course, every YouTuber has their own dream collaboration. For Yong,

he wishes to do a video with two people who encouraged him to do

vlogging — although Baninay Bautista and Will Dasovich are the ones

who inspired him to enter the world of YouTube, they haven’t got the time

to film a YouTube video together.

Moreover, Yong wishes to join Alex Wasabi in a video, one of his

international YouTuber idols.

As he establishes his name on YouTube, let this be the perfect time to

reign Yong Muhajil as a rising star in both entertainment and new media.

The prince has now been crowned but that doesn’t stop there. As long

as Yong keeps on doing the things he’s really passionate about, there will

always be a bright future ahead of him.

Yong Muhajil doesn’t need a sword or a shield to fight since it’s not

always about blood and war. He got the charm that could shoot holes to

every heart but his healing smile can fix it in an instant. Living a tough life

taught him so much about life in general, metamorphosing him to a man

of passion. This gentleman has the courage to tell his truth in the most

light, relatable way.

He is unstoppable yet unassuming, lionhearted yet receptive, relaxed yet

charming.

He is Yong Muhajil.

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VP/FASHION

BREAKING BOUNDERIES

OF GENDERED STYLE

Produced by Shawn Kliff Sacal

PHOTOGRAPHER | RXANDY CAPINPIN STYLING | KEITH ANGELO HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST | LEI PONCE

MODEL: THAIS AT WOMENS FOLIO

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Who are YOU?

While that question seems out of context, your sense of identity plays an important role in fashion. It is, in fact, the very

foundation why this industry exists: ​self-expression. ​Despite business moguls capitalizing on social constructs, a latest

trend is taking over that blurs out any gender divide.

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Manila Fashion Festival menswear pieces shifts into

parisienne fashion

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Recent years have witnessed a

groundbreaking turn of events as labels

welcome ​androgyny into their fold. Even Rei

Kawakubo’s ​Comme De Garcons ​means “like

a boy”. True enough, her Paris Fashion Week

S/S 2020 screams unconventionality with

men in skirts, dresses, and bloused sleeves.

Alessandro Michele of Gucci and Miuccia of

Prada opened such gates as well back in 2017.

Although, is going beyond tradition and norms enough?

Better yet, have we not mistaken it with crossdressing?

The nuances of these terminologies often get confused

and conflated, which is why it needs to be distinguished.

How we define our style as androgynous might have misled

us at some point. Apparently, it has been rather outdated

considering how women have worn trousers for so long

that it just doesn’t count anymore. Unisex, instead, would

be an appropriate word. Moreover, technically-speaking,

androgynous refers to how we meld or mute gender-specific

apparel. As a result, it eliminates ‘reading’ of a person’s sex.

What they wear would have nothing to say on the matter of

gender or sexual roles. Simply put, how your aesthetic does

not resemble ​both ​genders so much as resembling ​neither​.

On the other hand, let’s not forget how it is easier for

women to take down the walls of exclusions as compared to

men. At worst, the norm’s tacit approval of empowerment

is considered an improvement. Freeing up men to be more

fluid stands as a different hurdle on its own. This is seen to

be rather demeaning and ridiculous (misogyny).

In the end, clothing might prove as a matter of what genders

share and what they take away from each other. Still, whether

it’s androgyny, drag, or unisex? What we all crave for lies

not in the subject of nomenclature but the lack thereof.

Our creativity should lean closer to our identity without any

specificity—​as fashion should be.

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