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The age of online youth publications

THE Internet has proven to be an effective medium that weaves both self-expression and artistic experimentation.

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THE Internet has proven to be an effective medium that weaves both self-expression and artistic experimentation. Given the wide range of available platforms to select from, many young people nowadays have utilized cyberspace as a venue where creativity is allowed to flourish without restraints.

Individuality aside, collaborations have paved way for the burgeoning scene of youth-driven, online-based independent publications. This movement has garnered so much attention that it has not only honed aspiring artists, photographers and writers in the past years, but also maneuvered them into working for the actual publishing industry.

Stache

Stache Magazine, dubbed as “the magazine for and by the creative youth,” is the brainchild of Maine Manalansan, who wanted nothing more but a platform for underappreciated Tumblr artists.

It was during a career orientation workshop in the university she was attending that prompted Manalansan to first act on the idea of establishing her own magazine. Then a 17-year-old Business Management student, Manalansan found her career preference veering away from the corporate world. Instead, she chose to become an editor-in-chief. Two months after, in December 2010, Stache released its maiden issue.

Stache has gone nowhere but up ever since. In a way, it spearheaded the local online magazine movement. It even bagged Young STAR’s Future Perfect Blog of the Year in the 2013 Globe Tatt Awards.

However, Stache rocked its following last April 2014 by going on an indefinite hiatus, capping off three years with a black-and-white-themed issue.

“I think we just needed a break because three years of creating a magazine and getting no compensation for it is a tough job especially when you’re fresh out of college,” Maine said, who currently works as editorial assistant for Young STAR, the Philippine Star’s youth culture section. “Art is good but you can’t do art for free forever.”

Despite this, Maine assures that something exciting is on the works for Stache.

You guys will know about it soon.”

Elision

Admittedly, Elision was intended as an alternative from mainstream publishing and its inability to cater to the needs of “passionate and intellectually-hungry youths.” So with the help of four other friends, editor in chief Fiel Estrella pioneered the Tumblr-based webzine.

Fiel describes Elision’s content as “an outlook of the modern Filipino youth.” Initially focused mostly on music, the webzine eventually expanded its coverages to the arts, literature and popular culture. While most of their features comprise of foreign personalities, they make sure to include local figures every once in a while, like blogger Camie Juan, singer-songwriter Luigi D’Avola, and indie folk band the Ransom Collective. “We’re definitely not trying to be esoteric. Our issues always have a little something for everyone, whatever their current state of being is,” says Fiel.

“I hope Elision evolves wonderfully while staying true to its nature. I want to dive into intersectionality and give voice to all kinds of people.”

Manic Pixie Bakunawa

While it’s become a common notion that literary journals nowadays are curated by the likes of scholars who make the medium quite inaccessible and unapproachable, we’ve got Manic Pixie Bakunawa (MPBK), which in contrast is run by fresh college grads to thank for opening its doors to young artists and litterateurs looking for a place to exhibit their works.

Editor in chief Raf Nakpil shared, “MPBK was inspired by the fact that I really, really want to be able to write and tell stories as much as I can.”

The online literary journal took its name from the Manic Pixie Dream Girl character trope, depicted as a quirky and enigmatic heroine deemed likeable for her confidence in expressing herself.

He related, “Seeing as we’re a literature [and an] art channel, we thought that approaching literature or art however we would like was a really good way to do so.” On the other hand, the Bakunawa part references to a sea serpent in Philippine mythology and embraces a sense of cultural heritage.

Having launched only last September 2014, MPBK has built quite an impressive following. For the coming months, Nakpil tells readers to expect “lots of stories, good art and some fairly interesting blogs.”

The Thing Online

At first glance, one would misjudge The Thing as a local homage to Rookie Magazine, similar by how their target demographic comprises primarily of young women. Editor in chief Gaby Gloria remarks, “I’m flattered that people would even think of comparing (Rookie) to The Thing, (but) we’re trying to break away from any comparisons though.”

However, a female audience was only the initial setup. The Thing has gone on to cater a wider demographic, which now includes even male readers. “Our articles are geared towards interests and real stories,” says managing editor Patricia Chong. “There isn’t exactly some kind of brand telling you that some interests are really for just girls or just guys.”

From popular culture, literature, sports, and even science, there’s one word that best describes The Thing: diversity. And that’s exactly what constitutes the core value of the magazine which, according to Gaby, has become more of a community open to exploring various interests.

“We want to be a place where people can read about what they like, and for them to find their own thing.”

Rumination

To ruminate is to think about something deeply and according to Julianne Suazo, and that’s exactly what the people behind Rumination Magazine do to produce challenging content for their readers.

Julianne, editor in chief, was interning for Candy Magazine when she realized her ardent love for writing. Rumination had always been on the back of her mind, but the only impediment was her lack of drive. Pushing her to make the magazine materialize was her friend, associate editor Cedric Reyes, who asked Julianne during a 2 a.m. conversation, “Why not now?” And Rumination took off from there.

“Rumination goes beyond showing what’s aesthetically pleasing or talking about what’s the new ‘in’ thing,” Julianne said. “We talk about things that are haven’t been necessarily made known to the public yet.”

She also encourages Rumination readers to look out for “fresh new faces and fresher contents.”

 

These publications all fall under a common denominator — that is the love for craft and culture. It just proves how far the youth could go to follow their passions and exert all efforts to allow such things to continue, never minding the lack of financial funding and reward.

If the five we’ve listed above failed to suffice to your appeal, also check out ADHD Magazine, Kamusta? Magazine, Ursus et Cervus, and Yuckzine.

 

Photo courtesy of StacheMagazine.com

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Stories Told From MIBF

I am only a mere spectator of the worlds these books would like to offer. I’m willing to be captured by these words if it would mean that I would learn and understand more than I do now.

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It was a rainy Saturday afternoon when I visited the annual Manila International Book Fair. It was 1:30 p.m. when I reached the place. The trike stopped at the drop-off area, where many were also being dropped off. In an attempt to avoid puddles, people around me leapt at small distances, making a small splash that stained dry jeans. “This is not my day,” I thought to myself as I gleamed at the skies while firmly holding my umbrella.

The goal today were to rummage through shelves to find a new universe. But from the looks of it, the day would only seem like an exhausting walk in a hall filled with heat from the crowd. I entered SMX and saw what I expected: a crowd filled with teenagers in line for what I assume is for a book signing event. I was not able to see what the title was because I had to keep moving through the congested hallway. Despite the amount of teens I encountered, I cannot help but notice the diversity of people that came in the book fair. I thought I’d predominantly see millennials and Gen Z’s. People from all ages were there to visit the fair. Upon entering the hall, I was greeted by shelves and shelves of books that are unfamiliar to my tastes. I mindlessly wandered around the hall, with a quest in mind to find pieces of my heart in pages. Will I be able to find it? That, I wasn’t sure of but I knew I’d find home again somewhere in here.

I only visited the university publishing houses because my interests in books as of now are piqued by various authors from the biggest universities in the country. A few of these names are Caroline Hau, Conchitina Cruz, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, and Ned Parfan. I found their books to be very interesting but much to my dismay, some of them do not fit my budget. As a college student, I don’t always have enough funds for my leisure as most of my money goes to food, readings, and other academic activities. I resorted to the cheaper titles, most of which, I am sure, are hidden gems people neglected for some time. I shall tell you what I bought from the book fair:

  1. Kaluluwa – J. Neil C. Garcia
  2. Pag-uli, Pag-uwi Homecoming: Poetry in Three Tongues – Merlinda Bobis
  3. Return Flight and other essays – Tito Alquizola
  4. The Second World: Poems – Rafael Antonio C. San Diego

These books particularly interested me due to the fact that they talked about the contemporary world and other topics I resonate with. The topic of home was walked about in the third book I bought and well, the others, I simply liked them for their genre. I felt guilty after purchasing these as I said that I would only go out of here with one book on hand. I said that two is too much but I was hesitant. I went for 4 because my heart sang to the synopsis of the books that I bought. Oh, the things you do for love. 

While most went to the famous book stores, I went to the unknown areas of the exhibit. There were publishing houses that produces different kinds of books, apt to the needs of the readers today. I didn’t really do this in the previous fairs – I was a young reader and I did not know as much. This is my first time discovering books on my own in MIBF. I ended up visiting Instituto Cervantes’s booth. The Spanish culture has fascinated me, mostly because of their history and also that I take Spanish this year. 

I gazed at the books that Instituto Cervantes had to offer. With my limited working proficiency, I attempted to grasp what the synopsis of the books would like to say. “It’s only been a few months of Spanish class,” I thought to myself. While I was looking at the books, there were two people conversing in the same booth, both of which interested me. If my memory serves me right, they talked about the intricacies of the language. I later joined their conversation and shared some experiences and knowledge that I have acquired over the past few months from my classes. There I met a young woman, somewhere around my age named Zarena Hermogeno.

Zarena declares herself to be an avid reader especially of mystery and thriller. Over our short-lived dialogue, we instantly connected the moment she shared her experiences in studying Spanish. She also told me the books that she is interested in. A few of the titles she mentioned are the Nancy Drew series and Sherlock Holmes, both of which I have admired in my childhood. I remember being a teen at the ages of twelve or thirteen, clinging to the pages of these books, eager to find out what happens next. I shared my childhood with these stories, and upon hearing her admiration towards those series, I can’t help but recall my deep love for reading ever since as a kid.

Zarena happens to be a year younger than I am. It’s not really a long time ago since we were 10-years-old. We retold how our love for reading was birthed. She told me that she read books at a young age because she was exposed to an abundance of it; her aunt used to be a librarian which offered her world full of adventures through the pages that she reads. We share the same in my case, however, my parents have opened myself up for reading. It opened up different worlds for us. It was an escape from reality. For each book we read, it opens us the opportunity to put ourselves in the shoes of other people. Zarena said that she not only reads for entertainment but because it also serves as an escape for the world that we live in. I could say the same thing too – reading is the solace that welcomes me in its arms, no matter what the situation is.

I went out of MIBF with 4 books on hand. The stories were born out of the love of storytelling. I am only a mere spectator of the worlds these books would like to offer. I’m willing to be captured by these words if it would mean that I would learn and understand more than I do now. 

It was no longer raining when I got out of the venue. I looked up at the skies. It wasn’t gloomy anymore, as compared to the past few hours. I closed my umbrella. I smiled at the skies and at the space before me. Here I am, ready to delve into worlds I have yet to experience.

 

 

 

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Celebrate 100 Years of PH Cinema with Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

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In the last two years, the Pista ng Pelikang Pilipino (PPP) held its week-long celebration of Filipino film in the month of August. This year, PPP celebrates its third year which perfectly coincides with the celebration of 100 years in Philippine Cinema.

As the festival gathers the interest of movie goers and film enthusiasts, it showcases films of different genres and unique characteristics that will surely hype up the local film scene once again. On its third year, PPP features ten films with three of them under Sandaan showcase: 

PPP’S FEATURE ENTRIES

Cuddle Weather by Rod Marmol

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When the paths of Adela Johnson, an experienced prostitute and Ram, a newbie call boy entangles, one of them begins to realize that there is more to the act of lovemaking when you begin to catch feelings for someone. Will feelings be in the way of their field of work or will it change them completely?

G! by Dondon Santos

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As soon as a terminally-ill teenager realizes that his time is running out, he embarks on a trip together with his best friends as he tries to tick off everything in his bucket list. In their trip, they realize the importance of life, love, and friendship.

I’m Ellenya L by Boy 2 Quizon

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In the digital world where everyone aspires to be known, Ellenya creates a different version of herself online in an attempt to be in the limelight. During the process, will she be able to stay true to herself or suffer the consequences knowing that karma is digital?

LSS (Last Song Syndrome) by Jade Castro

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Sara, a young woman who is pursuing her passion for music despite all odds, finds herself in a rhythmic adventure with Zack as they string along with an indie band. As they embark on a new chapter in their life, could they set aside the fear of falling for their growing feelings for each other?


Open by Andoy Ranay

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Will you do everything just to save a love that is dying? Open follows the story of long-term couple who begins to navigate the idea of going in an open relationship in order to keep each other close.

The Panti Sisters by Jun Robles Lana

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Three gay sons have to give their terminally-ill father a grandchild in order to have their P300 million inheritance while also triyng to gain their father’s acceptance for who they really are. 

Watch Me Kill by Tyrone Acierto

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Who is the real enemy? A heartless contract-killer finds herself at risk as she saves a victim and faces her demons at the same time. 

 

PPP’S SANDAAN SHOWCASE

Circa by Adolfo Alix, Jr.

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Circa revolves around a once-famous movie producer, Doña Atang, who wishes to reunite with the people she’s worked with in the past. Aside from a star-studded cast featuring Gina Alajar, Anita Linda, and Jacklyn Jose among others, the late actor Eddie Garcia also takes a “special participation” in the film.

Lola Igna by Eduardo Roy, Jr.

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After receiving the title as “The Oldest Living Grandmother in the World”, Lola Igna grows impatient and eager to die as she is running out of reasons to live her life. When her grandson reunites with her to document every moment with his grandmother, will she finally find a reason to live life to the fullest?

Pagbalik by Hubert Tibi and Maria Ranillo

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The only Visayan entry in this year’s festival, Pagbalik revolves around the life of an OFW who goes back home. As soon as the feeling of returning home finally sinks in, she begins to question everything she has sacrificed for when she left her mother and her son for a work abroad years ago. 

Will you be going alone or watching with your friends and loved ones? No worries because PPP2019 offers STUDENT DISCOUNTS to students in all levels. Just make sure that you’ll bring your school ID or your registration form with you in order to avail the student discount (P180 in theatres in Metro Manila and P130 in theatres outside Metro Manila starting September 13) However, the ticket prices depend on your nearest cinema’s ticket rate. 

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will screen in cinemas nationwide starting from September 13 until September 19, 2019! For more details regarding the films and its screening schedules, don’t hesitate to check the cinema websites!

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KWENTONG DORM: Ano ang dapat meron ka sa iyong dorm?

FYI: Mag-isa man o may kasama, mahalaga na itatak mo sa utak mo ang mga bagay na ito para naman maging magaan at komportable ang iyong karanasan habang nananatili ka sa tinutuluyan mo malapit sa Unibersidad.

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Muli na namang nagsimula ang bagong kabanata sa pagbubukas ng panibagong school year! Gigising na naman tayo nang maaga kahit na puyat tayo sa dami ng mga ginagawa. Magmamadali muli sa pagpasok sa klase kahit na gustong-gusto na natin magpahinga kahit saglit lang. At sa wakas, uuwi na sa mga tambak ng mga gawain para sa kinabukasan. Ilan lang ito sa mga bagay na nararanasan ng isang estudyante, pero sa pangarap na nais nating abutin, kailangan nating isakripisyo ang ilang mga bagay dahil sa huli, magiging matamis ang bunga nito.

Sa pagpasok sa panibagong school year, maaaring ikaw ay isa sa mga estudyanteng gigising nang sobrang aga para mag-commute habang mayroon namang mawawalay sa kanilang mga pamilya at mahal sa buhay para makapag-aral sa UST.

Kung binabasa mo ito ngayon, ikaw ay isa sa mga mag-aaral na nararanasan ang buhay ng isang “dormer”. Mag-isa man o may kasama, mahalaga na itatak mo sa utak mo ang mga bagay na ito para naman maging magaan at komportable ang iyong karanasan habang nananatili ka sa tinutuluyan mo malapit sa Unibersidad:

1. Damit (maraming damit!)

Mahalaga na magdala ng maraming damit (pangpasok, pambahay, at panlabas) dahil ito ang iyong pansamantalang tahanan sa mga susunod na araw. 

2. Rice cooker

Lalabas ka na naman ba para kumain kung pwede ka namang magluto? Ang perang maaring magastos sa pagbili ng pagkain sa labas ay pwede mong matipid. Kanin, noodles, at iba pang mga putahe ay pwedeng maluto sa rice cooker. Ngunit, kung makapagdadala ka ng mas maraming kagamitan sa pangluto o kaya’y hindi ka ipinagbabawal ang pagluto sa iyong tinutuluyan, mas maganda ito. Tandaan na huwag kalimutan mapanatili ang inyong kalusugan! Dapat na kumain pa rin nang tama kahit ikaw ay nagtitipid ng iyong allowance.

3. Pang-meryenda

Mas mabuti rin na magdala ng mga snacks (tsitsirya, mga biskwit, atpb.) dahil bukod sa mas nakakatipid ka rito, kailangan mo rin ng iba pang mga pagkain upang ganahan sa pag-aaral at sa iba pang mga bagay.

4. Payong

Ito ang isa sa mga bagay na hindi mo dapat kalimutan! Mainit man o maaraw, mahalaga na magdala ng payong lalo na’t madalas na ang pabugso-bugsong ulan dito sa Maynila. Manatiling handa!

5. Alkansya

Ang pagiging magastos ay maiiwasan. Mahalaga na magkaroon ng alkansya o paglalagyan ng iyong pera. Bukod sa tinuturuan mo ang iyong sarili na magtipid, ang perang maiipon mo sa ilang buwan mong pamamalagi ay maaari mong magamit para sa iyong kinabukasan.

6. Storage Kits/Organizers

Ang mga storage kits o organizers ay importante upang hindi maging makalat ang iyong tinutuluyan. Maaari mo ritong ilagay ang iyong mga damit, mga mahahalagang kagamitan sa paaralan, mga kagamitan sa banyo, at iba pa. Ito ay magtuturo sa iyo na maging masinop at organisado sa iyong mga kagamitan. May kasama ka man o wala, dapat panatilihing malinis ang iyong tinutuluyan upang hindi ito maging tahanan ng iba’t ibang uri ng insekto.

7. Walis (at iba pang panlinis)

Sa usaping kalinisan, mas mapapanatili ang kaayusan ng iyong dorm kung mayroon kang mga kagamitan para dito. Sa paglilinis, tinuturuan mo ang iyong sarili na maging mas responsable at maayos sa iyong kapaligiran.

8. Mga gamot

Katulad ng panahon, hindi rin natin mahuhulaan kung anuman ang mangyayari. Lalo na’t haharapin na naman natin ang mga araw na tayo’y maraming responsibilidad bilang isang estudyante, mahalaga na may mga gamot at supplements kang nakatago sa iyong tinutuluyan para mapanatili mo pa rin ang magandang kalusugan. Tandaan na kahit marami kang responsibilidad sa paaralan, kailangan mo pa ring alagaan ang iyong sarili!

9. Emergency Kit

Sa oras ng sakuna tulad ng lindol o kaya bagyo, importante na mayroon tayong emergency kit na naglalaman ng pagkain, tubig, baterya, toiletries, at iba pa. Okay nang maging handa at sigurado sa mga oras na ito.

 

EXTRAS:

  1. Vision Board 

Mahalaga na mayroon kang board or espasyo sa iyong pader kung saan pwedeng ilista ang mga gawaing kailangan mong matapos, lagyan ng mga litrato o mga notes na naglalaman ng mga salitang nagbibigay-sigla at inspirasyon para mas ganahan ka sa iyong pag-aaral. 

  1. Mga Litrato (Sentimental items)

Sa iyong pamamalagi, mahalaga na may mga bagay ka na magbibigay sa’yo ng motibasyon para mag-aral at makamit ang iyong mga pangarap. Kahit malayo ka man, may mga bagay na magpapaalala sa’yo na maging mas matatag sa kabila ng mga hirap at pagsubok na iyong nararanasan.

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