MEGA October 2021 with Alodia Gosiengfiao
MEGA October 2021 with Alodia Gosiengfiao
MEGA September 2021 with Catriona Gray
Fashion is back and taking its rightful place, front and center. Discover the latest from Louis Vuitton as modeled by cover star Catriona Gray and the 20 most covetable shoes and bags to indulge in this season. Also, discover the latest Filipino brands that should be in your radar: from self-styled ternos to chic essentials. In beauty, mane man Renz Pangilinan gathers a coterie of women—from Pia to Liza and Ivana—who can serve as your next big hair inspiration. Lastly, discover why a low maintenance friendship may be exactly what you need now.
MEGA August 2021 (Print Issue)
MEGA August 2021 with Anne Curtis
Traveling, whether to exotic destinations, to be with loved ones, or to simply break free, is a dream. This month, we’re indulging in the luxury of the journey, starting with cover star, the iconic Anne Curtis. She’s back after a long sojourn, and she’s stronger than ever. From fashion inspired by the space race to a style dispatch straight from Fashion Week, and one editor’s very personal account of actually traveling during the pandemic, we keep pushing on, hoping—and aiming—for the best.
MEGA July 2021 with Milka Romero and Bella Ysmael
This month MEGA is making things work. Fronted by fierce females Bella Ysmael and Milka Romero, we put the focus on remarkable females, including dazzling muses Catriona Gray and Ellen Adarna, sports giants like Alyssa Valdez and Pauline Lopez, and visionary entrepreneur Glenda Victorio. Following their lead, fashion and beauty work overtime, making us feel and look good, with color enlivening everything and personal style at the forefront. It’s time to take control and live as boldly as we want.
MEGA June 2021 with Vicki Belo
MEGA April 2021
MEGA March 2021
This month, be prepared to go where your passions take you. Maggie Wilson-Consunji shows us why fortune indeed favors the bold with a smoldering editorial in Bali. Dress the part with sexy day dresses and serene silhouettes, and let multitasking beauty products let you focus on achieving your goals.
MEGA February 2021
Spark joy with MEGA as we celebrate 29 years of being the Philippines’ Best Fashion Magazine. Discover 2021’s style code with cover star Heart Evangelista-Escudero leading the way. From sexy loungewear to statement dresses, prismatic makeup and ornamental hair, it’s time to get happy. Also, get ready for a shopping revolution as the crazy rich Asians build a bling empire.
MEGA November 2020
Supermodel Hannah Locsin fronts the November 2020 edition, an ode to the courage of people living in a brave new world. The annual Shopping Issue is imbued with a sense of responsibility and awareness, focusing on local finds and talent, as well as sustainability. Together, we move forward with joy and optimism as we rediscover the fun and fantasy of fashion and beauty, highlighting everything that shines and sparkles.
MEGA October 2020
Our annual Big Beauty Issue gets real and goes skin deep, starting with the stunning Solenn Heussaff, who lets us in on quarantine life as an artist and a new mom in a series of raw and unedited photos. Then, discover the best skincare and makeup (yes, we’re still wearing it) for the new normal in our Beauty Awards. Get the rundown on the state of beauty in the country as some of the biggest bosses—from influencers to entrepreneurs and top executives—share their learnings. Lastly, fashion starts to get festive with fluoro shades and electric pairings.
MEGA September 2020
And from the depths, we rise, one stroke at a time, reaching for the light—for life. This is the new MEGA. Bolder and stronger, we are taking on a radically different reality with a fresh perspective on fashion, beauty and beyond. Our distinctive voice remains, but it is now imbued by a new sense of self and a deeper understanding of what is essential. In this digital age, we dare you to pick up this edition and feel the glossy pages we’ve filled with ideas, people and things that are stylish, purposeful and inspiring. In this issue, discover the best of local fashion artists and artisans, this year’s #NewPH and the reason why Catriona Gray is the face of this brave new generation leading us into the future.
MEGA June 2020
We see you. As MEGA celebrates 10 years of Pinoy Pride this month, we look back at the individuals and groups that have inspired us, made us proud to be Filipinos and—most importantly—showed us how to make a stand. From fashion to the arts, business and sports, these are the people made, and continue to make, a difference.
MEGA March 2020
Can’t look away? Welcome to the female gaze. MEGA celebrates Female Power this month, with no less than Pia Wurtzbach on our cover for the final #MakingMEGA. Who better than the golden queen herself, shot in the sun-soaked beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to lead this revolution? Fashion speaks up with mothers and daughters of style, unapologetic dressing and the trends that get you noticed. Beauty dares to get even more colorful and unapologetic, from nails to hair to the scents of real wonder women. Need more female? Sit down and listen to the stories of the women in our lives—some inspire, some provoke—but let’s be clear: they will all be heard.
MEGA February 2020
After 7 years and 13 Making MEGA documentaries, we travel halfway across the globe and return to where it all began. We walk along the pulsating, vibrant, and ever so colorful streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, playing with danger and daring to standout in fiery fashion with Nadine Lustre, James Reid, and Bret Jackson. #MakingMEGAinRio
MEGA January 2020
Sing out loud. Make yourself heard. MEGA welcomes the New Year with three women who know their due and take up the space, all while lifting up their fellow females and all the aspects of femininity. Sarah Lahbati takes a new direction as a fashion darling, doting mother and soon-to-be wife. Regine Velasquez Alcasid, a true MEGA woman if there ever was one, lends her hard-earned wisdom and passion to the stage, and Sarah Geronimo, an icon of her generation, a woman who discovered her strength by purposely being vulnerable. MEGA also celebrates a brand new direction, a new beginning with fashion’s green reckoning with the finest and bravest taking a stand for the earth and future generations. The future is here and it’s still something to sing about, a song to end on a major key.
MEGA November 2019
MEGA September 2019
Forever intertwined in space, time, and circumstance, music and fashion offer this symbiotic relationship that elevates the other to an even more fantastic level. Taking inspiration from each other, the two pillars of creativity have seen many concepts take flight, proving that while a standout on their own, they become increasingly better when paired together. It is with this that we present MEGA’s first ever music issue, in the years most anticipated and celebrated issues, no less. Seeing what they have been doing, and most importantly, listening to what they have to say, musically and otherwise, we gather seven of the freshest acts that are making the airwaves more melodic than ever. Striking transformations inspired by musical genres aside from their own, witness how Frankie Pangilinan, Gabbi Garcia, Jess Connelly, Kiana Valenciano, KZ Tandingan, Maris Racal, and Maymay Entrata raise their voices to your attention. The big fashion issue gets moved by the rhythm, incorporating music in must-have fashion, chart-topping beauty, and barrier-breaking conversations that give a symphonic depth to music. All things considered, the pertinent call to action here is to assess and access that stirring sense of individuality and sing your own song or make your hymn be heard to make that lingering imprint as if it was that LSS you will not ever want to let go of.
MEGA August 2019
Change is a constant in life—and it’s about time we celebrated it. MEGA August 2019 cover star Loisa Andalio personifies the beauty of change, displaying tenacity and courage beyond her years. Meanwhile fashion and beauty serve us major romance, modern color, and an homage to the irreverence of Gen X style.
MEGA July 2019
Whether it’s a modest showing or a full baring, it is apparent that more and more people are getting comfortable in the skin that they are in. Now, while there is definitely a lot more to go in the quest for full confidence, we are furthering this conversation in this issue that is centered on anything and everything skin. No less than a skin-perfect face fronts this issue, in the person of actress, Erich Gonzales, whose natural beauty is taken to the next level with her regimen’s best kept secret, which she is now sharing to us all. Redefining the surface standard according to what is right by her, Erich Gonzales inadvertently teaches that true beauty lies with yourself and not what anyone else sees. This month, skin runs through many stories that range from self-reliance and self-assurance in fashion and beauty. Thinking of going au naturale? There is a lot to choose from, whether it be a range of earth-toned styles to treatments that guarantee a skin that is healthy and glowing sans makeup. Whatever you choose to adhere to, trust that the only goal here is to reveal your best, and yes, most beautiful self yet.
MEGA June 2019
Pride. It’s the words on everybody’s minds and lips, more so now than ever. While the world has peddled its buzz far and wide, do we really know what pride is? This month, we don’t just crack open the dictionary and leaf through. Instead, we thought of you; we talked to you, hopefully figuring out what it is to so many different people and their circumstances. Equality. Arguably considered a crowned jewel that decorates the rich and storied culture of the Philippines and pageantry today, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray fronts the Pinoy Pride issue as a real life silver lining. Proudly waving the colors of the country as a Filipina, Catriona takes us through her epic moments and adventures in New York City and all over the world, reminding us why being in the moment is a luxury we should all be more mindful of. Meanwhile, we also have RuPaul’s Drag Race (double) all-star, Manila Luzon on the cover as well. Headlining a pride that many fights for, identify with, and live as, the world-famous drag personality who traces her roots in the Philippines teaches us, among many other things, that in light of a grim and often unflinching world, no one can ever take away your truth and joy. Freedom. Pride comes in many permutations, all of which runs its course in the June issue. From a beautiful story of discovery and transition to the inspiring global Pinoys that raise the flag heroically in their corner of the globe, the point of this all becomes clear: we are here to herald, champion, and persist the liberties every human being deserves. And no label, preference, stereotype, and point-of-view will steer us from the goal that one day, the world lives a life of no resistance.
MEGA May 2019
Digital creative, international style savant, and MEGA May 2019 cover star Kim Jones delves deep into the swirling sandstone of Arizona’s otherworldly rock canyons and shines a light on a new era of collaborative creation. Read her story and choose your next adventure in summer fashion and beauty.
MEGA April 2019
Living in the tropics has long educated us what summer requires, that being sun, sea, and skin. While that will always and forever hold true, we at MEGA thought of shifting gears and alluding to another facet of the summer: a rebirth of perspective and purpose. Flanked by cascades of florals, Marian Rivera-Dantes is every inch the blooming woman on our cover. A vision of reverie and contentment in light-as-air pink fashion, the expectant mother of baby number two opens up about the joys of motherhood, which is clearly her most treasured role to date. In this story, she also clues us in on what she holds on to, self-love, and of course, a pursuit of the creative with Beautéderm Home. The call of summer rings loud and clear throughout the pages of the magazine, as we wade and swim through the brightest and boldest this season to offer in beauty, style, and features. While it is true that we will perhaps be forever in a sunshine state of mind, raring and always ready to hit the summer destination, we also understand that the season means many things to all of us. In this warm, searing and prickly light, know that we have you covered…or well, serving skin when you see fit.
MEGA March 2019
While there are many things pulling the world apart these days, one thing is very clear: the women have redefined themselves not only in how they are perceived, but also with who they intrinsically are. Empowered and enduring, the woman today is hitting all the right strides, making us want to hear everything they have to say. Headlining this movement is beauty queen and lifelong ally, Pia Wurtzbach. From reigning as Miss Universe to taking it much further today, the bold and beautiful woman makes it clear that she is here to stay. Enveloped in this issue are stories crafted to hero the woman in all her glory. From forward, take-no-prisoner fashion, unapologetic beauty, and even think-pieces that encourage a reevaluating of perceptions, we begin to understand fully and with much empathy as well. Some will argue that there are miles to go in the distance of the woman’s plight, but for what it’s worth, we have come so far. It is true what they say then, that it is a great time to be a woman.
MEGA Summer Special 2019
And just like that, the summer has come at full stop. Hotter than hot days? Check. An increasing desire to hit the beach? Check. A summer siren? Check. Signalling the opening salvo of summer is everyone’s favorite beach girl, Nadine Lustre. From her sun-drenched Instagram posts to a confidence in the body she’s in, she definitely knows her stuff when it comes to the season. Whether it’s advocating body positivity or schooling people on the environment, she’s really putting more premium to her reach as a star and that is something worth looking up to even more than we already do. In this special summer issue, we talk about all things summer, from jetset-style, fitness, to finding that swimwear fit for your body type. Flip on through for all your sunny summer inspirations. That way when you hit the beach, you’ll be more than ready to take on the season head on.
MEGA February 2019
Typically, the focus of the month of love trains its eye to one that is paired-up, googly-eyed and romantic. But in the progression of our lives, we have understood that before we can fully commit to a rose-colored love, we first have to grasp our self-worth. Self-love gets thrown around a lot as a social buzzword, but only recently have we truly gotten its scope. With this in mind, we sought to explore the different facets of self-love in the pages of the magazine we produced with so much care. No stranger to transformations, Alex Gonzaga has gone through and successfully persisted through challenges that not only tested her mettle in the industry, but most importantly, firming up her ability to adapt to changes and spring from it much, much stronger than even she thought it possible. Withstanding what is perhaps the greatest hurdle of her career, she shifts a focus to where the future is headed, adding vlogger and digital personality to her multiple hyphenates. A true testament of self-love in its most essential form, she has inadvertently taught us that life is truly what we make of it. Taking a cue from the intimate and internalized process of self-love, the pages of fashion, beauty, and features takes you on a journey with pieces and visuals that will reaffirm that this sense of self isn’t selfish or vain, but rather, a conduit to what will inevitably make you the best person you can possibly allow yourself too. And that, we believe, is the most beautiful gift of love you can give the most important person in your life—you.
MEGA January 2019
The new year is a lot of things: a fresh start, a clean slate, and a new lease among many. While it does signify a revelation of what is to come, it also is a testament to things that endure: commitments, changes, and stories. In the uplifting scope of the turning of time, we turn to efforts that make a mark, looking into certainties that are set to become considerable legends. No other name comes close to legendary status than that appended by a now iconic Asia’s Songbird title. Making time her friend, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid has gone through many moments with confidence and grace, easing through changes in great stride. Today, she begins the new year with a promise of many potentials, one that includes something close to her heart—makeup and beauty. Not only does she front our opening salvo, she also announces a new role that is befitting as it is truly worthy as she steps in as the new face of Australian cosmetics brand, BYS. This is a story you will not want to miss a thing of. Ushering the new year always comes with it a trail of hope, and this one isn’t any different. With much more optimism and spirits at a high, we dive through fashion, beauty, and lifestyle with equal parts of aspiration and reality, as is what life has accorded us through the years. With a foothold in the year to come, the resolute is firm: we are going to give you nothing that is short of decided, different, and daring.
MEGA Man Magazines
MEGA Man September 2021 with Piolo Pascual
Piolo Pascual is a matinee idol, multi-awarded actor and a successful producer of many films. As one-third of Spring Films, the multi-hyphenate creative shares the reality of making movies from behind the scenes. Also, find out precisely why you need to register to vote this month, straight from the editor.
MEGA Man July 2021 Special
This month, MEGA Man dives head first into a dynamic new future. It is fronted by JR Legaspi, the young visionary behind Horizon Manila, an ambitious real estate project that is set to change the urban landscape. Catch his story, as well as other inspirating features that value change, in this issue.
MEGA Man July 2021 with Fabio Ide
Thinking of a career shift? Take a cue from Fabio Ide. The model turned businessman is an example of getting the balance right, knowing when to go with the flow and when to take control. Also, get inspired by Louis Vuitton’s FW ‘21 collection, which balances the perspectives of a tourist and a purist. Lastly, discover what it takes to become a modern leader, straight from an editor’s notebook.
MEGA Man June 2021
Is art an essential in the new normal? MEGA Man dives deep with one of the country’s most prolific artists, Leeroy New, whose works can be found everywhere, from adorning Lady Gaga to the Pasig River. Also, EIC Suki Salvador shares his thoughts on art, success and the beautiful truths behind them all.
MEGA MAN May 2021
MEGA MAN November 2020
With physical and literal ascents are grounded for the time being, we take to the metaphorical sense of flight in this issue. Anchored on the concept of time, we bring together LA Aguinaldo and Marlon Aguinaldo as they talk about the business of influence and Staking their claim on the future with entrepreneurial endeavors that are an elevated experience on its own right.
MEGA MAN October 2020
Businessman and man about town Ben Wintle fronts MEGA Man’s October edition. He shares his hard earned entrepreneurial lessons, mastering a constantly evolving industry, and feeding his focus, even when things like a pandemic get in the way. In style, we give work-from-home looks that look crisp enough for a meeting with the team but feel as easy as our favorite pair of kicks. For those of us heeding the call to step out (finally), we give you the new cool—staples that work hard to make you look good and stay safe. Make no mistake—we’re back in business.
MEGA MAN September 2020
It has been a while since we have done this, but it’s true: nothing quite compares to doing what you love with the people you respect day in and day out. In this comeback issue, we mean business. From an reimagined fashion story to recalibrated pages, as well as a social reconnaissance with Mikko, Mark, and Macky Tung, the brothers in bond, business, and blood, we are collectively staking a claim into a more expansive future with jabs of wit, humor, and pragmatism. Ah, it’s good to be back, boys.
MEGA MAN April/May 2020
Mond Gutierrez joins MEGA Man in gathering our collective strength, uniting ourselves in the spirit of empathy, and standing against the threat of our lives. See what he has to say in words and photos of his own, and feel the humanity that throbs and flows in all of us. More than ever, we need to come together for this threat to end, for us to learn our lessons, and for us to begin anew. #RisePH
MEGA MAN March 2020
In the persistent pursuit of the lives of the rich and famous, we mere mortals are often at that peering point of the outside looking in. With their lives lived in veritable fishbowls, we wonder what it must be like to submit to the power of the people, pressing their faces and tapping the glass for even just a speck of attention. What we do not know is that from the other side, the world is weighing on them, too. And in this process trails anxiety, self-doubt, and maybe even depression. The easier-said-than-done solution? Self-love. “‘Yun ‘yung New Year’s resolution ko actually, na this year, mas mamahalin ko sarili ko. Of course, masarap mag-work, masarap kumita, pero kailangan mo muna isipin ‘yung sarili mo, lalo na ang health mo,” shares Ruru Marid, this month’s cover star. “Kailangan mong isipin na mas kailangan natin ‘yung katawan natin kaysa sa mas kailangan tayo ng katawan natin—and it’s not just physical, but also mental. We need to also think about what will make our minds at ease and at peace.” All it takes is one, and with this grasp of the self, even greater, more powerful things can spring forth from within, just you watch.
MEGA MAN February 2020
In the Theory of Evolution as penned by Charles Darwin, he defends that in the natural scheme of selection, it isn’t the strongest that survive, but rather the ones most agile and adept to change. Tracking our steps to the exploratory expanse of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, we figure out individual modes of survival, as exhibited by James Reid and Bret Jackson. Not even remotely complicit to any expected competition, the brothers, bound by circumstance and music, come together to endure and exist, proving that while now less calculated and perhaps well, careless, their truth is all that matters.
MEGA MAN January 2020
The turn of the new year usually signifies a severe shift. Whether it be of temperament, point-of-view, or physical change, this curious pivot in the calendar allows a point of introspection and realization that hopefully trickles throughout the rest of the year. Most opportune as it is, there is only a swelling surge of hope that things get better than what has gone by. A fitting first first into the new year, this first issue of the decade is no procedural reminder that rotates on change, resolution, and clean slates. What this stands to be is a consciousness to make things matter and count, just as Kit Thompson has since navigated his return to the mainstream. Yes, there will always be something to prove, something to say, and most importantly, something to do. While that still persists with enough aggression to spring us forward, there now exists an understanding that you don’t have to go hard or else you’ll go home. Any efforts will stack up to an end that is nothing but right and deserving of and by you. Welcome to the new year, a new age, and fittingly, a new you.
MEGA MAN December 2019
Ronnie Alonte knows he is famous, but not in a totally caught up, pretentious, and if we are being completely unhinged here, offensive kind of way. Unlike a self-effacing contemporary with a false sense of humility, he doesn’t wince at the mere mention of the word. In fact, he will be the very first one to duck at the very second it tumbles out, evading it as if it were a bullet with a mission to pierce through his cooler than cool, nonchalant vibe.
MEGA MAN September 2019
Following the rhythm that rules the inner workings of our actualized self, we make a move towards heightened sense of self for our much-awaited fashion issue. There are no razzle, dazzle productions, pounding beats, and persisting buzz that commands the landscape of music today. Instead, we hear the subtle synths and thoughtful orchestrations that elevate the definition of what it takes to be a man today. Emerging from the dug-out of his life, recalibrated and refreshed, cager and collaborator Kobe Paras stands taller, making it known why is out there set to win. Proving that there is more to his play and game, the explosive cager reveals his turn to fashion with a partnership with H&M that is a style slam dunk you should be taking notice of. Further this month, we explore the tenets of menswear and thresh out whether the trends that fashion churns out becomes a moment missed. Whatever it reveals to be eventually, the earnest goal here is to make you understand yourself even more in fashion and style, hopefully giving you a more defined sense of self and perhaps a willful purpose pacing forward.
MEGA MAN July 2019
What is your truth? While our counterparts at MEGA talk about the beauty standard as qualified by the skin, we dive deep into a different kind of uncovering—one that aims to reveal the necessary truth that makes each and every one of us unique. Yes, there will still be lashes of skin here and there, but this time, we are going beyond just the surface level. Navigating through the complexities of fame and phenomenon, Alden Richards resurfaces to the forefront with many things on hand: a new film, a new confidence, and well, a new-ish disposition. Much more certain and deliberate in his footing, the actor makes it clear why he hasn’t really gone anywhere, just making himself better for us to be inspired by.
MEGA Ent Magazines
MEGA Entertainment September 2021 with KZ Tandingan, Moira Dela Torre, Yeng Constantino and Erik Santos
MEGA Entertainment August 2021 with Mond Gutierrez
MEGA ENT June 2021
He’s back. John Lloyd Cruz, award-winning actor, matinee idol and one of the biggest box office draws of Philippine show business has returned after a four-year hiatus. In an exclusive with the magazine, he opens up about his decision to take a temporary break from the business, becoming a father, and coming to terms with the new state of local entertainment and the exciting future ahead.
MEGA ENT May 2021
Maja Salvador is one of showbiz’s most beautiful faces, and certainly one of the most fascinating personalities. Feisty, fiery and never one to back down from a challenge, MEGA Entertainment’s cover star gives an exclusive interview, touching up on her past and how it’s helping shape her very exciting future as an emancipated woman.
MEGAStyle October 2021 with Vern Enciso-Lim
MEGAStyle August 2021 with Toni Sia
MEGAstyle July 2021 with Ian Pangilinan
All hands on deck! Sailors have always been known to be strong, resilient, and tougher than nails. Well, they have to be if they’ll be out at sea for months. We wanted to pay homage to the iconic sailors of the 50s who have greatly influenced men’s beauty standards of today.
Our thespian prince who took the role of a mighty sailor is no other than Ian Pangilinan.
MEGAStyle April 2020 with Vern & Verniece
The graciously authentic sisterhood of Vern and Verniece Enciso made it clear–keep your passions close to your heart, and a dream-chaser right in your hands. Call it cliche, but the only way to achieve your dreams is if you go out and chase after them. Whether that entails a change in your day-to-day routine, embarking on new adventures, or letting go of some possessions you hold dear, make that shift–blessings won’t just fall on your lap willy-nilly.
MEGAStyle August 2020 with Camille Co
“Do not judge me okay?” says Camille Co with a laugh, puncturing the drawl of the considered and almost clinical quiet like a sharp beam of sunshine that immediately colored the room with a much-needed warmth. Not that there was a need for her to set a seemingly apologetic disclaimer, but she is of course alluding to a peppering of selfies and TikTok videos, all of which were to document what would be her first out-of-the-house shoot since the globally and government-mandated quarantine. “Everything feels so surreal,” she reveals just as she had her rapid test done. “In all honesty, every day is different. I wish it’s all fun and games but reality is, it’s hard to always stay ON during a pandemic. However, I think I’m coping well. I’ve learned to accept the fact that some days will be shitty. Some days won’t be as good. I won’t feel as inspired. I won’t feel okay—and this is totally fine. It’s part of coping. And then there are days when I’m feeling my best, which I make the most out of, definitely.”
MEGAStyle November 2020 Patrick Starr
If this were any other year, then the wispy tufts of bubblegum pink against a backdrop in a similar, but ever so light a shade would prove to be a sight visibly startling, until it eventually settles to a pleasant sense of calm. But this is 2020, a frame of time once heralded as one of abundant possibility, precise clarity, and sterling vision, until the violent wrath of nature’s revenge fanned its talons and bared its fangs in a revelation so sharp that it has dug itself deep into the dermis of our collective existence. Clinging unbelievably hard, the pandemic continues to ravage the very foundations our realities are built on, tearing away at our comforts and convenience of what once was. Really, nothing is that shocking anymore. Race supremacy? Check? Political upheaval? Check, check. Gender inequality and discrimination? Check, check, check.
MEGAStyle November 2020 Bright & Win
Thai actors, Bright and Win, have disrupted the usual notion of what Philippine primetime is. Earlier this year, we all braced our heartstrings as we saw the two dive into a show that has launched their career to a multinational audience. This drove a social media frenzy not only in Thailand, but in other South East Asian countries as well. As a matter of fact, it was one of the most viewed series in the Philippine’s iWant streaming platform. With Bright and Win just at the early stages of their career, who’s to figure what these boys will do next? Read on to find out about their latest venture in the Philippines.
MEGAStyle October 2020 with Kaila
It’s ironic how change is the only constant thing in this world. Lovers, friendships, and even careers have expiration dates. Moreover, we can all agree that if there is one thing that this pandemic has opened our eyes to, it’s that anything can disappear in an instant. That’s why now more than ever, resilience is required to survive. Nothing ever comes easy in life, and as they say, the only way we can achieve our goals is to adapt.
MEGAStyle October 2020 with Lesha
Much like how fashion is constantly evolving, music also keeps up with the ever-changing times. With the art of music being subjective, it will always make a way to find new sonically pleasing chords and rhythms that are fresh to our ears. Just look at how the 20th century has a specific genre of music that dominated each decade—from the jazz age, disco era, to the alternative and unapologetically pop 90s.
MEGAStyle October 2020 with Jessica
You only live once—a phrase Millennials often use ever since putting Carpe Diem as your Twitter bio became so fetch. (Don’t worry Regina George, we’re not making it happen.) Always so game to explore new places, experience new things, and most importantly, chase our dreams, thus was the name of the game. We grew up with a perspective not to live our entire lifetime in our memories, and so, here we are, ready to face any obstacle we may encounter along our journey.
MEGA Special Edition - MayWard
Contrary to popular belief, the book of fairy tales does not stop beyond the threshold of childhood. In fact, the beckoning of a once-upon-a-time and far-off daydreaming not only persist, they thrive and get bigger and bolder as time goes by. Sure, there are proverbial dragons to slay, but in the end, the true heroes or dare we say, heroines, shine brighter and stronger because come on, do we expect anything less? This month, we crack open the chapters of fantasy and live out personal and collective dreams in the pages of the year’s anniversary offering.
MEGA Stories: THe Philippine’s Most Iconic
There isn’t any better way to describe it. This is a book about fashion and passion. People sometimes ask how MEGA has stayed on top for so long, and the formula is simple– when people love what they do, magic just happens. And so this book is about people, the ones who chronicle the times and the people who make things happen. And sometimes these two are interchangeable, because when MEGA, the Philippines’ first fashion magazine was launch, it started a whole new industry which changed the game big time of the fashion in this country.
– Sari Yap, Founder & CEO
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With travel and movement still limited this year, our collective focus continues to be inward, particularly on the spaces, rooms, and corners we inhabit. On the cover is Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez and Jessica Kienle Maxwell, the super sisters at the helm of luxury brand Philux. We also explore the meaning of home with Derek Ramsay, Cecile Zamora, Nathalie Küpfer Henares, Pie Alvarez, and Candy Dizon, who share personal renovation and construction projects they have recently undertaken. Many other rich and interesting voices in design also share their stories: Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, Cyndi Fernandez, Fort Street Studio, Chito Vijandre, Ricky Toledo, and many more.
Lifestyle Asia December 2020 - January 2021
While this year was difficult with little to celebrate, there were people who stood up and helped mitigate the current circumstances. Lifestyle Asia highlights Jaime Zobel de Ayala and Pasig City’s Mayor Vico Sotto, two examples who worked tirelessly and with grace, nary a complaint in sight. Along with them, we listed a round-up of people whose actions made them worthy of being lauded. We also spoke with ING’s Hans Sicat about the future of banking. Read these and more in the latest issue of Lifestyle Asia.
Lifestyle Asia November 2020
Feast your eyes on the Lifestyle Asia Food Issue. This November, read about Rikki and Beng Dee’s ever-evolving food empire. We chat with chefs Jordy Navarra, JP Anglo, Josh Boutwood, Tony Boy Escalante, Jessie Sincioco, Florabel Co-Yatco and Chele Gonzalez on their gastronomic journeys, and the Raintree Hospitality Group’s Andrej Wisniewski on the importance of the dining industry to the local economy and innovation in a time of panic. We take a bite at Blackbird, Metiz and have a quick jaunt over to New York for Spanish delights at Mercado Little Spain. Finally, we celebrate the gift of giving with the 2020 Gift Guide for all your gifting needs.
Lifestyle Asia October 2020
Women rule the roost for the October Issue of Lifestyle Asia. The future is female and who else better to celebrate it with than Vicki Belo and Gaita Forés? Leaders in their own respective industries, they share with us their stories: the pursuit of happiness and the journey to the top. For this month’s special feature, we meet Cris Albert, Feli Atienza, Suzette Ayson, Roxanne Farillas, Connie Haw, Florence Ko and Pinky Tobiano. All seven of them tell us what it takes to be the kind of women they are today, from stories of hard work, faith and dreaming relentlessly. This month, we learn that nothing is impossible.
Lifestyle Asia September 2020
As Lifestyle Asia returns to newsstands this September, we round up a powerhouse cast of unique individuals who braved the new age in the middle of a longstanding lockdown and share inspiring stories that beg the readers to just live everything and more importantly, have courage. On the cover is Maria Ressa, whose incredible journey and fierce advocacy raises the flag for press freedom and accountability. We also feature Brian Cu, Grab Philippines’ head honcho, as he ventures on to his next original business idea. Audrey Tan-Zubiri graces our pages as well, narrating how her family dealt with COVID. Society members also shared their sentiments on how they coped with the socio-economic impacts on the various lifestyles they lead. Tina Cuevas, Sharmila Hiranand, Mike Lagman, Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, and Tessa Prieto-Valdes reflect on the year so far. All these and more on the September Issue of Lifestyle Asia.
Lifestyle Asia April/May 2020
In the April-May Issue of Lifestyle Asia, the country’s top business leaders come together to combat the devastating effects of the novel coronavirus while keeping their businesses and employees afloat. We highlight the key contributions of Vicki Belo of the Belo Medical Group, Ben Chan of Suyen Corporation, Kevin Tan of Alliance Global Group, Inc., Aivee and Z Teo of The Aivee Group, Dennis Uy of Udenna Group of Companies, and the Villar family of the Villar Group of Companies in the advent and the persistence of the crisis. Our past cover personalities wrote their heartfelt reflections in this dire time. And we present the laudable efforts of society’s brightest minds in food, fashion, and architecture as they deliver much-needed assistance to our frontliners. All these and more in the very timely issue of Lifestyle Asia.
Lifestyle Asia March 2020
In the latest issue of Lifestyle Asia, we look into the journeys of beauty, wellness, and self-acceptance of the industry’s most prolific personalities. On our cover is Aivee Teo who shares how beauty with a purpose empowers people. Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, Lia Bernardo, Doron and Cherryl Glazer, and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo tell us what it’s like to help others in curating their own healthy lifestyles. We also have 2020’s wellness forecast, summer beauty looks to try, and must-have makeup products this season. All these and more on the March issue of Lifestyle Asia.
Lifestyle Asia February 2020
Lifestyle Asia begins 2020 by showcasing the best of the Philippines. Department of Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat joins us in El Nido as she talks about how the government and local communities work hand in hand in preserving our country’s natural wonders. We also revisit top destinations such as Boracay, Vigan, Siargao, and El Nido, inviting both new and returning travelers to discover more unforgettable experiences. Read Tim Yap’s love letter to the unparalleled splendor of our islands and find out how Filipino industry leaders like Francis Gotianun and Vicki Belo do our country proud through their unwavering passion and dedication to their craft.
BluPrint Volume 4 (2019)
For our anniversary issue, BluPrint embarks on an exploration of material honesty as embodied by raw concrete, visiting three countries in search of spaces that express the versatility, patina, and brutal candor of this material. From a Jakarta studio engulfed in flora, a Kuala Lumpur concrete retreat, to a Singaporean home making the most of the raw material’s sculptural potential, you will find concrete transcending its workman-like reputation, molded by some of the brightest, most creative minds in the ASEAN region.
BluPrint Volume 3 (2019)
What makes a building delightful? Is it ‘only’ that it functions well? How many buildings do we even know of whose parts attend to the comfort, wellness, and many needs of human beings? This issue, Form Follows Values, is our first attempt in BluPrint to tackle the subject. It is not an easy one to have because it entails opening up about our values and examining whether our work has lived up to them. It means being able to talk about the stuff that really matters in our clients’ lives (not whether they want a six-car garage, roof deck, and infnity pool) and whether the architecture will help sustain and nurture these values.
BluPrint Volume 2 (2019)
The government says: “Build, Build, Build.” We say: “Design, Design, Design.” Considering the totality of what gets built in this country, good architecture is nothing short of a miracle. But the building boom of the past few years has yielded some miracles. There’s the NEX Tower, with its four-story lobby and 11-meter-high green walls, designed by SOM. There’s the Cor Jesu chapel, a collaboration of Kenneth Cobonpue and Zubu Design Associates. Then, there’s Budji+Royal Architecture+Design who have been successfully dealing with tremendous pressure to deliver on skimpy budgets and abbreviated timelines. What they are creating in just over a year’s time in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, is miraculous indeed, thanks to general contractor MTD Philippines’ resolve to finish months ahead of the 2019 SEA Games athletes’ arrival in November.
BluPrint Volume 1 (2019)
Like a bridge, sustainability fashions a solution; it examines and critiques in order to identify what is lacking in the environment. Great sustainable designs strive for a universal consensus, just like how truth illuminates all gaps, margins, and recesses of human life. Peruse the pages of BluPrint’s recent issue and we learn about how Dominic Galicia has transformed the Hyundai Logistics Center into a clear testament to the positive consequences of planning for built environments, how Earl Forlales’ award-winning CUBO addresses the perpetuating homelessness and poverty in the Philippines, and the Dutch architecture firm UNStudio answer to the ever-growing issues surrounding densely populated cities. We also discover Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ consistent effort to create and incorporate verdure in homes, and how the House in Leiria by Aires Mateus prominently stands as a consequence of the confrontation between figures and configuration, all the while articulating light and space. Sustainability is not just a simple impression that gradually fades later on. It is a commitment to construct things that will endure, and to give these things a lasting significance.
BluPrint Special 2 (2019)
This special issue features Filipino and ASEAN firms that have made it to the World Architecture Festival 2019. Why ASEAN? Because we share cultural, climatic, and geographical similarities and can learn from each other. Not to mention, we belong to an integrated region that will inevitably allow borderless practice. We also feature two Filipino WAF winners, who share their thoughts on design issues, as well as advice on presenting before the live jury and audience. The WAF 2017 winners of Small Project of the Year, Alexander Furunes and Sudarshan Khadka (representing Locsin and Partners) for example, had this to say: “Architectural projects are multifaceted, and to condense this into eight minutes is not easy. However, eight minutes is plenty if the ideas behind the projects reflect the actions taken… Aim for clarity, find your voice, and have the guts to go for it.
BluPrint Special 1 (2019)
BluPrint’s first special issue for 2019 brings forward the younger generation that is ceaselessly redefining creative industries. Inside, we have more than 70 future shapers who are navigating their way towards truth—a gesture that may be viewed as a poignant reminder to always craft for change.