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MEGA September 2020

Priding itself as the Philippines' best fashion magazine, MEGA is the thinking woman's cross-section of the what's what of style, beauty and lifestyle. With well-curated sections of tailor-made stories from trends to try out now, comprehensive style guides, beauty hacks to learn from and in-depth features, MEGA guarantees to elevate and bring out the very best in you. Allow us to whisk you away in worlds of fantasy through well-produced fashion and beauty editorials that aim to inspire and aspire to as well.

12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
what new skill have you learned?

JELLY EUGENIO @jellyeugenio I learned how to create beauty videos—prep, shoot, make a script, setup, edit—I basically became a one-man production this quarantine. MARELLA RICKETTS @marellaricketts I know I risk sounding terribly cliche, but lately I’ve been turning to yoga. I’ve taken a few classes here and there through the years, but having more time to practice on my own has taught me many things, one of them being patience. Yoga has taught me that it can take months (or even years) to build the strength or flexibility to achieve a certain pose, and understanding that humbles you. DOOKIE DUCAY @dookieducay Living alone during quaratine made me realize a lot about life. During quaratine I developed my sense of listening through all the audiobooks I consumed. I would listen to them even during photo shoots, while working out…

3 min

“The show must go on.” This adage is something I personally and strictly adhere to, a reminder that has guided me many times in my career. It doesn’t mean going to extremes to the point of harming oneself or others, but it does entail doing everything in one’s will and capacity to stage the show, to keep on going. Life keeps on going. We need to keep on living. We need to keep on making things happen. As we grapple with this pandemic and a future that is very uncertain, we still have to face the present and its demands the best way we can. We need to be present, to be aware and to take action. We need to accept the change. It’s inevitable after all. Our September edition is testament to this.…

2 min
first breath

The pandemic has left us all in a state of shock. The paralyzing effect began with the sudden changes in our daily lives. From staying at home to finding new ways to connect, the beginning was all about the struggle. But as the time progressed, so did our minds as it revealed the truth of everything around us. This month, as we relaunch after a 2-month introspection, we go deep in the trenches and take the first breath with a renewed sense of self and our values. There is no better woman to represent this ascension than Catriona Gray herself. From representing the LGBTQIA+ community toopenly expressing resistance against the powers that be, Gray has remained steadfast in her goals. To show this kind of courage and clarity, she was tasked…

1 min
mega 09/20 genesis

One of the lesser used words in the past, yet widely uttered since the pandemic is the word, compartmentalize. No, this isn’t a Marie Kondo crash course, but to think that a single word could sum up the series of unfortunate events for the last six months is perplexing. Compartmentalize your new work from home routine; compartmentalize your health supplies; compartmentalize your beliefs. It’s a strange revelation during a time of social distancing, just how important a close and healthy relationship with yourself is becoming and our organizing skills have proven to be most essential. But how do we maneuver and find order in the modern chaos? In our big fashion issue, we start all over again and rebuild from the ground up. This could be MEGA’s Genesis, thankfully not its…

4 min
love local

1 IBAY’S SILVER SHOP Since 1974, Evelyn Ibay and her Ibay Silver Shop team in Baguio have been making the most intricate yet wearable silver art. With 28 branches all over Luzon, they have grown so much through the decades, despite some early struggles. Starting with a P5000 investment that Evelyn borrowed from her sister, she and Avelino, her silversmith husband, sought to create their brand and their products, patiently producing silverware for their markets in Baguio and Manila. They got their big break when international demand for silver jewelry grew, notably in Japan, Europe, and the US. Now the brand continues to uphold only the best standards for handcrafted silverware and plans to continue producing their heritage products, highlighting their thoughtful innovations and masterful craftsmanship. For commissioned pieces message them on Facebook…

1 min
20s white noise

WHITE NIGHT Social evenings may sound impossible right now, but dressing up for a grocery run in this outfit combo wouldn’t hurt Art Direction NICOLE ALMERO. Hair and Makeup PAMM MERRERA. Model ROSE JOY. Nails NEW LOUNGE…