MEGA October 2021

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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
a whole new world

When we talk about Alodia Gosiengfiao we always think about the fantasy. The fantasy that goes beyond the human realm into digital worlds that she thrives in. A cosplayer, gamer, streamer, entrepreneur and much more, this multi-hyphenate has remained grounded and most importantly preserved her child-like wonder in every new thing she dips her hand into. This is what makes her the perfect woman to lead MEGA’s beauty and tech issue. In the middle of Quezon City lies one of the most advanced gaming tech hubs in the country, TierOne HQ, owned by Gosiengfiao herself and her business partner Tryke Guitierrez. The HQ is home to the brand’s esports teams, streamers and gamers. Inside, a large white room usually reserved for content creation becomes the set for our cover shoot with…

3 min
the real you

In this issue, we delve on the idea of the authentic self and how we can fully realize our potential. Your authentic self is who you truly are as a person, regardless of all the labels or roles you take on daily. It is the best representation of yourself. It is being true to yourself in thoughts, actions and words. While it is a different journey for everyone, I think you’ll agree with me that, at some point, we all just want to be real and embrace our entirety—our strengths as well as flaws. It’s so convenient to put up a facade and be the person everyone expects you to be and to fall into a definition crafted for you. Some of us might have pursued paths that made us who…

1 min

SHIFTING THE PARADIGM In the ever-evolving world of beauty, technology has long played a large role in shaping its growth and guiding its direction. From the scientific innovations found in modern cosmetic formulas and packaging to splashy tech like augmented reality shade swatching, these breakthroughs are changing not only how we put on makeup, but how we talk about it, and, ultimately, how we view ourselves. Truly, the best kind of beauty innovation is the one that reveals our most authentic self. Fronting our beauty and tech issue is Alodia Gosiengfiao, a woman who is no stranger to cutting edge tech and whose cosplay fame has revealed her real passions to the world. In fashion, we focus on a different kind of innovation: the ones that aid ethical and sustainable practices. Discover these…

2 min
story of recreation

SEPARI WEAR When Denise Ong started her career as a fashion designer studying at FIP Cebu, she already had the intention of keeping everything zero-waste. “As a fashion designer, I am very much aware of how much textile waste just one garment can produce. Being able to see trash bins at home and at school slowly overflow with fabric scraps is enough motivation to have a heart for zero waste,” she says. Because of this, she creates one-of-a-kind pieces that not only reflect her sustainable method, but also the beauty of making something completely new. Ong continues to strive to provide customers with guilt-free purchases that they can be proud of having. Separi Wear pieces also prides itself on being multi-wear and size-inclusive, with offerings that ranges from XXS to XXL.…

4 min
beyond beauty

Dressing up the most beautiful queens will always be associated to the name Bessie Besana. From Pia Wurtzbach to Catriona Grey, name any beauty queen and Besana has probably dressed them. Beauty pageants, in fact, has been the life and blood of Besana—even as a kid. “In 1994, my aunt got married and this was the first time I got to see a custom couture gown,” he says. “I was in awe with the details of her and my cousin’s flower girl gowns with all the ribbon detailing at the back and the intricate beads and lace works. I vividly remember scolding my cousin for not taking care of the train of her gown. In the same year, Miss Universe was held in the Philippines and I was in awe…

8 min
amne barretto

Relief from the stresses of the world is something we can all resonate to. For some it’s binge watching K-Drama and for others it’s exercising. For many women looking to indulge it is all about visiting their favorite aesthetic clinic for a much needed R&R and looking good right after. For Anne Barretto, founder of Hey Pretty Aesthetics, it was that same reason that made her launch her own clinic. “Even before I started Hey Pretty, I’ve always been a frequent client of several aesthetic clinics. I consider it as my way of way of my relaxation and true enough, it never fails to relieve my stress. That’s why even before I’ve always told myself that this is the field that I wish to pursue. So when the opportunity arose,…