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Rogue December 2017 - January 2018

Rogue is an award-winning magazine that covers entertainment, culture, and current affairs for an affluent and important audience in the Philippines. Rogue is synonymous with beautiful women, powerful photography, and intelligent storytelling. Thought-provoking, relevant, and glamorous, Rogue has become a lifestyle filter whose pages reflect the unique pulse of Filipinos, in the Philippines and abroad. Combining cutting-edge style with profiles on the country’s influencers — from art and design to business and politics — Rogue is a purveyor of impeccable taste, elegant covers, and world-class journalism.

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3 min.
separation anxiety

THIS WAS A strange year to become a first-time editor-in-chief, to be completely honest. As I was starting out, balancing both excitement and anxiety, it seemed every other editor-in-chief worth his or her salt was announcing their exit, willingly or otherwise. And magazines themselves were closing, laying off staff in another round of budget cuts, and more and more were moving to the greener pastures of digital and leaving print altogether. Every month, I’d either read about another international editor leaving, or another local title ending. From the end of Lucky Peach to the exit of Graydon Carter to the abrupt shut down of Teen Vogue’s print edition—just as they were transforming into a new kind of cultural institution—there were more exits than entries. I wasn’t even done digesting the industry-wide…

2 min.
the guest list

JEFF CANOY is an award-winning broadcast journalist who’s been working for ABS-CBN News since 2007. Based in Manila, he currently covers the Philippine National Police, the government’s war on drugs, and natural disasters. KRIZ GAZMEN was a graduate of the University of the Philippines with a degree in Film and Audio-Visual Studies. These days, he’s Star Cinema’s creative manager and has produced films such as No Other Woman, How to Be Yours, and Last Night. CZAR KRISTOFF is an artist who lives and works in Laguna. He works across still and moving images, installation and bookmaking, and has exhibited his works in London, Vienna, and Berlin. He doesn’t really like it when people take photos of him. VINCENT ASEO is an illustrator based in Quezon City. He began working as a multimedia artist…

4 min.
panic at the disco

“PICS OR IT didn’t happen” is a common refrain in the social media age, where every phone comes armed with a camera conveniently designed to capture the extraordinary and the mundane. But such was not the case back in the dazzling disco heyday of Studio 54. On the nights when photographers were present, the scenes they immortalized have become the stuff of legend: Bianca Jagger straddling a white horse. Woody Allen and Michael Jackson partying side by side. Margaret Trudeau shimmying with wild abandon, years before it would be announced that she was divorcing the Canadian prime minister (and Justin Trudeau’s dad), Pierre Trudeau. Such were the nightly goings-on in what has since become recognized as the most fabled nightclub of all time, made possible by the freewheeling spirit of the…

4 min.
like moths to a flame

PERHAPS THE MOST serious sign that Polilya has been doing well is that they’re running out of glassware. “We started out with 100 glasses with our Engkanto branding on them,” says co-owner Ian Paradies. “We’re down to about 30.” Polilya is a family affair. Paradies owns the bar with his sister Nina, wife Sandra, and his cousin Alex Colombo. But it’s no mom-and-pop shop. On a typical weekend night, the crowd spills out onto the street, and it becomes difficult to keep track of their inventory. Paradies doesn’t think that everyone who ended up taking home a glass did so maliciously. Perhaps, in the chaos of a raucous night of drinking, a customer may have placed his or her glass in their bag, intending to return it later on but forgetting…

3 min.
days of thunder

Signos navigates the extremes of stark, barren lands and flooded cities in ruins to tell the stories of people still dealing with the fallout. HERE’S ONE THING no one actually wants to talk about: climate change. In an archipelago hit by over a dozen storms a year, this kind of conversation tends to quickly come to a dead end, filled with hazy lingo and doomsaying. Even documentary photographer Veejay Villafranca would call it tedious—which is why he’s steering the conversation in a different direction with the release of Signos, his first book. Published by MAPA Books, Signos compiles six years’ worth of Villafranca’s stunning photographs of the aftermaths of storms and droughts that have only intensified over time. With the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda, Villafranca’s lens captures how the country’s understanding of…

4 min.
show business

AS THE REST of the world sent off 2016 with fireworks, Rex Tiri kept to himself, excitedly reading through Eric Cabahug’s script for the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Deadma Walking. He was rushing to meet a deadline: earlier that year, Tiri had told himself that if he couldn’t get ahold of a good script by December 31, then he would abandon film production once and for all. But by the time the fireworks were over, Tiri had decided to officially incorporate his fledgling production outfit, T-Rex Entertainment. Tiri tells me this story in one of the function rooms of Limbaga 77, his café and restaurant in Quezon City. Tiri is a businessman by trade—the proprietor of six companies, chief among them being Lifeline Diagnostic Supplies, Inc. Film production is…