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MEGA October 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

2 min
waking life

In the early morning light, Solenn Heussaff Bolzico is positively golden. She’s bustling about her bedroom and the team is following her, taking photos as she fixes herself, cradles her baby. It seems like we can’t take a bad shot of her and we know that it’s not just the combination of good lighting and a comely subject. She is just radiating beauty—confident, simple and serene. Like many of us, the celebrated artist has been home for several months, quarantining with her young family—husband Nico Bolzico and Thylane Katana, their adorable eight-month-old baby. She’s been keeping busy with work, much of which we’ve seen on her social media channels, where she freely shares her hilarious but tender relationship with Bolzico and the learnings she’s picked up from her motherhood journey. Many…

4 min
get real

Let’s admit it, the times have forced us to face our real selves. While on lockdown and self-isolation for several months now, we have been stripped off the pleasures of things such as a trip to the salon, pampering at the spa or even a visit to our favorite aesthetics center or dermatologist. Suddenly, doing these mundane things seemed life-threatening or high-risk. Deprived of our beauty “necessities,” we have been compelled to go back to basics, and ultimately do things on our own. During this period, I felt so depressed every time I saw strands of my hair turn to gray, and as I faced my face everyday sans makeup, I began to resent the way I looked. I started to notice all the flaws, and it became more pronounced day by…

1 min
mega 10/20 mask off

The tides have changed and we are riding a brand new wave. Yes. Still, we rise. From our usual big fashion issue rich in editorials, out-of-the-box stories and comprehensive shopping guide, the new MEGA was washed anew with sustainability, innovation, coping with the times, and protective gear must-haves for last month’s issue. It was a different kind of story to tell—living proof of how everyone must adapt and survive. The fashion industry was purified. This October, we go face-to-face with real beauty, beginning with actress, artist and now, a mother—Solenn Heusaff. No one else is a more perfect muse than the French-Filipina who’s a no-fuss beauty, never shying away from being bare-faced and unfiltered. Running errands with a face fully made up used to be the norm. But in the present…

3 min
the independents

1 ADANTE LEYESA When it comes to statement accessories, Adante Leyesa is alway top of mind. Coming from a career in the structured corporate world, Leyesa has always wanted to break free from the monotony by creating artistic accessories. After being named as the Grand Winner in an accessory design competition back in 2011, he took this chance into building a full-time career as a jewelry designer. His creations aren’t only worn by Manila’s elite fashion circles, but has also been an international success as women who value artistic pieces order from around the world. From semiprecious stones to indigenous materials, Leyesa never forgets to incorporate Filipino design into his creations. Today, Leyesa’s creations are one of the top accessory designers housed in Manile Fame, the country’s premier design and lifestyle…

1 min
20s blue crush

UPSIDE DOWN Boxy and oversized cuts are both playful yet polished Art Direction NICOLE ALMERO. Makeup RAFFY SO. Hair VALERIE CORPUZ. Model JASMINE (MERCATOR). Shoot Assistant MJ ALMERO…

1 min
30s blue daydream

TAKE THE LEAP Navy blue and gray is an unexpectedly strong color combination…