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MEGA April 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.

12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
summer state of mind

Summer is not canceled. While we usuallyspendthistime to go on vacations, de-stress and relax, our current reality makes it hard to just pack up and leave. Cases have sadly gone up, partly brought about by letting our guards down when we should have been more vigilante about staying home and taking extra precautions. Sadly we now have to face the repercussions and remind ourselves again of the lessons we should have taken to heart. Now, it’s counter-productive to dwell on the things we should or shouldn’t have done—it is more important to focus on the things we can do to make things better now and in the future. And we strongly believe that things will get better. We wouldn’t be making this issue if we didn’t. In a MEGA exclusive, comeback…

1 min
space age

Is Ivana Alawi the face of the future? If she is indeed, then the future is looking rosier already. Equal parts Femme Bot and Ex-Machina, with dashes of Barbarella and Judy Jetson thrown in, this month’s cover star is indeed, out of this world. The concept was a perfect fit for the bombshell actress, whose earthy, tongue-in-cheek humor proved to be internet catnip, a balm for our anxious times. Clad in chrome creations, glittering diamonds from LVNA by Drake Dustin, and architectural hair and graphic makeup, the sweet-faced ingenue took on the fierce role of a woman making her way in an unfamiliar time and space. Ivana may be most known for being herself on her videos, but she was more than able to take on the this highly conceptual role. The cover…

1 min
mega 04/21

Remember the line that Ursula uttered when she was schooling Ariel on what a woman means to society? “Don’t underestimate the power of body language!” She wasn’t wrong though. The body IS a powerful thing. Non-verbal cues, the five senses—it navigates the mind and our behavior. For our summer issue, we celebrate the body in all shapes and sizes. It’s a different kind of season as we still are stuck in quarantine. Aside from designers experiencing an on-going revamp, or renaissance in this art form if you will, we’re pretty much at a standstill with who has the best introspective isolation experience conveyed through this platform—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With this, may the MEGA April 2021 issue be a testament of such. It’s no longer the new normal,…

2 min
body beautiful

In a country where half of the year is sunny and beautiful islands and beaches are just a drive away, swimwear is definitely a wardrobe staple for every Filipina. Shopping patterns would make women look for new sets probably twice a year. There are lots of options around especially with Instagram brands and online retailers sprouting left and right. The biggest concern will always be quality: is the fabric thick enough so nothing will show? Are the strings tough enough that it won’t come undone when I swim? Is the fabric comfortable enough for my skin? Is the fit 100%? It seems that Blackbough Swim has perfected this formula not just for Filipinas but for every woman who loves the island life. Before going international and gaining fame on social media…

1 min
ninety ninety

here’s no denying that fashion is finally on reset mode. The overhaul itself comes as no surprise—but the capacity of respective fashion businesses to even be able to restructure is a feat. Ninety Ninety Studios is one of those newcomers who did not come off unscathed. A brainchild of two long-time friends, Ninety Ninety was brought to life by celebrity stylist Perry Tabora and fashion designer Rob Ortega. “Because we have known each other for so long, we work together seamlessly and we understand each other’s aesthetics.” The two have also revealed that it has always been their plan to create a line but it is only now that it came to existence after a few brainstorming sessions and sourcing for the right materials. The brand was inspired by the minimalist styles…

1 min
favour ajah

One look at Favour’s Instagram feed and you’d think she’s based in New York City or in Mexico. But upon closer inspection, you’d notice the sari-sari store signage, the usual vibrant “auto load” signs and the inevitable cable wires on each lamp post—giving away that it actually is in, you guessed it, Manila. The Nigerian native moved to the Philippines back in 2009 which explains the familiarity or nostalgic feeling in each of her photos. “I started creating because I wanted to be a beauty guru on YouTube. This was 2012 or ’13,” Favour talks about how she began. She was sharing her skincare routine, lookbooks, fabric shopping adventures on her channel. “Realizing I have the power to create worlds, depict emotion and tell stories through different formats is something…