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Rogue November 2017

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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2 min.
playing favorites

I’M THE LAST person who should be writing about movies. To talk about how much I love The Graduate or how I can recite every line from Coming to America or spend a thousand words on the masterpiece that is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is, I believe, too self-indulgent, even for editor’s note standards. So instead of channeling my inner James Lipton, I’ll leave it to our editorial team to share their desert island movies and why they picked them. But before that, a minor rant: it must be said that the dismal performance of Blade Runner 2049 in the box office should not in any way cast a negative light on how ambitious and impressive the film was from a visual standpoint. While the story does have…

2 min.
the guest list

PETERSEN VARGAS was born and raised in Pampanga, and grew up to be the writer-director of films such as 2 Cool 2 Be 4goflen. A lot of his work focuses on the LGBT identity and his cultural roots. He currently lives in Pasig City with his cat, Wong Kat Wai. MARIO CORNEJO has been directing since 2002, but people only started paying him to do it in 2006. Though now a full-time commercial director, he continues to make movies—among them, you may have seen Big Time or Apocalypse Child. MARIAH REODICA is a researcher, video artist, and guitarist of noise pop band The Buildings. Eerie, a horror film she co-wrote with Mikhail Red, is set for release in 2018. Here, she talks to Rene Aquitania and the directors of this year’s Cinema…

4 min.
paths of glory

SOME FILMS ARE so good and/or important that they merit an entire book. Some directors create a body of work that hits a certain standard of quality that they merit an entire book. But Stanley Kubrick is a rare breed. Kubrick—whose every film, it could be argued, is a classic—gets books made about the films he didn’t make. And not just any book. A big, honking, expensive, deluxe hardcover beast of a book. The new edition of Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made by Taschen (taschen.com) is a more affordable version of the limited edition released back in 2009. Its 800 pages are the closest we’ll get to the literal roomfuls worth of research material that Kubrick amassed over two years for his unrealized epic. In the latter half of…

7 min.
all in one

“With all the things happening right now, I think it’s about time to step aside and kind of revisit history.” —RICHARD SOMES DEMPSTER SAMARISTA BUNDOK BANAHAW, SACRED AND PROFANE The mythos of Mount Banahaw stretches far back, long before cinema even arrived on Philippine shores. However, its lore and mysticism are usually treated by media as curiosities, reducing the unique expressions of spirituality attached to it as nothing more than spectacle. Dempster Samarista’s documentary aims to bridge the distance between the urban dweller and the natural landscape. “Banahaw is a place you have to experience. It’s something that you cannot just talk about,” he explains. So he filmed the mountain as a way to transport his audience to the place, getting as close to his subject as he could. “My ambition is to…

3 min.
ultra power play

The Quiet Ones is a cynical book about what it means to be a Filipino just trying to get by. IN ONE SCENE of Glenn Diaz’s Palanca Award-winning novel The Quiet Ones, Alvin, a disillusioned call center agent, is having a conversation with his white anthropologist not-quite-lover, Scott. The latter tends to adopt the tone of an academic blowhard when talking about the Philippines. In an attempt at postcolonial power play, an exasperated Alvin says, “You obviously have not been to Divisoria during Christmas season. Baclaran on a Wednesday after mass. Megamall during a midnight sale. The bus terminals in Cubao on Holy Week. The Nazarene procession in Quiapo.” It’s a satisfying clapback, albeit momentary. The dynamic between Alvin and Scott is almost analogous to the complicated relationship between the Philippines and…

2 min.
an excellent second

IT’S ALWAYS A doozy when a leading brand moves to further strengthen its position in the market. Take Macallan as a recent for instance. Based in Moray, Scotland, Macallan is the third largest-selling whisky brand in the world. Founded in 1824—the same year Beethoven released his phenomenal Missa Solemnis, by the way, as though further proof of cosmic alignment—the distillery boasts a line of regular editions that are often received with the reverence usually reserved for the limited ones. So you can imagine, then, the pomp that accompanies the specials. A 1926 Macallan remains one of the most expensive bottles of whisky ever sold. And The Macallan 10 Years Old was named the official Scotch of the Speaker of the House of Commons in 2001. Continuing this limited edition pedigree is The…