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Smells like teen spirit. Our 18th anniversary issue is all about what’s fresh and new. Julia Barretto heads this wave of the young and style-savvy in luxe street wear pieces— proud to tell the world that she is born ready.

Photographed by BJ Pascual
Styled by Liz Uy
Art direction by Vince Uy
Makeup by Juan Sarte
Hair by Bren Sales
Nails by Razel Ann Valdez of Nail Spa


 Where Mei Bastes goes, the scene will follow. After a brief respite from the wildly celebrated gig series Meiday! Meiday!, it’s only right for the queen to return, this time looking to expand her reign. Enter DOPE MNL, a potent production with a keen ear cocked to all genres of local independent music. Having produced three gigs in the first month of its birth, DOPE MNL is seeking to expand its repertoire with the help of like-minded benefactors, reviving Meiday’s legacy of keeping the local music scene fierce and free.

In collaboration with Dr Martens Philippines, young firebrand production DOPE MNL is about to re-ignite the music scene with POPFEST: a music festival patterned after NYC Popfest but with Manila’s madness, featuring the best and brightest of local talent. In the spirit of Meiday! Meiday!’s advocacy of keeping independent music financed for the bands, free for the crowd, and ferocious all around, POPFEST will be free-admission, kicking off at 4pm in the open air of Fort Strip Plaza.

POPFEST features:

  • Nyko Maca and Gafeiria
  • Pedicab
  • Ang Bandang Shirley
  • Ciudad
  • Sell Our Door
  • Bee Eyes
  • The Wilderness
  • The Strangeness
  • Twin Lobster
  • The Discoball

plus DJ sets by FLUXXE's Kiko Escora and Gian Romano