INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE
“It’s More Fun in the Philippines” was our country’s famous slogan, and although it rings true for Filipinos in general, nobody personified that statement more than society columnist and international bon vivant Maurice Arcache. For his first feature in six years, Founding Editor Jose Mari Ugarte returns to interview the legendary night-crawler, who unseals his lips to reveal the fabulous untold secrets of a breed of man far too rare to die.
SINGING TRUTH TO POWER
What it lacks in prestige and exposure, it makes up for in impact and resilience. Beause of its very utility, protest music always finds itself in the center of history. To help you get up to speed with this remarkable phenomenon—at once historic and artistic—Susain Claire Agbayani and Paolo Enrico Melendez put together this primer on contemporary protest music, with help from some of its most unflagging and inspiring figures.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
The legendary Pilita Corrales has survived a shipwreck, an abusive relationship, and almost six decades in an industry notorious for ageism and sexism. Trends—and even her peers and successors—have come and gone. At 77, Asia’s Queen of Songs has remained. Raymond Ang bows to royalty.
THE RISKY BUSINESS OF BEING BOSS VIC
The story of the golden age of original Pilipino Music is the story of Vic del Rosario’s career, the college dropout who learned the ropes on the job and in no time, with his eye for talent and business savvy, was lording it over the local industry, sparking the boom of Manila Sound and conceiving of the Metropop, creating superstars like Freddie Aguilar to Sharon Cuneta, while mining talents from Canseco to Caybayab in between. Jerome Gomez sits down with the big boss of local entertainment to talk about the decade when it all happened.
SAAN NA NGA BA’NG BARKADA?
APO Hiking Society is the country’s most resilient vocal trio, with over 200 songs to their name. However, recent years have seen their creative and political unity unravel. In this Rogue exclusive, Totel de Jesus examines the ties that bind the three men together, searching for just where the threads may have frayed and loosened in their forty years of creating music.
Jason Caballa of Pedicab gives us the lowdown on working with a major label before going indie. Anjeline de Dios uncovers the snags and successes behind the Filipino migrant musician; Sandra Molina Javier takes us behind the scenes of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s splash at Carnegie.
The return of George Orwell’s 1984 to the bestseller lists lets on more (and less) about 2017 than we’d like to think; Hugh Jackman cuts his adamantium mark on the superhero age deeper in his last stint as Wolverine; be it on the fringes of music or of art, Manila’s sound art scene certainly occupies an interesting space.
Spanish design brand Sancal makes its debut in Manila with its play on retrofuturism; designed by architect Anna Sy, Silverlens Galleries’ new space is charging artists and viewers alike with a creative energy; poetry and minimalism meet in the contemplative works of French designer and artist Pierre Charpin.
Louis Vuitton’s jet-set Spring/Summer 2017 menswear collection views exotic skins and patterns with a punk eye; Ronnie & Joe celebrates its third year by collaborating with 100-year-old heritage brand; Stella McCartney’s first foray into menswear brings us bespoke pieces inspired by iconic musicians.
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