Letter from the Editor
I was last at Karen Bolilia’s place the previous summer, when she had some friends over for a pool party. There couldn’t have been a more perfect day to take a dip. That day was so ominously warm that we were guzzling sangria for our health. After, we identify. It was a perfect hangout spot, and you’ll see why on the next page. Making Scout was the perfect excuse to invite myself over. This time, there was something about the weather making people sick, and Karen had the most delicious lemongrass and ginger tea steeping for guests.
One other thing that I found exciting about editing the magazine is meeting playlist for us, DJ Xtina Superstar shares a refreshing insight on insecurity: Get over it. She’s right. As imperfect as we all are, why be defeated by negavibes? Meanwhile, theater actor Rafa Siguion-Reyna, who was almost clawed by Smoke the cat, talks about making social media a viable platform to showcase the talent of underexposed actors. I’m glad that we are able to make Scout a welcome soundboard for the young and talented.
Last January, I chanced on fashion designer Esme Palaganas manning her booth at the Soma stores. She showed me sketches of what would be an all-black capsule collection that she’s working on with former luxury buyer Tina Ong. I had Esme shoot them for a fashion story. I had to coax photographer Paolo Crodua out of his demanding day job to shoot for us, and as I expected, Esme’s pieces looked stunning in Paolo’s photos. I’m an ardent admirer of both Paolo’s and Esme’s work, and I feel lucky that young creatives like them would trust Scout to publish their work. Esme is showing a new collection at Manila Fashion Festival in a few weeks, and I’m excited to see what’s next for her brand Basic Movement.
It was photographer BJ Pascual who suggested that I meet our cover girl, Janine Gutierrez. She had already been on several magazine covers this year, and she looked stunning in all of them, like a millennial glamazon with an infallible-blowdry-and-smoky-eye combo. That’s precisely why I decided she had to be on Scout the real Janine isn’t anything like that. She arrived on set wearing a jean jacket she has had since she was a baby (I told her it would’ve been a trench coat then), and she that only sold fries and shakes. When you feel like sharing Janine’s Scout cover on Lastly, we’re closing the issue with an artwork by artist Jeona Zoleta. These days, you’ll see Jeona’s works only in art galleries. They are mostly psychedelic paintings and installations, all of them at once humorous and unsettling, obnoxious but engaging. In Back Story, she talks to us about her art philosophy. “Everyone posts nice things [on Instagram]. I’m bored with that. I want my feed to be super [crazy], ugly, and unwanted. I’m never afraid of judgment.” I’m never afraid of judgment. I don’t know if I am able to say it with the same conviction as Jeona, but after going through this issue, I hope we all can.