Let­ter from the Edi­tor

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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.

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