Let­ter from the Editor


Gay mar­riage is le­gal­ized (in Amer­ica, at least). A month’s worth of Youtub­ing fan the­o­ries and I’m con­vinced Jon Snow may in fact not be dead per se. I heard some Gnucci at Black Mar­ket last Satur­day, care of DJ duo Mav and Cenon. And, my dog Lulu, a pit bull with the most soul­ful eyes, seems to have stopped her ag­o­niz­ing habit of hunt­ing for un­der­wear. So July has been amaz­ing, so far. To sus­tain this streak, we’re throw­ing the big­gest party ever to celebrate Scout’s birth­day—save the date July , p.m. at Sam­sung all, of cial hash tag is Scout ouse arty. I’m told there will be free beer in an in at­able pool, a uni­corn pi ata, bands and DJs, and Guitar Freaks. If you’re mind-cheer­ing now, thank you.

Cheers as well to the fact that on our cover this month is En­chong Dee. We man­aged to catch him be­fore he ew off to Madrid for a week-long work and play, af­ter which he would be locked up in the Big Brother house—an OJT of sorts to be­com­ing its new host—while hav­ing to pre­pare for Dee­tour 2015, his con­cert hap­pen­ing on July 3 and 10. He’s the per­fect poster boy for an am­bi­tious, mul­ti­hy­phen­ate mil­lenial, some­thing some of us have yet to muster the guts to be­come.

Apart from be­ing able to with­stand one year, 11 is­sues strong, this month we’re cel­e­brat­ing the many things that Scout stands for. Among them, cre­ativ­ity, open­ness to ex­pe­ri­ence—how­ever try­ing it may be to con­stantly bat­tle against be­ing trapped in one’s com­fort zone—and not be­ing afraid to be dif­fer­ent, even at the risk of judg­ment. In this spirit, the July is­sue is a com­pen­dium of my fa­vorite sto­ries, some of which we’ve started pro­duc­ing since last De­cem­ber but I de­cided to hold off un­til the an­niver­sary is­sue.

At a Christ­mas party, I re­mem­ber talk­ing to aul Jatayna, stylist and cocre­ator of OS Ac­ces­sories, about a se­ries of fash­ion shoots that will be ex­e­cuted like ctional al­bum cov­ers. The re­sult, Chart-top­ping Bluffs on page 11, is the col­lec­tive work of ve stylists ( aul among them) and the ve pho­tog­ra­phers they per­son­ally chose to team up with. The as­sign­ment was sim­ple: to pro­duce an im­age that’s like an al­bum cover, with­out lim­i­ta­tions ex­cept bla­tant vi­o­lence and nu­dity. I also chal­lenged them to stretch their cre­ative mus­cles be­yond fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy, with in­ter­view ues­tions like, Can you give us sam­ple lyrics from a song The re­sult is at once silly and hu­mor­ous, but inim­itably re­fresh­ing.

Another story I de­cided to put off pub­lish­ing un­til now starts on page 26, where we ask ve young vis­ual artists— obbie Bautista, ris­tine Caguiat, Lala Gallardo, Tokwa e a orida, and Tof apanta—to re­visit an early work and recre­ate it ex­clu­sively for Scout. The story, as much as it’s about art and de­sign, is about growth and forg­ing an iden­tity. When Art Di­rec­tor Martin Diegor pitched the story, I was hes­i­tant. I’ve grown averse to ro­man­ti­ciz­ing nos­tal­gia; for Scout I wanted some­thing new, some­thing puls­ing. I saw no merit in look­ing back. But some­times that’s what it takes to see how far you’ve come.

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