Esquire (Philippines) - - THIS WAY IN -

Xyza Bacani on mo­bil­ity, men­tor­ship, and the lim­its of pho­to­jour­nal­ism.


is an ed­i­to­rial pho­tog­ra­pher who splits his time be­tween Los An­ge­les and Manila. A fre­quent and fa­vorite col­lab­o­ra­tor, Edric shot our cover sub­ject, Rob­bie An­to­nio, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Cen­tury Prop­er­ties and founder of Rev­o­lu­tion Pre­crafted, both at his of­fice and in one of his com­pany’s pre­fab homes.


is a con­tribut­ing editor of YSTYLE, a colum­nist for the Philip­pine Star’s Life­style sec­tion, and a reg­u­lar style writer for For this is­sue, Marbbie wrote about Clock In, a neat new co-work­ing space at the pent­house of the Makati Stock Ex­change Build­ing.

RG MEDESTOMAS is a fash­ion, food, and por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher who’s worked with a wide range of lo­cal restau­rants, brands, and pub­li­ca­tions. For this is­sue, RG shot the Esquire 10: a list of ten cool things to get your hands on now. Among these is a bot­tle of Oc­to­more, one of the world’s most heav­i­ly­peated whiskies, which he was wise enough not to drink be­fore lunch (un­like some peo­ple at that shoot). ARTU NEPOMUCENO is an art, fash­ion, and por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher whose work has ap­peared in some of the coun­try’s top pub­li­ca­tions. For this is­sue, Artu shot Mona Lisa Neuboeck, a Woman We Love, on a beach in Morong, Bataan, where he also hap­pened to find a goat skull just lay­ing around in the wilder­ness. He took it home and turned it into decor. We sin­cerely hope it’s not cursed.


is a vis­ual artist-turned-pho­to­jour­nal­ist who re­cently won a Mag­num Foun­da­tion grant for his project, “Less Than Hu­man,” which chron­i­cles Pres­i­dent Duterte’s drug war through the eyes of af­fected chil­dren. Carlo’s pow­er­ful cov­er­age of Metro Manila af­ter dark joins this month’s Notes & Es­says in tack­ling the con­cept of vi­o­lence as we’ve come to know it.


is a street and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher, and one of the Mag­num Foun­da­tion’s Hu­man Rights Fel­lows of 2015. She has been fea­tured in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tions not only for her pho­tos, but for her in­spi­ra­tional story. Xyza was a do­mes­tic worker in Hong Kong for al­most a decade be­fore de­cid­ing to pho­to­graph un­der-re­ported sto­ries, fo­cus­ing on mi­grants and hu­man rights is­sues. We speak to her in this is­sue’s ESQ&A, where we’ve also pub­lished some of her pho­tos.

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