Years after people have declared that “print is dead,” the magazine continue to thrive. Underground titles emerge everyday, while powerhouse publishing houses still sell thousands of copies each month. September is considered to be the New Year for magazines, with each one busting out bigger, thicker, and better issues.
The Philippines is no exception to this tradition, with September covers being some of the most talked about in the publishing industry. It’s that spirit of passion and creativity that one can’t deny, made more evident in the country’s youth publications. In Part II of its “Youth Issues” series, BENCH continues to pay tribute to the spirit of each local youth title by putting together styles as recommended by each publication editor. In each look we see that young folks today have never been more diverse. So if you haven’t subscribed yet, perhaps it’s time to do so now.
Editor: Jed Gregorio
Among this country’s youth publications, Scout Magazine happens to be the newest kid on the block. While they’ve only been around for a year, this “freezine” has managed to capture a very specific audience, one that is equal parts keen on fashion as well as alternative culture. Their cover stars have ranged from the slightly obscure (musician Eyedress) to the certifiable celebs (actor Enchong Dee). No telling yet where Scout will be in the next few years, but with a defined direction, there’s little doubt that they’ll get to someplace good.
Editor Jed Gregorio explains that in many ways, Scout is a practice in unstudied cool. “I think kids with the best style are those that just don’t think too much about it,” he says. You get up in the morning, and you simultaneously think about the weather, where you’re going, how long you’ll be out… but you don’t make a huge flowchart of it, obviously. I guess practice also has to do with it, because you can hone intuition. You have fun dressing up, and you do that everyday. That’s the special thing about style, you have to commit to it because it’s on you all day.”
Editor: Elaine Carag
Should Chalk Magazine come to life, it might just be that Accounting classmate of yours who seems to know everything going on in school. Chalk has been around since 2000, after all, and has featured some of your favorite UAAP basketball players and campus hotties. (Your notebooks and lockers were likely brimming with Chalk tear-outs.) Being a campus magazine means reaching a wide audience, and accessibility is something that editor Elaine Carag says is of utmost importance.
“College is a time for them to discover who they are, and what they want to be in the future,” says Elaine. “So being able to help shape their style and taste is a big deal for Chalk. We take it upon ourselves to show them what’s out there, but never dictate what they should look like.”