August 2015

SCOUT Magazine August 2015

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Release Date: 09 October 2015.

We started brainstorming for this issue with the operative phrase “moving out,” that seminal moment when you decide to renounce privileged weaklingdom and start paying rent, also not until which you’ll fully understand Rent the musical. (Your younger self might have once wondered, “Why are they living miserably on purpose?”) We got to talking about everything adulthood, independence, and difficult responsibilities. Joan Didion once wrote about self-respect, saying it springs from “the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life.” Is it self-evident or a tall order?

Looking for a face for this theme, I thought Aryanna Epperson would be the perfect match. When you get to meet her for the first time, she’ll show you her iPhone case, with Zac Efron with an afro on it. “Zac Afron, get it?” She’s naturally shy and her awkward humor is endearing. You wouldn’t think the same girl is an MTV VJ, while also producing her own YouTube series. In many ways she’s coming out of her shell, moving out of her comfort zone.

I think going out of your comfort zone is not at all about betraying intuition, but actually the opposite—it’s being honest with yourself and taking responsibility for what you want to do and who you want to be. In this issue you’ll meet several young people who are doing precisely that, from artist Jel Suarez who has just put up her first solo exhibition, to fighter Chris Panzer who’s promoting pro-wrestling in Manila. The two can’t be any more different, but they’re both doing what they love.

Unsurprisingly, when it comes to serious talk, that comes up a lot: Love. Leiron Martija’s essay “A Novel Romance,” is as much a recollection of love and heartbreak as it is a practical reading list. Meanwhile, “Love Wins?” by Kim Arveen Patria questions if Filipinos can truthfully celebrate in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the legalization of gay marriage. Kim’s essay is a sympathetic yet sound survey of political and cultural attitudes toward LGBTQ Filipinos today. Being able to publish the brave insights of young minds like Kim, is what makes me proud to do what I do.

Language : English
Country : Philippines
Publisher : Hinge Inquirer Publications
Page Count : 52
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