Lessons from She’s Dating the Gangster
By Pepper Limpoco, Council of Cool 14


Going into the cinema, I expected what anyone would have expected from a Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla movie: a teen love story peppered with slow-mo moments of looking into each other’s eyes and cheesy quotable lines. Sure enough, the movie began with all their signature themes of a lovesick girl falling for a bad boy and hilarious characters that lead their getting together. But Cathy Garcia-Molina’s film doesn’t end there. The plot thickens by adding the heavier premise of the idea of ‘great love and the power of timing.’

As the film progresses, so does its depth. You come to realize that behind the cool backtrack into the time of paged messages, colorful bandanas and denim vests, there is a bitter truth in young and naive love. Mature themes permeate the cliché young love story and pushes you to really think about what it means to love someone. There will be light and wacky moments, but more importantly, there will be many scenes where you will find yourself uncontrollably sobbing.

Nevertheless, She’s Dating the Gangster does not fall short on the kilig factor and will still make you believe that ‘great loves’ do prevail in the end. The film contrasts two generations of teenage pop culture but emphasizes the similarity of a specific kind of strength and glory of love.

She’s Dating the Gangster will remind you what it means to take risks and sacrifice, if only to become an even greater love.

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Hey, Dani Girl

by guest
July 21st, 2014
Posted in Get Inspired, Spotlight |


Usually when I talk about musicals, it’s an incoherent mess of ASDFGHJKL, so I’m considering this my first attempt at fangirling using actual words. Amidst the motley of romanticized illness-centered stories lies Dani Girl, a musical that explores the world of cancer through the eyes of nine year-old leukemia patient Danica Lyons. The amazing two-act play follows Dani’s quest as she uncovers why cancer is. Entering the theater, I expected to be a sobbing mess when I walked out the doors again, but instead I found the story was able to both break my heart and mend it. The musical gracefully straddles the line between grief and bliss, subtly reminding its audience how in the grand scheme of things, however unfair our lot in life seems to be, we have a choice whether or not we let circumstances define us. —Samantha Yap, Candy Council of Cool 14

Dani Girl runs until July 27 at RCBC Plaza, Makati. For tickets, go to TicketWorld

The funny thing about writing for a living (something that my high school self dreamed of doing) is that you tend to write so much about other stuff that when it’s time to write about yourself, sometimes you have no idea where to start. Fortunately, I do like talking about the things that I like and I picked up this nifty way to show you from Macy!


Reading: I’m not making good on my 2014 resolution to read more books because I keep going back to old favorites like Alain de Botton’s On Love. The story isn’t quite as addicting as say, TFIOS, but I read it for the author’s wry and sometimes heart-wrenching observations on falling in love and eventually falling out of it. This is one of my favorite lines: “Unrequited love may be painful, but it is safely painful, because it does not involve inflicting damage on anyone but oneself, a private pain that is as bittersweet as it is self-induced. But as soon as love is reciprocated, one must be prepared to give up the passivity of simply being hurt to take on the responsibility of perpetrating hurt oneself.” #HugotHulyo

Doing: I’ve been spending a lot of time with our dachshund, Mister Sulu. I’m pretty sure he owns me now, instead of the other way around. LOOK AT THOSE EYES!! I think he was silently begging me for a treat when I snapped that picture. His favorite things include belly rubs, peanut butter, jumping on the couch (even when he’s not supposed to), and mauling his favorite Winnie the Pooh stuffed toy.

Working On: The Hit List is the section I work on every month with Dyan. It’s usually an uphill struggle because I’ve never been very good at spotting “cool things” or “things that will be cool” (I may work at the coolest magazine ever but I like to wave at trends as they pass by instead of picking them up) but I like to think I’m getting better at it? Let me know what you’d like to see in the Hit List in the comments!

Watching: Dylan Sprayberry? More like Dylan SprayBAErry, amirite?? (No? Okay) No matter how weird the story gets, I can never completely give up Teen Wolf and I’m kind of liking the new additions to the cast. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Danny’s return (and his official induction into Scott’s pack)—please Jeff, make it happen!

Loving: So late to the party that is Taylor Swift’s Red album. It’s probably because I was kind of a hater back in the day (don’t kill me, Swifties!) but I’m not even gonna lie, “Holy Ground” and “Stay Stay Stay” is my JAM. I’m also really loving Talking Dreams by Echosmith; “Tell Her You Love Her” is my absolute fave. I’ve also been really obsessed with this game called High School Story, which is basically like The Sims but like…high school.

What are your currentlies? Let me know in the comments!



Heads up, Candy Girls! We’ve started the search for Council of Cool Batch 15!

Check out what some of our previous COC girls have been up to:
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Think you have what it takes? Here’s how to apply:

1. Send us an entry with answers to the following:
• What makes you a Candy Girl? (Answer in five sentences or less.)
• Write a 100-word review of your favorite movie, album, or TV show.
• Cite three reasons why you’d be a great addition to this year’s Council of Cool.

2. Include your name, age, address, school, mobile number, e-mail address, and a clear photo.

3. E-mail your entries to [email protected] with the subject “Candy Council of Cool.” Your entry must not exceed 350 words (excluding contact details). Photo attachments must not exceed 500kb.

Deadline of entries is on August 31, 2014.

Can’t wait to read your entries!
Angel O:)

Party Time!

by guest
July 14th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight, What's Up |

Last July 5, Council of Cool girls Ian, Pepper, and I were lucky enough to attend Unleashed 2, a wet n’ wild college party (thanks again,!) in Megatent Opengrounds, Libis, Quezon City. Party-goers were able to dance the night away, absolutely free!


What a great night it was! The party was hosted by Boys Night Out’s DJ Slick Rick, Tony Toni, and Sam YG, and other celebrities were spotted partying around the grounds as well. I even had my photo taken with funny guys Ramon Bautista, who said he wanted to be a Candy Cutie, and DJ Sam YG.

funny guys

Unleashed 2 definitely delivered a “wet n’ wild” night. They gave away water guns and stationed two fire trucks on-site, randomly hosing everyone down to make sure NO ONE went home dry. Want to post your photos on Instagram and Twitter right away? Not to worry, the SM Youth bus provided free Wi-Fi access. SM Youth also sold Boys Night Out x Tee Culture tees for those who wanted to dry off a little before heading home.


We were all in for a night of sick beats from our homegrown talents DJs Cherry Summer, Katsy Lee, Motherbasss, Marc Marasigan, Nix Damn P, MC Paolo, and Travis Monsod, with special performances by Aaron Atayde, Migs Santillan, and DJ C-Mart. To close off the night, DJs Mars Miranda and Ace Ramos gave us all a set to remember; it even started to rain in the middle of their set! Talk about intense!


The girls and I had a great time with our friends; we were able to meet and talk to some of the people behind the amazing event and got to experience the party from a different perspective. The people of were kind enough to let us stay in their booth to play some games and enjoy the party from there. We can’t wait for Unleashed 3!

Sam Labrador
Council of Cool 14

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Of Great Loves and Timing

by: guest, 2014-07-23

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