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5 Things You Should Know About Enrique Gil

Quen talks about his busy year and (wait for it!) his leading ladies during his cover shoot!
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If there's something you have to know (aside from the things we listed below) about our September cover boy Enrique Gil it's this: He can't stop laughing and making jokes during the interview! But when he turns serious, his eyebrows straighten themselves out and he makes the most adorable serious face in the history of serious faces that will make even the strongest of girls melt in a sweet pool of kilig.  Read on to find out what we talked about with Quen (his nickname, ICYDK!) when we chatted with him during his cover shoot.

1. He can't wait to start shooting for The Bet. He tells us that it's been so long since he's worked with teen actress Liza Soberano, so it's something he looks forward to when they start shooting for the movie adaptation of the Pop Fiction novel. "She's The One pa kaming last nagkatrabaho e," Quen said. "I'm just excited with what's going on right now, and I really don't know how to take it. Maybe excited is not the right word, but more of I want to start it. I just want to do a good work."

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2. Princess and I is his most memorable project to date. "Lahat naman memorable for me," he explains. "But pinaka-grabe so far was Princess and I. Not only that. It was also the longest. It was almost a year, almost a year of being with the same people. That's a huge chunk of time because from beginning to end, I was changing. You could see na nagbibinata na ako and it was also my first time na mag-shoot abroad. It was just a crazy, crazy experience which prepared me for my next shows."

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3. He can't choose between acting and dancing. Quen is known as an actor and a dancer, but if he has to do only one thing, he'd have a difficult time choosing between the 2. "It's different kasi and it depends," he said. "I love dancing pero to pick one... Maybe acting? If I want work, it would be acting because that's where everything is and everything else follows. I really love both and I really can't pick. I love both of them equally."

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4. Actor Johnny Depp is his acting role model. "I am inspired by Johnny Depp!" he said. "But locally? Tito Tirso [Tirso Cruz III], would be one. And Christopher de Leon, but each person teaches me different things, especially if I get to work with them."

5. He has a few crazy fans, too! "One fan tried to enter my hotel room to the point that my handler was pushing the door! That was crazy and it happened pa during an out-of-town show!" Crazy fans aren't all he deals with, though. Quen also has deep apprecation for the things his supporters do for him. "They go to tapings, wait until pack-up time just to bring food and gifts kahit galing silang school and napapagod sila. They're just always there. That's the sweetest thing for me," he said. 

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And because we want you to really know our Candy cover boy, we also asked him to describe his leading ladies in one word. Here's what he has to say about each of them:

Liza Soberano: "Cute!"
Bea Alonzo: "Perfect." Then he follows up with an explanation, saying, "She is the perfect definition of a woman."
Kathryn Bernardo: "Thoughtful."
Julia Montes: "Strong."
Julia Barretto: "Sweet."

Want to know more about Enrique Gil? Then you should grab a copy of our September issue or subscribe to the digital edition via App StoreBuqo, or Zinio.

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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.

“God’s Gift”

On a platform we stand

Faces seen all in a blur

Relentless searching led by a spur

To find someone, to feel something

Aren’t we fools to waste away time?

To look for one man’s treasure

Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile

As a bond built in crime

But aren’t we just like every weary heart?

Hoping for an oasis

In the midst of the desert

Wanting to quench our thirst

Aren’t we all like frosted windows

Of old and battered houses on winter?

Wishing for the sun to give us warmth

To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made

Aren’t we maven pretenders?

A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?

A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?

Let down the walls, It’ll be okay

Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating

Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,

Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end

Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear

Realization dawning as loud as a thunder

As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber

Waking up from this reverie

Truth slapped me back to reality

Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see

Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free

From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,

What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April

We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked

Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey

What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower

Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss

Unbounded joy brought by your presence

Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven

Now the heart weeps for evanescence

A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain

But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .

Written by me, the one-shot story

Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________

Coffee

It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked  the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.

"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.

"What size?" she asked.

"Small." I said.

Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.

Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad.  I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.

"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.

"Yes. Thank you." I said.

"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.

"Oh thanks." I said .

"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.

I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.

And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....

I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.

Belley Marie A day ago

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY

One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.

It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!

Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?

Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020

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