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BREAKING: Candy Is Coming to a TV Screen Near You

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Candy just celebrated its debut in March. That's 18 years of empowering teens in the Philippines, always encouraging Candy Girls to be their best-est selves ever. Every Filipina Teen's best-est friend has launched many teen models' careers in the past 18 years and we're not stopping any time soon.

With the print magazine bidding goodbye last November, and Candymag.com continuing the brand's legacy online, many Candy Girls have been expressing how much they miss seeing their favorite magazine on stands. 

Back in 2000, we launched the first ever Candy Teen Model Search where Carissa Francisco emerged as the winner, gracing the cover of our July 2000 issue.

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The tradition would continue on for the next seven years, producing true-blue Candy models that we're pretty sure you all grew up seeing in the pages of your magazines.

Candy Teen model winners through the years including Ellen Adarna who appeared on her first Candy cover in July 2005.

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In 2007, we produced a web series, inspired by the popular series America's Next Top Model. We released the webisodes on the site, showing the process of calling for model hopefuls, interviewing and screening the finalists, and producing the cover shoot of the winner.

This year as we celebrate our 18th birthday, we're proud to announce that we will be partnering with the country's biggest TV network to give you THE FIRST EVER CANDY TV SHOW! We're just as excited as you are and we absolutely can't wait to tell you more!

P.S. Happy April Fool's Day! :P

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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