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#TeamReidForCandy: How James Reid and Jack Reid Won Our Hearts

We're in love with these bros and you'll be, too, for sure.
IMAGE Elaine Villanueva ART Clare Magno

It is no secret that the Reid siblings are really close to each other. But here's something we never thought we'd see—ever! On the afternoon of our shoot, we find Jack Reid sitting in a makeup chair while his older brother James Reid is holding a hair clipper in his hand, ready to give his young brother a new 'do.

"I just cut his hair and I think I messed it up," James tells us, laughing, later during the interview. "But it's all good. It's good. It actually looks good!"

"I had to spray it black so people wouldn't notice!" Jack disagrees. But the 18-year-old budding actor doesn't make a big deal out of it—the way younger sibs really don't mind when older sibs mess with their day (or their lives, LOL!). For the most part, Jack is grateful to be with James. He keeps telling us about how much his older bro helped him now that he's working in show business, too. He tells us how much he inspires him and how much he's helped him adjust to the biz.


"Now, at least I have him to help me out. But James? He had to do all those things on his own, and I don't know how he did it."

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James softens up and he actually seems touched by what Jack said. "It was very hard, very tough," he replies. "I'm also really proud of Jack that he's going after something that's not easy. It's not easy to be an artist, and I'm really proud that he's learning so much from it."


The 23-year-old Till I Met You star later tells us that it was his dad's idea for Lauren and Jack to try showbiz because he thought "if I can do it, they can, too." And now look what their dad's encouragement brought us? Two talented lads to adore.

Seeing them together makes us feel all sorts of feeling. We kind of feel nostalgic since we've been featuring James on our pages and on the site since he came out of the Pinoy Big Brother house. Jack also had his very first shoot with us last year for the Candy Cuties 2015. We're happy because we have seen them transform and grow before us because if there's one thing these two have in common, it's how shy they were when they were just starting out.

"When Jack first got here, he didn't have as much confidence," James explains. "I was also very shy before I joined the busness. I guess showbiz helped me become more confident. I see it happening to him, too."



And it's true. Last year, during our Cuties shoot, Jack was still a very shy guy who only felt at ease when his dad was in the room. He barely talked to anyone, so we just asked his dad about what he'd be comfortable doing in front of the cameras. Now, he gamely poses for our photographer Shaira Luna, doing whatever it is he's told.


Meanwhile, last year during our shoot with him for the October issue, James was very ~*serious*~. He's a pro at what he's doing, and prefers to finish all the work first before talking and laughing with all of us. It's how he has always been. This time, though, he's more relaxed and even takes time to joke around in between layouts with everyone. We think it's because of his brother Jack. In case you haven't noticed, James warms up when he's with his family or whenever he starts talking about them. Remember that time he revealed his birthday wishes were for his family? It's proof of what inspires him to work hard all these years: he is doing this for his family... and now with his family.


If there's one thing we admire most about Jack and James's bond, it's how strong it is. Not only are they brothers; they are also close friends, friends who don't need words to prove how much they love each other. ICYDK, they're part of the same barkada who go on vacations and hang with each other's friends together.

"It was an easy transition [from being siblings to friends] because we're already brothers," James explains. "Besides, we're almost the same age—me, Tom, Lauren, and Jack. So it's cool. We could be squad goals, sibling goals."

How close they are to each other isn't only evident in their photos and videos from when they're out. We've also seen how they look out for each other when there are ridiculous rumors going around, especially now that there's more than one Reid in the industry.


"I am protective of Jack. Being his older brother, I think that's only natural," James says. "Lauren and I tend to be really protective of him."


"Because I am the youngest, that's why. These guys are old enough so I don't get protective of them, but we always look out for each other," Jack replies.


There are pros and cons to having a sibling, but we do believe that there are more pros than cons if you only give your relationship with them a chance. Your brothers and sisters will always be there for you no matter what. Just take a look at these two.

There really is more to Jack and James than what we see online and on TV. Theirs is a bond created by blood, sure, but that bond is strengthened by something more—it is strengthened by their choice to hold on to what they have, to hold on to each other.

Read more about James Reid and Jack Reid by grabbing a copy of the October issue or subscribing to the digital edition via App Store, Buqo, or Zinio.

PHOTOGRAPHY Elaine Villanueva for GROOMING Mac Igarta STYLING MJ Benitez STYLING ASSISTANTS Kat Fernando, Inah Maravilla, Andrea Mojica, Fed Pua









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I am's resident fangirl and ~*feelings*~ girl. When I'm not busy researching about what to write next on the website, I sleep, read books, and re-watch episodes of Friends.

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Serene Fae 18 hours ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

• Seek happiness inside you. This is a quintessential reason for our vision of happiness: misconceptions about having a lot of money would make me happy; owning this and that would make me happy; entering a relationship would make me happy. This is not the case, if you want to be truly happy with your relationship, you have to be already happy on your own. If you want satisfaction from others, you have to be satisfied with yourself. And so on.

• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

• Savor moments. Savoring deeply intensifies our positive emotions while doing something that we love the most by simply stepping outside of the experience to review and appreciate the moment. You can practice this by having a delicious meal, reading a good book, or any activity that you enjoy and love. It can also be enhanced by sharing these experiences with others, appreciating such amazing moments, or staying present the entire time.

• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

margaux marie 18 hours ago

19 year old pharmacy student-businesswoman from Pampanga. I, Kimberly Chaile D. Ocampo, started planning my own business back when I was 18 years old. Despite being a student, that did not stop me to work and start up something for me to earn my own money. I was also influenced by my parents who are both hands on when it comes to the marketing world. I have decided to start my own mini restaurant/fast food restaurant recently (Feb 2020) and it was named as “Hungry Hubb”. From the word itself which is “Hungry” we thought of something that would give people the biggest hint that we sell food.

Because of the sudden quarantine, every store was forced to close for our own safety that is why there was a sudden decrease on our sales. But Hungry Hubb managed to survive by focusing on online selling and social media promotion. Our best seller would be Shawarma salad which is mediterranean style. We add authentic Garlic sauce to our shawarma (Which is available in Wrap, Salad, & Rice). Every product that we sell are very affordable and delicious. Our starting price is only 50php. (Shawarma Wrap). For Shawarma Salad (70php). We also have Milktea (60php) and Rice meals such as Lechon Kawali, Chicken barbecue, and Pork Barbecue for only 120 pesos.

And of course, I wouldn’t make it up this far without the help of my family and friends who have supported be from the very start. This is an open letter and inspirational especially to students that want to earn their own money. Nothing is impossible. You just have to be determined enough to turn your plans into reality.

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