10 Things I Learned From Being A Candy Editor

Letting go and moving on is a difficult process. It helps to reflect on the journey and remember how your experiences have changed you for the better.
by Angel Constantino Aquino   |  Feb 5, 2016
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Dear Candy Readers,

How do you know when one stage of your life has ended and a new one has begun? It's easy to tell when there are milestones involved: graduation, a new relationship, a breakup, a chance to move to a new place and start over. In my case, it's a new job.

After 10 years and 10 months, it's time for me to hang my Candy editor's hat and move on. Working in Candy was my dream job, and for a long time, I was so afraid to let it go—to accept the fact that one stage of my life was ending and a new one was about to begin. Because, really, how do you say goodbye to something that has given you so much joy? How do you let go of something you loved so much—of a place that has always been your home?

It's definitely scary to move out of your comfort zone, but I think that's precisely the reason why you should. For the past 10 years, I've worked with the best team anyone could ask for. I met so many inspiring, amazing people. My talents were nurtured and appreciated. I grew as a writer and an editor, and I knew my words made a difference in the lives of others. Candy has helped me spread my wings, and now, I feel confident enough to take flight.

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But before I go, I'd like to share with you some of the things I've learned in my years as a Candy editor. I know you love Candy as much as I do, and if you’ve ever dreamed of working here—or if you're simply looking for a few ways to win at life—then I hope these little tidbits will help you on the road to your dreams.

  1. Love and accept yourself first.

    We always tell you to be yourself, to be proud of who you are—but even I had a hard time doing that. When I first joined Candy, my hair was always rebonded because I absolutely hated my curls! Thankfully, our then beauty editor Jennie helped me realize that my natural curls could be beautiful too. After that, taking pride in my other physical features and talents became easier.

    Curly Haired Angel
    This was taken during my straight-to-curly makeover shoot!
  1. Open yourself up to people because there is always something you can learn from them.

    I'm a naturally shy person, but working in the magazine industry allowed me to reach out to others. Whether it was interacting with members of the Candy team or interviewing a big celebrity, there was always something interesting to be learned. I will be forever grateful to each person I encountered through Candy because they all helped shape me into the person I am today.

    I’ve learned so much from all the
    Candy editors through the years.
  1. You can always be a better version of yourself.

    Before I became managing editor, I handled Candy's features pages—and my personal favorite has always been the Me, Only Better section. (We even turned all those articles into a book!) No matter what the topic was, it was always about encouraging you to get to know yourself and nurture your talents. Because though it's important to love yourself, it’s also important to keep growing into the person you’ve always dreamed you could be.

    We hope you enjoyed reading the
    Candy Me, Only Better book.
  1. Celebrities are real people, too.

    We fangirls tend to demand a lot from our favorite celebrities. But after talking to many of them over the years, I learned that like you, they also get tired, they feel disappointed, they make mistakes—and that's okay because that's what makes them real. Most of the time, that's what makes us admire them even more.

    Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars was super nice and down-to-earth.
  1. When it comes to work, be professional no matter what.

    When I talked to Dan Radcliffe over the phone for an interview, my first instinct was to start screaming. When I met Taylor Lautner in the flesh, I had to stop myself from jumping into his arms. Thankfully, I managed to keep my composure and do my job—although my voice did go up a few octaves higher and my smile was wider than my face!

    I’m on Team Jacob forever!
  1. No matter how bad a situation may seem, things will always work themselves out.

    I'm a real worrywart and I tend to feel anxious about a lot of things that are beyond my control. There are times when things go all wrong during a photo shoot, when you have to make changes right before an impending deadline, or when the weather takes a turn for the worse (remember when Typhoon Ondoy hit during the Candy Fair in 2009?). In the end, with faith and hard work, we always managed to pull through.

    We couldn't believe that Dino Imperial and AJ Perez made it to the Candy Fair despite the floods.
  1. Music can heal the soul.

    Whether you need to study, go out for a run, or get over a heartbreak, there will always be a song to suit the situation. I feel #blessed to have met so many talented musicians—and attend their concerts for free! There's nothing like a good jamming session to energize you and help you let go of your worries.

    We had front row seats to the NKOTBSB concert!
  1. Traveling can give you a new perspective on life—and forges a deeper bond between you and your companions.

    I've grown so close to the Candy team because we love going on trips together. Whether it's for a press event (former managing ed Mimi and I once went to Sumilon Island in Cebu) or a big celebration (the team traveled to Ilocos for former fashion editor Margaux's wedding), traveling opens you up to a world of infinite possibilities.

    Can you tell how happy we were to be in the Paoay sand dunes?
  1. Always listen to your readers.

    For me, the best things about working in Candy were receiving your heartwarming letters, meeting you at our events, and working with you through the Council of Cool. Your enthusiasm was infectious and interacting with you guys always left me feeling inspired and ready to take on anything.

    I had fun (and ate too much) at a food shoot with CoC Batch 8.
  1. Some things have to end in order to make way for new beginnings.

    A few weeks ago, I attended my last Council of Cool meeting, organized my last Candy brainstorming, supervised my last Candy shoot, and worked on my last special feature as a member of the team. Of course, the experience was bittersweet. But that’s okay. Because after all the lasts, I know that there will be many more firsts.

    ’s new logo signals the start of new and exciting things to come! (Photo by Abbey Sy)

So girls and boys, I guess it's goodbye for now, but definitely not forever—because once a Candy Girl, always a Candy Girl. Thank you for inspiring me and allowing me to journey with you for the past 10 years. If you need me, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram (@angelamc23). I'd love to hear from you! ?



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Angel Constantino Aquino
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