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How Do You Say Goodbye to a Best Friend?

You don't.
ART Clare Magno

How do you say goodbye to a best friend?

She was there when you were just starting to tread teen waters—holding your hand and walking beside you, just in case you didn't understand the changes you'd be dealing with. She was there when you started to dream something bigger than yourself. She was there when you had your first crush, when he crushed your heart and ego after you found out he wasn't into you.

Your best friend was there when you started high school, confused and scared and excited all at the same time. She was there when you felt alone while everyone had their own barkada. She was there to tell you that it's perfectly okay if you're not one of the cool, popular kids. She reminded you that it's okay to not fit in, to not have the same dreams, to want something different.

When you've been through your first breakup, your best friend assured you that you're going to be fine. You really didn't believe her but you followed her suggestions anyway—grieve, marathon movies and TV shows, eat whatever you want, and most importantly, exercise patience with yourself.

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Your best friend was there again when you started college. She helped you get through being away from your family and childhood friends for the very first time, juggle everything you had to do, and most importantly, she reminded you why it was important to fight for your dreams.

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You had so many doubts and fears the moment you walked out of university and into the real world, but you remembered everything she told you and helped you with. So you gathered up the courage to walk on and move forward. There were times when you forgot she was there, when you took her for granted because you thought were too old for her already.

Deep inside, you were starting to get scared that you'd grow apart because that's what happened to most of your friends. You started feeling unsure about your relationship because what you had in common got fewer and fewer as time passed. But she stayed beside you; she's still there even if things got quiet between the two of you. When things got tough, you always found yourself coming back to her. Besides, you've been in each other's lives for years, 17 years to be exact! It won't be easy to let that go so easily.

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But just like what she taught you, things will keep on changing—whether you were expecting them or not. So after 17 years and 190 issues, Candy Magazine, every Filipina teen's best friend, is moving digital as you've all read in our last print issue, the November issue, the #CandyGirlsForever issue.

Like you, Candy wasn't just a magazine to me. Like what Candy's former editor in chief Mia Fausto Cruz said in the latest issue, it held my hands as I transitioned from being a girl to a young lady to a woman. Candy knew what we needed exactly—a sister, a safe space to express ourselves, the best-est friend anyone could ever ask for.

So how do you say goodbye to a best friend? You don't.

Because if there's one thing she's also taught me, it's that friendship—like love—can take a different form. Time may pass, trends may change but our friendship will never, ever end. This time, we'll be here at Candymag.com, ready to be with all you Candy Girls, 24/7. We'll also be online on our social media accounts, which means we can talk for hours and hours on end about anything and everything!

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You've done your growing up. Now, it's time for her to do the same. But we promise, she'll be the same sister and best friend that she's always been to you for the past 17 years because once a Candy Girl, always a Candy Girl.

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Ayessa De La Peña
Candymag.com Assistant Section Editor
I am Candymag.com'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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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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