The Calendar Boys of 2016

So many cuties, so little time!
IMAGE Shaira Luna, Ralph Mendoza ART Clare Magno

JANUARY: Liam Hemsworth

After getting together during the holidays, the entire year turned out to be so good for the couple. They got engaged again and even attended their first public event again together this year. We're crossing our fingers that this is going to be for good for one of our favorite couples.


FEBRUARY: James Reid

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It was such a huge month (and even year!) for James. Aside from starting a relationship with partner Nadine Lustre, their first TV series On the Wings of Love also broke the Internet. They went on to do a world tour, a summer movie, and another TV series after their OTWOL stint.


MARCH: 5 Seconds of Summer 

The boys of 5SOS finally gave in to their Pinoy fans' requests and came to Manila for their Sounds Live Feels Live tour. Everyone clearly got so excited about their first show that tickets got sold out!

APRIL: Song Joong Ki and Jin Goo

We got so obsessed with Descendants of the Sun this year that when the time came for their finale episode, we just couldn't deal. How can we even say goodbye to the handsome soldiers led by Yoo Si Jin and Seo Dae Young?


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MAY: Bailey May

PHOTO Shaira Luna

We got a little cray about Pinoy Big Brother housemate Bailey this year. After he appeared on On the Wings of Love as James's cousin, we knew he'd be making it big. We can't wait to see more of him next year!

JUNE: Brooklyn Beckham


After Chloe admitted her relationship with Brooklyn earlier this year, we couldn't stop stalking this couple! It was sad when they broke up in September, but we're glad they haven't deleted all their memories together on Instagram. Yup, we're still a little hopeful that they'll get back together.

JULY: LA Aguinaldo


PHOTO Koji Arboleda

We still can't believe that we finally put our Candy Cutie LA on the cover of our social media issue. We've known him since he was a shy guy, and to see him killing it in our cover made our hearts swell with so much pride.

AUGUST: Enrique Gil

It was a bit sad when we finally said goodbye to Tenten and Serena's character on Dolce Amore, but we're also happy because Enrique and his partner Liza are going to be working on a movie after the TV series. Can't wait to watch it next year!

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SEPTEMBER: Daniel Padilla

It felt like a long time, but the wait was definitely worth it. After their TV series Pangako Sa 'Yo, we haven't heard a lot about the teen king. Turns out he was working on the romantic movie Barcelona: A Love Untold with teen queen Kathryn Bernardo. Plus, they finally kissed on screen, too!


OCTOBER: Jack Reid

PHOTO Shaira Luna

After winning the hearts of Candy Girls last year when he first appeared in the mag as one of our Candy Cuties, Jack graced the cover for this year's Candy Cuties issue with his older brother James. He even went to the #CandyTeenCon2016 to greet the Candy Girls!


NOVEMBER: Eddie Redmayne

We know you missed the Potter world as much as we did. So when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finally hit theaters, we knew we had to be one of the first who gets to watch it! We absolutely fell in love with Newt Scamander which was brilliantly portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie.


PHOTO Ralph Mendoza ART Clare Magno


This year, we fell in love with the Till I Met You Star. We really weren't prepared for how charming and kind he was. Make sure to view our feature story on him this month!

Who were you crushing on this year? Let's swap stories in the commnets or talk tom us via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)









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Today, I am sharing my mother's story. I wish my mother was a constant in my life, like an angel who guards you to sleep and comes right there when you called. But angels come back home too, in heaven where they always belonged, and my mother went back a little early. My mother died when I was 13 years old. My last memory of my mother: Letting go when you are not yet ready is a very cruel thing that one has to ever experience. It is a sudden wave of total sadness and desperation crashing into your very core.

On the 28th of July 2013, we went to a resort in Bataan for the employees’ getaway. My parents own a 7-11 franchise, and it had always been a tradition to give their store clerks a get-together every year. I remember very well the last breakfast I had with my mother. The Sunday morning sky was clear and sunny, and the sea was calm and tranquil as we ate our breakfast on a cottage under the tall palm trees. She shared with us a strange dream she had the other night. She dreamt about an unknown woman holding an ice pick chasing her down on a dimly lit street, then she woke up just before the woman could grab her arm. We never knew what that dream exactly meant and now, I wished I never knew its meaning. After breakfast, my family and our employees decided to take a swim at the beach. The day was nice. The morning air may be chilly but the sun’s kiss on our skins gave us warmth. It was perfect. Everything is fine and the tides are low which made it very enjoyable to swim. We swam a little farther from the shore and we stopped to the point where the water reached our shoulders. We were talking about the good things in life and reminiscing the good old days. Those are the things that I’ve always loved about my family because I never had a meaningless conversation with them.

A few moments later, we heard a panicking call for help from one of our store clerks. It was Rachel. She was struggling to keep her head above water. She was already drowning but the odd thing was, she was only a few feet away from us. At first, we thought she was just playing around until we felt the sand in our toes dissolving like powder. It felt like as if the seafloor submerged deeper. I remembered sighting the shore and it seemed so close yet very far away. We were all panicking at that time. No one knew how to swim except my mother so without having second thoughts she swam towards Rachel and called out to my father, “Yung mga anak mo! Dalhin mo sa pampang yung mga anak mo!” and I never thought I already heard my mother’s last words to my father. I was paddling like a dog, gasping for air, as I say a little prayer to God to take us all back to safety. I felt my father grabbing our swimsuits, trying to lift our bodies so we can breathe even though he was also struggling to keep himself alive. Once I felt my toes touch the ground, there came a veil of relief that covered my whole body. As soon as my father and my sister made it to the shore we started calling out for help. There were no lifeguards on duty at that time, no personnel, nor guards. I saw my mother already floating in her stomach. We sighted a boat sailing nearby, we waved our hands and called for their attention. They almost ignored us because they cannot comprehend what we were trying to relay but the good thing was a passenger in the boat noticed my mother and Rachel in the water.

My mother’s body was laid on the shore. She was unconscious and her whole body was pale as white. My father performed CPR but my mother couldn’t get the water come out of her mouth because the food she ate earlier got stuck in her throat and blocked the passage. A concerned tourist offered his car to deliver my mom in a nearby health center or a clinic of some sort since the hospital was miles away from the beach and she needs immediate care. My father told us to stay in the hotel room and prepare mom’s belongings so that if she wakes up she has fresh clothes to change into. My sister and I finished packing our things and waited for our father to pick us up from the hotel. I was crying and I couldn’t stop myself because I was afraid to lose my mother. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I lose her that day. Moments lasted until we heard a knock on the door and it was my father, crying, and apologizing to us. He hugged me and my sister tightly and saying, “Sorry, anak, sorry hindi na uuwi si mommy, sorry hindi ko nasagip si mommy”. And that was the moment I felt sinking into the ground. I never knew what to feel at first. I was numb because my worries were now actually a reality that I have to live in. I was at shock because I am now one of the kids in those cliche teleseryes who lost a mother at an early age. We went to the health center to settle everything. The clinic was very small and it sure did lack equipment. He told us to stay in the car. I wanted to see my mom, but I know he never wanted us to see her like that. I didn’t know what to feel. I was having high anxiety levels that my stomach is churning and I wanted to vomit. I got off the car and entered the health center to find the restroom. When I was finding my way around, I passed by the emergency room. I saw my mother lying in a foldable bed, lifeless, her hands dangling from the side of the bed, she has violet bruises on her skin, and her body was partially covered with a white towel.

That is when it sunk into me that she’s dead and never coming back. My father asked the others to just commute back to Manila because what we need right now is comfort from our family. The drive back home was one of the most painful memory I had as a kid. My father was in the steering wheel crying his eyes out. We drove from Bataan to Pampanga. We went home to my grandmother’s house, the nearest house that we can call “home” because how are we still going to be “home” without her?

Once we reached Pampanga, we stopped over to the gas station and my father made some calls to our loved ones to tell them that my mother passed away. He then called my aunt to help him arrange for the funeral. We got home and my grandmother hugged us and told us to get some rest. Already tired of crying, I went to sleep for a while. I woke up and for a second, I thought everything that happened the other day was all just a dream. That she was there in Manila, sitting on the couch reading some furniture magazine, waiting for us to go home. But that’s how cruel life is, right? I got up and weirdly, I felt sands in the bed. It was gray, just like the ones on the beach. I thought maybe it was just dirt but it was a fair amount to believe that maybe she visited us before she left. - ?

- The part of how I conquered the grief of her passing is shared in my personal blog. I felt the need to share my story with everyone since she's the woman I look up to. Feel free to visit my personal blog too when you have the time. I love writing my stories. Thank You! link:

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