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Creative Space: Gaby Gloria

We talk to the Rookie and Young STAR contributor and find out who her dream interviewees are.
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If you're a ROOKIE regular, her name might sound familiar to you. She's the one behind the features on Candy faves Abbey Sy, BP Valenzuela, and Reese Lansangan among others. This week, we're showing you what her creative space looks like and what inspires her to write.

Get to know her. "My name is Gaby Gloria, and I'm a 20-year-old writer/shrink film connoisseur who lives on sour gummy worms."



She's busy with a lot of things. "I'm still primarily a student, but I'm also the editor in chief of The Thing, which is an online mag for young Filipinas that explores and embrace all interests. I'm also a columnist for The Philippine Star's Young STAR section, and a contributor for Rookie and CNN Philippines Life."

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Her Rookie and Young STAR beginnings. "Most of it involved taking a chance. Young STAR held an open call last February 2015, so I applied and eventually got in as an intern. I had an awesome time, so I couldn't believe it when the editors asked me to be a columnist in August after my internship ended.

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"I've been an avid Rookie reader ever since Tavi Gevinson started it in 2011. Though I'd always dreamed of contributing, I never got around to sending anything because I thought my writing wasn't good enough. A late night spent procrastinating last year led me to Rookie's alert box for the theme 'multiplicity,' and I immediately started drafting an email with a few essay pitches. After a short period of thinking whether I should or shouldn't do it, I filled out the subject line (with emojis for flair), pressed the send button, and went to sleep. After two months of obsessively checking my email, Amy Rose replied to me to say that they wanted me to move forward with one of my pitches."

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On her best writing time. "For essays and such, I usually get the ideas flowing late at night. Knowing that the rest of the world is winding down makes me more confident, somehow. Maybe it's because I feel like no one is awake to judge what I'm writing."

Her go-to when it comes to writing. "When I started writing for publications, a lot of the first drafts of my articles would be written in my journal. Now, I use Microsoft OneNote for drafts since the program organizes everything neatly in virtual notebooks that have different sections and pages. But basically, all I need is a notebook, pen, and my laptop."

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Dream interviewees. "Internationally, it's Tavi Gevinson for sure. She's my ultimate life peg—I admire her writing style and how she has so many influences. She started Rookie at such a young age, too. Matthew Gray Gubler is a close second just because he's so strange and his interviews are always so interesting. Locally, I'd freak out if I got the chance to interview James Reid and Nadine Lustre (not kidding)." 

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For your inspiration. "Sometimes I spend way more time scrolling through Instagram than I think I'm supposed to. Sometimes, I need to take a break from writing, so scrolling through the app is like therapy of sorts. I follow a lot of art accounts because I love looking at colorful,pretty things and seeing the process that goes into making them. There are so many, but here are a few: @keeshuu, @hulyen, @rossduu, @millimetrs, @themichlife, @theskinnyartist and @beapolicarpio."

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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