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MANTLE EDIT: Survival of the Fittest

01. A Different Kind of Korean Wave

Photo: Netflix

Trust South Korea to create fresh takes on… well, anything—even the wildly popular zombie apocalypse genre. Two things that set “All Of Us Are Dead” apart are its setting and characters, as the story revolves around Korean high school students trying to survive within their virus-infected school. The show’s cast, a selection of South Korea’s rising actors and actresses, also does a great job of playing characters that you would love (and love to hate).

02. A Moment in Time

Seems like Rafael Nadal’s Richard Mille watch is a lucky charm—a luxurious one, at that. Not only did the celebrated tennis player wear that timepiece when he won the French Open in 2020, but he also sported it as he took his 21st Grand Slam title just last month. Officially named the RM 27-04, the lightweight and tennis-inspired watch retails for USD 1 million, and it’s as exclusive as it can get—only 50 pieces were made globally.

03. Metaverse of the Apes

Photo: Bape

Seems like there’s more monkey business to be found in the metaverse. Streetwear label BAPE recently announced that it will step into the NFT space with its own collection of digital art aptly named  (B)APETAVERSE. Around 10,000 unique NFTs designed and created by the brand will be up for minting soon, but no announcements have been made yet regarding availability. 

04. Couture Collaboration

Photo: Arnaud Lajeunie

Is “collaboration” the most overused—misunderstood, even—term in fashion today? After all, there is a fine line between combining two things in the most literal sense (Fendace comes to mind) and allowing two points of view to seamlessly work together to create something new—and the latter’s exactly what Glen Martens achieved with his work at John Paul Gaultier. The Spring 2022 Couture show built upon the elements of classic Gaultier (the diva energy, the drama!) and the experimental signatures of Martens—we didn’t miss out on the clever Y-shapes on some of the dresses. 

05. Refreshing Interiors

Photo: Studio Mara

We like our pizza fresh from the oven, and we don’t mind eating it within spaces that are clean, refreshing, and well-designed. Pizzulu at Eight Forbestown BGC has Studio Mara to thank for their sleek yet warm and inviting interiors. The marble tables, cream-colored couches, and the tan walls are the cherries (or pepperoni?) on top of the dining experience. 

06. Art is Essential

Photo: Art Basel

Art Basel Hong Kong is returning to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for 2022, continuing its hybrid staging from last year. Scheduled from May 27 to 29, the cultural event is expecting 137 galleries from Asia Pacific and the world to feature and celebrate modern and contemporary art.

07. Please Travel Safely

Photo: Drolé

A dose of cautious optimism: the Philippines is set to allow fully vaccinated international tourists from visa-free countries to enter our borders, provided that they are able to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to their departure from their country of origin.

It’s great news for the tourism and hospitality industry, as most countries that visit us visa-free are major tourism markets for the Philippines, but we cannot stress this enough: please follow strict safety protocols, be mindful of your health and wellness (self-isolate ASAP if you feel sick, okay?), and get vaccinated if you haven’t gotten the shot yet. We don’t want another wave brought about by carelessness.


Words: Gelo Dionora

Visuals: Erick Torres Dizon