Category: Cover Story

  • The Third Act: An Introduction to BGYO

    Breaking new ground to a fresh era not just of infectious beats, dynamic choreography, and boundless visuals, but a showcase of verve, grit and renewed sense of purpose is none other than the sensational quintet known as BGYO, whose latest single “Patintero” serves as a pulsating anthem for the new generation. Armed with their irresistible…

  • Bodies of Work 2023

    For The Hot Damn! Issue, we present ALL men in their finest forms–not only looking their best but also making relevant use of their creative pursuits more so, the platforms that have chosen them, with merits that transcend shape, skin color, background, nationality, industry, and gender identity and expression. Headlining this year’s list is model,…

  • Viñas DeLuxe is Booked, Bold, and Breaking Through

    The unapologetic celebration of Viñas DeLuxe’s identity, heritage, unparalleled flair for theatrics, and penchant for grandeur, made her performance within and beyond ‘Drag Race Philippines’ an awe-inspiring display of lavishness that captivated audiences and the way we saw drag as a form of art, entertainment, and social dialogue.

  • The Art of Being Gab Pangilinan

    A theater mainstay for years, award-winning actress Gab Pangilinan has trailed her storied path from an ensemble actor to a celebrated lead with marked roles like that of Roxane in “Mula sa Buwan”, to what is now a landmark portrayal of Joy in “Ang Huling El Bimbo”. Charting her trajectory, it goes without saying that…

  • We Need to Talk about Phi Palmos

    In every memorable performance, Phi Palmos proves to be an indomitable force. A self-possessed, well-rounded actor on stage, television, and film, Palmos brings not just queer, femme representation to the fore, but the beautiful intersection of disciplines and craft by successfully traversing the worlds of theater, music, and mainstream onscreen entertainment. Relishing on the success…

  • New Heights: Aldwin Steven Rolls with the Punches and Triumphs

    With all the changes that the pandemic has brought to the world, establishing genuine connection with others is somehow challenging but Aldwin Steven rose through the ranks and found his sweet spot in streaming with a little bit of help from his friends on kumu.

  • The Gospel According to Precious Paula Nicole

    On the heels of her Drag Race Philippines triumph, Precious Paula Nicole continues to bring wit, charm, and inimitable talent packaged beautifully not just in jaw-dropping visuals and sublime stage presence but a heart that beats pure, unadulterated passion for her craft—all the while representing the Filipino drag artistry and identity to the world stage.…

  • Manila Luzon of the People, by the People, and for the People

    Off her successful thrust atop the pantheon of global drag superstars birthed by the million-dollar empire by drag goddess, RuPaul, herself, Manila Luzon, one of the most recognizable drag artists ever to graduate from the phenomenal, and seminal Drag Race franchise, heads on to work on what she refers as her most important career decision…

  • Sweet Disposition: The Education of Ruru Madrid

    Much like the rest of the world in the midst of a raging pandemic, there was a point where Ruru Madrid’s career trajectory—rather, his life as a young person supposedly brimming with hope, with a wealth of things to cross off his creative bucket list—got inevitably halted and stuck in limbo. But it is in…

  • The Flight of Kelvin Miranda

    Off his rookie years taking on roles that commanded a second look with his refreshing verve and acting depth, we have seen the arrival and eventual ascent to leading man status of young, emerging actor Kelvin Miranda. At 23, Miranda has transitioned from uncredited bit roles, to historic firsts (“Dead Kids”), and those that color…