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Hinhin muses Anthea, Valerie, Veronica, Reese, and Charlene share their all-time favorite books.

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Cha-cha's Field Trips: Screenwriter, storyteller, and new momma Charlene Sawit-Esguerra on Saving Sally, her writing process, and quiet adventures Cha-cha's Field Trips: Screenwriter, storyteller, and new momma Charlene Sawit-Esguerra on Saving Sally, her writing process, and quiet adventures

Cha-cha's Field Trips: Screenwriter, storyteller, and new momma Charlene Sawit-Esguerra on Saving Sally, her writing process, and quiet adventures

Looking like a Miyazaki muse herself in a Hinhin dress, we shoot Charlene in her wonderland apartment brimming with books, records, and vintage knick-knacks. "“If I had to choose one word to describe the things I like, it’s 'sentimental.' Usually if I’m wearing or listening to something, or if it’s in the apartment, it’s because there’s a story behind it, a good memory and some emotion attached to it. So I feel surrounded by all that goodness."

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Shoot for the Moon: Multi-talented artist Reese Lansangan opens up about finding the courage to sing, putting herself out there, and the story behind “Tenderfoot” Shoot for the Moon: Multi-talented artist Reese Lansangan opens up about finding the courage to sing, putting herself out there, and the story behind “Tenderfoot”

Shoot for the Moon: Multi-talented artist Reese Lansangan opens up about finding the courage to sing, putting herself out there, and the story behind “Tenderfoot”

“In high school, I hid my singing talent, I don't know why; I guess I was afraid of failing,” reveals indie singer/songwriter Reese Lansangan, one of the most gifted artists in the music scene today. She's practically the local poster girl for self-made YouTube stars, performed countless gigs, and even opened for Paramore in front of thousands at the Mall of Asia arena—who would've guessed she was once too bashful to be heard?

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My Life in Grief My Life in Grief

My Life in Grief

Whether it's losing a job, the end of a friendship, or the death of a loved one, dealing with loss is a different journey for everyone. Macy Alcaraz opens up about how grief taught her not so much about moving on, but moving forward.

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The Dollhouse: Dainty rebels Valerie and Veronica Chua on growing up as frenemies, their creative journey, and pets as anti-depressants The Dollhouse: Dainty rebels Valerie and Veronica Chua on growing up as frenemies, their creative journey, and pets as anti-depressants

The Dollhouse: Dainty rebels Valerie and Veronica Chua on growing up as frenemies, their creative journey, and pets as anti-depressants

As we step into the Chua family home, classical music greets us as two fluffy bunnies and a sleek greyhound scamper past old-world furniture, following porcelain-skinned sisters Valerie and Veronica wherever they go. One can already imagine how growing up in this idyllic space has influenced Valerie's paintings and Veronica's feminine, vintage-inspired fashion designs. But life wasn't always a fairytale for these creative introverts.

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The Last Girl on Earth's Playlist The Last Girl on Earth's Playlist

The Last Girl on Earth's Playlist

For taking cover in storms, / or when the sun is too bright; / For sitting in the backseat / on long car rides; / For slowdancing with yourself, / Lighting up imaginary sparklers, / And carving out a tranquil / headspace

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Succeeding as an Introvert in an Extrovert World Succeeding as an Introvert in an Extrovert World

Succeeding as an Introvert in an Extrovert World

Putting yourself out there can be extra challenging when you're an introvert. We got you. Macy Alcaraz writes a helpful guide to embracing your quiet power and repping yourself.

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Flying Solo Flying Solo

Flying Solo

Dreaming of traveling alone, but afraid to try it? Chinggay Labrador shares the quiet, unexpected joys of discovering the world on your own.

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