12 May Puto’t Puta: You have him by the balls

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After 7 issues, 6 viral articles and a partridge in a pear tree, you already know what JUAN stands for. If you are not familiar with what we are talking about, here are the statistics:
 
a. Kat Alano Breaks Her Silence with 59,900 facebook shares (April 2014);
 
b. Stella Araneta defends MJ’s Sapin-Sapin Costume with 11,400 facebook shares (January 2015);
 
c. Before Making Comments on the Mamasapano ‘Misencounter’ Read This First with 78,300 facebook shares (January 2014);
 
d. Mich Liggayu of Jamich Teaches us the Art of Handling Grief – Magkaoras Magkilay with 179,000 facebook shares (January 2014);
 
e. That Girl You Compared to a Roasted Chicken has a Message for You with 16,400 facebook shares (April 2015)
 
f. How Gerphil Got Robbed in Pilipinas Got Talent: Minsan Judges, Minsan Tanga with 47,000 facebook shares (May 2015)
 
So if you are looking for a website that will give you an accurate count on the number of Swarovski crystals used on a single wedding gown, or rave about the latest “ripped off” collection of a fashion designer in his latest fall/winter collection (why we have fall/winter is beyond me. We do NOT have fall/winter for crying out loud), or worse, you think that there is no bearing to the claims against the Binay family, or think that Kris Aquino is just too cute on TV; then this web magazine is NOT for you. You’ve been warned. JUAN.com.ph is NOT for the fainthearted.
 
We are after what is real, and not just what is being fed to you. We are after what is raw, be it the ugly or uncomfortable. Hindi yung bumibida ka, pa-star ka just to solicit those elusive number of likes on your facebook photos or selfies that do not in any way reflect the reality of your life. Not because you post being happy does it mean that you are. Not because you are playing the “ok-let’s-be-positive” kind of attitude, does it mean that it is the right way to go. We have been called negative a number of times. We have been called plastic or bitches for speaking out our minds in our stories. People have tried to castrate our balls for writing pieces that hit you hard or give you one good whacking across the face. But we will not stop pushing the envelope. We will not stop writing our opinions. We will not stop being a mouthpiece to the many who do not have the avenue to speak what’s on their mind. We will not stop being who we are just because people are uncomfortable with it. We will not be afraid of our own truths anymore, nor will not omit pieces of who we are just to accommodate people who think they know better.
 

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– Asher Roth

 
For the next issue of JUAN.com.ph we bring you the “Puto’t Puta” issue – a collection of posts that displays what JUAN is and will be for the years to come. We have decided to put our very own Duchess Princess Myna at the forefront of our covers to showcase her pure honesty as reflected in her wholehearted acceptance of who she is – a royalty merging from cultures of Africa and Europe, while residing in the Philippines. As JUAN has always said: “Pretention is a JOKE.” Just like many of us, the persona that is Myna is a reflection of who we are on the inside – sure of who we are, no matter how others perceive us; and the same goes for the outside, our facade – a merging of different cultures which makes us different while trying to blend in to the dictates of the social shit of this country. Many live to pretend to have a life that they do not have. But a good number of us, just like Myna in their “naked selves,” are fighting to be real, to accept who they truly are as human beings, to embrace every flaw, to understand every dichotomy that this crazy life has to offer.
 
We are tired of the pa-bida, attention whores, the entitled, and those who bring in their resumes with false representations. At the end of the day, you will not speak about what your work is, what you did and what you can do; but your body of work will speak for you. No matter how stellar your resume maybe, no matter how much you talk about your conquests; the end result will always boil down to what you delivered. Hindi rin ba kayo napapagod sa pagpapanggap? Kasi kami, we are tired of watching your fake lives, your stupid “artistic” and pa-hipster posts (mukhang tanga na yung X promise!), your annoying selfies, your pa-cool shots of places you have been to, with matching one word captions na ikaw lang ang nakaintindi sa katarantaduhang sinabi mo on instagram; and to be completely honest, you cannot imagine the immensity of the fuck that we do not give.
 

Consider this issue as a call to be real. Please stop going where everybody else is going, just because. Read. Understand. Make your own conclusions. Stand by your own principles. That becomes your politics. Jumping on the bandwagon just because, is NOT being yourself. Moving with the crowd just because, is NOT being yourself. Being “friends” with editors of well known magazines and rubbing elbows with them do not make you a better person, nor does it place you on a certain pedestal alongside the “gods” of literature and art. Utang na loob, being artistic is not a virus that you can catch, nor is it by affinity goddamit! Placing a lot of ‘post its’ on the wall, taking a picture and putting the words #busy #artwork as caption, is exactly uh… NOT artistic, gamitan mo pa nang sangkatutak na filters. That is simply NOT ART.
 
Wag ka ng magpumilit. Tama na ang pagpapanggap. Hubarin ang maskara! And just be yourself. Be JUAN.
 
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