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The Scene: Pipay Kipay And The Humor Of Subtle Shade

Saturday, September 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has put almost everything on pause. However, as we sink deeper to the quarantine period, a handful of promising and talented content creators are rising—not only to entertain—but to spread awareness as well.

With all the things happening in the country, having a content creator or an influencer who can speak our language is a breath of fresh air. Luckily, we can finally get to breathe that good air with Pipay Kipay!

19-year-old Civil Engineering student John Paul Joseph Santos, also known as Pipay Kipay, has gone viral numerous times on Twitter and have gained a huge amount of attention—all for good reason.

In his viral videos, Pipay Kipay hilariously features the different situations everyone faces during the n-month-long quarantine period. But what sets Pipay Kipay from the other content creators out there? His subtle political shades.

In this feature, Metroscene Mag is lucky to have the chance to talk to Pipay Kipay himself. Here's why Pipay can make the basic influencers run for their money:

Also Read: 6 Content Creators Redefining What It Means To Be An Influencer

Metroscene: Have you always wanted to become a content creator? 

Pipay: Yes of course! I looked up to many content creators na hindi lang nagpoproduce ng entertaining content but also truth. I’ve always wanted to do videos na alam kong may purpose at may patutunguhan. I also love editing my own videos, it makes me happy na alam ko yung nilabas kong content is pinag isipan at nalaanan ko ng puso. 

M: Where do you get ideas for your videos?

P: Usually from news, I don’t usually refer sa social media lalo na kung hindi verified yung source, ayokong magkalat ng fake news lalo na sa audience ko. Minsan sa mga ganap din sa buhay na alam kong maraming makakarelate ganern! 

M: What’s your motivation in pursuing this kind of content? Who are your inspirations?

I’m a fan of quality contents na hindi mema. I like something po na may matututunan ako as well as my audience. I really look up as an inspiration po sila kuya Macoy Dubs, Dora Dorado, Davao Conyo, etc. gusto ko yung content na may kabuluhan na may konting shadyness xhnz! 

M: How did you find the courage to publicly show your opinions?

Kung hindi pa ngayon, kailan? Now’s the right time, dapat na tayong marinig. Kung may say ka, say it, kung natatakot ka that’s the sign na alam mong may pinaglaban ka. Ako personally, natatakot, I’m too young for this, but no too young to voice out my side. 

M: Have you dealt with any hater in social media? How did you respond?

Me personally, di ako masyadong palabasa ng comments. Comment section are way too dangerous and hurtful. If ever man na may nakita kong hate comment, ignore, I am also a viewer, not all contents are for everyone naman. 

M: What’s the message you want to tell young aspiring content creators?

Use your platforms wisely, one day you’ll become a great influencer. Make your viewers remember you as a quality content creator, that used his/her platform as a voice and did something for the country and its people. And make them remember that you used the title “influencer” the way it should be used. Discipline yourself, you can’t influence others if you don’t start it within you. 

M: And lastly, your message to the youth especially in these trying times?

Work hard. Don’t waste time. Time flies so fast, so make the most out of it and be productive. There’s no such thing that can hinder you from reaching your dreams. Lastly, follow safety protocols and be safe.

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SB19 Iconic Moments, Ranked | Metroscene Mag

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Even if you aren't mainly a  K-pop fan or If you've been in the international K-pop fandom for a long time, you probably already came across this particular boy group. 

 We're talking about the all-Pinoy, K-pop inspired boy band SB19.

SB19 took the internet by storm this year as their dance practice video went viral. Now, John Paul,  Josh, Stellvester, Felip Jhon and Justin recently celebrated their first anniversary as a group!

 We have listed their most iconic performances so far!

1. SB19 performs "Go Up" LIVE on Wish 107.5 Bus

2. SB19 accepts Vice Ganda's Speed Dance Challenge

3. SB19 singing Go Up live (without back up song) in MYX



Here's to many more years of success!

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13 Underrated Taylor Swift Songs You Forgot That Existed

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Well, Taylor Swift considers number 13 to be her lucky number and with her album "Lover" receiving a record of twelve nominations at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year, and winning Video of the Year. Taylor Swift is really the lucky one.

In honor of Taylor Swift, here are some of the best and most overlooked Taylor tracks for your pure enjoyment. 

1. Invisible

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I mean, everyone knows about the album, but everyone seems to forget about this heartbreaking song about having a crush. I think it's a cute, painful song with a great melody and a great story to listen to — a significant throwback in 7th grade.

2. A Perfectly Good Heart

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Do you remember your first heartbreak? This track was released when Taylor was still in her teenage years, and the song perfectly conveys the feelings a young person goes through  the end of their first serious relationship.

3. I’d Lie

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This song was never on a T.S album, and I still wonder why on earth Taylor did not released it. There's something about the song that makes me sad whenever I listen to it. I didn't really understand it when I first heard it, but as I got older, this song just got better and better.

4. The Best Day

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I don't know about you but whenever this track comes up in a shuffle play-I cry. "Best day" is a track from the album fearless. It is a heartwarming song about how Taylor's father loved her when she was little and continues to love her. Isn't that sweet?

5. Never Grow Up
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I have always considered this track as a sister song of 'The Best Day' from Fearless. Swifties would probably say that 'Never Grow Up' is a dreamy take on childhood innocence. I personally love this track because it serves as a reminder to cherish every moment of love and joy. 

6. Haunted

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The album Speak Now has a lot of underrated songs, and I don't understand why. Haunted, is one of my personal favourite track on this album but apparently, it's also one of the most underrated ones. 

7. Stay Stay Stay

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This song  never fail to make me smile whenever I listen to it. It's an ultimate bop from the "RED" album, and for the longest time, it makes me believe that love actually does exist. 

8. I Almost Do

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I Almost Do is a lyrical masterpiece, and I think everyone deserves to hear it at least once in their lifetime. I have no word for this song. Just Listen to it. Period.

9. Clean
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Taylor wrote this song with Imogen Heap, and it's one of her most powerful songs. The melody and the beat of the song just take you slowly into a peaceful state of mind while the lyrics guide you and tell you to let all the sadness go. This track is just perfect. 

10. This Love
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"This Love" was the very first song written for 1989 and was recorded shortly before the release of Red. Swift described the song as "Like saying goodbye to the past and the previous four albums". 

11. King Of My Heart

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I have to be honest, this track from the Reputation album grew on me. It wasn't one of my favourite track on the album when it came out, but as I listen to it, the expressiveness of the main vocal took me to heaven. It's a surreal and dreamy song that everyone should listen to. 

12. Daylight
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In this track, Taylor is like telling us that it's a new day for a new life. It's a new beginning. I feel Daylight is so underrated for bigger ballads in the album overshadow it, but it's one of my favourites so far. In this song Taylor gives the idea of hope that soon, everyone will see their version of Daylight in their lives.

13. It's Nice to Have a Friend

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I was so taken aback the first time I heard "It's Nice to Have a Friend." I listened to the album in order, and it was just one of the most emotional experience after following her music for so many years. 

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Phew. Taylor has given us so much! 

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Here's Everything We Know about the 'Love, Simon' Sequel

When Love, Simon — the film adaptation of the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — was released 2018, it was a breakthrough not only in the big screen but also for the LGBT+ community. The coming out story of Simon Spier is undoubtedly one of the most influential YA novel and film of the past decade. 

Well, this coming Pride Month prepare yourself for a treat because Becky Albertalli announced a continuation of the story, Love, Creekwood!

Love, Creekwood will follow the events of Love, Simon and Leah Offbeat (another book from the Simonverse), and is set during the gang’s first year of college. Albertalli said the book will also contain “shenanigans, exclamation points, yearning, Drunk Simon, Nostalgic Blue, Finals Week Abby, Valentine’s Day Leah, big decisions, and MUCH talk of kissing.” Tell us more! 

Albertalli, who is an outspoken LGBTQ+ ally, also revealed that proceeds from the book will be donated to The Trevor Project.

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#StarveTheTrolls: This site helps you block internet trolls easily

Many of us have internet access, yet few of us choose to troll. Just plain nasty. Imagine how tired we are? These little social media rats will not only tarnish your brand or reputation, but some also harass people in a traumatizing way. 

The darker side of it, in the Philippines, a paid online ‘troll’ can earn P30,000-P70,000 monthly. Imagine that? 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to #StarveTheTrolls.

How to spot an online troll?

Troll accounts are more likely new and focuses only on  few threads and post irrelevant content, and  have much lower writing quality than authentic users which isn't much of a surprise.

Luckily, a twitter user created a web app designed to help Twitter users avoid harassment and abuse by trolls, fake accounts and bots.


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Lorde updates fans on "f**king good" music for new album

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Lorde is back and she has updates!

Lorde sent an email to her fans updating everyone on the much-awaited follow-up to her 2017 album Melodrama. And she's very excited about it.

 "The work is so f**king good, my friend," she writes. "I am truly jazzed for you to hear it."

If you remember,the singer revealed that the death of her dog Pearl delayed progress of the album, but then a month or so after, found herself back into the creative process.

 Indeed, Lorde has risen and she is working with Jack Antonoff on her new album.

 "I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out," she writes. "Happy, playful things."

You can view the full newsletter here.

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Kaufman’s “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” and the Intangibility of Thoughts and Time

Monday, September 7, 2020

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I’m thinking of ending things – the film opens with these words: first, as a tiny white title against a black screen, then as the first sentence of the young woman’s monologue. She’s thinking of ending things, and many others. She’s visiting her boyfriend Jake’s parents for the first time, she says. They’ve been together for six—maybe seven weeks? She isn’t sure. He picks her up, she climbs in the car, and kisses him on the lips. The snow falls softly as he drives, and she continues to think of things she wants to end. Things begin from here. 

Kaufman who directed Synecdoche, New York and co-wrote Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, now offers a new Netflix film that has the merits and faults of most Kaufman-written movies. 'I’m thinking of ending things' has a simple, straightforward premise. Starring Jesse Plemons as Jake, The Boyfriend, and Jessie Buckley who is credited at the end as The Young Woman, Kaufman developed a story of a young couple driving through a blizzard to visit the farmhouse of Jake’s parents. But true Kaufman style of course, the story is never just simple as that. 


The film oscillates between thoughts and truths, as the images that inhabit the minds of the characters are slowly replaced by uncertainty, illusion, and doubt. It portrays ideas such as the slow fading of life, discontentment, impatience, the labelling of memories as an attempt to keep them, only to discover in the end that they were caged for so long it now fears freedom. It’s a strong film that goes beyond most cinematic conventions, not the very first one to do so, but still very refreshing to see when done well.

But films, no matter how well-thought they are, have weak points, too. The film is paralyzed in its own ambitious themes, and immobilized by tedious dialogues that carry more metaphors than messages. It decapitates its most admirable strengths – such as the performance of Toni Collette as an eccentric matriarch, and the unsettling atmosphere and mystery that the farmhouse seems to be enveloped in – by transitioning the tension through the shift of themes and settings that’s excessive rather than eloquent. 

Still, there is no reason to dismiss the things that film attempted and succeed in executing. Kaufman frames thoughts that way thoughts are conjured in the head, or in the middle of a conversation, as well as the way people get so easily involved with their thoughts that it becomes their reality, their fears and pasts. We see these themes personified by the character played by Jessie Buckley. In the film she is Lucy, Lucia, Louisa, and at one point she was also Ames. She studies quantum physics, studies gerontology, paints landscapes, and we don’t know anything about her beyond that. But we see the story through her eyes even though she travels in memories that don’t belong to her. Do we trust what she sees? Do we trust what she tells us?

'I’m Thinking of Ending Things' is now available for streaming on Netflix. If you want something to think about, go watch this film.

Written by Kim Argosino  

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5 Free Filipino Films to Watch While in Quarantine

Sunday, September 6, 2020

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Social isolation can be frustrating and numbing. As our social relationships slow down during the enhanced community quarantine, the best way to rekindle our souls is to view movies that embody the frailties of human stories. Recently, movie producers have been spoiling us with films uploaded for free streaming. Fancy a movie or two amongst this big list of free movies? 

These five movies are perfect to reminds us of the world we'll soon be free to see.

John Denver Trending

The film that sweeped awards from Cinemalaya 2019 is finally available for free streaming on iWant. This independent drama masterpiece marvels with its brave take on social media bullying, revealing the often abused stretch of the internet's influence beyond screens.

Starring the raw and brilliant young actor, Jansen Magpusao, and the timeless Meryll Soriano, John Denver Trending details the most human of struggles, and how our digital reputations are as vulnerable as the truths we carry within.

I'm Drunk, I Love You

Originally released in 2017, this independent romantic-comedy flick that revolves around the narratives of bestfriends, beer enthusiasts, and almost lovers, is TBA Studios' most recent surprise in their YouTube channel.

How can one drunk confession change the dynamics of friendship? In a final trip before their graduation, two friends find out the taste of confessional aftermaths that no chaser could ever erase. Starring Maja Salvador, Paolo Avelino, Dominic Roco, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith, this film will hit you harder than alcohol.


Set in a public hospital, Edward follows the story of the titular teenage boy left to take care of his sickly father. In time with the present conditions of our society, the film awes it audience with its gut-wrenching truths in our healthcare system, and the little attention it receives from our government.

Originally relased exclusively for the 2019 Cinemalaya, the film can now be streamed on iflix for free. Lead by Louise Abuel as Edward, and Ella Cruz playing the role of the love interest, this coming-of-age tale dramatizes how one can carry the burden of societal and political faults at an early age.


Disabled from an accident in a production shooting, an actress was forced to reside in her secluded home under the care of her secretive husband, and an eccentric and cruel nurse.

Another treat from TBA studios, this critically acclaimed psychological thriller shows the transitions from fame to madness, as the lines between reality and dreams begin to grow shorter. Starring Iza Calzado, Ian Veneracion, TJ Trinidad, Adrienne Vergara, and Micheal De Mesa, this film delights in the most terrifying tumults of immutable horror.

Bar Boys

Perfectly timed with the coming release of the Bar Exam 2019 results, Bar Boys gives viewers a peek into the hardships and successes faced by law (and non-law) students -- from long tedious note reviews and shaky recitations, to barkada hangouts and online gaming. The film presents the story of four friends, whose dreams were built on thick law school handouts and DOTA.

The makers of the film uploaded the full copy of the movie on Youtube last March 17, in view of the 'enhanced community quarantine' in Luzon. Played by Carlo Aquino, Rocco Nacino, Kean Cipriano, and Enzo Pineda, this film will make its viewers sob tears of both joy and sorrow.

Flicks like these have an undeniable universal appeal. From friendship and family, to truths, kindness, and cruelty, these films cover the ground on what it truly means to be human. And what else could be more human, than celebrating art in the comforts of a home and familial safety?

Text by Kyle Cadavez and Kim Argosino 

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Calling Anime Fans! A New Inuyasha Sequel Is Currently In The Works

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As known by fans, Inuyasha has already ended with Inuyasha: The Final Act. However, it looks like creator Rumiko Takahashi isn’t quite done with the half demon and the supernatural world yet.

The Inuyasha series is already confirmed to have a comeback with a new project that will introduce us to Inuyasha and Sesshomaru’s daughters! Yes. you read that right!

The sequel is reported to be called “Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogi Soushi” or “Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon”. A full visual has also been released together with some character designs. The character designs, as seen, reveal resemblances to the characters of Inuyasha: Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku, and Sango.

Here’s the description of the plot from the announcement:

“In Feudal Japan, Half-Demon twins Towa and Setsuna are separated from each other during a forest fire. While desperately searching for her younger sister, Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that sends her into present-day Japan, where she is found and raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother, Sota, and his family.

Ten years later, the tunnel that connects the two eras has reopened, allowing Towa to be reunited with Setsuna, who is now a Demon Slayer working for Kohaku. But to Towa’s shock, Setsuna appears to have lost all memories of her older sister.

Joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the three young women travel between the two eras on an adventure to regain their missing past.”

The anime’s official website is now also open. Hopefully the new sequel will include fan favourite characters like Kagome, Miroku, and Sango as well.

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Here's Another Reason To Love SpongeBob Squarepants: He Is Gay!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Gays Are Winning!

In celebration of Pride month, Nickelodeon has officially shared that Bikini Bottom's most famous resident, SpongeBob SquarePants is a member of the LGBTQ community.

Earlier today, Nickelodeon tweeted this statement in celebration of Pride — which also features pictures of Korra from The Legend of Korra, actor Michael D. Cohen from Henry Danger:

Interestingly enough, SpongeBob's creator, Stephen Hillenburg, had also given his opinion on the issue in 2005, stating that SpongeBob, alongside his best friend Patrick Star, are asexual.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re trying to do,” Hillenburg told Reuters at the time.

“We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We’re just trying to be funny and this has got nothing to do with the show.”

He added that there are “more important issues to worry about. I really don’t pay much attention to this.”

Nickelodeon’s sent the internet into a frenzy on when it tweeted about LGBTQ pride month, prompting “SPONGEBOB GAY” to trend on Twitter world-wide.

Happy Pride Month Everyone! 

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