The “I” in Involved

This piece originally appeared in the groundbreaking third issue of TEAM MAGAZINE, a magazine for gay, Filipino men. For digital copies, download here. Follow us on social media here, here and here. TEAM MAGAZINE’s fourth issue comes out this March and it will be, in a word, sizzling. My ex-partner’s apartment was a mere two blocks away […]

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The Year in Photos

“The pictures are there and you just take them.” (Robert Capa)   © 2015 Victor John Platon All Rights Reserved. Follow Victor John on his social media accounts Facebook: Victor John Platon Instagram: victorjohnplaton Twitter: @VicPlaton

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Blow, Victor

This was not how I thought my life would be like. I always imagined that in my thirties, I would be successful in the textbook definition of the word. You know, domestic bliss with a committed partner, successful career in brand management, a mortgage, two cars and probably a pet dog. Should I gauge my […]

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Madonna and Child

“Madonna has not become one of music’s greatest stories ever told just by shocking us at regular intervals.  She’s done it by working harder and being smarter than everybody else.” (Justin Timberlake, 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction)

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The Rising

Can’t see nothin’ in front of me Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind I make my way through this darkness I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me In her brilliant book about loss, The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion wrote “Grief turns out to be a place none of us know […]

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Independence Day

There’s a new day dawning.  Something good is happening. No coming out story is the same.  Over the weekend, the former perennial laughingstock Bruce Jenner of the infamous Kardashian-Jenner clan came out as a transgender woman.  In a very thoughtful and moving interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner (once dubbed the World’s Greatest Athlete) relayed his […]

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