Esquire Philippines is proud to present the work of 18 of the country’s best writers in its first-ever Fiction issue, featuring exclusive excerpts from major novels-in-progress by Jose Y. Dalisay, Charlson Ong, Lav Diaz, Dean Alfar, and Angelo “Sarge” Lacuesta, as well as new short stories by Ian Casocot, R. Zamora Linmark, Cyan Abad-Jugo, Mia Gonzalez, Gabriela Lee, and others. Esquire’s 80-year history is rich with literary fiction, from Ernest Hemingway to Truman Capote to Stephen King, and this is the Philippine edition’s way of celebrating and continuing that legacy, and highlighting our country’s own creators. (Accompanying the stories are photographs by Jake Verzosa and Charles Buenconsejo.)
What would Esquire be without women? On this month’s cover is our favorite rising star, the stunningly beautiful Andi Eigenmann. The feature within, written by Jonty Cruz, styled by Raymond Gutierrez, and photographed by BJ Pascual, is all the Andi you could want. Elsewhere, the lovely and wise Mylene Dizon imparts some essential knowledge in “10 Things You Don’t Know About Women,” and the fresh-faced Monika Sta. Maria tells a funny joke.
Also in this issue: features on ports tycoon Enrique Razon, designer Rajo Laurel, Senator Antonio Trillanes, and Steve Jobs, and an interview with the Next Great Celtic, Rajon Rondo.
There’s more: The Esquire Car Awards, which features our picks for Compact Car of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year, and of course the overall Car of the Year; “Tools of the Trade,” a visual guide to men and their professions; “Zero Shades of Gray,” an essay by Kristine Fonacier on the lack of nuance in our debates online (and offline); “The Truth About Mr. X,” the true story of an Interpol agent turned high school Economics teacher; and “Precursor in Heaven,” by Oliver X.A. Reyes, about the newly-canonized Pedro Calungsod and the politics of becoming a saint. (The Calungsod story is illustrated by Leeroy New, Kiri Dalena and Costantino Zicarelli.)
The November issue of Esquire Philippines is available on newsstands and in bookstores nationwide for P195. You can download the iPad app here: http://goo.gl/UuOFE