COVID-19 and social distancing seem to have put almost everything on hold. But despite it, culture continues to find a way on the internet, and FAKE zine isn’t letting anything stop them from celebrating that.

Beginning this Saturday, May 30, FAKE zine will be celebrating the launch of Issue 00, their first-ever zine, with a month-long online release party. Entitled, “Gangs of Manila,” the 40-page collaborative zine features our local subcultures in all their glory and how they’re coping with the “new normal.” Through live talks about street life in quarantine, workshops on how creatives have been coping, and bedroom performances by homegrown talents like LONER, Ruru, and JEYPEH*, the four-week celebration shows that culture will always find a way.

Focusing on the diverse underground scenes of Manila, Issue 00 comes in 4 covers, and printed in 3 ways: B&W zine (25 copies, P250 each), Coloured zine (25 copies, P450 each), and Magazine type (25 copies, P650 each). These will be available at FAKE zine’s store on Instagram and Facebook.

The launch of Issue 00 will be kicked off on May 30 at 3PM with a live press conference on FAKE zine’s Instagram, with founder and editor-in-chief Celene Sakurako talking about the new release. Following that, the release party’s first week will debut a new line of FAKE embroidered totes, as well as a special one-of-one, upcycled RTW collection of clothing in collaboration with emerging fashion designers and brands 02-24 by JEYPEH*, ANTONINA, b.jpeg, and VILQUIN. Check out the sneak peeks below:

For the final three weeks starting June 8, FAKE zine will be holding FAKE fair 2020 on their online FAKE store platforms. Three new merchants will be featured every week and highlighted in their store, including Carl Cervantes, Estitiks, and Couch Merchandise.  

On June 20, in the middle of FAKE fair 2020, FAKE zine will be holding a Manila-themed pop-up group art show in collaboration with Instagram-based Mashroom Gallery, featuring artists like BLIC, Tyang Karyel, and Garapata. The artworks will be available for online bidding at the starting price of P250 from June 20-25, and unsold artworks for the price of P1000 from June 26 to July 26 on Mashroom Gallery’s Instagram.

All profits from sales during #GANGSOFMANILAisFAKE will be donated to U.P. Medical Center to help fund the creation of locally-made test kits.

RSVP and get tickets to the party here and here.

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