Making Meaning out of M7 Magazine

July 22, 2008 · Posted in General 

M7 Magazine - Issue 2Have you heard of “M7 Magazine”?  I had never heard of it until someone showed me a copy of the 2nd issue featuring Apl.De.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas on the cover.  I’m staring at it as it sits here next to my laptop while I type this. 

Whenever a new Filipino American print publication comes out, I have mixed feelings.  On one hand, it’s great to see people trying to put out a publication that’s geared towards the Filipino American lifestyle.  On the other hand, these publications always seem to get things wrong and put out a product that I just cannot relate to. 

“Flip Magazine” came out in the 1990s only to be hampered with the fact that some of their target audience didn’t identify themselves as “Flips.”  It probably didn’t help that one of the people behind Flip Magazine owed money to some folks which isn’t good when you’re trying to cover a magazine’s operating expenses. 

Then there were the pan-Asian American publications like “Yolk Magazine” and “A Magazine” that are both no longer in existence, most likely due to their inability to sustain profit. And both magazines had national corporate advertisers! 

Recently, “DP Magazine” came onto the scene and had comedian Jo Koy on one of their covers.  If you’re wondering, DP stands for Discovering Pinoys and not Director of Photography or Double Penetration.   I wish I could tell you who is on their latest issue but when I went to their official website www.discoveringpinoys.com, I got a page that said “This Account Has Been Suspended”.  I guess we can add one more tombstone to the Pinoy publication graveyard.

Which brings us to the latest entry in the Filipino American start-up magazine saga – M7 Magazine.  I’ve had a chance to scope out the latest issue and…

this magazine is crap.  Not 100% pure crap but I’ve seen crap and this magazine is along the lines of the other crap that I’ve subjected myself to in the past.

I’ll start with what it has going for it. 

The design is decent and it has that contemporary “we’re cool and modern” slick magazine look.  The feature interview with Apl.De.Ap is a good read and I hope that his upcoming album is successful.  There’s also a nice write up of a fundraiser event for the children in the Philippines that was sponsored by the Gina Alexander Philanthropy Project. 

After those few positives comes an onslaught of negatives. 

A simple perusal of the magazine will make most people say, “What exactly is the focus of this magazine?”  On one page, you got photos of a red carpet event, then you get an interview with Francis M, then an article about why it’s hard to find a good manager for your music career, then an interview with Apl.De.Ap, then an article about living in Venice, California (huh?), then something about home remedies, followed by a short article on skin care, then a fashion spread of men’s clothing by a Pinoy designer, only to close out the issue with a four page collage of various pictures of people at clubs with the biggest photo going to Kim Kardashian (next to a black guy of course).  It’s like someone took their digital camera full of photos from four weeks of clubbing and wannabe red carpet events, put it in a blender with a health and beauty pamphlet and some interviews with Pinoys, made a smoothie, drank the smoothie, realized the ingredients of said smoothie did not go together, regurgitated the smoothie and out came M7 Magazine.  By the way, what the f-ck does M7 mean with respect to being Filipino American?

My interest in the brain-trust behind M7 was piqued so I did what any inquiring mind would do… I went to the M7 Magazine website to find out what the people behind the magazine were trying to accomplish.  I typed in the url of www.m7magazine.com and saw a bunch of words that started with the letter “M”.  Here are the words:

1. Manila
2. Media
3. Mix
4. Modern
5. Music
6. Mingle
7. Made
8. Mission
9. Me
10. Mmmm…

Ok so… shouldn’t you call this mofo M10 Magazine!?!?!

I still wanted to know what the main purpose of the magazine was so I clicked on the link to the M7 Magazine Media Kit that is designed to lure advertisers.  And now, here are some excerpts from the M7 Media Kit along with some personal comments from yours truly:

From page 2 – Welcome to the Filipino-American Market!
“As one of the fastest growing ethnic segments in the US today.  Filipino-Americans comprise the largest Asian-American segment followed by the Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Asian-Indian, Cambodian and Thai.  More than half of the Filipino population is under the age of 35. This is a substantial market that many businesses already have in their sights – a market segment with a proven buying power!”

Holy frack! Was the opening line even a sentence?  Grammatical errors aside (and as I typed this in MS Word, the green line was going crazy), these folks made claims about population and buying power with NO SUPPORTING DATA.  If you were an advertiser, wouldn’t you want to see some numbers before you threw some ad dollars towards these fools?

From page 3 – Who We Are
M Magazine is about you, the individual, and the world you live in. We are your guide to daily life… to help you face each day, whether it be work or play… but most of all, we’re here to help you get through it all with a smile on your face and, of course, in style!  We’ve got the 411 on everything you need to know… where to go… where to eat… where to have fun – day or night!… where to shop and get the best deals… what’s in and what’s not… the latest gossip in and out of the entertainment industry… how to get in shape… people to watch out for… amazing vacation spots, and much much more!”

Much, much, more?  More what? More points of ellipses (…)?  No wonder I can’t make heads or tails about the damn magazine.

Still from page 3
“Life is hard, but we’re here to make it easier for you… so you get the best inside tips on LA, as well ast (sic)the rest of the world!”

AST! I swear, that’s how it appears on the media kit.  And thanks for reminding me that life is hard but if you want to make it easier for me, eliminate traffic and lower gas prices.

Page 5 – Wide Distribution and Circulation (this one is good)
“M Magazine is distributed to readers throughout Filipino/Oriental supermarkets, groceries and convenience stores. It is also available at selected Asian and Filipino bakeries, delis and restaurants, video outlets and business outlets and offices.”

Yes, all of which are places that the majority of Filipino Americans visit on a regular basis to buy magazines.  ‘Cause there’s nothing cooler than going clubbing with Kim Kardashian then finding out about it later in the magazine section of your local Seafood City Supermarket.  Why settle for Borders or Barnes and Noble when you can get your magazine sold in a bakery!  Just imagine someone at Red Ribbon saying, “I’d like a mango cake, half a dozen suman and, oooh, let me get this copy of M7 Magazine too!”

On another note, I can’t believe they used the term Oriental. Wait, I take that back. I can believe it.

After a few more pages in the media kit where they say that they cover everything short of the latest developments in nano-technology, I got to the last page of the media kit with their ad prices.  If you are going to give these people $1000 plus for ads in their publication, let me know ‘cause I have some timeshares in Tondo that I think you would be interested in.

So who is the Rhodes Scholar in charge of this operation? Is it someone with a proven track record of success in the publication business?  Is it someone with a strong journalism background?  Is it even someone that had a successful business career in another field and is now transitioning to print media?

Nope.

The editor in chief is a woman named Antoinette Taus.  Who?  When in doubt, use Google.

Facts about Antoinette Taus from the internet:

  • She is a self-proclaimed “Singer/Dancer/Actress/Host”  – her myspace page
  • She has been in some short lived TV shows and done a few movies in the Philippines – imdb.com
  • She kissed some chick named Bianca King in Boracay – fleshasiadaily.com
  • She was romantically involved with someone named Dingdong – Wikipedia

Yep, I’d say she’s qualified to run a magazine. That probably explains why she has nine photos of herself spread all over the 2nd issue of M7 magazine.  That’s nine photos in 70 magazine pages.  They should just rename the publication to “Where’s Antoinette?” 

You know, I haven’t even gone into much detail about the actual magazine.  This post is getting kinda long so here are a few questions and thoughts I’d like to throw out towards the M7 editorial staff regarding their latest issue.

Is it a requirement that the photos of the entire editorial staff look like studio glamour shots? (Check the About Us page on their website)

Considering that M7 is supposed to target a young Filipino demographic in the United States, do you really think the Pinoys that grew up in the United States would be interested in an article about Francis M. or a Philippine Basketball Association player reunion tour?  We freakin’ grew up watching the NBA and listening to rappers named M.C. Hammer, Ma$e, and a Tribe Called Quest!  Most of us have never even listened to a song by Francis M. nor can we name the starting line up of any PBA team at any time of the league’s history.

Here’s a real basic question: How much does this magazine cost? I can’t find the price listed anywhere on the cover much less a bar code for a store register to scan it.

I see that there is a photo collage of different Pinoy celebrities that were on the red carpet at the Visionary Awards.  Now, I recognize WWE Superstar Batista, singer Billy Crawford, and even Jasmine Trias.  It’s really pushing it to have the Happy Slip chick as a red carpet celeb but people know who she is so I guess that’s fair.  But was it really necessary to insert photos of the M7 editor, the M7 staff, and the M7 editor’s brother in the photo collage?

Speaking of the Visionary Awards, it’s great to see so much coverage in your magazine for an event that hardly anybody went to or gave a rat’s ass about.  There were more people on the red carpet than there were in the audience!

So, in the message from the editor at the beginning of the magazine, she says that M7’s purpose is “to highlight the many successes and triumphs of our countrymen in order to inspire and encourage others to join the quest for global recognition.”  That’s a very positive message to start a magazine with.  Too bad you ended the magazine with a bunch of photos from a club featuring chicks in bikinis and a huge photo of Kim Kardashian (next to a black guy, of course).

You can call me a hater. That’s fine. But I’m calling it as I see it.  I, like many of you, view myself as a Pinoy.  I see people come and go saying that they’re all about the community or all about promoting the Filipino or Filipino American lifestyle only to find out that they’re really just in it for themselves.  And it’s this kind of stupidity that yields publications that are clueless and disconnected. 

I will say this about M7 Magazine.  They were correct in their media kit in saying that the Filipino community in the United States is a market segment with buying power.  I just wish they would give us a product worth buying. 

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71 Responses to “Making Meaning out of M7 Magazine”

  1. inuyaki on July 22nd, 2008 10:25 pm

    As Patrick Swayze said to Demi Moore in “Ghost”

    Ditto.

  2. Joe BagO'Suman on July 23rd, 2008 2:57 pm

    Is this “magazine” intentionally funny?
    M-m-m.
    My goodness.
    Mongo.
    Manga.
    Mukha mo.
    Mare ko.
    Marcos. = M7

  3. ernie on July 25th, 2008 10:24 pm

    Hahaha!?! You echo many of same thoughts I had. This is the honest, legit, sarcastic prick commentary that I miss. Good to have you back online… ;-)

    BTW the only really good new filipino magazine I’ve seen recently is ROGUE, but it’s a lifestyle mag focused on the Philippines, not here…

  4. SilanganNgHollywood on July 27th, 2008 12:08 am

    What does “M7″ have to do with being Filipino? The last time I said “M7,” a few minutes later, a waiter brought out a dish of Pad Thai to the table.

  5. ELMER BUSTAMANTE on July 31st, 2008 10:55 pm

    hi im from carson and iwanted to subscribe to the m7 magazine pls tell me how? thank you

  6. Dwayne Johnson on August 1st, 2008 6:46 pm

    Elmer, that’s a good question. Here’s what I could tell you.

    The best way to subscribe to M7 Magazine is to fill out a nice 5×7 postcard with your name, address, along with a check for $.02 for the subscription fee.

    Take that postcard and the check and get in your car. Drive down East Carson Street until you reach KNOW YOUR ROLE Blvd. At the corner you’ll see the SMACKDOWN hotel and right next to it should be the M7 Magazine offices.

    Elmer, go into those offices with your post card and your $.02 check, go find the subscription person, shine up the post card and the check, turn that sumbitch sideways, and then STICK IT STRAIGHT UP HIS CANDY ASS!!!

    IF YA SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN!

  7. Dyok Lang on August 20th, 2008 1:53 pm

    Apl d. Ap walks into a bar and asks the bartender, “Bartender, Pare, do you have the latest edition of ‘M7 Magazine?’”

    Bartender says, “Sorry, Pare, you have to go down the street to Manila Forwarders and ask for ‘yung kay ni Antoinette Taus.’”

  8. Ms. Tsismis on September 11th, 2008 4:31 pm

    Mabuhay si M7!!!!!!!!!

    This Pinoylife nonsense is too bastos for d’real Filipinos!

  9. Mr. John Bender Tsismis, brandishing his fist on September 11th, 2008 7:04 pm

    SHUT UP! NOW GO FIX ME A TURKEY POT PIE!

  10. Moonie on September 12th, 2008 12:11 am

    Hi M7 people. Took you long enough to find this. Time to put up or shut up.

    So… when’s the third issue coming out and who is gonna be on the cover? :)

  11. Homer Symcion on September 12th, 2008 12:21 pm

    Can someone tell me:

    - How many new subscriptions M7 sold @ Pinoyfiasco?

    - How many Pinoyfiasco attendees actually signed up for the invitation to be placed on the Hollywood club guestlist?

    Maraming salamat Po in advance for your answers.

  12. valkurt on October 3rd, 2008 2:19 pm

    im caucasian but i strongly support projects that promote greater good
    m7 is a free magazine
    not a typical publication
    meeting the m7 staff
    they are dedicated young individuals who are proud to be filipino
    even with no journalism background
    they are making something of what they have
    charisma and connections
    just be proud of them
    i wont be surprised to see them in borders or barnes someday
    they have potential

  13. dexter ligan on October 4th, 2008 11:32 pm

    hello Tonette Taus!
    Indeed its a great & unique magazine ever made mixed with colorful, glossy with taste of fashion & detailed shots of each pics.

    Hope you can also feature our one of a kind Basketball Showdown with the “Midgets vs Gays”.

    For more details pls visit our website http://www.aksyonradyocebu.com
    YM ID: dyxrcebu@yahoo.com
    0920-8696595
    Aksyon Radyo Cebu can be heard globally via internet.

    Hope to hear from your end soon.

    Thank you very much & continue to share the best of your magazine.
    God Bless & more power!!!

    yours truly happy avid reader,
    Dexter Dugaduga Ligan

    From the editor: I’m leaving this one up. It’s just too good.

  14. TT Bhoy on October 8th, 2008 4:30 pm

    wow…Midgets vs Gays Basketball Showdown…

    wow nang whao!

  15. "e" on October 12th, 2008 6:23 am

    hoy! pinoy ako!
    buo aking loob.
    may agimat ang dugo ko!
    - rivermaya

    go m7!

  16. zoila on October 14th, 2008 5:01 am

    pinoy din ako! pero hndi ako nanlalait ng gawa ng iba. ang tao ay gawa ng Diyos so, kung nanlait ka na gawa ng isang tao nilait mo rin ang kakayahan ng Diyos. mabuti nga sila kahit hndi pa kilala ngsikap talaga makabuo ng magazine para kumita sa malinis na paraan. huwag kayo madismya m7, dapat mas lalo kayo mgsikap. inggit at mapagmalaki na taglay ng nanlait sa magazine nyo ay dalawa sa pinakamabigat na kasalanan. good luck sa lahat na nagsisikap.

  17. P. B. Aye on October 14th, 2008 10:15 pm

    LATEST SCORE…3RD QUARTER:

    MIDGETS……55
    GAYS………….62

  18. ever on October 15th, 2008 10:37 am

    Hi blogger! :-)

    Firstly, it’s Francis M.

    Secondly, Antoinette Taus is a BIG STAR in the Philippines.

    Lastly, there is no grammatical error in her first statement.
    I have it rechecked by Sir Davis, my English Professor.
    MS Word’s not that reliable, huh? :-)

    However, I must agree in some of your points.
    (Toni, please be extra careful with your choice of words… and pictures… and ellipsis! :-)

    Lovelots,

    Ever
    Proud to be a Filipina in California

  19. Pinoy Media Whats?! on October 15th, 2008 12:55 pm

    Hi Ever,

    Not the blogger — like you, a reader — but, you’ve piqued my inner journalistic cynic. Kindly expound on what makes Antoinette Taus a “BIG STAR” back home. This is no knock on Antoinette; I — and I gather, most objective observers here — would simply like to know to what extent her celebrity stardom is defined. i.e., Does she fill arenas/concert halls? On what tv shows is she a regular, leading cast member? What products does she currently endorse? How many end-of-the-year awards is she up for?

    Kindly advise. Salamat in advance.

    Second, indeed, MS Word isn’t unequivocally reliable but, you too might want to check on the lingual reliability of Prof. Sir Davis, particularly in the section of tense conjugation.

    Last, Francis M. IS a great talent. I’m a fan. And with that, I, as do you I’m sure, wish him positive thoughts for his successful battle against the big C. Laban, Pare, Laban.

    I remain,

    Proud to be Pinoy anywhere.

  20. ever on October 15th, 2008 2:08 pm

    Thanks for replying. (You seldom do that in your page, right?:-)

    By the bye, believe me, Toni is amiably controversial! :-)

    So, let me post some of my researches about her…

    Results of the poll conducted by Chismis.Ph from Sept. 15-21, 2000

    Para sa inyo, sino talaga ang tunay na ‘Darling ng Masa’ sa ating mga teenstars?

    Antoinette Taus, 5558

    Judy Ann Santos, 630

    Jolina Magdangal,
    567

    Angelika dela Cruz, 371

    Sunshine Dizon, 273

  21. ever on October 15th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Sorry for not citing my references. She’s everywhere!
    (And also, pardon me for the grammatical errors. I am just cutting and pasting! :-)

    * “Ang TV” became her baptism of fire in showbusiness.

    * Aside from Ang TV, Toni’s early exposures on television include Oki Doki Dok (Ch.2), Sine Skuwela (Ch. 2), Home Sweet House (Ch. 5; lead role), and Dear Heart (Ch. 13; lead role).

    * After doing Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo with Lorna Tolentino and Gabby Concepcion, she did the following movies:

    Greggy and Boogie with the popular bastketball player, Benjie Paras and the late veteran comedian, Babalu;

    Hindi Pa Tapos ang Labada Darling with the indefatigable comedian, Vic Sotto and the multi-talented Dina Bonnnevie;

    Hanggang Ngayon Ika’y Minamahal with multi-awarded actor/actress Christopher de Leon and Vilma Santos;

    Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara with Lorna Tolentino, said to be her look-alike, Amy Austria and Tonton Gutierrez.

    with Judy Ann Santos and Onemig Bondoc, I’m Sorry My Love.

    Honey, My Love, So Sweet, alongside her partner DingDong.

    and many others .

  22. ever on October 15th, 2008 2:25 pm

    * Her most popular character to date that she has ever portrayed was her television exposure as Bianca de Jesus in the show Thank God It’s Sabado (TGIS). “Bianca” is one of the lead roles.

    * Antoinette and Dingdong even worked together for an Adidas print ad at the tender age of 7 and 8 respectively. (Talk about DESTINY!) To date, they are now one of the most popular teen loveteams in the industry. She has numerous commercials to boast!

    * But to prove that her talent is innate, as early as in the film Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara, she was already a contender for the Best Supporting Actress plum, where she was pitted against veteran actresses like Jacklyn Jose.

    * She has done so many concerts. And she was one of the aces of SOP, with Regine Velasquez as one of her mentors.

  23. ever on October 15th, 2008 2:26 pm

    And to prove that she’s brainy:

    * She skipped kindergarten and went to grade 1 at O.B. Montessori in Greenhills.
    She graduated as valedictorian of her batch after finishing her grade 6.

    * With abundant gray matter between the ears, so to speak, Antoinette was accelerated again to third year. However, her busy schedule in showbusiness did not allow her to have much free time on her hands. So for her junior and senior years, she opted to take the home study program of DECS.

    * On her last year in high school, she only applied to one university for her college entrance exam. It was in Ateneo de Manila University that she set her sights on, applying for either Legal Management and Political Science. She passed the exams and decided to take up the latter. She is now on her third year where she excels in English and Psychology.

  24. ever on October 15th, 2008 2:30 pm

    The good-natured girl most relishes the youth achievement awards given by

    * former First Lady Loi Ejercito,

    * the Philippine Senate

    * Youth Achievement Award by FAMAS.

    * Gintong Kabataan Award under the Entertainment and Academic category

    etc.

    Thanks! Back to my work now. Godspeed! :-)

  25. Moonie on October 15th, 2008 6:57 pm

    To Pinoy Media Whats,

    Dude, you just had to do that didn’t you.

    To all the other PinoyLifers, I’ll be back to do more of God’s work next week. Until then, I’ll be eating and drinking heavily on Oahu.

    Five consecutive posts. Un-freaking-believeable. Looks like a new record.

  26. WaterMark on October 16th, 2008 1:36 am

    Ever,

    A friendly tip. Listing multiple links are fine and can fit nicely within a single post.

  27. Masbate on October 16th, 2008 9:53 am

    If Antoinette Taus is such a big star, then why does she need her friend or relative posting on Pinoylife to vouch for her? :)

    Look, I don’t follow the Manila entertainment scene but I do know who, say, Pops Fernandez or Jolina Magdangal are. I would say they’re big stars in the RP and I don’t need their friend/relative to post their entire curriculum vitae.

    If she’s a big star in the Philippines, then wtf is she doing in the States running a magazine? As opposed to staying in the Philippines and continuing her…you know…stardom?

    if anything, I think M7 owes Pinoylife BIG TIME for the free publicity. I never would have heard of M7 otherwise, and I’m sure most of Pinoylife’s thousands of readers would echo that sentiment.

  28. Dr. Phil on November 23rd, 2008 8:50 am

    saw that magazine.

    all in all looks like a sad cry for attention for antoinette imo.

  29. bokster08 on November 23rd, 2008 11:59 am

    Met 1 of the M7 staff members, the Managing Editor, actually, she was very nice. I have a copy of the Magazine as well, and I think it’s OK. Easy to read, good grapics, interesting pictures…not bad for ppl without journalism backgrounds.

  30. B. Dalton on November 23rd, 2008 12:46 pm

    bokster: Who’s on the cover the issue you have? I’m curious to know if they’ve actually published a new issue because I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks.

  31. bokster08 on November 24th, 2008 2:22 am

    *graphics* my bad!….
    It’s still Apl on the cover. The magazine will be published quarterly, I was told. Antoinette was with Pacman the night that I met the Managing Editor of the magazine. I’m sure they’ll have Pacman’s fight on their next issue. It’ll be $20 I think for a year’s subscription. Again, I’m not sure…
    Personally, I think the magazine is cool! Beats YES! Magazine, which btw sells for $5-7 too. Another thing…lemme correct something, M7 stands for:
    1. Media
    2. Mission
    3. Made
    4. Me
    5. Mingle
    6. Mabuhay
    7. MMM…
    Now learn how to count MOFO!!!!!!!!!

  32. M7 LAME MAG on December 9th, 2008 2:44 pm

    M7 Magazine claimed that they hosted the OFFICIAL PACQUIAO AFTER PARTY at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone at Planet Hollywood. But Pacquiao mentioned his after party was at Rum Jungle. Everyone at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone should get their money back from these lying sack of morons. We waited for hours til 4am and Manny did not show up to the FAKE after party.

  33. Suzy S. on December 9th, 2008 2:49 pm

    WTF! have you read the magazine? Antoinette can’t write for shit. Just because you have spell and grammar check does not make you an editor. The writing is mediocre at best. It’s an insult to true Filipino journalists to even read this magazine. Hire a real editor, someone who at least graduated from college. I’ve read high school papers much better written than this crap.

  34. Objective Eddie on December 9th, 2008 3:17 pm

    I learned about this magazine in a Journalism forum at the University of the Philippines attended by Journalism and Communication students from Ateneo and U.P.

    The magazine was handed to the guest speaker before the forum and she said if this was a joke, it was really funny. If this is a real magazine then the magazine just set us (Philippine Journalism) back 30 years.

    A student from U.P. quickly pointed out that the editor of the magazine was from Ateneo… let’s just say Ateneans were not so proud that day….

  35. Objective Eddie on December 9th, 2008 3:29 pm

    * On her last year in high school, she only applied to one university for her college entrance exam. It was in Ateneo de Manila University that she set her sights on, applying for either Legal Management and Political Science. She passed the exams and decided to take up the latter. She is now on her third year where she excels in English and Psychology.

    That is not true. She’s not in Ateneo anymore, I was in Ateneo at the same time as her and she got in because her uncle is a jesuit priest, she did not pass the admissions test (yes, check with admissions and she does not have an exam on record, this was heavily debated on in an admissions and I was involved in it).

    She lasted a year in Ateneo then she moved back to the states with her family.

    She has a pretty face and is a decent singer.

  36. Moonie on December 9th, 2008 11:39 pm

    Wow, I posted this in July. It’s now December and people are STILL commenting on it. So, has anyone seen a new issue of this magazine yet?

    Objective Eddie, you kick ass.

  37. richard move on December 10th, 2008 11:38 am

    as an interested purchaser and future of editor of said magazine in question, i propose to rename it DM7 magazine…

    danger-dangling, death-defying, diabolical, devilish, dumbfounding, deforestation-inducing, DICK *M*oves!

    the hyphens grammatically create singular words. and, no, i’m not naming it D7M (that sounds like a bra size). that’s 7 D’s, son. 7 D’s… nuuuts (j/k).

    on that note, feature articles will focus upon transnational filipinos in the adult film industry. did you know manny pacquiao aspired to be the “general santos stallion” before he ever touched boxing gloves? as with his now-famous pugilism techniques, manny said that, in his would-be porn, “da speed will be da key!”

    thank you, and good night!

    p.s.
    i just remembered one of my favorite FOX sitcoms… GET A LIFE

  38. Pinoy Media Whats?! on December 10th, 2008 4:10 pm

    Wait a minute. So you’re saying that since this article first surfaced way back in July, there hasn’t been (a) new issue(s)??

    I thought it was a monthly, ‘di ba?

    ever, Zoila, Valkurt, can any of you shed some light?

    Salamat.

  39. y we dont suceed on December 11th, 2008 8:17 pm

    EVERYONE SHOULD JUST
    SUGGEST HOW THE MAGAZINE CAN BE BETTER
    RATHER THAN HATE
    AND BRING IT DOWN
    OVERALL THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING GREAT
    I HAVENT SEEN A FILIPINO AMERICAN MAGAZINE OF THAT QUALITY
    GIVEN THAT ITS FROM A GROUP OF AMATEURS
    M7 HAS POTENTIAL
    LETS APPLAUD THEIR EFFORTS

  40. Joe Bag O'Suman on December 12th, 2008 3:45 am

    I agree. In order for us all to suceed(sic) we as a people must all unite unequivocally against the usage of BLOCK CAP POSTS.

  41. Fishman on December 14th, 2008 8:11 pm

    Hello.

    I have not read the M7 Magazine.

    But it sounds like it might be interesting.

    I like to read different kinds of magazines.

    So I would like to read the M7 Magazine.

    If somebody can tell me where to find the M7 Magazine

    I will buy it.

    And read it.

    Of course many people have many complaints.

    But no magazine is perfect.

    But I do have one small suggestion for the M7 Magazine people.

    Please include articles about fish.

    I do not see any articles about fish.

    Or fishing, or cooking fish.

    It would make me more interested in reading the M7 Magazine.

    And it would make many other people interested too.

    Thank you for making the M7 Magazine.

    p.s. I like fish.

  42. reyesb1 on December 18th, 2008 11:15 pm

    But I like block cap posts.

    It reminds me of playing with BASIC at Fedco.

    10 PRINT “I AM TYPING THIS AT FEDCO”
    20 GOTO 10
    RUN

  43. impressed on January 5th, 2009 12:47 pm

    m7 magazine hosted manny paquiao’s victory/ birthday celebration… it was fun… i read the most recent issue with the american idol girls and im pretty impressed…

  44. Brian on January 5th, 2009 8:50 pm

    You mean the one that was held in General Santos City in the Philippines and was attended by President Macapagal herself? The one that cost around ONE MILLION PESOS to throw?

    I only ask because I’ve been searching for pics from Manny’s birthday party and only one event comes up. Given what we’ve seen from M7, I doubt that they have either the resources or the clout to host an event of that size from across the Pacific.

    Sources:

    http://pinoybiscuits.blogspot.com/2008/12/highlights-of-manny-pacquiaos-30th.html

    http://www.411mania.com/sports/boxing/92620

  45. impressed on January 6th, 2009 5:16 pm
  46. impressed on January 6th, 2009 5:20 pm
  47. Brian on January 7th, 2009 2:30 am

    Ah.

    I take it Eventvibe.com is associated with M7 in some way?

  48. sexyakonakikielamka on January 27th, 2009 2:17 am

    hoy mga kupal eh si Antoinette Taus ba? laos na yun sa pinas whe isa syang malaking anan na long hair ahahahaha! about M7 aba teka kung d nyo naaapreciate ang M7 eh magsipaglubay kayo pang pinoy lang yun kaya dehins nyo ma gets bwahahahaha NOYPI ASTIG! kuya apl. de.ap kelan kayo ulit concert d2 australia?

  49. ella cajucom on March 23rd, 2009 8:13 pm

    i love antoinette taus…that’s it…she great in everything….

  50. georgia on May 5th, 2009 10:23 am

    m7? ano to? syet! ang baduy!

    hahahahaha i read the article on the top, ang masasabi ko lang na its true!

    i saw a copy of it with apol sa cover.

    all in all looks like a sad cry for attention for antoinette emo & so i heard her gay brother.

    and plus lost young na sya no! ay nako she is still trying to make it to be a star doing magazine that i have been hearing na it really sucks daw!

  51. turned off on June 2nd, 2009 4:43 pm

    i heard shes a whore!

  52. na on pa on June 17th, 2009 4:59 pm

    Ako din.

  53. francialovelle on August 10th, 2009 6:08 am

    to all of those who are giving negative feedbacks to ms. toni as a person, you are bunch of insecure people. you have no right to judge a person you don’t even personally know. and why pull her and her staffs down instead of encouraging them to give more efforts to their endeavors and further enhance the magazine? mas makakatulong pa kau kung magbigay kau ng suggestions para mapaganda ang magazine nila. ganyan ba talaga ang ibang Pinoy, hinihila pababa ang kapwa? that is the saddest thing ever… tsk tsk. it’s ok to give constructive criticisms, but passionate personal criticisms na parang me personal na galit sa tao, so pathetic. btw, do u have any proof of her whoring around? she’s an intelligent person with a foresight and goal. she’s a fighter and she believes in her abilities and respect other people’s abilities as well, so please give her a chance instead of pulling her down.

  54. manilagirl on September 3rd, 2009 11:05 am

    CRAB MENTALITY …. “kaya hind umaasenso ang Pilipino” very disappointing and nakakahiya sa ibang lahi.

  55. bujoys on November 26th, 2009 11:05 am

    korek..sana man lng tignan nio srili nio if perfect kau db?

  56. reliablesource on February 17th, 2011 10:32 am

    I’ve been itching to divulge information about this girl, Antoinette Taus.
    It is true that she did not finish college in “ATENEO”, she was admitted to that university because of her uncle, who is a Jesuit priest. She was too ambitious to even go there.

    She even had the nerve to come to the Philippines and proudly announce that she has a Magazine called M7 that features Filipinos and the Fil-Am community.

    They were all responsive because they have no idea what this magazine was like for it is distributed in the States and I don’t think they are interested enough to learn about it. (Young actress always wants to be the star)

    Poor girl, seeking for attention because she couldn’t fulfill her Hollywood dream. This action was done due to desperation, she also needed to earn money being far away from her family (she lives with her brother).
    If she had a career in Manila she wouldn’t settle for low budget shows on Filipino restos in L.A..

    This girl has severe star complex, and an undying need for attention and getting what she wants no matter what the cost, sacrificing friendships, using most of her connections and friends because she can’t finance for her luxuries.
    This girl is a free-rider. A fake.

    That’s how she is in real life. That is what’s behind that fake smile and that reputation check her other photos. She parties everyday hanging out with druggies till the wee hours.

    She needed this to catch even DingDong Dantes’ attention(her ex-bf) whom she’s secretly still in love with after being with him for nearly a decade and nearly living together.

    She’s used to everyone giving her the attention and that’s why she cannot accept the fact that right now she’s worth NOTHING in Showbiz. She will not give you the time of day if you are a poor and unprivileged fan of hers, she only mingles with Manila’s high society. If ever she does, she will give you the fakest smile in the world.

    I know this because I knew her and it was not pleasant.
    She’s an alcoholic and cheap tramp who got Manny Pacquiao for an interview because everyone she knows “WANT” Manny Pacquiao for the reason of convenience and so she did the same thing when she had the chance.

    You are brave Antoinette to even go on with your plan of creating a magazine. This is a waste of money. The idea was great for Filipinos but this is way over your head. Stick to singing/acting and PARTYING. You’re good at that.

  57. Kareem on August 4th, 2011 11:23 am

    PinoyLife.com and the others haters…I am on the same page as Valkurt, the caucasian blogger from 2008. I am a black guy in Los Angeles and I also am developing a business in the Philippines. You haters should be ashamed of yourselves…publically talking so much shit on ‘your own’. It doesn’t matter if she is a slut, or stupid or a user, she’s Pinay -and she’s doing something…anything. Having grown-up in Nigeria, I love the Philippines and the Filipino culture. But to see you guys falling into the ‘Self Hate Trap’ is very sad. As a black American, I’ve seen the damage, despair and pain that is caused when we ‘minorities’ turn against oneanother. THEY WIN.

    This amatuer magazine publisher girl, should have done better, she seems to be a little elitist and her product lacked a lot of things. However, in a time when slightly educated Pinoy’s like Manny P. are attempting desperately to inspire Unity and love for Kabayans, and Pres. NoyNoy are inviting people to publish, print, write, and just promote his beloved country, it is horrible for you to sabotage thier efforts. You do not represent ‘American Filipinos’ you represent ‘crabs in a barrel’ who condem your ‘own’ publically for whites, blacks, Americans, and everyonelse to see…that is what truely set you back 30-years. Maybe even 50.

    Btw…she signed M7 magazine, good (and bad) she put her face and her friends in it…she claimed it. On your Contributors Page, I didn’t see any reference to who actually operates this blog. Shameful I’m sure…

    We don’t all agree with Michael Jackson, MC Hammer, M. L. King, Malcom X, Oprah, Obama or Whitney Houston. But we all know, its harder as US minorites to do anything, and everything. So, we support them, love them, even laugh at them, but we DO NOT show hate towards one another -publically. Just say “Nigger!”, “Wet Back!” or “Jew!” in a crowded room and see what happens. We fought and died for respect in this country…so stop disrespecting yourselves.

    Though I agree with the views of many of these post. Please, stop hating one another…United We Stand and Divided Fall.

    IT WAS A GREAT EFFORT Antoinette Taus, KEEP DOING IT. YOU’RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK, PERHAPS WE CAN WORK TOGETHER SOME DAY.

  58. Billy on September 2nd, 2011 9:19 am

    @Kareem

    “It doesn’t matter if she is a slut, or stupid or a user, she’s Pinay -and she’s doing something…anything. Having grown-up in Nigeria, ”

    So it’s ok to whore and abuse drugs as long as your doing something??!! It’s this logic that destroys and doesn’t rebuild. There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism. I agree that personal attacks on peoples characters and especially celebrities is much to easy but then again they are in the spotlight and nothing you or anyone can say can stop that.

    This we are the world drivel that you keep speaking is not realistic and just plan overlty done.

    You lost your credibility when started “I am black” just like the “I am white guy”. Well guess what “I am purple” and if your mad at Fil AMs calling out a magazine that sucks because it’s supposedly caters to Fil AMs but really doesn’t then tough luck bro!

    As for your comment on Just say “Nigger!”, “Wet Back!” or “Jew!”. I’m from Chicago and it happens all the time and will continue until the end of times.

    M7 is trash because it’s subject matter has nothing to offer what you want us to believe as in UNITY and WORLD PEACE. It’s place is like any celebrity tabloid and belongs in that section. To suggest otherwise, would be uncivilized.

    VOTE RON PAUL 2012! WHY CAUSE OBAMA LIED JUST LIKE BUSH.

  59. Billy on September 2nd, 2011 9:25 am

    @Kareem

    The Ironic part is all the Africans I know, hate and despice “Black Americans” because they say that they are lazy and not as hard working. They consider themselves seperate and different from Black Americans and vice versa. So before you start calling out other races, please start with yours first.

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