Filipino American internet personality Bretman Rock recently described his recent magazine cover on Nylon Manila as his “love letter to all gay, queer Filipino kids.”
“For all the Baklas”: The Hawaii-based social media sensation shared an emotional moment with his Instagram followers after gracing the cover of the June issue of Nylon Manila.
- Last Saturday, Bretman unveiled a photo of the cover on Instagram, dedicating it to “all the Baklas.”
- In the Filipino language, the term “bakla” refers to males at birth who adopt a feminine gender expression.
- According to Bretman, the entire project was all-Filipino throughout as he worked with an entire team of Filipino creatives, “from the Filipino banters behind the scene, the bibinka [sic] (Filipino rice cake) and Jollibee we had for lunch and being on FaceTime with Manila the whole day.”
“Iconic” cover: The 22-year-old star of “MTV Following: Bretman Rock” was left in tears talking about the “Pride-themed” cover on his Instagram stories.
- “I don’t even think you guys realize how important this cover is to me and how iconic I think it is,” he said.
- Bretman added that it’s a big moment for him because “it’s not all the time that you get to see an openly gay man on the cover of a magazine, especially back home in the Philippines.”
- He revealed that he dedicated the cover to gay kids in the Philippines because he believes “we all deserve our own magazine cover.”