I lamented the fact that Icon Magazine was no longer being published. It left a void for the wholesome-yet-teaseful and high-end gay-oriented magazine market. So I'm understandably quite excited to hear that there's a new magazine called Invoice, published by 3rd Media Publishing Company that is out now this September in many places already.
The aims of this magazine is quite lofty if I must say so:
To provide an avenue in advocating the new image of the GLBT community as professional individuals with integrity by promoting success stories of GLBT individuals' businesses and their various endeavours, and by providing articles that can be related to both business and economy and GLBT culture. This is also a call for a change in the image of the GLBT population in the Philippines.
To provide an inspiration and a call for action to all readers to become entrepreneurs and help in the growth of SMEs (Small and Medium-scale Enterprises) in the country.
To provide GLBT individuals with real GLBT role models whom they can relate to.
To provide an awareness on various serious GLBT issues in the Philippines.
Take a look as well at the contents of the premiere issue. It's definitely quite interesting. They're covering the management and financial aspects of the several dance clubs all over the country that are frequented by PLUs such as Bed, Government, and Numero Doce. Furthermore, the issue has features on gay entrepreneurs and the business side of the local gay indie film industry.
I haven't bought the issue yet but I'll definitely blog my reaction and review of the mag when I get ahold of it. But my first impression is that it seems to be a really serious magazine. I mean, the topics are all business- and entrepreneurial-oriented. You can even see it in the name: "Invoice". I guess it's not subtitled the "GLBT Business and Advocacy Journal" for nothing. So, if you want fashion photoshoots of hunky guys wearing skimpy underwear like Icon used to do, I doubt that you'll get it from Invoice.
To celebrate the arrival of Invoice, there will be a launch party in Bed on September 19, Friday, starting at 9 p.m. and the entrance will be free before 1 a.m. If I'm feeling in the mood, I just might attend the launch. Then again, if the media will be there to cover the event, I'll probably just skip it. Hehehe.