The Philippine zines reflects the feelings, aesthetics, and cultural and political ideologies of various individuals and artist
collectives from the Philippines. The zine's content mostly includes creative works, such as comics, illustrations, poetry,
and short stories to reflect topics, such as mental health, interpersonal relationships, culture, political climate, and more.
The Philippine zines spans the years of 2006-2017, with the bulk of the material from 2017.
In the 1980s, Philippine zine culture first emerged, as a result of music fan zines that were introduced at the same time
punk music was being introduced in the country. Contemporarily, the content of the zines Filpinos produce have expanded to
explore different themes such as personal, political, cultural, literary, art, feminism, and more. The zine culture flourished
in the 2000s due to the emergence of the digital age that allowed artists to post their zines on different platforms. Zine
culture, however, was catalyzed by the emergence of a small press conference called Better Living Through Xeroxography (BLTX).
This press conference was founded on empowering artists through the highlighting of problems in mainstream publishing and
introducing self-publication as a solution. BLTX was able take the discontent over mainstream publishing and push for a way
to educate and mobilize to address it through artistic means.
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