Carina Samantha Santos

I make stuff up

London & Manila

— MRes Art: Theory & Philosophy, Central Saint Martins





Editorial design & illustration

CNN Philippines Life
Esquire Philippines
Rogue Magazine

Book design

A Waiting Room Companion

The First Impulse

Cupid’s Rage

Taming People’s Power


Don’t Forget, Clementine

Bones Like Snowflakes

Winter Quay/Summer Blankets


“There’s something really funny about our music, because it’s often so heart-on-your-sleeve, a little bit. We know how that can be embarrassing. We’re just not worried about embarrassing ourselves anymore.” ¹ The album is an intimation of loss, self-destruction, and the possibility of redemption. ² It’s a song for when life gets too heavy, and you need a song you can sink into — just for four minutes — so you don’t drown inside yourself. ³ 


Book 3




“Every night, I get the fortune of meeting new people,”  Baker says. “There’s a whole audience full of people I’ve not ever interacted with before, and that’s astonishing. When you look out to the crowd, you think, within each person is a wealth of experience. Like, they’re a whole world, and they’ve lived a whole life. And I know nothing about them, not even their name. And then, for like an hour, we’re all on the same mental page, no matter where we are in life.”

On the redeeming power of sad songs and how they make us feel better — Julien Baker profile for CNN Philippines Life


“There’s something really funny about our music, because it’s often so heart-on-your-sleeve, a little bit. We know how that can be embarrassing. We’re just not worried about embarrassing ourselves anymore.”

Sit back and enjoy the slow show — Interview with Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of The National for Young Star



Stretching into infinity: A photographer’s personal universe

In “Existence is One at a Time Moment,” 25 clips play simultaneously on one screen, depicting small scenes in his everyday life with his wife, Grace. There are images of him cooking, stretching to prepare for a run, cleaning his camera equipment, surveying his own home, and entertaining guests. “Sino ba nasa harap ko palagi?” he muses. “Si Grace talaga, eh.”

Charles Buenconsejo’s Name, Kind, Application, Date Last Opened, Date Added, Date Modified, Date Created, Size, Tags for CNN Philippines Life

Personal mythologies: Demystifying Manuel Ocampo’s early works

Writing about Ocampo is always a little scary. You feel like you’ll read him or his art completely wrong — a strong possibility, as his art is rife with iconography and symbols, giving it a proclivity to be misread — but a tiny part of you is absolutely sure that he just wouldn’t give a shit.

On Manuel Ocampo for CNN Philippines Life

The art of Danilo Dalena and the Filipino everyman

Having been consistently hesitant to adhere to and wary of the boxes he has been placed in, often finding them to be what influences and limits the audience from seeing work with more nuance, Dalena likes to think of himself like “other artists who self-identify as gago at totoo.”

Danilo Dalena’s Last Full Show for CNN Philippines Life

Selected Essays


To me, meet and greets are sort of scam-y. Even though in that miniscule window of time you get to meet your favorite people you otherwise wouldn’t, it is still, somehow, a commodification of them.

Still, on Saturday night of APCC weekend, I kicked my inner Libra and I stopped waffling. I bought a pass for Sunday.

Never a chill fan: on meeting Tyler Hoechlin and the illusion of closeness — for Young Star

When asked for an introduction in my first Philosophy class, sophomore me obnoxiously said, “Everything I learned in life, I learned from Max Fischer” — to the sound of crickets and confusion! Years later, that same Philo prof, who had been working his way through Wes Anderson’s oeuvre, messaged me to say that he wished Max Fischer was real so that he could punch him in the face. There, too, was a time when I worshipped High Fidelity, and now all I want to do is make Rob Gordon/Fleming a mix with no track listing and a One Direction song for every odd-numbered entry.

Revisitation rights: on watching childhood favorites as an adult — for Young Star
In the presence of violence — like a dead man wrapped in packaging tape, sporting a sign that claimed he was a thief, when he was simply gay — we forget that casual homophobia exists. There are “jokes” and thoughtless insults, that moment of hesitation to connect because they think you’ll hit on them, or worse — that you’ll take advantage of what they perceive is their kindness. Casual homophobia is insidious, and it cuts us more deeply than you know.

Casual homophobes will leave you alone, if maybe you don’t speak out enough, or if you don’t look too gay or queer. If you pass as a normal enough person, in other words. They will look at you with a gaze reserved for the Other, undeserving of consideration as a real person.

They won’t ask, you don’t tell; everyone lives in what passes as peace.

What the Orlando shooting can teach us about hate crimes and gay pride — for Young Star

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