PULP Magazine is a Philippine-based monthly music magazine that is published by the Fookien Times Philippines Yearbook Publishing Co. Inc. and which has catered to Filipino music fans in the country and other parts of the world for almost a decade now.
|Frequency||Bi-monthly (previously Monthly)|
|Publisher||The Fookien Times Yearbook Publishing Company, Inc.|
|First issue||December 1999|
|Company||The Fookien Times Yearbook Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Based in||Quezon City|
|Language||English · Filipino|
Releasing its first issue in December 1999 with a well-attended street party which closed down the entire Ayala Avenue in Makati Philippines, PULP Magazine was the brain-child of present Publisher Vernon Go, a former music columnist for local broadsheet The Philippine Star and himself, formerly a musician (Go was guitarist for a local heavy metal band called Tribulation). Having been fueled by the lack of a local glossy that featured not just local music but local rock music in particular (which was constantly being ignored by the mainstream media at the time) and combining his passion for stylish and cutting edge photography and design, many conservative readers first thought PULP to be pushing the envelope a bit too far, even accusing the publication to be a rip-off of the international magazine Rolling Stone.
Yet through the years, many musicians, music fans and journalists and readers learned to embrace PULP's penchant for over-the-top journalism and art direction as the publication’s readership increased in no time. Much like the now-defunct publications like Rock N Rhythm and Jingle Magazine, local rock bands and independent musicians had a home once more in the more sophisticated pages of the magazine. And just like the clubs wherein these bands played, PULP became the new avenue wherein struggling artists and musicians could not only get exposure but support for their own endeavors.
PULP alumni include Asia Agcaoili, Karen Montelibano, Maureen Larazabbal, Kristine Jaca, Gwen Garci, Mylene Dizon, Giselle Sanchez, Tom Epperson, Erik Liongoren, Gary Buenavista and Kristine Fonacier.