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Lifestyle Asia February 2020

The greatest luxury in the world is being able to do what your heart sets out to do, to pursue your passions unbridled, free from constraints of obligation. Indeed you feel the richest when you are able to march to the beat of your own drum and live life on your own terms. Lifestyle Asia highlights these inspiring, powerful and relevant beacons of the Philippine Society who live life exactly how they envisioned it to be, enriching their lives, the life of others, and through their own accord the world we live in.

11 Issues

in this issue

3 min
future proofing philippine tourism

Lifestyle Asia, the Philippines’ only luxury lifestyle magazine that has 100% Philippine content is poised more than ever to celebrate, enrich and uplift our nation and its people. In 2020, we have taken a stand to help push our country to the world stage. More and more you will see this reflected in our issues, beginning with the first issue of the year. We are proud of our Philippine heritage and see great potential in our country as we develop as a nation. Tourism is quite close to me as I love exploring the Philippines and going on frequent trips to the beach. The growth of this industry has been exciting to watch. With proper infrastructure, consistent and strong political will, and the support of both local government and private institutions,…

5 min
for skin & for country

Several years ago, when the benefits of aesthetic medicine were but topics of social conversations, Vicki Belo dared to establish herself as a leading specialist in the industry. Having been educated in many respected institutions abroad, she took it upon herself to set up a clinic here in the Philippines, without a care to the initial criticism of highbrowed conservatives. Three decades after, Vicki has made it known—not just in the country, but in other parts of the world as well—that her skill, talent, and relentless pursuit to bring innovative procedures to Philippine shores has given her a comfortable place at the pinnacle of aesthetic tourism. Never one to rest on her laurels, Vicki continues her advocacy at present to spread the great benefits of aesthetic medicine, inviting patrons from all…

6 min
building values & virtues

“I was about to receive my masters’ degree abroad when my aunt Josephine told me that she was close to finishing a hotel in Mactan,” recalls Francis Gotianun, referring to Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan. “Until I finished graduate school, I wasn’t aware that they were working on that property, so it was a surprise for me when I returned to the country.” Aunt Josephine—more specifically, Josephine Gotianun-Yap, the President & CEO of Filinvest Development Corporation—was eager to get the younger Gotianun on board. “A month into my break after school, my aunt told me: ‘Francis, it’s either you join the hotel business now, or I’m going to look for someone else.’ So, I ended up joining and becoming the first owner’s representative for the hotel business. You could say that…

5 min
heart and soul

Nothing is too difficult or impossible for the founder and chairperson of MSYCFI (Mariquita Salimbangon Yeung Charitable Foundation, Inc.), Mariquita Yeung. She is, after all, a woman with many roles—aside from being a mother, a grandmother, and to her four brothers, both mother and sister, she proudly states that she is also an educator and disciplinarian to her big family. Always ready to share and impart her blessings to others, she is a role model and an aspiration for many. From the pinnacles of society to the indigent communities of her locale, one can hear nothing but praises for the genuinely caring matriarch. Inspired by her father’s acts of benevolence, Mariquita was raised to be a person for others. “No one is ever so poor or ever so small as not…

4 min

Some things are just meant to be—and the union of Cito Mendoza and Cheskie Ayson is one such testament to this oft-used phrase. After a ten-year relationship that culminated in a memorable proposal in the deserts of Morocco, the couple decided to get married amid the tropical setting of Panglao Island, Bohol. Family and friends flew from near and far to celebrate the couple’s much-awaited marriage. The weekend kicked off with a sunset cocktail affair at the cliff in Amorita Resort that brought all the guests together for an evening of bonding and well-wishes. The usually quiet and reserved father of the bride Arnold Ayson surprised everyone by taking center stage to share a heartfelt, touchingly funny message. “As your dad, I would like to give you some advice. If you have…

4 min

In their almost ten years as a couple, Basi Ugarte and Nikki Lugtu have spent nearly half of that time physically apart. They met at their college orientation at Santa Clara University in 2010 and were inseparable until 2015, when Nikki had to move to Toronto and Basi stayed in California. In 2016, he moved back to the Philippines, and in 2017, she relocated to Sydney in order to be “closer” to him and her family. “People always asked me how we made it work with the distance and they assumed it was hard,” she says. “Although I missed him and wished to see and hug him every single day, the answer is that he was always still so close, even when he was thousands of miles away.” When Nikki…