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Lifestyle Asia April/May 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

4 min
letter from the editor

The world is currently in a state of emergency. In the onslaught of the novel coronavirus pandemic, 208 countries and territories have been affected, placing 20% of the world’s population—or an estimated 1.7 billion people—on lockdown. Never has this generation seen a health crisis of this magnitude, with many predicting this to be the next global recession. While the lives of the Baby Boomers and the Gen X-ers were greatly shaped by the impact of World War II, an economic crisis, and other life-changing world events, millennials and Gen Z will forever be changed by the COVID-19 pandemic (for millennials, this will be the second global recession their adult lifetime). Paradigms are shifting, and our way of life is evolving. Life, as we know it will be different moving forward…

13 min
lessons from the zeitgeist

This time of enforced isolation with our families has made us realize a lot of things. We really miss spending time with the family. Keli said it best when she told us during our bedtime prayer and sharing session that her prayer since she was four years old has been answered. Every night, for the past four years, she has been praying that she will have her mommy and daddy with her every day from waking up to sleeping. The past few weeks have been an answered prayer and she gave us the biggest smile I’ve not seen in her seven years of existence. This made us realize that we are missing out on what is truly important because we are so busy with work, social activities, and the 101 things…

4 min
one stitch at a time

Patty Ang’s leadership style has always been about working closely with her people. Since she started her atelier in a small one-bedroom apartment several years ago, she always considered her sewers and staff as family. When the business quickly grew, the young designer took everyone with her—making sure they all had a place at the new and improved Atelier Patty Ang. As she continued to find success, her work family only increased. Their two-floor Fort atelier includes a large workroom, where dozens of sewers tirelessly work to create beautiful garments in tight deadlines. Despite long work hours and crazy time schedules, everyone is always in good spirits. Patty likes to keep it light and enjoyable, creating a wonderful working environment for her family of skilled artisans. It isn’t an unusual sight…

3 min
closer to home

For most in the metro, there was a sense of detachment about the issue of COVID-19. “We were, I suspect, a little bit in denial about the gravity of the situation, and I paid very little attention to it because I thought it was so far away from us,” says Rosenthal Tee. The designer held on to this sentiment until the week before the announcement came from Malacañang to hunker down for the long haul. “In an industry that thrives on people socializing, my business suddenly suffered a loss of about 85-90% in the week leading to our closure,” she says, “all I could do was to give financial cash advances with what physical cash I had on hand and allocate allowances that the company could shoulder to help those…

3 min
a thread of hope

Easy, fuss-free basics that are made to last and can be worn from day-to-night define the Jill Lao aesthetic. Trained at the Parsons School of Design and having worked with Naeem Kahn and Oscar de la Renta, Jill also lived in Paris where she saw the impact of well-done, tailored classics on a wardrobe. A presence at the Comme Çi x Cura V The Concierge fashion concept, and with her wares sold at Lanai, things were looking up this year. And then COVID-19 burst into the scene. Jill, along with many designers, had to adjust. “We temporarily stopped production, our custom projects have been postponed until further notice,” she says, “I hope to work on my RTW collection soon.” Before the President had announced the quarantine on March 16, Jill knew her…

2 min
still serving

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted the economy on many fronts, specifically the food and beverage industry. Its ripples were already felt weeks before the lockdown was implemented on Metro Manila: lower booking numbers in hotels and resorts, less foot traffic in malls, and fewer reservations at restaurants. Worry was already prevalent among restaurateurs, and by the time the virus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 12 and the Metro Manila lockdown fully implemented three days later, it was clear that this was going to be a difficult hurdle for restaurants to surpass. At first, many restaurants naturally turned to, at a minimized scale, in the hopes of keeping business afloat. Announcements of takeout and delivery options were blasted on social media by many establishments. This…