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Lifestyle Asia September 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

2 min
here's to courage!

Six months have passed, and we are still under quarantine restrictions. It’s September, which means that the holiday season in the Philippines has officially begun. But the virus is still out there, and the future looks bleak with the number of cases still rising in the country—not to mention the fact that we’ve officially entered a recession that will most likely last until the end of 2021. As we count down the days to Christmas, will we be hearing joyful songs in the malls and on the radio? Will we still be in the mood to celebrate and exchange gifts this year? In this month’s issue of Lifestyle Asia, we want to encourage you to keep your head up. Optimism is a powerful philosophy. So this September, we are launching a…

7 min
renewed drive

Brian Cu is happy to spend more time at home with his family. While he misses going to the gym or traveling, he says that nothing beats being able to have some peace of mind with loved ones. “I’m usually out four or five nights a week,” the former Country Head of Grab Philippines admits. “Now, I’m happy to eat more meals at home, see the kids, and bond with my family more.” While the businessman has stepped down from his former role, his entrepreneurial spirit is still as alive as ever. “I’m going back to my roots in building businesses. I feel like I have two more start-up ideas in my mind that I want to get out. I’ve always enjoyed building businesses more than managing them. After growing a…

7 min
rice up

Rachel Renucci-Tan and her husband Patrick Renucci were happily living successful lives in Paris when Typhoon Yolanda was ravaging the Philippines. “We saw the images on TV of Yolanda really destroying the province of Leyte, and I realized we had to do something,” says Rachel, “we couldn’t just sit there and stare at the Eiffel Tower and sip champagne.” Feeling like they had to do something, they left everything behind and moved to the Philippines. Their efforts were initially to help the province recover. During that period, they observed the abundance of rice fields, but lack of proper facilities. “We decided to help uplift the rice farmers of Leyte, help them recover from poverty brought about by Typhoon Yolanda,” says Rachel, “and then to produce world-class rice for the Filipino people…

5 min
an ongoing lesson in purpose and passion

In 1911, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools opened the gates of their educational institution in the Philippines. And ever since then, those who would normally rush in were students of all levels—from playful preschool kids, energetic elementary children, idealistic high school youngsters, goal-oriented college young adults, and determined hopefuls for masters and doctorate degrees. From these exclusive schools, raw talents were nurtured in the formation of upstanding Christian ladies and gentlemen of noble ideals and norms. This birthed campus leaders and achievers with admirable accomplishments, who in the years to come, became prominent doers and movers in society, leaders of businesses and industries, tycoons, and titans. However, during this ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, three La Salle institutions within the metropolis, with outstretched arms, trademark hospitality and familiar…

5 min

Miguel Jayme and Mela Garcia were teenagers when they met at Antioch. “We are 3 years apart and when I was in high school, that age gap was considered huge! And so I had always seen him as one of the older leaders, and to him, I had always been one of the younger ones,” says Mela. After their university years, they would bump into each other on nights out and enjoy flirting (“One of our favorite ways to flirt was to go to the bar for some shots together”) but only as friends. Their first real spark happened during one of those Laboracay parties, which incidentally happened to be the first and last Laboracay they had ever gone to. They were together for five years when they were going to…

5 min

Jay Laurel and Kyla Olives met 12 years ago while playing baseball and softball. “Because of our shared passion for competition and a never-ending thirst for improving ourselves, sports have always played a big part in our relationship,” shares Kyla. Today, they spend most weekends playing golf with the Laurel and Olives families. Jay proposed in Ilocos, after which the couple decided they didn’t want to have a long engagement, and thus started planning the wedding right away. “We both believe that the recipe for a successful wedding is for the love of the couple to really shine through because it carries the whole mood of the wedding,” says Kyla, “that along with the right mix of the people, good friends, great music, good food, and a lot of booze.” Because several…