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Lifestyle Asia November 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
the resilient philippine food industry

If there is one thing aside from shopping that I indulge in, it is food. Traveling around the world has opened my senses to the vast expanse of the global food scene. Every country or city inspires a variety of cuisines, tastes, and flavors. Having lived in different countries and now based in Manila, my appetite for new restaurants and new dishes to try has been endless. Even before I travel, I already do my homework, looking at which restaurants to eat or what specialties to try from various trusted websites and fellow foodie friends. I suppose I can say that I’m also a foodie. One of the guides that I have is Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants. It is a reliable reference that has never failed me. Unfortunately for us, Manila…

7 min
embracing the flavors of our heritage

Jordy Navarra didn’t start out planning to be a chef. “I've always had an interest in food but I never really took myself seriously with regards to that interest until I sort of discovered it,” he says, “I thought people just ate to consume. That’s what Filipinos are like.” When Jordy saw the other side, of chefs making dishes and being creative with what they plated, he realized its viability. “When I saw that side to it, I thought ‘Oh, so I never knew that you could be doing that with food.’ I wanted to learn, and that got me into cooking and restaurants.” Jordy trained locally and abroad. “It's a hectic environment, especially in the beginning. Almost all things are hard,” he said. “You’re learning different styles.” He shares that…

3 min
helping support our frontliners

When COVID 19 made its appearance known in the Philippines, Michelle Tiangco, wife of Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, was at a loss on what to do. She saw the effects of the Enhanced Community Quarantine order: the drop in the economy, the decrease in morale, and the effects on a workplace when only a skeleton crew can work. Most of all, she saw the struggles that medical frontliners faced in her city when they went to work: the scarcity of public transportation meant that those needed to combat the virus were having a hard time doing their mandate. Michelle got involved when one of the Navotas City Hospital nurses shared a story on social media about her bike being stolen. “She is a frontliner who just recovered from COVID-19 and…

6 min

Josh Poe and Kat Sumayao first met when they were 7th graders through their common friends. “The peak of our adolescent years!” says Kat. “We got close by talking almost every day until the wee hours of the morning through YM! and Multiply until we both started having feelings for each other." Both of them were too shy to ever really admit their feelings until Kat's best friend Catz convinced Josh to tell Kat what he felt for her birthday party. "She convinced Josh to sing to me on stage in front of all of our friends, so he can give me this necklace which he had bought during one of his family trips abroad. The necklace has a beautiful quote written on it: "Dance like no ones watching, Sing…

6 min

Vince Ang and Anika Martirez met during a high school soiree. Vince was a student at Southridge, while Anika went to Woodrose, so their social circle had been the same, intact one while growing up. Both attending Ateneo de Manila University, Vince stayed for a semester before moving to Los Angeles to study architecture, while Anika stayed in Ateneo. "It wasn’t until the last year of my college life in ADMU that our whirlwind romance took place back in 2010," says Anika. On a casual hangout at a friend's house during one of Vince's visits from LA, mutual flirting ensued while their friends witnessed the spark between both of them. After that, they realized they wanted their friendship to go beyond friendship. Getting to know each other before Vince flew…

2 min

Charles Tiu and Sari Lazaro met through common friends, on a night out at Polilya. Together for a year and a half, they went on a vacation to El Nido where Chris set up a private dinner on a treetop area at a private resort facing the beach. "After dinner, and a few drinks, he proposed,” says Sari. Before the pandemic, the original wedding was supposed to take place in Rome, Italy. After, everything had to be simplified, and Charles and Sari decided to have an intimate celebration with just immediate family and a few friends present at Tagaytay Highlands, a place that Sari says was very efficient and accommodating. Sari says that while they were quite sad to not celebrate their wedding the way they wanted, they knew that at the…