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Town and Country PH April 2016

For more than 160 years, Town&Country has been the magazine that embodies a life well-lived. The features inside the Philippine edition encompass the interests of its affluent market, covering topics such as culture, arts, social grace, fashion, beauty and health, home design, travel, and philanthropy. Town &Country Philippines knows that its readers have earned the luxury and privilege of choice.View our pages and find out the best of the best in luxurious living.

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love our own

I’ve always loved the barong Tagalog. I must say Filipino men look much more dapper in piña barong than in tailored suits, especially since we live in the tropics. But that’s just my personal opinion. I’m very happy that Anne Marie Saguil’s barong dresses for women have been very popular these past few years. The barong no longer needs to be relegated to formal events but can be used for everyday wear. Anne Marie and her team create delicately stitched ensembles corporate enough for work meetings, as well as tops and shorts sets casual enough for weekends at the beach. Other brands of lovely barong tops and Filipino-designed dresses are available at SM Kultura, which is the source of many beautiful locally made accessories and items for the home too. Love our…

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JENNIFER BAUM LAGDAMEO “I think good taste and elegance is simplicity, which Maureen clearly has,” Jennifer says about her experience writing about designer Maureen Disini’s home in this issue. “I personally love contrasts, and so I liked seeing her black and white aesthetic in play—how it was translated from her home décor and taste in art to her own designs.” NIKKI TANG The beauty industry executive and frequent traveler lists her favorite places around the globe and her recommended beauty essentials for each destination in “It’s a Beautiful World.” “I enjoyed the process of writing the piece because it made me recall some of my life’s most unforgettable moments and inspiring travels,” she says. “When you travel and open yourself to various cultures and experiences, you will really see how much beauty there…

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culture top ten

1 UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE This April, the Cultural Center of the Philippines hosts an international group exhibition, “Transnational Narrations: Paperworks,” at the Bulwagang Juan Luna and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino. Curated by the late British art critic Kevin Power and Spanish curator Monica Carballas, the traveling exhibit features the works of foreign artists Ignacio Alcántara (Dominican Republic), Francisco de Assis Almeida (Brazil), Javier Arce (Spain), José Bedia (Cuba), Chema Cobo (Spain), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico), Marcel Dzama (Canada), Curro González (Spain), David Griggs (Australia), Mondongo art collective (Argentina), Lauren Kelley (U.S.A.), Abraham Lacalle (Spain), Miki Leal (Spain), Carlos Rivera (Puerto Rico), Lazaro Saavedra (Cuba), and Laurie Steelink (U.S.A.). Representing the Philippines are the highly esteemed artists Robert Langenegger, Manuel Ocampo, and Carlo Ricafort. Shortly before his death in 2013, Power explained his reasons for mounting…

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cult classic

Mention the name Staglin Family Vineyard to any wine enthusiast and you are bound to engage him in further conversation about the renowned family-run Napa Valley winery—the producer of some of the finest California cabernet sauvignon wines on the market. Acquiring a few bottles of this cult favorite is never easy, and fortunate are the few that house some in their cellars. Established in 1985 by Shari and Garen Staglin, along with their children Shannon and Brandon, the winery recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with the release of its 2012 vintage. Today, the business is managed by all four members of the family and their team: winemaker Fredrik Johansson, vineyard manager David Abreu, and the eminent consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. The estate is located on the storied Rutherford Bench in Napa Valley…

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fromage et vin, meat and potatoes

While Atelier Vivanda delivers the relaxing experience of a casual French bistro specializing in meat and five iterations of the beloved potato, to classify it as another “steak frites place” would certainly be selling it short. For starters, this newly opened restaurant located in Bonifacio Global City is the brainchild of Akrame Benallal, chef of the two-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant Akrame in Paris. And while it focuses on serving more accessible and uncomplicated dishes, touches of Benallal’s gastronomic flair tend to make an appearance every so often—even in the form of the humble condiment. At every table inside all three of his outposts—in Paris, Hong Kong, and now Manila—sits a bottle of Caractere, the chef ’s signature olive oil from Liguria that enhances the flavor of the kitchen’s meat offerings…

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the mixologist and his lab

Manila’s burgeoning cocktail scene is rife with sexy concoctions and classic favorites. At Shangri-La at the Fort, however, head mixologist Ulysse Jouanneaud takes it one step further. “We have homemade bitters and vermouths,” he says. “We aim to give you an experience—cocktails that you definitely cannot make at home.” The Frenchman, who has garnered top international accolades through the years, is ready to show Manila his creativity and skill. He is responsible for all beverages (except wines, which will be taken care of by the head sommelier) at the new 250-meter-high, 576-room property. His office is the hotel’s beverage lab: a white room filled with top-shelf, small-batch, and homemade liquors, scented wood chips, an absinthe fountain, a smoking gun, and a gin trolley that can substitute as a dining table for…