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Town and Country PH August 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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nerds rule

I’ve never been the sporty type. You know how in grade school the team captains used to choose their teammates one by one? I was always the last kid chosen. The very last. In the summertime, our swim instructor would tell us cousins, “Jackie and Monty, swim two laps; Monique, one lap; Yvette, half a lap.” At the beach, Tito Bobbit would only take Jackie and Monty fishing with him since he didn’t want Monique and me getting sick on him. So Monique and I would stay home and read. And read. And read. I guess in a way reading books opened our minds up to fun and amazing experiences we couldn’t try in the physical world. When I made my Christmas wish list one year, a set of encyclopedias was right at the…

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CLAIRE DIOKNO The Shu Uemura makeup artist has been a constant collaborator with Town&Country. A mother for two years now, she has found joy and beauty in her child Chloé, whose “enthusiasm for life is infectious.” For Claire, real beauty is “where the best of who you are inside and the best of how you look outside meet.” NICOLE LIMOS Town&Country’s beauty editor has been hard at work for this issue gathering the year’s most reliable beauty products for the Best of Beauty Awards. She says, “After four years of working on beauty pages, interviewing doctors, testing products, and reading about trends, it’s easy for me to think that I’ve seen it all, but then breakthroughs are launched and great innovations happen, and they all still continue to surprise and amaze me and…

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1 nine lives

A participant at the ongoing International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Mark Salvatus is making good use of his time in Europe by taking part in two important art shows. Opening first is “SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION,” the contemporary art fair held in Park Sonsbeek and Museum Arnhem in the Netherlands. Curated by the Indonesian art collective ruangrupa, the eleventh edition of the fair features installations, lectures, workshops, and performance art. For the fair, Salvatus, a recipient of the 13 Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2012, offers Claws, a massive installation constructed from magazines, books, and tables, which the artist expects to be scratched, clawed, and torn apart by the Dutch city’s cats. The idea came about during Salvatus’ previous trip to Arnhem, where he chanced upon…

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2 sugar and spice

Now on its 21st year, REP Theater For Young Audiences (formerly REP Children’s Theater) brings the beloved children’s tale Hansel & Gretel to the stage, directed by Repertory Philippines Artistic Director Joy Virata. For this production, Virata tinkered with the score of a well-known opera to produce a musical tailored for the intended audience. “I took the main themes of the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck and gave them to music arrangers to make the songs more like a children’s musical. I asked them to use the themes to write the music to fit the script and lyrics—some of which I kept and some I rewrote to be simpler and more understood by children,” explains the theater veteran. Despite being intended for young audiences, adults just might find themselves enjoying the…

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3 domo arigato, mr. roboto

From everyday soy sauce bottles to state of the art bullet trains, from avant-garde fashion to futuristic robots, there’s no design genre that doesn’t have a significant Japanese influence or contribution. Celebrating our Asian neighbor’s longstanding design excellence is Japanese Design Today 100, a traveling exhibit conceptualized by the Japan Foundation. After making stops in Mexico, El Salvador, the United States, and Mongolia, an updated version of the exhibit, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in partnership with Japan Foundation Manila, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, and with the support of JT International Philippines, is now on view at the MET’s Tall Galleries. Curated by design critic and Musashino Art University professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi with assistance from art curator Masami Fukagawa, design director Shu Hagiwara, and journalist…

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4 a thousand words

In their collaborative exhibit “Myth,” presented by the CCP’s Visual Arts and Museum Division, artists Jippy Pascua and Dennese Victoria present the viewer with a series of haunting images focusing on the themes of “memory, imperfection, mistakes, repetition and similarity, truth, real and imagined.” Chosen from several years’ worth of personal photographs, the curated images invite viewers to shape their own narrative, creating stories or myths which may be different from the photographers’ connection to the object, scene, or experience. But as Victoria explains, perhaps even the artists’ memories aren’t immune from embellished truths or distorted reality. “His myth was that his images told him of events that he sometimes couldn’t recall or that he remembered differently, and my images were myths I kept trying to create because I constantly…