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Town and Country PH February 2018

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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great escapes

It’s our first issue for the New Year, and we have the most hopeful thoughts for 2018. As I write this, the digital team leaders at Summit Media just finished a leadership training course. One of the issues we tackled is how to deal with a world that is VUCA—Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. That’s how it is in general, not just in our industry, but everywhere else. It’s like the whole world is in upheaval. So we’ve figured the best thing to do is to be prepared for whatever changes are out there. Anything can happen this year, this month, or even tomorrow. And so we keep our eyes looking firmly ahead and we keep on working to be the best that we can be in our own personal and professional…

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JOSEPH PASCUAL “Shooting Elmer was the perfect collaboration from pre-production to the actual shoot,” Pascual says of his cover assignment this month, photographing the artist Elmer Borlongan in “THE ARTOF THE LONG GAME.” Pascual also shot public relations manager Nikki Martel in this issue for the debut of T&C’s Modern Swan section. HANYA YANAGIHARA Bathing in public is “democratizing, born of a shared vulnerability,” writes the editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine in “THE REMAINS OF THEDAY”, explaining her love of Japan’s onsen (public hot springs or baths), which she compares to English pubs and French grocers in their centrality to the culture. Yanagihara’s most recent novel is A Little Life. TIAGO MOLINOS “I am intrigued by the concept of a dynasty—the transfer of values, craftsmanship, and ideals from one…

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culture top ten

1 BORN AGAIN “Manila has lost its soul,” laments artist and provocateur Carlos Celdran, perhaps also the city’s most famous—or notorious, depending where you stand on his political and social views—tour guide. This simple statement is the motivating factor behind the launch of the Manila Biennale 2018, which takes place from February 3 to March 5 inside the walled city of Intramuros. In Celdran’s view, the city of Manila, which has been around even before the Spanish colonizers arrived, lost its soul following the outbreak of World War II, when the seven churches of Manila were bombed and when more than 100,000 civilians lost their lives. Held in part to remember our tragic history, the Manila Biennale 2018—“an art event as well as a memorial”—aims to bring back the spirit of…

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a meal to remember

Mindanao-born, Manila-educated, and French-trained chef Miko Calo started her culinary career with the best of the best. Fresh from the renowned Intensive Professional Program in French cuisine in Ferrandi-Paris, she began as a stagiaire at the La Table de Joël Robuchon in Paris and worked her way through the kitchens of the global Robuchon empire. After years away, this promising young chef has returned home. With her cousin RJ Galang, she has relaunched the Underground Supper Club she started in 2013, where 30 diners come together for a “monthly culinary one-night stand” to enjoy an ever-changing six-to eight-course degustation menu. A TRIP TO LONDON BEFORE CULINARY SCHOOL IN PARIS MADE AN INDELIBLE IMPRINT ON MY CAREER. I was visiting my cousin and we celebrated her birthday at La Cuisine de Joël…

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saint-émilion’s golden belle

In the first Saint-Émilion classification of 1954, Château Angélus, with its long and rich history, was recognized as one of the finest wines in the Right Bank appellation and received the distinction of Grand Cru Classé. By 2012, the chateau was elevated to the highest stature, Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Château Pavie, and it now sits in the company of Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc. Situated at the foot of a hill, the vineyards cover 39 hectares of the estate, 27 of which are used to produce Château Angélus and the remaining 12 hectares for the château’s second wine, Le Carillon de l’Angelus, first introduced in 1987, and Number 3 d’Angelus, a third wine launched in 2007. Other family holdings on the Right Bank include Château Bellevue…

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man of the house

Martina Mondadori Sartogo’s childhood home in Milan was created by Renzo Mongiardino, the designer whose client roster (Radziwill, Rothschild, Agnelli, Niarchos) was often referred to as “a kidnapper’s wish list.” But although Mondadori Sartogo—who is T&C’s European editor at large—credits Mongiardino with inspiring her to launch Cabana, the interiors magazine she founded three years ago, she wasn’t always his biggest fan. “When I was a little girl I would tackle him with questions,” she says. “Why didn’t he make my room pink like my friends’? Why didn’t my living room have a single square inch of white?” Over time she learned to appreciate his philosophy. Mongiardino treated every room (even kitchens and bathrooms) like a stage set, from the way he drew inspiration from faraway places like Persia and India to…