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Town and Country PH March 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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paris in the fall

Paris is always a good idea. My best friend Lisa quoted Audrey Hepburn early last year when we decided to celebrate my big 5-0 birthday in the City of Light. I didn’t want a big party in Manila, I just wanted to get away. I’d originally thought about heading somewhere we’d never been before. Cuba, perhaps, or Morocco. But when Lisa mentioned Paris, I figured, why not? A major milestone in my past life had already been marked in the French capital, why not another? And so we booked our tickets in January for Paris in the fall (months after my actual birthday to avoid the summer crowds and weather), totally unaware that the months in between would bring other unexpected milestones that almost caused our plans to go awry. We invited other…

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JOJO GLORIA A regular contributor to Town&Country’s Social Network section, Gloria is also an in-house instructor at Leica Akademie and a product specialist at Leica Philippines. On the freelance photographer’s travel bucket list? “I want to go to Sagada, Coron, Dumaguete, and Tuguegarao. Machu Picchu in Peru is also a possibility in the last quarter of the year.” He suggests, “When traveling overseas, always have digital copies of all your documents on your phone and in a separate flash drive.” IAN SANTOS “At the moment I’m working on a coffee-table book that will be launched soon,” Santos says. “I’m also doing more personal projects, and hopefully mounting an exhibit of my own work.” The longtime photographer should have a lot of material by the end of the year: “Our whole family will be…

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culture top ten

1 AN IMAGINATION RUN WILD In his staging of “Imaginarium” for the sixth installment of Art Fair Philippines, sculptor Daniel de la Cruz takes his audience on a sensory exploration through three distinct yet interwoven stories of fantasy, mystery, and illusion. “After 10 years of constantly experimenting with my work, I am now comfortable with who I am as a visual artist. ‘Imaginarium’ is a celebration of life, a way for me to look at things differently, express my own viewpoint, and find beauty and fun in the unexpected,” he shares. De la Cruz starts where he left off with his Alice in Wonderland-inspired show, “Curiouser and Curiouser,” and takes people into the not-so-real world we live in, one where reality is not as it seems but what we make of it.…

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a toast goodbye

When I last saw Paul Pontallier I had no idea he was sick. Impeccably dressed in a brown tweed sport jacket with a cheerful yellow tie, he was as effortlessly charming and upbeat as always and full of plans for the future. He was passing through New York and had invited me to lunch to discuss the possibility of my writing a history of Château Margaux, the venerable Bordeaux First Growth estate where he had worked for most of his adult life. We shared a bottle of Burgundy, a 2007 Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Clos de la Maréchale Nuits-Saint-Georges, while he filled me in on the recent opening of the Norman Foster-designed winery on the Margaux estate and his enthusiasm for the just-pressed 2015 vintage. News of his death from cancer a few…

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into the wild

Throughout history and all over the world, timber has been used as a building block for structures large and small, humble and exuberant. The ambitious and complex works of architecture within the pages of Wood (Phaidon)—from projects by esteemed architects such as Tadao Ando and Reiulf Ramstad to less known but equally spectacular buildings like the Orquideorama in Medellin, Colombia, and the Evolver, a snakelike structure in Switzerland designed by Alice Studio—illustrate the ways in which talent, creativity, and raw material can help reimagine and transform spaces and even whole cities. One such project highlighted in the volume is the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia. Completed by Renzo Piano in 1998, the elegant, almost otherworldly series of buildings put the French island on the map, so to…

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fictional finds

THE LEAVERS (ALGONQUIN), BY LISA KO The 11-year-old son of an undocumented Chinese immigrant in New York finds himself suddenly orphaned, and then moved into the care of an American couple, to his grief and bewilderment. AVAILABLE AT NATIONAL BOOK STORE. MARLENA (MACMILLAN), BY JULIE BUNTIN There isn’t anything quite like the friendship between two girls coming of age together, as evidenced by Buntin’s tender, buzzed-about debut. Even in her adult years, Cat remains deeply affected by the fate of her childhood best friend, the magnetic titular character Marlena. AVAILABLE AT NATIONAL BOOK STORE. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE (LITTLE, BROWN), BY CELESTE NG Ng’s sophomore effort revolves around a mother and daughter who have just relocated to suburban Ohio. They decide to rent a duplex from the wealthy Richardson family, and chaos in the community—triggered by…