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Town and Country PH April 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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tailored spaces

It does not always have to take floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views to bring the luxury hotel experience into our bathrooms. AXOR, with its award-winning mixers, showers and bathroom accessories, shows us how to achieve luxury and elegance in our private spaces without needing to undertake major renovations. UNIQUE CHOICES It’s not just about the materials, but in the way they are used. Unique designs give the space its character. Be it in bathtubs, showers, or mixers, it pays to be specific in the finishes, features, and choice of designer. DESIGNER PIECES AXOR works closely with world-renowned designers to create exceptional products, each one a work of art. Bath mixers, faucets, and shower heads are designed in collaboration with renowned designers such as Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Antonio Citterio, and Jean-Marie Massaud. Together with…

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no ifs or buts

It’s been 25 years this month since I finished my master’s degree in Journalism. Our class Facebook page has been on fire with old photographs and shared memories. Has it really been a quarter of a century since we stayed up all night finishing assignments at Pulitzer Hall? I specifically remember how a friend of mine showed me how we could communicate with other students in other cities around the world via computer on what she called the World Wide Web. Why call when you can e-mail each other? she had asked. But why e-mail when I can just call? I replied. Because it’s free, she said. I couldn’t understand then how long distance communication could ever be free. I was making AT&T hundreds of dollars richer every month by phoning home for just…

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PIERRA CALASANZ LABRADOR “I loved Sandra Soriano’s casual yet radiant vibe, and how she spoke so passionately about food politics, green living, and her bucket list travel destinations,” says Labrador, who profiled this month’s cover subject in “DOWN TO EARTH.” A columnist for the Manila Bulletin, Labrador’s second book of poetry, Dear Universe, will be published this summer. “It took a lot of courage to self-publish The Heartbreak Diaries, my first volume of poetry, and that leap of faith eventually led to an offer by Anvil to publish my next book,” she says. “Moral of the story: Just put it out there into the universe.” MICHAEL JOSEPH GROSS “People often underestimate the personal connection that exists between monarchs and subjects,” says Gross, who writes about the rise in romantic unions between royals and…

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culture top ten

1 BRUCE ALMIGHTY Notoriously wary of attention from media and art world personalities, the American multidisciplinary artist Bruce Conner (1933-2008) must be turning in his grave in the wake of a monumental exhibition, “Bruce Conner: It’s All True”—the first complete retrospective that surveys Conner’s prodigious output. After its premiere at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2016, the exhibition traveled to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, revealing to this generation why Conner is widely regarded as one of the post-war era’s most influential artists. Two hundred pieces are on show including paintings, drawings, collages, photograms, and photos alongside his films. Our part of the world gets a glimpse of Conner’s genius with Bellas Artes Projects’ staging of the artist’s first major…

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marchesi mazzei

For over six centuries, and with its lineage spanning 24 generations, Marchesi Mazzei has been one of most respected names in Italian wine. With vineyards in Chianti and Maremma in Tuscany, and in Sicily, the family traces its wine producing roots back to the 14th century, when ancestor Ser Lapo Mazzei, a government notary, first used the term Chianti in an official document to denote a particular region of wine production. Since then, Ser Lapo has been known as the “Father” of the beloved sangiovese-made wine, Chianti Classico, and the Mazzei family one of its finest producers. Founded in 1435, Castello di Fonterutoli in the Chianti region is the family’s flagship estate. The large 650-hectare hamlet set just outside Castellina dedicates 117 hectares to grape-producing vineyards for winemaking. These vineyards have…

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high steaks

Marvin Agustin’s smile and Raymund Magdaluyo’s enthusiasm could sell anything to anyone at least once, but after decade and a half in the food business, and with a roster of successful restaurants under each of their belts, this duo has proven that there is much more to them than just a few good ideas. Yes, there is earnestness—a lot of it—but beyond that there is perseverance, passion, acumen, and above all, true grit. The two, who have been business partners with friend and fellow food entrepreneur Ricky Laudico since 2005 in the popular Sumo Sam group of Japanese restaurants, have formed a second corporation, Excello Restaurant Management Group, with Leina Bolinas, that will concentrate on bringing in international concepts to the country. To date, it has launched Wolfgang’s Steakhouse from New…