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Town and Country PH December 2015 -January 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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season of giving

And just like that, it’s Christmastime again. How did that happen? The year went by in the blink of an eye. Well, it did for me. And we’re back in the season of giving. Our highly anticipated annual Town&Country gift guide is the cornerstone of our holiday issue, as always, filled with fabulously luxurious selections to delight those you love most. It’s also our Philanthropy issue, where we encourage you to give presents to more than just your family and friends. So many charities and advocacies out there waiting for your time and involvement not just this season but all throughout the year. Many of our readers have told us how much our Giving page means to them. We’ve received feedback from organizations and movements about how our generous readers have reached…

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MAGIC LIWANAG Half deaf, Magic began his journey in photography when he was given a camera in 2006. “They say when you lose a sense, another one gets better and more sensitive. I think I developed a better eye,” he says. Since then Magic has done the rounds, from shooting as a photojournalist and covering concerts to working as an editorial photographer and photo editor. In this issue, he photographs Tab Abad for our Beauty Diary section. “Every shoot brings me joy,” he adds. “I enjoy listening to people and being listened to as well. We all have our own challenges in our lives and careers, and having the chance to share my experiences and talents with anyone is something I will always treasure.” MARY KARR “Anybody with an inner life as big…

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it’s time to drink champagne and dance on the table

TINY BUBBLES WITH THE HOLIDAYS AROUND THE CORNER, WE’LL SOON BE BREAKING OUT THE BUBBLY. WE SURVEYED A FEW EXPERTS ON THEIR SPARKLERS OF CHOICE FOR THIS SEASON AND HOW THEY WOULD PAIR THEM WITH FOOD. Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi LIFESTYLE JOURNALIST There’s nothing I love more than some perfectly chilled Krug with those delicious sugar caramel coated cream puffs from a pièce montée! I can never resist stealing a piece and biting into that vanilla cream-filled choice pastry, the burnt crisp sugar sticking to your teeth, all washed down with Champagne effervescence. Throw in a few strawberries and I’m in heaven! Wine Story, Shangri-La Plaza, 633.3556. Tippi Tambunting M DINING AND DONOSTI A nice glass of Bruno Paillard Brut Rose paired with a chorizo puff aioli is a perfect pairing—crisp yet juicy, with the right amount of dryness.…

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the fizz factor

Reims-based Champagne maker Bruno Paillard has been making some of the world’s best Champagne since 1981. Creating his signature blend from the grapes of as many as 30 prestigious crus, Paillard’s Champagnes are unique to the region, as not only is his name on every bottle, he is also the sole owner of the maison and the one responsible for all of the house blending. Also distinctive to the house is the date of disgorgement—the removal of sediment and yeast from the second fermentation and topping up with reserve wine before recorking and sealing—on every single bottle so the consumer is made aware of how a bottle evolves. With an annual bottling of only 500,000 bottles, 80 percent of the Champagne is exported around the world. The Champagnes are also found on…

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culture top ten

1 ON YOUR MARKS... If the art fair season is a long-distance relay, then Singapore fires the starting gun. Art Stage, now on its sixth edition, has become the established event that marks the beginning of the worldwide art calendar season. Under the guidance of Lorenzo Rudolf, a former Art Basel director, this major Singapore art fair has become Southeast Asia’s premier annual art event. Art Stage is a key platform for regional galleries who want to broaden their audience internationally. This year, Rudolf says that 143 galleries have confirmed their participation, with artists from 33 countries being represented. Highlighting the increasing international flavor of the fair is the first-time participation of a growing number of galleries, which include the prestigious Forsblom from Finland and Giorgio Persano from Italy. The Philippines has had…

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all the world’s a kitchen

For many travelers these days, there is no better way to get to know a new culture than through its cooking. Whether it’s by immersing oneself in a home kitchen, sampling a vast array of a country’s street fare, shopping at a local market, or dining at one of a city’s top tables, the local cuisine always tells a story and provides the curious with a strong sense of place. From the geographical factors that influence an ethnic group’s tastes to the tales of a nation’s history—including remnants of its conquerors or the places they’ve conquered—food is one of the truest expressions of a culture’s identity. Not surprisingly, the culinary exploration of a country has become an important part of today’s overall travel experience and has fueled the growth of…