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Town and Country PH December 2017 - January 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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christmas spirit

I stopped feeling the joy of Christmas in 2005, the year Dad and my sister Jackie passed away. We had all been together the year before, and after that it was never the same. Till last year, when Mom and I joined her brothers and their wives, Tita Corito Lim, and Tita Vivian Yuchengco, on a Christmas riverboat cruise down the Danube. We flew in to Vienna, the day before Thanksgiving, when the fresh firs were being dressed in tinsel and candy canes. Outside our hotel, tiny fairylights crisscrossed the Ringstrassen, the main city boulevard. At the town hall Christkindlmarkt, the largest Christmas market in Vienna, we breathed in the scents of the season: wreaths of pine cones, oranges, cloves, and cinnamon. It got dark at 4 p.m. and was bloody cold. But people…

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KARISIA BITONG GATMAITAN “I love spending Christmas Eve at home—my mom makes roast beef, my sister makes all the sides, and I bake dessert,” shares Gatmaitan, a pastry chef and writer who regularly contributes to T&C’s Culture Top Ten section. “I went on a baking hiatus for my wedding, but for Christmas I’ll be gifting my candied walnuts, lavender shortbread, and apple loaf with salted caramel.” KYLE CHAYKA You may love your family, but do you trust them with your legacy? Chayka observed “the machinations behind artists’ and collectors’ estates” for “THE EXECUTOR’S SONG”, about the all-too frequently botched challenges of picking the right person to handle your affairs after you’re gone. RON LIEBER There’s no one better qualified than New York Times columnist Lieber to talk about kids and money. “In middle school I…

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culture top ten

1 IN THE NAME OF ART & INNOVATION At the Jesuit-run academic institution Ateneo de Manila University, all forms of art are held in high regard and are hoped to be significant enough to inspire change in society no matter how minute. In one small theater, a collegiate acting troupe performs a play about young Rizal; in another hall, poets exchange verses about extrajudicial killings; and in a gallery, artworks convey acute observations for us to ponder on. This is the milieu that Ateneo’s newest building, Areté, was born into when it finally opened its doors—well, at least part of it—last September. Taking its name from the Greek word for excellence or moral virtue, Areté’s operations are overseen by executive director Yael Buencamino-Borromeo, formerly of the Ateneo Art Gallery. The new building…

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a spanish icon

The Rioja region of Spain has almost always been known to produce wines that overachieve in terms of quality and value. This, in a nutshell, describes what CVNE, an acronym for Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana, is all about. Founded in 1879 by brothers Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asua, CVNE has remained one of the few wineries that continues to remain family owned till the present. Current owners Victor and Maria Urrutia are fifth-generation descendants of Eusebio and Raimundo, and have continued the tradition of producing wines that reflect the high standards their ancestors would demand and expect. Like other wineries in the Rioja region, CVNE’s Reservas and Gran Reservas are quite excellent. Made with a majority of tempranillo plus a smaller percentage of garnacha, mazuelo, and graciano grapes,…

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top tomes

INTERIOR, BY JOSEPH DIRAND (RIZZOLI) The go-to designer of European heiresses and major fashion labels such as Balmain, Chloé, Rick Owens, and Givenchy, Joseph Dirand is one of the most sought-after architects of our time. His latest projects, which include a highly anticipated New York restaurant by Joel Robuchon and Aby Rosen, and a major resort development in the Bahamas, are guaranteed to attract even more publicity—but it’s in his residential projects that his talent and eye for beauty are most evident, as seen in this new volume. Available at National Book Store. CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS (THAMES & HUDSON) In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, this landmark publication compiles 70 of the most important and memorable designs by Christian Dior and his bevy of big-name successors, among them…

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the royal treatment

Throughout his acting career, Matt Smith has vicariously lived out several lives through the intriguing characters he’s portrayed. From depicting a time-traveling doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who, he underwent a complete transformation in character to play Queen Elizabeth II’s famously temperamental consort, Prince Philip, on Netflix’s acclaimed series The Crown. Revolving around the life of the longest-reigning monarch and those nearest to her, The Crown’s second season is Smith’s last, as the production has revealed that there will be a change in cast every two seasons. As Smith says goodbye to the quick-witted and rebellious character, he becomes sentimental about the role, particularly the “cool naval uniforms” he gets to wear on set. Smith has relished playing the feisty Duke of Edinburgh, whom he describes as an outsider who was defiant…