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Town and Country PH July 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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Philippines
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English
Publisher:
Summit Publishing Co., Inc
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IN THIS ISSUE

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moving forward

One of the things I love most about my job is meeting interesting, creative people. I love going to pop-up stores where young entrepreneurs try out their designs and ideas. I get many of my clothes at the twice a year pop-ups by cousins Tanya Yuson, Nikki de Guzman, and Marica Llenado, who design their Label clothing line based on clothes they would wear themselves. I also love going to the TALA space by lovely Mavis Fuentebella who introduces us to talented designers she herself has fallen in love with. I have clothes from Mavis' TALA line, as well as from Patrice Diaz and Cecile van Straten's Dotcomme collection; Zacarias bags by Rita Nazareno, and my favorite Nackymade glasses by Naoki Nakagawa from Kobe, who comes to visit every quarter.…

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contributors

ALICIA COLBY SY “I love to think about content that I feel will be interesting to a larger group of people. It is the actual selecting of pieces, personalities, and ideas to feature that interests and excites me,” says the T& executive editor, who curated this month’s Design List. For Alicia, good design and art is timeless, can stand on its own, and tells a personal narrative. Her other dreams? “I take a breath and say a prayer of thanks because my dreams are fulfilled in the everyday. I am particularly excited about redecorating my bedroom which is a long overdue project!” CHINGGAY LABRADOR This month’s cover story writer is an architect who parlayed her interest in design and architecture into writing instead. “My favorite pieces to write have me looking through different…

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1 throwback thursday

Walking into Ronson Culibrina’s studio feels a bit like walking into one of his paintings. Collectibles from varied periods vie for space with unfinished canvases in this distinctly midcentury townhouse in Quezon City. A boxful of New Wave LPs (think Songs from the Big Chair, by Tears for Fears) sits at the foot of a working jukebox from the 1950s. Bululs from the Cordilleras line the shelf above the kitchen sink. A Manuel Ocampo painting hangs in the landing. In the same vein as Culibrina’s images, the jumbled whole comes together somehow, despite its disparate parts. Recently cited by Forbes as one of Asia’s 30 Under 30 achievers in the arts, Culibrina first caught the local art world’s attention when he fiddled around with Fernando Amorsolo. For his first solo exhibit,…

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2 a modern gallery

The Drawing Room’s inaugural show at its new home in Karrivin Plaza was a spectacular gathering of all the artists who’ve exhibited at Jun Villalon’s gallery since the time of its inception in 1998. It wasn’t just the exhibition that caused a resounding buzz in both the art and design worlds; the gallery’s interiors—a modernist blend of industrial and native style—was as much talked-about as the works on display. Villalon contracted his good friend, the architect J. Anton Mendoza, when he decided to move Drawing Room to a bigger space. The gallery owner was drawn to Mendoza’s design philosophy: “He has a very contemporary sense of aesthetic; he likes cleans lines—not severe, but keen. He’s also very good with handling and creating space,” Villalon said. He also cited Mendoza’s skill in…

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3 a shared passion

Raul and Joanna Francisco seemed perfectly suited for each other as partners in life, and in business. Together, they own a string of successful boutique stores with Manila’s fashionable swans and stylish dandies as clients. They’ve recently added another jewel to their retail portfolio with the opening of Provenance Art Gallery at Shangri-La at the Fort. Both grew up surrounded by art and began collecting when they got married. Starting with abstracts, the couple broadened their scope later on, acquiring works from various genres, including pieces from then-unknown artists Ronald Ventura and Andres Barrioquinto. For the couple, their gallery isn’t just another business endeavor as much as a way of giving back to the creative community and supporting local artists. They also envisioned a unique showcase different from other exhibition spaces in…

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4 nature’s way

Though seemingly mundane compared to today’s modern art, there is still much to be gleaned from the viewing of traditional still life compositions. Now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila is “Bodegones: Kitchen Pictures,” a selection of still lifes—primarily of fruit and food—culled from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas collection as well as those loaned from private collectors. The exhibit’s title is taken from the Spanish term for this type of art celebrating everyday objects, which can also include floral compositions. On display are paintings from the Spanish colonial period up to the present day, with a sprinkling of contemporary photographs. Among the featured artists are Paz Paterno, Diosdado Lorenzo, Juan Arellano, Gabriel Custodio, Romulo Galicano, Kris Ardena, and National Artists Ang Kiukok, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, and Abdulmari…

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