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Town and Country PH May 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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national pride

Last year the Philippines officially participated at the Venice Biennale for the first time in over 50 years. Fortunately we were able to catch the show just before it closed. My heart was giddy with pride when I first saw our country’s name on the signage leading to the Philippine Pavilion. The whole city of Venice was exploding with art. Some of it I understood, and much of it I didn’t, but it was such a magnificent mind-expanding experience to be surrounded by so many creations by artists from all over the world throughout the centuries. Welcome to our Arts issue. Inside, a recap of the most recent incarnation of Art Fair Philippines that gets larger by the year. Also, we spend a day with gallerist Tina Fernandez of Artinformal who shares…

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JINGGO MONTENEJO “Art for me is an expression of one’s emotions and feelings and presenting it in a medium. For it to be good, it has to be real,” says Jinggo. “Photography has evolved quite a bit. It's not just about taking the photo but getting to know the person I’m photographing.” Apart from doing commercial and editorial shoots, he dabbles into sports photography and documentary work. When he has free time, he trains in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay Thai. He won his first amateur fight last December. “I enjoy small victories,” he says. SARI CAMPOS The makeup artist believes that any work that touches a person on an emotional level—bringing happiness, tears, or laughter—is a form of art, makeup artistry included. Sari enjoys meeting new people and finding ways to make their…

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the power of eight

One of Singapore’s best known restaurants, Restaurant André is a bastion of modern gastronomy this side of the world. The 30-seat eatery, located in the city-state’s Bukit Pasoh district, is barely five years old—yet it has already been ranked No. 38 on the World’s Best Restaurants and third on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Full credit belongs, of course, to its trendsetting chef-owner, Taiwanese-born André Chiang. Chiang has since opened equally hip dining concepts in Paris and Taipei, but his first understandably remains close to his heart. This year, on his restaurant’s fifth anniversary, Chiang debuts a volume celebrating his awarded establishment. Entitled Octaphilosophy: The Eight Elements of Restaurant André (Phaidon), the volume is published in four languages—English, French, Chinese, and Japanese—and documents a year in the restaurant’s kitchen, featuring the best…

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1 new 1 wave

Composer Nicanor Abelardo’s “Mutya ng Pasig” was written in 1926, but his muse’s haunting exhortation resonates with poignant urgency: “Kung nais ninyong ako’y mabuhay, pag-ibig ko’y inyong ibigay.” Apparently, the river that gave so much received little love in return—by 1990, Abelardo’s beloved waterway was declared biologically dead. A cruise along Pasig River affords portraiture of Metro Manila’s complex and conflicted character, starting with the industrial monoliths and gleaming new buildings left and right of the river from Pasig to Guadalupe. There are gentler passages with views of Santa Ana’s old-rich enclave and the majestic Malacañan Palace, followed by Escolta’s stately pre-war buildings side-by-side with structures from a more recent past. Like a forlorn garland, strips of dense makeshift shelters cling close to the river’s shores—a stubborn reminder of the metropolis’ urban…

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2 in the air tonight

If you’ve seen the magic of augmented reality through the Ayala Museum’s updated Diorama Gallery, you might be curious to try the experience on a larger scale. The Martell AiR Gallery offers the chance to do just that. In its continuing celebration of its 300th anniversary, French Cognac house Martell has created a permanent open-air virtual gallery, the first augmented reality contemporary art exhibition in Singapore. Set against the ever-evolving Singapore skyline, the exhibition “Zoe—The Art of the Alchemist” curated by Kelley Cheng features 15 new works by 15 Singaporean artists. Finding the art works among the city’s state’s landmarks—akin to a high-tech scavenger hunt—is part of the fun. To see them requires downloading the MAG app (free on iTunes or the Google Play Store) and heading down to the…

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3 the hills are alive

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 33rd concert season may have just ended, but if you’re already missing the sound of your favorite classical music, the PPO has the perfect summer treat. Now on its third year, the PPO Sunsets at Makiling is a free concert for all music lovers, held on the lofty grounds of the National Arts Center in Laguna. Following the much-appreciated format of the previous concerts, the orchestra, led by music director Olivier Ochanine, will perform a varied repertoire, with musical genres spanning 18th-century classics to reworked versions of more recent hits (you really have to hear “Hawaii Five-O”), as well as orchestral renditions of beloved Filipino folk songs. May 7, Tanghalang Maria Makiling, National Arts Center, Los Baños, Laguna. For more information, contact 832.1125 loc. 1115 to…