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Town and Country PH May 2017

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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raising the bar

I enrolled in a bartending class at Harvard over a decade ago when my sister was based in Boston. We learned how to set up a bar with various alcohols and mixers, pour layered shots, prepare all sorts of drinks from Manhattans to orgasms, and master the art of listening. At the end of the class, our teachers, a.k.a. professional bartenders, gave us a “diploma” that said Master of Mixology and prepped us for the bar exam (literally). For my next party back in New York, I slipped in that piece of paper into a frame over the diploma I’d earned for a master’s degree in Journalism. It’s stayed there till this day. Recently, at my friend Mavis’ birthday, I dusted off those old bartending skills and prepared a few drinks behind…

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TOTO LABRADOR This month, Toto photographs the art collections of Art Fair Philippines co-founder Trickie Lopa and art enthusiast Patricia Coseteng in “COOL HUNTERS.” He says, “Their collections were great to see. It was interesting to note how different they were from one another and hear how these collections evolved.” Toto, a commercial and editorial photographer, is currently working on mounting a show of his personal body of work. “It’s been a while since I’ve done some personal work and I’m excited to see where this will lead.” MIGUEL ESCOBAR A frequent contributor to T&C’s Bright Things section, the Esquire Philippines writer details Cartier’s new timepiece this month in “RIDING HIGH.” Miguel, a self-confessed Star Wars enthusiast, shares a recent cultural discovery: “Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design is my tell-everyone-you-know recommendation. It’s…

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culture top ten

1 BUILDING (AND LIVING) FILIPINO When you enter any building or home designed by architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa, there is always a breeze. Not an artificial air-conditioned one, mind you, but a natural breeze wafting through the wide windows. It circulates and rises to the top of the high, pitched ceiling. And then it spreads its coolness over the rest of the structure, a glamorous, efficient version of the bahay kubo. The humble bahay kubo is a still a key inspiration for Mañosa, because he believes its design and materials are perfect for our tropical climate and unique culture. “Architecture must be true to itself, its land and its people,” is Mañosa’s founding philosophy, and this is explored in the exhibit “Mañosa: Beyond Architecture,” at the National Museum of the Philippines. Exhibit curator…

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summer sparklers

I have always found it silly when people talk about reserving bottles of bubbly exclusively for the holiday season. Even less understandable to the sparkling wine lover in me is when bottles of fizz are marked for special occasions only—a rule of consumption that relies way too heavily on chance. Opening a good wine, effervescent or otherwise, is clearly its own special occasion and a reason for celebration. The hesitation to enjoy a glass of Champagne outside a festive fête is not uncommon, unfortunately, and it would seem that it and other sparkling wines have fallen victim to their own strategic marketing campaigns. All those advertising dollars spent have definitely delivered the message effectively: when celebrating, Champagne is the libation of choice. Many of us carry a distinct image of a…

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yayoi kusama

For more than five decades the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has, in addition to her world-famous paintings, drawings, and sculptures, created captivating “infinity mirror” rooms. These mirror-lined, light-festooned installations (above right) have been widely celebrated (a show in New York had a three-hour wait, and Adele used one as a backdrop in a video), and now six of them have been grouped together for “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” an ongoing exhibition at Washington, DC’s Hirshhorn Museum, on view until May 14. Here, Kusamaa voluntary resident of a Tokyo psychiatric hospital—opens up about her process for our peek inside the habits of a creative mastermind. How do you prepare yourself to be creative? I head to the studio at a regular time every day, pick up brush and pen, and begin working. What place…

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slouching toward didion

“I had imagined the Second World War as punishment specifically designed to deprive me of my father, had counted up my errors and, with an egocentricity which then approached autism and which afflicts me still in dreams and fevers and marriage, found myself guilty.” This is how Joan Did-ion describes her first visit, as a child in 1942, to the South. When she returned almost 30 years later, on a road trip with her husband through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, she took notes. “At the time,” she writes, “I had thought it might be a piece.” Those notes now constitute a new collection, South and West: From a Notebook ( KNOPF, AVAILABLE AT NATIONAL BOOK STORE ), which pairs that draft alongside one from another trip for an assigned article…