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Town and Country PH November 2015

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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once upon a time

THE EXCALIBUR RANGE is inspired by the famous legend of King Arthur, filled with adventure and fairy-tale romance, epitomised in the mysterious forest of Brocéliande. Drawing on these imaginary narratives the designers and movement development engineers of the manufacture Roger Dubuis have collaborated in unprecedented ways with gem-setting experts in creating a poetic trilogy of creations based on the ivy leaf theme. In a subtle alliance between refined techniques and sophisticated aesthetics, Roger Dubuis entwines its skeleton-work skills with its instinct for fascinating and original jewelry-inspired models. A recurrent theme in the natural world as well as in literature and mythology, ivy symbolizes powerful emotional attachment, as well as faithfulness and eternity. The Excalibur Creative Skeleton Brocéliande powerfully yet delicately evokes the way in which the foliage of this evergreen…

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love thy neighbor

We had a block party in our neighborhood not too long ago. Our gracious next-door neighbors, Ruthy and Bobet Vera, hosted a dinner party to bid farewell to our neighbors across the street, Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber and his wife Gracita, who were moving to Bangkok for Ivo’s next posting. The invitation read 7:30 p.m., and since the guests of honor were Swiss, we all arrived on the dot. Not that we could have used traffic as an excuse. We all walked down the street from our homes, with the exception of two couples, good friends of the hosts who had to travel by car from the north. They were the earliest. We’d all been living on the same street for years and had exchanged pleasantries when we would see each other…

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ALICIA COLBY SY Alicia has been with Town&Country for four years, first as its lifestyle editor before becoming executive editor. Ever since, she has been editing the magazine’s dining and design pages and curating the annual T&C fête, the Fabulous Food+Drink Affair. “Being a part of a magazine and brand that I truly admire has made my life all the more interesting and meaningful. It has allowed me to explore many of my interests from food, wine, and cocktails to art and design. I have also met the most interesting people and have had some very enjoyable conversations,” she says. November is always a special issue for Alicia, as it highlights a few of her favorite things in the special section, Fabulous Food+Drink List. “I think it goes without saying that…

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culture top ten

1 ROAD TRIP Early in the summer, Elmer Borlongan’s 3,000+ followers on Instagram (@emongsky) couldn’t help but share his excitement. The 48-year-old painter spent a month in the United States, a trip that took him to San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Virginia, plus a pit stop in Mexico City. Celebrated works of art populated his feed, documenting daily museum sojourns that so palpably mirrored his awe. “This trip was for Emong,” declared Plet Bolipata, Borlongan’s wife, who also happens to be a successful visual artist in her own right. “It was his first time in the States, so I was resigned to the idea that all the shopping I would do would be in museum gift shops!” Borlongan concurs, “Plet indulged me. We made sure I saw all the art…

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good structure

I’ve long thought of Château Margaux as the boutique First Growth of Bordeaux. Unlike other estates in the highest category of the 1855 classification, Margaux has resisted the lure of expansion and diversification. The 650-acre estate has been celebrated for its wines since the Middle Ages, and it has remained largely intact through many changes of ownership. While the other First Growths have invested in other parts of France and overseas, the Margaux team has remained focused on the production of wine from the home estate, even as it planned Margaux’s biggest project in 200 years: a new winery, designed by celebrity architect Norman Foster, that was unveiled this summer. Margaux is generally regarded as the most fragrant and subtle of the First Growths; it is often described as feminine in…

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passion play

In the summer of 1974, a group of teenagers bonds over their youth and an inclination to the arts. At the center of it all is Jules Jacobson, equally bewitched and bewildered by her newfound friends, all of whom she considers, as a 15-year-old from the suburbs, the cool kids: Ethan Figman, Jonah Bay, Cathy Kiplinger, and siblings Ash and Goodman Wolf. The Interestings follows the six gifted adolescents well into adulthood as each attempts to either follow or diverge from a creative life, some failing spectacularly in the lives they lead, and others finding immense success. THE INTERESTINGS MEET AT A CAMP CALLED SPIRIT-IN-THE-WOODS. IS THAT INSPIRED BY A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE? I went to a summer camp in Massachusetts that was very similar to that. It sounds dramatic to say that…