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Town and Country PH November 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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happy meals

I don’t eat out as much as I used to. For a number of years in New York, I used to eat out twice a day, or even more, sometimes doubling up for dinner just to make a deadline. I shared many meals with a young man named Ryan Sutton. We were both food writers; I was also his editor. Ryan was fearless. I had to rein him in a number of times, especially when his language got too colorful. I reminded him often to think hard before ripping a restaurant to shreds. Remember, your words can make or break a restaurant, I told him. And behind those restaurants there are people who may have worked their butts off for years just to put up that establishment. Later, Ryan was named food critic. I was…

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GABBY CANTERO Cantero spent a week photographing modern Chinese fare at Canton Road, Xiu, China Blue, and Crystal Dragon for “A CULINARY REVOLUTION.” She says, “It was quite interesting to see a diverse dining experience for something so traditional like Chinese cuisine. I’m excited to see—and taste—what else is in store for diners.” A longtime editorial and commercial photographer specializing in food, still-life, and portraiture, Cantero recently ventured into video production. “It’s something I never thought I would do but have learned to love over the past few months,” she says. CLINTON PALANCA This month, Palanca observes the opening of various Chinese fine dining establishments across Manila and reflects on what it means for Chinese cuisine today in “A CULINARY REVOLUTION.” Palanca’s writing on food and politics, among other things, regularly appears in…

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1 the everlasting gaze

Because of its role in pulling together and highlighting current developments in Southeast Asian art, the Singapore Biennale has featured a good number of Philippine art’s more significant moments. In its 2006 inaugural edition, Jose Legaspi’s eerie autobiographical pastel drawings took over a darkened, closed off space at the city’s National Museum, an exposition that necessitated warning signs due to the mature content of the work on view. For “Flight,” the biennale’s second outing in 2008, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s installation of 4,000 clear rubber slippers perched on bamboo poles, spread out across a promontory adjacent to the then still-undeveloped Marina Bay Sands complex. In that same year, Ronald Ventura first unveiled his anime-inspired sculpture for “Mapping the Corporeal.” While in 2011, Louie Cordero had museumgoers belting out Frank Sinatra…

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2 a visual feast

The touring exhibition, “Mexican Modernity: 20th Century Paintings from the Zapanta Mexican Art Collection,” is on view this month at the Yuchengco Museum, presented in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines. Featuring artworks from Mexico’s foremost artists including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo, the show shadows major periods in the development of the Latin American country’s art scene, from its early European-inspired works to the more socially aware indigenous themes favored by contemporary artists. More than 40 paintings, drawings, fine art prints, and mixed media works make up this exhibit, sourced from the personal collection of Dr. Richard and Rebecca Zapanta of Los Angeles. A fourth-generation Mexican-American, Dr. Zapanta traces part of his family’s roots to the Philippines. Through the show, he…

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3 my strange addiction

There’s no escaping the internet these days, especially for millennials, whose lives seem to revolve around social media. It’s a topic artist Dean Zuberi Africa explores in his fifth solo exhibit, “Feed Porn,” opening this month at Post gallery. “The internet is for porn,” went that catchy Avenue Q song; that might have been unquestionably true when it was written in the early 2000s. These days though, one isn’t so sure, as the younger generation appears to spend more time glued to their social media feed or posting selfies than scouring the web for titillating imagery. A millennial himself, Africa’s goal for the show is to explore “cultural nuances and complexities in hyper-visual, textual and social media, and the realm of the digital as a whole; as these constructs influence…

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4 the princess diaries

I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.” – Sara Crewe, A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess is the story many girls have read and re-read from cover-to-cover. Honored as one of the “Top 100 Chapter Books” of all time by the School Library Journal, the classic novel begins with an adoring father forced to leave his precious little girl at an elite London boarding school. It is the story of how this clever and imaginative girl’s world is turned upside down when she is left in poverty after her beloved father’s death. Forced to work as a servant, it is her story of…