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Town and Country PH October 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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wonderful people

Our chairman emeritus John Gokongwei Jr. turned 90 in August. I was very honored to have been invited by his son Lance to write a book with him on the lessons he learned from his dad. Lessons on family and love. Education. Work. And life in general. As you can see, family comes before everything else. I have known the Gokongwei family for over two decades, but it was wonderful to spend even more time with them as a family listening to their happy stories and memories. The image I personally have burned in my mind is that of Mr. John watching his first granddaughter, Therese, napping on his stomach as a baby. There he was, one of the most influential men in the country completely under the spell of a tiny…

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CHRISTIAN FERRETTI No stranger to Cuba, the photographer took his fourth trip to that country to shoot “THE NEW CUBAN INVASION”. There he witnessed how much has changed since his first visit in 2008, when few Cubans had access to the internet and weren’t allowed to talk to tourists. “There is a sense of hope now, but they still have a long way to go,” says Ferretti. He is also working on a book of portraits from Southeast Asia. RAEN BADUA A fashion photographer and graphic designer based in New York, Raen photographed this month’s cover subjects, Loida Nicolas-Lewis and her daughters, Leslie and Christina, at the Lewis residence in Manhattan. He recently earned his master’s degree in Professional Studies in Fashion Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and…

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new and notable

SPORTING ELEGANCE The cultural significance of the Olympics is undeniable, even in fashion. Seen in Escada’s fall/ winter collection, evening wear gets a sportswear update. Silhouettes skim the body and billow to allow mobility and emphasize movement. Details such as piping, pockets, and drawstrings, plus an unfussy primary color palette, give the elegant pieces urban versatility. Escada is located at Greenbelt 5. UNMISTAKABLY ORIGINAL Personalize your camera as you please. Leica’s à la carte program has just been expanded to include the Leica M (Typ 240), known for its combined range and viewfinder, which allows the photographer to see the action beyond the frame. Pick among primary colors, metal finishes, and leather trims that best suit your style. It is even possible to select and customize the technical features of the camera. Leica Store…

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Fine Art Asia, billed as Asia’s leading fine arts fair, takes place this month at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Founded in 2006, the fair has distinguished itself as a venue for art dealers and galleries to showcase collectible fine art from both Asia and the West. Since its establishment, it has also broadened its scale and coverage to include jewelry, timepieces, silverware, and museum-quality antiques. At last year’s fair, more than 6,500 artworks were on display, valued at HK$2.8 billion, attracting close to 26,000 visitors. This year promises to be even better. For silverware aficionados, Koopman Rare Art, London, one of the world’s foremost dealers in fine silver, presents a collection that includes a pair of Georgian pilgrim flasks dating from 1828 as well as a George…

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After almost 20 years of flying in and out of Manila, one could say that Ruoh Ling Keong possesses more than a passing expertise on Philippine art. From 1996 to 2012, Keong worked with the venerable auction house, Christie’s, eventually heading the Southeast Asian Art department. Under her watch, Filipinos made waves, achieving record-breaking sales for masters like Juan Luna, Fabian de la Rosa, and Anita Magsaysay-Ho. Her efforts helped focus the spotlight on contemporary names like Nona Garcia, Geraldine Javier, Yasmin Sison, Jose John Santos III, and Ronald Ventura. After leaving Christie’s and following stints as the director of Pearl Lam Gallery in her native Singapore, and heading the modern and contemporary art division for auction house Poly Hong Kong, Keong strikes out on her own. A Private Room is…

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3 on the menu

Now on its sixth year, the Ayala Museum’s History Comes Alive! lecture series with eminent historian, journalist, and scholar Ambeth Ocampo inventively tackles the concerns and interests of today’s generation with the theme “The Hugot Historian.” Each talk in the current series is entitled in the form of a hashtag, as Ocampo attempts to show the social media generation how prominent events in the past have created a lasting impression on our lives today. In this month’s talk, #SingPaitNgPagIbig, he addresses a favorite topic—food—and its role, evolution, and importance in Philippine history. If you’ve ever thought about what they served during Emilio Aguinaldo’s presidential inauguration or the significance of “tsokolate eh” and “tsokolate ah” and what compelled Jose Rizal to write about it in Noli Me Tangere, here’s your chance…