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Town and Country PH October 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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shop talk

One of Mom’s fond memories as a teenager is that of her aunts from Pampanga coming over to visit them in Malate, with all of them heading to San Marcelino to go shopping at Rustan’s. Mom remembers her aunts letting her and her sister choose handbags and lace handkerchiefs as presents. They felt so grown-up. The earliest Manila shopping memories I have are at Rustan’s. I remember spending time with Mom in the blue-tiled building choosing presents for those same aunts from Pampanga. Mom gave me the honor of selecting which wrapper and which ribbon to use at the giftwrap counter. I was thrilled. When I was 11 years old, I saved my allowance to buy Spanish baby cologne for my sister and quilted cosmetic kits for my best friends at Rustan’s.…

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AT MACULANGAN In this issue, At captures the sprawling Mission-style home of Marisol Ramirez, designed by renowned architect Manny Miñana. The noted photographer’s work has been shown at Silverlens in Manila and Taksu in Singapore, among others. Last year, At was among the featured artists with specially commissioned exhibits at Art Fair Philippines, the country’s biggest and most anticipated showcase of contemporary art. WIG TYSMANS Wig photographs this month’s cover story featuring Bienvenido Tantoco Sr.—who founded Rustan’s with his late wife Gliceria Rustia Tantoco—and daughter Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco, now the chairman and CEO, at the Tantoco home. Apart from being featured in numerous coffee-table volumes, the Baguio City native’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries here and abroad, including at the Ayala Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and Pinto Art…

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culture top ten

1 MOVING ON Following a brief absence from the art scene, news of J Studio’s new address was welcomed by artists, collectors, and art aficionados. “We were in VFP2, a warehouse building at Veterans Center, Taguig,” its owner Jia Estrella explains, “and during that time there was a strong art community in that area.” But it was too far for most buyers and enthusiasts. A fire that engulfed an art storage facility in the same building prompted the decision to make the final move. Jia, together with her good friends, Gabby dela Merced of Vinyl on Vinyl and Martin Magsanoc of ARCHIVO, discovered their galleries’ new home—an old distillery—inside La Fuerza compound. The three share a sprawl at the deep end of the compound, called Pasilyo 18. J Studio’s intimate scale and open…

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king of kings

There may be 26 reigning monarchs in the world, but there is only one in the world of cognac. Louis XIII de Remy Martin continues its reign as one of the world’s finest and most sought-after drinks. This fine Grande Champagne Cognac’s noble history stems from a single magnificent discovery in 1850 on the historic field where the 16th-century Battle of Jarnac was waged. A beautiful metallic flask that had survived both the battle and the test of time was unearthed, later purchased by none other than Paul-Emile Remy Martin, the fourth-generation head of the cognac-making family. More than 20 years later, the first decanter of Louis XIII cognac modeled after the battlefield flask was created in 1874. Today, Louis XIII’s esteemed decanters of cognac are sought-after in every corner of…

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a redefined hotel experience in the north

Equipped with modern-day essentials and Filipino furniture and accessories, the 438-room Seda Verdis North is truly for the clientele extraordinaire. Its Presidential Suite, Seda Spa, and Club Lounge are well-curated for premiere relaxation, while its soon-to-open Chinese specialty restaurant is poised to offer mouth-watering dining exclusives. These offer discerning travelers more reason to frequent this centerpiece of Ayala Land’s master planned mixed-use development at the center of Quezon City. The earth-toned expansive lobby is donned with the impressive pieces of Kenneth Cobonpue, Ann Pamintuan, and photographer-industrialist--Jamie Zobel de Ayala, whose artwork provides a stunning backdrop in the main reception area. The hotel also features an e-lounge where guests can surf, check emails or even play games on the iMacs at their convenience. Seda Vertis North also has the largest banquet and meeting…

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ghost of the riviera

Noël Coward and the Duke of Windsor were frequent visitors there, lounging by the pool. Winston Churchill wrote books and painted pictures of Doris Delevingne (Cara’s great-aunt) there. The legendary Château de l’Horizon, on the French Riviera, was once known as the jewel of the Côte d’Azur and a magnet for the pre-jetset—and now it has its own biography, courtesy of Mary S. Lovell, author of acclaimed books on the Mitfords and the Churchills. Lovell’s newest subject, though inanimate, proved as elusive as any of her others. Built in 1932, the elegantly proportioned white Art Deco villa on a majestic and secluded beach, with a swimming pool considered the best on the Riviera, is an architectural and historical landmark shrouded in secrecy and rumor—even more so since it was purchased by…