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Town and Country PH September 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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our ninth year

One of the big pluses of my job is constantly meeting interesting people from all walks of life. I have probably met more people in the last six years that I’ve been working at Town&Country than I have in the other four decades of my life combined. Perhaps I’m just nosy in general, but I love listening to people’s stories, picking their brains, getting insights on what makes them tick. I must say that’s the best part of my job. Welcome to our 101 People You Must Meet Right Now issue, our annual list of some of the most talked about people in our Town&Country circle—champions we are proud of, heroes sung and unsung, newsmakers who pique our imaginations, talents who change the world, and a cast of characters who are famous…

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MELVYN CALDERON In his two-decade career in photojournalism, Melvyn has traversed Asia and has also documented the various insurgency movements in the Philippines. In this issue, he chronicles the outreach activities of our cover subject. "It was nostalgic for me. It reminded me of the times when I used to immerse and learn from the urban and rural poor communities during the ’70s. People passionate in their causes always make good photographs. They never fail to stand out.” MEDAL ELEPAÑ A longtime contributor to T&, Medal loves traveling and capturing visual poetry that our country so easily provides. Medal’s ability to work with her subject on a personal level left her “a deeper appreciation” for culinary skill after covering Singapore-based chef André Chiang’s visit to Manila. One of Medal’s favorite observations about Filipinos…

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1 national issues

Current events constantly engross Leslie de Chavez. A hallmark of his work has been its commentary on socio-political issues of the day, scathing observations on corruption and abuse of power, reflections on our history. So when the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on the West Philippine Sea controversy causes the postponement of his Shanghai exhibit—the night before he leaves Manila—it seems almost apropos. “I got a call from Geraldine,” he narrates. “She told me we had to decide ASAP on whether or not to fly out. The Philippine consul had advised that tensions were running high, especially against anything Filipino. They recommended we postpone our show. So, well… we had no choice!” Geraldine refers to Geraldine Javier, fellow art heavyweight and a de Chavez kababayan from Quezon. The two, along with MM…

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2 we are merely players

While many artists would be lucky to stage one retrospective in their careers, consider this: Juvenal Sanso, the Spanish-born visual artist we Filipinos would love to claim as one of our own, had his first back in 1966, to celebrate his 20th year as an artist. As he marks an incredible 70 years of practicing his craft in 2016, he is being honored with several retrospectives throughout the year, including the ongoing “Sanso: Setting the Stage.” In this exhibit presented by Fundacion Sanso and the Ayala Museum, the spotlight is directed at one of the most interesting aspects of the artist’s career, showcasing his stage and costume designs for the opera. The show will include colored sketches of the sets and costumes Sanso created for productions that included Sergei Prokofiev’s…

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3 i got the blues

Rock concert, science lesson, satirical social critique, dance party—all these have been used to describe the shows of the award-winning Blue Man Group, set to perform this month at The Theatre at Solaire. In this music-driven spectacle, the trio of bald and blue latex-covered performers have been delighting crowds for the past 25 years with eye-catching special effects, nuanced physical comedy, and interactive routines requiring audience participation. As the lead trio do not speak, an unseen narrator drives the production forward, and often leads the blue men into funny or compromising situations, before the percussive music, performed with the group’s signature instruments crafted out of plumbing pipes, takes over and leads them to the next scene. Formed in New York by three friends, Chris Wink, Matt Goldman, and Phil Stanton,…

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4 staging the epic

In Darangen ni Bantugen, staged this month at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre honors the rich oral tradition of the Maranaw people of Mindanao. The word darangen in Maranaw literally means “to narrate in song,” and in 2005, this oral epic was declared by UNESCO as one of the 43 “Masterpieces of Intangible Heritages of Humanity.” Comprised of 72,000 lines in its ancient form, it contains the universal themes of love and courtship, life and death, and good and evil. Philippine Ballet Theatre’s version is based on Ma. Lourdes Sanchez and E. Arsenio Manuel’s retelling of the story. In the epic, Prince Bantugen has been banished from his kingdom after he falls in love with a princess betrothed to his brother, the king. While in exile,…