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Town and Country PH September 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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by the book

There was this book that Mom planned to donate to a library with some of her other old books. A battered, dog-eared picture book with crayon markings from its original owner. NO! She had found my first edition The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss circa 1957 that I had bought from the antiquarian section of Shakespeare and Company in Paris almost six decades later. My big purchase of that trip. Mom had taken it out of its thick cardboard box that she was going to give to the help for their personal keepsakes. NO! Books are my guilty pleasure, I must admit. Books, books, books everywhere. Shelves and shelves. Piles and piles. I haven’t read more than half of them and I probably never will, but it doesn’t matter. When I moved home from New…

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CLINTON PALANCA In this issue, the food critic at the Philippine Daily Inquirer writes about the joy he derives from consuming instant noodles in “THE T&C GUILTY PLEASURES." Palanca’s latest collection of food essays, entitled The Gullet: Dispatches on Philippine Food, was published in 2016. “I’m working on a book project on Mindanao food,” Palanca shares. “I’m really looking forward to exploring Mindanao, because it doesn’t get much coverage apart from conflict reports.” SARGE LACUESTA “I never realized how much I loved solo traveling until I was given this assignment—that’s how deep this pleasure is embedded in my reptilian brain,” Lacuesta says of his piece for “THE T&C GUILTY PLEASURES.” A co-founder of a digital media agency and former editor-at-large at Esquire Philippines, Lacuesta is the recipient of several Palanca Awards and Philippine…

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culture top ten

1 BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL If we go by John Milton, it took all of Satan’s cunning—and a band of equally nefarious cohorts—to orchestrate man’s fall from Eden. Artist Ian Fabro, on the other hand, needed only pen, paper, and a heavy-duty staple gun to impart his own Paradise Lost chronicles. The resulting pieces, however, are every bit as layered, textured, and complex as Milton’s 350-year-old verses. Fabro, 23, takes over the third floor exhibition space of the University of the Philippines’ Jorge Vargas Museum for a one-man show entitled “The Arrow of Time in the Heart of the Sun,” that opens this month. His last exhibit, “Hurt Anatomies,” landed him on the shortlist of the 2016 Ateneo Art Awards. The artist continues to use his drawings as the primary device to convey…

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japan on my mind

It is a common saying that good things in life come in threes, but Kappou Imamura brings you the best things in life in fives. The Japanese culinary principle Gomi, Goshiki, Goho can be translated to “five flavors, five colors, and five different preparation styles and cooking techniques.” It is the implementation of this principle by Chef de Cuisine Hirofumi Imamura that makes Kappou Imamura stand out from Okada Manila’s other dining options. Located at the restaurant promenade of the resort and casino complex, Kappou Imamura offers guests a variety of enticing well-finished dishes made with premium ingredients and prepared with sophisticated techniques. Each dish must pass Imamura’s scrutiny, whose goal in every meal is marrying traditional Japanese delicacies with modern elements, the results being culinary masterpieces. “My duty as the chef of this…

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high gloss

1. A.P.C. TRANSMISSION (PHAIDON) Founded by Jean Touitou in 1987, fashion brand A.P.C. embodies its French roots to a T. Always understated and quietly chic, never too bold or dramatic, its ready-to-wear collections have earned an enthusiastic following through the years. Coinciding with its 30th anniversary is the launch of a visual diary featuring never-before-seen designs and photographs of memorabilia. To order at National Book Store. 2. MARGIELA: THE HERMÈS YEARS (LANNOO) A tribute to Martin Margiela’s six-year stint as Hermès creative director (from 1997 to 2003), the book revisits the reclusive designer’s beloved past collections, which continue to inspire and influence fashion design movements within and beyond Hermès. To order at National Book Store. 3. LONDON UPRISING: FIFTY FASHION DESIGNERS, ONE CITY (PHAIDON) An insider’s guide to the evolution of London’s fashion scene over…

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a woman to watch for

Margot Robbie is considered an inspiration to the current generation. With box office hits like The Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad and an upcoming role as Queen Elizabeth in Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots, it’s not difficult to understand why. She also has her own production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, with several films in development such as Bad Monkeys, Beautiful Things, and Marian. The newly minted partnership of Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille and Robbie will bear a new collection, which the latter describes as “beautiful, unique, and modern.” All proceeds will be donated to Youngcare, a foundation committed to helping young Aussies with high-care needs live life with choice, independence, and dignity.…