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For more information, visit the Hansgrohe Flagship Showroom at the Eton Residences Greenbelt, Legazpi St., Legazpi Village, Makati and Kuysen Main Showroom, E.Rodriguez Sr., Avenue, Quezon City or visit axor-design.com T& C 74 A PR IL 2018 E S TA B L I S H E D 1 8 4 6 86 56 66 D OW N T O E A RT H A conversation with the globetrotting Sandra Soriano reveals a true modern swan whose passions lie in food policy and adventure travel. 82 By Pierra Calasanz Labrador FEATURES 74 T & C TA S T E M A K E R S 50 A DAY W I T H E L B E RT CUENCA AND LIZA ILARDE Restaurateur Elbert Cuenca and fashion editor Liza Ilarde on celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, guilty pleasures, and what makes them click. 78 Meet arts patron Trickie Lopa, interior designer C. Mark Wilson, and entrepreneur Karen Santos, who are inspiring excitement and making waves in their respective industries. By Pierre A. Calasanz 86 54 S T R A N G E R T H I N G S Those bold enough to buck the rules are the ones who define our aspirations, in style and beyond. Spring’s collections pay welldeserved homage to eccentrics past. EDITOR’S LETTER...............12 CONTRIBUTORS.................14 SOURCEBOOK..................92 S TA R S A N D S I G N S . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 4 INVALUABLE...............95 GIVING ..........................96 By Lisa Vreeland APRIL 2018 T&C 6 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H COMMON D E N O M I NAT O R S Handsome prince meets beautiful non-princess? Not so long ago it might have been the end of the fairy tale. Why Europe’s royal houses finally decided to let love rule. By Michael Joseph Gross T& C A PR IL 2018 24 E S TA B L I S H E D 1 8 4 6 BRIGHT THINGS 35 WATCHES Chopard’s Fairmined collection; Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso One Duetto. 26 LOOKING GLASS 37 SKINCARE D E PA R T M E N T S La Mer’s Genaissance line. OUT & ABOUT 16 38 MAKEUP Meet the boys and girls of Tom Ford Beauty, CULTURE TOP TEN “Bruce Conner: OUT OF BODY” at Bellas Artes Outpost; Artinformal opens its new branch at The Alley at Karrivin Plaza; the highly anticipated Art in the Park; Manila FAME; and more. 39 BEAUTY NEWS 36 La Prairie’s Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir. SOCIAL NETWO RK 40 PARTIES 22 WINE Elmer Borlongan’s landmark exhibit, “An Extraordinary Eye for the Ordinary”; CH Carolina Herrera arrives in Manila; Gianna Montinola and Vicky RotorHilado launch their second book; and more. The best of Tuscan wine from Marchesi Mazzei. 24 DINING Wolfgang’s Steakhouse opens its second branch in Manila. 26 CARS A look at the second-generation Audi Q5. 46 WEDDINGS Rebecca Reyes Disini weds Michael Nepomuceno Alimurung. 28 BOOKS Stylish new coffee-table books. 30 STYLE SPY 30 FASHION NEWS 48 MANNERS & MISDEMEANORS In a world where even gold-digging isn’t what it used to be, what’s a modern mooch to do? Rafé New York’s latest minaudiere collection. By Marshall Heyman 32 MUST HAVE Tod’s spring/summer 2018 lineup. LIFE AT TS BEST TASTEMAKERS: TRICKIE LOPA KAREN SANTOS C MARKWILSON 33 MEN Outdoor clothing staples from Aigle. SANDRA SORIANO DOWNTO EARTH 34 MODERN SWAN The Lucerne Group’s May Yao on her favorite accessories. 94 APRIL 2018 HIGH STEAKS WOLFGANG’S AT THE PODIUM ECCENTRIC FASHION Ć 746-2+ COLLECTIONS MODERN MOOCHERS A DAY WITH ELBERT CUENCA AND LIZA ILARDE Sandra Soriano in Louis Vuitton LOVE RULES WHEN ROYALSWED COMMONERS T&C 8 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H ON OUR COVER: SANDRA SORIANO PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOSEPH PASCUAL. STYLED BY CAROLE CUASAY-TAGLE. MAKEUP BY APPLE FARA-ON. HAIR BY JAN EDROSOLAN. ART DIRECTION BY JP MENESES. LOUIS VUITTON DRESS, GREENBELT 4, 756.0637; LOUISVUITTON.COM $ ! #!%" ! YVETTE P. FERNANDEZ Editor in Chief Executive Editor ALICIA COLBY SY Art Director JOHN PATRICK MENESES Associate Editor PIERRE IÑAKI A. CALASANZ Managing Editor MANICA C. 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Address all correspondence and subscription inquiries to Town&Country, 6F Robinsons Cybergate Center Tower 3, Robinsons Pioneer Complex, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City 1550 TELEPHONE NUMBERS Editorial: 398.8069 Circulation: 398.8034 Advertising and Marketing: 398.8030 E-MAIL ADDRESSES Editorial: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales and Advertising: email@example.com For subscriptions, log on to summitmedia.com.ph/subscribe. Talk to us. If you have any inquiries, comments, and concerns, please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback will help us serve you better. TOWN&COUNTRY (USA) EDITOR IN CHIEF STELLENE VOLANDES TOWN&COUNTRY (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITOR IN CHIEF JUSTINE PICARDIE HEARST MAGAZINES INTERNATIONAL SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, ASIA & RUSSIA SIMON HORNE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/EDITORIAL AND BRAND DIRECTOR KIM ST. CLAIR BODDEN EXECUTIVE EDITOR ELEONORE MARCHAND FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR KRISTEN INGERSOLL APRIL 2018 T&C 10 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H T& C E DI TOR’ S L E T T E R CLASS ACT From left: Yvette at the graduation rites at Columbia University in 1993; dressed in color with Christian Louboutin. NO IFS OR BUTS I t’s been 25 years this month since I ﬁnished my master’s degree in Journalism. Our class Facebook page has been on ﬁre with old photographs and shared memories. Has it really been a quarter of a century since we stayed up all night ﬁnishing assignments at Pulitzer Hall? I speciﬁcally remember how a riend of mine showed me how we could communicate with other students in other cities around the world via computer on what she called the World Wide Web. Why call when you can e-mail each other? she had asked. But why e-mail when I can just call? I replied. Because it’s ree, she said. I couldn’t understand then how long distance communication could ever be ree. I was making AT&T hundreds of dollars richer every month by phoning home for just a few minutes on Sundays. Sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if I had pursued a career in hard news. When I was young and idealistic, I’d planned on becoming an investigative news reporter or a foreign correspondent, doing exposés or heading to war zones, changing lives. But instead, I edit a luxury lifestyle magazine. We do investigative reports on skincare products and treatments. We attend parties that are mineﬁelds of gossip. he biggest danger in recent memory was avoiding getting trampled on by a spooked horse at our cover shoot. If. But. But no. No more ifs or buts. Life is good. It’s been eight years this month since I moved home rom New York. I’m no longer the same person I was when I was there. I’ve become more outgoing and outspoken here than I ever was over there. Maybe it’s the nature of my job. Or maybe it’s age. Or maybe it’s because I’m back in my comfort zone with people I’ve known my whole life. I was looking through my closet recently and realized it also looks very diferent rom the way it looked a few years ago. While it used to be a row of black, there are now splashes of color here and there. Mostly reds and dark pinks, and some purples and navy blues. Color makes me happy. I guess tastes change over time, depending on one’s moods, one’s circles of riends, one’s chapters in life. Welcome to our annual Fashion and Tastemakers issue. It's one of our most popular issues because we feature people who are conﬁdent enough to march to the beat of their own drums, not feeling the need to conform to the norm. In doing so, they have developed their own artistic ﬂair and elan, which to us is oh, so very attractive. And it is their trailblazing quality that leads to a following, which eventually makes them no longer unique because others want to be like them (isn’t that ironic?), which pushes them to reinvent themselves again. On our cover, spirited Sandra Soriano. We had originally planned a feature on her in a previous issue, but ater meeting her and getting to know more about her, we were delighted to photograph her a second time for our cover. Ah, to be young and to have the world at one’s feet. Life is good. YVETTE.FERNANDEZ @SUMMITMEDIA.COM.PH visit us online at townandcountry.ph | Follow us on INSTAGRAM @townandcountryph | Like us on FACEBOOK facebook.com/townandcountryph | Follow us on TWITTER @towncountryph APRIL 2018 T&C 12 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H T& C CONTR IBUTOR S PIERRA CALASANZ LABRADOR “I loved Sandra Soriano’s casual yet radiant vibe, and how she spoke so passionately about food politics, green living, and her bucket list travel destinations,” says Labrador, who profiled this month’s cover subject in “DOWN TO EARTH.” A columnist for the Manila Bulletin, Labrador’s second book of poetry, Dear Universe, will be published this summer. “It took a lot of courage to self-publish The Heartbreak Diaries, my first volume of poetry, and that leap of faith eventually led to an offer by Anvil to publish my next book,” she says. “Moral of the story: Just put it out there into the universe.” LISA VREELAND “I was thrilled to be asked to write on one of my favorite subjects,” says Vreeland, a documentary filmmaker and granddaughter-in-law of Diana. She describes some of the 20th century’s great eccentrics in “STRANGER THINGS” . “They were forward thinkers in many interesting ways, but their personal style and fashion choices are also attractive to me.” MICHAEL JOSEPH GROSS “People often underestimate the personal connection that exists between monarchs and subjects,” says Gross, who writes about the rise in romantic unions between royals and nonroyals in “COMMON DENOMINATORS” . “The new wave of marriages between them deepens this connection.” C L I F F O R D O L A N D AY In “ MA G I C A L T H I N K I N G, ” Olanday talks to New York-based Filipino designer Rafe Totengco about his 2018 resort collection. A regular contributor to T&C’s Style Spy pages, Olanday is the senior fashion editor at Esquiremag.ph. His definition of style? “It’s that sweet spot between how you want to dress and what you want to project to the world,” says Olanday. “It’s also about being timeless and timely.” APRIL 2018 T&C 14 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H MARSHALL HEYMAN Reporting on the new tricks and trends in oldfashioned social climbing for “THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE F O R ” caused Heyman, a veteran social observer who writes for numerous publications, to suddenly “pay much closer attention to the behavior of the people around me. And my own.” ‘ ^ ^ ^ R \ S[ \ Y H M PSPW PU V J V T O U T & AB O U T CULTURE, LEISURE, AND OTHER PURSUITS C U LT U R E T O P T E N ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Clockwise from left: Bruce Conner, TRIXIE ANXIOUSLY AWAITS CRIME, January 20, 1978; EASTER MORNING, Suzanne Mowat; a frame from CROSSROADS; EASTER MORNING, Leaves; a frame from BREAKAWAY, featuring Toni Basil. Edited by Pierre A. Calasanz 1 BRUCE ALMIGHTY otoriously wary of attention rom media and art world personalities, the American multidisciplinary artist Bruce Conner (1933-2008) must be turning in his grave in the wake of a monumental exhibition, “Bruce Conner: It’s All True”—the ﬁrst complete retrospective that surveys Conner’s prodigious output. Ater its premiere at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2016, the exhibition traveled to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, revealing to this generation why Conner is widely regarded as one of the post-war era’s most inﬂuential artists. Two hundred pieces are on show including paintings, drawings, collages, photograms, and photos alongside his ﬁlms. Our part of the world gets a glimpse of Conner’s genius with Bellas Artes Projects’ staging of the artist’s ﬁrst major exhibition in Southeast Asia. he show, “Conner: Out of Body,” had a two-part opening: At Bellas Artes Outpost in Makati in February and at Bellas Artes Projects’ campus in Bagac, Bataan, in March. At Bellas Artes Outpost in Makati, a sampling of the artist’s range includes two ﬁlms: BREAKAWAY, the artist’s masterpiece rom 1966 that features singer Toni Basil, considered by some as a progenitor of pop music videos, and EASTER MORNING, Conner’s last video work before his death. Visitors to the show will also get to see the artist’s MANDALA lithographs, a few of his ANGEL photograms and INKBLOT drawings along with felt-tip pen drawings, as well as some of the FALLEN LEAVES scroll collages. Viewers can experience the full force of the APRIL 2018 artist’s 36-minute ﬁlm, CROSSROADS, by trekking to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan. Inside the grand volumes of an unﬁnished marble church, Conner’s ﬁlm—created rom archival footage of the nuclear tests conducted at the Bikini Atoll in 1946—is projected against a wall. According to Bellas Artes Projects’ artistic director, Diana Campbell Betancourt, “he whole idea for this show began with Bataan—given the iconic nature of CROSSROADS and the talk about reviving the nuclear power plant in the province, as well as recent nuclear threats rom North Korea which made this work especially timely to show in Bataan, given its World War II history.” T&C 16 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H “CROSSROADS needs to be shown large-scale,” Betancourt (who also curated the show) further explains. “he church has a very high ceiling. Also, you can’t tell if the building is coming down or being built up; that ambiguity of space and time adds to the impact of Conner’s ﬁlm.” Bellas Artes Projects founder Jam Acuzar was immediately drawn to Conner’s ﬁlm. “I fantasized about showing this work inside the church since I ﬁrst saw it in 2015,” Acuzar says. “CROSSROADS resonated so strongly to me as it reminded me of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and the incredible cloud formations in Bagac. Although he has already passed away, his work is so timeless and has many strong connections with current issues in politics, media, and society.” Ongoing until June 3 at Bellas Artes Outpost in Makati and Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. bellasartesprojects.org. DEVI DE VEYRA I M A G E S C O U R T E S Y K O H N G A L L E R Y, L O S A N G E L E S , C O N N E R F A M I LY T R U S T, S A N FRANCISCO, AND ARTIST’S RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK N OUT&ABOUT C U LT U R E T O P T E N 2 REVAMPED and REVITALIZED PHOTOGRAPHS BY WILLIAM ONG W hile planning for the opening of Artinformal’s Makati branch, gallerist Tina Fernandez decided on a rebrand which involved tweaking the logo, revamping the original Greenhills gallery’s interiors, conceptualizing the new branch’s design, and redeﬁning her programs. Fernandez assembled a stellar team of creatives to help her realize her vision. he revamp started with the logo, now with lowercase fonts to echo the gallery’s relaxed character; two dots provide a visual anchor that alludes to the two sites. Architects Sonny Sunga and Arnold Austria updated the Greenhills gallery (now called AI1), opening the spaces out ront to make it more welcoming. he Makati outpost, or AI2, proved to be a bit of a challenge. Formerly an oice, Sunga and Arnold had to prepare the site to ﬁt the usual gallery requirements. he design also had to conform to Fernandez’s straightforward mandate for the interiors to be simple, where, according to her, “art is the star.” Sunga and Austria gutted the entire space, stripping of the wooden planks and knocking down dividers to make expansive plains for displaying art. he architects nodded to its heritage by expressing its industrial character while also adding resh gestures, such as the metal railings and mesh, cement ﬂooring. Fernandez called on WE Design’s Mark Wilson and Nikki Escalona Tayag for AI1’s lighting requirements. “he intention was to support the architectural design of the architects and the aspirations PLEASED TO MEET YOU Inside the new AI2, designed by architects Sonny Sunga and Arnold Austria, with lighting by Mark Wilson and Nikki Escalona Tayag of WE Design. featuring ﬁve sconces made out of dinner plates and water glasses, quintessential components of any space where food and conversation take place.” AI1 and AI2 may have a similar look and feel, but Fernandez decided to diferentiate their programs so that visitors can have a unique experience. “For AI1, I wanted a strong concept in order to draw the viewers. I’m working with curators who will choose the artists. his makes it more exciting because the viewers will be presented with angles and ideas that will make them look at the exhibition in its entirety, not only at each artist’s work individually. For AI2, I choose the artists for solo exhibitions that will show viewers their current body of work and how these are presented in the context of an exhibition.” Ater opening in February with a three-woman show, featuring works by Brisa Amir, Tosha Albor, and Christina Dy, AI2’s follows up with a three-man exhibition, running rom April 21 to May 19, headlined by Juan Alcazaren, Angel Ulama, and Costantino Zicarelli. he Alley at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati; 725. 8518. D.D.V. of Tina Fernandez,” Wilson explained, “but of course we applied our usual signature, which is lighting design with high visual comfort and style, including attenuating the perimeters of the space so that proportion and volumes are accentuated.“ Special attention was paid to spaces devoted to entertaining. he open backroom ﬂows to a cozy lounge area replete with a bar. he ground ﬂoor’s dining space was, according to Wilson, a salute to AI1’s kitchen. “I suggested this because the volume of this space recalled, to my mind, the spatial volume of the kitchen at the old Artinformal, where everybody liked to congregate and hang out. he essence of that homage is a wall APRIL 2018 T&C 17 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H OUT&ABOUT C U LT U R E T O P T E N 3 ART FOR EVERYONE T here’s just no rest for artists and art enthusiasts in Metro Manila as the art scene in the city gets busier, bigger, and better each year. Ater a brief respite following Art Fair Philippines 2018, Art in the Park is slated to take place on April 15 at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, the afordable art fair’s home for the past 12 years. Also organized by the formidable Philippine Art Events trio of Dindin Araneta, Trickie Lopa, and Lisa Periquet, the more laid-back Art in the Park is held for the beneﬁt of Museum Foundation of the Philippines. hough entrance is ree of charge, it would be diicult to resist purchasing anything, since items are pegged at afordable prices, thanks to a price cap given to all exhibitors: nothing more than P50,000, with bargains begging to be discovered and found. his year’s fair features over 50 galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and even student organizations. Multimedia artist Tekla Tamoria is the fair’s featured artist, with her paper installations expected to adorn the park’s trees. his variety in the festival’s participation ensures that displayed THE PARK IS YOURS Scenes from previous editions of Art in the Park. pieces will be of diferent styles, making sure that there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for a diferent kind of weekend day out, mark your calendars. April 15, rom 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati; facebook.com/ artintheparkph. CHRISTA DELA CRUZ 4 FIT TO PRINT o raise awareness and inspire others to learn more about an oten overlooked art form, the School of Design and Arts of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde mounts “By Hand: Rediscovering the Art of Printmaking,” now running at the school’s 12th Floor Gallery. hrough the show, visitors gain insight into the history of printmaking (always closely linked to engraving, one of the oldest art forms), as well as the myriad techniques developed over the ages. Taking the theme Land, Sea and the Exchange of Ideas, the show features prints by artists representing three studios: Michael Kempson (Cicada Press of the University of New South Wales in Sydney); Kitikong Tilokwattanotai (Chiangmai Art on Paper Studios, hailand), and Benjie T. Cabrera (Association of Pinoy Printmakers). Also taking part in the show are faculty and students of the school’s Design Foundation Program, showcasing works created on campus. During the duration of the show, various printmaking professionals will hold court at a studio adjacent to the gallery, demonstrating the ﬁner points of their art. he prints produced will become part of the exhibit and will later be available for purchase. All proceeds will beneﬁt the SDA Scholarship Fund. Ongoing until April 14; De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila; 230.5100 ext. 3849; campusart@ benilde.edu.ph. LIMITED SERIES From top: Holes in the Land, by Judy Watson; Untitled, by Kitikong Tilokwattanotai. T&C 18 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H COURTESY PHILIPPINE ART EVENTS (3) AND SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ARTS (4) T OUT&ABOUT C U LT U R E T O P T E N 5 PRIDE: IN THE NAME OF LOVE PHOTOGRAPH BY JOAN MARCUS, COURTESY MICHAEL CASSEL GROUP (5); COURTESY MANILA FAME (6) T he Lion King, one of the great decade-deﬁning ﬁlms of the 1990s, comes to life onstage as the Michael Cassel Group and Concertus Manila present its musical adaptation for a seven-week run at he heatre at Solaire. Since its Broadway premiere two decades ago, the Tony Award-winning musical by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi has been seen by more than 90 million people in 24 productions around the world. Indeed, Elton John’s music and Tim Rice’s lyrics have stood the test of time (and medium, easily making the jump rom ﬁlm to theater). he ongoing international tour features artists who have performed in previous he Lion King productions, including Ntsepa Pitjeng (as Raﬁki), Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile (as Mufasa), Antony Lawrence (as Scar), Andre Jewson (as Zazu), and Jamie McGregor and Pierre Van Heerden (as Timon and Pumbaa). Joining them are six actors rom the Philippines: Julien Joshua Dolor, Pablo Palacpac, and Juan Tiongson share the role of Young Simba; and Sheena Bentoy, Uma Martin, and Felicity Napuli alternate in the role of Young Nala. Eagle-eyed fans of the ﬁlm may notice a few changes in the musical. For one, the role of Raﬁki gets a gender switch and is now female. here are also additions to the storyline, such as Mufasa’s parenting technique and Nala’s exile rom the Pride Lands. hese additions, thankfully, leave more room for new songs to be incorporated, all done by the original composers, John and Rice. Ater Manila, the production goes on tour in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and South Arica. Ongoing until May 6, he heatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque; tickets available through Ticketworld, 891.999, ticketworld.com.ph; facebook.com/ConcertusManila. C.D.C. READY TO WOW Get a glimpse of the latest designs and trends at Manila FAME. 6 I n the age of Instagram, young design talents are easily discovered, their careers catapulted rom out of nowhere. But in the retail industry, trade shows are still important to local and foreign buyers—they have to see and touch the products, and more importantly, forge relationships with the manufacturers and designers. Other exhibits may have come and gone, but there will always be Manila FAME (Furniture and Apparel Manufacturers Exchange), the country’s longest-running bi-annual trade show. Aside rom being a laboratory of sorts for designers’ concepts for the past 35 years, FAME is currently focusing on regional artisans (there is a Mindanao Pavilion, dedicated to the crats of the region), as well as special design projects that collaborate with smallto-medium-scale enterprises. FAME isn’t without its seasonal challenges, and its most recent controversy was its “showcasing” of Whang-od, the celebrated Kalinga tattoo artist, at its October 2017 show. he public quickly compared it to the exploitation of Filipinos at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. CITEM’s executive director Clayton Tugonon made a statement that Whang-od was in perfectly good health, and that they had brought her to Manila to support her in her nomination for the National Living Treasures Award. he April 2018 edition of FAME will feature exciting projects, such as the Design Commune, where German product specialist Detlef Klatt and Filipino designer Tes Pasola will collaborate with ﬁve manufacturing companies rom Bacolod to create a richly layered and tightly curated exhibit of the objects. April 19 to 21, World Trade Center, Gil Puyat Avenue Extension corner Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay; manilafame.com. RACHELLE F. MEDINA IN THE LION’S DEN Nala and Simba in The Lion King. APRIL 2018 BEST IN SHOW T&C 19 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H OUT&ABOUT C U LT U R E T O P T E N TOP BRASS Trumpeteer Raymond de Leon is the featured artist in the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s inal concert of the season. 8 7 TOOTING HORNS T he Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance season concludes this month with a concert featuring the award-winning trumpet player Raymond de Leon. A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, the 31-yearold musician was a three-time ﬁrst-prize winner of the National Music Competition for Young Artists. While at university, he received the prestigious Benavides Award twice for International Excellence in Music. Ater moving to the United States 10 years ago, he joined the 56th Army Band of the U.S. Army, serving for three years. In 2011, de Leon took further studies at Paciﬁc Lutheran University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in music, specializing in trumpet performance. Now based in Tacoma, Washington, De Leon is feted during his regular visits to the Philippines, giving memorable concerts with the PPO as well as conducting master classes for the instrument; expect no less during this latest visit. Conducted by maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, the evening’s program includes “he Walk to the Paradise Garden,” by Frederick Delius (1862-1934), the popular Trumpet Concerto in E Flat, by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), and El Sombrero de Tres Picos (he hree Cornered Hat), by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). April 13, 8 p.m., Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay; 832.1125; tickets available through Ticketworld, 891.9999, ticketworld.com.ph; culturalcenter.gov.ph. THICKER THAN WATER W APRIL 2018 C O U R T E S Y C U LT U R A L C E N T E R O F T H E P H I L I P P I N E S ( 7 ) , R E P E R T O R Y P H I L I P P I N E S ( 8 ) e all know how crazy families can be, but Arsenic and Old Lace, being staged this month by Repertory Philippines, takes it up a notch (and more). An American dark comedy written by playwright Joseph Kesselring in 1939, it revolves around the Brewsters, a family descended rom the ﬁrst English Puritan settlers, who have since spiraled into a clan of insane homicidal maniacs. Considered the best and most successful of Kesselring’s 12 original plays, it played on Broadway rom 1941 to 1944, closing ater more than 1,400 performances. In Arsenic and Old Lace, Mortimer Brewster is a newly engaged drama critic at a local publication. His seemingly ordinary life turns upside down when he visits his family in Brooklyn and learns all about the skeletons that should have stayed in the closet. He meets his two spinster aunts who lace their homemade wine with arsenic to murder lonely old men, his brother who thinks he is heodore Roosevelt, and another brother who had his face changed to resemble a horror-ﬁlm actor. How will Emily, Mortimer’s ﬁancée, react to all the Brewster family’s quirks? Directed by Jamie Wilson, this REP production features Joy Virata, Jay Valencia Glorioso, Jeremy Domingo, Nelsito Gomez, Sheikh Abraham, Barbara Jance, Robbie Guevara, Gabe Mercado, Steven Conde, Dingdong Rosales, and Luis Marcelo. April 6 to 29. Onstage heater, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City; tickets available through Ticketworld, 891.9999, ticketworld.com.ph; repertoryphilippines.ph. C.D.C. T&C 20 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H OUT&ABOUT C U LT U R E T O P T E N 10 LAUGH A LOT A cclaimed as one of the best comedies of all time, Monty Python and the Holy Grail serves as the inspiration for a loosely based stage adaptation, Monty Python’s Spamalot, opening this month at the Globe Auditorium in Taguig. hough the musical features a nearly identical set of characters rom the critically acclaimed ﬁlm and incorporates a number of unforgettable scenes, Spamalot takes the quest for the Holy Grail much further than in the movie. King Arthur leads the action accompanied by his loyal knights: Sir Lancelot, the Homicidally Brave; Sir Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot; Sir Dennis Galahad, the Dashingly Handsome; and Sir Bedevere, the Strangely Flatulent. Pay attention or you might miss a gag cast member, Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Show. Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without the appearances of the mysterious Lady of the Lake, the hysterical Knights who say Ni, and the psychotic Black Knight. he original stage version of Spamalot, which featured lyrics and book by Monty Python member Eric Idle with music co-written by John Du Prez, opened in Chicago in 2004. It made it to Broadway the following year, winning three Tony Awards. he Philippine run, presented by Upstart Productions, is directed by Joel Trinidad and Nicky Triviño. April 13, 14, 15, 20, and 22, Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City; tickets available through Ticketworld, 891.9999, ticketworld.com.ph. SMOOTH OPERATORS From top: Jamie Cullum; Lauryn Hill; and the Brand New Heavies perform in Singapore this month. 9 JAZZ BECAUSE COURTESY SING JAZZ (9) AND UPSTART PRODUCTIONS (10) N ow on its ﬁth year, the Singapore International Jazz Festival takes place early this month at the Marina Bay Sands with a superb lineup of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B artists rom all over the world. he city resort venue is all set to welcome more than 20,000 fans over three days and nights, with the promise of 30 hours of live music rom at least a dozen main acts. Concerts will take place on two stages, dubbed the Main Stage and the Late Show. Kicking of the weekend’s festivities on April 6 is the Austrian electro-swing musician and DJ Marcus Füreder, better known by his stage name, Parov Stelar, performing on the Main Stage. he following night, ﬁvetime Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway will demonstrate why her vocal contributions are highly sought ater by the hottest acts in music today, rom Pharrell Williams to Kendrick Lamar. Jamie Cullum, arguably the UK’s most popular jazz artist, is back to perform in the Lion City, the memories of his sold-out show at the inaugural SING JAZZ still resh among the lucky attendees. On Sunday, previous members of the popular Spanish rumba group Gypsy Kings present their new band, House of the Gypsies; the highly acclaimed British group Brand New Heavies is also featured on the bill. Over at the Late Show stage, easily the most anticipated performer will be the American singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill. Fans of the former Fugees singer will know that this year marks the 20th anniversary of her solo album, he Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which earned ﬁve Grammys. Other acts to catch include the Jazz Association SG Orchestra, led by Jeremy Monteiro; and Incognito, featuring Omar and Leee John. April 6 to 8, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; for tickets, log on to marinabaysands.com/ticketing and apactix.com; facebook.com/singjazzfestival. APRIL 2018 T&C 21 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H OUT&ABOUT WINE MARCHESI MAZZEI SIX HUNDRED YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HAS GIVEN THE MAZZEI FAMILY THE UPPER HAND IN TUSCAN WINE MAKING. COURTESY MAZZEI By Alicia Colby Sy APRIL 2018 T&C 22 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H OUT&ABOUT WINE REAL VISION Clockwise: A Mazzei vineyard; a few of its esteemed bottles; the Mazzei family. F or over six centuries, and with its lineage spanning 24 generations, Marchesi Mazzei has been one of most respected names in Italian wine. With vineyards in Chianti and Maremma in Tuscany, and in Sicily, the family traces its wine producing roots back to the 14th century, when ancestor Ser Lapo Mazzei, a government notary, first used the term Chianti in an official document to denote a particular region of wine production. Since then, Ser Lapo has been known as the “Father” of the beloved sangiovese-made wine, Chianti Classico, and the Mazzei family one of its ﬁnest producers. Founded in 1435, Castello di Fonterutoli in the Chianti region is the family’s ﬂagship estate. he large 650-hectare hamlet set just outside Castellina dedicates 117 hectares to grape-producing vineyards for winemaking. hese vineyards have been further organized into ﬁve zones of 120 single parcels and are planted with 36 biotypes of Sangiovese along with merlot, cabernet sauvignon, colorino, and malvasia nera. It is here at Castello di Fonterutoli where several of the family’s iconic wines are produced, including the estate Chianti Classico Gran Selezion, Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva, Fonterutoli Chianti i Classico, and the pioneering Super Tuscan, Siepi. Underneath the Castello estate is the 10,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art winery designed by family member and architect, Agnese Mazzei. Built over four years into the rocky hillside, the winery prides itself in using sustainable energy sources and is equipped with a gravitational flow delivery system that manages the movement of grapes to juice to wine in the vinification process, eliminating the need for any electrical pumping. At the very bottom of the structure, 15 meters below the surface, lies the barrel cellar where the wines are aged and stored. Both the cellar’s temperature and humidity are naturally controlled by five water streams that ﬂow through its rock walls and therefore dispenses the need for any air-conditioning. With approximately 350,000 bottles produced each year, the elegant and spicy Fonterutoli Chianti Classico is aged 12 months and is a perfect accompaniment for grilled meats and dark pasta sauces. The Gran Selizione DOCG, a blend of 92 percent Sangiovese and 8 percent Malvasia Nera and Colorio, is aged for 20 months in French oak barrels and is characterized by a balance of fruit, tannins, and minerality. It is a well-structured and complex wine that can be easily paired with game, stews, truffles, and aged cheese. P IL 2018 Also of note is the estate’s special bottling called Philip. A full-bodied wine made rom 100 percent cabernet sauvignon grapes rom both the Chianti and Maremma vineyards, this wine is dedicated to Filippo Mazzei, one of the more illustrious Mazzei ancestors. In the mid-1700s, Filippo, a viticulturist and wine merchant, met American patriot Benjamin Franklin while traveling through London and soon made riends with fellow wine enthusiast Thomas Jefferson. It was Jefferson who convinced Mazzei to move to Virginia to plant grapes rom the Mazzei Tuscan cuttings. Jeferson gave Mazzei 193 acres of the Jeferson estate in Monticello and in partnership with both Jeferson and George Washington, Mazzei founded the Virginia Wine Company. In addition to his contribution to American winemaking, Filippo is also credited with being an ally of the American Revolution’s patriots. “he great doctrine ‘All men are created equal,’ incorporated into the Declaration of Independence by homas Jeferson, was paraphrased rom the writing of Philip Mazzei, an Italian-born patriot…a close friend of Jefferson’s,” wrote John F. Kennedy in his book, A Nation of Immigrants. Proclaimed by Italian culinary organization Gambero Rosso “as one of the 50 wines that changed Italy’s wine style,” Mazzei’s super Tuscan, Siepi, is a blend of sangiovese and merlot grown on the best, more mature parcels of the estate’s vineyards. he exact proportion of the blend is determined annually and is dependent on how the ruit manages against the elements throughout the season. First made in the early ’80s, Mazzei believed that merlot’s richness and roundness would complement Sangiovese’s acidity. The wine is aged in French barrels made rom Allier oak while the duration of the aging is determined rom vintage to vintage. A wine with great aging potential, bottles of Siepi should hold well over 20 years and pair nicely with highly ﬂavorful and textured dishes. Premium Wine Exchange, Alegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Extension, Makati; 812.3823. N T R Y. P H GRAND VISION Clockwise: Marvin Agustin; the signature Porterhouse steak and New York cheesecake at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. OUT&ABOUT DINING HIGH STEAKS WHILE RAYMUND MAGDALUYO AND MARVIN AGUSTIN MAY BE RELATIVE NEWCOMERS TO THE LOCAL STEAKHOUSE SCENE, THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT THEIR FIRST RODEO. M arvin Agustin’s smile and Raymund Magdaluyo’s enthusiasm could sell anything to anyone at least once, but ater decade and a half in the food business, and with a roster of successful restaurants under each of their belts, this duo has proven that there is much more to them than just a few good ideas. Yes, there is earnestness—a lot of it—but beyond that there is perseverance, passion, acumen, and above all, true grit. he two, who have been business partners with riend and fellow food entrepreneur Ricky Laudico since 2005 in the popular Sumo Sam group of Japanese restaurants, have formed a second corporation, Excello Restaurant Management Group, with Leina Bolinas, that will concentrate on bringing in international concepts to the country. To date, it has launched Wolfgang’s Steakhouse rom New York and Gen Korean BBQ, rom Los Angeles, with a third concept set to open soon. While both Agustin and Magdaluyo each have large stakes in other food businesses (Magdaluyo is the president of the Red Crab Group and Agustin owns several food carts and ranchises, and is a partner in Tai Koo HK Roast), the two are dedicated to growing Excello’s global platform. his year, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which ﬁrst opened in Manila in 2016 at Newport Mall, is in the midst of an expansion, having recently opened its second branch at he Podium in Mandaluyong and a third planned for Bonifacio Global City this summer. “Our Wolfgang’s partners are very active in the day-to-day operations as this is a joint venture and not just a ranchise,” says Agustin. “Our general manager reports to them directly and brings to the surface all problems, challenges within the operations, to both of us. To be honest, this brand is easy to manage. he menu is very simple APRIL 2018 T&C 24 and straightforward—it’s New York comfort food.” As with any steakhouse, the source of the meat is vital and Wolfgang’s international network and expertise in sourcing and logistics have proven invaluable. “Our meat is aged for 28 days onsite,” continues Agustin. “It is chilled but never rozen and ﬂown to Manila regularly.” With the Philippine restaurant scene moving faster than most can keep up with, Agustin says that understanding the behavior and sophistication of their diners is what keeps them ahead of the game. “Millennials are very important to the growth of our business and we take notice of that. hey like their food and value for money is paramount to them. hey want fun, they want beautiful settings, and they do enjoy their dining experience, but in the end, it must be of good value or they will spend their money elsewhere. With all of our establishments, we make sure we ofer just that. hese days to keep competitive you can’t just ofer ‘good enough.’ hat doesn’t work anymore and that’s a good thing. It challenges us. It excites us!” Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay, 511.7009; he Podium, 8 ADB Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, 505.6272. T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H COURTESY WOLFGANG'S STEAKHOUSE (STEAK) By Alicia Colby Sy Po r t r a i t b y Pa t r i c k M a r t i r e s OUT&ABOUT CARS JUMP THE Q The all-new Q5’s streamlined shape gives it a drag coeficient of just 0.3, superb for an SUV; ample room for three adults in the rear. Opposite: The dash features the Audi Virtual Cockpit and an 8.3” infotainment screen; views of the air suspension and all-wheel drive system. OUT&ABOUT CARS HIGH FIVE THE SECONDGENERATION Q5, AUDI’S BEST-SELLING LUXURY COMPACT SUV, IS HERE. By Pierre A. Calasanz COURTESY AUDI/PGA CARS W hen it was introduced a decade ago, the ﬁrst generation Audi Q5 hit all the right spots. It sported great looks, performed well on the road, and earned its stripes as a near-perfect mixed-use vehicle. Built with ﬂexibility in mind—you could seat ﬁve adults comfortably and still have a lot of luggage space in the boot—the Q5 proved to be a goldmine for the German automaker, which has since sold more than 1.6 million units in more than a hundred countries over the world. Ater receiving a few cosmetic tweaks a few years ago to keep up with younger rivals, the Q5 has been completely redesigned “rom the wheels up,” as they say in motoring circles. he second generation Q5 is bigger yet lighter, faster and stronger, and packed with the latest technology. Among its most touted features is the updated Quattro system with Ultra technology, a development that can make the SUV see into the future, in a matter of speaking, but we’ll get to that later. Redesigning a well-loved vehicle is a daunting proposition, so Audi did the right thing by keeping the basic conﬁguration while making noticable improvements. It’s at the ront where the changes are most pronounced: the grille is now enclosed in a hexagon shape, and its vertical slats have been replaced by horizontal ones. Much like the horizontal stripes fashion illusion, this new arrangement makes the car seem a little wider—in this case it’s a good thing. Combined with slimmer angled headlights, which make the SUV seem like it is squinting, this aggressive face underlines the Q5’s sporty looks. From the side, the silhouette is enhanced with a more noticeable fold line that runs the entire length of the car. Size-wise, the new Q5 is bigger than its predecessor, but not by much, about an inch longer and about two inches wider. Inside, however, it feels much larger. It probably has to do with how the roof pillars are substantially thinner, making the cabin seem more spacious. he slimmer pillars have an added beneﬁt: better driving visibility all around. Another thing best appreciated rom the driver’s seat is the improved layout of the dashboard. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit displays graphic information on a 12.3inch screen, with a choice of two views: “classic” with its round speed and rev counters with red needles, and the more modern setting with digital readouts. Also on the dash is the multi-media interface which ofers easy connectivity with your smartphone. hrough this feature, you can display your phone apps, such as navigational tools, on the 8.3-inch screen on the center console. If you’d rather be listening to music, the Q5 is equipped with a topnotch Bang & Olufsen sound system. Living up to its motto of Vorsprung durch Technik, meaning “Advancement through Technology,” Audi has packed this SUV with a host of technological THE QUATTRO ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE SYSTEM IS WHAT CEMENTED AUDI’S REPUTATION IN THE INDUSTRY, AND WITH THIS UPDATE, IT’S LITERALLY LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE. marvels, among the most impressive is the previously mentioned Quattro with Ultra technology. he Quattro all-wheeldrive system is what cemented Audi’s reputation in the industry, and with this update, it’s literally looking into the future. Simply explained, a processor analyzes your driving and the road conditions then it predicts your power or torque requirements 500 milliseconds in advance. When it senses that you need more traction, Ultra activates the four-wheeldrive system in just 200 milliseconds (that’s two-tenths of a second). When it senses that extra torque is no longer needed, it immediately disengages the rear axle rom the engine and the rear wheels no longer receive power, saving you precious fuel. he new Q5 also introduces adaptive air suspension, where you can vary your ride height by ﬁve levels. Set it higher for better handling on poorly maintained roads or when you think you might scrape on a badly designed road hump. Adjust it to the lowest setting once you’re home, and getting our things out of the trunk is much easier. High technology in cars, what’s not to love? Audi Philippines, 727.0381 to 85. OUT&ABOUT BOOKS HEAVY HITS WHAT’S ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE? LET THESE REMARKABLE MONOGRAPHS PROMPT AN UPDATE. B y M a n i c a C . Ti g l a o HAUTE BOHEMIANS, BY MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA (VENDOME PRESS) Flores-Vianna, an Argentineborn writer, editor, and photographer, travels far and wide to capture 20 stunning homes in destinations such as Tangier, Milan, and London. he personal spaces of a grand mix of creatives make an appearance, rom artist Alexander Twombly’s farmhouse-slash-studio in Italy to magazine editor Mariane McEvoy’s cottage on Hudson River. In FloresVianna’s own words, “All the houses in these pages are poetry.” Available at National Book Store. VOGUE LIVING: COUNTRY, CITY, COAST (KNOPF) Featuring an impressive round-up of subjects, this Traina at their residences, photographed beautifully by François Halard, Oberto Gili, and Bruce Weber, among others. Available at National Book Store. volume compiled by Vogue editor Chloe Malle contains a rare and exhaustive collection of homes of some of the world’s most intriguing tastemakers. Writers including Hamish Bowles, Plum Sykes, and Joan Juliet Buck proﬁle the likes of Dries Van Noten, Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo, Stella McCartney, and Alexa and Trevor APRIL 2018 CHAMPAGNE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE WINES, PRODUCERS, AND TERROIRS OF THE ICONIC REGION, BY PETER LIEM (TEN SPEED PRESS) No matter the season or T&C 28 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H HOUSES THAT WE DREAMT OF: THE INTERIORS OF DELPHINE AND REED KRAKOFF (RIZZOLI) hese days we oten hear of Reed Krakof, appointed chief artistic oicer at Tifany & Co. in 2017. But long-time followers of Krakof know that apart rom establishing a name in fashion, he’s also managed to earn a stellar reputation for his interior design work alongside Delphine, his equally respected wife who is the founder of Pamplemousse Design. Together the couple have accomplished a number of stunning luxurious residential projects, some of which are shown in this volume for the ﬁrst time, with commentary rom a few of the couple’s close riends, including Martha Stewart and Tory Burch. Available at National Book Store. COURTESY VENDOME PRESS, RIZZOLI, AND NATIONAL BOOK STORE occasion, you’ll find that it’s best to always have a bottle of bubbly on hand—and this substantial guide makes for a great companion. Liem, a wine writer and founder of ChampagneGuide.net, demonstrates his expertise with essays on the history and evolution of the region as well as descriptions of its growers and vintners. This boxed set also comes with maps of seven vintage vineyards illustrated by Louis Larmat. Available at National Book Store. S T Y L E S PY AN EYE ON LIVING AND DRESSING WELL RAFÉ NEW YORK’S CLEVER MINAUDIERES ARE THE FRUIT OF MEMORY, INSPIRATION, AND NATURE. By Clifford Olanday APRIL 2018 T&C 30 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H P H O T O G R A P H E D BY M I C H A E L G I R M A N ; M O D E L E D BY S O P H I E S U M N E R ; C L O T H I N G BY T R A CY R E E S E ; H A I R A N D M A K E U P BY A K I H I S A YA M A G U C H I MAGICAL THINKING I t was the French jewelers Van Cleef and Arpels who ﬁrst introduced the minaudiere, a fancy evening clutch whose main characteristics are that it usually appears as a geometric fantasia and, more importantly, is carried by hand, without the use of a strap. A traditional shoulder bag or your voluminous satchel might ruin the lines of a slinky column or a full-on princess gown, whereas a hand-held minaudiere maintains the integrity of a dress’ design and allows it to shine. So even if your minaudiere were to present an embroidered scene of a pink ﬂamingo amid a tropical habitat of blue skies and lush ﬂowers, it would still be a sensible match to a ﬂower-covered Tracy Reese number. he bag held in hand is a highlight, a punctuation to the statement-making outﬁt. Such vivid creations are made by the New York-based Filipino designer Rafe Totengco, who, staying true to tradition, continues to make clutches that evoke fancies, whether it is a face of a jungle tiger rendered in mother-of-pearl shell, or a Rem Koolhaas-designed building made in miniature. his season, he puts together a vision rom a pastiche of favorite things. “Spring/summer ’18 was a melange of images rom Slim Aaron’s book, A Place in the Sun, Yves Saint Laurent’s muse Loulou de la Falaise, a Fauvist painting by Andre Derain titled Madame Matisse au Kimono, Victor Vasarely’s geometric art, and a recent trip to Holbox in Mexico to see the ﬂamingos in their natural habitat,” he says. And how the many and seemingly disparate references become united under one collection would be the magic of Totengco. Inspiration is central to the designer, who looks for it always (“here is no start and end”) and, having been in the fashion industry for more than two decades, knows how to parlay it into something that works. “If I can view my collection with a few glances and be able to know what it’s all about then I’ve succeeded,” he says. “hese days you only have a few seconds to catch someone’s attention so it should be impactful and memorable.” Certainly, a blue-, pink-, or orangeplumed bird is eye-catching as well as the perfect messenger for what Totengco wants to express: the joy of the sun and the fun and play that come with it. “I chose a ﬂamingo, a cockatoo, and a macaw because visually they S T Y L E S PY FA S H I O N N E W S “BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, SO IF PEOPLE SEE A FILIPINO MOTIF IN MY DESIGNS, I HAVE NO ISSUE WITH THAT. IT’S ALL OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION.” SUNNY AMALGAM Sophie Sumner models pieces from Rafé New York’s new, tropical-inspired collection. APRIL 2018 T&C 31 immediately transport you to a tropical paradise,” he explains. “I’ve always loved tropical birds. I used to have a green parrot growing up, and he was such a smart and funny creature with tons of personality.” hreading together the story of spring and summer, the return of life, is really “second nature for me due to my upbringing in the tropics,” says Totengco. he designer is familiar with the wonderful warm elements that signal the season such as straw, shell, and snakeskin, all things he loves working with and materials that can be found in the Philippines; however, Totengco stresses, he doesn’t “consciously inject a Filipino motif in my work.” Nevertheless, it is present in the homespun textures and island spirit that some of the bags evoke (one embroidered ﬂower looks very much like the gumamela). “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so if people see a Filipino motif in my designs I have no issue with that. It’s all open for interpretation. I suppose it’s unavoidable, because what I do comes rom my heart and I’m proud of my heritage,” he says. Having said that, the minaudieres of Rafé New York are most certainly global and, well, social, too. In these days of social media, Totengco does not have to imagine what kind of woman carries his handcrated bags. “She tags me on Instagram: where she is and what she’s wearing. It’s amazing, and it validates that I’m doing something that she loves and wears!” he says. “I’ve seen my minaudieres worn with jeans and a leather jacket, a summer dress, and an evening gown. It really depends on the woman’s personal style.” And isn’t that the goal: to have your magical creations, woven rom memories and made rom the harvest of nature, used in the real world. Creation does not exist in a vacuum. A painting needs to be seen, a gourmet dish consumed, and a minaudiere clasped by the hand on some wonderful night in order to truly exist. Rafé New York is available at Rustan’s. T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H S T Y L E S PY MUST HAVE EASY DOES IT Bags, shoes, accessories, and eyewear from Tod’s spring/summer 2018 collection, Greenbelt 4, 757.6292. SOFT FOCUS TOD’S SPRING/SUMMER 2018 COLLECTION CAPTURES MODERN FEMININITY IN POLISHED TAILORING MIXED WITH EASY SILHOUETTES. MODEL: BARBARA GODOY FOR MERCATOR B y C a r o l e C u a s a y - Ta g l e P h o t o g r a p h s b y Pa t r i c k D i o k n o APRIL 2018 T&C 32 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H S T Y L E S PY MEN RAIN IN THE SUMMERTIME SPLASH PROOF Clockwise: The Aigle lagship store in Uptown Mall; boots at the Aigle factory; enjoying the Aigle lifestyle; inside the lagship; waterproof jacket and parka. YOU’RE ALWAYS READY FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS—AND MANILA’S UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER—WITH AIGLE. By Pierre A. Calasanz COURTESY AIGLE T he relationship isn’t obvious, but there’s a historical link between the common road tire and the trendy rubber boot rom French outdoor lifestyle brand Aigle. In 1844, ater years of experimenting with various materials and chemicals, Charles Goodyear perfected vulcanization, a process by which natural rubber acquired more strength, durability, and ﬂexibility while eliminating its inherent sticky, tacky feel. A few years later, a fellow American by the name of Hiram Hutchinson met Goodyear, and in 1850, obtained a license to use the vulcanization process. He wasn’t interested in manufacturing tires, though, he was interested in making rubber boots; to this end, he founded Compagnie du Caoutchouc Souple in 1853, shortly ater migrating to France. Among the company’s ﬁrst patented products was a waterproof protective boot called A l’Aigle, which means “to the eagle,” an homage to the American eagle and clearly a nod to the founder’s roots. It was this boot that eventually gave the company the name by which we know it today. Hutchinson’s original goal was to provide France’s large rural population, especially its agricultural workers, safe and reliable footwear; in this aspect he succeeded beyond all expectations. By some accounts, his factory in Montargis was producing nearly 14,000 pairs a day, all by hand. Despite the mass production, quality has always been important to the company. To this day, Aigle’s bootmakers at the current factory in Chatellerault, France, undergo rigorous training, taking up to two years to master the 60 steps required to produce a single boot. More than a hundred and sixty years on, Aigle is still best known for its sturdy yet comfortable boots (which have transcended their original purpose to become an unexpected fashion staple), but has also developed a range of products for sports and leisure including sneakers, hiking and hunting boots, polo shirts, jackets, and parkas. Uptown Mall, Ayala Malls Vertis North, he Podium, SM Mall of Asia; 541.8730; @AiglePH on Instagram. APRIL 2018 T&C 33 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H S T Y L E S PY MODERN SWAN MAY YAO THE MARATHON ENTHUSIAST AND MARKETING EXECUTIVE AT THE LUCERNE GROUP ON HER SIGNATURE ACCESSORIES. P r o d u c e d b y C a r o l e C u a s a y - Ta g l e Photograph by Kai Huang FA VORITE THINGS Froom left: Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, Bonifacio High Street Central, 556.9824; Pandora Wish rings, Greenbelt 5, 509.1718. been training for marathons, so I always wear a watch to track my progress. HOW MANY WATCHES DO YOU OWN? Eight. I sometimes like borrowing my dad’s watches, like his Panerai, because they have large faces. WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE? My favorite is the Rolex I got as my graduation gift. It has a purple face, which is my favorite color. Plus there’s an engraved message at the back from my parents. This reminds wisely—my family does not like being late. he practice of wearing a watch every day has really disciplined me to plan out my day and use my time eiciently. I’ve also APRIL 2018 T&C 34 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H me how my parents worked hard and cared for me so much. HOW DO YOU WEAR THEM? When I choose my watches, I want them to have different characteristics and complement my choice of clothes. I change watches for different occasions. A watch is not just a gadget that tells time, to me it’s also a fashion statement. Just as clothes reflect one’s personality, watches may say something about a person. MAKEUP BY HANNA PECHON. HAIR BY PATTY INOJALES WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY? Two years ago, I graduated with an Arts Management degree rom the Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. I now help with the family business handling Baccarat Crystal and Steinway&Sons. Even though I’ve entered the retail industry, I am still immersed in the arts. he level of cratsmanship that goes into shaping and carving the crystal and pianos are incredible. Precision is key in making these quality products. WHAT ELSE ARE YOU INTO? I like to exercise so I take spinning and boxing classes. Right now, my family is into running marathons. We’ve done two full marathons together so far and we’re doing another one in Tokyo. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE LUXURY? Luxury can be tangible or intangible but with an emotional and sentimental value to the person. HOW DO YOU ACCESSORIZE? I love wearing watches and jewelry. I have a new obsession with my wishbone ring that I bought at Pandora recently. It’s very simple but it makes me happy. I wear it everywhere I go. WHAT'S YOUR IDEA OF A TIMELESS LOOK? When you can mix and match the same pieces throughout the years. I like accenting an outﬁt with jewelry or a bag. THE BEST WAY TO TRACK THE TIME? Deﬁnitely a watch. Growing up in a family involved in the watch industry has taught me to manage my time BRIGHT THINGS ALL MANNER OF JEWELRY BLAZING A TRAIL CHOPARD LEADS THE WAY FOR ETHICAL LUXURY. B y M a n i c a C . Ti g l a o COURTESY CHOPARD I n a time when consumers are better educated and more conscious of what they spend their money on, the concept of sustainability is one that’s become frequently discussed. One of the first watchmakers to take a step in the right direction is Chopard, which launches a 250-piece limited series of its prized L.U.C model. he L.U.C. XPS Twist QF Fairmined edition not only carries the Fleurier Quality Foundation certiﬁcation, it also spearheads the use of Fairmined gold, a move that stems from the long-term project between Chopard APRIL 2018 T&C 35 and the South American NGO Alliance for Responsible Mining that began in 2013. he Fairmined label carried by this collection means that the gold is extracted responsibly by the community of miners involved—and that the miners are, in turn, compensated fairly. So when it doesn’t seem plausible to consume less, consider that it can at least be possible to consume better. Greenbelt 5, 707.9881. T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H BRIGHT THINGS WAT C H E S FLASH DANCE The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Duetto features a distinct lozenge pattern on its 18-karat pink gold bracelet strap. BOLD MOVES ELEGANCE AND FEMININITY MEET IN THE NEW THE NEW REVERSO ONE DUETTO. By Clifford Olanday APRIL 2018 T&C 36 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H COURTESY LUCERNE A rt Deco, the style that set the world ablaze in the 1920s, was created to subvert the traditional notions of elegance. It championed the clean and simple, manifesting in straight lines, geometric shapes, and modern forms and materials (Bakelite, anyone?). In women’s clothing, looser shapes, lots of fabrics, and non-existent waistlines, complemented by bobbed hair under a cloche hat were all the rage. In other words, less rou-rou but still chi-chi: expensive, sophisticated, and, yes, daring. Because of this movement, the style that debuted at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris in 1925 has remained popular over 90 years later. We still see it in furniture and architecture, but also in many popular precious objects, such as the Reverso designed by watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre. One could argue that the timepiece with two faces, a design element that was created to protect the watch dials of polo players, is most faithful to the Art Deco style because of its genius switcheroo trick, as well as its singular form: a sliver of a rectangle ramed by three ﬂuted lines, known as gadroons, on the top and bottom of the watch case. he Reverso One Duetto jewelry watch, in particular, pushes the envelope even further, upping its dose of elegance and femininity with an 18-karat pink gold version. Jaeger-LeCoulture’s master jewelers were up to the task of creating this new model, and they did not disappoint: On its reverse pink gold dial, brilliant-cut diamonds create a graphic lozenge pattern. Not to be outdone, a motherof-pearl ront dial is further embellished with hand-drawn Arabic numerals. he Reverso One Duetto is an exquisite piece that can be worn during the day with a pair of jeans, or dressed up in the evenings. With more than 400 diamonds embellishing the watch, it could be the most dazzling statement piece that you’ll ever need. Greenbelt 5, 728.0094. LOOKING GLASS BEAUTY, HEALTH, AND WELLNESS EYES HAVE IT GENAISSANCE DE LA MER DELIVERS A NEW WAVE OF MIRACLE AND BROTH CREATIONS THAT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN. B y C a r o l e C u a s a y - Ta g l e T he Holy Grail of beauty is no longer the git of the surgeon’s knife. Today, good skincare habits and a healthy diet can keep skin rejuvenated. For countless women, using a moisturizer has become a natural part of their everyday routine. To speciﬁcally target the delicate areas around the eyes, La Mer introduces its latest breakthrough, the Eye and Expression cream. Applied gently around the eyes and expression areas, it repairs and recharges ragile skin, plumping it instantly to leave you looking like you got a few more hours of sleep. It comes with a tool for acupressure massage and application—a sensory experience with cooling efects. With a combination of La Mer’s patented Crystal Miracle Broth and emollients, the Infused Lotion nourishes without the discomfort or downtime of invasive and cosmetic treatments. It efectively fades ﬁne lines, accelerates natural collagen and elastin for that youthful appearance. Moments ater application, your skin appears to be healthier and ﬁrmer. It leaves your face feeling sot and supple. Apply on the décolleté as well because your neck too deserves the same immaculate complexion. Exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza, and Alabang. APRIL 2018 T&C 37 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H LOOKING GLASS MAKEUP ă ă TOM FORD’S BOYS & GIRLS COLLECTION— COMPOSED OF 100 LIPSTICKS INSPIRED BY 50 MEN AND 50 WOMEN IN HIS LIFE—IS NOW AVAILABLE IN MANILA. By Nicole Limos favorite rom the Boys line, a pearly light plum that’s not too warm and not too cool, making it the plum for most skin shades. If you’re looking for a red shade, try Warren (inspired by Warren Bufett), a bright brick to make you feel like a billionaire. he Girls are equally cool, featuring feminine palettes in sheer and full-coverage formulas. Grace is a favorite, a full-coverage red-orange that’s named ater Grace Coddington, and Kyra, metallic to sheer, glossy, and ultra-creamy. Interestingly, the 100 mini-sized lipsticks are named ater the designer’s closest riends. Meet Jake, for instance, inspired by actor Jake Gyllenhaal, a shimmery pink you can wear for daily looks. here’s also the bestselling Drake, named ater the rapper, which is a metallic plum whose buildable texture can take you rom day to night. Collin is another APRIL 2018 T&C 38 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H IN GOOD COMPANY From top: The Tom Ford Beauty Boys & Girls collection features names such as Julian, Logan, Ashton, Dakota, Naomi, and Greta. a creamy ’90s brown that also works like a lip balm with deep moisturizing beneﬁts. With a hundred wonderful options, know that you don’t have to commit to just one Boy… or Girl. Tom Ford boutique, Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739. COURTESY ESTEE LAUDER W hen Tom Ford Beauty launched in the Philippines late last year, its 50 Boys arrived ahead of the Girls. his year, the collection is completed with six new additions to the original 50 Lips & Boys (in TF’s signature mahogany case) and 50 sensuous lipsticks for the Girls line, cased in ivory. he collection has every possible texture and ﬁnish, rom matte, creamy, and LOOKING GLASS BEAUTY NEWS UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS LA PRAIRIE’S NEW PLATINUM RARE CELLULAR NIGHT ELIXIR WORKS ITS MAGIC AS YOU SLEEP. to its signature age-defying Cellular Complex, first created in the 1930s at La Prairie’s laboratories in ClarensMontreau, Switzerland. La Prairie’s scientists believe in the renewing power of the night. hey studied the vital functions of nutrition, respiration, detoxication and immunity in developing the new elixir, which removes impurities, helps the skin breathe, infuses nutrients, and boosts its self-defense mechanisms. he next morning, ater hours of deep slumber, we awoke to tighter, more radiant skin, with visibly reduced wrinkles and imperfections. I conﬁdently went out and about makeup ree for the rest of the week. P61,750/20 ml bottle, Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739. B y Y v e t t e Fe r n a n d e z COURTESY LA PRAIRIE M om and I recently enjoyed an overnight sleepover at the Shangri-La at the Fort to experience first-hand La Prairie’s most luxurious and most rejuvenating creation yet. Ater a wonderful dinner and a hot bath, we tucked ourselves in bed and surrendered ourselves to the experienced hands of La Prairie’s estheticians for a decadent facial using the Platinum Rare Cellular line. The new ultra-premium collection adds the Advanced Platinum Complex APRIL 2018 T&C 39 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H S O C I A L N E T WO R K PEOPLE, PLACES, AND PARTIES E d i t e d b y M a n i c a C . Ti g l a o Virgie Ramos BenCab and Annie Sarthou Romeo Lee Boots Herrera and Deanna Ongpin-Recto Jay Yao APRIL 2018 Evelyn Forbes Ambeth Ocampo T&C 40 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H Gino Gonzales S O C I A L N E T WO R K PARTIES Hetty Que Joseph and Stephanie Coyiuto with Paulino Que Jaime Laya, Wig Tysmans, and Tintin Babao Ramon Orlina Kim Atienza Jonathan and Stella Que with Karen and Richie Lerma Joven Cuanang Plet Bolipata and Elmer Borlongan ART TURNING SILVER Photographs by Ian Santos R ecent T&C cover subject Elmer Borlongan marked a career milestone with “An Extraordinary Eye for the Ordinary” at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Curated by historian and academic Ambeth Ocampo, the exhibit featured more than 200 of Borlongan’s works rom 1979 through 2015. Borlongan mounted his ﬁrst solo exhibition at Boston Gallery in 1993 and received the CCP hirteen Artists Award in 1994. he landmark show chronicled Borlongan’s evolution as an artist, rom his years under the tutelage of artist and teacher Fernando Sena, to his time with the Salingpusa group, and his move to idyllic Zambales with his wife, fellow artist Plet Bolipata. Princess and Jon Russell Louie and Liza Bate APRIL 2018 T&C 41 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H S O C I A L N E T WO R K PARTIES Heart Escudero, Audrey Tan Zubiri, and Tricia Centenera Bob Miller and Ito Curata Tootsy Echauz Angara Arlene Cu Carlos and Soia Alvarez Ria Prieto Mariana Zobel Aboitiz and Lizzie Zobel STYLE Maria Gomez Acebo, Esperanza Padilla, and Maria Jose Carrasco Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez MODERN GLAMOUR S Flora Siasat and Grace Ang Fortune Ledesma APRIL 2018 Alejandro Martin T&C 42 ince the founding of the House of Herrera in 1981, fashion designer Carolina Herrera has enjoyed a consistent fan base and the privilege of dressing a number of high-proﬁle personalities, among them former ﬁrst ladies Michelle Obama and Jackie Onassis Kennedy. he anticipated arrival of CH Carolina Herrera in Manila, which now enjoys a prime location within Greenbelt 5, was feted with a stylish afair and fashion show beﬁtting the fashion house’s heritage. T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H S O C I A L N E T WO R K PARTIES Vicky Rotor Hilado Daniel Romero Salas and Johnny Montinola Anton Montinola Ana Ugarte Gianna Montinola BOOKS RULE OF LAW Wynn Wynn Ong Mon Paterno Bianca Romero Salas and Lourdes Montinola Photographs by Jojo Gloria L Maricris Olbes Bianca Rotor Hilado APRIL 2018 Gina Aboitiz T&C 43 awyers Gianna Reyes Montinola and Victoria Rotor-Hilado have teamed up once again to launch Laws for Life 2, the follow-up to their hit ﬁrst book, Laws for Life, at National Book Store in Glorietta. Both published by Anvil, the Laws for Life series is a handy and indispensable guide to understanding the Philippine legal system and its oten intimidating bureaucratic processes. Montinola is vice president for corporate afairs at Far Eastern University, while Rotor-Hilado is a consultant and solo practitioner of law. T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H S O C I A L N E T WO R K PARTIES Nedy Tantoco Carla Buan, Marion Kohchet-Chua, Margarita Locsin, and Vivian Yuchengco Dina Tantoco and Anya Cajucom Wick Veloso Mario Katigbak Frannie Jacinto Rico and Nena Tantoco LAUNCH Kris Werner, Ailea Zialcita, and Mike Miranda Gigi Montinola TRAVEL LIGHT H Margarita Forés David Celdran APRIL 2018 Bruce Peoples T&C 44 SBC recently launched its newly upgraded HSBC Premier Mastercard at a VIP event held at Ascott Ballroom. Hosted by Wick Veloso, HSBC Philippines CEO, and Kris Werner, head of the retail bank and wealth management division, the intimate dinner prepared by chef Margarita Forés also toasted the partnership between HSBC and the Rustan Group of Companies. Designed especially for its jet-set Premier clients, the new card includes access to exclusive shopping promos and airport lounge privileges. T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H INJAP IS BEST KNOWN FOR BEING THE MAN BEHIND MANG INASAL , ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FILIPINO BRANDS IN MODERN BU Life Principles by Injap Sia With a foreword by Jollibee Foods Corp. founder and chairman, Tony Tan Caktiong newsstands, supermarkets, and convenience stores for P295 @SummitBooks @summit.books S O C I A L N E T WO R K WEDDINGS REBECCA REYES DISINI weds MICHAEL NEPOMUCENO ALIMURUNG REBECCA, A PÂTISSIER, AND MIKE, THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AT ASSUMPTION COLLEGE, RECENTLY TIED THE KNOT AT SANTUARIO DE SAN ANTONIO. E d i t e d b y M a n i c a C . Ti g l a o Photographs by Caliber King o f Pa t D y P h o t o g r a p h y TELL US HOW YOU MET. It was at the birthday of a common friend in 2011. Immediately after that, I relocated to Bangkok, while Mike moved to Boston. As fate would have it, we both moved back to the Philippines in 2014. He asked me out, but I didn’t hear from him for five weeks. I later found out he had flown to Europe on holiday. When he returned, a friend of his mentioned that I was moving to Paris for a year. He didn’t waste time then and asked me out again. We endured a longdistance relationship. WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT EACH OTHER? Mike’s intelligence, patience, and kindness led me to believe in love once again. More importantly, he has a very good relationship with my daughter, Natalia. He says he appreciates my thoughtfulness, sensitivity, and loving nature. We complement each other. HOW DID HE PROPOSE? He insisted on flying to Paris before our planned cruise around Europe, which didn’t make sense to me at the time. He had made it a point to propose in my favorite city, which made it all the more special. WHAT MADE YOUR WEDDING UNFORGETTABLE? Mike and I love the fact that we were able to pay for our own wedding, and many of our friends contributed to making our big day special—my sister Maureen Teichert generously made the gowns for our entourage, my brother Dean Alfar hosted our reception, Penk Ching made our wedding cake, and harpist Jane Banta played our music. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THIS NEW CHAPTER IN YOUR LIVES? On our first honeymoon we went to Croatia, Bosnia, the Netherlands, and Germany. On our second honeymoon we went to South Africa. Cliché as it may sound, we look forward to seeing more of the world with each other. APRIL 2018 T&C 46 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H S O C I A L N E T WO R K WEDDINGS Jess Disini and Rebecca Disini Alimurung Carlo Lopez. JJ Disini, Enrique Lopez, Daniel Teichert, and Johnny Disini Len Cabili, Teresa Ruino, Paten Todd, Patricia Chiang, Marga Blake, Joanna Lopez, Maureen Teichert, Caren Grey, and Patricia Dekeling Jess and Monjierra Disini, Rebecca and Mike Alimurung, and Myrna and Vic Alimurung Benjamin and Peachie Alimurung Nini Licaros and Tita Trillo Standing: Carlo Lopez, Robbie and Angela Dinglasan, Bacchus Ledesma, and Simon Villalon. Seated: Ana David, Ninay Ledesma, Rina Villalon, and Tina Lagdameo Christian Pobre, Jay Estoya, Gustavo do Canto Lopes, Gael Alimurung, Mike Alimurung, Ivan Jakovljevic, Ray Alimurung, Takashi Fujimoto, and Ronald Cruz APRIL 2018 T&C 47 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H MANNERS& MISDEMEANORS THE BIG DIG The Talented Mr. Ripley portrayed the phenomenon of friend-digging at its most murderous. BEST PRACTICES IN A WORLD WHERE EVEN GOLD-DIGGING ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE, WHAT’S A MODERN MOOCH TO DO? By Marshall Heyman APRIL 2018 T&C 48 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H ALAMY THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR MANNERS& MISDEMEANORS B ack when people still read books i n s t e a d o f b i n g e - wa t ch i n g Netﬂix, Edith Wharton’s he House of Mirth was a cautionary tale for the aspiring social climber. Pity poor Lily Bart, who tried too hard to ﬁnd a wealthy and eligible suitor and ended up—spoiler alert!—in even worse shape than simply penniless and alone. It’s likely a few stragglers with stars in their eyes still scheme with the intention of ﬁnding a rich husband or wife. But the repercussions of marrying solely for money don’t always play out so well, and the truth is it’s overkill. Why chain yourself to an otherwise unappealing spouse when private jet rides, unending stays in that Lyford Cay guest cottage, hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, or almost any other modern-day status symbol is attainable via a strategic riendship? “You don’t come to New York to look at butterﬂies,” says one fashion publicist who married a man in the travel industry not for love but for access to international ﬁrst class tickets. “You come with a goal. It’s very business-driven.” Meaning it’s all about your network. In turn, gold-digging, that classic pastime, has begat “riend-digging”—using your closest circle to get ahead. Social climbing in this manner has been around for centuries. hink of John Jacob Astor, Truman Capote, Madonna, or even Donald Trump. “You’re either on the Z list or the D, moving to C or B or A,” says R. Couri Hay, a publicist hired by social ﬁgures to make names for themselves in New York. “Wherever you start, you’re moving up with well-placed appearances, well- written notes, and memorable conversations.” Or by getting tips from The Social Climber’s Bible, which the writer Dirk Wittenborn published with his niece Jazz Johnson as a parody. One section discusses how our Pilgrim forefathers “would have starved to death had they not shamelessly sucked up to the Indians and invited them to cater that ﬁrst hanksgiving.” Wittenborn says he was astounded to learn that many readers use it as an instruction manual. Tips range from investing in art or films to get closer to the right kinds of people, to how exactly to behave at a cocktail party. However, readers of diferent ages take diferent meanings rom the book. “I’m rom a generation that wanted our lives to be a French movie, but I see a lot fewer people these days looking to have an afair. It’s not a very romantic time,” Wittenborn says. “he goal now is to make their lives seem more fabulous than they are, and they go into the exchange that way. here’s not a lot of guile anymore.” Especially now that it’s easier than ever to seem more extraordinary than you might be. Friend-digging has become so widespread because, in the social media age, it earns dividends. Instagram means there are beneﬁts, both social and ﬁnancial, to appearing to have a fabulous life— beyond, you know, actually having one. “People realize you can monetize social cachet,” says one movie executive who has worked her way into many a Golden Globes party as a plus-one but who also has a Hamptons house to ofer in return. “Look at Hannah Bronfman. I made fun of her when she was posting all this stuf”— i.e., selﬁes anywhere and everywhere— “but now she’s making a lot of money.” he executive believes that it’s all about aligning yourself with the right people not just in real life but also virtually. A stylist can get endorsements and deals by showing off her celebrity friends and clients, parties. If someone wants to be a riend, they should invite me out for a cup of coffee.” A simple iced latte at Via Quadronno, though, can lead to a lifetime of ﬁelding requests from a relentless mooch. Hay, the publicist, believes that social climbing hasn’t changed much over the years. Certainly, having money to donate to well-regarded and fashionable causes helps, but some less expensive tricks of the trade include ﬁnding an older, established mentor; sending subtle gits; making wellplaced appearances; and mastering the art of sparkling conversation. “People still expect you to be clever and witty and smart and savvy and current while staying away rom religion and politics,” Hay says. “But it’s such a crowded space. It’s harder and harder to stand out.” Of course, there’s having money, and then there’s having access. “Once you get the McMansion, you’re going to feel hollow unless you have all the tinsel on it,” Wittenborn says, meaning that the quest for status doesn’t end with things. Over the summer, in St.-Tropez, one globe-trotting socialite who has maneuvered her way onto many a private jet watched as a blonde New Yorker made it onto a mutual friend’s yacht without an invitation several days running. The blonde took photos of the scene and posted them on social media as soon as she got on the boat. “She has her own money—it’s not that,” says the globe-trotter. It’s about being in the right place at the right time with the right people. And if they can’t get there on their own, some strivers will invite popular houseguests to stay with them in the hopes of tagging along to the happening party when they themselves haven’t been invited. If Instagramming rom an exclusive event is the new social currency, some people will get it by any means necesssary. But perhaps friend-digging is just a term that surfaces when you simply don’t like the people you’re hanging out with. “If I had a billion dollars, I’d be happy to have my riends travel with me,” says the globetrotter. “Wouldn’t you?” Another New York–based socialite echoes that idea, observing that sometimes those who seem like riend-diggers to outsiders are really just people you happen to enjoy having around. “You don’t look at it as if they’re using you. You look at it as, ‘I don’t want to be lonely,’ ” says the socialite. “If you’re a billionaire, you have a lot of empty houses to ﬁll.” « “YOU DON’T COME TO NEW YORK TO LOOK AT BUTTERFLIES—YOU COME WITH A GOAL. IT’S VERY BUSINESS-DRIVEN.” for instance. “Then you become part of the squad.” he fact that it’s so easy nowadays to connect with the people you aspire to befriend—via e-mail, Instagram tags, direct Twitter messages—means the targets of riend-digging are more suspicious than ever. “I get outreach every day on social media for connections, for favors, for jewelry,” says one popular and successful jewelry designer. “It gives people who are strangers the feeling that they can be intimate with people they aren’t.” “No question the internet makes it easier to ﬁnd people,” says Jean Shaﬁrof, a philanthropist and the subject of a 2017 New York Times proﬁle headlined “Climbing the Socialite Ladder, One Gala at a Time.” Now that she has arguably made a successful ascent, Shaﬁrof herself oten receives e-mails rom people she does not know requesting invitations to parties. “I’ll certainly google them and find out what they’re about,” she says. “But you don’t do that. You don’t invite yourself to APRIL 2018 T&C 49 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H A DAY W I T H GROOMING BY PATRICK ALCOBER FOR MAKE UP FOR EVER AND KHEN FOR CREATIONS BY LOURD A TOWN&COUNTRY LIFE ON LIZA: COMME ÇI TOP AND RING, POWER PLANT MALL APRIL 2018 T&C 50 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H A TOWN&COUNTRY LIFE and Bulgari BLV Pour Homme. L: I love the smell of my dog after he’s had a bath. I find it so relaxing. ELBERT CUENCA and LIZA ILARDE WHAT’S ON YOUR SHOPPING WISHLIST? E: A Vespa scooter (waiting for wife approval). ELBERT, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF STEAK ROOM CONCEPTS, AND LIZA, FASHION AND BEAUTY EDITOR AT MANILA BULLETIN, CHAT WITH MANICA C. TIGLAO ABOUT MEMORABLE MEALS, THEIR HOPES FOR MANILA, AND CELEBRATING THEIR 20TH ANNIVERSARY. P r o d u c e d b y C a r o l e C u a s a y - Ta g l e P h o t o g r a p h s b y D i x Pe r e z WHAT TIME DID YOU WAKE UP TODAY? ELBERT: 5:30 a.m. to bike. LIZA: Early! It’s my birthday today and I’m leaving for Germany. WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP? E: I prepare my breakfast— an espresso and a pastry. L: Hug the dog. Then the husband! My morning ritual starts with oil pulling, which takes 20 minutes. I have to have breakfast even if it’s just coffee and a croissant. But always coffee—black. HOW DO YOU APPROACH DRESSING FOR THE DAY? E: It really all depends on the day’s schedule and what I’ll be doing, both morning and evening. I try to dress just once, although the occasional dressy evening affair will prompt me to bring a change of clothes. L: I’m not one of those people who plans her outfit the night before. It depends on my mood, where I’m going, what I’ll be doing, and if I’m feeling fat! FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? E: My job doesn’t have a not trendy. Oftentimes I don’t even bother fitting. Ultimately, it’s Paul Smith that’s my favorite. If I could afford it, I’d probably be in head-to-toe Paul Smith every day. L: I don’t have a favorite, I like them all. regular schedule. Every day is different and I deal with different people. L: Traveling to new destinations to do fashion shoots or interview interesting people. LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? E: Going through traffic when moving between restaurant outlets. L: Deadlines! SHOES? E: Right now, I’m liking Bata, but I really prefer to be wearing a pair of Adidas Ultra Boosts. L: In the last couple of years, I’ve been wearing heels less, and flats more. Lately, I love mules. YOU BOTH PLAY A PART IN SHAPING MANILA CULTURE. WHAT IS YOUR HOPE FOR THE RESPECTIVE INDUSTRIES THAT YOU WORK IN, AND FOR MANILA? E: I really wish for Metro Manila to be identified a dining destination. We need to do what we can to elevate the standards and develop our palates. L: They say print is dead, so I want to produce content that will engage readers and make them want to pick up the paper every Friday, when my section comes out. FAVORITE CLOTHING LABELS AND WHY? E: Uniqlo because it is the easiest way to shop, and the clothes are basic and APRIL 2018 T&C 51 FAVORITE DESIGNERS AND SHOPS? E: Paul Smith. L: Whenever I’m abroad, I make it a point to enter COS, Gucci, Target, and Ikea. I don’t necessarily buy anything, I just like to look. HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE? E: I bike at least 300 km a month. L: Brisk walking for 30 minutes every morning by the bay. DREAM DINNER GUESTS? E: Anthony Bourdain, Thomas Keller, Jenson Button, Jony Ive. L: Family members who have sadly passed away. How I would love to catch up with them. ENTERTAINING STAPLES? E: Music, and it has to be soft dinner jazz. L: A case each of red and white wine! WATCH? E: Series 3 Apple watch. L: I don’t like wearing a watch, but I have a Fitbit, which I always forget to wear. DESCRIBE YOUR HOME. E: Eclectic and high tech. Cozy and functional. L: My sister once said that it’s decorated the way I dress—that means eclectic pieces that I love and don’t necessarily go together. It’s definitely not “interior designed.” DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE ACCESSORY? E: My leather man-bag which I collaborated with Fino Leatherware to design. L: Not really an accessory, but people know me for my prints. WHAT MAGAZINES AND WEBSITES DO YOU READ REGULARLY? E: Lucky Peach magazine, and a lot of Facebook. L: I read Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Domino. Online, Business of Fashion and WWD. FAVORITE SCENT? E: Clinique Happy for Men WHAT BOOKS ARE ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE? T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H A TOWN&COUNTRY LIFE WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU TWO CLICK? LIZA: MORE THAN JUST LOVING EACH OTHER, WE GENUINELY LIKE EACH OTHER. WE LIKE TO HANG OUT TOGETHER, JUST THE TWO OF US. L: More than just loving each other, we genuinely like each other. We like to hang out together, just the two of us. SIGNATURE DRINK? E: Anything with alcohol. L: Champagne. WHAT WOULD YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTH BE? E&L: A steak. L: Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel, Fashionable Filipinas: An Evolution of the Philippine National Dress in Photographs 1860-1960, Kate Spade New York: Things We Love, and Pattern, by Orla Kiely. E: None of the above are mine. WHAT MUSIC IS ON YOUR PLAYLIST? A lot of Steely Dan. NAME ONE POSITIVE THING THAT HAPPENED TODAY. E: I woke up. L: I got a birthday upgrade on my Emirates flight! FAVORITE RESTAURANTS? E: Per Se for the experience, Le Bernardin for the food, and, of course, Elbert’s Steak Room. WHERE ARE YOU TRAVELING TO THIS YEAR? E: We are going to Siargao. We’ve never been there. MOST MEMORABLE MEAL? E: Per Se in New York with Liza. I remember the experience, but I forget what we ate. YOU JUST MARKED YOUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY. HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE? We had a free-flowing party with our friends at Elbert’s Riedel Room on a Saturday, and a quiet intimate dinner on Sunday with close friends and relatives. WHAT DO YOU DO AND WHERE DO YOU GO TO UNWIND? We have a relaxing dinner at Elbert’s Steak Room, or just put up our feet and pour ourselves a drink at home. CAUSES YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT? E: Orphaned kids. L: The environment. I was green before it became a thing. Even if we don’t have any kids, I think about what kind of world we’ll be leaving future generations. ANY GIFTS FOR EACH OTHER? E: We don’t normally give each other gits, but for my ﬂight back rom Germany, Elbert told me he’d pay for my upgrade on the A380—it was my ﬁrst time on that plane! IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE THE LAST 20 YEARS TOGETHER. E: Epic. L: Fun. FAVORITE MEMORY OF BEING TOGETHER? You’re asking the impossible. WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT DAY? E: Having accomplished at least three major things. L: Being on a beach with family, breathing in the fresh air, and just drinking and chatting all day. WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU TWO CLICK? E: We’re both Aquarians. APRIL 2018 GUILTY PLEASURES? E: KFC. T&C 52 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H L: Munching on Doritos or Cheetos instead of having a proper dinner. BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE HAD TO OVERCOME? E: Losing my business and having no means of income ater. BEST DECISION EVER MADE? E: Marrying Liza. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF YOUR LIFE? E: Not marrying her sooner. PET PEEVES? E: “Sir, do you have a smaller bill?” L: When people don’t use a perfectly functioning flush in a public restroom. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE RECEIVED? E: “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”—Steve Jobs. VALUES YOU APPRECIATE MOST IN A PARTNER? E: I appreciate that she is grounded and therefore keeps me grounded as well. L: Being trustworthy. WHAT TIME ARE YOU GOING TO SLEEP? E: Hopefully before 10 p.m., so that I can get up early to bike. More oten than not, I’ll be in bed past midnight. L: Deﬁnitely not before midnight! WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DREAM ABOUT? E: A better world, where everyone is happy. L: Our plans for 2018 and beyond. A TOWN&COUNTRY LIFE ON LIZA: COMME ÇI DRESS AND CUFF, POWER PLANT MALL APRIL 2018 T&C 53 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H T H E C U LT U R E O F S T Y L E THOSE BOLD ENOUGH TO BUCK THE RULES ARE THE ONES WHO DEFINE OUR ASPIRATIONS. THE SPRING COLLECTIONS PAY WELL-DESERVED HOMAGE TO ECCENTRICS PAST. By Lisa Vreeland APRIL 2018 T&C 54 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H T H E C U LT U R E O F S T Y L E LY N N G I L B E R T ( V R E E L A N D ) ; C O U R T E S Y T O M M Y H I L F I G E R ( G A I N S B O U R G ) ; M I A M I F I L M F E S T I VA L ( A P F E L ) ; D E M E Y E R ( C A S A T I ) ; G U I L L E R M O K A H L O ( K A H L O ) ; I Q O N S . COM (PAIGGI); BARON/GETTY IMAGES (SITWELL); DAIGO OLIVA (SMITH); DAVID LEES/GETTY IMAGES (GUGGENNHEIM) I n the past several years I have managed to make a full-time job out of examining the singular visions and particularities of some of the world’s most fascinating eccenDiana Vreeland trics. First on my list was Diana Vreeland, my husband’s grandmother, who became the subject of my first film and book, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. Diana was the ultimate eccentric: rule-bending and individualistic in both aesthetics and mentality. Though I relish Charlotte wearing some of her old cashmere Gainsbourg sweaters—and am delighted to see her continually referenced on runways—what captivates me most about her are the fabulous (if sometimes slightly dubious) stories she loved to tell. Diana claimed, for instance, that when she was a small child she was one of the last people to see the Mona Lisa before it was stolen from the Louvre, in 1911. She also liked to say that she was present during the Night of the Long Knives in 1934, the evening Hitler purged the Nazi party of anyone he felt was disloyal to him. She may or may not have been everything she professed to be, but she was never, ever boring. Neither was Peggy Guggenheim, another glorious demonstration that eccentricity is a matter of both style and substance. In researching my second film, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, I learned just how much independence and bravery it took for Guggenheim to step away from her very traditional roots and move at the age of 20 to Paris, where she was famously photographed by Man Ray in Poiret dresses, became part of the milieu of the Surreal- Iris Apfel ist artists, and ultimately set out on the path to becoming a world famous patron. In her later years she amassed a collection of artworks that has made history, and she did it all in massive butterflyshaped sunglasses, surrounded by an army of Lhasa Apsos. Most recently I completed Luisa Casati work on Love, Cecil, a book and film about the photographer and stage designer Cecil Beaton, a man who worshipped creativity, who saw it as the ne plus ultra of humanity. But he won’t be my last subject—my list of beloved eccentrics is long. There is Lee Miller, the model, muse, and lover of Man Ray. Her style still inspires people today, and stories about her are legendary: In 1945 she was a war corresponFrida Kahlo dent, and while she was traveling APRIL 2018 through war-torn Europe with the allied forces, the unit she was with found Hitler’s apartment in Munich. Craving a bath, she supposedly jumped into the Führer’s personal tub and had a longoverdue soak. Then there was the visually dramatic Luisa Casati, who was known to take her pet Nancy Cunard ocelot for walks while wearing only her fur coat and a face fully made up, including her signature kohl-lidded eyes. Other favorites include the statuesque Edith Sitwell, who stood six feet tall in brocade and turbans and jewels and was also a Anna Piaggi literary icon unafraid to spar with her male critics. And the prolific designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who combined fashion and art to startling effect and whose eponymous couture house was recently resurrected, amid great anticipation. Marie-Laure de Noailles was the epicenter of the avant-garde in Edith Sitwell early-20th-century Paris, a bawdy and daring muse and a patron to the most important artists. Anna Piaggi, whom I had the pleasure of knowing, used her exuberant idiosyncrasies—including blue hair and colorful makeup—to draw people into the often forbidding world of fashion. And of course there is Patti Smith, who manages to be a poet, a singer, a visual artist, and Patti Smith a writer, all while maintaining her status as a punk icon. While the very point of all of these people is that there is no one else like any of them, they clearly share certain things—namely, passion and strength of character. They took risks, they made choices. They embraced the tension between high and low culture, excess and decadence, minimalism and maximalism. Some were great beauties, and others were Peggy Guggenheim jolies laides, but all lived life on their own terms, even when that meant flouting society’s edicts and expectations. And it is because of them and their ilk that our boundaries, behavioral as well as aesthetic, continue to expand, as does our definition of beauty. They have paved the way for a broader acceptance, and it is our responsibility and privilege to carry forth the spirit that such eccentrics bestow upon us. As Beaton said, “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” « T&C 55 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H T H E C U LT U R E O F S T Y L E “I ALWAYS DID WHAT I WANTED AND NEVER CARED WHAT ANYONE THOUGHT. WOMEN’S LIB? I WAS A LIBERATED WOMAN LONG BEFORE THERE WAS A NAME FOR IT.” — Peg g y G ug ge n he i m P h o t o g r a p h s b y M a x Va d u k u l Styled by Nicoletta Santoro APRIL 2018 T&C 56 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H ON ANNA CLEVELAND: M A R C J A C O B S GOWN, GLOVES, AND STOLE, MARCJACOBS.COM; STEPHEN JONES FOR M A R C J A C O B S TURBAN, MARCJACOBS.COM; PA U L A N D R E W SHOES, PAULANDREW.COM; O S C A R H E Y M A N BROOCHES (ON TURBAN, BRACELETS, AND RINGS, OSCARHEYMAN.COM T H E C U LT U R E O F S T Y L E APRIL 2018 T&C 57 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H T H E C U LT U R E O F S T Y L E ABOVE, ON LAURA LOVE: P R A DA DRESS, SHIRT, PANTS, SOCKS, AND SHOES, GREENBELT 4, 757.6298; T I F FA N Y & C O . EARRINGS, RUSTAN’S MAKATI, 817.8101; J E N N I F E R F I S H E R CHAIN AND CHARMS, JENNIFERFISHERJEWELRY.COM. 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P H T H E C U LT U R E O F S T Y L E ON ELLA RICHARDS: MA RNI COAT, DRESS, AND SHOES, UNIVERS, ONE ROCKWELL, 553.6811; B UC C ELLATI EARRINGS, BUCCELLATI.COM; DIOR FIN E JEW ELRY RINGS, DIOR.COM; MAYBELLINE TOTAL TEMPTATION MASCARA, AT LEADING DEPARTMENT STORES Hair by Didier Malige. Makeup by Chris Colbeck using Chanel Palette Essentielle at Art Department. Nails by Kelly B. using Dior Vernis. Set design by Jeffrey Miller at the Magnet Agency. Choreography by Alexandra Berger. Produced by Kranky Produktions. Tailoring by Yasmine Ozelli for Lars Nord. Location courtesy Maison Margiela USA. Casting by Steven Brown. DOWN TO AFTER LIVING ABROAD SINCE HER TEENAGE YEARS, GLOBETROTTER AND GREEN LIVING ADVOCATE SANDRA SORIANO IS CHANNELING HER TALENTS INTO THE FAMILY FARM BACK HOME. By Pierra Calasanz Labrador P h o t o g r a p h s b y J o s e p h Pa s c u a l S t y l e d b y C a r o l e C u a s a y - Ta g l e APRIL 2018 T&C 66 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H O EARTH LOUIS VUITTON DRESS, BRACELET, AND EARRINGS, GREENBELT 4, 756.0637; SANDRA’S OWN HEELS APRIL 2018 T&C 67 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H ON THE COVER I led her back to Manila, where she’s now taken a more active role on her father’s dairy farm, Hacienda Macalauan in Laguna, as well as its Virgin Coconut Oil division. “When I was really young, I remember it was a place to go for the weekend. We had chickens and ducks and pigs and sheep—I once tried to keep a baby sheep [as a pet]. hat didn’t go so well,” she chuckles. “here were— and still are—a lot of ruit trees; in santol season, my grandma turns them into jam for us. hen, there’s the garden where my mom (Menchu Menchaca Soriano) grows her plants. It’s really beautiful.” Over the years, the family streamlined operations, and focused on its (cash) cows; what was once a pet project nearly 20 years ago is now a full-time operation. Its dairy products—resh milk, yoghurt, cheese—are available in most groceries, just look for three cows on the label. Its VCO is made mainly for export, but its local brand, Coco Boost, can be found at holistic stores like ECHOstore and Holy Carabao. “Part of what we’re trying to do is to make a more premium product, yet at the same time, to make it more accessible and affordable. And in making healthy, better food for people, its not just about producing a cleaner product with less additives, it’s also taking care of the environment that impacts the food.” Sandra’s eyes sparkle when she talks about how the team cares for the animals on the farm, rom growing their own high-quality feeds, to showering the cows six times a day to regulate their temperature. “If they’re healthy, there will be the right amount of fat, the right amount of protein, the right amount of things in the milk….” And, putting it in terms we can appreciate, she adds: “If the milk doesn’t have the right protein, it’s not going to roth in your cofee, you know?” Sandra describes a regular week as fairly typical: In the mornings, she meditates (“I use an amazing app called Headspace,” she says), works out, and walks Hibiki, her beloved Shiba Inu, before heading to the Makati oice or the farm when needed. At least twice a week she heads to Manila Polo Club to ride in the ’m not quite sure how to do this,” Maria Alexandra “Sandra” Soriano says, by way of introduction. We are sitting by the window at a café, Sandra resh rom a workout at the nearby gym, still sporting sweats and a bare-faced glow that belies her 32 years. Typically private and unassuming, she assures us that her lifestyle is “not very exciting,” but we beg to disagree as she opens up about her passion for food policy, her mindfully minimalist lifestyle, and thirst for adventure. Sandra ﬁrst let the nest at the age of 12 to attend boarding school at Santa Catalina in Monterey. “I liked it; it was very ‘California,’ in many ways, and religious without being… [dogmatic]; world religion as opposed to just Catholicism.” For college, she attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in History and minored in Communications, then moved to New York and worked at Ogilvy, doing branding and advertising. When an opportunity presented itself, she moved to London. “New York is supposed to be a big city, but I ﬁnd London a thousand times more international and cosmopolitan. hough I don’t have immediate family there, many of my riends rom diferent stages of my life are there; I consider it my second home.” When she ﬁrst moved to London, she worked for a small ﬁlm finance company, before pursuing a graduate degree in Food Policy at the Centre of Food Policy at City University. “When I say food, everyone thinks restaurants,” Sandra says. Instead, her lifelong delight in food has led her to “further studying the much larger political, cultural, health, and environmental implications of the global food industry.” Ater graduating, she worked on several start-up projects, including an urban farming program, a food waste campaign, and an edible schoolyard initiative. “I hope to continue to work on greater environmental advocacy, improving sustainable food policy, and enhancing public health, by making better quality food more accessible.” Making better quality food more accessible is what eventually APRIL 2018 T&C 68 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H LOUIS VUITTON VEST, RING, BRACELET, AND EARRINGS, GREENBELT 4, 756.0637; SANDRA’S OWN HEELS. OPPOSITE: LOUIS VUITTON DRESS, GREENBELT 4, 756.0637 SANDRA WEARS HER OWN CLOTHES. APRIL 2018 T&C 70 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H NIELS ELGAARD LARSEN (SVALBARD) AT HER PEAK Clockwise from left: On a recent trip to Nepal, Sandra visited the Dhawlagiri range, Kathmandu, the village of Ghandaki, and a school in Pokhara. evening when it’s cooler. She’s in bed by 9 p.m. (“I like my sleep, and I like waking up early, when it’s still cool and quiet”)— no wonder she has such flawless skin. “Weekends, I’ll try to go to our farm or out of town with riends. I feel like it’s such a busy, hectic city that it’s nice to venture out for the weekends. “The Philippines has some really beautiful islands; Amanpulo is always amazing; El Nido is really beautiful, with a diferent kind of landscape… Tubbataha was an incredible, incredible experience. To see how rich the Philippines really is in terms of its marine wildlife—that was really special.” Sandra also loves hiking, and says that there are a number of spots just over an hour away where you’ll discover beautiful trails and falls. “In Rizal, there’s this sort of mountain rope course [Masungi Georeserve]; basically, you’re hiking through the canopy of this rainforest, so it’s a diferent viewpoint. You see we have so much greenery, and there are so many animals; you sit and listen for a while and you can hear so many birds, see so many diferent things ﬂying,” she marvels. Sandra shares that growing up, she and her family spent a lot of time in Beaver Creek, Colorado, a mountain range where she learned to appreciate skiing, mountain biking, river rafting, and fly ﬁshing. On the eve of her 30th birthday she reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The year before that, Sandra rode through the Mongolian steppe, participating in traditional nomadic life and WHAT’S ON SANDRA’S TRAVEL BUCKET LIST? U Z B E K I S T A N “he cities of Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, and Tashkent were once major trading posts along the Silk Road and have remained relatively isolated, ofering a beautiful window into Central Asia’s past.” E T H I O P I A “From the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, the Indian and Portuguese walled city Gondar, to the stunning Semien Mountain Range, this diverse African country has a unique landscape, culture, and history that I don’t want to miss.” S V A L B A R D “Ever since I read the Golden Compass, I have been fascinated by this Norwegian arctic island, known for its remote rugged tundra that shelters polar bears, reindeer, and artic foxes.” Svalbard APRIL 2018 T&C 71 connecting with remote reindeer herding tribes. “I saw some of the most spectacular plants and animals on both journeys, and loved the humbling experience of having to survive in very raw environments,” she says. Other experiences she describes as unforgettable were road trips to Marfa, Texas; Roden Crater, Arizona; and Inhotim, Brazil. “They’ve given me a much deeper understanding and appreciation for the works, the artists, and the larger communities that helped create such beautiful and compelling experiences.” Sandra just got back from a trip to Naoshima, a three-island enclave in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan, which she describes as a “magical, spiritual place” that is home to breathtaking museums, art installations, and architecture. As a voracious reader, she’s now devouring the book on the place. “It’s kind of nice ater you’ve seen it and experienced it to then read about the artists and what they were trying to convey in their work.” One thing Sandra misses about London is the variety of healthier food choices available. “You go to a restaurant and there will be a lot more options that aren’t necessarily designed for vegetarians, they will just always ofer a side of vegetables, for example.” hough she doesn’t deprive herself of anything, she is trying to cut down on animal products and sugar. he food geek that she is, she’s also conscious of eating not just for pleasure, but for wellness. “It’s just being conscious about what you’re eating and how you’re feeling; knowing T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H ON THE COVER FASHION MUST-HAVES MY LIGHTWEIGHT LINGUA F R A N C A statement sweater for the plane! he vintage cashmere is really sot and the hand-embroidered ’90s hip-hop lyrics bring back the best memories. AT L E A S T O N E PA I R O F S N E A K E R S for the gym or to explore a city on foot. Either my black-soled mesh Nikes which are super light and ideal for packing, or my rust-gold Golden Goose pair that are dressier and go with almost anything. A S W I M S U I T is essential for the beach, winter hot tub, and any spa or steam room. On my last trip, I bought a high-waisted Solid and Striped bikini—it ﬁts really well and I love the green stripes with lemon yellow print. Since I put them on, the stack of B R A S S B R A C E L E T S by Natalya Lagdameo have not let my wrist. I don’t have to worry about taking special care, or keeping them safe when I am traveling. YOLKE STRETCH SILK PYJAMAS I relax as soon as I put them on and are the best for a good night’s sleep. LIVING IN THE PRESENT Sandra lounges at home with her dog, Hibiki. your body and what it needs. Use food as medicine.” Learning all about food and the additives in it has also made her vigilant about beauty products. “I’m more conscious about what I wash my hair with, or what I put on my skin. Like food, I look for something that’s less processed, that has fewer chemicals. I’m a big believer in less is more; you don’t need 10-step cleansers for your face.” She’s mindful about the Triclosan in toothpaste, the aluminum in deodorant, the sulfates in shampoo, even toxic ragrances. “here are a lot of really harmful chemicals in a lot of everyday things. hey are like hormone disruptors; so when you’re dieting and trying to lose weight and you can’t seem to, a lot of it is your perfume, your makeup, your face wash—again, your health is in everything.” So what brands does she trust? “Tata Harper—it’s one of the few that started this whole plant/botanicals and using fewer chemicals in its skincare products. But there are actually so many now.” She also raves about their farm’s own coconut oil, which she likes to use as a massage oil, food supplement, and is for oil-pulling too, if she had the patience for it. “It’s cleaner, it’s simpler, it’s one ingredient, and it’s organic.” Her “less is more” philosophy also extends to her wardrobe, which consists mainly of simple, clean lines, and occasional prints. “I love Céline, Etro…more minimalist and utilitarian— but not athleisure,” she adds quickly, lest we mistake her APRIL 2018 workout gear for a style statement. She’s so unfussy that her earrings are actually screwed in. “I had to get my passport renewed and they asked me to take them of, and I literally had to ask, ‘Do you have pliers?’” She does enjoy dressing up though, and misses changing things up for four seasons. “Coats and vests and hats and boots,” she gushes dreamily. Is she back for good? “For the moment. But while I’m here, I want to spend time being here. Connecting and reconnecting, spending time with family, with my life here.” his summer, she’s looking forward to joining a medical mission of the Andres Soriano Foundation. “It’S a very small foundation that basically helps livelihood programs in the Cuyo islands, which includes Amanpulo. Because they’re so remote, the foundation does a lot to empower them by giving them livelihood. Every year, about 20 to 25 doctors go rom island to island, and it’s basically the only time they have access to professional healthcare. It’s really interesting to see all these diferent communities and spend time with them.” Ultimately, she aims to help build the family business and make a diference through food. “More than just providing something that people eat, [we hope to] impact the way people think about their food, think about their environment, and also how they feel—if they’re eating healthier food, they’re less likely to get sick, and they feel better.” « T&C 72 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H LOUIS VUITTON DRESS AND EARRINGS, GREENBELT 4, 756.0637. OPPOSITE: HER OWN CLOTHES. M a k e u p b y A p p l e Fa r a - o n f o r M . A . C Hair by Jan Edrosolan APRIL 2018 T&C 73 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H TRICKIE LOPA CURIOSITY AND OPENNESS ARE CRUCIAL TO DEVELOPING TASTE, IN ART AND OTHER MATTERS, ACCORDING TO THIS STYLISH ART COLLECTOR. By Pierre A. Calasanz P h o t o g r a p h s b y To t o L a b r a d o r L ater this month, the latest edition of Art in the Park gets underway at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati. Billed as the country’s most signiﬁcant afordable art fair, it’s a pet project of Trickie’s, one of the driving forces behind Philippine Art Events Incorporated, with her partners Dindin Araneta and Lisa Ongpin Periquet. In the past decade, this powerful trio has worked behind the scenes to inﬂuence the way we view, interact with, appreciate, and purchase art. hen, in a few months, the second edition of their latest baby, he Nonesuch: Fine Collectibles and Rarities, will take place, and before you know it, it’ll be time for the icing on the cake, Art Fair Philippines 2019. Can you imagine how things would be if Trickie had stayed in the fashion retail industry? Before becoming a force in art circles, Trickie was involved in fashion, helping run Orange Juice (a division of Joanna Ongpin Duarte’s Big & Small Company) involved in clothing for children and pre-teens, “doing everything from design to running the stores,” she says. It was her life rom 1998 to 2011; you could say fashion was her big ﬁrst love. A Management Economics graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, Trickie’s initial plunge into the art world was in London, where her doctor husband Randy was doing his fellowship in the mid-1990s. “My interest was sparked by living there,” she says, recalling those days with fondness. “I went on a year-long museum-visiting bender, and I also took short courses in art history at the Victoria and Albert Museum.” At around the same time she met Lisa—Joanna’s sister—who also happened to be living in London. Perhaps sensing Trickie’s growing obsession with art, Lisa invited her to join the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, an ofer which Trickie considered when she returned to Manila. During her stint as the board secretary, Trickie helped dream up Art in the Park. “We needed to raise funds, and the fundraising activities were always concerts. I said ‘I’ll be damned if I have to sell another ticket,’” she recalls, laughing. “We needed a project for the second anniversary of the Salcedo Market, which the Museum Foundation set up, and so that whole thing happened.” While all of this was going on, Trickie was still in fashion retail, but she had begun to realize something: “he art scene was the hobby, the main job was Orange Juice; and now, the hobby was becoming the job.” The dust would start to settle on her constant battle with her priorities in 2011, when the Big & Small Company was sold. There was a year-long transition period where she stayed on as a consultant to the new owners; during this time that she co-founded Philippine Art Events, and started planning for the inaugural Art Fair Philippines. A highly stressful time, it was, in the end, highly rewarding. Six editions later, Art Fair Philippines still sets the bar for local art events and remains highly challenging to produce, Trickie says, taking at least 10 months to conceptualize and prepare for. Her group’s latest, the Nonesuch, might not be on the same scale, APRIL 2018 T&C 74 but Trickie believes there’s a lot of potential. Moving away from contemporary art to focus on native crafts and art forms, the Nonesuch reawakened a latent interest of hers. “I’ve always been interested in tribal art. The reason I decided not to pursue it is that I didn’t know where to turn for scholarship on particular types of Philippine art. I wasn’t knowledgeable enough to start collecting seriously. Early in my collecting days, I was exposed to the contemporary art scene, and it was easier to get into that in depth. Because of Art in the Park, I got to know the artists, I got to know the galleries. It was easy to talk to an artist, get to know what his art is all about.” By organizing the Nonesuch, Trickie learned that a similar vein could be tapped, from a separate circle. “It’s a different cast of characters. I realized that there is so much knowledge available. So I started looking, got exposed to it more, and I got interested in tribal art again.” Even after about a dozen years of serious collecting, Trickie says she’s still learning. Asked about how she develops her eye, she says, “One must always possess curiosity and openness—to new places, new experiences, new people—in order to keep elevating one’s senses. The most curious people turn out the most engaging, they don’t get stuck in their comfort zones, and thus, become ever more interesting.” Continuing this train of thought, she quotes the famous art collector, Charles Saatchi. “‘he more you like art, the more art you like.’ So the more you see things, the more you train your eye.” T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H TA S T E M A K E R COOL AND CULTURED Trickie in her own Jacquemus blouse, MM6 Maison Margiela pants, and Isabel Marant shoes. APRIL 2018 T&C 75 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H TA S T E M A K E R ARTY EXISTENCE Clockwise from left: Plates and goblets by Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn; a few art books; artwork by Yasmin Sison with objects by Geraldine Javier, Ronald Ventura, Patricia Eustaquio, and Mariano Ching on the table and a Jose Tence Ruiz sculpture on the side; her favorite area at home, with a newly acquired bulul; a collection of tribal masks. SOURCE OF INSPIRATION If you mean what makes me carry on day-to-day, that would be my family, of course! But I ﬁnd that an elegantly turned phrase, wonderful art, and walking around a city for the ﬁrst time do make me feel good to be alive. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCE I’m not sure if this counts, but working closely with Lisa and Dindin, whether sounding them of on new ideas or trying to convince them to go with something I feel strongly about, have brought me further than I thought possible in terms of achieving my own personal goals for our projects. MOST ADMIRED DESIGNERS In terms of fashion, I think I would have to go with Calvin Klein: clean lines, elegant silhouettes, timeless cuts. I enjoy the spaces created by Axel Vervoordt for his ainity to both the visual and decorative arts. Lately, I’ve been following the work of Ashley Hicks. I’m not quite sure if I get him yet, but I do enjoy seeing the objects he puts together, like his totems. WAYS TO DISCOVER NEW THINGS Making full use of my subscription to the New York Times, and whatever the digital equivalent is of reading it rom cover to cover: news, art, style, books, travel, what don’t they cover? THINGS ON YOUR WORK DESK Just my laptop. I work rom anywhere. MOST USED TOOL IN YOUR LINE OF WORK My laptop and iPad—how lucky that we live in an age when one has the opportunity to view art online, 24/7. YOUR IDEA OF THE PERFECT HOME? Walls ﬁlled with art and a cozy chair to curl up with my Kindle. FAVORITE PART OF YOUR HOUSE? Right now it would have to be the corner of the den where I can enjoy my bululs. FAVORITE STORES Online, there’s Farfetch or Matches. For local brick and mortar establishments, there’s LCP and Aphro. STYLE ICONS Currently, I would have to say Victoria Beckham: unfussy, solid colors, the cut of her clothes carry the day. here’s also Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, whose outﬁts look as chic today as they did 80 years ago when she stole a king’s heart. DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE Usually spare, with a pop of detail that’s slightly of-kilter. I like dressing rom the feet up. SOMETHING YOU’D NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT A piece of statement jewelry, nothing fancy: my stack of bangles, a cocktail ring, or a pair of dangling earrings. hey don’t have to be anything of high value, just something to seal an outﬁt. FAVORITE WEBSITE My guilty pleasure is a site called the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor. I have a fascination for European Royal History (I can tell you the names of all the grandchildren of the Queen of Denmark and name all the English sovereigns since William the Conqueror) and this site satisﬁes my interest in both fashion and royalty. FASHION OR DESIGN TREND YOU WISH WOULD GO AWAY he pajama look, maybe because I’m not partial to small ﬂoral prints. WHO DO YOU FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM? Aside rom all the major museums and galleries in the world and superstar artists like Ai Wei Wei, APRIL 2018 T&C 76 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H Olafur Eliasson, and Takashi Murakami, I also enjoy the posts of fashion personalities like Suzy Menkes, Elizabeth TNT, and theLSD. FAVORITE PHONE APP Yelp. FAVORITE PART OF MANILA YOU’D BRING GUESTS Depends on the guests, but I usually get requests to go around the galleries and museums. FAVORITE CITY TO VISIT In the past year, I suppose that it’s been New York. But I actually prefer to visit somewhere I’ve never been before. TA S T E M A K E R FAVORITE URBAN HOTEL he Pottinger in Hong Kong: Low-key luxe and in such a great location. TRAVEL MUST-HAVES White sneakers, a cross-body bag that can go rom day to night, and Google Maps. VACATION SPOT Not any one particular place. he best vacations entail discovering something new, immersing in history, and seeing good art. PLACE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, BUT WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT Ghent, to see Jan van Eyck’s altarpiece. WAY TO REJUVENATE Getting on the treadmill to release those endorphins. FITNESS REGIMEN An almost daily run, weights, and I’ve just gotten into yoga. WORDS TO LIVE BY To quote Jon Bon Jovi: It’s my life, It’s now or never, I ain’t gonna live forever I just want to live while I’m alive GUILTY PLEASURES Aside rom my favorite website, reading the Daily Mail and chocolate. FAVORITE PLACE TO CELEBRATE Special occasions have been marked with family dinners at home, catered by Kai or Cibo. WHAT’S CURRENTLY ON YOUR MUSIC PLAYLIST? Music I can run to: Bruno Mars and he Killers are the best for getting me through that last K. DRINK/COCKTAIL OF CHOICE Gin and tonic, vodka on the rocks, or some white Burgundy. FAVORITE ACTOR OF ALL TIME George Clooney! MOST TREASURED POSSESSION How can I not answer my husband and kids and not be judged? DREAM DINNER GUESTS Ai Wei Wei, Roberta Smith (the art critic of the New York Times), mega gallerist David Zwirner, and Raf Simons. Obviously, if this ever happens, I’m as good as invisible. FAVORITE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE I’ve had some pretty spectacular ones recently: the mind-blowing Anselm Kiefer Retrospective at he Royal Academy in London in 2014 and a major Hieronymous Bosch show at he Prado to celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death. here was also Doris Salcedo at the Guggenheim in 2015— political commentary done with such elegance. Two years ago, my daughter and I visited Granada, and ater touring the Alhambra, I went to the Capilla Real WRITER OR BOOK Jane Austen, Persuasion. FILM Merchant and Ivory’s Room With a View. FAVORITE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT Spending the day in a museum and doing gallery hops, not to mention checking out major art fairs. ALL THAT GLITTERS Clockwise from right: A child’s tamborin necklace; Michelline Syjuco cuff; malachite, silver, and jade mask; an array of vintage Filipino earrings; T’boli brass bracelets. where they’ve kept intact the prayer room of Isabella of Castile. Remember that she lived in the 16th century, so the liturgical objects and paintings, particularly those of Rogier van der Weyden and Boticelli, were, even then, already priceless antiques. Too bad you couldn’t take photos! FAVORITE MUSEUMS/ART GALLERIES Too many to mention! But David Zwirner has three spaces in Chelsea, and always worth a look-see. Last summer, I spent a very enjoyable day at the Dia:Beacon, a two-hour train ride rom Grand Central Terminal. On the way, you enjoy glorious views of the Hudson. his former Nabisco factory now houses the museum complex of works by signiﬁcant minimalists rom the 1970s: Walter de Maria, Dan Flavin, Joseph Beuys. FAVORITE WORKS OF ART From the past year: James Turrell’s Breathing Light at LACMA and teamLab’s Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well, Blossoming on Collision at the Mori Art Museum. FAVORITE ARTISTS Tough one to answer, but I would have to go with Vermeer, Balthus, Joseph Cornell, and the Chapman Brothers. ONE THING FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU I’m a history geek, with special focus on the Kennedys and English history, particularly the Regency period. YOUNG ARTISTS WE SHOULD KEEP OUR EYES ON? here’s Cian Dayrit, who is currently featured at the New Museum’s Triennial. Don’t expect him to produce objects that one can collect, though. He leans more towards research-based projects with a nod to his interest in anthropology that don’t shrink rom socio-political statements. I also like Ian Fabro, for drawings ampliﬁed with texture via staple wire and dressmaker pins. FAVORITE DISH Siomai. MUST-HAVE ITEM ON YOUR DINNER TABLE Veggies. DESSERT Green tea? APRIL 2018 T&C 77 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H C. MARK WILSON THE INTERIOR AND LIGHTING DESIGNER REVEALS WHAT GETS HIS CREATIVE JUICES GOING AND UNVEILS HIS LATEST PURSUITS. By Pierre A. Calasanz P h o t o g r a p h s b y To t o L a b r a d o r F or C. Mark Wilson, a childhood Christmas present turned out to be a git that just keeps giving. When he was 13, he received a camera; over the holidays, spent with his cousins at the ancestral family home, Mark could not put the camera down: “I just photographed and photographed the house and its many details. It was a beaux-arts house, maybe by Juan Arellano or Andres Luna. It made me fall in love with architecture, photography, and composition at the same time.” Later, when he went to Harvard to pursue a degree in Art History, specializing in Western Art, he took photography as a minor. here he learned valuable lessons that he still makes use of today, as the creative director for Wilson Escalona Design, a ﬁrm specializing in light-centric interiors and architecture. “My professors always said to use the four edges of the camera as your frame, so when you are shooting ‘in the moment,’ you are already composing. You don't want to do a lot of cropping aterward, you want to immediately develop an eye for form or silhouette composition, using your frame,” says Mark. “When I’m designing spaces, I’m always raming. I like to attenuate perimeter—the center to periphery— which comes back to that lesson. How do you design edges to make the spaces appear larger than they are? There are a lot of parallels. All those lessons are fundamental to design and art.” After graduating from college, Mark joined Knoll International, the ﬁrm famous for producing midcentury furniture, for a year in New York, before deciding to come home to study architecture at the University of the Philippines. he politically tumultuous mid-1980s scuppered those plans. “It was difficult to get to school and classes were sporadic, so ater a year I moved into other ﬁelds. My parents really wanted me to get an MBA, so I did, at IESE in Barcelona, partly so I could enjoy that city and see the Gaudi buildings,” he smiles. Ater earning his MBA, Mark’s education continued a few years later in California, where he took Interior Design at the highly regarded Santa Monica College. He was on his way to earning a master’s degree at the Pratt Institute when he had a change of plans: “I decided I needed a niche. Although it was a really good course at Pratt, I needed a specialty. So I did the two-year MFA in Lighting Design at Parsons the New School,” he explains. It was there that he met his partner at his design ﬁrm, architect Nikki Escalona-Tayag. “We got along like a house on ﬁre. We started working together in student orgs, and I love her as a business partner. We do diferent things really well.” Bellas Artes Outpost, the art space of Jam Acuzar in Karrivin Plaza, is a recent example of the team’s work, where they conceptualized everything from space planning to surface design, rom lighting to furniture. Mark’s interest in that last aspect, furniture, was inﬂuenced by his brief stay at Knoll, and further stoked by visits to the showrooms of legendary antique dealers Kit Roxas and Ramon Villegas. here, he fell in love with Filipino furniture; in his mind, the best examples are often undervalued and underappreciated: “they are handmade, APRIL 2018 T&C 78 made in small quantities, versus mass produced and industrial.” For select clients, Mark sources antiques and gives them new life through meticulous reﬁnishing, “taking something that’s varnished and dark and then turning it into something beautiful,” he says. “I’m not capable of doing carpentry, but I have very good finishers. They bleach and expose the wood, putting it in a state where the wood just feels like velvet. It’s about tactility, surface, and form. People love unique, one-of-a-kind things that you can’t really ﬁnd anymore. he pieces I reﬁnish can be combined in an eclectic way in modern homes, and they just lit up the room.” Antiques of another sort have led to Mark’s latest passion. After purchasing a collection of anting-anting—traditional Philippine amulets—a light bulb went of in his head. “I thought about recasting them and covering them in diferent ﬁnishes, silver and gold, and combine them with stones and pearls,” he shares. his project reﬂects Mark’s passion of putting together old things in a new way, much like his interior design projects, always done in good taste. On that subject, Mark has this to say: “My deﬁnition of good taste is taken rom Vaclav Havel’s, which is it is about sensitivity to others. Sensitivity to the way you present yourself to the world, consideration, and always trying to put your best foot forward. So, that comes into a design point of view as how you express yourself, or wish to be expressed, in your environment. Not ﬂashy, a lot of understatement, and attention to quality and detail.” T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H TA S T E M A K E R APRIL 2018 T&C 79 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H TA S T E M A K E R shaded on the west and south. It has rooms that multi-task so that the building does not have to be overly large. It has one TV or none, so the family can spend more time together. It is built of sustainably sourced materials, so that there are no toxic elements to afect the health of the family—especially the health of young children who are much more sensitive to the environment than adults. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCE AND SOURCES OF INSPIRATION Ramon Villegas has been on my mind at lot lately, because he helped train my eye to understand Filipino objects and furniture, and I am looking at a lot of Filipino things again. Federico de Vera for his command of juxtaposition, insistence on the ﬁnest in cratsmanship, and his artful all-black interiors. Pepito Albert for his deep understanding of point of view and his genius with apparel. Alred Weineke for quality architectural design and execution; he has really raised the bar for high-end residential architecture in Manila. All these men have been very generous mentors to me, happily sharing their expertise and knowledge. And, my children, Claudio and Isabel—they keep me optimistic about the world! loved his work for 30 years, and seeing these buildings recently reairms to me how important he is. As far as current designers go, I am closely following the careers of Tomas Heatherwick, Bjarke Ingels, and David Adjaye. FAVORITE PROJECT YOU’VE DESIGNED I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but Outpost in Karrivin Plaza was a gesamtkunstwerk–not oten is a designer asked to do that—rom the architectural layout to the decoration of the walls and ﬂoors, to the design of the furniture and custom lighting ﬁxtures—we did it all and had so much fun. And I gained a dear riend in the process, Jam Acuzar. WAYS TO DISCOVER NEW PRODUCTS/ DESIGNERS/TRENDS he new is all around us; sources of inspiration are all around us. he most important thing is to strive to train our eyes to discern, and develop a critical way of seeing—this is a life-long project, a way to keep our optics resh. Travel is important, abroad of course, but also within the country itself. MOST ADMIRED ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS Louis Khan’s Parliament Building in Dhaka blew me away; I visited it in February. Some buildings have a moral quality; that is a preeminent example. I saw Khan’s Kimball Museum in Dallas; it moved me to tears—the elegant attenuated proportions, the tight materials palette, the rhythm of arches within rectilinear volumes. I have APRIL 2018 IDEA OF THE PERFECT HOME he perfect home in the Philippines has natural light and air, with windows that open up to the north, and are T&C 80 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H FAVORITE PART OF MANILA TO SHOW GUESTS Right now I would bring foreign guests to Elmer Borlongan’s retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum, and to Carlos Celdran’s Manila Biennale in Intramuros. Dinner at Sala Bistro in Greenbelt, to dispel the impression that Manila has no trees. COUNTRYSIDE HOTEL OR RESORT I had a wonderful few days at Fundacion Pacita Abad in Batanes last year. he vegetables, mostly grown outside the scenic windows of the restaurant, are organic and plentiful. he menu is a combination of Ivatan and more cosmopolitan fare. So you can eat really well there and feel healthy, not fat, when you leave. You do a lot of COURTESY C. MARK WILSON (WORKSHOP) SOFT EXPOSURE Mark and an assistant reinishing antique furniture at Mark’s workshop in Parañaque. MOST TREASURED PIECE OF FURNITURE? I have an early 19th-century all-balayong round table rom Bohol that I bought in Cebu in the early 1990s. he dealer told me it came rom the family of the local Bohol hero, Francisco Dagohoy. Balayong always makes my heart melt, and the one of this table is very dark chocolate. It feels like silk when you run your hands on the surfaces of it. hat’s one thing people don’t realize about furniture: it’s as much about the physical feel of it as about the way it looks. Touch it! TA S T E M A K E R walking and hiking in very resh air. here are 360-degree views of nature everywhere, and the local culture is fascinating. PLACES YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, BUT WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT Berlin to take in the local creative scene. Dornach to see Rudolf Steiner’s Gotheanum, the world’s ﬁrst pouredconcrete building. CAREFULLY CURATED Mark’s home features a mix of the old and the new. Clockwise: A sarimanok from the 1960s and an aged mirror; a collection of skull rings and coral housed in a narra root; a painting by Redd Nakpil, the Patient Christ sculpture and a Filipino Art Nouveau cabinet; Pier Castiglioni’s Taccia lamp atop a reproduction bulol table from Baguio; a Thai Buddha, balayong sculpture, and molave lamp lank the armchair in Mark’s room; his chest of drawers in the bedroom. WAY TO REJUVENATE Contact with nature. Swimming. Meditation: for me it’s Zazen. GREATEST HOPE FOR THE FUTURE I truly hope for world peace and for a sustainable future for our children. World politics seem so bleak now, but we must ﬁght against induration, and inwardly strive to hold a vision of peace and sustainability. FAVORITE FILM Recently I really enjoyed Call Me By Your Name, mostly for Timothée Chalamet’s body language; the way he used his body to communicate awakening desire was fascinating to watch. And I loved the father’s airmative monologue towards the end: really feel our feelings, don’t deaden them–that keeps us alive and resh. CURRENT MUSIC PLAYLIST I think he Weeknd is genius. DEFINE TASTE Taste is how what you present to the world afects the world. Does it ofend? Is it too loud? Does it demand attention? Or does it seek to ﬁt within a context, aiming for appropriate self-expression? here is tasteful behavior and there are tasteful physical things, such as, in my ﬁeld: interiors, lighting, objects. he two are related. he physical environment is an expression of our characters. APRIL 2018 T&C 81 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H KAREN SANTOS IN WHATEVER FIELD SHE HAS ENTERED, ENTREPRENEUR KAREN SANTOS IS DRIVEN BY HER PASSIONS. E very so often, the universe sends Karen Santos a sign, and everything else just seems to fall into place. Best known these days for Kassa, her brand that sells ﬁne linens and table accessories, Karen now also offers fine furniture—everything from Louis XVI-style chairs to midcentury collectibles, rom 18th-century mirrors to Napoléon III pieces—brought in rom a network of antique dealers abroad. his month, Karen, who has been dubbed by riends as a “lifestyle provider,” gives her clients a peek into her new, partially completed showroom where she will have her fourth sale of treasured pieces. Pinning down the perfect location wasn’t too diicult, as usual. “I was at a dinner—it was my birthday—and I just mentioned to a riend that I was looking for a space, and he said he had a property in the area I had in mind and he was willing to rent it out. I thought to myself, wow, this is just too easy,” she laughs. With the new showroom, Karen is back in the retail business, something she’s been flirting with since selling her knitwear business, Kashieca, to the Suyen Group 14 years ago. Founded in 1988, Kashieca was named after Karen and her sisters Shiela and Camille. “At the time, the Ayalas had just opened Park Square One and they wanted my mom, who was in the knitwear business, to open a shop. I had just come back from Italy, where I learned more about maglieria, knitwear, so my sisters and I decided to do it,” recalls Karen. Ater more than a decade, it was time to move on, she reflects, adding that she has no regrets. Before the sale was finalized, Karen was already dipping her hands into another pie, distributing natural stone flooring. “I had a friend rom Indonesia living in the Philippines, and her family had a quarry back home. She asked if I could help her bring in stone, and that was it.” Soon enough, the need to express herself creatively coupled with other circumstances pushed Karen to start Kassa. “For linens, I was so rustrated by not being able to find the right printed tablecloths. I couldn’t get the right size or a certain length. It was such a pain. Someone pushed me to make them myself, and I did. I wanted to go back to working with fabric and colors and being creative again, without having the pressure of meeting a certain price point. When you want linens, it’s a luxury. I do it at a certain price point because I give people the best product and the best quality,” she says. It’s the same idea with her luxe furniture ﬁnds, her latest venture fuelled by a deep personal interest. “It all started because I wanted to fix my flat. So I went on a trip and met a few dealers. I thought, ‘What heck, I want it all but how am I going to bring all of it back?’” The logistics seemed difficult, but she didn’t give up on the idea. Karen showed snaps of the items available to her interior designer riends who agreed to order some pieces through her. Soon she had enough orders to load three-fourths APRIL 2018 T&C 82 of a shipping container; the rest Karen ﬁlled up with furniture for herself. he ﬁrst Kassa furniture pop-up took place in October 2016, and so far each one has been successful, close to selling out. Sometimes, Karen acknowledges, her instincts have been wrong. “Of course, I think I’ve made some mistakes with my purchases, and I’m sure that there will be some more, but I do believe that every piece will find a home,” she says confidently. One of those “mistakes” cost her a tidy sum. There was a chair that was being passed up at her popups, despite being reasonably priced. She eventually found a buyer, but ater the sale was agreed, she learned the shocking truth. “We determined it was an original Pierre Jeanneret, worth, according to another dealer, 10 times the price. I was sitting on a goldmine, but I didn't know it. Obviously, the one who sold it to me originally didn’t know it too. It’s a lesson learned, I didn’t do enough research.” But why was the piece ignored in the first place? Maybe the answer to questions like this all comes down to personal taste. Karen diplomatically skirts around the issue. “Taste is an expression of yourself, and who am I to judge?” she says. “It’s in the eye of the beholder.” Looking around her eclectically furnished living room, awash in muted pink tones, Karen lets out a hearty laugh. “Designers who like black and gray might come around and say, who does this woman think she is, giving advice?” T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H MAKEUP BY PATRICK ALCOBER By Pierre A. Calasanz Photographs by Kai Huang TA S T E M A K E R APRIL 2018 T&C 83 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H TA S T E M A K E R SOURCE OF INSPIRATION “he eye has to travel,” Diana Vreeland famously said. In my case my eye has been traveling all my life—to the places I go, to the museums I have visited, to the magazines, books, and blogs I read. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL INFLUENCE My mother. She taught me the value of work. FAVORITE ITEM YOU’VE DESIGNED I love the table linens I design. I don’t have a favorite, I love them all. MOST ADMIRED DESIGNER If I were to choose one, it would the late Jaya Ibrahim. Indonesian in origin with no degree in design, he trained under Anouska Hempel. Jaya’s interior design was about balance and harmony, Western and Asian. He later returned to Indonesia and designed the Legian in Bali, Amanjiwo in Borobudur, and the Dharmawangsa in Jakarta; to date, they are my favorites among his work. WAYS TO DISCOVER NEW DESIGN TRENDS Going to fairs and seeing what is out there, chatting with my dealers, following people on Instagram. THINGS ON YOUR WORK DESK At any given moment I can have fabrics, natural stone samples, THE MAIN EVENT Le Bernardaud Limoges plates, Vetrerie di Empoli and Waterford glasses, Lalique salad plates, J. Perez cutlery, and Kassa tablecloth and handembroidered toucan napkins and doily; Karen’s favorite cocktail rings and fragrance with her Fitbit. catalogues, a calculator, and of course my computer and iPhone. YOUR IDEA OF THE PERFECT HOME? One that generates good energy. shop would be my store Kassa. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A MUSTHAVE ITEM IN ANY HOME? You can never go wrong with a good set of table linens. STYLE ICONS My choices perhaps reﬂect my age, but their style has always been timeless: Anna Wintour, Carolina Herrera, and Donna Karan. FAVORITE STORES Selridges in London, Bon Marche in Paris, and the Dries van Noten store in Paris not just for the clothes but also for the beautiful interiors done by Gert Voorjans. But my ultimate FAVORITE PART OF YOUR HOUSE? My room. MOST TREASURED PIECE OF FURNITURE? All my furniture is special to me; each one has a APRIL 2018 purpose and a story. T&C 84 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE Ageappropriate! SOMETHING YOU’D NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT? Blue jeans and a black dress. I always throw TA S T E M A K E R them in my luggage whether I end up wearing them or not. FAVORITE WEBSITES Habitually Chic and he Business of Fashion. FAVORITE PHONE/TABLET APP? With the traic in Manila, I can’t live without Waze, and for my immediate news updates, I turn to Huington Post. FAVORITE PART OF MANILA? WHERE WOULD YOU BRING FOREIGN GUESTS? I would send them to take part in a tour of Manila led by Carlos Celdran! FAVORITE CITY TO VISIT London. FAVORITE URBAN HOTEL L’Hotel in Paris, Oscar Wilde’s last home, remodeled by Jacques Garcia. COUNTRYSIDE HOTEL OR RESORT Amanjiwo in Yogyakarta designed by Jaya Ibrahim. TRAVEL MUST-HAVES An open mind and a sense of adventure. VACATION SPOT To be honest, I am so happy to just be in my room! PLACE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, BUT WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT I would love to see Arica one day. WAY TO REJUVENATE Sleep and more sleep! FITNESS REGIMEN A brisk walk with Spotify. Having said that, I must get back to my Pilates. HAPPIEST MOMENTS When my eye is traveling. table of women interior designers with Elsie de Wolfe, the woman who invented interior decoration as a profession, as guest of honor, with the likes of Anouska Hempel, India Mahdavi, Muriel Brandolini, Kelly Hoppen, Kelly Wearstler would be fantastic, but alas that would be impossible. WORDS TO LIVE BY Everything in moderation, nothing in excess. GUILTY PLEASURE Home-made chicharon rom a dear riend’s kitchen! FAVORITE CHEF My cook, whom I trained. FAVORITE DISH Oh, lots! But I must say that ater a trip my comfort food is a homecooked adobo with boiled rice. MUST-HAVE ITEM ON YOUR DINNER TABLE Tablecloth or placemats, but deﬁnitely cloth napkins— no paper, please! FAVORITE PLACE TO CELEBRATE I think a celebration at home is always special. DESSERT Sans rival. WRITER OR BOOK I just ﬁnished Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes, and am now reading Madame de Pompadour, Mistress of France, by Christine Pevitt Algrant. DRINK OF CHOICE Apparently, vodka has less sugar so I have been drinking that lately; otherwise a good bottle of wine would make me happy. DREAM DINNER GUESTS A dinner FILM My all-time favorite romantic comedies are When Harry Met Sally and Bridget Jones’s Diary and my all-time romantic drama is he Way We Were. IN LIVING COLOR Clockwise from top: David Hicks wallpaper on Karen’s faux bamboo-bordered bookshelf, housing books, a celadon vase, and sterling silver birds; a Louis XV-style chandelier above her dining table; a vintage 1970s brass lower lamp; 19th-century Jules Moigniez sculpture and a 1970s lamp with a tinalak shade. APRIL 2018 FAVORITE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT At the moment, watching Netﬂix! When I travel, museums are a must. My favorites are the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, the former home of the 19thcentury architect, which he designed himself and which houses his collection of world-class art, antiques, and drawings; the Wallace Collection at Hertford House, London, where my interest in 18th-century French furniture, T&C 85 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H paintings, and porcelain was brought to the fore. What I love about these types of museums is that it gives one a peep into the way people lived. WHAT’S CURRENTLY ON YOUR MUSIC PLAYLIST? My workout mix, SparkPeople’s Cardio Mix, and 2018 Dance Workout Music, to keep me going when I brisk walk. FAVORITE ACTOR OF ALL TIME Meryl Streep. FAVORITE WORK OF ART To choose one is hard, though I remember very vividly at the very impressionable age of 15, I was at the National Gallery in London. I was studying the paintings of the Renaissance period and exhausted with information overload rom my tutor, I decided to rest and sit down in ront of Monet’s Water-Lily Pond and felt a sense of tranquility. COMM DENOMINA APRIL 2018 T&C 86 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H ON R OYA L PA I N S HANDSOME PRINCE MEETS BEAUTIFUL NON-PRINCESS? NOT SO LONG AGO IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE END OFTHE FAIRYTALE. WHY EUROPE’S ROYAL HOUSES FINALLY DECIDEDTO LET LOVE RULE. DANNY LAWSON/PA IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES (MARKLE AND HARRY) By Michael Joseph Gross M AT C H P O I N T Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, two months before they announced their engagement. I . W H E N H A R A L D M E T S O N JA Born on the Fourth of July 1937, at the Red Cross Clinic in Oslo, Sonja Haraldsen grew up to become a lovely 16-year-old, and one day she went to watch a boat race. One of the spectators, a boy her age, Harald Glücksburg, saw Sonja and was lovestruck. He tried to get the girl’s attention; she ignored him. Or so goes one story of the day Harald met Sonja. Another has the two meeting at a dinner party when they were 22 and falling so crash-bang in love that even if Harald had not been crown prince of Norway and Sonja had not been the daughter of the owners of a women’s clothing store, their instant, mutual, and lasting passion might still have been called a fairytale romance. Fairytale romance also requires riction in the form of antagonists or obstacles: wicked stepmothers, thickets of thorns. In this story Harald’s father served that function. King Olav V did not want his son to marry a commoner. He wanted Harald to make a sensible match, as the king himself had done with a girl rom the royal family next door, Princess Märtha of Sweden (who was also his ﬁrst cousin). TORS APRIL 2018 T&C 87 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H R OYA L PA I N S lifestyle blogger with an avid social media presence replete with hashtags and emojis. When their relationship began, in the fall of 2016, old proscriptions were triggered in force, but Harry would have none of it. Just one month ater the couple were ﬁrst seen together in public, Kensington Palace issued a statement on the prince’s behalf: “His girlfriend… has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment,” which involved (among much else) a “smear on the ront page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls.” Movingly, the statement avowed that the prince “knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. his is not a game—it is her life and his.” That was valor. Which raised some questions: Might there be more at stake in their relationship than the happiness of two people? What might this match between Meghan and Harry mean for society at large? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not mention the reedom of a prince to woo in peace. he Kensington Palace statement, however, almost implied that it should. he statement could even be read to posit that the courtship of the prince and the actress was more democratic than the world outside that relationship. (In the privacy of love they were equals. Only when certain outsiders told the story was she considered less than.) Could that be true? Do royal families endow their members with more democratic dignities—are they able to accept human diversity with greater ease—than the rest of the human family does? If so, what are the consequences for the rest of us? In an era of R O YA L F L U S H unprecedented wealth for a few When Crown Prince Harald married nonroyal Sonja and restricted social mobility for Haraldsen in 1968, many the rest, Markle represents a fanwondered if the Norwegian tasy so extreme it might be called monarchy would survive. existential immigration. But even that fantasy is not During Prince William entirely a game. his is actually a serious question: and Kate Middleton’s Has the world changed, so that marrying a prince engagement, the British press referred to her as (or a princess) is the surest way of being treated like “Commoner Kate.” a whole person? And if so, how did that happen? II. DUTY & DESIRE Like moves on a chessboard, marriages between members of Europe’s dynasties were, for centuries, made to establish an advantage in the continent’s balance of power. Some royals did marry nonroyals—a practice known as morganatic marriage—while others wished to but were prevented by law or taboo. In 1936, ater King Edward VIII decided to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson, he abdicated the throne to avoid a constitutional crisis. The scandal put pressure on British royals to lead exemplary lives, and when Edward’s niece, Princess Margaret, fell in love with RAF Group Captain Peter Townsend, who was divorced, opposition in Parliament in 1955 forced her to make an excruciating, public renunciation. To marry Townsend would have meant surrendering her royal rights, duties, and income. Even ﬁve years later, when Margaret wed the photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, some of Europe’s monarchs did not attend the ceremony. As an observer later explained, “Princesses married princes, not common photographers.” The restrictions on royal marriage based on social status were slow to erode. In 2011, Prince William married Catherine Middleton, whose parents met while they were working for British Airways (she as a flight attendant, he as a dispatcher). he Middletons, who now run an online party retailer, also have some family wealth and no mean pedigrees themselves; nonetheless, it was the ﬁrst time a woman without aristocratic lineage had married an heir to the British throne in more than 350 years. But if you tried to imagine a royal romance that violated every taboo—concerning class, race, religion, gender roles, commercialism, and discretion—you probably would still not have the audacity to imagine the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an American television actress who is divorced, Catholic, and of mixed race, in addition to being a committed political activist and a sometime clothing designer and APRIL 2018 I I I . T RU E RO M A N C E Over the past 50 years it has ceased to be exceptional—it has gradually become the norm—for European royalty to marry commoners. (Of the heirs apparent to the 10 surviving hereditary European monarchies, Prince Alois of Liechtenstein is the only one who chose a mate of even approximately equal social rank: T&C 88 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H R E G I N A L D D AV I S / R E X / S H U T T E R S T O C K ( H A R A L D A N D S O N J A ) ; S A M I R H U S S E I N / G E T T Y I M A G E S ( M I D D L E T O N A N D W I L L I A M ) . O P P O S I T E : J O H N F R O S T N E W S P A P E R S / A L A M Y ( B U L L E T I N , E X T R A , C H I C A G O D A I LY T R I B U N E ) ; B E T T M A N N / G E T T Y I M A G E S ( D U K E A N D D U C H E S S O F W I N D S O R W I T H D O G S ) ; C E C I L B E A T O N / C A M E R A P R E S S / R E D U X ( P R I N C E S S M A R G A R E T A N D F A M I LY ) ; R E X / S H U T T E R S T O C K ( B L A C K - A N D - W H I T E O F D U K E A N D D U C H E S S O F W I N D S O R ) By law the heir to Norway’s throne could not marry without the sovereign’s permission. Olav’s disapproval, however, was less determined than Harald’s devotion. For nine long years Harald and Sonja waited, and dated, and at last love conquered. he king pronounced his blessing. Harald and Sonja married. When Olav died and Harald was crowned, in 1991, the queen of his heart became queen of his land. D AY I N C O U R T In 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson ( left ). Princess Margaret wed Anthony Armstrong-Jones ( right ) in 1960, after ending a romance with Peter Townsend, a divorcé. APRIL 2018 T&C 89 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H the Wittelsbach duchess Sophie, Princess of Bavaria.) he story I V. T H E C O M M O N E R S of how, in just two generations, nonroyals were welcomed into Fred ﬂew to Australia to watch the 2000 Olympics. He walked nearly all of Europe’s royal families follows a pattern common into a bar, the Slip Inn, in Sydney. “Fred rom Denmark” was to many stories of social integration. A sequence of private, how he introduced himself that night to a young woman rom human choices—in this case, the Tasmania, Mary Donaldson. Much choice to pursue romantic love— later Mary would reveal that in the gains symbolic importance when months that followed Fred seduced those choices are made public, and her with long, handwritten letters. that enables more such choices to In one he quoted Kierkegaard: “To be made. Love begets love. And as risk something is to lose one’s footis true of many of the most dignihold for a moment. Not to risk is to lose oneself.” fying reforms of modern society, The next year Fred—that is, this one started in Scandinavia. Frederik, crown prince of DenIn Kristiansand, Norway, in the summer of 1999, “a single mother mark, Count of Monpezat, Order whose son was fathered by a of the Elephant, Order of the Dandrug dealer” (as one newspaper nebrog—stood up as best man at would later refer to her) went to Haakon’s wedding. Aterward, at a concert, where she met a man. the banquet, Haakon spoke rom The woman, Mette-Marit Tjeshis heart to Mette-Marit: “I don’t think I have ever been so weak or sem Høiby, had a three-year-old so strong as I am when I am with son named Marius. She did not you. I don’t think I have been so have a college degree and she had full of love as I am when I’m with never held a prestigious job. She you. From today you are no longer was pretty, she was sweet, and she just my riend, my girlriend, and liked to have fun, which sometimes my fiancée. Today we have marinvolved illegal substances. he man she met at the concert ried and you have become Norwas Haakon, crown prince of Norway’s crown princess. I’m looking forward to working side by side way—King Harald and Queen Sonwith you, and with Marius. I canja’s son—and Haakon fell in love not promise life will be without with Mette-Marit the way Harald problems and easy, but it will be had fallen in love with Sonja: headeventful and strong.” long, all at once, and the-hell-withBy the time Haakon and Metteyou-if-you-don’t-like-it. By May of Marit attended Frederik and the following year the crown prince Mary’s wedding, in 2004, matches had publicly declared his love for a between royals and commoners woman who by traditional stanwere becoming joyful symbols of dards could not have been more hope for a better life. “Every time unsuitable. a person’s dreams come true, the Haakon’s choice had conseworld becomes a better place for quences. In Norway approval ratus all. Your marriage is a gift to ings for the monarchy were low. In the people of Australia,” declared neighboring countries conservatives one Sydney newspaper. It was a were concerned. One Copenhagen git to the Danish monarchy, too: historian made this analysis: “It may N O R T H S TA R S Approval ratings surged to 82 perbe that Mette-Marit is the biggest Crown Prince Haakon of Norway followed in his threat to the Danish monarchy for cent the following year. father’s footsteps by many centuries. When the media In the ﬁrst decade of the 21st becomes tough in Norway and Sweden, a ront line marrying a nonroyal, century, matches between commoners and royals Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, will open up against the Danish royal family rom the in 2001. Three years later were made all across Europe. Like airplanes speednorth.” But if skepticism and insurrection were conta- his best man, Crown ing past circles of latitude, royal loves crossed social boundaries abruptly, embracing the vulgar—in the gious—well, so was love. Haakon had a riend, a few Prince Frederik of sense of that word’s Latin root, vulgaris, the common years older, by the name of Fred. Handsome, smart, Denmark, wed Mary adventurous Fred had studied at Harvard before he Donaldson, an Australian. people. he more ﬂawed the match (compared with traditional ideal royal mates), it sometimes seemed, became a naval pilot and special operations officer. Fred went trekking in Mongolia. Fred drove a team of sled dogs the more attractive it was. Haakon’s older sister, Princess Märtha Louise, lost her royal 4,000 miles across Greenland. Fred also dated a lot of women, and no one thought he was in much danger of settling down. But income when she married an artist, the Norwegian writer Ari Fred was, surely, moved to consider his own position when he Behn, who was best known for a short story collection titled Sad saw what had happened to Haakon. And it may or may not have as Hell. (he couple divorced last year.) he Prince of Orange, been a coincidence that sparks ﬂew in Fred’s life the very same Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, married month that Haakon commenced cohabitation with Mette-Marit. Máxima Zorreguieta, an Argentinian whose father was a governAPRIL 2018 T&C 90 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H J E N S H A R T M A N N / R E X / S H U T T E R S T O C K ( P R I N C E A N D P R I N C E S S O F N O R WA Y ) ; M A R K S T E WA R T / C A M E R A P R E S S / R E D U X ( R OYA L F A M I LY O F D E N M A R K ) ; M E D I A P U N C H / R E X / S H U T T E R S T O C K ( M A R K L E ) R OYA L PA I N S R OYA L PA I N S Frederik, which created an atmosphere in which almost anything became possible—even an American TV star in a wedding dress waving rom the balcony of Buckingham Palace. At a time when a crisis of legitimacy attends the very concept of authority, these couplings have strengthened bonds between sovereigns and subjects. he marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, like all the status-discordant pairings described here, will have one main political efect. he coming of the commoners inoculates European monarchies against that form of government’s greatest contemporary vulnerability: popular resentment based on perception of unjust advantage. However thorny their pasts, all these commoners appear to be worthy of luck—the extraordinary luck of winning the existential immigration lottery, on top of the more common luck of romantic love. One of the most striking things about this chapter in the history of royal marriage is how sturdy the matches have proved to be—maybe because they’re unsuitable, not in spite of it. hese loves began with the embrace of imperfection; the reasons for their durability and popularity may not be much more complicated than that. In 2017, when King Harald and Queen Sonja both turned 80, polls in Norway indicated that 81 percent of Norwegians supported the monarchy. In 2018 the couple—and the rest of the country—will celebrate 50 years of marriage. Deep inside one of the mailbags full of cards and letters that will be delivered to the palace in Oslo, perhaps the ladies-inwaiting will ﬁnd one postmarked London, with Kensington Palace as the return address. In the last in-depth interview Meghan Markle gave before she began dating Harry (it was published in Good Housekeeping), she said she liked to write handwritten notes, which she called “a lost art form.” In that interview, as in the last one before her betrothal (in Vanity Fair last summer), she recalled struggling to earn a living in her early days as an actress. She said that she learned calligraphy and made extra money by writing names and addresses in beautiful script on other people’s wedding invitations. She did not say, but it is hard not to imagine, that from time to time her hand got tired and she would pause to daydream for a minute, imagining the loves of those brides and grooms, hoping that such happiness one day might be hers. « ment minister in that country’s violent, corrupt military regime. (Willem-Alexander’s mother Queen Beatrix allowed the match on condition that Máxima’s father not attend the wedding.) In Spain, Crown Prince Felipe de Todos los Santos announced his engagement to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, a divorced TV news broadcaster who has had multiple plastic surgeries. Sweden’s Princess Victoria—the heir to the throne—started dating her personal trainer, Daniel Westling, in secret; then she married him. And that’s only a partial list. “Human afection will always cross boundaries; designing rules it must adhere to will never work,” wrote one English newspaper columnist after Haakon’s wedding to Mette-Marit. “Modern Britain is a place where being rom a dysfunctional or ‘diferent’ background does not prevent you rom leading a happy, fulﬁlled life. It’s time for another royal wedding, and my feeling is that Camilla’s would give more real people real hope than any fairytale wedding ever could.” When it happened, that prediction came true. he public came to love Camilla Parker Bowles, in part because she and Prince Charles persevered in their love in spite of life’s whole mess. Mette-Marit has a past that, it seems, will never go away. Compromising photographs from her wild days were published. Her alcoholic father married a stripper half his age. Yet she and Haakon built a family; in addition to Marius they have two children of their own, whose arrival the country greeted with celebration. heir ﬁrstborn, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, is Norway’s heir apparent. She will someday be the country’s ﬁrst female monarch since the 15th century. By coincidence MetteMarit also played an important symbolic role in the darkest moment in Norway’s recent history—when her stepbrother was killed in the mass shooting by Anders Breivik in 2011. Her loss made Mette-Marit a symbol of the people’s solidarity with the monarchy. he next year she put her penchant for risk-taking—even heedlessness—to virtuous use. On behalf of a gay palace employee who had trouble getting a visa, she secretly traveled to India to care for his newborn twins, born to a surrogate mother. here she spent several days incognito with the babies in a medical center, where the staf assumed she was a nanny. THE COMING OF THE COMMONERS INOCULATES EUROPEAN MONARCHIES FROM THEIR GREATEST VULNERABILITY: POPULAR RESENTMENT. V. A ROYA L W E D D I N G , S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 What would have happened if Harald and Sonja hadn’t fallen in love? hey set an example for Haakon, who set an example for APRIL 2018 T&C 91 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H T& C SOURCEBO OK I D E A S A N D I N S P I R AT I O N DRESS CODE FREE SPIRIT CHANNELING EASY ELEGANCE DOESN’T REQUIRE MUCH TIME NOR EFFORT, JUST A COLLECTION OF TIMELESS PIECES. P h o t o g r a p h b y J o s e p h Pa s c u a l APRIL 2018 T&C 92 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H OUT&ABOUT C U LT U R E T O P T E N SMASHBOX LIP GLOSS IN IN DEMAND, BEAUTY BAR, GREENBELT 5 LES N ÉR ÉI D ES EARRINGS, GREENBELT 3 HERMÈS ESPADRILLES, GREENBELT 3, 757.8910 HERMÈS WATCH, GREENBELT 3, 757.8910 L E S N É RÉI D ES RINGS, GREENBELT 3 L’ O C C ITA N E BODY MILK POW PLANT MILK, POWER MALL, 898.1883 LONGC HA MP SUNGLASSES, GREENBELT 5 O . P. 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YELLOW DIAMOND RINGS, RUSTANʼS MAKATI, 817.8101 CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22–JANUARY 20 With aggressive Mars in your birth sign, your tendency to go on the attack could stir up issues—especially at home. Others may not agree with your agenda, but April is a time when riendships and creative ventures will lit your spirits and your prospects. Changes in your personal life are going to set you on a new path near the 16th, and whatever occurs at month’s end opens up new worlds. TAURUS AQUARIUS APRIL 21–MAY 21 he good news is that Venus in your sign sweetens the tricky planetary mix this month, so dare to hope for the best. And although some personal and professional issues may be keeping you awake at night, what you should focus on are your contacts and connections. he last few days of the month ofer opportunities to reach new understandings and establish the kind of rapport you have hoped for. GEMINI MAY 22–JUNE 21 If others seem particularly irritable this month, try not to go there yourself. With Mercury out of sync until the 15th, issues—particularly ﬁnancial ones—won’t ﬁnd easy solutions. At least the new Moon of the 16th sheds light on confusing predicaments involving riends and associates, and with Saturn turning direct on the 18th, you’ll begin to see what steps you need JANUARY 21–FEBRUARY 19 to take to get on a more secure path. CANCER JUNE 22–JULY 22 Partners and associates aren’t seeing eye to eye with you as April kicks of, and their intractable behavior is bound to get on your nerves. Focus on developments near the 7th: With the new Moon of the 16th happening at the zenith of your chart, this is the right time for startups and new plans—despite what others may think. Your social life, at least, promises to be a delightful diversion. LEO JULY 23–AUGUST 23 You appear to be caught up in debates that aren’t likely to be easily resolved. While your travel angle is brightly illumined by the Sun attract more attention all around. until the 20th, and distant spots may beckon, you also seem to be focused on projects that are intensely engrossing. Ater the 15th you’ll be able to get a ﬁrmer grasp on your afairs, and the emotionally charged full Moon of the 30th is about strengthening ties that bind. LIBRA SEPTEMBER 24–OCTOBER 23 Someone appears to be giving you a hard time this month, and as much as you prefer to avoid discord, it won’t be possible. Brutally rank discussions are the only way to clear up charged issues, but fortunate aspects throughout April involving your ruler, Venus, indicate that you’ll be able to gain the upper hand. Whatever occurs near the 17th indicates that you’re on the right track and your fortunes are on the rise. VIRGO AUGUST 24–SEPTEMBER 23 Whatever occurs near the 4th, your aspects indicate that the best course is to reserve judgment. With Jupiter now in the most mentally acute angle of your chart, your outlook is expanding, and you’re right to explore new angles and possibilities. he new Moon of the 16th is a signal to focus on joint ventures and new arrangements, and with Venus on the rise you’ll begin to APRIL 2018 SCORPIO OCTOBER 24–NOVEMBER 22 With blissful Venus beautifully aspected in your relationship angle, you, more than others, should be able to dodge the bullets T&C 94 when nasty planetary conﬁgurations arise near the 5th and the 11th. Work-related choices won’t become clear until ater the 15th, and some kind of uncertainty will lit of once Saturn changes direction on the 18th. Agreements reached near the 29th are worth a celebration. You seem to be grappling with hard choices and ﬁghting with yourself as April kicks of. Whatever reservations you may have, take as much time as you need to ﬁnally decide. With Venus at the nadir of your chart, close relationships are going to be in the stellar spotlight in the best possible way. It’s all about following your heart right now and not letting negative thoughts sabotage your interests. SAGITTARIUS PISCES NOVEMBER 23–DECEMBER 21 FEBRUARY 20–MARCH 20 Be ready to rethink projects early this month, as unforeseen complexities will throw you of course unless you take the time to scrutinize details. You do have promising aspects, though, and they’re all about being a diplomat and winning others over with logic. Startups you initiate near the 16th will prove inspiring and successful, and close relationships enter Your plans may be in a bit of a tailspin as April gets underway. If riends and associates are behaving badly, blame it on Mars and Saturn and try to steer clear. Making conciliatory gestures near the 7th will turn the tide, and though the clouds won’t entirely lit, you’ll get encouraging signals that all will come right in the end. 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Louis XIV did it by the acre at Versailles; French heiress and novelist Louise de Vilmorin, who wrote Madame de…, famously did it in a blue ﬂoral to the drawing room of her château. This year S t y l e d b y Wi ll K a h n APRIL 2018 T&C 95 fashion designers are giving their collections the same treatment. It’s a tightrope walk, though. Too much and it feels matchy, too little and an opportunity is lost. As Robert Rauschenberg said, “Having to be diferent is the same trap as having to be the same.” « Home Market Editor: Sarah Bray T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H GIVING NEW PERSPECTIVES LATCH HOPES TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF THE BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING TO PARENTS ALL OVER THE PHILIPPINES. B y M i l ag ro s G. Au g u st i ne s B uding Aquino-Dee was a new mother living in Canada when she was introduced to a tremendous breastfeeding support system. “I was so moved by my own breastfeeding experience there that I decided to get certiﬁed as a breastfeeding counselor,” Dee says. In 2006, she and her family moved back to Manila, where she quickly saw that there was a void in breastfeeding support. Curious, Dee began volunteering with existing advocacy groups. “I reconnected with some of my components and kindred spirits to help her begin her advocacy. With the support of eight other co-founders and institutions such as he Medical City, LATCH, or Lactation Attachment Training Counseling and Help, was born. hrough the organization’s lactation education riends rom high school and college, and now they were moms too, and doctors, chefs, ‘mompreneurs,’ and corporate executives. We all had the same desire to form a group that could help bring back the breastfeeding culture through quality lactation education and peer counseling.” Dee ﬁnally found the exact APRIL 2018 T&C 96 T O W N A N D C O U N T R Y. P H classes, peer counseling, and campaigns toward normalizing breastfeeding, LATCH provides platforms for fellow moms to “be able to pay things forward and help other mothers as well. You not only get support and learn about breastfeeding, you also have an opportunity to do meaningful work and concretely make a diference in families’ lives,” Dee says. She continues, “We select projects that reﬂect our core values, which are quite progressive and nontraditional. We believe in collaboration and in working with various agencies, companies, and institutions, and approaching advocacy matters in creative ways, ofering resh perspectives on how to communicate the heart and soul of the cause.” While LATCH also hopes to grow its membership, its focus remains on quality over quantity. “We attract service leaders who sincerely want to make a diference in their own circles of inﬂuence. LATCH has grown and branched out, slowly but surely. Each branch in Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Los Baños is autonomous, but we are all united in focusing on the principles of what makes the advocacy important, crucial, and relevant. When you advocate breastfeeding, it’s a tri-chord of promotion, protection, and support. Each area holds its weight and not one is more important than the other.” For more information on how you can support the advocacy, log on to facebook. com/groups/latchmoms. COURTESY LATCH NURSING SQUAD LATCH has conducted outreach activities, breastfeeding initiatives, and educational sessions in Manila, Laguna, Davao, and Cebu. YOUR IMPECCABLE GUIDE TO EXCEPTIONAL PERSONALITIES & MUST-SEE PLACES. Download the *Powered by . You can access pp now! using the account you create for the Town & Country App.