Cebu Living - - Contents | Editor’s Note -

One could ar­gue that while the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of func­tion is in­her­ent in ev­ery cul­ture, the im­por­tance given to form ap­pears only af­ter a level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion is reached. In the case of Ce­buanos who have been trad­ing with the world since the 10th cen­tury, our head start gave us an (un­fair) ad­van­tage.

Cebu’s creative types can build a moun­tain­top home lit­er­ally from scratch; ar­chi­tect Tessie Javier’s aptly named bukid is made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als from former projects. Ce­buanos can also build a name sep­a­rate from the shad­ows of in­dus­tries that pre­ceded them, as in the case of min­audière de­signer Neil Felipp San Pe­dro, whose creation is men­tioned in Kevin Kwan’s Rich

Peo­ple Prob­lems. And then there’s the col­or­ful eye of artist Lean Re­boja, whose mon­ster-filled world in­vades Qube Gallery’s walls this June. We also scored a coup with our cover story, bring­ing to­gether the first and last Miss Cebu win­ners for a can­did chat about—what else— this home­town we love.

Jude A. Ba­calso

Edi­tor at Large

Cebu Liv­ing

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