A Brand-New Start

Philippine Tatler - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

f I were not King of France, I would choose to be a ci­ti­zen of Venice,” said Henry III cen­turies ago. To­day, I find my­self shar­ing the same sen­ti­ment for this oth­er­worldly, iconic, his­toric, and unique city that has the power to re­ally get un­der your skin. Strip away the throngs of tourists, the of­ten­times rude wait­ers, and the ex­pen­sive wa­ter taxis and you dis­cover a city that is ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent and with­out com­par­i­son.

The an­nual Asia’s Most Stylish [AMS] shoot of the re­spec­tive choices of eight edi­tions of Asia Tatler has al­ways been done in an Asian coun­try. For 2016, how­ever, AMS moved up a step higher by shift­ing con­ti­nents and do­ing the shoot in Venice. To be held out­side the re­gion, to be pho­tograph­ing the fash­ion­able ladies against Venice’s his­toric façades and iconic canals—these make the 2016 AMS project ul­tra spe­cial. Of course, the Philip­pine Tatler has to have an ex­tra spe­cial lady as well to rep­re­sent it. So we chose the multi-faceted and gor­geous Stephanie Zu­biri-Crespi.

We ac­com­pa­nied Stephanie on the trip that turned out to be an ad­ven­ture of sorts, thanks to Steph’s glam­orous role-model mum, Vicky, who joined us on the first leg. On the plane, Vicky was non-stop in telling Steph what to wear, how to pose, as all dot­ing mothers do. We parted ways in Doha, as her lov­ing “stage mother” headed to Yu­goslavia and Steph and I to Venice.

The three-day shoot was ex­cit­ing; we met the rest of the Most Stylish ladies from all over the re­gion. We bonded well with Malaysia’s Zaida Ibrahim, whose fa­ther was a for­mer am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines and thus, knew the coun­try quite well. Meet the cho­sen few in “Asia’s Most Stylish” (p. 1 ).

Stephanie did not fail to do us proud. I have known her from the first time she came out on the cover of this mag­a­zine with her In­ter­na­tional School Manila class­mates back in July 2003; since then, she has im­pressed me as a con­fi­dent, in­tel­li­gent, and pas­sion­ate lady. See­ing her now—mar­ried and with two hand­some sons, an ac­com­plished TV host, a writer and cer­ti­fied gour­mand—makes her even more beau­ti­ful. Read all about this amaz­ing wo­man in “She’s All That” (p. 1 ).

Also in this is­sue, we of­fer a very in­for­ma­tive must-read. As we start the year and look to­wards the months ahead, five top busi­ness lead­ers and one me­dia per­son­al­ity guide us with their ob­ser­va­tions on how the econ­omy will fare vis-àvis the lo­cal and global events tran­spir­ing. They seem to still be pos­i­tive but given un­cer­tain­ties they them­selves ac­knowl­edge, will they re­main op­ti­mistic about 2017? Find out in “Voices that Mat­ter” (p. 16 ).

We are off to a good start for 2017. We are ex­cited and ready to see what this year has in store. As al­ways, we prom­ise you our com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and rais­ing the stan­dard of lux­ury life­style mag­a­zines even more. Wish­ing you a great year ahead! — An­ton San Diego Edi­tor-in-Chief

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