Ed­i­tor’s Note

Philippine Tatler - - CONTENTS - — An­ton San Diego Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

There’s a young gen­er­a­tion out there (and a few from this gen­er­a­tion as well) who may not know how this mag­a­zine, which now cel­e­brates its 17th year, started.

In 2001, the late pub­lisher Dondi Al­mario and the pho­tog­ra­pher Raul Tee­hankee met up with Dr Boya Mo­hin­dar, who used to own the rights to Asia Tatler, to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of launch­ing the mag­a­zine in the Philip­pines. The year was not con­ducive to start any­thing new, let alone a life­style/lux­ury mag­a­zine. Joseph Estrada had just been ousted from Mala­cañang and Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo in­stalled as the new pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines. The coun­try was bogged down not only by po­lit­i­cal tur­moil but by eco­nomic un­cer­tainty, fear, and cyn­i­cism.

There­fore, the idea of get­ting into the glossy mag­a­zine busi­ness was risky; and not a few fam­ily and friends doubted that we would last beyond Year One. But there were brave souls who shared the vi­sion of chron­i­cling the best of Philip­pine busi­ness, arts, cul­ture, life­style, and so­ci­ety and Philip­pine Tatler was born, amidst dire predictions.

Well, the naysay­ers have def­i­nitely been proven wrong. Not only did we last past Year One, but we are now cel­e­brat­ing 17 years. Through time, we have held firm to our orig­i­nal vi­sion and our be­lief in the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence. I have been here since Day 1 of this mag­a­zine’s life and have grown along with it. De­spite the changes in the world of pub­lish­ing and the world in the last 17 years—through com­pe­ti­tions, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, and tastes—we are com­mit­ted to bring­ing out the best in our coun­try.

This is a spec­tac­u­lar is­sue; one that may take time to digest but ev­ery page is worth it. We have a three-cover spe­cial edi­tion: Aerin Lauder, bil­lion­aire heiress and busi­ness maven, at her lovely home; proud new par­ents Adrien and Is­abelle Daza-Sem­blat and their bun­dle of joy, Balt­hazar; and our good friend, Asia’s style icon, cre­ative vi­sion­ary, and cake queen Bon­nae Gok­son fea­tur­ing her new book on wed­dings which will be launched in Manila, New York, and Hong Kong this year.

Also, get to meet this year’s IS Manila grad­u­at­ing class of 2018; drool over the beau­ti­ful home de­signed by Ra­mon An­to­nio; and go on a sa­fari with our man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Irene Mar­tel Fran­cisco; our mo­tor­ing ed­i­tor, James Deakin in­tro­duces us to the new Lexus ES; Louis Vuit­ton, lays out its 2018 pre-fall col­lec­tion in a fash­ion shoot with mod­els Va­lerie Weigmann and Asaf Goren.

We also have an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the man of the hour, Kevin Kwan, who pre­miered his Crazy Rich Asians movie last month. In this ex­clu­sive, he re­veals his in­spi­ra­tions and how ev­ery­thing started for him. And lastly, a trip that means the world to me—“A Call from the Desert”—where I, along with close friends, tour Egypt, Is­rael, and Jordan and come out of it not only with a sen­sory high but a spir­i­tual one at that.

In closing, thank you to all the ad­ver­tis­ers, staff, writ­ers, photographers, con­trib­u­tors, and yes, to you, our dear read­ers. Thank you for ap­pre­ci­at­ing our work at Philip­pine Tatler. May you be with us in this jour­ney of chron­i­cling the best of our coun­try and the world.

TRIPLE TREAT Grac­ing the cov­ers for our an­niver­sary is­sue are bil­lion­aire heiress Aerin Lauder, new par­ents Adrien and Is­abelle Daza-Sem­blat with son Balt­hazar, Asia’s premier tastemaker and style icon Bon­nae Gok­son

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