Rea­son to Cel­e­brate

Red Magazine - - Editor’s Letter -

Do­ing a her­itage is­sue was more dif­fi­cult than I ex­pected. Choos­ing a cover sub­ject, for one, was quite chal­leng­ing. Do we look for a mod­ern Maria Clara, and what does that mean? Af­ter a lot of brain­storm­ing, the RED team de­cided on Maria Par­sons, el­e­gant yet down-to-earth with a strong sense of fam­ily (I am happy to say she was re­cently en­gaged).

She is also an ad­vo­cate of CARA (Com­pas­sion and Re­spon­si­bil­ity for An­i­mals) Wel­fare Philip­pines and a mem­ber of the Philip­pine National Shoot­ing Team. It dawned on me, upon hear­ing her story, how to­day's woman is a mix­ture of her past and present, al­ways with her true self shin­ing through. That, for me, is the best way to cel­e­brate one’s her­itage.

We also had the honor of speak­ing to Ro­mulo Gal­i­cano, one of my fa­vorite painters, whose clas­sic pieces are made more dis­tinct by col­ored lines that add a con­tem­po­rary twist.

Natalya Lag­dameo’s Cordillera jewelry col­lec­tion is an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the past yet al­lows the wearer to sport some­thing cur­rent. Those fa­mil­iar with the fash­ion run­ways know that to­day’s fash­ion is a mix of old and new.

In our Suit Ar­mada story (page 16), this phe­nom­e­non is our theme, mix­ing lo­cal ensem­bles in­spired by tra­di­tional wear, with lux­u­ri­ous im­ported ac­ces­sories.

In our ex­ploRED sec­tion (page 6), we fea­ture New York, one of the world’s most his­toric cities, a place I be­lieve should be on ev­ery­one’s bucket list.

Read­ing our in­spiRED sec­tion (page 22) will make you want to take a trip Casa Ro­ces, a his­tor­i­cal site cum restau­rant (I rec­om­mend the Crispy Lengua Cae­sar salad) lo­cated in front of Mala­cañang, to ex­pe­ri­ence Manila’s old-world charm at its finest.

For em­pow­eRED (page 30), we present Ping Me­d­ina, an in­de­pen­dent film ac­tor who comes from a line of well-re­spected film ac­tors.

I re­mem­ber my grand­mother still loves putting co­conut milk on her hair. Noth­ing else epit­o­mizes tra­di­tional beauty more than go­ing back to na­ture’s roots: or­ganic beauty es­sen­tials.

With this is­sue, we hope to en­cour­age you, our reader, to cel­e­brate your own roots and to cre­ate a legacy you can proudly call your own.

Ria Pri­eto

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