Reason to Celebrate
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.