It's a Man's World
We never like to take things literally for the magazine. Call it stubborn, but I refused to put a male on the cover, simply because I was inspired by this subversive quote I read, "Always make a woman do a man's job." Anna Sy (page 16) is a US-licensed architect who is currently a design consultant here in Manila. She shares her story of growing up as a girl who preferred Lego over Barbie. We do have exciting finds for our male readers though. Tod's takes luxury shopping to a new level with Sartorial Touch (page 8), an old school leather salon where you can have customized goods made while enjoying some whiskey on a beautiful, wooden bar and imagine yourself a New York mafioso in Milan.
Traditional grooming never loses its touch. In fact, there are salons especially for these sprouting all over New York, and our baRED section (page 20) offers a complete guide on its essentials and benefits. My husband says so himself: There is just something inexplicably more masculine about brushing soap on your face and shaving hair with a straight razor. It's only half as cool in the movies than in real life. I find it quite funny that he even goes to the trouble since he can’t grow a full beard. But why not? I believe in doing things that make you happy, and this does, so I leave him to indulge.
French interiors are always deemed feminine, and for inspiRED (page 26), we feature a man's fastidiously curated pad that combines a good balance of both fluid design and masculine accents. It is a space that anyone would covet. I have to say this has to be my favorite page this issue.
Lastly, we had the pleasure to meet PBA founder and Olympic basketball player Paeng Hechanova (page 31), who shared with us how philanthropy can actually be a career, and a fulfilling one at that.