Red Magazine - - Editor's Letter - Ria Pri­eto

I’VE RE­AL­IZED MA­JOR­ITY OF DE­CI­SIONS are made be­cause the heart just wants them—even with some­thing as mi­nor as se­lect­ing a mu­sic al­bum to play in the back­ground to cer­tainly life-chang­ing ones that lead to tran­si­tions.

Take Steven Tan: with the same am­bi­tion and drive he used to at­tain his po­si­tion as the Se­nior Vice-Pres­i­dent of SM Su­permalls, he takes charge of the de­sign in his min­i­mal­ist home. From the designer pieces that serve as the cen­ter­pieces of each room to the hand-paint­ing job needed to trans­form found fur­ni­ture into con­ver­sa­tion-start­ing items, he lets his taste guide him, de­cid­ing by feel what would be best with no rush to reach the end re­sult. As it is, his house is al­ready a marvel—and he’s not yet even done with it.

Lis­ten­ing to your gut feel is dif­fer­ent from sim­ply want­ing things to go your own way. It takes self-aware­ness to know what you truly feel in­side, and plenty of skill and cre­ativ­ity to fol­low through. Our cover girl Pam Gon­za­les Lopez un­der­stands this. De­spite the lack of en­cour­age­ment she got to pur­sue her artis­tic in­cli­na­tion as a child, she didn’t deny her cre­ativ­ity for long. It was fash­ion or bust, and so right af­ter high school grad­u­a­tion, she left for Manila armed with her dreams and be­came a re­spected name in the fash­ion in­dus­try and a source of knowl­edge in all its as­pects. Now, she’s try­ing her hand out in home fur­ni­ture and in­te­rior de­sign, a new project that also speaks of her cre­ative spirit. “It’s in my DNA to cre­ate and dis­cover things,” she tells us, and we be­lieve her.

With this is­sue, I’d like to en­cour­age you to do more lis­ten­ing to your heart, to pay more at­ten­tion to what moves your spirit. Whether it’s find­ing the best sup­ple­ment to help keep your skin in good form, adding some­thing new and ex­cit­ing to your home to make it more en­joy­able and liv­able, or even book­ing a ticket to some­where you’ve never been—try Bo­livia, as seen in our ex­ploRED story on page 26, it looks fan­tas­tic—I say, go for it.

Peo­ple say that the heart wants what it wants. They also say, fol­low your heart. I hope you do too, with the right in­ten­tions.

@ri­a­pri­eto: or a o e @o ia e po o

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