Anton San Diego tackles life behind the pages
It was September of 2001 when Philippine Tatler, with presidential daughters Imee Marcos, Jackie Ejercito-Lopez, Luli Arroyo, and Jo Ramos on the cover, landed local newsstands. It has also been 15 years since Anton San Diego, its editor-in-chief, first dived into the narratives of high society.
Thriving in the crazy world of publishing for 15 years and going, San Diego shares what helps him keep sane in everyday life.
Are you an Anna Wintour or a Graydon Carter?
They are both my heroes in publishing and their magazines are my pegs [when it comes to] writing and visuals. Please ask me again in about 20 years or so.
Has anyone begged, pleaded, cajoled, or tried to seduce you just to land a cover?
Well, Filipinos are not as forward as people in other countries, but a lot have hinted. Names? As my good friend Maurice Arcache always says, “My lips are sealed.”
Anyone you have been trying to get on the cover who is still playing hard to get?
There are many, but as an amazing designer told a friend of mine, “Girl, you are 50; they won’t ask you [to be] on the cover anymore after this!”
Favorite bar in your favorite city?
Baccarat in New York, Boca Chica, Boca Grande in Barcelona, and 5 Hertford Street in London.
Cocktails, wines, or spirits?
Cocktail: Vodka tonic. Wine: I prefer white, because red makes me sleepy. Champagne: Ruinart or Veuve Clicquot.
Why do you hate flip-flops?
Toes just beg to be looked at, and if they aren’t pretty, that just ruins my day. I wear flip-flops only to the beach.
Which scent are you obsessing over at the moment?
I love scents but I change them all the time, because after a while, you get immune to their smell. In the morning, I use Hermès Eau D’ Orange Vert or Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino. At night, Le Labo Santal 33.
Which trip left you with the biggest high? Emotionally, of course!
My safari trip to Botswana was probably the most enriching and spiritually enhancing. My trip to Florence with my best friends was definitely the most fun.
Why do you love accessorizing with lapel pins (or boutonnieres)? How many do you have?
When it comes to dressing, I am quite conservative, so I consider these boutonnieres great and fun add-ons to my wardrobe. I have about 30 of them.