2016 is a year full of surprises, both pleasant and otherwise. People have been asking questions and searching deep, trying to understand the change that is happening. We can only hope that things will turn out well.
This month, it’s only fitting that we put focus on issues that have alarmed, unsettled, and astonished the majority of us. Writers Clinton Palanca and Doris Dumlao-Abadilla take a stab at analyzing the changing time’s messy political and economic landscape, while, on the cover, we feature a young woman creating a platform for discourse—something that’s lacking these days.
In the middle of all the things going on, we also turn to things that give this season its joyful spirit. Two creative women list gifts that fashion industry icons would adore, and two food journalists relay their holiday food recommendations.
One of the biggest changes I’ve experienced this year is my attitude towards shopping. It seems like I am more aware of sales online. Nonetheless, I still love going to malls and looking at what’s available. I guess instant gratification is still something I prefer.
When this issue is released, I’ll be on the way to LA with the kids, headed to Disneyland. I can’t wait to spend quality time with the family—something I’m afraid I haven’t done in the past few months. In the end, simple things are really the ones that bring much joy, like people simply listening to each other or families spending time together. That is something that will not change. Happy holidays!