104 101 PEO­PLE YOU MUST MEET RIGHT NOW

Suc­cess comes in many shapes and forms, and can Strike at any age. on the fol­low­ing pages, we Sa­lute the triumphs of filipinos here and abroad, as they ex­em­plify the pas­sion, grit, cre­ativ­ity, crafts­man­ship, in­tel­li­gence, and beauty of our peo­ple.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - CONTENTS / SEPTEMBER -

Our an­nual round-up of news­mak­ers and movers and shak­ers in var­i­ous fields. By Pierre a. Calasanz

1 CHRIS­TINE ALLADO The 26-year-old singer and ac­tress is on a roll, land­ing a cov­eted role in the West End pro­duc­tion of Hamil­ton, right af­ter star­ring as the lead in In the Heights, an­other ac­claimed mu­si­cal by Lin Manuel Mi­randa. And not too long ago, she shared the stage with pop opera singer An­drea Bo­celli at his con­cert in Manila. Hard to be­lieve it now, but Allado didn’t get very far when she joined “Are You the Next Big Star,” back in 2008.

2 JA­COB BATALON Pro­duc­ers took a gam­ble when they cast Batalon as Ned Leeds, the side­kick of Peter Parker (played by Tom Hol­land) in the re­cent hit Spi­der-Man:

Home­com­ing, but it paid off, as the duo’s nat­u­ral rap­port was vi­tal to the film. Though raised in Hawaii, both of Batalon’s par­ents are Filipino and his her­itage is some­thing the ac­tor is quite proud of. He’ll por­tray one of lit­er­a­ture’s most fa­mous side­kicks in his next role, as San­cho Panza in The True Don Quixote.

3 MIKE CURATO Born in New York to a Filipino fa­ther and an Ir­ish mother, Curato re­cently vis­ited his dad’s home­land to meet fans of his suc­cess­ful Big El­liot chil­dren’s book se­ries. The first, Lit­tle El­liot, Big City, was pub­lished in 2014 and won for Curato the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats New Il­lus­tra­tor honor the fol­low­ing year. A new book fea­tur­ing the adorable baby ele­phant has fol­lowed al­most ev­ery year, with the lat­est, Lit­tle El­liot, Fall Friends, be­ing re­leased in late Au­gust.

4 &5 SUN­SHINE DE LEON & JESSIE LICHAUCO De Leon, a free­lance jour­nal­ist who has writ­ten for the

Guardian, Forbes Asia, and Time.com as well as this magazine, has found great suc­cess as a doc­u­men­tar­ian. The film Cu­rios­ity, Ad­ven­ture &

Love, which she co-pro­duced, wrote, and di­rected with Suzanne Richiar­done, has done ex­ceed­ingly well on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit, most re­cently win­ning the Best Doc­u­men­tary honor at the Soho In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in June. The star is no other than her 106-year-old grand­mother Jessie whose sense of ad­ven­ture is de­scribed as a com­bi­na­tion of Scar­lett O’Hara and Amelia Ear­heart. 6 & 7 LAV DIAZ AND BRILLANTE MEN­DOZA The vet­eran film­mak­ers are among the new­est mem­bers of Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences, the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­hind the an­nual Academy Awards. While based in the United States, the academy is strength­en­ing its global pres­ence and now has mem­bers from all over the world. Men­doza shot to in­ter­na­tional promi­nence when his film Ki­natay earned him Best Di­rec­tor hon­ors at the 2009 Cannes Film Fes­ti­val; he di­rected an­other kind of pro­duc­tion last year: the first State of the Na­tion of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, and did it again in 2017. Diaz is best known for his art-house films which can run for many hours; in re­cent years his films have done quite well crit­i­cally as well as com­mer­cially, with 2016’s Ang Babaeng Hu­mayo gar­ner­ing wide­spread ac­claim.

8 NATHAN GO Born and raised in Davao City, the Filipino-Chi­nese writer re­cently won the David T.K. Wong Cre­ative Writ­ing Fel­low­ship, awarded by the Univer­sity of East Anglia in the United King­dom. The fel­low­ship, which is granted to a fic­tion writer who wishes to write about the Far East, comes with a £26,000 prize. Go is the third Filipino to earn this pres­ti­gious grant, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the em­i­nent Butch Dal­isay and award-win­ning writer Bing Si­toy.

9 RACHELLE ANN GO The 31-year-old singer—who now plays the role of El­iza Schuyler Hamil­ton in the West End pro­duc­tion of Hamil­ton— has been in the spot­light for 20 years, hav­ing won a na­tional singing con­test on a noon-time tele­vi­sion show when she was just 11. She struck gold again when she shifted to mu­si­cal the­atre in 2011, when she

de­buted as Ariel in The Lit­tle

Mer­maid; within three years she was cast as Gigi Van Tranh in the West End re­vival of Miss

Saigon, and shortly af­ter, as Fan­tine in the 30th an­niver­sary stag­ing of Les Misérables.

10 RA­MON IBANGA JR. Bet­ter known in the mu­sic in­dus­try as Ill­mind, Ibanga is a 13-year pro­duc­tion vet­eran who’s worked with the likes of Drake, 50 Cent, and LinManuel Mi­randa. Af­ter the

Hamil­ton star heard Ill­mind’s work with Joel Or­tiz (they col­lab­o­rated on the 2015 al­bum Hu­man), Mi­randa be­came an in­stant fan and asked Ibanga to pro­duce tracks on The Hamil­ton

Mix­tape al­bum (which reached num­ber one on the Bill­board chart), and then they col­lab­o­rated again on the song “You’re Wel­come,” fea­tured on the Moana sound­track.

11 MOOKIE KATIG­BAK-LACUESTA

The clos­ing event of the re­cent Po­etry In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val held in Rot­ter­dam de­rived its name from the line “No one’s let­ting go of any­one tonight who hasn’t al­ready left,” from a poem of Katig­bak-Lacuesta. It was a proud mo­ment for the Filip­ina poet who par­tic­i­pated in the 48th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val, as her poem was set to mu­sic and sung by a choir, gospel-style. Katig­bak Lacuesta has two po­etry vol­umes to her name, The Proxy Eros (2008) and Burn­ing Houses (2013).

12-14 - RIckY LEE, kARA MAGSANOcALIkPALA, AND ROLANDO TO­LENTINO They made the news af­ter a dis­pute caused by the di­rec­tion the an­nual Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val was tak­ing. They voiced their sup­port for in­de­pen­dent film pro­duc­ers and ex­pressed their be­lief that in­de­pen­dent films could be box-of­fice hits, too, con­trary to the rest of the com­mit­tee’s po­si­tion. Lee is a screen­writer, jour­nal­ist, nov­el­ist, and play­wright, with more than 150 screen­plays un­der his belt; To­lentino is the dean of the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Col­lege of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Film In­sti­tute; Magsanoc-Alik­pala is an award-win­ning broad­cast jour­nal­ist and doc­u­men­tary film­maker, and is also well known for found­ing ICanServe, a foun­da­tion sup­port­ing is­sues re­lated to breast can­cer.

15 EvA NOBLEzADA Born in the United States to a Filipino fa­ther and a Mex­i­canAmer­i­can mother, the 21-year-old the­ater ac­tress was re­cently nom­i­nated for a Tony award for her role of Kim in the Broad­way re­vival of

Miss Saigon. Though she grew up in the U.S., the Filipino in­flu­ence was al­ways strong. When she was young, “My Filipino grand­par­ents would al­ways put me on the ta­ble and say, ‘Sing, sing, sing for every­body,’” she re­vealed in a re­cent in­ter­view.

16-19 SARREAL BROTH­ERS WIND QUAR­TET The mu­si­cal group

was formed in 1998, when the ages of the broth­ers ranged from 6 to 14. It re­cently re­united af­ter a 17-year break, dur­ing which time, each of the broth­ers en­gaged in other pur­suits. John Ray­mond, who plays the flute, started play­ing at 7, and has won pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tions for Young Artists, sev­eral times over his ca­reer. Joseph Gideon, a.k.a Guido, plays the trum­pet when he’s not busy be­ing the man­ag­ing part­ner for hik­ing tour provider Trail Ad­ven­tours and co-founder of Kawil Tours. Roberto Gon­zalo, a.k.a. Panggo, is a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist, play­ing clar­inet, sax­o­phone, and flute. A mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor and ar­ranger, Panggo has de­grees in both Po­lit­i­cal Science and Mu­sic. Ja­cob Gabriel, a.k.a Coby, plays the so­prano sax­o­phone, which he took up when he was six. Like brother Guido, he en­joys climb­ing moun­tains, and is striv­ing to be­come the se­cond Filipino to scale the Seven Sum­mits of the world, climb­ing the high­est peaks on ev­ery con­ti­nent, in­clud­ing Mount Ever­est.

20 JHETT TO­LENTINO The 39-year-old’s rags-toriches story is wor­thy of a Broad­way mu­si­cal—per­haps some­thing the five-time Tony Award nom­i­nee (with three wins) might con­sider pro­duc­ing in the fu­ture. Born to poor par­ents, To­lentino earned a schol­ar­ship grant from Tokyo’s Sophia Univer­sity, which en­abled him to get a col­lege de­gree in Iloilo. Af­ter do­ing sev­eral odd jobs in the United States, he found a busi­ness part­ner, Joan Raffe, and they mounted their first Broad­way play in 2012, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

It won a Tony the year af­ter, and the rest is his­tory.

ART, FASH­ION, & DE­SIGN

21 PIO ABAD If you’ve been to Lon­don re­cently, you may have got­ten a pleas­ant sur­prise while mak­ing your way through the city’s vast un­der­ground train net­work. The Lon­don Un­der­ground com­mis­sioned Abad to come up with art­work for the se­cond edi­tion of the Night Tube Pocket Map, and the artist re­sponded with a piece in­spired by an un­usual dis­cov­ery in the Tube’s lost and found sec­tion. Ed­die, a paint­ing of a gorilla in a Hawai­ian shirt, is Abad’s play­ful in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a stuffed gorilla left be­hind at a train sta­tion, “a mas­cot of the un­ex­pected en­coun­ters of noc­tur­nal Lon­don.”

22 HAPPY ANDRADA The 32-year-old fash­ion de­signer is among our bright­est ris­ing stars, turn­ing heads here and abroad for her in­no­va­tive wed­ding gown de­signs. On the in­ter­na­tional scene she’s made quite an im­pact this year, parad­ing her cou­ture gowns at Mercedes Fash­ion Week in Am­s­ter­dam, Toronto Fash­ion Week, and Lon­don Fash­ion Week. She re­vealed her next col­lec­tion will be in­spired by the pin­tado tat­toos of our an­ces­tors, “show­cas­ing who we are.”

23 MARTHA ATIENZA

The ex­per­i­men­tal film­maker and vis­ual artist con­tin­ues her as­cent to the higher ech­e­lons of the in­ter­na­tional art scene as her lat­est opus, Our Is­lands 11°16’58.4”N

123°45’07.0”E, re­cently won the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel in Switzer­land. The jury was quite im­pressed with the video work, which de­picts a sur­real ati-ati­han pa­rade con­ducted un­der­wa­ter. Atienza, born to a Dutch mother and Filipino fa­ther, is a two-time Ate­neo Art Awards hon­oree, and was one of the CCP’s Thir­teen Artists picks in 2015.

24 ROCKY cAJIcAN Based in Baguio, the 29-year-old mul­ti­me­dia artist and writer might not be a fa­mil­iar name to the Manila art crowd, but af­ter be­ing named one of the win­ners at last year’s Ate­neo Art Awards, that’s sure to change. His ex­hibit “Mu­se­u­mi­fied,” was de­scribed as “22 as­sem­blage pieces and sculp­tures made up of found ob­jects and pseudo ar­ti­facts, rem­nants of Cordillera and colo­nial cul­tures that are set within a retable of a larger story.” Shown at the Blanc Gallery, it was in­spired by a “nostal­gia for in­dige­nous his­tory,” in the artist’s own words.

25 NATHALIE DAGMANG The 24-year-old artist was a win­ner at last year’s Ate­neo Art Awards for her ex­hibit “Dito sa may Ilog ng Tu­mana,” an inter-me­dia in­stal­la­tion dwelling on the re­la­tion­ship of peo­ple re­sid­ing near the Marik­ina river­bank with their fre­quently flood­ing land­scape. Dagmang, who earned her Fine Arts de­gree (ma­jor­ing in Sculp­ture) at the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines, re­cently com­pleted her artist’s res­i­dency at Liver­pool Hope Univer­sity and just be­fore that, one at Arte­san Gallery in Sin­ga­pore, as part of her Ate­neo Art Awards prize. She’s now pur­su­ing her mas­ter’s in An­thro­pol­ogy.

26 JAIME PONCE DE LEON The ami­able de Leon had a pre­vi­ous ca­reer as an in­te­rior de­signer be­fore find­ing great suc­cess as a gal­lerist and lately, auc­tion­eer. The auc­tions held at his Leon Gallery have been break­ing Philip­pine records— at the re­cent mid-year auc­tion, pieces by Ang Kiukok and Fabian de la Rosa achieved their high­est prices ever. The in­ter­na­tional art web­site Blouin Art­info listed Leon Gallery as one of the 250 Best Auc­tion Houses World­wide for 2016.

27 ROD­NEY FUENTEBELLA

If you’ve ever stayed be­hind in a movie the­ater wait­ing for the se­cret end­ing to var­i­ous films in the Mar­vel fran­chise, from Spi­der-Man to The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy to Cap­tain

Amer­ica, you may have come across Fuentebella’s name as a con­cept il­lus­tra­tor in the film cred­its. Since 2010 he’s been with Mar­vel Stu­dios, and is cur­rently their se­nior vis­ual de­vel­op­ment il­lus­tra­tor. Fuentebella stud­ied at the Art Cen­ter Col­lege of De­sign in Pasadena, where he earned a de­gree in Prod­uct De­sign with em­pha­sis in En­ter­tain­ment De­sign.

28 GINO GON­zA­LES Of­ten her­alded as the suc­ces­sor of the late Na­tional Artist Sal­vador Ber­nal, Gon­za­les is cer­tainly do­ing his men­tor proud. The set de­signer re­cently won the Sil­ver Medal at the 2017 World Stage De­sign awards, or­ga­nized by In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Scenog­ra­phers, The­atre Ar­chi­tects and Tech­ni­cians. Gon­za­les was hon­ored at the qua­dren­nial event for his work on the 2014 pro­duc­tion of Hak­bang sa Hak­bang (Shake­speare’s Mea­sure

for Mea­sure) by Du­laang Uniber­si­dad ng Pilip­inas.

29 JOHN HER­RERA

The fash­ion de­signer was named Bri­tain’s Top De­signer this Fe­bru­ary, best­ing five other Lon­don­based can­di­dates. Hosted by the fash­ion event com­pany Fash­ions Finest dur­ing Lon­don Fash­ion Week, the com­pe­ti­tion is a search for the best emerg­ing fash­ion de­signer in the United King­dom. In part­ner­ship with Ep­son Philip­pines, Her­rera pre­sented his Agila col­lec­tion, in­spired by the Philip­pine ea­gle and in­dige­nous tribal art. In an in­ter­view, he men­tioned it’s a cel­e­bra­tion of “our cul­tural her­itage and his­toric past.”

30 ARSENIO LIzASO The Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines has a new pres­i­dent in Lizaso, who takes over the post long held by Dr. Raul Su­nico. Lizaso is no new­comer to the CCP, as he has been on the Board of Trus­tees since 2010. Dur­ing his in­tro­duc­tion to the press, Lizaso re­vealed his life­long love of art, with the­ater be­ing his burn­ing pas­sion. Steeped in Western and Filipino lit­er­ary clas­sics, Lizaso is well known in art cir­cles as a the­ater ac­tor, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer, and ed­u­ca­tor.

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LANI MAE­STRO AND

MANUEL OcAMPO Rep­re­sent­ing the Philip­pines at the 57th In­ter­na­tional Art Ex­hi­bi­tion of La Bi­en­nale di Venezia is the ex­hibit “The Spec­tre of Com­par­i­son,” fea­tur­ing the works of Mae­stro and Ocampo, cu­rated by Riza­lina Cruz, di­rec­tor of the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art and De­sign. Mae­stro was born in the Philip­pines in 1957 and now re­sides in Canada, where she con­tin­ues her ex­plo­rations in in­stal­la­tion, sound, and video art. In 2012, she won one of Canada’s most pres­ti­gious art prizes, the Hnatyshyn Award, for out­stand­ing achieve­ment in the vis­ual arts. Ocampo, who di­vides his time be­tween Spain, Bel­gium, and Manila, en­joys ac­claim for his un­set­tling pieces rife with re­li­gious, po­lit­i­cal, and cul­tural themes.

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GENE PAUL MARTIN A grad­u­ate of Fine Arts, ma­jor­ing in Paint­ing, at Far East­ern Univer­sity, the 27-year-old artist has been fly­ing un­der the con­tem­po­rary art radar for some time, but many be­lieve it’s his time to shine. Said to be in­flu­enced by Todd Schorr, James Jean, Pop Sur­re­al­ism, and Ja­panese comics, Martin’s works are of­ten a mix of the cute and grotesque, with sim­ple and fa­mil­iar themes that some­how en­trance the viewer.

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MAckY PAMINTUAN

Pamintuan trans­lated his child­hood love for draw­ing por­traits into a thriv­ing ca­reer as a chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tor. Hail­ing from Davao, Pamintuan stud­ied at the Academy of Art Univer­sity in San Fran­cisco where he earned his Fine Arts de­gree in 2003. It didn’t take long be­fore he found his groove, do­ing il­lus­tra­tions for var­i­ous se­ries such as Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, Alien in my Pocket, and Flat Stan­ley. Among his lat­est ti­tles is Kisses

for Kinder­garten, about a young child (in­spired by Pamintuan’s daugh­ter) and her loyal dog.

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IS­ABEL ROxAS The New York-based chil­dren’s book il­lus­tra­tor and artist was re­cently in town pro­mot­ing her lat­est project, Let Me

Fin­ish!, writ­ten by Minh Le. Like her whim­si­cal sketches, the award-win­ning artist’s bio is equally quirky: born in Manila, Roxas says she was “raised on lus­cious man­goes, old wives’ tales, and mon­soon moons.” Roxas works from her stu­dio in Brook­lyn; when she’s not pro­duc­ing il­lus­tra­tions, she’s at work on her small ceramic pieces.

36 RYAN RUBI

Did you en­joy the stun­ning vis­ual ef­fects in Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing?

Thank Ca­marines Sur na­tive Rubi for that. Only 30 years old, the Bi­colano heads the tech­ni­cal an­i­ma­tion team of Method Stu­dios, an an­i­ma­tion and spe­cial ef­fects firm from Van­cou­ver. It was tapped by Mar­vel to pro­vide the ef­fects for the block­buster, which raked in $117 mil­lion on its open­ing week­end. Rubi worked pre­vi­ously for the Sin­ga­pore branch of Lu­cas­film and al­ready has more than 20 films on his CV, among them, Trans­form­ers: Age of Ex­tinc­tion, Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens,

and Juras­sic World.

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BEA zOBEL JR. AND

PALOMA zOBEL The mother and daugh­ter tan­dem have made the move to Palawan af­ter tak­ing the reins of the de­vel­op­ment of Ka­lye

Ar­ti­sano, an artists’ vil­lage in the vast Lio Tourism Es­tate, a project of Ayala Land sub­sidiary Ten Knots. Bea has been in­volved in arts for most of her life, and for a long time was known as a cham­pion of Bo­holano arts and cul­ture. Paloma is sim­i­larly in­clined, with de­sign be­ing her fo­cus. She has a de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from the Strate­gic De­sign and Man­age­ment Pro­gram at Par­sons The New School in New York, and fur­ther stud­ies at Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don. Paloma is the cre­ative force be­hind Pio­pio, a line of lo­cal crafts, avail­able at Lio.

FOOD

39 - 41 TOM cUNANAN, GENEVIEVE VILLAMORA & NIck PI­MENTEL The three Filipino-Amer­i­cans are cred­ited with the suc­cess of Bad Saint, ac­claimed by

Bon Ap­petit magazine as the se­cond-best new restau­rant in 2016. It all be­gan with a Kick­starter cam­paign ini­ti­ated by Villamora and Pi­mentel, which promised back­ers “a 25-seat restau­rant tak­ing a fresh and sea­sonal ap­proach to tra­di­tional Filipino food…The restau­rant will show­case what Filipinos are fa­mous for: food ob­ses­sion, warm hospi­tal­ity, and good times.” Chef Cunanan earned his culi­nary de­gree from the Art In­sti­tute of Wash­ing­ton in 2005, and has worked in some of the DC area’s finest restau­rants. In 2012, he set up Tar­sier Cater­ing. Villamora was a so­cial jus­tice cru­sader for a decade be­fore en­ter­ing the restau­rant busi­ness. At Bad Saint, she han­dles front of the house op­er­a­tions. Pi­mentel’s strength is in graphic de­sign and vis­ual brand­ing, also spe­cial­iz­ing in restau­rant de­sign. He takes charge of the restau­rant’s vis­ual iden­tity, from menus to its so­cial me­dia cam­paigns.

42 & 43 AILEEN PAYUMO

AND MON­IcA MENDIOLA Think kale is over as a food fad? The duo be­hind Take Root will beg to dis­agree, as their kale chips con­tinue to find more fans, as they’re now ex­ported to Hong Kong, with Sin­ga­pore, the Mid­dle East, and more coun­tries in Asia in the pipe­line. Both Payumo and Mendiola spent a lot of time in New York, but it was only in Manila where they met and bonded over their love for healthy food, de­scrib­ing them­selves as “… two health nuts and for­mer New York­ers on a mis­sion to pro­vide healthy and de­li­cious snack op­tions to Filipinos.” Take Root won in the best snack food cat­e­gory of the 2017 Katha Awards; be­sides kale chips, it also makes gar­lic­cauliflower chi­caron, trail mix, and bliss balls chewy snacks.

44 cHARLEEN cAABAY

Filipinos who fre­quent San Fran­cisco’s Bay Area have surely heard of Caabay’s Filipino restau­rant, Kain­bi­gan, but af­ter her win on Food Net­work’s Chopped, she in­tro­duced her­self to a wider au­di­ence. The dishes she pre­sented had a strong Filipino in­flu­ence (from laing to our bar­be­cue on a stick), and she was pleas­antly sur­prised that the judges en­joyed them. “This is my cul­ture, this is my her­itage. I’m Filipino, so you’re go­ing to taste some Filipino,” she told the Asian Jour­nal.

45 & 46 NIccO SAN­TOS AND

QUENEE VILAR As 2016 drew to a close, vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one who loved food and eat­ing out had Hey Hand­some on their list of best new restau­rants for the year. San­tos and his pro­tégé Vilar are the star chefs in that ven­ture, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with in­flu­en­tial restau­ra­teur Char­lie Paw. It’s not San­tos’ first taste of suc­cess, though, as Your Lo­cal, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with chef Denny An­tonino that opened in 2014, has a de­voted fol­low­ing and was her­alded as one of the “great­est restau­rants around the globe” by Condé Nast Trav­eler not too long ago. Vilar started as a line cook at Your Lo­cal, but quickly worked her way up to sous chef. Now, the duo com­bine their tal­ents on food R&D; ev­ery­one’s ex­cited to find out what they’re cook­ing up next.

47 DALE TALDE The FilipinoAmer­i­can chef burst onto the culi­nary scene when he joined the cast of Top Chef:

Chicago in 2008, fol­lowed up by an­other stint in Top Chef:

All Stars in 2010. While many of his dishes draw in­spi­ra­tion from Filipino cui­sine, Talde’s the first to ad­mit they’re not the most au­then­tic, as the ti­tle of his 2015 book, AsianAmer­i­can: Proudly Inau­then­tic Recipes from the Philip­pines to Brook­lyn, de­clares. With his sta­ble of restau­rants on the East Coast (Talde in Brook­lyn, New Jersey, and Mi­ami; Mas­soni and At­lantic So­cial in New York, with a rooftop bar and lounge called The Heights open­ing soon) Talde is help­ing get Filipino and other South East Asian cuisines the broader au­di­ence they de­serve.

chris­tine Allado

Ja­cob Batalon

T&c Jessie Lichauco and Sun­shine Lichauco de Leon

Mookie katig­bak-Lacuesta

Rachelle Ann Go

Lav Diaz

Eva Noblezada

T&c coby, John Ray­mond, Panggo, and Guido Sarreal

Kara MagsanocAlikpala

Rod­ney Fuentebella

Nick Lizaso

Jaime Ponce de Leon

Bea Zobel Jr. and Paloma Zobel

Macky Pamintuan

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