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Heart and home

“My team is here, my stu­dio is here, and it got me think­ing: do I want to be [trav­el­ing] all over the world, or do I want to cre­ate things?” de­signer and milliner Mich Dulce asks her­self. “Manila is the place where I could have space and be most cre­ative.”

This is­sue’s theme, Re­treats, is ren­dered two-fold in our cover story. Af­ter seven years in Europe, Dulce re­turns to Manila, which emerges in this nar­ra­tive as an ex­pected refuge, a set­ting for fam­ily, col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ners, and, most im­por­tantly, pro­duc­tion. The re­treat—or re­turn—to Manila is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the cre­ative ebb and flow of Dulce’s trav­els, and proves that Manila, de­spite its flaws, is home.

Home as a re­treat is a tru­ism most apt dur­ing times of stress or dif­fi­culty—the space where you feel most your­self, where you can kick back, drink some wine, and watch TV ’til late at night. On page 4, we recommend binge-watch­ing some shows for their cathar­tic ef­fects, and the process of em­pathiz­ing with our fa­vorite char­ac­ters leaves us feel­ing blessed about our own lives. Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor, “Leon Festinger’s so­cial com­par­i­son the­ory says we watch TV shows to make us feel bet­ter about our­selves. The short­lived eu­pho­ria can be sparked even within just a 30-minute time­frame. Case in point: the en­ter­tain­ing ab­sur­dity in ev­ery Keeping Up with the Kar­dashi­ans episode.”

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