Edi­tor’s Note

Philippine Tatler - - CONTENTS - — An­ton San Diego Edi­tor-in-Chief

As I write this, I have just re­turned from a 17-day CCF (Christ Com­mis­sion Fel­low­ship) Bi­ble Study Tour that took me through Egypt, Is­rael, and Jor­dan. It was one of the most tir­ing yet eye-open­ing and in­spir­ing trips I have ever been on.

In a nut­shell: I climbed Mount Si­nai (a four-hour as­cent and two-hour de­scent); got bap­tised in the Jor­dan River; walked where Je­sus walked; saw the Promised Land; and ate a lot of hum­mus. If you have read the Bi­ble, be­ing able to see all those places in per­son makes it more real and even a lit­tle sur­real. The ex­pe­ri­ences that had the most pro­found ef­fect on me were tak­ing a boat ride on the Sea of Galillee, see­ing where Solomon’s Tem­ple once stood (an area now oc­cu­pied by a mosque, the Dome of the Rock), and en­ter­ing the tomb of Christ in the gar­den, all of which are lo­cated in Jerusalem.

I learnt many lessons on this trip, but one that rings truest is to trust in God in ev­ery­thing. It’s dif­fi­cult, but re­ward­ing and ben­e­fi­cial as well. I’ll be writ­ing more about my so­journ in the Holy Land in our first-ever Travel Is­sue next month.

For now, we wel­come back one of our favourite cover ladies, KC Con­cep­cion, who first graced our cover 10 years ago in Fe­bru­ary 2008. I was able to catch up with her at the Omega event in Aman­pulo. There, we spoke about her cur­rent state of affairs: a tell-all book that came out and her break-up, among other things. But she also had good news, as she ex­cit­edly told me about Avec Moi by Kristina, her own jew­ellery col­lec­tion, which has cur­rently sold out. In our cover story “On Her Own Mer­its,” we see the beau­ti­ful KC as a wiser woman who, like ev­ery­one else, has gone through so much but has still man­aged to come out on top. Be­lieve me, KC: it only gets bet­ter from here on out.

As we hail Asia’s most pow­er­ful women this month (in­clud­ing 25 no­table Filip­inas), we have an ar­ti­cle on the cur­rent move­ment for women’s rights and gen­der equal­ity that has been much talked about. Also in this month’s is­sue is a com­pelling story about a ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive on Mex­i­can artist and fem­i­nist icon Frida Kahlo at Lon­don's V&A Mu­seum; a whirl­wind tour of Moscow by way of Tatler Rus­sia's social edi­tor Masha Li­monova; and a piece on the Philip­pine Ed­u­ca­tional Theatre As­so­ci­a­tion (PETA), which is now on its 51st year.

As men­tioned ear­lier, we’ll see you in our July Travel Is­sue where we make our way to an ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tion.

HOLY MOSES A com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque presents the view of the Promised Land that Moses saw at the top of Mount Nebo in Jor­dan

Chanelling In­di­ana Jones in Pe­tra, Jor­dan. (pho­tog­ra­phy by Jairus Bernardo)

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