We’re in Good Hands

For our November cover shoot, we dis­cover more about our new Tourism Sec­re­tary and why she’s wor­thy of the ap­point­ment

Philippine Tatler - - BEHIND THE SCENES -

n the heels of Bo­ra­cay’s re-open­ing and be­tween at­tend­ing bud­get hear­ings and com­plet­ing daily tasks, it is de­light­fully sur­pris­ing how Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) Sec­re­tary Berna Ro­mulo-Puyat man­aged to squeeze in over half a day for our cover shoot.

As we knew her time was golden, ev­ery­one was up and ready as early as 8am at the hold­ing area in­side Ayun­tamiento de Manila in In­tra­muros. The DOT sec­re­tary came bare-faced, wear­ing a lo­cally-made wo­ven dress paired with her favourite wedged shoes. She was in high­spir­its and greeted ev­ery­one cheer­fully be­fore ex­cit­edly rum­mag­ing through the beau­ti­ful gowns sent by some of the most sought-af­ter Filipino de­sign­ers like Den­nis Lus­tico, Cary San­ti­ago, Patty Ang, and Len Ca­bili es­pe­cially for our cover shoot.

Sec­re­tary Ro­mulo-Puyat, a staunch sup­porter of all things lo­cal, hap­pily tried on hand­made sil­ver pieces by Bi­col-based jew­eller He­lena Ale­gre and talked about how to help pro­mote her work—a state­ment in it­self on how she un­fail­ingly utilises her pub­lic plat­form to show­case Philip­pine prod­ucts.

The shoot did not take long and fin­ished right on time be­fore she left to at­tend a bud­get hear­ing at the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Be more in­spired by this en­dear­ing govern­ment official through our cover story on p 212.

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