Edi­tor’s Note

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

can’t be­lieve that Christ­mas is just a month away. When you work two months in ad­vance on an is­sue, you sim­ply lose track of time. And now, it’s November al­ready! But no mat­ter how 2018 turned out for you, time goes on—we have to live, learn, and move on.

In this is­sue, we start by high­light­ing the 50 Gas­tronomes in Asia, a list of in­di­vid­u­als who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the food and bev­er­age scene in the re­gion. Then get to know the eight hottest chefs who are cook­ing up a storm in the Philip­pine culi­nary scene. While on the sub­ject, we have an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Clare Smyth, MBE, hailed as the Best Fe­male Chef by the 2018 Word’s 50 Best Restau­rant Awards.

Mov­ing away from food and go­ing to fash­ion, the TERNOCON, a terno de­sign com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing de­sign­ers from all over the Philip­pines se­lected from three-day re­gional work­shops con­ducted last year, is hap­pen­ing this month. The TERNOCON is an ex­pres­sion of the de­sire of its or­gan­is­ers to bring back the Philip­pine terno to its for­mer glory. Ku­dos to Ben Chan, Inno Sotto, Gino Gon­za­les, and Margie Mo­ran-Floirendo for this en­deav­our. My salute and full sup­port!

Then, of course, we come to Berna Ro­mu­loPuyat, our cover lady for the month. I have known her for quite some time and have been cheer­ing her on, es­pe­cially af­ter the death of her hus­band Dave, who was “the sm­i­li­est” man I know. As she raised her two chil­dren on her own, she con­tin­ued to earn lau­rels in her govern­ment posts, es­pe­cially as an Un­der­sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture, where she spear­headed the Madrid Fusión Manila while re­main­ing a staunch ad­vo­cate of the slow food move­ment.

To­day, the gar­gan­tuan task of the Sec­re­tary of Tourism falls upon her. She in­her­its it from a con­tro­ver­sial ten­ure, bear­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the good and bad ef­fects of the clo­sure and re­open­ing of the coun­try’s most fa­mous and vis­ited spot, Bo­ra­cay. And the list goes on. How will she suc­ceed? Read “Woman on a Mis­sion” (page 212) where she ex­plains her plans and the piv­otal role she is do­ing for the coun­try. Her part­ing words, “Just work and stay away from pol­i­tics and def­i­nitely love what you do.”

What has been ob­vi­ous in the years I have known her is that be­neath the beauty, po­lite­ness, and pas­sion lie tenac­ity, strength, and in­tegrity. I am def­i­nitely more than a friend; I am a fan who, like many in this coun­try, is look­ing for­ward to see­ing her suc­ceed.

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