’Tis the Sea­son!

Philippine Tatler - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

ecem­ber has al­ways been my favourite time of the year, not only be­cause I was born on this month, but mainly be­cause I love the whole pack­age that comes with the hol­i­days. One of my fond­est mem­o­ries is the ex­cite­ment I shared with my sib­lings as we an­tic­i­pated the gifts we would be re­ceiv­ing.

As I grew up, how­ever, I be­gan to look at the sea­son as one that is more about giv­ing than re­ceiv­ing, which is why the gen­eral theme of phi­lan­thropy is apt for this De­cem­ber is­sue. In these pages, Philip­pine Tatler cel­e­brates those who have so gen­er­ously given of their time, re­sources, and en­ergy to those in need. Ten of our top picks join the rest from the Asia re­gion in our “50 Philanthropists Chang­ing the World.”

An­other re­gional list, “50 Eco War­riors You Should Know,” is also fea­tured in this is­sue. They are the peo­ple in the re­gion who are lead­ing the ef­forts in do­ing some­thing about cli­mate change, an­i­mal pro­tec­tion, and clean en­ergy ini­tia­tives, to name a few.

Ap­pear­ing on the cover for the first time is Alice Ed­uardo, a woman with a “Heart of Gold” (page 174). A pil­lar of Philip­pine so­ci­ety, she has earned the ad­mi­ra­tion of many with her busi­ness acu­men, gen­eros­ity, and gen­uine kind­ness. Although I have known her for quite a while, I still learnt so many new things about her when Bam­bina Oli­vares and I in­ter­viewed her for this cover story. Like how, with no ed­u­ca­tional back­ground in en­gi­neer­ing or con­struc­tion, she carved out a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in this in­dus­try. Just like count­less other ad­mirable women, she is chang­ing the face of male-dom­i­nated jobs. She says, “The world has changed and I make sure that the world I op­er­ate in knows that gen­der is not a fac­tor in de­liv­er­ing a good job.”

Her com­pany, Sta Elena Con­struc­tion and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, has grown to be one of the most suc­cess­ful in the coun­try. She has hur­dled nu­mer­ous ob­sta­cles to be where she is now. Here is a woman who de­fies con­ven­tion and is to be praised for her de­ter­mi­na­tion, hu­mil­ity, and kind­ness. She is ad­mired for all these and I am so hon­oured to be her friend.

I had a great time do­ing the shoot at her home in Los An­ge­les; check out what went on be­hind the scenes on page 30.

You’ll also get to know Trevor and Evelin We­ber-Neil­son, US-based philanthropists (she is half-Filip­ina) who make it a point to be so­cial cat­a­lysts in ev­ery­thing they do. Read about their story in “The Power of Two,” page 202.

Take a tour through the new Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory and be spell­bound with its unique de­sign by Ar­chi­tect Dominic Gali­cia. It will make you feel proud to be Filipino, thanks to its em­pha­sis on in­ge­nu­ity and in­no­va­tion.

Since it’s Christ­mas, check out Tatler’s ul­ti­mate hol­i­day gift guide, pro­duced in part­ner­ship with Rustan’s, for cu­rated and fun-filled items your loved ones will surely en­joy.

Make the most of hol­i­days this year. Be in­spired as well as in­spire. Give. Cel­e­brate. Have Faith. Love. See you in 2019!

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