Let­ter from the Edi­tor

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There is a scene in Michael Haneke’s 1989 film, The Sev­enth Con­ti­nent, where one of the char­ac­ters flushes wads of money down the toi­let. To date, I still find it to be one of the sim­plest yet most evoca­tive im­ages in world cinema. In an in­ter­view with film critic Serge Toubiana, Hanake says, “Ev­ery­where I showed the film, that was the main scene peo­ple com­plained about. Be­cause it’s the great­est taboo. It’s a lot less dis­turb­ing if par­ents kill their chil­dren and them­selves than if they de­stroy money.” The film, cen­tered on a mid­dle-class Aus­trian fam­ily who are plan­ning to move to ex­otic Aus­tralia, is largely about the mun­dane—the silent per­va­sive­ness of the ev­ery­day, and the ex­is­ten­tial de­sire to es­cape from life’s rut. (For now I’ll keep mum about what flush­ing money has to do with that.)

We de­voted a chunk of this is­sue to travel. On p. 16, Gian Geron­imo tours you around myth­i­cal Siqui­jor on a mo­tor­bike. Mean­while, you’ll be taken as far as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, New York, and Venice by photographer Jelito de Leon, style blog­ger Melissa Gatchalian, artist Soleil Ig­na­cio, film­maker Fold Canela, and model LA Aguinaldo with snip­pets from their travel di­aries (“Get Up and Go” on p. 30).

We’ve also cho­sen to pro­file sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als who have wan­der­lust flow­ing through their veins. Read all about the ad­ven­tures of moun­taineer Javi Cang, film­maker Lyka Gon­za­lez, and our cover girl Martine Cajucom.

Our fash­ion ed­i­to­rial (“Play boy!” on p. 40) is also made pos­si­ble by travel. Be­fore go­ing to univer­sity, my Ger­man friend Martin is spend­ing his gap year back­pack­ing through South­east Asia. With Manila be­ing one of the stops, I got him to model for us. We were shoot­ing lay­outs in be­tween bot­tles of beer at Cubao X with photographer Paolo Cro­dua. Need­less to say, we’re a hard­work­ing bunch.

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