GUY Friends

Town & Country (Philippines) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - YVETTE.FER­NAN­DEZ @SUM­MIT­MEDIA.coM.PH

I’ve al­ways had close male friends. I think it’s be­cause I went to co-ed schools all my life. Guy friends. Girl friends. It didn’t mat­ter when we were younger. The cool thing about hav­ing guy friends is that they helped us carry our over­stuffed school­bags, they bat­tled the throngs to get us food at the school can­teen, they drove us around even be­fore they had driver’s li­censes.

When I got older it be­came more com­pli­cated. Be­cause when my guy friends got girl­friends, some of the women were not very se­cure, and they pushed us away. For­tu­nately the more con­fi­dent girl­friends, and later wives, hap­pily wel­comed us as friends, and these friend­ships have only got­ten stronger over the years.

One of my dear­est guy friends, Rich Grau, moved home from New York last year af­ter 30 years away. He was truly my boy next door for many years, since our Man­hat­tan stu­dio apart­ments shared a wall. He brought me his catch af­ter fish­ing trips, got me soup and cold medicine when I was sick, res­cued me from a num­ber of bad dates. He sleep­ily picked up my fran­tic phone call at 3 a.m. and came over to dis­pose of a mouse. Yes, ladies, he is still sin­gle. Wel­come to our Bach­e­lor Is­sue. It’s one our mostly fe­male team looks for­ward to ev­ery year. We were so ex­cited about this year’s is­sue that we pho­tographed Mar­lon Stockinger, our cover sub­ject, way back in Jan­uary be­cause we weren’t sure where in the world he would be later on in the year. We en­joyed spend­ing that morn­ing with him.

For this year’s bach­e­lor list, in­stead of a sep­a­rate local fea­ture, we have just one global list. Quite an im­pres­sive (and a very hand­some) lineup we have, as al­ways. I am for­tu­nate to say I know most of our local bachelors, or, hor­ror of hor­rors, their moth­ers, (e.g. for­mer T&C cover Sofia Elizalde, mother of Patxi), and we are very proud to have them on our list. Some of them are re­peats from years past be­cause, for­tu­nately for the women of Manila, they still are very sin­gle.

A shoutout to one of our pre­vi­ous bachelors, Jac­ques Christophe Branel­lec, who is get­ting mar­ried this month to his gor­geous fi­ancée Mia Arce­nas. One more to cross off our list. Wish­ing them both all the best!


BuDDy SyS­tEM clock­wise from left: yvette with rich Grau, Mar­lon Stockinger, and Jac­ques christophe Branel­lec; patxi Elizalde in Siar­gao.

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