BY THE BOOK

Town & Country (Philippines) - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

There was this book that Mom planned to do­nate to a li­brary with some of her other old books. A bat­tered, dog-eared pic­ture book with crayon mark­ings from its orig­i­nal owner. NO! She had found my first edi­tion The Cat in the

Hat by Dr. Seuss circa 1957 that I had bought from the an­ti­quar­ian sec­tion of Shake­speare and Com­pany in Paris al­most six decades later. My big pur­chase of that trip.

Mom had taken it out of its thick card­board box that she was go­ing to give to the help for their per­sonal keep­sakes. NO! Books are my guilty plea­sure, I must ad­mit. Books, books, books ev­ery­where. Shelves and shelves. Piles and piles. I haven’t read more than half of them and I prob­a­bly never will, but it doesn’t mat­ter.

When I moved home from New York seven years ago, 15 of my 35 ba­lik­bayan boxes were filled with books. Dead­weight. I’m quite sure the freight com­pany has my name on some sort of watch list.

I love go­ing to book­shops and brows­ing for hours. Ad­mir­ing the cover art, smelling the ink, feel­ing the thick­ness of the pages. I es­pe­cially love chil­dren’s books, which I’ve been buy­ing for years, just to put on my shelves. Wel­come to our Lux­ury and Guilty Plea­sures is­sue. On our

Down Town & Coun­try cover, some of the next gen­er­a­tion of the Who’s Who of the Manila jet-set, young peo­ple who hope to make a mark of their own help­ing move our coun­try for­ward. It’s also our tenth an­niver­sary is­sue for Town & Coun­try

Philip­pines, and our magazine is at its strong­est ever. Our web­site, tow­nand­coun­try.ph, is all of 10 months old and is al­ready rock solid with over 1.5 mil­lion page views a month.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who has been there with us all through­out our jour­ney. Our ad­ver­tis­ers who have been un­wa­ver­ing in their sup­port in spite of the tur­bu­lence in our in­dus­try. Our col­leagues in the dif­fer­ent de­part­ments and our man­age­ment at Sum­mit Me­dia for their faith in us from Day One. And most of all, thank you, our fab­u­lous read­ers, old and new, who have been right by our side, grow­ing with us, cheer­ing us on, be­ing there with us as we cel­e­brate life at its best. It’s been a plea­sure.

turn­InG pAGES clock­wise from top: yvette with the town&coun­try team; out­side Shake­speare and com­pany in paris; yvette’s first edi­tion copy of the cat in the hat, by Dr. Seuss.

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