Event category archives: Arts & Culture

  • Iconic Musical West Side Story Comes to Manila This August

  • The sights and sounds of New York City will be seen and heard on the Manila stage through the iconic musical West Side Story, which opens at Soloaire this coming August. Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the 1957 Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim masterpiece changes its setting against the backdrop of gang warfare on the streets of the Big Apple. The Jets and the Sharks [...]
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  • The Cult of the Romanovs: Romanticizing Reality

  • To romanticize an entire family is nothing new; observers of history and naturally curious people have done it for ages, especially because each world power (or what was once a world power) had a dynastic family at its helm: England had the Tudors, the Mitfords, and Cavindish family (although the last two were not rulers, they occupy a special part in the English imagination), France has the B[...]
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  • A Journey to Old Manila for French Cuisine

  • Chef de Cuisine Bertrand Charles is spending most of his time at The Peninsula Manila’s signature restaurant, Old Manila. Its kitchen is his new workplace where his culinary artistry is being plated for discriminating paltes. Working gratis at a Moroccan brasserie in France ignited a passion for cooking. Not too long after, he enrolled at the Lycee Pelyvalent Hotellerie Stanislas in Nancy and[...]
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  • A Brief History of Filipinos and their Obsession for Beauty and Pageantry

  •   You know it is summer in these islands when a parade of ladies, strutting in six-inch heels and donning nothing but uniform bathing suits, are fielded out beside a hotel swimming pool in order to meet the press. After the meteor shower of flashing bulbs, all these nymphs of various complexions and sizes, gaze at the Great Beyond with newly whitened teeth in very rehearsed smiles, breasts held[...]
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  • The German Royal Family Built These Castles with a Curious History

  • The year is 1664 and the Bavarian prince-electoral Ferdinand Maria and his wife Henriette Adelaide of Savoy welcome their son Maximilian II Emanuel to the royal family. To celebrate the birth of their son, the would-be king built his bride the Nymphenburg Palace, a summer retreat surround by hectares of gardens, hundreds of bedrooms, fine décor and art. Home is Where They Hunt The Nymphe[...]
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  • The Sound of Salzburg: Mozart and Maria von Trapp's Hometown is a Majestic Travel Destination

  • When stepping onto the cobble stone streets of Salzburg in Austria, the heart begins to sing. It is no surprise that one feels giddy with music and romance in the city that gave us Mozart and Maria von Trapp. It is the middle of the winter, although the friendly Austrian people remain warm and kind. They sit outdoor, enjoying the low temperature, drinking coffee and eating mustard covered bosn[...]
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  • Choose Your Adventure: 22 Luxe Travel Experiences

  • A collection of travel experiences cover out-of-the-usual destinations or revisit places close to the heart. Each of the travelers convey, not just a glimpse of the amazing planet we live in, they pass on a sentiment, a reflection, a heartbeat. Even while these are uniquely their own, resonance can inspire a desire to make a reservation, book that flight, cruise an ocean and go off on adventures o[...]
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  • 30 Homegrown Brands: Did You Know These Companies Are Filipino?

  • Retail stores, homegrown products, restaurants, hospitality groups and internationally recognized companies that make us proud to be Filipinos. RUSTAN’S DEPARTMENT STORE  Founded in 1951 by spouses Bienvenido Tantoco and Gliceria Rustia Tantoco, Rustan’s Department Store has grown to become one of the largest retail family businesses in the country. Ran almost entirely by the Tantoco-Huang cla[...]
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  • Three Days by the Black Sea: A Different Type of Turkish Experience

  • An hour’s journey away from Istanbul onboard a speedy Turkish Airline domestic flight, the seaside region of Trabzon offers travelers a different type of Turkish experience. Upon landing, visitors are immediately greeted with a majestic view of the Black Sea, which was once considered one of the most important ports during the medieval times for Silk Road traders. Life at Trabzon still draws from [...]
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  • Gavel & Block: Salcedo Auctions’ Innovative New Platform

  • Salcedo Auctions continues to thrive in bringing the auction platform to a contemporary audience with their new subsidiary brand Gavel & Block. The new themed auction concept aims to bring art to younger enthusiasts in innovative ways. For their first sale entitled “Editions”, Salcedo Auctions’ Richie and Karen Lerma has teamed with leading premium food market The Gourmand Market and event[...]
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  • Adventure Travels to Hidden Gems in the Archipelago

  • This list is not for everyone. It is for people who prefer to lie under an open sky with 5,000 stars than lodge in five star places. Ours a country rich with many natural resources, a veritable paradise for the adventurous and the intrepid. It may seem that the landscapes or waters are pretty much the same, but each offers something unique and memorable for as long as there is a willingness to dis[...]
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  • Where Life Meets Art: Jose Natori Celebrates 40 Years

  • Inspired by the ambiance of Philippine nature,  the ballroom of Manila House was decked in anahaw leaves to celebrate 40 years of Josie Natori’s eponymous brand. Treasured friends and guests greeted the luxury loungewear designer, whose offerings are sold in department stores all over the world. A display rack of lingerie, bathrobes and homewear in Natori’s signature colorful prints filled the spa[...]
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