A Garden of Dreams

By Dom Galeon It was Tyrion Lannister, the famous imp from HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones, who said it: “There is nothing in the world more powerful than a good story.” And as far as stories are concerned, few fragrances have one that is as interesting and intriguing as the sixth addition to […]

Tapestry of Great Women

By JOHN LEGASPI “We win if we let her in,” says Jeannie Javelosa, the chief visionary officer of the Gender Responsive Economic Action for the Transformation of Women, or simply called GREAT Women. It is at the core of GREAT Women to put the spotlight on local textiles. Traveling to different rural places in the […]

Golden Years

By JULLIE Y. DAZA  Way back when. . . Movies were black and white, fantasmagical effects had yet to be born as computer generated images, and movie stars were much more proper (at least in public). A world war and three generations later, Fernando Poe, Rogelio de la Rosa, Carmen Rosales, Rudy Concepcion, Leopoldo Salcedo […]

The Election’s Unsung Heroes

By Deedee Siytangco ANGEL THOUGHTS The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day. —Todd Whitaker High points of the week: Good news. Congratulations to the first female valedictorian of the Philippine Military Academy, our premier military school. She is […]

The Unsung Heroes

By JOHN LEGASPI Apart from her charm, grace, and intellect, Catriona Gray demonstrated the essence of being a true Filipina through the styles and looks she wore during the pageant and her reign. Her style captured the hearts of many Filipinos as she proudly put local fabrics and design at the forefront of the universe, […]


It is, of course, real: it’s not merely the purchase of a dream team of suppliers, but the product of successful creative collaborations with the couple. Its details tell the couple’s story, and reveal to guests who they are, individually and as a couple. It also ensconces even the casual observer in what the couple holds most dear, from memories to mementoes and treasured personal values.


Mak Tumang’s fashion journey is far from the fairytale creations he presents on the runway. Like most beginnings, Mak’s relationship with the fashion scene has taken him through loops and loops of confusion, rejection, and diversion from passion. Growing up, Mak’s interest in fashion has always been present–from eagerly watching his grandmother produce dresses and curtains at home to volunteering as designer for high school plays–one would think he’s found his calling early on.


The idea of splurging and saving at the same may seem incongruous to some people, but WE say it’s not about how much you spend but how you spend what you have that matters. Yes, you can have your dream wedding, and no, you don’t have to break the bank to do it. In this issue, WE share with you tips from some of our favorite wedding suppliers who’ll tell you when to splurge and when to save to make sure you’re really spending where it counts.

Island in the Sun

By SARA GRACE FOJAS Images by VIA MARIE CLAIRE BAROMA The sound of the waves crashing on the shore, the crystal clear blue sea, the white sand, and the calm wind under the heat of the sun—I open my eyes and I was in a paradise called Malcapuya Island. My heart is at peace. Coron […]

Touchdown Camiguin

By VIANCA GAMBOA Mindanao is not a familiar sight to me. I would spend hours of contemplation every time I set foot here. There’s something distinctive about it that I can’t quite put into words. The first time I’ve ever been on a plane was during a trip to Singapore, so domestic flights feel just […]

Proudly Filipino

Compiled by CEDIE SALIDO In history, clothes have more significant meaning. Traditional dresses and national costumes are best illustrations of this, like Japan’s kimono and our very own baro’t sayo and barong Tagalog. These pieces are more than mere clothes, but rather a significant heirloom that represents the rich culture of the respective country. Today, […]

Wrapped In Worship and Identity

Text and images VIANCA GAMBOA   There is nothing quite like Dom Martin Gomez’s “transfiguration” in the sea of stories and how they came to be. Aptly named Gang Gomez in the ’70s haute couture scene, he used to dress the Manila elite with his signature “classic lines,” making use of the country’s indigenous textiles […]

What They Really, Really Want

By Tina Hidalgo-Jacinto Love in all degrees counts for more than anything else in the world and there are endless magical stories of engaged couples extolling their tale, of how their hearts were meant for each other. What was heartwarming for me was the full circle love story of two extraordinarily devoted people whose wonderful […]


By SOL VANZI Images from Patis Tesoro Boutique       One of the most awaited events annually is the convening of Congress to hear the president of the Republic of the Philippines deliver the State of the Nation address, which is covered extensively and live by all radio and television networks. Days before the occasion, […]

Fairer Tales

Filipinos are known for strongly valuing, prioritizing, and cultivating relational bonds, particularly within the family, and most especially with their children. Filipino parents always want the best for their children and want to make sure they work with them hand-in-hand in helping them achieve their dreams and ambitions. This includes playing an important role in […]

Bicol’s Finest

By John Legaspi There is something more to Bicol than its famous cone-shaped mountain and its spicy Bicol Express. And this time, instead of going down south, the region brought all its good stuff here in Manila to be discovered through a five-day fair titled “Orgullo kan Bikol (OKB) Regional Trade and Travel Fair” happening […]