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Philippine Tatler and its Tropical Gypsies

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Sometimes I want to go to an event just because its event name piques my curiosity. When I was invited to Tropical Gypsies, the Philippine Tatler’s July 2016 issue launch/ Lanai store opening/ collaboration with fashion house LCP, I knew I was in for a visual treat that would warm my gypsetter heart.

J + S

Jam and Sandra, unplugged

Meet the Tropical Gypsies

It’s the first time for fresh young things Monica Urquijo, Jam Acuzar and Sandra Soriano to grace Philippine Tatler’s cover. They are the next generation of Tatler women. Monica’s mother, Bea Zobel Jr is a staunch advocate of the arts, most notably for heritage restoration activities in Bohol. Jam’s father is the visionary behind Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar. Armed with an affinity for Filipino heritage, these young women are also poised to continue what their parents started.

Insert heart for eyes smiley face emoji here for their hippie chic outfits and accessories by LCP complemented by Lanai’s fresh floral and fruit headpieces worthy of Carmen Miranda on her way to Coachella. The story is beautifully shot in Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, a Bataan resort that transports you to 18th-century Manila with its ancestral Filipino homes, cobblestoned streets and even a horse-driven calesa.

I’ve visited here and enjoyed its lake-like swimming pool surrounded by the sea, rice paddies and mountains. If you truly want to unplug from modern living, come here for a weekend to enjoy its slow pace that beckons to yesteryear, when men wooed women with song for their approval, only this time, with state-of-the-art plumbing and LCD televisions.

Monica and Jam by the ice cream cart; Sandra in pretty print action

Monica and Jam for flowers and ice cream; Sandra in pretty print action

Ava Pressina’s photography and Lanai and Tipping Point Collective’s set design is fresh and impressive and I hope this is an indication of things to come for Philippine Tatler! See more of Monica, Jam and Sandra as well as other tropical gypsies on Philippine Tatler’s online site here. Now excuse me as I try to find some orchids and bananas…

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