Friday, May 27, 2016

Ginggay Hontiveros poses in Istanbul for the cover of Travelife Magazine



GINGGAY HONTIVEROS posed serenely for our cover in spite of Istanbul’s chilly autumn weather. 

"Travelling allows me to pursue things I am passionate about, including life, adventure, indigenous culture, relationships with people; while capturing scenes in my mind or through a lens, resolving to help the make our natural world a little better one day at a time.”



WHAT TOOK YOU OUT OF YOUR TRAVEL COMFORT ZONE RECENTLY? 

Kayaking through the freezing waters of Antarctica was quite an experience. I am relatively comfortable in just about any setting or environment, but the rapid change in weather at a moment’s notice in Antarctica, coupled with high wind and waves, made paddling extremely tough.

I actually thought I would never get back to the ship as we had paddled out quite a distance in open water among icebergs. But would I do it again? Yes.



TRAVELING IS THE BEST CURE FOR... 

A cynical mind.

MOST INTERESTING ENCOUNTER WITH A LOCAL? 

Being up close and personal with the Masai in Africa and actually having a growling lion just outside my tent make for the most unforgettable – if not nerve- wracking – encounter I’ve had so far.



WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A TRIP TO? 

On my bucket list of musts: diving in the Galapagos and Tubbatha, exploring Chile and Peru, seeing the Artic polar bears, and navigating the Amazon River.

WHAT’S YOUR LATEST, COOLEST TRAVEL DISCOVERY? 

I recently took up diving. The underwater world is amazing. I can’t wait to discover more.


Monday, May 23, 2016

The top attractions of Istanbul in the latest issue of Travelife Magazine



This cover of the latest issue of #Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication, was shot in beautiful Istanbul, a city I first laid eyes on 25 years ago. I remember walking around the largely pedestrian Old Town, with very few other tourists around, thinking I had opened a page of the Bible and jumped straight in.

Unlike now, there were few truly grand hotels then and the loveliest among them was the original Pera Palas with its ornate filigreed dining room and old-fashioned elevator, complete with velvet banquette seat, potted plants and uniformed attendant.

INTOXICATING ISTANBUL. 
A CITY FOR ALL SENSES. 



These days, Istanbul is a mixture of old, edgy and new, but nevertheless it is still as fascinating and intoxicating as before.

The Travelife Magazine team for this cover included Managing Editor Ceia Ylagan, Creative Director Bryan Arevalo, Contributing Editor Gabby Malvar and cover model Ginggay Hontiveros.

In the course of one week in Istanbul, living a #Travelife, we tried to capture this magic for our readers and I hope this magic is very evident.

PLANNING A TRIP TO TURKEY.
AND ABOUT THE BEST HOTELS IN ISTANBUL.

At the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus
in Istanbul, living a #Travelife...

However, this is something best experienced for one’s self, so I hope you will read our stories and book a trip to Turkey sometime soon. We’ve even made the planning easier for you by providing a shortlist of some of the best hotels in Istanbul.

There are so many wonderful options now compared to on my first visit, and some of these are lovely enough to label as attractions on their own:


BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS,
SO NEAR HEAVEN 



Equally fascinating as a destination for your bucket list is the enigmatic Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which Contributing Editor David Lim explored practically from end to end with a group of photographers.

David has traveled the world many times over, but when I asked him to name one place he cannot stop thinking about, he unhesitatingly replied: “Bhutan, although I can’t give you one specific reason why. It was the whole experience.

His adventure trip unlike any other, accompanied by captivating photographs and tales of a breathless climb up to a remote Paro Taktsang monastery, will certainly ignite your wanderlust.

REMBERING THE GAIETY
AND ART OF PARIS 



Contributing Editor Dondi Joseph also takes a walk on the wild side – of elegant, civilized Paris, that is.

Returning recently to this city he knows inside out, he spent some happy days amidst the gay topsy-turviness of Montmartre, revisiting old haunts and discovering new ones, as well as mulling on the colorful history of Paris' most artistic enclave.

TRADING PLACES 


Meanwhile, equestrienne Michelle Barrera, our newest columnist, exchanges her horses for a car just for a weekend beginning this issue.

She gives us a lively account of her adventures with a tiny car with lots of style and power and — perhaps most importantly — space for practically all her horsey gear and a couple of friends besides.

THE BEST RYOKAN IN JAPAN



Finally, in this issue I write about a stay at one of Japan's two top ryokan, as far as art connoisseurs are concerned. This top ryokan is only a 90-minute drive from Tokyo and it's tasteful but ever so understated -- exactly what the Japanese want, although some foreigners might be left asking: "What's the big deal?"

This ryokan also has over 500 years of history and a great hot springs source that always leaves me feeling completely rejuvenated after a stay.

Intrigued? Get a copy of our latest issue at the bookstores. On sale everywhere now.

OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE:

The latest cool places in New York
How to do Copenhagen on a budget
A photo safari with wild horses in France
The insider's guide to Denmark 
The most unique hotel room in Italy
The world's best street art

Italian soprano Elena Monti to sing at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila



The Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with Caruso Ristorante Italiano, Rustan Commercial Corporation and Philippine Italian Association (PIA), presents Italian soprano Elena Monti in an evening of classical vocal music with Filipino tenor Ronan Ferrer and pianist Raul Sunico, Musicgear Chamber.

#Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication, is a proud partner of this event.

They will be accompanied by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra string ensemble under the baton of Maestro Ruggero Barbieri at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) on May 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

ABOUT ELENA MONTI

Born in Milan, Italy, Elena Monti graduated at her hometown’s school of music with top score and special mention. She later won several competitions in Italy and abroad.

She won the selections for the Scala Singing Academy, where she took part in Zauberflöte, L’Elisir d’ Amore in the role of Adina. She was also the lead in Armide directed by Maestro Muti in an Easter Concert at the Ravenna Festival.



TOP ROLES IN OPERA

Elena Monti has performed at some of the most prestigious Italian and international theaters in the world, including the Teatro alla Scala (La Scala Theater). The varied roles she has performed include:

Mimì in La Bohéme
Donna Anna in Don Giovanni
Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte

In 2010 she opened the opera season at San Carlo Theater in Naples with the lead role in La Clemenza di Tito. She also recently performed in concerts in Tokyo, at Teatro Real in Madrid and she debuted the role of Violetta in La Traviata at Teatro la Fenice in Venice.

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