October marks Metro Society’s birthday and gracing the illustrious anniversary cover is none other than Filipina supermodel making waves in NYC, Kelsey Merritt.

In a Metro Society exclusive, Kelsey opens up about the magnificent moment that was: finding out that she was one of the 50 chosen to join the ranks of Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, and Adriana Lima in the upcoming Victoria’s Secret show.


Following the cover story is the main feature of Women Who Dare, the magazine’s second one yet. Turn the page and learn the amazing journeys of Nika Diwa, Marga Nograles, Rosenthal Tee, Lynn Pinugu, and Mutya ng Pilipinas Miss Tourism International Aya Fernandez.

Afterwards, discover the iconic French luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois as the iconic Mah Jong sofa interacts with the artistry of 10 creative Filipinos, resulting in splendid visions, in “Interactions.” The Metro teams visited the artists in each of their spaces to see the making of and the very inspirations behind their interpretations of the icon.

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Meet the creative minds behind Roche Bobois "Interactions." ?? • Tonight at @rocheboboisph's "Interactions" Auction Exhibition. ?? The luxury furniture brand collaborated this year with 10 creative Filipinos distinguished in their fields, each creating their own iteration of the brand's iconic, stylish Maj Jong Sofa: Bobby Mañosa, Ed Calma, Bea Valdes, Vito Selma, Paloma Urquijo-Zobel, Chat Fores, Jojo Lofranco, Geraldine Javier, Cos Zicarelli, and Nikki Luna. • Eugene Lorenzana, managing director of Roche Bobois Philippines, explained: "We wanted to have a diverse mix of collaborators so we selected first based on the field of expertise-architecture, interior design, art, fashion, and industrial design. Then we selected based on their achievements and how each has contributed to art, culture, and even commerce. With their talent, passion, and individualism, all 10 collaborators reflect the spirit of the Mah Jong." Hence, this collaboration truly is a display of Filipino culture and ingenuity to the world of design. • There simply is no piece of Roche Bobois furniture that is more adaptable than the Mah Jong Sofa. Created in 1971 by Hans Hopfer with the goal to provide total freedom and form, this iconic signature piece has been "dressed" by prominent fashion houses such as Missoni Home, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Kenzo Takada. • In "Interactions," each collaborator and artist created just one Mah Jong sofa, and pieces were auctioned off at the Mah Jong exhibition launch tonight at Whitespace Manila. A great success, each piece will truly be prized pieces in any home. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be going to the artists' chosen charities, including the main beneficiary Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Philippines Foundation, Inc. PAWS, Tukod Foundation, and AHA Learning Center. . . . #RocheBobois #Interactions #Exhibit #MahJongSofa #Artists #Creatives #Benefit #Cause #creative #artist #furniture #design #interiors #furniturepiece #iconic #presentation #auction #designers #designer #charity #goodcause #tonight

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Then, go inside the studio of Wynn Wynn Ong as she gives a preview of what is to come in the magazine’s upcoming event with her—the KaLIKHAsan Ball at the Metropolitan Museum this November.

Also in this issue, find your seat at the table at a fashionable dinner by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu for her friends at home, her beautiful collection of plates from around the world on a magnificent display. Then, fly off to Iceland with The Spoiled Mummy, Grace Baja, as she revels in magnificent Mother Nature, seeing all the sights to be seen with her family.

For wellness & beauty, discover a masterpiece in La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and get long and lean with one-on-one sessions at Options Pilates Studio. Then, get to know Rach Sayed and Kimi Martinez of SSI, as they rep their luxury fashion brands and show off a few of their favorite things.

Metro Society ends the birthday celebration with the launch of a new column, Mr. Manners by Monchet Olives, at the back—a write-up on etiquette that will surely be devoured in seconds.