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With the first two decades of this new millennium, I associate two words that, in essence, I think are each other’s double—democratization and empowerment. While the words seem positive, our experience of them has not always been so. As establishment fell and the individual rose, we found ourselves listening to myriad voices for our information, inspiration, entertainment, and guidance, the farther removed from traditional models, the more they would resonate with us. At the tail end of a decade, as we prepare to enter the new ’20s, which in the last century the French called Années Folles or The Crazy Years on account of its social, artistic, and cultural dynamism, I believe we are going to see the revolutionary dust settle and, with the Babel of voices ringing in our ears, we will begin to look to authority, expertise, erudition, and mastery again in our search for the truths of our time. AA PATAWARAN, Lifestyle editor



The entry of the digital age has made everyone work faster, keeping our schedules busier than ever. Children are usually the bearer of the brunt with parents reassuring them that they will make it up to them in the midst of all the busyness. But how and when?

This new decade will be filled with realizations of nurturing what matters most, and that is making a conscious effort to spend more time to take care of the family. There will be a consistent increase in interactive educational spots for families to visit all around the world. Parents will also be signing up for learning subscription boxes that they can experiment with at home with their kids.

Healthier food picks will continue to be top priority, with parents checking labels and even trying homecooked meals. Another mission is to raise children to be more aware and sensitive to their surroundings, creating gender-neutral spaces (even parties), and an inclusive environment for everyone. JANE KINGSU-CHENG, Life and Relationship sub-editor



The incoming decade will see more eco-friendly buildings, offices, and structures. More people are aware that our Earth’s resources are finite, so that it is an impetus for our engineers, architects, and interior designers to have a “greener” mindset when they do their projects. JOHANNES L. CHUA, Home and Design sub-editor



The fastest way to any human’s heart is still through the stomach. We connect faster and fall harder through our connection to food. With enough connection, we can build a community, where people can learn about each other’s locally grown and produced diet. If we are what we eat, what we digest becomes the index of our national culture and identity. Imagine all the different kinds of adobo, sinigang, and varieties of rice from over 7,000 islands, and how those dishes unite us a people. That’s what’s in store in the next 10 years! Finally, a definition, not only of what is Filipino food, but of what is Filipino. MONICA ARANETA TIOSEJO, Food sub-editor



In the coming years, the world of fashion will have contemporary technology working to its full advantage. AR/VR retail experiences, 3D printed accessories and pieces, weather-resistant trends, and the rise of the AI designer will likely be commonplace. Sustainability and socially conscious fashion will forward the reuse and recycling of clothes, cutting through seasonal cycles. Whatever happens, we hope to see more intelligent and innovative designs that offer consumer solutions in minimizing ecological footprint, waste, and pollution. Whatever ways technologies may flourish, we hope that these can be directed to serve the needs of our ailing planet. REY ROBES ILAGAN, Fashion and Beauty sub-editor



With Filipinos going loco over local in 2019, which is, of course, a good thing, I think we will see more art that pushes the boundaries of what is our very own, and not just in terms of subject but more so in terms of design. Local design will be big in 2020, so I am looking forward to more art that explores that.  And as the gateway to a new decade, 2020 will be the jump off point for local art outside of Manila to be more mainstream. This is already happening. Kublai Millan’s “Mindanao Art,” for instance, just started this year. So artists in this coming decade is going to push for more local design, more indigenous elements, all while exploring media that go beyond the canvas (digital art will ripen, for sure). We will also see more Filipino filmmakers making a name for themselves on the world stage. DOMINIC JOHN GALEON, Arts and Culture sub-editor



We can’t keep living the way we do without having to pay for it big time in the very near future, so in the next decade, we will have to really buckle down on practicing and living sustainably—which sounds overwhelming, but is really just about making smarter choices. That means being green not just at home, but even in the way we travel. While we can’t be like Greta Thurnberg and sail across oceans, we can cut back on flying if we can do overland trips, we can opt to stay in hotels that don’t have single-use plastics and do recycling, and we can always take our own utensils and water bottles and reject all the wastage we accumulate when we travel. In this decade, sustainability will no longer be a choice, but a necessity. We have to pay up, or its payback. KRIZETTE CHU, associate Lifestyle editor


Source: Manila Bulletin

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