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Everything You Need To Know About Manila's First 'It' Girl

We uncover the bittersweet enigma of Chona Recto Kasten, the ultimate socialite of the 20th-century.
The talk of legendary 20th-century socialites will, without fail, bring about a roll-call of iconic names: Gloria Vanderbilt, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, Babe Paley, C. Z. Guest, Slim Keith, and Gloria Guinness, among others. All decidedly well-bred, these multi-hyphenate women possessed style, beauty,

20 Life and Style Lessons from the Country’s First It Girl

She was called La Divina.
Maria Priscilla Silos Recto Ysmael Kasten, or Chona Kasten, is Nationalist Senator Claro M. Recto’s daughter. She was the epitome of elegance and style since the ‘50s and arguably the first It girl of the country. She had been baptized by her