Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand,” says the tall, fit, and handsome Adrien Semblat, as he enumerates some of the many exotic countries he and his “IT” girl fiancée, Isabelle Daza, have visited over the years. “Southeast Asia was our first trip together,” adds Isabelle – or simply Belle, as she is already widely known among friends, family, and an exponentially growing number of fans. “And then our next trip was…” He turns to Belle for a refreshing of memory. “Maybe not in order but we went to California together,” replies Belle, as she tucks into a pizza they ordered in a tourist trap restaurant on a rooftop overlooking the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the vast and bustling central plaza of Marrakech in Morocco, where Hola! was fortunate enough to shoot this month’s special cover, as we followed the soon-to be-wed couple in yet another fascinating destination to be added to their adventure list. This trip, however, will be their first time in Africa – and their first time staying at an Aman resort, so the memories collected in the next few days will have a special etching in their minds, if not a vibrant chronicle of words and pictures.
But there is something far more special about this story than just Isabelle Daza and Adrien Semblat’s latest African adventure. What makes this trip literally one for their personal history books is the notion that this exclusive HOLA! feature will forever be immortalized as the couple’s official print-publicized proclamation and celebration of their much talked about engagement – and Hola! is very proud to be a part of it. We were in Morocco but the story actually begins in Turkey, where Adrien proposed to Belle in a sequence of events worthy of a fairy tale – and captured in photographs we were also lucky to have been able to publish a few issues back, in a story leading up to this one. Follow their love story and see the stunning pictures of the lovely newly-engaged couple in Hola’s exclusive 14-page spread.
February is often touted as the love month. And it is only fitting that we peer into the personalities that elicit “kilig” in most, if not all, of us. Certainly, films and TV series aren’t lacking in supply of this feeling through the new batch of “love teams” paired with each other to create that palpable chemistry seen on and off screen. Fans would make a mad dash to the cinemas and premiers to get a glimpse of their favorite pairs – and now, a new crop of young duos such as AlDub, JaDine, and LizQuen have emerged, becoming big stars on TV, movies, commercials, and magazines, and just as inseparable as their combined names.
Hola! also pays tribute to women who have exhibited strength in character as they handle different roles in life. First, we take a look at women who share the joys and challenges of motherhood at different stages of their lives and careers. Sweden’s Princess Sofia Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philippe announce they’re having their first child; The Queen of Pop, Madonna, opens up about the joys and struggles of motherhood while on her Rebel Heart tour and lastly, TV host and model Xandra Rocha Araneta shares the joys of being a first- time mom.
A second batch of women gives inspiration in areas of health, beauty and advocacy. We have Emilia Clarke as she goes beyond her strong character as Khaleesi in Game of Thrones and empowers women in real life, and we also take a look at sexy mom and wife to Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky as she shows off her enviable figure in her new lingerie campaign for Women’secret, while Global beauty icon Bobbi Brown shares with us her beauty aesthetic and journey to the top.
As a special Valentine’s Day treat, Hola! gives you a rundown of 14 things that you can do to on the 14th to delight your special someone. From this list, get the best ideas for dinner dates, gifts and intimate night outs.
Finally, look stunning on your Valentine’s date night as Hola! gives you the latest trends in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. We start off with renowned fashion brand Michael Kors, as their latest collection, beautifully designed in geometric patterns and vibrant looks, brings color into your style in this month’s Fashion Editorial. Also, look amazing in ladylike lace ensembles, upgrade your style with uniquely designed shoes, unleash your sensual side with the hottest and sexy lingerie, and get your hands on the most coveted fragrances.
Don’t forget to grab a copy of this issue, as HOLA! Philippines offers a slice of the good life for only Php 195. HOLA! is available in both print and digital editions within Metro Manila and in key provincial retail outlets.