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RESORTS WORLD MANILA’S thrilling offerings By Aileen Martin People from all over the world are flocking to the Philippines. With a projected 463,000 tourist arrivals expected for this third quarter of 2016 and another 574,000 for the fourth (www.tradingeconomics.com), the Pearl of the Orient is definitely a preferred destination among tourists with its multitude of thrilling holiday hotspots. In Manila, one of the most preferred stopovers for tourists is premier entertainment and tourism destination Resorts World Manila (RWM). With its proximity to the country’s primary international airport, RWM’s oasis of world-class entertainment offerings, over 50 food establishments of global fare, prominent hotel brands, a high-end shopping mall, and a gamut of recreational alternatives make for a grand getaway right in the heart of Manila. ANNIE RETURNS TO MANILA This September, RWM launches its third quarter storm with a torrent of entertainment specials at its Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) headlined by its seventh musical production ANNIE. After its first staging in Manila back in 1980, RWM brings back the beloved family musical that spawned show tune favorites “Tomorrow”, “Maybe”, “Hard Knock Life”, “You’re Never Full Dressed Without a Smile” and more. With another all-Filipino ensemble comprising the most seasoned thespians and up

and coming stage performers together on one stage, RWM once again intends to showcase the best of Filipino performing arts to the world via ANNIE. Starring young and talented leading ladies Krystal Brimner and Isabeli Araneta Elizalde who alternate for the title role, the musical also features veteran actor Michael De Mesa as Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks and First Lady of Philippine Musical Theater Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo as Ms. Hannigan, together with Jill Peña as Grace Farrell, Red Concepcion and Mako Alonso as Rooster, Jus Peña as Lily St. Regis, and James Paolelli as president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. ANNIE opens on September 30 and will run until December 2016. Grab ANNIE tickets via online purchase at www.ticketworld.com. ph or visit www.rwmanila.com for the complete show schedules. A TASTE OF MANILA WITH A HINT OF NEW YORK After watching ANNIE, let RWM’s newest signature restaurant New York Pinoy Deli (NYPD) take you home with a fare of classic Filipino favorites, New York specialties, and a superb blend of both distinct flavors all in one place. Get a taste of NYPD’s innovative fusion dishes, bestselling juicy burgers, over-the-top sandwiches, and unique pizza creations that

always leave diners wanting more of that rich Filipino goodness with a hint of Big Apple staples. RECHARGE AT REMINGTON Cool down and relax by booking a comfortable stay at Remington Hotel. RWM’s signature mid-range brand offers quality accommodations for real value and is the perfect choice for those planning to discover the many thrilling pleasures in RWM. Remington Hotel stays consistent in providing guests with true comfort and unparalleled security complemented by a wide-range of amenities that spell absolute convenience. Guests may also take advantage of the ongoing Remington Room Rewards promo. With only 300 points earned per day, RWM members may avail of an overnight stay at a Standard Room, a two-overnight stay for 550 points and three-night stay for 880 points. Terms and conditions apply. Be an RWM member for free and get exclusive perks and privileges from the Philippines’ first integrated resort. Visit www. rwmanila.com or call the Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (632) 908-8833 and sign up to get experience more thrills that only RWM can deliver. BALIKBAYANMAGAZINE.COM

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A TRAVELLER George Tapan: Beyond Travel Photography “Embodying a rags-to-riches story, tapan didn’t let his rough start in life hinder him from pursuing what he loved most: photography.” More on page 44... B DISCOVERY Catanduanes, The Happy Island “Situated at the easternmost part of the Bicol Peninsula, its geographical location makes it the frst landmass to touch the Pacifc Ocean, and at the same time, makes it completely exposed to tropical cyclones during stormy season” More on Page 50… Siargao: A Piece Of Bliss “Deep in the region of Surigao del Norte lies a hidden paradise that will surely captivate the hearts of every wanderer. Siargo is a tear-drop shaped island covered with sandy beaches and natural reefs for an ideal island vacation.” More on Page 58… C

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ESSENCE OF PLACE Heritage Town of Taal, Batangas: The Vigan of The South “Despite cultural destruction, the Spanish three-decade colonization has nonetheless rendered the Philippines to become a cornucopia of wealthy history.” More on page 56... D EXPLORER The 21st Leyte Pintados June 27, 2016: Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals “In the preface of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals 2016 Program, the Leyte Provincial Tourism Office, encapsulates this festival of festivals as follows:” More on Page 60… E

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ADVENTURE It’s Just Rain, 5 Amazing Things To Do This Rainy Season “Powerful gusts, heavy downpours, and overcast skies are just some of the things we’re seeing during this time of the year but the gloomy weather shouldn’t prevent you from traveling in addition to checking out the best indoor activities within the Philippines.” More on Page 64…


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FE ATURES August & September 2016 I. KEEPING A JOURNAL THE PUBLISHER’S NOTE on page 12... A SPECIAL INDEPTH REPORT SPECIAL The United States Of The Philippines “Are we as a nation of more than 100 million Filipinos and another 10 million around the World (who are heavily invested in the country) ready for such fundamental change of government in the Philippines?” More on page 2, flip. B REAL ESTATE | INSIGHTS & ANALYSIS Advancement on Philippine Real Estates: New light from Duterte Administration “With programs leading to regional expansion, real estate would spread out across the country, not just within the concentrated, overcrowded Metro Manila.” More on page 20... C

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S C OPE FOOD AND DRINKS 01 Eats More Fun in the Philippines: Filipino Street Foods Beyond Expectation. On page 70

FROM THE EXECUTIVE’S DESK | GAME CHANGERS God’s Given Grace: Elton and Cathy Salimbangon, Founders of Organique Inc. “There are countless stories of triumph and success where the protagonist is faced with immense challenge and hardship—that indeed the roads to success are never smooth and that storms even visit the calmest of seas. For childhood sweethearts, Elton and Cathy Salimbangon, the founders of Organique, a leading manufacturer of Acai products, their story is no different.” More on page 28...

02 Foodtripping Northern Luzon: Must try Filipino delicacies when you visit the North. On page 72

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03 Don’t Stake your Steak. On page 74 04 Beer 101. On page 77 05 Stripping Down Scotch. On page 79 06 Wine 101. On page 81

Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach gets photos taken of her imitating the portrait of President Rodrigo R. Duterte

CULTURE | MUSIC The Rainy Day Music Playlist. On Page 82 TECHNOLOGY | PRODUCT REVIEW Spotify vs. Apple Music: A Showdown for the Best Streaming Service. On Page 84

ACAI PREMIUM BLEND: All The Healthy Nutrition Your Body Needs

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–Relaxed Country Lifestyle hile some parts of the cool crisp city of Tagaytay is now bustling with medium and high-rise condominiums, Alta Montebello offers you a different and unique experience by providing the ideal countryside living that flaunts the rustic charm of the province. Just a few minutes drive south from Metro Manila, you can easily reach your dream home within Alfonso Ridge. With its sharp interior and stylish design, modern-countryside living is now within reach. MEDLEY OF PRIVACY AND FAMILY

Lilac Twins is a bungalow duplex-thoughtfully and meticulously designed to have the sophisticated touch of relaxing haven. Surrounded by a lush greenery and verdant landscape, one can freely enjoy the most picturesque and magnificent view of Mt. Batulao. Sitting on a property size of 105 sqm in terms of land area, each half of the ‘twin’ covers a gross floor area of 72.05 sqm. It consists two bedrooms, one bathroom, service or drying area, a veranda, foyer entrance, garden, and a carport. The meticulously designed duplex is built with soundproof common wall, where one

doesn’t have to worry about disturbing the neighbor on the other side. Soaked in a calming ambiance of green scenery, Lilac Twins is an ideal retirement haven. Its warm features also make it a perfect place for people looking for a second home. Lilac twins is a one-story unit, making it a senior citizen and PWD (Person with Disabilities)-friendly home. Car can be easily parked on the carport and wheelchairs can be easily rolled in. In just less than P3 million, one can revel the warm and sophisticated lifestyle Lilac Twins has to offer.

“We can’t thank everyone at Don Tim enough for taking our plans and dreams from paper to reality in such short space of time-7 months (May-Dec. 2015)--from the down-payment until the handover of the keys. The quality of the house has been complemented by all who came to our house warming. Any small teething problems were attended to immediately.The marketing team are excellent and couldn’t be more helpful. We would recommend Don Tim to everyone.” -Susan Villasana Trinidad, OFW Healthcare Practitioner from UK and Lilac Twins investor

TRANQUIL VILLAGE OF GREENS

Montebello, literally means “beautiful mountain,” is one of Don Tim Development Corporation’s newest project in Alfonso, Metro Tagaytay. Village features include multi-purpose clubhouse with balcony, view deck and other facilities, water fountain, kiddie pool, children’s playground, gazebos, basketball court, and amphitheater. Montebello also caters after sales management of property and maintenance, as well as assures the safety and security of the residents within.

For more information, visit www.dontim.com.ph, or like them on Facebook at Don Tim Development Corp. For inquiries, call +632 8439471 | +63 917 8258435 or email dontimco@gmail.com

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Publisher’s Note

The 50th Issue A few weeks ago, I asked my son if he would join one of my meetings. Initially, he didn’t ask me what company, who the meeting was with, or what the meeting was about. Rather, he asked me where the meeting was and at what time. In turn, I asked him why? He told me that he has many things to do and can’t waste any time because in the Philippines, where and what time the meeting is matters because not only is there car traffic, but you also have to consider the people traffic as well—especially if you need to use the elevator. He told me that for many of the commercial buildings, there are typically long lines to ride the elevator and also lines to check-in at reception or security. And if your meeting is right before or after the lunch hour, waiting to use the elevator can be in his terms, “excruciatingly long and a waste of time.” An economist once told me that on average, Filipinos living in Metro-Manila will have spent a combined total of 3 years of their life stuck in traffic and that the Philippines loses over PHP 2 Billion in GDP each day because of it. Because of these conversations, I began thinking about the concept of time and how we spend it. All of us, I’m sure, are familiar with the stereotype about Filipinos—that we have a tendency to not be on time and run late, hence the moniker—filipino time. But this is not just our culture—it is everyone—everyone runs late. Life is unpredictable and things beyond our control do happen. Whether we are rushing to work, set our alarms to wake up, go to sleep at a certain hour, or start noticing wrinkles or a little less hair on our heads—we are all controlled by time in one way or another. We can’t stop time from ticking, the only thing we can do is decide how we spend it. Some of us are fortunate to be able to spend money, however, those same people are often times the ones who can’t spend time because they have to work—is this how life should be spent? Spending more time at work than with our loved ones? Possibly for some of you, living in a country where

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you wish you didn’t have to live—an ocean apart, separated from your family and friends—is that how we should spend our time? Do some of you spend more time with your colleagues than with your own family? Do your children spend more time with their teachers than with you? Yet, what choice do we have? Especially if there are no opportunities available otherwise—we have to earn a living and things are never simple. Among the hundreds of brilliant things said by Steve Jobs, two favorite quotes come to mind about life and time. “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.” My other favorite quote is, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” In Tagalog, us Filipinos have a saying about describing a difficult life, ganyan talaga ang buhay—that’s life. To me, this tagline is profound, but unacceptable.

And I hope you feel the same way too. That is why we are constantly encouraging you to come home, shop, travel, and invest in our homeland—create jobs and opportunities for our countrymen and women because the country needs it. When we first launched Balikbayan Magazine back in 2009, it was about rejuvenating and reconnecting balikbayans with the love for the Philippines. 49 issues later, the words “Love of Country” remain at the very essence of all our publications—and over time, that is one absolute that will never change. With each issue, we’ve witnessed and recorded how the country has rapidly progressed over these years. It takes time and we’ll surely get there. But let’s all just take a moment to stop, live, and enjoy. Instead of always being in a hurry to accomplish or finish something, enjoy the process, stay in the moment, and spend time—even if we have many things to do.

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I NVE S T MENT I I N S I GHTS & AN ALYS I S

Enjoy Your Retirement!

Invest in a Franchise Business WRITER

Professor Enrique Soriano fries in the country opened its first international outlet in Indonesia in 2006 and has since expanded into 57 outlets. Today it has 31 outlets across the United States, can also be found in Malaysia, Thailand Australia and Panama. Next in line for the potato company are outlets to open in Canada, Singapore, Russia, Botswana and Mexico. As I was writing this article, I saw a colleague in Facebook gleefully posting a message that Potato Corner is now opening its brand in Panama City! The Sweet Corner food cart can now be seen in Australia and will soon open outlets in the Middle East. Figaro Coffee Company now serves coffee lovers in China, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia with its flavored coffee beans. Figaro currently has 7 stores overseas: two in Malaysia, two in China, two in Papua New Guinea and one in Saudi Arabia. There’s a deal that would allow the

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Figaro Coffee Company to expand ranchising remains one of the

the local franchise  industry is fast

its presence in the Gulf Cooperation

best business options amid the

becoming one of the country’s biggest

countries and establish up to 40 stores

global economic

dollar earners.

in countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,

slowdown.

Department of Trade and Industry

In a report by PhilippineFranchises.

Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya has

com, businesses which were listed as

noted that franchising  is a sure and

successfully entering overseas mar-

secure way to a successful business

kets with their uniquely Pinoy brands

famous for its fresh baked breads

due to the availability of technology,

were home-made Filipino food brands:

and is known as the largest bake-

formula, and the process, giving the

Potato

shop

entrepreneur an advantage since “he

best, Figaro Coffee Company, Julie’s

with close to 500 bakeshops, has

or she will not necessarily start from

Bakeshop, and non-food service brand

opened in Jakarta and Canada and

scratch.”

Lay Bare Waxing.

their bread baked fresh everyday

Corner, Sweet Corner, Aqua-

Bahrain, and Oman over the next 10 years. Cebu’s

pride,

chain

Julie’s

in

the

Bakeshop,

Philippines

Filipino franchisers are making their

Even the longest-running noontime

presence felt in the international busi-

TV program “Eat Bulaga! is  fran-

ness scene, expanding their customer

chised and can now be viewed in

base across the continents to the

Indonesia. This is the first Philippine

rest of Asia, in the United States, in

variety show to be franchised  by an-

relationship.

Europe, and in Africa. Filipino brands

other country.

the Franchisee  each make commit-

will soon be enjoyed in Abu Dhabi.

WHAT IS FRANCHISING? Franchising

is

a

contractual

The Franchisor  and

continue to create waves in the inter-

Potato Corner which is dubbed as the

ments and agree to operate under

national franchise arena, proving that

home of the original flavored French

certain constraints. These commit-

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BUS IN ESS | S U B C AT E GO RY

ments and constraints constitute the structure of a franchise  relationship.  There are a number of elements in the structure of a  franchise  relationship that are critical to its effectiveness as the foundation for an expanding franchise network.  What’s more important is to look at different options that are in keeping with what your strengths and interests are. Given that it will be a long-term partnership, go for a brand that you believe in and has a product or service that you know will work in your area, says Vic Perea founder and CEO of Mr. Softy Ice Cream Inc in a speech

RETIREMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ARE A PERFECT MIX

In the near future, when you are

Mr. Softy is gearing for an aggressive

Furthermore, the Philippines is a des-

the management firm will prepare a

expansion campaign by targeting a

tination filled with natural wonders, a

turnover plan so your shift in opera-

total of 500 stores in 2020. At a fran-

vibrant culture and ample opportuni-

tions will be seamless. The rationale

chise fee of P500,000, it is eyeing the lu-

ties to enjoy life plus a relatively low-

and the objective of having a profes-

crative Fil Am market especially those

cost living coupled with affordable

sional third party franchise manage-

planning to retire in the Philippines

medical care and housing options. So

ment provider is to avoid a com-

in the next 3 to 5 years. Currently Mr.

retiring in your home province with

mon scenario  where a  Fil-Am buys

Softy has close to 90 stores with half

a franchise business becomes all the

a franchise and then fall into the trap

of these stores owned by newly mint-

more appealing!

of having relatives and friends mis-

he

delivered

recently

during

Mr.

Softy’s Franchise  conference in Astoria Hotel in Ortigas Center.

ed entrepreneurs cum Franchisees.

operations of the franchise business,

manage operations. I am always asked the same question

The ultimate goal is for the Fil Am

by those who would still opt to stay

franchisee to work as much or as

in the US. Would a US based Fil Am

little as he or she wants with a secure

With a regional franchise, you are

retiree still get to enjoy the benefits of

income!

bringing a Pinoy brand into the in-

being an entrepreneur? My answer is a

ternational spotlight.   You become a

resounding yes!

INVEST IN FRANCHISE BRANDS WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD

To learn more about the mechanics of this great opportunity on how to en-

source of pride for the country. And

In the event that you chose to stay or

joy your retirement years in the Phil-

you do not even have to invest a sig-

retire in North America or you are still

ippines, I am inviting you to attend the

nificant amount. Some Filipino Fran-

working but you want to take advan-

“Franchising Business

chise brands are very affordable and

tage of the opportunity to establish

Investment Forum” on August 13-14,

can range from $10,000 to $150,000

your franchise business already, there

2016 to be held at Meadowlands Expo

are solutions to your concerns.

Center, Secaucus, New Jersey USA.  

Another bright option is for you

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confident and ready to take over the

Opportunity

to use your retirement funds. This

To prepare your transition from em-

has become one of the most popular

ployment to entrepreneurship, there

I will be sharing  franchise opportu-

ways over the last few years to fi-

are franchise  management firms in

nities and will be more than happy to

nance franchises.  There are special-

the Philippines who will help you set

let you in on the secret, and the ways

ized financial companies that will

up and manage your venture. These

and means to realize your dream.   To

set up the ability for you to invest

service providers will train you as

participate in this exciting event,

your retirement funds into your busi-

well as your appointed manager in the

please call the Philippine media part-

ness. This can be a very attractive

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REA L ES TAT E I I NS I GHTS & AN ALYS I S

Advancement on Philippine Real Estate New light from the Duterte Administration WRITER

I

Dana M. Sioson

PHOTOGRAPHER

Noel Ty

t’s still early to conclude whether

And right now, businessmen are rid-

there will be no corruption, that they

Rodrigo Duterte is a great presi-

ing their hopes on his new leadership.

will be safe, and their business will

dent or not, but it’s evident that he

is quite different from the usual politi-

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bloom.

UPROOTING CRIME AND CORRUPTION

After all, as ambitious as it sounds,

cians you see everyday, especially

Dubbed as The Punisher, Duterte’s

who wouldn’t invest in a completely

because of his unorthodox ways and

main

crime-free and corrupt-free country?

non-traditional style even before he

eradicating

ran for presidency. In the first month

Although this has yet remain to be

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

of his administration, Duterte even re-

fulfilled, it would definitely improve

Before Duterte’s presidential inau-

ceived 91% trust rate, the highest rate

the real estate transparency of the

guration, his administration laid out

in history and, according from Pulse

country.

the 10-point socio-economic agenda

Asia survey, he received high rates

Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines cat-

during a business summit in Davao

from all social classes.

egorized our country’s transparency

whereas the top three includes the

When it comes to economy, the previ-

as “semi-transparent” but every step

following:

ous administration boast of the high

taken to fulfill this campaign will defi-

Continuing and maintaining the cur-

GDP

nitely affect and improve our much-

rent macroeconomic policies, includ-

achieved, which is definitely a good

needed government transparency.

ing fiscal, monetary and trade policies;

news. From the Sick man of Asia, we

Duterte has been noting even during

Instituting progressive tax reform and

are now called the Rising Tiger of

his campaigns that before a place

more effective tax collection while

Asia. But clearly people want some-

can really prosper, order must first be

indexing taxes to inflation; and

thing else, and probably something

established. This way, investors would

Increasing competitiveness and the

more tangible.

be coming comfortably, knowing that

ease of doing business.

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the

Philippines

campaign crime

revolved and

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The country’s economy has been do-

the next six years will be the Philip-

strict traffic implementations, and

ing and performing well during the

pines’ Golden Age of Construction.

building more urban infrastructures,

previous administration which could

He said that the administration plans

which

serve as proof that Aquino’s policies

to spend up to P900 Billion for public

will open up chances and encourage

are effective in the country’s growth.

infrastructures, with infrastructure-

people to buy properties and invest

On the other hand, a tax reform should

to-GDP ratio to increase up to 7%.

outside Manila.

really be given top priority and utmost

This will include airports, bridges,

More so, Duterte had repeatedly com-

attention. In fact, Philippines ranked

farm-to-market

post-harvest

mit to switch the government form to

2nd in having the highest income

facilities, and seaports, in all regions

Federal System which would result to

tax rate in ASEAN. But despite this,

simultaneously and not sequentially,

promoting impoverished provincial

it’s hard to admit that compare to us,

which will encourage developers to

locations.

lesser-tax-paying countries are more

construct more homes and investors

Decentralization

advance.

to start trade in provinces.

encourage real-estate developers to

Likewise,

the

corporate

roads,

administration

will

plans,

positively

income tax systems of the Philippines

Also,

of

increase investments in provincial ar-

has been dubbed as “most uninviting

Environment and Natural Resources

eas. After all, Metro Manila is heavily

and out of date”.

Secretary Gina Lopez might go with a

congested and the remaining places of

If we want to attract more foreign

push for sustainable residential, com-

the Philippines are just waiting to get

investors, and even encourage more

mercial, and retail projects, with green

noticed.

Filipinos to start their own trade, ease

buildings steadily gaining momentum

of doing business should be strictly

in the real estate industry.

Duterte

and

Department

PROSPERITY FOR ALL

With programs leading to regional

implemented. Many has been getting

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the

“lazy” to invest in our country because

DECENTRALIZING MANILA

expansion, real estate would spread

the process is too long and arduous.

With Metro Manila being the country’s

out across the country, not just within

These agendas, if properly implement-

heart of development, other places in

the concentrated, overcrowded Metro

ed, will definitely root the advance-

the Philippines are being overlooked

Manila. And with the administration’s

ment of real estates in the country.

despite its potential and richness in

plan to encourage more investors and

GOLDEN AGE OF INFRASTRUCTURE

resources. And it seems that Duterte

businessmen to start their trade by

plans to decentralize Manila by devel-

implementing new policies and eco-

Last July 20 of this year, Budget Sec-

oping the provinces.

retary Benjamin Sionko remarked that

Public-Private Partnerships projects,

nomic agendas, it’s not impossible for us to prosper as a nation. B

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RETIR EMENT I I NS I GHTS & AN ALYS I S

RETIRMENT.

SRRV, the holders may stay in the Philippines for as long as they want without

More Fun in the Philippines

A

efits include: multiple-entry privileges, n ideal retirement haven brings

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channels for a minimal cost.

to mind warm weather, pow-

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and assist programs, discount privileges

dery beaches, scenic views,

country in Asia that uses English as

from services offered by PRA Merchant

heavenly dishes and friendly people. A

their second official language. It is easy

Partners, and assistance in obtaining

large number of people are retiring in

to integrate with Filipinos. English is very

documents

the Philippines mainly to experience a

widely spoken even in the provinces.

agencies, among others.

great life in a tropical paradise without

Signages and instructions are in English,

The Philippine Retirement Authority,

spending too much.

and daily newspapers are in English.

a government agency dedicated to lead

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the retirement agenda of the country

Japanese, Korean etc.

designed the retirement visa based on

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Its tropical climate is nature’s blessing

people and minimal language barrier are

especially to those who dream to escape

factors that attracts foreigners to retire,

harsh winter seasons. It is very favorable

reside and invest in the Philippines.

from

other

government

varying retiree lifestyles and needs. The basic features of the SRRV are:

to the elderly who have ailments that are

01 SRRV SMILE – for active / healthy

Healthcare in the Philippines is of good

triggered by a colder climate. Also, the

principal retirees 35 years old and

standard. There are Joint Commission

society is innately respectful and caring

above who would just like to maintain

International (JCI)-accredited hospitals

for the elderly.

their Visa deposit of US$20,000.00 in any of the PRA designated banks;

like St.Luke’s, Medical City, Makati

For active tourists/retirees, the Philip-

Medical Centre and Asian Hospital.

pines offers many sports adventures/

Practically speaking, hospital costs and

activities. One can snorkel with the

principal

medicines are cheap in the Philippines.

gentle giants and whale sharks in Cebu

opt to use their

The amount of co-pay in the US may be

or Sorsogon. Explore the beautiful corals

US$10,000.00/US$20,000.00

practically equal to the amount of the

of the famous and world class diving

years old & above) or US$50,000.00

whole medical procedure in the Philip-

sites of Puerto Galera, Batangas,

and

(35 to 49 years old) to purchase con-

pines. With this kind of healthcare sys-

Cebu. Brave the waves of Baler, Siargao

dominium units or use for long term

tem a foreign retiree will be able to save

and La Union. Join the Philippines’

a lot from their funds. Also, the doctors

most popular festivals like Cebu City’s

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and nurses are well trained, highly

Sinulog, Aklan’s Ati-Atihan and Iloilo’s

ing principal retirees, 35 years old

skilled and professionally competent

Dinagyang. The serene blue waters and

and above, who are shown to have

and capable of giving excellent health

white sand beaches of breath-taking

medical/clinical needs and services.

services.

islands like Coron, Boracay and Bohol

Under this option, the retiree only

are choices to enjoy and experience the

needs to have a Visa deposit of

whole year round.

US$10,000.00, a monthly pension

The cost of living in the Philippines is with no doubt cheaper relative to many places in the world. This is the perfect

The

attitude and

of

Filipinos

fellow

towards

Filipinos

are

02 SRRV CLASSIC – for active / healthy retirees

who

would

Visa deposit of (50

lease of house and lot;

of at least US$1,500.00 and a Health Insurance Policy; and

place if you want your money to go a lot

foreigners

further. Most foreigners live comfort-

exceptional especially when it comes

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ably in the Philippines for about $800

to hospitality and being friendly. Aside

nos (35 years old & above), and for-

to $1,200 a month and that is already a

from the country’s stunning natural as-

eign nationals (50 years old & above)

pretty great deal of leisure and luxury.

sets, one thing that makes a foreigner’s

who have served in the Philippines

Food is abundant and pretty affordable.

stay extraordinary is their interactions

as diplomats, ambassadors, officers/

One would be able to savor international

with Filipinos.

staff of international organizations.

and local cuisines. A foreigner may also

Because of these factors, the Philippines

enjoy affordable, fast and stable access

is dubbed as one of the world’s leading

to the internet which is an absolute

retirement destinations.

The visa deposit is US$1,500.00. There are many reasons to retire. Some retire to experience utmost comfort and

necessity for them, not only to get a hold

Last but not least, the retiree has visa

of all the important information on visa

options depending on his situation: dual

requirements,

transportation,

citizenship, 13A (for those married to

while some retire to begin a new life.

local events, etc., but also to keep in

Filipinos), and PRA’s Special Resident

Whatever it is, retiring in the Philippines

touch with their relatives abroad. Cable

Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

is an experience one will never forget.

public

$12 a

SRRV is a non-immigrant multiple-

month with the option of adding foreign

entry, indefinite-stay visa. With the

television is attainable for just

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GOD’S GIVEN GRACE Elton and Cathy Salimbangon Founders of Organique Inc. “Now we realize. When we try to connect the dots moving backward, we now understand why we came back in the Philippines. Everything is a blessing” -- Cathy Salimbangon

T

here are countless stories of triumph

faced their first problem: How do we sell this?

and success where the protagonist is

In October 2008, Cathy and their kids went back

faced with immense challenge and hard-

to the Philippines. Elton sent her the concoction

ship—that indeed the roads to success are never

he created--a small white bottle with no name nor

smooth and that storms even visit the calmest of

any labels.

seas. For childhood sweethearts, Elton and Cathy

“We have to sell it, so I start with friends. It’s hard

Salimbangon, the founders of Organique, a leading

because the acai is new and it’s expensive,” Cathy

manufacturer of Acai products, their story is no

admitted.

different.

Elton was really surprised when he learnt from his wife that their product was acknowledged. And

FROM SCRATCH For 15 years, Elton and Cathy lived modestly in

with that, Organique, Inc. started to take form as Cathy started selling it to her family and friends.

the United States. Elton was working in a manufacturing company that produces healthy beverages while Cathy was working as a registered nurse in Southern California.

STARTING UP Early on, Elton purchased excess acai berries from the company he worked at, but as his own

It was in mid-2008 when Elton watched a Televi-

product expanded, he had no choice but to invest

sion program featuring the superfood acai berry

and buy thousands of gallons. The shipping over-

and its health benefits. When he reported back

head alone was incredibly costly starting out. But

to his boss, he was told that the company was

in the true entrepreneurial spirit, Elton believed in

already developing an acai based drink. Since this

his vision.

first acai product failed, Elton asked his boss if he could reformulate it. And he did, despite not having a background in

“At that time we didn’t have anything at all. We didn’t know anything. We didn’t have the money to start,” Elton confessed.

food and business manufacturing—he was an IT

When they decided to relocate in the Philippines

major. But he diligently worked with the research

in 2009, they set up a small office in the corner

and development team to help him with the acai

of their house made of concrete and wood, and

product in exchange of his expertise with comput-

without even paint.

ers. “We started from scratch. We started from acai

Unable to afford brand labels for their product, they simply started with stickers as labels.

berry. Acai berry is very bitter but I was thinking

Bringing the product to market was a challeng-

‘Filipino’. It has to be a sustainable taste--not bland

ing task. The product was new, hard to pronounce,

or anything. I was asking R&B. We put on some

and at the same time, very expensive. Some of

apple juice and put in some other mixes until we

their clients even asked why they don’t just go

finally got the consistency right,” Elton said.

back to States instead of facing ordeals in putting

It took several months to create the amazing,

up a business that was not even their forte.

delectable taste that Organique is known for to-

In the Philippines, they first introduced their

day. And it was also after the long and intensive

product in Cebu since they were also from Cebu,

research and development’s success when they

going door to door, and clinic to clinic just to intro-

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At one of these events, they were

continuing the promise to bring the

introduced to Cory Quirino, who it just

best quality and standard of their acai

so happens, was actually looking for

products to their customers.

an acai product but couldn’t find it

“We came from a very quality compa-

anywhere in the Philippines. Flabber-

ny and we also want to bring the qual-

gasted by this chance meeting, Cory

ity that we have. We are very brand

invited Elton and Cathy to be guests

conscious. The quality. We’re looking

on her radio show.

at the quality,” Elton emphasized.

Soon thereafter, they were approved

Their acai products are now available

to distribute at Watsons, one of the

in Watsons, Mercury Drug, Robinsons

largest health and beauty stores in the

Supermarket and Southstar Drugstore

Philippines.

nationwide.

“Our label is made of sticker. We

Originally starting in the Philip-

were delighted that they accepted our

pines, Organique now holds several

product because for me, it was really

markets in the US, Hong Kong, and

unappealing. But it’s the only thing we

Middle East; and is rapidly expanding. Elton and Cathy are now looking

can afford,” Elton said.

duce their product. Elton and Cathy believed that Cebuanos are difficult to please. They de-

And then suddenly, they started get-

forward to developing Organique Acai

ting featured on TV shows and some

into tablets to make it more available

of their celebrity customers even

and easily accessible. As for now,

advertise their products free of charge

Organic Acai maintains a successful

because of the product’s high quality

manufacturing plant in California. “The standards. No matter what,

and health benefits.

scribed Cebuanos as thrifty. But they

Since then, they continue to expand

that’s the standard. You cannot go be-

knew that if Cebuanos appreciated

their product and promote healthy

low your standards. That’s why when

their product, it means their product

living to their fellow Filipinos. Despite

we first started our product, it should

can be appreciated in other places as

the difficulties, the testimonials they

not go down. It should be more, always

well.

received from their clients made them

improving.” Elton affirmed.

Several months later, they expanded

At first, Elton and Cathy thought they

inspired to push through.

made a mistake in starting their busi-

into Manila which was quite challenging because not only did they have

ness after facing difficulties one after another. But as they overcome all the

experience in this kind of business.

ganique has now grown into a full

trials, they started to see that every-

Suddenly, faced with rising debt, they

fledged

thing was actually God given grace.

were no longer able to pay for production costs. “I really thought I made a mistake in putting up the business,” Elton admitted as he expressed how difficult it is for him and his family. But they never forget to always pray and ultimately, God provided them with what they needed at exactly the time they needed it most.

WHEN DILIGENCE BEARS FRUITS Faced with rising debt and stress, Elton and Cathy pushed through and persevered—constantly attending networking events. B

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TIRED OF TAKING YOUR DAILY MULTIVITAMINS? SICK OF EATING THE SAME OLD FRUITS AND VEGETABLES?

ACAI HAS ALL THE HEALTHY NUTRITION YOUR BODY NEEDS.


D

Deep within the vast and abundant

in our body that can cause wide range

confines of the Amazon Rainforest,

of illness and chronic disease if left

grows one of the World’s most ultimate

unbalanced. Acai has ten times more

superfoods, Acai, (ä-sä-ˈē). The Acai

vital antioxidants than grapes and in

tree, a unique type of palm tree, grows

fact, richer than other common fruits

within the rich and fertile soil of

and vegetables combined.

Earth’s largest rainforest—an immense

Due to its high antioxidant content,

jungle spanning eight countries in

Acai helps in our body’s detoxification,

South America.

giving skin a healthier glow. Since it

Native only to this land, Acai cannot

prevents cell damage, it slows down

be found anywhere else on the planet.

the aging process related to oxidative

This shade-loving plant can stand

damage, and flourishes our skin to a

up to 25 m tall, forming large groves

more youthful complexion--a fine and

throughout the lowland flood areas

natural solution against dull skin, fine

along the rivers.

lines and wrinkles.

Acai

trees

produce

small,

round

Rich in Vitamin C and ellagic acid,

berries about 1-2 cm in diameters. Each

Acai is an immune-stimulating fruit,

tree commonly produces four to eight

boosting our immune system and

bunches of fruit that can weigh up to

keeping our cells strong to fight off

6 kg, emerging green and ripening

harmful radicals that enter our body.

to dark purple between July and

The detoxification abilities of Acai also

December during the harvest season.

play an important role for healthier

Natives collect the berries daeep in the

digestion by keeping our digestive

heart of the Amazon Rainforest and

system clean.

transport it through rivers and boats

Aside

from

antioxidants,

Acai

for there are no roads leading to mother

possesses dietary fibers that aid in

nature’s superfood.

weight loss. These fibers do not only help in losing weight

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ACAI

but help in

maintaining healthy weight as well.

Acai berries are known to have

And because Acai is natural, it does

long been a staple to the diet of

not give off harmful effects, making it a

the

perfect alternative to other chemically

indigenous

people

of

Brazil.

Traditionally, the natives also value Acai for health by using the oil of the

manufactured products. Acai

berries

are

also

rich

in

fruit to treat diarrhea, and the toasted

anthocyanin, a compound that has

and crushed seeds of the fruit to treat

the ability to lower the body’s level of

fever. For centuries, the fruit is known

cholesterol. The plant sterol in Acai

for its health benefits and other healing

lowers blood pressure, prevents blood

capabilities.

clots and improves blood circulation,

Lately, Acai started claiming the

and at the same time, keeps our cells

“superfood” status, gaining fame not

strong to fight against harmful radicals

only in the United States but around

that enters our body.

the world as well. Hidden within its

Anthocyanin

also

promotes

the

purple pigment is a powerful substance

reduction of risks related to heart

that

problems, cognitive decline, and even

helps

prevent

cell

damage--

antioxidants. Acai

cancer.

berries

in

According to a study published in

important

the Journal of Agriculture and Food

compound that stables the oxidants

Chemistry, the polyphenol compounds

antioxidants,

are a

very very

rich

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Organique from other acai

of its strict regulation on food quality

berry products is that their

and safety.

juice contains the highest concentration of Acai. Passing the United States Department

of

According to Cathy Salimbangon, vice president of Organique Inc., Organique Acai Premium Blend is best

Agricul-

drank early in the morning on an

ture’s strict and rigid stan-

empty stomach. The recommended

dards, Organique is USDA

dose is 30-60 ml per day, depend-

approved. 95% of all the con-

ing on the health conditions of the

tents and ingredients of the

person. There’s no age limit as well.

products are certified as organ-

Since it’s a natural juice, it is safe for

ic. Unlike when you take medicine, Organique Acai Premium Blend has no negative effects on your liver. Its nutrients go directly into the bloodstream.

kids to enjoy. You can also drink it with water, with ice, or add it to your smoothie. Completely natural and completely safe, a drink of Organique Acai Pre-

Organique’s manufacturing facility

mium blend is a start of a new and

in Acai reduces cancer proliferation

is located in California. Their products

healthy lifestyle. With all the prod-

by 56-86%. Acai berries may not be

are made of natural, wild harvested

ucts going through extensive re-

a cure for cancer but it halts the

Açaí berries from the Belém region in

search, Organique brings out the best

carcinogenesis process on a molecular

the State of Pará, Brazil. The company

of Acai berries to spread wellness and

level, neutralizing these deadly cells

always assures the implementation

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before they multiply. Acai also contains calcium that maintains healthy teeth and gums, preventing

gingivitis

and

other

common gum disease. It also contains amino-acids that bolster energy and help in strength recovery while the beta carotene in Acai also aids in eye health.

ORGANIQUE ACAI PREMIUM BLEND With all the nutrients contained in Acai berries, different nutraceutical companies

now

process

it

into

different products marketed all over the world. However, Organique Acai Premium Blend is the highest quality of any Acai products on the market today. Manufactured by Organique Inc., Organique Acai Premium Blend is a proud Filipino made product that brings these super berries from the deep jungles of the Amazon to the palm of your hand. What differentiates

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The New Secretary of the Department of Tourism:

Wanda Teo

“Ating mga kababayan, gusto kong pumunta kayo sa Pilipinas kasi iba ‘yung pag nasa sariling bansa. Makikita ninyo yung magagandang tanawin dito sa Pilipinas. Iba na ‘yung Pilipinas ngayon as compared before. Come and visit the Philippines and you will see the change.” Dana Sioson Noel Ty and King Rodriguez

WRITER PHOTOGRAPHERS

A

n archipelago rich and brim-

would often go out in the country,

ming in biodiversity, culture,

join sales missions and travel fares

heritage, and history, the

to promote the Philippines as a des-

Philippines is indeed a place where

tination—making her an expert in the

amazing

tourism industry.

tourist

destinations

are

around every corner. For Wanda Teo, the newly appointed Tourism secretary, it was very dif-

WORKING WITH PRESIDENT DUTERTE

ficult to endorse the Philippines 20

Having been based in Davao, Secre-

years ago. For instance, Mindanao is

tary Teo has known President Duterte

a very alluring place and yet before,

for more than 20 years and he saw

she would sometimes hear people say

firsthand her determination and drive

‘Oh not in Davao’ nor other places in

to promote travel to and within the

Mindanao after hearing stories of ter-

Philippines. “And that was the time

rorism. There was even a time when

when the president saw I was really

she traveled abroad and people would

doing my best selling the destinations

ask her: where is the Philippines?

in the Philippines. That is where I started to see him. I would invite him

“I would get a map and say ‘This is the

whenever we had travel fares, we have

Philippines’ and I would show them.

this gathering, I would invite him

‘Where is Davao?’ and I would tell

and he saw that. That’s the reason he

them ‘From Manila you have to fly to

selected me as the Secretary of Tour-

Davao’,” she expressed with laughter.

ism.” Right now, Teo is very proud to say

Prior to being appointed as the new

that there’s been lot of transformation

Tourism Secretary, for many years,

in the Philippines and more are to be

Teo was the President of the National

expected during President Rodrigo

Association of Independent Travel

Duterte’s administration. As President

Agencies—the

asso-

Duterte continues to rid the ills that

ciation in the country in addition to

largest

travel

have plagued the country for so many

operating her own successful travel

years, these efforts should further

business, Mt. Apo Travel & Tours. She

grow tourist arrivals especially since

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“President Duterte has been saying ‘Change has to come’ so we expect more tourists to come. Especially the Balikbayans, we would like them to come to the Philippines and to see how the Philippines really is now,” she said.

safety is on the minds of the billions of global tourists that travel each and every year. “I would say if they would come to the Philippines, they would be safe here because you could say that the president is doing well in the first few-—actually it’s less than a month. He’s doing well. His ratings went up and people change. And in fact we were told by the president to really make an impact with the lives of the people-—that we should be the example. No corruption.” To fulfill their duties, Teo and her department would like to focus on improving and building infrastructures such as airports, roads, and bridges that connect to underdeveloped destinations throughout the country as well as promoting hidden, untapped destinations. Another main agenda of the department is to sell destinations to both the local and foreign market. Last July 28, Secretary Teo made an announcement that the grand Miss Universe Beauty Pageant will be held in the Philippines on January 30, 2017, making it a strategic opportunity to promote tourism in the Philippines. And now as the new Tourism secretary, Teo would like to personally invite everyone to come and visit the Philippines, especially the Balikbayans and the second and third generation of Filipinos who have never been to the country because she fully understands and appreciates the importance of the Global Filipino market is for driving and igniting tourism in the Philippines. Afterall, if Filipinos aren’t enthusiastic to visit their own homeland, how can they expect foreigners to come? “It’s different if you come back and see for yourself that this is where I

President Rodrigo R. Détente listens to the presentation by officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) as they propose to host Miss Universe 2017 in the Philippines during a meeting at the President Hall of the Malacanan Palace on Monday, July 18, 2016. Also n the photo (from left) Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

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Philippines Opens Door To Host Next Miss Universe Pageant WRITER Dana M. Sioson &

Joseph Almer B. Pedrajas PHOTOGRAPHER Rey Banquet & King Rodriguez

A

fter

two

decades,

the

Philippines will once again host one of the grandest

beauty pageants in the world--the upcoming Miss Universe in 2017. A good news worthy to be proud of, this will be the third time the pageant will be held in our country. We first hosted

the

event

in

1974

when

Amparo Muñoz was crowned at the Folk Arts Theatre and it was followed for the second time in year 1994, when Sushmita Sen of India took the crown at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Making it official, Department of Tourism

(DOT)

Secretary

Wanda

Selfie with the President. Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach takes a selfie with President Rodrigo R. Détente after a courtesy call at the Malacanan Palace on Monday, July 18, 2016. On July 28, 2016, Philippines Department of Tourism Secretary, Wanda Teo announces the Philippines hosting of Miss Universe on January 30, 2017.

Teo announced on July 28, that the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant will be on January 30, 2017 here in the Philippines. “We have a president who comes from

Mindanao,

and

our

Miss

Universe is from Mindanao, so I think this is the best time for us to do the Miss Universe here in the Philippines,” she expressed. While President Rodrigo Duterte requested the organizers to stage other Miss U-related events outside Metro Manila to avoid adding to the

possible

“Once Pia announces that Miss

deed not spend a single centavo at

event venues which include Davao,

traffic,

Universe is going to happen here,

all, confirming all expenditures will

Cagayan

Cebu,

people abroad will start looking at the

be shouldered by the private sectors.

Palawan, and Vigan. The department

map and see where the Philippines is.

is also considering Mall of Asia Arena

And, we’re saying, we’d love to have

awaited grand event, the Department

in Pasay City to hold the event.

you in Philippines,” Teo noted.

of Tourism is looking forward to use

de

Teo Oro,

listed

Boracay,

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president

subsequently

with

this

upcoming,

most

ex-

the rare opportunity to promote the

Pia Wurtzbach had paid a courtesy

pressed his approval but clarified

Philippines as a tourist destination,

call on the president to convince the

that the Philippines will not spend

and at the same time, to attract more

latter to agree with the DOT’s plan to

a single centavo. Secretary Teo af-

people to witness the alluring beauty

host the next Miss U pageant.

firmed that the government will in-

of the country.

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George Tapan: Beyond Travel Photography

George Tapan defines the essence of travel photography.

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EMBODYING A RAGS-TO-RICHES STORY, Tapan didn’t let his rough start in life hinder him from pursuing what he loved most: photography. Winning not only one but two Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) Gold awards, his determination to sustain his passion lives on to this very day.

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I

t all started when he submitted “Into the Green Zone” -- a breathtaking shot of a rainbow on the horizon of the clear blue sea -- to National Geographic and won. After this life-changing event, Tapan has continued to amaze others with his photos, making him the legend that every photographer aspires to be. Years later, his eye for photography still inspires many to consider a career in photography. Balikbayan Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with him and delve into the depth of his passion. Q: What inspired you to pursue your career in travel photography? A: To help the country, because the Philippines is a very nice country. We need to show the world through visuals that the Philippines is more than meets the eye. Q: How do you get the subject that is in front of the camera onto the film, chip, or paper in just the way you want? A: All the pictures that I wanted to take, I’ve studied first. Whether it be through books or publications. I’m thinking of the future! Not only the present, because all pictures are part of history. Photos aren’t just for Facebook, that’s why my concept portrays beautiful and timeless shots -- not the postcard type. Q: What tips can you give to upcoming or young travel photographers who want to improve in travel photography? A: You must love your career or you must not think only about yourself but for your fellow countrymen. Cameras are only tools, you can take good pictures using good cameras but the important thing in photography is your concept -- your idea. Just because you have a good camera doesn’t mean you’ll take good photos. You need to put your soul into the shots that you take. Q: Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your mindset towards your career in photography? A: My father is a photographer who lived in a small town. In our Quezon province, we would accept gigs for different functions like baptisms, graduations -- just to sustain our family. Though, those gigs didn’t hinder me from growing as a photographer.

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I would browse through National Geographic, Life Magazine and other famous publications in America to inspire myself. The character of the Filipino is to study first. You cannot become an outstanding photographer overnight by just taking pictures. Q: Where were you able to find the national geographic magazine that changed your life? Was it given to you by your father or did you find it at a store? A: I love going to bookstores, that’s how I found National Geographic. National Geographic had very nice photos. I loved looking at photos of people, places, culture, and just about everything! I love the things that inspire me. I also enjoyed looking through Life Magazine at the time. In Life Magazine, there were a lot of photo essays -- telling your story through pictures. My dream was to become a photographer for those kinds of photos. Q: What message do you want your photographs to convey? And how do you get your photos to do that?

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A: I want the people who view my photos to feel something. I want people to feel the soul of each picture and be moved. A photo that will keep people thinking [about] how I was able to capture the subject without depending on the quality and price of a camera. Q: How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to making it a full-time job for a living? A: If you get on the right track of photography in the Philippines like me, you will be able to earn more than a CEO of an important company. For example, I was able to buy a house for capturing just one photo and this is one of the main reasons why photography is important. It is a full-time job for me. Q: What technology/software/camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best? A: Technology is in the camera. I’m not a man of technology. But I mainly use Nikon D800 and Fujifilm XPro for digital. I also have Leica and Hasselblad film cameras.

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Q: Do you have Instagram or any form of social media? A: I’m planning to. I would like to make my own Instagram account. Many people have advised me to post my photos through this form of social media. B


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CATANDUANES THE HAPPY ISLAND. WRITER

Dana M. Sioson Teddy Pelaez

PHOTOGRAPHER

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ituated at the easternmost part of the Bicol Peninsula, its geographical location makes it the first landmass to touch the Pacific Ocean, and at the

same time, makes it completely exposed to tropical cyclones during stormy season. But despite being a resident within the path of storms, with its resilient and cheerful people, nobody could deny how much Catanduanes is blessed with overflowing beauty and riches.

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RIDING THE WAVES Surrounded by Pacific Ocean, the province just simply never runs out of clean, soft, and mostly golden beaches. But aside from being a great beach bumming spot, Catanduanes is no doubt a surfing paradise. Puraran Beach in Baras homes the “Majestic Wave” surfers all over the world love to visit. In fact, the place usually serves as the last leg of different surfing competitions

within

the

country.

Because of its natural rock bottom, waves may not be necessarily bigger but definitely stronger, making it a great raw adventure for challengers. Breathtaking long-barrel-type surf are usually enjoyed from September to October of the year but that doesn’t make the “surfing mecca” available only for seasoned dwellers. Novice

surfers,

vacationers,

and

travel enthusiasts can also enjoy Puraran during the rest of the year when the swell heights are not too intimidating.

UNDER THE SEA Blessed on the surface, Catanduanes is blessed beneath the waves as well. Surrounded Ocean,

by

the

snorkeling,

rich

Pacific

scuba

diving,

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and recreational dives have started to become a promising activity around the different beaches that surrounds the province. Agojo Marine Park and Sanctuary, located in the town of San Andres, is one of the country’s highly regarded reef, known to be abundant in marine life.

CONQUERING MOUNTAINS The verdant, rugged, and mountainous terrain of Catanduanes welcomes every traveller who seeks the thrill of mountaineering and trekking. Mt.

Lantad

and

Nagngangawang

Buwaya

Ridge in the town of Bato are frequently visited because of these activities. But for campers who have stargazing in their minds, Hiyop Highlands in Pandan is definitely the first choice. The lush green mountains of Catanduanes also offer variety of choices for birdwatching. Just simply within the town of Virac, bird lovers can get a glimpse of Kiyaw, Wood Sandpiper, Sarimbaba, Yellow Vented Bulbul, Little Egrets, Wood Sandpiper, Black Naped Monarch, and different other species.

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ISLAND FACTS 01 Catanduanes came from the word tandu, a native beetle, calling it katanduan meaning a place where the tandus are abundant. 02 The province is composed of 11 municipalities, 315 barangays and one congressional district. It has a total land area of 151,150 hectares and its capital town is Virac. 03 The locals use Bicol as their common language but English and Tagalog are understood and frequently spoken. 04 It is the twelfth largest island in the Philippines separated from the mainland Bicol by Maqueda Channel

REVISITING THE PAST

hamujong (trumpet shell) to a hun-

and Lagonoy Gulf.

Despite being constantly battered

dred-year old communion rail, pre-

by typhoons during stormy seasons,

serving pieces of history to connect

the province was able to preserve its

the past to the people in the present.

THE ‘ABACA COUNTY’

APPETITE DELIGHTS

abaca fiber requirement, Philippines

Supplying around 87% of the world’s

heritage. Located in the town of Bato, Bato Church is a fine example of archi-

Catanduanes is known for its Suman

is the leading Abaca suppliers around

tecture of mid-colonization dur-

sa latik and Tinumok. But aside from

the world. And being the the big-

ing the Filipino-Spanish era. Sec-

these sweet, sticky, delicacies, the

gest abaca producers in the country,

ond to the largest in Bicol region, the

province is also home to exotic treats

Catanduanes earned the title ‘Abaca

church was built under the polo sys-

such as Kasili, a type of eel.

County’.

Must try local dishes also include

Though Catanduanes is regularly

Banagan (lobster), Buyod (shrimp),

visited by typhoons, the people re-

Walking back in time, Museo de

and Kulambutan (squid). And of

mained thankful for the abundance

Catanduanes, located in Virac, dis-

course, all-time Filipino rice and root

of their crops and their progress as a

plays more than 200 various ma-

crop-based delicacies are commonly

province.

terials ranging from a 29-year-old

present in a Catanduanes menu.

tem, or forced labor, for a total of 53 years.

The first Abaca Festival was launched this year as the official festival of the province. Envisioned to showcase the major product of the island, the festival will continue to be celebrated every fourth week of May.

REACHING THE ISLAND Travellers have variety of choices on how to reach Catanduanes. The province is just an hour flight away from NAIA 3 via Cebu Pacific Airline. Options such as 10-hour bus ride or riding your own car via South Luzon Super Highway then hopping on a RORO vessel for 3 hours of Fastcraft for 1 hour are also available. B

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Heritage Town of Taal, Batangas:

The Vigan of the South WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER

Joseph Almer B. Pedrajas

D

ESPITE cultural destruction, the

Spanish

three-decade

colonization has nonetheless

rendered the Philippines to become a cornucopia of wealthy history. Often, most tourists go up North to personally witness the remnants of the past by walking along the picturesque caasas in Calle Crisologo, Vigan. However, some of us are not fated to endure 7 to 9 long-sitting journey hours nor to afford costly budget allocation, thus we just end up daydreaming. But wake up and pack now, because Batangas hides the commonly overshadowed yet vying heritage town of Taal – just 2 hours away from Manila. Taal in Batangas is home to Asia’s biggest church, the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours. Its gigantic size definitely attracts the tourists to go there. There also reside a number of old houses, nostalgic museums, eateries and other amazing architectures that have been part of the history. Its well-preserved structures clearly depict the influence of our Spanish conquerors. Thus, the town of Taal was once labeled as the Vigan of the South. The Basilica of St. Martin de Tours is obviously well-preserved. The texture of the façade is rough – a proof

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that the walls were made up of aged rocks. Upon entering, you would smell the distracting antique-like odor of the Basilica, intensified by the lit candles. The Basilica’s jaw-dropping exterior would not just end there. Inside, it would also have you amazed. The altar is big, enough to be seen by the farthest positioned mass attendee. Near the church, the Escuela Pia is also located. Escuela Pia is a school supervised by the church and was named after the congregation established by San Jose of Calansanz, during the 17th century.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS: There are a lot of attractions to visit in Taal, Batangas. This place is not for nature lovers but for history and architecture enthusiasts. Just a tricycle away – or 5 to 15 minutes walk from the church – you could find other historical sites in Taal which,

SOUVENIRS AND DELICACIES:

up until now, are being preserved.

You could buy several souvenirs and

01 The White House: Old House of Agoncillo Family

delicacies in Taal. These include Tapang Taal, Batangas Coffee, Cocoa, Longganisa et cetera. Tapang Taal

Near the Taal welcome arch, you could

costs

see the old yet stunning preserved

P300/kilo,

while

Batangas

Coffee is 80 pesos for ¼. Batangas

white house of the Agoncillo Family.

Coffee is a quintessence of real

02 Doña Marcela Agoncillo Museum

brewed coffee, it keeps you awake

The

more than what you want to.

famous

seamstress

of

the

Philippine flag, Marcela Agoncillo,

Although Taal is not as famous as

was raised here. Today, her house is

Vigan for being a heritage site, it is

HOW TO GO THERE?

still a place to visit when in Batangas.

01 RIDE A BUS in Cubao, Quezon City

This place will surely do for day-tour

or Buendia, Pasay that is bound to

travelers. If you arrive there before

Lemery, Batangas. Ask the driver to

lunch, your time would definitely be

get you off in Taal.

enough to enjoy your day.

02 UPON ALIGHTING, Take a jeepney

Get an unlimited shots or pictures

located nearby a gasoline station

of the attractions, eat at one of the

04 San Lorenzo Steps

there. It will bring you to the heritage

restaurants to taste what they have,

San Lorenzo last steps can be found at

sites of Taal.

try also the local foods to get a bit

the back of the Our Lady of Caysasay

03 TRAVEL TIME may usually take

of their culture – don’t forget to

Shrine. Honestly, these are just stairs

2-3 hours depending on the traffic.

take home, buy souvenirs to have

Others are Sta. Lucia Well, Miraculous

04

something

Spring, Balisong Shops, Goco Ancestral

to 1500 pesos only (fare, foods,

House, Galleria Taal and Souvenir Shops.

souvenirs and entrance fees included)

still taken care.

03 Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine This simple church is located near the Villavicencio Wedding House. This is the sanctuary of one of the earliest Marian images in the Philippines.

BUDGET

EXPECTATION:

1000

to

remember

and

of

course converse with the locals to know how good they are. B

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SIARGAO A PIECE OF BLISS. WRITER

Ian Kelly Jamotillo Carlo Delantar

PHOTOGRAPHER

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with

the

crystal

waters

flowing

effortlessly while being protected by several rock formations. The iconic Magpupungko rock steals the spotlight which is just located beside

the

beach.

A

large

rock

formation that sits on top of a flat rock allows adventurers at heart to cliff dive and witness nature at its finest. A habal-habal (motorcycle ride) from the town of General Luna will take you to the town of Pilar for about two hours. Lush forests and farmlands create a scenic view on the road while several cottages are scattered around the area for a comfortable stay.

NAKED ISLAND THE ISLAND THAT BARES IT ALL Nude men or women are not the main attraction in one of Siargao’s hidden treasures. Naked Island also known as “Pansukian” in the coast of General Luna is nature’s answer to the hustle and bustle of the city. Resembling

Camiguin’s

“White

Island”, it provides an unrivalled

T

island adventure with its bare crafted he Philippines is home to

Earth’s wonder, tucked in the beautiful

beach in the middle of an open sea.

several summer spots worth

archipelago of the Philippines.

A pure, white sand and an azure

checking

out.

From

water makes up the whole island,

its

with no trees and rock formations to

famous island destination, Boracay.

MAGPUPUNGKO BEACH A CRYSTAL CLEAR REVELATION

With

Located

inhabited

summer capital, Baguio City, to its over

7,107

islands

and

81

in

divide your attention. Naked Island’s

Consolacion

a

Magpupungko Beach is a true haven

looking for a recharge.

Deep in the region of Surigao del

for

Despite lacking coconut trees and

Norte lies a hidden paradise that

tourists is a stretch of white, powdery

luxurious

will surely captivate the hearts of

beach that provides a stunning view

Island is home to corals, rocks and

every wanderer. Siargo is a tear-drop

of the sun. The crystalline waters are

shells that are scattered beneath the

shaped island covered with sandy

complemented with amazing rock

powdery sand. Lucky tourists can

beaches and natural reefs for an

formations that create a breathtaking

expect terns, seabirds with narrow

ideal island vacation. Known as the

view while having a refreshing dip.

wings and forked tails that feed on

“Surfing Capital of the Philippines’,

During low tide, a calm and serene

small fishes, crabs and mollusks.

the island is known for its alluring

vista reveals a natural sea water

Island hopping is at its finest as

tides and crystal clear waters.

surrounding that look like infinity

Naked Island boasts proximity to

Beneath

pools.

phenomenon

enthusiasts.

Tourists

Norte,

creates

dream getaway can be tiresome.

surfing

del

surrounding

in

water

Surigao

tranquil experience suitable for those

provinces to choose from, picking a

the

Pilar,

Barangay

Welcoming

hotels

or

bars,

Naked

enjoy

water

other islands like Guyam and Dako.

swimming

can

are two, unseen spots tourists can

activities

and

Shade is not feasible due to the lack of

take a dip under the scorching sun.

snorkeling with its turquoise colored

trees that’s why tourists are advised

Magpupungko

Naked

water while tanning under the sun.

to go early in the morning to avoid the

Island are complete representations of

High tide does not also disappoint

heat of the sun. B

Beach

and

like

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The 21st Leyte Pintados June 27, 2016: Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals WRITER

German P. Palabyab Alberto Gadia, Jr. & Kat Re Bordeos

PHOTOGRAPHER

I

n the preface of the PintadosKasadyaan

Festival

of

Festivals

2016 Program, the Leyte Provincial

Tourism Office, encapsulates this festival of festivals as follows: “Leyte Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals brings together the diverse, vibrant and colorful festivals from the different towns in the Province of Leyte and other participating festivals from the sister island of Samar. Now on its 21st year, this premier festival of Region VIII has become the most awaited event of the Tacloban City Fiesta celebrations in honor of its Patron, the Sr. Sto. Nino de Tacloban in the month of June.” The 21st edition of Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival did not disappoint the local crowd and foreign visitors who came to watch the parade and grand performance at the Leyte Sports Development Center (or what was left of the facility by super-

The grand prize winner of the 21 st Pintados Kasadyaan Festival 2016, the Sanggutan Festival of Barugo, Leyte.

typhoon Yolanda after November 8, 2013). The

participants’

performances

were

accurately personified in the festival’s theme: a colorful and uniquely Leyte and waray-waray expression of joy, merriment and adoration of Senior Sto. Nino, Tacloban City’s beloved patron, produced in a grand scale. To give one and idea of how big each production was, the number of participants for each contingent number to about a hundred warm bodies, from props and set handlers, musicians, and dancers to other “extras”. This year there were only three municipal festivals that joined in addition to a non-competing participation of the Tribu Katbalaugan, from Catbalogan, Samar. These are the Buyugan Festival from Abuyog, Leyte, the Tulo-usa Festival from Tolosa and the Sanggutan Festival of Barugo, all from Leyte province. One of the reasons why there were only three municipalities who joined is the lack of available funding due

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Third Place winner at the 21st Pintados Kasadyaan Festival and former winner at Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Aliwan Festival in Manila.

produced winning performances at the famous Sinulog Festival of Cebu and the national Aliwan Fiesta – Battle of Festival Champions in Manila. Among the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Champions in the past that have won at the Sinulog and Aliwan Festivals are the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Tanauan’s Pasaka Festival and the Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, Leyte.

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS This year’s Kasadyaan competition was won by Barugo’s Sanggatan Festival (first place) with P750,000 cash price for the performers and another P to the changing of the guards among

The amount of effort and financial

25,000 to the winning choreographer.

many local governments after the

resources that went into the prepara-

The second place went to Tulo-usa

May 9, 2016 elections. At the Pintados

tion, production and transportation of

Festival of Tolosa, Leyte with P500,000

presentation however, there were six

the props and sets, not to mention the

purse, plus P20,000 to its choreogra-

Barangays from Leyte and Tacloban

amount of time and effort that went

pher, while the Buyogan Festival of

City who participated. They were the

into the creation of the storyline, cho-

Abuyog was third with P250,000 cash

Tribu Kawayan (Brgy. Kawayan), Tribu

reography, music and rehearsals were

prize and P15,000 to its choreographer.

Siete Quatro (Brgy. Lower Nula-tula),

indeed in the hundreds of thousands

While all the winners performed in the

Tribu Kasirangan (Brgy. Quarry), Tribu

for each of the participating munici-

grandest of scale with their massive

Mangirisda (Tanauan, National High

palities. But the results were worth the

and colorful props that completely

School), Tribu Manangete (Fisher-

gargantuan efforts and financial cost.

filled the basketball court sized stage,

man’s Village) and Banigan Tribe

The investment made by the festival

the superior story line, dance execu-

(Simeon Ocdol National High School,

organizers and sponsors during the

tion and set designs of the Barugo and

Basey, Samar. Be that as it may, one

last 21 years has elevated the Pinta-

Tolosa contingents earned the nod of

can imagine the enormous amount of

dos-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals as

the three veteran judges from the Ali-

time and resources needed to produce

one of the country’s premier cultural

wan Festival and Ballet Philippines.

a festival entry of such magnitude.

event. This festival has consistently

Huge and larger than life images of the

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Senior Santo Nino de Tacloban were the common props of the partisipants that expressed the adoration and filial piety of the Leytenos to the Senr Santo Nino. As in the past, the top two winners this year (Barugo and Tolosa) will represent Leyte’s Kasadyaan-Pintados Festival at the Sinulog in Cebu and Aliwan festival in Manila next year.

FESTIVAL HISTORY Some

historical

notes

on

the

development of the festival to what it is today are in order. The Pintados festival of Tacloban City is a Filipino festival with its own unique history. This Pintados festival recalls and depicts Pre-Spanish history of the native Leytenos, on how they fought their wars, their epics, folklores and religions. The main attraction of the Pintados festival are the festive dancers, painted from head to toe  with designs that look like armor to resemble the tattooed warriors of old. Dancers whose bodies are colorfully painted fill the streets of Tacloban City during the course of the Pintados festival. During

the

festival,

outrageously

painted grown men sometimes in luminous blue and neon green join into the parade. Through this colorful parade, one gets a glimpse of the history of the people that once lived on the islands of Leyte. The name “pintados” is derived

tattoo ritual itself, one would also have

dances that celebrate customs and tra-

from what the native warriors were

to earn respect by showing bravery

ditions that flourished before the Span-

called, their bodies being adorned

and heroism as a warrior.

iards came. These include worship of

with tattoos. During those times,

Tattoos (pintados) therefore served

idols, war, indigenous music and epic

tattoos were a mark of courage and

as a status symbol, much like a badge

stories. The rhythmic cacophony of

beauty. Since tattoo-making in the

of honor, rank, strength, and courage.

native instruments and lively drum

past were crude and done with sharp

The bravest warriors were heavily tat-

beats enhance the drama and mythical

thorns or needles, tattooing then were

tooed from head to foot. Indeed, these

storylines, as well as the lively dance

rather painful and medically risky.

men were such an unusual sight that

choreographies. The parade used to

There was a high chance of infection

western missionaries considered them

start at the Balyuan Towers and then

that may lead to sepsis and death. A

frightening and uncivilized. But as

proceeds through the main streets of

man who could endure the pain and

time passed, they began to understand

the city. As the spectators and visitors

survive the

that the tattoos were part of the culture

grew in number, the actual festival

ordeal therefore is considered to be

and tradition of native Leytenos.

performances had to be staged in the

strong and brave. Over and above the

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The Pintados festival features folk

Leyte Sports Development Center (the


provincial stadium along Youngfield Road) so that the invited judges who usually came from the ranks of the country’s leading dance, theatre, arts and cultural circles could better witness and judge the presentations. Tracing back Leyte’s history in 1668, the Spaniards came to Leyte and found in the islands heavily tattooed men and women, whom they called Pintados. These people definitely had a culture of their own, commemorating victories by holding festivals and honoring their gods after a bountiful harvest. Then in 1888 missionaries from Spain brought the miraculous Child Jesus image known as “El Capitan” to the island. This was the beginning of the Leytenos devotion and worship of the Senior Santo Niño. 21st Year of Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals and 30th Year of Pintados Foundation, Inc. Fast forward in 1986, the Pintados Foundation, Inc. was founded by Tacloban City’s civic-minded businessmen and entrepreneurs. Former Leyte governor Remedios “Matin” Petilla is credited with strengthening the foundation and expanding and elevating the festival to what it is today: one of the Philippines’ major culturalreligious festival. The foundation’s primary objective initially was just to organize religious and cultural activities that will enrich and enliven the city fiesta in honor of Señor Santo 01 The replica of El Capitan, the image of Senior Sto. Nino de Tacloban, most revered by Leytenos.

Niño. This marked the beginning

02 The first runner up of Miss Pintados, dancing with the image of Sr. Sto. Nino during the street parade of Pintados.

Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival and was

03 Tanauan National High School Pintados 2016 contingent, Tanauan, Leyte.

event depicting the rich cultural past

of the Pintados Festival, which was first celebrated in June 29,1987. In 1995 the foundation started the Leyte henceforth called as the “Festival of Festivals.” Little did they know that they were laying the groundwork for making the festival a national cultural of Leyte and its colorful customs and traditions. B

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It’s Just Rain.

5 Amazing Things To Do This Rainy Season WRITER

Charisse Trinidad Archive

IMAGES Editor’s

Powerful gusts, heavy downpours, and overcast skies are just some of the things we’re seeing during this time of the year but the gloomy weather shouldn’t prevent you from traveling in addition to checking out the best indoor activities within the Philippines. There are benefits to taking a visit to these places during the monsoon season, this means that there are discounts on accommodation and fewer crowds out and about. Make the most out of the country’s wet season by pursuing different activities that can be best enjoyed during this rainy season.

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WHITE WATER RAFTING & KAYAKING Rainy season is considered as the best season for wild water sports because the water in the rivers are high which means stronger currents and rapids. So where to go this time of the year? Make your way to Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Chico or Tibiao Rivers to experience the extreme adrenaline rush of rafting or kayaking in the wild rush of rapids.

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MUSEUM HOPPING

Relive our country’s history, celebrate our culture and heritage or be reacquainted with science by checking out the various museums in your area. If you are based in Metropolis, The National Museum of the Philippines and The Museum of the Filipino People are open daily (except Mondays) from 8AM to 5PM. Ayala Museum, Yuchengco Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, The Mind Museum, Money Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Manila and The Presidential Museum and Library are also worth checking out as well as the other local government’s museums.

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HOT SPRINGS AND SPAS There’s nothing more relaxing than hearing the sounds of nature—rain included—while you get a massage. You could never go wrong with a relaxing spa day, especially when rainy weather can make you feel quite gloomy. Pamper yourself with a trip to a wellness center and get a massage after soaking in the tub and sweating in the sauna. Water spas are also a great choice, there are even outdoor options. The rain falling while you’re in a warm pool can send rejuvenating vibrations throughout your entire body. Hot spring trips are perfect for this rainy season.

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COFFEE SHOP VISITS Nothing makes you want to curl up indoors with a cup of hot coffee more than the rainy season. Something about the sound of raindrops and the idea of the outside world getting drenched imbues coffee with an aura of comfort and bliss. This monsoon season, take your rain boots out for a trip to coffee shops around Makati and Bonifacio Global City (BGC). These two cities offer the most alternative to ubiquitous cafe franchises which are perfect for dates, impromptu study sessions or random brooding on rainy afternoons.

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04 A take on the Café Namoo’s halohalo, this dessert is both sweet and refreshing. 05 - 06 Satisfy your K-pop fancy with these unique and quirky interior at CafE Tiala. And for the sweet tooth, the café brags an assortment of desserts that are best partnered with their tea selection.

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01 - 02 Be taken away to a time of tradition and good chocolate at the chocolate chamber (tcc) with their spicy chocolate and chocolate art pieces. 04

05 03 Indulge in this rich and moist chocolate cake topped with fresh strawberries at Café Namoo, one of the pioneers of Korean cafés in Cebu.

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INDOOR WALL CLIMBING It’s also the best time to practice your wall climbing skill in preparation for the real thing! Go indoor wall climbing so you’ll be prepared for rock climbing in Sagada or treking in Masungi Georeserve. Masungi Georeserve is a discovery trail that leads the path around the conservation area, letting guests to come up close with the karst terrain. Depending on the guest’s preference and capacity, the trek may be lengthened or shortened but it usually lasts for 3-4 hours. It’s something to love and it’s affordable. Check out these indoor wall climbing facilities in and near Metro Manila: Camp Sandugo in Market! Market! Taguig, B Fitness Station and Power Up Center for Climbing and Fitness in Quezon City or Wall-Nut MISA Climbing Systems in Antipolo City. B

Wall-Nut MISA Climbing Systems

Camp Sandugo at Market! Market!

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Eats More Fun in the Philippines: Filipino Street Foods Beyond Expectation WRITER

Joseph Almer B. Pedrajas

on the external appearance of the street carts that Dirty Ice Cream vendors have. Nevertheless, these misjudged ice cream carts carry the sweetest relief for a hot day. *Price: P5-P20

TAHO This street food is particularly sold every morning. This is children’s favorite breakfast’s partner. Taho is from soft silken tofu. It is topped with sweet syrup and sago, enough to meet children’s desire for sweets. *Price: P5-P10

III. GRILLED ISAW, BETAMAX AND HELMET Exaggeratedly speaking, these three are almost commodities for alcohol-drinkers. Isaw is tender and made up of grilled chicken intestine. Its chewiness lets you taste its flavor while devouring it.

O

Betamax is a coagulated pork or chicken nce underrated, Filipino street

Calamares can also be eaten with rice, and

blood sliced into rectangular blocks. Like

foods are now one of the must-

serve as a meal. *Price: P3 each

Isaw, it is also grilled. It looks like liver and

tries. Before, such foods were just

sold to conveniently feed hungry passersby,

tastes like blood, best enjoyed with vinegar.

CHICKEN SKIN

Lastly, no chicken parts are wasted in the

The crunchiness and perfectly salty taste

Philippines by even barbecuing chicken

inuman.

of chicken is the reason why many crave for

head – which is called Helmet. Chicken

However today, street foods gained popular-

it. Chicken skin is literally made up of fried

Helmet may look odd but upon breaking the

ity and turnout to be Pinoys’ comfort food

chicken skin. *Price: P10 per pack

skull and sucking out the brain, you will

and served as pulutan for neighborhood’s

– and only those who have already tried can

experience the best out of your Helmet food

understand.

II. SWEETS BANANA CUE

trip.

I. FRIED

Surely, our Filipina mothers love to cook

P2-10 per stick of Betamax

KWEK-KWEK

Banana Cue. The process simply undergoes

Kwek-Kwek is a famous street food that

through peeling of bananas and putting

most Filipinos crave for. It is made up of

them into heated cooking oil sprinkled with

MUST REALLY TRY BALUT

orange batter-covered hard-boiled eggs that

sugar. Vendors poke them with stick to be

Off all must-try Filipino street foods and

are deeply fried.

eaten easily.

delicacies, Balut is indeed always on the top

The taste of newly cooked kwek-kwek fits

Banana Cues are usually served or sold dur-

list. Balut is a duck’s developing-embryo,

the sourness and saltiness of its vinegar

ing late afternoon especially when kids just

boiled until it becomes edible.

sauce mixed with salt and pepper, and com-

woke up.

Balut is preferred by many for its exotic yet

monly accompanied with cut cucumbers

*Price: P8 to P15 per stick

that give crispiness to the food. *Price: P2 each

delicious flavor and often partnered with salt or spicy vinegar.

HALO-HALO

Summer is not really a summer without

FISH BALL

*Price: P5-P15 per stick of Isaw and Helmet,

Halo-halo. Halo-halo means “the mix of

Balut may look gross but as saying says, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” And Balut is its epitome.* Price: P13-P20

Fish Ball has been a popular snack mostly

many things.” Literally, it is an assortment

taken during late afternoon. From children

of shaved ice, evaporated milk, beans,

SOUP #5

to adult, many tend to allocate their small

gulaman, flakes, corn, varieties of fruits, ube,

Soup #5 is unknown to many. Although it is

amount of peso to taste their long-time

leche flan, sugar et cetera. Halo-halo has

one of the must-tries, some Filipinos have

favorite.

been a long time much-awaited Philippine

not yet known how does it taste like.

Fish balls will taste better especially if they

summer delicacy as the sweetness and

Soup #5 is actually an aphrodisiac, which is

are dipped in sweet sticky sauce.

coldness of the food energizes you despite

commonly sold in lugawans or mamihans.

the irking heat. *Price: P5-P25

It is a Filipino soup composed of bull’s geni-

*Price: 5 centavos

tals that can be oily as it gets cold. Despite

CALAMARES

DIRTY ICE CREAM

its gross ingredients, Soup #5 is satisfying

with vinegar. More than just a snack,

actually dirty. It is an expression that based

seekers. *Price: P30-P40

Calamares is a battered squid partnered

Dirty Ice Cream, as it is called, is not

and an energizer - perfect for warm-feeling

*All prices are subject to change

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Foodtripping Northern Luzon: Must try Filipino delicacies when you visit the North WRITER

Joseph Almer B. Pedrajas

PHOTOGRAPHER

Carmela Enriquez ORGANIC RICE Rice is everywhere, but the most delicious type of rice is found in this region. Ifugao, the home of Banaue Rice Terraces, produces the most flavorful rice in the Philippines.

It

is

thicker,

juicier

and

healthier than anything. So if you happen to be anywhere in Ifugao, don’t ever forget its rice!

II. CAGAYAN VALLEY(BATANES, CAGAYAN, ISABELA, NUEVA VIZCAYA, QUIRINO) PANCIT CABAGAN Normally, Filipino pancit is a semi-dry and very thin type of noodles. But in Isabela, they have that Pancit Cabagan that

bagnet

normal pancit.

NDOWED WITH cultural wealth,

The town of Cabagan in Isabela has the

organic rice

the Northern part of the Philippine

best restaurants offering this delicacy.

archipelago can be a country’s

Their servings normally include different

entry in the battle of tourists’ destination.

kinds of pork, chicharon, eggs, beans and

From structure to nature to its people,

vegetables. Tasty, right?

everything is intended. But, there is only one thing that truly tempts the tourists go back – DELICACIES.

UVUD BALLS

I. ILOCOS REGION (ILOCOS NORTE, ILOCOS SUR, LA UNION, PANGASINAN)

resist meat, then Uvud Ball is a choice.

If you are trying to be healthy but can’t

BAGNET Ilocos Sur is proud of its Bagnet. Bagnet is a mouthwatering slab of crispy and deepfried pork, partnered with Ilocano suka, and eaten as a dish or a pulutan. Some resemble it with chicharon but is meatier. Since

Ilocanos

are

known

for

their

diligence, they used to preserve some parts of slaughtered pig before to consume for the following days. Because there were no refrigerators yet, they did Bagnettin, Ilocano for “to preserve meat.”

TUPIG Tupig is a flavorful rice-cake famous in the North. Its butter, grated organic coconut, and sesame seeds are what make it savory. It lingers in the tongue, which punishes you to still crave for it.

YOGURT, LEMON PIE AND ARABICA COFFEE

These three are surely common, and can

be bought in malls. But Sagada in Mountain Province offers the best.

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Batanes offers this delicacy that taste like

pancit cabagan

meat balls. This is actually made of banana

The purely strong and organic taste of

heart with only a portion of ground meat.

Arabica Coffee, the softness of the Lemon Pie, and the mixture of sourness and sweetness of grainy Yogurt in Sagada kick you, and are perfect for its cold temperature. Cordillera Administrative Region (Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Benguet)

III. CENTRAL LUZON (ZAMBALES, BATAAN, TARLAC, NUEVA ECIJA, PAMPANGA, BULACAN, AURORA) BIRINGHE Kapampangans are known to be great in cooking. When the Spaniards conquered the Philippines, they taught well these people

PINIKPIKAN If you want to experience local culture, then try Pinikipikan. The term pinikpikan comes from a word pikpik, which means “light beating.” It is cooked by beating the chicken until it finally dies. It tastes like tinola but more savory as the process

in culinary. Their famous Spanish-touched delicacy is Biringhe. Biringhe is like Paella, but with only chicken as its meat. Some prefer to add curry powder to put color, which makes the delicacy tastier.

intensifies the flavor. Because the delicacy is gradually being

SISIG AND TOCINO

commercialized, some restaurants in Metro

Sisig and Tocino are common in any

Manila offer it. However, its best servings

part of the Philippines. They are made by

can be ordered in Cordillera provinces.

anyone.

This

delicacy

originally

served

as

But, Aling Lucing, a kapampangan, was

offerings of the Igorots to the anitos and

the legend to improve the normal sisig:

spiritos (God and Spirits) to thank for long

grilling it, adding a hefty serving of onion,

life and prosperity.

calamansi, chili et cetera.

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don’t stAkE your steak WRITER

Joseph Almer B. Pedrajas

WHERE ARE THEY FROM?

T

he steaks that we are in love with are basically from cows. Angus, Wagyu, Herefordshire, and Piedmontese are

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE’s sumptous Filet Mignon

different breeds of cattle. While the famous tenderloins, New York strip, TBone, Ribeye, sirloin, and porterloin are their parts.

KNOWING YOUR STEAK’S BREED… Your steak comes from different breeds of cattle. They only differ in prizes, nutritional content and origin.

Angus Angus beef comes from an Aberdeen Angus breed which are originally from Scotland. Since the country has harsh seasons, the cattle have to be sturdy. Because of this, angus beef has greater marbling qualities – the fat and the lean part intermixes in the meat.

Wagyu Wagyu is the Japanese word that means “Japanese Cattle.” Compared to Angus, the production of Wagyu is scarce and restricted that is why it costs higher and is considered a luxury item. Wagyu beef may contain up to 45% more fat than any other beef but is also tastier since it undergoes high amounts of marbling.

health benefits Beefs have never been so friendly for those who are on a strict diet and healthy living as they are high in calories and fat. If you belong to this kind of people, here is a list of calories in different cuts for every 100 grams: 01. Tenderloin – 324 kcal, 02. New York Strip – 117 kcal, 03. T-bone – 247 kcal, 04. Prime Rib – 291 kcal, 05. Sirloin – 244 kcal. *Obviously, the New York Strip contains the least calories. According to studies conducted by livestrong.com, 3 ounces of steak are tolerable for a healthy, balanced diet. They contain 25-35 grams of protein our body needs, and 140-160

Piedmontese

calories only. So why resist your

The Piedmontese has a distinguishing genetic

cravings, if you can just limit it?

anomaly called “double muscling,” which results in a less marbling content of its beef. Because of that,

The cost of your steak is the

Piedmontese contains lesser fat and higher protein

cost of your happiness, and your

content which are essentially healthy.

happiness is your satisfaction.

WHICH CUT WOULD SATISFY YOU? Having an idea of the essence of different parts can meet the steak satisfaction you are looking for. Aside from your steak’s breed, its cut makes sense – it can be meatier, juicier, or tenderer. The TENDERLOIN, also sold as Filet, Filet mignon, Fillet, Châteaubriand, is the most tender cut of all, however not as flavorful as the others. It has contains a buttery texture and low concentration of fat. The NEW YORK STRIPS are also tender, but not as good as tenderloins. They have good and beefy flavor with medium fat content. The T-BONE, also sold as the porterhouse, is a fusion of both tenderloin and New York strips. The tenderloin portion must be 1.25” wide to be classified as porterhouse, while .5” wide to be called as T-Bone. Since it contains two different cuts, you’ll get the best of both worlds: super tender, buttery, beefy and juicy. The PRIME RIB and RIB EYE are commonly sold boneless and a rising star for amongst steak-enthusiasts. These parts are the most relaxed, and contain high concentrations of fat marbling, which results in beefier, juicier, flavorful…and pricier. The SIRLOIN cut is also one of the more expensive cuts. It is covered with a layer of fat which melts while being cooked which in turn, becomes juicier, more tender, and delicious. In contrast to prime rib, the layer of fat in sirloin can be trimmed if you are trying to be healthy.

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beer 101

Different types of Beer 1

Beer is the oldes t recorded recip e in the world. The ancient Egyp tians firs t documented the brewing process around 5,000 B.C. These firs t beers were brewed with things like dates, p omegranates, and other indigenous herbs.

MUNICH: Dark Pale: traces its origins in Munich. It is a dark lager with fiery blend of malt and coffee taste.

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ALE: Sweet & tasty.; Come in different color shades ranging from pale gold to a shady, rich brown.

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THE PROCESS

PALE ALE: light-colored full of malt and hops. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a popular example of pale Ale.

WHEAT: Also known by names like Weissbier or Hefeweizen, is refreshing, pale-colored and very carbonated.

01 MALTING Grains such as barley, wheat and rye are harvested and

MARZEN: Also known as the Oktoberfest beer,

processed through a process of

traces its roots in Munich. It is full-bodied and

heating, drying out and cracking. The

dark brown in color.

main goal is to isolate the enzymes

PALE LAGER: Popular worldwide.Straw-

needed for brewing.

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colored; contain a malty taste besides being filtered and crisp. Very carbonated though

02 MASHING Steeped in hot, but not

lacking high alcohol content.

boiling, water for about an hour. This

LAGER: well-known for its crisp, filtered taste

activates enzymes in the grains that

due to its fermentation process where yeast

cause it to break down and release its

settles at t he bottom without necessarily

sugars. Then, water is drained from the mash now full of sugar from the

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floating to the surface. Low-temperature fermented Lagers have a smoother flavor.

grains. This sticky, sweet liquid is

AMBER: Under Belgian Ale and are sweeter

called wort.

due to their excess malt. Dark in color thus their first name ‘amber’.

03 BOILING Wort is boiled for about an hour while hops and other spices are added several times. What are hops? Hops are the small, green cone-like fruit of a vine plant. They provide bitterness to balance out all the sugar in the wort and provide

now got alcoholic beer, however

cooled, strained and filtered. Then, put in a fermenting vessel where yeast is added to it. At this point the brewing is complete and the

STRENGTHENS THE BONES . A 2009 study concluded that the elevated levels of silicon

beer is bottled, at which time it

in beer can contribute to higher bone density.

is either artificially carbonated like a soda, or if it’s going to be

04 FERMENTATION Wort is

Health Benefits

it is still flat and dull. The flat

‘bottle conditioned’ it’s allowed to naturally carbonate via the CO2 the yeast produces. After allowing it to age for anywhere

BOOSTS YOUR MEMORY. According to studies, beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers.

CERTAIN VITAMINS In beer can

from a few weeks to a few

regenerate the skin and have a positive

months.

impact on pigmentation. Your skin becomes smoother and suppler.

fermentation begins. BEER BUZZ

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flavor.

05 BOTTLE & AGING You’ve

Brotzeit offers an excellent number of bottled and draft beers. With German beer being the main attraction for their restaurant Brotzeit serves popular Munich Lager and the Weissbier made of wheat malt. All beers served at Brotzeit are brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516, 100% natural, made with pure spring water and imported from Germany.

For reservations, email reservations@brotzeitphil.com Brotzeit Shangri-La Plaza Mall Brotzeit Glorietta 4, (Street Level, Main Wing) Street Level, Main Wing 6311489 8 932815

Brotzeit Shangri-La at the Fort, G/F Retail Arcade, facing One Bonifacio High Street Park 8159338

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STRIPPING DOWN

DIFFERENT TYPES

SCOTCH

SINGLE GRAIN: Also distilled at a single distillery, this whisky will also have water and malted barley, and may have other whole malted or unmalted grains or cereals.

Scotch is malted barley that is fermented and distilled (twice), then allowed to age in oak barrels. In Scotland, Scotch must mature in its barrel for at least 3 years, although most age in the range of 8 to 20.

SINGLE MALT: Widely considered the gold standard

THE PROCESS 01 MALTING The barley is first screened to remove any foreign matter and then soaked for two or three days in tanks of water known as steeps. After this it is spread out on a concrete floor known as the malting floor and allowed to germinate. Germination may take from 8 to 12 days depending on the season of the year, the quality of the barley used and other

of Scotch, single malt is distilled at a single distillery, in pot stills,

factors.

1

from only water and malted barely,

02 MASHING

without any other cereal grains

The dried malt is ground in a mill and

added.

the grist, as it is now called. is mixed with hot water in a large circular vessel

BLENDED: At this level, the whisky is a blend between one or more single grain

called a mash tun. The soluble starch

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is thus converted into a sugary liquid known as wort.

and one or more single malt scotch whiskies.

03 FERMENTATION After cooling, the wort is passed into

BLENDED GRAIN:

large vessels holding anything from

As with the blended malt, the

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spirits in this category are made from more than one single grain

9,000 to 45,000 litres of liquid where it is fermented by the addition of yeast. Fermentation takes about 48 hours

scotch whisky, produced at more

and produces a liquid known as wash,

than one distillery.

containing alcohol of low strength, and certain by-products of fermentation.

BLENDED MALT:

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This type has more than one

04 DISTILLATION

single malt Scotch whisky from

Malt Whisky is distilled twice in large

more than one distillery blended

copper Pot Stills. The liquid wash is

together.

heated to a point at which the alcohol becomes vapor. This rises up the still

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HEALTH BENEFITS drinking in moderation. A 1991 study

where it is condensed into liquid state. 05 MATURATION Both Malt and Grain Whisky must be

A glass of whiskey may help dieters achieve weight loss while

and is passed into the cooling plant

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matured after distillation has been completed. The new spirit is filled

published in The American

into casks of oak wood which, being

Journal of Clinical Nutrition found

permeable. allows air to pass m and

alcohol increased total energy and

evaporation takes place. By this means

decreased carbohydrate intak e in

the harsher constituents in the new spirit are removed and it becomes in

men and women.

due course a mellow whisky. Whiskey contains high levels of ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound that helps neutralize free radicals, the harmful by-products of cellular metabolism that cause diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Whiskey has been shown to reduce the chances of diabetes by as much as 30 to 40 percent.

Scotch made in its homeland, Canada and England is called

06 BLENDING After maturation the different

Scotch Whisky,

whiskies are blended together. The

while that made in Ireland and the U.S. is

The different whiskies in the blend

Scotch Whiskey.

blend is then reduced to the strength required by the addition of soft water. will have derived some color from the casks in which they have been matured, but the degree of color will vary from one whisky to another.

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Different types of Beer THE WHITES: 01 Chardonnay is a very versatile wine grape: its flavor and aromas are easily influenced by where it’s grown and how it’s made. 02 Riesling is a crisp, clean wine with green apple, pear and lime flavors. 03 Pinot Gris is made from grapes that generally produce different styles of wine depending on where the grapes are grown and how they’re handled in the cellar.

Wine (from Latin vinum) is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grap es or other fruits. Due to a natural chemical balance, grap es ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients. Wine making has been around for thousands of years. It is not only an ar t but also a science.

aromatic wine with grapefruit and

prevent unwanted color and tannins

grassy flavors.

from leaching into the wine. Red wine, on the other hand, is left in contact with

THE REDS:

the skins to acquire flavor, color, and

01 Merlot is a soft, supple wine

additional tannins.

with nice fruit flavors of plums and blackberries and occasionally mint,

03 FERMENTATION After crushing and

chocolate and eucalyptus flavors and

pressing, fermentation comes into play.

aromas.

Must (or juice) can begin fermenting

02 Cabernet Sauvignon is more

naturally within 6-12 hours when aided

assertive than Merlot, with more tannin

with wild yeasts in the air.

and greater aging potential.

To create a sweet wine, wine makers will

03 Pinot Noir, a notoriously difficult

01 HARVESTING Grapes are the only

sometimes stop the process before all

grape to grow, made its mark initially in

fruit that have the necessary acids,

of the sugar is converted. Fermentation

Burgundy, France.

esters, and tannins to consistently make

can take anywhere from 10 days to one

04 Shiraz Australian versions are

natural and stable wine. The moment the

month or more.

typically big, bold and spicy with jam-

THE PROCESS

like fruit and aromas of leather and

grapes are picked determines the acidity, sweetness, and flavor of the wine. Determining when to harvest requires a

04 CLARIFICATION is the process in

touch of science along with old fashioned

tannins, and proteins are removed.

tasting. Harvesting can be done by hand

Wine is transferred or “racked” into a

or mechanically.

different vessel such as an oak barrel or a stainless steel tank. Wine can then be

02 CRUSHING AND PRESSING After the

black fruit.

which solids such as dead yeast cells,

clarified through fining or filtration.

Health Benefits Promotes Longevity. Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.

grapes are sorted, they are ready to be de-stemmed and crushed. For many

05 AGING AND BOTTLING is the final

years, men and women did this manually

stage of the wine making process. A

by stomping the grapes with their feet.

wine maker has two options: bottle

Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less

Nowadays, most wine makers perform

the wine right away or give the wine

risk than nondrinkers of developing

this mechanically. Mechanical presses

additional aging. Further aging can be

type 2 diabetes.

stomp or trod the grapes into what is

done in the bottles, stainless steel tanks,

called must.

or oak barrels. After aging, wines are

For white wine, the wine maker will

bottled with either a cork or a screw

Moderate consumption of wine

quickly crush and press the grapes in

cap, depending on the wine maker’s

(especially red) cuts the risk of colon

order to separate the juice from the

preference.

cancer by 45 percent.

Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer.

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PAPER KITES | TWELVE FOUR

BON IVER | FOR EMMA, FOREVER AGO

IRON & WINE | OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS

We all know that rainy weather calls for putting out that extra cup of coffee and warm loving arms. The Paper Kite’s album sets the mood for a good cuddle session with a significant other on a rainy afternoon.

Bon Iver hits the spot for indie folk band lovers with his hit song “Skinny Love”. This track sends emotions of pain and broken relationships. Walk in the rain, have a good cry, you won’t regret it.

Iron & Wine has made music magic

with their dreamy and whimsical sound. Listening to their songs will make you feel like anything is possible even with the gloomy weather.

the

rainy day music DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE | PLANS Establishing spiritual peace with your inner self and the world can be easily found in Death Cab for Cutie’s hit single “Will Follow You into The Dark”. Rain or shine, this is the perfect track to help

playlist

pick you up from the ground.

STARS | THE FIVE GHOSTS

THE CIVIL WARS | THE CIVIL WARS

The gloomy weather got you down? Stars has got you covered! With just the right amount of beats and smooth sound, their tunes will make sure you bob your head to each song.

The best way to feel on top of cloud 9 is to listen in on The Civil Wars. Their music tugs on your heart and puts you at ease making it perfect for rainy weather.

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eic picks

LANA DEL REY | ULTRAVIOLENCE Lana’s “operatic” soprano vocals blending with “trademark wailing vibrato” create a ghostly atmosphere on “Shades of Cool”. This track is perfect to watch the rain to, along with a warm cup of tea beside your window ledge.

NORAH JONES | COME AWAY WITH ME A little Jazz music can’t hurt. Each track on this album gives off the urge to put on that comfy sweater and grab a glass of wine, just in time to watch the rain fall.

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Open a bottle of red wine, forget the glass and just drink straight out of the bottle. Click play on either of these musical gems whether you’re into New York based jazz or Rock & Roll. You’ll thank me later for the brilliant ideas you come up with or the fond memories you’ll recall of all the places you’ve been. —RJ Oriel, Editor-in-Chief, Balikbayan Magazine

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Spotify vs. Apple Music: A Showdown for the Best Streaming Service WRITER

Charisse Trinidad

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POTIFY, the indisputable champion of streaming music just might have found their competitive match. Spotify with nearly 30 million subscribers and 100 million users – both paid and free ad-based – has been dominating the music streaming industry. With its rapid growth in 2016, Spotify is definitely going to be hard to beat. APPLE MUSIC, the new kid on the block, has already surpassed other music streaming services such as Rhapsody, Deezer, Tidal, and Google Play Music. With an impressive 13 million paying subscribers in just over a year, Apple Music is already nipping at the heels of its biggest competitor, Spotify. Released in 2014 as Beats Music and then re-launched in 2015 as Apple Music, this will be a stream war that will keep Spotify on their toes.

Spotify

ROUND 1 - PRICE

SPOTIFY

US - $9.99 / ₱129

Spotify offers $0.99 for the first three months in the U.S. and $9.99 for the fourth month onwards. Whilst in the Philippines, ₱9.00 is offered for the first three months and if you wish to continue your subscription on the fourth month, you will be charged their standard fee of ₱129 a month but it doesn’t stop there! Students get 50% off on premium accounts to make late night cramming a little more fun. If you have an entire family of music lovers, then Spotify has you covered with their family packages at $14.99 a month for 6 accounts and ₱194 a month in the Philippines for 6 accounts as well. On a budget? No problem! Spotify also offers a free ad-based subscription, but of course this subscription comes with limitations.

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Apple Music

APPLE MUSIC

US - $2.99 / ₱138.08

Apple Music, on the other hand, offers a free subscription for the first three months and $2.99 on the fourth month onwards. They offer the same to the Philippines with a price of ₱138.39 after the free three-month trial. Apple Music also offers family packages of $4.99 a month for 6 members which is ₱230.96 a month in the Philippines. Spotify, however, does one up Apple Music with their free ad-based subscriptions that anyone can access with limitations such as not being able to skip music and listening to various Ads.

It was a close call, but this round goes to Spotify! With loads of features and really great price offers, Spotify has Apple Music beat!


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ROUND 2: MUSIC LIBRARY

SPOTIFY: 30 million+ Spotify adds over 20,000 new songs each day, and there’s more tracks in Spotify than your ears can ever imagine. Their offers are about as comprehensive as it gets. Furthermore, Spotify brings all the latest record releases, exclusive live sessions, and various new singles right to its New Releases tab each Tuesday. This supplies users with an advantage to hear the latest from established stars like Beyonce, as well as the chance to discover new and emerging artists all from different music categories. APPLE MUSIC: 30 million+ Apple has taken steps to secure more exclusives than the competition. For example, Taylor Swift’s latest album, noticeably absent from Spotify, is available on Apple Music. There’s another area where Apple Music has the leg up on its competition: integration of the iTunes library. Any music you’ve got, whether its songs previously purchased via the iTunes Store, ripped from a physical CD, or uploaded to iTunes Match it will appear in Apple Music’s library. For this round, it’s a tie!

ROUND 5 - MOBILE EXPERIENCES

SPOTIFY With both the web player and mobile app, Spotify is very easy to navigate. With it’s simple design, even those who aren’t tech savvy will be able to pick up the navigation in a snap.

ROUND 3: MUSIC DISCOVERY

SPOTIFY Spotify becomes even more entertaining because of it’s cool features wherein it recommends different music based on the songs you listen to. They also make it easier for users to find new music with the “Discover Weekly” option which is updated every Monday of the week. This is where you may find all types of music you’ve never heard and might just get addicted to. They also relate to their users by giving them pre-made playlists based on genres and moods making it even easier for users to find the type of music they want for any occasion. In addition to that, Spotify also allows their subscribers to share, follow and create their own playlists to optimize their musical experience. APPLE MUSIC Apple Music has a similar feature wherein they make you select different artists and genres to get a better sense of your music preference. After this process, they curate playlists based on the answers given. A “team of experts” as Apple calls it are the curators of these playlists to help better the experience and accuracy of your preferred music. They also offer curated playlists by DJ’s, and while Spotify also offers “Expertly curated playlists”, Apple still comes ahead in this category. Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio – which is a radio station broadcasting the best new mixes and music live by different DJ’s - also plays a major role when it comes to music discovery. Oops they did it again, this round goes to Spotify!

ROUND 4: SOCIAL FEATURES

SPOTIFY Spotify’s social functions gives subscribers the advantage to follow friends, see what they listen to, who they follow, and gives users the ability to share or recommend playlists. Additional Features include offers to subscribers which gives the ability to share their listening history to Facebook, then gives their Facebook friends an opportunity to Like or Comment on the activity. While these features do give Spotify some social clout, we’d like to see the service go further with more intuitive ways to follow friends and artists, as well as adding an easy way to chat with who you follow. Spotify’s social core is solid, but adding a stronger focus towards connecting people to their friends, and who they listen to, would go a long way in keeping people more engaged in the site. APPLE MUSIC Apple Music doesn’t offer much in the way of social components aside from the Connect function. From candid backstage photos, to early cuts of an upcoming music video, artists have the ability to share with their fans a host of exclusive insight and information. Apple also allows users the ability to Comment, Like, or share any artist’s messages, with the artist having the opportunity to respond back.

Sorry Apple, but this round goes to Spotify! Come on, you hardly have to put any effort into finding new music ‘cause Spotify does everything for you.

APPLE MUSIC Apple Music on the other hand, gives pleasing visuals but it is quite complicated to navigate. Users will go through trial and errors before they get the hang of it. And for the final round, it again goes to Spotify! With it’s ease of access and simplicity, there’s no doubt about it!

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In conclusion, given how established Spotify has become in the past few years, it will take a lot for hardcore fans to try out Apple Music, especially given that year’s worth of playlists cannot be transferred. If you’re unbothered about radio also, it’s unlikely that Apple Music’s free trial will sway you to use the service as your primary means of streaming, and if you enjoy being able to see what your friends are listening to via Facebook that’s another feature lacking. Spotify also has more extensive charts, drawn from what its users are streaming worldwide.


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