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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
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…
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
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
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
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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
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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.
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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
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.
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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
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
in countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,
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
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
Lay Bare Waxing.
their bread baked fresh everyday
Corner, Sweet Corner, Aqua-
Bahrain, and Oman over the next 10 years. Cebu’s
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-
Europe, and in Africa. Filipino brands
the Franchisee each make commit-
will soon be enjoyed in Abu Dhabi.
WHAT IS FRANCHISING? Franchising
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-
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-
of having relatives and friends mis-
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
bringing a Pinoy brand into the in-
being an entrepreneur? My answer is a
ternational spotlight. You become a
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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
Dana M. Sioson
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-
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
crime-free and corrupt-free country?
non-traditional style even before he
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
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
ous administration boast of the high
taken to fulfill this campaign will defi-
Continuing and maintaining the cur-
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
be coming comfortably, knowing that
ease of doing business.
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
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%.
really be given top priority and utmost
This will include airports, bridges,
More so, Duterte had repeatedly com-
attention. In fact, Philippines ranked
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
lesser-tax-paying countries are more
construct more homes and investors
to start trade in provinces.
encourage real-estate developers to
income tax systems of the Philippines
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
Filipinos to start their own trade, ease
buildings steadily gaining momentum
of doing business should be strictly
in the real estate industry.
PROSPERITY FOR ALL
With programs leading to regional
implemented. Many has been getting
“lazy” to invest in our country because
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
RETIR EMENT I I NS I GHTS & AN ALYS I S
SRRV, the holders may stay in the Philippines for as long as they want without
More Fun in the Philippines
efits include: multiple-entry privileges, n ideal retirement haven brings
exemption privileges, access to greet
channels for a minimal cost.
to mind warm weather, pow-
Further, the Philippines is the only
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
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
There are also newspapers in Chinese,
the retirement agenda of the country
Japanese, Korean etc.
designed the retirement visa based on
World-class and affordable healthcare, high quality of standard living for a very low cost, wonderful and hospitable
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.
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
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
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,
(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
03 SRRV HUMAN TOUCH – for ail-
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.
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
02 SRRV CLASSIC – for active / healthy retirees
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
further. Most foreigners live comfort-
exceptional especially when it comes
04 SRRV COURTESY – for former Filipi-
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
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
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
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.
SRRV is a non-immigrant multiple-
month with the option of adding foreign
entry, indefinite-stay visa. With the
television is attainable for just
giving up their citizenship. Other ben-
enjoyment after long years of working
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FRO M T HE EX E C U T I V E â€™ S D E S K I GAME CH ANGE RS
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
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
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
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
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-
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
“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
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
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
ORGANIQUE NOW Or-
no network, but their family had no
ACAI PR EMI UM B L E ND
TIRED OF TAKING YOUR DAILY MULTIVITAMINS? SICK OF EATING THE SAME OLD FRUITS AND VEGETABLES?
ACAI HAS ALL THE HEALTHY NUTRITION YOUR BODY NEEDS.
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,
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.
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
transport it through rivers and boats
for there are no roads leading to mother
possesses dietary fibers that aid in
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
perfect alternative to other chemically
Traditionally, the natives also value Acai for health by using the oil of the
manufactured products. Acai
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
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
purple pigment is a powerful substance
reduction of risks related to heart
problems, cognitive decline, and even
According to a study published in
the Journal of Agriculture and Food
compound that stables the oxidants
Chemistry, the polyphenol compounds
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Organique from other acai
of its strict regulation on food quality
berry products is that their
juice contains the highest concentration of Acai. Passing the United States Department
According to Cathy Salimbangon, vice president of Organique Inc., Organique Acai Premium Blend is best
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
fresh transformation. B
before they multiply. Acai also contains calcium that maintains healthy teeth and gums, preventing
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
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:
“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
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
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
Duterte continues to rid the ills that
ciation in the country in addition to
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
“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.
came from, this is where you come from. We have lots of beautiful places to see in the Philippines. So I would like you to come.”
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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
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
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
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
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
“Once Pia announces that Miss
deed not spend a single centavo at
event venues which include Davao,
Universe is going to happen here,
all, confirming all expenditures will
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
Earlier this July, Miss Universe 2015
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.
George Tapan: Beyond Travel Photography
George Tapan defines the essence of travel photography.
EMBODYING A RAGS-TO-RICHES STORY, Tapan didnâ€™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.
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.
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, thatâ€™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?
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.
*For more of George Tapan’s exclusive interview, visit www.balikbayanmag.com.
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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Dana M. Sioson Teddy Pelaez
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.
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
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
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,
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 countryâ€™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.
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.
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’
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.
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
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
ESPITE cultural destruction, the
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
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
see the old yet stunning preserved
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
more than what you want to.
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
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.
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
effortlessly while being protected by several rock formations. The iconic Magpupungko rock steals the spotlight which is just located beside
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
Island”, it provides an unrivalled
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
water makes up the whole island,
with no trees and rock formations to
famous island destination, Boracay.
MAGPUPUNGKO BEACH A CRYSTAL CLEAR REVELATION
summer capital, Baguio City, to its over
divide your attention. Naked Island’s
Magpupungko Beach is a true haven
looking for a recharge.
Deep in the region of Surigao del
Despite lacking coconut trees and
Norte lies a hidden paradise that
tourists is a stretch of white, powdery
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
dream getaway can be tiresome.
tranquil experience suitable for those
provinces to choose from, picking a
other islands like Guyam and Dako.
are two, unseen spots tourists can
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
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
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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
n the preface of the PintadosKasadyaan
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
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
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
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
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
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
Second place winner at the 21st Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival 2016, the Tulo-usa Festival of Tolosa, Leyte.
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
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.
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.
Tibiao River photo by The Restless Pinoy Traveler
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sapot at Masungi Georeserve
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!
Sapot at Masungi Georeserve
FOOD & D R I N K S
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.
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.
Lastly, no chicken parts are wasted in the
The crunchiness and perfectly salty taste
Philippines by even barbecuing chicken
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
II. SWEETS BANANA CUE
Surely, our Filipina mothers love to cook
P2-10 per stick of Betamax
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.
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-
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.
Summer is not really a summer without
*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,
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
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
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
FOOD & D R I N K S
Foodtripping Northern Luzon: Must try Filipino delicacies when you visit the North WRITER
Joseph Almer B. Pedrajas
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.
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
NDOWED WITH cultural wealth,
The town of Cabagan in Isabela has the
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.
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
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.
Batanes offers this delicacy that taste like
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.
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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is thicker, and has more sauce than our
FOOD & D R I N K S
don’t stAkE your steak WRITER
Joseph Almer B. Pedrajas
WHERE ARE THEY FROM?
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
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.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE’s juicy Sirloin & Shrimp on the Barbie TBIRD
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FOO D & D R I N K S
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.
ALE: Sweet & tasty.; Come in different color shades ranging from pale gold to a shady, rich brown.
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.
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
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
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
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
impact on pigmentation. Your skin becomes smoother and suppler.
fermentation begins. BEER BUZZ
WORDS BY CHARISSE TRINIDAD
ILLUSTRATION BY ALLANA SANTOS
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.
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FOO D & D R I N K S
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,
from only water and malted barely,
without any other cereal grains
The dried malt is ground in a mill and
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
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
large vessels holding anything from
As with the blended malt, the
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.
This type has more than one
single malt Scotch whisky from
Malt Whisky is distilled twice in large
more than one distillery blended
copper Pot Stills. The liquid wash is
heated to a point at which the alcohol becomes vapor. This rises up the still
WORDS BY CHARISSE TRINIDAD
ILLUSTRATION BY ALLANA SANTOS
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
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
whiskies are blended together. The
while that made in Ireland and the U.S. is
The different whiskies in the blend
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.
FO O D & D R I N K S
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
from leaching into the wine. Red wine, on the other hand, is left in contact with
the skins to acquire flavor, color, and
01 Merlot is a soft, supple wine
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.
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
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-
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
different vessel such as an oak barrel or a stainless steel tank. Wine can then be
02 CRUSHING AND PRESSING After the
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,
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
cancer by 45 percent.
Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer.
WORDS BY CHARISSE TRINIDAD
04 Sauvignon Blanc is a fresh, crisp, skins, seeds, and solids. This is to
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
ROUND 1 - PRICE
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.
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!
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.