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PORTFOLIO: THE 2017 INVESTMENT ISSUE

Issue 55, Volume VIII I June & July 2017

PHILIPPINES

BUSINESS

How to balance work and summer vacation as a family.

GREAT ESCAPES 8 Things To Do In Davao DISCOVERY 72 Hours In Batanes PORTFOLIO Lombard By The Bay, The Next Big Thing In The Philippines THE ECONOMY A Tribute To Filipino Workers LEADERS Norman Agatep WINE & DINE Izakaya Kenta Japanese Restaurant

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Portfolio Keyland, Building on Commitment “The Sound of a Good Investment Plays at Keyland Corporation’s and Ascott Group’s scenic Citadines Benavidez Makati.” Page 18 INVESTMENT Lombard by the Bay The Next Big Thing in the Philippines “He is confident that it will attract investors and visitors alike from different parts of the world and eventually make Lombard by the Bay one of the most popular tourist spots in the entire country.” Page 22 The Economy A Tribute to Filipino Workers “The past decades have seen the growth in numbers of Filipino workers but also their unfinished quest for a better life for their families, prompting their journey to worksites across land and sea, across the globe.” Page 38 The Economy European Union Largest Exporting Partner of the Philippines “EU’s trade agenda is one of fair trade and of leaving nobody behind. And even though statistics are indications, these figures surely help the Philippines achieving its inclusive growth agenda.” Page 40 The Economy Jobs for overseas filipino workers down “During the months of April to September 2016, the total number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime was estimated at 2.2 million which is a slight decline during the same month period in 2015—down from 2.4 million. “ Page 42 Insights & Analysis How to balance work and summer vacation as a family Page 46

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE I KEEPING A JOURNAL

or the past two years, we’ve been building several new platforms to compliment our Asian Journal community newspapers and Balikbayan Magazine. In the coming months, we will be unveiling BalikbayanProgram.com, LoveOfCountryStore.com, and LoveOfCountry.ph. At the same time, we’ve been developing our new website for AsianJournal.com and BalikbayanMag.com which we are launching in the coming weeks. We’re hopeful and very excited to provide you with modern and personalized platforms to provide you with the information, features, and editorial content that you’ve enjoyed for nearly 3 decades. Throughout all of these years our goals have never once changed. Number 1: To empower and uplift Filipino communities throughout the World. Number 2: To connect you to the news that matters most—your local community, regional, national, and news back home in the Philippines. Number 3: To ignite and fuel economic development in the Philippines. And lastly, Number 4: To inspire you to travel, invest, retire, do philanthropic work, or study abroad in the Philippines. Undoubtedly, recent news events in the Philippines may have discouraged many of you to travel or invest in the country. And many of you may be worried about your loved ones in the Philippines during this rather volatile time. Immediately after the events unfolded at Resorts World and the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao by President Duterte, all of my family and friends called me to “come home” back to the States. But it’s a lot more nuanced than that. The Philippines is home. And with that notion I thought to myself, how can I leave the 016 — ISSUE 55

country now?—It needs me—it needs ALL of YOU now more than ever. I have two daughters that live in New York. Each and every day I pray that they are safe because of the heightened security we now live in because of the threats of terrorism. Despite this constant fear as a parent, I will surely not stop my children from living their lives despite the threats of terrorism—because when we do that—when we change our lives and the pursuit of happiness, they win, and we can’t let that happen. It is our thoughts that shape our reality. If you say you don’t want to go to the Philippines because it is not safe—well that is simply false. It is safe—rather, it is very safe. Davao is safe. Manila is safe. Like anywhere in the World, you just have to be aware of your surroundings. Manila is as safe as Manhattan— period. I love the Philippines. It would take a lot more than terrorism for me to ever stop travelling and investing in the Philippines —and I hope it’s the same for you. Us Filipino people are incredibly resilient. If you look back at our nation’s history, we’ve been shaped and devastated by hundreds of events. Yet each and every crisis we have been faced with, we certainly don’t shy away from trying to solve them.

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—The Sound of a Good Investment Plays at Keyland Corporation’s and Ascott Group’s scenic Citadines Benavidez Makati

hat’s the next step after success is reached? Strive to become even more successful. Like success, earnings and assets aren’t supposed to be left quietly sitting at a corner. Its potential should be utilized to its fullest, making it reach even greater heights. Currently, it’s a promising time to invest because the Philippine GDP is projected to increase at a range of 6.5% to 7.5%. For people earning in dollars or euros, the opportunity to invest increases because of the devaluation of the peso. There is a variety of investments to choose from—there’s the stock market, insurance plans, and a string of businesses options.There’s also real estate—which not only appreciates,but simultaneously offers a reward for the hard work put into owning it. The market of real estate is promising for upward growth what with the need for the fusion of the luxury of a hotel and the touch of a home, usually sought after by vacationers, staycationers, and business travelers. Factors to include when looking for a good property to invest on are its location, its developers and management, and its potential for appreciation. At the center of luxury Citadines Benavidez Makati is the centerpiece of 110 Benavidez developed by prime movers in real estate: Keyland Corporation and The Ascott Limited. Keyland Corporation is behind practical and reliable developments such as Casa de Sequoia, Signa Designer Residences, and Southkey Place. Their expertise extends to multi-functional structures including Keyland Plaza, Keyland Centre, and Keyland Ayala Building. The Ascott Limited, on the other hand, is a member of CapitaLand. It is one of the leading international serviced residence owner-operators with more than 300 properties in over 100 cities spanning more than 25 countries across Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. To date, Ascott is largest international serviced residence owner-operation in the Philippines with 14 properties (7 are under development) with over 2,900 units in Metro Manila and Cebu and is set to achieve the target units by 2020. 018 — ISSUE 55


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“As a global operator, there are criteria and benchmarks set when forging local partnerships. Ascott builds relationships with local partners that have a strong presence and more importantly, partners that share the same values and commitment to deliver properties that could meet its standards. Keyland Corporation is not only a remarkable and well-established developer in the Philippines, but is passionate about the brand and project,” affirms The Ascott Limited’s Regional General Manager. A marriage of great minds When local and global ingenuity forges—a masterpiece begins. The Ascott Limited’s Singaporean heritage combined with the Philippines’ inherent instincts on great hospitality gives value to both guests and business partners. A contemporary and luxurious sanctuary is brought to life with essential amenities, including a roof top infinity pool, pampering the dweller. Citadines Benavidez Makati offers potential residents Studio Units (ranging from 7.5M), 1-Bedroom Units (ranging from PHP 12.5M), and 2-Bedroom Units (ranging from PHP 15 M). Sophisticated living goes outside its walls, as it is located at the busy and lively Legaspi Village, Makati, a meeting point of top establishments for both business and pleasure including Landmark, Greenbelt, Glorietta, Zuellig, and The Enterprise Center as well as a variety of independent dining, beauty, and fitness establishments. This is a trademark of The Ascott Limited, whose properties under its three award-winning brands—Ascott, Somerset, and Citadines—are located at prime locations, making living for the resident, seamless and its potential for appreciation, big. It’s time to invest in the future of luxury “When you invest in Citadines Benavidez Makati, you invest in a worry-free investment. Worry-free meaning as a tenant, resident, or investor, practically everything is taken care of. We’ve spoiled our clients from the meticulously designed furniture, the management and marketing of the unit, to the prime location of the property” shares Keyland Corporation Director and President Lito Montinola. With the longevity and expertise of the pillars involved in the project, investors can be assured investing in a unit is the right decision. Beyond the purchase, the marketing and management, and operation of the development will be comprehensively taken cared of by none other than the Ascott Group, a group that has been bringing the gold standard of global living for more than 30 years. The reputation and proficiency of the Ascott Group assures buyers consistent bookings of their units as well as other earnings from other features of the condominium. This offers the investor promising returns from the property’s profit sharing ranging from 6-8% per annum.* Indeed, the sound of a good investment only gets clearer as the completion of Citadines Benavidez Makati gets nearer. For more information on Keyland Corporation, visit www.110benavidez.com or contact +632-772-6280. 020 — ISSUE 55


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LOMBARD BY THE BAY —The Next Big Thing In The Philippines

writer Joanna Serrano

PHOTOGRAPHer Noel Ty

n spite of being successful in the real estate industry for over 35 years, Rene Cinco has never been more excited. The primary reason: his company—Premier Asia Pacific Real Estate and Development—will exclusively develop 2.1 hectares of MonteMaria land this year. This will serve as a share and contribution to the prosperity and abundance of MonteMaria, Batangas. Premier Asia Pacific Real Estate and Development is a real estate company that caters to the needs of both developers and buyers who are looking to expand their property and investment portfolios. This is why Cinco came up with the brilliant idea of adding a condotel project, consisting of 670 units, facing the dramatic and relaxing view of the ocean. MonteMaria has a close proximity to Isle Verde, a heritage park that has the biggest marine biodiversity in the world, making it the perfect destination for people who love nature. This project will be a resort-like tourist destination, with the highest quality interior and exterior designs—keeping it in line with worldclass standards. The project also would have not been possible if not for the interest, vision and collaboration of the exceptional artistic vision of Architect Eric Asinas of Arch Haus Asia. Cinco proudly introduced this project to the world as the Philippines’ “next big thing,” naming it “Lombard by the Bay.” He is confident that it will attract investors and visitors alike from different parts of the world and eventually make Lombard by the Bay one of the most popular tourist spots in the entire country. Placing the happiness of other people as his top priority and main objective, Cinco continues to be driven and inspired to make the Philippines proud through his real estate properties. A leading expert in mortgage banking, residential and commercial property development, property management, and commercial financing, he was also an active member of the National Association of Realtors in the USA and the Commercial Marketing Group in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, in spite of his successes, he is firmly grounded and gives back to the people and community what they truly deserve. This, he says, is what keeps him going. Lastly, he emphasized that no matter what you have achieved in life, and no matter how you live your life, you should always live it with honesty and integrity.

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Rene Cinco, the Chief Exectuive Officer of Premier Asia Pacific Real Estate & Development at his office in Bonifacio Global City, the Philippines.


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PHILIPPINE REAL ESTATE 2017 —Forecast writer Charisse Trinidad

Preface The Philippine real estate industry is rapidly booming due to the robust economic growth and driving demand in the property market. Here are the expected trends and what could hopefully be in store for real estate developers for the year of 2017.

Booming Demand for Commercial / Office Space Demand from BPOs accounted for last year’s 80% of office take-up with 450,000 sqm of new office space flooding the market. These office spaces were concentrated in Metro Manila’s Central Business Districts such as the Fort/BGC, Makati and Ortigas. Rental rates in Makati are the highest with a lease rate of P970 per sqm per month. The Fort is pegged at P797 per sqm, while Ortigas stands at P566 per sqm. Comparing these rates with Singapore and Hong Kong, which start at about P3,740 per sqm per month, BPO firms are likely to set up offices in the Philippines. The same is true for Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Bacolod. 028 — ISSUE 55


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Stable Luxury Residential Market CBRE reports that the high-end residential market, marked by luxury condos, is due for a market correction as supply now approximates demand. In the next three years, 9,000 luxury residential units will be made available, 95% of which will be located in Metro Manila’s three CBDs. Due to worsening traffic situation, professionals and families who reside in high-end but far-flung neighborhoods like Ayala Heights, La Vista, and Ayala Alabang are now keen to acquire halfway homes in central locations. However, demand is seen as finite and not likely to grow. As such, real estate experts agree that property prices are not expected to rise beyond 10% annually. 030 — ISSUE 55


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Gaping Hole for Mass Housing Mass housing and condo units measuring from 15 to 60 sqm are still short of the demand. In 2014, the backlog stood at 5.6M homes, with as much as 500,000 in Metro Manila alone. Demand for affordable housing remains strong as buyers are offered low-interest rates and few downpayment requirements. OFWs and the middle-income earners are the bulk of customers. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas estimated that about 60% of last year’s $23B remittance by OFWs went to purchase new homes.

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Greater Demand for Retail space The Philippines boasts of 17M sqm of retail space, with 7M in Metro Manila. And as retail analysts claim that after per capita income is breached at the $3,000-mark, a retail explosion would follow. It seems that this is what we are seeing as more and more foreign brands saturate the market. As a result, take-up of retail space will continue to happen, with vacancy rates at only 5%. With a heightened consumer spending, leasing is not likely a problem.

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Need for More Hotel rooms Real estate opportunities are said to be plenty across the budget to luxury categories and locations. With the government’s goal to attract 6M visitors by 2016 shortages of hotel rooms is likely to be heightened. Based on Department of Tourism records, Philippines currently has 80,162 rooms, which is said to be “36,000 short of its true demand.”

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a tribute to Filipino workers By The Philippine Center For Investigative Journalism

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More than a century, Filipino workers marched down what is now known as Claro M. Recto Street in Manila to assert and claim their rights. The Congreso Obrero de Filipinas (COF), also known as the Congress of the Philippine Labor, led the protest action. More than 10 years later, a new union called the Katipunan ng Anak Pawis (KAP) was born from its ranks. The government soon outlawed both congresses. Back then, Filipino workers were made to work 12 hours a day, and paid with peanuts. They had had to mount strikes to demand better wages and reasonable working conditions. But it was only on May 1, 1913 when the labor movement was recognized, after its leaders convened a labor congress, according to the National Historical Commission. Monday (May 1, 2017) marked the 104th anniversary of Labor Day in the Philippines. The past decades have seen the growth in numbers of Filipino workers but also their unfinished quest for a better life for their families, prompting their journey to worksites across land and sea, across the globe. Hailed by a parade of presidents as the nation’s “modern-day heroes,” Overseas Filipino Workers in 2015 alone sent home about $26.92 billion or P1.2 trillion in remittances, accounting for 8.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product that year. Remittances from land-based workers amounted to $18.7 billion, and seafarers, $5.6 billion. In honor of Filipino workers worldwide, we invite you to check out available data on labor and employment in PCIJ’s MoneyPolitics Online website. The datasets offer time-series information on various indicators of the state of labor and employment in the Philippines, some 038 — ISSUE 55

sourced from documents dating as far back as 1956. These datasets form part of a treasure trove of data and documents that PCIJ continues to collect, curate, sort, analyze, and code. The datasets in this series show, for instance, that: 01 The total labor force in the Philippines in 2015 consisted of 41,342,000 Filipinos. 02 The number of employed Filipinos in 2015 was estimated at 38,741,000 while the number of unemployed Filipinos for the same year was at 2,602,000. 03 It was in 2004 when the unemployment rate fell to a record low of 11.8 percent or about 4,249,000 Filipinos. 04 The number of deployed sea-based overseas Filipino workers in 2015 totaled 406,531, and deployed land-based overseas Filipino workers thrice more, or 1,437,875. It must be noted, however, that the year 2005 recorded a decline in the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent, from 11.8 percent in 2004, on account of “the new definition of unemployment” that was prescribed by the National Statistical Coordination Board in a resolution dated Oct. 20, 2004. PCIJ’s MoneyPolitics Online website is a citizen’s resource, research, and analysis tool on elections, public funds, and governance in the Philippines. A data journalism project of PCIJ, it aims to promote transparency and accountability in government, and the citizen’s right to know and to participate in governance. MoneyPolitics features a steady harvest of new relational public documents and datasets.

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LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT OF OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS DATASET SOURCE: THE Philippine Center For Investigative Journalism

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EUROPEAN UNION largest exporting partner of the Philippines in March —Philippine Statistics Authority With US$901 million, the European Union was the largest destination of exports from the Philippines in March this year – the latest reported month by the Philippines Statistics Authority. The EU overtook the US and Japan in that month. Over the first quarter, PH exports to the EU were 15.5% of total exports of the Philippines, a growth of 48.3%, making the EU the biggest and fastest growing (by far) export market for Philippine goods. Growth was triggered by a number of factors, not the least strong growth of and demand in the EU economy (+1.9%); and an uptake of exports of the agri-food sector (overall growth of exports of 33.6%) supported by EU’s generous GSP+ trade benefits. European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen said “this seems to confirm messages I hear in the country of increasing production and EU demand in manufacturing and agri-food products. EU’s trade agenda is one of fair trade and of leaving nobody behind. And even though statistics are indications, these figures surely help the Philippines achieving its inclusive growth agenda.” PHILIPPINE EXPORTS PERFORMANCE BY SELECTED ECONOMIC BLOC: MARCH 2017 & 2016 (FOB VALUE IN MILLION U.S. DOLLARS)

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JOBS FOR OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS down —Forecast During the months of April to September 2016, the total number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime was estimated at 2.2 million which is a slight decline during the same month period in 2015— down from 2.4 million. 97.5 percent of the total OFWs during the period of April to September 2016 comprised of either Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contracts. The remaining 2.5 percent worked overseas without a contract. Women comprised of 53.6 percent of the total OFWs, slightly more than men. Further, women were generally younger than men, with more than two-thirds (67.8 percent) of women ranged from ages 25 to 39 years old. In comparison, men in this age group made up 57.4 percent.  Men aged 45 years and over amounted to 23.9 percent of all male OFWs whereas their women counterparts in this age group made up 13.8 percent. types of jobs OFWs primarily occupied 01 Elementary occupations (34.5%) 02 Service and sales (19.0%) industry sector 03 Plant and machine operators and assemblers (12.8%) 04 Craft and related trades workers (11.6%) Regions With Largest OFW Population 01 Calabarzon was the home of the largest share of OFWs with 21.0% 02 National Capital Region and Central Luzon with 12.9% and 12.7% 03 47% of the total OFWs came from these three regions.   04 Cordillera Administrative Region has the least share of OFWs at 1.8%.

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Presently, and still to this day, Saudi Arabia continues to be the leading destination for OFWs. Nearly one in every four (23.8%) OFWs worked in Saudi Arabia during the months of April to September 2016. Other top destinations include: 01 United Arab Emirates (15.9%) 02 Europe (6.6%) 03 Kuwait (6.4%) 04 Qatar (6.2%) Total remittance sent by OFWs during the period April to September 2016 was estimated at 203.0 billion pesos. These remittances included the following: 01 Cash sent home (146.0 billion pesos) 02 Cash brought home (45.7 billion pesos) 03 Remittances in kind (11.1 billion pesos) Banks are primarily the source as to which the majority of OFWs sent their remittances (60.3%). The remaining went through: 01 Agencies or local offices (2.4%) 02 Door-to-door delivery (1.2%) 03 Friends or co-workers (0.3%) 04 Through other means (35.8%) 044 — ISSUE 55

Remittances sent home by OFWs to their families are perhaps just a fraction of their total salary received. The data on remittances in the survey and report are largely based on the answers provided by the survey’s respondents to the questions on how much cash remittance was received by their family during the period of April to September 2016. Moreover, goods and products sent by the respondents to their families, the imputed value of those goods were included in their total remittance. The lions share of the total cash remittance sent by OFWs were sent by elementary occupations at 21.9 percent or 31.9 billion pesos, or an average remittance of 48 thousand pesos per OFW who is an unskilled worker. The total remittance of OFWs working in Asia, comprising 85.0 percent of all OFWs, accounted for 79.5 percent of the total cash remittances. From other countries, the percentage shares are as follows: 01 Europe (8.8%) 02 North and South Africa (7.3%) 03 Australia (2.2%) 04 Africa (2.1%) The information reported in this article are from the Philippine Statistics Authority and 2016 Survey on Overseas Filipinos.


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How to Balance Work and Summer Vacation as a Family —Life Aesthetic

writer Charisse Trinidad

Preface With the approach of warm weather, employees often find themselves needing to readjust their work-life balance, especially if they have children who will soon be home on summer vacation. It’s that time of the year when your office chair starts to feel a little less comfortable, longing gazes out the window are more frequent, and you start to seriously consider the appropriateness of relocating your next meeting to that patch of grass across the street. This summer, instead of daydreaming about family vacations, use these tips to help manage your time more effectively at work so you can get out and enjoy the sun with your loved ones. 01 Boost Your Efficiency We should all know by now the difference between working hard and working smart but unfortunately there’s no magic formula that works for everyone. Your ability to get more done during the day depends on your responsibilities, your abilities, and the way you structure your day. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to get your work done, take a personal inventory of your tasks and see how long you spend on each one. Do you need to delegate more to make sure everything gets done? Are you more efficient after a cup of coffee or a quick snack? Maybe you need to save your tedious or repetitive tasks for your post-lunch brain melt. 046 — ISSUE 55


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02 Stop Working Long Hours For those who work late to get ahead on their workload, this tip might seem counterproductive to career advancement. However, regularly working late can too often lead to the vicious cycle of being unproductive because you’re tired and tired because you’re too unproductive to leave on time. In this case, not only do you need to boost your efficiency but you also need to consider your workload. If you are managing your time well and still can’t finish your work on time, talk to your supervisor. He or she might cut you some slack during all those “mandatory” meetings and other time warps.

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03 Take a Vacation, Even a Mini One If two weeks in Palawan isn’t realistic, think about taking a mini-vacation, weekend trip, or even just a day trip. A refreshing weekend escape doesn’t need to be stressful or heavy on the budget, and having something to look forward to will give you the motivation you need to get everything done before closing on Friday. As an added perk, studies have shown that people are much more focused and positive when coming back from vacation. So use this Vitamin Dinduced good mood to your advantage and tackle a new project or even your hate-to-do list.

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NORMAN AGATEP —President of the Association of Advertising Agencies in the Philippines writer Marianne Mencias

t is a profound treat to spend time with people who are exceptionally creative. But as he tells me, “Creativity is Natural for all humans.” It’s all about harnessing that power already present within. Come to think of it, I believe that is true, we were all given that special privilege of being co-creators in this world. I believe every person has brilliance within, but whether that brilliance will be used for one’s own sake or for the good of all, would be left to the choice of the individual. I pray we all have the courage to choose the latter, in every moment. If it is your heart’s desire to tap into that goodness within you and spread to people you have influence over, please read on. I have had the privilege of interviewing extremely successful individuals, and I find it amazing that because we are so individually unique, there is always something new to learn or a completely different insight to gain. And the learning just overflowed one Monday afternoon with Mr. Norman Agatep, the President of 4As (Association of Advertising Agencies in the Philippines) and Managing Director of Grupo Agatep, a perennial winner at annual award shows like Anvil, 151 trophies at that. I am not sure if it’s the beautiful view of lush green trees we had from their conference room that translated to an inspiring conversation or it’s simply a response to a Divine Appointment that just transpired effortlessly but for sure it is because of the 27 years of accumulated wisdom he had from the Advertising and PR industry that he freely shared. 052 — ISSUE 55


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He actually grew up in this kind of environment as his father Charlie Agatep is the founder and PR Guru of Grupo Agatep, which he began in 1989. As a family, they would critic commercials (so that is what they really focus on and watch rather than the main shows) or discuss about their favorite brands over lunch or dinner. But his 4D version where he learned most about his craft was from his father. He is amazed at how his dad applied wisdom in all the different life roles he played. He attributed it to the fact that his father really lived a FULL LIFE through all the experiences he’s had and this is what he continues to bring in with him as a leader and pillar in this industry. It is awe-inspiring how they managed to stay at the top despite all these years and all the changes that took place in the marketing landscape. I took the opportunity to ask Norman what’s the secret behind staying at the top of their game, he cited two: It’s all about bringing your clients to the future, and bringing them ahead of everyone else in their category. This insight into what’s coming can be gained through research and personal observation, especially today when so much can be absorbed and learned about consumers in the social media arena. Second, is to put sincerity at the forefront of all you do, that your sole agenda is to help your client achieve their objective or solve a problem. Jumping off from sincerity, I then took the chance to ask him about authenticity, how does it come in -in this kind of field where everything seems to be portrayed in a glossier kind of way. He provided a bulls-eye answer: He explains that consumers are so much more empowered and informed today that they already reject brands that just sell to them and buy those they believe in, not just because of the product it sells, but because of what the brands stand for and represent, or the WHYs of the companies behind it. Therefore, this propels organizations and agencies to be more mindful of their brand strategies and the stories they weave. Another challenging aspect of his PR work is how he manages different publics, and tries to create a win-win scenario for all. And this time our conversation took a philosophical spin, which was quite interesting. He tells me that yes, there are a lot of stakeholders to consider, but when you really dig deep into it, all of these publics just want to create and contribute good to the world. There is no one who wishes to promote evil, as people are innately good. And so when he focuses and connects all those good intentions and puts them on the table, then the job becomes easier. Sometimes there 054 — ISSUE 55

is just that temptation that sidetracks us. He says: “The longer we are in the places were in, the more we see what truly matters. What is money? What is fame? They stand in no comparison to serving humanity.” I love it. This is also related to why he keeps on adding up to his marketing toolbox, what used to be just PR work, multiplied into Advertising, Digital Marketing, etc. and though each one is challenging and he honestly initially has resistance, he never forgets that it’s not about him, it’s all about how he can serve best. I just don’t admire his work approach but as well as how it dances with his overall life perspective. I know how demanding marketing work could be because I have been there, and so I asked how he’s able to achieve balance, given all that’s on his plate. To which he almost instantly quipped: “Oh that one’s easy!” which caught me by surprise. He attributes it to the fact that because he’s in the creative field, he easily comes up with ways on how to help his co-workers achieve balance while at work. And that sometimes means transforming their conference room to a bar on certain Fridays or having a popcorn maker in the office. It really is paying attention to what will make your team happy, to make them feel you are rooting for them, and to make their work space as livable as possible. Think Google, haha. (which Warren Buffet regrets not investing on. Just a quick trivia thrown in there.) As for his other life apart from career, he continues to pursue his first love which is Music as he is one of the founders of Bukas Palad, which created songs that accompanied us in so many of our life defining moments: weddings, birthdays, funerals. Songs that became movie titles: Tanging Yaman, Sayo Lamang, Hindi Kita Malilimutan, etc. He also teaches an elective course in Ateneo. One thing he learned about life is that one should never let go of one’s passions as it is necessary not just to stay sane and survive, but it is essential to thriving. I ended by asking him the advice he wants to give to the young, and with a smile he shares: “Wandering doesn’t mean you’re lost. In fact, you discover so much more when you go out there and experience all that life is giving to us. I don’t commit to paper what I’ve become, it just happens. So go and show up as often as you can, read as many books as you can, learn all that you can from others and about yourself so you can contribute so much more than you thought could.” I couldn’t be happier that someone like Norman is leading the pack, in this very influential industry of our society.


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Experience a luxury beach lifestyle avoy Hotel Boracay is part of the 150-hectare master planned Boracay Newcoast township that will include hotels, low to mid-rise condominiums, a residential subdivision, and commercial spaces spread out over a 60-hectare area, and will keep 90 hectares open. Designed by Singapore-based FB Eye, whose diverse portfolio includes luxury resorts, restaurants, spas, and private residences. “In Savoy Hotel Boracay, it is our commitment to connect with our guests in the most unique, personalized and experiential way that they feel pampered and delighted from the time they inquire, until they check in, in the course of their stay, and until they leave. Our goal is to excite our guests’ five senses to create a long and lasting emotional bond that will last them a lifetime and even more,” says Adie Gallares, Savoy General Manager. Savoy Hotel Boracay’s airy lobby and its color palette of aqua, magenta, purple and green combines a vibrant and hip vibe that lives up to its tagline, color your experience. Marie Jehan Balbanero, Marketing Communications Manager says, “People nowadays especially the millennials want something new, something that they will remember forever. They would post anything that is unique and different and is Instagram worthy to share in the social media world.” 01 Newcoast Beach 02 Pool Area 02

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Sitting on a 1.8-hectare land area, Savoy Hotel Boracay is a 559-room, with four room categories deluxe, corner deluxe, premier deluxe and executive suites, and 40 connecting rooms. It is a six-story hotel with a main swimming pool, meeting room, function room, a spa and fitness center. Surrounding the hotel is a huge party pool, the first and only concert pool arena in the country, open to the public for events, parties and concerts. Savoy Hotel has three dining outlets, Savoy Café, Vienne Lobby Lounge and Chambery Pool Bar. It is open to offer guests the best food and drinks. Savoy Café, a sophisticated dining café offers a contemporary cuisine and is open to serve you all day. It can seat 150 people and 98 people outside by the pool. Vienne Lobby Lounge serves cold sandwiches, tapas, drinks and pastries. The Chambery Pool Bar, embedded in the main swimming pool, can seat up to 30 people. Savoy Hotel Boracay also has a ballroom big enough for up to 120 guests. Boracay Newcoast has three coves and Savoy Hotel is a 10-minute walk to the Newcoast beach, a 295-meter of white and powdery sand beach stretch with a private feel and relaxing ambiance. There are golf carts and shuttles to take guests there. Savoy Hotel Boracay is located at Newcoast Drive, Boracay Newcoast, Brgy. Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan and is developed by Megaworld Corporation in partnership with its subsidiary GERI (Global-Estate Resorts Inc.). To find out more about our promos and offerings, visit our website at www.savoyhotelboracay.com.ph or call us at +632.318.8834 to 37 for inquiries. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SavoyHotelBoracay and follow us on Instagram @savoyboracay. 062 — ISSUE 55


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24 THINGS TO DO IN BATANGAS —A Serious List Of Fun Preface It’s definitely more fun in the Philippines, where its more than 7,000 islands promise sun, surf, and beach. But there’s more to the Philippines than just island life. There’s just so much to discover—heritage, culture, natural resources, and man-made landmarks. When you’re planning a trip to the Philippines and got just a few days to spend, you don’t have to go far. South of mega Manila just a couple of hours or even less is a destination that’s heaped with diverse attractions. Here’s a serious fun list of 24 things that you can see, do, eat, and experience at the Lakeshore District of rich Batangas. WRITER Rose Muñoz-Landicho PHOTOGRAPHerS Serica Rojas, Peter Cons 03

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01 Devotion is so much alive in Batangas. Your first stop should be at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in San Pedro, Sto. Tomas. Offer flowers and prayers for your intentions. 02 Apolinario Mabini is marking his 153rd birthday on July 23rd. Know more about this genteel hero at the newly-revitalized, high-tech Museo ni Apolinario Mabini in Tanauan. One of the biggest museums under the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, this museum exhibits the life and heroic deeds of Mabini. It is open from 8 AM to 4 PM Tuesday to Sunday. 03 Get on a banana boat ride or try your hand at rowing a dragon boat in Taal Lake. Want a twist? Gather the squad and try a unique tug-ofwar (or tug-of-oars, if you please) on a dragon boat. 04 Are you a cycling enthusiast, a devotee, or both? Get on your bike and head out to visit the beautiful churches of the Batangas Lakeshore District for a unique Bisikleta Iglesia. 05 Enjoy a huge bowl of Batangas lomi swimming in hot soup thickened with cassava flour. This local noodle dish first became popular in the ‘80s and is served in carindenrias that dot the roadsides. The best place to eat Batangas lomi? Head over to Lomi King in Lipa. 06 A pilgrim’s haven, Lipa City is dubbed the “Little Rome of the Philippines” for its numerous Catholic churches, convents, seminaries, and retreat houses. Take time to visit any one of these religious destinations for a glimpse of Catholic devotion.

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07 Admire the beautiful Romanesque architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian (San Sebastian Cathedral), established by Pope Pius X as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa in 1910. 08 Visit the image of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, now enshrined at a side chapel within the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of Carmel of Lipa, where the supposed 1948 apparitions and the shower of rose petals happened.

01 At the bee farm. 02 All aboard for the Taal Lake Adventure Tour. 03 After a day of touring, spend a relaxing time at the deck of Lima Park Hotel with cold bottles of beer. 04 Bisikleta Iglesia: Pedal your way to faith and fitness.

09 Attend a novena mass to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the Divino Amor Chapel Redemptorist in Lipa. The Redemptorist in Lipa started attracting devotees when the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was said to have appeared in a tree trunk that was cut by a church worker in 2009. 10 Visit the Casa de Segunda heritage museum in Lipa, the ancestral home of Segunda Solis Katigbak who is the first love of Philippine hero Jose Rizal. 11 Take a spin on your bike through the winding, picturesque trails of Balete, known as the Biking Capital of Southern Luzon.

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12 Head to the instagram-perfect Marian Orchard in Balete. A pilgrimage site dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Marian Orchard features fountains and gardens blooming with bougainvillea in a riot of colors. Points of interest are the Sacred Heart Chapel, a tower reminiscent of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Via Crucis, the Rosarium, and a tower of 14 bells that chimes every 15 minutes.

19 Going for a little more challenge? Try taking the extreme descent to the crater lake. The trip can be done on foot, or you can rent a horse for the 45-minute trip down to the main crater where you’ll find the blue-green waters of the crater lake. Be sure to bring some eggs and try to boil these in the lake’s hot waters.

13 When at Marian Orchard, spend quiet moments of prayer and refection at the Via Crucis, a linear garden with life-size statues depicting the passion of Christ. Light an LED candle for your personal intentions at the Hall of Petitions, and say a prayer of gratitude at the Thanksgiving Hall.

20 Bird-watch at the bird sanctuary of San Nicolas, one of the towns under the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape. Every year, migratory herons and egrets escape the cold winters and seek shelter in San Nicolas. You’ll also find kingfishers and ducks here.

14 Enjoy freshly-made suman with a steaming cup of kapeng barako alongside locals near the talipapa of Balete for some local taste and color.

21 At the break of dawn, head to the shores of Balete to watch fishermen haul in the day’s fresh catch of tawilis, the only freshwater sardine in the world found only in the Philippines, right at Taal Lake. If you’re lucky, they can cook tawilis that you can enjoy for breakfast.

15 Did you know that Taal Volcano has 47 known craters and four maars? Find out things you did not know about Taal’s lake, volcano, and the islands at the Taal Lake Conservation Center (TLCC).

22 Balete is home to numerous honey bee farms. Drop by to see how honey is harvested, then take home a bottle of real honey, or try the honey vinegar.

16 Go on a kayaking adventure in the lake.

23 Bring home sumang magkayakap, a local delicacy made from glutinous rice (kaning malagkit), wrapped in banana leaves, then bundled together. Best served with a special coconut caramel sauce. Yum!

17 Navigate through Taal Lake and discover the numerous islands and rock formations that dot the lake on board the 30-seater Lady of the Lake catamaran. 18 Take a 30-minute trek along the Lava Walk on Volcano Island in San Nicolas. The trek will take you over a terrain covered in black basaltic rocks. The dark-colored rocks are actually hardened volcanic materials spewed by Taal Volcano in past eruptions.

24 At the end of a full day, come home to Lima Park Hotel. Enjoy a dip at the Horizon Swimming Pool. Indulge in bistecca and other Italian dishes at the La Terrazza. Enjoy a cold bottle of beer under the stars at the Deck. Cap your night with a cup of freshly-crafted artisan coffee while listening to live jazz sessions at the Brew Company. Then have a blissful slumber in one of its 136 tastefully-appointed guest rooms and suites.

Lima Park Hotel is a 4-star hotel located inside the master-planned Lima Technology Center in Malvar, Batangas. It’s a 45 minute-drive from the Makati Business District via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the STAR Tollway. For room reservations and to book a tour, call +63 43 981.1555. Send an email reservations@limaparkhotel.com. Visit www.limparkhotel.com. Like us on Facebook/LimaParkHotel.

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GREAT ESCAPES —Davao

Preface If you are looking for an unforgettable vacation, then Davao is perfect for you. It is home to a wealth of picturesque landscapes, a variety of natural attractions and a host of activities to suit any travel agenda. Whether you’re an adventure junkie, foodie or animal-lover, there’s something for everyone. With so much to offer, its no wonder millions of tourists and locals’ a like flock to this renowned destination each year. Here are 8 must-visit places within Davao.

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01 Hijo Banana Plantation and Beach Resort Hijo Resorts Davao is a piece of paradise immersed in natural beauty, featuring a lush forest and rich mangroves at the heart of Davao Gulf. The property has two resorts – Banana Beach and Lanikai. Enderun Hospitality Management provides its Asset Management and Strategic Advisory service to Hijo Resorts Davao. Just an hour and a half drive from Davao City, Banana Beach is situated at the heart of Davao gulf in Madaum, Tagum City, is a piece of paradise that instantly throws away all the stresses related to city living, a respite from all things toxic. The resort caters to both peace lovers and adventure seekers. Hijo is in the business of growing, processing, and distributing high quality Cavendish bananas and other Davao-grown fruits. To meet increasing global demands, Hijo recently expanded the growth area for bananas as its plantation. Hijo also deals with smaller retailers who want the freshest product straight from the source. TRAIN (Tagum Resources Agri-Industrial Inc.) is a joint venture between Hijo Resources Corporation AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI). TRAIN’s business operations include the growing and distribution of bananas and other fruits. Their contract allows TRAIN to independently operate over 471 hectares of banana plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte, with the potential of harvesting over 2.3 million boxes of Cavendish bananas annually. 070 — ISSUE 55


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02 Jack’s Ridge Jack’s Ridge is one of the most popular recreational and dining destinations in Davao City. It sits on top of a high and very steep slope, overlooking the scenic expanse of Davao City and the Gulf of Davao. The place is located on a high mountain slope at Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City. Jack’s Ridge was once the headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, which served as their watchtower against the American forces. Today, this area still preserves mementos of its historic past: the warplane crash sites; Japanese-dug tunnels where gold bullions and other treasures were believed to be still buried; and even prehistoric clam shells which testify that the area was once underwater millions of years ago. Within the historical site, it includes: 01 Kai’s Bar and Grill Opened in 2001, Kai’s Bar and Grill offers nightly live band music with a panoramic view of Davao City and the Davao Gulf in the background. 02 Karlo’s Gourmet and Coffee Karlo’s Gourmet and Coffee is a chic café that serves good coffee, and French and Italian cuisines with a magnificent view of the city and Davao Gulf. The café was opened in 2001. 03 Amphitheater The Amphitheater is one of the most popular venues for garden weddings, and other business and social functions. 072 — ISSUE 55


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03 Museo Dabawenyo: The People’s Museum Museo Dabawenyo is one of the two museums in Davao City. The other museum is known as the Davao Museum which is slightly bigger than Museo Dabawenyo and is located inside the Insular Village in Lanang. The Museo Dabawenyo building is formerly the Court of First Instance. It was restored and rehabilitated to house and showcase the rich history and diverse cultural heritage of the people of Davao. It was established by the City Government of Davao, through the initiative of the 14th City Council under City Ordinance No. 0266-06, Series of 2006 signed into law by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on November 15, 2006. It was funded under the Special Education Fund of the Local School Board. The museum was first opened to the public during the 71st Araw ng Dabaw grand opening celebration on March 14, 2008. Museo Dabawenyo is divided into several different galleries: 01 Lumadnong Dabawenyo, Gallery 1-A Davao’s Distinguished Indigenous Peoples The IP exhibit hall showcases the eleven distinguished tribes and communities of Davao City: The Bagobo-Tagabawa, Jangan or Klata, Obo, Matigsalug, Ata-Manobo, Kagan, Maguindanao, Maranao, Tausug, Sama, and the Iranun. Each of these tribes are represented in the present set-up of local governance in the city of Davao. 02 Duhwow, Dabaw, Davao, Gallery 1-B Davao City History The roots of Davao’s development is diverse, indigenous and global. The gallery showcases bits and pieces of historical awards, mementos, tokens, coins, photos, illustrations, and documents to impress upon the living the Dabawenyo spirit which will continue to propel children of the people of Davao towards the future. Different glimpses of Davao’s history from the Spanish period to the American then Japanese leading to the city’s charter are also seen here and highlighted by the life-sized replica of President Manuel L. Quezon signing Davao City’s charter. 03 The Hall of Fame, Gallery 1-C Datu Bago and Oyanguren Strip In this hall the bust of Datu Bago is seen face to face with that of Don Jose Oyanguren’s and the story of Davao from two different points of view. Also included in this hall are the photos of remarkable Dabawenyos who received Davao’s highest award and honor through the year—the Datu Bago Award. 074 — ISSUE 55

04 Nanay Soling Duterte Hall, Gallery 2-A The Undivided Davao History The photos of the old schools, churches, houses, centers and buildings, as well as maps and some aerial shots of Davao City in the past are showcased here. Soledad Roa Duterte, fondly called Nanay Soling, is the better half of the last undivided Davao Governor Vicente Duterte. She envisioned the whole idea of Museo Dabawenyo which first opened last March 14-16, 2008. 05 Bahaghari Space, Gallery 2-B Changing Exhibitions This is the gallery of monthly changing exhibitions which showcases Davao arts, culture, trade and industry. The gallery serves as a venue for local artists and artisans as well as local inventors to showcase their works. Businesses, schools, civic organizations, and other groups are welcome to hold their exhibitions here as arranged with the Museo Dabawenyo Administrator and/or the Head of the Cultural Promotions and External Relations Section. 06 Dabawenyo Tsino, Gallery 2-C The Chinese Heritage of the Davaoeños This hall showcases the Davao Chinese heritage and the history of its own Chinatown, which is the biggest in the world in terms of land area. 07 The Hall of Peace -Gallery 2-D Audio-Visual Room The Audio-Visual Room features the photos and the documented efforts of peace builders around the world. This is to commemorate the first exhibition hosted by Museo Dabawenyo last May 22-June 1, 2008 by Peace Counts—a group of journalists based in Stutgard, Germany. This archival unit of Museo Dabawenyo may showcase and host exhibitions or book launchings of authors in Mindanao and the world.


08 Bantawan Museo Dabawenyo Tent Workshop Space and Waiting Area The covered front yard of Museo Dabawenyo is an Art Space for the children and youth of the city in their conscious efforts to discover and chart their own potentials. The Kaliwat Theatre Collective who is at the forefront of Davao’s cultural scene helps facilitate this art space by giving arts and skills workshops. For schools and big group tourists, the space also serves as a waiting area. The Bantawan is also used during opening programs of exhibitions and other special events. Davao-based performing groups such as the Davao Community Rondalla and the Davao Community Orchestra hold their music rehearsals at the Bantawan every weekend. 09 Handumanan Museo Lobby Museo Dabawenyo Souvenir Shop At the lobby, after the tour, guests interested to bring home tokens and souvenirs are invited to browse the items on display at the Museo Dabawenyo Souvenir Shop. The items for sale are handcrafted and made by local artists and craftsmen and beneficiaries of Magnegosyo Ta Day. Also available in the shop are books and Music Albums. ISSUE 55 — 075


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04 President Duterte’s Residence Doña Luisa Subdivision Phase I is a small middle-class community located in the suburb of Matina. Recently the subdivision has become a destination of sorts for tourists and residents alike. A plain-looking green house in the edge of Doña Luisa’s Sapphire Street is the home of the long-time City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, now the country’s 16th President. A visit to the President’s house is the focal-point of the “Duterte Tour” spearheaded by the Department of Tourism. The visitors are taken to a brief tour of the street fronting the house and also well-known projects of the city mayor like the Central 911 and Museo Dabawenyo. Sapphire Street is located at the farthest end of the subdivision, bordering the golfing greens of the Davao City Golf and Country Club. Visitors are told to park their car at the adjacent Jade Street. Before entering the street the visitors are told to sign at a logbook located in a police checkpoint. Visitors are limited to just gawking at the frontage of the house or taking a selfie with the President’s standee put up in front of the gate. The house tour entails a brief walk and along the way several enterprising residents have set up small shops, selling souvenir items such as key chains, ref magnets, caps, mugs, stickers and shirts. 076 — ISSUE 55


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05 Malagos Chocolate Museum Davao City is indeed a gateway to an island-to-highland experience. After island-hopping in nearby Samal you can proceed up in the highland district of Calinan, in Barangay Malagos where the country’s one and only chocolate museum can be found. The museum celebrates the famed Malagos Single Origin chocolates and provides visitors a tree to bar experience. Thru interactive displays one can see the beginnings of chocolates from planting cacao trees, harvesting of cacao bean pods to subsequent process and refinements until it becomes the signature chocolate bar which has won several international awards. Why is the chocolate museum set up in Davao City? the answer lies in Davao City being the chocolate capital of the country producing 80% of the country’s cacao production. The Puentespinas decided to create a modern museum to spread the advocacy not just to tourists but also to other cacao farmers as well. Aside from the very informative displays, there are kiddie interactive areas for children too young to understand the various displays around the museum. 078 — ISSUE 55


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06 The Philippine Eagle Center The Philippine Eagle Center is home to the Philippine Eagles, which are held captive, cared for, and bred. It also houses other species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. The Center is tasked to protect and provide sanctuary to Philippine Eagles. While it is primarily a conservation breeding facility of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, it is open to the public for educational purposes. Simulating a tropical rain forest environment, the Center offers visitors a glimpse into the Philippines’s forest ecosystem. The facility is also considered a major tourist attraction in Davao City with its lush gardens and scenery. 080 — ISSUE 55


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07 Eden Nature Park and Resort Eden Nature Park is one of the most famous attractions in Davao. It is an 80-hectare land filled with pine trees and other botanical plants. A mountain resort located at 3,000 feet above sea level, Eden Nature Park is 95% human-made. It is a great model of how humans can re-create nature and rebuild a lost environment. Discovered sometime in 1971, the resort used to be a logged-over area covered only by a blanket of wild grass. Its potential was, however, readily seen by the owners as the property provided an imposing view of Davao City and the Davao Gulf. Not long after, terraces were carved out of the mountain slope, and thousands of pine tree seedlings were planted. As the pine trees grew it created canopies, allowing other trees and plants to grow and creating a secondary forest. Today, there are over 100,000 pine trees spread in about 80 hectares, providing a refreshing backdrop to the various attractions in Eden Nature Park.

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08 Pearl Farm Beach Resort Located in the southern part of the Philippines is the Samal group of Islands, an archipelago consisting of nine islands which stretch out over a land area of 28,000 hectares. Samal is a beautiful, tranquil and exotic island with a coastline adorned with white sand beaches, abundant marine life, rock formations, mangroves, and landscape elements of coconut palms, flowering plants and fruit-bearing trees. The area is blessed with various natural attractions and flourishing flora and fauna. Nestled on the quiet side of Samal Island, The Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a mere 45-minute boat ride from the wharf. This fourteen-hectare spread was once a pearl farm, where thousands of white-lipped oysters transported from the Sulu Sea, were cultivated for their pink, white and gold pearls. Today, the resort beckons with the promise of a relaxing, private retreat, under the care of its friendly and charming staff. 082 — ISSUE 55


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Batanes —72 Hours

writer Lian Sta. Maria PHOTOGRAPHer Noel Ty

Preface If islands could speak, they would |probably hate to be in the Philippines. Why with over seven thousand islands, it would be unbelievably hard to stand out. And while some have been known around the globe, some are nonchalantly nestled in their waters, secluded, yet breathtakingly beautiful. Isolation puts you in a state of rush and calm altogether, like standing on the rooftop of a skyscraper, or on a balcony over an orchestra. In these rare places are picturesque views, so majestic your mere presence would be ashamed. And what better way to achieve isolation, than to go as far as the edge of the Philippine archipelago. Here is a list of 10 things to do when you’re in Batanes. ISSUE 55 — 085


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01 The 66 ft. tall Basco Lighthouse is one of the most popular landmarks in Batanes. A short hike on the Naidi Hills in Barangay San Antonio will get you there. For the fishermen, it is a guide for navigating at sea; and for you, a postcard-worthy photo op; take a picture or it didn’t happen! 02 Pray for good weather or say grace for a delightful escapade ahead at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. It is the oldest parish in the province, having been built in the 18th century. If you’re visiting around early August, then you’re just in time for the feast of its patron saint, Sto. Domingo de Guzman.

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03 Batanes is known for its honest people. See for yourself at the Honesty Coffee Shop where no one is watching. Warm yourself with a nice cup of coffee, take what you need, and pay accordingly. 04 Take a stroll around the community of Barangay Savidug where you will see the vernacular stone houses built by the Ivatans from over decades ago. Meet the locals in the village and to know more about their culture. Learn a word or two from the Ivatan dialect, or even better, learn one of their folksongs!

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05 Feel like a real Ivatan by trying on their Kanayi and Vakul. a jacket and headgear made from vuyavuy leaves. These handicrafts are multi-purpose, keeping the Ivatans cool during the hot season, and warm when the cold winds come. 06 Visit the House of Dakay, the oldest stone house built in the province of Batanes. The House of Dakay was erected in 1877 through Bayanihan or volunteerism, and it strongly stands to present day. For over a century, it has withstood a number of typhoons and even an 8.3 magnitude earthquake back in 1918.

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07 Marvel at the rolling hills of Racuh a Payaman. The waves of lush green hills juxtaposed to the waves of the blue sea will leave you awestruck speechless. It is also known as the Marlboro Country, as cows freely roam and graze on the vast grassland. The cool breeze, the sound of the sea, and the dewdrops on the grass—soak it all in. 08 Experience authentic Ivatan cuisine. Try their Uvud balls which are meatballs with quite a twist—banana trunk and flying fish! Also have a taste of the ocean with their Lumot soup made from seaweed, a staple in the Ivatans’ diet. 094 — ISSUE 55


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09 Go back in history at the Dipnaysuhuan Japanese Tunnel. It was built during World War II by the Ivatans who were then forced to work for the Japanese forces. The tunnel has 5 doors, a series of chambers, a lookout spot, and even a water reservoir. 10 Make the most out of the laidback atmosphere in Batanes by spending a morning at the Basco Marine Sanctuary. Be one with nature as you sunbathe along the shore, take a dip in the sea, or have a picnic if you wish. The picturesque views are just the tip of the iceberg; their rich culture and warm people would leave you with a full heart by the time your trip is over. Now the rest of the country can go on keeping up with time; as for you, time can wait, as you soak up that glorious feeling of isolation in that rare place that is Batanes. ISSUE 55 — 097


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writer Joanna Serrano

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WHEN DESTINY DECIDES When we say Izakaya Kenta, the first thing that comes to the minds of Japanese people is a “Pub House” or a “Resto Bar”. A place where people can eat, drink, and relax after a long period of working hours, whereas, the word “Kenta” is the name of the Resto Bar, itself. Izakaya Kenta started their very first operations way back in 1997 and the majority of their customers was the Japanese community. Dr. Reynaldo “Rey” Medina used to be one of the fanatical customers of the authentic Japanese cuisines of Izakaya Kenta that originally started in 1997 at Pedro Gil, Manila Philippines. It was also the same year where Dr. Medina fell in love with the taste of every Japanese food they had in the menu. He used to keep coming back to the Resto Bar to dine and drink, which made him very well-known by all the staff and most especially by the original manager of Izakaya Kenta. He was a loyal customer to this Japanese Restaurant and even treated it as his second home, a very close to heart hangout. In October of 1981, Dr. Rey Medina travelled to Japan for a scholarship opportunity to attain the degree of Doctorate in Hydrologic Engineering at Kyushu University. He was then with his wife and their eldest son, Ian. The Medina family lived in Japan for 7 years as his wife eventually gave birth to Sakura and Elwyn. 01 Eb Chili Ni 02 Gyu Carappacio

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With their seven years in Japan, they became quite familiar with the Japanese culture and and as a result grew attached to the cuisine. In Year 2013, Dr. Rey Medina received a business proposal to reopen his favourite Japanese Restaurant, Izakaya Kenta, since it stopped its operations in 2011. Dr. Medina has an existing Engineering Consultancy business. It was never connected to his course and business nor in his bloodline as well. It was simply his the love for Japanese food that served as Doc. Rey’s greatest fundamental and primary reason to finally accept the offer of Izakaya Kenta. Well then at last, he decided to buy the rights and the name of the resto bar and reopened it with endeavour. With all the prayers, guts and courage, Medina family focused to their objective, and this is to bring Ikazaya Kenta back to limelight once again. That’s the power of family business. One goal. One destination. United success. Now it’s clearly undeniable that it was never a plan to run a Japanese Resto Bar business, not a plan, but a gift. A gift that Medina family could never refuse. Imagine how Doc. Rey was just one of the avid customers of a 20-year old Japanese Resto Bar, but in year 2013, he then became the owner of this notable Japanese dining place. Therefore, it is safe to say that Izakaya Kenta Resto Bar was perfectly destined to be Medinas’ living legacy. 07 Gomoku Yakisoba 08 Tofu Steak

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WHEN LOCATION MATTERS Doc Rey is a genius. This man knew that he had to recapture the Kenta’s old Japanese customers, for Izakaya Kenta had been closed down for two years since 2011. Right after he bought the rights and name of Kenta, Doc Rey strategically and immediately transferred the resto bar from Pedro Gil to G/F Malate Bayview Mansion, 1781 M. Adriatico St. in Malate. He knew that Malate is a vibrant tourist spot for Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, and Filipino customers especially since the Japanese Embassy is located there. Just a few minutes-walk from the resto bar is the Malate Church, Shipping Companies, and numerous commercial establishments as well. He believed that once a single Japanese customer found out about their newly reopened Kenta Resto Bar and tasted their authentic Japanese cuisines, then that would be the start of every single sale and success they’ve been dreamt of. And because of the power of location, their business address brought 80% Japanese customers who got really addicted to their authentic Japanese cuisines and to that effect, success became very faithful for the Medina family. WHEN PRIDE PREVAILS Though there were numbers of birth pains during the Izakaya Kenta reopening, the head of the family was being backed-up by his two sons, Ian and Elwyn. Ian being the eldest, who took part of a very challenging role in business. He is the Chef of the resto. Having a background in Culinary Arts in Manila and being a Graduate of Sushi Chef Institute in Torrance, California, only proved that every Japanese food and ingredients they have in the kitchen are all guaranteed genuinely fresh and honestly authentic. Plus the extra factor that Master Chef Dennis Ganzon who used to work as

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a Master Chef for 20 years at the original Izakaya Kenta, decided to join force with Medina Family to preserve the recipes that have been famous to the old Japanese customers for almost two decades in a row. To intensify the harmony of their business synergy, this young Elwyn, the youngest of all and a proud product of UST Architecture Department, happened to be such a strong-willed and enthusiastic in designing their resto bar to be one of a kind. His style is to make their Japanese customers feel that whenever they look at their interior designs, they would feel like they’re already back home. Indeed. This is all because of the head of the family, Dr. Rey Medina, but regardless, the Doctor humbly said that, having his two great sons around and working with the outstanding Master Chef in Japanese food industry, is the most important thing for them to compete because according to him, they make him proud of the results of their hard-work and perseverance, they are the ones who bring pride to the business, and that is ever since Izakaya Kenta began. WHEN IT TASTES LIKE HOME: “Lutong-bahay”. The sweetest compliment. The famous trademark of Izakaya Kenta. This is what their Japanese customers always have to say whenever they taste the authenticity and freshness of Japanese dishes and drinks inside their resto bar. Every order is worth your money, awesome experience with a high quality service and unbelievable feelings that when you get to dine at Izakaya Kenta, if you’re a Japanese Citizen, you just couldn’t help but say “I’m finally back home”. That’s the greatest achievement that Medina family have ever heard from their consumers. This is why in return, aside from Izakaya Kenta, Malate Branch, the family had opened a branch at Banawe, Quezon City, for they believe that there’s also a lot of Japanese people in the area who have been longing to say that “Yes…It tastes like home”.

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FEATURES I BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

LOC & STOR 24/7 —The Secure Self Storage

For Asia, self-storage got its start in Japan about 20 years ago. The industry associations have done a great deal to promote education, awareness and support, allowing people to learn how, where, why and what it takes to get started in self-storage. Self-Storage is a bit younger for Southeast Asia, with Singapore taking the lead about 15 years ago. During this 15-year period, self-storage has made its way into Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and more recently in the Philippines. Sam Peterson, the president and founder of Loc&Stor 24/7 used to run a company that designed, manufactured the fit-out materials for self-storage operators, and constructed self-storage facilities. The Asian branch of the global company was based in Singapore, and built a large majority of the storage facilities within Asia. Through Sam’s experience with this global self-storage company, he was directly exposed to how different companies designed and built their storage facilities, as well as how they operated. Not only was Sam exposed to Asian countries, he was also exposed to Europe and Australia which are considered the world’s-largest self-storage markets outside the United States. This gave him a vast knowledge in self-storage both in terms of how to build a secure and convenient facility for customers, and how to operate it to please the customer. Four years ago, Sam decided to move from the supply-side of the industry (which included building and designing self-storage facilities) to the ownership-side of the industry. This took shape with him starting his own self-storage company, Loc&Stor 24/7, located in 54 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. C5, Bagong Ilog, Pasig City and more recently in Makati on Urban Ave off of Chino Roces. Sam believed the 0104 — ISSUE 55

Philippines was ready for a high-quality, world-class offering, and that he was positioned well to tap into his years of experience and connections to deliver this offering to the Philippines. So to create an easily understood name for this new market, “Loc&Stor 24/7” was chosen because it is a perfect description for exactly what they do. “You lock up your stuff, it’s securely stored, and it’s open to our customers 24/7” said Sam Peterson. The logo conveys a box (for storage) and a lock for security. They picked colors that are professional and shout out “pay attention to me.” And lastly, they have a keen focus on marketing with plenty of collateral as well as a number of video, including their latest staring Tessa Prieto-Valdez… search it up on Youtube! In Asia, customers are very concerned about security, cleanliness, and convenience. Loc&Stor 24/7 uniquely provides all these aspects in a World-Class manner that will truly impress not only those new to self-storage, but also those Balikbayans familiar with the concept from abroad. Sam says “our Balikbayan customers frequently comment that we exceed the quality that they have experienced abroad.” On the security front… carefully selected locations in gated and guarded premises with no flooding history, even during Ondoy. Careful attention is paid to fire prevention with extensive measures exceeding fire code, including sprinklers, smoke detection, extinguishers, as well as regular staff fire-safety training. Loc&Stor 24/7 facilities are installed with a cutting-edge security system developed specifically for the self-storage industry. All storage units are fitted with access alarms, and the building requires a user-defined PIN code to enable easy round-the-clock access for the customer. The security system boasts of hired personnel from a professional security agency, comprehensive CCTV coverage, electronically recorded entry and exit of all, back-up power supply, and even a messaging system that notifies you via email when your storage space is accessed. With regard to cleanliness, or more specifically, professionalism… Loc&Stor 24/7 diligently maintains the cleanliness and upkeep of the facility with full-time maintenance/cleaning personnel and employs extensive pest control measures. The materials that are used

President & Founder of Loc & Stor, Sam Peterson at his newest facility in Pasig.


for the unit partitions are of the highest quality coated tensile steel which is both secure and will not harm your goods. Above all, highly trained and knowledgeable Loc&Stor 24/7 staff are eager to assist customers in choosing the right storage solution. They give fast and professional responses, and listen to their customers, with regular improvements initiated by customer suggestions. Loc&Stor24/7 ensures that your self-storage process is as simple and seamless as possible by equipping the facility with a loading and unloading dock that can hold a 40 ft container van, providing ample and covered parking spaces for ease of movement especially when it is raining, two elevators to access upper floors, free use of pallet jacks and trolleys, as well as a retail shop where you can purchase packing materials. The facility is open 24 hours every day, even on holidays. No need to call or pre-book an off hour visit to the facility, and no fees are charged either. Both the Pasig and the soon-to-open Makati sites are ideally located to make it a relatively close trip from most residential and commercial areas of Metro Manila. Customers use self-storage for many reasons. Excess household stuff, or items that are not in regular use are best kept in a secure storage place that is easily accessed. Examples are Christmas decors, luggage, children’s school projects, photo albums, furniture pieces that were handed down through generations, and many others. The climate controlled units, where humidity is controlled to prevent mold and mildew growth, is best for leather items, paintings, winter clothes and shoes, old books and other heat sensitive items. Small business operators use Loc&Stor 24/7 for its easy access and flexible hours. For example, they close shop around 7 or 8 PM and head over to Loc&Stor facility to pick up inventory or equipment needed for the next day or drop off excess merchandise, hassle free. Units can have at most 5 different PIN codes which can be assigned to employees of a company and the owner can then track who has been in the unit to access inventory or equipment. All facilities have seven different unit sizes to choose from - starting with the 1.5sqm locker which can hold 8 balikbayan boxes to the Jumbo 18sqm unit, which can hold the contents of a 20ft container van. The minimum rental period is one month, and units can easily be downsized or upsized as needed. Self-storage isn’t always a logical choice, it more often is an emotional one. Loc&Stor 24/7 gives you the option to store valued possessions, while you reclaim your space. Walking into your uncluttered home, and knowing that your excess items are stored away somewhere safe and secure brings peace of mind. Look to Loc&Stor 24/7 to provide you the world-class self-storage solution you need. Contact Loc&Stor 24/7 at www.locnstor247.com.

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PEOPLE I LIFE & STYLE

Secrets To a Successful Summer —The Next Generation

Preface What are millennial adults up to this summer 2017? While these practical considerations are important, the key draw for millennial summers is the experience. Young adults want to experience something exciting and different each and every break they get in a year. Whether they’re a fresh graduate or a young entrepreneur, it is of great importance that they are able to share their experiences with peers. These four local and global Filipino young adults share their secrets, tips, and experiences to a successful summer.

My secret to a successful summer is a ticket to somewhere you haven’t been before, where you can do something that you have never done, either alone or with people you can do it with all over again. Summer is when I have enough time to take a pause and look at anything and everything from a new perspective, both literally and figuratively. By looking at a different horizon, or a different skyline, or how each and every mountain can show you a different sunset can reveal to you all the countless possibilities that this life has to offer and that the world is definitely your oyster. A successful summer to me is when I wander and get lost in a far away place in the hopes of somehow finding myself. It is when the simple things like sand in your toes and a cold beer in your hand remind you that life isn’t that bad at all.

It was early 2014 when we got the news that our US petition was finally in process. At that time, I just finished my bachelor’s degree in San Juan de Letran and I was already working at Asian Journal in our Manila office. I was the usual millennial who would choose to get my feet wet in the real world - hopeful, full of ambition, and determined. I would have chosen to stay. But I thought, moving to the US with my parents would have been an opportunity too big to pass. My parents migrated first in late 2014. Then, I followed in the summer of 2015. With me was my brother, who flew in as a tourist. When the plane finally landed in LAX and as I was making my way through the immigration line, it finally struck me - I am really moving here in the United States. It was the perfect timing - summer was about to start in the US. Before I got my bearings and found a stable job, I decided to tour around and see what the West Coast has to offer. My brother and I immediately went to the Sin City - Las Vegas. Back then; we used to see the glitz and glamor of this city just through movies like “The Hangover”. But this time, we were able to experience it up close and personal. We went clubbing and this was the first time we got so close to one of my favorite DJ’s, Zedd for just $30 at Encore Pool Club. The following morning we went to Wet Republic to see Afrojack and Steve Aoki spin. (Back in Manila, watching an international DJ perform in one of the clubs would cost an arm and a leg). While in Nevada, we also took the time touring the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. The tour was awesome and the views were breathtaking and picturesque. We also went to San Francisco, devoured their clam chowder at Fisherman’s wharf, toured the city along with their famous crooked street. We passed by Oracle Arena in Oakland (Well it was their year back in 2015 and also went to Los Angeles. I then visited the Griffin Observatory, Universal City, and Santa Monica to name a few sights. We then drove further south and partied in San Diego. Next thing I knew, my brother had to go back to Manila since his vacation leave was over. By then my dad just got a job off of the Gulf of Mexico and I landed a job in Asian Journal’s Glendale office. That pretty much sums up my first successful summer here in the US. Now that I have a job, looks like summer’s going to be different if you know what I mean.

Bianca Garcia Cruz, 21 Aspiring Blogger, BeeGeeCee.com

Mark Xavier Bautista Filipino Raised, U.S. Based Photographer

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Edward and Kelly’s story started off with a spontaneous trip in Baler. Kelly was hesitant at first because they have only known each other for a short period of time, clueless that giving it a shot would be the kick-start of their wonderful journey together. The two clicked perfectly upon knowing that they have lots of similarities - drinking Jamba Juice almost every day, trying out new restaurants around Manila, and of course, traveling! Edward and Kelly’s Baler trip was followed by a few more beach hopping and surfing. It was then that they discovered that a successful summer is just a bus away from the busy life of Manila. Work did not hinder both of them to explore, not withstanding the demanding industry they are in. The two managed to balance work and personal adventures that now motivate them to work harder and travel further. One piece of advice they could give is that, as much as we all want to travel, we must always keep in mind to stick with your responsibilities even away from work and of course, plan your budget ahead of time to not spoil the fun while you’re at it! Never be afraid to try out new things because who knows, it could turn out to be one of the best decisions you make. Get out of your comfort zone, everyone! Lastly, for Edward and Kelly, the secret to a successful summer is to always cherish every single moment with the people who bring out the best out of you.

Summer—everyone’s favorite time of the year! A time where we get to kick back, relax and enjoy. Well, not unless you know how to do it right! Summer can be a daunting and scary when you have no clue what you’re going to be doing. Whether you’re a student or working – here’s how to have a successful summer: 01 Go on a trip! (Or several) Who doesn’t love a good escape from all the hustle and bustle of your life? This is a great way to bond with loved ones, relax, and re-center yourself. Don’t waste the days just “planning”. Take action, and go! 02 Revisit old goals We all have a goal that we never got around to doing and summer is the perfect time to get back on track! I mean come on, if not now, then when? Hit the gym! Take that class! Transform your wardrobe! The sky is the limit. 03 Take it day by day A lot of us can’t just go out of town whenever we want to so the last tip to a successful summer is to take it day by day. You don’t need a grand vacation or a major change to say it was “successful”. Whether it’s checking out that new restaurant around the corner with a friend you haven’t seen in forever or going to your local pool with loved ones and hosting a barbecue —your happiness is what counts.

Kelly Grace Oliveros, 22 Public Relations Associate

Seize the day and make the most of the summer the way you want to do it but definitely try to go out of your comfort zone a little now and then and you’re all set! This way, you’ll never regret a summer day in your life.

Edward Charles Broomfield, 24 Business Development Associate

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