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DOCUMENTARIES

TARGETING BIN LADEN

Featuring an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, this thrilling drama-documentary reveals the fine details behind the US’ mission that successfully tracked down and killed Osama Bin Laden in May 2011. In Targeting Bin Laden top government officials discuss the mission in vivid detail, from the landing of the US Navy SEALS to the halls of power in Washington. “President Barack Obama is interviewed by the History Channel in the Library of the White House, Aug. 10, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)”

Premieres: March 25, 8pm HISTORY

BIG SHRIMPIN’

PARTNERS IN CRIME

Big Shrimpin’ follows the adventures, trials and tribulations of Dominic “The Dom”, owner of a fleet of six shrimp boats in the Gulf of Mexico, and his Alabama crew. With just 30 days to make their money by scouring the Gulf, the competition is fierce among Dom’s boats, with each crew hauling the lines to bring in the biggest catch for the biggest payday. Premieres March 7, 8:30pm Wednesdays HISTORY

The brand new season of Partners in Crime offers a fascinating array of bizarre crime scenes, unexpected crime stories and brilliant investigative partnering between the police and their forensic counterparts. As the celebrated forensic scientists from highly specialised fields say, it is all in the hair-raising details, and this series leaves no forensic stone unturned. Premieres March 5, 10:30pm Mondays CRIME AND INVESTIGATION

CIVILIZATION LOST

FORENSIC INVESTIGATORS

Civilization Lost reveals the growing evidence of previously unknown ancient civilizations. Like mythical Atlantis, some scientists and archeologists believe that, tens of thousands of years ago, sophisticated human societies populated large cities and had advanced technology. This two-hour special will investigate these incredible beliefs, and the consequences for us. Premieres March 18, 8pm Sundays HISTORY

It’s natural to have a compelling, often morbid fascination, with nefarious and extraordinary cases of murder. Forensic Investigators takes the scene of infamous and bizarre murders and into the enthralling investigations that follow. Calanca details the tragic death of Gabriel Meyer, whose best friend, Damon Calanca, told police that he went for a swim in crocadile infested waters. Premieres March 1, 10pm Thursdays CRIME AND INVESTIGATION

2012 EARTH HOUR SPECIAL: HAZE HELL OVER ASIA September 1997… In Indonesia forest fires rage uncontrollably across an area the size of 1.5 million football pitches. A noxious yellow smoke cloud smothers a vast region of SE Asia, even reaching as far as northern Australia. It’s called – the Haze. In Malaysia, the human and economic damage is catastrophic – and prime minister Dr Mahathir searches desperately for a solution. We tell the story of one of the worst environmental disasters in history for the first time; the stories of people who lived through the deadly haze attack and the heroic firefighters who fought to douse the fires. The 1997 haze was a turning point – a pivotal moment that forced both politicians and scientists to join forces to defeat the menace of one of Asia’s worst environmental disasters. Premieres March 31, 8:30pm Saturdays HISTORY 26

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From the tropical production site of an iconic liquor, to the heart of European engineering finesse, season three of Ultimate Factories offers an exciting exploration of how some of the world’s most famous products are made Premieres March 15, 9pm Thursdays NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

In a global adventure that combines natural history with the world of biomechanics, wildlife filmmaker Natali Tesche sets out to discover what makes this shrimp so special. Premieres March 30, 10pm Friday NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

2. SECONDS FROM DISASTER 5: FUKUSHIMA

5. WEIRD AND FREAKY

In March 2011, as Japan reels from the most powerful earthquake in its history, a 14 metre-high tsunami surges over the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, knocking out its power supply and essential cooling systems. With the plant blacked out, engineers face nuclear meltdown. The reactors begin to overheat leading to two huge explosions that tear the plant apart and dispersing radiation. As Japan faces the worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl, an international nuclear expert will investigate exactly what happed at Fukushima and see what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it. Premieres March 1, 10pm Thursday NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

National Geographic brings a new series that showcases the strangest, freakiest, weirdest, and just plain “out of this world” behaviors in the animal kingdom. From animals that develop their babies in their mothers back skin; to strange adaptations that enable creatures to survive in extreme environments; to alien-looking body parts and camouflage, this series will cover it all. Each episode focuses on a single environment (land; sea; air). Premieres March 9, 10pm Fridays NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

3. AIR CRASH INVESTIGATION 10

6. KUNG FU QUEST

Revealing the dark truth that aviation safety improves one crash at a time, ACI 10 investigates legendary aviation disasters to find out what went wrong and why. Based on cockpit voice recorders, accident reports and eyewitness accounts, every episode also features interviews, state-of-the-art CGI and gripping reenactments. This season on ACI: A US military charter flight crashes after a routine fueling stop in Newfoundland; in Sao Paolo, an Airbus careens off the tarmac at the notorious Congonhas Airport; in 1958, a crash in Munich kills seven members of the Manchester United football team. Premieres March 15, 11pm Thursdays NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

The 7 hosts of this show, featuring Chan Koon Tai, an experienced Hong Kong Kung Fu action star, will take the audience to have a closer look at the five major beliefs of Kung Fu, Wudang, Shaolin, Wing Chun, Kuen Quan and Tai Chi in the hope to gain a better understanding of the real Kung Fu and the underlying meanings behind their practices. It is important to understand that Kung Fu is not only the studies of skills and strategies of attacking and defensing; but it is also a spiritual journey and cultivation of mind for its practitioners. This show probes into the experience of how people, through practicing Kung Fu, get to know, challenge and finally outdo themselves. Premieres March 6, 9pm Tuesdays NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

ANCIENT ALIENS Have aliens been visiting Earth for as long as 75 million years? From the age of the dinosaurs, to ancient Egypt and the modern world, Ancient Aliens brings the most credible evidence to light. Aliens and Monsters asks whether mythical hybrid creatures, such as the minotaur and centaur, are just fantastical imaginings, or the result of advanced extraterrestrial procedures. Premieres March 7, 8:30pm Wednesdays HISTORY MARCH 2012

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“Why follow a trail when you can leave one blazing behind you?” When Sally Jo Bellosillo directs a production the quality is world class. She is the director of the documentary on the 1986 EDSA Revolution entitled “Laban.” WORDS BY: GWEN FOSTER

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The story unfolds literally if you let it unfold. While taking her MA in Trans Atlantic Studies at the University of Birmingham in England in 2004, she is often mistaken as Asian American. No one seems to know the Philippines exists. She is asked by her flatmates from India and Pakistan what the Philippines is known for and she tells them about the legacy of the Filipinos, the impact they have on the world and how millions of them put their lives on the line to remove strongman Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 after 20 years of authoritarian rule. 2004 is also when the Orange Revolution explodes in the Ukraine and so there is renewed interest in the social revolutions of the 20th Century. With the coming of the twentieth anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution, Sally decides to make a documentary that gathers its key players. With the help of Professor Scott Lucas and fellow filmmaker Michael Burns she pitches it to Producer Greg Ansin of MonkeyRay Productions. Its working title is “Two Widows and A General” told from the points of view of First Lady Imelda Marcos, President Corazon Aquino, and President Fidel Ramos. Being a history buff, she could not pass up an opportunity to meet and learn from those that are behind the 1986 People Power Revolution, “It’s a different kind of narrative. It’s not your normal story.” “You’d be surprised with the answers that they all gave.” It deals mainly with why People Power happened and if Democracy is achieved 20 years after. Asking the personalities poignant questions like “Whom do you think killed Ninoy Aquino?(Imelda Marcos)” or “Why run for the presidency after your husband’s assassination when you could have stayed in America? (Cory Aquino).” It is all perfect timing. She catches Cory Aquino just 2 weeks after she asks Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to resign at the height of the Hello Garci controversy. And it is a year before Senator Gringo Honasan goes into hiding after he is accused of mounting yet another coup. “In real life, they are real people.” Sally maintains her objective position. “The story unfolds literally if you let it unfold.” While Sally has unprecedented access to first hand information from the personalities she realizes that a treasure trove of stories come from those who witness things first hand like the drivers, caretakers, and assistants. “When you look for it and you know what you are looking for, information comes to you.” Everyone is a key piece to the puzzle. Sally tries to always come up with an objective narrative. She allows everyone to give their side of the revolution, weaving a documentary that allows the major MARCH 2012

players to annotate their roles without any judgment. With the final cut she smiles with a sense of pride knowing that the major players like her work while preserving her independence and objectivity, “It was still up to the audience on who to believe.” She delivers works with world class standards, strongly influenced by History, Culture and the Philippines, in general. “I think we have the responsibility of making people aware of what we are doing through different forms, not just the normal media.” Her current works are mostly documentaries. With her objective eye, the degree of respect she gives to people and the treatment she has on her topics are one of the reasons why she does her projects so well. While there is the normal media, it is essential for these forms of media to exist; it is time for a new avenue of learning. In this digital age, there are other sources of information, not just textbooks. “I actually started to write scripts because I loved to read. That’s really how I did it. I just love to create.” A big fan of literature from Homer’s Odyssey to novels written by Jane Eyre, she starts indulging in classics from a young age. Her fascination for literature and history is what interests her in real life stories. Sally began her career as a Production Assistant in a concert of Fr. Manoling Francisco, S.J. “I was serving coffee to Ogie Alcasid, the highlight of my dream career and I had a yaya. I was the PA with a PA.” Sally says the key to success and attracting clients is how she treats her work. She values her craft and treats it like a business. “I owe it to my team.” Her crew usually arrives one hour before call time. They all do their research. They know how passionate Sally is, how she responds to texts and emails at 3 in the morning. All her creative team members have at one point in their life studied abroad or finished postgraduate studies and have experience working in a world class environment. “There’s a certain level of professionalism. This is what I tell my crew, you can’t just wing it.” Sally requires her creative team to know the content, read the book/s and understand the technical needs of the project. Commissioned by the National Geographic Channel Philippines to do PINOYHOOPS: A National Obsession, a 4 part miniseries on why Filipinos love basketball hosted by Pacific Rims Author Rafe Bartholomew, she recalls how fantastic it feels to be able to do a project with an all Filipino production team. Filmmaking is a team sport. She shares how they come across what is now the series trailer. While driving, 39


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Follow Sally on twitter at @sallyjobello18

one of her cameramen spots a group of boys building a make shift basketball ring on the streets of Payatas. He asks the driver to stop and they grab the shot. “I’m the type that when I see the moment, I just grab it. I see things, stories and pictures that most people would totally ignore.” “You have to have a non-linear way of getting information.” Currently working on a documentary about Tandang Sora and done in time for the year long celebration of the hero’s two hundredth birthday, she speaks about how she rebuilds the past. The accuracy of the information is just as important as how good it looks “you never lose sight and then you verify. You have to make sure you can verify it, especially with a documentary.” She shows a trailer of the transfer of Tandang Sora’s remains from Himlayang Pilipino to the Tandang Sora Shrine in Quezon City. “That’s all real. It isn’t reenacted.” It seems that everything is in perfect timing with the universe. But while she has a knack of finding material, she states that timing and obtaining material isn’t everything. “You should know how to capture it.” “I believe that you are judged by the power of your work. That is the best testament of who you are.” With an endless learning curve, no day is ever the same. “It’s not work because I love what I do. I don’t mind it turning into my life. I’m pretty lucky I get paid in what I do.” “You have to be honest with who you are. If you did something bad, admit it and learn. I know I don’t know everything. I’m here because I have a vision. I want to move forward. There are people who will be better than me in their job and I want to work with them. It’s not about me. It’s about the work. If we did something really bad, we have to come to the table and talk “Okay guys, it didn’t work out, what can we do to fix it?’ “ “I have down time, I play football. “ If she wasn’t a filmmaker, she would most likely be a professional football player. Right now, she is organizing a women’s football team called Performance Kinetix FC. “I think I owe it also to football. How it instilled in me a sense of discipline in what I do.” If she is neither a filmmaker nor a professional football player, she would be a chef because she loves to cook. “But I seem to love to eat more,” she laughs. No matter what she does, Sally puts her heart into it. She chooses to do what she does. “You play with the cards you’re dealt with. Make it work.” For Sally it does not matter if you are working in mainstream or independent cinema, what matters is you do good, great work for that matter. “Filmmakers don’t know the power they have. That’s the power to win people’s minds and hearts. The power to inspire great nations. It’s not about us. It’s about the audience. If you can move nations, if you can move people to do, to think better of themselves, and to inspire them to do good work— that’s my biggest reward. That’s the power we have.” 43


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A Lover of Cinema Confucius once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” They say a job you would love would never feel like a job, it’s more of an obsession. But even if you are dedicated to your job, everyone deserves a break. It is important to incorporate a form of relaxation into any one’s lifestyle and what better way than to have this relaxation in the comforts of your home. WORDS BY: GWEN FOSTER PHOTOGRAPHY BY: NELSON MATAWARAN

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hey say if you love something, surround yourself with it. On the way to the topmost floor, The walls of the stairs are filled with frames of movie stills from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the timeless classic Gone with the Wind, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and movie stills layout in a newspaper from Superman Returns. Character stands of the characters from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and a tarpaulin from Lord of The Rings The Return of the King are pinned on the wall. Looney Tunes characters lined up like soldiers at each step and the crowning glory—an LED display “Next Attraction” with scrolling movie titles.In the middle of a wall in the hallway is a massive collage of actors and actresses from That’s Entertainment, surrounded by posters of classic films such as As You Desire Me, Cleopatra, Alice in Wonderland, Shanghai Express and A Tale of Two Cities. To the right, a private little home theater. Fourteen theater seats with drink holders on its arm rests. The room is fully carpeted with walls are acoustically treated. The walls are teaming with memorabilia and tributes to prominent people in cinema and entertainment. There are plaques with the faces of Mel Gibson, Liz Taylor, Michael Jackson,Shirley Temple, and one of the considered greatest actors of all time The Godfather and A Street Car Named Desire’s Marlon Brando. In the cabinets, Manilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Madonna collectibles. Pinned to the wall are posters of Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in Ivan Reitman’s Six Days Seven Nights, Mel Gibson and Julia Robert in Richard’s Conspiracy Theory to name a few with a corkboard of posters like those found in old theaters. Up front, a director’s chair, a 46

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James Dean headpiece, figurines of MoTown Artists, and a full set of life sized action figures of the Justice League from the DC Comics Franchise. Truly an homage to entertainment. An enthusiast will spend hours looking through all the items of the room. This theater room is a testament to how the technology of recording and playback vastly changed. Before the digital age, people took their time to sign up for Video Tape Rental Stores to rent and watch movies. Home made videos and productions back then were recorded on video tapes. These video tapes needed great care, they had to get cleaned because if they accumulate dust it can ruin the film or the tape can get jammed while inside the player. While the demand for these video tape players has depleted, there are a few designed to allow film enthusiasts to relive their movies from their analog collection. What makes this room nostalgic is the JVC VHS D-VHS Digital HDTV Recorder HM-DH50. It is also capable of recording digital broadcasting with its ATSC tuner and playback the recording in high definition, up-to-date with MARCH 2012

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the digital age without losing touch with the video library built through the years. But theater systems evolved with time, as seen with its players: Yamaha Natural Sound Video CD Changer VCD-120K, the Yamaha Natural Sound AV Amplifier drives the whole system and the recent Toshiba HDMI DVD Video Player with a DVD copy of The Day After Tomorrow on top of it. The home theater’s Runco Super IDTV II SC3050 Scan Converter can make you go back in time. A great choice for those who want to capture the film -like quality of movies as it projects on a screen paired with its companion, the Digital Motion Artifacts Correction SC3050. The Panasonic High Definition PT-AE700E Projector projects into a white screen hidden behind the red curtains. The Panasonic PT-AE700E is the perfect companion, it is small, smart and sleek. It is user friendly and does not require particular knowledge before it can be played. One of its perks is it can be placed in odd shaped rooms because of its vertical and horizontal lens shift control. The speakers for the home theater system are smartly placed and hidden amongst the memorabilias. Once all set, it’s time to sit on one of the theater seats and watch as the red curtains automatically open revealing the huge white screen. When building your audio system, bigger might not always be better. This room which is mainly used for movie viewing has a 5.1 audio system. Also, the equipments does not have to be expensive. Plan it out. Take note of the size of the room, the brands of the speakers. Home system enthusiast have always started with low-end products before buying top-of-the-line equipments. For a basic set up of 5.1 audio speaker system, the biggest speaker must be placed in the center front of the couch. The subwoofer which produces the low-pitched sound or “the bass” is near the central front. Two speakers at the side of the television must be slightly angled and pointed to the couch. Then the two speakers must be placed at the side of the couch. For a 7.1 audio speaker system, add an additional set of speakers slightly angled at the back of the couch. 48

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From here start experimenting to achieve what sound you want. A 5.1 audio system will suffice a small room. A 7.1 audio system will be suited for those who want that extra surround sound. Evaluating how effectively the speaker placement is defined by the sweet spot, usually the center of the theater seats, where the sound should “disappear”. This means the listener should not be able to distinguish from what particular speaker the sounds are coming from. The key is to research, and try things out. They say if you enjoy something, surround yourself with it.

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The fire escape created the ‘PIZZABURGER’, a burger patty sandwiched in two slices of pizza. This kind of burger is not your usual food fair, but the RED BRICK, was a bomb and makes their pizza and patty. The concept of eating burger with pepperoni and bbq sauce was unique and the beef patty was flavorful yet balances everything in each bite.

Chef Luigi innovated his own version of Chimichanga with cheese steak filling. It’s filled with tender beef slices, caramelized onions, and cheese is wrapped in flour tortilla, then deep fried. It has a nice peppery beef flavor combined with the crispy tortilla and cheesy texture. It just lacks the sweetness of the onions and the sharpness of the cheese to be a cheese steak.

With the craze of Korea’s double fried chicken, Misono Express created their version of fried chicken wings. It’s fried boneless chicken wings are coated with teriyaki glaze that gives you a sweet-nutty flavor that doesn’t overpower the taste of the chicken. No-mess, easy to eat, chicken wings just the way we like it.

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04. FRENCH FRIES W/ YAKULT-OH, MEATBALLS,ONIONS

05. GINGER, LEMON, & HONEY

06. SIGNATURE SALMON RICE BURGER

Bispo’s French fries is served with different fillings & toppings. We got yakult-oh (yakult mayo), meatballs, and onions. The fries was a little bit soggy, meatballs were good with a hint of spices, and topped with onion relish and the yakult dressing. Overall, the relish, meatballs, and fries was perfectly paired, but the dressing was overpowered by all other ingredients.

Nature’s Clinic is one of the all-natural juice store in mercato that sells different fresh, natural juice that’s both refreshing and healthy. After trying different juices, we got ginger, lemon, & honey, which is somewhat similar to lemonade with fresh ginger juice. At first, it has a sweet-citrusy taste, then a fragrant ginger kick with a subtle spicy finish.

Akai Nori’s rice burger is made from Japanese rice that is pressed firmly to create a rice patty, similar to an onigiri (rice ball). It’s filled with nori, thinly sliced grilled salmon steaks, caramelized onion, rice puffs, & their ‘signature dressng’. The whole burger was a different experience, the sweetness of the onion, silkiness of the salmon, and the richness of the miso dressing was married perfectly, like a maki that’s carefully crafted.

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MERCATO CENTRALE

MIDNIGHT MERCATO CENTRALE

is a weekend lifestyle food market situated at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. It is open from Saturdays and Sundays 7:00am - 2:00pm

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