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Well, It’s Valentine’s Again

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all it mushy, corny, and commercial but you can’t ignore Valentine’s Day and neither can we. So in this issue, we have a few features devoted to a favorite activity – dining. For those who don’t like their dinner to be a hit or miss affair, we have a listing of sure-fire restaurants together with those worth trying (page 53). Those who want something more dramatic, we have “Dining at the Top” (page 52) of tables with great views. Those with moolah to spare can take a short hop (on PAL, of course) to Hong Kong and eat their way through Cynthia Rosenfeld’s picks of her best dining spots (page 48) in this hyper city known for fabulous concept restaurants, award-winning cuisine, and very stiff prices. But don’t worry, Cynthia’s list includes reasonably priced (that’s still relative) places. Personally I can’t wait to get hold of the first Hong Kong edition of Michelin, the ultimate dining guidebook, and try out a few that have earned these highly coveted Michelin stars’ rating. Those who feel Valentine’s Day is the best time to propose, we have recommended spots whose locations are difficult for your dates to find a way their way back home (this we hope will decrease the chances of rejection). We have done our part, so good luck guys! My personal favorite in this issue is our photo essay where we asked some professional photographers to submit a photo that they considered romantic, knowing that these creative types won’t go for stereotype romantic images. For instance, Joseph Uy, Jr. captured a female tourist in Italy who playfully placed her outstretched hand to be kissed by the lips of a bronze-painted pantomime artist (right photo). More of these delightful images begin on page 58. An image that reflects the degree of hardwork and creativity that our contributors apply in their assignments for us in Mabuhay is the one submitted by photographer Joseph Uy, Jr. His unique photo that we used to start Cristina Arzadon’s article, Windswept Beauty (page 28), is a night image of the iconic Ilocos Norte windmills where the stars, instead of appearing as bright dots, are captured as illuminated lines. To achieve this, Joseph had to go to this location at three in the morning and set his camera at a low shutter speed and kept the lens open for around one hour. Now that’s effort – to go to an isolated place after midnight and patiently work for hours just to capture a truly captivating image. Well, I hope you enjoy this issue; after all, it’s love that makes the world go around. Have a pleasant journey.

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The International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, China (see page 38)

Contents Vol. 31 No. 2 February 2009

22 Stoked in Hawaii

Surfer photographer MARK DIMALANTA goes to the birthplace of surfing and gets high from the sun, sand, and surf.

28 Windswept Beauty

The rugged terrains, scrumptious cuisine, scenic countryside, and even the scorching sun are what make Ilocos so enthralling for local journalist CRISTINA ARZADON.

34 Opulent Dreams

Macau continues to up the ante of lavish attractions. CYNTHIA ROSENFELD checks on its two new dazzling hotels: the MGM Grand and The Four Seasons.

38 Winter Wonderland

When the temperature drops to -20°C in Harbin, China, the grand ice sculptures, ornate Russian architecture and thrilling activities make it a fantasyland, says APPLE MANDY.

48 Hong Kong by the Flavors

It’s nearly impossible to try all of the city’s 11,000-plus restaurants, but these 11 dining spots from CYNTHIA ROSENFELD’s list stand out.

58 In Focus: Romance from the Photographers’ Eyes

Peek through these artists eyes’ and see love in the most mundane things.

Well, it’s Valentine’s! 42 44 46 47 52 53

Best Places to Propose A Filipino Serenade: The Harana Take a dip! Romance + Thrills Dining at the Top Sure Fire Restaurants

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Editor’s Note What’s Up Travel Log The Lighter Side PAL Pages Last Frame

We, at Philippine Airlines, are happy to have you on board. Please sit back and relax, and allow us to make your flight enjoyable. For your own safety and convenience, please observe the regulations listed at the back pages. “Mabuhay” is a Filipino verb in the form of a command: “live!” It is also a wish: “may you live!” Whoever says it wishes you the great gift of a long and full life. It is both a blessing and a lusty cheer. “Mabuhay” (ma-boo-high) is such a large word that it lends itself to a wide number of secondary uses: welcome, congratulations, thanks, godspeed, hello, good luck, cheers, posit, sante, viva, kambei, aloha, and many other expressions of goodwill. All these are a part of life; but it is the gift of life that makes them possible. “Mabuhay,” in other words, is an invocation and a celebration of life itself.


The Aqualuna sails on the scenic Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Although traditional in design, you can enjoy hip cocktails and delectable snacks while on board. Photo by Dan Green





It’s a “tough job,” but somebody’s go to do it. For most part of the year, Time contributor and Conde Nast Traveler contributing editor CYNTHIA ROSENFELD travels around Asia so she’s easily able to spot the best restaurants, the plushiest hotels, and the most unforgettable resorts. For this issue, she had a lovely time trying out Macau’s two newest hotels on page 34, and on page 48, she dines in 11 of Hong Kong’s finest restaurants. With assignments like these, it’s no wonder that she’s always refreshed! 3


Shanghai-based food writer APPLE MANDY is a hungry traveler who continues to explore the wonders of China.  Armed with layers of down clothing and a pair of ski shoes, she bravely plunged into Harbin’s frigid weather on page 38. She got frostbitten on the fingers and toes while skiing on the slopes of Yabuli, but feeding the Dongbei breed tigers with beef strips and crossing the frozen Songhua River by foot became worthy of the freezing temperature.

Preferring to choose lifestyle over chosen profession, DR. MARK DIMALANTA of Huntington Beach, California left a promising career in medicine to chase his lifelong passion for surfing and photography. On page 22, he gives us a primer on Hawaii.  At present he shoots surfing lifestyle images to share his world through the eyes of his Pentax.  He travels the world to chase perfect waves, and dreams of getting lost in the Philippine Islands, the last bastion of pristine surf. 2

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CRISTINA ARZADON began her career writing about Ilocos politics, business, crime and police. She soon found out that her journalistic route was a lonely and dangerous road which brought scarce friends and extensive enemies. She is still active as a news reporter, but has found peace in exploring the wonders of Ilocos Norte and the charm of Ilocanoliving. In the process, she has gained a pride of place, as she wrote on page 28. Like most provincial-based journalists, she dabbles in other workfields and heads the government’s information arm, the Philippine Information Agency in Ilocos Norte. She also writes for a national paper and freelances as a feature writer.  4

What’s Up FEBRUARY 2009

Singapore Thaipusam February 8 Thaipusam in Singapore is a unique festival that must not be missed if you are in Singapore this month. Each devotee carries a Kavadi (large metal frames connected to their bodies by hooks and spikes) along with drumming and chanting from other followers to celebrate this bizarre Hindu Festival. www.etour thaipusam-singapore.html

Panagbenga Flower Festival in Baguio City Photo by Francis Magalona


In living color

Bamboo music, flowers galore, and bright lanterns mark February’s magical festivities

The 34th International Bamboo Organ Festival February 19 to 27 Las Piñas Discover the famous bamboo organ found in the city of Las Piñas. Festivities include a series of cultural events and concerts. Panagbenga February 1 to March 8 Baguio City Baguio City blooms as the city celebrates its annual flower festival. Major activities include

the grand opening parade, followed by a colorful street parade the next day.

Hong Kong Hong Kong Arts Festival February 6 to March 8 This is the premier arts festival of Hong Kong so expect nothing from the best performances in theater, dance, and the visual arts. Spring Lantern Festival February 9 Help guide the spirits back to the realm of the dead by joining hundreds of Chinese lantern revelers as they fill the streets of Hong Kong to celebrate the first full moon of the Chinese New Year.

Hi, how are we doing? I’d be happy to hear your comments, suggestions and concerns on how we can continuously improve our service. Send me a note at Jaime J. Bautista President and Chief Operating Officer Philippine Airlines 10 M A B U H A Y

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San Francisco Tulipmania Festival February 11 to 16 Be captivated with a display of over 39,000 tulips in brilliant colors that are displayed throughout San Francisco’s famous Pier 39.

Chinese Lantern by Chewy Pips; Tulip photo by **Elle**


Melbourne Eighty people carry the 92-meter Dai Loong (Great Dragon) through Melbourne’s Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year—and it’s considered lucky to touch it. The tradition began in 1979, as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations enjoyed by all locals, of Chinese descent or not.

Travel log February 2009

Pool for the Gods Bask like a Greek god in the Peninsula Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s majestic blue and white heated 18-meter pool linked to the timber-decked sun terrace, a perfect sunbathing spot overlooking the gorgeous Victoria Harbour view. The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon; tel. (852) 2920 2888;

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Kannawidan Ylocos Festival. What: Get

a taste of what Ilocos Sur is all about through this festive and exciting weeklong event of local dances, parades, plays, games, food, and much more. When: Until February 3, 2009 Where: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Take it from Audrey Hepburn’s classic style—elegant and tailored ensembles paired with chic ballet flats. Pazzy Manila has flats that can spruce up the plainest of outfits­—in zebra and leopard prints or deep-hued suede with velvet ribbons. Oh, and they also have some fabulous totes.;

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Let’s Eat! (Mangan!) Mangan. Refined and inviting, with china collections, Filipino art and elegant dark woods. Take a table by the bookshelves and order the Tofu Sisig or sautéed tofu with lots of garlic (Php96/ US$2.10); well-seasoned and slightly spicy, it’s very tasty for a non-meat meal. For fish lovers, go with the Inihaw na Bangus (grilled milkfish stuffed with tomatoes, onions, and garlic), delicious with just the right amount of stuffings. Let’s eat!

Robinson’s Place, Pedro Gil corner Adriatico Streets, Ermita, Manila; tels. +632 400 4784 or +632 400 6293

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Bora Spot

C2. Relaxed, low-key dining with wood décor and an open kitchen. The go-to place for traditional Pinoy cuisine where presentation is king. Try the Pinoy Continental—a bento box of fried sweet potato and banana slices with condensed milk, garlicky suman sa ibus with tsokolate dip (sticky rice with chocolate dip), and two pieces of grilled kesong puti pandesal (local bread with cottage cheese)—an interesting fusion of flavors! The Shrimp Maruya (fritters), wrapped in banana leaves, are crunchy with some very good dips. Dig in!

Grand Boracay Resort: Conveniently located at D’Mall in Boat Station 2. X-Factor: Sprawling, a few feet away from the pristine beach and bustling markets. Best Room: De Luxe Room. Must-try: Massage services. Price: Rates start at Php4,435 (US$94)

Level 6, Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong City; tel. +632 636 1509

Paint just like Van Gogh with this handy-dandy art set. The canvas cards are already outlined with drawings so all you have to do is whip out that paint brush and color. The best thing about it, you can bring it anywhere!

I Love My Mother (Earth) canvas bag is locallymade and 100% environmentfriendly! Show some love!

Echostore, G/F, Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City; tel. +632 901 3485 Photo by Noel Salazar

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Fully Booked, Bldg. 6, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City; tel. +632 858 7000; www. Photo by Noel Salazar

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Nestle Up! Throw in a few more pillows, some scented candles, a bunch of fresh flowers, and voila! Let the snuggle fest begin!

Flowers. Opt for fresh flowers to brighten up the room.

All available at Our Home, basement level, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; tel. +632 634 1943 Photo by Noel Salazar

Curtains. Php449.75/ US$10 Deep and dualtoned curtains add drama to any space.

Throw pillows. If you can’t take your date to Paris, you can at least have Paris on your couch! Paintings. Php3,000/US$64 A painting can make or break the room, pick something that goes well with your interiors.

Mustard throw. Php699/US$15 throws and shawls can be used as instant blankets.

Candle holders. Php299.75/ US$6.40

Red touches. Pillow: Php249/ US$5.50 Aside from Christmas, Valentine’s Day is also a fan of the color red—it’s always a nice warm touch. Scented candles. Relaxing and therapeutic, scented candles never fail to set a romantic mood.

Oil-burners. Aromatherapy oils will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a spa. Pour yourself some tea while you’re at it.

Leather block chair. Php2,995/US$64 Chic spacesaver. It also serves as storage.

I Heart Cookies Give your date these moist, chewy, and absolutely yummy treats that come in velvet heart-shaped boxes from Mrs. Fields, and your date will surely say “I love... these cookies!” Mrs. Fields, ground level, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; tel. +632 910 5695 Photos by Noel Salazar

Make others SMILE, and EARN!

Travel is always full of funny and amusing surprises. Mabuhay is opening a new forum where readers can share their humorous anecdotes, experiences, photos, and get paid. Example: Jojie Alcantara Camiguin, taken by Poolside signage in

Funny Signages – Take and send us photos of amusing signages, menus, etc., such as the one below and indicate where you took them. If your image is published, we will send you 1,000 pesos. Travel Tales – Write in not more than 100 words anything funny or unusual – a joke or an experience. If your entry is published, we will send you 500 pesos. *All materials must be original and Eastgate Publishing Corporation does not guarantee its publication and is not responsible for returning materials that have been sent. Please email materials to or

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History February 2009 February 26, 1848 The Communist Manifesto pamphlet is published by two young socialists, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, advocating the abolition of all private property and a system in which workers own all the means of production, land, factories and machinery.


February 14 Celebrated as Valentine’s Day, it is one of the most widely observed unofficial holidays in which romantic greeting cards and gifts are exchanged.

As the world turns

Pope Gregory corrects the calendar, Nelson Mandela is freed, and other trivia this month in history

Philippine History February 3, 1993 Japan formally apologizes to the Philippines for the “unspeakable suffering” of Filipino comfort women in the hands of the Japanese Imperial army during World War II. February 8, 1998 The Commission on Elections rejects the implementation of the nationwide automated elections systems. February 14, 1975 The Philippine Heart Center, the first in Asia, is opened.

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WORLD HISTORY February 1, 1960 In Greensboro, North Carolina, four African-American students sit down and order coffee at a lunch counter in Woolworths. They are refused service, but do not leave. Instead, they wait all day. The scene is repeated over the next few days, with protests spreading to other southern states, resulting in the eventual arrest of over 1,600 persons for participating in sit-ins. February 24, 1582 Pope Gregory XIII corrects mistakes on the Julian calendar by dropping 10 days and directing that the day after October 4, 1582 would be October 15. The Gregorian, or New Style calendar, is then adopted by Catholic countries, followed gradually by Protestants and other nations.

February 12, 1809 Abraham Lincoln (d. 1865), the 16th U.S. President was born in Hardin County, Kentucky. He led the nation through the tumultuous Civil War, freed the slaves, composed the Gettysburg Address, and established Thanksgiving. February 15, 1820 Susan B. Anthony (d. 1906) was born in Adams, Massachusetts. A pioneer in women’s rights, she worked tirelessly for woman’s suffrage (right to vote) and in 1872 was arrested after casting a vote in the presidential election. She was commemorated in 1979 with the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, thus becoming the first American woman to have her image on a U.S. coin. February 19, 1473 Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (d. 1543) was born in Torun, Poland. Considered the founder of modern astronomy, he theorized that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system.

Bronzed bodied surfers (Photo by Sri Maiava Rusden)

Waikiki Beach (Photo by Tor Johnson)

Nuuanu Pali Lookout of Windward Oahu (Photo by Chuck Painter) Plumeria blooms (Photo by Joe Solem)

Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Japan)

Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District (Photo by Tor Johnson) 22 M A B U H A Y

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Stoked in


Surfer-photographer MARK DIMALANTA rides the waves in this Pacific island and goes to the birthplace of surfing

Warm smiles from the local girls (Photo by Sri Maiava Rusden)

h 2008 World’s Longest Fresh Flower Lei (Photo by Tor Johnson)

Images courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)

Waimanolo Bay (Photo by Sri Maiava Rusden)

awaii, as clichéd as it may sound, is still a paradise on earth and for so many reasons. Hawaii with all of its ethnic diversity is a collision of cultures living in harmony. Sun, sand, and surf are the mainstays, and no discussion about the culture can be more descriptive than surfing’s past, present, and future. It was the birthplace of surfing—the sport of kings and the one iconic feature that epitomizes the local lifestyle. No visit to Hawaii is complete without witnessing the awesome spectacle of the best waves on earth in North Shore. During the peak winter months from November to February, wave heights average 16 feet on the face. During monster swells, wave heights can reach an enormous range between 36 to 50 feet. Hawaiians, as macho as they are, conservatively measure the backs of the waves rather than the face, and typically cut wave heights in half. So, what appears to be a 30-foot beast to mere mortals is balked at by veteran Hawaiians as being a puny 15-footer. Hawaii benefits from various factors making it a magnet for some of the largest and most consistent waves on earth. First, its geographic position in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean makes it the first landmass to absorb powerful northerly swells originating from Alaska. Another key element is having an ideal seabed or “geomorphology” to influence perfectly shaped waves with power. Hawaii’s narrow sea shelf that lines the coast is the first important ocean bottom characteristic. As wave energy approaches from deep water to the shallow shelf, waves are propagated with progressive energy. The second aspect of the ocean floor is the complex arrangement of underwater hills and valleys adjacent to shore, created by lava flow, erosion, and existing coral reefs. This creates deep-water “channels” that absorb ocean turbulence and allow for easy accessibility to the outer breaking waves. Without a channel, and during high surf, paddling out to the breaking wave would be near impossible. F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 23

A perfect banzai pipeline in North Shore

Make sure you also sample the ubiquitous plate lunch, which is basically a cosmopolitan mix of Asian entrée choices served with plenty of rice and macaroni salad. The cuisine of Hawaii is a colorful blend of its mixed cultures. With savory choices such as Japanese sushi, katsu and teriyaki, Chinese shoyu chicken and garlic shrimp, Korean shortribs, Filipino inspired Loco Moco and L&L BBQ plate lunch, Portuguese pao doce and malasadas, and Polynesian flavors of poi and kalua roast pig rounding the mix.

Hawaii produces about 320,000 tons of pineapple each year, but did you know that they’re not native to the country? In fact, the Hawaiian name for pineapple is hala kaliki or “foreign fruit.” A visit to Oahu wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Dole Plantation. 24 M A B U H A Y

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Photo by Mark Dimalanta

It’s all about the big names, big waves, and the big bucks. Gather the world’s best professional surfers, pit them against one another on the greatest stage on earth, factor over US$800,000 in prize money, the most prestigious title in surfing and you’ve got the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. It is what Wimbledon is to tennis, the Masters to golf, and the Superbowl to Football. Hawaiian-Filipino Sunny Garcia is the six-time winner (most ever) of this highly coveted Surfing honor. This prestigious event takes place annually during the winter months on the “country” portion of Oahu, the North Shore. The region is a stark contrast from the lights and glamor of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, otherwise known as “town.” The dichotomy of the two faces of Hawaii is what makes Oahu so unique. They are two sides of the same coin: the shopping and dining experience of town versus the mellow vibe and huge winter surf of the country. While in town, be sure to swim, surf or sail the bountiful blue shores and mellow waves of Waikiki beach. There is also some of the best snorkelling at Hanauma Bay. Expert lessons for longboarding and stand-up paddle surfing (SUP) are available through the Waikiki Beach Boys. The nightlife on downtown Kalakaua Avenue also fulfills all your hedonistic shopping desires with Tiffany, Gucci, Bally, and Coach within walking distance.

Your Own Surfboard

Insight: The Hawaiians


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Robin Johnston Surfboards; 58111 Iwia Place, Haleiwa; tel. +808 638 8875;; Rates start at US$420 for short-boards and US$620 for 9’ long-boards.  Shipping globally from Hawaii is an additional US$30-50 depending on the size of the board.  Time from order to delivery averages two months.

Photo of hula dancers by Mark Dimalanta; Portrait courtesy of HTA/Ron Dahlquist; Illustration by Mitzi Villavecer

awaiians are descendants of ancient sea-faring Polynesians who migrated via large outrigger canoes from Polynesian islands. Polynesians typically are of large stature. Their advanced navigational expertise, improved sailing technology, and enhanced food preservation are all aimed at surviving the long months at sea. A study of early Polynesian skeletal remains revealed substantial stature with broad shoulders and hips, with long robust limbs. These and sizable muscle mass were all practical adaptations selected to facilitate the biomechanics of paddling. The sizable muscle mass and increased subcutaneous fat are all functional adaptive advantages. To overcome the massive cold stress during long, wet voyages and the overnight wind chill factor, there had to be a metabolic adaptation in the form of storage of excess calories through the over-secretion of insulin, which increased fatty tissue formation. These traits ultimately act as insulation against the cold. These settlers who eventually made it to Hawaii bore offspring of the same genetic representation of massive stature. No wonder that the only Asians who make it to the National Football League are typically of Hawaiian descent. Over the years, migrant farmers settled in from China, Japan, Portugal, Korea, and the bulk comprised of sakadas (sugar cane farmers) from the Philippines. The Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association organized recruitment of Filipino laborers from Ilocos and Cebu. Harsh living conditions and limited economic opportunities within the rural Ilocos region prompted a progressively increased migration of Ilocanos in search of a more optimistic future. Much of what you see in modern day Hawaii is a blend of all the cultures that have found their way to Hawaii and call it their home. Hawaiians operate on “Hawaiian time,” which is probably more lax than Filipino time. Here in the islands, life is simpler. They drive much slower and they take time for recreation. They are a hospitable culture rejoicing in the values of ohana (family) and their traditions make them some of the longest-lived people.


s the surfing culture continues to boom in the Philippines, our surfing culture might eventually outgrow what is currently available. Enter the custom shape—a high performance surfboard designed to suit your level of ability and desire to perform. Shaping from his shaping bay near historic “Velzy-Land,” North Shore for the last eight years, Robin Johnston specializes in many board ranges. His present day shapes are facilitated with the use of “CDR” and “Pro Shapes” machine cuts that take the raw blank and cut the general outline of each surfboard based on his own design and dimensions. Robin then, hand finishes each board to the rider’s exact specifications adding that skill level and weight are equally important parameters when creating a custom shaped surfboard. With top pros riding his boards, such as Hank Gaskell from Hawaii, and being a respected surfer himself, RJ Surf ’s custom boards are guaranteed to deliver. Robin offers a competitive advantage by having experience in both Hawaiian and Philippine waters. He knows what design implementation works and this insight is the perfect combination for providing custom surfboards for the Philippine market.

Photo courtesy of HVCB/Linda Ching

Laidback vibe at Waikiki Beach

Locals like to stay off the beaten path and visit Ward’s Center in Waikiki for Wednesday night happy hour at Ryan’s Bar & Grill and Brew Moon for live reggae performances every Friday night. For local ono (delicious) grinds, try the authentic Hawaiian choices at historic Rainbow Drive Inn located on Kapahulu Drive near the entrance to Waikiki. Also look for Diamond Head Cove Health Bar, located near the entrance to Diamond Head State Park on Montsarrat Avenue. The Health bar features fresh fruit smoothies, salads, fresh fish tacos, and resonates a laid back surfer’s vibe. While on the north shore visit Ted’s bakery on the “Kam” Highway near Sunset Point for the freshest coffee, pastries, and, of course, plate lunch! Hawaii-based L & L Hawaiian Barbecue, Hawaii’s largest Asian food chain, just happens to be owned by a Filipino entrepreneur, Eddie Flores. Some of the best surfers in the world also happen to be Filipino. Hawaii’s Sunny Garcia, Dustin Cuizon, Tamayo Perry, and Freddy Pattachia can all trace their roots back to the Philippines. When visiting Hawaii, you can experience all the beautiful aspects that make this culture truly wonderful, but always remember that much of that comes from our own, from the Filipinos in diaspora that have made Hawaii all the richer! 

PAL flies between Manila and Honolulu three times a week. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888 and +632 855 7777) or log on to www. philippineairlines. com.

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describes Ilocos’ rustic beauty and the many ways to experience its old world charm Photo by Joseph Uy, Jr.

§ The hardy and assiduous Ilocanos have built their character upon the same tough landscapes marked by a prolonged dry season and by generally rocky and sandy soil.

This isn’t a meteor shower, but simply a star-sprinkled sky. Taken on the shores of Bangui at around 3:30 a.m., the camera was mounted on a tripod and the lens was opened for more than an hour to get star trails this fascinating. 28 M A B U H A Y

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hile most provinces in the countryside have caught up with the wave of modernization and the comforts of modern living, Ilocanos continue to enjoy the simplicity and charm of Ilocos life. Yet, the Ilocos province today has come a long way from the harsh conditions of the land—a mixed landscape of coastal waters and agricultural lands straddled by sand dunes, riverbeds and hardwood forests. The hardy and assiduous Ilocanos have built their character upon the same tough landscapes marked by a prolonged dry season and by generally rocky and sandy soil. Understandably, the difficult conditions of early Ilocos life are reflective of the Ilocanos’ distinct character of frugality because produce was limited to what the land and the sea could churn out. The locals’ penchant for salty dishes is influenced as well by the stretch of salt beds scattered across Ilocos towns. Ilocos Norte for example remains a destination of choice for most tourists looking for traces of the genteel past that is still etched even in the province’s nerve center in the capital city of Laoag. The prime commercial center of the province, Laoag remains to be a blend of the traditional and the new face of Ilocos centuries later from the Spanish colonial period when the Spaniards discovered the region in 1572. While medium-rise buildings have started growing like mushrooms in this capital city, patches of heritage structures remain squeezed within commercial strips right at the heart of the city. Icons of Spanish influence ranging from colonial houses, tabacaleras (brick tobacco warehouses) and churches stand as reminders of the rich Ilocos history. One of such historical edifices is the Museo Iloco (Gen. Luna cor Llanes Sts., Laoag; tel. +6377 770 4587) nicknamed as Gameng (from the Ilocano word that means treasure) that is housed in the centuries-old Spanish brick warehouse originally known as the Camarin de Tabacco dela Tabacalera. Sitting next to the provincial capitol, the brick structure is now the only functional edifice among five such structures built around Ilocos Norte during the Spanish period. All other tabacaleras built in the towns of San Nicolas, Currimao, Bacarra and Dingras have become mere icons of Spanish occupation. Established in 1999, the Museo enhances the cultural and historical heritage of Ilocanos and provides tourists a window to Ilocano culture. The Museo just launched in November last year the Gameng Learning Center for Ilocos Norte Traditions and a Sarusar shop (gift shop) showcasing Ilocos’ ethnicity and distinctive products. Souvenir and gift items such as abel Iloco (handwoven cloth), basi, handicrafts and Ilocano-made foodstuff are available at the Sarusar. F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 29

It feels like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a desert safari when you drive through the sand dunes of La Paz. A pride of Ilocos is restaurant owner Pamela Aragoza (photo below) whose restaurant is the heart of authentic Ilocano cuisine.

While in Laoag, sports aficionados can explore an 85 square kilometer-stretch of sand dunes in the seaside village of La Paz (Bantay Bimmaboy to locals) in a rugged four-wheel drive under the harsh Ilocos sun. A protected geological monument because of its unique land formation, the La Paz sand dunes have been popularized as an outdoor adventure site for the daring tourists. The sand adventure was popularized by the PINAKBET group or Province of Ilocos Norte Adventurers, Kampers, Bikers and Eco-Tourism. The group derived its name from the quintessential Ilocano vegetable dish pinakbet, which is the contracted form of the Ilocano word pinakebbet, meaning shrunk or shriveled. Locals make use of bagoong (fish paste), or fermented monamon (a fish variety) or other fish selection. The basic vegetables used in this dish include native bitter melon, eggplant, tomato, ginger, okra, string beans, lima beans, chili peppers and winged beans.

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Ilocanos may be frugal with their resources but don’t expect them to be subtle on the table. Expect the locals to stage any kind of gathering to invite visitors to a padaya (a festive party) where traditional cuisine is served for as many as there are folks living within the village. Restaurant owner Pamela Aragoza worked within the framework of an Ilocano food gathering for her dining place named in honor of her mother Preciosa. The La Preciosa restaurant (Rizal St., Laoag City; tel. +6377 773 1162) has become a byword in the culinary business outside the province and abroad where Ilocano balikbayans and tourists alike would come together for a family gathering each time they visit Ilocos Norte. La Preciosa pioneered fine-dining restaurant in the North beginning the 1950s when the family matriarch Severa Ablan Ventura opened the Modern Kitchenette in downtown Laoag to Ilocanos looking for regular homecooked food whipped up differently. Severa later passed her skill for practical cooking to Preciosa who soon opened her own restaurant which she named as Peppermint Kitchenette offering a mix of colonial, Filipino and Ilocano cuisines. It was no surprise that Preciosa’s daughter Pamela would later continue the tradition of home-cooking through her own dining place. Other home-grown food businesses include the Herencia Café (Mc Arthur Highway, Barangay 14, Sangladan Paoay, Ilocos Norte; tel. +6377 614 0214) right across the majestic Paoay Church. It offers Ilocano cuisine but its original recipe, the pinakbet pizza is a hit among local and foreign tourists. The C and E Pizza Pasta Restaurant (Gen. Luna St. Laoag City; mobile no. +63928 524 0606) whipped up its own Bagnet Pizza to maximize the popularity of the bagnet or crispy pork chunk. The pizza is topped with a generous amount of bagnet chunks while gamet strips (Japanese nori) add a twist to its taste. 

A List of 10 Places 1 . Fort Ilocandia A hotel complex with five Spanishinspired colonial buildings finished in cool red radrillos (bricks). Tel. +6377 772 1166 or +6377 772 1168

2 . Malacañang of the North This turn-of-

the-century-inspired edifice used to be the residence of Ferdinand Marcos in Paoay. Contact the local Department of Tourism at tel. +6377 772 0467 or +6377 771 1473.

3 . Café Herencia

The home of the original Pinakbet and Dinuguan pizzas. It has a magnificent view of the worldrenowned Paoay Church. Contact Sammy Blas at +63917 570 2110 or +63918 378 7802

4 . Sitio Remedios

A heritage resort facing the South China Sea that’s reminiscent of mid-20th century Ilocos. Contact Josue Raymund Baroña at +63917 332 0217.

5 . Marcos Mausoleum The

Marcoses’ ancestral home is sitting on a sprawling lot in Batac City. It houses an airconditioned mausoleum where the refrigerated remains of former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos are kept since 1993.

For inquiries call +6377 670 1926.

6 . San Nicolas The “Damili” center in the North where the ancient art of terra cotta pottery still exists. Contact the San Nicolas town hall at tel. +6377 770 4454 or +6377 772 1698. 7 . Pasuquin Home of the famous Biscocho bread and site of Ilocos Norte’s salt-making industry. Contact the town hall at +6377 775 0037. 8 . Burgos Site of the tallest and functional lighthouse in the Philippines. The majestic lighthouse sits on a three-level complex with sweeping vistas of the sea, rolling mountains and the Cape Bojeador. Contact the town hall at +6377 764 1004. 9 . Bangui “Home of the green energy.” It has placed the town in the international map after the first commercial wind farm, a first in Southeast Asia, was built. Tel. +6377 764 3020.

1 0 . Pagudpud

“The sea paradise in the North.” Contact the town hall at +6377 764 1020. Pagudpud is a twohour ride from Laoag by private transport and less than three hours by public transport.

Lucio Tan’s Small Water Impounding Project


locos Norte has been a major source of tobacco supply for Tan’s tobacco business but crop trading in early 2000 suffered a major setback because the Ilocanos’ cash crop could not be sold for

being salty. Agriculture experts blamed this on the high alkalinity of farmlands due to high volume of pesticides that later seeped to the ground. It was also aggravated by lack of irrigation facilities that would bring water to parched lands caused by a prolonged dry period in the region. Tan showed up in the province and saw the need to put up an irrigation facility that would bring relief to dried-up farmlands. Tan then provided a diversion dam project worth some 3.6 million pesos in Batac, home of the National Tobacco Administration provincial office, and where most tobacco crops in Ilocos Norte are grown. He made

His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (fourth from left), chairman of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, confers the Eco-award for Water Sustainability upon Dr. Lucio C. Tan during the 8th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) in Cebu City. Also in photo are (L-R) APRSCP president Dr. Olivia la O’ Castillo, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and former President Fidel V. Ramos. 

three more visits to Batac until 2006 when the project was inaugurated. Similar to a small water impounding facility, the diversion dam is meant to provide irrigation to agricultural lands. Tan’s pro-active effort was recently conferred with the Eco Award for Water Sustainability during the 8th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP) in Cebu City.

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f o l k t a l e s

The Origin of Dewdrops


ccording to a folk story from the Ilocos, there was a time long ago, when there were no dewdrops. Leaves were never wet in early mornings except when it rained the night before. The following legend explains the dew as tears from a heartbroken maid: In the old, old days there lived a prince beloved by his people. Dashing and gallant, he epitomized the ideal of young manhood. His name was a by-word even in realms beyond his father’s kingdom, and princesses vied with one another in winning his attention. To all of them he was pleasant and charming, but he loved only one maiden. She was Lin-na-aw, lovely and unaffected, but alas! She was but a fisherman’s daughter. Her pure heart and winning ways melted the king’s opposition to the match, and the wedding was set for the coming full moon. A princess in a neighboring kingdom heard of the prince’s impending marriage. She intended to marry him herself; she must act quickly before it was too late. She dispatched a courier to the prince saying that she needed his help urgently for she was in distress. Always gallant, the prince rushed to her palace. He found her dressed in the most seductive robes, languidly waiting for him. “Oh my prince!” she gushed in welcome. “But first you must take something to drink after that journey.” She motioned to a slave who brought in a jar of basi1. The unwary prince welcomed the proferred drink, not knowing that it was mixed with a love potion. Soon he was making ardent love to the princess. He tarried in the palace, and 1 Ilocano sugar cane wine

for the nonce forgot poor Lin-na-aw. When the full moon came, he found himself married, instead, to the scheming princess. One evening, the prince lay awake and listless. He went out to the garden where he thought he could sleep in the fresh night air. Alone for the first time since he came under the princess’ spell, he fell to thinking of Lin-na-aw. He thought he saw her gentle face; she was looking at him in sadness. There was no reproach in her eyes, there was only sorrow. Tears blurred her gaze and rolled down her cheeks. For a long time he lay rigid and helpless while he watched her weep wordlessly. No longer able to contain his anguish, he reached for the weeping face and cried, “Lin-na-aw, my beloved.” Was it all a dream? The early morning light suffused the garden. He looked around, but where was Lin-na-aw? She had vanished, but the blades of grass glistened with droplets which surely must have been her tears! From then on, leaves and blades of grass are moist with dew every morning. The Myths: Philippine Folk Literature by Damiana L. Eugenio Published by The University of the Philippines Press, 2001, Paperback, 513 pages. University of the Philippines Press, E. de los Santos St. University of the Philippines campus; +632 928 2558;; email: F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 33

Enjoy the elegant tradition of afternoon tea as well as cheese, pastries and a Viennese buffet at Four Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Windows Restaurant.

pulent ODreams The contest continues as two new dazzling hotels light up the scene in Macau. CYNTHIA ROSENFELD walks us through the MGM Grand Macau and the Four Seasons, Cotai Strip 34 M A B U H A Y F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9

With a façade as shiny and striking as the MGM Grand’s (left photo), the wealth gods will surely be invoked to bestow good luck on the players betting on the hotel’s 385 game tables. Don’t worry if the casino stressed you too much. Housed in the MGM Grand is a Six Senses Spa (right photo), which is one of the internationally awarded chain of spas.


ith the global economy in a tailspin, casino gambling seems not much riskier than keeping your money in the bank. Rather than fret over plummeting stock markets, go wheels up to Macau where two exciting new and completely different hotels offer a diverse array of food, spa and shopping alongside the gambling tables and slot machines, which together offer the perfect distractions. The shiny gold façade, divided into three undulating bands, reflects light off the surrounding South China Sea at the MGM Grand Macau (tel. +853 8802 8888; www.mgmgrandmacau. com; rates start at MOP1,688 or US$212). The metal is meant to confer good fortune on those who press their luck at the inhouse casino’s 385 game tables and 888 slot machines beneath 619 accommodations, some of them exceedingly opulent. New arrivals can be seen gawking inside the soaring double height lobby at the paint-splashed artworks and oversized glassblown flowers by American artist Dale Chihuly. Souvenir size variations sell in the gift shop across from the decadent MGM Patisserie where the European pastry chef turns out authentically flaky sweet treats, gourmet sandwiches and

fine homemade chocolates for those who need a boost of candycoated caffeine. English speaking staff whisks guests to one of the spacious, neutral tone guestrooms with sea foam Thai silk curtains, deep soak baths and panoramic sea or city views or into a sleek, masculine suite with polished wood and marble details plus double-sized Jacuzzi bath. Seriously high rollers enter the lapis lazuli elevators of the VIP wing inspired by the owners’ European travels that lead to 22 sea-facing villas with ornate floral chandeliers, Portuguese carved wood furnishings, a karaoke room, and an eyepopping marble double head steam shower room. Try your luck in the spacious casino with its elaborate floral carpeting and complimentary water bottles to keep cool. Minimum bids are lower at the virtual baccarat tables where the blond Barbie look-alike cyber dealer speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Gather your courage at happy hour in the gold tiled Russian Room with its white leather boudoir chairs and ornate oyster fountain, at the ice-inspired Champagne Bar or in the ultra-chic Veuve Clicquot Lounge convenient located among the gaming tables. F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 35

Whether you won or lost, tranquility beckons at MGM Grand’s pool that overlooks the South China Sea. The Four Seasons Spa (photo below) promises three wonderful signature treatments, but perhaps most unforgettable is the Diamond Magnetic Jewel, wherein your body is polished with crushed diamonds.

Unwind away from the casino and find your way towards the expansive pool overlooking the sea, which is ringed by cushy cabanas and circular daybeds built for two. The airy gym adjacent boasts wide windows that confer distracting sea views plus a meditative yoga room. China’s first Six Senses Spa, Moroccan in décor and staffed by Thai and Balinese therapists is open round the clock. The seven treatment rooms are rather bare but three mother-of-pearl clad VIP suites are seriously decadent. The floatation pool mimics the effects of swimming in the Dead Sea, and the relaxation areas with heated recliners face the South China Sea. For those who can’t choose among the global massage styles on the extensive menu, the Six Senses Massage Fusion is a sophisticated, seamless orchestration of aromatherapy, Swedish, Balinese and Thai techniques that thoroughly relaxes. The best bet is the signature package that covers the whole body from aromatic foot bath to all over body scrub and Swedish massage plus spa cuisine lunch and a ferry ticket back to Hong Kong. 36 M A B U H A Y

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Many of the hotel’s eateries surround a whimsical glass roofed central courtyard called the Grand Praça, designed to evoke the era of Portuguese explorers who set forth to establish their colony here in Macau. Japan’s Super Potato managed to blend his starkly modern stone interiors at the open kitchen Rossio restaurant where carp in oversized tanks add color without distracting from signature dishes like the African chicken, a local delicacy seasoned and slathered with spicy sauce then grilled to a light caramelized crisp. Traditional Chinese dragons swirl around the central column at Imperial Court, the Cantonese restaurant where dishes range from classic Peking duck to the more unexpected like spare ribs in strawberry sauce. Macau’s most refined sanctuary, The Four Seasons Hotel Macau, Cotai Strip (tel. +853 2881 8888; www.fourseasons. com; rates start at US$338) gives guests round the clock access to the behemoth Venetian with its sprawling casino and Cirque de Soleil via a three story shopping arcade filled with top luxury brands like Hermes while feeling more like a resort, thanks to three adult pools plus two for kids, all surrounded by lush foliage and shaded poolside cabanas with fluffy daybeds and flat screen televisions. Follow the intoxicating aromas emanating from the Belcancão buffet, a grand culinary tour that culminates in local specialties like Portuguese duck rice with chorizo. Windows Lounge off the lobby serves equally appetizing Macanese fare like spicy piri-piri chicken and 24-month air dried Portuguese hams plus a delightfully refreshing sangria sorbet. Inside the 360 stately guestrooms, Chinese silks and antique style furnishings complement signature pillow top bed, 42” flat screen television and top notch work spaces with easy to find outlets and high speed WiFi. For a small daily fee, any guest can access the 20th floor Executive Lounge with meeting spaces, private offices, even cocktails


European and Asian union at its best


he people of Macau, who call themselves Macanese are a unique blend of Portuguese who first arrived in the 16th century and Chinese ancestry. The Portuguese converted many native Chinese Buddhists to Catholicism. Today both religions flourish among the devout population. In the process of conversion, many Chinese dropped their Chinese surnames and adopted Portuguese surnames so it is not uncommon to meet an ethnic Chinese named Mr. Fernando. Others, like the famous casino king Stanley Ho, appear indistinguishable from their Hong Kong or mainland Chinese neighbors. Though many visitors to Macau do not venture far beyond the gambling tables and luxury hotels, those who do interact with Macanese will find them a very sincere people. They might seem a bit distant at first, but when they warm up to you and see you as a friend, they are extremely helpful and will always extend a hand as one would expect in a small, tight-knit community.

Illustration by Mitzi Villavecer

PAL flies between Manila and Macau daily. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888 and +632 855 7777) or log on to www.

and an elegant dining balcony. While hidden from view and accessible by a Portuguese lantern lit hallway, the Plaza Casino offers roulette, baccarat and blackjack in an intimate environment for those who want a try their luck without foregoing this exclusive ambience. Spend at least some of those winnings in the spa. Start with a plunge in the wonderfully warm vitality pool or cool down with a papaya mist showers. Thoughtful and smiling attendants deliver ice cold Fiji water and stand ready at poolside with a warm, enveloping towel followed by a pot of detoxifying raspberry tea. The 14 treatment rooms, five of which are doubles, are comfortable but unassuming, done in blond woods and cream tones. The focus here is on strong deep kneads, with a tightly edited menu of targeted treatments for jetlag, aching muscles and traditional Chinese healing. Strokes are harmonized to the Portuguese inspired music, giving all treatments a local flair.â&#x20AC;Ż F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 37

Winter Wonderland

Get covered in snow with APPLE MANDY as she tours us around the chilly streets of Harbin, China. Images by Wang Yuanchang

Landscapes and classic Chinese architecture account for about 30% of all the snow and ice sculptures in Harbin every year.


a r b i n , t h e ca p it a l of daunting. Multiple layers of thermals and down clothing paired northeast province Heilongjiang, with downhill ski boots, including a face mask and a wool hat are is the ultimate winter destination. essential to keep you warm enough to enjoy the beautiful sights. The much-anticipated International Start the day exploring the Sun Island Park Scenic Spot Ice and Snow Festival celebrates or Taiyang Dao located north of Songhua River. Occupying an the theme “Peaceful World,” area of four million square meters, the former Russian resort showcasing a kaleidoscope of in the 1920’s has been transformed into a recreational zone. marvelous frozen sculptures Amid the lush greenery and forest alleys, there’s a small and artistic snow carving. If you can handle the sub-arctic Russian Old Town that entertains you with their traditional climate, then you’re bound to witness a celebration that is music and dance performances. Beside it, the Sun Island indisputably one of China’s biggest highlights. Park’s ground-breaking snow carvings such as majestic As the fourth largest winter festival in the world, after temples and modern structures are feast for the eyes. Sapporo Snow Festival, Quebec Winter Carnival and To reach here, if you’re bold enough, skip the cable ride Norway’s Ski Festival, Harbin’s month-long festivity dates and cross the frozen Songhua River by foot. Once a fishing back to 1963. Unfortunately after two village, it takes approximately 20 years, when the Cultural Revolution minutes to walk on layers of ice covered started, it was put on hold. The with five inches of snow. However, be The Ice Festival runs from Chinese government resumed it in very cautious because some parts can be January 5 – February 5, 2009. For more details, 1985 and since then, it has become a slippery and shatter easily. But when the visit holiday destination. water melts, according to resident Zhou (Chinese only) With a snowflake-spitting weather Hai Jia, old people plunge into the cold or (Chinese and English). that is as cold as Saturn, first-time water and swim to gain strength and travelers may find the Little Moscow improve circulation.

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Everyday during winter in Sun Island, you can watch Russians dance on ice. Harbin’s architecture is notably Russian because it was once under Russia’s rule. (Left photo) Presently the largest natural park for Siberian tigers, the Siberian Tiger Park is home to 500 pure-bred tigers. They rarely prey on humans unlike the other species, and they do so only when provoked.

If this activity isn’t your choice, treat yourself to a visual spectacle instead. The elaborate and dazzling ice sculptures at Zhaolin Park are Harbin’s most breathtaking winter attractions at night. The Chinese have taken the liberty of imagination to make replicas of such iconic structures like the Great Wall of China or Parthenon of Athens. With colored lights illuminating from inside, everything looks like a fantasy playground. But a trip to Harbin isn’t limited to multi-colored ice carvings. Those who have a penchant for adventurous activities can spend a day skiing at Yabuli Ski Resort, a two-hour drive to the site of the 3rd Asian Winter Games. For the less adventurous travelers, the Siberian Tiger Park’s safari trip offers a close encounter with vivacious tigers. A small van that accommodates eight people takes you to see these creatures. At the final destination, get the chance to feed them with live home-raised chicken at RMB40 (US$6); farm-raised chicken at RMB100 (US$15); whole duck at RMB100 or beef slices at RMB10 (US$1.50). We fed them with a home-raised chicken stuck in a long PAL flies between wooden stick. It was a petrifying experience but a Manila and Shanghai memorable one. daily. Swingaround tour Exploring Harbin is endless. The city, combining packages are available. strong influences from Russia and China, still For more information, call reveals a culture that is distinct from anywhere. It PAL reservations office is in these few places we understood Harbin as a (+632 855 8888 and +632 thriving city and how it has continuously developed 855 7777) or log on to www. through the years.

Harbin’s vibrant dining culture depends heavily on wheat, flour, potato and corn. There is nothing comforting than Dongbei-style dumplings filled with pork, beef, vegetables or shrimp. We assure Dongbei Ya, a 24-hour modest restaurant, serves juicy and mouthwatering dumplings better than Shanghai’s Dongbei Ren Restaurant. Zhongying Da Jie, 26 Xiliu Dao Jie; tel. +86451 8886 0377 For traditional Dongbei cooking, Xue Fu Restaurant dishes up stir-fry sour potato slices and Dongbei-style sour cabbage. Make sure to try the beef bone marrow and suck the soup using a straw. Daoli District, 7 Shangyou Jie; tel. +860451 8801 4288; +86451 8801 4388; 329 Tongda Jie; tel. +86451 8762 1288 Get a taste of Russian delicacies at Russian 1914 Café. Our two visits prove piroshiki or deepfried bread with minced meat and carrot filling; and Russian cabbage meat rolls are truly flavorful. Daoli District, 57 Xitou Daojie; tel. +86451 8456 3207


The Shangri-La Harbin (555 You Yi Road; tel. +86451 8485 8888; offers luxurious living for RMB1,508 (US$220.50) for one person and RMB1,588 (US$232.20) for two persons, inclusive of 15% surcharge. For budget-conscious travelers, Gongshang Binguan, only 30 minutes from Harbin Taiping International Airport and located conveniently near the Zhongying Pedestrian Street, offers clean, standard rooms at cheaper prices. Make sure to book early because rates change everyday. Daoli District, 6 Xi Liu Dao Jie; tel +86451 8461 7254


Stroll at Daoli District’s Zhongying Dajie and check out the Russian architectures that line the cobbled-lane streets. Today, retail stores and shopping markets occupy them. Here, you’ll find souvenirs and food like Russian vodka, chocolates, and caviar. Make sure to haggle for a cheaper price. Dongbei sausages are a must. If there’s time left, discover Harbin’s past at Sofia Orthodox Church, built by the Russians in 1907.

getting there

Several airlines depart from Pudong, Shanghai to Harbin. Flights start as early as 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 39

your intentions. With that, you should never let anyone else touch your crystals. If you want to wear them as a bracelet, wear them on the left wrist. In feng shui and in vastu (the Indian art of placement), the left hand is the receiving hand while the right hand is the giving hand.

The Love Draw In this season of romance, feng shui expert CRISTINA MUNNARIZ gives us tips on how to intensify your love connection


e are all entitled to the abundance of the Universe and are encouraged to work towards it. Yet modern man has confined the definition of abundance to money wealth when it could also mean the total package of happiness: health, loving relationships, success and wealth. Love should not be overlooked or cast off as “corny” because love is what inspires us all to attain the happiness we desire. The Chinese New Year full moon is a great time to start reviving your love prospects with a custom called the Ritual of the Moon Goddess. Single ladies love this one; though some men have secretly done this for themselves too. Follow these practices and you just might meet your ideal life partner soon:

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in your pocket or wearing them as jewelry especially near your heart, can draw loving friendships and partners. You must be mindful though to purchase a crystal that has not been touched by human hands. Crystals easily absorb the energy of its handler. Most crystal shops should clear your tones with a Tibetan singing bowl to clear it of contamination. If you want only your wishes to be followed, then keep it from others. Before you wear or carry it around, make sure that you also cast your intentions of love and the specific qualities that you are looking for in a partner. This is called crystal programming. It’s like training your crystal to follow only

Wearing pink or red is also good for attracting love. This one is easy enough for most women. Men can stick to red if they have issues about wearing pink. As simple as these practices may be, be very deliberate in declaring your wishes. Don’t just ask for a partner—visualize someone who will complement you and make you truly happy.

Peach Blossom Animal


he peach blossom is the feng shui flower of romance. In Chinese horoscope, each of the 12 signs responds to a specific animal that would help heighten its individual romantic energy. This is the zodiac sign’s peach blossom animal. If you are a Rat, Monkey or a Dragon, your peach blossom animal is the Rooster. Place a rooster figurine in the West section of your bedroom. For Rabbits, Boars and Sheep, place a Rat in its compass direction which is the North. Snake, Rooster and Ox have the Horse as their peach blossom animal. The Horse direction is in the South. While for Tiger, Horse and Dog, place a Rabbit in the East. Try it out and see how the prospects start coming in. Don’t get too carried away though. Choose a partner you are truly compatible with and not just anyone.

Illustrations by Mitzi Villavecer

Offer gifts to the Moon Goddess. On this special night, around midnight when the full moon casts its reflection on the river, single ladies whisper their intentions for love to the moon and throw offerings of oranges into the river. Some throw coins, others throw flowers. Any which way, the Moon Goddess is very thankful. You must be warned to neither doubt nor challenge her for she only responds to those who honor her sincerely. You can do this on any full moon but the first full moon is the one most people look forward to.

Energize the southwest—the direction for love—of your bedroom with feng shui symbols of love. The two mandarin ducks or swans, the Double Happiness symbol, portraits of men or women bearing the qualities you seek in partner, flowers (peonies, peach blossoms or roses), and rose quartz crystals are examples of these. Keep this place well lighted too. If your bathroom falls in that direction, do not put the symbols inside but instead outside of it. Putting your luck enhancers in the bathroom may amp your luck in ways that you won’t exactly find desirable. So don’t risk it!


You’ll surely get a “yes” when you pop the question in these places because these aren’t just beautiful destinations: they’re far too, so she’ll have a hard time running away from you if she says no. Oh, she better say yes!

Coron Enchanting lagoons and virgin beaches never fail to inspire those who visit Coron. It’s dreamlike and oh so beautiful. Grab the chance to ask for her hand while she’s inspired by the views!

Anawangin Love the sea and mountains? Anawangin in San Antonio, Zambales has the perfect combination. A rolling landscape of the mountains gives way to a wide cove below that’s lined with pine trees, while the fine gray sand is said to come from the massive eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Whisk her off here for extraordinary stargazing.

Caramoan Islands Lighthouse When you hear the story of the caretaker of the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte, you’ll view these solitary structures in a different light. He was an old man who lost his wife years ago. His loss and old age could have worn him out from taking care of the lighthouse, yet he never fails to watch over it day after day after day. A tourist asked him why he continues to do so, to which he replied, “so that she’ll know that I’m still here and I still love her.” So just imagine if all lighthouses in the Philippines are carefully restored. Imagine the many proposals that will be made! Well, the next best thing is The Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic Bay. It’s a simple and tastefully designed boutique resort which has a small lighthouse that serves as a viewing deck. Moonbay Marina Complex, Waterfront Road, CBD, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales; tel. +63247 252 7545;; rates start at 6,000 pesos or US$129

Intrepid couples will find the perfect spot in Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur. Far and secluded, this is a nature tripper’s paradise with white sand beaches, beautiful rock formations, and lagoons. If you’re not ready to leave, fret not because charming wooden cottages can be found on Gota One Island. Tel. +632 8170831; www.; rates start at 4,650 pesos or US$100

Batanes They say that this northernmost province of the Philippines is reminiscent of Scotland. Rolling greens are backdropped by strong waves from the South China Sea. It will be proposal that couldn’t get more romantic because of such a picturesque place.

PALExpress flies between Manila and Busuanga (Coron) daily, and PAL flies between Manila and Naga (Caramoan) daily on Air Philippines operated flights under our code share agreement. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888 and +632 855 7777) or log on to 42 M A B U H A Y

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A Filipino Serenade: The Harana


o test of patience can be as difficult as the one in the arena of love. To profess love during the Spanish period (1500s1800s), you should have the guts to stand under her home, sing mellow love songs, and wait for what seemed eternity if she will even acknowledge your presence. In some parts of the world it was called the serenade or serenata. In the Philippines, it was called the harana—a simple, heartfelt declaration of love and probably the ultimate test of patience for men.

With no portable sound system available yet, a young man relies on his trusty guitar. If he’s not musically blessed, that doesn’t stop him from serenading his lady love. He asks the help of his friends, and in the stillness of the night, they sing under the window of the lady’s home. With fervent hope, they wait for that one flicker of light.

At last, the lights turn on! Could it be that the she also likes him, or is it simply because to stop him from hassling the neighbors? Either way, this is a very good sign. And what greater joy when she opens the window to listen to their songs!

The man reaches the next level of courtship, so to speak, when he starts sending mushy love letters to her. Of course, the lady, being proper and demure, waits for the nth letter before she actually writes back, but only to decline.. He then takes it as a challenge. If he persists, he should be prepared to be the family slave, which entails fetching water, chopping wood, and working in the farm. If it weren’t for the promising reward, he might as well wish that he had been a carabao instead.

Unfortunately though, not all men can pull off a wonderful harana, or perhaps, the lady simply doesn’t like the man. That’s why he could sing with all his heart out, but the lights won’t be turned on, and the window would never open. If he’s that unlucky, the windows will be opened for him but not to be listened to—but to be showered by a bucketful of water. Alas! He walks away dripping wet with a heavy heart and wounded ego.

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A Dip into Infinity Amandari

Antulang Beach Resort


The Surf Camp

It feels like immersing in enchanted waters when you dip into its signature pool (this photo). Lined with emerald-green tiles, it overlooks the scenic, verdant rice terraces below. – Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; tel. +62 361 975 333;; rates start at US$750

A dreamy scene is created here when trees frame the saltwater infinity pool while the setting sun casts an amber glow on the water. Hidden and romantic, it was here where a local actor proposed to her celebrity girlfriend. – Tisiaton, Negros Oriental; tel. +6335 225 8899 or +6335 422 2600;; rates start at US$155++

You seem to forget the Bobby Mañosa architecture when you’re in its infinity pool that faces the tranquil Bohol Sea. With water the shade of cobalt blue, the pool spells sophistication with a Filipino touch. – Barangay Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol; tel. +6338 502 9516;; rates start at US$500+

This has been dubbed the “Amanpulo for surfers.” Its infinity pool sits on a stretch of rugged coastline and looks out to powerful swells from the Pacific. – ABCD Beach, Calicoan Island Guiuan, Eastern Samar; mobile no. +63917 530 1828; www.calicoansurfcamp. com; rates start at 5,500 pesos (US$117)

Bali, Indonesia

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Bohol, Philippines

Eastern Samar, Philippines

Romance + Thrill

Intramuros and fireworks: Photos by Jetro B. Rafael; Edge Coaster: Photo courtesy of The Crown Regency, Cebu

Take a carriage ride


ld souls can have their fill of old-fashioned romance in Fort Santiago. Take a ride in a Spanish horse-drawn carriage at sunset and you’ll have a charming tour back in time. Unlike the common calesas on the streets, these carriages are definitely more elegant, romantic, and easier to board. Riding in one makes you feel like a Spanish Cinderella. – Castillan Carriage Tours & Carriage Services, NIA Compound, Sta. Clara St., Intramuros, Manila; tel. +632 301 0930; rates start at 1,000 pesos (US$21)

and end with a Bang

take her to the edge


alk about Thrills! The Crown Regency Cebu has come up with a fun way of viewing the skyline: sit on the Edge Coaster and hold your breath while the seats are tilted downward, or you can walk on the ledge with dizzying heights below you when you try the Sky Walk Extreme. Either way, your partner is bound to squeeze your hand so that will surely raise heartbeats to a different level! – Tower1, Fuente Towers, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City; tel. +6332 418 8888; www.skyexperienceadventure. com; rates start at 500 pesos (US$11)


ome people do burn cash all for love. But don’t worry if you don’t have the budget. The SM Mall of Asia does the work for you. Every Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., the San Miguel by the Bay, located at the back of the mall, transforms into a dating ground of couples of all ages who came to watch the fireworks. The spectacle looks like someone is drawing on the evening sky. Bring your date here for a free thrill. Just don’t go looking for privacy because you won’t find it here. – Central Business Park, Bay Boulevard, Bay City, Pasay City; tel. +632 556 0680 F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 47


Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cosmo vibe creates crowds with the pickiest tastes. CYNTHIA ROSENFELD dishes us on 11 restaurants that offer the best gustatory pleasures.

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Sophisticated and glamorous, Zuma (right photo) has made it to the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List Tables 2008.

Best seats in the house. Want to sweep off your date’s feet? The Terrace at Sevva will stun her with views of the Symphony of Lights Laser Show, and not to mention some of the best cocktails in town! Plus the city has over 11,000 restaurants, you’d have to eat in five of them every day for three years just to try them all.


standard Chinese greeting asks simply “Have you eaten today?” so it is no surprise that the small island of Hong Kong boasts more than its fair share of good food. Travelers used to paying top dollar in many of the world’s culinary capitals will be delightfully surprised to find they can more than fill up delectably for less than in New York, Paris, and London but for those who want to splurge, they too will find their palates pleased. Some of these local favorites have won international awards while others, equally delicious, endure under the radar. Locals who appreciate good value but don’t feel like eating on the street, nip into Hakka Ye Ye (2nd Floor Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central; tel. +852 2537 7060), an understated eatery near Hollywood Road beloved as much for its regional Chinese fare like minced pork mixed with dried squid dumplings fried in a bean curd wrapper and Hakka style salted chicken as for its extremely reasonable pre-fixe lunch menu. Start with the steamed shredded radish puffs for an unexpectedly juicy burst wrapped in a translucent rice dumpling then dig into a simmering pot of pork stuffed tofu served in a traditional clay pot. No need to save room for dessert here, but the hip contemporary Chinese art plus panoramic city views add satisfying accompaniment to these unusual, delicious dishes.

More awesome Chinese eats in chic surroundings can be found at Water Margin (Shop 1205, 12th Floor, Food Forum, Times Square, 1 Russell Street, Causeway Bay; tel. +852 3102 0088) a surprisingly stylish Northern Chinese eatery inside Time Square mall. Regulars rave about the crispy deboned lamb and the seemingly bottomless bowl of fried chicken in chilies. Even the white rice impresses, spruced up with spring onions and garlic. However, for those who want to go old school, head directly to Lao Ching Hing (Basement, Century Hotel, 257 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai; tel. +852 2598 6080) an institution among Hong Kong’s Shanghainese eateries. The so called “drunken crabs” marinated in Chinese wine, spiced duck and the braised lion head meatballs stand out among the house specialties without breaking anyone’s budget. For classic Cantonese fare, foodies head to Yung Kee (32-40 Wellington Street, Central; tel. +852 2522 1624;, rightly famous for roast goose and barbecued pork. What’s classic to some, may taste entirely unfamiliar to others, even in a place as small as Hong Kong. While the lanes of Wan Chai feel very Chinese, with men in singlets and drooping drawers selling sometimes unidentifiable edibles under signs scribbled in Chinese script, The Pawn (62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai; tel. +852 2866 3444; thepawn. a new eatery housed inside four adjacent shophouses F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 49

from 1888 is a colonial chic gastropub that serves up Anglo comfort food like roast bone marrow with horseradish cream and fish and chips with mushy peas. Owners salvaged building materials and added replica Chinese grill gates between the dining rooms to pay tribute to the building’s previous incarnation as the Woo Cheong Pawn Shop. Around the corner on Ship Street, a former family home dating to the late 1930s that retains architectural elements like the façade’s intricate moldings and early 20th century patterned tiles now houses Yin Yang (18 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; tel. +852 2866 3810), an organic Chinese restaurant with seating for 30 and where chef Margaret Xu satisfies her serious foodie following with what she calls Hong Kong traditional dishes like yellow earth chicken cooked in a terra cotta oven, tea smoked Japanese pork, and deliciously addictive sweet potatoes with sticky rice. Eating well in Hong Kong also means being seen on the scene. Follow Hong Kong’s bold face names to the cushioned couches at the jaw dropping 360° outdoor terrace lounge at Sevva (25/F Princes Building, Central; tel. +852 2537 1388), a penthouse restaurant conceived by local fashionista Bonnie Gokson. The eclectic menu runs from oversized Indian dosas filled with Italian cheeses and tomato to traditional Chinese claypot crackling

to indulge in the Marie Antoinette’s Crave, a kaleidoscopic confection of rose petals and mini macaroons on pistachio sponge cake with cotton candy. Nearly next door, every night is a glamorous scene at Zuma (Levels 5 and 6, The Landmark, Central; tel. +852 3657 6388;, a Japanese gastronomic extravaganza designed by Tokyo talent Super Potato with exposed raw stone and enviable open kitchens. Executive Chef Dan Segall hails from Boston but proves his Asian culinary expertise with grilled Japanese eggplant grilled lacquered with Kyushu and white miso chili sauce, grilled Hokkaido scallops with grated apples and wasabi plus a signature succulent black cod with wasabi lime sauce dramatically wrapped in hoba leaf. Topping nearly every list of Hong Kong’s best eateries, the French restaurant Caprice (8 Finance Street, Central; tel. +852 3196 8888; fourseasons. com/hongkong) inside the Four Seasons Hong Kong commands some of the most coveted reservations in town for its elegant 100 seats, some of which are silver encrusted. Start with a drink in the intimate Caprice Bar then settle in for original dishes like blue fin tuna tartare with green mango, oyster cream and caviar followed by Cordon-Bleu veal fillet with asparagus orzo in tomato sauce or Wagyu beef poëlé and beef fillet sashimi. Memorable conclusions

Top to bottom: Not just is Miss B’s Cake Corner at Sevva such an eye candy; its treats will also satisfy your sweet tooth. Caprice dishes like the Atlantic Scallop Carpaccio with Celery Root Mousse and Perigord Black Truffle gained the French restaurant two stars from the Michelin Guide 2009 for Hong and Macau. D.Diamond’s creative cuisine adds a twist to its elegant ambiance.

rice in broth with chicken, abalone, fresh water shrimps and fragrant leaves as well as East-West hybrids like king prawn and crab roe spaghetti in Champagne crème sauce. Dieting diners will feel more than satisfied by the SEVVA Special, a copious organic salad with artichoke hearts, avocado, tea-smoked quail eggs plus salt and pepper tofu. Unexpectedly delicious dessert vinegars, in flavors like ginger and cassis, are said to cut fat and lower cholesterol, leaving open the possibility 50 M A B U H A Y

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include the warm French toast with aromatic mint ice cream with white peach fondant in blackcurrant jus. For a little romance, whisk that significant other away thirty minutes drive to One Thirty-One (131 Tseng Tau Village Road, Ma On Shan, New Territories; tel. +852 2791 2684; www. The mere four table dining room is housed inside a lone Sino-Portuguese mansion on the waterfront at Three Fathoms Cove. Exposed beams and French doors

Expect nothing less than a gastronomic extravaganza at Zuma, where traditional Japanese dining is given a contemporary touch.

accompany the cuisine of Chef Gary Cheuk who cooked in Michelin starred kitchens around Europe before hiding out here. Ingredients come from the surrounding organic farm and go into a menu that changes daily, so that the foie gras swathed in black truffle and served with port soaked prune on brioche tonight may be stuffed inside prosciutto-wrapped French guinea fowl tomorrow night. Hong Kong Island has always grabbed the after dark spotlight for foreigners living and visiting here but the groove is slowly gravitating across Victoria Harbour. While most of the establishments at Elements, a swanky new mall in the West Kowloon reclamation zone are replicas

of the same brand names found everywhere these days, buzz is building around chef Bryan Nagao at D.Diamond Restaurant & Bar (Roof Garden R001, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon; tel. +852 2196 8126; www.ddiamond. where display cases filled with Damiani fine jewelry pop out from the otherwise elegant polished wood dining room. Holding their own alongside the pricey gems are inventive dishes like seared Chilean sea bass with crispy pork belly, ricotta and maitake ravioli, pine nut and mint crusted lamb chops with grilled pumpkin and pea fondue and warm chocolate cake accompanied with homemade vanilla ice cream yet subtly made over with fresh wasabi.


The Hong Kong Chinese tereotyp es paint the people of Hong Kong as obsessed with money but that is far from the full picture. Certainly there is a strong work ethic in this community built on the shoulders of mainland Chinese born people who swam after 1949 to escape Communism and build a capitalist life. They do enjoy the fruits of this labor, preferring easy to spot luxury brands and stylish frocks in every shade of black. People do work hard but as you stroll through the city’s parks in the early hours, you will see citizens of all ages practicing the ancient and Zen calm art of tai chi. No Hong Kong local would skip a good meal, and can be seen eating everywhere from street side noodle stalls to Michelin starred eateries atop the city’s gleaming towers. Family is also extremely important to Hong Kong people who typically live in three or sometimes even four generational homes even when it means sharing notably cramped quarters.


The Dining Bible Just in time for that special Valentines Day dinner, the last word in the world’s top restaurants Michelin Guide will launch a Hong Kong & Macau edition in February 2009. All 420 pages will be dedicated to the region’s most deserving tables. According to the director of the Michelin Guides, Jean-Luc Naret “Hong Kong has elegant, top-quality hotels offering impeccable service, as well as restaurants featuring a wide variety of cuisines” but until now these world class eateries lacked this ultimate gold star. This is Michelin’s second Asia edition after the successful launch of a Tokyo restaurant guide in 2007. While Hong Kong and Macau already hosts a number of Michelin starred chefs like Alan Ducasse and Joel Robuchon, who holds a record 18 Michelin stars around the world, local restaurateurs await these results with fevered anticipation.

PAL flies between Manila and Hong Kong five times a day. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888 and +632 855 7777) or log on to F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 51

Dining at the


Top Vivere Skyline With a stunning city view like this, you can’t help but say “I do!” Tip: the balcony beside the piano is probably the most private, lending an utterly romantic ambiance. Try the Seafood Crepe Aromat, a selection of seafood wrapped in crepe and tomato sauce and topped with hollandaise and gruyere cheese (475 pesos or US$10). 31st Floor, Vivere Suites, 5102 Bridgeway Ave. cor. Asean Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City; tel. +632 771 7777;

Dining al fresco at 1,000 feet above sea level with chic surroundings and twinkling lights of the city spell noting but cool magical romance. Try the Australian Jumbo Scallops with pineapple chutney, lychee, and white balsamic vinegar (1,020++ pesos or US$22++). Penthouse Level, Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas, Cebu City; tel. +6332 253 1111 loc. 8245 or 8305; www.

Vieux Chalet It can’t get more intimate than this: a cozy wooden house atop a hill adorned with Swiss knick-knacks and large windows that let in the fresh mountain breeze. Try the Fondue Bourguignonne—beef chunks fried in front of you accompanied by a cheese dip (2,200 pesos or US$46) Taktak Road, Antipolo City; tel. +632 697 0396; mobile no. +63917 856 5175

Undecided? Dining strips have mushroomed all over Manila so if you can’t choose a restaurant for your Valentine’s date, just go to one of these strips and choose on the spot. There’s Serendra in Fort Bonifacio Global City, A. Venue Mall and N. Garcia Street in Makati City, the dampa in Pasay City, and Araneta Center in Cubao.

Photo by Jetro B. Rafael

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Sure Fire Restaurants

“ When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That’s amore!” When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine That’s amore!” —“That’s Amore” by Dean Martin, 1952

Sonya’s Garden

Sonya’s Garden Tagaytay

This secret garden (photo above) was called “Manila’s worst kept secret” because a lot of people eventually learned its location. So what used to be an exclusive garden for friends is now a charming bed and breakfast and restaurant. The dishes please the senses and the spirit. Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite; tel. +63917 532 9097 or +63917 533 5140;

Antonio’s Photo by Bien Bautista


Tucked in Tagaytay, this restaurant which combines vintage elegance and sumptuous cuisine is definitely one of the Philippines’ best restaurants. Its unique fixtures add an eclectic touch. Try the Prime Rib Eye Steak grilled with olive oil and served with mushroom sauce (3,800 pesos or US$81). Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay, Cavite; tel. +63918 899 2866

C ’Italian Clark, Pampanga

The cuisine is so good that you won’t mind taking that one and a half hour drive to Clark, Pampanga. Try the Panizza (440590 pesos or US$9-13) where you mix your own fillings and wrap them inside a thin slice of dough. Magnifico! 1210 Don Juico Ave., Angeles City, Pampanga; tel. +6345 892 4059; email:

Le Chef

Camp John Hay, Baguio You can’t say your Baguio vacation trip is complete without dining here. The setting is classic Baguio romance - rustic and warm pinewood-accented interiors that open to views of a garden sometimes shrouded in fog. You can close your eyes and put your finger in any item in the menu and it’s sure to be great because the master chef is no other than highly-acclaimed Billy King responsible for the success of a string of the country’s top

Worth Trying rated restaurants. Billy’s culinary creativity and passion never stops and indeed, he is a “king of the hill.” Camp John Hay Manor, Loakan Road, Baguio City; tel. +6374 424 0931; email:

Cantinetta Rockwell, Makati City

Nice location, relaxing vibes, and superb Italian cuisine are what keep its regulars hooked to this place. Try the Seafood Pasta— fresh clams, mussels, shrimps, and squid are tossed in your choice of pasta (420 pesos or US$9). Block 9 Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City; tel. +632 403 0145


Pasong Tamo, Makati City Just step inside this buzzing restaurant and you’ll immediately know you’re in for authentic Japanese food. Try the Grilled Gindara (370 pesos or US$8) with an addicting sweet sauce. 2277 Pasong Tamo, Makati City; tel. +632 893 7319

Adarna Food & Culture Romantic, with ambient lights and swanked with Filipino vintage pieces. Must-try: Bicol Express –119 Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City; tel. +632 926 8712 Basilio’s – Sleek and modern, the place to go to for good comfort food. Must-try: Steak and Mushroom Pie –U151 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor. 29th Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; tel. +632 856 1742 Chefs’ Quarter – Fine dining on a budget without foregoing tasteful ambiance. Must-try: Braised Lamb Shanks in Cilantro Curry Sauce –Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico Streets, Ermita, Manila; tel. +632 381 3449 Duo – Bright atmosphere with fine elegance. Must-try: Wagyu Rib Eye Steak –Serendra, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; tel. +632 856 1200 Elbert’s Steak Room – Classic, sophisticated, and dark, yet so intimate. Be ready to spend. Must-try: Prime Rib Eye Steak –3rd Floor, Sagittarius Building III, 111 HV de la Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City; tel. +632 339 3363 F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 53

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The Lighter Side

Under the Sea

Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re over the sea or under it, Atlantis the Palm Dubai will not disappoint. Each of its 1,373 spacious guest rooms and 166 suites is designed with subtle oceanic and Arabic influences, overlooking spectacular views of the warm Arabian seas. If you want a better view of the ocean, stay in The Lost Chambers Suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer astonishing views of the Ambassador Lagoon and its exotic marine life gracefully swimming by.

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Punong Pinoy Series


Filipino Tree Series

The Tanguile is endemic throughout the Philippines, and is common in the hilly countryside in evergreen dipterocarp forest of up to 1,500 meters in altitude. A large species is 50 meters tall and 200 cm diameter at breast height. The trunk is regular and cylindrical; the buttresses are low or absent. The timber of Tanguile, a red meranti, is well suited for furniture, making it one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s threatened native trees species.

Photo by Ryan Guevarra/Haribon

BARK COLOR: Graybrown to dark gray. LEAVES: Elliptical and leathery; and the twigs are round or flattened and not drooping. FLOWER: Petals are yellow (bloom from April to May). It bears fruits from June to August.

Top 10 of Everything 2009 By Russell Ash Octopus Publishing Group Ltd.

Be it in the classic David Letterman skit or in the endless stream of pop culture TV specials, top ten lists have become a handy way for us to take a look at how rich and dynamic the present day can be. Russell Ashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Top 10 of Everything 2009 is the definitive manual for those nutty for numbers. This hefty tome speaks worlds about the state of anything and everything we could ever wonder about today. Text by Marguerite de

Cool find

Around Php350 (US$7.60) Powerbooks, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City Tels. +632 757 6428 to 29

Filipino Chocolatier

Intricately designed European chocolates combined with Asian flavors like coconut, mango, jasmine tea, purple yam, and lychee, among others, can now be savored thanks to Raul Matias, a Filipino and founder of Machiavelli Chocolatier. His creations are as delectable as they are beautiful and unique.; tel. +632 489 7408; mobile +63916 297 8729 56 M A B U H A Y

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Leon; Photo by Noel Salazar Photo by Noel Salazar

Feng Shui of Love By T. Raphael Simons Php615 (US$13.30)

The Complete Book of Dreams and Dreaming By Pamela J. Ball Php845 (US$18.20)

A Tourist Guide to Notable Philippine Churches By Benjamin Locsin Layug Php480 (US$10.30) All books available at Powerbooks outlets nationwide.

TIKI DRINK INGREDIENTS: 1 Banana 1 Orange 2 Limes 1 Lemon 1 Pear 2 Peaches 1 Mango 1 Handful grapes 1 Handful Strawberries

*To each quart (litre) of liquid add the following: 2 oz Brandy 1 oz Curaçao (Triple Sec) 1 oz Maraschino ½ oz Over-proof Rum Serve in a tall glass with lots of ice.

Skip to my Loo

So you think you’ve seen them all?

The Philippines, Cuba, Samoa, and Puerto Rico (countries rich in tropical fruits and rum) began the tiki craze way back in 1899, or so. The Filipino version of this now world-famous concoction, was actually a “peasant” drink, except when brandy, rum, Maraschino, or Curaçao is mixed in.

Here are some quirky designs of rest rooms, toilets, loos, powder rooms— or whatever you call them—from establishments across the globe. Who knew washrooms can look this cool? Credit: ...And while enjoying some sittin’ time in the loo, why not do some solvin’? Sit & Solve Crosswords by Trip Payne. Php208 (US$4.50) Fully Booked, Bldg. 6, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City;; tel. +632 858 7000

LAOS (Bizzare indigenous dolls at the market) • Budget per day: US$20; Money: Kip (K) • Best time to visit: November to February

Backpack Photos By Jetro Rafael R.O.X., Bldg. 1, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City; tel. +632 856 4638 to 39


CIRCUS Britney Spears

DAYO The Movie Soundtrack Various Artists DAYO (Wanderer) is a film of firsts. It’s the first all-digital, completely computer-generated Filipino animated movie with 3D sequences, and the first to have a full orchestral score. The soundtrack album is just as noteworthy. It marks the first local animated project for Lea Salonga, who performs Dayo’s theme song, “Lipad” (Fly), and it contains an orchestral score in addition to the catchy pop-rock vocal tunes in the album. By Eric Cabahug

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from the eyes of photographers

If there’s something that sets photographers from us ordinary mortals, it’s how they view the world. Their eyes find beauty, patterns, and emotions in things that seemingly look ordinary. Some of these photographers even saw love by surprise in these unexpected places. That is why we thought of asking these creative individuals to present images which to them represent romance.

Harvey Tapan


Italy, October 2007

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Che Mambong


Manila, July 2008

These belong to the Russian doll collection of Katty Qua. We used the dolls as props in her pictorial for a charity exhibit. The dolls were arranged according to height, and these two dolls were accidentally put beside each other. I thought it was sweet how the male (smaller doll) is persuading the female (bigger doll). They’re Russian and yet their courtship is very Filipino! The longer she plays hard to get, the sweeter the romance blooms.

Joseph Uy, Jr


Italy, May 2007

Some enterprising individuals earn money as pantomimes or statues that move only when generous passersby toss coins into their hat. One such character found himself so smitten by a beautiful lady that he broke his pose and performed a robot dance that ended with a kiss on her hand—without yet receiving a coin from her.  This was taken at the entrance to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.  F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 59



Jetro B. Rafael


Beijing, Summer of 2007

I was strolling in one of the hutongs (narrow alleys that connect two courtyards) when I chanced upon these two statues. It was evident that the gentleman was in love with the woman and was wooing her with tasty dumplings. Apparently, the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach too!

Nicky Sering


Barcelona, September 2006

The couple looked so into each other while they’re absorbed by the beauty of a place that’s reminiscent of Paris‑lots of art, outdoor cafes, and galleries. The man was sitting on a sculpture that spells BARCELONA.

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Tuan, Floro dominate 2008 Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational Golf Tournament


EN. TRIAS, Cavite – Tuan Nguyen scorched the front nine and then hung on down the stretch to edge Valeriano Floro and win overall net honors at the 2008 Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational Golf Tournament at the Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club here last November 14. Tuan, the Vietnamese-American executive of iTouch Point Technologies in Pasig City, fired two birdies en route to a gross score of 81 at the tough Andy Dye course – two strokes behind Floro’s tournament-best 79 – but took the title on the strength of a higher handicap. Floro, managing director of Podium Motorsport and fourtime winner of this event, finished as low-gross champion. The two bested a field of 310 players – all Elite and Premier Elite members of Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Miles program – who competed in the event sponsored by Airbus, Allied Bank, Boeing, GE Aviation, HSBC, MasterCard International Philippines Inc., Mizuno and Petron Corporation The rest of the field put up a spirited fight despite hot conditions at the challenging Eagle Ridge layout, where three of the four championship courses were in play for the tournament. Typical of the close battles was the Class A competition, where the top three finishers dueled each other the entire day before ending up in a dead heat – a net score of 71. In the countback, the two birdies and seven pars of Augie Palisoc, executive director of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., gave him the division crown over former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos and Augusto Theodore de Jesus, last year’s overall net champion. The tournament had as corporate sponsors GE Commercial Aviation Services, KID-Systeme,

Panasonic Avionics Corp., OSIM (Asian Therapeutics) and Philippine National Bank. Over at the Faldo course, Class B had a clear winner in Michael Andrew Sarrosa, but only just. The Bacolod-based businessman finished with a net 71, a stroke clear of Toyota Financial Services president Dexter Roberto Pasion and Franklin Mabitazan. Belo Medical Group, Citibank, Pacific Paints (Boysen), Seemi-Phiten, Rudy Project, Union Bank and Victorinox were the event’s minor sponsors. Class C, played at the Norman course, produced another triple tie at the top, with the same net score of 71. But KM Holdings consultant Paul Carpio had more pars, six, to nose out Gerardo Jaspio and Richard So for the class title. Toyota Motor Philippines and Mercedes-Benz (CATS Motors) were the hole-in-one sponsors; Century Park Hotel, the official hotel; and Philam Insurance, the official insurer of the tournament. Class D was won by Ronald Allan So, with a net 72 over Martin Bautista and Manual Crisostomo, who submitted net rounds of 73 and 75, respectively. The ladies division was topped by Sylvia Tan, a physician with the Specialty Clinics of St. Anne, who scored a 74 from a gross 100. JB Garcia took the guest division with a net 69. Prize donors included Amorita Beach Resort, Asia Brewery, Boracay Regency Beach Resort, British India/Esprit/ Clark Shoes, Fridays Boracay, Guam Visitors Bureau, Makati Shangri-La, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Microtel Inns & Suites, Pan Pacific Manila, Regent Food Corp., Tanduay, TIME, Traders Hotel Manila, World Traveller, and Xytron International. – Rene C. Soliman

GE Aviation’s South Asia Pacific Regional Sales Director Mr. Brian Cook, Petron Corporation’s General Manager Mr. Miguel Angeles and HSBC’s SVP and Marketing & Product Development Head Mr. Christopher Rourke

Allied Bank President Atty. Reynaldo A. Maclang, Boeing’s Asia Pacific Regional Director Mr. Scott L. Mallory, PAL’s Deputy CEO and EVP-Commercial Mr Henry So Uy and MasterCard International Philippines VP and Country Manager Mr. Jose Rene Villa-Real

Ceremonial tee-off by Mr. Henry So Uy, Deputy CEO and EVPCommercial Group Mr. Henry So Uy, Deputy CEO & EVP – Commercial and Mr. Felix J. Cruz, VP – Marketing Support with executives of Major Sponsors Airbus, Allied Bank, Boeing, GE Aviation, HSBC, MasterCard and Petron Corporation

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Cocktails with (L-R) Mr. Henry So Uy, Deputy CEO and EVP-Commercial Group, Dr. Lucio Tan, Chairman and CEO, Atlantic Pacific -LAX Cargo GSA, Ms. Adriana Alarcon, Ms. Norma Gonzalez, Mr. Adrian Ingles, DSM-LAX

Filipino Divas Ms. Kuh Ledesma and Ms. Zsa-Zsa Padilla



Grand Ballroom, Century Park Hotel 03 October 2008

The office of VP-Sales and staff (L-R) Mr. Marvin Aranzanso, Ms. Pauline Galura, Ms. Ajo Tan, Ms. Grace Valenzuela, Mr. Enrique Javier, Ms. Gerry Reyes, Mr. Pocholo Azucena, Ms. Alena dela Cruz, Ms. Ging Liboro, Ms. Tina Bacaltos and Ms. Jackie Fontanilla 62 M A B U H A Y

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ctober 03, 2008 PAL Awards - International was a very special night as we honor and pay tribute to 104 Philippine Airlines supportive and indefatigable driving forces (General Sales Agents, Top Consolidators and Travel Agents) from all the corners of the globe. Once again, they have done the excellent mission of promoting Philippine Airlines and its legendary excellent service to our customers for Fiscal Year 2007 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2008. We were also elated to accord due recognition to the best PAL caterers from Asia, Transpacific/Australia and Japan. The theme for the night was Philippine Festivals. Majority of the guests came in their Filipiniana outfit and, a sumptuous Filipino buffet dinner was specially prepared for our distinguished guests. PAL Express operation was likewise introduced to the awardees. As we offer additional domestic routes thru our PAL Express flights, they could experience and enjoy the different culture and Philippine festivals all over the Philippines. The superb performances of extraordinaire Filipino Divas, Ms. Kuh Ledesma and Ms. Zsa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Zsa Padilla mesmerized the audience in the Grand Ballroom. Once again, we bestow our accolade to all the Awardees for their outstanding contribution to Philippine Airlines.

PAL Awardees from San Francisco

PAL Awardees from Los Angeles (Passengers and Cargo), and San Diego (Passenger)

PAL Awardees from Tokyo (Passenger Sales)

PAL Awardees from Hong Kong (Passenger and Cargo)

PAL Awardees from Singapore (Passengers and Cargo)

Best Airlines Caterer Awardees

Celebrating the different Philippine festivals

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The Same Great Microtel Everywhere You Go!


f you are looking for great accommodations and value for your money, Microtel Hotels & Resorts are sure to please you! All over the Philippines – in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, you can find Microtel Hotels & Resorts that combine comfortably chic rooms and facilities and international standards of service. Take pleasure in the hotel chain’s consistently clean, safe, and comfortable accommodations with the much talked about Microtel chiropractic “healthy-for-theback” beds. Get a good night’s sleep, have a filling breakfast and experience a truly relaxing stay. Microtel also offers packages for golfers as well as groups who are in need of venues for conferences, meetings, team buildings and social functions. Microtel is an international chain of hotels with 300+ properties worldwide including 10 in the Philippines. These

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are located in Baguio, Batangas, Boracay, Cabanatuan, Cavite, Davao, Mactan Cebu, Palawan, Tarlac and soon to open in Palawan and the SM Mall of Asia. All Microtels in the Philippines are managed by Microtel Development Corp., the hospitality arm of the Phinma Group. What’s More! Mabuhay Miles Members earn Double Miles with their qualifying stays at Microtel Hotels and Resorts in the Philippines from February 1 to May 31, 2009. Just present your Mabuhay Miles membership card upon check-in. For reservations, please call (02) 671 7171, (0917) 888 1800 or email sales@ You may also log on to www. for more information. Rooms are subject to availability and advance reservation is required. This promo cannot be availed in conjunction with other promotional offers of Microtel.

Picking up a relative at the airport? Catching a flight? Enjoy the convenience of finding out the exact arrival and departure times of Philippine Airlines’ international and domestic flights , anytime, anywhere in the Philippines! Simply use PAL Infotext - - the first and only SMS service linked to Philippine Airlines’ Flight Schedule Database offering you flight schedules updated real time. This service is available to all Philippine-based Globe users. Information on actual Philippine Airlines’ flight status can be accessed by sending queries to 2333 (Globe). Access to information is available for flights 2 days before and 2 days after inquiry date.

To download PAL flight arrivals, departures and other information:




To To To To To

PAL D <mmdd> <flight number> PAL A <mmdd> <flight number> PAL D <mmdd> <city code>

PAL D 0731 PR810 PAL A 0731 PR810 PAL D 0731 DVO MNL

PAL A <mmdd> <city code> PAL D <mmdd> <city pair> PAL A <mmdd> <city pair>




access a particular flight departure access a particular flight arrival access all PAL flights departing from a city access all PAL flights arriving in a city access all PAL flights departing from a city To access all PAL flights arriving in a city To know the 3-letter code of the city To get information on the search format


Send to 2333 (Globe). Text downloads at Php 2.50 each Note: Keywords are not case sensitive

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Philippine Airlines – Asia’s first airline – is the flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines and the pioneer domestic airline of the country, with a 67-year history that is steeped in tradition and modernity. PAL first took to the skies on March 15, 1941 with a small twin-engine Beech Model 18 airplane, flying 212 kilometers from Manila to Baguio City, with a full load of five passengers. Upon the outbreak of World War II in December 1941, its airplanes were commandeered by the military and destroyed in combat. Post-war operations resumed February 14, 1946 with five ex-military Douglas DC-3s. In July 1946, PAL chartered DC-4s to carry American servicemen home to Oakland, California, making PAL the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific. In May 1947, PAL also became the first Asian carrier to fly to Europe by opening regular service to Madrid. This was followed by rapid expansion of services to Asia and the Middle East in the next two decades. By the 1970s, PAL international route network covered two-thirds of the world. PAL keeps in step with advancements in aircraft technology, acquiring the latest type suited to market demands and local aviation conditions. From the DC-3s that served as the workhorse in the 1940s and 1950s, Vicker Viscount turboprops and Fokker F-27s were added to the fleet in the 1960s. After the BAC111 jets were introduced in the 1970s, the McDonnel Douglas DC-10, PAL’s first wide-body aircraft, went into service on the transpacific route in 1974. The Boeing 747-200Bs jumbo jet replaced the DC-10s in 1979 on long-haul routes, while the Airbus A300B4s replaced the DC-8s on regional services. Today, the fleet consists of Boeing 747-400s, Airbus A340-300s, A330-300s, A320s, A319s and Bombardier Q300 & Q400 turbo-propeller aircraft. They carry an average of 12,000 passengers and 180 tons of cargo daily on domestic routes, and 10,000 passengers and 170 tons of cargo daily on international sectors. In May 2008, the PAL Express – the low-fares brand of Philippine Airlines – was launched out of Manila and Cebu, using a fleet of three Bombardier Q300 and six Q400 that fly to 22 inter-island routes. PAL’s six-decade tradition of warm Filipino hospitality has always been coupled with a strong commitment to continuous improvement of services and operations. Despite the many challenges, PAL remains focused on its vision of becoming a world-class Filipino airline.

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n September 2008, the country’s leading oil company Petron Corporation marked another milestone as it celebrated 75 years of dynamic partnerships, commitment to excellence, and service to the Filipino. Through decades of significant changes in Philippine history, Petron has remained a steadfast ally in nation-building, ensuring a reliable supply of petroleum products for the country’s needs. Powering industries. Fueling economic growth. Uplifting the lives of Filipinos everywhere.

Petron has been a major partner of Philippine Airlines (PAL) for many decades supplying a majority of its Jet A-1 requirements. Today, PAL is one of Petron’s biggest industrial accounts.

A Storied History

Petron Corporation traces its rich heritage to September 7, 1933 when two American oil firms—the Socony Vacuum Oil Company of New York and the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey— merged their Far East interests to form the Standard Vacuum Oil Company (Stanvac). After temporarily suspending operations in World War II, Stanvac promptly rebuilt damaged terminals and reopened retail facilities in 1945. The end of Standard Oil and Socony Vacuum’s partnership in 1962 gave birth to Esso Standard Eastern, which later became Esso Philippines. On December 21, 1973, the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) at the height of the first oil crisis, acquired Esso Philippines and renamed it Petrophil Corporation. By 1983, PNOC purchased full ownership of Bataan Refining Corporation. In February 1988, Petrophil was rechristened Petron Corporation. By this time, Petron had already established itself as a willing and able partner in national development.

Deregulation and Privatization: The New Wave of Change

The 1990’s saw the government move towards full deregulation of the local oil industry. In preparation for a more competitive environment, PNOC sought a strategic partner that would give Petron a reliable crude supply and access to state-of-the-art refining and marketing technology. The result was a partnership with the world’s largest oil producer Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). Deregulation and privatization spurred many changes in Petron. At its refinery in Bataan, crude distillation capacity was expanded. To improve the company’s ability to produce low-sulfur diesel, a Gas Oil Desulfurizing Unit was built in 1994 and was on-stream in April of 1995.

Petron: 75 years of leading through partnerships In September 1998, Petron led the oil industry as it became the first refiner to have a Total Refinery System ISO-9002 certification. This reflected the company’s drive to improve its production processes, planning, delivery and storage, and environmental systems etc. On the marketing front, Petron continued to expand its retail network. This has grown from 945 service stations in 1995 to 1,284 today — the most extensive in the country. In line with its thrust to give the public the benefits of more powerful and cleaner fuels, the XCS gasoline brand was launched in June 1996 to minimize engine deposits, while DieselMax was made available two years later to reduce smoke emissions. To meet the selective tastes of the higher-income, mobile market, Petron launched Blaze--a premium gasoline brand with the highest octane rating in the country--in 2000.

Leading the Way at 75

Today, Petron is the largest oil refining and marketing company in the Philippines. Its 180,000 barrel-per-day, ISO-14001certified Bataan refinery produces a full range of petroleum products to serve 40% of the country’s fuel requirements. It also exports fuel oil, lubricants and the petrochemicals mixed xylene and propylene to customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

In April 2008, Petron inaugurated its $300-million petrochemical facilities at its refinery, enabling it to produce more white products (gasoline, diesel and LPG) and produce the high-value petrochemical feedstock propylene— which is used to make everyday products such as car parts and home appliances. Recently, the company introduced a new gasoline brand, E-10 Premium— premium gasoline blended with 10% ethanol. The use of ethanol in gasoline will not only lessen the country’s dependence on imported oil but also spur economic development in rural areas. To underscore the company’s commitment to human resource management excellence in pursuit of its business goals, Petron was named “2008 Employer of the Year” by the prestigious People Management Association of the Philippines. The company was also named as one of the “Best Governed Publiclylisted Company in the Philippines” by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Inspired by its desire to provide Filipino consumers with world-class products and services, Petron refuses to be complacent despite its strong leadership position in the oil industry. It remains resolute in its commitment to FUEL SUCCESS not only for the brand but for all of the company’s stakeholders. J a n u a r y 2 0 0 9 M A B U H A Y 79

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>> OUR FLEET Since its first flight on 15 March 1941, Philippine Airlines has flown almost 30 types of aircraft to fulfill various roles in its mission of providing the Philippines with an efficient and reliable air transportation as the flag carrier. Now with a fleet of 47 aircraft, PAL operates one of the youngest and best-maintained fleet in the region.

B747-400 No. of Aircraft: 5 Mabuhay Class: 50 passengers Fiesta Class: 383 passengers

A340-300 No. of Aircraft: 4 Mabuhay Class: 44 passengers Fiesta Class: 220 passengers

A330-300 No. of Aircraft: 8 Mabuhay Class: 42 passengers zFiesta Class: 260 passengers



No. of Aircraft: 18 Mabuhay Class: 12 passengers Fiesta Class: 144 passengers

No. of Aircraft: 5 76 passengers



No. of Aircraft: 4 Mabuhay Class: 8 passengers Fiesta Class: 126 passengers

No. of Aircraft: 3 50 passengers

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>> WELCOME ABOARD HAND LUGGAGE / You may carry without charge, one hand luggage small enough to be placed in the overhead rack or under the passenger seat of the aircraft cabin. The hand luggage must not exceed a total linear dimension of 115 cm or 45 in, and should weigh not more than 7 kg or 15 lbs. If hand luggage fails to comply with the required applicable dimensions and weight, hand luggage will be checked in and charged with the corresponding excess baggage charges (if applicable). In addition to the free hand luggage allowance, you are allowed to carry the following items onboard: a laptop with case; a small handbag; a coat, wrap or blanket; a walking stick or a pair of crutches; a small camera or a pair of binoculars; a reasonable amount of reading material; and infant’s food and carrying basket. SECURITY ITEMS / The following items are prohibited from being loaded in the hand luggage or inside the aircraft cabin on all Philippine Airlines flights: liquids and gels; sharp items and blunt instruments; explosives, munitions and fireworks; weapons (including replicas), accessories and martial arts devices; large and heavy tools; and other dangerous items contained in, but not limited to, Section I.D. 8 of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration Model Security Program. All passengers travelling from/to the United States (including Guam) will be prohibited from carrying any type of lighter in their carry-on luggage and into security checkpoints. Please contact any Philippine Airlines Reservations or Ticket Office for the complete list of prohibited items. Prohibited items discovered during the security search will be immediately referred to law enforcement officers or appropriate authorities at the airport for disposition. Security Removed Items (SRI) shall be loaded in the aircraft cargo / baggage compartment subject to security clearance procedures by airport authorities. When traveling in the U.S.A., please give enough lead time for the stricter screening of both checked and hand luggage at all commercial airports. All bags will be subject to search; bags that set off alarms or otherwise raise security concerns will have to be opened for inspection. TAKE-OFF/LANDING / During take-off and landing, please ensure that your seat back is in the upright position and your tray table folded or secured properly. Hand luggage should be stowed in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you. SEAT BELTS / It is Philippine Airlines’ safety requirement that passengers must fasten their seatbelts for the entire duration of the flight even when the seat belt sign is off. While you are sleeping, please fasten your seat belt over your blanket for the easy inspection by the cabin crew. This is to assure you of your uninterrupted rest during the flight even during moments of turbulence. ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT / In the interest of flight safety, any transportable electronic equipment are not to be operated during take-off, climb out, descent, final approach and landing, except for personal electronic life support systems. Electronic devices which intentionally transmit radio signals should never be used for the whole duration of the flight. These include, but are not limited to: radio transceivers, CB radios, cellular phones, and electronic remote control transmitters. Transportable electronic equipment which are non-transmitters and without any accessories that would transmit/receive radio signals, such as laptop computers without Wi-Fi and wireless peripheral devices, video cameras / players, tape recorders / players, CD/ DVD/MP3 players, calculators, electronic entertainment devices and electronic shavers may be used after the safe use of these has been announced. Some flight conditions may require the discontinuance of the use of electronic devices and will be announced by the crew. Personal electronic life support systems such as hearing aids, electronic nerve stimulators, respirators may be used throughout the flight. NO SMOKING / In compliance with the Administrative Order 121 of the Air Transportation Office, smoking is strictly prohibited on all PAL flights, including when the aircraft is on the ground prior to take-off and/or after landing. EMERGENCY OXYGEN SUPPLY AND LIFE VESTS / In the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop automatically in front of you. An inflatable life vest is located beneath your seat or in/under your armrest. Please watch the live or film demonstration of safety procedures, which will be given or screened prior to take-off. ALCHOHOL BEVERAGE / All drinks served onboard are complimentary; alcoholic drinks are served only to passengers aged 18 years or over. Government regulation prohibits passengers from opening and drinking

Welcome to Philippine Airlines! Here are a few reminders to ensure your safety and comfort on board. Have a pleasant trip!

alcoholic beverage other than what is served inflight. For the safety and comfort of all concerned, the cabin crew may decline to serve alcohol to passengers who appear to be intoxicated. Alcoholic drinks are not available on domestic flights and Vancouver - Las Vegas -Vancouver flights. FIESTA BOUTIQUE / A selection of duty-free liquor, cigarettes, perfumes and other highquality gift items can be purchased during the flight from our Fiesta Boutique. We accept major currencies. From time to time, our Festa Boutique offers special giveaways and discounts. Please refer to our Fiesta Boutique brochures or inquire from our cabin crew. INFLIGHT BUSINESS CENTER / Individual onboard telephones are available on our Mabuhay Class in all A340s and selected B747-400s. These are found at the back of the Passenger Control Units (PCUs). Wall-mounted onboard telephones are available for Fiesta Class passengers. Our Inflight Business Center on all A340 aircraft is equipped with inflight phones and fax machine. Charge to passengers for both onboard telephone and fax transmission to anywhere in the world is US$8.80 per minute (or any fraction thereof, for phone) and per page (for fax) of airtime used. Stationery sets are available upon request. For assistance, please don’t hesitate to call the attention of our cabin crew. inflight amenities / On long-haul flights, passengers receive an overnight kit that contains grooming items and other travel essentials to make their flight as comfortable as possible. Mabuhay Class passengers are treated to additional amenities in their kit, such as branded toiletry products and handy travel accessories. Our cabin lavatories are also stocked with other toiletry products to help passengers freshen up for their arrival at their destination. For a more comfortable rest especially during long-haul flights, pillows and blankets are available upon request or can be found on your seat. You can generally recline your seat except those that remain fixed for safety or other physical reasons. We also suggest you tune in to the Tranquil Traveler channel of our Flights of Fancy inflight radio program to keep you relaxed during the flight. Fun and treats are in store for PAL Junior Jetsetter passengers ages 2-11 when they hop in for flight. They will be treated to special kiddie meals on all our international flights. For long-haul flights between Manila and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Melbourne, and Sydney, kids could play with Tom and Jerry, as the wacky cat-and-mouse tandem continue their endless chase onboard our flights, through the Junior Jetsetter activity kits, exclusively made for PAL. The Junior Jetsetter Activity Kits contain activity books, coloring materials, puzzles, stickers, writing materials and other collectibles, which provide children with hours of fun, while educating them on the different travel destinations. Two different activity sets, packed in easy-to-carry tote bags, are available for flights originating from Manila and for flights bound for Manila. BEFORE YOU LEAVE / Please check that you have all your belongings with you before you disembark. If you do find that you have forgotten something, check with our ground staff or write to Philippine Airlines, P.O. Box 1955, Manila, Philippines, Zip Code 1059. YOUR FEEDBACK WILL BE APPRECIATED / We encourage any comments or suggestions on how we can further improve our products and services. Please call our Customer Relations Office at telephone numbers 556-2588, 556-2152, 556-2589 or 556-2590, fax number 556-2157 or email

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Get acquainted with the Philippines even before you arrive. These tips will guarantee a carefree and informed stay. PHILIPPINES AT A GLANCE / Stretching 1,839 kms. north-to-south off the southeast coast of Asia, the Republic of the Philippines has a total land area of 300,000 sq. kms. Its 7,107 islands comprise one of the largest island groups in the world. About 77 million Filipinos make up the population, 55% of whom occupy the largest island of Luzon. Filipinos comprise 111 cultural and linguistic groups of Malayo-Polynesian origin, with varying degrees of Chinese, Spanish and American influences. Majority are Roman Catholics, though a significant number are Protestants and Moslems. The Philippines is the world’s third largest English-speaking country after the United States and the United Kingdom. Filipino is the national language; English is used for commercial and legal transactions. Literacy rate is a high 94%. CLIMATE / The Philippines is a tropical country with an average temperature of 32oC (89.6oF). March to June are hot and dry (36oC); rains and typhoons abound from July to October; November to February are pleasantly cool (around 23oC) and dry. In mountainous regions, temperatures dip to about 15oC. Light casual clothing is recommended for daily wear and Barong Tagalog or coat-and-tie for business and formal functions. CURRENCY / The monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas supervises authorized foreign exchange dealers (at airports, hotels, major commercial establishments and all bank branches), and posts official exchange rates for most international currencies. TRANSPORTATION / Philippine Airlines flies between Manila and 19 cities and towns throughout the country. In Metro Manila, taxis, buses, jeepneys and a two-line Mass Transit System (LRT and Metrorail) provide public transport. In certain areas like Binondo (Manila’s Chinatown) and the old walled city of Intramuros, horse-drawn carriages or calesas ply short routes. International and local car rental companies provide chauffeured or self-driven limousine service. Large groups may hire medium-sized passenger vans or tourist coaches. SHOPPING / The Philippines is fast becoming a shopping haven, yielding great bargains if you know what to look for and where.


The secret to a satisfying shopping expedition is to go where the locals go, whether it be to world-class malls, bargain-rich flea markets or “tiangges”, ubiquitous sidewalk stalls, or tiny “holes-in-the-walls.” Handicraft stores can be found all over the country, selling export-quality products like native baskets and hand-woven fabrics, exquisite shellcraft and fine jewelry, or oneof-a-kind home accessories. Antique shops are a rich source of Philippine antiquities such as carved wooden furniture, old religious images, unique tribal artifacts, or vintage collectible pieces. The country’s upscale malls carry international brands with prices comparable to those in Hong Kong or Singapore. Don’t forget to check out the kiosks scattered throughout these sprawling spaces. They sell interesting items you may want to bring back home – from household bric-a-brac to curio items, native delicacies, or even the must-buy souvenir T-shirt. NIGHTLIFE / Metropolitan Manila is considered a pleasure-seeker’s paradise, with an array of nighttime activities, from the soothing to the sinful. No wonder it has been consistently voted as Asia’s number one destination for entertainment and relaxation by expatriates. You can listen to whatever music you fancy from the country’s popular bands and singers, take advantage of “happy hour” drink promos at bars and pubs, dance up a storm at clubs and street parties, or cap an exhilarating night with a calming cappuccino at the corner café. Hotspots not to be missed are bohemian Malate in Manila, cosmopolitan Fort in Taguig, upscale Ayala and Rockwell Centers in Makati, and the trendy Libis and Timog D istricts in Quezon City. FOOD / Filipino food may puzzle the first-time eater. Philippine history is largely responsible for this complex cuisine: on a matrix of native dishes akin to those in the rest of Southeast Asia, Chinese traders input their culinary culture, Spanish colonizers added touches of Castillan and Mexican cooking, and U.S. colonization brought in convenience and fast-food meals. Eating in the Philippines can therefore be an outstanding experience at all budget levels. In recent years, a profusion of restaurants has emerged, many catering to continental European or exotic Asian tastes. There are some good Japanese restaurants, too, plus a smattering of Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and other cuisines.

>> AIRLINE PARTNERS In order to serve you better, Philippine Airlines has linked up with its Airline Partners to offer you more destinations worldwide through its Codeshare Agreements. This allows PAL and its Airline Partners to jointly sell a flight sector, even if only one airline operates on this route. In Manila, Codeshare Flights operated by PAL and Air Philippines arrive/depart at the NAIA Centennial Terminal 2, while Codeshare Flights operated by PAL’s other Airline Partners arrive/depart at the NAIA 1. For details on Codeshare Flights, please refer to the PAL Flight Facts and Flight Schedule on pages 81-82. When traveling on any of PAL’s Codeshare Flights, Mabuhay Miles members enjoy certain privileges. For specific Mabuhay Miles privileges per Airline Partner, please contact the Mabuhay Miles Service Center at (632) 817 8000. Mabuhay Miles members can redeem travel awards on PAL operated sectors only. The privileges listed in the table shown are applicable provided ticket sales and reservations are under PAL’s seat allocation (ticket should reflect “PR” in carrier designator box).





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>> SERVICE GUIDE SPECIAL MEALS / Special meals may be requested on all Philippine Airlines international flights to cater to the various dietary requirements of passengers, for reasons of age, health or religion. These include: baby meal, child’s meal, western vegetarian meal, low-fat meal, diabetic meal, fruit meal, gluten restricted meal, moslem meal, asian vegetarian meal, seafood meal, hindu vegetarian meal, kosher meal and low-sodium meal. Please call PAL Reservations at least 24 hours before date of departure to ensure availability. PAL passengers can now compare fares across a seven-day period. Our online booking features a fully automated facility called “Calendar Pricing” that displays the lowest fare available over a seven-day range-three days before and three days after the planned travel date thus allowing travelers to decide quickly when it is most convenient and cheapest to fly. Experience the difference. Book online!For more information, please visit us at PAL Mobile connects you to us while you are on the go! Our mobile site, www.philippineairlines. mobi gives you the more flexibility and convenience. With your web-enabled mobile phone, Blackberry or PDA, you can check the latest arrival and departure times, check flight schedules, track your Mabuhay Miles mileage, and know more about our latest news and promos. You can also access important advisories, travel essentials, contact information and a lot more! For more information on how to access the PAL Mobile site, check our FAQ at Normal browsing charges apply. Please contact your mobile carrier for details.

Philippine Airlines is pleased to offer you the following services to make your travel experience not only convenient but delightful as well.

NEED TO RECONFIRM / Reconfirmation is not required for all Philippine Airlines flights. However we recommend that when making your reservations, you advise us of your telephone numbers at every stopover along your itinerary. This will allow us to call and advise you of any changes to your flight. AIRPORT CHECK-IN / For your convenience, Philippine Airlines offers the “Early Bird” advance check-in service in select airports, to help you avoid the rush during peak check-in hours. Checkin counters generally close 45 minutes before flight departure. If you check in after the counter closure cut-off time, you may not be accepted for the flight even if you are holding a confirmed booking. Always have your travel documents on hand. As with other airlines, Philippine Airlines may refuse carriage to passengers who lack the necessary travel papers. EXPRESS CHECK-IN COUNTERS / Senior Citizens traveling with up to two (2) traveling companions and passengers with NO CHECK-IN BAGGAGE on PAL flights departing from Manila or Mactan may avail of the express check-in service at designated counters. For more information on restrictions and check-in procedure, log on to

AIRPORT LOUNGES / Philippine Airlines has Mabuhay Lounges in Manila (Domestic and International), Cebu (Domestic and International), Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, General Santos City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mabuhay Class passengers, as well as Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite members, can unwind, dine and freshen up in these lounges before boarding their flight. In other International Stations, PAL has contracted the services of airport lounge operators to offer the same amenities to said passengers. AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICE IN MANILA / For passengers connecting from a Philippine Airlines flight at the NAIA Centennial Terminal 2, to a code share flight operated by any of its Airline Partners at NAIA Terminal 1 (and vice versa), a complimentary transfer service is available. A shuttle service is also provided to passengers from NAIA Centennial Terminal 2 to NAIA Terminal 3 (and vice versa) for PAL Express flights and code share flight on Air Philippines. This service is subject to certain conditions and qualifications. For more information, please inquire with any of our Transfer service staff at the arrival area.

Philippine Airlines introduces the RHUSH (Rapid Handling of Urgent Shipments) airport-to-airport service, the fastest way to ship cargo domestically or overseas. Enjoy the following advantages with RHUSH: highest priority in cargo, guaranteed space, fast and quick acceptance and release time, and money-back guarantee (conditions apply). But what makes RHUSH the hands-down choice is its guarantee that your cargo is released on the day you expect it. For particulars, please call PAL Cargo Sales and Reservations in Manila at (632) 831 3061 / 853 3062 / 853 3059 / 851 3063 / 879 5879 / 834 0362, or any PAL Office in your area.


Philippine Airlines offers worry-free transit procedures for passengers coming from an international flight with an immediate connection to a PAL domestic flight. Upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Centennial Terminal 2 in Manila, all you have to do is clear with Immigration, claim your baggage from the carousel, and proceed to the Special Customs Examination Counter for baggage clearance. You must then return your baggage to the carousel to ensure its loading on your domestic flight. If you’re a passenger onboard a PAL flight from the U.S.A., Canada or Narita and are connecting to Cebu or Davao, you can proceed directly to the PAL Domestic Terminal at NAIA 2 after clearing Immigration. You no longer need to have your baggage cleared in Manila, as the appointed Customs personnel in Cebu or Davao will take care of your baggage clearance. If you still don’t have your boarding pass for your domestic flight, you may proceed to the PAL Transfer Desk at the Arrival Area for assistance. You can then take the escalator or elevator located at the Arrival Lobby to go to the PAL Domestic Terminal. Airport Terminal Fees: Php550 for international departure and Php200 for local departure (paid in Philippine pesos only). Note that a Php200 Security Fee will also be collected by Manila International Airport Authority for international departures. Departing passengers for international destinations are advised to check with airport or tourist information counters (Tel. Nos. 524-1703; 832-2964) for the departure fees which may change without notice.

PAL Passengers from USA, Canada or Narita with connecting flight to Cebu, Davao or Laoag (for check through passengers only): 1. Disembark from plane and go through Immigration check. 2. Proceed to PAL Domestic Terminal (via escalator or elevator at Arrival Lobby). 3. Pay terminal fee of Php200.00 at the Domestic Terminal. 4. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight. Passengers from any of PAL’s International Flights bound for any PAL domestic station: 1. Disembark from plane and proceed to the 6. Return baggage to the PAL staff at the Transfer Desk to check in for your baggage area for reloading. connecting flight. 7. Proceed to PAL Domestic Terminal (via 2. Go through Immigration check. escalator or elevator at the Arrival Lobby). 3. Proceed to Baggage Claim Area. 8. Pay terminal fee of Php200.00 at the 4. Proceed to the Special Customs Domestic Terminal. Examination Counter for clearance. 9. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight.

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Below are useful facts and figures about our flights and schedules.





Distances and flight times may vary due to weather conditions, flight path changes and the type of aircraft utilized. FLIGHT TIME refers to the time from when the aircraft engines start up before take-off, until the aircraft comes to a halt after landing. MM MILES refers to flight miles earned when travelling on Fiesta (Economy) Class, as adopted from the IATA standards.





Manila - Abu Dhabi - Bahrain

4,352 4,580

- Bandar Seri Begawan - Bangkok



00971 2 6351700 00973-17225650 extension 212 (603) 2141-3899



(662) 633-5713/14


Manila - Bacolod


- Basuanga


(034) 4341595/1596


(0919) 5112797

- Butuan



(085) 341-5156/5257 226-4777 LOC. 6328

- Cagayan De Oro



(088) 857-2294


(055) 209-2885 (055) 533-8885 (055) 209-9228

- Busan



(8251) 466-0333

- Calbayog

- Beijing



- Doha



(8610) 6510 2991 2992 / 2993 (974) 455-8760

- Catarman


- Dubai



(055) 251-8996 (055) 500-9886

- Fukuoka



- Caticlan


- Guam



- Ho Chi Minh





(036) 288-7536 (036) 288-7538 (036) 288-7539 (032) 234-2586 (032) 234-2713 (064) 431-0136



- Hongkong - Honolulu - Jakarta (via Singapore) Manila - Singapore


(671) 632-1615/ 17/ 19 (848) 827-2105/ 06/ 8272 (852) 2301-9300 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653 ** (6221) 300-15758

1:35 3:40

- Kuala Lumpur (via Kota Kinabalu) Manila - Kota Kinabalu

(603) 2141 0767


Kota Kinabalu - Kuala Lumpur - Las Vegas (via Vancouver) Manila - Vancouver


(9714) 203-3788/ 316-6632 (8192) 415-3288


Singapore - Jakarta

2:25 7,393*

16:15 12:05

Vancouver - Las Vegas

1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653 **

2:40 7,290 723


1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653 ** (853) 8898-2552

- Melbourne



(613) 9600-2898

- Osaka



(816) 6444-2541

- Nagoya



(8152) 588-7131

- San Francisco



- Seoul



1-800-435-97251800-635-8653 ** 0082-1544-1717

- Shanghai



(8621) 6279-8765

- Singapore



(65) 6336-1611

- Sydney (via Melbourne) Manila - Melbourne



(612) 9279-2020 / 2228

- Los Angeles - Macau




- Tokyo



(813) 5157-4161

- Vancouver







1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653** (86592) 239-4729 / 30 / 65 (852) 2301-9300



(603) 2141-0767

- Kuala Lumpur (via Kota Kinabalu) Cebu - Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu - Kuala Lumpur



- Seoul - Tokyo

1,884 2,024

- Hongkong - Kota Kinabalu

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- Cotabato



- Davao



(082) 222-0366; 226-4604

- Dipolog



(065) 212-2355/2356

- Dumagete



(035) 422-8577

- General Santos



(083) 552-5282/ 553-8856

- Iloilo



(033) 333-0040/ 41

- Kalibo



(036) 262-3260; 262-3263

- Laoag



(077) 670-8533/8451

- Legaspi



(052) 481-0780


- Puerto Princesa



(053) 255-4261 (053) 561-9758 (048) 433-4565/ 2561

- Roxas



(036) 621-0244

- San Jose


- Surigao


- Ormoc

- Tacloban



(043) 491-1604 (043) 491-1923 (086) 231-9680 (086) 826 8589 (053) 321-2212

- Tagbilaran



(038) 411-2939/ 411-3552

- Tuguegarao


(078) 844-9238

- Virac


(052) 811-2880 (052) 811-2881 (062) 993-0330/2955

- Zamboanga Cebu - Ozamiz


1:30 1:00

(088) 521-5565 (088) 521-0462


- Taipei

- Xiamen

- Cebu


Melbourne - Sydney


9:00 9:58

(8862) 2506-7383

1:45 2:25 4:25 4:40

0082-1544-1717 (813) 3593-2421

* refers to direct mileage ** exclusive Reservations numbers for Business Class passengers, Mabuhay Miles Elite & Premiere Elite Members

PAL Reservations Office Telephone Numbers in Manila * (63-2) 855-8888 * (63-2) 855-7888 (exclusive Reservations numbers for Business Class passengers, Mabuhay Miles Elite & Premiere Elite Members) * (63-2) 855-1000 (dedicated e-ticketing number) For more information visit


For flight bookings and/or flight availabilities, please contact a PAL office nearest you.





LUZON Manila - Busuanga 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Busuanga - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Laoag Q Q Q Q Laoag - Manila Q Q Manila - Legaspi 2Q 2Q Q Q Legaspi - Manila 2Q 2Q Q Manila - Puerto Princesa 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Puerto Princesa - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Tuguegarao Q Q Q Q Tuguegarao - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Virac Q Q Q Q Virac - Manila VISAYAS Manila - Bacolod 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Bacolod - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Calbayog Q Q Q Q Calbayog - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Catarman Q Q Q Q Catarman - Manila Manila - Caticlan 11Q 11Q 11Q 11Q Caticlan - Manila 11Q 11Q 11Q 11Q Manila - Cebu 8Q 9Q 8Q 8Q Cebu - Manila 8Q 8Q 8Q 8Q Manila - Dumaguete 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Dumaguete - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Manila - Iloilo 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Iloilo - Manila 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Manila - Kalibo 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Kalibo - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Manila - Ormoc Q Q Ormoc - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Roxas Q Q Q Q Roxas - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - San Jose Q Q Q Q San Jose - Manila Manila - Tacloban 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Tacloban - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Tagbilaran 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Tagbilaran - Manila 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Cebu - Bacolod 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Bacolod - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Cebu - Butuan Q Q Butuan - Cebu Q Q Cebu - Cagayan de Oro 2Q 2Q Q Q Cagayan de Oro - Cebu 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q Cebu - Caticlan Q Q Q Q Caticlan - Cebu Q Q Cebu - Dipolog Q Q Dipolog - Cebu Q Q Cebu - Gen. Santos Q Q Gen. Santos - Cebu Q Q Cebu - Ozamis Q Q Ozamis - Cebu Q Q Cebu - Puerto Princesa Q Q Puerto Princesa - Cebu Q Q Q Q Cebu - Tacloban Q Q Q Q Tacloban - Cebu Q Q Q Q Cebu - Zamboanga Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Cebu MINDANAO Manila - Butuan 1Q 1Q 1Q 1Q Butuan - Manila 1Q 1Q 1Q 1Q Manila - Cagayan de Oro 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Cagayan de Oro - Manila 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Cotabato Q Q Q Q Cotabato - Manila Manila - Davao 7Q 7Q 7Q 7Q Davao - Manila 7Q 7Q 7Q 7Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Dipolog Q Q Q Q Dipolog - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Gen. Santos Q Q Q Q Gen. Santos - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Surigao Q Q Q Q Surigao - Manila Manila - Zamboanga 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Zamboanga - Manila 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Davao Q Q Q Q Davao - Zamboanga LUZON LEGEND Q codeshare and operated by Air Philippines Q Q Q Q Manila - Naga Q Q Q Q Naga - Manila Manila - Puerto Princesa 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Puerto Princesa - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q Manila - San Jose Q Q Q Q San Jose - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Tuguegarao Q Q Q Q Tuguegarao - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Virac Q Q Q Q Virac - Manila VISAYAS Q Q Q Q Manila - Bacolod Q Q Q Q Bacolod - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Calbayog Q Q Q Q Calbayog - Manila Manila - Dumaguete 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Dumaguete - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Manila - Iloilo 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Iloilo - Manila 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Q Q Q Q Cebu - Bacolod Q Q Q Q Bacolod - Cebu Q Q Q Q Cebu - Iloilo Q Q Q Q Iloilo - Cebu Q Q Cebu - Tacloban Q Q Tacloban - Cebu MINDANAO Manila - Cagayan 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cagayan - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Manila - Davao 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Davao - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Davao 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Davao - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Bacolod - Gen. Santos via Cebu 2Q 2Q Gen. Santos - Bacolod via Cebu 2Q 2Q Davao - Bacolod via Cebu 2Q* 2Q* 2Q* 2Q* Bacolod - Davao via Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Davao - Iloilo via Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Iloilo - Davao via Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Cebu - Gen. Santos Q Q Gen. Santos - Cebu Iloilo - Gen. Santos via Cebu 2Q* 2Q* Gen. Santos - Iloilo via Cebu 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Ozamis Q Q Q Q Ozamis - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Surigao Q Q Q Q Surigao - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Zamboanga Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Manila




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Q Q Q Manila - Las Vegas via Vancouver Q Q Q Las Vegas - Manila via Vancouver CANADA Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Vancouver Q Q Q Q Q Vancouver - Manila Q Q Q Vancouver - Las Vegas Q Q Q Las Vegas - Vancouver AUSTRALIA Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Sydney via Melbourne Q Sydney - Manila via Melbourne 2Q 2Q Q Q Melbourne - Sydney Q Q Q Sydney - Melbourne Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Melbourne via Sydney Q Melbourne - Manila via Sydney 2Q 2Q CHINA Q Q Q Q Manila - Beijing Q Q Q Q Beijing - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Shanghai Q Q Q Q Q Shanghai - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Xiamen Q Q Q Q Q Xiamen - Manila TAIWAN Q Q Q Manila - Taipei 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Taipei - Manila 2Q 2Q HONGKONG code share and operated by Cathay Pacific (Cebu-Hongkong vv) Q Manila - Hongkong 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Hongkong - Manila 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Q Q Q Q Q Cebu - Hongkong Q Q Q Q Q Hongkong - Cebu SINGAPORE Manila - Singapore 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Singapore - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q INDONESIA Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Jakarta via Singapore Q Jakarta - Manila via Singapore 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Singapore - Jakarta Q Q Q Jakarta - Singapore JAPAN Q Q Q Manila - Fukuoka Q Q Q Fukuoka - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Osaka Q Q Q Q Q Osaka - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Nagoya Q Q Q Q Q Nagoya - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Tokyo Q Q Q Q Q Tokyo - Manila Q Q Q Q Cebu - Tokyo Q Q Q Q Tokyo - Cebu KOREA Q Q Manila - Pusan Q Q Pusan - Manila Manila - Seoul 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Seoul - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Cebu - Seoul Q Seoul - Cebu MACAU Q Q Q Manila - Macau Q Q Q Macau - Manila THAILAND Manila - Bangkok 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Bangkok - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q VIETNAM Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Ho Chi Minh Q Q Q Q Q Ho Chi Minh - Manila MALAYSIA code share and operated by Malaysia Airlines Q Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Kuala Lumpur Q Q Q Q Q Kuala Lumpur - Manila Q Cebu - Kota Kinabalu Q Kota Kinabalu - Cebu Q Cebu - Kuala Lumpur Q Kuala Lumpur - Cebu BAHRAIN code share and operated by Gulf Air Q Q Q Q Manila - Bahrain 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Bahrain - Manila 2Q 2Q BRUNEI code share and operated by Royal Brunei Q Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Bandar Seri Begawan Q Q Q Q Q Bandar Seri Begawan - Manila QATAR code share and operated by Qatar Airways Q Manila - Doha 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Doha - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q UNITED ARAB EMIRATES code share and operated by Etihad Airways Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi - Manila

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Take that first step to a more rewarding travel experience


TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH PHILIPPINE AIRLINES AND ENJOY A HOST OF PRIVILEGES THAT ADD UP TO MILES OF DIFFERENCE. OPEN TO ANYONE AGED 2 AND ABOVE, THE MABUHAY MILES FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO DELIVER TO YOU THE BEST REWARDS AND PRIVILEGES. AND AS YOU MOVE UP TO HIGHER ELITE LEVELS, MORE TRAVEL PRIVILEGES AWAIT YOU. PROGRAM ENROLMENT Applying for Mabuhay Miles membership is now more convenient than ever. Simply log on to www. or visit any PAL office. Enrollment forms come with a pre-numbered temporary membership card that you can immediately use to accrue Miles EARNING MILES Mabuhay Miles is one of the most generous frequent flyer programs in the market. With Mabuhay Miles, you can earn Flight Miles based on the actual flown miles on Philippine Airlines and on its code-share partners on paid tickets in any class of service. Earn 150% of actual flown miles in Mabuhay Class on all Philippine Airlines flights to and from North America. In all other flights, you can earn 100% and 125% of actual flown miles in Fiesta Class and Mabuhay Class respectively. EARNING MILES Mabuhay Miles is one of the most generous frequent flyer programs in the market. With Mabuhay Miles, you can earn Flight Miles based on the actual flown miles on Philippine Airlines and on its code-share partners on paid tickets in any class of service. Earn 150% of actual flown miles in Mabuhay Class on all Philippine Airlines flights to and from North America. In all other flights, you can earn 100% and 125% of actual flown miles in Fiesta Class and Mabuhay Class respectively. MABUHAY MILES PROGRAM PARTNERS Earning miles has never been easier! Philippine Airlines lines up a growing host of program partners where Mabuhay Miles members can earn additional miles to get that free ticket fast! Members earn miles with the following program partners… HOTELS AND RESORTS (worldwide and regional locations) Golden Tulip Worldwide Marco Polo Hotels Management Limited Pan Pacific Group Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts The Shilla Hotels & Resorts Tokyu Hotels Traders Hotels HOTELS & RESORTS (California, USA) Best Western Hotel San Mateo Crowne Plaza Foster City Hilton Garden Inn Fairfield HOTELS & RESORTS (Philippine locations) Boracay Regency Beach Resort Boracay Tropics Century Park Hotel Friday’s Boracayv Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort Microtel Inns & Suites Pearl Farm Beach Resort Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort Taal Vista Hotel The Panoly Resort Hotel CREDIT & CHARGE CARD Allied Bank HSBC OTHER BANKS’ REWARDS PROGRAM American Express Diners Club Metrobank Security Bank Union Bank Standard Chartered Bank Citibank (for Philippine-issued and Guam-issued cards) Banco de Oro EastWest Bank BANK REMITTANCE SERVICES Philippine National Bank CAR RENTALS Avis Hertz CRUISE LINE Star Cruises TRAVEL INSURANCE Travelplans/PhilAm Insurance Co., Inc. TELECOMMUNICATIONS Mabuhay Phone Service REAL ESTATE Eton Properties, Phil., Inc.

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tennis and badminton equipment. To apply, just proceed to any Philippine Airlines Ticket Office, fill out the enrollment form, and pay the corresponding application fee.

LIFESTYLE Cultural Center of the Philippines Time-Life International (Phil) Inc (Fortune and Time Magazines) Asian Therapeutics Inc (OSIM) Victorinox World Traveller AND GET DISCOUNTS WITH THE FOLLOWING PARTNERS... Enchanted Kingdom Burger King Xtreme Magic Sing Belo Medical Group EARNING MILES Mabuhay Miles is one of the most generous frequent flyer programs in the market. With Mabuhay Miles, you can earn Flight Miles based on the actual flown miles on Philippine Airlines and on its code-share partners on paid tickets in any class of service. Earn 150% of actual flown miles in Mabuhay Class on all Philippine Airlines flights to and from North America. In all other flights, you can earn 100% and 125% of actual flown miles in Fiesta Class and Mabuhay Class respectively. AWARD REDEMPTION For as low as 3000 Miles you can now redeem free flights on Philippine Airlines. You also have more chances of securing an award seat even during peak months with the Flexiflyer award option. With interactive and real time award ticket issuance at PAL ticket offices, Mabuhay Miles makes it highly convenient for you to redeem your travel awards! MEMBER SERVICE The Mabuhay Miles website at gives you one-stop access to useful services from Mabuhay Miles. With a pleasant design and userfriendly features, the website allows you to check your account balance, view your latest activity statement, update your personal profile, refer to the award charts, download important forms, and request for retroactive crediting of Miles. So log on today and experience the online advantage. Annual SportsPlus Subscription Level fee



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TRAVEL LIGHT WITH SPORTSPLUS SportsPlus is a unique subscription -based program feature available only to Mabuhay Miles Members. As a Mabuhay Miles SportsPlus member, you are given extra free luggage allowance on Philippine Airlines flights for your golf, bowling, scuba diving, sportfishing, cycling.

EXCLUSIVE TRAVEL BENIFITS As Elite or Premier Elite Members, you also enjoy the following privileges: priority reservation waitlist, exclusive member reservations numbers, priority checkin, additional free luggage allowance, priority luggage handling, priority airport standby, access to Mabuhay Lounges and participating VIP Lounges, Sports Plus equivalent privileges, additional discounts and amenities from Program Partners, and many more. LIFETIME STATUS FOR MILLION MILES Mabuhay Miles Million Milers enjoy the benefits of Premier Elite Membership for life. This is our token of appreciation to those who have flown one million cumulative Flight Miles on Philippine Airlines.

Annual Qualification Criteria

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Mabuhay Miles Elite

• 25,000 Flight Miles flown on Philippine Airlines or • 30 one-way segments in any class of service, or • 15 one-way segments in Mabuhay Class

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• 45,000 Flight Miles flown on Philippine Airlines or • 50 one-way segments in any class of service, or • 25 one-way segments in Mabuhay Class

ENJOY THE DIFFERENCE WITH ELITE & PREMIER ELITE LEVELS A world of exclusive benefits await you as you earn Miles and attain elite levels of membership in Mabuhay Miles. As a Mabuhay Miles Elite or Premier Elite Member, you gain the recognition you deserve as a frequent traveler. There are more ways to qualify and you have the whole calendar year between January 1 and December 31 - to attain your privileged status. CONTACT US

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Telephone 8am-8pm, Mondays thru Fridays * Also accepts calls from 12pm-1pm Manila - (632) 817-8000 Cebu - (032) 340-8000 9am - 5pm, Mondays thru Fridays, Pacific Time USA / Canada - 1-800-747-1959 Service Lounge Hours Mondays - Fridays 8:30am - 5pm Saturday - 8:30am - 12NN

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COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES Complimentary beverage service is offered on all international flights. On long-haul flights, distilled water is passed around every-hour-on-the-hour in between meals to promote passenger wellbeing. Non-Alcoholic Beverages Cola / Diet Cola / Uncola / Diet Uncola / Dalandan (Lime) Soda / Orange Juice / Apple Juice / Ginger Ale / Absolute Distilled Water / Tonic Water / Soda Water / Lemon Iced Tea / Figaro Coffee* / Lipton Tea Alcoholic Beverages** Red Wine / White Wine Gin / Vodka / Whiskey / Brandy Selection of Beer * Figaro Coffee may not be available on some flights ** Alcoholic Beverages are not available on Vancouver-Las Vegas-Vancouver flights, and flights between Manila and Hong Kong, Xiamen, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh


On flights between Manila and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu*, Philippine Airlines invites you to enjoy our complimentary snack selection. These include Asian noodle soup, meat-filled buns, and pastries. Please request from your Cabin Crew your preferred snack anytime during your flight.

* Asian noodle soup are not available on Manila-Honolulu-Manila flights

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough! December 2007 Mt. Apo, Davao

RHONSON NG’s remarkable experiences in ascending our country’s prominent peaks paid off when his passion for photography and mountain climbing was put to test by a couple’s request: to shoot their pre-wedding pictures at the top of Mount Apo, the highest and most majestic peak in the country at 10,311 feet. The groom was an avid mountaineer but the bride was a first timer, whose knees were just about to give up halfway through the climb. They wore a gown and a suit at the top of the peak and declared their love above the clouds, right where the sunset transformed the skies into a fiery red and orange vista.

Give us your best shot Mabuhay Magazine is accepting hi-resolution (at least 300 dpi) digital images of people, places and things from around the world. You may send your photos to 704 Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines 1605 or e-mail them to 84 M A B U H A Y

February 2009

Mabuhay Magazine  

February 2009 issue