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President Rodrigo Duterte at the wake of slain Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit member Panggong Pumanod during his visit to Camp Morgia in Doña Andrea, Asuncion, Davao del Norte. Pumanod was killed in an ambush by communist rebels from the New People's Army at Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte. Photo by RENE LUMAWAG/PPD

The war on drugs: An eastwest divide W

Challenges bared at Cebu tourism forum By RICHARD RAMOS



argely due to powerful photojournalism, some of the biggest international media outlets have taken notice of President Rodrigo Duterte’s blood-soaked war on drugs. But the alarming nature of the killings goes far beyond the photos that Duterte called a “dramatic” portrayal of the country’s drug crackdown, with 524 deaths (from June 30 to Aug. 4, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Kill List) attributed to “The Punisher’s” narco war. And there appears to be no end in sight, as emphasized by the President during his first State of the Nation Address. “We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or been put behind bars or below the ground, if they so wish,” Duterte said.

Asian war More than a decade ago, Thailand waged a similar war on drugs led by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, which lead to the deaths of 2,800 people, according to an independent inquiry chaired by a former attorney general. And in a recent Reuters report, the country, after more than a decade, appears to have admitted defeat, with Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya saying he was looking at possible changes to the country’s draconian drug laws, which would reduce jail time for possession or dealing of crystal meth. “The world has lost the war on drugs, not only Thailand,” Paiboon was quoted in the report. “We have clear numbers that drug use has increased over the past three years. Another indicator is there are more prisoners.

As noted by the report, Thailand has a prison population of 321,347—around 70 percent of which are doing time for drug offenses. Harsh drug penalties are the norm in the Southeast Asian region. Just a little over a year ago, Indonesia executed by firing squad eight heroin smugglers for trafficking. Western shift In the western world, more and more countries are re-examining their stance on drugs, increasingly treating drug addiction as a medical condition, as opposed to a criminal one. In Canada, the federal health agency is reportedly intending to open up legal access to heroin as a treatment for opioid page 2

hile the Philippines continues to experience rising annual tourism arrivals for the past few decades, there remains a lot to be done in order to maximize the country’s international standing as a worthy tourism magnet, and be at par with that of its Asean neighbors. This was the central subject of Andrew Harrison’s address during the Cebu Business Month 2016 Tourism Forum. Harrison is the president of GMR-Megawide, the company that won the 25-year concession to rehabilitate and mage terminal operations at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA). According to Harrison, there is no “onesize-fits-all” or “generic” campaign anymore as tourism authorities have to study specialized marketing campaigns for each intended country in order to better respond to their specific needs and demands as a global customer. Areas of improvement In China for example (the

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The war on drugs...from page 1 abuse, as reported by Vice News. Back in April, British Columbia declared a public health emergency when 200 people died from fentanyl overdoses in just span of three months. In the US, 25 states, along with the District of Columbia currently have laws that legalize marijuana in some form, while a number of states have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. As noted by an April 2015 report in The Telegraph, more than 20 countries from the Czech Republic to Uruguay have brought in forms of decriminalization, citing the sense it makes on economic, social, political and moral grounds. “We’ve examined the war on drugs and

I think it’s worth just gently saying to your new president that the war on drugs has not worked. Getting tough on addicts does not work,” Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group empire, and Global Drug Commission member told award-winning journalist Cathy Yang in an episode of The Boss. Branson cited Portugal, where people with drug problems are aided by social workers instead of going to prison. “I think that’s one way you’re going to get on top of the problems with drugs, not by creating a massive war—wars never get won.” VP speaks up Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo

rued the lack of public outcry against the spate of extrajudicial killings that have averaged 15 deaths a day since Duterte was officially sworn in as President. “I hope my being vocal against [extrajudicial killings] inspires many others to follow suit because there really has to be public outcry. The way I see it, there has been very little public outcry in the recent past,” Robredo said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “Right now, it’s anyone’s game. For the simplest reasons, people kill. That is what I am worried about, the culture of impunity and violence,” she added. Shortly after, Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief (PNP),

spoke on the government’s apparent endorsement of the killings. “I have yet to hear a pronouncement from the Palace and even from [Director] General [Ronald] dela Rosa that they are doing something to resolve those cases or looking for solutions to the summary killings,” the head of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs said during a news forum. “Has it become a policy to allow or just turn a blind eye to vigilante killings? And 600 murders a month? If not even one case has been solved, we can ask the PNP: ‘Is this the policy now? We don’t care who kills or who are killed?” Lacson added.

It costs US$55,000 to rent space for a small booth plus the hiring of additional personnel who speak the language. We probably have the smallest budget in the Asean region but we remain hopeful of positive change,” she said. Roa likewise cited the scarcity of paperless guides and the inconsistency of taglines as obstacles in the promotion of the Philippines which has further handicapped the country’s visibility and presence in the international community. Another speaker, Ron Jabal, recommended several steps that the country has to embark on in order to fully modernize and cope with the present-day demands of the foreign market. According to him, travelers go online for travel inspiration, research, and booking.

“Likewise, they move across devices for all types of travel activities, consult user comments and online travel videos, and enroll in loyalty programs which impact their likelihood to book,” he said. He added that tourism entities have to create 360-degree travel campaigns with attractive incentives, offer instant visitor assistance via online chats, make extensive usage of maps and comprehensive research, and compliment their campaigns with traditional media. The Tourism Forum is one of the important highlights of the Cebu Business Month which is headed by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI)

Challenges bared at Cebu...from page 1 world’s biggest travel market), Harrison suggested that the Philippines needs to advertise and promote through social media in Chinese in order to establish an immediate connection with their intended target markets, as social media plays a prominent role in the travel habits of the Chinese traveler. “Facebook and Twitter are often consulted by the Chinese travel market. They want to see the travel experiences and feedback of their countrymen. So we should know how to maximize these media,” he declared. Harrison also pointed out the vital role of airports in the connectivity aspect consisting of hotels, transportation, sightseeing, etc., as he said that the Philippines could attract as much as four times the current number of Chinese tourists if the connectivity system was

in order. Another factor cited is the need to relax visa rules in order to lure in more visitors who seek shorter visits and fewer restrictions for a hassle-free stay in a foreign country. Harrison pointed to India, which doubled their tourist arrivals due to a harmonized visa system that enable visitors to stay in the country for an extended period of time. Other constraints Agreeing with him on the need to promote the Philippines more extensively, former Tourism Regional Director Dawnie Roa cited how the low budget allocation of the Department of Tourism has further hampered the overseas marketing campaigns of the country. “Foreign trade fairs are likewise expensive.



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Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino introduces Filipino Afternoon Tea, the hotel’s version of the customary great British tradition. Creatively arranged in a custommade Cebuano guitar chest of drawers, the visual scene makes for an instant eye-catcher. Sample your local favorites specially picked from the regions of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Choose from an array of local pastries like bibingka with salted egg, strawberry puto cheese, pandan puto, puto maya, native macaroons, chicken and pork pan de sal, among others. All these prepared by Chef Benoit Laboureux, the

hotel’s executive pastry chef. The Filipino Afternoon Tea is available on weekdays from Monday to Friday between 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lobby Lounge. Tambuli Seaside Living recently held a topping-off ceremony of Towers A and B as well as the ceremonial groundbreaking of Tower C at the first fully residential living concept in Mactan Island. Turnover of fully furnished units will start mid-2017, with every unit offering a sweeping sea view from their balconies. Upcoming facilities and amenities include a 7,000-square meter

clubhouse housing spacious function rooms, a 4,000-square meter lagoon pool, a fully equipped gym and wellness center, game room, indoor kids playroom, a café, a dive shop, a tennis court, and many more restaurants. Developer is Tytans Properties and Development, Inc. headed by Gerard Tan-president and Montano Ty-chair. Zonta Club of Cebu II presents “Love and Passementerie: A Bridal Collection by Jojo Martinez” – a wedding exhibit and fashion show featuring 15 wedding gowns applied with crocheted motifs scheduled

on Thursday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel. Event highlights include a message from a representative of the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprises from the Department of Trade and Industry, a short documentary on livelihood programs for needy women on the urgency of preserving the art of crochet, and raffle prizes featuring round-trip ticket to Palawan from Air Asia, pre-nup packages from Cuckoo Cloud Concepts, invitation suite layout from Pretty in Print, and a wedding gown from the collection.

iioffice, owned by Cebu-based Japanese entrepreneurs, opened up a co-working space for start-ups at the second floor of the Arlinda V. Paras Bldg, near the Provincial Capitol. The venue is a flexible space where entrepreneurs and start-ups can work together in a common, creative, and casual environment. Events include web design, game tilts, HTML 2, and others. Drop-ins pay just PhP500 per day with free Wi-Fi and refreshments. Their special promo of PhP200/day entitles the bearer to similar arrangements until Aug. 15, 2016. Monthly memberships at PhP5,000 plus unlimited usage of Wi-Fi, meeting room, and snacks. Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, the place is manned by Seito Horiguchi, Go Yoshiwara, and Motoki Ueda.

Arch. Palafox, Francis Kong head Mandaue Biz Month By RICHARD RAMOS

Read up for more of MCCI’s event-filled calendar


n celebration of the Mandaue Business Month (MBM) as the flagship program of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), the MCCI has slated a month-long series of activities this August geared towards promoting sustainable and socially-responsible entrepreneurship to position Mandaue City as an attractive destination for business and investments. As a highlight of the MBM, the Mandaue Business Summit will feature internationallyrenowned Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox and business speaker Francis Kong among its lineup of distinguished speakers at the Oakridge Pavilion, AS Fortuna St., Mandaue City this Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Arch. Palafox has 44 years of experience in architecture and 42 years in planning. He has lectured in Harvard University, MIT and in 18 other countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. His extensive travels allowed him to observe 1,000 cities in 67 countries. His firm Palafox Associates is the recipi-

ent of over 200 awards and recognitions in the past 27 years. Most notably as the first Filipino and only Southeast Asian architectural firm included in the Top 500 Architectural Firms in the World of the London-based World Architecture Magazine in 1999. Kong is a highly-respected business speaker in the country. He was a recipient of the 2014 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards and wears many hats as a columnist, broadcaster, book author (18), and businessman. He averages over 300 talks, seminars and trainings here and abroad yearly. He won the Anvil Award for Excellence for the staging of the Dr. John Maxwell Seminar Series, Gold Quill Award for Best Public Speech category given by the International Association of Business Communicators. Other speakers include Mr. Jonathan Petalver, CEO and president of the Petalver Management Consultancy Services; Dr. Ronald Mendoza-Dean of the Ateneo School of Gov-

ernment; and Orion Perez Dumdum, an IT Pro. Reform activist, linguist, and history buff. Other MBM activities include an Investment Forum with the Mandaue City government on incentives for Mandaue investors. Venue is the Oakridge Horizon, Oakridge Business Park on Tuesday, Aug. 16. More events A Maze Mandaue takes place on Friday, August 19. Here, teams of five members traverse around Mandaue City’s commercial and heritage landmarks ala Amazing Race, search for clues, and perform tasks enroute to nearly PhP100,000 in prizes for the top three teams. Probably the most-anticipated highlight is the annual search for Women in Need Now Entrepreneurs and Role Models (WINNERs) Season 6. This will consist of the top winners and placers for the past six years who will undergo seminars, qualifying exams, lectures, and other activities. Finale will be held on Wed., Aug. 31, at a yet to be disclosed venue.

The three-day Property and Investment Expo will be held from Aug. 26 to 28 patterned after Hong Kong and Singapore events at a venue to be announced. Free public seminars on investments will be offered, aside from other financial matters. The Chamber Gala Night on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Oakridge Pavilion will award topperforming individuals and organizations for various categories. Spotlight here will be on a fashion show on the “hablon” by Dexter Alazas, a known designer and manager of models. Now on its 50th year, the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce presently boasts of nearly 300 member companies with the aim of serving as a catalyst for business-enhancing and business generating activities. Mandaue City, situated right next to Cebu City, is an industrial city teeming with several factories and manufacturing facilities. MCCI is a highly professional and responsive support organization to the varied needs of its members and to the demand of the times.



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The revitalizing lap of luxury at The Crown Spa Experience luxurious rejuvenation at Crown Towers Manila

The Crown Spa offers four standard treatment rooms with serene aquatic hues


pulence blankets the senses at Crown Towers in City of Dreams Manila. And the Crown Spa—a haven for the ultimate pampering experience, heightens the luxurious sensory indulgence with full-body treatments complemented by lavishly designed therapy rooms and spa suites. And to truly provide a distinct experience in luxurious rejuvenation, the Crown Spa offers guests a bespoke selection of therapeutic treatments, allowing guests to create and customize their own journey to optimum relaxation and wellness through a comprehensive selection of treatments and packages. It doesn’t take long for one to realize the premier treat that awaits, as the spa’s team of professional and highly experienced therapists shower utmost care and attention to guests the moment they step inside their doors. The attention to detail is impressive, with everything from the facilities to the expert execution of treatments all designed to leave guests completely refreshed and revitalized. Open from 11 a.m. until midnight, the Crown Spa’s facilities include six treatment rooms, including two spacious spa suites, with a private shower, soft seating, soaker tubs and salon services, upon request; steam rooms, sauna and vitality pools; poolside massages;

Crown Spa Suite

and in-room massage services in all Crown Towers guest rooms. Massage services The Crown Spa offers a variety of services and treatments using a range of therapeuticgrade products by the British company Aromatherapy Associates – from invigorating hand, foot, and full-body massages ranging from 60 to 120 minutes, to body scrubs, wraps, facial treatments and even salon services. Six treatment rooms, including two spacious spa suites with a private shower, soft seating, soaker tubs, and male and female locker rooms are available for spa guests. Guests are likewise encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before their treatment to maximize the use of hydro-facilities such as steam rooms, sauna and vitality pools. Crown Spa likewise extends its services to poolside massages inside the Crown pool cabanas and in-room services in all 254 Crown Towers guest rooms. The Crown Spa’s signature massage is the 90-minute Two-Fold “Hilot” Signature which is done by two therapists combining the traditional Filipino massage “Hilot” and “Dagdagay” foot therapy, and indulges in the ancient art

Crown Spa Artwork

of healing with the use of heated herbal leaves, wooden sticks and herbal clay. The Two-Fold “Hilot” Signature is priced at PhP5,800. For those who prefer the traditional Swedish massage, the Herbal Compress Energizer priced at PhP3,600 for 60 minutes and PhP5,600 for 90 minutes detoxifies the body while easing and revitalizing the mind. The Intensive Muscle Release (PhP3,600 for 60 minutes and PhP5,600 for 90 minutes) is a hard-pressure massage that works deep into stiff, tight and aching muscles. Clear Your Mind (PhP6,300 for 120 minutes) is an aromatherapy massage that concludes with an Ayurvedic scalp and facial massage. Guests that are checked-in at the hotel can avail Crown Towers’ in-room massage which lets them of choose from an array of the best essential oils guaranteed to revitalize the mind and body. Body, Hand and Foot Treatments Body, hand and foot treatments leave the skin radiant, smooth and uplifted such as the Rose Hydrator Body Treatment which starts with a gentle exfoliation followed by a layering of rich rose serum oil and cream; the Bespoke Skin

Polish providing a full-body exfoliation and layering of skin nourishing and smoothing products; Age Repair Hands with a deeply restorative treatment for moisturized hands and arms; and the Rose Hydrating Foot Treatment that leaves rough, dry feet and heels intensely nourished and smooth. Facials Therapeutic facials provide a smooth and glowing complexion while lifting and firming up the skin. The Crown Spa offers intensive treatments such as the Age Repair Facial, Essential Rose Facial, Skin Solutions Facial, Soothing Facial, Deep Cleanse Facial, and Instant Eye Repair. Treatment Packages Guests can immerse themselves in the ultimate Crown Spa experience through tailormade treatment packages. Recommendations such as the Simply Men package (priced at PhP 8,300 for 180 minutes), The Rejuvenation (at PhP 9,300 for 210 minutes), and The Crown Spa Ultimate (priced at PhP 10,300 for 330 minutes) are a must-try for first-time guests. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 8008080, email, or visit

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A Tale of Two Sunday Brunches Newspaper The Philippines’ forum for international readers since 1981

Murray Hertz Founding Publisher (1928-2014) Butch C. Bonsol President & Managing Director Timothy Jay Araneta Ibay Editor-in-Chief Suzette Defensor Consultant Angie Duarte Richard A. Ramos (Cebu) Senior Writers Via Baroma Ching Dee Staff Writers Leah Egamino-Palaña Advertising Coordinator

World-class and heartfelt brunches by expats for Filipinos Text and photos by CHING DEE


et's face it, on Sundays most hardworking folks just want to sleep in. Breakfast is often forgotten because we wake up at 10 a.m. and waiting for lunch at 12 noon feels like an eternity. The solution? Brunch! Recently, Expat had the privilege of experiencing two extraordinary Sunday brunches created by expatriates in the Philippines. Here's our delicious conversation about dining between breakfast and lunch and the awesomeness that is in between. Nobu-fied Sunday brunch buffet Japanese Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, highly-acclaimed for his unique style of fusion artistry with influences from his travels to Peru, Argentina, Alaska and California, elevates the Sunday brunch experience in Manila with a bountiful array of the freshest local and imported Asian and Japanese fish, imported seafood, sushi rolls and exotic delicacies that pleases the most sophisticated palates from gourmands to A-list celebrities.

A peculiar-looking roll of tasty soft-shell crabs in delicately flavored soy paper

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fruits and sweets. Highly-skilled Japanese sushi Chef Akihisa Kawai is in charge of the Nobu sushi bar, decorated by the day's fresh offering of yellow tuna or salmon. Chef Akihisa masterfully creates Nobu's signature Yellowtail Jalapeño, which uses freshest yellow-fin tuna from General Santos City. It seems impossible to try everything on the sushi bar, but each sushi and sashimi is expertly crafted, velvety smooth, and bursts with flavors from fresh seafood and equally fresh produce.

Chef Nobu's Rock Shrimp is perfectly cooked and seasoned Local diners don’t need to fly to other countries for a Michelin starred dining experience of Chef Nobu’s signature contemporary cuisine. At Nobu Manila, a leisurely Sunday brunch allows guests to taste what Hollywood stars like Robert de Niro and Madonna have been raving about. Nobu Manila restaurant ushers guests to the modern dining venue with 335 seats, two private dining rooms, a sushi bar, floating water cabanas, two Teppanyaki tables and a Chef ’s Table. Nobu restaurant is situated at Nobu Hotel at City of Dreams Manila, the first Nobu hotel in Asia.

"We are here to maintain the high quality that Nobu is known for all over the world," Chef Akihisa told Expat. "We hope Filipinos will enjoy it, just like the rest of the world." When at Nobu Manila's Sunday Brunch, we recommend the selection of sushi and sashimi at the sushi bar, the superb XO Fried Rice (fully loaded fried rice which could be a dish on its own), and the Yakitori meat section. For the hot dishes, the availability of the Short Ribs with Special Nobu Spicy Paste may mean that the buffet gods are smiling upon the guests. The Nobu Sunday Brunch is offered on Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PhP2,880++ person, inclusive of sodas, juices, mocktails, coffee and tea. For a more bubbly experience, diners may opt to have the brunch with free flow Moet & Chandon, a selection of Champagne cocktails, Bloody Marys, Mojitos, wines and beer, at PhP4,580++. The brunch is priced at 50 percent off for ages six to 12 years old and no charge for kids five years old and below. Nobu Restaurant at City of Dreams Manila is located at Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy.Tambo, Paranaque City. For reservations and inquiries, call (02) 691-2882, (02) 691-2885, or their 24-hour hotline at (02) 800-8080. Heartfelt bonding at Cafe Eight family Sunday brunch No expense is spared at Crimson Hotel’s Cafe Eight, especially on Sundays! Perfect for families, their Sunday brunch features multiple excellent culinary stations.

The Eggplant Salad at Nobu Restaurant is a treat for vegans and foodies alike Foodies can lavish in as many servings they can consume of some Nobu’s signature dishes such as Tuna Tataki in Cilantro Dressing, White Fish Tiradito, Wagyu Beef Taco, and Salmon Karashi Su Miso; local cuisine with a Nobu twist such as Lechon Marinated in Nobu Style Anticucho Sauce, Crispy Pork Belly in Spicy Miso and Nobu Sinigang with Yuzu juice; freshly-grilled Yakitori and dishes from the Teppanyaki station includes meats, seafood such as Beef, Chicken, Chicken Skin, Baby Octopus, Alaskan Crab Legs with Aji Amarillo and Uni, Asparagus with Egg Sauce and Salmon Roe, and X.O. Fried Rice; other tempting delights and a myriad of desserts including green tea white chocolate fountain with an assortment of fresh

flawless and delivered at a timely manner for the buffet. His culinary team, including Filipino pastry chef Edcel Calleja, help his kitchen run like clockwork. Filipino flavors are abundant at Cafe Eight, but diners are also treated to carefully curated stations like their Chinese station with hearty noodle soup and warm dimsum; cold cuts station with specially imported from various parts of the world like Serrano ham from Spain, Saucisson sausages from France, and Salami from Italy; a station where you can create your own pasta dish, and the dessert station that's hard to miss and absolutely impossible to resist! "Familiar food items such as mini beef burgers, mac and cheese, lava cake, chicken nuggets are given a healthier twist, as the chefs prepare these from scratch using only natural preservative-free ingredients and more," Chef Martin explained. Families can bring their young ones and let them lose inside the specially designated play area where Crimson Hotel's kind staff will look after them while the grown-ups savor the dozens of delicious options laid out for the tasting. Face painting, balloon-twisting, and kid-friendly films showings await kids at Cafe Eight.

Unlimited U.S. Wagyu Beef — juicy, tender, and flavorful — at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City's Café Eight "Children are given special treatment with cool selections of kiddie treats to tickle their palates," said Michael Sagaran, director of marketing and communications of Crimson Hotel Filinvest City. Do not miss their carving station featuring unlimited US Wagyu Beef, sinfully delicious dessert station (diet starts on Monday!), their imported cheese station featuring Reblochon Lait Cru, Brillat, Savarin Mons, Pont L’Eveque, and the seafood station with unlimited fresh oysters, prawns, and lobster—which you can request to be cooked to your liking. Aside from their fantastic feast and fun activities for the kids, diners will also get access to Crimson Hotel's pool and deck area where they can have more fun as a family — all of this for just PhP1,600 per guest. Cafe Eight at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City is located Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. For reservations and inquiries, call (0) 863-2222.

Crimson Hotel's pastry chef Edcel Calleja makes deliciously moist cakes of all colors and flavors Executive Chef Martin Bower from the United Kingdom makes sure all dishes are

This Dulce de Leche (sweetened milk or caramel) and Coconut Mousse is one of this author's personal favorites from Cafè Eight




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Finding deliciousness along the road to Gurgaon By ANGIE DUARTE

The Café at Hyatt City of Dreams cooks-up a delectable, multi-sensory treat at its week-long Indian Food Fest


he city of Gurgaon in North India took center stage from July 17 to 24, at a showcase of Indian food at Hyatt City of Dreams’ main dining space, The Café. The festival was a happy mix of regional and traditional, as well as more familiar Indian dishes, which featured the creations of guest chefs Ajith Kumar, chef de cuisine, and Sanjay Kumar, chef de partie, of Hyatt Regency Gurgaon in Haryana, just south of New Delhi. Multi-sensory feast Specialties from the northern territories, such as Haryana, Kashmir and Punjab, along with favorites from the southern parts of the country, like Kerala and Goa, proved as pleasing to the taste, as to the visual and olfactory senses. Each dish was a burst of flavor and texture, a riot of color, and a scintillating, heady mix of the intense aroma of exotic herbs and spices. From the carefully arranged displays of condiments and seasonings, to the presentation of each dish, and the added touches of Indian flair, the food festival was no less than a multi-sensory treat. This sensual barrage – typical of most, if not all of Indian cooking – was a journey down a road paved with all things delicious, representative of the distinct variations between northern and southern Indian cuisine. “We would like to highlight Indian cuisine, the dishes we have in the North and in the South of India, because we believe that Indian food has much to offer,” Chef Ajith noted. Regional heritage While Indian cuisine largely shares commonalities between regions, there are also nuances that are rooted in regional heritage. North Indian fare, for instance, offers a myriad

of breads (among these naan and roti, with various dipping sauces), and curries (everything from chicken and mutton, to shrimp and mixed veggies. Aloo or potato-based dishes are likewise popular in the region. Dried fenugreek is the herb of choice, while garam masala is a key ingredient, spice-wise. To exemplify the hearty north, Chefs Ajith and Sanjay whipped up Samosas (deep fried pastry shells made of wheat flour or with maida flour, and stuffed with filling, which is usually a savory mixture of mashed boiled potato, carrots, onions, green peas, spices and green chili), Aloo Tikka (pan-fried potato croquettes), Dal Makhani (a rich lentil curry from the Punjabi area), Paneer Makhani (cottage cheese simmered in tomato sauce with fenugreek). Main courses included Rajasthani Maas Ke Sooley (spicy smoked lamb with raw papaya), and the renowned Kashmiri dish of Mutton Rogan Josh (mutton marinated and braised in spices such as Kashmiri chili, cardamom and cinnamon, cashew nut paste and tomato puree), among others. More familiar favorites included the flavor-laden Chicken Curry, and the Chicken Tikka, and by way of a sweet northern-style finish, Gulab Jamun (sweet dumplings made with milk solids, ghee or butter, maida flour, lemon juice, rose water, sugar and cardamom powder), and Curry-spiced Chocolate Bonbons were instant hits. As for South-Indian fare, legumes, rice and stews are the top palate pleasers, with sambar powder being the main spice and curry leaves the preferred herb. Almost all South Indian dishes use coconut milk as a main ingredient, and spice levels are generally higher and hotter than North Indian food. Although Chef Sanjay pointed out that spice levels were reduced for the dishes brought forth at the festival, in order to ease newbies into the joys of Indian

Kerala Prawn Masala

Chef Ajith Kumar gastronomy. To introduce diners to southern goodness, Chefs Ajith and Sanjay cooked a sumptuous Prawn Curry using raw mango mash instead of tamarind as a souring agent, Black Chick Pea and Aloo Curry, and Kerala Prawn Masala (Tiger prawn with coconut curry leaves, ginger and chili), to name some treats. Rice Kheer Barfi (Indian rice pudding – which is popular across the country, not just in the south of India – made with basmati rice, milk, nuts and saffron) was also on the roster of desserts. Every day, deliciousness! While the Road to Gurgaon Indian Food Festival may be over, diners can look forward

Maes Ke Sooley

to deliciousness every day of the week at The Café. This interactive show kitchen restaurant offers a mouthwatering array of dishes from its many stations: Italian, Grill and Griddle, Asian, Deli, Comfort Food and Favorites, and Pastry. Experienced chefs are at the helm of each culinary counter and live cooking theaters, ensuring the high quality and top-notch taste of The Café’s gastronomic delights. Visit the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila’s The Café, for an appetizing, satisfying encounter of Epicurean proportions. Expect more exciting international food promotions and festivals, in future, at The Café.

Paneer Makhani




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Enjoy Jakarta! Indonesia’s most populous and capital city has lots to offer, for your entertainment Text and photos by ANGIE DUARTE


t is true; a trip to the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, the official name of Indonesia’s metropolis, may not necessarily be revolutionary or life changing, but it can definitely be remarkable and funfilled. While other provinces and regions of the massive republic – comprised of more than thirteen thousand islands – remain the go-to places for a hiatus of a deeper, more fervent nature, the multi-cultural capital

city is the destination for some straightforward enjoyment. On a recent trip to Jakarta, by gracious invitation of the Jakarta Tourism & Culture Office, I discovered three things: Jakartans love fun, and know how to have it; I am terrible at batik making; and Jakarta is a multicultural melting pot and is totally “cool bingit!”

One of the sights at Taman Mini


E X P AT N E W S P A P E R AUGUST 7-20, 2016 Hot mess, cool bingit With a population of 12 million people spread out over an area of approximately 660 square kilometers, Jakarta city can be – and often IS – one hot mess. I kid you not: the city’s streets burgeon underneath the weight of traffic; both human and vehicular; a condition which must be factored into one’s travel time – all the time. This, coming from one who resides in Manila! However, once you have gotten past this, or have mercifully grown accustomed to it, you will find that exploring Jakarta is one exciting adventure. The former Dutch colony retains the charm of the Old World, yet has transitioned into the modernity of the New World. Rounding out this balancing act is the fact that Jakarta is a multi-cultural melting pot, marked by diverse ethnicity, with people from throughout Jakarta and even from across the globe having relocated to the city, whether for business or personal matters. The end result? A city center that is – to borrow Jakartan youth jargon – “cool bingit!” Very cool, indeed. Multi-cultural melting pot The multi-cultural melting pot that is Jakarta is evidenced in many things, from food and fashion, to rest and recreation. Restaurants offering delicious international fare have mushroomed across the city. Our first meal on Jakartan soil was – odd as it first seemed – not at a traditional Indonesian establishment, but at Iseya Robatayaki Restaurant, a high-end Japanese restaurant located in the cutting-edge Sampoerna Building. Nonetheless, the cuisine was delectable, and proved the refreshing sustenance we needed upon our arrival. From our little foray into palatable Japan, we went on later that evening to enjoy a cus-


tomary Indonesian dinner feast that was as sumptuous as it was sensual; complete with ceremonial presentation in song and dance. On the 11-course menu were items like Sambel Goreng with Tempe, Lombok and Idjo en Taotjo (stir-fried marinated soya bean cake with green peppers and black beans), Kuah Acar Ikan Blimbing Wuluh (yellow stewed fish in tamarind soup), and Sate Lembut Betawi (skewers of spicy minced beef with smoked shredded coconut). This delightful meal was had at the exquisitely designed Tugu Kunstkring Palais Restaurant in Menteng. When dining at Tugu Kunstkring Palais, do make sure to give yourself ample time to enjoy the wonderfully decorated interiors, which give an effortless nod to the romance of old Java, along with the head sensuality of more cosmopolitan eras. Heritage, on showcase Jakarta is big on its ethnic heritage, as well as its Dutch colonial roots. This rich heritage is showcased it the city’s many parks and museums, as well as on its side streets, on which everything from local street food (like yummy pecel salad) to antiques and other old trinkets and treasures are sold. The Museum Tekstil (Textile Museum) is a must-visit for an up-close look at indigenous garments and fabrics such as batik, pelangi and ikat. A trip to this museum, housed in an old Dutch villa, is a visual treat and journey into olden days, through the stories told by intricately designed, woven or hand-painted tapestries and traditional outfits. While at the museum, sign-up for a crash course in batik making, to enhance your appreciation of the fine art that is batik. I came away with not only

a heightened admiration for batik makers everywhere, but also with the realization that I was not born to make batik. Though I had great fun trying! For a more in-depth look at Jakarta’s past, a trip to the Museum Sejarah Jakarta, or the Jakarta History Museum (which is also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum) in the picturesque Old Town is in order. The building in which the museum is located is in itself a historical gem, having been built in 1710, and intact, to date. Artifacts date from the prehistory period of the city region all the way to Indonesia’s Independence in 1945. On the other hand, for a lighter, more artsy look at Batavian artistic flair, stroll over to the nearby Wayang or Puppet Museum, in the De Nieuwe Hollandsche Kerk, also in the Old Town. An impressive collection of hundreds of Indonesian puppets – old and new, big and small, ceremonial and for show – as well as puppets from all over the world, await within the walls of this former Dutch Church. To complete the Old Town experience, a meal at the iconic Café Batavia – yet another relic from a bygone era – is a must. Festive fun and frolic Jakartans certainly know how to enjoy themselves, and there is no shortage of places at which to have some festive fun and frolic. Modern and massive shopping malls are aplenty, and offer world-class retail therapy and dining. I particularly enjoyed eating at the Social House in upscale Grand Indonesia East Mall, and relished the hip café’s take on local Soto Batawi (a hearty soup, made from beef or chicken, usually mixed with coconut milk, noodles, sambal, and served with em-

peng crackers). Trendy shops such as Alleira Batik and Gaia Tea highlight the best of local merchandise, from fashion to food. The night scene is also big in Jakarta, and one of the best places to hang out when the sun goes down is at the Skye Restaurant on the 57th floor of Menara BCAT near enough to Grand Indonesia East Mall (you will want to maximize your road trips – remember the traffic?) Skye offers gastronomic treats, pulsating beats, as well as a sweeping view of the city’s nightscapes. Aside from shopping and clubbing, Indonesians enjoy strolling through parks, and other recreational areas. Among the more popular R&R spots are the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, where the country’s landmarks and attractions have been replicated on a smaller scale, as well as Fantasy World in Ancol Dreamland, the local version of Disneyland. It was at dinner at Bandar Jakarta Restaurant in Ancol Dreamland, however, that I encountered, firsthand, just how fun-filled Jakartans can be. Our hosts thought it a good idea to celebrate my “birthday” (which it, of course, most certainly was not) after a mouthwatering meal of freshly-cooked seafood. At their go-signal, out came sparklers, a birthday banner, and musicians singing the birthday song in heavily accented English. The joke was on me, and I loved it! Fun meets fervor Indeed, a trip to Jakarta may not necessarily life changing. Then again, one person’s fun can be another person’s fervor, so who’s to say exactly where the metamorphic experience lies? All the same, enjoy Jakarta, to the fullest you possibly can!

Antique masks for sale on a sidestreet

Traditional batik making implements and dye

Our finished work hanging out to dry

Jakarta History Museum at the Old Town Square

Batik making class at Museum Tekstil

Fantasy World at Ancol Dreamland

Interiors at Iseya Robatayaki Restaurant

Puppets at the Wayang Museum

Exquisite ambiance of Tugu Kunstkring Palais Restaurant




AUGUST 7-20, 2016

Viva Italia: The 70th Republic Day of Italy By VIA BAROMA


he Harbor Tent of the Sofitel Philippines Plaza teemed with panache as it showcased top Italian brands such as Ferrari, Maserati and Ducati last June 2 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Republic of Italy. Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno together with his wife, Mme. Agnes Roscigno hosted Festa della Repubblica to commemorate the day in 1946 when the Italian people, through a national referendum, decided that the monarchy must come to an end. “We are a young republic but born out of an ancient nation rooted in thousand years old civilization and rich history that has blessed us with heritage and culture, knowledge and art,” Ambassador Roscigno said in his welcome address. The relationship between the Philippines and Italy have continued to flourished since the establishment of its bilateral relations in 1947, a partnership which will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year.

“Italy is a partner the Philippines can count on. We’d be happy to continue working with the [new] government in order to further strengthen our relations on the basis of common values and principles we firmly share. In these recent years, our relations have become more intense, more exchanges, more visitors in both sides. Prospects of moral, economic and trade, interexchanges, stronger cultural bounds,” the Ambassador said. The Ambassador also noted meaningful and advance programs of cooperation and development with the Philippines that include the Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program, the Debt-for-Development Swap Program and the Agreement on Bilateral Cooperation on Labor Migration between the Government of the Italian Republic. We here at Expat belatedly toast to the people and the government of the Republic of Italy, Viva, Italia!

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Everything set for the Best Dressed Women of the Philippines The Best Dressed Women of the Philippines, one of the country’s most celebrated charity events, has officially started its roster of activities with the announcement of this year’s new batch of ladies who lead inspiring lives during an exclusive afternoon tea party held at Makati Shangri-La, Manila. At the forefront of this notable event is the hardworking Best Dressed Women of the Philippines event chairperson and Angola consul Helen Ong along with the selection and organizing committee members Mabel Abaño, Marian Ong and Jayelles’ Roselle Rebano as well as Philippine Cancer Society (PCS) officials led by vice chairman Antonio Ma. J. Guerrero. Formally introduced as the 2016 Best Dressed Women of the Philippines awardees are Judy Miranda Abalos, Dr. Cecilia Ramos Bernad, Sheila Dizon-Carlos, Ingga Cabangon Chua, Alta Redor Lyttle, Richelle Louise Singson-Michael, Imelda Pechera, Jerianne Ejercito-Peña, Buena Castañeda Sarmiento, Judith Tan, Charisse Santillan-Tinio and Sheilla Marie Golez Tiongco with Style Icon Carolyn Tan and Women of Influence and Style Rosario “Inday” Salientes. Meanwhile, Mansmith and Fielders, Inc. president and chief service strategist Chiqui Escareal-Go was the resource speaker for the said event while PCS beneficiaries and cancer survivors Lucille Alvarez and Cristina Nazareno gave testimonials on how the organization has aided them in their fight against cancer. For 13 years now, the Best Dressed Women of the Philippines continues its commitment to support PCS in their programs to help Filipinos battling cancer. The 2016 Best Dressed Women of the Philippines Annual Awards Ball is set on September 22 at the Rizal Ballroom if Makati Shangri-La, Manila. For sponsorships, please call Zeny Avila at (02) 734-2127 to 28 or 0927-5316044.

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• Human Nature by Mark Andy Garcia

• Cinemalaya 2016: The 12th Philippine Independent Film Festival Ongoing until Aug. 14; Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City; Glorietta 4, and Greenbelt 1, Makati; TriNoma, U.P. Town Center and Fairview Terraces, Quezon City; Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna; and Ayala Center Cebu; for more information, visit www.cinemalaya. org, or call (02) 832-3704 The 12th Philippine Independent Film Festival will be bigger this year as it expands its reach beyond Metro Manila to Laguna and Cebu City this August. This year’s festival, which carries the theme “Break the Surface” marks the return of the Full Length Feature category. Nine entries will vie for the Cinemalaya Award, namely: Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching by Inna Miren Salazar and Dos Ocampo, Dagsin by Atom Magadia, Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover, I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal, Kusina by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares, Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr., Mercury Is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana, Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. and Tuos by Derick Cabrido.

Cinemalaya will offer the following sections this year: Festival’s Best, Asian Showcase, Documentaries, Tribute to Francis Pasion, and Cinemalaya Institute showcase. The Cinemalaya Campus, a major component of the Festival, will be held on Aug. 9 to 10 at the CCP Little Theater. The Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, which is considered the longestrunning independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN/Asian region, will have its 28th run during Cinemalaya. Tickets are priced at PhP150. Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office, Ayala Cinema Ticket Booths, Ayala Cinema online, TicketWorld outlets, or via Sureseats at (02) 752-7877 local 1112 and


Mark Andy Garcia presents a set of new paintings representative of the artist’s distinct aesthetics indicative of his identification with the virtues of expressionism. In contrast with his other works that feature narratives with human representation, the predominance of the landscape as subject matter for his new works serves as a bid for equilibrium against the persistent existential attitude that permeates his artistic practice due to his incessant encounters with the absurdity of the world throughout his personal life.

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Mark Andy Garcia graduated from the Technological University of the Philippines in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising, and is a recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Thirteen Artists Award in 2015 – acknowledged for his body of work that have been exhibited in notable galleries and museums in the Philippines. Known for his highly textured pieces that attest to an intuitive and gestural manner of painting, Garcia seeks to visualize the human psyche at a particular condition arising from autobiographical accounts.

• There is Water Where The Sun Never Shines by Veronica Pee Ongoing until Sept. 3; The Inner Room, Artinformal, 277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City; for more information, visit The exhibit describes a particular region of the moon where ice water was found which means there is the possibility of life on it. Veronica Pee finds the moon to be a curiously recurring subject primarily because it is there, imposing its presence upon us like a reference point on existential issues. “I once had a dream that the moon was so close to the earth that I simply stretched out and hopped inside it. It was so real and unforgettable that I still see details of the

• FIREBIRD and other ballets

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Share stories, make new friends, explore opportunities, and who knows? You might just stumble upon an inspiration for your next trip or maybe find the perfect travel buddy. As is the MO, FlipTrip will be giving away a ton of prizes from their sponsors, as well as free trips. You can also get first dibs on their new app, Tripkada, which makes exploring easier, more fun, and more affordable. For more information, contact Marionne at (0917) 930-0779

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n Sept. 19 to 22, the AmCham Foundation will be having the 8th AmCham CSR Photo Exhibit – American Business in Philippine Society at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati. The exhibit aims to generate enthusiasm among the employees of participating member companies (particularly the volunteers and involved communities), create greater awareness for their corporate social responsibility endeavors and highlight the impact of the social work done by American companies in the Philippines.

The American Chamber Foundation of the Philippines is asking all member companies to send their entries – documentation and photos of their CSR activities for the year 2015-16. The photos could focus on any of the six aspects of development, which are: education, health, livelihood, environment, peace and disaster risk management. To join, find application form and guidelines at For inquiries, contact Candy Gabriel at (02) 551-8060 or email

outheast Asian Master craftsmen can look forward to a more vibrant design movement and market after undergoing an observation tour in Milan, Italy which aims to raise the bar of design in the Asean region to world-class standards. The tour is part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations –Republic of Korea Future-Oriented Cooperation Project, a collaboration between the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Commission of Culture and Arts, and the Philippine Small and Medium Business Development Foundation, Inc. (Philsmed). Assisted by international designer, architect and art director Paola Navone, the delegation was exposed to the latest designs from the world’s top design brands while absorbing the soul of design from the exhibits and installations around Milan, regarded as the world's design capital. The mission was led by Asean Deputy Secretary General for Socio-Cultural Community Asean Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee and Philsmed Foundation Chairman Mina Gabor, the Project's implementor. Designers who attended were Masulin Lim of Byo Living, Indonesia (weaving); Roselyn Lah of Livan Craft from Sarawak, Malaysia (beading); Al Valenciano of Balay ni Atong, Philippines (handweaving); Rush Pleansuk of BlueDot Design World, Thailand (mixed technique sculpture and product design); and Dr. Truong PhiDuc of the University of Fine Arts in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Other Philippine delegates were Design Center Philippines senior designer Ramon Pabillon who represented the NCCA and Philsmed Deputy Project Manager Oly Delos Santos.

Inabel Iloko weaving of Al Valenciano The Project was conceived after the 2nd Asean Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA) International Arts and Crafts Expo in Manila when member countries lamented the lack of new designs in Asean products which was seen as the cause of poor sales. Designers from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand have began applying new design perspectives and have cascaded the learning to the junior master craftsmen in their countries. Master craftsmen from these countries will be showcased at the Manila Fame Market Week set on Oct. 20 to 23 at the World Trade Center. The Asean exhibit will be curated by noted Indonesian designer Cosmas Gozali.


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•Color Manila Glitter Run 2016

•Charlie Puth Nine Track Mind Tour

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Aug. 14; KIA Theatre, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City; for more information, visit or call (02) 911-5555.

Color Manila, the group that claims to put the “fun” in fun run, brings together a color festival, fun run and party all rolled into one with Color Manila Glitter Run 2016. Race categories are 1.5, 5 and 10K. Race fees are PhP850 for Deluxe (which includes drifit shirt, sunglasses, race bib, finisher’s medal, color and glitter powder packet) and PhP1,250 for Rockstar (same items as Deluxe plus foldable bottle, sling bag, and head or wrist band). Registration is ongoing at selected Toby’s (Glorietta, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and SM Aura) and Runnr stores (Trinoma, Alabang Town Center and Bonifacio High Street), SM Tickets and online at

American singer/songwriter, Charlie Puth, heads to Manila for his first major show in the country as part of his Nine Track Mind Tour. The Atlantic Records star wrote, coproduced, and was featured on the Wiz Khalifa jam, "See You Again," which was included in the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to the late Paul Walker. Watch Puth as he takes the center stage with tunes that include “Marvin Gaye,” “One Call Away,” “Suffer” and many more. Tickets are priced at PhP3,710 for Price Level 1 and Price Level 2; PhP2,650 for Price Level 3; PhP2,120 for Price Level 4; PhP848 for Price Level 5

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Disco, James Bay, Third Eye Blind, Elle King, Twin Pines Aug. 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena; for more information, call (02) 470-2222 or visit www.

• Global Hoops 2016 Aug. 20; Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City; for more information, visit Tickets are available at all SM Ticket outlets nationwide, call (02) 470-2222 for inquiries.

MMI Live and Ovation Productions partner to bring a rocking night as they’re set to bring in six international acts with In The Mix. Delivering on their 2015 promise to come back and treat the country again with their synth-rock stylings, Manchester’s The 1975 headlines the group along with alternative rock band Third Eye Blind, Grammy-nominee Panic! At The Disco, 2016 Grammy-winner James Bay, Billboard Hot 100 artist Elle King, and Scottish indie rock band Twin Pines. Tickets are priced at PhP13,250 for VIP Moshpit; PhP9,010 for VIP Standing 1; PhP7,950 for VIP Standing 2; PhP5,618 for Lower Box; PhP3,180 for Upper Box; and PhP1,060 for General Admission

• The Chainsmokers live in Manila Aug. 19; Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City; Tickets are available at SM Tickets outlets. Visit or call (02) 470-2222 for ticket inquiries. For table reservations, call (02) 846-9450.

Streetball goes on the big stage this August as King Bally brings Global Hoops 2016—the biggest streetball and hip-hop event in the country. Streetball icon Hot Sauce leads Team USA Court Kingz, along with ballers Mani Love, Master Jeng, Mr. Viral, Sir Isaac, OX, Zig Zag and Jumpman. They strut their stuff against a team made up of local streetballers and retired professional players. On the hip-hop side of things, local acts Gloc-9, Abra, Andrew E, Mike Swift will be performing, along with World Hip-hop dance champion, Philippine All-Stars. DJ Rodney and Those Damn Nerds take care of the beats, while Nathan Jay will be the designated hype man. Tickets are available at PhP1,090 for Patron; PhP790 for Lower Box; PhP590 for Upper Box; and PhP390 for General Admission.

The Mall of Asia Arena promises to be off the chain on Aug.19 as American DJ duo, The Chainsmokers, returns to Manila for their first arena show in the country. Hypebeasts and scenesters will be lit as Alex pall and Drew Taggart perform their hits like “Don’t Let Me Down,” “#Selfie,” “Roses,” and Inside Out.” Tickets are priced at PhP35,000 for VIP Tables for (five persons); PhP5,830 for VIP Standing; PhP4,770 for Lower Box A; and PhP3,180 for Lower Box B.

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Expat Newspaper Volume 34 No. 22 August 7, 2016 - August 20, 2016

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Expat Newspaper Volume 34 No. 22 August 7, 2016 - August 20, 2016