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July 24-August 6, 2016 Vol. XXXIV No. 21



Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jinhua greets President Rodrigo Duterte during a courtesy call at the Malacañang Palace, as Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay looks on. Photo courtesy of the Presidential Photographer's Division

More questions follow South China Sea arbitral ruling By TIMOTHY JAY IBAY


he painted faces, vibrant balloons, and whooping cheers have gone; and the overall celebratory vibe following the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruling that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea was short lived to say to least. China has long said that it will not honor any decision made by the arbitration court. And in the two weeks after the international court’s ruling, the Philippines, along with the rest of the claimants of the disputed waters are left with the same uncertainty as before the decision came out. Phl rejects Beijing talks condition According to Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, the Philippines rejected China’s request for talks on the dispute when it asked Manila to

“disregard” the recent court ruling. “They asked us also to open ourselves for bilateral negotiations but outside of and in disregard of the arbitral ruling, so this is something that I told him was not consistent with our Constitution and our national interest,” Yasay said a week after the ruling came out. The South China Sea is a major economic waterway where an estimated US$5 trillion worth of trade moves through annually. But there are also discussions to be made on a smaller scale, particularly with how Filipino fishermen can regain access to the Scarborough Shoal. According to Yasay Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that China would like to enter discussions on how Filipino fishermen could be given access to that area, albeit “not in

the context of the arbitral ruling.” “They said, ‘If you will insist on the ruling, discussing along those lines, then we might be headed for a confrontation,” said Yasay. “We have asked China to exercise restraint and sobriety in this regard, that we maintain the status quo for now in terms of not taking aggressive actions… not coming out with any provocative statements,” he added, while admitting that direct talks with China were unlikely to start anytime soon because of Beijing’s staunch refusal to honor the ruling. Restraint lost in translation Restraint and sobriety was far from the tune Adm. Wu Shengli carried when he said that China will not stop the page 4 ongoing construction in the

Tourism Sec bats for MICE, cooperative programs By RICHARD RAMOS


ourism Secretary Wanda Teo called for more efforts to attract the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions) market to the Philippines, especially in the Visayas region, in order to corner a larger share of the events and further strengthen Cebu as a proven MICE hub in the region. Speaking during the inauguration of the International Travel Fiesta (ITF) held at the Ayala Activity Center in Cebu, the secretary pointed out that the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year with the Philippines in the midst of the historic occasion. She expressed confidence that Cebu would be more than ready to host such an event as proven by Cebu’s shining track record in housing large-scale international events as the Asian Pacific Economic Community (APEC) and the International Eucharispage 4




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New Zealand-Phl fete 50 years of ties in Cebu By RICHARD RAMOS


ew Zealand and the Philippines Zealand has reached US$2 billion last year,” he recently commemorated their half- stated. century of steadfast relationships by Regarding imports, Education New Zeavowing to seek deeper and more extensive land Regional Communications Manager Ben trade linkages in order to make full use of their Burrowes revealed that education is an imrespective strengths in exports, business, and portant sector that has benefitted over 3,600 education. Filipinos studying in New Zealand in 2015, an New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan declared that the significant milestone reflects the growth of the bilateral relations through the five decades of closeness, as well as the rising figures of the locals in each other’s country. In a media huddle situated at the lobby of a posh hotel, the ambassador expressed delight in celebrating the occasion in Cebu while taking stock of the strengths of the Philippines such as the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, the warm spirit and work ethic of the Filipinos, as well as the tourism potentials. “I would like to see more trade opportunities open up between Cebu and New Zealand. Top Philippine exports are pineapples and bananas. The services sector, mainly construction, nursing, and Information Technology, has doubled in just two years’ time. Total RP trade with New Ben Burrowes, New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan and Hernando Banal

increase of 83 percent over the 2014 figures. Leading the way are courses in management, commerce, medicine, and Information Technology. He added that each year, New Zealand Aid funds 24 post-graduate scholarships for the Philippines focusing on disaster risk manage-

ment, renewable energy, and agri-business. Trade Commissioner Hernando Banal mentioned that the growth of Filipino communities have livened up the churches considerably and resulted in a rebirth of sorts. “Many see the country as a favorite location shoot for such movies as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbitt, Avatar, King Kong, and Narnia. Population is only 4.5 million while land area is around 90 percent of that of the Philippines,” he said. The evening reception showcased New Zealand products such as grass-fed beef, wines, and ice cream made from pure farm fresh milk. A special program highlighted classical musicians Stella Kim, a violinist, and Sally Kim, a cellist who are on their third Asean country after Malaysia and Thailand. The NZ Embassy is looking to conclude their 50th anniversary celebration with a reception in Davao toward the yearend.


Cebu Parklane International Hotel feted its 10th anniversary amidst an atmosphere of glitz and hoopla as Cenelyn Manguilimotan, the hotel GM, led the management and staff in an array of dance, dish and dazzle showcases that included masked hotel staffers in ballroom gowns, tributes to Top Producers and travel outlets, review of hotel creed philosophy, ultra-agile acrobats, heartfelt community outreach programs and health and fitness regimens. But apart from the glitzy festivities, Parklane remains to be the only hotel in Cebu which is HACCP-certified, or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, which merits the Food Safety Management Systems Certificate. Vibo Place, a two-hectare development located along Escario St., is the city’s newest lifestyle destination that encourages al fresco dining via its glass panels and sunlit theme. The venue’s latest attraction is the Axis Entertainment Avenue, a six-building cluster which houses topnotch dining outlets serving Japanese, Korean, Italian, and local fare, as well as the city’s largest and only drive-through Starbucks outlet. Check out The Courtyard, an events space for acoustic entertainment which features the city’s top bands on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday evenings. Partake in the lunchtime set menus of Cebu Grand Hotel, the vet-

eran edifice in the lot. Plans for next year include more office and residential buildings to complete the hub components. SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, introduces its link-up with Mastercard for exclusive promotional fares and discounts for economy, premium economy, and business class fares. All-inclusive return airfares start from US$190 to Singapore, US$600 to Australia, US$850 to Europe, US$950 to New Zealand, and US$950 to the US. KrisFlyers, the airline’s frequent flyers who use their MasterCard credit cards to purchase tickets before July 31, 2016, have a chance of winning a pair of return Business Class tickets to Dusseldorf, Germany or a pair of return Premium Economy Class tickets to Cape Town, South Africa. All MasterCard transactions end July 2016, while travel period ends March 2017. Terms and conditions apply. Catalyst Events presents Dr. Thomas Lickona, one of the world’s most respected authorities on character education, who will deliver a whole-afternoon talk about children at the Sky Hall of SM Seaside City on August 4, 2016. His topic will dwell on “Developing Character for Success in School, at Home, and Beyond” during the International Conference on Raising

Smart and Good Children. Dr. Lickona is a development psychologist, professor of education at the State University of New York and author of over 40 books on character education such as “Raising Good Children” and “Educating for Character.” Tickets may be sourced through (0977) 809-5377 or (0927) 894-9681. OLX introduces “Win Together,” its new campaign which speaks volumes of the win-win exchanges within its online community. Here, OLX aims to connect its promise of efficiency, convenience, and ecommerce safety with the Filipinos’ desire to lead improved lives. OLX chief marketing officer Cris Concepcion declared that “the exchanges between buyers and sellers create a community where everybody wins. We hope to help both parties grow their own community base, encourage entrepreneurship, and healthy exchanges with more people.” With the thousands of Filipinos connecting via OLX to quench their needs, be it a car, a job opportunity, etc, they unwittingly create a more sustainable community and renewable economy. RapidVisa opened its third global office in Cebu at the 12th floor of Park Centrale, IT Park in Lahug. The place offers document preparation and filing services for K-1 fiancee visa, spousal visa, adjustment of status,

removal of conditions, parent visa, and US citizenship. They are also very specific on many aspects which they do not cater to such as student visas, work visas, tourist visas, sale of government forms, and legal advice. No government affiliation as well. Boasting a visa approval rate of 99.7 percent, customers are charged for a onetime flat fee that can last for several months. Only checks or money orders are accepted, no cash deals. Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) recently held the annual Grand Chamber Awards at an uptown hotel. Luis N. Yu Jr., chair emeritus of 8990 Holdings/DECA Housing Corp. was chosen as Entrepreneur of the Year for having built thousands of affordable and good-quality homes for over a decade. Joy Anya Lim, creative and managing director of Anthill Fabric Gallery, copped the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year went to Dr. Alvin Roxas, president of YAKSKI Barbecue. Wellington Chan Lim copped the Countryside Entrepreneur of the Year as president of Wellisa Farm Corp., while Juanito King & Sons, Inc. was picked as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Institution.


gal substances who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. In an ANC interview, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Robert Cadiz said, “It has largely been characterized by extrajudicial killings, almost blatant disregard for the rule of law, due process of law. It's turning out to be not a credible campaign because it's been largely targeting the small people... No big-time drug lords have been really arrested.”

Killing season The figures behind ‘The Punisher's’ bloody war on drugs Text by CHING DEE

"If I become president, it would be bloody because we'll order the killing of all criminals, drug addicts and drug lords." Even before President Rodrigo Duterte won the national elections by a landslide last May 9, the tough-talking mayor of Davao City has been open about his plans for a 'bloody' presidency. During the campaign season, Duterte, who has earned the moniker 'The Punisher,' vowed to eradicate criminality within three to six months in office. And if he fails? He has said he plans to resign. A few weeks before Duterte was formally declared as the new President of the Philippines, a wave of drug-related killings swept the nation. And now, the body count continues on its steep incline. Here’s a look at the numbers behind the country’s unprecedented war on drugs.




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According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer's The Kill List, "an attempt to document the names and other particulars of the casualties of the administration’s war on crime," as of 12 p.m. of July 18, 2016, a total of 312 drug-related killings have been reported since May 10, the day after the elections. The Philippine Daily Inquirer refers to the period of May 10 to June 29 as the 'post-elec-

tion transition period.' Policemen were responsible for most of the 312 deaths, often claiming that the victims attempted to snatch away their guns (or engaged in a shootout), while the rest were killed by unidentified vigilantes.


Since June 30 (Duterte's inauguration) up to 12 p.m. of July 18, there have been 265 drugrelated deaths. Reports of corpses found by the side of busy streets—apparent victims of summary executions— disturbingly popped up on a daily basis. Most victims bore a cardboard sign saying things like "Huwag tularan; drug pusher ako" (Don't emulate, I am a drug pusher). Some bodies were found tightly bound inside a black garbage bag. Perhaps a statement on how the killers think about their lives: Nothing but garbage.


Out of the 312 recorded killings, 53 victims have yet to be identified. Now, here's the thing: Why are some of them even unidentified? It is safe to say that those who are gunned down (one killing was even caught on CCTV in broad daylight) are but small-time drug pushers. Peddlers of ille-


Speaking of small-time drug pushers, they must get their supply somewhere. Here's where drug lords come in. On July 8, before he ended his first week as Commander-in-chief, Duterte named the three top drug lords in the Philippines. Duterte fearlessly named Chinese nationals Wu Tuan and Peter Lim as 'Level 5' drug lords, the creme de la creme of big-time drug lords. According to newly appointed Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III, Tuan and Lim are members of the notorious Chinese Triad. Tuan, aka Peter Co, is in charge of Luzon operations, while Lim, aka Jaguar, handles Visayas. The third drug lord is current New Bilibid Prison inmate Herbert Colangco. You may have heard of him as the guy who recorded a music album and a music video while he was incarcerated. Jails: It's more fun in the Philippines.


Two days before Duterte showed his chart featuring the hierarchy of drug syndicates in the country, Duterte was the guest speaker for the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force. On that day, he named five senior Philippine National Police (PNP) officials who are involved in illegal drugs. Duterte named retired PC Supt. Vicente Loot, former Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo, former Region 6 Director Bernardo Diaz, former NCRPO Director Joel Pagdilao,

and former QCPD Director Edgardo Tinio. Diaz, Pagdilao, and Tinio are still in active service. "At this time, I order them relieved from their assignments and report to the director general. I would like to talk to them but certainly I would expect the police commission to do their thing," Duterte said in his speech after naming the officials. The five officials are said to be protectors and coddlers of drug lords, allowing the prevalence of drug syndicates in the country.


On July 15, one of the three named drug lords was brave enough to knock at Duterte's door. Peter Lim, a Cebu-based businessman, spoke with the President himself in Davao in an effort to clear his name. Lim declared his support for the President’s war on drugs, saying, “I'm with you all the way, Mr. President… I could clear up everything because my family is really in deep problem now in Cebu… In any way, I will help.” Duterte was sympathetic in his response, he said, "We want to help you… help us clear you.” According to Lim, he is willing to subject himself to an investigation, as advised by Duterte.


If you do the math, that's more than four deaths every day between May 10 and July 18. More than four deaths everyday for 69 days. The scary part is that it doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon. At this rate, if this continues, it's like we're living in that movie The Purge. Oh, and lest we forget...


The number of dead drug lords.

Global tech and start up confab readied in Bellevue Bohol By RICHARD RAMOS


he fourth annual “Geeks start-ups, Aquino added. on a Beach” (GOAB) inTina Amper, founder ternational tech and startof, a crucial up conference, which has played a party in conceptualizing crucial role in empowering local the GOAB, said those start-ups, returns this time at The who are into technology, Bellevue Resort in Bohol this Auonline/web/social media gust 25 to 26, 2016. solutions and innovation Bannering the theme “Emshould not miss the oppowering Startups, Leading portunity to learn about change,” GOAB will again highthe latest developments in light communities of startups and the industry and meet the innovation-driven enterprises key players in the startup based on software and apps, which world. have experienced surging growth GOAB will also offer in the last few years. its second International Speakers will be comprised of Startup Pitching Comsome of the brightest minds from petition. All such entities the Philippines, Silicon Valley, are encouraged to apply Singapore, and other countries. for the opportunity to get These are Techstars co-founder funding and mentorship and managing partner David from leading investors and Brown, Startup Week-end cosponsors. founder Marc Nager, Zalora PhilGOAB is offering 15 ippines managing director Con- Dave Overton-startup builder, Tina Amper-instigator of, and Sen. Bam aquino discuss with media the plight of startups in todays modern scenario percent discount on tickstantine Robertz, PLDT SME ets and a 40 percent group Nation head Mitch Locsin, STAC discount for five or more “The role of government should be when but is faced with many obstacles that have deSilicon Valley President Cristina Laskowski, to follow, when to get out of the way, and how railed their progress. until July 31, 2016. Interested parties may and many others. to plan top down. In order to further help the Foreigners should also be allowed to come log on to or email Senator Bam Aquino declared that GOAB startups, I have also filed a bill which eliminates in minus any harassment from the Bureau of For more inforwill serve as a venue to talk about problems any form of taxation for the first two years in or- Immigration. We need to create space, fast- mation, visit; and solutions especially those that continue der to minimize their birth pains,” he stated in track the development process, and solicit Facebook: Geeks on A Beach and Twitter @ to haunt startups and seek solutions for both a Crossroads Mall outlet. more support from the Department of Trade GeeksOnABEach. age-old and new problems, as well as the do’s He added that the Filipinos have the crea- and Industry and the Department of Science and don’ts of government. tivity, drive, and talent to take the next big step and Technology (DOST) for the sake of the




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Retro meets refined in TOD’S AutumnWinter Collection 2016 By ANGIE DUARTE


es, it’s that time of the year – the men’s collection utilizes a lot of the first half of 2016 has gone vintage-looking (a result of wax by in the seeming blink of an having been hand-brushed into eye, and the second half has crept up the material) leather in its eleon us, ever so sneakily. The fashion ments. savvy will soon bid sporty sumThe ever-popular ladies’ mer looks goodbye, in favor of the Wave Bag remains strong in its season’s latest Autumn-Winter third season, with the addition frocks. As can be expected from of the Double T Bag, while the the renowned Italian purveyor of key piece in the men’s group is fine fashion, TOD’S puts forth a the Envelope Bag. The spotcollection loaded with style and light for footwear is on varisensibility, flair and foolproof finous heights of boots, ery; a collection which is both retro Oxfords, brogues, and refined, brimming over with updated moccaimpeccable taste and eye-catching sins, and trainers Women's Hook Boot creativity. this Autumn-WinThis Autumn-Winter, TODS pays ter, with the Double-T buckle homage to 70s retro fun, without the frump. finding its way onto many styles. Retro is revisited in sleek and savvy, elegant Step out into the and edgy, clean lines. Both women’s and men’s season in suave sarfashion employ a lot of fringe-work and tassels, torial style – TOD’s add-on accessories and accents, and heavy de- style! tailing. Stitch work is prominent, as are patchTOD’S is exwork techniques, in many of the pieces. The clusively distributed end result is an edgier look and feel that is a in the Philippines slight take-off from TOD’s more traditional, by Stores Specialist, classic aesthetic. Inc., and is located Graphic patterns and prints, especially the at Greenbelt 4 and iconic gipsy tartan, shows up heavily through- Rustan’s Shangri-La out the women’s clothing line, especially on Plaza. jackets, trenches, and mini kilts. Meanwhile, Wave Bag, with tassels and bold stitching

Vintage leather jacket with Envelope Bag

Bold graphic and tartan prints on oversized sweater top and kilt


More questions follow South China Sea...from page 1 disputed waters. “We will never stop our construction on the Nansha Islands [Chinese name for the Spratly chain] halfway, Wu was quoted by Xinhua. As noted by a Philippine Star report via the Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency, Sun Jianguo, admiral and deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, for his part, said that freedom of navigation patrols carried out by foreign navies

in the South China Sea could end “in disaster.” The US has stirred the ire of Beijing by conducting freedom of navigation patrols near the Chinese-held islands. “When has freedom of navigation in the South China Sea ever been affected? It has not, whether in the past or now, and in the future there won’t be a problem as long as nobody plays tricks,” Sun reportedly said, according to the transcript of his comments seen by Reuters.

“China consistently opposes so-called military freedom of navigation which brings with it a military threat, and which challenges and disrespects the international law of the sea. This kind of military freedom of navigation is damaging to the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, and it could even play out in a disastrous way,” Sun added. On July 18, China also announced that it commenced what would be regular military air

patrols over the disputed island and shoals of the South China Sea. As reported by the NYT News Service, the announcement of the air patrols, along with Chinese military exercises off the coast of Hainan island came during Adm. John Richardson, chief of US naval operations, was in Beijing to discuss issues surrounding the South China Sea.

the accommodation and resort facilities, in order to have a better basis for statistics to serve as our basis for marketing investments. The secretary and her party also went around dozens of booths to inspect their products and services. These included hotels, resorts, travel agencies, destinations, insurance agencies, airlines, and other travel-related entities.

beamed as she pointed out that three Philippine islands; namely Palawan, Cebu and Boracay, made the Top Ten List of Best Islands in the World of the Travel + Leisure Magazine for this year, with Palawan grabbing the topmost spot for the second year in a row and Boracay placing third. “Cebu is sixth, having been a Top Ten placer for several years now. This adds to our sense of pride in showcasing our assets and attractions especially during this ITF which is now on its third year. And I assure you of the full support of the provincial government,” she said. In order to cut travel time and ensure more convenience, the vice governor cited that upcoming airports will be built in Camotes and Bantayan Islands as headed by Governor Hilario “Junjun” Davide III. “In addition, Air New Zealand will set up flights to Manila by December. We expect even more tourism arrivals then, hence the need to upgrade products and services to meet international standards,” the official said. However, she vowed no compromise to human dignity despite the rewarding economic benefits of tourism, as she declared she would much rather have fewer arrivals over more exploited locals as there is no price to pay for lost souls.

Tourism Sec bats for MICE...from page 1 tic Congress (IEC), the latter of which drew over 14,000 local and international delegates. “We are now bidding to host the Miss Universe pageant in January 2017, and are now in the midst of raising funds for the event. We know that we can count on the support of Cebu and the Visayas region to host the supporting events and activities of the beauty contest and highlight our country as a tourism magnet,” Teo declared. A firm believer in the benefits of consultation, she says she will listen to various tourism stakeholders nationwide so as to solicit their inputs and incorporate these into the National Tourism Development Plan. “I have called for the regional directors to refer to the private sector for their inputs through consultative meetings so this would constitute our collective plans and not just DOT plans. We want your contributions and suggestions for a more thorough review,” the tourism secretary revealed. Moving forward Plans for the next six months will be implemented next year and beyond. Old plans will still be revisited so these can be aligned with the priorities and inputs with the private sector. Regarding aspirations, Teo declared that she wants a stable tourism industry with a secure baseline that is private sector-reliant,

resilient versus shocks, manage risk, and anticipate shocks. According to her, programs must be sustainable, culturally-sensitive, ecologicallyresponsible, economically viable, participative and transformative. The latter especially, in order to keep abreast of emerging trends so products and services can be developed to remain competitive. Teo also assured that the DOT (Department of Tourism) will have active participation in data collection initiatives, especially in

Best islands in the world Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale

Harry Inoferio of Philippine Airlines, Cebu City councillor Margot Osmeña, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, and Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale




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Cheers to The Brewery’s first year!


The purveyors of “hoppiness” and fine handcrafted beers celebrates its first anniversary with new brews, new dishes, and a whole lot more fun


ip hangout, The Brewery, celebrated its first anniversary this July, and it has been one hoppy year of brewing the freshest, finest craft beers, cooking up the most delectable pub grub, and providing top-caliber entertainment. The Philippines’ largest on-site microbrewery was launched to the thirsty public in June 2015, in the area burgeoning with all things posh and trendy – Bonifacio Global City. Since its opening, the establishment has been extremely well-received and patronized by lovers of fresh beer, fine food, and fab fun. “We want to showcase the artistry of the beer brewing process and simultaneously be a major force in changing the local dining landscape. It's a different kind of gastro pub experience,” says Raj Sadhwani, CEO of The Brewery. Ale, ale, the pub’s new beers The Brewery started out with a selection of six fine, handcrafted, artisanal beers: the India Pale Ale (IPA), Wheat Beer, Pilsner, and Stout. Shortly after their launch, two variants, Honey Beer and Ginger Beer, were introduced for a period of several months. To keep the tap flowing and taste buds craving more, the establishment’s current in-house, expertly trained brew master, German national Oliver Ellrotte, has created two new flavors guaranteed to please even the most astute of ale aficionados - Epic IPA and Chokolate Boom. The former is a double IPA which has a strong bitter character with citrus and floral hints (highly recommended for seasoned beer palates). It has been described as “out of this world” by those who have tried it, on account of it being brewed with more malt and three kinds of hops (Cascade, Chinook and Williamette). The latter is every chocolate-and-beer-lover’s fantasy, fulfilled, as this smooth, smoky, slightly spicy bottom fermented craft lager is brewed with the finest chocolate malt and local labuyo red chilies. “We are very pleased with the market’s reception of The Brewery and we look forward to more years of brewing beer using unique ingredients. While commercially- brewed beer will always be a mainstream product, there will

Beef Rendang

The Brewery's mezzanine area

sauces), Beef Rendang (Indonesian beef stew with fragrant rice and crispy onions and crackers), Pork Ramen (egg noodles in a flavorful 36-hour pork dashi broth, pork knuckles, pork belly, 62-degree eggs, togarashi, bonito flakes and leeks), Bleu Cheeseburger (house ground 1/2 lb US Angus beef short plate and chuck, bleu cheese, grilled onions and mesclun in a brioche bun), Salpicao Sous Vide (US Angus beef chuck with garlic, butter, chives and pork crackling served with steak cut fries), Indonesian Fried Duck (Indo-style fried US Duck Leg, served with sambal sauce and steamed fragrant rice), and the Sticky Date and Banana Pudding (served with ale butter beer sauce and homemade vanilla seed ice cream).

always be room for beverages that offer new experiences and new choices. The important thing is that everything is of premium quality,” Sadhwani shared. Gotta -grab grub Aside from regular pub grub greats – such as the bestselling Fisherman’s Basket (wheat beer-battered sole fillet, lightly breaded New Zealand mussels, calamari, white shrimps and soft shell crab, with steak cut fries, tomato salsa, caper aioli, and sweet chili sauce), Modern Kilawin (the restaurant’s delicious take on

ceviche; made of fresh Tanigue fillets, spiced vinegar, coconut cream, onions, ginger, chili, crushed fried pork rinds, and lemon foam), and the All-Meat Pizza (topped with bacon, beef sausage, pork sausage, pepperoni, onions, mozzarella and parmesan), Chef Carlo Miguel, co-owner and Corporate Chef of The Brewery, has conceptualized new creations of grub you just gotta grab. Among the newest items on the roster are the all-time Filipino favorite, Crispy Pata (with pickled vegetables, Thai style, with a choice of classic Pinoy or apple onion gravy dipping

Brewery and the beats It isn’t just the grog and the grub that are great, at The Brewery. Diners can expect to enjoy their brews and their bites with some of the country’s best beats, from up-and-coming, as well as veteran musicians and bands. On the music menu is everything from jazz and soul, to rock and reggae, curated and selected by none other than top Filipino musician, Rico Blanco, who is also among the gastro pub’s owners. Furthermore, The Brewery offers facilities and amenities for private functions. With a seating capacity of 250 to 300 people, in an 840-square meter area spread out over two floors, space is definitely not an issue. Ambiance is also a plus, with the venue’s Industrial Steampunk aesthetic lending a warm and classy, yet trendy and edgy feel to every affair. The Brewery is owned and operated by the Distillery Group, the same company behind a string of successful resto-pubs. With a solid reputation and a deeply ingrained appreciation for fine beer and food, the company is poised to take the Brewery well into many more anniversaries, to come. Cheers to The Brewery! The Brewery is located at The Palace complex on 10th avenue corner 38th Street in Uptown Fort, Bonifacio Global City, and is open Mondays to Sundays, 11a.m. until 2a.m.

Pork Ramen

Chori Burger

The popular beer sampler




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illy Coffee: A Cup above the rest Decades of expertise and a hard-core passion for fine coffee make this luxury brand a hard cup to follow Newspaper The Philippines’ forum for international readers since 1981

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ot all coffees, it would seem, are created equal: there’s coffee, and then there’s illy coffee. Those in the know and in the caffeine habit would attest to the fact that illy’s signature high-quality blend, which is made of nine kinds of pure Arabica, makes the renowned brand a cup above the rest. One might even say that a cup of perfectly brewed illy coffee is a hard cup to follow. “Delighting people who love the quality of life thanks to the best coffee that nature can offer, enhanced even more by the most advanced technologies: this is illycaffè mission, passion, and obsession. My family has been committed to this challenge for four generations: to give a smile at each cup of coffee,” says Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO of illycaffè, and descendant of Illy founder, Francesco Illy. In Manila, illy is brought in by Delzio Fine Foods, Inc., much to the delight of coffee aficionados in the Metro. Delizio’s general Manager, Yuki Esteban, shares that the reception to illy in Manila “has been very positive.“ “The Espressamente illy franchise coffee shops in Rockwell, Mall of Asia and Terminal 3 helped to build the brand and increase awareness and today we are seeing many hotels, such as Sofitel, and restaurant groups preferring to use illy to ensure a high standard for their coffee preparation,” Esteban adds. Perfection and innovation Illy’s commitment towards the perfection and innovation of the science and the art of coffee pleasure is such that the company established the Università del Caffè. This university dedicated to coffee aims to spread the illy heritage of skill to coffee producers and growers, coffee bar businessmen and baristas, and to consumers and connoisseurs, as well. Università del Caffè has its main campus in Trieste, and looks to opening a total of 25 campuses

outside of Italy. More than 106,000 people have been trained by the university, worldwide, since it started in the year 2000. “Many people don’t realize the effort it takes to make a great cup of coffee,” notes Joey Esteban, President of Delizio Fine Foods, Inc. “From the maintenance of the machines, to the decision as to what particular grind you should use, all the way to the temperature required for making the perfect coffee variant, the way the milk is steamed, etcetera, etcetera. It’s very intricate; there are a lot of different components that go into the preparation of all the different kinds of coffee varieties.” Barista of baristas Among the roster of coffee experts at the Università del Caffè is Barista Trainer, Nicola Scognamiglio; the Barista of baristas. With over a decade of coffee smarts under his belt – having been exposed to the world of coffee since the age of 14 – Scognamiglio teaches a class on becoming a Coffee Expert, from basic cupping theory, to becoming a true "sommelier" of coffee. He likewise conducts a course on Creative Coffee, which is a highly specialized practical course, designed to train students in various techniques such as frothing milk and froth design for that perfect and artistic cup of cappuccino, creating new recipes for alcoholic and non-alcoholic coffee variants, etc. Scognamiglio was recently in Manila, for training and demonstration series at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, where he wowed diners at Spiral with his intricate froth art, and his refreshing, exciting alcoholic coffee creation, the Coffee Mojito. “I go to different countries in the Asia-Pacific that carry the illy brand twice a year, to conduct training. I also introduce new recipes and techniques to illy’s partners and customers,” Scognamiglio points out. Take your coffee enjoyment to the next

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Illy’s Coffee Mojito Recipe try it and love it! Ingredients 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp (25 ml) Espresso 5-6 fresh mint leaves 2 tsp (6 g) white cane sugar 1 tbsp (15 ml) mineral water 2 tbsp (30 ml) white vodka A spring of fresh mint Ice cubes How to A fascinating variation on the timeless cocktail born in Havana, and favorite of legendary writer Ernest Hemingway. Here, rum gives way to white vodka, and coffee becomes the star. A curious pairing of Espresso with mint offers the palate fresh notes and new flavors. Perfect for parties. wChill the glass. wPrepare the Espresso in a small cup. wPut the mint leaves and sugar in the glass and crush gently with the pestle. wAdd the water, without letting the sugar dissolve. wBreak the ice cubes into the smallest pieces possible and add them to the mixture. wAdd the white vodka and, last of all, the Espresso. wGarnish with a sprig of fresh mint and serve.

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Barista Trainer, Nicola Scognamiglio, with a glass of illy's Coffee Mojito

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Txanton: A delicious education about Spain's best jamón Text and photos by CHING DEE

School is now in session at the first and only jamóneria in the country


veryone who's been to Spain will tell you that your Spanish vacation won't be complete without savoring two of the greatest things produced in its lands: jamón (ham) and wine. Now, you don't have to travel all the way to Spain to enjoy authentic jamón—thanks to Txanton. Txanton is the first and only jamóneria and cellar in the country; and according to general manager Besay Gonzalez, Txanton is here to spread the delicious details about Spain's best jamón. Txanton is divided into three sections: La Tienda (The Store), which houses the main dining area, and where guests can purchase bottles of wine, olive oil, and jamón; La Gran Añada (The Great Vintage), a dining space good for up to ten people, which also houses their collection of high-end wines/vintages; and La Sala de Cata (The Tasting Room), a secluded dining area with a more contemporary ambiance. "Our goal is to educate more people about authentic jamón, how to enjoy it in the best possible way, and of course help you find the best bottle of wine to pair with your jamon," Gonzalez explained. When dining at Txanton, the dish is the stage and the star is nothing else but the jamón. Chef Justo Rodrigo Lopez from Madrid made sure that they only serve authentic Spanish comfort food, keeping items simple so guests can focus on enjoying the jamón. "This is our comfort food, this is what we eat in Spain on a regular basis," Chef Justo shared with Expat, referring to the mouthwatering spread on the table. "It is very simple, easy to prepare, but the ingredients are high quality."

Chef recommends For first time diners, Gonzalez and Chef Justo suggests the Bellota Tasting Platter, which has four different kinds of delectable Iberico Bellota jamón imported from Spain. The tasting platter features jamón from the only regions in Spain allowed to produce Iberico ham: Guijelo (which has a soft, savory balance), Extramadura (slightly more intense flavor with a short finish), Pedroches (very aromatic, nutty with a semi-long finish), and Huelva (very intense flavor, strongly aromatic with a long finish). Each type of jamon is paired with wine. Though the flavors differ, all the jamón in the platter are smooth and tender. It's almost impossible to describe. This exquisite jamón comes from acorn-fed pigs. The meat is then cured for three to four years until it reaches perfection, then Chef Justo and Txanton general manager Besay Gonzalez a maestro cortador (master carvfresh garlic on the oiled bread, then rub-slasher) expertly carves the jamón squish the juicy tomatoes on the bruschetta, into paper-thin pieces, ready for tasting. Guests can also enjoy a refreshingly in- sprinkle with the salt of your choice, and pop teractive olive oil tasting platter, which has in your mouth. Believe me when I say that this will open fresh garlic, plump red tomatoes, toasted bruschetta, and four types of salt. Chef Justo said your eyes to what you've been missing all your this is something they would normally have in life. Pro-tip: Make sure to try the Gray Salt Spain, simple ingredients with complex flavor from Camargue, France. It has a very subtle meaty flavor that lifts the entire bite to a new profiles. Here's how to go through this olive oil tast- level. "A visit to Txanton is not just about wine or ing platter: pour some olive oil on your plate and dip the bruschetta into it, then rub the food, it is an experience, an education," Gon-

Spanish comfort food- Eggs with Jamon over Potatoes

Jamon sampler

Txanton is all about great wine and even greater jamon

zalez said. This is definitely the most delicious education you will ever have, and thankfully, school's in session. Are you ready to earn your jamón and wine degree? Txanton is located at 2nd Floor Alegria Alta, 2294 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati. They are open from Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kitchen is closed on Sundays. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 812-2040 loc. 112. For more information, visit ph.




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Sagada: The Undeniable Call of the North Going beyond the drama and into the rugged beauty of this northern gem Text by CHING DEE Photos by LEOVIC ARCETA and CHING DEE

The majestic view from Sagada's Marlboro Mountain


oughly 11 years ago, back when I was still in college, I remember going to a computer rental shop just to read more resources and see more photos of this far-flung town called Sagada—revered by the few intrepid travelers who have set foot in this part of Mountain Province. Fast forward to 2016, Sagada is no longer this small remote town where few dare to tread. Thanks to a local rom-com movie and sensationalism, tourism in Sagada boomed beyond imagination. Traffic became a thing (especially in the summer), more hotels and restaurants opened, roads were paved and widened (sometimes at the cost of decades-old trees), crowds of tourists became the norm— even on weekdays. However, despite all that has changed, Sagada is still best explored for its rugged beauty hidden behind limestones and trees. No pretensions, just seriously good food The stunning mountainscape, captivating

views and the literal breath of fresh air Sagada offers will always be its main draw, but you know what else you can find in Sagada? Great food! Sagada’s staples such as homemade yoghurt from the Yoghurt House and lemon pie from the Sagada Lemon Pie House are always recommended for very, very good reasons, so make sure you don't miss out on those. But for those who are looking for something else to try, check these out. A trip to Sagada won’t be complete without tasting their local dishes. Without a doubt, Pinikpikan and Etag are on top of the list. Back when they still used smaller native chicken, it was called “killing-me-softly chicken” because of the slow—and painful—way of preparing the chicken. But today, the chickens available in the market are more plump and meatier, so there’s no need for the old method. Pinikpikan is so simple yet comforting. The chicken is cooked with pieces of etag (salt-cured smoked pork, think of it as Sagada’s bacon cubes) with

Sagada's Echo Valley gives a panoramic view of lush greenery and mighty limestone formations

ginger and other local herbs. Locals insist that the simpler the recipe, the better. We suggest joining a sunset tour to Lake Danum and ask the guide if they'll prepare Pinikpikan with Etag on site. They usually do, but it has an additional charge. The warm and hearty soup is perfect for the cold Sagada weather. Thriving in the highlands, ‘Pinit’ (‘sampinit’ in lowlands) is a red berry that tastes like a cross between strawberry and raspberry. They call it “wild strawberry” (since most people in Sagada are fluent in English) and you can find it along the trails of Marlboro Mountain and Mount Kiltepan. Misty Lodge & Cafe is about 10 to 15 minutes away from the town on foot (five minutes by car), but it’s definitely worth the detour because of their Trio Formaggi Pizza. Now, this isn’t really a native dish, but believe me when I say that this is unlike any three-cheese pizza you’ve ever had before. We’re not exactly sure what three cheeses are involved in this piece of pizza heaven, but there’s something sweet,

something salty, and something creamy. It's perfect whether piping hot fresh from the oven or cold and folded between aluminum foil. How did we know it's still good when it's cold? Because we ordered an entire pizza for the 12-hour drive back to Manila. Misty Lodge & Cafe is located along Staunton Road (on the way to the town), Sagada, Mountain Province. For more information, contact (0926) 123-5186 Before famous French chef Aklay retired, he shared his recipes with his staff. Today, Log Cabin Restaurant and Bar is operated by Chef Franz. We weren’t able to try everything on their menu, but we highly recommend the Creamy Alfredo Penne. Get it with “Menu 1” which comes with pieces of breaded pork and Log Cabin’s house salad made of fresh Sagada produce. Reservations are highly encouraged because they do not accept walk-in guests. Be sure to make a reservation before 3 p.m. on the day you intend to have dinner.


Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, the first Anglican church in the north Log Cabin Restaurant and Bar is located at Poblacion, Ato, Sagada, Mountain Province. They also have accommodations. For more information, contact (0915) 671-7949 No time for drama, too busy with adventure When I first did the adventure trail in Sagada, my joints were more lubricated, my muscles were more tolerant to physical exertion, and I was several pounds lighter. This year, when I visited the same places I saw back then (plus a few more spots), I've proven that Sagada's demand for physicality is not for the weak. More than the physical torture of traversing the steep trail, I had to motivate myself to keep on going. The adventure trail started with Marlboro Mountain for sunrise. While more people opt for the closer Mount Kiltepan, we chose Marlboro Mountain for the promise of a jaw-dropping sunrise. We left at 4 a.m. and drove to the foot of the mountain. We trekked in the dark for about 40 minutes, accepting the fact that we could be stepping into mud or crap from the wild horses roaming around freely. We reached the peak at around 5 a.m. and was surprisingly greeted by vendors. They were selling coffee, hot chocolate, and cup noodles. I was too tired to be surprised, but I was glad we could eat something after that challenging trek. The weather wasn't so good the past weeks before our visit, so we didn't get to see the sun actually rise. At around 6:30 a.m., just when we decided to head back down to move on, the clouds suddenly parted and the sun shined upon us— casting its warm glow on our frozen faces. The warmth and the wind blew the clouds off the mountain and we finally saw what was behind

Trio Formaggi Pizza from Misty Lodge & Café



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Jump in to the refreshingly cool waters of Bokong Falls, the perfect end to a seven-hour trek

the veil of fog—an unbelievable view of Mount Pulag and the Sierra Madre mountain range, limestone formations, and a sea of clouds beneath us. Beneath us! We relished the view for 30 minutes, until the clouds started rolling back, obstructing the view once more. We trekked down and drove back to the town for breakfast. After a quick meal of Etagsilog (etag, sinangag or fried rice, and itlog or egg), we went back to the adventure trail. We started at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, the very first Episcopalian (Anglican) church in the north. We then trekked up to the Saint Mary Cemetery, where esteemed historian and anthropologist William Henry Scott was laid to rest in 1993. Down river Through the cemetery, we made our way to Echo Valley. Yes, as it is called, you can yell whatever you want and you'll hear an echo from the valley. The limestone cliffs offer a panoramic view of Sagada's lush forests to the left and the town on the right. We trekked further down through the somewhat muddy trail to the famous spot where the Hanging Coffins are found. The people of Sagada nowadays are mostly Anglican Catholics, but still perform certain Igorot ceremonies and rituals, especially in paying respects to the departed. While there is the traditional cemetery which they can use free of charge, if a person (or their family) chooses to be laid to rest in a coffin hanging from the mountain side, they will grant those person's wish. This spot is teeming with tourists, so a photo op is quite challenging. We moved on downward via this impossi-

ble-looking trail for a good 20 to 30 minutes until we reached the narrow shortcut through boulders going to the Underground River. At this point, it was only us and perhaps two other pairs of tourists on the trail. Gone were the throngs of tourists reaching over each other for the perfect photo. Cold, fresh water flows from the nearby waterfall and we followed it for three more kilometers until we got to the main opening of the cave. We crossed the Underground River, our flashlights (which I realized weren’t bright enough) cutting through the pitch black darkness. It took us about 15 minutes to reach the crude wooden ladder leading to the exit where you had to climb through boulders. Home stretch From the Underground River, we walked through rice paddies and fields to the last stop of the adventure trail: Bokong Falls, also known as Small Falls (the big falls is called Bomod-ok Falls). The cool, fresh water soothed our sore legs and throbbing feet. This is the perfect way to end the seven-hour adventure trail. The pool right under the falls is at least ten feet deep, but we simply laid on our backs in the shallow part leading to the river that irrigates the nearby rice fields. I almost felt sorry when we had to leave. We finished the trail and got back to town at around 2 p.m. We could barely move our legs the rest of the afternoon. The next morning, after our legs have somewhat recovered, we visited Sagada Pottery and met ceramic artist Siegrid Bangyay. She gave us a quick tour of the shop, sharing the arduous and lengthy process of making pottery. She also demonstrated how to make a vase from pure clay taken from the mountains of Sa-

Banana and Honey Yoghurt with Strawberry Preserves

gada. She made it look so easy, so we decided to give it a try. It was a very relaxing experience to unleash your creativity. Sagada Pottery also has a small showroom where you can purchase authentic Sagada pottery. The demonstration has a minimal fee of PhP100 and if you'd like to give pottery a try, it's just PhP100 per person. Of course there are more places to explore in Sagada, like the legendary Sumaguing Cave, or the historical Lumiang Burial Caves, or the bonfire-perfect Lake Danum, but there's only so much you can do in a weekend... Rather, there's only so much our city-living bodies would allow us to do. Definitely, three days in Sagada isn't enough to savor the uniqueness of this northern gem. There's no doubt why this quiet town, the cold weather, and the warmth of the locals make Sagada the perfect getaway for those who are looking for clarity and adventure in their lives. Getting there Coda Bus Lines has daily trips from Quezon City to Sagada and vice versa. Departure is at 3 p.m. (from QC) and 3:30 p.m. (from Sagada). Travel time is approximately 12 hours, which includes a stopover at Banaue to view the famous Rice Terraces. Tickets can be bought online via PinoyTravel ( Coda Bus Lines is located at Cathedral Heights, E. Rodriguez Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City. For reservations and trip schedules, visit

Baked Chicken with Potato Rosti Fresh Salad from the Yoghurt House




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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration


t was A Midsummer Night’s Dream last June as British Ambassador Asif Ahmad hosted a Shakespeare-themed party at the British School Manila in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. It was a triple celebration as the British Embassy also marked 70 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Philippines and 400 years of William Shakespeare’s life. Ambassador Ahmad and his partner Kim del Mundo arrived in style in a sleek Bentley Mulsanne. As they made their way through the red carpet they stopped by the decorative displays by sponsors Arup, Aston Martin, Bentley, Dyson, Etihad Airways, HSBC, Jaguar Philippines, JCB, Marks & Spencer, MINI, Pru Life UK, Quorn, Shell, Standard Chartered, STI, Twinings, Unilever (Magnum Ice Cream) and Whyte and Mackay (Dalmore), as well as participants British Chamber of Commerce Philippines and the British Council. Repertory Philippines actors clad in fairyinspired costumes and Elizabethan wear welcomed VIPs into the spacious venue filled with lush foliage reminiscent of scenes from the Bard’s famous play. A display of iconic com-

memorative coins featuring The Queen and William Shakespeare adorned the stage. The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra provided the entertainment which completed the ethereal ambiance. Onstage for the traditional toast were the Ambassador, Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Giuseppe Pinto, with Deputy Ambassador Nigel Boud as Master of Ceremonies. Among those that joined the celebration were Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Risa Hontiveros and Sonny Angara, Roberto Coyiuto of PGA Cars, Wellington Soong of Jaguar/ Land Rover and former president Fidel V. Ramos. Asia’s best female chef Margarita Fores served a delightful assortment of British favorites, among them Scotch Eggs, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Yorkshire Pudding and Eton Mess. “Here in the Philippines when good friends meet, we like to eat, drink and be merry,” the Ambassador concluded. “And to that sentiment, I add a famous Shakespeare line: If music be the food of love, play on.”

Bentley Manila Gen Manager Amado del Rosario and Ambassador Asif Ahmad with the Bentley Mulsanne

A toast to Her Majesty - Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, DFA Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and British Ambassador Asif Ahmad perform the ceremonial toast

British Ambassador Asif Ahmad and partner Kim del Mundo with Vice President-elect Leni Robredo

Former President Fidel V. Ramos

British Embassy 1st Secretary Steph Lysaght (right) with Mr. and Mrs. Stein Melsbo Chevening alumni Lala Rimando (Forbes Philippines), Elcid Pangilinan, Andrea Teran (British Colin Glen (British Embassy 2nd Secretary), Christian Belaro (360 Global Inc), Lynn Ayers Plata (British Embassy of British School Manila Council) Communications Manager) and Lawrence Plata (Asiacrest CEO)

Indian Ambassador Shri Lalduhthlana Ralte, Senator-elect Risa Hontiveros, Ambassador Jesus Tambunting

Katie Wood (British School Manila), Deputy Ambassador Nigel Boud, Senator Sonny Angara Mr Fernando, Geraldine Dayang Fernando (BusinessMirror columnist), Lynn Ayers Plata (British Embassy Comms Manager), Lawrence Plata (Asiacrest CEO)

Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villaseñor and Peachy Guioguio (TV5), Pinky Amador (Repertory Philippines), Marichu Villanueva PPP Centre Executive Director Andre Palacios, Simon Bewlay MBE (British School Manila), Roberto de Ocampo OBE (British School Manila), Juan Torres (Etihad Airways), DFA Secretary Jose Rene Almendras British Ambassador Asif Ahmad (Philippine Star), Dereck Aw (British Embassy), Kara Guioguio (British Embassy) Singaporean Ambassador Kok Li Peng




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The Skin Specialist founder and medical director Dr. Jean Marquez, FPDS

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Hypermanilarama is an exhibition by young artists living and working in Manila on how they view this city of complexity through the emerging trajectory of the intersection of art and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture & Math). The artists that present have interdisciplinary practices: an architect, a programmer, a motion designer, a citizen scientist, a machine maker, a game estate designer and a new media artist exploring through traditional methods and new technologies. Works are open to collaboration between artist sharing skills and knowledge at the same time. Ian Jaucian’s mediums for his interactive installation ‘Metamorphic Metaphor for Mining,’ for example, which consists of sodium tetraborate decahydrate (aka Borax), LED bulbs, magnet wires and “magical soil” among others are quite interesting by themselves. The LED bulbs with Borax crystals grown around them are lit wirelessly via magnetic induction coupling with a transmitter buried underneath the soil. Jaucian says the work is a metaphor about mining “like something dies when you take it away from its natural surroundings.” Architect Jose Tong creates the sculpture ‘Hyperhouse,’ a Babel-like re-imagi-

nation of the ubiquitous residential towers of Manila. Tong sees it as an ephemeral and transparent structure which is dense at the top while the floors at the base gradiate into bigger spaces as it descends into the public realm. In Charles Buenconsejo’s moving image work entitled ‘A-Z,’ 70 people, shot separately in different locations around Manila and of whose footage are merged together, recites the English alphabet. Julius Redillas creates his ideal Manila in ‘Ghost City,’ a city floating on air made of buildings and found materials that will soon be deleted from a simulated virtual environment. The video is shot from a virtual installation consisting of abandoned and unused buildings and structures using the interactive 3D virtual world platform SecondLife. Mvltiverse tries to evoke a sensory experience through color perception with an LED screen projecting a myriad of colors drawn from the visible spectrum of light. It explores the materiality of light and challenges how colors and wavelengths are seen. Hypermanilarama also features artists Miguel Inumerable, Clarissa Gonzalez, Megan Palero, Veronica Pee, Manila Automat, and the creative duo GIFKids.

Ongoing until Aug. 6; Silverlens, 2F YMC Bldg. 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Ave. extension, Makati; for more information, call (02) 8160044 or email Silverlens is pleased to present Who Are You Wearing? – a solo exhibition by Yvonne Quisumbing. Fashion, before appropriated by notions of style, is a physical composition (façon). It also pertains to a group of people acting together (facere). Quisumbing delves into the etymology of the word that has defined her work/ craft, exploring perceptions on imagery and its necessary companion, visibility, to invite contemplation on the superfluity of the immediate form. She returns after more than a decade, (her last exhibition, Infernal Desires, was presented in 2005) with a characteristic unassuming question: Who are you wearing? Tentative and thoughtful, she lays out a collection of monochromatic portraits without faces. The details plot her preoccupation—textures elaborated on the visages to create exquisite masks not unlike what she does professionally. The opulence of the minutae overwhelm—horns, rhinestones, textile, feathers, butterflies, florals—and implode. Nobody is identified. The facades are contained. The fusion complete. And, with horror mounting, the delineation lost. As familiarity is wont to do with the beloved, Who Are You Wearing? teases the abject out of the beautiful, dissolving subject and object to reveal the hollow hallowed.

• Present Progressive Ongoing until Aug. 20; Vetro, 135 Congressional Avenue, Bgy. Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City; for more information, call (0921) 674-8890 or email Present Progressive is Vetro’s inaugural exhibition, which will feature the works of 22 Manila-based photographers: Dianne Rosario, Edric Chen, Erin Nøir, Eunice Sanchez, Everywhere We Shoot (Garovs and Ryan Vergara), Geloy Concepcion, Geric Cruz, Hannah Aaron, Jake Verzosa, Jhemuel Salvador, Jippy Pascua, Kenji Mercado, Kiri Dalena, Leah de Leon, Louise Far, Meryll Soriano, Mikki Luistro, Nana Buxani, Patrick Casabuena, Shireen Seno, and Veejay Villafranca. For Present Progressive, an idea is an output in its own right. It is a summation of an individual’s experiences, education, and subconscious—a product of memory. This exhibit contains a dispersal of memories, poignant executions of ideas, and attempts to immortalize both the past and the continuous now. Here, various photographers lay out a construction of themselves and their approaches with regard to their art, as well as their place in time and spaces, around nature and objects. The works in this exhibit embrace, deny, negotiate, and disestablish the very core of construction itself, resulting in a reconstruction of the self, the self ’s history, and the world around it.

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French take over at Novotel’s Food Exchange Manila

The festivities continue at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center for the remainder of July as gourmands and culinary adventurists get a taste of France’s gastronomic legacy at the Food Exchange Manila. In celebration of the country’s culture this July, the restaurant has been showcasing time-treasured favorites such as the beef bourguinon, pot au feu, chicken l’orange as well as a wide selection of desserts and pastries for which France is known. The lunch buffet at the Food Exchange Manila is available at PhP1,288 nett, while the dinner buffet is at PhP1,388 nett per head. Guests dining at the restaurant for Sunday Brunch can enjoy these French dishes for only PhP1,588 nett per person. Mark this special occasion by taking a photo with your loved ones at the themed photo wall celebrating the true Parisian spirit. Aside from enjoying great food, Novotel

is also celebrating weekends and the fun that comes along with them. Staycations are indeed better in Quezon City’s lifestyle and entertainment hub with its special weekend stay promotion for all weekends of July and August 2016, beginning at PhP4,000 nett per room per night. For an additional PhP1,000, guests can enjoy a choice of either: buffet breakfast for two at the Food Exchange Manila, two tickets to Asia’s biggest interactive museum Art in Island, or four movie tickets to the Gateway Mall Cinemas. With the hotel’s Kids Stay Free guarantee, all young guests 15 years old and below staying with their parents can avail free accommodations and free buffet breakfast at the Food Exchange Manila. For inquiries, call (02) 990-7888 or email

Love the weekends at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

Enjoy weekends to the hilt with quick, stress-free, indulgent, yet affordable getaways at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel with its Special Weekend Love Deal. Starting at Starting at only PhP4,235 nett for Superior Room accommodations, the

special weekend rates include Wi-Fi connection, use of the gym and swimming pool, and direct access from the hotel to the trendy Eastwood Mall. And for just an additional PhP175 nett, get breakfast buffet good for two persons and two children five years old and below. All rates are valid all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from now until August 28, 2016, for bookings for single and double occupancy. Prior reservations required, subject to room availability. To reserve, call (02) 570-7777 or book online at

New World Makati Hotel offers meetings rewards

New World Makati Hotel offers corporate guests and hotel visitors modern function venues for seamless and collaborative business meetings, including the stylish and innovative Press Club. Clients are encouraged to book meetings until Aug. 13, 2016 to enjoy a 10 percent rebate or credit on their next meetings at the hotel from September to December 2016. Organizers and decision-makers are presented with a range of meeting packages throughout the year, such as: Business Meeting Essential, Executive Meeting and Press Club Premier Meetings, with an option to avail of full-day meetings starting at a rate of PhP2,100 per person or half-day meetings starting at PhP1,850 per person.

The hotel’s meeting packages are intuitive to clients’ business needs with comprehensive offerings that include use of a meeting or function room, the services of a technology and audio visual expert, discount at the Business Center and other miscellaneous requirements. What’s more, participants also have a choice of a plated, buffet or in-restaurant lunch – just the thing to recharge working bodies and minds. Rates exclude applicable taxes and service charge. Terms and conditions apply. For more information on holding meetings and events at New World Makati Hotel, call (02) 811-6888 extension 3280, email catering. or visit

Exquisite dining offerings at City of Dreams Manila’s The Tasting Room Until Aug. 31, The Tasting Room will be offering an exquisite menu highlighting a widely-regarded and beloved ingredient in haute cuisine culture, the French truffle. A lavish six-course meal includes Duck Liver Terrine with black truffle cream, Pan-fried Crayfish with black truffle slices and Baby Purple Artichoke sautéed in Barigoule, Filled Macaroni with black truffle juice, Poached Poularde de Bresse Breast with truffle and The Truffle Macaron at PhP3,888++ per person. Patrons can also sample the venue’s Dessert Trolley to succinctly cap off an indulgent a la carte dinner, which proffers a selection of seasonal fruits accompanied by an array of sauces and condiments. Tarts such as fresh apricot, freshly baked nectarine, and pecan nut are nicely paired with ginger sugar, lime sugar, coffee sugar, or hazelnut sugar condiments, or fresh crème fraise, raspberry, kiwi, or mango sauces. The tempting tart is at PhP360++ per slice. The Tasting Room is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays. As well, the freshest seafood imported from countries spanning east to west are the stars at Japanese-Peruvian dining hotspot, Nobu Manila from July to August with the “Hook, Line, and Sinker” promotion. A limited array of a la carte sushi and hot kitchen selections spice up Nobu’s renowned signature fare, such as Australian Scampi “New Style,” Blue Eye Trevalla with Wasabi Salsa, Kumomoto Oyster “New Style” with Uni, King Prawn with Fresh Truffle Toban, and King George Whit-

ing Tempura with Calamansi Amazu Ponzu, among others. Patrons can likewise add three grams of fresh black truffle to perfectly pair with any dish for an additional price. The “Hook, Line, and Sinker” promotion is available until Aug. 31 for dinner on weekdays, 6 to 10 p.m. and weekends, 6 to 11 p.m.




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•Acro for Life: Acroyoga Jams in LiFE Yoga BGC Ongoing until Sept. 11; Every Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at LiFE Yoga BGC and every Wednedays from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Ayala Triangle Park; for more information, visit their Facebook and Instagram page @acroyoga.manila Discover the joys of Acroyoga for free with Acro for Life: Acroyoga Jams. All are welcome to join the free jams happening every Sundays and Wednesdays. Watch out for their themed online challenge for a chance to win raffle items from Acroyoga Manila sponsors every two weeks (Aug. 7, 21 and Sept.11). Winners must attend the AcroJams at LiFE Yoga to claim their prizes.

•The Art of Storytelling Workshop July 30, Union Church of Manila Basement 1, Rada corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati; for more information, contact Ms. Rhon O. Bautista (Head Librarian) at (02) 812-5609 local 219 or email library@ "The art of storytelling lies within the storyteller, to be searched for, drawn out, and made to grow." - Ruth Sawyer The Union Church of Manila Library is inviting you to the “The Art of Storytelling" workshop on July 30, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In this workshop, you will be coached regarding the use of words, tone of voice, body movement, facial expressions, and other factors for effective communication, as well as children story telling. The Art of Storytelling workshop will be facilitated by Jay Menes, a multitalented artist who does hosting, singing, storytelling, directing, facilitating workshops, and acting both on stage and on screen. Registration fee is priced at PhP100/person. Snacks will be served. For inquiries, contact Ms. Rhon O. Bautista (Head Librarian) at (02) 812-5609 local 219 or e-mail her at


•SuperSale Bazaar Midyear Sale July 29 to 30; World Trade Center, Pasay City; For more information, call (0917) 810-3132 or (0917) 877-8252; or email Grab great finds and enjoy up to 90 percent off at the annual SuperSale Midyear Sale. Have your fill of the freshest items from over 200 handpicked brands that’s sure to stir shopaholics and fashion fiends into a frenzy. For more information, visit or


•Château Cos D'Estournel Wine Dinner July 28 at the Maria Luisa’s Garden Room, Makati Garden Club Compound, Recoletos St., Urdaneta Village, Makati


•Eiga Sai 2016: The 18th Japanese Film Festival July 26 to 30 (FDCP Cinematheque, Davao); Aug. 6, 9, 10 and 12 (Cultural Center of the Philippines); Aug. 11 to 14 (SM Baguio Cinema, Baguio City); Aug. 15 (FDCP Cinematheque Baguio); Aug. 17 to 21 (Ayala Center Cebu); Aug. 17 to 20 (UP Film Institute, UP Diliman) The Japan Foundation, Manila ( JFM), in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, packs an extra punch for Eiga Sai, one of the longest-running foreign film festivals in the Philippines. It has enhanced the Director Talks, expanded screenings to Baguio, and partners with Cinemalaya for the highly-anticipated annual film festival. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Shang Cineplex, tickets will be available at the counter 30 minutes before each screening. The screenings during Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines are also free of charge. For more information, contact The Japan Foundation, Manila at (02) 811-6155 to 58, email or visit

AWC Philippines is honored to invite you to rethink luxury through a night of sumptuous food and exquisite wines from Château Cos d’Estournel and Michel Reybier at Maria Luisa's Garden Room at the Makati Garden Club on July 28 (Thursday) at 7 p.m. A carefully curated selection of the finest Champagne, Bordeaux, and Tokaji wines from esteemed winemakers await guests. A total of five wine selections will be paired with equally delicious dishes—presented by AWC and Mr. Alexis Thierriaz, Asia Brand Ambassador of Château Cos d'Estournel. The following wines will be presented: Champagne Michel Reybier Premier Cru NV, Epernay, France; Goulee by Cos D’Estournel 2012, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux; Les Pagodes de Cos 2011, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux; Château Cos D’Estournel 2007, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux; and Chateau Imperial Sweet Szamorodni 2004, Tokaji, Hungary. Reservations are highly encouraged as seats are limited. Each guest may enjoy the wine dinner for PhP3,500. Proceeds of the wine dinner will go to the Makati Garden Club scholarships and charities. For inquiries and reservations, contact: (02) 552-7045, (02) 552-7051 or email

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Expat Newspaper Volume 34 No. 21 July 24, 2016 - August 06, 2016

EXPAT NEWSPAPER 0724 - 0806  

Expat Newspaper Volume 34 No. 21 July 24, 2016 - August 06, 2016