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June 26-July 9, 2016 Vol. XXXIV No. 19

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There is no app for this – a couple of kids demonstrating how it was to cultivate friendships and enjoy the outdoors like people used to back in the day. Photo snapped by Expat’s Macjanry Imperio at a river that meets the sea at Pacific Recreation Kamp in Real, Quezon

Duterte keen on accepting China’s ‘goodwill’ W

Youth cited among strongest assets in Phl By RICHARD RAMOS

By TIMOTHY JAY IBAY

China offers to build railway systems amidst territorial dispute

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uring a speech last week, Presidentelect Rodrigo Duterte divulged that according to Chinese envoys, China could build the Philippines a railway from Metro Manila to Clark, Pampanga in two years. “The ambassador said, ‘We will do the railway immediately and we will solve your Clark-Manila railway. We’ll use the shortest way.’ I don’t know how they’ll do it, but we will complete it in two years,” the President said at a Davao forum with businessmen and his Cabinet appointees. According to a Rappler report, Duterte then turned the tables on the businessmen he was addressing. “Can you match the offer? Because if you cannot match the offer, I will accept the goodwill of China. My job is to see to it

that the people are comfortable,” the long-time Davao mayor said. The creation of railway systems has been a staple of Duterte’s voiced infrastructure projects. Last month, when he still held press conferences, he bared that his big-ticket projects include railway systems that will link Manila to the three points of Luzon, as well as one for the whole of Mindanao. Duterte was also singing the same tune back in February—“ Build us a rail for Mindanao, build us a railway from Manila to Bicol, I will be happy, let us not fight. Build us a railway because no nation on earth ever progressed without a railway,” he was quoted during a gathering of a group of supporters, interestingly enough called Forum of Women Action

with Rody Duterte (Forward Women). Deal outside of dispute? The President-elect said that China’s offer to build railways came outside of discussions about the territorial dispute. “I was not ready to talk about [the dispute]. I was just asking how you can help us with the railway,” Duterte said during the recent Davao forum. As noted by the Rappler report, on his campaign trail, Duterte had mentioned he would accept such an offer from China in exchange for agreeing to joint exploration of the disputed West Philippine Sea. “If the negotiation is not bepage 3 ing done, or it is in still waters

hile the rest of the industrialized world continues to be affected by populations of advanced ages and declining productivity, the Philippines enjoys a very young population with unlimited potentials and talents that will propel the country to even greater heights while remaining relatively unaffected by global economic setbacks. To note, the Philippines glows as probably having Asia’s youngest citizens with an average age of just 22. In comparison, many advanced Asian countries have much higher averages than the Philippines. 34 is the average age of a Singaporean, 36 in China, 39 in Taiwan, 40 in South Korea, and 43 in Hong Kong; thus affecting productivity for the short and longterm periods. “This is the problem of all developed nations. There are more old than young. And this can impact on their national economies indefinitely,” cited Dr. Bernardo page 3 Villegas, senior vice president of


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by RICHARD RAMOS

Hyundai Cebu South, situated at the North Reclamation Area, is the first green automotive dealership in the Visayas among its four regional counterparts situated in Dumaguete, Tacloban, and Tagbilaran. The Cebu dealership is also the largest among 42 dealers in the entire Hyundai network in the country with a total floor area of nearly 6,500 square meters. The building was constructed in accordance with the Geared for Resiliency and Energy Efficiency for the Environment (GREEN) criteria of the Philippine Green Building Initiative (PGBI). Clients can choose from any of the nine models ranging from the Eon to the Starex. Its after-sales service includes the Fast Track “30-minutes-or-its-free” car maintenance, the first of its kind in the Philippines. Junior Chamber (Jaycees) International 2016 President Paschal Dike from Nigeria recently paid a visit to Jaycees chapters in Cebu at the Big Hotel in Mandaue City. He stressed the need for active involvement,

volunteerism, and leadership in order to fully spread the ideals and goals of Jaycees more effectively. “See the need, take the lead. Think less, do more. Agonize less, organize more” as he puts it. Dike also stressed that leadership is not a position but responsibilities. Leaders change why to why not and engage in self-motivation. Leaders convince and influence others as a result of their passion and intentions. Leaders should explain consistently that whatever you do today is for the good of the future. The rewards of selflessness will come back for good leaders. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino presents its Fourth of July series of fun activities. Prepare for a gustatory feast of the Great American Buffet at Uno Café from June 25 to July 10. Enjoy a wide spread of all things American during the American Festival at the Gourmet Walk from July 2 to 4. Dance to the hits of recording artists’ Haji Alejandro, Marco Sison, Nonoy Zuniga, and Jolianne Salvado as they perform the best of

80s and 90s on July 2 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom. See the live screening of Formula One on the big screen with a mini American buffet at the hotel lobby on July 3. Watch top American muscle cars and big bikes interpreted in iconic fashion pieces during the Fashion Runway with Harley Davidson and American Muscle Cars on July 4. Mini Thailand Week 2016 took place at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall from June 16 to 19 with the theme “Explore our Products Today, Business Partners Tomorrow.” The venue featured the products and services of 27 Thai companies and 11 local counterparts, majority of which was foodrelated. Many locals had a fine time sampling the various food and snack varieties offered by the exhibitors. Other products featured were jewelry, toiletries, home textiles, bags, and fashion accessories. Cooking demos by culinary experts and cultural performances by a Thai school dance troop were held several times a day. The event was headed by the Department of International Trade

Promotion under the Thai Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government. Cebu Goes Culinary, the only culinary event in Central Visayas, takes place at the Robinson’s Galleria Cebu on July 22 to 23. Bannering the theme “Fruit of the Earth: Farm to Table,” this much-anticipated event will feature various displays, demos, and several hospitality-related competitions staged between industry experts and between students. Examples are cake decoration, Jelly Art, Dream Team Challenge, and Chef Wars. A much-awaited event is the bartending competition headed by Liv Super Club ala afternoon disco. Contestants vie for the regional titles in Cebu enroute to the national showdown to be held tentatively in Baguio in October. Cenelyn Manguilimotan of Cebu Parklane Hotel is the event chair and is ably assisted by Chef Raki Urbina of Café Laguna.

Phl named one of the New 'G-8' nations Inclusion in list of new emerging markets of influence in world cuisine seen as potential tourism boost By CHING DEE

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ong Kong-based marketing firm, Catch On, has released a report entitled "The Future of Food" and named the Philippines as one of the New Gastronomic (G-8) nations, together with China, Iran, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam. “We are most pleased to announce that as a result of the recently concluded global culinary events here such as Madrid Fusion Manila and World Street Food Congress, the Philippines is now gaining more recognition as an emerging country, whose indigenous ingredients and culinary excellence are increasingly finding their way into world cuisine,” outgoing Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez Jr. said about the report. He adds, “The fact that the organizers of the prestigious Madrid Fusion decided to hold the first and only Asian edition in the Philippines signaled to the rest of the world the growing influence and importance of Philippine cuisine and the Filipino talent. As more travelers are starting to choose their travel destinations and plan their itineraries based on the food culture of a place, this is definitely an added boost to Philippine tourism." The Philippines was cited for being an "emerging market of influence in world cuisine" and showed that there is "a new food order with an appetite for cuisine that defies conventional classification, and where dishes are inflected by mismatched ingredients or prepared in ways that question traditional techniques." Anyone who's been to the Philippines knows how food is deeply ingrained in our culture and identity as a nation. In fact, most would agree that instead of saying "Kamusta ka?" (How are you?), we would ask, “Kumain ka na ba?" (Have you eaten?) This is a country that takes food seriously—whether it's a

humble carinderia in a street corner or an award-winning restaurant serving avantgarde Filipino dishes. A big reason for the success of eclectic Filipino cuisine succeeding in foreign market goes to the people behind the stove. As the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines wrote, "[The] cross border migrations and population melting-pots have produced a generation of 'third culture chefs' that innovate their culinary traditions and are mixing ingredients and techniques in unimaginable ways... The cross-pollination of culinary influences in Philippine cuisine mirrors the country’s colorful historical influences and these influences are amplified and interpreted gastronomically for the world by a young breed of bold and tech-savvy Filipino chefs. As more Filipinos travel overseas, they bring with them their culture of food. Philippine ingredients and the country’s signature dishes like adobo, kinilaw, and sisig are slowly making their way into international kitchens." We're sure you've heard of restaurants abroad with Filipino-inspired concepts like New York City's Jeepney and Pig & Khao. Slowly, Filipino food is making its way to the heart of westerners—a channel of signature Filipino warmth and comfort that goes beyond seas and borders. “There’s a growing movement to preserve and document culinary artisanal traditions that have survived generations simply because they came out of family kitchens," the report reads. "We’re seeing more self-trained chefs launching restaurants, more men cooking at home, the continued move away from any notion of fine dining, the growing influence of street food, and the popularity of culinary tourism. This is the new culture of food."


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NEWS

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Duterte keen on accepting...from page 1 until now, maybe three years from now, I have to talk. You know, you have a problem, you have to make deals,” he said back in April in reference to the upcoming ruling on the Philippines’ case against China by an international tribunal on the West Philippine Sea dispute. China has repeatedly expressed it would not recognize any arbitration decision despite the slew of calls from other governments for it to respect international law. African model Duterte has often referenced China’s role in funding the US$13.8-billion East Africa

Railway Masterplan in Kenya—an ambitious project that will link Mombasa with other east African cities like Kampala in Uganda and Juba in South Sudan. According to the International Railway Journal, the railway is intended to slash the travel time from Mombasa to Nairobi from 12 hours to just four hours, with passenger trains traveling at 120 kph, carrying some 25 million tons per year. As noted by a CNN report, the East Africa Railway Masterplan is being managed by the East Africa Community—an intergovernmental organization comprised of Burundi,

Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda—and is being built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation, while 90 percent of the Mombasa-Nairobi section is being financed by The Export-Import Bank of China. Duterte has also said he will not go to war with China, referring to doing so as a "massacre" (Photo courtesy of Ihop Ph)

Youth cited among strongest...from page 1 the University of Asia and the Pacific. Speaking during the Cebu Digital Transformation Summit 2016 as an important component of the Cebu Business Month 2016, Dr. Villegas took notice of the positive attitudes of the youth as they have proven to be energetic and eager to learn in face of management. “Cost-effective, highly trainable, and good English proficiency” are just some of the terms he used to fittingly describe today’s talent pool, especially the college graduates which number around half a million annually. This is especially evident overseas as Filipinos have more than proven themselves as highly capable, more notably in the fields of

medicine, maritime, teaching, Information Technology, entertainment, and household help. Likewise, Filipinos have the natural orientation and heart for customer service which have gone a long way in securing the trust and confidence of their supervisors especially in the fields of nursing, household help, and live entertainment. “The country also produces 7,000 Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) yearly, adding to the quality pool of professionals,” Villegas observed. On the other hand, the speaker also took notice of negative traits and practices in the

business world, which may have negatively affected certain employees. As an example, he disclosed that BPO workers are treated badly in terms of unhealthy working hours and conditions that have led to health deterioration, mental stress, strained family ties, and indulgence in vices. There is a need to develop more humane practices for these employees, he recommended, since the situation has worsened and resulted in erratic job performance and high turnover rate. Another issue is the middle-income trap that may need super-efficient infrastructure to compliment the upgraded needs and wants of

the populace on another level. Possible examples here are the demand for absence of brownouts, availability of more free Wi-Fi, and ultra-reliability of electronic gadgets to cope with the demands of a more sensitive market. Also needed is the full adaption of the K-12 educational program in order to produce highquality tertiary graduates en route to more prepared and well-rounded college students. Dr. Villegas has been an economic consultant to several presidents. He has also authored several books and a member of the board of directors or advisory boards of leading national and multinational firms.


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U R BA N S C E N E

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BAZAARS

•16th Global Pinoy Bazaar June 30 to July 3; Glorietta Activity Center, Makati; for more information, visit www.yabangpinoy.com or email globalpinoy2016@ gmail.com Yabang Pinoy, the pioneering Filipino pride movement, will embark on a new journey that will unfold the creativity and ingenuity of Filipinos through different products, ideas and services in this year’s edition of Global Pinoy Bazaar—one of the biggest and longest running all-Filipino bazaars that showcases 100 percent local products made with love and pride. This year, as Yabang Pinoy celebrates another decade of Filipino creativity and ingenuity, the 16th Global Pinoy Bazaar will unveil its Philippine Independence Edition on June 30 to July 3 at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati. This year’s line-up of bazaars will feature distinct zones that will cater to specific causes. “District Zone” will house brands that sell art and designs, “Foodsource Zone” is a collaborative area that will feature packed and processed foods and beverages, while the “Social Enterprise Zone” will be showcasing products from companies that support a cause. For tickets, call (0906) 235-3722 or email globalpinoy2016@gmail.com.

•Trendsetter’s Bazaar: Mid-Year Sale

July 8 to 10; World Trade Center, Gil Puyat Avenue ext., cor Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City; for more information, call (0917) 827-9260 or email trendsettersbazaar@gmail.com Manila’s most attended weekend bazaar is back! Browse through aisles of trending fashion pieces and quirky little finds in the bazaar that has been home to the latest styles in fashion and lifestyle – all under one roof and at sale prices too. Also, expect for a crafts workshop, make up tutorials, talks on social media styling, fashion, personal image and more, which will be conducted by different bloggers and make-up artists. Speakers include top bloggers Laureen Uy and Nicole Andersson. These talks are free to all attendees of the bazaar. Entrance free is at PhP100.

THEATER

•Rodolfo Mederos Trio: Intimacy July 9; CCP Main Theater, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City; for more information, call (02) 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph In commemoration of the 200th year of their declaration of independence, the Embassy of Argentine Republic in Manila partners with the Cultural Center of the Philippines to present Rodolfo Mederos Trio: Intimacy. Rodolfo Mederos Trio depicts tango intimately through an eclectic repertoire combining classic and modern pieces; performing tango in a different and unexpected fashion. Tango music will be highlighted during the night with the renowned Argentine bandoneonist, composer and arranger Rodolfo Mederos together with Armando de la Vega on guitar and Sergio Rivas on double-bass. Tickets are priced at PhP1,545 for Orchestra (Center); PhP1,030 for Orchestra (Sides and Lower Box); PhP515 for Upper Box & Balcony 1; PhP309 for Balcony 2.

MUSIC

•Green Day’s American Idiot Musical

Ongoing until July 10; Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Ampitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; for more information, visit www.globe.com.ph/american-idiot Rock out to Green Day’s American Idiot in a high-octane stage adaptation of the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album. The musical was designed to send bold social messages with every song from the album, plus several others from the punk band’s follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown. The story revolves around Johnny, Will, and Tunny - three disgruntled young men searching for more thrills in life. Johnny and Tunny leave the suburban life and get disillusioned with the city. Will is forced to stay to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend, Heather. Through a strange twist of fate, Tunny joins the military and is shipped off to war. Johnny finds himself trapped between a seductive love interest with Whatsername, and a hazardous new friendship with his alter-ego, St. Jimmy. An epic rock opera, American Idiot The Musical features little dialogue and rides the edgy beats and lyrics of Green Day’s energy-filled album to execute the story line. Tickets are priced at PhP2,090. Tickets are available at all Ticketworld outlets; for more information, call (02) 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

•Engelbert Humperdinck Live in Manila

July 10; Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City; for more information, visit engelbert.com or www.ticketnet.com.ph Classic pop and ballad enthusiasts are in for a treat! Relive the classic hits from timeless entertainer and balladeer as Engelbert Humperdinck returns to Manila for a one-night-only concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Catch Humperdinck as he performs some of his most popular songs like “(Please) Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “Am I That Easy To Forget,” “There Goes My Everything,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” the unforgettable and timeless single “Quando, Quando, Quando,” and many more. Engelbert’s music has transcended time and his voice still continues to reach out to people now – serving to transport and inspire, to embrace and to provoke feelings and emotions. Tickets are priced at PhP5,830 for VIP; PhP4,770 for Patron A; PhP4240 for Patron B; PhP3,710 for Patron C; PhP2,650 for Lower Box; PhP1,060.

•40th Anniversary World Tour of

Dan & Coley feat. John Ford Coley

July 10; The Theatre at Solaire, Aseana Ave., Paranaque; for more information, visit solaireresort.com or call (02) 888-8888 The 40th Anniversary of Dan & Coley, a Grammy nominated American soft rock duo composed of England Dan and John Ford Coley is set for its Manila stop this July. In honor of the late Dan Seals, who passed away seven years ago, John Ford Coley will relive their hit singles like “Simone,” “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Where Do I Go From Here,” “Sometime When We Touch,” “Dust In The Wind,” and a lot more. Tickets are priced at PhP4,891 for Price Zone 1; PhP3,748 for Price Zone 2; PhP2,142 for Price Zone 3; and PhP856 for Price Zone 4. Tickets are available at all Ticketworld outlets. For more ticket information, call (02) 891-9999.


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Uplifting indigenous identities Rustan’s champions local indigenous culture and art via its Dayaw exhibit

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remier retailer and patron of the arts, Rustan’s, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, recently launched a showcase of local indigenous culture and craftsmanship entitled Dayaw: Culture and Art exhibition. The exhibit opened on June 21, at the fifth floor of Rustan’s Makati, to a full house of lovers of local art and culture, supporters of Filipino heritage, and aficionados of world-class artisanal skill. Finest handiwork on parade Dayaw is a word which has its origins in the dialects of several indigenous communities. As used by the old Tigaonon of Surigao del Sur, it means ‘to show off, parade or display’ and ‘to present with pride what is distinctly and essentially inherent in oneself.” In bygone variations of Catandunganon, spoken in Catanduanes, the word refers to the “display of one’s best, with a sense of pride, dignity and excitement.” In Ilocos, it means ‘honor,’ while in Davao, it is derived from the word kadayawan, which pertains to “a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, and the bounties of harvest and the serenity of living.” True to its title, the exhibit celebrated and proudly showed-off the finest handiwork, inherent to some of the Philippines’ oldest tribal peoples. Heavily beaded traditional garments, intricately woven cloths and fabrics, and ornamented accessories were some of the items admired by exhibit-goers and shoppers. Live demonstrations of the skillful process involved in traditional Ga-adang cloth weaving and accessories making, traditional Tikog mat weaving, and traditional Bagobo bead making and

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embroidery were likewise held at the exhibit opening. Inspired art More than just the skillful processes involved, and the outward beauty of the end product of these processes, tribal handiworks are a reflection of the indigenous people’s beliefs and deep-seated spirituality. Patterns embody elements of this strong sense of spirituality, as well as reveal both the weaver and the wearer’s close affiliation with nature and with their community. “When indigenous craftspeople work on their art, there are no written instructions, yet they come up with intricate patterns and harmonious designs full of symmetry and rhythm. How do they do that? They draw from divine inspiration and from nature,” Felipe M. De Leon Jr., NCCA Chairman, elaborated. “They also draw from a strong sense of community. Traditional, tribal cultures are usually devotional cultures; they believe in a higher source of their art. We seem to have lost that, in today’s popular culture,” he added. All exhibits were developed in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and cultural preservation advocate, Sen. Loren Legarda. Concurrent with the exhibit, Rustan’s likewise highlighted designs from its Our Very Own Filipiniana merchandise line, a selection of beautiful, luxe pieces – from delicate, capiz accessories to polished wood accents – for the home. Catch the Dayaw exhibit until June 26, at Rustan's Makati, and until June 30, at Rustan's Shangrila.

A tribal woman demonstrates skilfull beadwork methods

Bagobo tribal women demonstrate skilfull beadwork methods

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Party at Moe’s! BYOB! N E W S PA P E R 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 Jennifer Codera Billing, Credit and Collection Supervisor Nikki Joy Habana Macjanry Imperio Design & Layout Our Headquarters: Unit 207, Cattleya Condominium Bldg. 235 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Our telephone numbers: (+632) 840-2996 or (+632) 812-0987; Fax (+632) 840-2988 You can also reach us at: expatmag@gmail.com and for sales and advertising: expatcomsales@gmail.com Cebu Mailing Address: MJ. Cuenco Avenue cor. C. Mina St., Mabolo, Cebu City Telefax: (032) 412-8000 Statements, views and opinions expressed by the writers, contributors, and advertisers are their own and do not necessarily represent those of the publisher or the management. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited material.

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Build your own burrito, that is

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enowned Philippine food concept owners and operators, The Bistro Group, has hit the piñata of gustatory goodness wide open with the launching of Moe’s Southwest Grill, America’s favorite burrito place in the Manila. Yes, it IS official! Harris Poll recently named Moe’s the Brand of the Year for fast casual Mexican restaurants in the US, and Manila foodies can now sample firsthand what the clamor is all about. On June 15, Moe’s rolled out not the red carpet, but the flour tortillas, with its first outlet located at the Uptown Mall in BGC. And what a Tex-Mex Moe’s popular Southwest dishes are served in a fun and welcoming environment food fiesta it has been, thus far! The well-loved build-your-own-burrito (and worthy Queso sauce. more) establishment serves it up fresh and fast, with a whole lot of fun, minus the fuss, and Delicious fun, for everyone! The party begins the moment you step food-lovers just cannot seem to get enough. With scrumptious bestsellers, propriety through Moe’s large bay doors, as enthusiastic sauces, salsas, and seasonings, as well as seem- crew members yell out a friendly greeting – ingly unlimited, appetizing options, it is no “Welcome to Moe’s!” – which is reflective of wonder that this Atlanta, Georgia-based din- Moe’s positive atmosphere and energetic, fun ing outlet (which has well over 600 branches, vibe: bright, cheery interiors match the happy Stateside, and now expanding worldwide) is ambience, and catchy tunes play in the background to add to the upbeat feel. taking the competition to town. “Moe’s stands for Musicians, Outlaws and Entertainers, it’s an acronym for that. We keep Delectable DNA “The reception has been great, since our things high-energy and fast-paced, and we reopening!” shared Jimmy Furst, Manager of ally don’t take ourselves too seriously. We want International Operations Support of Focus everyone to have good time – there are no rules Brands, the restaurant’s principal owners. as to how you should enjoy your food and your “This is our first Moe’s in Asia, and it’s a huge time at Moe’s,” Furst explained. deal for us. We thought that our seasoning would blend well with the Filipino palate, and Customizable, high-quality flavor and freshness it has come true,” he pointed out. With a menu that is largely customizable “We did some minor tweaking, but the flavors are basically the same as you get back (let it never be said again that all Mexican food in the States. There is a delicate balance to the consists of the same old-same old ingreditweaking, and we try to keep everybody happy. ents!), it may prove difficult for newbies to deWe’ve had lots of American customers come cide on which palate-pleaser to indulge in. For in, since we opened in Manila, and they have starters, Moe’s makes a mean plate of Nachos – a given us great feedback on the consistency of generous helping of crunchy corn tortilla chips our dishes; they say it’s like a piece of home,” heaped with Moe’s legendary signature Queso sauce, beans, Pico de Gallo, cilantro, and pickhe added. While some recipes were altered to better led jalapeño. A word of caution, however: it is suit the local market, in careful coordination virtually impossible to stop munching on these with Chef Josh Boutwood, The Bistro Group’s crazy addictive chips, so bring your appetite, award-winning Executive Chef, these changes or a group of hungry friends along with you! were made mostly on account of availability An alternate appetite-opening dish would be and quality of local ingredients, while Moe’s the tangy, refreshing Salad Bowl; a concoction proprietary seasonings and trade secrets re- of Romaine lettuce, beans, shredded cheese, cilantro, Pico de Gallo, and cucumber nestled main intact. “To put it simply, we have maintained in a light and crisp tortilla bowl. Whether you Moe’s DNA,” Ronald Olaes, Director for Op- choose to attack the tortilla bowl after wolfing down the salad, or prefer to break off pieces of erations of The Bistro Group stated. Indeed, Moe’s DNA is nothing short of de- it, as you go along, is all up to you. Just about lectable. Each plate is bursting with the flavor anything goes, at Moe’s! Of course, Moe’s is founded on burritos; that comes from perfectly seasoned proteins, the freshest of veggies and herbs, savory rice, and these flour tortillas (which are sheer perpremium signature salsas, and Moe’s crave- fection, with just the right elasticity, softness, and “bite”) stuffed with southwest rice, cilant-

Moe's delicious Burritos, the star of the menu

ro, lettuce, Queso sauce, beans, and Pico de Gallo are a musttry! Top-of-the-list would be the world-famous Homewrecker, everyone’s favorite steak burrito made with tender cuts of Australian grass-fed sirloin and rib eye. Each fully-loaded mouthful is an explosion of – pardon the pun – “burritoful” flavor! For those who are carb-conscious, Moe’s offers Burrito Bowls, as well; all the goodness of the filling, minus the tortilla wrap. Another Moe’s signature item is the Stacks. Imagine a soft and chewy flour tortilla, slathered with Queso sauce, stacked with crunchy corn shells stuffed with the protein of your choice, cilantro, Pico de Gallo, and shredded cheese, then wrapped and grilled to decadent delight. These luscious, layered lovelies are heavy on the belly, but so worth it! Those who prefer to BYOB, or build your own burrito, may choose from 20+ ingredients including steak, chicken, and pork, as well as all-time favorite add-ons like beans, handcrafted guacamole, Pico de Gallo and shredded cheese. Not a meat eater? No worries! Moe’s offers tofu and an array of vegetarian-friendly fixings. Guests can also customize their own tacos, nachos and quesadillas (the Chicken Quesadilla is a tasty treat, with chicken breast cubes pre-marinated for 24 hours, prior to grilling). Moe’s signature salsas come in five flavors, to please every taste preference: The Hard Rock-and-Roll Salsa, Roasted Tomatilla and Garlic Salsa, Kaiser Salsa, Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa, and the Mango Salsa (which is unique to Moe’s Philippines). But wait, there’s more! Wash your meal down with a tall glass of refreshing MOEjito Juice or tangy Tamarind Iced Tea, and finish the whole experience off with the crumbly, creamy, sticky-sweet goodness of Moe’s mouth-watering Banoffee Tart. Plus, house rules dictate that every order is served with free chips and salsa of your choice! Honestly awesome food, at honestly awesome prices In a nutshell (or, should we say taco shell?): Moe’s is committed to honestly awesome food – and a whole lot of festive fun - at honestly awesome prices. “We want you to come in, enjoy Moe’s freshness and quality, and leave with a full belly, but also without breaking your pocketbook,” Furst said. Now that’s an invitation you just can’t refuse. For more about Moe’s, check out www.moesph.com

Nachos loaded with goodness at Moe's Southwest Grill


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Gift from Naples: Salvatore Cuomo lands in Manila Head on over to Uptown Parade BGC for a true taste of Neapolitan delights

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talian-Japanese celebrity chef, restaurateur and media personality Salvatore Cuomo’s renowned gastronomic stylings has long been celebrated across the Asian region. With his distinct blend of the art of traditional Italian techniques and the Japanese art of perfection, he has birthed an empire that includes a chain of restaurants, TV cooking shows and cookbooks. His arrival in this dining-crazy country has long been met with anticipation, and finally the emperor has arrived. “We wanted to raise the bar of Italian food in the Philippines. We believe that Salvatore Cuomo would be welcomed by the more discerning diners in Manila who’ve traveled extensively and know what Neapolitan-style cuisine is all about,” said Luigi Vera, managing director of Am-Phil Group—the entity we all have to thank for Manila’s newest premium Italian restaurant. Hailed as the pioneer of Neapolitan pizza in Japan, Cuomo brings this celebrated Italian fare to Salvatore Cuomo & Bar—a trendy 475-square meter space at the Uptown Parade in Bonifacio Global City.

Premium casual dining Environed by industrial chic interiors – one that also features a fully open kitchen – Salvatore Cuomo offers an experience that toes the line between casual and fine dining—one where guests can look forward to quality fare coupled with premium service in an elegant setting sans the “stiff ambiance” often found under the veil of sophistication. But while the carefully selected lighting and furniture pieces lend the restaurant with a distinct modern elegance, the equally careful attention to detail when it comes to food prep is what Salvatore Cuomo prides itself on. All of their pizzas only use bufala mozzarella and tomato sauce that is imported and proprietary to the company. They are baked in a custom-made oven shipped from Naples, which uses a combination of local beech wood and imported composite wood that gives the pizza its distinct taste and texture. “The ingredients are very important. We want to make sure we get the freshest and the tastiest products available to us. We spend years selecting and choosing, and even creating some of our ingredients to make sure they are the best. It took us maybe three years to get

the perfect basil. This makes a big impact on taste and flavor, ensuring that we are able to serve premium quality pizzas and other dishes,” noted Chef Salvatore. Salvatore recommends Guests may start their meal with Caprese di Mozzarella di Bufala (Buffalo Mozarella Salad) or the Tagliere di Affettati, a plate of traditional Italian cured meats sliced paper-thin. A definite must-try on the menu is the D.O.C. (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata), an original pizza creation by Chef Salvatore that uses fully ripened cherry tomatoes, a luxurious amount of bufala mozzarella, basil and a splash of olive oil layered on a delicate crust. Guests can see how the dishes are prepared in the open kitchen, where chefs are hard at work perfecting each order to be served by the efficient staff. They are being trained by a Japanese team from the kitchen, dining, and barista/bar in Salvatore Cuomo Japan, who are currently in Manila to help with the opening. “We want to be very transparent. 10, 20, 30 years ago, the Asian kitchen was closed and very private. But we wanted to establish trust with our customers by showing them every-

thing. I used to believe that if I showed people how to make my food, they would copy it. But I realized it is impossible to copy just like that. Our food comes from us being artisans, preparing it to perfection every time. You cannot copy the experience that goes into making that food – it takes years of training. I’m working very hard to educate our guests, but my staff I want to make sure they know about everything that goes into the pizza. For example, how the color of the tomato affects the taste and how that makes the pizza better or worse,” Chef Salvatore explained. Apart from the premium grub, Salvatore Cuomo also has a full bar where friends can choose from their extensive wine selection, draft beer, sake, cocktails, spirits, champagne to complement their dining experience. They also serve specially imported Paul Bassett coffee – from Australia’s most famous coffee prodigy, who won the World Barista Championship at the age of 25. For Neapolitan specialties, Salvatore Cuomo & Bar is located at the ground floor of Uptown Parade in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For lunch or dinner reservation, call (02) 946-3072 and (02) 946-3073.

Another crowd favorite, 4 Formaggi pizza boasts four kinds of cheese partnered with honey for that sophisticated layer of flavor

Caprese di Mozzarella di Bufala

Florentina (T-bone)

Spaghetti Carbonara

Tagliere di Affettati, a plate of traditional Italian cured meats sliced paper thin

The world champion pizza D.O.C. (Denominazione Di Origine Controllata) is one of the prized offerings by Salvatore Cuomo

The modern and elegant setting at Salvatore Cuomo

Richie Yang, Director; Salvatore Cuomo and Luigi Vera, Managing Director


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CAMOTES Welcoming islets of Cebu By RICHARD RAMOS

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hile Cebu teems with well-known island destinations such as Mactan Island, Bantayan, and Malapascua, the Camotes islands rank not too far behind and are set to join the big leagues very soon. Its distinct attractions and unspoilt environs have proven to be quite enchanting to the visitor, especially the first-timer. While accommodations may not be that abundant, selections range from modest to luxurious. Accessibility and convenience are the prime factors here. One merely has to buy a ticket at the Ocean Jet Terminal situated in Pier One for a thrice daily, 90-minute ferry ride to Poro, Camotes. No three-hour bus rides, no traffic jams at the bridge, no delays for transfers, one simply queues and pays at the ticket counter. Roundtrip fares are quite affordable, costing below PhP800. This writer was fortunate enough to have been part of the media entourage of the “Suroy-Suroy Sugbo” (Travel, travel Cebu), a collection of five travel packages to five different routes all over Cebu province. Organized by the Provincial Government under Governor Hilario “Junjun” Davide III, this particular trip was dubbed “Camotes Isles, Summer Interlude” to the towns of Poro, San Francisco, and Tudela. Grace Paulino, provincial tourism officer, and her staff were directly in charge of the entire trip.

Of changes and rituals This constitutes my fifth trip to Camotes since the late 90s, though the last visit was over a decade ago. I vividly remember during my second visit that four-wheeled vehicles were a rare sight since the roads were quite narrow. Now, even huge Ceres buses such as ours whiz through the roads which now link all four islands. The pier itself is fully concreted and has expanded in size by nearly three-fold. Needless to say, I was quite amazed at these changes as we disembarked from the fast ferry. More smiles as we boarded a plush Ceres bus headed for Boho Rock Resort where we saw a huge lechon leading a bountiful lunch. No less than Poro Mayor Boy Rama welcomed us along with the Techno Dynamic Dancers with their rendition of the Tagbo Dance, among others. Next stop was the Santo Nino Church in Poro where many guests underwent the “patunob.” This consists of lay persons passing over the Sto. Nino statue all over the individual to heal certain ailments. Then came the Bukilat Cave in Tudela, the smallest municipality in Cebu with just 11 barangays. The guests had fun interacting with the “supernatural;” witches, fairies, mermaids, and even an “agta” a huge folkloric creature noted for smoking a huge cigar. Entrance to the cave requires a ritual. An

A must-try delicacy in Camotes. The scrumptious cookies available in cassava, chocolate, malunggay, and peanuts flavors enclosed in Toblerone-shaped boxes

egg determines whether a person can enter or not. If the egg stands still on a plate, the guest/s can enter. If the egg lies down, the guest/s cannot enter due to the wishes of the supernatural. In our case, we were lucky to have entered and witnessed the dark pool, stalactites, and two other natural skylit openings sans steps. Afternoon snacks were held at the newlybuilt Tudela Municipal Civic Center. We had our fill of native delicacies, more folk and modern dances, and monologues. A must-try are the yummy cassava cookies which are also available in chocolate, malunggay, and peanut flavors. Dinner at the sprawling beachfront of the Santiago Bay Garden Resort was a ghostly event. Mainly because the theme was white, probably an offshoot of certain “white ladies” we came in contact with that afternoon. Food was barbecue-related, of which I hardly complained as evidenced by three helpings. A solo evening stroll later had me encountering a small number of seaside restaurants, shops, and even a Bob Marley curio outlet selling trinkets, bracelets, and the like. It was later learned that Joel Pulvera, owner of the Santiago Bay Garden and Mangodlong Rock Resort, encouraged such businesses to set up shop in order to encourage entrepreneurship and provide more variety of entertainment to visitors. Never mind if these outlets would

directly compete with his establishments, that the visitors would have more alternatives was all he cared about. Suroy-Suroy fun A visit to Camotes is quite incomplete if one doesn’t visit Lake Danao. Situated in the municipality of San Francisco, the 700-hectare lake (the largest in Cebu) has been named the cleanest in the entire country for several years. When cruising its waters, don’t forget to stop by any of the two islets, said to be the bodies of an estranged couple named Noy Isyong and Nang Isyang. It was a cool experience to land at the islet and gaze at the surrounding calm waters. Aside from cruising the waters, one can also engage in water sports, massage, horseback riding, and picnic along the grounds. We had another sumptuous lunch with tenderloin, squash, manok Bisaya, and fruits. Lots of dances, games and native snacks followed afterwards, the highlight of which was “palo sebo,” pole climbing for cash. Dinner had a Hawaiian motif at Mangodlong Rock Resort beachfront with lots of raffles and prizes. I also had the chance to interview the participants to solicit feedback. Alex Ong, 56, was a banker for over three decades in Cebu. He is a first-timer in the Suroy-Suroy and part of a group of nine composed of close

A much-favored venue for accommodations is the Mangudlong Rock Resort known for its expansive beachfront and rooms named after fish varieties


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relatives and friends. “This is my first time to visit Camotes. I am impressed with everything, the food, organization, the efforts undertaken, everything. My mother is from Tudela, so I figured it was about time I visit the place. And we will join the Suroy-suroy again this September,� he beamed. Malou Yap, 65, a Pru Life financial consultant, was all praises for the trip. As a first-timer in Camotes, she gushed over the entertainment numbers, sights, and especially the medical staff. Moreso with the accommodating and efficient tourism marshals under Grace Paulino who took very good care of the participants. She said she will promote her experiences abroad to friends.

Pole Climbing Eager volunteers demonstrate teamwork in this classic Pinoy game of scaling the pole to retrieve the cash purse dangling at the top

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I had to leave early the next morning to attend to personal family matters. I must say that my Camotes experience was quite uplifting. It hardly mattered that Camotes didn’t have fancy infrastructure, instead exuding genuine warmth and smiles for the visitors. Everything was smooth sailing in the calm horizon of Camotes, a must-see interlude for everyone. Working at topnotch efficiency was Grace Paulino, provincial tourism officer, and her very dependable staff. They were the advance party at all stops; distributed snacks, travel kits, and water to all visitors; politely attended to special requests and questions; and even hired the services of a medical team for emergencies.

Islet you land This isle is a favorite stopover of sightseers in their mini-cruise of the famed Lake Danao, the country's cleanest lake

This "house and lot" native souvenir is a prized item that speaks volumes of the creativity and craftsmanship of the locals of Tudela

One can also get fishy in this animated vessel ideal for kids and the junior crowd when touring Lake Danao


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Of independence and continually strengthened ties The 68th Israeli National Day Text and photos by VIA BAROMA

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sraeli Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau and wife, retired former ambassador Mme. Lizia Lu hosted a reception to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Independence of the State of Israel at New World Makati Hotel. “We started our journey in history as a promised land, and today we are a land of many promises,” The Ambassador said during his welcome address. “In 1958, our founding father, the first Prime Minister of Israel stated that Israel must share its nation-building experience with Asia and South America. And since then, more than 170 thousand people around the world endured our hospitality.” The strong bilateral relationship between Israel and the Philippines has been a longstanding partnership that began long before Israel was a state, and even before the formal establishment of the Israel-Philippines diplomatic relations in 1957. “[Israel-Philippines relationship] is no ordinary relation. This unique relationship starts before our two nations became fully independent. In 1977, the late President Manuel L. Quezon defined an open-door policy which reflects the open hearts and friendship of Filipino people,” the Ambassador beamed. He noted that the Philippines, under President Manuel L. Quezon, allowed 1,300 Jews to escape the holocaust in the 1930s, granting them visas and opening places for them to settle. Then in 1947, the Philippine vote became the tie-breaking voice in the UN to establish the State of Israel. The relationship between the two countries has become reciprocal with numerous high-level visits of Philippine officials in Israel, while Israeli delegations and companies have frequently visited Manila to discuss agriculture cooperation with Philippine companies. According to DFA Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, more than 1,500 Filipino students have been training in Israel in agriculture technology and advance farming techniques. Israel was also one of the first to reach out when the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, dispatching 100 medical staff and equipment to the battered country. Tourism also has become a very important relationship between two countries. He noted the steady increase in Israel tourist arrivals in the country and the Philippines being considered as Israel’s sixth largest market in Asia with over 11,000 Filipino visits in 2014. Next year marks the 60th year of diplomatic relations between the two countries, one that has been nurtured through common values and shared aspirations.

Israeli Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau was joined by and onstage for a ceremonial toast

Israeli Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau delivers his remarks for the Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto; DFA Secretary Jose Rene Almendras; and 68th Anniversarry of Israel at New World Makati Hotel Israeli Amb. Effie Ben Matityau

Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely and Monaco Consul Fortune Cory Quirino and Rotary Club of Manila Governor Frank A. Evaristo Ledesma

Connie Garcia; Togo Consul Evie Costa; Singaporean Ambassador Kok Li Laos Ambassador Phoxay Khaykhamphithoune and former Philippine Peng; and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Protocol Jerril G. Santos Amb. to Russia Victor Garcia

Eritrea Consul George Yang; Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma; Gambia Consul Agnes Huibonhoa Ivory Coast Consul Vicente Carlos and Monaco Consul Fortune Minister Counselor Fernando Miguel of Angola and Mme. Sylvia Mme. Paulina Silva Mayorga and Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga Lorca Ledesma Van Remoortele and Tanzania Consul Betty Chua

Mme. Ziki Ralte and Indian Ambassador Lalduhthlana Ralte

Remi Ralte; Mme. Ziki Ralte; Indian Amb. L.D. Ralte; and Mawii Ralte

Swiss Ambassador Andrea Reichlin; Ambassador (Ret.) Mme. Lizia Lu; and Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma Romanian Charge d' Affaires Mihai Sion and Laura Sion

Ryan Hansen Reeder; Mme. Irene Reeder; and Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma

Vietnam Ambassador Truong Trie Duong; (Rightmost) Cambodian Ambassador Tuot Panha with her daughter


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Only the best from Belo With the pursuit of excellence as its thrust, the country’s leading dermatology and cosmetic surgery center Belo Medical Group under the leadership of CEO and founder Dr. Vicki Belo, continues to work towards achieving the said objective. At the 36th American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. Annual Conference held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the Belo team composed of Dr. Michelle Villanueva, Dr. Guada Capiz and Dr. Joey Muñoz, were among the attendees of the meaningful event that gathered dermatology experts from all over the world. The said doctors also presented three of the company’s papers to more than 500 surgeons in attendance, with the presentations focusing on Belo’s expertise with Asian skin in the use of laser technology. Congratulations Dr. Vicki Belo and team for participating in this worthwhile affair!

Dr. Joey Muñoz and Dr. Michelle Villanueva during the pre-conference

Belo Medical Group’s Dr. Guada Capiz, Dr. Michelle Villanueva and Dr. Joey Muñoz at the 36th American Society for Laser Medicine and Dr. Guada Capiz and Dr. Joey Muñoz during the Basic Science & Surgery, Inc. Annual Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts Translational Research session

Topping off ceremony for The Magnolia Residences’ third tower

Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), the country’s leading property developer under the leadership of president Frederick Go, recently held the topping off ceremony of Tower C of The Magnolia Residences, the third residential building in the four-tower master-planned condominium development. The high-rise enclave, one of the prime projects under RLC’s urban lifestyle brand Robinsons Residences, is nestled at the heart of upscale New Manila, Quezon City and relives memories of the iconic Magnolia Ice Cream House. Congratulations to the entire Robinsons Land Corporation team for this notable endeavor!

Top executives of Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) together with project partners during the topping off ceremony (from left) Constech Management Group area manager engineer Rolly Macapinlac, Robinsons Residences and Robinsons Luxuria vice president for Sales and Marketing May Lopez, RLC head of Design and Planning architect Anabel Carangan-Valencia, Monocrete Philippines Inc. president Engr. Manny Mendoza, RLC vice president Located at the heart of New Manila, Quezon City, The Magnolia Residences relives the memory of the iconic Magnolia Ice Cream House by combining for Project Management Engr. Emmanuel Arce, RLC senior vice president Mybelle Aragon-Gobio, RLC vice president for Business Development Trina old world allures and contemporary conveniences that are ideal for raising a healthy family Cipriano, ASYA Design Associates’ principal architect Geoffrey Yu and architect Joel Madera

Aficionado Germany Perfume eyes Myanmar as new market

The ASEAN region, the Middle East, North Africa, North and South America and other key cities with a sizable population of overseas Filipino workers continue to be targeted by Aficionado Germany Perfume, a well-known perfume manufacturer headed by Joel Cruz as president and CEO, as its primary markets for expansion. Aficionado Germany Perfume’s international sales manager Teresita Carandang joined an outbound business mission (OBM)—organized by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau—to Myanmar recently as the company’s official representative. The OBM at Summit Parkview Hotel in Yangon was held in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate in Myanmar headed by Ambassador Alex G. Chua, commercial attaché to Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Vietnam, and the Myanmar Chamber of Commerce.

Aficionado Germany Perfume’s international sales manager Teresita Carandang, official representative to the outbound Aficionado Germany Perfume executives (from left): VP-Operations Ernie Laurente, president and CEO Joel Cruz, SVP/COO Remar De Leon, and general manager Lambert Lopez mission to Myanmar, at the Summit Parkview Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar


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•Japanese Design Today 100

•The Silence of J Junyee

June 30 to Aug. 19; Tall Galleries, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila; for more information, visit www.metmuseum.ph

Ongoing until June 30; Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City; for more information, call (02) 831-9990 or (02) 8339815. or visit www.galleriaduemila.com In The Aesthetics of Silence, Susan Sontag’s seminal 1969 essay, Sontag investigates how silence reconciles art’s function as a form of spirituality in an increasingly secular culture. She writes, “The art of our time is noisy with appeals for silence. A coquettish, even cheerful nihilism. One recognizes the imperative of silence, but goes on speaking anyway.” In a parallel purview Junyee attempts to estimate his ruminations on silence in The Silence of J, his solo exhibition at Galleria Duemila, wherein approximations of light, space, and perspective are modified, diluted, to a conflicting yet visually decisive investigation on his very own aesthetics of silence. In The Silence of J, the walls are seamlessly hung with sparse four-sided woodworks, evocative reliefs made from sturdy jointed T&G (tongue-and-groove) planks, whitewashed in ivory, snow, and eggshell— tonal values that have determined the depth and perspective of Junyee’s muted permutations. Revered for his use of indigenous resources throughout his practice, Junyee constantly gives weight to the “endless vitality of nature, through inventive art-

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET), in partnership with the Japan Foundation, Manila ( JFM) and the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, with the support of and JT International (Philippines) Inc., celebrate the long-serving excellence of Japanese design and its continuing influence in global design with a special exhibition, Japanese Design Today 100, which presents the finest examples of Japanese design with a focus everyday products. The exhibit features modern designs from the 1950s through the 1990s that have influenced the design of today, as well as product designs from recent years. Aside from highlighting the uniqueness and practicality of Japanese design, this exhibition will look into Japanese lifestyle and society. Fresh and minimalist forms capture the hopes and dreams of the designers and corporations that created them, as well as of the people who make use of the products. To promote further understanding about Japanese design and culture, two dialogues have been scheduled throughout the course of this exhibition. On July 2 (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m., the exhibition’s chief curator, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, will have a talk entitled, "Japanese Design Today: Unique and Evolving." Here, he will relate Japanese contemporary design to Japanese culture, and its characteristic qualities of being craft-like, minimal, thoughtful, compact and cute.

•Visible Currents by Eric Zamuco

The second talk aligned with this exhibit deals with Design for Disaster, which will be held on July 30 (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. It features Keiji Ashizawa of Ishinomaki Lab, whose designs are showcased in the exhibit’s Disaster Relief category. Since this year marks the 60th anniversary of Japanese-Filipino friendship, the MET will also launch a parallel exhibition on local design. Scheduled to also open on June 29 in the MET’s Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP Gallery), Conversations on Philippine Design, which presents works by celebrated and emerging Filipino designers, showcases contemporary Philippine design while fostering dialogue between the two countries. The Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition can be viewed at MET’s Tall Galleries from July 1 to August 19, 2016. This traveling exhibition will be brought to Singapore after its run at the MET.

Ongoing until July 2; Silverlens, 2/F YMC Building. 2, 2320 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati; for more information, call (02) 816-0044 or (0917)587 4011; or email info@silverlensgalleries.com Stepping into Eric Zamuco’s Visible Currents is to experience reconstructed forms, revealing the subtle motions and transformations of an inner life. Airplane windows become part of an assemblage

of oars, giving object expressions to the notions of constant motion and changing geographies, the flow of time and memory, recollection and deconstruction of object and memory. These assemblages transcend being mere object through the social and personal meanings ascribed to them, resonating with impermanence and mortality. The association between object and concept, and the in-between of these two realms of consciousness, also has a transformative, if not blurring, effect. Zamuco received his MFA from the University of Missouri in 2009. Having relocated from Manila to Missouri in 2005, to

making.” He was nominated for a National Artist Award in Visual Arts in 2012, and has won numerous awards and accolades, such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artist Award in 1980, Grant Award – Israel Philippines Monument Design Competition for the Holocaust Memorial in 2007, UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award for Arts and Culture and Tanglaw ng Sining Award for Outstanding Alumnus of UP College of Fine Arts in 2013.

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Experience smart luxury at Conrad Manila

he inspired luxury of Conrad Hotels & Resorts recently made its debut in the Philippines with the opening of Conrad Manila. Owned by SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation and managed by Hilton Worldwide, the 347-room Conrad Manila is located at the forefront of the Mall of Asia complex, in the heart of the 42-hectare Bay City development, a destination earmarked as a shopping, leisure, and business hub. "We are delighted to establish Conrad Hotels & Resorts in this vibrant capital of Manila. The award-winning Conrad Manila, which enhances our portfolio, underscores our commitment to delivering best-in-class hotels in key gateway locations that meet the growing needs of global luxury travelers. An inspiring destination, Conrad Manila will delight guests with intuitive and customized service, as well as provide them access to a world of connections and inspired experiences," said John T. A. Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts.

Integrated lifestyle hub Recently awarded the Best in Hotel Development, Best Hotel Architectural Design and Best in Hotel Interior Design at the fourth annual Philippines Property Awards, Conrad Manila's distinctive architecture is inspired by the shipping vessels that ply the bay. The hotel sits atop the two-level S Maison, a high-end retail complex, and has direct connections via walking bridges to SMX Convention Center, the country's largest convention space, and is adjacent to SM Mall of Asia, one of the country's largest malls, as well as Mall of Asia Arena, the 16,000-seater indoor stadium where international shows, concerts and major sporting events are held. Poised to be the venue of choice for business, social events, and weddings, Conrad Manila offers four contemporary event halls and two sophisticated ballrooms, spanning more than 4,000 square meters, which are fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. For intimate al fresco parties, guests can also opt for The Veranda, an outdoor garden space

overlooking the cityscape. Smart facilities At Conrad Manila, all 347 guest rooms and suites are specially designed with an intuitive technology. Upon sensing motion in the room, the air conditioning switches from energysaving mode to cool, the curtains in the room will automatically open with ambient lighting set to match the time of the day. Guests can instantly feel at home with a 42-inch flat screen HDTV with an IPTV menu, Wi-Fi and wired internet access, Nespresso machine, Bluetooth-enabled entertainment technology and hydrotherapy rain showers. Suites and executive rooms offer picturesque bay or city views, with access to the Executive Lounge, and bathrooms that feature in-mirrored TV for an uninterrupted entertainment experience. Located on the third level of the hotel is the infinity swimming pool, inspired by the pristine coastal seas of the Philippines with its coral shape. Guests may also slip to the 24hour Fitness Center or the Conrad Spa, which

offers a variety of locally inspired treatments using organic ingredients. The spa has six treatment rooms with soaking tubs, a private sauna, and steam facilities. Dining options The hotel has six restaurants and lounges, including a coffee bar, pool bar, and in-room dining prepared by the culinary team led by Executive Chef Thomas Jakobi. Brasserie on 3 offers an eclectic mix of sustainable and organic dishes ranging from hearty to healthy dishes. The restaurant also features al fresco dining overlooking the bay, private dining rooms for intimate celebrations, and an exclusive chef 's table, where diners can enjoy a special tasting menu with a curated selection of organic wines. China Blue by Jereme Leung presents a modern interpretation of the traditional Chinese cuisine, artfully curated by Chinese celebrity master chef, Jereme Leung . A first for a Chinese restaurant in the Philippines to partner with a celebrity chef, China Blue by Jereme

Leung takes Chinese dining experience to a new high with its authentic cuisine, modern interiors, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that offer panoramic bay views. C Lounge is inspired by the city's distinctive culture and lifestyle, where guests can enjoy a wide selection of beers, liquors, and locally-inspired cocktails. With a laidback vibe during the day, it transforms into a sophisticated destination bar at night. Its al fresco area offers guests an awe-inspiring visual of the Manila sunset. Conrad Manila offers the Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travelers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during, and after visit via any mobile device. Whether it's pre-selecting bath amenities or checking-in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app. For more information, contact (02) 8339999 or visit www.conradhotels.com/manila

Pool Area

C Lounge

Conrad Spa

Diplomatic Suite - Bedroom

Executive Lounge

China Blue by Jereme Leung


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New World Makati’s special promotions for Mid-Autumn mooncakes

New World Makati Hotel welcomes the Mid-Autumn Festival with an assortment of traditional handmade mooncakes. As a special treat for guests looking forward to the celebration, the hotel extends an Early Bird discount of 10 percent on orders placed from July 1 to 30 for five or more boxes, or 20 pieces. Guests with bulk orders of 20 to 100 boxes also enjoy a 20 percent discount, and Club Epicure members receive a 15 percent discount. Hong Kong Chef Wong Sing To prepares a selection of four flavors – Five Seed, Double Yolk White Lotus, Double Yolk Red Lotus, and Double Yolk Red Bean. Packaged in stylish boxes, guests can share the mooncakes with loved ones, friends and colleagues. Guests may buy the treats with their choice of flavors starting at PhP1,188 for a box of four pieces. The MidAutumn mooncakes are also offered individu-

ally, at PhP368 per piece for Red Bean and Red Lotus flavors and PhP468 per piece for White Lotus and Five Seed flavors. According to ancient Chinese history, as the autumn harvest comes to a close, the moon stands out and shines brightest. This signals the start of the Mid-Autumn Festival, where feasts are widespread and the men are full of thanksgiving, love and happiness. The Mid-Autumn Festival calls for family gatherings and the exchange of the much-loved traditional mooncake delicacy. New World Makati Hotel’s Mid-Autumn mooncakes will be available for pick-up from Aug. 1 to 31. Rates include service charge. For more information, please contact Jasmine restaurant at (02) 811-6888 ext. 3338 and ask for Toni Lou Manalo.

Go limitless at Acacia’s Steakhouse A Steakhouse by Acacia Hotel Manila is tempting all meat lovers with this ultimate offering- steak all-youcan. Enjoy unlimited premium USDA prime meat for only PhP1,480++ per person and indulge to your heart’s content. Finish plates of Tenderloin, Short Ribs and Top Blade to name a few and have the chefs cook it according to your liking. Keep the orders coming and balance this protein rich feast with complimentary buffet of soup, salad and sidings. Expect Pasta Bolognese, Potato Gratin, Corn on Cob, Roasted Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Zucchini as some of the choices. Furthermore, each diner will have a complimentary glass of red wine. A Steakhouse is located at the lobby of Acacia Hotel Manila. It offers a menu of prime meat, seafood, appetizers and desserts in a fine dining setting. The restaurant has been a favorite of hotel guests for its signature staples such as Fillet Mignon, Lobster Thermidor, Chilean Sea Bass and Atlantic Salmon Fillet. The starters don’t fail either as the Cream of Wild Mushroom and Tableside Caesar Salad are most requested. Meanwhile for dessert, the Bread Pudding and New York Style Cheesecake are both topnotch. A Steakhouse is open daily for lunch from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For table reservations, please call (02) 720-2000 or visit www.acaciahotelsmanila.com.

The Café at Hyatt City of Dreams Manila celebrates two Asian culinary traditions

Hyatt City of Dreams Manila brings two great Asian cuisines to the fore this July. Embark on a culinary journey through China and India and go back in time to the origins of Silk Road and the spice trade, arguably responsible for the complex flavor profiles that the whole world enjoys today. On July 17 to 24, Chef Ajith Kumar from Hyatt Regency Gurgaon, New Delhi joins the team at The Café, bearing spices and recipes for Indian favorites rich with aromas and complex tastes. Enjoy Indian gustatory discoveries such

as south Indian thali and other Indian delicacies such as Paneer Makhani (cottage cheese simmered in tomato sauce spiked with Fenugreek), Maes Ke Sooley (smoked lamb with raw papaya), and Kerala Prawn Masala (tiger prawn with coconut curry leaves with ginger and chili). Buffet rates start at PhP 1,388 net for lunch and PhP1,888 net for dinner. Learn more about these upcoming Asian culinary celebrations at The Café by visiting www. codmanilahyatt.com or calling (02) 691-1234 ext. 1162.

Magnifique getaway at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Escape to an urban oasis for much needed respite from the bustling workweek with your family, friends and loved ones. Indulge in a relaxing weekend and explore the sprawling verdant grounds, take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters of an iconic lagoonshaped pool and embark in sumptuous gastronomic voyage through a wealth of culinary offerings without having to leave the city. Enjoy a relaxing sojourn as Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents a collection of tastefullyfitted accommodations and a luxurious haven of bliss in its selection of recreational facilities and dining destinations. Spend your summer getaway at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila where a wealth of options awaits the discerning leisure guest. The season’s special is available at PhP7,000+++ and includes breakfast for two adults and two children (11 years old and below) at Spiral, unlimited in-room family movies and use of the extensive selection of recreational facilities. Golf aficionados may venture out for a round of mini golf in an 18-hole putting green looking out to the stunning bay waters. Practice your backhand with a few sets of tennis in an outdoor tennis court or go for a fun run or brisk walk through our scenic trail. Relax with a good book or spend quality time with the family and simply lay back in the So Chill area

Sofitel's renowned spiral with featured hammocks, Adam and Eve seating and the cozy Love Nest. For family meals, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s selection of restaurants and bars spearheaded by the most interactive dining destination, Spiral restaurant is a haven of gastronomic delights to cater to discerning palates. With featured offerings including the Spiral Sunday Brunch, Private Wine and Cheese Class and the signature lunch and buffet meals spanning 21 dining ateliers, indulge in gastronomy and wine in the only address for a truly elevated dining experience. Experience the treasure trove of luxurious holiday options at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Accor Advantage Plus members may enjoy 10 percent discount on the Magnifique Getaway special. For more information, inquiries or reservations, please call (02) 551-5555 or email H6308@sofitel.com.


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Expat Newspaper Volume 34 No. 19 June 26, 2016 - July 9, 2016

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