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IMAGESASIA Volume 1 Number 3 December 2010/January 2011 Php 200.00 | US$5.00

the expressions of art, life and style

Hans Schoof

BOHOL’S BOHOL S NOBLE GODFATHER


AVAILABLE SUMMER 2011


IMAGESASIA the expressions of art, life and style

Editor-at-Large ERNEST GONZAGA Editor in Chief SELENA ESCANO Editor-in-Chief Advertising/Marketing Director RANULPH HUERTAS PR & Distribution Manager MARK TANALA Graphic/Layout Director JOHN ERNEST GREGORY Web Design and Hosting DIGITAL WEB GROUP Contributing Editor JAMES BENEDICT SACRAMENTO (Southern/Northern California)

Editor’s Welcome Note

Columnists ROMINA A. GERVACIO Senior Photographers VOLTAIRE DOMINGO / MIKE ALQUINTO JEROME ASCANO / MJ CACHERO / STEVEN HAMADA EDISON SEE / MARLON JAY SALINAS / IBARRA SIAPNO U.S.A. Photo Correspondents MIKE CARRION San Francisco, CA / GINO GONZAGA Anaheim, CA IRVIN RIVERA Los Angeles, CA / HARVEY MCKENZIE Sacramento, CA Contributing Photographers ARTHUR MANUNTAG / ROY YAP / DINO DIMAR EDWIN LOYOLA (Vallejo, CA) Contributing Writers MARIE JOY RAMIREZ | FRANKLIN SMITH | ANNA MONTINOLA RUZELL LOPEZ | MARCO BAYONA Publisher ERNEST GONZAGA Administrative/Finance Manager CARA MIA GONZAGA Production/Circulation Manager GERALDINE LUALHATI Editorial/Production Assistants EDGAR CORTEZ / WILBERT SERRANO ANTONIO EVARISTO

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HOLIDAY SPLENDOR Dear readers, The warm fuzzyy feelingg of the yyuletide and ushering of another new year, give us reason to see the world once more in rose-colored glasses of optimism, joy and hope. Gift giving, family gatherings and vacations are surely on everyone’s mind. In holiday mode, our team of correspondents and photographers has endeavored to cast light on ideas for an escapade to the cool and tranquil Sagada or half way across the world in the fun and thrills at the Universal Studios Hollywood. Hollywood For last-minute Christmas shopping of gifts to loved ones, we highlight the sweet seduction of Becky’s Kitchen goodies. This season of parties, get some inspiration from the latest Boyet Fajardo design collection for men and women. Zoom in to personalities, in this issue our backto back covers celebrates the good life with Cory Quirino and toasts to the philanthropic spirits and boundless adventures of Bohol’s benevolent Godfather Hans Schoof. Other personalities highlighted in the issue are multi-dimensioned achievers in their respective fields – Marina Benipayo, Renny Harman and U.S. Sen. Leland Yee alongside the young and the fearless Cris Schoof, Mikko Gusi and Jackie Cuevas. On the other side of the camera, we introduce MJ Cachero, the mystery man who has made countless artistic portraiture spreads in the past and present pages of the magazine. We encourage you to reflect on the good tidings of the season as reflected in the lives, gastronomies and destinations featured. Have an enjoyable and meaningful holiday!

Selena Escano Editor-in-Chief


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Hans Schoof

Bohol’s Noble Godfather Photographs: MJ CACHERO


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nce Hans Schoof casted his gaze on the most beautiful pair of eyes he has ever seen at a chance encounter during his stopover in Manila, where he simply intended to iron out his documentations at the Embassy, somehow he knew that the sweet serendipity of the zephyr winds has carried him to the pinnacle of his epic quest of romance and adventure in his circumnavigation of the world. As Eros was irrepressibly drawn to Psyche, Psyche the German-born Hans at the prime of his youth was captivated with the allure and charms of Lani Jubac and her native town of Bohol. In this chapter of his exploration of the globe, the east meets west fascination became a marriage in paradise. Hans and his spouse Lani raised their children Katrina Christel Marie and Frederick Christian in an atmosphere of affection. A devoted family , Hans shard his passion for travelling to his hometown in Weisbaden, Germany, across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. As a testament of Han’s love for his spouse and children, he has adopted the Philippines as his own homeland, flies to and from their plush residences in Manila and Baclayon, Bohol, had operated Heidelberg restaurant specializing in German cuisine, one of the most popular dining places in Malate in its time and recently built the world-class Peacock Luxury Resort & Spa in Baclayon, Bohol. Hans is considered as honorary Filipino by the locals of Bohol for his numerous contributions to the community. y He has donated computers to public elementary schools, contributed medicine to health centers, organized medical missions to those in need, set up microcredit to spur entrepreneurship among the less privileged and indigenous groups, promoted eco-tourism such as bird watching on the northern part of the island and conservation of the mangroves and acted as the city/s international representative for initiatives to curb global warming and climate change. He works closely with the local government for implementation of various socio-civic socio civic projects and marketing of Bohol as a key tourist destination in the country. In one of the balmy afternoons overlooking the phosphorescent and turquoise sea of Bohol, one can get immersed and refreshed in Han’s oceans of erudite musings on philosophy, history and countless tales of his voyage across continents that presaged his blissful heaven on earth zip code. Over the bold and rich flavors of his favorite Portuguese Port wine sourced from the docks of Madera island nearby the winery of the Duro valley and in between puffs of the aromatic tobacco imported from Dominican Republic, Hans garbed in a dapper Rajo Laurel bowtie accenting his collared white polo shirt and slightly rolled up sleeves expounds on his universal independent and freethinking accomplishments and visions.

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He recounts that as a young man he was influenced by his parents in the era of post-WWII post WWII’ss restoration ad renewal to embrace peace and tolerance for multi-ethnic diversity. His late father was well-loved in their town and Hans has taken to heart the wise words of wisdom that in this life one should live and let live by providing others a means of livelihood. Hans’ colorful journey from his hometown and halfway across the planet was originally inspired by Nobel Peace Prize Winning author Ernest Hemingway in his exploration of cultures and civilizations. An avid collector, Hans has a photo of the Cuban fisherman Gregorio Fuentes on the walls of his smoking room, the man was one of the basis of Hemingway’s main protagonist in his highly-acclaimed novel The Old Man and the Sea. In the exciting conquests of his youth, Hans travelled with a German doctor, a Dutch sculptor and other freethinkers. Taking odd jobs, hitchhiking, hopping on bus, trains and boats, he was able to discover for himself the caves of the Minoan civilizations in Crete, watch the sunset p , sleep p with only y p provisions of overlookingg the Acropolis, blanket at the Parthenon when it was not yet cordoned off from tourists, run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, traverse and break bread with the locals in the Middle East particularly Turkey; Iran; Khabul, Afganistan; Israel; Pakistan; Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, India and as well as in Southeast Asian cities of Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand and Manila, Philippines. A staunch history buff, Hans naturally became an expert on Jose Rizal, Rizal the national hero that linked Germany and the country. He became an active member of the Knights of Rizal in Wilhelberg, Heidelberg. For his outstanding contributions, the Hack-Ullmer family granted him the antique furniture that was used by Jose Rizal during his stay in Germany circa 1886. To further propagate Rizal’s progressive writings, Han’s commissioned the translation and publication of El Filibusterismo in German language. To maintain a balance in his varied interest, recharge after his adventures and juggle quality time with family and business, as a universal man Hans is a skilled marksman who practices target shooting only with rubber trajectories to ensure that equilibrium of nature is maintained.


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Wardrobes: RAJO LAUREL Location: PEACOCK GARDEN RESORT


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Marina Benipayo

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Statuesque and sashaying in an almost-primaballerina-like gait, Marina Benipayo still effortlessly standouts among veterans and young models, in any given runway of top-rated fashion designers. She began her modeling career as the grand winner of the Bodyshots contest organized by the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines in 1988. Her illustrious stint in the limelight of style savvy trends took her to fashion capitals of Asia and Europe for the Department of Tourism-sponsored Renee Salud fashion shows. She later on bagged the Bb. Pilipinas MajaInternational in 1992. Beauty and brains, Marina has a degree in International Studies degree from Miriam College. She is busy working on her master master’ss degree in Guidance and Counseling. Counseling She currently conducts personality development, personal motivation and business ethics training for corporate personnel. She also handles fashion styling courses at the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). Marina shares her expertise in the sophisticated mix and match of accessories and clothing to budding stylists. A proponent of beauty inside and out, she attributes her timeless look to her simple beauty regimen of enough sleep, b l balanced d diet, di t exercise i andd positive iti view i off life. lif She Sh believes b li th t that one must both cultivate personal appearance and nurture the soul through spending time with those close to one’s heart to achieve an aura of loveliness. Her true source of joy comes from her two sons Mark, 15, and Joshua, 13.


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Wardrobes: BOYET FAJARDO

Hair and Make-up: TONETTE CHUA


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Leland Yee

Asian-American Trailblazer in the U.S. Photographs: GINO GONZAGA


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alifornia lif i State S S Senator L l d Yee, Leland Y 62-year 62 old ld Asian Ai American has carved a niche in the vibrant American political scene for championing and chartering laws on the improvement of public education system, good governance and transparency, protection of consumer’s rights, child development & safety and prevention of domestic violence. Noted for his leadership and persuasive panache, in 2004, Sen. Yee was appointed as the Speaker pro Tempore, trailblazing as the first American of Asian descent to clinch the posting in the California State Assembly and serving as the state state’ss second highest ranking Democrat. Democrat He is currently poised to run for Mayor of San Francisco in 2011. Sen. Yee steadily rose in his U.S. political career. He started a two four-year term stint from being a member to President of the San Francisco School Board wherein he promoted the establishment of performance standards for educators. Subsequently, he run and won two succeeding elections for a posting as the Supervisor of San Francisco’s Sunset District. During this time, he chaired the h Finance Fi C Committee i andd ensuredd the h provision i i for f "Rainy "R i Day" D " budget b d reserve and introduction of the General Obligation Bond Accountability Act. To be of service to a broader spectrum of citizenry, he campaigned and won the seat for California State Assembly. It was during his role as an assemblyman that he was appointed as the Speaker pro Tempore and chosen as the President of the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators.


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With an impressive track record, he later on won over his political opponents to snag the Democratic party’s Senatorial nomination to the 8th State of California. In the elections, l i h had he h d a landslide l d lid victory i as Senator by b his hi constituents i in California. He has chaired the Senate committees on California's Public Record and Open Meeting Laws, Committee on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs and Committee on Bay Area Sustainable Development and Economic Progress. He actively participated in the Senate committees for Appropriations, p , Governmental Business,, Professions and Economic Development, Organization, Human Services, Labor and Industrial Relations, Biotechnology, California's Wine Industry, California's Horse Racing Industry, Integrity of Elections and International Business Trade. .


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He is widely recognized for his contributions to the community. Sen. Yee was awarded the California Legislator of the Year by San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He was also conferred with several prestigious accolades such as Building a State of Equality from the Equality California, Distinguished Service to Journalism Education Award from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, Freedom of p p Publishers Information Award from the California Newspaper Association, Modern Day Abolitionist Award from the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking and Service Award from the Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse of San Mateo County. The father of Sen. Yee was part of the U.S. army personnel. Their family immigrated from Ghuangdong, China to San Francisco when Sen. Yee was at the tender age of 3. Eventually he and his family were naturalized as U.S. Eventually, U S citizens. citizens He earned a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Hawaii. He is happily married to his wife Maxine since 1972 and they have four

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Renny Harman

Indonesian Allure Photographs: EDISON SEE

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enny Harman is a classic portrait of grace, charm and elegance. In the spring of her youthful allure, The Bandung-born beauty modeled for IMA (Indonesia Modeling Agency). She was a much-loved cover girl and fashion model of many local magazines and newspapers. Eventually, she was crowned Miss West Java and represented her country as Miss Indonesia in the Miss Asia-Pacific Beauty Pageant in Manila. In Manila, she found her beau and raised a family. Gifted with two daughters who took after her gorgeous-genes, gorgeous genes she made the Philippines her second home and shuttles to and from her native homeland. To showcase her fondness for all things beautiful, she dabbled in oil painting. She has been creating works of art for over 15 years now; and held several solo painting exhibits in Jakarta and Manila. Her background in architecture and accomplishments in the Philippine School of Interior Design, came in handy for her artistic expressions on canvas. Her paintings are sought after by many collectors from different countries. Renny also conveys her artistic side through fashion design. She creates her own clothes and even dresses up her children to showcase the modern fusion of her Indonesian heritage and the latest trends. A well-rounded stunner, Renny is a force to be reckoned with while wearing her golf rubber soles for tee offs n the greens and dancing shoes for nights of partying and dancing the salsa and boogie. boogie Despite her busy schedule, schedule Renny devotes time for philanthropic activities. As an active member of Rotary Club of Makati Olympia (RCMO), she is involved in several charities here and abroad.


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Location: EDSA SHANGRI-LA MANILA HOTEL Gowns: BOYET FAJARDO Batik Gowns from RENNY HARMAN’s Private Collection Hair: KENNETH BERSALONA of Basement Salon Eastwood Make –up: ERIN BONCAN of Basement Salon Eastwood


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Mikko Dominic Gusi

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ikko Gusi, Gusi 19, 19 is not the typical teenager who simply delves in trifling things. Being the son of the Gusi Peace Prize founder and former Ambassador to Micronesia Barry Gusi and Dr. Evelyn Gusi, Mikko devotes his energies towards the family’s advocacy for uniting the planet in harmony. In his own capacity of spreading awareness on the significance of human rights and fostering cultural and religious tolerance and understanding among the youth, he is able to promote the annual Gusi Peace Prize. The award is conferred to distinguished individuals or groups worldwide who have made an impact in diverse fields such as Scientific Discoveries, Academe, Literature, Politics, Medicine or Physiology, Journalism, Humanities, Chemistry, Physics, Economics and Business & Philanthropy. Mikko has travelled across Asia for speaking engagements on the Gusi Peace Prize as part of his early preparations to take charge of his family’s legacy and advocacy for peace in the future. Mikko is also actively involved in the Gusi Peace Prize Foundation’s humanitarian projects for underprivileged communities. Along with the foundation volunteers, he takes part in providing relief and aid to those in need. He is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies at the University of the East. A youth leader, he was chosen by his peers as the president of UE YMCA and initiated the formation of UE Youngsters. Y t On the lighter side, Mikko spares time for fun and modelling. He is known as a Mr. UE titleholder in his university.


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Sagada

Sanctuary for the Soul Photographs: EDISON SEE

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Sagada

Thrill seekers and nature lovers will surely find a sanctuary for the soul in the cool climate, climate breath-taking and panoramic views of the pine-strewn Sagada. Braving the 6-hour bus ride from Baguio city, it’s all worth it to explore the off-the beaten track tranquil and well-preserved environs of the Mountain province’s crowning glory. Creature comforts are within easy access as accommodation and dining are provided by various inns, lodges and cottages at reasonable rates.

Sagada’s serene town

The Sagada road trip must-dos include hiking, sight-seeing of caves and waterfalls, spelunking, rappelling, camping, picnics, food tasting of local cuisine, picnics and mingling with the local community for initiation to tribal dances, clay pottery, weaving and festive rituals. Guides are available at the town’s tourism office. Sagada iss famed a ed for o tthee hanging a g g co coffinss tucked away in a hidden region beyond the steep terrains of the Echo Valley. Natural wonders such as the limestone caves, small and big waterfalls provide endless fascination and thrills. For a cultural vibe, visit the Ganduyan Museum which displays artifacts, beadworks and antiques of the Cordillera region. To simply revel in the magnificent spaces and deep breathes of the crisp clean air bereft of any motorbike and tricycle smogs, trekking around town and in nearby tourist spot is a sheer pleasure. Follow the circuitous pathways to Dap-ays, meeting places for local celebrations and rituals. The trail to Datil leads to picturesque gardens and rice fields.

One of Sagada’s finest eateries serving the famous “pinikpikan”

For a nice and leisurely stroll to aweinspiring forestry, grasslands and some of the best expansive views of Sagada, travelers can take the road from Banga-an to lake Danum or the lake Danum to Mt. Ampacao hiking trail and ridgeline of mountain ranges. Hire a local guide to avoid getting lost in the lush greeneries. Venture into nearby Kiltepan rice terraces during the wee hours of the morning and witness the spectacular sunrise casting over the ingenious farming stairways, considered as one of the world’s manmade wonders. Cap off the Sagada experience with a gastronomic excursion to the local fare of Pinikpikan and strong brews of mountain coffee for a truly splendid trip.

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The Sagada weaving shop The ancient Sagada Bell

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In Focus: MJ Cachero

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Creative is the one word that best describes MJ Cachero. Although he never really planned on being a professional photographer his unquenchable interest in capturing the stories of photographer, people and places through the camera’s lenses landed him the plum gig. When he was teenager, he tinkered with the digital camera, said yes to some out-of-town shoots and eventually found it more than a curious hobby. Now, he has done cover shots for glossy magazines i andd stylized li d fashion f hi spreads d off top models d l andd Philippine Phili i Showbiz stars Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual to name a few. Prior to each shoot, he researches for unique and catchy styles to draw out the best projections and portrayals of high fashion models. A believer in collaborative effort, MJ lets the p photographic g p subjects j and p production team feel at ease and relaxed in a friendly atmosphere so that everyone could put some love in the creation of master pieces. Recently, MJ popularized open shoots in Manila. He offers everyone a crystallized moment to have stylized or celebrity glam shot.


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Nosing Around… By ERNEST GONZAGA

Birthday boy Junjun Ablaza

Cristine Roxas and Francis Manalo

Junjun Ablaza’s “One Thousand and One Ablaza Ablazed Nights… To Cure the Prince’s Madness” Events designer Junjun Ablaza, known for his themed birthday bash every year, celebrated anew another milestone with an inimitable theme “One Thousand and One Ablaza Ablazed Nights… To Cure the Prince’s Madness” held at the posh Manila Polo Club. Not even the current storm at that time prevented more than a hundred of Junjun’s guests from attending. They were welcomed to the “Nujnuj Nujnuj Kingdom Kingdom” by suave and dashing saxophonist, Michael Young, while lovely swaying belly dancers entertained them amidst tinge of crimson and gold settings of tassels, pillows, red oil lamps, and Arabianesque details.

Ivy Fajardo, Czarina Ablaza Syquia and Sheila Kingsu

More than a hundred of Junjun’s friends were welcomed at the “Nujnuj Kingdom” by suave and dashing saxophonist, Michael Young while swaying belly dancers entertained them amidst crimson and gold surroundings of tassels, pillows, ill redd oil il lamps l andd arabianesque bi minutiae. i ti The social pack, topbilled, among others by Paolo del Rosario, Dr, Fremont Base, Aloy Alday, Joanne Suarez, Boysie Villavicencio, Emil Pile, Annali Garcia, Annette Virata, Judy Cervantes, Alex Mendoza, Will Go, John Zablan, James Zablan, Jo Anne Saldado, Jett Carpio, Natasha Greizen, and Paul Caoli, enjoyed the luscious dates, moussaka, baba ganoush, samosa, curries, sharwarma, lamb craving station, hummus and chocolate rhum balls.

Mela Bengzon, Paul Caoili and Ivy Fajardo

Junjun made sure that every inch of the “Nujnju Kingdom” had notes of Arabian, Persian and Indian details that treated his friends to a ride of good-natured fun, laughter, dance, and culinary delights.


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Samir Ahmed, Erick Hanna Kainen, Shouna Jay Popple, and Gabby Besa

Paul Caoili and Francis Manalo

Paolo Araneta, Junjun Ablaza and Ryan Pronstroller

Ricky Laurel, Mari Lacson and Yoli Ayson

Paul Caoili, Philip Abadicio and Francis Manalo

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Universal Studios Hollywood Photographs: GINO GONZAGA

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Universal Studio’s movie-off shoot attractions, experiential joy rides, the famed “Studio Tour” aboard the tram replete with facts and myths on the making of blockbuster films bedazzle visitors to Hollywood’s multi-faceted thrills. Considered as the Entertainment Capital of L.A., its visitors are enthralled to Universal Studio’s movie magic in all shapes and sizes of the glitzy, glamorous, heart-pounding action, romance, adventures, suspense, sci-fi, humor and fantasy. Tour guides provide an overview, overview history and some exciting trivia on popular flicks and on-going on going shootings at the 415415 acres movie studio complex. A video of Whoopi Goldberg, Oscar and Emmy Award winning star renders the monumental heritage, juicy tidbits and insider information on the studio’s soundstages, sets, backdrops and special effects junctures. Soaking up the magnificent studio sites, visitors on the tour have a first-hand look and feel of behind-the-scene dynamics of studio movie making and the excitement of glimpsing A-list Hollywood celebrities and directors, The tour passes by the offices where the celluloid world’s most creative minds converge; the sound stage wherein the acoustics are perfected for big-scale productions such as Jurassic Park and KingKong; and the studio sets of New York Street, Small Town, Old Mexico, Western streets, Medieval Rome, Little Europe, Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch set and War of the World’s apocalyptic scene. For adrenalin rush and excitement overload, Universal Studios Hollywood’s movie-themed rides are a must in the bucket list. Go teary-eyed with laughter and scream for supreme joy in the Simpson’s revolutionary virtual roller coaster ride. Be on the edge off the seat, fly, go around the loop and smack right into the zany world of Bart’s family. Those in search of pyramids and sphinx in the dessert can boldly venture to a fear factor fest of virtually experiencing mummies chasing them in the Revenge of the Mummyinspired indoor roller coaster. Find out if anything can be scarier yet satisfying thrilling than surviving an 84-feet vertical raft plunge in the Jurassic Park ride. For fun-living seekers, the Shrek and Donkey on an ogre-the-top adventure in Shrek 4 and the show of celebrity g should not be missed. animals at Universal’s Animals Actors stage In between hopping from one fantasy-filled ride to another, visitors can stop by the Universal City Walk for souvenir shops and restaurants and perhaps catch a concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Universal Studio’s Hollywood is within easy access from Universal Hilton and Towers and the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, L.A.

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Malaysia headed the International Monitoring Team (IMT) to support the peace process and oversee the implementation of the 1996 Peace Agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). (MNLF) 35th Lao National Day In the presence of the diplomatic corps representing their respective nations from around the globe, H.E. Leuane Sombounkhan, Ambassador of Lao spearheaded Manila’s event for the 35th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Lao became a member of ASEAN in 1997 to be at the forefront of regional cooperation. Lao PDR and the Philippines work closely to support each other’s diplomatic programs in the economic and sociopolitical spheres.

Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga and European Union Ambassador Alistair Mac Donald

Heritage Hotel’s General Manager Eddie Yeo, Jo V. Ramos, head of Philippine Football Association and former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos

Heritage Hotel Director of Sales & Mktg. Gigi Gaw, Singaporean Ambassador A. Selverajah and DFA Undersecretary Linda Basillo

Brazilian Ambassador Alcides Drates, Mina Gervacio, Heritage Hotel’s Sales Manager Angel Asi and Indonesian Ambassador Kristiarto Legowo

Col. Irvin Lim, Defence Attache, Singapore and spouse Mrs. Lim

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JUST ROAMIN’ By MINA GERVACIO

Southeast Asian Celebrations A vibrant and multi-hued triple treat of Southeast Asian celebrations radiated the skies of Manille with virtual fireworks and the diplomatic corps & the glitzy set toasted to the rich cultural tapestry and significant historical milestones of Singapore, Malaysia and Lao, PDR. National Artist Nick Joaquin noted that even during the country’s Spanish colonial times, Manila was a power house in Asia wherein Royal disputes in the Malay sultanates were settled. Joaquin elaborated that the kings of Cambodia, Siam and other countries sent envoys and embassies to forge alliances with the city. Some embassies bore gifts of elephants that were paraded d d in i the th streets t t off Intramuros I t andd fascinated f i t d locals. l l

Ceremonial Toast to Malaysian National Day: Malaysian Ambassador Dato Seri Dr. IbrahimSaad, Ambassador, Ambassador of the Holy See Edward Joseph Adams and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo

Fast-forward to modern times, Manila, the country’s capital is still a power keg for promoting the peace process throughout the region and building strong trade and economic ties among its neighboring countries. The city plays a significant role in building strong partnerships in ASEAN and sharing a common thread of a melting pot of cultures and a colonial heritage. Singapore continues to be a vibrant trading port and reflects its British p of colonial influences in its multi-ethnic culture. Prior to the independence Malaysia, it was also under the protection of the British government and Lao, PDR was once a French colony. 42nd Singapore Armed Forces Day Pomp, pageantry and a virtual parade of distinguished members of the diplomatic corps and military personnel from the United States, Australia, China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and other countries were among the guests of honor at the recent 42nd Singapore Armed Forces Day in Manila. Manila Col. Irvin Lim, Defense Attache of the Embassy of Singapore, spearheaded the fete to reaffirm the vital role of the Singapore Armed Forces in the Lion City’s nation-building efforts and enhancement of regional security by working closely with partners in and beyond the region to promote peace and stability.

Lao National Day - Ceremonial Cutting of the Cake : Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Israeli Ambassador Zui Auiner Vapni, DFA Undersecretary Esteban Cornejos and Lao, PDR Ambassador Leuane Sombounkhan

43rd Malaysian National Day H.E., Ambassador Dato' Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad led the commemoration of Malaysia's Independence Day or Hari Merdeka in town. Ambassadors from Europe, Middle East and Asia and other guests warmly joined the festivities. Malaysia and the Philippines have strong bilateral relationships. Both are founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). They have centuries-old history of cultural g and the Philippines’ pp languages g g have the same roots as the Malay. y exchanges

Papua New Guinean Ambassador Christian Uihruri, Malaysian Ambassador Dato Seri Dr. IbrahimSaad and Thai Ambassador Kulkumut Singhara Na Ayudhaya


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Boyet Fajardo, one of the stalwarts of Philippine fashion unveils his latest collection for the holiday season. Sparkle and shine like a star in elegant gowns for ladies and modern savvy suits and casual wear for men.


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Fashion Focus

BOYET FAJARDO Photographs: ROY YAP


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“Sundanese Dancer” Oil 160x130

“Spring” Oil 160x120


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“A Day In Milan” Oil 12x24

“Embrace” Mix 36x36

“Buddha 2” Oil 22x34

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Renny

Harman’s paintings of oil on canvas depict modern expressionism that transcends cultures and evoke the rich and primal visual articulations of emotions in bright and striking hues contrasting softer palettes of human forms and landscapes. Raw beauty, passion and zest for life and adventure re reflected on her l latest series i off paintings. i i

“Buddha 1” Oil 24x39

“Winter” Oil 160x120

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The Gallery: Featuring

Renny Harman’s Harman s Paintings “Javanese Dancer” Oil On Canvas 160 x 120


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Jacqueline q “Jackie” Cuevas,, 18,, the bubblyy Filam teeny bopper is making heads turn in Berkeley, California. A budding leader, singer and one of the academe’s brightest minds, Jackie proudly wears the badge of her Philippine heritage and values. Born and raised in the U.S. sunny state, her parents Florante and Madeline Cuevas imparted in her the importance of strong family ties, attributing one’s success in part to the support & love of the closest of kin and strong faith in a higher Being. For her stint in theatre during her high school days, she might as well be the real life incarnation of Sunshine Corazon in the popular TV musical Glee, portrayed by Charice Pampengco, the celebrated young Filipina prodigy in the international stage of music. In the case of Jackie, she played the role of lead role in the high school musical, "Once On This Island." The one-act play is a retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet in a Caribbean setting. In high school she was President of student organizations such as Chamber Choir in her Senior year and JSA (Junior-Senior Association), Hercules High School chapter. She delved in student journalism and was the Staff member for nationallyrecognized & award-winning yearbook and Staff member for awardwinning high school newspaper, the Titan Template. She was also active in figure skating. One of the top achievers in her class, she graduated high school with honors. She was among the Top 25 and a Scholar with an estimated 4.3 GPA. Eventually, Jackie obtained another scholarship and entered a district-wide program to study at Columbia University in New York during the summer of 2009. Jackie is presently creating a name for herself in college at the University of California, Berkeley. Carrying on her varied interests, until now she still plays the piano, sings in the church choir h i andd leads l d other th teeners t i the in th Youth Y th Ministry Mi i t att St. St Patrick's. P t i k' She Sh is involved in the Fil-Am community as one of the youth organizers of P4: Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipinos. Always putting her best foot forward, Jackie is all set to paint her candy-colored dreams in the U.S.

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Candy-colored Dreams i the in th Making M ki Photographs: EDWIN LOYOLA


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Prune Walnut Cake

Coffee Cream Cake

Swiss Chocolate Cake

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Lemon Squares

Crinkles

Walnut Raisin Oats

Yummy Delights

Cherry Walnut Fudge Bars

Food for the Gods

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Mango Cheesecake

Caramel Cake

Other bestsellers include the famous Butter Rhum Bundt, Mango Cheesecake and Walnut Raisin Oat Cookies, Sans Rival, Chocolate Fudge Cake, Black Forest and Blueberry Cheesecake. Recalling the prequel of success, Becky was originally emboldened by her teaching stint at the Philippine Institute of Bakers and Technology and Livelihood Research Center (TLRC) and the success of her private kitchen concoction of a fantastic fruitcake recipe which sold among close family and friends. Until now, she is pleasantly surprised that her little experimentations in the kitchen warmed up cockles of countless hearts on and off holidays. Proust would have indeed given her sweet creations a fitting tribute to memories of yuletide past, present and precognitions of f t future straight t i ht outt off his hi novel, l “ I raised i d to t my lips li a spoonful f l off the th tea t in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place… at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory…”

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ne off the h world’s ld’ most renownedd French F h novelist Marcel Proust recognized for trailblazing the stream-ofconsciousness flair in his autobiographical novel A La Recherche Du Tem Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past), could have immortalized the walnut fudge brownies and other treats of Becky’s Kitchen in his works to reflect the recurring childhood memories of holiday cheers, if he had been in Manila and had the chance to sink his teeth in the signature decadent treats. Proust would have alluded to Becky’s Kitchen specialty desserts as the key to transporting one to the blissful experience of hearing the melodies of chuclking school children fresh from a school break, the kaleidoscopic and twinkling yuletide lanterns and the sweet scents and flavors permeating the cool air across P. Ocampo drawing throngs of eager holiday shoppers young and old alike to the nondescript nook where a favorite auntie with flour dusted and vanilla and chocolate sprinkled apronn busily conjures j i irresistible i tibl home-made h d andd kitchen kit h tested t t d goodies di fresh f h from the oven. It was during the season of gift-giving for more than two decades ago when Becky Villegas, the lady behind the eponymously named specialty bakery and café, decide to venture and open her doors for the holiday revelers with an affinity to saccharin to simply sample her students’ baked delights at her ancestral home. However, those who took a bite of Becky’s gourmet goodies as Christmas gifts were simply enamored for tasting a slice of heaven and instantly converted into loyal followers. Soon enough, the crowd that flocked to Becky’s homey neighborhood bakeshop grew and the queue for the holidays matches the line at a blockbuster film. Word of mouth got into that irresistable Word-of-mouth confections are available at Becky’s unassuming ancestral home turned bakeshop and demand snowballed annually. Expansion of the kitchen was implemented. From a lean staff of two, there are now 30 kitchen personnel behind the scene. Becky also opened a new branch at their Valle Verde residence, a portion of which is turned into a café highlighting a sweet and savory gastronomic menu with a Filipino deli selection for balikbayans. Through it all, Becky never wavered on quality, consistency and innovations to delight patrons. The most popular among Becky’s signature cakes are (Prune Walnut, Swiss Chocolate and Coffee Cream), famous pastry selection (Lemon Squares, Fudge Brownies, Cherry Walnut Bars, Food for the Gods) and loaves of Butter and Holiday Prune Cakes.


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Becky’ss Kitchen Becky

Yule Season’s Sublime Sensations Photographs: IBARRA SIAPNO


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He owes his confidence, street marts and business management book savvy credentials on his experience while growing up. He spent his childhood days as a farm boy in the small town of Paeroa, New Zealand where he realized the values of work ethics and the cycle and flow of business. He began his tertiary education as a philosophy student in Ateneo de Manila University and became a Political Economy graduate of University of Asia and the Pacific. He interned in the congressional committees on constitutional amendments, d h human rights i h andd extra-judicial j di i l killings. killi With the assistance of his fiancee who is actively involved in the area of marketing the luxury resort, Chris delivered an impressive balanced score card for key stakeholders in a span of few years. He has reallocated the budget and reduced costs by 12%, increased average salary by 20%, increased profits of different revenue centers within the resort by 25-30%, strengthened business p with various industryy ppartners,, overhauled the relationships organization and raised the productivity of the staff for greater customer satisfaction. If his accomplishments thus far were indicators, Chris is on the right track to take the family business to new heights of success.


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ocused and courageous, Frederick “Chris” Christian Schoof, in his 20s, wades into the sea of challenges for being the next generation executive to run the family-owned Peacock Garden Luxury Resort. Although he was initially bent on pursuing further studies in Melbourne after college, he decided to move back to Bohol to oversee the concerns on his father’s health and reinvigorate the luxury resort’s operations. Chris soaked up Bohol’s tourism environment and learned the ropes of the trade from his father and mentor Hans. Akin to the new breed of young and talented businessman who are continuing the feats of their respective fathers, the Trumps in the U.S. real estate. The Bertarellis in European paharmaceutical industry and the Tantocos in Manila’s upscale retail marketing, Chris understands the importance of leadership succession in business in the persona of his father and values the guidance and support. support He considers starting out young as his competitive advantage in running the luxury resort. This echoes the principle highlighted in the New –York Times best-selling non-fiction book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell wherein case studies of triumphant artists, athletes and businessmen attributed their off the charts victories to the 10,000-hour rule equivalent to 20 hours a week for 10 years practice in a particular field. Aside from youthful energy and chutzpah, Chris noted that it takes skills, strategy, cunning and alliances with key business partners for the luxury resort to thrive and expand. He is keen on sustaining the momentum his father has started. Formerly the Head of Operations, and now the General Director of Peacock Garden Luxury Resort, he takes a non-linear approach to business. He has set the new guidelines to integrate the resort brand identity and enhance operations for greater efficiency. To forge strong business relations, Chris is a Member of the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of Philippine Management Association of the Philippines, Bohol Chapter. He also actively works with the local government to promote eco-tourism in Bohol.


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Chris Schoof

Ri i Hotshot Rising H h Photographs: MARLON JAY SALINAS


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She has authored the best-selling books “Waiting for the Light” and “Forever Young” series. In the Forever Young books, Cory shares some of her secrets for dispelling negative energies, harnessing the goodness innate within the soul, creating peace of mind and heart, some practical cleansing & health routines and timeless beauty regimens. A Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management degree holder from Philippine Women’s University, Cory seems to have a boundless zest for imparting knowledge. kno ledge She is a sought-after so ght after motivational moti ational speaker for self-empowerment and personality development. She is also in demand as a master of ceremonies for various corporate events and conferences. Her good heart for spreading joy and helping the less fortunate led her to serve for a myriad of socio-civic organizations. She is a member of Board of Trustee and Over-all Chair of "Alay sa PGH" fund-drive of Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation. She is the chairperson for the Street Children Committee of the Rotary International District 3830 and endorser of the Philippine Coconut Authority’s Coco Movement of the Philippines-“Kalusugan, Kayamanan, Kagandahan.” Firmly believing that the sweet and good life can be attained by all, she has established several branches of World of Wellness in Vira Mall, Mall Greenhills; Escondido Resorts, Boracay and SM North EDSA. Through her shops, one could have a slice or bottle of the sweet life in a wide-ranging personal care, cleansing, slimming, weight management, healthy lifestyle snacks and anti-aging product line based on indigenous and natural ingredients and imported items from Europe, US, South Korea and China. The products at the World of Wellness reflect Cory’s vision that the sweet life should be celebrated the natural way, it’s i ’ an invitation i i i to a life lif that h one could ld not say no to.

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f Cory Quirino portrayed one of the iconic Goddesses of the silver screen, she would be perfect y in Federico Felinni’s La Dolce Vita,, for the role of Sylvia the Cannes Film Fest Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) recipient, recognized as a landmark movie that redefined the conventions of film and touted by critics & even US Director Martin Scorsese as one of the best in the history of cinema on the occasion of the flick’s recent screening of its digitally remastered version. Cory would have given Anita Ekberg who played the part of Sylvia a run for her money in the international film industry’s most memorable scenes. Donning an elegant sweetheart neckline gown, Cory easily evokes the purity and innocence of a child mixed with the sublime charisma and beauty of a woman in the midst of Rome’s famed Trevi fountain, softly and symbolically inviting all to live life to the full and at its sweetest. Cory, the granddaughter of the late President Elpidio Quirino, has carved a name for herself in the promotion of the sweet life for everyone. She advocates for health and wellness; a fit and positive lifestyle, holistic development and cultivation of beauty inside out. Popularly known as a wellness and lifestyle guru, she hosts her own TV show dubbed as The Good Life on ABS-CBN’s News Channel, Studio 23 and Filipino channel; radio show entitled “Ma-beauty Po Naman” on DZMM and writes a regular column “Inside Naman Inside Out” about health tips and spiritual well-being pointers on the Philippine Daily inquirer.


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Cory Quirino

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