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April-May 2010



JUAN’S Feature

“Juan’s” Best beaches in the Philippines

Serving Spoon


Juan for the road



Comfort Zone


Special Feature


Two Seasons Boracay




Travel Essentials



Serving Spoon Makansutra


The Juan Road Trip Series

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Travel Tips

In the Philippines, it is always advised to bring clothes for hot weather. Bring light clothes. It’s always safe to have those handy white shirts around. Like in any foreign country, be careful of pickpockets. Always bring that handy insect-repellant. When shopping, always haggle. Mingle with the locals. They always give the best tips. Be adventurous! Pack light. Bring only essentials like sunscreen, medicine, at least two swimsuits, extra plastic bags, a pair of slippers, one formal clothing (just in case), toiletries, camera and extra money. Plan your outfits

prior to leaving to avoid packing too much or too little. Write down all you intend to do to be more organized. Keep your cash hidden in different places just in case you lose something. Make sure you leave some room in your luggage for souvenirs or other purchases. Research about the place before traveling. It's best to be informed about weather conditions, local customs, hangouts, etc.

USEFUL FILIPINO WORDS Hello! Goodbye Thank You How are you? You’re Welcome Yes / No How much? Expensive! Sorry Good Morning

Mabuhay! Good afternoon Magandang tanghali Paalam Good evening Magandang gabi Salamat Sun Araw Kumusta ka? Rain Ulan Walang Anuman Breakfast Almusal Oo / Hindi Lunch Tanghalian Magkano? Dinner Hapunan Mahal! Bread Tinapay Paumanhin po Cheese Keso Magandang Umaga Chicken Manok

Meat Pork Fish Egg Fruit Rice Water Ice Cream Hot Cold

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Publisher  Teddy V. Cruz III Editorial Consultant  Cori Gillego Creative Director  Mike Mesina Marketing Manager  Dinjo Constantino Account Manager  Joyce De Leon Contributors Writers  Dinjo Constantino, Martin Bryan Flordeliza,Teddy Cruz III Photographers  Martin Bryan Flordeliza, Mike Mesina,Teddy Cruz III

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Publisher’s Note “I shall be telling this with a sigh. Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I...I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.” – an excerpt from Robert Frost’s The Road Less Travelled. I remember trying to memorize this poem for an oral presentation back in highschool. Right after that, I fell in love with this poem. It talks about how life is an adventure. Well, that’s my take on it. With that in mind, we welcome you to our April-May Issue—our Summer Issue. We would like to thank all of you who answered the call to “Be JUAN of us”. We really appreciate your comments and emails of support. Trust that every issue we make, we have you all in mind. We’re excited as we put out another issue of JUAN Philippines Magazine. We have come upon our own “two roads diverged in a wood.” We will update you on our Facebook Fan page and on our website what those are. Anyway, it’s Summer Time, it’s time to have fun in the sun!

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In this issue, we head out on our first Road Trip Feature which hopefully will become a staple in every issue. Check out the Do’s and Dont’s for an enjoyable trip. We also let you experience Bugsy’s mouth-watering treats and allow you to explore the streets of Singapore in Manila through Makansutra. Also in this issue, we give one of our readers a chance to be a writer. Check out the winning entry to our Best Beaches in the Philippines writing contest and also the winning entry of our “Get a Chance to have your Photo featured in our Parting Shot section.” Join us at Two Seasons Boracay, as we enjoy their delicious food & extraordinary service. Believe us, they’re not just a beach resort in Boracay. The food is really, really superb too! Also in this issue, we celebrate the Filipino’s entrepreneurial spirit as we highlight online sellers on Multiply in a special feature on their travel and local products. We will also have our firstever party in time for the elections dubbed as “JUAN sa 2010!” on April 10 at TYA Bar and Resto. It’s going to be a thanksgiving party for our readers, advertisers and friends who have been loyal to JUAN and our endeavors. We would like to thank Mr. John Penaloza for accommodating us at Two Seasons Boracay. Our special thanks goes to Ms. Tina Santos of Makansutra, Mr. Bug Warren and Perry Quimbo of Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro and Mr. Ramon Cabrera of The Manor Hotel at Camp John Hay for hosting our Road Trip Dream Team. Our special thank you also go to Mr. A.L. Henson, as he officially joins us as part of the JUAN Road Trip Dream Team. We travel far and wide to bring you the best of the Philippines. With more than 7,107 islands, imagine the possibilities. JUAN Philippines Magazine is charting another adventure. What are you waiting for? Explore, Experience & Enjoy the Philippines now! Let JUAN be Your Ultimate Travel Guide!


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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS Be armed with these stuff on your next beach outing. It’s always important to be ready for whatever comes on your trip. Bathing suit, check. Fabulous shoes for comfortable walks and also for your feet to look nice in pictures, check. Sunglasses to ward off the UV rays (and again to look pogi in pictures!), check! Bag to carry all these and more, check! Now, where to?!

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Serving Spoon: Makansutra


A guide to good food Makansutra is founded by the affable K.F Seetoh, whose mission is to celebrate the best of Asian Food Culture and Lifestyle.

Makansutra is from the words makan, meaning food, and sutra, meaning guide. Originally in Singapore and now in Manila, the spacious food court has 14 stations or booths with specialties like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa, Satay, Char Kway Teow, Nasi Lemak, Bah Kut Teh, Roti Pratha and Ice Kacang. Be transported to the streets of Singapore with its wide array of dishes representing the main cultures of Singapore and more—Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai, Filipino, and even Western. The taste and the ambience of Singapore street hawkers is now in Manila. Makansutra Asian Food Village is at 2/F, Manila Ocean Park, Luneta, Manila. For inquiries, call 5673512.


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Serving Spoon: Bugsy’s

Bar & Bistro Text by Dinjo Constantino Photos by Mike Mesina


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There are only two things that can make me wake up in the middle of the night—fire AND Bugsy’s Buffalo Tenders. Ask my brother. So when I found out that we were going to be doing a food review on Bugsy’s Makati, I couldn’t sleep! I was imagining chickens flying over and around me and with the dip chasing them! Man, that was a weird night. It only got me hungrier. Poor bed sheets. Don’t worry, I won’t narrate how I brushed my teeth and washed my face before going to work that day because I actually don’t remember all that and just remember one thing from that day—the Bugsy’s Buffalo Tenders. Among other dishes. That day was probably the fullest and most satisfied I was. I’m not lying. I can still remember the smell of my burp. Excuse me. Now in two locations (the first one in City Golf Plaza in Ortigas and now one along San Agustin St. in Salcedo Village, Makati), Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro is certainly gangster. And we mean this in the most positive of ways. It’s just gangster. From the name of the bar to the environment inside. It really is gangster.

The food is great and the people who are behind it are even better. Visit the place once or twice and the staff already know you by name. And that’s what the owners want the place to be known—a neighborhood bar. Where you can just come in shorts and sandals (c’mon, don’t come in a sando, you wise guy!) and relax with your friends and your officemates after work. Beer

Bugsy Malone: Have you eaten? Blousey Brown: Ever since I was a kid. Bugsy Malone: Then how come you’re so skinny, wisey? Blousey Brown: Because I watch my weight. Bugsy Malone: Yeah, I do that when I’m broke too.

Warren’s Dip and Chips (P185). The dip is an old family recipe of Miguel and Bug Warren, co-owners of the bar. Yes, a lot of customers (including us) have been trying to get the two drunk so as to spill the beans (no, beans are not part of it…or are they?) on the recipe of the dip but to no avail. Just another reason for you to drink at Bugsy’s. Other must-try’s are the Bugsy’s Famous Cured Beef Surprise (more popularly known as tapa), the Bugsy Siegel (steak that is truly mouth-watering) Oh, sorry, about that, we had to wipe something off the magazine. Anyway, other heavenly dishes are the Bugsy’s Ultimate Oven-Baked Burger (P305), the Lamb Chops (P395) and the Fish and Chips (P185). More than the food, it is the feel of the place when you’re there. Everyone seems friendly. For us, it’s the perfect place to relax after a hard day at work. There’s also a smoking area. And it’s open from 11 a.m. (yes, they serve lunch too!) until 5 a.m. (breakfast?).

is just P55 and the food choices are stomach-boggling (get it? Instead of mind-boggling, I used “stomach.” Get it now?).

We must warn you though. You might not want to go back to the office once you’ve settled in for lunch.

Aside from the Buffalo Tenders (only P175!), Bugsy’s is also famous for its

Bugsy’s Ortigas - 489-4985 Bugsy’s Makati - (0922) 9710604

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Juan’s Feature

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“Juan’s” Best beaches in the Philippines As told by Martin Bryan Flordeliza.

The Philippines, being an archipelago, is surrounded with crystal blue waters, pristine white beaches and colorful marine life. Every region boasts their famous beaches and it’s always a tough decision to make which one to choose because every island offers something different and exciting – from island hopping, water sports, scuba diving etc. The beaches in the Philippines are truly a perfect complement to the tropical weather we have and as they say it’s always fun to play under the sun, just make sure to apply enough sunblock. So here’s my top three beach destinations in the Philippines, from its three major islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Luzon: A different world in El Nido Being in El Nido is like being in a scene from the movie Waterworld. Imagine yourself riding the banca and being transported into a different world - the soaring high cliffs are the majestic gates of the kingdom and as your vessel moves in, towering rock formations and crystal clear lagoons welcome you. And as you look into the water, a multitude of colorful fishes are swimming as if they are following you on your ride. El Nido is simply a paradise where one can truly savor fresh air and appreciate the beauty of nature. It’s no wonder why El Nido was hailed as UNESCO’s Protected Heritage Site. Everything is just perfect, it’s like everything has been properly placed – the clear blue waters amidst the towering rock formations – a perfect backdrop for a magical sunset.


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“Juan’s” Best beaches in the Philippines

Visayas: Island Adventures in Bantayan Island Bantayan Island in Cebu is a new addition to the best beaches in the Philippines. Although, the island is flocked by both local and foreign tourists, the place is still less populated and commercialized compared to other well-known beaches in the country. The island of Bantayan is approximately three hours away from Cebu City and from the ferry going there, you will notice a spread of white sand beach lined with tall green coconut trees. One of the activities you can do in Bantayan is island hopping to the Virgin Island. Its clean shores and white sandy beach is a testament to why the island is called “virgin”. The island is free from establishments and usual crowd noise – just the sun, sand and the sea. The whole virgin island is yours to enjoy by listening to the crashing waves or simply enjoying an afternoon with family and friends.

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“Juan’s” Best beaches in the Philippines

Mindanao: Water Playground at the Malipano Beach (Davao) Just across the Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Davao is the Malipano Beach. An island with towering coconut trees, a chapel and nipa huts. But aside from this, the island boasts of powder-like white sand – a perfect complement to its blue waters. One can truly enjoy the waters of Malipano with different water activities like kayaking, jet skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling. A jumping board is also situated in the middle of the ocean where one can enjoy unlimited splashing fun. But aside from this, the Pearl Farm Beach Resort also offers spa services to relax sore muscles from a whole day of water fun. But if you can’t get enough of water, then enjoy the resort’s infinity pool overlooking the Samal Sea – a perfect spot to enjoy Davao’s sunset.


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Special Feature

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Pinoy Finds Online A. Roll-up Bag P470 Web: B. Cocktail Quilted Bag P150 Web: C. Destination Pilipinas Davao Bags (Vintas) P495 Web: D. Destination Pilipinas Clutch Bags (Jeepney) P350 Web:

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Pinoy Finds Online A. Four-piece Packing Cube Set P670 Web:, Mobile: 0915-6771629 B. Packing Cube P150 Web:


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Comfort Zone

TWO SEASONS BORACAY A Reason for the Season by Teddy Cruz III There’s a beach front resort conveniently located in Station 1, along the stunning 4 kilometer powdery white sand it’s called Two Seasons Boracay. It’s less than a minute walk to Boracay’s famous Willy’s Rock. Upon your arrival in this beautiful resort the courteous staff will meet you with a warm smile and a cold welcome drink--definitely a sign of good things to come. Upon checking in, you’ll be greeted by an incredible view—a site to behold—Boracay’s beach front. It’s one of those things that dreams are made of. Take note, the experience is just the beginning. Two Seasons Boracay offer a total of 34 rooms. All their rooms are minimal-


ist in design. Upon settling in, feel free to be acquainted with your room. It’s equipped with all the amenities you need—a private veranda (available in some rooms), an iHome alarm clock with an iPod docking station. The resort also has a breath-taking swimming pool, a 20-meter Koi pond, a restaurant called BarLO Resto Lounge (Euro/Asian eclectic cuisine) and Sky Bar (located at the roof top). All of these plus two back up generators for guaranteed uninterrupted power supply. Now it’s time to enjoy and relax. Walk towards one of the beach front cabanas and order a Basil Mojito and another must try, the Barman Kiss Cocktail. Indulge yourself with

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the view. Help yourself to their wide array of choices on their menu. We recommend you try their Pepperoni Pizza, Nachos, and Smoke Fish Roll to accompany that Mojito. Not to forget, you should also try their Jello shots. For sure this will add a bounce to your step. You’ll soon notice how they attend to you with utmost courtesy; you’ll soon fall into a spell that will make you feel like royalty. Their staff is so well-mannered, you’ll just love to stay and never leave the resort. That’s just the beginning. Just a footnote, their bar’s happy hour is from 4pm to 6pm. After an afternoon of relaxation and fun, it’s time to fuel yourself for the night ahead. Check out BarLo’s

Two Seasons Boracay

offerings. You’ll be astonished by the menu they offer not to mention the flavors they incorporate in all their dishes. It’s a mix of European slash Asian flare—Yum! We recommend the Chef‘s Angus Burger, Four Cheese Pizza, BBQ Crocs, Crocodile in Coconut Milk (my personal favorite), Prawns Maricudo and Lamb Ribs. Our compliments to the Chef. After a hearty meal, walk it off on the beach and gaze upon the stars (don’t trip though). Revert to the bar and order more drinks—Cheers! We recommend you try their Frozen Margarita, Cilantro Mojito. Don’t worry about anything, you’re here to enjoy. Well, that’s not hard to do in Two Seasons Boracay.

After that long day, hie off to your room to rest and prepare for tomorrows activities. Don’t be surprised to receive a call from the front desk asking you if you would want to indulge in a massage before you go to sleep. That’s service for you. After a night’s rest wake up to a scrumptious buffet breakfast and, of course, piping hot brewed coffee. But if you want to go ala carte, we suggest you try their Two Seasons Sunrise Special. What a good way to start a long and relaxing fun-filled day. I have never been so delighted to be in one place especially here in Boracay which has so many things happening at the same time.

Definitely, Two Seasons Boracay is an experience in itself, not to mention their food and especially their service is extraordinary. I have to say its worth adding to your list of reasons to go to Boracay especially to those first timers who will definitely remember the experience.

For more Info: TWO SEASONS RESORT BORACAY MANILA SALES OFFICE Nena Bldg 132-A Bayani St., corner Araneta Avenue, Quezon City Tel No.: (632) 415-4652/(632) 410-2175 Fax No.: (632) 732-1747 Email: Website:

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Get your motor runnin’ Head out on the highway Lookin’ for adventure And whatever comes our way. - Steppenwolf


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It was whatever came our way for sure as JUAN embarked on its first road trip of the year. Manila to Baguio. 250 kilometers or so of traffic (along EDSA), habal habal’s, buses that get maneuvered like cars (damn you, bus driver!), wide open roads, the joy that is SCTEX and the beauty of the lush green spaces along the road as we zipped by. This is the JUAN Road Trip Series. First stop—the Summer Capital of the Philippines—Baguio. Before we left, we made sure that we won’t be Flintsone-ing our way up the zigzag roads. Hence, the automatic car check up. Here are some car care tips before you start that engine: •  Check all the fluids. From the engine oil to the gas (duh!) to the brake fluid. Everything that can dry up (oh, you brought your grandma with you!), you check it.

•  Tires. Make sure that they’re thicker than your face and that the tire pressure is set to the one written on your manual. Check also if your shocks are still in place (if not, tell your overweight cousin that the trip got cancelled). •  Security. Are your spare tires in place or were you a victim of another practical joke? Go check now. Don’t forget to bring the jack and wheel wrench too. •  Drive carefully. There’s no substitute to being alert on the wheel. Don’t be crazy. Wait for the next best pass and be patient. Overtaking one car is not worth your life and those with you in the vehicle.

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Okay, now for the gadgets you have to bring: •  MP3 Player. Yup, no endorsements here, hehe. Set up a Road Trip playlist too. Ours were full of 90s songs (Eraserheads, Stone Temple Pilots, Guns n’ Roses, Nirvana, Parokya ni Edgar and Boy George—kidding!). Oh, you need an FM transmitter too to be sure. •  Digicam. To document all the places you visited and also to catch those embarrassing moments. Haha. There are so many beautiful sites in the Philippines. Capture them all. •  Cellphone. So you can contact your loved ones when you get lost. Kidding. For emergency purposes. And also if your phone has a nice camera or video recorder. •  Laptop. If you need to check your email or need to send some proposals or if you really love writing, then a laptop or a netbook would be a great companion too. How do you set the mood of the trip? With music, of course!


•  Free Falling by Tom Petty. Then imagine yourself looking like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. •  Overdrive by Eraserheads. Who does not know this song? And who does not want to sing along with it? •  You Give Love A Bad Name. Yeah, this was a hit too in our trip. Release all your angst against your ex’s here. •  Highway to Hell. At your own risk. What articles of clothing should one bring? •  Sunglasses. To hide your sleepy eyes for pictures and also to protect the windows of your soul from the heat that is the center of the solar system. It makes some girls pretty too. •  Sneakers. Either for walking or for your casual ware. You can’t beat having sneakers.

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•  Board shorts. Just in case you pass by a lake, a beach resort or a swimming pool. Better safe than have wet underwear. •  Jacket. Don’t forget. You’re going to Baguio. Then, thank you to Manor Hotel ( 845-0892/ (6374) 424-0931 to 43) in Camp John Hay in Baguio, our stay was truly restful and full of adventure. Aside from being full in our itinerary, our stomachs were truly satisfied as well. What a perfect road trip. Care to join us in our next one?

Press Release

Take off this summer with World Traveller The heat is on the Philippines, which signals the coming of the mostanticipated season for global travelers – Summer. While everyone is in search for the perfect tourist spot where they can take refuge for a while and gladly embrace the summer heat – be it in an over-hyped, local beach resort with friends or international tourist destination with loved ones – some are in search for a perfect travel companion that matches their flair for travel. This travel companion may not necessarily be a physical partner but a durable and functional luggage for that matter. And it’s got to be World Traveller bags and luggage. This dependable luggage with impeccable high-class design, banks on its durability and functionality with surprisingly affordable price. Perfect for a practical globetrotter, World Traveller believes that one must never spend too much to get quality that matches a lucrative, luxurious luggage’s features. One of the key features of World Traveller is its lightweightness. A practical traveler knows how to get the most out of its travel by not bringing a heavy-constructed luggage for a hassle-free trip, taking in consideration the strict luggage weight requirement being implemented by airlines today.

Thus, World Traveller is the perfect match for a practical traveler. Summer gives out a multi-colored shade in environment. Not only the sun enhances the beauty of surroundings, but it also legitimizes mix of hues for a fun-filled season. With this, World Traveller introduces this April three new colorful and printed collections that will certainly set the mood of every traveler this Summer.

Itcomes in 50 cm and 60 cm sizes. Whether for business or leisure travel, World Traveller is the one brand of luggage that you’ll ever need this summer. So, are you ready to take off? World Traveller bags and luggage is exclusively available at The Travel Club and SM Department Stores nationwide. World Traveller is exclusively distributed by the Primer Group of Companies.

Purple-checkered Virginia collection is a 4-wheeled, lightweight push button trolley that is so fancy for a summer trip. It comes in 48 cm and 61 cm sizes with a flight bag to match. The two-tone, California collection is available in playful blue and orange colors. The trolley case has 4-wheels, push-button trolley and built-in combination lock. It comes in 48 cm and 61 cm with a flight bag. The Aberdeen collection has a 2-wheel trolley case with push button trolley feature. It is available in discreet colors Black and Khaki perfectly made for business travel this summer.

See what Vitamin C can do for you when you travel Viruses lurk around us everywhere, everday. Thus the need to strengthen our body’s resistance against diseasecausing viruses. Cecon is the body’s daily armor of protection that keeps your immune system strong and healthy. It is the trusted and most recommended adult Vitamin C brand. Cecon is available at all leading drugstores nationwide. SRP P670.00 / box of 100’s


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Calendar Of Events | April-May 2010

April 12-April 21

April 13

April 15-April 18

Mt. APO, Davao City


An annual sumer climb to Mt. Apo,

Pantukan, Comval

the country’s highest peak.

An annual motorized banca race

World Trade Center, Metro Manila

among fisherman of the region

The biggest motoring event in the

within waters of Magnaga offering

Philippines, which aims to uplift

huge cash prizes

the local automotive industry in the


Manila International Auto Show 2010


April 15

April 21-April 24

Amadeo, Cavite

Hingyon Municipality, Ifugao

BANGKARERA (Boat-rowing race)

A Festival that revives the coffee

Ethnic thanksgiving with cultural fair

Penablanca, Cagayan


by Ifugaos in Hingyon.

A boat-rowing race at the clear wa-



April 21

ters of the Pinacanuan River within the Callao Caves Tourist Zone.

April 24

April 24

Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Pinamalayan, Mindoro Oriental


This is a proud tradition where

A colorful celebration highlighted

Lingayen, Pangasinan

beautiful maidens compete for

by street dancing, a parade of float

Thanksgiving festival for the year’’s

attention with the gaily-decorated

and a different Moriones Festival.

bountiful harvest from the sea



Karosas with their load of goodies.


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April 24-May 2

celebrated every 1st of May.

Calendar Of Events | April-May 2010


flores de mayo/ Santacruzan

May 1- May 4

May 1- May 4

Davao Oriental

viva viGAN FESTIVAL of the arts


A regionwide float parade repre-

Ilocos Sur

A parade of the town’s loveliest

senting all municipalities along the

A festival in a setting replete with

ladies depicting the search and dis-

gulf, converge in one place featur-

history, heritage and cultural trea-

covery of Christ’s Cross by Queen

ing decorated bancas and vintas of

sures and reminiscences.

Helena and Constantine.

different designs for competition.

May 1

May 1- May 7

May 1- May 7


Davao gulf regatta


SUMMER FESTIVAL: santacruzan

Tagaytay City

Tagaytay City

Nabua, Camarines Sur

The Pilipinyahan Fest is conceptualized

Parade of beauties from Tourism

A colorful cultural festival of

by Tagaytay tourism council in coordina-

Oriented and related Establishments

pagan origin. Derived from

tion with the Local Government unit to

of the city.

the dialect “Alinsangan”

promote the pineapple as the most appealing agricultural product in the locality.

May 29

May 30

May 31

Bulan, Sorsogon

Alitagtag, Batangas

Intramuros, Manila

A festival showcsing colorful

Tapusan honors the Holy Cross on

Department of Tourism together with

costumes fashioned from the abaca

the last day of May

Intramuros Administration will bring

fiber. It is highlighted by a grand

back the glamour of the 1900s Ma-

street presentation wherein the

nila Carnival Queen in this year’s

participants are clad in colorful

Santacruzan sa Intramuros.

costumes using the abaca fibers.




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Press Release

IT’S THE LITTLE, COLORFUL THINGS – DESIGN GO TRAVEL PRODUCTS To pack light this summer season is a challenge, especially when the stuff you have to bring are quite bulky to get you fab as we say hello to the sweet, smiling sun. The authority in making travel accessories, United Kingdom’s Design Go recognizes the need to give one’s traveling experience a personal touch. Boring gold and silver locks for your luggage? DesignGo has them in an array of colors – in pink, turquoise, green, red, and other vibrant colors. Even one’s essentials are made travel-friendly – foldable hair-dryers, anyone? Whether by air, sea, or land, Design Go has an entire line-up of products built to protect the smallest, but most valuable and most expensive items. A wallet that can safeguard your cash, cards, and passports – you can have them cling on to you beneath your clothes. There’s also the

Dry-Pod, an item that could seal your iPod, small digicam, and cellphone air and water-tight.

the little things and put it in mind to freely accessorize your summer with Design Go travel accessories.

Travel-size kettle heaters are also available – so you could turn your hotel/inn room into a more comfortable, homey place with all your needs good to travel around with. You can even do your laundry with a travel clothesline!

Design Go travel accessories are available at The Travel Club, Bratpack, R.O.X and leading department stores nationwide. Design Go is exclusively distributed by the Primer Group of Companies.

Design Go even has a SIM card saver that can back-up all your SIM contacts. In the event that (knock on wood!) your cellphone gets lost or phone memory gets full, this SIM card saver will ensure that you wouldn’t have to say “Who’s this?” for every unregistered number. Summer is everything but colors – screaming, shocking colors, that would make our journey to that perfect, sun-kissed tan fun and colorful with our lovely crews. Share

Constant Connectivity and Entertainment in Style Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation launched the latest additions to its award-winning range of netbooks, the Samsung N220 and N150. Designed to provide maximum personal freedom, the N220 delivers up to 12 hours* of secure connected mobility, while the N150 keeps on going for up to 8 hours*. This impressive battery-powered performance is possible because overall power consumption is reduced by their energy efficient LED display, optimized processing performance and Samsung’s proprietary Enhanced Battery Life solution. The Samsung N220 and N150 incorporate Intel’s latest processor, the Intel® Atom™ N450, which is specifically designed to deliver an amazing Internet experience using netbooks. Based on an entirely new micro-architecture, the Intel® Atom™ processor


increases energy efficiency to extend battery life, while delivering enhanced mobile performance and increased system responsiveness. “Featuring an elegant choice of designs, the Samsung N220 and N150 lead the range with a pragmatic approach that takes ultra mobile computing into a whole new dimension. Longer battery life is an important issue for customers, and we are proud to deliver feature-rich netbooks that allow you to get wirelessly connected so easily and for such a long time,” said Eric Sulit, head of Samsung Electronics Philippines IT Solutions Business.

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Like other Samsung netbooks, the N220 and N150 have been awarded the leading environmental and usability standard, TCO Certified, and are ECO RoHS compliant. For complete product specs, please see


Australia Level 23 Tower 2 RCBC Plaza Ayala Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 757-8100 Austria 4th Floor Prince Building, 112 Roda St. Legaspi Village, Makati City (63-2) 817-9191; (63-2) 817-4992 Bangladesh 2nd flr. Ayala Wing BPI Bldg., 106 Paseo de Roxas cor. Perea St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (63-2) 817-5010; (63-2) 817-5001 Cambodia Unit 7-A 7th Flr. Country Space Bldg. Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 818-9981 Canada Level 6-8, Tower 2, RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 867-0001; (63-2) 867-0002 Chile 17th Flr. Liberty Center Building 104 H.V. de la Costa corner Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City (63-2) 810-3149; (63-2) 810-3687 China 4896 Pasay Road, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 844-3148 Colombia 18th Flr. Aurora Tower, Araneta Center, Quezon City (63-2) 911-3101

Cuba Penthouse, Cacho Gonzales Bldg.101 Aguirre corner Trasierra Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City (63-2) 817-1192

Israel 23rd Flr., Trafalgar Plaza, 105 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City (63-2) 892-5329 to 32 (63-2) 894-0441 to 43

Czech Republic 30th Flr. Rufino Pacific Tower, Ayala Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 811-1155

Italy 6th Flr., ZETA Building, 191 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City (63-2) 892-4531 to 34 19091012200 (Visa)

Egypt 2229 Paraiso Cor. Banyan St. Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 843-9220; (63-2) 843-9232

Japan 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City (63-2) 551-5710

Finland 21st Floor BPI Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 891-5011 to 17

Korea 10th Flr. Pacific Star Bldg, Sen. Gil Puyat corner Makati Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 8116139-44

France 16th Flr. Pacific Star Building, Sen Gil Puyat corner Makati Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 8576900; 811-1001 to 04

Kuwait 1230 Acacia Road, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 887-6880 to 84

Germany 25/F Tower 2, RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 702-3000; (63-2) 702-3015 India 2190 Paraiso St., Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 843-0101; (63-2) 843-0102 Indonesia 185 Salcedo Street Legaspi Village, Makati City (63-2) 892-5061 to 68 (63-2) 818-4441 Iran 37 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City (63-2) 888-4757 to 59

Libya 1644 Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 817-7331 to 32 Malaysia 10th - 11th Floor The World Center Bldg. No. 330, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 864-0761 to 68 Mexico 2157 Paraiso Street, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City 1222 (63-2) 812-2211/12/13 (63-2) 812-2225 (Consular) Netherlands 26th Flr., Equitable PCI Bank Tower, 8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City Tel. (632) 786-6666 Fax (632) 786-6600

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Directory New Zealand 23rd Floor BPI Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City (63-2) 891-5358 to 67

South Africa 29th Flr. Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Ave., Makati City (63-2) 889-9383 (Trunk Line)

Nigeria 2211 Paraiso St., Makati City (63-2) 843-9866; (63-2) 843-9868

Spain 5th Floor ACT Tower, 135 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, 1227 Makati City (chancery) 818-5526; 759-2971 (Embassy) 818-3561; 818-3581; (Consulate) 7592970

Norway 21st Flr., Petron Mega Plaza Bldg., 358 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City (63-2) 886-3245 to 49 Pakistan 6th Flr., Alexander House, 132 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City (63-2) 817-2772; (63-2) 817-2776 Portugal 17th Flr., Unit D Trafalgar Plaza, 105 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City (63-2) 848-3789 to 90 Qatar 2056 Lumbang St. corner 1398 Caballero Street, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 887-4944 to 45 Russian Federation 1245 Acacia Road, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 810-9614; (63-2) 893-0190 Saudi Arabia 389 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 890-9735 Singapore No. 505, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (63-2) 856-9922; (63-2) 856-9932


Sri Lanka 2260 Avocado Avenue, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 887-5222; (63-2) 887-5223 Sweden 16th Flr. Equitable PCI Bank Tower 2 Makati Avenue cor. H.V. dela Costa St., Makati City (63-2) 811-7900 Switzerland 24th Flr. Equitable Bank Tower 8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City 757-9000; 757-9001 (Visa) Thailand Royal Thai Embassy Bldg., 107 Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 815-4219 to 20; 816-0696 to 97; 810-3833; 817-4262 (Consular) Turkey 2268 Paraiso Street, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City (63-2) 843-9705; (63-2) 843-9707 United Arab Emirates 2nd Flr., Renaissance Bldg., 215 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

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United Kingdom 120 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City (63-2) 858-2200 United States of America Chancery Building, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila Tel: 528-6300 Fax: 522-4361 Venezuela Unit 17 A, Multinational Bancorporation Center, 6805 Ayala Avenue, Makati City (632) 845-2841; 845-2842 Vietnam 670 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila 521-6843; 525-2837; 524-0364 European Union 30/F Tower II, RCBC Plaza 6819 Senator Gil Puyat corner Ayala Ave., 1200 Makati City 859-5100 DOT OFFICES

DOT – NCR Rm. 207 DOT Building, TM Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila Tel. (02) 524-2345; 525-6114; 524-6566; 523-8411 DOT- REGION VII G/F LDM Building, Lapu- Lapu City, Cebu Tel. (032) 254-2811; 254-6077 DOT- BORACAY FIELD OFFICE Balabag, Boracay Malay, Aklan Tel. (036) 288-3689

Directory AIRLINES


PAL Express R1 Hangar ATC, Gate 1 Andrews Ave., Nichols, Pasay City Tel (63-2) 855 9000 Fax (63-2) 851-7922

BLTB EDSA, Malibay, Pasay City Tel (63-2) 833-5508

Makati Shangri-La Hotel Manila Ayala Corner Makati Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 813- 8888; (63-2) 813- 5499

Phase II Bus Terminal Ali Mall Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City Tel (63-2) 913-1526

Mandarin Oriental Manila Makati Avenue, Makati City (63-2) 750-8888; (63-2) 819- 9659

Philippine Rabbit 1240 EDSA, Balintawak Tel (63-2) 364-3477

Manila Diamond Hotel Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manlia (63-2) 528- 3000; (63-2) 305- 3000

Zest Air Domestic Road corner Andrews Avenue, Pasay City Tel (02) 855-3333 Fax (63-2) 851-1804 to 05 Cebu Pacific Air 16/F Robinson’s Equitable Tower, ADB Avenue corner Poveda St. Ortigas Center, Pasig City Tel (63-2) 636-4938 Fax (63-2) 637-9165 Philippine Airlines G/F Philippine Airlines Center, Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City Tel (63-2) 855-8888 Fax (63-2) 853-7725 SEAIR 1020 2/F Dona Concepcion Bldg. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City Tel (63-2) 884-1521 Fax (63-2) 844-3813 SHIPPING COMPANIES


Budget Nayong Pilipino Compound, Pasay City Tel (63-2) 888-6513 Fax (63-2) 851-0931 Nissan UPRC Building 3, 2289 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City Tel (63-2) 816-1808 HOTELS

Negros Navigation Company Pier 2, North Harbor, Tondo, Manila Tel (63-2) 245-5588 Fax (63-2) 247-7427 WG&A Superferry 12/Floor Times Plaza Tower corner United Nations and Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila Tel (63-2) 528-7100 Fax (63-2) 528-7107

Manila Hotel One Rizal Park, 1099 Manila (632) 527- 0011; (632) 527- 0022/24

Avis 2/F Guevent Commercial Center Libertad Street, Mandaluyong City (63-2) 533-0861; (63-2) 714-4060 to 61 Fax (63-2) 533-0785

Discovery Suites 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City Tel (63-2) 635-2222 Fax (63-2) 683-8333 Hyatt Regency Manila 2702 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City (63-2) 833- 1234; (63-2) 833- 5913

The Peninsula Manila Ayala corner Makati Ave., Makati City (63-2) 810- 3456; (63-2) 815- 4825 Hotel Veniz #1 Abanao St., Baguio City (632) 4460700 to 03; (632) 4460704 09175060701 Inn Rocio #68 Kisad Road, Baguio City (632) 4424028 (632) 4426535 Microtel Inn & Suites 2/F Phinma Bldg., 166 Salcedo St, Legaspi Village Makati City (632) 6193333; (632) 6193344 09275164129 Baguio Country Club Country Club Road (632) 6192050 to 64; (632) 4427674

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