JUAN Philippines Magazine - Your Ultimate Travel Guide

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Vol. 6 No. 4

A Different

DAVAO Experience


CHEF PAIRS SAN MIGUEL BEER WITH NEW CREATIONS July 20, 2011, Makati City – French cuisine and beer make a superb match.

creaminess and slight salinity of the goat cheese. All three dishes were no doubt an exciting prelude to the two main courses of seafood and meat. The Snapper with Rosemary Butter was a welcome treat, especially when paired with San Miguel Premium All Malt. The citrusy hop noted on the perfectly balanced beer invigorated the succulence of the snapper fillet along with the velvet feel of the highly flavorful butter.


his power combination was what the dynamic culinary expert Karen Martin served straight from the kitchen of La Regalade French Bistro where she has donned the executive sous chef toque for 2 years now. Perhaps it’s her young age or her exposure to European and Mediterranean cooking abroad that sets her apart from the traditional. Tonight, Chef Karen proudly shared with guests the new items on the menu, highlighting each one with the three “Lifestyle Brews” of San Miguel Beer. “Filipinos I would say are more beer drinkers than wine drinkers due to several factors. Number one would be the fact that we are living in a tropical country and it is but natural that we opt for a refreshing and invigorating type of beverage. I think that a deeply thought of and a harmoniously paired beer with food is a great way to serve a meal,” the 23-year old Filipina explained. Chef Karen, who was trained by Alain Raye -- the chef extraordinaire awarded with two Michelin stars – took her guests to the gastronomic adventures of savoring rabbit, tuna, snapper, lamb, goat cheese, calamari, chorizo and Belgian dark chocolates in a six-fare

dinner hosted by San Miguel Premium All-Malt Beer, San Miguel Super Dry and Cerveza Negra on the second year of its signature Beer and Food pairing event. First on the table were the Rabbit Rillete with Djon Mustard and the flavorful Terrine Maison with Onion Marmalade and Pearl Onion Tuna Carpaccio with Ten Spice Rub. These Canapes and Hor d’ Oeuvres perfectly complemented the malty aroma and accented flavor of San Miguel Premium All Malt Beer, which Chef Karen described as a “versatile and brilliant beer.” For the appetizer, guests discovered that sautéed calamari and chorizo Pamplona, spiced with tomato, spring onion and hints of Spanish paprika create a delightful symphony especially when paired with San Miguel Super Dry. The robust taste of the chorizo complements the crisp and moderate taste of the beer,” she adds. The salad was something to look forward to: fried goat cheese on a bed of young spinach leaves tossed in walnut and red wine vinaigrette with sautéed pears. Cerveza Negra’s innate pleasantness definitely matched the

For the meat main dish, Chef Karen prepared Lamb Navarin with Couscous. She paired this stewed lamb dish with hints of ginger, curry and dried apricots to match the San Miguel Super Dry, her choice of refreshment after a long day in the hot kitchen. “The quick and elegant finish of San Miguel Super Dry, as well as its moderate bitterness, rendered this spiced dish delightful for the palate, “she described. The dessert was also an affair to remember, Creme Chocolate, dark Belgian chocolate custard served with almond and coconut tuille. And who says desserts are only for coffee? Cerveza Negra proved to be a perfect companion for this sweet, creamy and frothy indulgence. “This is actually my second time to do beer pairing. The first was for a Portuguese beer where we focused on serving appetizers. The difference with taking part in this activity with the San Miguel Lifestyle Brews apart from myself being an avid consumer of San Miguel and a firm believer that San Miguel Beer is truly among the best beers in the world, there is this deeper sense of Filipino pride,” she adds.

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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 DIALECTS ENGLISH Good Day Good Morning Good Afternoon Good Evening How are you? Thank you Yes No How much? Goodbye Please Im sorry What is your name? Take Care When Who What expensive

TAGALOG Magandang Araw Magandang Umaga Magandang Hapon Magandang Gabi Kamusta ka? Salamat Oo Hindi Magkano? Paalam Pakiusap Patawad Anong Pangalan mo? Ingat Kelan? Sino? Ano? Mahal

BICOL Dios na Marhay na aldaw Dios Marhay na aga Dios Marhay na hapon Dios Marhay na banggi Kamusta po kamo? Dios mabalos Opo/Oho Dae/Wara po Gurano? Paaram Tabi Patawarun mo ako Anong pangaran mo? Mag-ingat Noarin Siisay ano? napakamahal iyan

ILOCANO Naimbag nga aldawmo Naimbag a bigat Naimbag a malem Naimbag a rabii Kumustak? Agyamanak Wen Saan Manu? Agpakadaakon Pangngaasi Pakawan Ania ti naganmo? Ag aluad ka Kaano Asino Ania Nagnginan

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Pit Lane Grub

Start Your Engines: Eating and Racing with Pit Lane Grub The brainchild of Jojo Alejandrino, Pit Lane grub geared itself up for a grand launch this year to serve food and motoring enthusiasts in its little pit stop over at Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. With a whole mess of culinary offerings, from traditional American burgers and steaks to a festive Tex-Mex selection to light and fresh Japanese menu items, Pit Lane Grub can rev up your taste buds with an explosion of flavor, a variety of textures and a worthwhile experience. Highlighting their burgers, pastas and tacos, this motoring themed restaurant will have car and food enthusiasts racing to finish their signature item: The Nitro Burger. Featuring two half-pound patties made of certified Australian beef between potato buns, this towering behemoth is a monster truck of a burger designed to satisfy. They also have lighter offerings with delectable pasta dishes, light salad items and even dessert crepes to top of any meal. And to match up the food with even greater things, Pit Lane Crew also has also made a couple of successful events such as a live telecast of the football match between the Philippine Azkals Team versus Kuwait as well as a 4th of July Rockeoke. Pit Lane Grub started out as a food stall serving burgers at motorsports events such as the Circuit Showdown and the Lateral Drift Championship series. It was only a few months later that an opportunity to have their first stand-alone store presented itself. It was a race to the finish with one month to set up their Pit and to pimp out their menu with more than just burgers.

After opening, it wasn’t long before long-time patrons from the racing world came to fully support Pit Lane Grub to become a more than substantial establishment. Take it from Pit Lane Grub’s own Crew Chief. He shifted from having a full time corporate job with multinational companies to pursuing two of his greatest passion: cars and food. The opening and sustaining of this great business depends on you, the entrepreneur. He also gives advice to those wanting to venture off into this kind of business, “Do what you love to do! Do not be scared of, albeit, believe in your products. Always strive to improve on their quality, until you've got the perfect mix you have always wanted. Don't leave your crew behind. Always take care of the people who support you in the pit lane and beyond. Do it fast! Don't let roadblocks hamper your way. You will get around and learn from them, soon enough to win the race.” This is definitely a hefty serving of inspiration from someone who delivers hefty and towering burgers and more. The relaxed and casual atmosphere is inviting and the décor is enticing. It’s a hard place to miss with two vibrant checkered flags waving you down to where you should park yourself for some of the best burgers in town. Pit Lane grub 181 Katipunan Avenue, 1110 Quezon City Opens Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 12:00am pitlanegrub@yahoo.com http://www.facebook.com/pitlanegrub

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Island Pride


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JUAN's Feature


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A Different Davao

A Different

Davao Text and Photos by Eileen Campos

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JUAN's Feature This time around, we push back the layers of Davao City and its quick neighbor, the Island Garden City of Samal to discover an adventure that is satisfyingly filling for the active and energized as well as for the steady and relaxed. Culinary Cutaway Davao is peppered with buffet lunches and barbeque restaurants everywhere. And certainly, one of the best places to head out for is the Ranch and Reef restaurant. Quality and quantity plus some iced tea are included in their offerings. Their perfectly done US-certified roasts and wide array of unique desserts turn this quaint little surf and turf spot into overdrive, definitely one of the best in town. And with two branches, you know, this place is a Davao-must-try. A few steps away is another new sustenance source that is the Wild Safari Grill. For a tight budget and a large appetite, Safari stands to be the only buffet in town with bottomless bowls and glasses for ice cream, halo-halo and drinks. That is, if the grill station, featuring their signature Mongolian barbeque, doesn’t fill you up first.

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For some alternative dining choices, the Riverwalk Grill over at the Crocodile Park can and will definitely leave an indelible mark on your palate with their Exotic Menu. Probably the only place where you can chow down on Ostrich Steak, Crocodile Sisig and Stingray Stew while washing it all down with Dragonfruit Shake. Chilling in Davao is not a hard feat to do, especially in such coffee joints as Green Coffee. Proud to have the only air conditioned outdoor seating area, they serve drinks like Green Tea Freeziccinos and Strawberries and Cream that rival those from a certain doubletailed mermaid. And once armed with their Ensaymada or Choco Lava, anyone can collapse into their cozy interior and spend hours just relaxing.

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Samal Safari It’s best to start taking in the Island Garden City of Samal when sunlight begins to crack the sky. Head to Sasa Port, jump on the ferry crossing to Babak, Samal and once off, hop on the back seat of a local habal-habal – definitely the only way to experience the island. Best to haggle for a half or full day deal with your habal-habal driver if you want to take in Samal in a whirlwind fashion. Depending on your preference, you can head for the Monfort Bat Colony in the day or at dusk. Heading out when the sun starts to dip in the horizon will provide you with a spine-tingling experience as you see 2.4 million Geoffroy’s Rousette fruit bats flying out for their nightly feed. Recognized by Guiness as the world’s largest colony of fruit bats, this important

ecological entity has proven itself an important aspect of the island and of the country – definitely something worth preserving for future generations. Speeding out of the caves and towards the playful Hagimit Falls will take about 10 minutes on the habal-habal. Descending a large staircase will bring you to a wide water playground with several little waterfalls trickling and gushing into shallow pools where you can take the time to dip into the cold mountain water that free falls clear and crisp. And as you do, your love affair with the island will be brought to a deeper, more intimate level. Now, if the highest summit in the Philippines, which is also coincidentally situated in Davao, scares the little hiker in you, then

Mt. Puting Bato will be the perfect beginning peak for you to conquer. As the highest peak on Samal, Mt. Puting Bato is a great way to kick off a love for walking up mountains. And whether you thirst for the thrill and challenge of a climb or for the exhilarating feeling of the summit itself, you can just choose between two trails offered by Putting Bato. Taking the Guillon trail is rough and narrow taking a cool couple of hours to ascend through. And for a quickie climb, it is advisable to take the Tayapoc trail which you can breeze through in half an hour. At the summit, you can bask in the invigorating and uninterrupted 360 degree view of the entire island that is surrounded by pristine blue waters and bordered by lush green. This Samal Island adventure continues as you head on to

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JUAN's Feature


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A Different Davao

Davao Directory Ranch and Reef Hours: Lunch (Everyday) – 11:00am, Dinner (Mondays-Thursdays) 6:00pm – 9:30pm, (Fridays to Saturdays) 6:00pm – 10:00pm Contact: (082) 300-4018 Wild Safari Grill Hours: Lunch – 11:00am – 2:00pm, Dinner – 6:00pm – 9:30pm Contact: 0933-663-6552 Riverwalk Grill Hours: (Mondays-Thursdays) 10:00am – 8:00pm, (Fridays-Sundays) 10:00am – 10:00pm Contact: (082) 221-9643 or (082) 286 – 8883, www.riverwalk.psdgroupph.com/

Maxima Aqua Fun and Canopy Tours. Known for the Abyss, a giant tarpaulin slide that shoots off riders up in the air and into the clear blue water, Maxima is the best place to go for outdoor and water activities. You can take in a canopy walk through the treetops or rappel down the side of the cliff. Just as easily, you can don a lifejacket and splash your way with kayaks, diving boards and snorkeling gears – enjoying all the resort’s amenities. Wind down the day in luxury; take in the best resort on the island to relax after a full day’s worth of activities. Take your last trip for the day and make a beeline for Bali Bali Beach Resort, a lush and extravagant end to a busy day. Indulge in this first class resort that prides itself with its exclusivity, luxury and also the gorgeous infinity pool that looks out into their gorgeous beach? A small resort with only a handful of villas will assure you that unwinding from a busy day is easily achievable if not downright guaranteed.

Wake up the next day refreshed for another fun filled day of activities with the help of Wind and Wave Davao. Zip through the waters and relish the view of the Davao City skyline as you fly with Mindanao’s first and only parasail. Breeze between the mainland and the islands with their jet skis and crash the quiet shores of Talikud Beach for a sumptuous lunch. With a plethora of activities to choose from, Wind and Wave can fill up a day’s worth of activities from an introductory SCUBA dive (Diver’s Certificate not needed) to ATV trips to island hopping and a whole mess of things to do in and around Davao and Samal. This is only scratching the secondary surface of Davao. This patch of land that is the busiest and largest in Mindanao is a tourism, business and trade center in southern Philippines. Push back the museums, parks and shrines and experience an alternative Davao – one that is different, distinct and daring.

Green Coffee Hours: 9:00am – 1:00am (Fridays-Saturday up to 2:00am) Contact: (082) 321-0749, www.facebook.com/thegreencoffee Maxima Aqua Fun and Canopy Tours Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm Contact: (082) 282 - 2339 or (082) 286 – 8883, booking@davaocrocodilepark.com, www.aquafun.psdgroupph.com/ Bali Bali Beach Resort Booking Hours (Office): 8:00am - 5:00pm Contact: (082) 234-6415, (082) 304- 5801, balibali_resort@yahoo.com.ph, www.balibaliresort.com Wind and Wave Hours: 7:30am-6:00pm Contact: 0922-838-7214 or 0917-704-0884, info@windandwavedavao.com www.windandwavedavao.com

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Fast Facts GENERAL INFORMATION The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands covering a land area of 115,739 sq. m. (299,764 sq. km.). Main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Capital is Manila. Time Zone is GMT + 8 hours. CLIMATE March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy, November to February is cool. Average temperatures: 78°F / 25°C to 90°F / 32°C; humidity is 77% POPULATION The population of the Philippines is approximately 91,983,000. LANGUAGES Two official languages --- Filipino and English. Filipino which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education. Eight (8) major dialects spoken by majority of the Filipinos: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense. Filipino is that native language which is used nationally as the language of communication among ethnic groups. Like any living language, Filipino is in a process of development through loans from Philippine languages and non-native languages for various situations, among speakers of different social


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backgrounds, and for topics for conversation and scholarly discourse. There are about 76 to 78 major language groups, with more than 500 dialects. RELIGIONS Some 83% of Filipinos are Catholic. About 5% are Moslem. The rest are made up of smaller Christian denominations and Buddhist. UNIT OF MEASURE The Metric System is used in most trade and legal transactions. ELECTRICITY 220 volts a/c is the common standard. 110 volts a/c is also used, especially in major hotels. CURRENCY The Philippines’ monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any hotels, most large department stores, banks, and authorized money changing shops accredited by the Central Bank of the Philippines. International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Card, and American Express are accepted in major establishments.

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lthough already celebrated by the local tribes people in Davao, the Kadayawan was only inaugurated as part of the city’s official calendar in 1986. Initially termed as “Apo Dwaling” (referring to the top three affiliations with the city: Mt. Apo, the Durian fruit and the Waling-waling flower), it was later renamed as Kadayawan from the Mandaya word “Madayaw,” which is a friendly greeting that refers to anything good and beautiful. The festival has always been a celebration of the harvest along with other blessings. Now, locals and tourists alike indulge in this time to savor the sweet yet punget Durian and dance to the beats of the tribal music. One of the festival highlights is the “Hiyas ng Kadayawan”pageant. Ten lovely young ladies represent each of the 10 indigenous tribes in Davao and compete for the title through tribal garbs and performances. The pageant is distinct for its emphasis on tribal culture and life.

The ten tribes in Davao are the Tausog, Matigsalog, Obu Manuvu, Maguindanao, Bagobo Tagabawa, Sama, Bagobo Klata, Maranao, Ata and Kagan. The history, the culture, the everyday life of these Mindanao tribes will all be highlighted and given the due respect. Other than the pageant, several other aspects of the festival surrounds around the tribal life in and around the city. There is a crafts fair from the different indigenous people as well as cultural performances. In addition to that, celebrations take on a team spirit with several sporting events that range from basketball to cycling to skim boarding. And two other events that the citizens of the city look forward to are the Floral Float Parade and the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan. Both are festival mainstays that highlight the agricultural products and people of Davao, respectively. The Floral Float Parade jumpstarts this midAugust celebration with a parade of intricately designed and lavishly

adorned floats that spotlight the best flora and other agricultural products of the region. And the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan enlivens the festivities with choreographed street dancing in colorful tribal outfits. This street dancing event stretches for a long length in the heart of the city and boasts of a large cash prize to the winning group. Everybody has their favorites and everybody is eager to see what each group has in store. Expect festival goers and participants to dive deep into the thick of it all and unite as one great thanksgiving party. This year’s celebrations have taken the nation by storm with online campaigns to promote and entice people to head down south to join in the celebration. This “Festival of Festivals” bears its own website that is definitely is able to grab a larger reach. And they so deserve it, this month-long, almost-regional celebration is a definite stop for any local, Filipino or foreigner. “Madayaw!”

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JUAN for the Road

Checklist: 1. Be sure to have your vehicle check before the trip. 2. Check Tire condition of vehicle. 3. Check spare tire 4. Windshield wipers 5. First aid Kit 6. Draw up an itinerary for the trip. 7. Tool kit 8. Bottled water 9. Snacks 10. Road Map of Destination or GPS 11. Celphone Car Charger 12. Your trusty Ipod or MP3 13. Digital Camera 14. Don’t forget your luggage. 26

ROADTRIP Tips Long travels can somehow be exhausting and dull; it can sometimes make you feel impatient that you end up snoring at the back seat in the middle of an exciting trip (boo you!).But not if you have travel buddies that make you feel comfy and relaxed. Consider these buddies that can make you feel the road seem a lil’ bit shorter: • Embrace comfort. Bring assorted sizes of pillows. There is nothing more comfy than having a fluffy pillow to hug whenever you feel like you want to doze off during the trip. • Let your feet breathe. Don’t be too harsh on your feet. Please bring yourself a good pair of slippers. During travel breaks, it’s nice to give your precious toes a room to breathe so it would feel more relaxed for the next few kilometers drive.

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• Music mate. Make sure to bring your mp3 player or ipod with you (with your favorite playlist) because it keeps you away from the monopoly of a potential long journey. And also, a trip is better off with a little stomping of the feet while singing along with your travel pals. • Comfort Food. Pack light and easyto-carry snacks like peanut butter sandwiches, granola bars and lots of chips to munch on. • Portable Games. To keep yourself active, do not forget to bring your Nintendo DS, PSP or Ipod Touch (or even your laptop) to supplement your gaming/surfing satisfaction during the trip. It’s always helpful to have a gadget that make the miles fly. Of course, not while driving, okay?

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Blackberry Playbook Stretch your imagination No more excuses this tablet means business . Never be out of touch again, Multimedia device that takes it to another level. Full HD resolution, full computing resolution, not just for display can be use for all applications. www.blackberry.com


Olympus E-P3 A great all around camera IIt’s a great addition to your travel gadget list. It is as handy as a point & shoot, and as versatile as a DSLR camera. It will change the way you take pictures. It also has Full HD Video capabilities. www.olympus.com


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Pentax Optio WG-1 Rough it out It has plenty of rugged options along with benefits of a built-in GPS. It packs a lot of features. Ready to take on every obstacle, may it be on land and or water. It also takes great stills and videos. www.pentax.com


samsung galaxy tab 10.1 You got game It measures 8.6 mm in thickness and has a 10.1 inches touchscreen, running with Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS on a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor. equipped with 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2 megapixel front camera. www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxytab

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Press Release


After weeks of elimination’s, we are down to the final four performers who each seek to be the newest face of hit musical drama Glee. Will it be the divalicious Alex, the sweet-faced Damian, the strong-willed Lindsay or the suave rocker Samuel? Only one can win The Glee Project and reach their dreams of instant superstardom.

From the Emmy award-winning team behind Glee, this one of a kind reality competition takes dreaming and believing to a whole new level. On August 22, Monday via satellite at 4PM with a primetime replay at 8PM on Jack TV and ETC, The Glee Project will choose from its four finalists a winner who will star in a seven episode guest starring role on the third season of Glee. From hundreds of thousands that auditioned across America and online, the final 12 contestants that made up The Glee Project hailed from all

different backgrounds and brought with them different ideals and characters. Over 9 weeks they won over the hearts of viewers as they sang, danced and acted their hearts out trying to avoid elimination. Judging them each week were Glee creator Ryan Murphy, casting director Robert Ulrich and choreographer Zach Woodlee. So who has it in them to be the next Lea Michele or Cory Monteith? Watch the finale of The Glee Project first and exclusively on Jack TV and ETC and you will find out! The Glee Project finale premieres August 22 via satellite at 4PM with a primetime telecast at 8PM on Jack TV and ETC Jack TV is seen on Destiny Cable Channel 30, Cable Link Channel 57 and Sky Cable Channel 51. ETC is now seen on free TV on RPN-9.

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This coming September 16 – 18, Manila Ocean Park invites all foodies for a one of a kind food event. Come join Food Trip! Manila Ocean Park's Biggest Food Fest, a 3 day fun event for the whole family. For only P200, you can avail of food sampling in the bazaars, one meal, drinks and discounts at Manila Ocean Park attractions. You can also check out Food Warrior eating challenge, Cupcake Decorating and Flair Tending contest, mini concerts, mascot parade and cooking demos. Food Trip! Manila Ocean Park's Biggest Food Fest tickets are now available

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for sale at the ticket booths located at Manila Ocean Park. For details, please call 567-7777 loc. 155, 0917-8740667 (Sue), 0917-5852640 (edi) or visit www.manilaoceanpark.com. Presented by San Miguel Brewery Inc., Ginebra San Miguel, San Miguel Food Group, Inc., Tender Juicy Hotdog, Inasal Atbp, American Home, Viva Artists Agency, The Events Project, 106.7 Energy FM, Mellow Touch 94.7, News 92.3 FM, 103.5 Win Radio, Businessworld, Business Mirror, Manila Standard Today, B2BCarshow.com, Openrice.com, Spot.ph, Munchpunch. com, Herword.com, Woman Today, Celebrity Recipes and Flavors magazine. Also brought to you by Liquid Pool & Lounge, Sandbar Seafood & Grill, Makan Makan Asian Food Village, Quix and Zenyu Eco Spa.

Calendar Of Events | August 2011

August 1-31


August 4-13

STA. CLARA FESTIVAL Tigaon, Camarines Sur

August 10-16



A celebration held in honor of Patron

Cordova, Cebu

A month long activity celebrating "Bu-

Saint, St. Claire of Assisi. Various

It honors the town’s most prized source

wan ng Wika". The activities undertaken

activities are lined up including cultural

of livelihood-fishing. “Dinagat” means

are campaign for using Pilipino as a me-

shows, job fair, concert and the highlight “anything” pertaining to the sea”. It

dium of instruction, hanging of streamer

activity which is the Sta. Clara devo-

showcases cultural heritage through

and short program.

tional dance.

authentic traditional rituals and dances.

August 14-20

August 14-21

August 15

Jordan, Guimaras

Davao City


Every 3rd week of August

Celebration of the thanksgiving, this

Boac, Marinduque

Celebrated in support to the National

cultural festival’s highlights include street

A celebration in honor of Our Lady of

Coconut Week Celebration in recogni-

dancing, floral float parade, cultural

the Assumption

tion of the efforts of the coconut farmers

shows, exhibits, etc.



and other stakeholders of the province.

August 15-31

August 20

Opol , Misamis Oriental

Joroan, Tiwi, Albay

Cagayan de Oro

Series of activities such as beautification

Held every 3rd Saturday of August to

A fluvial parade and a river festival

, parade of farm products , agro and

pay homage to the miraculous image

with fully decorated outrigger boats

trade fair, cultural shows.

of Our Lady of Salvation, Patroness of

complete with live band musician &

Albay. It is highlighted by a maritime

ethnic dancers usually participated by

procession where the image is carried

various barangays of the city; A Festival

by the menfolks down to the beach.

to honor St. Augustine,




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August 28


Calendar Of Events | September 2011


September 16

September 17


Ajuy, Iloilo

San Miguel Oktoberfest Kickoff

Tambobo is a Hiligaynon term for

Open Field, Roxas Blvd cor EDSA

It begins on the second Friday of

“a storage structure for agricultural

Oktoberfest Beer Festival kicks off

September when the image of the Virgin

Naga City, Camarines Sur

products," Witness and enjoy its cultural

of Peñafrancia is carried by hundreds of

performances marked by a lavish feast

male devotees from her shrine to Naga

thanking God for the crops that would

Cathedral. Main highlight is the fluvial

sustain their community.

procession along the Naga River.

September 8-15

September 29

September 17-23

Malolos, Bulacan

San Rafael, Bulacan

Los Banos, Laguna

A festival of arts and culture in honor

A colorful celebration of the feast day of

It's a toast to the hot spring bath of Los

of the patron saint of the province, Our

Archangel St. Rafael, highlighted by a

Baños coinciding with the founding anni-

Lady of Victory. The festival is celebrated

parade, and streetdancing participated

versary of the Municipality of Los Banos,

in conjunction with the "Linggo ng

by school children in San Rafael, wear-

which features science discovery exhibit,


ing different versions of angel costumes.

street dancing competition and Makiling




Quest Adventure Race.

September 23

Sept 21-26

September 27

San Fernando City

Lobo, Batangas

Salug, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur

Feast of Our lady of Casasay, patroness

It is a rendezvous of the people of

Yearly convergence of all tribal leaders

of the Filipino Chinese, whose image

Lobo represented by all the barangays

in the province higlighted with the

journeys annually from Batangas and

that showcase various products being

performance of authentic tribal rituals by

its enshrined at the Ma-cho Temple at

produced in their barangays. The repre-

the tribal priests.

Ilocanos Norte, San Fernando City, La

sentatives doing the street dancing are

union .

dressed in beautiful costumes.




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Press Release

AirAsia Philippines welcomes first aircraft

CLARK, 15 AUGUST 2011 – AirAsia Philippines’ first aircraft arrived at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark today. The brand new, state-of-the-art Airbus A320 commanded by Captain Johansen Hernandez carried 29 people, including Marianne Hontiveros, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Philippines; H.E. Mercedes Tuason, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican; several Filipino media; as well as an all-Filipino crew. Ms. Hontiveros said, “This is a proud moment for AirAsia Philippines as the arrival of the new aircraft signifies our first step in introducing ourselves to the nation. As an archipelagic country, air travel is necessary for Filipinos and we are here to serve and help them stay or be better connected with their families and friends.


“The Philippines has great potential in tourism, as our country has so much to offer. With AirAsia Philippines, we hope to increase the number of tourist arrivals. This is good for the community in Clark as well as Northern and Central Luzon as they can benefit in various areas including hospitality, retail and entertainment.” The aircraft, which landed at 11.30 a.m. from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, is the first among four aircraft that will be delivered to AirAsia Philippines in its first year of operation. While it taxied on the runway upon arrival, it was greeted with a water cannon salute. The second one is slated to arrive later this year and another two will be delivered in 2012.

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Among those on ground to witness the special event were Victor Jose I. Luciano, president and CEO of Clark International Airport Corporation; Felipe Antonio Remollo, president and CEO of Clark Development Corporation; and Hon. Alberto Lim, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. Currently, AirAsia Philippines is awaiting official approval to start flying commercially. The airline plans to use the first aircraft to fly to Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong, and the second one to ply routes to Bangkok (Thailand), Incheon (South Korea), Kalibo (near Boracay, Philippines) andPuerto Princesa (Palawan, Philippines).


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


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 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

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

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