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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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Publisher  Teddy V. Cruz III Editorial Consultant  Cori Gillego Creative Director  Mike Mesina Contributors Writers  Cori Gillego, Eileen Campos Photographers  Bopet Gillego, Cathy Deacosta

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Publisher’s Note Welcome to our June-July Issue. Rainy season is here again, its time to take out our umbrellas and rain coats, but don’t let the rain stop you from exploring our country, there are tons of things to do. In this issue, we rediscover why we always go back to Manila. Also in this issue, Check out Batanes, admire its picturesque scenery, a Photographer’s Paradise. 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 in every issue we make, we have you all in mind. We’re excited as we put out another issue of JUAN Philippines Magazine. Juan Philippines Vol. 6 No.3

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Images of JUAN's Destination


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Images of Batanes


ituated in the northernmost part of the country, Batanes is a photographer’s heaven (or every photographer’s fantasy shoot). With its spectacular landscapes and mesmerizing seascapes, one will never be without a picturesque view. And it is not just the scenery. Everything in Batanes is dreamlike. Probably because of its isolation from the rest of our country, going to Batanes is like visiting another world. You can immediately sense it the moment your plane descends and you see the gently rolling hills of Payaman or the rocky beach of Valugan. Going around the town, you wonder where the people are and what they do. Everything is quiet, deserted even. Except for a few children playing or walking the streets, you hardly

see people going around. It is as if they move in shadows. You sense their presence and yet you do not see them. When you do see them, whether young or old, you wonder if they have been trained to pose for the camera. The way they move, the way they walk, the way they carry themselves –unreal. There is a certain rhythm, a certain grace. Even while they do the most mundane thing, there is just something about them. Their eyes can pierce your soul. Their smile simply disarming. You can never have enough pictures of the Ivatans. Through it all, while they have a ready smile, somehow they remain distant, removed from the wideeyed tourists gawking at them. They are able to go on with their work, unperturbed and unruffled, despite the curious stares and non-stop picture-taking. All the more adding to the enigma that characterizes the Ivatans.

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Images of Batanes

Even the animals of Batanes have an ethereal quality. They seem to live in their own world, detached from the humans around them. They do not run away at the sight of people nor do they mind the people taking their pictures. Whether alone or in a herd, the cows of Marlboro Country know how to project and strike a pose just as the goats by the beach in Diura Fishing village know their best angle. Even the houses in Batanes are picturesque and have a story to tell. Made of lime and stone with thatched roofs, they serve as vivid reminders of the Ivatans’ constant struggle with the province’s extreme weather conditions and their innate ability to withstand the most trying situations. The island of Sabtang reminds you of a world lost in time. Devoid of modern structures and facilities, Sabtang is haunting as it is enthralling. With its white sand beaches, steep mountains, and deep canyons sporadically found along the coastline, the view is simply breathtaking. Similarly, the lighthouses of Batanes are picture perfect – standing like guardians of a lost world. Everything in Batanes is enchanting and hypnotic, from its windswept hills and boulder-hemmed shores to its resilient and enigmatic inhabitants. One can go on and on but words can never fully describe the mysticism that pervades Batanes. The pictures here, hopefully, may graphically portray its spirit and capture its essence. In Batanes, you will never run out of images to capture.

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FUJIFILM FINEPIX X100 Classic piece of equipment It is something that James Bond will use for a mission to take videos and pictures with. A Classic design with cutting edge technology. It’s a camera built to take beautiful pictures. Definitely a view to a kill- kind of equipment.


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CANON POWERSHOT S95 Canon 5D Mark II‘s little brother It’s an integral part of a Travel Photographer’s bag. It packs an extensive manual control and amazing low-light performance into a pocket-size point-andshoot camera. It is capable of HD videos. It is a good side arm for your DSLRs.


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.


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.

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HP TOUCHPAD 3D Camera goodness It has a 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display. Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to your webOS phone, TouchPad connects you and your devices through the elegant webOS experience. Never miss an important call or SMS.


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.


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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.


DELL STREAK You got game It’s an Android 2.2 based tablet, Watch, listen, play and connect with a 5" high-quality multitouch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass that fits perfectly in your hands and your pocket. Snap pictures on the fly or grab video with a rear-facing 5 MP camera or the front-facing 1.3MP camera.

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30 JUAN's Feature

Things to do in Manila Manila offers a plethora of sights, smells, sounds and tastes that can keep you occupied for much longer than you might think. Take in a day or two and check a few of these things out, you’ll see that there is more to Manila than being the international gateway to the rest of the Philippines. Text by Eileen Campos Photos by Cathy Deacosta

•Walk around Rizal Park. Experience a lazy afternoon on the green grass and pay homage to the nation’s hero where his monument stands. •Sample the culinary offerings of Binondo. Manila’s Chinatown is the world’s oldest and here you can feast on a spread that is authentically


Chinese or fused with Filipino cuisine. •Take a stroll around Paco Park. An actual cemetery built in 1820s, it is now a public park that is a beautiful display of colonial architecture. •Walk through the halls of the National Museum of the Philippines. See collections of the nation’s finest artist like sculptures by Guillermo Tolentino, paintings by Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo and other well-respected national artists.

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•Watch a Manila Bay Sunset. Watch as it changes and shifts to and from different shades and hues of orange, yellow, red, pink and brown.

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•Partake in the nation’s unofficial but certainly most widespread pastime Karaoke. Slip into most casual eateries and take part in this nocturnal event usually accompanied by another Filipino must-try, the San Miguel Beer. •Shop until you drop in Divisoria. “Everything you need is in Divisoria” – so they say. From little souvenir trinkets to restaurant supplies to custom curtains and even imported bags and clothes, Divisoria is the shopping center for all things. •Immerse yourself in the educational institutions that are Colegio San Juan de Letran and the University of Santo Tomas. Letran is the oldest college in the Philippines and UST stands to be the oldest university in Asia and the largest in Manila. •Have a sit down dinner to taste the flavors of Philippine Cuisine. From the classic Adobo and Kare-Kare to the homey Bulalo and Sinigang to regional favorites such as Bicol Express and Empanadas, Manila will have all of these at top-notch quality. •Step inside the hallowed halls of the San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral. Both played crucial roles in the development of the nation and stand as a testament of the Filipino Catholic faith.


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30 Things to do in Manila

•Wine and dine during a Manila Bay Cruise. Sit and enjoy culinary offerings as you cruise close along the shore to see Manila as a whole and to see the wondrous waters of Manila as well.

•Walk through the Oceanarium of the Manila Ocean Park. There are 8,000 square meters of pure marine attractions that are all designed to educate as well as entertain.

•Hire a classic horse-drawn kalesa and stroll through the city streets. This is a fun alternative to taking a regular city tour in a car or van.

•Experience the nightlife that is Malate. Known throughout the nation, this little slice of Manila is known to wake up as soon as it gets dark. Party animals of all shapes and sizes come out and celebrate life. Drink and inhale the party scene until the sun comes up.

•Purchase inexpensive yet high-quality gold in Ongpin. The main artery of Chinatown, Ongpin street is the place to purchase Chinese gold in every form and size.

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•Enter the many different Manila Malls and department stores all around the country. Going to the mall is considered a national pastime and in it, you can see a microcosm of Filipino interests and favorites, all neatly placed stall after stall. •Catch a matinee at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. With numerous, ballets, concerts and plays, you can choose from an assortment of artful presentations presented in the country’s hub for performance art.

•Indulge in the gastronomic spread that is Manila Street Food. This very wide array of culinary offerings will consist of balut, banana-cue, fish and squidballs, kwek-kwek and all sorts of fruit and meat fried, boiled or served on a stick. •Walk the entire length of Baywalk, along the Roxas Boulevard. Watch the water gently lap against the seawall and see the busy comings and goings of busy Manila traffic.

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•Walk along the walls of Intramuros. See historical markers, statues and simply inhale the view that this ancient fortification offers to all who walk on it.

•Enter and slowly pass by some of the country’s best museums. For kids there is the Museo Pambata, Metropolitan Museum of Manila and Casa Manila Museum.


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30 Things to do in Manila

•Take a tour of the Malacanang Palace. As the country’s Presidential residence, you may enter its premises and take in the sights of the palace’s museums. •Watch as awe-inspiring performance of The Amazing Show at the Manila Film Center. See French style CanCan, traditional Filipino dances and even excerpts from famous Broadway musicals. •Pay homage to Jose Rizal by visiting Fort Santiago. This Spanish colonial fort was the prison that held Rizal during his final days. You can retrace Rizal’s steps that lead from the Fort towards Rizal Park. •Get your future told in front of the Quiapo Church. While the Quiapo Church is notably one of the most patronized churches in the entire country, you can have the opportunity to have your future told through tarot cards and palm readings right at the church plaza. •Respectfully yet inspiringly walk through the Manila Chinese Cemetery. Marvel at large, grand and sometimes comical family mausoleums that can be found inside. -

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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?

Island Pride


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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

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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Press Release


Thanks to Facebook – coupled with concerned netizens of the World Wide Web -- 34 poor Christian and Muslim kids in Zamboanga City are going to school as scholars this year and thousands more will get to read books, use free computers and study in a private library in a far-flung place hardly reached by the Internet. “It’s ironical that what Mark Elliot Zuckerberg intended to be a dating site has turned into a socially beneficial engine now powering the education of very poor children who would have dropped out of school had their sad plight not be known to kind-hearted individuals in Manila and far corners of the world – courtesy of Facebook and the Internet,” said Armand Dean Nocum, founder of the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (Kris), a non-government literacy advocacy group. Nocum came out with the statement as Metro Manila has been hit recently by serious crimes to include murder and rape resulting from contacts of people through Facebook and other social networking sites. Nocum admitted to having considered pulling out of Facebook after his own Yahoo site has been hacked Tuesday and from where messages have been sent to friends about him needing money because he was stranded in Spain. “I realized the Internet has done more


good than harm to our advocacy to bring education to poor kids in Mindanao. Recently, a donor I met through Facebook a donated P50,000 to enable us to put to school our first five college scholars and 29 high school and elementary school students in Zamboanga City. Nocum said that since making his 10-year-old advocacy known through the internet through his personal Facebook page the and Kris Library website (http:// over a year ago, he had received almost US1,500 donations from friends and relatives from the US, Ireland, Canada, Hawaii and all over the country. He said the funds helped complete the half-finished Kris Peace Library which had been helping provide for the research needs of poor children in 10 far-flung barangays and sitios in Zamboanga City since 2008; built three restrooms so the female students doing research in the library will not hold on to their bladders for hours before reaching home through muddy fields; and construct a computer and livelihood rooms there. “It seems weekly blow-by-blow pictures of the construction work really convinced donors that we mean well. Pictures of kids and scanned writings of their appeal for help because their parents can no longer afford to pay for their continuing schooling also convinced our sponsors to sent help, thus making it possible for us

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to increase our scholars to 102 thus far,” Nocum said. He also said that postings of videos of Kris scholars relating the ways Kris Library had helped them, pictures of them beaming with medals as they graduate as valedictorians, salutatorians and with high honors also inspired people to help. “Most of our donors gave books, chocolates, toys, printers and used computers for free use by the students because through the Internet, they believe they have already gotten high degree of closeness with our scholars,” said the Manila-based Nocum who communicates with his staff and Kris beneficiaries also through the net even if there is yet no reliable line from Manicahan. With growing support through the Internet, Nocum said Kris Library has expanded to Quezon City and had committed help establish Kris Peace Libraries or donate books to the Typhoon Ondoy and fire victims living in a resettlement site in Montalban, Rizal; kids who swim to school in Layag-Layag, Zamboanga City; and poor kids helped by the Claretian Missionary Order in Tungawan, Zamboanga del Sur. “Amid all the computer hacking, robbery and other crimes done through the World Wide Web, there is love and caring in Facebook and in the Net,” said Nocum, a former journalist.

Calendar Of Events | June 2011

June 12


June 15- 23


Cavite, Manila, and other historical


site, (nationwide)

Camarines Norte

In memory of the birthday of the Philip-

Re-enactment of the historic proclamation

A festival featuring the sweet, succulent

pine National Hero,

of the Philippine Independence is done

pineapple thru art exhibits, trade fairs,

Jose P. Rizal, the townfolks of Calamba

at the mansion of Gen Emilio Aguinaldo,

cultural performances and sports events.

offer flowers to Rizal Shrine.

June 19

June 19- 22

June 20- 29

Alang-alang, Leyte

Dapitan City


Street Pageant depicting the legendary

Festivity starts on the birth anniversary

Polangui, Albay

and mythical storiy of the bells.

of Dr. Jose Rizal and culminates on the

The festival whose name was derived

city's charter day. The celebration is

from a tree which is abundant in the

highlighted by a sportsfest alongside

area features various exciting events

cultural presentations

including street presentation, beauty

Calamba, Laguna

the first president of the Philippine Republic.



pageant, trade fair, among others.

June 22- 24

June 23


June 23- 30

Calumpit, Bulacan


Cagwait, Surigao del Sur

A celebration in honor of the patron

Piat, Cagayan

A yearly festivities in honor of St. John

saint St. John the Baptist.

A religious and cultural revival in com-


the Baptist highlighted by Search for Per-

memoration of the Christianization of the

las ng Kaliguan beauty pageant, beach

Itawes region of Cagayan.

dancing and other beach-fun activities.


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Calendar Of Events | July 2011

July 1- 2

July 1- 2

Gamu, Isabela

Piat, Cagayan

Bohol's annual commemoration of the

Annual feast day of the Miraculous Lady

Annual feast day of Our Lady of Piat

Blood compact (mardi gras parade)

of Guibang.

highlighted by the procession of the

between Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel

Marian Image being venerated for

Lopez de Legazpi.



July 1- 31

SANDUGO FESTIVAL Tagbilaran City, Bohol


July 2

July 12

July 22- 25

Pasig City

Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental

Libon, Albay

A grand celebration of the Pasig day

Street dancing competition which depicts

Katalingkasan which means freedom

highlighted by different activities like

the historical events of how Laguindin-

and rebirth, is held in conjunction with

the Mutya ng Pasig Pageant, Dancing

gan become one of the municipalities of

the Libon Town Fiesta and the feast of

Parade, Outstanding Pasiguenos Night,

Misamis Oriental

its Patron Saint, St. James the Greater. It




Arts & Literary Competition, Palarong

aims to revive the rich cultural heritage

Pinoy, Kusina Pasigueno, etc.

of the town and promote local tourism

July 25- 27

July 30

July 31

Socorro, Mindoro Oriental


It features cultural shows, parade of

Balimbing, Boac

A day-long festivity of barato race,

floats and a street dancing on the last

An encounter over by Filipno soldier

fluvial procession, and parlor games in

day showcasing its agricultural bounty

during the Fil-Am War.

honor of St. Anne, patroness of Agusan


performed by schools, barangays and



tribal communities. It is a thanksgiving offering to its patron, the Holy Family.

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Press Release


The Galleria Duemila is pleased to announce an exhibition of works with painters Maria Cruz, Elizabeth Newman and Gerardo Tan entitled, rays on the shutter. This exhibition presents the work of three conceptual painters: Maria Cruz (Berlin), Elizabeth Newman (Melbourne) and Gerardo Tan (Manila), whose practices resonates the underground aesthetic currents of the cities they represent and challenges the fundamental discourses on painting today. The artists’ individual strategies in the realm of conceptual art and institutional critique, dismantles modernity, structuralist philosophy and contemporary criticism. Each work is an emphasis of the interdetermination and contingency of social and historical phenomena with the cultural values and biases of perspective. rays on the shutter is an exhibition which provides a glimpse to their individual empowered practice, the materiality of painting, its relevance and existential possibilities.


Maria Cruz’s dialectic approach to her intuitive process in painting includes deduction, excess, erasure or a generative system of flagrant simplicity in her painting process. Her past works include the obliteration of the face value of currency and its levitating social implications. Her current body of work “The Letter X in Color Wheels” is an embodiment of the same gestural process and layering with reference to the letter “X” as an idea of mystique or an unknown factor in the everyday. Elizabeth Newman’s work has been known in Melbourne for pushing the boundaries of the materiality and space involved in her painting process. Newman uses domestic objects as iconic representations in her work; an act which is both idiosyncratic and monumental in representing an empowered subjective condition. Gerardo Tan conducts a simulacrum of collage-based paintings, and deconstructs images taken from idealized representations in western art

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news taken from textbooks, old paintings or magazine clippings. Tan uses photography, painting, digital print, collage and silkscreen to re-frame images from his immediate memory in creating layer upon layer of information and associations. Albeit abstract, the fragments are not completely independent of each other and upon further investigation you’ll notice developed procedures in each painting process thereby creating inner dynamism, entirely different from that of its supposed model, presenting itself as the final cause. rays on the shutter runs from July 2-30 2011 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City, Philippines. For inquiries, please call: Ms. Thess Ponce Tel. No.831-9990 Telefax (02) 833-9815 Email: Website:


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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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