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Yosemite’s most iconic natural feature is a giant granite bust of rock 4,737 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley.

One of the world’s tallest is actually made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall, the middle cascades, and Lower Yosemite Fall.






One of the 7 wonders of Nature and the view was absolutely breathtaking.

Where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet.




The sea waves keep baptizing more and more surf devotees, welcoming them with the promise of good stoke.



BIG GAME, BIG GIVE 17 2016 A night of pure glitz and glamour. However, underneath the fun of the night is a bigger purpose. Right before the excitement inducing Super Bowl 50, the most prominent names in the entertainment and sports industry gathered for the fanciest ‘fundraising occasion of the year’. Joy Venturini Vianchi and Mike Shaw


Jilian Manus during the auction



“To me art is a completely spontaneous process. I just go with the flow of my intuition”. Lorenz has no fine arts education and is completely a self-taught artist.



A Dream Adventure

In a fast paced life that requires you to spend most of your time in the office and minding your work among any others, how will you make a difference?

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Mission National Bank: Putting Your Needs First By Robert Ronidel

Since it started operations in 1982, Mission National Bank or MNB has become a preferred financial partner of immigrants and minorities who want to start their own business in the Bay Area. The community bank, with branches in Berkley and downtown San Francisco, offers full commercial and personal banking services to its clients looking to make a better life for their families through savings and venturing into small scale businesses like motels, apartment rentals, and convenience stores, among others. Mukhtar Ali, President and CEO of MNB, has made it his priority to put the needs of their clients first. “MNB is a full-service commercial bank,” Ali said. “We offer a wide range of deposit accounts, commercial and real estate loan products, and cash management services. Where we excel is in delivering these products in a personalized, professional way where we can customize the products to our customer’s needs.” When we asked him what sets MNB apart from other commercial banks, he added, “In the most basic ways, we are no different. We take deposits and make loans. However, you can meet and discuss your needs with the senior officers of the bank, something that the large banks cannot offer.”

Mr. Mukhtar Ali President and CEO, Mission National Bank

Ali has been in the commercial banking industry for over 30 years. He has had experiences working on the front lines as a teller, in the back office processing payments and directly with clients as a lender. These experiences have honed him to be a better banker and how he can better address the needs of his clients. “Forming relationships in our local community is our foundation”, he said. Past and present clients couldn’t agree more, saying that they were treated like family whenever they do business at MNB. They commend the bank’s accommodating staff, efficiency, and excellent service.

Through his leadership and MNB’s firm mission to provide banking services to clients in low to moderate census areas in San Francisco, it has consistently been lauded as one of the best-performing community banks in the US, ranking among the 200 Top Community Banks by American Banker Magazine. Although they are a relatively young bank, MNB has fared better than several other banks due to its strong management team and staff that are focused on providing the best banking services to its loyal clientele in the Bay Area. Alis noted, “We are constantly looking at opportunities to grow our bank. We ended 2015 at over $200 million in assets and over $26 million in capital which is the largest and strongest the bank has ever been. We expect to grow not in leaps and bounds but rather in a measured way to ensure the bank operates safely and that we have staff and systems in place to accommodate the growth.” With future plans of expansion, Ali and his team are looking for opportunities, particularly innovative ways to provide better banking services. “Delivery of products is changing in our industry and we must always be looking to improve the scope of products and the way we deliver the products,” he added. Expect MNB to continue to forge its path and make a name for themselves as the premier community bank in the Bay Area. “We want to expand our client base, our product mix, build staff and systems capacity and be more visible in San Francisco and Alameda counties,” Ali said. “Our shareholders expect superior financial performance, our clients demand high quality, secure products and services and our staff want the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. I believe that all of this is possible and that Mission National Bank in 5-10 years.” If you are looking for a trusted financial institution to help you manage your finances and guide you through accessing credit for a possible business opportunity, visit one of MNB’s branches and let one of their staff assist you. Board of Directors L-R: Alma Victor, Rommel Medina and Mukhtar Ali



Every now and then we unknowingly embark on an adventure

that leads us somewhere we weren’t expecting. That’s the realization I had while standing hundreds of yards away from the base of Lower Yosemite Falls. Gazing up 2,425 feet at this marvelous beast of nature my face became soaked as the force of descending water crashing to the ground hurled a wet and windy gust of water onto its spectators. I gazed at the monolithic prisons of granite in sheer wonder of their indescribable size. A mist levied itself around me as I stood at the base of the falls realizing that I would spend the next five hours ascending to the top of this waterfall. In hindsight I can say start this adventure well prepared by having the right equipment, the right amount of water, food, and a camera. This was a punishing hike physically as a combination of elevation and steep ascension quickly tire you out. It is also the most rewarding hike as every tough interval is rewarded with a spectacular view and countless little waterfalls that spill over the trail. You’ll stop for a photo of the expansive valley, to gaze up at 1,000-foot sheets of granite, or douse your face in a mountain spring. As you continue to hike you will only discover a more spectacular view than the last. After the first couple hours you will appear before the Middle Cascades., which is a meeting point between the Upper Yosemite Falls (1,430 foot plunge) and the Lower Yosemite Falls (320 foot plunge.) The Middle Cascades are comprised

of several smaller falls that together comprise another 675 feet. All together these 2,425 feet comprise the tallest waterfall in North America. One other unique characteristic viewable here is a ‘snow cone’ that forms at the base on the Upper Yosemite Falls during winter. Think of the waterfall as one big slurpee machine as mist from the waterfall freezes and accumulates on itself. This aggregates into a snow cone that can reach hundreds of feet in height. Having enjoyed the views offered by the Middle Cascades I was ready to begin my ascent to reach the top of the Upper Yosemite Falls. I can say that this is when the real hike and adventure began. With the misfortune of wearing rubber soled sneakers I soon discovered a minor oversight in my planning. The upper portion of the hike was still covered in snow. What would have begun comfortable as T-Shirt weather now required the proper winter gear but when you are so close to claiming to have scaled the tallest waterfall in North America there is no turning back. So I begrudgingly trekked my way to the top. Stopping only periodically, on several occasions, to let another hiker pass. I forced a friendly smile as they floated by me while on the inside I sneered and scowled. I was envious as I heard the sound of their snowadapted boot chains clanking while they effortlessly shifted their weight between their REI trekking poles. I finally reached the top after two more hours of difficult ascent and countless embarrassing slips in front of other | 13

hikers. It is one of the highest viewpoints of Yosemite and truly worth all effort that goes into making it to the top. I seldom sit in nature solely for the view but on this occasion, whether out of exhaustion or appreciation of nature, I spent the next two hours gazing out onto the valley.

As I begin my descent I passed an older, slightly overweight, and equally ill-equipped Chinese man. He too had made it, almost, to the top. As our paths intersected, I gave him a sincere smile and nod as I moved to the side of the trail to let him pass. Having been rewarded for my perseverance I felt a sense of camaraderie towards all of the other hikers lacking proper equipment. The descent was quicker aided by some improvised skiing that can only occur when ill-equipped rubber shoes meet an iced over slope. As I skated past exposed boulders and other hikers I received encouraging praise for my innovation and even a compliment for having a cool pair of Nike shoes. I’m not going to lie, I also slipped several more times before finally reaching the bottom.

YOSEMITE ADVENTURE Half Dome Yosemite’s most iconic natural feature is a giant granite bust of rock 4,737 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley. | 15

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Wander in amazement among the oldest living things on Earth.

Yosemite Falls

(2,425 ft) One of the world’s tallest is actually made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 feet), the middle cascades (675 feet), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 feet).





It was a night of pure glitz and glamour. However, underneath the fun of the night is a bigger purpose. Right before the excitement inducing Super Bowl 50, the most prominent names in the entertainment and sports industry gathered for the fanciest fundraising occasion of the year. The Big Game, Big Give organized by the Giving Back Fund. On the night of February the 6th, celebrities, athletes, entrepreneurs and other distinguished guests got together on the Atherton estate of Jillian Manus. Jillian hosted a fundraising event for the Stanford Cancer Institute, The Four Rings of Montana Family Foundation and the Do It For The Love Foundation. Jillian’s private manor was divided into nine extravagant parties and housed some striking auction items, which included diamond necklaces by Stephen Silver Jewelry. Other auction pieces that caught the attention of guests were the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix Ultimate VIP Package, a chance to be on the set and attend the movie premiere of the Blade Runner sequel, and a weeklong stay at Richard Branson’s private Australian island. An addition to the energy and fun of the event was talk show star and comedian Jay Leno hosting the event together with football legend Joe Montana and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Award winning radio and TV personality Liam Mayclem served as the auctioneer of the evening. Photo: Jillian Manus’ driveway was turned into a BMW “Laguna Seca Raceway”, one of the themed areas of the Big Game, Big Give fundraising event. | 17

Jay Leno, Liam May Clem, and Joe Montana Photo by Drew Alitzer

More than the glamour The night was rooted to more than the prestige and intricacies but on generosity and giving back. One of the beneficiaries of the events is the Stanford Cancer Institute, a community of physicians and scientists who devote their time and knowledge to advance the diagnosis and prevention of cancer. Another recipient of the auction proceeds is the Four Rings Montana Family Foundation, founded by Joe Montana, the man that led the San Francisco 49ers to its four Super Bowl championships. The Foundation aims to provide scholarships to underprivileged children around the San Francisco Bay Area, giving them a chance to get back on their feet and support them for a new start. Wish-granting organization, Do It For The Love Foundation is also among the recipients of the earnings of this year’s Big Game, Big Give. Do It For The Love Foundation seeks to bring healing and hope through the power of music by bringing the grantee, particularly people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with challenges and veterans, to live concerts. The event was graced with music and an acoustic performance by Michael Franti, one of the founders. | 18

Helping those who help others Big Game, Big Give is one of the annual and signature fund raising events of The Giving Back Fund. The organization works with professional athletes, celebrities, high profile individuals, and existing nonprofit organizations, by aiding them to generate foundations and give back to the community. The Giving Back Fund is behind some of the foundations of prominent celebrities like The Yao Ming Foundation of the NBA Superstar Yao Ming and the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, founded by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, among many others.

Michael Franti and wife Sara Franti

Stephen Silver Becca Tilley

Jilian Manus during the auction Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

Joy Venturini Vianchi and Mike Shaw

Jilian Manus, Jay Leno, Stephen Silver, and Liam Mayclem Photo by Drew Alitzer.

Diana Pollick and Marck Pollick Photo by Drew Alitzer

Geli Angeles, Marketing and Editorial Manager of Kalesa Traveler with the host Jilian Manus

Food&Beyond with Chef Lee Bennett

Multi awarded Chef-Chef Lee Bennett took a step into his future at the age of 15 working in various restaurants and hotels around England. At 22, he moved to Dubai to be a Sous Chef in Verre after joining the Gordan Ramsay Holdings Limited. Raised in Yorkshire, England Chef Lee Bennett’s move to London shifted the paradigm of his career. “I’ve been working in kitchens since I was 15 years old and by the time I was 18, I decided to make it my career. I moved to London and during my time there, was very fortunate to work with the very best in the business”, says Chef Bennett. Travelling around the world to learn different cuisines, it is hard not to have favorites. And like any of us, Chef Lee Bennett also has a share of his “best-loved” food. “I like many different cuisines and have been lucky to travel extensively to experience the variety of offerings in many different countries and cultures. If I had to choose a favorite, I would say French cuisine. Most of my training has been in French cuisines and I lived in Paris for three years, which is when I fell in love with the food even more.”, he shared. In 2007, he became the youngest awardee of the “Restaurant Chef of the Year” by one of the foremost chef’s associations in the UK, the Craft Guild of Chefs. Recognized by his skill, measured by what he puts on the table, literally, Chef Lee points his success to one discipline. “Having worked in many places all over the world, I would say one discipline that has been the same is just pure hard work,” says Chef Bennett. “I’ve carried that with me throughout my entire career. If you put in the hard work, the rest will follow.”, he continued.

Today, his culinary expertise has finally stepped into the California platform. Joining the Mina Group, he will now take over as the Executive Chef for both the Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub locations at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara. Acclaimed to induce a British touch on the menu, Chef Lee Bennett shares his excitement as he takes on the new role. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with one of the most celebrated chefs in America, Michael Mina, and for the chance to work with the corporate team, many of whom have been with the company for many years. It’s also exciting to come to work every day at the iconic Levi’s® Stadium.”, he said. Asked what are his plans for the restaurant, Bennett summed it up with gradual yet creative innovation for the Bourbon Steak and Bourbon pub guests: “In terms of our plans for the restaurant, we’ll be continuing to evolve the steakhouse concept. For example, I recently introduced classic table-side service elements that will change weekly, such as crepe suzettes and beef wellington, to name a few.” Aside from the thrill of doing what he loves, Chef Lee Bennett encapsulate them into the joy his day-to-day bustle in the restaurant. “I love interacting with our guests and this gives me the opportunity to get to know them, while serving beautiful, delicious table-side dishes. I’m also looking forward to Tailgate, which takes over Bourbon Steak & Pub on game days. We offer an incredible spread and special dishes prepared by the many talented guest chefs that join us for this experience.” Like any artist, Chef Lee Bennett also follows a certain style. Culinary, after all, is an art with food and spices as his medium. “It’s all about consistency. I do believe in simplicity and making all of the components on the plate shine. I would prefer to put three well-executed components on a plate than 10 or 12 that are subpar.”, he explained. One guest delighted over a meal may be the fuel that pushes a Chef on why he do what he does. And for that reason alone along with the passion for his craft, there is no stopping Chef Lee Bennett in making good food. One that goes beyond taste but one that makes dining unforgettable. | 20

Harissa-Roasted Chicken Photocredit: Kevin Mccullough

Lobster Photocredit: Kevin Mccullough


Bourbon Steak

Hosted by Lead Sommelier Jenna Boyer and Winemaker Jen Beloz from The Prisoner Wine Company along with a speciallycurated 5-course menu by Executive Chef Lee Bennett.

Bourbon Steak & Pub’s Lead Sommelier Jenna Boyer

Winemaker Jen Beloz from The Prisoner Wine Company and Executive Chef Lee Bennett of Bourbon Steak & Pub

Bourbon Steak & Pub’s and Michael Mina Tailgate’s Operations Manager Edward Tracy | 21

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Making A Difference One Picture at a Time By Corina Oliquino

A Dream Adventure In a fast paced life that requires you to spend most of your time in the office and minding your work among any others, how will you make a difference? Spearheaded by the renowned advertising photographer John Chua for years now, PWD or Photography with a Difference has no regrets in trading away a day’s work in order to be a hero for a marginalized group of children and somehow, meet their alter-egos that for once, brings out the genuine happiness in them – and another level of happiness to the children and their parents alike.

PWD is a passionate group of volunteers and photographers compelled to raise awareness and bring more worry-free days to underprivileged yet deserving children with disabilities.

Fly and Sail with Rare In this year’s celebration which sees the Philippine Navy contributing as the worryfree day’s willing host, they earnestly provide for the venue and the extraordinary experience of flying with the Navy’s Islander aircraft and sailing with a rigid hull inflatable boat. The once hangar of the Philippine Navy becomes the assembly area and a mini art fair venue for both the kids and parents with volunteer students providing some entertaining arts and crafts booths (cupcake making, do-it-yourself bracelets, t-shirt printing, origami, face painting and many others) for waiting children and parents. | 24

Mr. John Chua, PWD founder, briefing the volunteer photographers before the Fly and Saila with Rare event.

After the welcome ceremony, children and their parents were divided into three groups with each kid given a closed-in buddy from the 127 servicemen. Each group were given their turns to ride the Islander plane for 20 minutes each and to sail with the Philippine Navy in their rigid hull inflatable boat.

Volunteer photographers of Makati Camera Club and PWD each took their respective places to not miss even a moment of these kids with rare diseases enjoying and having fun from their worryfree day. | 25

Philippine Navy’s Marine Drum and Bugle Team is also present to entertain and welcome the kids.

The kids and their parents were welcomed by Navy officers as they arrived by bus at the Philippine Navy Camp in Sangley Point, Cavite.

Cloud nine. A navy officer assisting a kid after his joyous ride with the Islander plane.

Pilot for a day. A kid gets to experience how to control a plane with a Navy officer filling him in with some instructions. | 26

One of the arts and crafts booth provided by the volunteers, an anonymous kid wrote selflessly, as if, encouraging not his or her own self but his or her co-patient to fly… whatever the exact meaning of flying is. And at the end of the day, flying could only mean a thing – to continue living and fighting, one gentle step at a time.

One kid wrote at a board provided by one of the arts and crafts booth of the Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health-Philippines (VYLH-Philippines).

Let ‘em be kids. Arts and crafts bonding with the volunteer students of VYLH providing the fun in each of the booths.

Decorating time. Kids and their closed-in buddies were also treated to a cupcake decorating booth by the VYLH volunteers.

Photo op. Philippine Navy representative receiving their Plaque of Appreciation from PSOD president (in violet shirt) Cynthia Magdaraog and PWD founder (in blue shirt) Mr. John Chua. | 27

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.� - John F. Kennedy

Revisiting La Union Words by Joanne Ignacio Photos by Edsel Ochoa

So, we almost died back in 2005. That is what I will always remember about my first trip to La Union. And yet, I keep coming back.

How can I not?

My girlfriends and I decided to hop on a bus early one morning and go somewhere we hadn’t ventured to before, to try something we hadn’t tried before. Surfing was it. Unfortunately, our bus broke down half way to La Union, and we spent a few hours waiting for another bus to come pick us up. We spent the entire day on a road that seemed to stretch on forever. By the time we reached La Union, the sun was about to set! There weren’t that many establishments lining the San Juan beachfront at the time aside from Seabay, San Juan Surf Resort, Little Surfmaid, and Hacienda Peter’s, so we could already see the beach from the highway. We got out of the bus and made a mad dash for the water, as if we were thirsty travellers who had just seen a puddle of water in the middle of the desert. Such was our haste to drop our bags, strip the pull overs off, and kick our slippers aside, that we totally missed the huge sign that said, “Strong Current. No Swimming Without a Surfboard!” One of my friends seemed stuck in the impact zone, so I swam over to check up on her. Once I was within arm’s reach, she wrapped herself around me in sheer panic. Uh-oh. One, two, three - I lost count of how many waves crashed over us. Treading water for two was tiring. No, wait, I wasn’t just treading - we were drowning! There was a small hut on the beach and surfers would chill there between surf sessions to beat the heat and chat while admiring the ebb and flow of the tide. That day, our flailing arms disrupted the serenity of that view. They saw us and quickly paddled over for the rescue. We couldn’t thank them enough. Word travels fast, especially since the local surfing community was a lot smaller back then, and everyone already knew each other. We were the silly outsiders no one had seen before. By evening, everyone (and I mean EVERYONE, from the sari-sari store owner to the cool surfer chicks) we came across would ask us, “Are you guys ok? It’s a good thing so-and-so saved you, you almost died!” | 29

4 hours, non-surfers are also finding the town’s charming, laidback vibe a welcome respite from fast paced city life. One can head to San Gabriel for a trek to the lovely Tangadan waterfalls (and do a bit of cliff jumping on the way there), go grape picking in Bauang, or go to the Ridge to Reef weekend organic market in San Juan.

Back then, saying you knew one of the regular surfers seemed like a password because chances were, everyone else knew that surfer, too. You’d start talking about how you knew them, and pretty soon, you’d be invited to join the rest of the gang for a drink. Evenings were more or less quiet, as most places closed early. There were no DJs or acoustic evenings yet since Surf Shack and Kahuna Beach Resort had yet to open. Over the years, more people have become entranced by the rhythm of the waves.

La Union locals now share their precious pastime with an increasing number of citydwellers and foreigners. Unlike in other countries where locals are very territorial and protective of their surf spots, La Union locals know that sharing the surf translates to good business. To take care of everyone’s stoke, locals share the waves: during peak months, locals surf on weekdays and avoid surfing on weekends to give out-of-towners more room in the lineup. At times, you will even hear locals chide each other when they spot one of their own trying to sneak in some surf time in a crowded weekend lineup. Now that the North Luzon, Subic-ClarkTarlac, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union expressways have cut travel time to just

Both sides of the highway are now brimming with resorts and hostels, and more are being erected to keep up with the growing amount of visitors. There are now artist hostels like Flotsam and Jetsam, backpacker hostels like Circle Inn, upscale resorts like Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, and the newly renovated but longtime player San Juan Surf Resort, to name a few. More surf schools are up as well. Back then, my friends were arguing over who would get lessons from good looking Luke Landrigan of San Juan Surf School. Now, so many people troop in for lessons that other surf schools like La Union Surf School, Surfstar, and Elyu Classic have set up shop as well. Yearly surf competitions – and the concerts and parties that accompany them – also keep La Union’s calendar full. Single and Unattached, an international single fin, leashless longboard competition, has been held every Valentine’s Day weekend. The Manila Surfer’s Association Cup is held every first quarter of the year and is strictly for Manila surfers only. Come October to | 30

November, one can expect Go SurPH, and Soul Surf to draw in the crowds. Foodies will find a little piece of Heaven tucked away in this town. Filipino comfort food seekers will enjoy Tagpuan’s rice toppings, as well as Angel and Marie’s home cooked meals. Pizza lovers will want to try Flotsam and Jetsam’s brick oven pizzas, or maybe Surf Shack’s Filipino cuisine inspired pizzas. Burger fanatics will want to try Mad Monkeys’ classic burger. When it comes to taste buds that are craving for cuisine that’s a bit more foreign, Gefseis serves Mediterranean dishes, while San Juan Surf Resort and Kahuna Beach Resort have Asian - International fusions in their menu. Sweet tooth cravings can be satisfied by Aloha Sweets’ homemade ice cream, and to wash it all down, La Union now has its own specialty coffee place, El Union Coffee. Although the surfing community continues to grow, their group remains closely knit. Everyone gets to know each other at the lineup, with old and new faces becoming fast friends as they wait for “THE wave” and the “last wave” of the day.

Yes, the sea keep baptizing more and more surf devotees, welcoming them with the promise of good stoke, but

La Union

definitely knows how to keep up with her open invitation.


Most people dream to visit Paris to see and fall in love with Eiffel Tower, to go to London and snap a photo with the Big Ben or the famous London Bridge or to fly to Japan and cross Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. These landmarks are indeed aesthetically beautiful and I can’t help but be amazed of how they were carefully designed and engineered. But personally I would like to focus more on sights and places in the world naturally architected, and that’s why Cape Town in South Africa got me lovestruck. Philippines is without a doubt the best place to be for me. However, when fate rostered me to visit and see Cape Town, which is not a very popular place for most of us, since then it became my favourite destination. Being there was one of the best highlights of my life and I am encouraging everyone to visit it as well. I’ve been to Cape Town twice, took the half day tour arranged exclusively for cabin crews and I noticed that both of the tours depend on the weather because it is very windy. We spent the tour at Table Mountain National Park. You could reach Table Mountain via riding cableway, but for the safety of the tourists, they do suspend the cable car ride whenever it’s windy. | 35

Table Mountain

The African Wonder. One of the 7 wonders of Nature and the view was absolutely breathtaking.

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery-air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, this is what is to be happy.� | 36

Boulder’s Beach Home of African Penguins

Felt like I was in the movie Happy Feet. Penguins were everywhere and they were so cute. Can’t help but fall in love with these lovely creatures. Tourists are not allowed to touch them because they would either bite you or runaway in the water.

When I made it to this point, I paused for a while, smelled the breeze of the air, felt the strong rush of the wind on my skin and listened to the sound of the waves. I climbed all the way up to the lighthouse even if the wind was literally blowing me away. Cape Point, where Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet. What a view!

Unfortunately, we did not get the chance to spend much time here because the wind was starting to get really crazy. It was the first time I’ve ever seen orange sandstones and rock formation like this. And the view, it’s celestial.

Cape Point To reach our next stop, we rode the cable car but for all you athletic bods out there, you have the option to trek which will take you about half an hour to make it to the top and see this majestic view.

Champmans’s Peak Stopped for a good 10 minutes to admire this beautiful spot, another reason to appreciate life and the world that we are living in.

While we were on the bus, I saw the Cape Town long beach coast line. The tour guide said that there are a lot of sharks in there that is why guests are not allowed to go down on that side. What better way to end our trip than by watching the sun set at the Signal Hill.

What better way to end our trip than by watching the sun set at the Signal Hill.

I think what made my Cape Town trip more special is because Im with these awesome crew, literally all of us went out together. There’s still a lot to see in Cape Town, and I would love to go back and discover more. I would like to hike in the Lion’s Head, taste wine in the Vineyards and see the historical colourful houses of Boo Kaap.

Maybe this is not on your bucket list, but I suggest that you think again. The world has a lot to offer, more than what we see on TV and read in magazines. We should not stop dreaming and discovering. Dream with our minds and discover with our hearts wide open and from there we’ll find our purpose. Indeed, what a wonderful world. | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43

Chicken and Longganiza Hamonado Afritada Pasta Preparation Time: 15 mins Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20 mins

Ingredients: Qty 300g 2tbsp 5 cloves 2 whole 5 whole 1 tbsp 2 cups 500g 1 cup 10 pcs ¼ cup 1 whole 1 whole 100g Baby


Fusilli Pasta or any Pasta Olive Oil Fresh Garlic, minced Fresh Onion, chopped Fresh Tomato, chopped Tomato paste Tomato Sauce Chicken Breast, cubed Water Frabelle Foods Longganiza Hamonado Soy Sauce Carrots, cubed Bell Pepper, julienne Potatoes, sliced and fried Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Season cubed chicken breast with salt and pepper. Sear seasoned chicken breast in a separate pan with olive oil over medium high heat. Cook chicken till light brown on all sides then set aside. In the same pan, cook Frabelle Foods Longganiza Hamonado till light brown. Slice the cooked longganiza and set aside. 2. Heat pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Sauté garlic till light brown in color then add chopped onions. Continue sautéing till translucent and aromatic. Add chopped tomatoes and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Transfer the chicken and Longganiza Hamonado in the pan with sautéed garlic, onions and tomatoes. 3. Pour soy sauce and tomato paste in the pan. Stir for a minute or till well combined. Add water and tomato sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. 4. Add the cubed carrots and bell pepper. Continue simmering for 5 minutes or till the vegetables are fully cooked. Add the fried potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and continue simmering for another 3 minutes. 5. Add the cooked pasta in Afritada and mix. Turn off heat. 6. Serve hot.

“To all aspiring Filipino Chefs, in your duration of studying Culinary Arts, you will be immersed in several techniques and recipes originated from foreign land and you will bring this new learnings when you step in the real life action in the kitchen after graduating. I would like to advise everybody to not forget our own culinary traditions, recipes and cooking techniques because ours are unique and very special and should be known around the world. It is hightime that we, Filipino Chefs, step up and be known not just as apprentices of foreign chefs but as Chefs who values what we have and promote Filipino traditional recipes globally.

Wearing the Chef’s toque and uniform doesn’t mean you are already a Chef. The title is given as a recognition of your hardwork in the field. Once your earn the title, you have a very big responsibility of not just creating recipes but you have the responsibility of nourishing our fellowmen with good food.”

Chef Reyson Imson Corporate Research and Development Chef Frabelle Group of Companies | 44


Beer Blitz @ Santana Row Photos by: Irwin Chee


Santana Row kicks off Super Bowl 50 with Beer Blitz, a beer tasting event at Santana Row in San Jose, California. Sponsors: Budweiser, Bud Light and Shock Top Featured Imported Breweries: Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Featured National Breweries: Elysian Brewing, Seattle, WA Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles, CA Goose Island, Chicago, IL 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Eugene, OR

Dan and James (Speakeasy Ales & Lagers)

Highlighted Local Breweries: Red Branch Cider Company, Sunnyvale, CA Santa Clara Valley Brewing, San Jose, CA New Bohemia Brewing Co, Santa Cruz, CA Golden State Brewery, Santa Clara, CA Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, San Francisco, CA Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA

Dan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of New Bohemia Brewing Co Jon and his team from Red Branch Cider Companu

cinequest Marty Cooper Father of Cellphone, James Franco, Jens Christensen Jaunt CEO and Kathleen Powell President and Cofounder of Cinequest.


The James Franco Pre-festival special at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley Award-winning actor James Franco is the recipient of this year’s Maverick Spirit Award. The Maverick Spirit Award is given to influential individuals who embody the independent and innovative mindset. He joined panelists Jens Christensen, Jaunt CEO and Marty Cooper, the “father of the cellphone”.

California Democratic Convention at San Jose Convention Center. Members of the FilipinoAmerican Democratic Caucus. L-R: Evelyn Centeno, Erlinda Galeon, Melissa Ramoso, Robert Chua, Genevieve Jopanda, Melissa Apuya, Robert Bernardo, Marjan Philour, Rob Bonta, Mike Aguilera, Arnel Dino, Fel Amistad, Juslyn Manalo, Ray Buenaventura, Henry Manayan, Nicole Villaruz, Tim Dayonot

Daly City Host Lions club 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center Induction (PBRC) of Officers 2016 L – R: Walter Batara (Board Member), Michael Gumban Pangilinan (Board Member), Dorie Paniza (Board Member), Rebecca Ayson (Board Member), Marico Enriquez (Board Member),, Ray Satorre(President), Helen Casaclang (Secretary), Ed Rosete (Board Member), Perla G. Ibarrientos (Chairman,Board Member), Arsenio Del Rosario(Treasurer), and Erlinda Galeon (Vice President). | 45

I’m in love with visual arts. I use my God-given talent to express myself through my obras.

SQUARES. Photos and Article by:

Ewak Hernandez

I was a Fine Arts student in university when I first developed my own black and white photo. It was in an art class darkroom and I remember my awe when my first image slowly appeared on the photo paper’s surface as I agitate a tray of developing chemicals. From then on, my knowledge and passion for photography deepened. Along with my drawings and paintings, the photos that I take depicts the unique view that I have of my surroundings. Photography, per se, is a complex form of art, where the photographer has endless ways of making his creative visions tangible; letting the world see what he sees by capturing a scene and immortalizing it as a still image.

As technology advances and anyone can now store thousands of photos in a tiny thumbdrive, showcasing and sharing your artistic expressions through photography has never been so easy. One way is through social media, and Instagram is probably one of the most effective platforms available. The digital squares of Instagram are perfect for instantly sharing any moments captured, and the app’s developers probably intentionally designed it that way. Instagram is not just for posting selfies and before-meal photos, it is a modern form of visual communication. As a photographer, I use Instagram as my very own exhibition board. I upload my shots and allow the public to appreciate or criticize them. | 46

In some ways similar to an actual photo exhibit where people walk in, have champagne while mingling and celebrating your creative works, Instagram allows you to harbor a great deal of patrons and followers. Here are some of my personal photography tips to have an Instagram feed that people would want to follow.

Start by taking good photos. Shake-off the thought that you can always manipulate and fix your photos in post-production. Remember the saying, garbage-in, garbage-out. Try to squint whenever you review your shots. This helps you see unnecessary elements in the frame that can ruin your shot.

Establish a theme.

Like artists who are well-known because of their signature style or genre, an Instagrammer who has a consistent theme in their posts attract many patrons/followers. Themes could be anything from nature, travel, street, food, portraits, et cetera. In my case, I’m a street photographer and my feed showcases people, cityscapes, and architectures.

Captions and By-lines.

Part of your posts are your photos’ captions, where you can add titles or descriptions that complement or complete the message of your shot. Keep it short and simple – Instagram profiles are not intended to be blogs and it should really showcase your photos more than anything else.

Composition. This is probably the most important principle of photography. Elements of your shot that are properly put together and arranged will have a massive effect on your audiences’ visual stimuli.


Instagram has powerful photo editing tools and presets that you can use to make your shots more interesting. Editing your photos is one way of telling your followers that you are a serious photographer, willing to spend time perfecting your obras before posting. There are plenty of free third-party editing apps available for download for various devices. I personally use VSCO CAM for fine-tuning and color-grading, and SKRWT for precision cropping and symmetry.

Be mindful of what you post. Unless your account is private, photos uploaded on Instagram are open for the whole world to see. Think before you click. Although deleting is just a tap away, hundreds of people may view what you post the second you upload. Instagram is your online photo exhibit and what you post mirrors the kind of photographer you are. One post that lacks taste can ruin your whole feed.

Google rule of thirds from photography 101. Incorporate lines and shapes that will lead the viewers’ eyes to the subject matter. Unlike standard cameras that have an aspect ratio of 3:2 or 4:3 (such as iPhones), Instagram has an aspect ratio of 1:1, giving you more options to crop and frame your shots to have a more striking composition.

Create your identity by editing your photos in a unique “you” style. Try to set moods by having your signature color palette, or by using consistent presets. This will help your posts stand out amongst the hundreds of other photos that come up in your followers’ news feeds.

Enjoy and follow profiles that give you inspiration and identify what style you are drawn to. You will likely be more effective in executing a style that personally appeals to you. Study various techniques but do not just copy them. Use what inspires you as the main ingredient in finding and fine-tuning your own style. Add your own flavor. Innovate and use your imagination. These are just tips, there are no hard and fast rules because at the end of the day, good photos, like any other form of art, are in the eye of the beholder. | 47


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MUSIC, ARTS & CULTURE San Francisco, California The Unfortunates at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater – Running now through April 10 American Conservatory Theater continues its 2015–16 season with The Unfortunates (February 3–April 10, 2016), a darkly comic musical that uses a unique mix of early 20th century American blues and gospel stylings fused with modern and syncopated rhythms to transport audiences to a world of memory and mythmaking. Inspired by the classic and mysterious blues song, “St. James Infirmary,” made famous in the 1920s by Louis Armstrong, The Unfortunates tells the story of Big Joe, a stalwart, toughtalking soldier cursed with oversized hands, who journeys through a dream world in which he confronts a series of enemies and risks everything to save his armless love, Rae, from the plague that has decimated all but a handful of survivors. The search for salvation is marked by the characters’ willingness to make music in the face of loss, and search for love in a time of desperation. Journeying from a prison camp to the underworld, The Unfortunates is a musical fever dream that’s as life-affirming as it is darkly imaginative. Performances of The Unfortunates will take place at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (1127 Market St., San Francisco). Press nights will be on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18, 2016. Single tickets (ranging from $35–$95) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

San Francisco, California The Realistic Joneses at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater – Running March 9 – April 3 The Realistic Joneses, Will Eno’s brilliant new comedy, will play American Conservatory Theater’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St., San Francisco) for a limited engagement March 9–April 3, 2016. In a small American town, two couples who live next door to each other share the same last name—and much more—in this comedy that had Broadway audiences and critics howling with delight. Soon after the Joneses meet each other, they discover that they are suffering from a similar malady, which leads to a surreal deterioration of language and communication. This results in a complex game of wits that makes ordinary conversation an extraordinary adventure. In Will Eno’s inventive new play, what seems like a series of routine encounters between American neighbors becomes a captivating look at how impossible it is for words to fully capture feeling, and how miraculous it is for human beings to truly know each other. Press night will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Single tickets (ranging from $25–$105) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

San Francisco, California The Lion at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater – Running April 19 – May 1 After highly praised runs in New York, London, and Edinburgh, the award-winning solo musical, The Lion, will play a strictly limited engagement at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (1127 Market St., San Francisco) April 19–May 1, 2016. A good storyteller uses everything he has. So Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar—actually, six guitars—in The Lion, a wholly original musical experience that tells one man’s gripping coming-of-age story. Named one of the “Top 10 Best Theatrical Performances of 2015” by the Huffington Post, the award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his honesty, joy, and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock ’n’ roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music. The performance schedule for The Lion is as follows: Tuesday–Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Single tickets (ranging from $25–$55) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act- Prices are subject to change without notice.

San Francisco, California Tom Reardon at Feinstein’s at the Nikko – Running March 18 – 19 After three previous sold-out engagements, Bay Area favorite, Tom Reardon, returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko with a brand–new show, Both Sides Now: The Songs of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell – celebrating two of his favorite musicians and two of our most important composers – on Friday, March 18 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, March 19 (7 p.m.) Whether you classify any of their particular works as folk, rock, jazz, country, blues or pop, there is no doubt that the sophistication and emotional depth of their melodies and lyrics are unsurpassed. Joined again by the Bay Area’s premier musical talents, Reardon lends his gift for story and song to such classics as “Help Me,” “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright,” “A Case of You,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” and the evening’s title song, Mitchell’s immortal “Both Sides Now.” Bob Mollicone provides musical direction. Daren A.C. Carollo produces and directs. Tickets for Tom Reardon range in price from $25 – $45 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting

San Francisco, California Lesli Margherita at Feinstein’s at the Nikko – Running March 25 – 26 Olivier Award winner and Bay Area native, Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda The Musical), will bring her brand new solo show, BROAD, to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for two performances only – Friday, March 25 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, March 26 (7 p.m.). In BROAD, Margherita will celebrate the controversial women of yesteryear: Women who knew how to serve it up and dish it out. Women who took no prisoners and gave no apologies. With heart, humor, and more than a dash of seduction, Margherita takes center stage delivering racy and rare gems from the 20s, 30s and 40s that landed many of the women who sang them in hot water...just the way they liked it! Conceived and written by Margherita, the show will be directed by Lauren Bass, with musical direction and arrangements by Brett Ryback and produced by Lauren Bass and Jordan Bass. Tickets for Lesli Margherita range in price from $40 – $60 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.

San Jose, California Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage National Concert Tour Launches in 2016 Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage will make its West Coast premiere at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts on March 30, 2016 as part of Broadway San Jose’s 2015–16 season. This is the only Northern California engagement on the tour. Tickets ($43–$95) go on-sale beginning Wednesday, July 15 and are available by visiting or calling 800-982-ARTS (2787).

San Jose, California Disney’s Beauty And The Beast Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to San Jose as part of Broadway San Jose’s 2015–16 season. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on-stage at the Center for the Performing Arts (255 Almaden Blvd.) for five performances only – April 1 – 3, 2016. Tickets for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast range in price from $35–$198 and are available now online at, in-person at the City National Civic Box Office (150 West San Carlos Street), or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787). Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 669-242-8557. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. | 48


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ADVENTURES Carmel Bay Divers Carmel Bay Divers mission is to offer the best learning environment for new scuba divers and experienced divers who want to maximize their enjoyment of scuba diving. We focus on the needs of the individual diver, families and small groups of friends who value their recreational time and the quality of their experiences. If you want to learn to scuba diver and start your underwater adventures, not just receive a certification card, Carmel Bay Divers is the right place for you. Reservations: +1 (408) 227-2822 Yosemite Family Adventures Private Guided Tours in Yosemite National Park Yosemite Family Adventures (YFA) is proud to be the ONLY guiding agency in the Yosemite area to exclusively offer private, customizable tours. With YFA, there is no need to spend your vacation on a bus full of strangers fighting for a window seat or hiking at an uncomfortable pace in order to keep up with the group. Let our professional adventure coordinators craft an unforgettable Yosemite vacation with one of our knowledgeable and passionate adventure guides. Reservations: +1 (209) 985-1799 Global Palate Adventures Culinary Immersion Tours for Food Professionals and FoodLoving Travelers Global Palate Adventures offers small group tours and creates custom adventures for food industry professionals looking for inspiration and for travelers who want to experience new cultures through local food and wine. Reservations: +1 (800) 458-2502

Forever Resorts Whether it’s a weekend getaway or an extended-stay vacation, Forever Resorts offers you the chance to experience a destination to relax, refresh and re-energize yourself from your ordinary influence of work and technology. We believe in a more natural type of stimulus, including watching the sunrise from the top of Bryce Canyon, wake boarding in the Antelope Point Marina, stargazing in Yellowstone National Park and so much more. Reservations: +1 (800) 255-5561 Anthonys Key Resort Four decades ago, the creators of Anthony’s Key Resort envisioned a small, tropical hideaway that would allow adventurous travelers the opportunity to experience the beauty of Roatan and the Caribbean as nature intended. Today, the resort still retains an intimacy with its surroundings that are reminiscent of a peaceful island village. Charming, wooden bungalows dot the resort’s palm studded hillside and rim its shimmering lagoon. You can reach the tiny islet on a brief boat ride from the resort’s main grounds, where you’ll find more private bungalows and spectacular ocean vistas. While a favorite pastime among guests is lazing in bungalow hammocks, more active visitors can enjoy various watersports on the key’s small beach. Back at the resort’s main grounds, a restaurant and bar are perched high on a hillside surrounded by towering coconut palms. There, more sweeping views and fiery sunsets are served up alongside delicious tropical fare. Just steps below at the waters edge are the photo, gift, and dive shops, where there is dockage for a fleet of state-of-the-art dive boats. A short walk from there takes visitors to the Roatan Museum and Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences, where guests can participate in educational programs and encounters with marine mammals. More inquisitive guests can join trained naturalists across the lagoon on Bailey’s

Key to interact with playful dolphins and observe some of the island’s indigenous plants and animals along the key’s nature trail. Anthony’s Key Resort’s successful blend of nature, comfort and hospitality, continues to draw return visitors year after year in search of tranquility and adventure. Reservations: +1 (800) 227-3483

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LIFESTYLE Brought to you by Santana Row Hippity-Hop! Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Santana Row! Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hop on over and pose with the season’s favorite rabbit at Santana Row Park, across from Left Bank Brasserie. Photos, cookie decorating, face painting and egg decorating will be offered, with all proceeds benefiting the Autism Diagnostic & Consulting Center. Cars & Croissants Kick-Off Event Monthly gathering returns in March! Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. to noon Santana Row again partners with 100 OCT to present Cars & Croissants on The Row, a monthly gathering for exotic car owners and car enthusiasts. On the fourth Saturday of the month from March through December, exotic car owners are invited to park on Santana Row Boulevard from Alyssum Lane to Tatum Boulevard, display their cars and mingle with other enthusiasts. The morning meet-up for coffee, croissants and cars drew 400 people and 60 cars during the first event and continues to grow in popularity. This event is free and open to the public. Cars & Croissants Saturday, April 23 and May 28 9 a.m. to noon Santana Row again partners with 100 OCT to present Cars & Croissants on The Row, a monthly gathering for exotic car owners and car enthusiasts. On the fourth Saturday of the month from March through December, exotic car owners are invited to park on Santana Row Boulevard from Alyssum Lane to Tatum Boulevard, display their cars and mingle with other enthusiasts. The morning meet-up for coffee, croissants and cars drew 400 people and 60 cars during the first event and continues to grow in popularity. This event is free and open to the public. San Jose Dancin’ Downtown Festival, Santana Row Park Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Santana Row and sjDANCEco has partnered again this year to bring together local as well as regional dance artists to

celebrate National Dance Week. The free outdoor festival features the diversity of the area’s dance community. Enjoy performances by sjDANCEco (Maria Basile, Gabriel Mata), Diablo Ballet, Pointe of Departure, Erin East, Visual Rhythm and Zohar Dance Company. lululemon Presents Yoga in the Park, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 Every Saturday through September, 9 a.m. Santana Row Park Free Yoga on Saturdays, presented by lululemon athletica begins May7 and is held every Saturday through September, taking advantage of the best weather seasons! Practice your sun salutations under the sunshine every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Santana Row Park while Park Valencia is under renovation. The complimentary classes are held outdoors, with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. each week. For more information, contact lululemon +1 (408) 5578721. Mommy & Me and Daddies, Too, season kick-off event May 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Santana Row Park The popular kids’ club returns for the season with free entertainment, interactive games, crafts and educational activities designed for parents and their pre-school aged children. Special guest for the event is Buddy from Dinosaur Train. Families can also enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, music, balloon art, story time and more. Details: 10 a.m. to noon at Santana Row Park while Park Valencia is under renovation. Mommy & Me is a free kids’ club held on the second Tuesday of every month from May through December. For more information, call +1 (408) 551-4611 or visit www. Rainy Day Rewards, through March 31, 2016 Here’s hoping the rainy season returns! Santana Row is optimistic and wants to reward shoppers and diners braving bad weather. When there’s a 70 percent or greater chance for rain, they will be offered discounts that include 15 percent off purchases at participating shops

and restaurants, a free signature Santana Row golf umbrella for customers who spend $150 anywhere on The Row and a $20 gift certificate to a participating shop or restaurant for customers who spend $300 on a designated Rainy Day. No need to get wet: Customers can pick up a complimentary umbrella to use while shopping and dining and then return it before leaving. The yellow umbrellas are conveniently located throughout The Row: outside Concierge, Via between Village California Bistro and Lark Creek Blue and the valet parking lot in the Winchester Parking Garage.

Fitness The Bar Method The Bar Method® is a one-hour, non-impact total body workout. It starts with a warm-up, free-weight exercises and push-ups and then moves on to intense, isometric legwork at the bar, followed by abdominal work at the bar and on mats. Every exercise includes active stretching to elongate the targeted muscles. Contact: +1 (408) 588-1135 Location: 3986 Rivermark Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054 Bintang Badminton Bintang Badminton is the first dedicated badminton service provider in Northern California. We specialize in developing the sport of badminton through the creation of facilities and programs in new areas along the Bay area from the north at South San Francisco all the way down south to Campbell next to San Jose. Whether it is courts, coaching, camps, events or equipment, Bintang Badminton strives to bring the best of Badminton to Northern California. Contact: Campbell + 1 (408) 871-1683, Dublin + 1 (925) 829-3200, Milpitas +1 (408) 934-9915, SSF +1 (650) 624-0002, and Sunnyvale +1 (408) 541-1837


La Folie

Ichi Sushi

Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in San Jose’s vibrant Santana Row. Open since 2003, Left Bank transports guests to a quaint brasserie in Paris, where diners feast upon classic French cuisine in a charming brasserie setting along the boulevard, where people watching is at its best. Inside, the wonderful energy of an authentic French brasserie is in the air. Boasting Santana Row’s largest bar, Left Bank is a place to see and be seen. Location: 377 Santana Row Suite 1100 San Jose, CA Reservations: +1 (408) 984-3500

La Folie, Chef Passot’s cuisine blends French tradition with contemporary culinary creativity, and feature seasonal, fresh, organic, and sustainably harvested fare that is locally sourced whenever possible. Our menu spotlights ingredients from local farms in Marin and Sonoma, as well as from Central and Northern California, and all along the Pacific Coast and the greater Northwest. Location: 2316 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA Reservations: +1 (415) 776-5577

Ichi launched its first sushi bar, Ichi Sushi, at 3369 Mission Street. Since opening, ICHI Sushi was named one of American’s Top Restaurants in the Zagat 2013 guide and Zagat San Francisco Bay Area Guide 2013’s Top 20 Restaurants, has won Best of the Bay in five outlets, and is included in the 2013 San Francisco Louis Vuitton City Guide. At ICHI Sushi, sustainability is the focus, and menus change seasonally. ICHI offers Omakase service at the bar and tables. ICHI keeps an extensive chilled sake list and serves regional beer, wine, and Asahi and Sapporo on tap. Umi Masu: Ocean trout nigiri with pepper paste Location: at 3282 Mission St. San Francisco, CA Reservations: +1 (415) 525-4750


Bourbon Steak

The Plumed Horse

Husband-wife team, Anjan and Emily Mitra, owners of Dosa, share a passion for South Indian cuisine and culture that is part of the experience they’ve created at their restaurants. Dosa is a renowned, San Francisco dining institution with two locations in San Francisco serving innovative and authentic South Indian cuisine with a world-class spice-driven cocktail program. Location: 995 Valencia @ 21st St. San Francisco, CA Reservations: +1 (415) 642-3672 Location: 1700 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA Reservations: +1 (415) 441-3672

Orenchi Ramen

Shoyu Ramen Location: 3540 Homestead Rd. Santa Clara, CA *First come first serve. Closed when soup runs out.

Located at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Bourbon Steak features elements of a modern American steakhouse, showcasing creative interpretations of classic dishes, utilizing the highest quality ingredients; including Flannery’s Custom Dry-Aged beef, the freshest local seafood and innovative vegetable sides from wellknown South Bay farms. The menu also features many Bourbon Steak favorites, such as Truffle Mac & Cheese, 20 oz. bone-in Rib Eye and Maine Lobster Pot Pie. Location: Levi’s® Stadium, 4900 Marie P. De Bartolo Way Santa Clara, CA Reservations: +1 (408) 217-2490

Alexander’s Steakhouse

Alexander’s Steakhouse is a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence laced into the menu. Location: 10330 N. Wolfe Road Cupertino, CA Reservations: +1 (408) 446-2222

Every year since 2008 Executive Chef Peter Armellino has been awarded a Michelin star. His contemporary California cuisine–themed menu may feature Sonoma Lamb Loin, Alaskan Black Cod or Tobacco Smoked Painted Hills New York Steak. The wine list is also impressive – the Plumed Horse is one of only 81 restaurants in the world to have won a Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2015. Location: 14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA Reservations: +1 (408) 867-4711

Dish Dash

M’tabaq, a colorful and delicious combination of delicate fresh salmon, basmati rice, tomatoes and eggplant spiked with tangy sumac spice Middle Eastern Cuisine, where we strive to embody the spirit of our namesake. Ingredients are sourced from quality purveyors featuring Fresh, natural domenstic Lamb, certified Angus Beef®, Free-range chicken, sustainably harvested seafood and Locally sourced produce Location: 190 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA Reservations: +1 (408) 774-1889 | 50

Hapless Historian Josh Severn To My Grandparents, How did you feel when Marcos’ government fell in 1986? What went through your mind when you heard the news? Were you happy that a regime that took so much from the people was gone? As Ilocanos, were you upset that a man who began with big promises for the people was unfairly slandered by opposition forces and unlawfully deposed? Were Ferdinand and Imelda your John and Jackie Kennedy? Were the people right in their revolution? What did your families say when they sent letters, or did they mostly ask for money? I wish I had asked before you went to God’s side. I knew of you, and spent time with you, but never had the chance to really know you. I was so young, and knew nothing of death. I felt you would be around for a long time.

and hearts of others who do not know about us. We must save our cultures from disappearing into the shadows of history, lest we ourselves forget. We owe our lives to the sacrifices of men and women like you, lolo and lola. Without you, I would not be here, able to enjoy the benefits of this great country. I hope our young people are up to the challenge of honoring the lives of our grandparents and great­grandparents, and honoring the spirit of those who fought for a better life for themselves and their families on the EDSA in 1986. Though we are in different arenas, we both fight for our right to relevancy and visibility in our national stories. To my grandparents, I hope I made you proud. I wish we had had more time to get to know each other, and share our stories with family and food. I look forward to showing you more about my life when I see you again. Love, Your grandson

I wish I could have asked you about your life in the Philippines As a young child, I never learned about our Filipino culture and our Ilocano language. Now that you are both gone, I’ll never be able to recapture your unique stories. As an adult, I can now read about the conditions Filipinos faced in early twentieth century America.Having read America is in the Heart, I can imagine a little of what you, lolo, went through on your journey to Hawaii and California. Did you, like so many pinoys, come to the United States in hopes of a better life? Did you see so little opportunity in your home that you felt a long voyage across the sea would open the doors for your success? What made you decide to purchase one hundred acres of Central Coast farmland with your brothers? How were you able to purchase the land, at a time when Filipinos were still looked at with suspicion and prejudice? So many questions, and yet so few answers. How did you feel about your children? Were they raised to be wholly American, with so little expression or knowledge of their Filipino heritage? I know among many immigrant parents it was better to cultivate the American culture, in order to assimilate more completely, and draw less attention from the government officials who tried to expel “illegal” workers and “lawfully” exclude Filipinos from free access to all being an American national meant. Were you proud of your children? Did you feel, as so many parents do, that there was more you could have done to make them even more successful? How did you feel about me? A third­generation Filipino American with so little knowledge or cultural ties with our family’s Filipino culture. A young person who must rely on books, secondhand stories, and friends’ families to learn anything about our Philippines. Who knew so little that, prior to this assignment, didn’t even know what the 1986 People Power Revolution referred to? I knew who Ferdinand Marcos was, but only as a dictator who styled himself a political playboy. I knew of Imelda Marcos’ shoes. How can I recapture that narrative which, through my and my parents’ upbringing, was so quickly lost within two generations? While I feel so blessed to have unrestricted access to a wealth of virtual resources I can use to study our culture, they are not you. They are not your individual stories. How can we; young, third and fourth generation Filipino Americans with, at times, so little connection with our Filipino heritage, recover a lost history that’s so often ignored in our American and World history courses? We must ask questions and take action. Would you, our manongs and manangs, be proud of where we have come? We have a TV show that depicts a Filipino American family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner without over­the­top stereotypes. We fought to rename a high school after two of our most prominent, but largely forgotten, labor union warriors in Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz. We produced a documentary that introduces so many of our own to the fight in Delano, and its role in the great labor battles of the twentieth century. We’ve done much but, like those who came in support of their personal values and rights as citizens on the Epifano de los Santos Avenue, there’s still much work to be done. Neither the Filipino people or we are truly free of the status quo. Ours is not a physical conflict against an individual regime or tyrant, but a cultural struggle against anonymity in history and invisibility in society. Our conflicts are not waged in revolutionary language with great public displays, but with a quiet determination in the halls of government and behind our cameras. In speaking with you and your children, and telling or retelling the story of our people, we honor our culture and those who fight for their beliefs. We are the offspring of Filipinos, but we are also Americans. Our charge may not be to overthrow a government, but like the Revolutionaries we must change minds

Josh is a grandson of Ilocano immigrant farmers, Josh has studied his Filipino heritage with great enthusiasm in the last few years. He earned a master of arts degree in Modern American and Pacific Regional history (June, 2015) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. While an undergraduate, he jumped at the opportunity to study for one year in Tokyo, Japan as part of the 2005/06 California State University (CSU) International Program. His professional interests include US ethnic relations and popular culture. He currently teaches California history at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. When not writing, Josh enjoys traveling, film, foreign language learning, cycling, and mixed martial arts. This piece won 1st Place at the 30th Anniversary Filipino EDSA/ People Power Essay-Writing Contest last February 25, 2016 Sponsored by Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) along with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, the EDSA People Power@30 Commitee, and their community partners (ABS-CBN International / TFC,, and Philippine American Press Club) You can visit his blog: | 52

ABOUT THE ARTIST “I’m a latebloomer”, says 66-year old Lorenzo Gabutina. He discovered his knack for art after he retired in 2010 from a 40year career in advertising (Dentsu Young & Rubicam). “To me art is a completely spontaneous process. I just go with the flow of my intuition”. Lorenz has no fine arts education and is completely a self-taught artist. His art can be described as a mélange of pop, surreal, abstract and techno styles. He is a Picasso fan and also loves Miro and Kandinsky. Among local artists, he admires the work of Nunelucio Alvarado and Jonathan Benitez. Perhaps the most unique thing about him is the fact that he uses Powerpoint as his digital art software. “People get surprised about that. They think Powerpoint is just for business presentations. Absolutely not. It’s a great art tool”. You can see more of Lorenzo Gabutina’s works on Facebook at Or you can also contact him at | 53

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