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PHILIPPINE AIRLINES’ INFLIGHT TRAVEL+LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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Charles C. Chante Simeon S. Ventura Jr. BLANCHE RIVERA-FERNANDEZ NYX MARTINEZ ANIKA VENTURA MICHELLE AYUYAO MIXKAELA VILLALON CHRISSETTE ANTONIO ADRIENNE RAE PONCE ROSALIE NIMO CHRISTINE GRACE MACALINTAL MANUEL N. ROMA JR. ARIEL E. DALISAY

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Exotic and romantic is this candlelit dinner at the Small Chhatri in Amanbagh, at the foot of the Aravali hills in India. Photo courtesy of Aman Resorts

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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India, Here We Come

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If you are wondering why we have India on the cover, hold on to your travel itch—Philippine Airlines will soon announce flights to this exciting, exotic, and vast country. With India as one of the new destinations coming up this year, PAL is showing it is still on top of its game. A Filipina writer based in India, Grace Luna Figovc, who also happens to be a former classmate of my managing editor, Blanche Fernandez, wrote about how India truly lives up to its advertising message of “incredible.” Grace’s feature is quite a teaser.

The new travel trend for the rich and famous is now “designer travel,” and a Filipino, Lorenzo Urra, operates a company called Global Nomad (with offices in Manila and Hong Kong) that can bring you to far-flung places in style. Of course, designer travel does not come cheap, but who knows, someday you may get a chance to experience it. You know what, in the end, it is not really the amount that you can afford for travel but the sense of adventure and fun that you bring that makes a trip really memorable. We always attempt to achieve balance in what we do. In this issue, we are also featuring charitable causes, and we plan to make it a regular thing. One is the International Care Ministries (ICM) organized 18 years ago by a Hong Kong designer, Sharon Tan, to help the needy in the Philippines. Every year the ICM holds a charity ball attended by a virtual “Who’s Who” of Hong Kong. In last year’s event, the ICM was able to raise US$1.15 million or almost Php53 million in just one night. Another organization is the Rise Above Foundation in Cebu, which connects volunteers from abroad to local projects like building schools. If you want to help out, we have published their contact details. One of the country’s top psychiatrists, Dr. Felicitas Soriano, has this to say when we help others: “When you feel good, your entire body feels good.” May your new year be one of fulfillment. Happy journeys.

Simeon S. Ventura, Jr. Editor-in-chief

Culture reverberates in the luxurious retreats of Aman-i-Khas (top) and Aman New Delhi (bottom). Photos courtesy of Aman Resorts

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38 THE HUNTER VALLEY

Take in the smell of grape spirit as RICHARD SHAW visits one of Australia’s premier wine regions—Hunter Valley.

44 MELBOURNE: YOUR POCKET GUIDE

From “the best places to use and abuse your ears” to “the best views with a drink in your hand,” Melbourne local XAVIER TOBY shows you how to enjoy the best of his home city.

50 VIVA SANTO NIÑO!

Three of the Philippines’ biggest festivals come one after another in a month-long celebration in honor of the Child Jesus. Now that’s starting the New Year with a bang!

70 WHEN TRAVEL TRANSFORMS

Be inspired by these snippets from travelers on the trips that left indelible marks on their free spirits.

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A Filipina in India finds there’s more to the country than the Taj Mahal. GRACE LUNA FIGOVC discovers the people, markets, food, festivals, and the fun of everything that makes India incredible.

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Editor’s Note What’s Up Travel Log The Lighter Side PAL Pages Last Frame

ON THE COVER

Excited tourists jump for a souvenir shot in front of one of the world’s most recognized structures—the Taj Mahal. Photo by Richard I’Anson

72 FOOD: CURRY LOVE

Get curious about curry as NYX MARTINEZ describes its appeal, its history, and the best places to enjoy it.

We, at Philippine Airlines, are happy to have you on board. Please sit back and relax, and allow us to make your flight enjoyable. For your own safety and convenience, please observe the regulations listed on the back pages. “Mabuhay” is a Filipino verb in the form of a command: “Live!” It is also a wish: “May you live!” Whoever says it wishes you the great gift of a long and full life. It is both a blessing and a lusty cheer. “Mabuhay” (ma-boo-high) is such a large word that it lends itself to a wide number of secondary uses: Welcome, Congratulations, Thanks, Godspeed, Hello, Good Luck, Cheers, Posit, Sante, Viva, Kambei, Aloha, and many other expressions of goodwill. All these are a part of life, but it is the gift of life that makes them possible. “Mabuhay,” in other words, is an invocation and a celebration of life itself. 10 M A B U H A Y

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A true-blue local boy of Melbourne, XAVIER TOBY sums up the best of the city on page 44. A freelance writer, he has worked as a journalist, copywriter, and editor. He says: My favorite thing about Melbourne is going with friends to [watch] live music in small venues. Target 2011 travel destination: Africa because I believe it will be intriguing, terrifying and life-altering.

An Australian photographer and writer, RICHARD SHAW heads home to Sydney to sample the good food and great wine of Hunter Valley (page 38). He says: My favorite thing about Sydney is the spectacular 2.5-km coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach. Target 2011 travel destination: Western China because I’ve long wanted to experience a traditional Tibetan Horse Racing Festival in this breathtaking mountainous region.

GRACE FIGOVC is a U.P. Diliman Journalism graduate whose main preoccupation now is chronicling the life of her globe-trotting family. In this issue, she writes about India, where they’ve been living for four years, and the country’s incredible secrets (page 76). She says: My favorite thing about being in India is that everything is possible. Target 2011 travel destination: Varanasi. It would be interesting to see the City of Temples.

MATTHEW JONES has been living in Taiwan for 10 years and it doesn’t look like he’s leaving anytime soon. He just helped launch the Taipei Times, Taiwan’s newest English-language newspaper. In this issue, Matthew captures the city’s great heights in his photo essay, Taiwan: City of Lights (page 36). He says: My favorite thing about Taiwan is the spectacular east coast, where mountains jut right out of the sea. Target 2011 travel destination: Borneo because it is one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

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WHAT’S UP

Float On

Festivals, parades, and conventions around the world welcome the new year with a bang! Ati-Atihan Kalibo January 16 Dubbed “The Mother of Philippine Festivals,” the Ati-Atihan is the first festival in history dedicated to the Santo Niño (Child Jesus). It is preceded by a week of Catholic Masses and novena processions but once the main celebration starts, it’s all street revelry of people in black-painted faces. www.kalibo.gov.ph

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Sinulog Cebu City Throughout January, main festival on January 16 January is marked by festivals to honor the Sto. Niño, but this is undoubtedly the most colorful and movie star-studded of all. It commemorates the Filipinos’ first acceptance of Christianity. Fireworks, street parties, a parade of floats, dances and costumes mark the festivities. www.sinulog.ph Dinagyang Festival Iloilo Fourth week of January The last of three major Sto. Niño festivals, the Dinagyang Festival caps the month’s festivities with a bang. For four straight years, it has been declared the “Best Tourism Event in the Philippines” by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines. Also labeled as the “Festival of Excellent Folk Choreography,” expect an all-out show from the participants. www.dinagyangsailoilo.com

The January Basho January 9 - 23 One of this year’s six grand sumo tournaments, the January Basho features the world’s greatest sumo wrestlers competing against each other. Only one of them will emerge as the yokunuza (grand champion). With over 70 different forms and maneuvers, sumo wrestling is a great display of athleticism. www.whatsonwhen.com

Los Angeles

Rose Parade January 1 A tradition for more than a century, the Los Angeles Rose Parade is a grand event that gathers over a million spectators to welcome the new year. The highlights include a two-hour parade of lavishly decorated floral floats, horseback entertainers, and marching bands. www.tournamentofroses.com

Singapore

Thaipusam January 20 Singaporean Hindus demonstrate their faith in a four km-long procession to honor their Lord Subrahmanya. Drumming and chanting fill the road as devotees carry around milk-pot offerings. The more dedicated ones carry a kavadi (large metal frames connected to their bodies by hooks and spikes), some of which even have attached weights. www.whatsonwhen.com

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HONG KONG

HK SWING Festival January 7-9 A whole weekend of classes from world renowned teachers attracts dancers around the world to come together in Hong Kong. Look forward to great accompanying parties. www.hkswingfestival.com

Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival January 15 to February 28 Located 80kms from the city, the Longqing Gorge annually celebrates the ice and snow festival with huge sculptures of animals, lanterns and other interesting figures. www.beijingtravelguide365.com

Bangkok

Culture One International Dance Music Festival Club Culture from Bangkok brings top local and international DJs for this year’s Dance and Music Festival. Aside from great music, you can get a henna tattoo or have your fortune told around the venue. www.club-culture-bkk.com Bangkok International Tattoo Convention Known as the largest tattoo convention in Asia, this convention showcases the works of the best local and foreign tattoo artists. Watch them at work or get yourself inked during this threeday event. www. tradechakra.com


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Love your Neighbor

Imagine waking up to the Taj Mahal bathed in the first rays of sunlight, and going to bed at night with the image of its perfect silhouette against the moonlight. In The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, India, every room has a view of the world’s greatest monument of love from a mere 600 meters away. The Amarvilas—Sanskrit for “Eternal Heaven”—exudes luxury fit for emperors, marrying modern Indian interior design and traditional Mughal and Moorish architecture. Ranked fifth in Travel + Leisure’s Top 100 Hotels in the World of 2010, The Oberoi also offers world-class dining in its two restaurants (your choice of Indian or international cuisine), and rejuvenating treatments at its spa. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra is located at Tag East Gate Road, Agra, India. Tel.: (+91) 562 223 1515; Web: www.oberoihotels.com; Room rates start at INR 29,000 (US$630) a night.


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KATZER It’s a tall order but Katzer’s Restaurant has done

it—taking the fine-dining scale a notch higher than its countless Ortigas Center counterparts. While the space is inviting—a dining area good for 120 guests, two private function rooms and a wine bar—it’s the food that gets you there. This month, enjoy the Chef ’s SevenCourse Menu, and The Shellfish and Crustaceans Special. All meals are the creation of German chef Andreas Katzer, who surely knows the art of serving an elegant dinner. Es was lecker! (“It’s delicious!”) Katzer Restaurant and Bar is on the second floor of the Wynsum Corporate Plaza, Ruby Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; Tel.: (+632) 638 9819 / (+632) 638 9821; E-mail: katzerrestaurant@gmail.com

PROJECT: TRAVEL 2011 New year, new plans. And if those plans include traveling to a new place this year, head straight to these websites. They will make mapping out your trip a lot easier. 1. www.kayak.com consolidates hundreds of travel websites in real time to provide you with actual rates and reviews on hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, and other vacation packages. 2. www.tripadvisor.com gives you helpful reviews made by other travelers about hotels and other accommodations (You can also write your own review). 3. www.stay.com sorts out your picks for places to go, sleep, and eat then lists them according to popularity, price, and location. You can then create your own itinerary and download it for free. 4. www.facebook.com/flyPAL “Like” the official Facebook page of Philippine Airlines and get weekly updates on promotional rates and discounts on flights by Asia’s first airline.

Old Manila Charm Fronting

the San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the Philippines, the White Knight Hotel Intramuros takes you back in time to Old Manila. It prides itself for being the best budget accommodation in the area, with suites and deluxe rooms that make the perfect retreat after a long day of touring the city. Enjoy its modern amenities amid picturesque scenes of what was once a Spanish fortress. White Knight Hotel Intramuros is located at the Plaza San Luis Complex Cabildo cor. Urdaneta, Intramuros, Manila. Web: www.whiteknighthotelintramuros.com; E-mail: whiteknighthotelintramuros@gmail.com; Tel.: (+632) 526 6539

Rapunzel, Rapunzel Want Mila Kunis’s long locks but got Victoria Beckham’s short hairdo? With Tokyo Posh Hair Extensions, you can add instant length to your hair. Conceived in the belly of Japan’s Harajuku Station, hair clip-ons are the newest craze among fashionistas. It takes 30 to 45 minutes to put on, but can hold for as long as three months. Tokyo Posh Hair Extensions is located at Level R2, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City. Tel.: (+632) 659 5085; Email: tokyoposh@yahoo.com

Bali Ha’i Tirta Spa stands atop a quiet hill off the famed Boracay

shores. It was named Best Day Spa at the 2010 AsiaSpa Awards in Hong Kong. Tirta (meaning, “holy water” in Hindu) fuses ancient healing rituals with modern techniques. Its spa menu includes hot massages using crushed spicy herbs (Sizzling Hot, Php 6,710), a ginger and lime scrub to remove dead skin cells (Luya at Calamansi, Php6,710), and Secrets of Egypt (Php 13,420), which has one soaking in a milk-filled bath tub with perfumed petals, just like Queen Cleopatra’s ultimate relaxation regimen. Tirta Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at Sitio Malabunot, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Aklan. Tel.: (+630) 36 288 6841; Web: www.tirtaspa.com; E-mail: info@tirtaspa.com

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5. www.vacationist.com is a free members-only website that offers limited discounts on luxury hotels worldwide. 6. www.couchsurfing.org is another free members-only website that connects travelers to locals in almost every country who are willing to share their sofa—or bed—for free! It’s a new trend that’s gaining popularity among frequent, usually single, travelers. Good thing is, you get a local unofficial tour guide!


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Apulit Island Resort

El Nido Resorts

has unveiled another captivating vista of tropical Palawan with its newly opened Apulit Island Resort (former Club Noah Isabelle). The exclusive island resort in Taytay Bay has 50 rooms—30 water cottages and 20 deluxe family cottages—that are built on stilts, characteristic of El Nido’s resorts. Set amid dramatic limestone cliffs and turquoise waters, the island resort also has five caves, three of which are open for exploration and available for romantic candlelit dinners. For reservations, visit www.elnidophilippines.com/apulitresort.php

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Mercato Centrale is located on the corner of 9th Avenue and 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to noon. Check www.mercatocentrale.ph for more information on the merchandise.

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Because you can never be safe enough on the road, the night-bright tires by Cyglo could be your new best friend. With LED lights in the tire’s treads, cyclists have their bike’s wheels illuminated in any lighting condition. Pedaling powers up the tire lights, too. Now that’s the way to glo!

Borough Market and the Mercato Centrale of Florence. Sheltered by a colossal white tent, the Mercato Centrale in Taguig City, the newest weekend market in town, has more than a hundred concessionaires that offer fresh and unique food items for the adventurous ones. Ever tried a vodka tinapa dip? Or the infamous Offbeat burger, which uses sugar-glazed doughnut halves to sandwich a melted cheesecovered pure beef burger patty? No? Then you know where to go this weekend.

For more information call (+440) 1494 862423 or (+440) 7787 571 78, or visit www. nightbrighttyre.com.


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UST Turns 400 DAte

Event Quadricentennial NEuroscience Summit 2011

January 19-21

SIXTH Annual Scientific Meeting, UST Neuroscience Updates and current trends in the medical fields of neurology and psychiatry will be discussed.

Operas by the UST Conservatory of Music January 21-22

The program will feature Cavalleria Rustica, Gianni Schicchi, and guest alumni performers at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

FOURTh Thomasian International Nursing Conference The conference theme is “The Thomasian Nurse: Building the Church, the Home and the Nation…Our Birthright and Destiny.” The event will be held at the Manila Hotel.

January 24

Mr. and Ms. Quadricentennial Grand Finals Winners of the event will serve as student ambassadors at the Float Parade on January 27.

Q Parade from Luneta Park to UST January 26

• 1 p.m. – Assembly of winners • 3 p.m. – Parade kick-off • Whole day school fair

International Conference of the Universities of St. Thomas (ICUSTA) January 26-28

Administrators from ICUSTA member schools will discuss current education concerns of participants. The conference will be at the Medicine Auditorium. • Conference of Catholic Theological Institutions • Dominican Regents of Study

Q Grand Program: Countdown to 400 Years January 27

• Registration for 2012 Program: 40,000 Voices • Showcase of Tetra time countdown to midnight • Presentation of 400 titles • Grand Program at the parade grounds • Midnight fireworks

Thanksgiving Mass and Q Dinner January 28

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• Morning: School Fair • Registration for 40,000 Voices • 5 p.m. – Grand Procession for Our Lady of the Rosary • 6 p.m. – Concelebrated Mass • 8 p.m. – Celebratory dinner for Thomasian students and alumni


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GLOBAL BUZZ

City Living Confirmed Bad for Health Over the years, urban areas saw a rise in the number of fitness studios, specialty restaurants, and cutting-edge products designed to make city dwellers healthier. But how healthy can you be with all the pollution, lack of greenery, and stress? Not so much, according to a study made by the World Health Organization. The study found that the urban environment hampers memory retention, with all the technology, billboards, lights, and sounds. The good news is that the answer lies in incorporating more greenery, taking brief breaks, and proper diet and exercise. 24 M A B U H A Y

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Pretty in Pink Harleys in India Motorcyclists, get your tire gauges, chain lubricants, and brake fluids ready. This year, the iconic American brand Harley-Davidson will open a new plant dubbed “complete knock down” or CKD in Haryana, India. The opening is expected in the first half of the year. For more information, visit

www.harley-davidson.in

A study conducted by Spain’s Doñana Biological Research Station found that flamingos put natural “make-up” to impress mates. Upon observation of the birds’ feathers and activities, ornithologist Juan Amat noticed that during the mating season, flamingos take the naturally produced oils from their tails and apply it to their feathers using their beaks. The deeper the shade of pink, the more attractive it seems.

THE BEATLES FINALLY IN iTUNES

Prince William is Officially off the Market The wedding of the year is set for 2011—a royal one at that, with the engagement of Prince William and his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton. Following an eight-year courtship, the prince proposed to his girlfriend by giving his late mother Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring. The couple is set to wed on April 29 at the thousand-year-old Westminster Abbey, the same venue for the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947, as well as the funeral service of the late Princess Diana in 1997.

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It’s a “good day sunshine” for Beatles fans worldwide as iTunes finally released all 13 studio albums and the complete digital box set of the phenomenal rock band. Only a day after being made public, the famed foursome has dominated the service’s music charts, with every album included in the top 36. After conquering vinyl records, cassette tapes, and compact discs, the Beatles have transcended almost five decades of music media, calling the generations of yesterday and today to “come together, right now.”


Want a Camera at the Back of Your Head?

When parents warned kids that they’ve got eyes at the back of their heads, perhaps they were on to something. Commissioned by the newly opened Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, New York University Professor Wafaa Bilal has implanted a thumbnail-sized camera at the back of his head. Yes, you read it right. Implanted. At the back of his head. The project, named “The 3rd I,” requires Bilal to wear the camera for a whole year, photographing his daily life at oneminute intervals. For more information, visit the project’s website at www.3rdi.me

China Praises Filipino Teacher

Eight and Counting…

For six years, Filipino teacher Frederick S. Lomibao has been teaching the English language to the students of China’s Liaoning province. Apparently impressed, the Chinese government honored him with an Outstanding Foreign Expert Award for his notable contributions.

The world’s best pound-for-pound boxer, Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao, has done it again with his defeat of Antonio Margarito in Dallas, Texas. The win came with the champ’s eighth world title — a first in the history of world boxing. Even though busy as a Sarangani Congressman, Pacquiao has no intention of hanging the gloves yet and hopes to fight for at least three more years.

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HISTORY

January 7, 1990

The Tower of Pisa leans too far and closes its doors to the public.

Philippine hISTORY January 23, 1899 General Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn into office as the first inaugural president of the Philippines. January 30, 1945 Known as the Raid of Cabanatuan, around 500 Filipino and American survivors from the Bataan Death March are rescued from the Japanese Prisoners of War camp. January 22, 1995 Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines’ boxing legend, makes his professional debut with a win against Edmund “Enting” Ignacio after four rounds.

January 4, 1948 Burma, now Myanmar, gains its independence from the United Kingdom. January 10, 1929 Comic book character Tintin, created by Belgian artist Hergé, debuts. The Adventures of Tintin goes on to sell more than 200 million copies worldwide in 40 languages. January 11, 1787 William Hershel discovers the first two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon, named after the king and queen of fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

THE WORLD

January 3, 1987 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first female artist, Aretha Franklin. January 12, 1910 Public radio broadcasting is born as tenor Enrico Carusso sings from the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.

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January 28 Painter Paul Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) was born in Cody, Wyoming. Pollock was known for his “drip” technique, using sticks and even basting brushes to paint. Today, he is regarded as a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. January 12 Born in Paris, author Charles Perrault (1628-1703) lived to be one of literature’s most loved writers. Perrault was one of the people who laid the foundation for fairy tales, with his Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.

January 2, 1947 Mahatma Gandhi begins his march for peace in East Bengali.

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Famous Birthdays

January 27 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), better known as Lewis Caroll, was born in Daresbury, Cheshire in England. Although a mathematician and logician, Carroll is widely known as the author who penned the literary classics Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.


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In an age of customization, Filipino travel designer Lorenzo Urra crafts a new menu that includes glamping in Botswana, picnicking in Antarctica and rough-riding in Chile. Photos courtesy of GLOBAL NOMAD

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EEN THERE, DONE THAT.

Where do you take bored, self-fulfilled globetrotters nowadays? What else is there for them to see, taste and photograph after countless cities and infinity pools? What do you offer those who have good health and plenty of disposable income but little leisure time? Global Nomad (www.global-nomad.com), the only Philippine-Hong Kong travel specialist invited to join the “by inspiration only” PURE Life Experiences luxury travel show in Morocco last November, can address your big travel quest.

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The private travel designer specializes in experiential travel, the by-word among sophisticated millennium travelers these days. It’s the search for truer, more adventurous, more responsible, beyondthe-ordinary experiences without sacrificing comfort or safety. It’s about embarking on a journey of self-discovery and returning to reality with souls enriched. So what exactly is on the travel menu of Global Nomad?


(OPPOSITE) Exploring San Pedro de Atacama in Chile on a fourwheel drive is a journey into a vast landscape of volcanoes, dry salt lakes, ponds and other wonders of the desert. (RIGHT) Giraffes on the Great Migration (July-October) cross a river in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, braving a flotilla of crocodiles that often await them. (BELOW) Tourists trade their fourby-fours for horses (the animals’ natural musk mask the smell of riders) to get a closer encounter with the gnu and lechwe moving across the golden floodplains of the Okavango Delta.

C ul i n ar y E s ca p e s Whether you are an enthusiastic gourmet who considers food an art form, an avid wine connoisseur who appreciates the subtleties of the finest vintages or someone who relishes sitting down with close friends to enjoy a fantastic home-cooked meal in the finest luxury hotels — you will enjoy this trip. Villas in Tuscany, estancias in Argentina, organic haciendas in Spain and kibbutzim in Jerusalem have added culinary classes to their offerings. No, you don’t have to cook but you might appreciate trawling the local markets with your private chef or villa host for the freshest produce and indigenous ingredients.

C o n s p i cu o u s A u s ter i t y While some tend to take a selfindulgent holiday, more well-heeled travelers treasure genuine experiences that give them a sense of self more than extravagant comfort and excessive amenities. These are for people who want to escape the pressures of their daily lives and reflect on their vision of the future. It could be on a desert, high up in the mountains or deep in the jungle.

H eart ware v s . H ard ware

Discover the White Continent with expert polar explorers who will guide you in crossing the legendary Drake Passage from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula.

As more lifestyle choices open up to Baby Boomers, many are making vacation decisions based on preventive rather then curative approaches to health. Some seek nontraditional practices to recharge their soul — from yoga/spa or ayurvedic retreats high up in the Himalayas to cosmetic travel in space-age clinics in Switzerland, or detoxification and weight-loss programs. J a n u a r y 2 0 0 8 M A B U H A Y 31


Surrounded by mosaic papyrus and reed beds, the Xudum Lodge in Botswana lies deep within an exclusive 25,000-ha. wilderness concession southeast of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

G lam p i n g

FULFILL YOUR TRAVEL WISHLIST IN THE PHILIPPINES: Global Nomad Corporation Ltd. UGL-A, Grand Hamptons Tower 1, 31st Street corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Tel: (632) 856 3351, Fax: (632) 856 1916, Email: info@globalnomad.com, Web: www.globalnomad.com

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Camping cannot get more glamorous than this. Banish the thought of porta-potties and bland canned food; now think of stylish tents or pods, private chefs, copper bathtubs with overhead rainshowers and dedicated local staff composed of naturalist/biologist guides all set in stunning back-to-nature wilderness retreats. Because they can be set up in remote locations that permanent structures cannot reach, tents provide eco-friendly yet stylish travelers an adventurous experience without giving up their creature comforts. You can observe the Bengal tigers in their natural habitat in India, watch the wildebeest migration in Tanzania or just stand in awe of the raw, natural beauty of Patagonia.

Surv i v o r C h i c Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been scientifically proven that those who take less vacations and are constantly under stress and pressure tend to live shorter lives. Tough times call for an escape from the rat race. Take a breather and embark on a journey of self-discovery, best inspired by a magical landscape with a sense of space. You will gain strength and a renewed sense of purpose to be able to handle the obstacles life throws at you.


NOTES FROM LORENZO URRA

Global Nomad founder Lorenzo Urra

The best part of being a travel designer is making your travel fantasies come true!  I still dream of going to Syria, Iran, and the Amazon.  The UNESCO World Heritage List should include Mt. Apo National Park Traveling to the Philippines is like selecting what to taste in a buffet of over 7,107 islands to explore!  As a traveler, I spend a lot of time researching destinations and this is what led me to start Global Nomad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to bring our curated travel ideas to discriminating travelers who cannot easily find the best that each unique destination has to offer. Global Nomad can show you a tailor-made, culturally authentic style of travel that captures layers of experiences that will make your journey unforgettable. 

(ABOVE) Located at the heart of Koiyaki in Kenya, this camp offers luxury tents with a 270-degree panoramic view of the Maasai Mara, famous for its Big Cats and game, and the perfect place to witness the Great Migration. (LEFT) About an hour north of Vancouver, the highest peak in British Columbia has no crowd, no lift lines and no tracks, just your personal chopper pilot finding the best powder snow and a private chef whipping up regional delicacies in your chalet at the end of the day.

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A DEEPER

Bali Take a deep breath and follow a new healing path to Bali.

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ong before the world knew Eat, Pray, Love, it has known Bali. Today, with the opening of a new eco-conscious highland retreat in Ubud, the path to peace and enlightenment seems even more sustainable.

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) The Fivelements restaurant, Sakti offers vegan cuisine using ingredients grown in Bali; Underwater music and chromotherapy lighting furnish the healing center’s water pool; A bath of native flower petals is used in the traditional Balinese foot cleansing; A thatch of alang alang blankets the mandala group function space. Photos courtesy of Fivelements Puri Ahisma

Fivelements Puri Ahisma is a sanctuary that seeks to share the Balinese way of life through its healing touch. It combines Balinese therapies, organic cuisine, and sacred arts for a deeper experience of the place, which centers on the five elements of healing: earth (for nurturing energy), water (for stillness and deep rest), fire (for warmth and love), wood (for renewal), and metal (for sense of value).

The healers come from generations of Balinese families gifted with a mastery of their healing rituals. Wayan, who does the Panca Mahabhuta therapy (US$95 plus tax and service charge), learned the skill from his Balinese father at a young age. After prayer and meditation, Wayan’s hands pass over the client’s body to search for physical ailments and emotional burdens, and try to work a J a n u a r y 2 0 0 8 M A B U H A Y 35


Guests are welcomed by a pond-outlined meditation circle.

Our approach is to activate a new healing process that begins with honoring our highest potential. True transformation starts occurring only when we, ourselves, make a personal shift and begin to embrace a new life path

balance of the five elements on the person. Through a translator, Wayan shares what he experienced during the session and his recommendations for better health. Should the guest want an even more authentic experience, the center offers a guided visit to the home of a Balinese priest or healer. “Our approach is to activate a new healing process that begins with honoring our highest potential. True transformation starts occurring only when we, ourselves, make a personal shift and begin to embrace a new life path,” said Lahra Tatriele, who founded Fivelements with her husband Chicco and two other families. Fivelements’ Sakti dining room offers “healing cuisine” that includes dishes made from fresh and organic ingredients grown mainly in Bali. Its Balinese chef, Made Runatha, trained at California’s famed Living Light

Culinary Arts Institute, the world’s most recognized raw vegan cuisine school. The owners refer to Sakti’s raw vegan cuisine as “living foods that tap into nature’s life force.” As an eco-conscious property, Fivelements Puri Ahimsa was built using sustainable and recycled materials like bamboo, alang-alang thatched roofing, coconut wood, reclaimed ironwood from original boats and piers, rattan furniture and recycled teakwood. It features healing pools with underwater music and chromotherapy lighting. PAL flies between Manila and Jakarta (via Singapore) daily. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888) or log on to www. philippineairlines.com.

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Taipei Cit y o f L i g h t s

Like most Asian megacities, Taiwan’s capital never sleeps. The drab concrete boxes that defined the architecture of yesteryear have given over to a vibrant, neonlit urban landscape that shows its true colors after the sun sets. Photojournalist MATTHEW JONES heads out to the night to capture Taipei’s after-hours vibe. Taipei 101 Located in the city’s Xinyi district, the 509-metertall Taipei 101 was until last year the world’s tallest building. It still holds many world records, including the fastest elevators and the largest tuned mass damper visible from the 89th-floor observatory. The ground floors are occupied by an immense shopping mall.

Taipei Arena The shining jewel in Taipei’s Nanjing East Road area, Taipei Arena is a 15,000-seat multi-function venue that hosts major sports events and concerts. It’s also home to an all-season Olympic-sized ice rink. The curved curtain wall measures 100m x 20m, and forms a giant LED billboard.

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The Grand Hotel One of Taipeiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and best-known landmarks, the Grand Hotel was built in 1952 to provide luxurious accommodation for foreign dignitaries visiting Taiwan. Though its glory has long faded, it remains a favorite place to stay among visitors seeking an authentic Taiwan experience.

Taipei Fine Arts Museum Now temporarily enclosed within the grounds of the Taipei International Flora Expo, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum has recently undergone a major renovation. Currently on show until February is an exhibit of paintings, drawings, woodcuts, and ceramics by French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin.

USEFUL WEBSITES Taipei Tourism english.taipei.gov.tw/MP_100002.html What to do, eat, buy in Taipei www.taiwanfun.com Taipei News www.taipeitimes.com/ QUIRKY EATS Game for an unusual dinner? Check out these themed spots in Taipei: Ninja Restaurant (Civil Boulevard, Taipei Songshan District), Modern Toilet (Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City), A-380 In-flight Kitchen (168 Dingzhou Rd Sec 3), DS Hospital Restaurant (7 Xinsheng N Rd Sec 3, Zhongshan District).

PAL flies between Manila and Taipei daily. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888) or log on to its website www.philippineairlines.com. J a n u a r y 2 0 0 8 M A B U H A Y 39


sydney

THE HUNTER VALLEY

EXPERIENCE THE DELIGHTS OF ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER WINE REGIONS. WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY RICHARD SHAW

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ine is integral in the lifestyle of many Australians. Grapevines were bought by the first European settlers in 1788, and only 35 years later, a wine produced by explorer Gregory Blaxland won a silver medal in England, followed by a gold medal five years later. From those humble beginnings, Australia now ranks among the world’s biggest exporters of wine. It is one of those that produce all the major wine varieties, thanks to its diverse climate and soil. Today, there are over 60 wine-making regions across Australia, attracting more and more people who are eager to sample wines, explore the scenery of rolling vineyards and rustic country towns, and indulge in excellent restaurants, eateries, and cafés. I’m headed on a two-hour drive north of Sydney, to one of Australia’s oldest and best-known wine regions — the Hunter Valley. Today, over 3,500 hectares of vines cover the area with around 120 large and small wineries. The Hunter is lauded worldwide for its premium Semillon, Shiraz, and other varieties. My first stop is the Hunter Valley Wine School where I’m about to learn the intricate process involved in making wine. Following a 15-minute film that illustrated the cultivating of the grapes to the bottling process, our host Judy describes the intricacies of four popular local wine varieties: Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Judy explains what we should look for in each wine and what foods are best suited to each. “The Semillon goes beautifully with seafood,” she declares. I head now to one of the region’s prominent wineries, Hungerford Hill. Today wineries like Hungerford have impressive restaurants with exquisite vistas across the rolling vineyards—proving exceptionally popular among visitors.

WINING HUNGERFORD HILL WINES www.hungerfordhill.com.au TEMPUS TWO www.tempustwo.com.au BROKENWOOD WINES www.brokenwood.com.au TYRRELL’S WINES www.tyrrells.com.au LINDEMANS & ROSEMOUNT WINES www.rosemountestate.com.au HUNTER VALLEY WINE SCHOOL www.huntervalley.com.au HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS / VILLAGE www.hvg.com.au

STAYING CROWNE PLAZA HUNTER VALLEY www.ichotelsgroup.com (Rates from A$183) LOCHINVAR HOUSE www.lochinvarhouse.com (Rates from A$198) GUESTHOUSE MULLA VILLA www.mullavilla.com.au (Rates from A$85 per person) DINING AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE (Mains start at A$30) www.amandas.com.au BLISS COFFEE ROASTERS www.blisscoffee.com.au

(TOP) The modern Cellar Door at the Hungerford Hill Winery in Hunter Valley, New South Wales. (LEFT) The Lindemans Winery, also in the area

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Shops line the Hunter Valley Gardens Village.

Down the road, Tempus Two Winery houses an ultramodern building, Tempus Two’s Cellar Door. In here you’ll find a chic Japanese restaurant and a boutique cheese shop. Just across the road, Brokenwood Wines, once the hobby winery of three Sydney lawyers, has blossomed into one of the Hunter Valley’s most renowned establishments. I learn that their signature “Graveyard Shiraz” (red) is named so because the source of its grapes was once earmarked as a graveyard. Up next, the lavishly designed Hunter Valley Gardens features 12 themes, including Chinese and Italian gardens plus a delightfully aromatic rose garden. Alongside stands the Hunter Valley Gardens Village with a gorgeous array of boutiques, specialty and produce shops, cafés, and even a resort. Eager to fully explore the valley, many visitors spend a night or two in the area. There are a number of great accommodation options. The Crowne Plaza sits among other resorts, but ever popular are the quaint bed-and-breakfasts in the area. With two exquisite guest rooms, Lochinvar House

is a delightful 1841 Georgian-Victorian home on a 35-hectare property. Mulla Villa is an original Magistrates home built in 1840 by convicts. The Hunter is also awash with wonderful restaurants and cafés. Amanda’s On The Edge sits amid a vineyard, offering panoramic views. Using fresh local produce, popular dishes include Lamb Rack on Spinach and Fetsa Cheese Filo, and Crispy Skinned Duck Maryland. Located inside the Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Bliss Coffee Roasters is a wonderful espresso bar serving boutique hand-roasted coffee with a sumptuous selection of sweets and savory dishes. PAL flies between Manila and Sydney five times weekly. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888) or log on to www.philippineairlines.com.

SYDNEY DINING ARIA RESTAURANT GO FOR: Panoramic views across Sydney Harbor, fresh Australian produce, an extensive award-winning wine list. TRY THEIR: Peking duck consommé with duck dumplings, Shaved abalone and mushrooms. BUDGET: A$36-46 (entrées), A$44-56, (main course) and A$24-28 (dessert). 1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay, Sydney; Web: www. ariarestaurant.com QUAY GO FOR: Sweeping views from the Opera House to the Harbour Bridge, innovative dishes by head chef Peter Gilmore. TRY THEIR: Berkshire pig jowl, Maltose Crackling, and the famous Snow Egg dessert. BUDGET: A$155 (four courses). Overseas Passenger

Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney; Web: www.quay. com.au ROCKPOOL BAR AND GRILL GO FOR: Its location in a 1936 American art deco style skyscraper, wood fire grilled meats, seafood from Australia’s very best suppliers, and Australia’s greatest wine list. TRY THEIR: Charcoal Roast Chorizo, Potato and White Beans, and some of the best steaks. BUDGET: A$14-35 (entrées), A$19-160 (main course) and A$8-28 (dessert). 66 Hunter St., Sydney; Web: www.rockpool.com.au

Grilled Rangers Valley Black Angus Beef Fillet and the Steamed Murray Cod fillet. BUDGET: A$33-39 (entrées), A$38-58 (main course), A$26-28 (desserts). 252 George Street, Sydney; Web: www.merivale.com

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR RICHARD SHAW is an Australian writer and photographer, focusing mostly on editorial and lifestyle coverage. To view more of his work visit www.richshaw.net.

EST. GO FOR: Reputation as part of the forefront of Sydney’s dining scene and multi awardwinning head chef Peter Doyle. TRY THEIR: J a n u a r y 2 0 0 8 M A B U H A Y 45


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M e l b o u r n e ,

A u s t r a l i a

ROBIN ESROCK gets a feel of Australia’s cultural heartbeat

COLOR ME KOOKY. Lie by the seaside with the iconic Brighton beach boxes in the background. Photo by Richard Shaw

I WAS STARING DEAD INTO THE EYES OF CHOPPER Reid, Australia’s most notorious convicted murderer. Admittedly, he was on the other side of the pub’s window, and the eye contact lasted only a fraction of a second. Nobody could actually confirm it was, in fact, Chopper Reid and not some tattooed, mustached thug who looked like him, but the story nevertheless made a big impression on the Melbournites I met. Shortly after arriving in Melbourne, I understood exactly why Australians often refer to their second largest city as the country’s cultural heartbeat. Here were the freaks, punked-up and pumped-out, dressed in all the colors of the rainbow. Funky graffiti decorated downtown buildings; gothic alleyways housed art stores; rickety trams rattled past my feet. A man wearing nothing but pink underwear wandered into the middle of Flinders Street muttering crazy spells of lunacy. Having experienced Sydney’s beachiness and Perth’s sleepiness, Melbourne had the quirks of variety many people seek Down Under. I met a local named Duck on fashionable Chapel Street, an eclectic mix of foot traffic rambling past us—slackers and sporties, goths and yuppie-moms. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and the city was in full summer bloom. “There are no discernable trademarks in Melbourne,” explains Duck, “but it’s the most livable city in Australia by far.” Indeed, locals refer to Sydney as high gloss with little substance, all beach with no soul. Melbourne and Sydney have been waged in a struggle to be Australia’s premier city for over a century, which is one of the reasons the Sydney Opera House was built—to do one over Melbourne. 46 M A B U H A Y

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I spent an afternoon using the free-of-charge Circle Tram to explore downtown, and even without a trademark site or golden beach, it was clear that Melbourne was still a beautiful city with a wonderful buzz to it. Later I zipped around in Duck’s metallic blue Mini Cooper convertible, continuing on Fitzroy Street and into the popular neighborhood of St. Kildare. I explored the narrow, distinctly European-like alley boulevards, with pop art galleries, hyper-styled graffiti and hip designer boutiques. With my iPod jamming out popular Melbourne band Cat Empire, I continued along the Princess Walk past the various sport stadiums, the enormous tennis complex that hosts the Australian Open, the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is a city clearly in love with its sports. I finally decided to figure out why everyone I met was so unnerved about my possible chance encounter with the notorious Chopper Reid. I picked up a DVD called Chopper, starring Melbourne’s Eric Bana in the role that made him famous. Chopper apparently killed some guy outside a famous Melbourne pub, and after carving off his own ears in prison (seriously), has since gone on to become one of Australia’s most successful authors. Today, Chopper lives on a farm in Tasmania, breeding chickens, most likely trained to kill. Melbourne, an eclectic, creative and sometimes unusual city, sure knows how to deliver the character. ROBIN ESROCK is the host of Word Travels, seen on the National Geographic and Travel Channel. PAL flies between Manila and Melbourne (via Sydney) five times weekly. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888 and +632 855 7777) or log on to www.philippineairlines.com.


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Luxury

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

at the

Heart of Eastwood City

The newest addition to the Richmonde hotel brand rises at the heart of Eastwood City, the first urban community east of Manila developed by leading real estate developer Megaworld Corporation. Bearing the name of this pioneering live-work-play enclave, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel (ERH) completes the city’s mix of establishments and answers the lodging needs of business and leisure travelers in Quezon City and the neighboring Pasig City and Bonifacio Global City areas.

Classic and contemporary are two words that usually do not go together, but these readily come to mind as one steps into ERH’s lobby. From the eye-catching, first-of-its-kind crystal clusters that adorn the ceiling lights reflecting on the oversized copper columns, to the art deco works found throughout the hotel, the hotel’s interiors impress but do not overwhelm, with a seeming timeless trendiness that constantly excites the senses. ERH’s 138 guest rooms boast of luxurious modern conveniences and classic, yet plush, comforts, such as, Wi-Fi internet access, 37” LCD TV with cable channels, DVD player, and iPod dock with alarm clock, among others. According to Director of Marketing Joey Bernardino, “The furnishings and fixtures of the hotel offer top quality accommodations which more than satisfies the requirements of any world class traveler.” Also notable are the hotel’s restaurant outlets, namely, the Eastwood Café, The Gallery and The Lounge which are the hotel’s main dining area, the bar and lobby 47 M A B U H A Y

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lounge, respectively. Food & Beverage Director Rosalie Samson enthuses, “Gastronomes will surely delight in the assortment of epicurean offerings of ERH. All found at the lobby level, these restaurants may be accessed easily by both in-house guests and visitors of Eastwood City.” Elegant and multi-functional, ERH’s banquet facilities, coupled with the hotel’s central location in the metropolitan area, provide exceptional venue options for corporate events and social affairs. To fulfill the wellness needs of its guests, ERH has a Fitness Center, complete with a gym, personal trainers, locker rooms, sauna rooms, and a rooftop swimming pool, located at the 39th floor. Offering support to the busy executive is the Business Center that provides secretarial services, plus meeting rooms and private offices for rent. “But distinguishing itself from the other hotels,” relates Resident Manager Mario Justo Jr., “is the Richmonde spirit embodied in all of ERH’s staff which presents guests with a unique experience that is warm, sincere, comforting, and entirely delightful.” Indeed, the “Distinctly Richmonde. Distinctly Personal.” standard and aspiration of the Richmonde brand continues in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City 1110, Philippines. For inquiries and reservations, you may call (632) 570-7777, send an email to erh@richmondehotel.com.ph or log on to www.richmondehotel.com.


Melbourne’s Luna Park, with its distinctive entrance, first opened in 1912. It is located in St. Kilda which is home to other main attractions of the city like Fitzroy Street and St. Kilda beach.

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ome cities wear their landmarks on their sleeves, iconic images reproduced on T-shirts and mugs. Melbourne, not so much. Its highlights are the creativity and culture found everywhere, the experiences to be savored, and gems to be uncovered.

TOURIST HIGHLIGHTS TRAMS: Like the awkward lovechild of a bus and a train, a great way to get around the city or reach the cultural hotspots just outside the center. FLINDERS STREET STATION: Melbourne’s main train station and most familiar landmark. FEDERATION SQUARE: This cultural epicenter stands across from Flinders Street Station. YARRA RIVER: Wonderful for walks, or even better, a boat ride. GARDENS: The inner city is littered with green spaces. Stroll and explore. AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL: Go out, see a game, buy a pie, and try to figure out what the hell is going on. OUTSIDE THE CITY CENTER: Take a short tram ride and spend a few hours exploring Fitzroy, Carlton, St. Kilda, Richmond, Toorak, Brunswick, South Melbourne, and Williamstown.

BEST PLACES TO GET LOST LOOKING In most big cities, it’s advisable to stick to the brightly lit main streets. In Melbourne, it’s the opposite, with many of the highlights hidden down inner-city laneways. First up is Degraves Street, just across Flinders Street station. Get there on a weekday for a coffee, soup, or a cupcake—it’s a bit of Europe café culture in Melbourne. Around the corner and across from Federation Square is Hosier Lane, world-renowned for its graffiti. Modiva isn’t too bad for tapas either. For street art while you drink, head to Section 8 (27-29 Tattersalls Lane), also known as the container bar because the toilets and bar are old shipping containers, and Australians like to nickname stuff for what they are. On the same street, known for cheap eats is the Shanghai Dumpling Restaurant (23 Tattersalls Lane). Also worth finding for the food is the Hu Tong Dumpling Bar (14-16 Market Lane), it’s at the center of a laneway network that features restaurants and bars galore. BEST MORNING MEANDERINGS In Melbourne it’s the bad coffee that gets all the attention, since good coffee is so easy to find. For some of the finest, head to the gloriously wide and tree-lined Rathdowne Street in Carlton, and indulge yourself at any of the several fine cafes. A quick tip: the busiest ones are the best. The most famous place for a coffee in Melbourne is probably Brunetti, now with several locations, the pick of them being the original (198-204 Faraday Street, Carlton). For a real slice of urban Melbourne café culture, try La Paloma (259 Albert Street, Brunswick), if you can find it. The coffee is phenomenal, as is the atmosphere and the fresh rolls. BEST AREAS TO BUY SOMETHING ORIGINAL Shopping centers or malls are pretty much the same around the world. While in Melbourne, try to avoid them: the alternatives are far superior. In the city search out the Royal Arcade (335 Bourke Street Mall) and the Block Arcade (282 Collins Street). Their architectural features include glass canopies, mosaic tile flooring, and wrought iron finishes.

Melbourne’s Mecca for anyone addicted to Sex and the City is Chapel Street and Toorak Road in South Yarra. For more offbeat fashions and local creations, head to Brunswick and Gertrude streets in Fitzroy. No shopping excursion to Melbourne is complete without a trip to the Queen Victoria Market. World-famous for its myriad of fresh produce is the night market every Wednesday in summer, with live music, fine arts and crafts, and hot food from around the world. BEST VIEWS WITH A DRINK IN YOUR HAND If you can conquer the stairs, The Rooftop Bar (Curtain House, 252 Swanston Street) gives amazing views of the city. Also in the same building are Cookie, for gourmet Thai food and great cocktails, and the Toff in Town, for all things indulgent. The Carlton Hotel (193 Bourke Street) is filled with genuine stuffed animals, or at least very real-looking reproductions of giraffes, rhinos and peacock; it also has a rooftop bar. The Workshop (Level 1, 413 Elizabeth Street) has a glass and greenery filled atrium that makes for relaxed city drinking, with a great bottled beer selection, DJs, and a bustling city street vista. BEST PLACES TO USE AND ABUSE YOUR EARS A trip to Melbourne, live music capital of Australia, wouldn’t be complete without getting a sampler. Local free street presses often feature a comprehensive rundown. Top international and Australian acts can be found at the Hi-Fi Bar and Ballroom (125 Swanston Street), as well as the Corner Hotel (57 Swan Street, Richmond). For the real down-and-dirty local experience though, go and see a gig at a pub. Many are free; the rest don’t cost much, and most venues provide top grub. The Espy (11 The Esplanade, St. Kilda) has water views and several band rooms; on the other side of the city, Brunswick and Fitzroy are home to the majority of music venues. The Retreat (280 Sydney Road, Brunswick) is great for nearly any night, while late on a Friday and Saturday, check out Bar Open (317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy).

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BEST FOOD AND WHERE TO FIND IT For Italian pizza or pasta, a must is Lygon Street in Carlton. Pick any place that takes your fancy—it’s that easy. Melbourne is also renowned for combining fine food and wine, and two of the best are Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant (43 Little Bourke Street) and City Wine Shop (159 Spring Street). For some top and reasonably priced Middle-Eastern fare, check out Tiba’s Lebanese Restaurant (504 Sydney Road, Brunswick). For freshly cooked seafood, head to Claypots, with locations on both sides of the city (213 Barkly Street, St. Kilda and 153 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy).

PAL flies between Manila and Melbourne four times weekly. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888) or log on to www. philippineairlines.com.

ABOUT THE WRITER XAVIER TOBY is a regular contributor to Australian art and culture website, Lost At E Minor. Web: www. lostateminor.com

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(CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) An alley in downtown Melbourne, covered in art and color, gives the city its undeniably creative edge; The first of four annual Grand Slams, the Australian Open is held at the Melbourne Park in the last two weeks of January; The distinctive skyline of Melbourne overlooks the Yarra River, a main area of recreation in the city surrounded by parks, museums, restaurants, gardens, and even rowing sheds.

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Santo Niño! Written by Mixkaela Villalon

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hortly after sunrise, drums rumble, people—either garbed in color or painted black—spill into the streets, and joyous dancing begins. Everyone shouts “Pit Senor!” short for “Sangpit sa Señor,” Visayan for “Feast of the King.” Above the crowd’s heads, statuettes of a smiling child, crowned and regally dressed, are carried and waved around. This is the Santo Niño (Divine Child), the Philippines’ oldest Catholic icon given by the Portuguese voyager Ferdinand Magellan to Hara Amihan of Cebu. After the province was destroyed by fire, a sailor found the same Santo Niño in one of the burned houses, miraculously unscathed. Here began the celebrated divinity of the child. Marked by week-long street revelry, religious processions, lavish parades and even celebrity concerts, the festivals dedicated to the Santo Niño—Cebu’s Sinulog, Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan, and Iloilo’s Dinagyang—all happen on the first month of the year. Opening photo by Erwin Lim ña

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The biggest celebration in Cebu, the Sinulog Festival pays homage to the arrival of the Catholic faith in the islands. This week-long celebration is done with great fanfare: colorful parades, free street concerts, and an inter-baranggay competition for the flashiest Sinulog dances. Movie stars and other local celebrities can also be seen enjoying the festivities, so keep your eyes peeled! Sinulog Grand Parade on January 16 (Sunday). Photos by Erwin Lim

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During the Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan, black Santo NiĂąos are paraded to match devoteesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soot-black face and body paint. Unlike the Sinulog where spectators just watch the parade from the sidelines, the Ati-Atihan invites everyone to join in the dancing. What began as a celebration of cultural unity between Bornean datus and the dark-skinned Ati of Aklan, the festival has since incorporated the arrival of Spanish missionaries, broadening the spectrum of Aklanon cultural unity. Tribal, Balik-Ati, and Individual Ati-Atihan Contest on January 15.

At a time when mountain crops were swept away by rainfall, the Atis descended the mountains and asked the Bornean lowlanders for food through song and dance. Every year since, the Atis would entertain in exchange for food from fair-skinned Maraynons (as the Borneans came to be known as) who, proud of their newly formed friendship, began slathering soot on their faces and dancing with their dark-skinned neighbors.

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When the Spanish missionaries built their churches in Iloilo, they paraded the Santo Niño through the streets to introduce the new deity to the locals. To this day, this event is recreated during the Dinagyang Festival. It’s an absolute party with good-spirited drinking and music in public, all in the name of the Divine Infant. Tribal, Balik-Ati, and Individual Ati-Atihan Contest on January 15.

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Dinagyang is divided into the Miss Dinagyang program, Kasadyahan Street Dancing, and the Ati-Atihan Dancing. It is a requirement for all performers that partake in the celebration to use only native materials, such as feathers, rattan, and wood, to piece together their costumes.

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The Bakhawan Eco Park project was launched to reclaim Aklan’s swamplands and revive the river.

A Walk in the Park All that music and dancing at the Ati-Atihan Festival is fun, but—admit it—quite exhausting. Mixkaela Villalon takes you to a quiet side of Kalibo for a change of pace. Photos by REE DEXTER INGENIERO

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Past several hectares of mangroves is a bamboo walkway that opens up to a viewdeck and picnic cottages available for rent for Php100.

Mangroves not only nurture fishes, crabs, and shrimps, but can also offer protection from typhoon winds and flood currents.


Photographer Russel Capatoy shot this fishing scene at the Solimar Beach in Tigbauan. “It’s surprising how the good light of an afternoon sun can change the most mundane into the most brilliant,” he reflected in his blog, www.russelcapatoy. blogspot.com

Explore Iloilo

JAMES BETIA takes you through three days and two nights of budget travel in Iloilo.

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DAY 1: SOUTHERN ILOILO Start the day early with hot batchoy (pork or chicken noodle soup) for breakfast. Ted’s and Deco’s is a great place to grab a bowl. You can also try some authentic chicken inasal or grilled seafood in Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood at Villa. When you’re ready to go, take a jeepney to San Joaquin at the supermarket in Iloilo City, about 54kms away (an hour’s ride) from Iloilo City proper and watch history at these stops: San Joaquin Church. The Church of San Joaquin took a decade to finish (1859-1869). It is the only church in the Philippines with a military motif on its façade. This beautiful artwork was supposedly done to honor the architect’s father. Stop at the San Joaquin Tourism Office for more information about the town’s attractions. Campo Santo. Translated, it means the “Field of Saints.” This 19th century hilltop cemetery is still being used by the locals to bury their dead. Miag-ao. The famed UNESCO World Heritage Church of Miag-ao is also known as St. Thomas of Villanova Parish. Built in 1786, you will see uniquely carved banana and papaya trees on its façade, supported by two high belfries on each side. This fortress church was originally used by the locals to defend themselves from Moro raids. Guimbal Church. Built in 1774, this is the yellow sandstone church of Guimbal. They say that the natives were required to bring chicken eggs to be used as bonding material for the stones as they were building their parish. Tigbauan Church. The Parish of Saint John of Sahagun houses some intricate mosaics inside its plain doors.

DAY 2: GUIMARAS Head to Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo City. Pump boats go to Guimaras, and the trip takes only 15 minutes. From Jordan Wharf in Rizal, Guimaras, jeepneys take passengers to Nueva Valencia (an hour’s ride). Ask the driver to let you off at Guisi Crossing. From there, motorcycles (or habalhabal) can bring you to the Guisi Lighthouse and Heritage Cottage (Php20 each). Along the way, stop at the Trappist Monastery and buy mango jam or flavored piayas to take home. Come evening, go back and stay overnight in Guisi at The Heritage Cottage (Php1,500 a night, good for four to six people). DAY 3: ILOILO CITY Take the jeepney going back to Jordan Wharf, and return to Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo City. Then try these Do-It-Yourself Walking Tours: D-I-Y Iloilo City Walking Tour. Start at Kilometer Zero, visit the Iloilo Museum beside the Provincial Capitol then walk along Muelle Street, enjoying the Iloilo River on your left. Turn right to Arroyo Street and shop the Chinese stores. Next, head to JM Basa Street. End the walk at Plaza Libertad and take a jeepney to Jaro. D-I-Y Jaro Walking Tour. While en route to Jaro, tell the driver to drop you off at Nelly’s Garden along E. Lopez Street, and continue your walking tour northbound until you reach the Antillan Old House. Have lunch near The White House before proceeding to the Cathedral. End your tour at The White House, Filipino hero Graciano Lopez-Jaena’s birthplace.

(BELOW) The Miag-ao church, over 200 years old, is engraved with a picture of St. Christopher carrying the Christ child, but instead of wading through water as is normally depicted, they are seen walking through coconut and papaya trees. Photo by Edgar Allen Zeta-Yap. (RIGHT) Kids free-skate at the park during one of the city’s haunting sunsets. Photo by Russel Capatoy

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WHERE TO STAY RECOMMENDED PENSION HOUSES IN ILOILO: Le Cateau D’ Iloilo or El Jardin Café & Inn GUISI LIGHTHOUSE AND HERITAGE COTTAGE Call Amparo Buncad or Henrietta Dulla at (+63928) 961 1031, (+63917) 730 5874, or (+63920) 547 0288 USEFUL WEBSITES OVERVIEW OF ILOILO www.exploreiloilo.com ACCOMMODATIONS www.stayiniloilo.com ABOUT THE WRITER James Betia is backpacking around the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Read more about his travel discoveries and adventures at www. journeyingjames.com PAL flies between Manila and Iloilo City three times daily. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888) or log on to www. philippineairlines.com.


CONVERSATIONS

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Taking On the Ocean

British ocean rower and UN Climate Hero Roz Savage was a typical London yuppie when she exchanged her sports car for a high-tech row boat and decided to cross oceans with a message on environmental responsibility. She completed the Atlantic trip in 2006 and became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific in 2010. Why ocean-rowing? I wanted to have an environmentally low-impact adventure. There’s a feeling of connection that I get when I’m out in the ocean. I’m subject to the laws of nature as any other animal. What it took to cross the Pacific: 2.5 million strokes. I’m not counting each one but it takes about 10,000 strokes a day. A short environmental message: Don’t use plastic bags, use reusable grocery bags instead. I also take a reusable coffee mug everywhere. What’s next on your itinerary? In 2012, I plan to row from the US to UK, arriving just before the London Olympics. After that, I’ll plunge into (environmental) campaigning and pack up my oars because I will be 44 by then. Did you miss anything from your old life? For the first few months, I missed having a salary. But then as you go on, you learn that the world takes care of you. I don’t have much now but I found that I don’t need much. I’m certainly a lot happier than I used to be. How can people break out of their comfort zones? The first thing is having a vision, and as someone described it, if you’ve got a strong enough reason why, you’ll always figure out the how.

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Written by Blanche Fernandez Photographed by Jonathan Lau

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Kids aged 8-14 fly to Hong Kong from Bacolod to sing at the banquet; The ICM held a silent auction, as well as a live bidding over dinner; A guest gets a hug from a grateful beneficiary.

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t started with a sick woman’s wish for a coffin—not medicines or doctors, but a place to be buried. The hopelessness of that 21-yearold tuberculosis patient in Bacolod, Negros Occidental moved visiting Hong Kong-based interior designer Sharon Tan so much that she began medical and feeding missions in the province using her own funds.

Today, 18 years later, the sick woman has long gone, but Ms. Tan’s mission to help sick and poor Filipinos, particularly in the Visayas, is thriving and keeping hope alive in one of the Philippines’ largest slums. From one person’s efforts, it has become the International Care Ministries (ICM), a Hong Kong-based group that works to “release the poorest of the poor in the Philippines from spiritual, emotional and physical bondage.” And they do it with such grace and class that you just have to be a part of it. Every year, Hong Kong’s well-heeled crowd gather for one of the biggest fund-raising parties in the city, the ICM’s Annual Charity Ball. Last year’s banquet, held in November, was the biggest so far, with 850 guests trooping to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai. The dinner-auction raised a total of HK$9 million (about US$1.15 million) in one sitting, literally. 68 M A B U H A Y

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One night’s feasting covered half of ICM’s required annual budget. From the sales of 150 teddy bears (HK$1,000 each), 450 malnourished kids can be fed for six months—kids like the ones from Bacolod’s ICM Choir who sang for the guests at the Charity Ball and won Hong Kong’s heart. From the live and silent auctions of over 120 prizes and even more sponsorships , 45 preschools will run, 45 medical funds will be established, and 18,000 family members will receive livelihood support this year. “The staff at one of our bases prayed for weeks for a total of no less than Php50 million. The final result was almost exactly Php50 million,” said Dave Sutherland, managing director at Morgan Stanley Asia who chairs the ICM board. What was once a dying woman’s plea became a nation’s call for help—one that a kind neighbour, who was just passing by, did not turn down. That, I suppose, is the closest you can get to being a Good Samaritan these days. MORE INFO Go to www.caremin.com for more information on how you can be involved with its work in the Philippines.


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Heart of a Volunteer

Canadian volunteers prepare to dig the foundation for a school building.

Volunteering while traveling teaches us about a deeper side of life. We interviewed volunteers of the Rise Above Foundation, a charity organization in Cebu. In the last half of 2010, it connected 57 volunteers from Europe and North America to its local projects. Photos courtesy of Rise Above Foundation “My wife Märit, myself and our two kids went to the Philippines on vacation to backpack and do volunteer work. Before we left Sweden, we did a fundraiser and brought two big bags of clothing and toys. To see my three-year-old son give away his favorite toys that he had brought from his room in Sweden really changed my life. God did big things in my heart. Things that had been really important to me before now lost their value. We fell in love with the Philippine people, their culture, and their country.” −Alexander Christiansson, from Sweden “Instead of going to the main cities and doing touristy things, you’re becoming a part of the community and helping to make a difference. It’s been a lot of hard work, but so fun.” −Sonya, from Canada

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Apparently, there is science behind that old saying, “You help yourself when you help others.” Volunteering or getting involved in a cause to the point of seeing results is good for health, especially of the elderly.

“We are all very different than when we first got here three weeks ago. It’s been an exciting and life changing experience—worth every single penny and drop of sweat.” −Andrew, from Canada

Dr. Felicitas Soriano confirmed studies that retirees who volunteer usually live longer because the psychological satisfaction they get from being useful and important to somebody leads to their physical well-being. They do not deteriorate from depression, like most seniors who suffer from the empty nest syndrome. Instead, they enjoy the feeling of being loved and appreciated.

“It’s helped us to gain perspective. I wrote it all down in a daily log to remind myself of the places I went and the people that we met. The experience has been a deep one for me.” −Tory, from Toronto, Canada

“We recommend volunteering to aging patients because they suffer depression. They can’t sleep; they don’t have anything to do. We tell them to teach or go out and volunteer in church or hospitals. Be a member of a cause, socialize. It’s part of our prescription,” Dr. Soriano says.

“I played football with some kids who were very poor. Their playground was just a big muddy field with glass shards everywhere. We had to first remove the shards. Then we played football as I never played football before—there were at least 30 players on each team. The kids were so excited about playing that I think they forgot the reality of poverty for a little while.” −Mette Roey, from Denmark CONTACT Elisabet and Flemming Hansen: (+32) 255 1063, (+927) 222 2262; www.RiseAboveCebu.Wordpress.com; www.riseabove-cebu.org (English); www.riseabove.dk (Dansk) 70 M A B U H A Y

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“When you feel good, your entire body feels good. Everything is in the head: all vital organs are controlled by the brain,” she says. Volunteering is also good for children, especially the rich and bored. Instead of trying to find life’s meaning in other things, they learn more from a single trip to an orphanage or any place where they come face-to-face with people who do not have what they take for granted. “I know rich teenagers who, by the time they’re 18, have already sent somebody to school. When they see the results, they get this sense of being unselfish because they have helped others,” she says. Dr. Felicitas Soriano is the head of the UERM Department of Psychiatry and a former president of the Philippine Psychiatric Association. She may be reached at (+63917) 811 5251.


W h e n

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Tr ansforms

They came, they saw, they lived. No words are ever enough to explain the real value of travel to the traveler, and the transformation that comes from experiencing a strange, distant slice of the universe. Seasoned travelers share intimate insights on their most unforgettable trips. It makes you think: Where can I go to find that feeling?

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Cynthia’s oasis on a Moroccan desert

CYNTHIA ROSENFELD

Contributing Editor, Conde Nast Traveler Southeast Asia

MOROCCAN MAGIC One minute we are driving through sleepy villages, then suddenly we pass one last turquoise painted house and our car is driving into the sand. In an instant we’re in the desert. At first I feel terrified, afraid the car could break down and wonder if we have GPS. Nothing looks familiar. Then the beauty of the dunes lulls me into a peaceful state. We pass some camels and palm trees at a real oasis. When we get to our camp, we jump out and run through the dunes, make sand castles. That night I count five shooting stars.

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ALYA HONASAN

Freelance Writer and Editor, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

AT PEACE IN BHUTAN It is truly the closest one can get to the mythical Shangri-La on Earth. It’s a place of laughing, gentle people, endless stretches of sublime green hills and fields, low-hanging clouds, temples and monasteries. Bhutan has to be experienced to be believed, because you feel the peace—an almost tangible, refreshing lightness in your heart that makes you sigh—as soon as you arrive.

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Alya blissful with Bhutan’s young monks

We negotiated a long hike to reach Taktshang Goemba, the Tiger’s Nest, a monastery perched on steep cliffs high above Paro, the wind whistling in our ears. Hearts still thumping, we walked into a Buddhist ritual where monks chanted, lights were dimmed, and incense wafted through the air. Even the sound of our breath seemed a violation of the sanctity of the occasion, so we basked in perfect, beautiful silence. Bhutan is what the world would be like if man were more compassionate.

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Lester’s camera sees Myanmar’s temples

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LESTER V. LEDESMA

Multi-Awarded Travel Photojournalist

ANOTHER WORLD: MYANMAR I was already a seasoned traveler when I first set foot in Myanmar, and I was half-expecting it to be a progressive, rapidly modernizing, tourist dollar-hungry country like the other Southeast Asian nations I’ve visited. Little did I know that it was a totally different world. Because of its decades-long political isolation, Myanmar seemed frozen in time. At its capital Yangon, vintage Russian buses shared the streets with creaking 1980s Toyotas and 1950s motorbikes. Crumbling colonial-era architecture was a common sight. In the countryside; saffron-robed monks walked barefoot past rice fields that peasants have worked the same way for centuries. Here, the smiles were genuine, and foreign faces were met with curiosity and hospitality. Here, everyone wore a native dress and tradition remained stronger than TV. Not one person I met over there had ever seen a Filipino before. That blew my mind. 72 M 72AM BU AH BU AH Y A JYa n Ju a nr yu a2r0y11 2008


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Lori’s love affair with India

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Joan (left) and the simple life in El Nido

LORI BLACKBURN

Travel Writer

INDIA AWAKENED ME My heart remains in exotic India, especially in its holiest city, Varanasi. Here, life and death collide along the sacred Ghats. As people wash themselves on the banks of the Mother Ganges, nearby the dead are cremated on sandalwood pyres. Filled with temples, rituals, and mystics, Varanasi is said to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. For three days we sailed down the Ganges and camped on the shores at night. In the early darkness of the final morning, we awoke to a dramatic lightning storm. Huge bolts crashed beyond the river as the wind rushed around. Later, we docked along the steps of Varanasi where naked saddhus smoked chillums, chanting pilgrims practiced yoga, and the air hung heavy with incense. At Dasaswamedh Ghat, we watched the sunset candle ceremony, releasing floating candles and flowers into the river. It was the perfect initiation to this mysterious city.

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ANNE GONZALES

President and Owner, Havaianas Philippines

AN INSIDER’S RIO DE JANEIRO A trip to Rio with my husband was made extra memorable courtesy of Samuel, our taxi driver. He took us to all the popular sites as any tour guide would. Corcovado, Pao de Azucar, Maracana, and Copacabana were just a few of the stops in our itinerary. But as a true Carioca insider, he gave us a glimpse of the local experience that included authentic churrasco (Grilled chicken heart never tasted so good!) in an eatery frequented by fellow taxi drivers, and shopping in a favorite market where we enjoyed his version of coffee so sugary sweet. We drove to the outskirts of Rio where the ocean seemed endless and the land so lush. He spoke only Portuguese, we spoke only English, but with a little Spanish, some hand gestures and facial expressions, it was like we were speaking the same language and seeing the city through the same eyes. 73 M A B U H A Y

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Nyx meets the Iks of Uganda

JOAN BULAUITAN

Creative and Content Developer, GMA New Media, Inc.

DISCOVERING BEAUTY IN EL NIDO On a trip to El Nido, Malapacao Island, I met a British-Australian resort owner named Leeann who was so comfortable with her body that I began to feel that way too. She had a nature goddess kind of vibe, an Eve to her Eden-esque resort, with its 220-meter-long whitesand beach, lush fruit and flower garden, and thick forest that serves as home to Palawan hornbills, herons, woodpeckers, and pittas. Her simple, self-sustaining yet nature-pampered lifestyle resonated with me, so much so that I believed her when she said I was capable of climbing one of the towering limestone cliffs that stood on guard on her island, sans rope and harness. And I actually did.

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NYX MARTINEZ

Travel Writer/Features Editor, Mabuhay Magazine

A WEEK WITH THE IK TRIBE One of the most inspiring moments I, along with four other volunteers, felt was on a beautiful escarpment, between the mountain borders of Kenya and Uganda. We had pitched our tents under the moonlight, and were far, far away from civilization. The Turkana and Dodoth warring tribes were camped nearby, we knew. Together we had made the week-long drive with water, food, and gas rations piled into our jeep. It would be a week spent with the Ik tribe, a remote mountain people nearly forgotten by the rest of Uganda—indeed, by the rest of the world. When I met these people who possessed only the single cloth on their backs, it felt like we had gone back thousands of years in time. And maybe we did—to the simplicity of life as it was then. To the pureness and nothingness found in a place like this. It was the naked, red earth, simply known as Africa.


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Curry Love By NYX MARTINEZ

In India, curry is a general term used for any savory sauce made from different spices. It goes well with rice or bread. Photo courtesy of Grace Figovc

THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT CURRY. The way it sizzles on one’s palate and fills a room with aromatic flavor. The way it conjures memories— for me, distant memories of arriving in a unique world known as India when I was just five years old. It was a world where elephants and cattle crossed the road, and you didn’t dare cross them. Where rickshaws rattled by and we hunted for quartz stones outside our simple house in Madurai, south of the country. Where the first thing that hit you when alighting the airplane was that dizzying scent—of people from all walks of life, women garbed in colorful saris, bearded men wearing ash on their foreheads, and food, spicy food. Food in street stalls and food in iron casts, the dances of spice swirling out on crowded streets buzzing with energy, frantic with noise. India was crazy, yes, but also tantalizing and delicious. Twenty-three years later, I won my husband’s heart by cooking curry, having learned the secrets of seduction by concocting exotic cuisines. Did India teach me that, her flavorful way of life making such an impression at an early age? I suppose it was, in fact, Thailand, where I lived as a teenager and was introduced to its version of curry, called gaeng kiew wan. Thais use coconut milk to cream the curry, blending it to be either mild or on-fire hot. During a short visit to Malaysia, I learned of their peanut-infused curry, and recently, in Vietnam, was introduced to Saigon’s curry soup, a potato-laden dish better eaten with bread than rice. 74 M A B U H A Y

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Imagine my delight when I traveled to Germany, and, on a rain-drenched, intoxicated Oktoberfest night, discovered Currywurst! This Deustcher staple street food made its debut in Berlin in 1949, when Herta Heuwer decided to combine ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and basic curry powder into a concoction poured over grilled pork sausage. Today, Currywurst is almost a German pop icon, the exotic foodie trend that refused to go away. Last week, a craving forced me into a nearby café whose seasonal gimmick announced a new dish on their menu—curry! I had it for lunch but was more than a bit disappointed because this was not the curry of my youth, not the one strong with turmeric and coriander and cumin, grounded with mortar and pestle, and served with a bowl of curd. This was a distilled version—and you can’t water down love. But tonight, yes! I finally find a place, closer to home than I’d suspected. It’s the Legend of India restaurant (Tel: (02) 836 4232; 114B Jupiter Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City, Philippines). The owners and chefs are all Indian, proving there’s no better way to get the taste you crave than straight from the source. Celebrating its first anniversary, the young fine-dining restaurant has gained popularity by mere word of mouth. I order the Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh (Goat Curry) and Palak Paneer (Cheese with Spinach). One bite and I knew—my search is over. I am satisfied; I have tasted India.

FINDING CURRY RAJU MANDHYAN, host of Expat Insights TV (www. mandhyan.com), recommends other places to find Indian cuisine in Manila: HOLE-IN-THE-WALL: Swagat restaurant is low-key, well priced and clean, run by Indians Komal and Sanjay Khanchandani. (119 FCC Building, Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City; Tel.: (+632) 752-5669) NICE QUICK LUNCH: New Bombay restaurant is popular, delicious, and has grown fast, with a few branches. (Tower 1 G/F The Columns, 6821 Ayala Ave. cor. Gil Puyat Brgy. Bel – Air or 5/F The Podium, ADB Ave. Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City; Tel: (+632) 637-4367) CLASSIC MEAL: Kashmir restaurant is Manila’s oldest Indian restaurant run by an Indian family. Its rich food hasn’t changed much in years.


DECONSTRUCTING CURRY

From basileus, Greek word for “king,” basil is used in many dishes around the globe. It is easy to grow. Herbalists recommend basil for nausea, motion sickness and as digestion aid.

One of the easiest ways to bring a dish to life is by adding chili powder. Usually a mix of ground cayenne peppers, paprika, garlic and cumin, chili powder contains the chemical compound capsaicin which helps

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Indian cooking has influenced the whole world. Today, you can find it almost everywhere. Executive Chef Thomas Figovc of the Leela Hotel in India tells us what defines Indian curry.

Q: How is Indian curry different from other curries around the world? India has many regions with different influences, more than 40 languages and diverse styles of cooking. Generally, Indian curry relies heavily on the quality and kind of blended spices: we call this masala. It’s a combination of either powdered or pasted spices like cardamom, turmeric, anise, and coriander.. Q: What is the history of curry in India, and where did it originate? Indian history goes back to 3,000 B.C. Some cooking equipment which were used 2,500 years ago are still being used today, such as the tandoor oven or what is known as a clay oven. Q: Can you tell us about the different regions and their styles of cooking? The land of India had many conquerors who brought their own food and style of cooking with them. Here’s how you can recognize some of them: Awadhi, North Indian area: Here, it is cooked with many spices such as cardamom and cloves, plus almonds and chestnuts for the gravy of the curry. 76 M A B U H A Y

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Native to India, green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight. It is known to relieve heartburn and improve metabolism. It is also believed to be a natural aphrodisiac.

The star anise is a less expensive substitute to the anise herb that provides most curry dishes with a subtle licorice taste. Commonly grown in China, it is also used as an antiviral to Tami flu

Punjabi, Northwest India and Pakistan: This is well-known around the world. Their curries are cooked with tomatoes, onions, butter and cream. Malabar, Western Ghats Area and Kerala: The use of coconut for seafood and fish is dominant. Jain / Mharwadi: You can find this in communities all over India. It is 100 percent vegetarian. Their food is cooked without onions or garlic. The use of Ghee (clarified butter) is commended. Bengal: Those from this area in and around Calcutta cooktheir curry with mustard oil, mustard seeds, and often, yoghurt. In India, curry is eaten with rice or Naan bread. Condiments are yoghurts or raithas. Vegetables like allo gobi are also eaten at the same time. The amazing thing about Indian cuisine is that there are no strict rules with the technique—only the basic standard in terms of what spices to use when getting the right flavor from a particular region. But the best way to learn about curry is to come to India and have a taste from the authentic curry land itself! CONTACT INFO Email: Thomas.Figovc@theleela. com; Web: www.theleela.com Thomas lives in New Delhi with his Filipino wife Grace (who wrote Incredible, Indeed in this issue) and their two kids.


An easily accessible tourist attraction, the Humayun Tomb in New Delhi is the resting place of Emperor Humayun, the second Mughal ruler, and 78 M A B U H A Y J a n u a r y 2 0 0 8 his wives. Photo by Erwin Lim


Incredible, Indeed With its blend of rich history, amazing architecture, exotic spices and even more exotic people, India is its own cup of tea. GRACE LUNA FIGOVC takes you to a world that bursts with diversity.

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ndia could be the poster girl for truth in advertising. With more than one billion people, at least seven major religions, and the world’s biggest democracy, India is a melting pot of cultures, traditions and social standards. The diversity is so exhilarating that the thousand movies done by Bollywood each year might not do it justice. More than a destination, India is a way of life.

Surrounded by the Himalayan Mountain Range, the country enjoys four seasons throughout the year: winter (January–February), summer (March–May), monsoon (June–September) and post-monsoon (October–December), making it a versatile travel destination. You can choose from an array of holidays: backwater adventures in Kerala, a relaxing stay at a hill station in Mussoorie, a colorful festivity in Rajasthan or a water-rafting thrill in the Ganges River. The country’s travel and living menu provides an endless list of things to see and do. 80 M A B U H A Y

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This intricately designed red sandstone mausoleum of Emperor Humayun has heavy Persian influences. Photo by Erwin Lim

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History and Culture

The Taj Mahal in Agra is the most famous icon of India. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this majestic structure is the country’s stunner and the centerpiece of its multi-faceted personality for centuries. “The sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes” was how Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan described this magnificent memorial to his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631. The whole complex, which is spread across 42 acres, took 20,000 workers, INR41 million, 500 kilos of gold and 22 years to build. Exquisite marbles, jasper, and agate, all imported from Europe, don this “Islamic Garden of Paradise” whose walls are etched with calligraphic panels of Koranic verses. The floral designs outlined by inlaid semiprecious stones (known as Pietra Dura) give the feel of a bejewelled casket. Morning visits to the Taj Mahal are most comfortable, as there are fewer tourists, but sunset views of the palatial tomb are more dramatic. The Taj Mahal can also be seen for five nights around full moon but limited spots are available for this, and tickets must be bought in advance. (Open 6 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Saturday to Thursday. Entrance fees are INR750 for foreigners and INR20 for locals).

Mughal emperor. Known as “Dormitory of the House of Timur,” the Humayun Tomb is divided into chambers that house the graves of Humayun’s wives, Shah Jahan’s son Dara Shikoh, and other Mughal dynasty rulers. (Open everyday. Entrance fee is INR250 for foreigners and INR10 for locals). The Fatehpur Sikri located 40 kms west of Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this royal complex has an exquisite mosque and three palaces for Akbar’s favorite wives. After Akbar’s death, the city was deserted due to water shortage. The other big draws to this site are the night bazaars and the small villages of Sikri. (Open everyday, 7a.m. - 7 p.m. Entrance fee is INR485 for foreigners and INR50 for locals.)

Culinary Fare

Punjabi food is the most renowned Indian cuisine internationally. Tandoor (clay oven) plays an integral part in this region’s cooking. Aloo gabi (cauliflower and potato curry), aloo matter (potato and green peas curry), sheekh (minced meat on skewers) and chicken tikka (baked skewers with small pieces of chicken) are among the most popular dishes of this region.

“WE OWE A LOT TO THE INDIANS, WHO TAUGHT US HOW TO COUNT, WITHOUT WHICH NO WORTHWHILE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY COULD HAVE BEEN MADE.” -

The Taj Mahal is about 205 kms from New Delhi. The fastest way to reach Agra is by one-hour flight. There are daily flights from IGI Airport, New Delhi to Agra Airport, which is seven kilometers from the city center. Another option is by railway. The main trains from New Delhi take approximately three hours to Agra. There are services by Bhopal Shatabdi, Taj Express and Rajdhani Express stationed at the New Delhi Railway Station near Paharganj. (Fares are INR700 for first-class seats and INR370 for a chair car.) Travellers can also hire a car for a four-hour drive to Agra. The Humayun Tomb in New Delhi is touted as one of the inspirations in the building of the Taj Mahal, with its architecture and ornate styling heavily influenced by Persian design. Built in 1565, this red sandstone mausoleum is the resting place of Emperor Humayun, the second 82 M A B U H A Y

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Rajasthani food is a vegetarian’s dream feast. Ghee is a regular base in cooking. Due to the scarcity of water and green leafy vegetables in the region, Rajasthani food focuses on using pulses, cereals, spices and milk. Its popular dishes include churma (fried whole wheat flour balls pounded with sugar and nuts), besan baati chakki (chickpea flour fudge) and ghevar (discshaped dessert made from oil, flour and sugar). Unlike any other food in India, Goa food is mostly seafood-based. Influenced by the food cultures of Konkan, Portuguese and Bahamani Nawabi traditions, this cuisine is liberal in using spices and has a bigger range of pork and beef dishes. Its famous dishes include ambot tik (sour curry dish with fish/meat), caldeirada (fish stew) and rissois (prawns fried in pastry shells).


(CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) The Red Fort is one of the must-see sites in New Delhi. Photo by Erwin Lim ; Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning icon, the Taj Mahal, is a monument of love that took 20,000 workers andJ22 build. Shaw ; a n years u a r y 2to0 0 8 M Photo A B UbyHRichard A Y 83 Paris has its Arc de Triomphe, India has the India Gate to mark its capital. Photo by Erwin Lim


GREAT FINDS Souks or street markets are the bargain shopping mecca in India, offering everything from leather and pashmina to herbs and precious stones. Get ready to haggle! CHANDI CHOWK MARKET (MOONLIT SQUARE) has several lanes or sub-markets particular to their merchandise: Katra Neel sells fabric, Bhagirath Palace, electrical goods, Kinari Bazaar, wedding clothes, Dariba Kalan, silver jewelry, and Chhatta Chowk Bazaar, artificial and semi-precious jewelry. (North Delhi near Old Delhi Railway Station. Open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday) JANPATH MARKET (TIBETAN MARKET) will drown you in trinkets, pashminas, shawls, kurtas (traditional long Indian shirt), antique-looking decor, silver jewelry, bed covers and Indian paintings. (Opposite the Connaught Place, New Delhi. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday) DILLI HAAT retails the exotic, from Indian crafts and food to handloom and ornamental wooden carvings, woolen, silk and camelskin items. (Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi. Open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. everyday) GREAT FOOD With an extensive range of good food, it’s hard to go wrong when dining out in India. CAFÉ TURTLE is known for its desserts, salads and scrumptious sandwiches. The café, situated above the Full Circle bookshop and music store, features book readings, art exhibits and painting workshops. (N-16 Basement & 3rd Floor, New Delhi. Open 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. daily)

(TOP)“This House of Worship is a place for prayer and meditation for the peoples of all religions and races,” says a sign at the famed Lotus Temple. (BOTTOM) The blessed pool at the Lotus Temple is a sanctuary for visitors. Photos by Erwin Lim

Famous Festivals

Diwali or Deepavali, known as the Festival of Lights, is India’s most widely celebrated Hindu festival. It happens between mid-October and mid-November, based on the lunisolar Hindu calendar. This five-day event commemorates Lord Rama’s return after 14 years of exile, and his victory over the demon king Ravana. Indian families observe traditional rituals in their homes like lighting the diyas (clay lamps) and performing pujas (religious rites) in reverence to their deities. Customary presents of silver and sweets are given to families and friends. Holi is the most high-spirited festival of India. Celebrated every full-moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), this fete welcomes the arrival of 84 M A B U H A Y

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DIYA is the meeting of traditional and modern Indian dining, and was named Best North Indian Restaurant by the Times Food and Nightlife Guide in 2010. (The Leela Kempinski Hotel Gurgaon Ambience Island NH-8, Gurgaon, Open 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily) ALL SPORTS BAR is for laid-back fun. It has multi-screens where you can watch football, cricket, and F1 races. It also has a pool table and reasonably priced drinks. (Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Behind Dayananda Sagar College, Kumaraswamy Layout, Bangalore. Open 12 noon to midnight daily)


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In India, trains remain the common man’s way of getting around the cities. Photo by Erwin Lim

spring. On this day, people smear multi-colored powder on their faces and sometimes throw colored water at travelers—all in good spirit. Kumbh Mela, known as the World’s Most Massive Act of Faith, is a bathing festival. It gathers Hindu pilgrims including the naga sadhus (naked spiritual men) and vaisnava vairagis (wandering mendicants). It is not restricted to any Hindu caste or order. Kumbh Mela is held only four times every 12 years, and the dates for the festival depend on a special combination of zodiacal positions of Sun, Moon and Jupiter. The festival’s major ceremony is the traditional sacred bathing of the pilgrims in the Ganges, Shipra or Godavari rivers. AND THE WORLD WOULD LIKE TO THANK INDIA FOR...

It is believed that with the river’s cleansing powers, the pilgrim is purified of his past transgressions. Apart from the religious bathing and the procession, this festival is also marked by devotional singing, religious discussions and traditional dances. Beginning March 27, 2011, PAL will fly between Manila and India six times weekly. For more information, call PAL reservations office (+632 855 8888) or log on to www. philippineairlines.com.

YEARNING FOR YOGA For those into wellness, here are some yoga centers:

1. The digit zero invented by Aryabhatta and the Hindu–Arabic numeral system developed around 600 A.D. by Indian mathematicians. 2. Fundamental concepts in Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus 3. Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism 4. Cockfighting 5. Calico (fabric) 6. Buttons 7. Chess 8. Snakes and Ladders (board game) 9. Pajamas

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SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA CENTRE DELHI offers courses in Yoga and Meditation for all levels. Free trial classes are given every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (A-41 Kailash Colony New Delhi. www.sivananda.org/delhi) RAMAMANI IYENGAR MEMORIAL YOGA INSTITUTE offers techniques on asanas (exercise) and pranayama (breathing) as well as aids in resolving chronic and severe back and neck problems. (1107 B/1 Hare Krishna Mandir Road, Model Colony, Shivaji Nagar, Pune) ATMA DARSHAN YOGASHRAM has the usual yoga courses but is known for its health management menu like jala neti (nose wash), kunjal kriya (stomach wash) and laghoo shankhaprakshalana (intestine wash). (Behind Dayananda Sagar College, Kumaraswamy Layout, Bangalore)


The Aman India Journey (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Amanbagh’s pavilion; The corridor of Aman New Delhi and; Its swimming pool; Inside the tent of Aman-i-Khas 90 M A B U H A Y

As always, Aman (Sanskrit for “peace”) lives up to its name with its triad of India-based hotels (Amanbagh in Ajabgarh, Rajasthan; Aman-i-Khás in Ranthambhore, Rajasthan; Aman New Delhi). Picture lazing around in a desert oasis enshrouded by cool eucalyptus trees, then exploring the ruins of a lost empire by camel, horse or boat, and finally ending the day with a bottle of bubbly under the star-speckled Indian sky. Aman gives guests a taste of Nirvana through the Aman India Journey (US$3,840) which lets guests stay two nights in each of its hotels in India. It’s your ticket to a magic carpet ride that will carry you to a whole new world. January 2008


Aman-i-Khas in Rajasthan provides the most luxurious personal space you can get in a natural setting. All photos courtesy of Aman Resorts

CONTACT INFO: For reservations please visit www. amanresorts.com or contact the following: AMANBAGH Tel.: (+91) 1465 223 3333 Email: amanbagh@ amanresorts.com AMAN-I-KHAS Tel.: (+91) 7462 252 052 Email: aman-i-khas@ amanresorts.com AMAN NEW DELHI Tel.: (+91) 11 4363 3333 Email: amannewdelhi@ amanresorts.com

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FOLKTALES

F i r e f l i e s

Illustration by Audrey Ang

The Legend of the Firefly

THE MYTHS: Philippine Folk Literature by Damiana L. Eugenio Published by the University of the Philippines Press, 2001. Paperback, 513 pages. University of the Philippines Press, E. de los Santos St., University of the Philippines Campus; Tel.: (+632) 928 2558; Web: www. press. up.edu.ph; E-mail:

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Once upon a time there was a handsome young man who wanted to marry only the most beautiful maiden. He was so conceited that he often offended maidens by saying in their presence their very own defects. One day this young man was about to gather rattan when he met a maiden in white silk on his way to the forest. “What a beautiful maiden!” he told himself as he approached her. But as he got near, the maiden ran away and disappeared. This sent the young man looking for her. He crisscrossed the forest but never found her. After much time of search the young man got irritated. “You are not really beautiful,” he shouted. “Your nose is flat, your eyes far apart and your ears too wide.” With the harsh words said, the young man sat down under a tree for a nap. When he woke up, he saw the beautiful maiden before him. He knew that what he had said was wrong. She was surely the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. But he also discovered himself made like a fly. “Because of your insult,” the beautiful woman said, “I have made you like a fly. You will be yourself again when you can bring back to me a maiden more beautiful than I. Go search for that maiden,” the beautiful enchanted maiden commanded. And so it flew searching for a beautiful maiden. It searched day after day but could find none. It searched nighttime, too. And to help itself find the maiden that could remove the curse, the fly carried a lamp at night. Today the firefly is still carrying a lamp as it flies every night. That is why we have the firefly now, an insect which you will see with a flickering light at night.


The Courtyards

at Pueblo de Oro

YO U R V I L L A G E A S A VA C AT I O N D E S T I N AT I O N From the moment one enters the landscaped entrance of The Courtyards at Pueblo de Oro and beholds the stone paved rotunda and majestic granite ball fountain with its cascading water, one knows that he has stepped into someplace extraordinary. The Courtyards is the only residential project of its kind in Cagayan de Oro that boasts of the “horizontal condominium” concept of living. The project is intended to be fully built up and replete with amenities. Only 143 units are available in a 2.3 hectare planned development, allowing for privacy and exclusivity. Strategically located in Uptown Cagayan de Oro, The Courtyards’ prime location is within the new growth area of the city. It is in close proximity to SM Mall, Pueblo Business park, Xavier University, Pueblo Golf, Hotel Koresko and the St. Francis Xavier Parish Church, all within the township. The project’s elevated location means that it is virtually flood-free. 94 M A B U H A Y

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The Modern –Asian inspired design of The Courtyards is ideal for experiencing the relaxing comforts of home while being only minutes away from the modern conveniences of a peaceful , mid-size city. The Courtyards residential units are replete with superior finishings such as stone claddings, sliding Analok windows with bronze glass, granite kitchen countertops and aircon-ready electrical wiring. In addition, the units are TV and telephone cable ready. The condominium comes in building clusters of from three up to eight units. Each has three bedrooms with three toilet and bath and provision for a maid’s room and two-car garage for the end unit and one car garage for the inner unit. Nestled in the heart of the village is a central park and playground with an exercise trail where one can hang out and keep fit. Families would enjoy swimming in the adult and kiddie


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pools. For special occasions such as birthdays and gatherings, there is also a clubhouse within the exclusive condominium community. Security is not an issue at The Courtyards. The project is protected by a high perimeter fence with a guardhouse and entrance gate plus 24/7 security. In fact, the condounits are designed for lock and leave if their owners go out of the country.

About Pueblo De Oro: The Gold Standard in Community Living Pueblo de Oro is committed to address the needs of a growing and dynamic consumer market by providing a comprehensive product mix that includes quality residential facilities, ranging from exclusive residential villages for the high-end market to value-packed middle income housing projects and affordable economic housing to thriving commercial centers where businesses of whatever size can locate.

ABOUT PUEBLO DE ORO THE GOLD STANDARD IN COMMUNITY LIVING Pueblo de Oro is committed to address the needs of a growing and dynamic consumer market by providing a comprehensive product mix that includes quality residential facilities, ranging from exclusive residential villages for the high-end market to value-packed middle income housing projects and affordable economic housing to thriving commercial centers where businesses of whatever size can locate. WEBSITE www.courtyardsatpueblo.com

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P eople . visual arts . trends . G adgets . worthy causes . . . and everything else

TheLighter Side

Microtel Cebu’s New Look

What was previously known as Microtel has now been revamped into Be Resorts. Check in the front desk where goldfish swim about in front of you. In the morning, their sun-filled lobby sets the mood to lounge on Kenneth Cobonpue furniture—swing included. At night, some of their couches can be illuminated from inside, appearing like giant night lights. Chic interiors aside, the resort is now big on advocating “giving back while getting away.” Guests can take part in their mangrove planting trips or, if you’re a diver, reef clean-ups. From their recent press tour, 2,000 mangroves were planted and 150 kilos of trash were removed from the sea. New look—looking good. Be Resorts is located in Punta Engaño, Mactan, Cebu. Tel.: (+6332) 236 8888; Web: www.beresorts.com

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THE LIGHTER SIDE

Thieves Begone!

Pacsafe has developed an eXomesh anti-theft technology using a strong wire mesh that makes it harder to slash through luggage. Conveniently, the material used is also lightweight and flexible — what a steal! Pacsafe is available at Rustan’s and SM department stores, Bratpack, R.O.X., and other stores around the Philippines. Web: www.pacsafe.com

Read.

Write Right Away! Pido Aguilar, Jr. C & E Publishing, Inc. Php445 (US$10)

Aspiring writers should pick up a copy of this, with 1,000++ exercises to stimulate the mind’s creativity. Each page in this book is a visual showcase, designed to evoke and provoke writing. Also strewn with quotes from famous characters on the art of writing, this workbook helps your words flow easily, and teaches new ways to play with ideas and sentences. What better way to work towards your dream of getting published than to “Write, right away?” Available in major bookstores and C & E bookstores in Manila. For direct orders, email nonstopabundance@yahoo.com or call (+63999) 395 2643; (+63910) 382 0855

With a clean and classy layout, get daily previews on topics like music, culture and fashion then click to either love or don’t love. www.nowness.com

Collects recipes from the best chefs and cookbook authors around the world. Browse through them by main ingredients, type of cuisine, occasion, or chef. www.cookstr.com

From Tokyo to Tobago, feed off snippets of travel news (where to stay and eat) taken from leading sources (from Vogue to Vanity Fair).

Mad Men:

The Illustrated World By Dyna Moe Penguin Putnam Inc. Php441 (US$10)

Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth: 1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences By Rough Guides Penguin Putnam Inc. Php873 (US$20)

www.fabsearch.com

A music blog that serves up a monthly selection of songs in five helpful categories: classic, covered, hyped, loved and remixed. www.theperfectfive.com

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SuperFreakonomics The Illustrated Edition By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner Penguin Putnam Inc. Php970 (US$22)


The A-HA! Learning Center For some street kids, the cemeteries of Makati are what they call home. A-HA’s goal is to instill a love of learning in these children through their free tutoring. How to help? Donate old books or DVDs for their media library. Teach lessons in English or Art. Organize a volunteer day for your office. The A-Ha Learning Center is part of the Got Heart Foundation. Facebook: A-HA! Learning Center; Web: ahalearning.org

The Street Takes the Stage

Sheltered much? Explore another side of Manila as the Lopez Museum presents backto-back exhibits that reflect the city’s street art and justice system. In Extensions, expect to see a torn-down ceiling and painted vinyl toys from artists Maya Muñoz, Plataporma and Pilipinas Street Plan. On a touchier subject, Loob at Labas (Inside and Outside) shares the creative expressions of prisoners from workshops conducted by RockEd Philippines at the National Bilibid Prison. The exhibits run until April 2011 at The Lopez Memorial

Museum and Library, Benpres Building, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel.: (+632) 631 2417; Email: admin@lopez-museum.org.

Listen.

Viva Elvis - The Album Elvis Presley Sony Legacy

YOUR IMAGINARY FRIENDS

One Dreamy Indeterminate Hum Lilystars Records

As a title, One Dreamy Indeterminate Hum can be a bit of a misnomer, because for an indie-pop record, the debut EP of Your Imaginary Friends surprisingly rocks. Distorted guitars are evident on songs like By Beautiful Intentions and Oh, Liza while closing track She’s All Sirens goes over six minutes with a lengthy noise jam, but rest assured, this is still one of the most pleasant listens of the year. By Jason Caballa

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PAL NEWS Solon wins Mabuhay Miles Invitational Tournament

Left to Right: Mr. Poch Villa-Real - Mastercard VP & Senior Country Manager, Mr. Jose Gabriel Olives - PAL Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Enrique Chua - Fortune Tobacco Marketing Director, Mr. Jaime Bautista - PAL President & COO, Mr. Aminuddin Zakaria - GE Aviation Regional Sales Director, Mr. Dominique Collignon - Airbus Customer Services Manager, Dr. Lucio Tan - PAL Chairman & CEO, Ambassador Liu Jianchao - People’s Republic of China Ambassador in the Philippines, Mr. Alberto Lina PAL Board Member, Mr. Henry So Uy - PAL Deputy CEO & Commercial Group Head, Mr. Domingo Chua - Allied Banking Corporation Chairman & CEO, Mr. Alfredo Chua - Allied Banking Corporation Senior Vice President for Retail Banking Group and Mr. Bonifacio Sam - PAL Vice President for Corporate Audit with the Working Committee

CARMONA, Cavite—Vince Solon dueled Lino Magpantay in a seesaw battle across the front nine before turning his game up a notch and scorching the last nine holes to emerge low-gross champion of the 2010 Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club last November 12 2010. Solon, a California-based Mabuhay Miles “Million Miler,” fired three birdies to go along with 13 pars en route to a gross score of 71, one under par on the tough Nicklausdesigned Masters course that has hosted four Philippine Opens. It was the lowest gross round scored in the tournament since 1999 and it underscored the giant strides Solon’s play has taken since. Back then, Solon was a Class C player, with a 19 to 25 handicap. Today, he boasts a 2 handicap. The two-stroke buffer nearly won for Solon this year’s overall net title as well, but his 69 was not enough to catch Magpantay’s net score of 68, which was carved out of a gross 78. Magpantay, a veteran campaigner in the Philippine Airlines Interclub, settled for overall net honors. He had a respectable round highlighted by a tournament-high four birdies alongside seven pars and four bogeys. 101 M A B U H A Y

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The rest of the 270-strong field —all Elite and Premier Elite members of PAL’s Mabuhay Miles program— was surprisingly competitive despite humid conditions in the event sponsored by Airbus, Allied Bank, Boeing, GE Capital Aviation Services, GE Aviation, MasterCard International Philippines Inc., Mizuno and Sabre Airline Solutions. Typical of the close battles was the Class A competition, where the top three finishers dueled each other the entire day before ending up in a dead heat—a net score of 69. In the countback, the three birdies and nine pars of Allan Jason Bautista gave him the division crown over last year’s low-gross champion Louis Bartolome Borja and Gene Arthur Go.


The tournament had as corporate sponsors Abacus International, DG Biocare Group Australia, Diamond Hotel, Manny O Wines, Panasonic Avionics Corp. and Petron Corp. Class B had a clear winner in Robert Umali, whose net 69 out of a gross 84 included three birdies. He beat out Franco Ibo and Dexter Pasion, who both ended with identical net 71s on the back of one birdie and nine pars. But Pasion’s five bogeys gave runner-up honors to Ibo. Century Bangus, Citibank, Pacific Paints (Boysen) Philippines, Union Bank and Victorinox/World Traveller and Yahoo! Philippines were the event’s minor sponsors. Over at the Legends course, Class C produced another tight finish, with Timoteo Pacleb’s net 70 nosing out Randy Ang and David Carl Ritchie by a stroke. Ang edged ahead on the strength of more pars. Toyota Motor Philippines was the hole-in-one sponsor while Century Park Hotel was the official hotel of the tournament. Class D was won by Candelario Amigable of Cagayan de Oro with a net 71 over Roberto Uy and David Huang, who submitted net rounds of 73 and 74, respectively. The ladies division was topped for the second time by Zamboanga’s Lanie Verar, who scored an impressive 72 from a gross 90. She was also the best ladies’ player in 2007.

Danny Gutierrez took the guest division with a net 69.

Left to Right: Ms. Ria Carrion-Domingo - PAL’s AVP - Product Loyalty Marketing, Atty. Domingo Duerme - PAL’s SAVP-Mindanao, Mr. Jose Gabriel Olives - PAL’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Vicente Solon - Lowest Gross Champion and Ms. Nicolette Henson - Bb. Pilipinas 2nd Runner Up and Ms. PAL 2010

Prize donors included Alegre Beach Resort & Spa, Banco de Oro, Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, EDSA Shangri-La, Esprit/British India, Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa, Intercontinental Manila, Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Manila Marriott Hotel, Microtel Inns & Suites (Pilipinas) Inc., Pan Pacific Manila, Quantium Solutions, Regency Lagoon Beach Resort, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Tanduay, and Traders Hotel Manila. J a n u a r y 2 0 0 8 M A B U H A Y 102


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OUR FLEET Since its first flight on March 15, 1941, Philippine Airlines has flown almost 30 types of aircraft to fulfill various roles in its mission of providing the Philippines with efficient and reliable air transportation as the flag carrier. Now with a fleet of 38 aircraft, PAL operates one of the youngest and best-maintained fleets in the region. B 7 7 7 - 3 0 0 ER NO. OF AIRCRAFT M A B U H AY C L A S S FIESTA CLASS

2 42 passengers 328 passengers

B747-400 Philippine Airlines—Asia’s first airline—is the flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines and pioneer domestic airline of the country, with a 69-year history that is steeped in tradition and modernity. PAL first took to the skies on March 15, 1941 with a small twin-engine Beech Model 18 airplane, flying 212 kilometers from Manila to Baguio City, carrying a full load of five passengers. Upon the outbreak of World War II in December 1941, the PAL airplanes were commandeered by the military and eventually destroyed in combat. Postwar operations resumed February 14, 1946 with five ex-military Douglas DC3s. In July, 1946, PAL chartered DC-4s to carry American servicemen home to Oakland, California, making PAL the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific. In May 1947, PAL also became the first Asian carrier to fly to Europe by opening regular service to Madrid. This was followed by rapid expansion of services to Asia and the Middle East in the next two decades. By the 1970’s PAL international route network covered two-thirds of the world. PAL keeps in step with advancements in aircraft technology, acquiring the latest aircraft type suited to market demands and local aviation conditions. From DC-3s that serve as a workhorse in the 1940’s and 1950’s, Vicker Viscount turboprops and Fokker F-27s were added to the fleet in the 1960’s. After the BAC1-11 jets were introduced in the 1970’s, the McDonnel Douglas DC-10— PAL’s first wide-body aircraft—went into service on the transpacific route in 1974. The Boeing 747-200Bs jumbo jet replaced the DC-10s in 1979 on long haul routes, while the Airbus 300B4s replaced the DC-8s on regional services. In November 2009, the Boeing 777-300ER (extended range)—the most fuel efficient, twin-engine jet that can fly long-haul—joined the fleet. It boasts of one of the most spacious cabins, fitted with state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system. Today, the fleet consists of Boeing 747-400s, B777-300ER, Airbus A340-300s, A330-300s, A320s and A319s. They carry an average of 12,000 passengers and 180 tons of cargo daily on domestic routes, and 10,000 passengers and 170 tons of cargo daily on international sectors. PAL’s modern aircraft and equipment are complemented by frequent customer service enhancements, both inflight and on ground. The PAL website— whose features are regularly upgraded—can now be accessed by WAP-enabled cellphones, making PAL available at the palm of your hands. Mabuhay Class passengers now get to enjoy fine-dining in the sky through a new personalized inflight meal service known as One By One. PAL’s six-decade tradition of warm Filipino hospitality has always been coupled with strong commitment to continuous improvement of services and operations. Despite the many challenges, PAL remains focused on its vision of becoming a world-class Filipino airline.

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NO. OF AIRCRAFT M A B U H AY C L A S S FIESTA CLASS

5 42 passengers 383 passengers

A340-300 NO. OF AIRCRAFT M A B U H AY C L A S S FIESTA CLASS

4 44 passengers 220 passengers

A330-300 NO. OF AIRCRAFT M A B U H AY C L A S S FIESTA CLASS

8 42 passengers 260 passengers

A320-200 NO. OF AIRCRAFT M A B U H AY C L A S S FIESTA CLASS

15 12 passengers 144 passengers

A319-100 NO. OF AIRCRAFT M A B U H AY C L A S S FIESTA CLASS

4 8 passengers 126 passengers


PAL NEWS ADVENTURE WITH MY HERO Philippine Airlines recently held a storywriting contest “An Adventure with My Hero” to celebrate our everyday heroes. Participants (Y-Flyers) wrote about their personal heroes and their recent travel experience with Philippine Airlines. Shortlisted entries were posted on the PAL Facebook for public voting and later meticulously screened by a PAL panel of judges. Winners received Business class tickets to Singapore. Carla’s genes (her grandfather is a former PAL executive) are not her only association to the airline. Her entry to PAL’s recent on-line story-writing contest—“An Adventure with my Hero”—made quite an impression to land first place. Her prize, a free ticket to Singapore, is shown presented by Kristine Rosales (right), PR & Events specialist, in the presence of Joey de Guzman, VP-Corporate Communications.

Title: The Pilot

By: Carla Barretto, 18 yrs. Old, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde “Please fasten your seatbelts,” I hear the captain’s voice sound on the speaker, followed by the classic “Mabuhay” greeting. Hearing it before taking off into the deep blue sky gives me a thrill of excitement to be heading toward a new place, a new destination. Contemplating this at the start of my journey brought back memories of someone I knew—a Pilot. I start to wonder if he had given his passengers the same greeting. The Pilot did not just fly planes but he was also a colonel of World War II. His flights had taken him across the Philippine seas, to fight the Japanese, to meet Douglas McArthur, and more. A war hero of Corregidor, his missions put him in the heart of danger, where there was no guarantee of survival. “Please be advised we are encountering some turbulence,” the speaker crackles out again in the middle of the flight. The bumpiness of the moment must have been nothing compared to the massive amounts of rough flights he would experience. The air defense campaign against the Japanese was incredibly challenging. Being a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy and commandant of cadets, the Pilot defended his country with a passion when the Japanese were relentlessly abusing the Filipinos and leaving a trail of death and destruction everywhere they went. The Pilot’s courage even took him to the brink of being lost at sea one night. He told me a story once of how he had a mission to deliver a private message from Bataan to Corregidor. Despite the dangers of the enemy forces lurking in the middle of the night, the Pilot and his partner boarded a plane and flew to the island of Corregidor, the last stronghold of the Filipinos and Americans. When the Pilot had brought the message down to the base, his partner left him on the island. Needless to say, he was furious that his partner would take off and leave him there. The only way back was to use an old airplane wherein the meters and gauges weren’t even working. But since his mission to return to Bataan was his first priority, he

took it and flew across the channel in the dead of night. He needed to fly extremely low lest the enemies spot him; the only way he’d know if he was too close to the water, was if he felt the spray of the salt water below. The Pilot even survived imprisonment by the Japanese when he was caught. They took his possessions and fed him very little. He suffered for weeks and weeks in solitary confinement, while hearing other prisoners leave one by one—either to be killed or be released. Despite the difficulty, he refused to give up hoping for freedom until he was finally freed. The Pilot was declared (and thought to be) innocent even if he was already a colonel serving the Philippine army. After many trials, casualties, and losses, the Pilot was on the winning team of Filipinos who claimed victory in 1945. Philippine independence was finally won. It was the beginning of a new day, and the Pilot lived to see the fruits of that struggle. He never had x-ray vision, super strength or invisibility, but in a way, he could fly. So high up, that in 1962 he became the youngest president of the same airline I’m flying on right now. “On behalf of Philippine Airlines, we would like to thank you for flying with us and welcome to Dumaguete,” the overhead speaker sounded again. I had made it to my destination sooner than I thought. Still I imagined that adventure was somehow like mine. Although I had not been there at the time, I can imagine the Pilot’s stories coming to life in a plane ride just like this one—how it takes courage to take a trip and rise up into the sky so high with nothing but the clouds to break your fall. The turbulence rocking your world just like how the war leaves you shaken yet stronger. Overcoming the fear and doubt when you finally land and walk on your own two feet, taller than you were before. That was his life. That was my grandfather. In loving memory of my Lolo, Col. Renato Barretto, former President of Philippine Airlines

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FWLEI LGCHOT M SE C AH BE OD AU RL DE H A N D L U G G A G E One hand luggage small enough to be placed in the overhead rack or under the passenger seat of the aircraft cabin may be carried without charge. The hand luggage must not exceed a total linear dimension of 115 cm or 45 in, and should weigh not more than 7 kg or 15 lbs. If hand luggage fails to comply with the required applicable dimensions and weight, hand luggage will be checked in and charged with the corresponding excess baggage charges (if applicable). In addition to the free hand luggage allowance, the following items are allowed onboard: a laptop with case; a small handbag; a coat, wrap or blanket; a walking stick or a pair of crutches; a small camera or a pair of binoculars; a reasonable amount of reading material; and infantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food and carrying basket. S E C U R I T Y I T E M S The following items are prohibited from being loaded in the hand luggage or inside the aircraft cabin on all Philippine Airlines flights: liquids and gels; sharp items and blunt instruments; explosives, munitions and fireworks; weapons (including replicas), accessories and martial arts devices; large and heavy tools; and other dangerous items contained in, but not limited to, Section I.D. 8 of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration Model Security Program. All passengers travelling from/to the United States (including Guam) will be prohibited from carrying any type of lighter in their carry-on luggage and into security checkpoints. Please contact any Philippine Airlines Reservations or Ticket Office for the complete list of prohibited items.

Prohibited items discovered during the security search will be immediately referred to law enforcement officers or appropriate authorities at the airport for disposition. Security Removed Items (SRI) shall be loaded in the aircraft cargo / baggage compartment subject to security clearance procedures by airport authorities. When traveling in the U.S.A., please give enough lead time for the stricter screening of both checked and hand luggage at all commercial airports. All bags will be subject to search; bags that set off alarms or otherwise raise security concerns will have to be opened for inspection. T A K E - O F F / L A N D I N G During take-off and landing, ensure that seat

back is in the upright position and the tray table is folded or secured properly. Hand luggage should be stowed in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front.

S E A T B E L T S It is Philippine Airlinesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety requirement that passengers must fasten their seatbelts for the entire duration of the flight even when the seat belt sign is off. When a passenger is asleep, the seat belt must be fastened over the blanket for easy inspection by the cabin crew. While you are sleeping, please fasten your seat belt over your blanket for the easy inspection by the cabin crew. This is to assure uninterrupted rest during the flight even during moments of turbulence. E L E C T R O N I C E Q U I P M E N T In the interest of flight safety, any transportable electronic equipment are not to be operated during take-off, climb out, descent, final approach and landing, except for personal electronic life support systems.

Electronic devices which intentionally transmit radio signals should never be used for the whole duration of the flight. These include, but are not limited to: radio transceivers, CB radios, cellular phones, and electronic remote control transmitters. Transportable electronic equipment which are non-transmitters and without any accessories that would transmit/receive radio signals, such as laptop computers without Wi-Fi and wireless peripheral devices, video cameras / players, tape recorders / players, CD/DVD/MP3 players, calculators, electronic entertainment devices and electronic shavers may be used after the safe use of these has been announced. Some flight conditions may require the discontinuance of the use of electronic devices and will be announced by the crew. Personal electronic life support systems such as hearing aids, electronic nerve stimulators, respirators may be used throughout the flight. N O S M O K I N G In compliance with the Administrative Order 121 of the Air Transportation Office, smoking is strictly prohibited on all PAL flights, including when the aircraft is on the ground prior to take-off and/or after landing. EMERGENCY OXYGEN SUPPLY AND LIFE VESTS

In the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop automatically in front of the passengers. An inflatable life vest is located beneath the seat or in/ under the armrest. Please watch the live or film demonstration of safety procedures, which will be given or screened prior to take-off.

F I E S T A B O U T I Q U E A selection of duty-free liquor, cigarettes, perfumes

and other high-quality gift items can be purchased during the flight from our Fiesta Boutique. Payment may be made on selected currencies. Credit cards acceptable on major routes. The minimum amount for credit cards is US$10.00 and the maximum amount is US$250.00. Please refer to our Fiesta Boutique Catalogue or inquire from our cabin crew.

On long-haul flights, you receive an overnight kit that contains grooming items and other travel essentials to make your flight as comfortable as possible. Mabuhay Class passengers are treated to additional amenities in their kit, such as branded toiletry products and handy travel accessories. Our cabin lavatories are also stocked with other toiletry products to help you freshen up for your arrival at your destination.

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For a more comfortable rest especially during long-haul flights, pillows and blankets are available upon request or can be found on the seat. Seats can be reclined except those that remain fixed for safety or other physical reasons. We also suggest that 105 M A B U H A Y

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Welcome to Philippine Airlines! Here are a few reminders to ensure your safety and comfort on board. Have a pleasant trip!

passengers tune in to the Tranquil Traveler channel of our Flights of Fancy inflight radio program to keep them relaxed during the flight. Fun and treats are in store for PAL Junior Jetsetter passengers ages 2-11 when they hop in for flight. They will be treated to special kiddie meals on all our international flights. For longhaul flights between Manila and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney, kids could play with Tom and Jerry, as the wacky cat-andmouse tandem continue their endless chase onboard our flights, through the Junior Jetsetter activity kits, exclusively made for PAL. The Junior Jetsetter Activity Kits contain activity books, coloring materials, puzzles, stickers, writing materials and other collectibles, which provide children with hours of fun, while educating them on the different travel destinations. Two different activity sets, packed in easyto-carry tote bags, are available for flights originating from Manila and for flights bound for Manila. C O M P L I M E N T A R Y B E V E R A G E Complimentary beverages service is offered on all international flights. On long-haul flights, distilled water is passed around everyhour-on-the-hour in between meals to promote passenger well-being. A L C O H O L I C B E V E R A G E Red Wine / White Wine / Gin* / Vodka* / Whiskey* / Brandy / Selection of Beer (*Available only on long-haul flights)

Alcoholic drinks are served only to a passenger aged 18 years or over. Government regulation prohibits passengers from opening and drinking alcoholic beverage other than what is served inflight. For the safety and comfort of all concerned, the cabin crew may decline to serve alcohol to passengers who appear to be intoxicated. Alcoholic drinks are not available on domestic flights and Vancouver - Las Vegas -Vancouver flights. N O N - A L C O H O L I C B E V E R A G E Cola / Diet Cola / Uncola

/ Diet Uncola / Dalandan (Lime) Soda / Orange Juice / Apple Juice / Ginger Ale / Absolute Distilled Water / Tonic Water / Soda Water / Lemon Iced Tea / Figaro Coffee / Lipton Tea

INFLIGHT SNACKS On flights between Manila and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu, Philippine Airlines invites passengers to enjoy our complimentary snack selection. These include Asian noodle soup, meat-filled buns, and pastries. Preferred snacks may be requested from the Cabin Crew during anytime of the flight. R E A D I N G M A T E R I A L S We carry a number of Filipino and foreign language

newspapers to keep passengers abreast with the lastest news and current events. Our inflight magazine, Mabuhay, is available for all classes of service on all international flights. Our Mabuhay Class service on international flights carries an array of News, Business, Fashion, Travel and Sports Magazines, including some Foreign Magazines on selected flights. These may be requested from the Cabin Crew onboard the flight.

B E F O R E Y O U L E A V E Passengers must ensure that all personal belongings are

in their possession before disembarking. If anything is forgotten, passengers may check with ground staff or write to Philippine Airlines, P.O. Box 1955, Manila, Philippines, Zip Code 1059.

D E E P V E I N T H R O M B O S I S ( D V T ) DVT is the formation or presence of

a blood clot (thrombus) in any of the deep veins of the body, most frequently involving those of the legs, thighs or pelvis. The blood clot may interfere with the circulation and manifest as combinations of pain, soreness, heaviness, swelling, warmth, skin discoloration, or prominent superficial veins over the affected area. It may also break off (an embolus) and travel to the lungs or other organs, sometimes leading to undesirable complications. Warning signs of lung involvement (or pulmonary embolism) include shortness of breath, sudden unexplained coughing, or abrupt chest pain. If you experience any of these symptoms during the flight, please inform any of our cabin crew right away; or if you already left the aircraft, please seek medical attention immediately. 1. Internal Risk Factors: DVT especially affects people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as a history of thrombosis or embolism, heart decease, stroke, or malignancy. Other risk factors include advanced age, obesity and paralysis, use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, recent childbirth, blood coagulation disorders, varicose veins, recent major surgery, and fractures of the pelvis and lower extremities. Prolonged immobility due to illnesses or injuries may also predispose one to DVT. Before you make travel plans, consult your physician to determine your fitness to take a flight. You might also need to secure clearance form our PAL Medical Office before you purchase a ticket. 2. External Risk Factors: Sitting or sleeping in cramped positions for extended periods may occasionally induce DVT. For your comfort and relaxation, we suggest you perform in-seat exercises. Extreme dehydration can also increase the risk of DVT, so drink plenty of water and minimize alcohol and caffeine intake before and during the flight.

Y O U R F E E D B A C K W I L L B E A P P R E C I A T E D We encourage any

comments or suggestions on how we can further improve our products and services. Please call our Customer Relations Office at telephone numbers 777-5932, fax number 777-5928 or email wecare@pal.com.ph.


Mabuhay Miles makes life simpler with a new feature to the system As a service enhancement to the Mabuhay Miles membership experience, PAL is pleased to bring the Inter Voice Response System (IVR) to flyers. With the IVR, calls will be prioritized each time Philippine Airlines is contacted for Mabuhay Miles inquiries. This includes flight bookings, flight information and schedule, luggage concerns, and PALakbayan and Swingaround package tours. Here are a few guidelines to follow in order to maintain the use of the IVR pin: • The IVR PIN must be kept confidential and secure at all times to avoid any unauthorized access to your account or use of your telephone transaction pin. • Should you wish to reset your IVR PIN, you may call the Mabuhay Miles Call Center or visit the Mabuhay Miles Service Center and our agents shall gladly assist you. • To change your IVR PIN, you may call the Mabuhay Miles Call Center and follow the voice prompt instructions in the menu. • When calling the Mabuhay Miles Call Center, always have your 9-digit Mabuhay Miles membership number and IVR PIN ready. No Mabuhay Miles website password yet? Register for online account access by visiting www.mabuhaymiles.com. Select the “Register Now” link on the right side of the window and provide the information that follows. You will then get an online confirmation for your successful registration.

Allow us to make flying the skies simpler for you! Get your IVR pin number by logging into your designated Mabuhay Miles account or call the following offices: (+632) 817 8000 for those in Manila, (+032) 340 8000 for those in Cebu, and 1-800 747 1959 for those in the U.S. and Canada.


TOUCHDOWN MANILA P H I L I P P I N E S A T A G L A N C E Stretching 1,839 kms. north-to-

south off the southeast coast of Asia, the Republic of the Philippines has a total land area of 300,000 sq. kms. Its 7,107 islands comprise one of the largest island groups in the world. About 92 million Filipinos make up the population, 55% of whom occupy the largest island of Luzon. Filipinos comprise 111 cultural and linguistic groups of Malayo-Polynesian origin, with varying degrees of Chinese, Spanish and American influences. Majority are Roman Catholics, though a significant number are Protestants and Moslems. The Philippines is the world’s third largest English-speaking country after the United States and the United Kingdom. Filipino is the national language; English is used for commercial and legal transactions. Literacy rate is a high 94%. C L I M A T E The Philippines is a tropical country with an average temperature of 32°C (89.6°F). March to June are hot and dry (36°C); rains and typhoons abound from July to October; November to February are pleasantly cool (around 23°C) and dry. In mountainous regions, temperatures dip to about 15°C. Light casual clothing is recommended for daily wear and Barong Tagalog or coat-and-tie for business and formal functions. C U R R E N C Y The monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. The

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas supervises authorized foreign exchange dealers (at airports, hotels, major commercial establishments and all bank branches), and posts official exchange rates for most international currencies. T R A N S P O R T A T I O N Philippine Airlines flies between Manila and 19 cities and towns throughout the country. In Metro Manila, taxis, buses, jeepneys and a four-line Mass Transit System (LRT and Metrorail) provide public transport. In certain areas like Binondo (Manila’s Chinatown) and the old walled city of Intramuros, horse-drawn carriages or calesas ply short routes. International and local car rental companies provide chauffeured or self-driven limousine service. Large groups may hire medium-sized passenger vans or tourist coaches. S H O P P I N G The Philippines is fast becoming a shopping haven, yielding

Get acquainted with the Philippines even before you arrive. These tips will guarantee a carefree and informed stay.

The secret to a satisfying shopping expedition is to go where the locals go, whether it be to world-class malls, bargain-rich flea markets or “tiangges,” ubiquitous sidewalk stalls, or tiny “holes-in-the-walls.” Handicraft stores can be found all over the country, selling export-quality products like native baskets and hand-woven fabrics, exquisite shellcraft and fine jewelry, or one-of-a-kind home accessories. Antique shops are a rich source of Philippine antiquities such as carved wooden furniture, old religious images, unique tribal artifacts, or vintage collectible pieces. The country’s upscale malls carry international brands with prices comparable to those in Hong Kong or Singapore. Don’t forget to check out the kiosks scattered throughout these sprawling spaces. They sell interesting items you may want to bring back home – from household bric-a-brac to curio items, native delicacies, or even the must-buy souvenir T-shirt. N I G H T L I F E Metropolitan Manila is considered a pleasure-seeker’s paradise, with an array of nighttime activities, from the soothing to the sinful. No wonder it has been consistently voted as Asia’s number one destination for entertainment and relaxation by expatriates. You can listen to whatever music you fancy from the country’s popular bands and singers, take advantage of “happy hour” drink promos at bars and pubs, dance up a storm at clubs and street parties, or cap an exhilarating night with a calming cappuccino at the corner café. Hotspots not to be missed are bohemian Malate in Manila, cosmopolitan Fort in Taguig, upscale Ayala and Rockwell Centers in Makati, and the trendy Libis and Timog districts in Quezon City.

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Filipino food may puzzle the first-time eater. Philippine history is largely responsible for this complex cuisine: on a matrix of native dishes akin to those in the rest of Southeast Asia, Chinese traders added their culinary influence, Spanish colonizers threw in touches of Castillan and Mexican cooking, and U.S. colonization brought in convenience and fast-food meals. Eating in the Philippines can therefore be an outstanding experience at all budget levels. In recent years, a profusion of restaurants has emerged, many catering to continental European or exotic Asian tastes. There are some good Japanese restaurants, too, plus a smattering of Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and other cuisines.

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great bargains if you know what to look for and where.

AIRLINE PARTNERS To serve you better, Philippine Airlines broadened its route network through Codesharing with its Airline Partners, offering you more destinations worldwide. Together, PAL and the Airline Partner, sell the flight sector operated by the Airline Partner. In Manila, Codeshare Flights operated by PAL’s other Airline Partners arrive/depart at NAIA1. For details on Codeshare Flights, please refer to the PAL Flight Facts and Flight Schedule on pages 109 and 110. When traveling on any of PAL’s Codeshare Flights, Mabuhay Miles members enjoy certain privileges. For specific Mabuhay Miles privileges per Airline Partner, especially on baggage allowance and lounge access, please contact the Mabuhay Miles Service Center at (632) 817 8000. Mabuhay Miles members can redeem travel awards on PAL operated sectors only. The privileges listed in the table shown are applicable provided ticket sales and reservations are under PAL’s seat allocation (ticket should reflect “PR” in the carrier designation box) and upon presentation of the Mabuhay Miles membership card. LEGEND LOUNGE ACCESS

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MABUHAY MILES PARTNER Double Miles at the Marco Polo Hotels This winter, book the Marco Polo Winter Saver and stay in any of the Marco Polo hotels to enjoy best available rate and earn Double Miles. What’s more? Enjoy the following benefits: Complimentary buffet breakfast for two, complimentary internet access, early check-in, complimentary upgrade to the next room category (subject to availability), choice of pillows and guaranteed late check-out. Offer valid in all Marco Polo hotels in the Philippines, China and Hong Kong from December 1, 2010 to February 28, 2011. Terms and conditions: • For a minimum of two consecutive nights stay • Quote Mabuhay membership number when placing reservation and present card upon check in. • Mileage can only be earned by one member per room, per stay. • Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion and programmes. Mabuhay Miles members earn 500 miles for every qualifying stay.

For reservations, Members may call the individual hotels or Toll-Free numbers: Philippines 1-800-11100-995; China 4001201-481; Singapore 800-101-2242 and Thailand 001-800-852-0332 or through http://www.marcopolohotels.com/corporate/ promotions/marco_polo_winter_saver.html

MABUHAY MILES PARTNER Regency Lagoon Resort Boracay—Your Own Personal Escape Whether you want to frolic in the water or bask under the sun, Regency Lagoon has something for everyone. Splash around in the crystal waters of the largest pool in the island. At 1,200 square meters, this lagoon ensures there’s more than enough water for everyone. Soak up the sun as you chat with friends, relax by the water, and sip fresh drinks from the poolside bar. Deck chairs at the center of the pool provide an ideal tanning and lounging area. Right at the heart of the world-famous island of Boracay, the resort is a four-storey modern structure housing 120 Zen-inspired guest rooms, each with a balcony and a view of the vast lagoon pool. Guest rooms and suites on the ground floor have direct pool access to give you exclusivity. All rooms have LCD televisions and individually-controlled air-conditioning. The resort also has fully equipped gym facilities, a mini shop, convention facilities, and a business center for guests who just cant leave work behind. And if you want to get some sand between your toes, there’s an on-call shuttle service that will take you to the beachfront of Boracay Regency. Here you can enjoy the powder-white sand and relaxing sea breeze along the longest beachfront on the island. Regency Lagoon is located in Station 2, Boracay Island, Philippines

Mabuhay Miles members earn 500 Miles per qualifying stay at the Regency Lagoon. For more Information, visit www.regencylagoon. com.ph or call +6336/ 288-2828 to 32; Manila Office: +632 353-7777 J a n u a r y 2 0 0 8 M A B U H A Y 108


Philippine Airlines is pleased to offer you the following services to make your travel experience not only convenient but delightful as well.

SERVICE GUIDE S P E C I A L M E A L S Special meals may be requested on

all Philippine Airlines international flights to cater to the various dietary requirements of passengers, for reasons of age, health or religion. These include: baby meal, child’s meal, western vegetarian meal, low-fat meal, diabetic meal, fruit meal, gluten restricted meal, moslem meal, asian vegetarian meal, seafood meal, hindu vegetarian meal, kosher meal and low-sodium meal. Please call PAL Reservations at least 24 hours before date of departure to ensure availability. PAL passengers can now compare fares across a seven-day period. Our online booking features a fully automated facility called “Calendar Pricing” that displays the lowest fare available over a seven-day range-three days before and three days after the planned travel date thus allowing travelers to decide quickly when it is most convenient and cheapest to fly. Experience the difference. Book online!For more information, please visit us at www.philippineairlines com.

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PAL Mobile connects passengers to us while on the go! Our mobile site, www. philippineairlines.mobi gives flyers the more flexibility and convenience. With web-enabled mobile phone, Blackberry or PDA, passengers can check the latest arrival and departure times, check flight schedules, track Mabuhay Miles mileage, and know more about our latest news and promos. Important advisories, travel essentials, contact information and a lot more can also be accessed. For more information on how to access the PAL Mobile site, check our FAQ at http://www.philippineairlines.com/faq/pal_mobile. Normal browsing charges apply. Please contact mobile carrier for details.

numbers at every stopover in their itinerary. This will allow us to call and advise them of any changes in their flight. A I R P O R T C H E C K - I N Philippine Airlines offers the “Early Bird” advance check-in service in select airports, to help passengers avoid the rush during peak check-in hours. Check-in counters generally close 45 minutes before flight departure. If passengers check in after the counter closure cut-off time, they may not be accepted for the flight even if they are holding a confirmed booking. Always have your travel documents on hand. As with other airlines, Philippine Airlines may refuse carriage to passengers who lack the necessary travel papers. E X P R E S S C H E C K - I N C O U N T E R S Senior Citizens traveling with up to two (2) traveling companions and passengers with NO CHECK-IN BAGGAGE on PAL flights departing from Manila or Mactan may avail of the express check-in service at designated counters. For more information on restrictions and check-in procedure, log on to www. philippineairlines.com. L O U N G E S Philippine Airlines has Mabuhay Lounges in Manila (Domestic and International), Cebu (Domestic and International), Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, General Santos City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mabuhay Class passengers, as well as Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite members, can unwind, dine and freshen up in these lounges before boarding their flight. In other International Stations, PAL has contracted the services of airport lounge operators to offer the same amenities to said passengers.

AIRPORT

N E E D T O R E C O N F I R M Reconfirmation is not required for all Philippine Airlines flights. However we recommend that when making reservations, passengers provide telephone

AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICE IN MAN I L A For passengers connecting from a Philippine Airlines

flight at the NAIA Centennial Terminal 2, to a code share flight operated by any of its Airline Partners at NAIA Terminal 1 (and vice versa), a complimentary transfer service is available. This service is subject to certain conditions and qualifications. For more information, please inquire with any of our Transfer service staff at the arrival area. CHOICE ECONOMY SEAT SURCHARGE

Feeling cramped-up sitting with limited legroom when traveling on economy class? We are pleased to announce that for a fraction of the price of a more affordable ticket, passengers may purchase a CHOICE ECONOMY SEAT. These seats are positioned at the bulkhead and exit rows to provide the widest legroom possible on this class of service. Seats may be reserved upon ticketing. Please advise our Customer Service representatives of your request. Seat confirmation will be done at the airport to comply with the Philippine Civil Air Regulations. Fees are collected upon check in and may vary per destination. PREFERRED FIESTA SEAT SURC H A R G E To heighten traveling comfort to and from

Riyadh on Fiesta Class, avail of the PREMIUM FIESTA SEAT. For a minimal surcharge, passengers may now travel on wider and comfortable seats that will surely provide a more relaxing flight. Once ticketed, passengers may request for the Premium Fiesta Seat. For more details, please ask our Customer Service representatives.

Philippine Airlines introduces the RHUSH (Rapid Handling of Urgent Shipments) airport-to-airport service, the fastest way to ship cargo domestically or overseas. Enjoy the following advantages with RHUSH: highest priority in cargo, guaranteed space, fast and quick acceptance and release time, and money-back guarantee (conditions apply). But what makes RHUSH the hands-down choice is its guarantee that your cargo is released on the day you expect it. For particulars, please call PAL Cargo Sales and Reservations in Manila at (632) 831 3061 / 853 3062 / 853 3059 / 851 3063 / 879 5879 / 834 0362, or any PAL Office in your area.

FLIGHT TRANSFERS IN MANILA Philippine Airlines offers worry-free transit procedures for passengers coming from an international flight with an immediate connection to a PAL domestic flight. Upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Centennial Terminal 2 in Manila, all passengers have to do is clear with immigration, claim their baggage from the carousel, and proceed to the Special Customs Examination Counter for baggage clearance. They must then return the baggage to the carousel to ensure its loading on the domestic flight. If passengers onboard a PAL flight from the U.S.A., Canada or Narita are connecting to Cebu or Davao, they can proceed directly to the PAL Domestic Terminal at NAIA 2 after clearing Immigration. Baggage no longer has to be cleared in Manila, as the appointed Customs personnel in Cebu or Davao will take care of your baggage clearance. If passengers do not have their boarding passes for domestic flights, they may proceed to the PAL Transfer Desk at the Arrival Area for assistance. Passengers may take the escalator or elevator located at the Arrival Lobby to go to the PAL Domestic Terminal. Airport Terminal Fees: Php550 for international departure and Php200 for local departure (paid in Philippine pesos only). Note that a Php200 Security Fee will also be collected by Manila International Airport Authority for international departures. Departing passengers for international destinations are advised to check with airport or tourist information counters (Tel. Nos. 524-1703; 832-2964) for the departure fees which may change without notice.

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PAL PASSENGERS FROM USA, CANADA OR NARITA WITH CONNECTING FLIGHT TO CEBU, DAVAO OR LAOAG (FOR CHECK THROUGH PASSENGERS ONLY):

1. Disembark from plane and go through Immigration check. 2. Proceed to PAL Domestic Terminal (via escalator or elevator at Arrival Lobby). 3. Pay terminal fee of Php200.00 at the Domestic Terminal. 4. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight. PASSENGERS FROM ANY OF PAL’S INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS BOUND FOR ANY PAL DOMESTIC STATION:

1. Disembark from plane and proceed to the Transfer Desk to check in for your connecting flight. 2. Go through Immigration check. 3. Proceed to Baggage Claim Area. 4. Proceed to the Special Customs Examination Counter for clearance.

6. Return baggage to the PAL staff at the baggage area for reloading. 7. Proceed to PAL Domestic Terminal (via escalator or elevator at the Arrival Lobby). 8. Pay terminal fee of Php200.00 at the Domestic Terminal. 9. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight.


FLIGHT FACTS

DISTANCES AND FLIGHT TIME

Below are useful facts and figures about our flights and schedules.

Distances and flight times may vary due to weather conditions, flight path changes and the type of aircraft utilized. FLIGHT TIME refers to the time from when the aircraft engines start up before take-off, until the aircraft comes to a halt after landing. MM MILES refers to flight miles earned when travelling on Fiesta (Economy) Class, as adopted from the IATA standards.

I N T E R N AT I O N A L R O U T E S

MANILA

M M M I L E S

F L I G H T T I M E

Abu Dhabi Bahrain

4,352 4,580

9:00 9:58

Bandar Seri Begawan Bangkok Busan Beijing

781 1,368 1,515 1,797

2:05 3:15 3:45 4:25

Brisbane Doha Dubai

3,607 4,528 4,294

10:50 8:15 8:45

Fukuoka Guam Ho Chi Minh

1,445 1,596 1,002

3:30 3:40 2:30

Hong Kong Honolulu

712 5,296

2:00 10:15

Jakarta 1,732* (via Singapore) Manila - Singapore Singapore - Jakarta Kuala Lumpur (via Kota Kinabalu) Manila - Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu - Kuala Lumpur Las Vegas 7,393* (via Vancouver) Manila - Vancouver Vancouver - Las Vegas Los Angeles 7,290

&

S E C T O R S

R E S E R V A T I O N S

R O U T E S

MANILA

6:15

00971 2 6351700 00973-17225650 extension 212 (603) 2141-3899 (662) 633-5713 / 14 (8251) 466-0333 (8610) 6510 2991 2992 / 2993 (61-7) 3236-2044 (974) 455-8760 (9714) 203-3788 / 316-6632 (8192) 415-3288 (671) 632-1615 / 17 / 19 (848) 827-2105 / 06 / 8272 (852) 2301-9300 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653** (6221) 300-15758

3:35 1:35 3:40

(603) 2141 0767

1:55 2:25 16:15 12:05 2:40 12:30

Macau Melbourne Osaka Nagoya San Francisco

723 3,927 1,651 1,741 6,978

1:55 8:00 3:55 4:00 12:00

Seoul Shanghai Singapore Sydney (via Melbourne) Manila - Melbourne Melbourne - Sydney Taipei Tokyo Vancouver

1,624 1,152 1,476 3,883*

4:00 3:10 3:35 10:50

731 1,879 6,560

8:00 1:30 2:00 4:15 12:05

714

2:10

Xiamen

DOMESTIC F L I G H T T I M E

R E S E R V A T I O N S

Bacolod Busuanga Butuan

298

1:10 1:05 1:30

Cagayan de Oro Calbayog

486

1:30 1:15

Catarman

349

1:15

Caticlan

552

1:10

Cebu

597

1:15

(034) 434-6016 / 6017 (0919) 511-2797 (085) 341-5156 / 5257 226-4777 loc. 6328 (088) 857-2294 (055) 209-2885 (055) 533-8885 (055) 209-9228 (055) 251-8996 (055) 500-9886 (036) 288-7536 (036) 288-7538 (036) 288-7539 (032) 234-2586 (032) 234-2713 (064) 431-0136 (082) 222-0366 (082) 226-4604 (065) 212-2355 / 2356 (035) 422-8577 (083) 552-5282 (083) 553-8856 (033) 333-0040 /41 (036) 262-3260 (036) 262-3263 (077) 670-8533 / 8451 (052) 481-0780 (053) 255-4261 (053) 561-9758 (088) 521-5565 (088) 521-0462 (048) 433-4565 / 2561 (036) 621-0244 (043) 491-1604 (043) 491-1923 (086) 231-9680 (086) 826-8589 (053) 321-2212 (038) 411-2939 (038) 411-3552 (078) 844-9238 (062) 993-0330 / 2995

S E C T O R S

489

Cotabato Davao

1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653** 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653** (853) 2835-5770 (613) 9600-2898 (816) 6444-2541 (8152) 588-7131 1-800-435-97251-800635-8653** 0082-1544-1717 (8621) 6279-8765 (65) 6336-1611 (612) 9279-2020 / 2228

(8862) 2506-7383 (813) 5157-4161 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653** (86592) 239-4729 / 30 /65

M M M I L E S

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1:30 1:45

Dipolog Dumaguete General Santos

438 390 647

1:30 1:15 1:45

Iloilo Kalibo

280 250

1:05 0:55

Laoag Legazpi Ormoc

257 250

0:55 0:55 1:20

Ozamiz

478

1:25

Puerto Princesa Roxas San Jose

364 311

1:15 0:55 0:55

Surigao

CEBU

1:40

Tacloban Tagbilaran

352 387

1:10 1:10

Tuguegarao Zamboanga

530

1:00 1:30

Ozamiz

1:00

(088) 521-5565 (088) 521-0462

LEGEND CEBU

Hong Kong 1,060 Kota Kinabalu 617 Kuala Lumpur 1,634* (via Kota Kinabalu) Cebu - Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu - Kuala Lumpur 1,884 Seoul Tokyo 2,024

2:40 1:45 5:00 1:45 2:25 4:25 4:40

(852) 2301-9300 (603) 2141-0767

0082-1544-1717 (813) 3593-2421

* refers to direct mileage ** exclusive Reservations numbers for Business Class passengers, Mabuhay Miles Elite & Premiere Elite Members

Reservations, Tour Packages, Mabuhay Miles and Flight Information PHILIPPINES: Manila (632) 8558888 Cebu (032) 3400191 US/CANADA: 1 (800) I FLY PAL or 1 (800) 4359725 For more information, visit http://www.philippineairlines.com

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S AT

MON

SUN

Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q

Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q

4Q 4Q 8Q 8Q 2Q 2Q 4Q 4Q 3Q 3Q

4Q 4Q 8Q 9Q 2Q 2Q

U N I T E D S TAT E S Manila - Guam Guam - Manila Manila - Honolulu Honolulu - Manila Manila - Los Angeles Los Angeles - Manila

Q Q

TUE

WED

THU

Q

Q Q

Q Q Q Q Q

Q Q

Q Q

FRI

S AT

SUN

Q

Q Q 2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

Q Q Q Q Q

Q Q

Q Q Q Q Q Q

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Q Q

Q Q

Q Q

Q Q

Q Q

Q Q

Q with technical stop in Guam

Q Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Q Q 5Q 5Q Q Q 4Q 4Q Q Q Q Q 3Q 3Q 2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q 10 Q 10 Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q

Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

4Q 4Q 4Q 3Q Q Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Q Q 5Q 5Q Q Q 4Q 4Q Q Q Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q 3Q 3Q Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q

Q Q 10 Q 10 Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q 2Q 2Q

Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q

Manila - San Francisco San Francisco - Manila Q with technical stop in Guam

Manila - Las Vegas via Vancouver Las Vegas - Manila via Vancouver CANADA Manila - Vancouver Vancouver - Manila Vancouver - Las Vegas Las Vegas - Vancouver AUSTRALIA Manila - Sydney via Melbourne Sydney - Manila Melbourne - Sydney Sydney - Melbourne Manila - Melbourne via Sydney Melbourne - Manila via Brisbane-Sydney CHINA Manila - Beijing Beijing - Manila Manila - Shanghai Shanghai - Manila Manila - Xiamen Xiamen - Manila

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TA I W A N Manila - Taipei 2Q Q Q Q Q Taipei - Manila Q Q Q Q Q H O N G K O N G code share and operated by Cathay Pacific (Cebu - Hong Kong vv) Q Manila - Hong Kong 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Hong Kong - Manila 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Cebu - Hong Kong Q Q Q Q Q Hong Kong - Cebu Q Q Q Q Q SINGAPORE Manila - Singapore 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Singapore - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q INDONESIA Manila - Jakarta via Singapore Q Q 2Q 2Q Jakarta - Manila via Singapore Q 2Q 2Q Q Singapore - Jakarta Q Q Q Jakarta - Singapore Q Q Q J A PA N Manila - Fukuoka Q Q Q Fukuoka - Manila Q Q Q Manila - Osaka Q Q Q Q Q Osaka - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Nagoya Q Q Q Q Q Nagoya - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Tokyo Q Q Q Q Q Tokyo - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Cebu - Tokyo Q Q Q Q Tokyo - Cebu KOREA Manila - Pusan Q Q Pusan - Manila Q Q Manila - Seoul 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Seoul - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Seoul Q Q Q Q Q Seoul - Cebu Q Q Q Q Q MACAU Manila - Macau Q Q Q Macau - Manila Q Q Q THAILAND Manila - Bangkok 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Bangkok - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA Manila - Riyadh Q Q Riyadh - Manila Q Q Q VIETNAM Manila - Ho Chi Minh Q Q Q Q Q Ho Chi Minh - Manila Q Q Q Q Q M A L A Y S I A code share and operated by Malaysia Airlines Q Manila - Kuala Lumpur 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Kuala Lumpur - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Q A T A R code share and operated by Qatar Airways Q Manila - Doha 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Doha - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q code share and operated by Etihad Airways U N I T E D A R A B E M I R AT E S Manila - Abu Dhabi Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Abu Dhabi - Manila Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q

Q Q

Q Q Q Q

Q Q Q Q Q Q

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Q

5Q 5Q

5Q 5Q

Q Q

Q Q

4Q 4Q

4Q 4Q 2Q

Q Q Q

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Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q

Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q

Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q Q Q

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2Q 2Q

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Q Q

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2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

Q Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q

code share and operated by Emirates

Manila - Dubai Dubai - Manila Manila - Bahrain Bahrain - Manila

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Bacolod / Butuan / Cagayan De Oro / Cebu / Cotabato / Davao / Dipolog / Dumaguete / General Santos City / Iloilo / Kalibo / Laoag / Legaspi / Manila / Ozamiz / Puerto Princesa / Roxas / Tacloban / Tagbilaran / Zamboanga

DOMESTIC ROUTES

LEGEND PAL FLIGHTS CODESHARE WITH AIRPHILEXPRESS

CAUA YA N

SAN FERNANDO

CLARK

METRO MANILA

NAGA

SOUTH CHINA SEA

CATARMAN CALBAYOG CITY

SAN JOSE BUSUANGA Boracay

ORMOC CITY

SURIGAO CITY

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INTERNATIONAL ROUTES

RIYADH INDIA

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Bangkok / Beijing / Fukuoka / Guam/ Ho Chi Minh / Honolulu / Hong Kong / Jakarta / Las Vegas / Los Angeles / Macau / Manila / Melbourne / Nagoya / Osaka / Pusan / Riyadh / San Francisco / Seoul / Shanghai / Singapore / Sydney / Taipei / Tokyo / Vancouver / Xiamen

Brisbane

Auckland

LEGEND PAL FLIGHTS PAL CODESHARE FLIGHTS

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A L L

A D D S

U P

W I T H

M A B U H A Y

M I L E S

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ENTITLEMENT

COVERAGE

US$30

20 kgs

PAL Philippine domestic flights

SportsPlus Asia

US$60

20 kgs

PAL flights within the Philippines / Asia, and to / from Guam

SportsPlus Global

US$120

20 kgs

PAL flights within the Philippines / Asia, and to / from Australia / Guam

1 piece not exceeding 20 kgs.

PAL flights to United States / Canada

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Mabuhay Miles Elite

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Flights of Fancy YOUR INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE

The Social Network • Life As We Know It Mike and Molly • Indian Rendezvous


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A star-studded cast makes up the quirky characters of Megamind. Will Farrell lends his voice to Megamind, while Brad Pitt voices his arch nemesis, Metro Man. Turn to page 118 for movie details, and page 122 for screening schedules.

MOVIES

The Social Network Life As We Know It The Town

122

SCHEDULE

Mabuhay Class Fiesta Class

125

124

MOVIE LIBRARY

TELEVISION

Ocean's Thirteen The Matrix The Prestige

126 CDS

Taylor Swift Maroon 5 Jed Madela

Mike and Molly Wall Street Journal Indian Rendezvous

128

MUSIC

Best of 60's, 70's & 80's Jazz Club Classic Collection

Chillin' Like A Villain Brilliant supervillain Megamind has been trying to conquer the town of Metro City for quite some time now. Protected by superhero Metro Man, Megamind has constantly been unsuccessful with his plans until one day, when Metro Man meets his demise. Now a supervillain with no enemy, Megamind creates a new nemesis named Tighten. Trouble now is this new so-called superhero not only wants to rule thee world, but put an end to it as well. Will Megamind remain true to his supervillain ways or will he become the town's unlikely hero?

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After watching the fight of good versus evil, calm your nerves down with the soothing tunes on Jazz Club, or the catchy beats on Tinseltown. Whether you're up for instrumental classics or mellow soul tunes, Flights of Fancy has a whole range of music for you to discover aboard your flight on Philippine Airlines.


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MEGAMIND

life as we know it

EAT PRAY LOVE

Stars Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Amanda Crew Director Burr Steers Drama 99 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis Director Ryan Murphy Romance 141 mins Rated PG-13 L

Charlie works in a cemetery to be closer to his late brother, whose death he blames himself for. But as he regresses further and further into fantasy he risks losing touch with the real world.

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Liz Gilbert is a woman on a quest to travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true self. She eats in Italy, prays in India and finds love in Bali in this life-affirming journey.

Stars Jim Sturgess, Emily Barclay, Emilie de Ravin Director Zack Snyder Animation 97 mins Rated PG V

When young owlet Soren and his older brother, Kludd, fall into the clutches of the evil Pure Ones, their only hope is to find the legendary Guardians of Gaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors.

Stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel Director Greg Berlanti Comedy 115 mins Rated PG-13 L

The only thing Holly and Eric agree on is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. When they become all Sophie has in the world, they must find a way to get along.

Stars Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey Director Tom McGrath Animation 96 mins Rated PG V

After defeating his archnemesis Metro Man, supervillain Megamind lacks direction in life until a new villain appears on the scene.


a christmas carol

the social network

Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake Director David Fincher Drama 119 mins Rated PG-13 L

flipped

going the distance

despicable me

Stars Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Gary Oldman Director Robert Zemeckis Animation 98 mins Rated PG

Stars Steve Carrell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig Director Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin Animation 95 mins Rated PG

Stars Rebecca DeMornay, Madeline Carroll Director Rob Reiner Comedy 90 mins Rated PG

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Stars Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate Director Nanette Burstein Comedy 88 mins Rated R L

From the halls of Harvard to the cubicles of Palo Alto, The Social Network captures the thrill of the heady early days of culture-changing phenomenon Facebook in the making.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking motion-capture animated film.

《社交网络》讲述了在创 立Facebook期间的文化改变、从哈 佛礼堂到帕洛奥托(Palo Alto)小 隔间的经历点滴。

迪斯尼的《圣诞颂歌》是改编自狄 更斯的经典作品,采用了三维视效 及“动作捕捉” 技术拍摄,为观众 带来别具一格的圣诞节奇观。

ハーバード大学からパロアルトのオ フィスまで、社会現象を巻き起こし たFacebook創設期の熱狂と興奮を描 いた作品。

ディズニーの「クリスマス・キャロル」は 、ディケンズの名作の幻想的な世界を 画期的なモーションキャプチャによる アニメーションで映像化した作品。

하버드의 강당에서 팰러앨토의 작은 방에 이르기까지, 영화 <소셜 네트워크>는 인터넷 문화의 변화를 주도한 페이스북의 제작 과정에 담긴 전율 넘치는 이야기를 담았다.

디즈니의 “크리스마스 캐롤”은 판타지의 정수라 할 수 있는 디킨스의 고전을 바탕으로 새로운 모션 캡쳐 에니메이션 영화로 탄생되었다.

Gru, a deplorable villain out to steal the moon, is thwarted by a trio of orphan girls who temporarily come under his care.

Based on the novel Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, two eighth graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites.

格鲁是一名坏事干尽的恶棍,他正 策划着偷月计划。不料途中杀出三 个女孤儿,他被逼照顾他们,以致 其阴谋受挫。

本片根据文德琳·范· 德拉安南的 同名原著小说改编,讲述两位性格 迥然不同的八年级生,却对彼此渐 生情愫。

月を盗みに行こうとした嘆かわしい悪 党グルーは、一時的に彼が世話をし ているみなしごの3人姉妹にそれを止 められました。

正反対であるにもかかわらず、2人 の8年生はお互いに感情を抱き始め ます。ウェンデリン・バン・ドラーネン( Wendelin Van Draanen)の小説 “フリッ プド” の映画化です。

개탄스런 악당인 주인공 그루는 달을 훔치기로 마음먹는다. 그러나 그의 계획은 임시로 맡게 된 고아원의 세 소녀들로 인하여 좌절 되는데….

벤델린 반 드라넨의 동명 소설을 영화화 하였다. 서로에게 좋은 감정을 가지게 되는 8학년 남녀를 중심으로 벌어지는 이야기이다

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Erin moves to California to finish her last year of school while boyfriend Garrett stays in New York. With 3,000 miles between them they do their best to navigate the pitfalls of long distance loving. 艾琳搬到到加州以完成她最后学年 的课程,其男友戈特则呆在纽约。 他们俩竭尽所能地维系这段相距 3000英里的远距离爱情。 エリンは、学業を終えるためにカリフォ ルニアへ戻り、ボーイフレンドのギャレ ッドは、ニューヨークにとどまる。3,000 マイルの距離を隔てて、二人は遠距 離恋愛の落とし穴に陥るまいと最大の 努力を重ねる。 에린은 남자친구 가렛이 뉴욕에 있는 동안, 졸업학기를 마치기 위해 캘리포니아로 이사한다. 그들 사이에는 3천 마일의 거리가 생기고, 원거리 사랑에 따르는 유혹을 극복하기 위하여 최선을 다한다.

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inception

the expendables

salt

ramona and beezus

Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe Director Christopher Nolan Action 148 mins Rated PG-13 L

Stars Selena Gomez, Joey King, John Corbett Director Elizabeth Allen Comedy 103 mins Rated G

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In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date. 一名经验老到的窃贼潜入人类的梦 境窃取潜意识中有价值的秘密,以 完成最后一项棘手的任务。 夢への侵略を通して人間の心に侵入で きるテクノロジーが存在する世界で、熟 練した泥棒は今までで最も過酷な仕事 を成し遂げることで最後の挽回のチャ ンスを与えられます。 드림 인베이젼이라는 도구로 타인의 생 각에 접근할 수 있는 사회, 최고의 실력 으로 생각을 훔치는 도둑인 주인공은 마 지막 기회를 얻게 되는데, 그러나 이제 까지 그가 맡은 일중에 중에 가장 어려운 임무가 기다리고 있다.

step up 3

Stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chjwetel Ejiofor Director Phillip Noyce Thriller 100 mins Rated PG-13 L

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This movie follows the misadventures of young grade schooler Ramona Quimby, from Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s book series.

A CIA officer who is accused of being a Russian sleeper spy, eludes capture while struggling to prove someone else is the traitor.

此片是改编自贝弗利佳的著名童书 系列,讲述一位小学生蕾蒙娜的不 幸遭遇。

一名中情局的特工被诬陷为潜伏多 年的俄国间谍,为了证明自己的清 白,她被迫逃亡,、摆脱追捕。

この映画は、ビバリー・クリアリー (Beverly Cleary)の人気絵本シリーズ から幼い小学生ラモーナ・クインビー (Ramona Quimby)の不幸を綴ったも のです。

ロシアのスリーパースパイの容疑をか けられたCIAオフィサーは、裏切り者は 他にいることを証明するのに苦労しな がら逃亡します。

베버리 클리어리의 유명한 동화 시리즈를 영화화한 것으로, 이 영화는 라모나 큄비라는 어린 학생이 겪는 일련의 사고들을 따라서 진행된다.

CIA 요원인 주인공은, 러시아의 고정간첩으로 몰려 쫓기게 되는데, 도주 중에 진짜 반역자를 찾기 위하여 사투를 벌인다.

Stars Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson Director Jon Chu Musical 107 mins Rated PG-13 L

Stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke Director Sylvester Stallone Action 103 mins Rated R V

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A tight-knit group of street dancers team up with NYU freshman Moose and find themselves pitted against the world’s best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives.

A group of mercenaries living life on the fringes of the law takes on what appears to be a routine assignment. But the men are faced with a choice, one that might destroy their brotherhood forever.

一群街舞爱好者与纽约大学的新生 摩斯结成一队,以和全球最佳的嘻 哈舞者一决高下,这场决战将会改 变他们的命运。

一群游走在法律边缘的雇佣兵接下 了一项似乎又是例行公事的任务, 但这一次他们面临着一个可能会永 远破毁他们之间兄弟情义的抉择。

固い絆で結ばれたストリートダンサー たちは、ニューヨーク大学の一年生、 ムースとチームを組み、ダンスコンペ ティションで世界最高のヒップホップダ ンサーに対抗してイチかバチかの勝 負に臨むが、それは彼らの人生を変 えることになる。

法の網をかいくぐって生きる傭兵軍団 は、一見、通常任務かのような任務に つくが、そこで彼らの固い絆を永遠に 崩壊しかねない選択を迫られる。

결속력 강한 거리 댄서그룹이 뉴욕대 신입생 무스와 팀을 이뤄 자신들의 삶을 바꾸게 될, 세계 최고의 힙팝 댄스 배틀에 참가한다.

법의 경계를 넘나드는 삶을 살아가는 용병그룹이 단순해 보이는 일을 맡게 된다. 하지만 자신들의 그룹을 영원히 망쳐놓을 수 있는 선택에 직면하게 된다.


the sorcerer’s apprentice

twilight saga: eclipse

the karate kid

Stars Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson Director Harald Zwart Action 139 mins Rated PG

Stars Nicolas Cage, Alfred Molina, Jay Baruchel Director Jon Turteltaub Adventure 109 mins Rated PG V

In Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying—and the feeling is mutual—but culturally differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

wall street: money never sleeps

the town

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath. 魔法巫师巴尔萨泽需寻找一名接班 人,以便能在纽约市对抗其宿敌马 克西姆·霍瓦斯。 魔法使いの指導者、バルサザール・ブ レイク(Balthazar Blake)は、彼の宿敵 マキシム・ホルヴァス (Maxim Horvath )からニューヨーク市を守るという使命 のため、一見変哲ない普通の男の子 を弟子にします。 위대한 마법사 발타자 블레이크는 숙적인 맥심 호바스로부터 뉴욕을 지키기 위해 얼핏 평범해 보이는 사내를 과감히 제자로 발탁한다.

Stars Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall Director Ben Affleck Action 125 mins Rated R L

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Bank robber Doug’s crew is one of Boston’s most ruthless. They’re also one of the best, ensuring they never leave a trace of evidence. But everything changes when they take a hostage during a heist.

Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Director David Slade Action 124 mins Rated PG-13 G

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Once again, Bella finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings, and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge.

Stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin Director Oliver Stone Drama 132 mins Rated PG-13 L

Looking to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie, after a lengthy spell in prison, Gordon Gekko joins forces with her fiancé, but the ex-financial titan may have an ulterior motive.

Doug与他的手下是波士顿最残酷也 是其中一群最佳的银行抢劫犯,他 们不曾也绝不会留下犯罪证据。然 而,一切在他们劫持了银行经理作 为人质中后改变了。 銀行強盗のダグの手下は、ボストンで も最も冷酷で絶対に手がかりを残さな い最悪の犯罪者であった。しかし、あ る日、銀行強盗中に人質をとり、すべ てが変わる。

Stars Richard Gutierrez, Anne Curtis, Claudine Barretto Director Mac Alejandro Romance 97 mins Rated PG13

은행강도 더글러스의 멤버들은 보스톤에서 가장 악질 무리들이다. 또한 증거를 남기지 않는 최고의 강도이기도 하다. 그러나 강도 행각 중 잡은 인질로 인해 모든 것이 180도 바뀌게 되는데..

in your eyes

A story about two sisters— Ciara (Claudine Barretto) and Julia (Anne Curtis)—who fall in love with a man named Storm (Richard Gutierrez). The three players of the triangle must choose whether to give in to matters of the heart or matters of the mind to restore order. Which sister will bow out of the race in order to make way for the other’s happiness?


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the social network

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the town

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Life As We Know It In Your Eyes Short Films Going The Distance P Twilight Saga: Eclipse P Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps P Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole AIRSHOW

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the karate kid

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The Social Network The Town

Charlie St. Cloud

Life As We Know It

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Legend of the Guardians

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In Your Eyes

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Eat Pray Love

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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life as we know it

In Your Eyes

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Eat Pray Love

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Charlie St. Cloud

The Town

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Charlie St. Cloud

Legend of the Guardians

The Town

In Your Eyes

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Short Films

Eat Pray Love

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in your eyes

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going the distance

Short Films In Your Eyes Charlie St. Cloud

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wall street: money never sleeps

Life As We Know It Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole

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AIRSHOW A320 AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Legend Of The Guardians

AIRSHOW

Short Films

A320 / A319*

Life As We Know It Short Films

MOVIE TRIVIA

>> Both Megamind and Metro Man’s costumes pay homage to the DC Comics hero Captain Marvel: Metro Man sports

all-white version and Megamind a black version of Marvel’s suit, but Megamind’s suit sports a lightning bolt blazed on it, like Marvel.

>> Each of the three superhumans in the film has a unique color scheme: Megamind’s prominent color is blue, Metro Man is always seen with white, and Titan is colored red.

>> Megamind starts his first years on Earth in the Metro City Prison for the Gifted. This is a parody of Professor Xavier’s School for the Gifted, as seen in X-Men (2000).

an


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MABUHAY CLASS

CHANNEL

A340

CHANNEL

the social network

CHANNEL

the town

1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8 9/10 11/12 13/14 15/16 17

A330

A340

1/2

5/6 7

1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8 9/10 11/12 13/14 17

A330

A340

1/2 3/4

1/2

1/2

3/4

3/4

7/8 17

7/8 17

3/4

Life As We Know It Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole Short Films Going The Distance P Twilight Saga: Eclipse P Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps P In Your Eyes Charlie St. Cloud AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW

B747

AUSTRALIA, HONOLULU, RIYADH The Social Network Short Films Megamind The Town P The Expendables P The Karate Kid P Megamind AIRSHOW

Life As We Know It In Your Eyes Short Films Going The Distance P Twilight Saga: Eclipse P Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps P Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole AIRSHOW

B747

GUAM, JAPAN

(RP-C8168)

5/6 7

The Social Network Megamind Short Films The Town P The Expendables P The Karate Kid P Eat Pray Love

(RP-C8168)

1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8 9/10 11/12 13/14 17

The Social Network The Town P Short Films Short Films The Town P AIRSHOW

Life As We Know It Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Short Films Short Films Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps AIRSHOW A320 / A319*

A320

AIRSHOW

the karate kid

A330

The Social Network

The Social Network The Town

Charlie St. Cloud

Life As We Know It

Short Films AIRSHOW

Short Films

Short Films AIRSHOW

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

A340 B747

1/2

CHANNEL

3/4 5/6 7

7/8 17

The Social Network The Town P Short Films Short Films The Town P AIRSHOW A320 / A319*

CHANNEL

3/4 5/6 7

7/8 17

A340 B747

1/2

CHANNEL

3/4

charlie st. cloud

5/6 7

7/8 17

P

A320 / A319*

A320

Charlie St. Cloud

The Town

Charlie St. Cloud

Legend of the Guardians

The Town

In Your Eyes

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Short Films

Short Films AIRSHOW

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Short Films

Eat Pray Love

INDONESIA, THAILAND Life As We Know It Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Short Films Short Films Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps AIRSHOW A320 / A319*

P

P

A320 / A319*

A320

The Social Network

Eat Pray Love

AIRSHOW

Life As We Know It

Charlie St. Cloud

The Town

Charlie St. Cloud

Legend of the Guardians

The Town

In Your Eyes

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Short Films

Short Films AIRSHOW

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Short Films

Eat Pray Love

INDONESIA*, MAINLAND CHINA*, SINGAPORE

(RP-C8168)

1/2 3/4

P

Life As We Know It

A320

A330

Short Films

Eat Pray Love

AIRSHOW

Megamind The Town P Short Films Short Films The Town P AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Megamind Short Films AIRSHOW

life as we know it

In Your Eyes

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Eat Pray Love

A340 B747

1/2

Charlie St. Cloud

The Town

The Social Network

(RP-C8168)

1/2 3/4

Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Short Films Short Films Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps AIRSHOW

A320

A330

P

KOREA

AIRSHOW Megamind Short Films AIRSHOW

the expendables

AIRSHOW

P

A320 / A319*

A320

Eat Pray Love

(RP-C8168)

1/2 3/4

INBOUND MANILA

US MAINLAND, CANADA

(RP-C8168)

1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8 9/10 11/12 13/14 15/16 17

OUTBOUND MANILA

B747

Life As We Know It Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Short Films Short Films Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps AIRSHOW

The Social Network The Town P Short Films Short Films The Town P AIRSHOW A320 / A319*

A320

AIRSHOW Megamind Short Films AIRSHOW

P

P

A320 / A319*

A320

The Social Network

Eat Pray Love

AIRSHOW

Life As We Know It

Charlie St. Cloud

The Town

Charlie St. Cloud

Legend of the Guardians

The Town

In Your Eyes

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Short Films

Short Films AIRSHOW

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Short Films

Eat Pray Love

Movie titles and channel assignments are subject to change without prior notice. Only short films will be shown on the following sectors: Manila – Hong Kong – Manila, Manila – Macau – Manila, Manila – Taipei – Manila, Manila – Xiamen – Manila, Vancouver – Las Vegas – Vancouver and Singapore – Jakarta – Singapore P

PTV only * Digital IFE-equipped aircraft: RP-C8600 to RP-C8615

* Via Singapore * Except Xiamen


FIESTA CLASS OUTBOUND MANILA A340

B747

INBOUND MANILA

US MAINLAND, CANADA

(RP-C8168)

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing 3rd showing 4th showing

The Social Network Megamind Short Films Eat Pray Love

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing 3rd showing 4th showing 5th showing

eat pray love

A330

megamind

A340

B747

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing 3rd showing

The Social Network Short Films Megamind

Life As We Know It In Your Eyes Short Films

1st showing 2nd showing 3rd showing 4th showing

AIRSHOW

A340

B747

Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole AIRSHOW

GUAM, JAPAN

(RP-C8168)

AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

The Social Network Short Films

1st showing 2nd showing

Life As We Know It Short Films

1st showing 2nd showing

AIRSHOW A320 AIRSHOW The Social Network

Short Films

AIRSHOW

A320 / A319*

The Social Network

Short Films

AIRSHOW

A330

A320

1st showing 2nd showing

A340 B747

AIRSHOW Life As We Know It

Short Films

AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

The Social Network Short Films

1st showing 2nd showing

Life As We Know It Short Films

AIRSHOW A320 AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Megamind Short Film

AIRSHOW

A330

A340 B747

A320 / A319*

The Social Network

Short Films

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Megamind Short Films

AIRSHOW A320 AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Megamind Short Films

AIRSHOW

A330

A340 B747

(RP-C8168)

A320 / A319*

The Social Network

Short Films

AIRSHOW A320 AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Legend Of The Guardians

AIRSHOW

Short Films

A320 / A319*

Life As We Know It Short Films

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Life As We Know It Short Films

AIRSHOW A320 AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Legend Of The Guardians

AIRSHOW

Short Films

A320 / A319*

Life As We Know It Short Films

INDONESIA*, MAINLAND CHINA*, SINGAPORE

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

The Social Network Short Films

INDONESIA, THAILAND

(RP-C8168)

Life As We Know It Short Films

AIRSHOW

A320 / A319*

KOREA

(RP-C8168)

in your eyes

AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW

going the distance

Short Films In Your Eyes Charlie St. Cloud

AUSTRALIA, HONOLULU, RIYADH

(RP-C8168)

wall street: money never sleeps

Life As We Know It Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole

A330

legend of the guardians

AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW A320 AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Megamind Short Films

AIRSHOW

A320 / A319*

The Social Network

Short Films

AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Life As We Know It Short Films

AIRSHOW A320 AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Legend Of The Guardians

AIRSHOW

Short Films

A320 / A319*

Life As We Know It Short Films

MOVIE TRIVIA

>> Both Megamind and Metro Man’s costumes pay homage to the DC Comics hero Captain Marvel: Metro Man sports

all-white version and Megamind a black version of Marvel’s suit, but Megamind’s suit sports a lightning bolt blazed on it, like Marvel.

>> Each of the three superhumans in the film has a unique color scheme: Megamind’s prominent color is blue, Metro Man is always seen with white, and Titan is colored red.

>> Megamind starts his first years on Earth in the Metro City Prison for the Gifted. This is a parody of Professor Xavier’s School for the Gifted, as seen in X-Men (2000).

an


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MISS CONGENIALITY

Action Stars Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Caine Director Donald Petrie Synopsis Tomboyish cop Gracie Hart gets a much needed makeover, and a few emergency lessons in etiquette when she's forced to go undercover at a beauty pageant and uncover a terrorist plot.

OCEAN’S THIRTEEN Action Stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon Director Steven Soderbergh Synopsis When senior 'Ocean's' member Reuben Tishkoff gets double crossed by the scheming casino owner Willie Bank, causing him to have a heart attack, Danny Ocean and his team reunite to get their revenge.

THE MATRIX Action Stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss Director The Wachowski Brothers Synopsis A computer hacker learns that his entire life has been a virtual dream, orchestrated by computer overlords in the far future.

THE PRESTIGE

Thriller Stars Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine Director Christopher Nolan Synopsis In this twisting, turning tale of mystery, two rival magicians are locked in a battle of oneupmanship, where each will stop at nothing to learn the other's secrets and perform the ultimate illusion.

The Dark night

Action Stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger Director Christopher Nolan the town Action Stars Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall Director Ben Affleck

300

a christmas carol

alabok sa ulap

Drama Stars Dina Bonnevie, Edu Manzano Director Leroy Salvador

Action Stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine Director Christopher Nolan

bituing walang ningning

BULLITT

CASABLANCA

charlie st. cloud

DESPICABLE ME

eat pray love

Action Stars Gerard Butler, Lena Headey Director Zack Snyder

Drama Stars Sharon Cuneta, Cherie Gi Director Emmanuel H.

Animation Star Steve Carrell Directors Chris Renaud, Pierce Coffin

going the distance

Action Stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn Director Michael Curtiz

Romance Stars Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup Director Ryan Murphy

Drama Stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman Director Michael Curtiz

FLIPPED

Comedy Stars Rebecca DeMornay, Madeline Carroll Director Rob Reiner

Drama Stars Zac Efron, Kim Basinger Director Burr Steers

gaano kadalas ang minsan

Drama Stars Vilma Santos, Hilda Koronel Director Danny L. Zialcita

harry potter and the CHAMBER OF SECRETS

harry potter and the goblet of fire

harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone

hating kapatid

in your eyes

inception

legend of the guardians

life as we know it

megamind

moulin rouge

Ocean’s 11

Ocean’s 12

RAMONA AND BEEZUS

rush hour

step up 3

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Comedy Stars Drew Barrymore, Justin Long Director Nanette Burstein

Adventure Stars Daniel Radcliffe Director Chris Colombus

Animation Stars Jim Sturgess, Emily Barclay Director Zack Snyder

Action Stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt Director Steven Soderbergh

SALT

Thriller Stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber Director Phillip Noyce

the expendables

the notebook

the transporter Action Stars Jason Statham, Shu Qi Director Cory Yeun, Louis Leterrier

THE WEDDING SINGER

Action Stars Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li Director Sylvester Stallone

Animation Stars Jim Carrey, John Cleese Director Robert Zemeckis

BATMAN BEGINS

Drama Stars Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams Director Nick Cassavetes

Comedy Stars Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore Director Frank Coraci

Adventure Stars Daniel Radcliffe Director Chris Colombus

Comedy Stars Judy Ann Santos, Sarah Geronimo Director Wenn V. Deramas

Comedy Stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel Director Greg Berlanti

Action Stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt Director Steven Soderbergh sherlock holmes

Drama Stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law Director Guy Ritchie

Adventure Stars Daniel Radcliffe Director Mike Newell

Drama Stars Richard Gutierrez, Claudine Barretto, Anne Curtis Director ?

Animation Stars Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell Director Tom McGrath

Comedy Stars Selena Gomez Director Elizabeth Allen

Musical Stars Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Adam G. Sevani Director Jon Chu

the social network

the sorcerer’s apprentice

TROY

WALLSTREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS

Drama Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake Director David Fincher

Action Stars Brad Pitt, Eric Bana Director Wolfgang Petersen

harry potter and the PRISONER OF AZKABAN Adventure Stars Daniel Radcliffe Director Alfonso Cuaron

Action Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe Director Christopher Nolan

Musical Stars Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor Director Baz Luhrmann

Action Stars Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker Director Brett Ratner

Drama Stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett Director David Fincher

Adventure Stars Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel Director Jon Turteltaub

Drama Stars Shia, LaBeouf, Michael Douglas Director Oliver Stone

you’ve got mail

Romance Stars Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan Director Nora Ephron


OUTBOUND INDIAN RENDEZVOUS Episode: Delhi

WALL STREET JOURNAL TECH WATCH

THE BIG BANG THEORY Episode: The Guitarist Amplification

Ayaan Ali Bangash takes viewers into the heart of India's historical power center of Delhi that offers the intrepid traveller a wonderful blend of a historic past and a vibrant present.

Tech Watch looks at the latest trends and innovations in the world of technology.

Leonard and Penny's first big fight sees Sheldon playing mediator due to childhood trauma that's left him with an inability to be around loud verbal conflicts.

JUST FOR LAUGHS

ASIAN AIR SAFARI Episode: Sydney

MIKE & MOLLY Episode: Pilot

Be amused with these hidden camera gags performed on the street, in the shopping malls, all around town and in the countryside. For all ages and funny-bones alike!

After seeing Melbourne’s laid-back charm, Captain Joy experiences a more fast-paced lifestyle in Sydney. Known as the Harbour City, the different parts of the city merge toward the harbor side where “Sydneysiders” are seen rushing to go from one place to another.

Fourth-grade teacher Molly Flynn meets, and falls for, police officer Mike Biggs at Overeaters Anonymous and asks him to talk to her class.

INBOUND

FOR AVOD* Asian air safari: Episode: Melbourne

ASIAN AIR SAFARI Episode: Shanghai

ASIAN AIR SAFARI Episode: Legazpi

WALL STREET JOURNAL TECH WATCH

Australia has become a melting pot of cultures from all over the world. In Melbourne, people are more relaxed and they enjoy living their lives in a quiet and simple way. They have a deep respect for their culture and land they call their home. Watch how Capt. Joy meets an actual aborigine who explains to him Australia’s rich customs.

Shanghai is a city soaring with transformation. It is a place enriched by the past and fortified by history and yet it is a city ahead of its time. Capt. Joy takes the Gulfstream 150 to visit this interesting city which is divided into 2 parts—culture and architecture and Shanghai's busy business district.

It's so much more than just travel. It's also all about discovery and adventure. In this current episode, the Philippine's pride, Mayon Volcano, welcomes our host in this trip to Legaspi City. Capt. Joy is met with warm hospitality as he rediscovers this fascinating city. In a nearby island Masbate, he tries his luck while diving in its unfamiliar waters in search of whale sharks and manta rays.

This program looks at the latest technology applications and cuttingedge innovations and offers insight into the advances that are transforming the industry. It also includes interviews with the most influential players in technology and regular updates on new multimedia products and integrated devices.

* Additional titles available on Digital IFE-equipped aircraft with AVOD


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The Element of Freedom Alicia Keys

Celebration Madonna

Memoirs Of An Imperfect Hands All Over Angel Maroon 5

My World 2.0

Bionic

Teenage Dream

Speak Now Taylor Swift

The Adventures of Bobby Save Me, San Francisco Ray (Clean) Train

Ke$ha

Katy Perry

Justin Bieber

Christina Aguilera

Battle Studies John Mayer

Shock Value II Timbaland

Raymond vs Raymond Usher

B.O.B.

FILIPINO

Mariah Carey

Animal

Inspired

Aiza Seguerra LIVE!

The Classic Album

As 1

Byahe

The 18 Martial Arts

Luo Sheng Men

Love Me, Hate Me

Baby

Sorry, Sorry (Version C) T h e

Aiza Seguerra

Jed Madela

Gary V. & Martin Nievera

Noel Cabangon

Charice Charice

Music And Me

Sarah Geronimo

ASIAN

Lea Salonga

Shou Luo

Kenji Wu

Aiko

KIDS

Wang Lee Hom

Super Junior

SG Wannabe

G i f t F u r u s a t u Yazu

The Singer’s Singer Radio Disney Jams 12 Hannah Montana: The Season 1, Vol. 2 Movie Various Artists Glee

CHILL OUT

Miley Cyrus

Buddha-bar Vol. 12

Costes 14 Hotel

The Chillout Lounge The Ministry of Sound Chilled II Vol.4 Various Artists

JAZZ

Various Artists

Crazy Love

Michael Buble

Playlist: The Very Best of Miles Davis Miles Davis

Your Songs

Harry Connick Jr.

Various Artists

Jed Madela, winner at the World Championships of Performing Arts in 2005, released a new album entitled “The Classics Album.” The 16 tracks are timeless pieces which gained its popularity through singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Matt Monroe. Often referred to as “The Voice,” Jed Madela offers his rendition so songs like An Affair to Remember, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and It’s Impossible.


OST/MUSICAL

FOR FULL CABIN AVOD*

500 Days Of Summer Once On This Island Various Artists

1990 Original Broadway Cast

The Sound of Music Cats 40th Anniversary Edition Andrew Lloyd Webber

CLASSICAL

Various Artists

At Home With Friends

First Love

Peace

Motown 50th Definitive Collection

Saturday Night Fever

Greatest Hits

Essentials

Born To Run

ALL-TIME FAVES

Joshua Bell

Diana Ross & The

Yiruma

The Bee Gees

Libera

Earth Wind and Fire

Supremes

Legend

Bob Marley

Bread

Bruce Springsteen

Just a Small-Town Girl

Blonde On Blonde Bob Dylan

Slowhand

Eric Clapton

Purple Rain Prince

Country singer Taylor Swift released her third album to date just last October. Entitled Speak Now, the album has a total of 14 songs all written by Swift herself. The dreams of a teenage girl from a small town serve as the central theme in most, if not all, of the songs with titles like, "Mine", "Last Kiss", "The Story of Us", and "Never Grow Up". The fourtime Grammy winner made Billboard Hot 100 history when 11 out of the 14 songs were charted. To promote her new album, Swift started touring last November and is set to hold a concert in the Philippines on February 19 of this year.

Big Hits

The Rolling Stones

The Very Best Of Sting And Police PetThe Sounds Sting TheBoys Police Theand Beach

* Available in B747 (RP-C7471 / RP-C7472 / RP-C7473 / RP-C7475) and B777


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FILIPINO P O P

HITLINE

SPOTLIGHT

BEST OF 60S, 70S & 80S

Bop to favorite Filipino songs with the band members of Parokya ni Edgar, and worldwide sensation Jed Madela, on Filipino Pop.

Sing to songs like Taylor Swift’s lead single Mine, which hit the Billboard Hot 100, and Fever by American Idol runnerup Adam Lambert.

Take a ticket to ride, after a hard day’s night, as the Beatles steal the spotlight on this month’s Spotlight channel.

Relive decades gone by on the Best of the 60s, 70s & 80s with Elton John, Whitney Houston, The Police, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin.

OGIE ALCASID

DAVID ARCHULETA

THE BEATLES

Original Song

Club Can't Handle Me

My Bonnie Sheridan and the Beat Boys (Apple)

Pangarap Lang Kita

Firework

Love Me Do The Beatles (Apple)

Whitney Houston (Arista)

Ok Lang Ako

Misery

From Me To You The Beatles (Apple)

Wham! (Epic)

Mine

She Loves You The Beatles (Apple)

Parokya Ni Edgar (Universal) Parokya Ni Edgar feat. Happee Sy (Universal) Parokya Ni Edgar (Universal)

Reunion (Panahon Ng Kasiyahan) Parokya Ni Edgar (Universal)

Ngayon At Kainlanman Ogie Alcasid (Universal)

Flo Rida feat. David Guetta (Atlantic) Katy Perry (Capitol) Maroon 5 (A&M)

Taylor Swift (Big Machine)

Just A Dream Nelly (Universal)

ELTON JOHN

Tony

Suspicious Minds I Say A Little Prayer

Hard Days Night The Beatles (Apple)

Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan

Something More Secondhand Serenade

I Feel Fine The Beatles (Apple)

Kapantay Ay Langit Ogie Alcasid (Universal)

Ikaw Ogie Alcasid (Universal)

Impossible Shontelle (SRC)

Fever

Adam Lambert (19 Recordings)

The Police (A&M)

Can’t Buy Me Love The Beatles (Apple)

Selena Gomez & the Scene (Hollywood)

(Glassnote Entertainment)

De Do Do Do De Da Da Da I Hear You Knocking

Round & Round

Ogie Alcasid (Universal)

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

I Wanna Hold Your Hand The Beatles (Apple)

Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Ogie Alcasid (Universal)

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Dave Edmunds (MAM) Elvis Presley (BMG)

Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Ticket To Ride The Beatles (Apple)

The Rolling Stones (ABCKO)

Help! The Beatles (Apple)

Blondie (Chrysalis)

Yesterday The Beatles (Apple)

The Tide is High You Sexy Thing Hot Chocolate (RAK)

She’s Gone Aiza Seguerra (Star Recording)

Hang With Me

Day Tripper The Beatles (Apple)

Jamabalaya (On The Bayou)

I’ll Be Over You

Crossfire

Nowhere Man The Beatles (Apple)

Leader of the Pack

I Hate Boys

Paperback Writer The Beatles (Apple)

Your Song

Magic

Eleanor Rigby The Beatles (Apple)

Adam and the Ants (CBS)

Heartbeat

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles (Apple) Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds The Beatles (Apple)

Boston (Sony)

Aiza Seguerra (Star Recording)

Sukiyaki Aiza Seguerra (Star Recording)

Ngayong Wala Ka Na Aiza Seguerra (Star Recording)

I Believe Jed Madela (Universal)

Moonriver Jed Madela (Universal)

An Affair To Remember Jed Madela (Universal)

Robyn (Konichiwa)

Brandon Flowers (Island) Christina Aguilera (RCA)

B.o.B feat. Rivers Cuomo (Grand Hustle) Enrique Iglesias feat. Nicole Scherzinger (Universal Republic)

2012 (It Ain't the End) Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj (Jayded/ 2Point9)

Penny Lane The Beatles (Apple)

Fats Domino (EMI)

Shagri-Las (Mercury) Elton John (Rocket)

Antmusic More Than A Feeling The Love Train O’Jays (Phildelphia International)

Strawberry Fields Forever The Beatles (Apple)

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me I Got You Babe Hotel California

Dusty Springfield (Polygram)

Somewhere

Elevator

Jed Madela (Universal)

David Archuleta (19 Recordings)

All You Need Is Love The Beatles (Apple)

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing Jed Madela (Universal)

Bittersweet

Hello, Goodbye The Beatles (Apple)

Did It Ever

Double Vision

Gary Valenciano (Universal)

3OH!3 (Photo Finish Records)

Lady Madonna The Beatles (Apple)

Dance In The Dark

Simon and Garfunkel (Columbia)

Home

Gary Valenciano (Universal)

Lady GaGa (Interscope)

Revolution The Beatles (Apple)

No Love

Fleetwood Mac (Reprise)

And I Love You So

Hey Jude The Beatles (Apple)

Gary Valenciano (Universal)

Eminem feat. Lil Wayne (Aftermath)

Kailan Pa

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Gary Valenciano (Universal)

Santana feat. India.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma (Arista)

Ikaw Lamang

Please Don't Go

Gary Valenciano (Universal)

Fantasia (Sony Music)

Mike Posner (J)

Get Back The Beatles (Apple)

Eagles (Warner)

Bridge Over Troubled Water Dreams Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel (Virgin)

The Ballad of John and Yoko The Beatles (Apple)

Heaven is A Place on Earth

Come Together The Beatles (Apple)

Night Fever The Bee Gees (RSO)

Raise Your Glass

Here Comes The Sun The Beatles (Apple)

For The First Time

Let It Be The Beatles (Apple)

Pink (LaFace)

Sonny & Cher (Atlantic)

Belinda Carlisle (Virgin)


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CLASSIC COLLECTION

J A M M I N ’ I N JAPAN

ORIENT EXPRESS

SEOUL GROOVES

Timeless instrumental classics are in store for you on the Classic Collection with renditions featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Symphonique de Montreal, and Les Musiciens Du Louvre-Grenoble.

Get your groove on with the Jammin’ In Japan channel as we feature J-pop artists like Smap, AAA, and Glay.

Aboard the Orient Express you can tune your ears to the songs of the latest Canto-pop artists like Swing, Bii, and Olivia Ong.

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Hélène Grimaud

Violin Concerto – 1st Movement Glass (Naxos), Adele Anthony (violin), Ulster Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra – II: Adagio Assai Ravel (Deutsche Grammophon), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez “Vocalise” – Op.34 – No.14 Rachmaninov (Sony BMG), Joshua Bell (violin), Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Michael Stern Two Rhapsodies for Piano – No.2 in G minor Brahms (Deutsche Grammophon), Hélène Grimaud (piano) Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor – op.94 Dvořák (RCA), Sol Gabetta (cello), Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Mario Venzago Pastoral Symphony – Messiah Handel (Classic FM), Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy Flower Duet Delibes (UCJ), Katherine Jenkins and Tiri Te Kanawa Bailero (from “Songs of the Auvergne”) Canteloube (Classic FM), Julian Webber (violin), National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gehardt Petite Suite – En Bateau Debussy (Naxos), János Bálint (flute), Nóra Mercz (harp) Nuits D’Été – “Absence” Berlioz (Harmonia Mundi), Brigitte Balleys (mezzo-soprano), Mireille Delunsch (soprano), Orchestre Des Champs Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe Souvenir D’Un Lieu Cher, Op.42 – I: Meditation Tchaikovsky (Decca), Janine Jansen (violin), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding Méditation (from “Thais”) Massanet (Deutsche Grammophon), Nicola Benedetti (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat Major - op.73 Beethoven (ECM), Tim Fellner (piano), Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagano Ave Maria Schubert (Biddulph Recordings), Yehundi Menhuin (violin), Marcel Gazell (piano) Cello Concerto in D Major – Adagio Haydn (Naxos), Ludovit Kanta (cello), Capella Istropolitana, Peter Breiner Valse Triste Sibelius (Deutsche Grammophon), Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan Le Rouet d’Omphale Saint-Saëns (Decca), Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit Air on the G String J.S. Bach (Naxos), Capella Istropolitana, Jaroslav Dvoràk L’arlésienne – Orchestral Suite, IV: Carillon. Allegro Moderato Bizet (Naïve), Les Musiciens Du LouvreGrenoble, Marc Minowski

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HEAD-TO-HEAD CHESS Match wits with either the computer or another passenger—even if you are sitting at opposite ends of the cabin—in this multiplayer rendition of one of the world's best-known game: chess! But before you push the START button and get hooked on this classic game of mind versus mind, did you know that: chessboard has 64 squares and each >> The player controls 16 pieces at the start of the game: eight pawns, two bishops, two knights, two rooks, one queen and one king.

KLONDIKE Solitaire Klondike Solitaire is the world’s most popular solitaire card game and is also one of the most difficult variations to play. Amazingly challenging and addicting, you will play for hours.

Wilhelm Steinitz was >> Austrian-American the first official World Chess Champion winning his first title in 1886.

Match wits with either the computer or another passenger - even if you are sitting at opposite ends of the cabin - in this multiplayer rendition of one of the world's best-known games, chess!

current World Chess Champion, India's >> The Viswanathan Anand, is the first chess player in history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: Knockout, Tournament and Match.

>> Eugene Torre of the Philippines was the

first Asian player to earn the highly coveted title of International Grandmaster, beating then the World Champion Anatoly Karpov in a tournament in Manila in 1976.

in-flight tETRIS The object of this game is to keep the blocks from piling up to the top of the playing field. Sounds easy? Well, it could be if you know how to effectively move and rotate the colored blocks as they fall.

IN-FLIGHT SUDOKU

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BOOKWORM

Catch some fast and furious gemmatching fun in this colorful puzzle game. Just click on two adjacent gems to swap them and make sets of three to score. This colorful game has four great modes to suit all players.

Link letters and create words to feed the hungry Bookworm. With thousands of words to form, it's a new game each time you play. No matter your skills level, you'll enjoy this vocabulariffic puzzle.

Sudoku presents quite a challenge and is sure to satisfy puzzle lovers. Before you get hooked on the addicting numbers game, did you know that:

>> >> >> invasion Hop on board your fighter spacecraft equipped with high-tech weapons and fight biomechanical aliens threatening to destroy the Earth. This challenging game has four difficulty levels.

in-flight trivia challenge Take advantage of quiz show mania with this cabin-wide multiplayer trivia game. Passengers can compete with each other to determine who the real trivia master is.

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The Sudoku was believed to be designed by American architect Howard Garns, whose first number puzzle game was published in 1979 under tha name "Number Place". The game first appeared in Japan in early 1980's and has since been a hit. It was given the name Sudoku which means "The digits must remain single". In 2005, two game shows dedicated to Sudoku aired on television: Sky One's Sudoku Live and BBC's SUDO-Q. Italy, Czech Republic and India have all played host to the annual World Sudoku Championship, which started in 2006. 2009's championship was held in Slovakia. Two students from the Philippines dominated the 2009 AsiaPacific Sudoku tournament held recently in Thailand, John Robert Valcos and Sarah Jane Cua.


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Taking Flight January 2010

Southeast of Napier in New Zealand stands Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, the 13-hectare home of the Takapu, or Australasian gannets. These large black-and-white seabirds with golden heads have been nesting here since 1870. Protected by the Department of Conservation, their population has increased to 6,500 pairs, making the reserve the largest mainland Takapu colony in the world. It is here that on a cloudless day in January, KRISTINE TORRENO brought out her Canon EOS 400D, in the hope of capturing the gannets in action. With a lot of patience and a bit of luck, she was able to photograph this beautiful seabird as it landed, its enormous wings stretched out in all their glory. To view more of Tinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photos, visit www.flickr.com/photos/tintorreno or www.tintowens.tumblr.com

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