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Now on her 33rd year in Japan, ARCIE ANETTE LEGAZPI, Japanologist, serves as the Philippine Tourism Director in West Japan. Promoting the Philippines as a travel destination to the Japanese market is her key responsibility. In the past, she became the director of the Philippine pavilion in the World Expo Aichi in 2005-2005. On pages 40, 42, and 46, Arcie showcases some of the most notable spots in her host country.

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Manila in December

Eat, drink, be merry—all in the Metro! Anika Ventura suggests the most happening hangouts in the capital for the holidays.

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Indulge yourself with three easy-to-do traditional Christmas recipes that will make any midnight feast a grand one.

A magical musical of witches and wonder will fly to Manila in January, and Tessa Prieto-Valdes gives us a sneak peek of Wicked.

Nagoya, Osaka, Fukoka—oh my! The Land of the Rising Sun shines anew with endless eating, entertainment, and shopping.

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Forget the ice and snow; soak up the sun and sand this holiday season with Eric Cabahug.

The city may still be recovering from the earthquake, but it definitely shows no signs of slowing down. Jun Ventura reports Cebu City’s newest players on the dining and nightlife scene, as well as the locals’ relief efforts for the recent calamities.

Davao’s once-dormant dining scene is sizzling with some great eats. Nicky Sering lists the best for all you foodies.

The Giant Lantern Festival lights up Pampanga this month, but there’s more to the Christmas Capital of the Philippines.

| On the Road to Recovery

An outpouring of help came from all over the world after Eastern Visayas was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. But it doesn’t stop there. Learn how else you can help the survivors especially during this season.

Jun V. Lao highlights the most vibrant diving spots that have quietly been attracting international tourists to this tiny island province.

This once tiny fishing town has many stories to tell and Carla Ocampo recalls one of them, the annual Kasanggahayan Festival.

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The world’s best beach, Boracay, lights up once more as we celebrate the Christmas season. Lounge chair courtesy of Teak Castle Inc. Photo by Jomar R. Galvez

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ERIC CABAHUG is the Creative Manager in one of the biggest and oldest film companies in Manila. He is a scriptwriter, songwriter, and a published photography enthusiast. He has worked in advertising, public relations, newspapers and magazines. He loves traveling, adores the Minions, thinks Gary Larson is a god, is on Facebook 24/7, and hopes to publish a children’s book someday, and thinks that humor is key to survival. On page 48, Eric takes us to Boracay for the holiday season. CARLA OCAMPO is a fan of chilled durian, and a voracious consumer of saluyot leaves. On busy days, she teaches basic screenwriting at Malayan Colleges Laguna, and leads Habi Collective, a media production outfit that focuses on narratives that are “very Filipino.” She is at her best amongst the Philippine outdoors, and considers it a huge honor whenever she is a guest in celebrations within indigenous communities. On page 54, Carla tells us about her experience in Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Festival. www.haranangbabae. wordpress.com; www.habicollective.com.ph CARLO PAMINTUAN is a proud Kapampangan, hailing from Angeles City. Currently, he writes for different sports websites and magazines. Writing about sports is his passion, with boxing and basketball as his favorite subjects. He has covered the NBA All-Star Weekend and Manny Pacquiao fights in Las Vegas and Macau. He loves what he does because he gets to travel the world through sports. Carlo also enjoys writing travel pieces specially about his hometown, like what he shares with us on page 66.


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PRESIDENT’S NOTE

A Breakout Year Twenty-thirteen was a breakout year for Philippine Airlines and PAL Express. This year, we undertook a major expansion and modernization program that touched virtually all aspects of the PAL Group’s operations—from our fleet and route network, to our in-flight product and on-ground facilities, to the integration of our two airlines’ schedules and services. Nowhere was this transformation more prominent than in our comprehensive fleet renewal program involving 64 aircraft from Airbus, which took off in August with the start of deliveries. We are on course to accept 12 aircraft from that order this year, including our first A321-200 and A330-300 HGW types. In addition, we received two Boeing 777-300 ERs from a previous order and acquired four A340-300s. All these have boosted the overall fleet of the PAL Group to nearly 80 aircraft at the end of 2013, compared with 62 aircraft at the start of the year, making us one of the fastest-growing airlines in Asia. The influx of new aircraft has allowed us to rapidly expand our network. This year, we launched services to 10 destinations in seven countries across three continents, including the first direct link between the Philippines and Europe in 15 years—to London Heathrow, in November. The new hardware is complemented by a raft of in-flight service enhancements. Gourmet meals by our team of international chefs. iPads loaded with a variety of entertainment options. GSM and wi-fi capability that enable you to make phone calls and browse the internet on long-haul flights. And, of course, PAL’s signature caring and attentive service that exudes the warmth of Filipino hospitality at 30,000 feet. All these make your PAL experience as pleasant and relaxing as possible—like flying in your own home in the sky. We have not neglected our ground service, either. In September, we unveiled our new International Mabuhay Lounge, which underwent a stunning makeover. Now larger and equipped with a reception area, library, minitheater and buffet setup stocked with delectable offerings, the Mabuhay Lounge is now comparable with the best airline lounges in the world. The focus of all these efforts remains, as always,—you, our valued guest. We aim to exceed your expectations and set the bar higher every time you step on board. Thank you for keeping faith with us this year. We look forward to serving you again next year and beyond. Happy holidays and mabuhay!

Ramon S. Ang

President & Chief Operating Officer Philippine Airlines


EDITOR’S NOTE

A Compassionate Christmas

Photo by Justin Ventura

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ur major foreign destinations in this issue are all in Japan. There’s Osaka with its famous castle, waterways, and river walks. Then we have the unique Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in Fukuoka where Japanese men while wearing only a loincloth, carry one-ton floats. Finally, there’s the tech city of Nagoya. Japan is always a fascinating country to visit where you can experience a rich, ancient culture side by side with the most modern technologies.

As you perhaps know, our country has been hit by a double-whammy. First, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol followed by the super typhoon Haiyan where gusts of wind reaching up to 380 kilometers per hour severely hit the island region of Leyte and Samar and the northern areas of Cebu, Palawan, and Iloilo provinces. But to put things in perspective, our country is composed of 7,100 islands and only two islands were badly affected while only three were partially damaged. VOICES OF HOPE Although their hometown I emphasize this so that you and church were badly damaged, the famous Loboc Children’s Choir continues to sing by their can continue with your travel battered church and elsewhere to raise donaplans to come here, as most of tions. (Photo by Jomar Galvez) our destinations remain intact. In fact, one of the best ways in helping us recover is precisely by traveling to our country where your tourist dollar will find its way to rebuilding destinations, communities, and people’s lives. More directly, you can patronize the many hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops that are donating a part of their profits to relief and reconstruction efforts. It is a shining example of the Filipino “bayanihan spirit” when we help each other in time of need. Philippine Airlines is providing free airfreight of relief goods while its sister corporation, Petron, is utilizing its vast network of gasoline stations as donation collection points. There are so many big and small corporations as well as rich and poor Filipinos who are helping out. And just when you think that the world may have donor fatigue, the relief aid that is pouring in from all parts of the globe, totaling to more than 40 countries, is so overwhelming and touching.

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ADvERTIsInG REPREsEnTATIvEs

Gratitude poster done by Filipino illustrator John Louie Sarangaya Netro

There is always a positive side in things that happen to us. Perhaps, the tremendous outpouring of help from fellow Filipinos and other nations emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas: compassion.

Simeon S. Ventura, Jr. Editor-in-chief For comments and suggestions, you can email me at jventura@eastgatepublishing.com.

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HONG KONG/CHINA EASTERN INFLIGHT MAGAZINE PRODUCTIONS Rita Chow Tel: (852) 2823 1080 Fax: (852) 2352 6204 E-mail: rita@cinmedia.com JAPAN ADVERTISING COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Akiyoshi Ojima Tel: 81-(0) 3 3261 4591 E-mail: ojima@media-jac.co.jp KOREA JES MEDIA, INC. Young-Seoh Chinn Tel: (822) 481 3411/3 Fax: (822) 481 3414 E-mail: jesmedia@unitel.co.kr AUSTRALIA FREE SPORTS PRESS Peter Anderson Tel: (612) 9789 5003 Fax: (612) 9789 5004 E-mail: peterando3@ gmail.com SWITZERLAND IMM INFLIGHT MEDIA MARKETING Marcel Wernli Tel: (+41) 061-319 9090 Fax: (+41) 061-319 9095 Website: www.inflight-media.ch E-mail: inflight-media@swissonline.ch USA LEE & STEEL INC. Michael Lee Tel: (203) 445 8900 Fax: (203) 445 1885 E-mail: medialee@aol.com UAE DESTINy MEDIA Aleem Aziz Tel: (9714) 297 6978 Fax: (9714) 297 6988 E-mail: mediaone@emirates.net.ae UK MAJOR MEDIA David Hammond Tel: + 44 020 8467 8884 Fax: + 44 020 8467 5558 E-mail: majormedi@btopenworld.com 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.


WHAT’S UP

Ramp up December’s already festive mood with a concert, a chocolate festival, surfing tournament, and amazing light shows. pHILIppINES AYALA LIGHTS AND SOUNDS SHOW NOVEMBER 16–DECEMBER 30 MAKATI CITY

Every year, Ayala Land kicks off the yuletide celebration with its Lights and Sounds Show. A symphony of dazzling lights created by award-winning designer Voltaire de Jesus, the show comes alive at the Ayala Triangle Gardens every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. www.ayalatriangle.com

GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL DECEMBER 14 ROBINSONS STARMILLS, SAN FERNANDO CITY, PAMPANGA

Lanterns as huge as 40 feet in diameter light up the streets of San Fernando during the Giant Lantern Festival. Made with such materials as straws, colored paper, and bamboo dowels, these lanterns compete every year for the title “winning parol.” www. facebook.com/GiantLantern

ZEDD LIVE IN MANILA DECEMBER 12, 2013 MALL OF ASIA ARENA, PASAY CITY

Yet another world-class DJ will send Manila dancing this month. Catch one of the music industry’s biggest breakthroughs this year as he takes Manila by storm in his Moment of Clarity Tour. www.smtickets. com

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JApAN CHICHIBU NIGHT FESTIVAL DECEMBER 3 AND 4 CHICHIBU CITY

If it’s spectacle you want, Chichibu Yomatsuri is right up your alley. It boasts a fireworks display, which lasts not an hour, not even an hour and a half, but a staggering two and a half hours of nonstop pyrotechnic extravaganza. No wonder it is among Japan’s top festivals.

CANADA WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS NOVEMBER 3–JANUARY 31 NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

Witness the Niagara Falls come alive in full spectrum during the Winter Festival of Lights. As many as 3 million sparkling lights will illuminate a 6-km route, but the best part is you don’t have to shell out a single dollar to enjoy the show. www.wfol.com

UNITED KINGDOM CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL DECEMBER 13–15 SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON

’Tis the season to be indulgent! Top chocolatiers William Curley, Damian Allsop, and Co-Couture will be in attendance and, of course, there will be dozens of stalls showcasing everything chocolate. www. festivalchocolate.co.uk

USA TRIpLE CROWN OF SURFING NOVEMBER 12–DECEMBER 20 HONOLULU, HAWAII

Celebrate the yuletide season among the world’s best surfers at the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Now on its 31st year, you can be part of surf history and culture as you witness both veteran and amateur surfers compete for Triple Crown Surfing’s coveted titles. Admissions won’t even cost you a dime! www.vanstriple crownofsurfing.com


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Atelier Aguila’s ‘furni-sculpture’ Perched on a windswept bluff, with dazzling vistas of Tambobo Bay and the verdant forest below, Atelier Aguila’s ochre-toned studio might seem incongruous in rustic Siaton, Negros Oriental. But this dramatic aerie is the ideal setting for Dumaguete artist Karl Aguila’s one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces of furniture. “Furni-sculpture” aptly describes Aguila’s creations. Tables, consoles, chests, cabinets, and couches can, of course, function for everyday use. But they also have an aesthetic value they can double as art pieces. Passionate for the environment, the U.S.- and Europe-trained Aguila sources his materials from salvaged wood, old railroad ties, farm implements, even the ruins of Negros’ famed sugar mills. The result is original, handcrafted masterpieces that bear Aguila’s creative imprint and offer distinction from the mass produced—organic instead of synthetic. www. atelieraguila.com – Celia Soliman

YULETIDE CELEBRATIONS AT THE MARRIOTT Experience the joy the Yuletide season brings when you celebrate Christmas at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel. You can step into a life-size gingerbread house full of treats at the Marriott Gingerbread House from November 30 to December 26, 2013, at the Ayala Center Cebu. From delightful Christmas goodies and traditional bakeries to discounted gift certificates, you’ll surely find the perfect gift for your family and loved ones. A spread of carvings and Festive Fare are also served on Sunday to Thursday evenings at the Garden Café all of December. And finally, welcome the spirit of Christmas with joyful carols and a special buffet on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. +63 32 411 5800; mhrs.cebph.rest.mgr@marriotthotels.com 12 2013 2013 12 II Mabuhay Mabuhay Magazine Magazine II July December


TRAVEL LOG

DROWN IN (OR OUT) THE SOUND Shut out the world and lose yourself in your music—or let the world in. It’s your choice with the first in-ear noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. The QuietComfort® 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones let you enjoy better sound every day, everywhere you go. Turn on noise cancelling to reduce surrounding distractions and focus on your music. But if you prefer to keep a subtle soundtrack in the background, Aware mode allows you to enjoy your music while also hearing what’s going on around you. With Proprietary StayHear®+ tips providing a soft, secure fit and an inline mic and remote that lets you easily manage your iPhone or iPod, these headphones keep you in control while keeping you in comfort.

NOW OPEN: TOkyO TONTEkI I was excited with my meal at Tokyo Tonteki (tonteki literally means “pork steak”). The food was no fuss, full of flavor, and reminded me of traditional-style Japanese cooking wherein low flame method is used. More importantly, it did not leave a feeling of heaviness even though the portions were generous. The glass show kitchen gives great insight on how the food is cooked. My meal started with the spring roll, avocado, and onsen egg. The combination of salty prosciutto and sweet avocado with poached egg marries the ingredients and instantly makes you a fan of Chef Yusuke’s creation, a wonderful textural contrast and culinary masterpiece. The next dish, tonteki, truly is the bestseller. Some pieces of the meat boasted a dark, caramelized crunch, while other cuts were forktender and melt in your mouth. For an alternative, the chicken steak with onion steak sauce is for you. The tenderness of the chicken is brought about by the layering of ingredients so the juices of the meat and onions seep into the sauce, as the spices release their flavors. Yes, good things come to those who wait. But lest you be waiting for a table, reservation in this packed restaurant is a must. Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. – Ernest Gala

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Welcome to SPA-rta!

A Whole New World

The DTV system is an experience like no other: Developed by the wellness experts at the Kohler Waters Spa, this shower system effectively wraps water, sound, light, and steam together, creating a spa-like environment in your own home. And one simple electronic navigation system controls everything, from temperature and spray intensity to the angle of water delivery. www.kohler.ph

The Worldbex Services International takes us to a snow-less winter wonderland this yuletide season with the 13th World Bazaar Festival on December 6–22 at the World Trade Center Manila. Celebrating the high life for a cause, this is a fete of epic proportions: There are in the Festival more than 800 booths from the biggest retail brands. From fashionistas to food lovers to little kids, there is something for everyone.


WHAT’S NEW: THE FArM’S LAkAN ViLLA Embellished Holiday Diamond Links by Harry Winston feature a contemporary line of rings and bracelets, composed of round brilliant-cut diamonds set in platinum. The shape of each link reflects Mr. Winston’s preferred cut: the Emerald. www.harrywinston.com

Multi-award-winning wellness resort The Farm at San Benito unveils their most luxurious villa to date: the Lakan Villa. Soon to be their most exclusive accommodation, the Lakan provides the ultimate in luxury with two bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms including shower and bathtub, central living area, walled-in gardens with koi ponds, a kitchen and bar area, maid’s quarters, and a heated swimming pool with hydrojets and relaxation bale. Located near the reception and the Master Villa, The Lakan is excellent for two couples traveling together, a group of friends, or a family getaway. The Farms is offering the Lakan Villa at an introductory rate of Php58,500++ per night for 4 pax until March 31, 2014. www.thefarmatsanbenito.com

Laser Treatment Literally at Your Fingertips Cozy Living in Baguio Moldex Realty, one of the country’s pioneering real estate developers, takes pride in introducing its latest condominium project located in the heart of Baguio City—Moldex Residences Baguio, a 3.1-hectare mountain lodge-inspired, medium-rise residential community development that offers the benefits of condo living set amidst Baguio’s mountain views. Situated along Ben Palispis Highway (formerly Marcos Highway), the project enjoys an excellent location on one of the main routes into the city. Season in and season out, leisure amenities and modern facilities are on-hand to give you the complete mountain-living experience, such as the high-ceilinged Grand Clubhouse with country club-inspired interiors, fitness gym, Jacuzzi, lounge area with a fireplace, game room, and multipurpose function hall. www.moldexrealty.ph

It has become increasingly popular for women to turn to laser treatments to restore their youthful skin. Now L’Oréal has made it more accessible to women through “Revitalift Laser X3.” The 3% Pro-xylane found in the serum, face cream, and eye cream was proven effective on pores and lines, and it also performed better than laser on skin smoothness and bounciness. The Revitalift Laser X3 product line is a wrinkle corrector, a neo-collagen stimulator, and a tissue re-tightening agent rolled into one.

Sgt. Major Brown The Marshall legacy lives on in its “Major” line of headphones, which now comes in brown colorway. Heavily influenced by the vintage look of Marshall’s acoustic amplifiers, the “Major Headphones” do not only have the same materials used in the brand’s iconic amplifiers, it also bears the original Marshall texture. And like a true trooper, it is made for heavy-duty use. Available in the Philippines at Beyond the Box, Digital Hub, Digital Walker, Egghead, iStudio, and Quicksound.

Coco Goodness Sinful treats abound this season, so make it a point to flush out those unnecessary fat and toxins from your body with a glass of Nyogi Pure Coconut Water. It’s made without any additives such as sugar, so Nyogi is definitely a refreshing way to rehydrate and boost your health. www.nyogi.com

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GIFTS FOR GOOD

VANESSA CHUA-SALAS recommends these unique products whose proceeds benefit a worthy cause. For the Fashion Forward Mom

RAGS2RICHES BAG

Starts from Php1,489 Rags2Riches partners with artisans living in poor communities in the Philippines to provide a sustainable source of livelihood. These artisans are not just employees, but shareholders of the company. www.rags2riches.ph For the Foodie Dad Who Enjoys a Good Cuppa Joe

HINELEBAN PREMIUM ARABICA COFFEE

Php550 For each bag bought, a tree is planted in your name. Order by contacting Renee (+6388 8133885) or Rowena (+63 926 295 3896). www.hineleban.org

For the Little Ones

PLAN DOLL

Php799 A child from the “Plan International Day Care Center & Supervised Neighborhood Play” will receive a doll with every purchase. A percentage of sales will also go to the construction of a day care center. www.anthillfabricgallery.com

For the Techie Brother

JACINTO & LIRIO IPAD CASE

Php1,599 Jacinto & Lirio’s collaboration with GirlTank, a global community of women change-makers, paved the way for the establishment of a community-based manufacturing facility. www.jacintoandlirio.happy.ph For Your Tween Cousins

TEJO SUMMER LOVE SET

For Your Stylish Sister

LUMAGO STATEMENT NECKLACE

Starts from Php700 These up-cycled pieces provide means of livelihood to the Lumago Ladies Cooperative. www.lumagodesigns.com

Php195 (set of three) Tejo is a social enterprise that creates handwoven bracelets made by underprivileged Filipino women. Tejo aims to empower them with livelihood and fair income. www.facebook.com/TejoThreads

For Your Devoted Aunt

MOSAIC CRUCIFIX

Php599 The Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation creates these beautiful crucifixes whose proceeds go to infant feeding programs, education, and skills training for the marginalized. www.nvcfoundation-ph.org

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IN THE NEWS Our ISlaNdS

Filipino Blues Group Wins Top prize Last October at the Cotai Jazz & Blues Festival at the Venezian Macau, Filipino group The Bleu Rascals took the top prize that was worth HK$250,000. The band made their first grand splash at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, last year, where the members were but 17 and 18 years old then. Invitations to lead special shows at the Hard Rock Cafe and BB King Blues Bar in Memphis quickly followed, and they have since been making waves in festivals in the country and in Asia.

reBuild Bohol and CeBu WiTh pedriTo Catholic group YouthPinoy has relaunched the popular line of Pedrito dolls, fashioned in the likeness of the country’s second saint, Pedro Calungsod. For every Pedrito doll sold, Php100 will go to the church-led relief and restoration operations in Bohol and Cebu, which were heavily damaged after last October’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake. You may purchase a Pedrito doll by visiting their website www.youthpinoy. com.

GeT ready To play (and innovaTe), Manila! KidZania, named one of CNN Travel’s Top 10 Best Franchises for Travelers, will soon open in Manila. The “edutainment” theme park is set be completed by November 2014 in Bonifacio Global City. CNN Travel describes Kidzania as a “indoor play city and edutainment center that allows children aged 3 to 14 to play and learn about different careers, the innerworkings of a city, and the concept of managing money through KidZos, a currency they can use to purchase goods and services.”

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london Foodies love pinoy sTreeT Food Londoners and tourists craving for food and culture gathered at the first ever Southeast Asian Street Food Market in London. Filipino delicacies like suman, latik, ukoy, and humba had everyone lining up for a bite. Popular street food kwek-kwek was a favorite among those who attended the event, which was held at Union Street. Philippine street food was represented by Pepe’s Kitchen, a startup food business by UK-based Filipino Mae Magnaye Williams.

Filipina Turns up The heaT in housTon Grand prix At the Grand Prix of Houston Indycar series, Michele Bumgarner made her mark representing Asia and the Philippines. Aside from making the top 10 cut for the 2014 Mazda Championship, she also bagged the Staubli award and Quarter Master Hard Charger award for a gain of four positions in #6 Mazda Philippine Race Car. She finished 14th in race one, and 9th on day two. She is the first Asian to get this far in the Indy route championship.

MaBuhay, russia! Privet! From October 2013 to April 2014, Philippine Airlines will run regular charter flights every 12 days connecting Vladivostok and the Russian Far East region to the prime tourist destinations of the Philippines. Last October 27, PR 761 touched down at the NAIA Terminal 2 carrying over a hundred Russian tourists raring to explore our tropical islands. This marks the first time a Philippine carrier flew the friendly Russian skies.


IN THE NEWS BEST OF THE BEST

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oUt-of-tHis-world Beer Dogfish Head’s brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has released “Celest-jewel ale,” a beer brewed with real lunar meteorites! Yum? The brewers crushed the meteorites into dust and steeped them, which actually enhances the quality of the beer, “lending this traditional German style a subtle but complex earthiness.”

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Best Hotels and resorts of 2013 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

one&only tHe palm, dUBai, United araB emirates tHe connaUgHt, london, england pUli Hotel and spa, sHangHai, cHina tHe peninsUla, Bangkok, tHailand park Hyatt dUBai, United araB emirates

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a wHole new nokia world In Abu Dhabi, Nokia World unveiled its first phablets—mobile devices designed to have the functions of both smartphones and tablets—and its first tablet computer. The Windows Phone handsets like Lumia 1520 has a unique new feature that allows you to change which objects in a photo are in focus after the photo is taken. The Lumia 2520 tablet will rival Microsoft’s newly released Surface 2. With their handset and tablet sales relatively growing, Nokia and Microsoft could probably soon take on giants like Apple and Samsung.

Best restaUrants of 2013 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

dinner By Heston BlUmentHal, london, england tHe ledBUry, london, england narisawa, tokyo, Japan attica, melBoUrne, aUstralia niHonryori ryUgin, tokyo, Japan

Source: www.theworlds50best.com

gangnam-style police force Seoul has unveiled their latest police force featuring uniforms inspired by South Korean pop sensation Psy. The officers’ uniforms were designed by Kim Seo-ryong, who has made costumes for Psy. The special tourist officers will patrol most of the capital, but will expand to other areas in coming years. “Aside from maintaining law and order and cracking down on overcharging merchants and taxi drivers, the officers will also be providing tourist assistance in English, Japanese, and Chinese,” said the official announcement.


Holiday SHopping CapitalS of tHe World LONDON

Follow the dazzling lights along Oxford Street for one-stop shopping at Selfridges or head to the world’s largest Marks & Spencer store just across the street. Hamleys at Regent Street will delight kids with their toys and games. For bargains and antiques, explore Portobello market. Stop by Liberty, with its Tudor-style exterior, where you can grab the coolest, contemporary finds from clothes to kitchen accessories.

DUBAI, UNITED ArAB EmIrATES

Between lavish malls and local crafts, there’s plenty to choose from in the world’s newest shopping mecca. Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall in terms of total area, has the first Bloomingdales outside of the United States, as well as theme parks and a waterfall. And if you really want to get into the wintry spirit, slide a slope down the indoor ski resort at the Mall of Emirates.

HONg KONg

World-class bargains abound in Hong Kong, particularly during the holiday season. For authentic silk garments and Chinese artworks, take a stroll through Stanley Market, and for jewelry, there’s the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei. Celebrities frequent KniQ for trendy items, while the hippest fashion gurus head to the Starstreet Precinct in Wan Chai.

Bambu Indah, Indonesia ILLUSTrATION BY Bali, Claudine Delfin

TOKYO

Flea markets and boutiques display the bold and eclectic, but for traditional items, street vendors abound as well. However, Tokyo’s ultimate shopping experience is Isetan in Shinjuku with eight separate buildings spanning eight blocks, staff fluent in English, Chinese, and Korean, and shopping consultants. Don’t forget to head to the basement for some exquisite French pastries and Japanese desserts.

LOS ANgELES

Take a break from the chill and bask in the California sun as you walk along the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica for unique West Coast boutiques. Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue continue to deliver the best luxury goods, while Santee Alley downtown has more affordable finds. For all things upscale, shoppers can turn to the Beverly Center in Hollywood.

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SAKAY

Commuting in Metro Manila has now been made a little easier thanks to this site. Whether it’s by jeepney, bus, or train, just key in your starting point and destination and you’re good to go.

YAP! “OBEY YOUr THIrST” A team of Chinese scientists has come to the conclusion that the best cure for a hangover is Sprite. The popular soda has the ability to break down acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol. Other drinks tested, such as herbal tears, were found to have the opposite effect and actually increased symptoms of a hangover.

WOrLD’S FIrST INvISIBLE HIgH-rISE It will be the third highest observation deck in the world, but it won’t be so easy to spot. The Tower Infinity will be a 450-meter building utilizing a LED façade system and cameras that will give the illusion of an invisible building. The building will be constructed just outside of Seoul, South Korea, near the Incheon International Airport, and will include restaurants, movie theaters, and a water park.

Find out the latest and best of Hong Kong, from restaurant reviews to lists of the best spots in town to discovering local city experts.

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This hotel-booking site has a unique feature dubbed the Hotel Time Machine, which crunches mountains of past prices for each room to give you a sneak peek of future rates and availability.

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MILESTONES

PAGASA WAS CREATED Although meteorological observations in the Philippines began in Manila in 1865 under the Observatorio Meteorológico del Ateneo Municipal de Manila, it wasn’t until December 8, 1972, when this important government service was formally launched when Presidential Decree No. 78 formally created the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, more commonly known as PAGASA (Tagalog word for “hope”).

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS DECEMBER 15, 1875

Revolutionary Emilio Jacinto was born in Manila. Considered the brains behind the Katipunan’s brawns, Jacinto served as the revolutionary group’s advisor on fiscal matters as well as founder Andres Bonifacio’s secretary.

DECEMBER 16, 1775

Beloved English novelist Jane Austen was born in Hampshire, England. Her novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility, among others, are regarded as treasures of the English literature.

DECEMBER 31, 1946

Fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg was born in Brussels, Belgium. This once princess, who still uses her former husband Prince Egon of Fürstenberg’s last name, made famous the iconic “wrap dress” that revolutionized women’s fashion and made her a fashion powerhouse.

LOCAL DECEMBER 10, 1898

The 333 years of Spanish rule in the Philippines came to an end when the Treaty of Paris was signed by Spain and the United States. Among its conditions were Spain ceding the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, and parts of the West Indies to the United States, and a payment of $20 million.

DECEMBER 14, 1937

The Philippines takes a step forward in gender equality when the law on women’s suffrage was passed. For the first time, Filipino women were given the right to vote during elections.

DECEMBER 26, 1986

English actor Kit Harington was born in Worcester, England. Harington rose to prominence for his role as “Ned Stark’s bastard” Jon Snow in the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones.

INTERNATIONAL DECEMBER 6, 1768

The first edition of Encyclopædia Britannica, regarded as the world’s most scholarly encyclopedia, was printed in Scotland. It is to this day the oldest English-language encyclopedia still being produced.

DECEMBER 4, 1843 Manila paper, which was originally made in the Philippines, was patented by John Mark and Lyman Hollingsworth of Massachusetts. The paper is made from Manila hemp, sails, canvass, and rope.

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DECEMBER 31, 1904

New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square, New York, is more or less a tradition now, but it was on New Year’s Eve of 1905, when Times Square was still called Longacre Square, when the first New Year celebration was held in this iconic place.


FASHION

MIXING GAME Wearable separates in solid colors can easily be mixed and matched with other pieces to create many wardrobe combinations.

LAYER UP Think of the many different ways that a piece of clothing can function. Multiple uses mean more luggage space for you. This jacket, for example, can be worn to layer in case of cold weather, but it can also double as a top.

SOLID APPEAL Go for solid colors that go well with different types of accessories. Your outfit should be a good canvas for you to adorn, whether you aspire for a casual look or a sophisticated one. Think: will this go well with my pearl necklace as good as my red macrame belt?

STICK WITH THE CLASSICS. You can never go wrong with a classic black dress which you can easily be your go-to outfit for a spontaneous night out. This style is sophisticated enough for the evening, yet it has an unrestricting kind of aesthetic. The silhouette it creates is relaxed, but it still gives off that sexy appeal.

TRAVEL IN COMFORT & STYLE

With these beautiful feminine pieces to fill the modern woman’s luggage, you are promised a trip that gives you freedom of movement with optimum style.

COMFORT IS KEY Remember that you’re always moving when you’re traveling, so choose pieces that are fluid, graceful, and have movement to assure you of a refined ease when going around. The way a piece of clothing feels when you wear it dictates how you will look in it. This particular combination of top and slacks lack in “hanger appeal,” yet they come alive when worn.

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DINING & LOUNGING

PRETTY COOL: You’ll feel like getting crafty after a visit to Kapitolyo Village’s Heima which sells furniture, art prints, records, and basically all things you would see on Etsy.

MANILA IN DECEMBER This is no time to stay in. Family comes home. Friends want to go out. And everybody’s in high spirits. ANIKA VENTURA suggests: reign in the holidays by visiting the city’s happening hangouts from neighborhood shops to bars serving craft drinks.

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SHOPPING You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that Manila doesn’t need another mall, but within Bonifacio Global City, SM Aura Premier’s features are something that locals can’t help but be excited about—an IMAX theater, a rooftop hangout called the Sky Park, and first in the country shops like Suiteblanco, River Island, Ramen Nagi, and even Todd English Food Hall. The Manila Collectible Co. (Cabildo cor. Beaterio Sts., Intramuros, Manila; www.facebook.com/manilacollectible) is not your usual Philippine souvenir shop. Most products look straight out of a museum and are accompanied with information on their region of origin and cultural significance. You can

shop for handwoven backpacks from the Cordilleras, intricate fabrics from Mindanao, to bows and arrows (don’t blame them if you’re questioned at the airport). While you’re at it, take a tour of Intramuros for a feel of old Manila’s horse-drawn carriages, corner cafés, and centuries-old churches. EATING Kapitolyo Village in Pasig City is a great place to take girlfriends who can’t decide where to eat but are “just hungry.” Similar to Quezon City’s Maginhawa Street, you can pick from coffee and dessert shops, cuisines from Thai, Filipino and Japanese, to neighborhood drinking holes—all within walking distance. Even the


DINING & LOUNGING

Philippine president himself has dinner here. No-fail stopovers are Café Juanita (19 West Capitol Drive) for quirky Filipino fine dining, Ba Noi’s for fresh Vietnamese fare (12 East Capitol Drive), Charlie’s Grind & Grill (16 East Capitol Drive; www.facebook. com/charliesgrindandgrill) for juicy Angus beef burgers, and Heima (Unit 103, Three Brixton Building, #3 Brixton St.; www. heimastore.com) for design and furniture. If you’re pressed for more options or just can’t find parking, try the newly minted Capitol Commons a few streets away. A couple of restaurants are set to open in this district and you can picnic, skate, or bike around its public grounds. NIGHTLIFE My kind of weekend does not entail laser lights and DJ sets that can cause seizures. So it’s nice that speakeasy bars and sit down venues are more popular today. The Bottle Shop in Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City, has a good stock of craft beers and a modest space to enjoy them. Their selection includes our very own Katipunan Craft Ale and other hard-to-find beers from Belgium, Italy, and the United States. Going here would make a good boys’ night out. Speakeasy bars take off from the Prohibition Era in the United States when the liquor ban gave rise to unlicensed 28 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013

bars. Today, they are characterized by nondescript locations and a “speakeasy” atmosphere to conceal outsiders of their presence. In Makati City, pioneers of this category are Blind Pig (227 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village) and Exit Bar (Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi St.). Blind Pig is date worthy with its dim lights and dark corners. Reservations are required. Its got a bit of a snooty air but along with that are drinks that can be tailored to your taste and servers that address you by name. A little bit looser, Exit Bar accepts walk-ins and you won’t have to speak in hushed tones here. One night there was even a game of jenga going on in the table next to mine. Over at Jupiter Street, Cova Tapas Y Sangria (www.facebook.com/ covatapasysangria) is great for catching up with friends without having to scream across the table. Its vibe is reminiscent of Greenbelt’s popular M Café—minimal and tasteful—so dress up a bit. DJs liven up its mellow scene after 10 p.m. Still in Makati City, Black Market (Warehouse 5, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave. corner  Sabio St.; www.facebook.com/ blackmarketmnl) complements its area’s art galleries and advertising agencies with a warehouse take on a club. It’s a good place

to check out underground music and mix with an eclectic crowd. If it gets too indie for you, transfer to its adjoining speakeasy called Finders Keepers (www.facebook.com/ finderskeepersMNL). Head over to Niner Ichi Nana (G/F The Globe Tower, www.facebook.com/ NinerIchiNana) for drinks that look as good as your surroundings. It has a unique area with an open view of the sky and a sleek and masculine main bar. Its connecting pub and restaurant, Hungry Hound, is operated by the same people behind Manila’s most successful clubs, Opus and Republiq. Sitting by Niner Ichi Nana’s bar is entertainment in itself. You’ll see ingredients like “secret powder” and cocktails served in Hawaiian tiki heads and Dia de los Muertos skulls. Taste wise, drinks can go from spicy, fruity, to downright funky but just keep an open mind and as with all good nights out, consult the bartender when in doubt. n

PHOTO BY Dakila Angeles (LEFT)

EYE CANDIES: (FROM LEFT) Shop for products like traditional mats or woven backpacks at The Manila Collectible Co. Sip the house special sangria underneath Cova’s cave-like, contemporary ceiling. Enjoy a kooky take on cocktails at Niner Ichi Nana.


WHAT’S NEW

BIBIM-WOW: Not for the stiff diner, neon lights and pop songs lighten up a meal at K Pub. The restaurant’s “eat and run” set offers a little bit of everything in Korean cuisine from kimchi pancakes, assorted meats, and side dishes.

CRAZY FOR KOREAN CUISINE In his first visit to K Pub BBQ, CHEF ERNEST GALA gets wowed by the hip interiors and even yummier food.

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ithout question, South Korea is one of the world’s culinary hotspots these days. The country has certainly put itself on the world map and is making a lot of culinary sense. The growing interest in Korean food is also boosted by the enthusiasm of Korean restaurant goers and cooks who bring their culinary repertoire to the Philippines. Indeed, the quality and variety of Korean cuisine have evolved over the past years in the Philippines. There is a noticeable dash for these establishments and with increased knowledge, frequent travels, and a growing appetite for their dishes, Filipinos have embraced Korean food and culture with open arms. Designed to replicate the modern Korean lifestyle, K Pub BBQ has established itself as the place for Korean pop culture. The experience begins with eye-popping neon colors and enormous TV sets, creating a vibe that sets the mood for fun and excitement. The wait staff are dressed 30 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013

in Korean-influenced outfits, a sure testament to the authenticity of its dining experience. As Korean pop music is played on the background, there is no faulting the ambiance as you feel like you have entered a pub haven. The spacious interiors allow big corporate events and private functions while weekly live bands and comedy shows make your experience livelier. The slick black marble tables with builtin smokeless grillers start the culinary adventure. Created to give you the ultimate experience, the one-hour “eat and run” is the star of the menu. For Php499, it gives you the chance to taste and sample the best. Included in the package are banchan (assorted side dishes), ke ran ggim (steamed eggs), kimchi pajeon (kimchi pancakes), salad greens with house dressing, a choice of steamed or kimchi rice, and soup of the day. Also included are assorted meats like ssam gyup sal (pork belly), dae pae ssam gyup sal (thinly sliced pork belly), yangnyum

ssam gyup sal (sweet and spicy pork belly), daeji kalbi (tender pork marinated in soy and garlic), dak bulgogi (marinated chicken fillets), dak kalbi (spicy and sweet chicken fillets), chadolbaki (beef sukiyaki). These spice-laden meats are cooked in your own personal grillers just the way you like it. The meats were crisp and well smoked on the outside, but tender and succulent inside. The portions are generous and the signature dishes do not disappoint. For sure, these will make you a lifetime fan of Korean cuisine. Owner and creator of K Pub George Pua prides himself for bringing true Korean fare to his clientele. His passion is evident and has revealed his love for Korean food. Bringing it back to the Philippines to share with his countrymen was a lifelong dream he finally accomplished. n K Pub BBQ is located at Unit D, The Fort Complex Entertainment Center, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; +63 2 8471961


RECIPES

NOCHE BUENA WITH A TWIST It’s that most wonderful time of the year, and it’s time to get stuffed with delicious holiday food. This holiday season, San Miguel PureFoods have shared some special treats for your noche buena. Try your hand at these easy-to-do, traditional Christmas recipes with a twist. CHRISTMAS HAM (30–35 servings)

1 piece PureFoods Jamon Royale Glaze: 1 jar of raspberry jam 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped 1 bottle San Miguel Premium All Malt Beer 3 pieces cinnamon bark 2 tbsp sugar Garnish: Green and red grapes Strawberries Blueberries Apples (granny smith and red delicious)

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a pan, combine glaze ingredients. Simmer until it reduces in half. Set aside. Brush glaze all around the ham and broil in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out from the oven and rest ham for 5 minutes. Transfer onto a presentation plate and scatter garnishes around Jamon Royale.

LEMON AND CHEESE SQUARE BITES For the Crust: 1 cup Baker’s Best Margarine 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar 2 cups Magnolia All-Purpose Flour 1/2 cup Magnolia Queso de Bola, grated

For the Filling: 4 whole eggs 1 and 1/2 cups sugar 6 tbsp lemon juice 4 tbsp Magnolia All-Purpose Flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup Magnolia Queso de Bola, grated (for topping)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” x 13” baking pan with aluminum foil. Grease prepared pan. Cream Baker’s Best margarine until light in color. Add confectioner’s sugar, flour, and Magnolia Queso de Bola. Mix well. Transfer to prepared pan and press firmly with the back of the spoon. Bake for 20 minutes. Set aside. To prepare filling, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Gradually add lemon juice. Fold in flour, baking powder and salt. Pour into baked crust and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 325°F and bake for another 10 minutes. While still hot, lift foil from the pan and cut into 1” squares. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and grated Magnolia Queso de Bola.

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ROAST CHICKEN WITH SHIITAKE RICE STUFFING (8 servings)

1 piece Magnolia Jumbo Chicken Herbed Butter: 1/3 cup Magnolia Gold Butter Unsalted, softened 1 tsp dried rosemary 1/4 tsp thyme leaves 1/8 tsp sage 1/4 tsp garlic salt

Rice Stuffing: 1/3 cup Magnolia Gold Butter Unsalted 1/3 cup white onions, chopped 2 pieces Purefoods Chorizo Bilbao 1/2 cup shitake mushrooms, sliced 2 cups glutinous rice, washed 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 2 pieces chicken bouillon cubes dissolved, in 5 cups water

Marinade: 3 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp lemon juice 1/8 tsp ground black pepper Blend the butter, herbs and garlic salt. Loosen skin of chicken and rub butter well in between the skin. Marinate chicken in soy sauce mixture for at least 1 hour in refrigerator. In a wok, melt butter and sauté the onions. Add chorizo and mushrooms. Cook for 3 minutes. Add washed rice and cook for 5 minutes while constantly stirring. Season with pepper. Transfer rice mixture into a rice cooker. Add prepared chicken broth and cook until done. Stuff chicken with rice mixture. Do not overstuff. Extra stuffing can be served on the side. Bake chicken in a convection oven or turbo broiler at 300°F for about an hour and for another 30 minutes at 350°F. Brush with marinade halfway through cooking.

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NEW DESTINATION

now on Your BuCKetlist: Forget about your preconceived notions of Qatar. Now the richest country in the world, Qatar offers luxurious accommodations at The Torch Doha (LEFT) and fantastic sea-to-desert landscapes at The Pearl (RIGHT).

DOHA IN 10 WAYS With its claim to fame as the world’s richest country, Qatar certainly can’t be ignored. Let’s head over to its capital and discover the many ways to explore this rising superstar.

Camels What’s a desert without the camels? See some of these friendly creatures in Al Shahaniya town where the camel racing is held in March and April. Dhow Charters Anchors aweigh! Charter a dhow (traditional Qatari fishing boat) and explore the nearby sea. Lunch is typically served on board so you can even be out in the sea for an entire day. You can fish, snorkel, or dive. miDDle eastern Cuisine Doha is located on a peninsula so there is an abundance of seafood. Hearty eaters will also not be disappointed with meat choices. Lamb, goat, beef—they’re seasoned with the most fragrant herbs and spices such as

saffron, turmeric, cinnamon that make every meal unforgettable. souq shopping Whether it’s accessories, footwear, or décor that you’re looking for, you can find it all in the souqs (markets). Make sure you visit Souq Waqif, Souq Al Dira, and the Omani Souq. If you want to bring home a piece of Qatar with you, these are the places to go to. mall shopping Mall rats, you’ll be glad to know that there’s no shortage of malls in Doha. You can’t go wrong with City Center Doha because it’s the largest mall here, with close to 400 stores. The best part is that they’re open until midnight so you can have some late-night retail therapy here. Villagio and Landmark Mall are also top choices when it comes to luxury brands. But for the ultimate fashion and lifestyle destination, you better go to Gate Mall. singing sanD Dunes Ever heard of “singing sand dunes?” Yes, there’s such a phenomenon and you will

find it in Al Wakrah. The fascinating sound made by the shifting sands is caused by their texture and natural weather conditions. Cultural tour Bask in Middle Eastern culture by visiting the Katara Cultural Village, where you can watch cultural performances, dine in style, and even go on a quick swim by the beach. moDern marvels Marvel at Doha’s modern architectural landmarks such as the Aspire Tower (which houses The Torch Hotel), currently the tallest tower in Qatar, and the manmade island The Pearl. The prime freehold investment district features five-star hotels, luxurious boutiques at Porto Arabia, and other fabulous facilities that travelers would surely love. relax Reward yourself with a plush bed, the most sumptuous cuisine, and a royal treatment at any of Doha’s top hotels: The Torch Doha, Al Sharq Village Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel. There’s also a range of different hotels to suit travelers’ different needs. n

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photos CourtesY of Qatar Tourism Authority

Desert safari Channel your inner Aladdin or Jasmine by sand skiing or sand boarding. The months of December through March are cooler so you’d want to schedule your trip during this period. Still can’t stand the heat? You can rent a 4x4 so you experience the thrill of the desert in comfort.


ENTERTAINMENT

BACKSTORY: The fascinating world of Wicked takes place before Dorothy arrives in the Land of Oz. It traces the past of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North.

WICKED & FABULOUS

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icked is a dazzling reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s stories and characters in his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It’s a musical prequel, so to speak. The story imagines that long before Dorothy drops in the Land of Oz, two other girls meet and change the history of wizardry. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery, and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious, and very popular. The two unlikely friends grow up to become Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Wicked is the story of this remarkable odyssey, in a magical musical that is entertaining and enjoyable. When I received an invite to fly down to New Zealand to watch the musical, there was no saying no. Armed with my bags full of Ozmopolitan outfits, I flew to Auckland with other members of the Philippine press to catch Wicked the Musical at the Civic Theatre. Adding to the excitement of the journey was our flight to Melbourne via Philippine Airlines, which coincidentally is also the official carrier of the upcoming musical in Manila.

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PHOTOS BY (FROM TOP) Juho Sim; Jeff Busby; Andrew Ritchie

TESSA PRIETO-VALDES gives us a sneak peek of the phenomenal musical that will run in Manila next month.


ENTERTAINMENT

BEHIND THE SCENES: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) The author (center) with Elphaba (Jemma Rix) and Glinda (Suzie Mathers); the stage design with the moving fire dragon; Philippine media in front of Glinda’s Bubble Traveling Machine; all the layers of fabric of the heavy costumes of Wicked

Like Your Way to the Emerald City Philippine Airlines is holding a like-and-win promo on their Facebook page wherein you can have a chance to win five of 50 tickets! Visit www.facebook. com/flyPAL for more details.

The one-of-a-kind musical features an astounding display of glitz, glamour, and entrancing special effects, not to mention Grammy Award–winning music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Over 200 costumes were designed by Tony Award winner and incredible designer Susan Hilferty, most of which have stunningly intricate details and conjure up the fantastic world of Oz in an amazingly dazzling display. One of the highlights of our trip was a backstage tour to see the crate loads of costumes, the volumes of fabrics, and the mountains of lace and beads in all shades of green. It is all very overwhelming to see the heft of the extremely heavy gowns, all with matching wigs and headpieces. Edwardian Era–inspired shoes complete the fantastic costumes. The details are an exciting mix. Some cast members make up to eight costume changes during the play. The sets were done by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee, and feature a myriad of moving parts and stunning flying effects. Truly every little detail comes together to conjure the fantastic world of Oz for audiences. 38 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013

We even had the chance to pose next to the Bubble transport machine of Glinda the Good during the tour. And, of course, we gamely emoted in front the flying machine while bubbles were floating around the entire stage. Wicked has been tops on Broadway for nine consecutive years and has thrilled over 37 million people over the last decade. During that time, it has won 50 major awards, including a Grammy, three Tonys, and six Helpmann Awards. Today there are still nine simultaneous productions of Wicked all over the world. We also met various cast members. Suzie Mathers plays Glinda the Good, and she brings beauty and liveliness to the role. Others in the cast include Jay Laga-aia as The Wizard, Steve Danielsen as Fiyero, the playboy Prince, Maggie Kirkpatrick plays Madame Morrible, headmistress of Shiz University, and Edward Grey is Boq the munchkin. The cast is far more diverse, of course, and all the actors we met so exciting and energetic in playing their roles. The Australian cast that was performing in New Zealand is the same group that

will be coming to enchant the Philippine audiences when the Wicked Manila season starts on January 22, 2014, at the CCP Main Theater. The local season is produced by Marc Platt, David Stone, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and John Frost, and presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, 105.9 Radio High, and Concertus Inc. Presenting sponsors are SMART Infinity and VISA. Other major sponsors are Philippine Airlines, PLDT Telpad, Neurogen-E, CarbTrim, Diamond Hotel, and OOCL. For more info, visit www.wickedthemusical. com.ph and for tickets, call TicketWorld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. TicketWorld is also offering Emerald Evenings, a special package available for corporate clients, which includes cocktails before the show. Companies can also check out Spellbound Suites, a Parterre Box booking to charm their VIPs. There are various other booking options for families and large groups. n Follow @tessavaldes on Twitter or visit www.tessaprietovaldes.com.


HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS

NAGOYA: TECH CITY

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ALL IN ONE: The Oasis Park houses a bus terminal, tourist information center, restaurants, and a whole lot more.

o longer a stopover JR station between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan’s fourth largest city is now an economic powerhouse and fuels the national economy. The Chubu region, where Nagoya is located, represents close to 18 percent of Japan’s GDP. Often called “Japan’s Motor City,” Nagoya is home to the country’s automotive industry (Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus is headquartered here) and employs hundreds of foreign engineers and staff. Bustling high-rise buildings are everywhere, such as the midTower Toyota building, Gas Company, and the well-admired Mode Gakuen Building furnished with cutting-edge facilities. Inside, advancements on nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and aerospace happen by the minute. The Nagoya train station is the biggest in the world, housing the JR Bullet train terminal, the twin towers, and a department store. Nagoya station is in itself a destination filled with shops and cafés. From here, various train lines can take you to Aichi, Shizuoka, Nagano, Gifu, and other smaller cities within the mentioned prefectures. Around Nagoya station are impressive landmarks; guests take photos against the backdrop of these landmarks. One of them is Nagoya Castle, a prized national treasure. 40 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013

AROUND THE CITY First, do a walking tour from Nagoya station to nearby Sakai City where there are nice urban spaces. Almost all are walking distances from one another: Nagoya Castle, Noritake Museum, and Toyota Museum. Schedule a visit to Toyota Car manufacturing; fill up your notes if you’re the intellectual or inquisitive type. Don’t be surprised to find a Boston Museum branch that’s like an extension of the U.S. Boston Museum. There are also many others museums to choose from depending on your interests; a visit to a temple like Osu Kannon is convenient because it’s at the end of a shopping street where you pass the Matsuya NEVER GET LOST Café, a 200-year-old coffeeshop that Japan’s public transportation still serves the traditional mochi cake. is highly dependable and you Nagoyans adopt a tight-fisted logic can search for your destination from point to point and get of “pay-as-you-go,” always avoiding directions for transit using bank borrowing for its building Google Transit. projects. While they’re hospitable people, they entertain modestly. They’re more interested in conversations and discussions, rather than food preparations or offerings. Yet, no one beats a Nagoyan talking passionately about their tonkatsu sauce spiced with original Nagoya miso sauce concoction made only in Nagoya and the highquality pork cuts without fats—tender, juicy pork cuts found only in Yabaton restaurant in Osu. Despite their modesty, they also loosen their purse strings to bring

PHOTO BY Arcie Anette Legazpi

ARCIE ANETTE S. LEGAZPI gives us a lowdown on Nagoya’s most interesting attractions.


SCIENCE+ART: The Nagoya City Science Museum (ABOVE) is the city’s premier destination for learning and fun. Tokoname pottery town’s famous “Pottery Walk” (LEFT) showcases kilns, potters, shops and ceramics embedded into the sidewalk and walls making for a colorful stroll.

PHOTOS BY John Lander (TOP LEFT & BOTTOM RIGHT); Arcie Anette Legazpi (TOP RIGHT)

you to a surprisingly fancy restaurant. Another local pride is the evertasty grilled eel spinkled with dried lime powder that makes the taste so indescribably delicious. GET OUT OF THE CITY If you love Japanese pottery, hop on the Centraire-bound trains that will pass by Tokuname, a famous pottery destination. Here, you can do your own pottery, leave it there for baking, and have it delivered to you. Visit Inuyama Castle, which overlooks the Kiso River; the latter’s claim to fame is its clean water that provides for all of Nagoya. The parks around the castle have wisteria in summer, sakura or cherry blossoms in spring, and maple leaves turning red in autumn. ORIENTAL-WESTERN MERGING Pampering oneself in another country is an unforgettable experience. Nagoya has a huge spa building of brown bricks like a small palace in Aichi, where all kinds of indoor and outdoor sauna, traditional onsen, swimming pools, planetarium-like sauna (lying on top of hot stones while watching the constellation above you) can be found. You can spend half a day for this kind of relaxation, complete with grooming and, of course, good food. Prepare $1,000 for a day of luxury including a junior suite at Mariott Hotel. The Nagoyans are excited to give you advice on where to dine. If you want Japanized French cuisine with a view of the Japanese gardens, head to the Tokugawa Garden Restaurant. Indeed, Nagoya, with its endless attractive features and rich and vibrant culture, never fails to impress. n

RACE TO THE FUTURE: The Toyota Museum in Nagoya, One of Japan’s most fascinating, hands-on museums, showcases the company’s history, innovations and products.

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ALL ABUZZ: The Shinsaibashi-Suji Street (ABOVE) is a 600-meter long, covered arcade with more than 500 shops and restaurants. From here you can continue strolling to several other shopping streets or the boardwalk by the vibrant Dotonburi River (INSET).

OH, OSAKA!

JOURNEY TO THE PAST Osaka played a great role in Japan’s history. The Osaka port, which was built in the 5th century, was popular for its early trade with the Korean Peninsula and mainland China. A powerful warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified Japan in the 16th century, and  realizing Osaka’s convenient location, he built Osaka Castle and a new town that opened to the wide sea and along the river. It’s quite fascinating to walk on the cobblestones  that are now part of this majestic historical testimony. Japan also takes pride in Osaka’s 1,500 years of aquatic metropolis. Rivers flow around the city in a four-sided configuration seen only in Japan. The government, in recent years, revived the waterways as Osaka’s important attraction. It also included in its building plan bicycle stations and other 42 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013

such facilities. They’re kept clean by the prefectural government by having boats and cruises that run on regular schedules. Riverside cafés and restaurants are a delightful addition to satisfy travelers. With a well-lit city and professional guides, cruising is almost imperative when you’re in Osaka. WALK THE WALK Transportation in Japan is never a problem with its very modern system of subways, trains, buses, taxis, or even car hire with the JR bulletin train (Shinkansen) lines. It’s difficult not to get excited; a walk at the sabonade (basement) will lead you to many shops and cafés that give off those pleasantsmelling yakitate pan or freshly baked breads that will get your stomachs grumbling. You’re still on the basement level though, so take the exit to reach the street level, and voila! You’ll

FIND YOUR WAY Go through the organized chaos of Japan’s airports and train stations through Google’s Indoor Maps: On normal view in Google Maps, you can zoom in to the Osaka International Airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai Interational Airport, and other airports to see the Indoor Maps. Make sure to select the floor on the right side of the map.

PHOTOS BY Reggie Mateo (TOP); Arcie Anette Legazpi (INSET)

Walk, immerse, and eat with ARCIE ANETTE S. LEGAZPI in Osaka, the tourism hub of Japan’s Kansai Region.


WALKING TOUR

DAYTIME DISTRACTIONS: Go on a food trip and try local favorite, takoyaki balls (LEFT) or visit one of the largest aquariums in the world, Kaiyukan (RIGHT). Inside Kaiyukan are displays of environments from Japan’s forests to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and you’ll see creatures from octopuses, penguins, to a whale shark.

Dior, Prada, D&G, and other luxury brands. At the back  is Shinsaibashi Suji Street where thousands of shoppers crowd the avenue. Dotonburi is the epitome of Osaka. Here old entertainment places that have been in existence for more than 100 years abound, such as bunraku, kabuki, rakugo, and standup comedy  places. It’s here where the  “eat ‘till you drop” expression was born because it features long-established traditional food: oden, udon, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and endless sake and beer drinking.

STREETFOOD 101 Takoyaki, those bite-sized balls made of flour batter, vegetables, and octopus, are said to have originated in Osaka. Now, you know what to binge on when you’re in Osaka!

FOR THE KIDS Osaka has endless charms; it also has one of the largest aquariums in the world—the Kaiyukan, which has about 580 species of marine life and 30,000 specimens. People

usually start the day early for the Kaiyukan and move to Universal Studios by ferry in the afternoon for the space fantasy and magical starlight parade. On their way back in the evening, they get captivated by the giant well-lit Ferris wheel and the night view of the Aquarium. THE GIFT OF AUTUMN Osaka is not one of the kitchens of the world for nothing. Everybody’s favorite, yakiniku, is well-marbled wagyu, cooked shabu-shabu style with chrysanthemum leaves, leeks, and vermicelli. Autumn vegetable salads are called aki-no-kaori (“scent of autumn”). You’ll constantly smell the pungent-sweet smell of yuzu and shiso leaf. You can also have grilled fish with grated radish, sanma, saba, shishamo, sashimi of fresh tuna, yellow tail, salmon, scallops, akagai, and uni with lots of wasabi and light Kikkoman shoyu. Add to this the thumb-sized oysters coming from Hiroshima, which are only available in autumn, and you will surely have an unforgettable feast. End your meal with the exquisite kuzukiri, or the sherbet of the season for a change of taste. And never leave the country without a box of fresh Royce chocolates, available in all airports of departure. It’s Japan’s pride, which owes its popularity to its origin Hokkaido. You’ll be told that it tastes exquisitely because of the pure quality of air in Hokkaido. n

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PHOTOS BY Reggie Mateo (LEFT); Arcie Anette Legazpi (RIGHT)

see a fusion of old and new: the traditional sumo-wrestling building surrounded by various shops of electronics, eyewear, bags, small restaurants, Internet providers, and T-shirts. It faces several department stores, next to Toho Cinema, on to endless shops. About 50 meters away is the Takashimaya department store next to Swissotel. Another 30-meter walk takes you to elegant Namba Parks. It is such a refreshing sight with its rooftop park, lush gardens, amphitheater, trees, and waterfalls. And the best thing is that you can shop and dine all you want in these lovely surroundings. Namba, where Dotonburi Walk and Cruise is located, is the continuation of a 4-kilometer fashion street from Honmachi where the Regis Hotel is located. Walk from Regis past Semba, that cluster of interconnected buildings for wholesale shopping. Midway, you’ll see an old shrine connected to a very modern building or wedding hall that is typical of old-and-new interspersed development. Hundreds of ginnan (Ginkgo biloba) trees adorn both sides of the street. It’s such a pleasurable walk when the ginnan has turned yellow in mid November. Often, in late afternoons, old women with their small baskets gather the ginnan nuts for roasting. The Fashion Boulevard in Shinsaibashi is an ultramodern contrast to the temples and shrines. First to greet you are the houses of Tiffany, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Christian


cultural hotspot

A SENSE OF PLACE Make sure you arrive during spring so you can catch this lovely sight of cherry blossoms (LEFT) lighting up Fukuoka. A warm, tasty bowl of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen (RIGHT) beats the cold nights here!

FUKUOKA: A FlOUrishing CUltUre ARCIE ANETTE S. LEGAZPI lists the best ways to enjoy Kyushu Island’s largest city. One particular park that’s so remarkable is the 249-hectare Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. It has most beautiful seasonal flowers, and a place photographers shouldn’t miss. Try to catch the Rose Festival here in summer and autumn. Proceed to the Fukuoka Tower, a dashing 234-meter-high tower covered with 800 mirrors, earning it the nickname “Mirror Sail.” It’s beautifully illuminated during Christmas season.

PEEK INTO HISTORY Slip into this world of earlier centuries in oriental setting. There’s elegant display of floats throughout the city, two kinds of floats in contrast: stillness and movement. Even foreign guests can’t help but join the loin-cloth-clad men carrying a one-ton float during DELECTABLES the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. Women can’t contain their Fukuoka is known as gourmet city. The hotpots, udon noodles, and excitement either—they splash water to refresh the men. The legend ramen noodles (especially Hakata ramen) are fit for the cold seasons, around this festival is that sacred water was splashed on the streets while fresh seafood catch in restaurants or in yatais are well loved to get rid of plagues. A few minutes before 5 a.m., the excitement is at any season. Yatai started as a humble two-wheeled station or cart almost tangible when the men carrying the floats speed out hastily into after World War II when Fukuoka was totally devastated and there was nowhere to eat. Now, the streets. The festival there are more than 250 is chosen as a National LINGO LOCO Have to ask a local in Japanese? Type in your query on yatais scattered all over the Intangible Folk Heritage. Google Translate app and see the translation in Japanese. You will also hear the audio version of the translation. You can enlarge the translated streets of Fukuoka. Yatais This moving experience phrase so you can just show your mobile or tablet to the local. in Tenjin and Nakasu get is once-in-a-lifetime feat crowded from 9 p.m., so and should be included in go earlier. Two of my favorite dishes are unforgettably delicious: the everybody’s to-do-list. char-grilled sizzling oyster and the sliced raw mackerel dressed with ground sesame seed and sauce. And hot sake, of course, to warm the SPEED BY THE CITY Fukuoka’s open-top buses take you to all tourist spots. There’s a stomach during chilly nights. How about fugu (poisonous pufferfish)? Now, this one’s a real one-coin pass you can use for one whole day at only ¥500 (Php219) per person. If you’re lucky, lively guides are on hand for a plus factor. delicacy. No one can operate a fugu restaurant without first being These buses run on two different courses: the red bus covers urban certified by the Ministry of Health and Japan’s FDA. n areas and the blue one covers coastal areas. PAL flies between Manila and Fukuoka five times weekly. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit www.philippineairlines.com.

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ore than just a highly livable city according to international magazine Monocle, Fukuoka is also historically rich and gastronomically exciting.


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS IN BORACAY

PHOTO BY Andy Maluche

ERIC CABAHUG soaks up the atmosphere during Christmas in the Philippines’ party capital.

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WHITE CHRISTMAS: Usher in the holiday season with the splendid scenery on White Beach. From day to night, take your pick from the freshest seafood to the evening’s liveliest entertainment.

PHOTOS BY Eric Cabahug (TOP); Jomar R. Galvez (BOTTOM)

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t’s true. Boracay sizzles during the Philippine summer, which is from March to May, but there is an arguably better time to visit what is widely regarded as “the world’s best beach”— during Christmas, the merriest season in the Philippines. That’s not only a one-holiday weekend. In these tropical shores, Christmas unofficially starts in September and ends in mid-January. So, happily, it covers both Christmas and New Year. At this time of the year the sun is a bit more forgiving, the wind cooler, it’s sometimes chilly at night, and the general mood is lighter but more vibrant. There is a different charm to lying on your back (or front) on Boracay’s famed soft sand under the sun as classic Christmas tunes blare joyfully in the background. If you’re lucky, you might even hear the songs being sung live by the local kids frolicking in the beach. Better still, nights in this island when the December and January breeze from the sometimes calm, sometimes wavy, but never angry sea can be chilly. And when you’re on your feet walking along a 4-km gorgeous strip of resorts, bars, restaurants, and shops, your eyes are certain to pop from the blast of colors emanating from all kinds of

Christmas trimmings: lanterns here, Christmas trees there, Santa images everywhere. The Boracay sunset is also softer, more beautiful, and more dramatic at this time of the year. The crowd is a bit different too. Whereas summer typically hosts more local tourists, the December and January crowd is predominantly international—and with a wider assortment of nationalities at that. The island is known as a party and events place, perhaps more so among Filipinos than foreigners. That’s because most of the big commercial brands mount their major activities in the summer— the bikini opens, the beach and water sports competitions, and the club parties. In fact, there are days when several events happen simultaneously on different parts of the beach. Hence, it’s relatively quieter in December and January, as far as the big events go. But the season has its ace—the holiday revelry. There are some events leading up to these two holidays but it’s the various special offerings (usually dinner with live music entertainment) of the resorts, bars, and restaurants that make the already festive air even more, well, merry, especially on Christmas www.philippineairlines.com I 49


CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH

NO FEAR: Start the year by facing your fears. A good place to shake off those inhibitions is at Ariel’s Point, which is about 30 minutes away from Boracay Island. It has become one of the most popular side trips when visiting the island due to the adrenaline rush you get when jumping off the cliff.

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the cool, clean, crystal-clear water to watch the show in the sky, and then take a swim right after the last firework has disappeared. The merriment doesn’t stop there. There are many after-parties that last until the wee hours of the morning. This full entertainment buffet is Boracay’s special holiday gift to its visitors to usher in the new year. Of course, there is a host of other activities that holiday revelers can enjoy in the island all year: from snorkeling and helmet-diving to island-hopping and parasailing to the more adventurous Banana Boat and Flying Fish rides (in Bulabog Beach) to ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and Zorb ball rides. Holidays don’t get any more sizzling and happy than that. n

Un-limited: The District Boracay’s New Year’s Party      December 31, 2013; from 7pm to 12 mn The grand countdown to 2014 will happen at their skyview Star Lounge with a sumptuous dinner buffet and free-flowing drinks from the bar all night long. A grand fireworks display caps of the event. A NEW YEAR’S DISCOVERY WITH MARTIN NIEVERA (Discovery Shores) December 31, 2013 Martin Nievera ushers in 2014 in the island’s most happening countdown party and fireworks show. DJ Ron Poe and DJ Gandhi Tuazon will keep the party going with dance hits – a fantastic welcome for 2014!

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PHOTO BY Ariel’s Point (TOP); Andy Maluche (INSET)

and New Year’s eves. What makes the atmosphere truly magical is when the resorts unleash their piece de resistance—fireworks displays that can last up to 15 minutes at the stroke of midnight between December 31 and January 1. The tradition has gotten bigger and grander, not to mention more competitive, over the past few years that some resorts have taken to the water for their spectacles, erecting stages from which to launch their fireworks and on which their performers (poi dancers are quite popular) do their stuff after the glittery explosions on the air. It’s something that you don’t experience very often, watching all sorts of magnificent fireworks on a chilly, starry night right at the beach. For a more singular experience, head out to


marine life

ROMBLON’S UNDERWATER GEMS JUN V. lAO visits some of the islandprovince’s most extraordinary dive sites.

UNdERWATER IllUSIONS The twin spot goby in Alad is recognizable by black spots that look like eyes on its dorsal fins. It’s also known as the crab-eyed goby as its back and forth movements when agitated are comparable to that of a crab.

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AlAd At the shallows you are enveloped by turquoise waters prior to descending to the deeper blue. The area is filled with giant sponges and hard coral, which are home to several colorful giant frogfishes. If you look closer to the patches of sandy portions, expect to see interesting critters such as gobies and blennies. First timers may also avail themselves of private transfers or assistance provided by Three P Holiday Dive Resort. For more information, call Peter or Kati at +63 919 4470413 or email them at romblon@ducks-diving.com. 52 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013

SEA CHAMElEON: This is actually a fish, not a coral. In Alad, this giant frogfish can eat prey larger than itself. Its ability to change from a variety of colors (from red to yellow to black) allows it to take disguise as a rock, sponge, or algae.

PHOTOS BY Jun V. Lao

fter partying and soaking up some sun in Boracay, adventurous souls may want to seek out Romblon’s underwater gems. Known as Asia’s marble capital, this tiny island-province located 132 km north of Caticlan has been quietly attracting European tourists because of its vibrant coral reefs teeming with exotic marine fauna. There are more than 40 dive sites to be explored whole year round, but December to May will yield the most sun and best visibility. Having explored the waters of Romblon several times with Three P Holiday Dive Resort, every trip had left me in wide-eyed wonder. Here is a list of the top five dive sites that a diver must not miss while exploring Romblon’s unsullied waters.


CHoosE Your oWn adVEnTurE: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) spotting moorish idols or jackfish by Cobrador Island, nudibranch in Mapula, fan corals in Lomboc, or saron shrimp in Lunas

Cobrador Island This vast site is covered with kilometers of colorful soft and hard corals and home to hundreds of reef fish species. Schools of moorish idols and jackfish can be found patrolling its pristine waters. lunas Definitely one of the best muck sites in the Philippines. Rare critters can be found in this sandy site, from mimic octopus, blue ring octopus, saron shrimps, and tiger shrimps, to flamboyant cuttlefish, ghost pipefish, and much more. It’s critter heaven and a site every macro-photographer must not miss.

Mapula Sea slug or nudibranch lovers are in for a treat here. The site is a fusion of coral and sandy patches, making it the perfect habitat for these soft-bodied, colorful mollusks. Expect to see mating behaviors and laying-of-eggs encounters. loMboC A wall dive with a stretch of gorgonian fans and whip corals of various colors. Closer inspection shows you the various residents living within these overhangs, including various pygmy seahorses, dragon shrimps, and skeleton shrimps. n GETTInG THErE

1. The fastest way to Romblon is to take the medium-sized pump boats that leave daily from Caticlan to the southern tip of the province’s Tablas Island. From here you may arrange a connecting ferry to the municipality of Romblon, Romblon. 2. A longer scenic route would be to take the M/V Virgin Mary, which departs Caticlan at 1 p.m. every Sunday to Odiongan. This trip takes 2 hours. From Odiongan, you can take a 1-hour jeepney or public bus ride to San Agustin port, and from here, a ferry heads out to Romblon, Romblon, daily at 6 a.m. The ferry ride takes 45 minutes.

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CULTURE & TRADITION

ROOTS OF FAITH: It was here in Sorsogon that the first Catholic mass of the Luzon region was held. As part of Spain’s expedition to the Philippines, the Spaniards made their way from the Visayas Islands to Luzon which they heard was much bigger. Following their arrival at Luzon, a mass was held to mark this milestone during their conquest.

KASANGGAYAHAN AND SORSOGON’S PIETY CARLA OCAMPO retells her experience in Sorsogon’s annual festival.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF The Department of Tourism

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rimera… misa… en… Luzon..?” a local boy, about 7 for-being. What used to be just a celebration of Sorsogon’s harvest years of age, struggles as he reads a fiesta banner he and beauty is now spreading its roots anew, and establishing a firm has never encountered before. I am in Sorsogon, the grip on chronicles of the past. But before this footnote was dug up from Bicol’s annals, Sorsogon province at the farthest end of the Bicol Peninsula. Today is the first day of the 20th Kasanggayahan, a thanksgiving was—and still is—more known for a lot of other things; the most oftrepeated of which, is that its glassy waters became a festival held yearly, with much of the same pomp favorite stopover and playground for whale sharks. and flourish in every edition. The largest sharks in the world, they’re also called Buntings fly lazily here in the humid capital, butanding in vernacular Filipino. Sorsogon City, only beginning to wake up this In recent years, I have observed a new trend October morning. The poblacion road is lined with taking over the glassy waves of Sorsogon: surfing! crowds, stirring restlessly and comforting themselves The towns of Gubat, Bacon, and Barcelona all have under the pre-rain sun with their abaniko fans. They GETTING THERE swells beautifully rising during off-shore typhoons, stretch their necks to see the approaching hubbub. From the Legazpi Domestic turning more consistent whenever the Northeast From afar, they see papier-mâché giants coming Airport, the Legazpi Central Terminal is a few minutes away. Monsoon makes its presence felt. Gubat, in fact, out of the capitol gym: four are dressed as farmers, Here, you can ride vans-for-hire has an established community of surfers trained two are brunette conquistadores, and one, a biblegoing to the different towns of Sorsogon. It takes approximately well on both beach and reef breaks. bearing friar. an hour to get to the capital, And then, there is the pili, a hard-shelled I look at him again, the boy, who’s staring at Sorsogon City. nut endemically found in the Philippines, now the Spanish higantes coming nearer and is still exported in bulk abroad. Its mild, creamy taste and quizzical. He, and the entire grassroots population of Sorsogon, has never known that the first holy mass—the primera easy crunch makes it a favorite exotic snack in East Asia, Europe, and the United States. It is said that the pili tree grows at its best and misa—in Luzon was held in their home province. Not that it was a cause for embarrassment. The entire country, in most plentiful only in this province, because aside from being richly fact, is still largely clueless about this historical tidbit. Yet, this is now fertilized by Bicol’s active volcanoes—yes, volcanoes—the tracts in the main story, for the Kasanggayahan Festival’s realigned reason- here are one of the wettest lands in the Philippines.


HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS

in THE MOOd FOR FUn Relaxed vibes of Basic (TOP) draws a full crowd while the fun already begins around beer pong tables at Bar Code (LOWER LEFT). Tymad Bistro (LOWER RIGHT) offers something subdued with a quiet, artsy space.

Cebu: A Top CiTy wiTh A big heArT

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ebu is just amazing. Every time I come here, there are always new places that offer variety. Although its population of 2 million is only about 16 percent of Metro-Manila’s 12 million population, it seems that its ratio of leisure spots is higher than the Philippine capital. You can credit that to their strong local economy and being a highly rated tourist destination. For several years, Cebu makes it again as one of the “Top 5 Islands in Asia” by Condé Nast Traveler magazine in 2013 as it won 3rd “Best Island in Asia” in 2010. Perhaps it is because the locals are fun loving, but they sure have earned it as they work hard and play hard. They also have a very compassionate heart, immediately responding in aid for the victims of the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake that badly hit its neighboring island Bohol.

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Banilad The most happening place now in the city is in its most affluent area, the Banilad District. Its small side street leading to its Holiday Spa is quiet no more. On its corner, crowds gather outside playing beer pong by The Bar Code (www.facebook.com/barcodecebu). Inside, linger at the lower level for a relatively quiet vibe and lounge area. Upstairs is a different scene where you’ll feel like you’re part of a private party. The space is intimate and its dimly-lit bar is packed with mostly students. Right next door is Basic (www.facebook.com/ basiccebu) which is exactly what it sounds like, a “back to basics” drinking spot. It has a big, open space like a beer garden, simple tables and chairs, but upgraded with a neon-lit roof. It also has an enclosed area for those who want something cooler and intimate. This is where to go if you want a nice, simple night where you can

PHOTOS BY Erwin Lim

JUn VEnTURa checks out Cebu’s most happening spots, with a dose of charity on the side, of course.


HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS

AGENDA OF THE NIGHT You don’t have to discuss issues at Politics although vintage photos of legendary political figures can spark hot debates together with cool drinks and tasty bar chow.

EscArIO Outside of the Banilad district, there’s a new place in Escario Central called Politics which is themed around its vintage design of political figures. On its walls you’ll see from left to right of the

political spectrum from Che Guevara and his iconic beret, a scowling Winston Churchill, a smiling John Kennedy, and for good graces, the Dalai Lama. It’s got a sense of humor too. Inside the men’s restroom, the classic Uncle Sam recruitment poster hangs with a spoofed message: “I want you to drink more.” This being Cebu which is famous for its lechon (roasted pig), one of the dishes you ought to try here is their lechon sisig. BIG HEArTs On my trip I was able to drop by at the SM City Cebu where the city had a whole day charity event for their earthquake relief effort called “Bangon SugBohol” (‘rise Cebu Bohol’). The main proponents for the event were Jay Aldeguer of Islands Souvenirs, Candice Gotianuy of the University of Cebu, and Marisa Fernan of SM City Cebu. Singers, bands, choral groups, designers, models, and other entertainers all performed for free. And to think, this was just one community event and there were thousands of other Cebuanos who cared and helped out in their own way. When I checked with writer and Cebu resident Michelle Varron (who was also active in the earthquake relief effort) what she was busy with, she replied that they are working this time for another cause—helping the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. n

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dress down, relax, and just drink. Further down the road is the gated Maria Luisa Village where most of Cebu’s rich stay. Before the village entrance, new places regularly pop up. The latest one is Tymad Bistro (tymadbistro.com), run by a French guy named Philippe Estienne and highly recommended by my local friends. Philippe’s story is a familiar one. He visited the Philippines, fell in love with the country and a Filipina, got married, then decided to live here and open this bistro. Perhaps owing to Philippe’s state of inspiration and French background, Tymad Bistro is elegant, cozy and serves good food. Several tribal-inspired artworks made by an 18-year-old artist hang on its wall while its shelves have an inviting display of books and magazines. Philippe has 30 years of experience as a chef and pâtissier at the South of France which he applies to a menu that offers classic French dishes and pastries. My accompanying photographer Erwin Lim, who is a food lover, swears that his croissant is the best in town. I tried one and Erwin is right.


宿务:善心洋溢的著名城市

Bistro (tymadbistro.com)。这小酒馆不但优雅舒适,所供应的 食物也水准一流。在法国南部当了30年厨师和法式糕点师 的 Estienne为食客提供经典的法国菜肴与糕点。

JUN VENTURA向您介绍宿务最热门的景点和该地所办的慈善 活动 宿务是一个令人惊喜连连的城市,每次来到这里,都有新 景点待我去发掘。虽然该市只有两百万人口,是大马尼拉 一千两百万人口的16%,但其休闲场所的比例却比菲律宾 首都来得高。您可把这点归功于当地势头强劲的经济发展 及闻名遐额的旅游胜地。当地人工作之余,不忘尽情玩 乐,而且还发挥善心,立即援助最近发生的7.2级地震薄荷 岛受难者。

现在该市最热门的地点位于最富裕地带的Banilad区。The Bar Code( HYPERLINK "http://www.facebook.com/barcodecebu" www. facebook.com/barcodecebu)位于角落处,酒客会聚集在外面玩 啤酒乒乓游戏。隔壁的Basic (www.facebook.com/basiccebu)有如 其名,是很典型的喝酒地方,您可在这悠闲自在地喝酒, 享受一个简单、无拘无束的夜晚。

Politix 位于Banilad区外,是Escario Central的新地方。它以复古 政治人物设计为主题。除了其招牌菜lechon(烤猪)外,您 也应该试试lechon sisig。 我有幸在这次的旅程当中到SM City Cebu 观赏该市主办的抗 震救灾慈善活动。活动主要倡议人为:Islands Souvenirs的 Jay Aldeguer 、宿务大学的Candice Gotianuy 以及 SM City Cebu 的Marisa Fernan 。歌手、乐队、合唱团、设计师、模特儿以 及其他艺人皆免费献艺。这虽然只是一个社区活动,却引 来了成千上万宿务人的关心与协助。当我询问宿务作家 Michelle Varron(她也活跃于抗震救灾的活动)的近况时,她 则表示他们正投入超级台风海燕的救灾工作。

一路走下去是封闭式的Maria Luisa 村。未达村子入口处前就 有一家最近冒出的、由法国人Philippe Estienne所经营的Tymad

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relaXatIon 101: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Park Inn Davao’s poolside, Banana Beach in Tagum, Park Inn Davao’s Standard Room

DAVAO’S R&R SPOTS

Park Inn by radIsson davao Casual, simple, and uncomplicated. This is how General Manager Geir Sikko would like every guest to feel as soon as entering the lobby. Just few steps away from SM Lanang Premier and the SMX Convention Center, this first Park Inn property in Southeast Asia spells convenience. The hotel’s location and unintimidating ambiance make it a comeon to domestic and international travelers. When you come and visit, don’t miss their yummy durian and mangosteen cheesecakes from the hotel’s RGB Restaurant’s Cuisine and, of course, Davao’s seafood feast. www. parkinn.com/hotel-davao MIcrotel by WyndhaM Simple, clean, and affordable. That sounds like your neighborhood bed and breakfast 62 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013

place. Without any pretensions, and ever mindful of its guests’ need for convenience, Microtel Hotel by Wyndham aims no less than to make its guests feel at home— giving you VIP treatment but affordability considered. After your tiring trip or meeting, Area General Manager Rocky Jorolan says their main goal is to keep life easy for their guests. The hotel is also in a well-appointed location, close to shops and SM Lanang Premier. www.microtelinn.com banana beach resort Located in Tagum, Davao del Sur, an hour away from Davao City, this destination boasts a relaxing view of sprawling forest tucked neatly in a coconut-fringed beach. It’s just begging to remain a secret hideaway. However, Banana Beach’s oasis of comfort has

become a haven for both locals and tourists who are signing out of city life and recharging for challenging days ahead. Enjoy their tour that will take you to a refreshing sight of wild pigs, a wide expanse of banana plantation, and a relaxing boat cruise down Madaum River. The river’s mangroves and preserved ecosystem are also a source of income for the Kalagan indigenous group living near the area. Tagum might not ring a bell for now, but the resort is gradually changing that. www.bananabeachdavao.com n

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Photo by Jojie Alcantara (RIGHT)

Check out these hotels and resorts that are guaranteed to keep you coming back to Davao, writes cecIl laGUardIa.


LOCAL FLAVORS

BITE INTO DAVAO

A FEAST OF FLAVORS: Belitos’ rustic interiors complement its Spanish fare. This tuna jaw of Hoy, Panga! (INSET) oozes with the freshness of the sea.

NICKY SERING lists down the city’s hottest restaurants.

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SEA GREEN CAFÉ Owner Camille Porras was born in Davao City but grew up in Manila. After a decade of living in the country’s capital, she found herself back in her father’s homeland. Together with a couple of partners, she opened a restaurant that serves seafood and vegetables exclusively. Benefitting from the vegetables that grow on the slopes of Mount Apo, and the fresh seafood that’s in abundance in the local markets, Sea Green is a muststop for the meat-weary diner. (A full meal ranges from Php150 to 250; Circumferential Road, Doña Vicenta Subd.; Store hours: Mon–Sat, 11:30 am–10pm; +6382 305-4765)

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PHOTO BY Anna Leah De Leon (RIGHT) PHOTOS BY Nicky Sering

s soon as you step off the plane at Davao International, you are greeted by “Davao, Life Is Here” posters at every corner. Some people have taken it a step further and relocated here to set up shop, opening new restaurants and bringing new life to Davao’s once-dormant dining scene. While most of these migrants trace their roots to Davao City, others are in it for the big city with a small town charm.


BLUE ROOM Chris Pamintuan, CEO of the Apo View hotel, came back to his roots and took over the reigns of running the hotel. With a recent makeover, he has since transformed the hotel’s old iconic jazz bar into a favorite watering hole among the younger set. On most nights you are likely to catch a famous band from Manila or an up-andcoming band livening up the scene here.

FROM SINFUL TO HEALTHY: (FROM LEFT) Belitos’ callos and Sea Green Cafe’s vegetable chips

BELITOS Chef-owner Richie Ferrazani describes his hideaway as a cozy outdoor café and restaurant that’s off the beaten path. It’s a nod to his Spanish heritage, and he’s particularly proud of his squid-ink paella. If you’re lucky you can order homemade caviar sourced from local fish. (Meals range from Php99 to 300; Palm Drive, Bajada; +63082 227-6726, +63906 5721188, +639228576726, +639228576727) RUMAH KHARI This is as authentic as Malaysian-Indian food can get in Davao City. With the growing population of Indian medical students in the city as its critics, Chanda Melendez, the Ilokana chef owner of Rumah Khari, makes sure that every dish meets its core customers’

exacting standards. If you know your curry, this is the best place to get it. (Meals range from Php220 to 950; Montana Bldg., Mabini St. corner Circumferential Road, Marfori) HOY, PANGA! Davao’s newest take-out darling, Hoy, Panga! fills locals’ craving for affordable tuna panga (jaw) and belly. “It’s about enjoying panga over a couple of drinks with friends on a regular basis,” says the restaurant’s head of operations Allen Digma. Tuna panga is as Davaoeño as durian—and definitely a must-try. (Meals range from Php99 to 250; Buhangin Road, Davao City. Store hours: Tue–Sun, 10am–9pm) n

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STARS OF THE NIGHT: Mark your calendar: on December 14, San Fernando lights up with the annual Giant Lantern Parade that showcases the collective efforts of each participating town. Susie’s Cuisine’s sapin-sapin (INSET)

THE STARS OF PAMPANGA

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assing through Pampanga during the Christmas season is an experience not to be missed. An hour’s drive from Manila, a quick trip to this Central Luzon province will give you a chance to witness one of the best Christmas spectacles in the Philippines. The lanterns that light up the sidewalks when you arrive in Pampanga will already get you pumped for the Christmas season. But Pampanga’s pride and joy, the Giant Lantern Parade, will convince you that the province is indeed the Christmas Capital of the Philippines. This year the Giant Lantern Parade, known as Ligligan Parul in Kapampangan, will be held on December 14 at the Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando City, Pampanga. Before heading out to the Lantern Festival, you can spend some time visiting nearby museums. The Clark Museum will tell you everything you need to know about the former American airbase, once the largest outside the mainland United States. From military uniforms to airplane models and World War II photographs, the Clark Museum offers a glimpse at what life was like inside what is

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now one of the country’s fastest rising business centers. It also offers information on the Aetas, the original inhabitants of the Clark area. On your way out of Clark, pass by Creamline Ice Cream House and load up with sweets to fuel you for the festival. If you’re with a group, an order of their Pinatubo ice cream, a mountain of chocolaty goodness, will do the trick. Because the Lantern Festival usually ends late, delegate an hour in the afternoon for pasalubong shopping. Susie’s Cuisine and Nathaniel’s Bakeshop are the best choices. Susie’s Cuisine’s maja blanca, called tibuk-tibok in Kampampangan, is the best in the entire country. It is a perfect blend of carabao’s (water buffalo) milk, corn, and latik. Nathaniel’s, on the other hand, serves up a heavenly buko pandan, a dessert of pandan-flavored jello and strips of young coconuts in sweet cream. You can pass by both stores on your way from Clark to San Fernando City if you pass through MacArthur Highway. The first thing you need to know about the Giant Lantern Festival is that it’s a competition. Eleven barangays (villages) from San

PHOTOS BY Joseph Agcaoili (TOP); Rob PInzon (INSET)

The Giant Lantern Festival may be Pampanga’s highlight this month, but CARLO PAMINTUAN recommends these places that will make your trip more fun.


PHOTOS BY Paolo Feliciano (RIGHT); Rob Pinzon (CENTER & INSET)

PLATES OF FANCY: (FROM LEFT) Oysters Inferno from Piccolo Padre; Creamline’s Pinatubo Ice Cream; Nathaniel’s Buco Pandan Salad

Fernando City will compete for the top spot, not to mention an entire feast, this time for your palate. The top choice for locals is Chef Danilo year’s bragging rights. The cash prize that comes with winning the Giampaolo’s fine-dining restaurant Piccolo Padre. It is located at the top spot is much lower than the cost of building the giant lanterns, so ground floor of the Queens Hotel in Balibago, just outside Clark. Chef Giampaolo’s cuisine is largely Italian but he has added recipes you know the competitors are not in it for the money. Each of the barangays will be given about five minutes to display picked up from his travels. He incorporated a fabulous seared tuna dish to his menu after his stay in Hawaii their lanterns, the blinking lights while also adding aligue (crab fat) to his accompanied by lively Christmas and options on pasta sauces after residing contemporary music. Dance and song in the Philippines. After your first taste numbers are usually performed in of Piccolo Padre’s squid ink risotto and between the giant lantern displays. gnocchi gorgonzola, you’ll surely be After all giant lanterns have been given planning your next trip to Pampanga. the chance to shine, the night is capped For dessert, go local with Jun with all 11 entries being lit together for Jun’s Bibingka and Barbecue to a view that is truly captivating. complete the Kapampangan Christmas It’s best to arrive at the Robinsons experience. Located a short drive away Starmills early as the place will be from Piccolo Padre, it offers the best packed. If you won’t mind a longer bibingka (rice cake) in town. Their walk, park near the exits to avoid heavy version is moist and tasty, with a slice traffic. No need to crowd-surf your way A BIG BITE OF THE NORTH of salted egg on top to cut through the in front of the giant lanterns as being The best of Northern Philippines’ cuisine took center stage sweetness. at a distance gives you a better view. at the “Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival” at MarQuee If you can’t make it on December You can also choose to pass up on the Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga. The event kicked off with the cooking of a giant biringhe—a Kapampangan specialty 14, don’t fret as you will have a lot of announcement of winners so you can dubbed as the local version of Spanish paella—in an chances to see the giant lanterns as be on your way before everyone else. 11-foot-diameter paellera. When in Northern Luzon, don’t forget to sample Empanada de Norte, Vigan longganisa these will be split into two groups And as always, because of the number from Juan Longganisa, Chocolate de Batirol from that will tour the entire province of people there, you need to be mindful Baguio, Pangasinan meal dishes from Pangasinan Food Specialties, and Bella’s Puto Calasiao. Kalinga Food from December 15 to January 4. Do of your belongings. Treat offers local delicacies, Unoy Rice Coffee, and Unoy yourself a favor by scheduling a trip to After the enjoying a feast for your Champorado, while Kalinga’s famous organic mountain coffees are available from VBS Food Products and Pampanga this Christmas season to see eyes at the Lantern Festival, you can Magallaya Mountain Specialty Coffee. this wonderful celebration. n head back to Angeles City for another

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The Origin Of The PamPanga river belief, was less powerful than Maria. One day, to prove her suitor’s truthfulness, Maria asked Bayani a favor: To build a bridge made of brick from his house to her dwelling. To this Bayani immediately responded. This bridge according to Maria’s wish was to be completed within an evening. After twelve hours of work the bridge was nearly finished, with the exception of a small part because of the lack of one more brick. A careful search was made but it was all in vain. The one brick could not be obtained. The last hour had come and Maria arrived with the hope that her request was done. To her disappointment, she discovered that the bridge lacked one more brick. At this she became very angry and because of her wrath she opened a stream and had the bridge, together with its maker, washed away by the water. That was the beginning of the Pampanga River. n

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; (+632) 928 2558; up.press@gmail.com; www.uppress.com.ph

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ccording to ancient folklore, the Pampanga River was not a natural creation but simply a result of the wrath of a goddess who once lived near the place. This goddess was Maria Sinukuan. She had her abode in a high mountain. Despite its great height, the mountain in which Maria Sinukuan lived was often visited by groups of happy young men and women because of its rich vegetation. There was no season in the year when the fruits were not abundant. All who went there could eat as much as they could, but if they ever dared carry some home with them they would encounter thunder and heavy rain on their way. In the neighborhood of that mountain was a hill where a god by the name of Bayani had his dwelling. Bayani was for many years a persistent suitor of Maria. Bayani, according to the people’s


TRADITIONS

FOOD FOR THE SOUL Davao City gets a spiritual head start as the locals attend Misa de Gallo at the San Pedro Cathedral.

BEFORE SUNRISE

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ing, dong, ding, dong, ding. The trill of the church bells draws me out of sleep, and I come wide awake immediately, knowing I don’t have much time to prepare. In a few minutes, my grandmother would rouse us up, bundling us in long sleeves against the cool dawn air. It’s December and time for simbang gabi (misa de gallo), the dawn Masses that officially begin the Christmas season in the Philippines. In every town and city in the Philippines, this scene from my childhood is replicated again and again. For Filipinos, Christmas is a family affair, and nowhere is it more obvious than during misa de gallo, when families troop to the church bleary-eyed but ready and excited to take part of this age-old tradition. Misa de gallo, which originally referred only to the midnight Mass held on Christmas Eve, is part of what makes Christmas season in the Philippines very special. It traditionally starts at 4 a.m., hence its name, which literally means “mass of the rooster.” It starts on December 16 and lasts for nine days until the 24th, the night before Christmas. Going to Mass so early is a way for Filipinos to show their devotion. It was also a way for the priests to make sure that farmers made it to the field just in time after celebration. However, piety is not the only reason for getting up so early in the morning. Misa de gallo

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has also become part of tradition, a family bonding ritual that Filipinos all over the world celebrate during Christmastime. Another enjoyable part of the tradition comes after the Mass. Right outside the church are stalls upon stalls selling all sorts of native delicacies, from bibingka and puto (rice cakes) to puto bumbong (purple sticky rice) and suman (glutinous rice). They are the family favorites for breakfast after Mass, and usually eaten with piping-hot tsokolate (chocolate) or coffee at home. Filipinos also see the simbang gabi as some sort of a magical ritual, a novena that if completed will grant wishes. Want to pass the Bar or board exam? Attend all nine days of simbang gabi and you’ll be set! Simbang gabi starts so early because it was meant to encourage people to start the day with devotion before going off to work. Nowadays, however, a lot of parishes are already offering what’s called an anticipated Mass held in the evenings, usually at 8 p.m. It’s not the same, but it does serve its purpose of getting more people to go to church. My grandmother and my father are gone now and I’m living far from home. Whenever I hear the church bells ring in the early dawn hours, though, it always takes me back to memories of my childhood, when Christmastime meant family togetherness and love. n

While the best place and time to buy these Christmas foodstuff is right outside the church when they’re still hot, you can also get them in these places.

BIBINGKA

Felymar Special Bibingka (Php35–70 each, 1830 Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila) Juanchito’s (Php105, Francisco Realty Bldg., 83 Katipunan Road, White Plains, Quezon City) Waray-Waray Bibingkahan (Php21, Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City)

PUTO BUMBONG

Via Mare (Php65, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City) Ferino’s Bibingka (Php55, Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City) Josephine’s Restaurant (Km. 58, Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City)

TSOKOLATE

Tsoko.Nut Batirol (Php175, SM Makati, Ayala Center Makati) Café Adriatico (Php75, Adriatico Street, Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila) Chocolate Kiss (Php75, UP Diliman, Quezon City)

PHOTO BY Jojie Alcantara

ALEAH TABOCLAON warms our hearts with a retelling of a favorite Christmas tradition: the Simbang Gabi.


PHILANTHROPY

HAIYAN: HOW YOU CAN HELP AFTER THE STORM n November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) hit Central Philippines, flattening areas in Leyte, Samar, Iloilo, Cebu, and Capiz. Now, the Filipinos along with support from global nations, work to recover from the world’s strongest storm.

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How you Can Help Haiyan has so far left approximately 18, 200 people injured, 1, 600 people missing, and 11.3 million people across nine regions affected. Call or visit the websites of these organizations to find out how you can contribute to their relief and recovery:

Haiyan by tHe numbers Why is Haiyan considered the world’s strongest storm? Its sheer size alone is astounding, stretching to about 1,800 km, roughly equal to the distance between Canada and Florida. Its storm surges reached up to 4 meters and its wind speed up to 310 kph, some gusts reaching 380 kph. Meteorologists estimate that it’s 3.5 times stronger than Hurricane Katrina.

The Philippine Red Cross - ushare.redcross.org.ph/ Gawad Kalinga - gk1world.com Habitat for Humanity - Call 1-800-HABITAT or visit give2habitat. org Catholic Relief Services - emergencies.crs.org Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) - Call 1-212-763-5779 or visit doctorswithoutborders.org

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pHotos by Vincent Michael Mariano (BOTTOM LEFT); Philippine Embassy, Tokyo (BOTTOM RIGTH)

no Help is too small: Relief efforts in all forms came the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Six-year-old Shoichi Kondoh of Tokyo donates his entire savings to Consul Bryan Dexter Lao of the Philippine Embassy (TOP). Caritas Manila (LEFT) gathers donations for the survivors, while Google Philippines creates the People Finder and Crisis Map (RIGHT) tools to facilitate the search and rescue efforts.


coMPanY WItH a Heart: San Miguel Corporation, through its San Miguel Foundation, had already coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to donate thousands of boxes of relief goods, consisting of drinking water and canned meat products.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) rescue.org UNICEF - Call 1-800-367-5437 or visit unicef.ph World Food Programme - Call 1-202-747-0722, text AID to 27722, or visit wfp.org Mercy Corps - Call 1-888-747-7440 or visit mercycorps.org World Vision - Call 1-888-511-6443 or visit worldvision.org/ ShelterBox - app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/ ShelterBoxUSAInc/PhilippinesTyphoon.html LocaL InItIatIves In the private sector, donations and services were provided by some of the Philippines’ largest corporations to local civilians. Locals launched projects such as “Art para sa lahat”which donates the proceeds of local artworks and “1-thousand Bear Hugs project,” a toy drive for affected children of Haiyan. Metro Manila restaurants like Kasbah, Aracama, Cupcakes by Sonja, and Rue Bourbon set up “Dine for a Cause” of which proceeds are also allocated for relief efforts. These are just among the thousands of efforts made by Filipinos locally

and abroad as well as the foreign aid from friends, organizations, and nations that have shown crucial support. InternatIonaL aId More than 35 countries, including the United States, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Belgium, among others, have pledged their support. Organizations such as The United Nations, the International Federation of Red Cross, and Red Crescent Societies, among others, assisted local relief and rescue efforts. Online tools like Google’s Person Finder for reporting the status of missing persons, Crisis Map for mapping out evacuation centers and relief drop zone areas, Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) for monitoring international aid, and Viber for extending free calls to non-subscribers, gave critical assistance in logistics and communication. So far the Philippines has received more than US$ 270 million worth of cash donations from nations and organizations. Some have already been preparing for the long term needs of the typhoon victims. Habitat for Humanity in particular, is ready to work on 10,000 houses for those displaced. n

climate change talks Haiyan’s destruction has reminded the world of the potential threats of climate change. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim urged governments to take action and make the necessary investments. According to him, the disaster of Haiyan should stop “silly” arguments about climate change. Yeb Saño, the Philippine representative to the UN climate talks, appealed to the global community to decisively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and not allow resultant disasters to cause suffering among vulnerable countries like the Philippines. UN climate chief Christiana Figueres expresses, “There are no winners and losers, we all either win or lose in the future we make for ourselves.”

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If coffee is worth waking up for every day, shouldn’t it be made really well? Fortunately, Manila is catching up with the global trend of third-wave coffee that basically considers the world’s favorite brew a fine culinary craft. One of the very few artisanal coffeeshops to open in Manila with this positioning is The Curator. Located in the Makati CBD, The Curator could easily be mistaken for a cool chemistry lab. With a handful of interesting tools to brew your cuppa joe—a Chemex, an Aeropress, a cold drip—coffee drinking has never been this fun. But wait until you sip a cup of their coffee. Smooth, spirited—what you taste is an intensity that’s not masked by bitterness. Part-owner David Ong says that they get their beans from the best and most sustainable coffeebean sources all over the world, so you would absolutely taste the citrus notes of South America and the earthiness of Indonesia. If you could taste craftsmanship, this is probably it. You would never have thought that coffee is refreshing, yet one sip of their iced-cold drip coffee would open up a whole new world for you. No more instant-coffee mornings for you. Night owls would also be delighted to know that The Curator transforms into a cocktail lounge in the evening. And if their coffee is any indication of their craftsmanship, then we won’t say no to their cocktails. 134 Legazpi cor. C. Palanca Sts., Makati City

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THE LIGHTER SIDE

Eyecatching Strut down the street like the 1960s or ’70s fashion elite with a pair of chic and quirky shades. A team of four—Georgina Wilson, Eric Dee Jr., Bianca Soriano, and Martin Cajucom—have revived the classics with Sunnies by Charlie. Retro styles like John Lennon’s signature rounded frames or the femme fatale’s cat eyes have been given a 21st century makeover with funky patterns and trendy colors. Grab a pair at any Charlie branch or their kiosks in malls around Metro Manila. www. sunniesbycharlie.com

Folk Revival Inspired by tradition, intertwined with the contemporary. Filip + Inna brings back to the present the ancient traditions of handwoven fabrics that are part of Philippine heritage. Founded by Len Cabili, Filip + Inna works together with talented artisans across the archipelago to support their livelihoods and to present to the rest of the country and to the world the exquisite fabrics that tell the timeless stories of our culture. From intricate piña to the colorful T’boli patterns, Filip + Inna strengthens our heritage with their unique garments. www.filipinna.com

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PINDIEMUSIC

BENJAMEME

SMART GIRLS AT THE PARTY

WHAT THE FLICKA?

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Dive right into the colorful, dynamic world of Philippine independent music. All the latest gigs, happenings, insider interviews, and more can be found here.

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Internet memes and jokes die almost as soon as they are born, but artist Lauren Kaelin has immortalized these figures in her paintings, from Ermahgerd to Double Rainbow to Keyboard Cat.

You may be familiar with funny lady Amy Poehler and perhaps her uplifting web series, Smart Girls at the Party, where she interviews girls changing the world. This companion site contains photos and words as inspiring and cheeky as Poehler and her web series.

Let former Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman give you urban moms some survival tips. She’ll give you few a good laughs along the way, too.


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The Mystery “Brownie” Know this first: buckies are not brownies. This sweet, fudgy, gooey delight is the sensational combination of a chocolate cake, fudge, and brownies. Miguel Vargas and his wife, Raisa, are the brains behind these homemade treats. The original buckies are unique because of the salt they add to the mix, but Bucky’s has a few more tricks up their sleeve with interesting flavors, such as heart-racing buckies mix of cream cheese, bourbon, and bacon, and for the health buffs, they’ve got gluten-free versions of buckies, too. www.buckysnotabrownie. com

L I S T E N

Loosely based in Greek mythology’s Castor and Pollux, and mixed with the allure of a modern-day crime drama, Identical will get anyone with a penchant for either hooked in its story. Cass Giannis was just released from prison after serving 25 years for the murder of his girlfriend. With the reinvestigation of the crime underway, his twin brother, the successful and politically inclined Paul, gets in the picture. As the future of both twins is put on hold, a new revelation unfolds. — Ignatius Gan

REvENGE wEARS PRADA: THE DEvIl RETURNS Lauren Weiserberger

Simon & Schuster Php481 ($11)

Long overdue Kate Torralba (MCA Music) HHHH

Long before she made a name for herself in the fashion industry, Kate Torralba has been an active musician who has impressed audiences with her quirky, appealing voice and her skillful piano chops. Nearly four years in the making, her aptly-named full length debut, Long Overdue, effectively showcases her strengths in the context of lounge pop (“Pictures,” “Drunk on Your Love”), electronica (“Northfleet,” “Get Me”), and twee pop (“Anywhere with You”), resulting in an engaging listen from start to finish. – Jason Caballa

POINT YOUR fACE AT THIS: DRAwINGS Demetri Martin

Grand Central Publishing Php488 ($11.20)

THE MOST Of NORA EPHRON Nora Ephron

Knopf Php1,110 ($25)

Available at all major record bars nationwide.

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LAST FRAME

A GOD’S TRAIL November 2013

Anyone who has been to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan would know that taking an unobstructed photo of either of its famous vermilion torii gates (called Senbon Torii, meaning ‘thousands of torrii gates’) takes patience and very good timing because of the heavy volume of tourists passing through it, most of them very leisurely, at any time of the day. On this day though, photography enthusiast Eric Cabahug, was greeted by a different kind of tourists. When it’s a group of young schoolchildren out on an educational field trip to this head shrine of Inari, the Shinto god of rice, that’s filling the trail, the obstructed view becomes a most welcome sight in this religious site which is believed to have been founded in the year 711. GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT Mabuhay is accepting high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) digital photos of interesting people, places, and things from around the world. Send your entries to info@eastgatepublishing.com. 78 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013


ASIA’S FIRST AIRLINE

on its upper deck—a first in the industry. Upgrades to the long-range fleet included the Boeing 747-400 in 1993, the Airbus 340-300 in 1997, and the Boeing 777-300ER in 2009. On April 20, 2012, PAL welcomed a strategic investor into the company— San Miguel Corporation, the Philippines’ largest conglomerate—significantly boosting the flag carrier’s immediate and long-term prospects. Recharged, PAL embarked on a bold growth strategy anchored on fleet modernization, network expansion, and service innovations. On August 28, 2012, the airline placed a firm order for 54 new-generation Airbus aircraft comprising 44 short-range A321-200 and 10 long-range A330-300 High Gross Weight (HGW) jets—the largest aircraft order in Philippine aviation history. The

Philippine Airlines—Asia’s first airline—is the flag carrier of the Republic of

following month, ten more A300-300 HGW aircraft were added to the order.

the Philippines and the pioneer airline of the country, with a 72-year history

Deliveries commenced in August 2013 and will continue until 2019.

steeped in tradition and modernity.

Today, the PAL fleet comprises 77 aircraft across six family types, ranging

PAL first took flight on March 15, 1941, with a small propeller-powered Beech

from turboprop airplanes that serve far-flung islands and smaller communities

18 airplane flying 212 kilometers from Makati, near Manila, to Baguio in the

of the Philippines, to “jumbo” jets that fly the intercontinental routes. As of

northern Philippines, carrying a full load of five passengers.

December 2013, the fleet included four Bombardier Q300s and five Q400s;

Upon the outbreak of World War II on December 8, 1941, PAL’s two Beech

four Airbus A319s, twenty-six A320s, and six A321s; eight Airbus A300-300s

18s were pressed into military service, flying missions to evacuate American

and six new HGW A330-300s; eight Airbus A340-300s, four of which have

pilots to Australia. Both were destroyed in battle. Postwar operations resumed

new cabin configuration; six Boeing 777-300ERs; and four Boeing 747-400s.

on February 14, 1946. On July 31, 1946, a PAL-chartered DC-4 took off from

PAL is in the midst of a comprehensive fleet renewal program that began

Makati carrying American servicemen home to Oakland, California. The

on August 7, 2013, with the arrival of its first A321, the vanguard of 64 aircraft

41-hour journey across the Pacific, with stops in Guam, Wake, Kwajalein, and

on order from Airbus. The airline received 12 aircraft from that order in 2013,

Honolulu, made PAL the first Asian airline to cross the vast ocean. On May

including the A321 equipped with Airbus’ new blended winglet design called

3, 1947, PAL opened a route to Rome and Madrid, later extended to London,

“sharklets.” This made PAL the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to operate

becoming the first Southeast Asian airline to fly to Europe. Over the next

the A321 with this new technology.

three decades, its international route network ranged from Asia to Australia,

Over the next six years, PAL will have a busy delivery schedule. It is slated to

the Middle East, Europe, and North America, establishing PAL as one of the

accept 56 aircraft in the next five years. The influx of new aircraft has allowed

world’s leading carriers of that era.

PAL to rapidly expand its route network. In 2013, the flag carrier launched

PAL keeps in step with advancements in aircraft technology, regularly

services to 10 international destinations in seven countries across three

acquiring the latest aircraft to maintain a young, modern fleet. From DC-3s

continents, including the first direct link between the Philippines and Europe

that served as its workhorse in the 1940s and 1950s, Vicker Viscount

in 15 years, to London Heathrow, in November. More destinations are planned

turboprops and Fokker F-27s were added to the fleet in the 1960s. In 1966,

for 2014 onward.

BAC 1-11 aircraft introduced pure-jet service in the domestic sector and in

In its eighth decade, with a new investor on board, and a bold vision to

1974, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10—PAL’s first wide-body aircraft—went into

chart its path, PAL can look back at a proud legacy of service to the nation

service on the trans-Pacific route. It was succeeded as PAL’s flagship in 1979

and beyond to a future where it will soar once more as a major global network

by the Boeing 747-200, which featured “Skybeds” paired with First Class seats

carrier. n

OUR FLEET

Q300-314

NO. OF AIRCRAFT eCONOmy CLASS

A340-313

A321-231

: 4 : 56 passengers

: 6 + 38*

buSINeSS CLASS

:

12 passengers

PRemIum eCONOmy CLASS eCONOmy CLASS

: :

18 passengers 169 passengers

buSINeSS CLASS eCONOmy CLASS

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

Q400-402

NO. OF AIRCRAFT eCONOmy CLASS

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

buSINeSS CLASS eCONOmy CLASS

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

: :

: :

44 passengers 220 passengers

: 4 + 4* : :

36 passengers 218 passengers

: 8 : :

42 passengers 260 passengers

: 4

buSINeSS CLASS eCONOmy CLASS

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

buSINeSS CLASS eCONOmy CLASS

A330-301

: 4

A340-313 (New Configuration)

: 5 : 76 passengers

A319-112

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

B747-400

8 passengers 126 passengers

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

buSINeSS CLASS eCONOmy CLASS

: 4 : :

42 passengers 383 passengers

A330-343 (High Gross Weight)

A320-214

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

buSINeSS CLASS eCONOmy CLASS

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

PRemIum eCONOmy CLASS eCONOmy CLASS : 26 : :

39 passengers 375 passengers

B777-300ER

12 passengers 144 passengers

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: 6 + 14* : :

NO. OF AIRCRAFT

buSINeSS CLASS eCONOmy CLASS * On order

: 6 : :

42 passengers 328 passengers


WELCOME ABOARD class overnight kits are provided for long-haul flights leaving after six in the evening. Junior Jetsetter Activity kits featuring well-loved cartoon characters are given to children aged 2–11 flying on flights bound for the USA, Canada, Australia, and the Middle East.

hAnd luggAge. Passengers are permitted one cabin bag each. The hand luggage should not weigh more than 7 kg, and the combined length, width, and height dimension must not exceed 115 cm or 45 inches in total. Personal items such as laptop computers, handbag, camera, and infants’ food and carrying basket may be carried separately. eleCtrOniC deviCes. These must be turned off completely while walking to/from the aircraft, during take-off, approach, and landing. Non-transmitting electronic equipment and those without any accessories that would transmit/ receive radio signals, such as laptop computers (without Wi-Fi and wireless peripheral devices) and CD/DVD/MP3 players, may be used during flight and ground stops. deep vein thrOmBOsis (dvt). This is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins in the lower extremities. Risk factors of DVT include prolonged immobility, obesity, smoking, taking birth control pills,

pregnancy, and inherited blood-clotting disorders. Circulation can be improved by practicing simple exercises while seated. sAfety On BOArd. During takeoff and landing, ensure that seat back is in upright position, the tray tables securely folded, hand luggage stowed, and seatbelt securely fastened (to ensure uninterrupted rest, kindly fasten seatbelts during the entire flight even if the seatbelt sign is off). Life vests are placed beneath your seat or in/under your armrest. In the event of sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will automatically drop in front of the passenger. Smoking, including artificial cigarettes, is strictly forbidden at all times on all PAL flights.

fOOd And BeverAge. Philippine Airlines is pleased to serve on all international flights complimentary in-flight meals ranging from traditional Filipino dishes to favorite international cuisines. Drinks are available, featuring a variety of refreshments depending on the route. Alcoholic drinks are served only to passengers aged 18 years and older (21 years on sectors to and from the USA). Government regulation prohibits consumption of alcoholic beverages brought from outside or purchased on board. The cabin crew reserves the right not to serve alcoholic drinks if the situation so warrants. Alcoholic drinks are not available on domestic flights. Passengers with special dietary needs may order special meals when they book their flight. For more information, call our service hotline (+632) 8558888 or log in to www. philippineairlines.com. n

in-flight Amenities. Toiletries (handwash, mouthwash, lotion, and cologne available inside the cabin lavatories) and medicine for minor discomforts are available. Pillows and blankets are available upon request or can be found on the seat on all international flights. Business

SERVICE GUIDE Online BOOking. Our online booking features a fully automated facility that allows travelers to decide quickly when it is most convenient and cheapest to fly. For more information, please visit us at www.philippineairlines.com. AirpOrt CheCk-in. PAL offers “early bird” advanced check-in service in select airports to avoid rush during peak check-in hours. Senior citizens traveling with up to two companions and passengers with NO CHECK-IN BAGGAGE on PAL flights departing Manila may avail themselves of the express check-in service at designated counters. AirpOrt lOunges. PAL has Mabuhay Lounges in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, General Santos City, and San Francisco. Mabuhay Class passengers, as well as Mabuhay Miles Million Miler, Premier Elite, and Elite members, can unwind, dine, and freshen up in these lounges before boarding their flights. PAL has contracted the services of airport lounge operators in other interna82 I Mabuhay Magazine I December 2013

tional stations to offer the same amenities to said passengers. rhush (rApid hAndling Of urgent shipment). This is the fastest way to ship cargo domestically and overseas. An airport-to-airport service that has the highest priority in cargo, guaranteed space, fast and quick acceptance and release time, and money-back guarantee (conditions apply). For more information, please call PAL Cargo Sales and Reservation in Manila at (+632) 8313061, 8795879, 8340362, or 8533059, or any PAL office in your area. ChOiCe eCOnOmy seAt surChArge. We are pleased to announce that 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. 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.

fOrwArd eCOnOmy seAt surChArge. For your easy and priority disembarkation, you can get forward seats located in the front rows of the economy zone except exit rows or bulk head seats area which shall remain Choice Economy Seat. This will also ensure that families and groups are seated together. These preferred forward seating that are applicable for flights between USA/Canada and Manila may be reserved subject to applicable Forward Economy Seat Surcharge (FESS). mABuhAy miles freQuent flyer prOgrAm. Travel the world with Philippine Airlines and enjoy a host of privileges that add up to miles of difference. Open to anyone aged 2 and above, the Mabuhay Miles Frequent Flyer Program is designed to deliver to you the best rewards and privileges. And as you move up to higher elite levels, more travel privileges await you. For details, visit www.mabuhaymiles.com or visit any PAL office. n


TOUCHDOWN MANILA

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, trendy Libis and Timog districts in Quezon City, and chill out in the south Paranaque and Alabang areas.

COASTAL BEAUTY: The province of Palawan has many more natural attractions beyond the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa Underground River, such as this beautiful beach in Sabang.

PHILIPPINES AT A GLANCE

Official Name: Republika ng Pilipinas/ Republic of the Philippines Capital: Manila Official Languages: Filipino, English Land Area: 1115,830 sq mi/300,000 sq km Climate: Hot Dry Season: March–May Rainy Season: June–November Cool Dry Season: December–February Temperature Range: 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (90°F) Currency: Philippine peso (Php) PHILIPPINE JEWELS. One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature can be found in Palawan, Philippines. It is the Puerto Princesa Underground River. The Conus gloriamaris or “Glory of the Seas cone” is the rarest and most expensive seashell in the world and can be found in the Philippines. Boracay, an island located at the northwestern tip of Panay, has some of the world’s best beaches, with sugary-white, powdery sand that never burns your feet no matter how hot the day gets.

RELIgION. Approximately 90% of Filipinos are Christians: about 80% belong to the Roman Catholic Church while 10% belong to other Christian denominations. Between 5% and 10% of the population are Muslim, most of whom live in parts of Mindanao, Palawan, and the Sulu Archipelago—an area known as Bangsamoro or the Moro region. SHOPPINg. The Philippines is fast becoming a shopping haven, yielding great bargains if you know what to look for and where. Divisoria Flea Market in downtown Manila is the place to go for cheap and tight-budget shopping. The country’s upscale malls carry international brands and can be found within the area of the Makati Central Business District. Handicraft stores can be found all over the country, selling export-quality products like native baskets, hand-woven fabrics, fine jewelry, and home accessories. NIgHTLIfE. Metropolitan Manila is considered a pleasure-seeker’s paradise, with an array of nighttime activities, from the soothing to the sinful. you can listen to whatever music you fancy from the country’s popular bands and singers, take

TRANSPORTATION. PAL flies between Manila and 32 cities and towns throughout the country. Public transportation such as taxis, buses, jeepneys, and motorized tricycles are available in major cities. The train services are provided by three main railway networks that serve different areas of Metro Manila and parts of Luzon: the Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT), the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR). International car rental companies provide chauffeured or selfdriven limousine service. Large groups may hire medium-sized passengers vans or tourist coaches. fOOD. Filipino food may puzzle the first-time eater. Philippine history is largely responsible for this complex mix of cuisine from the Chinese traders who introduced their culinary influence to Castilian and Mexican cooking brought by the Spanish colonizers. The Americans brought the convenience of fast food meal while other Asian cuisines from the Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese started to emerge as well. Famous Filipino dishes include lechón (whole roasted pig), longganisa (Philippine sausage), tapa (cured beef), torta (omelette), adobo (chicken and/ or pork braised in garlic, vinegar, oil, and soy sauce), kaldereta (meat stewed in tomato sauce), mechado (larded beef in soy and tomato sauce), puchero (beef and plantains in tomato sauce), afritada (chicken and/or pork with vegetables simmered in tomato sauce), kare-kare (oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce), crispy pata (deepfried pig’s leg), hamonado (pork braised in pineapple sauce), sinigang (meat or seafood in sour broth), pancit (noodles), and lumpia (fresh or fried spring rolls). n

AIRLINE PARTNERS To serve you better, Philippine Airlines broadened its route network through Codesharing with its Airline Partners, offering you more destinations worldwide. PAL sells the flight sector operated by the Airline Partner. When traveling on any of PAL’s Codeshare flights, Mabuhay Miles members enjoy certain privileges. The privileges listed in the tables below are applicable provided ticket sales and reservations are under PAL’s seat allocation and upon presentation of the Mabuhay Miles membership card.

SECTOR

PRIVILEGES

AIRLINE PARTNERS

SECTOR

PRIVILEGES

CEBU–HONG KONG

nH

Cathay Pacific

MANILA–DUBAIvv

nHl

Emirates

MANILA–BAHRAINvv

unHl

Gulf Air

MANILA–KUALA LUMPURvv

nHl

Malaysia Airlines

MANILA–DOHAvv

unHl

Qatar Airways

NOTE: PRESENTATION OF MILLION MILER’S MEMBERSHIP CARD IS REQUIRED TO AVAIL OF ETIHAD PRIVILEGES. LEGEND: u LOUNGE ACCESS n MABUHAy MILES MILAGE ACCRUAL H EXCESS BAGGAGE BENEFITS l TRANSFER SERVICE BETWEEN NAIA TERMINAL 1 & 2vv

AIRLINE PARTNERS

ELITE, PREMIER ELITE, AND MILLION MILER MEMBERS, MILLION MILER MEMBERS, MILLION MILER MEMBERS PLUS 1 TRAVELING COMPANION

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DOMESTIC ROUTES Basco / Bacolod / Busuanga / Butuan / Cagayan de Oro / Calbayog / Catarman / Caticlan / Cebu / Cotabato / Davao / Dipolog /Dumaguete / General Santos / Iloilo / Jolo / Kalibo / Laoag / Legazpi / Manila / Masbate/ Naga / Ozamiz / Puerto Princesa / Roxas / Surigao / Tacloban / Tagbilaran / Tawi-Tawi / Tuguegarao / Zamboanga

BASCO

LAOAG TUGUEGARAO

LONDON

MANILA

NAGA LEGAZPI CATARMAN CATICLAN

MASBATE

BUSUANGA KALIBO

ILOILO CITY

BAHRAIN

CALBAYOG CITY

DOHA

BACOLOD CITY

DUBAI ABU DHABI

ROXAS CITY TACLOBAN CITY

AFRICA

CEBU

PUERTO PRINCESA DUMAGUETE CITY

TAGBILARAN CITY

SURIGAO CITY BUTUAN

DIPOLOG CITY

CAGAYAN DE ORO OZAMIZ

ZAMBOANGA CITY

JOLO

TAWI TAWI

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COTABATO CITY DAVAO

GENERAL SANTOS

I N D I A N

O C E A N


INTERNATIONAL ROUTES Abu Dhabi / Bahrain / Bali / Bangkok / Beijing / Busan / Brisbane / Darwin / Doha / Dubai / Fukuoka / Guam / Guangzhou / Ho Chi Minh / Honolulu / Hong Kong / Jakarta/ Kuala Lumpur / London / Los Angeles / Macau / Manila / Melbourne / Nagoya / Osaka / San Francisco / Seoul / Shanghai / Singapore / Sydney / Taipei / Tokyo / Toronto / Vancouver / Xiamen

ASIA NORTH AMERICA VANCOUVER TORONTO BEIJING

SAN FRANCISCO

SEOUL TOKYO-NARITA NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA

BUSAN SHANGHAI XIAMEN GUANGZHOU

LOS ANGELES

HONOLULU

HONGKONG TAIPEI

MACAU

PHILIPPINES MANILA

BANGKOK HO CHI MINH

PAC I F I C

GUAM

O C E A N

CEBU KUALA LUMPUR SINGAPORE

JAKARTA BALI DARWIN

AUSTRALIA

BRISBANE SYDNEY

MELBOURNE

LEGEND PAL Flights PAL Codeshare Flights

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FLIGHT FACTS 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.

DOMESTIC ROUTES & S ECTO RS

MM MI LES

FL IGH T TIM E

INTERNATIONAL RESERVATIONS

MANILA

MM M IL E S

F L IG H T T IM E

R E SE RVAT IO NS

MANILA

Bacolod Basco Busuanga Butuan

489

1:10 1:45 1:05 1:30

Cagayan de Oro

486

1:30

298 413

Calbayog

1:15

Catarman

1:15

Caticlan

1:10

Cebu

349

1:15

Cotabato Davao

552 597

1:30 1:45

Dipolog Dumaguete

438 390

1:30 1:15

General Santos

647

1:45

Iloilo

280

1:05

Jolo (from Zamboanga) Kalibo

93 250

0:40 0:55

Laoag Legazpi Masbate Naga Ozamiz

257 250 230

0:55 0:55 1:15 0:50 1:25

Puerto Princesa Roxas Surigao

364 311

1:15 0:55 1:40

Tacloban Tagbilaran

352 387

1:10 1:10

203

1:00

530

1:00 1:30

Tawi-Tawi (from Zamboanga) Tuguegarao Zamboanga

ROUTES & S E C TO R S

478

(034) 433-3045 (0919) 511-2797 (085) 226-5118 / 4777 (085) 341-5156 (088) 857-2294 / 95 (088) 857-2688 (088) 858-8863 (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) 340-0191 (032) 234-2713 (064) 431-0136 (082) 233-0284 (082) 232-8010 (082) 234-0073 (082) 221-5513 (082) 225-0990 (065) 212-2355 / 2356 (035) 225-4266 (035) 226-1301 (083) 552-1235 / 36 (083) 552-5282 (083) 553-3943 (033) 333-0003 (033) 320-4893 (036) 262-3260 (036) 262-1261 (077) 670-8533 (052) 481-0780 (054) 473-2277 (088) 521-5565 (088) 521-0462 (048) 433-4565 (036) 621-0244 (086) 231-9680 (086) 826-8589 (053) 321-2213 (038) 412-2232 (038) 411-4226

(078) 844-9238 (062) 991-5800 (062) 993-0488

Abu Dhabi Bahrain Bangkok Beijing Busan

4,352 4,580

9:00 9:58

1,368 1,797

3:15 4:25

1,515

3:45

Brisbane (via Darwin) Darwin Doha Dubai Fukuoka Guam Guangzhou Ho Chi Minh Hong Kong Honolulu Jakarta

3,591 1,967 4,528 4,294 1,445 1,596 791 1,002 712 5,296 1,732

8:15 4:25 8:15 8:45 3:30 3:40 2:15 2:30 2:00 10:15 6:15

Kuala Lumpur Los Angeles Macau Melbourne Nagoya Osaka San Francisco Seoul Shanghai Singapore Sydney Taipei Tokyo Toronto (via Vancouver) Vancouver Xiamen

7,290 723 3,927 1,741 1,651 6,978 1,624 1,152 1,476 3,883 731 1,879 8,228 6,560 714

3:40 12:30 1:55 8:00 4:00 3:55 12:00 4:00 3:10 3:35 10:50 2:00 4:15 16:10 12:05 2:10

1,060 1,884 2,024

2:40 4:25 4:40

00971 2 6351700 00973-17225650 extension 213 (662) 633-5713 / 14 (8610) 6510 2991 / 2992 / 2993 (8251) 466-0333 (8251) 464-7890

(974) 4433-7302 (9714) 316-6632 (8192) 292-1627 (671) 632-1615 / 17 / 19 (848) 832-872105 (852) 230-19350 / 51 1-800-635-8653 (6221) 300-15757 (6221) 936-1612 / 613 (603) 2141 0767 1-800-435-9725 (853) 2835-5770 (613) 965-02188 (8152) 588-7131 (816) 6444-2541 1-800-435-9725 (0082) 1544-1717 (8621) 6279-8765 (65) 6336-1611 (612) 927-92020 (8862) 250-67255 (813) 5157-4362 1-800-435-9725 1-800-435-9725 (86592) 239-4729 / 30 /65

CEBU Hong Kong Seoul Tokyo

(852) 2301-9300 (0082)-1544-1717 (813) 5157-4362

RESERvATIONS, TOuR PAckAGES, MAbuhAy MILES AND FLIGhT INFORMATION PhILIPPINES: Manila (632) 8558888 Cebu (6332) 3400191

uS/cANADA: 1 (800) I FLY PAL or 1 (800) 4359725

For more information, visit www.philippineairlines.com

FLIGHT TRANSFERS IN MANILA If connecting to a Terminal 3 DOMESTIC or INTERNATIONAL flight (Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Kalibo) 1. Clear with IMMIGRATION. 2. Claim baggage and proceed to CUSTOMS CLEARANCE COUNTER. 3. Drop back baggage at the CAROUSEL. 4. Proceed to the ITTL (Inter Terminal Transit Lounge) and be ready to present your Boarding Pass for a free service to Terminal 3. If connecting to a Terminal 2 INTERNATIONAL flight 1. Upon disembarkation in Manila, proceed to TRANSFER DESK.

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If connecting to a Terminal 2 DOMESTIC flight (Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Laoag, Tagbilaran, Kalibo) 1. Clear baggage with IMMIGRATION. 2. Claim baggage and proceed to CUSTOMS CLEARANCE COUNTER. 3. Drop back baggage at the CAROUSEL. 4. Proceed to Terminal 2 Southwing. PAL PASSENGERS’ DESTINATIONS

25 %

Southeast Asia/ Guam/ New Delhi

22 % USA/Canada

18 % Japan


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YOUR INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

Flights Fancy of


COnTEnTS | USER GUIDE

personal control unit Whatever the destination, Philippine Airlines offers our Business and Economy Class passengers an exciting world of entertainment at their fingertips. Sit back, relax, and enjoy our entertainment system.

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89 MOVIES Despicable Me 2 Paranoia

releasing/stowing your controller

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91 MOVIE LIBRARY Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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92 MOVIE SCHEDULE Business Class Economy Class

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93 CD'S, TV, GAMES Stripped and Covered - Six Part Invention

interactive mode Flights of Fancy is your inflight entertainment companion that gives you access to a fanciful selection of movies, TV, radio, games and a host of useful features sure to keep you enter tained during your flight. To access, use the touchscreen function or your handset.

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94 MUSIC Best of 70s and 80s Filipino Pop

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Flights of Fancy


MOVIES

MAINSCREEN

DESPICAbLE ME 2

PACIfIC RIM

PARANOIA

PERCy JACkSON: SEA Of MONStERS

thE MORtAL INStRuMENtS: CIty Of bONES

thE WOLvERINE

Stars Steve Carell Kristen Wiig Benjamin Bratt Director Pierre Louis Padang Coffin Chris Renaud Animation 98 mins Rated PG

Stars Charlie Hunnam Idris Elba Rinko Kikuchi Director Guillermo del Toro Action 131 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Liam Hemsworth Gary Oldman Harrison Ford Director Robert Luketic Thriller 106 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Logan Lerman Alexandra Daddario Director Thor Freudenthal Adventure 106 mins Rated PG

Stars Lily Collins Jamie Campbell Bower Robert Sheehan Director Harald Zwart Adventure 130 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Hugh Jackman Tao Okamoto Will Yun Lee Director James Mangold Action 126 mins Rated PG-13

The continuing adventures of reformed super villain, Gru, his Minions and the three girls who love him.

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee pair up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world.

Adam Cassidy is just trying to get ahead in his job and gets caught up in a corporate game. Now he must find a way out but his boss will stop at nothing to win a multibillion dollar advantage.

To restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.

When her mother disappears, Clary Fray joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

PERSONAL CINEMA

2 GuNS

bLuE JASMINE

ELySIuM

EPIC

MAN Of StEEL

Stars Mark Wahlberg Paula Patton Denzel Washington Director Baltasar Kormákur Action, Comedy 109 mins Rated R

Stars Cate Blanchett Alec Baldwin Sally Hawkins Director Woody Allen Drama 98 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Matt Damon Jodie Foster Sharlto Copley Director Neill Blomkamp Action 109 mins Rated R

Stars Colin Farrell Josh Hutcherson Beyoncé Knowles Director Chris Wedge Adventure 102 mins Rated PG

Stars Henry Cavill Amy Adams Michael Shannon Director Zack Snyder Action 143 mins Rated PG-13

A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer find they have been set up by the mob —the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.

A life crisis causes a woman to head to San Francisco, where she reconnects with her sister.

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a space station called Elysium, and the rest live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Max agrees to take on a lifethreatening mission that could finally bring equality.

A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and evil is taking place

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers. He journeys to discover where he came from and what he has to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation.

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NOw YOu SEE ME

Stars Billy Crystal John Goodman Steve Buscemi Director Dan Scanlon Family 104 mins Rated GP

Stars Jesse Eisenberg Mark Ruffalo Woody Harrelson Director Louis Leterrier Crime, Thriller 115 mins Rated PG-13

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University—when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

PlaNES

REd 2

thE hEat

Stars Stacy Keach Dane Cook Priyanka Chopra Director Klay Hall Animation 91 mins Rated PG

Stars Bruce Willis John Malkovich Helen Mirren Director Dean Parisot Action, Comedy 116 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Melissa McCarthy Sandra Bullock Tony Hale Director Paul Feig Family 117 mins Rated R

Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race but he is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his new friends Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.

Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

Uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner—or a friend for that matter.

SINENG PINOY

thE lONE RaNGER

wE’RE thE MIllERS

whItE hOuSE dOwN

wORld waR z

FOuR SIStERS aNd a wEddING

Stars Johnny Depp Armie Hammer William Fichtner Director Gore Verbinski Drama 149 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Jason Sudeikis Jennifer Aniston Emma Roberts Director Rawson Thurber Comedy 110 mins Rated R

Stars Channing Tatum Jamie Foxx Maggie Gyllenhaal Director Roland Emmerich Action 131 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Brad Pitt Mireille Enos Daniella Kertesz Director Marc Forster Action 116 mins Rated R

Stars Bea Alonzo Toni Ganzaga Shaina Magdayao Director Cathy Garcia-Molina Romantic Comedy 125 mins Rated PG-13

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

David Burke is a small-time pot dealer who learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished when he gets jumped by a trio of gutter punks, leaving him in major debt to his supplier, Brad.

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

After a few years not being together as a family, four sisters meet again to try and dissuade their elder brother from marrying his fiancée. But do they need to take a look at their own lives first?

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elysiuM | R Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts

phone booTh | R Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Kiefer Sutherland

The A-TeAM | PG-13 Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

2 Guns | R Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Denzel Washington

Kiss Kiss bAnG bAnG | R Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

reD 2 | PG-13 Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren

The lone rAnGer | PG-13 Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner

DAreDevil | PG-13 Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell

pAciFic riM | PG-13 Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi

rise oF The plAneT oF The Apes | PG-13 James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto

The Wolverine | PG-13 Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee

unKnoWn | PG-13 Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones WhiTe house DoWn | PG-13 Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal WorlD WAr Z | PG-13 Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz X-Men | PG-13 Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen

Adventure A.i. ArTiFiciAl inTelliGence | PG-13 Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor inDepenDence DAy | PG-13 Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman

JuMper | PG-13 Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson

percy JAcKson: seA oF MonsTers | PG Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario

MAn oF sTeel | PG-13 Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

The DArK KniGhT rises | PG-13 Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway

The MorTAl insTruMenTs: ciTy oF bones | PG-13 Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan

X-Men: FirsT clAss | PG-13 James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

X-Men 3: The lAsT sTAnD | PG-13 Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry

Romance FlippeD | PG Rebecca DeMornay, Madeline Carroll, Callan McAulife John TucKer MusT Die | PG-13 Jesse Metcalfe, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel

Drama

liTTle MAnhATTAn | PG Josh Hutcherson, Charlotte Ray, Bradley Whitford one Fine DAy | PG Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman

siDeWAys | R Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen The sisTerhooD oF TrAvelinG pAnTs 2 | PG-13 Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively

TWo WeeKs noTice | PG-13 Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt WATer For elephAnTs | PG-13 Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, C. Waltz

DeceMber boys | PG-13 Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Lee Cormie

liTTle Miss sunshine | R Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell

The secreT liFe oF bees | PG-13 Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson

All AbouT eve | NR Bette Davis, George Sanders, Marilyn Monroe

everyThinG is illuMinATeD | PG-13 Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin

MArGAreT | R Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo

The shAWshAnK reDeMpTion | R Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

AnoTher eArTh | PG-13

GooDFellAs | R Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta

MArThA MArcy MAy MArlene | R John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson

TiTAnic | PG-13 Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio

inTervieW WiTh The vAMpire | R Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas

priDe AnD Glory | R Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight

WAlK The line | PG-13 Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick

blue JAsMine | PG-13 Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins

J. eDGAr | R Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts

TAKe The leAD | PG-13 Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya Alafia

crAZy heArT | R Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal

l.A. conFiDenTiAl | R Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

The DescenDAnTs | PG-13 George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller

AbouT schMiDT | PG-13 Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis

DATe niGhT | PG-13 Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg

pleAsAnTville | PG-13 Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen

The heAT | R Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock, Tony Hale

Ace venTurA: peT DeTecTive | PG-13 Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young

GeT sMArT | PG-13 Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson

run FATboy run | PG-13 Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria, Thandie Newton

The WeDDinG sinGer | PG-13 Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

beeTle Juice | PG Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton

horrible bosses | R Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell

The DuKes oF hAZZArD | PG-13 Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson

We’re The Millers | R Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts

Aliens in The ATTic | PG Ashley Tisdale, Carter Jenkins, Austin Robert Butler

Dr. seuss horTon heArs A Who | G Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell, Carol Burnett

plAnes | PG Stacy Keach, Dane Cook, Priyanka Chopra

roboTs | PG Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear

DespicAble Me 2 | PG Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt

hAppy FeeT 2 | PG Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brad Pitt

rio | PG Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez

chronicle | PG-13 Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell

noW you see Me| PG-13 Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson

runAWAy Jury | PG-13 John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman

in TiMe | PG-13 Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy

pArAnoiA | PG - 13 Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford

unsToppAble | PG-13 Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson

24/7 in love | PG-13 Bea Alonzo, Gerald Anderson, Kathryn Bernardo

DAhil bA sA KAnyA | PG Aga Muhlach, Mikee Cojuangco, Onemig Bondoc

iT TAKes A MAn AnD A WoMAn | G John Lloyd Cruz, Sarah Geronimo

The MisTress | PG-13 Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz

A MoMenT in TiMe | G Coco Martin, Julia Montes

Four sisTers AnD A WeDDinG | PG-13 Bea Alonzo, Toni Ganzaga, Shaina Magdayao

sisTerAKAs | PG-13 Ai-Ai de las Alas, Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino

MArMADuKe | PG Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone, Kiefer Sutherland

richie rich | PG Macaulay Culkin, Johnathan Hyde, Edward Herrmann

We bouGhT A Zoo | PG Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson

nAncy DreW | PG Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, Max Thieriot

ThunDersTrucK | PG Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray, James Belushi

bee seAson | PG-13 Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross Brit Marling, William Mapother

Comedy yes MAn | PG-13 Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper

Animation

Thriller A perFecT MurDer | R Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen blAcK sWAn | PG-13 Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel

Filipino

Family Where The WilD ThinGs Are | PG Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener

Musical The sounD oF Music | GP Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, E. Parker

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We're The Millers P

We're The Millers P

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

Short Films (A340/B747) Short Films (A330)

1/2

1/2 3/4

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We're The Millers P

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We're The Millers P

Paranoia

3/4

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7/8 17

A330

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7/8 17

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7

Short Films Short Films

We're The Millers P

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

3/4

1/2

1/2 3/4

Man Of Steel

AIRSHOW

Sisterakas 24/7 In Love

It Takes A Man And A Woman

Man Of Steel

The Heat

2 Guns

Sisterakas 24/7 In Love The Mistress

A Moment In Time

Dahil Ba Sa Kanya

The Wolverine Blue Jasmine

Pacific Rim

A320 / A319*

BANGKOK, JAKARTA

Four Sisters And A Wedding

Man Of Steel

The Mistress

A Moment In Time

The Heat

2 Guns

It Takes A Man And A Woman

Dahil Ba Sa Kanya

A320 / A319*

Blue Jasmine

The Wolverine

Pacific Rim

KOREA

Four Sisters And A Wedding

AIRSHOW Paranoia Shortfilms AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

Man Of Steel

The Heat

The Mistress

24/7 In Love

AIRSHOW

Short Films Elysium P Sisterakas

2 Guns

Despicable Me 2 Elysium P Short Films

It Takes A Man And A Woman

A330 / A340 / B747

AIRSHOW

Short Films Short Films Elysium P

Elysium P

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

A330 / A340 / B747

AIRSHOW

Short Films Elysium P

Short Films

Despicable Me 2 Elysium P

A330 / A340 / B747

AIRSHOW

Short Films Short Films Elysium P

A Moment In Time

Dahil Ba Sa Kanya

The Wolverine

A330 / A340 / B747 Despicable Me 2 Elysium P

Blue Jasmine

Pacific Rim

A320 / A319*

INDONESIA*, MAINLAND CHINA*, SINGAPORE

AIRSHOW Paranoia Shortfilms AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

AIRSHOW Paranoia Shortfilms AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

24/7 In Love The Mistress

2 Guns

A Moment In Time Sisterakas

It Takes A Man And A Woman

The Wolverine

The Heat

Dahil Ba Sa Kanya

A320 / A319* Pacific Rim Blue Jasmine

A340

5/6

A320 (classic)

AIRSHOW Paranoia Shortfilms AIRSHOW

We're The Millers P

A330

7

5/6

We're The Millers P

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

Short Films Short Films

1/2

1/2 3/4

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Despicable Me 2 Short Films 2 Guns P Epic P Elysium P Four Sisters And A Wedding AIRSHOW

AUSTRALIA, HONOLULU

GUAM, JAPAN

INBOUND MANILA

Despicable Me 2 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Short Films 2 Guns P Epic P Elysium P Four Sisters And A Wedding The Wolverine AIRSHOW

7/8 17

A340

A330

5/6 7

Paranoia Short Film Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters We're The Millers P Blue Jasmine P Monsters University P Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters Paranoia Short Film We're The Millers P Blue Jasmine P Monsters University P Pacific Rim

US MAINLAND, CANADA

3/4

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

1/2

3/4

A340

A330

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

A340

OUTBOUND MANILA

BUSINESS CLASS

A320 (classic)

Short Films AIRSHOW

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

Short Films AIRSHOW

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

Short Films AIRSHOW

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

Short Films AIRSHOW

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

AIRSHOW

A340

A340

Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea Of

AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW

Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea Of

AIRSHOW

Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea Of

A320 / A319*

Matanglawin Short Films

A320 (classic)

Short Films AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Paranoia

Matanglawin Short Films

A320 / A319*

A320 (classic)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Short Films AIRSHOW

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Short Films AIRSHOW

Short Films AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Despicable Me 2

Short Films AIRSHOW

City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments:

AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

Short Films AIRSHOW

City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments:

AIRSHOW

A320 (classic)

Short Films AIRSHOW

City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments:

AIRSHOW

Short Films

Just For Laughs-S12,E9

A320 / A319*

Short Films

Just For Laughs-S12,E9

A320 / A319*

Short Films

Just For Laughs-S12,E9

A320 / A319*

Short Films

Just For Laughs-S12,E9

A320 / A319*

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

* Via Singapore * Except Xiamen

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

2nd showing Short Films AIRSHOW

1st showing

AIRSHOW

Short Films AIRSHOW

2nd showing Short Films AIRSHOW

Short Films AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Despicable Me 2

Short Films AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Despicable Me 2

BANGKOK, JAKARTA

Matanglawin Short Films

A320 / A319*

KOREA

Short Films

Matanglawin

A320 / A319*

AIRSHOW The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Despicable Me 2 Short Films Four Sisters And A Wedding AIRSHOW

AUSTRALIA, HONOLULU

GUAM, JAPAN

INBOUND MANILA

AIRSHOW Despicable Me 2 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Short Films Four Sisters And A Wedding The Wolverine AIRSHOW

US MAINLAND, CANADA

INDONESIA*, MAINLAND CHINA*, SINGAPORE

AIRSHOW Paranoia

A320 (classic)

Short Films AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Paranoia

A320 (classic)

AIRSHOW 1st showing Paranoia

A340

2nd showing Short Films AIRSHOW

1st showing

A340

Short Films AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Paranoia

A320 (classic)

AIRSHOW Paranoia Short Films Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters Paranoia Short Films Pacific Rim

2nd showing Short Films AIRSHOW

1st showing

A330 A340

A330

A330

A330

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

A330

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

A340

OUTBOUND MANILA

ECONOMY CLASS

SCHEDULE


FiLiPiNO

BelieVe Justin Bieber

nOw 85 Various Artist

TaKe Me hOMe One Direction

unORThODOX JuKeBOX Bruno Mars

BluRReD lines Robin Thicke

naTiVe OneRepublic

The 20/20 eXPeRience Justin Timberlake

uP all niGhT One Direction

DeMi Demi Lovato

OVeReXPOseD Maroon 5

The heisT Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

lOOKinG FOR MyselF Usher

ReD Taylor Swift

unaPOlOGeTic Rihanna

all GOOD Nina

MaRTin nieVeRa 3D TaTlOnG DeKaDa Martin Nievera

chRisTMas w/ The sTaRs Various Artist

leGenDs Richard Poon

KiDS

* Additional short film available on Digital IFE-equipped aircraft with AVOD

asian aiR saFaRi Bali, Laoag, Delhi Glee A Night Of Neglect, Born This Way

TV - OUTBOUND DJP Daniel Padilla

ASiAN

FOR AVOD*

MaTanGlawin

sTRiPPeD anD cOVeReD Six Part Invention

The BiG BanG TheORy The Santa Simulation

cnBlue ReBLUE

lOVe Place Nishino Kana

FOR The lOVeD Rene Liu

MysTic BallaD, PT 2 Davichi

iT’s all aBOuT lOVe (sTORy eDiTiOn) Jam Hsiao

sTORies unTOlD JJ Lin

KiDZ BOP 22 Various Artists

suPeR JuniOR VOl. 6 Sexy, Free & Single

JusT FOR lauGhs Season 12, Episode 9 wiPeOuT That’s Snow Way To Fall

FOR FULL CABiN AVOD*

Teen Beach MOVie Various Artist

KiDZ BOP 24 Various Artist

TV - iNBOUND FuTuRe PeRFecT Calisto Eye

nOw ThaT's whaT i call Disney Various Artist

KiDZ BOP 23 Various Artists

Glee New York

PuRe OPM classics Sarah Geronimo

THALES I5000 (BOEING 747-400S)

inFliGhT TeTRis inFliGhT suDOKu

CHiLL OUT

BOOKwORM PaRaDise chill OuT lOunGe, VOl. 3 Various Artists

chess

The VeRy BesT OF caFÉ Del MaR Various Artists

inVasiOn

BeJeweleD

inFliGhT TRiVia TOuRnaMenT sOliTaiRe

JAZZ

BORDeR-FRee Chucho Valdes

scenes FROM My liFe Michael Young

esPRiT De FOuR Fourplay insPiRaTiOn (a TRiBuTe TO naT KinG cOle) George Benson

PANASONIC EX2 (BOEING 777-300S)

inFliGhT TeTRis

The Blue ROOM Madeleine Peyroux

s.u.D.O.K.u BOOKwORM hOlD'eM POKeR BeJeweleD

ALL TiME FAVES

101 Depeche Mode

call Me Al Green GReaTesT hiTs 19701986 The Kinks

PRince FROM anOTheR PlaneT Elvis Presley sOMe GiRls The Rolling Stones

KillinG Me sOFTly Roberta Flack

The DeFiniTiVe cOllecTiOn ABBA

classic FM hall OF FaMe 2 Various Artists

leaD wiTh yOuR heaRT The Tenors

VeRDi Placido Domingo

FiFTy shaDes OF GRey: The classical alBuM Various Artists

The ulTiMaTe cOllecTiOn Luciano Pavarotti

1969 Santana aBBey ROaD The Beatles

OST/MUSiCAL

caVeMan ReVeRsal TanGRaM DynasTy

Disney newsies The Musical Various Artists Glee: The Music PResenTs Glease Various Artists

CLASSiCAL

* For full cabin AVOD

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

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CDS | TELEVISION | GAMES

POP


MUSIC

3 FILIPINO POP MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY Six Part Invention

HAHANAPIN KITA Yeng Constantino

DOTA O AKO (FEAT. SABRINA) Aikee

DOTA O AKO (FEAT. AIKEE) [PART 2] Sabrina

MISSING YOU (ENGLISH) Jessa Zaragoza

STRONGER (WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU) Sabrina

PASAKALYE Zia Quizon

PAAKYAT KA PA LANG PABABA NA AKO Oktaves

KAILANGAN KO'Y IKAW Regine Velasquez

HUWAG KA LANG MAWAWALA Gary Valenciano

SA ISIP KO Sarah Geronimo

PUSONG LITO Angeline Quinto

TULOY PA RIN Nyoy Volante

ITULOY MO LANG Vice Ganda

MAGKAIBANG MUNDO Jireh Lim

BIGLANG LIKO (FEAT. POW CHAVEZ) Ron Henley

SA'YO Silent Sanctuary

TAO LANG (FEAT. QUEST) Loonie

GOD GAVE ME YOU Nyoy Volante & Sabrina IT TAKES A MAN AND A WOMAN Lulu Panganiban

HELLO I LOVE YOU Chicser YAKAP Charice

4 PINOY FAVORITES KUNG AKO NA LANG SANA Bituin Escalante

BEFORE I LET YOU GO Freestyle

WALANG MAKAKAPIGIL Zsa Zsa Padilla

ANG HULING EL BIMBO Rico J. Puno

WHEN I NEED YOU Sherilyn Diana Flores

LAGI KITANG MAMAHALIN Wency Cornejo

A BETTER ME Divo

SO MANY QUESTIONS Side A

WALANG KAPALIT Piolo Pascual

ANG TANGI KONG KASAMA Christian Bautista

IKAW LANG PINANGGA Eugene Villaluz & Jaqui Magno

TARA TENA Kyla, Kaya & V3

KUNG ALAM KO LANG Toni Daya

IPAGPATAWAD Janno Gibbs

SA MEGAMALL Ringgo Marquez

HINDI NA BALE Bugoy Drilon

SABIHIN MO SA AKIN Sheryn Regis

KAPAG AKO'Y NAGMAHAL Jolina Magdangal

HUWAG MO NANG ITANONG MYMP

SAY YOU'LL NEVER GO Erik Santos

YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT Alunageorge

BEST SONG EVER One Direction

MILLIONAIRE Scouting For Girls

YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT Alunageorge

BUTTERFLIES Lucy Spraggan

IN A WORLD LIKE THIS Backstreet Boys

TITANIUM Jahméne Douglas

BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE Eliza Doolittle

SECRET FEAR Daniel Bedingfield

VOCAL Pet Shop Boys

I LOVE IT (FEAT. CHARLI XCX) [CLEAN VERSION] Icona Pop

PLAY IT AGAIN Becky G

MARLEY'S CHAINS (LIVE) Honey Ryder

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH? (FEAT. MILES KANE) Professor Green

SINNERS Lauren Aquilina

SOMEBODY TO DIE FOR (RADIO EDIT) Hurts

COME & GET IT Selena Gomez

ALL OR NOTHING (FEAT. CAMILLE) Roll Deep

5 HITLINE

OOH LA LA Britney Spears AMERICAN GIRL Bonnie Mckee LATCH (FEAT. SAM SMITH) Disclosure

6 BEST OF 70s & 80s

TOP OF THE WORLD Robin Thicke LOVE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT Pet Shop Boys WAY IN THE WORLD Nina Nesbitt

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN The Animals

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY Bobby Mcferrin

DON'T BE CRUEL Elvis Presley

IT'S ALL IN THE GAME Tommy Edwards

I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD Herman's Hermits

WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina & The Waves

HEY! BO-DIDDLEY Bo Diddley

BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY Ricky Nelson

HOW DO YOU DO IT? Gerry & The Pacemakers

OOBY DOOBY Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings

B-I-BICKEY-BI, BO-BO-GO Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' Journey

ST. ELMOS FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES The Platters

GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division

BYE BYE LOVE The Everly Brothers

THE YOUNG ONES Cliff Richard

99 RED BALLOONS Nena

MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel TIGER FEET Mud LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey

EASY LOVER Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

CHARIOTS OF FIRE Vangelis

AIRPORT The Motors MAGIC Pilot

7 SPOTLIgHT EMPIRE STATE OF MIND (PART II) BROKEN DOWN Alicia Keys TRY SLEEPING WITH A BROKEN HEART Alicia Keys GIRL ON FIRE (MAIN VERSION) Alicia Keys DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING Alicia Keys ANOTHER WAY TO DIE Jack White & Alicia Keys

NO ONE Alicia Keys

NEW DAY Alicia Keys

THROUGH IT ALL Alicia Keys

THIS BED Alicia Keys

FALLIN' Alicia Keys

WAIT TIL YOU SEE MY SMILE Alicia Keys

HOW IT FEELS TO FLY Alicia Keys

FIRE WE MAKE Alicia Keys & Maxwell

BRAND NEW ME Alicia Keys

LOVE IS BLIND Alicia Keys

PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS Alicia Keys

UN-THINKABLE (I'M READY) Alicia Keys

THAT'S HOW STRONG MY LOVE IS Alicia Keys

LOVE IS MY DISEASE Alicia Keys

PUT IT IN A LOVE SONG (FEAT. BEYONCÉ KNOWLES) [FEAT. BEYONCÉ KNOWLES] Alicia Keys

DISTANCE AND TIME Alicia Keys

LIKE THE SEA Alicia Keys

SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN (FEAT. NIGEL HITCHCOCK, IAIN MACKENZIE, GARETH LOCKRANE & EMMA SMITH) The Callum Au Big Band

SOPHISTICATED LOVER Maysa

ONE FINE THING Harry Connick, Jr.

KILLING IN THE NAME Three Fall

I DON'T KNOW Kat Edmonson

STOP THIS TRAIN Joshua Redman

WHEN THE LADY DANCES Yellowjackets

WITHOUT YOU (FEAT. LEANNE ROBINSON) [LIVE] Yolanda Brown

RISING Juan Laya, Jorge Montiel & Andre Espeut's Quintet

8 JAZZ CLUB COMET Terence Blanchard AIN'T CHA GOT MUSIC The RAF HQ Bomber Command Sextet CAMELUS John Scofield CLEAR SKIES SELECT STICK (VAKULA REMIX) The Greg Foat Group

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SATURDAY MORNING (REPRISE) Ahmad Jamal LOWDOWN (FEAT. MARIO BIONDI & CHAKA KHAN) Incognito 'ROUND MIDNIGHT Miles Davis

LIQUID SPIRIT Gregory Porter THE 99, PT. 1 (GREAT SCOTT) Kairos 4tet

YOU WIND ME UP Torsten Goods

SAMMY Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope


PACIFIC RIM (FEAT. TOM MORELLO) Ramin Djawadi, Tom Morello, Nick GlennieSmith & Jasper Randall WHERE TO? Marco Beltrami, Pete Anthony & Belinda Broughton LET THE BASS GO Snoop Dogg CRUISIN' FOR A BRUISIN' Ross Lynch, Jason Evigan & Grace Phipps

I'M FREE The Soup Dragons

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN John Williams

GODFREY Marc Streitenfeld

OVERTURE DARIO Marianelli

THE WAY WAY BACK Rob Simonsen

TO JOTUNHEIM Patrick Doyle

DJANGO Luis Bacalov & Rocky Roberts

THE WOMAN IN BLACK Marco Beltrami

FIRST DAY AT MU Randy Newman

BECOMING SPIDER-MAN James Horner

SEEDING, AND HORSE VS. CAR John Williams

LOGOS/PRANKING THE NATIVES Michael Giacchino

PRIME Steve Jablonsky

RUN FOR IT Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders

GETTING OUT THE VOTE John Williams, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Robert Chen, Christopher Martin, Stephen Williamson, David Mcgill, Daniel Gingrich & Randy Kerber

REPRISE / FLY AWAY John Ottman

CALLING THE GUARDIANS Alexandre Desplat

BLOOD (TO THE ISLANDS) Daniel Pemberton MAIN TITLES Danny Elfman

THE ROOM OF REQUIREMENTS Nicholas Hooper BOOBY TRAP James Newton Howard

PURSUIT IN THE SOUK Nathaniel Mechaly

GRAND BAZAAR, ISTANBUL Thomas Newman, Thomas Bowes, George Doering, John Beasley, Paul Clarvis, Frank Ricotti, Sonia Slany, Phil Todd & John Parricelli

10 FLITE LITE SUMMER OF LOVE Ken Navarro

MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Im Waters

MY GIRL Chris "Big Dog" Davis, Marty Q & Rhon Lawrence

WHAT'S HAPPENING BROTHER Everette Harp

SUMMER BREEZE Bruce Mckenzie

WATER RUNS DRY Chuck Loeb

JUST MY IMAGINATION George Jinda

OYE COMO VA Fattburger

AIN'T NOBODY Tom Grant

AIN'T NO SUNSHINE Nester Torres

MY CHERIE AMOUR Bob Baldwin & Najee

LEAN ON ME The Fantasy Band

KILLING ME SOFTLY Walter Beasley

THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Kim Pensyl

LOVE WILL FOLLOW George Howard

COULD IT BE I'M FALLING IN LOVE? Fantasy Band

EVIL Larry Coryell

ROCK WITH YOU Chuck Loeb

LAUDIBUS IN SANCTIS The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

MUSICA CALLADA: XXI. LENTO Arcadi Volodos

NORMA, ACT I SCENE 1: "CASTA DIVA" Cecilia Bartoli, International Chamber Vocalists, Orchestra La Scintilla & Giovanni Antonini

REQUIEM, K. 626: REX TREMENDAE Academy Of Ancient Music, Stephen Cleobury & The Choir Of King's College Cambridge

LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS, PT. II "LA SACRIFICE": I. INTRODUCTION Sir Simon Rattle & Berliner Philharmoniker

FLUTE CONCERTO NO. 2 IN D MAJOR, K. 314: I. ALLEGRO APERTO Jacques Zoon, Orchestra Mozart & Claudio Abbado

VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 2, SZ 112: II. ANDANTE TRANQUILLO Isabelle Faust, Daniel Harding & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

CONCERTO FOR HARPSICHORD IN E MAJOR, BWV 1053: II. SICILIANO (ARR. FOR VIOLIN IN D MAJOR) Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone & Viktoria Mullova

COME, LET US SING UNTO THE LORD, "CHANDOS ANTHEM NO. 8", HWV 253: VII. THE LORD PRESERVETH THE SOULS OF THE SAINTS Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Iestyn Davies & Stephen Layton

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Michael Marc

11 CLASSIC COLLECTION IN IEIUNIO ET FLETU Stile Antico SYMPHONY NO. 8, PT. 1: II. IMPLE SUPERNA GRATIA Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, National Boys Choir & Mariss Jansons CONCERTO FOR HARPSICHORD, FLUTE, AND VIOLIN, BWV 1044: II. ADAGIO Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque, Katy Bircher & Marcin Swiatkiewicz MISSA REGINA CAELI: AGNUS DEI I, II & III The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

FANTASY IN C MAJOR, D. 934: IV. TEMPO I – ALLEGRO VIVACE Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, STRINGS & CONTINUO IN C MAJOR, RV 191: I. ALLEGRO MÀ POCO La Serenissima & Adrian Chandler

VIOLIN SONATA IN A MAJOR, OP. 100 NO 2: III. ALLEGRETTO GRAZIOSO (QUASI ANDANTE) Sergey Khachatryan & Lusine Khachatryan

SUITE NO. 1, OP. 72: I. FUGA. ANDANTE MODERATO Jamie Walton

12 JAMMIN’ IN JAPAN POLYRHYTHM Perfume OUR SKY Beni TIME TO GO! ベッキー♪♯ MAGIC OF LOVE Koh+ STAR LOVE RATION Kera Kera

HEROES Greeeen

PROJECT DIVA DESU (FEAT. HATSUNE MIKU) Utata-P (T.Komine)

GOOD LOVE (WITH MICHELLE BRANCH) Rihwa & Michelle Branch

NAMIDA NO KIOKU Hideharu Mori

COBALT SKY Eir Aoi YOUR STORY (FEAT. DOK2) Kim Hyun Joong

CUTE! Scandal HERO (KIBOU NO UTA) Flow

WILD! Kahoru Kohirumaki

BC800 COFFEE & TEA Superfly

DANCE FOR YOUR FUTURE Chisa Kawamura

ETERNALLY Glay

WORD (WHAT I NEED) D. D. Gaps

HANABI Kara

YOU ARE MY MEMORY Miyako Utagawa

AFFECTION (CHA CHA CHA) Go Bangs

M.K.O Supercell

13 ORIENT EXPRESS COME BACK TO ME Bii

活該 Joey Yung

無人島 Robynn & Kendy

十二月二十 Kay Tse

LET IT OUT Eason Chan

JUST LOVE David Tao

心亂如麻 / MY COOKIE CAN (MEDLEY) [LIVE] Janice Vidal

麥田捕手 Ann Bai

不存在的存在 G.E.M.

遠走高飛 Jody Chiang

IMPERFECT Pakho Chau

星際旅行 Kimberley Chen

他不慣被愛 Janice Vidal

HARD TO PUT IT DOWN Tiger Huang

為情為愛 Priscilla Chan & 黎瑞恩

光影 Aska Yang

미친게 아니라구요 I'M NOT CRAZY 손승연 (Son Seung Yeon)

FALLING Gin Lee 我和秋天有個約會 Hins Cheung 倒刺 Fiona Sit

不應該勇敢 ("美味的想念"片尾 曲) Wincci Soo 斷.捨.離 Kelly Chen

14 SEOUL GROOVES 첫 사랑니 RUM PUM PUM PUM f(x)

NONONO Apink

WILD AND YOUNG Kang Seung Yoon

KILL BILL Brown Eyed Girls

YOUR STORY (FEAT. DOK2) Kim Hyun Joong

U&I Ailee

FALLING IN LOVE 2NE1

아는사람 얘기 STORY OF SOMEONE I KNOW San E

빠빠빠 BBABBABBA Crayon Pop

오늘따라 보고싶어서 그래 Davichi

BE OK (FEAT.배치기) 유성은 Yu Seong Eun & 배치기

이보다 좋을 순 없다 (AS GOOD AS IT GETS) Infinite

SHADOW Beast

핫 앤 콜드(HOT & COLD) 쥬얼리 (Jewelry)

어둠 속을 밝혀줘 LIGHT ME UP VIXX WANT U BACK 100%

BAAAM (FEAT. MUZIE) Dynamic Duo

HOLLYWOOD (FEAT. 정준하) Koyote

흔들리고 있어 (SHAKING HEART) C-CLOWN

GIVE IT TO ME SISTAR

여자 대통령 (FEMALE PRESIDENT) Girl's Day

ALL RIGHT Lim Kim

MY LOVE Lee Seung Chul

향, 사랑을 부르다 SCENT THAT BRINGS LOVE Jungyup

콩떡빙수 (KTBS) Akdong Musucian

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PACIFIC RIM Runtime: 126 mins

PLANES Runtime: 90 mins

LITTLE MANHATTAN Runtime: 90 mins

THE WAY, WAY BACK Runtime: 103 mins

PHONE BOOTH Runtime: 92 mins

THE MARTIAN CHILD Runtime: 107 mins

RED 2 Runtime: 116 mins

A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Runtime: 146 mins

A CINDERELLA STORY Runtime: 96 mins

MAN OF STEEL Runtime: 137 mins

RUN FATBOY RUN Runtime: 101 mins

FOUR SISTERS AND A WEDDING Runtime: 125 mins

WORLD WAR Z Runtime: 116 mins

TAKE THE LEAD Runtime: 117 mins

101 Depeche Mode

DANCE AGAIN Jennifer Lopez

ALL GOOD Nina

DEMI Demi Lovato

BEGIN David Archuleta

DJP ALBUM Daniel Padilla

BELIEVE Justin Bieber

FOR THE LOVED Rene Liu

BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke

INSPIRATION (A TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE) George Benson

THE WAY, WAY BACK

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OVEREXPOSED Maroon 5

BORDER-FREE Chucho Valdes BORN TO DIE Lana Del Rey THE SOUL SESSIONS Joss Stone

CALL ME Al Green CEREMONIALS Florence And The Machine CLASSIC FM HALL OF FAME 2013 Various Artists

KIDZ BOP 23 Various Artists KIDZ BOP 24 Various Artists KILLING ME SOFTLY Roberta Flack KISS Carly Rae Jepsen LEGENDS Richard Poon

MARTIN NIEVERA 3D TATLONG DEKADA Martin Nievera

RED Taylor Swift

THE SOUL SESSIONS Joss Stone

SANTANA (1969) Santana

THE SPIRIT INDESTRUCTIBLE Nelly Furtado

STORIES UNTOLD Jj Lin

LEAD WITH YOUR HEART The Tenors

STRIPPED AND COVERED Six Part Invention

THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION Luciano Pavarotti

TAKE ME HOME One Direction

THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION The Kinks

TEEN BEACH MOVIE Various Artists

UNAPOLOGETIC Rhihanna

THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE Justin Timberlake

UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX Bruno Mars

OVEREXPOSED Maroon 5

THE BLUE ROOM Madeleine Peyroux

VERDI Placido Domingo

PUSH AND SHOVE No Doubt

THE HEIST Macklemore And Ryan Lewis

WORLD WITHOUT FORM Nat Birchall

REBLUE Cnblue

THE MUSIC PRESENTS GLEASE Glee

MOZART: PRUSSIAN QUARTETS Emerson String Quartet MYSTIC BALLAD, PT 2 Davichi NATIVE Onerepublic NOW 85 Various Artist NOW THATS WHAT I CALL DISNEY Various Artists

tElEVISIOn THE BIG BANG THEORY The Santa Simulation DON'T TRUST THE B IN APARTMENT 23 Reunion

THE BIG BANG THEORY

FRINGE Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11 SUPERNATURAL Heartache

THE LEGEND OF KORRA Welcome To Republic City THE FAIRLY ODD PARENTS Love Triangle

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Mermaid Theory

RIZZOLI & ISLES Brown Eyed Girl

X-MEN: EVOLUTION Impact

THE NEW NORMAL Baby Clothes

MATANGLAWIN

SCOOBY DOO MYSTERY INC The House Of The Rising Witch

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS A Is For A-L-I-V-E LONGMIRE Unquiet Mind PERSON OF INTEREST The Contingency DON'T TRUST THE B IN APARTMENT 23

FUTURE PERFECT Calisto Eye HOLLYWOOD EXES PILOT CITY GUIDE London PAW PATROL Pups And The Kitty-Tastrophe

gaMES ANGRY BIRDS

DOODLE JUMP

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES

TRIVIAL PURSUIT

CUT THE ROPE

PAC-MAN

CHESS PREMIUM HD

MONOPOLY

TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 12

TINY WINGS BOGGLE

TEXT TWIST 2

BAD PIGGIES

ANGRY BIRDS RIO

FRUIT NINJA

JETPACK JOYRIDE SCRABBLE

KINGDOM RUSH TEMPLE RUN WHERE’S MY WATER?

ANGRY BIRDS

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