Page 1




THe HigHs of THe LAnd down UndeR

Five Top Summer Adventures

ISSN 0217-6998

Swimming with Whale Sharks to Paddle Boarding Postcards from Butuan Visita Iglesia: 7 Expressions of Art & Faith

Australia The Highs of the Land Down Under

5 Good Reasons to Stay in Sydney Melbourne’s ‘Soul’ Revealed PLUS:

5 top Freebies in Melbourne

PLUS: 03

Conversation with Mon Jimenez • Public Art in the Metro I 33

James Denton by Peter Lindbergh

Cross the bridge



hoose a home that provides a delightful fusion of modern conveniences with a residential concept that envelopes you with natural surroundings. This combination begins with location.

Century will also provide additional transportation to and from the Makati and Mandaluyong sides through a water shuttle that will be for the exclusive use of residents.

“Location is very important, and nowadays it’s not just about being 10 to 15 minutes away from key cities. You need to ascertain where the place is exactly situated; the available types of transportation, the access points, the key facilities and attractions,” says Mr. Marco Antonio, Managing Director of Century properties Group Inc.

Acqua will be enveloped in lush greenery, rich foliage, open spaces and amenities that comprise two thirds of the development’s total land area.

Such advanced needs of today’s urban dwellers are addressed in Century’s latest residential development called Acqua private Residences. The 2.4-hectare, sixtower Acqua is located in Mandaluyong City and is accessible from Makati, via the newlyconstructed estrella-pantaleon bridge that traverses the pasig River and connects both cities. Through the bridge, travel time between the two cities is equivalent to a five-minute car ride or a 10-minute walk. Mr. Antonio, project head of Acqua, points out: “Acqua is situated at a point where two cities meet: Makati and Mandaluyong. This will give residents fast and easy access to the great finds offered by the shopping mecca of Mandaluyong City and by crossing the new bridge to Makati, Acqua residents can enjoy more shopping destinations and the city’s sophisticated nightlife scene.”

pocket gardens and walking trails as well as gardens within the buildings further complement the natureinfused design of the project. As the first development to showcase the vision for the pasig River Rehabilitation project, Acqua will also open a public space called The Riverwalk promenade, a 10-meter wide and 300-meter long boardwalk that will showcase concept stores, shops, cafes and dining establishments. “Acqua’s strategic location and unique lifestyle concept offers a balanced and holistic quality of life to future residents,” Mr. Antonio says. “It is a combination of the best location, well-planned architecture and amenities that provide you with a refreshing and relaxing lifestyle amidst the frenetic pace of the city.” Contact 632 818 9041, 0917-5555 274 or visit for details.

acqua PRivaTe Residences, The counTRy’s fiRsT ResidenTial eden

Top phoTo: The Pebble – Acqua’s central amenity structure, is a gleaming white, modern interpretation of a smooth river stone, with a large cut out on the front providing an almost window-like vista onto the river and Makati. It is your very own Country Club* by the Water, housing a wide array of facilities such as a total health and fitness club including multifunction studios for yoga, pilates, dance, boxing, and cycling; a climbing wall, a high-tech gym with weight and cardiovascular training studio, spa with cold and hot Jacuzzis, café and juice bar, and a 25-meter glass lap pool. phoTo Above: The RiveRwalk PRomenade – At the pebble’s ground floor is the 300-meter Riverwalk promenade, inspired by Singapore’s Clarke Quay area. It will house a riverfront stretch of retail spaces for restaurants, bars and cafes for a delightful shopping and dining experience.



V o l .

3 4 ,

N o .

3 ,

M a r c h


2 0 1 2

Publisher Editor-in-Chief managing Editor Features Editor Art Director Editorial Coordinator Proofreader Contributing Style Director Graphic Artist Creative Consultants

pHiLippine AirLines



Chairman and Chief Executive officer Deputy Chief Executive officer President and Chief operating officer

eAstgAte pUBLisHing COrpOrAtiOn


Get in touch with the child within at the Washington Sycip Park, one of the wellknown public art installations found in the heart of Makati’s business district. Photo by Ian Cuevas

Chairman of the Board Vice-Chairman President Vice-President, operations Account managers

Executive Assistant Accounting officer operations manager Senior Accounts manager Staff Assistant/Writer Business Services Consultant Legal Counsel manila, Phils.

EASTGATE WEBSITE: PAL WEBSITE: moBILE SITE: FACEBooK: TWITTER: mabuhay magazine is published monthly for Philippine Airlines by Eastgate Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2012 by Philippine Airlines. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any manner without the permission of the publisher. opinions expressed in this magazine are the writers’ and not necessarily endorsed by Philippine Airlines or Eastgate Publishing Corporation. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject advertising and editorial material. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and artwork will not be returned unless accompanied by self-addressed, stamped envelopes. Publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited material. Address all correspondence to: mabuhay magazine, Eastgate Publishing Corp., Rm. 704 Prestige Tower Condominium, F. ortigas Jr. Road., ortigas Center, Pasig City. 1605; Tel: (+632) 635-7348, 635-9067, 633-4004 to 09; Fax (+632) 6359221; E - mail:,; mabuhay is authorized in the Philippines under PCFm Cr No. 388. Color separated and printed in the Philippines by HoUSE PRINTER For inquiries on advertising, please e-mail or call (trunkline) +632 633 4004 loc. 14 or 15 and (direct line) +632 635 7882.

Advertising representAtives HONG KONG/CHINA EASTERN INFLIGHT MAGAZINE PRODUCTIONS Rita Chow 26/F 625 King’s Road North Point, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2823 1080 Fax: (852) 2352 6204 E-mail:

JAPAN ADVERTISING COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Akiyoshi Ojima 3-11-1-302 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051 Japan Tel: 81-(0) 3 3261 4591 E-mail:

PHILIPPINES EASTGATE PUBLISHING CORP. Ad Sales 704 Prestige Tower Condominium, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605, Metro Manila, Philippines Tel: (632) 633 4004 to 06 633 4008 to 09, 635 9067 Fax: (632) 635 9221 E-mail:

FRANCE N.M. HELLIN Monique Hellin 6 Bis Rue de la Belle Feuille, F-92100 Boulogne, Paris, France Tel: (331) 460 52577 Fax:(331) 460 33321

6 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

KOREA JES MEDIA, INC. Young-Seoh Chinn 2nd Floor ANA Building 257-1 Myungil-Dong, Kangdong-Gu, Seoul 134-070, Korea Tel: (822) 481 3411/3 Fax: (822) 481 3414 E-mail: AUSTRALIA FREE SPORTS PRESS Peter Anderson 37 Richard Avenue Earlwood, NSW 2206 Australia Tel: (612) 9789 5003 Fax: (612) 9789 5004 E-mail:

SWITZERLAND IMM INFLIGHT MEDIA MARKETING Marcel Wernli Gellertstrasse 18 CH-4052 Basel Switzerland Tel: (+41) 061-319 9090 Fax: (+41) 061-319 9095 Website: E-mail:

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DESTINy MEDIA Aleem Aziz Destiny Media/ Media One P.O. Box 72247 Suite #602, Bu Haleeba Plaza Al Muraqqabat St., Deira Dubai, UAE Tel: (9714) 297 6978 Fax: (9714) 297 6988 E-mail:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LEE & STEEL INC. Michael Lee P. O. Box 2007 Darien, CT 06820, USA Tel: (203) 445 8900 Fax: (203) 445 1885 E-mail:

UNITED KINGDOM MAJOR MEDIA David Hammond Hamilton House 1 Wythes Close Bromley Kent BR1 2BA Tel: + 44 020 8467 8884 Fax: + 44 020 8467 5558 E-mail:


Which One is Better – Sydney or Melbourne?


Photo by Justin Ventura

an money make a place more liveable? If you go by statistics, it seems that to some extent, it does. According to a Worldwide Cost of Living 2012 survey, Sydney ranks 7th while Melbourne follows at 8th place in the list of 10 most expensive cities in the world (with Singapore being the most expensive). But does being expensive translate to being most liveable? Apparently, it does. Melbourne has come out on top of the World’s Most Liveable Cities in a 2011 survey conducted by Economic Intelligence Unit while Sydney is at 7th place. I asked Steve Allen, the chief commercial adviser of AirPhil who’s from Melbourne, why his city is better than Sydney and he quipped: “Melbourne is like Europe renowned for its arts, dining, style, and sophistication while Sydney is like the United States, which is just bold and brassy.” Ouch! By mid-March, school is out in the Philippines and summer vacations begin. Check out our list of 5 summer adventures. It ranges from the latest craze in Cebu —whale shark watching in Oslob – to paddle boarding in Danao, Bohol and the new surfing site in Real, Quezon. WWF Philippines head Lory Tan really freaks out when he sees swimmers touching the whale sharks. So, remember, just swim but don’t touch! One of the most convenient ways to learn surfing is to enroll at the Philippine Surfing Academy founded by avid surfer, Paolo Soler. I bumped into Paolo a long time ago when we were covering the surfing spot in Calicoan Island, Eastern Samar. He was already a cool, surfing dude, so passionate about surfing and I am glad he has made it his profession to turn on others to this exhilarating sport. It completes his lifestyle. We are featuring our interview with Philippine Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez. Indeed, his forte is communication and I had a hard time editing the interview notes because he articulates his ideas and plans very well. For the full, un-edited version, please look it up in our website: www. Mon and his equally highly-accomplished wife, Abby, are well-known for their achievements in the advertising industry. Together, they set up JimenezBasic and one of the things that they are famous for is being the first ad agency to bring their whole staff to travel abroad. They started this during the first year of their own agency, when their staff was only 12. Their most exotic trip Post interview souvenir shot with Tourism Secretary Mon J. at wife Abby’s with their staff, this time all 120 of them, was in India. They Rockwell office. are a very humble couple and when I asked Abby about Mon’s achievements, she said not to dwell on them anymore. Instead, she shared personal anecdotes about Mon so the public can know about his human side. By the way, get a freebie. This month, we’re launching our iPad app and you can visit the App Store to avail of the free March issue.

SUP (Stand Up Paddle) board enthusiasts in Bohol. Photo by Mark Dimalanta

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

For comments and suggestions, you can email me at 8 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Contents V o l .

3 4 ,

N o .

3 ,

M a r c h

PAGE 54I5 Summer Adventures Unique summer destinations Unveiled

2 0 1 2

Summer fun to the max with Stand Up Paddle boarding in the Philippines Photo by Mark Dimalanta


I I 36 I Top 5 Reasons To See Sydney

30 Melbourne: The World’s Most Liveable City



40 Cotabato’s Pride

Taste the sweet life Down Under

A peek into the city’s best-kept secrets


A city steeped in history and culture

46 Postcards from Butuan Fun and adventure in this frontier land


58 Mr. More Fun in the Philippines

An interview with the new Secretary of Tourism Ramon Jimenez Jr.

I I 16 I Trends 72 I The Lighter Side 76 I Last Frame 77 I PAL Pages

08 Editor’s Note


I 64 I Community: Sowing I the seeds of literacy

62 Art and culture: Installation Art Art, made accessible to everyone

NGO Binhi provides free literacy classes

I 68 I The Circle Hostel

Nurturing art and music at ‘home’

Sand, surf, and art in Zambales

50 Visita Iglesia Introducing the Philippines’ national cultural treasures 10 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

14 What’s Up

66 Art Escape

Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Quezon. Photo by Estan Cabigas



on the coVeR


A fantastic view of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge can be seen from Circular Quay. Photo by Julian Love

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.


XAVIER TOBY is a comedian and writer. He’s

NANA CARAGAY’s first job after graduating

FERDZ DECENA is a wanderer by day and

written a novel, and even had a publishing

from the University of the Philippines in

a ninja blogger by night. He also teaches

contract but stuffed that up. Now he’s doing

2004 was Chalk’s editorial assistant. Eight

photography the backpacking way in

comedy. Catch his sell out show Binge

years later, she is currently its editor-in-chief.

Batanes and Banaue. He goes all the way

Thinking at the Adelaide Fringe (until Mar.

She rediscovers the “rejuvenating power of

down south to Cotabato City in Mindanao

11) and the Melbourne Comedy Festival (Apr.

art” in a recent trip to Casa San Miguel in

to see for himself what peaceful coexistence

5-21). On page 30, he reveals the exciting

Zambales (page 66). She says: I would love

really means (page 40). He says: I would

facets of his beloved Melbourne, one of the

to see Miss Piggy in a bikini but hate to see

love to see Saori Kimura in a bikini but hate

world’s most livable cities. He says: I would

Kermit the Frog in Speedos. My favorite

to see Jack Black in Speedos. My favorite

love to see an elephant in a bikini but hate

summer song: ‘All at Sea’ by Jamie Cullum.

summer song: ‘Fader’ by The Temper Trap.

to see an elephant in Speedos. My favorite

My favorite summer drink: Iced tea forever!

My favorite summer drink: Ripe Mango

summer song: ‘Float On’ by Modest Mouse.


BOBOY YONZON is a writer, photographer,

MICHELLE WILDING is an Australian award-

MICO MANALO is just your ordinary guy

graphic designer, publisher and television

winning freelance journalist who has a love

who does rowing, running, writing, research,

director. These days, his energy is directed

affair with all things creative. If she’s not

restoration (of buildings), travel, music,

toward the promotion of creative content

writing, snapping away or producing feature

and many other things he can put into

(especially comics, animation, and gaming)

videos for online and print publications,

his day. He works with the Escuela Taller

as a flagship industry in the country. Taking

you’ll catch this ethnically mixed mongrel

in Intramuros and UNESCO Philippines,

a breather from work, he travels to Butuan

traveling the world sampling fried tarantula

and thinks he was somewhere in Latin

to find out its top 5 attractions (page

legs. On page 36, she shares her top 5

America in his past life. Drawn to the age-

46). He says: I would love to see Wonder

reasons why Sydney is the place to be these

old expression of faith of devout Filipinos,

Woman in a bikini but hate to see Darna in

days. She says: I would love to see myself

he takes us along to a tour of seven special

Speedos. My favorite summer songs: Aside

in a bikini but hate to see George W. Bush

churches in the Philippines (page 50). He

from ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Polka Dot

in Speedos. My favorite summer song:

says: I would love to see La Maja Desnuda

Bikini,’ ‘The Theme from the Summer Place’

‘Stare Into the Sun’ by Graffiti6. My favorite

in a bikini but hate to see any dude in

by Percy Faith. My favorite summer drink:

summer drink: Shaken iced green tea

Speedos. My favorite summer song: ‘Amber’

Kamias juice. Refreshing!


by 311. My favorite summer drink: Lots of

My favorite summer drink: Coopers Pale Ale.


12 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012


“Get snazzy this March with an annual fashion show, a food and wine fest, and a spectacular fireworks display.”


JAvA JAzz FeStIvAl March 2-4 Java

Feel the rhythm and the blues while the big names rip the sax at the Jakarta International expo. Touted as the largest jazz festival in the world, the fete boasts of a legendary lineup: Stevie Wonder, herbie hancock, erykah Badu, and Pat Metheny.


SHANgHAI INterNAtIoNAl lIterAry FeStIvAl FeBruary 29-March 18 ShanghaI

With 50 international and local authors and more than 4,000 guests congregating at Shanghai’s upscale M on the Bund, this is one hot event in china’s arts scene. you can look forward to discussions, debates, readings, and workshops on a variety of topics and genres.


MelboUrNe Food ANd WINe FeStIvAl March 2-21 MelBourne

Toast till you’re toast and join thousands of food and wine lovers take over more than 300 events across Melbourne’s award-winning restaurants, rooftops, and basements. www.melbournefoodandwine.

UNIted StAteS

loS ANgeleS FASHIoN Week March 9-16 loS angeleS

Fashion bloggers and photographers, it’s that trendy time of the year again. last year saw renowned designers like antonio Berardi and brands like alternative apparel. had your fill of fashion? Skip the runway and go celeb-spotting at any of the event’s star-studded parties. www.

The concert grounds of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival


3rd PHIlIPPINe INterNAtIoNAl PyroMUSICAl CoMPetItIoN FeBruary 11-March 17 SM Mall oF aSIa, PaSay, MeTro ManIla

Sit back and enjoy a buffet by the bay as the world’s pyrotechnic experts compete with fireworks synched with popular music. eleven countries are set to challenge the Philippines for the grand prize. MAlASIMbo MUSIC ANd ArtS FeStIvAl March 2-4 PuerTo galera, orIenTal MIndoro

Hi, how are we doing? I’d be happy to hear your comments, suggestions and concerns on how we can continuously improve our service. Send me a note at Jaime J. Bautista President and Chief Operating Officer Philippine Airlines 14 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

This really is more of an all-out party than a festival. held at the grass-terraced amphitheater at the foot of Mount Malasimbo, this event celebrates music and arts in the local and international scene. artists adorn the vicinity with recycled sculptures, while musicians like jazz legend Joe Bataan and the Malasimbo orchestra keep the party rolling.

EDSA corner Quezon Avenue

Discover One Centris Place... the newest residential condominium in Eton Centris. Eton Centris is a mixed-use complex that offers residential condominiums, office towers, food, retail and leisure destinations.

For announcement purposes only

One Centris Place puts you right in the middle of one of the most exciting townships in the city. Cozy 1- & 2-bedroom units are available.

709-6099 845-ETON • 0917-894-ETON 3 8 6 6

3 8 6 6

Residents enjoy direct access to EDSA and Quezon Avenue and the rest of the metro via the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) system.


Pretty Little Thing

Pretty Beach House. Such a sophomoric name for a private guesthouse, don’t you think? But once you see the chic property set high on the beachside slope, you will agree that pretty is the perfect word for it. Its three pavilions have views through lush native trees and the scenic coastline. Each one also has a private deck with day beds and heated plunge pools. Inside, you’ll find simple yet strong design elements such as tub chairs in vintage leather, 1930s travel trunks, handmade tables and fine Belgian linen. And if Pretty Beach House were a face, the winning smile that will charm you is its Main House, which features an atrium-style dining lounge, cocktail bar, open fireplace, and an infinity pool that stares out into Brisbane’s beaches. 83 High View Road, Pretty Beach, New South Wales, Australia; +61 2 4360 1933;

16 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012


Fab Five As we celebrate Women’s Month this March, we raise our glasses to the world’s five most powerful women.


Angela Merkel Chancellor, Germany

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a beginner in the wonderful world of wines, Winebar is the place to be when it comes to sampling quality reds and whites, among other treats. With around 300 labels in its cellar from the world’s best vineyards, Winebar has a progressive wine list offering light, medium and full-bodied wines. For smaller wine quantities, guests can opt for either the Enomatic wine serving system or the carafe. Each month, expect a thematic wine range on the Enomatic machine, such as organic, iconic, or bestsellers. Winebar’s selection is carefully paired with each item on the menu. A crowd favorite is the Winebar Burger made of homemade brioche bun, juicy certified Angus beef patty, gruyere cheese, plus a side of bone marrow, best paired with Eye Spy Cabernet Merlot 2010. You can also ask recommendations from their sommelier. 2nd Floor of Café

Hillary Clinton Secretary of State, USA Dilma Rousseff President, Brazil Indra Nooyi Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo Inc. Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook Source:

1771, El Pueblo Real de Manila, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; +632 631 7340 or +632 631 7339


new Bars To Check out ...

Hair freshener and tonic (Php190), aromatic massage oil (Php210), and traveler’s mist spray. Ritual (The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., Makati City)

Rue Bourbon Their bestselling shooter called “Gunpowder” (left photo) will give you fireworks—literally. Branches at Burgos Circle (right photo), The Fort, Taguig City, and GF Aguirre Bldg., 108 HV Dela Costa corner Tordesillas Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City

BLIng IT on!

Brown stone bracelet. SM Department Store 18 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Izumi Sake Lounge Post-drinking fun is offered by the pole right in the middle of its dance floor. 29th St. cor. Rizal Drive Forbes Town Center Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; +632 856 4090


Uncle Cheffy

If you love barbecue, this is your sweet spot. Uncle Cheffy restaurant specializes in slowcooked, charcoal-fueled brick oven barbecue dishes. What you get is tender, flavorful meat dishes, including bestsellers such as the Memphis Barbecue US Beef Rib Finger, Garlic Studded Pork Belly Lechon, and the Uncle Cheffy Favorite Panizza. With branches all over Metro Manila; +632 4702750 or +632 383 7215

Three Icons, One Night

Mark your calendar for an unforgettable gathering of three iconic Filipino artists— Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga, world-renowned pianist Cecile Licad, and prima ballerina Lisa Macuja— together for the first time on one stage for one night only. The Legends and The Classics brings together this incomparable triumvirate for an enchanted evening of song, music and dance at 8 p.m. on March 17, 2012 at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Ticket prices start at Php1,000.; +632 400 0292 or +632 525 5967


The Farm at San Benito offers a one-of-a-kind purification and silent retreat on Mar. 21-25, 2012 with Anna Carbonell and special guest teachers. Purify your spirit, mind, and body through a blend of meditations, yoga, a medically guided juice fast, and other holistic treatments. Rates start at US$2,277 (Php95,650) net per person on double occupancy; www.; +632 884 8074

African Elephant

Packing Tips! 1. Expand your luggage space by rolling your clothes and then putting the heaviest ones at the bottom. This makes compressing easier. 2. Put your toiletry bag and other liquid at the top of your luggage so that they’re easier to pull out in case of security checks. 3. To prevent pop-top bottles from popping open due to cabin pressure, seal the caps with tape or cling film and put inside a ziplock bag, or squeeze the extra air out of the bottles and close tightly.

Size has not protected the largest animal on land—the great, grey African elephant. Its savanna habitat still shrinks and hundreds a year fall to the guns of poachers covetous of the ivory in their tusks., www.; Illustrated by Emily May I 19


NeIghborhood FINd:

Ba Yan Ka La

Ba Yan Ka La, the first Chinese cosmetic company to go organic, has opened its flagship boutique in Shanghai. The interior is designed to reflect and celebrate its local roots and its mixed heritage: burnished copper pipes link large chemistry bottles that filter water to the soap and shampoo testing fountain. Its products, known for their simple packaging featuring Chinese emblems, are internationally renowned for the quality of their botanical ingredients. For a complete Ba Yan Ka La experience, check out the treatment experience suite and experience its signature rituals and range of therapies. 1221 Changle Road, Shanghai, China; (86 21) 5403 6131; Photos by

Justin Ventura

The Skinny on SPF SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is the measure of the efficiency of a sunblock lotion in blocking the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The higher the SPF level, the stronger it is in protecting your skin. here’s a rough guide: SPF 15 blocks approximately 93% of UVb rays; SPF 30 blocks 97%; and SPF 50 blocks 98%. however, you have to reapply sunblock after every two hours to maximize the SPF’s efficacy. And before hitting the beach, make sure that your sunblock protects you from both types of UV rays—UVb rays that cause burns, and UVA rays that cause aging skin.

Please don't touch the whalesharks! They may be gentle giants, but experts urge humans not to touch the whale sharks for safety precautions. As a general rule, humans should maintain a distance of three meters from the whale sharks’ upper body, and four meters from their tail area. Their sheer size makes them capable of accidentally hitting swimmers who are touching them. You may call it petting, but for them this contact may feel like an itchy parasite. And you know what we do to pesky critters.

20 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Gourmet in a Bottle Balikbayans and locals alike who are hankering for a savory Filipino taste can now find it in a bottle of Suka ni El Presidente (‘the president’s vinegar’). It is the concoction of Philippine basketball legend ramon ‘el Presidente’ Fernandez and his wife Karla. Using a special blend of fermented coconut vinegar, garlic, ginger, chilies, and black pepper, the gourmet vinegar brings out the flavor of all dishes—be it grilled fish, lechon (roast pork), kilawin (ceviche), or even chicharon (pork cracklings). The brand is available in leading supermarkets in the Philippines, in all Seafood City outlets in California and in groceries worldwide where Philippine brand or Profood products are sold. www.sukanielpresidente. com 


ErnEst’s Picks Mabuhay’s resident food writer, Chef Ernest Gala, recommends three restaurants where you can have the best pork sisig (thrice cooked pork) in Manila. Aling Lucing (Valdez St., Agapito del Rosario, Angeles City, Pampanga; +6345 888 2317 or +63918 212 6461) serves authentic and original Pampangueño style sisig. The meat is mouthwatering and perfectly cooked—sisig at its finest. Runners-up: Aysee (Along St. Martin St., Pasig City; across Ultra/ Philsports Arena) has huge servings and value for money. Their sisig’s creamy texture and balanced flavor make it one of the most sought after sisig restaurants in town. Gerry’s Grill (Mall of Asia Complex, J.W. Diokno Boulevard corner EDSA, Bay City, Pasay City) offers sisig that is innovative and truly delicious—a crowd favorite and excellent with rice.

Ernest studied in various culinary schools such as the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary & Pastry Arts in Calebria, Italy; Le Moulin de Mougins Alain Llorca, Cannes, France; École Ritz Escoffier in Paris Ritz Hotel, and École Lenôtre Pattiserie, Plaisir Cedex, France; and at the Thai Cooking School, Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

toytopia Move over sand castles; the real sand sculptures are here. Sandstorm Events will transform 3,500 tons of sand in Franskston Waterfront into scenes from fairytales, fables, and different childhood icons. Lifelike figures of teddy bears, soldiers, race cars, and more will be created by 21 of the world’s best sand sculptors. If you’re itching to touch the sculptures, don’t! But feel free to make your own masterpiece at the giant sand pit. Toytopia runs until Apr. 26, 2012. Frankston Waterfront, 510N Nepean Highway, Frankston, Victoria; www.

In Full Bloom

Bloom armchair by Kenneth Cobonpue. Available in moss green, lime green, yellow, black and muted red.

Grand rio Hotel An affordable option at the heart of

the city, Grand Rio Hotel has 13 basic rooms with hot and cold shower, air conditioning, cable TV, and Wi-Fi at the lobby. Location is the strength of this hotel with only a 5 minute walk to nearby South Seas Mall and the Super Market. 80 Don Rufino Alonzo Avenue, Cotabato City; telefax +6364 421 8770. By Ferdz Decena

Hello iPad3? Just as you're getting snuggly with your much-

revered iPad 2, news of Apple's launch this month of the iPad 3 comes along to shake your resolve to not fall prey yet again to the promise of a new tablet's higher-resolution screen and faster processor. Well, good luck!

W o r d

o f

t h e

M o n t h :


A Maguindanaoan term referring to a divorced person who keeps their figure in the hope of a future marriage — Adam Jacot de Boinod, author of ‘The Meaning of Tingo and other Extraordinary Words from Around the World,’ published by Penguin Press

22 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012


IN THE NEWS Our Islands Wowie Wong’s silver-medal winning photo. “This was the most challenging competition I had ever entered pressured by the fact that we were up against the best underwater photographers in Asia,” Wong said.

FILIPINO SHUTTERBUG WINS SILVER Filipino photographer Wowie Wong bagged the silver medal for Wide Angle with Diver category and the 9th place in the Fish Category at the first Asian Underwater Photography Championship held in Cebu in December 2011. The event, which gathered 65 underwater photographers from 11 countries, also saw other local photographers making the top 10 in various categories. ONLINE GEOHAZARD MAPS With the click of a mouse, Filipinos will be able to download government geohazard maps to determine if they should relocate because their village lies within a flood or landslide danger zone. The maps are now viewable via the website of Environmental Science for Social Change: ph.

SAY AU REVOIR TO ORAL CANCER “OralAdvance”, a new technology created by a Canadian medical device firm and used to scan mouth lesions is now available in the Philippines. The life-saving tool, which analyzes abnormal DNA and provides results in five days, has a 95% accuracy rate of detecting oral cancers in their early stages. Cost per scan is Php 3,850.

Tarsiers: Look but don’t touch

STEPPING ON UP The Philippines is predicted to leapfrog 27 places to become the world’s 16th largest economy in the world and the top economy in Southeast Asia, reports Hongkong and Shanghai Banking (HSBC) Corp. Ltd.’s think tanks (barring hitches, that is). The report predicted the rise and fall of the world’s economies in the next 40 years, with China and the United States being seen to top the list. 24 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

FILIPINO COMPLETES SEVEN SUMMITS QUEST After battling biting temperatures as low as -26 degrees Celsius and reaching the peak of Vinson Massif in Antarctica, 42-year-old Romi Garduce became the first Filipino to complete the “Seven Summits Quest”, reaching the top of the seven highest peaks in seven continents. The 10-year journey saw Garduce climbing up peaks such as Aconcagua, Everest, Elbrus, Mckinley, Kosciuzko, and Carstensz.

The bug-eyed critters, stressed from getting too much attention from tourists in Bohol, will get a new sanctuary that promises less distress. Endangered Species International says the conservation center, which is set to open next year, will be managed by the B’laan (local tribe), who know the behavior of the endangered primates like the back of their hands.

IN THE NEWS Best of the Best

Usa Most Active in Facebook

Japan Most Expensive City

spain Best Party Island

top 10 coUntries most active in Facebook

ten best party islands in the World

World’s most expensive cities to live in

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Usa indonesia Uk tUrkey philippines France mexico india italy canada

Source: Facebook

choose Flight seatmates throUgh social netWorks No more agonizing hours beside the seatmate from hell. Recognizing that passengers’ experiences are greatly influenced by those who sit next to them, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines introduces “Meet & Seat”, a new online service that allows passengers to choose seatmates based on the information they provide in their social media profiles.

26 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

ibiZa, spain ko phangan, thailand mykonos, greece arUba, veneZUela barbados hvar, croatia Florianopolis, braZil beachcomber, FiJi saint lUcia los, greece


tokyo, Japan oslo, norWay nagoya, Japan stavanger, norWay yokohama, Japan ZUrich, sWitZerland lUanda, angola geneva, sWitZerland kobe, Japan bern, sWitZerland


Puts together trip details such as maps, directions, and weather into one printable and internet-accessible itinerary. It also allows you to book hotels, airline tickets, and others just by a simple click.

A tool for creating the perfect trip. It provides complete information about the best hotels, restaurants, sights to see, and ticket availability.

Lets you save hotels, attractions, restaurants, maps, and more to a customized travel guide; very handy for traveling families.

Extend your budget. This site helps you select the best hotel rooms and restaurants for the best prices. It clues you in about package deals too.

U n u s u a l

V a c a t i o n

S p o t s

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA? Illustration by Eleazar Salcedo

Florida, United States

This isn’t exactly inspired by Jules Verne’s novel, but Jules Undersea Lodge is the closest you can get to entering submarine Nautilus. To get inside, you need to scuba dive 21 feet underwater and emerge from an opening in the bottom of the habitat. Each room features a 42-inch round window looking out to the sea. Peek outside the mangrove lagoon while barracudas, parrotfish, and snappers peek at you.


Take your siesta up on the branches above. Step right up to Bayrams Tree houses where you and your mates can bed down six feet up. They’ll provide the mattress, pillow and sheet. Just a short walk away from the houses you’ll find the National Park of Olympos and Olympos beach beckoning you down your rope ladder.


Feeling penniless is easy when a real highland castle moonlights as a youth hostel. The Carbisdale Castle was built for the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland, her entourage, and members of royalty ever since. Today the castle has an impressive art, statue, and sculpture collection for your perusal. By the way, the castle is haunted, so good luck to you on that one.

GET DOWN TO EARTH Palawan, Philippines

Unwind in a cottage surrounded by 250 million-year-old limestone cliffs in El Nido Resorts, an area teeming with rare wildlife. Look outside your balcony to see sting rays mingling with parrot fish or monitor lizards sunbathing in the lagoon underneath. Join a turtle tracking tour, kayak through the limestone-studded lagoons, or walk along pristine coves and beaches.


Andorra, Eastern Pyrenees Cuddle on sheepskin and warm up with wine while gazing at the stars with your special someone in Iglu Dorf, an igloo village situated right smack among the famous Pyrenees mountains in southwest Europe. Get lazy in the igloo suite’s whirlpool with a stunning view of the sky as backdrop or get active with igloo building lessons. As spring approaches, each igloo melts and is rebuilt with 3,000 tons of snow every December.

SKIP THE WASHING MACHINE Chinese scientists from Donghua University invented a special type of fabric that rids itself of germs and dirt when exposed to sunlight. The key compound is titanium dioxide and nitrogen. When exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun, the fabric breaks down dirt and kills microbes.



Jonathan Ive, the mastermind behind the design of Apple’s most successful products for the last decade, has been knighted in Britain. Ive is responsible for giving 1998’s iMac their candy colors, and then later went on to design the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

Items from the world’s famous shipwreck will be up for grabs on April 2012, close to the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Around 5,000 artifacts from teacups to telescopes are to be auctioned in Guernsey’s in Manhattan.

APOCALyPSE NOT NOW Doomsayers, prepare to be disappointed. According to NASA, the apocalypse won’t be happening any time soon, or, according to the Mayan calendar, on the predicted doomsday: December 21, 2012. NASA has debunked popular doomsday predictions, from rogue planets crashing to the earth, solar storms, cosmic impacts, to the earth spiraling out of its axis. The world should expect nothing more this year but the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. I 27



The BirTh of MoTher MonsTer: Lady GaGa On March 28, 1986, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga or Mother Monster, was born. The American singer and songwriter’s success started with her No. 1 singles Poker Face and Just Dance. She is known for her outrageous fashion sense and scandalous performances, from wearing meat dresses, performing onstage on a wheelchair, to entering the Grammys inside a giant egg. Gaga, whose name was derived from Queen’s 1984 song “Radio Ga Ga,” was one of the 20 people to gain early admission to New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, but dropped out and performed burlesque shows in New York’s Lower East Side. She has

March 16, 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the first adventurer to circumnavigate earth, arrives in the Philippines, marking Spain’s conquest of the country using the sword and the (Christian) cross.

written songs for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls, and New Kids on the Block. Gaga holds four Guinness World Records, five Grammy awards, 13 MTV Music Video awards, and was named one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People.

March 30, 1987 Vincent van Gogh’s Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers sells for a record £24.75 million (US$39.7 million), the most expensive painting ever sold at that time. Although his works are now worth millions, it is rumored that van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime. March 10, 1876 In a telephone call between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant, Thomas Watson, who was only in a nearby room, Bell’s first transmitted words are: “Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you,” and the first successful experimentation with a telephone is made.

March 31, 1889 The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated. However, novelist Guy de Maupassant thought the tower was an eyesore. When asked why he chose to eat his lunch at the tower’s restaurant, he replied: “It’s the only place in Paris where one cannot see the structure.”

March 9, 1974 Lt. Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese soldier stationed in the Philippines, surrenders 29 years after World War II ended. Onoda hid in the jungles of Lubang Island, unaware that the war is over. Tenaciously following his wartime orders, he exemplified the Japanese samurai’s virtues of loyalty and obedience. March 31, 1521 The first Catholic mass is held in Limasawa, marking the conversion of many Filipinos to Roman Catholicism. About 93% of the Philippine population is Christian, making it the only predominantly Christian nation in Asia.


German physicist Albert Einstein, one of the most prolific intellects in human history and is regarded as the Father of Modern Physics. Interestingly enough, the Nobel Prize winner was said to have very poor memory, was a poor speller, and even failed his university entrance exam at first try.

March 24, 1874

Magician and stunt performer Harry Houdini. He rose to popularity with The Challenge Act, a trick where he frees himself from a pair of handcuffs given by an audience member, and the Water Torture Cell, where he escapes after being bound by chains, suspended upside down, and lowered in a water tank.

28 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

March 27, 1963

Award-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. He directed and wrote popular films such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Reservoir Dogs. He is an avowed lover of Filipino films, and wore a barong tagalog, the Philippine national costume, during the 2007 Golden Globes Nomination announcement.

liFe in the hip lane: Melbourne’s Centre Place is easy to miss if you’re a visitor but this narrow laneway is steeped in its own unique character with specialty boutiques, cool bars, European-inspired tiny cafes, and fascinating street arts. Photo by Richard Shaw

Melbourne: THe WorlD’S MoST lIVAble CITY Why does local XAVIER TOBY love Melbourne? Let him count the ways. Melbourne’s always listed on top. But ignore the usual lists that take account of transport systems, climate, and cost of living. There are much more interesting measures of a city’s worth—and it’s all to do with lifestyle. There’s no doubt Melbourne’s the world’s most livable city, because it’s really all about… 1. What You Wear

Think quality and diversity. Top brand names, one-off designer items, and second-hand emporiums are side by side in the city’s many standout shopping districts. Melbourne is the most fashion-savvy city south of the equator. Sit at a bar or café and try counting the different styles that pass you by—you’ll quickly run out of fingers and toes. Lose days wandering Chapel

Street (Prahran), Greville Street (South Yarra), Brunswick Street (Fitzroy), Sydney Road (Brunswick), Collins Street (City), and the Block Arcade (City). 2. Where You Drink

Melbourne’s bars are an experience. From out-of-the-way locations to lavish interiors, top-shelf alcoholic concoctions are prepared by dapperly dressed professionals. If you think that sounds pretentious, you won’t after immersing yourself in the subculture of rooftop bars, luscious decorating, and extensive cocktail and wine menus. Ask your hotel or tourist information about the newest sprouts in this constantly evolving scene. For a quick start: Red Hummingbird (246 Russell St., City Centre),

Micah D. higbeD Comedian www.fearandlaughing.wordpress. com/about/ Favorite hangover grub Penny’s fried chicken wings at the Penny Black Brunswick—all the grease, chicken, and BBQ sauce a hangover needs in an awesome beer garden. Favorite beachsiDe restaurant Donovans in St. Kilda—good beach view and nice enough to make me look good on a date, without breaking the bank. Favorite FriDaY bar Rue Bebelons in the CBD. Chilled out, cheap drinks and no real dance floor to speak of… so I don’t look like an idiot. Favorite cultural Fix The state library of Victoria— interesting free exhibitions, talks, and books, lots of books. Favorite cheap thrill Getting friends to see if they can run up the stairs at a rooftop bar and beat the elevator.

rotten roos. Kangaroos, one of Australia’s most recognizable animals, are quite disgusting eaters. They regurgitate their food so they can chew and swallow it again. 30 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

JulIE IHlE Freelance Writer FAvORItE HAngOvER gRuB Friends of Mine—they think of everything here—all-day breakfast with champagne and Beroccas on tap! Their “Pick. Me. Up. Please” bacon-and-tomato brioche cures all ills, as does their special “Hungover” cheesy toast. FAvORItE BEAcHSIDE REStAuRAnt Seafood, wine, good views— Donovans on the St. Kilda foreshore gets me every time! I love it for its wraparound water views and atmospheric location in the old St. Kilda Baths. SHOPPERS’ PARADISE: Queen Victoria Market is a 134-year-old, seven-hectare popular landmark and shopping mecca steeped in history with over 600 shops selling fresh produce and specialty goods. Photo by Richard Shaw

Rooftop Bar (252 Swanston St., City Centre), Dirty Secrets (80 Smith St., Collingwood), Cutler & Co (57 Gertrude St., Fitzroy), and The George (125 Fitzroy St., St. Kilda). 3. Being Entertained

Like everything else in Melbourne, live entertainment is done with a solid dose of soul. You can easily discover local artists performing music, comedy, magic, poetry, burlesque, and more. Check out: The Esplanade Hotel (11 The Esplanade, St Kilda), The Variety Collective, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (Brunswick Green, 315 Sydney Road, Brunswick), Suckle My Chuckle, Comedy and Tunes, third Saturday of every month (Empire Bar Café Gallery, 295 Sydney Road, Brunswick), and Burlesque Bar (42 Johnston St., Fitzroy). 4. What You Eat

Imagine a long, wide street of restaurants where every taste in the world is available. That’s

Melbourne. With so much competition, you have to search hard to find somewhere that isn’t exemplary. A few highlights: Thaila Thai (82 Lygon St., Brunswick East), Hu Tong Dumpling Bar (14 Market Lane, Melbourne), Claypots Seafood Bar (213 Barkly St., St. Kilda), and Punch Lane (43 Little Bourke St., Melbourne). 5. What’s Happening

What a city looks like is simply the clothes it’s wearing. So while there are more visually arresting cities than Melbourne, few are as vibrant. There’s a festival, sporting event, or street fair featuring the finest local and international talent every moment of the year, and simultaneously even. For a free taste of this, drop by the stage in Federation Square for daily live performances, or inquire at their information booth. Melbourne is also sports mad, so don’t miss seeing something kicked, thrown, or caught at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

FAvORItE FRIDAY BAR Gin Palace ticks all the TGIF boxes. I don’t know if I like it for its funky laneway location, never-ending drinks list, or plush interior with cute nooks, but it’s a great spot to while away the wee hours. FAvORItE cultuRAl FIx Street art in some of Melbourne’s legendary laneways—these commissioned works add a vibrant and quirky edge—think light installations, interactive soundscapes, and sculptures. FAvORItE cHEAP tHRIll Trams of course! No city does trams like Melbourne and you can ride them for FREE all day, every day. These old-school trams are ecofriendly and a fab way to see Melbourne.

In tHE BAg. “Waltzing Matilda,” composed by poet Banjo Paterson in 1895, is a famous Australian folk ballad often considered the country’s “unofficial national anthem.” The phrase is a slang for traveling on foot with a “matilda” (a type of bag) slung over the back. I 31

MORvEN SMITh Comedian FavORITE haNgOvER gRub Eggs Florentine with hollandaise on the side from Mario’s in Brunswick St. and coffee that’s so strong it takes five burly, black T-shirted Italian baristas to serve it. FavORITE bEachSIDE RESTauRaNT The Fish and Chip shop at Half Moon Bay in Sandringham for delicious old-school fish and chips which on a windy day can even be dusted with sand from the beach. Mmmmm, crunchy! FavORITE FRIDay baR Hands down this would have to be the Napier hotel in Fitzroy. Amazing Roo fillets. Good background tunes which stay in the background so you can chat to your mates and a lovely bijou beer garden.

NO MERE SIDE STREET: Located close to the Flinders Street Railway Station, Degraves Street is a favorite hub for those wanting to get a caffeine fix or grab a quick bite. Melbourne is known for its vibrant sidewalk cafe society. Photo by Richard Shaw

Top 5 Freebies in Melbourne Is green, Is good The Royal botanical gardens, just across Federation Square, comprises 35 hectares of landscaped gardens and are considered among the most pristine in the world. Fitzroy and Treasury gardens are also delightful places to lose yourself for a few hours. On Two Feet You can’t get the proper feel for a city from inside a bus or a car. Start

your walk at Federation Square, get a map from the information center, and pick a few destinations. Try exploring: hosier lane, Degraves Street, Queen victoria Market, and the National gallery of victoria. On Two Wheels Take one of the many well-maintained and picturesque bike trails from the city center to the suburbs, beach, gardens, or along the

Yarra River. Frequently used and wellsignposted, bikes are one of the best ways to get around Melbourne. On Many Wheels In burgundy and gold, the city circle Tram is completely free. Several of these trams run a continuous loop around the city center stopping off at Southbank, Docklands, Federation Square, shopping precincts, galleries, and gardens.

Free Outside the city St. Kilda boasts a bay beach, a big iconic smile leading to a fun park, plenty of intriguing Australian architecture, and green spaces galore. On Sunday, the Esplanade Market offers around 200 arts and crafts stalls, free live music at the Esplanade Hotel, and other outdoor entertainment.

FavORITE culTuRal FIx The Old Melbourne Ghost Tour run by Lantern Ghost Tours is excellent. Not only do you get a bit creeped out but you’ll learn heaps about our ace city! FavORITE chEap ThRIll Free comedy rooms—Mondays at Spleen Bar, Tuesdays at the Melbourne International Backpackers Fluid Oz Bar, Wednesdays at Station 59 in Richmond and Comedy Gallery at the Custom House hotel in Williamstown, and Thursdays at the Monastery on Church in Richmond and the Exford Hotel in Chinatown. Catch Morven Smith’s own comedy show, “One in a Million” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (March 29-April 10). www. morvenjanetsmith. com/one-in-a-million/

beyond guidebooks The abbotsford convent hosts a rotating schedule of markets, exhibitions and events including live music, open air cinema, and a little café. Located on the edge of the Yarra Bend Park, walk or ride beside the Yarra River all the way to Southbank, or make it up the hill for an outstanding view of the CBD. 32 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

For the real Melbourne live music experience, visit The Old bar. Different types of local live music are on all nights of the week, with constant performances by big names in the music scene. Intimate, awesome, and unforgettable. www.

THE SCOOP ON THE LAND DOwN UNDER DID YOU KNOw? The Philippines, with a land size of 300,000, can fit inside Australia 25.62 times.


TOTAL LAND AREA AUSTRALIA - 7.68 mILLION Sq.Km. China - 9.6 million India - 3.3 million Philippines - 300,000

NO. Of PEOPLE PER Sq.Km. AUSTRALIA - 2.91 PERSONS China - 143.48 people India - 364 people Philippines - 312.78 people


marlBoro cIgarette pack

a cup of cappuccIno


mcdonald’s comBo meal

melbourne Sydney

3.90 4.74

16 15.80

3.62 3.55

3 3.25

8.01 8.18

New York


















The Crocodile Hunter: Steve Irwin

AUSSIE SPEAK EASY AUSSIE TERm Mate Barbie Chook Daggy Grog Mozzie Thongs

TRANSLATION Friend Barbecue Chicken Unfashionable or nerdy Alcohol Mosquito Casual flip-flop shoes

USING IT “We’ve been good mates for ages” “Throw a sausage on the barbie.” “Let’s cook a chook for lunch.” “That looks so daggy.” “Go easy on the grog.” “I’ve got so many mozzie bites.” “I need a new pair of thongs for the beach.”

PAL flies between Manila and Melbourne via Sydney daily. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit 34 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

BAyWAtCh At Bondi: You might need eye drops when you go to Bondi (pronounced so it rhymes with the Aussie greeting “G’dye”) because of all the gorgeous bodies you’ll see. In the early 1960s, say locals, the beach only had one coffee shop, and a couple of fish and chips shops. Today, not only is it difficult to find a space between tanned buns, the kilometer-long beach has also become notorious for over 700,000 cigarette butts that are cleaned up from its sands at any given time. Photo by Oliver Strewe/Lonely Planet Images

5 Reasons to see sydney Australia’s fast-paced financial hub doesn’t fall short on serving MICHELLE WILDING an array of hidden gems. Sydney is a multicultural city. Take away the arts, fashion, beaches, and fine food and you’re left with a city defined by its people. Along with an enviable climate and iconic shell-shaped monuments, you’ll find that Sydney is home to a cosmopolitan population from numerous parts of the world. Sydneysiders are generally down-toearth and helpful. Should you bump into celebrities like actress Cate Blanchett dining in Walsh Bay or brush shoulders at a bar with Aussie Idol winner Guy Sebastian, they’ll most likely give you a warm hello. 1. Any WAllet CAn eAt

Some of the world’s finest eateries like Aria (meals start at Aus$35 each) and Guillaume

inside the Opera House (meals start at Aus$35 each) never struggle to satisfy gourmand taste buds. And if you don’t want to break the budget, you don’t have to compromise flavor. Head over to the trendy food ’burbs of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills and a waft

Uptown Gal!

Sydney-born supermodel Elle Macpherson is so beautiful that Billy Joel composed the song ‘Uptown Girl’ for her. She is also an entrepreneur, Batman’s girl, global ambassador, exercise guru, staunch breast cancer and HIV awareness advocate.

of mouth-watering smells will greet you. Fresh bakeries, funky cafés, and a profusion of intimate wine bars with delicately sized food offerings line Crown Street. Definitely pencil Mille Vini (Aus$15 to $25 per meal) in your schedule for its wine selection alone. Being the multicultural city that Sydney is, you won’t be torn between oriental or European fare. Jazushi (Aus$15 to $25 per meal), a one-of-a-kind restaurant also in Surry Hills, specializes in traditional Japanese cuisine fused with European influence. The grilled eggplant steak with tomato miso and cheese will leave quite an impression. Just be sure to reserve a table in the sought-after ambient front room downstairs so you dine with live jazz music. 2. sydney’s BeAChes BeCkon

You don’t have to travel far in Sydney to discover a city in love with its beaches. In addition to Sydney Harbour being one of the world’s finest waterways, the city is also home to 40 glorious beaches, including Manly and Cronulla Beach. No matter

they’re Pinoys, mAte! Singers Mig Ayesa, Kate Ceberano, Israel Cruz, and former Hi-5 member Kathleen de Leon Jones; and South Sydney Rabbitohs Australian Rugby League player Craig Wing are all Aussie Filipinos. 36 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Illustration by Paulina Ortega

BeA CAmille sAntos Postgraduate student,  Macquarie University, Sydney


FAvorite hAnGover GruB Kebab eateries are all over Sydney. There’s nothing like the greasy goodness of a kebab (and hot chips with chicken salt) after a night of drinking!

Australia is:

❧ the 6th largest country in the world

FAvorite BeAChside restAurAnt Beach Burrito Company at Bondi Beach—the perfect place to get a feel of the Australian beachside culture and satisfy your tummy with delicious Mexican food!

but is only about 5% of the world’s total land area.

❧ the 17th largest economy according to GDP. ❧ a land of varied geography, from the snowcapped

mountains of the Australian Alps in the southeast to its 10 deserts in the west and south, and its tropical rainforests in the north.

❧ home to the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef.

eArly dAys: With British jails overflowing with prisoners, the first fleet carrying 780 convicts and 570 freemen arrived in Australia in 1788. true Aussies: The Aborigines first settled in Australia about 70,000 BC. Today, Australia has more than 400 Aborigine cultural groups.

your size, shape, or height, it’s normal to lay on a beach and soak up the sun! Bondi Beach is undisputedly Australia’s most famous stretch of sand. From the fashionable northern end to the surf-crazy south, the beach offers great swimming and surf, yummy food, casually sophisticated bars, and all-year-round sun. Catch a 380 or 333 bus departing Circular Quay station and you’ll be here in 30 minutes to join the backpackers, billionaires, board riders, and the body beautiful who frequent this eclectic precinct. Nearby, Laurie’s Vegetarian Take Away is a favorite for foodies with dietary restrictions (meals under Aus$15). 3. GettinG Around is eAsy

Thanks to a wonderful public transport system, cars aren’t a prerequisite for zipping around Sydney. You can discover the city by foot, cycle in bike-only lanes, or catch a monorail, light rail, train, ferry, or bus. There’s even a free CBD shuttle bus that’s ideal for getting to the city’s hotspots or connecting up with other transport. The free Sydney CBD Shuttle runs every 10 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and until 6 p.m. on weekends. Hop on or off at Central Station, Town Hall, the Queen

Victoria Centre, Centrepoint Tower, Martin Place, Circular Quay, Hyde Park, or China Town. But what could be more fun than touring this beautiful waterfront city on a bike? Many of Sydney’s no-stress cycling routes (www. will take you through the historic neighborhoods with harbor views; particularly the old-world charm of The Rocks district, which boasts buildings and pubs dating back to convict days. You can even ride across the Harbour Bridge and marvel at its cityscape views and shoreline alive with ferries, yachts, and kayaks. Need help planning your trip? Try the Transport Infoline. 4. FAshion Fits All tAstes And shApes

Sydney’s got style upon style. King Street, George Street, and Oxford Street are lined with homegrown and international fashion house boutiques. The majestic Romanesque Queen Victoria Building, The Galeries, and Pitt Street Mall boast an assortment of contemporary fashion, jewelry, art, beauty, shoe, and street label stores that cater to all tastes and budgets. The city has also developed a love affair with second-hand delights, as shown by the numerous

FAvorite FridAy BAr Star Bar (along George Street) is a hive of cheap (but decent) drinks—a good place to round off a night out. FAvorite CulturAl Fix For a dose of Australian heritage and culture, visit The Rocks—a historic area lined with cobblestone streets, buildings, restaurants, cafés, and pubs. FAvorite CheAp thrill Ferry ride to Manly. Be mesmerized by the picturesque sailboats, yachts, and views of the Sydney Harbour as the ferry makes its way to Manly Suburb.

oZ rules!

Australia is the 3rd (out of 41 countries) in the Asia-Pacific region in the 2012 Economic Freedom Index after Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of trade freedom, government spending and fiscal freedom.

CrAZy For ruGBy Australians are die-hard fans of rugby, with the first game being held in New South Wales in the 1860s. The national rugby team, the “Wallabies,” has won two of the six Rugby world cup tournaments to date.

so Fly. A popular curved flying tool, the boomerang can be used as a musical instrument, a hunting and sports tool, to create fire, or for digging for water. I 37

NiKKi tamayo Postgraduate student, University of Sydney faVorite haNgoVer gruB A big breakfast from Hoochie Mama—bacon, beans, egg, grilled tomato, grilled mushrooms, and sausages. Yum! faVorite Beachside restauraNt The Pantry Manly, right beside Manly Beach. Get the best view of the beach with the cool breeze and addictive smell of the sea. Their roasted spatchcock with potatoes, pancetta, and onion marmalade is a must-try! BurNiNg Bridges: As the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve, about a million people gather to watch Harbour Bridge become a launchpad for a multi-million-dollar worth of fireworks, about 7,000 kilograms of explosives. The sky is best seen ablaze from the Royal Botanic Gardens or Kirribili. Photo by Andrew Watson/Lonely Planet Images

vintage clothing stores sprinkled across town. The best of them all, however, is Cream on King found in the creative borough of Newtown, which offers retro-Gods stock custom-made leather jackets and an impressive array of vintage dresses, belts, boots, sunnies, clutches, belts, scarves, and jewelry. 5. Nightlife Variety NeVer eNds

Whether Oxford Street’s eminent gay-friendly annual Mardi Gras parade tickles your fancy, cocktail sipping, dancing up a storm, gambling, watching theater, catching a live band, or viewing the city’s glowing range of art is your thing, there’s room for everybody to mingle, find a sense of community, and rejoice in what they love doing; even if it’s the Stitch and Bitch knitting club. The city showcases up-and-coming indie musicians and DJ nights quite regularly; many of which are free such as Wednesday nights at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel and Fridays at Oxford Art Factory in Darlinghurst.

Music hubs abound in Newtown and Annandale, which propelled rock acts such as AC/DC, Midnight Oil, INXS, and Bliss n Eso, into the spotlight. Star Sydney Casino & Hotels is the place for gambling enthusiasts to roll dice and win big. Partygoers opt for the notorious Kings Cross Strip and its nightclubs and hip bars of every genre. World Bar brews a variety of quirky cocktailfilled teapots, served with individual shot glasses to line up, pour, and share with a friend. The famous Long Island Iced Tea, Skittles, and Tropicana concoctions are a few favorites to try. But don’t ever dare sip straight from the spout or you will be asked to leave. At the end of the day, there’s no place like Sydney. Our bridge is great, but it’s the diverse, tight-knit community that brings more to the city than a shell-shaped bridge and funnylooking house.

faVorite friday Bar Grandma’s—it’s a signage-less, hole-in-the-wall bar along Clarence Street in Sydney’s CBD. Great cocktails, relaxed atmosphere. Try their specialty drink, Hemingway Daiquiri—a mix of Havana Club rum, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit juice, and fresh lime. faVorite cultural fix For me, King Street along Newtown best represents the cultural diversity, creativity, and open-mindedness of Australians. With talented buskers, painters, and singers—it’s never boring in Newtown. faVorite cheap thrill Friday night in Chinatown. Street vendors line the alleys selling food from spicy fish balls to funky pink wigs.

fiNe ‘filos’

Filipinos are the third largest AsianAustralian immigrant group with more than 160,374, according to Australia’s 2006 census, behind the Vietnamese and Chinese.

Contact Information aria

free sydNey cBd shuttle

art gallery of NsW

guillame www.guillaumeatbennelong.

BoNdi’s Beach road hotel cream oN KiNg 317 King St., Newtown; +612 9565 2955

Jazushi 145 Devonshire St., Surry Hills +612 9699 8977 QueeN Victoria BuildiNg

laurie’s VegetariaN taKe aWay 286 Bondi Road, Bondi; +612 9365 0134 mille ViNi 397 Crown St., Surry Hills; +612 9357 3366 oxford art factory

royal BotaNic gardeNs star sydNey casiNo & hotels traNsport iNfoliNe World Bar 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross; +612 9357 7700

PAL flies between Manila and Sydney five times weekly and via Melbourne at least once daily. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit 38 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Glam od H’wo Stars

Wild Thang

Nicole Kidman, actress Everybody loves this with Oscarwinning star with the kilometric legs. Sorry, Tom, your loss.

Koala, celebrity marsupial Aww, come now, do we even need to take a vote?

hugh ‘Wolverine’ Jackman, actor If big bad wolves all look like him — 6’3” and one of the sexiest creatures alive — well, RAWRRRR!

corey Wild, conservationist That charming smile could easily tame the savage beast within... and we’re not referring to animals.

Sydney’s Secret Waterways Tired of Sydney’s famous harbor and Bondi Beach? JULIE IHLE reveals the city’s other secret bays, rivers, and beaches.

Little Shelly Beach. Photo courtesy of tourism NSW.

LittLe SheLLy Beach Enjoy splashing in sheltered waters, devouring melty ice cream, and soaking up Sydney’s laid-back lifestyle. For a handcrafted brew, pop round to boutique brewery 4 Pines Beer Co. PittWater  North of Sydney are magical inlets, secluded beaches and island communities accessible

by ferry at the Palm Beach Ferry Wharf. Spy “Palmy” regulars Elle Macpherson, Nicole Kidman, or Bono at Palm Beach. royaL NatioNaL ParK One of the world’s earliest national parks—enjoy secluded fine sand beaches, bushwalking trails with Aboriginal rock carvings, as well as snorkeling, diving

ich FilthynR ires a o li Bil

rupert Murdoch, media mogul This ‘American Idol’ primer mover is worth US$7.6B, but beware the wrath of his ‘tiger wife,’ Wendi Deng.

Gina rinehart, mining magnate Australia’s richest person (US$11B) considers Fil-Aus stepmom and socialite Rose a thorn on her side.

and surfing. Perched on the park’s edge, follow the Art Trail in the charming village of Bundeena, and bag a handcrafted gift. cocKatoo iSLaNd Once a convict prison and later a shipping dock, Cockatoo Island now offers “glamping” (glamorous camping). Wake up to the sun rising over the Harbor Bridge. Free music concerts take place here regularly!   NieLSeN ParK This trendy beach in Sydney’s funky eastern suburbs has screensaver-worthy views of the city skyline, Opera House and Harbor Bridge, as well as some of Australia’s most expensive real estate. Partake in a champagne High Tea at Vaucluse House, Sydney’s most beautiful colonial mansion.

ts Hotsho

Jessica Watson, sailor She’s no Jessica Rabbit but this 18-year-old, the youngest to sail solo around the world non-stop at 16, sizzles.

Matt cooper, rugby player Girly squeals greet this rugby hottie when he takes his shirt off. He, after all, was voted ‘sexiest’ in the league twice.



Unlike the tight, tailored structure of European fashion lines, Aussie designers are set apart with their bright palettes. It’s not to say Australians don’t wear black or darker colors. They just aren’t afraid to show their personalities through lively shades. I 39

The construction of the US$45-million Masjid Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (or The Grand Mosque), is funded by the Sultan of Brunei and the Philippine government. Considered the largest in the Philippines, the mosque occupies 5,000 square meters of a five-hectare land and has four 43-meter-high minarets. It was designed by Christian architects.

COTABATO’S PRIDE This key city in the Land of Promise reveals its fascinating draws to FERDZ DECENA. Never judge a place by its reputation. Cotabato City in Mindanao is one such place. At the rate news of bomb blasts, kidnapping, corruption, and political strife get reported, the city looks like a prime candidate for a Don’t Tell My Mother episode on National Geographic channel. But this iconic city is not as bad as the mainstream media paints it to be. While the place has its share of “incidents,” these are not exclusive to the city itself and rarely happen. Admittedly, Cotabato City is not for everyone. But those who brave this historical place in Mindanao will be rewarded with the richness of its art and culture, and the harmonious intermingling of its different religions.

SOCCSKSARGEN (an acronym for the region’s four provinces and one city) and is not to be confused with the provinces of Cotabato and South Cotabato. Wandering around the city streets, it is easy to assume that Cotabato City is predominantly Muslim with its mosques with minarets and crescent moons jutting out of the city skyline. In truth, a lot of Muslims here grow up learning about Christianity while attending schools like Notre Dame—thus, the mutual respect for each other’s beliefs. These two religions have coexisted quite harmoniously since early history and the Tamontaka Church, the oldest in the city, is testament to this.


Cotabato City’s history goes way back to the 14th century when a Malaccan prince Shariff Muhammad Kabunsuan landed on the banks of the Rio Grande River, the longest river in Mindanao and the second longest in the country. He introduced Islam to the settlers and established the

Cotabato City is a small, chartered city with a land area of only 176 square kilometers. Often mistaken as part of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao because the region’s center is housed within the city, Cotabato City is actually part of


The Grand Mosque can accommodate 800 male and 400 female worshippers at any given time.

Sultanate of Maguindanao. Five centuries later, in 1862, the Spaniards established the first Christian settlement near Tamontaka River. Elite Spanish families intermarried with the Muslim slaves and were given lands to cultivate. The Tamontaka Church, built in 1827, was relocated to its present location in 1879. Only the façade of the original structure remains after an earthquake and a fire devastated it. The present church also has an underground passageway that leads to a catacomb, which is part of the network of caves from which the city was named.

People from the Visayas and Luzon started migrating to Mindanao in 1913, drawn by the island’s untapped resources. In 1945, the Philippine government aggressively publicized Mindanao as the Land of Promise. 40 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012


powerful flashlights and wearing boots since the cave passageway is partly filled with brackish water and can be muddy during high tide. There is a huge chamber with a colony of bats, saltwater ponds, and access to other cave networks. It’s easy to imagine how Filipino guerillas used this cave network to outsmart the Japanese invaders during World War II. A CENTER OF TRADE

In T’boli culture, a brass gong given to a newborn baby is said to give the child a strong soul and the gift to easily acquire property.


Natives seeking to evade Christian evangelism sought sanctuary in a cave found within the city, which has a sprawling underground network extending to the present Awang, in Maguindanao. This network diverges into a multitude of cave chambers found under Tantawan hill (from the word tanawin or view) now known as Pedro Colina Hill, derived from the Spanish words pedro meaning rock and colina meaning hill. The hill stands out on the open plain of Cotabato City like a fort. The Kutang Bato Cave is one of a kind as it’s found at the heart of the city. It has several entrances but only four are open to visitors. We entered at the Bagua Cave entrance just on the roadside, bringing

These days, the most common war seen in the city are shoppers bargaining for good prices. On a visit to the market near Matampay River, a tributary of the Rio Grande, I marveled at the bounty of fresh catch. Going deeper into the bustling market, I was greeted by a splash of beautiful colors of the tudungs (veils) and the bold clothes worn by vendors selling fruits, fish, vegetables, and local delicacies. Located strategically at the center of Mindanao, with an easy access to other regions, Cotabato City commerce thrives on trading and transporting goods sourced from neighboring provinces. BRASSWARE AND WEAVING

Cotabato City also boasts exquisite brassware and intricate inaul weaving. I visited Barangay Kalanganan to see how a community continues an age-old tradition of making high-quality brassware for musical instruments, kitchenware, and containers. It’s an arduous and timeconsuming process—melting brass from

A weaver at Al Jamelah Weaving Center works on the inaul, which is not merely a piece of fabric but a symbol of royalty.

scraps, molding the clay wax for the design patterns, pouring the melted metal into clay molds, firing, then polishing the finished products. Inaul is a famous Maguindanaon handcrafted fabric, typically used as malong, a tubular skirt, or sarong that wraps around the lower part of the body, but is versatile enough to be used as turbans, wedding gowns, barong, even bags and pillowcases. From spinning each strand to the shuttle, arranging them one by one on the wooden loom, to creating the unique patterns with precision, the weavers display meticulous craftsmanship. Weaving takes three to 15 days depending on complexity of the pattern. For some of the best inaul products,

SPEAKING IN TONGUES: According to the National Statistics Office, Cotabato is home to 20 dialects with Hiligaynon as the main language being spoken, followed by Cebuano and T’boli. 42 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

do drop by the weaving centers in Bulalo Weaving Village in Sultan Kudarat and Al Jamelah Weaving Center in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. While both are located outside Cotabato City’s borders, the weavers proudly consider themselves Cotabateños and bring their products into the city. Sadly, inaul weaving is a dying tradition. However, Haji Bal Alelzzah Albaya B. Wampa of Al Jamela Weaving Center aims to sustain the tradition by employing and teaching disadvantaged mothers and out-ofschool youths the art of inaul weaving for their livelihood. CHANGING LIFESTYLES

It used to be that locals would simply head straight home from work. Not anymore, for they now could head to hip hangouts at night. Commercial complexes, like Al Nor along the main Sinsuat Avenue, offer a selection of restaurants, coffee shops, the city’s first 24-hour convenience store, and local entrepreneur shops. Al Nor also has

Al Nor Commercial Complex provides a laidback vibe for locals who want to unwind after a day’s work.

In truth, a lot of Muslims here grow up learning about Christianity while attending schools like Notre Dame— thus, the mutual respect for each other’s beliefs. a business hotel with over 30 state-of-theart rooms and a convention hall that can accommodate up to 1,200 people. The Cotabateños’ pride in their cultural roots is quite evident in how they have banded together in the past, including

their funding of the People’s Palace, the seat of the local government known for its unique hybrid of Moro and neoclassical architecture. Despite the adversities it faces, the city will continue to grow and welcome everyone with a warm embrace.

PAL flies between Manila and Cotabato City daily. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit

哥打巴托市的优秀景点 FERDZ DECENA介绍这座位于承诺之地 (Land of Promise)的主要城市 哥打巴托市是一个面积仅有176平方公里的小型特区城市。 这城市经常被误认为棉兰老穆斯林自治区的一部分,因为 它就座落于该区域中心之内。其实,哥打巴托市是属于 SOCCSKSARGEN(其名是取自四个省份及一个城市之名 的首个字母缩写)的管辖区,不要把它跟哥达巴托省和南 哥达巴托混同起来。 哥打巴托市林立的新月尖塔清真寺容易让人觉得这儿是穆 斯林居集地。事实上,当地有许多穆斯林从小就学习有关 基督教教义。这两个宗教在早期就已经和谐共存,该市的 最古老教堂Tamontaka教堂是确实的证明。目前该教堂建 有一条地下通道通往一个陵寝,是属于该市洞穴群的一部 分。 Kutang Bato洞穴是该市中心独一无二的景点。我们手持强 电手电筒、脚穿靴子(因为部分洞穴通道存在微咸水,涨 潮时可造成泥泞溜滑)进入位于路旁的Bagua洞穴入口。 那里可看到一个大型的蝙蝠洞窟、咸水池塘以及通往其他 洞群的通道。

我游览位于 Rio Grande 河支流的 Matampay河附近的菜 市场,那里丰富的新鲜海产让我感到惊讶。在这忙乱繁杂 的菜市场里头可看到一群头戴五彩缤纷的头巾、身穿亮色 衣服的小贩贩卖水果、鱼类、蔬菜以及当地佳肴。哥打巴 托市座落于棉兰老岛的中心战略位置,方便通往至其他地 区,促使其贸易活动和从邻省运输货物的业务蓬勃发展。 哥打巴托市也出产精美的黄铜器和复杂多样的Inaul编织 品。Inaul是马京达瑙人著名的手工织物,广泛用于编制裙 子、头巾、婚纱礼服、巴隆国服、包袋以及枕套。其中, 位于Sultan Kudarat 的Bulalo织造中心和马京达瑙省Datu Odin Sinsuat的Al Jamelah 织造中心所出产的Inaul产品极具 信心保证。 林立于Sinsuat主要大道的Nor商业中心设有各式各样的餐 厅、咖啡店、该市首家24小时营业的便利店以及当地企业 店铺。此外,还有一家拥有30间艺术级设计的客房和可容 纳1200人的会议厅的商务酒店。 哥打巴托人民以其文化根源为荣,这点显见于他们早前一 起联手出资兴建人民皇宫(一座混合摩洛人与新古典主义、 极具独特建筑风格的政府大楼)。尽管有许多逆境需要去面 对,但该市仍会持续发展,并以温暖双臂欢喜迎接大家的 到访。 I 43


IlluSTraTIon bY CarIn JIMEnEZ

The Origin Of The frOg Once there was a man who did nothing but eat. He did not like to work, but made his wife work all day in their camote field. He simply stayed in the house and ate all day. Thus his belly became very big while his arms and legs became thin from lack of exercise. One day, he left the house because he was invited to a feast. There he ate so much that he could not walk home. So he told his wife, “Carry me in your camote basket.” The wife obeyed him and did so but while they were crossing the river, he proved to be so heavy that the basket toppled and out he fell into the water. He was so angry that he began to scold but being overwhelmed by the waters, his voice came out only as “Krack, krack, krack,” for he had become a frog! And so it is, children who eat very much will turn into frogs.  

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; * com; :

RIBBIT! Frogs don’t drink like humans. If you were to invite a frog for a drink, keep in mind that they absorb water through their skin! 44 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

DON’T LOOK DOWN!: The Delta Discovery Park in Mt. Mayapay features one of the longest ziplines in Asia over a 300-meter ravine. Photo by Boboy Yonzon

POSTCARDS FROM BUTUAN BOBOY YONZON reveals the best-kept secrets of this historic southern Philippine city. Even with urbanization, Butuan City and its surrounding areas are still frontier land —raw and untended. A huge portion of the region is marsh, river and mountains (once a rich source of timber and now ores). Agusan River (from the word agasan or where the water flows) continues to shape the destiny of the city. BALANGHAI MYSTIQUE. The seafaring boat is a ubiquitous presence in Butuan, either as life-size or miniature replicas. But the real thing is displayed in the City Museum and, to date, the Butuanons are digging for other ancient boats near the river.

FOR THE FEARLESS. The zipline of the Delta Discovery Park (DDP) in Mt. Mayapay tests your fear factor. At 1.3 kilometers, the zipline is one of the longest in Asia. For warm-ups, DDP has four 400-meter lines, passing over verdant growth and a deep ravine 300 meters below. Screaming is allowed. (NOT-SO) SECRET HIDEAWAY. The White Beach of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur is an ideal getaway for vacationers seeking quiet and privacy—except during the Kaliguan Festival on June 24 (St. John’s Day) when there is beach dancing, singing, beauty search, and food trips.

A recreated balanghai, or “Butuan boat,” sailed to this city on one of its legs. Photo by Boboy Yonzon

Chill Spots The Boy’s Beer and Wine Room, a new pit stop in a new arcade has an array of imported beer from Germany, Belgium, and even Thailand. The locals guzzle them by the gallon. J.P. Rosales Ave. (across Luciana Inn)

46 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Click Bar and Grill is another new venue. Its ground level, al fresco, is for live bands, while upstairs, within an air-conditioned confine, is the comedy bar. Here, there is just local beer to loosen you up. The place is excellent to stretch one’s peso. J.C. Aquino St. Tel. +6385 300 0033

For quiet moments, retreat to the new spas— Spa Vitalia (Tel. +6385 344 0886), Body and Sole (Tel. +6385 342 0198), and Grand Royale Spa (Tel. +6385 342 0000)—with varying interiors, from modest to posh. They also render hotel room services.

Chow Down The Grand Palace opened a year ago, its main draw being its buffet, which includes Peking duck served two ways, succulent prawns and crabs prepared by chefs from Hong Kong. Corner Imadejas and Montalban Sts. Tel. +6385 342 5555 The Big Flat Bread, a Visayan resto, has succeeded with the great Italian invention, the pizza. Thin crust, huge and yummy! J.C. Aquino Ave. Tel. +6385 341 900 Ang Lutong Bahay ni Aling Cora veers away from its traditional bahay kubo (native hut) look by adopting modern angular lines with drop ceiling. It is known for its sinugba (grilled) but I recommend their kinilaw (raw) shellfish and malasugi (swordfish). JC Aquino Ave. (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) The clear water and powdery white sand of Cagwait White Beach have earned it the title of “Boracay of Caraga” (photo by Bobby Timonera); Lolong, the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, greets his guests (photo by Bobby Timonera); Pump it up in an all-terrain vehicle at the Discovery Delta Park (photo by Boboy Yonzon)

True Brew Gourmet Coffee Shop, on top of a caffeine fix, serves a variety of delicious dishes. J.C. Aquino Ave., Tel. +6385 341 5897 Uncle Sam’s Burger Steak has new offerings like Hungry Sam, a deep fried pattie that is crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. Aside from burgers, Uncle Sam’s is now known for its pulutan (bar chow) like sizzling bulalo (beef bone marrow soup). Its crispy tadyang (spare ribs) is said to be a favorite of President Noynoy Aquino. Malvar Ave., Tel. +6385 342 5350, 225 6527

AU NATUREL. Dinagat Island, or the Mystical Island Province of Love, further north is steeped in unexplored natural wonders. Take in the sights of the Bonsai Forest in the town of Loreto, the Bat Sanctuary of Tubajon, or the Kisses Islets of Libjo. Hobnob with fishermen saving their catch for export in oxygenated tanks. INTO THE WILD. Whip out your binoculars or long-lens cams. Watch birds– some 250 species of them–at the Agusan del Sur’s Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest marshland in Asia.

If feathered friends are not your type, then say hello to 21-foot, 4-inch Lolong, the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. Lolong might have protested with so much ferocity when caught but he now obviously relishes his status as celebrity King Croc. There are more where Lolong came from–camera-shy crocodiles lurking in the marshland. You may move to Lake Mainit in Agusan del Norte, a more serene sight, for more sightings of avian amigos and wild flowers.

Don’t miss Margie’s Coffee Shop, the must-stop for cakes, pastries, sandwiches and a parade of eclectic dishes. Its bulalo steak is as heavenly as its Cookie’s Monster, a moist chocolate cake. J.C. Aquino Ave., Mobile +63922 903 2227

Urban Vibe The Almont City Hotel, a pioneer, has been fully renovated and has acquired the charm of a boutique inn, known for Chef Toto’s delectable cuisine. San Jose St., Tel. +6385 342 5263 and 815 4174

The newly renovated Almont Inland Resort now has new cottages to accommodate more honeymooners. The pool area has become a favorite event place. J.C. Aquino Ave. Tel. +6385 342 7414

Balanghai Hotel is perfect for conventions and affordable meals. Doongan Tel. +6385 342 3064 to 66. Dottie’s Place features spacious rooms and great food. J.C. Aquino Ave. Tel. +6385 341 4579

Red Palm in Villa Kananga is the newest kid on the block, with cozy, wellappointed guestrooms that are accessible through street level. Tel. +6385 342 4242

PAL flies between Manila and Butuan daily. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit I 47

PRECIOUS AND FEW: The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Guiuan, Eastern Samar is one of only 26 national cultural treasures in the country. Photo by Estan Cabigas

VISITA IGLESIA: 7 EXPRESSIONS OF ART & FAITH MICO MANALO gets closer to the divine as he visits seven unique churches in the Philippines for this yearly Holy Week tradition. Devout Filipinos go all out for some ‘church hopping’ action when they make pilgrimages to seven churches come Maundy Thursday during Holy Week in either March or April. Here are seven churches around the Philippines that could easily make believers out of the doubting Thomases. BETIS CHURCH, Pampanga (National Cultural Treasure) Catholic catechism and Kapampangan flair come together to create a visual feast that is testament to the artistry that abounds this small town. The simple façade conceals jaw-dropping interior of painted ceilings, colored glass, and warm timber floors (now rare in Philippine churches). Past the octagonal dome stands one of the best

examples of Philippine rococo in its majestic retablo whose central niche contains the revered statue of the patron saint Santiago Apostol. SWEET TEMPTATION: Lent may be a time of fasting and abstinence, but when in Pampanga, known for its tasty local dishes, how can one resist indulging in halo-halo (red beans, jackfruit, sugar palm fruit, and plaintains, topped with sweet yam, crushed ice, milk, and ice cream) at Razon’s in Guagua? GUIUAN CHURCH, Eastern Samar (National Cultural Treasure) The town of Guiuan is home to the 18th century Church of the Immaculate Conception built with gleaming coral stone. Through its heavily carved double

doors, one enters into a world that is almost the same as it had been since its last redecoration project—which was possibly done in the early 20th century! But what is most striking about this church is a group of chapels, including the baptistry, where walls, altars, and niches are encrusted with shells, including the coveted golden cowrie, red coral, and quartz crystals that form tantalizing designs. SURF’S UP: Guiuan is the jump-off point for the famed surfers’ paradise of Calicoan Island. Take a tricycle to the island or to any of the nearby beaches. SANTA ANA CHURCH, Manila (National Cultural Treasure) This 18th century church holds many historical treasures, including one of Manila’s best surviving Baroque retablos containing an image of the church’s patroness: the Lady of the Abandoned, who carries the Christ Child in her left arm while her right hand holds a crystal scepter given by the Governor General and Archbishop of Manila, Francisco de la Cuesta, in 1720. Behind the retablo is the camarin, or “dressing room” of the Virgin where devotees enter and venerate the image underneath a glorious octagonal painted ceiling.

EIFFEL CONNECTION: The metal structure of San Sebastian Church in Manila, the only neo-Gothic steel church in Asia, was designed by Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty fame. 50 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

PRIZED FIND: The Church of Our Lady of the Abandoned’s oldest artifact is an 11th century A.D. blue and white, floral-designed Chinese bowl. Photo by Estan Cabigas

PAMPANGA’S BEST: The Church of St. James the Apostle in Betis, Pampanga, is known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines” for the visual feast it offers. Photo by Mico Manalo

SPECIAL TREAT: For a sampling of Santa Ana’s tasty treats, head for the public market and try the pancit palabok—noodles topped with shrimp sauce, fried pork belly fat, smoked-fish flakes, sliced boiled egg, and diced tofu. SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH, Intramuros (UNESCO World Heritage) This 400-year-old beauty is simply photogenic, thanks to two Italian painters— Caesare Alberoni and Giovanni Dibella— who did the trompe l’oeil paintings on the walls and ceilings, and the 15 French crystal chandeliers that light up the interiors. The adjacent cloisters are an art lover’s paradise as it is home to one of the country’s most

important museums of ecclesiastical art. OLD WORLD INDULGENCE: Need a breather? Then snap up some turon (plantain slices and jackfruit wrapped in spring roll wrapper, fried, and sugar-glazed) from a Victoria Street stall. Or go to the restaurant at the Bayleaf Hotel, which offers splendid views of Old Manila. MINOR BASILICA OF SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, Tayabas, Quezon (National Cultural Treasure) Built on the highest point in Tayabas, the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel is one of the largest churches in the Philippines, and possibly the only one to offer a bit of adventure within its hallowed

spaces. Constructed in the 17th century, the key-shaped church is certainly one of the most imposing in the country. Its scale tempered down by its pastel-colored interiors rendered predominantly in the Neoclassical style. With permission, one may have access to the catwalk that runs just above the wooden ceiling and ends with a magnificent view of the church sanctuary from a gallery encircling the dome. LOCAL DELICACIES: If you’re in the mood for budin (cassava cake), espasol (sweet snack made of glutinous rice flour, coconut milk and sweetened coconut strips) or longganisa (meat sausage), head for the Kalye Budin Pasalubong Center, with its row of stores offering native delicacies. BATANES CHURCHES, Batanes group of islands The oldest of Batanes’ churches is the Dominican-built Santo Domingo de Basco. Its three-tiered façade is in the espadaña style, where the bells are integrated into the facade rather than being housed in a separate belfry. The same style is repeated at the Parish Church of San Carlos Borromeo, in the town of Mahatao. This late-18thcentury stone church is a National Cultural Treasure. San Vicente Ferrer, a smaller espadaña-style church, is found on the island of Sabtang, where the extremely I 51

ISLE OF FAITH: Batanes is said to have at least seven churches, among which are the (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) San Vicente Ferrer Church on Sabtang Island; San Carlos Borromeo Church in Mahatao, Batan Island; and Saint Joseph the Worker Church in Ivana. Photos by Estan Cabigas

picturesque thatch-covered Chavayan chapel is also located. Perhaps the rogue church in this list is that of Saint Joseph the Worker on the island of Ivana, the only one without an espadaña, but with a fortresslike belfry where revolutionaries hoisted the Philippine flag in 1898. ISLAND DELIGHTS: While in Batanes, try the Pension Ivatan’s exotic Ivatan Platter, or visit the UNESCO Heritage stone house, House of Dakay, in Ivana. REAL FUERZA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL PILAR DE ZARAGOZA, Zamboanga City (National Cultural Treasure) It’s a fort, not a church. It was built in 1635 by Melchor de Vera, a Jesuit priest, as defensive outpost against pirates, and the hub of Spanish operations in Mindanao. Curiously, this is also where many Mexicans 52 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

ended up during the Spanish period, which left a lasting mark on the area’s culture, especially on the Chavacano language. It became a Marian shrine when an image of the Virgin Mary was placed on its eastern wall, where it is said that a soldier witnessed her apparition.

SOUTHERN CHARM: Shop for colorful banig (handwoven mats), or eat amazing seafood while in Zamboanga. With a little bit more time, you may even make a stretch of beach yours for a day on any of the Turtle Islands, and see the famed green sea turtles!

The SUP board is an ideal way to explore narrow bodies of water such as mangrove forests because it has a flat bottom. Beginners are taught to paddle first while kneeling on the board, but you’ll soon learn to balance yourself while standing up. Photo by Mark Dimalanta

5 Summer AdventureS From swimming with the world’s largest fish to climbing what looks like Martian terrain, it’s time to ask yourself, what’s the craziest thing you’ve done lately? SuP (Stand up Paddle): danao, Bohol THE THRILL FACTOR: Float on water with a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board. It’s like a surfboard, but wider and longer, thus providing better stability. SUP boards can be ridden on rivers, lakes, and ocean waves. To take things up a notch, learn how to surf with one. GETTING STARTED: Bluewater Panglao Resort in Danao, Bohol (www., offers SUP board lessons on their marine sanctuary plus a trip to Alona Beach. Rates start at Php800/ hour. GEARING UP: A standard SUP board and a paddle are all you need. Slather on sunscreen liberally on your arms, they’ll be the most exposed. KEEP IN MIND: When paddling, deep and powerful, not fast strokes, will determine your pace. - Ira Inquimboy

YOU CAMWHORE, YOU. Stand Up Paddle (SUP) was invented by Hawaiian surfers who stood up on their surfboards to keep their camera dry while taking photos. Since they couldn’t maneuver the board using their hands, they used canoe paddles. 54 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Kayaking: Lake Balinsasayao, dumaguete THE THRILL FACTOR: Six kilometers from Dumaguete City, find the serene Lake Balinsasayao nestled in between mountains, 1,000 feet above sea level. Kayak and swim in its emerald waters. With the area’s rich biodiversity, you can also go fishing and birdwatching. GETTING STARTED: Harold’s Mansion (www.haroldsmansion. com) provides roundtrip transportation to Lake Balinsasayao at Php500/person, with a minimum of four in a group. Kayaks can be rented at the site at around Php200/ hour. GEARING UP: The lake is deep so it’s best to wear a life vest. KEEP IN MIND: Lakes Balinsasayao and Danao comprise a preserved natural park so clean up as you go. - Ira Inquimboy   

(FROM TOP) Students of Philippine Surfing Academy (PSA) get a briefing from Coach Ejay Ventura (Photo by Paolo Soler); Surf coaches Larry Munar, Ejay Ventura, and PSA founder Paolo Soler (Photo by Rosanna Delgado); Stoked students of PSA at the Pacific Recreation Kamp (Photo by JM Quiblat) Real, Quezon has a sandy bottom so it’s perfect for beginners. Photo by Paolo Soler

Surfing: Real, Quezon THE THRILL FACTOR: Find out what “stoked” means after paddling out to the ocean, battling against the current, and finally, riding your first wave. Real’s advantage over other Philippine surf spots is its long beach line, less commercialized area, and nearby location (around 2.5 hours from Manila). GETTING STARTED: Waves change depending on the weather and season. For year round waves, learn surfing in the wave pool of Club Manila East in Taytay, Rizal (www.clubmanilaeast. com) from the Philippine Surfing Academy (PSA) instructors, who are internationally accredited by the Academy of Surfing Instructors Australia. Lessons cost Php 1,500/person, inclusive of the club’s activities like zip lining and kayaking. PSA (www.philippinesurfingacademy. com) organizes “surfaris” to Real, Quezon. Day trips cost Php 2,500, inclusive of land transfers, lunch, entrance fees, and PSA’s Basic Surfing Course. GEARING UP: Ideally, use a soft board composed of foam to avoid injury. Wear secure swimwear and a rash guard to avoid your skin from chaffing. Surf boards usually come with lessons and rash guards are commonly available in swimwear shops. KEEP IN MIND: If you’re a newbie, have an experienced and qualified surfer friend or instructor teach you. – Anika Ventura I 55

Countries in the tropics like the Philippines, Australia, and Indonesia benefit from whale shark ecotourism which is worth an estimated $47.5 million annually. To aid in the whale sharks’ conservation, scientists use their white spots to distinguish one from another—just like humans’ fingerprints. Photos by Erwin Lim

Swimming with Whale Sharks: Oslob, Cebu THE THRILL FACTOR: Dive into the waters of Tan-awan in Oslob, Cebu and be encircled by 18 to 35 feet whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. Not to worry though, these gentle giants feed only on plankton and small shrimps. Compared to another Philippine whale shark site, Donsol, Oslob’s whale sharks are found nearer to land. Take a side trip to nearby Sumilon reef to dive with turtles, manta rays, and hammerhead sharks. GETTING STARTED: The best way to see whale sharks is by snorkeling. You can also sightsee from atop a boat. To organize a trip, visit GEARING UP: Local establishments provide basic needs, but to minimize fees, bring your own snorkel or life vest. Show off your shots with an underwater camera, but deactivate the flash to avoid startling the whales. KEEP IN MIND: Visitors who don’t respect the whale sharks may affect their migratory behavior and natural adaptation. Don’t attempt to touch, ride, or feed them. While whale sharks may exhibit a playful behavior, it’s essential that swimmers keep at least three meters away from them to avoid unintentional blows from its fin. – Joshua Lagandaon

WHOA THERE, BIG GUY! The combined weight of four male African elephants (each weighing an average of 11,500 pounds) nearly equals that of one whale shark (47,000 pounds).

56 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

who’s ouT There?: Feel like you’ve landed on alien-territory when you explore the boulders of Mt. Mayon. Photo by Erwin Lim

ATV Lava Tour: Legazpi City

Photographer’s time for fun—Erwin Lim revs up his ATV

THE THRILL FACTOR: Cross rivers and bumpy terrain on an ATV (allterrain vehicle). Then, climb up Mt. Mayon’s huge boulders, which are remnants of lava flow from 2009 for a setting that looks straight out of Mars. GETTING STARTED: Local Cyril Chan (+63905 455 7595) offers guided ATV rides and lava tours. Tour duration: 1.5 hours. Cost per head: Php 2,750. GEARING UP: Wear sun block, shades, and clothes that can get muddied up from the rough terrain. Helmet will be provided. KEEP IN MIND: To avoid the heat, try scheduling your tour early morning or mid-afternoon. – Kim Ventura The coolesT TraVel buddies: brownman ouTfiTTers Want the company of happy campers who will arrange your trip at affordable prices? Contact Brownman Outfitters ( Their upcoming tours include mountain trekking Luzon’s highest peak, Mt. Pulag in April and surfing in Baler in May.

58 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

WIZARD OF ADS: What do popular brands Jollibee, Safeguard, and San Miguel beer have in common? Why, it’s tourism secretary Mon Jimenez, that’s what. The advertising honcho is the creative whiz who made the iconic brands famous.


MR. MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES Tourism secretary Mon Jimenez shares with JUN VENTURA his insights and strategies. Why did you decide to tackle this job even though you’re already financially made? There’s such a thing as karma. In this country, if you become financially independent somehow, one way or the other you’ll reach a point when you have to pay back. But it’s also because I really believe in [President Aquino’s] administration. How does your advertising background help in your role now? I would say a lot, because one of my primary roles is to persuade. That’s what I did for a living for 35 years. 60 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Tourism, once and for all, has got to be a serious business. The very first time I had a meeting at the department, two days later I called up the President, I said, “Sir, you know this 6.7 million target we have for 2016? No way.” That’s why I raised it to 10 million. So he summoned me. He asked, “Why 10 million, Mon?” I said, “If all we have is 6 million visitors by the end of your term, we would have wasted all that money and all that energy to land still at bottom place this time with a bigger gap between us and Vietnam. The 10 million is the least we can do to at least jump over Vietnam.”

What strategy are you envisioning for tourism? From the marketing communications standpoint, we promise only what we can deliver now, not what we hope to be able to deliver tomorrow. So a very crucial part of that strategy is to make sure that we market the Philippines as a total experience and not just a destination. If what you’re looking for is a great, safe place to have coffee tomorrow morning, be my guest, go to Singapore. But if your plan is to have a good time with the Martini tonight, you’re going to wish you were in Manila, because in Manila I can promise you a much better time than you would at exactly the same time in Singapore, because the Filipino completes the experience. The key differentiator in everything we’re going to do is the Filipinos’ ability to go beyond what other nationalities are willing to do: to satisfy the customer. Why? Because

culturally it matters to the Filipino that you had a good time. We’re not indifferent about the plight of the visitor. What are the strengths and advantages of Philippine tourism that you would like to capitalize on? First, if we did an inventory, the Philippines probably has one of the richest—because of our biodiversity—most beautiful set of islands on Earth. It’s a major advantage. People think in terms of infrastructure and I agree. That’s very important. But you’ve got to start with the basic place. And the Philippines is literally one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We’re very fortunate. There are some places in this country that make foreigners speechless. There is a part in the Philippines that is known as a global center for endemicity. Thirty-five percent of all creatures and plants that you will find are actually endemic to the Philippines.

I called up the President, I said, “Sir, you know this 6.7 million target we have for 2016? No way.” That’s why I raised it to 10 million. So he Pres. Benigno summoned me. He asked, “Why S. Aquino III 10 million, Mon?” I said, “If all we have is 6 million visitors by the end of your term, we would have wasted all that money and all that energy to land still at bottom place this time with a bigger gap between us and Vietnam. The 10 million is the least we can do to at least jump over Vietnam.”

ALL FOR FUN: The “It’s More Fun” maker ( is a creative way to spread the Philippines’ tourism campaign.

Second, we are blessed with people who are naturally gifted to welcoming guests. It is an area of excellence for the Filipinos. This combination of place and people is unique compared to many parts of the world. As they say, you can go to a bar in Bangkok for two years and at the end of those two years, you’ll be a very good friend to the bartender. You go to the same bar for two years in the Philippines, and you’ve been to the home of some of the guests already—because it matters to us that no one is a stranger. What is your message for the private sector (i.e., developers, hotels, resorts)? What I always tell, especially the Filipino private sector investors, is to believe enough in the vision to build ahead of the demand. For too long, investors in this country have

been so sigurista (safe). They want to see the airport cloud with people before they start. That’s not fair. If you’re going to buy in, buy in well. Reap the benefits of tourism by joining everyone in investing in the future. I wouldn’t even say this is taking a chance because you know it’s going to work. Be part of the solution. Don’t wait to collect when everyone else has done his job. That’s partly our problem. We have more courageous foreign investors than local ones actually. The Shangri-La Group is already up to their sixth property. I told local hoteliers, “Those international hotels are so big; they obviously see something you don’t.” What do you want to tell our readers? I would tell them what I told myself. Do not lose

your appetite for travel because it is precisely your wanderlust that makes you care about tourism in this country. The

people who care the most about tourism in this country—I found out—are the people who travel.

How do you do that? We intend to use digital media very, very heavily. What advice would you like to give local government units or your colleagues? Anywhere in the world, the most successful touristic towns or cities—all of them, without exception—have tourismoriented leadership who are very hands-on. How different is your life now? I met [broadcaster] Mike Enriquez recently when we were going to CamSur where I was keynote speaker, and we were reminiscing on the plane to the time when I used to write the voiceover scripts and he was my voiceover talent. Mike said, “Look at us now: you’re returning as keynote speaker, I’m the moderator of the talk show.” I said, “That’s not all, Mike. Look at that, I cannot come out of the plane anywhere in this country anymore without a band on the tarmac and the mayor is there.” You know in Cebu, the dancing prisoners even had a special performance for me. I said to myself, “This is bizarre!”

Up Close & Personal with Mon Jimenez

A Lakers fan, Mon Jimenez before a Lakers game at Staples Center in Los Angeles With all his personal achievements, Mon Jimenez remains quite a down-to-earth person who knows how to have fun. How so? Well, read on.

Mon begins his day with a morning prayer to the Holy Spirit. He even gives away laminated copies of this prayer to friends.

❧ He likes flying planes... on the

flight simulator, that is (and has perhaps earned enough miles to qualify as a commercial pilot). He has flown a hundred models in his computer on his free weekends.

❧ He’s undeniably an iPad apps fan (and has countless of them, in fact).

❧ He plays the multi-player word game, “Words with Friends”.

❧ He prefers the American reality talent show “The Voice” over “American Idol”. Favorite judge: Adam Levine.

❧ He prefers meat over fish and vegetables, but eats vegetables anyway, just so he can say that he does.

❧ His date nights are always with three girls: his wife Abby and their two daughters.

Mon with boxing champ Manny “PACMAN” Pacquiao. I 61

THE TREES: Rey Paz Contreras’ sculpture symbolizes the “circle of life.” Photo by Brendan Goco

Art for All ISABEL L. TEMPLO takes us on a walking tour around the metro’s hottest public art. If you walk along 30th Street at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) at night, you’ll feel several pairs of eyes on you. And then you’ll see them—wild animals with intense stares. Not real animals, of course, but the animals in “Let’s Watch Out for Each Other,” Robert Alejandro’s 143-by-65-foot mural on the exterior wall of the HSBC Center. This eye-catching piece on environmental conservation was a project of the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) and HSBC. It’s the first mural in BGC’s public art program. The program aims to do more than just beautify. “The public art program plays an integral role in the city’s positioning as ‘the Home of Passionate Minds,’” says Rizza de Claro, BAFI art officer. She says that to date, BGC is the only real-estate development in the country with a commitment to public art. Public art is just that: art that is made public. “It’s here,” says Cora Alvina, consultant for Arts in the City and for BAFI’s public art competition, gesturing toward the outdoors. Here—outside a museum or gallery, in public spaces such as parks or streets—it is available at all times. We probably see public art every day, from the bus or a car,

WISH STONE: At the Washington Sycip Park, visitors interact with Impy Pilapil’s work. Photo by Ian Cuevas

perhaps while rushing to or from somewhere—but do we even notice them? “One thing about art in public spaces is it’s not in your face. You can look at it if you want—or if you don’t want to look at it, don’t look at it,” Alvina points out. “But it is there.” To really enjoy public art, take a leisurely walk. With a pair of good walking shoes and some downtime, head for these spots: Bonifacio Global City. Get a copy of BAFI’s “artwalk” map (downloadable from showing the location of the different pieces. The artwalk begins with five pieces

ART ‘SPACE’: In November 2010, 350 Earth, a global scale group show, created the world’s first global climate art project across the world with huge public art installations visible from space. 62 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Meditations on Joaquin Palencia’s Work

LET’S WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER: In Robert Alejandro’s mural, wide-eyed animals blink with Electroluminescent Lighting technology, which uses 75-90% less electricity than neon lights Photo by Brendan Goco

Joaquin Palencia, the winner of the 2011 BAFI public art competition, is a doctor of medicine who never practiced his profession and an artist who never took a single art class. He has never had a real career in the Philippines, though he has numerous works, including videos and films to his name. His “Trans-” series was exhibited at Greenbelt 4 in Ayala Center in 2005. He has public artworks at the City Art Square in Hong Kong and Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea, among others. He will be installing in Baltimore, Maryland, in April, and later this year in Sydney, Australia, and in Texas. But of all his work, he says he feels most honored about “Firebird,” his work for the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland, and the first ever public artwork in the US by a Filipino artist. “Kinesis” for Angelo State University’s Recreation Wellness Center in Texas—would be the second. All this he did by staying in Daet, Camarines Norte. Palencia’s winning work for the BAFI public art tilt, “Meditation Hill,” was inspired by Chinese scholar stones, which stems from his desire to go deeper than producing mere eye candy. “I think in this day and age, you would like something actually to encourage people to pause,” he says. “And to think.”

SPECIFIC GRAVITY: Water flows from a massive boulder that makes viewers think about what weighs them down in Reg Yuson’s work. Photo by Brendan Goco

at Bonifacio High Street. Don’t hesitate to approach or even touch them—particularly Reg Yuson’s “Presence” and “Hearsay,” which are meant to be interactive. From Bonifacio High Street, you can continue to the rest of BGC, where you’ll find a mix of public art pieces that are sculptural, architectural, and even natural. Washington Sycip Park. In Legaspi Village, Makati—about a five-minute walk from Greenbelt or the Asian Institute of Management along Paseo de Roxas—you’ll find five works by Impy Pilapil from her “Interactive: The 12 Senses” series. University of the Philippines Diliman. The sprawling campus is home to a number of public art pieces, some by no less than National Artists Guillermo Tolentino, Napoleon Abueva (just along the stretch of the University Avenue are two of his works already: the University Gateway and “Tribute to Higher Education”), and Abdulmari Asia Imao. Its most famous public art piece, in front of Quezon Hall, is the “Oblation,” a sculpture by Tolentino portraying

dedication and service to the country. You’ll find this icon from UP Baguio to UP Mindanao. Rizal Park (Luneta). Monuments are public art pieces that memorialize a particular event or person. As such, there are more than 100 monuments to national hero Jose Rizal in the Philippines. The most famous one, at the Rizal Park, was designed by a Swiss sculptor named Richard Kissling. There are others around the metro. In Caloocan, the Bonifacio Monument, known to most Filipinos simply as “Monumento,” is considered by some to be Tolentino’s magnum opus. Along Edsa, outside Camp Aguinaldo, the People Power Monument by Ed Castrillo is a memorial to the 1986 People Power Revolution, and a tribute to the real heroes of that event—the ordinary men and women who displayed extraordinary bravery. Art in public spaces is art for all. If you never really paid attention to it before, maybe it’s time to take a closer look. I 63

Binhi students watch and listen as Cecilia de Guia—“Teacher Ces”—reads them a story. Research shows that do-gooders live longer than less charitable, Scrooge-y people.

Binhi: Sowing the SeedS of Literacy Literacy is the key to a better future for Filipino children—and a local group is trying to ensure that, ISABEL L. TEMPLO writes. Photos by DAN CERCADO Nine-year-old Jonathan Dormentes listens and watches intently. He is in class and they’re about to recite a poem they learned earlier in the week. “My favorite part of class is reading poems,” he says in Filipino. “We don’t do that in school.” This class in Kaingin 1, Barangay Pansol, in Quezon City is run by the Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc. (binhi means “seed” in Tagalog), which provides English learning support for underprivileged children. English Learning Kit 1 is designed for beginning readers from six to eight years old, while Kit 2 supports and encourages independent reading in nine- to 11-year-olds who have undergone the Kit 1 classes, like the students in Kaingin 1. Held daily for six months, the hour-long classes make use of materials provided by Binhi. Every week, the children learn a new poem with new words, do writing exercises, read on their own, and then listen as the teachers read them a story—all with brighteyed, if not loud, enthusiasm. “It’s fun here in our Binhi class,” says Daisy Castro, 10 years old. What makes it fun is that each student

has a better chance to participate. With less children in a Binhi class than in a regular class—a maximum of 20-25, as compared to an average of 50 per section, with 10 or even more sections in the public school system— each student gets the attention he deserves. This is one way Binhi helps children like Daisy and Jonathan get out of the vicious cycle of under-education and poverty they were born into. They seek to address illiteracy and improve a child’s chances of staying in school, part of their vision of “every Filipino child in school and learning well.” Founder Lisa Tinio Bayot—a descendant of Teodora Alonso, mother and first teacher of national hero Jose Rizal— recognized the importance of literacy as the key to a better future for Filipino children. The idea for Binhi came after a trip to India, where she was impressed by the Indian NGO Pratham. “Binhi was greatly inspired by Pratham’s unique grassroots literacy program—reaching out to children in marginalized areas by developing learning kits and training communitybased volunteers as teachers,” says Binhi member Miles Po. The Kaingin 1 Kits 1

Jonathan Dormentes participates in a writing exercise. Children become more confident when they get a chance to participate.

and 2 classes, for example, are conducted jointly by volunteers Cecilia de Guia and Arvie Navalta, community mothers who are familiar to the children. Jonathan shyly says that his grade in English class has gone up from 79 to 82; his reading comprehension level is also up from A (the lowest is AA) to D, Navalta reports. Daisy—whose reading has improved from level C to F—thinks all children should attend a Binhi class “to add to what they learn in school,” she says. For other children, the results may not be as dramatic. Still, Navalta says, there is an improvement in their class participation. “The children develop self-confidence, too,” she adds. But what Binhi does goes beyond helping the children read and write. “The reality in a place like this is, sometimes, when you’re just surviving, education isn’t a priority—you think about how you’re going to eat three times a day,” De Guia points out. With the Binhi classes and the efforts of community volunteers, communities like Kaingin 1 will surely reap the fruits of their harvest. How You Can Help It costs roughly Php500 a month to support a Binhi scholar, but there are other ways to help. You may volunteer to do storytelling sessions, hold a book drive, or help in kit production or fund raising. If you know of a location or community where Binhi is needed, or simply want to volunteer, contact the Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc. through www.

TeaCHInG KIDS well From a mere 40 students in the Baseco, Tondo pilot class in 2008, Binhi classes have benefited over 1,000 children in 19 sites, in Quezon City, Pasig, Makati, Laguna, Batangas, Zambales, and even Leyte in the Visayas. 64 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS. Casa San Miguel has a very cool, artsy, and hippie vibe. (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) The music and arts haven used to be the ancestral home of the Bolipata family; Artists-in-residence teach local musicians; Featured performances at Casa San Miguel’s mini theater.

Art EscApE NANA CARAGAY shows that a trip to Casa San Miguel will do more than relax your mind and body—it could revitalize your soul. Never underestimate the rejuvenating power of art. Yes, there are yoga retreats, organic cleanses, and spa weekends, but nothing can awaken the spirit or rouse the soul quite like a moving symphony, a gorgeous painting, or a powerful film. Perhaps no one knows this better than celebrated violinist Coke Bolipata, whose family has long been prominent in the music world. It was Bolipata’s many visits to festivals abroad that served as the inspiration for Casa San Miguel, the family’s seaside mango orchard in San Antonio, Zambales, which serves as an arts, music, and culture haven. Located in a 93-year-old ancestral farm, Casa San Miguel opened to the public in 1993 and has been the venue of the annual Pundaquit Festival for 19 seasons. The artist-run, nonprofit initiative provides creative programs in classical music, visual arts, creative writing, and theater, as well as parallel livelihood programs such as barangay fiestas and blogging workshops to support the surrounding areas. The Pundaquit Festival, which lasts for four months between February and May, showcases concerts, exhibits, film showings, and special events where some of the best talents in the country perform alongside promising up-and-comers and visiting artists from Europe and the United States.

To wit, internationally renowned pianist Cecile Licad and folk icon Joey Ayala have both performed as guest soloists in concerts with the Pundaquit Virtuosi, a children’s ensemble made up of the most outstanding performers from the local community. The ancestral farm itself is a sight to behold—the brick exteriors and lush, tranquil gardens offer an idyllic, relaxing rural escape. It’s easy to imagine yourself holed up in a rustic log cabin, searching for inspiration to write that great novel or create an enduring masterpiece. Stay at the bed and breakfast or enjoy a meal at the café-cum-artisan bakery, which serves brick ovenbaked breads. Vegetarian treats, such as Bolipata’s personal favorites samosas and hummus, are also available. And after you’ve had your fill of the arts scene, you can take off and see the many other things that Zambales has to offer: picturesque lighthouses, old churches, and Mount Pinatubo. Anawangin Cove is just a 20-minute boat ride away, while the nearby Capones Islands are also becoming popular as a great diving spot. Casa San Miguel, located at Evangelista St., Barrio San Miguel, San Antonio, Zambales, is open from Tuesdays to Sundays. For more information, visit casa.sanmiguel

TRIP NOTES By car: Take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) from Manila to Mabalacat, Pampanga, then the Subic-ClarkTarlac Expressway (SCTEx) to Subic Bay Freeport Zone (Tipo exit). Once there, head northwest and you will pass by Olongapo City and the towns of Subic, Castillejos, and San Marcelino. Travel time: 2 to 4 hours By bus: Take Victory Liner (terminals located in Cubao, Pasay, Sampaloc, and Caloocan) to San Antonio, Zambales. From San Antonio, take a tricycle to Casa San Miguel. Travel time: 3 to 5 hours MONEY MATTERS Entrance: Free Concert tickets: Php700 to Php1,000 inclusive of post-show dinner with the performers Room rates: Php2,000 to Php4,000 (double sharing) exclusive of food and access to events.

SWEET TREAT: San Antonio, Zambales, is known for its tasty and sweet mangoes, believed to be due to the potassium-rich volcanic ash from a Mount Pinatubo eruption more than 600 years ago. 66 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Rent a surfboard for Php800 a day, or hire instructors for Php150/hour. Photo by Niño Villamar

FIREDANCING WITH FIREWORKS: A firedancer lights up Liwliwa beach in the Circle Hostel’s first Long Weekend Festival, held every Chinese New Year. Photo by Solo Seriña

Stepping into the inner ‘CirCle’ JOSHUA LAGANDAON experiences the creative and friendly space of a backpackers/surfers’ haven in Zambales. In San Felipe, Zambales is a hostel with walls curiously painted with a mishmash of proverbs and graffiti. Just five hours by bus from Manila and a few meters away from popular surf spot Liwliwa beach, The Circle Hostel is a backpacker’s refuge where guests need not dread coming alone. “There are no strangers here,” says a sign in one of their huts. When I first entered the Circle, what surprised me was the throng of people performing circus tricks for laughs and talking about how stoked (elated, in surfer lingo) they were with the day’s waves. These people weren’t long-time friends who arranged a trip to the Circle. Curiously, they met just hours ago. To make new friends is essential in the Circle, and owner Ziggie Gonzales, with his partner Raph Dionisio, make sure that the place is conducive for bonding and learning from one another. “In order to nurture the atmosphere of friendship, we promote

activities that encourage people to express themselves in their own forms of art,” Ziggie says. Such is the case in my stay at the Circle, where guests were given buckets of paint to decorate the premises. Musicians left their instruments in the lounge area for guests to use, which resulted in evening jamming sessions where bongos and acoustic guitars harmonized with nearby Liwliwa’s crashing waves. Should guests tire from mingling, surfing, or exploring Iba’s nearby beaches (the hostel is less than 25 minutes away by bus from Crystal Beach and Magic Left, two popular beaches in Iba), two elevated thatched bunkhouses offer them modest places to spend the night. A bunk bed costs Php350, but those who truly want to rough it up may skip the sheets and assemble their own tents underneath the bunkhouses. The charm of the Circle is the Common, a two-floored hut where guests share stories,

The graffitied stairway to the Common, the Circle’s breezy lounge.

play music, or take afternoon siestas al fresco in hammocks strung up across the place. Its Zen feel, coupled with the smell of the sea just meters away and the faint reggae music in the background, draw people into socialization. The Common is quiet only when guests are out ripping the waves. Ziggie decided not to build a kitchen in the Circle so neighboring eateries can prosper. “Seeing how there are not that many alternative sources of income in the area, I thought about breathing a little life into the community,” says Ziggie. The soul of the Circle is the beach located a few meters from it. Liwliwa’s challenging waves are a welcome playground for surfers. Normally, swells reach two to four feet in height, just enough to give amateur thrillseekers a good ride. Come November to March, waves reach up to eight feet, and this, to professional surfers, is where the fun really begins. Surfboards are available for rent and instructors are available for hire in the Circle for a small fee. “The Circle is really about having a place to stay where you can make friends and express yourself. (A place) where you don’t have to be afraid to be you,” Ziggie explains. “It’s a sanctuary from the city, and a creative space.”

WORLD’S FIRST BACKPACKER?: Italian Gemelli Careri is said to be the “original backpacker” who traveled around the world for five years in the late 1600s, including a two-month stop in the Philippines before sailing to Mexico in a Manila Galleon. 68 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012


Siargao surfer Din Litangan shaping a Skwala surfboard

Skwala to Me, Baby You’re looking at Philippine-made surfboards that sell at Php15,000 each. Foreign brand prices range from Php22,000 to 45,000. Made by Skwala, the great thing about these boards is surfers can customize them to complement their size. Then there’s the best part, would you like it in blue or tie dye? ( +63917 582 7878; *

72 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012


Bikers for Others

After helping more than 200 hospital patients last year, bike rider Kram (Mark Bacharo) is setting out on another expedition to benefit the Alfredo E. Marañon, Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. He will be joined by UP Mountaineers, Babes (Maria Juanita Globio) and Mar (Jhunmar Tan). With a goal of covering 750 kilometers across the Visayas, donors can pledge for each kilometer covered. The event kicks off on April 1, 2012. Visit “Biking with Benefits” on Facebook for more details.

“Mex” Food and Surfing in Baler

Get gnarly, then go loco in the surfing capital of Baler as surfer-turned-chef Marco Villareal serves delicious Mexican food in Mi Casa. Look forward to dishes like fish tacos or quesadillas with sour cream, fresh tomatoes, cilantro, mangoes, and ginger salsa. Their catch of the day is baked on a bed of lettuce, black beans, and salsa. Meals start from Php110. Buton Street, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora; Marco Villareal ( +63908 892 6963; * -With reports and photos from Lois Yasay/ (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) Sabang Beach, Baler; fish tacos; chef Marco Villareal; taco shells with homemade sour cream and mango ginger salsa


Sari Sari SoundS

Tao Po



An online radio station that plays nothing but Filipino music across a variety of genres.

Quit your whining and get a movin’! This site offers the option to “submit an issue or solution” in relation to news on Philippine government offices.

Discovery Channel’s Curiosity show goes online and features content—from quizzes to interviews—based on questions like “Why is sex fun?” and “How evil are you?”

Unleash the Steve Jobs in you as this site funds the production of out of the box inventions. Featured on Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, and The New York Times.

74 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

Make-Your-Own-Milkshake Bar

Strawberry or vanilla ice cream? Local or imported chocolate? Rainbow sprinkles or chocolate chips? Choose from over 80 flavors and toppings when you hire the Milkshake Factory—the Philippines’ first mobile milk shake bar for your event. With an attention to quality, milkshakes don’t contain artificial ingredients like syrup and powder but instead use only high-quality Arce Dairy ice cream, fruits in season, and carabao milk. The cherry on top? Prices start at a reasonable Php5,250 for 50 glasses. *


Sarah Meier and Vicky herrera SketchbookS, inc.

Php999 (US$22)

Unscripted, by fashion models and TV show hosts Sarah Meier and Vicky Herrera, is not so much a book as it is a conversation. It features interviews during “The Dollhouse,” Sarah and Vicky’s radio show, with some of the Philippines’ most colorful personalities—television host Gang Badoy, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and musical group APO Hiking Society’s Jim Paredes. From Imelda’s fascination with beauty to Paredes’ musings on creativity, Unscripted features revelations and life lessons each radio guest encountered while in the limelight. – Isabel Garcia

Finding Filipino Art New gallery alert! Those in search of Filipino art can now visit Bahay Sining (House of Art), which has a diverse collection of works from up-and-coming names to national artists like BenCab, Jose Joya, and Arturo Luz. G/F Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas cor. Meralco Aves., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; ( (+632) 666 7755; (+63915) 371 4985

Jagger: rebel, rockStar, raMbler, rogUe by Marc SPitz

“Baluuuut!” by Rinald


“First Date” by Anthony Pa lo


Hit The Ground Running The Bloomfields The Bloomfields Bandmusic, Inc. HHHHH

Hit The Ground Running proves that The Bloomfields haven’t lost their original touch, but it also demonstrates that this nostalgia act could put out an entire album’s worth of original tunes. Hints of Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, and Matthew Sweet are all over “No Room For Jealousy,” “Panaginip,” and “Not Enough,” while “Express Highway” and “Break Time” rock more than one might expect. Still replete with flawless vocal harmonies and pop hooks, these songs should fit well in their covers-filled sets, or stand firmly on their own. – Jason Caballa

Penguin Putnam Inc. Php1,040 (US$24)

1,000 PlaceS to See before yoU die by Patricia SchUltz

Completely Revised and Updated Workman Publishing Php898 (US$21) iSland beneath the Sea by iSabel allende


Available at all major record bars nationwide. I 75


Dream Weavers A p r i l

2 010

For the T’boli weavers of South Cotabato, one ritual is essential to their art—the ability to dream designs for the t’nalak. The t’nalak, which are woven fibers sourced from the roots and leaves of the abaca plant, are tie-dyed in distinct red and black tones using an arduous process of stripping, boiling, soaking, drying, and rubbing, resulting in fabric of intense, lasting colors. But not all possess such gift. Mothers protectively pass on unique patterns to their daughters and through the course of time, patterns evolve, yet the traditional craftsmanship still carries on. Many attempts are made to copy the t’nalak designs, but the authentic fabric may be bought in the streets of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. JOJIE ALCANTARA, a Davao-based photographer committed to promoting the culture of her region, documented Lake Sebu with her Canon EOS 5D for the Department of Tourism. For more information on the T’boli dream weavers, visit For more of Jojie Alcantara’s work, visit

76 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012


Anniversary Message


his month, Philippine Airlines marks its 71st anniversary, closing a year-long celebration of your airline’s 70th year. Last year was marked by a convergence of myriad internal and external challenges that made significant impact not just on the company’s financials but also on the level and quality of customer service. This plethora of challenges—from natural calamities to a debilitating labor dispute—presented opportunities to bring out the best in the PAL family. This is most especially true in the case of our frontliners and volunteers whose selfless dedication carried PAL through its most difficult moments. We will tap this exemplary work ethic as our principal anchor to regain your trust and confidence. I hope you will allow us to prove that the culture of service excellence continue to drive PAL and its employees. Not only do we have years of experience hurdling crises; we remain the benchmark in airline customer service in our country and this part of the globe. PAL is always ready to lend a hand. Our mandate is to serve the Filipino nation in good, and most especially in times of dire need. We flew high-risk repatriation missions to rescue Filipino Overseas Workers trapped in strife-torn countries. We carried, free of charge, tons of food, water, medicine and other relief items to areas devastated by natural calamities. We continue to do this because we believe that is what being a true flag carrier means. You can count on the same commitment and dedication to duty on your flight today. Our cabin staff is at your disposal—let us know if there’s anything we can do to enhance your stay onboard. It’s all part of our legacy of caring passenger service that goes back 71 years to the dawn of commercial aviation in Asia. That was when PAL, Asia’s first airline, took flight and created history. Thank you for making Philippine Airlines a part of your day. We look forward to seeing you on your next flight. Mabuhay!

Dr. Lucio C. Tan

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer I 77

PAL’S aces: Proud and dependable Philippine Airlines personnel, among them, Capt. Enrique Jose M. Clemente, Wrizza Nielle E. Parulan, Daniel P. Victolero, and Josant M. Cervantes

Friends of Our Flag Carrier This March, as Philippine Airlines reaches another milestone in its rich history, LORI BLACKBURN meets some of the people behind Asia’s first airline.

Jose Ramon A. Lozano

Captain and I was Second Officer. It was just me and him. I cherished every second. He was teaching me so much.

What makes a good pilot? A good pilot pushes himself to be above average, never stops learning, and sets high standards of performance. Of course, never count out experience.

What is your favorite sound and smell during a flight? The roar of the engines on a B747-400, maximum take-off weight, during takeoff roll. Gives me goosebumps. I’ve always loved the smell of jet fuel.

Captain of B777-300ER Years with PAL: 16

What is the best perk working for PAL? Flying for flag and country with fellow Filipino crew. I feel I’m ‘home’ no matter how far away I may be. What was your most memorable experience with PAL? In 1988, I first flew on the same flight with my father to San Francisco. He was 78 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

If you could serve any Filipino dish during a flight, what would it be? I go crazy over Filipino desserts! I’ll eat just about anything, if served. What would be your workplace theme song? ‘Dreams’ by Van Halen!

Wrizza Nielle E. Parulan Domestic Flight Attendant Years with PAL: Three

Why did you decide to work for PAL? I graduated from UST with a Bachelor Degree in Tourism, wanting to work in the airline industry. It is a privilege working for the country’s flag carrier. I have the best of both worlds: Enjoying my passion being a flight attendant and being with my family in the Philippines.

Capt. Enrique Jose M. Clemente

AVP-Safety Sub-Department: Quality, Safety & Security Dept. Years With Pal: 25 What is the best perk working for PAL? My father used to work for PAL so ever since I was a kid, I have been traveling PAL for free. Now that I have my own benefits, my wife and daughters are enjoying it. Official travel to safety

Do you have a workplace nickname? My co-workers call me ‘Perky’ because my favorite designation is at the door during boarding and de-planing. I like welcoming and thanking passengers. What is your favorite route? Manila to Davao because it’s one of the longest domestic routes and allows more time to serve and interact with the passengers. conferences and meetings has taken me to places I never thought I’d see; Barcelona and Paris to name a few. If you could hop a flight to any PAL destination, which would it be? I love the beach so Cebu, Kalibo, Dipolog, etc. on our domestic routes. Honolulu and Guam for international destinations. It’s relaxing to sit under a tree with beer and good music.

Josant M. Cervantes

vacation. I’m compensated visiting and coming back.

Why did you decide to work for PAL? Customer service came naturally. I’m friendly and can empathize with others so being a flight steward allows me to interact with cabin crew and different people.

What is your favorite destination? Vancouver because of Canada’s beautiful weather and landscapes. I saw my first snowfall in winter and camped in a tent during summer. My cousins live in Vancouver so I can experience Canada with family.

What is the best perk of your job? Travel benefits. It’s nice to work when you can travel. After work, I feel like I’m on

Do you have a workplace nickname? Guy Smiley.

International Flight Steward Years with PAL: Five

Daniel P. Victolero Purser Years with PAL: 34

the moment they step on a PAL flight.

Why did you decide to work for PAL? The lure of travel is hard to ignore. Being with PAL allowed me to see the five continents of the world. Imagine the vast knowledge and experience I gained from all those travels.

What is the best part of your job? Being people-oriented. The job gives me the opportunity to deal, communicate, and pro-actively interact with people, passengers, crew and a host of other personalities. This job allows me to pursue my advocacy of being an informational and transformational purser.

What is an important trait for a cabin crew? PAL emphasizes Filipino compassion (mapag-malasakit). Filipino hospitality is practiced so passengers feel at home

If you could serve any Filipino dish during a flight, what would it be? Kare kare (beef or ox tail stew in peanut sauce) because it’s uniquely Filipino. I 79

ASIA'S FIRST AIRLINE Philippine Airlines—Asia’s first airline—is the flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines and pioneer domestic airline of the country, with a 71-year history that is steeped in tradition and modernity. PAL first took to the skies on March 15, 1941 with a small twin-engine Beech Model 18 airplane, flying 212 kilometers from Manila to Baguio City, carrying a full load of five passengers. Upon the outbreak of World War II in December 1941, the PAL airplanes were commandeered by the military and eventually destroyed in combat. Post-war operations resumed February 14, 1946 with five ex-military Douglas DC-3s. In July, 1946, PAL chartered DC-4s to carry American servicemen home to Oakland, California, making PAL the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific. In May 1947, PAL also became the first Asian carrier to fly to Europe by opening regular service to Madrid. This was followed by rapid expansion of services to Asia and the Middle East in the next two decades. By the 1970’s PAL international route network covered two-thirds of the world. PAL keeps in step with advancements in aircraft technology, acquiring the latest aircraft type suited to market demands and local aviation conditions. From DC-3s that serve as a workhorse in the 1940’s and 1950’s, Vicker Viscount turboprops and Fokker F-27s were added to the fleet in the 1960’s. After the BAC1-11 jets were introduced in the 1970’s, the McDonnel Douglas DC-10—PAL’s first wide-body aircraft—went into

OUR FLEET Since its first flight on March 15, 1941, Philippine Airlines has flown almost 30 types of aircraft to fulfill various roles in its mission of providing the Philippines with efficient and reliable air transportation as the flag carrier. Now with a fleet of 36 aircraft, PAL operates one of the youngest and best-maintained fleets in the region.

service on the transpacific route in 1974. The Boeing 747-200Bs jumbo jet replaced the DC-10s in 1979 on long haul routes, while the Airbus 300B4s replaced the DC-8s on regional services. In November 2009, the Boeing 777-300ER (extended range)— the most fuel efficient, twin-engine jet that can fly long-haul—joined the fleet. It boasts of one of the most spacious cabins, fitted with state-of-theart inflight entertainment system. Today, the fleet consists of Boeing 747-400s, B777-300ER, Airbus A340-300s, A330-300s, A320s and A319s. They carry an average of 12,000 passengers and 180 tons of cargo daily on domestic routes, and 10,000 passengers and 170 tons of cargo daily on international sectors. PAL’s modern aircraft and equipment are complemented by frequent customer service enhancements, both inflight and on ground. The PAL website—whose features are regularly upgraded—can now be accessed by WAP-enabled cellphones, making PAL available at the palm of your hands. Mabuhay Class passengers now get to enjoy fine-dining in the sky through a new personalized inflight meal service known as One By One. PAL’s seven-decade tradition of warm Filipino hospitality has always been coupled with strong commitment to continuous improvement of services and operations. Despite the many challenges, PAL remains focused on its vision of becoming a world-class Filipino airline.







2 42 passengers 328 passengers







5 42 passengers 383 passengers


80 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012







4 44 passengers 220 passengers







8 42 passengers 260 passengers







13 12 passengers 144 passengers








4 8 passengers 126 passengers I 81

WELCOME ABOARD HA ND LU GGAG E One hand luggage small enough to be placed in the overhead rack or under the passenger seat of the aircraft cabin may be carried without charge. The hand luggage must not exceed a total linear dimension of 115 cm or 45 in, and should weigh not more than 7 kg or 15 lbs. If hand luggage fails to comply with the required applicable dimensions and weight, hand luggage will be checked in and charged with the corresponding excess baggage charges (if applicable). In addition to the free hand luggage allowance, the following items are allowed onboard: a laptop with case; a small handbag; a coat, wrap or blanket; a walking stick or a pair of crutches; a small camera or a pair of binoculars; a reasonable amount of reading material; and infant’s food and carrying basket. S EC U R IT Y IT E M S The following items are prohibited from being loaded in the hand luggage or inside the aircraft cabin on all Philippine Airlines flights: liquids and gels; sharp items and blunt instruments; explosives, munitions and fireworks; weapons (including replicas), accessories and martial arts devices; large and heavy tools; and other dangerous items contained in, but not limited to, Section I.D. 8 of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration Model Security Program. All passengers travelling from/to the United States (including Guam) will be prohibited from carrying any type of lighter in their carry-on luggage and into security checkpoints. Please contact any Philippine Airlines Reservations or Ticket Office for the complete list of prohibited items. Prohibited items discovered during the security search will be immediately referred to law enforcement officers or appropriate authorities at the airport for disposition. Security Removed Items (SRI) shall be loaded in the aircraft cargo / baggage compartment subject to security clearance procedures by airport authorities. When traveling in the U.S.A., please give enough lead time for the stricter screening of both checked and hand luggage at all commercial airports. All bags will be subject to search; bags that set off alarms or otherwise raise security concerns will have to be opened for inspection.

T A K E- OF F / LA N DI N G During take-off and landing, ensure that seat back is in the upright position and the tray table is folded or secured properly. Hand luggage should be stowed in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front. S EA T BELT S It is Philippine Airlines’ safety requirement that passengers must fasten their seatbelts for the entire duration of the flight even when the seat belt sign is off. While you are sleeping, please fasten your seat belt over your blanket for the easy inspection by the cabin crew. This is to assure uninterrupted rest during the flight even during moments of turbulence. ELEC T R ONIC E QUI P M E N T In the interest of flight safety, any transportable electronic equipment are not to be operated during take-off, climb out, descent, final approach and landing, except for personal electronic life support systems. Electronic devices which intentionally transmit radio signals should never be used for the whole duration of the flight. These include, but are not limited to: radio transceivers, CB radios, cellular phones, and electronic remote control transmitters. Transportable electronic equipment which are non-transmitters and without any accessories that would transmit/receive radio signals, such as laptop computers without Wi-Fi and wireless peripheral devices, video cameras/players, tape recorders/ players, CD/DVD/MP3 players, calculators, electronic entertainment devices and electronic shavers may be used after the safe use of these has been announced. Some flight conditions may require the discontinuance of the use of electronic devices and will be announced by the crew. Personal electronic life support systems such as hearing aids, electronic nerve stimulators, respirators may be used throughout the flight.

N O S MOK IN G In compliance with the Administrative Order 121 of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, smoking is strictly prohibited on all PAL flights, including when the aircraft is on the ground prior to take-off and/or after landing. EMER GENC Y O X Y G E N S UP P L Y AN D L I F E V E S TS In the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop automatically in front of the passengers. An inflatable life vest is located beneath the seat or in/under the armrest. Please watch the live or film demonstration of safety procedures, which will be given or screened prior to take-off. F IES T A BOU TI QUE A selection of duty-free liquor, cigarettes, perfumes and other high-quality gift items can be purchased during the flight from our Fiesta Boutique. Payment may be made on selected currencies. Credit cards acceptable on major routes. The minimum amount for credit cards is US$10.00 and the maximum amount is US$250.00. Please refer to our Fiesta Boutique Catalogue or inquire from our cabin crew. IN F LIGHT A M E N I T I E S On long-haul flights, you receive an overnight kit that contains grooming items and other travel essentials to make your flight as comfortable as possible. Mabuhay Class passengers are treated to additional amenities in their kit, such as branded toiletry products and handy travel accessories. Our cabin lavatories are also stocked with other toiletry products to help you freshen up for your arrival at your destination. For a more comfortable rest especially during long-haul flights, pillows and blankets are available upon request or can be found on the seat. Seats can be reclined except those that remain fixed for safety or other physical reasons. We also suggest that

82 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

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

passengers tune in to the Flite Lite channel of our Flights of Fancy inflight radio program to keep them relaxed during the flight. Fun and treats are in store for PAL Junior Jetsetter passengers from ages 2-11 when they hop in on their flights. On flights between Manila and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Honolulu, Sydney, Melbourne and New Delhi, kids are provided with Junior Jetsetter Activity Kits featuring some of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time, Mickey Mouse and Friends. The kits contain activity books, coloring materials, puzzles, stickers and toys, which provide children with hours of fun, while educating them on various travel destinations. Two different activity sets, packed in easy-to-carry bags, are available on flights originating from Manila and on flights bound for Manila.

C O MP L IME N TA RY B E VE RA GE Complimentary beverage service is offered on all international flights. On long-haul flights, distilled water is passed around every-hour-on-the-hour in between meals to promote passenger well-being. A L C O HO L IC B E VE RA GE Red Wine / White Wine / Gin* / Vodka* / Whiskey* / Brandy / Selection of Beer (*Available only on long-haul flights) Alcoholic drinks are served only to a passenger aged 18 years or over. Government regulation prohibits passengers from opening and drinking alcoholic beverage other than what is served inflight. For the safety and comfort of all concerned, the cabin crew may decline to serve alcohol to passengers who appear to be intoxicated. Alcoholic drinks are not available on domestic flights and Vancouver - Las Vegas -Vancouver flights.

N O N -A L C O HO L IC B E VE RA GE Cola / Diet Cola / Uncola / Diet Uncola / Orange Juice / Apple Juice / Ginger Ale / Absolute Distilled Water / Tonic Water / Soda Water / Lemon Iced Tea / Lipton Tea / Coffee IN FL IGHT SN A C K S On flights between Manila and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu, Philippine Airlines invites passengers to enjoy our complimentary snack selection. These include Asian noodle soup, meat-filled buns, and pastries. Preferred snacks may be requested from the Cabin Crew during anytime of the flight. READING MATERIALS We carry a number of Filipino and foreign language newspapers to keep passengers abreast with the lastest news and current events. Our inflight magazine, Mabuhay, is available for all classes of service on all international flights. Our Mabuhay Class service on international flights carries an array of News, Business, Fashion, Travel and Sports Magazines, including some Foreign Magazines on selected flights. These may be requested from the Cabin Crew onboard the flight.

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

YO U R F E E D B A C K WIL L B E A P P RE C IA TE D We encourage any comments or suggestions on how we can further improve our products and services. Please call our Customer Relations Office at telephone numbers 777-5932, fax number 777-5928 or email


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

P H I L I P P I N E S AT A GLANC E Stretching 1,839 km north-to-south off the

southeast coast of Asia, the Republic of the Philippines has a total land area of 300,000 sq. kms. Its 7,107 islands comprise one of the largest island groups in the world. About 92 million Filipinos make up the population, 55% of whom occupy the largest island of Luzon. Filipinos comprise 111 cultural and linguistic groups of Malayo-Polynesian origin, with varying degrees of Chinese, Spanish and American influences. Majority are Roman Catholics, though a significant number are Protestants and Moslems. The Philippines is the world’s third largest Englishspeaking country after the United States and the United Kingdom. Filipino is the national language; English is used for commercial and legal transactions. Literacy rate is a high 94%.

C L I M A T E The Philippines is a tropical country with an average temperature of 32°C (89.6°F). March to June are hot and dry (36°C); rains and typhoons abound from July to October; November to February are pleasantly cool (around 23°C) and dry. In mountainous regions, temperatures dip to about 15°C. Light casual clothing is recommended for daily wear and Barong Tagalog or coat-and-tie for business and formal functions.

NIGHT L IF E Metropolitan Manila is considered a pleasure-seeker’s paradise,

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas supervises authorized foreign exchange dealers (at airports, hotels, major commercial establishments and all bank branches), and posts official exchange rates for most international currencies.

with an array of nighttime activities, from the soothing to the sinful. No wonder it has been consistently voted as Asia’s number one destination for entertainment and relaxation by expatriates. You can listen to whatever music you fancy from the country’s popular bands and singers, take advantage of “happy hour” drink promos at bars and pubs, dance up a storm at clubs and street parties, or cap an exhilarating night with a calming cappuccino at the corner café. Hotspots not to be missed are bohemian Malate in Manila, cosmopolitan Fort in Taguig, upscale Ayala and Rockwell Centers in Makati, and the trendy Libis and Timog districts in Quezon City.

T R A N S P O R TATIO N Philippine Airlines flies between Manila and 19 cities

F OOD Filipino food may puzzle the first-time eater. Philippine history is largely

C U R R E N C Y The monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. The


The secret to a satisfying shopping expedition is to go where the locals go, whether it be to world-class malls, bargain-rich flea markets or “tiangges,” ubiquitous sidewalk stalls, or tiny “holes-in-the-walls.” Handicraft stores can be found all over the country, selling export-quality products like native baskets and hand-woven fabrics, exquisite shellcraft and fine jewelry, or one-of-a-kind home accessories. Antique shops are a rich source of Philippine antiquities such as carved wooden furniture, old religious images, unique tribal artifacts, or vintage collectible pieces. The country’s upscale malls carry international brands with prices comparable to those in Hong Kong or Singapore. Don’t forget to check out the kiosks scattered throughout these sprawling spaces. They sell interesting items you may want to bring back home – from household bric-a-brac to curio items, native delicacies, or even the must-buy souvenir T-shirt.

and towns throughout the country. In Metro Manila, taxis, buses, jeepneys and a four-line Mass Transit System (LRT and Metrorail) provide public transport. In certain areas like Binondo (Manila’s Chinatown) and the old walled city of Intramuros, horse-drawn carriages or calesas ply short routes. International and local car rental companies provide chauffeured or self-driven limousine service. Large groups may hire medium-sized passenger vans or tourist coaches.

S H O P P I N G The Philippines is fast becoming a shopping haven, yielding great

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

bargains if you know what to look for and where.

AIRLINE PARTNERS To serve you better, Philippine Airlines broadened its route network through Codesharing with its Airline Partners, offering you more destinations worldwide. Together, PAL and the Airline Partner, sell the flight sector operated by the Airline Partner.

In Manila, Codeshare Flights operated by PAL’s other Airline Partners arrive/depart at NAIA1. For details on Codeshare Flights, please refer to the PAL Flight Facts and Flight Schedule on pages 127 and 128. When traveling on any of PAL’s Codeshare Flights, Mabuhay Miles members enjoy certain privileges. For specific Mabuhay Miles privileges per Airline Partner, especially on baggage allowance and lounge access, please contact the Mabuhay Miles Service Center at (632) 817 8000. Mabuhay Miles members can redeem travel awards on PAL operated sectors only. The privileges listed in the table shown are applicable provided ticket sales and reservations are under PAL’s seat allocation (ticket should reflect “PR” in the carrier designation box) and upon presentation of the Mabuhay Miles membership card.















84 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012



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

SP E C I A L M E A LS Special meals may be requested on all Philippine Airlines international flights to cater to the various dietary requirements of passengers, for reasons of age, health or religion. These include: baby meal, child’s meal, western vegetarian meal, low-fat meal, diabetic meal, fruit meal, gluten restricted meal, moslem meal, asian vegetarian meal, seafood meal, hindu vegetarian meal, kosher meal and low-sodium meal. Please call PAL Reservations at least 24 hours before date of departure to ensure availability.

“Early Bird” advanced check-in service in select airports, to help passengers avoid the rush during peak check-in hours. Check-in counters generally close 45 minutes before flight departure. If passengers check in after the counter closure cut-off time, they may not be accepted for the flight even if they are holding a confirmed booking. Always have your travel documents on hand. As with other airlines, Philippine Airlines may refuse carriage to passengers who lack the necessary travel papers.

PAL passengers can now compare fares across a seven-day period. Our online booking features a fully automated facility called “Calendar Pricing” that displays the lowest fare available over a seven-day range-three days before and three days after the planned travel date thus allowing travelers to decide quickly when it is most convenient and cheapest to fly. Experience the difference. Book online!For more information, please visit us at www.philippineairlines com.

EXPRES S C HE CK- IN CO U NTE R S Senior Citizens traveling with up to two (2) traveling companions and passengers with NO CHECK-IN BAGGAGE on PAL flights departing from Manila or Mactan may avail of the express check-in service at designated counters. For more information on restrictions and check-in procedure, log on to

PAL Mobile connects passengers to us while on the go! Our mobile site, www.philippineairlines. mobi gives flyers the more flexibility and convenience. With web-enabled mobile phone, Blackberry or PDA, passengers can check the latest arrival and departure times, check flight schedules, track Mabuhay Miles mileage, and know more about our latest news and promos. Important advisories, travel essentials, contact information and a lot more can also be accessed. For more information on how to access the PAL Mobile site, check our FAQ at http://www.philippineairlines. com/faq/pal_mobile. Normal browsing charges apply. Please contact mobile carrier for details. N E E D T O RE CON FIRM Reconfirmation is not required for all Philippine Airlines flights. However we recommend that when making reservations, passengers provide telephone numbers at every stopover in their itinerary. This will allow us to call and advise them of any changes in their flight. A I R P O RT


Philippine Airlines offers the

AIRPO RT LO U NGE S Philippine Airlines has Mabuhay Lounges in Manila (Domestic and International), Cebu (Domestic and International), Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, General Santos City and San Francisco. Mabuhay Class passengers, as well as Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite members, can unwind, dine and freshen up in these lounges before boarding their flight. In other International Stations, PAL has contracted the services of airport lounge operators to offer the same amenities to said passengers. AIRPO RT T R A NSFE R SE R VICE IN M A NIL A For passengers connecting from a Philippine Airlines flight at the NAIA Centennial Terminal 2, to a code share flight operated by any of its Airline Partners at NAIA Terminal 1 (and vice versa), a complimentary transfer service is available. This service is subject to certain conditions and qualifications. For more information, please inquire with any of our Transfer service staff at the arrival area. C HO IC E EC O NO M Y SE A T SU R CHA R GE Feeling cramped-up sitting with limited legroom when traveling on economy class? 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. Please advise our Customer Service representatives of your request. Seat confirmation will be done at the airport to comply with the Philippine Civil Air Regulations. Fees are collected upon check in and may vary per destination. TR A VE L ING WITH INFA NTS Infants at least 16 days old may be accepted for travel. Passengers requiring the use of baby bassinets should book their flights and make the necessary reservations at least 24 hours before the date of departure. We follow a One-InfantPer-Adult Policy. Philippine Airlines reserves the right to decline bassinet requests without prior reservation. These bassinets are limited in number as they can only be attached to certain seats on the plane and are available only on flights with a flying time of three (3) hours or more. The bassinets are approximately 70 cm long and 30 cm wide, with a weight limit of 10 kg. They are not suitable for infants over 18 months of age. Infants who turn two years old at the time of travel are required to occupy seats for safety reasons. FR E E BA GGA GE A L L O WA NCE O F I N F A N T S ON U S, GU A M A ND CA NA D A F L IGHTS An infant paying at least 10 percent of the adult fare is entitled to one piece of checked baggage weighing 7 kg (15 lbs) and whose dimensions do not exceed 45 inches. The passenger is also entitled to one fully collapsible child’s stroller or pushchair. FR E E BA GGA GE A L L O WA NCE O F I N F A N T S ON NO N- U S, GU A M A ND CA NA D A F L IG H T S From the Philippines, an infant paying at least 10 percent of the fare is entitled to 10 kg (22 lbs) of checked baggage plus one fully collapsible child’s stroller or pushchair.

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

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

PAL PASSENGERS FROM USA, CANADA OR NARITA WITH CONNECTING FLIGHT TO CEBU, DAVAO OR LAOAG (FOR CHECK THROUGH PASSENGERS ONLY): 1. Disembark from plane and go through Immigration check. 2. Proceed to PAL Domestic Terminal (via escalator or elevator at Arrival Lobby). 3. Pay terminal fee of Php200.00 at the Domestic Terminal. 4. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight.

86 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012


PASSENGERS FROM ANY OF PAL’S INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS BOUND FOR ANY PAL DOMESTIC STATION: 1. Disembark from plane and proceed to the Transfer Desk to check in for your connecting flight. 2. Go through Immigration check. 3. Proceed to Baggage Claim Area. 4. Proceed to the Special Customs Examination Counter for clearance. 5. Return baggage to the PAL staff at the baggage area for reloading. 6. Proceed to PAL Domestic Terminal (via escalator or elevator at the Arrival Lobby). 7. Pay terminal fee of Php200.00 at the Domestic Terminal. 8. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight.


Below are useful facts and figures about are 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.



Abu Dhabi Bahrain

4,352 4,580

9:00 9:58

Bangkok Busan

1,368 1,515

3:15 3:45




Doha Dubai

4,528 4,294

8:15 8:45

Fukuoka Guam Ho Chi Minh Hong Kong Honolulu Jakarta

1,445 1,596 1,002 712 5,296 1,732

3:30 3:40 2:30 2:00 10:15 6:15

00971 2 6351700 00973-17225650 extension 212 (662) 633-5713 / 14 (8251) 466-0333 (8251) 464-7890 (8610) 6510 2991 2992 / 2993 (974) 455-8760 (9714) 203-3788 / 316-6632 (8192) 415-3232 (671) 632-1615 / 17 / 19 (848) 832-872105 (852) 230-19350 / 51 1-800-435-9725 (6221) 300-15757 (6221) 526-8668



(via Singapore) Manila-Singapore Singapore-Jakarta Kuala Lumpur (via Kota Kinabalu) Manila-Kota Kinabalu Las Vegas (via Vancouver) Manila - Vancouver Vancouver - Las Vegas Los Angeles

3:35 1:35 3:40 7,393

1:55 16:15


12:05 2:40 12:30

Macau Melbourne Osaka Nagoya San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

731 1,879 6,560

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






Bacolod Busuanga Butuan

298 489

1:10 1:05 1:30

Cagayan de Oro












Cotabato Davao

552 597

1:30 1:45

Dipolog Dumaguete

438 390

1:30 1:15

General Santos









Laoag Legazpi Naga Ozamiz

257 250

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

Puerto Princesa Roxas San Jose

364 311

(603) 2141 0767 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653 (853) 2835-5770 (613) 965-02188 (816) 6444-2541 (8152) 588-7131 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653 (822) 774-3581 (8621) 6279-8765 (65) 6336-1611 (612) 927-92020

1,060 617 1,634

2:40 1:45 5:00

4:25 4:40

1:15 0:55 0:55 1:40

Tacloban Tagbilaran

352 387

1:10 1:10

Tuguegarao Zamboanga


1:00 1:30


(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 (043) 491-1604 (043) 491-1923 (086) 231-9680 (086) 826-8589 (053) 321-2213 (038) 412-2232 (038) 411-4226 (078) 844-9238 (062) 991-5800 (062) 993-0488

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

ReseRvations, t ouR Packages, Mabuhay Miles and Flight in Fo RMation

1:45 2:25 1,884 2,024


Surigao (8862) 250-67255 (813) 515-74167 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653 (86592) 239-4729 / 30 /65


Hong Kong Kota Kinabalu Kuala Lumpur (via Kota Kinabalu) Cebu-Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu-Kuala Lumpur Seoul Tokyo


0082-1544-1717 (813) 3593-2421

PHILIPPINES: Manila (632) 8558888 Cebu (032) 3400191

US/CANADA: 1 (800) I FLY PAL or 1 (800) 4359725

For more information, visit I 87






LUZON Manila - Laoag Q Q Q Q Q Laoag - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Legazpi Q Q Q Q Q Legazpi - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Puerto Princesa 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Puerto Princesa - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q VISAYAS Manila - Bacolod 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Bacolod - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Cebu 8Q 8Q 8Q 7Q 8Q Cebu - Manila 8Q 8Q 7Q 7Q 8Q Manila - Dumaguete 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Dumaguete - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Manila - Iloilo 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Iloilo - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Kalibo 3Q 3Q 3Q 4Q 3Q Kalibo - Manila 3Q 3Q 3Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Roxas Q Q Q Q Q Roxas - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Tacloban 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Tacloban - Manila 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Manila - Tagbilaran 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Tagbilaran - Manila 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q MINDANAO Manila - Butuan Q Q Q Q Q Butuan - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Cagayan de Oro 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Cagayan de Oro - Manila 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q 5Q Manila - Cotabato Q Q Q Q Q Cotabato - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Davao 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Davao - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Dipolog Q Q Q Dipolog - Manila Q Q Q Manila - Gen. Santos Q Q Q Q Q Gen. Santos - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Ozamiz Q Q Q Q Ozamiz - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Zamboanga 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Zamboanga - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q LUZON L E G E N D Q Code Share with airphil expreSS Manila - Busuanga 2Q 3Q 2Q 3Q 3Q Busuanga - Manila 2Q 3Q 2Q 3Q 3Q Busuanga - Puerto Princesa Q Q Puerto Princesa - Busuanga Q Q Manila - Naga 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Naga - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Masbate Q Q Q Q Q Masbate - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - San Jose Q Q Q Q Q San Jose - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Tuguegarao 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Tuguegarao - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q VISAYAS Manila - Calbayog Q Q Q Q Q Calbayog - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Catarman Q Q Q Q Q Catarman - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Caticlan 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q Caticlan - Manila 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q Cebu - Bacolod 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Bacolod - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Cagayan de Oro 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cagayan de Oro - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Caticlan Q Q Q Q Q Caticlan - Cebu Q Q Q Q Q Cebu - Iloilo 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Iloilo - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Ozamis Q Q Q Q Q Ozamis - Cebu Q Q Q Q Q Cebu - Tacloban Q Q Q Q Q Tacloban - Cebu Q Q Q Q Q Cebu - Zamboanga Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Cebu Q Q Q Q Q MINDANAO Cagayan De Oro - Davao Q Q Q Q Q Davao - Cagayan De Oro Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Surigao Q Q Q Q Q Surigao - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Davao Q Q Q Davao - Zamboanga Q Q Q Zamboanga - Tawi-Tawi Q Q Q Q Q Tawi-Tawi - Zamboanga Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Jolo Q Q Jolo - Zamboanga Q Q Flight schedules printed in these pages are correct and current at time of printing.



Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q

Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q

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

4Q 4Q 8Q 9Q 2Q 2Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 3Q Q Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q

Q Q 5Q 5Q Q Q 4Q 4Q Q Q Q Q

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

2Q 2Q

4Q 4Q Q Q Q Q 2Q 2Q

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

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

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

3Q 3Q







UNITED STATES Manila - Guam Q Q Guam - Manila Q Q Manila - Honolulu Q Honolulu - Manila Q Manila - Los Angeles Q Q 2Q Los Angeles - Manila Q Q 2Q Q with technical stop in Guam Manila - San Francisco Q Q Q San Francisco - Manila Q Q Q Q with technical stop in Guam Manila - Las Vegas via Vancouver Q Las Vegas - Manila via Vancouver Q CANADA Manila - Vancouver Q Q Q Vancouver - Manila Q Q Q Vancouver - Las Vegas Q Las Vegas - Vancouver Q AUSTRALIA Manila - Sydney via Melbourne Q Q Q Sydney - Manila via Melbourne Q 2Q Melbourne - Sydney Q Q Sydney - Melbourne Q Manila - Melbourne via Sydney Q Q Q Melbourne - Manila via Sydney Q Q Q CHINA Manila - Beijing Q Q Q Beijing - Manila 2Q Manila - Shanghai Q Q Q Shanghai - Manila Q Q Q Manila - Xiamen Q Q Q Xiamen - Manila Q Q Q TAIWAN Manila - Taipei Q Q Q Taipei - Manila Q Q Q HONG KONG code share and operated by Cathay Pacific (Cebu-Hong Kong vv) Q Manila - Hong Kong 5Q 5Q 5Q Hong Kong - Manila 5Q 5Q 5Q Cebu - Hong Kong Q Q Q Hong Kong - Cebu Q Q Q SINGAPORE Manila - Singapore 4Q 4Q 4Q Singapore - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q INDONESIA Manila - Jakarta via Singapore Q Q 2Q Jakarta - Manila via Singapore 2Q 2Q Singapore - Jakarta Q Q Jakarta - Singapore Q Q JAPAN Manila - Fukuoka Q Fukuoka - Manila Q Manila - Osaka Q Q Q Osaka - Manila Q Q Q Manila - Nagoya Q Q Q Nagoya - Manila Q Q Q Manila - Tokyo Q Q Q Tokyo - Manila Q Q Q Cebu - Tokyo Q Q Tokyo - Cebu Q Q KOREA Manila - Pusan Q Q Q Pusan - Manila Q Q Q Manila - Seoul 2Q 2Q 2Q Seoul - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Seoul Q Q Seoul - Cebu Q Q MACAU Manila - Macau Q Q Macau - Manila Q Q THAILAND Manila - Bangkok 2Q 2Q 2Q Bangkok - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q Bangkok - Delhi Q Q Delhi - Bangkok Q INDIA Manila - Delhi via Bangkok Q Q Delhi - Manila via Bangkok Q VIETNAM Manila - Ho Chi Minh Q Q Q Ho Chi Minh - Manila Q Q Q MALAYSIA code share and operated by Malaysia Airlines Q Manila - Kuala Lumpur 2Q 2Q 2Q Kuala Lumpur - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q QATAR code share and operated by Qatar Airways Q Manila - Doha 3Q Q Q Doha - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q UNITED ARAB EMIRATES code share and operated by Etihad Airways Manila - Abu Dhabi 2Q 2Q 2Q Abu Dhabi - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q







2Q 2Q
















Q 2Q





Q 2Q Q Q Q Q

2Q Q Q Q Q Q


Q 2Q Q Q Q Q





5Q 5Q Q Q

5Q 5Q Q Q

5Q 5Q Q Q

5Q 5Q Q Q

4Q 4Q

4Q 4Q

4Q 4Q

4Q 4Q


2Q Q Q Q


2Q Q Q Q





Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q

Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q

Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q

Q Q 2Q 2Q Q Q

Q Q 2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q Q


Q Q 2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q








2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

3Q 2Q

Q 2Q

3Q 2Q

Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q

2Q 2Q Q Q

2Q 2Q Q 2Q

2Q 2Q 2Q Q

2Q 2Q Q 2Q

code share and operated by Emirates

88 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

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

2Q 2Q Q Q

2Q 2Q 2Q Q

2Q 2Q Q 2Q

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

















90 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

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



Auckland I 91


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.

PROGRAM ENROLLMENT Applying for Mabuhay Miles membership is now more convenient than ever. Simply log on to or visit any PAL office. Enrollment forms come with a pre-numbered temporary membership card that you can immediately use to accrue Miles. EARNING MILES Mabuhay Miles is one of the most generous frequent flyer programs in the market. With Mabuhay Miles, you can earn Flight Miles through qualifying flights on Philippine Airlines and on its code-share partners (with PR in the ticket carrier box) on paid tickets in any class of service. MABUHAY MILES PROGRAM PARTNERS Earning miles has never been easier! Philippine Airlines lines up a growing host of program partners where Mabuhay Miles members can earn additional Miles to get that free ticket fast! For a complete list of our Mabuhay Miles program partners, just log on to BUY MILES You may purchase Miles to redeem your award tickets sooner. Avail of the Mabuhay Top Up Miles feature to add Miles to your personal account or give Mabuhay Gift Miles to family and friends. Simply accomplish the Travel Award Redemption Form (Buy Miles portion) available Online, at PAL ticket offices and the Mabuhay Miles Service Center and proceed to any PAL ticket office. Miles may be purchased in increments of 1,000 at US$25. A US$10 processing fee applies. MILES TRANSFER Transfer your Miles to another Mabuhay Miles member’s account. Miles can be transferred in increments of 1,000 Miles with a minimum of 2,000 Miles. Miles Transfer costs US$15 per 1,000 Miles per transaction. Maximum Miles transfer allowed is 25,000 Miles per calendar year. Recipient may receive a maximum of 25,000 Miles per calendar year. A US$10 processing fee applies. Simply accomplish the Travel Award Redemption Form (Miles Transfer portion) available Online, at PAL ticket offices and the Mabuhay Miles Service Center and proceed to any PAL ticket office. AWARD REDEMPTION For as low as 3000 Miles you can now redeem free flights on Philippine Airlines. You also have more chances of securing an award seat even during peak months with the Flexiflyer award option. With interactive and real time award ticket issuance at PAL ticket offices, Mabuhay Miles makes it highly convenient for you to redeem your travel awards!

92 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2012

MEMBER SERVICES The Mabuhay Miles website at gives you one-stop access to useful services from Mabuhay Miles. With a pleasant design and user-friendly features, the website allows you to check your account balance, view your latest activity statement, update your personal profile, refer to the miles accrual and redemption calculators, download important forms, and request for retroactive crediting of Miles. So log on today and experience the online advantage. TAKING OFF THE Y FLYER WAY Created and meant for today’s youth, the Gen Y, Mabuhay Miles’ “Y Flyer Program” is designed for members between the ages 2-21 years. Y Flyers will enjoy a 10% discount on PAL domestic fares (except on Booking Class Codes [BCC] “P” and “O”), purchased at any PAL Ticket Office or accredited Travel Agency in the Philippines and discount from partner establishments. For enrollment and more details, log on to TRAVEL LIGHT WITH SPORTSPLUS SportsPlus is a unique subscription-based program feature available only to Mabuhay Miles Members. As a Mabuhay Miles SportsPlus member, you are given extra free luggage allowance on Philippine Airlines flights for your golf, bowling, sportfishing, cycling, tennis, scuba diving and badminton equipment. To apply, just proceed to any Philippine Airlines Ticket Office, fill out the enrollment form, and pay the corresponding application fee.



SportsPlus Philippines


SportsPlus Asia


SportsPlus Global



20 kgs 20 kgs


PAL Philippine domestic flights PAL flights within the Philippines / Asia, and to/ from Guam, except Japan

1 piece not exceeding 20 kgs.

PAL flights to/ from Japan

20 kgs

PAL flights within Philippines / Asia, and to/from Guam, except Japan

1 piece not exceeding 20 kgs.

PAL flights to/ from United States / Canada

ENJOY THE DIFFERENCE WITH ELITE & PREMIER ELITE LEVELS A world of exclusive benefits await you as you earn Miles and attain elite levels of membership in Mabuhay Miles. As a Mabuhay Miles Elite or Premier Elite Member, you gain the recognition you deserve as a traveler. There are more ways to qualify and you have the whole calendar year between January 1 and December 31 - to attain your

privileged status. EXCLUSIVE TRAVEL BENEFITS As Elite or Premier Elite Members, you also enjoy the following privileges: priority reservation waitlist, exclusive member reservations numbers, priority check-in, additional free luggage allowance, priority luggage handling, priority airport standby, access to Mabuhay Lounges and participating VIP Lounges, Sports Plus Global equivalent privileges, additional discounts and amenities from Program Partners, and many more.



Mabuhay Miles Elite

25,000 Flight Miles flown on Philippine Airlines or 30 one-way segments in any class of service,or 15 one-way segments in Mabuhay Class

Mabuhay Miles Premier Elite

45,000 Flight Miles flown on Philippine Airlines or 50 one-way segments in any class of service, or 25 one-way segments in Mabuhay Class

LIFETIME STATUS FOR MILLION MILERS Mabuhay Miles Million Milers enjoy the benefits of Premier Elite Membership for life. This is our token of appreciation to those who have flown one million cumulative Flight Miles on Philippine Airlines.

CONTACT US MABUHAY MILES SERVICE CENTER POSTAL ADDRESS Mabuhay Miles Service Center 2/F Power Realty Bldg. 1012 A. Arnaiz St. (formerly Pasay Road) Makati City EMAIL ADDRESS TELEPHONE 8am - 8pm, Daily (including Holidays) *Also accepts calls from 12pm-1pm Manila - (632) 855-8888 Cebu - (032) 340-0191 9am-5pm, Daily (including Holidays) Pacific Time USA / Canada - 1(800) 435-9725 / 1(800) I FLY PAL SERVICE LOUNGE HOURS Mondays - Fridays 8:30am - 5pm Saturday - 8:30am - 12NN FACSIMILE (MANILA) (632) 855-3654 / (632) 855-3653 (USA/CANADA) (818) 630-8469


Flights of Fancy


127 Hours Before Sunset Marley & Me The Day After Tomorrow

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Jack And Jill Tower Heist



Mabuhay Class Fiesta Class

Talk that Talk - Rihanna Break the Spell - Daughtry The Definitive Collection of Hits CD 1 - The Company





Junior Jetsetters Flite Lite Classic Collection

Just For Laughs NASA 360 Full Circle Wall Street Journal Tech Watch








GAMES Sudoku Invasion Bejeweled

"Alvin And the Chipmunks: ChipwreCked"

What happens when furry singing stars Alvin and the Chipmunks get marooned in a deserted island? Tons of musical numbers and a whole lot of fun! Turn to page 97 for more information or page 100 for movie schedules.

Alvin and the Chipmunks are at it again with their third big-screen installment. After going overboard and turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal amusement park, the furry singing sensations are in for the most exciting adventure of their lives: getting marooned in a deserted island. Director Mike Mitchell makes this musical/animated sequel groovier and more thumb-thumping by featuring today’s best hits. The squeaky Chipmunks and Chipettes are belting out Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way," LMFAO’s "Party Rock Anthem," Katy Perry’s "Firework," Florida’s "Club Can’t Handle Me" featuring David Guetta, and many more. As tempers escalate (and fun ensues), frustrated songwriter Dave (Jason Lee), along with the frisky Chipmunks and Chipettes, try various schemes to find their way home—only to accidentally discover that their new turf isn’t as deserted as it seems.

Flights of Fancy




Jack anD Jill

new Year’S eve

alvin anD The chiPmunkS: chiPwreckeD

Stars Justin Long, Jason Lee, Christina Applegate Director Mike Mitchell Comedy 87 mins Rated G

JOhnnY enGliSh reBOrn

Stars Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino Director Dennis Dugan Comedy 91 mins Rated PG

Stars Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West Director Oliver Parker Comedy 102 mins Rated PG V


On vacation aboard a luxury cruise ship, Alvin, Simon and Theodore get up to their usual antics, turning the ship into their personal playground, until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a desert island.

Jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein, a successful advertising executive, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill!

Secret agent Johnny English is brought out of retirement by a desperate MI-7, who recruit him to stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos.

This movie celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

鼠来宝三:明星俱乐部 艾尔文、赛门以及喜多一起去度假,它们把豪 华邮轮当做游乐园尽情玩乐,途中遭逢沈船灾 难,流落到无人岛屿。

龙凤大双胞 龙凤大双胞是一部喜剧,讲述杰克是一名成功 的广告主管,他每一年皆害怕一件事:在感恩 节假期接待其孪生妹妹吉尔。

憨豆特工2 英国MI-7组织力邀特务约翰尼重出江湖阻止一 班国际刺客暗杀一名世界领袖,以免造成世界 恐慌。

新年前夕 这部电影颂扬爱、希望、宽恕、第二次机会 以及从新开始,交织着恋人和单身者的故事 ,背景设在纽约市一个最灿烂迷人的夜晚。

アルビン/歌うシマリス3兄弟:チップレッ クド(原題 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED) 豪華客船で海外バケーション中でも、アルビン、 サイモン、セオドアは、船を自分たちの遊び場に して、いつものごとく、大はしゃぎ。でも、それも 無人島に漂着するまでのことだった

ジャック・アンド・ジル(原題:JACK AND JILL) ジャック・アンド・ジルは、やり手の広告会社重役 ジャック・サンデルステインを描いたコメディ映画 。ジャックは、毎年、ある行事を恐れている。それ は、双子の姉、ジルがやってくる感謝祭だ!

ジョニー・イングリッシュ気休めの報酬 秘密諜報部員ジョニー・イングリッシュは引退し ていたところを策に窮したMI-7によって雇われた 。MI-7が彼に課した使命…それは世界のリーダ ーを暗殺して世界規模の混乱を企てようとする 国際的な暗殺者グループを阻止することだった。

ニューイヤーズ・イブ この映画は、躍動と期待に溢れるニューヨーク、 それも一年で最もめくるめく夜の真っただ中で繰 り広げられる一連のストーリーを通じて、愛、希 望、慈悲、セカンドチャンス、そして新たな出発

앨빈 앤 더 칩멍크스 휴가를 맞아 화려한 크루즈에 오른 앨빈, 시몬, 테오도르는 항상 그렇듯 선상을 개인 놀이터 삼아 천방지축 소란을 일삼는다. 그러다 한 외딴섬에 조난을 당하게 되는데…

잭앤질 잭 앤 질은 성공한 광고 중역인 잭 샌델스타인을 주인공으로 한 코미디 영화이다. 이 주인공은 매해 그의 일란성 쌍둥이 여동생 질이 방문하는 추수 감사절을 가장 두려워한다.

WARNING LEGEND: A Strong Adult Themes


Stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron Director Garry Marshall Comedy 117 mins Rated PG-13

Flights of Fancy

G Gore

쟈니 잉글리쉬2 절박해진 MI7 요원이 은퇴한 비밀요원 쟈니 잉글리쉬를 국제적 지도적 암살로 세계가 혼란에 빠지는 것을 막아내도록 다시 임무를 부여한다.

I Aircraft Incident

L Strong Language

N Nudity

を讃える。 뉴이얼즈 이브 이 영화는 사랑, 희망, 용서, 두 번째 기회, 그리고 새로운 시작에 대해 이야기한다. 한 해 중 가장 눈부신 밤의 뉴욕, 그 떨림과 약속을 서로 얽히고 섥힌 이야기를 전개하며 보여준다.

S Sexual Content

V Violence


TOwer heIST


Stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis Director Chris Miller Animation 90 mins Rated PG

DOlPhIN Tale

Stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck Director Brett Ratner Comedy 104 mins Rated PG-13 L


In this prequel to his adventures with Shrek, feisty feline Puss in Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with the smart and sassy Kitty Softpaws and mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town.

After the workers at a swanky Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them.

靴猫剑客 早在遇上史瑞克之前,争强好胜的靴猫剑客与 机灵的悍妞吉蒂和智囊主谋蛋头先生一同拯救 其城镇。

高楼大劫案 中央公园豪华公寓的员工发现居住在顶楼豪宅 的亿万富翁欺诈他们的退休金,于是他们策划 了一场偷天计划,以抢回毕生的血汗钱。

長ぐつをはいたネコ シュレックとの冒険の続編となる本作では、けん か好きな長ぐつをはいたネコが街を救うために、 賢く生意気なキティ・ソフトパウと先導者ハンプテ ィ・ダンプティとチームを組み、英雄的な旅に出掛 ける。

ペントハウス セントラルパークの超高級マンションの従業員 たちは、ペントハウスに住む億万長者に退職 金をだまし盗られたことを知り、奪われた財産 を取り戻すために究極の復讐を計画する。

장화신은 고양이 슈렉과의 모험 전편. 혈기 왕성한 장화신은 고양이가 마을을 구하기 위해 똑똑하고 도한 말랑손 키티와 재간꾼 험피 덤피와 팀을 이뤄 용감하게 여행을 떠난다.

Stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr. Director Charles Martin Smith Drama 113 mins Rated PG

타워 하이스트 화려한 센트럴 파트 콘도 직원들은 펜트 하우스에 사는 한 억만장자가 그들의 퇴직연금을 가로챘다는 것을 알게 된 후, 극단의 복수를 계획 하는데 이는 다름 아닌 빼앗긴 돈을 되찾기 위한 기막힌 절도를 계획하는 것이다.

Stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks Director Nicolas Winding Refn Action 100 mins Rated r L

The heartwarming, true story of Winter the dolphin and the people who worked together to save her life after an accident. 这部感人的真实故事讲述一群好心人齐心救助 一只名为Winter的残疾海豚。 事故にあったイルカのウィンターとイルカの命を 救うために働いた人々との心温まる実話。 사고를 당한 돌고래 윈터와 한 데 마음을 모아 윈터를 구하려는 사람들의 마음 따뜻한

실화를 바탕으로 한 영화. “コンテイジョン”では、数日の内に人々に死を招 く空気中の浮遊ウィルスが急速に広まる様子を 描いている。伝染病が瞬く間に広まり続ける中、 世界中の医学界が必死で治療法を発見しようと するのだが……。 “컨테이젼”은 몇 일 내에 사망에 이르게 하는 공기로 전파되는 치명적인 바이러스의 빠른 전파를 파헤친다. 무서운 속도로 전파되는 전염병이 퍼지며 전 세계 의학계는 치료약을 찾기 위해 빠르게 움직인다.




A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver has his life spin out of control after falling for his neighbour and getting involved in a heist gone wrong. 亡命驾驶 一名好莱坞特技演员同时还身兼眼线一职。 他因对其邻居心生情素,而陷入了一个黑帮 阴谋。 ドライヴ 逃亡ドライバーのアルバイトをする、あるハリ ウッドのスタントマンは隣人に恋をし、強盗事 件に関与したことで、人生が大きく狂ってしまう 。 드라이브 헐리우드 자동차 스턴트맨이 옆집의 여성과 알게 된 후, 곤란한 상황에 처한 그 여성의 남편을 돕게 되며, 그의 인생은 걷잡을 수 없는 사건에 휘말리게 된다.

Flights of Fancy







Stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid Director Craig Brewer Drama 113 mins Rated PG-13 S

Stars Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Gwyneth Paltrow Director Kevin Tancharoen Comedy 84 mins Rated PG



Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson Director David Yates Adventure 130 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan Director Douglas McGrath Comedy 96 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Jim Sturgess, Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson Director Lone Scherfig Drama 108 mins Rated PG-13



Uprooted from Boston and transplanted to the small, bible-belt town of Bomont, Ren MacCormack is shocked to discover that dancing has been banned following a recent tragedy involving some local teens. 浑身是劲 Ren MacCormack从波士顿移 居Bomont小镇,他对因最近涉及一 些当地青少年的悲剧使到该镇禁止 舞蹈而感到惊讶。 フットルース ボストンで生まれ育った後、保守的で 小さな町・ボーモントへ引っ越してきた レン・マコーマックは、そこで地元若者 達の身に起こったある悲劇のために ダンスが禁止されていることを知り、 ショックを受ける。 풋루스 보스턴을 떠나 보몬트의 신앙이 우선인 작은 마을로 이사온 맥코맥은 십대들이 연루된 최근의 비극으로 인해 댄싱이 금지되었다는 것을 알고 충격을

All your Glee favourites, including Kurt, Rachel and Mr. Schue, appear live on stage in this film of the sellout summer concert show. Featuring smash-hit songs from the TV phenomenon.

In this finale to the Harry Potter film series, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and nobody is safe.

Harassed working mom Kate begins to wonder if women really can have it all. Based on the acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson.

您所喜爱的欢乐合唱团团员:Kurt 、Rachel以及Schue先生将会在此片 的满座夏日演唱会中献唱多首电视 流行金曲。

在《哈利·波特》电影系列的终结 篇中,魔法世界的正义与邪恶之间 的战争,也将逐渐升级并演变成一 场倾注所有的终极大战。每一方都 押上了自己的全部赌注,没有人敢 保证自己完全是安全的。


カート、レイチェル、Mr.ショーなどグリ ーの人気者全員がライブ出演し、満 員売り切れとなった今夏のコンサート ショーを収録。テレビで社会現象を巻 き起こした大ヒットソングを満載。 좌 석 이 매 진 된 이 콘서트영화에서는 커트, 레이첼, 슈스터 선생님 등 ‘글리’의 인기 있는 등장인물들이 라이브 무대에 등장한다. 최근 가장 인기 있는 TV 히트 송 까지 다양한 곡들이 공연된다. 받는다.

WARNING LEGEND: A Strong Adult Themes


Flights of Fancy

このハリー・ポッターシリーズの最終 作では、魔術界を二分してきた善と悪 との戦いがついに全面戦争に突入。 危険きわまりのない状況のなかで身 の安全を保証された者は誰ひとりい ない。

I Aircraft Incident


Adapted by David Nicholls from his own, wonderful book, One Day follows the relationship between Emma and Dexter after they meet on the night of their 本片改编自艾莉森·皮尔森的畅销 university graduation: July 小说。讲述一名懊恼的职业妈妈, 15th, 1988. 仕事に疲れ切ったワーキング・マザー のケイトは、女性が欲しいもの全てを 手に入れることが出来るのかどうか考 えはじめる。原作はベストセラー作家 のアリソン・ピーターソン。 심신이 지친 일하는 엄마 케이트는 여자들이 진짜로 이 모든 일을 할 수 있는 지가 궁금해지기 시작한다. 호평을 받았던 앨리슨 피어슨의 베스트셀러를 바탕으로 했다.

해리 포터 시리즈의 마지막 편에서 마법세계에서의 선과 악의 세력간의 싸움은 전면전으로 치닫는다. 그 어느 때보다 위험은 커지고 그 누구도 안전할 수 없다.

G Gore


L Strong Language

N Nudity

改编自大卫·尼克尔斯(David Nicholls)的小说《一天》(One Day),讲述艾玛与德克斯特于1988 年7月15日在大学毕业晚会后的感情 发展。 脚本はデビット・ニコラスの素晴らしい 著書「ワン•デイ」が原作。1988年7月 15日、エマとデクスターが大学卒業式 の夜に出会った後からの2人の関係 を描く。 데이비드 니콜스가 자신의 훌륭한 저서 “원 데이(One Day)”를 각색한 이 영화는 엠마와 덱스터가 대학 졸업식 밤, 1988년 7월 15일에 만난 이후의 관계에 대해 그려 나간다.

S Sexual Content

V Violence






Stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie Director Shawn Levy Action 127 mins Rated PG-13 V


In the future boxing matches between robots are a popular sport. Charlie Kenton hopes he can make a champion out of his recent discovery whilst also bonding with the son he’s just discovered exists. 在不久后的未来,钢铁人的拳击比 赛已变成一种普遍的运动。查理.肯 顿希望重返格斗舞台称霸,同时与 刚相认的儿子有更进一步的互动。 舞台はロボット対ロボットの格闘技が 人気スポーツとなった近未来。ある発 見をきっかけにチャーリー・ケントンは ロボットでチャンピョンを創り出すこと を目指しながら、突然彼の前に表れた 生き別れの息子との絆を深めてゆく。 로봇 파이터들의 복싱경기가 인기 있는 스포츠가 된 미래. 찰리 켄튼은 최근 존재를 알게 된아들과 친해지려고 노력하면서, 최근 발견한 로봇을 챔피언으로 만들려는 희망을 갖는다.

Stars Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson Director David Frankel Comedy 100 mins Rated PG L

As El Niño sends an unprecedented number of breeds of bird flying into North America, three avid ornithologists spend the year locked in fierce competition to spot the highest number of species. 观鸟大年 厄尔尼诺现象造成众多的鸟类种群 将在北美区出现,三位热衷的鸟类 观察者,如今迎来了他们的观鸟“ 大年”。 ザ・ビッグ・イヤー エル・ニーニョ現象により前代未聞の 数の鳥が北アメリカにやってきた。最 も多数の種を見つけるために三人の 熱心な鳥類学者が熾烈な競争に明け 暮れる一年を過ごす。 더 빅 이어 엘니뇨로 인해 북 아메리카로 전례 없이 많은 종의 새들이 날아오고, 세 명의 조류학자가 가장 많은 종을 찾아 내기 위한 치열한 경쟁 속에 일 년을 보내게 된다.

Stars Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson Director John Madden Thriller 113 mins Rated R V


This espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stefan about their former colleague David. 罪孽 这部间谍惊悚片的故事是发生在1997 年,已退休的摩萨德秘密特工雷切尔 和斯蒂芬收到一个关于他们前工友大 卫的惊人消息。 ザ・デット この物語は1997年が場面のスパイス リラー。。秘密組織モサドをすでに引 退した秘密情報員レーチェルとステフ ァンの元に、かつての同僚デーヴィッ ドについてあるショッキングなニュース が届く。 부채 은퇴한 모사드 비밀요원 라첼과 스테판에게 예전 동료인 데이비드에 대한 충격적인 소식이 전해 지는 1997년에 이 첩보 스릴러는 시작된다.

Stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges Director Alexander Payne Drama 115 mins Rated R L


Stars Ryan Gosling, George Clooney Director George Clooney Drama 101 mins Rated R S


George Clooney stars as an indifferent husband and father of two, who must re-establish a relationship with his daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.

In the last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, a campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.

后裔 乔治.库隆尼饰演一名不称职的丈夫 和父亲,他老婆在一场划船意外丧生 后,他必须重建与两个女儿的关系。

总统杀局 在俄亥俄州的总统初选进入白热化时 期的最后一天,一名年轻的媒体发言 人发现自己被卷入复杂的政治幕僚争 斗的故事中。

ファミリー・ツリー ジョージ・クルーニーが演じる無頓着 な夫であり二人の娘の父親である男 は、妻がボート事故で大けがを負った 後に、娘たちとの関係を取り戻さなけ ればならな。 디센던트 조지 클루니가 무관심한 남편으로 등장하여 뜻하지 않은 아내의 배 사고 이후 두 딸과의 관계를 새롭게 만들어가야 하는 모습을 그린다.

スーパー・チューズデー 正義を売った 日 激戦のオハイオ州大統領予備選挙の 終盤、選挙運動の報道担当官は、立 候補者の票をくつがえす恐れのあるス キャンダルに自分自身が関わってい ることに気づく。 디 아아즈 오브 마치 경쟁이 심한 오하이오주 대통령 예비 선 거 전, 프레스 캠페인 보좌관이 자신이 지원하는 대통령 후보자의 선거운동을 위협하는 스캔들에 연루되게 된다.

Flights of Fancy





THE TwiliGHT SaGa: brEakinG Dawn ParT 1


Stars Logan Lerman, Matthew MacFadyen, Ray Stevenson Director Paul W.S. Anderson Adventure 110 mins Rated PG-13 L


三个火枪手 急躁的年轻剑士达达尼昂与阿托斯、波托 斯和阿拉米斯联手对抗欲夺取法国王权的 红衣主敎黎塞恶势力。 三銃士 短気な若者ダルタニアンは、汚名を負った 騎士たち、アトス、ポルトス、アラミスと協 力し、フランスの王座を獲得するためミラ ディー・デ・ウィンターと同盟を組んだ悪者 のリシュリュー枢機卿と戦う。 삼총사 젊고 성미 급한 달타냥이 치욕을 당한 삼총사 아토스, 프로토스, 아라미스와 함께 프랑스 왕권을 차지하기 위해 사악한 리슐리외 추기경과 그의 스파이 마담 말라디의 음모를 막기 위해 힘을 모은다.


PraybEyT bEnjamin

Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Director Bill Condon Drama 117 mins Rated PG-13 L

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan joins forces with disgraced Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis against the evil Cardinal Richelieu, who is in league with Milady de Winter to seize the French throne.



In the latest chapter of The Twilight Saga, the newfound wedded bliss of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen is cut short when a series of betrayals threatens to destroy their world. 暮光之城:破晓(上) 《暮光之城》的最新一集是讲述一系列撼 动其世界的冲突的降临导致贝拉与爱德华 的新婚快乐日子被中断。 トワイライト・サーガ:ブレーキング・ドーン Part1 「トワイライト・サーガ」の最新作。ベラ・スワ ンとエドワード・カレンが初めて経験する至 福の新婚生活は、彼らの世界を滅ぼそうと する数々の裏切りに長くは続かなかった。 트와일라잇: 브레이킹 던 파트 1 트와일라잇의 네 번째 편인 브레이킹 던 파트 1에서는 갓 부부의 연을 맺은 벨라 스완과 에드워드 컬렌이 그들만의 세계를 무너뜨리려는 시련과 배신감 속에서 행복을 잃어간다.

Stars Vice Ganda, Eddie Garcia, Jimmy Santos, Nikki Valdez John Lapus, Derek Ramsay Director Wenn V. Deramas Comedy 110 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Shahrukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor Director Anubhav Sinha SCI Fi 130 mins Rated PG

When a civil war breaks out, Benjamin has to enlist in place of his ailing father. With the help of his friends, will they be able to conquer the enemies and protect his Grandfather Benjamin Santos VI?

A father trying hard to “fit-in” in his son’s badass world. A son is trying hard to “dude-up” his dad from “aiiiyyyo” to “YO!” And a mother lost in translation between her husband’s “ingeva” and her son’s “Inn’it!”

二等兵本杰明 爆发内战时,本杰明代替其体弱多病的父亲 入伍。在朋友的协助下,他们能否打败敌 人及保护他的祖父本杰明.桑托斯?

While Shekhar was trying every trick in the book to woo his son, get ‘dude-ified” and “up his coolness quotient” his son had given up on him.

プライベイト・ベンジャミン(原題:PRAYBEYT BENJAMIN) 内乱が勃発し、ベンジャミンは病気の父親の 代わりに軍隊に入らなければならない。友人 の助けを得て、敵を打ち負かして、祖父ベン ジャミン・サントス4世を守ることができるの か? 프레이벳 벤자민 내전이 터지자 벤자민이 병든 아버지를 대신해서 입대를 하게 된다. 과연 벤자민은 친구들의 도움으로 적군을 무찌르고 할아버지인 벤자민 산토스 6세를 보호할 수 있을까?

Just when the father-son duo hit a deadlock, Shekhar strikes gold when he designs one hell of a game. Finally, it all starts falling in place as the family comes together only to find themselves in the middle of a crash not just a hard drive crash but a crash that would drive them to a disaster and make their lives go—KABOOM!!! All hell breaks loose when the game that was meant to be played with starts playing them. Ra.One- The next level.

WARNING LEGEND: A Strong Adult Themes


Flights of Fancy

G Gore

I Aircraft Incident

L Strong Language

N Nudity

S Sexual Content

V Violence

DIE haRD Rated R Stars Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman Reginald Val Johnson Director John McTiernan

DRIVE Rated R Stars Ryan Gosling Carey Mulligan Albert Brooks Director Nicolas Winding Refn

FaNTaSTIc FOUR: RISE OF ThE SILVER SURFER Rated PG Stars Jessica Alba, Chris Evans Director Tim Story

FRacTURE Rated R Stars Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, Rosamund Pike Director Gregory Hoblit

FREE WILLy: EScaPE FROM PIRaTE’S cOVE Rated PG Stars Beau Bridges, Bindi Irwin, Mike Falkow Director Will Geiger

I, ROBOT Rated PG-13 Stars Will Smith, Bruce Greenwood, Bridget Moynahan Director Alex Proyas

LIVE FREE OR DIE haRD Rated PG-13 Stars Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Timothy Olyphant Director Len Wiseman

NINJa aSSaSSIN Rated R Stars Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Sho Kosugi Director Donald Petrie

REaL STEEL Rated PG-13 Stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie Director Shawn Levy

SUPERMaN RETURNS Rated PG-13 Stars Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Director Bryan Singer

ThE Day ThE EaRTh STOOD STILL Rated PG-13 Stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates Director Scott Derrickson

ThE MaRINE Rated PG-13 Stars John Cena, Kelly Carlson, Robert Patrick Director John Bonito

ThE MaTRIX RELOaDED Rated R Stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving Director The Wachowski Brothers

ThE MaTRIX REVOLUTIONS Rated R Stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne Director The Wachowski Brothers

V FOR VENDETTa Rated R Stars Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea Director James McTeigue

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Rated PG-13 Stars Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber Director Gavin Hood

BEOWULF Rated PG-13 Stars Ray Winston, Anthony Hopkins Director Robert Zemeckis

chaRLIE aND ThE chOcOLaTE FacTORy Rated PG Stars Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore Director Tim Burton

haRRy POTTER aND ThE haLF-BLOOD PRINcE Rated PG-13 Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Director David Yates

haRRy POTTER aND ThE ORDER OF ThE PhOENIX Rated PG-13 Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Director David Yates

INkhEaRT Rated PG Stars Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren Director Iain Softley

MaRLEy & ME Rated PG Stars Owen Wilson Jennifer Aniston Kathleen Turner Director David Frankel

MR. MaGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM Rated G Stars Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Matt Baram Director Zach Helm

PLaNET OF ThE aPES Rated PG-13 Stars Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter Director Tim Burton

ThE Day aFTER TOMORROW Rated PG-13 Stars Dennis Quaid Jake Gyllenhaal Sela Ward Director Roland Emmerich

ThE GOLDEN cOMPaSS Rated PG-13 Stars Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Sam Elliot Director Chris Weitz

ThE LORD OF ThE RINGS: ThE FELLOWShIP OF ThE RING Rated PG-13 Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen Director Peter Jackson

ThE LORD OF ThE RINGS: ThE TWO TOWERS Rated PG-13 Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler Director Peter Jackson

ThE LORD OF ThE RINGS: ThE RETURN OF ThE kING Rated PG-13 Stars Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom Director Peter Jackson

27 DRESSES Rated PG-13 Stars Katherine Heigl, Judy Greer, James Marsden Director Anne Fletcher

BEFORE SUNRISE Rated R Stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy Director Richard Linklater

RUMOR haS IT... Rated PG-13 Stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo Director Rob Reiner

VaLENTINE’S Day Rated PG-13 Stars Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacClaine Director Garry Marshall

GhOSTS OF GIRLFRIEND’S PaST Rated PG-13 Stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Lacey Chabert Director Mark Waters

LakE hOUSE Rated PG Stars Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer Director Alejandro Agresti


12 ROUNDS Rated PG-13 Stars John Cena, Brian White, Aidan Gillen Director Renny Harlin

JOURNEy TO ThE cENTER OF ThE EaRTh Rated PG Stars Brendan Fraser Anita Briem Director Eric Brevig

ThE ThREE MUSkETEERS Rated PG-13 Stars Logan Lerman, Matthew MacFadyen, Ray Stevenson Director Paul W.S Anderson

MONSTER-INLaW Rated PG-13 Stars Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan Director Robert Luketic

Flights of Fancy



Flights of Fancy

17 agaiN Rated PG-13 Stars Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon Director Burr Steers

500 DayS OF SUMMeR Rated PG-13 Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel Director Marc Webb

alViN aND The chiPMUNkS: chiPwReckeD Rated R Stars Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody Director Kevin Smith

cOP OUT Rated R Stars Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody Director Kevin Smith

DOwN wiTh lOVe Rated PG-13 Stars Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellwegger Director Peyton Reed

FaMily STONe Rated PG-13 Stars Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellwegger Director Peyton Reed

he’S JUST NOT ThaT iNTO yOU Rated PG-13 Stars Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck Director Ken Kwapis

hOMe alONe Rated PG Stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern Director Chris Columbus

i DON’T kNOw hOw She DOeS iT Rated PG-13 Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan Director Douglas McGrath

iN heR ShOeS Rated PG-13 Stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine Director Curtis Hanson

Jack aND Jill Rated PG Stars Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino Director Dennis Dugan

JOhNNy eNgliSh ReBORN Rated PG-13 Stars Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West Director Oliver Parker

haiRSPRay Rated PG Stars John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer Director Adam Shankman

liFe aS we kNOw iT Rated PG-13 Stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel Director Greg Berlanti

MiSS cONgeNialiTy 2: aRMeD & FaBUlOUS Rated PG-13 Stars Sandra Bullock Regina King Director John Pasquin

MUSic aND lyRicS Rated PG-13 Stars Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Aasif Mandvi Director Marc Lawrence

New yeaR’S eVe Rated PG-13 Stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron Director Garry Marshall

RUSh hOUR 3 Rated PG-13 Stars Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Roman Polanski Director Brett Ratner

Sex aND The ciTy Rated R Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis Director Michael Patrick King

Sex aND The ciTy 2 Rated R Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis Director Michael Patrick King

SPace JaM Rated PG Stars Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Theresa Randle Director Joe Pytka

The Big yeaR Rated PG-13 Stars Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson Director David Frankel

The DeVil weaRS PRaDa Rated PG-13 Stars Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway Director David Frankel

The MaSk Rated PG-13 Stars Jim Carey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert Director Chuck Russell

The whOle NiNe yaRDS Rated R Stars Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanne Arquette Director Jonathan Lynn

TOweR heiST Rated PG-13 Stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck Director Brett Ratner

weDDiNg cRaSheRS Rated R Stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken Director David Dobkin

FaNTaSTic MR. FOx Rated PG Stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Anjelica Huston Director Wes Anderson

haPPy FeeT Rated PG Stars Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Robin Williams Director George Miller

ice age Rated PG Stars Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary Director Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

STaR waRS: clONe waRS Rated PG Stars Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor Director Dave FIloni

The aNT BUlly Rated PG Stars Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep Director John A. Davis

The SiMPSONS MOVie Rated PG-13 Stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright Director David Silvermani

JOhN Q Rated PG-13 Stars Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche Director Nick Cassavetes

The DeBT Rated R Stars Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson Director John Madden

lOONey TUNeS Back iN acTiON

Rated PG Stars Brendan Fraser, Steve Martin, Jenna Elfman Director Joe Dante

PUSS iN BOOTS Rated PG Stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis Director Chris Miller

127 houRS Rated R Stars James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara Director Danny Boyle

a time to Kill Rated R Stars McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson Director Joel Schumacher

auStRalia Rated PG-13 Stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham Director Baz Luhrmann

blooD DiamonD Rated R Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly Director Edward Zwick

befoRe SunSet Rated R Stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff Director Richard Linklater

boDy of lieS Rated R Stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong Director Ridley Scott

DolPhin tale Rated PG Stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr. Director Charles Martin Smith

flagS of ouR fatheRS Rated R Stars Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach Director Clint Eastwood

footlooSe Rated Drama Stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid Director Craig Brewer

gRan toRino Rated R Stars Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her Director Clint Eastwood

inviCtuS Rated Drama Stars Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon Director Clint Eastwood

juno Rated PG-13 Stars Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner Director Jason Reitman

my SiSteR’S KeePeR Rated PG-13 Stars Cameron Diaz Alec Baldwin Joan Cusack Director Nick Cassavetes

one Day Rated PG-13 Stars Jim Sturgess, Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson Director Lone Scherfig

SolaRiS Rated PG-13 Stars George Clooney, Jeremy Davies, Natascha McElhone Director Steven Soderbergh

SWeet novembeR Rated PG-13 Stars Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Jason Isaacs Director Pat O'Conor

the buCKet liSt Rated PG-13 Stars Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes Director Rob Reiner

the DeSCenDantS Rated R Stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges Director Alexander Payne

the iDeS of maRCh Rated PG-13 Stars Ryan Gosling, George Clooney Director George Clooney

the negotiatoR Rated R Stars Samuel L.Jackson, Kevin Spacey, J.T. Walsh Director F. Gary Gray

the SiSteRhooD of tRaveling PantS 1 Rated PG Stars Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn Director Ken Kwapis

time tRaveleRS Wife Rated PG-13 Stars Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston Director Robert Schwentke

the tWilight Saga: bReaKing DaWn Pt1 Rated PG-13 Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Director Bill Condon

CatCh me i’m in love Rated GP Stars Sarah Geronimo, Gerald Anderson Director Wenn Deramas

DaPat Ka bang mahalin? Rated GP Stars Sharon Cuneta, Gabby Concepcion Director Emmanuel H. Borlaza

foReveR anD a Day Rated GP Stars KC Concepcion, Sam Milby Director Cathy Garcia Molina

in the name of love Rated PG Stars Aga Muhlach, Angel Locsin Director Olivia Lamasan

ang tanging ina mo, laSt na ‘to! Rated GP Stars Ai-Ai delas Alas, Eugene Domingo Director Wenn Deramas

no otheR Woman Rated PG Stars Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, Cristine Reyes Director Ruel S. Bayani

PRaybeyt benjamin Rated PG-13 Stars Vice Ganda, Eddie Garcia, Jimmy Santos, Nikki Valdez, John Lapus, Derek Ramsay Director Wenn Deramas

Flights of Fancy




17 A340






5/6 7/8

5/6 7/8



11/12 11/12 13/14 13/14 17 17

1/2 3/4

1/2 3/4


7/8 17

7/8 17


1/2 3/4


1/2 3/4


7/8 17

1/2 3/4


7/8 17



5/6 17

Puss In Boots The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1


Short Films Short Films


Short Films Short Films

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

AIRSHOW Jack And Jill Short Film AIRSHOW



Thomas E. Ackerman being a teacher at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he brought several UNCSA film students on the production as interns.


Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

The Descendants Short Films Short Films The Descendants AIRSHOW



AIRSHOW New Year's Eve Short Film AIRSHOW

Tower Heist New Year's Eve The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 The Descendants

Praybeyt Benjamin No Other Woman Forever And A Day In The Name Of Love Catch Me…I'm In Love

Johnny English Reborn

Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'To!

Puss In Boots

Short Film

New Year's Eve The Descendants Short Films Short Films The Descendants AIRSHOW


Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Tower Heist New Year's Eve The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 The Descendants

Praybeyt Benjamin No Other Woman Forever And A Day In The Name Of Love Catch Me…I'm In Love


Short Film AIRSHOW

Johnny English Reborn

Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'To!

Puss In Boots

Short Film

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwreked

The Descendants Short Films Short Films The Descendants AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked


Tower Heist New Year's Eve The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 The Descendants

Praybeyt Benjamin No Other Woman Forever And A Day In The Name Of Love Catch Me…I'm In Love


Short Film AIRSHOW

Johnny English Reborn

Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'To!

Puss In Boots

Short Film

Tower Heist New Year's Eve The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 The Descendants

Praybeyt Benjamin No Other Woman Forever And A Day In The Name Of Love Catch Me…I'm In Love


Short Films Short Films

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1



A340 B747



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

>> With cinematographer


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

7/8 17

AIRSHOW Tower Heist Short Film AIRSHOW


A340 B747








The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

5/6 17

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1


A340 B747



Short Films Short Films


5/6 17


AIRSHOW Tower Heist Short Films AIRSHOW

A340 B747





5/6 17

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked New Year's Eve Short Films Drive P Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Pt 2 The Descendants P Praybeyt Benjamin AIRSHOW

GUAM, JAPAN Tower Heist The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1




5/6 7






Jack and Jill Short Films Tower Heist The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 The Ides Of March P Glee: The Concert Movie P Tower Heist AIRSHOW









5/6 7



A320 / A319*


A320 / A319*



A320 / A319*


11/12 13/14


Ra One (also for BKK/DEL) Short Films Johnny English Reborn The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1


The Ides Of March P Glee: The Concert Movie Tower Heist AIRSHOW


AIRSHOW Jack And Jill Short Film AIRSHOW

New Year's Eve The Descendants Short Films Short Films The Descendants AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked


Short Film AIRSHOW


A320 / A319*





New Year's Eve Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Short Films Drive P Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Pt 2 The Descendants P Praybeyt Benjamin Puss In Boots AIRSHOW









5/6 7/8

Tower Heist Jack And Jill Short Films The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 The Ides Of March P Glee: The Concert Movie P Johnny English Reborn


1/2 3/4








Johnny English Reborn

Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'To!

Puss In Boots

Short Film

NEW DELHI New Year's Eve (also for BKK/DEL) No Other Woman Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Drive P Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Pt 2 The Descendants P Short Films AIRSHOW


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


Flights of Fancy




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





AIRSHOW Tower Heist Jack and Jill Short Films Johnny English Reborn AIRSHOW

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




1st showing 2nd showing 3rd showing

AIRSHOW New Year's Eve Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Short Films Praybeyt Benjamin Puss In Boots AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Jack And Jill Short Films Tower Heist

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


AIRSHOW Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked New Year's Eve Short Films Praybeyt Benjamin AIRSHOW



A340 (RP-C8168)

1st showing 2nd showing


AIRSHOW Tower Heist Short Films AIRSHOW


A320 / A319*


AIRSHOW Tower Heist Short Films AIRSHOW

1st showing 2nd showing

Tower Heist Short Films

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Short Films AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW New Year's Eve Short Films AIRSHOW

A320 / A319*

New Year's Eve Short Films



A340 (RP-C8168)

1st showing 2nd showing


AIRSHOW Puss In Boots Short Films AIRSHOW


A320 / A319*

AIRSHOW Tower Heist Short Films AIRSHOW

Tower Heist Short Films

1st showing 2nd showing

AIRSHOW New Year's Eve Short Films AIRSHOW




Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Short Films AIRSHOW

A320 / A319*

New Year's Eve Short Films



A340 (RP-C8168)

1st showing 2nd showing


AIRSHOW Jack And Jill Short Films AIRSHOW


A320 / A319*

AIRSHOW Jack And Jill Short Films AIRSHOW

Tower Heist Short Films

1st showing 2nd showing

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Short Films AIRSHOW

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Short Films AIRSHOW

A320 / A319*

New Year's Eve Short Films



A340 (RP-C8168)

1st showing 2nd showing A330



AIRSHOW Tower Heist Short Films AIRSHOW

AIRSHOW Jack And Jill Short Films AIRSHOW


Tower Heist Short Films

A320 / A319*


1st showing 2nd showing

AIRSHOW New Year's Eve Short Films AIRSHOW

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

AIRSHOW New Year's Eve (also for BKK/DEL) No Other Woman Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Short Films AIRSHOW



1st showing 2nd showing 3rd showing


A320 / A319*

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Short Films AIRSHOW

New Year's Eve Short Films


AIRSHOW Ra One (also for BKK/DEL) Short Films Tower Heist AIRSHOW



>> Unlike the first two films, Ian is a supporting protagonist, as he helps Dave

rescue the chipmunks. Despite this, he does threaten to eat Theodore’s necklace and to eat Dave if they didn’t find the chipmunks soon. In the end, he finally gets his career back.


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

* Via Singapore * Except Xiamen

Flights of Fancy





Femme Fatale

Doo-wops & Hooligans

Mylo Xyloto

Break the Spell

Recovery (Clean)

My Worlds Acoustic

Born This Way

Libra Scale


Talk that Talk

Get Your Heart On

Now That’s What I Call Music! 39



Justin Bieber

With Love

Lady Gaga

Now Playing Juris

Britney Spears


Duets - In Harmony Martin Nievera

Bruno Mars


Magpakailanman Regine Velasquez & Ogie Alcasid




Simple Plan

I’ll Be Seeing You Richard Poon


Various Artists

Sarah Geronimo

The Definitive Collection of Hits CD 1

LeeHom-New+Best Selections

Stephanie Sun

One Heart

The Company


Gary Valenciano




Aisubeki Mirai E

Japanese Singer Ken Hirai

Girls Generation Mini Album Vol. 3 Hoot Girls Generation


Eason Chan

LeeHom Wang

It’s Time



Disney’s Greatest Vol. 1


Chillout Lounge

World of Chillout Lounge Café Del Mar Vol. 17 Vol. 2 Various Artists


Various Artists

Kidz Bop 19

Various Artists

Various Artists


David Arkenstone

Disney Pixar

Best of the BBC Vaults Ella Fitzgerald


Flights of Fancy

The Very Best of John Coltrane John Coltrane

Ultimate Tony Tony Bennett

Brazil Lounge Deluxe Various Artists

Talk ThaT Talk: Rihanna Rihanna, one of the most consistent pop stars of the last five years, is into another record-climbing spree with her new album, Talk That Talk. Rihanna’s more crowdpleasing songs are in here – the soundscapes are dancefloor appropriate and the lyrics are so strong they’ll leave gashes. Tracks like “Where Have You Been” and “We Found Love” highlight Rihanna’s European pop influences while “You Da One” showcases her reggae roots. The New York Times declared Talk That Talk to be “not only the best effort of her career, but arguably the best pop album of 2011.” Earning more raves than rants, Talk That Talk is an album not only Rihanna fans will learn to love.




O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits

Legacy, Greatest Hits Collection

Sounds of Silence

True Blue Madonna

Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Simon & Garfunkel

One Night Only Greatest Hits

Nothing But The Best

Love Songs

What's The Story Morning Glory

The Very Best of Sergio Mendes

Gold Greatest Hits

Elton John



The Sound Of Music (1998 Broadway Revival Cast) Various Artists Cast


Frank Sinatra

Boyz II Men

Elton John

Nat King Cole

Sergio Mendes


Original Broadway Cast

Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers Various Artists

American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry shows us why losing American Idol isn’t exactly the end of the road. Break the Spell, his band’s third album, doesn’t stray too much away from the formula that made Daughtry a success, especially with tracks that walk the line between hard rock and pop rock. The album is a tight collection of polished, radio-ready, melodic rock songs that

Glee: The Music Vol. 4 Various Artists


Break the Spell: Daughtry

will appeal to their more emotional fan base. The track “Renegade” starts the album, heavy and up tempo. “Crawling Back to You” is sentimental and apologetic, a true anthem for Daughtry fans. La Voce

Russell Watson

The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe CD1

The String Quartet Tribute To Valentine’s Day

Spells aren’t the only thing this album will break —even records.

Vitamin String Quartet

Various Artist

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

Flights of Fancy



>> 3

>> 5

>> 4




BEST OF 60S, 70S & 80S

Stay tuned with DJ Claire as she brings you the latest OPM Hits from Juris, Jed Madela, Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga & many more here onboard Philippine Airlines!

Bringing you some of the well-known favourites of Pinoy hits here onboard! The classics we all grew up with, The APO are back, plus Marco Sison, Ogie Alcasid and many more!

It's the attack of the hits with the likes of Jessie J, Evanescence, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Katy Perry and more on Hitline onboard Philippine Airlines!

Get plugged in as we bring you a collection of the best hits from the 60s, 70s & 80s here onboard Philippine Airlines! Remember these songs?

jed madela

ogie alcasid


the bangles

Ikaw Na Lang Ang Kulang Jed Madela (Universal Records Inc.)

Make Believe Marco Sison (Universal Records)

Domino Jessie J (Universal Republic)

Rock Your Baby George McRae (EMI)

So Much In Love Zia Quizon (Polyeast Records)

Always Marco Sison (Universal Records)

International Love Pitbull ft. Chris Brown (J Records)

After All Peter Cetera & Cher (Geffen)

Firework The Company (Viva Records)

Kumusta Ka Nonoy Zuniga (Viva Records)

There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do Lea Salonga (Divaako Ltd)

Love Without Time Nonoy Zuniga (Viva Records)

We Owned The Night Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records)

Missing You John Waite (EMI)

Fallin' Sarah Geronimo (Viva Records)

Let The Pain Remain Basil Valdez (Viva Records)

All Night Long Demi Lovato (Hollywood Records)

Straight Up Paula Abdul (Sony Music)

Classic OPM Hits Medley Aiza Seguerra (Vicor Music Corporation)

Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka Basil Valdez (Viva Records)

Good Feeling Flo Rida (Atlantic)

Good Vibrations The Beach Boys (Capitol)

Here Comes The Sun Gail Blanco (Universal Records Inc.)

Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo Rey Valera (Vicor Music)

Waiting Outside The Lines Greyson Chance (Geffen Records)

I Have A Dream Abba (Polar Music)

Constant Change Jose Mari Chan (Universal Records Inc.)

Even If Jam Morales (Vicor Music)

Set Fire To The Rain Adele (XL Recordings Ltd)

Yesterday Beatles (EMI)

I Made It Through The Rain Jed Madela (Universal Records Inc.)

Ikaw Lang Zsa Zsa Padilla (Polyeast Records)

Sexy And I Know It LMFAO (Interscope)

Midnight Train To Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips (Dino Entertainment)

All That's Left Christian Bautista (Universal Records Inc.)

Ewan Apo Hiking Society (Universal Records)

Don't Hold Your Breath Nicole Scherzinger (Interscope)

Total Eclipse of The Heart Bonnie Tyler (Polygram TV)

Born This Way Maria Aragon (Star Recording)

Awit Ng Barkada Apo Hiking Society (Universal Records)

It Will Rain Bruno Mars (Atlantic)

Eternal Flame The Bangles (Polygram TV)

We Belong Toni Gonzaga (Star Recording)

Blue Jeans Apo Hiking Society (Universal Records)

Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin Juris (Star Recording)

Mahirap Magmahal Ng Syota Ng Iba Apo Hiking Society (Universal Records)

I Won't Let You Go James Morrison (Universal Island Records)

The House Of The Rising Sun The Animals (EMI Records)

The Prayer Marcelito Pomoy (Star Recording)

Bawat Bata Apo Hiking Society (Universal Records)

Criminal Britney Spears (RCA)

Tears Ken Dodd (Columbia Records)

Where Do I Begin (Love Story) Gary Valenciano (Star Recording)

Fallin’ Regine Velasquez (Viva Records)

We Found Love Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris (Def Jam)

Owner of A Lonely Heart Yes (Sony Music)

Lakbayin Ang Pilipinas Gary Granada (Polyeast Records)

Please Be Careful With My Heart Regine Velasquez & Jose Mari Chan (Viva Records)

I Like How It Feels Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull (Universal Republic)

U Can't Touch This M.C.Hammer (Capitol)

I Like It Like That Hot Chelle Rae ft. New Boyz (Jive Records)

Violence Of Summer (Love's Taking Over) Duran Duran (EMI)

Fight For You Jason Derulo (Warner Bros Records Inc.)

Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick (Dino Entertainment)

What You Want Evanescence (Wind-Up Records)

Moonlight Feels Right Starbuck (Private Stock Records)

The One That Got Away Katy Perry (Capitol Records)

Let Your Love Flow The Bellamy Brothers (Curb Records)

Panaginip Ogie Alcasid (OctoArts EMI Music)

Without You David Guetta ft. Usher (What A Music Ltd)

Right Back Where We Started From Maxine Nightingale (United Artists Records)

Pagkakataon Ogie Alcasid (OctoArts EMI Music)

This City Patrick Stump ft. Lupe Fiasco (Universal Island Records)

Round And Round Spandau Ballet (EMI)

Fire Solenn (Universal Records Inc.) Reflection Lea Salonga (Divaako Ltd) Part Of Your World Rachelle Ann Go (Viva Records) I-Swing Mo Randy, John, Rico (Star Recording) I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) Maria Aragon (Star Recording) Total Eclipse Of The Heart Anne Curtis Feat. Sarah Geronimo (Viva Records)

On The Wings Of Love Regine Velasquez (Viva Records) Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang Regine Velasquez (Viva Records) Tuwing Umuulan Regine Velasquez (Viva Records) Nandito Ako Ogie Alcasid (OctoArts EMI Music)

Dahil Mahal Kita Ogie Alcasid (OctoArts EMI Music) Sumayaw, Sumunod Ogie Alcasid (OctoArts EMI Music)

She Makes Me Wanna JLS ft. Dev (Sony Music Entertainment) Hangover Taio Cruz ft. Flo Rida (Universal Island Records) Louder Charice (Reprise Records) 5 O'Clock T-Pain ft. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen (Jive Records)


>> 6

Flights of Fancy

Karma Chameleon Culture Club (Sony Music) Smooth Operator Sade (Sony Music) So You Win Again Hot Chocolate (Rak Records)

>> 7

>> 8



This adult-free zone brings a selection of great songs, fantastic stories, and many more, all just for youngsters onboard. Just don’t tell the adults how good it is!

Tune in to Jazz Club, with a sultry blend of the best of new & old Jazz here onboard! Lie back & relax, perhaps a glass of wine or champagne to go along?

justin beiber

Shake It Up Selena Gomez (Walt Disney Records) You've Got A Friend In Me (Toy Story) Randy Newman (Buena Vista Pictures) Teenage Dream Glee Cast (Twentieth Century Fox Film) Friend Like Me (Aladdin) Craig Toungate (Walt Disney Records) Never Say Never Justin Bieber Feat. Jaden Smith (Island Def Jam Music) This Is Me (Camp Rock) Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas (Walt Disney Records) Zip A Dee Doo Dah Johnny And The Sprites (Walt Disney Records) Scream Zac Efron (Walt Disney Music Co).

david benoit

Midnight Blue Loren Gold (Fill The Pool Music)

Someday We'll All Be Free George Benson (Concord Records)

One Night Only (from Dreamgirls) Anika Noni Rose, Beyonce Knowles, Sharon Leal (Sony Music)

For The Love Of You Earl Klugh (Warner Bros Records)

Speak Low Sophie Milman (eOne)

Somebody's Eyes (from Footloose) Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo & Company (Q Records)

Every Day The O'Neil Brothers (Indie Label)

I Still Believe (from Miss Saigon) Today I Am A Man Charlie Haden Quartet West with Diana Krall Lea Salonga & Claire Moore (Geffen) (Universal Music Group Intl) Any Dream Will Do (from Joseph And The

The St. Louis Blues March Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band (Sony BMG)

These Foolish Things John Pizzarelli (Telarc)

Year 3000 Jonas Brothers (Hollywood Records) Sea Cruise (Finding Nemo) Caroline Brown (Walt Disney Records) The Good Life Hannah Montana (Walt Disney Records) Crazier Taylor Swift (Walt Disney Records) Call Me, Beep Me (Kim Possible) Christina Milian (Walt Disney Records) Get Up On Ya Feet Aaron Carter (Walt Disney Records) Summer (Where Do We Begin?) Phineas (Phineas And Ferb The Movie) (Walt Disney Records) Jump To The Rhythm Jordan Pruitt (Hollywood Records) Hey, Mickey Angie Jaree/Karen Harper/Terry Wood (Walt Disney Records)

michael lington

Message In The Music (from Happy Days) Pinky & Company (PS Classics)

Under the Sea The Doodlebops (Walt Disney Records)

Make It Shine (Victorious Theme) Victorious Cast Feat. Victoria Justice (Sony Music Entertainment)

happy days

Swamp Top Acoustic Alchemy (Onside Records)

Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me Boz Scaggs (Stormvox)

Overboard [Live] Miley Cyrus & Justin Bieber (Island Def Jam Music)


Beautiful Maria Of My Soul The Peter Pupping Band (Premium Records)

Now Or Never High School Musical Cast (Walt Disney Records)

School's Out Kyra Christiaan (Walt Disney Records)


Time to relax and enjoy some soothing Tune-in to Tinseltown and take a musical tour with some of the well-known familiar instrumental classics, as this selection of soporific movies including Lion King, Shrek, melodies helps the miles fly by. Philippine Airlines Footloose, Hairspray and many more! is proud to bring you this selection of well-known hits and timeless classics.

Mountain Dance David Benoit (Peak Records)

They Can't Take That Away From Me Rickie Lee Jones (Stormvox)

Watch Me Margaret Durante (Walt Disney Records)

>> 10

You Can't Stop The Beat (from Hairspray) Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, John Travolta & Queen Latifah (Decca)

Some Day My Prince Will Come The Cheetah Girls (Walt Disney Records)

I Like To Move It (Madagascar) Will.I.Am (Interscope Records)

>> 9

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) Jason Donovan (The Really Useful Group)

Belle The Sleeping Car (from Starlight Express) Starlight Express Original Cast (The Really Useful Group) I Could Have Danced All Night (from My Fair Lady) Julie Andrews & Betty Woolfe (Sony Music Entertainment) You Oughta Be Here With Me (from Big River) Patti Cohenour, Peggy Harmon & Andi Henig (MCA)

Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? Louis Armstrong (Verve Music)

Good Old Girl (from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) Henderson Forsythe & Male Ensemble (MCA)

Back Home Jeff Golub (Verve Music)

I Dreamed A Dream (from Les Miserables) Randy Graff (David Geffen)

Gimme 6 Euge Groove (Shanachie)

I'm Flying (from Peter Pan) Cathay Rigby, Jenny Agutter, Lee Honey-Jones & Myles Anderson (Digital Jay)

Don't Get Around Much Anymore Steve Tyrell (Atlantic) City Of Night Pink Martini (Heinz) Hit The Road Jack Shirley Horn (UMG)

Shadowland (from The Lion King) Heather Headley, Tsidii Le Loka & Ensemble (Walt Disney) Freak Flag (from Shrek) Original Cast Recording (Decca) Two Worlds (from Tarzan) Original Cast Recording (Walt Disney)

What A Difference A Day Made Love At Second Sight (from Snow White & The Dinah Washington & Belford Hendricks' Seven Dwarfs) Dwayne Tan (Wildrice) Orchestra (Verve Music) Tropical Rain Jessy J (Concord Records)

Woman To Woman (from The Pirate Queen) Stephanie J. Block, Linda Balgord & William Youmans (Sony BMG)

Strollin' Paul Brown featuring Richard Elliot (Shanachie)

Life After Life (from Dracula) Lauren Kennedy, James Barbour (Global Vision)

Images Of Us George Duke (Heads Up)

The Oldest Profession (from The Life) Lillias White (Sony)

East Of The Sun (and West of the Moon) Joshua Redman (Nonesuch)

Summer Nights (from Grease!) Susan Wood, Ricky Paull Goldin & Ensemble (BMG) Tell Me On A Sunday (from Song & Dance) Sarah Brightman (The Really Useful Group)

I'll Never Stop Loving You Rollo Scott Orchestra (Premium Records) Love Changes Everything Andrew Lloyd Webber (Music Collection International Ltd) Sunrise Kenny G (Concord Music) The Wind Beneath My Wings L. Henley/ J. Silbar (Prestige Records) Gossamer Heart Lisa Lynne (Windham Hill Records) She Describes Infinity Scott Cossu (BMG Music) Timeless Jim Brickman (SLG) Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You George Shearing (TELARC) You've Got a Friend Michael Lington (Rendezvous Entertainment) Cape Of Good Hope Jim Wilson (Willow Bay Music) Saturn Calling Jeff Oster (Jeff Oster) Little Star George Skaroulis (Evzone Music) Sunset In Paradise Armik (Bolero Records) See, My Love Andreas Vollenweider (SLG) Your Song John Bayless (Angel Records) What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) Peter White (Sony BMG Music Entertainment) Princess Of The Night Richard Clayderman (Delphine Records)

Once Upon A Dream (from Jekyll & Hyde) Linda Eder (BMG)

Somebody Bridgit Mendler (Walt Disney Records) Fallin' For You Colbie Caillat (Walt Disney Records) Turn Up The Music Lemonade Mouth (Walt Disney Records)

Flights of Fancy


>> 12


>> 11



Tune-in to Classic Collection channel onboard Philippine Airlines! Relax and enjoy our wide selections of masterpieces as we take you into the world of the classics.

Jam along with us here onboard Philippine Airlines, as we play you a selection of the latest J Pop hits from Funky Monkey Babys, Perfume, Acid Black Cherry & many more!

elin kolev

Air (Suite III), BWV 1068 Cello: Yo-Yo Ma, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Conductor: Ton Koopman (Sony Music) Impromptu in G Flat Major, Op. 90 No. 3 Piano: Julius-Jeongwon Kim (EMI) Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat, Op.73 "Emperor" - II Adagio Harp: Julia Thornton, National Radio Orchestra of The Netherlands, orchestra Leader: Erno Olah (EMI) Symphony No. 1 In G Minor, Op 13 "Winter Dreams" 1. Dreams Of A Winter Journey Berliner Philharmoniker, Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon)

abe mao


「たとえ どんなに・・・」 西野カナ (SME)

姐妹 黄品冠,黄嘉千 (相信音樂)

Trouble Maker

My Road 平原綾香 (DREAMUSIC)

親密愛人 王若琳 (索尼)


My Private "Jealousy"

風和日麗 劉若英 (相信音樂)

Charge ▶ Go!

微加幸福 郁可唯 (滚石)


Eternal Sky 貴水博之 (Kitty)


Acid Black Cherry (AVEX)

風は吹いている 側にいて 阿部真央 (PONY CANYON) カーネーション 椎名林檎 (EMI Music)

The Blue Danube Vienna Philharmonic, Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon)


Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 In E Flat Piano: Yundi Li (EMI)


Pavane Guitar: John Williams and Small Orchestra (Sony Music)

荒野より 中島みゆき (YAMAHA Music)

Sonata No. 6 in E Major Violin: Clara-Jumi Kang (Decca)

ブスにならない哲学 ハロープロジェクト モベキマス

La Catedral - Andante Religioso Guitar: Sharon Isbin (Sony Music)

Perfume (TOKUMA Japan) KinKi Kids (Johnny's Entertainment)


君のとなりに 曽根由希江 (DREAMUSIC) 紡ぎ~あまねく想い~ 初音 (AVEX) Monochrome Rainbow

Tommy heavenly6 (Warner Music)



甘酸っぱい春にサクラサク べりキュー(Berryz工房x℃ute) (UP-FRONT WORKS)

Count On Me

孙耀威 (Universal) 完美男人 可樂乐团 (EMI) 時間神偷 楊宗緯 (環球) 太多人 Swing 鄔裕康

Rising Star

Dear Jane (華納) 戀曲2012 慢行 (Manroom/海蝶) 分不了手 李克勤 (環球)

Trouble Maker (CUBE/Universal) 타블로(Tablo) (YG Entertainment) 너랑 나 IU (Loen Entertainment)


손담비, 에프터 스쿨 (Loen Entertainment) 아이야 지현우 (Paramount Music) 뭐 이런게 다 있어 알리 (ALi) (LOEN) 하루가 길다 팀 (TIM) (SONY MUSIC) 그 남자 그 여자 포맨 (4MEN) & 미 (美) (LOEN) 우산 에픽하이 feat 윤하 (CJ E&M) 한사람 에이트 (KT Music) 내겐 너니까 효린(시스타) (DRM) 가슴 앓이 바비킴 (DRM) 미행 Monday Kiz (LOEN)

不OK SD5 (環球)

Mr Taxi (Korean Version)

奇幻精品店 許哲珮 (彎的音樂)

왜 이래 Miss S feat 정슬기, 임다혜 (BRANDNEW STARDOM)

要你管 Olivia Ong (華研)


依然愛你 王力宏 (Sony)

Be My Baby

소녀시대 (SM Entertainment)

티아라(T-ara) (LOEN) 원더걸스 (LOEN)

不是一個人 張婧 (海蝶)

거기서거기 (Without You) 다이나믹 듀오(Dynamic Duo) (CJ E&M)

夜 靜玟 (Linfair)

낙서 엠블랙(MBLAQ) (CJ E&M)

肚餓 鄒文正 (金牌大風)

너니까 이현 (CJ E&M)

All About Loving You


王祖藍 (英皇)

精心戀愛 泳兒 (英皇)

Flights of Fancy

X-5 (LOEN)

電司(Dance) 棒棒堂 (金牌大風)

比愛情簡單 吳雨霏 (金牌大風)



陪我到最後 潘嘉麗 (滚石)

Melodie aus "Orpheus et Eurydice" Violin: Elin Kolev, Piano: Milana Chernyavska (Sony Music)

Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera, RV 530 Violin: Nicola Benedetti, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Conductor: Christian Curnyn (Decca)

wang li hong

Get the best of K-Pop with artistes such as X-5, T-ara, Tablo, ALi and more on Seoul Grooves!


Piano Sonata in A Flat Major WWV 85 Piano: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Deutsche Grammophon)


ORI E N T E X PRE S S Enjoy the line-up of the hottest Mandarin and Cantonese hits in the pop charts!


Piano Sonata In E Flat Major, K282 1. Adagio Piano: Christoph Eschenbach (Deutsche Grammophon)

Three Poems for Piano After Aloysius Betrand II Le Gibet Piano: Benjamin Grosvenor (Decca)

>> 14

>> 13

크리스티나 러브 리 (CJ E&M)

OUTBOUND BEttER wIth You Episode: Better with Dancing

wIpEout Episode: Don't Fear the Beaver

A visit to a picture perfect destination matched with friendly smiles… this is Hawaii. As the youngest member of the United States of America, Hawaii preserves its unique culture in all its islands. Watch this episode and get a feel of the warm aloha spirit.

In their "first wedding dance" class, Casey learns Mia is a bad dancer. Casey, who is an expert dancer, asks their instructor to keep mum.

Twenty-four contestants compete against each other and the clock to make it through wild obstacle courses to ultimately be one of the final 4. The final 4 then face the Wipeout Zone. The contestant with the fastest time wins $50,000. This episode features a river guide with an extreme fear of beavers.

JuSt FoR LAuGhS Season 9 Episode 26

NASA 360 Full Circle

Glee Episode: Season 2 Episode 2—Britney/Brittany

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

The series NASA 360 examines how technologies develop by far NASA are used in everything from space exploration to everyday consumer products. Find out how NASA's Hubble telescope works, the JASON project, Mars Science Laboratory and more.

A trip to the dentist for the Glee clubbers gives them hallucinations while Brittany's psyche comes to focus and they sing some of special guest star Britney Spears' greatest hits.



ASIAN AIR SAFARI Episode: Hawaii


It's more than just travel. It's all about discovery and adventure. Episodes: Bacolod, Bangkok, Seoul and Guam

wALL StREEt JouRNAL tECh wAtCh November 2011

wIpEout The Birds, The Bees and The Bedbugs

Tech Watch looks at the latest trends Players will deliver spills, tumbles and and innovations in the world of falls as they face new obstacles such as The Bed Bugs, and gain speed on technology. the Springavator before they jump onto the Big Balls, all before being served up breakfast in the Wipeout Kitchen.

GLEE Season 2 Episode 1 – Audition

In the second season opener, some new faces challenge old ones in Glee club auditions. Meanwhile new and old relationships leave some happy and others alone.

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

Flights of Fancy



>> the chessboard has 64 squares and

each player controls 16 pieces at the start of the game: eight pawns, two bishops, two knights, two rooks, one queen and one king.

>> austrian-american wilhelm Steinitz


was the first official world Chess Champion winning his first title in 1886.

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

>> the current world Chess Champion,

India's viswanathan anand, is the first chess player in history to have won the world Championship in three different formats: Knockout, tournament and Match.

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

>> Eugene torre of the Philippines was the first asian player to earn the highly coveted title of International g r a n d m a s t e r, b e a t i n g t h e n t h e world Champion anatoly Karpov in a tournament in Manila in 1976.

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

in-flight SUDOKU


IN-fLIght tEtrIS

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

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

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

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

IN-fLIght trIvIa ChaLLENgE


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


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


Flights of Fancy

the Sudoku was believed to be designed by american architect howard garns, whose first number puzzle game was published in 1979 under tha name "Number Place". the game first appeared in japan in early 1980's and has since been a hit. It was given the name Sudoku which means "the digits must remain single". In 2005, two game shows dedicated to Sudoku aired on television: Sky One's Sudoku Live and bbC's SUDO-Q. Italy, Czech republic and India have all played host to the annual world Sudoku Championship, which started in 2006. 2009's championship was held in Slovakia. two students from the Philippines dominated the 2009 asiaPacific Sudoku tournament held recently in thailand, john robert valcos and Sarah jane Cua.

“I absolutely love the beach! Having been all over the world to some of the most beautiful places on earth, I never thought I’d find paradise right here at the Azure. These nine luxurious residential towers encircling the breathtaking manmade beach are truly incredible. The Azure is a tropical vacation you can come home to each and every day. I think I’ve found my paradise – you can too. Call Century Properties today!”

What makes Azure even more exciting is the Paris Beach Club personally designed by Ms. Paris Hilton in partnership with Century Properties. For more than 15 years, Ms. Hilton has built a very successful design business, with over 17 different product lines – from clothing, handbags, fragrances, and many others. Coming from a family very much steeped in real estate heritage, and growing up around only the most exceptional properties, she has long yearned for this opportunity to extend her creativity into her very first real estate venture. The Paris Beach Club at the Azure will be nothing less than amazing! ConstruCtion in full swing! take ownership of your very own pieCe of paradise today for as low as php15,000 per month. For a preview of Azure’s beach lifestyle, visit our model units today at the 2/f low rise Pacific Star Building, Makati Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.

For more information, visit or call: (632) 818-9041 • (63) 917-555-5274 Like us on Facebook centurypropertiesofficial

Follow us on twitter centuryprop

THE AZURE is located on SLEX (West Service Road) between the Bicutan and Sucat Exits, directly adjacent to SM Bicutan – about a 15 minute drive to Alabang in the south, and 10 minutes to Makati in the north via the expanded skyway.

Authorized to sell by HLURB: LTS # 24077 (Rio), LTS # 23646 (Santorini) and TLTS No. ENCRFO-10-12-029 (St. Tropez). Azure Urban Resort Residences Rio Tower will have 756 residential units and 184 parking slots. Santorini Tower will have 525 residential units and 86 parking slots. St. Tropez Tower will have 561 residential units and 127 parking slots. Target Project completion date is December 2012 (Rio), December 2013 (Santorini), December 2014 (St. Tropez). Azure Urban Resort Residences is being developed by Century Limitless Corporation, a member of the Century Properties Group. The design of the beach club by Paris Hilton does not in any way change the name of the project. In no way is Azure or Century related to Hilton Hotels Worldwide. Not for distribution in US and Canada.

Mabuhay Magazine, March 2012  

Mabuhay Magazine, March 2012

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you