Mabuhay Magazine, March 2013

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Bohol: Isle of Diverse Beauty • What’s New in Macau • Hot Summer Escapes • Summer Wear


Or at least that’s how it should be. With so much to deal with throughout the course of your day, from maddening traffic jams, to an ever increasing workload, the daily grind can indeed take its toll on body, mind and soul. But imagine, coming home after a tiring day, serenaded by the soothing sound of waves caressing the powdery white sand of the country’s first urban man-made beach. Welcome tomorrow morning’s sunny skies on a private balcony that overlooks your very own tropical paradise, or enjoy a romantic dinner by the water in one of two posh restos at a Beach Club designed exclusively by international icon, designer and celebrity, Paris Hilton. Life’s a Beach at the AZURE URBAN RESORT RESIDENCES, and this is the life you deserve. It’s beachfront property right in the heart of the City that’s yours for the taking. Call Century Properties today.

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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), TLTS No. 12-04-018 (Positano), LTS # 25655 (St. Tropez) and TLTS No. 12-05-020 (Miami). 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. Positano Tower will have 597 residential units and 320 parking slots St. Tropez Tower will have 561 residential units and 127 parking slots. Miami Tower will have 559 Residential units and 309 parking slots. Target Project completion date is December 2012 (Rio), December 2013 (Santorini), November 2014 (Positano), December 2014 (St. Tropez), May 2015 (Miami). 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.

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72 Years of Service Welcome aboard! This month, Philippine Airlines celebrates its 72nd anniversary. When we look back at the birth of Asia’s first airline on March 15, 1941, we are captivated by the grit, audacity, and, above all, the vision of PAL’s founding fathers. Those pioneering men were led by Andres Soriano, Sr., then president of San Miguel Brewery, and doubtless my most distinguished predecessor in both San Miguel and PAL. It was not an ideal time to launch an airline. The Philippines then was not yet an independent nation. Europe was in flames. The Pacific was a powder keg ready to erupt. In nine months, humanity would be engulfed in a full-blown world war. The future looked extremely uncertain indeed. But Don Andres and his associates had foresight. They knew that a sovereign Republic of the Philippines needed a robust national airline to aid in the task of reconstruction. They understood that a new nation needed a carrier to fly its flag proudly and herald the Filipino’s aspirations to the rest of the world. Today, 72 years on, that vision has been fulfilled. Philippine Airlines is the country’s most important flag carrier, ferrying more than 9 million passengers a year, including over 4 million on international routes—the most among all airlines, foreign or local, operating in the country. In partnership with our affiliate carrier Airphil Express, we serve 33 points across the archipelago—one the most extensive networks in the domestic sector. Internationally, we fly to 27 destinations in 14 countries and territories across Asia, Australia, and North America, more farreaching than any Philippine carrier. As we look to the future, the vision of our founders continues to inspire our quest. Our mandate is to transform PAL and propel it to the ranks of the best airlines in the region and, hopefully, the world. An airline worthy to carry the flag and the name of the country. An airline every Filipino can be proud of. The programs and initiatives that we are now putting in place are all geared toward achieving this new vision. As we mark PAL’s 72 colorful and fulfilling years, we thank you, our loyal passengers and patrons, for your steadfast support through the decades. We could not have done it without you. Mabuhay!

Ramon S. Ang

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Photo by Justin Ventura

Golden Summer holidays t’s nice that our contributors have a knack for digging up something new, even in wellknown destinations. For instance, on our cover story, Honolulu, Neal Webster Turnage reveals that the former residence of the eccentric heiress, Doris Duke, called “Shangri La,” is now a museum filled with interesting stuff. To refresh your memory, Ms. Duke was the lady who assisted our very own Imelda Marcos when she was down and out; but that’s quite relative. For those who love the outdoors, Neal reports that there’s now an exciting bike and hike route around a volcano. Our local main feature is Bohol—famous for its variety of activities, from eco-adventures to culture-tripping around its beautiful churches and still-standing ancestral homes. Aleah Taboclaon looks like she had fun with our team, zipping around Bohol writing about basic attractions for the first time visitor, and presenting new finds. I’m glad to know that the Amorita resort recently ranked 8th on TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 hotels in the Philippines”. It’s a well-deserved reward for the hardworking husband-and-wife team of Nikki and Ria Cauton who run and own Amorita. Another interesting resort is Peacock Garden, owned by Hans Schoof, a big fan of our national hero, Jose Rizal. Here, you will find a lot of Rizal memorabilia. It’s also a well-run resort with his son Chris, and wife Amanda helping out. Resorts seem to be a family affair in Bohol and it’s working well. Finally, Glenn Gale writes about the 50th anniversary of the fabled Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. It’s truly one of the best in the world and is practically a hall of famer with all the great awards it has garnered. Glenn writes with authority for, after all, Hong Kong

SUN, SAND, AND SEA: Alona Beach in Bohol’s Panglao Island is a favorite of divers for its beautiful coral reefs. Photo by Hannah Reyes.

is his town. While based there, he was one of the most influential and well-connected editors. It should be great timing to stay at the Oriental with all their anniversary goings-on. And if you have money to splurge, they even have a “Golden Utopia Facial,” which includes an application of a 24-carat collagen mask. You just might end up looking like that beauty in the old James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun. Cheers and have a glorious summer.

HOT AND COLD: A favorite island treat in Oahu is shaved ice to quench parched throats in the hot summer season. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority.

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

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Honolulu beckons travelers with a combination of sun, sand, sea, and cosmopolitan flair. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)


Beyond tRAVeL

It’s summertime and the living is easy with these hot weather suggestions.


Summer I Hot Escapes


62 Cool Drinks

Take a quick tour of the Philippines’ popular hotspots.

Quench that thirst with these tasty special mixes.


50 Fab Fashion

Dress with aplomb in these hot summer months and get admiring stares.


42 Honolulu: Intersection of Cool

Make the most of your stopover in Hawaii’s capital city.

Get your feet moving with these daring pastimes.


32 Relaxing Macau

Not fond of casinos? No problem! Let Macau pamper you with its sublime new offerings.

LocAL chARM Rediscover these all-time favorite local destinations and be surprised.


There’s never a dull moment in Bohol with its many fascinating attractions.

Yes, Apple fans, you can take stunning photos with your smartphone.


tRiPPinG Get some much-needed rest in either the tropical charms of Honolulu or the cosmopolitan flair of Macau.

76 Bohol—Beyond the Tarsiers


72 You Can Master iPhone Photography


84 Puerto Princesa: Ready for Summer Palawan’s capital is worth revisiting and we’ll tell you why.


Perfect Flight: I Paragliding in Carmona

Ready, set, fly to your heart’s content with this latest adventure ride in town.


I I 14 I What’s Up 16 I Travel Log 24 I In the News 28 I Milestones 92 I The Lighter Side 96 I Last Frame 98 I PAL Pages

06 President’s Note 08 Editor’s Note



86 Coron: Five-Day Travel Guide

70 Rugby Craze in Manila

Move over, soccer,. Rugby is here to make a statement.

Whether it’s varied island-hopping options or a dip in a hot spring, Coron is now getting lots of attention.

Loboc River in Bohol lights up at night. Photo by Hannah Reyes

on the coVeR


The waters of Oahu, Hawaii . Photo courtesy of Oahu Visitors Bureau

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.

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British writer GLENN GALE was for several years society editor and a daily lifestyle columnist with the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Now a Manila-based political and business writer, he admits to finding the travel and hospitality beat an “exhilarating sideline.” On page 38, he touches base with an icon in the hotel landscape of the former British colony. He says: My craziest summer escapade was toppling off a furiously bobbing boat while blue whale spotting on the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

ALEAH TABOCLAON is a runner, blogger, traveler, and diver. After an eight-year stint at nonprofit organizations as a counselor, she is now a freelance writer and editor. She had been to Europe and all over Asia. On page 76, she experiences the rustic charm of Tagbilaran and beyond. She says: My craziest summer escapade was when I went skinny-dipping in one of Biak na Bato National Park’s caves in San Miguel, Bulacan. I finished getting dressed just a minute before a group of high school students came marching in.

KEVIN WATSON S. TSAI has embarked on a never-ending journey to widen his travel experiences and learn a number of foreign languages. Inevitably, he decided to successfully merge business and pleasure by starting his own travel agency, following corporate stints in sales and marketing. On page 32, he discovers new attractions in Macau. He says: My craziest summer escapade was sharing a bunk bed with mostly European strangers with limited or no interaction required in hostels in Vietnam in 2012.

NEAL WEBSTER TURNAGE finds it ironic that he writes for a Philippine magazine, yet has never been to the country. He’d very much like to change that as he’s grown fond of its people. A visit to the Holy Land is also at the top of his list. His most recent work appeared in Condé Nast Traveller, Table and Travel, and Tatler magazines. He lives in Los Angeles and also writes feature films. On page 42, he says “Aloha” to Honolulu and enjoys its most popular hubs. He says: My craziest summer escapade was when I worked at an amusement park. Serious fun? How seriously wrong I was!

LEILANI CHAVEZ is currently a soap opera scriptwriter for GMA Network. She does advertorials and researches for, and has written features and investigative reports for ABS-CBN News Online and Newsbreak. The former editorial assistant for Mabuhay is now writing a book on Puerto Princesa along with other journalists. On page 84, she revisits Puerto Princesa’s famous spots. She says: My craziest summer escapade was when my boy buds forced me to go cliff diving in Nasugbu, Batangas, last year— and I don’t know how to swim!

When not busy with her interior design practice, TESSA PRIETO-VALDEZ will either be in the pool, on her bike, or on the road. She has been doubling up her triathlon training to get her in top race condition. On page 58, she ticks off her hot summer getaways here and abroad. She says: My craziest summer escapade was staying in a small nipa hut–style resort on my first trip to Boracay, when there were only a few resorts there. We would drink and wake up in the beach not remembering what happened the night before! Twitter: @tessavaldes; Instagram: seaprincess888

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This is a festive month filled with music, dance, art exhibits, and spectacular shows.


PHILIPPINES DESIGN WEEK PHILIPPINES MARCH 11–17 SMX CONVENTION CENTER, PASAY CITY Hailed as a national celebration for Filipinos’ creativity and design capability, this weeklong convention seeks to showcase the lifestyle, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Philippines.

Cirque du Soleil performers in top form.


JOURNEY: THE RETURN CONCERT MARCH 21 MALL OF ASIA ARENA, PASAY CITY One of the most influential American rock bands of all time is coming back to the Philippines! Hear Journey’s greatest hits as sung by their lead vocalist, our very own Arnel Pineda. Sing the night away with classics such as “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Open Arms,” “Any Way You Want It,” and “Who’s Crying Now?”


QUIRINO GRANDSTAND, MANILA For the benefit of overseas Filipino workers and their families, Jearnest Sports Corporation Inc. organizes this first-of-itskind run for the country’s “modern day heroes.” Register for the 3K, 5K, 10K, or 16K divisions and get a singlet, medal, finishing shirt, and lootbags from major sponsors.



BELLAGIO, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Globally recognized and looked forward to by millions of spectators, Cirque du Soleil is at it again with yet another spectacular show. Written and directed by Franco Dragone, “O” is a water-themed spectacle made possible by 74 of the most talented performers to grace the Bellagio stage.

TORONTO, ONTARIO Witness downtown Toronto transform into a moshpit of everything music and arts! This year’s Canadian Music Week festival will showcase over 1,000 bands spread across 60 music venues all around the metro. There will also be trade conferences, award shows, exhibitions, and a whole lot more. Featured bands and speakers include Simple Plan, MTV Canada, Starfish Entertainment, and Live Nation, USA.


Curious culturatis will have an enjoyable time at the 2013 HK Arts Festival.

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HONG KONG Orchestras, concerts, ballets, operas, dance performances, and modern drama adaptations abound in this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival. Event highlights are the Viva Verdi, La Traviata, and II Marito Disperato (The Desperate Husband) by San Carlo Theatre, Naples, and the Dance Gala and Romeo & Juliet by the American Ballet Theatre.

5TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO SALSA FESTIVAL MARCH 28–30 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Now on its fifth year, John and Liz Productions presents a three-night event featuring multi-awarded salsa dance troupes coming together to perform their craft and best each other out in competitions and dance-offs. Workshops will also be given out during the event. This year’s roster will include World Latin Dance Cup Team Cabaret Champions, the Grizzly Dance Company.



Going Luxe in Bohol








Named after one of the oldest tribes in Bohol, Eskaya is the ultimate in luxury living. It only has 15 villas, and the National Artist Bobby Ma単osadesigned structures are spread throughout the 11-hectare property, giving their guests all the privacy they need. From its infinity pool to the exclusive 600m beach, the well-kept grounds and the variety of recreational activities offered, Eskaya highly deserves all the recognition it has received from the travel industry, ranging from being rated the best resort in Asia by the International Herald Tribune in 2012, to becoming a member of the chain of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. - Aleah Taboclaon

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The New MöveNpick MacTaN OpeNs Mixology sessions by the beach? Yes—definitely! This is just part of the ultimate resort lifestyle that awaits you at the newly transformed Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island. With an extensive upgrade that cost Php500 million, you can expect nothing but the best: the finest coffee brewed from the same coffee machine brand that’s used by Pope Benedict XVI, a refreshing lounge well stocked with hard-to-find Cognac brands, Ferrari-branded parasols, and a top-notch design team including Ivy and Cynthia Almario, Fred and Butch Valdes, and Manny Samson. But probably its best feature is the Ibiza Beach Club, a truly impressive lifestyle facility which is the first of its kind in the Philippines. Set to be the trendiest entertainment and nightlife venue in Cebu, it also features the dynamic music of its resident international DJ Toni M. Catch the hotel’s range of lifestyle activities which include yoga, Pilates, salsa dancing, and culinary sessions.


casual elegance French brand Chloe launches the next “it” bag, Alice. Made of fine rawhide and features classic two-tone combinations, Alice will be every stylish lady’s essential summer bag.

summer essential: Lifefactory The summer heat is bound to dehydrate you so make sure you chug up enough water to replenish your lost liquid. Do it in style with any of Lifefactory’s eco-friendly glass bottles that are free of BPA (harmful chemicals found in plastic).

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eco Tip of the Month Support organic farming by purchasing produce grown naturally without pesticides. In your home, you can also use vermi-compost (made of earthworms) and even Biochar to make your soil more fertile. www. philippinebiocharassociation. com



Dancing. More Fun in club Mwah. After its successful run last year at the Resorts World, The Club Mwah Show returns to its home club in Mandaluyong City for a rerun. Be dazzled by the top-notch Las Vegas style of entertainment and fabulous costumes that have made it the only entertainment club accredited by the Department of Tourism. The vivacious performers will take you from the Super Bowl number of Madonna, to the streets of Rio de Janeiro, and even to Moulin Rouge! Spoofs of famous musicals will keep you laughing throughout the show.


FinDing hoMe in cebu

Situated in the city’s financial district, the Cebu City Marriott Hotel keeps up with the ever-evolving landscape of Cebu by continuing to provide first-class service and premium fulfillment of its guests. Featuring wireless highspeed internet access, multi-functional meeting spaces, restaurants and lounges, Marriott Hotel offers an array of luxurious rooms, each carefully constructed to showcase Cebu’s finest. Shopping, recreation and leisure activities are also found right at their doorstep. Blending comfort with avant-garde design, Marriot Hotel truly makes its visitors feel at home.

worlDbex 2013: on SoliD grounD

The country’s biggest construction exposition—will sweep the industry’s landscape with over 900 booths from 500 of the most prestigious exhibiting companies from all over the globe. As a prime mover of the building and construction sector in the country, Worldbex is bent on providing the industry with ways that bring improvement to every Filipino’s way of living by featuring renowned brands such as Boysen Philippines, Wilcon Depot, and Matimco House of Wood. Industry-experts in the likes of Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Arch. Daniel Lichuaco, and British engineer Russell Cole, will be conducting short talks and seminars throughout the event as well. Worldbex 2013 will be held at the World Trade Center Manila and the Philippine Trade Training Center at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 13-17. 20 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

bok-bok’s inasal It seems like there is an inasal (grilled lemongrass chicken) restaurant at every corner nowadays, so why bother going all the way to Barangay Kapitolyo to try Bok-Bok’s Inasal? It’s essentially because they use the authentic recipe from Bacolod that yields a salty-sour flavor rather than the typical sweet barbecue taste. What you get is savory, smokey inasal with hints of lemongrass. Another excellent dish here is Kansi, which is a cross between sinigang and bulalo. Tender chunks of beef and slices of unripe jackfruit swim together in this hearty soup dish. A meal here definitely calls for an extra cup of rice…or two. #4 Sta. Clara St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City



What’s Buzzing in Bohol Want to experience healthy living? Stay in one of the 40 rooms of Bohol Bee Farm Resort where you will see what it’s like to produce only organic vegetables and products. Aside from their bed-and-breakfast offering, the Bee Farm also has a livelihood center for local women who produce woven products like table runners, curtains, and furniture cover. The best thing about the Bohol Bee Farm is its restaurant. For a great gastronomic experience, order their original platter which starts out with the Organic Garden Salad, followed by seafood and meat dishes, lemongrass juice, and ends with their delicious homemade ice cream (Php600 per head). - Aleah Taboclaon



Function + style Manila FaME

The Philippine design and furniture industry will once again showcase the exceptional works of local designers and craftsmen in Manila FAME International 2013 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from March 14-17. This year, two of the country’s biggest design events—Cebu Next and Manila Now—will merge for an exhibition that will feature the latest innovations using indigenous and sustainable products. www.

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good for Your skin Mod Lei Nail & Day Spa | Skin Studio is the first Emu Oil-based organic spa in the Philippines. Boasting its formulation of the best and carefully picked organic ingredients, Mod Lei promises you total skin rejuvenation. In collaboration with V&M Naturals, Mod Lei also provides signature services formulated with V&M’s pure actives, Emu Oil, Raw Shea Butter and Virgin Rosehip Oil leaving your skin soft, younger, and glowing. +63 917 8232724

Kohler, a provider of top-quality products in the realm of bath and kitchen fixtures, is proud to offer Kohler PVD—faucets with a distinct, special finish for extra durability and longevity. What adds to its outstanding performance is its enhanced resistance against corrosion and scratches, and its lustrous and durable surface for lasting beauty. Kohler PVD also has an innovative array of colors and materials available to fit the diverse style of its users.




Our Islands Shangri-La Boracay

Misibis Bay Dusit Thani Manila

Marco Polo Plaza

HOTEL BOOM IN THE PHILIPPINES Hotels are booming as foreign and domestic visitors keep on booking this 2013. Colliers International Philippines Research predicts that local hotels are poised for a growth spurt this year, thanks to the Department of Tourism’s “aggressive overseas promotions.” Metro Manila hotel occupancy rates are predicted to rise above 70 percent on average, while 5-star international hotel brands continue to eye spots in the country.

NOT ONLY MORE FUN, BUT MORE ROMANTIC With its picturesque beaches and soap-opera sunsets, it’s hard to miss Cupid’s arrow in the Philippines. On a consumer survey in the Shanghai Morning Post, one of China’s most important news dailies, the Philippines has been named the “Most Romantic Destination,” while Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel guide publisher, ranked Pamalican Island among the top 10 sites to have an unusual honeymoon.

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IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR THE NY TIMES One of the world’s most prestigious publications, The New York Times, found it more fun in the Philippines when it ranked the country No. 17 in its list of “46 Places to Go in 2013” ahead of Bangkok, Paris, and Casablanca. The global publication praised the Philippines’ Boracay, the private island resort of El Nido Pangulasian in Palawan, and Siargao’s worldrenowned surf break, Cloud 9. STILL FASHIONABLE IN FLIGHT Flying 35,000 feet above ground doesn’t excuse you from lazy fashion, just ask Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) cabin crew. Leading global travel search site Skyscanner surveyed 1,200 travelers across Asia-Pacific on which cabin crew they thought was most stylish, and the PAL crew ranked 9th scoring 3.76 out of 5. The top 20 list was topped by the China Eastern Airlines cabin crew, which scored 4.15 out of 5.

THE COUNTRY’S FIRST MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Finally, a museum to commemorate our multifaceted biodiversity. The Department of Tourism building in Manila will soon house the country’s first Museum of Natural History. Six floors will be architecturally supported by an enormous structure of a stylized double helix to represent Filipino DNA and heritage. No more stuffy, second-rate museums. This is one world-class public space we can all be proud of.

DISCOVERY SHORES BAGS “BEST LIST” It’s no shocking discovery that Boracay’s Discovery Shores has bagged yet another gleaming recommendation from the readers of a prestigious travel magazine. The luxury hotel ranked fifth in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Hotels” list, trumping hundreds of other hotels around the globe. Readers voted according to categories of location, room, service, food and value.




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The pope STepS doWn Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Roman Catholic Church (and shook the Twitter-verse) when he announced his resignation from the papacy last Feb. 11, the first pope to ever step down in almost 600 years. The 85-yearold pontiff said that he no longer had the mental and physical strength to continue his role. Cardinals will be flocking to Rome this month to elect a new pope among themselves.

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pinoyS inVade califoRnia Pinoys are taking over California! According to the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, a coalition of several Asian American advocacy groups, Filipinos are the largest Asian minority group in California today at 1.5 million, followed by the Chinese at 1.4 million. However, Tagalog is next only to Chinese as the most spoken Asian language.

hoBBiT money? New Zealand loves its Tolkien epics so much that it has released commemorative The Hobbit coins worth thousands of dollars on the movie’s premiere. The coins, which are legal tender in the country, feature characters such as Gandalf the Wizard and Bilbo Baggins. Most expensive among the collection are coins made from one ounce of pure gold, which costs around NZ$3,695 (US$3,020).

apple meeTS iTS maTch Watch out Apple, Samsung is right on your heels. According to the New York Times, the South Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy S III is the first device to ever run neck to neck with Apple’s iPhone in sales. Armed with an arsenal of Galaxy tablets and phones, Samsung Electronics might just be Apple’s most potent rival.



DEATH VALLEY, NEVADA How far are you willing to travel to avoid a call from your CEO? For the extremely desperate, heading to Nevada’s Death Valley and getting lost in three million acres of wilderness is a reasonable option. There are lots of activities here for the outdoorsy: go backpacking, hiking, birdwatching, or backcountry camping. Guides give travelers a stern warning: “Do not depend on a cell phone for your safety.”

ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES For an iPhone-less paradise, try’s suggestion – head to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and enjoy the gifts of the Caribbean Sea. Guests are required to hand over their gadgets and mobile phones to fully surrender themselves to a technology-free break. Frolic around black sand beaches, go hiking, yachting, whale, dolphin, and turtle watching, or lose yourself in the colors of the coral reefs.


YAKUTAK, ALASKA It’s the tech-filled 2013, and now more than ever, super-stressed travelers are itching to escape from their cell phones and email. Head to Yakutak, Alaska, says, for a total cut away from technology. This fishing town on the Gulf of Alaska is surrounded by forests, mountains, lakes, and lots of bears, making it a popular destination for technophobes who enjoy nature, fishing, and hunting moose.


DEL NORTE COAST REDWOODS STATE PARK, CALIFORNIA This dead spot in California will give you no choice but to turn off and chill out. There is absolutely no mobile reception here, making it a prime location for hikers and adventurers who want to go cold turkey on technology. Pull out your “out of office” door sign, ready your walking boots, and go hiking among the enormous redwoods along the aptly-named Damnation Trail.


FARNINGHAM, KENT, UK Slow Internet speeds usually make us pull our hair, but for those fasting from Facebook, this village is heaven-sent. According to a survey by, Farningham is Britain’s slowest broadband blackspot (it will take you 12 agonizing hours to download a movie), so forget about logging in and get out. Kent holds one of the longest coastlines in Britain—perfect for a wide variety of water sports and boating activities.

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MARCH 15, 1565

MANILA’S HISTORICAL FORTRESS On March 6, 1951, Fort Santiago, a defense fortress that is part of Manila’s old walled city of Intramuros, was declared a National Shrine in honor of the lives of the Filipino martyrs who had been held captive and died there. Many of our heroes, including Dr. Jose Rizal, spent time in this fort together with citizens accused of rebellion. Today, Fort Santiago serves as a reminder of what it took our ancestors to regain our freedom from the Spanish regime. Photo by Bien Bautista.

Forty years after Ferdinand Magellan’s death, Muslim chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi made a blood compact, or what is more commonly known as sanduguan ritual, to signify more peaceful relations between the Filipinos and Spaniards.

MARCH 17, 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan “discovers” the Philippine Islands during his voyage in the Pacific Ocean in search of a westward route to the famed Moluccas or Spice Islands (today known as Indonesia’s Maluku Islands). MARCH 21, 1961 South Africa’s anti-apartheid champion Nelson Mandela is acquitted after being held captive for four and a half years due to accusations of treason against the then white-minority-ruled South African government.


MARCH 6, 1909

MARCH 10, 1862 The United States Mint releases and issues the first paper money during this period.

MARCH 8, 1902

Gregorio Y. Zara, Filipino physicist and inventor of the first ever videophone, was born in Lipa, Batangas. Zara is also an aeronautical engineer and conducted various research initiatives in the field of physics.

MARCH 27, 1963

Quentin Tarantino, Oscar-winning writer and director, has been internationally acclaimed for his iconic films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and the most recent box-office hits Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.

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With a vision to set up an institution that focuses on research and education in agriculture and related disciplines, American botanist Edwin B. Copeland on this day founded the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture in the town of Los Baños in Laguna.

MARCH 28, 1986

With a fan base collectively called Little Monsters, Stefani Germanotta, or most commonly known as Lady Gaga, has made her mark in the music industry with hits like “Born This Way,” “Bad Romance,” and “Telephone,” which catapulted her career to international stardom.

MARCH 14, 1879

Perhaps one of the most intelligent men to walk this planet, Albert Einstein was born in the city of Ulm, then a part of the Kingdom of Württemberg of the German Empire. He later became the scientist who developed one of the two pillars of modern theoretical physics—the General Theory of Relativity.


DELUXE DISCOVERIES DAViD SENDRA DomèNEch puts the spotlight on the latest trends in luxury travel worldwide. Travelers today are eager to set out to new destinations but preferably with all-inclusive options and where sustainability is a common thread. Here are some of the world’s newest travel meccas:

kAShmiR, iNDiA: The most exciting new place to ski, high up in the Himalayas

ThE PhiLiPPiNES: A diver’s haven

with over 7,000 of the most heavenly islands in the world, featuring an incredible underwater life, unspoilt coral gardens and thriving sea creatures.


guLmARg: Featuring uncharted slopes where it’s possible to ski for hours without seeing any other soul. Ride the world’s highest gondola (13,400 feet) or, for advanced skiers, opt for a helicopter to take you to higher slopes. DALT LAkE: A romantic landscape located at the foot of the Pir Panjal mountain range


> SoRSogoN, BicoL: A memorable experience swimming with whalesharks > PALAWAN: Known for its palmfringed, white-powder beaches, crystalclear turqouise waters, natural lagoons (Miniloc island). > BAcuiT BAy: Palawan’s “Halong Bay” minus the crowds of tourists.


chiLE: A country that has it all,

A beautiful city of carioca landscapes framed by the mountains and the sea.

what with deserts, islands, mountains, glaciers, and a sophisticated metropolis.



ATAcAmA DESERT: The driest desert in the world with seemingly endless valleys EASTER iSLAND: The world’s most remote inhabited island where myth and reality merge in a unique landscape RoBiNSoN cRuSoE iSLAND: A place to watch flying fish sailing the seas while wild horses gallop through the Centinela Hill

DREAM TRIPS uLTimATE RiVER cRuiSiNg SeaDream Yacht Club offers itineraries that include the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Amazon, Australia, and Asia. Perks include ocean view accommodations, gourmet meals, gratuities, wine with lunch and dinner, 24-hour room service, water “toys” (including glass bottm

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QuEBEc, cANADA: A country with a winter and summer as you’ve never experienced, unspoilt natural surroundings, and a host of stimulating activities. ToP DRAWS:

QuEBEc ciTy AND moNTREAL: Historic yet resolutely modern and vibrant cities Lakes, glens, and forests home to bears, deer, and caribou Old coastal villages, islands, bird sanctuaries, marine mammals, and lighthouses QuEBEc’S chARLEVoix REgioN: For a taste of its fine culinary delights fAiRmoNT LE chATEAu fRoNTENAc: Located at the heart of old Quebec and steeped in elegance, charm, and world-class hospitality

kayaks, wave runners, etc.), fitness center with ocean view, golf simulator with 30 signature golf courses, a spa, and more. PoSh TRAiN TRAVEL Rovos Rail Epic Train, the Pride of Africa, offers the opulence and glamor of rail travel of long ago with some modern innovations. Relax in the privacy and comfort of spacious suites. Enjoy the stunning Cape Town or

Victoria Falls, which ends in a classic safari. The 28-day expedition will pass through the heartlands of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, the Sudan, and Egypt. WiNE LoVERS’ PARADiSE Enjoy Mendoza, Argentina’s foremost wine-producing province that boasts 392,484-acre of vineyards that yield malbec, cabernet sauvignon,

TiJucA NATioNAL PARk: The world’s largest urban forest coRcoVADo AND SugARLoAf mouNTAiNS: The city’s natural symbols chRiST ThE REDEEmER STATuE, coRcoVADo: A place with a view of the “a Cidade Maravilhosa” (the Marvelous City) cARNiVAL iN Rio: A world-famous festival known for its creative extravagance, powerful colors, heartthumping drums and charming dancers

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PAMPERING FIT FOR ROYALTY: Banyan Tree Spa’s indulgent packages are journeys to pure bliss. For 150 minutes, you will forget the chaotic outside world and bask in your choice of relaxing treatments, which include the Tropical Rainmist, Yin Yang, The Banyan Indulgences, and more. All spa packages come with 30-minute refreshments and relaxation time.

Relaxing Macau Yes, there are other ways to enjoy a weekend in Macau that don’t involve gambling or shopping. KEVIN WATSON S. TSAI suggests dazzling new experiences in this former Portuguese colony. Spa SpecialS What better way to de-stress and relax than trying out some of Macau’s more popular spas? This special administrative region of China located so close to Hong Kong is creating a stir in the health spa industry, with an increasing number of spa sanctuaries sprouting all over the territory. Expect no less than the best quality spa treatments in Banyan Tree Spa. Located within the Galaxy Macau complex, this 3,400-square-meter relaxation haven pleases the senses with its bamboo-themed interiors and 21 Asian-inspired treatment villas and suites. One of the most popular treatments at the Banyan Tree Spa is the Classic Rejuvenation package, which combines an energizing ginseng scrub followed by a

Banyan Tree Spa Macau Honors • Winner, Best Spa Design of the Year at the SpaChina Awards 2012 • Nominee, New Spa of the Year at the 8th Annual AsiaSpa Awards held last November 2012 by AsiaSpa, a Hong Kongbased spa and resort magazine • Top 60 Best New Hotels in the World by Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2012

soothing Swedish massage. This two-hour pampering treat leads guests to a private tropical rain mist steam room where one is “drizzled” for 10 minutes with warm water from six shower-heads. Talk about a lazy way to get a shower! The soft sound of a gong will gently bring you back to the present. The service here is impeccable as all therapists underwent extensive professional training in Banyan Tree’s professional academies in Thailand, Indonesia, and China. FineSt Dining For an indulgent dining experience, visit the Tasting Room at the Crown Towers in the City of Dreams, and home to the world’s largest water show, the House of Dancing Water. Under the helm of French Chef de Cuisine Guillaume Galliot, who began his Asian culinary career at Singapore’s Raffles (Hotel) Grill in 2004, the Tasting Room was recently awarded its first Michelin star by the Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2013. If there’s one dish to try here, it’s the meticulously concocted onion soup, a modern take on the classic, which has earned praises from the likes of Forbes.

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GOOD TASTE: (LEFT) From cheeses to chocolates, and cold cuts and fresh oysters, The Tasting Room never fails to offer guests with a heightened gastronomic experience made all the more special with the restaurant’s premium wine selection; (RIGHT) Don’t let the word “onion soup,” fool you, for The Tasting Room’s signature soup is a complex blend of taste and texture.

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com and Hong Kong Tatler, with its contrasting yet harmonious blend of hot, thick onion broth poured over sweet onion-flavored ice cream. Not only does the dish exceed expectations in taste, but the presentation is equally noteworthy. The soup is poured right in front of you from a teapot. The Tasting Room is also famous for its fresh seafood dishes, Valrhona chocolates, fine cheeses, and liquor imported from Europe. Overnight Opulence To further gratify yourself after a day of pampering and fine dining, why not stay at Macau’s newest and largest hotel (and the world’s 13th largest)? Sheraton Macau Hotel Cotai Sands, which opened in September 2012, is also the world’s largest Sheraton property. Naturally, the new property also boasts the world’s largest Sheraton Club lounge. One gets to immediately taste the extravagance upon stepping foot on the hotel lobby—given the 61 reception counters ready to accommodate a Herculean demand. Soak up the sun and loll around in three winding outdoor pools equipped

with poolside cafés. The hotel has special activity programs tailored to their ever-changing wants and attention spans. Sate your gustatory yearnings at the aptly named Feast, Bene and Xin restaurants, depending on your preferred cuisine. If you change your mind about not gambling or just want to incline toward the norm, there’s always the hotel’s in-house casino, Pacifica. There are now more new discoveries to splurge on in Macau other than slot machines and poker tables. Whether you choose to avail yourself of one or all of the options above, you’re sure to get your money’s worth. n

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IN PLAIN VIEW: To reach the IFC Roof Garden, all you need to do is find the IFC Mall’s City Super entrance, hop into an elevator, and press P4. Whether you are bringing take-out food or buying from the garden’s numerous restaurants, the wide open space is a perfect spot for ogling at sleek, contemporary architecture, illuminated art pieces, and a grand view of the brightly lit harbor.


polite doorman unless suited and booted in Armani and Jimmy Choo, or are currently having an intimate relationship with Lady Gaga.

If you can’t take Hong Kong’s cacophony of taxi cabs, trams, and chattering people anymore, time to take refuge in the city’s new generation of rooftop bars and restaurants, writes STUART HEAVER.

Skyline Views and Vistas Though smart and impressive, Eyebar on the 30th floor of the I Complex in Tsim Sha Tsui warmly welcomes a wide range of clientele, from smart city bankers to romantic couples and well-heeled tourists. The bar has a stunning view of Victoria Harbour and

hy feel claustrophobic in ground-level bars when you can have a stunning vista of Hong Kong’s illuminated cityscape? This bustling metropolis must have more escalators, elevators, and stairways than any other city in Asia. Don’t put your hopes too much on maps (or the GPS for that matter). It’s difficult just to stumble across a new bar or restaurant when it’s located on the 67th floor of a shopping mall. In the world of rooftop nightlife, word of mouth counts for everything. Tip: Dress the Part Some of the finest rooftop spots are super chic and very exclusive. Don’t even think of dropping into the magnificent Felix on the top floor of the Peninsula Hotel or Sevva atop Prince’s Building in shorts and flip flops after a hot day of souvenir shopping in Kowloon. You probably won’t get past the terribly 34 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

DRINK AND BE RAD: The fourth floor of IFC Mall offers a variety of options on how you can unwind from a long day at work. At Red Bar & Restaurant, you can either buy your favorite drink or, if you’re penny pinching, bring your own, no questions asked!


HONG KONG HIGH: Choose from over 100 types of wine and delectable Chinese regional dishes given a contemporary twist at Nan Hai No. 1 (TOP) while being treated to a spectacular view of Victoria Harbor (RIGHT); If you want other mixes, scoot over to Eyebar (BELOW) and try the well-recommended Grape Expectation, a cocktail of gin, lemongrass, lemon, basil, and green grapes essence.

alternative for daytime lunch or drinks. Also a theater and live-music venue located in a converted dairy in the heart of the Central District, it boasts reasonably priced al fresco meals. The Saturday all-day brunch attracts a colorful arty crowd.

the décor has a tasteful nautical theme. After trying one of their signature cocktails, like the refreshing Mango Mama (mango, vodka, ginger, and crushed mint), go to the adjoining seafood restaurant named after Nan Hai No. 1, a famous Chinese shipwreck. Thirty floors below, a passenger liner bedecked in twinkling white lights can be seen under the multicolored neon skyline of Central District. On the other side of the harbor, high above the frenetic party zone of Lang Kwai Fong where the chattering crowd overflows into the narrow streets, is another favorite rooftop spot. Azure sits on the roof of Hotel LKF, one of the smartest boutique hotels in town. Food is served until 10:30 p.m. and then the party goes on until 3:30 a.m. If it’s lovely sunset you’re after, go up Sugar, one of Hong Kong’s largest rooftop decks. Its weekly Sundowners event offers a rotating drinks menu and panoramic views of the city. Not much of a night owl? The Fringe is a good

Less Is More For the budget-conscious, the pleasant roof garden on level P4 of the Two International Financial Centre Tower in Hong Kong’s Central District comes complete with pools, ornamental trees, fountains, and multicolored glass sculptures. This public hotspot teems with young picnickers during the weekends, who bring food and drinks bought from a nearby supermarket. Dotting the northern edge of the garden, with a great view of the Hong Kong skyline and harbor, are a number of bars and restaurants, including Red, a regular meeting place of choice.

Hong Kong’s Rooftop Gardens For a change, some rooftops in Hong Kong are now turning “green,” thanks to the initiatives by City Farm, a group that promotes urban farming in the city. The group regularly offers classes and even has rooftops available for rent. www.facebook. com/

Frills for Free Yet another public roof terrace is outside Pier 7 Bar, on the roof of the new Star Ferry terminal on the Central waterfront. Most roof-toppers prefer the convenience of buying their drinks at Pier 7 and enjoying their free happy-hour buffet, but there is nothing to stop anyone bringing their own refreshments and enjoying the most iconic urban seascapes in Asia for free. Whatever the budget or preferred style, Hong Kong’s rooftop scene excites. One thing for sure: once you’re up there, you’ll be reluctant to get your feet back on the ground. n

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HAPPY 50TH: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong marks its Golden Anniversary this year with a series of offerings, including Golden Celebration accommodation packages, culinary expositions by visiting celebrity chefs, and Golden Utopia Facial (using a 24-carat gold collagen mask), among others.

50 FANTASTIC YEARS IN HONG KONG As one of the world’s most prestigious hotels celebrates its golden anniversary, GLENN GALE introduces us to Giovanni Valenti, one of the key characters on its road to success. is distinct silver mane bouncing to his every stride, Giovanni Valenti parks his well-maintained frame in a chair at the Causette Café of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and offers this simple take for success as the long-running Chief Concierge (three decades and counting) of one of the leading hotels in the world. “Always smile, be patient, and never look surprised at whatever request the guest might make,” says the 60-something Italian by way of introduction to his upscale world of pampering guests who come with varied needs, assorted demands, and every possible size of ego. This year the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, the 38 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

WHICH IS WHICH? Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong should not be confused with its considerably younger sibling located at the nearby Landmark Mall— the Landmark Mandarin Oriental.

undoubted grande dame of the upscale hospitality industry in the former British colony, will be celebrating 50 golden years at the forefront of the global luxury hotel index. Since it opened for business in 1963, the hotel has carved a niche as one of the most loved and recognized institutions in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district—hence, the neat catchline for the Golden Anniversary of “In the heart and hearts of Hong Kong.” In the process the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong has gone on to establish an envious record of year after year setting new templates for what constitutes impeccable service and unbridled luxury in hotel living. It has helped put Asia at the pinnacle of the fiercely competitive hospitality stakes by claiming the coveted title of “The World’s Best Hotel” more times than we can even begin to count. But back to Valenti, who for 34 of those 50 years has been a fixture at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. Starting as manager of The Grill (one of the hotel’s 10 award-winning food and beverage outlets) in 1979, he was moved two years later to the Front



WORK & PLAY: Giovanni Valenti, tagged by a prestigious British publication as “the soul and the personality of the hotel,” balances his demanding professional life with seven hours of rigorous tennis every weekend.

Desk where it was thought his fluency in six languages (not to mention his ability to express himself in several more with the bodily gestures that Italians are renowned for!) would come in handy. Not long after the Mandarin management decreed that his undoubted people skills would be better served as its Chief Concierge and dispatched him to The Savoy in London for a six-month tutorial (which probably accounts for the clipped British accent he sometimes breaks into). On his return to Hong Kong—now decked in the customary tails, waistcoat, and gray striped pants—he took up the role of parading the Mandarin Oriental’s busy lobby, as he quips, “always smiling—because what you are selling is your smile.” Three decades on Valenti is still enthusiastically at it. Unflappable and jovial with a wealth of local knowledge, he can be spotted on any given day attending to guests’ requests here and answering queries there. Or it could just be offering a cheery “hi” or “bye” to passing guests who nearly all know him by name. He points out that when a guest approaches he can never be sure what they might need. “So you have to often think on your feet,” he says. Like when an exasperated guest rushed towards Valenti and blurted that he had a very important business meeting to attend in a matter of minutes but didn’t have any cufflinks to top up his shirtsleeves. “I promptly took

Historic Cuisine This year, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong will feature 21st-century adaptations of 1960s dishes at the Krug Room, including the “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which were incidentally the immortal words uttered by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy when he visited West Berlin in 1963—the very year that the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong came to be.

n one memorable occasion, a wealthy American guest who was checked in at the hotel with his wife had to leave ahead of her on some urgent business. Gesturing Valenti over at the Mandarin’s ornate lobby, he asked in hushed tones if Valenti could find a “human-size” teddy bear to keep his wife company while he was away. Without batting an eyelid he responded, “But, of course, Sir,” and headed straight to his office to get cracking on that curious request. The required cuddly companion was soon located in a downtown Tsim Sha Tsui toy shop and delivered personally by Valenti to the lady’s suite. What must have been her priceless reaction on receiving this unexpected token of endless love is shrouded in mystery. Valenti can only tell us: “Utmost discretion is also an important aspect of my job.”

off my cufflinks and put them on him and sent him hurrying on his way,” recalls Valenti. During his years as Chief Concierge at the Mandarin Oriental, Valenti has met them all, from European royalty and Hollywood celebs to society queens and captains of industry. But when pushed, he reveals Princess Di and Princess Grace of Monaco as two of his favorite guests. Being a self-confessed opera buff, he rates Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras quite highly, too—especially the latter who endeared himself to Valenti on account “of speaking beautiful Italian despite being Spanish.” Interestingly, his contact with guests does not always end when they head off to the far corners of the globe from whence they arrived. A Mandarin Oriental regular once called from Milan to ask if Valenti could possibly get him a table for an important business dinner at a certain exclusive restaurant in the South of France. Tapping into his network as a member of the “Les Clefs d Or (the select concierge fraternity distinguished by the golden crossed keys its members wear on their lapels) he was able to fix the table. It didn’t help though that when Valenti called the guest to confirm he was informed rather apologetically that the table was needed for lunch not dinner. A few long distance calls later and the mix-up was resolved. “That’s all in a day’s work”, says Valenti. n

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actION-packed: Summer is here and what could be more exciting than taking part in any of these hot events (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT), the “Till Death Do Us Part” music festival; PhilFest 2013 in Tampa, Florida; and the 7th Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival.

Summertime HooplaS The year’s hottest months are almost upon us, and what could be more apt than to give you a quick guide to exciting events that will make those blistery days sizzle. So go ahead and have a blast! ROck the heat The 13th installation of Pulp Summer Slam is coming this April 27. Entitled “Till Death Do Us Part,” rock fans will come together to see local and international bands, such as Coheed and Cambria, As I Lay Dying, Circa Survive, and more. The muchrevered music festival presented by Pulp Live World Productions Inc. will be held at the Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City. www.; a FIeSta IN FlORIda Filipinos in Tampa, Florida, will hold PhilFest 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Filipino culture and fun. Celebrate and stay in touch with the Philippines with food specialties from different provinces, dance competitions, exhibits, crafts, and other special events that illustrate our cultural lineage with a modern twist. Hosted by the Philippine Cultural Foundation Inc. (PCFI), the festival will be held from April 5 to 7 at the Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex and the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center located at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa, Florida. www. Race OF the dRaGON Paddlers will make their way to Boracay’s pristine shores for the

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7th Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival on April 25–27, led by the Boracay Island Paddlers Association (BIPA). From the island’s white sands, audiences will witness participants from across the globe cut their boats through the clear waters—an event that promises excitement, thrill, and camaraderie. www.; a SpRINt wIth the StaRS Get a chance to run with the biggest names in Philippine basketball with PBA’s Run with the Fans 2013. On its 4th year, the fun run is dedicated to children battling the “Big C,” raising funds for young cancer patients at the Cancer and Hematology Center of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. The event will be held on April 21 at the Fontera Verde (Tiendesitas), Ortigas Ave., Pasig City. SlIceS OF aSIa Foodies from all over the world are invited to “live, love, and eat” at the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2013. Relaunching itself as “Asia’s Ethnic Food and Ingredients Show,” guests will find an impressive selection of fresh, organic products from the Philippines, China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Turkey. Over 700 exhibitors are expected on May 16–19 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. www.ifexphilippines. com/ifex2013 MOtOR Up, MaNIla Car enthusiasts should rev up their engines and drive by this year’s Manila International Auto Show as it will feature brand new cars and concept models, first-class auto parts from top automotive brands, a motorsports clinic, test drives, and demos. The country’s biggest motoring and driving event happens on April 4–7 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. www.worldbex. com/Event/Mias n


LUCKY EIGHT: Hawaii is composed of eight main islands and its capital Honolulu is surrounded by 100 world-renown islands. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

Honolulu: IntersectIon of cool Honolulu’s tropical vibe and cosmopolitan flair are a cocktail of fun, sexy, and cool. NEAL WEBSTER TURNAGE gets you to the best hangouts during a brief stopover. erched roughly halfway between Asia and the west coast of mainland United States, Honolulu is a natural when it comes to an en-route stopover. Over the years, a constant ebb and flow of visitors from both East and West has shaped the city. As one Honolulu insider puts it, “From surfing in Waikīkī to hiking up iconic Diamond Head crater, there is so much for visitors to choose from, all within close proximity to each other.” STOPOVER ITINERARIES Shangri La (, home of the late American heiress Doris Duke and now a museum, recently unveiled for the first time the Damascus Room, a collection of exquisite luxury items from the Late Ottoman Period.

Have fun on board West Side Tour’s Deluxe Family Cruise (, an ocean ecoouting that veers off the usual reef-protected grid. It offers an up-close adventure with wild dolphins and those cuddly sea turtles in their natural habitat for an authentic experience. CATCH UP WITH FILIPINO CULTURE Rose Cruz Churma, president of Honolulu’s Filipino Community Center (FilCom, www.filcom. org), says there’s no shortage of Filipinos on a Honolulu stopover. “Visitors from the Philippines always remark how Hawaii feels like the Philippines but with all the American amenities—and one can actually walk around the urban core.” Often those walks include supermarket detours

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Filipino Food Hotspots Thelma’s (in Waipahu, www. Bautista’s Filipino Kitchen (in Waikiki, +1 808 923 7220) Jesse’s Bakery (in central Honolulu, +1 808 842 1120)

where Filipino visitors’ lists include readily sourced homegrown favorites such as malunggay and saluyot. But just as frequent are jaunts into authentic Filipino cafés in the Filipino-settled Waipahu neighborhood where FilCom is located. One standout is Golden Coin (www.goldencoinfood. com), which also has a location near the Ala Moana Shopping Center, within easy distance of Waikīkī. “When I have relatives from the US mainland visit, I bring them to Kambingan Filipino Express Restaurant in Waipahu (+1 808 676 8788),” says Cruz. She recommends the grilled and deep-fried fish with a tomato-onion side dish with drops of patis or bagoong. Rumor has it that it’s a favorite of PAL flight attendants and pilots when in Honolulu!

SEA ESCAPADES: (TOP) Wild Side offers marine tours off the usual reef-protected grid for more authentic interactions with the sea creatures; (ABOVE) Hawaii’s waters beckon both amateur and pro surfers. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

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OMMM: Perhaps it’s Hawaii’s thriving nature that encourages people to be one with the earth. From paddle board yoga at the Kahala Resort (ABOVE) to Samadhi Hawaii’s aerial artistry (PHOTOS BELOW), Hawaii has a handful of activities for holistic development.

Gear Up and Go The Bike and Volcanic Rainforest Hike is a 2.5-mile hike along the slopes of ancient volcanic cinder cone Puu Ohia, followed by a 5-mile ride that provides a breather at the scenic Manoa overlook.

WOrTh A TrY The latest and greatest trend in Honolulu takes its cue from circus aerial acts. Zip over to Samadhi Hawaii ( where the “aerial artistry” company holds classes and workshops for locals and visitors. Paddle board yoga is a kind of glute-busting, balance-challenging fusion of two popular activities, stand-up paddling and yoga. The preferred spot to get your inner shakti/Duke Kahanamoku on is in the calm waters that front the Kahala Resort.

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WORLD NATION: Due to its location, Hawaii’s racial make-up is so diverse that there is no majority. In 2012, Hawaii’s Filipino community was the second-largest ethnic group in the state, comprising 14.5% of the population (or 20% if including those who are part Filipino), according to the latest U.S. Census figures. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

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Golden coin Bakeshop & Restaurant


Visiting Filipinos feeling homesick will be comforted by the restaurant’s classic dishes, including chicken adobo, hot pan de sal, fruit salad, and more.

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Step aside, ladies. The men need to have fun shopping, too.

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If you don’t mind rubbing elbows with celebrities, members of royalty and world leaders, this is the place for you.


Heiress Doris Duke’s rich collection of artifacts is an endless source of wonder.

Recommended eateRies Lucky Belly, a coveted noodle bar in Chinatown (; Aloha Beer, a Hawaiian craft brewery with a brewpub (; 53 By the Sea, which boasts the Waikiki view to beat and fine Italian food (www.53bythesea. com); and for farm to table (literally) country Hawaiian food there’s the North Shore Food Tour (

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Shopping Spree The new boutique Oliver Men’s Shop in Kailua carries classic, casual menswear and accessories. Owners Parker and Ali Mooseman also own the Olive Boutique next door. The couple also favor wares in Kailua’s The Prop Shop and The Hunter. For home accessories and gifts, they beeline it to Owen’s and Co. in Chinatown. For locally designed clothing, bags, sunglasses, and vintage slim-cut Aloha. n

Cool Stays

The hipster: The Modern Honolulu. A trendy, chic scene-stealer of a hotel. “When we need a couple nights away without leaving the island, we stay here,” says local Parker Moosman. (www.themodernhonolulu. com; from US$369)

The one-off: Lotus Honolulu. A comfy boutique hotel by Diamond Head offering free bicycle rental and an evening wine hour to guests. (www.; from US$179)

BeACh ChiC: Oliver Men’s Shop offers an interesting mix of casual menswear and accessories that are perfect for Hawaii’s tropical climate.

The Celeb: The Kahala Resort. International dignitaries and celebs hide behind their sunglasses on the semiprivate swimming beach. (www.kahalaresort. com; from US$495 with 20 percent off for advance purchase)

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Summer Lovin’ StyLe Turn the sizzle to a spark with these warm-weather trends from GiancarLa eSpinoSa-aritao.

Old-school Prints Like Plaids and Stripes Resurge Thankfully, not the versions donned by your grandparents! We’re seeing them bold and large for an edgier vibe. Keep stripes thick and as far away from pinstripe as possible, and plaids oversized. Prints crop up in pieces other than the expected shirt or button-down.

“White Hot” Is the Way to Go White is the right choice this season. Add a crisp buttondown shirt to your wardrobe to be on trend, but keep it from looking too generic by playing with textures. Denims and silks in white are anything but boring. Choose pieces that offer the sharp contrast of black, such as a white tuxedo-style blazer with black lapels.

Retro Beachwear Yes, it’s a “trend” that’s been around for several seasons. Swimsuits are a little more ladylike, with the reappearance of styles that first came around in the ‘50s and ‘60s. High-waisted bikinis and one-piece suits in vibrant hues are popular. Men have more options when it comes to color, yet lean more toward pastels.

Stylish Summer Shorts Not too long and not too short this summer. Bermuda shorts have been seen on the runways of labels like Rag & Bone and DKNY. A pair of kicks and a lightweight cardigan completes the preppy look.

Say It with Your Eyes Both practical and stylish, statement sunglasses are all the rage. The most in-demand frames border on the quirky, coming in bright hues and shapes like hearts and pentagons. Or play it safe with two-tone sunnies. Choose a basic black or brown frame, accented with a pop of color like red.

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Dancing Jewelry: H. Stern + Grupo Corpo

Two iconic companies merge to create a fine collection of stunning jewelry. hen you think about dance, do you picture fluidity, grace, elegance or precision? Grupo Corpo is a Portuguese derivative for “body,” and is a Brazilian ballet group that was founded in 1975 in Belo Horizonte. Famous for performances which integrate the dynamics of modern dance and contemporary ballet, they are one of the most renowned dance troupes touring the world today. H. Stern jewelry, internationally acclaimed for its 50year legacy in the business, now partners up with Grupo Corpo, for a limited edition collection. Journeying into the universe of modern dance, the jewelry design team studied all aspects of their celebrated productions, from the conceptualization of each ballet’s theme and its choreography, to costume and set design. The designers considered elements like balance, weight, and size of each piece in proportion to the human body. Working with metal was already a difficult task in itself. In order to marry the two industry giants together, H. Stern’s team had to also illustrate the role of costume, set design and make-up in expressing ideas, moods, and desires.

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So the dance moves and costumes were translated into finishing techniques and textures, and faceting of gemstones such as the Blue Topaz, Citrine, Garnet, Amethyst and Cognac Diamonds. The drops of perspiration became diamonds, and the chiseled bodies of extraordinary dancers morphed into twisted surfaces and sinuous lines. H.Stern designers also searched the natural Brazilian diversity to find drought seeds that form flowers as they are rolled together, similar to the forms of the ballerinas’ tulle skirts. “We had so much material to work from, to work with. Textures, depth, and movement that are dynamic, everflowing—but needed to be captured,” says Roberto Stern, president and creative director, of the intricacy that was required. In the end, the success of this beautiful, complex, and elaborate collection was made possible by the fluidity of its creative process and the artists involved in it. n H. Stern is located at Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City; Tel No. +632 2174029

Stars’ Choice H. Stern designer jewelry has been seen a lot lately on the red carpet. At the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards and InStyle after party, celebrities Nicole Richie and Miranda Kerr could be seen sparkling with the collection. In February, German supermodel and Project Runway host, Heidi Klum, graced the cover and pages of the Marie Claire USA magazine wearing H. Stern Ancient America jewelry.

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INTO THE STOKED ZONE: Japanese surfers brave Siargao Island’s sharp reef at low tide to catch some of the best waves that the Philippines has to offer. Photo by Mark Dimalanta

RUSHING FOR THE BEACH Pack your bags with lots of courage and adrenaline because we’re off to some exciting adventures! BEST FOR PRO SURFING Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte Pro surfers all over the world converge in Siargao Island to be in their element and compete in seasonal surfing competitions. Cloud Nine’s powerful, consistent waves from the Pacific Ocean is the prime draw of this small island. But even if you’re not a surfer, Siargao offers more than just waves. You can island hop to nearby Guyam Daku and Naked Islands. Take a boat ride to the beguiling Sohoton Cave, or try your hand at game fishing. The newly-opened Dedon Island is also the buzzword among local and foreign high-end travelers so check it out before everybody knows about it. It’s tropical chic at its best. And here’s something that even night 54 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

owls can’t resist: the sunrise over Cloud Nine. Walk to the tower and watch as the sun’s rays merge into the majestic waves. Even Boracay doesn’t have it this good. BEST FOR SURF LESSONS Real, Quezon Consistent waves, long shoreline, and—best of all—a sandy bottom. Yup, you’re ready for your first surf lesson. The drive to Real is a picturesque one: zig-zagging cliff-side roads, lush hills, and wide rice farms. Best of all? No traffic. The surfing trip organized by Philippine Surfing Academy (PSA) takes the Rizal route versus the usual SLEX so you won’t come across throngs of weekenders. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by strong Pacific winds and a sight to behold: a long

shoreline with splendid waves. You’ll be led by the PSA team to the far end of the beach for basics then off you go for actual surfing. Just remember that surfing is said to be 90% paddling so get ready for some serious upper body workout. But once you’ve stood up for the first time, the feeling is priceless. A good side trip here is the waterfalls hidden in the forest. If you haven’t had enough of surfing, amp up your adrenaline and jump off from the top of the waterfalls. Shake off all your fears and inhibitions because you’re in for a thrill of a lifetime. Contact the Philippine Surfing Academy at BEST FOR AN ADRENALINE RUSH Siquijor It’s not all witches and spells here, but you’re sure to be captivated by its natural charm. For starters, how about jumping off from a waterfall? Cambugahay Waterfalls in Lazi has a few tiers and you have to descend from the main road to reach them. The first level gives you a bit of a “Tarzan and Jane”

JUNGLE SECRETS: Head out to Siargao Island (ABOVE) from September to May to catch the best waves (Photo by Mark Dimalanta); Apart from Real, Quezon’s fantastic waves, its forests hide a secret waterfalls (BELOW) that give you the ultimate adrenaline rush (Photo courtesy of PSA). I 55


JUMP, JUMP, AND AWAY: Contrary to the sleepy provincial town image that it has, Siquijor has a handful of exciting attractions that will surely awaken your senses, such as the plank diving in Salagdoong Beach (ABOVE) and Cambugahay Waterfall (BELOW).

experience because you can jump into the cool, blue water with a (makeshift) vine. On another tier, you can jump from the crown of the falls straight into the water. For the less adventurous ones, you can just swim in the calm waters surrounded by a canopy of trees. On the coastal side, Salagdoong Beach is becoming a tourist favorite. It’s quite commercialized but the best part here is plank diving. Muster up your courage to dive into the blue water, but if you really can’t, you can always just swim. Tourist facilities are adequate so you’ll have a comfortable time here. To make your Siquijor trip even more fun, we suggest you hire tricycle driver Joel (+63926 9627166). He’ll be glad to take you around and is very knowledgeable about each place. For the insider secrets and tips

he shares, he charges a very reasonable price. Want to be a solitary wanderer? You can also rent motorbikes from the locals. Siquijor can be reached via ferry from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. PAL

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UNDER THE SEA: A diver in Palawan’s Tubbataha Reef swims past colorful gorgonian, a type of soft coral that is also known as sea whips or sea fans. Discovery Fleet, the Discovery Group of Hotel’s dive safari company takes divers around the reef during the diving season in the summer.

A MerMAid’s MAp: Alluring islAnd destinAtions TESSA PRIETO-VALDEZ whisks us away to beautiful beaches in Asia and Australia for a memorable summer adventure. ow great is it that our very own Boracay is rated among the best beaches in the world? Its renowned stretch powdery white sand is always buzzing with excitement and activity—exciting sports such as beach volleyball, surfing, and kite-boarding contrast the relaxing, sunbathing crowds. Less well known but even more unique is Palawan, whose waters are haven to thousands of marine species. Palawan is also scuba diving heaven. The Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, a World Heritage site, is just off the coast and best accessed from the capital city, Puerto Princesa. Underwater discoveries Among the cruise operators serving Tubbataha is the Discovery Fleet (, a new dive safari business of the Discovery Group of Hotels, best known for their award-winning Discovery Shores in Boracay. Their first cruise ship, the Discovery 58 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013


Hot New Bar When partying in Phuket, check out ELLA Bar & Bistro in Patong City. Live music acts, flowing cocktails, all-day breakfasts, and an international crowd keep it lively. ELLA carries a contemporary feel, balancing raw wood, steel, and exposed concrete.

Palawan, will be in Tubbataha by the first week of April 2013. The ship’s itinerary keeps her on the atolls during the summer diving season. Tubbataha is best explored with nearby Cagayancillo and Calusa atolls as well. Scuba divers find pristine coral walls diving down to bottomless depths, and all manner of pelagic marine life in between, from mantas to turtles and sharks. By June, the Discovery Palawan moves to a northern route, with stops in Pandan Island, Apo Reef, Culion, Sangat, and Coron, plus four, less-traveled but breathtaking, gorgeous islands: Calambuyan, North Kay, Dibotonai Island, and Talampulan Island. coron, crowning glory Coron is fast gaining popularity as the newest “in” spot among the beach cognoscenti. Spectacular limestone cliffs surround hidden lagoons and a calm bay populated by pearl farms and 12 Japanese shipwrecks from World War II. Nearby Pandan Island’s white sands and gin-clear waters reveal reefs with resident turtles. The northern cruise is open to both divers and nondivers, as there are just as many topside activities to choose from, like lagoon treks, kayaking, and beach hopping.

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Live-aboard Luxuries My longtime diving friend and underwater photographer, Yvette Lee, is head of marketing for Discovery Fleet. Yvette says their second ship, the Discovery Adventure, will be launched in 2014. Yvette also handles the Vasco, a liveaboard yacht ( that has been cruising Philippine waters since 1998. PaLau—beautifuL Neighbor Outside Philippine waters, the nearby Republic of Palau offers a stunning tropical paradise—my favorite diving destination. With its unspoiled reefs, caves, and walls, plus the most amazing array of marine life you can ever imagine, I feel like a mermaid enjoying the underworld immensely when I dive in Palau. Palau beckons with many natural wonders. The whitest beaches blend into the bluest seas, gardens of coral, and schools of fish. This sea paradise is a very special place for me, since my hubby Dennis and I had our weeklong honeymoon in Palau, and have visited there many times over the years. For nondivers and kids, Palau also has other attractions, including lakes filled to the brim with stingless jellyfish and forests, waterfalls, and caves 60 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

that have never been ravaged by man. The pristine island chain is truly beautiful. Phuket’s Lure If you are looking for a family beach vacation with strong Asian culture, relaxing massages, and delicious Thai food, your answer is Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is loaded with manifold activities that you will enjoy. Boundless numbers of gimmicks and wonderful tourist attractions like Phang Nga Bay, the Old Phuket Town, the Big Buddha, and many others are there to make an entire vacation exciting. aLL-Year-rouNd austraLia South of the Equator is Australia. For me, the best snorkeling sites are found at the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, the world’s largest coral reefs. There are several cruise lines and boats to check out the reef, which contains an abundance of marine life and over 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays. Literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands, with some of the world’s most beautiful sunsoaked, golden beaches, are seen along the way to the Barrier Reef. All told, summer is truly a beautiful time to travel in our part of the world. The sun is out; let’s hit the beach! n

SUMMER LIVING: (TOP) The Sea Princess is on a roll with lots of sand, sun, and sea with friends and family in Boracay, as well as in (BOTTOM, FROM LEFT) Kayangan Lake in Coron, Tubbataha Reef, and with Discovery Properties chief operating officer Jun Parreno.

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Sago’t Gulaman (LEFT) is a favorite Filipino drink because of its sweetness and delightful textures from the tapioca, gelatin, and crushed ice. (Photo by Justin Ventura); (RIGHT) The Tamarind Shake (left glass) is a bestselling beverage at Abe’s Farm in Pampanga. (Photo by Dan Cercado)

HAVE A COOL SUMMER Let CHEF ERNEST REYNOSO-GALA’s sweet concoctions cool you down during these sizzlingly hot days. SAGO’T GULAMAN Ingredients: Gulaman (agar-agar or gelatin): 2 bars (1 red and 1 green) gulaman 4 cups water 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ tsp. each of pandan and strawberry extracts ½ cup toasted pinipig (pounded glutinous rice grain flakes) 2 cups fresh milk or coconut cream (or sugar syrup*)

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Shred the red gulaman in a saucepan and add 2 of cups water. Boil until the gulaman shreds are dissolved. Add ½ cup of granulated sugar and strawberry extract. Pour the mixture into a metal mold. Refrigerate for about an hour or until firm. Cut into ½ inch cubes. Repeat procedure with the green gulaman and pandan extract. Portion into the 10 glasses half filled with ice. Top each glass with a tablespoon of sago and toasted pinipig. Serve with fresh milk, coconut cream, or syrup.

*For the syrup, boil 1 cup of water and 1 cup of dark brown sugar. Cool.

granulated sugar, 1 can of Sprite or 7Up. Pour into 6 tall glasses filled with crushed ice.

Note: Instead of sago and pinipig you can used canned lychees, peaches, or mandarin oranges. Use syrup from the can in place of milk.

MANGO SMOOThie Put in a blender 2 cups of ripe mango, 2 cups of mango or vanilla ice cream, and 1 cup of cold fresh milk. Blend. Pour into 8 tall glasses quarter filled with crushed ice. Top with cooked sago. n

GreeN MANGO JUiCe Blend together flesh of two very green mangoes, 1 cup of

Sago (tapioca pearls) Recipe: Boil 5 cups of water and add 1 cup of uncooked sago. Leave uncovered, stirring once in a while, for 15 minutes until the sago is translucent. Drain. Put in a bowl and pour tap water twice the amount of sago to prevent them from sticking.

A rAinbow of benefits A fruit’s color helps determine its intrinsic health benefits.

MORE TIPS... common mistakes on the roaD • Looking or acting like a tourist. • Blend in by dressing wisely: casual and never to stand out or to attract attention. • Displaying (flaunting!) your valuables. common traVel traps Anywhere with crowds, but beware of fancy restaurants too, with the smartlooking couple who may randomly sit down beside you, then leave with your bag. Always have your guard up, but take care especially in the following places: During harvest season at

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plantation in Bukidnon, • Concerts guests can pick up • Street festivals 4. Double the Drinks “rejected” pineapples • Bazaars and outdoor markets (those that do not meet You’ve probably heard of men falling for the trap of the invitation to have company in • Mall sales the company’s standards) • Public buses (Particularly the a bar, only to end up paying three times the amount for the woman’s drink. This is often found along theclosed roadside. air-conditioned ones. Onfree long-haul They’re as long as the unsaid rule in many nightclubs that hire ladies to “entertain” patrons. Even if you Red fRuits ORange and gReen fRuits Blue and buses, when you you are eat likely to fall them inside the are rich in lycopene, which yellOw fRuits fiber, This canpuRple fRuits don’t take one of them home, you’re expected to pay for have theirchlorophyll expensiveand drinks. asleep, make sure yourplantation. bags are helps lower blood pressure are rich in beta-carotene, which reduce cancer risks contain lutein, which helps secured.) happen to women travelers, too. In Bangkok, Sheila and her were told thatimprove eyesight and eliminate free radicals. potassium, and vitamin andgirlfriends boost the immune and which help“But lower supports healthy digestion. the cost was 100 baht ($3) for C, one drink. wethe ended up being system. billed for a total of 4,700 level of bad cholesterol baht ($158) for just 4 beers!” sheand says. n promote collagen formation. II 63 37


Subic bay: a brighter Summer at the LighthouSe Though just a few hours away from Manila, this resort packs a wallop of adventure for everyone!

eading to Subic Bay? The Lighthouse Marina Resort guides the way across its waters, inviting travelers to stop and relax by breezy, tranquil shores. What was originally named “Hubek,” meaning, “Head of the Plow” by the native inhabitants, this former U.S. Naval facility became a Subic Bay Freeport in 1992 and since then has continuously transformed into a top-notch leisure destination. Travel to Subic is stress-free: daily flights from Clark International Airport in Angeles City, a quick scenic drive along the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway, or daily bus routes from Manila for commuters. Once inside the base, the Lighthouse Marina Resort guarantees a relaxing stay while sustaining the preservation of nature, and helping local community members. Check out their newest nature-inspired summer activities to try. For Two: Couples can reignite love with an overnight stay at an Aqua Veranda, a dinner for two, a two-hour sunset yacht cruise around Subic Bay, a 24-hour butler service, plus soothing massages.

For Four: Families get to bond during an adventure-packed itinerary that grants two nights stay in an Aqua Terrace, meals for four, a cruise around Subic Bay, and a trip to Treetop Adventure. For More: The “Pure Shores” package is best for groups of friends. It combines overnight stays with meals, a fun sailboat trip to Sampaloc Cove, plus your personal chef on board! Up to you—try a mythical journey of exploration, navigate the great outdoors by foot or by horseback, find hidden waterfalls, sit in a kayak and row away, or just relax. Then, at the end of the day, simply plunge into the comfort of a room filled with plush sheets, stunning views, and first-class amenities. Of course, there’s always the in-house 24-hour massage service, or cocktails at the three-tier Lighthouse bar on cool summer nights—we recommend drinks (Jell-O shots, anyone?) with stunning views from the top. n

FOR MOTHER EARTH: Last year, the hotel’s efforts at coastal cleanups brought in 13,000 volunteers to work together on Subic’s shores. This March, the Lighthouse Marina Resort again supports Earth Hour with a planet-friendly celebration. 64 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013


Capt. Ruel “Erik” V. Isaac, the deputy chief pilot of Philippine Airlines’ Airbus A340 says, “As an airline pilot, I fly way too high—maybe around 39,000 ft. Paragliding gives me a chance to fly out of the comfort of my cockpit, just above the treetops with the wind in my face. To say you have an adrenaline rush is an understatement.”

Perfect flight: Paragliding in carmona Up, up, and away CARLA OCAMPO soars, on her first paragliding experience in Carmona, Cavite. Photos by ROMMEL BUNDALIAN “h-oh, wrong wheels,” photographer and outdoorsman Rommel Bundalian exhales, as his car begins crunching on rut-filled off-roads. We are gingerly following a 4x4 pickup truck, deep into the pastoral fields of Carmona, Cavite, some 30 minutes south of Manila. Soon, our convoy reaches a meadow. The air hints of moist grass and bovine dung. In front of us, a thickly vegetated ridge rises abruptly from the ground, about 150 meters high. This hinterland is home to the newest entry on Carmona’s growing list of must-do’s: paragliding, an air sport wherein the pilot, sometimes with a passenger, soars with a motorless, crescent-shaped aerofoil or “wing,” launched by running off cliffs or mountains. A smiling, sun-baked gentleman steps out of


Paraglider pilot Jonathan Tayamora of Silang, Cavite, “discovered” the Carmona Ridge. He is the most prolific and respected paragliding-site seeker of the Philippines.

the pickup truck and approaches us. He is Buko Raymundo, a licensed paraglider pilot—one of the very few in the country. He is also the highest ranked Filipino in the Paragliding Accuracy event of the 2011 SEA Games, and the first Filipino to paraglide off the summit of Mount Apo—the Philippines’ highest peak. “That’s where we take off,” Buko declares, pointing to a clearing atop the Carmona Ridge, “Ready to fly?” I can only manage an anxious bray. Before long, we are rolling uphill onboard the 4x4. The heat down on the plains is felt nowhere up here; I wear a jacket for the wind chill. High on the ridge crest, intermittent gusts greet us. “Is this good?” I ask. “Not ideal,” Buko replies. “We want consistent winds.” Quite paradoxically, paragliding is an adventure sport that entails a lot of waiting. In the same way that you need a good wave in order to surf, you need some good wind in order to paraglide. Some days, driving all the way to your chosen paragliding site could be all for naught if the wind refuses to raise its knots or behave soberly. But unlike in surfing, where the height and strength of an ocean wave are immediately visible,

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GOT WIND? The best time to paraglide in Carmona is during the Amihan or the northeast monsoon season (usually from November to April).

reading the phantom wind is a conundrum for paragliding beginners like me. When is it time to go? Apparently, it’s when birds start gliding around your takeoff area. On the clearing, Buko takes time laying out his wing: a larger-than-life arc of rip-stop nylon sacs, with Kevlar strings neatly dangling from it, connected to the harnesses that will carry both of us up in the air. Rommel is clicking away at the scene. Then, as if on cue, a flock of pigeons race across my eyes. With the wing noticeably inflated, Buko calls me out. He straps us securely in the harnesses. The steep drop in front hisses an invitation. …This is it! Buko starts gunning instructions, “Walk fast, toward the cliff, let the wing fully inflate! We need to go against the wing pull; else we’ll be dragged away in the wrong direction. At the moment you feel the lift, run towards the edge of the cliff. As fast as you can!” Wait. …What? At his signal, Buko and I walk fast. The wing fights our pull as it gathers more air. My heart is pounding savagely. I’m feeling the lift. The lift! “Run!” We run, full force, toward the cliff. Meters before the edge, my feet leave the ground. I shriek.

Ready to take off?

Tandem Paragliding in Carmona flies tourists from ages 3 to 70. Contact Joanne Bawalan of the Municipal Tourism and Information Office ( Flights are at Php2,500 (US$61) per passenger. Lifestyle shop R.O.X. offers lessons: Introduction and Tandem Flight (1 day) at Php3,500 ($85.50); Basic Solo Paragliding Lessons (3 days) at Php15,000 ($366.50); and Lessons for Full Certification (7–10 days) at Php35,000 ($855). E-mail roxadventure@ or contact Buko Raymundo at +63917 8167820.

Flight! With Buko at the helm, we are flying, without the aid of any rigid contraption, at about 300 meters. I am a child again, hooting and swinging my arms and legs, whimsically dodging tree crowns now and then, the view as far as the eye can go! Unfortunately, about five minutes into the trip, vertigo does me in. We have to land sooner than the allotted 15 minutes. Another conundrum. “How do we L-AAAAAGH!-ND? How do we land?” The sudden elevation change squeezes my innards into a tingly bundle. “Do we run across the field? Do we plop down on the grass?” “You just sit down.” Buko cuts my nerves, halflaughing. Paragliders only run across fields in the event of zero-tension upon landing; that is, if there is not enough wind power to prop the wing up until the last millisecond. And so, as gently as Mary Poppins would, we land on the meadow, with cows lounging around, munching on grass. I sit there, eyes to the heavens, laughing, shrieking; the rainbow-colored aerofoil slowly deflating itself onto the ground. n I 67


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The FirsT Clouds

n the old, old days when the world was young, the days were always sunny and bright. The people were just as impeccable. They knew no vice nor sin. But as the people grew in number they came to gamble, cheat, rob, fight, and even murder each other. And with all these degradations, there also came laziness. People who used to be up and about in their fields at sunbreak slept all day, since all the night they drank and revelled and brawled. They neglected their fields and did not water their plants as they used to do. Plants and trees began to wither and die, more so when a long drought came. The great god Bathala’s worries multiplied. He was saddened not only by the spectacle of his creatures debasing themselves but also by the sight of his trees and plants withering from lack of rain. So he sent his trusted aide, minor god, Laon, to fetch water from the streams on earth. But once with the people on earth, Laon forgot his mission. He drank and gambled with the ordinary mortals. Bathala wondered what was taking Laon too long to fetch water. He looked down and saw the faithless Laon revelling with the people. He raged and fumed and would have sent some catastrophe to destroy his debased creatures and his own beloved Laon. However, his own bigness of heart held sway. If his people and Laon failed him, he could do no less than forgive. Moreover, he decided that he himself would cause the rain to come to stop the drought. He made the sun shine clear and bright. The heat drew the water from the ponds, rivers and seas on earth and formed dark masses suspended in the sky. It was early morning but the sky suddenly grew dark. The few people on earth who were awake could not understand the phenomenon. It was the first time that their clear skies darkened. They awakened their still sleeping folk in alarm. Had Bathala sent the darkness to punish them? Was this the end of the world? Then in a moment, torrents of rain fell. It watered the fields, the trees and plants, and flowed back to the ponds and streams and seas. After the downpour, the sun shone again and the sky was as clear as before. The leaves grew green once more. A penitent Laon returned to Bathala. The people likewise were repentant. They returned to their fields, and to their old virtues of industry and kindness. But every so often, Bathala still hangs out dark clouds in the sky, not only to remind them about the evils of vice and sin, but also to bring rain to their fields and trees. n

DID YOU KNOW?: Clouds can contain millions of tons of water.

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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; : www.uppress.


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SMOKIN’ HOT: The Philippine Volcanoes clinched a spot in the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013, to be held in Moscow. It will be the first time that a Philippines national side in any team sport has qualified for a world championship or World Cup event.

RUGBY CRAZE IN MANILA PHIL GITTUS gives us the lowdown on this sport, in time for the biggest rugby season in the Philippines. Photos by BOGEE ROMERO t may seem strange to the uninitiated, but this month, men ranging in age from their late teens to gents who are well into retirement will return home from Manila, battered, bruised, and confused...and they will have had a great time! The third weekend in March will see hundreds of players of all shapes, sizes, ages, and all levels of athletic ability descend on Manila to take part in the 24th Annual Manila Tens International Rugby Festival, held at Nomad Sports Club in Parañaque. Some will travel with high hopes of returning home with some silverware at the end of the weekend and some will travel hoping just to survive their annual reintroduction to physical activity, minimal sleep, and an excessive intake of alcohol. The tournament, whose principal sponsor this year is Deborah Services Ltd, is rightly billed as the premier social rugby tournament in the Southeast Asian rugby calendar. But don’t let that deceive 70 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

The Heat is On The action at Nomad Sports Club will kick off at 8 a.m. on Mar. 16, 2013 and will offer nonstop action throughout the weekend. All are welcome and admission is free.

you, there will be some quality rugby played, that’s for sure. In recent years the bar has been repeatedly raised in terms of the standard of the Cup Division. In 2011, the winners were a superbly drilled outfit from South Wales, the JML Welsh Warriors, but even their wizardry was overshadowed last March, when the CAPE Crusaders from the University of Queensland delivered a masterclass in tens rugby, topped off with a 42–7 annihilation of their fellow countrymen representing the Lloyd McDermott Foundation in the final. Anyone who witnessed the slick performance of last year’s champions over the weekend will not be surprised to learn that the University of Queensland has provided 60 players to the Australian national team over the years, including seven captains. It’s been nearly 20 years since the home team have lifted the Cup; however, Nomads have won the Plate, the very competitive second tier trophy, three times in that period and are the reigning champions, having won all six games last year without conceding a single point. With a largely unchanged squad, they will be determined to give the local crowd plenty to cheer about again this year. One of their main rivals will be the Alabang

ELITE CIRCLE: The 2012 Cup winners are the CAPE Crusaders from Australia.

Join the sport! Want to play rugby in the Philippines? Contact these key people: Nomads RFC: Phil Gittus (, Dave Feeney ( Alabang Eagles RFC: Dan Moutin ( Cebu Dragons RFC: Simon Hoyle ( Rugby 101: Niki Lira (, Juan Engelbrecht ( Women’s Contact Rugby: Niki Lira ( Women’s Touch Rugby: Clair Barberis (

Eagles who consistently mount a very strong challenge for honors in each and every Manila Tens. Of the 24 teams competing in the Open Division, seven will hail from the Philippines and 17 will be from overseas, with five of those traveling from Australia and one from New Zealand. The Veterans Division for players over 35 includes 10 teams, including reigning champions Taipei Silverbacks, local favorites the Extinct Volcanoes, and the much-anticipated first visit of the Suva Golden Oldies from Fiji, with a reputed four former international players in their ranks. The play may be marginally slower, but don’t expect any quarter to be given. Despite their advanced years these guys are extremely competitive and have a whole bunch of tricks up their sleeves. The weekend festivities will kick off at the Marriot Hotel on March 15 with a fundraising rugby lunch, where former internationals John Bentley, Jeremy Paul, Scott Gibbs, and Caleb Ralph will entertain and mingle with the local rugby and business communities. n

RUGBY FACTS: Rugby was said to be created by William Webb Ellis in 1823 and that the early rugby balls were made from pigs’ bladders, which were oval-shaped when inflated. I 71


aPT aPPs: Consider using apps that are designed to primarily enhance your photo shooting capabilities by making you take the shot only when your iPhone is at its steadiest (for sharp pictures), and by giving you better exposure settings (particularly in extreme low-light situations).

You Can Master iPhone PhotograPhY Professional photographer DoMInIQUE JaMEs reveals how to be a pro when taking photos with your iPhone. he principles of great photography apply to all kinds of cameras. It doesn’t matter what camera you happen to be using—as long as you have mastered it and are aware of both its limitations and possibilities. And then, to shoot, and shoot, and shoot. Remember, there are always three versions to a photograph: the one you imagined the picture to be, the one you actually shot, and the one you wished you took. Ideally, all three should be one and the same. ToP ThREE TIPs FoR TakIng bETTER PICTUREs wITh ThE IPhonE There are three practical things you can do right away to dramatically improve the way you shoot pictures with an iPhone camera: 1. Master—not just learn—all the basic functions of your iPhone camera. The iPhone camera is deceptively simple to use such that we often do not feel the need to take the time and effort to really master it. Unfortunately, this

is how we miss out on many of its great but hidden features. 2. Improve your photos by using apps. Use the iPhone camera app itself, or Apple’s iPhoto, or the free 3rd-party Photoshop Express app. These apps have primary editing tools that will make your pictures better. From there, you can go on to other apps that provide fine-grained and pro-level enhancements. 3. keep your eyes open. Be a keen observer of life. Look around with fresh eyes and you’ll find amazing photographic opportunities. soME gREaT aPPs FoR iPhonE PhoTogRaPhERs Of the many photo apps, Hipstamatic is my absolute favorite. It’s fun to use and is definitely my go-to app. My other favorite photo apps are: Photogene, PhotoForge, Photo fx, Perfectly Clear, Camera Plus, Camera+, CameraBag, and Camera FX, to name a few. To create really amazing black-and-white images, I use

DramaticB&W, Simply B&W, BWCamera, BW, and Vint B&W MII. ToP TIPs FoR shooTIng In low lIghT oR EvEnIng sETTIngs When you press the digital shutter button on the iPhone’s screen, tap on it ever so gently and ever so lightly, instead of jabbing it. You’ll get a sharper shot. Practice until it becomes an ingrained, automatic motor skill. Increase your chances of taking tack-sharp pictures by keeping your finger or thumb on the shutter button of the iPhone, and then simply lifting it to shoot. This technique will minimize the shake of the iPhone, which causes blurry photos. Holding up the iPhone for too long while getting ready to take the shot can often make your arms and hands tired and shaky, causing the pictures to blur. The best way to avoid this is to immediately take the shot, within a second or two of putting up the iPhone. Take as many shots as you can. The more you take, the more choices you have in selecting the one best picture. Because you are shooting digital, it doesn’t matter how many shots you take. Technically, you will never run out of “space” when taking pictures with an iPhone. To improve the sharpness, and at the same time normalize your photo’s exposure, tap the area in the screen you want focused and properly exposed (such as the faces) right before taking the shot. n

Dominique James is a commercial and fine art Filipino photographer based in New York. For nearly 30 years, he has worked on a variety of major film and digital imaging projects, and presented more than 50 one-man and group photography exhibits. View his works at www. 72 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013


GearinG up for the DiGitaL revoLution n an age when change comes at a rapid pace, and where worldwide institutions are challenged to constantly keep up, one academy stands out. “We see the Philippines as one (market) that is under-realized so far in the world,” Pixar co-founder, Ralph Guggenheim says, “and there is a great deal of animation work and gaming work that can be made in the Philippines that can be sent back to the world.” The New York Times also reported that the Philippines is “the world’s leading provider of voice-based outsourcing services” attracting clients like Microsoft, Dell, HP, AT&T, Sprint and JPMorgan Chase because of Filipinos’ English skills, work ethic, and adaptability to working with international clients. The iACADEMY School System has taken a pioneering role by being the first IBM Software Center of Excellence (CoE) in the ASEAN region. As a CoE, IBM provides state-of-the-art and emerging technology products, software and training services for the center’s faculty and students, who are on their way to becoming IBM-certified professionals. The iACADEMY developed the first BS Animation Program and the only BS Game Development Program approved by 74 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

the country’s Commission on Higher Education. It is also the nation’s first authorized training partner of Wacom, the industry leader in interactive pens/tablets and digital interface solutions. Partnering with TV5 to bring the results of the Philippines’ first automated elections in 2010, the Ayala Avenue-based school will again do the same for the upcoming May 2013 elections. “Animation and video game development primarily target the entertainment industry,” says the school’s chief operating officer, Jose Morales, “However, the very same skills of computing and design that a participant acquires through our programs can also form the foundation on which to create interactive simulations that have a wide range of applications in the aeronautical, medical, military and automotive industries, to name a few. There is a critical demand for simulations for these industries in order to save millions of dollars, if not many lives. With innovation being the key to the ever changing industrial and technological climate, we’re glad to see that the iACADEMY is cultivating tomorrow’s captains of industry today. Visit for more information. n


CHARMED: From Alona Beach’s seaside charm, to a countryside buggyride tour, Bohol has a lot in store for all kinds of travelers. Model: Erica Tudtud

Bohol—Beyond the tarsiers aleah taBoclaon is back from Bohol, with many more reasons to return. Photos by hannah reyes ohol, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful island-provinces in the Philippines. There are many things it is known for, from the Chocolate Hills and tarsier—the world’s smallest primate—to the centuries-old, coral-stone church in Baclayon. But there’s even more. Cultural and Heritage SiteS Even if you’ve been to the Chocolate Hills already, it’s still worth taking a second look. Head out early from Tagbilaran since it’s a 2-hour ride to Carmen where the viewing area is located. Best time to view these mounds is during April and May, when the grass turns brown and makes the hills look like giant chocolate kisses. On the way to Carmen, you’ll pass a road through the Bilar Manmade Forest. This 2-km76 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

Kiddie Champs The Loboc Children’s Choir was national champion in the prestigious National Musical Competition for Young Artists for three years: 1993, 1995, and 2001. They won first prize (Children’s Choir category) in the Europe and Its Songs Festival held in Barcelona, Spain, in 2003, plus the Europe and Its Songs 2003 Cup for overall highest mark in all categories.

long stretch of mahogany forest was set up as part of a reforestation project, and the trees grew uniformly tall, forming a dense canopy that keeps the area refreshingly cool—a perfect backdrop for taking pictures. For a glimpse of history, visit Baclayon Church, a mere 15-minute ride from Tagbilaran. Built in 1727, it is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, and the oldest coral stone church in the region. Its dark gray façade, the gilded altars, and the colorful murals inside make for a lovely surprise. (Tip: Bring a shawl to cover up, as shorts and sleeveless tops are not allowed inside.) Entrance to the church is free, but while you’re there, drop by the adjoining parish museum (admission fee: Php50) for a collection of artifacts— from the church’s original wooden floor and walls, priest’s vestments, the huge campana (bell) installed in 1886, and centuries-old cantoral (hymn books) made from the hide of water buffalo and cow. From Baclayon, head to Loboc, not only for its church—the second oldest coral stone church in Bohol—but also to catch rehearsals of the multi-


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NIGHTCAP: The finale in Loboc River Cruise is a highly entertaining showcase of local dances. But even better than just watching the dancers is being taught the basic steps.

awarded Loboc Children’s Choir. Founded by musical director and conductor Alma FernandoTaldo in 1980, the choir has performed all over Europe, including audiences from Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain and the late Pope John Paul II. They usually rehearse from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on weekdays in the school nearby; that is, if they’re not out of town. End your day by heading across from the church for the Loboc River Cruise. There are trips the whole day from 11 a.m. to after 7 p.m., but for a more romantic experience, take the night cruise (Php350 or Php650 if you want it to come with dinner). Along the way, one stopover will be made to watch locals perform native dances and songs. 78 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

Three of a Kind In recognition of his outstanding work as champion of the Philippine tarsiers, Carlito Pizzaras had a new tarsier genus named after him. There are now three genera: Tarsius, Cephalopachus, and Carlito, the Philippine tarsier.

Visit the Philippine Tarsier Foundation Inc. (PTFI) in Corella. There are other sites where you can see the tarsiers, but it’s only in Corella that these tiny creatures are visited in the wild and are never touched or made uncomfortable. Former tarsier hunter and now field supervisor Carlito Pizzaras will tell you how the foundation ensures the tarsiers’ survival. While the sanctuary tour lasts less than an hour, the admission fee of Php60 will go a long way toward the foundation’s conservation efforts. When in Tagbilaran, stay at Soledad Suites for comfort and convenience. Ideally suited for business travelers, it is located in the heart of the city and only five minutes away from the airport. Standard rooms good for single or double occupancy are spacious. Room rates include Wi-Fi access, breakfast, and airport transfers. The lobby café remains open until midnight, and it has a souvenir shop and a tour desk to arrange car rentals. Rates start at Php2,000. www. WaTeR SPoRTS advenTuRe Panglao, less than an hour’s drive from Tagbilaran, is still the place to be for water sports. Out on Alona Beach, the very fine white sand and clear waters are perfect even for just beachcombing and sunbathing. It has been called the Boracay of Bohol, sans the crowd and the noise. Swim, snorkel, and dive in Panglao; there are a number of beachfront bars and restaurants where you can pass the time.


BOHOL’S PRIDE: (LEFT)The Peacock Garden is one of Bohol’s most luxurious resorts; (ABOVE) Known as the Boracay of Bohol, Alona Beach boasts a long stretch of pure white sand.

The best place to stay in Alona is Amorita Resort. Perched on a cliff at one end of Alona Beach, it is the perfect mix of privacy and proximity to the beach crowd, with the best island views. Guests who choose to stay in the villas with ocean or garden views have their own private paradise, with a garden Jacuzzi and an outdoor shower. Amorita’s infinity pool overlooks the beach; if one is tired of quiet and privacy, Alona is just a few meters away. For a more intimate dining experience, request to have meals served under a tree on a wooden deck overlooking Alona Beach. A must-have that is Amorita’s alone is the Boholano Menu, available in the Saffron Restaurant. It comprises uniquely Boholano dishes specially created by their chef. Ranked number 8 by TripAdvisor in its annual Top 25 Hotels in the Philippines award, Amorita is certainly deserving of the recognition, with its complete facilities and amenities, attentive staff, and its distinctly Filipino interior design. Rooms start at Php6,800 during the off-peak season. www. IslAnd-hoppIng From Alona Beach, hire a boat to Virgin Island, also known as Pungtod Island. Mostly submerged during high tide, during low tide it’s a good picture taking spot. Walk along its curved, white sandbar, drinking fresh buko juice (Php40) that enterprising 80 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

vendors bring from Panglao, or try raw sea urchin (Php20 each), with or without vinegar. (Tip: Keeping it untouched, there are no huts or places to lodge on Virgin Island, so pack a hat for some shade and a mat for sprawling on the sand.) Dolphin-watching excursions happen in pamilacan Island or Balicasag Island. Pamilacan is an hour’s banca ride from Panglao, so try to stay overnight the day before; dolphin tours can start as early as 5:30 a.m. Book the pamilacan Island paradise Resort. Choose single rooms (Php3,000) or family-sized villas (Php12,000). There are no bars or restaurants on Pamilacan Island, so enjoy the silence and fresh breeze. Stroll

LIFE, OH LIFE: (LEFT) Bellevue Resort marries Filipino design with modern sensibilities. (RIGHT) A favorite chill out place in Amorita Resort is this viewing deck that looks out to Alona Beach.

CREATURE COMFORTS: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) The rustic Pamilacan Island Paradise; the author enjoys The Plunge at E.A.T. Danao; Soledad Suites’ cafe

along the coast in the late afternoon to buy the freshest catch from the locals, and then have the caretakers at the resort cook it the way you want. Despite the seclusion, though, there is electricity and hot shower. Best time to visit, when there are dolphins aplenty, is from March to June. www. Away from Alona Beach is the Panglao Bluewater Resort where you can try stand up paddleboarding (Php800 per hour). A cross between kayaking and surfing, this involves standing up on a long surfboard and maneuvering across the ocean with a single paddle—best tried when the sea is calm. Instructors at the resort will teach you how, and you can also arrange to go kayaking and diving. www. For those who are craving for privacy and time away from the crowds at Panglao, a good retreat is the

Peacock Garden Hotel, a small luxury hotel off the beaten path. Located in Baclayon, 15 minutes from Tagbilaran, it is the perfect place for those who are looking for peace and solitude. The property boasts an East-meets-West design, from its façade and various garden ornaments, to the design of the structures. Its German owner lived in Heidelberg and is a huge collector of anything related to national hero Jose P. Rizal, and his collections— from old postcards and fencing swords, to antique chairs and tables, prints, and other art nouveau stuff—are in full display inside. If you’re one of the lucky guests, you’ll chance upon their very own pet peacock Argus spreading his feathers. Enjoy the Peacock Garden’s huge infinity pool, and the various recreational activities they offer. Join their 2-hour buggy tour of the countryside. Get to drive an all-terrain vehicle (Php1,650/buggy), rain or shine, alongside mountainous terrains, rice paddies, and lakes. Along the way, you’ll have an excellent bird’s eye view of the town, as well as observe first-hand local life as you pass through one community after another. Rooms start at Php10,500, with breakfast and free airport transfer. ExtREmE AdvEntuREs AwAit If you feel the need for more activity, head on to E.A.t. danao for a whole day of extreme sports. A

TARSIER COUNTRY: The Philippine Tarsier Foundation, which runs the Tarsier Sanctuary, has 8.4 hectares dedicated to its conservation efforts, with 167 hectares more from the DENR. While there are a number of tarsiers in the conservation, tourists can see only up to 10 tarsiers in the designated area for visitors. I 81


must-try is the 180-meter Plunge, the highest canyon swing in the world (Php700). Or go for the zipline (Php350), cable car ride (Php250), kayaking (Php300), caving (Php350), or root climbing (Php400), where you will get to do a vertical ascent through the huge roots of an ancient banyan (balete) tree. There’s also a restaurant inside, and for those who plan to stay overnight, book basic fan accommodations at Php600 a day. The local government of Danao runs the park, and it ensures that any adventure rides they have will protect the ecosystem. All income is funneled back into the town through scholarships, free medical assistance to the locals, and other social service initiatives. As if there’s not enough reason to visit Bohol, Bellevue Hotel provides another appeal. Most rooms offer an excellent view of the ocean; the design of its infinity pool, with its deep blue colors and winding shape, makes it blend seamlessly with the sea and the

RESORT WITH A VIEW: Probably the best view of Alona Beach is found at Amorita Resort. Here, you can watch the sun set and the evening lights turn on while swimming in the infinity pool.

sky. The best part of Bellevue is its interior design, a delightful mix of modern style and locally made crafts. Its buffet dinner at Lamian Restaurant is also highly recommended (Php1,200 per person). As Bohol’s only deluxe resort, expect room rates to start from Php15,000. n

PAL flies between Manila and Tagbilaran four times a day. PALakbayan tour packages are available.For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit

眼镜猴以外的薄荷岛 薄荷岛魅力无限,让ALEAH TABOCLAON仍想旧地重 游。HANNAH REYES摄影 巧克力山是一个值得重游的景点之一。这自然奇 景位于卡门(Carmen)附近,距离塔比拉兰市 (Tagbilaran )约两个小时的车程。每年的4月和5 月是欣赏此山景的最佳时刻。

水上运动的最佳去处。Alona海滩的洁白细沙与清澈 海水,非常适合日光浴和拾捡贝壳。在TripAdvisor 菲律宾年度最佳25间酒店排名中获得第8位的 Amorita度假村是Alona 的最佳住宿。其设施齐全完 善、职员服务周到以及独特耀眼的菲律宾风格室内设 计,可说是实至名归。 游客可于Alona海滩租借一艘船到以 Pungtod岛著 称的维尔京岛进行环岛游。 此外,游客也能在 Pamilacan岛或Balicasag岛追寻海豚的踪迹。

前往卡门的途中,您会路经一片Bilar 人造森林。游 客若想一瞥当地的历史文化,可参观建于1727年的 Baclayon 教堂。它是菲律宾最古老的教堂之一同时 也是该地区最古老的珊瑚石教堂。

Panglao Bluewater度假村就在Alona海滩的不远处, 您可在此尝试桨式冲浪(每小时800比索)。Peacock Garden酒店则是一家小型式豪华非凡酒店,适合那些 注重私隐或想远离尘嚣的游客入住。

从Baclayon朝往Loboc观赏获奖无数的Loboc儿童合唱 团进行排练,接着来一趟Loboc河流之旅。

若您是个好玩着,热爱各式各样的活动,可前往 E.A.T. Danao尝试极限运动。里头还设有一家餐馆, 若打算留宿,可预订600比索一晚、附有基本风扇的 客房。

座落于Corella的菲律宾眼镜猴基金会(PTFI) 是这些 小精灵唯一不受外人骚扰的自然原始居所。 塔比拉兰市的Soledad Suites为游客提供舒适又方便 的住宿服务。 Panglao距离塔比拉兰市不到一个小时的车程,仍是

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薄荷岛魅力无穷,Bellevue 酒店那混合了优美的现 代化风格与当地工艺的室内设计,促使它成为其中 一个亮点。旗下Lamian 餐厅推出的自助晚餐(每人 1200比索)值得一试。它是薄荷岛唯一一家豪华度假 村,客房价格由15,000比索起。

Five-star comfort right where you want it. A ready towel by the pool. A quick water refill at the dinner table. A luxurious made bed. We know what you’re used to. That’s why at The Bellevue Resort, you can expect us to deliver this kind of service. The kind that lets you worry less and enjoy more. So you and your family can just relax and bask in the beauty of spectacular Bohol.

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’S WONDERFUL, ’S MARVELOUS: A day in the life of two visitors to Snake Island. Photo by George Tapan

PUERTO PRINCESA: READY FOR SUMMER LEILANI CHAVEZ takes us around “The City in a Forest” for its latest ecotourism and dining adventures. uerto Princesa City has evolved from a quiet, laidback provincial capital to a bustling tourist city. Then there are its extensive ecotourism efforts: No smoking in public areas, and no littering either. Despite these restrictions, Puerto Princesa was one of the Philippines’ most visited cities last year, with a tourist count reaching half a million. THE SITE: A World-Renowned Underground River The Puerto Princesa Underground River has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, but its entry into the New 7 Wonders of Nature made it a global superstar. Stretching to about 8.2 kilometers, it’s one of the longest underground rivers in the world. Unfortunately, only a fraction of it can be 84 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa

navigated for the tour. To protect the site from the toll of tourism, only 900 visitors are allowed to visit per day, so best to book your tour a month in advance. THE BED: Deluxe or Rustic For a night near the Underground River,

reserve a room at the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa (mso@sheridanbeachresort. com). Ninety-four rooms surround a pool in this chic property fronting the Sabang Beach. Book ATV, mangrove, and fishing tours through the resort’s jungle trail. A backpacker favorite is the 18-room

TOURIST MAGNET: (FROM LEFT) Hibiscus Garden Inn attracts bohemian travelers with its rustic charm. The San Jose New Market is your to-go place for all food souvenirs especially dried fish. Photos by Leilani Chavez

Hibiscus Garden Inn (hibiscusgardeninn@ Four of its rooms even have personal gardens. Feeling adventurous? Try camping on one of the several islets that dot Honda Bay. Part of the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour, book by calling the City Tourism Office (+6348 434-4211, 433-2983). A romantic option would be the rustic Starfish Island. THE VIBE: Island Charms Go boho at The Gypsy’s Lair Art Café in Mercado de San Miguel commercial complex. Owned by artist Dinggot Prieto, the woman behind Kamarikutan Art Gallery and Café, this restaurant fuses Asian and European cuisine and is inspired by Dinggot’s journey through the “gypsy’s trail.” The music is predominantly acoustic, with a flamenco guitarist tapping away on Friday nights. On Saturday nights, the crowd flocks the stretch of Rizal Avenue. The current hotspot: Tiki Restobar, a Polynesianinspired bar decked with wooden humanoid stone carvings and light display. A must-try is their crocodile sisig. A more laidback alternative is the surfer shack Katabom Bar. And then there are the two restaurants you can always count on: Kinabuchs Bar &

Isla Casoy de Palawan Coffee Bar

Grill, which serves grilled seafood and the local delicacy tamilok (mangrove worm), and KaLui, whose seafood menu varies according to the catch of the day. THE BITE: A Serving of Everything Classy dining? Then book a table at La Terasse Restaurant Café. This two-story, open restaurant is surrounded by lush bamboo and decorated with recycled hardwood and banana fiber papier mâché lanterns. The healthy, organic menu includes specialties like Roulade de Porc a la Toscane— roasted pork flank stuffed with herbs. The next best stop is Mercado de San Miguel, a dining and souvenir hub that

opened just last year. A good local find is Isla Casoy de Palawan Coffee Bar, where cashew is incorporated into the menu. Burger lovers should visit Sky Box Sports Bar and Grille, also at Mercado de San Miguel. Hearty eaters can enjoy the Monster Burger, a pound-and-a-half burger mound with three patties and organic veggies. Patties are grilled in an open kitchen and cooked according to your preferences. Here’s the catch: Very few restaurants open early in Puerto Princesa City. If you can, grab a Brekkie Plate at the Legend Palawan’s Tanglaw Coffee Shop. The danggit (salted dried fish) breakfast is one of the city’s best. THE SHOPS: Highly Local, Diverse, and Affordable The San Jose New Market is your one-stop shop for dried fish and other foodstuff to take home. Its dried-fish section has every sea creature imaginable: danggit, bangus (milkfish), and squid. Pick up the usual souvenirs at the Tiangge—tiki masks, shirts, rainmakers, and keychains. Mercado de San Miguel also houses three of the biggest pearl accessories distributors in Palawan and all are worth stopping by before you fly out. n

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REFRESHING DIP: Visitors to Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan, can’t get enough of the cool waters of what is believed by many as the cleanest lake in the country.

Coron: Five-Day Travel GuiDe Search the world’s best beaches, most intimate islands, and diving trenches. Chances are, nothing compares to Coron. CECILY MABASA tells us why. oron, part of Palawan’s Calamianes group of islands, is a magical place where nature remains intact. Home to the indigenous Tagbanua tribe, these beautiful marine sanctuaries haven’t lost their character. You’ll need a few days to get to know Coron, and we guarantee you’ll be back for more. DAY 1: CORON TOWN TOUR Take the morning flight to Busuanga for an early start. Vans are lined up at the airport to shuttle passengers straight to Coron town. First-timers should get acquainted with the plaza and markets. The town is quite simple, and really just a jump-off point to your big adventure. Hungry? Everything is in walking distance, so head to Bistro Coron. Delicious Filipino and European dishes come at reasonable prices (I recommend their calamares sauteed in garlic and basil, their kilawin or local ceviche, or pizzas). For grills and barbecues, try 86 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

Kawayan Grill House. Also notable are their tasty chicken barbeque and mango shakes. Then trek the 700+ steps to the Mount Tapyas View Deck for a spectacular sunset view of Coron Bay. Of course, tricycles are always an option—just make sure you’re there before the sun goes down. Viewing that sweeping sky and coastline is a moment you won’t soon forget. Finally, de-stress with a relaxing dip in the Maquinit Hot Springs. On a quiet day, you’ll enjoy tranquil views of mountain and ocean in the distance while your tired body bathes in warm spring water. DAY 2: ISLAND TOUR Before heading to the ocean, you’ll want to rent snorkels and fins from the shops in town. Here are some ideas where to go with your gear: The Siete Pecados Marine Reserve feels much like swimming in a giant aquarium! The reserve

Who’s Who

Meet some of the people who helped promote the islands of Coron. Letty Fernandez is one of the founders of the Calamianes Association of Tourism Establishments. She also helped tourism by creating accommodations like the Darayonan Lodge. Al Linsangan III is Coron’s eco-expert and was the president of the Calamianes Association of Tourism Establishments in 2008. He also spearheaded the restoration of the Sietes Pecados Marine Park. Jerry Barracoso is the acting mayor of Coron. He extends full support in maintaining the Ecotourism philosophy of Coron, preserving the beauty of the islands.


CAMERA CLUB: Coron’s picturesque landscapes, including limestone rocks jutting out of the emerald waters, never fail to fascinate local and foreign tourists.

boasts magnificent corals and a great number of fish species, which you can feed by the hundreds. Arrange a picnic lunch at Banol Beach and have the boat staff grill fresh seafood. You’ll be tempted to climb the coconut trees to get your own refreshing island drink! Hire a kayak and row to Kayangan Lake, or reach it with a banca (outrigger boat). Remember that most-photographed spot in Palawan? You’ll reach it here with a slight trek through the caves, before approaching the lake. And you’ll want to have your camera ready. If there’s still more time, try to visit Twin Lagoon and Barracuda Lake where crystal-clear water waits.

HARVEST TIME: Local villagers hauling the day’s supply of edible seaweeds.

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DAY 3: CALAUIT SAFARI TOUR Don’t miss the 3,700-hectare Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary, home to endemic animals and African wildlife. On good days (but rarely all at the same time), you can spot giraffes, zebras, impalas, waterbucks, bushbacks, gazelles, elands, topis, Calamian and mouse deer, bearcat, Palawan peacock, sea turtles, and the Philippine crocodile. The animals usually come out from 6 to 10 a.m., so arrive early in the morning. Accessible by both boat and car, allot

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4 hours if you choose to travel by sea from Coron town proper, or 2–3 hours if you opt traveling by land.

snorkel, however, you’ll still have fun. There’s so much living color to see, and all just inches underwater.

DAY 4: DEEP-SEA DIVES! While in Coron, don’t miss the chance to dive, even if you’ve never done it before. Its waters are some of the world’s best sites for wreck diving. Sign up for a beginner’s lesson—introductory diving courses here seem to be cheaper than most places in the Philippines. You’ll see remnants of World War II-era Japanese ships. If you opt to

DAY 5: GO OFF-ROAD Rent a motorbike or a bicycle and explore the land. You’ll get some great views of the islands facing the South China Sea. For pasalubong shopping, buy cashew nuts, dried fish, or hand-woven baskets and bags at the market. Coron and the other Calamianes islands are extraordinary, and so will be your memories here. n

MusICaL roots: trIbu CaLaMIaNeN

If you’re a first-time visitor to Coron, Palawan, and you chance upon the Tribu Calamianen leisurely jamming with handmade, indigenous musical instruments, do stop and listen. Composed of artists with various inclinations, the Tribu Calamianen is headed by environmental photographer and ecotourism operator Al Linsangan III. Together with his friends and family—Anthony Maligaya, Danilo Paredes, Felix Paguia, Jhong Sijera, Jay Sijera, Johnlee Linsangan, and Marvhin Acoy— Linsangan is promoting the richness of the Calamianes culture to the rest of the world. Palawan’s indigenous group, the Tagbanua, allowed the musicians to observe and take part in their rituals and traditions, specifically in matters dealing with music. One recording took place in the middle of a forest during a full moon with tribal elders. Featuring indigenous sounds that tell stories of local life, you’ll hear songs such as “Kingking” (a bird’s name), which dates back to more than 200 years. The CD Amus Taren is filled with catchy tunes sung in both the local Calamianen dialect and Tagalog. The song “Kasadyaan” has a pulsating percussion beat, akin to people stomping their feet and clapping their hands in warm welcome. Local youths have also taken notice of Tribu Calamianen’s distinct sound. Whereas before, they only sang Western and hip-hop songs, village youths are now performing their own

PROUD PINOYS: Tribu Calamianen’s “Pilipinas,” the official song of the Philippine National Football Team (the Azkals), effectively is a fusion of traditional Filipino music and Pinoy rock that serves as a hymn to the Filipinos’ passion and joie de vivre.

traditional music in fiestas and other public gatherings. Clearly, the Tribu Calamianen sound is taking root. The best part of this advocacy? Part of the proceeds from the sales of the album goes to the Tagbanua community. I 89


FENG SHUI BASICS Feng shui is a form of Chinese geomancy that literally means “windwater.” It divides all things on Earth into five elements: water, fire, wood, metal, and earth. Depending on the movement of natural energy called “chi,” which can either be positive (yang) or negative (yin), feng shui principles are said to help create abundance, prosperity, and happiness. Five eLements

The five elements describe how the chi energies interact with one another. They represent the different energy conditions that we experience daily. Here are the meanings and relationships of these elements:



Feng shui’s tRinity oF LucK heaven Luck (tien) The luck we are born with that is beyond our control earth Luck (ti) The luck that comes from the environment and gets strengthened by auspicious surroundings mankind Luck (ren) The luck that results from our actions Feng shui is only 1/3 of the overall luck that determines how prosperous and successful we can be.

What is chi?

Chi is the invisible life force or energy that is present all around us. A “blocked” chi results in “bad feng shui;” when it is flowing, then it is considered “good feng shui.”

Feng shui cannot:

create overall good fortune on its own but it creates favorable energy all around. It tempers ill fortune and reduces the impact of bad luck.

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positive attitude + deteRmination = good LiFe

Marites Allen, one of the recognized feng shui authorities in Asia, is president and CEO of World of Feng Shui Philippines, Inc. and the House of Allen Ltd./ULFS Inc. Contact her through www.maritesallen. com and

FRontaL attacK: The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong is said to be the “most aggressive building in the world,” according to feng shui experts. “Poison arrows” in the form of triangle edges were designed to point directly at nearby competitor businesses. 90 I Mabuhay Magazine | March 2013


FOREST ABODES: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) Cabin, Bird’s Nest, Blue Cone, Mirror Cube, UFO. Photos by Peter Lundstrom.

Tree Houses Reinvented In Sweden’s Treehotel, your childhood tree house gets a massive makeover. Each treeroom jumps out of your fantasy: A floating mirrored cube, a UFO ready for abduction, a massive bird’s nest, a levitating capsule, and a bright red cottage, all scattered in an untouched forest around Harads and looking so visually stunning they could pass for an art installation. Their fascinating façades will woo you in, but it’s the lavish interiors of these ecofriendly accommodations that will have you thinking twice about climbing down your ladder.

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Art Gallery Debut

Art alert! Two art galleries in the newly opened 1335MABINI are holding inaugural exhibitions of contemporary art: B.A.R. showcases the paintings of Jayson Oliviera in Remove All Warning Labels, while Zn exhibits Poklong Anading’s video installations in Art Death. Exhibitions run until March 30.

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Enjoy choice beverages while you paint a masterpiece in Sip & Gogh Paint Studio, the country’s first. Frustrated artists, fret not—instructors will guide you in creating pieces worthy of the Louvre (or at least, your living room). You’ll be provided with everything you need to complete your artwork and, of course, some liquor to help uncork your creativity!

These locally handmade solid perfumes are named after literary/pop culture characters, songs, and cocktails, among others. Rub on bestsellers like “Veruca Salt” (milk, tangerine, and vanilla), and smell like the sweet-toothed brat from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or try “Everdeen” (eucalyptus and ivy flower), inspired by the Hunger Games’ “Girl on Fire.” Choose from 22 organic scents for men and women. Each stick costs Php250.






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A Bag to Get Lost With These trendy travel bags from local company The Lost Nomad are crafted for the modern wanderer. Made from faux leather and colored canvas, they look so chic you wouldn’t mind getting lost with them. Prices range from Php2,500 to Php3,200 each.

PAcK ‘eM uP: Go places with these classy carryalls from the Lost Nomad.

Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir JuAn Ponce enriLe

Php1,650 (uS$41) Juan Ponce Enrile is not one to be confessional, but in this autobiography, he bares his soul. The Philippines’ third most powerful man writes a compelling account of his life: from his birthplace to the adversities he faced to becoming Senate president for six decades. Being an illegitimate child and one of the country’s most controversial personalities, he is far from perfect—but it is through his flaws, the book shows, that he came to be known as everyone’s Manong Johnny. – Ignatius Gan

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This is NoT A ChiCosCi RECoRd Chicosci Warner Music Philippines HHHHI

Don’t be fooled by the title, for this longtime pop/punk/ hard rock outfit’s sixth full-length release is very much a Chicosci record. Having settled comfortably with a more melodic sound that began two albums before, the band perfects its chosen formula further by demonstrating that there is no formula—incorporating heavy, rapid-fire riffs (“Crocodile Scars”), samples (“Start a Fire”), and funk elements (“Raspberry: Girl”). But it’s a consistently solid effort and, ironically, the most “Chicosci” record the band has ever done. – Jason Caballa

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Commercial and sports photographer Jomar R. Galvez, on a trip to Snake Island, Honda Bay, Palawan, shot these two starfishes using his Canon 7D a few feet from the shore. At first hesitant to touch the starfishes, he and his companions eventually picked up and held the marine species for a few minutes. When the starfishes’ tubed feet started to tickle their hands, the curious travelers gently put them back into the water.

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(Standing from L-R) S/O Ma. Cristina Togle; F/O Lavina Dina Ramnani; F/O Melane Ordinario; Capt. Eucheuma Inciong-Ragasa; F/O Rachelle Kay Canlas-Gutierrez; F/O Yvonne Sunga; S/O Iris Matilde Leoncio; S/O Dyan Vanessa Marie Santos; S/O Katherine Pijuan; F/O Michelle Verzosa-Padayhag; S/O Kellogs Teoseco; F/O Sheryll Tuazon (Seated, from L-R) Capt. Hidelina Patrimonio; F/O April Ivy Bermejo; S/O Kiara, Angelika Regalado; S/O May Marie Segovia; F/O Lilybeth Tan-Ng; Capt. Rona, Catunao-Guevarra; S/O Ernestine Marie Belleza-Suzuki; F/O Rowena Sollestre

FLYING HIGH By Cielo Villaluna arch is Women’s Month and an opportune time to pay tribute to the women who have opted to venture into a career longconsidered a man’s domain. Indeed, the world of flying has evolved through the years, making it a level-playing field for all. Six female pilots of Philippine Airlines share the joys and challenges of the world of aviation. CApt. EMMIE INCIONG-RAGASA (standing 4th from left) Even as a young girl, Emmie set her sights on being a pilot someday. “I always wanted to be a pilot. I could never imagine working in a room with no windows from 8 am to 5 pm. I was always fascinated with airplanes, especially when we flew on Philippine Airline flights to Manila in the summer when we visited my grandparents in Balayan, Batangas.” Her fascination with planes and the curiosity about how it felt to soar in the sky led her to pursue aviation studies. From January 1997 to September 1998, she underwent training at the Sierra Academy of Aeronautics in Oakland, California. For the next 7 years, she held the position of flight instructor of various programs. Within this period, she held a two-year stint as chief flight instructor of the Academys Air China Ab initio program. It was during this phase in her life that she was always homesick. “I was sad that I was missing out on a lot of family get togethers. But since I wanted to learn how to fly, I had to make that sacrifice.” she recalled. After years of serving the Academy, Emmie returned to the Philippines and decided that its time to work for the national flag carrier. By October 2005, she became Second Officer of PAL’s B747. By January 2007, she moved on to become First Officer of the A320/A319. After 5 years and 8 months, she became a Captain of the A320/A319, a position she holds up to this day. Her formula for success? “This is something I have seen & learned from the greatest influence and inspiration in my life--my

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parents. My parents have always instilled in us the importance of prayer, family support, hardwork and loving what you do but always making time for family.” CApt. RONA GUEVARRA (seated 6th from left) Call it a sudden twist of fate. Rona and her classmates were in the middle of their Nursing Board review in Iloilo City when they saw a poster for pilot recruitment in their university campus. The Philippine Air Force Flying School was on recruitment mode and it was the first time the school was opening its doors for women. Her two closest friends were so interested and nudged her to join them. “Saturated by our fast-paced and exhaustive review sessions, I decided to join my friends. So they tagged me along and we left for Fernando Air Base, Lipa City for screening and series of exams. I was the only one who made it,” she said. She stopped her nursing review and joined the Philippine Air Force Flying School in September 1993. From 1995 to 2006, she held various positions from Flight Instructor, Flight Examiner, Flight Commander, and Squadron Commander, Supply and Logistics. Today, as a PAL Captain, her greatest challenge is to bring both crew and passengers comfortably and, above all, safely to their destinations. Capt. points out that having flown with the Philippine Air Force and now with Civil Aviation is very fulfilling. “As a PAF flight instructor, the sense of fulfillment was seeing my students learn and then become pilots as well. Now as I fly with Philippine Airlines, the fulfillment is in being able, in this age where air travel is the preferred mode of transportation, to bring the traveling public safely to their destinations.” Capt. believes although both genders are made biologically different, female pilots are at par with male pilots. She foresees

herself still flying in the years to come. “I did not find flying. Flying found me, and I am grateful to God for that,” she quipped. First OFFicer LAViNA rAMNANi (standing 2nd from left) It was by what she calls “a fortunate accident” that served as a turning point that sealed her decision to leave her job in the corporate world and venture into the world of flying. This twist of fate was when Lavina, then a stockbroker, and her officemates were left with no choice but to charter a flight after failing to get commercial airline seats. “It was a Cessna Islander six-seater Turbo-prop airplane and during the course of the captain weight and balancing the aircraft, I, by lucky chance was placed in the right seat next to him. I knew next to nothing about flying but somehow I was fascinated!” she recalled. As soon as they landed, she had her future all mapped out. “I had reached the end of my growth in the corporate world and I figured if I was going to make a big career change in my life it may as well be now,” she explained. She joined PAL Aviation School as Pilot Trainee from 2002 to 2004. From 2004 to 2007, she was Second Officer of the A330340 and from 2007 to 2012, First Officer of the A320. She has been First Officer of the A330-340 since 2010. The challenge of the job is maintaing alertness at all times. “Split-second decisions are being made all the time sometimes even unconsciously,” she stressed. While she cites the fact that fundamentals are learned in flying school, and emergency situations are learned in simulator training, equally valuable are lessons learned from her line captains and through personal experiences with each type of aircraft. “We safely bring people from point A to point B, and when you think about it each and every passenger we carry has a story…could be a birthday, a wedding, a death, a birth, or just a plain vacation. It makes me happy to know that the whole crew played a part in allowing that passenger to reach his or her destination safe and sound,” she quipped. First OFFicer MeLANe OrDiNAriO (standing 3rd from left) Melane spent her first ten years in PAL working as a flight attendant before deciding to pursue a flying career as a PAL pilot. “I decided to submit my application to PAL Aviation School as a pilot trainee because I accompanied a flight attendant friend in following up her old application in the said school.” she recalled. Upon acceptance at PAL Aviation School, challenges continued. “One of the greatest challenges during my schooling was financial constraints. Having to rely on my savings as an international PAL flight attendant for 10 years, I was compelled to pass the hat among my well-off relatives,” Melane is now on her 10th year of work as a pilot and can proudly say she is self-sufficient, mentally, physically, and, yes, financially. “The simulator and proficiency checkrides post a great ordeal which all pilots have to go through. It requires a lot of mental presence, situational awareness, self-confidence and emotional resiliency. “My dream to be a pilot was ignited by F/O Yvonne Sunga and S/O Iris Leoncio, both my senior flight attendants. Because of them, I realized my dream.” She spent

3 years as an Airbus A340/330 Second officer and 3 years as A320 First Officer). At present she is First Officer of the A330. . First OFFicer YVONNe sUNGA (standing 6th from left) Yvonne worked as a Flight Attendant in PAL for 12 years (1990––2002) before eventually deciding to serve the flag carrier in another capacity–– as a pilot. . “I decided to become a pilot for the love and the challenge of flying and to pursue a personal career advancement. A brother who is also in the same profession became an inspiration,” she said. She joined PAL Aviation School and by 2005, became Second Officer of the A330/340. She is currently First Officer of the A320/319, a position she held since 2007. Her greatest challenge as a pilot is “doing a lot of different things at one time and eliminating the chance of making mistakes.” While women are outnumbered by men in the field of aviation, she points out that “if there is a mutual respect on both parties there is no gender issue. It is all about respect.” She likewise looks forward to more years in PAL. “With our company’s plan of acquiring more aircraft I see myself flying international routes to Europe, Middle East and North America,” she stressed. First OFFicer LiLYBetH tAN-NG (seated 5th from left) Lilybeth Tan, daughter of PAL Chairman Lucio Tan, was never given special treatment when she was a pilot trainee at PAL Aviation School. In fact, she had to prove to all that being the Chairman’s daughter did not make her exempt from the struggles and difficultires that go hand in hand with pilot training. She looks back at her flight school days with her fellow female batchmates as a journey of growth and learning. “If you arm yourself with the kind of knowledge you need, you will be competent, and if you have competence you have confidence and that makes one a good pilot.” As Second Officer of the B747 from 2004 to 2006, she learned the foundation for line flying and remembers “having to read a lot a manuals, sometimes not knowing where to start.” By the time she assumed the role of First Officer of the B737 from 2006 to 2007, Lilybeth “felt like a Captain”, citing the fact that as F/O, she shares the responsibility of flying and monitoring. However, the call of motherhood obliged her to take a break from work from 2007 to 2010. When she returned to work, she assumed the position of Assistant Vice President for Pilot Affairs, giving her the opportunity “to serve as a voice and a bridge between line pilots and management.” She carries out her dual role as corporate officer and F/O of the A320. Her formula for success is “a lot of planning, prioritizing, organizing, and having a husband who understands the demands of the job.” Her husband is a also a PAL pilot. As of last count, PAL’s roster of pilots is now at 563, 21 of which are women. This number is expected to increase in the coming years, as PAL’s management embarks on a growth strategy anchored on network expansion and fleet modernization. n I 99


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

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

Jetsetter Activity kits featuring Toy Story are given to children aged 2–11 flying on flights between Manila and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Honolulu, Sydney, Melbourne, and New Delhi.

in-fLigHt amenities. Toiletries (handwash, mouthwash, lotion, and cologne available inside the cabin lavatories) and medicine for minor discomforts are available. Pillows and blankets are available upon request or can be found on the seat on all international flights. Overnight kits are provided for long-haul flights. Junior

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

JuLy 1946 PAL chartered DC-4s to carry American servicemen home to Oakland, California, making PAL the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific.

may 1947 PAL became the first Asian carrier to fly to Europe by opening regular service to Madrid.


marcH 15, 1941 PAL first took to the skies with a small, twin-engine Beech Model 18 airplane, flying from Manila to Baguio with a full load of five passengers. 100 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013


Online BOOking. Our online booking features a fully automated facility that allows travelers to decide quickly when it is most convenient and cheapest to fly. For more information, please visit us at PAl MOBile. Connects passengers to us while on the go. Please visit our mobile site to check the actual arrival and departure times, flight schedules, track Mabuhay Miles mileage, and know more of our latest news and promos. AirPOrt CheCk-in. PAL offers “early bird” advanced check-in service in select airports to avoid rush during peak check-in hours. Senior citizens traveling with up to two companions and passengers with NO CHECK-IN BAGGAGE on PAL flights departing Manila may avail themselves of the express check-in service at designated counters. AirPOrt lOunges. PAL has Mabuhay Lounges in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, General Santos City,

1970s PAL’s international route network covered two-thirds of the world.

and San Francisco. Mabuhay Class passengers, as well as Mabuhay Miles Million Miler, Premier Elite, and Elite members, can unwind, dine, and freshen up in these lounges before boarding their flights. PAL has contracted the services of airport lounge operators in other international stations to offer the same amenities to said passengers. rhush (rAPid hAndling Of urgent shiPMent). This is the fastest way to ship cargo domestically and overseas. An airport-to-airport service that has the highest priority in cargo, guaranteed space, fast and quick acceptance and release time, and money-back guarantee (conditions apply). For more information, please call PAL Cargo Sales and Reservation in Manila at (+632) 8313061, 8795879, 8340362, or 8533059, or any PAL office in your area. ChOiCe eCOnOMy seAt surChArge. We are pleased to announce that passengers may purchase a choice economy seat. These seats are positioned at the bulkhead and exit rows to provide the widest legroom possible on this class of

1974 McDonnell Douglas DC-10—PAL’s first wide-bodied aircraft—went into service on its transpacific flights. It was replaced by Boeing 747-200B jumbo jets five years later.

service. Seats may be reserved upon ticketing. Confirmation will be done at the airport to comply with the Philippine Civil Air Regulations. Fees are collected upon check-in and may vary per destination. fOrwArd eCOnOMy seAt surChArge. For your easy and priority disembarkation, you can get forward seats located in the front rows economy zone except exit rows or bulk head seats area which shall remain Choice Economy Seat. This will also ensure that families and groups are seated together. These preferred forward seating which are applicable for flights between USA/Canada and Manila may be reserved subject to applicable Forward Economy Seat Surcharge (FESS). n REASONS OF PASSENGERS FOR CHOOSING PAL


Most convenient schedule


Safety record


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TOP ATTRACTION: The Puerto Princesa Underground River, which can accommodate about 900 visitors daily, has 4.3 kilometers of navigable river.


Official Name: Republika ng Pilipinas/ Republic of the Philippines Capital: Manila Official Languages: Filipino, English Land Area: 1115,830 sq mi/300,000 sq km Climate: Hot Dry Season: March–May Rainy Season: June–November Cool Dry Season: December–February Temperature Range: 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (90°F) Currency: Philippine peso (Php) PHILIPPINE JEWELS. One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature can be found in Palawan, Philippines. It is the Puerto Princesa Underground River. The Conus gloriamaris or “Glory of the Sea” is the rarest and most expensive seashell in the world and can be found in the Philippines. Boracay, located at the northwestern tip of Panay, is one of the world’s best beaches, with sugary-white, powdery sand that never burns your feet no matter how hot the day gets. RELIgION. Approximately 90% of Filipinos are Christians: about 80% belong to the Roman Catholic Church while 10% belong to other Christian denominations. Between 5% and 10% of the population are Muslim, most of whom live in parts of Mindanao, Palawan, and the Sulu Archipelago—an area known as Bangsamoro or the Moro region. SHOPPINg. The Philippines is fast becoming a shopping haven, yielding great bargains if you know what to look for and where. Divisoria Flea Market in downtown Manila is the place to go for cheap and tight-budget shopping. The country’s upscale malls carry international brands and can be found within the area of the Makati Central Business District. Handicraft stores can be found all over the country, selling export-quality products like native baskets, 102 I Mabuhay Magazine I March 2013

hand-woven fabrics, fine jewelry, and home accessories. NIgHTLIfE. Metropolitan Manila is considered a pleasure-seeker’s paradise, with an array of nighttime activities, from the soothing to the sinful. You can listen to whatever music you fancy from the country’s popular bands and singers, take advantage of “happy hour” drink promos at bars and pubs, dance up a storm at clubs and street parties, or cap an exhilarating night with a calming cappuccino at the corner café. Hotspots not to be missed are bohemian Malate in Manila, cosmopolitan Fort in Taguig, upscale Ayala and Rockwell Centers in Makati, trendy Libis and Timog districts in Quezon City, and chill out in the south Paranaque and Alabang areas. TRANSPORTATION. PAL flies between Manila and 32 cities and towns throughout the country. Public transportation such as taxis, buses, jeepneys, and motorized tricycles are available in major cities. The train services are provided by three main railway networks that serve different areas of Metro Manila and parts of Luzon: the Manila Light

Rail Transit System (LRT), the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR). International car rental companies provide chauffeured or selfdriven limousine service. Large groups may hire medium-sized passengers vans or tourist coaches.

fOOD. Filipino food may puzzle the first-time eater. Philippine history is largely responsible for this complex mix of cuisine from the Chinese traders who introduced their culinary influence to Castilian and Mexican cooking brought by the Spanish colonizers. American brought the convenience of fast food meal while other Asian cuisines from the Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese started to emerge as well. Famous Filipino dishes include lechón (whole roasted pig), longganisa (Philippine sausage), tapa (cured beef), torta (omelette), adobo (chicken and/ or pork braised in garlic, vinegar, oil, and soy sauce), kaldereta (meat stewed in tomato sauce), mechado (larded beef in soy and tomato sauce), puchero (beef and plantains in tomato sauce), afritada (chicken and/or pork with vegetables simmered in tomato sauce), kare-kare (oxtail and vegetables cooked in peanut sauce), crispy pata (deepfried pig’s leg), hamonado (pork braised in pineapple sauce), sinigang (meat or seafood in sour broth), pancit (noodles), and lumpia (fresh or fried spring rolls). n




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 at the Domestic Terminal. 4. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight. Passengers for international destinations are advised to check with airport or tourist counters (+632 8322964) for the departure fees, which may change without prior notice. PAL PASSENGERS’ DESTINATIONS

25% Southeast Asia/ Guam/Delhi

22% USA/Canada

18% Japan

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 2 (via escalator or elevator at the Arrival Lobby) for flights to Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Laoag, Tagbilaran and Kalibo (PAL) or; 7. NAIA Terminal 3 for flights to Butuan, Busuanga, Cagayan de Oro, Calbayog, Catarman, Caticlan, Cotabato, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Legazpi, Masbate, Naga, Ozamis, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Surigao, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Zamboanga, and Kalibo (Airphil Express). Pay terminal fee of Php200 at the Domestic Terminal. 8. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight.

AIRLINE PARTNERS To serve you better, Philippine Airlines broadened its route network through Codesharing with its Airline Partners, offering you more destinations worldwide. PAL sells the flight

sector operated by the Airline Partner. When traveling on any of PAL’s Codeshare flights, Mabuhay Miles members enjoy certain privileges. The privileges listed in the tables





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below are applicable provided ticket sales and reservations are under PAL’s seat allocation and upon presentation of the Mabuhay Miles membership card.

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



Abu Dhabi Bahrain

4,352 4,580

9:00 9:58

Bangkok Busan

1,368 1,515

3:15 3:45




4,528 4,294 1,445 1,596 1,002 712 5,296 1,732

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



Doha Dubai Fukuoka Guam Ho Chi Minh Hong Kong Honolulu Jakarta (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 Macau Melbourne Osaka Nagoya San Francisco Seoul Shanghai Singapore Sydney (via Melbourne) Manila-Melbourne Melbourne-Sydney Taipei Tokyo Vancouver Xiamen

3:35 1:35 3:40


1:55 16:15


12:05 2:40 12:30

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

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

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



1,060 617 1,634

2:40 1:45 5:00


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


00971 2 6351700 00973-17225650 extension 213 (662) 633-5713 / 14 (8251) 466-0333 (8251) 464-7890 (8610) 6510 2991 2992 / 2993 (974) 4433-7302 (9714) 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) 936-1612 / 613

4:25 4:40





Bacolod Busuanga Butuan


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 (0082) 1544-1717 (8621) 6279-8765 (65) 6336-1611 (612) 927-92020


Surigao (8862) 250-67255 (813) 5157-4362 1-800-435-9725 1-800-635-8653 (86592) 239-4729 / 30 /65 (852) 2301-9300 (603) 2141-0767

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



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

RESERvatIoNS, touR PackagES, MabuHay MILES aNd FLIgHt INFoRMatIoN PHILIPPINES: Manila (632) 8558888 Cebu (032) 3400191

(0082)-1544-1717 (813) 5157-4362

1:15 0:55 0:55


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

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Life of Pi takes viewers to an amazing journey of hope, trust, and survival where a young shipwreck survivor is made to face his fears and lives to tell the tale. Turn to page 114 for more information and page 122 for movie schedules.

Based on Yann Martel’s bestselling novel of the same title, Oscarwinning director Ang Lee brings to life a coming-of-age story of a young man named Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and his battle for survival alongside Richard Parker, a ferocious Bengal tiger. Coming from India, his family seeks refuge in Canada in search for greener pastures. However, the journey ends in disaster as a raging storm forces the freight to capsize, leaving Pi in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with nothing but emergency supplies from the lifeboat, a hyena, a zebra, and a 450-pound tiger. This story of going against all odds in order to survive leaves the audience with lasting lessons that will transform one’s outlook on living.

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Stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall Director Ang Lee 127 mins Rated PG

Stars Daniel Day-Lewis Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tommy Lee Jones Director Steven Spielberg Drama 150 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin Director Peter Ramsey Animation 97 mins Rated PG

Stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem Director Sam Mendes Action 143 mins Rated PG-13

When Pi's family decides to move to Canada, they embark on a voyage across the Pacific. After a shipboard catastrophe, Pi is cast adrift on a lifeboat, with a Bengal tiger as his only companion.

Focussing on the 16th President's final months in office, when the nation is divided by the strong winds of change, as he pursues a course of action that will change the fate of generations to come.

Legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities must join forces to protect the hopes and imagination of children everywhere when an evil spirit wishes to take over the world.

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Life of Pi 少年派的奇幻漂流 派举家航海越过太平洋移民加拿大 ,岂料途中遇险,派搭着救生船在 海上漂流,伴随他的是一只孟加拉 老虎。

リンカーン 16代アメリカ大統領の任期最後の数 カ月に焦点をあてる。その時、リン カーンはその後の世代の運命を変え る計画の 達成をめざし、大きな変化の波に国 が二分されていた。

Rise of the Guardians 守护者联盟 当恶魔欲征服全世界时,拥有前所未 知非凡能力的传说中人物必须联手保 护来自各地孩子们的希望与想象力。

不思議の国のガーディアン ライフ・オブ・パイ/トラと漂流し た227日 悪霊が世界侵略をめざす時、これま で未知だった桁外れの能力を持つ伝 カナダへの移住を決めたパイ一家は 林肯 、太平洋横断の船旅に出る。しかし 讲述第16任总统在卸任前几个月的事 説の人物たちが立ち上がる。世界中 、海難事故に遭い、パイはベンガル 迹。当时整个国家因一股强势的改革 の子供たちの希望と想像力を守るた トラを唯一の友に救命ボートで漂流 风潮而一分为二, 林肯随即展开一连 めに……。 する。 串的行动 라이프 오브 파이 인도에서 동물원을 운영하던 '파이'의 가족은 캐나다로의 이주를 결정하고, 태평양 횡단 항해를 떠나는 배에 승선한다. 항해 중 배는 폭풍우를 만나 난파되고, 파이는 가까스로 구명선에 탄 채 표류하게 된다. 하지만 여기에 동승하게 된 동물들 중에 벵갈호랑이가 있었고, 결국 둘만이 남게 되는데...

,他所做出的决定与选择,也改变了 가디언즈 几代人的命运和未来。 세계 지배의 음모를 꾸미는 악령들에 맞서 전세계 모든 링컨 아이들의 희망과 상상력을 지켜주기 미국의 제16대 대통령의 임기 위해, 지금까지 알려지지 않은 중에서도 마지막 순간을 담은 초능력의 소유자들인 전설의 영화. 당시 변화의 물결에 휩싸여 영웅들이 가디언즈 모임을 통해 분열되고 있던 미국에서 뭉쳐서 힘을 모아야 한다! 링컨 대통령은 차세대 미국의 운명을 좌우할 조치를 취하려 하는데……

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Skyfall大破天幕杀机 邦德发现了M夫人过去的秘密,并对 她的忠诚起了质疑。随着M16总部遭 到攻击,007必须不顾一起地去追查 ,以化解危机。 007 スカイフォール 過去が蘇りMが脅かされ、ボンドのM への忠誠心が試される。M16が攻撃 を受け、007は、その脅威を追って それを壊滅しなければならない、い かなる個人的犠牲を強いられても… …。

007 스카이폴 국장 M의 과거로 인해 본드의 충성심이 시험대에 오르게 된다. 비밀정보국 MI6 본부가 테러 공격을 당하게 되고, 007은 어떤 희생을 감수하고서라도 적의 위협을 찾아 격퇴해야만 하는데...

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Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Director Bill Condon Drama 115 mins Rated PG-13

Stars John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman Director Rich Moore Animation 101 mins Rated PG

Stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman Director Ben Affleck Thriller 120 mins Rated R

Bella awakens transformed and has never felt more alive with her new daughter, but the arrival of a creature so rare it will soon ignite forces that threaten to destroy them all.

Ralph longs to be as well-loved as his game's perfect Good Guy. Unfortunately, nobody loves the Bad Guy, so when a modern game arrives, Ralph sees it as a ticket to heroism and happiness.

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death operation to rescue six Americans behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, The 暮光之城4:破晓(下) 苏醒后的贝拉身体已出现了一些转变 ,其女儿让她感到更有生命力的活着 。然而有一股强势力却威胁要把他们 全部消灭。 トワイライト・サーガ:ブレイキン グ・ドーンPart 2 ヴァンパイアとして目覚めたベラは 、授かった娘とともに、これまでに なく生き生きと暮らしていた。しか し、類まれな子供が生まれたことが 家族全員を撲滅しようという脅威の 発端となる。 브레이킹 던 part2 이전의 자신과는 다른, 불멸의 존재가 된 채 눈을 뜬 벨라. 새로 태어난 그녀의 딸은 그녀에게 전에 없던 생기를 주는 존재이지만, 이 비범한 존재의 탄생은 곧 모두를 파멸시킬 위험으로 몰아가는 가공할만한 힘의 대결을 촉발하게 되는데…!

シュガーラッシュ ラルフは、ゲームの世界で皆に好か れるヒーローになりたがっている。 いかんせん、悪役は、常に嫌われ者 だからだ。そんなわけで、最新のゲ ームが登場したとき、ラルフには、 それが、ヒーローとなり幸せを手に するための切符に見えてしまう。 无敌破坏王 雷夫渴望和其游戏中的好人一样备受 喜爱,不幸的是,无人喜欢坏人,于是 他潜入现代电玩游戏中,认为自己有 机会成为英雄,当个好人。 주먹왕 랄프 자신의 게임 속 영웅처럼 모두에게 사랑을 받는 영웅이 되고 싶은 랄프. 하지만, 아무도 악당 랄프를 좋아하지 않는다. 현대 게임이 등장하자, 랄프 자신도 영웅이 될 수 있고, 행복을 누릴 수 있는 절호의 기회라고 생각하는데……

Stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent Director Tom Tykwer Andy Wachowski Lana Wachowski Adventure 172 mins Rated R Exploring how the actions of individual lives impact one another through time. Stories weave dramatically as one soul is turned from a killer to a hero and an act of kindness ripples across centuries.

アルゴ 実際の事件をもとに、「アルゴ」は 、6人のアメリカ人を救出するため の命がけの作戦――十年以上もの間 、一般には知られていなかったイラ ン大使館人質事件の舞台裏の真相― ―を記録。

Cloud Atlas 云图 本片探索个人的生活举动如何透过时 间来影响他人。故事是讲述一名杀手 戏剧性地变成一名英雄,其善行席卷 了几个世纪。

逃离德黑兰 本片是根据真实历史事件改编,记录 当时营救6名被困在加拿大驻伊郎大 使馆的美国 人及数十年来不为人知的背后真相。

クラウドアトラス 個々の人生における行動が、時を超 えて他人に与える影響を探る。一人 の人間が殺人者からヒーローとなり 、善意が世紀を超えて波紋を広げる うちに、数々のストーリーが展開す る。

아르고 6명의 미국인을 구출하기 위한 생사를 건 실화, “아르고 작전”. 수십 년간 비밀에 부쳐졌던 이란 인질 사건의 비화가 베일을 벗는다.

클라우드 아틀라스 개별 인물들의 행동 결정이 서로 다른 생에 걸쳐 어떤 영향을 미치는지를 따라가 본다. 어떤 캐릭터는 킬러에서 영웅으로 변신하고, 친절한 행위는 시대를 초월하여 파급효과를 가져오는 것처럼 여러 스토리들이 여러 시공간적 배경을 바탕으로 극적으로 엮여져 있는 대서사극.

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Stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey Director Pete Travis Action 95 mins Rated R

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Stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg Director Genndy Tartakovsky Animation 91 mins Rated PG

Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt Director Rian Johnson Thriller 119 mins Rated R

Stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson Director Jason Moore Comedy 112 mins Rated PG-13

Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

A physics teacher takes up fighting in mixed martial arts matches in order to raise money to save the music program at his school.

Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish resort, where monsters can live it up without humans to bother them. On one weekend, Dracula has invited friends to celebrate his daughter's 118th birthday.

In the future, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a looper is waiting to mop up.

A college freshman who is coerced into joining the allgirls singing group "The Bellas" tries to reinvigorate their staid routines with some fresh ideas, which are not to everyone's liking.

精灵旅社 精灵旅社是吸血鬼Dracula 所经营的豪华度假屋,各方 的怪兽可在这里狂欢,免受 凡人的打扰。Dracula于某 个周末邀请了朋友为其118 岁的女儿庆祝生日。

环形使者 在未来,时间旅行从被发明 的那一刻开始就属非法。当 暴徒欲对付某个人时,他们 将会把目标人物传回到30年 前,让环形使者肃清。

完美音调 一名大学新生被逼加入一 个全女班的合唱团“The Bellas”。她欲重振她们的 传统表演方式,并为该队注 入新的元素,此举却招来团 员的不满。

ルーパー/Looper 近未来、タイムマシンが発 明されたが、それを使用す ることは違法であった。マ フィアがだれかを殺したい と望むとき、そのターゲッ トを、ルーパーが始末する ために待ち構えている30年 前に送り込むのだ。

ピッチ・パーフェクト(原 題:Pitch Perfect) 女の子だけのコーラス部「 ベラズ」に強引に入部させ られた大学新入生。彼女は 、新しいアイデアで旧弊な レパートリーに新風を吹き 込もうとするが、それが全 部員の好みに合っているわ けではない。

ジャッジ・ドレッド ドレッドは、ジャッジの頂 点に立つ男であり、最近、 市が抱える難題――通常の スピードの何分の一かの間 に現実を経験できる危険な ドラッグ「スローモー」中 毒の蔓延――の撲滅に挑む 。 新特警判官 爵德是一名至高无上的判官 ,其城市面临着有史以来最 大的挑战-新型的毒品SloMo正以前所未见的速度传播 ,造成的危害难以估计。

ヒア・カムズ・ザ・ブーム 物理教師が学校の音楽プロ グラムを維持するための資 金稼ぎに混合格闘技戦に挑 戦する。 好景在望 一名生物老师为了给学校的 音乐计划筹款,在业余时间 去打自由搏击比赛。 히어 컴스 더 붐 한 물리학 선생이 자신의 학교 음악수업을 사수하기 위해 이종격투기 경기에 나가 싸우게 되는데……

저지 드레드 최고의 심판자 드레드, 최근 골칫거리인 위험한 마약 슬로우모(Slo-Mo)의 확산에 맞서 도시를 구하려고 고군분투한다. 슬로우모(SloMo)를 사용하게 되면 모든 것이 슬로모션으로 움직이는 것을 경험하게 되는데……

WARNING LEGEND: A Strong Adult Themes


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モンスター・ホテル モンスター・ホテル、ドラ キュラの豪華なリゾート。 そこでは、モンスターたち が人間に煩わされることな く贅沢を満喫できる。ある 週末、ドラキュラは娘の 118回目の誕生日を祝うた めに、友人たちをホテルへ 招待する。 몬스터 호텔 드 라 큘 라 의 호 화 휴양지인 “트란실바니아 호텔(몬스터 호텔)”은 몬스터들이 사람들을 신경 쓰지 않고 신나게 지낼 수 있는 곳이다. 어느 주말, 드라큘라가 딸의 118번째 생일을 축하하기 위해 친구들을 초대하게 되는데…… G Gore

I Aircraft Incident

루퍼 미래에는 시간여행이 발명되었으나 불법으로 규정된다. 그러나 범죄 조직은 누군가를 제거하고 싶으면, 그 제거 대상을 30년 전 과거로 보낸다. 그곳에는 “루퍼”라는 킬러가 기다리고 있는데……

L Strong Language

N Nudity

피치 퍼팩트 대학 신입생인 베카는 강요에 못 이겨 결국 여 자 들 로 만 구 성 된 합창단클럽 “더 벨라스 (The Bellas)”에 영입된다. 베카는 신선한 아이디어로 재미없는 공연 루틴에 새로운 활기를 불어넣으려고 하지만 다른 사람들의 환영을 받지 못하는데……

S Sexual Content

V Violence


ReSiDent evil: RetRiBUtion

Step Up RevolUtion

RoBot AnD FRAnK Stars Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez Director Paul W.S Anderson Action 96 mins Rated R

Stars Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler Director Jake Schreier Comedy 89 mins Rated PG-13

Alice continues to fight the evil Umbrella Set in the near future, Frank's kids corporation alongside a rebellious resistance are concerned he can no longer live team, as they use her own past against her. alone. He is bought a walking, talking humanoid robot to improve his physical 生化危机:惩罚 and mental health. 爱丽丝继续与保护伞公司和造反的阻 力团队对抗,他们利用其过去来对付 机械人与法兰克 她。 故事是发生在不久的未来。法兰克是 一名已退休的飞贼,他的孩子因担心 バイオハザードV リトリビューショ 他无法单独生活,于是买了一个能走 动、说话的仿人型机器人给他,以照 ン アリスは、元凶アンブレラ社との戦 料他的身心健康。 いをレジスタンスグループとともに 続けている。アンブレラ社がアリス ロボット・アンド・フランク(原題 自身の過去を使い、アリスの前に立 :Robot and Frank) 近未来を舞台にした作品。引退した ちはだかるうちにも……。 忍び込み専門のコソ泥フランク。そ の子供たちは、フランクがもう一人 레지던트 이블 5: 최후의 심판 暮らしできないのではないかと不安 반체제 저항 단체와 함께 앨리스는 を抱き、身体面と精神面での健康を 사악한 엄브렐라 사(社)에 맞서 계속해서 改善するために、歩いたり、しゃべ 사투를 벌이고, 엄브렐라 사(社)는 ったりできるアンドロイド・ロボッ 앨리스의 과거를 역이용하게 되는데…… トを購入する。 로봇 앤 프랭크 가까운 장래를 배경으로 한 영화로, 전 보석 도둑인이던 프랭크의 자식들은 그가 너무 연로해 더이상 혼자 살 수 없다고 판단한다. 이로 인해 그의 신체 및 정신 건강을 향상시켜주기 위해 인간처럼 걷고 이야기하는 로봇을 사주게 된다.

tAKen 2

Stars Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Cleopatra Coleman Director Scott Speer Romance 99 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Liam Neeson Famke Janssen Maggie Grace Director Olivier Megaton Action 92 mins Rated PG-13

Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called The Mob.

Bryan Mills stopped at nothing to save his daughter in Taken , is targeted by a vengeance-seeking crimelord and must employ his “particular set of skills” to protect his family.

舞出我人生4 艾美丽来到迈阿密一心一意想成为 专业舞蹈员,期间她爱上了希恩, 顶尖舞群THE MOB 的领导者。

即刻救援2 布莱恩的女儿被一名寻求报复的黑道 领袖劫持,他不惜一切代价使出其特 殊技能来拯救其家人。

ステップアップ4 レボリューショ ン(原題:Step Up Revolution) プロフェショナル・ダンサーにな るという夢を抱いてマイアミへや ってきたエミリーは、すぐさま、 ザ・モブと呼ばれる手の込んだ最 先端のフラッシュ・モブの若き仕 掛け人シーンと恋に落ちる。

96時間/リベンジ 誘拐された娘を救うためには何事も 辞さなかったブライン・ミルズは、 復讐を求める犯罪組織の親玉に狙わ れている。家族を守るためには自分 の持つ「特殊なスキル」を駆使しな ければならない。

스텝업4: 레볼루션 에밀리는 프로 댄서가 되고 싶은 열망을 가지고 마이애미에 도착한다. 잘나가는 최신 플래시 몹 댄스팀 ‘MOB’의 리더 션을 만난 에밀리는 사랑에 빠지는데……

테이큰 2 납치된 딸을 구하기 위해선 아무 거리낌도 없는 브라이언 밀스. 이번엔 그가 복수에 나선 범죄자들의 목표가 되었다. 자신의 가족을 보호하기 위해 전직 특수 요원의 실력을 발휘해야만 하는데……

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the sILver LInIngs pLayBook

24/7 In Love

the perks of BeIng a WaLLfLoWer

Won’t Back DoWn

Stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller Director Stephen Chbosky Drama 102 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro Director David O. Russell Drama 122 mins Rated R

Stars Maggie Gyllenhaal Viola Davis Holly Hunter Director Daniel Barnz Drama 121 mins Rated PG

Stars Bea Alonzo, Gerald Anderson, Kathryn Bernardo Director John D. Lazatin 130 mins Rated PG-13

A touching coming-of-age story based on the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel by Stephen Chbosky. A moving tale of love, loss, fear, and hope—and the friends that help us through life.

Pat Solitano has lost everything. Now living back with his parents after spending eight months in a state institution, Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive, and reunite with his wife.

This powerful true story of parenthood, friendship, hope, and courage follows two determined mothers as they take on the system in order to transform their children's failing inner city school.

In a bid to win tickets to a Billy Fernandez's concert Jane must answer a defining question. In search of an answer she meets different people to find out their different love stories.

壁花少年 这感人的故事改编自Stephen Chbosky畅销、广受好评的成长小说 ,讲述有关爱、得失、恐惧和希望以 及朋友会在我们的人生互相扶持。

Silver Linings Playbook, The 乌云背后的幸福线 一无所有的帕特•索里塔诺在国立机 构里呆了8个月后投奔自己的父母。 他决定重拾生活信心,保持积极心态 并重新建立与前妻的关系。

ウォント・バック・ダウン(原題:Won't Back Down) 親の立場、友情、希望、勇気を綴った、 この感動の実話では、スラム街の問題校 を立て直そうと学校システムに立ち向か う決意を固めた二人の母親の姿を追う。

24/7/2013 7月24日 珍必须回答一个决定性问题,以赢 取Billy Fernandez的演唱会门票。在寻 找答案的过程中,她遇见了不同背景的人 士,并从中获知了他们各自的爱情故事。

ザ・パークス・オブ・ア・ウォー ルフラワー(原題: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) ベストセラーであり批評家の絶賛を 受けたスティーヴン・シュボースキ ーの小説をもとに、思春期の青年の 成長を描いた感動作。愛、喪失、恐 れ、希望―そして、生涯を通じて支 えとなる友人の物語。

世界にひとつのプレイブック パット・ソラタノはすべてを失った 。州施設で8ヵ月間過ごした後に、 今は両親の元に戻ったパットは、生 活を立て直し、ポジティブな姿勢を 崩さず、そして、妻とのよりを戻そ うと心に決めている。

永不放弃 本片根据真人真事改编,讲述两位伟大母 亲的职责,友谊及勇气。她们俩对抗官僚 体制 ,发起为特殊小孩而设的特殊学校 。

41479 ビリー・フェルナンデスのコンサートの チケットを懸賞で獲得するために、ジェ ーンは、本質的な質問に答えなければな らない。答えを求めて、ジェーンはそれ ぞれ異なるラブストーリーを見つけるた めに様々な人々に会う。

월플라워 비평가들의 극찬을 받은 스티븐 크로스키의 베스트셀러 소설을 원작으로 성인이 되어 가는 과정을 감동적으로 다룬 영화. 사랑, 이별, 두려움, 희망, 무엇보다도 일상을 견디는 원동력인 친구에 관한 가슴 뭉클한 이야기.

실버라이닝 플레이북 모든 것을 잃게 된 남자, 팻 솔라타노. 8개월간의 병원 신세를 진 후에 현재는 부모와 함께 살고 있다. 이윽고, 팻은 자신의 삶 복원과 긍정적인 자세 회복, 아내와의 재결합을 결심하게 되면서, 각고의 노력을 기울이지만…

WARNING LEGEND: A Strong Adult Themes


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G Gore

원트 백 다운 부모의 헌신적 사랑, 우정, 희망, 용기를 다룬 감동적 실화. 무너져가는 도심 지역 학교 체제를 변화시키기 위해 두 명의 어머니가 굳은 결심으로 발벗고 나서는데……

I Aircraft Incident

L Strong Language

N Nudity

원트 백 다운 부모의 헌신적 사랑, 우정, 희망, 용기를 다룬 감동적 실화. 무너져가는 도심 지역 학교 체제를 변화시키기 위해 두 명의 어머니가 굳은 결심으로 발벗고 나서는데……

S Sexual Content

V Violence

Action Adventure Romance

DReDD Rated R Stars Karl Urban Olivia Thirlby Lena Headey Director Pete Travis

MY naMe iS Khan Rated PG-13 Stars Shah Rukh Khan Kajol Jimmy Shergill Director Karan Johar

SecRet Life Of BeeS Rated PG-13 Stars Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson Director Gina PrinceBythewood

UnStOPPaBLe Rated PG-13 Stars Denzel Washington Chris Pine Rosario Dawson Director Tony Scott

X-Men 2: XMen UniteD Rated PG-13 Stars Hugh Jackman Halle Berry Ian McKellen Director Bryan Singer

aUStin POweRS 2: the SPY whO ShaGGeD Me Rated PG 13 Stars Mike Myers Heather Graham Michael York Director Jay Roach

avataR Rated PG13 Stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana Director James Cameron

Life Of Pi Rated PG Stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall Director Ang Lee

ReSiDent eviL: RetRiBUtiOn Rated R Stars Milla Jovovich Sienna Guillory Michelle Rodriguez Director Paul W.S Anderson

Get SMaRt Rated PG-13 Stars Steve Carell Anne Hathaway Dwayne Johnson Director Peter Segal


incePtiOn Rated PG13 Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe Director Christopher Nolan


KinGDOM Of heaven Rated R Stars Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons Director Ridley Scott

LOOPeR Rated R Stars Joseph GordonLevitt Bruce Willis Emily Blunt Director Rian Johnson

ShOOt ‘eM UP Rated R Stars Clive Owen Paul Giamatti Monica Bellucci Director Michael Davis

SKYfaLL Rated PG-13 Stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem Director Sam Mendes

taKen 2 Rated PG-13 Stars Liam Neeson Famke Janssen Maggie Grace Director Olivier Megaton

the MatRiX RevOLUtiOnS Rated R Stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne Director The Wachowski Brothers

cLaSh Of the titanS Rated PG-13 Stars Sam Worthington,

GULLiveR’S tRaveLS Rated PG Stars Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Billy Connolly Director Rob Letterman

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

JOURneY tO the centeR Of the eaRth Rated PG Stars Brendan Fraser Anita Briem Director Eric Brevig

Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes Director Louis Leterrier

the twiLiGht SaGa: BReaKinG Dawn PaRt 2 Rated PG-13 Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Director Bill Condon

the DaY afteR tOMORROw Rated PG-13 Stars Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sela Ward Director Roland Emmerich


aUGUSt RUSh Rated R Stars Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan RhysMeyers Director Kirsten Sheridan

cRaZY heaRt Rated R Stars Colin Farrell Jeff Bridges Maggie Gyllenhaal Director Scott Cooper

feveR Pitch Rated PG-13 Stars Drew Barrymore Jimmy Fallon Lenny Clarke Director Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly

GhOStS Of GiRLfRienD’S PaSt Rated PG-13 Stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Lacey Chabert Director Mark Waters

LOve anD OtheR DRUGS Rated R Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt Director Edward Zwick

niGhtS in RODanthe Rated PG 13 Stars Richard Gere, Diane Lane, James Franco Director George C. Wolfe

SiDewaYS Rated R Stars

SOMethinG’S GOtta Give Rated PG13 Stars Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves Director Nancy Meyers

the SiLveR LininGS PLaYBOOK Rated PG-13 Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro Director David O. Russell

the SiSteRhOOD Of tRaveLLinG PantS 2 Rated PG-13 Stars Amber Tamblyn America Ferrera Blake Lively Director Sanaa Hamri

Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen


Alexander Payne

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aPPaLOOSa Rated R Stars Zac Efron, Blythe Danner, Taylor Schilling Director Scott Hicks

analyze tHat rated R stars Robert De Niro Billy Crystal Lisa Kudrow Director Harold Ramis

beetle JuiCe rated PG stars Winona Ryder Geena Davis Michael Keaton Director Tim Burton

briDe Wars rated PG stars Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Bryan Greenberg Director Gary Winick

Cats anD DoGs: tHe revenGe of kitty Galore rated PG stars Christina Applegate, Chris O'Donnell Director Brad Peyton

flippeD rated PG stars Rebecca DeMornay Madeline Carroll Callan McAulife Director Rob Reiner

Here Comes tHe boom rated PG stars Kevin James Salma Hayek Henry Winkler Director Frank Coraci

JoHn tuCker must Die rated PG-13

marley & me rated PG stars Owen Wilson Jennifer Aniston Kathleen Turner Director David Frankel

marmaDuke rated PG stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse Emma Stone Kiefer Sutherland Director Tom Dey

miss ConGeniality 2: armeD & fabulous rated PG-13 stars Sandra Bullock Regina King Director John Pasquin

pitCH perfeCt

rusH Hour 3 rated PG-13 stars Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Roman Polanski Director Brett Ratner

tHe HanGover rated R stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Heather Graham Director Todd Phillips


rated PG-13 stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Director Joe Carnahan

rated PG-13 stars

Anna Kendrick Brittany Snow Rebel Wilson Director Jason Moore

aliens in tHe attiC

alvin anD tHe CHipmunks: tHe Hotel squeakquel transylvania rated PG rated PG stars stars Anna Faris Justin AdamLong Sandler Christina Applegate Kevin James Director Andy Samberg Betty Thomas

WreCk-it ralpH

yoGi bear Tartakovsky


rated PG stars Ashley Tisdale, Carter Jenkins, Austin Robert Butler Director John Schultz



about sCHmiDt rated pg-13 stars Jack Nicholson Kathy Bates Hope Davis Director Alexander Payne



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rated PG stars John C Reilly Jack McBrayer Sarah Silverman Director Rich Moore

arGo rated R stars Ben Affleck Bryan Cranston John Goodman Director Ben Affleck

tHe rite rated PG-13 stars Anthony Hopkins Colin O'Donoghue Ciaran Hinds Director Mikael Hafstrom

Director Genndy


Jesse Metcalfe Sophia Bush Arielle Kebbel Director Betty Thomas

WHat Happens in veGas rated PG-13 stars Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah Director Tom Vaughan

leGenD of tHe GuarDians: tHe oWls of Ga’Hoole rated PG stars Jim Sturgess, Emily Barclay, Emilie de Ravin Director Zack Snyder

Hotel transylvania

rated PG stars Adam Sandler Kevin James Andy Samberg Director Genndy Tartakovsky

WorkinG Girl rated R stars Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver Director Jake Schreier

rise of tHe GuarDians rated PG stars Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin Director Peter Ramsey

robots rated PG stars Ewan McGregor Halle Berry Greg Kinnear Director Chris Wedge

rated PG stars Anna Faris Dan Aykroyd Justin Timberlake Director Eric Brevig

in time rated PG-13 stars Justin Timberlake Amanda Seyfried Cillian Murphy Director Andrew Niccol

intervieW WitH tHe vampire rated R stars Tom Cruise Brad Pitt Antonio Banderas


Neil Jordan

man on fire rated R stars Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, C. Walken Director Tony Scott

martHa marCy may marlene rated R stars John Hawkes Elizabeth Olsen Sarah Paulson


Sean Durkin

Drama Filipino Family Musical

Bee SeASon rated PG-13 Stars Richard Gere Juliette Binoche Flora Cross director Scott McGehee David Siegel

BeFore SunSet rated R Stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff director Richard Linklater

Cloud AtlAS rated R Stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent director Tom Tykwer Andy Wachowski Lana Wachowski

hereAFter rated PG-13 Stars Matt Damon Bryce Dallas Howard Cecile De France director Clint Eastwood

i Am SAm rated PG-13 Stars Sean Penn Michelle Pfeiffer Dakota Fanning director Jessie Nelson

J. edgAr rated R Stars Leonardo DiCaprio Armie Hammer Naomi Watts director Clint Eastwood

l.A. ConFidentiAl rated R Stars Kevin Spacey Guy Pearce Kim Basinger director Curtis Hanson

linColn rated PG-13 Stars Daniel Day-Lewis Joseph GordonLevitt Tommy Lee Jones director Steven Spielberg

mArgAret rated R Stars Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo director Kenneth Lonergan

runAwAy Jury rated PG-13 Stars John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman director Gary Fleder

the ASSASSinAtion oF JeSSe JAmeS rated R Stars Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shephard director Andrew Dominik

the BridgeS oF mAdiSon County rated PG-13 Stars Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep director Clint Eastwood

the town rated R Stars Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall director Ben Affleck

wAg the dog rated R Stars Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Heche director Barry Levinson

wAlK the line rated PG-13 Stars Joaquin Phoenix Reese Witherspoon Robert Patrick director James Mangold

won’t BACK down rated PG Stars Maggie Gyllenhaal Viola Davis Holly Hunter director Daniel Barnz

24/7 in love rated PG-13 Stars Bea Alonzo, Gerald Anderson, Kathryn Bernardo director John D. Lazatin

enteng ng inA mo rated GP Stars Vic Sotto, Eugene Domingo, Marvin Agustin, Ai Ai delas Alas director Tony Y. Reyes

Kimmy dorA And the temple oF Kiyeme rated PG-13 Stars Eugene Domingo Dingdong Dantes Zanjoe Marudo director Joyce Bernal

the miStreSS rated PG-13 Stars Bea Alonzo John Lloyd Cruz director Olivia Lamasan

dumA rated PG Stars Alexander Michaletos Eamonn Walker Campbell Scott director Carroll Ballard

hAppy Feet 2 rated PG Stars Elijah Wood Robin Williams Brad Pitt director George Miller

riChie riCh rated PG Stars Macaulay Culkin Johnathan Hyde Edward Herrmann director Donald Petrie

Another CinderellA Story rated PG Stars Selena Gomez, Andrew Seeley, Jane Lynch director Damon Santostefano

the BodyguArd rated R Stars Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp director Mick Jackson


127 hourS rated R Stars James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara director Danny Boyle

the perKS oF Being A wAllFlower rated PG-13 Stars Logan Lerman Emma Watson Ezra Miller director Stephen Chbosky

unoFFiCiAlly yourS rated PG-13 Stars John Lloyd Cruz, Angel Locsin director Cathy Garcia-Molina

MOVIE TRIVIA: The >> TwilighT Saga: Breaking Dawn ParT 2 >>

Both an animatronic baby and 3-week-old babies were used in the film. Kristen Stewart preferred working with the real babies because she felt they helped her give a better performance.


The battle scene between the Cullens (and their witnesses) and the Volturi was written to give the movie a dramatic action sequence, and was not present in the book.


Had a production budget of US $75 million, making it the most expensive film in the Twilight series.

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Bunnymund opens a rabbit hole and jumps down it. This is a reference to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland , where a rabbit hole leads into another dimension.

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The Mistress Kimmy Dora And The Temple Of Kiyeme Unofficially Yours Enteng ng Ina Mo Paano Ba Ang Mangarap

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INDONESIA*, MAINLAND CHINA*, SINGAPORE, NEW DELHI Skyfall The Silver Linings Playbook Short Films Short Films The Silver Linings Playbook AIRSHOW



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MOVIE TRIVIA: SKYFALL 50 years of Bond movies, Skyfall is only the second film in which James Bond suffers a >> Ingunshot wound. (He is also shot in Thunderball during the junkanoo chase.)

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



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To protect Mackenzie Foy on the set, Bill Condon had set up a swear jar where any cast and crew members caught swearing or uttering profanities were fined on the spot. The amount collected from the jar was donated to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Besides Mackenzie Foy, 10, actresses portrayed the rapidly growing Renesmee Cullen, as well as a CGI-animated baby. In the forged documents that Bella receives from J. Jenks, Jacob’s last name is given as “Wolfe”- a clear play on his supernatural status.

* Via Singapore * Except Xiamen

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Blown Away

Break the Spell

Up All Night

Looking For Myself



Pink Friday

Talk That Talk


Who You Are

Fall In Love Again

First Class

Himig ng Damdamin

Martin Nievera 3D Tatlong Dekada

The Definitive Collection Christmas with the Stars Pure OPM Classics Sarah Geronimo of Hits CD 1 Various Artists

It’s All About Love (Story Edition)


Justin Bieber

Carrie Underwood


One Direction




Maroon 5


Angeline Quinto





Kidz Bop 22

Eason Chan

Various Artists

Taylor Swift

Christian Bautista

Good Show Show Luo

Nicki Minaj

Martin Nievera

Love Place

Nishino Kana


Martin Nievera

Jam Hsiao

Adam Lambert

Jessie J

The Company


Super Junior Vol. 6 Sexy, Free & Single

Wonder World Wonder Girls

Glee Cast- Glee: The Music Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance (Music from the Season 3, Volume 7 Discney Channel Series) Various Artists

Best of Lounge, Ambient and Chill Out Vol.1 Various


Chill Out

Various Artists



Flights of Fancy

Chris Botti

The Very Best Of Café del Mar Various Artists

The Wayman Tisdale Story

Wayman Tisdale

Paradise Chill Out Lounge, Vol. 3 Various

Esprit de Four Fourplay

World of Chillout Lounge Vol. 2 Various Artists

Martin nievera: Martin nievera 3D tatlong DekaDa PolyEast Records’ newest release was dubbed by critics as contributing to the OPM scene by giving out a “fresh spin” on local music. Martin Nievara, one of the Philippines’ acclaimed veterans in the industry, reinvents himself in this album composed of mostly all-original tunes. This works to Nievera’s fans as he gives them something new to look forward to in his 30th year as an artist.


All Time Faves


Abbey Road

Bee Gees Greatest

Elvis Greatest Hits

Prince From Another Planet

Greatest Hits 1970-1986

The Definitive Collection

Some Girls

Sounds of Silence

The Best of OMD

The Beatles

Bee Gees

The Kinks



Elvis Presley

The Rolling Stones

Simon & Garfunkel

OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)

Taylor SwifT: rED The Greatest Hits

True Blue

Disney Newsies The Musical

Highlights from the Phantom of the Opera Original Cast Recording


Whitney Houston



The Phantom of the Opera

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

Tracks to look out for are the melancholic “Begin Again,” the upbeat “22” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” which packs a surprising punch with its fusion of dub step elements that account for its electrifying feel.

Glee The Musical Presents Glease


Various Artists

French Impression Joshua Bell

Breaking away from her pop princess image, Taylor Swift’s Red presents an edgier and more daring musical styling as compared to her Fearless and Speak Now albums. This goes without saying that Swift still stayed true to her trademark no-holds-barred lyrics that audiences love singing along to. The honesty and rawness of this artist’s passionate angst to produce captivating music is evident throughout the album and makes for a must-listen compilation for fans all over the world.

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Water Night Eric Whitacre Classical Album Various Artists

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

Flights of Fancy




4 Pinoy Favorites Bringing you the best of Pinoy Favorites! Hot hits from Sharon Cuneta, Rey Valera, Rico J. Puno, Randy Santiago and many more!

Stay tuned with your host, Claire as she brings you OPM Hits from Regine Velasquez, Side A, Erik Santos, Freestyle & many more here onboard Philippine Airlines!



5 Hitline It's the attack of the hits with the likes of Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Olly Murs, Ludacris, Pitbull and more on Hitline onboard Philippine Airlines!


Best of

6 60s, 70s & 80s 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?


Oh Babe Sing-Sing (Vicor)

I Knew You Were Trouble Taylor Swift (Big Machine)

The Reflex Duran Duran (EMI)

Ikaw Pa Rin Tito Mina (Vicor)

Little Things One Direction (Syco Records)

Dreams Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)

Rest of My Life Ludacris ft. Usher & David Guetta (Island Def Jam)

Is She Really Going Out With Him? Joe Jackson (A&M Records)

Daylight Maroon 5 (A&M/Octone)

Abracadabra Steve Miller Band (Capitol)

Scream & Shout ft. Britney Spears (Interscope)

Y.M.C.A. The Village People (Casablanca)

C'Mon Kesha (RCA)

Downtown Train Rod Stewart (Island)

Troublemaker Olly Murs ft. Flo Rida (Epic)

From A Window Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas (EMI Records)

Yakap Junior (Vicor)

Give Me Your Hand The Ready Set (Warner Bros.)

Fever Helen Shapiro (EMI Records)

Till My Heartaches End Ella May Saison (Viva Records)

Cartada Dies Rico J. Puno (Vicor)

Girl on Fire Alicia Keys (RCA)

The Morning After Maureen McGovern (Island Def Jam)

Special Memory Iwi Laurel (Viva Records)

Ako Si Superman Rey Valera (Vicor)

C'Mon Let Me Ride Skylar Grey ft. Eminem (Interscope)

The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson (Epic)

I Need You Back Raymond Lauchengco (Viva Records)

Ang Pag-Ibig Kong Ito Leah Navarro (Vicor)

Try Pink (RCA)

Bennie and the Jets Elton John (MCA)

Drinking From The Bottle Calvin Harris ft. Tinie Tempah (Columbia)

The Promise When in Rome (Virgin)

Catch My Breath Kelly Clarkson (RCA)

Morningtown Ride The Seekers (FxB Productions)

Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang Regine Velasquez (Viva Records) Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka Regine Velasquez (Viva Records) Anak Regine Velasquez (Viva Records) Hanggang Ngayon Regine Velasquez duet w/ Ogie Alcasid (Viva Records) Don’t Say Goodbye Nina (Viva Records) You Basil Valdez (Viva Records) One More Try Kuh Ledesma (Viva Records)

Hold On Side A (Viva Records) Give Me A Chance Ric Segreto (Viva Records)

Kung Alam Mo Lang Joanne Lorenzana (Vicor) Pangako Flipper (Vicor) Para Sa 'Yo Randy Santiago (Vicor) Boy Timmy Cruz (Vicor) Kung Sakali Pabs Dadiva (Vicor) Naalala Ka Rey Valera (Vicor)

Panakip-Butas Hajji Alejandro (Vicor) Disco Fever VST & Company (Vicor) I'm Feeling Sexy Tonight Chona Cruz (Vicor)

Don't Stop the Party Pitbull ft. TJR (RCA)

Even If Jam Morales (Viva Records)

Katawan Hagibis (Vicor)

Before I Let You Go Freestyle (Viva Records)

Usapan (Dialogo) Sing-Sing (Vicor)

You Won't See Me Crying Passage (Viva Records)

How Long You've Been Waiting Love Revolution (Vicor)

Sweet Nothing Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch (Columbia)

Mahal Kita, Mahal Mo Siya, Mahal Nya Ay Iba Sharon Cuneta (Vicor)

Mermaid Train (Columbia)

Tulak Ng Bibig, Kabig Ng Dibdib Cinderella (Vicor)

Thrift Shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz (Macklemore)

Till I Met You Kuh Ledesma (Viva Records) Ngayon At Kailanman Ariel Rivera (Star Records) Ikaw Lamang Angeline Quinto (Star Records)

You'll Always Be My Number One Vernie Varga (Vicor) No Touch Juan Dela Cruz Band (Vicor)

Kailan Bryan Termulo (Star Records)

Bakit Chona Cruz (Vicor)

Ikaw Erik Santos (Star Records)

Magkasuyo Buong Gabi Rico J. Puno (Vicor)

Kung 'Di Sa Iyo Xian Lim (Star Records)


Flights of Fancy

Miss Maganda Rainmakers (Vicor)

Oath Cher Lloyd ft. Becky G (Epic)

I Found You The Wanted (Island Def Jam) Rum and Raybans Sean Kingston ft. Cher Lloyd (Epic) Forgot to Laugh Bridgit Mendler (Hollywood)

Bad Medicine Bon Jovi (Mercury) Baby Come Back Player (Universal) When Doves Cry Prince (Warner Bros.) Touch Me In The Morning Diana Ross (Motown Records) Lean On Me Bill Withers (Sony Music) Smoke on the Water Deep Purple (Warner Bros.) Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks (Bell) Love Me Yvonne Elliman (Robert Stigwood)

Not Giving In Rudimental ft. John Newman & Alex Clare (Asylum)

Jive Talkin' Bee Gees (RSO)

Stay Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko (Island Def Jam)

Your Love The Outfield (Sony Music)

Little Talks Of Monsters and Men (Universal)

Puppy Love Donny Osmond (UMG Recordings)

Tune-in to Spotlight while we feature Dr. Michael Young, a young Filipino-German saxophonist based in Manila. Enjoy the smoothing classical pieces and find out more about him in the interview segment, here onboard Philippine Airlines!


8 Jazz Club 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?


Ikaw Michael Young (ARENA Records)

Glad Rag Doll Diana Krall (Verve)

Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang Michael Young (ARENA Records)

Skylark Renee Olstead (Reprise)

Love Song Michael Young (ARENA Records)

Be Still My Heart Silje Nergaard (Universal)

Somewhere Michael Young (ARENA Records)

Light My Fire Eliane Elias (Concord)

Tonight Michael Young (ARENA Records) Lovely Day Michael Young (ARENA Records) Blue Bossa Michael Young (ARENA Records) Gabriel's Oboe Michael Young (ARENA Records) Beau Soir Michael Young (ARENA Records) Living In A Futuristic World Michael Young (ARENA Records) Cantaloupe Island Michael Young (ARENA Records) Cinema Paradiso Michael Young (ARENA Records) A Bend In The River Michael Young (ARENA Records) O Mio Babbino Caro Michael Young (ARENA Records) Romance Michael Young (ARENA Records) Say It Softly Michael Young (ARENA Records) Gtds Michael Young (ARENA Records) Man In The Mirror Michael Young (ARENA Records) A Taste Of M.Y. Michael Young (ARENA Records) Impressions-Part II Michael Young (ARENA Records) Somethings Coming Michael Young (ARENA Records) Claire De Lune Michael Young (ARENA Records)

9 Tinseltown Tune-in to Tinseltown and take a musical tour with some of the well-known familiar musical drama series such as Cats, My Fair Lady, Jersey Boys and many more!


Cheek To Cheek (from Top Hat) Tom Chambers & Ensemble (First Night Records) Carrie (from Carrie) Molly Ranson (Ghostlight Records) Suddenly Seymour (from Little Shop Of Horrors) Ellen Greene & Teddy Kempner (First Night Records)

10 Flight Light Time to relax and enjoy some soothing instrumental classics, as this selection of soporific melodies helps the miles fly by. Philippine Airlines is proud to bring you this selection of well-known hits and timeless classics.

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A Whole New World Jack Jezzro (Walt Disney) Moon Fragrance Ottmar Liebert (Spiral Subwave Records) Angels Andy Findon (Virgin Records) Carolina Eric Tingstad & Rumbel (Cheshire Records)

Food Glorious Food (From Oliver!) Workhouse Children (First Night Records)

Seasons Yanni (Yanni Wake Entertainment)

The Journey Earl Klugh (Warner)

The I Love You Song (from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) Original Cast Recording (Sh-K-Boom)

May It Be (Lord Of The Rings) Richard Clayderman (Delphine Productions)

Somewhere In A Dream Jessy J (Concord)

The Music Of The Night (from The Phantom Of The Opera) Barbra Streisand Michael Crawford (Columbia)

Conversation David Benoit (Heads Up)

Relaxin' at Camarillo Bud Powell (Capitol) Time's Lie The Manhattan Transfer (Four Quarters) Almost like being in love Frank Sinatra (EQ Music) Fame Eldissa (EVOSound) Blue Velvet k.d. lang & Tony Bennett (Sony Music) Jack Armstrong Blues Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (Verve) Sicily Chick Corea (Polygram) In the Mood Glenn Miller (Sony BMG) Goodbye, J.D. Oscar Peterson (Polygram) Ornithology Charlie Parker (EMI) Morning Dance Spyro Gyra (BMG) Take Five Dave Brubeck (Sony Music) Lorna's Kitchen Jeremy Monteiro (Jazznote)

Partners (from A Catered Affair) Original Cast Recording (PS Classics) Broadway Baby (from Follies) Julia McKenzie & Maria Friedma (PS Classics) Jellicle Songs (from Cats) Brian Blessed, Paul Nicholas & Company (First Night Records)

Mahna De Carnival The Peter Pupping Band (Premium Records) As Long As You Love Me Gheorghe Zamfir (CMC Records) First Dance Jim Brickman (SLG) Could We Fall In Love Craig Chaquico (Higher Octave Music) The Promise Kenny G (Concord Music)

Bride's Lament (from The Drowsy Chaperon) Bob Martin, Sutton Foster & Company (Sh-KBoom)

Song 4 Noemie Jean-Franรงois Maljean (Orange Music)

The Call the Wind Maria (from My Fair Lady) Bryn Terfel (Sony Music)

Blue Kiss Ray Obiedo (Windham Hill Records)

Stranger in Paradise (from Kismet) Lee Venora & Richard Banke (RCA)

Moments Armik (Bolero Records)

I Remember It Well (from "Gigi") Alfred Drake & Maria Karnilova (RCA)

Through The Wall Chris Spheeris (Orange Music)

The Circle Of Life (from The Lion King) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Warner)

Up Where We Belong Joaquim Sanchez & Pipes Of The Enamorates (Virgin Records)

Magic to Do (from Pippin) Ben Vereen (Decca) Too Close for Comfort (from Mr. Wonderful) Sammy Davis, Jr. (Decca) I'll Never Be Jealous Again (from The Pajama Game) Original Cast Recording (Sony BMG) Oh! Ain't That Sweet (from Thou Shalt Not) Harry Connick Jr (Sony BMG)

Hand Picked Rose Of A Fading Dream Billy Childs (Windham Hill Records) Every Deep Dream Philip Aaberg (Windham Hill Records) Dolphins Darol Anger & Mike Marshall (Windham Hill Records)

The Early Years: A Scrapbook (from Jersey Boys) Original Cast Recording (Rhino) DIY World (from Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) Laura Beth Wells, Patrick Page & Reeve Carney (Universal) Strike up the Band (from Strike up the Band) Chestnut Brass Company (Sony)

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7 Spotlight



12 Jam in Japan

Classic Collection

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 Boyfriend, AKB48, World Order, SID & many more!

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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C Major Op. 15 - I Allegro Con Brio Pianist & Director: Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Sony Music)


1ère Arabesque Flute: Emmanuel Pahud, Harp: Mariko Anraku (EMI) Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82 - I. Allegro Moderato Piano: Behzod Abduraimov (Decca) Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E Flat - II. Romanza (Andante) Clarinet: Sabine Meyer, Staatskapelle Dresden, Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt (EMI) Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1 - I Moderato Cello: Mstislav Rostropovich, English Chamber Orchestra, Conductor: Benjamin Britten (Decca) Castilla (Sequidillas) from Cantos de España Op. 232 Guitar: Xuefei Yang (EMI) Ballade No. 4 in F Minor Op. 52 - Andante Con Moto Piano: Khatia Buniatishvili, Orchestre de Paris, Conductor: Paavo Järvi (Sony Music) Concerto for Harp & Strings in B-Flat, Op. 4 No. 6 - II. Larghetto Harp: Lily Laskine, Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, Conductor: Louis Auriacombe (EMI) Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 - I. Andante - Allegro Con Anima Berliner Philharmoniker, Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan (Deutsche Grammophon) Gavotte et Six Doubles Piano: David Greilsammer (Sony Music) Oblivion Violin: Gidon Kremer, Vibraphone: Andrei Pushkarev, Kremerata Baltica (Deutsche Grammophon)

AKB48 (King Record) Flower Power 少女時代 (Universal) World Quest News (Johnny's Entertainment) Find The Light World Order (Pony Canyon) Brave It Out Generations (Avex) Innocence

藍井エイル (SME) ヒカルものたち 渡辺麻友 (Sony) V.I.P SID (Ki/oon Records)

13 Orient Express Enjoy the line-up of Mandarin and Cantonese hottest hits in the pop charts!


活在故事裡 蕭敬騰 (China Fun/華納) 後來後來 S.H.E. (HIM) 少來 炎亞綸 (HIM) 放不下 郁可唯 (Rock) 我 蔡依林 (Mars Entertainment/華納) 荷里活 曹格 (美樂帝) 愛不愛 王心凌 (Universal) 隨意 郭靜 (福茂) 華麗進行曲 潘瑋柏 (Universal)


Gangsta Boy U-Kiss 유키스 (다날 엔터테인먼트) 이사람 효린, 전효성, 현아, 정니콜, 나나 (소리바다) 자꾸만 Brave Guys 용감한 녀석들 (Universal) 그런 걸 (Girl) 밥&김(바비킴&김태우) (KT Magic) Talk That Secret 시크릿 (Loen) Yesterday 정진운, L.Joe, 이준(MBLAQ), 호야, 이기광 (소리바다) I Got A Boy Girls' Generation 소녀시대 (SM Entertainment) 카페인 (Feat. 용준형 of BEAST) 양요섭 (Universal) Beautiful Day " 지나(G.NA), 산체스" (Loen) Goodbye To Romance Sunny Hill 써니힐 (Loen)

Love Is A Car 鐘舒漫 (EEG)

サラバ、愛しき悲しみたちよ ももいろクローバーZ (King Record)

雙彩虹 張繼聰 (Gold Typhoon)

다 예뻐 한선화, 영재 (Loen)

12月12日 小南泰葉 (EMI)

睁开眼 RubberBand (Gold Typhoon)

Slow feat. mNine Gimm!박사 (KT Magic)

雪月花 湘南乃風 (Toy's Factory) 星空ギター 山崎まさよし (Nayutawave) Don't Give Up!

布袋寅泰 (EMI) Melrose~愛さない約束~ EXILE ATSUSHI (Avex)

紙飛行機 コブクロ (Warner)

學會了 艾怡良 (Sony) 幸福說 戴蕙心 (福茂) 玫瑰木 盧凱彤 vs. 盧廣仲 (華納) Yes I do 陶妍霖 (福茂) 越反越愛 林宥嘉 (HIM)

Don't Go December 디셈버 (Loen)

사랑은 이렇게 K.Will 케이윌 (Pony Canyon) 전설같은 이야기 하이니 (CJ E&M) 되돌리다 이승기 (Loen) 안아보자 (Feat. 정엽) JeA 제아 (Loen) 서랍정리 Big Mama 빅마마 (CJ E&M) 나쁜 사람 Juniel 주니엘 (CJ E&M)

情瓜 蔡旻佑 (Mars Entertainment / Universal)

Good-Bye (Feat. 소야) Mighty Mouth 마이티 마우스 (YMC)

大不了 AOA (Gold Typhoon)

꿈인가요 김그림 (CJ E&M)

JUJU (Sony Music Associated Records)

愛在當下 倪力 (Chessman/Gold Typhoon)

예쁘다 Airplane 에어플레인 (Universal)

知らない 星野源 (Victor Entertainment)

起跑 連詩雅 (Warner)

キミと Dance Dance Dance

異能者的愛情生活 林德信 (Universal)

広瀬香美 (Victor Entertainment) ナツノハナ

Boyfriend (Being)

你的志願 農夫 (Stars Shine International)

Flights of Fancy

Get the best of K-Pop with artistes such as Girls' Generation, K. Will, Juniel, Brave Guys, Secret and more on Seoul Grooves!

しあわせになるために ナオト・インティライミ (Universal Sigma)

Love again


14 Seoul Grooves

Beautiful Love 김소정 (CJ E&M) 일 년째 Zia 지아 (Loen) 그만 아파하자 Melody Day 멜로디데이 (Pony Canyon)


AsiAn Air sAfAri Laoag, Delhi, Jakarta, It's more than just travel. It's all Roxas, Hong Kong, about discovery and adventure. Davao 24 contestants step up to face the Batter Up obstacle only to end up striking out repeatedly. The competitors then go on to receive a lesson they'd just as soon forget in the Wipeout Karate Class, before chaos spreads on the Panic Hammocks.

wipeout Batter Up

wipeout Family Matters

Contestants tackle obstacles, including the Snowplow Sweeper, the Big Balls and the Spinning Ski Lift.

An action-packed family gameshow where contestants from all walks of life compete in the world’s biggest television obstacle race, to win a coveted title and a grand cash prize.

wipeout Winter Wipeout : The Musical

wipeout Winter Wipeout

wipeout Spring

gLee The Rocky Horror Glee Show

suburgAtory Pilot

AsiAn Air sAfAri Laoag

A single dad George and his 16 years old daughter move out of New York and get a cultural shock when they move into the suburbs.

Accompanied by the winners of the 2012 Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant, Capt. Joy visits the City of Laoag in Ilocos Norte. This charming city is known for its Spanish colonial buildings, Philippine baroque churches and white-sand beaches.

nAsA 360 New World, New Discoveries

Just for LAughs Season 10 Episode 9

This episode explores how NASA is helping to exploring new worlds and making new discoveries.

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!

gLee Comeback

wipeout Batter Up

Rachel tries to launch a comeback into the McKinley High social stratosphere with a little help from Brittany; meanwhile Sam starts a tribute band.

24 contestants step up to face the Batter Up obstacle only to end up striking out repeatedly. The competitors then go on to receive a lesson they'd just as soon forget in the Wipeout Karate Class, before chaos spreads on the Panic Hammocks.

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.

As the Glee Club works on a competitive duet assignment, Finn and Rachel conspire to help a new member win. Meanwhile, a love triangle develops between Mike, Tina, and Artie.

gLee Duets

When Will decides to have the Glee Club perform The Rocky Horror Show for the annual school musical, the members of New Directions inject their distinctive style to the show's timeless tracks.

A substitute teacher (guest star Gwyneth Paltrow) fills in for Will, and wins over the whole New Directions clan; and Sue fills in for Principal Figgins, and tries to flex her power on campus.

gLee The Substitute

gLee Very Glee Christmas


Contestants tackle obstacles, including the Snowplow Sweeper, the Big Balls and the Spinning Ski Lift.

Bosses and employees team up to tackle the obstacle course as X-Ray Men, Shock Jocks and Country Club Cuties face the Caterpillar, Total Carnage and a Detour to a Race Track.

wipeout Bosses and Employees


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While Finn tries to bring a little holiday cheer to McKinley High, Artie discovers that Brittany still believes in Santa; meanwhile, the teachers pick their Secret Santas, and one manipulative coach rigs the gift-giving in her favor.

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gLee The Sue Sylvester Shuffle

gLee The Comeback

A high-school Spanish teacher becomes the director of the school’s Glee club, hoping to restore it to its former glory.

A substitute teacher (guest star Gwyneth Paltrow) fills in for Will, and wins over the whole New Directions clan; and Sue fills in for Principal Figgins, and tries to flex her power on campus.

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For Full Cabin Avod* TETRIS

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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.

>> the objective 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.



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.

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 1980s 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, the 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. tw o s t u d e n t s f r o m t h e Philippines dominated the 2009 asia-Pacific sudoku tournament held recently in thailand: john robert valcos and sarah jane cua.


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.

in-flight sodoKU 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:

Match wits with wither the computer or another passenger—even if you are sitting at opposite ends of the cabin–in this multiplayer rendition of one of the world's best-known game: chess! But before you push the START button and get hooked on this classic game of mind versus mind, did you know that:

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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. 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. eugene torre of the Philippines was the first asian player to earn the highly coveted title of international grandmaster, beating then the world champion anatoly Karpov in a tournament in manila in 1976.

Flights of Fancy

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.

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.

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

A WALK IN THE CLOUDS Rated PG-13 Runtime 102 mins

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Rated NR Runtime 115 mins

ARGO Rated R Runtime 116 mins

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE Rated PG-13 Runtime 115 mins

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD Rated PG-13 Runtime 121 mins

MINORITY REPORT Rated PG-13 Runtime 144 mins

NORTH BY NORTHWEST NR Runtime 136 mins

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Rated R Runtime 120 mins

SKYFALL Rated PG-13 Runtime 120 mins

THE DEPARTED Rated R Runtime 144 mins

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PT 2 Rated PG-13 Runtime 115 mins


WRECK-IT-RALPH Rated PG Runtime 101 mins

Begin. David Archuleta

Believe Justin Bieber

Born This Way Lady Gaga

Born To Die Lana Del Rey

Carpenters: Gold Carpenters

Ceremonials Florence + The Machine

Dance Again … The Hits Jennifer Lopez

Dead In the Boot Elbow

Dirty Bass Far East Movement

Elvis 30 # 1 Hits Elvis Presley

Greatest Hits J. Brothers Band

Here I Am Kelly Rowland

Home Again Michael Kiwanuka

I am M.E. Miguel Escueta

I’ll Take Care of You Richard Poon

It's All About Love (Story Edition) Jam Hsiao

Kiss Carly Rae Jepsen

Legend Bob Marley

Lighthearted OPM The Company

Martin Nievera 3D Tatlong Dekada Martin Nievera

MDNA Madonna

Monster KISS

Mozart: Prussian Quartets Emerson String Quartet

Only Human Jed Madela

Out of the Game Rufus Wainwright

Outbound Christian Bautista

Overexposed Maroon 5

Philippine Popular Music Festival 2012: The Fourteen Finalists Various Artists

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Nicki Minaj

Push and Shove No Doubt

Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow DJ Shadow

Red Taylor Swift

Simply … Suy Suy

Soulful Acoustic MYMP

Strangeland Keane

SuperHeavy SuperHeavy

Syato Syato

The Beginning Black Eyed Peas

The Best of 1980-1990 U2

The Best of 25 Years Sting

The Music Presents Glease Glee

The Ultimate Collection The Kinks

The Very Best Of Cafe’ Del Mar Various Artists

The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 Joss Stone

The Spirit Indestructible Nelly Furtado

The Unreleased

Unapologetic Rihanna

Your Love Marie Digby




24/7 IN LOVE Rated NR Runtime 120 mins

Acoustic Collection


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IPAD 132

A Royal Life: An Unauthorised of Prince William

Batman: The Brave & the Bold Day of the Dark Knight

Ben & Kate Pilot

Bones Man in the Wall

Burn Notice End Run

Dallas Changing of the Guard

Dora the Explorer Sticky Tape

Go Diego Go Kicho’s Magic Flute

Green Living Latest Series, Episode 1

iCarly iDate Sam & Freddie

Modern Family Aunt Mommy

Naked Planet Grand Canyon

New Girl Naked

Supernatural Shut Up Doctor Phil

Test Your Brain You Won't Believe Your Eyes

The Mentalist Ball of Fire

The New Normal Pilot

Thundercats Old Friends

Touch Tales of the Red Thread

Angry Birds

Angry Birds Rio

Bad Piggies


Chess Premium HD

Cut the Rope

Doodle Jump

Fruit Ninja

Jetpack Joyride

Kingdom Rush



Plants vs. Zombies


Temple Run

Text Twist 2

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Tiny Wings

Trivial Pursuit

Where’s my Water?

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