Mabuhay Magazine, May 2012

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Bohol‘s Island Bliss Where Nature Meets Culture


In Too Deep With Whale Sharks Quezon’s Balesin Island & Unknown Spots Sleepless in Saigon

A Matinee in Macau Unique Water Sports Singapore’s Heritage Hotels

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Plus: Zamboanga’s sibugay • santacruzan & Flores de Mayo Festivals

SEXY BEACH The sand beneath your toes… the warm embrace of the tropical sun above … the liquid caress of water crashing to shore; washing away the day’s every worry or care… This is the Azure Urban Resort Residences… your very own personal paradise right in the middle of the bustling metropolis. Wade into the shimmering surf and swim up to the Paris Hilton Beach Club, welcomed by the sweet smell of steak barbecuing on the grill as bikini-clad women toast with tropical cocktails at the bar, and a symphony of laughter coalesces with the soothing sound of the waves. At Sunset, bronzed bodies stand in worship to the visual spectacle of the country’s very first urban man made beach and as a day nears its end, the perfect tan may fade away but the memories will last forever. Come home to the Azure and make these memories each and every day. The Azure Urban Resort Residences: Beachfront living right in the heart of the City.



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

Charles C. Chante Publisher simeon s. Ventura Jr. editor-in-Chief lYnette lee CorPoral managing editor isaBel l. temPlo Features editor eleaZar s. salCeDo art Director Jane ira h. inQuimBoY editorial Coordinator aniKa G. Ventura editorial Coordinator Joshua l. laGanDaon staff Writer roDel D. amBas Proofreader Kara miranDa-Ballesteros Contributing style Director ariel e. DalisaY Creative Consultant

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How Tourism is Helping Bring Progress to Bohol Photo by Justin Ventura


Loboc River Resort owner Zynn Varquez and son, Allan (3rd and 2nd from right) with some of her staff.

get a chance to visit our main feature–Bohol–time and again and I am happy to see how it’s becoming progressive. Before, it was mostly the streets and roads of its capital city, Tagbilaran, that were paved; and beyond it, majority of the roads was just bumpy, dirt roads. Now, not anymore. Even outside Tagbilaran, the roads leading to nearby towns are well paved, and I heard that there’s even a circumferential road around the island’s perimeter. Tourism is the main engine that’s driving progress in this once hard-pressed province. Not blessed with fertile plains and fields, life is not easy in this island province that its people are known for their resiliency and thriftiness. But what they lack in one thing is compensated by another that brings great bounty, particularly from tourists. It has friendly animal encounters, ranging from tarsiers to fireflies and dolphin watching, to great dive spots. It has culture–beautiful centuries-old churches, ancestral houses, and the award-winning Loboc Children’s Choir. Everywhere you go are signs of tourism growth–fancy boutique resorts, home stays, native restaurants, souvenir shops, guided tours, etc. Most are family operated, which ensures a faster response to customers’ needs. For instance, a husband-and-wife team–Nikki and Ria Cauton–owns and manages the charming Amorita Resort. A new one–the Loboc River Resort–is built by former nurse and long-time Bohol resident Zynn Varquez. One of her sons, Allan, who is an engineer, has even left his job with Ayala Corporation to help run the resort. Some tourist attractions are communitybased like the successful Danao Adventure Park that is boosting the economy not only of Danao but also its neighboring towns. Without too much fanfare, there are also “do-gooders,” like philanthropist Bea Zobel, who are quietly helping out in Bohol. I hope that Bohol will find a way to continue to preserve its ancestral houses for these give the province a unique character that is irreplaceable. A matter that should be immediately addressed and alleviated, even on a temporary basis, is the over-crowding of its airport. It’s a nice problem–too many tourists. But authorities should not press their luck and thus avoid having photos, videos, and negative comments spreading around that could turn off tourists. Something should be done to make visitor satisfaction complete from start to finish.

Model Stella Pacana who is from Baclayon, Bohol poses outside one of the old, graceful houses at the back of the famous Baclayon Church.

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

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FLASH PARKER is a photojournalist from

Hong Kong-based STUART HEAVER has

Based in Manila, ESTAN CABIGAS is a

Ontario, Canada. He was nominated for a

been busy traveling around the Philippines,

travel blogger and freelance photographer

PATA Gold Award in destination journalism,

Thailand, and Taiwan, covering stories from

whose works have been featured in both

and his works have been featured in Asian

the Iloilo paraw regatta to 17th-century

local and international scenes. When not

Geographic, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast

Chinese pirates. On page 58, he takes a

traveling, he’s doing documentary projects

Traveler, and Reader’s Digest. On page 42,

closer look at one of Bohol’s most popular

or teaching photography in Manila. On

he discovers Macau’s cultural attractions

tourist attractions—the whale shark. He

page 62, he revisits Zamboanga Peninsula’s

amid the territory’s bustling casino scene.

says: The most exotic dish I’ve had is the

beautiful but overlooked province of

He says: The most exotic dish I’ve had is

curiously named Taiwanese “seafood coffin,”

Sibugay. He says: The most exotic dish I’ve

cobra curry. I tried it in a little restaurant in

a crisp, toasted bread case containing

had is bu-os (stir fried ant eggs and larvae)

East Java, Indonesia, where the reptiles are

delicious creamy seafood chowder. www.

in Ilocos Norte.

sustainably farmed.

DANIEL ALLEN is a journalist and

A graduate of the UP College of Fine Arts,

photographer based in London and Beijing.

OZ MENDOZA loves to travel and has a

His most recent adventure was dog sledding

special fondness for Bangkok and Romblon.

in the wintery wilderness of northern

On page 70, he discovers a quiet respite in

Greenland. On page 32, he tours Saigon’s

Quezon Province’s undiscovered hideaways.

trendy boutiques and tasty treats. He says:

He says: The most exotic dish I’ve had is

The most exotic dish I’ve had is snake stew.


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Loaded with music and art events, the month of May holds a massive bay festival, a popular beachside concert, and a music fete under the full moon. PHILIPPINES


Brace yourself for the biggest beach festival in Mindanao, as this event packs in giant sand sculptures, beach volleyball, poi dancing, surfing, and boat racing. at night, the shore lights up with fire dancers and beach parties, but after the festivities, leave only footprints: partygoers are encouraged to participate in coastal cleanups too!

day art experience. Browse painting and photography exhibits, learn poetry or pottery, and watch body art and laser light shows. Don’t leave without grabbing a souvenir from the trade fair! www.



PaL is taking Lady Gaga to Manila! With sponsorship from Philippine airlines, Lady Gaga will be performing in the Mall of asia arena as part of her “the Born this Way Ball” world tour. For her second visit to the Philippines, fans will get to watch Gaga perform in a set designed like a massive medieval castle while belting out songs from her albums Born this Way, the Fame, and the Fame Monster.

Showcasing the best of Mexican and Latin american cultures, this event features a diverse array of music and dance. Get warmed up with Zumba, a Latin dance-inspired fitness exercise, and then cool down with various musical and dance performances from talented Mexican and Latin american performers.


Gather under the full moon for a night of art and music. Local production company Good Karma Events and Sonata Productions will be hosting a fundraiser for nature conservation, with live performances from top local and international artists, art installations, and on-site tree planting. this debut festival aims to benefit areas of Cagayan de Oro left bare due to logging. www.facebook. com/LunaMusikalawaigFullMoonFestival


art enthusiasts, mark your calendars. thousands of artists will congregate at SMX Convention Center for this three-

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A band performs at the Hangout Music Festival.



Rock out with around 35,000 other people as top bands perform in Gulf Shore’s white sandy beach. this year’s headliners include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, and Jack White, performing along rising acts and veteran artists like Kaskade, Skrillex, and Coheed & Cambria. www.


Amorita Chill

Nestled atop a seaside cliff overlooking the famed Alona Beach, Amorita offers visitors what is arguably the most captivating view of Bohol Sea—a feature that in itself makes it a cut above the rest. It gives you the chance to catch up with the action at Alona Beach while being able to retreat into blissful privacy whenever you want it. And Amorita takes seclusion seriously. Each of the boutique resort’s Ocean View Villas have an expansive pocket garden, a private plunge pool, and a sun deck that is ideal for intimate moments or a cold dip after a hot day at the beach. 1 Ester A. Lim Drive, Barangay Tawala, Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol; +632 553 9549; +6338 502 9002 to 03;

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Live the Life You Love


ErnEst’s Picks

Mabuhay’s resident food writer, Chef Ernest Gala, says ole! to these burritos for their superb flavor. Achiote Taqueria (Ground Level, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City; mobile +63915 9229336) The house burrito is packed with pulled pork filling, baked beans, and chorizo rice. A balanced flavor of spices and huge portions make this burrito irresistible! Runners-up: The burritos of The Army Navy (Solaris One, Retail Space 1B, Dela Rosa Tower 1, Solaris Bldg., Dela Rosa St., Makati City; +632 836 3333) are some of the most sought-after dishes in its menu, not to mention good value for money. The floured tortilla is tender to the bite and the guacamole is refreshing.

Try the Breakfast Burrito, a flour Achiote tortilla filled with Taqueria's burrito meat, toasted hash brown, scrambled eggs, and cilantro with a choice of longganisa (local sausage) or steak. Hermanos Taco Shop (#27 Granada Ave. corner Jose O. Vera St., Brgy. Valencia, Gilmore, Quezon City; +632 570 8425). Oozing with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and cheese, the smell alone will whet your appetite. The moist beef and crunchy lettuce give it a balanced texture.

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

Just One Hour

A Fortress for the Evening

Steeped in history, the 19th century Portuguese fortress now welcomes guests who wish to experience a cozy stay in Asia’s gambling capital. At Pousada de Mong-Ha, guests can explore pathways that meander through lush gardens and colorful foliage. Its 20 rooms, each with its individual character, have touches of Eastern and Western design. Despite being run entirely by students of the Institute for Tourism Studies, the 20-room boutique hotel has won this year’s Traveler’s Choice Award on Trip Advisor. Colina de Mong-Ha, Macau; +853 2851 5222;

Luxurious Escapades Just for US$1

A heli-ski week in the Himalayas? Or maybe a romantic weekend stay in a Paris hotel? Either trip could be yours just for US$1. But the catch is, you have to beat the other followers who are bidding on it. Hong Kongbased company, Eskapades, runs auctions of luxurious travel packages. All you have to do is sign up to start bidding. It’s a blind auction though, so you won’t be able to see the other amounts that have been bid. But nonetheless, that makes your win even sweeter!

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A nonprofit organization, Children’s Hour, works to improve the education, health, and nutrition of marginalized Filipino children by appealing to people to donate one hour’s worth of their earnings at least once a year. Donations in kind and volunteer help are also welcome. Statistics show that there is an average of 8,347 reported cases of child abuse in the Philippines every year, so if you were wondering when to help, the time is now. +632 893 2236; ask@, www.


Human Nature’s New Home

Filipino brand of organic beauty products Human Nature has launched their concept store in Quezon City. Designed by Filipina architects Mau Adraneda and Joyce Angara, the store is a breath of fresh air amid the concrete jungle. Their complete line of products and other Filipino products are available here. Drop by and you may be served locally grown brewed coffee. 460 Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City; +632 9315787;


Human Nature will give away a travel pack to the first five who will answer this question correctly: What are the eight chemical ingredients not found in Human Nature products? Email your answers to info@ together with your name and mobile number. Use the subject “HUMAN NATURE QUIZ.” Winners will be notified on May 15, 2012. Check out Mabuhay's Facebook page to know the answers to our monthly quizzes.

G-Force Project 2012 High-caliber dance group G-Force will hold dance workshops this month in Manila. Now on its seventh year as a group, G-Force has already graced numerous concerts and TV productions with their innovative and hip moves. The group will share their skills through the workshop entitled “The G-Force Project 2012 Dance Workshop on Tour.” Workshop dates are May 7–12 and 14–19 in Manila, with a recital on May 22 at the Meralco Theater. +63917 803 1378 and +63915 452 1800;

A Splash of Art This Summer Jumpstart your kids’ artistic talents by enrolling them in Ayala Museum’s Summer St’ART workshops this May. Kids will have fun exploring four different art genres from Pablo Picasso’s cubism painting (May 3), HR Ocampo’s collage art (May 10), Georges Seurat’s puncher pointillism (May 17), and Jackson Pollock’s action painting (May 24). Workshop fee per session is Php250 and already includes art materials. Activities are designed for children aged 7–12 years. Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. corner Dela Rosa St., Makati City; +632 757 7117 local 33 or 35;

Manny O. Wins Gold Local wine Manny O. Sumiller recently won the gold award at the Berlin Wine Trophy 2012, while the Manny O. Agapitos Branco also bagged a silver, bringing the series of seven wines to a total of 51 awards garnered in the last year. Under the patronage of the International Organisation for Vine and Wine, wines from all over the world went through a rigorous process of tasting, selection, and elimination among the world’s best oenologists. www. 20 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

Word of the Month:


A word from Maguindanao Province referring to a party held to celebrate the promised cure for someone who is sick. Adam Jacot de Boinod, author of The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World, published by Penguin Press


Did You Know? The per capita CO2 emission of an average family in Bangladesh is 0.3 ton per year. In comparison, the average Filipino emits three times that amount over a whole year, which is 0.94 ton. How do you curb your personal CO2 emission? You can start at home: buy the most energy-efficient products. Look for the ones with the energy-saving labels. In the Philippines, there is mandatory labeling on several electrical appliances, such as refrigerators, air-conditioners, and light fixtures.

Bohol’s Exotic Side

Step into this lush botanical garden called Tarsier Botanika. Over 3,000 varieties of tropical plants are sprawled throughout this 5-hectare property. The garden also has an extensive selection of stone and bronze statues, hand-carved stone jars, and other exotic pieces. Throughout the property’s development, existing specimen and fruit trees were retained to encourage the local birds to take shelter in the garden. Other attractions include the Tarsier Artistika museum, which houses Asian, African, and European artworks; and the Tarsier Exotika café, where you can nibble on freshly made traditional French pastries or their signature Bohol Ube Roll. Tarsier Botanika, Km. 16 Hoyohoy Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol;

+6338 4161289;


Be part of the solution, Join the Energy [R]evolution! switch off. unplug. save energy.

Simple lang, Pledge for the Planet! Greenpeace challenges each of us to be energy-conscious by integrating positive, climate-friendly habits to one’s lifestyle without compromising practicality and convenience. At present, the Philippines' main electricity source comes from coal-fired power plants, which produces millions of tons of greenhouse gasses that contributes to global warming. The less energy we consume the less carbon dioxide we release to the atmosphere. Climate change is the biggest threat that our planet faces today but by doing even the smallest things, each one of us can make a difference. Collectively, we can ensure our survival, we can save the world. Spread the word! Share information about climate change and why we need renewable energy options and energy efficiency measures to your family, friends, colleagues and members of your community. Simple lang, Pledge for the Planet! Just log on to


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Contact Details: Climate and Energy Campaign Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines Address: #24 K-J St. East Kamias, Quezon City, Philippines Tel #: +63-2-4347034 to 35

Information courtesy of Greenpeace Southeast Asia– Philippines www.greenpeace.; greenpeace.philippines;

A Call for Summer Volunteers! Petra and Pilar, which serves fine contemporary Filipino cuisine with a twist, is definitely worth the culinary experience. Highly recommended is their Garlic Crusted Chicken BBQ, a moist and tender grilled chicken marinated with barbeque sauce, olive oil, and crusted with toasted garlic. The delectable Binagoongang Liempo Sisig, minced lechon kawali sautéed with shrimp paste, onions, garlic, chili fingers, and cooked sisig style, is an excellent option for the adventurous foodie. For voracious meat eaters, try the robust flavored Beef Kalitiran with Black Forest Mushroom Sauce, which is beef, boiled until tender, and topped with mushrooms and gravy. The Caldereta Lasagna is their signature dish, baked lasagna pasta with ground pork and beef meat sauce, and topped with cheese. If you must round off the meal with sweets, try the Sticky Date with Vanilla Ice Cream, a sweet and sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. G/F JAKA Center Building, Exportbank Drive corner Chino Roces Ave. (formerly Pasong Tamo), Makati City; +632 887 5168 –Ernest Reynoso-Gala

Maternal Matters with Medela

Spend an afternoon at Sugarleaf for a free talk with Medela Moms Beng Feliciano and Maricel Cua as they discuss the benefits of breastfeeding your baby. The two veteran breastfeeding moms will share their insights on how to prepare for a successful breastfeeding journey. In addition, Feliciano will share tips on how to breastfeed multiples, and how to manage a three-child household (breastfeeding her twins while still being available to her four-yearold son). Mommies, prepare for a candid and intimate question-and-answer session. May 26, 2 p.m.; 2/F MEDICard Lifestyle Center, 51 Paseo de Roxas corner Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Urdaneta Village, Makati City; +632 812 7323; www. 22 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

AHA! Learning Center has been helping 75 street children from grade 1 to third year high school since May 2009. Their goal? To instill the love of learning among its students and eventually help them enter college through free tutoring. If you wanted to try something different this summer, here’s your chance. 9708 C. Pililia St., Rizal Village, Makati City; ahalearningcenter




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Price available upon request. From TOMS

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IN THE NEWS Our Islands

THE FARM WINS 2012 INT’L WELLNESS AWARD The Farm at San Benito, a spa resort in Lipa City, was awarded the SENSES Wellness Award for Best Medical Wellness Resort, the first Philippine spa to receive such honor. SENSES is an international wellness and lifestyle guide that selects winning properties according to the standards of their medical treatments, therapies, staff, location, and environment. Past winners include the Grand Hotel Lienz in Australia and the Island Hideaway Spa Resort & Marina in the Maldives.

INDIGENOUS-FRIENDLY LEARNING The Department of Education, via the Indigenous People’s Education Office, aims to educate members of indigenous groups using their mother tongue, helping preserve their cultural heritage in the process.

EARTH HOUR WINNING STREAK The Philippines topped the worldwide Earth Hour celebrations again this year. Over 1,671 Filipino cities and towns switched off their lights for one hour in the largest environmental event to raise awareness about climate change. About 362 MWh of electricity has been saved locally this year - equivalent to shutting down six coal-fired power plants for one hour.

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TRICYCLES GO ELECTRIC Some 5,000 energy-efficient electric tricycles with reduced noise and carbon emissions will hit the roads soon in Manila, Boracay, and Palawan. These “e-trikes,” which debuted in a pilot project in Mandaluyong City in April 2011, reportedly earned drivers higher take-home pays of Php800-1,000 daily.

Filipina Shoe Designer Wows Milan Fashion Folk Lady San Pedro’s shoe creation, fittingly named Flutterby for its butterfly wing heel, won this year’s Cinderthriller contest amidst 800 other entries. Cinderthriller is an international shoe design contest held in Milan and hosted by shoe brand Alberto Guardiani and i-D magazine. The Flutterby has been featured in prestigious magazines, such as Elle, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. FREE PACEMAKERS FOR POOR FILIPINOS The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Rotary Club of Manila Bay have offered a P212,000 grant to provide free pacemakers to indigent patients. Surgeons at the Philippine General Hospital will offer their expertise to implant the life-saving devices. Accessibility guidelines are still being developed.

IN THE NEWS Best of the Best


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Browse festivals and events around the world based on your selected time range. You can also browse events using categories like art, music, and sports.

Type your home location, budget, and what you want to do and this website collects travel suggestions from popular sites such as Lonely Planet, Yelp, and Expedia.


In the future, sheep shearing might be on the same ranks as fencing and field hockey, as the New Zealand Farmers Association called for the stint to be an Olympic sport. Competitive shearers can clip 700 sheep in just eight hours, a feat that is said to be equivalent to running two marathons back to back.

Select an activity and the world map highlights the most ideal locations—great for those who need visuals to build an itinerary.

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This interactive world map lets you browse trip ideas based on location or activity. The site lists down people who have similar interests as well.

Thrilling Underwater Escapes


Illustration By Eleazar Salcedo

Cancun, Mexico Pack your goggles, it’s time to go to the museum. In the Museum of Underwater Modern Art, more than 400 life-sized and coral-encrusted sculptures are displayed on the seabed, making it one of the largest reef attractions in the world. British sculptor and scuba diver Jason deCaires Taylor individually casted each sculpture using a special mix of marine-grade cement, sand, and micro-silica to produce an inert concrete mix that promotes coral growth.


Necker Island, Virgin Islands Necker Island’s Necker Nymph, the world’s first three-person underwater “aircraft” is said to feel like “flying” underwater, as it allows you to plummet to depths of around 130 feet to explore ancient shipwrecks, see dolphins, or spyhop on whales.



Rangali Island, The Maldives In Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, enjoy your cocktails and sip MaldivianWestern fusion cuisine while a host of marine wildlife swim down to greet you. This first-of-its-kind, all-glass underwater restaurant is situated under 16 feet of water teeming with sharks, eels, and manta rays. Just try not to feel guilty eating fish in front of fish!

Palawan, Philippines Coral World Park in Palawan will be Asia’s first underwater resort and the biggest undersea living space once it’s completed in 2013. A mini-submarine will escort guests to one of the 24 undersea suites that provide a 270-degree view of the sea. The futuristic project also includes an inland boutique hotel with a science center and a 600-square-meter underwater dining area.

FACEBOOK REVEALS BEST DAYS TO FIND LOVE Looking for love? According to a new study by Facebook, Christmas and Valentine’s Day are the best days to find it. The worldwide study, based on status updates, looked at how relationships are influenced by seasons, holidays, and days of the week.

GOOGLE EARTh GOES INTO ThE DEEp Dive the depths of the Great Barrier Reef right from your computer. After capturing thousands of 360-degree underwater shots, Google Earth stitched together more than 50,000 photos of this Australian World Heritage Site to create a virtual dive 100 meters under the ocean. The tour is accessible through

GOOD NEWS FOR TRAVEL & TOURISM According to a research by the World Travel & Tourism Council, the travel industry will grow by 2.8% in 2012 as international travelers reach 1 billion for the first time, contributing $2 trillion to the global economy and sustaining 100.3 million jobs. South and northeast Asian countries will have the fastest-growing industries this year, while European countries will struggle the most.

SYRIA INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS FOR JOURNALISTS As protesters continue to demand the resignation of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, three prominent journalists have been killed and 13 others wounded


South Pacific Ocean, Fiji Nestled in the clear waters of a 5,000-acre lagoon is Poseidon Mystery Island, the world’s first underwater luxury resort. Their 24 transparent underwater suites give a stunning view of the reef outside. Press the remote-controlled feeding button to summon schools of fish nearer to your room.

in crossfires between the government and rebel forces. TITANIC DIRECTOR DIVES INTO ThE ABYSS After making a movie about the Titanic, James Cameron sinks down to the Mariana Trench on March

26, 2012. He reached the ocean’s deepest point, at 35,814 feet, via his special submersible dubbed the “Deepsea Challenger.” The depth he plunged into is equivalent to the height of Mount Everest plus one mile.

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PHILIPPINES May 2, 2011 A rare species of Bryde’s whale makes its first splash in Bohol. These whales prefer warm, tropical oceans over polar seas, and are known to thrive in the Philippines, particularly in the seas of Cebu and Sorsogon. These massive creatures have become popular tourist attractions.

On May 10, 1992, Filipino singer Charice Pempengco was born in Laguna, Philippines. Raised by her single mother, Charice entered singing contests at the age of seven to help support her family. She rose to fame through YouTube and was described by Oprah as the “most talented girl in the world.” Charice is the first Southeast Asian solo artist to land on the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. In the hit television musical series, Glee, she played an exchange student from the Philippines named Sunshine Corazon. Prior to her success, the only vocal training she received was informal lessons from her mother.

May 10, 1908 The first official service to celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States is held. Determined to accomplish her mother’s dream of having a celebration day for all mothers, Anna Jarvis of West Virginia, with the help of wealthy Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker, began promoting Mother’s Day. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother’s Day celebration. May 25, 1977 Writer and director George Lucas releases the first Star Wars movie, known today as Episode IV: A New Hope. The iconic film gave birth to similarly themed books, comics, toys, video games,

May 7, 1934 A Filipino diver collects the world’s largest pearl off Palawan’s coast. Named “The Pearl of Lao Tzu,” it measured 9.45 inches and weighed as much as a three-month-old baby. Although not a gemquality pearl, it was appraised in 1982 at US$60 million. and its own fan-made holiday dubbed “The Universal Day of Jedi” celebrated every May 25. May 8, 1886 The first Coca-Cola is put on sale by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. Using coca leaves and kola nuts—hence, the name Coca-Cola—Pemberton originally intended the beverage as a patent medicine. Coca-Cola today is the world’s largest beverage company and was the first drink enjoyed in space by astronauts. Its trademark logo is one of the world’s most recognizable.


English footballer David Beckham, who gave rise to the saying “bend it like Beckham” for his ability to kick soccer balls so they curve away from opponents. Named as one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2008, Beckham along with his wife and former Spice Girl Victoria landed fifth on Forbes’ list of topearning Hollywood couples in 2010.

May 14, 1984

Facebook mastermind Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout who co-created Facebook in his dormitory room in 2004 after being inspired by his previous

May 15, 1991 Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running drama anthology on Philippine television, first airs. This weekly series, hosted by media honcho Charo SantosConcio, tells the stories of common people through traditionally reading out the letters they send.

creation, Facemash, a website that allowed Harvard students rank each other based on looks. When he came to know about the movie The Social Network, he quipped, “I just wished that nobody made a movie of me while I was still alive.”

May 22, 1859

Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, noted for his stories about detective Sherlock Holmes. Just like his creation, Conan Doyle was a capable detective himself, having helped exonerate two wrongfully convicted persons and, in the process, helped establish a way to correct miscarriages of justice.

Only One address in Manila’s ChinatOwn gives yOu views Of the gOlf COurse. 君臨天下。。。 讓您在華人區能夠享受王城區高爾夫球場的美景

At Noble Place, you’re king of the most coveted location in Manila’s Chinatown. And in command of the city’s most beautiful views. Your 47-story address lets you go out to your balcony and look out on the Intramuros golf course everyday. Experience the feeling of being right there on the green. And enjoy the privilege of being among the favored few who have this lush landscape to come home to. You don’t just see nature at its best—you spend the simplest moments in absolute luxury. Whether you’re bonding with your family in your suite, relaxing in the sky gardens or having fun at the eighth-level play deck, your home lets you take your rightful place at the top. See how far you’ve come in life. Noble Place.

君臨天下(Nob le Place )是馬尼拉華人區最令人羨慕的地標 。這 擁有 四十 七層 樓的 豪華 大廈 讓 您每天欣賞馬尼拉最美麗的景色,包括王城區高爾夫球場 和著 名的 馬尼 拉灣 日落 美景 一覽 無遺 , 盡收眼底。君臨天下使您不僅能感受到高爾夫球場蒼翠繁 茂清 幽寧 靜的 環境 , 又有都市繁華便利的一面。君臨天下不僅讓您體驗到大自 然的 美, 而且 在豪 華的 環境 下享受簡單的生活樂趣。無論是在自己的套房享受天倫之 樂, 在 『 空中 花園 』休 息, 或是在八樓的娛樂室遊戲輕鬆一下, 君臨天下讓您在馬尼 拉擁 有屬 於自 己的 天地 。 君臨天下, 您在華人區的豪華地址,您的美好家園。將是 您最 明智 、正 確的 投資 選擇 。 Megaworld Corporation and the Philippine Retirement Authority are official partners for the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa.

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HIGH ‘HO’: Progressive urban planning in Ho Chi Minh have created more contemporary structures that give Vietnam a global atmosphere.

SLEEPLESS IN SAIGON DANIEL ALLEN samples the treasures of Vietnam’s Pearl of the Orient. At night, from the helipad of Ho Chi Minh City’s soaring Bitexco Financial Tower, the urban landscape is a shimmering sea of light. An incessant flow of traffic streams through the recently opened Saigon River Tunnel, only to reemerge in the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, soon to be populated with more shiny skyscrapers. While stories of Vietnam’s economic problems abound, there’s little evidence of stagnation in this vibrant, bustling metropolis. “It might be a cliché, but Ho Chi Minh City truly never sleeps,” says expat Brit Craig Derbyshire, in town to oversee the imminent opening of a swanky five-story cocktail bar and eatery high up in the hightech Bitexco edifice. “People here work hard and they play hard. Saigon residents certainly don’t need any lesson on how to let their hair down.” Ho Chi Minh City, still commonly known by its former, colonial-era name of Saigon, is the southern epicenter of Vietnam and the country’s business

capital. After the ravages of the Vietnam War, Saigon lay in the doldrums for years, but in the 1990s it gradually returned to life, and is now considered one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic cities. Today, the one-time “Pearl of the Orient” has more than regained its luster. Modern Saigon is a shopper’s paradise. Prices are higher than elsewhere in Vietnam, but the selection is far more sophisticated. The city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere makes it easier to shop, meaning that shop owners, especially in more upscale boutiques, aren’t immediately pressuring browsers for sales. A stroll along central Saigon’s Dong Khoi Street takes visitors past colonial-era landmarks and dozens of interesting new boutiques. Plunge into the covered Ben Thanh Market, where vendors offer everything from fruit and fresh-cut flowers to traditional handicrafts to imported electronics and cosmetics. Or head for Cholon—the city’s ancient Chinatown—and dive into the thriving rabbit warren of narrow lanes, bustling markets, and flamboyantly colorful Chinese pagodas.

PORTRAIT OF A PEOPLE The Vietnamese are hardworking, modest, and friendly, but they are often quite shy. Many will not look directly into your eyes when they talk to you, which traditionally is a sign of respect and politeness. Most urban Vietnamese no longer bow when they meet each other, but in formal gatherings, at religious places, and sometimes in rural areas, you will see people clasp their hands together in a prayer-like gesture and bow slightly. When calling Vietnamese people, do so quietly— waving or beckoning with an upturned finger is considered impolite.

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EVERY DAY WEAR: Vietnamese women’s traditional outfit, called ao dai, originated during the feudal era in the southern region. It used to be a gown worn by aristocrats but has evolved into a modern wear such as the uniforms of high school girls.

Dong Khoi is Saigon’s premier shopping street. The best blocks are the last two heading toward the river, but the whole area is overloaded with opportunities for retail therapy. With the city’s glut of Japanese tourists, Japanese-style zakka shops packed with jewelry, accessories, and shoes are rapidly multiplying here, and you’ll also find a range of fascinating little watch shops and old camera vendors. Those seeking stylish clothing in Saigon are now finding that they get better value if they seek out local and regional designers whose increasingly impressive collections are starting to be shown overseas. “A decade ago there was nothing here except small tailors and tourist stores,” says French-born Valerie Gregori McKenzie, who has lived in Saigon for over 15 years and owns the high-end label Song. “While these remain, you now have a lot of new designers that use Vietnamese craft as an inspiration, mixing Vietnamese heritage and Western influence.” McKenzie founded her label, which offers ecofriendly clothes, homeware, and kitchenware, in 1997. Song products are sold in luxury resorts and in McKenzie’s shop on 76D Le Than Ton, District 1. “If shoppers look further than Saigon’s tourist

streets, they can often find fabulous things to bring back and actually use,” adds McKenzie. “Most creations by local designers are hand-made and this is something that you rarely find in other countries.” There’s a saying in Vietnam that while Hanoi is the country’s head, Saigon is its belly. Anatomical associations aside, Saigon now offers gourmands and adventurous tourists a mind-boggling array of dining options, offering everything from streetside sweetand-sour soup and soft-shelled crabs to the finest international cuisine. The only problem is finding enough meals to sample everything. The area around Dong Khoi Street is home to many fine-dining choices, but ask local residents where to eat and likely as not they’ll point you in the direction of the al fresco stalls in the open market area adjacent to Ben Thanh Market, or to a small neighborhood storefront. This is where most of the locals hang out each night, quaffing bia hoi (draft beer) and snacking on tasty treats such as mien ga (vermicelli, chicken, and mushrooms in a delicate soup), lau hai san (a tangy seafood soup with mustard greens), and the ever-present, ever-delicious pho (noodle soup). “Whenever I’m back in Saigon after a long trip,

WONDER CAVE Vietnam is now home to the world’s largest cave. Located in Quang Binh Province close to the Vietnam–Laos border, it was found by a local man in 1991, but was officially “discovered” in 2009 by a British caving expedition. The name “Son Doong” means “mountain river”; the cave was created 2–5 million years ago by the erosion of limestone by subterranean river water. The biggest chamber is over 5 kilometers long, 200 meters high, and 150 meters wide—about the size of an entire New York City block of 40-story buildings.

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HAGGLING HUB: Located in downtown Ho Chi Minh, the Ben Thanh Market is a hotspot for local crafts, textiles, and souvenirs.

Vietnamese dining staples include pho (noodle soup) and coffee

I always head to Ben Thanh Market early in the morning,” says thirtysomething business manager Hoang Cong Tuan. “There’s no better way to tap the pulse of Saigon, and the food stalls are a paradise.

Vietnam’s best food really is in the street and on the sidewalks. You can rarely go wrong. If it looks good, smells good, and there are locals eating it, it’s generally worth trying.” When you need a break from Saigon’s shops, restaurants, and manic traffic, a little personal pampering can help recharge your batteries. While the city has plenty of places that offer relaxation, one little-known yet highly rated retreat is the Thao Dien Village ( A short taxi ride from the city center, this spa and wellness resort is a hidden oasis perched beside the waters of the Saigon River. Offering an eclectic range of Western and Vietnamese treatments, a few hours here can put a spring back in the step of even the most jaded traveler. Contemporary Saigon is all about color and movement. Vendors pushing carts piled high with conical hats; processions of ao dai-clad schoolgirls on bicycles; cranes spinning overhead as workers put the finishing touches to newly risen skyscrapers. With the city’s youthful exuberance and joie de vivre as infectious as ever, there’s never been a better time to really explore the Pearl of the Orient.

STAY Find reasonably priced hotels around Ben Thanh market along Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong—the An An 2 Hotel (www.anan. vn) gets consistently good reviews. The Park Hyatt Saigon ( com) offers 5-star comfort, boasting a collection of contemporary Vietnamese art, a variety of dining options, a 20-meter-long pool, a fitness center, and an excellent spa. USEFUL WEBSITE

PAL flies between Manila and Ho Chi Minh City daily. Swingaround tour packages are also available. For more information, call PAL Reservations Office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit 34 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

(ABOVE) The Laneway Music Festival, which showcased performances from 14 indie acts from around the world, was just a five minute walk from Hotel Fort Canning. (LEFT) Preserving the white conservation doors of its former military building, Hotel Fort Canning’s deluxe garden room patio shows how the hotel blends nature and heritage.

Two HoTels and a Rock conceRT From a recent rock concert to the upcoming Formula One night race, Singapore has been hosting hot events lately. ANIKA VENTURA discovers how two heritage hotels make staying

in the City of Lions so inviting.

“When we go to Singapore, I think we should stay at a nicer place.” As I watched my six-footer boyfriend T.o. struggle to fit his legs in our tiny bathroom in Coron, Palawan, I had to stop myself from smiling, and agreed. “Nicer” became an understatement. We went to Singapore last February to watch the Laneway Music Festival and were booked in Hotel Fort Canning and Fullerton Bay Hotel, both five-star heritage hotels. Hotel Fort Canning is like no other hotel in Singapore—it sits on a century-old Natural Heritage Park known as Fort Canning. Botanical gardens, picnic spots, and a World War II bunker now known as the Battle Box surround the hotel building. But before you cast it off as only for the history and culture buffs, the park is a favorite pick for events for the young crowd. WOMAD, Singapore’s largest music festival, has been held in the park since 1998.

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Indeed, as much as the park rocks, so does Hotel Fort Canning. A former British Military building, it won an Architectural Heritage Award for its successful revival. Imagine breakfast in their Glass House where floor-to-ceiling glass walls show off the park’s century-old trees. Then there’s the food. Try their version of local favorites like roti prata (flour pancakes with curry dip) and Hainanese chicken rice, which we found rivaled those served in Singapore’s popular hawker food centers. Over at their swimming pool, opt to leave your iPod so you can concentrate on the sound of birds and the rustle of trees in the background. Back in my room, the views were pretty nice. Mine looked out to the garden and in the distance was the amazing Singapore skyline. My bathroom had the tropical elegance of earlier years (think Raffles Hotel style), as it bore the building’s original

Music and History Aside from the Laneway Music Festival, past events held in Fort Canning Park are art festivals and Ballet Under the Stars. To tour the former headquarters of American soldiers in Singapore during World War II, drop by the Battle Box which is minutes away from Hotel Fort Canning.

conservation doors. After a nice warm bath with amenities like THANN’s “Aromatic Wood” collection, I crashed on a soft bed—but it wasn’t as simple as that. Served with popcorn on the side, their “Blockbuster Stay-cation” package includes unlimited in-room movies. Would you believe they also have a pillow menu that offers five types of pillows to choose from? The only thing lacking was a butler to read me a bedtime story. Ah, it’s a tough life, and I was off to another setting. This time, it was the Fullerton Bay Hotel, which sits right in front of Singapore’s Marina Bay. Here, they take full advantage of their location. What was once Clifford Pier in the 1930s, today the hotel’s arrival area seems suitable for those carrying Louis Vuitton trunks. The Fullerton Bay’s lobby was something else. Upon arrival, you’ll feel like you’re about to board a luxury cruise ship. A dramatic crystal chandelier dangles from an 18-foot-high ceiling with vintage nautical maps serving as accents. The designer behind the lobby is none other than Andre Fu, hailed as an “Asian design sensation” by Condé Nast Traveler. When I entered my room, voila! In front of my balcony was the spaceship-like Marina Bay Sands, below was a girl tanning on a sun deck, and to the right were Singapore’s skyscrapers that house top companies like Google. With no way to go but up, my next stop was the hotel’s rooftop bar, Lantern, which was rated by as one of the world’s best hotel bars— and when I sunk into one of their couches in what felt like the center of the city, I understood why. I wasn’t sure if I should have arrived in a bikini or a chic, lounge-y dress. Their 25-meter pool allows you to swim by the edge of the rooftop with the bay and city lights as your background. It looked like the cover of a magazine. When you’re ready to get tipsy, sip mojitos with the rest of the after-work crowd at sundown. Travel + Leisure once described Lantern as the place to be seen. Now, just enjoy like no one’s watching. Hotel Fort Canning is located at 11 Canning Walk, Singapore. Avail of their “Weekend Treat” package for S$320 per night on Saturdays until June 30, 2012. +65 6559 6770;

(ABOVE) Fullerton Bay Hotel’s dramatic lobby. The lobby’s designer, Andre Fu also designed Hong Kong’s hotel, The Upper House and actress Michelle Yeoh’s residence. (BELOW) Lantern’s six-meter centerpiece bar glows at night as a reminder of the lights that once guided seafarers to the bay.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is located at 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore. Avail of their “Explore Singapore” package that includes a 2-night stay, tickets to the Singapore Flyer, River Boat Ride, Peranakan Museum, and Asian Civilisations Museum, and more at S$1,176. +65 6333 8388; www.

SEEING RED. Fullerton Bay Hotel is built around Clifford Pier, formerly known as Red Lantern Pier because of the red lamps used to guide sea farers.

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Singapore’s Raffles Hotel, where the world-famous Singapore Sling cocktail originated from

In Search of the SIngapore SlIng Got room for a few? JOHN M. EDWARDS shows how to turn a stopover in Singapore into a pursuit of an ancient and authentic drink. I flew all the way to Changi Airport in Singapore in order to try a real authentic “Singapore Sling.” Since I had a stopover there anyway on my way back to Bangkok from Bali, I decided to turn a brief inconvenience into a liquid epiphany. In almost any good bar in the world you can get a “counterfeit” Sling—made with gin, cherry brandy, sugar, water, and whatever: a dash of grenadine?! Sacrilege. But to search out the real Singapore Sling, you must actually be in situ. Invented in 1915 by Ngian

Tong Boon, a bartender working at the Long Bar at Singapore’s world-famous Raffles Hotel, the potent potable “poison” became an exotic mainstay of neocolonial travelers wearing pith helmets in the 1920s. And Hemingway. Even today, the drink is synonymous with “Oriental” port-of-call chic, something Captain Haddock might drink among stevedores clamoring for absinthe on dangerous loading docks. At a random flash airport bar in the futuristic feng shui, which connects 200 destinations worldwide with 5,000 flights a week navigated by 80 different airlines, I wallowed, and then talked myself into it. The drinking establishment, with tables and chairs laid out in a pleasant Zen-like astrophysical social space, like the aftermath of a big bang, apparently did not have a name. I asked, sotto voce, for a “Real Singapore Sling.” The poker-faced Chinese bartender cracked a smile, as if I had indeed ordered something naughty and dangerously seditious, even possibly a little illegal. I paid in advance with an overgenerous tip, in order to get the real McCoy. I drank the whole thing down in a series of shuddery desperate gulps. I then obtained another and another and another—in order to pursue maximum effects. I ended up doing a drunken beeline for my gate with my backpack, resembling an amateur smuggler narrowly evading Interpol. Once aboard the impressive plane, I settled into my aisle seat while a wretched farang businessman, resembling Charles Nelson O’Reilly from The Hollywood Squares, obviously suffering either from fearful flying or nicotine withdrawals, awkwardly climbed over me. (Glhglh!!) I crashed out quickly, an aurora borealis burning inside my brain, and sometime later landed with a thud in royal Thailand, wondering where I was, again, dry mouth skunked and rasping for moisture. Time stood still. I reached into the marsupial pouch on the seatback and deftly withdrew a barfbag. Studying the resultant revelatory contents in the bag, I divined that one overlooked ingredient giving the Sling its zing might in fact be human blood—or, shudder, grenadine!

According to Imbibe magazine, here is a surefire recipe for the (secret) Sling, which closely approximates the original:

1 oz. London Dry Gin (Sapphire)


1 oz. Bols Cherry Brandy or Cherry Heering


1 oz. Benedictine


1 oz. fresh lime juice


2 oz. soda water


1 dash Angostora Bitters

Tools: bar spoon and a collins glass

*Shake all ingredients, except club soda, with ice and strain into tall glass with crushed ice and cherry garnish. And please, no grenadine. PAL flies between Manila and Singapore four times daily. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL Reservations Office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit 40 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

OLD WORLD APPEAL: Put your finger on the pulse of old Macau at the center of Senado Square, the beating heart of the former Portuguese colony.


Ruins of St. Paul’s

FLASH PARKER peels away Macau’s outer layers and reveals its true essence. Macau is a place where more chips are counted in a day than in Las Vegas, yet the real Macau exists on another plane entirely—it is a city steeped in history and culture, neither fully European nor wholly Asian, a melting pot of colonial charm and eastern grandeur. Bright lights, five-star resorts, and bustling casino floors are merely the face cards of Macau’s story; its best secrets are kept hidden in the middle of the deck, waiting to be dealt to the players at the table. It takes more effort than I thought it might to surmount the 66 steps leading to the Ruins of St. Paul’s (Ruínas de São Paulo), Macau’s most famous cultural treasure. In the 16th century, St. Paul’s Cathedral was one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia, but all that remains today is the southern stone façade, an inauspicious ode to more than 400 years of colonial rule. The Portuguese transferred Macanese sovereignty to the Chinese in 1999, but they left behind indelible

PORTS OF CALL At the height of the Maritime Silk Road from the 16th to 19th centuries, Macau and Manila were hubs in the silk-silver trade, accounting for at least 40% of global silver trade volume. This drew the Dutch, British, and Americans to try to dominate the economically vibrant region.

marks on both the people and the place. Standing at the base of the ruins and looking down over Senado Square with its magnificent Portuguese pavement, marveling at St. Dominic’s captivating exterior and breathing in the aroma of Galinha à Africana, or African chicken, as it rises up the hill from open-air kitchen windows, I feel like I am lost somewhere on the Iberian Peninsula, and not wandering the streets of an ancient Pearl River backwater. Megan, my adventurous travel partner, was supposed to meet me near St. Paul’s, but she is running late. Earlier she decided she wanted to enjoy a cup of milk tea while shopping for antiques and curios at the Rua de S. Paulo piazza, while I had

TWO OF A KIND: Largely known as a mecca for gambling and vice, Macau is one of China’s only two special administrative regions, the other being Hong Kong. 42 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

MACAU IN A DAY Yes, you can mix and match the best of ancient Chinese and colonial Portuguese history in a single day. Here’s how:

A.M.: Go up Penha Hill in the center of the Macau Peninsula. Explore the Lady of Lourdes grotto and check out the few colonial buildings around Nam Van Lake.

CHIPS AHOY!: Got a few dollars to spare? Macau is now the world’s most popular gambling destination, bringing in more money, and more visitors, than Las Vegas.

Wander around Barra Square, and follow the scent of burning incense toward A-Ma Temple. Three kilometers north of the square are more attractions: Moorish Barracks, Lilau Square, and Mandarin House. Get food-to-go at the shops along Rua Padre Antonio. In between bites, why not take a look at the stained glass windows at St. Lawrence Church.

P.M.: Grab a bite at Wong

Chi Kei before going to Senado Square for its Portuguese artifacts. Check out the Guangzhou xiguan architecture at the Lou Kau Mansion on your way to the Ruins of St. Paul’s.

NIGHTCAP: Explore the Venetian Hotel, the largest casino in the world, before capping the night with a Macanese feast and a bottle of fine Portuguese wine at the Restaurante Litoral. HOT-PODGE: Macanese food is a blend of Cantonese and Portuguese influences—some dishes, like pato de cabidela, blend the best of east and west in a spicy mélange.

URBAN RETREAT: The old colonial districts of Macau drip with charm, and offer a relaxing escape from city life.

been waiting forever to get my hands on a Macanese pork chop sandwich and find an excuse to explore the atmospheric Red Market, the Three Lamps District, and the warrens adjacent to the ancient A-Ma Temple, a part of town where locals crouch on stoops to regale each other with old stories and where fishermen in straw hats sell their catch door to door from baskets tied to bicycles. By the time I see her big shock of blonde hair bound up the steps I’ve already sampled six different kinds of cured meat from the shops lining the path

to St. Paul’s, a bowl of crab congee, and two servings of serradura, a cocoa-dusted coconut pudding. Curiously, Megan is being led by the hand by a young Macanese sprite of no more than eight years old. The boy leads Megan past me and up the stairs to the second story at the rear of the ruins. There the boy cups his hands, and Megan drops two patacas into his palm. The boy closes his eyes, mutters a prayer to himself, kisses the coins, and tosses them out the ancient window. The boy has Megan do the same, and when they are finished they smile at one another. I

TOP DRAWS: Shop until you drop at the antique boutiques along Rua de S. Paulo. Take a stroll through the somberly beautiful Protestant Cemetery. Go bungee jumping from the top deck of the Macau Tower. Climb the hill at Guia Fortress and admire the view from its lighthouse. QUIET TIME: Visit the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha, Tai Soi Miu, Na Tcha Temple, or the Camoes Gardens.

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Good Eats

Egg Tarts Lord Stow’s Bakery 1 Rua Do Tassara, Coloane Town Square, Macau Tel: +86(853)2888-2534 Baked Duck Rice, African Chicken Restaurante Litoral 261A Rua do Almirante Sérgio, Macau Tel: +853 28967878; www. Pan Fried Ostrich, Squid Ink Tonnarelli IFT Educational Restaurant Colina de Mong-Há, Macau Tel: +853 85983077; www. Pork Chop Buns Cafe Tai Lei 18 Rua Governador Tamagnini Banbosa R/C, Macau Tel: +853 28827150


Altira Macau Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa, Macau Tel: +853 28868888; www. Pousada de Mong-Há Colina de Mong-Ha, Macau Tel: +853 28515222; www. Mandarin Oriental Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau Tel: +853 88058811; www. Wynn Macau Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE, Macau Tel: +853 89865528; www.

Click mo/en/ BEYOND THE SEA: St. Lawrence’s Church is also known as the Hall of the Soothing Winds, and is a place where the wives of Portuguese sailors would gather to pray for the safe return of their loved ones.

wonder what they’ve just wished for, but I know that neither one is ever going to tell me. Macanese cuisine is every bit as colorful as any old steeple or sun-lit square. It is a blend of Portuguese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian spices and styles, unique in scope and sensation. Megan likes to say that mood makes the meal, but I know hue makes her hungry; where the ocean breathes salty and the waves are blue we dine on roasted pigeon and grilled prawns. In Largo do Senado, the old Iberian town center, we are surrounded by bright pastels of yellow and pink, and we share a pastel de nata, a traditional egg tart that has been a favorite snack in Portugal for as long as hens have been laying eggs. The red tablecloth at some of Macau’s most alluring upmarket dining establishments will have you in the mood for spicy curry crab, pan-fried ostrich, or squid ink tonnarelli, dishes that have been refined by cooks since the first Portuguese traders steered their ships into the Pearl River Delta. If you came to Macau and you visited only the Casino Lisboa or The Venetian on the reclaimed strip of land known as the Cotai Strip, climbed to the top of Macau Tower or dined at an opulent casino restaurant, you may leave with the impression that Macau is obsessed with fortune and finance. The place is awash with cultural treasures left over from colonial times, but to experience them fully, you must take in the heady aromas that emanate from

THE MISSION: Macau’s Collegiate Church of St. Paul’s was founded in 1594, the first European-style university in the Far East, which once housed 7,000 volumes of Western tomes. It once played a major part in Christian missionaries’ “literary colonialism” campaign in the 1600s. 44 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

MONEY MAN: The next time you visit the A-Ma Temple, take some foreign currency with you. The man at the desk is always looking for new bills for his collection.

THAT’S AMORE: Visitors to The Venetian Macau can take a trip to Venice without ever leaving the casino. Filipino gondoliers paddle visitors up and down the San Luca canal for a few patacas.

kitchens along Rua Do Cunha, sit and watch the legendary Guia Lighthouse steward the ghosts of the Portuguese fleet across the open seas, and listen to the notes of Cantonese operas as they sound from old stereo speakers at the Lou Lim Leoc Gardens. Before our last night in Macau I remembered to save two coins for myself, as a simple reminder that wishes sometimes do come true and travel can be everything we dream it to be. PAL flies between Manila and Macau four times a week. Swingaround tour packages are also available. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit I 45

Bohol’s Classics & New Fantastics Rediscover Bohol with LORI BLACKBURN as she skips, hops, and plays in this action-packed island’s top ecotourism attractions. Photos by ROmmeL BUNdALIAN

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alling all nature trippers, eco-adventurers, and culture connoisseurs. Bohol invites you to play. Hop a flight from Manila or a fast craft boat from Cebu to experience this oval-shaped island’s unique ecocultural tourism. Spot hammerheads diving Balicasag Island’s submarine cliffs. Visit one of the Philippine’s oldest churches, Baclayon, 46 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

built by 18th-century Jesuit priests. Observe, the tarsier, arguably the world’s smallest primate, to determine if they were indeed Steven Spielberg’s inspiration for E.T. Swoop between mountains at Danao Adventure Park on the Philippines’ longest, tallest zipline where, as one enthusiast yelled, “The world is AWESOME!”

What began as a hideaway for the Varquez family evolved into the Loboc River Resort. Rustic walkways lead to garden and river-front cottages where ‘going native’ is not without modern comforts. Owner, Zynn Varquez, shares how her family’s talents added personal touches. Her husband, civil engineer Ondoy Varquez, aided in the structural components while Zynn facilitated custom-built interiors. Their son, Matt, created the resort’s logo while twin brothers, Allen and Alvin, help manage the resort.

Giving Back “My favorite part about Bohol is the community’s dedication to promoting sustainable tourism. The Loboc River Resort hires from the local community. The Bohol Bee Farm utilizes agricultural development leading to healthier soils and diverse ecosystems. Amarela Resort supports energy and water conservation as well as patronizing local artists. Boholanos have a lot of heart!” — the author, Lori Blackburn

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Bohol’s capital and main entry point, Tagbilaran City, is located along the island’s southwest corner. From here, mainland adventures can be supplemented with off-shore excursions. Bohol has 72 smaller islands and islets! Staying on the Loboc River is a great way to experience Bohol’s rivers and mountains. I booked the new Loboc River Resort (, a boutique establishment with rustic ambiance and walkways to stilted cottages. The open-air restaurant overlooks the river where a wooden deck leads to the water. Dip your feet in. Local staff happily provide fishing poles and beer. During the day, I paddled around in a mini banca and went firefly watching at night. Okay, so maybe I didn’t do the paddling, but being captain demands complete focus. It was fun cruising the river waving to friendly fishermen and smiling at kids swinging from trees. Life can be this simple. Owner Zynn Varquez proudly shares, “We hope to boast the feel of Loboc’s locality. The sights and sounds of the flowing river, animals, and breeze through the palm trees makes us unique from Bohol’s beach resorts.” Stay tuned for performances by the award-winning Loboc Children’s Choir and completion of the infinity pool. TIP: Book a River Villa for balconies overlooking the

The author pretending to paddle down the Loboc River.

Hang out on the spacious veranda at the Loboc River Resort. It’s perfect for bird watching, especially when flocks fly by at dusk and dawn. Alternatively, follow the steps down to the water where boats invite guests to paddle the mangrovelined waterways. On deck, feel free to grab fishing rods — equipment is supplied — so embrace your inner Huckleberry Finn. I 49

Retrace history within Baclayon Church’s moss-green walls. Upon closer inspection, details are revealed with antique chandeliers, checkered tiles, and stained glass windows. It took native workers about 10 years to build Baclayon Church from coral stone and millions of egg whites used as cement. Since Spanish times, Baclayon has been called Bohol’s pastry capital since the Spaniards taught locals to make pastries utilizing the abandoned egg yolks.

Arts Speak “Old Boholano art forms are vanishing…In an effort to revive these distinctly Boholano expressions, we encourage local artisans to create new pieces using old wood and traditional processes (e.g., no nails). We also prominently feature the paintings of Bohol’s contemporary and young artists.” — Lucas ‘doy’ Nunag, owner of Amarela Resort

river. Outside the resort, floating restaurants offer picturesque cruises to Busay Waterfall. FOODIE FIND: Try calamay, a local delicacy of coconut milk, brown sugar, and glutinous rice packaged in coconut shells. Ready for more? About 55 kilometers from Tagbilaran lie the geological anomaly known as the Chocolate Hills. These giant karst mounds number around 1,776, with the largest reaching 120 meters high. They can be seen around Bohol, but the Chocolate Hills Complex in Carmen offers the most popular views. Seasonally, the hills change from green grass to cocoa-colored dirt. In drier times, they resemble a giant box of truffles. Forrest Gump would be impressed. TIP: Between the towns of Loboc and Bilar, towards the Chocolate Hills Complex, a man-made

mahogany forest creates a magnificent sight. When photographing a forest, find a point-of-interest, such as an intriguing tree, a ray of light, or a burst of color. This will give your photographs direction and attract your audience’s eye. Ready for Bohol’s latest adrenaline-rush? Head to Danao Adventure Park where ecotourism is spelled EAT, a.k.a. Eco, Educational, Extreme Adventure Tourism. Expert guides and state-of-theart equipment may not muffle your screams during heart-pounding activities like The Plunge, a canyon swing with a 45-meter free fall, but they will send you safely home. High-octane activities include root climbing, rapelling, and river trekking while laidback options are river tubing and kayaking. Enjoy the breathtaking mountains and Wahig River. TIP: Some activities (like caving and root climbing)

ON VISITING BOHOL: “I found just the right combination of natural beauty, quirky attractions, and historical interest. The beach and view was stunning at the Panglao Island Nature Resort, the Chocolate Hills and tarsier were unique and can’t be experienced anywhere else, and it was fascinating to float down the Loboc River. I’d definitely put it on your radar if you haven’t been.” - Robin Esrock, host of Nat Geo’s travel show, Word Travels

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During Holy Week, the altar at Baclayon Church is covered with purple cloth to honor the solemnity of this time. Even with the ornate altar shrouded, light filtered through buttery windows illuminate divine murals.

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One of the draws of staying at Amorita Resort is its location atop an oceanfront cliff. Guests can enjoy 180-degree views of the Bohol Sea and hip, happening Alona Beach. On Panglao Island, a night-out-on-the-town usually leads to this sandy stretch of laid-back bars, restaurants, and resorts. Set your watch to ‘island time’ by ending days and starting nights with seaside barbecues and live music.

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require a certain number of people. Research times and excursions. Danao is located 72 kilometers from Tagbilaran; check for transportation details. Basic onsite accommodation is available. An interesting addition to a Bohol to-do list is the Cambuhat Village Ecotour where communitybased tourism highlights cultural connections. Head 83 kilometers northwest of Tagbilaran to the town of Buena Vista where local guides paddle canoes down the mangrove-lined Daet River. At Cambuhat village, community members share traditions such as transforming buri palm into raffia, oyster farming, and weaving. Savor fresh slipper oysters while watching folk songs and dances. NATURE LOVERS: Check out Mag-Aso Twin Waterfalls in Antequera whose mesmerizing waters resemble smoke. Also, explore one of Bohol’s 1,400

caves. First timers can try Hinagdanan Cave, whose stalactites and underground pool are easily accessible on Panglao Island. For underwater aficionados, the waters surrounding Bohol are teeming with intriguing marine life. On Panglao Island, resorts and cerulean seas compliment top dive spots like Balicasag Island. Grab Happy Hour cocktails on Alona Beach where each beer may have you swearing, “I once saw a fish THIS BIG.” Diving enthusiast and Director of Perfect Dives (which promotes diving as a form of sustainable ocean development in the Philippines) Sean Stone shares, “Balicasag is a pristine dive area with excellent walls and beautiful fan coral. The black coral garden makes it stand out on the diving circuit. Turtles, sweetlips, and groupers abound so even if you don’t see schooling barracuda or jackfish, you will

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(TOP) Explore the Loboc River by native boat. Spend an afternoon paddling the waterways and observing local life. At night, go firefly watching and try to photograph these camera-shy critters; (LEFT) The owner of this ancestral home behind Baclayon Church invites visitors to delve into the past among memorabilia, vintage furniture, and kitchen utensils. In fact, he just shrugs his shoulders when his neighbors invite tourists in; (RIGHT) Baclayon Church houses historical items such as heirloom prayer books made from animal skins and inked in tree sap, embroidered clerical robes, and a legacy of religious artwork. 54 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

(ABOVE) The upstairs library at Amarela Resort. Owner Lucas ‘Doy’ Nunag explains, “We looked towards giving Amarela a Boholano feel. Our tables and chairs are antique, refurbished, or newly made to reflect traditional designs of furniture from old Boholano homes. We have also reused doors, windows and other wooden components of old houses.” Photo courtesy of Amarela Resort; (BELOW RIGHT) This painting from Amarela’s art collection depicts a garden wall at the resort. Photo by Lori Blackburn.

MAKiNG BOHOL HAppEN Finding sufficient contact details for some local attractions may be challenging. Opt for booking local travel agents to arrange tours. A list of these agents can be recommended by the Bohol Tourism Office (Ground Floor New Provincial Capitol Building, Marapao Street, 6300 Tagbilaran City, Bohol; +63 38 411 3666; boholtourism

still enjoy diving here.” Mermaids are not included, but Pamilacan Island offers whales, dolphins, and manta rays. Tip: The Amarela Resort ( infuses remarkable décor with local ambiance. Visit owner Lucas “Doy” Nunag’s private art collection, which showcases traditional art and the works of contemporary Boholano artists. Families and foodies can tour Bohol Bee Farm’s organic gardens to learn about sustainable agriculture. ( The new extension at the cliff-side restaurant serves specialties flavored with homegrown ingredients, like Spicy Flower Salad, malunggay (moringa) ice cream, and Squash Bread with Pesto and Honey Spread. My favorite moment was sundown drinks (another basil iced tea, please!) on the oceanfront terrace where a sugar binge continued via spicy ginger ice cream. A hilot massage at the open-air spa left only one word: “Zzzzzzzz.” Tip: Overnighters can book the new Kinabuhing Bohol Rooms where upgraded amenities make veranda sunsets extra sweet. Bohol, you are one action-packed island! With so

much to see and do, I am already making another list of adventures. Whether you are a return traveler or a first-time explorer, Bohol is waiting for you.

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SPLISH-SPLASH: Scuba divers and marine enthusiasts can spot whale sharks feeding on the planktons in the Bohol Sea between the months of December and March.

IN TOO DEEP WITH WHALE SHARKS STUART HEAVER reports about the rising sightings of these gentle giants in Bohol. Photos by TOMMY SCHULTZ An exciting new marine adventure now combines the allure of Bohol Sea’s pristine waters, so popular with scuba divers, with the chance to see the largest fish on the planet in its natural habitat—the whale shark. Although huge—growing to lengths of 12 meters and weighing over 20 tons—the whale shark offers no threat to man. This enormous and graceful creature is a filter feeder: it uses its massive mouth to hoover up huge amounts of plankton from the sea. Often seen feeding near the surface, the whale shark is returning in increasing numbers to the Bohol Sea. Last year, a massive whale shark was seen feeding close to the shore at Alona Beach on Panglao Island. Families and honeymooners frolicking in the surf could clearly see the shark a mere 100 meters from where they were. Béatrice Galonnier runs the Tropical Divers Dive Center ( at Alona Beach


On why sightings of whale sharks in the Philippines (i.e. Panglao, Bohol; Oslob, Cebu; and Davao are increasing: “According to reports, there were many whale sharks in the Bohol Sea in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. In fact, from 1990 to 1997, between 450 and 799 sharks were taken from just four of the primary fishing sites in the Bohol Sea for the Taiwanese market. From that time on, the catch suddenly declined because of too much pressure on whale shark fishery. But in 1998, the Philippine government banned the killing and catching of whale sharks. There are probably more whale sharks sightings now because the population is starting to recover.”

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Whale Shark Tracking Project WWF Philippines

and happened to be out in the bay training some novice divers when the shark’s magnificent dorsal fin was first seen gliding through the water between the anchored bancas. “The atmosphere was fantastic,” says Bea. “Even the local fishermen just stopped their work and looked on in amazement.” Then, after just a few minutes, the shark was gone. “We were very lucky to swim with it and take some amazing pictures,” says Galonnier. Galonnier had the idea of offering an underwater equivalent to the African wildlife safari—the Whale Shark Safari. Instead of spotting land animals like the lion and elephant, this safari would seek out vulnerable underwater species like the whale shark. “It is such a beautiful and unique experience to dive with the whale shark,” she says. “I cannot fully describe it.” The whale shark was once a hunted species until a complete ban was introduced in the Philippines in 1998. Now, apart from the occasional rogue poacher, the whale shark is only hunted by wildlife enthusiasts and ecotourists armed with nothing more than an expensive digital camera. Prior to 1998, local fishermen would hunt for these gentle giants with traditional hand-held harpoons.

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FROLIC & FUN: (FROM LEFT) After banning whale shark hunting in 1998, the fishermen in Pamilacan Island have now found a new source of income in taking care of these gentle giants; A young local lad shows off a string of jackfish he traditionally caught in the Island, a testimony to the abundant marine life and thriving fishing community.

The demand from Taiwan and elsewhere meant that whale-shark meat could command a high price. The hunting, however, was seriously depleting the whale shark population. Pamilacan Island, less than 20 kilometers east of Alona Beach where Tropical Divers is based, is the center of this traditional whale shark hunting community. Pamilacan fishermen quickly had to adapt to survive as their traditional source of income was effectively cut off overnight. After some initial resistance, the hunters of the whale shark eventually became its stewards and guardians. Led by pioneers such as Joselino “Jojo” Baritua, who set up Pamilacan Island Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours to provide an alternative income source for local fishermen and supported by organizations like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), attitudes have changed. “The transformation of the community of Pamilacan from whale hunters to whale lovers is aweinspiring, absolutely mind-blowing, and little short of miraculous,” says Yeb Sano, the local project manager for WWF. Now more than 3,000 visitors make their way to Pamilacan Island every year to see dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. The former hunters now have a new source of revenue. And it is Pamilacan and nearby Balicasag Island that form two of the most popular stops on the Whale

Shark Safari. Leaving Alona Beach in a traditional white banca, it takes less than an hour to reach Balicasag Island, a beautiful spot for the safari diver to get into the groove of underwater life. Divers, descending in 5- to 20-meter-deep waters, are treated to the sight of immaculate coral walls with a kaleidoscope of stunning colors and giant fan corals waving gently in the tide. Marine life is so abundant here: a huge variety of fish, including lion fish and a huge shoal of swirling jack fish rotating above me, as well as several turtles and a tightly clustered shoal of menacing barracuda swimming downstream a few meters away. Nondivers are also welcome to join the safaris. They can snorkel on the many reefs, have a swim, just soak up the sunshine and the scenery, or immerse themselves in a good book. At Pamilacan Island, which is home to less than 250 families, it is possible to witness a traditional fishing community and meet some of the locals. Of course, no one can guarantee that a wild animal will appear on cue, especially if you take the safari offseason. But even without the appearance of the iconic whale shark, the safari offers a unique opportunity to witness a teeming underwater habitat, dive in some of the best sites in the region, and understand the culture of the local fishing communities and their amazing transformation from hunting to conservation.

What’s in a Word?

Pamilacan Island is named after the pilak, a large hook implement used to hunt whales and sharks.

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WATER’S FINE: Majestic and multi-layered Situbo Falls in Tampilisan is a thriving source of freshwater fish for the locals. It is around 45 minutes away from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay’s capital.

ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY AT THE CROSSROADS ESTAN CABIGAS explores the “Emerging Pearl of the Southern Seas.” I watched in awe as a school of silvery fish called lupoy broke into the surface and leaped a few centimeters from the shallow water. It was early morning and the occasional flashes of light that glimmered and swam in the emerald waters thriving with coral gardens were a sight to behold. Tadpoleshaped Buluan Island, located within a 63-hectare marine sanctuary, is part of Sibuguey Bay and just one of several protected areas in Zamboanga Sibugay, the youngest province in Mindanao’s Zamboanga Peninsula. Considered the oyster capital of the Philippines, the province is a major supplier of shellfish in the country and in the Asia-Pacific region. Cebuano is the lingua franca with sprinklings of Chavacano and Maranao. Its original settlers, the Subanen tribe, have been greatly marginalized and are living in mountainous areas in the eastern part of the region.

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Tourism in the province is admittedly still in its infancy. Palm-fringed Buluan Island, 20 minutes by pump boat from Ipil port, has a tongue of land jutting out from the hill outlined with a white sandy beach. The water here is so pristine that an object several feet below can be clearly seen. It’s not uncommon, too, to have schools of small fish hover just a few inches from one’s nose. There are no resorts present—only huts that the public can use. The island and the whole marine sanctuary have in recent years become a favorite destination for snorkelers and divers who take delight in its well-preserved hard and soft corals, a wide array of fish species, giants clams, and marine turtles. On land, one can marvel at the hectares upon hectares of graceful rubber trees that can be accessed, for instance, via Barangay Timalang—a short habalhabal (motorcycle) ride from the provincial

TRAVELER TIP The Provincial Tourism Office at the Capitol gives advice to travelers, as well as arrange tour guides. Contact Eda Daarol at +63999 7369762.

NATURE’S BOUNTY: (FROM LEFT) Kids enjoying at the pier of Olutanga Island; a hot and satisfying plate of pansit guisado from Southwoods Resto in Ipil; a market vendor showing off a large fish fresh from the waters off Sibuguey Bay

capital of Ipil. Situbo Falls, in Tampilisan, is one of the grandest waterfalls in the country. It has a wide curtain of water falling a hundred meters to the ground. A mere 45 minutes’ drive from Ipil followed by a five-minute downhill walk, the area is ringed with groves of trees and farms. Visitors are aplenty during weekends. In Barangay Sibulao, two hours from Ipil and accessible via Barangay Vitali, Zamboanga City, is another stunning waterfall known as Merloquet Falls, which has a beautiful, wide and high cascade. The road is wide enough to accommodate cars and is just a five-minute walk through a cleared path. With shady trees all around, the place has become a popular picnic spot and leisure area. Zamboanga Sibugay, like the rest of western Mindanao, is not yet on many tourists’ radar. But things seem to be looking up in the past few years on

GETTING AROUND Zamboanga Sibugay is two hours from Zamboanga City, three hours from Pagadian City, and four hours from Dipolog City all by bus. Transportation within Ipil and the rest of Zamboanga Sibugay is via jeepneys, buses, tricycles and “single” or habal-habal, which are motorcycles that travel over short distances. Pumpboats can be arranged to visit the nearby islands.

Noah’s Ark of Zamboanga Sibugay In Lagpan, a sitio in Barangay Magsaysay, municipality of

STAY Hotels in Ipil offer free WiFi and the best so far for comfort, amenities, and price is Casa Mea Hotel and Restaurant. Rates start at Php700 for a very spacious and clean room with a queen-sized bed. +6362 333 2808 or +63922 822 1657

Roseller Lim, 66-year-old Narciso Sardual, a.k.a. Tatay

the tourism front. Visiting Ipil, one can’t escape the feeling of being in a frontier town that is now waking up to its potentials. Construction is in full swing and hotels offer free Wi-Fi. Buses ply 24 hours over well-paved roads and new businesses are cropping up. A hub of commerce, Ipil is actually at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively. It strategically connects the cities of Zamboanga, Dipolog, and Pagadian as it tries to carve out a good name for itself. It was already afternoon and I motored up to the capitol perched on a hill. The massive structure is an architectural tour de force with a design that incorporates Muslim and Subanen motifs. The sun was setting as I gazed into the horizon. All was calm and a cool wind was blowing. Zamboanga Sibugay definitely has something to be proud of.

Jack, has just finished building a huge boat worth Php2 million and measuring 90.5 feet long and 20 feet high. Because of its size, residents and visitors started calling it Noah’s Ark. The boat, which took 10 years to make, is now up for sale for Php3 million.

Tatay Jack with his large boat which he built alone for eight years. People dub it “Noah’s Ark” because of its size.

EAT There are several restaurants in Ipil and one of the most recommended is Southwoods Resto along the AH26 National Highway with its delicious and affordable Filipino and Chinese cuisine.

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‘La Curacha’ Delight Alavar Seafood Restaurant’s curacha. Photo by Claude Tayag

Curacha or red frog crabs (Ranina ranina) have become the iconic symbol of Zamboanga’s many gastronomic seafood delights. These crustaceans are found abundantly in the Zamboanga and Sulu waters. Its Chavacano name is derived from the Spanish, which means “cockroach” (might as well be the “cockroach of the sea”). Even when uncooked, its

shell already has the red-orange color, and it has the same sweetish white meat found in mud and blue crabs (alimango and alimasag, respectively), but doubly difficult to extract its crevices. When it first appeared in restaurants in Manila way back in the 1970s, the poor creature had waitresses peeling its meat for the chichi señoras. Alavar Seafood Restaurant (173

Don Alfaro St., Tetuan, Zamboanga City, +6362 9912483) popularized this delicacy with its special house sauce, branded as Alavar sauce—a thick, sweet orange concoction made with coconut cream and secret spices that has become a famous specialty of Zamboanga. The sauce is a tightly guarded family secret concocted by its founder, Teresa Alavar, and has since been much copied as the benchmark of a good curacha sauce everywhere in Zamboanga City. It also offers other seafood and Creole dishes much favored by the locals. When in Zamboanga, try these popular local fares: Lumpiang ubod and arroz caldo (fresh coconut pith spring roll and rice porridge with chicken). Busy Bee, near the Zamboanga International Airport Satti (beef barbecue). Jimmy’s Satti Haus, Pilar St., Zamboanga City; open from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m.; +6362 993 2254 Piyanggan Manuk (chicken cooked with blackened coconut). Family Fried Chicken, 135 Mayor Jaldon

St., Brgy. Canelar, Zamboanga City; +6362 990 1632 Chupaculo (shellfish cooked in coconut milk). Ermin Ray Lim Saavedra, Home Suite Home Hotel, 289 Don Toribio St., Zamboanga City; +6362 991 9224 Mano-Mano (packaged seafood meal). La Oliva Restaurant and New Country Chicken, Km. 4, Pasonanca, Zamboanga City; +6362 991 1852 Grilled Sinigang na Tanguige (Spanish mackerel in tamarind soup). Chinito’s Caffe, Gov. Camins Ave., Zamboanga City; +6362 993 3970 Crispy Seafood Platter. La Vista del Mar Resort, Upper Calarian, Zamboanga City; +6362 983 0865

Reprinted with permission from Anvil Publishing Inc., publisher of Chef Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc’s Linamnam: Eating One’s Way Around the Philippines, available at leading bookstores.

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位于交叉点的三宝颜锡布格省 ESTAN CABIGAS前往“南海的新兴璀璨明珠”展开探索之旅。 布鲁安岛座落于一个面积为63公顷的海洋保护区内,属于锡布盖海湾的一部分。它亦是棉兰老岛三宝颜半岛区最年轻的 省份三宝颜锡布格的其中一个保护区。 该省被称之为菲律宾的生蚝之都,是国内及亚太地区的主要贝类供应商。宿务语是当地的通用语言,也有小批人会操说 Chavacano和Maranao方言。其原始殖民Subanen部落已被高度边缘化,他们居住在东部的山区。 该 省的旅游业目前仍处于起步阶段。从Ipil港口乘坐20分钟的螃蟹船即可到达棕榈环绕的布鲁安岛。它是一个凸出的 海角,被白沙滩围绕着。该地的水清澈见 底、没设度假村,但有营屋驻扎供公众使用。该岛屿和整个海洋保护区已成 为浮潜和潜水爱好者的钟爱胜地,可在那里观赏到保护得很好的软硬珊瑚、不同品种的鱼 类、巨大的蛤蜊以及海龟。 此 外,游客可乘搭摩托车,从Ipil的省城出发路经Barangay Timalang,途中的一大片橡胶园风景极其优美。从Ipil 驱车45分钟,然后步行5分钟下山就到位于Tampilisan的Situbo瀑布。该地 被树林和农场围绕着,是国内最宏伟的瀑 布之一,其瀑水飞泻直下100米的地面。周末期间吸引许多游客前来玩乐。 Barangay Sibulao距离Ipil两个小时的车程,路途经通三宝颜市的Barangay Vitali,拥有另一座令人惊叹的壮观 Merloquet瀑布。该地的小瀑布不仅迷人,且宽广高耸。那里的道路可容车辆通行,只需步行5分钟。该地区由 遮荫树 林围拢着,已成为一个热门的野餐和休闲聚点。 前往Ipil游玩可让人感觉到一个前沿城镇正逐渐发光。该地的多项建设工程正如火如荼进行中、酒店提供免费Wi-Fi上网 服务、公交车24小时穿梭在平坦的道路上、新建的商业中心也纷纷屹起。Ipil是一个贸易中心,处于一个交叉点,它策 略性连接三宝颜、第菠萝和帕加迪安等城市,并努力开拓该地的名声。 菲航提供每日三趟往返马尼拉与三宝颜的航班。欲知更多详情,欢迎致电菲航订票办事处:(+632) 855 8888或浏览。 I 65


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Origin Of BOhOl island The people were living beyond the sky. One day the chief ’s daughter fell sick. The medicine men of the barangay said, “The cure is in the roots of the wild balete tree. Dig around it and let her arms touch the roots.” They dug around the root and they placed the sick girl in the trench, when suddenly, the woman fell through the hole in the sky. Below the sky was a big [body] of water. The gakits (wild ducks) saw the woman fall. They caught her lightly on their backs where she rested. The gakits found Big Turtle. When Big Turtle saw the woman, he called a council of all swimming animals. They said, “We must save the woman and make her a house.” The leader commanded the frog: “Dive and bring up dirt from the tree roots.” The frog tried and failed. The mouse tried also and failed. Finally the Big Toad volunteered: “I will try.” At this, all animals jeered and laughed except Big Turtle who said, “You do well to try. Perhaps you will be lucky.” The old toad took a long breath and went down, down. At last a bubble of air came up and the old toad followed. In her mouth, she carried a few grains of sand which she spread around the Big Turtle’s shell. Then an Island grew on Big Turtle’s back, and it became Bohol Island, and the woman lived upon it.

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(FROM LEFT) Reyna Fe, which symbolizes faith, carries a cross; Reyna Esperanza, which symbolizes hope, carries an anchor; Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup as Reyna de las Flores. Photos courtesy of Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc.



M.G. REYES sheds some light on these key Filipino traditions observed during the month of May. The late Jaime Cardinal Sin, who played a pivotal role in the turn of events in the 1986 People Power revolution, was known for his humor. He routinely welcomed guests to his home with the famous words, “Welcome to the house of Sin.” However, the cardinal found nothing funny in the degradation of the Flores de Maria (popularly known as Flores de Mayo, or “Flowers of May”) and the Santacruzan into beauty pageants-cum-street fashion shows. He was scandalized to see controversial actresses and beauty queens in revealing evening gowns portraying the accolades to the Virgin Mary: “Queen of Virgins,” “Queen of Angels,” “Queen of All Saints,” or “Queen conceived without original sin.” The cardinal was not amused either when local drag queens held their own Santacruzan. The organizers at least had the good sense to declare beforehand that the Gay Santacruzan is their own show and that they did not represent any parish. Cardinal Sin resolved to set everyone straight. He organized his archdiocese’s own Flores to demonstrate once and for all what this procession is all about. On May 31, 1987, the real Flores de Maria 68 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

processed through the streets of Quiapo. It was the first time that 31 antique Marian images (some of them miraculous) from all over Luzon were brought together for a grand procession. Some old folks remarked that “Cardinal Sin pulled a Cecile B. de Mille,” referring to the legendary Hollywood director of The Ten Commandments. The 31 “Marys” on flower- and light-decked carrozas (carriage) were accompanied by their respective hermanas (sponsors), brass bands, fireworks, rosary-praying devotees, and zagalas (young maidens). The zagalas wore traditional evening gowns and carried floral bouquets. They are the handmaids of Mary, the Queen of Heaven. She is the only queen in this procession. The Flores de Maria on the last evening of May is the culminating activity of the month-long novena and floral offerings, or alay, to the Virgin Mary. The Santacruzan, on the other hand, is the procession at the end of the nine-day novena commemorating the finding of the Holy Cross, or Santa Cruz, on which Jesus was crucified. Fr. Edwin Corro, executive secretary for the


Legend has it that Queen Helena was able to determine the True Cross dug from Calvary after she asked a dying woman to touch three crosses. After touching two crosses, the woman remained gravely ill, but upon touching the third cross, she miraculously got cured.

migrant commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference, explained that the Flores and the Santacruzan were partly designed to help the Spanish missionaries teach the Catholic faith to the Filipino natives. The priests realized that it was easier for the uneducated masses to absorb the catechism if it were presented imaginatively as in a pageant. He pointed out that it is easier to memorize the 50 accolades to Mary, such as “Queen of Prophets,” “Mother of Our Creator,” and “Mystical Rose,” if these were imprinted on the sash worn by zagalas in a procession. Likewise, it is easier to understand the validity of the faith when the historical milestones are dramatized as the Santacruzan dramatizes the search and recovery of the Santa Cruz by Queen Helena, the mother of Roman emperor Constantine I. Thus, the cast of the Santacruzan is composed of historical characters like Emperor Constantine, Queen Helena, Roman soldiers, and patriarchs of the church. The Santacruzan and the Flores always end with a sumptuous feast hosted by the hermana of the day. The traditional feast includes the full array of yummy native rice cakes collectively known as kakanin. Fr. Corro still remembers vividly the Flores de Marias of his boyhood in Capiz. He and the other

Every month of May, different towns and cities in the Philippines stage their own Santacruzan, the Catholic procession that illustrates the 50 accolades to the Virgin Mary. Photo by George Tapan

children would troop to the local church every afternoon at the end of the catechism class to participate in the alay. It was a sung novena and they knew the songs so it was not a boring liturgy. Besides, a very special treat awaited them every day after the alay: fireworks and dinner with all the kakanin of their dreams! He sniffed as if the sweet aroma of flowers and kakanin were in the air. “It was something to look forward to every summer,” he said wistfully. It was not clear if he meant the Flores or the kakanin.

Santacruzan characters and the symbols they carry: Reyna Caridad (Queen of Charity) symbolizes the virtue of charity and she carries a red heart. Reyna Esperanza (Queen of Hope) symbolizes the virtue of hope and she carries an anchor. Rosa Mystica (Mystic Rose) carries a bouquet of roses. Reyna de las Flores (Queen of Flowers) carries a bouquet of flowers. Reyna Elena (Queen Helena), the founder of the Christian Cross, is escorted by her son Constantine.

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SECRET GARDEN: The Bangkang Kahoy Valley Eco-Resort (and café) is a project aimed at uplifting livelihoods without exploiting the forest, as well as to draw tourists in a limited fashion.

Quezon’s Hidden Frontier Tired of the crowded and noisy Pahiyas and Agawan maytime festivals? Join OZ MENDOZA as he gets off the beaten path and into Quezon’s green and serene heartland. Ask a Filipino what you can expect to find in Quezon Province, and you’re likely to get the answer, “Mt. Banahaw,” the mystical mountain shrouded in centuries-old legends and stories. Other responses you may get include: Villa Escudero; Lucban, home of the Pahiyas Festival; Sariaya, known for its heritage houses; the religious theme park, Kamay ni Hesus. But there are places in Quezon, a couple of hours’ drive south of Manila, that aren’t in tourist brochures yet and have been left largely untouched by development. They are sanctuaries where those weary of modern life can go to find the untamed heart of wilderness—or a small sliver of it, at least. Bangkong kahoy: Valley of Dreams In a beautiful valley cradled between Mt. Banahaw and Mt. San Cristobal, you will find the Arcadian wonderland of Bangkong Kahoy (literally, benches made of wood). To get there from Dolores, you need to traverse a scraggy dirt road through the rugged

highlands abutting Bgy. Kinabuhayan, Dolores. Once you emerge into the valley, you feel like you’ve entered a hidden place, maybe even a lost world. A vast expanse of greenery meets your eyes, stretching off to the endless horizon. Above, the lofty peaks of the Sierra Madre range stand monumentally silent, tufts of silver-gray clouds encircling their crowns. On my visit, I felt the fleeting urge to bury my phone and laptop in the earth, tear off my clothes, and run naked through the trees with a ferocious yawp. The impulse passed, and my senses returned, but I felt like I had sloughed off a layer of my citybred cynicism. It felt good. The self-appointed steward of the valley, Dion Pullan, invited me and my travel companions to lunch there in a small cafe. It was more like a large hut, with no walls, just a low siding of gnarled tree branches. Pullan had educated the locals about organic farming techniques in a bid to help them generate higher incomes.

Quezon’s Famous Edibles Pancit Habhab Sauteed noodles with pork, shrimps and vegetables, usually eaten directly with the mouth from its rectangular banana leaf container. Kiping These brightly colored rice wafer, which are popular decor during the Pahiyas festival in May, are deep fried to a crunch and eaten as chips. Longganisang Lucban Lucban’s sausage made of ground pork, garlic bits, black pepper, oregano, vinegar and other spices.

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Pinagbanderahan, the highest point in Tiaong, Quezon. Those looking for more rustic (and budget-friendly) accommodations can try the nearby workshop grounds of the doc’s brother, Luis Umali-Stuart. The locals have taken to calling it “Papelan” because Luis Stuart runs a homemade paper-making workshop here. He is also open to hosting backpackers in one of his nipa huts or wooden houses. People are also welcome to camp in the woods. Luis Stuart has been letting the undergrowth grow wild, for the most part — the better to let the wild birds and beasts thrive. Civet cats inhabit the woods, and deer used to graze them, although it has been a long time since he’s seen one, he told me. I slept in a nipa hut, and woke up to a loud “Tuuuko! Tuuu-ko!” from an unseen gecko in the rafters. It was chilly and the ground was moist with dew. The following morning, we had delicious coffee, pancakes, eggs, and dried fish. I could understand why Luis spent his life in such secluded backwoods.

ALL NATURAL: (TOP) Bangkang Kahoy organic delicacies include ensaladang pako (salad of fiddlehead fern) garnished with wild raspberries; (BOTTOM) Horseback riding amid lush surroundings.

News of the resort has been slowly getting out, through word of mouth (and web). A few backpackers from foreign climes have discovered the place. One German visitor was so delighted by BK Valley that he ended up staying several months. There are cottages for rent (including Pullan’s own home, which he will gladly move out of ), each one capable of fitting four people. The cottages have no doors and practically no walls. But visitors can sleep soundly in them knowing that they’re perfectly safe, Pullan assured us. You can also camp right by the forest, which is still inhabited by wild creatures such as civet cats. The woods are also home to owls, serpent eagles, nightjars, nuthatches and fantails. Since hunting has been outlawed in the valley, it has become a birders’ paradise. Pulang luPa and PaPelan: Into the Woods Scenic Pulang Lupa (“red earth”) is many things: a retreat, an art gallery, an observation deck, a guest house, a home. Dr. Godofredo Umali-Stuart built this Mediterranean-inspired residence upon

MYSTICAL PEAKS Mt. Banahaw and Mt. San Cristobal in Quezon are part of the same volcanic complex. Over the centuries, the former has earned a reputation as a sacred mountain and is home to several religious cults. Its waters and caves are said to be healing energy centers. It is also a favorite haunt of UFO (unidentified flying object) believers. Mt. San Cristobal, on the other hand, is said to be the evil counterpart of Banahaw and is called Devil’s or Spooky Mountain for the monsters and creatures that are believed to live there.

lake tIkub: PlacId Waters Lake Tikub, in the outskirts of Tiaong, is a circular lake set within a volcanic caldera. To get to the lake, you walk through the backyard of some fisherfolk homes, climb up a hill, then climb down a steep stairway. When you finally reach the lake, it feels like you’re visiting a lost world. The lake is utterly serene and mirage-like, and is surrounded by luxuriant foliage. The only people about are traditional fisherfolk, some of them inhabiting rickety huts on rafts that float on one end of the lake. I got into a small fishing boat to be taken on a tour across the lake’s smooth, mirrorlike surface. It was sublimely idyllic. There is not much to do in Lake Tikub other than boating and fishing. Yet that is what is so wonderful about it, that it’s a place that feels stuck in some distant time past. There are plans to add recreations such as jet skis, and while that would bring in tourists, it would also be kind of a shame. If you want to see the lake while it is still mostly pristine, best that you go now. USEFUL NUMBERS BK Valley Eco-Resort, Bangkang Kahoy: For reservation and queries about directions, email at bkvalley@gmail. com, or call (mobile phone) +639298198537 (Dion Pullan) or +639185093224. Pulang Lupa and Papelan: Call (mobile phone) +639164105949 for directions, or email Dr. Godofredo Umali-Stuart at For comprehensive directions, visit http://www.stuartxchange. com/PulangLupaDirections.html. HOW TO GET TO LAKE TIKUB: From Metro Manila, drive to Lucena City via the Pan-Philippine Highway South. Once you see Total Gas station in Tiaong to your left, turn right on the road across from it. Slow down upon reaching the steel bridge and make a right on the first small road (across from the barangay hall). Drive straight ahead until you reach a clearing on your left with an uphill rise. Walk uphill to get to the lake. I 71

LUSH PARADISE: The waters around Balesin Island is teeming with fish species including wrasse, grouper, flame colored snapper, yellowfin tuna, squid, parrot fish, as well as blue and black marlin.

BALESIN ISLAND: BEYOND LUXURY LYNETTE LEE CORPORAL samples “luxurious eco-conscious living” in beguiling Balesin Island. Photos by GEORGE TAPAN To see the world in a grain of sand is literally impossible, but to live in six of the world’s wellloved destinations in a 500-hectare of land is every traveler’s dream come true… and it’s real. It’s here. Now. A mere 25-minute plane ride from Manila is Balesin Island, found off the coast of Mauban, Quezon, which faces the Pacific Ocean. It’s impossible not to feel like royalty upon alighting the resort’s new Cessna Caravan that effortlessly taxies down the 1,520-meter long world-class concrete airstrip. Once you get past the fragrant lei, the welcome drink, and a serenade, you will know first-hand the wonderful things that make for a luxurious summer hideaway. Pristine emerald waters… long stretches of fine, white sand… exclusive 5-star resort amenities. Check. Check. Check! But the best part of it all? Why, it’s experiencing the world’s best destinations in a matter of minutes and you don’t even need a passport and visa at that. Thanks to the vision of the island’s resort developers—seasoned travelers all who know exactly how to travel in stylish luxury and comfort—the island showcases deluxe “villages” that exude ‘rich and famous’ (paparazzis not included): the Greek island 72 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

PERSONAL SPACE: Designers have thoughtfully separated wash basins for males and females in the villas’ bathrooms, as well as provided more clothes’ racks and pegs for the latter’s more diverse fashion sense.

of Mykonos; the chi-chi French Riviera’s St. Tropez; Sardinia’s affluent Costa Esmeralda; Indonesian favorite Bali; the exotic Thai destination of Phuket; and, of course, local pride Balesin. Given the developers’ classy taste, there’s no doubt they can pull this off and deliver what they promised. According to Balesin project director Marco Diaz, the themed villages are not “mere copies” but are uniquely and “meticulously designed and constructed to resemble the selected destinations.” The best way to do this was for Balesin developer, Alphaland, to send its architects to the actual places to really get the feel of these destinations that are posh stomping grounds of the ultra-rich jet-set crowd. Thus, architects Meloy Casas and Jorge Yulo, for instance, had their immersion in St. Tropez, and Costa Esmeralda and Mykonos, respectively, all for the sake of authenticity. Whether it’s the whitewashed structures of Mykonos atop a hill, the Mediterranean charm of St. Tropez or the wide-open spaces of Bali huts, resort members will get to fulfill their resort fantasies in this island. And hey, the food in these villas is authentic too. The common denominator of these uniquely designed villas is its luxurious amenities. So, expect a 5-star feel to each village, Jacuzzis, indoor and outdoor opulent beds, plus modern comforts – WiFi access, direct to home TV (CIGNAL TV), and Smart 3G cell site. Beyond the obvious, it’s the oft taken for granted details that make the Balesin island experience a memorable one. If you’re a pillow junkie, fret not for the pillows in these villas are snugly, softly divine.

EASY RIDE: The horse-riding trail around the island is 8.6 km long, 650-700 meters of which are on the beach.

Sunset cocktails? The beachside bar is there at your service. In the mood for silent moments? Sit under the lone tree in front of the Balesin village restaurant and contemplate Balesin’s “sea of tranquility” to your heart’s content. Need to pacify the restless tot? Go horseback riding with the little one on the beach. Father and son bonding has never been such a blissful activity. Apart from the villas’ spacious indoor shower areas, there are also al fresco shower rooms that offer utmost privacy. Massage treatments – either inside the room or outside on the day bed – are also available. Of course, Balesin has its own spa villa, as well as sports amenities exclusive for members. The affluent, eco-conscious traveler will be glad to know that Balesin is an epitome of sustainability, what with water recycling capabilities, sewage treatment plants and probiotic fishponds, to name some. Cars are not allowed so you go from one village to the other via

LIVING IN STYLE: Balesin, located 35 kilometers off Mauban’s coast, has 7.6 kilometers of white-sand beaches. The membersonly island resort has 240 hospitality and 12 clubhouse suites available for members.

a golf cart. As part of their sustainability philosophy – the heart and soul of Balesin – Alphaland is only going to develop 10% of the island, and even that 10% will accommodate trees and lush landscapes. The resort, says Alphaland SVP for corporate communications Michelle Ongpin, employs local villagers and has already sent three college scholars to date. Whether you’re reflecting upon the beauty of Balesin Island Club’s 700-m long immaculately clean beachfront or relaxing in the villas’ outdoor Jacuzzi, it’s always a relief to know that living in the lap of luxury need not result in environmental carnage.

Pangulasian Island sits on a sprawling 750-meter stretch of pristine white sand and a tropical forest. Aside from marveling the picturesque ecological diversity, guests can also enjoy the island’s first-class amenities.


Pool Villa

With the sun rising and setting on its skies, Pangulasian Island makes for a unique island retreat. What could be more romantic than having breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset in a luxurious tropical island resort fondly referred to as “Island of the Sun”? Anchored on the immaculate waters of Palawan, Pangulasian Island provides the perfect natural backdrop for the most lavish amenities and personalized services that El Nido Resorts is known for: pristine white-sand beach, diverse flora and fauna, and a rich marine sanctuary located right at its doorsteps. The resort’s 42 deluxe accommodations—eight Canopy Villas, 24 Beach Villas, six Pool Villas, and four private Kalaw Villas—were built using a mix of contemporary Filipino architecture and cutting-edge “green” system to minimize the resort’s impact on the environment. Adding value to the island resort’s natural beauty is a line of first-class amenities, including a boutique, a library, restaurant and bar at the Clubhouse, an infinity pool with a beach bar, a gym, spa, Scuba Shack and marine sports center, and a hiking trail with a view deck that offers the perfect view of Bacuit 74 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

Canopy Villa

Far &Away Envisioned to become the country’s ultimate luxury island hideaway, El Nido Resorts’ Pangulasian Island is the brand’s fourth island-vacation property scheduled to open in October 2012.

Bay and nearby islands. Providing guests with a luxurious island escape, Pangulasian’s perfectly balanced combination of nature and 5-star resort amenities and services definitely puts it in the running to be the country’s next ultimate island destination. +632 813 0000;; www.

proFessIoNal MoDel? Not. Professional kiteboarder Susi Mai, named three times as Red Bull “Queen of the Air,” tests the winds in Boracay’s Bulabog beach. Photo by Christian Black

Not Your usual Water sports You’ve heard about surfing and scuba diving, but how many people do you know play underwater hockey? Here’s a list of less-than-typical ways to get wet this summer.

KIte-boarDINg Ever flown a kite? Try letting a kite fly you. Kite-boarding is an extreme watersport where you stand on a board and are propelled by a kite. The important element is wind—the stronger the wind, the faster you can fly. GETTING STARTED: Get lessons from Hangin Kite Center in Boracay (, the first established kite school and center in the Philippines. Lessons cost Php2,750 for 2.5 hours. GEARING UP: Kite schools provide basic equipment like a board, harness, helmet, and control bar with lines. KEEP IN MIND: Don’t be intimidated by this sport—kite-boarding takes time and practice to get good at.

Also referred to as kite-surfing, you can either ride a kite on waves or flat water. Strong winds mean faster speed, but you don’t want it to overpower you. Average kite-boarders can enjoy at a speed of 15–20 knots (37.6km/hr).

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Paddleboard Yoga

Paddleboard yoga’s plus compared to other forms of yoga is the relaxation provided by being on the water. Photo by Mike Zgud

Mats away. This workout is just like regular yoga, except you do it on a paddleboard. Exercise your core muscles as you do yoga poses while trying to keep your balance above water. Of course, you might fall off, but that’s the fun part. GETTING STARTED: In Vancouver, Canada, check out One Mile Stand Up (+1 778.855.5979; omstandup@ for a session in a postcardlike lake. Rates start at $12/session. GEARING UP: Paddleboard rentals are usually inclusive with lessons. Wear something that you wouldn’t mind getting wet in. KEEP IN MIND: If you’re wearing sunglasses or a hat, these may fall off. Hydrate before paddling out to water to avoid carrying things on your board.

Underwater HockeY

Unlike running, underwater hockey offers an intense cardio workout without the high impact on joints. Photos by Ram Jorge

Grab a stick and shoot a puck into a goal—seems easy enough? Now try that underwater, hold your breath, add some team strategy, and you’ve got the sport called underwater hockey. GETTING STARTED: In the Philippines, hockey veterans from the Underwater Bootcamp (UBC) provide free intro lessons (+63916.240.3404 & +63929.197.0166; underwaterhockeybootcamp). GEARING UP: Beginners only need basic snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins), which UBC is open to lending. To minimize drag underwater, swimmers are advised to wear a one-piece swimsuit (for girls) and trunks (for boys). KEEP IN MIND: Knowing how to swim isn’t a must, but being comfortable in water is. And whether you’re lightweight or heavyweight, these things cease to matter once you’re underwater. —With reports from Aldous de Leon

DO AS THE CELEBS DO. Jennifer Anniston, Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, and Lance Armstrong are among those who have tried out paddleboard yoga.

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Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized swimming is a female dominated sport. Although in the Olympics and World Championships only females are allowed to compete, some national competitions include male participants. Photo by Ocs Alvarez

Watch the pool dance in the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Aeroplane music video—that’s synchronized swimming. Also known as “synchro,” this sport entails swimmers performing a dance routine to music and is practiced for both competition and entertainment. GETTING STARTED: In the Philippines, competitive synchro swimmers are headed by Synchro Philippines ( Lessons cost roughly Php500/session. For entertainment, experienced swimmers can audition for Splash Dance Aqua Shows (www.splashdanceaquashows.wordpress. com). Their members were cast as mermaids in ABSCBN’s Mutya series. GEARING UP: Wear a swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, and nose clip for training. KEEP IN MIND: A background in dance, ballet, or gymnastics is a plus for synchro, but there are people who have learned the sport from ages 3 to 30. Synchro swimmer Ida Calumpang dons a mermaid’s tail for a TV series I 79

DFP COO Lorenzo Formoso (RIGHT) with Secretary of Tourism Mon Jimenez

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) Shop in style at DFP; the facade of DFP’s main outlet, Fiesta Shopping Mall; a wide variety of choices for all members of the family

It’s More Fun shoppIng In Duty Free phIlIppInes DFP Chief Operating Officer Lorenzo Formoso shares with Mabuhay editor-in-chief Jun Ventura the highlights of their 25 years of duty free retail operations. Give us a background on Duty Free Philippines. Duty Free Philippines (DFP) is an attached agency of the Department of Tourism. It operates a duty-free merchandising system in the Philippines to generate foreign exchange and revenue for the government. DFP Corp. is the country’s only travel retailer that remits its earnings to government and it currently operates in 11 locations. Describe the early days. I heard that you literally had to load your own car with merchandise, and drive and unload them at your airport outlet? It was in March 1987 when a 12-man task force headed by Jose N. Esteban III was created to lay down DFP’s initial operations with only US$91,000 in capital. It was like threading a needle. We had to overcome a lot of obstacles. But our hard work paid off when sales hit $9.6 million by the end of the year. 80 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

What makes DFP different from the rest? What innovative programs and benefits do you offer? DFP has various marketing programs and services designed not only to bring in sales but also to benefit its market. Take for instance, Balikbayan Shopping. A balikbayan or any returning Filipino who has been abroad for at least a year can shop at any DFP outlet for up to $1,500 worth of duty-free items within 15 days upon arrival (30 days during the Christmas season). To further aid our overseas Filipino workers (OFW), we offer the Kabuhayan Livelihood Shopping, free skills training in partnership with Technology Resource Center, and the OFW Business Center. We also have the Travelite Shopping, Diplomatic and Travel Industry Sales, and a premier club for frequent shoppers. What would you say are the highlights of DFP’s past 25 years? How much has DFP contributed to the nation? From 1987 to 2011, DFP has contributed

Php8.5 billion from its earnings to government’s tourism coffers. You have achieved remarkable sales since you assumed the helm at DFP. Where do you attribute this very substantial growth in such a short period of time? We surpassed our 2010 sales by 16% and increased our net income by 28%, which could be attributed to the new management’s ingenious concept of refocusing efforts to an integrated marketing strategy, as well as setting up new stores and renovating existing ones. What trends do you see in duty-free retail operations? How does DFP plan to move with these future trends? DFP joined the internet bandwagon to get a slice of the increasing number of shoppers online. With its Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, and official site ( being continuously enhanced, DFP believes that it has to evolve to stay in the game. What keeps you going? What satisfaction do you derive from overseeing DFP’s operations? I derive the satisfaction of running this company from the smiles and gratitude I get whenever we meet the demands of our market and the needs of our workforce. I am basically a jovial person. It inspires me to make everyone happy.

Twenty three years ago, Hizon was rising up the ranks in the local TV network GMA. Today, he is an accomplished figure in business reportage in Asia.

RICO HIZON: FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL SUNSHINE LICHAUCO DE LEON sits down with the veteran international news anchor who put the Filipino talent in the spotlight. Every weekday morning, Filipino broadcast journalist Rico Hizon copresents BBC World News’ general news program Newsday and anchors its Asia Business Report. With his image and voice broadcast to over 300 million households worldwide, Rico says he “raises the Filipino flag” every day he goes to work. And he does so with pride and purpose. What made you decide to become a journalist? When I was young, my mother

used to love watching the news and she would always discuss it with me. That got me interested—by third grade I told her I wanted to be a reporter on TV. I started

joining public speaking competitions in school and I kept winning so I continued. You worked in the GMA newsroom for years before you got your first break. What role did this experience play in your success? My first job was as a

production assistant. I started at the very bottom but I knew that was a good start because I would experience everything and would know the whole system. I did whatever they asked me to do—from printing scripts and writing general news to buying food in the convenience store.

Why did you decide to specialize in business news? At the time, nobody

wanted to do business reporting—nobody

With former Singapore president S.R. Nathan

cared about the stock market in the Philippines. So I said, “Let me specialize in this and develop it.” Even if my stories would not air in the early days, I still worked hard and kept trying. How did you make it in BBC News?

After seven years with CNBC Asia-Pacific, I got a call from the BBC’s Business News Editor. They told me they wanted me to anchor their daily business program Asia Business Report. They said they liked my conversational anchoring and incisive interview style. I got goose bumps being given this huge responsibility to report the news to 350 million viewers worldwide. Ten years on, I still feel honored and privileged to sit on the anchors chair and represent the Philippines. What makes BBC News very credible and respectable? BBC News is known

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(FroM leFt) hizon receives the people of the Year award from People Asia Magazine in january 2010; hizon with former us president Bill clinton

for its impartiality, accuracy and fairness. We give a full and fair view of people and cultures, and we act independently of all interests and aspire to the highest ethical and editorial standards. What do you think makes your reporting so successful? Do you feel you have a trademark style? I’m always upbeat and

excited. And whenever I write a story it’s very basic. If I talk about the trade surplus, I always discuss it for those who don’t understand financial news to movers and shakers.

How do you command the attention of your interviewee? How do you build rapport with them? I try to get to know

them personally. I tell them, the interview is just like a conversation that we’re having at a coffee shop. At that point, I make them feel comfortable, and from there they open up about their ideas, thoughts, and insights on issues. Journalism is about telling stories and setting things right. During my three minutes of air time with them, I try to squeeze out every bit of information that will give me and my viewers a better perspective of issues.

What makes you most proud about the Philippines? We have a great culture, great

tourism spots, and very hospitable people. But there is something else that makes us special—it’s malasakit (concern). It’s about caring, and about family. We care for each other even if we are very far away from each other.

what they do—in helping people, helping their countries progress—whether it be for their country or their company. And they are very humble and down to earth. I have learned the importance of keeping your feet on the ground as success can be a temporary thing and you have to handle it with care.

Many Filipinos look up to you as a role model. How does this influence your life? I’m a very active leader with the

What’s your typical working day like? e.g. Who chooses the clothes you wear? What’s your typical breakfast? Wake up

Filipino community back in Singapore. It’s about helping them, giving back, and teaching them new skills. My mission is to be an inspiration to Filipinos so that they can aspire to be better people, and work hard. Although I feel that I have been doing my own little part to raise Filipino pride around the world for the last nine years, eventually, I want to go back to my country and help the Philippines.

When you think of the political and business leaders you have interviewed, from Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Bill Gates, what, if anything, do they have in common?

I can see that they are very sincere in

at 3:30 a.m., in the newsroom by 4:30 a.m. and finish my day at about 3 p.m. It is a full day as I anchor two global news programs. My wife Melannie gets to choose the suits, shirts, and ties I wear (Hope you like them!). Breakfast is either noodles with egg and luncheon meat or kaya toast with egg and iced Milo. These are typical Singaporean breakfasts. What are your top three favorite places in the Philippines? Manila, Boracay, and

Pampanga. If I’m just in Manila, you can either find me in a shopping mall (I love to shop), a bookstore, or my favorite Filipino restaurant.

RICo HIZoN’S tIps to local journalIsts who wIsh to Make It aBroaD: Be aware of what is happening outside the Philippines and understand how things are interrelated. There are always external factors that affect the local economy. For example, if you report about oil, don’t just blame the Philippine government for high prices when it’s the world market, not the government, 84 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

who dictates oil prices. Read and do your homework. With the internet, information is at your fingertips. Don’t just read the front page of newspapers but the middle and back also, where you have the “opinion makers.” They can help you form your own opinions. Ask experts what they feel about local issues. If you can’t understand

something, whether it is a term or concept, do research or ask questions until you understand.

team player with your fellow journalists. Having people you can call to help is invaluable.

Practice your writing skills. Write in any format—news, features, etc. Journalism is about communication so writing clearly is important.

Arm yourself with in-depth knowledge on subjects. You should know the back story, the history, and what might happen next.

Contacts are key so remember the importance of public relations. Always build bridges and never burn them. Be a

Be interested and engaged in what you are reporting on. If you are not, your audience will know.


Colonial Cool in Cambodia You can always count on artists to come up with something quirky. In Siem Reap, Cambodia, former Manila resident Loven Ramos and his friends combined their junkyard finds, personal items, and ideas to set up ArtDeli, a 1920s French colonial structure turned artists’ space. If you’re bargain hunting for art, their grocery aims to make art more accessible by selling works that start at 99 cents each. Their mezzanine functions as a library, gallery, video room, and drinking spot. Regular events, from musical performances to art competitions, take place too. On one occasion, their Facebook status read: “Game night and Cambodian food at 6:30 p.m.!” ArtDeli is located at Alley West, Siem Reap, Cambodia; ( +855 78342394; *,

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Ready, Jet Set, Go!

Whose is that stylish piece of luggage over there? It can be yours. Set your bag apart from the rest with these yummy-looking luggage tags inscribed with fun phrases like “Getting a tan” and “I want to get lost” (US$18/Php760 each). The tags are made by Flight001 (pronounced “flight one”), a travel product company known for its mix of retro-modern design and functionality. Flight001 recently opened stores in Singapore and Malaysia, and its products are now available in Travel Club outlets in Manila. :

What’s That Locket in Your Pocket? Show off your favorite read (or book cover) with these charming little lockets made by Junk Studio. Each locket (Php250) comes with a chain and inside slots for inserting photos. Now men, don’t worry, if chains aren’t your thing, we suggest using a rubber or leather strap or thick piece of thread instead. Locket designs include trendy titles like The Hunger Games, classics like The Godfather, or you can request for a specific book cover. To order, contact Junk Studio at ( +63917 812 4182, buzz. * junkstudio@, facebook. com/junkstudiocrafts






Genius site for your poor liver. Type in the name of an artist or band and a recommended cocktail to go with your music automatically appears (e.g., Kanye West ~ 6 oz. Hennessy). Youch!

Pinterest + Instagram. This free site allows people to view your instagram photos in the online pin-board style of the popular site Pinterest.

Serves up the gigs, plays, and live entertainment events in Manila. Browse events by genre, dates, or locations.

Talk about judging a book by its cover. This dating site helps you find that special someone based on their taste in books.


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Introducing, Florigami These flowers made out of paper are cute enough to fool any bird or bee. Carefully handmade by Kara Bautista and Chinggay Labrador, the idea behind Florigami started when Chinggay got sick last year and Kara made her flowers based on an origami book. Each bouquet costs Php990 and though they are a bit pricey, they’re much more unique than store-bought flowers and last longer too. Let’s just hope mom doesn’t water them! To order, contact the company Whimsy at ( +63927 791 5043, +63929 950 5111; *

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Looks like this camel handler is still deciding if he’s up for the ride. Lovable in appearance, camels can be cantankerous when you’re mean. But they are sweet when treated well and make ideal desert companions. They can drink up to 100 liters of water in one go and efficiently store it. Their thick coat insulates them from the desert heat, and their long eyelashes and ear hairs and sealable nostrils protect them from sand. Camels aren’t picky eaters either and can stomach even thorny twigs. In Jaisalmer, India, camel safaris are a popular attraction. Photographer MICHAEL JO, who had already visited India last year, went back when he got the chance to go with photographer friends. He snapped this shot with his Canon EOS 5D Mark II and shares, “We got our own camel ride and rode through the rippling, windswept desert, which turned out to be one of the most enchanting experiences of the whole trip.”

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(ABOVE) PAL Charisma Girls: Kimberly Jamerlan, Fern Margarette Gines, Kate Williams, Priscilla Mae Honorio, and Wrizza Nielle Parulan (not in photo is Magnolia Gersbach). (INSET) Designers’ works represent PAL destinations like (from top to bottom) China, Philippines and Australia. Photos by Jamie Lihan/ Imagine Nation Photography

PAL fLies high with new cAmPAign Philippine Airline’s 71st anniversary celebration soared high with the aptly themed “Conquering Skies, Enriching Partnerships” event, which officially launched the Philippines’ official flag carrier’s new ad campaign titled “Love, Your PAL”. The event, held on March 15 in Manila, was graced by travel and industry partners, Million Milers, corporate accounts, PAL executives, and the media. Co-sponsors to this big “thank you” gesture to PAL’s more than 300 million passengers over the years were MasterCard and Airbus. With “Love, Your PAL,” clients can look forward to new programs and promotions, such as huge discounts for those purchasing second tickets to selected destinations. Special promos are also up with closer ties between PAL and MasterCard. PAL has also finalized plans to cosponsor the well-loved Andrew Lloyd Webber hit musical “Phantom of the Opera.” The affair also launched PAL’s 2012 Charisma Girls, a take off from the highly successful PAL advertising campaign 92 I Mabuhay Magazine I May 2012

– “Beauty of the Philippines Shining Through” – in 1986. The Charisma Girls – Fern Margarette Gines, Priscilla Mae Honorio, Kimberly Jamerlan, Wrizza Nielle Parulan, Kate Williams, and Magnolia Gersbach – are PAL’s best flight stewardesses that epitomize the Filipina’s beauty and charm. A fashion show by Bb. Pilipinas candidates showcased the designs of JC Buendia, Rhett Eala, and Randy Ortiz, and were inspired by the different cultures of Japan and Korea, India, Australia, USA, and the Philippines – PAL destinations all. Other sponsors to the event included Manny O, Tanduay and Asia Brewery, and Villa del Conte. For more information about PAL’s 71st anniversary promos and updates, visit I 93

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

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

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







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a big boost to the host-city The PAL Interclub – the country's longest-running team golf tournament – enshrines not just the deep commitment of Asia's first airline to sports development but also to stimulating economic growth and progress in the countryside.

Caddies and umbrella girls meanwhile earn from P400 to P500 a day, or an aggregate income of P6.4 million for two weeks. Another P3.1 million is expected to be spent on golf carts and vans. The 65th edition of the PAL Interclub will start with the Seniors event on February 16 while the Regular Men's Division gets underway February 22 after a two-day break.

For the last 65 years, the PAL Interclub has catalyzed in no small measure the overall economic activity of the host city where the tournament is held, generating job opportunities and revenues for various tourism and hospitality-related businesses as well as to the coffers of the local government. In fact, local officials and business leaders of Davao, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro – rotating venues of the Interclub – look forward to their city's hosting of the tournament by regularly sprucing golf courses and various leisure spots. va

Interclub flies to Davao This year, the PAL Interclub stands to infuse at least P60 million into Davao's economy, representing the expense allocation of more than 150 participating golf teams as well as PAL's budget for the two-week golf extravaganza set at the Apo and Rancho Palos Verdes golf courses. More than a thousand golfers, many flying in from various Filipino communities abroad, are expected to pump in P53 million for hotel accommodations, transportation, meals, caddy and other golfing fees and many more. PAL’s direct contribution reaches more than P7 million for the lodging, meals and other related expenses of tournament working committee members. The two golf courses – Apo Golf and Ranchos Palos Verdes – will generate P4 million from registration fees alone from the event. The Interclub's P29,000 registration fee per team goes directly to the ev golf courses.

Additional Economic Boost for Davao In the run-up to the tournament proper, PAL calls for a meeting of the Team Captains at Davao. This plus a couple of working committee coordination meetings bring to Davao almost a million pesos in revenues. Meanwhile, the players' spouses, companions and alternates are expected to contribute approximately P1.3 million also for meals, hotels, taxis, souvenirs and city night-outs.


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Beyond the 65th PAL Interclub Last November 2011, PAL revived the Ladies Interclub which was held also at the two golf courses in Davao, signaling the return of another much-anticipated golfing event. In 1948, PAL started the Interclub to encourage domestic travel in the years following the war. Through the next six and a half decades, it has attracted golfers from around the country and the globe not just for the prizes but more for the bragging rights as the best golfers among peers. In the very near future, PAL hopes to bring the Interclub back to Cebu, one of the original host cities. Aside from Manila and Cebu, Davao is one of PAL's major domestic hubs. PAL operates four flights a day to Davao from Manila using the wide-body B747-400s and the twin-engine A320s. I 95

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

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

NO S MOK IN G In compliance with the Administrative Order 121 of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, smoking is strictly prohibited on all PAL flights, including when the aircraft is on the ground prior to take-off and/or after landing. EMER GEN C Y O X Y G E N S UP P L Y AN D L I F E V E S TS In the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop automatically in front of the passengers. An inflatable life vest is located beneath the seat or in/under the armrest. Please watch the live or film demonstration of safety procedures, which will be given or screened prior to take-off. F IES T A BOU T I QUE A selection of duty-free liquor, cigarettes, perfumes and other high-quality gift items can be purchased during the flight from our Fiesta Boutique. Payment may be made on selected currencies. Credit cards acceptable on major routes. The minimum amount for credit cards is US$10.00 and the maximum amount is US$250.00. Please refer to our Fiesta Boutique Catalogue or inquire from our cabin crew. INF LIGHT A M E N I T I E S On long-haul flights, you receive an overnight kit that contains grooming items and other travel essentials to make your flight as comfortable as possible. Mabuhay Class passengers are treated to additional amenities in their kit, such as branded toiletry products and handy travel accessories. Our cabin lavatories are also stocked with other toiletry products to help you freshen up for your arrival at your destination. For a more comfortable rest especially during long-haul flights, pillows and blankets are available upon request or can be found on the seat. Seats can be reclined except those that remain fixed for safety or other physical reasons. We also suggest that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PH I LIP P I N E S A T A G L ANC E Stretching 1,839 km north-to-south off the

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


bargains if you know what to look for and where.

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

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


















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

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

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

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

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

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


Philippine Airlines offers the

AIRPO RT LOU NGE S Philippine Airlines has Mabuhay Lounges in Manila (Domestic and International), Cebu (Domestic and International), Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, General Santos City and San Francisco. Mabuhay Class passengers, as well as Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite members, can unwind, dine and freshen up in these lounges before boarding their flight. In other International Stations, PAL has contracted the services of airport lounge operators to offer the same amenities to said passengers. AIRPO RT T R A NSFE R SE R VICE IN M A NIL A For passengers connecting from a Philippine Airlines flight at the NAIA Centennial Terminal 2, to a code share flight operated by any of its Airline Partners at NAIA Terminal 1 (and vice versa), a complimentary transfer service is available. This service is subject to certain conditions and qualifications. For more information, please inquire with any of our Transfer service staff at the arrival area. C HO IC E ECONO M Y SE A T SU R CHA R GE Feeling cramped-up sitting with limited legroom when traveling on economy class? We are pleased to announce that passengers

may purchase a CHOICE ECONOMY SEAT. These seats are positioned at the bulkhead and exit rows to provide the widest legroom possible on this class of service. Seats may be reserved upon ticketing. Please advise our Customer Service representatives of your request. Seat confirmation will be done at the airport to comply with the Philippine Civil Air Regulations. Fees are collected upon check in and may vary per destination. TR A VE L ING WITH INFA NTS Infants at least 16 days old may be accepted for travel. Passengers requiring the use of baby bassinets should book their flights and make the necessary reservations at least 24 hours before the date of departure. We follow a One-InfantPer-Adult Policy. Philippine Airlines reserves the right to decline bassinet requests without prior reservation. These bassinets are limited in number as they can only be attached to certain seats on the plane and are available only on flights with a flying time of three (3) hours or more. The bassinets are approximately 70 cm long and 30 cm wide, with a weight limit of 10 kg. They are not suitable for infants over 18 months of age. Infants who turn two years old at the time of travel are required to occupy seats for safety reasons. FR E E BA GGA GE AL L O WA NCE O F I N F A N T S ON U S, GU A M A ND CA NA D A FL IGHTS An infant paying at least 10 percent of the adult fare is entitled to one piece of checked baggage weighing 7 kg (15 lbs) and whose dimensions do not exceed 45 inches. The passenger is also entitled to one fully collapsible child’s stroller or pushchair. FR E E B A GGA GE AL L O WA NCE O F IN F A N T S ON NO N- U S, GU A M A ND CA NA D A FL IG H T S From the Philippines, an infant paying at least 10 percent of the fare is entitled to 10 kg (22 lbs) of checked baggage plus one fully collapsible child’s stroller or pushchair.

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

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

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

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


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

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



Abu Dhabi Bahrain

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

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

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

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

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2:40 1:45 5:00

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(034) 433-3045 (0919) 511-2797 (085) 226-5118 / 4777 (085) 341-5156 (088) 857-2294 / 95 (088) 857-2688 (088) 858-8863 (055) 209-2885 (055) 533-8885 (055) 209-9228 (055) 251-8996 (055) 500-9886 (036) 288-7536 (036) 288-7538 (036) 288-7539 (032) 340-0191 (032) 234-2713 (064) 431-0136 (082) 233-0284 (082) 232-8010 (082) 234-0073 (082) 221-5513 (082) 225-0990 (065) 212-2355 / 2356 (035) 225-4266 (035) 226-1301 (083) 552-1235 / 36 (083) 552-5282 (083) 553-3943 (033) 333-0003 (033) 320-4893 (036) 262-3260 (036) 262-1261 (077) 670-8533 (052) 481-0780 (054) 473-2277 (088) 521-5565 (088) 521-0462 (048) 433-4565 (036) 621-0244 (043) 491-1604 (043) 491-1923 (086) 231-9680 (086) 826-8589 (053) 321-2213 (038) 412-2232 (038) 411-4226 (078) 844-9238 (062) 991-5800 (062) 993-0488

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

ReseRvations, tou R Packages, Mabuhay Miles and Flight i n FoRMation

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


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


0082-1544-1717 (813) 3593-2421

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

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

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Travel the world with Philippine Airlines and enjoy a host of privileges that add up to miles of difference. Open to anyone aged 2 and above, the Mabuhay Miles Frequent Flyer Program is designed to deliver to you the best rewards and privileges. And as you move up to higher elite levels, more travel privileges await you.

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

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Love and Other Drugs My Name Is Khan What Happens In Vegas



Pinoy Favorites Junior Jetsetter Jazz Club

Just For Laughs The Big Bang Theory Wipeout Spring



Mabuhay Class Fiesta Class

Now – 41 Jessie J – Who You Are Martin Nievera – Himig ng Damdamin



Big Miracle Joyful Noise One For The Money







GAMES Chess Bejeweled Bookworm


Will Leo be able to win back his wife, Paige, after being erased from her memory due to a car accident? Golden Globe and Emmy award director Michael Sucsy returns for yet another tear-jerking drama with The Vow, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. Turn to page 109 for more information or page 116 for movie schedules.

Based on a true story, The Vow tells the tale of Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams), a newlywed couple whose lives are changed by a fatal car accident. Due to the disastrous car crash, Paige is unable to recall anything from the last five years of her life, including her husband, Leo. As Leo tries to win her back, she becomes more preoccupied about her life before her marriage, including her engagement with her former fiancé, Jeremy (Scott Speedman). Despite Leo’s efforts to bring his wife back to him, Paige has yet to rediscover her love for her husband. Will Leo hold on to their marriage or move on?

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Joyful NoiSe

MiSSioN iMPoSSiBle: GhoSt Protocol

BiG Miracle

Stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson Director Ken Kwapis Drama 107 mins Rated PG L

Stars Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer Director Todd Graff Comedy 118 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton Director Brad Bird Action 133 mins Rated PG-13



Big Miracle tells the true story of a small-town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition.

鲸奇之旅 影片来自于真实的故事,小镇上的记者和一个 绿色和平组织的志愿者为了拯救受困于北极圈 的灰鲸,联手对抗世界强权。

快乐的噪音 佐治亚州小镇的教堂唱诗班总指挥猝死,居民 皆感到沉痛。然而,他们仍引颈期盼能在全国 《快乐噪音》的比赛上抱回冠军。

ビッグ・ミラクル(原題:Big Miracle) ビッグ・ミラクルは、実話をもとに、北極の氷の下 に閉じ込められた3頭のクジラを救うために、ライ バルの超巨大企業に協力を求める小さな町の ニュース・レポーターとグリーンピースのボランテ ィアを描いた作品。

ジョイフル・ノイズ(原題:Joyful Noise) ジョージア州の小さな町パカシャウは窮地に立っ ていたが、町民は、ディヴィンティ教会の聖歌隊 がジョイフル・ノイズ全国大会で優勝して、意気を 高揚させてくれると期待している。

빅 미라클 빅 미라클은 북극의 얼음 밑에 갇힌 세 마리의 고래를 구하기 위해 경쟁자인 대국들의 힘을 빌린 한 작은 마을의 기자와 그린피스 자원봉사자에 관한 실화이다.

조이풀 노이즈 조지아주에 있는 작은 마을 파카샤는 힘든 시간을 보내고 있지만 주민들은 디비니티 교회 합창단이 전국 조이풀 노이즈 대회에서 우승해 그들에게 희망을 줄 것이라고 믿는다.

WARNING LEGEND: A Strong Adult Themes


oNe for the MoNey

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G Gore

Stars Katherine Heigl, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds Director Julie Anne Robinson Comedy 106 mins Rated PG-13




After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on a daring scheme to clear his name in this spy adventure.

Based on the first book of the international best-selling series by Janet Evanovich, this movie follows Stephanie Plum, desperate for a job following a string of bad luck.

不可能的任务:鬼影行动 一名探员在执行任务时遭他人陷害,有关当局 启动鬼影行动,他必须自行寻找出路,洗清罪 名。

禁运品 麦克华堡饰演一名曾偷运私酒的保安员因其 小舅搞砸了一次毒品交易,而被逼重返走私 老本行。

ミッション:インポッシブル/ゴースト・プロトコル このスパイ・アドベンチャーでは、同僚殺害の容 疑をかけられ、裏切者の刻印を押されたシーク レット・エージェントが汚名を晴らすために大胆な 作戦に乗り出す。

コントラバンド(原題:Contraband) マーク・ウォルバーグが、酒の密輸から足を洗 い警備員になったが、お金に困り、義兄の仕切 る違法ビジネスに再び手を染めたい衝動に駆ら れている男を演じる。

미션 임파서블: 고스트 프로토콜 동료를 죽이고 반역자라는 누명을 쓴 비밀 요원이 스파이 세계에서 자신의 억울함을 벗기 위해 과감한 작전에 나서게 된다.

콘트라밴드 안전요원이자 전직 밀수범이었던 마크 월버그는 경제적 어려움에 처한 처남으로 인해 불법 밀수 범죄에 다시 휘말리게 되는데.

I Aircraft Incident

L Strong Language

N Nudity

S Sexual Content

V Violence

PE RSONA L CI NE M A chronicle

The vow

Alvin AnD The chiPmunkS: chiPwreckeD

Sherlock holmeS: A GAme of ShADowS

Stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace Director Guy Ritchie Action 129 mins Rated PG-13 L



Guy Ritchie helms a new actionpacked adventure, following the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his trusted associate, Dr. Watson, as they match wits with their nemesis, Moriarty.

Stars Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill Director Michael Sucsy Drama 103 mins Rated PG N

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


Stars Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell Director Josh Trank Drama 84 mins Rated PG-13 L

Against all odds, a young man must On vacation aboard a luxury cruise win back his wife’s love after she ship, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore get loses her memory in a car accident. up to their usual antics, turning the ship into their personal playground, 誓约 until they become “chipwrecked” on a 故事讲述一对夫妻在遭遇车祸后,妻子失忆, desert island.

In the new century we post and comment on every part of our lives, but for three friends who make a life-changing discovery, the chronicle of their ordinary lives is about to take an extraordinary turn.

丈夫尽力唤回妻子的记忆与爱意。 大侦探福尔摩斯:诡影游戏 这部动作片是由蓋瑞奇指导,诠释世界最著 名的侦探故事。福尔摩斯与其忠诚拍档华森 医生联手跟他们的克星莫里亚蒂教授斗勇斗 智。

君への誓い どんなに困難であっても、青年は交通事故で 記憶を失った妻の愛を取り戻さなければならな い。

シャーロック・ホームズ:シャドウゲーム ガイ・リッチーのアクション満載の新作アドベンチ ャー映画。世界一の名探偵シャーロック・ホーム ズと彼の信頼すべき相棒ワトソン博士が宿敵モ リアーティとの機知に富んだ対決を追う。

서약 온갖 역경에도 불구하고, 한 남자가 자동차 사고에서 기억을 잃은 아내의 사랑을 되찾기 위해 모든 노력을 기울인다.

셜록 홈즈: 그림자 게임 세상에서 가장 유명한 재간둥이 형사 셜록 홈즈와 그의 심복 왓슨 박사가 평생의 숙적인 모리아티 교수를 상대하는 모습을 그린 액션 어드벤터이다. 가이 리치 감독.

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

超能失控 三名好友忽然获得异能,他们用手机拍片记 录异能进化并上载分享,却不知不觉改变众 人的命运,最终搞出人命收场。

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

クロニクル(原題:Chronicle) 新世紀、われわれは生活のすべてを公開しコ メントしている。しかし、人生を一変する発見を した3人の仲間にとって、このごく普通の生活 の記録が途方もない展開をみせようとしている 。

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

크로니클 요즈음 세상의 우리는 인생의 모든 부분에 글을 쓰기도 하고 혹은 댓글을 달기도 하며 산다. 하지만 인생을 바꾸는 발견을 하게 된 세 명의 친구들에게 그들의 평범한 삶의 연대기가 놀랍게 변하게 된다. 奪命異能 (Chronicle) 電影預告

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DolPhiN tale



Stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi Director Baltasar Kormákur Action 110 mins Rated r L

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


Mark Wahlberg stars as a security guard and former alcohol smuggler who is tempted back into the illicit business by his brotherin-law after encountering financial troubles. 禁运品 麦克华堡饰演一名曾偷运私酒的保 安员因其小舅搞砸了一次毒品交易 ,而被逼重返走私老本行。 コントラバンド(原題:Contraband) マーク・ウォルバーグが、酒の密輸か ら足を洗い警備員になったが、お金に 困り、義兄の仕切る違法ビジネスに再 び手を染めたい衝動に駆られている 男を演じる。 콘트라밴드 안전요원이자 전직 밀수범이었던 마크 월버그는 경제적 어려움에 처한 처남으로 인해 불법 밀수 범죄에 다시 휘말리게 되는데..

The heartwarming true story of Winter the dolphin and the people who worked together to save her life after an accident. 这部感人的真实故事讲述一群好心 人齐心救助一只名为Winter的残疾 海豚。 事故にあったイルカのウィンターとイ ルカの命を救うために働いた人々と の心温まる実話。 사고를 당한 돌고래 윈터와 한 데 마음을 모아 윈터를 구하려는 사람들의 마음 따뜻한 실화를

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

WARNING LEGEND: A Strong Adult Themes


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New Year’S eve

Stars Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz Director Martin Scorsese Adventure 126 mins Rated PG

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

The astonishing adventure of a boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform his life and all those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home.

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

雨果 一名足智多谋的小男孩必须展开惊 人的冒险来揭开其父亲所留下的秘 密。这将为他及周朝的人物带来改 变,并且找到一个安全、温暖的地 方,一个能称之为家的处所。

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

ヒューゴの不思議な発明 父親が残した秘密を解き明かそうとす る少年ヒューゴの驚くべき冒険は、ヒ ューゴ自身と彼を取り巻く人々を変身 させ、彼が我が家と呼べる安全で愛 に満ちた場所を明らかにする。 휴고 아버지가 남긴 비밀의 열쇠를 여는 순간 휴고 자신과 주변의 삶이 완전히 바뀌고 집처럼 아늑하고 사랑이 넘치는 집을 다시 얻게 되는 소년의 믿질 못할 감동 어드벤처

G Gore

I Aircraft Incident

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

ジャック・アンド・ジル(原題:JACK AND JILL) ジャック・アンド・ジルは、やり手の広 告会社重役 ジャック・サンデルステイ ンを描いたコメディ映画。ジャックは、 毎年、ある行事を恐れている。それは 、双子の姉、ジルがやってくる感謝祭 だ! 잭앤질 잭 앤 질은 성공한 광고 중역인 잭 샌델스타인을 주인공으로 한 코미디 영화이다. 이 주인공은 매해 그의 일란성 쌍둥이 여동생 질이 방문하는 추수 감사절을 가장 두려워한다.

L Strong Language

N Nudity

This movie celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances, and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. 新年前夕 这部电影颂扬爱、希望、宽恕、第 二次机会以及从新开始,交织着恋 人和单身者的故事,背景设在纽约 市一个最灿烂迷人的夜晚。

ニューイヤーズ・イブ この映画は、躍動と期待に溢れるニュ ーヨーク、それも一年で最もめくるめ く夜の真っただ中で繰り広げられる一 連のストーリーを通じて、愛、希望、慈 悲、セカンドチャンス、そして新たな出 発を讃える。 뉴이얼즈 이브 이 영화는 사랑, 희망, 용서, 두 번째 기회, 그리고 새로운 시작에 대해 이야기한다. 한 해 중 가장 눈부신 밤의 뉴욕, 그 떨림과 약속을 서로 얽히고 섥힌 이야기를 전개하며 보여준다.

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V Violence




THE TwiliGHT SaGa: BREaKinG Dawn PaRT 1

THE iRon laDy

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


Stars Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant Director Phyllida Lloyd Drama 105 mins Rated PG-13 L

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

A compelling, surprising, and intimate portrait of ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world.

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

铁娘子 描述英国前女首相柴契尔夫人当年如 何打破阶级及性别的阻碍藩篱,在这 由男性主导的社会体制下,开创一段 不凡成就的传奇人生。

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

マーガレット・サッチャー 鉄の女の涙 男性中心の社会で発言権を得るため に、男女と身分の壁を打ち破った英国 元首相、マーガレット・サッチャーの驚 くべき、そして、心をつかむ実像に迫る 。 철의 여인 남성중심 사회에서 성과 계층의 장벽을 뛰어넘어 최고 자리에까지 오른 마가렛 대처 전 영국 수상을 강렬하면서도 친근감 있게 그린 영화이다.

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


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

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


In the latest chapter of The Twilight Saga, the newfound wedded bliss of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen is cut short when a series of betrayals threatens to destroy their world.

暮光之城:破晓(上) 三个火枪手 《暮光之城》的最新一集是讲述一系 急躁的年轻剑士达达尼昂与阿托斯、 列撼动其世界的冲突的降临导致贝拉 波托斯和阿拉米斯联手对抗欲夺取法 与爱德华的新婚快乐日子被中断。 国王权的红衣主敎黎塞恶势力。 トワイライト・サーガ:ブレーキング・ド 三銃士 ーン Part1 短気な若者ダルタニアンは、汚名を 「トワイライト・サーガ」の最新作。ベラ・ 負った騎士たち、アトス、ポルトス、 スワンとエドワード・カレンが初めて経 アラミスと協力し、フランスの王座を 験する至福の新婚生活は、彼らの世 獲得するためミラディー・デ・ウィンタ 界を滅ぼそうとする数々の裏切りに長 ーと同盟を組んだ悪者のリシュリュ くは続かなかった。 ー枢機卿と戦う。 트와일라잇: 브레이킹 던 파트 1 삼총사 트와일라잇의 네 번째 편인 젊고 성미 급한 달타냥이 치욕을 브레이킹 던 파트 1에서는 갓 당한 삼총사 아토스, 프로토스, 부부의 연을 맺은 벨라 스완과 아라미스와 함께 프랑스 왕권을 에드워드 컬렌이 그들만의 세계를 차지하기 위해 사악한 리슐리외 무 너 뜨 리 려 는 시 련 과 배 신 감 추 기 경 과 그 의 스 파 이 마 담 속에서 행복을 잃어간다. 말라디의 음모를 막기 위해 힘을 모은다.

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


After the workers at a swanky Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them. 高楼大劫案 中央公园豪华公寓的员工发现居住在 顶楼豪宅的亿万富翁欺诈他们的退休 金,于是他们策划了一场偷天计划, 以抢回毕生的血汗钱。 ペントハウス セントラルパークの超高級マンション の従業員たちは、ペントハウスに住 む億万長者に退職金をだまし盗られ たことを知り、奪われた財産を取り戻 すために究極の復讐を計画する。 타워 하이스트 화려한 센트럴 파트 콘도 직원들은 펜트 하우스에 사는 한 억만장자가 그들의 퇴직연금을 가로챘다는 것을 알게 된 후, 극단의 복수를 계획 하는데 이는 다름 아닌 빼앗긴 돈을 되찾기 위한 기막힌 절도를 계획하는 것이다.

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we BouGht a Zoo

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Stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis Director Steven Spielberg Drama 146 mins Rated PG-13

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Stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson Director Cameron Crowe Drama 124 mins Rated PG

Stars Vic Sotto, Eugene Domingo, Marvin Agustin, Nikki Valdez, Oyo Sotto, Ai Ai delas Alas Director Tony Y. Reyes Comedy 0 mins Rated GP

Stars Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Om Puri Director Farhan Akhtar Action, Thriller 146 mins Rated G

Set in Southern California, this is an inspiring true story about a father and his young family who move to the countryside to renovate and reopen a struggling zoo.

Enteng wants to retire as hero of Engkantasya and have a normal life. Ina longs to have the right partner. Enteng is placed under a spell to fall in love with Ina, which reveals the truth about him.

The bosses of the European drug cartel meet in the French Riviera to discuss a new threat emerging from Asia. Don is jeopardizing their business because he is able to sell drugs at a much lower price to their customers.


Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on. 战马 故事发生在第一次世界大战之时,阿尔比 心爱的一匹马-祖儿因被征召入骑兵队而被 逼离开家园。它先后落入英军、德军和法 国农民家庭的手中,阿比尔决定踏出家园 ,誓要带祖儿回家。 戦火の馬 愛馬ジョーイを騎馬隊に売られた後、アル バート少年は第一次世界大戦への従軍を 志願する。戦火が激しさを増し、望みを託 したアルバートの旅は、英国国境を越えて 、ヨーロッパ各地へと彼を導くこととなる。

我们买了动物园 本片改编自一个真实故事,背景设于南加州 ,讲述一名父亲与他的家人搬迁到乡下,并 决定帮荒废了的动物园重镇旗鼓。 幸せへのキセキ カリフォルニア南部を舞台に、窮迫する動物 園を改装し再開するために田舎に移り住んだ 父親とその若い家族を描いた感動の実話。 우리는 동물원을 샀다 남부 캘리포니아에 위치한 시골로 이사를 간 한 가족이 쓰러져가는 동물원을 재단장해서 오픈하는 과정을 그린 감동 실화이다.

워 호스 소년 알버트는 그가 각별히 아끼던 말 조이가 군마로 팔리자 입대를 감행한다. 전쟁이 계속되면서 조이를 찾는다는 희망을 안고 입대한 알버트는 영국을 떠나 유럽으로 향한다.

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エンテング•ナ•イナ•モ Enteng是魔幻王国的英雄,他欲退休过 平凡生活;I n a则渴望找到一个好对象 。Enteng被放符咒爱上Ina,以揭示其身世 (原題:Enteng Ng Ina Mo) エンテングはエングカンタシャの英雄という 立場を退いて、普通の生活を送りたいと願 っている。また、イナは、最良の伴侶を欲し くてたまらない。エンテングは魔法にかけら れてイナと恋に落ち、その恋により彼の真 実が明らかになる。 엔텡 은그 이나 모 (Enteng Ng Ina Mo) 엔텡은 엔칸타시아의 영웅으로 은퇴하고 평범한 삶을 살고 싶어한다. 이나는 완벽한 파트너를 간절히 원한다. 엔텡은 이나와 사랑에 빠지는 마법에 걸리게 되고 그의 진실이 밝혀지게 되는데..

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L Strong Language

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The bosses send word out that Don must die. Don has been living in Thailand for the past five years and goes to a remote settlement to pick up a shipment of cocaine. Instead of a normal transaction, Don has to fight his way out because the more powerful European dealers want him dead. He then inexplicably goes back to Malaysia where he surrenders to Roma and Inspector Malik. Don is sentenced to death and sent to a Malaysian prison where he meets his old rival Vardhaan. Don and Vardhaan escape the prison by poisoning all the inmates and go to Zurich, Switzerland, where Don meets his girlfriend and trusted companion, Ayesha.

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chRONIcLE Rated PG - 13 Stars Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell Director Josh Trank

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

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

LaST SaMURaI Rated R Stars Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly Director Edward Zwick

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

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

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

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

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

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

MISSION IMpOSSIBLE: GhOST pROTOcOL RatedPG13 Stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton Director Brad Bird

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

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

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

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

hUGO Rated PG Stars Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz Director Martin Scorsese

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

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

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

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

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

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

cONTRaBaND Rated R Stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi Director Baltasar Kormákur


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

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

aVaTaR RatedPG13 Stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana Director James Cameron

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

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

ShERLOck hOLMES: a GaME OF ShaDOWS Rated PG13 Stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace Director Guy Ritchie

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

SOMEThING’S GOTTa GIVE Rated PG13 Stars Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves Director Nancy Meyers

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

ThE VOW Rated PG-13 Stars Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill Director Michael Sucsy

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

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

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

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500 DayS oF SuMMeR Rated PG-13 Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel Director Marc Webb hoMe alone Rated PG Stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern Director Chris Columbus

alVin anD the chiPMunkS: chiPwReckeD Rated G Stars Jason Lee, Justin Long, Christina Applegate Director Mike Mitchell in heR ShoeS Rated PG-13 Stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine Director Curtis Hanson

coP out Rated R Stars Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody Director Kevin Smith

Down with loVe Rated PG-13 Stars Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellwegger Director Peyton Reed

FaMily Stone Rated PG-13 Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes Director Thomas Bezucha

he’S JuSt not that into you Rated PG-13 Stars Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck Director Ken Kwapis

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

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

MaRley & Me Rated PG Stars Owen Wilson Jennifer Aniston Kathleen Turner Director David Frankel

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

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

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

one FoR the Money Rated PG-13 Stars Katherine Heigl, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds Director Julie Anne Robinson

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

Sex anD the city Rated R Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis Director Michael Patrick King

Sex anD the city 2 Rated R Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis Director Michael Patrick King

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

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

the whole nine yaRDS Rated R Stars Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanne Arquette Director Jonathan Lynn

toweR heiSt Rated PG-13 Stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck Director Brett Ratner

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

we Bought a Zoo Rated PG Stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson Director Cameron Crowe

what haPPenS in VegaS Rated PG-13 Stars Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah Director Tom Vaughan


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FantaStic MR. Fox Rated PG Stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Anjelica Huston Director Wes Anderson

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

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

the ant Bully Rated PG Stars Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep Director John A. Davis

the SiMPSonS MoVie Rated PG-13 Stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright Director David Silvermani

yogi BeaR

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

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

Man on FiRe Rated R Stars Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, C. Walken Director Tony Scott

Rated PG Stars Anna Faris Dan Aykroyd Justin Timberlake Director Eric Brevig

looney tuneS Back in action

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

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

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

a tIME to kIll Rated R Stars Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson Director Joel Schumacher

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

bEfoRE SunSEt Rated R Stars Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff Director Richard Linklater

bIg MIRaClE Rated PG Stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson Director Ken Kwapis

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

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

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

I aM SaM Rated PG-13 Stars Sean Penn Michelle Pfeiffer Dakota Fanning Director Jessie Nelson

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

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

My naME IS khan Rated PG-13 Stars Shahrukh Khan, Christopher Duncan, Steffany Huckaby Director Karan Johar

My SIStER’S kEEPER Rated PG-13 Stars Cameron Diaz Alec Baldwin Joan Cusack Director Nick Cassavetes

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

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

thE buCkEt lISt Rated PG-13 Stars Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes Director Rob Reiner

thE DESCEnDantS Rated R Stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges Director Alexander Payne

thE IRon laDy Rated PG-13 Stars Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant Director Phyllida Lloyd

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

tIME tRavElERS WIfE Rated PG-13 Stars Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston Director Robert Schwentke

thE tWIlIght Saga: bREakIng DaWn Pt1 Rated PG-13 Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Director Bill Condon

WaR hoRSE Rated PG-13 Stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis Director Steven Spielberg

CatCh ME... I’M In lovE Rated GP Stars Sarah Geronimo, Gerald Anderson Director Wenn Deramas

EntEng ng Ina Mo Rated GP Stars Vic Sotto, Eugene Domingo, Marvin Agustin, Nikki Valdez, Oyo Sotto and Ai Ai delas Alas Director Tony Y. Reyes

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

In thE naME of lovE Rated PG Stars Aga Muhlach, Angel Locsin Director Olivia Lamasan

ngayon at kaIlanMan Rated PG Stars Richard Gomez, Sharon Cuneta, Mark Gil, Rustom Padilla Director Joel Lamangan

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

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

anothER CInDERElla StoRy Rated PG Stars Selena Gomez, Andrew Seeley, Jane Lynch Director Damon Santostefano

Joyful noISE Rated PG Stars Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer Director Todd Graff

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>> The movie is inspired by a true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.

Channing Tatum plays Leo, a husband who is trying to win his amnesiac wife’s heart again, played by Rachel McAdams.


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

* Via Singapore * Except Xiamen

Flights of Fancy





Femme Fatale

Doo-wops & Hooligans

Mylo Xyloto

Break the Spell

Who You Are

My Worlds Acoustic

Born This Way

Talk that Talk

Get Your Heart On Simple Plan

Now That’s What I Call Music! 39 Various Artists

Various Artists

I’ll Be Seeing You

One Heart

Sarah Geronimo

The Definitive Collection of Hits CD 1

It’s Time

Wonder World



Jessie J

With Love

Justin Bieber

Duets - In Harmony Martin Nievera

Britney Spears

Lady Gaga

Himig ng Damdamin Martin Nievera

Bruno Mars


Magpakailanman Regine Velasquez & Ogie Alcasid



Richard Poon

Recovery (Clean)


Now That’s What I Call Music! 41

The Company


Gary Valenciano




Aisubeki Mirai E

Japanese Singer Ken Hirai


Eason Chan

LeeHom-New+Best Selections LeeHom Wang

Stephanie Sun

Wonder Girls



Glee: The Music, Season Disney’s Greatest Vol. 1 3 Vol.7 Various Artists


Glee Cast

Chillout Lounge

Various Artists

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


David Arkenstone

Kidz Bop 19

The Very Best of John Coltrane John Coltrane


Flights of Fancy

Ultimate Tony Tony Bennett

The Wayman Tisdale Story

Wayman Tisdale

Brazil Lounge Deluxe Various Artists

WHO YOU ARE: JEssiE J After her international hit, “Price Tag," English singersongwriter Jessie J displays her singing prowess in her 13-track debut album Who You Are. The album is a collection of her wide-ranging songs, from the upbeat, spunky rap “Do It Like a Dude” to the moving acoustic “Who You Are." This album speaks of her confidence in covering a wide range of vocals. While the album received mixed reviews, BBC reviewed the album as “a guaranteed commercial hit." Nevertheless, Who You Are cements a promising international career for this 22-year-old musician.




O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits

Legacy, Greatest Hits Collection

Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Nothing But The Best

True Blue

Love Songs

Nat King Cole

What's The Story Morning Glory

The Very Best of Sergio Mendes

Sounds of Silence

The Greatest Hits

Gold Greatest Hits

Elton John


Simon & Garfunkel

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


Frank Sinatra


Boyz II Men


Sergio Mendes

Whitney Houston


Original Broadway Cast

Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers Various Artists

Despite experiencing a career downhill before her untimely death, Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits album proves that Houston is one of the best musicians of all time. This two-disc album is an anthology of alltime favorites like “I Will Always Love You,"

Glee: The Music Vol. 4

“One Moment in Time," and “I Have Nothing." It displays her spectacularly wide-ranging vocals, from up-tempo remixes like “How Will I Know” to soulful ballads like “You Give Good Love."


Various Artists

French Impression Joshua Bell

Greatest Hits: WHitney Houston

The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe CD1

The String Quartet Tribute To Valentine’s Day Vitamin String Quartet

Upon her death in February 2012, her album dethroned Adele’s 21 on the Grammy weekend and re-entered the Billboard 200 at no. 6—a testimony to Houston’s undying legacy in the music industry.

Various Artist

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Flights of Fancy



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BEST OF 60S, 70 S & 80S

Stay tuned with DJ Claire as she brings you the latest OPM Hits from Nina, Aiza Seguerra, Angeline Quinto & many more onboard Philippine Airlines!

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

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

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


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Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Gary Valenciano (Star Recording)

Huwag Na Lang Kaya True Faith (OctoArts EMI Music)

Part Of Me Katy Perry (Capitol Records)

Stayin' Alive Bee Gees (RSO)

Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala Bugoy Drilon (Star Recording)

Muntik Nang Maabot Ang Langit True Faith (OctoArts EMI Music)

Get Yourself Back Home Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch (Fueled by Ramen)

Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel (Geffen)

Dadalhin Bryan Termulo (Star Recording)

(Awit Para) Sa Kanya True Faith (OctoArts EMI Music)

Hanggang Angeline Quinto (Star Recording)

Ulan Rivermaya (BMG Records)

Kailangan Kita Jovit Baldivino (Star Recording)

214 Rivermaya (BMG Records)

However Much Love Nina (Universal Records)

Himala Rivermaya (BMG Records)

Believe In The Dream Nina (Universal Records)

Kisapmata Rivermaya (BMG Records)

I Don't Want To Fight Nina (Universal Records)

Harana Parokya Ni Edgar (Universal Records)

Paradise Coldplay (Parlophone)

The Sound Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel (Sony Music)

Missing You Nina (Universal Records)

Ang Huling El Bimbo Eraserheads (BMG Records)

Try With Me Nicole Scherzinger (Interscope)

California Dreamin' The Mamas & The Papas (MCA Records)

Hagkan Nina (Universal Records)

Magasin Eraserheads (BMG Records)

Off the Record Tinchy Stryder (ft. Calvin Harris & Burns) (Universal)

Good Thing Fine Young Cannibals (London Records)

Sukob Na Aiza Seguerra (Star Recording)

Pare Ko Eraserheads (BMG Records)

When You Wish Upon A Star Aiza Seguerra (Star Recording)

Ligaya Eraserheads (BMG Records)

Someone's Waiting For You Aiza Seguerra (Star Recording)

Tag-Ulan After Image (DYNA Records)

Sana 'Di Lang Puro Sana Aiza Seguerra (Star Recording)

Habang May Buhay After Image (DYNA Records)

Turn Up the Music Chris Brown (RCA)

Faith George Michael (Columbia)

Questions Bamboo (PolyEast Records)

Kahit Kailan South Border (Sony Music)

Lego House Ed Sheeran (Warner Music)

I Write the Songs Barry Manilow (Arista)

In Shadow Bamboo (PolyEast Records)

Rainbow South Border (Sony Music)

Tonight is the Night Outasight (Warner Bros.)

Love Is a Battlefield Pat Benatar (Chrysalis)

Patuloy Ang Pangarap Angeline Quinto (Star Recording)

Love Of My Life South Border (Sony Music)

Kunin Mo Na Ang Lahat Sa Akin Angeline Quinto (Star Recording)

Before I Let You Go Freestyle (Viva Records)

Muling Magmamahal Angeline Quinto (Star Recording)

So Slow Freestyle (Viva Records)

Sana Ngayon Lang Ang Kahapon Angeline Quinto (Star Recording)

Til I Found You Freestyle (Viva Records)

What Makes You Beautiful One Direction (Sony Music) Laser Light Jessie J ft. David Guetta (Lava, Island) Young, Wild & Free Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg & Bruno Mars (DS/Rostrum/ Atlantic) A Thousand Years Christina Perri (Atlantic) Wild Ones Flo Rida ft. Sia (Atlantic) Talk That Talk Rihanna ft. Jay-Z (Def Jam)

Pass at Me Timbaland ft. Pitbull (Interscope) Titanium David Guetta ft. Sia (Virgin, EMI) Don't Stop (Color on the Walls) Foster the People (Columbia) Naked Dev ft. Enrique Iglesias (Universal Republic)

Me Without You Loick Essien (Sony Music) Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) Kelly Clarkson (RCA) Take A Chance on Me JLS (Epic Records/ Sony) When We Stand Together Nickelback (Roadrunner)

Life in the Fast Lane The Eagles (Asylum) Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran (EMI) Hold Me Now Thompson Twins (Arista) Got to Be Real Cheryl Lynn (Columbia) Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas (20th Century)

Billie Jean Michael Jackson (Epic) I Get Around The Beach Boys (Capitol Records) Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)

Holiday Madonna (Warner Bros). Young Girl Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (Sony Music) Girls Just Want to Have Fun Cyndi Lauper (Epic)

What Do You Take Me For? Pixie Lott ft. Pusha T (Mercury)

Saturday In The Park Chicago (Columbia)

Breathe Again Jed Madela (Universal Records)

Crawling Back To You Daughtry (RCA)

New Year's Day U2 (Island)

Later Jed Madela (Universal Records)

Work Out J. Cole (Columbia)

Sorry Suzanne The Hollies (EMI) Behind Blue Eyes The Who (MCA) The End Of The World Skeeter Davis (BMG)


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

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

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


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Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) Glee Cast (Twentieth Century Fox Film)

Nomad Ken Navarro (Positive Music)

La Vie Boheme (Rent) Original Cast Recording (Universal Music)

Just To Be Bindu (Orange Music)

Party Rock Anthem "The Chipmunks & The Chipettes" (Atlantic Records)

Take Her To The Mardi Gras Harry Connick Jr (Sony Music)

Tonight (West Side Story) Jim Bryant, Marni Nixon (Sony Music)

The Rose Acker Bilk (SNS Production)

Superstitious Keiko Lee (Sony BMG)

Dancing Through Life (from Wicked) Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Fitzgerald & Idina Menzel (Universal Classics Group)

Earthglow David Benoit (Concord Music)

A Thousand Years Christina Perri (Atlantic Records) The Best Day Ever Spongebob Squarepants (Sony Music) Mistletoe Justin Bieber (Island Def Jam Music) Burning Love Wynonna (Walt Disney Records)

Siesta Yoshiko Kishino (Universal Music) Is'etang Stacey Kent (Blue Note)

All The Way Up Alana De Fonseca (Walt Disney Records)

The Boy From Ipanema Diana Krall (The Verve Music)

If I Didn't Have You (Monsters, Inc.) Billy Crystal & John Goodman (Walt Disney Records)

Ophelia Madeleine Peyroux (Universal Music)

I Thought I Lost You (Bolt) Miley Cyrus & John Travolta (Walt Disney Records)

Mr Broadway Dave Brubeck (Columbia)

Everyday Princess (The Princess & The Frog) Anika Noni Rose (Sony Music) What Makes You Beautiful One Direction (Sony Music)

What A Wonderful Morning Ray Charles (Concord Records)

Let A Father Stand By His Son (The Pirate Queen) Original Cast Recording (Sony BMG) Reel Around The Sun (Riverdance) Brian Kennedy (Decca) I'm Still Here (Follies) Elaine Paige (PS Classics) Gypsy Strip (Gypsy) Louise and Company (Angel Records) Copacabana (Copacabana) The Company (First Night Records) Night Fever (Saturday Night Fever) Adam Garcia and Company (Polydor)

I Loves You Porgy Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White & Chaka Khan (Forever Unlimited) King Cry-Baby (Cry-Baby) James Intveld (MCA) Not Too Young No Ordinary Love Chris Trousdale & Nevermind (Walt Disney Records) Chris Botti (Decca) In The Heights (In The Heights) Lin-Manuel Miranda (Sh-K-Boom) The Song Of The Heart (Happy Feet) Blue Rondo A La Turk Prince (Atlantic Records) David Benoit (Peak Records) Don't Stop Believin (Rock Of Ages) Breakthrough Original Cast Recording (New Line Records) Lemonade Mouth (Walt Disney Records) Laziest Girl In Town Lisa Ekdahl (Sony Music) Live For The One I Love Up, Up And Away (Up) (Notre-Dame de Paris) Laura Lynn/ Marc Larocque/ Neil Donell/ S. Martin (Walt The Eagle And Me Celine Dion (Epic) Disney Records) Jane Monheit (Emarcy) Get Your Shine On Journey To Moscow (Anna Karenina) Jesse McCartney (Walt Disney Records) Winter Sun Original Cast Recording (LML Music) Esperanza Spalding (Heads Up) Aloha, E Komo Mai (Lilo & Stitch) Dragon Lady (Forbidden City) Jump5 (Walt Disney Records) Misty Roses Kate, Morrison and company (SRT) Astrud Gilberto (Verve) You'll Be In My Heart Usher (Walt Disney Records) Blue Water, Green Hills Have You Met Miss Jones? (Madam What's Next) Winnie the Pooh The Oscar Peterson Trio (Polygram) Original Cast Recording (Expert Music) Zooey Deschanel & M Ward (Walt Disney Records) Take You To Rio Ester Dean (Interscope Records)

I Don't Want To Go To School The Naked Brothers Band (Sony BMG Music) Do You Believe In Magic? (Peter Pan) BBMak (Walt Disney Records) Grim Grinning Ghosts (Haunted Mansion) Los Lobos (Walt Disney Records) Ultimate Lindsay Lohan (Walt Disney Records) I Just Can't Wait To Be King Aaron Carter (Walt Disney Records)

It Might As Well Be Spring André Previn (Universal Music) Tides of Eden Johannes Linstead (Gemini Sun Records) Save The Best For Last Inishkea (EMI Music) If You Believe Taliesin Orchestra (Prestige Records) It Might Be You Grusin David/ Bergman Alan/ Bergman Marilyn (Music Street) '73 Jamie Bonk (Bonk Productions) Before The Next Teardrops Fall Various Artists (EQ Music) La Fogata Eri c Ti ngstad & Nancy Ru m b e l ( Na ra d a Productions) Enchanted Jeffrey Michael (ST Music International) All Through The Night Earl Klugh (Warner Bros.) One Moment In Time The Moonlight String Orchestra (Warner Bros.) Violet Jeff Oster (Jeff Oster) Shadow And Light Craig Chaquico (Higher Octave Music) Heart And Soul Kenny G (Concord Music) Lady In Red Various Artists (Rondor Music) Something Stupid Richard Clayderman (Rock Records) Serenade Jim Brickman (BMG) Stella By Starlight Francis Purcell (Racso)

The Glow Shannon Saunders (Walt Disney Records) Away, Away, Away (Pirates) Randy Crenshaw (Walt Disney Records) Phil Of The Future Theme Song Cast Version (Walt Disney Records)

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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.

JOhN williams

The Four Seasons: Allegro (III) from "Spring" Camerata Academica Würzburg, Conductor: Hans Reinartz (Denon)


Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49 - IV. Allegro Assai Appasionato Chung Trio - Piano: Myung-Whun Chung, Violin: Kyung-Wha Chung, Cello: MyungWha Chung (Decca)


Harp Concerto Op. 25 - II. Molto Moderato Harp: Xavier de Maistre, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Bertrand de Billy (RCA) Oboe Concerto In C Minor - I. Andante e Spiccato Trumpet: Alison Balsom, Scottish Ensemble, Leader: Jonathan Morton (EMI) Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D Major BWV 1054 - I Piano & Conductor: Murray Perahia, Academy of St Martin In The Fields (Sony Music) Violin Concerto in B Minor Op. 61 - II. Andante Violin: Kennedy, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle (EMI)

Prelude In G Sharp Minor Op. 32, No. 12: Allegro Piano: Hélène Grimaud, Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Warner) Homenaje a Tárrega, Op. 69: Soleares Guitar: John Williams (Sony Music)

Flights of Fancy

미치겠어 틴 탑 (Teen Top) (LOEN)


高飛 張杰 (Rock)

Time Is Up

E-Girls (AVEX)

MAMORE!!! アイドリング!!! (PONY CANYON) 初恋サイダー Buono! (UP-FRONT WORKS)

イエス Acid Black Cherry (AVEX)

SEASONS 赤西 仁 (Warner Music) つけまつける きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ(Warner Music) ずるいよ・・・ Milky Bunny (PONY CANYON)

今夜はから騒ぎ 東京事変 (EMI MUSIC)

サヨナラ 愛しのピーターパンシンド ローム

Symphony No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 82 1. Tempo Molto Moderato - LargamenteWiener Philharmoniker, Conductor: Leonard Bernstein (Deutsche Grammophon)

小太陽的願望 自由發揮 (Universal)

dal shabet

Hit U(Feat. Bigtone)

Souvenir de Bohème The Philharmonics (Deutsche Grammophon)

String Quartet K421 in D Minor - IV. Allegretto Ma Non Troppo Quatuor Ebène (Virgin)

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

受夠了 蕭亞軒 (Gold Typhoon)

冬のベンチ シド (Ki/oon Records)

Concerto En Sol Pour Piano Et Orchestre (Live) - I. Allegramente Piano: Roger Muraro, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung (Deutsche Grammophon)

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

Calling You

Valse D 365 No. 2 "Trauerwalzer" Guitar: Göran Söllscher (Deutsche Grammophon)

Piano Concerto No. 2 In G Major, Op. 44 - 2. Andante Non Troppo Piano: Hai-Kyung Suh, Violin Solo: Alexander Shustin, Cello Solo: Simon Kovarsky, St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Alexander Dmitriev (Deutsche Grammophon)


SMAP (Victor Entertainment)



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

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ループ&ループ アジアン・カンフー・ジェネレーション (Ki/oon Records)

もう最後になると・・・ 大国男児 (Sony Music Records) メッセージ 植村花菜 (KING RECORDS)

口説きながら麻布十番 duet with み のもんた SDN48 (UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC)

ホロスコープ 中川翔子 (Sony Music Records) グッドラック BUMP OF CHICKEN (TOY'S FACTORY)

Led Apple (LOEN)

勢在必行 陳勢安 (Linfair Records)

러시안룰렛 (Russian Roulette) 스피카 (SPICA) (B2M)

大大的擁抱 A-Lin (Avex)

난리나 블락비 (BlockB) (LOEN)

证据 刘力扬 (HIM) 看穿 陳奕迅 (Universal) 知足 紀家盈(家家) (B’In Music) 郊遊郊很久 浩角翔起 (Rock) “歸宿” 吳雨霏 (Universal) 十二月二十 謝安琪 (Universal)

Once Upon A Time


미료 (Nega Network) 비밀연애 B.A.P feat 송지은of Secret (LOEN) 지독하게 FT Island (FNC Music) 전쟁이야 엠블랙 (MBLAQ) (CJ E&M) 마녀가 된 이유 NS윤지 (Sony) 너 따윈 버리고(Feat. 타이거 JK) 브라이언 (CJ E&M) 나나나 알리 (ALi) (LOEN)

古巨基 (EEG)


我要去旅行 弦子 (Enjoy Music)


下半場 吳建豪 (Universal) 不要不要 卓文萱 (Rock)

When You Are in Love

Poetree feat 정엽 (LOEN) Sweet Sorrow feat 이소라 (GEM)

Like You (Feat. 아이유) 원티드 (Wanted) (LOEN) 베짱이 찬가 써니힐 (LOEN)

許哲珮 (Wonder Music)

내가 노래를 못해도 SE7EN (YG Entertainment)

漂流瓶 柯震東/陳妍希 (Sony)

안돼 양요섭 (Beast) (CJ E&M)

讓我罩著你 MP魔幻力量 (B’In Music)

헤어지는 방법 규현 (Super Junior) (CJ E&M)

當我們一起走過 蘇打綠 (Universal)

꿈이라고 생각해 허가윤 (4minute) (CJ E&M)


Know Your Name(Feat. Dok2) 박재범(CJ E&M)


참고 살아 (be...) 다이나믹 듀오(Dynamic Duo) (CJ E&M)

変わったかたちの石 KinKi Kids (Johnny's Entertainment)

달샤벳 (Dal★shabet) (CJ E&M)

五月天 (Rock) 张继聪 (Gold Typhoon) 只有一事不成全你 周柏豪 (Warner) 眼淚花 小肥 (Gold Typhoon)

꽃보다 그대가 (feat Simon D) Young Jun (LOEN)


Miss A (AQ Entertainment)

OUTBOUND tHe BiG BANG tHeoRY episode: The Irish Pub Formulation

Wipeout SpRiNG

Keep your giggles handy! You'll never know when you will need them for this show! 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!

A beautiful woman who moves into an apartment next door to two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory. A visit from Raj's sister creates tension among the guys—especially when Leonard keeps an affair secret from Sheldon, Howard and Raj.

An action-packed family gameshow where contestants compete in the world's biggest television obstacle race to win the grand cash prize. Twenty-four contestants compete against each other and the clock to make it through obstacle courses and be one of the final 4 who will face the Wipeout Zone. The contestant with the fastest time wins $50,000.


NASA 360 Environmentally Responsible Aviation

Glee episode: Duets – Season 2, Episode 4

Asian Air Safari flies high with a visit to the Philippines’ Southern Pearl. Get reacquainted with the majestic Philippine Eagle and other local fauna and witness how volunteers have been working hard for the conservation of the animals’ natural habitat. Then experience a real tropical paradise at Samal Islands’ Pearl Farm Resort.

The series NASA 360 examines how technologies developed by or for NASA are used in everything from space exploration to everyday consumer products. Find out how NASA is making new aircraft more efficient and less noisy.

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



JuSt FoR lAuGHS episode: Season 10, Episode 1


Wipeout Don't Fear The Beaver

It's more than just travel. It's all Twenty-four contestants compete about discovery and adventure. against each other and the clock to Episodes: Bacolod, Bangkok, Seoul, make it through wild obstacle courses to ultimately be one of the final 4. The Guam and Hawaii final 4 then face the Wipeout Zone. The contestant with the fastest time wins $50,000. This episode features a river guide with an extreme fear of beavers.

Wipeout The Birds, The Bees and The Bedbugs

Glee Season 2 Episode 1 – Audition

Glee Season 2 Episode 2 – Britney/Brittany

Players will deliver spills, tumbles and falls as they face new obstacles such as The Bed Bugs, and gain speed on the Springavator before they jump onto the Big Balls, all before being served up breakfast in the Wipeout Kitchen.

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

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

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

Flights of Fancy



>> the chessboard has 64 squares and

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

>> austrian-american wilhelm Steinitz


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

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

>> the current world Chess Champion,

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

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

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

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

in-flight SUDOKU

IN-fLIght tEtrIS


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

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.

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:

>> >> >> 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.

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


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


Flights of Fancy

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