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Filipino Gondoliers in Macau
ne time I was watching The National Geographic Channel and they were showing a behind-the-scenes feature of the making of the Venetian hotel (photo below) in Macau. Apparently, they ran out of real Venetian gondoliers to recruit because they had already pirated many for the Venetian Las Vegas, and so where do you think they turned to? The Philippines, of course! So there they were, as shown by National Geographic in a training room, a group of Filipinos smiling as they were learning to master common Italian phrases and songs sung by the gondoliers of Venice. It really is a perfect match. The Filipinos are almost the same as the Italians in temperament—fun and easy going, stylish, passionate, creative, and with most men being mama’s boys! Coincidentally, our cover story is Macau and our well-connected contributor, Cynthia Rosenfeld who writes regularly for Time and Condé Nast Traveler magazines, gives a rundown of the latest dazzling attractions in Asia’s entertainment capital. I won’t let on what she listed but I can tell you it’s more than casinos. But as far as gambling revenues are concerned, Macau already beat Las Vegas as early as 2006. Now, Macau’s US$23.1 billion gambling income is four times more than Vegas. How big is this? Converted to Philippine pesos, it is around Php993 billion (equivalent to almost 60% of our Php1.645 trillion Philippine government budget for this fiscal year). You have to admire how smart China is when it opened gambling (used to be a monopoly by Stanley Ho) in Macau instead of having all these billions of dollars going to Las Vegas or Monaco. It is a dream of writers to be published globally. We have an inspirational interview of how Filipina Samantha SottoYambao succeeded in having her book, Before Ever After, published by the world’s biggest English pulisher—Random House. We also have an interview with colorful celebrity, Tessa Prieto-Valdes—the Sea Princess—who shared her travel adventures (left photo). Thank you Tessa for finding time. On a final note, we always try to evolve the magazine to make it more appealing. In this issue, we have revived providing more tidbits of information and changed our layout with a neater look and more white spaces and fun accents. We hope you like it.
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HANDS OF THE POTTERS
NYX MARTINEZ chats with the famous Pettyjohn couple, whose patience in crafting art from clay propelled Philippine contemporary pottery.
34 24 HOURS IN DUMAGUETE
If you only have a day to spare, COOKIE MICALLER plots an itinerary to maximize a brief stay in Dumaguete.
40 BACOLOD’S MASSKARA FESTIVAL
Game mask on! Happening every October, preview the party at one of the Philippines’ most famous festivals—Bacolod’s Masskara Festival.
46 CONVERSATIONS: SAMANTHA SOTTO-YAMBAO
Mabuhay sits down with Samantha SottoYambao, the first Filipina writer to be published by the largest English-based trade book publisher, Random House.
56 WHAT’S HOT IN MACAU
From high-rolling hotels to water fountainfilled shows, CYNTHIA ROSENFELD shows what keeps Asia’s gambling capital beating.
68 HONG KONG’S DINING SECRETS
Writer and foodie EDUARDO CATACUTAN reveals how to enjoy Hong Kong’s private kitchens. We, at Philippine Airlines, are happy to have you on board. Please sit back and relax, and allow us to make your flight enjoyable. For your own safety and convenience, please observe the regulations listed on the back pages. “Mabuhay” is a Filipino verb in the form of a command: “Live!” It is also a wish: “May you live!” Whoever says it wishes you the great gift of a long and full life. It is both a blessing and a lusty cheer. “Mabuhay” (ma-boo-high) is such a large word that it lends itself to a wide number of secondary uses: Welcome, Congratulations, Thanks, Godspeed, Hello, Good Luck, Cheers, Posit, Sante, Viva, Kambei, Aloha, and many other expressions of goodwill. All these are a part of life, but it is the gift of life that makes them possible. “Mabuhay,” in other words, is an invocation and a celebration of life itself.
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Editor’s Note What’s Up Travel Log The Lighter Side Last Frame PAL Pages
ON THE COVER
Design to thrill and excite guests as they enter Wynn Macau (www. wynnmacau.com), the Tree of Prosperity performance is a choreographic masterpiece of shimmering sculptural patterns, music, video, and light. Photo by Rommel Bundalian
SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE
DODO CATACUTAN is a Hong Kong-based journalist who, despite the wide and delightful culinary choices in his adopted city, still feels that the best food in Hong Kong is served at gatherings of Pinay helpers on their days off. That being said, he’s not one to turn down a food escapade in Hong Kong’s private kitchens and affordable Michelin-starred establishments (page 68). He says: If I could be in a movie, I’d play Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy. The most beautiful word to me is “quaint.”
After an interesting decade of photojournalism in Manila—covering everything from political revolutions to golf tournaments—DANTE PERALTA left to cover Hong Kong. In “Hong Kong’s Private Kitchens” (page 68), his geographic knowledge came in handy as he tracked down this hyper city’s private kitchens. He says: If I could be in a movie, I’d play Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. The most beautiful word to me is “demure.” www.ajdesigns.com.hk/
From the sleepy breeze of the Northern Marianas Islands to the happy chaos of Hong Kong, COOKIE MICALLER is now back home doing communications management for corporate clients. Her account of a day in Dumaguete (page 34), however, includes everything that’s dear and familiar about the place. She says: If I could be in a movie, I’d play Dottie in A League of their Own. The most beautiful word to me is “grace.”
CYNTHIA ROSENFELD’s travel writing career began at Condé Nast in New York City in 2001. The Yale graduate served as a Contributing Editor for Condé Nast Traveler covering Asia. These days, she is a consultant (www. cynthiarosenfeld.com) to the world’s ﬁnest hotels on creating and developing extraordinary guest experiences, writing up favorite ﬁnds en route for leading publications. In Asia, Macau (page 56) remains one of the most exciting places for her. She says: If I could be in a movie, I’d play Jane Fonda’s character Corrie in Barefoot in the Park. The most beautiful word to me is “kaleidoscope.”
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MANILA FAME INTERNATIONAL OCTOBER 16-19 I 9 A.M. – 6 P.M. SMX CONVENTION CENTER, MALL OF ASIA COMPLEX, PASAY CITY
Accredited by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers, FAME showcases all the latest home fashion trends— from kitchen apparel and tableware to furniture and home décor.
The month of October offers street dancing and ghoulish treats.
into a neighborhood lawn of the dead to celebrate Halloween. Expect several trick-or-treat stations and for a few extra bucks, you can even go on a haunted hayride! www.springspreserve.org.
www.manilafame.com. MASSKARA FESTIVAL OCTOBER R 1-19 I BACOLOD CITY
With visitors donning multicolored masks, and dancing through the streets in gaiety, this annual event is one of the Philippines’ most popular festivals. Don’t MassKara miss the Electric Mass Performing Float and street dance competitions.
WARAI FESTIVAL OCTOBER 8 NIU-JINJA SHRINE, WAKAYAMA
THE RUNNING OF THE SHEEP OCTOBER 2 BOOROWA, NEW SOUTH WALES
This is one of those weird and wonderful events you have to see at least once in your lifetime. Sheep are herded through the streets of the town by farmers on quadbikes, and are cheered on by a sea of people.
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL OCTOBER 18 – 23 I GRANVILLE ISLAND
Every year in October, the biggest writers and book buffs come together in their version of Disneyland: The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. The event hosts 70 events which include readings, panel discussions, and interviews. In its 24-year history, some of the event’s featured writers include John Irving, Ian McEwan, and J.K. Rowling. www.writersfest.bc.ca.
HAUNTED HARVEST OCTOBER 14-16, 21-23, 28-31 5 P.M. – 9 P.M. SPRINGS PRESERVE, S. VALLEY VIEW BOULEVARD
Every weekend of October, Springs Preserve transforms
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Japanese legend tells of a goddess named Niutsu Hime No Mikoto who once hid in a shrine. Worried villagers tried everything to get her to come out and the one thing that convinced her was the sound of laughter. The Warai is literally a festival of laughter where participants laugh at the command of a laugh leader.
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The success of Asian Pop has escalated through the years, and has garnered quite a following in America and various European countries. Korea’s annual Asia Song Festival is a toast to the success of Asian Pop talents. www.koﬁce.or.kr.
La Vida Luxe When you have to reach a lobby through waterfall and crystal light effects and a gold and copper entrance, you know you are not in a boring hotel. Indeed, it is as the Luxe Manor in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong prides itself as “bizarrely hip.” Take their Dada Bar (top photo), which is inspired by the Dadaism art movement (later led to surrealism) that promotes contrast and rule breaking. But this boutique hotel is not all form—its restaurant boasts of a 3-Michelin star Executive Chef Bonelli and it won as “The Best Boutique Hotel” during last year’s 21st TTG Travel Awards. Rates start at HK$2,600. www.theluxemanor.com.
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Canon donates to Philippine Eagle Foundation
CASA ROCES Right across Malacañang Palace, the country’s seat of power, is a restaurant that evokes the elegance of the Philippine Commonwealth era. Called “Casa Roces,” it once served as the ancestral home of one of the prime movers of Philippine media, the Roces clan. Based on their heirloom recipes, the cuisine is inspired by Filipino and Spanish influences. 1153 J.P. Laurel St. corner Aguado St., San Miguel, Manila. (+632) 735 5896 or (+632) 708 4020 x email@example.com
Canon Marketing (Phils.), Inc., has donated a photo booth to the Philippine Eagle Foundation to help raise funds for its projects. The funds generated by the photo booth will enable the foundation to do projects such as conservation breeding programs, ﬁeld research, constructive education programs, and communitybased initiatives. Good job, Canon!
WALK AROUND … Drop by the Malacañang Palace to peek into the lives of the past and present Philippine presidents, and stroll down the nearby streets. Old Manila Walks offers the “Power, Palace, and a Shot of Beer” walk for Php1,100/pax inclusive of snacks. Visit www.oldmanilawalks.com for more information.
Mabuhay’s resident food writer, Chef Ernest Gala, chooses some of Manila’s best dishes.
AVENETO PIZZERIA RISTORANTE (with branches in major malls)—The ﬂavorful meatballs complement well with the excellent sauce that is rich in tomato and basil. The scent alone leaves a lasting impression. Runners-up: Italianni’s (www.italiannis. com.ph) for its authentic and balanced taste, al dente pasta, and huge serving. The Parmesan cheese gives it bite and a sharp ﬂavor. Sbarro (www. sbarro.ph) for its value for money. The sauce is not too sweet, while the chunky meat adds texture and character. 16 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
AMBER (www.amber.com.ph)— The long queues are self-explanatory. Well, you can lick your lips in anticipation as it is worth the wait. The toppings and noodles are generous, while the smothering sauce is rich and intense. Runners-up: Via Mare (www.viamare.com.ph) for top quality palabok (Filipino noodles topped with shrimp sauce) with sauce so smooth and Red Ribbon (www. redribbonbakeshop.com.ph) for the delectable ingredients that make it consistent and reﬁned. The clean ﬂavor makes it a prominent dish in the menu. Ernest studied in various culinary schools such as the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary & Pasty Arts in Calebria, Italy; Le Moulin de Mougins Alain Llorca, Cannes, France; Ecole Ritz Escoffier in Paris Ritz Hotel, and Ecole Lenotre Pattiserie, Plaisir Cedex, France; and at the Thai Cooking School, Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
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CHEERS TO BEERS! As the world raises mugs to celebrate the Oktoberfest, drink up some facts about one of the world’s most favorite drinks! WHO DRINKS THE MOST? The real
heavyweights are the Czechs, who drink more beer per capita than any other country on the planet! In Plzeň (or Pilsen), food and drinks are generally cheap, so travel there to discover where the original 1842 Pilsener beer came from.
TOP 5 BEER-DRINKING COUNTRIES:
Model: Ida Calumpang; Photos by Mel Gatchalian
1. Czech Republic 2. Ireland 3. Germany 4. Australia 5. Austria Source: www.cnbc.com
TYPES OF BEER What you should remember are the two well-known beer categories: “Lagers” (top-fermented), with their clean, crisp taste, and “Ales” (bottom-fermented), with their stronger, more yeasty taste. Then, there are lots of other specialty beers with all kinds of ingredients, like Ginger Beer, Honey Beer, and even Smoked Beer! DRINK UP, IT’S HEALTHY! In
moderation, of course! Beer contains vitamins B, B2, and B6 plus calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. If you are real health conscious, try dark beer, which has more natural oxidants than light beer.
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The Reserve Liquor Lounge (City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Avenue; +632 470 2776) is called so because you’d do best to book a table way ahead. It gets crazy packed late at night. Budget about Php150 per drink.
Draft Gastro Pub (Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City; +632 890 6046) has several imported beers on tap. Order the Angry Drunk Mussels to go with that, or on their own—they’re drenched in what else, but beer. Imported brews at Php300.
Craft Pub and Grill (Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City; +632 846 1715) feels like your college days where the cafeteria was noisy but good fun. Select international brews here, from craft beers to ale, to beer towers for the stable. Imported brews at Php165.
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The Distillery (Eastwood, Makati and Fort branches; +6322 403 5293), with three branches in great locations, is popular for its wide selection. Partygoers often ﬂock to its Jupiter, Makati City branch to dance.
The ancient Babylonians were the first known brewers. In how many languages can you say “Beer”? Here are a few to get you started: BIER: Dutch, German, Yiddish BEER: American, Filipino BIRRA: Italian BIA: Thai, Hawaiian BIYA: Burmese BIERE: French CHANG: Nepalese, Tibetan CERVESA: Spanish
STOMP IN MANILA What do you get when you combine percussion, movement, and visual comedy? You’ll get Stomp! It is a high-energy, percussive symphony, coupled with dance. Although Stomp is played entirely on non-traditional instruments, such as garbage can lids, buckets, brooms and sticks, it transforms the stage into a pulsating, witty, and utterly irresistible theatrical event. Catch their performances in Manila from October 18-23 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Ticket prices start at Php750 (US$18). (+632) 403 8678 or like Stomp Manila on Facebook.
Cha Dao Tea Place
This Filipino-owned milk tea place is brewing fast in key areas in Manila. Bestsellers include the Assam and Classic Milk Teas, but the Cha Yen Milk Tea is a must-try. The blend of red tea, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk is similar to those in Thailand. For branch locations, like Cha Dao Tea Place on Facebook.
PETER PAN: AN ASIAN PREMIERE Catch the show until Oct. 30, 2011 at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. (+632) 571 6926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. “SEUSSICAL” The fantastic musical showcase that is full of heart and imagination. Show runs until
Dec. 18, 2011 at Onstage, 2F Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. For more information, (+632) 571 6926 or x info@ repertory.ph. UPSTAGING THE OLD Let’s admit it, not everyone will be interested in Shakespeare. But wait until you watch Upstart Production’s
Manila’s hotels make it to top 20 Makati Shangri-La and The Peninsula Manila found their way into Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2011!
contemporary take on his works. Think basketball for battles, athletes for armies, and cheerleaders for courtiers. And the best thing? Upstart’s founder and veteran thespian Joel Trinidad is willing to coach school or university productions of Much Ado About Nothing.
10. Park Hyatt, Ho Chi Minh City
2. Ritz-Carlton, Financial Street,
11. Makati Shangri-La, Manila
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The hotel is located along Avenida da República, Fortaleza de São Tiago da Barra, Macau. www.saotiago.com.mo
1. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
3. Soﬁtel Legend Metropole
The Peninsula Manila’s Salon de Ning
NY Times Pick: Pousada De São Tiago
12. Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi 13. Mandarin Oriental, Singapore 14. The Oberoi, Mumbai
4. The Peninsula, Bangkok
15. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
5. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
16. Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
6. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
17. The Peninsula, Manila
7. The Peninsula, Tokyo
18. Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur
8. St. Regis Hotel, Singapore
19. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
9. The Imperial, New Delhi
20. The Peninsula, Hong Kong
Most Expensive Cities 1. Tokyo, Japan 2. Oslo, Norway 3. Osaka, Japan 4. Paris, France 5. Zurich, Switzerland 6. Sydney, Australia 7. Melbourne, Australia 8. Frankfurt, Germany 9. Geneva, Switzerland 10. Singapore
ESCAPE TO MISIBIS BAY This month, Bicol’s luxury resort is offering a new promo that starts at Php17,888 (US$425) per person. Guests can stay in one of their 37 plush villas, savor Bicolano cuisine, and enjoy the thrilling outdoor activities for three days and two nights. The promo rate includes airport transfers and is valid until Jan. 3, 2012. Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay, Philippines.
(+632) 661 8888 or (+632) 666 4790. www.misibisbay.com.
New this month: Prive From the creators of Republiq, Opus, Embassy Superclub, and Encore comes the next hottest nightlife spot in Manila. Prive introduces a posh party space with a wrap-around mezzanine that overlooks the main dance ﬂoor. Unit C, The Fort Strip, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. (+632) 856 0914.
“Nature and Nudes”: A Weekend Photography Workshop with George Tapan Learn the basics of travel, portraiture, and nude photography from the Philippines’ foremost travel photographer, George Tapan. From Oct. 15-16, and 29-30, 2011, join other enthusiasts as they nature-trip with Tapan in Casa San Pablo and Sulyap Gallery Café in San Pablo, Laguna. A participant’s fee of Php 15,000 (US$360) is inclusive of lessons on travel, portraiture, and nude photography; quadruple sharing accommodation at Casa San Pablo resort; transportation; full board meals; and a tour of Sulyap Gallery. Bring your DSLRs, point and shoot cameras, and more importantly, your passion. For registration and inquiries, x email@example.com or (+632) 633-4009
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Source: Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living 2022 survey
Rumor has it that tech giant Apple will release the iPhone 5 this month. Key features supposedly include the iCloud, a higher-resolution camera, and an A5 processor, which is also found in the iPad 2.
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IN THE NEWS Our Islands
SAVE THE RICE TERRACES
Photo by Justin Ventura
This engineering marvel created by hand more than 2,000 years ago by local farmers has been listed as one of world’s endangered heritage sites. One proposal is to subsidize the local, indigenous people to repair and continue farming these terraces to save them from deterioration. To assist, contact the Department of Tourism Cordillera Administrative Region (+6374- 442- 7014 / 619-1127; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) or visit the local government unit (www.banaue.gov.ph) for inquiries.
Fruitful Chinese Visit
DRAGON WARRIORS BAG GOLD Raise your paddles for the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation team, who bagged ﬁve gold and two silver medals in the 10th International Dragon Boat Federation World Championships last August in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Competing without any sponsors, the tough members were forced to sleep in an Australian cemetery during the Sydney World Championships for lack of funds. It’s time to reward their achievements. To support them, visit www.pdbf.com or email info@ pdbf.com. President Benigno Aquino III brought home around $14 billion worth of trade after his successful trip to China. Not bad for a ﬁve-day visit.
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OH GOSH, LACOSTE! A 21-foot (6.4-meter) saltwater crocodile was recently caught in Agusan del Sur and now holds the record of being the biggest in
captivity, giving it celebrity status in YouTube and a mention in CNN. The local community plans to cash in on their catch by having this monstrous 1,075-kilogram (2,370 pounds) creature as the main attraction in their nature park.
children who grew up with Disney movies, and apparently, so will the person who lent them her voice. Lea Salonga was awarded the Disney Legends award last August at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
NEGROS NGO RECEIVES RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARD The Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc (AIDFI), a small non-proﬁt organization based in Negros Occidental, has been conferred the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award last August for its efforts in helping workers and farmers. AIDFI re-designed a ram pump that pushes water from rivers and springs to upland reservoirs. So far, 227 ram pumps have been made and installed in 187 upland communities in the province.
AS EASY AS CHICKENJOY With his highly distinguished record in advertising, newly appointed tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. believes that the country’s attractions are as easy as a bestselling, chicken drumstick of a local food chain. Although he has received numerous awards from the Advertising Board of the Philippines and the Creative Guild of the Philippines, “Mon J” as he is fondly called, remains unaffected and is known for his team approach.
LEA, THE LEGEND Jasmine and Mulan will forever be in the hearts of the
GETTING COMPETITIVE The Philippines climbed 10 spots in the World Economic Forum’s 2011-2012 Global Competitiveness Report—one of the best improvements. The country now ranks in no. 74 out of 142.
IN THE NEWS Best of the Best
UNITED KINGDOM Two in Top 5 Universities in the World University of Cambridge Ranked No. 1 University College London Ranked No. 4
FRANCE Most Visited Country in the World
TOP 5 UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD 1. UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE (United Kingdom) 2. HARVARD UNIVERSITY (United States) 3. YALE UNIVERSITY (United States) 4. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (United Kingdom) 5. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (United States)
Source: QS World University
MOST VISITED COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD 1. FRANCE – 76.8 million 2. UNITED STATES – 59.7 million 3. CHINA – 55.7 million 4. SPAIN – 52.7 million 5. ITALY – 43.6 million 6. UNITED KINGDOM – 28.1 million 7. TURKEY – 27.0 million 8. GERMANY – 26.9 million 9. MALAYSIA – 24.6 million 10. MEXICO – 22.4 million
Source: United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
CHINA 2 out of 10 Best Airports Beijing Ranked 5th Best Airport
Hong Kong Ranked Top Airport
BEST AIRPORTS TS 1. CHEK LAP KOK AIRPORT – Hong Kong 2. CHANGI AIRPORT - Singapore 3. INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - South Korea 4. MUNICH AIRPORT - Germany 5. BEIJING CAPITAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - China 6. AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT - Netherlands 7. ZURICH AIRPORT - Switzerland 8. AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - New Zealand 9. KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - Malaysia 10. COPENHAGEN AIRPORT - Denmark
Source: Skytrax survey
Thou shall be a good traveler According to msnbc.com and a survey by DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc., you can avoid annoying your fellow passengers in the plane if you: 1. SMELL GOOD. 64 percent of respondents can’t stand sitting next to someone with strong body odor.
Included in TIME magazine’s top websites of 2011, gogobot.com allows you to share travel insights with your friends and people who share the same interests.
Get the latest and most exclusive top hotel deals and discounts—it’s social buying for the luxury traveler.
2. KEEP THE BABY QUIET. 23 percent don’t enjoy sitting next to a crying baby. 3. KNOW WHEN TO STOP. 8 percent dislike sitting next to “a boring person who doesn’t stop talking.” 4. BE FIT. 6 percent prefer not to sit next to an obese person.
Also awarded by TIME magazine as a top website for 2011, this website makes it easier for you to book ﬂights and reserve hotels.
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was recently revamped and re-launched. The new home page now presents PHRI’s two properties, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas and Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, side-by-side, with easy links to each hotel.
H o t e l Tr e n d s
SHHHH! Snore patrols now do the rounds at Britain’s Crowne Plaza hotels and request loud snorers to keep their volume down to allow other guests to sleep soundly.
WANT HOTEL FREEBIES? Go online! For loyal Twitter followers, get free breakfasts or upgrades from hotel chains such as Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Hyatt.
Quiet please ... your y l p Ap Block Sun ame? Mad
Illustration by Eleazar Salcedo
SLEEP UNDER THE STARS. Dreaming of music, champagne, and an outdoor bed beneath the starry skies? Check-in at the AKA’s penthouse in New York City, Blue Mountain Private Safaris in Australia or Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos, Mexico.
GOING GREEN AND HEALTHY. New Orleans Marriott Hotel offers bicycle rentals while the Hotel Arts Barcelona offers an electric car.
NEED A TAN MADAME? The W Hotel in Scottsdale and the James New York Hotel now have tanning concierges that will apply sun screens to guests. Yes, they do room service.
PADDLE EXERCISE IN THE LOBBY. The Fairmont Orchid and The Kahala Hotel and Resort now offers guests a chance to exercise with stand-up paddling in their lobby.
FINGER PRINT REQUIRED All foreigners aged 12 and above must now undergo Malaysia’s National Enforcement and Registration System (NERS) or simply a biometric ﬁnger print registration upon their arrival.
EBOOKS OUTSELLS PRINTED BOOKS Online commerce site Amazon. com conﬁrms customers are buying more eBooks over their printed counterparts. Of every 100 printed books sold, 105 eBooks get delivered to Kindle, Amazon’s eBook reader. Amazon has been selling printed books for 13 years— and eBooks for only four years.
HOTEL FOR CORPSES As Japan’s death rates surge and the waiting time for cremation in Yokohama is four days, Yokohama’s Lastel hotel offers refrigerated coffins as a half way home for corpses.
SIKAT II, READY, SET, GO Designed by De La Salle University students, the Philippines’ solar car contender, Sikat II will compete in Australia’s 2011 World Solar Challenge from October 16 to 23. It weighs only 180 kilograms and is powered by a two-kilowatt motor that can reach a top speed of 110 kilometers per hour. www.philippineairlines.com I 27
PHILIPPINES OCTOBER 6, 1912
Manila Hotel, the oldest ﬁvestar hotel in the country, is inaugurated. OCTOBER 11, 1898
The ﬁrst issue of the Manila Times newspaper is published.
NBC’S SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW OCTOBER 11, 1975 NBC’s Saturday Night show is hosted by George Carlin. Two years later it is renamed Saturday Night Live.
OCTOBER 12, 1939
Award-winning Actor Robin Williams was the 171st host of the show. Fans remember Williams for his roles in Mrs. Doubtﬁre, Dead Poets Society, and Patch Adams. His episode was aired on February 11, 1984.
By virtue of Commonwealth Act 502, Quezon City is created. OCTOBER 16, 1947
Turtle Islands in the Sulu Sea become part of the Philippines following the Treaty of Paris. OCTOBER 21, 1964
Anthony Villanueva wins the silver medal in boxing in the bantamweight division at the Tokyo Olympics.
OCTOBER 6, 1783 Benjamin Hanks patents the ﬁrst selfwinding clock.
OCTOBER 18, 1929 By Canadian law, women are considered “persons.”
OCTOBER 9, 1855 Isaac Singer patents the ﬁrst sewing machine motor.
OCTOBER 23, 1943 Burma Railway opens.
OCT-2 American photographer Annie
Leibovitz (1949) is best known for her portrait photos often published in Vanity Fair magazine. Leibovitz was the last person to photograph singer/songwriter John Lennon, just ﬁve hours before he was killed.
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OCT-23 Juan Luna (1857 – 1899) was an Ilocano painter and sculptor during the Philippine Revolution. His most notable work is the Spoliarium made in 1884, which can be viewed at the National Museum of the Philippines.
Former member of the Katipunan, Aurelio Tolentino (1867 – 1915) was a playwright and novelist ﬂuent in Spanish, English, Tagalog, and Pampangueño. He founded El Parnaso Filipino, an institute teaching Tagalog literature.
ART & CULTURE
In the Pettyjohns’ recent exhibit at Celestina, Greenbelt 5, they featured pieces from their various collections: “Blossom,“ “Five Elements,“ “Sentinel,“ and other functional pieces such as the Oribe glazed tea set. The large bowl on the right is Shino glazed stoneware with gestural ﬁnger marks. Shino and Oribe are very traditional Japanese glazes using simple natural materials ﬁred in a gas kiln.
HANDS OF THE POTTERS
BY NYX MARTINEZ I PHOTOS BY ROMMEL C. BUNDALIAN
ground, so we have to process it. We built our own From the time they first came into contact with the kilns. “We are self-sufficient,” he says proudly. “We earth’s elements, our ancestors would experiment work at very high temperatures, so it produces a with clay. It was as simple as mixing the dry earth very earthy range of color.” with water to make it malleable, then hardening it Jon met Tessy during his first exhibit in 1978. in the sun. They crafted jars, pots or bowls; someBoth shared the same love for pottery. Years later, times functional, sometimes decorative. Nowadays, they’re still at it, with their home studios in Laguna. the process hasn’t changed much. Pottery still takes Originally a student at the UP College of Fine patience. There’s no cheating here, no tinkering The word ‘pottery’ Arts, Tessy talks about the old days: “We had a big with digital tools, no shortcuts. It is pure craftscomes from the bathtub to mix the clay. We would go in there and manship in the hands of the potters. Greek word keramos mix it with our feet.” Jon smiles at how the 1990 In the Philippines, contemporary pottery looks (țİȡĮȝȠȢ), or Hollywood movie Ghost helped raise awareness to Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn, a couple who propelled about pottery. In this film, Demi Moore’s character this art in the 70s—a time when more focus was ‘potter’s clay.’ has an erotic encounter with her slain lover, played given to the country’s younger artisans. Jon, who by Patrick Swayze in a pottery. was born in Okinawa, studied ceramics in Escuela Jon and Tessy were eventually able to set up the Masana, Barcelona for six years, then came to the Putik Association of Philippine Potters, to encourage ceramic art Philippines, his mother’s native land. “In the beginning,” he recalls, locally (putik is the Filipino word for mud). They held workshops to “I put my work into a suitcase and walked around a gallery to show focus on using Philippine materials. people my stuff.” The Pettyjohns aren’t near tired yet. “We will just do whatever The young potter was just 25 years old, and no local stores sold comes,” reckons Tessy, “I don’t think you ever retire in pottery.” clay. So Jon found himself heading to Bicol and Iloilo to get earth “You just keep getting better and better,” adds her husband. “We straight from the ground. They also experimented with volcanic ash are proof that, if you keep at something long enough, eventually for their innovations. The end result was more than satisfactory. people will notice you.” (Visit Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn in their “It’s the greatest thing in the world, especially if you have the experience of actually digging the clay. It comes straight from the Calamba, Laguna studios by calling +63917 896 5491.)
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From gripping solvent bottles to picking pockets, these hands calloused by poverty are now being put into good use: helping redeem what is left of Metro Manila’s rich Spanish cultural heritage. BY JOCELYN R. UY
Young students restore the colonial ruins around the Philippines. PHOTOS BY REM ZAMORA
Back in the days of the galleon trade, church bells in Intramuros would ring to signal the arrival of ships carrying the newest fabrics, perfumes and jewelry from Europe. PHOTO BY ROMMEL BUNDALIAN
Young men and women from the slums of Manila are learning the discipline of stonework and carving, carpentry, metalwork and decorative painting and finishing, among others. Thanks to Escuela Taller Intramuros, a vocational school introduced by the Spanish government in 2009. The first in Asia, Escuela Taller Intramuros is nestled at the historic Ravellin de Recoletos just outside the walled city in Manila. The school trains for free “social risks” and out-of-school youth particularly in traditional building techniques to aid in the restoration of crumbling colonial ruins and monuments across the country. In 2009, Spain, through the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), brought the program to the Philippines, a rich treasure trove of grand Spanish structures. The program is also being supported by the National Commission of Culture and the Arts, Intramuros Administration, the Department of Social
Welfare and Development and its local arm in Manila. The school opened in March 2009, training 75 young men and women, aged 17 to 25, from Baseco in Tondo, Manila, after a rigorous screening process, said Gigi Santos, students affairs officer. Receiving a Php 50 stipend and free lunch daily, the scholars attended workshops and classes throughout the week, under the tutelage of Willie Layug, a master in Christian sculpture, among other experts. They also take up culture and heritage, technical and measured drawing, Building Material sciences, basic English, math and values formation, said Santos. The training of the first batch stretched to August 2010, producing 55 apprentices, who are now being tapped for reconstruction projects inside and outside Escuela. Now on its second phase, the program has taken in 65 scholars, with seven coming from provinces where heritage churches have been identified.
Escuela Taller and its scholars have embarked on major projects in Intramuros, reconstructing old houses in Casa Manila and structures with rotting wood beams, crumbling brick buttresses, and flaking walls at the Fort Santiago. Restoration is also underway at the Almacenes Reales (Royal Warehouse), also at Fort Santiago, which was used for storage of goods unloaded from galleons on the Pasig River in the 1500s. Santos said the school is aimed at establishing a foundation to provide long-term help for its students. “We are working on a foundation right now and also looking at the possibility of creating a cooperative for the graduates so they can bring their stuff or sell their creations somewhere,” she added. ........................................................................................................... To help Escuela Taller build a foundation or train more scholars, visit them at Ravellin de Recoletos, Victoria Street, Intramuros, Manila; (+632) 527 6623, (+632) 525 1986; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.etintramuros.wordpress.com.
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Pack your bags once again for a whirlwind adventure! This time COOKIE MICALLER takes us to the city of gentle people. PHOTOS BY TOMMY SCHULTZ
The sight of resident dolphins in Bais leaping out of the water and playfully showing off their spy-hopping (to rise vertically out of the water) skills is always an emotional experience for dolphin watchers. In 2008, dolphins living in Tañon Strait, between Negros and Cebu islands in central Philippines, became the country’s ﬁrst ‘resident marine mammals’ under the care of their human legal guardians that ﬁled a case against a Japanese oil company.
ESCAPING A CITY FOR ANOTHER CITY MAY NOT BE your idea of a weekend retreat. But travelling to Dumaguete City (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Manila), the principal seaport and largest city of Negros Oriental in central Visayas, offers an array of surprises. Popularly known as the city of gentle people, Dumaguete is quaint, rustic and laid back. A university town (because it hosts Silliman University, the Philippines’ first Protestant school and Asia’s first American private school), the city is home to some of the country’s finest writers, educators, and conservationists. It’s small (land area: 34.28 square kilometers) and less populated (116,392 based on the 2007 census), but rich in history and biodiversity. Bounded on the east by the Mindanao Sea and Tañon Strait that separates Dumaguete from the neighboring Cebu and Siquijor provinces, this coastal city is a natural paradise for ecotourism, outdoor travel, and adventure.
ILOILO CITY CEBU
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SATURDAY (PAL ﬂight leaves at 7 a.m.) 9:00 a.m. ‘Painit’ Walk outside the airport and cross the main street. Stop a jeep (Php10), a bus (Php10) or a pedicab (Php15 per passenger) to go to Dumaguete City Public Market on Perdices Street downtown for your breakfast treats or “painit”. For Php15, fill your stomach with
Rizal Boulevard, which stretches along Dumaguete’s commercial district, was named after the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, who visited this city on his way to exile in Dapitan in Mindanao.
Dumaguete is called “The City of Gentle People”, due to their laidback lifestyle (businessmen close their stores for afternoon naps) and its friendly locals.
budbod or kabog, glutinous rice simmered in rich coconut milk and sugar—the locals’ version of the traditional Filipino rice cake, suman. 10:30 a.m. Date with dolphins Start the adventure in Capiñahan Wharf (45 minutes drive from Dumaguete) in Bais. Professional divers take you to Bais Bay on the east coast of Negros Oriental by outrigger boats called bancas (Php2,500 for a group of 15), then off to Tañon Strait, the natural habitat of dolphins (pantropical spotted, bottlenose and longsnouted spinner) and watch them frolic and dance in unison. A variety of whales, among them the melon head, short-finned pilot, dwarf sperm and pygmy sperm, are commonly found here. It’s an ideal time to visit during sunny days or early in the morning when
Illustration by Paulina Ortega
Island vibe: Liberty’s Lodge in Apo Island is uniquely designed in that, when viewed from afar, it looks like part of its structure was carved out of solid rock.
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A steeple steeped in history: Built in 1811, the 200-yearold Dumaguete Belfry is considered the oldest bell tower in the Visayas.
The city’s name, Dumaguete, was coined by Jesuit cartographer Pedro Murillo Velarde, who misspelled the place’s name, “Danggit” (to snatch), in 1734. Dumaguete is also known as “university town,” where students from Visayas and Mindanao ﬂock to get higher education. It has four universities and 14 colleges, including the famed Silliman University.
With only 33.62 square kilometers of land, Dumaguete is the smallest part of Negros Oriental with a population of about a hundred thousand people.
Silliman was the only academic institution to receive the Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism from Malacañang last year. Silliman University—established in 1901 with a $10, 000 donation from an American philantrophist—is the ﬁrst Protestant school in the country and the oldest American university in Asia. Silliman is known as a creative writing haven with the 50-year-old Silliman National Writers Workshop—a stepping stone for some of the best Filipino writers today.
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the seas are calm. Arrange your cruise prior to the trip (Bais Tourism Office; +6335 541 5161).
if you want to bring home boxes of these popular sweets.
12:30 p.m. Stopover at the sandbar After the show of sea mammals, prepare to temporarily dock at the Manjuyod white sand bar. Savor your lunch (arranged with the tour; Php150 per head) of a variety of seafood fresh from the grill on this 7-kilomoter stretch of fine white sand that disappears during high tide. Relax, snorkel, dive the reef, or simply plunge into the sparkling waters. Houses built on stilts can be rented overnight at low tide (Php1,500 for a small cottage) from the Bais City Tourism Office.
4:00 p.m. A cathedral and a bell tower Get a glimpse of the city’s rich past by dropping by at the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral on Perdices Street. Built in the 17th century, the city’s largest church is also the oldest stone church in Negros. Another historical landmark beside this European-inspired cathedral is the Dumaguete Belfry. This imposing moss-covered stone structure was erected in 1811 and served as a watchtower against intruders.
3:00 p.m. Sans rival and silvanas Not to miss while in town is Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries at No. 3 San Jose Street (+6335 225 4393). This former garage-turned-bakeshop that started in 1977 is famous for its sans rival (Php300 per box) and sylvanas (Php12 per piece). Their brazo de Mercedes, blitz torte or the walnut dacquoise are also highly recommended. Order in advance
5:00 p.m. On the boulevard One of the most familiar places in Dumaguete is its 800-meter-long promenade along Rizal Boulevard where locals and tourists go for a stroll and relish the sea breeze from the beach opposite Siquijor Island. As the sun dips in the horizon, people sit on the grass and watch the waves break the sea wall.
BACOLOD’S MASSKARA FESTIVAL
In the face of adversity, smile back. When the local sugar industry fell in the late 1970s and made this island’s economy go from riches to rags, the people of Bacolod turned depression into something positive—they created the Masskara Festival in 1981. Coined from two words: “mass” (multitude) and “kara” (face), Masskara not only boosted the morale of the island but also its economy with the growing number of tourists who come there every year. Photos by MANUEL LIBRODO, JR.
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More than 450,000 dancers join the parade, donning meticulously-made masks in colorful hues. Recently, the province highlights the Electric MassKara Parade, where dancers covered in lighting ďŹ xtures gyrate to rich Latin beats on the streets of Bacolod City.
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The people from Bacolod are called Bacole単os. They are descendants of the Malay race, who were the pre-colonial inhabitants of the Island of Panay. It was also home to aborigines called Negros.
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE THIS OCTOBER 1 Masskara Festival Opening 7 Majika Masskara Opening 14-15 Electric Masskara SM City, Rizal Street, 15 16 17 19
Public Plaza, Lacson Street Tourism Strip Masskara Festival Streetdance Competition: Schools Category Masskara Festival Streetdance Competition: Barangay Category Masskara Queen Closing Program
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The festival was borne of the locals’ depression after the fall of the sugar industry and after a passenger vessel sank, killing around 700 Negrenses. Now, the festival commemorates the locals’ resiliency through flamboyant costumes and a celebratory atmosphere.
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Samantha Sotto-Yambao First Filipina Published By Random House Her debut novel â€œBefore Ever Afterâ€? tells the story of love and magical realism set against a backdrop of Europeâ€™s history. She shares with us how her book got published by the worldâ€™s largest Englishlanguage book publisher.
HOW DID YOU START WRITING? We had a food
franchise business that started running on remote. My son also started school in Ateneo and I had all this time all of a sudden! I was just there at Starbucks with three hours to kill because returning to our home in ParaĂąaque wasnâ€™t even feasible. I totally needed something to do! So thatâ€™s when I started to write. HOW DID YOU GET PUBLISHED? DID YOU ENCOUNTER ANY REJECTION ALONG THE WAY? I didnâ€™t know anything
about publishing after I had finished writing the book. Luckily, I found a copy of An Idiotâ€™s Guide to Publishing and learned that I needed to find a literary agent to represent me. I went online and there was an agent that I really liked but I decided to set her aside because I didnâ€™t want to be disappointed if she rejected me. After several rejections and when five other agents were reading my full manuscript, I mustered the courage to send her my letter. She immediately requested a copy of the book. She read
it overnight and offered to represent me the next day. She pitched the book to publishers and on Dec. 23, 2009, she sold the book. ANY TIPS TO ASPIRING WRITERS? If youâ€™re not that
kind of person, donâ€™t try to write that kind of book. You wonâ€™t finish it if youâ€™re trying to be someone else. Itâ€™s going to be like work. I donâ€™t think the writing process should feel that way, but I do believe in discipline. So hereâ€™s my advice: butt in chair. Show up, do the task, and when youâ€™re done, edit the heck!
WHATâ€™S THE GREATEST LESSON THAT YOUâ€™VE LEARNED? I believe that if you
have a dream, God put it there in your head for a reason, that itâ€™s there because itâ€™s actually achievable. Itâ€™s up to you to make it a reality. Itâ€™s in your hands and no oneâ€™s going to do it for you.
WHAT ARE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT WRITERS? I canâ€™t really answer
that because I donâ€™t think of myself as a â€œrealâ€? writer.
QUITE A FEAT
What are the odds of getting published by Random House? The book editor that handled Samantha receives about 400 to 500 entries year and only 10 are actually published. This means a writer has only a 2.5% chance and Samantha SottoYambao has done it.
WHERE DO YOU SPLURGE?
Vacations with the family WHATâ€™S YOUR DREAM TRIP?
A trip to Europe with my husband and kids, which weâ€™re doing next summer. Our kids, theyâ€™re such good travelers!
Theyâ€™re like my happy campers. I want them to be citizens of the world. I want them to have a global mind set. WHATâ€™S YOUR LUXURY? Back rubs from my hubbyâ€”priceless.
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HALLOWED TRIPS IN THE PHILIPPINES
NYX MARTINEZ suggests ďŹ ve trip ideas around the country for excitement, history, romance, and even freaky science.
(UPPER RIGHT PHOTO) Daytrippers in Corregidor will not just get a sense of history, but an air of eeriness as well in these WWII ruins. Photo by Gerry Ruiz. (LOWER LEFT PHOTO) The Monfort Conservation Park in Samal Island, Davao, houses 1.8 million fruit bats. Photo by Gerry Ruiz. 48 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
1. Night-drive through Elm Street No slasher stories here, but try cruising through Manila’s believed to be haunted Balete Drive, so called because of its Balete trees. The Balete tree, also known as Banyan, is characterized by its long roots and large, looming appearance of which are said to house spirits. So invite some friends and cruise through it slowly, if you dare. Balete Drive is located
between E. Rodriguez and N. Domingo Avenues in New Manila, Quezon City.
2. Remember the Fallen Visit the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial where the American and Filipino soldiers who fought in WWII are laid to rest. Here you will find 152 acres of perfectly manicured land lined with around 17,000 (mostly Italian-fabricated) white Latin crosses. A chapel and mosaic maps as well as the inscribed names of 36, 285 Missing in Action soldiers and 21 Medal of Honor Recipients aid in learning of the epic battles and victories that occurred. The Manila American
Cemetery and Memorial is located in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Opening Hours: 9a.m.-5p.m. daily; (+632) 844 0212; www.abmc.gov.lo
3. Go Nocturnal What’s it like to see 1.8 million fruit bats stalk out of a cave? Find out in the Island Garden City of Samal, which houses the world’s biggest colony of fruit bats at their Monfort Conservation Park in Barangay Tambo, Babak District. Over in Coron, Palawan, it’s still a mystery why, every night after sunset, thousands of bats fly overhead on Dimakya Island. If you spend the night at the Club Paradise Resort (clubparadisepalawan.com), you’ll spend it in awe as these dark night creatures provide quite a sight. 4. Learn from the Dead If the bodies on exhibition in this museum look real as ever, it’s because they are. The Myth of the Human Body is a touring science museum that uses “plastination,” a preserving technique invented by German anatomist Gunther von Hagens. This graphic display of actual organs and corpses has been effective in making
the majority of its 20 million viewers worldwide rethink their health habits. There’s nothing like getting up close and personal with the dead to remind us why we’re still alive. The Myth of the
GET TO KNOW THESE CREATURES OF THE PHILIPPINE UNDERWORLD:
Human Body is located at Neobabylon Building, 9 Bayani Road, Taguig City; (+632) 889 5467
5. Discover Corregidor Island This four-kilometer long island may be tiny, but it holds historic significance because of its role as a fortress and warning outpost in WWII. Today, it is the perfect setting for romantic, spiritual, or even emotional retreats. Although the former battlefield is silent now, visit to remember the valiance of those who fought, bled, and died there. (Tip: If you’re looking for a riotous beach party or noisy clubs, look elsewhere.) Sun Cruises offers daily roundtrips from Manila to Corregidor Island at Php2,099 per person; +632 831 8140
Philippine Superstitions on Death—Silly or Serious? You decide. t/PUFBSTTIPVMEGBMMPOUIFEFBEPSUIF coffin as it would make a person’s journey to the afterlife difficult. t"GUFSBGVOFSBMTFSWJDF HVFTUTTIPVMEOPU go directly home. This way the spirit of the dead won’t follow them to their house. t8IFODBSSZJOHBDPĊOPVUGPSCVSJBM JU should be carried head first as it prevents the soul of the dead from coming back. tMGPOFESFBNTUIBUPOFPGIJTUFFUIJT being uprooted or pulled out, a member of his family will die. t%VSJOHBXFEEJOH UIFPOFXIPTFDBOEMF goes out first will be the first of the couple to die. t*GUXPQFPQMFGSPNUIFTBNFGBNJMZ get married within a year, one of them will die (this is known as sukob).
Duwende Elves or dwarfs who are often mischievous
Mananggal Creatures that suck blood from unsuspecting, sleeping victims—usually pregnant women and little children.
Tiyanak Vengeful creatures, thought to be babies who died before receiving baptism rites
Kapre A 7-10-feettall monster who smokes tobacco with an aroma to attract the attention of human prey
Aswang Blood-sucking creatures similar to Western vampires
Illustrations by Ida Noelle
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In Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California, famous musicians like the Beatles and personalities such as Mel Blanc (photo below), the voice behind several Looney Toons characters, are commemorated. Photos courtesy of www.varley. net.
Around the World:
More than the usual trick or treat, NYX MARTINEZ shares how other cultures around the world say “boo”
Day of the Dead Festival (Los Dias de los Muertos): Mexico Originally attributed to the Aztecs and Mayans, it is one of Mexico’s best-known holidays, celebrated from October 31-November 2, marked by street parades and costumes—usually people as skeletons. P’chum Ben: Cambodia On the 15th day of October, people don their finest clothes, get together at the local pagoda, listen to music and speeches by monks, and offer food to the dead. In Khmer belief, those who disregard the practices of P’chum Ben might be cursed by angry ancestors. Obon or Festival of Lanterns: Japan Here, they believe that their ancestors’ spirits come back to reunite with families. In most places, Obon is celebrated on August 15. Hungry Ghost Festival, China: On July 14, in the Lunar Calendar, it is believed the spiritual world opens for a month. People burn paper craft and incense to show their respect.
Where to Party in Manila this Halloween. Celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead at Órale Taqueria Mexicana! Expect live art, face-painting, limited edition merchandise, and a skulls-and-ﬂowers theme livening up this traditional Mexican restaurant. And of course, lots of Margaritas! Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; (+63917) 543 2108; www.oraletaqueria.com 50 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
Obon celebrations in Japan end with the Toro Nagashi or the ﬂoating of lanterns. PHOTO BY JOHN LANDER
During the Hungry Ghost Festival in China, offerings and fake money are burned to appease the restless souls. PHOTO FROM GIPSY PALACE
HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN Here’s some trivia on how two celebrities support the spooky Charice’s Film Wish After recently filming Here Comes the Boom with Hollywood comedian Kevin James, Filipina singing sensation Charice Pempengco said, “If they’re gonna give me a chance to do a movie again, I would love to try horror movies.” Can you imagine her screaming off the top of her lungs? We sure can.
Jodie Foster Supports Search for Aliens Last August, the nonprofit Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute received a donation from actress Jodie Foster, who played fictional SETI scientist Ellie Arroway in the 1997 movie Contact. The Allen Telescope Array is a collection of 42 radio dishes, each 20 feet (6 meters) wide, at Hat Creek Radio Observatory in Northern California. The dishes scan for signs of intelligent civilization in the cosmos. It was named after Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who funded its construction. (Source: Christian Science Monitor)
The ﬁctional “Count Dracula” was inspired by Count Vlad Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, who ruled Walachia in Romania mid 1400s. The count’s famous fortress is Poenari Citadel, now a castle in ruins north of Curtea de Arges, Romania.
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A Note on Etiquette: Halloween is celebrated as a non-religious and religious holiday. While for some it may mean candy and costumes, be mindful that Christian countries like the Philippines also mark this time for paying respect to their dead.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LATELY?
Asia’s Lady Gaga
Tessa Prieto-Valdes With her ﬂamboyant outﬁts and dramatic entrances, Filipino socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes has been dubbed the “Lady Gaga of Asia.” But she’s originally the “Sea Princess,” the name of her newspaper column which she got after her dive buddies jokingly offered her as a ransom to pirates in Palawan. Here are some of her most unforgettable trips and outﬁts.
HAVE YOU FOUND YOURSELF TRAVELING IN ONE OF YOUR COLORFUL OUTFITS? All the time. From
entering the airport to going through customs and waiting for my luggage, people ask for a photo. My only problem is when I have to go through a security check. I have to remove all my accessories and the rest of my fashion gear and that takes a long time. I normally cause a queue behind me!
WHAT ARE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE TRIPS SO FAR? Hands down, it’s our
South Africa safari trip and our Russian holiday. South Africa and Botswana are God’s creation at its finest... the Circle of Life before your very eyes. For the Russia trip, it’s opulence to the max! So my taste! From the museums to jewelry to palaces.
HOW MANY PIECES OF LUGGAGE DO YOU USUALLY CARRY? Two large Rimowa
suitcases and a floral hand carry.
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At the Paris marathon, people were shouting, “Regarde, de danceur!” (“Look at the dancer!”) I ran with a multicolored tutu and flowers on my hair. I stopped for photos with the cute French firemen and a marching band.
WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL ESSENTIALS? I can’t travel
without my mobile phone, credit cards, lipstick, false eyelashes, dangling earrings, necklaces, power band, my rosary and prayer book, wigs, hair pieces, running gear,
IF YOU WERE TO MEET THE FIRST ALIEN, WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR AND TELL HIM?
I would wear my Rajo Laurel voluminous ball gown with a bejeweled tiara and gigantic metallic wings and say, ‘I come in peace and want to bear your offspring!’
water bottle, camera, laptop, reading glasses (I secretly use them) and all my vitamins and supplements. Haha! I am always over-weight even before I leave! THE FIRST THINGS I CHECK IN MY HOTEL ROOM ARE the
toiletries and Wi-Fi.
I AM VERY PICKY WITH bed sheets, pillows, and towels BUT NOT WITH the mini bar. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 5 SHOPPING FINDS? Silver fox
coat from Russia (won’t mention the price! Haha!), Zebra skin rug from South Africa, leather carpet from Argentina, silk carpet from Agra, India, and hand-painted Venetian silk chandelier from Italy. A GOOD NIGHT OUT WOULD START IN a Michelin-star
restaurant with excellent food and superb wine then heading to a club after.
Read Tessa’s column every Sunday at the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She is also a very popular host for events. Support her forthcoming Charity Ball with Michael Cincois on October 16 for the beneﬁt of the Philippine Red Cross. For tickets, please contact Maggie Gineta at (+63917) 832 5570. To book Tessa for events, email her at sea.princess888@ gmail.com.
Close encounters with Galaxy Macau: Galaxy Macau invades the Las Vegas of Asia with a few tricks up its sleeveâ€”a huge, levitating diamond, afternoon tea in a sphere-shaped paper pod, personal pools, a 4,000-sq.m. rooftop wave pool (said to be the largest in the world), and titillating tantric sculptures that could raise... eyebrows.
CYNTHIA ROSENFELD checks the scene in Asiaâ€™s nervecenter of gaming, dazzling shows, and outlandish luxury.
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In 2006, Macau surpassed Las Vegas in gambling earnings. Last year, Macau made Las Vegas earnings look like loose change by earning $23.51 billion—four times more than Vegas! Among the attractions at Macau’s newest and biggest development is the new Banyan Tree Macau (www.banyantree.com) with its 250 gigantic suites starting at 93 square meters. Each suite extends to an indoor relaxation pool with panoramic views, certainly unusual among highrise urban hotels. Ten villas outdo even those accommodations with a private tropical garden and full size swimming pool atop the Galaxy podium. Unwind some more at the 21-room Banyan Tree Spa and at China Rouge, a 1920s and Macau combines the words “A-Ma,” a sea goddess and “nago” which means bay or port.
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Having overtaken Las Vegas in annual gambling revenues, Macau continues to set its sights sky high, literally, with the recent opening of Galaxy Macau (853-2882-1211; www.en.galaxymacau. com). These two soaring towers resemble 21st century urban castles with spires pointing into the air. The high life at this 550,000-square-meter, 2,000-guestroom compound climaxes on the rooftop Grand Resort Deck at the world’s largest sky wave pool along a surprisingly elongated white sand beach. Surf here on 1.5-meter-high waves or relax inside private beachside cabanas.
Highrollers’ haven: Galaxy Macau casino is talking big numbers, with about 600 gambling tables, some 1,500 slot machines, and over 2,200 luxurious rooms.
At the 450-sq.m. Banyan Tree Pool Villa, guests can literally and figuratively enjoy the laps of luxury from its private pools to the impeccable services of its Resort Host any time of the day. Photo Courtesy of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts
Photo by Ferdz Decena
Tribute to a Filipino racer:
Arsenio “Dodjie” Laurel Filipino champion racer Dodjie Laurel was the first two-time winner of the Macau Grand Prix in 1962 and 1963. Laurel suffered a tragic crash in its 1967 race and became Macau’s first racing casualty. His Lotus 22 racing car is still displayed at the Grand Prix Museum in Macau. Held every November, the Macau Grand Prix is a Formula 3 or F3 category (top speed of 260km/hr) whose famous winners include Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
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Phantasmagorical landscapes: From dragon tales and lairs (opposite page) in ‘Dragon’s Treasure’ to emotional excursions in ‘The House of Dancing Water’ (right) to the surreal ﬂuidity of a virtual aquarium in ‘Vquarium’ (above and below left), the wild and wonderful world of the City of Dreams is a journey beyond the far reaches of your mind.
Macau was Portugal’s colony for 442 years from 1557 to 1999—longer than Spain’s 337-year colonial rule of the Philippines. ‘30s Shanghai cabaret inspired lounge designed by Hong Kong tastemaker Alan Chan, known for his iconic Chinese cheongsam-clad ladies in Art Deco settings. Other hot news in Macau includes the cool, falling water at The House of Dancing Water (853-2875-3126; www.macau.com). Five years of development went into creating this jawdropping marvel of engineering, held in a purpose-built theater with its one-of-a-kind pool equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools. Crowds span the age spectrum to soak up the epic love story with dazzling costumes, special effects and truly unusual talents. Think Cirque du Soleil under technicolor fountains shooting up to the heavens, for some idea of what’s in store.
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Those who crave more culture should continue on to City of Dreams (www.cityofdreamsmacau. com) which is home to the Grand Hyatt, Crown Tower and Hard Rock Hotels plus the one-of-akind Dragon’s Treasure show on the 360-degree screen at The Bubble, a dome-shaped theatre. The
When you ﬁnd yourself strolling along The Venetian Macau’s indoor canals, stop and listen to the gondolier serenading his passengers. Chances are, he is one of the many Filipino singers in the world’s largest casino.
Two-thirds of the 40 hotels in Macau have casinos. The Venetian Macau is the largest in the world with 550,000 square feet of gambling space with 800 gaming tables and 3,400 slot machines. jaw-dropping, 10-minute visual extravaganza tells the story of the mysterious and powerful Dragon Pearl and the four Dragon Kings who lead the audience on a captivating adventure across their magical kingdoms. Those who may not have cleaned up at the casino will be pleased to know this extra-sensory journey is free.
“Lutong Macaw” When loosely translated from Filipino, the term means “cooked in Macau.” It is a common expression used in the Philippines to describe a “set-up.” Its origin comes from a ploy of Macanese restaurants that trap customers by offering food-tasting on the streets.
Macanese Food Visit Macau during autumn when days are sunny and the humidity is low. This is also the time for the Macau Food Festival (853-2857-5765; www.macautourism.gov.mo) held every November. Asian delicacies zones here overﬂow with Chinese regional cuisines and Macanese specialties. Spicy treats derive from the Portuguese settlers who brought with them grilled codﬁsh, jerky Goan chicken plus convent sweets dating back to the 13th century like the bite-size citrus cake papo d’anjo which literally translates as “belly of an angel.” Any time of year, crowds gather on Hac Sa Beach in Coloane for the Portuguese roast pork at Restaurante Fernando’s (Praia de Hac Sa, No. 9, Coloane; 853-2888-2351), renowned for both its succulent meat and a caramelized crust. Other menu favorites at the simple outdoor waterside eatery include the Galinha a Africana spiced chicken, shellﬁsh and homemade bread. Another popular dining destination, A Locha (289 Rua do Almirante Sergio; 853-313-193) serves traditional Macanese
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dishes like rissois de Camarao crispy crescent parcels stuffed with shrimp in a sinfully rich cream sauce, pasteis de bacalhau codﬁsh cakes and feijoada, Macanese-style pork knuckle, chorizo, red beans and cabbage stew. Follow the aromas emanating from the signature Belcanऊão Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel (Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança; 853-2881-8888; www.fourseasons.com/macau/) known for the cod dish bacalhau and Portuguese duck rice with chorizo, or for a sweeter take on local ﬂavors try the delightfully refreshing sangria sorbet. The small but strong Portuguese community eats their favorite Old World dishes at Antonio’s (853-28999998; www.antoniomacau.com) in the heart of Taipa Village. Chef António Coelho turns out signature dishes like homemade spicy sausages, goat cheese gratin with acacia honey and olive oil plus Portuguese duck rice. His serradura is an even creamier take on tiramisu. Savor Macau’s Portuguese ﬂavors a little bit longer by purchasing pastel de nata egg tarts to go. Some locals insist that the best egg tarts come from the ovens at Lord Stow Bakery (1 Rua do Tassara; 853-882-534) on Coloane so a taste test may be worth your while.
Wonder dome: The $40-million Bubble at City of Dreams is said to be the world’s largest special effects projection dome. Useful tip: Stand in this 360-degree bubble screen’s different corners and get a wholly different experience each time.
Grand Hyatt Macau won’t have far to roam back to their chic, understated neutral hued suite with sparkling city views or to the 15 treatment room Isala Spa. Removed from Macau’s sparkling five-star hotels and casinos is the recently re-opened Macau Soul (853-2836-5182; www.macausoul.com). Owned by a couple of eccentric English expats usually found here with bottle in hand, this utterly low key lounge near the façade of Macau’s St. Paul’s church offers a refreshing break with understated wooden furniture and homey stained glass windows on the main floor, and live jazz, rock and blues down below.
Hong Kong A Ferry Ride Away
From Macau, it takes a fast one-hour ferry ride (fare: HK$120) to reach Hong Kong. For trip schedules, visit www.turbojetseaexpress.com.hk, www.cotaijet.com.mo, and www.nwff.com.hk. USEFUL WEBSITES www.olamacauguide.com www.macautourism.gov.mo/en/ www.lonelyplanet.com
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PAL ﬂies between Manila and Macau daily. Swingaround tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit www.philippineairlines.com.
MR. PANORAMIC Rommel Bundalian Mabuhay sits down with Filipino photographer ROMMEL BUNDALIAN, whose unique 360o photography landed him a commission with the Macau Government Tourist Office for their promotional photos.
WHEN DID YOU START DOING 360° VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) PHOTOGRAPHY? My interest in the subject started way back in 2006 when I was in Europe and saw images of 360° VR photography exhibit in Paris. I found the ability of the photographer to make still photography come alive and navigable fascinating. HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT IT? I bought and studied books on the subject, procured the basic equipment, then started playing around with a few photographs. It took me about six months of experimenting and practicing before I could come up with a decent result. DO YOU HAVE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT? 360° VR photography is roughly 50 percent basic photography, and 50 percent post production. Anyone interested in getting into it should invest in a good DSLR camera, a tripod, and a panoramic head for the photography side; and a suitable Mac/PC with post-production software.
What is your dream assignment? Because of the technical challenges incident to underwater photography, my dream assignment would probably be a 360° VR photography underwater location like the Tubbataha Reef, a U.N.Heritage Site in Palawan, Philippines
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CHALLENGES YOU ENCOUNTER? 360° VR photography is enhanced still photography. 360° VR photographers need to be adept at using post-production software. A good eye for details is a must. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SPECIALIZING IN 360° PHOTOGRAPHY? I find that 360° photography broadens my view of subjects, for it requires a more holistic view and a higher attention to detail in selecting shots. Whereas in regular photography, I am limited by the four corners of the frame, in 360° photography, my frame is a sphere. DO YOU HAVE ANY PROJECTS YOU WISH TO PROMOTE? As I am an avid traveler and mountaineer, I developed an iPhone/iPad app that catalogs some of the places I’ve visited, naturally in 360° VR. The name of the app is 360° Island Philippines. It is a free app and I invite readers with iPhones and iPads to download it from iTunes.
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Photo above: Colors, shapes, light, and motion are captured in this shot of the Grand Lisboa. Rommel had to wait until 4a.m. so that there will be less people and that the details of the place will be clearly shown on the photo.
From left: Shooting atop an unstable gondola made this shot particularly challenging. Rommel had to painstakingly balance himself to make sure that all details were captured. “The Bubble Show” at City of Dreams is a panoramic movie screen surrounding a static foreground. With only a tripod and one camera, capturing this moment despite the constantly-changing background offered several challenges which were remedied at post-production.
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It can take as long as two weeks before you land one of these six tables at Yin Yang, the private kitchen run by celebrity chef Margaret Xu Yuan.
DINING SECRETS Avoiding crazy high rental rates, this city’s savvy restaurateurs are turning their small ﬂats and holes-in-the-wall into Michelin star dining successes. EDUARDO CATACUTAN whets our appetites with a rundown of some of the best. Photos by DANTE PERALTA YIN YANG In a refurbished heritage building along Ship Street, celebrity chef Margaret Xu Yuan revived interest in Hong Kong’s “village” cooking by giving it a modern twist. In keeping with her homespun theme, she uses mostly produce from her own organic farm in Yuen Long to create dishes that have made Yin Yang’s six tables among the hottest in town. Waiting time for weekend bookings can be as long as two weeks with prices ranging from HK$560/US$72 to HK$900/US$115 per head. Can’t-miss dishes are Margaret’s roasted baby pig and chicken cooked in her own Terracotta stove. 18 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island. Call 28660868. By appointment only. Ying Yang’s trademark Wild Side or slow-cooked wild buffalo
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This photo: Tim Ho Wan’s ha gao (shrimp dumplings), a staple in dim sum eateries. Bottom photos: chicken feet from Tim Ho Wan and char siu bao (roast pork buns), the biggest crowd-drawer at Tim Ho Wan
TIM HO WAN DIM SUM RESTAURANT Opening a dim sum restaurant and stand out in a city where there seems to be a dim sum eatery on every street corner is quite a feat but that’s exactly what Mak Kwai-puis and Leung Fai-keung have done. They earned a Michelin star less than a year after opening the first Tim Ho Wan restaurant in Mong Kok, and did the same with a branch in Sham Shui Po last year. One bite of their cha siu bao or barbecue pork buns (HK$14/US$2 for three), with their crispy outer layer and succulent filling will make you an instant fan. Same with their vermicelli roll stuffed with pig’s liver (HK$15/US$2) and pan-fried turnip cake (HK$10/ US$1). There are constant queues outside both eateries, but the food is worth waiting for. Flat 8, G/F Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon. Call 23322896. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. G/F 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon (take B2 exit from the MTR, head straight to Pei Ho Street and turn right to Fuk Wing Street). Call 27881226.
HIN HO CURRY HOUSE Owner Andy Tse says he has had an odd mix of customers since his ornately decorated restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, including the occasional group of giggling girls who go there for what Tse calls “Facebook pictures.” His clientele are hooked on Hin Ho’s exquisite cuisine with a North Indian bias. The most in-demand are his lamb chop masala (HK$128/ US$16), chicken tikka (HK$80/US$10) and korma blue mussels with mushrooms (HK$128). G/F Shop 11 East Way Tower, 59-99 Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong Island. Call 25601268 90, G/F, Shau Kei Wan Road, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong Island. Call 27881226.
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Gitone is known as much for its art as for its food, such as this cold appetizer. Bottom photos: At night, Gitone transforms from a pottery school to a modern restaurant; Tim Ho Wan’s radish cakes
GITONE The fine-dining cuisine on offer at Gitone is just another form of self-expression for Terence Lee, a renowned local artist and one of the pioneers in the private kitchen business. Each night, when his art studio cum pottery school transforms into a cozy resto, food is served in his pottery creations while his artistic touch reflects in the cuisine’s detailed preparation. “We just don’t serve customers. We present the food just like we present our art work,” Lee says. Gitone has long been known for its Shanghainese and Shun Tak dishes, but with a new chef on board, it now also offers modern and vegetarian alternatives that go from HK$380/ US$49 to HK$880/US$113 per head. G/F Lei King Wan, No. 45 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong Island. Call 25273448. By appointment only.
HO TO TAI NOODLE RESTAURANT Walking through its door is like stepping into a black-and-white Chinese movie. Everything about the eatery feels old, from the wooden tables to the china. But this 62-year-old noodle shop has gained newfound fame as the cheapest Michelin-starred fare in the world. A steaming bowl of its wonton noodle soup still sells for HK$17/US$2 while its signature egg noodles sprinkled with shrimp eggs goes for HK$38/US$5. “The secret lies in the noodles because this one makes its own,” said longtime customer Ken Tang. “ The eatery has branches in Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui and Sai Ying Pun that are more accessible to tourists. G/F 67 Fau Tsoi Street, Yuen Long, NT. Shop 307, Pioneer Center, 750 Nathan Road, Kowloon. Call 23091903. Shop G08, Cathay 88, 125 Wan Chai Road, Hong Kong Island. Call 23843223. 47-49 High Street Lower, G/F, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island. Call 25173233.
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Pray you get this Shrimp Etouffee when you book a private dinner at Magnolia, where the meal is a surprise until it is served. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia)
Tokyo Chili House used to do a fusion of Japanese and Thai cuisine but now only serves Thai dishes, like this basilbaked whole mackerel with spicy sauce.
MAGNOLIA There’s one very simple rule when you book a private dinner at Magnolia. “Nobody knows what they’re eating when they come here—they eat what we serve them,” says New Orleans native Lori Granito, with a laugh. All-American dinners start with welcome cocktails and usually consist of big platters of her trademark gumbo, jambalaya and barbecue ribs served family-style, topped off by a dessert of pecan pie. Cost is HK$450/US$57 per person. Shop 5, G/F Po Yan Street, Shueng Wan, Hong Kong Island. Call 25309880. By appointment only.
TOKYO CHILI HOUSE In a residential block a few minutes’ walk away from Times Square in Causeway Bay, owner Freddie Chen turned a two-room unit into a five-table dining spot that has established a loyal clientele of mostly office workers at lunchtime and a mix of locals and Westerners at night. The food used to be a fusion of Thai and Japanese cuisine but is now devoted to traditional Thai fare. Set menus go for HK$200/US$26 to HK$300/US$38 per person. Ala carte dishes are also available like barbecue chicken in Penang curry (HK145/US$19), green mango salad with deep fried fish (HK$128/US$16) and a pumpkin custard desert (HK$25/ US$3). 5th floor, No. 10 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island (Exit F from the MTR blue line). Call 25766338. By appointment only.
The Michelin star rating is the most recognized arbiter for chefs and restaurants. Its three-star rating is the rarest and most coveted. First published in France in 1900, the Michelin Restaurant and Hotel Guide was created to “help vacationers riding on MICHELIN tires have a less risky, more practical journey.” Since then, the small red book now covers 23 countries and includes more than 45,000 establishments, all rated by anonymous inspectors. At present, Kyoto holds the title of the best restaurant city in the world with the most Michelin stars per 100,000 residents. Japan has a total of 136 Michelin stars including seven three-star restaurants. MICHELIN STAR RATING: + very good cuisine in its category ++ excellent cuisine, worth a detour +++exceptional cuisine, worth a journey For more information, visit www. michelinguide.com
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Days of wines and banquets: Form and function meet comfort and elegance, thanks to the geniuses of Hotel Icon’s architect Rocco Yim and legendary British designer Sir Terence Conran.
Hong Kong’s New Hotels The frequent traveler to Hong Kong can always be assured of one thing: change. It’s simply symptomatic of what drives Hong Kong. JENNIFER DEE lists down three new hotels that are unmistakably game-changers.
HOTEL ICON FOR A CHANGE, WARM SERVICE
Hotel ICON is the teaching and research hotel built for the School of Hotel and Tourism Management by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Designed by celebrated architect Terence Conran, it is modern and stylish, with a grand sweeping staircase, sculptural furniture, and a striking vertical garden that define the spacious and airy lobby. It offers innovative rooms with in-room Skype phones and a complimentary mini bar (except for alcoholic beverages) that is replenished daily. Noteworthy too is their Timeless Lounge (next to Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree), which allows guests to relax, without having to spend extra for a late check-out. But it is the genuinely warm hospitality of the staff that upstages the hotel’s contemporary style. It is a welcome departure from the efficient but curt and aloof service that we have come to accept as typical in Hong Kong. Rates start at HK$2,200. 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon; (+852) 3400 1000; www.hotelicon.com . 74 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
Taste of paradise: Reported to be the largest in Asia, Hotel Icon's lush 18-meter vertical garden is one big conversation piece, thanks to the creativity of French botanist Patrick Blanc who designed this ﬁne patch of greenery.
Old World luxuries: Step back in time and experience the best of the east and west in Hullett House's 10 individually designed, spacious suites that offer glimpses of Hong Kong's rich history and culture.
HULLETT HOUSE HOW SUITE IT IS
While everyone else was looking to bring their new hotels to ultratech highs, Hullet House went the other way. In a nod to history and legacy, Hullett House is a luxury boutique hotel situated within the elegantly charming 1881 Heritage (across Marco Polo’s Hong Kong hotel) project that includes boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Managed and operated by the Aqua Restaurant Group, it is, without a doubt, stunningly beautiful. The site used to house the Hong Kong Marine Police and is a “declared monument”—only one of four
surviving government buildings in Hong Kong. There are 10 dropdead luxurious suites to choose from, each having its own distinct period design, a private terrace with a garden and harbor views. Says Aqua’s Managing Director David Yeo, “I have designed the suites to be conceptually evocative of the link between Hong Kong’s Chinese and English past. I want to offer our guests a truly unique experience not found in a modern business hotel.” Certainly, in Hong Kong, this is what makes Hullett House an outstanding find. Rates start at HK$6,720/night with breakfast for two. 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; (+852) 3988 0000; www.hulletthouse.com.
UPPER HOUSE HAVEN AT PACIFIC PLACE
What’s nice about this discreet hotel is what you get for US$500: a spacious suite with wide picture windows with harbor views, a complimentary Maxi Bar, and jars of cookies, candies, chocolates, which they replenish every day. There is also a secret garden on the 6th floor; and at the penthouse is the well-reviewed Café Gray Deluxe that offers signature dishes similar to its Michelin starred counterpart in New York City. Rates start at HK$ 3,800. Pacific Place, 88 Queensway; (+852) 2918 1838; www. upperhouse.com . From the latest Travel & Leisure magazine’s World’s Best List, three Hong Kong hotels made it in the Top 25 Best Hotels in Asia: Mandarin Oriental (No. 15), The Peninsula (No. 20), and Island Shangri-La (No. 24).
Not so secret anymore: Upper House's 6th ﬂoor 'secret garden' is a welcome treat for Hong Kong urbanites tired of the glass-and-steel jungle. A favorite indulgence? To sink into those huge, comfy bean bags and chill out.
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CLOCKWISE: Damien Hirst’s “Forgotten Promises”; Takashi Murakami’s “Tiger Club”; The interiors of Gagosian Gallery
HONG KONG ART SCENE:
GAGOSIAN GALLERY SUNSHINE LICHAUCO DE LEON visits the worldwide art gallery’s ﬁrst outlet in Asia. Art lovers visiting Hong Kong now have a new place to indulge their quest for top artworks. New York’s Gagosian Gallery, known for representing many of the world’s most important modern and contemporary artists, has opened its newest gallery in the heart of the city’s Central district. Gagosian represents almost 100 artists— including Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol—whom they show on rotation across their network of galleries in London, Beverly Hills, Paris, Rome, Athens, and Geneva.
Nick Simunovic, the gallery’s Managing Director, explains Hong Kong is the perfect location: “As the gateway to Asia, it offers an ideal platform to work with collectors across a fast developing region. Hong Kong is the third largest art market after New York and London, and the city’s liberal tax regime is of benefit to collectors.” The gallery is located in the pre war Pedder building—in a 480-square-meter, light-filled space boasting four-meter-high ceilings that is ideal for showcasing artwork. Since opening in January 2011, the Hong Kong space has already presented the first ever solo exhibitions in Asia of English artist Damien Hirst and American painter-photographer Richard Prince. Simunovic says, “In general I would be pleased to see more Asian artists represented by Gagosian. Over all, we hope to achieve a healthy balance of exhibiting artists who are both established and emerging, across a range of media, and across a variety of price points.” Gagosian Gallery is located at 7/F Pedder Building, 12
Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong. Call (+852) 2151 0555 or visit www.gagosian.com.
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H O N G KO N G BY THE NUMBERS
1842 The year China lost in the Opium War against Britain and was forced to give up Hong Kong to the British Empire.
The number of years that Hong Kong was a colony of Britain.
1997 The year Hong Kong was
most expensive city in the world after Zurich (4th), Geneva (3rd), Sao Paulo (2nd), and Tokyo (1st) according to the 2011 International Cost of Living Survey.
The number of Rolls Royce Phantoms ordered by the Hong Kong Peninsula hotel (top photo) in 2006 that set a record as the biggest single purchase from Rolls Royce.
is the population of Hong Kong. 3.5% is composed of 240,000 Filipinos.
(bottom photo) in Hong Kong making it the most in the world.
7,650 The number of skyscrapers
regained by China which governed it as a special administrative region (SAR).
billion is the gross domestic product of Hong Kong placing it at the top of the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom.
most expensive city for expatriates in a survey of 300 cities.
Hong Kong means “fragrant harbor” in Cantonese, the local dialect
U P D AT E S
Disneyland Hong Kong
Ocean Park Hong Kong recently opened The Rainforest, Asia’s ﬁrst theme zone integrating a water ride (right photo) and a rainforest expedition trail. The park also holds the biggest east-meetswest Halloween party in Asia called “Republic of Halloween” wherein visitors will see over 444 Chinese and western ghosts in 25 haunted attractions. – www.oceanpark.com.hk
The happiest place on earth becomes a spooky place this year as a headless horseman, mythical creatures, and ghoulish souls roam all over Disneyland. For those who prefer smiles over screams, Tomorrowland will be the perfect place because it turns into the Halloween Party Zone complete with celebrity DJs, face paintings, and a Party Squad to reward the best Halloween costumes. -www.park. hongkongdisneyland.com
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Illustration by Carin Jimenez
WHY RATTAN VINES ARE BITTER The rattan is a source of food for woodsmen who run out of food. The swollen basal part contains a considerable amount of starch. It is roasted and eaten. Also edible are the buds which in some species are too bitter to be palatable. The following legend from the Monteses of Panay tries to explain why these are bitter, and also, why the snails and the deer are tailless. A deer went to drink in a brook. He found the brook literally crawling with water snails. To his chagrin, the snails challenged him to a race to the nearest waterfall. “You dare challenge me, the fastest runner in the world?” he sneered. “Just look at my long legs.” “We know, but still you can’t win over us,” the snails taunted him, wagging their tails. In those days they were equipped with this appendage. The deer grew so indignant that he stamped his hoofs on their tails and crushed them. Nevertheless, he accepted the challenge. After running some distance, he rested under a tree. To his surprise he 80 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
saw snails crawling along the brook. Could they have really kept pace with him? His anger mounted and he began stamping at them, crushing their tails. “I’ll show these upstarts that they can’t beat me,” the deer said, running as fast as he could to the goal. He spent his ire stamping at their tails. Since then the snails became tailless. Tired, the deer took a bath in the water and lay down to sleep on the banks nearby. The snails gathered around him and in retaliation ate his long hairy tail. The deer has been tailless ever since. He awoke in pain, and in fright, he dashed to the forest. Running smack into a thicket of spiny rattan, he struggled to free himself but failed. “We will not let you go until you give us your gall for food,” the dear heard the rattan vines speak. The more he struggles, the more he got enmeshed with the spines. He could do nothing but acquiesce to the rattan. He gave his bile which the rattan ate. From then on the buds of the rattan became bitter.
THE MYTHS Philippine Folk Literature by Damiana L. Eugenio Published by the University of the Philippines Press, 2001. Paperback, 513 pages. University of the Philippines Press, E. de los Santos St., University of the Philippines Campus; (+632) 928 2558; Email email@example.com; www.press.up.edu.ph
THE VINTAGE WATCH CRAZE BY ALEX WILLIAMS © 2011 NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE/ DISTRIBUTED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE
MICHAEL WILLIAMS, WHO RUNS A Continuous Lean, a men’s style blog, ditched his Timex when he got his first cellphone in 2001. Tyler Thoreson, the head of men’s edito82 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
rial for Gilt Man, the flash sale website, often kept his forgettable watches stashed in a drawer. And Eddy Chai, an owner of Odin New York, a downtown men’s boutique, gave up
wearing watches regularly in his mid-20s, when he outgrew his Casio. But after going watch-free for much of the past decade, the three men—all in their 30s and considered style influencers—are turning back time. Thoreson, 38, is shopping for a vintage gold IWC with a white dial or a Rolex GMT-Master. Chai, 38, has been wearing a vintage Rolex, loosely dangling around his wrist, “not as a timepiece, but as a piece of jewelry,” he said. And Williams, 32, splurged on three watches: an IWC Portuguese, a Rolex GMTMaster II and an Omega Speedmaster, also known as the “moon watch,” since that is what Apollo astronauts wore. Williams states, “Right now there is no clearer indication of cool than wearing a watch. If it was your grandfather’s bubble-
(FROM LEFT) Watches owned by Benjamin Clymer who runs Hodinkee.com, an online magazine for watch-enthusiasts. © 2011 Elizabeth Lippman/The New York Times Syndicate. Michael Williams, the man behind A Continuous Lean, a men’s style blog. © 2011 Deidre Schoo/The New York Times Syndicate. Benjamin Clymer of Hodinkee.com. © 2011 Elizabeth Lippman/The New York Times Syndicate.
back Rolex, even better.” As recently as a half-decade ago, time seemed to be running out for the wristwatch. With cellphones, iPods and other clock-equipped devices becoming ubiquitous, armchair sociologists were writing off the wristwatch as an antique, joining VHS tapes, Walkman players and pocket calculators on the slag heap of outmoded gadgets. “It’s an understated statement about your station in life, your taste level,” Thoreson said. He got a taste of the pent-up demand last fall, when Gilt organized a high-end vintage watch sale with Benjamin Clymer, 28, who runs an online magazine for watch enthusiasts called Hodinkee.com. (Clymer,
a former UBS manager, said his site attracts 250,000 unique visitors a month, more than half of them under 40.) Fourteen of the 17 watches, with an average price of US$4,800, sold in the first six hours. Gilt now holds a watch sale every month. “In certain circles,” Thoreson said, “if you don’t have a substantial timepiece with some pedigree, you feel like you’re missing out on something.” A watch these days may strike some people as an impractical, frivolous and often costly way to express individual style. But that is just another way of saying that it’s fashion. “Considering how casual most people
dress on a day-to-day basis, a glamorous watch is one of the few accessories that can be at once sporty, luxurious and utilitarian,” the designer Michael Kors wrote in an email. Kors has a line of oversize chronographs, manufactured by Fossil, that is popular among women (they are a current must-have accessory among under-30 fashion assistant types in Manhattan). Indeed, a certain intimacy develops between the wearer and the mechanical watch that requires winding. “A mechanical watch relies on you as much as you rely on it,” Clymer said, with a hint of paternal affection. “Without you, it dies.” The retro appeal also plays into the re-
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The timeless luxury of a Rolex watch.
Andy Greenblatt of Watchismo, a website on unique watches around the world. ÂŠ 2011 Peter DaSilva/The New York Times Syndicate.
â€˜James Bond wore a Rolex. Who really needs more convincing than that?â€™ - Michael Williams
A box of watches owned by Mathew Hranek, a New York photographer who runs the William Brown Project, a menâ€™s lifestyle blog. ÂŠ 2011 Yana Paskova/The New York Times Syndicate.
surgence of heritage brands like Red Wing boots or Filson bags. Putting on a vintage Rolex â€œshows youâ€™re interested in craft and well-made things,â€? said Matthew Hranek, a New York photographer who runs a menâ€™s lifestyle blog, the William Brown Project, which celebrates vintage watches. Luxury watches are faring quite well. Sales of timepieces priced between $10,000 and $25,000â€”Ferraris of the forearmâ€”are up 33 percent. But perhaps the most robust sector is the youth-friendly â€œfashion watchâ€? category: watches licensed by labels like Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Lacoste. Fossil reports that sales of its Michael Kors watches were up 142 percent in the first
quarter this year; for its Armani Exchange line, 129 percent. â€œThe increases are phenomenal, significant strong double-digit retail growth,â€? said Jon Step, president of licensed brands at Movado Group Inc., which has several such designer licenses. Manufacturers have courted younger buyers in part, he said, with exuberantly styled watches using extravagant or offbeat materials: brightly colored plastic, rubber, ceramic. But for some newly minted watch geeks, the appeal of a timepiece that has endured for decades is more emotional. â€œJames Bond wore a Rolex,â€? Michael Williams said. â€œWho really needs more convincing than that?â€?
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PAL brings back Ladies Interclub Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin may have yet to wield a driver when the PAL Ladies Interclub had its inaugural, but shortlived run, 26 years ago. More than a decade later, the two were winning tournaments at the US LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tour. Rosales and Delasin’s successes inside the greens and fairways have arguably become the benchmark for Filipino women golfers, including the impressive field seeing action at the revived Ladies Interclub, set October 11 to 14, at Davao City’s Ranchos Palos Verdes golf course. “We are reviving the PAL Ladies Interclub to give amateur lady golfers the same excitement, competitive play and strong camaraderie cultivated in the 64-year-old PAL Men’s Interclub,” says Dina May Flores, chair of the Ladies Interclub executive committee. The Davao event marks only the 6th edition of the Ladies Interclub, which carries the theme “She Swings,” since it was last held in 1988 at Cebu Country Club with Alabang emerging as champion.
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From left: Felix Cruz, Jr., adviser to the tournament executive committee; Dina May Flores, chairperson of the PAL Ladies Interclub 2011; and Buddy Resurreccion, tournament director
Club teams from the Bay Area, San Francisco, Southern California, New York and New Jersey are expected to participate in the tourney as well as golfers from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Chicago, Illinois. “We have invited golf clubs in the country and from abroad to compete in the Interclub,” Flores adds. Amateur golfers, regardless of age, may form a team, while those already belonging to a golf club are eligible to join the tournament. Each team is required to submit a line-up of minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 players. The four-day, four-to-play, three-tocount team competition will apply the PAL
scoring system. Under tournament rules, each player must compete in two of the four days of the competition. The ceremonial tee-off on October 10 will be followed by a second team captains’ meeting. The first was held August 4. Besides the colorful awards night on October 14, organizers have lined up events that would keep competitors in high spirits in and out of the golf course, including side trips to tourist spots around Davao and the mandatory shopping safari. Too bad, Rosales and Delasin, who were little kids when the first Ladies Interclub was staged, had turned pro and any thoughts that the two may consider playing in the Interclub are remote, to say the least.
JRo, Dorothy: Inspiring Pinoy golfers BY JUN VICENCIO
Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin earned close to $2 million each by competing in the rich US Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. Although their level of play has suffered a decline, the two Filipino golfers’ string of victories, as an amateur and professional, on US soil remains an inspiration among past and current local women shotmakers. If memory serves, Rosales and Delasin are the ﬁrst-ever Filipinos who have qualiﬁed for the LPGA, holding their own against the world’s top players. Dorothy was crowned US Amateur champion in 1999, while Jennifer, fondly called JRo by her loved ones, friends and fans, tied for 12th in the same event in 2000. Their stars further shone when they won 2008 Women’s World Cup of Golf, in South Africa. Following are the two’s LPGA victories: Delasin, 2000 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic; 2001 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic; 2001 Samsung World Championships; 2003 Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions; Rosales, 2004 Chick-ﬁl-A Charity; and 2005 SBS Open, Turtle Bay, Hawaii. For comments or requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Clockwise from top left: Stephen Reilly, Executive Vice President of Resorts World Manila. Photo by Andy Maluche; A towering glass sculpture greets members of Genting as they enter the club. Photo by Andy Maluche. “The King of Puff,” Chef David Choo Sam Chai. Photo courtesy of Resorts World Manila.
LAP OF LUXURY
BY NYX MARTINEZ
There’s a level of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City that is closed off to the public’s prying eyes, and open only to highrolling “VVIPS”—you know, the very exclusive sort. Established by one of Asia’s best managed conglomerates, the Genting Group, this plush “members only” lounge is at the 3rd Floor and comprises a Cigar Bar, a Whisky Bar, a 007 Bar for martinis, and a Sports Bar, aptly named after world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. And that’s not all. Adjacent to the bars is the M Spa for pampering, a Tea Room designed with antique tea pots and royal china, and several deluxe restaurants. One 88 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
of them, HAPPY 9, is run by Malaysian Chef David Choo Sam Chai, the “King of Puff,” who whips up international cuisine so deftly, you’ll know why, at 60 years old, he’s still Private Medicinal Chef to distinguished guests. Everyone else can sample his famous curry puffs downstairs, at Café MAXIMS. “Every chef needs to know the taste of the spices, to feel their cooking. They have to be consistent in what they serve. No shortcuts,” he says of his health-infused creations. It is this consistency in every aspect of immaculate service that sets Genting Club apart—so its members really feel that they are getting their money’s worth.
After all, the price tag doesn’t come cheap. “It’s like a delicious, multitiered birthday cake. And everyone aspires to be on the top tier,” says Stephen Reilly, Resorts World Manila Executive Vice President, as he recalls the glamorous Manila scene of the 80s. “But it hasn’t been seen for a long time. Now, the market, the spending, is definitely here. Development in the Philippines is going to grow.” Reilly talks about the steep price of membership, but assures patrons, “It’s consumable. With that, you can have everything from limo service, to getting a room, dining, or using the spa. The
only thing you can’t do is buy gaming chips.” Just a couple years old, Resorts World Manila, the entertainment industry’s newest baby, is growing up, and growing fast. Inside here, the quality of luxury can be felt: personal, private, and perfectly tailor-made. “A lot of people are watching to see what we’re going to do,” Reilly says, “So give people what they want. Raise the bar! It doesn’t have to be just a notch better than the competitor. It has to be way better.” Genting Club is located on the 3rd Floor of MAXIMS TOWER in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City; +632 836 6815 / 908 8815; www. rwmanila.com
SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FEATURE
THE MAN BEHIND THE CAMERA
Actor, matinee idol, and Canon Endorser Piolo Pascual captures the beauty of life through his camera BY CEIA YLAGAN | MAIN PHOTO BY RAYMUND ISAAC
His charming good looks and well-toned body has graced many magazine covers and billboards. He has made us laugh and cry with his movies and serenaded us with his love songs. He is Piolo Pascual, the mysterious yet dashing matinee idol, who makes many girls’ hearts go a-ﬂutter. A passionate and hardworking actor, Piolo ventures into a new world that expands his range of talents from acting, hosting, and singing. He is exploring the world of photography, and with much gusto at that. WHERE IT ALL BEGAN His interest in photography began a couple of years back, at around the time the digital photography industry began to boom. “Since I travel a lot for work, I thought of taking photos so I can keep memories with me,” he says. He recalls starting with a onemegapixel camera, moving on to a twomegapixel cam, and so on. But his ﬁrst major purchase was a Canon EOS 30D. “A friend of mine was a hobbyist and he was selling all these lenses. Sabi ko, ‘How can I have lenses if I don’t have a DSLR?’ So I got a 30D and invested in lenses,” he recounts. As he traveled the world, his interest in photography grew. “Wherever I go, I try to capture the best moments. I’m more into landscape [images] not human interest. I ﬁnd it more interesting to shoot landscape because there’s much more into it by just looking at it,” he explains. “When I travel for work, I don’t have much time to look around and see places, so I just try to capture them, and look back a couple of weeks or months after. [These places] are not just in my mind, but I have a hard copy of them.” While he has not officially taken any photography courses, it is something he has always wanted to do. He shyly admits that he is “just a hobbyist” who likes to take photos “out of gut feel.” He reveals, “The photos I take, these are what interest me. It’s not
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A scenic landscape from one of Piolo’s trips to France.
One of Piolo’s favorite shots showing a road in Normandy, France. A glimpse of the photographer himself.
A sunset captured just in time.
something I learned or studied about. I just go by feel. [The skill] it just comes out. I know the composition, the colors, but more than that, it’s just capturing the right moment, the right lighting, the right hour.” MEMORIES FROZEN IN TIME A true-blue artist, Piolo reveals that he is able to express himself more through his photos. “It’s an expression. I’m able to express more of myself when I’m taking the photos. Whereas when I’m the subject, I go by what is needed. It’s very technical and of course, whatever is required of me, I have to deliver,” he points out. “But when I take photos, it’s very spontaneous. It’s very natural.” He adds that taking photos is like therapy for him. One of his most memorable photos was taken in France. “I was doing Lovers in Paris. There was this bridge; actually, it was the metro by the river. I took this shot and I didn’t know it was going to be good. Even Jun de Leon, a noted photographer, said it had very good composition,” he beams. Another photo he loves was taken in Normandy, France. “There was this road that leads to a chateau and there were trees on the sides, left and right. It’s just so perfect looking at it. If you’re there you won’t be able to appreciate it because it’s just a road leading to a place and there were trees. But when I captured it, when I shot the scene, it has perfect composition because the trees are just balanced and really uniform. It was perfect. It was midday and I even shot some shadows from the trees. It’s
one of my more memorable shots,” he shares. BEING AN INSPIRATION But aside from taking photos of the sights he sees abroad, Piolo wants his photos to be a source of inspiration for others. He wants the Filipinos to nurture their passion in photography and to fully experience the beauty of our islands. “We have so many beautiful places in the Philippines. It’s just a matter of really exposing them. So for us, having all the equipment we can get from Canon, it’s just a matter of really knowing where these places are and capturing the moments at the right time and showing it to the public--and maybe to the world--so they’ll know how beautiful the Philippines is,” he says. Aside from showcasing the beauty of our country, Piolo also encourages budding photographers. “It’s important to have talent; it’s also important to have skills. But what’s going to set you apart is your heart. You’ve got to have the passion, you’ve got to have the heart for whatever you do, whether it be taking photos or acting or singing for that matter. But the more important thing you can share is that you have the heart for it, you have the passion for it,” he stresses. As he continues to click away on his cameras, Piolo’s adventures in photography continue. “I’m happy because I’m able to learn more using these bettertechnology cameras. I’m able to really express myself in a better way through photos.”
IN HIS GADGET BAG Piolo has a Canon PowerShot G10 that he swears by. “I’m so addicted to the G10, especially when I go on travels,” he says. But he also uses a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon EOS 5D, a gift from last Christmas, which he uses to shoot videos of his work, shows, and milestones in his life. He also has several lenses which he uses to shoot his landscape photos.
After thoughts of a beautiful mind: ON THE PHOTOGRAPHER HE ADMIRES: “I admire Raymund Isaac because of his talent, because he knows what he’s doing and he knows how to capture the best moments, the best time. He has had a broad experience in photography and he’s very creative.” ON POST PROCESSING: “I rarely do that; only once in a while. I want to retain the photos’ rawness.” ON HIS DREAM SHOOT: “I want to go back to Greece, in Santorini, to capture the best sunset there carrying my Canon dslr.”
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Tim Artz, a home brewer, samples some of his beer. © 2011 Brendan Smialowski/The New York Times Syndicate.
NEED A SIX-PACK? HIT THE BASEMENT BY JOHN HOLL © 2011 NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE/DISTRIBUTED BY THE NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE OAKTON, VIRGINIA TIM ARTZ’S BREWERY IS ENCLOSED by glass walls on three sides and looks out onto a bluff of apple trees and a garden filled with beans, squash and 35 varieties of pepper. On a raw April morning, the brewery doors were open but the brewery itself was warm; the gas burner below the 114-liter brew tank was cranking at near full power. Artz was already a good 90 minutes into his brew day; the grain was milled and the hops were measured and waiting on a nearby table. It was just the moment for his wife to emerge from the house and ask if he and his guests would like a fresh mug of coffee. Artz, 48, is just a home brewer, not a professional; his main job is director of information technology at a health care firm. But with the elaborate set-up he has built and installed in his Florida room (there is a big cask for holding mash and an $1,800 fermentation tank, in addition to the 114-liter kettle), he could easily be mistaken
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for much more than an amateur. Home brewing, which was rendered illegal by Prohibition and not legalized again until 1979, is enjoying a resurgence. The American Homebrewers Association, based in Boulder, Colorado, had just 11,724 members in 2006; that has since more than doubled, to 26,000. This increased interest, in turn, has fostered a mini-boom in brewing equipment, according to Gary Glass, who is the director of the association. “Home-brew supply shops reported a growth of 16 percent in gross revenue, according to 2009 numbers,” Glass said, referring to the change from the prior year. The numbers for 2010 are not yet available, he added, but he anticipates double-digit growth once again. This increase has been aided by the rise of social clubs, books and competitions geared to home brewers, as well as by the success of microbreweries over the past two decades, which has inspired many amateur beer-makers. The DIY and locavore movements have played a role, too. “There is a trend to do things more locally,” Glass said. “You don’t get any more local than doing it at home.” Even the recession did not slow things, Glass added. “Part of the theory,” he said, “is that people have more time for hobbies when they are unemployed or underemployed.” In a way, the revival recalls America’s roots. The Pilgrims are said to have landed at Plymouth Rock rather than continue on to Virginia, because they had run out of beer and wanted a fresh supply.
The British-style pub and home brewery of Christopher Bowen, a 44-year old ﬁnancial planner living in Pennsylvania. © 2011 Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Syndicate.
“A lot,” he said. “It is definitely not a cheap hobby.” Many founding fathers brewed ales on their farms. Some home brewers who invest heavily harbor (George Washington’s recipe for a porter brewed ambitions of one day opening a professional brewery with molasses, recently recreated by a Brooklyn (as amateurs they cannot legally sell their wares). brewer, has been commercially produced by the But other big spenders have no grand business plans; Shmaltz Brewing Co.) Even the Obamas have joined they equate brewing to activities like golf: a pastime in; they served an ale brewed at the White House and that is a labor of love, exploration, trial and error, flavored with honey from the beehives there at their frustration and, finally, pride, when the water, malt, Super Bowl party this year. hops and yeast combine just right to pour a perfect For many people, home brewing summons visions pint. of beat-up equipment that is stashed in a corner of For these dedicated hobbyists who are willing to a garage, dragged out only occasionally, powered spend money, said Glass, beer equipment manufacby modest propane tanks normally attached to the “Cenosillicaphobia” is a turers, like Sabco, of Toledo, Ohio, and More Beer, barbecue and yielding just a few liters. (Professional real word, and it means fear of an empty glass! of Concord, California, are now making high-end breweries measure output by the barrel—roughly 117 commercial-grade products for home use. liters each.) “It is still the exception, not the rule,” said Glass, But as the ranks of amateur brewers grow, more of who is emphatically not one of the high-end hobbythem are like the Artz family, people with high-end ists. He brews about six times a year, and does so on equipment who brew lots of beer and have a dedia Frankenstein system, an affectionate term used by home brewers cated brewing space in their homes. to describe a mishmash of equipment that is not pretty, but gets the “When we looked at the house and walked into the room, we job done. both knew this is where the brewery would be,” said Dot Artz, But the president of Sabco, Bob Sulier, believes the number of who occasionally brews with her husband but on that April day high-end brewers is growing. In the past, the company’s Brew Mawas growing crystals in the kitchen with the couple’s eight-yeargic system—their $6,000 flagship—was sold primarily to profesold son, Ben. (A true DIY family, they also forage for mushrooms, make their own soap, keep four beehives and smoke meat on a large sional brewers, he said, but now many are being bought by home brewers or home-brew groups. In 2010, the company sold about smoker made out of a cleaned and repurposed oil drum.) one Brew Magic system a day, he added. The Artz family has also made substantial outlays for their “We cater to the higher end of the group, the advanced home pastime. Tim Artz rolled his eyes and grinned mischievously when brewers,” Sulier said. “For many, this is the next logical step. They asked how much he has spent on brewing over the years. Don’t wash your beer mug with soap, and don’t have your glass changed every time at a restaurant, unless you want soap residue to remain on your mug! 94 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
Ben Artz at his home brewery. © 2011 Brendan Smialowski/The New York Times Syndicate.
But like many pastimes, home brewing can grow addictive—and become more expensive. are willing to drop a dollar.” For many, the hobby began in college. Some wanted to drink well for less money and others were inspired by “starter” products like Mr. Beer kits, plastic barrels costing about $40 that have premeasured ingredients and simple instructions and yield about eight liters of beer. But like many pastimes, home brewing can grow addictive—and become more expensive. Kal Wallner, a 41-year-old electrical engineer from Ottawa, Ontario, said he spent about $5,000 on an all-electric brewery (most are gas-fed) that he installed in a basement room underneath his front porch steps. His goal was ambitious: a system that, “when you walked in, people would immediately think of a real brewery.” Currently, Wallner’s brewery is in storage waiting for a move to the family’s new home. When he moves there in July, he will have more space for his brewery and plans to install floor drains, completely tile the room and add some new equipment. Sometimes, even a basement bar is not enough for a home brewer. Christopher Bowen built a pub to go along with his 38-liter brewery, both in a 74-square-meter shed on waterfront property in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that also holds a cottage he owns with his sister and a friend. Bowen, a 44-year-old financial planner and father of three, calls the shed the HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse. Inside it resembles a British pub, complete with 24 lidded 591-milliliter beer steins reserved for regular visitors. Bowen, who favors making ales and long-forgotten beers, first ventured into home brewing seven years ago, when he stopped into a local supply shop to get a birthday present for a friend and left with $300 of brewing equipment for himself.
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Christopher Bowen ﬁxes himself a drink. © 2011 Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Syndicate.
Soon, he was entering competitions and in 2007 won a gold medal at the 30-year-old Great American Beer Festival, the nation’s largest beer gathering, held annually in Denver. Most Saturday mornings, he can be found brewing in the shed; he also plays the role of a brewer in local historical reenactments and is popular on the home-brewing lecture circuit. The competition Bowen won is just one of the hundreds of competitions worldwide each year. Even professional breweries give home brews a shot at stardom. In the annual Longshot contest held by the Boston Beer Co., makers of Samuel Adams beers, home brewers send in recipes; the two winners have their beers brewed, bottled (with their likenesses on the label) and distributed to a national audience. Bowen’s home pub has televisions, comfortable seating, a dartboard and a cellar filled with whiskey and wine barrels used for aging beer. Everything a beer lover needs—almost. “We just don’t have a bathroom,” Bowen said. “But we are in pretty secluded area, or the cottage is just 20 steps away if needed.”
S P E C I A L P R O M OT I O N A L F E AT U R E
THE QUEEN OF FRUITS The mangosteen is the fruit of kings and queens. In pre-colonial times, the mangosteen is celebrated for its purplish skin and unique sweet tangy taste, making it the favorite of Sultans. In the Western world, it is famed for its elusiveness: the only fruit Queen Victoria could not have for her table. Mangosteen fruits are hard to grow. A tree needs 10 years to bear fruits that only dot its branches twice a year. Unlike oranges, which were easily transported and cultivated in Europe and the Americas, mangosteens perish easily during the monthlong voyages. This piqued the curiosity of the colonial world in the late 18th century. It enamored European botanists and explorers, who tried but failed to bring a sapling to their homeland. It inspired Rudyard Kipling, who while wistful on his youthful days in Bombay, wrote poems and a short story alluding to the mangosteen. The tree only thrived in the hot humid climate of Indochina, the French Carribean, India, and Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. It eventually became the national fruit of Thailand, where a 115,000-acre plantation produces 46,000 tons of mangosteen fruits a year. The purple fruits are also famous for its vast medicinal use. Among Asian countries, the mangosteen is believed to cure numerous ailments: THAILAND: Treating infected wounds, tuberculosis, and curing malaria, urinary tract infections, syphilis, and gonorhea. INDIA: The dried rind is used for chronic dysentery, and other
The seeds are edible and tasty but the bigger ones are roasted to be palatable.
gastrointestinal problems, as well as gout. PHILIPPINES: Used for fevers, thrush, diarrhea, and urinary disorders. MALAYSIA: The rind is used to make a tea for bladder infections, and gonorrhea. Over 30 years of independent scientiﬁc research showed that mangosteens (Garcinia Mangostana) have some 40 of the 200 xanthones found in nature. Xanthones are powerful antioxidants that can prevent cancer cells from regenerating and can balance free radicals in the body. Mangosteens are said to have the following health beneﬁts: 1. Prevents lifestyle diseases like fatigue, depression, anxiety, and obesity 2. Helps prevent degenerative diseases and mental deterioration 3. The rind has natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inﬂammatory properties. 4. Provide beneﬁcial effects on cardiovascular diseases like ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and thrombosis 5. The fruit’s vasorelaxant properties increase blood ﬂow. 6. It boosts weak immune systems and halts the development of ulcers in the body. 7. Prevents the occurrence of dental pain, diarrhea, arthritis, allergies, nerve pain, and vertigo 8. Helps in avoiding eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts 9. Assists in preventing osteoporosis, as well as kidney stones 10. Capable of killing cancer cells
The crown indicates the divisions of the pulp inside the fruit. The trick is to buy a fruit with more segments, as it means a ﬂeshier and tastier pulp. The white pulp tasted slightly of peaches, strawberries, muscatel grapes, and pineapples, according to early explorer accounts. But it most closely resembles the peach in taste and texture. The extract of the pulp is used to bring down fevers.
The bright reddish-purple rind or the pericarp is not edible but it has the most medicinal use. The most common way is to grind the rind, boil it in water, and serve it as tea.
TALL TALE. A popular but unaccounted story involves Queen Victoria and her ﬁxation for these purple fruits. The monarch was beguiled by mangosteens that she offered Knighthood to anyone who could bring her fresh fruits. Another version said Queen Victoria offered 100 pounds for one mangosteen! DELISH BETS. While it is common to name race horses after food, two horses carried the unusual Mangosteen name in history: one in England in 1844 and another Thoroughbred raced in the United States during the 1930s. EXPENSIVE TREATS. Mangosteens are very rare in the United States and Canada that it is sometimes sold at $45 (around Php2,160) a pound or about $11 (Php528) per fruit.
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THE LIGHTER SIDE
Tim Burton’s Twisted House
Step into the dark, macabre world of Tim Burton, the notable creator of ﬁlms like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents “Tim Burton,” a retrospective exhibition. On display will be more than 700 of his works including little-known personal projects. With the exhibition concluding on October 31, what better way to amp up the horror on Halloween night? LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA; +323 857 6000; www.lacma.org.
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WHAT WOULD WITCHES & WARLOCKS WEAR?
Whether out to scare or just look good, here’s a list of where to find some Halloween costumes in Manila: SKITZO – The ultimate pop-culture costume store. Dress up as a shiny silver spoon, angry bird or Darth Vader. Costumes for babies and dogs are available too! The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati City; +632 577 3836; www.facebook.com/skitzomanila CAMP SUKI – Open since 1979, get a wide variety of rental costumes and cultural and period pieces mostly designed by store owner and fashion designer Lito Perez. 88 4th Street, New Manila, Quezon City; +632 725 0819; www.campsuki.com GAYAK – Run by a talented group of young and elderly Angono artists, this place offers theatrical and intricately-designed pieces. +632 451 0820; www.gayak2artedge.multiply.com In a rush? Basic Halloween needs can be found in stores like Toy Kingdom, Toys ‘R’ Us and National Book Store.
If Buddha were an athlete, this would be his game. One of the latest workouts across the United States, “paddleboard yoga” gives a new twist to yoga practice and a chance to get some sun. Develop the body’s alignment, posture and patterns of movement. Similar to the basic yoga exercise, the challenge of course lies in balancing on the paddleboard. Paddleboard yoga session with instructor Laura Zgud at One Mile Stand Up in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Zgud.
For more details, visit www.keywestpaddleboardyoga.com.
Listen to hundreds of music mixes compiled by people from across the globe. No commercials, no hold-ups. It’s handcrafted internet radio just the way you like it.
National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour provides information on how children and adults can make the outdoors a part of daily life. Winner of the 2011 Parents’ Choice Award.
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Earth Lovin’ WWW.EARTH911.COM
Go green and get crafty as this Earth-loving website shows how to re-use things you never even thought recyclable.
Film is King
Old is new, ﬁlm is back. Shoot away with this online store for rare ﬁlm ﬁnds such as 35mm, black and white, Polaroids and other cool analog cameras.
Boo! A Ghostly Read Earlier on the year, Professor Jaime T. Licauco, a well-known expert on paranormal phenomena, Philippine mysticism and mind power released his book “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ghosts (But Were Afraid to Ask).” Here, he addresses FAQ’s on ghosts and shares stories of people on their supernatural encounters of poltergeists to haunting messages. This unique book is available across select bookstores in the Philippines.
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board Bethany Hamilton Gallery Books Php588 (US$14)
Bethany Hamilton’s autobiographical book describes her experience of a life-changing shark attack and her heroic road to recovery. The book recounts her life as a young pro-surfer, the days leading up to the accident, and her determination to get back on the board. While the story itself is poignant and moving, the Hollywood interpretation might be the better choice for mature audiences. Soul Surfer is a wonderful read on a young girl’s courage and determination to overcome the odds. - Carla Villanueva
A Year of Adventures: A Guide to the World’s Most Exciting Experiences
Lonely Planet Php999 (US$24)
The Steve Jobs Way Jay Elliot with William L. Simon Vanguard Press Php1,170 (US$28)
The Selby Is In Your Place
Todd Selby Abrams Php1,688 (US$40)
BOOKS AVAILABLE AT FULLYBOOKED, FORT BONIFACIO, GLOBAL CITY
LISTEN EBE DANCEL
Dalawang Mukha Ng Pag-Ibig Warner Music Philippines ++++ On Dalawang Mukha Ng Pag-Ibig, (Two Faces of Love) Ebe Dancel’s solo debut, the erstwhile Sugarfree frontman gathered a number of his favorite local musicians to come up with a diverse-sounding record that doesn’t simply repeat his former band’s tried and tested pop/rock formula. But his ﬂair for crafting honest and melodic stories-as-songs will still be the primary reason for fans to pick this up as tracks like “Muli” and “Isang Probinsyano Sa Maynila” are among the best he has ever written. - Jason Caballa
RAPHAEL SAADIQ Stone Rollin’ Columbia Records ++++
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After an early morning dive into the amazing reefs of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, the crew of the Embaku (a liveboard boat) dropped the anchor at the deserted beach and the staff pretended they were on a pirate ship. While this was happening, TOMMY SCHULTZ pulled out his Canon 5D Mark II, climbed to the rigging of the Crow’s Nest, and clicked the shutter as his companions “walked the plank.” For more of Tommy Schultz’s work, visit www.tommyschultz.com
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From a Lifetime of Deforestation to an Organic Agricultural Way of Life.
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GreenEarth Heritage Foundation is a 501c3 US-tax exempt organization.
n early 2009, a landownerâ€™s generous donation gave hope to the agrarian unrest that has characterized Central Luzon for over 60 years. Thanks to that landowner, the GreenEarth Heritage Foundation was gifted with over 100 hectares of bucolic hills. The hills are nestled in the foothills of the majestic Sierra Madre mountain range in historic San Miguel, Bulacan. Because GreenEarth came, settlers who once-upon-a-time cut down forests for a living have now embraced the organic, agricultural way of life. Such LPSURYHPHQWVLQFOXGHPRQWKO\VSRQVRUVKLSVWKDWSURYLGHĂ€QDQFLDOVXSSRUWIRU their childrenâ€™s school supplies and uniforms. This summer, A Learning Center for the children of the farming community was constructed. A visit to GreenEarth Heritage Foundation is an opportunity to touch the lives of farmers and their children. One can spend the day planting trees on its hills or providing education and storytelling to a child. Savor a healthy meal of organically grown produce and take some time away from the city to enjoy the place for a few more days. <RXFDQDOVREX\EDJVRI86'$&HUWLĂ€HG2UJDQLFPRULQJDPDOXQJJD\ tea as souvenirs. Moringa has been discovered to contain one of the highest OHYHOVRIDQWLR[LGDQWVDQGQXWULHQWVZKLFKĂ€JKWFDQFHUDJLQJLQĂ DPPDWLRQDQG over 300 diseases. GreenEarth is about a 2.5 hours drive from the heart of Makati City. Visit them on the web at www.greenearthheritage.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greenearthheritage.
PAL-ER HOSTS. Corporate Communication’s Ms. Cielo Villaluna and VP-Human Resources, Mr. Joey Uy Barreta lighten up the night as the event’s emcees
PALers flock President & COO, Mr. Jaime Bautista and AVP- Cargo Sales, Mr. Danny Lim
CARGO AWARDS NIGHT 2011
Recognition were given to outstanding cargo agents for their sales contribution to Philippine Airlines for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 last August 12. Dubbed as a Bollywood Night, cargo agents flock the Century Park Hotel donned in their kurtas and vibrant saris as airline’s way of promoting PAL’s flight to New Delhi, India. Six Award Categories were given to the following Cargo Agents: Millionaire’s Club Award:
Shulman Airfreight International; DHL Global Forwarding.
(Domestic) Airspeed Philippines; (International) Freight Options, Inc.; Sky Freight Forwarders, Inc.; JJB Inland Logistics; Airlift Asia, Inc.; Expertrans Forwarding, Libcap, Panalpina World Transport.
(Domestic) High Light Express Phils. Corp.; Wide Wide World Express Corporation; (International) Schenker Philippines, Inc.; UTI Global Logistics; UPS SCS Phils., Inc.; High Light Express Phils., Corp; Hankyu Hanshin Express Phils.; Transglobal Consolidators, Inc.
Sincerity International; Airspeed International; Kintetsu World Express; U-Freight Phils.
(Domestic) Germalin Enterprises; LBC Express; (International) Wide Wide World Express Corporation; Yusen Air and Sea Service.
(Domestic) Airfreight 2100; Argo International Forwarders; (International) Nippon Express Philippines Corporation
As the music of “Jaiho!”, which means “May victory be yours!”, filled the halls of the Grand Ballroom of Century Park Hotel, the 2011 Cargo Awards Night concluded with flying colors. 104 I Mabuhay Magazine I October 2011
TALENTS CAUGHT LIGHT. Cargo Sales staff grabbed the spotlight as they did a rendition of Katy Perry’s Fireworks
POWER. Dulce left everyone - young and old- awed and astounded with her power-packed performance
A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE. Cargo agents didn’t just come up on stage that night to get awards but to entertain as well. The audience were treated with medley songs from the 1970s. (L-R: Mr. Al Santiago of Airlift Asia, Inc.; Ms. Cynthia Tsui of Asia Overseas Transport; Mr. Jerry Calaluan of PAL Cargo Sales; Ms. Marilyn Alberto of Kintetsu World Express; Mr. Philip Lim of Dimerco Express; Ms. Evelyn Olmedo of K-Line Air Logistics)
GOLD AWARD. (L-R: Jerry Calaluan of PAL Cargo; from Airspeed International, Ms.Eliza Nievera, Ms. Mariz Regis; from Kintetsu World Express, Ms. Marilyn Alberto, Ms. Victoria Eugenio; from U-Freight Philippines, Mr. Domingo Talosig, Mr. RM Magat; from Sincerity International, Ms. Mendy Tai, Mr. Shine Wang; Mr. Jaime Bautista, PAL President & COO; Mr. Danny Lim, AVP-Cargo Sales)
PLATINUM AWARD. (Domestic) (L-R: Mario Pangan of PAL Cargo; from LBC Express Inc, Mr. Jason Boncales; from Germalin Enterprises, Ms. Katryn Patawaran, Ms. Geraldine Tanael, Mr. Bautista, Mr. Lim)
PLATINUM AWARD. (International) (L-R: Mr. Calaluan, from Yusen Logistics, Mr. Leo Tagle, Mr. Toshiaki Tsukazaki; from Wide Wide World Express, Ms. Ligaya Bustos, Mr. Jose Feliciano; from Yusen, Mr. Makoto Ishii and Mr. Jonathan Gonzales; Mr. Bautista, Mr. Lim)
DIAMOND AWARD. (L-R: Mr. Calaluan, Mr. Mario Pangan; from Argo Forwarder, Mr. Efren Zoleta III, Ms. Katrina Rose Zoleta; from Nippon Express, Mr. Yoshinori Kikuchi, Mr. Kiyoshi Togawa; from Airfreight 2100, Mr. Jerry Jara, Mr. Bert Lina; Mr. Bautista, Mr. Lim)
NAMASTE. As best efforts were made to enliven the “bollywood” spirit, three ladies and a gent were chosen as the Best Dressed of the Night. L-R : Ms. Amy Zoleta (Argo Forwarders), Ms. Nonie Abcede (DHL Global Forwarding), Mr. Francis Villanueva (Freight Options), Ms. Abigail Lacbo (Yusen Logistics) www.philippineairlines.com I 105
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The Green is Ready. Will a new set of champions be crowned this year or will Vince Solon and Lino Magpantay hold on for a consecutive triumph? The Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite members will soon find out as Philippine Airlines (PAL) gears up for the staging of the 2011 Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in General Trias, Cavite on November 4. Solon, a Filipino residing in the US, and Magpantay, a member of the Luisita champion team in the PAL Interclub, fought toothand-nail in last year’s edition at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club. The California-based Solon came out on top for the overall championship while Magpantay was adjudged as the overall net honors. Based on the successful event in 2010, PAL expects more than 250 players—all Elite and Premiere Elite members of PAL’s Mabuhay Miles program—to join in and vie for the titles at stake, including those that Solon and Magpantay carry at the moment. Aside from the trophies, each individual champion will receive the following: for the lowest gross and lowest net, two (2) Mabuhay tickets for Honolulu and Delhi, respectively while in Classes A, B, C, D and ladies, two (2) Mabuhay tickets to Singapore. But that’s not all, said PAL president and chief operating officer Jamie Bautista. The hard-working executive, who’s an avid golfer through the years, disclosed that a brand new luxury Toyota vehicle, courtesy of Toyota Motor Philippines, will be up for grabs as a hole-in-one prize. “The whole “fun package” that the Mabuhay Golf brings, that’s what makes them come back and play. Golf entertainment at its finest,” Bautista said. Bautista and the other PAL executives might be tapped to do the ceremonial tee off although one can’t discount the possibility that chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Lucio Tan making a surprise participation at Eagle Ridge. Allied Bank and MasterCard International Philippines, Inc., are the major sponsors. Corporate sponsors are Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Inc., Panasonic Avionics Corp. and Samsung. Century Park Hotel is the official hotel. UnionBank and Victorinox Travel Gear / World Traveller are minor backers. Asia Brewery, Intercontinental Manila, Makati Shangri-La hotel, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Microtel Hotels and Resorts, Pan Pacific Manila and Regency Lagoon Beach Resort are prize donors. www.philippineairlines.com I 107
WELCOME ABOARD H A N D L U G G A G E One hand luggage small enough to be placed in the overhead rack or under the passenger seat of the aircraft cabin may be carried without charge. The hand luggage must not exceed a total linear dimension of 115 cm or 45 in, and should weigh not more than 7 kg or 15 lbs. If hand luggage fails to comply with the required applicable dimensions and weight, hand luggage will be checked in and charged with the corresponding excess baggage charges (if applicable). In addition to the free hand luggage allowance, the following items are allowed onboard: a laptop with case; a small handbag; a coat, wrap or blanket; a walking stick or a pair of crutches; a small camera or a pair of binoculars; a reasonable amount of reading material; and infantâ€™s food and carrying basket. S E C U R I T Y I T E M S The following items are prohibited from being loaded in the hand luggage or inside the aircraft cabin on all Philippine Airlines flights: liquids and gels; sharp items and blunt instruments; explosives, munitions and fireworks; weapons (including replicas), accessories and martial arts devices; large and heavy tools; and other dangerous items contained in, but not limited to, Section I.D. 8 of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration Model Security Program. All passengers travelling from/to the United States (including Guam) will be prohibited from carrying any type of lighter in their carry-on luggage and into security checkpoints. Please contact any Philippine Airlines Reservations or Ticket Office for the complete list of prohibited items. Prohibited items discovered during the security search will be immediately referred to law enforcement officers or appropriate authorities at the airport for disposition. Security Removed Items (SRI) shall be loaded in the aircraft cargo / baggage compartment subject to security clearance procedures by airport authorities. When traveling in the U.S.A., please give enough lead time for the stricter screening of both checked and hand luggage at all commercial airports. All bags will be subject to search; bags that set off alarms or otherwise raise security concerns will have to be opened for inspection.
T A K E - O F F / L A N D I N G During take-off and landing, ensure that seat back is in the upright position and the tray table is folded or secured properly. Hand luggage should be stowed in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front. S E A T B E L T S It is Philippine Airlinesâ€™ 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. E L E C T R O N I C E Q U I P M E N T In the interest of flight safety, any transportable electronic equipment are not to be operated during take-off, climb out, descent, final approach and landing, except for personal electronic life support systems. Electronic devices which intentionally transmit radio signals should never be used for the whole duration of the flight. These include, but are not limited to: radio transceivers, CB radios, cellular phones, and electronic remote control transmitters. Transportable electronic equipment which are non-transmitters and without any accessories that would transmit/receive radio signals, such as laptop computers without Wi-Fi and wireless peripheral devices, video cameras/players, tape recorders/ players, CD/DVD/MP3 players, calculators, electronic entertainment devices and electronic shavers may be used after the safe use of these has been announced. Some flight conditions may require the discontinuance of the use of electronic devices and will be announced by the crew. Personal electronic life support systems such as hearing aids, electronic nerve stimulators, respirators may be used throughout the flight.
N O S M O K I N G In compliance with the Administrative Order 121 of the 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. E M E R G E N C Y O X Y G E N S U P P L Y A N D L I F E V E S T S In the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop automatically in front of the passengers. An inflatable life vest is located beneath the seat or in/under the armrest. Please watch the live or film demonstration of safety procedures, which will be given or screened prior to take-off. F I E S T A B O U T I Q U E A selection of duty-free liquor, cigarettes, perfumes and other high-quality gift items can be purchased during the flight from our Fiesta Boutique. Payment may be made on selected currencies. Credit cards acceptable on major routes. The minimum amount for credit cards is US$10.00 and the maximum amount is US$250.00. Please refer to our Fiesta Boutique Catalogue or inquire from our cabin crew. I N F L I G H T 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.
COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGE 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. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE 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.
NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE 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 INFLIGHT SNACKS On flights between Manila and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu, Philippine Airlines invites passengers to enjoy our complimentary snack selection. These include Asian noodle soup, meat-filled buns, and pastries. Preferred snacks may be requested from the Cabin Crew during anytime of the flight. 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.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE 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. DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT) 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.
YOUR FEEDBACK WILL BE APPRECIATED 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 0HILIPPINEÂ&#x;!IRLINESÂ&#x;INTERNATIONALÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTSÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;CATERÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;VARIOUSÂ&#x; dietary requirements of passengers, for reasons of age, health or religion. These include: baby meal, childâ€™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.
â€œEarly Birdâ€? advance check-in service in select airports, to help passengers avoid the rush during peak check-in hours. #HECK INÂ&#x; COUNTERSÂ&#x; GENERALLYÂ&#x; CLOSEÂ&#x; Â&#x; MINUTESÂ&#x; BEFOREÂ&#x; Ă›IGHTÂ&#x; departure. If passengers check in after the counter closure CUT OFFÂ&#x; TIME Â&#x; THEYÂ&#x; MAYÂ&#x; NOTÂ&#x; BEÂ&#x; ACCEPTEDÂ&#x; FORÂ&#x; THEÂ&#x; Ă›IGHTÂ&#x; EVENÂ&#x; IFÂ&#x; THEYÂ&#x; AREÂ&#x; HOLDINGÂ&#x; AÂ&#x; CONĂšRMEDÂ&#x; BOOKINGÂ&#x; Â&#x; !LWAYSÂ&#x; HAVEÂ&#x; YOURÂ&#x; travel documents on hand. As with other airlines, Philippine Airlines may refuse carriage to passengers who lack the necessary travel papers.
fraction of the price of a more affordable ticket, passengers may purchase a CHOICE ECONOMY SEAT. These seats are positioned at the bulkhead and exit rows to provide the widest legroom possible on this class of service. Seats may be reserved upon ticketing. Please advise our Customer 3ERVICEÂ&#x;REPRESENTATIVESÂ&#x;OFÂ&#x;YOURÂ&#x;REQUESTÂ&#x;3EATÂ&#x;CONĂšRMATIONÂ&#x;WILLÂ&#x; be done at the airport to comply with the Philippine Civil Air Regulations. Fees are collected upon check in and may vary per destination.
PAL passengers can now compare fares across a seven-day period. Our online booking features a fully automated facility called â€œCalendar Pricingâ€? 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 WHENÂ&#x;ITÂ&#x;ISÂ&#x;MOSTÂ&#x;CONVENIENTÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;CHEAPESTÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;Ă›YÂ&#x;%XPERIENCEÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x; difference. Book online!For more information, please visit us at www.philippineairlines com.
EX PRES S CH E 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 Ă›IGHTSÂ&#x; DEPARTINGÂ&#x; FROMÂ&#x; -ANILAÂ&#x; ORÂ&#x; -ACTANÂ&#x; MAYÂ&#x; AVAILÂ&#x; OFÂ&#x; THEÂ&#x; express check-in service at designated counters. For more information on restrictions and check-in procedure, log on to www.philippineairlines.com.
TR A VE L ING WITH INFA NTS Infants at least 16 days old may be accepted for travel.
AIRPO RT LO UNGE S Philippine Airlines has Mabuhay Lounges in Manila (Domestic and International), Cebu (Domestic and International), Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, General Santos City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mabuhay Class passengers, as well as Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite members, can unwind, dine and freshen up in these lounges BEFOREÂ&#x; BOARDINGÂ&#x; THEIRÂ&#x; Ă›IGHTÂ&#x; Â&#x; )NÂ&#x; OTHERÂ&#x; )NTERNATIONALÂ&#x; 3TATIONS Â&#x; PAL has contracted the services of airport lounge operators to offer the same amenities to said passengers.
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 THEÂ&#x;PLANEÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;AREÂ&#x;AVAILABLEÂ&#x;ONLYÂ&#x;FORÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTSÂ&#x;WITHÂ&#x;AÂ&#x;Ă›YINGÂ&#x;TIMEÂ&#x;OFÂ&#x; three (3) hours or more. The Bassinets are about 70cm long x 30cm wide and shall not be suitable for infants over 18 months of age with a weight limit of 10 kgs.
PAL Mobile connects passengers to us while on the go! Our mobile site, www.philippineairlines. MOBIÂ&#x; GIVESÂ&#x; Ă›YERSÂ&#x; THEÂ&#x; MOREÂ&#x; Ă›EXIBILITYÂ&#x; ANDÂ&#x; CONVENIENCEÂ&#x; 7ITHÂ&#x; web-enabled mobile phone, Blackberry or PDA, passengers CANÂ&#x;CHECKÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;LATESTÂ&#x;ARRIVALÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;DEPARTUREÂ&#x;TIMES Â&#x;CHECKÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTÂ&#x; 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 Â&#x; 2ECONĂšRMATIONÂ&#x; ISÂ&#x; NOTÂ&#x; REQUIREDÂ&#x; FORÂ&#x;ALLÂ&#x;0HILIPPINEÂ&#x;!IRLINESÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTSÂ&#x;(OWEVERÂ&#x;WEÂ&#x;RECOMMENDÂ&#x;THATÂ&#x; when making reservations, passengers provide telephone numbers at every stopover in their itinerary. This will allow us TOÂ&#x;CALLÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;ADVISEÂ&#x;THEMÂ&#x;OFÂ&#x;ANYÂ&#x;CHANGESÂ&#x;INÂ&#x;THEIRÂ&#x;Ă›IGHT AIRPORT
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AIRPO RT T RANSFE R SE R VICE IN M A NIL A For PASSENGERSÂ&#x;CONNECTINGÂ&#x;FROMÂ&#x;AÂ&#x;0HILIPPINEÂ&#x;!IRLINESÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTÂ&#x;ATÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x; .!)!Â&#x;#ENTENNIALÂ&#x;4ERMINALÂ&#x; Â&#x;TOÂ&#x;AÂ&#x;CODEÂ&#x;SHAREÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTÂ&#x;OPERATEDÂ&#x; by any of its Airline Partners at NAIA Terminal 1 (and vice versa), a complimentary transfer service is available. 4HISÂ&#x;SERVICEÂ&#x;ISÂ&#x;SUBJECTÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;CERTAINÂ&#x;CONDITIONSÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;QUALIĂšCATIONSÂ&#x; For more information, please inquire with any of our Transfer service staff at the arrival area. CHO ICE ECONO M Y SE A T SU R CHA R GE Feeling cramped-up sitting with limited legroom when traveling ONÂ&#x; ECONOMYÂ&#x; CLASSÂ&#x; Â&#x; 7EÂ&#x; AREÂ&#x; PLEASEDÂ&#x; TOÂ&#x; ANNOUNCEÂ&#x; THATÂ&#x; FORÂ&#x; AÂ&#x;
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Infants who turn two at the time of travel shall be required to occupy seats for safety reasons. FR E E BA GGA GE A L L O WA NCE O F IN F A N T S ON U S, GU A M A ND CA NA D A F L IGHTS An infant paying at least 10 percent of the adult fare is entitled to one piece of checked baggage weighing 7 kg (15 lbs) and whose dimensions do not exceed 45 inches. The passenger is also entitled to one fully collapsible childâ€™s stroller or pushchair. FR E E BA GGA GE A L 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 IGH T S From the Philippines, an infant paying at least 10 percent of the fare is entitled to 10kg of checked baggage plus one fully collapsible childâ€™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 0!,Â&#x;#ARGOÂ&#x;3ALESÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;2ESERVATIONSÂ&#x;INÂ&#x;-ANILAÂ&#x;ATÂ&#x; Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x;Â&#x; Â&#x;ORÂ&#x;ANYÂ&#x;0!,Â&#x;/FĂšCEÂ&#x;INÂ&#x;YOURÂ&#x;AREA
FLIGHT TRANSFERS IN MANILA Philippine Airlines offers worry-free transit procedures FORÂ&#x; PASSENGERSÂ&#x; COMINGÂ&#x; FROMÂ&#x; ANÂ&#x; INTERNATIONALÂ&#x; Ă›IGHTÂ&#x; WITHÂ&#x; ANÂ&#x; IMMEDIATEÂ&#x; CONNECTIONÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;AÂ&#x;0!,Â&#x;DOMESTICÂ&#x;Ă›IGHT 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 DOMESTICÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTÂ&#x;)FÂ&#x;PASSENGERSÂ&#x;ONBOARDÂ&#x;AÂ&#x;0!,Â&#x;Ă›IGHTÂ&#x;FROMÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;53! Â&#x;#ANADAÂ&#x; 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 NOTÂ&#x;HAVEÂ&#x;THEIRÂ&#x;BOARDINGÂ&#x;PASSESÂ&#x;FORÂ&#x;DOMESTICÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTS Â&#x;THEYÂ&#x;MAYÂ&#x;PROCEEDÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x; PAL Transfer Desk at the Arrival Area for assistance. Passengers may take the escalator or elevator located at the Arrival Lobby to go to the PAL Domestic Terminal. Airport Terminal Fees: Php550 for international departure and Php200 for local departure (paid in Philippine pesos only). Note that a Php200 Security Fee will also be collected by Manila International Airport Authority for international departures. Departing passengers for international destinations are advised to check with airport or tourist information counters (Tel. Nos. 524-1703; 832-2964) for the departure fees which may change without notice. 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. Â&#x;0ROCEEDÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;ASSIGNEDÂ&#x;GATEÂ&#x;FORÂ&#x;YOURÂ&#x;CONNECTINGÂ&#x;Ă›IGHT
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STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR FLIGHT TRANSFERS
PASSENGERS FROM ANY OF PALâ€™S INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS BOUND FOR ANY PAL DOMESTIC STATION: Â&#x;$ISEMBARKÂ&#x;FROMÂ&#x;PLANEÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;PROCEEDÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;4RANSFERÂ&#x;$ESKÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;CHECKÂ&#x;INÂ&#x;FORÂ&#x;YOURÂ&#x;CONNECTINGÂ&#x;Â&#x;Ă›IGHT 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. Â&#x;0ROCEEDÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;ASSIGNEDÂ&#x;GATEÂ&#x;FORÂ&#x;YOURÂ&#x;CONNECTINGÂ&#x;Ă›IGHT
$ISTANCESÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTÂ&#x;TIMESÂ&#x;MAYÂ&#x;VARYÂ&#x;DUEÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;WEATHERÂ&#x;CONDITIONS Â&#x;Ă›IGHTÂ&#x;PATHÂ&#x;CHANGESÂ&#x;ANDÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;TYPEÂ&#x;OFÂ&#x;AIRCRAFTÂ&#x;UTILIZEDÂ&#x;&,)'(4Â&#x;4)-%Â&#x;REFERSÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x; THEÂ&#x;TIMEÂ&#x;FROMÂ&#x;WHENÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;AIRCRAFTÂ&#x;ENGINESÂ&#x;STARTÂ&#x;UPÂ&#x;BEFOREÂ&#x;TAKE OFF Â&#x;UNTILÂ&#x;THEÂ&#x;AIRCRAFTÂ&#x;COMESÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;AÂ&#x;HALTÂ&#x;AFTERÂ&#x;LANDINGÂ&#x;--Â&#x;-),%3Â&#x;REFERSÂ&#x;TOÂ&#x;Ă›IGHTÂ&#x; miles earned when travelling on Fiesta (Economy) Class, as adopted from the IATA standards.
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RESERVATIONS, TOUR PACKAGES, MABUHAY MILES AND FLIGHT INFORMATION
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BEST OF 60S, 70S & 80S
Hear the latest in trendy song hits on this month’s Hitline which features artists like Neon Trees, Britney Spears, Lupe Fiasco, and a whole lot more!
Get a blast from the past with a full set of songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. You’re sure to boogie down and submit to dance fever.
PIN OY FAVORI TE S
Nothing beats old Filipino love songs, It’s time to give into the foot-tapping which are odes to the feeling of love and beats of Filipino pop. On this month’s lineup, tune your ears to the vocals of compassion. Hear from old-time wonders Basil Martin Nievera, Sarah Geronimo, and Valdes and George Canseco, as they serenade you with songs of romance. Parokya ni Edgar.
PAROKYA NI EDGAR
One Heart Sarah Geronimo (Viva)
Ngayon At Kailanman Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Rolling In The Deep Adele (Columbia)
Raspberry Beret Prince (Warner)
I Miss You Sarah Geronimo (Viva)
Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
More Usher (Jive Records)
Nagiisang Ikaw Sarah Geronimo (Viva)
Ngayon Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Till The World Ends Britney Spears (Jive Records)
With Or Without You U2 (Island)
Fallin’ Sarah Geronimo (Viva)
Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Just Cant Get Enough Black Eyed Peas (Interscope)
Ikaw Sarah Geronimo (Viva)
Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan Ang Nakaraan Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Fallin (Bonus Track) Sarah Geronimo (Viva)
Panahon Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Original Song Parokya Ni Edgar (Universal)
Muling Buksan Ang Puso Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Look At Me Now Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes Take It Easy (Jive Records) Eagles (Geffen) The Edge Of Glory Thank You For Being A Friend Lady GaGa (Interscope) Andrew Gold (Luckyu Music)
Pangarap Lang Kita feat Happy Sy Parokya Ni Edgar (Universal)
Siya Na Ba? Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
OK Lang Ako Parokya Ni Edgar (Universal)
Kung Ako'y Ilawan Mo Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Reunion Parokya Ni Edgar (Universal)
0AGPUTIÏ.GÏ5WAK Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Wag Mo Na Munang Sabihin Sitti (Warner)
Kastilyong Buhangin Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Ako’y Sa ‘yo At Ika’y Akin Sitti (Warner)
4UWINGÏ5MUULANÏ!TÏ+APILINGÏ+A Basil Valdez & George Canseco (Vicor Music)
Dream Enough Sitti (Warner)
Dito Ba George Canseco (Ivory Music)
Muli Sitti (Warner)
Kailangan Kita George Canseco (Ivory Music)
lisa Pa Lamang Martin Nievera (Polyeast Records)
Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan George Canseco (Ivory Music)
Babalikang Muli Martin Nievera (Polyeast Records)
Langis At Tubig George Canseco (Ivory Music)
Kailangan Kita Martin Nievera (Polyeast Records)
Rain George Canseco (Ivory Music)
Now That You’re Gone Martin Nievera (Polyeast Records)
Kapantay Ay Langit George Canseco (Ivory Music)
Kung Ako Nalang Sana Martin Nievera (Polyeast Records)
Say That You Love Me Basil Valdez (Vicor Music)
Teenage Dream Princess (Vicor)
Kahit Ika'y Panaginip Lang Basil Valdez (Vicor Music)
Love The Way You Lie Princess (Vicor)
You Basil Valdez (Vicor Music) Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga Basil Valdez (Vicor Music) Let The Pain Remain Basil Valdez (Vicor Music)
S&M Rihanna (Def Jam)
Moment 4 Life Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake (Universal Motown) Next To You Chris Brown Feat. Justin Bieber (Jive Records) The Show Goes On Lupe Fiasco (Atlantic) Dirty Dancer Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Lil Wayne (Universal Republic) E.T Katy Perry Feat. Kanye West (Capitol) Grenade Bruno Mars (Elektra) The Ballad Of Mona Lisa Panic! At The Disco (Fueled By Raman LLC) Roll up Wiz Khalifa (Atlantic) Please Don't Go Mike Posner (J Records) Down On Me Jeremih Feat. 50 Cent (Mick Schultz)
I Heard A Rumour Bananarama (London) Heaven Is A Place On Earth Belinda Carlisle (MCA)
The Groove Line Heat Wave (Redsongs) Have You Seen Her The Chi-Lites (Unichappell Music) Rose Garden Lynn Anderson (Sony ATV) Mrs Robinson Simon And Garfunkel (Sony Music) I Go To Pieces Peter And Gordon (EMI) Surf City Jan And Dean (Liberty) Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House (Capitol) I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) Aretha Franklin & George Michael (Arista) Shout Tears For Fears (London) Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon (Sony Music)
Forget You Cee-Lo Green (Elektra)
Love Story Andy Williams (Sony Music)
That Should Be Me Justin Bieber Feat. Rascal Flatts (Def Jam)
How Much I Feel Ambrosia (Warner)
Hold It Against Me Britney Spears (Jive Records)
Having My Baby Paul Anka (Liberty)
Animal Neon Trees (Def Jam)
As Tears Go By Marianne Faithful (The Abkco)
What The Hell Avril Lavigne (RCA) Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) Pitbull Feat. T-Pain (J Records)
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