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“Dancing queen” Lara Parpan, editorin-chief of Women’s Health magazine, grooves to the good vibes at B-Side as Manila welcomes L.A.’s famed party “The Do-Over.” Photo by Brendan Goco


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Music and Lyrics


ith the exchange rate now close to Php42 to USD1 and the Philippine peso still rallying, it’s a good time for Filipinos to travel to North American destinations like Vancouver. For our cover feature, Gary Singh provides a handy list of interesting side trips out of Vancouver. One is Bowen Island, only 20 minutes by ferry from the city, where you can enjoy a picnic amid the great Canadian outdoors and stroll through the town’s art galleries. This is what I call a classic travel experience—exploring a vibrant city and its interesting countryside. For another type of travel experience, Charisse Aquino-Tugade talks about interacting with the indigenous T’boli tribe of South Cotabato (a province in southern Philippines). Judging by her passion for learning the T’boli ways, it is obvious how connected Charisse is with her subject. This month, September 4 marks the birthday of our late publisher, Max Soliven, well known in the country as a colorful, award-winning journalist and columnist. To pay tribute to “Sir Max” as he was fondly called, we are featuring his extensive military toy and book collection that hobbyists can only dream about. He amassed literally thousands of soldier figures and books. Being a military buff himself, Rhoel Fernandez has done justice by writing about this collection with knowledgeable detail and wit. Too bad that Rhoel didn’t get a chance to meet Sir Max when he was still around; surely they could have talked endlessly about famous battles, aircraft carriers, and samurai warriors. Filipinos are, to say the least, fond of (“crazy for” might be more accurate) music. Even at private parties, a karaoke session is a regular portion of the celebration. If the average Filipino can belt out a tune quite well, just imagine what our professionals can do. Check out our list of music bars, and I assure you that no one beats the talent and energy a Filipino injects into every performance.

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(ABOVE, LEFT) Rock out at Manila’s biker-themed Handlebar. Photo by Andy Maluche (ABOVE) Looking dapper in a suit, “Sir Max” grips his trademark pipe. Photo courtesy of The Philippine Star

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VANCOUVER AFTER WINTER From art-filled islands to clusters of wineries, GARY SinGH takes off from Vancouver and picks up the perfect excuses to digress from the city.

Downtown Penticton, Canada. Photo by Darren Kirby


Searching for a Philippine cultural experience? cHARiSSe AQUino-tUGADe points to South cotabato where the locals offer home-stays and weavers share the skills of their ancient art.



Surrounded by the thousand soldiers in the late journalist Max Soliven’s collection, RHoeL FeRnAnDeZ discovers a “rare place where G.i. Joe meets cartier.”

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We got the blues—and the jazz and the rap and the reggae. Here’s your guide to Manila’s live music scene for a night out in town.


JASon cABALLA chats with Philippine band taken by cars after its recognition as one of TIME Magazine’s Asian bands to watch in 2011.

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On page 88, under “The Coolest Ways to Go,” the credited artist for the washroom at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center should be Matt Nolen, not Matt Noel.


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On the first day of spring some years ago, RHOEL FERNANDEZ walked the length of the Golden Gate Bridge and back. In time, he turned in those walking shoes and slipped on a larger pair as editor-inchief of the ABS-CBN travel website, Choose Philippines. He confesses a “barely controlled” penchant for miniature starships, military aircraft and warships, which is evident as he explores the late Max Soliven’s trove of military figures and books (page 44). He says: The songs I know all the words to are all the songs in the musicals Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and The Phantom of the Opera. It was a phase. The latest trend that baffles me is planking. com

JASON CABALLA is a music fan that just so happens to be in a local band called Pedicab. This self-proclaimed punk-rock geek writes for and provides the monthly CD review for Mabuhay’s “The Lighter Side.” In this issue, he sits down with local music group Taken by Cars, named by TIME magazine as one of five bands to watch out for in 2011 (page 60). He says: The song I know all the words to is “Damaged Goods” by Gang of Four. The latest trend that baffles me is the rampant misuse of the word “hipster.” discosixsixsix

CHARISSE AQUINO-TUGADE is a writer and host for the Living Asia Channel, as well as an external relations consultant for the National Museum. She spends as much time as she can advocating her heritage, and is constantly on the look out for traces of raw Philippine culture. She set up her own non-profit agency, Culturais, which promotes and preserves Philippine indigenous culture through educational media. On her recent trip to Cotabato, she spent time with her second family, the T’boli of Lake Sebu (page 34). She says: The songs I know all the words to are every song in Use Your Illusion 1 by Guns N’ Roses. The latest trend that baffles me is crazy airline baggage fees.

Independent journalist and newspaper columnist GARY SINGH looks to the powdery white peaks of Vancouver’s mountains for inspiration. On page 40 he explores life outside Vancouver’s busy walls, which range from island art galleries to a real fishing village. He says: The song I know all the words to is Leonard Cohen’s “Take This Waltz.” The latest trend that baffles me is Wal-Mart.

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A Little Twisted

The oddball month of September adds some twist to the ordinary, from polo players galloping on elephants to race car drivers finding their way in the almost-dark.


ForMula one Grand Prix sePteMBer 23-25 Marina Bay street CirCuit Illuminated by floodlights, Singapore’s three-mile street circuit welcomes Formula One drivers from all over the world for the F1’s only evening race. World champion Lewis Hamilton called this track “a very physical circuit” that required double the energy to get through compared with other tracks.


Manila international Book Fair sePteMBer 14-18 exhiBit halls 1-4, sMx Convention Center One of Asia’s longestrunning book fairs is back on its 32nd year. Despite the emergence of the digital age, the MIBF remains true to its commitment of promoting the love for reading with more than a hundred participating exhibitors.

Manila international Marathon 2011 sePteMBer 18 Quirino Grandstand, rizal Park Feel the adrenaline rush at this year’s Manila International Marathon, which will have runners speeding through some of the city’s famous monuments like the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Malate

Church, Rizal Park and the Mall of Asia grounds.


kinG’s CuP elePhant Polo tournaMent sePteMBer 7-12 anantara resort and sPa Forget horses—elephants are the way to go at this annual polo tournament of about 30 elephants and their trainers. Performances by an elephant orchestra and painting group will also take place every day. Polo memorabilia and elephant paintings will be auctioned off on the last day of the event, with all profits going to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in northern Thailand.

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las veGas teQuila Festival sePteMBer 17 rio hotel and Casino One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor! Taking shots of internationally recognized tequila brands plus some new flavors from Mexican distilleries at this festival will have the whole place celebrating like it’s Cinco de Mayo. Ready those maracas to join in on the fun. Salud!


Fashion’s niGht out sePteMBer 11 shoPs and Malls around BeiJinG Vogue’s annual fashion event is sure to throw China in a frenzy as hundreds of shops stay open until late-night for parties and shopping sprees that will give shoppers the chance to familiarize themselves with stylists and designers. Proceeds of special Fashion’s Night Out items will go to the Adopt a Tree foundation.

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Discovery Shores’ beachfront view. Photo courtesy of Discovery Shores.

Discovery Shores Boracay Chalks Up Another Award

Boracay’s perfect stretch of sand seems even sexier with Discovery Shores Hotel. The opulent resort, with its 88 deluxe rooms and Terra Spa treatments, has recently received top honors at this year’s Travel + Leisure awards for World’s Best Hotel Spas in Asia. It came up 7th in the Top Ten Hotel Spas Overall, 5th in the Top Hotel Spas by Region, and the one and only Asia’s Top Hotel Spa. Despite all the hype, General Manager Jose “Jun” Parreño, Jr. insists that the resort simply lives its mantra of providing “Service That’s All Heart.” Discovery Shores is located at Station 1, Balabag Boracay Island, 5608 Malay Aklan, Philippines. Visit or call (+632) 720 8888. 14 M A B U H A Y


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cRAzy liTTle ThiNg cAlled KATsu Minimalism has gone to the menu in this new Japanese stop on Maginhawa Street, Quezon City’s Mecca for hole-in-the-wall dining. Crazy Katsu has all of six things on the menu. Try the Chicken Katsu (Php145) and you’ll see why they call this place crazy. It’s so good you’ll go nuts.

Katsudon (Php145); Crazy Katsu’s minimalist look.

Crazy Katsu is located at 81 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. Like Crazy Katsu on Facebook. For reservations, call (+632) 435 0030.

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Photo by Andy Maluche

Nu.Vo AT 9 When Nu.Vo opened its doors nine years ago, it instantly drew a loyal following among the 30-40s crowd who indulged in its steak foie gras. Years later, this after-dinner destination remains popular, thanks to its creator, Louie Ysmael. After the success of its recent anniversary, we’re certain Nu.Vo’s glamorous patrons will keep on coming. Nu.Vo is located at the G/F Greenbelt 2, Ayala, Makati City. For reservations, call (+632) 757 3698-99 or email

A RoyAl Touch AT MidAs hoTel The Sheraton Hotel built by Philippine National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin has undergone a modern-day makeover and emerged as the spanking new Midas Hotel. Settle into Italian furniture by Poltrona Frau and Philippe Starck, or get cozy under Egyptian cotton-laden sheets while daydreaming about those fiber optic chandeliers. The same people behind the Santorini-inspired Bellaroca Island Resort want you to know what that golden Midas touch was all about.

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Midas Hotel is located at 2702 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Visit www. midashotelandcasino. com, email info@, or call (+632) 902 0100 for inquiries.


Tourné “Food should be a celebration,” says Chef Sandralyn Hataway, whose new restaurant, Tourné, is attracting loyal guests. Because she cooks international cuisine using 100-percent Filipino ingredients and seasonal produce from local markets, the food tastes refreshingly healthy and delicious. It’s the classic field-to-fork cuisine. An advocate of the Slow Food Movement, Chef Sandra allows customers with specific food requirements to make special requests. She also changes the menu every two weeks, so you’ll always have something to look forward to.

Tourné is located at The Fort Strip, 1501 Taguig City. Email Tourne.Restaurant@ or call (+63917) 827 5685 for reservations. The modern, cozy interiors of Tourné; (INSET) Southern Airline Chicken. Photos by Mel Gatchalian


Flock TogeTher This September 23 and 24, birdwatching groups from around Asia will be in Dumaguete City for the Philippines’ top avian conservation event, the 7th Philippine Bird Festival. Learn about bird-watching and conservation measures (especially for the endangered Negros Bleeding-heart) at the lectures. This ecotourism event will also tackle birdlife and environmental issues.

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. - Freya Stark

BeST oF VAncouVer Best simple life The Loden Hotel Chic simplicity at downtown Vancouver’s Loden Hotel has drawn in the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman. Inspired by nearby mountain ranges and azure seas, the boutique hotel is painted in earthy brown tones and has floor-to-

Best family affair Hampton Inn and Suites Camp out with the kids in the spot voted one of TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice for Best Family Vacation Hotels. It is located right by the Plaza of Nations, Queen Elizabeth Theater, Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium where Vancouver’s biggest

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Best to shop and snooze L’Hermitage Ranked by TripAdvisor as the best hotel in Vancouver, L’Hermitage offers studiostyle boutique rooms, solarium rooms, and one- and two-bedroom “homes” with fully equipped kitchen. The city’s most prominent shopping spots are just around the corner.

TRAvEl lOG METRO AfTER DARK Looking for more than the usual night crawls? Good vibes, new friends, and passionate people are right this way…

QuIz NIGHTs 1 TuEsDAys, 8 P.M. AT MuRPHy’s where the crowd is a mix of trivia-hungry locals and expats. Most of the questions are straightforward, tackling history, geography, the arts and other common Jeopardy categories. Citiland Condo III Building, 105 V.A. Rufino corner Esteban St., Legaspi Village, +632 894 1884 or +632 813 1378 2 9:30 P.M., 121 BAR AND GRIllE has quizzes influenced by TMZ, pop culture and entertainment. 2/F Allegro Center, 2284 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, +632 856 0529 3 WEDNEsDAys: cAPRIccIOsA may seem like a quiet Italian restaurant but its weekly quiz nights keep it buzzing. G/F Fox Square Bldg., 53 Connecticut St, Greenhills, San Juan, +632 744 0689 or +632 744 0490 4 THuRsDAys, 9:30 P.M.: RONzA BAR injects a different flavor into quiz nights with its version of a music quiz. G/F Promenade Building, 198 Wilson St., San Juan -Benj Espina


WEEKEND WITH GEORGE TAPAN Get a chance to learn the basics and upgrade your photography skills from the country’s foremost travel photographer, George Tapan, in a weekend workshop called “Nature and Nudes.” Tapan will share tips on how to take portraits, travel photos, and even nudes like a pro. Bring your DSLR or pointand-shoot cameras, plus your passion, and we will take care of the rest. For registration and inquiries, email: Early-bird discounts and group

W R I T E R ’ S N I G H T S TuEsDAys, 7-9 P.M. AT cONsPIRAcy GARDEN cAfé 59 Visayas Ave., Quezon City, +632 920 6517,

R O C K E O K E N I G H T S MONDAys AT BOWlERs PuB WITH THE JOHNNys The night is kept lively in between songs by the edgy humor of SPIT (Silly People’s Improv Theater). G/F Paseo Parkview Tower, Valero St. corner Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, Makati, +632 894 3589

packages are available.

PODcAsTs fOR Busy TRAvElERs BuDGET TRAvEl ONlINE is a half-hour-long

podcast providing budget tips when making your way to popular tourist destinations.

S A L S A N I G H T S THuRsDAys AND fRIDAys, 9 P.M.-2 A.M. AT cAllE sIROccO REsTO lOuNGE 22-A Jupiter St. corner Galaxy St., Brgy. Bel-Air, Makati. +63915 542 2578 and sATuRDAys AT cHIHuAHuA MExIcAN GRIll AND MARGARITA BAR with free salsa lessons at 10:30 p.m. 7838 Makati Avenue, Makati, +63915 4777 478, salsa.

THIs WEEK IN TRAvEl brings together well-known

people to talk about the latest news and trends in travel. New webisodes every Wednesday.

sTuff yOu MIssED IN HIsTORy clAss is a

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Sway to salsa music on Thursday and Friday nights at Calle Sirocco then tank up on unlimited margaritas and Filipino-Mexican platters. Photo by Andy Maluche

TECH-TALK DownloaDing for Dummies

Apple iTunes Store and Amazon MP3 are your best bets to download music. Songs on iTunes are available at .69cents, .99cents or USD1.29. With most albums at $9.99, Amazon serves up variable pricing per album, but it wins on individual tracks—most of their top 10 tracks are available for .99cents each—and it does promos all the time. Here are step-by-step instructions for downloading those dulcet tunes: iTunes Music Store (Apple) Visit Download the iTunes program. 3 Type in any song, artist, or album name in the search bar and hit ENTER. 4 Click on the BUY button when you’re ready to purchase the song. 5 The downloaded song will be automatically filed in the iTunes library. 1 2

Why GooGle+ Isn’t Facebook

By davey alba

There is a webcomic about Google+ by xkcd that’s been making the rounds recently on the Internet. A guy sits at his computer table and a lady friend approaches. “You should join Google+!” she enthuses. He faces her and asks, “What is it?” “Not Facebook!” “What’s it like?” A pause. “Facebook!” The comic is actually pretty accurate. Google+ is like a social network and Facebook—but it’s not. “Social sharing,” Google calls it. It depends on what you’ll make of it. Google+ comes with the following features: Sparks, Hangouts, and Circles. Sparks lets you look up content—news, blog posts, videos—on topics that you’ve defined. Google is probably the best company in the world for this but with the added social layer, you can nerd out with other people on the Internet, who are interested in the same topics as you. Hangouts is essentially video chat, except you can have multiple participants. The idea is that once a “Hangout” is started, anyone’s free to drop in casually. Circles lets you organize your contacts into groups that can overlap. For instance, you can make a wider circle called “Friends,” then subsets: “Close Friends,” “Friends from Work,” “Friends from College.” The sky’s the limit.

Amazon MP3

Visit the Amazon MP3 website. Type any song, album or artist query in the search bar and click “Go.” 3 Click on the “Buy MP3” button beside each song to purchase individual songs. 4 If you want to buy albums, you must first download and install the Amazon MP3 Downloader at help/amd.html. Then select the cover art to get to the purchase page for albums. 1 2

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Marshall Major headphones

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It stands to reason that 51-yearold company Marshall knows a thing or two about good sound, which it has now applied on the ultra-stylish Marshall Major. Hiding beneath the ear cups that don’t let sound leak out, are dual 40mm drivers that relay satisfying melodies to the listener. The smart collapsible design lends convenient portability. Grab your pair at $119

Just state the name of a song title or artist, and using voice recognition, relevant content is automatically rounded up for you—lyrics, album art, videos, artist bio, tour dates and more. A few quick taps lets you buy the song, right from inside the app. Free download on the iTunes store and the Android market

You’re tuned in your favorite radio station when suddenly, a new track comes on— it’s something you don’t recognize. Soundhound can help you find it. It identifies any tune you expose to it, whether on the radio or hummed yourself, plus it shows you lyrics that scroll in time with the music of the song playing. $6.99 for iOS, $4.99 for Android

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InTheNews Space shuttle Atlantis approaching the runway from its final mission. Photo Courtesy of NASA/Sandra Joseph and Kevin O’Connell.

Houston, tHat Was aWesome Last July 21, space shuttle Atlantis landed on earth. It was precisely one minute late. With this landing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) concluded its longest-running space flight program which first took off in 1981. In its 30 years, Atlantis has taken on 33 missions, had 355 individuals from 16 countries fly aboard, and hosted more than 2,000 experiments in fields such as earth, astronomy, and biological and materials sciences, according to NASA. Today, the shuttle will sit in a museum. As for future space explorations, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said: “Children who dream of being astronauts today may not fly on the space shuttle... but, one day, they may walk on Mars.” US President Barack Obama has set goals to explore an asteroid by 2025 and Mars by around 2030.

tHe numBeRs usD43.5 million gross earnings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at its midnight opening, beating the earnings of Twilight: Eclipse 24 M A B U H A Y


£50,000 amount left by the late Alexander McQueen in his will for his housekeepers

49tH ranking of New York in the 2011 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey; Shanghai is pricier at 48th place.

usD3.8 Billion revenue reported by Apple’s stores in greater China as of the third quarter of the year. It beat Apple’s Manhattan outlet that’s open 24 hours



Filipinos Jose Concepcion, Jesus Tambunting, Lucio Tan and Stephen Zuellig are included in Forbes’ “Heroes of Philantrophy” list this year. The list includes four people each across 12 countries who, according to Forbes, “have a large vision of how to best help society.”

DUty FRee PhILIPPINeS cIteD FOR BeSt MARketINg Duty Free Philippines (DFP) is a finalist in the Tax Free World Frontier Awards for the Best Marketing Campaign. The Tax Free World Frontier Awards is likened to the Oscars of the World Duty Free Industry. DFP General Manager Lorenzo Formoso said the DFP’s marketing campaign, “Pasalubong Shopping with the Family,” incorporated a viral ad, video networking, and other contemporary means to promote shopping in DFP’s stores.

hAve SUN, WILL tRAveL Astoria Hotels & Resorts, the operator of the Astoria Plaza Hotel in Ortigas and Astoria Boracay, will open a new branch in Bohol this September. Astoria Bohol will have touches of modernism mixed with Bohol’s native Baclayon architecture.

The next installment of the popular Bourne films, The Bourne Legacy, will be shot in Manila, Philippines. Jeremy Renner of The Hurt Locker will headline the new film. The film will start production this month.

Celebrating its 400th foundation year, the University of Santo Tomas (UST), South East Asia’s oldest university, goes to Paris for an exhibition and a concert of the famed UST Singers at the UNESCO headquarters (Sept. 21). 26 M A B U H A Y


Last July, the world’s largest and most advanced solar-powered boat, M/S Tûranor Planet Solar, docked in Manila. The Germanbuilt vessel is on a mission to circumnavigate the world: the expedition has so far been recognized as the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a solar-powered vessel and has logged in the longest distance covered by a solar-powered electric vehicle.


(FROM LEFT) Philippine Tatler’s Mia Borromeo, Lifestyle Asia’s Anna Sobrepena and Bellarocca’s John Tanjangco

After two successful years, the Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa held a special Appreciation Night last June 9 at the New World Hotel in Makati City, acknowledging corporate, travel, media and government partners.


BieBer and Beckham’s sweet deal

world’s skinniest hoUse to rise in poland

Friendly swaps usually mean some gum for some candy, but not if you’re super cool and famous. Teen sensation Justin Bieber has agreed to perform a private concert for soccer star David Beckham and his family in exchange for soccer lessons. As fans of Bieber’s music, Beckham’s three sons were also lucky enough to receive three signed guitars as a gift from Bieber. And it’s not even Christmas yet.

Designer Jakub Szczęsny has announced plans to build what is probably the world’s skinniest house—not for a model but a writer. The house at its narrowest will be 28 inches wide and at its widest, 4 feet. The house will rise in Warsaw, Poland by December and will serve as the work space and home of Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Although Szczęsny’s limited lot includes spaces for sleeping, eating and working, at least the writer won’t have to worry so much about cleaning.

drink Up, calm down In America, people have found a new way to calm their nerves—relaxation drinks. According to a report by Reuters, these drinks, as opposed to energy drinks, relieve muscle tension and reduce levels of cortisone, the main stress hormone. Its contents have no alcohol but some contain melatonin, the same ingredient found in sleeping aids. By 2014, US sales are predicted to exceed 79 million gallons. Drinks come in names like Vacation in a Bottle, Dream Water and Just Chill.

moneY matters extended trading hoUrs The Philippine Stock Exchange has decided to adjust the country’s trading hours which will take effect in two phases. The current schedule of 9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. will extend to 1 p.m. by October and to 1:30-3:30 p.m. by January 2012. The adjustment was made to align the country’s trading hours with the rest of Southeast Asia and provide more opportunity for trading, although the decision has raised doubts on whether trading volumes will actually pick up. 28 M A B U H A Y


new life, new home with psBank The kids have all grown up, gotten married and moved out of the house. If you and your husband are now thinking of moving into a new home that’s perfect just for both of you, then it’s time to get a PSBank Home Loan with Prime Rebate. Get a credit decision in five days or less, and enjoy competitive rates and flexible terms. You’ll even get rebates when you make advance or excess payments on your monthly due. For more details, visit any of PSBank’s 191 branches across the Philippines. You

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We’ve Only Just Begun

Just as the first copyright was granted, so was born the predecessor of camera memory cards and a colony’s national anthem. September signals the start of new things.

September 4, 1888 George Eastman patents the Kodak roll film.

PhiliPPine hiSTORY September 3, 1899 La Independencia publishes Jose Palma’s poem, which becomes the lyrics for Julian Felipe’s “Marcha Nacional Filipina,” the national anthem of the Philippines.

for his work titled Decades rerum Venetarum, which is Latin for “Of New Things.” September 8, 1994 Microsoft changes the name of its operating system from “Chicago” to “Windows 95.”

September 21, 1972 President Ferdinand Marcos signs Proclamation 1081, placing the entire country under martial law.

September 14, 1993 The Simpsons TV show is registered by the Twentieth Century Fox Films Corp.

September 22, 1762 The British fleet takes over Manila as part of the Seven Years’ War.

September 16, 1857 The words to the popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells” are registered by Oliver Ditson under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh.” September 20, 1989 Miss Saigon premieres at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, London, with Filipina singer Lea Salonga playing the lead role of Kim. Her performance earned her the award for Best Actress in a Musical at the Laurence Olivier Awards the same year.

September 29, 1898 The Malolos Assembly of Representatives ratifies the Act of Declaration of Independence.

The WORlD September 1, 1486 The first known copyright is granted in Venice to author Marco Antonio Sabellico 30 M A B U H A Y


FamOuS BiRThDaYS September 13 American confectioner Milton Snavely Hershey (1857-1945), founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In 1905, he completed what was to become the world’s largest chocolate manufacturing

plant, which produced the first nationally marketed chocolate. September 15 Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry (1984), is the youngest son of Prince Charles of Wales and the late Princess Diana. He is third in line for the British throne. September 21 Horror and science fiction author Stephen Edwin King (1947) has a total of 49 published novels, including Carrie and The Shining, both of which have been made into movies.

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Phoenix Court

Phoenix Court recreates authentic fine Chinese dining not just with its food but even in its interiors. Visit the Phoenix Court at The Bellevue Hotel Manila’s Tower Wing. The Bellevue Hotel is located at the North Bridgeway, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa. The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays at 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. for dinner. For reservations, call (+632) 771 2211 loc. 8020 or visit Photo courtesy of The Bellevue Hotel Manila

SPECIAL ADVERTISING REPORT Peking Duck, but it is the one with which many others are Just over a year since the Bellevue hotel Manila compared. equally good is the hot Prawn salad, which features opened the dining hotspot Phoenix court, the restaurant has deep-fried tiger prawns served with mangoes, apples, pineapples, already been synonymous with the best of what chinese cuisine and lettuce. has to offer. For authentic cantonese fare, try the Wintermelon with Many of Metro Manila’s gourmands searching for a crabmeat, which was originally served in china during the memorable chinese dining experience troop to Phoenix court summer season. For the main course, go for its authentic offerings, including a for the steamed lapu-lapu with tauso wide selection of dim sum, noodles, main sauce, a szechuan specialty. also popular courses and desserts. is the homemade Bean curd with Garlic The Bellevue hotel’s general manager oyster sauce, a specialty of Phoenix court Patrick chan said the hotel decided to executive chef cheong Kwan loong. open Phoenix court in May last year to another cantonese favorite is the cater to chinese food fans in the southern Deep Fried chicken Marinated in chinese metro, but they were surprised to discover Bagoong (shrimp paste). everything about that people from all over Metro Manila it is faultless, from the salty crisp skin that do not mind the drive to alabang just to snaps happily in your mouth, to the tender, sample what other people are raving about succulent meat. at the Phoenix court. added to the fantastic food is named after the mythical bird the restaurant’s elegant interiors. But believed to signify abundance and no worries, diners are made to feel as prosperity, Phoenix court immediately comfortable as possible, with a wait staff gained loyal patrons. The food at Phoenix that is always helpful and child-attentive, court is constantly outstanding. every dish which is just what foodie parents need. The here is elegant, flavorful, and wonderfully wait is never long, and within minutes you exciting—bringing you close enough to feel are seated, handed a menu, and offered a like you are a chinese royalty. bowl of the restaurant’s signature steamed Must-try starters are the steamed peanuts. it is a delightful introduction to all scallop dumplings and the steamed the oriental culinary delights that are polonchay (Baby chinese spinach) The Peking Duck (top) and steamed polonchay to follow. dumplings. served with asparagus, dumplings are patron favorites. Photos courtesy of in many ways, Phoenix court shrimp, and pork back fat, the steamed The Bellevue Hotel Manila represents the future of fine dining scallop dumplings are divine. try to pop chinese cuisine in the Philippines. the space is chic yet not an entire piece in your mouth to experience the explosion of overpoweringly formal or stuffy. the food is elegant and robust flavors. For dim sum fans, the Phoenix court offers dim light, with enough options for diners to create as small or sum-all-you-can (Php650/usD16) from tuesdays to saturdays as large a meal as they desire: no longer are we fettered by from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the customary restraints of the standard chinese meal. the The Peking Duck is, as one would expect, moist and total experience is one that puts diners at ease while also succulent. roasted the traditional way, the Peking Duck boasts of making us feel special. and isn’t that why we go out to eat in beautifully crisp skin, and incredibly lean meat. Phoenix court the first place? certainly isn’t the only restaurant in Manila to make delicious

MEET THE CHEF: CHEong Kwan Loong

The food at Phoenix Court reflects Chef Cheong Kwan Loong‘s stark and serious attitude toward his craft. As he tells it, nothing served at the restaurant is secondrate. Chef Cheong, after all, has a solid track record that has spanned years of diverse experience in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, China and Indonesia. His impressive portfolio includes working at the Shangri-La Mactan in Cebu, The Westin Philippine Plaza in Manila, Mandarin Oriental Jakarta in Indonesia, and the Shangri-La China World Hotel in Beijing.

To put it simply, his brand of food is stamped by his delicate yet knowing touch, which invariably appeals to lighter, more sophisticated palates. His relevant positions in various restaurants and hotels all around Asia have enabled him to learn the intricacies of Chinese cuisine and the secrets in serving fine Cantonese and Szechuan dishes. His specialties include Deep-Fried Homemade Bean Curd with Shredded Mushrooms, Steamed Dory Fish with Ginger Sauce, Baked Pork Ribs with Honey Sauce, and Kari Laksa Noodle.

On Lake Sebu, tilapia is harvested in large fish cages as one of the main resources of the indigenous inhabitants. Photo by Auckhs Enjaynes

Like a Local in South Cotabato

CHARISSE AQUINO-TUGADE revisits one of her favorite places in the Philippines, a region known for its cultural history and natural beauty.

“HIYO HELAFUS.” “Good morning” never sounded this good. It’s how Myrna Pula, my good friend and T’boli guide, greets me in her native tongue. Having known her for more than eight years, I consider Myrna as my T’boli mother, a guiding light diffusing her indigenous knowledge whenever she is around me. She takes me around town every time I visit. Once, at the house where I was staying, we heard that there was a four-foot snake nearby. Myrna quickly reassured me, “Charisse, if it’s black with T’nalak pattern, there is no need to worry; that’s good luck.” Indeed, T’nalak and Myrna are two of the many reasons I love South Cotabato. It’s cliché but always true: South Cotabato is overflowing with culture. It was part of the 500-year-old Maguindanaon sultanate until the 1930s, when then-president Manuel Quezon deemed it a wild forest and pushed for resettlement. South Cotabato became a province in western Mindanao; in the 1990s, it gave birth to Sarangani province. Today, it is part of a region called SocSarGen (South Cotabato, Sarangani, and the component city of General Santos). Koronadal (also known as Marbel), the capital of South Cotabato, can get quite warm, while Lake Sebu, which is famous for its natural lake, is chilly, thanks to the province’s microclimate. The original groups that lived and toiled the land—the T’boli, Maguindanaon, Ubo, Blit, and B’laan—are still here. Each town has its mother language and a few other dialects mixed in. 34 M A B U H A Y


Of the Philippines’ more than 110 indigenous groups, the T’boli are considered among the more ornate ones. Women always have their hair neatly tied with delicate wooden combs decorated with brass and intricate beadwork. Their ears are bejeweled, with several piercings and horsehair-woven earrings. Necks are adorned with antique gold and glass The author (far bead necklaces. Brass bells right) with T’boli are hung everywhere. Men guide Maria and her wear T’nalak vests. daughter, garbed in ethnic attire. Photo T’nalak is the most famous courtesy of Cultureight T’boli product made by the women of Lake Sebu. Unparalleled in design and quality, the T’nalak is being preserved through the School of Living Traditions, where the younger generation can hone and understand the craft. Lang Dulay, the most famous weaver of them all, runs the show here.

Lanao Del Sur




“I was simply awed by the sight of this profound beauty,” says photographer Auckhs Enjaynes as he flew over this view on a zip line.

Sultan Kudarat


Lang Dulay, who was declared a National Living Treasure, is one of the last T’boli weavers. She hopes younger generations will carry on the craft. Photo by Jay Jallorina

At over 70 years old, she still climbs the steps of her long house to teach this ancient tradition. If you want to learn more about Philippine indigenous groups, visit Lake Sebu. You can stay at any of the resorts, like Punta Isla or Estares, but for an authentic T’boli experience, I suggest a home-stay. Maria Juanan’s longhouse is not posh or air-conditioned, but it is as close to T’boli as you can get. Even the toilets are on the rustic side, to put it nicely. The owner serves up fantastic tilapia straight from the ponds and rice coffee for breakfast. Maria Juanan

and Myrna Pula are staunch advocates of their culture. They are like a cultural army that works hard to promote and preserve everything T’boli. Myrna often accompanies me to the T’boli Museum, a place filled with ethnographic objects and a lot of heart. South Cotabato can seem like another world to city dwellers, but it is actually more accessible than many people think—and I’m not just talking about the flight. It’s a culture so rich and yet so generous, if only others would open their hearts to receive and discover.

RestauRant: Sabalai Bistro, run by cultural worker cum restaurateur Carlo Ebeo at 476-B Abad Santos St. Koronadal City has everything a foodie wants plus a lot of ethnographic world art. Halo-Halo: Stop at Barrio 8, Barangay Sarabia within Koronadal City and go to Apareha, famous for its buko (young coconut) halo-halo (fruits in crushed ice). Musical inspiRation: Yegas, the chanter and folk singer in Punta Isla resort on Lake Sebu, has more than 12 kids but this hasn’t stopped her from doing what she does best. Her voice is almost other-worldly. Dose of aDventuRe: The Seven Falls. It seems as if the spirit of the T’boli people live here, with raging waters that have flowed for thousands of years. A zip line takes you soaring more than 700 meters in the air. MaRket: The Saturday Market in Barangay Poblacion in Lake Sebu is where T’boli people from all over meet and shop. On Thursdays, Barangay Luhid in Lake Sebu is also a good place to market.


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Contact Cultureight Travel (+632 964 6709,, or APT Travel (+632 826 5400 loc. 39-40, travel@apttravels. or Marbel Mt. Zion Travel and Tours (+83 228 2488,,

Mount Matutum, at 7,500 ft, rises over pineapple plantations in Tupi, South Cotabato. (INSET) “Lake Sebu” is not only the name of South Cotabato’s famous lake, but also refers to the whole municipality. Photos by Auckhs Enjaynes

PAL flies between Manila and Cotabato daily. PALakbayan tour packages are available. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit www.

体验南哥打巴托省的生活 Myrna Pula是我的好友兼缇伯利族 (T’boli) 导游, 我们已相识八年多。 我把她当成是我的缇伯利妈妈, 因为我可从她的身上了解许多关于 当地土著的点点滴滴。我每次到访她都会带领我到处参观。记得有 一次, 我们听闻我的住宿附近出现一只四英尺长的蛇。Myrna知道后 赶紧安慰我并表示, 若是一只全身黑且身上有Tinalak 花纹的蛇就无 需害怕, 那是一个好预兆。 T’nalak和Myrna是我爱上南哥打巴托省的两个主因。 南哥打巴托省曾经被马京达瑙省苏丹统治500年直到30年代, 当时 的总统Manuel Quezon把这块茂密的原始森林进行重整。之后, 南哥 打巴托就成为棉了兰老岛西部的一个省份, 并在90年代产生了萨兰 加尼省 (Sarangani)。如今, 它是属于SocSarGen区 (南哥打巴托省、萨 兰加尼省以及桑托斯将军城部分城市)的一分子。 科罗纳达Koronadal (也称之为Marbel) 是南哥打巴托省的首都。该省 份属微型气候, 天气可变得相当热, 然而, 在当地著名的天然湖泊 Sebu湖却感觉寒冷。当地的原住民: 缇伯利族、马京达瑙族、乌伯 族、布里特族以及布兰族仍在该地生活。每个城镇拥有各自的母语 并参杂一些其他方言。 在菲律宾逾110个本土族群中, 缇伯利族可说是较华美的一群。该 族群的女人爱使用配有黄酮饰品和复杂串珠的精致木梳把头发整齐 地扎起来。她们的双耳皆打数个耳洞, 并佩戴以马毛编织的耳环。 36 M A B U H A Y


其颈项则戴上古金色的玻璃珠项链, 身上也随处挂着铜铃。男士就 身穿T’nalak汗衫。

T’nalak是缇伯利最著名的产品, 由Sebu湖的女生编织。通过 “延续 传统” 学校, 年轻一代可获传授并了解此手艺, 好让拥有无与伦比的 设计与品质的T’nalak得以保存。Lang Dulay是她们之中名气最响的编 织者, 负责掌管这里的一切。她虽然已经70多岁了, 但仍可攀登其 长屋的阶梯, 持续不断地授教此古老的传统手艺。 若您想了解更多关于菲律宾的土著群体, 就不可错过Sebu湖。您可 入住任何一家度假村, 如Punta Isla或Estares, 若想体验真实的缇伯利 生活, 我则建议选择家庭住宿。

Maria Juanan长屋并不豪华, 而且不设空调, 就连其厕所也富有乡村 特色, 但其位置靠近缇伯利。该长屋的主人每天早上会为客人供应 直接从池塘捕捉的罗非鱼、米饭和咖啡。Maria Juanan 和Myrna Pula 皆热衷于他们的文化。他们就像一支文化团队, 努力地推广和保存 缇伯利的一切。Myrna经常陪伴我到展示着各民族物品与他们全副 心血的缇伯利博物院参观。 对于城市居民来说, 南哥打巴托省就像另一个世界, 但其实它并不 是我们想象中那么难触及。我不仅是指航班方面(从马尼拉飞往桑 托斯将军城需一个小), 其丰富多元的文化传统正等待着我们去发 掘和体验。

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LATELY? What trip would you recommend for travelers on a budget? Plan an off-season road trip to a vacation rental with friends. Research national parks, scenic beaches or lakefront cabins, then plan outdoor activities to maximize natural attractions.

The travel writer riding camels in the Sahara desert

Describe an unforgettable first-time experience while traveling. I had never camped or done multiple day hikes, but I joined an adventure trip through New Zealand. Terrain changed as quickly as activities. One morning we kayaked Whangaroa’s dramatic coastline and the next we sand-boarded down Te Paki’s massive dunes. The most precious item you’ve ever brought home? I bought a ring in India after reading Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist. I could feel “the universe conspiring in my favor” and haven’t taken it off since. Most interesting spiritual encounter: I visited a holy place where the walls and statues “bleed” olive oil. I would not have believed it, except the Santo Niño statue I brought from home dripped oil as we prayed. The next (exciting) stamp on my passport will read Mongolia.

Lori Blackburn

After working in Los Angeles’ fast-paced world of entertainment PR, Lori Blackburn’s global adventures have led to a career in travel writing. She has traded her Auckland, Manila and Los Angeles residences to pursue Hospitality PR in San Francisco. What was your most luxurious experience? My most luxurious experiences are private, but I once rented an amazing two-story “floating” villa during a solo trip to Chiang Mai. I asked the staff to fill it with bushels of flowers then ran through the rooms and jumped on all the beds. I fell asleep covered in rose petals. What’s the smallest (or biggest) amount you’ve spent on a trip? I splurged on a ritzy train trip through India (USD670/ 38 M A B U H A Y


day), but wanted more than just pretty packaging. I returned on an adventure trip ($85/day) which I loved because I felt exhilarated, not just pampered. What’s the one place you’ll never tire of going back to? Greece, because of the beautiful weather, fantastic parties and international vibe. There is history, culture and food, and if you can spend time on a sailboat, then life becomes pretty perfect.

Sailing the Andaman Sea



From a royal-worthy spa village to the Canadian galapagos, vanCouver keeps GARY SINGH Busy outside the City.

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Penticton’s Westbench vineyard. Photo by Darren Kirby (OPPOSITE) Haida Gwaii’s mystical McClinton Bay. Photo by Ian Gould

henever I get lost In vancouver, all I have to do is look for the mountains and at least I know where north is. The peaks are gorgeous at any time of the year, during any season, but they also function as a natural guidepost, an aide memoire of sorts. They remind me that outside this metropolis of shiny skyscrapers, olympic villages and aboriginal art galleries, this lovely place where the Fairmont hotels make honey from proprietary beehives and pro soccer matches are broadcast in Punjabi—outside all of this, a veritable smattering of excursions exist for anyone who wants to temporarily recede from the urban landscape. Whether in the immediate vicinity or farther outside vancouver proper, digressions from the city abound.


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With the wilderness of Haida Gwaii as the background, marvel at the groups of totem poles displayed at the Ninstints village. Photo by Heron Weir.

Bowen Island (25 km from Vancouver) A 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, Bowen Island subsists as a popular outdoorsy picnicking getaway. Beaches, biking, art galleries, trails and forested retreats characterize this somewhat affluent island of 3,500 inhabitants, many of whom are artists. Even though the landscape is rural, locals, tourists and wandering backpackers seem to always find something worth visiting here. People arrive to purchase art, stay for the night or trip through the forest. Art festivals take place all year and the island is popular for film shoots. Also check out: Artisan Eats (539 Artisan Lane, is a relatively new restaurant that lives up to its name. Everything is made from scratch. Lodge at the Old Dorm (460 Melmore Road, has six art-deco rooms for less than USD120.

steveston vIllage (30 km from Vancouver) Built for the 2010 Winter Games, the Canada Line now goes from downtown Vancouver all the way to Richmond, an epicenter of authentic Asian shopping, culture and culinary delights. At the southwestern corner of Richmond sits the historical fishing village of Steveston, famous for seafood, colorful local characters and remnants of the canning industry. A fully functioning fishing village forms the backdrop to this intriguing hamlet right where the Fraser River dumps into the Pacific Ocean. A guided tour of the old Gulf of 42 M A B U H A Y


Georgia Cannery, once British Columbia’s largest producer of canned salmon, illuminates the entire operation of a cannery. Also check out: Steveston Hotel, 12111 3rd Ave., Richmond, Britannia Shipyard (5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond, is a national historic site with heritage buildings.

HarrIson Hot sprIngs resort (120 km from Vancouver) Resembling a European spa resort community, Harrison includes not just the hot spring, but also a menagerie of outdoor activities like agritourism, waterskiing and corporate team building. The village straddles the southern edge of Harrison Lake with a postcard view of the mountain peaks behind it. The hot springs take advantage of the unique mineral content of British Columbia soil, which the Salish First Nations once used for various remedies. Today, the minerals bring in celebrities and royalty who arrive for rejuvenating treatments. Also check out: Harrison Resort Hotel ( has 337 rooms and suites scattered throughout different regions of the entire property. It offers a wide range of vacation packages. Kilby Historic Site (215 Kilby Rd, Harrison Mills, is a great place to explore and/or research histories of the Fraser Valley, with its museum, general store, restaurants and camping areas.


On April 6, 2011, Vancouver officially turned 125 years old. By 2020, it plans to be the greenest city in the world, targeting a 20-percent reduction of automobile transportation.

The legendary Georgia Hotel, Vancouver’s most historic retreat and once the haunt of royals and celebrities, reopened on July 15 after a lengthy restoration process.

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Harrison Resort Hotel’s pool at dusk. Photo Courtesy of Harrison Resort Hotel Among other wildlife encounters, lucky ones can spot whales at the Skidegate Inlet of Haida Gwaii. Photo by Brian Eccles Al fresco dining at the Steveston Boardwalk. Photo courtesy of Tourism Richmond. Stores on Bowen Island reflect the area’s artistic residents. Photo by Kei Ogasawara

Penticton (250 km from Vancouver) Sandwiched by two lakes in the middle of the Okanagan wine country and situated on the deltas of three creeks, Penticton’s location is paramount to its existence. Over 80 wineries are within driving distance, the beaches are relaxing, and artists emerge from underneath every rock and pebble. It began a century ago as a tiny fruitbearing village, but today the laidback town functions as a central stopping point for wine tasting treks. Also check out: Penticton Lakeside Resort and Casino (21 Lakeshore Drive, www.pentictonlakesideresort. com) on the shores of Okanagan Lake is popular among vacationers, wine drinkers, corporate conferences. It has 203 rooms with balconies and stunning views. Lost Moose Lodge Resort (2301 Beaverdell Road, Penticton, is located in the foothills, away from the tourist throngs. It offers camping and B&B lodging with a fine-dining restaurant and local wine list.

Haida Gwaii (Daily two-hour flights from Vancouver) Sometimes known as the Galapagos of Canada, this remote archipelago was renamed Haida

Gwaii in 2009 as part of a historic reconciliation agreement with the Haida First Nations people. A secluded mystical atmosphere blankets the place. Although only a few small villages and towns comprise the area, the destination is common for sport fishing, rainforest adventures and wildlife expeditions. This is the westernmost part of Canada, and it will give you a sense of being at the edge of the world. Also check out: Sea Raven Inn ( is a petfriendly hotel that is walking distance to all the local facilities and activities. Haida Heritage Center (Skidgate, Haida Gwaii, is an awardwinning aboriginal cultural tourism site featuring galleries, a trading house, a greeting house, a restaurant and a performance space. The Haida Gwaii Art Route Tour ( is summed up in a 28-page brochure that details the work of several local artisans throughout the islands, as well as where to find them. PAL flies between Manila and Vancouver daily. For more information, call PAL reservations office at (+632) 855 8888 or visit www.

The Maple Leaf flag of Canada signifies sovereignty from British rule and features the country’s official red and white colors as proclaimed by King George V in 1921. The 11-pointed maple leaf is said to represent pride and duty to the country.

Gourmet food trucks are all the rage in the city, but you can’t just hop on the bandwagon. Anyone wishing to launch a food truck must have the approval of a committee of local chefs.


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British cavalry vs. French cuirassiers: the Duke of Wellington orders his redcoats in line to counter a French attack in the Battle of Waterloo.

Max Soliven

THE ARMCHAIR GENERAL RHOEL FERNANDEZ gets a good look at the rarely seen collection of the late journalist Max Soliven, whose military books and figures are the stuff of legend. Photos by NIL GUARDI

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The uniniTiaTed can eaSily MiSTake the hobby room for a museum, or even a shrine: more than a thousand soldiers in epic battles are meticulously arranged in specially designed and lighted cabinets; paratroopers hang from the ceiling; World War ii fighter planes patrol the top shelves; Russian-made knights from Paris sit on armored horses; model warships adorn the adjacent receiving room. This, right here, is that rare place where G.i. Joe meets cartier. This place is also where the late Max Soliven, one of the Philippines’ most prominent journalists and publishers, retreated to relive his boyhood fantasies. Max, who in his youth had joined the guerilla movement against the Japanese occupation, allowed his imagination to run wild, free to re-enact the history of the world, to recapture the drama of




1. The uniform and weaponry of each metal figure have been meticulously researched to be as accurate to the period as possible. Every piece is hand-painted and made on a 1:30 scale. 2. Osama bin Laden hiding in the Tora Bora Mountains during Operation Anaconda (Who would’ve thought his end would come in a Pakistan mansion?). 3. The Fuhrer inspects his personal bodyguards, the Schutzstaffel or SS, from his Mercedes-Benz W31. The miniature polystone automobile alone costs GBP203 (USD330).

the decisive battles of bygone eras or in a moment of fancy, even conjure historical “what ifs.” Alone in this sacred space of his North Greenhills home, Max could be a Roman consul commanding his legions against Carthaginian mercenaries during the Punic Wars, a Marechal of the Empire leading Napoleon Bonaparte’s right wing during the Battle of Waterloo, a tank battalion commander from Patton’s Third Army in Bastogne during the Ardennes Offensive. The collection is based on Max’s extensive knowledge of history, which he taught at St. Theresa’s College and the Far Eastern University. He spared no

expense in making everything historically accurate, buying even the signs, debris and structures for a complete picture. Looking at the dioramas he left behind, you can imagine the acrid smell of cordite as lines of infantry loosed musket rounds, the hushed tones of commoners as royalty passed by, the cold in the drooping branches of a birch tree overhung with snow, the violent end of a Roman triarii whose mangled head has been impaled on his opponent’s spear. A simple figure starts at USD35 each, but the figures in Max’s collection, cost around $200-$1,000 each. Travel was a huge influence on the journalist’s collecting habits. Before his collection started, Max would visit bookstores first whenever he was abroad (especially in London), but when he found out about the figures, the hobby shop became his first destination. In stores, he would simply point his next “recruits” to

the sales staff who knew him by name. King and Country opened a store in Manila because of Max, says his widow, Preciosa Soliven. After Max passed away in 2006, Max’s personal driver, Don, was assigned the daunting task of cleaning the massive collection, which is done quarterly and usually takes four days to finish. Don is the only person who remembers where Max positioned the thousands of figures, vehicles and buildings. Max’s private library, however, is open to anyone with a sincere desire to do research. It’s a library that will shame many bookstores. Books fill the walls—and floor—of Max’s office. The military section alone can turn a military junkie catatonic with hard-to-find titles on military strategy, uniforms and firearms, infantry tactics and weapons technology. The swords and daggers he collected from his travels adorn the walls behind his desk. WWW.PHILIPPINEAIRLINES.COM

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The Chinese emperor and his retinue hold court in the Forbidden City. This diorama is one of Max’s favorites from his vast collection.

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4. Max’s office holds his massive collection of books and ornamental daggers from all over the world. Photo by Rhoel Fernandez 5. Some collectors consider these miniatures from the Battle of the Bulge as investments because of their limited run and the attention to detail. The vehicle sculpts are accurate down to the last rivet while the paint work replicates battle-damage and the normal wear-and-tear. Skilled artisans use very fine sable brushes to accomplish this authentic finish over several hours.

Many entities have expressed interest in the library but Preciosa has declined to part with her late husband’s books, saying they will join the miniatures at a military high school she is planning in Alfonso, Cavite. The entire collection, after all, was built “not just from memory, but (out of) love.”

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Max Soliven’s journalism career started when he was 25, as a police reporter for the Manila Chronicle. By the time he was 31, he was already the publisher of another paper, The Evening News. Later, he joined The Manila Times and became known for his stinging criticism of then-president Ferdinand Marcos. He was arrested after Marcos declared martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, and for three months, shared a cell with the dictatorship’s most prominent opposition leader, Benigno Aquino Jr. In 1986, Max co-founded The Philippine Star, of which he was publisher until his death. He earned a masters degree in Communication Arts from Fordham University and studied international relations in Harvard. Max covered conflicts like the Vietnam War and interviewed world leaders like US president John F. Kennedy. Max was a stringer for The New York Times and Newsweek and a guest columnist for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and Thailand’s Bangkok Post.



Hiking Southeast Asia Photographer STEVE THOMAS picks the six best on-foot adventures in Southeast Asia. THe SouTHeASTern Slice of ASiA is an extensive and varied place. it boasts of amazing landscapes and diverse terrain, made even richer by a fascinating cultural and ethnic character. Whether your choice of hike is a nature and wildlife spotting exploration, a rugged mountain challenge, a full-on screeching jungle expedition, a craggy coastal stroll or a culturally enlightening voyage, Southeast Asia has the lot. Here are six of the best of the mixed bag of regional hikes. 1. Mount Pinatubo Luzon, Philippines Mount Pinatubo can be found hiding close to clark, Pampanga in luzon. it was a massive volcanic mountain until that fateful day in 1991 when it erupted, 48 M A B U H A Y


destroying the surrounding towns and villages, and dropping ash as far away as the u.S. Today its fearsome remains are marked by a craggy caldera and stunning crater, which has a calming aqua blue lake, hiding the ferocity that lurks beneath. Getting to Pinatubo is an adventure in itself: it involves a 2.5-hour 4x4 traverse of a lunar-like landscape to reach the trailhead. from here it’s an easy 30-minute hike each way to the crater. for sure you will want to take a boat trip in the lake, too, making a full day of things.

2. Mount Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia Standing tall over north Borneo at 4,100 meters, this giant of a mountain is

the highest spot in the entire region and one of the most impressive mountains you’ll ever see. climbing it is one of life’s great experiences, especially if you climb through the dark to summit at dawn, welcomed by the glorious sunrise over Borneo. The climb usually takes two days and is not technically demanding, although it can be strenuous.

3. the Pinnacles Sarawak, Malaysia When it comes to “wild Borneo,” it doesn’t come much better than the Mulu national Park in Sarawak. The park sits on the northwest of the state and has some amazing multi-day treks. A classic jungle trek is the Head Hunters

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1. The otherworldly green of Mount Pinatubo’s lake is best explored by boat. 2. The summit of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Southeast Asia, is now accessible through a via ferrata (iron road) 3. To reach the viewpoint over the Pinnacles, you must brave the dense jungle using fixed ropes and ladders. 4. Small hilltribe villages dot the Muang Sing area. 5. Women in traditional Hindu attire head home through the lower slopes of Gunung Agung. 6. Girls from the Karen hill tribe hitch a ride with visiting trekkers on a songtaw (taxi) truck.


Trail (although you are perfectly safe these days). Tag on the demanding twoday climb to the summit of the jagged Pinnacles rock towers for the ultimate jungle-meets-mountain adventure.

4. Muang Sing Laos Cornered on the far northern Laos border with China and Vietnam is the small village of Muang Sing, which is one of the most ethnically diverse melting pots in all of Southeast Asia. Here you’ll find numerous tribal minorities living on the high plateau, having settled here from most of the neighboring regions. From the village you can trek for hours or days, visiting different hill tribe communities


and even spending the night in their villages. This is truly a unique place to trek.

5. gunung agung Bali, Indonesia At over 3,000 meters, the proud strato-volcano Gunung (Mount) Agung dominates the topography of the island of Bali. On a clear morning, the dome-shaped Agung is a sight to behold. There are a couple of summit trek options, and a sixhour overnight trek to the top is usually made, so that you can make it to the summit in time for sunrise. Along the way, you’ll climb from rice-terraced hillsides and through rainforest and tundra-like landscapes before finally crossing barren lava fields.

6. Chiang Rai Thailand Thailand’s northernmost city of Chiang Rai is a virtual gateway to another time. Step back into the hills to the north of the city and in no time at all you’ll be hiking through colorful hilltribe villages, hopping river boats, and gazing in awe at the high mountain vistas, which characterize the mysterious and oncefeared past of the Golden Triangle region. The great thing here is that you can trek for just a few hours and return to the luxury of the city for dinner. This is real accessible remoteness.


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It’s In the fallIng raIn, the marchIng band, the bumpy rIde. It can be In a break dance or a pIrouette; It’s In a heartbeat, It’s In a song. rhythm—that thIng that measures poetry and motIon—Is the musIc produced by our everyday lIves, buIlt by cycles and stops, routInes and thIngs that shock. here we stop, for a whIle, to lIsten.

Look Up, by angelI vIctorIa g. de Jesus Daryl Roth Theater, Manhattan, New York USA, January 2011 “A very dark room with dramatic lighting, blaring electronic music, half-naked women slipping, sliding and splashing back and forth in a transparent pool just inches above my head. There was no point to it all yet I couldn’t help but get caught in the moment as sight, sound and all sensation combined.” Canon S90, f/2.0, 1/50 sec, ISO 800

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Threads of Time, By Jesse Alegre Vigan, Ilocos Sur, May 2011 “Progress brings forth change. It brings about new things. It alters the way we live including our cultural heritage, like the handloom-woven Abel Iloco. I marvel at the skill of this old woman who spins the weaver’s wheel to be able to produce thread that ensures the continuity of the handloom weaving craft.” Canon 60D + 10-22 UWA lens, f/7.1, 1/30 sec, ISO 800

Blue spiriT, By sArAh N. AquiNo Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym, Quezon City, July 2011 “The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion, of the Ateneo de Manila University, hypes up the freshmen in the school’s annual opening cheer rally.” Nikon D90, f/4.8,

1/200 sec, ISO 1000


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WHite Beauty, by miguel Pereira Madrid, Spain, May 2004 “A young Amazon rider takes her horse for a jump across an obstacle.” Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II,

f/4.0, 1/3200 sec, ISO 100

Not Left HaNgiNg, by Paul Quiambao University of Santo Tomas, Manila, December 2009 “I took this shot during the opening of the countdown to the Quadricentennial celebration of the University of Santo Tomas. I believe that this photo presents motion as it shows the movement and timing of the men climbing up to the Main Building, emphasized by their grip on the rope, and their heads faced towards their destination.” Canon 400D + 70-200mm f/2.8 lens

Saya, by Carmel ValenCia Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, February 2008 “When a dancer rehearses, she need only do faint gestures to depict motion, such as the movement of an outstretched hand. For the rest of us, her audience, we are only witnesses to the motions—results of the very rhythms that play in her head.” Canon EOS 400D, f/4.0, 1/50 sec, ISO 400

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SOUNDS IN THE CITY If you want a truly defining travel experience, listen to the music. Whether it’s at the local karaoke joint, or the top hotels, you’ll hear a real Filipino’s heartbeat. The country’s indigenous music was crafted in its earliest days from natural instruments such as wood and bamboo, while traditional songs had a big part in rituals like courtship (the “kundiman” and “harana”) and harvesting. Down south, with Muslim and Malay influences, the 54 M A B U H A Y


Music is huge in the Philippines.

sound is distinctly different—brass gongs and chimes. The Spanish colonial era brought in friars teaching choral melodies. With the American occupation, of course, came blues, folk, rock, and RnB. Modern-day Filipinos who have taken their music to the world include Glee’s Charice Pempengco, Grammy-winner Bruno Mars, Broadway’s Lea Salonga (a Tony Award-winner), Rock stars Arnel Pineda (Journey vocalist) and Freddie Aguilar, the

championing Madrigal Singers, and now 11-year-old Youtube sensation Maria Aragon, of whom a visibly smitten Lady Gaga proudly announced, “She is the future.” To give you a lowdown on the current music scene, we’ve rounded up the best live-music spots in Manila, listed by genre, and tipped off by those who frequent them the most. Read up, pick your venue, and then go get your groove on.

Go where the music’s playing. Contributions from Carlos Garchitorena, Jason Caballa, Carla Villanueva, Chrissette Antonio and Nyx Martinez. Opening photos by Andy Maluche and Adrienne Ponce

restaurant by day and indie hangout by night, it has its fair share of tree huggers, samba dancers and swagged-out hip hop crews. The Music: World music jam sessions and freestyle hip-hop battles. bLues

Backdoor Blues Café 3/F Ameremca Bldg., 107A Kalayaan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City The Vibe: Enthusiastic is an understatement when it comes to the BBC crowd. Feel that raw energy between the stage and seats that gives the blues automatic access to the soul. The Music: The legends come here to revitalize long-forgotten riffs.

Edga and Moonstar 88 are also on light rotation. ReTRO

Chef ‘n Brewer G/F Unit 105B AIC Gold Tower, Emerald Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City The Vibe: Dim interiors, delicious comfort food. Among Filipino favorites are the Twice Cooked Pork Adobo and the Lengua Sisig. The Music: Relive the 70s and 80s when live bands sing the popular numbers. MORE LIVE RETRO AT Conway’s (Level 2 Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala corner Makati Avenues, Makati City; +632 813 8888 ext. 7588) and Strumm’s (Jupiter Street, Makati City, +632) 895 4636)


Ready to rock? The music is live and loud at biker pub Handlebar in Makati. Photo by Andy Maluche


Martini’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City The Vibe: Warm, plush interiors surround the dimly lit bar. Go for the signature “007”. The Music: Originally all jazz sounds, Martini’s bands now play other genres like blues and easy-listening pop. MORE LIVE JAZZ AT M Café’s Sunday Jazz Brunch (G/F Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Makati, +632 757 3000/6000, www.; Salon de Ning (G/F Manila Peninsula Hotel, corner Makati and Ayala Avenues, Makati); Skarlet’s Jazz Kitchen (Timog Avenue corner Scout Ybardolaza, Quezon City)


The Philippine Madrigal singers are the only two-time champions in the prestigious European Grand Prix choral competition.

19East East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa The Vibe: Every band’s dream stage for the equipment, 19East is a destination. Outside seating gives you a nice hilltop view of the bay. The Music: “Original Pilipino Music” is a vague definition that has come to mean love ballads heavy with RnB, mellow rock, and remakes of classic hits. That said, some top-notch bands come here to unleash years of tightly wound concert-level energy. Ask about Side A, MYMP and Freestyle. Very “now” rock and alternative bands like Franco, Parokya ni

AcOusTic / FOLK

Murray’s New Orleans Bourbon Street Steaks and Oysters Bldg. 6, High Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig The Vibe: It’s always full, maybe because Bonifacio High Street is a great place to people-watch or maybe it’s those juicy oyster platters and friendly ambience. The Music: An older jazz band plays the melodies on most nights, and the audience can request their favorite songs to be played. MORE LIVE ACOUSTIC AT Conspiracy Bar and Garden Café (Visayas Avenue, Quezon City +632

The Eraserheads (below), famous Filipino rock band of the 1990s, is credited for spearheading the influx of Manila bands. The group is considered the Beatles of the Philippines.

RAP / hiP-hOP

Quantum Café 9590 Kamagong corner Bagtikan streets, Makati City The Vibe: A vegetarian

(ABOVE, LEFT) Ballroom dancing at Conway’s. Photo by Chrissette Antonio Irie Sunday at Bside. Photo by Brendan Goco


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MORE LIVE INDIE AT Capone’s Bistro (2F, A.Venue Mall, Makati Avenue, 1208, Makati) and Route 196 (196-A Katipunan Ave. Extension, Blue Ridge A, Quezon City, +632 4391972, www.coolestbar.


Handlebar 31 Polaris St. Bel-Air, Makati City ThE VibE: Where to begin? Biker bar everyday; sports bar on weekends; listening post for classic rock, blues; a grill out front; pool tables in the back; basking in the slight glow of the red light in Makati. It’s Handlebar. ThE Music: Rock. And lots of it. A rotation of 60’s and 70’s legends Wally Gonzales, Pepe Smith, and rock-world fusion bands like Hinlalato, with some ska-rock and soul thrown in. It’s bound to bring back memories of the good ol’ days, along with the taste for whiskey and beer. MORE LIVE ROCK AT Big Sky Mind (E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue corner Broadway Avenue corner 14th Street, New Manila, Quezon City)


Casa Nami Surf Pub 28 Jupiter St., Bel Air, Makati City ThE VibE: Located smack in the trifecta of great venue, great food and great vibe, Casa Nami is shaping up to be the worst-kept surfer secret on Jupiter Street. ThE Music: Still developing its lineup to create a loyal following, the live music varies from 80s glam to neosoul and motown, live band karaoke, to alternative or rock. Check ahead if you’re musically sensitive because it may just get loud.


(TOP) Jazz at New Orleans on Bonifacio High Street. Photo by Andy Maluche. Electronic rock band Turbo Goth at Route 196. Photo by Brendan Goco. (ABOVE) Broadway singer Tony Marino in La Cuisine Francaise. Photo by Andy Maluche.

9206517); No. 38 Sports Lounge and Grill (114-A Jupiter St., Bel-Air Village, Makati City, +632 519-1806) REGGAE

B-Side The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., Makati City ThE VibE: Upper-class kids try to go underground in this warehouse-turned-nightspot, with a cluster of small shops, bars and restos. ThE Music: For a not-so-regular end to your week, check out Irie Sundays for B-Side’s regular reggae barbecue.

(TOP) Three of the Martini selections at Martinis Bar. Photo by Mel Gatchalian. (BOTTOM) Salsa lessons are open to everyone at Calle Sirocco. Photo by Andy Maluche.



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Village, Makati City, ThE VibE: You probably won’t find a more unpretentious crowd of music fans anywhere else. ThE Music: Every night will showcase a decent lineup of local acts but there are special monthly events hosted by the country’s independent music productions. Groups like Sonic Boom, Revolver, Admit One, and Terno Inferno feature yet to be discovered acts alongside heavyweight bands like Urbandub, Up Dharma Down, Sandwich, and more.

La Cuisine Francaise Ground Level, Paseo Parkview Condominiums, Sedeno corner San Agustin Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City; ThE VibE: French cuisine cooked with passion, plus wine and the warmth of good company. ThE Music: Come on a Thursday night, when Broadway extraordinaire Tony Marino belts out songs from all your favorite musicals. On other evenings, listen to French accordion or Parisian café jazz in this delightful little neighborhood restaurant run by a true Frenchman. MORE LIVE BROADWAY AT Bar 360 (Casino of Resorts World Manila, Pasay City; +632 836-6333)


What’s happening tonight doesn’t happen the same time twice! tells you where the live music’s playing, all around the country. Carlos Garchitorena refreshes the site daily, serving it up with love and genre tags.

Parklife. Photo by Stuart Sevastos

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Claudia Boyle Irish Soprano for Wexford Festival Opera. Photo courtesy of

Wexford Festival Opera

Photo courtesy of All Tomorrow’s Parties

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5 Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss

Madonna, undisputed queen of pop, was right when she sang, “Music makes the people come together.” To get you in the mood, we’ve rounded up five music festivals you shouldn’t miss. Parklife Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane (Australia) September 24-October 3 What started out as a small garden party among music junkies 11 years ago has become one of the biggest celebrations in Australia, which features rock, electronic and hip-hop artists. The best thing about Parklife is its green initiatives—because no environment means no outdoor fun! Recycling stations are located all over the park. Take advantage of the free shuttle buses and make a few friends along the ride. Tickets at USD45.

Philippine International Guitar Festival and Competition Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila January 26-29, 2012 The annual Guitar Festival celebrates the serenity of the strings. Renowned guitarists from around the world serenade watchers in solo evening concerts while local school guitar ensembles are invited to perform for matinee concerts and competitions. Several free workshops are also held during the festival, so don’t hesitate to sit in.

All Tomorrow’s Parties Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA September 30-October 2 What sets All Tomorrow’s Parties apart from other music festivals is its ability to be a large yet intimate gathering. The event is sponsorship-free, and its organizers and performers are immersed in the same accommodations as the fans. This year’s ATP visit to the United States will be curated by English group Portishead.

Wexford Festival Opera Wexford Opera House, Ireland October 21-November 5 Wexford is where forgotten classic masterpieces and age-old operas come to be revived. This event stages three major productions, although concerts, recitals and revues take place everyday for two weeks. The evening shows are black-tie events, so be sure to pack the right outfit.

110 million – Number of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album (1982) sold, making it the bestselling album of all time


592 million – Viewers who watched Justin Bieber’s “Baby” video as of July 2011, making it the most-watched music video on Youtube

10 billion – Tracks downloaded via iTunes 9 as of February 2010



TIME’s Featured Band

From the moment it first appeared on the Manila gig circuit in 2007 with its danceable brand of intelligent and elaborate indie rock, Taken By Cars has released two acclaimed albums (Endings Of A New Kind in 2008 and Dualist last June), performed in Singapore and Malaysia (including a slot at Singapore’s prestigious Baybeats Festival in 2009), and was hailed by TIME magazine as one of the Asian bands to watch in 2011. Here, JASON CABALLA talks to them about music and everything else that drives their creativity.

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How did your recognition in TIME magazine alter the band’s profile? Sarah: I guess it gave us some street credibility. You don’t find Filipino bands appearing on TIME that often. It also makes me think that maybe we really are cut for an international market and not just here. Isa: It was a timely release leading up to the launch of our album. It helped us land a deal with Levi’s and even an invitation to South by Southwest (an annual music festival in Austin, Texas). Your band is often described as “modern and edgy.” What’s up with your video for “This Is Our City,” in which the band is dressed in traditional Filipino attire? Kong: Our director Quark Henares had this vision of showcasing the Philippines. He told one of us that it was one of his dreams to shoot a music video in Intramuros. Call it modern patriotism, perhaps? I think that video is edgy because it is something you won’t expect from a Taken by Cars music video.

What was it like performing in international festivals like Baybeats in Singapore? Bryce: It was very flattering to have been invited and we are humbled by the experience. You just want to play your best and let people hear what the Philippines has to offer, and hopefully it gets them interested in other talented Filipino bands. Siopao: It’s definitely a challenge to play your music in front of a foreign crowd. You don’t have “homecourt advantage,” so I feel you have to work extra hard to get the audience into the set. How important is the Internet to today’s practicing musician? Sarah: It’s necessary. For research about your craft, about bands you like and knowing how they operate, for direction on how to use your effects, for marketing your music... so many things. Bryce: Despite the drawbacks of piracy, we still think that it’s a great way to get the music out there, especially to people who otherwise would never have heard us. It also allows for interaction with people who enjoy the music, like on Facebook or Twitter. Siopao: You have to know how to roll with it. A lot of bands live and die on the Internet. Free downloads are part of everyday reality.

Where do you often go for rest and relaxation? Bryce: Chill at home. Watch movies. Get a massage/spa. Hang out with the guys. Watch other bands. It’s not where you go; it’s who you’re with. Siopao: When the opportunity arises, there’s no better vacation in the Philippines than a trip to the beach! Kong: I guess you can call the gigs rest and relaxation even though we don’t get to rest and relax. Every gig to us is both a party and an experience. Isa: Relative to our demanding day jobs, Taken by Cars is still considered a hobby, albeit a serious one, which makes playing in it still fun. Which venues would you recommend for checking out your band and the best of the Filipino music scene? Sarah: SaGuijo Cafe in Makati. Capones, Izakaya, and Casa Nami are good places to check out, too. For clubs, Opus, Republiq and Time are always good choices. Bryce: Route 196, Craft (Bar & Grill), and Amber Ultralounge Siopao: B-Side in Makati

(FROM LEFT) Bassist Isa Garcia, lead vocalist Sarah Marco, lead guitarist Bryce Zialcita, drummer Bryan Kong and rhythm guitarist Siopao Chua. Photo by Charles Buenconsejo.

As a tight-knit group of longtime friends, you’ve been on travels to watch your favorite foreign acts. Which shows influenced your music as a whole? Bryce: The Laneway Festival (in Singapore), The Cure (in Hong Kong), and Broken Social Scene. Siopao: The Cure concert in Hong Kong definitely tops the list. It was an awesome experience to see one of our favorite artists together, not just as musicians, but also as friends just having a good time. It reminded us of the main reason we do what we do— to have fun with our music.

(ABOVE) The cover of TIME magazine’s January 31, 2011 issue where Taken By Cars was featured. (RIGHT) In the feature “Eastern Promise,” Taken By Cars was highlighted along with Asian bands from Jakarta, Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing.


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Maria Aragon:

Pint-Sized Ambassador In this digital age of realityTV celebrities and overnight YouTube sensations, one 11-yearold is using her voice to send the world a positive message. Just days after her arrival in the Philippines, Maria Aragon chatted with NYX MARTINEZ in an exclusive interview for Mabuhay Magazine. Clothes by ORANgE JuIcE Photos of Maria in the Philippines by MEl gATchAlIAN and courtesy of JhENg MARTINEZ-guIYAb

A lot of kids have access to the internet nowadays. What should they know about using it? You should always be aware of the content you’re putting up. You should know that what goes on the Internet, stays on the Internet.

What do you want to be when you grow up? What’s your dream? I wanna be in the music industry, but that’s what I wanna do now. It may change in the future. But music and singing is my passion and I want to learn more about it.

So do you have Internet rules at home? No, I think I’m pretty trustable!

When you finally write your own music, what are your songs going to be about? About different situations, and that we should always be thankful for what we have. A lot of songs now don’t have much meaning to them. They’re just repetitive. If I end up doing music, I wanna let the world know I was there. I want to make a mark on the world. I want to do something different.

Tell us how you got on YouTube. My sister filmed my video, then my dad and her thought of putting up the video on YouTube. How did you learn to sing and play the piano? I don’t know how I learned—I just sang and it happened. So it’s natural, you never took lessons? I only took lessons after I went on Good Morning America and they gave me piano lessons.

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What did you think the Philippines was like before you got here what were you picturing in your mind? That there would be a lot of Filipino people!

Last August 21, Maria joined the ANCOP Global Walk as its Philippine Ambassador. It was a fundraising event at Mall of Asia with the CFC ANCOP Tekton Foundation. The walk was held simultaneously in various major cities across the globe to provide education to underprivileged children.

After seeing Maria’s video, eccentric popstar Lady Gaga tweeted, “Can’t stop crying watching this. This is why I make music.” The two later performed together; Maria in Manila during this interview, and with her mom and siblings.

Tell us about other places in the world that you want to travel. I would want to go to a place, not just to visit, but to do something to help children. I would want to be a part of UNICEF. These past few interviews, before coming here, I hadn’t really talked about my view of the children in need. In the Philippines, it’s different and a lot of children are underprivileged. I kind of realized, I’m in the Philippines now!—And I should be doing something to help them. I heard you’re doing something for kids soon? It’s a walk called the ANCOP Global walk, in Mall of Asia. I’m gonna be walking and the money from that will go to poor children in need of education, we’re gonna help them out. You’re eleven years old now. If you could travel into the future and tell your 20-year-old self something, what would that be? For me, it would be, always stay grounded. And be thankful. I will never forget God and all my values. Most of all: be healthy, never get into bad stuff.


Maria Aragon is the youngest of four children born to Filipino parents Bienvenido and Mitchilin Aragon (from Laguna and Ormoc provinces), who migrated to Canada in 1997. Videos of Maria singing popular coversongs on YouTube caught the attention of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who notified popstar Lady Gaga, who later invited Maria to perform a duet with her in Toronto. Maria’s video went viral and was viewed over 38 million times. She

also sang for the UK’s Royal couple, met with Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and guested on “The Ellen DeGeneres show” and “Good Morning America”.

Join over 57,000 fans on her Facebook page, or Visit Maria Aragon for updates at


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Where Jack Listens

How do you distinguish a music lover from an audiophile? BLANCHE RIVERA-FERNANDEZ hears the answer in the ultimate listening room. Photos by NIL GUARDI The problem wiTh going To Jack Duavit’s basement is that you’ll never hear music the same way again—and that can be depressing. how do you simulate the pure, powerful sound produced by a USD500,000 system inside a $9,500 room? The former rizal congressman, a certified acoustician who now runs pure Sound (an audio systems integrator and dealer) built his north greenhills home around the listening room, a 22-year-old dream of a boy who grew up with musiclovers and audiophiles.

an audiophile, Jack says, is someone who enjoys listening to music as a primary activity, not as something that’s being done on the background, like in a car while stuck in traffic or in a bar while chatting with the girls. They set aside time just to listen. “a lot of people will say it’s about the music but it’s really not that true. music you can enjoy anywhere, but in any hobby, it’s the learning part that’s fun,” he says. it’s also not about having more money, Jack insists, but finding what works for you. of course, it doesn’t hurt if you have a lot of

disposable dough, because a listening room with a system as cutting-edge as Jack’s does not go for a song. The 80-square-meter basement refuge feels like a Vip lounge in las Vegas but it’s actually a very technical construction that serves as “proof of concept” for pure Sound’s clients. “all things here have a purpose,” Jack says as he shows us around the room. a lao lian ben painting hangs on the center not for its aesthetic value (although it is a pretty piece) but for its rough surface,

Crosshatched Wood Ceiling (broadband absorber and diffuser)

Wave Cloud (sound diffuser) Lao Lian Ben Painting False Walls with Rock Wool

Bass Traps

Wood Slats (sound absorber)

iMAC with 8,000 songs

Von Schweikert Audio VR-9 SE loudspeakers

Anti-vibration table

The listening room is the centerpiece of Jack Duavit’s house and the proof of concept for his audio business, Pure Sound.


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Threshold of hearing


Buzzing insect


Quiet office


Thomas Edison is credited as the inventor of the Phonograph (1877) and is said to have spoken the words “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to test the machine.

(LEFT) Jack Duavit puts a record– one of his 2,000–on the automatic record cleaning machine. (BELOW) The cutting-edge turntable, TW Acustic AC-3.


which diffracts sound. Behind it are two inches of fiber glass wall covering wooden slats covering four inches of rock wool. “Normally studios are all fabric; we went for other materials… It’s basically ray tracing. The higher frequencies tend to beam; the lower you go, they radiate in omni-fashion… it’s very geeky stuff,” Jack adds, as he tries to explain the technical aspects of the listening room. But really, who needs any explanation? The moment Katherine Jenkins’ voice floats with an orchestra in “Angel” followed by Josh Groban’s “The Prayer,” you’re gone, transported into a private concert where there is nothing but you and the music. Everything else fades so that you are aware of every last quiver of the violin. Even Jack almost doesn’t exist—until he stops the music to show you his collection of 2,000 records, 800 CDs and about


Normal conversation


Ringing phone

8,000 songs on his iMac. The records are cleaned by a fully automatic record-cleaning machine. His turntable, carefully placed on top of an anti-vibration surface, was assembled, with parts from Japan, Switzerland and Germany. The speakers alone, if bought on retail, would cost $90,000 (Jack insists he did not pay the retail price for his entire sound system, which, when converted, would be roughly about Php21.5 million). “I won’t ever be able to—okay, yes, I can afford it—but I’ll never be able to justify it,” he says of his private sound wonderland. Then again, this is where he spends an hour each night after putting the kids to bed, and Sunday afternoons with family, and one too many Friday nights with friends. “It gives me peace,” he says. And who says peace doesn’t come at a hefty price?

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The compact cassette was introduced by Philips in 1962. The Sony Walkman TPS-L2 was first launched in Japan in July 1979.

The birth of the Walkman coincided with the aerobics craze of the 1980s, allowing people to incorporate music into their workouts. 1979

In August 1982, the world’s first compact disc—made of polycarbonate plastic with a diameter of 4.7 inches—was produced in Germany by Philips. 1982


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LOS ANGELES—ThErE ArE A NumbEr Of ThiNGS ThAT delight moby, once the ultimate downtown New York musician, about his castle in the hollywood hills: the gatehouse turret, from which the original owner’s pet monkey screamed across the canyons when the house was built in 1920s; the lore, both rock ‘n’ roll and literary and decadent, that has the rolling Stones living here for a spell, Aldous huxley residing across the street and pornos shot around the pool; and the hidden room—a former tiki bar—that at one time had a fake grass ceiling and pictures of hawaiian dancing girls, which he cannot show you, because this house is so new to him that he can’t find the key. Not so long ago, moby, a musician and composer billboard once named “The King of Techno,” was the hippest of New York downtown guys, running a tea house/vegetarian cafe on his Lower East Side home turf, where he sometimes stopped in to wait tables, headlining at the bowery ballroom and going on about soy milk— well, he still talks about soy milk. but now, while he keeps a small apartment in Little italy, he has moved to Los Angeles, to a castle on 1.2 hectares with a stone wall, a Disney-esque gatehouse and a kidney-shaped pool.

Musician Moby at his newest home, once called the Wolf’s Lair, in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. The house, built in the 1920s, has sweeping views of the Hollywood Reservoir and the famous Hollywood sign. © 2011 Trevor Tondro/The New York Times Syndicate

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Called Wolf ’s Lair after its first owner, L. Milton Wolf, a real estate developer, it is a house with old Hollywood flourishes Norma Desmond would embrace. Moby paid just under USD4 million for the house last year and estimates put another $2 million into its restoration. For an alternative-music guy, Moby, 45, has been doing very well. He has sold 5 million albums and 2 million digital tracks, according to Nielsen SoundScan (his music has been used extensively in soundtracks and commercials), and he has a new album, Destroyed, a “broken-down electronic music for empty cities at 2 a.m.,” he says. If one were to tell a life story through the houses one has lived in, Moby’s would be particularly rich. A descendant of Herman Melville whose real name is Richard Melville Hall, he was born in Harlem, New York, when his father was a graduate student at Columbia. Moby and his mother moved into her prosperous family’s Connecticut home when his father, whom she was in the process of divorcing, died while driving drunk. His mother, who died of lung cancer 13 years ago, was a sometime secretary and devoted hippie, and in 1969, she took him to live in San Francisco. In 1986, he moved to Lower Manhattan, where he lived in a series of colorful dumps. There was the tiny twobedroom on Mott Street owned by a crack addict, and the apartment down the block in a building that had been a prison during the Civil War. As the money started rolling in, he started buying extravagant properties. In 2005, he bought four floors of an Upper West Side building, for $4.5 million, but got “really lonely” and sold the apartment a few years later, moving back downtown. In 2003, he bought a house overlooking the Hudson River in Kent Cliffs, about an hour north of Manhattan. “It wasn’t a home,” he says. He sold the house four years ago. Last year, looking at houses in the Hollywood Hills, he glanced across Beachwood Canyon and saw “this crazy shining castle.” The price had come down 50 percent. Moby went to see it and, as he put it, fell in love.. “I basically went through the house and found all the original details from the ‘20s and tried to renovate the house around all the original architectural elements,” he says, which meant getting rid of “everything from 1945 on.” The guest house remodeled by the Frank Lloyd Wright protege John Lautner in 1961 was, of course, exempt from this edict. Moby hired the Los Angeles architecture and design firm of Tim Barber to redo the roof, the kitchen, the plumbing and the wiring, and to replace all the windows and add three bathrooms to the main house. He also plans to turn the tiki barroom into an invitation-only magic theater. All he needs now, to go with the castle, is a lady.



1. The practice space inside the home of musician and composer Moby 2. Inside the guest house designed by architect John Lautner 3. The pool house. © 2011 Trevor Tondro/The New York Times Syndicate 68 M A B U H A Y



Portraits Unedited


She iS the frUit of a very prominent family tree, one whose forefathers were Damian Domingo (the first well-known filipino painter), roman ongpin (of old Manila’s Chinatown street), and Jose rizal, the country’s national hero. you wonder if it isn’t hard to get past the stock in which this artist was born and bred. “The striving was always there,” Mia ongpin herbosa says. “The achieving, the sense that our lineage was good. everywhere i went, everyone seemed to know my parents. i just wanted to be anonymous. Just me—no name, nothing. i think that’s why i left.” in 2000, Mia enrolled at the art Students’ League of New york, where she did find herself—painting with oils like the old masters and developing a fondness for still life and strong portraits. There’s nothing unique about her pictures—that is, until you look closer. Many of her portraits show the human form in an unedited version: bodies are fuller than in print or magazines; breasts seem less pert than we are accustomed to seeing on billboards. She smiles and explains: “What i try to paint is the real, the beautiful that is often bypassed. Whatever man made, God made more beautiful. There is a world out there that escapes our ordinary sense of it. and that is miraculous and wonderful. in that school, i learned tolerance. i realized that that even though we were all artists, we all saw things differently.” in 2000, Mia received the 70 M A B U H A Y


On painting still-life, Mia says, “One could be sitting in the studio for a whole week staring and observing the same flower, seeing it from just picked and in full bloom, to falling off its stem and decaying on the table. This shows me the flow of life, and the acceptance of all life gives, the circle and cycle involved in living it.”

prestigious edward G. McDowell Grant which enabled her to travel europe’s art capitals for a year and paint even more. Nearly a decade later, with her global perspective in focus, Mia finally returns to the Philippines, bringing with her the awards and accolades collected across continents over the years.

4 Let line, color, texture, balance and composition guide you to express what you have always wanted to but couldn’t in words.

To see more of Mia’s work, visit www. or go to L’Arc En Ciel Gallery in Ayala Alabang

5 Know the honor of painting the beauty of God’s creation.

Mia ’s Top 5 Tips for Starting Out: 1

Be positive when starting a painting.


Enjoy the process. There are no mistakes, only lessons learned.


You are your best teacher; be patient.


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N E W Y O R K—“I’m in love with all of them,” said

Louis Smith, 28, a lanky drummer from Williamsburg. Five minutes later, he had bought a dark blue 1968 Smith Corona Galaxie II for USD150. “It’s about permanence, not being able to hit delete,” he explained. “You have to have some conviction in your thoughts. And that’s my whole philosophy of typewriters.” Whether he knew it or not, Smith had joined a growing movement. Manual typewriters aren’t going gently into the good night of the digital era. The machines have been attracting fresh converts, many too young to be nostalgic for spooled ribbons, ink-smudged fingers and corrective fluid. And unlike the typists of yore, these folks aren’t clacking away in solitude. They’re fetishizing old Underwoods, Smith Coronas and Remingtons, recognizing them as well-designed, functional and beautiful machines, swapping them and showing them off to friends. At a series of events called “type-ins,” they’ve been gathering in bars and bookstores to flaunt a sort of post-digital 72 M A B U H A Y


style and gravitas, tapping out letters to send via snail mail and competing to see who can bang away the fastest. The subculture of revivalists includes Donna Brady, 35, and Brandi Kowalski, 33, of Brady & Kowalski Writing Machines, who sold the aforementioned Smith Corona Galaxie II one recent Saturday afternoon at the Brooklyn Flea, a market for crafts and antiques. “You type so much quicker than you can think on a computer,” Kowalski said. “On a typewriter, you have to think.” She and Brady began their vintage typewriter business last April. So far, they have refurbished and sold more than 70 machines, many to first-time users. Their slogan? “Unplug and reconnect.” And typists are reconnecting all over the place. On a December afternoon, about a dozen people hauled their typewriters to Bridgewater’s Pub in Philadelphia for the first in a series of type-ins. (“Like a jam session for people who like typewriters,” said Michael McGettigan, 56, a local bike shop

(FROM LEFT, OPPOSITE PAGE) Guests at the Brooklyn Flea, a market for crafts, antique and vintage typewriters in New York; Guests try vintage typewriters at Donna Brady and Brandi Kowalski’s booth; One of the many signages found in the Brooklyn Flea; The keys of one of the vintage typewriters for sale at a booth © 2011 Marcus Yam/The New York Times Syndicate

owner who came up with the idea. “You had unions do sit-ins and hippies do be-ins, so I thought, ‘We’ll do a type-in.”’) In the last three months, type-ins have clattered into cities from coast to coast and even overseas. Last February 12, more than 60 people turned up at a Snohomish, Wash., bookstore over the course of three hours for a type-in called Snohomish Unplugged. Type-ins have popped up in Seattle, Phoenix and Basel, Switzerland, where they called the event a “schreibmaschinenfest.” Brady and Kowalski are planning to hold a Brooklyn type-in at McCarren Park. Why celebrate the humble typewriter? Devotees have many reasons. For one, old typewriters are built like battleships. They survive countless indignities and welcome repairs, unlike laptops and smartphones, which become obsolete almost the moment they hit the market. “It’s kind of like saying, ‘In your face, Microsoft!”’ said Richard Polt, 46, a typewriter collector in Cincinnati. Polt teaches philosophy at Xavier University, where he’s given away about a dozen typewriters to colleagues and students. Another virtue is simplicity. Typewriters are good at only one thing: putting words on paper. “If I’m on a computer, there’s no way I can concentrate on just writing,” said Jon Roth, 23, a journalist who is writing a book on typewriters. “I’ll be checking my e-mail, my Twitter.” When he uses a typewriter, Roth said: “I can sit down and I know I’m writing. It sounds like I’m writing.”

And there’s something else about typewriters. In more than a dozen interviews, young typewriter aficionados raised a common theme. Though they grew up on computers, they enjoy prying at the seams of digital culture. Like urban beekeepers, hip knitters and other icons of the DIY renaissance, they appreciate tangibility, the object-ness of things. That doesn’t make them Luddites. For many younger typewriter users, the old technology rests comfortably beside the new. Matt Cidoni, 16, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, keeps a picture of his favorite machine, a Royal No. 10, on his iTouch so he can show it off to friends. Online, he is a proud member of the “typosphere,” a global community of typewriter geeks. Like many of them, he enjoys “typecasting,” or tapping out typewritten messages, which he scans and posts to his website, Adventures in Typewriterdom. One of his favorite typecasting blogs, Strikethru, is run by a Microsoft employee. In Cidoni’s world view, there’s nothing technologically inconsistent about such things. “Don’t get me wrong,” Cidoni said. “I’ve got an iTouch. I’ve got a cellphone, obviously. I’ve got a computer.” He also owns about 10 typewriters, which he uses for homework and letter writing at—get this—speeds of up to 90 words a minute. “I love the tactile feedback, the sound, the feel of the keys underneath your fingers,” Cidoni said. WWW.PHILIPPINEAIRLINES.COM

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P e d a l a

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

BLANCHE RIVERA-FERNANDEZ receives a parcel from Pedala and discovers the city’s most eco-friendly and efficient courier service. You’ll never guess he’s an IT consulTanT aT accenture, but you’ll never doubt he’s a delivery boy. all geared up on a Monday, choy calunsod is one of the part-time messengers working for Pedala, a bike messenger service making the rounds of Metro Manila. Born to address the perennially rising cost of fuel and to cut down on pollution, Pedala is both a business and an advocacy of production stylist/designer candy reyes, an avid mountaineer and cyclist. The idea was inspired by the biker courier services in new York and london candy has become familiar with. Pedala has a roster of 15 bikers (four of whom are regulars) plus a dispatcher, who coordinates the delivery assignments from candy’s home in loyola grand villas, Quezon city. Pedala services Quezon city, Makati, Pasig, san Juan, Mandaluyong, Manila, the Fort in Taguig, Marikina, and Pasay.

Part-time bike messenger Choy Calunsod delivers a CD he picked up in Manila to an office in Ortigas. Photo by Michelle Ayuyao

“The essence of a good business is to have an advocacy that is in practice. The business informs and enriches the advocacy,” candy says. Pedala’s yellow cycling shirt-clad messengers are totally green. on the average, the riders cover 300 km of road daily, about the same distance from Manila to Baguio. This saves about three car tanks’ worth of fuel in a day. unlike some regular courier services, Pedala can assure same-day deliveries or even rush deliveries (the parcel can be at your doorstep within an hour or two). This is because bikes, unlike vans or cars, can easily maneuver through traffic and use Metro Manila’s side streets. Pedala’s biggest clients are the online retailers who want quick and cost-effective ways to send their merchandise to their customers. Flowers on valentines are a big thing, too; so are cDs, documents and things left at home (mostly wallets and mobile phones). The parcels are all insured. “I love cycling, and I thought, why not try this? at least with Pedala, my cycling has a purpose—I need to deliver something to someone,” says choy, one of candy’s friends and recruits. Plus, he gets to take home 60 percent of the fee. not big for a corporate yuppie, but not bad for the environment. To inquire about Pedala’s delivery schedules and fees, call (+63920) 698 777 or email Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You can also find Pedala on Facebook.



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The first time bike couriers are used by the Paris Stock Exchange


Western Union starts using bike couriers in New York and other urban centers


Carl Sparks founds Sparkies, a popular bike courier service after World War II. It eventually becomes CitySprint.


Illustration by Carla Villanueva


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; Call (+632) 928 2558. Visit ph. Email

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The First Guava

In the days of old, there lived a very selfish king. He lived in a splendid place surrounded by a big garden planted to different fruit-bearing trees. But because he was selfish, he did not want anybody to pick and eat any of the fruits in his garden. He’d rather see them rot on the tree than give them away. It was the king’s habit to cool himself on the balcony of his palace. Once when he saw birds eating the ripe fruits in his garden, he immediately ordered his soldiers to drive them away. The soldiers reluctantly obeyed their king. They would have allowed the birds to eat the fruits because they knew that birds were helpful to men. One afternoon, the king was gaily taking a walk in his garden. He was happily looking up at the trees with their branches laden with fruits. He was even humming a tune as he came under a coconut tree. Suddenly, “tok!”—a coconut fell and hit him on the head. The king fell down dead. His selfishness killed him. When he didn’t show up at the palace, his soldiers looked for him. They found his body picked at by birds. The slaves buried the king on the same spot in which he fell. A few days later, a plant grew on the king’s grave. Great was the amazement of the soldiers when the tree bore fruits with a crown on it–like the king’s crown. They therefore, believed that the tree was their dead king. And this belief was confirmed when they saw that the birds loved to feed on its ripe fruits. This tree is what we now call the guava tree.


TheLighter Side

(ABOVE) Sketches of Robert Alejandro inspired by Scott Schumann’s book The Sartorialist. (RIGHT) Alejandro’s studio, RAW, in New Manila

Neat Home Alabama

Photo by Anika Ventura

A private-house-turned-public-hangout, 10a Alabama is a place for the indie-inclined. Try to guess the past life of furniture pieces in the Resurrection furniture collection of Architect Leah Sanchez and interior designer Binggoy de Ocampo. Step into RAW, the studio of “the sketching backpacker,” Robert Alejandro, for an intimate selection of his artwork. Chow down at the Hausbesetzer Laboratory as Jetro Rafael of Van Gogh is Bipolar serves meals in a setting reminiscent of chemistry class. Outside by the garden are art fairs where Harry Potter wands are sold and Tim Burton movie nights take place. On September 3 and 4, swing by the arts and crafts fair for independent artists’ works. 10a Alabama is located at 10A Alabama St., New Manila, Quezon City. For inquiries, call (+63917) 834 8395 or email 78 M A B U H A Y


the liGhter side

Wooden This Be Nice


Put some twist in photos and artwork by having them printed on wood at Wooden Canvas. Intended for outdoor use, the prints can withstand direct sunlight and are even waterproof—if you tire of hanging them up, they can double as coasters or placemats. Prints start at Php400; prices vary depending on size of print.

Green WeddinG: PlanninG Your ecoFriendlY celebration

Mireya Navarro Stewart, Tabori & Chang Php1,750 (US$41)

Wooden Canvas is located at Cubao Expo, General Araneta Avenue Center, Quezon City. It’s open on Wed.-Thurs. (4 p.m.-9 p.m.), Fri.-Sat. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.), and Sun. (3 p.m.-7 p.m.). For inquiries, email wooden.canvas@ or visit

PotterMore The teaser website which J.K. Rowling announced will have fan interaction, e-books, and 18,000 words of unreleased material for Harry Potter fans. Launches in October

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Get tips on planning and “greening” the wedding of your dreams from reallife couples who requested guests to wrap gifts in newspapers and ditched the party favors for a donation to a worthy cause. Other brides who went “totally green” by wearing a recycled wedding dress. Yes, there may be many sacrifices you aren’t willing to make just yet, but it’s nice to learn how you can strike a balance between having a wedding that will celebrate your union and living your commitment to the environment. - Kim Ventura

inside Wikileaks: MY tiMe With Julian assanGe at the World’s Most danGerous Website Daniel Domscheit-Berg Crown Publishers Php599 (US$14)


Browse through photos of bakers, chefs and farmers as photographer Todd Selby of the widely followed blog The Selby shifts to covering the food scene.

buY-oloGY: truth and lies about WhY We buY


Martin Lindstrom Broadway Books Php579 (US$14)

For those who know the horror of coordinating a group trip, this website provides a venue for organizing details like flight schedules, individual tasks, trip expenses and daily itineraries.

Gone GooGle Type in the name of your company and its number of employees and get concrete examples on how your company can benefit from “going Google.”

Pacquiao: WinninG in & out oF the rinG Jose Gamboa Php480 (US$11)

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The Big, Bold Cookbook

So basically, there’s this chef/tech visionary Nathan

Myhrvold, who, along with a team of 36 researchers, chefs and editors, sought to address the lack of a reference book for modernist cuisine, also known as “molecular gastronomy.” The thing with these overachievers is they had to go all the way—ending up with six volumes and around 1,500 recipes. The information here is obsessively thorough and the visuals mind-blowing, thus costing USD625 (around USD460 online). Though the use of the cookbook’s contents for regular home cooks is questionable, Chef David Chang distinguishes it as “the cookbook to end all cookbooks.” For more information, visit

Greetings, Subspace Coffeehouse Workers of Ortigas Center take note. You finally have an alternative to the generic coffee shop with the arrival of the Subspace Coffeehouse. Partly Seoul-inspired, the cafe is dotted with posters and prints from Seoul, which was declared a UNESCO Creative City for Design. Surroundings also take an industrial theme with prominent pipes and an unpainted wall. But don’t just come to browse, try menu standouts like Sweet Purple Potato Latte (Php125/USD3) or Peanut Butter Latte (Php130/USD3). Subspace Coffeehouse is located at 103 G/F Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It’s open from Mon-Sat, 8 a.m.11 p.m. For inquiries, call (+632) 655 7077 or email Find it on Facebook.

Photos by Mao Panganiban and George Ramos


LA SERA La Sera Hardly Art


Viewfinder Dreams

More than a decade ago, nobody would’ve believed it if anyone said that synthesizers would become cool in rock again. These days, almost every indie act rocks one, and local trio Paranoid City utilizes it to the fore. Their debut, Viewfinder Dreams, is filled with lush, upbeat tracks like “Hello Strange,” “Here We Are, Here We Go,” and the transcendent “Scenes And Yesterdays,” making it appeal to those nostalgic for new wave-y sounds, as well as younger fans seeking melodic, infectious dance-rock. - Jason Caballa


Art. Music. Culture. Environment. Worthy causes. Anything fun. We’re looking to cover them. E-mail us at lighterside@ mabuhaymagazine. com

Available at the band’s shows. Check out for details.


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The Vanishing Maiko May 2010

Once trained to become royal concubines and courtesans, the geisha have reinvented themselves as artists. Starting their schooling as early as five years old, these women are taught to prepare tea ceremonies, arrange flowers, sing, dance and recite poetry. When they reach the stage of maiko (geisha apprentice), they are made to appear in public with coiffed hair, in the traditional Japanese silk kimono and wooden slippers called okobo. Though the geisha are known as entertainers, they remain to be mysterious creatures outside the confines of their hanamichi (geisha district). A private engagement with the geisha, which includes a tour of the hanamachi, light dinner and entertainment, will cost an average of USD500/hour per person. On a trip to Kyoto, JUStin De JeSUS caught sight of this maiko whose iconic image stood out in stark contrast to the street’s harajuku fashion. He was quick enough to pull out his nikon D90 with tamron 17-50 lens before the fleeting vision disappeared. To see more of Justin de Jesus’ photos, visit


Give us your best shot Mabuhay Magazine is accepting high-resolution (at least 300 ppi) digital images of interesting people, places and things from around the world. You may email your photos to

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ASIA'S FIRST AIRLINE Philippine Airlines—Asia’s first airline—is the flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines and pioneer domestic airline of the country, with a 70-year history that is steeped in tradition and modernity. PAL first took to the skies on March 15, 1941 with a small twin-engine Beech Model 18 airplane, flying 212 kilometers from Manila to Baguio City, carrying a full load of five passengers. Upon the outbreak of World War II in December 1941, the PAL airplanes were commandeered by the military and eventually destroyed in combat. Post-war operations resumed February 14, 1946 with five ex-military Douglas DC-3s. In July, 1946, PAL chartered DC-4s to carry American servicemen home to Oakland, California, making PAL the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific. In May 1947, PAL also became the first Asian carrier to fly to Europe by opening regular service to Madrid. This was followed by rapid expansion of services to Asia and the Middle East in the next two decades. By the 1970’s PAL international route network covered two-thirds of the world. PAL keeps in step with advancements in aircraft technology, acquiring the latest aircraft type suited to market demands and local aviation conditions. From DC-3s that serve as a workhorse in the 1940’s and 1950’s, Vicker Viscount turboprops and Fokker F-27s were added to the fleet in the 1960’s. After the BAC1-11 jets were introduced in the 1970’s, the McDonnel Douglas DC-10—PAL’s first wide-body aircraft—went into

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

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





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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!

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 infant’s food and carrying basket.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

T A K E - O F F / L A ND 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.

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

S E A T B E L T S It is Philippine Airlines’ safety requirement that passengers must fasten their seatbelts for the entire duration of the flight even when the seat belt sign is off. When a passenger is asleep, the seat belt must be fastened over the blanket for easy inspection by the cabin crew. 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.

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.

E L E C T R O N I C EQ 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 write to Philippine Airlines.

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 Air Transportation Office, 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 passengers tune in to the Tranquil Traveler channel of our Flights of Fancy inflight radio program to keep them relaxed during the flight.

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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


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

P H I L I P P I N E S AT A GLANCE Stretching 1,839 kms. north-to-south off the southeast coast of Asia, the Republic of the Philippines has a total land area of 300,000 sq. kms. Its 7,107 islands comprise one of the largest island groups in the world. About 92 million Filipinos make up the population, 55% of whom occupy the largest island of Luzon. Filipinos comprise 111 cultural and linguistic groups of Malayo-Polynesian origin, with varying degrees of Chinese, Spanish and American influences. Majority are Roman Catholics, though a significant number are Protestants and Moslems. The Philippines is the world’s third largest Englishspeaking country after the United States and the United Kingdom. Filipino is the national language; English is used for commercial and legal transactions. Literacy rate is a high 94%. C L I M A T E The Philippines is a tropical country with an average temperature of 32°C (89.6°F). March to June are hot and dry (36°C); rains and typhoons abound from July to October; November to February are pleasantly cool (around 23°C) and dry. In mountainous regions, temperatures dip to about 15°C. Light casual clothing is recommended for daily wear and Barong Tagalog or coat-and-tie for business and formal functions.

NIGHTLIFE Metropolitan Manila is considered a pleasure-seeker’s paradise,

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

bargains if you know what to look for and where.

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

In Manila, Codeshare Flights operated by PAL’s other Airline Partners arrive/depart at NAIA1. For details on Codeshare Flights, please refer to the PAL Flight Facts and Flight Schedule on pages 89 and 90. When traveling on any of PAL’s Codeshare Flights, Mabuhay Miles members enjoy certain privileges. For specific Mabuhay Miles privileges per Airline Partner, especially on baggage allowance and lounge access, please contact the Mabuhay Miles Service Center at (632) 817 8000. Mabuhay Miles members can redeem travel awards on PAL operated sectors only. The privileges listed in the table shown are applicable provided ticket sales and reservations are under PAL’s seat allocation (ticket should reflect “PR” in the carrier designation box) and upon presentation of the Mabuhay Miles membership card.















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

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

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 Service representatives of your request. Seat confirmation will be done at the airport to comply with the Philippine Civil Air Regulations. Fees are collected upon check in and may vary per destination.

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

EXPRESS CH E C K - I N C O U N T E R S Senior Citizens traveling with up to two (2) traveling companions and passengers with NO CHECK-IN BAGGAGE on PAL flights departing from Manila or Mactan may avail of the express check-in service at designated counters. For more information on restrictions and check-in procedure, log on to

T R A V E L I N G W I T H I N F A N T S Infants at least 16 days old may be accepted for travel.

AIRPORT LOU N G E 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 before boarding their flight. In other International Stations, PAL has contracted the services of airport lounge operators to offer the same amenities to said passengers.

Philippine Airlines reserves the right to decline bassinet requests without prior reservation. These bassinets are limited in number as they can only be attached to certain seats on the plane and are available only for flights with a flying time of 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. mobi gives flyers the more flexibility and convenience. With web-enabled mobile phone, Blackberry or PDA, passengers can check the latest arrival and departure times, check flight schedules, track Mabuhay Miles mileage, and know more about our latest news and promos. Important advisories, travel essentials, contact information and a lot more can also be accessed. For more information on how to access the PAL Mobile site, check our FAQ at http://www.philippineairlines. com/faq/pal_mobile. Normal browsing charges apply. Please contact mobile carrier for details. N E E D T O RECONFIRM Reconfirmation is not required for all Philippine Airlines flights. However we recommend that when making reservations, passengers provide telephone numbers at every stopover in their itinerary. This will allow us to call and advise them of any changes in their flight. AIRPORT


Philippine Airlines offers the

AIRPORT TRA N S F E R S E R V I C E I N M A N I L A For passengers connecting from a Philippine Airlines flight at the NAIA Centennial Terminal 2, to a code share flight operated by any of its Airline Partners at NAIA Terminal 1 (and vice versa), a complimentary transfer service is available. This service is subject to certain conditions and qualifications. For more information, please inquire with any of our Transfer service staff at the arrival area. CHOICE ECO N O M Y S E A T S U R C H A R G E Feeling cramped-up sitting with limited legroom when traveling on economy class? We are pleased to announce that for a

Passengers requiring the use of baby bassinets should book their flights and make the necessary reservations at least 24 hours before the date of departure. We follow One-Infant-PerAdult Policy.

Infants who turn two at the time of travel shall be required to occupy seats for safety reasons. FR E E BA G G A G E AL L O W A N C E O F IN F A N T S O N U S , GU A M A N D C A N A D A FL I G H T S An infant paying at least 10 percent of the adult fare is entitled to one piece of checked baggage weighing 7 kg (15 lbs) and whose dimensions do not exceed 45 inches. The passenger is also entitled to one fully collapsible child’s stroller or pushchair. FR E E BA G G A G E A L L O W A N C E O F IN F A N T S O N N O N- U S , GU A M A N D CA N A D A FL I G H 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 child’s stroller or pushchair.

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

FLIGHT TRANSFERS IN MANILA Philippine Airlines offers worry-free transit procedures for passengers coming from an international flight with an immediate connection to a PAL domestic flight. Upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Centennial Terminal 2 in Manila, all passengers have to do is clear with immigration, claim their baggage from the carousel, and proceed to the Special Customs Examination Counter for baggage clearance. They must then return the baggage to the carousel to ensure its loading on the domestic flight. If passengers onboard a PAL flight from the U.S.A., Canada or Narita are connecting to Cebu or Davao, they can proceed directly to the PAL Domestic Terminal at NAIA 2 after clearing Immigration. Baggage no longer has to be cleared in Manila, as the appointed Customs personnel in Cebu or Davao will take care of your baggage clearance. If passengers do not have their boarding passes for domestic flights, they may proceed to the PAL Transfer Desk at the Arrival Area for assistance. Passengers may take the escalator or elevator located at the Arrival Lobby to go to the PAL Domestic Terminal. Airport Terminal Fees: Php550 for international departure and Php200 for local departure (paid in Philippine pesos only). 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. 4. Proceed to the assigned gate for your connecting flight.

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


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

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



Abu Dhabi Bahrain

4,352 4,580

9:00 9:58

Bangkok Busan

1,368 1,515

3:15 3:45




Doha Dubai

4,528 4,294

8:15 8:45

Fukuoka Guam Ho Chi Minh Hong Kong Honolulu Jakarta

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

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

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



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

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

1:55 16:15


12:05 2:40 12:30

Macau Melbourne Osaka Nagoya San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

731 1,879 6,560

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






Bacolod Busuanga Butuan

298 489

1:10 1:05 1:30

Cagayan de Oro












Cotabato Davao

552 597

1:30 1:45

Dipolog Dumaguete

438 390

1:30 1:15

General Santos









Laoag Legazpi Naga Ozamiz

257 250

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

Puerto Princesa Roxas San Jose

364 311

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


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

1,060 617 1,634

2:40 1:45 5:00

Tacloban Tagbilaran

352 387

1:10 1:10

Tuguegarao Zamboanga


1:00 1:30

4:25 4:40


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

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

ReseRvations, touR Packages, Mabuhay Miles and Flight i nFoRMation

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

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


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


0082-1544-1717 (813) 3593-2421

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

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

For more information, visit


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LUZON Manila - Laoag Q Q Q Q Q Laoag - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Legazpi Q Q Q Q Q Legazpi - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Puerto Princesa 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Puerto Princesa - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q VISAYAS Manila - Bacolod 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Bacolod - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Cebu 6Q 7Q 6Q 8Q 8Q Cebu - Manila 6Q 6Q 7Q 8Q 8Q Manila - Dumaguete 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Dumaguete - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Manila - Iloilo 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Iloilo - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Kalibo 4Q 3Q 3Q 2Q 2Q Kalibo - Manila 4Q 3Q 4Q 2Q 2Q Manila - Roxas Q Q Q Q Q Roxas - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Tacloban 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Tacloban - Manila 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q 3Q Manila - Tagbilaran 3Q 2Q 3Q 2Q 2Q Tagbilaran - Manila 3Q 2Q 3Q 2Q 2Q MINDANAO Manila - Butuan Q Q Q Q Q Butuan - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Cagayan de Oro 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Cagayan de Oro - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Cotabato Q Q Q Q Q Cotabato - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Davao 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Davao - Manila 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q Manila - Dipolog Q Q Q Dipolog - Manila Q Q Q Manila - Gen. Santos Q Q Q Q Q Gen. Santos - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Ozamiz Q Q Q Q Ozamiz - Manila Q Q Q Q Manila - Zamboanga 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Zamboanga - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q LUZON L E G E N D Q Code Share with airphil expreSS Manila - Busuanga 2Q Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Busuanga - Manila 2Q Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Busuanga - Puerto Princesa Q Puerto Princesa - Busuanga Q Manila - Naga 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Naga - Manila 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Manila - Masbate Q Q Q Q Q Masbate - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - San Jose Q Q Q San Jose - Manila Q Q Q Manila - Tuguegarao Q Q Q Q Q Tuguegarao - Manila Q Q Q Q Q VISAYAS Manila - Calbayog Q Q Calbayog - Manila Q Q Manila - Catarman Q Q Q Q Q Catarman - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Manila - Caticlan 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q Caticlan - Manila 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q 10 Q Cebu - Bacolod 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Bacolod - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Cagayan de Oro 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cagayan de Oro - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Catarman Q Q Catarman - Cebu Q Q Cebu - Caticlan Q Q Q Q Q Caticlan - Cebu Q Q Q Q Q Cebu - Iloilo 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Iloilo - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Surigao Q Q Q Surigao - Cebu Q Q Q Cebu - Tacloban 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Tacloban - Cebu 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q 2Q Cebu - Zamboanga Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Cebu Q Q Q Q Q MINDANAO Cagayan De Oro - Davao Q Q Q Q Q Davao - Cagayan De Oro Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Cagayan Q Q Q Cagayan - Zamboanga Q Q Q Manila - Surigao Q Q Q Q Q Surigao - Manila Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Davao Q Q Q Q Q Davao - Zamboanga Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Tawi-Tawi Q Q Q Q Q Tawi-Tawi - Zamboanga Q Q Q Q Q Zamboanga - Jolo Q Q Jolo - Zamboanga Q Q Flight schedules printed in these pages are correct and current at time of printing.

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Johnny Depp returns as the comedic buccaneer, Captain Jack Sparrrow. This time around he’s accompanied by the lovely Penelope Cruz. Turn to page 98 for more movie information, or page106 for movie schedules.

Jack Sparrow appears in search of yet another adventure. Together with a former flame, a gang of pirates ,and zombified men, Sparrow leads the troupe in search of the mystical Fountain of Youth. Along the way he encounters mermaid vixens, the infamous pirate Blackbeard, and another ship hot on the trail to the fountain. Will Jack and his men be able to find the X that marks the spot? After sailing through the high seas with Jack and his motley crew, flip your page over to this month’s selection of music. You’re in for a sound trip that will have you going GAGA, and will leave you simply GLEEful.

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Stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie Director Jennifer Yuh Animation 90 mins Rated PG

Stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates Director Woody Allen Comedy 100 mins Rated PG-13

Stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane Director Rob Marshall Adventure 130 mins Rated PG-13



Po’s awesome new life as a warrior protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow fighters the Furious Five is threatened when a new enemy plans to conquer China and destroy kung fu.

This comedy follows a young couple who may not be best suited to each other. As confused writer Tom wanders the streets at night, he is transported back in time to the city’s cultural peak.

阿宝成为了保护和平谷的神龙战士,并与他的 朋友和 盖世武侠的战友展开崭新的新生活。 然而好 景不常在,出现了一个计划征服中国 、毁灭功夫的新强大敌人。

这个喜剧关于一对不是天作之合的年轻夫妇 。当疑惑的作家汤姆半夜在街上闲逛时,他 穿越到了这个城市的文明顶峰时期。

友人であり仲間の戦士でもある「マスターファイ ブ」と共に平和の谷を守る戦士としての新 生活 を満喫していたポーの前に、新たな強敵が現れ る。中国を征服しカンフーを滅ぼそうと する敵の 企みによってポーの生活は脅かされる。 친구들과 무적의 5인방과 함께 평화의 계곡을 보호하는 용의 전사가 된 포의 새롭고 신나는 삶은 새로운 적이 중국을 정복하고 쿵푸를 말살하려는 계획을 새우며 위협을 받게 된다.

このコメディは、かならずしもベストマッチとはい えない若いカップルの姿を追う。途方にくれて夜 の街をさまよっていた作家のトムは、パリの街で 最も文化が栄えていた時代にタイムトリップして しまう。 서로에게 가장 맞는 짝은 아닌 듯한 한 커플에 대한 로맨틱 코미디. 복잡한 마음의 톰은 밤에 거리를 거닐다 파리가 문화적으로 전성기를 누리던 시대로 가게 된다.

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Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway Director Carlos Saldanha Animation 96 mins Rated G

When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past, he’s not sure if it’s love or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.

When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.

当杰克与他曾经的女人邂逅时,他迟疑着, 这或许是爱,或者她只是一个无情的骗子, 利用他找到传说中的青春之泉.

当一只来自明尼苏达州小镇的驯养的金刚鹦鹉 -布鲁,遇到了猛烈而独立的朱厄尔,他和他 的梦中小鸟一起踏上了去里约热内卢的冒险之 旅。

ジャックの前にかつての恋人が現れたが、ジャッ クには、彼女が自分を愛しているのか、それとも 、伝説の生命の泉を見つけるために自分を情け 容赦なく利用するいかさま師なのか、さだかでは ない。 잭은 과거의 여인과 항해에 나서지만, 그녀가 사랑인지, 젊음의 샘을 찾기 위해 냉정한 사기꾼인지 알 수가 없다.

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ミネソタの小さな町でペットとして飼いならされて いたコンゴウインコのブルーは、独立心の旺盛 なジュエルに出会い、この彼の理想の鳥ととも にリオ・ジャネイロへと冒険の旅に出る。 미네소타의 작은 마을의 마코앵무새 블루가 지독하게 독립적인 쥬엘을 만나며, 꿈에 그리던 그녀와 함께 리오 데 자네이로로 모험을 나선다.

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Stars Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen Director Daniel Barnz Drama 86 mins Rated PG-13 L

Stars Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon Director David Bowers Comedy 100 mins Rated PG


Stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson Director Justin Lin Action 130 mins Rated PG-13 L

In this 21st century update of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast, cruel and spiteful rich kid Kyle Kingston is transformed into a hideous monster by a vengeful classmate. 此片是经典童话故事《美女与野兽 》的21世纪版本。一名残忍、恶毒 的富家子凯尔遭到一名心 存报复的 同学下毒咒,变成一只外貌吓人的 怪物。 おとぎ話の古典「美女と野獣」の21世 紀バージョン。冷酷で悪意に満ちた金 持ちの 子、カイル・キングストンは、 復讐心に燃えるクラスメートによって おそろしい野 獣に変身させられてしま う。 21세기 고전 미녀와 야수의 업데이트 버전. 심술 궂고 잔인한 카일은 복수심에 찬 친구에 의해 끔찍한 괴물로 변해버린다.

As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother—and chief tormentor— Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond. 七年级生格雷格与身为他头号折磨 者的哥哥必须应对他们父母亲试图 重建他们俩的亲情关系。 7年生になったグレッグとグレッグの兄 でいじめっこの親分であるロドリックは 、二 人を仲良くさせようという両親の 的外れな試みに立ち向かわなければ ならない。 7학년을 시작하며, 그렉과 그의 주요 고문관인 형, 그리고 로드릭은 그들을 맺어 놓은 하는 부모님의 잘못된 시도를 처리해야만 한다.

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Stars Russell Brand, Elizabeth Perkins, James Marsden Director Tim Hill Animation 95 mins Rated PG


Stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman Director Dennis Dugan Comedy 116 mins Rated PG-13 L

Former cop Brian O’Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. When backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.

After shirking his egg delivering responsibilities, E.B., the Easter Bunny’s son, hops off to Hollywood where he shacks up with slacker Fred and pursues his dream of becoming a rock ‘n’ roll drummer.

前任警探布莱恩与前罪犯唐老大為 了逃避追緝逃亡到了里约热内卢。 他们为了换取自由的生活,决 定策 划了一场惊人的 抢劫案。

复活节兔子的儿子-伊比逃避接管 递送复活节蛋的重任,毅然逃往好 莱坞追寻鼓手的梦想。他在 那里 邂逅了生性懒惰的佛瑞德,并与他 展开了同居生活。

元警察官のブライアン・オコーナーは 、法を向こうにして、前科者のドム・ト レットとコン ビを組む。リオ・デ・ジャネ イロで窮地に立たされた二人は、自由 を取り戻すために最後の 大仕事をす るハメになる。 전직 경찰 브라이언 오코너는 감옥에 갇혀있던 돔 토레토를 탈옥시켜 리오 데 자네이로로 향하고, 자유를 얻기 위한 최후의 일전을 맞이한다.

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イースターバニーの息子、イービーは 子供たちにキャンディを届けるという 務めを ほったらかしにし、ハリウッド へと向かう。そして、やはり務めを逃 れたフレッド と共同生活を始め、ロッ クンロール・ドラマ―になるという夢を 追う。 알을 배달해야 하는 임무를 게을리 한 후, 부활절 토끼의 아들 E.B는 헐리우드로 떠나 엉뚱하고 사고만 치고 다니는 프레드와 만나 락앤롤 드러머가 되는 자신의 꿈을 쫓는다.

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Plastic surgeon Danny ropes in his assistant Katherine to pose as his soon-to-be exwife in order to cover up a lie he told to his girlfriend. But as more lies backfire, things get more complicated. 、为了掩饰向女朋友所撒的谎言, 整形医生丹尼拜托其助手凯萨琳伪 装成他那即将离婚的元配。然而, 事与愿违,整个事件变得更加复杂 。 整形外科医ダニーは、ガールフレンド についた嘘を取り繕うためにアシスタ ントのキャサリンを離婚間近の妻であ ると偽るが、嘘をつけばつくほど事は 複雑になっていく。 성 형 외 과 의 사 대 니 는 여자친구에게 한 거짓말이 들통나지 않도록 조수 캐서린에게 곧 이혼할 부인역할을 요청한다. 하지만 더 많은 거짓말들이 생겨나고 일은 더 꼬여만 간다.

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Stars Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish Director Neil Burger Thriller 105 mins Rated PG-13 L


Stars Christine Elise, Aimee Teegarden, Nicholas Braun Director Joe Nussbaum Comedy 103 mins Rated PG


Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga Director Duncan Jones Thriller 93 mins Rated PG-13


Struggling writer Eddie Morra’s life is transformed when a friend introduces him to NZT - a top-secret “smart drug” that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. 处于低潮期的作家艾迪在朋友推荐下 取得了一种新开发的秘密药物NZT。 此药物能激发他的所 有潜能,让他 成了万事通。 苦境にある作家、エディー・モラの生 活は、友人がすすめたNZT―頭脳を 100%最大 限に働かさせて、完璧な 自分自身に変わることができる極秘の 「頭が良くなる薬」 を得たことで一変す る。 변변치 않은 작가 에디 모라의 삶은 친구의 소개로 두뇌를 100% 사용할 수 있게 해 주는 NZT, “슈퍼 약”을 얻으며 바뀌기 시작한다.

Stars Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Elle Fanning Director J.J. Abrams Adventure 112 mins Rated PG-13 V

Everybody remembers their prom night, and every prom is memorable. This engaging comedy explores several intersecting stories at one high school as the big dance approaches. 每个人都会记得他们的毕业舞会 ,皆因每个舞会都是令人难忘的 。此喜剧叙述一间中学的高中 生 蓄势待发,要在毕业舞会中大显 身手,同时也展开了爱情追逐战 。 卒業パーティ、プロムの夜のことはだ れもが覚えている。誰にとってもプロ ムは記 念すべきものなのだ。この愉 快なコメディでは、プロムを前にしたあ るハイスク ールでの交錯する出来事 の数々を描く。 모든 사람들은 자신의 프람 나이트를 기억하며, 모든 프람은 특별하다. 이 매력적인 코메디는 고등학교의 댄스 파티와 흥미로운 이야기들을 엮어나간다.

Captain Colter Stevens wakes to find himself on a commuter train heading into Chicago. Although the other passengers all seem to know him, he has absolutely no idea where or even who he is. 柯特史蒂文斯上尉在前往芝加哥 的列车上惊醒。虽然列车上的其 他乘客们似乎都认识他,但却不 知自己身在此处或自己的身份。 コルター・スティーブンス大尉は、シカ ゴに向かう通勤電車の中で目を覚ま す。他の乗客はみんな彼のことを知っ ているようであったが、彼自身は、自 分がどこにいるのか、自分が誰である のかすら、まったくわからない。 대위 콜터 스티븐은 일어나 컴퓨터 훈련을 받으러 시카고로 향한다. 다른 모든 승객들은 그를 알고 있는 듯 하지만, 콜터는 그들이 누구이며, 자신이 어디에 있는 지조차 알지 못한다는 것을 깨닫게 된다.


Stars Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson Director Francis Lawrence Drama 120 mins Rated PG-13 L

In 1979, a group of friends making a movie with their Super 8 camera witness a catastrophic train crash. Shortly after, their town is plagued by strange events and disappearances.

Devastated by the sudden death of his parents, veterinary student Jacob abandons his studies and joins the circus, where he finds himself starting to fall for Marlena, the married star of the show.

1979年,一群用超级8照相机拍摄 电影的人,见证了一场灾难性的 火车撞击事件。不久后,他们的 小镇就被怪事和失踪所侵扰着。

兽医专业的大学生雅各布因父母车祸 殒命而远走他乡,意外地上了一列马 戏团的火车,在那儿他爱 上了驯兽 师奥古斯特的妻子玛莲娜。

1979年、8ミリカメラで映画を撮ってい た少年たちが、列車の衝突事故を目 撃。その直後から、町は奇妙な出来事 と失踪事件に見舞われる。

獣医師を志すジェイコブは、両親の突 然の死にショックを受け、学業を投げ 出してサーカス に身を投じる。そこで ジェイコブは、サーカスのスターですで に夫を持つマーリーナに想い を寄せ 始めている自分に気づく。

1979년 슈퍼 에이트 카메라로 영화를 만들던 아이들은 끔찍한 기차사고를 목격한다. 곧 그들의 마을에서는 알 수 없는 사건들이 일어나고 사람들이 사라지기 시작한다.

부모의 갑작스러운 죽음으로 모든 것을 잃은 수의학과 학생 제이콥은 공부를 포기하고 서커스단에 합류하며, 서커스단의 스타이자 단장의 아내인 말레나에게 빠져들게 된다.

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

ARTHuR Rated PG-13 Stars Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner Director Jason Winer

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

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

HALL PASS Rated R Stars Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis Director Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

HomE ALoNE Rated PG Stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern Director Chris Columbus

IN HER SHoES Rated PG-13 Stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley Maclaine Director Curtis Hanson

JuST Go WITH IT Rated PG-13 Stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman Director Dennis Dugan

mIDNIGHT IN PARIS Rated PG-13 Stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates Director Woody Allen

muSIc AND LyRIcS Rated PG-13 Stars Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Aasif Mandvi Director Marc Lawrence

SomETHING boRRoWED Rated PG-13 Stars Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski Director David Frankel

SPAcE JAm Rated PG Stars Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Theresa Randle Director Joe Pytka

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Rated PG-13 Stars Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway Director David Frankel

THE DILEmmA Rated PG-13 Stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly Director Ron Howard

THE mASk Rated PG-13 Stars Jim Carey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert Director Chuck Russell

THE WEDDING SINGER Rated PG-13 Stars Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore Director Frank Coraci

WEDDING cRASHERS Rated R Stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken Director David Dobkin

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

cHARLIE AND THE cHocoLATE FAcToRy Rated PG Stars Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore Director Tim Burton

HARRy PoTTER AND THE cHAmbER oF SEcRETS Rated PG Star Daniel Radcliffe Director Chris Colombus

HARRy PoTTER AND THE GobLET oF FIRE Rated PG-13 Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Director Mike Newell

HARRy PoTTER AND THE HALFbLooD PRINcE Rated PG-13 Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Director David Yates

HARRy PoTTER AND THE oRDER oF THE PHoENIX Rated PG-13 Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Director David Yates

HARRy PoTTER AND THE PRISoNER oF AZkAbAN Rated PG Star Daniel Radcliffe Director Alfonso Cuaron

HARRy PoTTER AND THE SoRcERER’S SToNE Rated PG Star Daniel Radcliffe Director Chris Colombus

LoRD oF THE RINGS: THE FELLoWSHIP oF THE RING Rated PG-13 Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen Director Peter Jackson

LoRD oF THE RINGS: THE TWo ToWERS Rated PG-13 Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler Director Peter Jackson


PIRATES oF THE cARRIbEAN: oN STRANGER TIDES Rated PG-13 Stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz Director Rob Marshall

PLANET oF THE APES Rated PG-13 Stars Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter Director Tim Burton

SuPER 8 Rated PG-13 Stars Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Elle Fanning Director J.J. Abrams

THE GoLDEN comPASS Rated PG-13 Stars Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Sam Elliot Director Chris Weitz

JuSTIN bIEbER: NEVER SAy NEVER Rated G Stars Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus Director Jon Chu

mouLIN RouGE Rated PG-13 Stars Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor Director Baz Luhrmann


Rated PG-13 Stars Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom Director Peter Jackson


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

BlooD DiamonD Rated R Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly Director Edwatd Zwick

CaSaBlanCa Rated PG Stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman Director Michael Curtiz

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

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

SheRloCk holmeS Rated PG-13 Stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law Director Guy Ritchie

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

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

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

the CURioUS CaSe of BenJamin BUtton Rated PG-13 Stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett Director David Fincher

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

the noteBook Rated PG-13 Stars Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams Director Nick Cassavetes

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

Unknown Rated PG-13 Stars Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger Director Jaume Collet-Serra

wateR foR elePhantS Rated PG-13 Stars Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson Director Francis Lawrence

CatCh me i’m in love Rated GP Stars Ai-Ai delas Alas, Eugene Domingo Director Wenn Deramas

imoRtal Rated GP Stars Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Cherie Gil Director Eddie Garcia

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

maging Sino ka man Rated GP Stars Sharon Cuneta, Robin Padilla Director Eddie Rodriguez

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

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

looney tUneS BaCk in aCtion

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Rango Rated PG Stars Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Bill Nighy Director Gore Verbinski

Rio Rated G Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx Director Carlos Saldanha

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

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

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


woRking giRlS 1 Rated GP Stars Hilda Koronel, Carmi Martin, Rio Locsin Director Ishmael Bernal

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

Rated PG Stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie Director Jennifer Yuh

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The Adventures of Bobby Femme Fatale Ray (Clean) Britney Spears

Doo-wops & Hooligans


Recovery (Clean)

My Worlds Acoustic

Teenage Dream

Born This Way

Hands All Over

Libra Scale


Speak Now

Save Me, San Francisco


The Classic Album Jed Madela


Now Playing


Duets - In Harmony


One Heart



Girls Generation Mini Album Vol. 3

Love Me, Hate Me

It’s Time


The 18 Martial Arts



Katy Perry

Lady Gaga

Maroon 5

Bruno Mars


Lea Salonga

Christina Aguilera


Martin Nievera


Taylor Swift

Regine Velasquez & Ogie Alcasid

Justin Bieber


Sarah Geronimo






Hoot Girls Generation

Kenji Wu

KIDS Greatest

Kidz Bop 19

Radio Disney Jams 12

Chillout Lounge

Costes 14

Brazil Lounge Deluxe


Various Artists


Various Artists

Various Artists


David Arkenstone

Best of the BBC Vaults Ella Fitzgerald

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Mr. Children

Wang Lee Hom


Disney Pixar


Stefanie Sun

The Very Best of John Coltrane John Coltrane

Playlist: The Very Best of Miles Davis Miles Davis

The Chillout Lounge Vol.4 Various Artists

Lady Gaga’s Born this Way deviates from the mostly house music-influenced songs of her first album. Using an eclectic mix of rock, heavy metal, disco, and even opera, tracks in Born this Way are described by Gaga as “anthemic style melodies with really sledge-hammering dance beats.” The album received mostly positive reviews from critics upon its release, with a rating of 71 out of 100 at Metacritic. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one, with more than a million copies sold on its first week, making her one of five women to reach a million sold copies in a week after Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Norah Jones, and Taylor Swift.



O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits



Motown 50th Definitive Collection

Greatest Hits

Earth Wind and Fire

One Night Only Greatest Hits


Nothing But The Best

Love Songs

What's The Story Morning Glory

The Very Best of Sergio Mendes

Once On This Island

Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers


Diana Ross & The

Bob Marley


Elton John


Eric Clapton



1990 Original Broadway Cast

Frank Sinatra

Nat King Cole

Sergio Mendes

Various Artists

Glee: The Music Vol. 4 Various Artists

Glee: The Music PresenTs The Warblers Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers is the seventh soundtrack album by the cast of TV hit series, Glee. Darren Criss and Chris Colfer take center stage as the lead vocalists

The Sound of Music 40th Anniversary Edition

in the group, while backed up by all-male a capella group Beelzebubs (whose voices are used for the fictional glee


Various Artists

club, The Warblers). Tracks on the album encompass several musical genres, that writer Matt Diehl of the Los Angeles Times spoke of one song as “the Killers meet Sigur Rós meets the Jonas Brothers.” The album hit number one on La Voce

Russell Watson

The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe CD1

First Love

Billboard’s Soundtrack chart, with 86,000 copies sold on the week of its release.


Various Artist

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No sound is sweeter than the melancholy notes played by a full-blown orchestra. This month’s Classic Collection dwells on various concertos by world-acclaimed orchestras.

Lose yourself to the sounds of catchy J-Pop hits from groups like Scandal, The Gospellers, and Perfume.

Andre Previn

“Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - poco piu presto” “Violin: Iwan Czerkow, Münchner Symphoniker, Conductor: Helmut Bucher” (Orbis Publishing) Sextet for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn “Piano: Pascal Rogé, Flute: Patrick Gallois, Oboe: Maurice Bourgue, Clarinet: Michel Portal, Bassoon: Amaury Wallez, Horn: André Cazalet” (Decca) “Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights (Act I) Balcony Scene (Act I)” “London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: André Previn” (EMI Classics) “Sonata in B flat major KV 378 Rondeau: Allegro” “Fortepiano: Gary Cooper, Violin: Rachel Podger” (Channel Classics) Impromptu Piano: Eldar Djangirov (Sony Music Entertainment) Harp Concerto “Harp: Marisa Robles, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Conductor: Iona Brown” (Decca) “Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra 1. Ritmico 2. Tender” “Soprano and Tenor Saxophones: James Carter, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero” (Universal Music Group International) Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 “Harpsichord & Conductor: Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra” (Erato Disques)


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They say that Mandarin is the language of Discover what all this K-Pop fuss is about by tomorrow. What better way to learn the tuning into this month’s Seoul Grooves. Get language than by listening to it through song. ready to dance along to songs by M to M, Carl This month’s Orient Express features a wide Kanowsky, and Infinite. range of Chinese chart-toppers.



OUTBOUND BeTTeR wiTH YOU episode: Better With Halloween


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

Since it's Halloween and also Maddie's birthday, Mia and Casey offer to throw Maddie a birthday that doesn't involve Halloween because she doesn't like Halloween stealing her day. Maddie and Vicky warn Mia not to go through Casey's stuff when Mia accidentally finds a mysterious videotape.

This program looks at the latest technology applications and cutting-edge innovations and offers insight into the advances that are transforming the industry. It also includes interviews with the most influential players in the technology sector and regular updates on new multimedia products and integrated devices.

ASiAN AiR SAFARi episode: Bacolod

wORLD BUSiNeSS SPeCiAL eDiTiON July 2011

TwO AND A HALF MeN episode: A Good Time in Central Africa

Home to the biggest sugarcane plantation of the Philippines, Bacolod City was once the center of trade, luxury and governance in the country. It continues to pride itself of its majestic haciendas, old rich traditions and people with the warmest smiles. Watch as Capt. Joy relives the aristocratic life in Bacolod with some old and new friends.

Investigates key trends in politics, industry, entertainment and fashion. From discovering the best high-end bars in London or investigating the risks and rewards of investing in Iran, World Business Special Edition is truly global.

Charlie is thrilled with what a fabulous job Berta's temporary replacement does. Alan thinks Lyndsey's ex-husband is threatening him.



JUST FOR LAUGHS Season 9 Episode 20


It's more than just travel. It's all about discovery and adventure. episodes: Bangkok, Cebu, Melbourne, Shanghai, Sydney


wORLD BUSiNeSS SPeCiAL eDiTiON June 2011


Tech Watch looks at the latest trends World Business Special Edition Philippine Airlines marked its 70th year and innovations in the world of investigates global business trends in as the country's flag carrier in March technology. politics, industry, entertainment and 2011. fashion.

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

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