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MH | E D I T O R ' S N O T E

The Next Quarter

Pandemic fatigue is real. We all feel it. And we can’t wait for it to end. Every day we watch the numbers, hoping the cases go down to a manageable rate, a rate low enough to get the Philippines off the red lists. The United Kingdom announced that travellers from the Philippines will require a mandatory 10day quarantine period in a government hotel at £200 a night. The United States issued a Level 4 alert warning Americans against travel to the Philippines because of the COVID-19 situation - in addition to “crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping.” And Hong Kong temporarily halted all flights coming from the Philippines. But things are improving. While we breached the one million mark in terms of COVID-19 cases, the actual number of active cases has dropped significantly, as has the infection rate. The vaccination programme is under way, and many LGUs have been doing a commendable job getting the health workers, seniors and the vulnerable among their constituents vaccinated. We are all beginning to feel that we are starting to claw our way out of the upheaval that the coronavirus has wrought upon our lives, our livelihoods and our relationships. It’s hard to believe that we are now approaching the second quarter of 2021. As we await the government’s advisory regarding the lifting or extension of MECQ, we continue in our mission to offer meaningful experiences to our Members. We are continuously sprucing up our outdoor areas to create safe al fresco dining spaces. We have partnered with more delivery apps to make ordering from our takeaway menu simpler and more convenient. We have made additions to our menu, offering, most notably, refreshing and irresistible Thai classics and specials, courtesy of our new Executive Chef, Piya Suthasiri. Read more about Chef Piya and the exciting new and authentic flavors and spices he is introducing to Manila House on pages 13 and 14.

HOW TO SIGN UP Manila House Rewards is easy and convenient to access. The attached hyperlink https://manila-house.eber.co takes you to the registration/login page. You will be able to log in to your account using the primary email or mobile number connected to your Club membership.

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Let’s hope that from May onwards, the outlook will be brighter. In the meantime, opt for dine in or takeaway anytime you want to eat your feelings. We’re here for you!

Editor Bambina Olivares Content & Marketing Manager Arci Catalan Graphic Designer Pauline Robyn Henson

Bambina Olivares

Director of PR and Arts, Culture, and Education Programs

Editorial Adviser Anton San Diego O N T HE C O VE R

Tom Yum Goong, the classic Thai soup, new on the menu








MEET OUR TEAM Ram Nicolo Garcia


CLUB RULES Attention All Members


BENEFITS & PRIVILEGES Essentials in the Time of COVID LifeScience X Manila House




NEWS Hot Meals for Heros More Ways to Order


PROMOTIONS Spring Blooms for Mom That Glow of Motherhood


FOOD AND BEVERAGE Share the Love Thai Corner A Taste of Thailand




M E M B E R’ S C OR N E R Mother Knows Best

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Covid 101 A Traveler’s Tales Asian Pride R E TA I L C O R N E R Fresh Drops CALENDAR OF EVENT S The Wealth Report 2021 Chocolate and Whisky A Flavor-Pairing Experience Cryptocurrency for Beginers

Sunset at the Avenue Deck

MH | M E E T O U R T E A M

Ram Nicolo Garcia Purchasing Officer

Purchasing Officers play a critical role in every business, and Nico Garcia is no different. He tells us about the procurement challenges he has been dealing with the past year Where were you working at before Manila House? After I graduated from college, I worked as a steward in a local restaurant. I was given the opportunity to work abroad, but after two years I decided to get a job locally. I became a warehouse man for a catering firm, and also with Vikings Commissary. Then in 2016, Manila House hired me as a Storekeeper first, then after a few years I became the Purchaser. How has the pandemic affected the purchasing department? The pandemic has affected purchasing a lot! Some basic stores were closed, I had to wait in line for hours just to get inside the supermarkets, and I am constantly dealing with the unavailability of some items. You have been handling purchases not just for the kitchen but anything that the Club needs. What was the weirdest, most interesting, or most difficult item that you were asked to find, and why? For me the most interesting was the Filipiniana event, Ang Pagdiriwang, where we had to pick up the dessert in Pampanga. I was worried that the items might get spoiled or damaged during our travel back to Manila. What do you look forward to the most every day?


I look forward for every day to be a new experience for me. I know that it will build my character personally and professionally.

• My hobbies include… Watching Netflix and playing PlayStation

What is your dream purchase for yourself?

• My favorite roadtrip song is… 90’s OPM bands and metal rock songs

My own farm and resort!


• The funniest thing that happened to me is… me gaining weight every year!


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PR and Arts, Culture & Education Programs +63 917 829 0819 events@manilahouseinc.com

Call us: +632 7 958 5007, +632 8 478 7163, +632 8 478 7165, +632 8 478 7176, +632 8 826 3196

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After February 28, 2021, unpaid Annual Dues for 2021 shall be charged late payment interest of 2% per month.

We’re accepting membership applications again. Refer a friend, family member or business associate for membership to Manila House and we’ll reward you!

For more information regarding Membership concerns, please call +63 917 816 3685 or email membership@manilahouseinc.com.

For every new Member you refer, you will receive a P10,000 voucher that is • redeemable against food and beverage consumption for dine-in and takeaways • non-transferrable and not convertible to cash • valid for six months from date of issue • valid for single transaction and shall not be claimed with any discount and promotions


The voucher is released only upon the payment of membership joining fees by the new Member. The value of the voucher is fixed, regardless of membership type.

The current lockdown restrictions have meant that the Club is closed for dine-in until further notice.

For inquiries and more information regarding Member Referral Programme, please call +63 917 816 3685 or email membership@manilahouseinc.com.

2021 ANNUAL DUES AND CONSUMABLES Annual Dues must be settled within the first month of each year. Annual Dues are inclusive of P700 and P500 monthly consumables. Founding, Regular, and Associate Members will be entitled to P700 in monthly consumables. For Junior Members, the monthly consumable amount is P500. The consumable amounts may be used in all F&B outlets. If unused, the monthly consumable amount will be forfeited at the end of every month.

We continue to encourage Members to purchase in advance the P10,000 F&B vouchers that are fully consumable and may be used for dine-in and takeaway. They may also be used as payment for webinar registration fees which include food delivery options. SUPPORT MANILA HOUSE VIA TAKEAWAY

In the meantime, we urge all Members to support the Club, and its employees, by ordering from our Takeaway Menu. For your convience, we offer several ways to order Takeaway: Order from our website (shop.manilahouseinc com), through food delivery services (Pick-a-Roo, Grab Food and Foodpanda), or by calling us directly (+63 917 816 3685). Thank you for being part of the Manila House community, and for supporting your Manila House family. Please note that our safety protocols are subject to change depending on pronouncements issued by the IATF and the LGU. The Club reserves the right to refuse service to Members and their guests who do not comply with the safety protocols.


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Essentials in the Time of COVID A curated selection of necessary items from our partners

STAY WELL AT THE FARM AT SAN BENITO Detox, de-stress and emerge refreshed. Special rates at The Farm await Manila House Members. Room rates begin at P10,000++ per night and includes Nutrient-rich vegan breakfast for two; Holistic Health Orientation with our integrative Doctor; Participation in Mindful Movements: Yoga Sessions, Mandala Flower Meditation, Immune Boosting Juice and Blends Prep Class, Wellness Talks, and Nature Walks; Use of facilities; Complimentary WiFi To ensure a safe and comfortable stay, all guests are required to take a 15-minute FDA-approved rapid test on-site prior to entry at P1,500++ per person additional fee. Contact details: +63 918 884 8080, +63 917 572 2325 info@thefarm.com.ph www.thefarmatsanbenito.com

CLOSER TO HOME AT AMANPULO Blissfully marooned in the tranquil waters of northern Palawan, the private island of Amanpulo beckons family and friends to immerse in a serene summer escape together. Manila House Members may enjoy an exclusive complimentary upgrade from a Deluxe Hillside Casita to a Beach Casita on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday) for stays from 1 May to 30 June, 2021, available for booking until June 25, 2021 only. Immerse in the pleasures of paradise with a two-night stay in a Casita starting at P106,000++ inclusive of daily breakfast, and a choice of a 50-minute massage at the Aman Spa or an a la carte lunch for two persons To ensure a safe and comfortable stay, all guests are required to submit negative COVID-19 PCR test swab results. This will ensure that the entire family / group will be cleared to join the flight and will facilitate a quicker and smoother transit from the Medical Reception to the Lounge. To book, please call +63 (2) 7976 5200 or +63 (2) 8854 0276 or email amanpulores@aman.com and copy Carla David cdavid@aman.com


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LifeScience X Manila House

We’ve been collaborating on talks and webinars with LifeScience Center, the country’s leading functional medicine clinic, and their Care Team since 2018. And now, we’re taking our partnership to the next level.

Get a complimentary Heart Health Monitor session worth Php4,000 when you book Health Management Consult

LifeScience offers holistic, personalized, and preventive healthcare designed to help you resolve chronic health concerns such as autoimmune disease, infertility, heart disease, diabetes, and more.

Get 20% off on the Cardiometabolic Profile Test, and advanced biomarker test that will help you know if you’re on your way to developing heart disease

Designed to make you feel better, and attain optimal health. As a part of our partnership, LifeScience will curate special packages designed to make us feel better. In addition, a percentage of the proceeds will go towards making the community feel better through our in-house Hot Meals for Heroes feeding initiative.

Purchase doctor-grade supplements from LifeScience and have them conveniently delivered right to your house

Book an appointment or Schedule a free 15-minute call with LifeScience here

SANIVIR SMOKE DISINFECTANT Manufactured in Spain and tested according to stringent standards to assure its effectiveness against the Coronavirus, other types of viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores, Sanivir Smoke contains Glutaraldehyde and Orthophenylphenol which are both FDA and CDC approved active ingredients ideal in killing viruses. • Ideal for all enclosed spaces • Easy to use, no residue, non-corrosive • Can penetrate hard to reach areas such as crevices, air vents, ceiling as well as surfaces • It can be used every two weeks depending on the area Manila House Members enjoy specially discounted prices for Sanivir Smoke Discounted Price per can P1,200 Sanivir Smoke 25g SRP: P1,500 50 m3 (15 to 30 sq. m)

Purchase your LifeScience Supplements at our Online Shop shop.manilahouseinc.com

BioConcepts Orthoplex BioActive Lipids Php2,115

BioConcepts Orthoplex CitraMag Php1,600

Douglas Laboratories Vitamin D3 1000IU Php500

Douglas Laboratories Vitamin D3 5000IU Php1,000

LCPI Liposomal Melatonin Sublingual Spray Php1,200

Pure Encapsulations Zinc Picolinate Php825

LCPO Immuni-3 Php1,200

Sanivir Smoke 1kg P4,800 2,000 m3 (500-550 sq. m) SRP: P6,000 Prices are exclusive of 12% vat and exclusive of delivery charges. Price of this item is subject to change without prior notice. For more information, please call

371-3936, 411-2627 or 411-2592


For over 40 years, HealthWay Family of Brands, manufacturer of INTELLIPURE, has been reimagining the world as a better, safer place with innovative air purification technologies. Our solutions are engineered in the USA and trusted everywhere air quality matters. Indoor air quality problems come in all shapes and sizes - we’re proud that our industry - leading patented DFS technology is being used in cleanroom applications, hospital surgical suites, commercial office buildings, hotels, and many mission - critical environments around the globe. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have conducted a series of tests to show the efficacy of DFS technology on the capture and elimination of airborne virus and bacteria. World-reowned Infection Control expert and an advisor to the U.S. EPA and the World Health Organization, Dr. Syed Sattar, conducted his studies in a chamber that was built to comply with U.S. EPA guidelines. His testing concluded the following: DFA technology was proven to inactivate a proxy virus for SARS-Cov-2 (RNA virus MS2): The results of this data show, 99.987% elimination in 10 minutes. The test also indicated that there was 100% elimination in 45 minutes and again 100% at 24 hours indicating no regrowth. The bacteriophage MS-2 is a small (about 30 nanometers), a non-enveloped virus, which is often used as a surrogate for small, nonenveloped human pathogenic viruses such as noroviruses. Testing with Bacteriophage Phi6 as the Challenge-Testing indicated a 99.99% reduction in 10 minutes. Bacteriophage Phi6 is a larger (about 100 nanometers), enveloped virus, which is often used to represent large, enveloped human pathogenic viruses such as coronaviruses and influenza viruses. Scientific data shows that both tests indicate substantial virus elimination within 10 minutes and help us to achieve our mission - to reimagine the world as a better, safer place with innovative air purification technologies.

Members enjoy exclusive discounts by using the promo code


10% for purchases made until May 15, 2021 5% for purchases made from May 16, 2021 onwards Valid to use online at www.airintellipure.com, or email ask@airintellipure.com

MH | R E C I P R O C A L C L U B S

Manila House Members now enjoy reciprocal rights at the following Clubs

12 H AY H I LL United Kingdom


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T O WE R C L U B Singapore




PER SHING United States




T H E A M E R I CA N C LU B H O N G KO N G Hong Kong


United Kingdom

Hong Kong




Gurugram & Mumbai India

South Africa






Please note that all requests for visits to and bookings at our reciprocal clubs must be coursed through Manila House at least three (3) days before your intended visit. Please include the dates of your visit, as well as the number of guests you wish to bring, as each club sets its own limits. We kindly remind you to wait for email confirmation that your visit has been approved before proceeding to the reciprocal club. Please refrain from calling the reciprocal club directly to announce your visit. You may also be required to present your Manila House Membership Card when you arrive at the reciprocal club. 8

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Hot Meals for Heroes

Php 707,550 raised in 18 days

4,717 meals delivered

to hospitals and beneficiaries across Metro Manila, including: • St. Luke’s Global, BGC • Makati Medical Center • UST Hospital • Pasig Children’s Hospital • Philippine General Hospital • Taguig LGU THANK YOU to all our Members and friends for your generous donations. THANK YOU to all the medical frontliners, healthcare workers and LGU units for your hard work and dedication. It has been an honor to serve to our community. 9

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There’s more than one convenient way to enjoy your Manila House favorites in the comfort of your home!



Manila House Online Ordering System

Food Delivery Service

Visit us at shop.manilahouseinc.com

Check our promos on GrabFood, Foodpanda and Pick.A.Roo

3 Call and text

Contact us at +63 917 816 3685 or email reservations@manilahouseinc.com to order


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MH | F O O D A N D B E V E R A G E

Share the Love

Our Mother’s Day Menus are made for sharing*

Set 1

Set 2

Pork Crackling

Hot Smoked Salmon

Asian Style Roasted Pork Belly with Fermented Soy Bean Sauce, Spiced Dark Soy Sauce, Spicy Herbs Vinegar

Garlic & Scallion Rice Bokchoy in Oyster Sauce PHP 3,500

Set 3 Tomahawk

Smoked BBQ Steak with Piri-Piri Sauce, Pepper Corn Sauce, Bloody Mary Butter and Mustard

Cauliflower au Gratin Caesar Salad PHP 9,800

Cured Salmon Gravlax with Tarragon Aioli

Arugula Spaghetti

& Basil Pesto Cream Sauce

Quinoa, Cherry Tomato, Chickpea, Cucumber, Mango, Avocado and Parsley Salad with Raspberry Viniagrette

Truffle Padiana PHP 7,800

Set 4 Baked Seafood

Shrimp, Whole Squid, Apahap Fillet, and Clams with Vierge Dip, Tarragon Aioli, Lemon Wedges

Pilaf Rice Fattoush

Avocado, Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Chickpeas, Crispy Pita, Crouton, Parsley with Honey Lemon Dressing

Garlic & Herb Butter Bread PHP 7,500

*Each set menu is good for 4-5 persons **One day advanced notice is required

For orders, please call +63 917 816 3685 or email reservations@manilahouseinc.com


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Thai Corner by Chef Piya Suthasiri


Main Course

Crispy Catfish & Sour Mango Salad ยำ�ปลาดุกฟู “Yum Pla-Dook Foo” PHP680

Steamed Apahap

Pomelo Salad

with Grilled Shrimp, Peanut, Fresh Herbs in Roasted Chili Dressing ยำ�ส้มโอกุ้ง ”Yum Som-O Goong”


Tom Yum Goong

Sour & Spicy Shrimp Soup in Fresh Herbs ต้มยำ�กุ้ง “Tom Yum Goong”


Additional: Steamed Jasmine Rice ข้าวสวย “Khao Suay” PHP75

in Spicy & Sour Lime Dressing

ปลานึ่งมะนาว “Pla Neung Ma-Now” PHP1,150 Duck Confit in Red Curry

with lychee, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil แกงเผ็ดเป็ด “Gang Ped-Phed”

1 pc. PHP998 | 2 pcs. PHP1,700 Thai Shrimp Paste Rice

with Omelet, Sweet Pork, Green Mango, Onion, Chili, Long Bean, Shrimp and Lime ข้าวคลุกกะปิ “Khao kloog Ka-Pi”


Dessert Mango & Sticky Rice ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง “Khao Niew Ma-Muang” PHP430

*All dishes are for sharing For orders, please call +63 917 816 3685 or email reservations@manilahouseinc.com


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A Taste of Thailand

Executive Chef Piya Suthasiri comes to Manila House after almost 20 years working in resorts around the world, including Amanpulo, the Maldives, Langkawi, Phuket and Kandaya. He brings with him a passion for creating hearty dishes infused with fresh and subtle flavors that surprise and delight What is it like, being back in the Philippines? Being in the Philippines is a good opportunity to cook fresh quality food as the country can offer a variety of fresh premium resources. What do you want to bring to Manila House? I would like to bring unique flavors and authenticity of Thai food and South-East Asian cuisine as additions to the Manila House menu, where I found quite a selection of good food that was already being served. Why is Thai food always a crowd favorite? Thai food is known for the freshness of its herbs and ingredients; it’s a humble way of cooking. At the same time it delivers healthy dishes to diners where needed, especially during these times when everyone is concerned with health and immunity. We are known as spicy food lovers but this can actually be adapted to any food culture, especially those of South-East Asian countries


This space is equipped with a astateof-the-art medical-grade Luftonic Air Purification System. This purifier destroys viruses and other harmful pathogens down to 0.001 microns and is 50x better than HEPA filtration

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MARK HUANG answers the Manila House Questionnaire

“Success for me is happiness.” Tell us what you do.

I used to be an account associate in Eastwest Bank but resigned earlier this year to help out in the family business instead. I now take part in the daily operations of our plywood factories located in Impasugong and Makilala where I handle financials and corporate paperwork. Our company produces both veneer and plywood which we then ship out to our clients. Although challenging at times, I see great prospects for the overall wood industry in the Philippines as it starts to modernize and operate more efficiently. How do you define success?

Success for me is happiness. And what makes me happy is sitting in the beach on a sunny day, sipping out of a coconut, and staring at the endless waves crashing ashore. There’s just something about the beach that makes me feel satisfied. No roads, no buildings, no deadlines – just plain old nature, with which man was created to commune. Overall, I enjoy simplicity and harmony between us and the world. What life lessons did you derive from the pandemic?

The pandemic helped me shift my focus to the important aspects of life. Particularly my family, friends, and our household. My favorite, however, will probably be learning how to play Mahjong. Mahjong to us is more than just the white tiles we clang together when playing. We find it to be a game of guessing, planning, hustling, and as a cultural exchange between the old to the new generation. In fact, I know some people who started playing at the age of five and are still very eager playing it in their 50s every day!

What would you like to see in the “next normal”?

I would like to see faster economic movement in the country. The recent technology boom caused by the pandemic enabled the whole world, including us, to speed up 10 years ahead in terms of digitization. As an Economics graduate, nothing excites me more than seeing increased sellers, consumers, competition, and an overall healthier market in the country. What’s your favorite thing about Manila House?

Most definitely the Poke Bowl! This is usually where my monthly consumables go to. You will always see me and Nika on a date in the Bonifacio Lounge and topping all that food off with Yema Palitaw. The yema dip is just too good! If you had to be quarantined (again) which country would you choose to be in?

I would love to try out Japan. Aside from the superb food, very clean streets, and well-disciplined locals, their perspective on life is simply amazing. I have recently finished reading Wabi Sabi by Beth Kempton and her narrative on this philosophy showcased the deep appreciation of the Japanese for the passage of time. In terms of objects, wabi and sabi celebrate cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. Learning this, I started asking myself which objects in my household could I see using for five? 10 years? And as I look at the worn-out seats of our old, weathered SUV, I think to myself – “We have used this a lot in the past couple of years,” and feel very satisfied with that feeling.


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We ask our Members to share the best lessons their mothers taught them

Toni Gregory I came across a book with the title “My Mother, Myself.” This gave me a serious look at what I learned from my Mama Aurelia. I was the eldest daughter in a family of 10 siblings.Growing up, I observed her extraordinary skill in managing time. She planned our daily meals, posted on our fridge door, set aside payments for utilities, our school allowances, supervised the household like a well-oiled machine. I mastered her legacy of time management. During my work and family life, I always maximized available time to be productive. There are so many lessons learned from my Mama but I would need a whole book to fill pages and pages of lifetime lessons my siblings and I pass on to our next generation. 17

Kunal Chadha I think the best thing that my mother taught me was perseverance, to keep going regardless of how difficult the situation might be. She also taught me to be practical and to balance my actions with the head and the heart. I think these lessons are life lessons that help me manage my day to day life in a better way. On a lighter note, she also taught me the saying “a place for everything and everything in its place” and made me live it! I think this was her smart way of ensuring that I kept my room neat and tidy at all times!

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Bambi Garcia The best thing my mother taught me was how to be a good mother. To be selfless and to put my children’s needs above mine. To be a guiding light to my kids so that they may grow up to be responsible men. Leading by example, she showed me how to treat others with kindness and humility so that I could teach the same values to my children.

Rhoda Aldanese She taught me that there is no love noble enough to break someone else’s heart. It has always guided me for the most part of my life. And when I fail to follow this rule... it always does not end up well. My spiritual journey further strengthened this teaching. It follows the golden rule of love: God first, the others next and yourself last.

Peter Maquera She taught me the power of kindness, and how it fosters trust and confidence, and not to mention, it’ll make you feel great.


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We find ourselves today at a critical juncture in the fight against Covid. The vaccine roll-out has begun; Every day more and more people are being vaccinated, mostly with sinovac, although there some were able to get the first round of Astra Zeneca vaccinations.

At the same time, positive cases of Covid-19 are surging, so are deaths. We hear about hospitals having no more beds, entire households getting Covid, from grandparents to the helpers, people we know getting incubated and not making it. It’s quite frightening time for everyone. Discussing the realities of Covid-19 today, from diagnosis to treatment to vaccines, was the Medical Director of UST Hospital, Dr. Charito Consolacion. She gave a most informative and comprehensive presentation that covered everything you might want to know about the disease that has brought the world to a standstill. The vaccine, she said, was our best hope to control the pandemic and she believed it was safe for everyone to take, except in rare instances, which she detailed. Her advice was simple: take the vaccine as soon as your turn comes up. Dr. Concolacion is an Alumna of UST, having obtained her degrees in nursing and medicine from the university. In 2019, she obtained her masters in hospital administration, graduating magna cum laude. She is also a previous winner of the prestigious Gawad Santo Tomas award in 2018 for research and community service.

Dr. Charito Consolacion

To watch the full webinar, visit our YouTube channel 19

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A TRAVELER’S TALES A2A Safaris’ Co-Founder and Chief Wildlife Photographer, Jose Cortes III shared his his spectacular album of wildlife and landscapes in three continents: Africa, South America and the Antarctic. He shared his top photography tips for both smartphone and SLR cameras.

Jose Cortes III


For wildlife photos, I always tell people try to get to be on eye level with the animal. It’s just more flattering if your background is not the ground, if your backdrop is the sky. For this photo I actually went on my my tummy photographing this silverback and he actually did the same thing and we had a little kind of moment that went on for 10 minutes.


From January to April this whole thing - the salt flats - floats. When it floods, it becomes like a giant mirror that you see in this photo, it’s very hard to discern the horizon. If you like landscape photography, this is probably one of the best places in the world to do it, go hang out there for three days.


This is an island called South Georgia. I snapped this view with my iPhone, and you know, when you look at it you see all the penguins, but you know there are no rocks in this photo, that’s a proper beach. All those brown blobs you see there are all southern elephant seals.


For night photography or astral photography, people ask me, how did you manage to get the sunset with the baobab and the stars? But this orange light in the background was a distant forest fire which was not even visible to the naked eye when I took this photo. I actually had the shutter open for 30 seconds, and the orange just came out and it worked!

To watch the full webinar, visit our YouTube channel

Presented in partnership with: 20

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We’ve heard the news, we’re seen the videos. One day an Asian man is slashed form cheek to cheek. Then armed man shoots eight people in two massage parlors in Georgia. Six of the victims are Asian. An Asian Woman is literally trampled on the street near Times Square while the doorman or the building on front of her shuts the door. Each time we’re horrified. Each time we wonder, when will it end? How do we stop this hate? Joining us was an incredible panel of prominent Asian Americans, all leaders in their field who lent their voices to today’s discussion.




“I’ve never actually felt discriminated against, I’ve always felt special and that’s kind of propelled me to do the things I’ve been able to do... I felt some sense of responsibility as I’ve grown up in industry and try to pass it on and have the next generation do better than our generation. But as far as the best thing about being Asian American - I mean Filipino… you know specifically it’s like, now we’re cool, we like the coolest people, y’all. You’re the coolest people your friends know.”

“I will do what I can to play my part to have the next generation of artists that I can help encourage to pursue their dreams, help them [and] encourage them and and be the best role model I can be to them. I will say that in general what I love about the Filipino culture and Filipino people is their warmth and their generosity and their their wonderful sense of hospitality. Everyone who comes to their home is like family. I want to speak specifically to being Filipino, Filipino-American whatever we’re going to be called: that is something that that resonates with me and is part of my truth.”

“Representation matters, telling our stories matters, but one of the things that I think has the power to effect real change in the long run is teaching our history as a part of K through 12 education. So I didn’t learn any of this when I was coming up in school here in the United States. I didn’t learn about Asian-American history till I reached college. So we need to know more about the fuller history of all people in the United States, all minority people, all people of color, and understand the struggles for civil rights and social change for us. We all need to be learning this and it shouldn’t just be what is available to people who are fortunate enough to be able to take Asian-American studies when they reach college.”


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MIGUEL SANGALANG VINCE RAFAEL “At the same time [AsianAmericans are] were realizing that privilege was very precarious and that they remain vulnerable, and that they had a responsibility. This is the thing that strikes the young people more and more, they have this deep sense of responsibility to engage in social justice issues using their privilege to further protections and justice for everybody else. You know, you think of rappers like Ruby Ibarra, you think of film makers like Isabel Sandoval, you think of a lot of Filipino intellectuals and Asian-American intellectuals that are now growing and are at the cutting edge of many of those fields. So for me, I draw an enormous amount of satisfaction from seeing this development happening both within the University as well as the larger society.

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“What makes it so interesting to be Asian-American is that we we have yet to hit the summit. That’s true of many of the things that we’re doing now, and I think we will be able to achieve that. So I think that there’s lots of hope there that I see very much coming from our cohort of people.”

GORDON QUAN “This is the Asian century. We have played a secondary role oftentimes in American society, but now it’s our time and it you know, the theme of Asia Society is, this is where East meets West. How we bridge these societies together... I think we play a very vital role in that as Asian Americans because we know both societies and we can lead a new kind of a global movement of how we can work together.”

MARCUS TEO “Being Asian American we have our privilege, and I think that’s one thing we don’t always own because we’re always told to not, you know, rattle the boat, don’t shake and make that much noise. I think it’s time to recognize we are privileged to be Asian and we are privileged to be American, and so we must really recognize our pride being Asian American and continue to tell those stories so that we have more representation.”

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THE WEALTH REPORT 2021 A Global & Philppine Real Estate Investment Outlook The pandemic has accelerated social and economic changes around the world and supercharged trends that are shaping real estate. With the global vaccine rollout, what will commercial and residential real estate look like after the pandemic? Where will opportunities come from? This webinar unravels the key findings of Knight Frank’s The Wealth Report 2021 and provides an outlook on global real estate – with a special focus on the Philippines. Experts will tackle trends in capital markets, property, gateway cities, and investments of passion – and what the future means for investors.

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CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR BEGINNERS If you’ve been following Bitcoin’s performance in the markets, you’ll notice that its value has been rising. Recently, it even crossed the US$60,000 mark briefly, before falling slightly to hover between $52,000 to $58,000. Elon Musk no doubt contributed to the surge when he announced that Tesla had bought US$1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.

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Ethereum also made the headlines when Christie’s sold the first NFT (Non Fungible Token) work of art, created by Beeple, at auction. The buyer paid in Ether, or ETH, the cryptocurrency built on top of the open-source Ethereum blockchain. Even as words like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchain and NFTs have crept into our everyday language, the world of cryptocurrency remains a mystery to the ordinary person. Chris Tan, Regional Marketing Head of OKEX, the leading global crypto exchange, breaks it down and explains how cryptocurrency works, how to invest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and start trading.

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