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“We have never forgotten them, nor shall we ever forget.� -Nick Joaquin

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Of Things to Come


ew year, new beginning. It is a cliché and a cliché for a reason. As always, there’s a certain drive that everyone feels in the beginning of the year, helping us brush off all the bad things of the past year – heartaches, frustrations, and disappointments – for a fresh start, a clean slate, a new canvas. That is New Year for most of us and with unabashed undeniable truth, I admit I’m one of them. This year marks new beginnings for me. A start of better and greater things (fingers crossed). It is a realization of secret dreams and aspirations that I will trek. But what makes this journey more special is I get to experience it with people of the same passion, whom I met and shared almost the same ideals and perspective, at the same time my own antagonists in a positive way. Part of my new beginning is Outrigger. As defined, it is a thin, long, solid hull used to stabilize an inherently unstable hull like a canoe. It is positioned rigidly and parallel to the main hull so that it is less likely to capsize. An outrigger provides balance. More often than not, we get burnt out with all the work we do. Deadlines, reports, presentations or, in my case, to-do lists of accounting journal entries and adjustments are everyday scenes of our lives. They consist our weekdays, sometimes eating off even weekends. But we all know it is just the way it is; we need a job to basically live. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean that we need to spend the rest of our lives working in order to continue living. That’s why we need an outrigger. Amid the hustle and bustle of work, we need an Outrigger to ensure that the canoe does not capsize. One of the best ways to get balance is by escaping our busy life albeit temporarily. Going to undiscovered places or hidden paradise will give us the tranquility that we are missing. And as we unravel each place with pages of Outrigger, we would like to invite you to join us in our journey. Sailing through where the wind brings us, we are all looking forward to life-changing lessons we are bound to learn. Partnering with newfound friends, we are bound to show and share our voyage to all of you.

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Source: Credit: Stefan Ertmann (initial map work), Diego Coruña (location points/labels)

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Pasiglost River in time


As the boat approaches Nagtahan Bridge, the vessel's driver looks at behind and glimpses at each row of passengers in search of something. "Bawal na po ang camera (No photography is allowed from this point)," he announces. The boat decelerates to a little more than 10 kph. We are within Malaca単ang waters. 06 | Outrigger


he boatmen are well aware of the protocols when they reach this area of Pasig River. They slow down after the arbitrary boundary that is Nagtahan Bridge and warns anyone of attempting to take an Instagram-worthy photo of the country's symbol of power. As first timers of the Pasig River ferry, my friends watch quietly while the white Presidential palace gradually emerges as the boat makes a turn. In 2010, the last time I rode a Pasig River ferry – a glorious time when boats were bigger and air-conditioned – members of the Philippine Coast Guard rode into the boat and waited for stubborn passengers to bring out a camera. No PCG gets on board today. Nearly five years after, the ferry service has come back after hiatus albeit in a different form. The airconditioned boats are no longer, and instead the MMDA and Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission jointly developed a fleet of smaller and makeshift

boats that serve commuters between Manila and Pasig City.

Not many people realize that the ferry is one of the most convenient ways to get to Manila from Makati at a very reasonable price. Boats leave on an hourly schedule between Monday and Sunday, but they depart every 30 minutes in the morning during their busiest hours.

The ferry is one of the most convenient ways to get to Manila. We ride at Guadalupe Station for a 10:30 trip to Intramuros this Saturday. Tickets run out fast. The boat, which has a capacity of more than 30, arrives ahead of schedule.

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cruise along. It is difficult to appreciate the banks of Pasig River when all

heritage zone – controversial condominium buildings criticized by heritage advocates now tower the skyline in either You would wonder as complete or partially finished you stroll through the forms. In Escolta, the station river how the colonial prior to Plaza Mexico, old Pasig was once like buildings stand in uncertainty. Citing safety concerns, Mayor you see are industrial edifices – Joseph Estrada recently approved demolishing the 50oil rigs, factories, and year old PNB building, a move warehouses. But it is hard to obviously criticized by miss the changes along the river, too. After passing by the conservationists. Will El Hogar, built in Neoclassical and Makati City Hall, a row of Renaissance style in 1914, construction emerges that represent part of Circuit Makati follow suit after the National on the former Philippine Racing Historical Commission of the Club. In Santa Ana, Manila – a Philippines’ failed bid to purchase the structure? Guadalupe Bridge in EDSA

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The Philippine Post Office

You would wonder as you stroll through the river how the colonial Pasig was once like. The fictitious Bapor Tabo in Jose Rizal's El Filibusterismo must have sailed there sometime when Intramuros was the seat of power. Some structures would have likely seen the Bapor had it existed: the Manila Boat Club and the Lichauco Heritage House in Santa Ana; the Malacañan (Fact: Malacañang refers to the complex, while Malacañan is used for the palace) and houses that lined San Miguel in Manila; and even the Hospicio de San Jose, which stands on an island in the middle of Pasig River

called Isla de Convalescencia.

Malacañang refers to the 16hectare complex, while Malacañan is used for the palace. By the time we reach Plaza Mexico, the boat has emptied but us. It is low tide, prompting us to grab a helping hand as we make a giant leap towards the first step of the station. We arrive in a quiet Intramuros, and our history lesson continues.

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A new flavor in Intramuros

Article by BIEN TOMAS Photos by AIEN BRANZUELA and ED CO

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ust like Intramuros, every restaurant and food we eat have their own story to tell.

Take it from Rafaelle Woodfired Pizza, The Bayleaf Hotel’s latest restaurant which opened in June 2014. Rafaelle was named after the Father of Modern Pizza, Raffaele Esposito. He created a pizza with toppings for Queen Margherita of Savoy – a combination of tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza that symbolizes the colors of the Italian flag. This pizza is known as Margherita pizza. Raffaele is located at the third floor of The Bayleaf Hotel, and unless you are a regular customer of the restaurant you won’t know that there is a hidden food haven within the walls of Intramuros. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by their accommodating staff. The interior of Raffaele exudes class and style with its purple and green color scheme. The glass wall of the restaurant gives its patrons a good view of Intramuros’ eastern wall and what lies outside of it – the past and the present in one place over food.

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Grilled Lamb Ribs has been cooked sous-vide for 12 hours

Quattro Pizza

Tartufo Funghi

Italian-inspired dishes True to their mission to provide its customers an array of Italianinspired dishes, they have to import authentic Italian ingredients while combining it with locally available ones. Supported by Executive Chef Jose Carlo Santiago’s background and training with the Italian cuisine, Raffaele has introduced traditional Italian favorites with a modern spin on the process.

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in wood-fired pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Modena, Italy. They use mango fruit woods in running the oven so you can smell the sweet aroma from the mango wood in every pizza they make. I have tried one of their best sellers, the Quattro Pizza, which is composed of four different cheeses: Gorgonzola, Provolone, Mozzarella, and Parmesan. There are a lot of other impressive pizza flavors on their menu that you can choose from. One thing I like about their pizza is that the dough is crispy and chewy at the same time. That is probably one of the main differences when you use wood-fired ovens.

Frutti Di Mare

One’s Italian food adventure will not be complete without the pasta. Among their bestsellers are the Frutti Di Mare and Tartufo Funghi. Frutti Di Mare is composed of seafood, wood-fired tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil and squash flowers in penne pasta. Tartufo Funghi is made of assorted mushrooms, brandy, and truffle cream pecorino in penne pasta. Personally, I am not really a fan of truffles since it has that overpowering aroma that does not sit well with my taste buds. What I really like about

Raffaele’s truffle pasta was that you can smell the aroma of the truffle but it does not overpower the overall taste of the pasta. Also, the serving size of the pasta is good for sharing so you wouldn’t have a problem with trying the other pasta dishes. Raffaele offers its customers a variety of dishes, from the appetizers, main entrees to dessert. A must-try appetizer is the Gamberetti, the Italian version of the Spanish gambas. Gamberetti is composed of white shrimps, preserved lemons, garlic, chili, and almonds. Take a first bite and you would notice how all the elements come together, boosting your palate.


Uva Salad

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When it comes to the salad, we tried the Uva Salad that is a combination of seedless grapes, roasted almonds, ricotta candied walnuts, and greens with vinaigrette. I love the balance of the sweetness from the grapes and walnuts and the sourness from the vinaigrette.

thinking as well. Since it was my first time to eat lamb meat, I really didn’t know what to expect. Surprisingly, I liked the taste and the texture of the meat just after the first bite. The gamey taste was still there but reduced to a minimal level. The secret to this was on the cooking technique used on the lamb, says chef Carlo. The lamb Chef Carlo recommended the was cooked sous-vide for 12 Grilled Lamb Ribs with vegetables called agnello for the hours so the flavor of the main entree. There is always the marinade will be absorbed by the meat. This will cook the thinking among customers of my generation that lamb does inside of the meat well while preserving the integrity of the not taste as appealing as any lamb. If you will try lamb meat other meat; I had the same


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for the first time, I suggest to try the Grilled Lamb Ribs of Raffaele. Almost everyone is looking forward to desserts after every meal. The Tiramisu (Lady finger, espresso, mascarpone cheese and chocolate) looked mouthwatering. Although I am not entirely a fan of this kind of dessert, the sweetness from the chocolate and the bitterness of the espresso is just the perfect combination that I would miss.

2 takeaways from Chef Carlo Slow food and technology “Everything is made from scratch. Here in the restaurant, I don’t do shortcuts that’s why the lamb is [cooked for] 12 hours. If we ran out, sorry. I’m a follower of – slow cooking is part of it – let’s just say traditional food, traditional ingredients, traditional methods. Sous vide is slow cooking, it’s just that the technique. Everybody did slow cooking before, it’s just that if you use sous vide it’s safer, cleaner, and a lesser hassle. Use technology. There’s nothing wrong with using technology.” Customers are conscious of food sources “What’s important now is knowing where you get your ingredients. Everything is farm -based. The customer is asking us, Where do you get your cheese, flour, coffee? Is it Filipino? Is it local?”

Buon appetito!

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A stroll in the Walled City reveals stories we’ve not heard of before, from our Mexican heritage to one of the greatest tragedies of World War II.

Article by E.M. ALGER Photos by AIEN BRANZUELA and ED CO

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ur journey started the moment we embarked from the ferry ride at the Plaza Mexico station. We were greeted by a security guard dressed in colonial outfit who, after learning most of us were first-time visitors of Intramuros, wittingly assured that we would be enjoying our trek in the Walled City, a place is rich in nostalgia. In the 1500s, the Spanish conquistadors led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi with his commanders Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo reached the island of Luzon. After the defeat of the natives from the Spanish envoy, Lopez de Legazpi in 1571 made a peace pact with Rajah Sulayman, Rajah Lakandula, and Rajah Matanda who handed over Manila to the Spaniards as part of the agreement.

became the first governor general of the islands, and establishment of various structures to improve the city commenced. Intramuros became the center of politics, trade, and religious power of the Spanish regime. The Governor's Palace, the official residence of the Spanish viceroyalties to the Philippines was originally in Intramuros before it was officially moved to MalacaĂąan Palace. Only the Spaniards and mestizos were allowed to live inside the Walled City; Christian natives and Chinese could enter but not live there.

Intramuros became the center of politics, trade, and religious power of the Spanish regime.

As we entered Intramuros through the ferry station, the first structure that caught our attention was, ironically, of Mexican heritage. The From then on, Manila – where Philippine-Mexican Marker Plaza and the square known as Intramuros became center – was declared as the new capital Plaza Mexico commemorate the expedition of Miguel Lopez de of Spanish colony in the Legazpi and Andres de Urdaneta Philippines. Lopez de Legazpi Outrigger | 19

from New Spain (today Mexico) as well as the Manila-Acapulco Galleon trade which lasted for 250 years. There also stands a statue of Adolfo Lopez Mateos, president of Mexico from 1958 to 1964, who visited Manila in 1962. There is much to the link between Mexico and the Philippines than expected, including language, and culture.

Across the building are the Plaza de los Martires de la Integridad de la Patria (now Plaza Espa単a), There is much to the link between Mexico and the Philippines than expected, including language and culture.

built in 1897 by the Spanish government to honor the Spanish soldiers killed during the Philippine Revolution, and At the south of Plaza Mexico is the BPI Building, once the site of the old Santo Domingo Church the beautiful ruins of Aduana and Convent of the Dominican Building (Intendencia), which Order. The old church was served government offices during the Spanish regime. The destroyed during World War II, and the statue of the Our Lady rustic adobe stones that surround the building exude the of the Most Holy Rosary was damages it endured. They stand enshrined to its new house in Santo Domingo Church, Quezon out as a living picture of old City. Manila. San Agustin Church

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“This memorial is dedicated to all those innocent victims of war, many of whom went nameless and unknown to a common grave, or never even knew a grave at all, their bodies having been consumed by fire or crushed to dust beneath the rubble of ruins.”

Aside from being a political center, Intramuros was an intellectual capital. Inside the walls is where the oldest university in Asia once stood. The University of Santo Tomas, first called Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario when it was established in 1624, served as a seminary of aspiring young priests and later on offered degrees in medicine and pharmacy – the first in Asia. Due to the growing student population, the university was transferred to a 21.5-hectare land in Sampaloc, Manila in 1927. Like the Santo Domingo Church, the old UST building was also destroyed during the World War II.

The San Agustin Church, which is part of the four Philippine baroque churches listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site, captures the religious history of Intramuros. Every step inside the church and its museum reveals a picture of the past, from the replica of the galleon ship, intricate carving on the original door structure of the old church, paintings of different saints of the Augustinian order, literary pieces including the oldest printed book which was made of pig skin, to the ivory religious images and even the crypt where lies the remains of our very own Juan Luna. These only heightened my love of timeless treasure, Outrigger | 21

Aduana facing Plaza Espana

heritage, and culture of our country.

standing); Ateneo de Manila and Convent (transferred to Ermita, then Katipunan); and Intramuros during World War II five of the seven original churches of Intramuros such as the San Francisco Church, During World War II, most of Lourdes Church, and the San Intramuros was damaged by bombings from both Japanese Ignacio Church, which incidentally is being rebuilt. and American forces who besieged it. Intramuros laid in ruins after the war, and the only A few steps from San Agustin structure that survived was the Church, one finds the Memorare Manila monument in San Agustin. Plaza de Sta. Isabel that commemorates the historic Today, history information Battle of Manila. As the war boards remind travelers of where the old structures used ravaged Intramuros and to stand. Some of which are the destroyed many parts of the wall in 1945, 100,000 Filipinos Beaterio-Colegio de Santa Catalina, the first school for girls and residents perished across Manila during the liberation. in the Philippines; Colegio de Sculpted by Peter de Guzman, San Juan de Letran (still 22 | Outrigger

the monument features a hooded woman crying for a dead child she cradles in her arms. Six other anguished and tormented figures – innocent casualties of war – are immortalized in the monument. Behind is a time capsule with a message “to be opened on Feb 18, 2045.” Inscription on the sculpture was penned by Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature. This is by far, the one that struck me the most.

Looking at it, I can actually feel the pain of those innocent lives that have suffered during the Battle of Manila. Intramuros Today

In the 1980s, under the direction of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, the Intramuros Administration began to renovate the city. And thanks to the various public and private initiatives, restoration of

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old Intramuros continues today. The old moats that surrounded Intramuros, which were filled up by the Americans in the early 1900s, is one of the most accessible golf courses in Manila. The garrison that was Fort Santiago is now a tourist attraction, and the Walled City thrives with students from

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several universities, devotees in churches, and the addition of attractions such as the Lights and Sound Museum in 2003, Maestranza Park in 2013, the Ayuntamiento in 2014, and soon, the San Ignacio Church. Slowly, the Walled City is coming back to life.

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San Agustin Museum


hours in Intramuros


A day in Intramuros is never enough to understand the city. Here are 9 activities you must try if you’re spending an overnight

1. Trace the Pasig River’s route to Intramuros Most travelers come to Intramuros through tour buses, taxi, and other public land transportation means, but traveling via the Pasig River ferry captures a different side of Metro Manila lost in time. The travel time from Guadalupe Station in Makati to Plaza Mexico in Intramuros ranges from 30 to 45 minutes, with the boat departing every 26 | Outrigger

30 minutes or 1 hour depending guided tours available. on the time of the day. Meanwhile, if you don’t mind 2. Stroll the Walled City paying extra for the experience, Segway PT’s distributor in the in style Philippines offers 30-minute Rode the kalesa before? When and 1-hour tours outside the you come back, make sure to walls of Intramuros. Though try some of the new stylish tours via personal transporters ways to get around Intramuros. have been available inside Two vehicles are getting Intramuros, it is the first time popular: the bamboo bike, or for the Segway brand to open simply called Bambike, and tour services in Manila after Segway PT. introducing it in Boracay, Singapore, Chicago, Paris, and Founded by Bryan McClelland, other major destinations. The Bamb Ecological Technology Inc. tour by Segway Tours Manila brands itself as a sociotakes you to interest points ecological enterprise that uses a outside the walls such as sturdy type of bamboo to create Reducto de San Francisco Javier, leisure bikes. Bambikes have Miguel Hidalgo monument, and been presented as gifts to global leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and New Zealand GovernorGeneral Sir Jeremiah Jerry Mateparae. These bikes can rented, and there are Outrigger | 27

Baluarte de San Andres, among others.

3. Become a spectator in a walking theater From kalesa drivers to bamboo bike guides, Intramuros isn't short of knowledgeable tour guides who can show you around. One of them, Carlos Celdran, is more of a thespian than a guide. He sings and acts as he takes you back in time to the Walled City's past, from the arrival of the Spaniards to the Americans, explaining how history has influenced today’s Filipino. His tour called Walk this Way has become an attraction in Intramuros.

4. Search for the seven original churches of Intramuros Before World War II, Intramuros was home to seven beautiful churches built by different Catholic religious orders. The liberation of Manila in 1945 came with a cost: only two remained after the war, these being the Manila Cathedral, which was 28 | Outrigger

rebuilt by 1958, and the San Agustin Church, the only temple that stayed intact.

The other five were the Sto. Domingo Church, now in Banawe, Quezon City; San Ignacio Church, near the former Ateneo de Municipal; San Francisco Church; San Nicolas Church, of the Augustinian Recollects; and Lourdes Church, of the Capuchin Friars. You can see these churches’ old photos near their original site.

5. Walk back in time inside museums To finish all of Intramuros’ museums in one day would be a feat. The Walled City has at least eight museums, with several more scattered outside the walls like the National Museum. Many of the museums within Intramuros are operated by the government such as the Light and Sound Museum, Rizal Shrine Museum, and Casa Manila, which replicates the interior of an affluent family’s house during the Spanish period. The privately run museums house San Agustin Museum is arguably the best in Intramuros. intimate sections of Intramuros’ history. Bahay Tsino showcases Filipino-Chinese heritage through old photographs, ceramics, and artifacts. Meanwhile, the San Agustin Museum is arguably the best in Outrigger | 29

Intramuros, home to religious and historical artifacts of the Augustinian mission in the Philippines. You would find the niche containing Juan Luna’s remains inside the Crypt; Seven Archangels, a 400-year old painting; and over a thousand artifacts and artworks inside the museum.

6. Celebrate a wedding Every weekend, San Agustin and the Manila Cathedral are packed with back-to-back weddings. If you chance upon one while making a pilgrimage to these churches, I'm sure that you, too, wouldn’t help but admire the solemnity of it all when stops, music shifts to another song, and the huge curtains of the Manila Cathedral opens up, revealing the bride.

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7. Hit your first ball at Club Intramuros When the Americans realized that the moat surrounding Intramuros posed a significant threat to public health more than it protected the city, the newly settled conquerors filled up the double moats and turned it into a golf course. Today, a government-controlled corporation, TIEZA, manages the golf course and the driving range. If it's your first time to hold a golf club and try the swing, professional teachers at Club Intramuros will mold you to proper form. The professional teacher's fee, tee girl's fee, and rent of golf balls and clubs are charged separately.

8. Admire Manila Bay’s sunset from Sky Deck The Bayleaf Hotel occupies the tallest building in Intramuros, erected before a law was passed that set the building height within the Walled City. This effectively sealed the fate of The Bayleaf’s roof deck restaurant, Sky Deck, as the only place in Intramuros with a 360-degree view of Metro Manila. Outrigger | 31

9. Dine with a theme When strolling the Walled City, you may as well eat like the locals of the past back when the big names of colonial Philippines resided in Intramuros. Heritage-themed restaurants Barbara’s and Illustrado are popular for tourists, but so too is Ristorante Delle Mitre, for those who want to “partake of the Lord’s bounty,” it says. On its Facebook, the restaurant describes itself as a “place for Bishops to dine”; its menu composed of dishes said to be loved by priests.

Upcoming Events in Intramuros 7 - Pasinaya Open House Festival, Casa Manila Patio

February 28 - Manila Transitio 2016

27 - “Doon po sa amin” Awarding Ceremonies/ Amazing Race (event by Smart)

March 2016

18 - Intramuros Rising Concert

Intramuros Sites and Museums Admission Fees Fort Santiago Rizaliana Furniture Exhibit Open Daily Open Daily except Mondays 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN 527-2961 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM Fees: 75 – Adults 263-8821 50 – Students, Children, Fees: 10 Senior Citizen 32 | Outrigger

Casa Manila Open Daily except Mondays 524-4084 / 527-4088 Fees: 75 – Adults 50 – Students, Children, Senior Citizen Baluarte de San Diego Open Daily 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM 527-3096 / 527-9012 Fees: 75 – Adults 50 – Students, Children, Senior Citizen San Agustin Museum Open Daily 08:00 AM to 12:00 NN 714-8889 / Fax 714-7470 Fees: 200 - adults 160 - students, children, senior citizen

Bahay Tsinoy Open Daily except Mondays 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM 526-6796 / Fax 714-7470 Fees: 100 - adults 80 - senior citizen) 60 - students, children Bagumbayan Lights and Sound Museum* Open Daily 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM 524-2827 / 09194696809 Fees: 150 - adults, students, 160 - senior citizen *Minimum of 10 persons to enter the museum

Old structures come back to life Ayuntamiento de Manila The former office of the American military governor has been brought back to splendor thanks to a PHP1.3 -billion rehabilitation and restoration project. It is now the office of the Bureau of Treasury. Maestranza Wall The Maestranza Wall, which faces the Pasig River, was vital in the defense of Intramuros during the colonial period. Not only did it protect the city from potential siege from the river, but it also linked Intramuros to supplies. Destroyed in 1941, the wall has been restored thanks to the donation of Japanese government. It is now the site of concerts and other events. San Ignacio Church Once reconstructed, the church will house Museo de Intramuros with over 8,500 pieces of collection. The project is part of Intramuros Administration’s infrastructure program to improve the Walled City. Photo by Judgefloro/ Wikimedia Commons Outrigger | 33

TRAVEL NEWS Shangri-La at the Fort to open in March Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila is set to open on March 1 at Bonifacio Global City, one of the fastest growing and vibrant developments in Metro Manila. Housed in a landmark mixed-used complex with Kerry Sports Manila, the city’s largest banqueting space, extensive retail brands, Shangri-La Residences and premier Horizon Homes on the top floors, the 576room hotel will feature five key lifestyle components — allowing guests to stay, relax, dine, shop, work out and play — in one of the tallest buildings in the Philippines.

meetings or rest comfortably. All are fitted with Shangri-La amenities, All lifestyle components at the LEED free Wi-Fi and modern luxuries. Gold-certified Shangri-La at the Fort are singularly managed by Shangri- To be among the first to “Experience the Shangri-La at the Fort Vibe”, an La. opening offer of Php 9,800 ++ per night for a Deluxe room is available Designed with accents of marble and includes daily breakfast, and silk in pale beige and ivory complimentary use of Kerry Sports tones with light Italian wood paneling, the hotel’s minimalist style Manila and the outdoor pool, and late checkout until 2 p.m. (subject to guestrooms and suites offer availability). unparalleled city and bay views. The Deluxe rooms are among the most spacious in the city, ranging from 45 to 47 square meters, and function as a place to conduct 34 | Outrigger

Clark welcomes latest five-star hotel and casino Midori Clark Hotel and Casino is expected to open in March, offering

luxurious facilities and services in the booming Clark Freeport Zone.

A venture of Eagle Sky Technology Amusement Inc., the hotel during its full operation will have a total of 111 well-appointed rooms embellished with chic dÊcor and high-end amenities such as Dedon furniture, Sealy beds, ACCA Kappa, the 1960s, more in-depth collection of personal stories from the and L’occitane essentials. Chinatown community, deeper Five restaurants offering fine range exploration of Chinatown's multiof food and drinks are available to ethnicity, clan associations, satisfy sophisticated palates. Party nightlife, and heritage businesses, never stops at Baccus Bar, featuring and enhanced multi-sensory features in the form of a sky lounge with live bands for soundscapes, multimedia content, unparalleled al fresco dining experience. Guests can also enjoy interactive story panels, olfactory experience and mood lighting. the KTV Clubs, Mahjong room, swimming pool, spa center and These will be complemented by a fitness center equipped with line-up of immersive tours and complete Sportfit amenities. events. Visitors can also look forward to tours led by guides Singapore’s latest attraction: acting as iconic characters of Chinatown Heritage Center Chinatown, such as a Samsui The rejuvenated Chinatown Woman or Trishaw Rider. Heritage Centre in Singapore has recently opened to unveil a The Centre will also host a regular refreshed visitor experience that line-up of temporary exhibitions tells a richer story of Chinatown's and community events in a new evolution from its early days as a exhibition gallery and event space, Chinese migrant settlement to as part of STB's vision for the Centre today's vibrant heritage precinct. to be a key platform for community Visitors to the Centre can expect a engagement. more comprehensive Chinatown story narrative that goes beyond Outrigger | 35


Issue 1: Intramuros Anew  

A Walk Back to Our Past - A stroll in the Walled City reveals stories we’ve not heard of before, from our Mexican heritage to one of the gre...

Issue 1: Intramuros Anew  

A Walk Back to Our Past - A stroll in the Walled City reveals stories we’ve not heard of before, from our Mexican heritage to one of the gre...