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Gorgeous Inside & Out Fiona Patricia S. Escandor gives us a face to go with the voice a lot of us hear on the airwaves.


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Sun.Star Weekend | Saturday , July 9, 2011 CHERRY ANN LIM Managing Editor, Special Pages and Features JIGS ARQUIZA Editor CLINT HOLTON P. POTESTAS Writer

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Gorgeous... “I

was a shy kid,” she said. “I used to hide behind the skirt of my mom when meeting new people.” That’s pretty surprising coming from someone whose line of work is in broadcasting. A radio DJ, a talk show host, and a beauty queen – surely, she is anything but shy. Although remaining slightly reserved, she still oozes poise and confidence, the very traits which have helped her excel in her chosen field. Anther Infante, who is more popularly known as Leila in the airwaves, is definitely not your typical twenty-year-old. While many people her age are partying their youth away, she is already making a jumpstart in her career. Only in her fourth year as a Mass Communication major in Southwestern University, but as early as now, she has been dabbling in mediarelated activities all over Cebu. Aside from being a DJ in Monster Radio, she is also a freelance TV host, as well as a writer for a real estate company. Anther didn’t originally plan on working in the media industry. She initially took up Nursing in the same university, but two semesters later, she realized that it wasn’t the right career path for her. She didn’t even plan on taking Mass Communications after that. All she knew was that she didn’t envision herself as a nurse anytime in the future. Anther considers that experience as a turning point in her life, and as seen in her accomplishments, it turned out excellently for her. Joining radio can also be dubbed as another significant point in her life. She got her big break when Joe Phoenix heard her on her school’s radio program, and then asked her to join the Monster family. “Being a DJ has certainly improved my personality. I’m now

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more confident in trying new things… things I always thought I couldn’t do.” “I wasn’t the talkative type,” she shared. “In my first three weeks as a DJ, I would even prepare a script before I go on air.” She has indeed been better since then. Today, with her cool-sounding voice, she maneuvers the DJ’s booth like a pro. “It’s not really a job. At the end of the day, it feels good to just chill, listen to music, and talk to the listeners. I also like the thought of making someone else’s day by simply playing a song they like.” Her stint as a DJ has also opened doors to more opportunities such as TV and events hosting. “I want to try a lot of things while I’m still young because at least for now, I have an excuse to fail,” she said lightheartedly.

“Never limit yourself. You’ll never know unless you try. If it works, then that’s good… but if it doesn’t, then just go and try something else,” she said simply. Anther labels herself as “fearless to the point of stupidity.” She admits that she has done things out of impulse, which ended badly; nevertheless she claims that she has no regrets. Those mistakes were what led her to the things that are really meant for her. “I’m also very stubborn. If I like it, I’d really go for it despite what other people say.” Her parents, for instance, were hesitant at first to let her work because of the late-night shift. However, seeing their youngest daughter’s dedication and perseverance, they eventually gave in to her plans. They are very supportive in her endeavors; in fact, her dad fetches her from work every night. There were also times though, that her stubbornness didn’t result in her favor. With that, she advised, “Always listen to people who know better.” Anther is undeniably enjoying her busy schedule. “I like being busy. Dili ko mahimutang (I feel restless) if I have nothing to do.” Truly a hardworking and independent girl, she even worked as an English tutor to Korean students even before she became a DJ. Ten years from now, Anther sees herself with three jobs and with “more than enough so that I can help my family and the people around me.” Anther did admit that there is a small part of her fearing that she might regret missing out on activities like going out with friends. “I can’t do that as often as I want to.” Nevertheless, she added, “I can confidently say that I’m really happy with the things I’m doing now.” RALPH RHODDEN C. CAVERO Graphic Designer


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A Traveler’s Tale by Fiona Patricia S. Escandor “Let me give you my name card,” was one of the first things she said as I entered her office. Apparently, what we commonly refer to as calling cards are dubbed as name cards in Hong Kong, where she spent a good six years of her career. Katherine Macachor-Lupisan, manager of the newly-opened First United Travel’s Cebu Office, has been with the travel industry for nearly fifteen years. A significant chunk of that was spent with a European company, Kuoni Travel, in its regional office in Hong Kong. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s not everyday you hear about local agents hired to work overseas. Katherine was merely browsing the Internet one night when she found the ad of a company looking for a travel consultant. “Must be Filipino, willing to work abroad, willing to relocate ASAP,” it said. “I read about the job description and I thought it fitted me…Murag (perhaps) I can do this. This is already what I do,” she shared. At that time, Katherine was with a leading travel company in Cebu. In less than ten minutes, she was able to send what she described as her “simple bio-data” and the following day she received a call. “Considering my counterparts at that time, I was really a neophyte. But I think what impressed my boss was when he entered the room, I was the one who approached him,” she said. “I told him, ‘I didn’t recognize you without the glasses on.’ Kaging siya ngano kaila ko (He was surprised that I knew him already) Gi research man nako daan (I researched the company before I went to the interview). The other interviewees, who had more experience than me, were running around trying to look for him.” Her experience with Kuoni Travel has certainly enhanced her skills in her field. “Didto jud ko na hasa (I gained a lot of experience there) because I organized group tours for Europe, Africa, India, and lots of other places… and I didn’t only do normal tours. I did incentive tours for companies. These are big groups with about 100-500 participants.” It was also there that Katherine learned that there are many travel options that can be done. Once, she arranged a company tour where they closed a small village in Switzerland and had the locals don traditional costumes. “It’s not only about sightseeing,” she said. As a travel agent, Katherine likes to give emphasis on her clients’ overall experience. This enthused her to arrange First United’s specialty tours such as the Photography Tour held last April and an upcoming “Eat, Pray, Love”-inspired tour in September. The Photography Tour received positive reviews from its pioneering batch. Her ingeniousness set her apart in Kuoni, where the staff was a mix of different nationalities. At first, Katherine thought that she would be overshadowed by the others, but in fact, it was the opposite. Others would immediately back down after seeing difficulty in their plans, but

she and her Filipino colleagues would always find alternatives. “People from first-world countries are used to being spoon-fed. They are not used to adversity,” she explained. “Filipinos, on the other hand, would always find ways to get the job done.” A true-blue Cebuana, she wasn’t enticed with the housing choices in highly-urbanized Hong Kong. She preferred to live in a nearby fishing village, Lamma Island, which was one ferry ride away. It required her to commute an hour and a half to work daily. However, Katherine said it was worth it because she had a gorgeous view of mountains. “Even if it was a small village, completo man siya (it had everything)…we had banks, clinics, al fresco bars… Plus I was only fifteen minutes away from the beach!” Quitting her job in Hong Kong was a difficult decision to make. Her husband, Jojo Lupisan, wanted to come home. Despite being driven and passionate in her work, Katherine chose to relocate with him to Cebu in 2009. Today, aside from managing First United, she helps Jojo in their family businesses, Waka-Waka Grill and Leonardo’s Catering. Katherine confessed to being a “control freak,” opting to do the inventory of their businesses herself. “I would count colorcoded coupons until 3 a.m.,” she related lightheartedly. Undoubtedly, the strong Hong Kong work ethic were instilled in her. One of her missions upon returning home was to travel all over the country. She added, “There’s still a lot to see in the Philippines. It’s only a matter of

opening your mind to these options.” Many people say that travel agents are a dying breed. With the Internet, tourists can do the booking themselves. On that, Katherine argues, “When you have problems, can you talk to the Internet? What’s paying a little extra for your peace of mind and safety?” Apart from the travel opportunities that come with the job, Katherine loves the satisfaction she gets from knowing that her clients are enjoying their trip. “I take pride in that,” she beamed. “Ironically, my husband is a grumpy tourist,” Katherine disclosed fondly. She wishes to have kids someday and travel with them instead. “If they ask for gifts when they grow up, I will not give them material things. I will let them travel,” she said firmly. “The education you get from traveling is really different than what you get inside the four walls of a classroom.”


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O his credit, Michael Bay does try to put more human touch into “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” aiming to make up for the clattering mess of overgrown kitchen appliances that duked it out in the franchise’s last installment. Bay went to the far side of the moon and even to planet Vulcan, enlisting John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mr. Spock in search of the human face of the “Transformers” universe. And he came back with another loud, long, bruising and wearisome onslaught of giant, shape-shifting robots. The human element arises largely from archival footage involving the 1960s moon race, along with images that may disturb younger kids as a succession of screaming, scrambling humans are vaporized by the ‘bots like insects in a bug zapper. In 3-D, too, so you get to wear those clunky glasses for the franchise’s longest movie yet. It really felt like people didn’t matter in 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” a megablockbuster despite being little more than a turgid assemblage of computergenerated machine parts thrashing about. So Bay and his collaborators set out to show the flesh-and-blood consequences in the war between the benevolent Autobots and their evil counterparts, the Decepticons. But human consequence in a Bay flick means more shots of Shia LaBeouf bellowing while he and his pals get battered around amid the

mayhem. The action sequences drag on and on, and while the stunts and digital imagery are even more dazzling than the visuals of Bay’s first two “Transformers” tales, it all flies by in such frenzy that it remains a challenge to figure out who’s who, which robot is which, and what machines you should be rooting for. It’s a thin line between the idiotically incomprehensible “Revenge of the Fallen” and the merely incomprehensible of “Dark of the Moon.” Unlike “Revenge of the Fallen,” part three actually has a plot, or at least starts with one before the movie lapses into nonsense. Returning screenwriter Ehren Kruger weaves in a 1960s prologue as NASA tracks the crash of an alien ship on the moon, prompting Kennedy to order a salvage mission under cover of his call to beat the Russians to the lunar surface (along with Kennedy, the prologue features archival footage of Nixon and moon walkers Armstrong and Aldrin, the latter also turning up in a cameo as himself in present times). The crashed vessel carried technology that was the last hope of the Autobots in their losing battle against the Decepticons on their home world. It also carried the leader of the Autobots, Sentinel Prime (voiced by Leonard Nimoy, who also is seen briefly as Vulcan Spock from a “Star Trek” episode as Paramount Pictures forges a strange marriage of its two big sci-fi franchises). Sentinel Prime is revived by his protégé and successor, Optimus Prime

(again voiced by Peter Cullen), and the two lead their scant Autobot forces and human allies against Decepticon leader Megatron (Hugo Weaving) in the race to recover the lost technology. Earth’s fate is again in the balance, with LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky naturally at the center of things. Bay cast out Megan Fox as Sam’s girlfriend, replacing her with new romantic interest Carly (Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely, who makes a laughably titillating, skin-bearing entry into the movie, reminiscent of Fox’s introduction in the last one). Like Fox, Huntington-Whitely is never expected to do more than look hot while in deathly peril in the clutches of hulking robots, so in that regard at least, her big-screen debut is a success. LaBeouf is reunited with Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson as leaders of the human strike forces, along with John Turturro as a former government operative who jumps back into the battle. Some genuine humor arises early on, courtesy of John Malkovich as Sam’s quirkily autocratic new boss and Frances McDormand as a supremely capable but by-the-book intelligence chief (hearing Academy Award winner McDormand state with conviction that “it’s some sort of prototype Autobot technology” is a natural giggle). Alan Tudyk provides a few laughs as Turturro’s unstable assistant, while Patrick Dempsey manages at least one chuckle as Carly’s wealthy boss, a guy who talks up the need to “liaise” with the humungous robots.

As they always are, Kevin Dunn and Julie White are annoying as Sam’s parents, whose roles serve no purpose this time and could have been jettisoned to save precious time. Whatever humor the movie offered fades as Bay ratchets up the relentless action, the battles grinding on so long that the motion and noise turns numbing (the mind really can wander during all this ruckus; stare long enough at some of the Decepticons’ flying machines and they oddly start to resemble jumbo shrimp). The 3-D images, created through a combination of 3-D cameras, 2-D converted footage and digital effects, generally are crisp, avoiding the blurriness that has spoiled some 3-D tales. Fans of the format should be satisfied, but for the anti-3-D crowd, the movie probably will not win any converts; the 3-D images really don’t add anything. “Dark of the Moon” mostly is an expensive exercise in rubbernecking, the audience getting to watch colossal carnage and destruction from the safety of stadium seating. And human consequence? Well, the most human thing about “Dark of the Moon” is the age-old, gravelly voice of Sentinel Prime, even though Nimoy unfortunately is called on to parrot one of the most-cherished lines of the “Star Trek” canon in a bad context. It’s hard to care about what happens on screen when an extraterrestrial robot, speaking with the same voice as a pointy-eared Vulcan, provides the most human connection in a movie.(AP) IMAGES FROM THE INTERNET


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Larry Crowne

“Larry Crowne” serves as a reminder that you can have two of the most likable, bankable stars on the planet together, but strong writing is crucial to making them shine. Even the combined, blinding brilliance of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts can’t salvage the corny, contrived script – which Hanks, who also directed the film, co-wrote. His longtime friend Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) was his collaborator, and the shticky nature of her style is just overpowering. Main characters behave in unbelievable ways and say just the right poignant things at just the right times; meanwhile, supporting players are relegated to one-note roles that are straight out of a sitcom, like Cedric the Entertainer and Taraji P. Henson as Hanks’ wisecracking, yard sale-loving neighbors. (AP)

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The Bo-Keys, “Got To Get Back!” (Electraphonic) The Bo-Keys not only extend the venerable Memphis tradition of recording instrumental rhythm & blues, the multigenerational band also employs several veterans who played on the original Stax and Hi label recordings that the Bo-Keys emulate. The band’s first album in seven years, “Got To Get Back!” highlights contributions from players who toured and recorded alongside B.B. King, Al Green and Isaac Hayes, as well as trumpeter Ben Cauley, the lone surviving member of the Bar-Kays from a plane crash that also took the life of Otis Redding. Known as an instrumental group, the new

album showcases several soul and blues vocalists who span the ages, including William Bell, Otis Clay and Charlie Musselwhite. Perhaps it is the participation of so many veterans, or perhaps it is the passionate zeal of band leader Scott Bomar, but for one reason or another, the Bo-Keys present a muscular yet spare sound that captures the grit and grease of classic, horn-driven R&B. Where many revivalists pale compared to the originals, the Bo-Keys would have fit right in next to legendary Memphis musical crews the Bar-Kays and Booker T. & the M.G.’s. (AP)

CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: On the title track, “Got to Get Back (To My Baby),” Otis Clay growls and roars against a rousing brass backdrop, charging through the pumping track with a sweaty ferociousness reminiscent of the late Wilson Pickett.

The top 10 singles and albums iTunes’ top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending July 4, 2011, according to the Associated Press:

Singles: 1. “Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock),” LMFAO 2. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry 3. “Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer),” Pitbull 4. “Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj 5. “Stitch By Stitch,” Javier Colon 6. “Rolling In the Deep,” ADELE 7. “Inventing Shadows,” Dia Frampton 8. “Tonight Tonight,” Hot Chelle Rae 9. “How to Love,” Lil Wayne 10. “The Edge of Glory,” Lady GaGa

Albums: 1. “4,” Beyonce 2. “Finally Famous,” Big Sean 3. “21,” ADELE 4. “When the Sun Goes Down,” Selena Gomez & The Scene 5. “Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton,” Blake Shelton 6. “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver 7. “Hands All Over,” Maroon 5 8. “This Loud Morning,” David Cook 9. “Hell: The Sequel,” Bad Meets Evil 10. “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons

Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, his Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

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by Melissa Anelli

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Jacob Wysocki makes his subtly confident film debut in “Terri” as a misfit teen who’s comfortable in his own skin – even though there’s a lot of it. Heavyset, soft-spoken and reserved, he makes the same solitary trek to school each day in his pajamas – “They’re just comfortable on me,” he reasons – but barely makes much of an impression on anyone once he gets there, except to serve as a target of torment. What’s fascinating about director Azazel Jacobs’ quietly beautiful film, though, is that it never condescends to Terri, never pities him, because Terri doesn’t pity himself. He is who he is: nononsense, observant and smarter than he looks. He goes about his days, living in a cluttered home with his aging uncle (Creed Bratton) who’s showing early signs of Alzheimer’s. (AP) IMAGES FROM THE INTERNET

The Harry Potter books were just the beginning of the story... During the brief span of just one decade, hundreds of millions of perfectly ordinary people made history: they became the only ones who would remember what it was like when the Harry Potter saga was still unfinished. What it was like to seek out friends, families, online forums, fan fiction, and podcasts to get a fix between novels. When the potential death of a character was a hotter bet than the World Series. When the unfolding story of a boy wizard changed the way books are read for all time. And as webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron, one of the most popular Harry Potter sites on the Internet, Melissa Anelli had a front row seat to it all. Whether it was helping Scholastic stop leaks and track down

counterfeiters, hosting live PotterCasts at bookstores across the country, touring with the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters, or traveling to Edinburgh to interview J. K. Rowling personally, Melissa was at the center of the Harry Potter tornado, and nothing about her life would ever be the same. The Harry Potter books are a triumph of the imagination that did far more than break sales records for all time. They restored the world’s sense of wonder and took on a magical life of their own. Now the series has ended, but the story is not over. With remembrances from J. K. Rowling’s editors, agents, publicists, fans, and Rowling herself, Melissa Anelli takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon – from his very first spell to his lasting impact on the way we live and dream.

TEXT AND IMAGES FROM WWW.FULLYBOOKEDONLINE.COM AND THE WEB


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Kawasaki Screams Into Cebu Text and photos by Manny Amador Amidst a somewhat raucous and decidedly sensuous atmosphere at Vudu last July 1, Kawasaki Philippines launched its latest motorcycles now available in Cebu. With smoke, music, glitz, and some very glamorous girls, five two-wheelers were on display for the biker crowd, who were treated to 80s music, snakcs, and an open bar. While the party that night is a story unto itself, I’m going to tell you about the stars of that night: the bikes. The Kawasaki KSR 100 actually looks good, as far as mini dualsport bikes go. The front and rear disc brakes are a nice bonus. Since it’s configured almost like a dirt bike, the KSR 110 has better ground clearance than most other rides with similar displacement, despite its little 12-inch wheels. With just 111 cubic centimeters in its power plant making 8.4 horsepower, however, you won’t have tons of power at your disposal; but

it’s got more than enough to get its 85 kilos moving. The KSR not a trail bike, but more like a fun street commuter with occasional rough road capabilities. Its selling price of around P110,000, however, puts it just under the cost of a bigger, more powerful, and proven dirt bike from Honda, so buyers will have something to think about. Kawasaki has ruled the 250cc sportbike class for over a decade, and its entry-level sportbike, the Ninja 250R, tempts me but also raises questions. It’s modern, liquid-cooled, 249cc 4-valve parallel-twin puts out some appreciable grunt at 33 horsepower, but it also weighs in at 152 kilos (dry weight). That’s over 350 pounds with gas and battery -- not the lightest on the road. Still, its a decent street runner, and there’s nothing else in this category from other manufacturers that comes close. The price tag of P250,000 is on the

bottom edge of steep for the Philippine market though. You’ll have to pay for what you get with this baby. Things start getting serious with the Ninja 650R. This bike offers modern comfornts and gadgetry such as digital multifunction instrumentation, fuel sensor, LED taillight, and fuel injection for that 649cc 4-valve parqallel putting out some 80 horses. At around P330,000 it’s priced lower than competing screamers in the 600cc category. That’s something to consider since the more powerful and faster Yamaha R6 will set you back over half a million. The Ninja is no slacker, though, and will get you to 200kph, which is more than what’s safe on Philippine

roads. This bike is mean and you won’t havw to sell your house to get it. I’ve been reading about the Kawasaki Vulcan for years. This 900cc version pushes the right buttons for me. It’s black, big, nasty and brand new. With cruisers, it’s not about horsepower; it’s about torque. The Vulcan 900 Custom’s 903cc V-twin has 58 foot-pounds of it. Aggressive styling coupled with a large 21-inch front wheel and hefty frame will make you the bad boy on the street should you be seen astride its nearly 600 running pounds. I haven’t heard it yet, but I expect this monster to roar when gunned. It will cost you some 580 grand to

do so, but that’s not bad when compared to the competition. That’s the cost of inyour-face attitute, and this bike’s got it. The top of the Kawasaki line, of course, is the Ninja ZX-10R. Let’s forget all other considerations except raw power and blistering speed. The litrebike category is where the screamers play, and the Ninja is right up there with them. The bike’s 998cc inline four with ram-air puts out over 210 horsepower; more than you could want -- or use -- on

any road except a MotoGP or Superbike racetrack. This Ninja can go from zero to 60mph (over 100kph) in less than three seconds. Are you in that much of a hurry? Well, that kind of performance will cost you, but if you have around 800 big ones lying around to put down for this beast, you aren’t exactly worried about a few bucks. This is the high-end, hightech stratosphere class where only a few play, and the Ninja is one of their favorite toys.


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The Sherlock Adventure by Sandra M. Impoc

I knew an entry such as this would come when I agreed to hang out with Sherlock. We first met each other in one of the companies in the metro. Sherlock and I didn’t hit off right away. Of course we knew each other (we were both in the same training class), but we hung out with different groups. It was only during one crazy night when alcohol got the best of me and I shed tears over some stupid guy that Sherlock and I became friends. It was he who asked if I was okay, listened to my rants about Mr. Stupid, and walked with me for a considerable distance, laughing when I slipped on my butt on some sidewalk.  Our friendship went a bit awkward after that. I was mortified. I had embarrassed myself in front of a complete stranger (technically) and said things I would not have dared tell my closest friends. But life goes on, as they say, and the fog between us eventually cleared. I was grateful I found a friend in him, silly the circumstances that forged our friendship might be.  Then I decided to quit my job. I bid good-bye to the friends I found in the workplace, but due to our different schedules, I did not get to say good-bye to Sherlock.  We did not see each other for more than three months. Our forms of communication consisted of chatting online and text messages now and then. My family wanted to spend Christmas and New Year in Leyte. Thus, I was gone for a good part of the holidays. Upon my return to Cebu, Sherlock and I decided to do some catching up in one of the local malls.  And catch up we did, and I saw Sherlock for the first time in more than three months. Nothing had changed in him, at least nothing I could see. Save for a few belly bulges, he was still the same old Sherlock I knew. We started talking and, right then and there, picked up where we left our friendship off.  We ate at KFC. His treat, surprisingly. We watched Sherlock Holmes (hence, the pseudonym). We sat

beside each other. We went to another mall and had coffee. We talked and talked. We went to this karaoke place. We sang and sang. We had bowls of instant noodles, puso, eggs, and hot dogs. We ate and ate. We went home. He told me to text him as soon as I got home. I did. Sherlock does not fit the mold of what I consider my ideal guy – physically, at least. He’s not chinito. He’s not lanky. His hair is curly. He’s, well, ordinary. But standards can only do so much. Being totally at ease with someone is all that matters, and standards cease to exist. Everything ceases to exist. What used to be of utmost importance suddenly becomes trivial. Is it love then? I doubt it is, but I know it is something.  You see, Sherlock is gay. And he’s taken.  While we were hanging out, he told me things about his relationship. I smiled, nodded, pointed out a few points – but a part of me wondered how it would feel to be in his partner’s shoes. I wondered if his interest in the opposite sex would ever be rekindled. I wondered if he would ever, you know, like me that way.  As I was perpetually single, he told me he would set me up with someone he believed would be the perfect match for me. I told him I was not interested in anyone else because I was interested in him. We cackled like mad, but secretly, there was a hint of truth to what I said.  We went home eventually. My shirt smelled of him, of his cologne and cigarette smoke. I slept with my shirt wrapped around my face, inhaling the scent of him. Before I drifted off, I wondered what on earth I was doing. I wondered if I had gone mad.  Deciding it didn’t really matter, I drifted off to sleep.

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peeps (people, events and places) Coffee Dream opens in A.S. Fortuna

CHERRY ANN LIM Managing Editor, Special Pages and Features JIGS ARQUIZA Editor CLINT HOLTON P. POTESTAS Writer

Videoke night at Movenpick Resort

Movenpick Resort and Spa in Punta Engano, Mactan held a videoke night last June 23, to introduce the property to its partner travel agents. Prizes were raffled off, and guests were encouraged to join the singing contest, where overnight stays at the resort were at stake.

Entrepreneur Glenn Soco opened his latest branch of Coffee Dream at the Benedicto College building along A.S. Fortuna St. in Mandaue. Present at the opening ceremonies were Gov. Gwen Garcia, Mandaue City mayor Jonas Cortes and Ambassador Benedicto. Gov. Gwen Garcia, Mayor Jonas Cortes and Ambassador Benedicto.

Glenn Soco

Rockin’ USA at Plantation Bay Plantation Bay Resort and Spa recently launched their newest them night entitled “Rockin’ USA” last Monday, July 4 at the resort’s Galapagos Beach. Guests were treated to a great selection of classic American favorites like hotdogs, mashed potatoes and fried chicken. The highlight of the night was a presentation by the Plantation Bay dancers dancing to rock and roll and disco tunes.

From left: Movenpick’s Director of Sales and Marketing Jojo Clemente and Mia; a couple of guests doing a duet; Movenpick’s Director of Operations Philippines Helmut Gaisberger and Movenpick General Manager Klaus Graesslin. Clockwise from left photo: The Rockin’ USA dancers; Plantation Bay’s version of the Dallas Cowgirls; diamonds are indeed a girl’s best friend; resort guests enjoying the show.

Biker night at VUDU

American food festival

Kawasaki Motorcycles recently launched their newest motorcycles at Luxx at VUDU in Crossroads Arcade. Present were Kawasaki executives, motorcycle dealers and motorcycle lovers.

The United States Department of Agriculture held a party at Marco Polo Plaza’s Grand Terrace last June 30 to cap off the American food display at the hotel.

Erl Dionisio of Well Advertising,Jaja Chiongbian-Rama, Teench Doval Santos, Kawasaki’s GM for sales and marketing, Kawasaki chairman Jin Inoue, Kaoru Ueda, April Rama

Mitch Ticzon of Kawasaki and King DJ Loga of 99.5 RT Manila. Kawasaki girls

Manolo Del Rosario of EMCOR and Sammy Ondona of GUD Moto Trading

Rotary Club induction The Rotary Club of Cebu-West held their 49th charter anniversary and induction of new officers and directors last June 11 at the Casino Espanol. From left: John Pages, Nilo Domingo and Carlo Suarez.

Clockwise from top photo: Plantation Bay’s Chef Vinz Karlsen, a friend and PB assistant F&B Manager Jimmy Martinez; Marty Arquiza with Ron Celis of Benby Enterprises; USDA’s Joy Claridades and KFC’s Rochelle Gonzaga; DineAsia’s Mary Anne Meily, Bobit Avila, Dawnie Roa, Jessica Avila and Narco Polo General Manager Hans Hauri and a colleague; Bee Luciano, a friend and Joy Siguenza.

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