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PIOLO PASCUAL ON DEALING WITH A MILLENIAL SON


MAY 18 -Piolo Pascual admitted being scared seeing how other millennials lead their lives, especially that he has a 19-year-old son, Iñigo, who is also in showbiz. ABS-CBN PR/Released
There are a lot of negative associations with the word "millennial." Parents, most especially, associate their children's attitudes to their being millennials. Being a parent himself, Piolo Pascual appreciates how open millennials in life and with the things around them. However, he didn't deny that it also quite scares him, especially that he has a 19-year-old son, Iñigo. "Nakakatakot because of the society, the culture, the access," he said in an interview on Wednesday. The Kapamilya actor is starring in the film "Love Me Tomorrow," where a millennial falls in love with him portrayed by Coleen Garcia. However, he falls in love with an older woman portrayed by Dawn Zulueta. He admitted having a "pasaway" phase in his life, but he finds the encounters of young people today scarier. "Mas nakakatakot because mas common, wala ng judgement on anything. So you can be who you want to be. You can be anywhere, anytime, so may takot on my end," he said. Piolo is just thankful that he and his son's non-showbiz mom were able to build a "good foundation" of values and character to Iñigo. READ MORE...

ALSO: Just call him Lolo V


MAY 18 -Gary Valenciano
Don’t look now, but Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano will soon be a grand daddy.
In an Instagram post, Paolo Valenciano, the singer’s eldest son, confirmed wife Samantha Godinez is pregnant. “Boom. Gary Vs gonna be a Lolo V,” he wrote as caption. In an earlier report on ABS-CBN News, Gary V expressed readiness to become granddad. “Yeah, bring it on! My legs, kaya ko pang mag-swimming with my apo. I don’t mind…” He added, “Kung ano ’yung mga pagkukulang ko kay Paolo, and if Paolo doesn’t have time with his baby, come on, bring him to papi! I will take care of him.” Gary assured the couple of his unfailing presence in their life. READ MORE...

ALSO: Why would Filipinos love Dr. Mike? Pia shows us why
[Pia to Dr. Mike: “Congratulations, the Filipinos love you now.”]


MAY 18 -Photo from Pia Wurtzbach's personal Twitter account published on February 28, 2016) Dr. Mike Varshavski (left) and Pia Wurtzbach (right). (File/ Photo from Pia Wurtzbach’s personal Twitter account published on February 28, 2016)
After the public saw hints of a love quarrel and have caught air of an alleged breakup with rumored boyfriend Dr. Mikhail “Mike” Varshavski, also known as People Magazine’s “Sexiest Doctor Alive,” Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has shown her followers that they are still exchanging rather endearing messages on social media.
What surprised many, which made Pinoy netizens woo the pairing, is when Dr. Mike replied to the reigning Miss Universe’s messages in her local language. On Thursday night (May 17, 2016), Pia was seen tweeting messages, through her personal Twitter account, written in Filipino to the Russian-born New York doctor which says: “Nagkamali lang po ng pagkaintindi at pagkasagot. Pasensya na po. Maraming salamat po. @RealDoctorMike Okay na po ba, doc?” To which Dr. Mike replied: “Ok lang @PiaWurtzbach na nagkamali ang pagkaintindi mo at sagot. Naiintindihan ko. Lahat ng bagay at lahat ay mabuti.” Afterwards, the 26-year-old beauty queen jokingly tweeted her over 431,000 followers to translate her tweet for the doctor as he didn’t seem to understand what her message meant. However, Dr. Mike redeemed himself by sharing that he is currently studying how to speak in Tagalog, together with a greeting for the Philippines. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Miss Saigon’s’ Tanya Manalang leads new stars of latest ‘Rak of Aegis’ rerun


MAY 21 -Tanya Manalang, fresh from a two-year stint playing Kim in the new West End production of “Miss Saigon,” with “Rak of Aegis” playwright Liza Magtoto. PHOTO BY TOTEL DE JESUS
When a midsummer thunderstorm on Wednesday afternoon struck Metro Manila and nearby provinces, it was like a cue from above. It was a few minutes before the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) was to present to media and show buyers the new cast members of its original rock musical, the smash hit “Rak of Aegis.” “Rak” has had 206 shows since its first run in early 2014. Now on its fifth run, it aims for 82 shows, from June 17 to Aug. 28—or 10 shows a week. New alternates That kind of punishing schedule necessitates two or three performers alternating in the lead roles. The new show will have Tanya Manalang and Alisah Bonaobra playing the lead character Aileen (alternating with Aicelle Santos and Kim Molina); Carla Laforteza and Tricia Jimenez as barangay captain Mary Jane; Vince Lim as Aileen’s passive suitor Kenny; Jon Santos as shrewd businessman-villain Fernan; and Joann Co as Mercy. Manalang is coming in fresh from her two-year stint playing Kim in the West End production of “Miss Saigon.” She admitted not having seen “Rak” yet, since she left Manila for London three months before “Rak” opened on Jan. 31, 2014. “But I’ve been hearing great stuff about it,” she noted. “It has sparked interest even among Filipinos abroad. The character [of Aileen] intrigues me. Her songs are amazing and arranged brilliantly. She has attitude that I really love—no damsel in distress.” Upon hearing from colleague and friend Shiela Valderrama —who began playing “Kapitana” Mary Jane in 2015—that Peta was looking for a new Aileen, Manalang said she auditioned “without batting an eyelash.” READ MORE...

ALSO: From PAL-The Heart of the Filipino in LA
[CHOCOLATE-COVERED MANGOES, ‘ARROZ CALDO’ AND THE GOURMET ‘TUYO’ AND ‘BANGUS’ IN OLIVE OIL ON THE NONSTOP FLIGHT FROM CEBU TO LOS ANGELES WERE JUST AMONG THE MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE NEWEST PAL HOMEY ROUTE]


MAY 21 -ALL together in LA: Cielo Villaluna, Bishop Oscar Solis, Fil Sionil, the author, PAL president Jaime Bautista, Joanne Rae Ramirez, Mayenne Carmona and Ria Domingo
Lunch at Shangri-La Mactan before Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) inaugural nonstop flight from Cebu to Los Angeles was part of the preamble of good things coming.Summer was sizzling outside the Ocean Pavilion where a specially prepared lunch buffet had been spread. It was the Equinox hour, though the sun high above was poor competition for the warm welcome extended by general manager Rene Egle and his team. Italian chef Alessandro Dal Sotto was carving slices of Parma ham from a gondola ham stand in a station where different cheeses shared stellar billing with the leg of cured meat. Alongside, Indian chef Raf offered flavors of India beside the sushi and sashimi served over ice.The Japanese selections were as enticing as the seafood but this was Cebu, and dominating one section was a glistening roast pig with the reddish brown skin that crackled at first bite, releasing infused flavors of lemon grass, pepper corn, garlic and soy sauce.Perceptive purser Communications director Cassandra Cuevas had thoughtfully arranged the use of the hotel’s presidential suite for the group to freshen up after lunch before going to the airport for the 13-hour flight to the West Coast.READ MORE...


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Piolo Pascual on dealing with a millennial son


Piolo Pascual admitted being scared seeing how other millennials lead their lives, especially that he has a 19-year-old son, Iñigo, who is also in showbiz. ABS-CBN PR/Released

MANILA, MAY 23, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Joyce Jimenez -  May 18, 2016 - There are a lot of negative associations with the word "millennial." Parents, most especially, associate their children's attitudes to their being millennials.

Being a parent himself, Piolo Pascual appreciates how open millennials in life and with the things around them. However, he didn't deny that it also quite scares him, especially that he has a 19-year-old son, Iñigo.

"Nakakatakot because of the society, the culture, the access," he said in an interview on Wednesday.

The Kapamilya actor is starring in the film "Love Me Tomorrow," where a millennial falls in love with him portrayed by Coleen Garcia. However, he falls in love with an older woman portrayed by Dawn Zulueta.

He admitted having a "pasaway" phase in his life, but he finds the encounters of young people today scarier.

"Mas nakakatakot because mas common, wala ng judgement on anything. So you can be who you want to be. You can be anywhere, anytime, so may takot on my end," he said.

Piolo is just thankful that he and his son's non-showbiz mom were able to build a "good foundation" of values and character to Iñigo.

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"What's good also is 'yong faith, 'yong faith ng bata na-instill naman namin ng maayos, kahit nasa States siya with his mom and the family of his mom," Piolo said. "So I just try to be present and expose him, kasi ayaw ko naman isipin niya na may pagkukulang sa sarili niya dahil wala siyang complete home."

"We have to balance a lot, but maganda 'yong nature ng bata, e. I'm just thankful for that," he added.

His advice to other parents who have millennial children? "Most importantly you want to be there for them, you want to be there with them. Nakikita mo how dangerous it could be, but important thing there is 'wag mong tatakbuhan so you'll know how to handle (it)."

"Just be a good example. You can't preach naman, e, you can just be a testimony of it," he concluded.

"Love Me Tomorrow" is directed by Gino Santos and will be in cinemas on May 25.


MANILA BULLETIN

Just call him Lolo V by Regina Mae Parungao May 18, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share8


Gary Valenciano

Don’t look now, but Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano will soon be a grand daddy.

In an Instagram post, Paolo Valenciano, the singer’s eldest son, confirmed wife Samantha Godinez is pregnant.

“Boom. Gary Vs gonna be a Lolo V,” he wrote as caption.

In an earlier report on ABS-CBN News, Gary V expressed readiness to become granddad.

“Yeah, bring it on! My legs, kaya ko pang mag-swimming with my apo. I don’t mind…”

He added, “Kung ano ’yung mga pagkukulang ko kay Paolo, and if Paolo doesn’t have time with his baby, come on, bring him to papi! I will take care of him.”

Gary assured the couple of his unfailing presence in their life.

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“Not just as the weeks, the months go by, but as the years go by, for as long as this heart beats, I’m going to be the father and the father-in-law to the both of them.”

Addressing Paolo, Gary said, “When you said a lot of people are concerned about the wedding, but you’re more concerned about the marriage – that says so much about who you are, Pao.”


Paolo and wife Samantha (Samantha’s Instagram)

“You anchored your relationship on Christ. Know that he is the captain of that ship that has you and Samantha and the kids to come. God bless you both. I love you dearly. Need me, and I’ll be there, promise,” he said.

Gary only has good words for Samantha.

“Blessed ako… Sabi ko, ‘Thank you for being part of Paolo’s life. You don’t know how much you’ve touched me, how much that means to me. I’m very fortunate na my son made a good choice.’”


MANILA BULLETIN

Why would Filipinos love Dr. Mike? Pia shows us why
[Pia to Dr. Mike: “Congratulations, the Filipinos love you now.”] by Ces Dimalanta May 18, 2016


Photo from Pia Wurtzbach's personal Twitter account published on February 28, 2016) Dr. Mike Varshavski (left) and Pia Wurtzbach (right). (File/ Photo from Pia Wurtzbach’s personal Twitter account published on February 28, 2016)

After the public saw hints of a love quarrel and have caught air of an alleged breakup with rumored boyfriend Dr. Mikhail “Mike” Varshavski, also known as People Magazine’s “Sexiest Doctor Alive,” Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has shown her followers that they are still exchanging rather endearing messages on social media.

What surprised many, which made Pinoy netizens woo the pairing, is when Dr. Mike replied to the reigning Miss Universe’s messages in her local language.

On Thursday night (May 17, 2016), Pia was seen tweeting messages, through her personal Twitter account, written in Filipino to the Russian-born New York doctor which says: “Nagkamali lang po ng pagkaintindi at pagkasagot. Pasensya na po. Maraming salamat po. @RealDoctorMike Okay na po ba, doc?”

To which Dr. Mike replied: “Ok lang @PiaWurtzbach na nagkamali ang pagkaintindi mo at sagot. Naiintindihan ko. Lahat ng bagay at lahat ay mabuti.”

Afterwards, the 26-year-old beauty queen jokingly tweeted her over 431,000 followers to translate her tweet for the doctor as he didn’t seem to understand what her message meant.

However, Dr. Mike redeemed himself by sharing that he is currently studying how to speak in Tagalog, together with a greeting for the Philippines.

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“Nag aaral lang ngayon ng Tagalog. Mabuhay Philippines!” said Dr. Mike to his followers, accompanied by an emoji of the Philippine flag.

Pinoy netizens immediately took notice of the greeting and replied with words of thanks and even tried to help the doctor learn new words. According to one of his followers, the doctor “passed the first step to win the Filipinos’ heart”.

As a proud Pinay, Pia replied “Good to know you finally can spell our Philippines correctly (thumbs up). Oh and you finally know what our flag looks like! Congratulations, the Filipinos love you now.”

Aside from taking care of one of the Philippines’ pride, Dr. Mike looks like he’s also very much willing to learn the language and the culture — which is a thumbs-up for Pia’s fans.

Read the full tweet exchange below:


INQUIRER

‘Miss Saigon’s’ Tanya Manalang leads new stars of latest ‘Rak of Aegis’ rerun SHARES: 45 VIEW COMMENTS By: Totel V. de Jesus (Contributor) @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:15 AM May 21st, 2016

OTHER NEW CAST MEMBERS IN PETA’S 5TH STAGING OF ITS HIT MUSICAL INCLUDE CARLA GUEVARA LAFORTEZA, JON SANTOS AND ‘THE VOICE’ RUNNER-UP ALISAH BONAOBRA


Tanya Manalang, fresh from a two-year stint playing Kim in the new West End production of “Miss Saigon,” with “Rak of Aegis” playwright Liza Magtoto. PHOTO BY TOTEL DE JESUS

When a midsummer thunderstorm on Wednesday afternoon struck Metro Manila and nearby provinces, it was like a cue from above. It was a few minutes before the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) was to present to media and show buyers the new cast members of its original rock musical, the smash hit “Rak of Aegis.”

“Rak” has had 206 shows since its first run in early 2014. Now on its fifth run, it aims for 82 shows, from June 17 to Aug. 28—or 10 shows a week.

New alternates

That kind of punishing schedule necessitates two or three performers alternating in the lead roles. The new show will have Tanya Manalang and Alisah Bonaobra playing the lead character Aileen (alternating with Aicelle Santos and Kim Molina); Carla Laforteza and Tricia Jimenez as barangay captain Mary Jane; Vince Lim as Aileen’s passive suitor Kenny; Jon Santos as shrewd businessman-villain Fernan; and Joann Co as Mercy.

Manalang is coming in fresh from her two-year stint playing Kim in the West End production of “Miss Saigon.” She admitted not having seen “Rak” yet, since she left Manila for London three months before “Rak” opened on Jan. 31, 2014.

“But I’ve been hearing great stuff about it,” she noted. “It has sparked interest even among Filipinos abroad. The character [of Aileen] intrigues me. Her songs are amazing and arranged brilliantly. She has attitude that I really love—no damsel in distress.”

Upon hearing from colleague and friend Shiela Valderrama —who began playing “Kapitana” Mary Jane in 2015—that Peta was looking for a new Aileen, Manalang said she auditioned “without batting an eyelash.”

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It was a good thing her contract with “Miss Saigon” was over, so she packed her bags —and got the part. “Rak” is her first Filipino-language production and also her debut appearance with Peta.

Before “Miss Saigon,” Manalang had appeared in the Resorts World Manila productions of “The King and I” as Tuptim; “The Sound of Music” as Liesl Von Trapp; and in “Kaos” as Giselle.

Aileen-like story

Bonaobra, meanwhile, revealed a tidbit that melted hearts: “Dati lang po akong nagbebenta ng ticket ng ‘Rak of Aegis’ through OPM (Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit, one of the show buyers); hindi ko po ini-expect na ngayon ako na ’yung [isa sa mga] nasa ticket.”

Bonaobra’s life, in the words of “Rak” director Maribel Legarda, “has an Aileen-like story.”

In “Rak,” Aileen shoots to fame through a YouTube video of her singing against the backdrop of her perennially flooded village, Barangay Venezia.

Bonaobra was the “Filipino girl” singing Disney’s “Let It Go” at a Manila mall videoke corner whose video, taken by a Danish man in June 2014, became viral. It now has about 1.6 million views.

At the time, no one knew she was a scholar at St. Scholastica’s College Conservatory of Music. But because of that video, she was “discovered” and went on to win major prizes in “The Voice of the Philippines” and in the recently concluded duet singing contest in “Eat Bulaga” where she was paired with Aicelle Santos, the original Aileen.

On a whim, Bonaobra told her “Ate Aicelle” she wanted to experience theater. Santos urged her to audition for her role. When she got the part, the newbie couldn’t believe it, saying, “Aileen agad?”


The cast members of Peta’s fifth rerun of “Rak of Aegis” with the new Aileens Alisah Bonaobra (seventh from left, standing, back row) and Tanya Manalang (10th from left, back row). Other new cast members include Carla Guevara Laforteza (fourth from left, back row), Tricia Jimenez (12th from left, back row), Jon Santos (partly hidden, fourth from right, back row) and Vince Lim (rightmost, standing). The show runs June 17-Aug. 28 at Peta Theater Center.

First time

Popular stand-up comedian-lounge performer Jon Santos, for his part, auditioned for the role of Fernan, the bad guy played by Nor Domingo and Julienne Mendoza in the previous runs, because he said he wanted to act for Peta and be part of “Rak.”

“Literally first time ako nakatuntong sa stage ng Peta,” he said on Wednesday night. “In the past, I was just part of the audience, having seen three ‘Rak’ shows with different sets of cast members.”

He is “super grateful” to be part of “Rak” because it is a “complete, full-circle” production compared to previous shows he had appeared in: “‘Dogeaters’ also had a sociopolitical theme, but was a straight play; ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ had great songs but was not in Filipino. And ‘Bituing Walang Ningning’ had good OPM songs but no sociopolitical undertones.”

Early this year, when Laforteza got a call from musical director Myke Salomon, she thought she would be invited to join “Rak.” But it was for Peta’s Francis Magalona musical “3 Stars and a Sun,” which marked her first foray into Filipino material. But, to show her persistence, during rehearsals, she recalled singing “‘3 Stars’ songs with a ‘Rak of Aegis’ attack.”

Lucky break

For Tricia Jimenez, a theater actress who was part of landmark productions such as “Magsimula Ka” and “Katy,” but who has since devoted her time to her kids and family, getting asked to audition for “Rak” was “a dream come true.” When she asked permission from her husband, businessman Butch Jimenez, to join the production, he said: “’Yung mga anak natin, andyan lang sila, pero ’yung ‘Rak of Aegis,’ baka last na ’yan.”

Former Kundirana and Ryan Cayabyab Singers member Vince Lim, on the other hand, has been part of our subconscious since he played the cute, nerdy scientist Henyotik in Carlo Vergara’s “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady.” Playing Kenny is a tough act to follow, with Salomon and Poppert Bernadas having alternated in the role for the past 206 “Rak” shows. But Lim said he is thankful that, while he auditioned for another part, he is getting to play Kenny instead.

Director Maribel Legarda said being part of “Rak” has been a lucky break for many. Their acclaimed turns in the show, for instance, led to the now flourishing TV-movie careers of Jerald Napoles and Pepe Herrera, who both played Tolits; and Molina, who has gone on to TV work and more lead parts in musicals such as “Manhid” and “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady.”

For the other women in the cast, Legarda said there have been five who have given birth since “Rak” began, and “I think there’s more to come in the next few months.”

Peta’s “Rak of Aegis” runs June 17-Aug. 28 at Peta Theater Center, Quezon City. Call 8919999, 7526244, or e-mail
petatheater@gmail.com .


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The Heart of the Filipino in LA
CHOCOLATE-COVERED MANGOES, ‘ARROZ CALDO’ AND THE GOURMET ‘TUYO’ AND ‘BANGUS’ IN OLIVE OIL ON THE NONSTOP FLIGHT FROM CEBU TO LOS ANGELES WERE JUST AMONG THE MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE NEWEST PAL HOMEY ROUTE

By: Anna Isabel C. Sobrepeña (Contributor)
@inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer
03:00 AM May 21st, 2016


ALL together in LA: Cielo Villaluna, Bishop Oscar Solis, Fil Sionil, the author, PAL president Jaime Bautista, Joanne Rae Ramirez, Mayenne Carmona and Ria Domingo

Lunch at Shangri-La Mactan before Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) inaugural nonstop flight from Cebu to Los Angeles was part of the preamble of good things coming.

Summer was sizzling outside the Ocean Pavilion where a specially prepared lunch buffet had been spread. It was the Equinox hour, though the sun high above was poor competition for the warm welcome extended by general manager Rene Egle and his team.

Italian chef Alessandro Dal Sotto was carving slices of Parma ham from a gondola ham stand in a station where different cheeses shared stellar billing with the leg of cured meat.

Alongside, Indian chef Raf offered flavors of India beside the sushi and sashimi served over ice.

The Japanese selections were as enticing as the seafood but this was Cebu, and dominating one section was a glistening roast pig with the reddish brown skin that crackled at first bite, releasing infused flavors of lemon grass, pepper corn, garlic and soy sauce.

Perceptive purser

Communications director Cassandra Cuevas had thoughtfully arranged the use of the hotel’s presidential suite for the group to freshen up after lunch before going to the airport for the 13-hour flight to the West Coast.

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The spectacular view in the relaxing accommodations set off our mental note to book a longer stay at the Shangri-la Mactan at the next opportunity.

It had been a couple of years since our last visit and the Mactan Cebu International Airport was looking up. Besides improvements in the existing facility, the processing from immigration to customs was an easy walk-through sans long queues.

The airport lounge had exceptionally good coffee, an Italian brew, and kiosks outside had delicacies for last-minute buys.
Having decided against adding the weight of chocolate-covered mangoes to the hand carry, we were delighted to have them onboard PR 122. When purser Ernie Rio noted our pleasure with each taste of the diminishing portion, he brought even more, and later, a small gift box of the same. It was unsolicited and a hallmark of the exceptional service aboard PAL.


PUBLIC art at Thomas Bradley Airport

Comfort food onboard
Having just flown the national carrier’s direct flight to London and tasting everything on the menu, we anticipated our in-flight meals. The travel dining ritual included arroz caldo and the gourmet tuyo and bangus in olive oil.

Cabin services manager Marge Angeles, who was overall in-charge of the special flight, made sure that the passengers’ needs were anticipated, right down to the big bottle of water that was copiously consumed for hydration.

Pacing the hours to adjust to the 5:55 p.m. arrival at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, we set the push button on recline for a restful sleep, snuggled in the A343 Jet seat. Hours later, there was time to watch a film after breakfast and still freshen up before stepping out to an LA evening.

Beverly Hills address

Home for the next few days was the SLS in Beverly Hills, a tony hotel with character and reputedly the best in the county. The aesthetics of Philippe Starck resonated, from the open veranda with the gilded silver old-fashioned swivel office chair behind a glass desk to clusters of eclectic furniture upholstered in white leather or fabric.

A long table stretched the length of Tres by José Andrés, the restaurant with a well-curated breakfast menu. It was the giveaway for the design inspiration. A Moooi horse lamp and a Moooi pig table stood between concierge and the reception.

The elevator doors opened to the fifth floor lobby with a pool table and more Starck elements; an arm chair and three different footstools with a lampstand in the shape of a rifle.


PAL president Jaime Bautista before his airline’s aircraft at LA airport

Our room 507 was a sanctuary of contemporary space and indulgences. The cristalleries in the bathroom shelf alone raised the standards of amenities in a luxury hotel.

Signatures of Filipino Best

There was time for a quick dash to the Beverly Hills Center, 10 minutes away, before dinner with PAL president Jaime Bautista. Throughout our stay in LA, he and his team were the hospitable hosts who took no request as a small matter.

Even as communications head Cielo Villaluna was occupied with event preparations, she extended the signature care relaunched in PAL’s new brand campaign, and so did vice president for marketing Ria Domingo and the other officers who attended the dinner reception the following evening at the Albert Ballroom on the ground floor.

During cocktail hour, the Cebu lechon made a stellar appearance, quickly vanquished by appreciative guests. No less than the executive chef, Octavio Sabado, was artfully carving the roast, much to the surprise of his colleagues. He opted to do the task, responding to the strains of his Filipino lineage.

A dance troupe performed before the courses were served. Brief remarks by PAL officials and the Philippine consul in LA followed videos that presented PAL’s “Heart of the Filipino” campaign. It was the best of the Philippines bannered by the airline bearing the country colors.


ROTATING aerial tram at the Peaks Restaurant

LA and beyond

PAL had arranged a day tour to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for some snow sighting and views of the Chino Canyon from 8,516 feet up. Lunch was at cloud level at the Peaks Restaurant before our descent to retail fun at Cabazon Outlets.

On the last morning in LA, a Sunday, we took a brisk five-minute walk to Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon to make it to the 9 a.m. service. It was a good way to end the visit.

At the airport, during departure, there suddenly materialized a memorable parting shot—two PAL aircraft came into view, framed by the glass windows. It was a moment that needed to be captured.

Bautista gamely obliged our request to photograph him with the planes as background. As he stood, the man of the hour smiled broadly, saying that this was just the beginning.

He said that in the near future, more PAL aircraft would be lined up on the LA tarmac and several airports in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world.

Even as he smiled, it sounded like a promise that was already coming true.


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