D1 Sunday, December 19, 2010
Paradise within a paradise RIDING THE WIND One great way to go
around Boracay Island is via Paraw.
FILIPINO ART Joey By Tet Andolong the-line entertainment system that features wide-screen Mandarin Boracay’s façade is their open-air restaurant
Esturis’s carvings television, iPod dock and high-quality speakers installed by the beach, which is a fresh seafood bar-cum-dampa
adorn many of the “T in the lounging area. e Ambassador Suite Bedroom, called Buco’s Bar and Grill, which also features live bands
establishment’s xtures Ten Beaches of the World” by both CNN and on the other hand, is a two-room suite furnished with a that play from 7 p.m. until midnight on a daily basis.
Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. e Asian king-sized canopy bed, a spacious lounging area, a pri- Both restaurants including the main kitchen are
Wall Street Journal also cited the island as vate bar and a Jacuzzi. Special requests for rose petals on handled by 49-year-old executive chef Alfredo Decena,
one of the “Top Ten Beach Destinations,” the bed, bouquets, breakfast in bed, personalized menus whose vast experience includes more than 20 years of ex-
while SmartTravelAsia.com dubbed it as the “Best Travel and other services can always be arranged at the hotel to perience at the Royal Caribbean, Manila Peninsula, Saudi
Brand” in 2007. make anyone’s stay more memorable. Arabia, e Bermuda Triangle and Red Coconut in Bora-
Given the numerous awards and recognitions Bora- e Grand Deluxe Poolside Rooms, which are lo- cay. Decena cooks Italian, French, German, Asian fusion
cay has received, it’s hard to believe that there are still cated in the center of the ﬁrst ﬂoor, are furnished with and Filipino. He also specializes in fruit carvings. “Our
many Filipinos who have not been to what many (for- a king-sized canopy bed and a tatami mat for in-room 100-percent Angus beef steaks are always served hot out
eigners, ironically) refer to as Paradise on Earth. massage services. Aside from the amenities, a specialized of the grill and we serve only fresh seafood such as lob-
It only takes a 35-minute ﬂight from Manila by plane bathroom with separate bathtub and shower is included. sters, prawns, ﬁsh and oysters, cooked any way our guests
(Southeast Asian Airlines or Seair, for short, has one of e rooms are just a few steps from the hotel swimming like it,” Decena explained. “To satisfy the whole family,
the fastest and best services to Caticlan Airport—the pool, as well as the children’s pool. generous portions meant for sharing are standard here at
closest airport to Boracay) and a 15-minute boat ride to e Deluxe Family rooms, meanwhile, are located on Don Vito.”
get to the island, so reaching the destination is now as the inner wing of the ﬁrst ﬂoor and are furnished with two Mandarin Boracay also has one of the best spas on
easy and convenient as ever. bedrooms. e outer rooms are equipped with a queen the island. Foot Spa Lounge is furnished with top-of-the-
If the passage from Caticlan to Boracay is timed to and a twin bed, while the inner rooms are equipped with a line leather recliners for ultimate comfort. Guests can
perfection, one will be greeted by a breathtaking view of queen bed. Each room, which can accommodate up to ﬁve have their feet pampered with cleaning and massaging
the beach nestled at the foot of a gradually sloping land- persons, is also equipped with standard room amenities that treatment for total relaxation, as well as facial treatment
scape embraced by sparkling crystal-clear waters and include complimentary bottles of mineral water, minibar, and other spa services while looking out through a glass-
blue sky embellished with fantastic cloud formations. If coﬀee- and tea-making facilities, as well as complete Toto view window.
one is lucky enough to catch the sunset, one will witness porcelain bath ﬁxtures, bathrobes, split-type air condition- e hotel also has a function room that can accom-
the sun’s rays beautifully beating down on the powdery er, refrigerator, cable television, electronic safe, high-speed modate up to 150 persons and is equipped with high-
white sand, colorful sailboats gliding across a bright or- broadband Internet access, soundproof Kenneth and Mock power ﬂush ceiling loudspeakers, high-speed broadband
ange horizon. windows, and an outdoor lounging area. Internet access, an LCD projector, high-powered output
Set in the heart of Boracay’s vibrant culture and ose who prefer to spend time in the hotel premises ampliﬁers, technical support, whiteboard and other ac-
warm atmosphere is the Boracay Mandarin Island Ho- will appreciate the 24-hour room service; business center, cessories—perfect for seminars, events, etc. For greater
tel, which is situated in the center of White Beach, Sta- free high-speed broadband Internet access, wheelchair- versatility, the space can also be divided into three small-
tion 2 and conveniently located just two minutes from friendly facilities and surround pipe-in music. Comfort er breakout rooms.
D’Mall, food outlets, clothing stores and other activity and security for its guests are monitored at the establish- According to the hotel sales manager, Malcolm
centers. It is rendered in a modern Filipino design that ment through hotel-wide CCTV cameras. Carlota, “In Boracay, guests can have every need at their
captivates the essence of luxurious living in a tropical Mandarin Boracay takes pride in its famous restau- ﬁngertips especially if they stay at the Mandarin where
island setting. rants. Don Vito Ristorante Italiano oﬀers abundant Italian almost anything can be arranged.” e hotel can arrange
e “Triple-A”-rated beachfront resort has 52 luxu- fare every day. Passersby can always be seen stopping in private transfers as well as trips to nearby islands such as
rious rooms and suites with verandas, each with its own their tracks to savor the aroma of wood-ﬁre oven-baked the Laurel Island, Puca Island and Crystal Cove aboard
special wall carving by artist Joey Esturis, as well as an pizzas and freshly grilled sea fare that playfully wafts a yacht through their partner Raﬀ y Mañova. Aside from
outdoor pool that overlooks the pristine shoreline. through the restaurant’s doors that open out into the sea. water sports activities, trekking and ATV driving to
e Ambassador Suite Living Room is a complete Also to die for is Don Vito’s Gelato (Italian ice cream), Mount Luho, Zorb experience, kite surﬁng and helmet
room with ﬁrst-class amenities that include a top-of- which is good to beat the heat in Boracay. Right across diving are also available on the island. ■
NO POINT IN ROUGHING IT OUT The Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel’s top-of-the-line Ambassador Suite with its own living SWEET AND COZY The Grand deluxe room SPACIOUS AND CLASSY The Grand Deluxe bathroom. EASIEST AND FASTEST WAY TO FLY Seair ies from Manila
room and private Jacuzzi o ers more than creature comforts. to Caticlan daily. The trip only takes 35 minutes.
D2 Sunday, December 19, 2010
IT’S ALL IN THE TECHNOLOGY Florent Menegaux, president of Michelin’s passenger
car and light truck tires worldwide, explains the ner points of his new product.
MICHELIN MAKES THE
FASTEST TIRE IN THE WORLD
By Tet Andolong
uses diﬀerent rubber compounds on the left and
right sides of the tread, a unique, carbon black-
- reinforced elastomer developed speciﬁcally for
tire on the racetrack will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans and ensures exceptional
launched worldwide in January endurance when corners are tight on the outside,
2011 and its creator, Michelin, the Variable Contact Patch 2.0 (pressure and con-
organized a special test-drive for sequently temperatures are spread evenly across
the international media at the the tire’s contact patch, although the patch’s shape
Dubai’s Autodrome, where the new tire was put changes when cornering, the amount of rubber
through its paces using some of the world’s fastest in contact with the road remains the same) and
and most expensive supercars such as the Porsche the Twaron ﬁber belt (a high-density ﬁber used
Carrera GT, Lamborghini Gallardo, Koenigsegg in cutting-edge equipment for such sports like
Agera, Ruf CTR 3 and AC Schnitzer, as well as tennis, sailing and mountain biking, as well as in
luxury supersport cars like the Porsche 997, Fer- aeronautics, protective military gear and motor-
rari 458 Italia, Gumpert Apollo, Mercedes-Benz sports. e Twaron ﬁber belt is also believed to
SLS AMG, BMW M3 and the Audi R8 MTM. be ﬁve times stronger than steel.
e Michelin Pilot Super Sport has been de- e combination has produced compelling
signed for sports cars, as well as for vehicles espe- results that are apt to win over the most demand-
cially tuned for ultra-high performance. e tire ing manufacturers of cars in the ultrahigh-per-
integrates the full range of expertise and know- formance segment. As a result, the new Michelin
how developed by Michelin in the leading inter- tire has key advantages that enable it to rise to
national endurance races, particularly in the 24 the challenge posed by its predecessor, the Pilot
Hours of Le Mans. Sport PS2, which was certiﬁed as original equip-
e exceptional potential of Michelin’s lat- ment on more than 200 vehicles.
est product, which is designed for the most de- Michelin’s Pilot Super Sport is meant to ac-
manding conditions of use on the road, is de- complish one purpose, and that is to deliver the ul-
rived directly from the skills and capabilities of timate driving experience while ensuring maximum
Michelin’s motorsports teams. e technologi- safety even in extreme conditions of use. is writer
cal breakthroughs that have enabled Michelin to witnessed ﬁrsthand the tire’s outstanding combina-
score 13 consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le tion of driving enjoyment and safety performance in
Mans have been transferred to the Michelin Pilot both dry and wet conditions during the test. Fitted
Super Sport with the goal of providing motorists on cars that this writer had only read about in mag-
with exceptional driving enjoyment. azines or seen on television, the Pilot Super Sport
“We just don’t make the fastest tires, we also proved that it could transmit the power of the cars
want to make the safest tires in the world,” said onto the road surface, provide surefooted handling
Florent Menegaux, president of Michelin’s pas- and evoke driving conﬁdence at high speed around
and through the Autodrome’s many corners.
READY FOR TAKEOFF The author prepares to take a Pilot Super
senger car and light truck tires worldwide. Sport-shod Lamborghini Gallardo out on the Dubai Autodrome.
Menegaux explained that Michelin has In line with Michelin’s innovation strategy,
uniquely combined three technologies to im- the Pilot Super Sport delivers an optimal balance
prove the tire’s road-holding, braking ability and of several distinct performance characteristics. commitment unrivaled in the tire industry. Near- 5,410.71 kilometers. e car used 11 sets of tires ship, the tire underwent tests covering more
its overall safety performance even in the most is ability to combine maximum safety, even in ly €500 million a year is allocated to the Michelin in all, meaning that each set covered an average than 10,000 kilometers in low-grip conditions.
extreme conditions, while also providing excel- extreme conditions of use, with driving pleasure Technology Center. of almost 500 km. In 2009 the team that won the Altogether, the Michelin Super Sport was evalu-
lent mileage—the Bi-Compound tread band (it and excellent mileage, is the result of an R&D e tire owes its excellence to Michelin’s race used 14 sets of tires and covered 5,206 km. ated over more than 100,000 km on some of the
years of success in the world’s most demanding Britain’s Anthony Davidson, of the No. 1 world’s most demanding tracks.
endurance races. ese include the 24 Hours of Peugeot 908 HDi FA P, completed four stints (46 In joint development trials with automo-
Le Mans, in which the tire maker totaled 19 vic- laps) at an average lap speed of 3'21"917, which bile manufacturers, the Michelin Pilot Sport was
tories of which the last 13 were scored in a row; works out to 627 km at an average speed of 243 tested for a total of 1,000 hours at over 300 km/
the American, European and Asian Le Mans Se- kph. “It was the ﬁrst time that Peugeot and Mi- hour, proving its superior level of endurance at
ries; and the FIA GT1 Championship, in which chelin have accomplished four daytime stints and high speeds. Highly demanding tests were con-
Michelin has won a combined total of more than moreover at a very high speed,” said Serge Gri- ducted in France, Germany, Italy, the United
20 manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles since 1997. sin, Michelin automobile racing manager. “ is States, Japan and Thailand on such world-
ese races require tires that not only deliver su- demonstrates the consistency of our tires and the famous racetracks as Fiorano, Motegi, Estoril,
perior performance at very high speeds but which performance they deliver.” Magny-Cours, Nardo, Charade and Nürbürgring.
are also exceptionally long-lasting and reliable. In To ensure that its latest-generation tire Tires will be available in ﬁve diameters and sizes
this type of competition, pit stops are kept to a meets the highest standards of safety, Michelin in 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 inches.
minimum since contestants are not allowed to has applied the same safety margins as those used In the Philippines Michelin has been distribut-
change tires and refuel at the same time. in the civil aviation industry. During testing, the ed by Tiara Commercial and Industrial Corp. since
In the 2010 running of the 24 Hours of Le Michelin Pilot Super Sport covered 50,000 km 1995 with a representative oﬃce at 15F Insular Life
Mans, Michelin tires set three records: longest under extreme conditions, notably withstanding Corporate Centre Tower 2, Insular Life Drive, Fil-
distance covered, highest speed attained and peak loads equivalent to twice the weight it would invest Corporate City in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
total mileage. e winning car, equipped with support on a vehicle. For each car manufacturer Call 771-2368 or log on to www.michelin.com.ph for
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT Gumpert Apollo Michelin tires, set a distance record by covering with whom Michelin has a technical partner- more information. ■
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TESTING, ANYONE? Porsche Carrera GTs in a line
TAKING WING Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
SUPERCARS What better way to test the fastest tire in
the world than with the fastest cars in the world.
ITALIAN PRIDE, FRENCH RUBBER Ferrari 458 Italia
WAITING FOR TONY STARK Audi R8 MTM
BATMAN’S RIDE A Koenigsegg Agera spews ames from its exhaust.
D4 Sunday, December 19, 2010
Dominic Velasco for Pacsafe Anti-Theft Gear
Survive and ﬁght the Christmas rush PACSAFE, the growing global brand of anti-theft
travel gear, gives travelers the best safety gear and
accessories all for the spirit of adventure.
best because it beats having to nick the vehicles Renowned cinematographer, director, pro-
time of the year, but it’s also one of around you and having to discuss who pays ducer and travel enthusiast Dominic Velasco
the most stressful periods on the for what damage. e Suzuki SWIFT’s shares how the brand helped him in his line of
calendar. With all the shopping, diminutive size helps it in diﬃcult work. “I discovered Pacsafe and bought a Met-
gift-buying and partying, the parking situations, and can easily ﬁt in rosafe 300 when someone broke into my car,
streets will surely be crowded. Not to the most tight of parking slots. slashed my backpack and stole my MacBook Pro.
mention that it’s going to be an almost From that time on, I became security conscious.”
impossible task to ﬁnd a parking space in Go easy on the gas. Anybody shared Velasco, who currently heads Imacron
malls and shops. bored in traﬃc (or close to getting Digital, Inc. in the Philippines, a digital video pro-
To truly enjoy this joyous season road rage) will want to stomp on duction house with clients from big corporations
and to keep your stress levels to the the throttle from standstill starts. to personalized wedding productions.
minimum, Suzuki Philippines provides Jackrabbit starts not only consume “It [Pacsafe] looks like an ordinary bag, but
the following ways to make the holiday a lot of fuel, but also are hard on it’s not. It has all these security features that’s im-
season a great one. the drivetrain components. e Suzuki portant for people who are in my line of work and
Alto’s 1.0L Engine allows for quick and smooth who travel,’ he said. Pacsafe comes with anti-theft PROFESSIONAL’S CHOICE Dominic Velasco carrying a
Keep even keeled and level headed. acceleration, with good fuel eﬃciency. features that include a slash-proof belt, tamper- Camsafe 100 bag at a light rail transit station in Seattle,
e Christmas season will deﬁnitely bring out proof zippers and hidden buckles to ensure maxi- USA.
the worst traﬃc jams in and out of the metro Always conduct pre-drive checks. mum safety.
(be it in the main thoroughfares or alternative Inspecting the car’s ﬂuids, turn signals, brake e brand boasts a comprehensive line of a range of Pacsafe bags and accessories for his
routes), and are sure to bring out the road rage lights, tires and exterior for low liquid levels, bags speciﬁcally designed to protect cameras, es- laptop, cameras, lenses, and other equipment. “I
in anyone. e Suzuki Celerio is small enough leaks and reduced air (when it comes to tires) pecially during travels. e CamSafe Series is a have seven all in all, and it has the right pockets
to weave in and out of the roads, has a preppy before getting behind the wheel always beats well-designed line of travel and everyday camera inside too,” he quipped.
engine for quick acceleration, and precise and rushing to the nearest gas station to ﬁll up tires, bag, perfect for professional photographers and Another popular choice for photographers is
nimble steering. Like most Suzuki cars, the ﬂuid containers and gasoline tanks. enthusiasts. is handy camera bag easily accom- DuﬀelSafe 100, an anti-theft duﬀel bag for home
Celerio have auxiliary jacks to connect music modates SLR cameras and zoom lens, and the and abroad, with several strap options to ensure
players and keep you entertained in traﬃc. Drink lots of ﬂuids. Drink plenty of ﬂuids the multiple pockets ensure that cords, batteries and carrying comfort. A camera insert (sold separate-
Also, don’t take things personally and day before you set out, and drink slowly all the time memory cards are well protected and organized. ly) ﬁts inside to make a secure camera bag. Pho-
realize that you (as an individual) are not the rather than a lot at once. Your body purges water Camsafe 100 and Camsafe 200 are the popular tographers like Velasco can secure their gear in a
target. e other fellow may have made a when you drink a lot all at once, but short gulps at choices from the CamSafe line. Aside from that, secure ﬁxture and get on with their work without
mistake, or was being oblivious, Maybe there’s a regular intervals will be put to more use. Suzuki Pacsafe also has a line of anti-theft camera straps being bugged down by security concerns.
screaming baby, a loose pet or a nuisance insect cars have cup holders in strategic places that can with slash-proof wire built-in called CarrySafe. “Peace of mind—that’s what it gives you.
in the car of the other person, or on a cell phone. hold water bottles or cola cans. For professional photographers who travel It serves my purpose when I travel to a foreign
e Suzuki Alto, Suzuki Celerio, Suzuki a lot like Velasco, ﬁnding the perfect gear is like country. I’ve been using it around in the New
Plan your agenda. Having a set itinerary Swift or Suzuki SX4 Crossover is a great addition ﬁnding one’s soul mate. “I carry expensive equip- York subway or when I was in Brooklyn and I felt
for the day (along with ﬁnite routes to and in your arsenal when going Christmas shopping. ment and I often travel alone. Now, I can just lock very safe,” he shared. Now, even his son has a Pac-
from your intended destinations) prevents ese vehicles have exterior dimensions that my bag to a post and not worry,” said Velasco, safe laptop bag that he uses for school.
unnecessary or last minute side trips, and can squeeze into the tightest parking slots (or who has been in the profession for 20 years and Indeed, Pacsafe’s motto is true: “Outsmart
prevents you from further adding stress to even u-turn slots), yet can haul loads rivaling is a multi-year award winner in the international threats.” Visit www.pacsafe.com or www.unit-
a potentially taxing endeavor in Christmas that of bigger vehicles. With great fuel economy, Wedding & Event Video Expo (Weva). He has edlimsun.com for more information.
shopping. However, if circumstances force you precise handling, and versatile interiors and
to make side trips, always think of the possible trunk spaces, these Suzuki cars can lessen your
routes going to and from the intended area. Christmas stress. ■ Airphil Express now ﬂies to two famous destinations
Plan your shopping lists to avoid problems with
storage or trunk space, and if you do forget to HAVING transformed itself as the country’s fastest growing the two destinations, Airphil Express ies direct Cebu-
low-cost carrier, AirPhil Express has launched a new excit- Singapore ights, minus the hassles associated with
make a list, the Suzuki SX4 Crossover has a large
ing route that connects two progressive, internationally low-priced ights. Since travel comfort must include the
capacity for all your Christmas shopping, and if famous destinations, Cebu and Singapore, on December 1 airport experience, AirPhil Express arrives and departs
you decide to get more things, the Crossover’s and will service passengers seven times weekly. from the modern, centralized Terminal Two of Changi
rear seats fold to accommodate more cargo. The Cebu-Singapore-Cebu o ering of AirPhil Ex- Airport thus, provides convenience to travelers being
press is the latest addition to the airline’s expansion less congested along with extensive duty-free shop-
Don’t rush, even while parking. It’s a given to the regional market. Singapore, being one of Asia’s ping and e cient immigration and baggage handling
that during the holidays, people want to be early most visited places, is the rst international destination services.
at the shopping counters – and that means going of AirPhil Express. The island nation is second home to AirPhil Express continues to make its presence
quickly to the malls or shopping centers. But Filipino professionals, and o ers a variety of thrills for felt in the travel industry as “the budget airline with a
that doesn’t mean that you should also go helter- tourists, such as night markets, delicious food fare, retail heart.” Its Airbus A320 for Cebu-Singapore-Cebu ights
outlets, theme parks, botanical gardens, and museums. is highly reliable and one of the safest narrow body air-
skelter going in and out of parking slots. Take
Here in the country, Cebu represents a signi cant base crafts around, serviced by world-class pilots and crew.
time to park your car properly, especially when of travel operations for AirPhil Express: the province Travelers will be glad to know that AirPhil Express is the
it comes to slots that require parallel parking shares the proud tradition, industriousness, and mod- only low-cost airline to provide as much as 15 kg free
or long backing moves. If it means having to go ern-day savvy of Singapore, while serving as a gateway baggage allowance. For inquiries: www.airphilexpress.
out and look what’s going on behind you—or to the Visayas region’s network of beautiful islands. com, www.facebook.com/ yairphilexpress or www.twit-
asking a friend or relative to help you—do so, Recognizing a growing, mutual interest between ter.com/airphilexpress.