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(SPOT.ph) What makes "art" art? It's a question that's raised debate for decades, and considers not only the technique that goes into a work of art, but also what it manages to evoke in its viewers. For this year's Art Fair Philippines, happening from February 22 to 24, we asked the experts: Which works of art must not be missed while walking around The Link?

Self-portraits by David Medalla
"A Conversation with the Cosmos" by David Medalla (2017)

Location: 5/F, near the staircase

"In one of them, [Medalla] wears a mask that has the words: 'In conversation with the cosmos.' Given the artist’s quick wit and formidable imagination not to mention his conviction and intelligence, one can only imagine the eloquence of that dialogue. The universe better be in top form!" —Erwin Romulo, writer and composer

"Car Keys" by Ian Carlo Jaucian

Location: 4/F, AC Automative

"A little biased yes, but Ian Jaucian's "Car Keys" at the AC Automotive Booth is a delightful piece to play with at the fair. Styled as a gramophone, a sensor detects grooves in the mags that in turn." —Liv Vinluan, featured artist for Art Fair Philippines 2019

"Gold, Magenta" by Jeremy Everett "Exposure" by Jeremy Everett

Location: 6/F, Edouard Malingue Gallery (Booth 30)

"I could look at these paintings forever, they make me feel good and serene and at peace." —Olivia d'Aboville, featured artist for Art Fair Philippines 2019

"A Stitch in Time" by David Medalla

Location: 5/F, near the staircase

"For me, the most important work that I’ve seen in this batch is David Medala’s interactive piece Stitch in Time. I can’t wait to see the final outcome and see the weight of the collected possessions." —Dex Fernandez, featured artist for Art Fair Philippines 2017

"Babel" by Nice Buenaventura

Location: 7/F, Art Informal (Booth 42)

"Nice Buenaventura's little clear and black geometric sculptures provide suprising pocket focal points of contemplation." —Liv Vinluan, featured artist for Art Fair Philippines 2019

MO_Space
Flipping Out by Mariano Ching

"MO_Space presents an innovative form for commercializing animation, a medium mastered by many artists based in the Philippines. They are presenting editions of beautiful flip books, and if you buy one you also acquire an object related to the subject of the animation you are getting! Smart!" —Inti Guerrero, Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Outpost

"Sand Machine" by David Medalla

Location: 5/F, near the staircase

"I loved being greeted by David Medalla’s "A Stitch in Time" and most particularly his "Sand Machines" as you enter the projects section of the fair. It’s exciting to see such a tribute is being given to Medallas’s kinetic sculptures and that the placing of his work is central to the fair. It’s time we put the spotlight towards the life and work of such an incredible artist and thinker, whose influence spans across the globe and many generations of artists after him. Sadly, I didn’t get to see everything at the fair but from the opening night, I was really excited by the photography works at the Luzviminda booth and Ling Quisumbing Ramilo’s library installation." —Jam Acuzar, founder and director of Bellas Artes Outpost

Ayala, Ramilo, and Medalla

The women of Art Fair Philippines—Trickie Lopa, Dindin Araneta, and Lisa Periquet—also have their personal picks! Lopa finds Christina Quisimbing Ramilo's technique in creating "Forest for the Trees" fascinating, Araneta chose the restrospective exhibit of Jose V. Ayala Jr., while Periquet is another fan of David Medalla's "A Stitch in Time."

"Forest for the Trees" by Christina Quisimbing Ramilo

A Noble Man: Jose V. Ayala Jr. (1932 - 2002)

Art Fair Philippines 2019 runs from February 22 to 24 at The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visitArt Fair Philippines’ website.

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ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Admit it—at least once in your life you planned to go on a Netflix-binge but you ended up wasting time trying to decide what to actually watch—there are just so many good titles to choose from in each genre, you could spend hours just browsing. Thankfully, Netflix’s algorithm has helped narrow this list down by providing us a personalized “Because You Watched” category and a match percentage per title. But did you know that Netflix actually has super-specific secret genres that can help shorten that list even more? You can access these by typing the genre in the Netflix app’s search bar. We took a dive into what’s available locally, and here are just some of them:

Korean TV Dramas for Hopeless Romantics

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Total number of titles: 20
You may already be a fan of K-D rama, but this category is specifically for those who love to swoon over love stories. You’re a bit spoiled for choice with this one: Doctors (featuring Park Shin-hye and Kim Rae-won) is about how a teacher inspires a trouble-maker to become a neurosurgeon, while Romance is a Bonus Book (featuring Lee Jong-suk) is about how a young, successful, and handsome editor-in-chief gets involved with a once renowned copywriter.
Other titles: Love Rain, This is My Love, Hi! School - Love On, and One More Time

U.S. Crime Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy Based on Comics

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Total number of titles: Six
It’s not surprising that half of the titles in this genre are Batman movies (The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Batman Begins), especially when you realize that they are all directed by Christopher Nolan, whose movies almost always involve someone seeking revenge over the death of a loved one.
Other titles: Ghost in the Shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Steamy TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead

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Total number of titles: Five
Netflix actually has at least 10 different genres with the “Featuring a Strong Female Lead” tag, but this one got our attention the most, especially since it features the upcoming Renée Zellweger-starrer What/If, a thriller about a pair of newlyweds who gets an offer of a lifetime from a mysterious woman. In the meantime, you can watch She’s Gotta Have It, the TV version of the Spike Lee film with the same name.
Other titles: Tidelands, Outlander, and Ingobernable

Emotional War Dramas Based on Real Life

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Total number of titles: Four
War movies are mostly filled with action scenes and blood, but these picks also focus on the personal stories of its characters. You can start with the Angeline Jolie-directed film, First They Killed My Father, a Cambodian-American movie about the Khmer Rouge genocide based on a memoir by Loung Ung. Trivia: Jolie’s Cambodian-American son Maddox Jolie-Pitt was an executive producer on this film. If you want a more mainstream pick, go for Glory, which stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman.
Other tiles: The Resistance Banker and The Pianist

Gritty Chinese Gangster Action & Adventure

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Total number of titles: Six
While both Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat appear in this genre, the latter has three movies in the list: The John Woo-directed The Killer, Prison on Fire, and Prison on Fire II. Chan, who’s known more for comedic action flicks, only has Crime Story.
Other titles: Infernal Affairs and Once a Gangster

Independent Dramas Based on Books About Friendship

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Total number of titles: Three
There are actually a lot of movies based on books about friendship, but based on Netflix’s classification system, only three of those are independent dramas, including the Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez movie, The Fundamentals of Caring. Based on the book The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison, the film revolves around a caregiver, a disabled teen, a hitchhiker, a pregnant woman, and their impromptu road trip.

Other titles: Juanita and An Off-Day Game

Irreverent Western Comedies from the 1980s

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Total number of titles: Six
“Irreverent” is another term that Netflix is fond of using when it comes to naming genres, and you’ll find that most of the time, the word is attached to comedies. This specific genre features two classics: Coming to America, which helped cement Eddie Murphy’s career as a movie star, and the John Hughes flick Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which made Matthew Broderick a household name in the United States.
Other titles: Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python, Eddie Murphy: Delirious, Bill Hicks: Sane Man, and Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Visually Striking Mind-Bending Psychological Movies

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Total number of titles: Three
If your first instinct tells you that Inception is part of this category, then you’d be correct. Not only does it tick all the adjectives in the genre name, but the movie has an ending that has been subject to debate since its release. While director Christopher Nolan has kept his answer ambiguous, actor Michael Caine has revealed in 2018 that the ending is actually real and not another dream.
Other titles: 12 Monkeys and Annihilation

Golden Globe Award-Winning Binge-Worthy TV Thrillers

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Total number of titles: Eight
Netflix’s standards of what makes a TV thriller binge-worthy must be high, as less than a dozen made it onto this list. If you’ve been missing Richard Madden in Game of Thrones, watch Bodyguard, where he plays an army veteran turned, well, bodyguard. If you’re looking for something more classic, you can watch all six seasons of LOST.
Other titles: Breaking Bad, Bodyguard, Homeland, American Horror Story, Luther, and Top of the Lake

Cynical U.S. Politically Incorrect Stand-up Comedy

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Total number of titles: 15
These are truly crazy times we live in, and comedians like Joe Rogan (Strange Times) and David Cross (Making America Great Again!) are only happy to cash in on the insane political climate. Skip this genre if you’re easily offended (or if you’re vegan), as the comedians go unfiltered in their shows.
Other titles: Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out and Moshe Kasher: Live in Oakland

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PHOTO BY Toto Labrador

(SPOT.ph) Asian cuisine is famous for its rice. And even outside Asia, nearly every country can speak of one signature dish that captures the flavor profiles of that region using rice as the main ingredient. Spain has its paella, Japan has its kamameshi, Italy has its risotto, China has its many fried rice variations. For Korea, it’s bibimbap, which literally means mixed rice (“bibim” means mixed ingredients, while “bap” is rice).

Typically, various vegetables, beef, and an egg are topped over a bed of rice in a bowl and mixed with one of Korean’s best-known condiments, gochujang (chili pepper paste). Dolsot bibimbap, on the other hand, employs a hot-stone pot to cook it all up. The best part about the hot stone is that if you leave your bibimbap to cook a little longer, you end up with tutong that adds more texture and crunch to the whole mix. Korean food has grown so popular over the last few years in Manila that nearly every corner of the city can offer you a spot for bibimbap. For this story, we skipped the long, unlimited Korean barbecue lines and headed straight for the main event, the dolsot bibimbap, and ranked them based on the toppings, presentation, overall flavor, and quality of rice.

All SPOT.ph Top 10 lists are researched, paid for, tested, and selected by the writers and editors. They are discreetly conducted without any notice made to the restaurants or their owners.

10. Bibimbap from Korea Garden Restaurant (P320)
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Just a hop and a skip away from Bel-Air Village, Korea Garden Restaurant has been a go-to spot for quality Korean food for many, many years. The vibe here is homey—a house converted into a neighborhood restaurant that offers excellent service you’re not likely to find in typical Korean joints. All grilling takes place outside the dining area so you leave smelling fresh without a trace of smoke. Korea Garden’s bibimbap offers a petite serving of mixed rice (good for one, if you’re really hungry) coupled with some complimentary egg-drop soup. The rice is light and clean—exactly like the ambience of the place. The smattering of meat accompanying the dish is good and offers just the right amount of flavor to go with the subtleness of the bibimbap’s vegetable toppings. This is exactly the place you should go to bring your family, parents, or grandparents—clean, well-appointed, with servers on standby to bring you everything you need.

Korea Garden is at 128 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City.

9. Dolsot Bibimbap from Kaya (P320)
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Most traditional Korean restaurants close up shop between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. so when an intense bibimbap craving hits you during merienda or early dinner, you’re not likely to get what you’re looking for. Kaya's advantage is that they have multiple locations across the Metro. And while they have a standalone branch along Jupiter Street, their presence in the malls makes them accessible and easy to get to. A reliable favorite, Kaya’s Dolsot Bibimbap has a strong sesame flavor coupled with your basic, straightforward bibimbap. It’s impossible to go wrong with Kaya because they’ve been around for years—they know exactly what they’re doing. Their version of the mixed rice has beef and assorted vegetables, and comes with a clear soup. If you like your spice, this might be the dish for you as its gochujang is potent and extremely flavorful.

Kaya has branches in Rockwell, Jupiter Street, and Glorietta in Makati City; The Podium, Mandaluyong City; and Santolan Town Plaza, San Juan City.

8. Beef Bulgogi Dolsot Bibimbap from Jin Joo Korean Grill (P400)
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If you’re ready to contend with the crowds and coupon holders in line for promos, unlimited meat, and all the noise that comes with it, a trip to Jin Joo Korean Grill would be worth it. This restaurant wins the award for the most number of bibimbap variations out there: Marinated Chicken (P350), Tofu and Mushroom (P320), Grilled Pork (P350), Spicy Seafood (P420), and our preferred pick, Beef Bulgogi (P400). The restaurant's service takes a while (all the servers are catering to the people in it for the unlimited stuff), but when you get your bibimbap delivered to your table, you’ll feel that the hassle is worth it. First, the serving size here is huge—three people with tame appetites can probably share one dish. Second, the vegetables in their Dolsot Bibimbap look vibrant and fresh, and the egg that it comes with is hardly cooked so you can control just how runny or cooked you want your topped egg to be. And third, the bulgogi adds a distinctive sweetness to the mix that will appeal to most Pinoys. Hot tip: Let your bibimbap sit a while to cook so that you get the full awesomeness of its tutong.

Jin Joo Korean Grill has branches at The Podium, Mandaluyong City; Glorietta 4, Makati City; SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City; Eastwood Citywalk, Quezon City; and SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.

7. Dolsot Bibimbap from Min Sok (P320)
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Every fan of Korean food knows that to get to the main source, you need to walk the narrow streets of Poblacion. Before this neighborhood became a hotbed for new restaurants, bars, and hip hangouts, it was the go-to for authentic Korean food. Min Sok is no exception—situated along Don Pedro Street (which has many other Korean restaurants), this joint is worth pointing out because it opens as early as 10:30 a.m. We can’t think of a better way to brunch than with their Dolsot Bibimbap. The staff at Min Sok are extremely accommodating, and while their bibimbap is petite in size, it comes topped with a generous serving of lettuce. The greens have a certain magic to them. It almost feels like you’re doing your body a favor by scarfing down a bowl of rice and wild vegetables. Min Sok’s bibimbap tastes clean, fresh, and is the perfect morning pick-me-up.

Min Sok is at 5655 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

6. Dolsot Bibimbap from Jang Ga Nae (P350)
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Ortigas folks know that there’s a growing Korean contingent in the area, and that the row of Korean restaurants near UA&P is the hub of most of its superstars. Jang Ga Nae has been known for their reasonably priced, tasty food and while their meat selection is usually the highlight, their Dolsot Bibimbap deserves to take center stage, too. The mixed rice is incredibly soft and is countered by lots of fresh, crunchy vegetables. If texture is important to you, then this is the perfect place for you. The dish also comes with a complimentary miso soup—it’s a great way to take that strong chili pepper paste taste off your mouth. Jang Ga Nae’s bibimbap is flavorful—which is particularly interesting considering that the dish rests solely on its mix of vegetables and condiments.

Jang Ga Nae has branches at Escriva Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City; and Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.

5. Dolsot Bibimbap from Sariwon (P380)
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Sariwon has delivered consistent Korean hits over the years, and has also been servicing folks from both north and south of the Metro with their conveniently located branches in Greenhills and BGC. While their set menus are the most bang-for-your-buck items on the menu, you and a friend can head over and order a bibimbap to share and leave feeling completely full. The Dolsot Bibimbap here comes to you with definite snap, crackle, and pop. You hear the rice cooking in the stone bowl way before it’s brought to your table. While many Korean restaurants in the city don’t bother with presentation and flair, you do get a bit of it at Sariwon. If you’re not a fan of gochujang, you’ll enjoy this bibimbap variation as it has less of the chili pepper paste than most restaurants. The taste of the vegetables is subtle and sublime—if you’re a fan of bean sprouts, you’ll enjoy the crunch that Sariwon’s bibimbap brings. P.S. The Dolsot also comes with complimentary bone-marrow soup. Yum.

Sariwon has branches at Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Centre, San Juan City; and BHS Central Square, Bonifacio Global City.

4. Dolsot Bibimbap from Seoul Galbi (P280/order, P510/two orders; mandatory one order per person)
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Before a night of drinking in Poblacion, drop by this little restaurant along General Luna Street to fill up your belly. Open until 11:30 p.m., a serving of Seoul Galbi’s delicious Dolsot Bibimbap will be just the thing to rev you up for a night out on the town. A word of advice, though—you’ll have to eat your fill or bring a friend when you go to this restaurant. We ordered a bibimbap to share and after we had dug into our rice and ban chan, we were notified by the server that ordering just one dish for two people (and the bibimbap was substantial in size) was not allowed. That said, Seoul Galbi can probably make these kinds of demands on their customers because one, their offerings are some of the most reasonably priced menu items in the city; and two, because their bibimbap is really good. The tutong comes up right away, and the thin layer of oil in the bottom of the stone pot may have something to do with how tasty the dish is. In any case, they have come up with exactly the right ratio of rice to vegetables to chili paste to make this dish pretty unforgettable and worth the traffic jam to Poblacion.

Seoul Galbi is at 5362 General Luna Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

3. Dolsot Bibim Bab from Dong Won (P350)
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Get ready to throw away any expectations of a fancy Korean restaurant when you step inside Dong Won. This long-time staple along Jupiter Street is as casual as casual gets. It is fronted by a mini-market with fresh produce, meat, fish, and your typical Korean grocery items; and has familiar customers walking in and out of its doors at all hours. Populated by both Koreans and Filipinos, the people who eat here know this is where it’s at. Dong Won’s bibimbap is mixed with beef, egg, and vegetables, but its most surprising ingredient is a generous serving of shrimp. It’s beautifully textured and lighter than most bibimbaps out there—the vegetables also add bite to the mix. Bibimbap is such a simple dish with very similar ingredients, but Dong Won’s version makes you wonder how some can stand out in flavor above most others. This one is excellent if you’re willing to sacrifice ambience for a good, solid meal.

Dong Won is at 53 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City.

2. Bibimbap from Masil (P380/small, P650/sharing)
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Formerly located along Oranbo Drive in Pasig, Masil fans can breathe a sigh of relief as they have opened their doors again, this time in Megamall. The Pasig go-to has remained consistent in taste and service over the years, and with their new branch, customers can expect an even better, more heightened Masil experience. You’ll feel like you’re being taken care of in this space—eating at Masil is almost like you’ve secured a spot in a premier lounge before your flight. The pork bibimbap consists of charcoal-grilled pork mixed with rice and assorted vegetables. Only the single serving gets the Dolsot treatment—sharing portions of this dish are served in a regular, non-hot stone bowl. The dish comes with your regular gochujang but is also accompanied by a separate sauce. Pinoys love their condiments so this bodes well for most people. The bibimbap gets a very subtle flavoring from the pork. For the most part, the dish is smooth and understated, never overwhelming to the taste buds.

Masil has branches at 4/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; Tiendesitas, Pasig City.

1. Stone Bowl Bibimbap from Namoo House (P395)
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Uptown Parade offers you a host of restaurants to dine in, but we suggest you drop by Namoo House even if the only thing you plan on ordering is the bibimbap. Namoo House gets it right in terms of ambience, décor, and most importantly, food. Their Stone Bowl Bibimbap mixes assorted vegetables and rice. It doesn’t take too long for their signature “crispy effect” to come into play. Even those who don’t like tutong will become converts once they’ve had a taste of this delectable rice dish. The most unexpected thing about Namoo House’s take on bibimbap is the use of black rice. You would think it would drastically change the texture of the dish, but all it does is add smoothness and substance (especially for those who are avoiding white rice). A similar twist this restaurant introduces is a lovely smattering of roe. The mix of the vegetables, rice, and roe all add up to a very earthy flavor that highlights a unique blend of spices. Another reason to make this your next bibimbap stop? The lovely bean-paste stew that comes with every bibimbap order. It'll be hard to forget this one! 

Namoo House is at G/F Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio.

Photos by Toto Labrador

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The North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link project takes another step towards completion. Segment 10—which will essentially cut travel time from Valenzuela City to C3 in Caloocan City from one hour to just five minutes—is scheduled to open on February 26, and the final inspection and dry run were held on February 20.

"The [North Luzon Expressway] NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 will be a traffic game-changer since this will drastically cut travel time from Port Area to NLEX," said Department of Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar. "Once [this elevated expressway is] opened, around 30,000 vehicles daily will be diverted away from busy roads in Metro Manila."

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According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) website, Segment 10 is a 5.58-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway connecting McArthur Highway in Valenzuela and C-3, and will "utilize the existing PNR railroad tracks that cut across Valenzuela City and Malabon City." Apart from decongesting Metro Manila and reducing travel time to and from the two aforementioned cities, the project also aims to improve the movement of cargo between NLEX and Radial Road 10.

Other benefits of Segment 10's completion include an increase in land value around the area and the more employment opportunities, said NLEX Corporation president Luigi Bautista.

This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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(SPOT.ph) We know that payday is still a few days away, so we’ve gathered all the latest food steals and deals that are sure to tide you over until then. We’ve got your favorite meal bundles, two-for-one ice cream, free coffee, and more.

Two-for-one ice cream from Baskin-Robbins

It’s not yet too late to share the love this February: Get yourself a Fresh Pack of Baskin-Robbins’ Love Potion #31 in any size and have another one for free. Treat your taste buds to white chocolate and raspberry ice cream plus raspberry ribbons, chocolate chips, and raspberry-filled chocolate hearts. This promo is valid until February 28.

See a list of Baskin-Robbins branches. For more information, log on to Baskin-Robbins' Facebook page.

Free coffee at PABLO

You know what goes well with cheese tarts? Coffee! Get both with PABLO’s latest promo: Buy one box of mini Assorted Flavors and get two cups of PABLO Signature Hot or Iced Coffee for free. This offer is available until February 28.

See a list of PABLO branches. For more information, log on to PABLO's Facebook page.

Cuddle Bundles at Zark’s

Here’s your last chance to enjoy Zark’s Cuddle Bundles, with three combos of mouthwatering burgers, flavorful wings, and irresistible fries. To avail of the offer, just present a screenshot of this post. Price starts at P149 and it's valid until February 28 only.

See a list of Zark's branches. For more information, log on to Zark's Facebook page.

Double the drinks at Flatiron 1771

You’re going to want to head to Flatiron 1771 after work, stat: You can now enjoy two drinks for the price of one! All types of beer and sake are on a two-for-one offer from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., while spirit shots and highballs are on from 10 p.m. onwards. Already make those plans because this promo is valid from Tuesday to Saturday.

Flatiron 1771 is at G/F Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, log on to Flatiron 1771's Facebook page.

Doughnut combo at Krispy Kreme

Thinking of what to get for merienda? Here's a deal for doughnut lovers! For just P99, you can get yourself an Original Glazed doughnut with a 12-ounce Hot Americano or Signature Coffee.

See a list of Krispy Kreme branches. For more information, log on to Krispy Kreme's Facebook page.

Half-off on steaks at Stoned Steaks

Say hello to the long weekend with an irresistible offer from Stoned Steaks! Head over today and enjoy a 50% discount on all Wagyu steaks. This promo is valid until February 25.

Stoned Steaks is at 55 Scout Rallos Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Stoned Steaks' Facebook page.

Pizza bundle from Yellow Cab

Anybody here loves chicken as much as we do? You might want to check out Yellow Cab's latest promo. For just P858, enjoy a 10-inch BBQ Chicken Pizza and large Hot Wings. You also get a 10-inch #4 Cheese and large Sriracha Chicken Poppers for free. This promo is available for dine-in, takeout, delivery, and curbside pick-up until February 28. 

See a list of participating Yellow Cab branches. For more information, log on to Yellow Cab's Facebook page.

Anniversary treat from Vatos Urban Tacos

Vatos Urban Tacos is celebrating its anniversary this month and as a treat, you can take advantage of their promo and enjoy their awesome tacos for just P100. That's a hundred bucks for two tacos! We don't know about you, but that sounds like a steal to us. Hurry, this offer is available until February 28 only.

Vatos Urban Tacos is at Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, log on to Vatos Urban Tacos' Facebook page.

Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken's Red Platter

Valentine's Day may be over but you can still enjoy Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken's Red Platter. For just P888, you and your S.O. can dig into all your Peri-Peri favorites: Honey-Glazed Marble Potato Half-Chicken, Chorizo Bolognese Pasta Solo, El Fuego, Chicken Tenders Salad, Chicken Soup, Corn and Carrots, and House Blend Iced Tea. This deal is available until February 28 only.

See a list of Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken branches. For more information, log on to Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken's Facebook page.

Unlimited Chinese at Tuan Tuan

The Tuan Tuan 'Til You Drop promo is back for the whole month of March! For just P598, dig into all the snow buns, dim sum, and noodle soup, among many others, that you can eat. It also comes with one serving of any dish from the Single Order Selection. This offer is available from March 1 to 31, Monday to Saturday, 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

See a list of Tuan Tuan branches. For more information, log on to Tuan Tuan's Facebook page.

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(SPOT.ph) On Thursday, February 21, the MRT-3 management and the LRT authority announced the temporary lifting of the ban on carrying liquids aboard the trains.

The ban on carrying bottled water and other liquids on the MRT and the LRT was imposed in response to the Jolo cathedral bombing on January 27. It caused much consternation among the commuting public, and resulted in a Chinese national throwing her cup of taho at a police officer when she was informed about the ban.

The MRT-3 management stated that all liquids would again be allowed as long as they are subjected to testing and verification. It’s unclear what kind of testing and verification would take place and whether this would eat into commuters’ travel time. Passengers whose items were confiscated during the ban have 14 days to retrieve them.

The LRT Authority is lifting the liquid ban as it awaits the release of the implementing rules and regulations on liquids by the Office for Transportation Security. Meanwhile, the LRT-1 will continue to implement the liquid ban.

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(SPOT.ph) With everyone's hectic schedule, it's no wonder everyone's always excited about long weekends. The EDSA Revolution anniversary happens to fall on a Monday this year, and if you intend to stay in the Metro on February 25, Monday, knowing which point-to-point bus services will be operating might come in handy in case you're heading out. Here are the holiday schedules of point-to-point (P2P) bus operators:

RRCG P2P Bus

There will be operations for the following bus routes:

  • Robinsons Cainta to Trasierra, Makati
  • Ayala Malls Southpark to Greenbelt 5
  • Alabang Town Center to Ayala Malls the 30th
  • Starmall Alabang to Starmall EDSA-Shaw
  • SM Masinag to Greenbelt 5

Here's the adjusted schedule for the Alabang Town Center to Greenbelt 1 route:

Here's the adjusted schedule for the Robinsons Place Antipolo to Robinsons Galleria route:

Delta Neo Solutions

There will no operations for the following routes:

  • Eastwood to Makati
  • Sucat to Makati
  • PITX to Makati

The Katipunan to Makati route will follow their Saturday schedule instead of their regular weekday schedule.

Precious Grace Transport Services

There will be no changes in any of their P2P bus operations. Below is the schedule for the Robinson's Malolos to North Avenue route:

Here's the schedule for their Sta. Maria (Bulacan) to Trinoma (Quezon City) route:

Froelich Tours Inc.

Froelich Tours Inc. will not have operations on February 25.

TAS Trans Corp.

TAS Trans Corp. will not have operations on February 25.

Note: This article will be updated regularly following further announcements.

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(SPOT.ph) The feud between Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio is the subject of many debates among historians. While brother in arms under the flag of the Katipunan, the two had always been in separate factions until the former rose to the presidency after the controversial Tejeros Convention. Historian Ambeth Ocampo even once quipped at the Ayala Museum, "Aguinaldo is the hero that we all love to hate." And at the upcoming Asian Cultural Council Art Auction 2019, the claims that it was Aguinaldo who ordered the execution of Bonifacio will finally be clarified once for all—or will they? Rare documents, including Aguinaldo's handwritten (March 22, 1948) and typewritten (May 11, 1948) statements, will be put under the gavel on February 23, 2 p.m. at Leon Gallery in Makati City.

In an interview with SPOT.ph, Lisa Guerrero-Nakpil, curator of Leon Gallery, tells of these rare pieces: "Aguinaldo offers two statements, one in his own handwriting stating he was persuaded by the top generals of the Consejo de Guerra (Council of War) not to interfere with the death sentence; the other, a typewritten account where he says he downgraded the death sentence to exile but his order did not make it to his officers in time. (He crossed this out and amended it to fit the handwritten account, incidentally.)"

Handwritten and typewritten statements by Emilio Aguinaldo

"Ito ang matanto nina Heneral Mariano Noriel, Heneral Pio del Pilar, na mga kagawad ng Consejo de Guerra ay dalidaling tinawagan ang aking pansing at sinabing 'Kung ibig po ninyon mag patuloy ang kapantagan ng ating Pamahalaan sa Paghihimagsik, at kung ibig po ninyong mabuhay pa tayo, ang inyong bawiin ang iginawa na indulto sa kapatid na iyan.'

"Dahil dito’y aking binawi at iniatas ko kay General Noriel na ipatupad ang kahatulan ng Consejo de Guerra, na barilin ang mga kapatid, alang-alang sa kapakanan ng Bayan," stated Aguinaldo in the handwritten letter.

When asked if this would finally settle discussions about our history, Guerrero-Nakpil concludes: "If you believe that Aguinaldo ran the Revolutionary Government as a dictatorship, then you have your answer."

Incidentally, a related document that's up for auction is a five-page handwritten account by Major Lazaro Macapagal—an Aguinaldo "loyalist" and secretary of the of the Consejo de Guerra that tried and sentenced Bonifacio. Ultimately, he was assigned to carry out the Bonifacio brothers' death sentence.

Five-page statement of Major Lazaro Macapagal addressed to Jose P. Santos

In his eyewitness account addressed to Jose P. Santos three decades after that fateful day, "the only one in existence" according to Guerrero-Nakpil, Macagapal said that he was ordered by Gen. Noriel to bring Andres and his brother Procopio to the mountains outside Maragondon. He was also handed a letter that he could only open once they reached their destination: "Pagdating doon, bucsan itong pakete, basahin ng malakas sa harap nilang dalawa ng malaman nila at sundin niñong mahigpit kung ano ang sinasabi sa loob nian." The sentence was: "Barilin upang mamatay."

The statement continues to describe Bonifacio knelt and begged for his life: "ng ako’y makita nia ay nagpapaluhod-luhod sinasabing 'Kapatid, patawarin mo ako'" The Supremo ran towards the forest, and then was stabbed and killed.

Another important piece of information from Macapagal's statement is its vivid description of where Bonifacio was executed and buried—a fact that was never delivered to his widow, Gregoria de Jesus.

The Asian Cultural Council Art Auction 2019 is on February 23, 2 p.m., at Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Leon Gallery's website.

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(SPOT.ph) Every beauty junkie loves a no-makeup makeup look—and just because you're going for that less-is-more vibe doesn't mean you can't spice it up little! Good news is we found some cool new lip crayons that do exactly that: Say hello to Revlon's new additions to their Balm Stain collection.

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These lightweight lippies come in five new pearlized shades that can give your pout that MLBB look with a luscious pearly finish. Formulated with a hydrating combination of shea, mango, and coconut butter, each crayon provides balm-like moisture to your pucker. But make no mistake, these aren't your usual run-of-the-mill tinted lip balms. They contain pH-reacting pigments that allow the stain to adapt to your lips, creating a custom shade that's uniquely yours—now that's a whole new level of MLBB!

Each Balm Stain is priced at P575 but you can get P100 off when you shop until February 28. Now that's a great excuse to go lipstick shopping!

For more information, log on to Revlon's Facebook page.

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ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray returned to the Philippines on February 18, and judging from her first parade on February 21 where thousands of Pinoys spilled out on the streets to catch a glimpse of Gray, one can say that the country’s fourth Miss Universe was warmly welcomed by her fellowmen. 

In the past month, however, there was some disillusionment and criticism about whether Gray is truly living up to her role as someone who works with young people and seeks only their betterment. Gray’s campaign to become Miss Universe hinged on many things, from promoting Philippine culture to wearing clothes using textiles from around the country, but especially as a champion of young people.

For much of the start of 2019, heated opinions have been flying back and forth over the proposed bill to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 9 and then to 12, which has thankfully been given the thumbs-down by the Senate and may be taken up again after the elections. People waited for Gray to speak out about the issue and were disappointed when no such opinion came immediately.

The wait for her take ended on February 20, when Gray finally spoke up about the issue, saying, “We should refocus our energy not to lowering the age of criminal responsibility but rather to why are these children committing these crimes." In an interview with News 5, she also stressed the importance of eradicating external pressures, which can be done by assessing communities and educating the parents' of the children, among others.

The calls for Gray to speak out have met some criticism, with some people saying she’s still busy settling into her role as Miss Universe, that perhaps the Miss Universe organization forbids their reigning queens to discuss controversial matters, and others saying that it’s not her place to discuss the issue. Even Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo expressed his sentiments, saying that Gray was "misinformed." He goes on to explain that under the proposed bill, minors are sent to youth care facilities and not to jail.

So why are there calls for Gray to become involved in the first place?

Beauty queens are generally chosen to represent an organization and these days, they’re expected to do more than look pretty; they’re also expected to have important causes to advance. For example, Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters launched her Unbreakable campaign to help women deal with life-threatening situations, and Venezuelan beauty queens Miss Universe Venezuela 2016 Mariam Habach and Miss International 2018 Mariem Velazco have attended protests against Nicolas Maduro.

The bar for beauty queens is set so high that those who fail to answer questions well tend to be subjected to ridicule. Which only goes to show that, even with the diminished relevance of beauty pageants and criticisms that they are unfeminist, beauty queens are still nevertheless supposed to go above and beyond expectations and be able to provide concrete solutions to society’s ills in less than a minute.

People expect beauty queens to take a strong stance if they themselves declared their dedication to a cause, not to mention the fact that they are the ones who have the platform and popularity to advance a cause, and even influence those in power. Or maybe there's pressure because those in power don’t bother listening to ordinary citizens. Still, it seems rather unfair that beauty queens bear much criticism for awkward Q&A responses and seeming apathy. One has to wonder: how come politicians—actual public servants—don't seem to be held accountable in the same way?

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