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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Boracay Hurray! : Night Life

The activities in Boracay doesn't end after the sun calls it a day. The island is beaming with life even at night with bars, KTVs, live bands, discos and fire dancers providing the festive atmosphere.

Begin a fantastic evening by watching the romantic sunset. The reflection of the sun's golden rays against the placid sea as it bids adieu to the day  is an image to behold, like a photo from a post card.

I love how the paraws sailing like paper boats add life to the picturesque view.

For booze worshipers, Happy Hour in Boracay is always extended until as late as 10pm. Those staying near or along the beach path may find it hard to settle in their beds due to the merry-making at almost every corner of the the long road from Station 1 to 3.

Fire poi dancers take center stage in a lot of hubs; we walked from Station 2 to Station 3 and back and along the way encountered at least 8 bars with fire dancers as their main attraction. Note: all fire dancers we saw that night were men (real men and x-men, if you know what I mean).

Some find it romantic to walk by the beach but there were not enough lights so although it's relatively safe, it may not be the best idea. Same goes for swimming.

The Hubby and I walked by the shore, briefly playing with the soft waves as we trudge towards the other end of the island, but festivities parallel to where we are were too inviting to ignore. Besides, The Hubby was on a food trip so he wanted to stay close to the lane of food carts and stalls. Both of us are also not into alcohol (The Hubby is what most refer to as a social drinker) so the walk, shawarma, gelato and venti latte were good enough to cap the night.

Oh, before I forget, since I mentioned latte.. there is a Starbucks in Boracay, a small 2-storey cafe filled with people of all ages and colors. I find it quite amusing that there are a lot of Manila peeps having their photos taken by or near the Starbucks logo like how people pose with Mickey Mouse in Disneyland. Why? What's so different with the logo in Boracay?

Useful tips before you hit the bars in Boracay:

1. Most hip bars are in Station 2 while less expensive ones are near or in Station 3.

2. Bring a small flashlight if you want to walk by the beach.

3. Wear comfortable footwear if you intend to cover Station 1 to 3. A shawl may be useful since it can get breezy and cool at night.

4. There is no dresscode in most bars but please don't come in you pajamas.

5. For late night dining, some restaurants close at 11pm. Starbucks closes at 12am. Bars and disco houses call it a day usually at 3am.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Boracay Hurray! : Eat and Be Merry

One will never go hungry in Boracay, especially at White Beach where there are hundreds of restaurants, cafes, food stalls and food carts all within reach.

For those who traveled to Boracay and yet doesn't want to get out of their food comfort zone, dine at familiar restaurants at D'Mall such as Pancake House, Mang Inasal, Cyma, Gerry's Grill. Otherwise, try eating at one of the several restaurants along the beach path (parallel of white beach) offering buffet dinners from Php250 per head up to as much as Php400. Those that charge higher are the ones that serve grilled oysters, prawns and crabs.

We had dinner buffet on our first night (can't remember the restaurant's name). Price per person is at Php350 inclusive of 1 bottle of Pepsi. My mom and The Nanny who doesn't want to do eat-all-you-can were charged only Php150 each for one trip to the buffet station (see what negotiating powers can do, hehe) while the kids ate for free.

The dishes are not superb - some tastes okay, some are good and some are close to mediocre. But the seafood, oh the seafood, makes up for everything.

If you're not into buffet but craves for the 'catch of the day', you can order ala carte and choose from the fresh seafoods on display. Lobsters, grouper, mud crabs, giant squid, and prawns are being sold by grams (minimum of 100g).  They are pricey, like ordering from Claw Daddy (even more expensive, ex. Php150/100g for mud crab).

Travellers on a budget can also enjoy a decent lunch at Andok's (D'Mall at Station 2, and another in Station 3) and food stalls like shawarma, sandwiches, dim sums, hotdogs, fruit shakes among many other chows.

As for our experience, we needed to plan our meals and dining venue due to my kids being picky with food. Finding child-friendly restaurants has always been a challenge we face whenever we go out with our children because as much as we like to indulge in gastronomic adventures, we have to consider the kids first and foremost.

So forget about budget meals and exploring Boracay's culinary feast. We had lunch at Pancake House on our second day and on our last day we went to the lone authentic Japanese restaurant - Hama.

Unagi Sushi Php370 5pieces

Sus, yung Hama. Hama-hal ng food nila ha! My little girl insisted on ordering Prawn Tempura, the ONLY food she wants to eat from the menu. The moment I saw the price on the menu, I wanted to run to the wet market just a few meters away and buy fresh prawns. My golly, Php670 for 5 pieces! That's already about 2 kilos of fresh prawns.

Php670 for 5pieces of tempura

php370 for this Tempura Soba

The consolation for me was she and her baby brother ate a lot. The food is also good and for that price tag, they better be.

Useful tips on dining and enjoying good food in Boracay:

1. Eating at the beach/shore is prohibited so if you buy take out food, you have to find a place to sit and eat them (might as well bring the food in your room).

2. If you're staying in an accommodation with kitchen, try cooking at least one meal a day instead of dining out. Head to D' Talipapa (wet market) which is just a few minutes walk from Station 2 and buy seafoods, meat and other fresh ingredients. Remember to haggle :D

3. Don't want the hassle of dealing with knifes and pans? Avail of the paluto services at restaurants (Dampa style) around D'Talipapa.

4. Some food stalls and joints are open 24 hours. Walk along the beach path and I bet you'll find something interesting to munch on every 5 minutes.

Happy Eating!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Boracay Hurray! : Island Hopping

Among the many water activities that vacationers can do in Boracay is snorkeling. We were told the best spot and most popular is at Crocodile Island but to go there we need to hire a boat so we might as well avail of an island hopping tour.

We've been approached by several agents (read: peddlers on commission from tour operators) since we arrived the previous day so I already had a ballpark figure of how much island hopping would cost us.

Each agent I talked with carried a laminated brochure of the various water and land activities they offer including island hopping. Review the brochure and you'll be taken aback by the prices. The agents were quick to catch you by saying the printed rates are for foreign guests and since we're locals we can avail of the 'local rate'. (Tsk, tsk. In my opinion, there should only be one rate). 

Initial rate that was offered to me was Php2500 but after a short negotiation my charms worked and the agent agreed to only Php1600. I was also able to have them throw in the snorkeling gears rental for free  instead of paying Php100 each for it.

Our first stop was at Crocodile Island (well actually near this island); it looks like a crocodile from afar hence the name.

Before you can jump from the boat and start snorkeling, a fee of Php20 must be paid first. Where and to whom? Surprise, surprise! There's a collector riding a canoe on stand by at the area, yes in the middle of the sea. Uh-oh, you can't skip paying! Very clever, don't you think? The moment the boat slows down, here comes the collector ready with his ticket. He is more efficient than a bus conductor and keeps a raincoat in his canoe in case it rains.

Here's how it looks like under the Boracay sea...

After a few minutes of snorkeling, it started to drizzle and my little girl got worried so I called back The Hubby and moved on to other islands.

We went around Crystal Cove Island, a two-hectare isolated island which boasts of two caves with crystal formation. We did not stop or alight even to take pictures as we need to climb up and the entrance fee of Php200 per head turned us off, not because it was expensive but rather we are only on a 4-hour island hopping tour so we are on limited time. 

Then we parked our boat to a small unnamed island so The Hubby and the boatmen can go snorkeling again while the kids and I frolic by the shore.

our crew

The highlight of the tour (or so it seems at least for the boat crew) was this resort in one of the islands. Guess who owns this resort and side of the island?

Sirit na? It's owned by Pound for Pound King, Manny Pacquiao. Hay, ang saya saya ni Jinkee...

Useful tips is you're planning to go island hopping:

1. Payment for the island hopping tour and ALL water activities are centralized at the local tourism desk (by the beach near Station 1). They will issue you a receipt, log all your names and have you sign a waiver. It's great actually because in case of any unfortunate event they have a detail of which boat you took and your personal information.

2. Prepare to pay extra fees. The island hopping rate is only for the boat rental. There is a fee for snorkeling, entrance at Crystal Cove, and lunch if stopping by at Puka Beach.

3. Bring a waterproof bag for your wallet, camera and cellphone. The boat has a makeshift cover but that's not enough to protect your things from getting wet in case it rains or knock on wood, if accident happens.

4. If you don't know how to swim or not a confident swimmer, wear the life vest or jacket provided. Better safe than sorry.

5. Bring an underwater camera. The beauty of life under the sea is breathtaking so take plenty of photos and videos.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Boracay Hurray! : The White Beach

I was almost speechless when I first saw the white beach. I have been to other world class and popular beaches like Patong and Karon beaches in Phuket, Bondi and Manly in Sydney, Siloso Beach of Singapore, and Penang Malaysia to name a few and without bias I'd say Boracay stands out big time.

It's hard to describe the beauty of Boracay and it's amazing how clean, organized and well-managed the local government have kept the island. It must be a gargantuan task keeping the order especially with thousands of tourist coming in and out every year.

It was quite a gamble going on an August being one of the rainy months in the Philippines, but we were lucky it was warm and sunny during our entire trip. What's great was this month is also the low season and almost everything is at a discounted rate.

My kids went swimming as soon as their feet touched the powdery white sand. I was surprised that no matter the blaze of the sun, the sand doesn't burn your feet and we walked to and from the shore barefoot. Shells and beach stones of various shapes lie scattered along the beach which add a beautiful contrast to the glisten of the sand.

The water is divine - clean and clear that you still can see the sea floor even if you're already wading 4 feet deep. We were amused and impressed that small fishes swim close to the shore as if playing with the waves too. My little girl and The Hubby even managed to feed the fishes with crackers (unsalted, haha).

There are a lot of activities to do aside from swimming and getting a perfect tan. Several 'agents' approached us offering island hopping tours, paraw sailing, helmet diving, parasailing, banana boat ride among others. Prices are skyrocketing but if you know how to haggle, you'll have a great time without paying an arm and a leg.

Example, we went on an island hopping tour for 4 hours. I was able to bring the price to only Php1600 from the initial price pegged at Php2500.

Useful tips to enjoy the white beach:

1. Try to get or secure a spot at Station 2. It's very close to D'Mall where restaurants and shops are lined up.

2. Don't hesitate to use the loungers and umbrellas along the beach. Most are free for use if you order from the bar or restaurant that put them out. Order water or softdrinks and you're good to stay there 'til dusk.

3. Don't be embarrassed to negotiate for water activities that are being offered by 'agents' or peddlers by the beach. Try to cut the price in half and work your way up. However, once you start negotiating you should really be serious in buying.

4. If you have small children who loves to build sandcastles and sand sculptures, bring their play set from Manila or try to buy from shops outside D'Mall. It's extremely overpriced at shops at D'Mall - Php350 for a set is way to much especially when I was able to grab a set at a nearby palengke for only Php60 for the same set.

Have fun! We did :)

Boracay Hurray! : Getting There

We've been wanting to go to Boracay for years but we never got even to planning stage for reasons like conflict of schedules, we had a baby, we couldn't get cheap flights, we need to wait 'til Enoe is big enough to travel, etcetera etcetera.

But at the start of this year, I made a 'To Do List for 2011' (instead of a new year's resolution) and among the many things I want to accomplish was that long awaited, much dreamed about trip to Boracay. I wanted it for my birthday and by God's grace we finally saw one of our dream destinations.

Boracay has been consistently ranked and voted as one of the best beaches in the world by many travel magazines and sites. And I can speak with all honesty that it is really the best with super fine white sand (it almost felt like walking on pulvoron as I fondly put it) and crystal clear blue green water.

Booking and paying for flights was quite easy now especially with the emergence of budget airlines that offer promos every so often on domestic flights. I chanced upon an airfare sale from Cebu Pacific sometime in May and took that as a cue that we really MUST go to Boracay this year.

We arrived in Kalibo International Airport past lunchtime. The airport was small with the arrival area only the size probably of Manny Pacquiao's living room in Forbes Park. Not even five minutes after deplaning, our bags started coming out of the conveyor.

It's an hour and a half (more or less) from Kalibo Airport going to Caticlan Jetty Port where we took a motorized boat to Boracay Island. There are several bus operators outside the airport that offer transfers to Caticlan. The cost per person is Php380 inclusive of all the fees and banca ride at the jetty port. I've read in various blogs that taking a van would be quicker so that was what I scouted.

There are plenty of vans and coasters servicing the Kalibo-Caticlan route, and are accredited by local tourism office (look for the huge sticker on the windshield and the driver's ID). Cost per head is Php200 inclusive of the Ph25 banca fare.

But instead of taking a van with other passengers, we opted to rent for a private one as it is the first time for my toddler to take public transport and he is very frisky. We're  a group of 4 adults (we're with my mom and a nanny) and 2 kids anyway so it's pretty much just adding a few hundred pesos. (We also contracted the van owner/driver to pick us up on our way back to Kalibo).

We arrived at Caticlan Jetty Port after a little over an hour. Caticlan is a barangay in the town of Malay, Aklan province and it's one hell of a lucky barangay to be the hop off point to the most popular beach in the country. But before we can hop to any banca, we had to pay for several fees which to me seem ridiculously high. 

The boat ride was said to take 15 minutes but boy, it was quicker than that (or maybe I was just too excited?). Before could even settle in our seats, we're already getting off the boat and onto the beautiful island of Boracay.

Here are some tips when planning a family trip to Boracay:

1. Take the Kalibo flight instead of Caticlan as flights there are often diverted to Kalibo anyway due to the very short runway. If it drizzles and the runway gets slippery, you'll get diverted. I would say Kalibo is the fair way to go although you'd have to travel 1 hour by land to Caticlan, it is better than getting stressed finding out you paid for a more expensive fare and get diverted to Kalibo on short notice.

2. If traveling with small children, check-in all luggage that you wont be needing on the plane (if taking Cebu Pacific, buy at least 15kg luggage allowance in advance as it cheaper than getting charged up front upon check in). On most flights passengers board the plane a few meters from the gate (no connecting tube) and more often than not, you'd have to walk to the plane and take the stairs so it is wise to unburden. I bet you'd rather carry your child than a bag, right?

3. If you're a group of more than 5 take a van instead. Talk to the driver and negotiate if you can rent the whole van for your group. Example, our one way trip with the van exclusive to us for Php1200 and we're 4 adults and 2 kids. Regular van fare is Php200 per head. Do the math.

Travel expenses and fees (exclusive of meals and incidentals):

Airfare - from Php2500 - Php3000 per head on promo fare (incl taxes, fuel surcharge, etc)
Airport Fee - Php200 each
Transfer from Kalibo to Caticlan - Php1200 van rental exclusive to us. Otherwise, pay Php200 per head and van is shared with other passengers
Environmental Fee - Php75 per head (paid at the jetty port)
Jetty Terminal Fee - Php50 per head (for passing by the jetty terminal, going through an x-ray machine for luggage (yeah, yeah, i know it's funny and ridiculous) and walking about 10 meters going to the banca.)
Boat Fare - Php25 per head

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yey, I am Turning 18!

I know even if I put a dozen paper weight on my planner's page today, it will only stop the page from turning but the clock will keep on ticking. It's inevitable - I'm turning a year older again. Aaaarrggh!

I can't believe how fast time flies. I can still vividly recall playing with dolls when I was barely 5 and now I have little girl myself. It's unbelievable how swiftly I've transformed from little girl, to teenager, to a woman that I am now. The stubborn little brat my relatives from my Dad's side used to 'hate' turned out to be a pleasant, simple woman much to everyone's surprise. (Yes, let me flatter myself because today is my birthday!)

My birthday cake at the office this morning...

But really, I truly have evolved. Although I still spit fire when I am angry, believe me I have a kind heart, good sense of humor and can even make for a good friend *wink*.

Anyway, before I sell myself too much, someone wants to know what's up for my birthday?

I've celebrated my birthdays in various ways before, usually with parties at home or dinner with friends. I want to make it different this year by doing my Sandwich Project (or Soup Kitchen) and taking a much needed vacation to Boracay (yey, next week na!).

I'd also probably do myself a favor by having a thorough medical check up just to make sure everything is in good working condition inside. This is my first year when certain procedures become mandatory - haha. Let's not enumerate.

Birthday wishes? Nah. I don't have anything material to ask for. I only wish for good health for myself and my family. Believe it or not, I can't think of anything that would make me happier than I already am. I guess I am now at a point when clothes, gadgets or jewelry are the least of my priorities.

Maybe I have finally found inner peace and contentment when I became a mother. Reflecting on it, I have already the best birthday gift.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Memor-eats of Singapore

(Today is Singapore's National Day and it's a perfect day to reminisce my wonderful memories of the country)

At the height of my frequent business travel, there was a time when I came to Singapore 6 times over a span of 18 months with an average of 2 weeks on each visit.

Before coming to Singapore, I had a totally different notion of the country, thanks to the much criticized execution of Filipina domestic helper, Flor Contemplacion and the caning of American teenager, Michael Fay for vandalism both in the 90s. I was wary of setting foot in this city state, not that I am an unruly person who loves spitting at sidewalks, but it feels like walking into another Saudi Arabia.

Anyway, I came and the rest they say was history.

It's easy to fall in love with a country like Singapore - a technology driven, culturally diverse, never seem to sleep city where people seem to live only to shop and eat. For someone who went back and forth so many times, one wonders what is still left to explore. Well, actually, sight-seeing may come to an end after going to the usual Merlion, Sentosa, Night Safari, Marina Bay and Universal Studios, but the craving for food just never ends!

Room service lunch at Shangri la Sentosa

Truth to be told, some of my best food finds were in Singapore and my waistline was the shouting evidence of those gastronomic adventures. Exploring the city by filling my tummy was made possible by a very good Singapore-based friend, Jeff, who patiently walked (and ate) with me all weekends of my various stays.

Together we went to fine dining restaurants, specialty cafes, food courts and hawkers stalls, sampling only the best and authentic Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine as well as other international fares.

My favorite Roti Prata - a MUST buy whenever Im in SG

Singapore Chilli Crab at Seafood Kingdom

Baby Back Ribs at Cafe O

And there's the fantastic food at The Ritz Carlton, my home for 6 weeks. I ate my lunch at Greenhouse  Restaurant every single day on week days as I need to hurry back to training and no one would probably believe me, but even the best and most expensive food could turn bland if one eats it for weeks.

So there were nights when I just opted to eat a salad in my room for fear of dying in my sleep due to empacho.

Oh, of course, I need to answer that famous question, How's the room at The Ritz? Hmm. Tough question actually. Well, let's just say I love the old fashioned, yet luxurious look and feel of the room (except for the TV which looked jurassic, albeit an LCD, inside a cabinet) but I must admit I've slept at much better beds and showered in more splendid bathrooms (Hello, Shangri la, hehe).

The selling point of that hotel, however, is their bathtub window which allows guests to unleash their exhibitionist side. Haha.

For my sweet tooth, the cheesecakes at The Hilton were simply unforgettable. Five nights there meant I was able to savour 5 different types of cheesecakes. 

But the best and most wonderful memories of Singapore for me were the days I spent with my family. Yup, there was a trip that was not for business too. It was Eone's first travel overseas and we were more excited than her (maybe she was too young then).

We walked the same streets I've walked in dozens of times, and visited famous landmarks I've see before but since I was with my loved ones, it all seemed like my first time too.

I miss Singapore - it's hustle and bustle, streets filled with tourists, the shops at Orchard Road, the people who speaks good Singlish, and of course the food.

Most of all the food.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hazard Pay

You think your job sucks and you feel lazy, wants a raise, a bonus or perhaps quit? Think again.

I am not saying we should play hero and save the world by doing overtime work. But hey, there are other people who goes through a damn lot just to earn a minimum wage of what, Php400 a day?

Take for instance these workers on a gondola suspended around 100 feet from the floor. I am not sure if they were cleaning windows that day which was really dumb considering the weather. Under the heavy rain and gusty winds brought by the typhoon, they had to hold on to dear life to complete their 8-hour duty.

I took this photo from our office window at the 16th floor, just beside the building they were working on. As I watch them continue to work under the unforgiving weather, I wonder if these people get a hazard pay. Actually, I wonder if they are even paid the properly.

Wanted: Common Sense

Christopher Lao has gained instant popularity by challenging a flooded street in Quezon City and drove his car through the water.

When his car floated and eventually stalled, he went on blabbering that people should have informed him (the water was too deep for his brain, er, car!)

Mind you, he is from the University of the Philippines College of Law and apparently graduated Summa cum Laude in Philosophy.

It goes without saying that intelligence doesn't always come with common sense and definitely not with humility.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Richie Rich

Forbes Asia magazine released their list of  Top 40 Richest People in the Philippines and guess who made it to the top spot? (drum roll please?)

It's Henry Sy again with a net worth of $7.6B. Take note it's net worth (!) meaning less all the liabilities such as utangs. Hay, ang rich ng lolo.

photo courtesy of

A closer look at the names and it's no brainer that most of them are not Pinoys by blood. In reality, the richest people in our country are foreigners. Look at the top 10 spots - did you notice too that most of them are Chinese?

Here's the Top 40:

1. Henry Sy with a net worth of $7.2B is 86 years old and the patriarch of SM Group and SM Prime Holdings. You see an SM mall and you see Henry's face. He owns Banco De Oro, China Bank, among other investments in property development.

Sometime last year while we were malling at SM Mall of Asia, we saw Henry Sy crossing between Building A and B. He is seated on wheel chair and is being pushed by a male assistant while 2 body guards followed close by. I'd say he is quite a simple man. Mas madami pang alalay si Gretchen Barreto pag rumarampa (umaarte, actually).

2. Lucio Tan, net worth of $2.8B. The 77 year-old business magnate whose name is synonymous to cigarettes is the second richest man in the country. He owns Fortune Tobacco, the largest tobacco manufacturing company in the Philippines.

Tan had very humble beginnings - he worked as a janitor to finish his education and climbed his way to the top. Now his companies deal with liquor (Tanduay Distillers and Asia Brewery), tobacco (Fortune Tobacco), banking (Allied Bank and PNB), real estate (Eton Properties and Century Park Hotel) and who can forget, Philippine Airlines.

3. John Gokongwei Jr. with a net worth of $2.4B is my former boss, well, indirectly as I used to work in one of the 5 star hotels owned by the Gokongwei's.

Mr. John as he is called by his John Gokongwei Summit Holdings (JG Summit) employees is 83 years old and boasts of an inspiring story of hardship before he became the mogul that he is today. His empire has business interests in branded consumer foods (Universal Robina Corp.), real estate property development (Robinson’s Land Corp.), air transportation (Cebu Pacific Air), banking and financial services (Robinson’s Bank), telecommunications (Sun Cellular and Digitel), petrochemicals (J.G. Summit Petrochemical Corp.), and United Industrial Corp. of Singapore.

Rich as he is but unbelievably a very simple man. When I was still working at one of his hotels, he would often be spotted at the hotel coffee shop having breakfast in plain white camisa shirt, loose pants and slippers.

4. Andrew Tan, net worth $2B. He's got three major businesses under his name - condominium developer Megaworld Corportation, Emperador Distillers and Golden Acres Development Corporation (McDonalds!).

5. David Consunji whose net worth of $1.9B is the man behind those chic low-rise condominiums of DMCI. From 12th spot in 2010, the former DPWH secretary he climbed to 5th spot this year.

6. Jaime Zobel de Ayala, net worth $1.7B. The surname Ayala never fails to ring a bell; it's synonymous to money. Who doesn't know that they own Globe Telecoms, Ayala Corporation and the country's largest bank, Bank of the Philippine Islands? (Who also doesn't know he's got a gorgeous son Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, now in his 50s but still handsome nonetheless?)

In 2007, he is the Philippines' richest (tied with Henry Sy).

7. Enrique Razon Jr. is the Chairman and CEO of  International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), the largest corporation in the country providing container port terminal services. He is the Philippines youngest billionaire at age 51 with a net worth of $1.6 billion.

8. Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco Jr. has recently won his legal battle against PCGG for allegedly acquiring his stake at San Miguel Corporation, the country's  largest food and beverage corporation during the regime of Pres. Marcos. He has a net worth of $1.4B

Other businesses associated with Danding are Meralco, United Coconut Planters Bank, Bank of Commerce, and Purefoods.

9. Roberto Ongpin is 59 years old with a net worth of $1.3B. He is the CEO and Chairman of ISM Communications Corporation, Director of AIA Capital and Chairman of PhilWeb Corporation.

10. George Ty is the founder and chairman of Metrobank Group of Companies with $1.1B in the bag. Other affiliations also include Toyota Motor Philippines, Global Business Holdings and Federal Land.

11. Tony Tan Caktiong (Jollibee Foods, Chowking, Red Ribbon) – $1B

12. Inigo and Mercedes Zobel – $980M

13. Emilio Yap (Manila Bulletin and CEU) – $930M

14. Andrew Gotianun – $795M

15. Jon Ramon Aboitiz – $760M

16. Beatrice Campos – $685M

17. Manuel Villar (si Senator!) – $620M

18. Vivian Que Azcona – $555M

19. Robert Coyiuto Jr. – $400M

20. Mariano Tan – $375M

21. Alfonso Yuchengco (Yuchengco Group of Companies including RCBC) – $370M

22. Enrique Aboitiz – $310M

23. Oscar Lopez – $280M

24. Jose Antonio – $245M

25. Eric Recto – $200M

26. Gilberto Duavit – $190M

27. Menardo Jimenez – $185M

28. Alfredo Ramos – $180M

29. Betty Ang – $165M

30. Felipe Gozon – $163M

31. Tomas Alcantara – $160M

32. Benjamin Romualdez – $155M

33. Wilfred Uytengsu Jr. – $150M

34. Manuel Zamora Jr. (dad of chuvaness, hehe) – $145M

35. Jacinto Ng Sr. – $115M

36. Frederick Dy – $110M

37. Luis Virata – $100M

38. Bienvenido Tantoco Sr.(Rustan's Group) – $95M

39. Eugenio Lopez III (more popular as Gabby Lopez of the Lopez Group of Companies including ABS-CBN) – $90M

40. Edgar Sia II (owner of Mang Inasal, he is the youngest in the list at age 34!) – $85M
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