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Inside GRID Issue 01

THE MAIDEN ISSUE. Welcome to our first issue, to our “love letter to the Philippines”. We jump right into the thick of things, riding with the Masbate Rodeo Cowboys and asking the big question: what makes perrenial travelers settle into one place as home?

ALSO IN THE ISSUE: True daughters of Ilocos Norte give us different takes one their home while we explore Quezon City, a city a little bit closer to our home.

ON THE COVER Luisa Beltran photographed by Fransico Guerrero

The sky is lit in swaths of orange and blue
and pink and indigo, and no one speaks.

At the tip of the Luzon mainland, it always feels remote, as if its distance has preserved it from time.

‘I used to collect animal heads, large ones,’ Jeremy admits. ‘Monstrous ones.’


SHOOT FIRST with Tim Serrano and Paco Guerrero


GUEST ON THE GRID. Mabi David talks about getting lost and touching things she shouldn’t.

30 MINUTES WITH Philip Go Apostol. This mans wants to solve our trac problems.

FIT TO TRAVEL. Agu Paiso helps with your extra baggage.

DRIVE BY. We take the Land Road Defender 90 on a road trip to Baler.


WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE? To Masbate, where our koboys dress up to wrestle cattle and ride bulls.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE. True daughters of Ilocos talk about the region they think of as home.

HARBOR IN THE TEMPEST. What makes perennial travelers settle into one place as home?

LOVE AND LOATHING IN QC. Welcome to the grace and the grit of Quezon City.


LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. We explore some of the colorful back corners of Boracay with Luisa Beltran.

JUST ADD WATER. We’ve got the coolest gear that can help you fight agoraphobia.

PARTING SHOT. Here’s one for the road—this photo of El Hogar Filipino reminds us of the grandeur of Manila from way back when.



THE FIRST THING we want to make clear is this: GRID is not a travel magazine.

Forgive us for starting with a negative, but we wanted to get that out of the way. And now we will proceed to the happier task of telling you what we are, and what we do.

GRID might not be a travel magazine in the usual sense, but it is a magazine for travelers.

Travelers don’t stop being travelers when they’re not traveling, any more than readers stop being readers when they don’t have a book in front of them. Being a traveler is a philosophy, a way of thinking and perceiving. We serve travelers no matter where they are—on the road, at home, and everywhere in between.

GRID believes that travel is about the experience, not just the destinations.

We’re here to share some of the best experiences that the world has to offer, through the eyes of talented writers, photographers, and other artists. We aim to give honor and do justice to the experience by aiming for the highest standards, in the hope that our work will lead our readers to undertake their own adventures.
GRID is a love letter to the Philippines.

We love our country, and as happens with all great loves, we want to know the object of our love and all its secrets, its hopes and dreams, its difficulties and struggles. We want to know its entire story, and we want to be part of it.

GRID champions the creative industry.

As much as this magazine is about the world outside and our experiences of it, it is also about the people who bring these experiences to life. Our ambition is to lead the way in creating a fair and equitable marketplace for creative work, to ensure that the enormous pool of talent continues to work and grow. When writers, photographers, and other artists are able to produce great work, we believe that we are all the richer for it.

GRID invites you to be part of this great adventure.

We want to share our stories with readers who are curious, responsive, and passionate— these are the same people who love to explore and change the world. If that’s you, we’d love for you to be part of all our adventures.

Ready? Let’s ride.

MAKING OF THE GRID: Behind The ‘Zine

What happens in Boracay stays in Boracay

So, we won’t go into detail about how Paco and Nachi found themselves stuck in a single room with a queen-sized bed. Or how we finished a whole bottle of tequila with Obama Grill’s Manoy Llije, and did an impromptu stand-up (and dance) routine at the restaurant.

What we can and will share with you, though, is how our little crew would wake up at 5:00 AM just to get the best light for a shot. Or how Luisa wouldn’t as much as squirm when we asked her to hold ice-cold, fresh fish and live lobsters. Grid’s first location shoot in Boracay only proved what we already know-we’ve got a pretty great crew, as well as the most talented (and fun-nest) people who are more than willing to lend their time and talents to our beloved magazine.


To Baler and Back

We tagged along with Joel Buse, his family, and his merry band of Range Rover enthusiasts. The group was ready to subject their vehicles to the various road conditions—so did we, considering ours was just a loaner! Their confidence probably stems from the fact that Joel is also a Range Rover expert, and owns a car repair shop at that. The vehicles themselves gave us no problems, as most of our stops were of a human nature.

A Big Surprise in QC

The first time photo editor Sonny Thakur saw Jeremy Guiab’s workshop, he was stunned. All he could do was sit in a corner and mutter, “Oh, this is big, this is big, this is big.” Fortunately, he wasn’t referring to the sculpture that opens our feature story on Quezon City (p74.). He survived that first encounter to return with photographer Joseph Pascual to do a series of artists’ portraits, with introductions facilitated by Annie Cabigting.



Agu Paiso

Agu, in previous lives, was the editor of Mountain Bike Philippines, Editor in Chief of Men’s Health Philippines, and Associate Editor for T3 magazine. He has ridden his share of trails both in the Philippines and around the world, and calls his experience at the 2010 Single Speed World Championships in Rotorua, New Zealand, “Life-changing”.


Guada Reyes-Matute

After making a blind move back to Manila from LA in 2003, Guada has been lending her talents for style and fashion to the media, advertising, art and even film industries. View Guada’s site at for a better look into her fashion styling and costume design insights and anything and everything that catches her eye.


Paul Syjuco

Paul is one of Manila’s most promising fine jewelry designers. His personal advocacies involve sustaining original Filipino music and espousing authentic eating. He is the primary author of award-winning site


Joseph Pascual

Joseph is 75% Chinese, and 100% Filipino. He’s been taking pictures since 2006, and plans on continuing to do so forever. He shoots with a Canon 5D, with a 24-70mm 2.8 and 50mm 1.8 Canon lens (along with some stalking and trespassing skills). His goal is to shoot beautiful photos of people, not just photos of beautiful people.


Jason Quibilan

Jason is a Manila-based still life and art photographer, blues-band singer and harmonica player—and 60 pounds overweight.


Mabi David

Mabi David is a founding partner of communications agency Drink, and is the author of three books of poetry. Her latest book will be published this month by High Chair.