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Inside GRID Issue 15

Land of Plenty

This issue is ripe with aspiration—both in the stories that we tell and behind the scenes at GRID as well, where a shift has begun to take place. We look inward to the nation’s sugarbowl, Negros Occidental, a place with an appetite that goes well beyond its past; the sugar fields of old giving way to a variety of organic crops. We also come to see the blossoming dream of Anthill Fabric Gallery’s Anya Lim, as our tradition of weaving lives on through the amiable weavers of Barangay Bulbulala, Abra. Finally, we make the case to journey past Legazpi and Donsol, where Sorsogon steps into the spotlight and out of its neighbors’ shadow.

On the cover AJ Jareno, Pia Lopez, Bidge Villarroya, Milo Naval, Yron Estrellado, and John Paul Estrellado
Photographed by Francisco Guerrero

You’ll have one year where you’ll have a bad crop year, one year where you’ll get hit by a typhoon, or maybe one year where the prices suddenly dip.
– Sugarland Calling

“It’s like the sky is on fire.” After about five minutes of this, one of us has to ask,”So… when does it stop?”
– Design by Nature

Contents

Field Journals

SHOOT FIRST with AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 winner, Kimberly Pauig.

30 MINUTES WITH designer, creative, and vanguard Patis Tesoro.

GUEST ON THE GRID. Streets, eats, and sidewalk curiosities with Bea Misa-Crisostomo.

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG with Surfista Travel’s Elaine Abonal.

GRID EATS. Project Hearth‘s Celina Le Neindre takes us around the world with her homecooking.

DRIVE BY. Chiara de Castro tags along on a testosterone-fueled roadtrip to Jungle Base.

Compass

DESIGN BY NATURE. Nina Unlay makes her way to Sorsogon to find out why it’s more than just a stopover.

SUGARLAND CALLING. Sugar has shaped Bacolod and its people for generations.

THE WAY OF THE WEAVE. See culture in action with the friendly weavers of Barangay Bolbolala in Bangued, Abra.

Essentials

FASHION. How active is activewear? We ask some indoor climbers to put it to the test.

GEAR GUIDE. Some next level timepieces that would make James Bond proud.

PARTING SHOT. Encounters at the Daraitan River in Tanay, Rizal.

A Look Inside

The GRID Guide to Sorsogon

The GRID Guide to Sorsogon

Sorsogon is a place photogenic enough to visit for that reason. But if you're making the long way there, we recommend you make the most of your trip with these sites.

Sorsogon: Design By Nature

This land of plenty has always been in the shadow of Albay, and even its own town, Donsol. But designer and tourism consultant Milo Naval is using his design philosophy to change the way that people see the sleepy province of Sorsogon.

Design By Nature

Design By Nature

Situated in the southernmost tip of Luzon, the sleepy province of Sorsogon, with its 15 municipalities, has yet to have its time in the spotlight. But it is having its time in the sun.

Issue 15 Teaser: Land of Plenty

We make the case to journey past Legazpi and Donsol, all the way to Sorsogon, the sleepy province that has yet to have its time in the spotlight.

From Our Desk

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If you’ve been paying attention, you know that the first seeds for GRID started to grow in the fertile soil of Lilom, in Anilao, Batangas. And so, fittingly, that’s where we decided to be reborn.

Everyone at GRID went to Lilom to plan out the next year-and-some, to talk about where we’ve come from and where we’re going, and to map out our further adventures. There are some big changes afoot, though we’ll announce that another time. For now, we’d like to talk about another—and very subtle—change that’s already happened.

This issue is the first that has been led by the side of the GRID crew that we like to call “the kids”—not actual children, of course, but the talented bunch that we managed to lure into our team. Now, the experience of countless startups will tell you that among the most difficult things to do is to manage the handoff from the founding batch. It’s an extremely difficult event to manage for a number of reasons, not least of which is the very real and significant anxiety of preserving what some would call “corporate culture,” but which we like to think of as our very soul.

GRID is a magazine with a lot of soul (or so we hope), and losing it in transition is for us an existentially terrifying prospect. And so we consider it great good luck to have found people who are not only talented, but who also share the same values and the same outlook as we do. This issue shows that we’ve got the right people on board, both in the editorial side of things and those working in “the back,” as we like to joke—the invaluable people in sales and advertising, in administration, in circulation. It’s so rare that it feels like winning the lottery, though perhaps it’s also a matter of being able to send out a clear enough message to the world that it’s able to draw the right people home.

We’re truly lucky to have found people who understand what GRID is about: that we’re not about the glamour of traveling, though we enjoy the comforts of luxurious travel; that, when we talk about the “experience” of traveling, we mean not just our own experiences, but those of the people around us; that, when we bring out our camera or our pens, that the subject is not just us; and finally, that, when we think about our stories, we recognize the richness of the world outside, and meet it all with enthusiasm.

At Lilom, we stood near the spot where we first dreamed up GRID, and looked out at the extraordinary group of people out on the grass. As Paco Guerrero, one of our founders, said: “Look, another generation.”

In GRID Magazine Issue 15, we make the case to journey past Legazpi and Donsol, all the way to Sorsogon, the sleepy province that has yet to have its time in the spotlight. 

Video by Lyka Gonzalez and Francisco Guerrero

Contributors

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Artu Nepomuceno

At some point in his life, Artu was pretty sure that culinary arts was his path until he realized that he wanted to make movies. He sought advice from his grandfather (a successful filmmaker) who told him, “if you can create a story with one image, imagine what you can do with many.” With a degree in photography under his belt, Artu wants to be a storyteller in stills first before becoming a filmmaker.

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Charisse Aquino Tugade

Charisse is a cultural worker, main mover for Culturaid, and founder of The Manila Collectible Co., a museum, gift shop and heritage tour/workshop provider that focuses on Philippine prehistory and indigenous culture. She seeks to create an environment that empowers indigenous communities and local artisans to continuously develop their heritage.

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Bea Misa-Crisostomo

When she’s not playing sometimes-shopkeeper at her sustainable general store, Ritual (see GRID Issue 04), you might find Bea foraging for underutilized vegetation, or exploring streetside culture around the country. For this issue, we took an excerpt from yapakyakap.blogspot.com, a weblog for all her field notes and curious observations.