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Inside GRID Vol. 2

The Places That Shape Us

Think of travel, and you think of the things you do, the people you meet, the new experiences you have. But the place itself is the invisible and most important character in every journey. Place is not background; it is an active participant in the story.

This issue, we reflect on the role of the land in shaping the story, and in shaping all of us. To parse our relationship with the land is to answer the existential question: Why are we here?

On the cover David Lubotsky
Photograph by Miguel Nacianceno

This is real art, it’s happening now. There aren’t any controls, you’re working with an organic substance.
– Roots In Stone

The only thing for sure is that in a span of twenty-five years, Bantayan went from having enough life underwater to sustain the Visayas, to importing fish for daily consumption all the way from Southern Mindanao.
– In The Wake Of The Storm

Contents

SHOOT FIRST
Photography Jeric Rustia. On nailing a shot while hanging on to a rock

DETAILS
News and notes from the field, plus anything and everything on our radar

MOONSHINE
A Philippine map of libations

DESTINATIONS
A roundup of where we’ve been and where you should go next

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?
Hula hoops, surfboards, and shibori-everything in Luisa Jimenez‘s bag

VIRTUAL INSANITY
We went over our heads with Samsung’s new baby

THE UP MOUNTAINEERS
One of the country’s pioneering climbing organizations celebrates 40 years.

HOW TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN
It’s so much more than putting one foot in front of the other.

WHY DO PINOYS OVERPACK
Petra Magno is this issue’s Guest on the Grid.

30 MINS WITH: DUMAY SOLINGGAY
On Baguio’s new breed of artists

30 MINS WITH HAN HAN
On “World Gong Crazy” and being an artist of the Filipino diaspora

BREW YOUR OWN BEER
The guys of Beer House and Kapitolyo Brewing Co. show us how

CHEERS TO THE CHEF
A gourmet twist on your Pinoy pulutan

THE YOUNG GUNS
In Memory of Rennell Salumbre. A Drive By with an ’80s tune

ROOTS IN STONE
A marble sculptor lays down roots in an island of stone.

IN THE WAKE OF THE STORM
Searching for fish in the country’s fishing capital

IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Nina Unlay eats a whole lot of coconuts in Puerto Princesa and lives to tell the tale.

CHANGES IN LATITUDES
Nautical-inspired fashion for your next sea adventure

ISLAND APOTHECARY
Stock your medicine cabinet with these local and natural cure-alls.

A Look Inside

The UP Mountaineers

The UP Mountaineers

One of the country's pioneering climbing organization celebrates 40 years and the U.P. Mountaineers have become far larger, more influential, and more enduring than its founders could ever have foreseen.

Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub

Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub

Whether your idea of adventure takes you to the mountains, the sea, or up in the air, NOAH’s got every terrain covered for your insatiable thirst for the outdoors in Ilocos Sur.

Inside GRID Volume Two

Inside GRID Volume Two

This issue, we reflect on the role of the land in shaping the story, and in shaping all of us. To parse our relationship with the land is to answer the existential question: Why are we here?

From The Editors

Roots In Stone

Photograph by Miguel Nacianceno

Think of travel, and you think of the things you do, the people you meet, the new experiences you have. But the place itself is the invisible and most important character in every journey. Place is not background; it is an active participant in the story.

This issue, we reflect on the role of the land in shaping the story, and in shaping all of us. To parse our relationship with the land is to answer the existential question: Why are we here?

Why are the Lubotskys in Romblon, for example. Why that island, of all the places in the world? Did they choose their home, or did the island choose them? Their physical location on the land dictates their relationship with the community, and with one another. The land shapes their hungers, dictates which of their desires are to be sated; it has a say in how the children grow up, tutoring them in reality, telling them what to imagine about the rest of the world. The marble all but binds David to stay.

What draws all manner of searchers to Puerto Princesa? What enables them to trust that they would find kindred spirits in the communes there? Why is Bahay Kalipay in the capitol of Palawan, when there are thousands of islands in this archipelago? One can guess that it is for the same reason that prison colonies and refugee camps were built there once upon a time, the same reason why there are so many creatures endemic to the province.

But, if asking why we are where we are is a difficult question to answer, turning the question on its head—why don’t we just leave?—is very often an exercise in heartbreak. Asking that forces us to examine our bonds with the land, and has us test just how strong those ties are. On Bantayan Island, it is a question that seems to come up all too frequently. After the fish disappear, after the storms pass, after death comes, why stay?

To reflect on the strength of our bonds to the land is to reflect on the concept, on the nature of home. What makes us leave, and what makes us stay? To ask those questions, too, is to ask ourselves what it is that we value, and what we love. And, ultimately, who we are.

Parting Shot

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Photograph by Rennell Salumbre

RENNELL SALUMBRE
1992–2017

This is one of our favorite photographs from the many memorable ones Rennell Salumbre shot for us. What we appreciate most about this image is that it manages to tread this delicate line between staged and genuine. There’s a delicate sort of control at play here. As a photographer, it’s hard enough to draw a genuine moment out of one subject—that Rennell managed to capture it with five people (and one dog) says a lot about how he treated the people he photographed, and about how they saw him, too—as one of them.

Rennell Salumbre will always be one of us.

This issue of GRID is dedicated to his memory.

Contributors

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Jason Quibilian

Jason is a Manila-based still life and art photographer, blues-band singer, and harmonica player. He joined the UP Mountaineers 21 years ago, during his days as a film student. In celebration of the UPM’s 40th anniversary, we feature his images from a long- gestating personal project, where he turns his lens towards the luminaries and subgroups of his storied college crew

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Jeric Rustia

Jeric graduated with a degree in Architecture from U.P. Diliman, and is currently working for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, his own practice, and other places that pique his interest. He has been taking photos since 2008, slowly steering his focus towards rock-climbing and travel photography. He currently runs the Climb Philippines social media accounts with his mentors and friends with the hope of growing the climbing scene in the country.

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Dhalaine Bautista

Dhalaine is a graphic designer and illustrator, and is currently an art director based in Metro Manila. She oscillates between traditional and digital media. An urban-dweller at most, she occasionally goes on road trips to escape the busy city-life. She spends her free time with her dogs, with a cup of coffee, or tea, in hand. View her work at behance.net/dhalainebautista.

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Johanna Michelle Lim

Johanna Michelle is a brand strategist, creative director, sustainability advocate, and travel writer based in Cebu City. She swims in jellyfish-infested waters, treks mountains, rides rickety buses, bikes through steep slopes and walks in busy cities. She writes literary travel essays for local publications and magazines. Her goal is to visit all regions of the Philippines before turning 30. Her restlessness always gets the better of her. She is almost always never home.

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Jenna V. Genio

Jenna is a freelance photographer, occasional visual artist, writer, specializing in motoring and travel for print and web. She has a penchant for militaria and science fiction, as well as a fondness for listening to music in transit and geopolitical podcasts at home. She loves to go on adventures, and does get the itch, but will never judge those who don’t.