|Highlights of J. Manuel González Resumé
Successful Tourism Entrepreneur.
Designer, Builder, CEO, and Principal Owner of Plantation Bay (www.plantationbay.com),
a highly successful and innovative resort, which in most years outperforms
(relative to size) all other hotels in the country, including Shangri-La
Mactan (the Shangri-La group’s most profitable property in the
Unique, extensive practical experience as a Very High-End Traveller, Customer, and Critic of hotels and restaurants around the world - overall, probably unmatched by any other living hotelier or food critic. See Tourism-Related Resume, below.
Former international and
investment banker, citizen of the world. Worked in some of
the world’s great cities – San Francisco, London,
Paris, Washington DC, New York, and Hong Kong. Has also lived
in Vancouver/Whistler, Rome, and Barcelona.
MBA Columbia University, New York.
Robert McKim Fellowship for exceptional academic achievement; Roswell
McCrea Prize for being the most outstanding first-year student. AB
Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University, with honors. Awarded
Full Presidential Scholarship for topping the entrance examinations.
Author of Crazy Wild Ideas – Out-of-the-Box
Solutions for Fixing the Philippines, a full-length Amazon Kindle
e-book on Philippine history, society, and politics; Many Moods
of Plantation Bay, Tales of Plantation Bay, both coffee-table
books for Plantation Bay Resort & Spa; and Seasons Lost, Memories
Found, a short book of romantic-erotic poetry ("Your breathlessness
at dusk returns / to restless seas we calmed / by sands our summer
warmed"). Has published articles on financial, political, and cultural
issues in leading international publications (Euromoney, Asian
Wall St. Journal), as well as in Philippine periodicals; has
been quoted in Euromoney and the New York Times. Wrote a series of
20 satirical essays on Philippine culture, published in the Philippine
Star ("What accounts for the enduring popularity of golf? What
aberrant desires, what secret perversions, what neurotic anxieties,
lurk beneath its innocent exterior?"); and a continuing series of
light-hearted travelogues ("the author, not being very bright. . .")
also in the Philippine Star.
Speaks fluent, well-accented French and
Personal interests include: architecture
and interior design; fine wines and foods; marine sports; ballroom
dancing; vintage movies; and fortune-telling for entertainment (graphology,
palm-reading, astrology, and I-Ching divination).
| J. MANUEL GONZÁLEZ
|2021-Present. Principal Shareholder
Plantation Prime (food products)
|Founded this artisanal-quality food canning company, specializing in almost-ready-to-eat Filipino and international dishes that would otherwise require lengthy preparation time at home. Initial products are Beef Shank Kare-Kare (a peanut-flavored beef stew with some similarities to osso bucco), Bicol Express (coconut-flavored, heavily-spiced pork), Chile con Carne (far superior to all the commonly-available brands in North America), and Tita Bok’s All-Beef All-Purpose Pasta Sauce (long-simmered Bolognese-style). Now distributed through major supermarkets, online, and in Dubai.
|2021-Present. Personal interests
| Writing a parenting/life re-boot book, Archetypal Story-Telling: The Missing Element in Positive Psychology, and a collection of humorous travelogues, Europe for Fat Cats — Droll Thoughts for the Well-Traveled.
Still hoping to monetize patents – now hold eight US patents related to solar panels, host websites, and spam email/inappropriate online behavior — 4,484,566; 7,558,807; 7,647,339; 7,873,665; 8,065,333; 8,296,325; 10,303889; and 10,936,733.
Conceptualizing a model urban center, a "seed city" which embodies simple-to-adopt green strategies (location undisclosed for now). Design and construction of a shopping mall which employs energy-saving techniques based on passive solar and prevailing-wind considerations (Mactan).
Shareholder (now retired from daily management)
Plantation Bay Resort & Spa (www.plantationbay.com)
|Designed from scratch, built from the ground up, opened, and currently oversee the operations of this 5-Star resort with 280 rooms. Also performed assorted odd functions like writing collaterals, giving seminars to staff, performing handwriting analysis for guest amusement, and developing recipes. Plantation Bay is an innovative and highly successful resort. In most years it outperforms (relative to size) all other hotels in the country, including Shangri-La Mactan, the Shangri-La group’s most profitable single property in the world.
|1991-1992. Director, Investment
AIA Capital Ltd.
|Devised a "synthetic swap" mechanism
to make use of AIG's blocked funds in Southeast Asia, earning significant
|1989-90 and 1993-94. Personal
|Organized a real-estate holding company
in Cebu and constructed a moderate-size office and shopping complex;
invested in and helped resolve management problems in a consumer-finance
company in Manila. Acquired real estate in Cebu, including the land
that would eventually become Plantation Bay.
|1987-1988. Executive Director,
Sun Hung Kai Securities Ltd
|Prepared prospectuses and performed
due diligence for IPOs. Helped start up SHK's brokerage operation
in the Philippines.
|1979-1986. Senior Investment
International Finance Corporation - World Bank
|Private-sector project finance. Handled
transactions in Mexico and the Caribbean, in the basic-industry, mining,
and tourism sectors. Advised Government of Colombia on development-finance
policies, Government of Haiti on sugar industry. Advised financial
institutions in Colombia and Jamaica on portfolio management.
Uncovered major discrepancies in the valuation of ADELA, a $2.5 Billion
investment company owned by approximately 250 of the then leading
commercial banks, investment banks, and industrial corporations in
the world. Was seconded to the company for an extended period to advise
in its orderly winding-down. This case was reported in Euromoney
and the Wall Street Journal.
Performed original conceptual work on hybrid financial instruments.
Was one of the first officers to recommend and suggest a specific
structure for the extensive use of guarantees, especially asymmetrical
|1974-1978. Assistant Manager
Bank of America
|Trained in San Francisco. As Credit
Administrator in London, reviewed corporate and sovereign credit proposals.
Participated in the bank's early efforts at evaluating country and
currency risk. As Account Executive in Paris, interacted with US corporations
and high-net-worth individuals doing business in France.
|MBA, Columbia University, New York, 1974.
Robert J. McKim, Jr., Fellowship (for exceptional academic achievement).
Roswell McCrea Prize (awarded to the most outstanding first-year student).
|AB Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University
With Honors. Full Presidential Scholarship for placing first in the entrance
examinations to this, the most prestigious university in the Philippines.
- Crazy Wild Ideas – Out-of-the-Box Solutions for Fixing
the Philippines, 2019. A full-length book on Philippine
history, politics, and society, proposing sweeping changes in Philippine
national symbols, such as the flag, food, sports, holidays, a national
motto. Available on Amazon Kindle.
- “The Arithmetic Behind and Beyond the Proposed
Manila Subway”, 2019. Simple calculations and comparisons
with other subway systems show the proposed subway to be grossly inadequate,
almost certainly counter-productive (worsening rather than relieving
traffic), and a certain waste of public resources.
- “Solving the US Health Care Fiasco”, 2019.
The problem is wrongly formulated as How to Pay High Costs. It would
be more amenable to solution if we asked How to Reduce the Costs.
- “Official National Dishes – An Off-the-Wall Idea
for National Change”, 2018. An essay proposing the
proclamation and promotion of a set of three specific national dishes,
as a way of helping build civic pride through Filipino food.
- “Bitcoins: The Emperor Has No Clothes”, 2018.
Op-ed discussing why cryptocurrencies do not qualify was
money, and why they have a doubtful future even as speculations.
- “Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained, 2017”.
Series of four guest editorials in the Philippine Star
synthesizing the issues and predicting, with considerable accuracy,
the ultimate courses of action by the various parties. http://plantationbay.com/Articles/30-Catalunya_Independence_Crisis_Explained_(an_Op-Ed_in_4_parts)_2017.pdf
- "Call a Country a Company. . .", Euromoney,
February 1983. Following the round of Latin American crises
in the early 1980s, this seminal article proposed an alternative approach
to country financial reporting and the evaluation of country credit
- "The Witch Doctors of Washington" and "Triumph
of the Witch Doctors", the Philippine Star, January and March 1998.
Pointed out the pitfalls of IMF tight-money policies. May have helped
moderate the response of Philippine authorities to the IMF in the wake
of the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997.
- “The Unfriendly Philippine Skies”, Asian Wall
Street Journal, May 19, 1999. Widely-read and highly influential
guest editorial which espoused more liberal civil aviation policies
in the interests of both tourism and the overall economy.
- “Roots of the Next Asian Crisis”, the Philippine
Star, November 1999. Argued that post-Crisis economic
policies in Asia were shoring up banks at the expense of the entrepreneurial
- “A Visit to Christie’s, and a Glimpse of the
US$ 450 Million Da Vinci”. On-the-spot reporting
as part-time foreign correspondent.
- Seasons Lost, Memories Found, 1988. Booklet
of sentimental and occasionally erotic poems (“. . . Your breathlessness
at dusk returns / to restless seas we calmed / by sands our summer warmed.
. .”). ISBN 971-8573-00-3.
- "A Financial History of the World", The Manila
Bulletin, 1987, reprinted in the Philippine Military Academy Sword,
1988. Light-hearted series of articles on financial milestones,
for the general public.
- "Sex and Status", the Philippine Star, 1994-5.
Humor. Series of 20 satires on contemporary Philippine values (“.
. . What accounts for the enduring popularity of golf? What aberrant
desires, what secret perversions, what neurotic anxieties, lurk beneath
its innocent exterior?”)
- The Many Moods of Plantation Bay, 2008.
The resort’s first coffee-table book. Publisher, writer.
- Tales of Plantation Bay, 2016. Second coffee-table
book to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the resort; recounts little-known
facts and anecdotes about the origins and evolution of the resort and
the people connected with it. Publisher, writer.
- Continuing Series of Humorous, highly-personal Travelogues
in the Philippine Star: Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul,
Athens, Seville, Granada, Barcelona, Marseille, the French Riviera,
Rome, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Switzerland, and others.
- Born in Cebu, but grew up in Manila and Washington, DC. Son of Antonio
Gonzalez, at one time Chief of Military Intelligence, succeeding Fidel
Ramos (who was later President of the Philippines). Grandson of M.J.
Cuenco, late Senate President, Cabinet Secretary, and Governor of Cebu.
Great-grandson of Mariano Cuenco, founder of the first printing press
in the Visayas Region of the Philippines.
- Has lived in many of the world's great cities: London, Paris, New
York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Vancouver,
Whistler, and Barcelona; plus extended periods in Rome, Breckenridge,
Berlin, and Boston.
- Speak fluent, well-accented French and Spanish, as well as native
English, Cebuano, and Pilipino (Tagalog).
- Good writing and public speaking skills in English. Experienced classroom lecturer and discussion moderator.
- Personal interests include: architecture and interior design; fine
wines and foods; marine sports; ballroom dancing; vintage movies; and
fortune-telling for entertainment (graphology, palm-reading, astrology,
and I-Ching divination).
- Believer in the power of God’s Grace in shaping his life.
J. Manuel González
Columbia University (New York) MBA 1974. Full Non-Need Scholarship. Most Outstanding First-Year Student. Ateneo de Manila, AB Humanities 1971. Presidential Scholarship for topping entrance exams.
Learned Wine Appreciation from the legendary Steven Spurrier at his Academie du Vin in Paris 1978 (Mr. Spurrier’s unique contributions to the wine world are recounted in the
movie Bottle Shock.) Studied Italian at the Scuola Leonardo in Rome, real-life setting for Eat, Pray, Love.
Fluent, well-accented French and Spanish; Elementary Italian and German.
International Finance Corporation-World
Bank (1979-1986). Senior Investment Officer, Washington
DC, assigned to Mexico, Colombia, and the Caribbean. Travelled extensively,
logged over 500 nights at mostly 4 and 5 star hotels.
Plantation Bay Resort & Spa. (1995-Present,
Majority Shareholder). Plantation Bay is a 5 Star International Class Resort. It is the only hotel in the world with the confidence to offer a “Just don’t like it” full-refund guarantee (conditions apply). www.plantationbay.com. Was personally responsible for the site development plan and stylistic design of the resort. Oversaw construction, interior design, furniture procurement, hiring and training, and startup. Hands-on in day-to-day management. Also served a term as President of the Hotel, Resort, and Restaurant Association.
Plantation Prime (MB2 Food Products), (2021 to Present). Retort food canning of Filipino and international staples, combining restaurant (or better) quality with the convenience of cans packed solid, without bulking extenders like added water or vegetables. Now sold in Manila, Cebu, many key Philippine cities, Australia, and Dubai. Current products include: Kare-Kare, Bicol Express, Chile con Carne, and Tita Bok’s All-Meat, All-Purpose Pasta Sauce.
|London. Paris. Barcelona. New York. San Francisco. Washington DC. Hong Kong. Vancouver-Whistler, British Columbia. Los Angeles (6 months). Breckenridge, Colorado (2 months). Northern Michigan (frequent summers). Rome (6 weeks). Boston (5 weeks), Berlin (4 months).
Budapest, Hungary. Prague, Czech Republic. Istanbul, Turkey. Athens, Greece. Valletta, Malta. Inverness, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bath, York - UK. Verona, Bologna, Positano, Naples, Milan, Syracuse, Palermo, Taormina, Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Venice, Tuscany - Italy. Geneva, Zurich, Ascona, Lausanne, Lucerne, Neuchatel, Bern, Basel – Switzerland. Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Bruges, Belgium. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Copenhagen, Denmark. Deauville, St. Malo, Cannes, Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Marseille, Nice, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Carcassonne, Loire Valley, Lyon, Montpellier, Beaune - France. Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Munich, Berlin, Nuremberg, Cologne - Germany. Madrid, Sevilla, Marbella, Sotogrande-Gibraltar, Granada, Ronda, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Ibiza, Priorat, Zaragoza, Ribera del Duero, Salamanca - Spain. Stockholm, Sweden. Oslo, Bergen – Norway. Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck – Austria. Abu Dhabi. Dubai.
Tokyo, Sapporo, Lake Toya, Niseko – Japan. Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Macao – PRC. Singapore. Jakarta. Kuala Lumpur. Seoul, Jeju, Busan – S. Korea. Bangkok. Baguio, Daet, Balesin Island, Boracay, Iloilo, Bacolod, Ormoc, Panglao, Camotes Islands, Siargao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City, Bukidnon Province, Davao City. Auckland, Marlborough Sounds, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Christchurch, Dunedin - New Zealand. Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane - Australia.
Toronto, Okanagan, Victoria/Vancouver Island, Squamish, Kelowna, Kamloops, Montreal - Canada. Boston. Freeport and Portland, Maine. New Haven. Philadelphia. Pittsburgh. Baltimore. Akron-Canton-Cleveland. The Hamptons. Detroit, Petoskey, Traverse City, Charlevoix, St. Louis, Memphis, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Fort Lauderdale. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Vale, Jackson, Bozeman. Bend, Portland, and Florence, Oregon. San Jose, San Diego, and Monterrey. Seattle. Honolulu. New Orleans.
Mexico City DF, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Cuernavaca, San Miguel Allende – Mexico. Kingston and Montego Bay – Jamaica. Castries, St. Lucia. Bridgetown, Barbados. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien – Haiti. Caracas, Venezuela. Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bogota, Medellin, Cali – Colombia. Lima, Peru. Santiago, Easter Island, Atacama, Puerto Montt - Chile. Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo – Brazil. Buenos Aires, Tierra del Fuego - Argentina. Montevideo, Uruguay. San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Lesser Antilles (US Virgin Islands to Barbados).
denotes a hotel which is on Travel & Leisure’s list of Top 500
hotels in the world)
|The Ritz London(*). Grosvenor House London. Arlington
House London. Hyde Park Hotel London (now Mandarin) (*). InterContinental
Paris (now Westin). Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest (*). The original
Imperial Hotel Tokyo (now demolished). Four Seasons Sultanahmed Istanbul
(*). Grande Bretagne Athens (*). Carlton InterContinental Cannes. Luna Hotel
Baglioni Venice (*). Beau Rivage Lausanne. Hotel de la Paix Geneva. Baur
au Lac Zurich. Waldorf-Astoria New York . Flemings Hotel Mayfair London.
Les Armures Geneva. Hotel de Russie Rome (*). Hassler Rome (*). Sofitel
Villa Borghese Rome. Park Hyatt Milano (*). Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, Palermo
Sicily. The Madrid Ritz. Barcelona El Palace GL (*). Peninsula Hong Kong
(*). Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong (*). Hullett House Hong Kong. Prestonfield
House Edinburgh. Hotel Imperial Vienna (*). Westin Excelsior Florence. Westin
Grand Frankfurt. Villa La Massa Florence. Inn at the Market Seattle (*).
Four Seasons Hong Kong (*). The Raffles Singapore. The Peninsula Manila
(*). Hotel Okura Tokyo. Mandarin Oriental Washington DC. Four Seasons Washington
DC (*). The Dorset New York (long demolished). Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues
Geneva. La Scalinatella Capri. Bellevue Syrene Sorrento. Four Seasons Whistler
(*). Schloss Monchstein Salzburg. Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (*). Disney
World Yacht Club Orlando. Disney World Beach Club Orlando. Regent Petite
France Strasbourg. Dorint Maison Messmer, Baden-Baden. Heidelberg Suites.
Locanda dell'Amorosa, Tuscany. Heathman, Portland Oregon (*). River Place,
Portland Oregon. Mark Hopkins, San Francisco. The Lodge at Torrey Pines,
San Diego (*). Mandarin Oriental Munich. Four Seasons, New York (*). Mandarin
Oriental Geneva. Hotel Vitale San Francisco (*). The Upper House, Hong Kong.
The Bostonian, Boston. The Peabody, Memphis. Lausanne Palace. Palafitte,
Neuchatel. Bellevue Palace, Bern. Les Trois Rois, Basel.The Willard, Washington
DC. Park Hyatt, Washington DC. Hotel d'Angleterre, Geneva. The Chatwal,
New York. The Park Hyatt, New York. Hotel d'Europe, Avignon. Chateau Petit
Verdus, Bordeaux Region. After Six, Stockholm. Grand Hotel, Oslo. Boscolo
Exedra, Nice. Grand Hyatt Incheon. Hotel Lotte, Jeju. Luxury Suites, Amsterdam.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin. Skt. Petri, Copenhagen. Viking Sun Majestic
Fjords Cruise, Owner's Suite. Hanseatic Hotel, Bergen. Brown's Hotel, London.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami. Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. Halekulani, Honolulu.
The Peninsula, Chicago. Brasada Ranch, Oregon. Adlon Kempinski, Berlin.
Capitol Kempinski, Singapore. The Conrad, Chicago. The Blue Lagoon Retreat,
Iceland. Terra Dominicata, Priorat. Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena,
Ribera del Duero. Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca. Hotel Urban, Madrid.
Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand. Azur, Queenstown, New Zealand. Bay of Many
Coves Resort, New Zealand. Grand Hyatt Melbourne. The Langham, Sydney. Viking
Jupiter South America and Chilean Fjords Cruise, Owner's Suite. Viking Rhine-Danube River Cruise, Explorer Suite, Viking Sky, West Indies Explorer Cruise, Owner’s Suite.Park Lane Hotel, New York. The Pierre, New York (*). Park Hyatt Dubai. Qasr al Sarab Desert Hotel, Abu Dhabi. Windsor Hotel, Lake Toya, Hokkaido. Park Hyatt Niseko, Hokkaido.
|Taillevent, Paris (***). l’Ambassade d’Auvergne,
Paris. Le Grand Colbert, Paris. Alain Senderens at Place de la Madeleine,
Paris (**). Mollard, Paris. Le Train Bleu, Paris. Fouquet’s, Paris.
Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (***). Le Procope, Paris. Restaurant Polidor, Paris
(setting for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris). l’Ilot Vache,
Paris. Le Grand Vefour, Paris (**). La Coupole, Paris. Il Gabrielo, Rome.
Imago at the Hassler, Rome (*). Sevva, Hong Kong. l’Atelier de Joel
Robuchon, Hong Kong (***). NOBU InterContinental, Hong Kong. The Steak House,
Hong Kong (*). Morton’s Steak House, Washington DC. Palm, Washington
DC. Lasserre, Paris (**). Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, London.
Sweetings, London. Tre Scalini Piazza Navona, Rome. Ciampini, Rome. Pierre
Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong (**). Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa,
London. The Savoy Grill, London (*). Simpson’s in the Strand, London.
Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen, London. River Café,
New York (*). The Wolseley, London. Mario Batali’s Del Posto, New
York (*). Los Caracoles, Barcelona. Bar Mut, Barcelona. Tapas 24, Barcelona.
VUN at Park Hyatt Milan (*). Scoma’s, San Francisco. Lung King Heen,
Hong Kong (***). Buena Vista Café, San Francisco. La Casserole, Strasbourg
(*). Maison des Tanneurs, Strasbourg. Fink Stuebel, Strasbourg. Goya, Madrid.
Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid. Le Pavillon, Zurich (*). Le Gabriel Bistro,
Bordeaux. La Tupina, Bordeaux. Brasserie Lipp, Geneva. Il Lago, Geneva (*).
Tommy’s Hamburger, Los Angeles. The original Hard Rock Café,
London. Benu, San Francisco (***). Gramercy Tavern, New York (*). The Modern,
Museum of Modern Art New York (**). Le Bernardin, New York (***). La Grenouille,
New York (formerly ***). Aquavit, New York (**). Gabriel Kreuther, New York
(*). Andanada, New York (*). Marea, New York (**). Nola, New Orleans. Galatoire’s,
New Orleans. R’Evolution, New Orleans. Rasoi, Geneva. Cinq Sentits,
Barcelona (*). Caelis, Barcelona (*). The Bristol, Boston. Legal Seafood,
Boston. The Waverly Inn, New York. Caprice, Hong Kong (**). Gotham Bar and
Grill, New York (*). Eleven Madison Park, New York (***). Tom’s Diner,
New York (setting for Seinfeld). Cheers, Boston (setting for Cheers). The
Peninsula Grill, Charleston. The French Laundry, Yountville (***). Union
Oyster House, Boston. Californios, San Francisco (*). Campton Place Restaurant,
San Francisco (*). Quince, San Francisco (***). Ruth’s Chris, Boston.
La Table d’Edgard, Lausanne (*). Palace Sushi Zen, Lausanne. Kornhauskeller,
Bern. Meridiano, Bern (*). Restaurant VUE, Bern. Aureole, New York (*).
The Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal, New York. Blue Hill, New York
(*). Mario Batalli’s Otto Enoteca and Pizzeria, New York. Café
Boulud, New York (*). Sardi’s Restaurant, New York. Brasserie Ruhlman,
New York. Rock Center Café, New York. NoMad, New York (*). Sel et
Poivre, New York. Katz’s Deli, New York. Bar Masa, New York. 21 Club,
New York. Jean-Georges, New York (***). Ai Fiori, New York (*). Lafayette
Restaurant, Washington DC. Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington DC. Blue Duck, Washington
DC (*). Marcel’s, Washington DC. Cheval Blanc, Basel (***). Amber,
Hong Kong (**). Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong (*). Otto e Mezzo, Hong Kong (***).
Peter Luger, Brooklyn New York (*). Per Se, New York (***). Porter House
Grill, New York. Boccaccio, Nice. Oliviera, Nice. Chateau de la Chevre d’Or,
Eze. Licandro le Bistro, Aix-en-Provence. Private Dining Room, Chateau Palmer,
Margaux. Esperanto, Stockholm. Ekstedt, Stockholm (*) Esperanto, Stockholm.
Fjord, Stockholm (*). Momo Yama, Jeju. Narnia, Jeju. Ellen’s Stardust
Diner, New York. Truluck’s, Fort Lauderdale. Maaemo, Oslo (***). Enhjorningen,
Bergen. Palmen Restaurant, Oslo. Spring Moon, Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
(***). Casterlroc, Monaco. Restaurant RED, Amsterdam. VEA, Hong Kong (*).
Beefbar, Hong Kong (*). Tate Dining Room, Hong Kong (*). A Valenciana, Lisbon.
Restaurant Salon, Copenhagen. Det Lille Apotek, Copenhagen. Hakkasan Mayfair,
London. Gaucho Piccadilly, London. Benares Restaurant, London (*). Fera
at Claridge’s, London (*). Havana 1957, Miami. Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen,
Key Largo. Everest, Chicago (*). Momotaro, Chicago. Canter’s Deli,
Los Angeles. Spago Beverly Hills (**). The Hungtington Rose Garden Tea Room,
Los Angeles. The Rooftop Grill at Montage, Beverly Hills. Wolfgang Puck’s
CUT, Beverly Hills (*). Orchids, Honolulu. Azure, Honolulu. Alan Wong’s,
Honolulu (*). Entente, Chicago (*). Fleming’s Fine Steakhouse, Miami.
La Mar, Miami. Facil, Berlin (*). Nouri, Singapore (*). Odette, Singapore
(**). Huka Lodge Dining Room, Taupo, New Zealand. Crackers, Berlin. Siglodoce,
Avila. El Nacional, Barcelona. Jardin de Diana, Barcelona. Moss Restaurant,
Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Lava Restaurant, Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Rockpool Bar
and Grill, Sydney. Lord Nelson Brewery, Sydney. The Grove, Auckland. Amano,
Auckland. Lune Croissanterie, Melbourne. The Panorama and The Alpine Restaurants,
Mt. Cook, New Zealand. Jervois Steak House, Queenstown, New Zealand. Rata,
Queenstown, New Zealand. Le Pavillon, New York (*)
– Where West First Met East (Mabuhay Magazine) 2000.
Problem With Cebuanas (The Freeman) 2009.
in Munich (Philippine Inquirer) 2009.
How I Learned to Play Hockey 2009.
Winter Olympics (Cebu Sun-Star) 2010.
Away in Vienna 2010.
Out in Prague 2010.
Busted in Budapest (Cebu Sun-Star) 2010.
Days in Athens 2010.
Days in Istanbul 2010.
A Part of Spain That’s Not Madrid (Cebu Sun-Star) 2011.
and Granada – Some Parts of Spain That Aren’t Madrid (Cebu
– A Part of Spain That’s Not Madrid (Cebu Sun-Star) 2011.
in Marseille 2011.
A Tale of Two Cities, Avignon, 2011.
A Tale of Two Cities, Aix-en-Provence, 2011.
French Riviera – A Tale of Two Cities, Cannes, 2011.
French Riviera – A Tale of Two Cities, Nice, 2011.
in Lyon 2011..
in Paris (Cebu Sun-Star) 2012..
in Rome (Cebu Sun-Star) 2012.
Weeks in Rome. Part One of Four: The Most Beautiful Women in Rome 2012.
Weeks in Rome. Part Two of Four: How to Do Rome in a Day, 2012.
Weeks in Rome. Part Three of Four: How to Do Rome in a Day, continued,
Weeks in Rome. Part Four of Four: Amazing Facts About Rome that Guidebooks
Won’t Tell You, 2012.
Stroll Through Heidelberg 2013.
– Three Exhibits 2013.
– Three Stores, Three Lunches 2013.
Baden-Baden on a Budget 2014.
Sensual Pleasures of Bordeaux 2014.
Stars from Manhattan to San Francisco, 2016.
by Bar, 2016.
My Way Through London, 2016.
and Better in Texas, 2016.
Art in Paris Museums, (Manila Bulletin) 2016.
Independence Crisis Explained (an Op-Ed in 4 parts) 2017.
A Visit to Christie's Auction House, and a Glimpse of the US$ 450 Million
Da Vinci, 2017.
Bitcoins: The Emperor Has No Clothes, 2018.
Switzerland (a three-part article), 2018.
Opening Doors in Bordeaux, 2018.
Official National Dishes – An Off-the-Wall Idea for National Change, 2018.
Interview on Philippine Challenges, 2018.
Bitcoins AND Blockchains - Murphy's Law Waiting to Happen, 2018.
Solving the US Health Care Fiasco, 2019.
The Arithmetic Behind and Beyond the Proposed Manila Subway, 2019.
Wild Ideas - Out-of-the-Box Solutions for Fixing the Philippines,
a full-length book which proposes sweeping changes to national symbols,
including the flag, food, sports, holidays, and national motto.
Plantation Bay Circular on Coronavirus, 2020.
No Time to Waste a Pandemic Financial Recovery, 2020.
Crypto resurrection, 2022.
Crypto’s Last Stand: Stablecoin, 2023.
Philippine Tourism: Still Making the Same Mistakes Part 1, 2023.
Philippine Tourism: Still Making the Same Mistakes Part 2, 2023.
Philippine Tourism: Still Making the Same Mistakes Part 3, 2023.
Philippine Tourism: Love Campaign Crash and Burn, 2023.
Philippine Tourism: Absence of Competence, the DOT’s Culture and Scenery Delusion, 2023.