The Makati Shangri-La is located in the Makati area of the metropolis of Manila. It is the city’s largest hotel and one of its most prestigious; it has received numerous rewards, including the city’s best hotel.
The attack on the World Trade Center in New York occurred on 11th September 2001, and it remains the defining act of terrorism of the 21st century. 9/11, as the event has come to be known, was a series of coordinated suicide attacks using hijacked airliners directed at the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and either the Capitol or the White House (the fourth plane, memorialised in the film United 93, crashed into a Pennsylvanian field following passenger action). The attacks were carried out by the terrorist organisation al-Qaeda. A large number of conspiracy theories have since arisen.
Nearly 3,000 people died, along with the 19 plane hijackers, and more than 6,000 were injured; the dead and injured included firefighters and rescue workers. Many people fell or leapt from the burning towers, and the so-called ‘falling men’ have become some of the most iconic and disturbing images of our time.
9/11 was watched live around the world, underlining the enormous power that the media has today, and giving rise to the notion that modern-day terrorism must go hand-in-hand with widespread media dissemination.
A large number of books, documentaries and articles have appeared about 9/11, including:
The Falling Man – Tom Junod (article published in Esquire magazine)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
Falling Man – Don DeLillo
Windows on the World – Frederic Beigbeder
Netherland – Joseph O’Neill
United 93 – film directed by Paul Greengrass
In the Shadow of No Towers – Art Spiegelmann
World Trade Center – film directed by Oliver Stone
Ground Zero is a term used to describe the point on the surface of the Earth at the centre of, or closest to, a major explosion. The term originated with the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In New York it is used to describe the site on which the World Trade Center stood.
The original clean-up of the site was completed in May 2002. Architect Daniel Libeskind won a competition in 2003 to redesign the site; currently only one building has been completed, but other towers and buildings of the new World Trade Center are under construction. The site will feature a memorial, consisting of two square pools where the towers used to stand and a monument bearing the names of the dead, scheduled to open on 11th September 2011, the 10 year anniversary.
Visitors to Ground Zero can explore a museum dedicated to 9/11. Every year the Tribute in Light takes places on 11th September: two beams of light are projected upwards from the site, commemorating the two towers.
Jasmine is a sweet-smelling flowering shrub of the olive family, widely found in South Asia. It is used commonly as floral decorations for the house and in women’s hair, as well as made into decorative garlands and bracelets, tea, syrup and perfume.
Jasmine is the national flower of Pakistan, and holds great cultural significance.
Popcorn shrimp is a popular American snack originally made by the chain of Red Lobster seafood restaurants. It consists of bite-sized pieces of fried shrimp, which are said to be similarly addictive and as easy to eat as popcorn. Give it a go yourself!