let the games be­gin

DA MAN - - Notes - Ron­ald Liem, Pub­lisher/Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

While the eu­pho­ria of the World Cup has cer­tainly died down, all of us here in Jakarta are gear­ing up for the 18th Asian Games. There’s al­ways some­thing ex­cit­ing, ex­hil­a­rat­ing and—most im­por­tantly—in­spir­ing as we cheer on those that em­body the best val­ues of all of us: Strength, per­se­ver­ance, sports­man­ship and the drive to suc­ceed.

So, I thought it only fitting that DAMAN joins in the ex­cite­ment by fea­tur­ing some of the ath­lete’s set to com­pete from mid-Au­gust to late Septem­ber. We have bas­ket­ball player Daniel Wenas, jet ski rac­ing world cham­pion Aero Aswar and vol­ley­ball ath­lete Rendy Tamamilang. Our lat­est

DAMAN Dar­ling, too, is an ath­lete in her own right: Maria Se­lena is a no­table bas­ket­ball player. Ex­pect sto­ries of courage and crush­ing fail­ure, achiev­ing tremen­dous odds while in­jured and the sweet taste of vic­tory.

Of course, we also have a lineup of top notch Hol­ly­wood tal­ents in this is­sue. But here as well, some­thing dif­fer­ent awaits you. It might be co­in­ci­dence, it might be an un­usual stroke of luck for us, but all of our fea­tured ac­tors have shown an amaz­ing sense of hu­mor and wit, while at the same time of­fer­ing some deep insight into their pas­sions. Oliver Stark of “Into the Bad­lands” and “9-1-1” might be the most nor­mal of the three. Daniel Gillies from hit vam­pire TV se­ries “The Vam­pire Diaries” and its spinoff “The Orig­i­nals” is down­right funny; but his call to ac­tion for some of the most im­pov­er­ished com­mu­ni­ties in the world is any­thing but. And on our cover this time, we have Thomas Jane, whose body of work in­cludes “Boo­gie Nights,” “Hung,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “The Mist,” “The Pun­isher” and, com­ing out this Septem­ber, “The Preda­tor.” His in­ter­view with us is hands down the most bizarre, hi­lar­i­ous but in­sight­ful so far.

And with that, I in­vite you to en­joy the pages to come and delve into sto­ries of fash­ion, sport, en­ter­tain­ment and more. Also, don’t for­get to fol­low our dig­i­tal of­fer­ings through our web­site and so­cial me­dia ac­counts for on­line-ex­clu­sive con­tent, videos and ex­cit­ing up­dates from all across the globe.

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