'Yes! I'm in the most romantic city in the world and I've finally secured a seat in the oldest cafe.' Emma excitedly thought to herself.
Emma Gatchalian is a professor researcher from one of the leading universities in the Philippines and is now visiting the
Paris-Sorbonne University for some academic research. With only a few months to visit the city, she knows that she has to make the most of every hour of each day.
The Le Procope is one of her priorities.
The said café sits at the 6th arondissement and was established in 1686. Many writers and artists, basically the most creative and intellectual minds during the 18th to the 19th centuries, gathered here. An historic cafe, it is irrefutably romantic and the ambiance was screaming time travel.
The lady professor ordered an Amaretto sundae to cool down. She had been walking non-stop as she enjoyed her free time visiting museums and strolling down the streets just to enjoy the architecture. She savored the almond-flavored liqueur which gave the cool dessert its distinctive taste.
Just then, a hand gently touched her left shoulder.
Emma turned around to see who it was. It sounded like the voice of a gentleman but she can tell that the accent was off. Her jaw almost got dislocated when her eyes rested upon a gentleman, who's obviously not French, and eccentrically dressed.
The man was just as shocked as she is. "Parlez-vous anglais? I was just about to ask if you would want to have a cup of coffee with me but...how did you know my name?"
I was a Grade One pupil when this story happened. Though it's been 33 years since, the memory of that dramatic moment is still palpable to me. Now read about the hours leading to the family tension, the eventual heated arguments, and the personal truths that divided our family and the rest of the nation (even till this day).
No one would wake up at 4 A.M. to hack coconut leaves yet Anna and Liza do just this for as long as they could remember. It’s a cycle – leaves are hacked then the leaflets cut and eventually arranged on a pile, the stalks are ultimately shaved and placed aside to dry – it’s an honorable trade but not one that would be elaborated on a This-Is-My-Dream-Career essay.
Breakfast is served; two pieces of tuyo and a tiny pot of rice for a family of four. What’s next is an hour-long journey from Barangay Baas to Hilongos, all the way from their mountainous residence to the city below.
Who knows how many more hours they’re going to endure under the scorching heat of the morning sun? Four brooms each, they trudge on.
The heavens have blessed them today as a couple riding a motorcycle circled back to ask what they’re peddling.
‘We will be fed…we will be.’
*This is loosely based on a true story as there are people from Baas (a barangay in Eastern Leyte) who really sell coconut brooms. The hubby and I were able to speak to two of them (hence the story) and with each broom costing only 25 pesos, they need to sell all eight so they can buy enough food for their family for that day.
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Leila passes by this one house in town every afternoon when she goes home from school. At 16, she had been intrigued by this abandoned structure for as long as she can remember. The goosebumps are constant reminders that there is more to this place than what one actually sees.
I was your cure,
The Victorian-style painting, Portait of a Lady, by Juan Luna is a visual marvel. You may have just passed by it in one of your National Museum for Fine Arts tours, but a dark, mysterious story lies behind its charming appeal.
Gusto mo bang malaman ang lovelife ni Balagtas?
Most of the time, when people talk about Francisco Baltazar, people think of his most famous work, Florante at Laura. More popularly known by his pen name, Francisco Balagtas, there was a lot more to this orator and poet from Bigga, Bulacan.
Here are 10 cool things about Balagtas and the muse who was his inspiration for his greatest masterpiece -
This week had been a tragic one for our family. Our beloved chocolate Labrador - Marley - passed away yesterday. We are devastated; to quote my Facebook post, Marley took a piece of my heart when he went to dog heaven. Any fur parent would understand the loneliness that follows the death of a beloved furry family member.
Our family still strongly advocates pet ownership, though. The kids learn to be more responsible as they take care of a smaller being. The pets, in turn, shower the family with all the love that they are able to give.
Here in the Philippines, PAWS or the Philippine Animal Welfare Society not only shelters animals but offers a chance for Pinoys to become fur parents. So if you've never been one, how about giving it a serious thought this time?
But, of course, there is a process.
Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.
I've got a story to tell. Our recent move to Eastern Visayas was a concession. I did not approve of it, at first, because my home had always been Luzon. I grew up in Muntinlupa City and I moved to Cavite and eventually Laguna during my married years. I knew that it was going to be a huge adjustment for the entire family to move to a totally different place. Although Leyte was my hubby's home province, the kids and I treat it as a vacation spot - never as a permanent home.
So what gives?
Filipinos are known for their unique courtship customs. You have probably heard of pamamanhikan (asking for a girl's hand in marriage), harana (serenading), and even the more physical aspects of winning a woman's family's favor by chopping firewood and pag-iigib (fetching water).
But how would these play out in our contemporary world? This is what Ang Kapilya Sa Dalampasigan (currently #40 in Wattpad under the Filipino category) is all about. It's not too traditional but not flagrant either.
So what is this Wattpad story all about?
Were you able to get a free calendar before the year ended? While most companies do provide calendars as a giveaway on the last month of each year, there are only a few that go beyond prominently displaying their company logos. Let's give recognition where recognition is due.
For a year or two now, Petron's been holding arts competition for works that they could feature in their yearly calendar. And I looooove the works that they featured this year. Before we take a peek, I would also like to commend Rebisco for coming up with a cultural concept for their cans of biscuits.
Let's take a peek --
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.