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 on 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 --
You probably already researched about the life of Ms. Catriona Gray, after all, she's no less than the queen of the moment. Miss Philippines is Miss Universe 2018 and we're all very proud of her. What I'd want to share here was our reaction - there was a whole bunch of us, all strangers to each other - that watched and reacted as Catriona's name was being announced.
'Wanna guess where we were?
Now that we're in the province, this cottage by the seashore serves as their daily classroom. We get free 'air-conditioning' care of the sea breeze, free natural light, and an ambiance that's like no other. And when they need to take a break, they just go to the waters, schoon a few pebbles, and cool their feet with the onrushing waves.
One of the biggest reasons why we switched to homeschooling from traditional schooling is to be more hands-on teachers to our kids. This is just one of the plethora of reasons why you should consider switching, too. Here are some more that you should seriously think about --
My kids have experienced being educated in both traditional schools and home school. As a hands-on educator to them, I felt the huge difference in the way they grew as learners. And homeschooling also taught me a lot in terms of being a teacher, parent, and being a fellow online learner.
Here are some reasons why...
Let's park the fun for a moment, seryosong usapan muna.
The colorful yet horrific history of the three Balangiga bells had always been close to my heart. Having kept a homeschooling and cultural website for almost a year now, there was a point when I was asked on the Facebook group (of which I am an administrator) – Kulturang Pinas – to elaborate on this tragic account.
I had my historical bases for answering the said query and, although the facts were pretty straightforward, my opinions, however, were far from being unemotional.
"Magtapos ka ng pag-aaral mo. Yan lang ang maipapamana namin sa'yo ng Tatay mo." (Finish your studies. That's the only inheritance that your Father and I can give you) - does this sound familiar?
Most Filipinos can relate to this oft reminder from their parents. No wonder you will find Pinoy homes' walls adorned with line upon line of diplomas, all signifying that they accomplished what their parents asked them to do. Also, to most of us, there is a sense of achievement once this piece of paper is finally displayed on the wall.
Why do you think this is so?
Balikbayan is a Pinoy term that literally means return to one's country. And when a balikbayan comes home (whether for a vacation or for good), the whole clan just comes to life!
Our family spent a whole month with my mom who recently took a vacay from the States. This is why this blog was a bit quiet that entire time. We froze all our activities, even our businesses to have some quality time with my mother. We also spent our time visiting other relatives, eating out, pigging out, picnicking, raiding buffets, and practically everything else involving food. So, what else is so exciting about welcoming a balikbayan back?
National Artist Nick Joaquin referred to the boy general as the Byron of Bulacan.
September 5, 2018. It may not have been the opening date for Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral but our family had an awesome time nevertheless. Did I expect my heroic worship of General Gregorio del Pilar to heighten after watching this? Will this film increase your respects for this young general?
Here are my thoughts...
Mahilig kumain ang mga Pinoy. This is a statement. It's not a question, it's not even an opinion. This is an unspoken truth that is accepted by every true blue Filipino. And while the whole nation is going crazy over the movie, The Hows of Us, I am trying to answer here an equally pertinent question --
Why do we, Filipinos, just love to eat?
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.