A huge part of Kalakhang Maynila (Metro Manila) is flooded and so #WalangPasok is trending on Twitter. The odd thing is that there is no storm at the moment, only enhanced Southwest monsoon. So, with the kids stuck at home (well, this is a daily thing in our home coz our kids are homeschooled as you probably already know), we're thinking of ways to make our stay memorable and warm.
What could better perk our cold days and nights than a bowl of pure tablea de cacao champorado (chocolate porridge) paired with dried fish or tuyo. Here is our recipe for this infamous food pairing --
William Henry Scott has a book entitled Philippine Studies published by the Ateneo University. What's awesome about this book is that it talked about pre-Hispanic Pinoy communities, the social structures in the 16th century, the many barrios that constituted these communities, even rice and boats were mentioned.
Of course, slavery is a hot topic there, too.
While everyone's going crazy right now over the role that Kris Aquino landed in the movie Crazy Rich Asians, let us remember that before she was Princess Intan, there were the maharlikas in our country. Do you wanna know how we came to know about these elite class and the other classes below them?
Sino si Kuya Bong? And Why Are Mangyan Crafts So Darn Cool?
While everyone's going gaga over Alden Richards' Victor Magtanggol in the past two nights, here is a tradition that also shows honor for deity and love for one's family member even beyond the veil.
Classes are suspended today because of the threat of typhoon Inday. What could be more apt to share with your family than a meal with hot soup? Warm up your tummy with Bulalo. Click on read more to view the complete recipe --
Well, none of my plans pushed through because as we were just a minute or so away from the port, the heavy rains started to pour. Boy, they weren't just cats and dogs, it felt like cows and carabaos...
If you have been wondering how our writing system looked like in the pre-Spanish times, then wonder no more. Look at the chart above and you basically have the ancient Baybayin (the term baybay literally means to spell). It was used from the 16th century up until the early 19th century.
There were a dozen or so individual writing systems throughout Southeast Asia and Baybayin is proudly one of these. Hanunó’o, Tagbanwa, Buhid, even the Bisaya and Kapampangan scripts are believed to have descended from this ancient writing system.
Baybayin uses the abugidas which makes use of a consonant followed by an inherent vowel. Diacritical markings are used in expressing which vowels are being used, whether e, i, o, u. As you notice when you look at the chart above, the syllables containing the vowel a are the ones that do not have the said markings. This rule is also apparent in Sanskrit (the lingua franca of the Indo-Aryan peoples).
Soon, we will learn about the origins of Baybayin, why it is not the same as Alibata, and other historical facts that will wow you.
Below is an ABS-CBN feature about how Baybayin is being proposed to become, once again, our national system of writing. And below it, a photo of my daughter's painting with her initials written in Baybayin.
Just as non-existent as a YouTube tutorial video or a site that has the sinaging recipe, this Pinoy banana snack was totally non-existent in my life until a few days back. Do you want to know how it tastes?
Today, one of my husband's relatives paid us a visit and she eventually kept talking about tuba. We then asked her to buy half a gallon and pretty soon, I was immersed in this native drink's rich history (at least its history in their clan) --
Today, my Facebook status read --
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.