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mad as hell

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it’s the 118th anniversary of the day when our filipino forefathers rose up in arms against their colonial spanish masters. it has since been declared national heroes day, a holiday observed throughout the philippines.

today’s celebration may prove to be historic as it coincides with the first massive filipino protest against the administration of president benigo aquino iii. it was triggered by a local paper’s exposé of the ten billion peso scam that made the people real mad. it involved several filipino legislators and their pork barrels and businesswoman janet lim-napoles.

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August 26, 2013 at 9:53 am 6 comments

weekly photo challenge: culture

this photo was taken while visiting friends and relatives in oahu, hawaii.

lechón or roasted pig is an iconic food served at filipino gatherings. a clean-shaven pig, with the internal organs removed, is skewered with a bamboo pole and rotated slowly over a charcoal pit until it’s fully cooked. it’s served whole from head to tail on a table.

since culture is about food, the best introduction to filipino culture is eating the lechón and the other filipino cuisine. an apple is sometimes placed in the mouth of the pig to symbolize unbridled temptation for decorative purposes. it tastes so good that you’d be inclined to pig on it (pardon the pun). this could be the reason many consider it as food to die for (pardon another pun). it’s known to induce high blood pressure and heart disease among its habitué. eating in moderation is the way to go.

incidentally, roasted pig is also popular in other countries in asia, europe, and latin america, although the manner and method of cooking may vary from country to country.

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April 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm 15 comments

behind every great man is a great woman

a few days after his death, the loving widow of jesse robredo held a press conference. mr. robredo was a high ranking cabinet member of philippine president benigno aquino iii. he died in a plane crash off the shore of masbate island on aug. 18 while on his way home to naga city to be with his family.

it’s been said that behind every great man is a great woman. from this interview, i had a glimpse of the woman that he married and it was good. a woman of high intelligence and moral values, maria leonor “leni” robredo must have helped him keep his feet on the ground, maintain his focus, and walk the line. if you watch the above video, i know you’ll agree with me. for non-tagalog readers, a transcript of the interview in english can be found here.

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September 1, 2012 at 8:14 am 6 comments

keeping up with the joneses

His Excellency
Most Rev. Juan De Dios Pueblos, D.D.

several catholic bishops in the philippines had received money from the philippine charity sweepstakes office (pcso) for the purchase of sports utility vehicles (suv) during the term of former president gloria macapagal-arroyo.

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July 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm 8 comments

read and weep


while i was in the philippines early this month, the plight of three filipinos, sentenced to death in china for drug trafficking, was headline news. the philippine government, led by vice-president jejomar binay, made a valiant effort in appealing their convictions on humanitarian grounds. but it was for naught. after a temporary stay, the death sentences of ramon credo, elizabeth batain, and sally villanueva were carried out today.

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March 30, 2011 at 1:02 am 11 comments

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