Parols are ornamental star-like Christmas lanterns from the Philippines. They are normaly made out of bamboo, paper, colored cellophane or sometimes capiz. It come in various sizes, shapes and designs; however, their star-shape façade and basic design remain dominant.
The Giant Lantern Festival of San Fernando is the event that the province of Pampanga is most known for. No doubt that is the reason why San Fernando, Pampanga has been dubbed as the Christmas Capital of the Philippines.
"Sand Art" can refer to several different types of artistic crafts created with sand, such as that found at the beach. One type of sand art refers to jars or bottles filled with colored sand, which can be layered to create a beautiful appearance.
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A Balisong, otherwise known as a butterfly knife or fan knife, is a folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. It is sometimes called a Batangas knife. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called "flipping" or "fanning", are performed for art or amusement.
Mother of Pearl or Nacre is secreted by the epithelial cells of the mantle tissue of certain species of mollusc.
Small, hand-cut shapes with straight edges, called 'Tesserae', are typically laminated to either a marble, porcelain, ceramic or more recently a resin base. The tesserae are hand-placed and closely sandwiched together, creating a mosaic or pattern ( such as Basket-Weave ).
This be-e is from the Lubo region of Kalinga, and is dyed with a deep indigo. The diamond twill is in three layers, and extremely tight, verifying that Kalinga textiles rank with Itneg and Gaddang textiles to have the finest weave in the Philippines. The fiber is thought to be Cagayan Valley cotton. Based upon interviews with informants from the region, and comparison with other similar textiles, it is estimated that the textile is at least 100 years old. Although the indigo dye is remarkably dark, this can be explained by the fact that the textile has not been worn often, and probably not washed many times.
It is said that the textile was worn during ritual sacrefices of pigs by an upper class Tinglayan tribe man. A matching ka-in (see item above) was owned by the wife. Similar textiles in cotton and bark fiber are well known, and also exist in white. These have been used for daily wear as well as funerary burrial cloths. The width of the textile is 19cm.
The gilamat ka-in (skirt) was traditionally woven in Lubuagan, but has become universally used all over Kalinga. Different regions even have their own style. It is usually woven in double threaded plain weave, but some are also single thread. The colours indigo and red symbolise sky and ground - the national colours of Kalinga. The yellow portion is embroidered and depicts mountains. Yellow symbolises wealth, as do the embroidered plants that refer to growth and fertility. A lone coin is attched as a pendant.
"Pinilian"(meaning chosen) blanket is a a Binakol weaving, an Itneg/Tinguian blanket. in supplementary weft design technique. The colors are in red, white, and yellow with the sinanbituon nga adda balayna (starlike) motif.
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Beeswax or "Bee Sweat" is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis. Worker bees (the females) have eight wax-producing mirror glands on the inner sides of the sternites (the ventral shield or plate of each segment of the body) on abdominal segments 4 to 7. The size of these wax glands depends on the age of the worker and after daily flights begin these glands gradually atrophy.
The t’nalak (pronounced teh-nalak)occupies a special significance in the lives of the T’boli tribe. Basically used for blankets and clothing, the t’nalak is considered helpful for safe delivery when used as pre-natal covering. Sla-i (marriage arrangements) are considered lousy without it during the exchange of kemu (traditional properties) such as heirlooms, gongs, horses, work animals, ancient swords and other tribal artefacts.
Batil patong is not commonly known outside of Tuguegarao in the province of Cagayan in Northern Luzon, Philippines. It is an unusual sautéed noodle dish served with dark non-soy-based sauce and with two piquant side dishes: a cup of pork broth and a dish of chopped onions, vinegar or calamansi, chili peppers, and soy sauce. The noodles are wheat-based and are served moist and chewy, topped with crushed pork-rind cracklings, and whipped egg from whence the name bati'l patong literally 'scrambled and placed on top' is derived.
Philippine Civet or Alamid Coffee is one of the rarest and most expensive coffees in the world. It comes only from the sweetest coffee cherries of the Philippine forest, carefully chosen and eaten by free-roaming civets to give the beans their unique, supreme flavor. Alamid coffee has a smooth and naturally sweet taste, with a chocolatey aroma that heightens the senses.
Halo-halo (from Tagalog word halò, "mix") is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a tall glass or bowl.
Both Tridacna gigas, one of the world's largest shells, and Pisidum, the world's tiniest shell, can be found under Philippine waters. Tridacna gigas grows as large as one meter in length and weighs 600 pounds while Pisidum is less than 1 millimeter long. A shell called glory of the sea (Connus gloriamaris) is also found in the Philippines and considered as one of the most expensive shells in the world.
Tuba is made through a process of extracting the sap of an unopened coconut bud. It has a stinging sweet and bittersweet taste. The tip of the bud is lopped and the pale juice allowed to trickle into bamboo containers. A sturdy tree yields about a gallon of liquid daily.
The Pili nut (Canarium ovatum), one of 600 species in the family Burseraceae, is native to the Philippines and is abundant and wild in the Bicol Region particularly in Sorsogon, and in parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
A balut is a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell.
Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines.
Lechon is the Spanish name for pig, in the Philippines it means a spit-roasted pig. Lechon is prepared by stuffing the inside of the animal with herbs and vegetables. The pigs are slowly hand roasted on top of charcoal for hours till their skin turn reddish brown and the inside flesh becomes tender. The dish is often served with a thick liver sauce cooked with vinegar, sugar and herbs.
La Loma district in Quezon City praise itself as being the lechon capital of the Philippines.
Started by Mang Tomas in the early 50′s his business got a lot of competitors. The other top lechon makers are Mila, Pingping, Lito, Aling Nene and Nelia to name a few. The roasted pigs are displayed on the sidewalks.
Marikina is not the shoe capital of the Philippines for nothing. For the greater part of the 20th century, Marikina was the biggest manufacturer of quality shoes. There was a time, between 1978 and 1982, when Marikina’s women’s shoes and handbags made of snakeskin were the rave on Fifth Avenue, New York City. As early as 1935, Marikina already had 139 shops producing 260,078 pairs of ladies shoes and 86,692 pairs of men shoes worth P762,896.00. And as may as 2,450 inhabitants were directly engaged in the industry either as shoemakers or uppermakers. By 1983, Marikina produced 70 percent of the shoe production of the Philippines which was estimated at 30 million pairs.
Kesong puti (lit. "white cheese" in Filipino) or Filipino fresh cheese is a soft, white cheese, made from unskimmed carabao's milk, salt and rennet.It has a soft and close texture, fresh and a bit salty taste though some commercial producers has a slight sour taste to it (due to the use of vinegar in place of rennet). This cheese originated from and is produced in the provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Samar, and Cebu. In the Philippines, it is a favorite local breakfast fare and eaten together with the freshly baked local bread called pan de sal.
Fruit wines made from organically-grown tropical fruits “bignay” (Scientific name: Antidesma bunius; English names: Chinese laurel, currant tree, salamander tree), and “duhat” (Scientific name: Syzgium cumini; English names: Black plum, Java plum).
Lambanog is a Philippine alcoholic beverage most commonly described as coconut wine or coconut vodka. The drink is distilled from the sap of the unopened coconut flower, and is known for its potency and high alcohol content (80 and 90 proof). Most of the Lambanog distilleries are in the Quezon province of Luzon, Philippines.
Rosales Saga novels
A five-novel series that spans three centuries of Philippine history, widely read around the world and translated into 22 languages
Po-on (Dusk) (1984) ISBN 9718845100
The Pretenders (1962) ISBN 9718845003
My Brother, My Executioner (1973) ISBN 971884516X
Mass (December 31, 1974) ISBN 0868615722
Tree (1978) ISBN 9718845143
F. Sionil José or in full Francisco Sionil José (born December 3, 1924) is one of the most widely-read Filipino writers in the English language. His novels and short stories depict the social underpinnings of class struggles and colonialism in Filipino society. José's works - written in English - have been translated into 22 languages, including Korean, Indonesian, Russian, Latvian, Ukrainian and Dutch.[
Dried Mangoes is considered as the best nutritious and convenient snack around the world. Very convenient, that made Cebu City more popular because of distributing the finiest dried mangoes around the globe.Not just Cebu City, Japan and Italy are also selling well. The food that made a mark in Southeast Asia.
Utap (often spelled otap) is an oval-shaped puff pastry in the Philippines, especially common in Cebu where it originated. It is usually created from a combination of flour, shortening, coconut, and sugar. In order to achieve the distinctive texture of the pastry, it much undergo a two-stage baking process.
Chicken Inasal is a grilled chicken dish and one of the well known Ilonggo dishes. It is done by marinating chicken parts in a unique blend of spices and grilling them until done. Sounds like a simple grilled chicken recipe, isn’t it? Well, it might sound like one; however, the special marinade and basting sauce makes this Ilonggo version of the grilled chicken extra special.
Mang Inasal is the Philippines’ fastest growing fast food chain with more than 180 branches located in most of the major urban centers of the country. In 2003, Mang Inasal opened its first branch in Robinsons Place Iloilo. It is targeting to opened more than 300 stores by 2012.
A pre-mixed alcoholic beverage that offers a refreshingly new drinking experience. It contains just the right alcohol, right sweetness and good mouth feel. It is made from premium quality triple distilled spirit for that smooth alcohol kick. It has a uniquely refreshing flavour and cool product presentation. It is competitively priced and offers good value for money.