13 National Living Treasures of the Philippines: Is Whang-od Next?

In September 2015, netizens lobbied for the declaration of Apo Whang-od as a National Artist of the Philippines for her role in preserving the dying art of cultural tattoo. Eighty-eight-year-old Whang-od Oggay is considered as the last mambabatok (hand-tap tattoo artist) of her tribe. She hails from mountains of the Cordilleras, specifically in Buscalan in the municipality of Tinglayan…

Where Did Your Philippine President Come From? (Part 1 of 3)

As prescribed by current Philippine law, two of the pertinent qualifications required for public elective positions, specifically the president of the country are: (1) that the aspirant is a natural born citizen and (2) that the aspirant is a resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years immediately preceding the election. This completely makes sense, of course, because…

Paella, Pinoy Style!

After centuries of Spanish colonial rule and decades of Pinoy creativity, paella has become Filipinized. Be it seafood, Valencia, negra or mixed, paella and all its variants have been important parts of Filipino cuisine. Originating from Valencia in Spain, paella is a Catalan word derived from the old French word paelle, or the pan on which…

New and Improved Roxas Boulevard: Restoring the Glory of Manila

Manila Bay is known for having one of the most beautiful sunsets and Roxas Boulevard, the promenade fronting it, provides front row seats to this majestic view. This natural harbour strategically surrounds the capital city of the Philippines and serves as the port of the center of commerce. It also drains a big part of Luzon’s watershed area.…

Top 5 Muslim Delicacies

Feast of Breaking the Fast 1.) Tiyula Itum – “Tiyula’ itum is the best among the Tausug viands. The origin of this food is not yet known even among the Tausug, but people believed the tiyula’ itum is really a Tausug cuisine because of the presence of the burned coconut. Source: alltausug.com 2.) Nasi Lemak Rice…

A Slice of Canada in Metro Manila

The Land of Maples has fascinated the Filipinos with Hollywood stars and singing sensations–Anne Murray, Paul Anka, Dan Aykroyd, Bryan Adams, and more recently Celine Dion and Justin Bieber. These Canadian thespic and musical talents has spilled over, too, in a realm which is traditionally the bulwark of Italian culinary supremacy — pizza. The good…

The Story of Reo Brothers Band

By Tom Banguis, Jr The title of this email just about summarizes the past week’s journey for a band of 4 very young brothers, rendered homeless and penniless by the storm surge in Tacloban, to the adoring response of an admiring, appreciative audience who were witness to their very first gig in Manila! Their renditions…