Insights on Random Things

  • Say Hello to the Japanese Halo-Halo

    Say Hello to the Japanese Halo-Halo

    Shaved ice with red beans and fruits was introduced by Japanese immigrants in Manila before World War II.

  • Tasting a Huge Lechon in a Mountain Barangay

    Tasting a Huge Lechon in a Mountain Barangay

    A visit to Barangay Adlaon in Cebu showed me that mountain barangays prize the huge lechon baboy or roasted pig more than the smaller pig.

  • The Chili in everyone’s kitchen and the Manila Galleon Trade

    The Chili in everyone’s kitchen and the Manila Galleon Trade

    How the Manila Galleon Trade spiced up the World’s Kitchens Part 2 of 2

  • Beans, Chilis, and the Manila Galleon Trade

    Beans, Chilis, and the Manila Galleon Trade

    How the Manila Galleon Trade spiced up the World’s Kitchens Part 1 of 2. Mexican ingredients found its way into Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese kitchens. Africans, Asians, and other Europeans who arrived in Mexico added their cultures into the mix.

  • Maria Clara the Tragic

    Maria Clara the Tragic

    Who is the real Maria Clara? Part 2 of 2 parts. If there has to be a single adjective for Maria Clara of the Noli Me Tangere, it cannot be ideal because author Dr. Jose Rizal never called her that. He called her pure, beautiful, and brave, but each of these words do not sum…

  • Who is the real Maria Clara?

    Who is the real Maria Clara?

    Part 1 of 2 parts: Maria Clara the Brave When Jose Rizal’s fictional governor-general in the Noli Me Tangere remarked that Maria Clara was the most virtuous of daughters, he wasn’t referring to her Catholic moral virtues, but rather, to her courage. Yes, Maria Clara was actually brave. Her courage, however, is hardly talked about…

  • Dayong is how Visayans do Bayanihan

    Dayong is how Visayans do Bayanihan

    The Dayong is composed of some 100 neighboring families in Bohol that help the bereaved in the wake and burial rites.

  • Paraw Sailing: How Ancient Visayans Travelled

    Paraw Sailing: How Ancient Visayans Travelled

    A Must Do in Boracay : Ride a Paraw Every late afternoon, when the weather and the coast guard permit, sailboats called paraws rush out to sea from the island of Boracay in the Philippines. Tourists who ride these paraws enjoy a sunset cruise and, though they may not realize it, they also catch a glimpse at how ancient…

  • Elias kisses Maria Clara’s Portrait

    Elias kisses Maria Clara’s Portrait

    The Kiss In Chapter 56 of the Noli Me Tangere, soldiers armed with bayonets arrive at the old Ibarra house and bang on the main door. Inside, Elias decides to burn the letters that may be used against his friend Crisostomo Ibarra. Before he escapes the burning house, Elias “buckled on the weapons, kissed Maria Clara’s portrait,…

  • Hello World!

    Hello World!

    Sharing my Thoughts and Insights on Random Things. Welcome to my Notes. — Dang

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