Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pasalubong from Oriental Mindoro


Mostly every time Filipinos, go somewhere far or just a short trip, usually bring something to friends, family and loved ones. It is a tradition that is still widely practiced. Especially for those who work or live abroad, they bring a lot of things as pasalubong.
Pasalubong is a Filipino word which means token to welcome back the bearer of the gifts. The usual pasalubong are what the place offers, like native products or native delicacies.
Guava and Calamansi
Yesterday I was touched by the gesture of my cousin who came from a vacation in Oriental Mindoro. She brought me bags of lansones, rambutan, durian, guava and calamansi. Mindoro is really the rice granary and fruit basket of the southern Tagalog. I go on short trips but I am not really into pasalubong, I just buy small things as souvenirs but not to extent that I would bring bags. She said those fruits were just given to her by the families of her friends, where she and her friends stayed. Very generous and accommodating hosts. The culture evolves fast in the cities but in the province the people are more traditional. I told my cousin its good their hosts are not businessmen otherwise they would sell their products.

The pasalubong she brought to me was more or less 7 kilos, I asked her how many kilos she brought, and she said she didn’t know because their hosts were insisting in bringing all they harvested intended for them. Personally I am very thankful that she brought me fruits because I love fruits but I told her if I were in her shoes I wouldn’t bring that much, I would graciously decline to bring those heavy pasalubongs. She laughed at me and she said she was sure that I would do that. Thank you cousin for being so sweet. Till next time.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Heneral na babae sa pulisya

Alam nyo ba na sa tinatayang 118,000 tauhan ng Philippine National Police ay aabot lamang sa may 8,000 ang babae. Kaya naman ipinagbunyi ng mga alagad ni “Eba" nang sa unang pagkakataon ay may babaeng pulis na nabigyan ng ranggong Chief Superintendent na katambas ng Brigadier General sa militar.

Si Ma. Luisa Dimayuga ang kauna-unahang pulis na babae ang nabigyan ng ranggong Chief Superintendent noong panahon na ang tawag pa sa PNP ay Philippine Constabulary - Integrated National Police (PC-INP).

Binuwag ang PC-INP noong 1991 at pinalitan ng PNP dahil sa pagkakasangot nito sa mga kaso ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao noong panahon ng Batas Militar.

At sa panahon ng PNP, si Yolanda Tanigue ang sumunod sa yapak ni Dimayuga na nakatanggap ng ranggong Chief Superintendent.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Public urged to forego meat, walk daily

THE inventor of the portable machine that can detect early signs of atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arterial wall) and in the process help save many lives from coronary artery disease can think of only two perfect complement to her machine: exercise and a diet filled with fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Helen Marcoyannopoulou-Fojas, a dual Greek and Filipino citizen who invented the BPULS, a modem-sized device that can noninvasively detect the elasticity of a patient’s arteries, shared with Inquirer Science and Health that her next objective for her invention was to have it replicated and distributed to underdeveloped countries.

More than just advocating the promise of early detection of atherosclerosis, Fojas, a cardiologist, who is in the Philippines as part of the Department of Science and Technology’s Balik Scientist program, urged Filipinos to eat as much fruits and vegetables as they could daily, cut consumption of meat into just once weekly, cut down on fish paste (bagoong), fish sauce (patis), salty eggs and engage in daily 45-minute brisk walks or dancing (which Fojas herself engages in regularly).

Saturday, March 14, 2009

You know it’s a Pinoy home if…

MOST Filipino contemporary houses are patterned after western style homes, at times, to the point of impracticality. Often, our real needs are ignored just so that the house is “nasa uso,” making the homeowner “in.”

Specific countries have their own idiosyncrasies or style and their traditional structures generally address their needs. In Japan for example, the “Ryokan,” a typical Japanese house, has some features unique to the Japanese: a place to remove and store shoes, rooms covered in “tatami” mats, minimal low-to-the-ground furniture and other features that can be quite strange to westerners.

Similarly, in Batanes, our very own Ivatan houses have almost no furniture inside, enabling multiple uses for the main areas: for dining and entertaining during the day and for sleeping at night. Again, the indigenous houses of the Ifugaos are just as flexible, as well as the houses on stilts of the Badjaos. But as Madonna says in the words of her popular song, we are living in this material world; and so, all the must-haves of the idealized western home fill up our domestic wish list.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

March is women’s month. Celebrate Womanhood!

Philippines Women's Month Logo

The issue about women is never ending. We are in the 21st century but still the issues about women are still in the process of making it better. Sexual harassment, rape, women liberation, women empowerment, gender issues, women’s worth in the society, gender equality and so on and so forth. We are still crying for recognition, respect and equality.
As I was contemplating about the women’s roles from the ancient to the present, the women‘s roles are innovating. They can now work and earn equally as men do. Nevertheless, there are countries and places, which threat women as their slaves.
I am proud to be a Filipino, where women can achieve what men can. In the latest survey of the Grant Thornton International Business Report, 97 percent of businesses in the Philippines have women in senior management positions, the highest among 32 countries surveyed. The figure is substantially higher than the global average of 59 percent.
The ranking was:
1. Philippines – 97%
2. China - 91 %
3. Malaysia - 85 %
4. Brazil – 83%
5. Hong Kong- 83%
6. Thailand – 81%
7. Taiwan- 80%
9. South Africa – 77%
10. Botswana – 74%
11. Russia – 73%

Philippines belong to the poor country but we can say that we are working for the betterment of our country.
Proud to be Pinoy!