Archive for July, 2010

Popular Culinary Uses of Cassava in the Philippines

Here’s a list of popular culinary uses of cassava in the Philippines.

There are two kinds of cassava; the bitter and the sweet. Bitter cassava are used as source of flour that are use to make tapioca, bread, cakes and pasta. It is also the source of ethanol for fuel and animal feeds. It has some medicinal uses too.

Cassava is the third largest source of carbohydrates for human food in the world. This article will focus on the culinary uses of sweet cassava. Especially now that the price of rice had gone so high and some countries are experiencing rice crisis, like the Philippines. Cassava is the best alternative. Cassava is much cheaper than rice and can be prepared in several ways as a food.

Cassava Cake

Grated cassava are mixed with condensed milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk, sugar, eggs and grated coconut and then baked for about 25 minutes. Toppings are added consist of egg yolks, condensed milk, coconut milk and coconut cream and then baked again for another 25 minutes. This is a Filipino favorite desert.

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Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao: The Greatest Asian Boxer

He is the all-time greatest Philippine boxer and the greatest Asian Professional boxer. At present, he is the only boxing champion who became a world champion in 7 different weight categories.

Once again, Manny “The Destroyer” Pacquiao, of the Philippines, a soon to be Hall of Fame Awardee in boxing, had proven to the world that he is the undisputed king in his weight division – super feather weight.

He demolished Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez of Mexico in a split decision during their second encounter tagged as Marquez-Pacquiao the unfinished business on March 16, 2008 (Eastern Time).

Four years ago, these two ring gladiators faced each other. Pacquiao sent Marquez to the canvass three times during the first round but he (Marquez) were able to recover on the succeeding rounds and a controversial split draw was declared after 12 rounds of boxing.

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Chicken: A Miracle Food?

Let’s find out why chicken is considered as a miracle food and exotic food as well in the Philippines.

Within a period of 45 days, chicken are already full grown and ready for consumption. In the Philippines, it is the one of the most important sources of foods aside from fishes. Literally speaking, it is considered as a miracle food because almost all part of the chicken is eaten in the Philippines. Nothing is wasted except the feathers, the beak and nails. You will also notice on this article that Filipinos are very fond of barbecue.

Proben or chicken proventiculus barbecue or deep fried

Proventiculus is the internal organ of the chicken that connects the gizzard and the crop. It can be barbecued or coated w/ flour and seasoning before frying.

IUD or Isaw – Chicken intestine barbecue

It was named IUD because it looks like the contraceptive material used by women in order not to get pregnant. These are boiled and seasoned before grilled.

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All-Time Greatest Filipino Professional Boxers

Professional boxing is one of the most entertaining sports in the world since its introduction more than a hundred years ago. It is also a sport where one can be famous and rich like Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), Rocky Marciano, Oscar Dela Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Hagler, Hearns, Julio Cesar Chaves, Lennox Lewis, and many others.

Filipino boxers had also made a great impact on this sport. Scores of Filipino boxers were able to capture numerous championship belts in different weight categories. Here’s a list of All-Time Greatest Filipino boxers.

Gabriel “Flash” Elorde (1935-1985)

Gabriel “Flash” Elorde is regarded “the greatest world junior lightweight boxing champion in WBC history in 1974”; for defending his title in 10 bouts for seven years, making him the longest reigning world junior lightweight champion ever; and for being inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.He won a total of 79 bouts in his professional boxing career.

Elorde became a world champion in the 130-pound division on March 16, 1960 when he knocked out American Harold Gomes at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. Since then, he has defended his title in 10 bouts for seven years, making him the longest reigning world junior lightweight champion ever. He finally lost to Japanese Yoshiaki Numata in a 15-round match in Tokyo on June 15, 1967.

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Amazing Facts About Jose Rizal: The Philippine National Hero


via Amazing Facts About Jose Rizal: The Philippine National Hero.

Jose Rizal was a man of exceptional talent and intelligence. He was considered a Universal Genius. Jose P. Rizal is the National Hero of the Philippines.

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1.) Jose Rizal could write and read at age two and grew up to speak 22 languages including Latin, Spanish, Catalan, German, French, English, Chinese and Japanese.
2.) Three animal species were named after Rizal; Draco rizali, a species of flying dragon, Rachophorous rizali, a species of toad and Apogonia rizali, a beetle species.

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Jose Rizal: The Last Renaissance Man


via Jose Rizal: The Last Renaissance Man.

Who is Jose Rizal? Why is he called a Renaissance man?

A Renaissance man is a well educated person and one who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields. There are only 28 men in the history of mankind who are recognized as such and Jose Rizal is the most recent and the last on the line.

If India has Mahatma Gandhi, the Philippines has its own Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero.  He is a man of exceptional intelligence and gifted with extraordinary talents. Let’s learn more about this amazing person of Malay roots.

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Here’s a long list of interesting facts about Jose Rizal.

1.) Rizal was a Filipino nationalist and one of the few recognized Renaissance men in the world.

2.) Documented studies show him to be a polymath with the ability to master various skills and subjects.

3.) This Renaissance man was an ophthalmologist, novelist, sculptor, painter, educator, farmer, historian, playwright and journalist.

4.) Besides poetry and creative writing, he dabbled, with varying degrees of expertise, in architecture, cartography, economics, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, dramatics, martial arts, fencing and pistol shooting.

5.) This polymath’s complete name is Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda. He was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines.

6.) Jose Rizal was executed by firing squad on December 30, 1896 in Bagumbayan, Manila. Bagumbayan is now known as Luneta or Rizal Park.

7.) The anniversary of his death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday known as Rizal’s Day.

8.) This Renaissance man was the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era.

9.) Rizal’s 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution.

10.) At age two (2), this polymath can already read and write. Jose Rizal was the seventh of eleven children born to a wealthy family in Calamba, Laguna.

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Four of the World’s Healthiest Tropical Fruits

Philippines’ most delicious, nutritious and economically important fruits. These are the Philippines leading fruit exported worldwide.

Health benefits from these popular fruits are also included.


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Pineapple is one of the most popular fruits in the world. Large supply of pineapple comes from Southeast Asia. The Philippines is one of the world’s largest producers of fresh pineapple. It has wide plantations in Mindanao. Pineapple is endemic to Paraguay and Brazil. This fruit can be eaten fresh or canned. It is popularly used in salads and desserts.

For a popular recipe with pineapple, check this out

Pininyahang Manok (Chicken With Pineapple)

Health Benefits:

  • Pineapple breaks down protein because it contains proteolytic enzyme bromelain
  • It helps cure intestinal disorder
  • It is believe that it serves as a pain reliever
  • Pineapple helps induce childbirth when a baby is over due
  • Pineapple is a good source of manganese
  • It contains considerable amount of vitamin C and B1

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