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Try this spicy Ilocano delicacy from the Philippines.
Kilawin or Kappukan is an Ilocano delicacy that became widely popular in the entire archipelago of the Philippines and in other parts of the world where Ilocanos and Filipinos in general live.
- 1 kg goat meat (preferred cuts are from the thigh, loin, neck and shoulder area
- Goat’s brain, boiled
- 10 large-sized onions, finely chopped
- 2 pieces ginger, peeled and finely chopped (optional)
- 20 pieces (or more) chili pepper or siling labuyo, finely chopped (chili powder will do)
- 20 pieces kalamansi, (citrus fruit), extracted and strained (vinegar will do)
- Spring onions, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- msg (optional)
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.
Well, let’s start with a bit of trivia. Do you know that the month of January was named after Janus, the god of gates and doorways hence; of openings and beginnings? It is the 11th month of the year in the ancient Roman calendar. In the 2nd century BC, however, it came to be regarded as the first month. Although the month of June is considered traditionally as the wedding month and February is regarded as love month, according to world statistics, most number of couples got married on the month of January. Amazing, isn’t it? Believe it or not, you better believe it, because I am convinced that this is true.
It was on this month (January) that I experienced to be a “ninong”(principal sponsor on a wedding) five times in a row within the month a couple of years back and it has just duplicated this year. And as a matter of fact, at this very young age of mine (I’m only in my late 30’s) I already have scores of “inaanak sa kasal”, most of it happened on the month of January,(aside from scores of “inaanak sa binyag”) because they have started getting or choosing me as wedding sponsor when I’m only in my early 20’s.
The Philippines has more than a hundred festivals celebrated elsewhere in the archipelago. Here’s a list of the ten most famous and favorite festivals in the country. These festivals are not arranged in any particular order so not to be bias because these festivals are considered the best of the best.
1. Dinagyang Festival – Iloilo City, Philippines
The Dinagyang Festival is celebrated every fourth weekend of January to commemorate the Christianization of the natives and to honor the Holy Child Jesus. It is a very colorful parade coupled with a dramatization in honor of the patron Saint – Sto. Niño. The object of dramatized offerings and prayers amidst the cracking of drums and shouts of “Viva Señor Santo Niño” and the thundering of “Hala Bira” by the tribe members makes the celebration a lively one.
See video here
The Philippines is basically an agricultural country. One of its major agricultural products is rice. Rice is the staple food of Filipinos and other Asians. Just like cassava, camote and banana, rice can also be cooked or prepared as a food in many ways. Here are some them. Ordinary rice and glutinous rice are the kind of rice used in this particular article.
If you love coffee but you’re not allowed to drink because of its caffeine, then rice coffee is the best alternative, it has no side effect at all. It’s so easy to prepare, put a cup of rice in a hot pan and toast it until dark brown. Put the toasted rice in the kettle, add about 6 cups of water and
What does it takes to be considered a hero?
What does it takes to be considered a hero? According to many, a hero is a person who is remembered and honored for his courageous life and deeds. A person distinguished for valor, fortitude or bold enterprise or anyone regarded as having displayed great courage or exceptionally noble qualities.
Most heroes we knew were dead. We have learned about them in schools. Tributes, monuments, statues, busts, memorials, paper bills, coinages, name of streets, towns, states, institutions, buildings and many others are constant reminders for us for their heroic deeds.
Most of the heroes we knew were leaders during times of wars, leaders who fought for independence (like George Washington, Simon Bolivar, etc.), there were only a few who didn’t actually engaged in battles (like Jose Rizal, Mahatma Gandhi, etc.), leaders who succeeded (if they failed they would had been declared bandits not heroes) in overthrowing a corrupt regime and many others.
Have you ever heard of an ordinary soldier who died fighting for his mother land or an ordinary citizen who did a courageous act declared as a hero? Maybe, for a day or two, after that they are totally forgotten. Did they put up a single monument for them? These unsung heroes who actually fought and died face to face with the enemies were easily forgotten. On the contrary, recognitions, tributes and venerations for leaders whom they declared heroes are never ending.
Now that we are at peace, (except in some places), how can one person be a hero? Aside from those who are working and sacrificing in foreign lands for the welfare of their families, for me, modern-day heroes are the likes of Aris, Rona, Chrisanta and Maria Fe. Who are these people? They are just ordinary people with nothing but unconditional love. I was so touched by their individual story that’s why I wanted to share it to everybody. Here are their brief heroic deeds that are worth remembering and emulating;
On January 30, 1994, Aris Espinosa, a 13-year-old boy from Lanao del Norte, Philippines, did something for his friends. A grenade on the ground was about to explode near the children, Aris quickly jumped and covered the grenade with his own body. The children were saved by the courageous and unselfish act of Aris. I am sure that his soul rest in peace with the Lord in Heaven.