The Kadayawan Festival is annually held in Davao City, Mindanao, southern Philippines. Kadayawan is derived from the friendly greeting “Madayaw“, from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw”, meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.
Today, Kadayawan has been transformed into a festival of festivals, with a number of spin-off festivals in the region. The festival honors Davao’s artistic, cultural and historical heritage, its past personified by the ancestral “lumads”, its people as they celebrate on the streets, and its floral industry as its representatives parade in full regalia in thanksgiving for the blessings granted on the city. The celebration interfaces three aspects- tribal, industrial and the arts and entertainment. The festivities are highlighted with floral floats, street-dancing competitions and exhibits that showcases the island’s tourism products and services. (Source: Wikipedia)
Mabuhay ang Kadayawan Festival!
Mangosteen, although available and grown throughout Southeast Asia, is one of the favorite fruits that one can find in the local market particularly in southern Philippines.
The fruit has a distinctive star shape and purplish fleshy skin or peel that enclosed a juicy white seeded flesh. Mangosteen of good quality is sweet and has a refreshing taste, making it a well-loved, popular tropical fruit. A tropical evergreen tree, mangosteen is believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. The tree grows from 7 to 25 m (20–80 ft) tall. The rind of the edible fruit is deep reddish purple when ripe. The fragrant edible flesh can be described as sweet and tangy, citrusy with peach flavor and texture. (Source: Wikipedia and other sources).
Long live tropical fruits!
Inabel (locally known as “abel Iloko”) is a textile made of cotton and other natural fibers woven in pedal frame looms. It’s not only in Paoay, Ilocos Norte province in northern Philippines that inabel is made or can be found. The industry have now become widespread in the Iloko region, thus the name.
Abel in Ilocano refers to the process of weaving while inabel is the final woven product made from cotton and other natural fibers. Inabel can refer to a variety of products including table runners, pillow cases and even dresses, although blankets are the main products which are widely in and outside the region.
Inabel blankets can be found in almost any public market and most souvenir stores anywhere in Ilocos. For authentic or more durable varieties the best buys are in Paoay, Pinili and Sarrat in Ilocos Norte, and Tagudin, Santiago and Vigan in Ilocos Sur. In these places visitors can observe the locals weave these fabrics by hand using wooden pedal frames.
Long live Philippine weaving traditions!
The Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Calasiao, Pangasinan (Luzon, northern Philippines) was built by the Dominicans in several stages that spanned the 17th to the 19th centuries.
The church is considered as the best-preserved church complex in Pangasinan province. The bell tower and some parts of the church were recently reconstructed, having been damaged by an earthquake. Despite natural calamities the church is well conserved and the recent work has not deviated from its original appearance.
The sprawling convento or convent – the site of the 18th century Synod of Calasiao – has an excellent example of a separate kitchen structure. The retablo mayor (major altar) is massive and its complex woodwork may be seen at the back.
Long live Calasiao Church!
The end of Philippine summer months in bygone days is often associated with the harvesting of the aratiles, a cherry-bearing tree. The carefree days of childhood that many Filipinos know, particularly those living in the countryside, are often marked by manually picking handfuls of these sweet berries.
Aratiles (botanical name Muntingia calabura) is native to southern Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and western South America south to Peru and Bolivia. Also grown in southeast Asia, the aratiles may have been one of the fruit trees that were brought from South America by the Spanish galleons during the Spanish colonial period in the Philippines. Common names are Jamaican cherry, Panama berry, Singapore cherry, strawberry tree, bolaina yamanaza, cacaniqua, capulín blanco, nigua, niguito, memizo or memiso.
Also known in Filipino as manzanitas, aratiles berries contain multiple tiny seeds, and is succulently sweet with a sticky, pulpy flesh when fully ripe. Filipino mothers often warn children not to overeat the berries as they are blamed for a bad case of stomach flu. The fun, however, is the harvesting of aratiles, with hard-to-reach berries harvested using a long bamboo stick equipped with a metal hook at the end.
Mabuhay ang aratiles!
Binatog is boiled corn topped with grated coconut and a sprinkling of salt to taste. But what makes binatog special is that a special type of corn is used for this tasty snack.
The white corn is a sticky or glutinuous type of corn that has a creamy taste to it. Binatog used to be a popular street food, particularly during the rainy season when a freshly cooked (still warm) heap of binatog makes a filling snack. Served on banana leaves with freshly grated coconut, binatog is a sure winner.
Somehow, though, the variety of corn suited for binatog has become less common in the market and other corn varieties just don’t fit the bill. Hopefully this snack will make a revival as it makes for a unique, nutritious and tasty snack.
Mabuhay ang binatog!