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#365 Super Lolo

A range of paputok or firecrackers is big business in the Philippines by year-end

New Year’s Eve in the Philippines is a noisy and, more often than not, dangerous, accident-prone affairs. Paputok (firecrackers) rule the day (if not weeks in advance) and many Filipinos surprisingly do not hesitate to spend hard-earned monies on firecrackers, a habit obviously borrowed or learned from the Chinese who are considered expert firecracker makers and producers in the region.

The list of fireworks below is certainly not an encouragement or endorsement (by this blogger) to young children and even to adults to use them, but among the popular paputok in the Philippines (which have funny names) are the Rebentador, Super Pla Pla, Trianggulo, Bawang (literally garlic cloves) Sinturon ni Judas (Juda’s Belt), Jumbo Fountain, Whistle Bomb and Super Lolo (Super Grandpa), the last being the most terrifyingly whacky when it comes to ear-blasting effects. The more ‘tame’ or ‘safe’ firecrackers are Lusis, Bulalakaw (comets), Watusi and Baby Rockets.

But to those who refuse to obey sound advice and reason, Super Lolo may yet be the nastiest grandfather in town come New Year’s Eve when it comes to blasting the eardrums of your nearest neighbors and their pet dogs.

From 365 Great Pinoy Stuff- A Healthy and Happy New Year to All!


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#362 Bocaue, Bulacan

A worker in a makeshift fireworks factory in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo: Washington Post


Bocaue (BOO-Ka-weh) is a municipality in Bulacan province, located some 25 kilometers north of Manila. The town’s major industry is fireworks, earning Bocaue the moniker “Fireworks Capital of the Philippines.”

Unfortunately in the run-up to Christmas and New Year’s Day, Bocaue often grab the headlines with deadly fire and explosions that often occur in small, illegal or unregulated firecracker factories.

 Death tolls often climbed to more than a hundred due to unsafe production methods in these unregulated factories.

But aside from the firecrackers industry, Bocaue is also famous for its Bocaue liempo (bacon) roast, crispy pata (cured beef brisket and shank), rellenong bangus (stuffed milkfish) and various sorts of rice cakes.

Mabuhay ang Bocaue!

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