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#274 Philippine Flag

The national flag of the Philippines is a horizontal bicolor with equal bands of royal blue and scarlet red, and with a white equilateral triangle at the hoist. In the center of the triangle is a golden yellow sun with eight primary rays, each containing three individual rays; and at each vertex of the triangle is a five-pointed golden yellow star. This flag can indicate a state of war if it is displayed with the red side on top.

The Philippine Government “Flag and Anthem” web page states that the white triangle stands for equality and fraternity; the blue field for peace, truth and justice; and red field for patriotism and valor. The three stars symbolize Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, while the 8 rays represent the 8 provinces that took part in the initial revolution against the Spanish. Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista, who wrote the Philippine Declaration of Independence and who read it on the occasion of its proclamation on June 12, 1898, has listed the eight provinces as Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Laguna, and Batangas, saying that these eight were declared in a state of war almost from the start of the revolution. (Source: Wikipedia)

Long live the Philippine flag!


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#212 Philippine Airlines

Although it went through turbulent times with a sullied reputation in the 1980s, the Philippine Airlines is one of the iconic brands of the Philippines being the oldest airline company in Asian that is still in operation.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) was officially founded on February 26, 1941, but its license to operate as an airliner was derived from the merged Philippine Aerial Taxi Company (PATCO) established by mining magnate Emmanuel N. Bachrach in December 3, 1930, making it as Asia’s oldest scheduled carrier still in operation. PAL’s commercial air service started three weeks later from Manila to Baguio, making it Asia’s first airline route. Bachrach’s death in 1937 paved the way for its eventual merger with Philippine Airlines in March 1941 and made it Asia’s oldest airline. It is also the oldest airline in Asia still operating under its current name.

Bachrach’s majority share in PATCO was bought by beer magnate Andres  Soriano in 1939 upon the advice of General Douglas McArthur and later merged with newly formed Philippine Airlines with PAL as the surviving entity. PAL restarted service on March 15, 1941 with a single Beech Model 18 NPC-54 aircraft, which started its daily services between Manila (from Nielson Field) and Baguio.

On July 31, 1946, 64 years ago to this day, chartered PAL DC-4 ferried 40 American servicemen to Oakland, California from Nielson Airport in Makati City with stops in Guam, Wake Island, Johnston Atoll and Honolulu, Hawaii, making PAL the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific Ocean. A regular service between Manila and San Francisco was started in December 1946,  the same year that the airline was designated as the flag carrier of Philippines. (From: Wikipedia).

Mabuhay ang Philippine Airlines!

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#208 Sari-Sari Store

As ubiquitous as the jeepney, the sari-sari store exemplifies quintessential Filipino entrepreneurship. But more than an example of the Filipino’s knack for commerce, the sari-sari store is the lifeblood for many low-income families and is one of the anchors for the Philippines’ so-called ‘underground economy.’

Sari-sari store (sari-sari is Filipino for ‘variety’) is convenience retail or a neighborhood  Mom & Pop store operated right from the living room extension or front yard by many families in order to supplement their income. From urban centers such Metro Manila to remote villages in the countryside, visitors to the Philippines can find sari-sari stores even in the most unexpected places.

Goods sold are basic such as sachets of shampoo, soya sauce, rice, assorted candies, soda drinks and beer to mosquito repellant. Small retail purchases or ‘tingi,’ (literally “in small amounts”) is the rule of thumb or mode of buying in sari-sari stores rather than the exception. ‘Lista,’ slang for buying in credit is also possible in a sari-sari store, a significant role played by the store owner in temporarily bailing out families running out of cash.

The sari-sari stores also serve as a meeting point in the neighborhood where gossip and the latest news are traded, a casual meeting point for the locals or simply as an information desk to passing strangers and visitors.

Mabuhay ang sari-sari store!

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Launching of 365 GPS

The launching and first entry/posting for 365 Great Pinoy Stuff will be on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2010.

Your own favorite Pinoy stuff?  Send an email to 365gps@gmail.com

Happy New Year!

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