Filipino food is a fusion of different tastes and influences. At best it is grand and has a lot of ingredients complementing each other. In its simple form, it is presented with one major ingredients while the rest are just flavors and sauces.
We love pairs that complement each other and I have enumerated some in this article I wrote: Pares-Pares na Pagkaing Pinoy
The Galeon, the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Museum will be opening on 2015. The groundbreaking ceremony happened two weeks ago with Senator Edgardo Angara, his Excellency Ambassador Julio Camarena of Mexico and Hans T. Sy initiated the ground-breaking ceremony at the Mall of Asia.
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More photos here.
Excerpt from my new Coursera course on How to Change the World:
I live in the Philippines, country ranked as 12th populated country in the world, growing at a rate of 1.89% per year. I do not have the capacity to know exactly how much poverty there is in my country but with dwindling resources in a country with 300,000 sq km total land area and a projected population of 100.6 million for 2014, there is a huge imbalance that I see. Our country is situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire and needless to say, we’ve had our share of Category 5 hurricanes. Natural disasters occur due to denuded forests because of mining which causes mudflow during onslaught of rain. Crime is on the rise especially during the Christmas season. Poverty and hunger are present especially in the urban and rural poor communities. More than one-quarter (<b>27.9%</b>) of the population fall below the poverty line the first semester of 2012 where the average monthly wage is $279, calculated by the ILO as 19% of the world’s average wage. This places the country at the bottom 3 out of 72 listed countries.
I reside in the biggest city with a population of 2,679,450. Beneath this city lies a major fault line that has not move for a few hundred years or so. I actually live a block away from a river where a water reservoir’s overflow go to when there are heavy rains. Beside the river are so many informal settler families and their young children. The streets become these children’s playground (and that includes our elevated driveway). The river becomes their garbage dump. The city council do not seem to notice the dangers because these informal communities mean votes during elections.
I know this sounds bleak and negative but this is the reality that we have to face. Why did I start this article with the number about our population? For me, I believe that population plays a big role in determining the poverty (and progress) of a nation.
1. More people mean more resources are used up: land space, water, food.
2. More people mean cramped classrooms, informal communities, increased crimes due to not having enough income for daily needs.
3. More people mean more families not being able to send their children to school and in turn when these children grow older, will be unable to send their future children in school to be educated and to learn skills that will pave the way for them to have jobs and incomes to provide for their families.
4. More people mean lack of space to live thus people form informal communities in places that are vulnerable to natural disasters like foot of the hills, riverside and seaside areas.
How can I help?
How can you help?
Importante nga ba ang marunong lumangoy?
Ang sagot ay oo, importante ang marunong lumangoy.
Isa sa paboritong gawin nating mga Pinoy kapag summer vacation o kapag may long weekend ay ang mag-swimming. Ang karaniwang destinasyon ay sa pool o sa dagat. Masayang lumangoy, sa mainit na tubig katulad ng sa “hot springs,” sa maalon katulad ng sa dagat o kaya naman sa mabatong ilog. Hindi naman masasabing nakapag-swimming talaga kapag palakad-lakad lang ang gagawin sa gilid ng pool o kung saan humahampas ang alon di ba?
Ikaw na hindi marunong lumangoy ay maaaring magkaroon ng pakiramdam of being left-out kapag ang mga kasama ay masayang naglalaro sa tubig samantalang ikaw ay nasa tabi lang dahil hindi ka marunong lumangoy.
Ikaw na hindi marunong lumangoy, sasama ka ba kung napagdesisyunan ng mga kasama na mag-snorkelling? O kaya sasakay ka ba sa bangka papunta sa iba pang isla? Sasama ka ba kung magkayayaan na maglaro ng water sports? Paano mo mai-enjoy ang surfing, kayaking, canoeing, at whale-watching kung may takot at pangamba na maaaring malunod dahil sa kawalan ng abilidad sa paglangoy at ito ay isang dahilan upang hindi mai-enjoy ang bakasyong katulad nito.
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