Wednesday, 8 August 2012

29 foods that define the Philippines

AdoboAdobo -- common, but not ordinary.

1. Adobo

No list of Filipino food would be complete without adobo.
A ubiquitous dish in every household in the Philippines, it's Mexican in origin, but Filipinos found that cooking meat (often chicken and pork) in vinegar, salt, garlic, pepper, soy sauce and other spices, was a practical way to preserve meat without refrigeration.
This cooking style can be applied to different meats or even seafood. Sample it in a Filipino home or the garlicky version of the lamb adobo at Abe.

Lechon -- this little pig went to our stomachs.

2. Lechon

The lechon is the most invited party guest in the Philippines. The entire pig is spit-roasted over coals, with the crisp, golden-brown skin served with liver sauce, the most coveted part.
In Cebu, the stomach of the pig is stuffed with star anise, pepper, spring onions, laurel leaves and lemongrass resulting in an extremely tasty lechon, which needs no sauce.   
In Manila, get your piggy from Elar's Lechon, while in Cebu, the best is CnT Lechon.
SisigSisig -- no pig parts ever go to waste.

3. Sisig

Nothing goes to waste in the Filipino kitchen. In the culinary capital of Pampanga, they turn the pork’s cheeks, head and liver into a sizzling dish called Sisig.
The crunchy and chewy texture of this appetizer is a perfect match for an cold beer. Serve with hot sauce and Knorr seasoning to suit the preference of you and your buddies. 
Credit goes to Aling Lucing who invented this dish at a humble stall along the train railways in Angeles City, Pampanga. While Sisig can be found in many restaurants, try the original version at Aling Lucing Sisig.
Crispy pataCrispy pata -- crunchy, juicy, chewy; a tasty trinity.

4. Crispy pata

Not for the easily spooked, this pork knuckle is simmered, drained and deep fried until crisp. The meat is tender and juicy inside, with a crisp, crackling exterior. 
Served with vinegar, soy sauce and chili. If you have a craving for this at any time, Aristocrat is open 24 hours. 
Chicken InasalChicken inasal -- you'll never go back to Nando's.

5. Chicken inasal

Yes, it's grilled chicken. But in Bacolod, this is no ordinary grilled chicken.
The meat is marinated in lemongrass, calamansi, salt, pepper and garlic and brushed with achuete (annatto seeds) oil.
Every part of the chicken is grilled here from the paa (drumstick), pecho (breast), baticulon (gizzard), atay (liver), pakpak (wings) and corazon (heart). It must be eaten with a generous serving of garlic rice, with some of the orange oil used to marinade the chicken poured over the rice. 
Go chicken crazy at Manukan Country where there is a row of authentic Inasal restaurants.
Taba ng TalangkaTaba ng talangka -- crab fat; a rarity if ever there was one.

6. Taba ng talangka

The fat of a small variety of crabs are pressed and sautéed in garlic. This cholesterol-laden dish is often used as a sauce for prawns or eaten with fried fish and rice.
The best taba ng talangka comes from the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac and Bulacan. Buy a bottle or two from the markets there, or pasalubong shops like Bulacan Sweets.

7. Pancit Palabok

When Filipinos have guests, they don't skimp. The pancit palabok served on most birthday parties is oozing with flavor and textures.
The noodle dish is layered with rice noodles, a rich orange sauce made from shrimp broth, pork, hard boiled eggs, shrimps, chicharon (pork rinds) and sometimes oysters and squid. Enjoy the rich sauce of Perfect Loaf Bakery and Café. 
BulaloBulalo -- the more marrow the merrier.

8. Bulalo

Despite the perennial heat, Filipinos often enjoy sipping piping hot bulalo soup made with from freshly slaughtered Batangas beef.
The broth is rich with flavors seeped from the beef after boiling for hours. The bones are big, meaning more bone marrow to enjoy. 
In Santo Tomas, Batangas, there's a row of restaurants along the highway serving bulalo. But the best one stands out further away in nearby Tagaytay city, called Diner Café.
Arroz CaldoArroz caldo -- cold cure, Pinoy style.

9. Arroz Caldo

While chicken soup soothes sick Westerners, Filipinos turn to arroz caldo, a thick chicken rice porridge. 
Cooked with ginger and sometimes garnished with a hard-boiled egg, toasted garlic and green onions, this comfort food is sold in street-side stalls.
If dining al fresco doesn’t suit you, try it at the Via Mare outlets around Manila.

10. Fish tinola

The freshness of Cebu's rich marine life can be tasted in its fish tinola, a simple sour broth flavored with onions, tomatoes and sambag (tamarind) and cooked over coco-lumber firewood for hours.
Cebuanos know to go to A-One, a small hole in the wall known, cooking up to 200 kilos of fish daily. 
Kare KareKare-kare -- the proof is in the texture.

11. Kare-kare

This stew of oxtail has the most delicious sauce made from ground toasted rice and crushed peanuts. Banana blossom, eggplants and string beans add more interesting textures, to make it a complete meal on its own.
It's eaten with steamed rice and bagoong (shrimp paste). While mom’s kare-kare is always best, the version at Café Juanita is authentic.
kamaroKamaro -- get over the appearance and a succulent bite awaits.

12. Kamaro

Serious gourmands know the best cooks come from Pampanga. So do kamaro, these mole crickets they cook into a delicious appetizer.
What makes this delicacy special? Well if catching these bugs is tough, so is cooking them. Legs and wings must be removed, then the body is boiled in vinegar and garlic. It's then sautéed in oil, onion and chopped tomatoes until chocolate brown. 
These bite-size appetizers are crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. Sample Kamaru at Everybody’s Café, an authentic Pampango dining institution for many decades now. 

13. Ilocos empanada

Yes, its name reveals its Spanish origins. But its ingredients are all local.
Grated unripe papaya or bean sprouts, egg and loganiza (pork sausage) are stuffed in the empanada and deep fried, accompanied with a spicy vinegar sauce.
Get it from stalls beside the cathedrals in Vigan and Laoag.
Sinigang -- as tasty as it is cute.

14. Sinigang

Sinigang is a stew of fish, prawns, pork or beef soured by fruits like tamarind, kamias or tomatoes.  Often accompanied by vegetables like kangkong, string beans and taro, this stew is eaten with rice. 
A modern, but delicious spin on Sinigang is Sentro 1771’s version called Sinigang Corned Beef. 
TapaTapa -- an easy way to make rice interesting.

15. Tapa

Filipinos are huge rice eaters, and breakfast is no exception.
A tap-si-log consists of thin slices of dried marinated beef served with fried egg and garlic rice.
While it is breakfast fare, it's also a quick, satisfying meal you can eat anytime and available in most places. Making it accessible all the time and even available for deliveries, Tapa King serves it in the classic, sweetish and spicy versions. 
Dinuguan at PutoDinuguan at puto -- the best pork innards ever looked.

16. Dinuguan at puto

While it may not look appetizing, this black dish of pork and pig innards stewed in fresh pig blood seasoned with garlic, onion and oregano and eaten with a white puto (rice cake) or steamed rice, is a comforting dish for many Filipinos.

17. Betute

The French may have turned frogs' legs into a delicacy, but Filipinos take it to the next level. They get a frog, stuff it with minced pork and deep-fry it.
While betute isn't for everyone, the adventurous can try it at Everybody's Cafe, an authentic Pampango dining institution for many decades now.
LaingLaing -- yes it's slop, but damn tasty slop.

18. Laing

This dish of taro leaves cooked in rich coconut milk is an everyday staple in Bicol. Morsels of meat and chili are added to give punch to the Laing.
It's eaten with steamed rice. The authentic versions from kitchens in Naga and Albay are most delicious. In Manila, try it at Dencio’s.
PinakbetPinakbet -- simple, cheap and healthy; no wonder it's spread around the country.

19. Pinakbet

Up north in Ilocos, the vegetable dish of okra, eggplant, bitter gourd, squash, tomatoes and bagoong (shrimp or fish paste) called pinakbet is a favorite.
And now, this healthy, cheap, and easy to cook dish has made its way around the archipelago. It is cooked in most households and local restaurants.

20. Sinugno

Cooking with coconut milk is common in the province of Quezon, south of Manila. Freshwater tilapia fish is grilled then simmered in coconut milk and chili.
It's definitely freshest when eaten close to the fishponds as they do in Kamayan Sa Palaisdaan.

BagnetBagnet -- a crunchy, vinegary addiction beckons.

21. Bagnet

While the lechon kawali, the deep fried pork, is a popular dish all over the country, bagnet, from the northern province of Ilocos, is coveted for its irresistible crunchy skin dipped in the sweet-sour vinegar sukang Iloko.
Buy it from the markets of Ilocos, or try it at Café Juanita.
Pancit HabhabPancit habhab -- fast-food for the Philippines.

22. Pancit habhab

Trust Filipino ingenuity to adapt noodles to their lifestyle. In Lucban, Quezon, pancit habhab is served on a banana leaf and slurped. Garnished with carrots, chayote, and a few pieces of meat, this cheap noodle dish is most often eaten by students and jeepney drivers on the go.
For an extra special version, try Old Center Panciteria  who has been making the noodles since 1937. They add lechon, generous serving of vegetables, and even hand you a fork. 

23. Pork barbecue

In a country where almost everything is marinated, skewered and grilled in the street corners, everyone has their favorite barbecue meat. Pork is the most popular. 
Cebu is known for barbecue stalls along Larsian Street just off Fuente Osmena Circle.
Manila residents are addicted to that from Ineng's, which has many outlets in Metro Manila, for its big, chunky pieces of pork with a perfect, salty-sweet marinad

24. Longaniza

Every province has their version of the pork sausage called longaniza. It varies from sweet to garlicky to spicy.
Usually eaten for breakfast with garlic rice, fried egg and a dipping sauce of vinegar. 

Lumpiang UbodLumpiang ubod -- spring rolls with a coconut-y twist.

25. Lumpiang ubod

The fruit, leaves and even the pith of the coconut tree is used in Filipino cuisine. The pith makes a sweet and tender filling for the fresh lumpia, our version of the spring roll.
A delicate egg wrapper contains a savory filling of ubod (the pith of the coconut tree), shrimps, pork, onions and a garlicky sweet sauce.
Bacolod city is known for its petite version of this spring roll.
Bicol ExpressBicol express -- uniting coconut and chili lovers.

26. Bicol express

A fitting tribute to people who love coconut and spicy food is bicol express, a fiery chili, pork and coconut milk stew. Try it at the hole-in-the-wall eatery called Top Haus in Makati. 

27. Relyenong alimango

Filipino cooks are never fazed by fuzzy food preparations like relyenong alimango. The crab is delicately peeled then sautéed with onions, tomatoes, herbs and stuffed back into the crab shell, then deep fried.
Chicken or bangus (milkfish) are also cooked relyeno. Often cooked in homes for fiestas, but enterprising housewives sell them at the Sunday market in Quezon City (Centris Mall, Edsa, Quezon City) or the Saturday market in Makati (Salcedo Village, Makati)
BalutBalut -- just think of it as being overripe.

28. Balut

No trip to the Philippines would be complete without sampling its famous balut. Vendors peddling these eggs on the street chant “Baluuuuut!” to entice buyers.
This 17-day-old duck embryo is boiled, served with rock salt or spicy vinegar and is often consumed with beer.

29. Inihaw na panga ng tuna

General Santos and Davao City are known for their numerous ways with tuna. The panga or jaw is often grilled over coals and dipped in sauce of soy sauce, vinegar, chili and calamansi (local lemon).
Fish KinilawFish kinilaw -- various forms, one great taste.

30. Fish kinilaw

The day’s fresh catch is dressed in palm coconut vinegar, ginger, chili and spices. Each province has its own way of preparing kinilaw.
Most wet markets will prepare this for you. Most popular in Cebu is to eat it in Su-tu-kil, the row of seafood eateries (Lapu-LapuCity, Mactan,Cebu). 

Tuesday, 7 August 2012


1. Attend class: This is the simplest way to learn how to study effectively. If you do not go to class, you will not know which items are absolutely crucial to study. In addition, you will not be able to listen to the lectures or obtain handouts.
2. Read ahead: Although this can seem hard to do when you are already so busy, try to read the material before you attend the class. If you accomplish this, then you will be exposed to the material a second time. It could begin to cement new concepts and terms. In addition, you can ask for clarification of anything you did not understand during your readings.
3. Make friends: Having a friend in your class can be an invaluable resource. You could help each other learn how to study effectively in high school by quizzing each other on the material, for example.
4. Use the Available Resources: Whether your professor has included additional reading for you to delve further into the subject or your school offers tutoring in exam taking, it is important to take advantage of the resources that you have available.
5. Ask questions: It is important to make sure that you get the answers to your questions right away. Do not wait until you have studied the material several times and you still do not understand it. Get help right away.
6. Spend your lag time studying: Read over your study guide on the bus ride to university or listen to your professor’s lecture while you are working out at the gym.
7. Take lots of notes: Write down everything you think is important. If you hear an unfamiliar term, write it down so that you can look up the definition later.
8. Get a laptop: Having a laptop will enable you to look up definitions and solidify concepts during those lag times when your instructor is helping other people.
9. Seek out old exams: You can use old exams and study guides as the basis for learning how to study effectively in university. Even if the answers are not available, you will still learn the style of the professor.
10. Do not wait until the last minute: Instead of trying to cram all of your studying into one or two days or all nighters, study for a few hours each day of the week before the exam.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

"The Story of Vice Ganda"

Si Jose Marie Viceral, mas kilala bilang Vice Ganda, ay isang sikat na komedyante at isang permanenteng hurado sa Showtime, isang popular na palabas sa ABS-CBN

Si Vice Ganda ay dating stand-up comedian, na kilala bilang The Library. At natuklasan siya Ogie Diaz,isang talk show host at columnist na ngayo'y naging isa rin sa kanyang naging mabuting kaibigan.
Ang komedyanteng si Vice Ganda ay lumaki sa Tondo, Maynila. Ang kanyang ina ay lumipat sa United States para magtrabaho pagkatapos mamatay ng kanyang ama sa isang shooting incident,13 years old pa siya noon. Siya rin and pinakabunso sa dalawa niyang kapatid na babae at dalawang kapatid na lalaki.
Ang pinaka una niya major concert ay na held noong May 15, 2010 entitled "May Nagtext Yung Totoo Vice Ganda sa Araneta" at nung sa July 1, 2011,ikalawang major concert niya rin "Eto na Vice Ganda Todong Sample sa Araneta".
Di lang siya resident burado sa pre-noontime show na Showtime, siya rin ay host ng kanyang sariling show na "Gandang Gabi Vice", yung ay ipinapalabas tuwing Linggo, 9:30 ng gabi sa ABS-CBN.

Ang "Vice Ganda" ay galing sa kanyang apelyedo na Viceral at "Ganda" ay nagpapalarawan sa kanyang pagkatao at kung paano niya tingnan ang sarili niya, ayon sa kanya. Ang kanyang mga kaibigan at katrabaho ay sinimulan siyang tinawag gamit ang kanyang screen name.
Si Vice Ganda at ang kanyang ina na si Rosario ay nagkita muli pagkatapos ng 19 years.
Namatay ang kanyang ama nang hindi nalalaman na siya ay bading.
Ang kanyang dalawang kapatid na lalaki ay bading rin.
Siya ang unang artista na nagkaroon ng 1 million fans sa Facebook. At ngayon, mahigit 3 million fans na.
Ang kanyang unang debut album ay pinamagatang "Vice Ganda Lakas Tama".
Petrang Kabayo, ay ang unang starring role ni Vice Ganda in big screen na nag grossed nang around 108 million pagkatapos lang ng unang linggo.