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Animation by Arnold Arre, and Music performed by Radioactive Sago Project.
What I like about the video is how they just showcased Filipinos and our struggle during the war, and how we prospered afterwards. There were no celebrities, no politicians, just Filipinos. This is brilliant.
I’m not going to blabber on about our lives amidst the corruption and poverty, because that is basic general knowledge about our country. What I want to say in this post, albeit short, is how we cope with the hard times. It’s simple, really, one that other countries know us for.
We just simply smile.
It’s an odd thing, smiling. It pertains to happiness, contentedness, just being very chill. The smiles the I see in this country every single day is what empowers some of us to work extra hard for the Philippines. Seeing someone smile has this weird power of getting you through the day.
We love to laugh.
Being alone in the Philippines is not an option. More often than not, people will be with a friend or a company of friends. We are fond of making jokes and making fun of each other, which is therapeutic. I remember seeing a group in a restaurant, and one of them seemed tired, and he is just sitting there looking at a distance while his friends were giggling about something. I saw one of the guys put an arm around him and asked him what was wrong. I wasn’t eavesdropping, let me make that clear, they were just talking really loud and it’s hard not to hear them. He starts narrating in a very soft voice, barely audible even for his friends. It seems all his friends were now listening, all of them huddled to his side of the table. He finally finished talking, and there was a good 5 seconds before that guy that put an arm around him smiled and called for the waiter. I thought he ordered for alcohol which is understandable; but then I saw the waiter bring in 5 or 6 banana splits. They all shouted in glee, and this forced a smile to their sad friend. In an instant, the atmosphere in that table changed, and they were laughing and making jokes and offered ridiculous solutions to the guy’s predicament(it’s normal here to make fun of the situation first before being serious about it, helps lessen the burden), all this while gorging on the banana split.
I don’t think a single post about how admirable the attitudes of my fellow men are, is enough. I may not show it everyday, but I do love them all dearly. This independence day, and all the others we have celebrated and will celebrate, I reflect on what our ancestors have fought for, what we did with our freedom, what we are right now. But more importantly, I reflect on my people’s patriotism because I know how hard it is to be nationalistic in a country like ours.
But we love it here and always will.
Lupa ng araw ng luwalhati’t pagsinta,
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo,
Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi,
Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.
Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!
Since next week is the 114th Independence Day of the archipelago, and because it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted Only in the Philippines: Weird Establishment Names, I thought of doing something fun before publishing a patriotic post on June 12.
I found these around the Interwebs, I didn’t take them. Although, I did notice, when I go around the country, that there are A LOT of funny signs just waiting to be seen. The Philippines may not be a gold mine politically and economically speaking; but the people here will make you laugh in an instant.
Starr box. “Yosi” Bad for You. Good for me. Business is business. “Steven Cigar”.
Yosi is a Filipino slang for cigarette. This guy is a serious businessman.
Bawal Ma-inlove, nakakamamatay”
This pink board here is a sign from the MMDA, or the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (yes, this a traffic enforcement group, and their unit colour is pink). In English it says, Don’t fall in love, it’s lethal.
Jollibee is one of the popular brands of the Jollibee Food Corporations. They are a fast-food chain based in the Philippines. American in restaurant style, but the food they serve is Filipino influenced. Imagine that, a Filipino influenced burger, or spaghetti.
This sign is from one of their branches, so…
…I’m going to assume they have no idea this is what is painted
All I can say is…Ditto!
This Jeepney driver’s got some moves!
If you have no idea what a Jeepney is, it’s a public utility vehicle and I think it’s quite cheap when commuting, compared to cabs of course.
You’ll sleep much better…
No, we are not racist cannibals. We did not just wake up and crave a specific race to eat.Although, the Deli seems fancy enough, why not try!
A lot of things are creepy about this picture…
You can Google other signs, as well. This made me laugh the hardest, considering school just started, so I now have questionable taste on what makes people laugh.
In case you missed it:
It’s 2012! Which means a brand new slate for our Only in the Philippines series.
Because, for some, there are only 2 months left for summer vacation, and I forgot to round-up tourist destinations in the Philippines (there are a lot, frankly, all of 7, 107 islands are tourist destinations), I’ve decided to just list down what makes Filipino Parties unique.
Filipino Parties consists of the following:
“You eat pirst!” and “Don’t be shy!”
Like I said in a post about our food, Filipinos prepare A LOT of it, most especially when there is a celebration. If you can imagine a mountain of rice just sitting on a table, that is probably what you are going to see in Filipino parties. There is just an abundance of food, even looking at it makes the stomach scream.
The hosts would often prod guests to get a plate, even going far as to stuff the attendee’s plate with food themselves. And when this happens, the guests, so as not to be rude, would also offer to get the hosts food. This just goes on and on for every person, for every kid; hence, You eat first, or for kids it is usually, Don’t be shy.
I’ve graduated from being the shy type, but it is a bit awkward to go to the food table while everyone’s talking and you stuffing your mouth with lumpia or crispy kangkong. But that’s how it is. You literally have to beat the older ones to the table, lest they prepare food for you, which is a lot more embarrassing.
All the kids upstairs huddled in one room.
There are parties thrown solely for the adults to catch up. So what we would do is to go to a room and find something to do. The usual pick is watching a movie since majority of us are all in our teens. But sometimes, if we are all feeling a bit crazy, we play games literally around the house.
So, huddling up in one room is true only if we don’t know some of the kids and we are still getting used to speaking with them.
“You’ve grown so much!”
Ang laki mo na! (You’ve grown so much!), is what greets you upon arriving at a party. This is true for family gatherings, or for aunts and uncles who you haven’t met.
This happens more often now since a lot of Filipinos go abroad to work. And it is very sad to hear that even parents were not able to see how their child developed. What’s worst is that sometimes the child does not seem to recognize the parent.
Anyway, back to parties. Filipinos would also hold parties for relatives who have come home, and since EVERYONE in the family comes to celebrate, all the kids are rewarded with a cheek-pinch, and a loud and laki mo na!
“Hab you got a boypren/girlpren yet?!”
I honestly do not understand why they ask us if we are in a relationship. It will all end in two ways, depending on what you will answer.
If you say no, they will tell you that it’s okay. Studies first, is the usual comment. An answer such as oh you’ll find the right girl/boy, or the annoying, may crush ka ba? (do you have a crush?), is very rare.
If you say yes, well, a plethora of questions will come after that short answer. They will want to know every detail. Where you met, what you two do together, just EVERYTHING.
It’s actually fun to watch, when the elders are doing it to other kids. But it is completely awkward when done to you. You can only stand there and smile. Worked for me.
Men huddled in the corner for karaoker, or playing cards
There are only few Filipino parties without the karaoke machine. I remember my mother renting one during Christmas. There is no escape from what is going to happen in the wee hours of the night, the neighbours can just sing a long and hope that they can fall asleep with the karaoke machine still playing.
If the people are not in the mood to belt out tunes, they would usually just play cards. The kids can interfere in the games, as a matter of fact. It is even more exciting when children are allowed in the game, because I find that in every game with a kid involved, there will always be one or two rounds where a child will win.
“Just sing one song!”
If you are, in any way, talented, whatever the talent is, you will be forced to show it to the world. If you can dance, the adults will find a way for you to dance. If you can sing, you better have a song ready. The safe talents are drawing, playing scrabble, and the like (but the adults are sneaky, they might find a way to expose you).
People saying goodbye for like an hour
For an eternity, more like. It’s not bad, it’s funny when you think about it. Because these people will meet again in the next party that would probably be held after a few months, or a year. So, it is actually quite understandable.
In a span of ten minutes, they have probably kissed each other’s cheeks, or hugged each other more than five times.
Wrapping food to take home
Because of the amount of food that we prepare, there will always be surplus. In a Filipino party, the hosts would usually have containers prepared so the guests can take home food. And usually this take home food lasts for two or three days.
It’s fun to observe the hosts scrambling to get a container when a guest decides to leave. Sometimes they don’t let you leave without taking home something.
We throw cool parties, weird as some of it can be. Everyone’s happiness is a bit contagious, you just can’t help but smile. Try attending one, it is an amazing experience.
We do not have a formal pantheon or long epics for Philippine mythology like the Greeks and the Romans. Stories about mythical creatures first circulated in the rural areas of the Philippines, it is no surprise that some of them even believe that the creatures exist. Filipino myths and legends include stories of the origins of the Philippine Islands, mountains, fruits, bodies of water, as well as accounts of supernatural creatures that are sometimes used to scare children.
Here are some of those creatures *cue evil laugh*
These are shape-shifting creatures that feast on human organs.Their favorite delicacy is a fetus. they can track down pregnant women by following a scent that only pregnant women have, and it said that pregnant women smell like ripe jackfruit. They usually just stay on the roof and stretch out their tongue until it becomes so thin that it can enter the womb and then feast on the fetus This is a very popular creature in the Visayas. Filipinos consider the Manananggal as an aswang too, the only difference is that mananaggals do not shape-shift. They can fly after separating itself from the lower half of their body. They say that the only way to destroy a manananggal is to look for its lower half, then put salt, ash and garlis on it so that it cannot combine with its upper half again leaving it vulnerable to sunlight.
Kapres are dark skinned giants who live on tall trees ( like the balete tree and the acacia tree) and likes smoking huge rolls of cigar. It is said that if you are stuck or lost somewhere and you are already going around in circles, it means a kapre is messing with you. The only way to stop it is to remove your t-shirt and wear it inside-out. Kapres also scare children who play at night. This is why adults use the story of the kapre to keep them from playing and going out night.
Tikbalangs are half-man, half-horse creatures that live in mountains and forests. Like the Kapre, they usually play tricks on travelers and the only way to revert it is to wear the shirt inside-out.There is also another way of counteracting the trick and that is to ask for permission to pass by, or not to make too much noise so as not to offend them. Legend says that a person can tame a tikbalang. Usually, tikbalangs have sharp spines on its mane. If a person can obtain a spine, he can use this as an anting-anting or a talisman in order to keep the tikbalang as its servant. This person then needs to subdue the tikbalang by leaping onto it. Using a special cord, this person needs to use that as his rein because he will then have to hold on to the tikbalang while it flies trying to dislodge him. If he can hold on long enough, the tikbalang will accept defeat.
A Nuno is like the old version of a duwende, they are dwarf-like creatures that lives in an anthill, which is the punso. It is said that if a person tramples on its anthill, that person will be cursed. Because of this, every time someone is sick and medicine cannot cure it, a nuno is believed to have caused the sickness. If this happens, the person is advised to consult an albularyo. An albularyo will do a ceremony which involves melting a candle and pouring its wax in a bowl of water. An image will be formed and it will be interpreted by the albularyo. To be cured, the victim’s friends or family will have to make an offering of fruits, food, and sometimes material goods. If this does not work, it means the nuno requires a personal apology. Also, it is possible to kill a nuno by catching one and crushing its head, although this one is not recommended because it might anger the others. This is also a favourite tale amongst the adults because legend says that to avoid being cursed, children are told not to play outside between noon and 3 pm. They also need to be in the house by six in the evening. Children are still allowed to play, but they are advised not to make too much noise and are always cautioned to ask permission whenever they pass by a place where a nuno might dwell by saying “tabi tabi po” (please let me pass).
Tiyanaks are babies who died before receiving baptismal rites. The babies go to Limbo and is then transformed into evil spirits. They are then sent to the mortal world to eat victims. It is also said that tiyanaks are aborted fetuses that wants to take revenge on its mother. Their modus operandi is they transform into a normal baby and then cry very very loudly, when a person approaches them and carries them, they change back into its tiyanak form and then eats the person. Not really used to scare off children, but tiyanaks are popularly used in movies here in the Philippines. It is a bit creepy to hear a baby’s cry in tall blades of grass, and then realise that it is actually a demon baby.
Multo is the Filipino word for ghost. People always report seeing a White Lady in buildings, roads, and other places. Here in the Philippines, seeing a white lady means that you have just seen a ghost that needs something. Although there are ghost stories that involve people drenched in blood, it is often the white lady stories that makes people shudder because not only do they appear in buildings and roads, or peep through windows, but they usually interact with people. They appear on photographs, they hitch a ride, they sometimes even commute and converse with the driver. Also, there is a popular story in my village of a ghost that challenges you to race him.
I remember some of those stories very well because when I was a kid, like all kids, I do things that my parents would tell me not to do. All the kids were sat down, then one of the adults would tell a story about aswangs and kapres, and that is supposed to scare us. The kids that I was with got really scared that it took everyone a week to really forget about the stories to get out and play again. Oddly enough, that did not happen to me, I still go out at night and play around until something weird happened.
I am very skeptical of this story but because the timing was perfect, it was enough to make me shudder. Me and my sister got really sick. My mother could not explain why and how we got sick because the day before, we were so hyper and pretty much healthy. So, we were immediately brought to the emergency room. I was so groggy at that time, I only remember needles, and then I woke up in a hospital room. This is the interesting part, my mother went back to our house to get some of our things, our maid was there, but so is our service driver. Our maid and the driver came from the province, it was not surprising that they advised my mother to get a mangtatawas. The mangtatawas told my mom that while my sister and I were playing with our water guns, our noise have offended some entity that lives in the mango tree near our house, he suggested an offering of chicken to make peace with them. My mother, out of desperation, did what she was told. The next day, everyone was surprised to see my sister and I playing with the wheelchairs in our room.
So there you have it. Like our history and our food, there are still lots of stories, myths, and creatures that I was not able to put here. Reading about them is as entertaining as reading Greek and Roman mythology. Go on, visit your local library to find out more about these creepy creatures. Enjoy!
Next Attraction:Well,I haven’t the faintest idea.You might have one,just drop a comment if you do. “Only in the Philippines” will be back next year.
The Philippines has a very rich history and a very rich culture. History in general is really interesting. If we could just forget about the torture of remembering a lot of things and just appreciate history, I know everyone will enjoy studying it.
I had a blast studying World History, and for me it was like something out of a story book that your parents tell you as a kid. The wars, the clothes, the traditions, everything, it’s all interesting.
Studying the Philippine history was one of my favourite moments when I was in high school, just because we have such a rich culture. And now, in college, I realize that there are still a lot of things that I still don’t know about this country.
One of the things that I just found out about is the legend of Princess Urduja. My Professor just mentioned her actually, and it made me curious because she is supposedly a woman warrior, ruler of a tribe, and during her time I think our system was patriarchal. So this is something new…
(Painting by Fernando Amorsolo)
Princess Urduja is a warrior princess and ruler of Tawalisi, Pangasinan in the 14th century. The Kingdom of Tawalisi is by the shore of the Lingayen Gulf and the China Sea. Princess Urduja and her cortege of women warriors are known for being skilled fighters and riders, they were liken to Amazonian women because they are strong and masculine.
We have only one source that Urduja even existed, but even this source is questionable. It is from a Moroccan traveler and his travel journal, this man is Ibn Batuta.
Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Batuta or simply Ibn Batuta was a Moroccoan
Berber traveler. Fascinating stories of his travels are all published in the Rihla, which literally means The Journey. He traveled more than 75,000 miles which no one has surpassed, not even Marco Polo, until the Steam Age some 450 years later. (Source)
He was going to China when he passed by Pangasinan where he had met Urduja. He described her as ruling her region like a king claiming that Urduja rivaled even the armies of the Mongols. Meeting with rulers of the land had been important because a traveler needs provisions for his journey, so this would probably mean that Batuta was a guest at Urduja’s court.
Dr. Jose Rizal had opinions about Batuta’s travelougue as well, in his paper, ”Particulars of the Philippines’ Pre-Spanish Past”, in 1916 he was quoted saying
“While I may have doubts regarding the accuracy of Ibn Batuta’s details, I still beleive in the voyage to Tawalisi”
Rizal even calculated the distance and travel time of Batuta from the port of Kakula.
Today, historians, scholars, and researchers are still debating on whether or not the story of Princess Urduja is mythology or history. Since Urduja probably is an ideal feminist, no wonder women’s groups consider Urduja’s account to be historical.
Chit Balmaceda Guittierez said
For a time, feminists tried to revive the Urduja story but were discouraged to learn that Batuta’s account of the voyage to Tawalisi was labeled as either an intrigue or a fantasy. Scholars, considering the story absurd, declared Urduja a myth.
Still other accounts other than a foreigner’s should be studied. The Ibaloi’s and their oral traditions have been existing for centuries, and is one of the major ethnolinguistic groups in the Cordillera region.
A professor at St. Louis University and a respected Ibaloi scholar Dr. Morr Tadeo Pungayan said
“Linguistically, Urduja is Deboxah (pronounced Debuca) in Ibaloi. We’ve always had a woman named Deboxah from time immemorial among the genrations of Ibaloi. The name usually describes a woman of strong quality and character who’s nobly descended. That name is an Ibaloi name. That’s why Ibaloi trace their ancestry from Urduja”.
This would mean that Urduja might just be a mispronunciation of Deboxah. The Ibaloi’s can also trace their ancestry because they name newborns after their ancestors to help keep their memory alive. Dr. Pungayan said
“No Ibaloi will bear the name of an ancestor unless she’s related”
Today, oral history is still being “shunned” if that’s the perfect word to describe it. And the accounts of Princess Urduja and its historicity, although still being debated about, remain closed. According to Chit Guttierez, other aspects of Philippines history are being doubter as well, she said
William Henry Scott, an American historian in the Cordillera, proved that the so-called pre-Hispanic laws–the Kalantiaw and Maragtas Codes–were faked or invented by psuedo historians who only wanted fame or riches for themselves.
There have been films and shows made about Princess Urduja. A live action film was made in the 1940′s and the 1970′s. And just recently an animated film was made. But sadly, her incredible story is being retold as a love story. Do not get me wrong, of course every now ans then an good love story is and will be entertaining, but it would have been really really nice if the entertainment world would focus on her strength and how she ruled the kingdom.
Whether Urduja’s story is myth or not, she has been a big part of the Philippine history still. Makes me wonder…how many other stories and myths are there in the Philippines that might be real?
Next Attraction: Ghouls and Supernatural creatures
Here are the previous “Only in the Philippines” editions, in case you missed it
From a comment below:
Tawalisi. It’s not just a tribe. China acknowledged the rulers of prehispanic Philippines not just mere chieftains but Kings. A tribe is different from a kingdom. Philippine kingdoms can be compared to their contemporary Southeast asian kingdoms like Srivijaya, Champa, etc.
I only know the person by the username used to comment, so thank you Justice! (although, I have to admit, that’s one very cool username)
If there’s one thing you need to know about the Filipinos, it’s that we love food. Filipinos tend to become a bit OC when it comes to food and food preparations because we want our guests to not only be satisfied with the food that is being served, but for them to really enjoy eating the food.
I really took my time doing this one because there are a lot of them plus the fact that I can’t just sit here without having one of these myself. So it’s probably best to let you, my dear readers, know that as I am typing this, I am having one of the dishes listed below, and I’m really enjoying every bit of it
Thing is, I don’t usually take pictures of the food that I eat or have eaten so I researched a bit and found blogs that posts pictures and recipes. I posted their pictures and the links written as “Sources” below, because I’m badass that way
Anyway, let’s start riling up the stomach juices!
Pandesal and Kesong Puti
This is basically just round bread and white cheese. Although I have already come to the conclusion that we eat everything with Pandesal. Some mornings it’s Pandesal and Coffee, Pandesal and egg, and whatever it is that we want with bread. Pandesal is really really good when it’s hot that’s why we usually buy them really early in the morning.
This is chocolate rice porridge. I think I can compare it with oatmeal, only this one is sweeter. I don’t know with some of the Filipinos but I want my champorado covered with powdered milk on top and not condensed milk.
We have a thing for dried fish. Actually dried salted fish. They’re very nutritious and you can eat it anytime. But if you are going to ask some Filipinos, they prefer eating it during breakfast or lunch, although I have heard some also eat it for dinner. It’s good with rice, but in my family’s case we usually serve dried fish during breakfast and we pair it with something sweet like champorado.
Tapa is cured beef. Cut meat in thin slices then cure it with salt and spices. Usually served with fried rice and egg. In my opinion, this is probably one of the best power breakfast because it’s not too heavy, so I can still walk around the house before going out without feeling sick and not too light that I’m looking for food every 10 minutes because my breakfast wasn’t enough, this dish is more of in the middle.
Bibingka is a type of rice cake. Traditionally, it is eaten during Christmas season together puto bumbong that we usually buy after Simbang Gabi (Mass at Dawn). As to the origin of the tradition, I’m really not sure about that, ’tis a very delicious tradition.
Puto Bumbong literally translates to steamed glutinous rice (puto) cooked in bamboo (bumbong).
Tokwa’t Baboy is dish composed of boiled pork and fried tofu. Some Filipinos like it with Tausi sauce, it’s sweet and it’s good but I prefer the sauce that’s made of vinegar and soy sauce with onions and garlic just to spice things up.
Sapin-Sapin is a coconut dessert made of layers of glutinous rice. When I was a kid, the first time I saw sapin-sapin, I really didn’t want to eat it because it was too colorful, but because everyone was having one, I just got a plate and slabbed a slice of the sticky coconut-rice dessert,it was really good and chewy!
It’s basically a pork dish.Lechon is more of a fiesta food than a small party food, but since we usually have parties for everything and special gatherings, you can always expect a lechon on the table.
This is really an easy favorite. It’s basically pork or chicken immersed in a marinade. I remember, when I was kid, I was so fond of the dish that I would request for it to be cooked every day. Of course half the household didn’t like the idea, but it was really one of my favourite dishes that I became OC in terms of how it tastes, I become an instant critic, especially with this dish.
Again this is one of the favorites. If it’s not really hot in the Philippines, it’s usually very rainy and cold, sinigang is the perfect dish when the weather is acting up because of its hot soup. I usually eat pork sinigang with kangkong and sitaw, some people put in okra.
Kare-Kare is a stew made from peanut sauce, a variety of vegetables, beef and oxtail, but sometimes some people just like adding stuff to it just to make it extra special. This is also usually a fiesta food because no feast is complete without it, but then some people, like myself, could not resist not eating it in regular days.
I think I’ll have to end here, for now at least. These dishes are just a percentage of what the Philippines cuisine offers. To be honest, I have not had the privilege of tasting ALL of it, but so far I’m very happy with the Filipino dishes that I have devoured. I’ll probably make a part 2, just because…
I hope I got you hungry
Next Attraction: Princess Urduja
I want to do a series on what people will find only here in the Philippines. There are a number of stuff that you only find here, but we’ll start with the Filipino’s odd choice of establishment names.
This is a fishball stand. The Philippines is known for its abundant street food stalls found almost anywhere you go. The man who owns this wants to get his message across, apparently. Don’t be shy, come on!
Kisame is a Filipino term which in English means “Ceiling”. They do know how to get customers. I think this just made them more trustworthy and my ceiling agrees.
Inasar actually means “tease”, but it took me a minute to realize he used the term to mean “vexed”. This one is based on a chicken store named Mang Inasal. In Bacolod, Inasal is used to describe how the chicken was cooked. Mang Inasar’s slogan really explains what your experience will be when you eat their chicken, Maasar ka sa sarap! (which according to my mom translates to, “It will drive you nuts!”)
Obviously, this one is based on the famous “Kenny Rogers Roasters”. But this one is no restaurant, this is what we call turo-turo or carinderia. It’s basically like a public cafeteria where you just point what you want to eat and the person behind the counter will either put everything you chose in plates if you’re going to eat there, or in a plastic if you’re going to “take-out”. It’s fairly cheap actually, plus most Filipinos like company in everything we do, even while we’re eating so conversations with us is always a guarantee.
This one is based on one of the best boxers the world has ever seen, “Manny Pacquiao”. A Mami is a kind of noodle soup with light broth, chicken and lots of vegetables. It’s very delicious actually, and in a country like ours where almost half the time it’s raining, this is one of the best choices to keep warm and hunger-satisfied at the same time.
This is a Bakery. And I’m guessing that whoever own this store is a fan of Brad Pitt.
A barbershop named after Harry Potter. We might actually find the last horcrux here.
Need I say more…This must be where all the soldiers are getting they’re haircut. Hurry Cutter needs to up his game if he wants to beat this one.
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They’ve traveled far and reached middle earth with one goal, to find the best chicken there is. Lord Of The Wings, in theaters nationwide.
Want your car fixed but still stay classy? Go to Carbucks. Not only is it catchy, but it also tells you how much you’ll be paying for a tune-up.
This are just some of the many names Filipinos chose for their businesses. This just shows that not only do we want to profit from it, but we’d like to have fun doing it. Next attraction: Filipino Food. I know you’ll love that.
(I’m thanking tumblr for this :D)