Filipino Lechon Recipe or Roasted Pig Pork Recipe

July 27, 2009 by  
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lechon2Filipino Lechon Recipe or Roasted Pig Ham or Pork Recipe Ingredients:

1 whole pig (about 20 kilos)
salt
black pepper
soy sauce For the stuffing:
5 to 10 bundles lemon grass (tanglad)
20 pcs. bananas (saba variety), peeled then halved or
20 pcs. taro (gabi), peeled

Filipino Lechon Recipe or Roasted Pig Ham or Pork Recipe Cooking Instructions:

1. Clean and prepare the pig by removing innards, washing and scraping innards, washing and scraping the body of bristles. Rinse and allow to drain a bit before stuffing.
2. Rub with salt and pepper inside and out.
3. Rub soy sauce on the skin of the pig. This will make it nicely red when roasted.
4. Stuff the belly of the lechon with lemon grass along with saba and gabi. Sew to close.
5. Skewer the pig and split roast over live charcoal or traditionally, in some parts of Cebu, under live fire. Roast until crisp.
6. Lechon is not served with a sauce. But if a dipping sauce is requested, vinegar with scallions and pepper may be served along with it.

Filipino Bulalo Recipe or Beef Bone Marrow Soup Recipe

July 27, 2009 by  
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Bulalo1The Filipino Bulalo Recipe or Beef Bone Marrow Soup Recipe Ingredients:

2 kg beef bone marrow, have your butcher chop it into small pieces
1 kg boneless beef shank or stewing beef
1 onion, peeled and sliced
3 liters water
2-3 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
2-3 saba (plantain) bananas, each cut into two pieces
1 whole medium cabbage, quartered
3-4 tablespoons fish sauce (patis)
Salt and pepper to taste

The Filipino Bulalo Recipe or Beef Bone Marrow Soup Recipe Cooking Instructions:

  1. Lighten bone marrow and boneless beef shank or stewing beef in hot boiling water for a while and rinse in cold running tap water to remove foam and blood.
  2. Put bone marrow and onion in a stockpot and pour in the 3 liters of water and bring to the boil.
  3. Lower heat and simmer for about 40 minutes.
  4. Add the boneless beef shank or stewing beef and return to the boil.
  5. When it boils, lower heat and simmer until beef is tender, about 1 to 1½ hours.
  6. Add the potatoes and bananas.
  7. Simmer until potatoes and bananas are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Add the cabbage and stir in fish sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Cook until cabbage is tender-crisp, about 2 minutes.
  10. Serve with hot rice. It serves 6.

The Palawan Island

July 24, 2009 by  
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In MIMAROPA region, in an island province of Philippines, the Palawan Island resides. The beautiful Puerto Princesa City is Palwan’s capital and the largest province in the Philippine country covering 1.5 million hectares. Palawan is known for rainforests, mountains and has the world’s longest underground river. It has also been recognized as “HAVEN of the PHILIPPINE WILDLIFE”.



LOCATION AND ORIGIN OF PALAWAN NAME

Palawan is located between Mindoro Island and North Borneo. The Palawan name came from the Chinese people during the 9th century calling it PA-LAO-YU which means land of beautiful safe harbor. Some also believe that Palawan name came from the Indian word PALAWANS meaning territory. However, the most popular belief of Palawan’s origin of its name is from the Spanish word PARA AGUA which means the main island’s shape look likes a closed umbrella.

Palawan TOURIST SPOTS and DESTINATIONS in Palawan

1.    Palawan rainforests

2.    White sandy beaches

3.    Crystal clear water with colored fishes and corals – Seven lakes surrounded by rocky limestone cliffs attract hundreds of nature lovers to Coron Reefs in Northern Palawan, near the town of Coron. Busuanga Island, whose main town is Coron, is the jump-off point for numerous dive operators. The principal dive sites are 12 World War II Japanese shipwrecks sunk on September 24, 1944 by US Navy action. They range in depth from the surface to 40 meters. This large range offers exciting wreck exploration for enthusiasts, from beginner divers and snorkelers and recreational divers to experienced TEC divers. Dive operators offer PADI dive courses ranging from Discover Scuba to Assistant Instructor, Technical and Enriched Air Diving, as well as other specialty courses. Dive operators offer day diving, snorkeling trips, and overnight dive safaris. Live-aboard and charter boats also offer diving in the area. The aquatic views from the sunken Japanese warships off Coron Island are listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba sites in the world.

4.    Palawan historical and archeological treasures

5.    Variety of tropical fauna and flora, Palawan orchid species and Palawan cherry blossoms

6.   Palawan monkeys, Palawan Parrots, Palawan bear cats, Palawan metallic-colored peacock pheasant, mongoose, scaly anteater, porcupine and mouse deer, endangered sea turtles.

7.    Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary located at northern Calamianes islands – home to unusual and endemic species of animals that roam freely in its luxuriant hills and plains. A game reserve and wildlife sanctuary of exotic African animals and endangered endemic animals of Palawan. The reserve was established on August 31, 1976 by virtue of the Presidential Decree No.1578, this started in response to the appeal of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to help save African wildlife when former President Ferdinand Marcos attended the 3rd World Conference in Kenya. By virtue of the Republic Act 7611 (SEP), administrative jurisdiction of DENR was given to the local government of Palawan, effective December 31, 1993. Management of the area is the responsibility of the Office of the Palawan Council of Sustainable Development (PCSD). It is located in Calauit Island in Busuanga.

8.    El Nido Marine Reserve located at the northern coastline – known for edible birds’ nests and limestone cliffs. The January 2008 issue of international magazine Travel + Leisure, published by the American Express Co. (which partnered with Conservation International) listed El Nido’s sister hotel resorts El Nido Lagen Island and El Nido Miniloc Island in Miniloc and Lagen Islands as “conservation-minded places on a mission to protect the local environment.” Travel + Leisure’s 20 Favorite Green Hotels scored El Nido Resort’s protection of Palawan’s giant clam gardens and the re-introduction of endangered Philippine cockatoos: “8. El Nido Resorts, Philippines: Guest cottages on stilts are set above the crystalline ocean. The resorts are active in both reef and island conservation.

9.    Tubbataha reefs located in the middle of the Sulu Sea – a pair of coral coral reefs newly named as a World Heritage Site for its highly distinct collection of fishes and other marine life. The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 332 km², including the North and South Reefs. It is a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100 m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands.

10.    The St. Paul Subterranean National Park located along the west coast – has old-growth forests, cathedral caves, white sand beaches, and one of the longest underground rivers in the world.

11.    Ursula Island located at the South - a sanctuary for migratory and resident birds.

12.    Malampaya Sound Land and Seascape Protected Area – Located in the Municipality of Taytay, this important ecological and economic zone is a watershed and fishing ground, and the habitat of Bottle-nosed and Irrawaddy dolphins.

13.    UNESCO World Heritage Sites

14.    Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park – This park features a large limestone karst landscape with an underground river. One of the river’s unique features is that it emerges directly into the sea, and its lower portion is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full ‘mountain-to-sea’ ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia.

15.    Ursula Island - This game asylum and bird sanctuary is located near the Municipality of Brooke’s Point in southern Palawan. The islet is a migratory and wintering ground for shorebirds and seabirds.

LANGUAGE

There are 52 languages and dialects in the province, with Tagalog being spoken by 28 percent of the people. Other languages are Cuyonon (26.27 percent), Palawano (11.08 percent), and Ilonggo (9.6 percent). English is also widely spoken.

CLIMATE

The east coast has 4 months of dry season with rain possibility during the other 8 months. In Palawan, November and December are the wettest months. The west coast has 6 months dry and 6 months wet season. The island of Palawan is mostly typhoon free, not including the northern part. The two most common winds are the softer northeast monsoon which blows from October to April and the stronger northwest monsoon which blows from June to September. Sea travel between the islands is best between April to June. Then the ocean is calm and flat as a mirror.

Palawan Highly-urbanized city

-    Puerto Princesa

Palawan Mainland Municipalities
-  Aborlan
- Bataraza
- Brooke’s Point
- Dumaran
- El Nido (Bacuit)
- Narra
- Quezon
- Rizal (Marcos)
- Roxas
-  San Vicente
- Sofronio Española
- Taytay

Palawan Island Municipalities
- Agutaya
- Araceli
- Balabac
- Busuanga
- Cagayancillo
- Coron
- Culion
- Cuyo
- Kalayaan
- Linapacan
- Magsaysay

The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the 21st Century

July 22, 2009 by  
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solar_eclipseThe longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century shed its shadow over western India Wednesday July 22, 2009 and headed for China on a path that was dropping hundreds of millions of people into temporary darkness.

Ancient superstition and modern commerce came together in a “once in a lifetime” opportunity which could end up being the most watched eclipse in history, due to its path over Earth’s most densely inhabited areas.
After forming over the sea west of India, the lunar shadow or “umbra” made landfall in India’s Gujarat state shortly before 6:30 am (0100 GMT) and quickly swallowed the city of Surat, the country’s diamond polishing centre.

By eclipse standards, this is “a monster,” NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak and University of Manitoba meteorologist Jay Anderson wrote in the US magazine Sky & Telescope. After an eight-minute journey across central India, it was to squeeze between northern Bangladesh and the eastern tip of Nepal and then slice through some of China’s biggest cities, including Chengdu, Chongqing and Wuhan, before arriving at Shanghai, a city of 20 million souls. The umbra then flits across the islands of southern Japan and goes around into the western Pacific, where at one point the length of totality — when the solar disc is completely covered will be six minutes, 39 seconds. If the clouds hold back, it could be the most watched eclipse in history, and we will have to wait until year 2132 before the totality duration is beaten.

The total journey will unclear the sun by 50 percent or more for an estimated two billion people, from the salt flat farmers of Gujarat to herdsmen in the foothills of the Tibetan Himalayas. Superstition has always haunted the moment when Earth, Moon and Sun are perfectly aligned. The daytime destruction of the Sun, the source of all life, is associated with war, famine, flood and the death or birth of rulers.

For further explanation, the ancient Chinese blamed a Sun-eating dragon. In Hindu mythology, the two demons Rahu and Ketu are said to “swallow” the sun during eclipses, snuffing out its light and causing food to become poisonous and water undrinkable. Ahead of Wednesday’s eclipse, some Indian astrologers had issued predictions loaded with gloom and apprehension, while superstition dictated that pregnant women should stay indoors to prevent their babies developing birth defects. A gynecologist at a Delhi hospital said many expectant mothers scheduled for July 22 caesarian deliveries insisted on changing the date.

For others it was a promising date, with more than one million Hindu pilgrims gathering at the holy site of Kurukshetra in northern India, where bathing in the waters during a solar eclipse is believed to further the attainment of spiritual freedom. Those who could afford it grabbed seats on planes chartered by specialist travel agencies that promised extended views of the eclipse as they chased the shadow eastwards. Travel firm Cox and Kings charged 79,000 rupees (1,600 dollars) for a “sun-side” seat on a Boeing 737-700 aircraft before dawn from New Delhi for a three-hour flight.

Meteorologists said that thick cloud and heavy rain were likely to ruin the party for millions of people hoping to watch the solar blackout in Shanghai and other parts of eastern China. But the Hyatt hotel on Shanghai’s waterfront Bund said its eclipse breakfast event remained fully booked out regardless of the weather concerns. “People are just looking for a reason to get together,” hotel spokeswoman Meg Zhang said. “You can tell your boss: ‘It’s only once in 300 years’.”

The next total solar eclipse will be on July 11 2010, but will occur almost entirely over the South Pacific, where Easter Island, home of the legendary moai giant statues, will be one of the few landfalls.

Lovers in Paris (KC Concepcion) and NARDA (Marian Rivera)

July 22, 2009 by  
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loversinparisnardaABS-CBN Network was already able to spen millions with “Lovers in Paris” which is a Philippine version of the hit koreanovela. As well as GMA’s remake of Mars Ravelo’s most popular “Narda.”

Lovers in Paris is starred by KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual. People believe KC has an advantage sincee her leading man is the utmost heartthrob Piolo Pascual. This Koreannovela remake is a big hit not only in the Philippines but across Asia as well.

Lover’s in Paris Philippines CASTS:
Piolo Pascual as Carlo
KC Concepcion as Vivian
Zanjoe Marudo as Martin
Maricar Reyes as Donna
Christopher De Leon as Assulto
Tonton Guttierrez as Leo
Mickey Ferriols as Nina
K Brosas as Michelle
John Wayne Sace

This will be the first time that Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes will not be together in a teleserye. It’s premier would be this coming August 10, 2009.  The Directors of the TV series are Dominic Zapata and Don Michael Perez


NARDA CASTS
:

Marian Rivera as Narda / Darna
Iwa Moto as Valentina
Paolo Contis as Kobra
Mark Anthony Fernandez as Efren
Alfred Vargas as Tristan
Angel Aquino as Original Darna
Nadine Samonte as Babaeng Impakta
Ehra Madrigal as Babaeng Linta
Margaret Nales Wilson as Babaeng Lawin
Celia Rodriguez as Perfecta
Roxanne Barcelo as Friend of Narda
Robert Villar as Ding
Raymart Santiago
Jestoni Alarcon as Father of Narda
Rita Avila as Mother of Narda
Janice de Belen as Mother of Valentina
Bearwin Meilly
Gabby Eigenmann

Tinolang Manok Recipe or Chicken Stew Recipe

July 22, 2009 by  
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tinola_manokThe Filipino Chicken Stew or Tinolang Manok Ingredients:

1 kilo whole chicken, cut into pieces.
1 small young papaya or sayote, cut into small pieces.
2 tablespoons ginger, crushed and slliced into strips
1/2 cup dahon ng sili (chili leaves) or mallunggay leaves
1 liter of water
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 red onion, diced
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons patis (fish sauce)

The Filipino Chicken Stew or Tinolang Manok Cooking Instructions:

1.    Heat oil and sauté garlic, onion and ginger in a stock pot.
2.    Add water and the chicken.
3.    Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or until chicken is almost done.
4.    Flavor with patis
5.    Add papaya and continue to simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until papaya softens but not overcooked.
6.    Add sili leaves then turn off the heat.
7.    Dish up steaming hot on a bowl with plain rice on the side.

Kare-Kare Recipe or Beef and Ox Tail in Peanut Sauce Recipe

July 22, 2009 by  
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karekareTHE FILIPINO KARE – KARE INGREDIENTS:

- 1/2 kilo beef (round or sirloin cut) cut into cubes (for a more traditional kare kare, use cleaned beef tripe instead of beef)
- 1/2 kilo oxtail, cut 2 inch long
- 3 cups of peanut butter
- 1/4 cup grounded toasted rice
- 1/2 cup cooked bagoong alamang (anchovies)
- 2 pieces onions, diced
- 2 heads of garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons atsuete oil
- 4 pieces eggplant, sliced 1 inch thick
- 1 bundle Pechay (Bok choy) cut into 2 pieces
- 1 bundle of sitaw (string beans) cut to 2″ long
- 1 banana bud, cut similar to eggplant slices, blanch in boiling water
- 1/2 cup oil
- 8 cups of water
- Salt to taste

THE FILIPINO KARE – KARE COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Boil beef and oxtails in water for an hour or until cooked in a stock pot and strain and keep the stock.
2. Heat oil and atsuete oil in a big pan or wok.
3. Sauté garlic, onions until golden brown, then add the stock, toasted rice, beef, oxtail and peanut butter. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Salt to taste.
4. Add the eggplant, string beans, pechay and banana bud. Cook the vegetables for a few minutes (Do not overcook the vegetables).
5. Dish up with bagoong on the side and hot plain rice.

Crispy Pata Recipe or Deep Fried Pork Leg Recipe

July 22, 2009 by  
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crispy_pataTHE FILIPINO CRISPY PATA INGREDIENTS:

1 Pata (front or hind leg of a pig including the knuckles)
1 bottle of soda, it can be 7Up or sprite
1 tablespoon of salt
2 tablespoons patis or fish sauce
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon of monosodium glutamate or MSG
4 tablespoons of flour
Enough oil for deep frying
Enough water for boiling

THE FILIPINO CRISPY PATA COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Remove all hairs and scrape the skin with a knife. Clean the pork pata and wash properly.
2. Make four to five inch cuts on the sides of the pata.
3. Place the pata in water with soda and salt on a deep stock pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Then add the baking soda and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.
4. Remove the pata from the pot and hang and allow to drip dry for 24 hours. An alternative to this is to thoroughly drain the pork pata and refrigerate for a few hours.
4. After the above process, rub patis on the pata and sprinkle flour liberally.
5. Heat cooking oil and deep fry the pork pata until golden brown in a deep frying pot.

CRISPY PATA SAUCE RECIPE:

Mix 3/4 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 head of diced onion and 1 hot pepper. Salt and pepper to taste.

Sinulog Festival in Cebu Philippines

July 18, 2009 by  
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Sinulog Festival Location:
Cebu City Philippines

Sinulog Festival Schedule:
Every third Sunday of January

About Sinulog Festival:

Sinulog Festival is a festival in Cebu Philippines that pays tribute to the patron of Cebu City, Santo Niño or Holy Child. In veneration to the patron, people in cebu or cebuanos present dance rituals and have some competitions with their performance. Dancers came from different places and wear their colorful costumes and combine them with their artistic props and lively music which includes rhythm of native gongs, drums and trumpets. Traditionally, the Sinulog celebration lasts for 9 days wherein during the last day would be the Sinulog grand parade. During the dawn before the final day of the sinulog celebration, a fluvial procession is being held with their santo niño with flowers and candles on a pump boat. The procession usually ends at Basilica where a re-enactment of Christianizing Cebu is being performed. There would then be a formal procession that would take place on the streets which would last for hours because of the crowd participating the Sinulog festival.

Background of the Sinulog Dance

Sinulog came from the Cebuano adverb sulog that means like water current movement (forward backward movement during the Sinulog dance together with the sound of the drums. Candle vendors also perform this dance step most especially when people buy a candle from them.

History

Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan arrived on April 7, 1521 and placed the cross on the shores of Cebu wherein he claimed the territory in the name of the King of Spain. He offered the image of the child Jesus, the Santo Niño, as baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, wife of Rajah Humabon. Hara Amihan was later named, Queen Juana in honor of Juana, mother of Carlos I. Some 800 natives were also baptized to the Christian faith along with the rulers of the island. At the moment of receiving the image, it was said that Queen Juana danced with joy holding the image of the child Jesus. With the other natives following her example, this moment was considered as the first Sinulog.

This event is commonly used as basis for most Sinulog dances, which perform the coming of the Spaniards and the presentation of the Santo Niño to the Queen. A popular theme among Sinulog dances is Queen Juana holding the Santo Niño in her arms and using it to bless her people who are often troubled by sickness caused by demons and other evil spirits.

Marian Rivera Biography and Profile

July 18, 2009 by  
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Real Name: Marian Rivera Gracia
Birthday: August 12, 1984
Place where she grew up or Birth place: Madrid, Spain
Profession: Actress, Dancer, model
Height: 5’ 4”
Father’s Name: Francisco Javier Alonzo Gracia, Spanish
Mother’s Name: Amalia Rivera, Filipina (When Marian Rivera was 2 years old, her parents got separated, Marian and her mom went back to the Philippines)
College School: Finished BS Psychology in De La Salle University Dasmariñas
Elementary and High School: Saint Francis of Assisi College System

Everything about Marian Rivera:

Marian Rivera is an only child that started her stardom by getting herself involved with TV commercials and ramp modeling. Skin White and Sky Flakes were the first two commercials that she made. With her beauty, gorgeous looks and acting talent, Marian never expected her life to be with showbiz, since she knew that it would be difficult and complicated to this kind of industry. Marian said that her destiny brought her into this career and where she will truly succeed and share her talent to a lot of people. Her dream is just simple; she only wants a very good and peaceful life. She wants to have a lovely house and have a business as well so that whenever some things happen to her, she will have a fallback. Marian loves dancing, listening to music most especially love songs. Words that definitely describe Marian would be a very strong and sweet person. Her favorite fashion attire would be rubber shoes, jeans and shirt.

Marian Rivera was able to have some afternoon sopa operas for TAPE Inc. and GMA Network that includes Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako, Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat and Pinakamamahal which also starred Oyo Boy Sotto. A lot of soap operas then followed after that. Marian became very popular when she had the role of Marimar, Philippine remake. Now, she has been considered as one of the soap opera queens.

TRIVIA: Marian named her two cars Cariño and Amigo. She believes that her cars bring her good luck.