Archive for April, 2013

April 2013 Trivia Time

  1. The exotic Philippine jeepney is a post-war creation inspired by the GI jeeps that the American soldiers brought to the country in the 1940s. Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They are known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

    Known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become an ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

    Known for their crowded seating and flamboyant decorations, which have become an ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

  2. Glas isn’t solid, but liquid.
  3. In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans.
  4. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from stop producing tears. Try it next time you chop onions!
  5. The tiny Water Bear (Tardigrade) can survive environments extreme enough to kill any other animal – with temperatures as low as -273°C close to Absolute Zero to as high as 151°C.  Tardigrades (commonly known as water bears or moss piglets) are small, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs. Tardigrade - Water Bear

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Mountain Climbing

If you have a passion for heights and adrenaline rush, then mountain climbing is the best for you this summer in Philippines. Mountain climbing takes more than just courage to discover different mountain terrains in the country. You need good climbing gear, a healthy body, and the will to face unexpected change of weather conditions until you reach the summit. Mountain climbing is a lifestyle sport involving hiking and trekking through rugged terrain, camping, climbing over rocks, fallen trees and logs, passing by thick vegetation, crossing rivers, and exploring the great outdoors. This feat requires a great deal of patience, physical endurance, motivation, and presence of mind. Only a few people get to appreciate this activity because climbing any mountain is a very difficult activity. Aside from struggling and reaching the peak, you have to carry loads of other things to survive such as climbing gear, cooking utensils, food, your tent, and water.  You also need a good pair of hiking shoes and backpack. Most of all, you must learn the basic survival skills coz you never know what happens when you are up there. The person who loves to climb mountains is usually referred to as a mountaineer.

Mountain range in PH



Popular Mountain Destinations in Philippines

  1. Mount Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas – Around 2 – 3 hours bus ride from Metro Manila, this mountain is ideal for beginners who just want to have a relatively easy and refreshing hike.
  2. Mount Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas – It’s a 3 to 4 hour hike along open windy trails, with nice views and mountain landscapes. This can also be day hiked or camped overnight and is good for beginners.
  3. Mount Pulag in Benguet – this is the coldest mountain in the Philippines, where sometimes temperatures go down to -5 degrees Celsius during the evening and dawn. Views of the mountain’s so called “Mossy Forests,” “Grasslands,” and the “Sea of Clouds”. Awaiting at the summit during sunrise are a few of the highlights, and it is the country’s third highest mountain.
  4. Mount Makiling in Laguna – The trail in this mountain is heavily vegetated, where one should go over or crawl under fallen logs and navigate through dense vegetation composed of thorny rattan plants. Blood leeches (locally known as limatik) abound in this mountain but only during the rainy season.
  5. Mount Tapulao in Iba, Zambales – Mountaineers fondly call this mountain “The Long and Endless Road,” referring to the seemingly endless hike with an average of 12 to 14 hours going up to the summit alone
  6. Mount Apo, Davao Del Sur– the highest mountain in the Philippines, and is the grandfather of Philippine mountains. Climbing Mount Apo is every Filipino mountaineer’s dream. With its so-called “Mossy Forests,” “The Boulders,” the extinct crater, the “Lake Venado” (which is the highest lake in the country) and the summit itself, this mountain’s breathtaking landscapes are truly a sight to behold.
  7. Mount Pico de Loro, Cavite– If you are interested in getting unusual animals and plants, this mountain has a considerable supply of exotic flora and fauna.
  8. Mount Daguldol, Batangas – There’s a golf course-like summit that will surely give you fewer struggles and more comfort upon reaching the top, it is good for beginners.
  9. Mount Ugu, Benguet – beautiful scenery and spectacular views awaits everyone who wishes to reach the summit of this mountain.
  10. Mount Pinatubo, Zambales – This once active volcano has gained popularity because the caldera formed and Lake Pinatubo has since become a tourist attraction.

Beautiful Mountain Ranges

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UK Pinoy Diaspora

Mahigit sa 12.5 milyong Pilipino ang nasa labas ng bansa.  Ang pangunahing dahilan ay pagtatrabaho upang suportahan ang kanilang pamilya sa Pilipinas.  Ang iba naman ay nakapg-asawa ng dayuhan kung kaya’t sila ay naninirahan sa labas ng bansa kasama ang kanilang mga anak at pamilya. Meron din namang mga Pilipino ang nasa ibang bansa upang mag-aral at magkaroon ng mas mataas na edukasyon para sa sariling pag-unlad at karanasan.  Sa United Kingdom, maliit lamang ang populasyon ng mga Pilipino ang matatagpuan hindi katulad ng Amerika na may mahigit 4 na milyong pinoy ang naninirahan sa kasalukuyan.  Noong taong 2009 ang mga Pinoy sa United Kingdom ay mahigit kumulang sa 200,000 lamang.  Ang bilang mga mga pinoy ay dumami simula noong 1970 kung saan ang mga employers ay naghahanap ng mga empleyado mula sa labas ng bansa.  Ang National Health Services (NHA) ay nagsimulang mag recruit ng mga Pilipino at karamihan sa mga ito ay nagtatrabaho sa mga ospital bilang mga nars, hospital staffs, caterers, at mga nurse trainees, caregivers, chambermaids at iba naman ay mga waiters.  Dahil sa kakulangan ng mga trabahador sa UK, maraming mga pilipino ang nabigyan ng pagkakataon na makapagtrabaho sa United Kingdom simula noong taong 1980.  Sa kasalukuyan, mahigit kumulang sa 20,000 ang bilang ng mga Pilipinong nars ang nagtatrabaho sa UK. Mahigit sa sampung libong pilipino ang nabigyan ng British Citizenship noong taon 2007.

Matatagpuan ang pinakamalaking populasyon ng mga Pilipino sa Earls Court, London.  Meron ding malaking populasyon ng mga Pinoy sa  BirminghamLiverpoolManchesterLeeds and Barrow-in-Furness at ang iba naman ay nakakalat sa ibat ibang panig ng bansa.  Dahil na rin sa dami ng mga pinoy sa Liverpool, naging bansag na rin ang pangalang “Little Manila” kung saan maraming mga Pilipino ang matatagpuan at naninirahan dito kumpara sa ibang panig ng UK.

Katulad ng kinagawiang tradisyon sa Pinas, ang mga kababayan sa UK ay nagtatag din ng Barrio Fiesta upang ipagdiwang ang kapistahan sa bansa.  Dahil dito, ang mga pilipino ay nagkakatipon tipon at nagkakasiyahan at ipinagdiriwang ang mga nakalakhang kultura sa Pilipinas at talagang naiibsan ang kanilang pangungulila sa bayang Pilipinas.  Dahil sa napakagandang resulta ng Barrio Fiesta ay naging isang napakalaking organized event ito sa UK taon taon at dinadaluhan ng halos lahat ng mga kababayan sa UK at kahit na mga dayuhan.  Ang Barrio Fiesta ay naging isang tulay upang ang mga kababayan ay nagkikita, nagtatagpo, nagdiriwang at nagkakasiyahan habang kumakain ng masasarap na pagkaing pinoy na syang hinahanap hanap ng mga kababayan at nanood ng mga tradisyonal na sayaw, mga palaro, at kung ano ano pang uri ng mga libangan na talaga namang sariling atin.

Sa kasalukuyan, maraming mga Pilipino sa UK ang nagtatrabaho bilang nurse, caregivers, at mga hospital staffs.  Ang kanilang kontribusyon sa United Kingdom ay napakalaking tulong sa bansa.  Ayon pa sa isang balita, taon taon, mahigit sa pitong libong narses ang pumupunta sa UK kumpara sa USA kung saan mahigit lamang sa 300 nurse ang nakakaalis upang magtrabaho doon dahil sa tagal ng proseso.

Kung mga grocery stores, Filipino shops, restaurants, at kung ano ano pang produktong pinoy ang pag-uusapan, hindi pahuhuli ang ating mga negosyanteng kababayan.  Naglilipana at maraming matatagpuang mga tindahan na talaga nga namang Pinoy na pinoy at talagang patok na patok sa mga kababayan.  Siguradong hindi na mamimiss ang Pilipinas dahil lahat ay matatagpuan sa sa kanilang mga tinitirhang lugal, at kung hindi man, malaking tulong ang dulot ng internet kung saan sila ay pwedeng umorder ng mga produktong pinoy kahit anong oras na kailangan.  Kung pera naman ang pag-uusapan, tiyak na hindi ka magsisisi dahil malaki ang palitan kung kaya’t maraming Pilipino ang gustong magtrabaho at manirahan sa United Kingdom.

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Halo-halo (Mix-Mix) is a popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which various boiled sweet beans and fruits are added and served in a tall glass or bowl.  It is basically a mixture of sweet preserved beans (red beans, chick peas), coconut meat (macapuno), jackfruit (langka), pounded dried rice (pinipig), sweet yam (ube), cream flan (leche flan), shreds of sweetened plantain (saba), filled with crushed ice, milk (or coconut milk) and topped with ice cream. There are many varieties of halo-halo recipes depending on your favorite ingredients and taste.

Halo Halo is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which various boiled sweet beans and fruits are added.

Halo-halo also known as Mix-Mix, it is a very popular Filipino dessert.


2 tablespoon purple yam jam (haleyang ube)
2 tablespoon jackfruit (langka)
2 tablespoon saba bananas
2 tablespoon sweet potatoes (kamote)
2 tablespoon red mung beans
2 tablespoon young coconut (macapuno)
2 tablespoon gelatin (green or red or both)
250 ml evaporated milk
shaved ice to fill the glass

A scoop of your favorite ice-cream

2 tablespoon caramel custard (leche flan)

 How to Prepare:

Put all fruits and the sweet ingredients in a bowl in any order of your preference, followed by shaved ice, evaporated milk and scoop of ice cream.

Mix, eat and enjoy!

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