Archive for June, 2013

June 2013 Trivia Time

The 221-year old Panay Church in  Philippines

The 221-year old Panay Church in Philippines

  1. The largest bell in Asia hangs at the belfry of the 221-year old Panay Church in  Philippines. It is 7 feet in diameter and 7 feet in height, and weighs 10.4 tons. Its tolling can be heard as far as 8 km. away. It was casted from 70 sacks of coins donated by the townspeople as a manifestation of faith and thanksgiving.
  2. Mayonnaise is said to be the invention of the French chef of the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was defeating the British at Port Mahon, his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs. When the chef realized that there was no cream in the kitchen, he improvised, substituting olive oil for the cream. A new culinary masterpiece was born, and the chef named it “Mahonnaise” in honor of the Duke’s victory.
  3. X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.
  4. During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
  5. The cicada, a fly found in Africa, spends 17 years of its life sleeping: and is awake for only two weeks during which it mates and then dies.

Golf is a relatively easy sport that requires concentration and precision.  The object of golf is to hit the ball with a club and get the ball into the hole, in the least number of strokes.  Many people consider golf an easy game to learn, but not everyone is actually good at golf. Golf is played on a golf course, and the green area is known as the fairway. The typical course consists of 18 holes, although golfers can play a 9-hole course through twice to play a full game of 18 holes.


Ready to tee off

Ready to tee off

The modern game golf originated in 15th Century Scotland but the game’s ancient origins are unclear and much debated.  Some historians trace the sport back to the Roman game of paganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. One theory asserts that paganica spread throughout Europe as the Romans conquered most of the continent, during the first century BC, and eventually evolved into the modern game.  In Philippines, Golf is thought to have been introduced to Manila in 1886 by British people working for the Manila Railway Company. The Brits built a 3-hole course in paddy fields south of Intramuros, and by 1901 there was a 9-hole golf course next to the railway station. This was the beginning of the Manila Golf Club.  Then the Philippine Open was launched.  The Philippine Open was held in Caloocan from 1913 (natives were barred from taking part till 1928) to 1934 and the first winners were all amateur players.  The locals got a big break in 1929 when a kind-hearted American, whose identity, was unfortunately never recorded in local golf history, elected to sponsor Montes for the Philippine Open that year. Thus, Filipino Larry Montes, who honed his skills while caddying at Muni Links, became the first professional champion and his win triggered an event that was to become a milestone and changed the face of Philippine Golf.

Today, Philippines is one of the most popular golf destinations in the world because the 7,107 islands boasts of several world class golf courses where some of the international tournaments are held.  Anyone can tee off and enjoy golf hot-spots in the country with beautiful scenery, lush greens, and seaside resort venues. There are so many marvelous courses ; that many people debate as to which one should be on the top of the list because the country’s natural and scenic landscapes are complemented by world class courses designed by some of the top famous designers.  Each golf course provides an incomparable experience at a great price. Whether it’s the weather, the rate, the people, or of course the golf courses, you will have one of the best experiences in playing golf in Philippines.

One of the many scenic Golf courses of Philippines

One of the many scenic Golf courses of Philippines

Some of the Best Golf Clubs In The Philippines

1)       Santa Elena Golf Club

2)       Canlubang Golf & CC

3)       Riviera Golf and Country Club

4)       Sun Valley

5)       Tagaytay Highlands International Midlands course

6)       Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club

7)       Rancho Palos Verdes – Davao

8)       Splendido Taal Residential Golf & Country Club

9)       Camp John Hay

10)    Manila Southwoods

11)    Sherwood Hills

12)    Manila Golf & Country Club

13)    Fairways & Bluewater Golf & Country Club

14)    Apo Golf & Country Club

15)    Wack wack Golf & Country Club

Pinoy Corner

Si Dr. Jose Rizal ay ang pambansang bayani ng Pilipinas.  Sya ay ipanganak noong ika-19 ng Hunyo, 1861 ngunit sya ay namatay sa murang edad na 35 taon noong ika-30 ng Disyembre, 1896.  Bukod sa pagiging dakilang bayani, henyo, doktor,pintor, iskultor, manunulat, at iba pang mga natatanging talento at katalinuhan siya rin ay isang Pilipinong tunay nating maipagmamalaki sa buong mundo dahil sya ay nakibaka upang ang bansang Pilipinas ay maging malaya. Maliban dito, gaano nga ba natin kakilala ang ating pambansang bayani?

Dr. Jose Riza

Si Rizal ay ika-pito sa labin-isang mga anak nina Mr. & Mrs.  Francisco Engracio Rizal Mercado y Alejandro at Teodora Morales Alonso y Quintos.  Ang kanyang mga ninuno ay may lahing Intsik, Hapon, at Espanyol.  Siya ay nag-aral sa Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Ateneo Municipal de Manila, at University of Santo Tomas.  Bukod dito, lihim rin na pumunta si Rizal sa Epanya upang mag-aral ng medisina sa Universidad Central de Madrid.  Sya rin ay dumalo sa ilang mga medikal na pag-aaral at pananaliksik sa University of Paris at sa University of Heidelberg sa Germany.  Sa edad na 25 taong gulang, ginamit ni Rizal ang ophthalmoscope sa  Heidelberg kung saan ito rin ang kanyang ginamit para magamot ang mata ng kanyang ina.

Dr. Riza

Iilan sa mga paboritong pagkain ni Rizal ay pansit, mangga at lansones.  Kadalasan, ang kanyang almusal ay mainit na tsokolate, kanin at tuyo.   Sya ay mahilig din sa paksiw at sinigang.  Sya ay hindi umiinom ng alak at ang kanyang inuming tubig ay laging malamig at may kasamang yelo.


Si Rizal ay naugnay din hindi lamang sa iisa kungdi sa siyam na magagandang dilag.  Sila ay sina Segunda Katigbak, Leonor Valenzuela, Leonor Rivera, Consuelo Ortiga, O-Sei San, Gertrude Beckette, Nelly Boustead, Suzanne Jacoby, at ang pinakahuli at kanyang naging asawa ay si Josephine Bracken.  Sila ay nagkaroon ng isang anak.  Ang pangalan nito ay Francísco Rizal y Bracken.  Ngunit ang sanggol ay kaagad na nalagutan ng hininga iilang oras lamang matapos ipanganak.


Dahil sa kasong rebelyon, si Rizal ay itinakdang barilin sa pamamagitan ng Firing Squad noong December 30, 1896. Bago sya binaril ng mga sundalo, tinignan ng Heneral ang pulso ni Rizal at sya ay nagitla dahil ang pulso ni Rizal ay normal, walang kaba, walang takot sa araw na nakatakda.  Ang huling mga salita ni Rizal bago sya nalagutan ng hininga ay: “Consummatum est” (It is Finished).  Sya ay palihim na inilibing sa Paco Cemetery at walang marka o pangalan ang kanyang libingan.  Ang kanyang kapatid na si Narcisa ang syang naghanap ng kanyang huling hantungan, at ito’y nilagyan ng markang RPJ (kabaliktaran ng kanyang inisyal na JPR). Pagkamatay ni Rizal, si Josephine Bracken na kanyang asawa ay naging myembro rin ng rebolusyon.  Sa bandang huli, sya ay umalis papuntang Hong Kong, nakapag-asawang muli, at namatay sa sakit sa baga.


Bilang paggunita sa ating pambansang bayani,  ang ika-30 ng Disyembre ay naging isang opisyal na Public holiday sa bansa.  Merong ding mga bansa sa mundo kung saan merong mga monumentong itinayo para sa  kanyang karangalan. Matatagpuan ang mga ito sa Espanya, Japan, Wilhelmsfeld, Germany, China, USA, Hawaii, Mexico, Peru, Czech Republic,  Canada.

Dr. Jose Riza Statue

Itlog na Maalat or Salted Eggs

Itlog na Maalat or Salted Eggs

In Philippines, salted egg is a preserved food product made by soaking duck or chicken eggs in brine, or packing each egg in damp, salted charcoal. From the salt curing process, the salted duck eggs have a briny aroma, a very liquid egg white and a firm-textured, round yolk that is bright orange-red in colour.

Salted eggs are normally boiled before being peeled and eaten. They can be used as a condiment, as a garnish to other dishes,  and for fillings.  They are best enjoyed during breakfast along with fresh slices of onions, tomatoes, and steamed white rice.  The egg white has a sharp, salty taste while the orange red yolk is rich, fatty, and less salty which Filipinos enjoy very much.


6-duck eggs (chicken eggs optional)

1-cup sea salt

4-cups water

How to Prepare:

  1. Wash duck eggs with lukewarm water to remove any dirt.
  2. Pour 4-cups of water and 1-cup of sea salt into a small sauce pan. Heat salt and water mixture until the sea salt dissolves completely.  It is now called a brine.
  3. Set the brine aside until it has cooled down.
  4. Place eggs in container then pour the brine until it completely covers the eggs and seal air-tight.
  5. Keep container in a dark place like the corner of your cupboard and let it sit between 21 to 30 days.
  6. After the “incubation” period, remove the eggs from the brine and give them a quick wash under cold water.
  7. Then boil the eggs just like regular hard boiled eggs.
  8. Once the eggs are hard boiled, let them cool for a while before placing inside the refrigerator. Traditionally, Philippine commercial salted eggs are dyed red to distinguish the salted eggs from the regular eggs.
  9. Consume the salted eggs within 15 days of refrigeration.