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Golf in Philippines

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

May 2013 Trivia Time

1. Three of the worlds’ top ten largest malls are located in the Philippines; SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, 4.74 million sq ft, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City with an area of 4.67million sq ft and SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City with an area of 3.75 million sq ft.  SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall.

SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall

SM City NorthEdsa is the world’s 2nd largest mall

2. Philippines is considered the “text capital of the world.” Every day, 35 million mobile subscribers in the country are sending about 450 million short text messages (SMS). This is more than the total number of daily text messages sent in the United States and Europe together.

3. In parts of Germany and Poland, when a couple marries, guests break a whole lot of porcelain and leave it to the couple to clean up. They do this right in front of the bride’s home, usually the night before the wedding. It’s called “Polterabend” and it’s meant to symbolize the struggles the new couple will face as they build a home together, with an emphasis on working together through those struggles.
4. Lake Baikal in Russia is the deepest lake in the world, and holds as much water as all the five Great Lakes of the U.S. combined!
5. Philippines is considered to be the largest producer of coconuts.

5.	Philippines - Largest producer of coconuts

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Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century and since then they were employed for many reasons such as for transportrecreation, work, sport, shows, and for exercise.  The number of cycles is estimated at around one billion worldwide, twice as many as automobiles.  Persons engaged in cycling are referred to as “cyclists”, or “bicyclists”.  In USA, people use bikes for slimming and for burning down calories. Cycles are very popular in some countries like China, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, Japan & Norway because people use the bicycles for transportation needs on short trips as an alternative to automobilles, for going to work, transport of goods, and for recreation purposes.

Road side cycling

In Philippines, cycling is also called as biking.  Filipinos use cycles mainly for recreation, for exercise, for transport, and of course, for sports.  As a sport, the Filipino people love cycling and they organize local cycling events each year.  In 1955, The Le Tour de Filipinas was organized and won by Antonio Arzala, a Filipino cyclist.  It is a professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Luzon, Philippines held annually as part of the UCI Asia Tour, the first and only local road race sanctioned by the Swiss-based Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).



Le Tour De Filipinas is held in April every year.  While the course changes every year, the tour traditionally ends at Rizal Park, Manila. Its previous names included the Tour of Luzon, Marlboro Tour, Tour of CALABARZON, Tour Pilipinas and Padyak Pinoy, before carrying the current name. The 2013 edition of the race was won by Iranian cyclist, Ghader Mizbani held last April 13-16, 2013.  Mr. Bert Lina, considered as the messiah of Philippine cycling, conceived the Le Tour as a vehicle for sports tourism and welcomed international entries. It was also his way of upgrading the quality of cycling in the country and challenging Filipino riders to defend the home turf.


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Text Messaging

Bakit mahilig sa text ang mga Pinoy?  Bakit kaya tinaguraing text Capital of the world ang bansang Pilipinas?  Ang Text messaging o SMS ay isang napakalaking bagay sa mga Pilipino.  Ito ang pangunahing paraan upang magkaroon ng komunikasyon ang bawat isa sa napakamurang halaga lamang kumpara sa phone call at sympre pa, mas naipapadama ng mga texters ang kanilang saloobin sa pamamagitan ng mga letra na hindi nila kayang gawin kung personal na tatawag talaga.  Bukod sa matipid, ang text ay kaagad na nase-save sa sim card kung kaya’t ang mga mahahalagang mensahe ay tumatagal hangga’t hindi binubura ng texter.  Ang text ay malinaw na nakakarating kahit anumang klase ng panahon, kahit mahina ang signal, at kahit huli man dumating ay tyak na maipaparating ang mensahe sa pinapadalhan.  Buokod pa dito, ang iisang text ay pwedeng ipadala sa maraming tao o sa grupo sa napakamurang halaga lamang.

Ang SMS ay ginamit para sa promotional gimmick sa bansa noong taon 1995 ngunit agad na naging popular sa mga Pinoy.  Noong 1998, ang mga Telecom companies sa bansa ay naglunsad ng SMS service kung saan pwedeng magpadala ng mensahe ang mga subscribers ng libre lamang sa alinmang network sa bansa, ang mahalaga, meron kang cellphone, marunong kang magbasa at mag-compose ng mensahe.  Ang serbisyong ito ay naging isang napakalaking bagay sa sambayanan.  Dulot na rin ng kahirapan at sobrang mahal ng presyo ng lokal na tawag ang mga pinoy ay nagsimulang gamitin ang sms para sa araw araw na komunikasyon.  Sa kalaunan, ang mga Pilipino ay hindi na ginagamit ang kanilang mga cellphone sa pagtawag ngunit ito ay kanilang ginagamit sa pag-tetext.  Dahil sa dami ng nagpapalitan ng text sa buong bansa, nagkaroon ng bayad ang pagpapadala ng sms sa napakamurang halaga lamang.  Dahil sa text, ang mga mamamayan ay nakakausap at nakokontak ang kanilang mga kaibigan at mahal sa buhay sa alinmang panig ng bansa sa tulong ng sms.  Ika nga, ang sms ay bahagi na nang buhay Pilipino.

Messages sent per mobile subscriber per month

Messages sent per mobile subscriber per month

Ayon sa ulat, mahigit sa limang milyong pinoy ang nagkaroon ng cellphone noong 2001 at naging uso ang text sa bansa.  Noong 2009, mahigit sa 72 milyong pinoy ang merong celphone at mahigit sa 1.39 bilyong sms ang napapadala araw araw.  Dahil sa dami ng text messages ang ipinapadala araw araw, naging sikat ang Pilipinas bilang Text capital of the world mula 1990 hanggang sa pagpasok ng taong 2000.

Dahil sa pag-uso ng text o sms sa bansa, nagkaroon ng sariling paraan ng pag-tetext ang mga pinoy o ang tinatawag nating pinoy text codes na maiintindihan lamang ng mga kababayan.  Mapa english man o tagalog o bisaya na text ay kayang paliitin ng texter.  Naging uso ang ganitong paraan ng pag tetext upang masasabi lahat ng mensahe sa isang text lamang.  Ito ay upang makatipid sa pag-tetext lalo na at ang ordinaryong cellphone ay meron lamang 160 characters.  Kung kaya, kailangang maiksi ang mga salita, shortcut, at upang mapadali ang pagpadala ng mensahe.  Bukod sa pagtitipid, kailangang paliitin at putulin ang mga salita dahil napakahaba ang mga lokal na salitang pinoy.  Yan ang pinoy texters, napakagaling at mabilis pa sa kisapmata kung magpadala ng text kung kaya’t umabot ng isang bilyon ang mga napapadalang text araw araw sa buong bansa.  Ngunit minsan, nakakaloka at nakakairita dahil sa sobrang iksi ng mga salita ay hindi na kayang intindihin ang ibig sabihin ng ordinaryong mensahe, mas lalo na yong mga taong hindi sanay sa pinoy text ay mababaliw sa pagbabasa.

Pinoy Text Lingo

 Text Message – 3ow, mZtah n?

Tagalog & English (Taglish) – Hello, kumusta na?

English – Hello, how are you?


 Text Message –  wr u?

Tagalog – Nasaan ka?

English – Where are you?


Text Message – d2 mE haus

Tagalog & English (Taglish) – dito ako house

English – I am here in the house


Text Message – gus2 q m2log

Tagalog – Gusto ko matulog

English – I want to sleep

Nokia Text Message

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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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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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Trivia Time March 2013

  1. Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

    Fruit with the Highest Calories

  2. Dom Perignon is the name of the monk credited with making the discovery of the bubbled wine, now called champagne.
  3. The first birthday celebrations were pagan in nature. It was believed that on a person’s birthday he is susceptible to evil spirits so family and friends would gather around the birthday celebrator to protect him.They would give their happy thoughts and well wishes to ward off the evil spirits.
  4. Sunglasses were invented in China in 1200 to conceal the eyes of judges while sitting in court.
  5. A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.Diamonds


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An all time Filipino favorite, a Filipino adaptation of the famous Spanish dish that makes a satisfying one-pot meal.  Being the staple food of Filipinos, rice is cooked several ways and Arroz Valenciana is just one of the most favored because you don’t have to think of any other dishes to pair it with.  Arroz Valenciana is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s paella.  The Valenciana is basically stove-top cooking whereas, paella is more of baking and uses more seafood ingredients.

Arroz Valenciana is great for Christmas, Fiestas, weddings, birthdays, and available in restaurants in Philippines.  It’s a complete meal, and is healthy, too.  Recipes vary for each and every household and some people add shrimp, soda, or coconut milk as water substitute which enhances the taste of this dish.


Arroz Valenciana is fondly dubbed as Poor Man’s paella

A Filipino adaptation of the famous Spanish dish


  • 1 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1 1/2 cup glutinous rice (malagkit)
  • 1/4 kilo pork liver
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 kilo chicken
  • 1/2 kg pork loin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 small can green peas
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 pcs dried bayleaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns
  • salt to taste
  • Onion leaves


1. Boil the pork & chicken in 6 cups of water – with onions, bayleaf and peppercorns, add 1 teaspoon of salt

2. Once the pork & chicken are cooked, separate the stock and set aside

3. Slice pork and chicken to bite sizes

4. Mix glutinous rice with white rice then boil the rice mixture with 3 1/2 cups of pork & chicken stock. Stir once in a while to prevent burning

5. Fry Pork liver and set aside

6. Fry in hot oil, Saute garlic, and the remaining onions. Season with salt and pepper.  Add the cooked pork meat & chicken, bell pepper, green peas and simmer for a few minutes

7. Add the cooked rice mixture; blend well, then add the rest of the ingredients and combine lightly

8. Arrange on a platter and garnish with sliced hard-boiled eggs, strips of onion leaves

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Lungsod ng Maynila

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Ayon sa alamat, ang pangalang Maynila ay nanggaling sa salitang “may” at sa “nilad” na tumutukoy sa mga halamang tumutubo sa Ilog Pasig noon. Bukod pa dito ang lungsod ay tinawag din noon na Ginto (Land of gold). Ang pook na ito ay isang dating kaharian na pinamumunuan noon ni Raha Soliman at ang kanyang kaharian ay nakatirik sa tabing ilog. Subalit noong dumating ang mga Kastila, nagkaroon ng labanan at nanalo ang mga Kastila. Itinatag din ang lungsod ng Maynilad bilang punong lungsod hanggang sa pinalitan ito ng Maynila o ang tinatawag natin ngayong Manila.

Ang Kalakhang Maynila ay kilala bilang National Capital Region o NCR. Ang Lungsod ay mataong lugar na may bilang na mahigit 1.7 milyong katao maliban sa konting populasyon ng mga Intsik. Ang Tondo ang tinaguriang pinakamalaking slum area sa buong bansa na may kabuuang 259 na mga barangay. Ang Maynila ay ikalawa sa Lungsod Quezon na may pinakamadaming bilang ng populasyon at dating kabesera ng Pilipinas. Ito ang pinakapopular na destinasyon ng mga naninirahan sa probinsya at bukambibig ng bawat Pilipino.

Ang lungsod din and syang nangunguna sa listahan ng mga naghananap ng trabaho mula sa mga karatig probinsya kayat kung tutuusin, ang Maynila ay isang syudad kung saan matatagpuan ang lahat ng ethnic groups sa buong bansa. Maraming mga Pilipino mula sa ibat’ ibang probinsya ng Pilipinas ang nakikipagsapalaran sa lungsod ng Maynila upang maghanap ng mapapasukan at maghanapbuhay dahil na rin sa mataas na pasahod ang bigay ng mga kumpanya dito kumpara sa mga karatig na lungsod at sa kani kanilang mga probinysa at mas marami silang mapagpipilian.


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Ang Maynila ay puno ng mga atraksyon tulad Malacañang Palace, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Luneta Park, Manila Bay, Coconut Palace, Manila Ocean Park, Manila Zoo at iba pa. Dito rin matatagpuan ang Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas na siyang pinakamatandang unibersidad sa Pilipinas na itinayo noong 1611 ng mga prayleng Espanol. Ang Intramuros, na nasa Maynila, noon ang nag silbing “Mini-Spain” ng Pilipinas dahil lahat ng naninirahan doon ay pawang mga Kastila lamang. Dito matatagpuan ang St. Augustine Church na kung saan matatagpuan ang pinakaunang “bamboo organ”.

Ang Manila ay popular din sa dami ng mga shopping centers na matatagpuan kahit saang sulok, at tinagurian na ring One of the Best Shopping Destinations in Asia. Halimbawa ng mga popular na shopping centers ay SM Malls, Robinsons, Glorietta, Ayala Center, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenbelt, Divisoria, Baclaran,Tutuban at iba pa. Bawat taon, mahigit isang Milyong turista ang dumadayo sa Maynila para bisitahin at makita ang Intramuros, National Museum of the Philippines, Ermita, Rizal Park, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila Catthedral at iba pang mga magagandang pook.
Ang Lungsod ay napakagandang lugar at tiyak na malilibang ka sa dami ng mga pook na pwedeng puntahan na kakaiba at tunay ngang sariling atin. Maraming maipagmamalaking mga atraksyon sa buong mundo na tunay nga namang binabalik balikan ng mga dayuhan. Bukod sa magandang klima, magandang transportasyon, masasarap na pagkain, magagandang tanawin at mga aliwan, ang Lungsod ay binubuo ng tunay na sambayanang Pilipino na patuloy na nakikipagsapalaran sa pagsubok ng buhay, at sa kabila nito, napapanatili ang magandang kaugaliang Pilipino na hindi kayang pantayan ng ibang bansa.


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