Whale Shark – A Friendly Creature

  The Philippines is visited by numerous international group of people these days. Besides the good food that it offers, the attractions have multiplied exponentially over the years. As a country that is composed of approximately 7,000 islands, you can just imagine how vast and countless the activities, natural sights and attractions must be. One…

Filipino Way Coffee

Filipinos are no strangers to coffee when it comes to breakfast, meetings, break time and merienda. No matter where we end up in this world, the smell of coffee brings us back to our roots even to our toddler years when that tantalizing aroma of coffee that our parents prepared used to wake us up…

The MILO Influence

Timeline of MILO influence in the Philippines: 1964 – Milo set its foot in the Philippines. It was introduced as a tonic food drink with a distinct choco malt taste. It became a vital part of Filipino household nutrition ever since. 1974 – MILO marathon was launched after a successful partnership with sports prior to…

Pork Humba

What Visayan Star is This?  Pork Humba Well, many would argue that Pork Humba’s origin is not Visayas. Some say that the first syllable of the word is derived from “humot” (a bisaya word meaning “sweet smelling”) and the second syllable is from “baboy” (a bisaya word meaning “pig” or “pork”). Others believe that the…

Halo-Halo Islands

As the hot weather in the Philippines stubbornly remain constant all year round, Filipinos are always cooling themselves down with all sorts of cold drinks, desserts and snacks. But there’s one Filipino dessert signature that tops it all. Halo-Halo (meaning – mixing of various things) is a dessert that certainly cools you down. Not only…

King of Fruits: DURIAN

A fruit that is controversial and exotic in many parts of Southeast Asia, Durian is known as the king of fruits due to its long list of health benefits and its unique smell and flavor.  Some people find the smell of this fruit offensive and yet some, pleasant.  It’s either you love it or hate…

Chicken Soup in a Rice Cooker

In almost every culture, chicken soup is always a part of a home menu. The ingredients used slightly vary from one culture to the other but the soup base is the same. Brands of chicken broth are conveniently available at any grocery stores which makes it easy for anyone to quickly make a nice pot…

Uniquely Filipino (KARE-KARE)

Just imagine a bowl of extra tender stewed beef oxtail, beef tripe, beef stew meat and a variety of vegetables in a thick peanut sauce and shrimp paste (bagoong) served on the side. Kare-Kare is one unique dish that is loved by Filipinos. The yellowish color of the dish comes from theatsuete oil which contributes…

Easter Sunday

Spirituality is embedded deeply in the hearts of Christian Filipinos. Each year, there are two religious Holidays that they celebrate – Christmas & Lent. As we are in the midst of Lent, Filipinos observe this season by praying, fasting, confessing and making commitments on how to live a better and Godly life. Discipline, such as…

It’s Chicken Tinola!

Not only is this dish healthy but it is also delicious and inexpensive. Chicken is usually used in this dish. Ginger, onions, native “sili” (chili) leaves, a small green papaya, garlic, fish sauce (“patis”) are the needed ingredients. It is easy and quick to prepare this delicious dish. The chicken is sautéed in oil with…