Category Archive: Philippine Culture
Cultural Albinism: Erasing Our Concept of ‘Brown’ Beauty
We Filipinos are known for our brown skin because of our Malay blood that run in our veins. In fact, we proudly mention ‘lahing kayumanggi’ (brown race) with nationalistic fervor in our history books and Jose Rizal epitomizes everything Filipino. Even our concept of beauty that is Maria Clara is portrayed as the morena model of what a Filipina should be.
Spaghetti Surrender: A Pinoy’s Twist to Italian Cuisine
Spaghetti is an art form way back in Europe’s bootstrap country, what I mean is that Piedmontese spaghetti is way much different than the Bolognese. So how much more if this cuisine is transplanted to a country with anomalous background as ours? Its totally an enigma to me!
Inuman at Pulutan, A Filipino Love Affair
Its not known when Filipinos started to drink or the development of alcoholic beverages and a rich drinking culture for that matter. One thing is certain, when people started to congregate and socialized at the same time shared food and drink with each other, celebrated important occasions and provided a rite of passage for young boys then its how it all began.
About Stereotypes and Prejudices on Being Cebuano
Stereotypes and prejudices are brought up because certain groups tend to classify what is different from their own. And so Manilenos tend to classify themselves as different than their Cebuano counterparts. Of course ethnic groups view themselves better than any other ethnic groups. With this given fact, Cebuanos are not spared from such biases.
Adobo, A Short History of our National Dish
Adobo is definitely a Spanish cuisine that was refined by Filipinos and across decades and centuries, adobo has evolved from a simple food to a classic form of artwork. And today, foreigners have become converts to this Filipino dish.