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Kare-Kare peanut-beef stew

Holiday Eats: Kare-Kare

Kare-kare is another favorite dish in most Filipino households. It is considered an everyday dish but it is so well-loved that it also merited a place on the esteemed Christmas table. Kare-kare is an oxtail peanut stew often eaten with shrimp paste as a condiment. There are many ways to cook this dish but for […]

Filipino Christmas: SM City Davao

Scenes of the Filipino Christmas

It’s just a few days before Christmas! Have you wrapped those presents yet? Christmas is all about giving: giving presents to ones we love and giving back to the community. Giving does not have to mean wrapping material presents and handing them out, giving is also wrapping our family with love. Christmas is indeed the […]

Monito Monita Christmas gifts

Monito Monita: The Filipino Secret Santa

Christmastime is a time for giving gifts! We give and receive presents more freely during the season because everyone is feeling a bit more generous. If you’re spending Christmas in the Philippines, be prepared to participate in group gift exchange called Monito Monita. Though Christmas is centered on children, the spirit of gift giving is not […]

Bantayan Island, a virgin island hours away from Cebu City

Holiday Destination: Cebu City

Known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu offers a perfect marriage between the old and the new. It is home to the oldest street in the country, Calle Colon and the oldest religious icon brought to the Philippines by the Spaniards, the statue of Sto. Nino de Cebu housed in the Basilica Minore […]

Crispy Pata

Holiday Eats: Crispy Pata

Lechon is perhaps the most festive of all Filipino dishes! But for people who don’t have access to lechon or find it beyond their budget, crispy pata is a great alternative. Just like the equally tasty lechon kawali, crispy pata has the same crunchy pork skin and flavorful meat, only the former is made from […]

SM Lanang Premier longest Christmas in the world

The Longest Christmas in the World

Filipinos are proud to claim that they have the longest Christmas in the world. With the beginning of the months ending in ‘ber’, mothers start rummaging through boxes for Christmas trees, twinkling lights, angel figurines and all sorts of Christmas knickknacks. Carols begin to play on the radio, and pipe-in music in shopping malls play […]

Metro Manila Skyline

Holiday Destinations: Metro Manila

Bright lights, big city. Manila is a destination for the modern globe trotter! Especially those who want to experience the sights and sounds of the Filipino Christmas without traveling too far from the comforts of an ultra-modern city. Manila is a melting pot of different cultures not just from all over the Philippines but from […]

lumpia

Holiday Eats: Lumpiang Shanghai

Christmas dinner and Noche Buena is not quite complete without lumpiang shanghai. Or at least that’s the case for our family. There’s something about the crunch of that first bite into the juicy goodness of lumpia that makes one delighted and unable to resist reaching out for one more roll. Lumpia is probably not originally […]

Christmas-lantern

Parol: The Filipino Christmas Lantern

The Filipino version of the Christmas lantern is called a parol. The traditional lantern is a five-point star made from a frame of bamboo sticks covered with colored Japanese paper or cellophane. Originally, a lighted candle is placed in the middle of a parol to provide light during nighttime but due to fire accidents, led lights […]

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