Monthly Archives: November 2011

Gat ANDRES BONIFACIO sa Baryang Sampung Piso (Andres Bonifacio in Ten Peso Coin)


This post is dedicated to one of Philippines great hero Andres Bonifacio who’s birthday is November 30.  The bust image of Andres Bonifacio can be found in the ten peso coin together with Apolinario Mabini, another Philippine hero.

Here are some facts about Andres Bonifacio:

REAL NAME: Andres Bonifacio y de Castro

BORN: November 30, 1863 in Tondo, Manila
The feast date of Saint Andrew the Apostle whom he was named.
He is the eldest of five children.

FATHER: Santiago Bonifacio, a tailor and a former “teniente mayor” of Tondo

MOTHER: Catalina de Castro, a worker at a cigarette factory

SPOUSE: Gregoria de Jesus (also a Philippine hero)
Gregoria de Jesus is his second wife whom he married on 1893.  They had a son but died in infancy.
He was first married to a certain Monica who died of leprosy.

DIED: May 10, 1897
Died from execution at Maragondon Cavite City at the age of 33

KNOWN FOR: Philippine Revolution

He joined Rizal’s La Liga Filipina an organization which called for political reform in the colonial government of the Philippines but was disbanded after Rizal’s arrest and deportation.

He founded the Katipunan on July 7, 1892.  Katipunan is “Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (“Highest and Most Respected Society of the Children of the Country).  A secret society seeking independence from Spain through armed revolt.  His pseudonym was “May Pag-asa” (There is Hope).

He is also considered by some Filipino historians to be the first President but he is not officially recognized.

EDUCATION: no formal schooling
He dropped out from school to support his siblings after his parents died

Sold canes and paper fans he made himself and made posters for business firms.

Worked as a “mandatorio” for the British trading firm Fleming and Company

Worked as a “bodeguero (warehouseman) for the German firm Fressel and Company

A part time actor in “moro-moro” plays


More details about Andres Bonifacio here


Summer kids, lollipops and a song


I took this photo one summer Sunday morning while doing a leisurely walk along the bay in a popular park in Manila.  The summer temperature is probably the reason why the mother of these kids let them play without shirts.  The innocence  in the faces of these shirtless kids with lollipops reminds me of a song from a Filipino folk/rock band “ASIN” titled “Masdan Mo ang Mga Bata”.  


Ikaw ba’y nalulungkot
Ikaw ba’y nag-iisa
Walang kaibigan
Walang kasama
Ikaw ba’y nalilito
Pag-iisip mo’y nagugulo
Sa buhay ng tao
Sa takbo ng buhay mo

Ikaw ba’y isang mayaman
O ika’y isang mahirap lang
Sino sa inyong dalawa
Ang mas nahihirapan

Masdan mo ang mga bata
Masdan mo ang mga bata
Ikaw ba’y walang nakikita
Sa takbo ng buhay nila

Masdan mo ang mga bata
Ang buhay ay hawak nila
Masdan mo ang mga bata
Ang sagot ay ‘yong makikita

Ikaw ba’y ang taong
Walang pakialam sa mundo
Ngunit ang katotohanan
Ikaw ma’y naguguluhan

Tayo ay naglalakbay
Habol natin ang buhay
Ngunit ang maging bata ba’y tulay
Tungo sa hanap nating buhay

Masdan mo ang mga bata
Ang aral sa kanila makukuha
Ano nga ba ang gagawin
Sa buhay na hindi naman sa atin

Itanong mo sa mga bata
Itanong mo sa mga bata
Ano ang kanilang nakikita
Sa buhay na hawak nila

Masdan mo ang mga bata
Sila ang tunay na pinagpala
Kaya dapat nating pahalagahan
Dapat din kayang kainggitan

Try to look in the eyes of a child and you will understand the message of this song whatever language you speak and whatever race you belong . 

All answers to life’s questions can be found in the eyes of a child.  They are the ones who hold the truth, they are the ones who are truly blessed.

Siling Labuyo (Chili Pepper)




Siling Labuyo or Chili Pepper (Scientific Name: Capsicum frutescens) is a common backyard plant in the Philippines especially in the province.  Its plant growing to a height of 0.8 to 1.5 meters only, thus the city people or those who doesn’t have a garden or extra lot can cultivate them in a flower pot.   The leaves (dahon ng sili) are known source of iron and calcium and Filipinos use them as vegetable and a popular ingredient to Filipino dishes such as “tinola” and “monggo”. 

The pepper fruit (sili) grows numerously per one stem and are in bright red when ripe.  It grows to 1.5 to 2.5 cm long.  Filipinos believe that the smaller and the brighter the red color of the pepper fruit is, the stronger the chili taste is.  Filipinos love to eat them raw like crushing them in vinegar sauce or mix them with other condiments or make them into chili sauce.  They also mix them in dishes especially with “ginataan” and to almost all kinds of appetizers.  They are most popular in the Bicol Region.

These photos are taken from my sister’s backyard in my provincial home.  My sister grows the Siling Labuyo plants along with the camote crops, malunggay, pandan and other backyard plants and harvest them for daily cooking use.  She said that she just threw some dried pepper to scatter the seeds in the backyard and the pepper plants grow by themselves.  The Siling Labuyo are just annual or short-lived perennial plants. The pungent smell of the Siling Labuyo can be smelled in the air while I’m taking these photos and my husband and son were picking the pepper berries.  We brought a bag of fresh Siling Labuyo to our city home and I made it into a chili sauce.  In the province you can ask a handful of siling labuyo for free from your neighbors where they grow in abundance.  In the city, a few grams of the Siling Labuyo costs around PhP10.00 (US$0.24).

Coin Bank from Dried Coconut Fruit

Digital image

These coin banks are made from coconut fruit usually from the rejected class or the ones that are fallen down from the tree.  They are naturally dried and hand curved into different (usually fun looking) figures.  The lot in this photo is patterned with the different faces of monkeys.  The coconut husk is designed as the hair and the coconut shell is the actual coin bank.  I took this photo from a souvenir shop in a house museum in Cavite City, Philippines  where they are being sold at PhP 30.00 – PhP50.00 per piece (US$0.71 – US$1.19). The white pieces of paper on top of the head of the figures are hand written price tags.  They can also be found from other souvenir shops in Manila but the price is more expensive.

Hello World and I mean it!

“I just have this simple thinking that whatever bit of good I share to the world will make the world a bit better to be in.”

Hello World! and I mean it because this is something for the world to see! 
Welcome to my blog presented in the simplest way. 

Apart from my loving to write, I also love taking photos about anything that I find amusing.  They are photos randomly taken from an ordinary camera, no professional photography applied,just simple whatever, anywhere, whenever photos.   cam These photos are filing up and it would be a waste if I just keep them along with the amusing thoughts I find in them.  So here I am sharing them with you through this photo blog.

The photos here are especially selected with the purpose of sharing with everyone the amusing yet simple things (or simple yet amusing things) about Filipinos and the Philippines.  While most informative media uses highly sophisticated tools in delivering their topics to capture the interest of their audience, I chose to deliver mine in a manner that I have always known and used to doing, simple and straightforward…the way how life should be.

“Pinoy” is an endearment term for “Filipino” and “Anik-Anik” is a Filipino/Tagalog word which means “ano-ano” made into a cutely slang sound thus the “anik-anik”.  Doubling a nickname or a word is one unique character Filipinos are known for.  Say, if your name is John you will be nicknamed “John-John” or if your name is Jen, you will be nicknamed “Jen-Jen”.

As unique as it sound “Anik-anik” has no exact English translation.  For Filipinos it simply means “everything” or “whatever” or a “mixture of everything and whatever”  Read along and be amused with the mixture of everything and whatever about Filipinos.

Green Mangoes from a Roving Vendor


These green mangoes are in abundance during the summer season in the Philippines specifically during the month of March.  They are crunchy and very sour and traditionally eaten with anything that is salty like shrimp paste (bagoong na alamang) or salt with lots of red hot pepper (siling labuyo).  Green mango is popularly known as a craving food for women who are in their  early stage of pregnancy (paglilihi), and also a popular appetizer served plainly or as a salad.

The  green mangoes in this photo are from a roving vendor who sells them in a crowded and very popular park in Manila.  Roving vendors carrying this scale-like basket in their shoulders  filled with fresh looking green mangoes are common sight in crowded places.   During the peak season these green mangoes are priced around PhP20.00 (US$0.48) –  PhP30.00 (US$0.71) per piece.  However during off season these green mangoes are priced much higher, from PhP50.00 (US$1.19) – PhP60.00 (US$1.43) per piece and can only be bought from high end supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

In this photo a used bottle with water can be seen beside the mangoes.  It is for the purpose of washing the peeled mango but it is seldom needed because the vendors are very expert in peeling the mango without their bare hands touching the peeled mango.  While being peeled the mango is inserted into a small plastic bag to avoid the vendor from touching the peeled mango.  The same plastic bag is given to the customer so he can carry along and eat the mango while strolling in the park.

Hotdog Pandesal

better than the ordinary hotdog bun

A better alternative to an ordinary hotdog bun.  It is baked in the ingredients of the breakfast pandesal (yeast-raised bread).  The bread crumbs are perfect to crunch along with the sandwich dressing.  Can be bought from any ordinary bakery in the neighborhood at PhP10.00/3pcs (US$0.24/3pcs).