1. Firewood. Using this to cook watwat is a well-known Igorot practice and that it must not be shunned. It has been said that there is a certain delightful taste emitted by any food cooked with firewood. Hence, there is no other way to bring out the best flavour of ‘the watwat' but to use … Continue reading The Power of 3 equals: Mouth-Watering WATWAT
'Welcome' signs are iconic. Some are simple, yet exude an idea or two about a place. Whenever I see them on my long travels, exhaustion turns into relief. I feel safe and secure. Not only do these 'welcome' signs provide me with the comfort of knowing where I am but also the confidence that I … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The ‘Welcome’ Sign
'Ed Dumang' (Kankanaey of 'down below') Trekking down a kilometer or two away from the main village and the main road, while having to pass through a dense forest; that's how I remember the travel to this little house "ed dumang". Here lived my grandparents who passed away twenty years or so ago. My fondest … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The Little House “Ed Dumang”
My cousins and I were reunited after a few years of being apart and we went back to our beloved hometown of Balakbak, Kapangan, Benguet. One morning, as we wondered what to eat for breakfast, one of the girls suggested, with a tinge of longing in her voice, "Why don't we have kamote? We used to … Continue reading Healthy Eating in Kapangan: The ‘Lukto’ (sweet potato)
A part of my hometown's history
I write about a cultural tradition which is important to be a part of. It's never too late to attempt to be there.