The Power of 3 equals: Mouth-Watering WATWAT

    1. Firewood: Using this to cook watwat is a well-known  Igorot practice that 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 the above. … Continue reading The Power of 3 equals: Mouth-Watering WATWAT

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We call it ‘TOP-LOAD’

TOP-LOAD: Once a way of life, always a ride of YOUR life. Have you ever done it? Years ago, the transportation plying the route of the remote areas of Benguet to Baguio City was quite limited that when seats were full, 'top-loading', as the locals called it, became an alternative. I could still remember the sound of my fellow … Continue reading We call it ‘TOP-LOAD’

Every Snapshot has a Story: The ‘Welcome’ Sign

'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

Every Snapshot has a Story: The Little House “Ed Dumang”

'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”

Every Snapshot has a Story: A Bridge Over Kapangan Water

Ask the locals and the existence of this hanging footbridge is common knowledge. Not for me. I've been down this route many times before but I consider the bridge as one of my recent discoveries. Yes. Pathetic. That's one proof of how I have missed a lot on my travels to Kapangan, Benguet. My defense, … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: A Bridge Over Kapangan Water

Healthy Eating in Kapangan: The ‘Lukto’ (sweet potato)

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)

Healthy Eating in Kapangan: The Star Apple

In my hometown of Balakbak, Kapangan, Benguet, here is something that continues to grow in abundance. The star apple. As one story goes: Some menfolk from Kapangan were on board a Manila-bound bus. At a stop-over, a street vendor entered the bus shouting,"Caimito! Bili na kayo ng caimito!" (Caimito! Buy caimito!). One of the men saw and realized what … Continue reading Healthy Eating in Kapangan: The Star Apple