Forget about the commercially prepared Igorot rice wine in a bottle, which seem to be the trend today. Think about those times when you've travelled to the 'ili' (hometown) to attend a family feast or simply, for a holiday. Do you still remember that 'kuli' (Kankanaey for clay jar) hidden or tucked for some time, … Continue reading Let’s Drink To That: The ‘Tapuey’ (Rice Wine)
'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)
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
Dakiwagan Mountain is like a mural on someone's wall. It appears to be keeping watch as the folks go about with their daily lives. Please read more about this hidden gem.Hometown Fortress
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