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 travels, exhaustion turns into relief. Having a sense of the right direction, I feel safe and secure. Not only do these 'welcome' signs provide me with the comfort of knowing where I am, … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The ‘Welcome’ Sign

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Let’s Drink To That: The ‘Tapuey’ (Rice Wine)

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 sometime, underneath … Continue reading Let’s Drink To That: The ‘Tapuey’ (Rice Wine)

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

'Ed Dumang' (Kankanaey language 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 childhood … Continue reading Every Snapshot has a Story: The Little House “Ed Dumang”

A Bridge Over Untroubled 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, it's better … Continue reading A Bridge Over Untroubled 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 eat … 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 … Continue reading Healthy Eating in Kapangan: The Star Apple