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)
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)
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
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