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BAYANIHAN – Filipinos’ Last and Only Hope in Beating the Odds of Times

Illegal drugs, criminality, corruption in the government – these are the evil things killing the Filipino people for many decades. The government and its armed forces alone are not enough to cure the bleeding wound of our generation. The hope of a better Philippines will come from us – the people.

As a Filipino, what really went wrong with us? Why are we living in this society full of hatred, bias, inequality, and divisiveness?


This blog is meant to uncover the truth behind a distinct Filipino culture that got hidden in the dark for decades - BAYANIHAN. I had been blogging for about a decade and I have shared a lot of the stories telling why Filipinos are divided in terms of political and religious beliefs, ignorant in the many aspects of the society, denied of our rights and privileges over many things, and betrayed by a few elites running the political and economic systems of the land. It could be only two things: we were being fooled yet we are not aware of it or we were fooling o…
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The Filipino Ways: Our Beliefs and Divisiveness (Part 2)

In a certain point of view, Filipinos beliefs and the differences between them, is what divides us as a society.


In the Philippines, you would be surprised if beliefs varies from towns to towns, cities to cities. While we speak a common language, the Pilipino or natively known as Tagalog, we still think in different dialects - about 180 of them. When one speaks in his tongue, it could mean different on the other tongue. Putting it another way, our wide mixes of dialects and languages is putting a barrier to our unity. The same goes true with ethnicity. Our manners and actions somehow differs from one another. With about 175 ethnic groups now blending together in major cities, there occurs misunderstandings. The ways of one could mean an insult to the other.

To the curious eyes, those truths are easily noticed. Filipinos themselves treat Mangyan, Aeta and Badjao people differently when they are in the city streets.

But those are just the numbered facts and visible to they eye reality …

The Filipino Ways: Stories of Our Lutong Bahay Foods (Part 1)

Hello! Welcome to the Philippines, the land of tasty menus, amazing recipes, and delicious meals. This is my country, the country of the Filipinos, and if its about food, it is something that we are so proud of.
In this post, I would share some stories, some origins, and some wonderful experiences of the foods I tasted here in the Philippines. Perhaps, many of you could have already tasted a lot of these foods and that's great. But let me try to discuss what's in these menus; what is it that makes Filipinos love to eat them at home, inside restaurants, at the park, in our office pantry, in our school canteens, and even inside our cars during road trips. Some of the trivia, you may not believe they're true.
Let's get started.

Lydia's Lechon Ms. Lydia de Roca and her husband Mr. Benigno de Roca started it all in the late 80's. With lechon or roast pig as the prime menu, Lydia expanded her restaurant and now includes "lutong bahay" or home-cooked dishes.…

A Time to Unwind for Filipinos Like Us at Charito Bag of Beans, Tagaytay - Part 2

Like you, yes YOU, searching via Google or TripAdvisor is always part of the game plan of going to places you admire the most. Indeed, people nowadays use the power of Online Search as well as Social Media in getting to know better the whereabouts, features, food, people and overall ambiance of a place - be it a resort, theme park, hotel, restaurant, foreign land, etc. And my wife Juliet of course did the most intensive search for the best restaurant-to-be in Tagaytay these days.
And guess what she’s found?



Welcome to Charito Bag of Beans Tagaytay!
Sumptuous breakfast, lunch or dinner, Charito Bag of Beans is the place to be. Well, it is not about being rich or poor. Everybody can be in a place where someone has been - don’t ever forget that statement. Cozy and pricey, it will not matter at all if you plan it ahead, save the right amount needed, and when the time comes, just treat everything as a reward to yourself.
At Charito Bag of Beans, the birthday girl and I celebrated our succes…

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