Pinoy ako, Pinoy tayo (In English, 'Filipino me, Filipino us!')

By Rica Peralejo

Posted at Oct 21 2010 04:58 PM | Updated as of Oct 22 2010 07:30 PM

(Writer's note: Title translation is not a correct, grammatical translation, rather a non-serious, colloquial, jovial way of how Pinoys usually literally translate Tagalog to English. I did this to add the unique Pinoy flavor to the article. Proper translation would be: I am Filipino, We are Filipino!)

MANILA, Philippines - Being Pinoy is great. I don’t know, but maybe it’s the regional aspect of this country that appeals to my endless curiosity and preference for variety. Isn’t it amazing to think that we actually have more than 7,000 islands? Just imagine the biodiversity and peculiarities of each district. And the best part for me is that one does not even have to travel halfway around the globe to experience such a rich variety of people, culture and natural world.

Pasalubong (In English: Souvenir?)

One of Umagang Kay Ganda’s (UKG) trusted financial experts is Mr. Francis Kong. But apart from the money advice he gives on the show, we also look forward to having him and his wife, Mrs. Lilia Kong, over in our dressing room where we could talk about random things like family, work and his trips within the country and abroad.

He recently went to Bacolod and it was surely nice of him to bring us some pasalubongs. He brought a boxful of Bacolod goodies like barquiron, butterscotch, caramel tart, biscocho, piaya and pastillas de manga, which, in a matter of minutes, all the hosts devoured.

The eating soon digressed to a small chat on the most famous chocolate cake from Bacolod, and we all agreed that Caleya must be it! So if you have the chance, say you’re visiting the Ilonggos today or anytime soon, go and ask them to give you a piece of heaven from their hometown. I also suggest that you don’t mind the calories for the moment because, trust me, it’s really worth it!

October is Indigenous Peoples’ Month

We also had a feature on the Dayaw Festival, which is NCCA’s (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) annual event, a month-long celebration of arts, rituals, and traditions of the Indigenous Peoples. Every October, NCCA brings in tribes and groups of people from all over the Philippines to Manila for 3 days in order to showcase and share their cultural roots.

They have ethnicities from as far as Benguet in Luzon to Davao del Sur in Mindanao. In the pictures, you’ll see little Kent (he’s sooo cute!!!) playing the little drum, and he comes all the way from Bukidnon. There is also Kuya Lucresio Sabino who plays the “harpa” (Bisaya for harp), and he is from Ati in Negros. The sound he makes with that instrument is heavenly. No wonder that the Bible makes mention of harps, along with tambourines, when they sing praises and worship the Lord. Actually, the music they make as a collective puts you in good spirits and moves you to do some sort of a “dance for joy.”

I think they’ll hold great shows. Good news for people from the provinces because, if I am not mistaken, they will hold the event in other places outside of Manila as well. So if you’re interested to know more about DAYAW: Buwan ng Katutubong Pilipino, you may call the following numbers: (632) 572-2192, (632) 527-2202, or simply go to their website:

Good prep!

With all the things that we did on the show today, I think I’m prepped real good for my upcoming trip to Zamboanga with my husband this coming weekend! To add, I even got a new Collezione shirt from Patrol ng Pilipino, famous for its ingenious embroidery of the Philippine map on their hip and cool collared shirts.

So let me finish writing this article now so I can research more about the must-see, popular, and historical places in the land of the Chavacanos. And lastly, if you have suggestions, if you wanna help me get the best Zamboanga experience ever, please don’t hesitate to leave me a message. I welcome all knowledge in my websites. Just look for my Fan Page on Facebook or mention me here:

Halina at tulungan akong maranasan ang ganda ng bansa at ng kapwa kong mga Pilipino! Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!