Monday, 30 April 2012 03:15
â– STREET STYLE By Anita Santero
KYLE. Wearing summer spring Maxi dress paired with native brown hat and native shoulder bag
LARA. Yellow polo blouse on top paired with short high-waisted shorts and white t-strap sandals perfect for teenagers
AILEEN. Wears a soft textured summer blouse with bleach skinny jeans and black Nike shoes giving her a Chinese look
Elain. A simple look in her floral maxi dress.
A Korean wearing casual floral dress matched with native hat, black wedge, and black vintage sunglasses making her appear like a Barbie doll.
RISSA JOY AND GINA. White sleeveless blouse paired with blue jeans for Rissa Joy and sleeveless turtle neck floral top with blue jeans and wedge for Gina
The smiles of locals and foreigners are as sweet as the ripened mangoes during the 2012 Manggahan Festival.
Of course, your fashion correspondent here didn't let that special day end without having an exclusive look at the fashion sense of passersby.
Their outfits range from skirts, sundresses, shorts, the oh so sexy one shoulder look, summer tees, floral-printed shirts and blouses â€“ all these are really must haves this summer season.
If you don't have any of these, then you're not yet ready to battle with Mr. Sunny to enjoy the best of what summer offers. It's not yet too late. Go to the nearest boutique, department store, or ukay-ukay ang grab these items.
Show off that beauty in you. Happy summer everyone!*
Monday, 30 April 2012 03:15
â– By Nanette L. Guadalquiver
Binibining Ugyonan 2012 contestants
The 2012 Ugyonan Festival of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental celebrates four days of festivity from April 28 to May 1, with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Philippine National Red Cross Governor Juan Miguel Zubiri leading the special guests.
Binay will be the guest of honor during the fiesta highlight tomorrow, while Zubiri will crown the Binibining Ugyonan 2012 tonight, and lead the awarding ceremony (Gabi ng Parangal) for outstanding teachers both in the elementary and high school, outstanding tax payers, and outstanding Saraviahanons.
Ugyonan means "cooperation" in Hiligaynon. The festival was conceptualized to celebrate the Labor Day, which coincides with the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, the town's patron saint.
E.B. Magalona, also known for its blue crabs, is about a half hour drive north of Bacolod City.
"There are lots of fun in this year's Ugyonan," says Mayor David Albert Lacson of the festival's 23rd year.
The annual festivity started with the grand military and civic parade on Saturday and was followed by a grand opening salvo at the town's plaza.
Yesterday, the events are banca race at La Rosa del Mar Beach Resort, Albee Day, Tagisan ng Talino (Elementary Quiz Bee), DepEd Night, Search for Binibining Ugyonan-Talent Competition, and Celebrity Concert with band from Manila courtesy of Cong. Albee Benitez of the 3rd District of Negros Occidental.
On April 30, today, there will be a trisikad race, pigstival (dumog baboy), Adlaw sang Kabataan Dance Contest, Gabi ng Parangal , coronation pageant of 2012 Bb. Ugyonan, and Coca-Cola Night.
The May 1 celebration will start with a concelebrated mass to be officiated by Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra.
In the afternoon, The Ugyonan street dancing competition highlights the fiesta day.
This year's three Outstanding Saraviahanons are Dr. Romulo Rhoel Mogul, chief of Hospitals of the Provincial Government; Pastor Reynaldo Julleza of Bethany Baptist Church and Rev. Fr. Felomino Duaban Jr. , chaplain of Dona Juliana Heights Subdivision Parish and director of Domus Dei.
Six were also chosen as Outstanding Teachers both in the elementary and secondary levels.
Elementary teacher-awardees are Lolita Baliguat (Batea Primary School), Delia Gabriel (Jose D. Cuaycong Elementary School and Ardis Gustilo (Nanca Elementary Shool) while high school mentor-awardees include Diadema Hinayan and Femelyn Rosareal, both from EB Magalona National High School, and Celena Deoful from Tanza National School.*NLG
Europeans thrive in the diversity of their culture and thus have so much more to offer among themselves and to the world in the fields of music and the arts, poetry and literature, theater and cinema, fashion and textile design, dance, cuisine, painting, film, photography, languages, name it.
This summer, "Viva Europa" â€” the European Union's exciting, rich, distinctive and dynamic cultural showcase â€” went the rounds of Metro Manila venues opening last Saturday, April 21, with day-long festivities at the Instituto Cervantes, Spain's cultural arm, highlighted by the popular "Bersong EuroPinoy " (Filipino-European Poetry Recital).
Organizers noted that this year's recital paid homage to Philippine poet Sid Hildawa who died in 2008 and Wizlawa Szyumborska of Poland, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996, who died in February this year.
Viva Europa opened around the week of the universally-accepted death day, April 23, 1616, of two of Europe's and the world's greatest literary writers of all time: Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote de la Mancha)and William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) of Spain and England respectively, both EU member-States.
With this coincidence, and the much later death on the same date in 1850 of the American Henry Wordsworth Longfellow (The Arrow and the Song), the UNESCO was prompted to declare April 23 as "World Book and Copyright Day."
The EU poets whose creative works were recited by their respective diplomats were Maurice Careme of Belgium (The Cat and the Sun), Karel Hynek Macha of Czech Republic (May), Heinrich Heine of Germany (Belsazar), Antonio Machado of Spain (Self-Portrait), Primo Levi of Italy (If this is a Man), Mario Azzopardi of Malta (The God of Petards), and Hans Andreus of the Netherlands (Anders/Voor de dag).
Honored poets from the Philippines were Hildawa (Sick Leave), and those who read their own works: Alice Sun-Cua (Measured Space), John Iremil Teodoro (Sa Isang Harding Restawran sa Lungsod Baguio), Carlomar Arcangel (Nang Makita ko ang Iyong Libingan sa Malaka), and Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta (Naming Stars). Philippine participation in the recital aims at showcasing not only Tagalog poems but also those in the vernacular, including Ilokano and Cebuano.
Logically, the festivities at the Instituto Cervantes was on the theme, "Dia el Libro," when hundreds of literary works of selected Spanish-language writers - Cervantes himself, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Francisco de Quevedo, Tirso de Molina, even the Spanish version of the UK-based Booker Prize finalist, Penelope Fitzgerald's "The Bookshop" - were giveaways to winners in the day's various competitions like speed-drawing, spot photography, chain of poetry-reading and to the first-300 early arrivals.
In the "Book Day" celebrations unique to Spain, the early arrivals received long-stemmed fresh red roses. It symbolizes literary sophistication.
Roses were also given for every purchase of books, whether Spanish-language or not, from the various bookstores and individuals that participated at the Institute's book saleâ€”such as National Museum (P900 for reprints of Jose Rizal's final manuscripts of the "Noli" ands "Fili"), National Bookstore and Powerbooks, Goodwill, Ortigas Foundation, Anvil Publishing, La Solidaridad, and Benito Legarda.
In a demonstration of the Filipino's fascination with multilingualism, a rendition called "Chain of Poetry" allowed guests to recite poems of their choice that were delivered not only in English, Spanish and Filipino, but also in French, Japanese, and German.
One that stood out was the pairing of Ateneo de Manila University professor of philosophy John Carlo Uy and his student Nicole Villamor, who recited respectively the Chilean Pablo Neruda's "Muere Lentamente" in the original Spanish and then French.
Last year, the recital of European poetry by European diplomats and known Filipino writers was acknowledged by the National Commission on the Filipino Language for having put Filipino poetry parallel with the European poems and received the "Gawad Jaime C. De Veyra â€“ Natatanging Parangal."
The citation also appreciated Berso's "continued support and contribution to the awareness and growth of the Filipino language and literature, culture, and the arts."*PNA
Friday, 27 April 2012 03:15
â– MY SECRET CUPCAKES By Vic P. Militante
For an archipelagic country like ours which has over 7,000 islands, there are just a handful of national dishes found in the Philippines' common menu. These include adobo, lumpia, sinigang, bistek and lechon among others. In most cases, however, these are the same dishes which are being served to our guests on fiestas particularly during the months of April and May.
Paella, surely one of the most beloved of all Spanish dishes, is one of these fiesta fares. I get to eat this lovely dish since I was a kid. Eventually, I have come to realize that paellas are as varied as the cooks who make them. Of course, there are constants included in any interpretation of the paella: good broth, short grain rice, Spanish smoked paprika, and a paella pan - although a 13-inch skillet will work, too. Saffron, though traditional is not a crucial part of any paella.
Seafood paella (paella de marisco) is one of the three widely- known types of paella. The two others are paella valenciana and mixed paella (or paella mixta). Seafood paella, unlike the other versions replaces meat and snails with seafood like monkfish, squid, mussels. Tilapia and Sherry wine are perfect substitutes for Monkfish and white wine, respectively, and your paella remains as great.
Seafood paella is a great recipe for any gathering. It does not require long cooking and would be a great main course for any fiesta or for one of those special dinner parties with family and friends on these hot summer nights.
Vamos a comer.
1 cup regular-milled rice
1 cup glutinous "pilit" rice
1 cup tomato sauce
1 head garlic, minced
1 medium white onions, chopped
1 piece red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 piece green bell pepper, roughly chopped
200g pork, diced
2 pieces chicken breast, diced
Â¼ kilo mussels
2 pieces alimasag
Â¼ kilo squid
Â¼ cup green peas
3 cups broth (mixture of shrimps, chicken, alimasag)
Â¼ cup white wine
2t saffron thread
4T olive oil
Salt, pepper, MSG as needed
2 pieces hard boiled eggs
In a casserole, cook pork, chicken, alimasag, mussels and shrimps in a scant of water. Separate chicken, pork, shrimps, mussles and alimasag from its broth. Reserve broth.
Using olive oil, brown chicken and pork. Add red bell peppers, garlic, onions, squid, crabmeat and green peas. Splash with white wine and cook further.
Add the regular-milled and glutinous rice and mix thoroughly. Pour tomato sauce and blend.
For easier cooking, transfer the mixture into a rice cooker. Pour enough broth mixture to cook the rice. Add saffron threads. Season with salt, pepper, and MSG.
Once rice is cooked, transfer into a paellera or wok. Cover half of the mixture with aluminium foil and cook further to form a crust at the bottom. Mix chicken, shrimps, squid, crabmeat, mussels and alimasag into the mixture. Make sure to leave some for garnish.
Just before serving, garnish with sliced hard-boiled eggs and some parsley. Enjoy!*