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Manokan Country, Chicken Inasal Like Nowhere Else

Posted by Andrea L. Si on January 22, 2012 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (1)

 There are restaurants and restaurants in Bacolod but those who know will include in their itinerary, a meal in Manokan Country. "Manok" is Ilonggo for Chicken and Manokan Country is a row of 18 or so stalls that have one specialty, Chicken Inasal, Barbecued Chicken on a stick. A number of finicky relatives and friends will prefer Chicken House or Chicken Deli, which appear to be more civilized and more sanitary. But nothing beats Manokan inasal for flavor and juiciness. This is not...

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Sugarcane Juice for Health and Energy

Posted by andrea lizares on November 26, 2010 at 8:52 AM Comments comments (6)

One of the treats that my Chinese husband looks forward to when we're anywhere near Ongpin is a refreshing ice-cold glass of sugarcane juice. Freshly squeezed cane juice is a very popular drink in India, China, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and other places where sugarcane is grown. Fresh cane juice is even available in Great Britain, which doesn't produce sugarcane at all. Given this healthy juice's demand in other countries, it is sad that most Negrenses have not tried sugarcan...

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The Queen's Other Ancestral Homes

Posted by andrea lizares on November 21, 2010 at 7:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Fascinating Stairwell

Three of the Queen's ancestral houses are open to the public as lifestyle museums. The home that offers the most fascinating and the most infor...

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Falling in Love With the Queen.

Posted by andrea lizares on November 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM Comments comments (0)

Silay City used to be this sleepy little town that progress forgot. The huge San Diego Pro-Cathedral was an apparition straight out of Italy but Silay City Hall right next to it was as rundown as the city hall of a small town could be. Before Silay discovered itself again, the only things interesting about the city were 1. El Ideal, the 1920s bakery where banadas, broas, and and other Panaderia de Molo type baked products were always a treat, and 2. the big family names that call Silay home...

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Negros With a Twist of Sugar

Posted by andrea lizares on September 27, 2010 at 5:36 AM Comments comments (0)

If anything distinguishes the island of Negros from others, it is the lifestyle that evolved out of the sugar plantations that created the province’s wealth. However, to see the 4th largest island of the Philippines only as Sugarlandia is to completely miss the point.

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Mambukal Mountain Resort

Posted by andrea lizares on September 18, 2010 at 12:49 AM Comments comments (2)

Mambukal Mountain Resort, about 35 kilometers of Bacolod, is a 23.6 hectare resort that serves as a gateway to Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park and is the recommended one stop destination for nature-lovers who visit Negros. The rustle of leaves and the magical sound of rushing or falling water are everywhere as Mambukal is forest area with 7 waterfalls, a mountain stream running through it, hot sulfur springs, and of course, the requisite swimming pools. Operated by the provincial government, Mambu...

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Lent and the Religious Psychology of the Filipino

Posted by andrea lizares on August 19, 2010 at 2:17 PM Comments comments (0)

For fundamentalist Protestants, one of the most horrifying (if not the most horrifying) seasons of the year in Catholic Philippines is Lent. Christmas they can live with as there is nothing excessively idolatrous or fanatically superstitious in our Christmas celebrations. But Lent in the Philippines revolts every thinking Protestant fundamentalist who believes in salvation by faith alone, without any kind of human contribution by way of good-works or sacrifice and penance.

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Balay ni Tana Dicang

Posted by andrea lizares on August 19, 2010 at 5:28 AM Comments comments (0)

It is sugar which distinguishes Negros Occidental from other provinces, therefore no visit to Negros is complete without exposure to the lifestyle and culture that evolved because of the sugar industry. This makes a visit to at least one ancestral house a "must do" and of the houses that have opened their doors to the public, there is none as well preserved and evocative of the early years of the sugar industry as the Balay ni Tana Dicang in Talisay.

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The Lizareses of Negros

Posted by andrea lizares on August 10, 2010 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (6)

To hold a wedding reception in Palmas del Mar or to make Palmas your home while in Bacolod is to experience a little of how it is to be the guest of one of the sugar industry's most prestigious families. The Lizareses are a laid-back clan but the family's modesty (at least by Negrense standards) is not necessarily an indication of how the family's wealth compares to others. The Lizareses just seem to have ...

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