laundry therapy, musings, travel

blogging about pork at 35,000 feet above sea level

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channeling hannah espia’s awesome best picture at the cinemalaya this year, “transit”

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on the flight back to manila after enjoying a 4 day trip to cagayan de oro to celebrate my dad’s first death anniversary. purchased the cebu pacific promo fare ticket months ago with no assurance i would be able to use it. because of a film project and a vacay outside the philippines with the family early this year, i decided to work my ass off after may of 2013. God is indeed on my side as circumstances leaned towards my benefit this month and allowed me to actually fly off to mindanao. my return flight ticket was purchased a few months after, also on promo fare but this time with philippine airlines. it’s been a long while since ive flown with PAL, maybe in the late 90s. infernez to cebu pacific and despite its notorious record of delayed and overbooked flights, ive really had no problem flying with them to and from cdo. and the price of tickets is almost akin to what id spend for food and taxi fare combined as if i were in manila, hence i never think twice of flying every now and then.

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my mom with a grand-nephew and the simple buffet spread we are about to partake amen. mind you, that fish fillet is not cream dory (ugh), it’s malasugi (yellowfin tuna)!

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the lechon was amazing! everybody raves for cebu lechon but im sure lechons in cagayan de oro are just under the radar but equal, if not, superior in taste to their visayas counterpart. i was going through old picture albums at home and family events are never complete celebrations without a lechon; full, unchopped roasted pork with its crispy skin intact, salted ribs and sumptuous belly floss dripping with oil and fat, beautifully seasoned with lemon grass, peppercorns, laurel leaves and salt, awesome steaming meat that you pick and tear down with your fingers and eat with your hands. the tradition has not changed since we were kids. hence, i always look forward to the lechon whenever i fly back home, this time breaking off from a self-imposed diet of no rice, low sodium, low sugar, fat free meals. i couldnt resist the rice so i cheated with 4 tablespoons haha. kung sa bisaya pa, para dili damguhon.

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blowing the candles off my birthday lechon last year 2012

my adult life has been relatively carefree, food-wise, until my metabolism slowed down at 30 and i would easily build up the weight and the extra poundage packs in around the waist. i took the habit of avoiding softdrinks at age 25, then commercial juices and iced teas at age 30. my relationship with rice is an on-off thing, most of the time shifting from white to brown rice, then to black rice then nothing. we also ate pork less, even gave up bagnet, chicharon, and eating at grill queen. i do feel healthier but this last weekend i gave in to tradition and feasted on the main course of party buffets in most pinoy homes. i also gave in to coke, finishing 3 bottles of sakto, and my 4 subo of rice (ate with my hands, diba?)

that’s my childhood tradition right here. this is how you eat lechon, circa june 2013.  serve it whole then watch it zombiefied. this one is stuffed with prawns. once the ribs are ripped out, we see these gorgeous ocean suckers peeking out of the cave within.  im allergic to shrimps so i popped some claritins and im free.

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planning my next rendezvous with a lechon. december? october? if God knows, God knows 😉 to order this amazing lechon in cagayan de oro, contact coycoy’s lechon at 0917-721-9499, look for au 😉 inquire about having your lechons stuffed with whole chickens or shrimps. you could also ask about dinuguan or papaitan prepared with the innards and blood of your piggie. or just ask for it fresh and make you own isaw. ooh.

food trip, musings

chorizo love

Everybody who knows me well enough know i go bonkers over the chorizo from cdo. i remember this from my childhood when having chicken a’la carte in cogon market, usually eaten with puso (rice in a woven palm leaves bag).  Sweet and best grilled over hot coals, cousin ygan has since been serving this chorizo in his bbq spot in nacalaban st.  cagayan de oro.

Probably unknown to him, he was mentioned in an article on street fare by food magazine in nov 2008. Im posting the scan below. three cheers to bbq’ed chorizo and to cagayan de oro! wohoo!  🙂

ygan diaz’s bbq is an a’la carte dining eatery located at 29 nacalaban st, cagayan de oro, near the cagayan medical center. they usually open around 5pm until a little after midnight. aside from my favorite chorizo, they also serve grilled chicken, fish and a lot more.  beside the bbq place is mandex bar. more on that in another post  🙂


remember remember the 5th of november

1. Student number?
1995-41759 hahaha

2. College?
Fine Arts.

3. Course?
BFA Visual Communication.

4. Nag-shift ka ba o na-kickout?
shift. originally enrolled at the college of home economics (what?) before shifting to architecture before shifting and finishing in fine arts.

5. Saan ka kumuha ng UPCAT?
mindanao polytechnic state university, formerly dmpsc, in mindanao. took the test with about 70% of my classmates. only 3 eventually enrolled in UP, and me being the only one in the diliman campus.

6. Favorite GE subject?
hmm. that science course with prof ranjit rye or something. i dont remember the course, i remember his manner of lecturing. i thought he was pretty good

7. Favorite PE?
1st PE, skin diving. for the finals we headed to batangas to swim in the ocean. coolness

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8. Saan ka nag-aabang ng hot girls/guys sa UP?
never did. but i stayed behind the bulletin boards in the FC watching feet and shoes go by.

9. Favorite prof(s)
ARCH del castillo and Dean honny fernandez. FA hernando and eli. GE ranjit rye.

10. Pinaka-ayaw na GE subject.
math1. math11 1st take. math11 2nd take. math14 1st take. math 14 2nd take. math 14 3rd take. math531st take. math 53 2nd take. math53 3rd take. math 53lab 1st take. physics71 1st take. physics71 2nd take.

11. Kumuha ka ba ng Wed or Sat classes?
sometimes. wa choice

12. Nakapag-field trip ka ba?
yup.PI100 field trip to montalban and the smokey mountain

13. Naging CS ka na ba or US sa UP?
haha yes. CS and US

14. Ano ang Org/Frat/Soro mo?
upcam, upcym, cmsm, kagay-haan, rotc chorale, soul singers.


15. Saan ka tumatambay palagi?
CRL upcym. and FA

16. Dorm, Boarding house, o Bahay?
Bahay was a 5-10 minute ride away

17. Kung walang UPCAT test at malaya kang nakapili ng kurso mo sa UP, ano yun (Given ang mentality mo nung HS ka)?
architecture pa rin siguro

18. Sino ang pinaka-una mong nakilala sa UP?
marianne sy-quimsiam CHE. faisal alih ARCH. von layugan CFA

19. First play na napanood mo sa UP?
gawd, i dunno, sakurahime i guess

20. Name the 5 most conyo orgs in UP
AIESEC. that archi org on the 4th floor. UPIC. dont know any other or dont remember anymore

21. Name 5 of the coolest orgs/frats/soro in UP.

22. May frat/soro bang nag-recruit sa yo?

23. Saan ka madalas mag-lunch?
RODICS. baroque’s. Khas Food stop sa may swimming pool. CASAA. isaw and fishball

24. Masaya ba sa UP?
nirvana itetch

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25. Nakasama ka na ba sa rally?
unfortunately no. i envied gemini’s story of her close encounter with the fireman’s hose (literally i mean)

26. Ilang beses ka bumoto sa Student Council
i did my best/ but i guess my best wasnt good enough/

27. Name at least 5 leftist groups in UP
umm… University Council. LFS. anak bayan (meron ba sa UP?). la liga filipina (panahon pa to ni luna at rizal ah). up babaylan (ya right)

28. Pinangarap mo rin bang mag-laude nung freshman ka?
of course. the nearest i got to losing that was a 5.0 grade in math 11. and the nearest i got to getting a nod was a US (univ scholar) in fine arts. astig !

29. Kanino ka pinaka-patay sa UP?
wala naman. i didnt have to-die-for crushes haha

30. Kung di ka UP, anong school ka?
xavier university cagayan de oro. or cagayan de oro college (formerly COC, now CU) because it was the only school in cdo offering architecture back in 1995. i could have gone to cebu but that wasnt exactly the plan then. shet what could have happened if my lolo didnt drag me on the negros navigation to manila? hmmm..


more on motorcycle diaries

pictures of a picturesque journey

more images from my trip through mindanao last year between september to november. during that time i was able to visit san francisco, agusan del sur; surigao and siargao island, butuan city, davao city, general santos, marbel and surallah in south cotabato; lake sebu, south cotabato; zamboanga city and of course my home base cagayan de oro city.

fiesta girl
high school girl in full costume, street dance competition, zamboanga city.

yet again i was lucky to have been in zamboanga during their city fiesta (more popularly called fiesta pilar). that day i gemini and i met up with viejay, who brought with her an old friend, who is a photojournalist from the philippine star. he was cool about me tagging along while he takes pictures during the festivities. so come celebration, i was on the road too, snapping away and recording the street dance competition on video. had a blast, ive never gotten that close to taking photographs of strangers. quite an experience. the music from the drum and bugle corps still ring in my chest cavity 🙂

police barricade during the parade
police barricade during the parade, zamboanga city

everybody that day were in high spirits and the crowd were clamoring for pictures as well. here’s one unguarded moment from the men on guard hehehe

wakan weaver
yakan weaver, yakan village, zamboanga city

on my last day in zamboanga, the boat i was to take to general santos was delayed for hours (apparently somebody fell overboard in mid-sea, exciting, no?). so girlie saavedra and roland, my companion in the bookid, toured me around the city (on a tricycle–a three-wheeled motorcycle) for the last time. one of our stops was in the yakan village. i was able to buy a few souvenirs, including a bag whose weaver i met that day. this old lady was his grandmother i believe.

ancestral domain
marker of the ancestral domain in lake sebu

this you pass by when you go up the lake sebu. it marks the beginning of the area that is comprised of the CADC 003 and CADC 004, which were awarded to the t’boli and ubo tribes. despite the recognition, tenurial security remains a dream as issues and old skeletons continue to haunt these people. some of the their lands were forcibly taken from them. since the tribes people have no concept of securing land titles and canned goods, they have been deceived of friendship in exchange of land areas. migrants have populated most of the areas near the lake and the tribes people have evidently been pushed up the mountain. environmental concerns include the progressive encroachment into the watershed areas. moreover, concerns of the tribes not only include education on modern methods in land management but might need an overhaul of cultural traits and customs as well. if they lose that, then they wouldnt be so different from ourselves.

tilapia galore
grilled tilapia from the waters of lake sebu

during the fiesta in lake sebu, the city government organized a tilapia eat-all-you-can festival. tickets were sold at p100 and mygas, the tilapia! grilled, fried, boiled, stewed, drowned, you name it! it was the first time they did that and it’s something to look forward to every year.

gemini in siargao
gemini fernandez in cloud nine, siargao island.

to get around siargao, one still has to rent out a habal-habal (motorcycle). either that or you go around swimming. cloud nine is where you would find the biggest waves for surfing. and since we didnt know how to, we ended up just looking and taking pictures. siargao is a wonderful place, luv it!

siargao bridge
general luna, siargao island, surigao

gemini and i decided to take a short sidetrip to surigao from agusan en route to cagayan. it was an impromptu decision really. we arrived in surigao late in the evening and had to check in a lodging house prior to taking the first boat out to siargao the next day. we were also supposed to have stayed half a day only but the place was so inviting it was a shame to have traveled so many miles and not enjoy it. so we ended up renting a cottage and taking a few motorcycle trips around the place, swim in the blue waters and be in wonderful company and beer in the evening. and yes, they have internet on the island hehehe