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Month: May 2019

The Girl In A Straw Hat

Rolling hills,
Warm sun,
Trickling creek.
Such is the face,
Of the summer country.

White dress,
Slender arms,
Smiling face.
The girl gazes into the crystalline creek.

Her small fingers feel,
The cold running water,
Such a difference from the warm day.

It is sunny,
It is windy.
One couldn’t ask for more.
The girl hums happily,
As she dons her straw hat.

Small birds in the sky,
Dancing in the air.
She longs to join them,
But is content to watch.

Flowers swaying in the breeze,
As if they,
Are waving at her.
She waves back,

The sun reaches its zenith,
And it sees the world in full.
It sees a girl in a straw hat,
Lounging in the shade of a tree.
The girl sees the sun looking,
And waves.

Soon the sun must set,
And the girl must go on home.
But for now,
She is content,
To sit and live in the present,
And leave the future to the future.

by Justin Chan


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Mummification in the Philippines

Mummification was practiced in the Philippines until the arrival of the Spanish. The caves containing the mummies were untouched until the 19th century.[1]

The heat and humidity of the islands made mummification difficult to perform in much of the Philippines. However, widespread practice of the mummification existed in Benguet and in the higher and cooler altitudes of the Cordilleras. Studying the mummies reveals information about the rituals, beliefs, and social structure of the tribes that practiced mummification. For instance, mummification was intended for leaders and individuals that are from the higher social ranks of the tribe.[2]

Often the practice in the north of the Philippines is to mummify the corpses of family members and store them in special tombs (wooden huts on stilts) protected from access of rodents in the households. Mummies are regularly preserved, among other things, the clothes in which the mummified bodies are wrapped are changed. The opening of the family tomb takes place after performing a special cermony combined with a victim in the form of chicken. The shamans prepare a special mixture of their blood, in order to connect with the spirits of the mummified dead family members. The appearance of chicken guts determines whether a tomb can be opened.

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Your Heart for Children

The charity action “Your Heart for Children from the Philippines” is a great initiative of Dariusz Metel with the support of Artur Sokołowski and many other participants. The Filipino Kids received a lot of presents, a completely new library and cool books. The opening ceremony of the library took place on the island of Siargao on May 3, 2019. During the ceremony there were sports competitions and handing over gifts brought to the Filipino Children.

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Cock Fight

A cockfight is a blood sport between two cocks, or gamecocks, held in a ring called a cockpit. The history of raising fowl for fighting goes back 6,000 years. The first documented use of the word gamecock, denoting use of the cock as to a “game”, a sport, pastime or entertainment, was recorded in 1634,[1] after the term “cock of the game” used by George Wilson, in the earliest known book on the sport of cockfighting in The Commendation of Cocks and Cock Fighting in 1607. But it was during Magellan’s voyage of discovery of the Philippines in 1521 when modern cockfighting was first witnessed and documented by Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan’s chronicler, in the kingdom of Taytay (Wikipedia).

Cockfighting in Philippines, locally termed Sabong, is a popular pastime in the Philippines, where both illegal and legal cockfights occur. Legal cockfights are held in cockpits every week, whilst illegal ones, called tupada or tigbakay, are held in secluded cockpits where authorities cannot raid them. In both types, knives or gaffs are used. There are two kinds of knives used in Philippine cockfighting: single-edged blades (used in derbies) and double-edged blades; lengths of knives also vary. All knives are attached on the left leg of the bird, but depending on agreement between owners, blades can be attached on the right or even on both legs. Sabong and illegal tupada, are judged by a referee called sentensyador or koyme, whose verdict is final and not subject to any appeal.[43] Bets are usually taken by the kristo, so named because of his outstretched hands when calling out wagers from the audience and skillfully doing so purely from memory (Wikipedia).

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Crucifixion in the Philippines is a devotional practice held every Good Friday, and is part of the local observance of Holy Week.

Devotees or penitents called magdarame in Kapampangan are willingly crucified in imitation of Jesus Christ‘s suffering and death, while related practices include carrying wooden crosses, crawling on rough pavement, and self-flagellation. Penitents considered these acts to be mortification of the flesh, and undertake these to ask forgiveness for sins, to fulfil a panatà (Filipino, “vow”), or to express gratitude for favours granted.

The crucifixion practiced by Filipinos is preceded by the ritual of self-whipping. On Friday, the streets of many Filipino cities are full of flagellallants heading towards the places where the volunteers are crucified.


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The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands. The Philippines’ location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the country prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. The Philippines is the world’s fifth-largest island country with an area of 300,000 km2 (120,000 sq mi). As of 2015, it had a population of at least 100 million.

The country’s rich biodiversity is one of the main tourist attractions with its beaches, mountains, rainforests, islands and diving spots among the most popular tourist destinations. As an archipelago consisting of about 7,500 islands, the Philippines has numerous beaches, caves and other rock formations. Boracay has glaring white sand beaches and was named as the best island in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2012.[486] The Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, the historic town of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Magellan’s Cross in Cebu and the Tubbataha Reef in Visayas are other highlights. [Wikipedia]

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The island of Bohol in the Philippines’ central Visayas region runs at a slower pace, and it’s a destination that showcases the country’s natural beauty. One of the most unique natural wonders on the island is the Chocolate Hills in Carmen. This UNESCO-protected site is a collection of 1,200 geological formations that turn brown in the dry season, resembling a landscape of chocolate candy kisses. Bohol is home to a family-owned sanctuary for the tiny Tarsier primate, known for its large engaging eyes. For a small fee, you can take an intimate walk through the grounds and stand inches away from the small nocturnal mammal. The showcase of Bohol is the beach.

One of the most unique experiences you can have in the Philippines is in the northern tribal region in Sagada. Nestled in the rugged and remote Cordillera Mountains are tribes that embrace the occasional visitor. This area is a paradise for the advanced outdoor enthusiast. The steep mountains and high elevation enhance the thrill and skill level required for outdoor adventure. One of the best places to visit in this region of the Philippines is the hanging coffins that hide deep in the mountains. It is best to connect with a local guide to take you to this incredible site because this is not a tourist area, but rather an authentic tribal region hiding an experience worthy of bragging rights.

Siargao is the small island, which is big with experiences, from sought-after surfing waves to unusual rock formations and stunning waterfalls. Surfing is what Siargao is most known for. The famous Cloud 9 break is here, but there are many coastline spots that bring in large waves.

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Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France in the Caribbean. It consists of six inhabited islands, Basse-TerreGrande-TerreMarie-GalanteLa Désirade, and the Îles des Saintes, as well as many uninhabited islands and outcroppings.

Like the other overseas departments, it is an integral part of France. As a constituent territory of the European Union and the Eurozone, the euro is its official currency and any European Union citizen is free to settle and work there indefinitely. As an overseas department, however, it is not part of the Schengen Area. The official language is FrenchAntillean Creole is also spoken.



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