Archive for the Philippine Culture Category

They are the pride of the Filipino; the embodiment of the Filipino spirit — The University of Santo Tomas Singers will be touring Australia this month with performances in Melbourne and Sydney. The UST Singers, internationally-acclaimed and multi-awardees, will be performing in Sydney on 14 August 2016 at the Blacktown Workers Club, at 2pm. The show is proudly presented by the UST Alumni Association of Australia in cooperation with the Filipino Community Cooperative Ltd and FILCOS Bankstown. (more…)

Today, English is probably the most widely-spoken second language in most countries. Most authors and columnists write using the English language. At least three Philippine newspapers in Australia publish in English. Many radio announcers broadcast in English. International air traffic controllers communicate with pilots in English. (more…)

One of the fondest memories I have of my youth is watching my parents wedding video on VHS tape. It was a simple yet beautiful and traditional church wedding laced with white trimmings, with a pair of white doves. It celebrates all the special moments of my parent’s love. To this day, it holds a special place in my heart. (more…)

“Balut” is a popular delicacy in many Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines. In particular, the Philippines is arguably one country where people not only love balut, they live it!  Call it balut mentality or balut syndrome, eating balut is healthy for the body and mind. As many Filipino men would attest, it’s an aphrodisiac! The male balut lovers call them “macho food” because they’re believed to boost virility and libido. Yes, balut is indeed the Philippines’ “much loved delicacy.” (more…)

It is 12:00 midnight. Noise becomes deafening; church bells ring; city skies explode in gold, pink, green and blue as kids and families gape in awe. The animated banging and clanging of pots and pans increase; the karaoke stops for the one full minute — vehicle horns fill the air. (more…)