As seen on the November 2019 issue of The Philippine Sentinel Probably influenced by the Chinese, many Filipinos continue to believe incertain practices that those living in western countries would considerridiculous. They have one for every event and even for our daily lives, especially during the observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day […]
Category: Philippine Culture
PAN DE SAL, The Philippine National Bread
by Neria Nidea-Soliman as seen on the June 2019 issue In commemoration of our forthcoming Philippine Independence Day Celebration on June 2019, I am most obliged to write about our most popular and most loved Pinoy Pan De Sal which is also called Pan de sal Almusal or Agahan (breakfast bread). To our Filipino Spanish […]
Christmas in the Philippines
Mostly Catholics, Filipinos start attending a series of Eucharistic celebrations on December 16. This dawn mass is called ‘Simbang Gabi’ (night worship) as it is still dark when most churches open for Catholics to attend mass.
Philippine Christmas Festival
The Philippines is probably the only country in the world that celebrates the yuletide season as early as September.
Tagalog Assn hosts Balagtasan in Sydney
Tagalog Association of Australia President Danny Peralta presents a Plaque of Appreciation to Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali for gracing the occasion during the Balagtasan held at the Hub in Mt. Druitt NSW on Saturday, August 25.
UST Singers sing of Hope and Joy
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 […]
Do you speak English or Taglish? by Nostradino
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.
Trimmings or traditions: What makes a Filipino wedding by Sabrina Cortez
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 […]
Some politicians are like balut by Perry Diaz in PerryScope
“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 […]
New Year is Where the Heart is by Sabrina Cortez
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.
Balagtasan draws laughter and admiration
Traditionally, “balagtasan” is a debate among Tagalog speaking poets. It is a Filipino poetry debate named after Francisco Balagtas. It is characterised by rhythmic verses measured in equal number of syllables. In celebration of Tagalog as the Philippine National Language, the Tagalog Association of Australia (TAA) headed by its president Danny Peralta staged its second […]
Corruption in the Philippines: demand or offer?
“Extortion by government officials would be a lot less of a problem if we stopped making it so easy for them.”