off the beaten path in Caramoan, Bicol.
off the beaten path in Caramoan, Bicol.
a many moons ago, I went up North to the city of Vigan where we helped a friend with her Special Olympics event. her city is one of the few that was spared from destruction during the war and still has a large portion of it’s original buildings and has preserved a beautiful part of their culture.
Legazpi City, my host site, was not as hard hit as others were by the typhoon. This is not to lessen or take away the hardships and difficulties experienced by my community members, but we escaped relatively unhurt with zero casualties. The city of Tacloban, around 200km south of us was devastated.
One of the most incredible things about the Philippines, is the group mentality. One is not just one. Everyone is part of a unit. A part of a collective comprised of friends, family and community members. You are a part of everyone else, just as they are a part of you.
Families of grandmas, mothers, uncles and children live in the same house together. It is almost impossible to get children to work independently from a group. Everyone needs a kasama (a companion or partner).
Life is best enjoyed with others.
In the Philippines, you refer to others as your kuya or ate. These are your brothers and sisters, respectively. Kuya and ate however, extends well beyond your immediate family. They are your Filipino kin, unrelated by blood, yet still connected.
Last week, typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines. Thousands have been killed, are still missing or displaced. Houses have been destroyed. Communications shut down.
The physical effects on my community in Legazpi were minimal in comparison. The true effect on my community, was shown in their reactions. The hurt. The pain. The concern. The feeling of being powerless to help their fellow Filipinos.
Filipinos are incredibly resilient people- their actions and spirits radiate it. In the face of destruction, hardships, pain and sorrow, they still come together, stand tall, and unite. There is something truly special that connects us all. An immediate and instinctual move to action and to help.
Connected by blood or not, these are our kuyas, our ates, our adings, our titas, our titos. The strength of the Philippines has been shown, and proven time and time again. Yet, the Philippines still needs support. Please consider how you can help:
it’s the best when friends come down south for a visit.
Bagasbas Beach, Camarines Norte, Bicol.
The point is to get food into your mouth, and from your mouth into your belly. Right? Simple. Basic. Easy! But fancy schmancy society has told us that there are so called “rules” and “etiquette” to eating. No elbows on the table. Use a napkin. Slowly work your way from the inside out when using silverware. Who decided this? Why did we decide this? Homies just wanna EAT.
Luckily, Filipinos know how to erase that middleman that divides you from your food and know how to get down to what’s important.
Which is eating.
Let me introduce you to: the boodle fight.
Tired of all those wasted minutes cutting, slicing and separating while your food gets cold?!
**show black and white clip of a frustrated individual fumbling with silverware**
Tired of all that time spend on clean up?!
**cut to clip of soapy bubbles flying in the air, a faulty dishwasher door that won’t close and a frustrated individual balancing too many plates?**
Well, wait no longer! Introducing the BOODLE FIGHT!
**all black and white shots are now in a split screen where the actors simultaneously look at the camera listening in anticipation for the information!**
Lemme walk you through our unpatented step-by-step process:
Step 1: lay a banana leaf on the ground
Step 2: throw your rice in the middle
Step 3: scatter various ulam (food dishes) around the rice
Step 4: squat around the food
Step 5: everyone raise their hands and…ready…set…go
Step 6: grab AS MUCH rice as you can and AS MUCH ulam as you can. It won’t last forever, now! **chuckle**
Step 7: Using your hands, rip apart your food and create equal parts of rice to ulam to your liking. Squeeze/pack it together, now! And using your hands like a shovel, scoop up that food and feed yourself!
Step 8: grab more food before it is gone. Seriously. It is a race.
The boodle fight eliminates all of your eating woes!
1. You’re hungry? So is everyone else. If you’re really hungry, you will fight for your food. Survival of the fittest, baby!
2. Zero clean up! You just ate off a leaf. LEAF it, if you will (get it?!). You also just ate with your hands. No need to clean silverware! I suppose you can wash your hands if you’re into that kind of thing.
3. No need for manners. The name of the game is eating! One for one, and one for all the food you can get your hands on!
**all actors look at the screen**
Thanks boodle fight!
Alright. So that was a bit overdone and a bit embarrassing so bye.
Philippines necessity: hammock.