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Philippine Holiday: Labor Day

Labor (also spelled as Labour) Day or Araw ng Manggagawa is a public holiday celebrated in most countries worldwide in tribute to the workers, workers’ unions, and a time to remember their hard-fought rights. Also called or linked to the International Workers’ Day, it originated from the labour union movement, which fought for an eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. In the Philippines, we celebrate it on May 1, like most countries. Some countries, on the other hand, celebrate it on a different date significant to the labour movements that occurred in their country. Most workers usually enjoy a day of rest from work during this holiday. Sale or discounts also become available in malls and other stores, including online stores. If you’re working or living abroad, BayanMall.com can help with the stuff you want to send to your family and friends back in the Philippines.

Filipino workers and activists gather near the Malacañang presidential palace during a Labor Day rally in Manila, Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2011 to call for the immediate implementation of wage increase. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino workers and activists gather near the Malacañang presidential palace during a Labor Day rally in Manila, Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2011 to call for the immediate implementation of wage increase. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Unions use this day as well to organize demonstrations at Malacañang and other major cities in the country to get attention about their grievance issues as workers like demands on higher wages and benefits. In the Philippine history, the Union Obrera Democratica Filipina (Filipino Democratic Labor Union) held a rally of 100,000 people at Malacañang in demand of economic rights and Philippine independence on May 1, 1903 when we were still under the American rule. The Labor Code of the Philippines, the legal code governing employment practices and labor relations in the Philippines, was enacted on Labor Day of 1974 by then-President Ferdinand Marcos. In May 1, 2001, the EDSA 3 mass demonstration occurred near the palace aiming to remove then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and reinstate Joseph Estrada.

With this holiday, we pay tribute to all Filipino workers, may it be here and abroad. It is you who make this country move and progress. It is you who provide for the family. It is you who keep us alive. This Labor Day, we would like to express our gratitude to the talents, skills, effort, and time that you give for us. You are the warrior and hero in our lives. You also inspire us to keep going.

In December of 2014, Google Philippines released a touching video dedicated to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who can’t make it to be home for Christmas with their families and friends. In this video, we see muted clips of conversation between the Overseas Family Workers and their loved ones as a child is heard singing Basil Valdez’s “You” in the background. The video, entitled Miss Nothing, is part of their campaign of getting OFWs to use social media and the internet messaging to not miss significant moments and still be part of the lives of their loved ones back home despite the distance. While this may be focused on the OFWs, it still shows and pays tribute to the hard work of all Filipino workers, both here and abroad.

 

To the Filipino workers, mabuhay! BayanMall salutes you for everything that you do.

You think all Pinoy taxi drivers are unscrupulous? We’ll just leave this story here

Motoring Tales

If you live in Metro Manila and do even just a bit of commuting, then you know that we have some of the worst taxicab drivers in the world. Not only do many of them tend to be choosy when it comes to picking up passengers, a lot of them also overcharge whoever is lucky enough to get handpicked along their route. And let’s not even talk about those who rig their meters so that the fare gets significantly padded.

Even sadder and more alarming, recent news reports tell us that there are cabbies who have drug problems or anger-management issues. Little wonder that app-based transport services like Uber has soared in popularity in this country.

But every now and then, you’ll encounter a taxi driver with the kind of integrity our congressmen can only dream of. A guy named Rommel Lopezrecently met one such cabbie, and he tells this story (in italics):

Meet Mr. Eugenio Ventura, 63 years old, a taxi driver. I hailed him at the LRT Roosevelt Station to go to Mother Ignacia Avenue. Sabi niya: “Sir, pasok lang. Hindi ako namimili ng pasahero. Kahit saan kayo pupunta, ihahatid ko kayo.”

I thought he was just trying hard to be nice. But I was wrong. He wasn’t trying hard. He wasn’t even trying at all. Through that very short trip, I learned how happy he is for being a taxi driver and how he still drives for his youngest kid, who is a working student and is about to graduate in college. He said he is just doing his job as a taxi driver to be nice to his passengers, because “kayo ang pinanggagalingan ng aming kabuhayan.” It was sad to know that his operator had deducted something from his earnings (I wasn’t able to catch exactly what it was)–he ended up bringing home a meager P1,200 as his Christmas bonus.

When I reached my destination, the meter read P78.50. I gave him a P100 bill. I decided not to get the change, but he hurriedly gave me P20 and my receipt. I told him that he should keep it, and that it was my tip for him. He refused, saying that I deserved the change because it was the right thing to do. I told him: “Okay, yung P1.50 na lang ang tip ko. Huwag niyo nang tanggihan.” He smiled.

“Manong, may isa pa akong request,” I said. “Kunan ko kayo ng picture at i-share ko sa Facebook para malaman ng marami kung ano ang isang tunay na taxi driver na Pinoy.” He laughed so hard.

Don’t you wish all taxi drivers were like Mang Eugenio?

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Halloween Celebration And It’s History

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Halloween had just been celebrated by millions of people in different countries. I’m sure kids enjoy doing trick-or-treat activity. Somehow, it’s a good feeling to taste the juiciness or the sweetness of candies. It feels like being a kid again. For adults, they are busy dressing up costumes to be able to attend Halloween parties. If you are a parent, you are totally responsible in decorating and making a jack-o’-lanterns to make your house look creepy. If you consider yourself as a mischievous person, then it’s your day to make pranks and scared everyone. But don’t do it as much, you don’t want to kill a person through a heart attack. While others, observe this occasion by simply telling frightening stories and watching horror films.

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In spite of these activities, have you ask yourself what is Halloween? Where it came from? Most of all, why celebrate it? We all know that Halloween is celebrated on the evening of October 31st. Before, it was known as All Hallows’ Eve, Allhalloween, or All Saints’ Eve. When November 1 comes, all Christians honors all saints and martyrs. This started on Celtic tribe which Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe came from. The Celtic tribe commemorates the feast of Samhain, the lord of death. It is believed that Samhain assembles all the evil spirits who had died the previous year and allows them to return home to visit the living. To pacify the evil spirits, the living  offers food, nuts, or any treats so that they will not be tricked.

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We celebrate Halloween because it is fun to do so, especially for kids. Sometimes, it is good to dress up like monsters, zombies, vampires, witches, ghosts and creepy costume you imagined. It is also a good time to mingle with other people. Plus, it is a good way to show your generosity in giving treats. If you miss celebrating Halloween this year, then be prepared next time.

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Pinoy Ka Kapag . . . (A Trace to Filipino Values)

Pinoy Ako

“uhmm, kapag sweet at masayahin ka.”

“pinoy ka kapag hospitable at mapagbigay.”

“uh, pilipino ka kapag mahirap ka!”

Eh ikaw? Pinoy ka kapag . . .

We asked common Filipinos along the street and institutions of what values indicate the true mark of a Filipino and we ended up with the same variety of answers. Values whch could be classified into four, the often recited in our flag ceremony which is a part of the “Panatang Makabayan”.

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tutuparin ko ang aking tungkulin bilang mamamayang MakaDiyos, MakaTao, MakaKalikasan at MakaBansa.”

Thus, do we ever understand at what cost will it take us to become all of these?

MakaDiyos. Filipinos are one of the countries in the world with the most number of catholic Christians. We believe in the supernatural power of God who created the heaven and earth, the one who bring forth life to mankind. Filipinos value the morality of each towards their actions, words and thoughts. We hold and participate in many church activities in occasions such as ‘simbang gabi’, ‘way of the cross’ and ‘semana santa’.  Even in our daily lives, most Filipinos still practice praying before meals, before and after we sleep and in any life decisions we make we always consult his divine guidance. As a sign of thankfulness to God’s promises and faithfulness Filipinos also faithfully commit for the expansion of  his kingdom. Lastly, it is more appropriate to call them ‘faithful believers’ than ‘religious people’ for it is the Lord in which we believe that they serve and not the religion itself.

A young Filipino girl and her brother receive food aid at a centre in Tacloban

Makatao.Madaling maging tao ngunit mahirap magpakatao.” We often hear this line from teleseryes. What does it ake to be called ‘makatao’ then? Simple, by respecting each other’s rights and opinions regardless of the existing differences in between. Filipinos are excellent in portraying a good model of people with values, virtues and integrity. Filipinos are naturally kind, gentle, generous, hospitable, hardworking, obedient and polite which made a great impact to the world. Who would ever miss out their ‘po’ and ‘opo’ as a sign of respect to people older or in a higher position towards them. Filipinos are in fact featured in international news for being united and positive despite the calamities, and crises that occur in our country. One example is the selfie photos of our kababayan after the Yolanda hit cities and towns in Visayas region. It became a trending topic worldwide and surely it did touch the hearts of others making them realize that life is good. With all of these noble ‘makatao’ values, Filipino service in other parts of the world is well embraced and welcomed. All of them testified how responsible, loyal and trustworthy Filipinos are in terms of business and even in friendly relationships. Indeed, Philippines has become a fertile ground for growing noble group of people.

  • Filipinos are also great advocates in protecting our nature. As a matter of fact, there exist different national and local organizations and agencies which aim to preserve mother earth such as the national agency Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). They conduct clean and green projects such as coastal clean ups, tree planting and proper garbage disposal. Our government too has been supportive with these propaganda preserving our environment where in fact each local government conduct and facilitate their own movement towards saving mother earth. Clean and green movement had reached even the campus grounds creating different clubs and student organizations such as YESO; encouraging students to engage themselves towards the advocacy of protecting and saving our kalikasan.

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MakaBansa. ‘Taas noo kahit kanino, ang Pilipino ay ako.’Inspite the arising issues of graft and corruption anomalies in our country, there are more reasons to be proud of it. Filipinos are known for such strong passion for nationalism and loyalty towards the country even before the modern times. Great examples for that are our heroes; who fought for our freedom and rights to live, serve and lead in our own territory, the Philippines. Lapu-lapu, Bonifacio, Rizal and Ninoy Aquino; these are just some of the brave ones who laid their lives to claim our kalayaan. Even up to this date, we are still fighting for our total independence against any control from foreign countries. Filipinos are known worldwide for having such mind for active revolution no matter what cost it may bring as long as our spirit is one in reaching goals for peace, freedom and justice. In ordinary days, nationalism can also be seen and observed through simply abiding and respecting the laws that exist. And the root of it all is our love for our very own country, Inang Bayan, ang Pilipinas. These are just some of the ways of how Filipinos show our patriotic love and compassion for the Philippines in which we will honor and serve for the rest of their lives.

 

Pinoy ka kapag… it’s your time to answer this hanging statement of what Filipino values should we possess. Better yet, ask yourself this: MakaDiyos, MakaTao, MakaKalikasan at MakaBansa. Eh teka, Pinoy ka nga ba?

Philippine Tourist Attractions: A Tour to the Unknown Wonders

Philippine Tourist Attractions

Are you looking for a perfect getaway trip this season? Do you want to get rid of the stress and suffocating urban smoke in the city? Freshen up, hang out with friends and enjoy your trip as Bayan Mall tours you to the different Philippines tourist attractions you surely shouldn’t miss.

Pearl of the Orient Seas or otherwise known as our dearest ‘Inang Bayan’– Philippines. It’s undeniable that our country has been known world wide even centuries ago for the rich natural resources and wonders it possesses. Of course not to mention the warm and sincere welcome of the Filipinos which creates a good friendship and bond to the tourists.

However many of these tourist destinations are still not yet discovered and explored by many. So brace yourself as we tour you to the great unknown wonders in the Philippines.

Philippine Tourist Attractions
Basco Lighthouse, Batanes Philippines

Batanes Group of Islands. To our first spot; we will first travel to the northernmost part of the country. Within the Batanes group of Islands lie the fascinating sceneries of the different bodies of water and a clip of a clean and green environment. Most people go here for a fun water adventure such as snorkeling, diving, swimming, lighthouse visits and even for a tour in the ancient Ivatan houses built hundreds of years ago. In addition, the well preserved unique culture of Ivatans who were the first settlers of the place can also be observed as you mingle around with them.

Surfing in Siargao

Siargao Island. Now let us move forward to another island in the Philippines. The Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippines Sea found in the province of Surigao del Norte. Siargao has a land area of 437 square kilometers approximately. Surrounding the island are the large mangrove forest reserves which is the largest in Mindanao. Given its location from the Pacific Ocean, Siargao tides are definitely huge and strong which makes it the ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines’. And if you’re up to lying underneath the tanning heat of the sun, Siargao is also a perfect place to be. Aside from its white sandy beaches, at the heart of the island is a large group of beautiful coral reefs and dozens of tall coconut trees giving a fresh and cool breeze.

Image Source: Rene Sangco Photography
Image Source: Rene Sangco Photography

Biri Island Rock Formation. From an amazing body of water, let us go over to a solid ground. These four small and rocky islands of Biri are situated in the intersection of San Bernardino Strait and Pacific Ocean.

Within the bounds of these islands is a strong natural force keeping its distinct and interesting shapes. This island is also just right if you are wishing to explore the geological nature of the country. In fact, geologists from University of the Philippines cited their findings about the rocks in Biri which already existed way back Early Miocene Period, each rock with a range of 5 to 23 million years old.

Mount Kanlaon

Mount Kanlaon .Our next stop is perfectly fit for our mountain climbers and adventurers. The Mount Kanlaon is the highest peak in Central Visayas bisecting the island of Negros. To add up to the thrill, this volcano is active until now which adds to the thrill part of your adventure. You can also activate your artistic side as you visit its art galleries and museum. It also offers a long zipline trip and river trail adventure.

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Panglao Island. Another white sand beach and resorts found in Bohol province within the municipalities of Dauis and Panglao. For a couple of years until the present time Panglao Island has always been included to the Philippine Top Beach attractions which were once featured on an episode in CNN. Indeed, this is a soothing alternative to the much more famous Boracay.

Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands. To complete the list is the group of islands in the province of Camarines Sur. the Caramoan Islands is a perfect spot just right for a serene and romantic atmosphere with its location away from the noisy and full-packed urban zone. You can go here as a couple or with friends and family to experience another level of fun and nerve wrecking adventure trip of snorkeling, hiking, diving and island hopping.

This is only a glimpse to these wonderful and stunning Philippines tourist attractions yet there’s still more. Now it’s your time to take part and walk unto the unknown wonders of the Philippine tourist attractions. Give yourself a break and have the best time of your life!

Best Places to Visit in the Philippines

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Image Source: philtouristattractions

“Panatang Makabayan, Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas. Aking Lupang Sinilangan”

Aren’t these lines familiar to you? Of course they are! Every Filipino who grew up in the Philippines would know that these lines are taken from our ‘Panatang Makabayan’ or our vow to nationalism. We always say and express our gratitude and salute to our nation. However, how can we truly know the soul and heart of our country if we haven’t visited its most treasured places? In which in every place to visit in the Philippines foretells the depth of its history, culture and incomparable beauty.

Ask yourself, “How many places in the Philippines have I visited?” if your answer can still be counted using human fingers, well you gotta be missing a whole lot of fun out there! Remember, Philippines is composed of 7,107 island scattered in the SouthEast area of Asia. If you have only visited ten or less places, you are on the right track of reading. Now, as BayanMall introduces the different places to visit in the Philippines, take a deep breath for we are going to take your imaginations to places you’ve never been before!

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Image Source: Oliver Mercader (Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao)

Are you looking forward to be enchanted and astounded by beauty and grace? Come and visit Surigao del Sur. It inherits natural beauty which can be clearly seen by its spots and views. One of it is the famous Tinuy-an falls. Many call it the next “Little Niagara Falls” because it replicates a miniature of the ever wonderful Niagara Falls in Canada. In addition to this, the said waterfall in the town of Bislig has the widest area all over the Philippines.

Another place you can visit in Surigao del Sur is the Enchanted River.  This river located in the town of Hinatuan has become the apple of the eye for the tourists who visit the place. It has crystal clear water captivating and indulging every eyes passing by it. The best time to visit the river is during daylight wherein the beauty of the view will be highlighted by the sunlight that struck on the surface.  It’s been said that the river is about 25 meters deep, many still says that until now the depth of its water has not yet been accurately found out.

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Image Source: 2il org (Enchanted River, Surigao Del Sur)

Many compare it to another lake but Enchanted River stands out because of these two factors: the astonishing beauty of colorful and strange fish under water which never seems to be caught; and the magical myths and creatures which are said to be lying beneath its magnificence and splendid view.

Not yet convinced? Let’s try this one. Unlike all other rivers in this world which generally contains fresh water, Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur is composed of salt water flowing through. Which source did it come from? The answer up until now is not yet given.

 So go and take a visit to Surigao del Sur, you might be heading there for an answer!

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Image Source: Roberto Verzo (Manila, Philippines)

Let’s jump to the Philippine’s capital city, none other than Manila-where the heart of the country lies. It is where the Oriental and Occidental nature of culture and traditions combine with the touch of modernization. It is often called as philippines’ little ‘New York’ because of its tall buildings standing firm on the cemented ground which bring forth elegance during night time giving out colorful street lights. This city is also the center for performing arts all over Asia. It is the center of everything, whether on the world of business and industries or even in manufacturing and agriculture field. Also, many historical events in the country happened in this great city not to mention Intramuros and many more.

Do you want to go on a perfect Holiday vacation trip? Come and visit Marinduque! This province  is most commonly visited during Moriones festival. But what people miss about Marinduque is the tons of beautiful places surrounding it not yet discovered by the tourist. One of it is the other three caves in Sta. Cruz which has still not yet further explored.  These caves belong to the complex network of Bathala Caves which is generally composed of 7 caves in total.

Image Source: michealyn amberti Poctoy Beach, Marinduque
Image Source: michealyn amberti
Poctoy Beach, Marinduque

If you feel like freshening yourself up, its best to visit the Poctoy beach. It is a known beach in Marinduque which is 1-km long perfectly presented by its white and very fine sand. This gives a nice view to our next spot in Marinduque, the Mt. Matindig.

Well, if you are also into mountain climbing or hiking, you’re interest will surely be compensated by the Mt. Malindig located in Buenavistas, Marinduque.

Our next destination on our travel trip is the province of Capiz or the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”, wherein the town has been known for abundantly producing fresh seafood in a low amount of price.  The center of the marketing trades happen in the Capiz’ capital city or otherwise called Roxas City.

Thus, aside from being abundant in seafood, this little province is also known from the horrifying mythical stories about the so-called ‘aswangs’ that stay there. However, this had just been an unending folklore stories about the place without any evident proofs supporting the occurrence of these ‘aswangs’.

Image Source: Rachelle Casipit Magellan's Cross, Cebu City
Image Source: Rachelle Casipit
Magellan’s Cross, Cebu City

That’s why it is better to focus your eyes to the beauty that lies on this small province in Visayas. Take a look on its historical and aged churches, amazing views of the different bodies of water surrounding it and experience the relaxing atmosphere of the whole place nurturing each heart with remarkable memories.

Are you already enjoying the trip? Well, we’re not through yet. Let’s take a visit at our third spot.

Antique, “where the mountains meet the sea”. This is usually described to the ever fascinating beauty of Antique’s mountain which lies closely to the coastal lines giving a great view for the eyes of whoever passes by it. This province lies between the famous islands of Visayas. However, only a few have taken a deep look on the places of Antique province.

The Department of Tourism is no doubt promoting Antique’s water rafting site in Tibiao. Unlike the water rafting in Cagayan de Oro, experience river kayaking alone with 3 levels of wave intensities. Test your limits and break through! Come and visit Antique here in the Philippines.

Image Source: Constantine Agustin Davao City
Image Source: Constantine Agustin
Davao City

Last but most probably not the least, is the provinces of Davao. Aside from its famous celebrated ‘Kadayawan’ Festival, Davao is also known for being a great and perfect place to visit in the Philippines when you’re with friends and families. The region showcases a rich and bountiful source of natural resources one of it is the ever famous durian which ‘tastes like heaven but smells like hell’ as most would describe it. Davao is also a major exporter of citrus, bananas, mangosteen and other tropical fruits no wonder why the market price for their products are low compared to other places.

Davao region highlights their multi-ethnic culture from diversity of indigenous people staying there. Through their tribal songs, dances, games and crafts the region’s culture was made firm and pure.

Lastly, Davao is the world’s largest city in terms of land area covering 244,000 hectares. Visit Davao and explore the beauty behind this huge territory!

These are just some of the best places to visit in the Philippines. For more inquiries, you can contact and transact to BayanMall webpage (www.bayanmall.com). BayanMall Online Shop will not just let those sceneries stay only unto your wild imagination. We are here to help you turn these things into real journey of fun and adventure. It is our pleasure to entertain your thoughts and plans for you and your family.

Places to visit in the Philippines? We only mentioned 6, that means there are still 7,101 places remaining mostly undiscovered. Help yourself and get up! Pack up your things and visit the marvelous places in the Philippines.

Best Filipino Wedding Traditions: Privileges Exclusive Only for Pinoy

Filipino Wedding Traditions

In sickness and in health, ‘til death do us apart.

This is the famous last line of the wedding vows exchanged by couples as they will be proclaimed married on their wedding ceremony. Wedding is a sacred privilege given to two lovers to become one in the eyes of the people, society and to our Almighty Father. It is the alliance of the two different clans from the groom and bride’s side. Thus, in our country wedding is more known as ‘kasalan’, from the word ‘kasal’ which means marriage. In the span of time, the best Filipino wedding traditions are still preserved well up to this date. Though it was enhanced and mutated by different religion and beliefs including culture and tradition.

Before the wedding ceremony itself, Filipinos still do a lot of preparation premises. First and foremost is the famous “Pamanhikan, wherein the man together with his parents will go to the woman’s home to meet and get to know each other. But the main goal of this is to formally ask the parents of the woman of her hand for marriage. If formally given the permission the couple can now proceed to the next step of the best Filipino wedding traditions.

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Image Source: myboracaywedding.net

Paalam or Wedding Announcement Visitations. Unlike other race and culture, Filipinos would love to personally visit their relatives and friends to make their wedding announcement. This is also the time when the couple will distribute their wedding invitations containing the details about the ceremony.

The bride and groom should also prepare for the ceremonial protocol. The groom should wear Barong Tagalog with a white shirt underneath partnered with a black pants or slacks. White wedding gown for the bride with a bouquet of flowers has also become traditional to us brought by the influence of Americans.

After a long wait and preparation, this is the most awaited part: the enchanting and magical wedding ceremony. The groom should arrive first to welcome and receive the guests. The bride on the other hand should follow with their wedding car. But the ceremony will be opened by the wedding entourage, which consists of the principal sponsors and godparents (ninang and ninong) to be their primary witness. This is to be followed by their friends and other relatives for the bridesmaid, best man, then the veil, cord and candle sponsors. The last batch of the march would be the arrhae, ring, flower, and Bible bearers.

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The baptism and guidance of God upon the couple will be signified by the lighting of candles. Next is the pinning of veil, apart from the bride’s veil this veil ‘clothes’ them with signifying unity and commitment  to each other. The cord will be placed after over their head to their shoulders symbolizing the marriage bind and sometimes the cord is formed infinity sign to foretell their infinite bond together.

The arrhae is composed of 13 unity coins representing the couple’s prosperity in life. Lastly, it is the part of exchanging of vows and wedding rings. The two round wedding rings symbolize eternity. After the ceremony, the guests together with the newlywed will proceed to the reception.

Philippines is a country very particular to wedding and matrimonial vows. We are known for valuing our family with faith and compassion. Wedding indeed is a significant part of a person’s life. It indicates his maturity and preparedness upon taking responsibilities to have his own family, of course by the blessing of God. There may be many best Filipino wedding traditions to be followed, still the most important factor that should not be missed is the sincerity and loyalty vowed to each other from that day on.

Traditional Filipino Food: A Want and Necessity

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A spoon without a fork, a pen without an ink, a shoe without a pair, a mother without her child, a pet without its owner….” It is how you can describe a Filipino dinning table without its traditional Filipino food. Odd, lifeless, and plain; it has no fun and color. It draws no line of happiness and satisfaction to the heart of every Filipino.

Pinoys are fond of creating and cooking their own and personalized recipes of food. As a result, they are also fond of eating different meals in a day.

The sweet aroma of adobo, the sour and nakakakilig taste of sinigang and paksiw, the long life of pancit and bihon, the crunchy and sizzling sinugba and lechon are only some of the traditional Filipino food. Of course, the meal won’t be complete without the cups of rice to partner all the tasty viands.

Though they say Philippines is much modernized and touched with foreign cultures, we can still be proud to say that we have sustained and preserved our culture in the means of our food. There might be foreign food chains and restaurants in every corner of the street, ‘lutong bahay na lutong Pinoy’ will still have the best rekados of love and pampalasa of joy and happiness.

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Above all this, food is essential in every living in this world. It is a necessity and a want. It is needed to sustain life, to give and distribute energy to our body to enable ourselves to perform different kinds of activities. That’s why on the first meal of the day, we must ‘eat like a king’. The food we consume must contain heavy nutrients and complete sources of minerals and vitamins, which is called breakfast of agahan in Tagalog. From the word breakfast, this means to break the long fast or long period in which our body sleep and stop in taking any food. The meal on the half of the day is called lunch or tanghalian in Filipino. It is also important to sustain enough strength throughout the day. Viands with sarsa and sauce, salad and juices are the usual food we eat during this meal. The last batch of meal, the dinner of hapunan must be the lightest meal among the three. In this way, the body can adjust and process digestion in a span of 3-4 hours before it takes a deep rest or sleep.

But we can’t deny the fact that not all Filipino families share their meal together 3 times a day. Just like the family of Dondon, who lives in a small barong-barong beside the dirty and dainty smell of estero. Their living depends only on the number of garbage they can collect and sell at the end of the day. His family is just one of the many Filipinos who live a midst the dark scenarios poverty.

traditional filipino food

As an effect, many Pinoy wish and try to go outside the choking borders of the country to escape from the traps of death and miseries. They are called the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who sacrifice and work abroad to help their loved ones survive and have a convenient way of living. They hope to see a brighter future ahead of them, to see their family live and eat well 3 times a day.  To give them the privilege to eat their favorite Filipino traditional food as to their heart’s desire. OFWs only want to give the best to the people the care and value. Now, even distance can’t stop them from achieving their dreams and hopes. OWFs are now given the chance to access and order Filipino traditional food online through the most reliable and trustworthy BayanMall online shop. Instead of sending money or paying much for the delivery expenses, they can buy ‘lutong bahay’ meals available in the dashboard of the BayanMall webpage and transact to make an order. This is free of shipping expenses in no delays. In this manner, they can extend happiness to their ‘kapamilyas’ left in the country just in time.

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Top 5 OFWs Common Issues They Face | Best Online Shop in the Philippines

Being an overseas Filipino worker, or OFW, doesn’t solve all the problems a family may have. While the chance to earn more than one could have back home is a good thing, other issues may arise. Some may have simple solutions – such as the OFW and his or her children having Skype to keep in touch. Others are more complex.

  1. Providing basic necessities. Whether in cash or through actual goods, this is a primary problem of OFWs. Some can send packages home only every six months or so due to shipping costs. A visiting relative also can’t carry a lot with them, due to baggage fees. An online shopping mall in the Philippines may be able to solve this particular problem.

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  1. Not being able to save. You may have been working for three months or three years. But the result could still be the same – you have no idea where your salary went. Careful planning and budgeting can solve this, as can self-restraint in buying the latest gadgets or clothing.

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  1. Friends not paying debts. When in a foreign country, OFWs seek out fellow Filipinos and build a circle of friends from there. Sometimes, a friend would urgently need money. Filipinos are naturally helpful, so they’re not likely to say ‘no’. Learning to do so is a must, though, to avoid this kind of issue.

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  1. Indebtedness. Still on the subject of money, there’s the other side of the coin. Maybe an OFW has incurred a debt or two but was able to pay it off. But when debt runs too high and he’s unable to pay, that’s where the issue lies. Make a budget and stick to it as much as possible.

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  1. Illegal recruitment. If not properly educated on avoiding illegal recruiters, or on how to spot legitimate overseas deployment, would-be OFWs are easily persuaded. Money and effort are not only wasted, but it may be more difficult to get back home. As mentioned earlier, education and guidance from government agencies can help.

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There are more problems, whether big or small, which certainly can’t be solved all at once. An issue like providing groceries can be made easier with a Filipino online shopping in Dubai or another country. Otherwise, taking little steps to prevent them from occurring will help in the long run.