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Filipino culture

Making Palusot

Making Palusot

Many Filipino words simply cannot be translated into an equivalent in English, and often have a cultural construct that also needs to be taken into account. Without understanding the cultural construct the real meaning will always be illusive. Palasut is one such word. Look up the translation in a dictionary and you will see that […]

Milk in the Philippines

Milk in the Philippines

The Philippines does not have a big dairy industry and most of the milk-based products are imported. They are also relatively expensive. Yes Filipinos love milk and consider is to be miracle food as it was in the west last century. There has been a campaign to try to convince mothers that its better to […]

It’s not easy being a waitress in the Philippines

It’s not easy being a waitress in the Philippines

Bad Reputation Sadly there is often a stigma attached to being a waitress in the Philippines. The association with G.R.O.s that some restobars employ is one of the main reasons. Girls that work at respectable establishment that do not provide G.R.O.s, will often be viewed as prostitutes by many locals, or thought of as easy […]

Getting a hair cut in the Philippines is more fun

Getting a hair cut in the Philippines is more fun

While living on Mactan Island I would go to a beauty parlor at the local shopping close to the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ 2) for a haircut, pedicure and manicure.   In Filipino they were my “SUKI” meaning I was their regular or loyal customer. This is a picture I took during one of my visits […]

Meeting the Grand Master

Meeting the Grand Master

In 2013 I  had the pleasure of meeting the Masonic Grand Master of the Philippines MW Santiago T. Gabionza Jr. I have met other Grand Master and all are amazing people but I found him to be the most approachable and friendly of all.  He was also able to get me to do something that […]

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