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Kundansoy and His Tuba (Coconut Wine)

Kundansoy inom tuba, Laloy;
Dili ako inom tuba pait aslom.
Kundansoy inom tuba, Laloy;
Dili ako inom tuba pait aslom.
Ang tuba sa baybay, patente moangay;
Talaksan nga dyutay, puno guid sang laway.
Ang tuba sa baybay, patente moangay;
Talaksan nga dyutay, puno guid sang laway.

This is a song about tu-BA^, the Philippines' coconut wine. It is derived from the sap coming out of cut coconut flower stalks that are stilll unopened. The ma-nang-GI-ge or coconut climber (coconut pilot, if you may) who can almost literally walk up the upright coconut tree gathers the collected juice from hanging containers after leaving them catcing the dripping overnight.

The juice, which is white in color, is then turned into a more delicious orange color by an herb called ba-LOK. But you can also still opt for the less popular but equally delicious bitter-sour tasting white tuba^. Coconut wine then turns into vinegar when it has been fermented for a few days thereafter.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mayor Bing Leonardia's Secret in Keeping Fit

Mayor Bing Leonardia was at a christmas party hosted by the Demonteverde family. He was having a light dinner (because he still has six more parties to go) at our table having casual conversation when his good friend and fellow lawyer Atty. Ivan Nemenzo, this year's IBP president, asked the Bacolod City mayor's secret in keeping fit.The mayor answered that, contrary to the popular advice, he doesn't have breakfast but he only takes a glass of Reliv in the morning.

I was amazed because that's what I do, too. No breakfast or maybe a late breakfast (or else I'd be late for office), but a glass of Reliv Classic with Innergize before I take anything else. This is a sort of body detox for me. And just look at me and Mayor Bing Leonardia in our respective ideal body weight.

Atty. Nemenzo then said that Reliv products are very expensive he might not be able to afford it. But I explained that it's really worth it's price and the amount he saw at a local department store is a non-member's price so he should become a member himself like myself and the mayor's wife to avail of membership discounts. I cited another mayor, Dr. Eric Saratan of Talisay City as one of Reliv's top master affiliates.

For more information on Reliv products, click on the following link:

If you wish to become a member, please contact me for registration details.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Bacolod Public Plaza: Where is the Magic Now?

The Bacolod Public Plaza has been the centerpiece of all Bacolodnon activity for ages. Back in the 70's and even in the 80's, the Bacolod Public Plaza is the hub for Family Sundays. After going to church at the huge cathedral, people flock to the black-and-white checkered square to relax, eat some dirty ice cream, fly balloons, and have their pictures taken.

I remember as a child being fascinated by the stoic beauty of the bandstand, just standing on a larger-than-life chessboard sprawled all around it. I used to enjoy frolicking with the seemingly alive stone statues drenched in fountain showers. I could almost feel the very presence of President Manuel L. Quezon the day he planted the half-a-century old tindalo tree.

But these days, as I basked in the morning sunshine in the Bacolod Public Plaza (undeniably the safest time to snap pictures without worrying about a possible snatching), gone is the magic of old when these same statues used to sparkle in a mesmerizing play of water and lights weaving wondrous awe to children from 1 to 101.

The stone statues are now literally stoned dry as their blank eyes gaze out in a feeling of helplessness as they stand eternally trapped in a dry pool of neglect.

It all goes to show that the Bacolod Public Plaza these days is as lifeless as the city itself is artless, having no home for the arts and culture. The wholesomeness of the heart of Bacolod City has long been corrupted with shady deals and characters that abound.

What a sad, sad state indeed, as sad as the stone lady's bowed head forever mourning the death of the unknown soldier, or of the Bacolod Public Plaza.
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