It is a matter of city-wide, even province-wide pride, when one of our own get recognized, internationally. Eduardo Sicangco, son of Titong and Nena Varela Sicangco, was a graduate of ...
Bacolod. The City of Smiles. I went to Bacolod in the middle of August, 2012. That would have been the second or third time I would recall visiting this beautiful place. I am an Ilongga. True-blue, and no doubt. However, I am not a Bacoleña. This is why whenever I would write about Bacolod, I [...]
Chino Vee finally gets his FB (from bacolod) T-shirt. This comes in perfect timing as the Facebook group celebrated one year of being online in the virtual city of Bacolod. The shirt also comes in perfect timing for the upcoming September 1 and 2, 2012 Grand Eyeball of Bacolodnons in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. For [...]
If Philippine National Artist Fernando Amorsolo is best known for his oil paintings of sunny countryside scenes, a great number depicting rice harvests, there is an artist from Negros who parallels the similar sunny scenes with a touch and flavor that’s local to Negros. Edbon Sevilleno is a watercolorist extraordinaire who has successfully captured [...]
I remember the only “mall” back then was Plaza Mart, and it had live bands playing in the small elongated island in its middle. The culinary highlight was the Apollo restaurant at the top floor. There were no food courts then. Plaza Mart probably had the first escalator in a mall in Bacolod hehe! [...]
SIDAY reminds us of the traditional Ilonggo kinship system “where marriage arrangements follow the traditional way: the parental approval and arrangements are requisites in a ceremony called PAMALAYE or PABALAYON done in three stages ~ PABAGTI or KAGON, PAHIMPIT and PADUL-ONG.
From Bacólod, all things go a long way when it comes to sugar. From the mountains to the seasides, the landscape is full of sugarcane which fuels a big chunk of the Island’s economy. Of course, when it comes to food, sugar does have a big part especially in the “panam-is” or desserts after each [...]
Summer is nearing and the evidence is all around us: The sun is bearing down hotter than ever, and March 1, 2012 happens this week. So where’s a Bacolodnon heading off to this Summer? As Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal said “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” Translated: “He who [...]
Calea’s Famed Chocolate Cake There is no doubt about it: Negros IS the sweets haven of the country. From the raw material of cane sugar fields, down to the sugar processing and refining factories in Victorias, and even to the finished products of Napoloeones, Piayas, Yemas and… Calea Cakes. If anything, Calea just put Bacolod [...]
Yesterday, news about the upcoming direct Bacolod to Boracay flights by Sky Pasada rocked the Negrénse community. In fact, a number have already planned their vacation trips to Boracay this early. Even before Sky Pasada has even warmed up to its 15 minutes of fame, another start-up airline is now taking the limelight by releasing a [...]
Piaya, like batchoy, barquillos and biscocho, are among the foods shared between Iloilo and Negros. Bongbong’s and Biscocho Haus each have their versions of the delicacy, and both are yummy and good. Until you have a bite of Bailon’s Crispy Piaya, that is. Bailon’s Crispy Piaya sets itself apart from the offerings by Bongbong’s and [...]