Category Archives: Cebu

The Making of Puto Maya

I chanced upon this guy steaming glutinous rice and about to make puto maya in Carbon Market. Here’s a photo narration in the right sequence of this guy’s method in making puto maya.

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Steam the glutinous rice (bugas pilit) al dente in the caldero

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In a sando plastic bag covered hand, use plastic plate to transfer the steamed pilit into a tub

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Prepare a mixture of coconut milk (gata) and sugar with salt

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Pour the gata onto the cooked pilit

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Mix well the gata with the cooked pilit using the versatile plastic plate

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Put the well mixed pilit back in the caldero

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After putting everything back, steam again until fully cooked. From what I gather from the guy’s conversation with another person, this puto maya was ordered for a wake

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A jolly puto maya vendor in Carbon Market. Another type of glutinous rice for this one known locally as tapol. My favorite

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Got some puto maya from the jolly vendor

Scrap Wood Boat Toys

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Boat toy made from scrap painted plywood

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Banca with katig (outrigger)

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Of Canine and Sunning

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How dogs use the solarization furniture of humans

Bagong Pag-asa

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Almost all boats in Malapascua were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda says Mike, a German who runs a resort in the island. In the present, one can notice plenty of yellow bancas around the island. These yellow boats called Bagong Pag-asa (translated as New Hope) were donated by entities all over the world to help in the livelihood rebuilding of affected residents.

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New hope...

Banca Boatyard

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This banca will take 5 days to finish and sells for 15,000 pesos

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Banca making is a livelihood here in Malapascua island

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He maintains the banca of others

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Working daily by the white sand beach. Such a beautiful workplace

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Men build bancas, women mend fishing nets

Meanwhile…

The partaking of some Cebuano fare which can only be captioned well in the local dialect, particularly:

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Lami gyud ang tinowa na isda

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Mao sad ang sinugba na isda

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Unya apilan kining guso, kanang utan gikan sa dagat ba

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Usahay mangita man ko ug mais kay bagay man sa tinowa

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Gimingaw man ko sa ngohiong ug puso

Piso Water

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ATM or iWater? (ATM – Automated Tubig Machine)

Such a common sight in Cebu is this drinking water vending machine of various color, model and style (of its box). What is typical is the faucet, the round 5 gallon bottled water as its source, piso coin slot, and the glassful amount of water that comes out for every one peso coin eaten.

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Lesser frequency of replacing the 5 gallon purified water in this dual container model

One has to bring some container to catch the water that automatically comes out of the spout once you drop one peso inside. I expect the water to be tepid, but amazingly it was cold.

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A trash receptacle at the side of the tubig machine

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Looks like a karaoke machine

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This one is chained as precautionary measure against thieves that may cart it away I suppose. Love the mayana plants on the roof

Cebuana Yakult Lady

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Pintos

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Bus window peddling is one reason why I prefer ordinary non-aircon bus apart from the chance of smelling each passing town and having clear view of roadside everyday life

When traveling by bus to northern Cebu, whether to Hagnaya or to Maya, it’s highly likely that Ceres bus will have rest stop for few minutes in Bogo. A happy stop for it means one is almost at the end of the bus journey, and also it means the acquisition of pintos via bus window sellers.

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A pack of 5 costs 20 pesos

Pintos is distinctively Cebuano, a specialty of Bogo City that’s primarily made from ground corn. The smell of the warm corn husk wrapping is pleasantly barriotic, and snacking on pintos is akin to making memories where one would love to recall fondly this delight especially its texture, taste and aroma sometime in our lives.

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Honestly simple packaging of young corn husk

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For only about 15 minutes of stop in Bogo, bus vendors’ pintos will do for now

Bounty Beach

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A quiet beach where one can see solo travelers walking barefoot on the white sand. A quiet place to run too

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It's low season at this time of the year, but it doesn't mean the sun won't come up most of the time

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Mostly Europeans of varied ages are the frequent visitors of this place

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Setting foot on Malapascua Island instead of SM Aura where I've never been inside yet no matter all the hype of this and that coming to Manila, else I'll just be like the rest

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Original beauty remains despite of typhoon Yolanda's destruction of most boats and structures in this island. See that decapitated coconut tree courtesy of Miss Yolanda?

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Practically most boats are new in the island, as most boats were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda

Secondary Function

A beached banca’s great exposure to tropical sun makes it a practical option for clothes drying.

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Banca as clothes drying rack in Malapascua Island

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Fishing pants I suppose, also at Malapascua Island, Cebu

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Fishing pants in San Juan, La Union

Adlaw

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Sunrise in Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island

Folk Oxymoron

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Oxymoronic carinderia signage

Sea Flavor

Raw sea urchin roe tastes buttery and salty. Only a glass of gonads can be extracted from a bucket of sea urchin but it is enough to satisfy me with fresh and pure flavor of the sea.

A local girl extracting the eggs of sea urchin

Top to Bottom Split Windshield Trikes

The windshield of these tricycles in Carcar run from top to bottom with vertical divider.

Fog Lamps as Props

I have noticed that in south Cebu it is common to see jeepneys and tricycles having fog lamps as props. The more fog lamps the more macho it is.

Matutinao Sunset

Low tide in Barangay Matutinao, Badian, Cebu province.

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