Tag Archives: Bacolod

Fire Extinguisher Tree

Instead of cutting the trees, this restaurant in Bacolod use them as a place to mount fire extinguisher.

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Fish Presentation

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Bumble V

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A gas station in Bacolod City

Humblest WWII Monument

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The Writings: This project is dedicated to the patriotic and brave men of Barangay Granada who offered their lives in defense of freedom and democracy during World War II

With respect to the immortalization of our World War II history, the country, being a major participant of the war has quite a number of World War II monuments, memorials, and shrines. As I write this, I’m recalling those I’ve visited.

Corregidor has plenty of reminders of the war including a commanding statue of MacArthur. Seems the entire island is a World War II monument, which makes it the biggest one in the country. Then I saw MacArthur once more in his Leyte landing memorial at Palo beach. And yet again, MacArthur again in a similar landing memorial (Luzon landing this time), plus some other World War II displays at Lingayen Capitol grounds in Pangasinan. Up north in Ifugao, there’s a peaceful looking World War II shrine in Kiangan amidst the surrounding mountains. Kiangan is where Yamashita surrendered. In this shrine, I had one of the most pleasant memorial stroll.

Some memorials evoke solemnity more than the others that I tend to unconsciously reflect from the powerful words and images carved in the stones or walls. The magnificent World War II memorial in Washington DC for one, where the arch that says “Pacific” has the power to produce goose bumps in me.  Likewise in the country, the Libingan ng mga Bayani was originally established as a tribute to Filipinos who fought and died in World War II, while the somber American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig is for the Americans who perished in the war. Similarly, the tranquil Japanese Garden Memorial Park in Caliraya is the burial ground of Yamashita, and a shrine for the Japanese soldiers who also perished. I saw strings of thousand origami cranes being offered in here. One day, I will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan.

Those listed above are quite well known World War II monuments. Yet, around two months ago in Bacolod, while I was running on the highway with sugarcane field in both sides, I came upon a World War II statue by the roadside in Barangay Granada. This barangay monument is dedicated to its constituents who lost their lives in defense of freedom during World War II. By far, this is the most humble World War II memorial I’ve been to.

Day after Christmas in Negros

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It’s the day after Christmas, the early morning of December 26, 2014. I went for a run. Still a national holiday but the sugarcane workers are back in the fields. Toiling.

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Bottled Petrol

Premeasured petrol in reused Coca-Cola bottles for motorcycle use. This method of petrol retailing per liter (or less) can be seen all over the country.image

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Carabao Cart

Carabao-drawn cart empty of sugarcane crop cargo as seen in Barangay Granada highway. 
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Tubo Cargo Layout

Tubo (sugarcane) manually stacked and arranged  for maximum loading in the truck.
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Dry Goods

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Usually, I’m drawn to the dry goods section in a palengke particularly the native stuff. Though some of the old school containers and implements can still be found in some  supermarkets, yet I’d rather buy from these palengke folks.
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Eats Illustration

The accompanying illustration of these food related signs has its own definition in local context.

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Define comfort food

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Define hole-in-the-wall

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Define nostalgia

Fly Away

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Each table in this carinderia has clear plastic bottle with water and foil inside for keeping houseflies away. Lady owner is counting on the "silaw" factor for the flies in deterring them

Purok Lechonan

Lechon by the street in a place known as Purok Lechonan.

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Skinny seller

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Lechon stalls

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A slice of tree trunk as chopping board

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Two covered lechon presumably for pickup orders

Capitol Lagoon

I grew up playing in this beautiful capitol grounds of Bacolod City.

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Provincial capitol building of Negros Occidental

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A place like this is good for the soul

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Man and carabao and on the opposite side, a woman and carabao

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Abundant trash receptacles out of repurposed tyres

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Tilapia feeding

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Popped rice with food color sold outside the lagoon for leisure fish feeding. Vendors are not allowed inside the lagoon

Sinamak

Bacolod king of sawsawan (dipping sauce).

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Chilis, ginger, garlic added to cane vinegar aka sinamak is ever present in all chicken inasal place

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At Michael's Eatery

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Libertad Public Market

Typography: Nagapamakal

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We buy gold/silver watch, necklace, bracelet, ring, earings......

Alupi na Mais

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A suman type kakanin but made from corn and wrapped in corn husk to distinguish from the common alupi which is the kamoteng kahoy (cassava) suman wrapped in banana leaf

Sachetization

Sachets of spices and laundry aids stapled to a rectangular board cut from used carton box.

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Spices such as turmeric powder, recado (dried laurel leaf and peppercorns) etc and also laundry aids like oxalic, chlorine, anyel etc are manually repacked in retail sizes

Typography: Shoe Repair

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Kapihan

Here are some of the coffee shops in Burgos Market where locals hangout for breakfast or read newspapers while drinking brewed coffee which they refer to as native.
I like to hangout in a kapihan or carinderia (eatery) wherever town I may be as it’s in this kind of local hangout place one can hear about folk life. Such a great source of first hand information for visitors and more importantly you get a feel of the town and you’ll come across some knowledge about a certain ingredient or process or any tip that the kapihan/carinderia owner unknowingly share.
There’s nothing superficial in these local kapihans and carinderias particularly in rural areas and it’s a pleasure to take in sights including folk decorations and hear honest conversations.

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Good native coffee for only 10 pesos

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Proprietor usually sits in a corner and takes the role of the cashier

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Gutierrez Cafe

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I like this painted menu board. Coffee plain means native brewed coffee with muscovado or brown sugar only

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Capizeños

Kadios Season

You know you’re an Ilonggo if you eat this bean.

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Removing kadios beans from its pod

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Ready to measure a glass of it worth Php25

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Filling the glass

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Pay for 2 glassful of kadios then go home and cook KBL

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