Tag Archives: Mindanao

Maria Cristina’s Power

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Maria Cristina Hydroelectric Plant

Maria Cristina Falls, a mainstay in Filipino textbooks as a favorite example of waterfall in the Philippines being among the tallest in the country. Now from a civil engineer’s point of view, it’s a great accomplishment to harness the power of Maria Cristina while retaining its majestic beauty.

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The majestic Maria Cristina Falls from afar

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Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Landmark Award in recognition of the capability of Filipino Civil Engineers in harnessing the full potential of Maria Cristina Falls through its construction of the hydroelectric plant

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Balot Tables

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Balot tables beside the Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City

Balot snacking (spelled as balut in Manila), is a sit-down and unhurried street food indulgence in Misamis Occidental. Several small tables with chairs are available. On top of the table are the vinegar and salt condiments; under the table is a bin for egg shells and other throwaways. Indeed it’s only in Oroquieta and Ozamiz where I’ve seen an outdoor table service for balot so far.

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Spiced vinegar and salt as condiments for eating balot

It is my observation that folks from Visayas and Mindanao love balot so much and treat it as an ordinary everyday fare. I’m from Visayas and I eat balot from my elementary days until now. I cannot imagine Manila kids doing the same level of indulgence on this delightful snack. Even though Manila population consists of migrant folks from VisMin, it seems that the passing down of balot snacking to the next generation is not easy. Availability isn’t the problem, rather it’s the lack of ‘balot-eating’ ambiance in mega cities. Too bad.

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Balot tables near the plaza in Oroquieta City

Typography: Beauty Parlor

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Gimba

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Front cover

Putting up with the crowd at last month’s International Book Fair and at the same time feeling a bit despondent that I was at MOA on a weekend (though I didn’t set foot inside the mall), was compensated when I acquired few books from small time publishing houses such as UP Press et al, and some old PCIJ magazines and one old magazine on Mindanao Culture called Gimba (the only edition I found).

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Back cover

Gimba is the musical instrument of Manobo tribe in Mindanao, hence the magazine logo is an illustration of this drum. Subscription rate is 10 pesos per copy, 40 pesos for a year’s subscription as stated in the first page of this third quarter 1985 edition. It has 32 pages only but there is substance in every page. How I wish this kind of reading material is still in circulation today.

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An article about education among the Ata Manobo

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