December 12, 2015
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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.
The majestic Maria Cristina Falls from afar
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
December 6, 2015
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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.
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.
Balot tables near the plaza in Oroquieta City