I know that this year, as with the previous years, our Christmas table will be laden with a mix of Filipino and western food. My mother-in-law will serve embutido as part of our Christmas dinner. I will cook some ribs and maja blanca. There will be a pot of rice, of course, jostling elbows with a platter of dinner rolls.
What will be on your Christmas table this year? Will roast turkey make an appearance? Maybe ham? Queso de bola?
Don’t forget to take photos of your Christmas feast and then share your celebrations with us, as we host the …read more
Every year around Christmas, Filipinos all over the world send balikbayan boxes to their relatives in the Philippines. Either they send the boxes via door-to-door cargo delivery or send it with someone going home. The infamous balikbayan box takes center stage in the latest video courtesy of impersonation mistress Christine Gambito singing “More Processed Meat” to the tune of “12 Days of Christmas“.
What’s in your balikbayan box?
After weeks of anticipating each episode of Survivor Philippines, it seems that I’ve had withdrawal symptoms after the show ended.
JC had a well-deserved win. Majority of you picked him to be the winner too. Out of 255 votes cast, JC got 243 (95%) and Rob had 12 (5%). Having won so many challenges, including 2 getaways and a car, JC had proven that he had what it takes to outwit, outplay and outlast the other castaways. Congratulations again, JC!
The show may be over but Survivor fever has not left the Philippines. Do I hear cries of “Season 2! Season …read more
The Singkil dance is the most difficult of the Philippine traditional dances. It requires skill to navigate the bamboo poles while gracefully dancing with a fan, an umbrella or ones bare hands. The dance is native to the Maguindanao people, and is performed alone by a woman of royal blood who is advertising herself to suitors. With the modernized steps of folk dance companies, singkil now includes an entourage of dancers. Tinikling is nothing compared to Singkil, although both use bamboo poles.
A group of my friends attempted to perform the Singkil and I can’t tell you how many times …read more
Before leaving the island of Koh Tarutao on Survivor Philippines, the 8 members of the Jury cast their votes about who they thought deserved the title of Pinoy Sole Survivor.
Jace voted first. Vern was next, and she voted for Rob. She congratulated him, and said that regardless of what the others said about him, she agreed with Marlon that there was something in him that the others haven’t seen. Zita was next to vote, followed by Charisse. Kiko then voted for JC, addin an exclamation point to his vote. Kiko told JC that he made him proud and that he …read more
Episode 64 of Survivor Philippines is the last one before the winner is revealed!
The Final Two castaways, JC and Rob, go to the Tribal Council. Host Paolo Bediones was shown arriving in a speed boat. He called in the members of the Jury – Jace, Kiko, Vern, Marlon, Kaye, Zita, Cris and Charisse.
It seemed fitting that the last night on the island was stormy, with lightning often illuminating the ocean and the Tribal Council.
Day 39 was when the power to vote was transferred from the castaways to the Jury. Paolo said that the Jury members were witnesses to how …read more
The fate of the Final Two castaways on Survivor Philippines is now in the hands of the 8-member Jury.
In the last episode before the live finale on December 12, 2008, JC and Rob will each get a last chance to convince the Jury that he deserves to be the first Pinoy Sole Survivor.
How will the Jury vote?
Based on what I have seen on the 63 episodes, here’s who I predict the Jury members will choose to be the winner of Survivor Philippines, and why:
Jace – Jace believed that he had a strong alliance with JC, even after …read more
We are nearing the finale of Survivor Philippines! Out of the original 18 castaways, only two, bosom buddies JC and Rob, are left.
Farewell to Camp Chalam
Day 39 came. JC and Rob relaxed on their last day on the island. They got their treemail, which seemed to indicate that the end would come for the camp in the form of fire. JC and Rob cleaned up their home for 39 days, before they took their torches and set fire to it. They also burned the Chalam flag.
JC said that the memories of their days on the island with the …read more
Let’s start something new!
"FS Feedback" is a new series at Filipina Soul to give our readers (that’s you) a chance to voice their thoughts on a particular topic or issue. To spearhead this series, I’m giving away a Christmas bonus!
A random drawing will give you a chance to win your choice of a $20 gift card to Amazon or Paypal account, or an equivalent amount in Philippine peso of your choice of Phone cards.
So, our first Filipina Soul Feedback question:
What was your most memorable Christmas celebration?
We love to hear from you!
As to the …read more
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