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May 29, 2013

Globe Lumpia House, Quiapo Manila

As I'm searching for a place to eat in Quiapo area, I found out about the lumpia house that bloggers were raving.... The Globe Lumpia House.

The Globe Lumpia House started in 1956. It's a small eatery along Raon St. If you passed by Raon, kung hindi mo titignan mabuti, malamang na malalampasan mo.  Pero kung ayaw mo namang maghanap, pagtanong mo lang at alam halos ng lahat kung nasaan ito.

The store is so famous that it was featured on various tv shows.

This is where they prepare the lumpia.

Walang menu dito.... Lumpia lang at softdrinks. As you can see in the picture, they do not have a branch anywhere. Only in Quiapo!

They only sell Sarsi (Root Beer) and Pop cola here. You can also order bottled water.

When my lumpia arrived and start to eat, I saw the utensils. They have holes. I asked the server about it and he told me that it's their trademark since 1956. Kinda unique!

And this is my lumpia. I got 2 orders. It's crunchy and you can taste the garlic and peanut. It's yummy but I can't find something special about it. Siguro dahil sanay ako sa lumpiang sariwa na niluluto sa bahay dito sa Pampanga na mas masarap kaysa dito. But for the price (Php 16.00) it's not that bad. Nagulat nga kami sa dami ng kumakain sa maliit na store. Mas marami pa ang nag te-take-out! Sabi ng iba, hindi daw nagbago ang lasa ng Globe lumpia mula noong 1956. I will definitely come back and taste it again if I happen to go in Quiapo.

Globe Lumpia House 740 G. Puyat Street (Raon), Corner Quezon Avenue, Manila
(632) 733-2918

May 28, 2013

Walking Along Recto

10 years after graduating from college at CEU Mendiola, I found myself walking along C. M. Recto Avenue in Manila. I'm going to Quiapo to buy some stuffs for photobooth. We rode Victory Liner from Santa Rita Pampanga to Sampaloc Manila. When I woke up sa bus, I am not familiar to the surroundings. Ng mahimasmasan ako, nasa Bustillos pala kami. Nakita ko yung dalawang magkatapat na simbahan. I didn't know na nasa Bustillos na pala ang terminal ng Victory (sa tabi ng Lianas Supermarket).

Ang dami ng pagbabago. Its been a long time na pala.

C.M. Recto Avenue, also known as Calle Azcarraga was named after Supreme Court Associate Justice Claro M. Recto. The street (along University Belt) is famous for stores selling brand new and second-hand textbooks, invitations and diploma and even thesis.

 This is the Ever Gotesco Supermarket building along Recto.I remember I used to buy my supplies here. But now looks like it's condemn now.
Ever Gotesco Mall condemned building
One of the famous establishment along Recto is the Orient Pearl Shopping Arcade na katabi ng National Bookstore. Enter and you will find selections of brand new and second-hand books. You can even get rare titles. Of course, mas mura kesa sa mga bookstore.

And the famous Mang Vic. Dito nakumpleto ang collection ko ng Sydney Sheldon pocketbooks. Brand new at second hand meron siya. Meron ding Precious Hearts Pocketbooks.

Sa kahabaan din ng recto makikita ang mga pagawaan ng invitations at give-aways. Pati na rin diploma at medical certificates.

At sa Recto din makikita ang pinakapaborito ng lahat...ang pambansang pamilihan ng bayan...ang Divisoria.

May 1, 2013

Philippine Tradition: Santacruzan

Every month of May, almost every town in the Philippines are having parade of beauties known as Santacruzan.

Sagala in Santa Lucia San Fernando Pampanga

Santacruzan is a religious-historical parade of beauties depicting the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reyna Elena) and her son, Constantine the Great.  After the Holy Cross was found in Jerusalem and brought back to Rome, there was a celebration for thanksgiving. A novena in honor of the Holy Cross comes before the Santacruzan. This tradition was introduced by the Spaniards and now held every month of May. Many TV personalities and beauty queens joins the line-up of beauties.

1. Methuselah - he is bearded, bent with age, riding a cart looking preoccupied with toasting some grains of sand in a pan over a fire. This is a reminder that all that glitters will end up as dust like what he is toasting.

2. Reyna Banderada - a young lady dressed in a long red gown carrying a yellow triangular flag. She represents the coming of Christianity.

3. Aetas - represent the state of the country before the coming of Christianity. These are the unconverted Filipino pagans.

4. Reyna Mora - represents the dominant religion before Christianity (feminine of Moro from the Moslem religion).

5. Reyna Fe - symbolizes the virtue of faith - the first of the theological virtues. She carries a cross.

6. Reyna Esperanza - symbolizes the virtue of hope - the second theological virtue. She carries an anchor.

7. Reyna Caridad - symbolizes the virtue of charity - the third theological virtue. She carries a red heart.

8. Reyna Abogada - the defender of the poor and the oppressed. She wears a black graduation cap (toga) and gown and she carries a big book.

9. Reyna Sentenciada - has her slim hands bound by a rope. She is the symbol of the innocents who have been convicted. She is accompanied by two Roman soldiers.

10. Reyna Justicia - a personification of the "mirror of justice". She carries a weighing scale and a sword.

11. Reyna Judith - representing Judith of Pethulia who saved her city from the Assyrians after she beheaded the cruel holoferns. She carries the head of the beheaded man on one hand and a sword on the other.

12. Reyna Sheba - who visited the famed King Solomon and was overwhelmed by his wisdom, power and richess. She carries a jewelry box.

13. Reyna Esther - the biblical Jewish who spared her countrymen from death and destruction through timely intervention with the King Xerxes. She carries a scepter.

14. Samaritana - the woman who Christ spoke to at the well. She carries a jug on her shoulder.

15. Veronica - the woman who wiped the face of Jesus. She carries a bandana imprinted with the three faces of Jesus.

16. Tres Marias: Mary of Magdala - she carries a bottle of perfume; Mary, Mother of Christ - she carries a handkerchief; Mary, mother of James - she carries a bottle of oil.

17. Marian - celebrating the many titles of the Virgin Mary.
 a. A-v-e--M-a-r-i-a -- represented by eight (8) girls all Wearing long white dressess with wings to make them look like angels. Each one carries a letter to complete the word "AVE MARIA."
b. Divina pastora (Divine Shepherdess) - she carries a shepherdess' staff.
c. Reyna de las Estrellas (Queen of Stars) - she carries a wand with a star.
d. Rosa Mystica - she carries a bouquet of roses.
e. Reyna Paz (queen of peace) - she carries the symbol of peace.
f. Reyna de las Propetas - she carries a hour glass.
g. Reyna del Cielo (Queen of Heaven) she carries a flower. She has two (2) angels.
h. Reyna de las Virgines - she carries a rosary and is surrounded by two (2) little angels.
i. Reyna de las Flores (Queen of Flowers) - she carries a bouquet of flowers.

18. Reyna Elena (Queen Helena) - the legendary founder of the true Cross, represented by the small cross she carries. She is escorted by her son, Constantine.

The procession is accompanied by a band or choir singing the "Dios te Salve"I hope that this traditional Santacruzan may continue to practice in every town at hindi yung puro sagala lang.

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