While they despised and hated the rule of martial law in the lowland, we the family farmers in the mountain part of Inopacan suffered the atrocities and brutalities of the NPA rebels.The constabulary and later the army soldiers maltreated us also. We have nowhere to stay. The farmers were forced to leave the farm and settled literally within the border of the sea and land in the lowland and became fishermen. Most of the youths left Inopacan and became house helpers and workers in Metro Manila and they stayed their until now because they have nothing to come back for. The abaca farms industry were wiped out that many believed were intentionally done by saboteur. Every week someone got lost and never came back. Then one fateful night, the rebels purged a number of males in our barrio, some were fathers of my playmates and few were our relatives 😔🙁😟😔They brought the victims to the forest of Caulisihan, forced them to dig the ground, then blind folded them and shot them in the head. Their bodies were discovered and dug out later in 2006 from the ground dug by the victims in 1980's. The place is now referred to as the Garden.I hate to retell the story. But must be told again because I hate more if that will happen again.
AWESOME VISAYAN FIVE FINGER SPICE.
This one is legally among the fave in Visayas. I got a bundle of it in Roxas City and ventured to grow them in my pots. It grows well. Kanami guid ani sa sinabaw to. Kabalo ka?
I'm sure, some of you already knew this is called LABOG in Central Visayas. It is used to sour seafood and slow food meat dishes particularly nilaga. It is called by other names in other regions. I shared this for cultural awareness to our kind of ingredients and food ways. Long before, native islanders of Negros would use labog leaves to sour dishes before suka became widely known and other strongly sour fruits became popular souring agents in local cuisine.Now, labog seems to be sidelined and no longer famous because of some influences and the influx of other souring agents introduced in our cooking. We can relive the savory sour taste of labog by telling and retelling that this is how we flavor our food in our own way.
So let's make it clear - this is not cannabis but a weed called labog. -----------------------------------
Ang mga sumusunod ay iilan sa mga kilalang ibang tawag ng labog batay sa kinuukulang rehiyon:
LABOG sa mga Ilonggo at Hiligaynon
BURAKEKE or LILIMANG DAHON sa Bulacan
SABNIT sa Mindoro
ROSEL or ROSELYES sa Bicol
KALATOYTOY ng Palawan.
Inaalam ko pa sa ngayon kung ano ang tawag nito sa Ingles at kung ano ang katagang tawag nito sa botanika. Kung sakali man po ay alam nyo, ikinalulugod kong muli kung akoy bahagian ng inyong kaalaman.
Maraming salamat sa pagtangkilik ng ating mga lahad. Nawa ay magpatuloy at mamalagi kayo sa pagsubaybay at pakikibahagi nito sa iba.
MY BOOK WON THE 39TH GINTONG AKLAT AWARDS yesterday.
Salamat sa lahat.
THE GINTONG AKLAT AWARDS
THE TOTAL BOOK AWARD
The prestigious Ginton g Aklat Awards, established in 1981, is given out regularly to outstanding book publishers based on the quality of the books they produced year after year. Managed by the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP), the Awards are meant to recognize excellence in bookmaking in the country's book industry.
Book entries are judged for all-around excellence and are subjected to close scrutiny by professional panels in book quality, design, and content. Entries must merit an excellent rating in each aspect of bookmaking in order to qualify for the gold prize. A book winner of the Gintong Aklat, therefore, will have been judged not only on its contents but on its totality as a book. Contest entries are divided over several subject categories - Literature in Filipino, Literature in English, Arts & Humanities, Food, Natural Science, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, and Inspirational and Self-Help.
Meant to recognize and encourage professional book publishing as an industry, the Gintong Aklat qualifies as participants only bonafide publishers engaged in book publishing as their main line of business.