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Hits and misses at Manila Art 2010

AFTER LAST year, it was difficult not to look forward to Manila Art 2010. Last year meant drinks and music, camaraderie, a certain high for having such a huge event for Philippine art.

... Manila Art 2010 was an infinitely bigger showcase than last year’s. There were plenty of sculptures and installations, and less familiar names were exhibited along with established names.

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The Pansit Gallery [Photos by MVI (Shubert Ciencia)]

Pansit  (Asian noodles) is integral part of quite a number of Filipino cuisines. both eaten daily and in almost all festive  occasions (birthdays, weddings, fiestas, family gatherings, meetings, outings, picnics, etc.) and other gatherings (e.g., meals during wake).

Included here are  just a sampling of the images of Noodles-based food collection by MVI (Shubert L. Ciencia). One of his passions, aside from his main churches, is pansit (Asian noodles).

Schubert was lucky enough to be in a job where he could travel quite a bit, quite extensively in the Philippines, and sometimes also in other parts of the world. His collection pansit images provide us a glimpse of the varied ways how various pansit cuisines are prepared in many part of the Philippines.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 15:19 )

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August Events

A full listing of the major  August festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism.

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July Events

A full listing of the major July festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism.

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June Events

A full listing of the major June festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism.

June 12th is the official Independence Day of the Philippines.  Up until the mid 1960s, the "Independence Day" of the Philippines was celebrated on July 4th, a declaration by the US Congress,  ceding control of the Philippines government to Filipinos, a year after the end of Pacific War in 1945.  The rise of Philippine nationalism considered the 4th of July date as vestige of American colonialism (1898-1946 except during Japanese occupation 1941-1945).

President Diosdado Macapagal acceded to the pressure from Filipinos, and reverted back the date of Philippine Independence Day to June 12th, which was the date when the government under the first Philippine Republic President Emilio Aguinaldo decared Philippine independence from Spain.

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May Events

A full listing of the major May festivals and celebrations in the Philippines from the Philippine Department of Tourism.

April and May are the Summer vacations for schools and universities in the Philippines.  They also coincide with the harvest season of "agrarian Philippines".  A bountiful harvest usually culminate an offering the "Bathala and Anitos" worshipped by the ancestors of  of Pre-Spanish era Filipinos. In case there was a drought a given year, the offering is also part of the prayer for better harvest during the next season.

A relic of this tradition is the "Pahiyas Festival" in a number of cities in  Quezon province, more notably Lucban, Quezon.

Capitalizing on this "harvest offering" tradition among "Pre-Spanish Era" Filipinos, the Friars channeled this tradition to offering the gifts to the patron saint of a given barangey, city/ town or province. Ther "fiesta" (feast) usually is commerated around the birthdate of the patron saint which then varied the specific date of the "fiesta" in various barangeys, cities/ towns and provinces throughout the country.

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