Of Streets and Milestones

Can you go back to the street where you lived in your youth and recapture its magic? A writer returned to Teresa St. in Ermita where he spent his childhood years, and realized something profound. Read this endearing story of a time of innocence, "The Three 'Hills' of Teresa St.", that only a poet/author/teacher like Oscar Peñaranda can tell.

Author/publisher Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard reviews the latest collection of stories by internationally acclaimed author, Linda Ty-Casper, "A River, One-Woman Deep: Stories." Ty-Casper is considered one of the masters of Philippine literature who deftly situates her stories, novels and characters at various periods of historical ferment in the Philippines. This collection is set during the Estrada presidency, from 1998-2001. 

Anyone who browses the web for good Filipino recipes would have clicked on one from Panlasang Pinoy, the YouTube site of food blogger Vanjo Merano, which has 1.6 million subscribers and gets 4.5 million visitors a month. PF Correspondent and food expert Elizabeth Ann Quirino  drills down on Merano's recipe for success in this week's Watch Out World feature.

And Merano graciously shares his recipe for Ginataang Salmon (Salmon in Coconut) for the Happy Home Cook.

ICYMI, here are our In The Know links:

Philippines Officially Leaves the International Criminal Court

Trump Has Touted Debunked Story About U.S. General Killing 49 Muslims To End Terrorism

The Great Women Project Revives The Philippine Weaving Industry

An oral history of Cubao X: 'We were the first to believe in this place'

For Video of the Week, KTVU-Fox 2 ran a feature on the Lumpia, which is gaining popularity among the non-Filipino communities.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

Two Women

Two women making and writing history are the subjects of our two profiles this week.

From Honolulu, Dr. Belinda "Lindy" Aquino, founder of the University of Hawaii's Philippine Studies Program and author/esteemed professor/historian/activist, is profiled by Pepi Nieva in "Stranded in Paradise: How Lindy Aquino Became Hawaii’s Foremost Authority on the Philippines."

From London, Candy Gourlay, the critically acclaimed author of Bone Talk and the children's book, Is It A Mermaid?, is interviewed by UK-based writer Joy Watford in a piece titled "In Her Own Write."

And this being Women's Month, let's honor two women who had captured the nation's hearts through their music, their acting and their presence in the public eye. 

Read Again: 

Film critic Mauro Feria Tumbucon Jr.'s affectionate tribute to the one and only superstar, "The Timeless Nora Aunor." 

And a granddaughter shows her love for her beloved grandmother, Armida Siguion-Reyna of "Aawitan Kita" fame,  who recently passed away.

Our Happy Home Cook recipe is a sure favorite -- Paksiw na Bangus.

Here are our In The Know links this week: 

How ISIS Is Rising in the Philippines as It Dwindles in the Middle East

'They fooled us': the men who left ISIS in the Philippines

Get to know the women National Artists and Scientists

40 poorest provinces in the Philippines 

Job Very Well Done: Philippine Airlines (A350-900) in Business Class From Manila to JFK

For our Video of the Week, we feature the cultural preservation project called “Documenting and Preserving Mangyan Scripts in the 21st Century”

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino

All Rise for Inspiring Filipino Women 

We join the world in celebrating International Women's Day this Friday by featuring Filipino women, each very different from the others but equally deserving of accolades and respect.

First, Whang Od, the oldest living -- and most famous -- mambabatok or tribal tattoo artist. Living in a tiny village called Buscalan in Kalinga, she has singlehandedly drawn tourists by the hundreds eager to get her tattoo imprint. First-time contributor (who is also my daughter) Maia Almendral Esteves shares her first-hand experience with the 102-year-old lady. 

And then there's Conchita "Ching" Baltazar whose loyal and exemplary service to both her employer and the community of OFWs in Hong Kong earned her the accolade "Bagong Bayani." This story from The Sun Hong Kong is written by its editor, Daisy CL Mandap.

In the US, an impressive number of Fil-Am women have been elected and/or appointed to plum public positions in their respective cities and counties. PF Correspondent Cherie M. Querol Moreno introduces this "Rising Wave of Fil-Am Women Political Pioneers."

And if you're into the tattoo mode, here's an interesting Read Again from Mel Orpilla, "Mark of Four Waves," which puts a historical context to indigenous Philippine tattoos.

In time for Lent, here's a Read Again recipe for the Happy Home Cook: Vegan Longganisa from our favorite vegan chef, RichGail Enriquez.

In case you missed them, our links to interesting stories so you'll be In The Know:

'Do you ever think about me?': the children sex tourists leave behind

Meet the Chinese Patriots of the Philippines

A Walk to Remember: U.P. Organizes Commune Tour

Inspiring Loyalty, and Serving Chickenjoy at Jollibee

Our Video of the Week: another encounter between millennials and martial law victims.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino