Food and Heroes

In a small coastal town named Borgarnes (pop. 1,500) in Iceland, a Filipino restaurant, Matstofan, has been serving Filipino food with Icelandic touches  for over two decades. First-time PF contributor Jennifer Fergesen took a bus from Reykjavik, Iceland's capital 70 km away, to see how Cora Villanueva Grönfeldt runs her restaurant, which has the distinction of being the northernmost Filipino restaurant in the world.

From Matstofan comes our Happy Home Cook recipe of the week, Rhubarb Sinigang, definitely a touch of the unique.

Aspiring young writers, some barely in their teens, in Manila can now get valuable writing inspiration and lessons from Write Things, formerly known as Where the Write Things Are, ran by the children of journalist/author Neni Sta. Romana Cruz. Roel, her son, writes about their vision of creating a writing community of young Filipinos.

We can't let go of the month of August without reminders of the heroes of our past. Read Again:

"Andres Bonifacio, the Other National Hero," by Dr. Penelope V. Flores. On August 23, 1896, Bonifacio led the historic revolutionary moment immortalized as the Cry of Balintawak. 

President Manuel L. Quezon, born August 19, 1878, is remembered for many things, one of them an unparalleled humanitarian act not commonly known. We share historian Ambeth R. Ocampo's story on how "Quezon Saved Jews from the Holocaust." 

And more good reading you might have missed from other publications: 

Activist priest recounts 'close call' with death squad

The people left behind by Philippines' brutal war on drugs - photo essay

Fil-Am author Erin Entrada Kelly on bullying, hope, and her new Filipino folklore-inspired book

Watch: How Chicken Adobo Unites the 7,000+ Philippine Islands

and for Video of the Week we feature Norman King,the first aeta to graduate from the University of Philippines.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino