Hometown Is Where the Heart Is

We're really hitting gold with our Hometown stories and we hope you send in yours. We define "hometown" as the place you remember from childhood. It doesn't matter if you grew up in an urban area or you spent only a snippet of your childhood in a particular place. Wherever you have memories -- no matter what they are --  that's your hometown. 

This week, Lilia V. Villanueva transports us to her beloved hometown with "My Bacolod of Sights, Sounds, Smells." 

Going back further in our homeland's history, PF Correspondent Dr. Penelope V. Flores once again submits an evocative piece, "Surprising Facts About Ferdinand Magellan and His Voyage to the Philippines." If the archipelago had been named Magallanes, what would we, its natives, be called?

Summertime in the western hemisphere means travel to many. Here are two stories to Read Again if you're dreaming of a French holiday: 

The artist Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi writes fondly about her adopted hometown, Limeuil, considered one of the most villages in France: http://www.positivelyfilipino. com/magazine/limeuil

Author/journalist Criselda Yabes writes about her part-time home, the remote village of Haybes in the Les Ardennes region of France: http://www.positivelyfilipino. com/magazine/my-french-village

And if you missed reading these interesting stories in various publications, here are some links so you will be In The Know:

Natixis' Nguyen Sees More Downside for Philippine Peso

15 Filipino Actors Who Are Making It in Hollywood

The 50 Best Filipino Films of the 21st Century

UCLA alumna creates pop-up ice cream shop featuring Filipino flavors

5 Filipino heroines who changed Philippine history

And for a summer refresher to counter the scorching heat, PF Correspondent and resident foodie Elizabeth Ann Quirino shares "Cantaloupe Strings-Calamansi Dessert Drink," which should bring back memories of hot summer days in our Motherland.

For our Video of the Week, Emirates Airline released a video of Baylor University School of Music Men’s Choir performing Ryan Cayabyab's “Da Coconut Nut” after a flight to the US from Kenya. “You wake up one day and a song you wrote nearly 30 years ago has 10 million + views on the internet in three days,” Cayabyab reacted on facebook.

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino