Salad Days

Next to halo-halo, the perfect summer treat for most Filipinos who grew up in the Philippines is buko salad, especially when fresh young coconut is readily available. Here's a traditional recipe from Kulinarya, the book put together by some of the Philippines' best chefs, that shows how buko fruit salad is done in the old days. Hint: it involves heat, not just mixing stuff together. Our Happy Home Cook recipe for the week.

If you're planning a balikbayan visit, do spare the time to visit Intramuros, the best-preserved remnant of Spanish Manila. First-time contributor Renz Mae S. Ladroma shows as what you can see and enjoy in the Walled City, complete with prices and other details.

In San Francisco where the musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is on stage until August 8, PF Correspondent Myles A. Garcia focus on Alysia Noelle Beltran, the Fil-Am actor who plays the lead role of Esmeralda, the gypsy.

Emerging as one of the acclaimed books of the year, Fil-Am author Elaine Castillo's first novel America Is Not the Heart is a must-read, according to reviewer Pia Cortez.

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For video of the week, CNN Philippines features the work of Dr. Josephine Bundoc and Prosthetics and Orthotics Technician Ariel Zinampan on assisting People with Disabilities (PWD).