Tula Para Sa Aking Bayan

Sa aking pag-alala kay Jose Rizal:

 

Sa bawat araw na sinisikatan ka ng araw

Sa bawat oras na mga bulaklak mo’y humahalimuyak

Tila hindi napapansin

Tila binabaliwala

Tila ba’y hinahayaan

Tila ba’y binibigay na lamang

Ang kaluluwa ng inang bayan

Ang kaisipan, katauhan, at kalahatan

Bakit binibigay na lamang

Bakit hinahayaan na lamang

Na iilang tao ang makinabang

Bakit binibigay na lamang

Bakit hinahayaan na lamang

Na mabulag sa katotohanan

Na ang ating inang bayan

Ay patuloy na nasisidlak

Ay patuloy na inaalipin

At ikaw

At ikaw na nakakarinig ng aking tinig

Ay nabibingi

Ay nabubulag

Dahil saan?

Para saan?

Sa sarili mong kapakanan?

Sa sarili mong kakaunting kalayaan?

Ni hindi mo ba naisip

Na ang kaluluwa mo

At kaluluwa ng inang bayan ay iisa?

Na ang halimuyak mo

At ang halimuyak ng kanyang bulaklak ay iisa?

Dahil ikaw at ako

Tayo

Ay nanggaling sa isang sinapupunan

Ikaw, ako

Tayo

Ay iisang dugo

Ikaw, ako

Tayo

Ay iisang lahi

Tayo ay Pilipino

Ito ang ating inang bayan

Nasan ang iyong pagibig?

Nasan ang iyong pagpapahalaga?

Inaalipin na pero hinahayaan mo pa

Tila hindi napapansin

Tila binabaliwala

Tila ba’y hinahayaan

Tila ba’y binibigay na lamang

Ang kaluluwa ng inang bayan ay syang iyo din

Ang kaisipan, katauhan, at kalahatan ay siyang iyo din

Sa bawat araw na sinisikatan siya ng araw

Sa bawat oras na mga bulaklak niya’y humahalimuyak

Ay bawat oras na sinisikatan ka din ng araw

At bawat oras ng iyo ding pag halimuyak

Nasaan ka Pilipino?

Andito ang iyong Pilipinas!

Nasaan ka Pilipino?

Tumingin ka!

Makinig ka!

Heto na ang iyong Pilipinas!

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Food blog: Divisoria and Binondo

Divisoria, Manila’s ultimate flea market and Binondo, Manila’s chinatown for today’s road trip. My dad just decided after lunch that we go. So then I thought, some of the best food I’ve tasted are here. So here goes the Blackberry sticking out to take pictures in the middle of a chaotic crowd finding their way to their whereabouts. It’s only here that I see streets filled not by cars but by people, squeezed further in by bangketa vendors selling some of the cheapest stuff you can’t even find within your budget in the best and biggest malls around Manila. So here goes:

First for the food trip is a very delicious Korean bottled drink that me and my dad bought in a stall in a ‘mall’ called 999 mall. It tastes like grape juice that’s not purple, and it has aloe vera bits that you can liken to buko bits. 50php for a bottle.

On the road, while finding our way through the chaotic crowd, we came across a food shop that sells fried siopao. Yes! FRIED! The problem is, this is not usually the shop where we really get our fried siopao. So, not really the best I’ve eaten. 16php for one. (I’ll have the real deal later)

So we got what we went for outside Divisoria mall (which are the cheapest. Yes, the stores outside sell the cheapest stuff, but of course, at your own risk!), we even saw a couple literally trying to kill each other (not a really good sight!). In the foodcourt of 999 mall, 3F level, I tried this small pastry shop’s Macapuno Pie and Chicken Pot Pie. Really good!!! It’s Simple Bread by Chef Andrew. The Macapuno pie is not that sweet. It has the softness that you would get when you eat an egg pie with Macapuno on top that is so good! The Chicken pot pie is also the same. It is really soft. It has corn and carrots and some cream which adds to its softness. Crispy outside and soft and creamy inside. 22php each.

After Divisoria, we opted to pass by Ongpin where we get our favorite snacks when we go to this side of Manila. Near the corner of Tomas Mapua and Ongpin is an age-old store that you wouldn’t recognize just by looking at the signs (they just pasted the store’s name below a sign the reads ‘Fujifilm’. Resourceful!). They sell the perfectly tasting sugar cane juice and the best-tasting fried siopao. Yes! 2 different fried siopaos in a day. But, I tell you, this is way way better. It has a meatball with chives and subtle onions inside. The meat tastes good, lightly salted. And because it is freshly cooked, the steam just goes up after the first bite. Even though it is a store of discrete measures, people know what this store is all about even though there are no tables to accomodate diners. I tell you, the best tasting fried siopao in town! 15php for the sioapo and 12php for a glass of sugarcane juice.

The day’s not done. For dinner, we head to a vegan resto that I discovered online.

the Korean drink that tastes like grape juice with aloe vera bits 50php

the Korean drink that tastes like grape juice with aloe vera bits 50php

the first fried siopao store where we were at

the first fried siopao store where we were at

where they 'fry' the siopao 16php

where they ‘fry’ the siopao 16php

macapuno pie 22php

macapuno pie 22php

chicken pot pie 22php

chicken pot pie 22php

best fried siopao! Ongpin cor. Tomas Mapua

best fried siopao! Ongpin cor. Tomas Mapua

sugar cane juice 12php

sugar cane juice 12php

best fried siopao 15php

best fried siopao 15php

Alexander John ‘AJ’ Villanueva
posted from my Blackberry

some of my music

For all who are reading this, I want you to know that I am a musician by heart. I am studying composition in the Philippines. I and my family have high dreams for myself. Music is my first and forever love.

Food just comes second. I search for the best restaurants and food stalls here in Manila, and I tell you what I think about it. It’s fun after all! Like any Asian country, Manila is a food Mecca–a place where food is part of tradition, rituals, and everyday life. I will blog things about that, don’t worry!

But for the mean time, I give you some of my music that I chose to love.

This is me conducting!