Author Archives: Chef Layug

Voodoo and ancient Philippine spirituality

The mere mention of voodoo conjures up visions of dark arts, pins in dolls, horrific spirits and savage sacrifices. I never ever thought that through voodoo I would be given an incredible insight into the mysterious world of my Filipino … Continue reading

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Bamboo dance: a common heritage

The  tinikling of Leyte in the Visayas region is a popular bamboo dance in the Philippines. The dance imitates the movement of the tikling bird as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by … Continue reading

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Split bamboo: dance of the perfect man and woman

The familiar story of the Tagalog creation story “Si Malakas at si Maganda” (The strong one, and the beautiful one); the first man and first woman emerging from the equal halves of a single piece of bamboo, is well known … Continue reading

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Rising from the sea: origin of land and people

According to the cosmology of the Itneg (Tinguian) of Abra, in the beginning there was only the sky and the sea. One day a kite (Haliastur indus intermedius) grew tired of flying but had no place to alight and rest, so … Continue reading

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Peeling off the layers.

The complicated culture and history of the Filipino people is becoming more and more visible both in media and in publications as the country gains interest from the global community due to a currently strong performing economy, an escalating territorial … Continue reading

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