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What is Harana? Impress Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day

what is Harana? impress Your Sweetheart on Valentine's Day Above img attribute: ffemagazine.com This Valentine’s Day, try a unique Filipino tradition (not to mention courageous!) and serenade your sweetheart with a love song.   What is Harana? During the olden days in the Philippines, the tradition of Harana - musical serenading outside someone’s window - was a popular event. Although harana has traditionally been used for a variety of purposes, the most common practice was for suitors to woo their…

filipino children's books you'll love

5 Filipino Children’s Books You’ll Love

5 Filipino Children’s Books You’ll Love I can’t get enough of Filipino children’s stories because they help bring the culture alive to a young child who may not have experienced it firsthand. They help kids learn about Filipino customs, traditions, values, language, and peak their interest for learning more. They also feature characters that look like me. I think it’s very important that kids read a variety of stories that have characters who look or act just like them. Growing…

Filipino American Voices - "What are You?" A Journey of Self Discovery

Filipino American Voices – What are You?

Filipino American Voices - What Are You? In the United States, Filipino Americans make up the second largest Asian group population. That’s pretty awesome! And each Filipino American has a unique voice and story to tell. That is why I am proud to introduce Filipino American Voices! A place for Filipino Americans to share their stories and experiences of what it is like being Filipino American. You can read last month's Filipino American Voices featuring Lora Bumatay - Lessons from a Balikbayan…

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This   Are You Filipino American, mestizo, mixed-race, ethnically ambiguous, or just interested in learning more about your self-identity?   This blog is for you!   I am Filipino American. I didn’t always associate myself with that identity. American, yes. Part Filipino was usually what I responded with if people ever asked me. I didn’t grow up learning a lot of Filipino culture. I couldn’t have really explained much about my…

How To Ride a Jeepney in the Philippines Like a Local

  How To Ride a Jeepney in the Philippines Like a Local I remember the first time riding a jeepney. I handed my 10-peso coin to the driver and sat back against the plastic vinyl seat letting my hair whip wildly in the Philippine breeze. It was an empowering moment, as if I had somehow accomplished something amazing. American learns how to ride a jeepney! I felt exhilarated. In that simple moment I fully realized for the first time what an…

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4 Fun Filipino Facts to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

4 Fun Filipino Facts to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Did you know May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Yup! It was established to celebrate the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May also happens to be National Heritage Month in the Philippines. As of 2003, the month of May was officially proclaimed to be National Heritage Month in order to preserve and promote…

Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics

Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics I came across this comic by Kiana Khansmith and thought it was very unique and thoughtful in explaining the mixed-race experience. I especially liked the one where everyone else defines Puppitty with their own terms for who they think Puppitty is, as if they are somehow the experts on the matter. In reality, no one can define you except you. And even then, you don't have to be a perfectly boxed-in idea of a certain…

what is the history of halo halo, a dessert in the Philippines

Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo?

Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo? Halo-Halo, the Filipino word which means “mix-mix,” is a popular dessert in the Philippines. More than popular, it is THE dessert of the Philippines. Summertime is when the competition gets fierce and every sari-sari store, street-side stand, and fast food chain will offer their own version of the sweet specialty. One of my favorites can be found at Mang Inasal because they serve their halo-halo in wide clear bowls that not only makes it…

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