Month: July 2014

Unilever Opens Nominations for Top Young Filipino Social Entrepreneurs

Award is in partnership with Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and in collaboration with Ashoka, which offers young entrepreneurs over PhP12M in financial and mentoring support.
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It’s time to put those big ideas to work as Unilever is once again inviting young people to come up with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and enter them in the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards (USL YEA).

Open to anyone aged 30 or under, Unilever is looking for scalable and sustainable products, services or applications that reduce environmental impact, improve health, and well-being or enhance livelihoods, through changes in practices or behaviours.

The Awards, in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and in collaboration with Ashoka, will offer seven young people a total of more than PhP12 million in financial support and individually tailored mentoring. The overall winner will also receive the prestigious HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

All seven global finalists will also take part in an online development programme and a two-day accelerator workshop at Cambridge University, UK, where expert help and professional guidance will be provided, to help them develop their ideas.

“The Philippines has a strong chance to win this award, especially since the Filipino youth are undoubtedly one of the most creative and optimistic citizens of the world. Coming from a country that has seen first hand the real impact of poverty to its people, a number of these young ones have become passionate enough to bring about change through social entrepreneurship,” said Unilever Philippines Chairman and CEO Rohit Jawa.

“Now, it’s high time that the whole world recognize the efforts and advocacies of the young Filipino social entrepreneurs to enable them to reach a larger audience, thus create bigger impact and real change for the sectors of society who are most in need of our help.”

The USL YEA is hosted online at Ashoka Changemakers, a community that connects social entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other, at http://www.changemakers.com/sustliving2014.

Applications are now open, and must be submitted by the closing date of 12 midnight on August 1, 2014. Finalists will be announced late October 2014, with the Cambridge accelerator workshop and final judging in January 2015.

Last year, over 500 young entrepreneurs from more than 90 countries entered the Awards. Winning projects included: a mobile data and messaging system that tracks water supply and optimized use (India), low-cost chicken-feed made from waste mango seed (Nigeria), water-less toilets in rural areas (Peru), and a work-for-education swap scheme where the children of low-income farm workers received education in return for their parents donating their labour to a farming collective (Nepal).

The overall winner—who won €50,000 (almost PhP 3M) and the HRH The Prince of Wales Prize—was Gamal Albinsaid, a 24 year old Indonesian, who addressed two sustainability challenges with one idea: converting the value in household waste into health insurance for low income families. This inspiring initiative is now being turned into a repeatable model in communities throughout Indonesia.

Of this awards, Unilever CEO Paul Polman said: “I believe that youth hold the key to unlocking solutions to many of the challenges our planet faces and last year’s finalists are proof of this. Young people will soon represent 50 percent of the population in developing and emerging countries, but they are 100 percent of the future, so it’s absolutely vital we continue to enroll them in the task of making sustainable living commonplace and invest in their ideas.”

For his part, Polly Courtice, LVO, Director of CISL, remarked: “The first year of the Unilever awards highlighted the creativity and entrepreneurial dynamism of young people across the world in tackling critical sustainability issues. We are delighted to bring the research insight of the Cambridge community together with our worldwide network of business leaders, to support these awards in encouraging the innovation and leadership we so urgently need.”

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About Unilever:
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. We work with 174,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, some of which – Knorr, Persil, Dove, Sunsilk, Surf, Lipton, Rexon, Magnum, and Axe – now generate a turnover of €1 billion (php 59B) or more.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (sourcing, consumer use, disposal, etc.) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined nine pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. Unilever has been named sector leader of the CDP’s Forests programme for three consecutive years, and in 2013 led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey – for the third year running. Unilever was named LinkedIn’s third most sought-after employer worldwide in 2013.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit http://www.unilever.com.

About University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) brings together business, government and academia to find solutions to critical sustainability challenges.
Capitalising on the world-class, multidisciplinary strengths of the University of Cambridge, CISL deepens leaders’ insight and understanding through its executive programmes, builds deep, strategic engagement with leadership companies, and creates opportunities for collaborative enquiry and action through its business platforms.
Over 25 years, CISL have developed a leadership network with more than 5,000 alumni from leading global organisations and an expert team of Fellows, Senior Associates and staff. HRH The Prince of Wales is the patron of CISL and has inspired and supported many of the institute’s initiatives.
http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk

About AshokaChangemakers
AshokaChangemakers is a community of action that connects social entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other. Through its online collaborative competitions and open-source process, Changemakers.com is one of the world’s most robust spaces for launching, discussing, and funding ideas to solve the world’s most pressing social problems. Changemakers builds on Ashoka’s three-decade history and belief that we all have the ability to be a Changemaker.

http://www.changemakers.com

 

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#ShareACoke

Share A Coke Philippines
Coca-Cola Philippines hosted a fun afternoon last Saturday, July 12, to invite everyone to Share a Coke with each other. The phenomenal Coca-Cola campaign that has taken over 50 nations by storm is finally in the Philippines.

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Coca-Cola has released the most popular Pinoy nicknames, terms of endearment, and group names on personalized Coca-Cola products for a more fun and personal way of sharing a Coke.
Leading the celebration at the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall was JasminVinculado, Marketing Director of Coca-Cola Philippines, who also headed the first ever Share a Coke campaign in Australia.

“We brought Share A Coke to the Philippines with one goal – to share happiness. Sharing a Coke is a simple yet fun and exciting way for us Filipinos to be able to show our appreciation to people who make us happy. For mothers who cook our breakfasts every day, for the fathers who drop off their children to school every morning, for the friends who listen to our never-ending problems, for the manang who serves our food in the cafeteria, for the manong who opens the door for us and wishes us a great day with his bright smile, for everyone who has shown us kindness—we would like to share a Coke with them simply because we know that happiness is made more real when shared.” Vinculado enthuses.

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Among the event’s highlights was a celebration of the long-standing partnership between Coca-Cola and the country’s leading teen clothing brand Bench/. Staying true to the essence of Share a Coke, Vinculado, on behalf of Coca-Cola, shared a Coke with Ben Chan, Chairman and CEO of Bench to show the company’s appreciation for all the years they have worked together.

This was followed by a fashion show, where models clad in stylized Share a Coke shirts showcased their personalized Coca-Cola bottles and cans on the catwalk. At the same time, they entertained and interacted with the co-models and guests alike by showing them the many ways of sharing a Coke.

Coca-Cola Happiness Ambassadors Joseph Marco, Julia Montes and Enchong Dee gave the audience a blast by sharing personalized Coke cans bearing terms of endearment “Crush,” “Hottie,” and “Love” to some unsuspecting guests.

The message of the event was simple: Sharing a Coke is a simple yet personal way to show appreciation for people who make you happy. It inspired all attendees to show gratitude for even the small, everyday gestures that otherwise go unnoticed – like how your officemate “Jen” makes work more exciting, how your barkada serves as your second family, how your BFFs provide the best shoulder to lean on, how your kuya is always there to protect you, or how your ‘nay loves you unconditionally.

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Showing our appreciation for other people’s simple gestures by sharing a Coke has never been more fun and exciting. The personalized Coke packs are available in sari-sari stores, convenience stores, groceries, supermarkets and even vending machines nationwide. You may also drop by Share a Coke booths in supermarkets, malls and schools to have your own personalized Coca-Cola printed in an instant.

For more details, please check out http://www.shareacoke.com.ph or visit the official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram of Coca-Cola Philippines.

 

INSPIRE LIMITED WIRELESS EDITION

 Cut the cords and unleash your inner athlete!

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If you’re fed up with irritating earphone cords chaining you to your phone or music device, now you can move with complete freedom!

With the yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition Wireless sport earphones, you’ll never have your earphone cords getting in the way of your workout again. Inspire Limited Edition Wireless are the first-ever stereo Bluetooth® wireless earphones guaranteed never hurt and never fall out, enabling you to workout snag- and pain-free every time.

Prepare to be aurally impressed with these ‘buds – equipped with 15mm drivers, yurbudsInspire Limited Edition Wireless earphones more than double the driver size of many other stereo wireless earphones, providing bigger and better sound. Great news for those who love to get their heart pumping with thumping beats! They also allow for ambient sound, permitting you to remain aware of your surroundings on your walk or run.

Inspire Limited Edition Wireless lock perfectly into place and are comfortable for hours, thanks to yurbuds’ ergonomic TwistLock™ Technology and FlexSoft™ Comfort Fit. Inspire Limited Edition Wireless are also sweat and water resistant and the two buds are connected by a durable Kevlar cord, which can be worn either under the chin or behind the head.

Seamlessly integrating volume and full track and call control, the noise cancelling dual-microphone system lets you easily answer phone calls while you’re on the go. If you’ve ever tried to have a phone conversation in a windy space you’ll love the functionality of the wind-blocking microphone on these yurbuds!

The Inspire Limited Edition Wireless’ battery powers an impressive week’s worth of workouts and provides visual and audible indicators when running low. A micro USB charging port makes recharging the earbuds simple.

The yurbudsInspire Limited Edition Wireless come with a lifetime warranty and retails for P7500.It will soon be available in the following stores: Power Mac Center, Runnr, Planet Sports, and R.O.X.

This is serious sound with no strings attached – go ahead and break free!
For further media information, to speak to the Philippine distributor or to request hi-res images please contact:

Christine Majadillas
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About yurbuds

yurbuds was founded in 2008 by Seth Burgett, President and CEO, an active triathlete and Richard Daniels, COO, a 24-time marathoner. Burgett and Daniels left their corporate roles and joined forces to improve personal performance. They have been joined by Craig Ceranna, CFO and Managing Director, to realize the company’s mission: transform the athlete’s experience through personalized service and exceptional audio products that integrate ergonomics and emotive design. Cascos Inc.distributes yurbuds in the Philippines.

 

Contiki Storytellers: Costa Rica

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Mikhael is enjoying the sea while on his way to Storytellers’ next destination

Contiki invites Storytellers to Costa Rica during Earth Month for Contiki Cares latest project and Mikhael Daez is the first ever Contiki Storyteller from Asia.Mikael Daez and11 social influencers fromaround the world join Contiki in Costa Rica and gives followers the chance to win a trip.

As a continuation of the Earth Month initiatives from last year in the Galapagos Islands, Contiki Holidays has invited Mikae Daez and a selection of 11 inspiring storytellers from around the world to travel to Costa Rica for their newest Contiki Cares partnership (www.contiki.com/contikicares) with The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). “I am extremely excited for the trip to Costa Rica and to be part of the Contiki Cares program. It’s great that I’m able to travel with a great purpose and share the experience with everyone else, most especially the Filipinos. I’m also looking forward to meeting the other Contiki  Storytellers along with Céline Cousteau during the Sea Turtle Conservancy project. I’m sure we will all be learning a lot from the trip as well as one another. Let’s do this!!!! Woohoo!” said Mikael Daez, the 26 year old heartthrob host of GMA Network’s “Midnight!Snack”.

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Mikhael Daez with a huge Costa Rican bug

Coach travel company Contiki Holidays for 18-35’s brought the wildlife to the city on Wednesday, June 25, as it gave us a peek into adventurer and TV host Mikael Daez’s recent journey to Costa Rica.

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Mikhael is taking a selfie while rappeling

Last April, Contiki Tours, the world leader in youth travel experience, took 12 Storytellers and major influencers from around the world to a VIP conservation trip based on Contiki’s Costa Rica Unplugged itinerary. Among the storytellers were Mikael Daez, who came with his brother and videographer Nicky Daez.
With the help of host and Contiki Asia PR specialist Choy Teh, Contiki Asia Head of Sales and Marketing Kevin Khor opened the event with a spellbinding video of how the 12 Storytellers came together and had the most memorable trip of their lives in Costa Rica.
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The video showed the Central American country in a whole new perspective, showing that despite Costa Rica covering only 1% of the world’s land mass, a great chunk of it is strongly protected. This is due to its people’s great respect for the environment, a fact strongly promoted in their culture.

The highlight of the video was the Storytellers’ one-of-a-kind experience watching a turtle lay its eggs in the middle of the night. Mikael says this was his most memorable experience of the trip, if only for its surreal beauty. He even shared how they all had to watch quietly from behind the turtle as to not alert the animal of their presence.

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Bridge crossing: more fun in the middle of a forest

Mikael went on to show a series of Instagram videos care of his brother Nicky, showing the highlights of their trip to Costa Rica.

Mikael says he was inspired by the Costa Rican’s great passion for caring for their environment, with everyone making an effort to preserve their natural wonders.

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Living with #noregrets is every Contiki Storyteller’s mantra

He adds this trip was, without a doubt, the best adventure he has ever had. He says the best thing about it was that he was able to travel with a group of people who have the same passion for travel and adventure as him. Mikael says this is what he likes most about Contiki, it’s great ability to allow the youth to interact. He adds that what’s important in every travel is not the place, but the people you meet throughout the journey – a job that Contiki does best.

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Mikael Daez takes best boat seat with a good view of the sea and surrounding islands

Contiki is a worldwide leader in tours for travelers who are 18 to 35 years old, something of an issue for some professionals who choose to put career over exploring the world. To these people, Mikael says that traveling actually makes a person fresher. It might require people to spend money, but one thing’s for sure, they will always come back with more – more experience, more knowledge, and more strength to face the world.

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The Travel Corporation Public Relations Specialist Choy Teh, Contiki Storyteller Mikael Daez, Contiki Asia Head of Sales and Marketing Kevin Khor

Mikael is the first Contiki Storyteller from Asia. Khor says he was undoubtedly the best choice, what with his unbelievable passion for travel, adventure, and food. Also, mainly because his life alone is already one big adventure.

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel General Manager for Energy Services Alberto Santos Jr., Contiki Storyteller Mikael Daez, Rajah Travel Corporation General Manager Melma Sayson

She’s Dating The Gangster

KathNiel returns to the big screen in She’s Dating The Gangster

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She’s Dating The Gangster is the much-awaited big screen adaptation of Bianca Bernardino’s best-selling filipino novel of the same title, which sold over 70,000 copies in the paperback and possesses an incredible online hit over 600,000 readership in Wattpad.
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Kathryn and Daniel are perfectly cast to play the lead roles in the film version of this astounding novel, as their love team is equally phenomenal. the unbeatable team-up of Kathniel captured the hearts of millions of Filipinos through thier top rating and hit soaps on ABS-CBN namely Princess & I and this years’ Got To Believe. The success of Kathniel on TV paved the way for their triumphant crossover to the silver screen primarily as part of the ensemble cast of 2012’s 24/7 In Love, which marked the 20th anniversary of Star Magic and the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival mega-blockbuster Sisterakas. Their impressive film exposure in these two important movies eventually led to their first solo starrer Must Be…Love (2013), which spawned Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay. Pagpag futher solidified the power of Kathniel as it currently holds the coveted record of being the highest-grossing horror film ever to participate in the MMFF.
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With the upcoming release of She’s Dating The Gangster, the versatility of Kathryn and Daniel as two of ABS-CBN’s most accomplished young actors will once again be showcased. Die hard fans as well as certified film aficionados are in for the unforgettable cinematic experience as She’s Dating The Gangster  She’s Dating The r will feature yet another undiscovered facet to both Kathryn and Daniel as young thriving artists.
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At the helm of She’s Dating The Gangster is box-office director Cathy Garcia-Molina whose film credits include some of Star Cinema’s most memorable love stories such as Close To You (2006), You Changed My Life (2008) and Four Sisters and A Wedding (2013) to mention a few. Adapted for the big screen by Carmi Raymundo and Charlene Bernardo, She’s Dating The Gangster  is a contemporary Filipino love story for all ages.
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The story revolves around the intertwined lives of a set of young star-crossed lovers (Kenji & Athena, played by Daniel and Kathryn) with a major unfinished business to settle and an unlikely couple (Kenneth & Kelay, also played by Daniel and Kathryn) who unexpectedly finds love in their individual quests to set things right for the people closest to their hearts.
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She’s Dating The Gangster carries the universal theme that true love surpasses the test of time. The film also offers an optimistic view on romance as it provides moviegoers hope that they need to look far and wide to find true love, as it could be right in front of them all this time, all along.
She’s Dating The Gangster also stars Khalil Ramos, Sofia Andres, Pamu Pamorada, Marco Gumabao, John Uy, Alex Diaz, Igi Boy Flores and Yana Asistio. Veteran and award winning actors Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta, who boasts of an iconic love team that is still solid and strong as ever, are portraying very special roles in the film.
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As part of Star Cinema’s on going 20th anniversary celebration, She’s Dating The Gangster will be shown in cinemas nationwide beginning July 16.
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ALASKA FC UFL LEAGUE

NEWCOMERS ALASKA FC TEAM MAKE THEIR MARK AT THE FC UFL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Sandro Reyes of the Makati Alaska FC Team played hard for the Championship at the Finals of the FC UFL League Cup last June 29 at the Emperador Stadium, McKinley Heights against the Loyola Meralco FC Team. The Alaska FC Team is proud to make it to the finals and winning 2nd place in the Boys 9 and Boys 11 category. Sandro is a scholar of the prestigious FC Barcelona Escola and returned to Manila to reinforce the Alaska FC Team. Become a champion too and join Alaska’s sports programs now! NUTRITION.ACTION CHAMPION.For more information, check out http://www.alaskamilk.com and live tweets and updates @ALASKAsportshub.

Vigan Products

Filipinos are urged to be more active in the voting process and campaign to make Vigan City one of the New7 Wonder Cities of the World. Vigan City, the only world’s heritage city in the Philippines and the only representative of the country in the search for the New7 Wonder Cities of the World, has made it to the top remaining 21 finalists. Along the way as we promote Vigan, here are the list of Vigan’s most proud products.
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LABBA
It is a round basket usually carried on the head. It is made of rattan or “uway”woven in a zigzag design. It is used in carrying fruits and vegetables harvests. It is a practice for Bigueños to put their first harvest of the year in a “labba” as they believe that the next harvest would be more bountiful.
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TAMPONG
“Tampong” is the easiest to pack belongings by tying diagonal ends of the abel blanket to form a sack. In the olden times, it was used by eloping sweethearts (“tanan”) or when transferring to another house.
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ABEL ILOKO
Weaving requires artistry and patience. It is an industry for housewiveswhile doing house chores. In earlier days, households in the weaving barrios of Vigan,had a “Tilar” (loom) which became a symbol of the industrious character of Ilocano women.
Abel cloth is a traditional woven product known for its durablity and beauty. Its patterns and colors are derived from the natural environment of the Ilocos region.During the Colonial Period, abelwas used as sailcloth for ships and boats.
Binakol is a weave synonymous to Vigan. It is characterized by interlocked geometric patterns that result in an optical illusion design that represent the waves of the sea.It is no wonder that the binakol is woven by women in the coastal barangays of Vigan.They are commonly sewn into blankets, table cloths and runners. The whirlwind pattern is also believed to drive away evil spirits because of the psychedelicpatterns.
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BURNAY
This earthenware is called burnay. The industry dates back to pre-Colonial times when the Chinese came to settle in Vigan. They introduced the skill of making the earthenware using the clay found in the barangays nearby.Burnay were originally used to storegrains, vinegar, wine and bagoong. In Vigan, the clay is kneaded by a carabao (water buffalo) before it goes to the potter’s wheel, shaped into jars and fired at controlled temperatures in a wood-fired Dragon kiln. These wonderful pieces of art combine the elements of earth, wind, fire and water that only the expert potter can create.
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VIGAN HOMEOWNERS PRESERVATION MANUAL
The ViganHomeowners Preservation Manual is a collaboration between the City Government of Vigan, The University Of Northern Philippines and the UNESCO Bangkok Office. It is a useful tool for students, architects and the ancestral homeowners themselves. Contained in the book are elements of the Vigan House, the construction methods and the processes in its restoration. Also included are vignettes on vigan such as religious architecture, fiestas and festivals, molding and weaving a heritage and comida from the kusina.
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DAMILI/TERRACOTA
Damili is the Ilocano term for molding. This terra-cotta or red-clay craft is one of the traditional industries that Vigan is known for. It has been a source of income for households in six western barangays of Vigan since the 19th century. Damili-makers use the ‘Bantog’ clay in making their terracotta products that include drinking water receptacles, cooking pots, pans, charcoal stove, toy pots & pans, garden sets and the famous Vigan tiles. Damili-making is a cottage industry that entails the involvement of family members in gathering the materials, molding, drying, firing, storing and selling of the terracotta creations.
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VIGAN FURNITURE
Viganfurnituresare found in almost all souvenir shops in the historic district.Viganfurnitures come in regular and miniature sizes. Theyare recognized as products of skillful artistry and creativity. Some are reproduction of antique furnitures. This traditional industry has remained as source of livelihood for ilocanos in Vigan and the neighboring municipalities.
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VIGAN HOUSE PAPER WEIGHT
A replica of the Vigan house used as paper weight has become a popular souvenir and giveaway. It is produced in the Vigan Productivity Center and is made from porcelain.
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LONGGANISA
The Longganisa or local sausage is the one-town-one-product of Vigan. Itisa fusion of Western and Eastern influences dating back from the Colonial Period. It has become an integral fraction of the unique Vigan cultural heritage.
It is distinct from other Philippine sausages because of its use of the local sugar cane vinegar and the Ilocosgrown garlic.
To cook: 1. Cut string in between sausages. 2. Pierce sausage with fork or toothpick. 3. Heat longganisa in a pan with a small amount of water, when water evaporates, stir fry the longganisa and it will cook on its own fat.
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BAGNET
ViganBagnet is the Ilocano version of lechonkawali. Large chunks of pork belly or pork sides are boiled and deep fried for several times until crispy. It is best served with tomatoes, onions and bagoong (local Anchovy). Ilocanos also enjoy this with Pinakbet and Mongo beans. It can last for 2 months when kept in the freezer.
Bagnet stems from the rich history of Ilocos. Back in the olden days, when a pig was slaughtered all the parts must be consumed to minimize wastage. However when there are uncooked parts left, there were no freezers or refs back then to preserve the meat. The Ilocanos then came up with the idea called “Bagnetten” which means to preserve the meat. They would boil the unused part of the pig and then fry it in a Silyasi. (A huge wok) This would preserve the meat up to 10 days.
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VIGAN TSOKOLATE
The ViganTsokolate (Hot Chocolate) is best served during breakfast. It is made from cocoa and locally known as tableya. It is pressed into a round half-inch thick piece and usually packed in four pieces. To prepare this hearty breakfast beverage: place 4 chocolate pieces into saucepan. Pour two cups of water and bring to a boil.Reduce heat and simmer until chocolate dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour milk and continue simmering until smooth for about 2 minutes. Add sugar to taste. Serves two.
MIKILUNGGAY
ViganMikilunggay is a product of the city’s Barangay Nutrition Scholars. Itis the main ingredient of a noodle soup dish called mike. It isone of the popular streetfoodinVigan. This noodle soup dish used to be known as “mikilualo” as it was usually served in family occasions when remembering their dearly departed relatives. Itis one of the food attractionstogether with the famous Viganempanada and okoy found at the stalls near the Plaza Burgos.
To cook:In a saucepan, sauté garlic and onions; add shredded chickenand stir; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add fish sauce (patis). Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes then addAnato(achuete)mixture.Add water or broth until mixture boils. Add the Viganmikilunggay noodlesand simmer until soft and tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with “kutchay” and serve.
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ROYAL BIBINGKA
Royal Bibingka is one of the most famous “pasarabo” (souvenir) from Vigan. This rice cake is made of glutinous rice flour, coconut milk, milk, egg, sugar and cheese. It is baked until the cheese topping becomes golden brown. Another version of this rice cake uses cassava as its main ingredient.
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MASA PODRIDA
It is one of the favorite desserts of the Bigueños. In Spanish, it means “rotten dough,” although it is far from being stale or smelly. It is a biscuit with a glutinous filling in the middle and best served with coffee or tsokolate de Vigan. This was the favorite of late Fernando Poe Jr. and would order a lot when shooting in Vigan and the neighboring municipalities and provinces.
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CHICHACORN
It is an all-time favorite snack made from white corn. Known in the olden days as “marivic” but currently more popularly known today as “corniks”. It is crunchy with different flavors namely cheese, garlic, spicy and barbeque.
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