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Welcome to the Stranded Juanderer.  A blog for people with a passion to travel around the pearl of the orient seas, The Philippine Islands. An archipelago loaded with places to go, food to eat, people to meet and events to celebrate the whole year !

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Sisterakas: Philippines’ highest grossing film of all time

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According to an interview, MMFF chief Francis Tolentino said Star Cinema’s film entry in which stars Kapamilya stars Ai Ai delas Alas, Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino set the record after earning more than P340 million.

“Baka umabot sila (‘Sisterakas’) ng P350 million. Siguro ngayon pumapalo na sila between P340 million to P350 million kasi hanggang gabi pa siya,” Tolentino said.

The said comedy film was produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, “Sisterakas” has now beaten the record set by “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin,” also starring Vice Ganda, which made P331.61 million when it was released in 2011.

Meanwhile, the MMDA chief predicted that the total earnings of all MMFF 2012 entries will reach between P750 million to P755 million

Source: WebMagazine

Churches? More Fun in the Philippines

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The World’s Cheapest Lightbulb is made from Plastic Bottles

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A simple bottle filled with water and bleach can replace a light bulb known as Bottle Bulb. In the Philippines, it is already used to light up various homes and poor settlements. It is really easy to make this eco-friendly light source. These light bulbs have been created by using one liter plastic bottles, few teaspoons of bleach and some water. It absorbs and reflects sunlight and is equal to 55 watt.

To fit this light source, first a hole is made into the roof of the house. Then, this recycled system is installed by fixing the bottle through the sealed hole in the metallic roof of those poor dwellings. This can be done within an hour and is usable for a period of around five years. When sunlight falls onto the water in the bottle, it gets diffracted and lets the whole house glow. The role of bleach is to keep the water clear and microbe-free.

Solar bottle bulbs are not only illuminating light-deprived houses but are also providing residents an alternative option that is quite cheaper than any other electricity source. This project is an addition to the design of alternative technologies, especially for the developing world. That is how even a simple technology can change lives and generates powerful ideas for the common man!

Source: ecofriend.com

Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno!

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The Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most attended annual religious gathering in the catholic church. Millions of devotees attended the procession this year, which started after the Holy Mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park. The traslacion referring to the transfer of the centuries-old image back to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) started at 7:00 AM is one of the highlights of the fiesta every January 9th.

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These devotees believed that if they touch the rope that pulls the carriage of the black nazarene, will grant their wishes. As well as wiping the statue with their towels and handkerchief will create a miracle for them.

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Of course with this kind of crowd will surely result to some injured devotee like this guy on the photo. Most of them would really climb to touch the statue which is still a tradition for centuries in the Philippines.

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Even in the Amusement Park, they’re eagerness to look for the statue of the Black Nazarene shows how Filipinos have strong Faith which is truly exceptional.

Photo Credits from Mercury.com

EASIEST WAY to cook Leche Flan?

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Leche Flan (also known as crème caramel and caramel custard) is a dessert made-up of eggs and milk with a soft caramel on top. This dessert is known throughout the world (especially in Europe) and has been in the dessert menu of most restaurants because of its convenience in preparation and long shelf life.

In the Philippines, Leche Flan is the top dessert of all time. During celebrations such as parties and town fiestas, the dining table won’t be complete without it.

Try this Leche Flan Recipe and let me know what
you think.

Leche Flan Recipe:

Ingredients:

-10 pieces raw eggs
-1 small can condensed milk
-1 cup fresh milk (or evaporated milk)
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract

Cooking Procedure

-Using all the eggs, separate the yolk from the egg white (only egg yolks will be used).

-Place the egg yolks in a big bowl then beat them using a fork or an egg beater

-Add the condensed milk and mix thoroughly

-Pour-in the fresh milk and mix well

-Put the mold (llanera) on top of the stove and heat using low fire

-Put-in the granulated sugar on the mold and mix thoroughly until the solid sugar turns into liquid (caramel) having a light brown color

-Spread the caramel (liquid sugar) evenly on the flat side of the mold

-Wait for 5 minutes then pour the egg yolk and milk mixture on the mold

-Cover the top of the mold using an Aluminum foil

-Steam the mold with egg and milk mixture for 30 to 35 minutes.

-After steaming, let the temperature cool down then refrigerate

-Serve for dessert. Share and Enjoy!

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Inuman Session, More fun in the Philippines

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Inuman Session is a tradition by Filipinos wherein there is a gathering of friends, families or co-workers in order to celebrate something, to have a feast or simply to relax and enjoy each others’ company. This is usually done on weekends, Fridays or Saturdays, in order to relieve the stress that has piled up during the week because of various reasons.

FOODS USUALLY BROUGHT

1. Beers of any sort: This type of alcohol is one of the cheapest in the Philippines. This can be bought in any convenience stores, like MiniStop, Seven Eleven and in Gas Stations. The two of the most bought beers are San Miguel Lights and Red Horses. Other beers are Colt45, San Miguel Strong Ice, San Miguel Super Dry, San Miguel Pale Pilsen, Tsing Tao Beer, Budweiser.

2. Hard Drinks: Sometimes, beer is not enough for the people gathered in the session. Sometimes, people also bring hard drinks like Tequila, Vodka, Gin, Whisky, Rhum/Rum and Brandy. Some commonly bought brands are Cuervo Tequila, Artic Vodka, GSM Blue, Ginebra Gin, and Jägermeister.

3. Soft Drinks: These, Coke, Sprite, 7up, juices, are also part of the Inuman Sessions. These are used as chasers or mixed with hard drinks in order to lessen the strength of the taste of a hard drink. Sometimes soft drinks are used to remove the tipsiness of the person after drinking.

4. Pulutan Food: What is drinking without food? This is a necessity in an Inuman Session. Drinking would not be as enjoyable without Pulutan food. Pulutan food can be anything, rice meals, chips, finger foods or whatever. Rice meals can be anything, but it is recommended to eat grilled food to match with alcohol during Inuman Sessions. Chips can be anything too! Example of chips are Tempura, Chippy, Taquitos, Clover, V-Cut, Lay’s, Cheetos, Peewee, Snaku, Tortillos, Doritos, Mr. Chippy, Cornets, Cheese Curls, Cheese Balls, Cheese Rings, Oishi, Pizza Squares, and lots more. Example of finger foods are lechon/letson, balut or fertilized duck/chicken egg and chicharrĂłn/tsitsaron.

OTHER THINGS BROUGHT

These are things that are not necessary but other people bring them.

1. Yosi/Cigarettes: This only applies with groups who have members that smoke. Smoking is done in the Inuman Session while drinking and chatting with other members of the group. Smoking adds to the relaxing effect when drinking in an Inuman Session. It calms down the feelings and helps relieve the stress of a person. Examples of cigarettes(that are usually brought) are Marlboro(Reds, Lights), Hope, Philip Morris, Dunhill, Mild Seven and Lucky Strike.

2. Guitars: Music is usually played in an Inuman Session in order to add to the relaxing effect to the ambiance. Music players like Ipods, CD players or mp3s can be also played when in an Inuman Session, but these would never replace the guitar. Some people also sing along with whatever music that is played to add to the fun.

3. Cards: Some people play cards to play Pusoy or Pusoy Dos. Playing cards can be done with money or not. The point here is not really to win some money but to just enjoy and have fun. Cards are also used to play drinking games in an Inuman Session.

RECOMMENDED PLACE TO HAVE INUMAN SESSION

1. House of a friend: Since the whole point of Inuman Sessions is to relax and just enjoy, one should not worry about going home because a place is closing for the night. At a friend’s house, a person does not have to worry about this because he can stay there as long as he wants, and if ever the Inuman Session ends two in the morning already, the members of the Inuman Session can stay at their friend’s house for the night.

HOW IS THIS TRADITION DONE?

This is done in different ways, depending on the group celebrating the session. The members in the group are the one who decides on how they would celebrate this tradition. They talk about the venue to go to, the people to invite, the food to bring, and sometimes even the things to do. Some people save a day per week wherein they would gather and have their Inuman Session. Other people plan their Inuman Session during or after work hours when they want to relax first before going home, and others simply plan their Inuman Session out of nowhere(ex. a person texts his friends on a Friday night to meet at a place). There are also people who celebrate events, like their birthdays, through Inuman Sessions.

In an Inuman Session itself, there are no rules whatsoever, which means every person is free to do anything he or she wants. People talk there about anything under the sun. Topics can range from problems from love life, problems in workplace, new cars, past experiences, memories from school, and many, many more. People with few words can just drink the night away, play cards, smoke or relax his mind to the music. In an Inuman Session, a person does not necessarily have to do something to enjoy. Again, the point of the Inuman Session is to relieve the stress and just relax and enjoy.

source: wikipilipinas

The Filipino Flash as the Boxer of the Year

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The ESPN named Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire as their selection for boxer of the year. This year he retained his WBO & The Ring Super Bantamweight titles from the Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr.(Febuary 4), the South African Jeffrey Mathebula (July 7), the Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka (October 13) and the mexican Jorge Arce (December 15).

Luneta: The Heart of Manila

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A historical site in the Philippines. Rizal Park or better known as Luneta is an urban part located in the heart of the city of Manila. Despite from having many high malls and establishments rising in the city, but still Luneta is considered by many as a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing, an urban oasis for family picnics on Sundays and holidays.

The park was named after the Philippines’ National Hero; Dr. Jose Rizal where he also executed by a firing squad in 1900’s. It was also called “Luneta,” which means Little Moon. Luneta is considered to be the largest man-made park in Asia with an area of  58 hectares.

In Luneta, you’ll find Quirino Grandstand, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, the main office of the Department of Tourism, the National Museum, National Library, Orchidarium, Planetarium, Butterfly Pavilion, an open air auditorium and a chess plaza.

One good trivia here is that the flagpole located in front of the Rizal monument is the kilometre zero which means it is the starting point for all measurements in distances in the Philippines.