12 Filipino brands that my family supports – part 3

First of all, I would like to greet you a Merry Christmas, and I hope you are using the holiday season to relax and chill with loved ones.  This is the third and final installment of my article on the 12 brands that my family supports, and if you haven’t yet checked out the first two, here’s Part 1, and here’s Part 2.

If you are a Filipino, but most of the stuff you regularly buy is imported, I suggest you consider doing a similar exercise as I have done: replace 12 imported products that you regularly use with Filipino counterparts.  Here’s a maxim for good citizenship: If you want to build your country, buy what your country builds.  It’s not rocket science to realize the difference between our hard earned money staying here on these shores vs. our hard earned money going elsewhere.

But what do most Filipinos do?  Our colonial mentality takes control of our wallets, and so our kitchens, our cupboards, our bathrooms, and our closets are filled with products from America, Europe, even other parts of Asia…with hardly a Filipino product in sight.  Surely, we can be better Filipino citizens than that, and so how about making Buy Pinoy a mantra for 2017?  The three-part article gives 12 products or brands to help you get started, with below being the final group of products.

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12 Filipino brands that my family supports – part 2

This is the second of a three-part series on the Filipino products that my family supports (see the first one here).  I got the idea for this article from a Buy Pinoy assignment that I give my students: they make a list of 12 products that they currently patronize and replace them with Filipino counterparts.  After a month, they will come up with and compare-and-contrast paper about their experience.

As you can imagine with our colonial-minded brethren, my students included, there were groans and complaints about the supposed inferior quality of our products, to which I replied that (a) you can very well be wrong, and (b) with our support, they can become great.  Want examples of lowly local products that are praised worldwide, especially since we Filipinos support them so much?  San Miguel beer is lauded as one of the best beers in the world, and Emperador brandy is the world’s best-selling brandy.  Of course, I do not encourage my students to include these products as part of their assignment, and I’d like to think that there’s more to great Filipino products than alcohol; but I think they get my point.

While many students said they will never ever make the switch with some products (I understand…I love my Oreo cookies, too), by and large, they found the local products as good as their more expensive imported counterparts.  Yet many students do not use Filipino goods to the point that they do not even know what they are, and therefore had great difficulty finding 12 Filipino products.  Some even mistakenly switched a foreign brand with another foreign brand (guys, Del Monte is not a Filipino brand, neither is Safeguard).  In response to this, I made this three-part blog entry on the Filipino products that my family supports.

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Tis the season for Balikbayan Boxes! Here are the best items to send, IMO.

Now that we are in the “ber months,” which here in the Philippines means that it’s the start of the longest Christmas Holiday season in the world; it also means ‘tis the season of the Balikbayan boxes coming from abroad to the motherland.  For nearly every Philippine-based family, receiving these boxes from their generous relatives abroad is a cause for celebration.  Though very much appreciated, for me, it does give me some reason to groan, unless the relatives abroad know the right things to send through Balikbayan boxes, at least my opinion of such.  Read on.

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12 Filipino brands that my family supports – part 1

(Note: this is the first of a three-part series.  To see part two, click here.  For part three, click here.)

To this day, one of my most commented-on and beloved articles is the Buy Pinoy experiment article made way back in 2011.  It tells of a favorite assignment I give my students, based on one of the chapters of Alex Lacson’s bestselling book (required reading in the school12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country.  For a certain time (now about a month, but in the article it was just a week), my students have to list down 12 imported things that they usually patronize, and replace them with Filipino counterparts.  Read up on my students’ thoughts on this project here, the aforementioned blog post.

It’s about time for another update for that article; and this time, it’s about 12 Filipino brands or products that we personally patronize as a family.  We feel good that these products are made by Filipino hands, and the making of which brings much-needed sustenance to Filipino families.  Sadly, one of the reasons I came up with the idea for this article is that many of my students have absolutely no clue what a Filipino-made product is.  You’re probably like them, too; and so this article is for you as well.

So, here’s my 12 Filipino products or brands that my family supports:

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How you can help the victims of super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan

Just in case you guys were worried about me, seeing all the news about how typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) has devastated the Philippines and all, we are all fine.  We braced ourselves for the storm of the year, only to experience just cloudy skies, moderate rainfall, and a little wind.

Yes, Cagayan de Oro was spared this time (and I appreciated the long weekend, I needed that).  Others, however, were not so lucky…and later on in this blog I will tell you how you can help them.

I’ve read that the death toll from super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan could reach 10,000.  That’s a staggering statistic.  There are shocking photos all over the internet of jaw-dropping devastation.  Here are just a few of them (Note: none of these photos are mine.  I got them from Google)

The house of my uncle, based in Roxas City, Capiz, has also been ravaged by the typhoon.  I was heartbroken when I saw what used to be his roof now lay crumbled all over the living room.  Thankfully, nobody got seriously hurt, but it breaks my heart nonetheless.

Now here’s where you come in.  The rest of this blog entry will feature information on how you can help the victims of super typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan.  I appeal to your humanitarian hearts to help the Filipino people, especially those in the small seaside town where my father grew up.

Let’s start with the latter, shall we?  My cousins are among those at the forefront of helping Capiz get back on its feet.  They are accepting donations for their efforts and I humbly ask that if you’d like to help, focus primarily on the efforts of these two.  I do not like to give any mobile numbers out here on my blog, so I am going to give links to their Facebook profiles, so that you can contact them through that.  Here they are:

(11/14/2013 UPDATE:  My cousin has just given me her permission to post her account details here, so you can send cash her way to help the Capiz area.  Here it is: Rosleen Ann Alado  BDO Jupiter-Reposo branch savings acct number 6940023142.  Please email me the amount you give so I can help her track it.  Thanks.)

If you want to send help to the Philippines in general and not to any particular area, then here’s how you do it:

If you want to send financial help electronically, you can do so through the Philippine Red Cross.  Here’s a link to their page that offers several ways you can send your donations.

For food, clothing, and other types of donations, you may drop them off at any LBC branch in the country or worldwide.  You may find a list and contact numbers of all LBC branches worldwide here.

I’d like to end by posting what CNN (or was that a CNN reporter) said about our people.  I totally agree, and let’s show this spirit by helping out through the information I gave above.  God bless you all.

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Mikey Bustos’ Opo Pinoy Style Gangnam Style parody is a riot!

I used to be a mild fan of Filipino comedian youtube sensation Mikey Bustos.  I say “used to be” because I am no longer a mild fan, but now I’m a big fan of his.  Why?

He recently made quite possibly (to Filipino minds, anyway) the best Gangnam Style parody to date.   You may have seen local news feature it or swimming around in Facebook, and I liked it so much I will post it here.  Mikey Bustos’ Opo Pinoy Style is a total riot because the lyrics are so full of light-hearted jabs at our Filipino culture.  I also love how well done the video presentation is.  Here’s the video:

If you can’t figure out the lyrics, then you can check out the (slightly imperfect) lyric video that someone else made.

I’m pretty sure you thought Mikey Bustos’ Opo Pinoy Style Gangnam Style parody is a riot as well.  Indeed, It’s More Fun In The Philippines.

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Happy Independence day, Philippines!! Here’s the PINOY PRIDE assignment I gave my students

Earlier, I junked my lesson plan of the day to give my students this seatwork assignment as it was the day before the Independence Day holiday.

I got a lot of interesting results from them, and I’d like to paraphrase some of their answers here as well as put some I thought up myself, in my own list of 10.

1.     Natural scenery and resources.  Our beaches here are so beautiful and renowned worldwide as some of the world’s best.  Our mountains are also a wonder to behold.  Many of these become very popular tourist attractions.  I wish more people would travel here to experience the Philippine’s natural beauty.


2.    Strong family orientation.  I absolutely love how family oriented Filipinos are.  Foreigners who visit here often say how they wish their own children would treat them with the same respect and reverence as Filipino children do their parents.  The strong social ties also make sure that families cope well, and even thrive, amidst strife.
3.     Talent in music and the arts.  The Philippines is chock full of musically talented people.  Just about everyone here knows how to play a musical instrument and/or sing…and some go very far with this talent.

4.    Hospitality.  We Filipinos are famous for our hospitality.  We always feed our guests; and I remember one time in my childhood my parents offered their very nice masters bedroom to guests while they themselves slept in the cramped guestroom.  I was flabbergasted.

5.    Resilient and spiritual people.  No matter the hardships that we go through day after day, we always have reason to smile and laugh.  Some of this is linked to our spirituality.  In fact, many counselors who came here in the wake of Sendong marveled at our ability to bounce back, giving credit to the Filipino’s faith in God to carry us through.


6.    We’re also content.  I’m often impressed at how contented we are as a people.  There’s not that much in terms of covetousness or grumbling;  and despite poverty, we’re also quite lively and fun.  It’s More Fun in the Philippines, indeed.


7.    Oh, yeah, we’re very adaptable and resourceful.  Filipinos can exist anywhere in the world, in riches or in poverty, and we can adjust fine.  It’s almost chameleon-like how we can do this.

8.    Darn good food!  I’m not gonna argue there.  Filipino food is goooood!  I don’t wanna dwell on this anymore, because I’m starving as I make this post.

Ooooh yeah!
People Power!

9.    The bloodless revolutions of Edsa I and II.  Come on, how many others can boast of not just one, but two revolutions on a national scale where not a single drop of blood was shed.  That’s amazing.

10.    Because we’re Filipino, and this is the Philippines.  I’m proud of my own children, whether they are better or worse than others.  Why?  Because my children are mine, plain and simple.  The same goes for my country and my people.

Anything you can add to this list?  Comment away!

Oh, and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, PHILIPPINES!!!


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How do you show PINOY PRIDE?

With our independence day coming up, I’d like to ask my Filipino readers how you guys celebrate Pinoy Pride.  The reason for this is I’d like to make a blog entry on Filipino patriotism, a category I haven’t made in quite a while now.

So, Pinoy readers, how do you show how you love your country?  Leave comments, please!

(Update:  Here’s my PINOY PRIDE acticle.  It wasn’t the stuff I was asking for on this list, but I hope you guys like it anyway)

(This blog site, Lessons Of A Dad is mostly about parenting, marriage, and other topics aimed to develop the reader’s mind, body, and soul.  However, Filipino patriotism is also a passion of mine, and I put these kinds of articles out every once in a while.  I’d consider it an honor if you’d follow or subscribe to this site.  You can also go to my Facebook page here, and I’m also on Twitter at @lessonsofadad)

DOT’s It’s More Fun in the Philippines slogan…great idea!!

I’m really getting into the It’s More Fun In The Philippines campaign from our Department Of Tourism (DOT).  Think what you may of the slogan (some don’t like it), but I think it shows a pretty good grasp of the modern/internet culture by making a meme out of it.  I think the guys at DOT have spent some time at 9gag and looking at demotivational posters much.  Now, every photoshop-savvy Filipino is getting into making an It’s More Fun In The Philippines meme. I wish I know my way around photoshop.  🙁

Here are several of my favorite It’s More Fun In The Philippines pics.  Enjoy!  Oh, and indeed, friends who live abroad, I invite you to give the Philippines a visit.  Cagayan de Oro especially. 

Honestly, I don’t get this one.  Looks hilarious, though.

Of course, some people have made memes that could get a little naughty, but it made me laugh nonetheless.

Come visit the Philippines.  Indeed, it can get more fun here.

Oh wait…there’s more!  I can’t resist posting a modified version of this meme, honoring the best university of this country:

HAHAHAHA!!  I LOVE IT!!!

My favorite of the Pilipinas Got Talent season 3 grand finals…El Gamma Penumbra

The Grand Finals of Pilipinas Got Talent is going on as I type this.  Whatever happens, all 12 Pinoy acts are awesome, and they deserve to go as far as the moon with their amazing gifts.

I have my pick, my favorite, out of the twelve.  It’s El Gamma Penumbra.  They are truly fantastic, and their final piece for the show reeked of Pinoy pride.  See for yourself.

(UPDATE:  It seems like the video below may have been banned, by youtube, to show worldwide.  Goshdarnit! It’s all good, if you can’t see it here, you can see it on my facebook pageAnd, well, like my page while you’re at it.) 

Good luck to everyone, but especially so to El Gamma Penumbra.