Pinoy Grilled Chicken (Inasal na Manok)

In Philippines, Grilled chicken or inasal is a very popular street-food and available everywhere. This dish originated in Negros Occidental and very popular in Bacolod City. This food consists of chicken parts or entire chickens that are grilled or smoked. The chicken is often marinated overnight. There are different unique ingredients and mixes to make this food extra tasty which caters to Filipinos and foreigners.


Chicken cuts
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
1/2 tbsp salt
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp lemon juice or calamansi juice
1 tsp ginger, chopped
1 stalk lemongrass, chopped
Bamboo skewers (optional for outdoor grill)

For annatto oil to be used for basting:
6 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
2 tsp annatto (atsuete) powder
3 cloves garlic, minced

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Pinoy Grilled Chicken

Cooking Procedure:
Combine garlic, crushed peppercorns, calamansi or lemon juice, ginger, vinegar, lemon grass, and salt and marinate the chicken overnight. Keep inside the fridge until ready to cook. Put the meat on skewers if desired.

Pre-heat grill to 350 degrees. Make sure your grill is cleaned and oiled well. Cook over indirect heat for 20 minutes, basting with the achuete oil. Turn and cook for 10-15 minutes more, or until thickest parts of chicken exude clear juices when pierced. Can also be made in a grill pan on the stove if no outside barbecue is available.

Serve alone or with rice, along with dipping sauce such as soya sauce, spicy vinegar, or ketchup.

For Basting:
Heat oil in a pan, add annatto powder and stir until the oil becomes red orange in color; turn off heat and set aside to cool. Strain oil by using a piece of cloth to remove annatto powder residue. In the same pan, heat annatto oil and saute minced garlic until lightly browned.

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Pandango sa Ilaw (Dance with Light)

Ang Pandanggo sa Ilaw

Ang Pandanggo sa Ilaw

Ang Pandanggo sa Ilaw (Dance with Light) ay isang kultural na sayaw ng Pilipinas na naging popular sa mga rural na lugar sa bansa. Ang sayaw na ito ay nagsimula sa sayaw na Fandango, katutubong sayaw ng mga Espanyol, na dumating sa Pilipinas sa panahon ng mga Kastila . Ang sayaw na ito ay naging sikat sa mga illustrados noon at sa kalaunan ay naging tanyag na rin sa lokal na komunidad. Sa unang bahagi ng ika-18 siglo , ang anumang mga sayaw na itinuturing na masigla at buhay na buhay ay tinatawag na Pandanggo.

Ang Pandanggo sa Ilaw ay sinasabing nag-simula sa Mindoro, ang ikapitong – pinakamalaking isla sa Pilipinas. Ang sayaw ng mga ilaw ay nahahalintulad sa mga alitaptap (firefly) sa dapit-hapon at sa gabi . Ang Pandanggo Sa Ilaw ay syang pinaka- mahirap sa lahat ng pandanggos . Ito ay makulay at hindi pangkaraniwan dahil ang babaeng mananayaw ay may tatlong lampara o ” tinghoy ” ( oil lamp) – isa sa ulo at dalawa sa likod ng bawat kamay . Ang partikular na pandanggong ito ay nangangailangan ng kasanayan sa pagbabalanse ng tatlong tinghoy. Ito ay nailalarawan sa pamamagitan ng masisiglang mga hakbang at palakpakan. Ang mananayaw ng pnadanggo ay tinatawag na “pandanggera”.

Philippines Folk Dance - Ang Pandanggo sa Ilaw

Philippines Folk Dance – Ang Pandanggo sa Ilaw

Filipina beauty wins the elusive Miss World Crown

Several decades ago, what started out as a simple one day bikini festival contest in honor of the recently introduced swimwear, turned out to be one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in history. This event became one of the four global beauty contests wherein participating countries across the globe vie for the most coveted Miss World crown and become the “Ambassador of Goodwill”.

Miss World is an annual event held in different countries each year and the event itself lasts for a month. It is a pageant for women – truly beautiful, talented, and intelligent women – who will represent one’s country. Several criteria are involved in choosing the winner. Due to opposition and conservative culture of participating countries, the first Miss World Pageant event in 1951 was the first and the last event which crowned the winner in a bikini. The winners from then on have worn much more conservative costumes.

Eric Morley founded the Miss World Organization in United Kingdom in 1951. Due to the advent of media, Miss World became popular and most viewed program in UK in the 60’s and 70’. After his death the organization has been succeeded by his wife who served as the chairperson of the Miss World Organization when the pageant entered the new era.

Winner of the 2013 Miss World Competition - Megan Young

Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013

Philippines has been participating in the pageant ever since and never won the title Miss World. The year 2013 is very historical and memorable for the country because the beautiful Pinay – Miss Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013. This is the first time for the country to win the crown and the kabayans are very proud of the filipina beauty who returned triumphant from the pageant and brought glory to the country which served as an inspiration to the filipinos worldwide. Having won the coveted crown has lifted the hearts and spirits of Filipinos around the globe and brought much joy to everyone, and of course, winning the title itself brought pride and honor to the Filipino nation.

Wiss World 2013 - Miss Philippines

Wiss World 2013 – Miss Philippines

The Miss World 2013 event was held in Indonesia, a very beautiful country and good tourist destination in Asia. Amid the chaos and political controversies surrounding the Philippines during that time, as well as protests and oppositions trying to stop the pageant, the Miss World competition was very successful and was watched by millions of people around the world, particularly, by every OFWS who voted and supported Ms. Young throughout the competition.

Miss World 2013

Miss World 2013

Festivals of the Month – Durga Puja & Eid-UL-Azha

Durga Puja Festival in Bangladesh

Durga Puja Festival in Bangladesh

Bangladesh – Durga Puja & Eid-UL-Azha
Durga Puja – Bangladesh
Country: Bangladesh
City: All Cities
Event Type: Celebrations & Puja all over Bangladesh
Venue: Various venues in Bangladesh
Date & Time: 14th October 2013 Monday – Entire Day

Eid-UL-Azha festival  and celebrations

Eid-UL-Azha festival and celebrations

Eid-UL-Azha – Bangladesh
Country: Bangladesh
City: All Cities
Event Type: Celebrations & Prayers all over Bangladesh
Venue: All temples in Bangladesh
Date & Time: 15th October 2013 Tuesday – Entire day

USA – Columbus Day Parade
Country: United States Of America
Event Type: Parade
Venue: Subway (to Starting Point)- A, C, E, 1, N, R Trains to 23rd St. (at all different aves).
Date & Time: 14th October 2013 Monday – 11:30 am onwards
Entry Fee: Free entryUK – Antique and Collectors Fair 17th October 2013
Country: United Kingdom
Event Type: Fair
Venue: Holyhead Road Betws-y-CoedConwy LL24 OAD UK
Date & Time: 17th October 2013 Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Entry Fee: 50 pence

Bangladesh National Museum

Museum in Bangladesh - in Shahbag, the heart of the city, Dhaka

The Bangladesh National Museum

There are about 150 museums in Bangladesh. Each of them has its distinctive features amongst which Bangladesh National Museum is the most famous and the largest museum in south Asia. It is the successor to the Dhaka Museum established in 1913. In 1983 the government through an Ordinance converted the Dhaka Museum into the Bangladesh National Museum which is now run by the ministry of Cultural affairs and a board of trustees. The Bangladesh national Museum is a multi-disciplinary one, situated at Shahbag, the heart of the city of Dhaka. It has a collection of over 86,000 objects in its four curatorial departments. The museum displays its objects in 44 galleries (including 4 for the Great Liberation War artifacts) within a floor space of nearly 20,000 square meters.


The Dept. of History and Classical Art

The Museum’s curatorial departments are:

(a) The Department of History and Classical Art with little over 67,000 objects. The objects are of different periods beginning from Palaeolithic Age (Stone Axe), 1000 BC (Iron Axe) and 4-5th century BC (Punch Mark Coin)


(b) The Department of Ethnography and Decorative Art with little over 11,700 objects mostly with art crafts beginning from 18th century

(c) The Department of Natural History with 2,300 objects relating to geology, zoology and botanical objects and specimens

(d) The Department of Contemporary Arts and World Civilisation with about 5,000 objects. Under this Department there are seven galleries and four corners named as Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Gallery, Contemporary ArtGallery-1, Contemporary Art Gallery-2, Portraits of National Heroes, World Civilisation, Western Art, and Portraits of World Intellectuals

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The National Museum also has two service departments namely Conservation Laboratory and the Public Education.

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The Bangladesh National Museum has a large collection of ancient and medieval stone sculptures, architectural pieces and inscriptions, terracotta plaques, bronze, earthen and brass images and vases, gold and silver ornaments, coins, copper plates, arms and weapons, wooden sculptures, musical instruments, textiles, paintings, ivory object, porcelain and glass items, dolls, tribal aesthetic objects, manuscripts and documents. There are also galleries for ethnographic objects, folk art, and boats of Bangladesh, embroidered quilts, potteries and specimens relating to natural history. The museum maintains a proud collection of Language Movement and the Liberation War remembrances.

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There are four branch museums under the administrative control and management of Bangladesh National Museum. These are Zia Smriti Museum in Chittagong (1993), Ahsan Manzil Museum in Dhaka (1992), Osmani Museum in Sylhet (1987) and Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahasala in Mymensingh (1975). Bangladesh National Museum frequently helps all other museums, private or public, with expertise and other supports as and when requested for.

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It is worth mentioning that the Bangladesh National Museum has been able to create a neutral ground of gathering for the community people. The museum houses three auditoriums and two temporary exhibition halls. Various cultural programmes and activities such as music, dance, recital, drama, magic shows, fashion shows, conferences, discussions, seminars, exhibition of paintings, calligraphy, and sculpture are being held round the year. It also plays a pioneer role in children’s education programme by organising handwriting competition, painting competition, and exhibition of their creative works. The museum also arranges weekly documentary film shows, guide lecture service for museum visitors, school bus service, besides there being a good reference library for study and research. Special service for senior citizens and handicapped visitors is also provided by the museum.

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The Bangladesh National Museum publishes a good number of research books, journals, newsletters, catalogues and periodicals. Museum publications, CD etc related to the museum and view cards are available in the sale centre at a cheap price. The National Museum has thus been fulfilling the expectations of the nation to a large extent by being responsive to the needs and aspirations of the community. Likewise, it is aware of the needs of the foreign friends who do often come to visit the National Museum. The Bangladesh National Museum does not make any difference in charging entry fee, which is Tk 10 only, for visitors both from home and abroad. Every special exhibition on art arranged by the museum is always free of charge for all visitors. The museum welcomes visitors to meet the glorious heritage. bondhu 12











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