(Balik lang ako ng English a! 😄✌)
1) Support Local Businesses
Top of mind is, of course, the business of one of my long time friends Sarah Tirona which is BEACHBORN. They recently opened their own kiosk in SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall (in front of Aivee Clinic), which is a proud moment for me as a friend who saw the brand grow.
BEACHBORN carries locally made beauty and personal care products like shampoo bars, body soaps, skincare and haircare stuff, etc. The best part is, everything's produced ETHICALLY. It's nice to support consumable products that are environment-friendly AND proudly made here in the Philippines!
2) Learn Baybayin
Baybayin is the ancient writing system used by our ancestors before adapting the alphabet that we use now during the Spanish colonization. With a government, religion, and writing system, we just showed the Spaniards that our nation was already civilized even before they took over!
After taking a short workshop on our old writing system (most photos from Krissy's blog post!), I can't help but wonder what and where we are now if only we retained Baybayin? The Thais, Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese all have their own sets of characters to express themselves through writing and communicating. It would have been cool to see Baybayin on our street signs, our money, or local newspapers.. Have you ever thought of that too?
Basic Baybayin with Sir Leo Castro of Sanghabi at Craft MNL:
3) Watch HistoryLand At Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
I've been to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan around 2-3 years ago for a photowalk event. The huge compound showcases Filipino heritage and culture through Jose “Jerry” Acuzar’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses. A trip to this part of the Philippines is like stepping inside old photographs and Filipino history books! Everything's picturesque, like a painting if I may say so! You can even spend a night or two here through their accommodations.
This History Month, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar launches its newest theatrical show titled HistoryLand. Las Casas breathes life to our history's key moments through unique staging and reenactments by Manila and Bataan actors, showcased in key points of the 400-hectare heritage hotel and destination. It would be nice to relearn our history this way: fun, realistic, and interactive!
These are just some of the events in our history highlighted by HistoryLand:
The Battle of Mactan:
The Execution of Jose Rizal:
The Making of the Philippine Flag:
For reservations, you can call 09178729361 or visit www.lascasasfilipinas.com.