Baked Cherry Tomato Pasta

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The long wait is over. Those tiny little cherries have ripen to blazing red.  I wondered what to make out of those.  Thinking of a way to shoot a fish in a barrel, I was considering a salad, with the usual  mix of onion, cucumber, bell pepper, salt and pepper.  Snoopy as I am, I veered away from the convention.

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I decided to make my own version of Tomato Pasta using cherry tomato. Since it’s Halloween, I added chicken liver as a twist.  The ingredients are very simple. This recipe makes 6 to 8 servings.  I don’t have a DSLR camera to capture the dish; neither do I have time to garnish ala chef plate.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg chicken liver
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 12 garlic gloves diced (don’t be shy)
  • ¼ cup canola oil or olive oil if available
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1lb Penne pasta or any pasta shape you prefer. I used Fusilli (corkscrew shape).  I can’t tell the difference in taste anyway
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese or Queso de bola, or any hard cheese would do

How to Make:

  • Cook Pasta in a pot of salted/oiled boiling water until tender (you know the drill)
  • Bake the cherry tomatoes or roast at about 400f (the blackish-burnt tomato skin is fine).  Then chop them in halves.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat a pan with canola oil/olive oil. Then saute garlic until golden brown and add onions until caramelized. Then add chicken liver.
  • Add baked tomatoes, and sprinkle the dried basil leaves into the pan.
  • Drain the pasta on a pot.
  • While the pan is still hot, toss the pasta with the tomato mixture. Add liver spread (optional)
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if not available, you may use Quezo de bola leftovers.

So here you go, no pretensions.

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The team had a feast.

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Happy Holloween! 🙂

The Magnificent Bohol Needs your Help

The recent magnitude 7.2-earthquake that devastated Bohol and nearby provinces left massive infrastructure destructions and scores of casualties. The number of fatalities is still rising as rescue teams continue to search and identify more victims from the rubble. The damage is enormous and the cost is yet to be determined.  We lamented for the victims and overwhelmed by the massive damage to our cultural and natural heritage sites like our centuries-old churches and some of the exquisite hills of the proposed UNESCO World heritage –Chocolate Hills.  Really sad. The Palengkera believes that we can do something to help.

Those who fell in love with Bohol (Cebu and its neighbors), there are several options we can choose to send our aid/donation. In our small way, it can help the victims by means of food relief, medicine, clothes and house rehabilitation.  There is an urgent and widespread need to supplement government and NGO support through our help in any way (in kind or in cash).  Furthermore, if we can, we can also help fund the rehabilitation of our cultural heritage infrastructures.  Here are our options.

  • DSWD.  Private Citizens and Organizations may course their donation through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  The agency will plan how to assist in the relief operations and rehabilitation of affected areas. (Source- Rappler)
  • University of Cebu. –UC is now accepting donations in any form for the victims of the quake.  You can deliver donations and relief goods to the campus, and for cash donations to BDO Ayala Branch (Cebu City) (source: Sunstar)
  • PAL –Philippine Airlines. For its part, Philippine Airlines (PAL) offered free shipment of donations for those affected by the deadly earthquake. PAL will accept goods from shippers with counterpart non-government organizations (NGO) at point of destination who will receive the donation (source: Sunstar)
  • Coordinate with ABS CBN Foundation– Sagip Kapamilya.  For more Info, visit ABS CBN Foundation
  • Coordinate with GMA Foundation . Please follow the link to contact the organization.
  • For Filipinos abroad. Canada- Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba’s president Lito Taruc, is encouraging people to make cash donations to the centre for earthquake relief.  For more information visit. MSN News.
  • For the Business Sector, go directly to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Business groups can coordinate with PCCI to donate cash or relief goods. ABS CBN News 
  • List of several more NGO’s willing to accept donation will be posted/updated here periodically.

Here is the latest update from Rappler.com as of October 18 @ 4:44pm:  (Source: Rappler.com)

Open Relief Donation Centers

(as of 4:44 pm, October 18)

Donors are advised to conduct due diligence before donating money directly to personal bank accounts. Ask the organization or individual receiving the deposit for an acknowledgement receipt and how they intend to spend the money.

For Overseas or Online Donations

  • Ayala Foundation accepts online donations for both US-based and local donors. For bank donations, ATM, online, mobile, and over-the-counter transactions are accepted in its BPI account:

    Account No: 0011-1335-41

    Merchant Name: Ayala Foundation, Inc.

    Reference Number: D315004 + Donor’s name

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  • The Philippine Red Cross is accepting donations in various forms, including PayPal, Cash, Check, Bank Deposit, or in-kind donations. Kindly check out the Philippine Red Cross donations page for additional details. You can also follow the Philippine Red Cross on Twitter for updates and links to information.
  • The Office of the Student Regent in UP is accepting cash and relief donations for the victims of the earthquake. Kindly forward your donations to Vinzons Hall, UP Diliman. You can also forward your donations to Benedict Opinion (09175275897) Angel Trocio (09233287390) of the UP Cebu Student council an Keysie Gomez (09498001644) of the UP Visayas USC.
  • Tulong Kabataan has organized relief operations for those affected by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake. They’re accepting donations in the form of food, medicines, clothing, cash, agricultural inputs, etc. They’re also calling for volunteers who could help in repacking donations, solicit more donations and deliver these good into the affected areas. They are also accepting cash donations via Paypal. Drop off points are at:
    • Lorena Barros Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman (Contact: 09175197758)
    • DeLasalle University (TBA) (Contact: 09274563876)
    • Sentinel Office, Lyceum (Contact: 09165657795)
  • BANGON BOHOL, a team of young Boholanos from all over the country, are now accepting donations. They are accepting basic needs like water, food, medicines and clothes. Here are the drop off points:
    • MANILA – SERGS Office of Admiral Margarito Sanchez in Seabees, Bonifacio Naval Station, Taguig City
    • CEBU: Hanz Coquilla shop, 216 Sepulveda St., Cebu city. Contact 0917 4315873
    • DAVAO: Xenia Dance Studio, in front of the FTC Tower, Mt Apo Street, Davao City. Contact 09237342582
  • Petron Corporation has activated 500 Petron stations nationwide to accept donations for the earthquake victims. Look for the SAGIP ALALAY sign.
  • Lingap Gabriela is accepting donations in the form of bottled water, ready to eat food, rice, canned goods, instant noodles, mats, blankets, clothes, diapers, sanitary napkins and medicine for cough, colds, fever and diarrhea and cash donations. Metro Manila drop off points are at 25 K-10th St. West Kamias, Quezon City (4341039) and 35 Sct Delgado St. Brgy Laging Handa, Quezon City (374423). Bohol drop off point is at FARDEC office Lower Butalid St. Tagbiliran City (09125949170).
  • The Philippine Airlines (PAL) has also activated its Humanitarian Cargo Grant program. PAL will accept donations to be transported for free to Tagbiliran City in Bohol and Cebu. Certified volunteer doctos and medical specialists who will be participating in the ongoing relief efforts may also avail of free air transportation via PAL.

NCR

  • The Association of Philippine Medical Association-NCR in its project dubbed “One Med for Juan” is currently raising funds and collecting goods to be sent to the Cebu and Bohol earthquake victims. Drop-off point is at the St. Martin de Porres Building of UST, España, Manila. Contact Francis Cruces at 09328604020 or 09175701078
  • Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines is accepting donations for those affected by the earthquake. You may call or text these numbers for ways on how you can help: 0939-9215543/ 0922-8036922/ 0917-5812603.
  • World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian, development and relief organization, is accepting donations for the Visayas earthquake survivors. You maycall their donor hotline at 372-7777 or log on to their website: http://worldvision.org.ph/relief-response/earthquakeph
  • Alagang Kapatid Foundation is accepting the ff items for donation: rice, canned goods, bath soap, laundry soap, sanitary napkins, clothes, blankets, sleeping mats, towels. Drop-off point is at 730 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines. Contact the following numbers: (02) 3764412, (02) 6893100 local 45191 or 45192, or fax 936 7181.
  • Please send your help and donations whether in cash or medicine + medical supplies to #66 Ecology Village Gate 5 (next to Alphaland before Dasmariñas gate along Edsa) 0917 773 3188. Relief boat in Bohol will depart Friday morning, October 18, to Maribojoc and Loon areas.
  • GMA Kapuso Foundation

VISAYAS

  • Aboitiz Group is conducting relief operations for the victims of the earthquake in Visayas. For concerns, you may contact the following Aboitiz Foundation representatives: Danny Cerence (Coordination) – 09176308172 and Rowena Astillo (Donations) – 09176304484. Please send cash donations to the Aboitiz Foundation through the following:
  • Gawad Kalinga Cebu chapter is now activating Operation Walang Iwanan for Bohol. Drop off points: GK Cebu Office at the old DOST Office in Banilad beside NFA and Human Nature Office in Bohol near the Tagbilaran City Port.
  • UP KadBol Cebu Chapter is accepting donations in the form of canned goods, noodles, rice and clothes. To those interested, you may contact Merl Escobia at 09339436922. Drop off point: UP Cebu campus (guard house), Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City.
  • The University of Cebu is now accepting donations for the victims of the earthquake. Drop off point: University of Cebu Banilad campus. For cash donations from abroad or other parts of the country, here are the details: Account name is University of Cebu, peso account no. is 2420075 958. For inquiries you may also call UC Banilad +63322338888.
  • Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Cebu is currently conducting relief operations for those affected by the earthquake. Those who want to donate anything in kind may drop them at the Public Information Office, Headquarters Central Command, Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City. They will facilitate the transport of these goods to Bohol.
  • The City Government of Tagbilaran, New City Hall is accepting donations. Drop-off point is at J.A Clarin cor. Calceta Street. Contact Mayor Baba Yap at +639998832550.
  • Donations are accepted at the Bongco Brgy Hall in Loon, Bohol. Contact Rosalie Gallardo at 09196227105 or 09483030965
  • The Armed Forces of the Philippines is accepting donations in its Public Information Office at the Central Command Headquarters , Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City.
  • Donations are accepted at Bonbon Elementary School in Clarin, Bohol. Contact 09105864004
  • The Ngenuis IT Hub at the PIPC i2 Bldg, Cebu is accepting donations for the victims of the earthquake. Contact Jerlyn Bacalso at 4158080 for inquiries
  • The GMA Kapuso Foundation is accepting donations at the GMA Complex, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu Grand Hotel in Capitol Area and at the Rotary of Mactan Bldg., MEPZ 2, Lapulapu City. Contact Anne Marie Tan at 2320353 or 2314829
  • iSTORYA.net is accepting donations at 302 MIT Building 117 Gorordo Avenue. Contact Tina or Lou at (032) 238-3910
  • The University of San Carlos (USC) Damayan Mission Center is accepting donations at the USC Law Building, Pelaez St., Cebu City. Contact Brenette Abrenica at (32) 2531000 loc 196 or 09998855570

Active rescue operations in Bohol

  • For help, rescue, retrieval and other concerns, message your details (name, exact location, details of need) to 09175101490 or 09497955530. You may also tweet and use hashtag #RescueBohol. For volunteers, contact 09176244864.
  • Mining companies have sent teams to assist in rescue and relief operations, among them Bohol Limestone Corporatiom, Carmen Copper Corporation, Philex Mining Corporation, and Philsaga Mining Corporation. The Philippine Mine Safety and Evironment Association also sent a team.

(Source: Rappler.com)

Victims can also contact SSS for  their Social Security System Relief Package. A calamity relief package will be made available for SSS members and pensioner which includes early renewal of salary loans, advance release of three months worth pension, and relaxed loan terms for home repairs. (source: ABS CBN).  Telecoms giants Smart and Globe are now offering free calls. “Libreng Tawag” booth are now located in Carmen Municipal Hall.

There are several other options we can do. We can encourage our employer to organize a campaign amongst employees for donations and tie up to one of the organizations listed above. We can also team-up with family or friends to sell cupcakes, organize garage sale, sell old newspaper and junks for the benefit of the victims. If near the area, you can also offer a hand in helping organizations distribute relief goods.  Prominent celebrities and groups can organize fundraising drives like walkathon, marathon, or swim-a –thon for a cause. We can also put an event such as party or dinner (maybe Halloween) to pay a price while having a good time.  As they say, if there’s a will, there’s always a way.

These unedited photos from our recent trip to Bohol and Cebu will speak more than any fancy adjectives I can think of of these destinations. We want to reminisce their beauty, and so I intended not to include photos of these precious legacies in their horrible conditions.

Thank you Pebbles for capturing and sharing our exhilarating moments in Bohol.

Exquisite Loboc, Bohol…

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Authentic and welcoming smiles…

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Century-old Baclayon church. captured by Gemski Faisan

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Best Spots…

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Pristine Beaches…

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Chocolate Hills…

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The Cultural Cebu…

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Special mention to Alyss for sharing some Cebu Photos

Disclaimer:  The Palengkera is not in any way connected to any of the organizations mentioned above. This post is also for the support of the Blog Action Day 2013 (October 16) which talks about Human Rights.  Some of the basic human rights of Boholenos and Cebuanos affected by the earthquake are safety, food, property and life. Although those are main responsibilities of our government, human right advocates and ordinary citizens like us can also help provide for those who needs them.

Eat, Cruise, and Love: Floating Market

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When talking about markets, what’s more fascinating than a floating market? Nothing.  Barring its literal meaning- hovering on a canal or a river, it is captivating to witness busy vendors offering wide selection of commodities and ecstatic shoppers/tourists on canoe. Who wouldn’t get astonished to see boats laden with dry wares, fresh produce, tropical fruits, and even food cooked right before your eyes.  I could imagine the usual Palengekra gossips travelling not on the ears of earth but literally on waters. You get to experience this on waterways and it transports you to a different world. I always fancy rowing the likes of Venice lagoon, but this delusion might not happen soon.

In the Philippines(from what I’ve heard), one of the least known floating markets is located in Sitangkai, Tawi-tawi, a one kilometer marine causeway. The people are called Badjao who live most of their lives in houseboats. As their way of life, they normally barter their seafood products to farm produce using their boats.  I haven’t been there and I am so keen to visit it someday. Although unrecognized, we can also see floating markets in Talisay, Batangas wherein vendors sell basic good like coffee, vegetables, fruits and rice to families settled within the lake. On a different note,  I would also include floating restaurants in this category.  Among the most popular ones are the lovely Loboc river cruise in Bohol, Lantaw floating restaurant in Cebu and our very own Manila Bay dinner cruise. These are to be included on a different post.

Bohol, Loboc river cruise.

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Meanwhile, within the region, we have Bangkok’s Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to explore. Based from our experience, it’s not too hard to arrange a tour. Along Khaosan road, hotels and tour agencies are just around every corners offering decent package for the Floating Market tour. Famous for being tourist-friendly, Damnoen Saduak  is a perfect place for “Selfies”- makiuso ba.  It only takes about 1.5 to 2 hours from the city proper by Shuttle or taxi. It might have lost its authenticity when it became one of the famous tourist spots, the floating market remains to be a reflection of what used to be the local’s way of life where water transport played an important role in their daily lives. This vibrant market is at its finest during the early hours of the morning before big crowds of tourists arrive and the heat of the day builds up. Usually, they kick off at dawn, and most vendors will pack-up back home by 10am.

The tour guide has already arranged for us a sturdy canoe good for 8 people. Aside from the shops along the river canal, you get to appreciate Thai Homes, tropical farm trees (mango and jack fruit) and gardens too.  If you’re not into artifacts and accessories, vendors row their boats loaded with foods such as boat noodles, Pad thai, traditional-style coffee, fruits (mostly seasonal-like Mango and pineapple) and Thai desserts I can’t even pronounce. Just keep in mind that prices here are a little bit high since it is tourist destination. Again, bring your haggling skills to work.

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*above 2 photos  courtesy of flickr (lili5555)

Fruits on display (taken during our visit with palengkenitas- Apple, Pearl with a photo taken by Ms. Faisan)…

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fastfood on cruise…

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Other goods on offer…

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Thai Home and Garden…

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the 2 fascinated gurls…

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If you don’t want to take the beaten path, there are several other floating markets in Thailand. To name a few, floating market of Amphawa, Bang Phli, Bang Namphueng among others. The famous Vihn Long along Co Chien river is also a good option when in Vietnam.

Though, floating restaurants are built by necessity or for tourism, I am glad to know that floating markets have been restored and maintained in order to allow the new generations and tourists like myself to take us back what Palengke life they have had and to let us experience a genuine impression of a riverside shopping.

I still dream of roving  the waters of the fabulous and romantic Venice.