Los Baños Guide

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Happenings in and around town - February 2020

Facts about the Philippines - February 2020

UPLB FEB Fair 2020

Each February, just before Valentines Day, UPLB will set-up a Bazaar called Feb Fair. The event includes carnival rides, wall climbing activities, shopping stalls and band performances. Street foods like barbecue, burgers, rice meals, and other similar foods are also available for purchase. The fair is a tradition of the students since 1972 and hosted by the University Student Council or USC. This year the fair runs from February 11th - 16th.

Valentines Day

Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14 . People all over the world consider February the love month. Filipinos are not immune from the Valentine’s Day fever! Apart from Christmas, Valentine’s Day is considered one of the most commercialized holidays in the Philippines.

In Los Banos, Lopez street going to UPLB will be filled with flower vendors. You can walk along and pick out the flowers you would like and a bouquet will be made for you on the spot. You can also find other small trinkets and valentine themed items at many of these booths.

Some cities and municipalities here in the Philippines kick off the love month with hundreds of couples exchanging their “I Do’s” at the same time. These couples who decide to partake in mass nuptials will enjoy free-of-charge wedding paraphernalia, including the flowers, wedding cake, venue, a sumptuous banquet and in most cities, even the rings. The only thing that they should do is register ahead of time with their personal documents and show up in their formal attire on the day itself. This makes February one of the most common wedding months (December is the most popular).

Baguio Flower Festival - Panagbenga Festival

One of the most colorful and perhaps the prettiest times to visit Baguio City is during the Baguio City Flower Festival, also known as the Panagbenga Festival. The word “Panagbenga” is a word from the local Kankanaey language, which means “blooming.”

The first flower festival was held back in 1996 and was used as a means of recovering and healing after the devastating 1990 earthquake that rocked Baguio. Now, 24 years later, the Panagbena Festival is considered one of the most colorful festivals in the country and is one of the most well attended festivals in the country.

To know more about the celebration you may visit: https://www.panagbengaflowerfestival.com/

Recipe for the Month of February 2020

Instructions

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan.
  2. Pat the tofu dry with paper towels. Fry both sides until the color turns golden brown.Let the temperature cool down and then slice each piece into smaller cubes. Set aside.
  3. Combine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, salt, and ground black pepper in a bowl. Mix well. Microwave for 20 seconds.
  4. Combine pork belly and tofu in a large bowl.Add the onion and scallions. Toss.
  5. Pour-in the vinegar mixture. Toss once more.
  6. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Special Tokwa't Baboy - Stir Fried Tofu and Pork

Tokwa’t baboy is a typical Philippine appetizer. It consists of pork ears, pork belly and deep-fried tofu, and is served in a mixture of soy sauce, pork broth, vinegar, chopped white onions, scallions and red chili peppers. It is usually served as pulutan, appetizer, or as a meal served with rice or as a side dish to rice porridge or lugaw.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. grilled pork belly chopped
  • 5 12 oz. total weight pieces extra firm tofu
  • 1 medium red onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup cane vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil

Filipiknow - Filipino Vocabulary

  1. Misa - Mass
  2. Parol - Christmas Lantern
  3. Handa - Food
  4. Pasko - Christmas
  5. Kanta - Sing
  6. Masaya - Happy
  7. Bagong Taon - New Year
  8. Dalaw - Visit
  9. Pamilya - Family
  10. Inaanak - Godson
  11. Ninong - Godfather
  12. Ninang - Godmother
  13. Aguinaldo - Giveaway
  14. Regalo - Gift
  15. Paputok - Firecrackers