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Happenings in and around town - July 2019

Facts about the Philippines - July 2019 Issue

Kinabayo Festival

25 July 2019

Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

Every July 25 of the year, Kinabayo Festival in Dapitan is celebrated in commemoration of Patron Saint, St. James. The celebration is basically the reenactment of the different battles during the Spanish Era. This battles are the battle of Clavijo as well as battle of Covadonga.

While the festival started as a religious affair, it has since evolved to a social and economic event that has successfully weaved the local chapter into the soul of Kinabayo. Add to this the distinct historical events within the city and you have a clearer picture of what this festival entails.

Other highlights of the Kinabayo festival include the Miss Dapitan beauty shows, street carnivals, performances at dusk as well the agricultural trade fairs. The adrenaline-charged tourists can expend some of their energy at the motocross competition as well as the exciting jetski exhibition parties. It is little wonder that in addition to the islands, the Philippines is also known as the land of festivals.

When Filipinos hear the word Dapitan, the first thing that comes to their mind is our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. In fact, Rizal has become famous in Dapitan as this city beccame his home when he was exiled in Mindanao. But there's more to Dapitan than just Dr. Jose Rizal. During the early years of the Spanish rule, Dapitan was still flooded by Moro pirates. To protect the Dapitanons from an attack of Moro invaders, the Jesuit priests made St. James the Greater as their patron saint with a strong faith that the Patron Saint will protect the town and the people from the invaders. Back in the fifth century in Spain, it was believed that there was an apparition of St. James the Greater riding a horse carrying a sword guiding the Spanish Christians to win the battle against the Moors in the Battle of Covadonga. After three centuries, St. James the Greater played the same part this time in the lives of the Dapitanons.

U.S President Theodore Roosevelt Amnesty for Filipinos who Revolted Against Spain and Continue it to US July 4, 1902

On July 4, 1902, US President Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation granting amnesty to Filipinos who participated in the "insurrection" against Spain and continued it against the United States. Then acting Civil Governor for the Philippines Luke Wright issued the local proclamation disseminating the conditions for pardon and clemency to insurrectionists.

The proclamation to grant amnesty was in consideration of established peace in the country and the end of insurrection against the U.S. This does not include areas inhabited by Moro tribes.

Forty-four years later, on July 4, 1946, the United States recognized Philippine Independence. Since then, July 4 was celebrated by Filipinos as Philippine Independence day, until President Diosdado Macapagal decided to commemorate June 12, 1898 instead, the day Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippine independence from Spain, in Kawit, Cavite. June 12 is celebrated today as "Araw ng Kalayaan" (Freedom Day).

President Ferdinand Marcos, Macapagal's successor, restored the importance of July 4 by declaring it Philippine-American Friendship Day.

Foundation of La Liga Filipina

03 July 1892

One of the important dates in Philippine history is In the night of July 3, 1892 where Dr. Jose Rizal founded and inaugurated the La Liga Filipina at house No. 176 Ilaya St., Tondo. It was formed not for the purpose of independence, but for mutual aid and protection of its members, and the fostering of a more united spirit among Filipinos. Its constitution declared the ends, form, duties of members and officials, rights of members and officials, the investment of funds, and general rules.



  1. To unite the whole archipelago into one compact, vigorous, and homogeneous body.
  2. Mutual protection in every want and necessity.
  3. Defense against all violence and injustice.
  4. Encouragement of instruction, agriculture, and commerce.
  5. Study and application of reforms.

Recipe for the Month of July 2019

Spicy Beef Kulma

Originating from Mindanao, more specifically in Zamboanga by the Tausugs, a Muslim ethic group in the Philippines as well as in Malaysia and Indonesia which explains the close resemblance to the nearly named curry dish. It is considered a special dish and usually prepared on sepcial occasions like the Ramadan, having said that it is not restricted on those occasions so it can be easily spotted on Muslim restaurants across Zamboanga.

Ingredients and Cooking Procedure

  • 1 kg stewing beef, cut into cubes
  • 2 heaping tbsp peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • 2½ cups beef stock
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 pc bay leaf
  • juice from half lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 birds eye chilies, chopped
  • 1 bunch lemongrass, pounded
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil


  1. In a large bowl combine salt, curry powder, paprika, cinnamon and lemon juice together, mix well.
  2. Add the beef and let it marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. In a pot heat oil then brown marinated beef pieces, set aside.
  4. Using the same pot sauté garlic and onions until soft.
  5. Add the meat back together with the bay leaf then pour the beef stock and coconut milk bring to a boil and simmer in low heat for 1 hour.
  6. Add the tomato paste, peanut butter, lemongrass, and chillies then continue to simmer in low heat for 45 minutes
  7. Add the coconut cream cook for 15 more minutes then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Turn off heat then serve.

To know more about about Beef Kulma, you may visit: Beef Kulma Recipe and Cooking Procedure

Filipiknow - Filipino Vocabulary

Mahal - Expensive/love Pabili - Buy Mabilis - Fast Kanin - Rice

Kotse - Car Fish - Isda Madami - Many Pabili - Buy

Maganda - Beautiful Karne - Meat Pasasalamat - Gratitude Ingat - Take Care

Panalangin - Prayer Kanta - Singing Mabait - Kind Masarap - Delicious

Regalo - Gift Nagluluto - Cooking Malakas - Strong Tara - Let's go