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Happenings in and around town - August 2019

Facts about the Philippines - August 2019 Issue

August 12th - Eid-ur-fitr

"Eid-ul-Fitr and Eidul Adha are two of the most celebrated Muslims celebration all over the world. Eidul Adha is the greater Eid which follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage at the time of Qurbani (Sacrifice). Although Eid-ul-Adha has no direct relation to the Hajj Pilgrimage, it is but a day after the completion of Hajj and therefore has significance in time.

The day of Eid-ul-Adha falls on the tenth day in the final (twelfth) month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar; Dhu-al-Hijjah. The day that celebrations fall on is dependent on a legitimate sighting of the moon, following the completion of the annual Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj - which is an obligation for all Muslim’s who fit specific criteria, one of the important Five Pillars of Islam.

The celebration of Eid-ul-Adha is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah SWT and his readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail. At the very point of sacrifice, Allah SWT replaced Ismail with a ram, which was to be slaughtered in place of his son. This command from Allah SWT was a test of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness and commitment to obey his Lord’s command, without question. Therefore, Eid-ul-Adha means the festival of sacrifice."

Sources: Eid-ul-Adha Muslim

Ninoy Aquino Day - August 21

Benigno S. Aquino Jr., or Ninoy as he is commonly called, is undoubtedly one of the most famous Filipinos of all time. However, fame is a two-way street. For many, he is known as the man whose death single-handedly brought down the brutal regime of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. For others, he is a political opportunist, a product of the political oligarchies so prevalent in the Philippines.

During this day, some Filipinos commemorate the Ninoy Aquino day by tying and displaying yellow ribbons that signify the Aquinos. Most Filipino will just spend the day at home cooking dishes that will be shared even by the extension family and have a short talk about Ninoy Aquino and the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Some will go to malls and have a quality family time on this day.

For more details about this holiday you may visit: 13 Curious Facts About Ninoy Aquino

National Heroes Day - August 26

Philippines National Heroes Day honors the acts of courage and great deeds done by a Filipino. According to The National Commision for Cultural and Arts (NCCA), to be counted as a national hero, an individual must meet these three criteria:

(1) those who have a concept of nation and thereafter aspire and struggle for the nation’s freedom;

(2) Those who define and contribute to a system or life of freedom and order for a nation;

(3) those who contribute to the quality of life and destiny of a nation.

In the end, however, no committee or law has the right to proclaim a Filipino a national hero. That prerogative belongs to the Filipino people.

Just like any other holidays in the Philippines, Filipino’s tends to spend quality time with their family and cook dishes that will be shared by the family. Usually these gatherings are “potluck style”.

Recipe for the Month of August 2019


Kare-Kare is one of the most famous Filipino favorites of all time. It consists of a wide variety of vegetables, meat, peanut sauce, and a taste of seafood like shrimp paste. Kare-Kare has different versions, it may be Beef Kare Kare, Crispy Pork Kare Kare, Seafood Kare Kare, and vegetarian Kare Kare. To know more about the ingredients and cooking procedure of Kare-Kare, you may visit: Kare Kare Ingredients and Cooking Procedure

Filipiknow - Filipino Vocabulary

Banana - Saging Sticky - Malagkit

Apple - Mansanas Fast - Mabilis

Grapes - Ubas Innovative - Madiskarte

Market - Palengke Intelligent - Matalino

Store - Tindahan Cooperation - Kooperasyon

Heavy - Mabigat Time - Oras

Hard - Matigas Date - Petsa

Sad - Malungkot Car - Sasakyan

Happy - Masaya Significant - Makabuluhan

Take Care - Ingat Important - Importante

Bye - Paalam Mindful - Maalalahanin