Part 3. A Stronger Bond

                                                                                   

 

We can only do so much in our lifetime… our possessions are either a necessity or a mere luxury… and our accomplishments are a fulfillment of our self-worth that only lasts for a certain period of time. I am happy that I have created something beautiful that gives me and other people a moment of joy. More than anything else, being kind, living healthy and having good vibes matters the most.”

 

These are the words uttered and feelings that are expressed in the span of my two times 40-minute conversation over facebook messenger with Philip Torres. A spontaneous person who has experienced both the irony and the flattery of his sweet life in the Philippines. His curiosity has brought him to the kind of fame he gladly pursued through his diverse and free-spirited personality that reflects his art, work and social competencies. I personally feel happy whenever I glimpse at my “Pidayit” pillowcases I ordered from Philip. The stimulating colors send signals to my brain that I can also do something creative in another way. It is obvious that writing other people’s stories is my passion. People who are willing to share their experiences, works, advocacies and passion and that we will learn something good from them. That is probably my creative (social) side.

 

Philip is from Angeles City and it is also where his roots have grown deeply together with the people behind “Pidayit”. Through the years, his works have transcended from making “tapis” (shawl) to high street fashion bucket hats, colorful coats and bomber jackets, elegant bibs, “barong” inspired long-sleeves for men and “Filipiniana” inspired tops with handmade sewed with love and measured with kindness “pidayit” details that resembles as flowers in the springtime or pumpkin and tomato-like accents that gives extra uniqueness to every “unica” piece. New to his creations are home essentials like “pidayit" accents cushion, bags and giant wall art for exhibition. He also made necklaces named after Martha Stewart since Philip considered her as one of the most empowered women in the world. He added that many competetive artists in the fashion industry are not surprisingly many in Angeles City, but finding your niche as a designer and as an artist is a crucial factor. It is how you talk to people you meet everyday that makes the difference. “Dacal ku pa kwentu, pero next time namu ita uling pota nobela ne ing asulat mu kanaku” (I have so many stories to tell that you will end up writing a novel about me) -Philip said with a laugh that lingers on the other line.

 

I have achieved my goals, both personally and professionally, but I would prefer to be known as a kind, happy and helpful person than a famous artist in my time. I must admit that I still want to do a lot of other things and I have some projects in my mind, so many good ideas. But for now, this is what our Almighty has given me and I believe that everything has a right time and it will come to me no matter what”   -says Philip.

 

Philip Torres’ advocacy is mainly empowering talented women who are able to work from home and for them to provide healthy food for their children. Second is to educate the youth about the culture. Third is to unify the people in town and the region itself by promoting art and culture. His stand in supporting the local community enables “Pidayit” to continue producing timeless designs of superior quality. Fourth is the practice of a sustainable fashion that is to reduce the chemicals and waste materials by upcycling materials from good resources. Lastly, the concept of creating “Pidayit” is to create a product that would encourage everyone to appreciate the richness of the “Kapampangan” culture by wearing it as an “essential” part of wardrobe. Philip would like the locals to experience the feeling of belongingness to the society at its utmost level by supporting the local products in his hometown. He has also been making pieces to known personalities inside and outside of the Philippines, particularly to women of modern style and substance. You can see some of his pieces here.



The practice of a sustainable fashion is to reduce the chemicals and waste materials by upcycling materials from good resources.”

 

 

Pidayit” means To Unite and when we are united, we are stronger. Here in Denmark and in many old countries in Europe, where a strong cultural sense is observed, heirlooms are considered a bond and connection from one’s ancestors that is passed on to generations. Danish designs like Georg Jensen’s jewelries and accessories, Royal Copenhagen Porcelain and Louis Poulsen’s lamps top the list among the most collected possessions inside a typical Danish home. My favorite -the “big artichoke. It catched my attention when I saw it hanging at a restaurant and that was before I even knew that it was a designer lamp. In time, I’ll have one of his beautifully designed lamps in my house I believe. In the same way, “Pidayit” aims to be an important memory of where one came from. The famous “Kapampangan” song entitled “Atin Cu Pung Singsing” (I once had a ring) is a strong reminder of how the people in Pampanga were brought up and worked their best to preserve the culture, values and keep the heritage of the family. I personally feel sad sometimes about the values that were lost in some Kapampangan and some Filipino homes, whose values and traditions were half forgotten because of different factors like the lack of “pacamalan” (to treasure/consider something very valuable or memorable) to the elderly’s  personal possessions. Probably one of the reasons is to survive. We are unfortunately nonetheless  lack the interest of keeping possesions since we believe that they are of least importance when it comes to the time of need.

It is never too late to influence our families and friends to appreciate and help in preserving the culture in every country whether in the way we dress, make food, do work and the way we welcome guests. A simple thing we can do is by supporting each other, especially the talented and hardworking ones and those who are willing to be part of the community. 

 

Sincerely,

Sheree Ann Kratmann Indiongco (Author of Blooming Etiquette)

info.bloomingetiquette@gmail.com

Ringsted, Denmark

 January 21, 2022 

 

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Part 2. End Polio project - RC Skytown

                                              Published on the 16th of January 2022, Ringsted, Denmark

When was the last time you heard about the word "Polio"? We might be aware of the disease, but not putting much attention to it until we meet (hopefully not anymore) a child with Polio. In countries where poverty still exists, poor hygiene, contaminated water and over population, Polio is right next door. As an individual who has healthy children, everything looks beautiful and secured. Think and ponder once in a while if it could be your child with polio. We have multiple reasons to live without polio, especially in this uncertain world ahead of us. Look closer, who knows what you and your children will experience. We might be grains of sand, but together we make a strong foundation to fight the disease.

Non-profit organizations like Rotary Club International is part of eradicating Polio worldwide. In my hometown Angeles City in the Philippines, Rotary Club of Angeles Skytown joined the project of Ending Polio. Last October 24, 2021 they conducted "Patak Kontra Polio" (A Drop against Polio) in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City, Pampanga. Other activities were implemented including the distribution of Vitamin C with Zinc Ferrous Sulfate (Mother and Child) -Turn over of KN 95 Facemasks, Alcohol, Face Shields and Thermal Scanner. Primary beneficiary was the Rural Health Unit of Malabanias and Lourdes Sur East. Rotary Club of Angeles Skytown (RCAS) is a small club consisting of less than 25 members, mainly from the town itself and some from the neighboring towns. It was chartered on June 2014 with not more than 15 members including me. The club is under Cluster 3C of District 3790. 

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What Is Polio?

The Disease

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.

Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide. 

Source: End Polio

 https://www.endpolio.org/what-is-polio

 

You are welcome to write to me for more information including pictures, videos and other useful information about the club's projects and their contact information. I am currently completing the narrative report from the group. I made a file on my google drive solely for the pictures and videos published by the Rotary CLub of Angeles Skytown. For your perusal, the bank account number of the club is publicly posted here in my website with permission. 

Rotary Club of Angeles Skytown Bank of Commerce-Angeles Branch Bank Acct#

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Rotary Club of Angeles Skytown - file on my google drive

 

 

 

 

 

PART 1: Hometown

Philippines, many doesn't seem to know You in the west. You are not like Paris, Rome, Madrid or Berlin. The language You speak is Filipino and your citizens speak very good english. Many may be homeless in the capital city of Manila, but that doesn't make You lesser or smaller than any country. Your culture seems laidback, but in fact conservative in many ways and also You are open to cultural and technological development. You embrace adversities being in the ring of fire and the equator, and You know it is a part of Your nature and You still keep your flag high up and not let it touch the ground. Your people are in every country in the world and You sometimes wonder why. But as long as they speak Your language and / or talk about You, they are still Your people. 

You are a part of what they call a "third-world" country, not knowing that you are a shining star in wondrous ways. The three stars around your flag says it all. Sun shines and sun sets at almost the same hour and same time everyday and your people endlessly thank the Lord for it. 

 

Rainy days - school starts.

Summer and rainy season, that is what we have in there. The moment the rainy season comes on June, you know that it is the beginning of a new school year. I love walking under my umbrella, raincoat and with my big backpack. Up to this time, it still lingers on me. Why? It rains in Denmark a lot. It is always dark and cold, even in the summer season. It is only this year 2018 that Denmark has experienced the warmest (and driest) summer since July1920.


"The total amount of sunshine is actually so high that July 2018 ends as the sunniest July, the DMI has measured. The measurements of sunshine dates back to 1920". - Niels Hansen of DMI

 

Part 1: It lingers. 

Hometown - Angeles City

FIESTANG KULIAT 

Ber months are coming (September, October, November and December) and at this time of the year, christmas lights are being set-up, christmas songs are played on the radio, the lingering scent of hot choco-"batirol" starts to be irresistible and most of all, the delicious "bibingka" and "puto-bungbong" and many other food festival makes every Angeleños busy during the weekends or even in the weekdays. It signifies the Filipino's warm and laidback culture. Christmas is surely a big thing for the "Kapampangans" (the people who lives in Angeles City and Pampanga in general), but the "Fietang Culiat" is one of the pride and highlight of the city, which is celebrated in the whole month of October. Angeles City Tourism's preparation is almost all-year round!

The yearly celebration has a religious and historical significance for the city. The founder of what is now Angeles City, Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda together with his wife, Doña Rosalia de Jesus, founded the town of Culiat in the year 1829. Culiat was renamed Angeles, dedicated to the Los Santos Angeles Custodios (Holy Guardian Angels).

Speaking of holy angels, I went to Holy Angel University from high-school to college, which is located in the most beautiful town I have ever been. Waiting for the right time to take Jacob to my homeland and show him around. 

Back in 2012-2014, the city's tourism has been one of my clients. We focused more on their Fiestang Kuliat events where I closely engaged with then, tourism officer Rico Suarez. He had been a good friend of mine as well. My service doesn't ends with a contract, rather it continuous as a professional relationship like true friendship. He told me once that he wishes to see me reporting Live on TV as a news reporter or something similar. Sadly, he passed away with no signs of good-bye. I may not be on TV, but maybe on You-tube and right here on my own website, writing. 😀 The pictures above (slideshow) were taken during the Baguis Parade and Street Dance performances held in October 2012. 

A couple of events are line-up during the month of Fiestang Kuliat

In the town itself, you will see some historical sights, taste the "original" Kapampangan food (which we are known for). My friend Maica S. Pineda is a clinician & researcher, loves photography and art hobbyist, who documents the town in a poetic and very creative way. We both attended the creative writing workshop back in 2006.

 

Part 2 of the 6,293 miles will be published this quarter and I hope sooner. 

Regularly visit my homepage for more wonderful stories and great discoveries. It might be useful to you at some point, like if you want to travel. I connected the links to the right people and official websites of the subjects for your reference. 

And yes, I surely miss my homeland Philippines. :)

 

More helpful links? You are also welcome to suggest helpful links on my homepage. Write to me at shereeindiongco@gmail.com

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Choose Philippines

The Quaint Traveller

BBC Documentary - Philippines

 

Thank you for visiting Blooming Etiquette. 

Sincerely,

Sheree Ann Kratmann Indiongco