Feb 24, 2011

Freshly Picked From Silang, Cavite

Freshly picked and sliced pineapples on banana leaves

I haven't been able to cook or bake anything for some time now, simply because I am out on our Community Immersion in Silang, Cavite. We are supposed to conduct programs for the far-flung communities during this time, and we are of course required to live the life as a community member for three weeks.

Somehow between being homesick and sleeping in those hard bamboo beds the call papag, I saw how beautiful Silang really is. Our group was situated in the Sitios of Ilang-Ilang and Kasuyan, where we were adopted by our foster parents who live as farmers in the area. Here are some photos that I was able to take from our small trips to the bukid.

Newly harvested native corn cobs being sun-dried

Most of their crops were native corn cobs called yellow corn, which turn to a bright orange color when sun-dried. When ground. these are used to make native delicacies such as kalamay, as well as ground food for livestock and poultry. I tried using their wooden tool for separating kernels from cobs, and it was really fun and tiring to use!

Rows of pineapples ready for harvesting

A baby pineapple still red and small

Ready to pick!

Langka (Jackfruit) harvested from my foster parents' tree

                Wild Siling Labuyo           Old-Fashioned Stove using firewood

Newly cut banana bunches

Pang Ad-ad, wooden  tool used to separate dried kernels from cobs (Really fun to use!)

Kernels ready to be milled and ground


  1. wow! glad that you get to experience living in my hometown. I miss the simplicity of life there and the fresh air =)

  2. It was really nice! We're on our third week this coming Monday, and I can't wait to go to the ilog and milk the cows. Our foster parents are really fun people!