Tayabak ENDANGERED BEAUTY. Are you aware that the reverse side of the 5-peso coin bears the endangered Philippine flora? To continue our Floral Monday series, we introduce you to an endemic vine known for its blue-green flowers, the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) of the Fabaceae family, or the tayabak. This climber has a chandelier-like arrangement … Read more


Kislap Hello December! How do you say “sparkle” or “twinkle” in your language? Christmas is around the corner and here at the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, Pampanga, you can see these twinkling star lanterns called “parul“, the most famous symbol of Kapampángans and an icon of Filipino Christmas! KISLAP • (kis-LUHP)sparkle, twinkleKapampángan & Tagálog … Read more


Pale November is designated as National Rice Awareness Month in the Philippines by the Department of Agriculture, so for the next few posts we’ll present some rice terminologies in Kapampángan! Rice is a staple in many Asian diets and this is evident with the abundance of rice-related vocabulary in these languages. PÁLÉ • (PAH-leh)rice plantTagálog … Read more


Nasi [Rice Awareness Month] Here’s the Kapampángan word for the form of rice that we all know and love and simply can’t live without.  NÁSÎ • (NAH-see’)cooked riceTagálog (Filipino): kánin You may want to read: Bulul Rice God Figure


Abias Blessed with fertile flat plains, the greater Kapampángan area of Central Luzon is also the region that produces the most rice in the Philippines, contributing around 20% of the country’s total production. The province of Nueva Ecija itself is the top rice-producing province of the country and is referred to as the “Rice Granary … Read more