Kokora (Kudkuran/Coconut grater) In the Philippines, coconut is a common ingredient in local dishes and delicacies using coconut milk/cream or its flesh. A kudkúran or coconut grater is needed to process it to make grated coconut and extract the milk. Most kudkúran are mechanized today, but you can still see the manual ones. An example … Read more


Asog In early accounts written by Spaniards in the Visayas, they refer to the Asogs and note their gender nonconformity. They describe the Asog as being effeminate, living more like women by taking part in tasks usually assigned to women, such as weaving and cultivating. They even dress in women’s clothing, donning long skirts which … Read more

The Tagasalo

This draws from a paper all the way back in the 80’s, when Carandang suggested that the Tagasalo is usually the eldest daughter. While the boys were allowed to play, she is taught the ways of the homemaker. So, at work and everywhere else, this dynamic is continued when women are expected to be like … Read more

Mariano Ponce

We join the Filipino people in remembering Mariano Ponce on his 106th death anniversary (23 May 1918). He made history for his involvement in the Propaganda Movement and the Revolution, and he also wrote history, especially during the latter part of his life. Born in Baliwag, Bulacan on 22 March 1863, he finished medicine at … Read more

Gold Kinnari

Viewing the gold kinnari at the museum is perfect timing. It is an auspicious timing actually, because it is Vesak month, also known as Saga Dawa among tantric practitioners. Buddhists believe that the kinnari or kinnara is, respectively, a female or male demigod who serves the deities. Fond of music, the female plays cymbals, and … Read more