We all know that this year’s Edmonton Heritage Festival has migrated online. At World FM, we wanted to help raise excitement for the release of the online Heritage Festival experience on August 1st. Click HERE to check out the website and read more about what they have planned.


We want to take this week to introduce our audience to some of the different cultures we show on World FM. Today we’re going to learn about the Philippines from Rolan, one of our Himig Pinoy hosts. Catch the Filipino program Monday – Friday 5-6 PM on 101.7 World FM.


Without further ado, here are words from Rolan: 


There is a lot to explore and discover in our beloved home country: the Philippines.

Our rich history and culture, warm hospitable fun-loving people, an array of delectable local delicacies, numerous scenic tourist spots, and world-renowned tropic beaches are just some to top the list.


Here are some Key Facts about the Philippines:

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia.

National Flag: National Flag of the Philippines is a horizontal flag bicolor with equal bands of royal blue and crimson red, with a white, equilateral triangle at the hoist.

In the center of the triangle is a golden-yellow sun with eight primary rays, each representing a Philippine province.

At each vertex of the triangle is a five-pointed, golden-yellow star, each of which representing one of the country’s three main island groups— Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The white triangle at the flag represents liberty, equality, and fraternity. A unique feature of this flag is its usage to indicate a state of war if it is displayed with the red side on top, which is effectively achieved by flipping the flag upside-down.

Location: Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Capital: Manila and the most populous city: Quezon City, both within the single urban area of Metro Manila.

Population: 109Million (est.2020)


Climate: Climate is predominantly tropical and maritime. It is characterized by relatively high temperature, high humidity, and abundant rainfall.



Must-Try Local Delicacies:

1.    Chicken Adobo – a popular Filipino dish and cooking process in Philippine cuisine that involves meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and black peppercorns, which is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade.


2.    Balut – is a fertilized developing egg embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It is commonly sold as street food in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. The length of incubation before the egg is cooked is a matter of local preference, but generally ranges between 14 and 21 days.


3.    Lechon (Roasted Suckling Pig) – is a pork dish in several regions of the world, most specifically in Spain and former Spanish colonial possessions throughout the world. Lechón is a Spanish word referring to a roasted baby piglet that was still fed by suckling its mother’s milk.


4.    Halo-halo – is a popular Filipino cold dessert which is a concoction of crushed ice, evaporated milk and various ingredients including, among others, ube, sweetened beans, coconut strips, sago, gulaman (seaweed gelatin), pinipig rice, boiled root crops in cubes, fruit slices, flan, and topped with a scoop of ice cream.


5.    Suman – is a rice cake originating in the Philippines. It is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, often wrapped in banana leaves, coconut leaves, or buli or buri palm leaves for steaming. It is usually eaten sprinkled with sugar or laden with latik


6.    Puto – are Filipino steamed rice cakes, traditionally made from slightly fermented rice dough. It is eaten as is or as an accompaniment to a number of savory dishes.

Must-See World-Renowned Scenic Spots and Beaches:

  1. Palawan – El Nido is a Philippine municipality on Palawan island. It’s known for white-sand beaches, coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, a group of islands with steep karst cliffs. Miniloc Island is famed for the clear waters of its Small and Big lagoons.
  2. Boracay – is a small island in the central Philippines. It’s known for its resorts and beaches. Along the west coast, White Beach is backed by palm trees, bars, and restaurants.
  3. Vigan – is a city in the Philippines, on the west coast of Luzon island. It’s known for its preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture. Calle Crisologo dominates the Mestizo district, with its cobblestone streets, malecón, horse-drawn carriages, and rustic mansions. Near the white baroque Vigan Cathedral are Plaza Salcedo, offering fountain light shows, and Plaza Burgos, known for its street-food stalls.
  4. Tagaytay – is a popular holiday town south of Manila on the Philippine island Luzon. Known for its mild climate, it sits on a ridge above Taal Volcano Island, an active volcano surrounded by Taal Lake.

Head to heritagefest.ca between August 1st and 3rd to explore the virtual map and choose a pavilion to visit. Each country page is unique, and you’ll find performances, recipes, photos, history of the culture and their association, and more! Visit the Multicultural Market to shop for unique items submitted from pavilions. It is important to note that we as people have more in common across various ethnicities than differences. 


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