Sunday 26 June 2011

Internationales und interkulturelles Kultur-und Begegnungsfest 2011

Internationales und interkulturelles Kultur-und Begegnungsfest
Freizetpark, Rheinaue
Rain, shower or sunshine, the festival went on. The bad weather in
the region didn't hinder people coming to the annual festival
featuring international groups and associations with cultural shows
and food booths. The event took place in June this year instead in
September with 100 different associations and initiatives participating.
I missed my Pin@y Buchi (buns filled with mongo beans)though and
giant papayas normally sold by an African group. I bought some
homemade chitcharons (cracklings) and got pabaon of homemade achara
(pickled papaya and suman (ricecake wrapped in banana leaves).
Consolation for the headache the next day due to exposure to the
uncooperating bad weather that day. Would it be better to have it
again after summer, in September? Calling the City of Bonn.

Thursday 16 June 2011

AZKALS Come to the City of Dueren

They named themselves "AZKALS", a construct from Aso meaning dog(s)
and Kalye, street. You can't miss the meaning;dogs roaming in
the street without owners. I read somewhere that they chose this
name as the team from the start has no financial support from the
government and has to fight for its presence in the basketball-crazy
land of the Pin@ys.
I associate football as games of the boys coming from Catholic
schools especially from the expensive ones. Players are so rich that
they refuse to obey their coaches and would rather indulge in
inter-schools brawls than learning techniques.
The first player (he was wearing the team jersey) I talked to
comes from Ilo-ilo. Didn't even see his number but he was very
nice and said that he likes it here in Dueren; "Tahimik dito",
peaceful here.
Soon the rustical football field was filled with screaming
voices of women and hearty Pin@ys "kantiaws". I heard one Pinoy
saying like "ayan na si Bulitlit" (here comes the small one),
"si Bisaya yan" (he is Bisaya), "makulit yan" (he's insistent),
"Banat" (more force) and "magaling yan, kaya lang nag-iisa yan!"
(he's brilliant but he's the only one!). Life in this German
football field on this summery day in June.
Enjoy the photos. My camera is not fit to take fast moves
of the visiting AZKALS. Wish them more wins and luck.
Mabuhay kayo! Awooooooooooooooo!

Sunday 12 June 2011

Araw ng Kalayaan - June 12 - 113th Philippine Independence Day

(Photos taken from google search)
Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas

In celebration of the 113th Philippine Independence Day,
please enjoy this especial arrangement of one's love for
the Motherland as rendered by the University of Santo Tomas
Singers during their performance at the Maritime Hotel
in Frankfurt per invitation of the Philippine General
Consulate on June 6, 2011.
Pilipinas Kong Mahal

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Noam Chomsky in Cologne

It was like being able to shake hands with a Rock Star...a polit rock.
We were surprised how big the crowd was waiting for him at the
University of Cologne. While our dear Merkel was receiving
the Medal of Freedom from Obama in USA, we were listening to his
interpretation regarding America's real foreign policies.
What a brilliance, what a man! I won't forget I met him even
so briefly despite the protection of the Men in Black surrounding
him as bodyguards. Thank you for your brilliance, Mr. Chomsky!

Tuesday 7 June 2011

Independence Day Celebration in Germany

Invitation to the 113th Philippine Independence Day Celebration
at the Philippine General Consulate in Frankfurt
featuring the University of Santo Tomas Singers