work paid off for a group of young, aspiring cagers from the Visayas and Mindanao after making heads turn during the Alaxan FR Galing Mo Camp
held at the Unilab gymnasium in MandaluyongCity, Metro Manila.
NOTE: I've noticed that all my posts about our return trip to the Philippines, so far, has mostly been centered around food. But ask any OFW returning to the homeland what they miss most about the country, then food (aside from family, of course) remains the ready answer. So please bear with me once again for another food entry. J
Here in Singapore, I rarely get to eat a decent lumpiang sariwa (a local version of a fresh spring roll). Sure, we have the Vietnamese and Chinese-type spring roll versions and those also being passed off by some Filipino carinderias as similar fare (not! Yuck!), but nothing really comes close to an honest-to-goodness treat that is the simplicity and deliciousness of this dish.
Children of the 80s and 90s (like me) would most probably remember Icebergs, that mecca of deliciousness serving one of the best banana splits in the Metro. There was even a time when most major malls and places with high foot traffic were graced with this oasis of desserts. Times have changed and with that, they've slowly hidden away from the limelight.
Good thing, though, that they're quite recently reviving this place of sweet havens; a rebirth of sorts. And let me tell you, their offerings are still as luscious (perhaps even more) as I remember them to be.
We used to live in a little cozy family compound in Pasay City, where having my immediate relatives (mother's side) for neighbors, ensured a tight bond that would last us till we kids (then) have grown up and are now with our own little ones to care of too.
My childhood spent in the land of motels (this is how I view Pasay City. Heck! We even had one 2 houses away from our home, right next to a Christian church, mind you. J) were not to last as when the late 1990s rolled along, our lot was sold and families went their own separate ways. 2 titas (and their corresponding families, of course) stayed in another area also within Pasay City. One settled in Laguna; and 2 (ours included) chose to call Cavite home.
Living a stone's throw away from Bacoor, it's inevitable that that mouth-watering delicacy known as Digman's halo halo (a type of local dessert) would make its way to my food-I-must-try radar. Pestering the paternals (the parents) were of little use as locating…