Who would have thought that an island getaway with family can turn a simple household dish into a business that’s starting to make a buzz in the city today? A menu that’s done out of cooking habits for the family and friends is now in demand not only in Dumaguete City but also across the country and even abroad.
I have been cooking this menu for a couple of months last year and I just give them away to friends and family. – Dimples
Bulad is a common Filipino dish otherwise known as daing or tuyo in other dialects. It’s made of sun and air-dried salted fish. NANAY’s Bulad Flakes is a sauteed ready-to-eat dried fish in a jar — an innovation to the simple Filipino bulad dish and definitely a gustatory delight for every Filipino!
The idea of making this bulad flakes into a business venture was coined during a family getaway in Siquijor Island May this year. Kristine Joyce Marcelino-Tionko also known as Dimples and one of the owners of NANAY’s Bulad Flakes brought with her the product she made few days back as part of their provisions on the trip. While brainstorming on their next travel destination and how to come up with their travel funds, the idea of selling the bulad flakes came to mind. That’s how NANAY’s Bulad Flakes came to life.
The product name is in honor of Dimple’s mother-in-law who passed away three years ago whom they all call NANAY. Bulad on the other hand is the Visayan term for this Filipino dried fish thus bringing the mother tongue to their product name; just right for a product name that’s to be known locally in time.
“Bulad flakes is from the idea of gourmet tuyo. The way I understand it, gourmet tuyo is vinegar based and the fish used is herring. That’s where I got the idea of making a recipe that’s pleasing to my palate” says Dimples who used to make this bulad flakes for personal consumption.
When asked what’s unique about NANAY’s Bulad Flakes, Dimples said that their product is unparalleled because of the cookware they are using called SALADMASTER, which is also the secret to this mouth-watering and delicious dish in a jar.
The women behind NANAY’s Bulad Flakes are also aware of the tough market competition, however, they did not falter because they are confident of their products quality and taste. In the future, aside from making the business big, they also want the people to think of NANAY’s Bulad Flakes when they hear about Dumaguete City wherever they are.
Aside from the Bulad Flakes, they also offer NANAY’s Cheezy Brazo Spread and NANAY’s Choco Brazo Spread. There’s also something new adding to their product line and Dagit Dumaguete Team is honored to be part of the first few people to get a taste of their newest addition NANAY’s Cheezy Pimiento Spread.
Dagit Dumaguete did some rounds in Facebook and Instagram to see what people who have tasted NANAY’s Bulad Flakes have to say:
THANK you for patronizing our homemade product. If you have not taken a dose of NBF, then you are missing a lot! Get one now! – Dimples
You may visit their Official Facebook Page here or follow them in Instagram @nanaysbuladflakes. You may send them private message or direct message for your orders and inquiries or you can call or text their digits at +639066888638.
FUN FACTS: The business is owned and ran by Kristine Joyce Marcelino-Tionko a.k.a. Dimples, her sister-in-law Goldy Gonzalez-Tionko Ramas Uypitching, and first cousins of Goldy, Vanessa Gonzalez-Chua and Maria Antonia Gonzalez-Villarante.
Meet Concepcion Caballes the famous woman in the downtown area of Dumaguete City who offers typewriting services for a living.
It was September of last year when Mrs. Caballes’ story came out in Rappler.com after Lorence Valencia, a third year law student from the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR) sent her photo to MovePH. Mrs. Caballes’ story highlighted on her typewriting business and service amidst the fast-growing and changing technologies today. For those of you who missed out her story in Rappler you may read it here.
Indeed, who would be using typewriters especially with today’s generation who has easy-access to computers, smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices which help us out in our daily grind? For Mrs. Caballes the story is different.
Dumagueteños who have lived long enough in the city and frequent the downtown area would surely recognize her in an instant. Back in the old days, Mrs. Caballes and her husband have established their identity in the downtown area of Dumaguete City for their typewriting business. Back then, the couple stayed in a small room tucked between Handumanan, which is still in the same area offering native products and then Nijosa.
In recent times, you would see her around the area just across Nijosa outside a pawnshop along the sidewalk. Yes, she still offers typing job but the once small room cramped with mounds of paper has changed into a single yellow-desk and the old shelves have turned into an envelope of stack papers. Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to talk to her for a few minutes before 2015 ended. However, the lesson and the inspiration we gathered from her remained in our minds and continued to touch our hearts up until today.
After all, it is never too late to share such an inspiring story. It was one of those days when the city street around downtown wasn’t busy and most of the establishments were closed for the holiday when we decided to go around the area to check if she was there for the day. We saw her sitting beside her desk with her typewriter locked up and covered with an unused banner. She was simply enjoying the view of a quieter downtown area. We were hesitant to approach her at first because she looks strict on first impression. However, when we introduced ourselves and told her (in vernacular)“Te, did you know that you came out of Rappler? It’s a social news network in the internet” and she laughed out loud remembering how a guy took a photo of her. She must be referring to Valencia.
The next thing she said cracked us up. “How do I look in my photo?”, Mrs. Caballes asked us with a wide smile. She told us she remembers being photographed and intentionally covered her face with the paper she was holding. True enough, if you checked the story in Rappler, her faced was half covered.
Mrs. Caballes related that around 1966 she and her husband dominated the typewriting business in Dumaguete City. When computer was out of the picture and only a buzz word in the city their business was brisk. The couple offered typing job for school reaction papers, term paper, thesis and documents.
If she thinks about it, Mrs. Caballes said that they’ve been running the typing business for more than 50 years now. She furthered that when they were still in their old place (between Handumanan and Nijosa) papers cramped the tiny space. That was their normal daily scene before computers boomed. She said even on ordinary days a lot of people most especially students would drop by their place to have their projects done.
“We had a lot of sleepless nights reading different kinds of works, topics and even different handwriting styles” she added. The couple would type these projects till dawn breaks without complaining. According to her their busiest days usually fall on month ends where people swarm their little room to send in papers for typing as well as people who are collecting their finished files to beat deadlines.
When computers kicked in the typing business slowed down. There was no need for the couple to work double time since students now prefer to go to computer shops to get their papers and projects done. So when technologies came in full blast, the average earnings per day lowered to Php200.00. According to Mrs. Caballes this is insufficient with the family needs.
However, the slowing down of business came at a very convenient time for the family she added. Through their typing business both her children finished their studies and earned their respective degrees at Silliman University.
“I had to stay up late until 4 am before. Every paper I finished meant the future of my children. They wanted to study at Silliman University. I wanted to give them the best education they can get.” the typing master narrated. Today, one of her children is working in Dumaguete City Water District while the other one teaches in South Western University in Cebu City.
“I am very thankful to the Lord Almighty for giving us the chance to send our children to school to get proper education and degrees before computers came.”
Today, she only does forms like deed of sale, bio-data and other application forms that need to be typewritten. Her rate per page is Php25.00 for double space and Php30.00 for single space. She added there are still customers who prefer their forms to be typewritten. “As long as people like them exist, the city still needs our service” she discloses.
Now that her husband has joined the Creator above and both her children have their own lives to live and work of their own, she only spend few hours a day on her little work station along the side walk. Apart from the typing job, Mrs. Caballes still serves as the Barangay Treasurer of Barangay Motong for three terms now. She reports to work in their Barangay Hall every morning and comes around 12:00 noon to her typing work station downtown of Dumaguete.
Mrs. Caballes explained that she goes to her post at the downtown area in the afternoon to check on her things. As a typewriting master she uses her typewriting skills on the paper works her barangay needs at no additional cost. She added that at times she frequents government offices running errands as their barangay treasurer.
Mrs. Concepcion Caballes remains a hopeful and happy woman with all the things she has accomplished today for the love of her children and family. May her story continue to inspire people to reach for their dreams.
“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” – Richard L. Evans
Dumaguete City takes another milestone this month in time for the 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration of the city. Sister cities Dumaguete and Alameda in California, United States will sign the actual Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as official sister cities.
Let’s get down the timeline. Last June 2015 Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. together with Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria went to the US so the latter can sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alameda City Mayor Trish Herrera-Spencer recognizing the Sister City Relationship of Dumaguete City and Alameda City.
Maquiling even brought the good news of signing the MOU through his personal Facebook account when he was in the US to personally witness this event. See posts below from his Facebook account.
You may also check our previous post here to know more.
This month the Mayor of Alameda City will be coming over Dumaguete on the 21st along with 20 other diplomats from the US for the signing of the MOA. Not only that, another Mayor from our sister city in East Asia is coming over too to witness this milestone and historical event in terms of Dumaguete City reaching out to the world.
Yeongdong, South Korea Mayor is expected to arrive in Dumaguete on November 22nd to join this big event in the city along with 10 other diplomats from Yeongdong. This is not the first time for our sister city from South Korea to set foot here in Dumaguete. The Yeongdong-gun Council visited Dumaguete October last year headed by its Chairman Yeo Cheol Gu to celebrate Buglasan Festival of Festivals with us. The sister-city agreement with South Korea happened last June 26, 2008 at the Dumaguete Session Hall with top government and school officials from both the Philippines and South Korea
Two continents across the world will gather together to highlight the 67th Charter Day celebration of Dumaguete City and all this will happen this November 24, 2015 during the Flavors of Dumaguete event at the Rizal Boulevard. We will be having 30 international visitors’ at least official dignitaries to grace our festivities starting on the 21st.
“We wanna do it again because for the first time we will have two sister cities mayors arriving and joining us in our fiesta celebration” explains Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. referring to Flavors of Dumaguete event.
It was September of this year when Dumaguete City Tourism held Flavors of Dumaguete as a way of commemorating World Tourism Day. This is the first flavorful culinary event held in Dumaguete showcasing the city’s best and top chefs and restaurants.
The event in September was a huge success with the number of locals and tourists swarming almost half the length of the Rizal Boulevard to witness, experience, and taste the different cuisines prepared by the various local restaurants, food establishments and culinary school and programs within Dumaguete City during the cooking extravaganza.
“What we did in September, we did it for the first time. There’s a public demand to bring it back” shares Maquiling during an interview. He also said that other chefs and restaurant owners within Dumaguete expressed their interest and intent to take part in the said culinary extravaganza.
“We wanted to showcase our Flavors of Dumaguete to international visitors on top of our SANDUROT Festival here.” – Woodrow Maquiling, Jr.
Flavors of Dumaguete was produced by the Dumaguete Tourism Team since a lot of people come to Dumaguete because of our food. In fact, one of the reasons why Dumaguete City is one of the best places to retire in the world is the affordability of wide variety of international and local cuisines available in the city.
“We wanna give food the highlight which has been the precursor of tourism in our city” disclosed Maquiling. Since it’s fiesta time and food has been a very good element of tourism in Dumaguete, Flavors of Dumaguete is once again happening this month to take part of the city’s breakthrough in strengthening friendly relations and economic ties internationally as well as putting Dumaguete City on the map for the best place to be in.
“Since we have official dignitaries to grace our festivities starting on the 21st, it’s nice that they can taste the world in one city during Flavors of Dumaguete.” – Maquiling
On the other hand, a turn-over ceremony will also take place aside from the signing of the MOA between Dumaguete and Alameda cities. The 40 computers coming from Korea will be turned-over by Yeongdong, South Korea Mayor to our own Mayor. The donated computers will be distributed to schools and other government offices in the city according to Maquiling.
Together let’s take pride of this achievement Dumaguete City coveted and join Flavors of Dumaguete at the Rizal Boulevard on November 24, 2015 at 6:00pm to witness and impart this milestone the city attained.
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)
The Santacruzan Festival every May here in Dumaguete City can be considered one of the most anticipated and attended events every summer in the city. It is the time of the month when the church and state share creative talents and ideas to honor this meaningful Filipino tradition established during the Spanish reign in our country.
Dumaguete City is no different from the other cities in the country who observe Santacruzan festival during the month of May. Santacruzan depicts the search for Reyna Elena and her son Constantino for the Holy Cross. Here in Dumaguete, Santacruzan Festival is highlighted by a grand procession on the last day of the festival where beautiful “sagalas” and their escorts parade around the streets of Dumaguete City.
Speaking of beautiful sagalas, Dagit Dumaguete Team had the chance to sit down with the group of young ladies here in Dumaguete who make up the sagala list every Santacruzan Festival here in the city. Together, let’s meet and greet the beautiful young hearts of the Catholic Advocates for Religious Action (CARA).
CARA comes from the Spanish word which means face. CARA members are challenged to become the face of our world today especially to the young girls who are very vulnerable to temptations and influences these days.
“They are living the life of God through Mary in the ordinariness of their lives” emphasized CARA Adviser Zenovia V. Merecido during our one-on-one interview.
Santacruzan Festival has ran for eight years recalls Merecido in our conversation. After eight years practicing this time-honored Filipino tradition here in Dumaguete, there was an inspiration to form a community group for these young girls to have continuous values formations. Aside from the young ladies desire to form a support group, there were parents who like the idea of continuous values formations too.
“They wanted to continue having a group where members can feel the sense of belongingness to a group for support of their personal lives” says CARA Adviser Merecido. She also narrated how her personal experiences in serving the community has made her realize the importance of putting up such a group especially with the challenges the youths are facing today. Thus, CARA was established December of 2014 though the group was initially launched August 2014. CARA officially got its blessing from Bishop Julito Cortes supported by Dumaguete City’s Parish Priest Rev. Mosignor Marino Ybo and youth coordinator Rev. Fr. Hendrix Alar before 2014 ended.
CARA President Maeben Xyza Marie Ho also shared that the core group of CARA and its leaders make sure that these young ladies are given personality development talks and activities aside from their values formations.
“Our monthly talks and formations are not necessarily religious-based. We also encompass on our outreach programs” Ho added. The group’s target this year is to strengthen their core group as they continue their planned monthly activities for the members gearing up to next year’s Santacruzan festival.
Currently CARA has more or less 30 active members. CARA President said they are doing their best to encourage young ladies to join their team. However, in the future they may need to require members to go through their values formations first before they can join the Santacruzan Festival.
“All young ladies are free to join. There is no membership fee” says Maeben Xyza Marie Ho. Anyone between 16-30 years old are encourage and are free to join CARA.
According to CARA Adviser Zenovia Merecido they decided to lower the age requirement to join CARA to 16 years old this year since these young ladies are the subject of their evangelization.
During the month of May before the Santacruzan Festival kicks off, the members along with the aspiring members are required to go through three Sundays of values formations to complete and solidify their membership to the group.
The chosen Reyna Elena also serves as the second in command for the group. As per Ho they wanted to make sure that the Reyna Elena role will not be limited to the Santacruzan Festival Grand Procession only. The Reyna Elena is also expected to serve the community in some ways.
You may also visit their Official Facebook Page for more details. Here are some photos during last year’s Santacruzan Festival Grand Procession.
CARA over the months since they were launched last year has proved that beauty does not just rely on the outside appearance but how one’s inner values magnify the physical look of an individual.
These are young girls with big hearts indeed. Just like what their president shared, they’re not focused on religious-based talks alone. In November the group raised funds for their gift-giving session come Christmas of 2015. They started a rummage sale at the Dumaguete Cathedral Church vicinity to acquire funds.
Come December 2014, two barangays in Dumaguete City with 50 families from each barangay received gifts from CARA through the funds they have raised in November. The two barangays were Canday-ong and Villa Suerte. CARA gave out groceries and goods to these families for Christmas.
The generosity does not stop there. Aside from their scheduled monthly talk early of 2015, the girls found time to dropped by Santo Niño Children’s Home Foundation to make the kids happy. The group gave out slippers to the kids from the orphanage out of the remaining funds they raised towards the end of 2014.
Truly these girls are believers that happiness does not result from what we get but from what we give.
“They should be an epitome of what takes to be a catholic and have faith” ended Maeben Ho during our interview.
Vision: An inspired community of young women living a personal and intimate relationship with God through Mary.
To encourage young women to develop a personal relationship with God through active participation in the life and mission of the church.
To provide loving support and a sense of belongingness in facing the common struggles and challenges of the young.
To instill and strengthen catholic values through dynamic formation program.