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The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: Ya for Yema

Finishing our A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs series, let’s turn our attention to the yummy treat called yema.

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: Wa for Walis

Souvenirs can be items that bear the unwritten trademark of a place. It’s a little bit like remembering Japan when you see sushi or Russia when you see fur hats. Nearing the finish line for our A Ba Ka of the Philippine Souvenirs series, let’s look at Walis. Wa for Walis It doesn’t matter where you are in the Philippines, as long as you are in one of the handicraft areas or dry goods part of the market, you are sure to find a store selling some walis. In English, “walis”  translates to “broom.” Yes, the thing we use to sweep the floor is a souvenir. The popularity of brooms as souvenirs from the Philippines can be seen throughout social media and documented in many news reports. There are two types of common brooms in the Philippines. One is made of a bundle of sturdy palm leaf ribs, known to locals as “walis ting-ting,” and the other is a fan-shaped soft broom made of common reed, known as “walis tambo.” The latter makes a perfect …

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: U for Ukay-Ukay

The idea behind taking home souvenirs is somewhat similar to commemorating a special event. In the case of traveling and exploration, we, as tourists, tend to go about shopping for something that would remind us of our latest adventure. Of course, sometimes, we plan our travels according to a certain purpose. For example, we visit a place because they are famous for something that we are currently interested in. Let’s take a closer look at this topic as we continue with the “U” issue of the A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs series. U for Ukay-Ukay We know it all too well, the joy of finding a treasure at an affordable price. Yes, I am talking about thrift shops. In the Philippines, thrift shops are known to the locals as “Ukay-ukay” or sometimes just “ukay.” It came from the Filipino word “hukay” or “halukay,” which means “to dig,” and is somewhat similar to “to rummage.” Ukay-ukay is also known to the locals as “wag-wag,” which means “to vigorously shake the dust off of an item.” …

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: Pa for Perlas

It was 2006 when the biggest natural clam pearl in the world was found in the Philippines. For 10 years, it lay quiet under the bed of the fisherman who found it until he decided it was time to have the 34kg pearl checked out. The Pa article for the A Ba Ka of the Philippine Souvenirs series is all about pearls. Pa for Perlas “Perlas,” the Filipino term for “pearl,” is one of the most valuable natural resources of the country. In essence, the Philippines has long been known as the Pearl of the Orient or Pearl of the Orient Seas. While news such as finding the biggest pearl in the Philippines could either be a little intimidating or very exciting for pearl-loving tourists, there are many ways that we can take home pearls from the Philippines. If you are looking for pearl souvenirs in the Philippines, malls and specialty stores can provide you with a wide variety of authentic natural or cultured pearl items.  Of course, jewelry tops the long list of pearl …