Friday, September 11, 2009

Fortune-tellers predict rough road ahead for Noynoy

Fortune-tellers predict rough road ahead for Noynoy 09/11/2009 5:37 PM
DAVAO - The stars may have nothing to do with Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's presidential bid but according to two fortune-tellers, the road ahead for the presidential wannabe is fraught with danger.
According to Madam Rose Elvina, Aquino could face either an assassination attempt or an accident when he starts his presidential campaign later this year.
Another fortune-teller, Madam Sal Cruz, said Aquino's sudden popularity has made him a target for political foes who do not want him to succeed.
"He has to be careful. Don't be complacent. There will be some who will love him, some who will be his enemies," she told ABS-CBN News.
The two fortune-tellers, however, were undecided on whether Aquino made the right choice in announcing his presidential bid on Sept. 9, 2009, exactly 40 days after the death of his mother, former president Corazon Aquino.
In her tarot reading, Elvina drew a card from the suit of swords, which she said indicated that Aquino chose the wrong date to declare his presidential bid. "He will have a hard time based on the cards. It's the swords. That means that the people are still 50-50 about him. He doesn't have their sympathy," she said.
On the other hand, Cruz said Aquino's declaration on September 9 was well timed. "He chose a good date. It will prosper," she said. With a report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lechon festival held in Davao

Lechon festival held in Davao 09/09/2009 5:34 PM

MANILA - Davao residents held a festival on Tuesday celebrating the country's favorite fiesta food "lechon" or roast pork.

Citizens of Digos City in Davao simultaneously roasted over 300 pigs in open fire pits for the annual "Lechonan sa Kadalanan" held along the stretch of Magsaysay Street.

Each "lechonero" professes to have their own recipes for the perfect roast pork.

One lechonero, Rolando Quiao, said he used 11 ingredients to make his "lechon" more delicious.

"The ingredients are a secret, so people should just come here so they can taste our delicious lechon," he said in his native dialect.

Residents and guests meanwhile could not wait to sample the lechon's juicy meat and crunchy golden brown skin after it was chopped up and distributed en masse to the waiting crowds.

Groups crowded around tables of chopped-up lechon and feasted until only the pig's bones were left. Some even brought along portions of rice to complete the meal.

Cathy Pepito, a guest at the fiesta, came all the way from Bukidnon (about 91 miles away) to join the festivities. She said she was excited to taste the "lechon", and was not disappointed.

The fiesta is held every year as a means to promote the region's famed delicacy and to boost local tourism and small businesses.

Romuals Crispino, the event's chairperson, said the area boasts of having the "best lechon in Mindanao."

"This is one of the biggest industr[ies] in the region and we have the most number of supply here," he said.

Similar "lechon" festivals are held in Negros Occidental, Batangas, Pampanga, Cagayan de Oro, among othes. Report by Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao.