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Ako si Ligaya
(I am Ligaya)
Owner of the Pinoy-Culture blog

animist. polytheist. 21 years old. new yorker. artist. crafter. nature worshiper. storyteller. anime and manga lover. bookworm. works with herbs. tagalog & akeanon (filipin@). hilot. child of the earth. daughter of Kaptan and Magwayen.

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So I did my nails! Philippines flag inspired! 

This Sunday on June 2 is the NYC Philippines Independence Day Parade and I decided to do my nails in honor of our independence and our cultural pride.

It’s pretty simple really. I just painted on the Philippines flag on my middle finger and then put on the colors of the flag on the other 4. Next I decided to write in baybayin. I wanted to write Pilipinas but I would need all 5 nails for that and one was already of the Philippines flag so I decided to write out Pinoy instead. Then on the last nail I put the sun and stars on top of the white. Next time instead of the sparkle dots I want to put rhinestones on them but I need to buy some nail glue and the rhinestones.

Like it?

Anyway so I’ll be attending the Philippines Independence Day Parade in NYC on Madison Ave. My brother is actually going to be performing on stage this year. It’s actually last minute but he’s getting ready for it. That means since he’s a performer we get to have passes behind the stage and of course with those passes we can meet some of the celebrities who are attending this year! :D

Some to name a few are Marian Rivera, Bong Revilla, Gary Valenciano, Derek Ramsay, and Heart Evangelista.

But I’m really there just to watch the parade, dance performances, music, etc. We are actually not walking in the parade this year (we have been walking in the parade for the past 4-5 years now) just because we actually just want to enjoy watching the parade this year. Which works for me because I want to be taking pictures of different groups and performances as well as some videos.

So expect some pictures next week both on this blog and the Pinoy-Culture blog!

30 May 2013 13 notes Comments Tags: filipino. pinoy. philippines. philippines independence day. nail art. nails. beauty.

So Friday was my dads 50th birthday party and we cooked, and cooked, and freakin cooked.

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Feast your eyes on all the Filipin@ food! Hahaha.

And you all know what was eaten first.

The lechon. Oh ya. Which is funny because the pig eaten in Filipin@ feasts today is pretty much a long time tradition from pre-colonial times when the Babaylan would sacrifice the pig and during the ritual she would kill it with a spear before they gave it out to the people to eat.

Now the pig is already dead here (though if we were in the Philippines we would be taking one of the pigs my family raises instead), but my tatay pretty much took the role impaling the pig.

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I got to see my old childhood friend again. Her parents, especially her dad, is good friends with my dad and my mom and we pretty much grew up together though we don’t see each other much anymore mainly because we don’t throw as many parties as we used to in the past. Why? Mainly because during times like birthdays and such where we would throw a party we are usually out on vacation somewhere either camping or going to different states or something.

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And actually I kind of do miss my family throwing parties.

Anyway so we did the typical things Filipin@’s do at parties. Karaoke and dancing. Which again, actually comes from pre-colonial times to when feasts would typically go on for nights and days on end and you would have people singing and chanters chanting songs and poems of heroes, heroines, stories of the community and the ancestors, and of the gods and goddesses.

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My mom also hired a bellydancer as a surprise. My friend thought I was joking when I told her earlier on in the night and then when the bellydancer arrived she was like, wait there really is a bellydancer? And I laughed telling her I was serious.

Then there was also my cousins friends who wanted to come because they wanted to try Filipin@ food. They wouldn’t stop eating lets just say that lol.

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Happy Birthday Tatay !

12 May 2013 12 notes Comments Tags: filipino. personal. bday. tatay.

So I attended the Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden by Prospect Park this past Sunday with my mom and brothers and a few of our family friends. We were actually supposed to go to the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing but I remembered it was the last day of the Sakura Matsuri thanks to a friend of mine who wrote a status on their Facebook and then suggested instead of going to the one in Queens we should just go to the one in Brooklyn because I know my brothers and the other kids would like to attend that one more.

It was our first year going so I honestly didn’t know what to expect. It wasn’t bad though I did get lost for about an hour and my phone service was down most of the time. Add the fact my battery was draining and at 10% was meh. Thankfully I finally had service for a good few minutes when my phone was at 8% and I managed to call my mom to ask where everyone else was because when I get lost, I get lost haha.

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On the stage they did some traditional dances throughout the day and performances for the kids. It kind of makes me want the Filipin@ festivals that come around in the summer to come by already.

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While I was lost and wandering around I decided to watch more of the performances and saw this performance involving the samurai and swordsmanship. These girls in front of me were like, oh that wasn’t what I was expecting at all I thought it would be like in movies. Well one they aren’t really fighting it’s a skit, a little performance meant for the kids so don’t expect actually fighting. Then there were these two white guys behind me who wouldn’t shut up going on and on about how this isn’t how it’s done and going sarcastically, “ohhh the greatest Japanese swordsman”, and basically making fun of the men up there performing for a group of kids. Kids. Like I said it’s not a demonstration it’s a performance and a cute story act for the kids. Shut up and stop acting like you are better than them when it’s their cultural event. *sigh*

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Moving along I eventually found my mom and the others and we started to walk around the gardens and take pictures under the sakura tree’s. I actually didn’t see a lot of cosplayers, though I did see some people as the Sailor Scouts and the Avengers but they were in one of those cart thingies ( I honestly don’t know what they are called but it’s the little bus things that you see driving around zoo’s and places like that. ) I did see a lot of people dressed up in their lolita clothes making me wish I dressed up in one of my dresses but considering I had barely any time to get ready that morning I just grabbed whatever, put my hair up, and left. There were cosplayers but I saw them from passing but none was cosplaying any character that I really, really like.

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Along our walk there was this one group where they cosplayed as Brock and Ash and my brother who is obsessed with Pokemon grabbed my arm and was like, “COME WITH ME.” The minute I saw the Pikachu’s on the ground I cracked up especially when he randomly went up to them and asked to hug them. Hahaha.

After that he was to happy he started playing the nyan cat song and skipping around. Now imagine a kid with a Pikachu bag blasting out the nyan cat song from his little speakers skipping around. It’s a sight haha. This guy behind us who was with a girl then said “aww I wish I knew him so we can chill.” My brother didn’t hear him but we told him what the guy said and told him imagine if you go back and skip around them and come back. Of course my brother being the person he is does just that and goes back down the path we walked on and finds the guy and girl and starts skipping around them with the nyan cat song on grinning like the chesire cat before skipping back up the path. xD

After that we continued taking pictures with the flowers and left where the festival was. I should have taken more pictures and there was plenty of more areas to go to but everyone else wanted to go so sadly I couldn’t take as much.

Sadly I missed the cosplay show on stage later that day because we left but next year we plan to come again so definitely I’ll take more pictures besides of just us.

30 Apr 2013 6 notes Comments Tags: blog. personal. 2013. sakura matsuri. events.

Horseshoe crabs everywhere!

I see the shells from molts and some recently dead ones that often wash ashore on Jones Beach every time I come here and walk around especially in early summer in June when they often are seen as its the time when they start breeding. These pictures were actually taken last summer (yes during the time where I just completely neglected this blog I know but I’m back!) while I went walking around the shallow and marsh areas like the area pictured above and everywhere I walked along that area there was a horseshoe crab either in the sand, grass, or just underneath the water close to shore as the tide kept on rising throughout the day.. I took pictures of at least 10 different ones with one my brothers picked up so they can look at it more closely as it was there first time seeing them.

I think for those of us who live along the coasts especially around the Long Island Sound, Connecticut, and New Jersey and other areas where they are seen frequently, horseshoe crabs represents an image of our childhood.

I actually can’t wait until summer comes again this year so I can go take more pictures of these living fossils.

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Anonymous asked:
Hey! I'm a Pinoy dude from Australia who is interested in Pinoy paganism, and discovered your blog. Asking here since unsure how often you use the other. Anyway, really appreciate your blogging, but also would love it if you had any info on Filipino myths/legends/folklore, I'd love to hear it. Or maybe you know some books? I've done a little bit of research, but either don't find much, or am not really sure what to start. Thanks again. -Chris

Oh hi! Which other blog are you referring to because I run several blogs. But if you want to know about Filipino Paganism, our myths, legends, deities, folklore, etc. and the modern Reconstructionist religion, Anito, which is a tradition that is reviving our indigenous beliefs and practices, you should ask on my Pagan run personal blog, (i don’t update this blog anymore) or my Filipino cultural blog, http://pinoy-culture.tumblr.com, though earthmagick is more preferred because that is the blog I’m the most active in and specifically made for Paganism posts. This blog, though I post some stuff relating to my Pagan beliefs, is really more for personal events in my life than really Paganism or any of my other interests that I have made blogs for.

Also you will see plenty of more posts on Filipino Paganism on my Pagan blog since that’s the place where I mainly write and talk about it. :) If you ask me on there I’ll send you links to posts related to the animistic beliefs, deities, legends, practices, etc. and some books and links to read on them.

01 Jun 2012 0 notes Comments Tags: faq.

Ah yes! I finally got a tattoo ! :D For those who saw on Facebook that I was getting it done last week you already now, but I thought I would blog about it here because I really love this tattoo and it’s the first of many.

Now if you don’t already know, I do plan to get traditional Filipino tattoo’s done on both my arms eventually. Right now though this one is my first tattoo done by a good friend of mine who is both a professional fashion photographer and tattoo artist. He’s very talented in anything artsy haha.

Anyway so I went to him last Tuesday to get it done. It was pretty good because I just had to pay him a tip seeing as I’m his friend and also he doesn’t really do simple ones like this and I’m the first tribal style tattoo he’s done. He is more of colorful art, tattoo artist and he was like you know this for me tribal work isn’t my thing because I just find it boring just inking in black but for you I’ll do it. Ah I love him.

So yes first tattoo of a lingling-o motif found in the Philippines and other parts of South East Asia. What’s a lingling-o you ask?

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The symbol is called lingling-o which is a common symbol in South East Asia especially in the Philippines. It has been associated with fertility in women, virility in men, serves as a good luck amulet, healing, & serves as housing the Anito (the ancestors and spirits). No one really knows where this symbol originally came from however it has been used by varied groups of people in South East Asia for years prior to European colonization, particularly the Ifugao and other Cordillera tribes in the Philippines. Today however it’s grown to become a symbol worn and tattooed by the younger Filipino generations as reconnecting with our culture, ancestors, roots, and a symbol of cultural pride.

Now why is it associated with fertility and virility? Well if you look at the carved symbols inside you will notice a circle on top, two protrusions, and a thin line running down the bottom. The top circle is said to represent the womb, with the thin line running down the bottom as the vaginal canal where our first rite of passage begins when we exit our mothers womb and we are born. Then the two protrusions in between the circle and the thin line represent the male testicles. Through this combined female and male symbolism it represents fertility, virility, and a symbol of life.

There are different variations of the lingling-o which you can see on the bottom picture, however the two most well used is the basic circular symbol (look at the pendant on the bottom right), and the one that has two horned karabaw (a water buffalo endemic to South East Asia, not to be confused with the reindeer known as caribou) heads on the top, (look at the gold pendant at the bottom center). This one is the one I’m getting because I personally prefer that one over the basic design not only is it more beautiful but also because of the symbolism this strong, hard working animal that is the life and also national symbol to Filipino’s.

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It’s starting to heal now and it’s a bit itchy so I keep gently patting around the area to get rid of the itchy feeling or just dealing with it. But let me tell you I was nervous as hell when I was about to get it done. My friend who was the tattoo artist was like ohh so this is your first time to? My boyfriend just got his first yesterday to. When I saw the needle and felt the initial sting I was like shitt. First couple of minutes I was holding on the seat so hard and trying to breathe in and out and follow what someone suggested to me earlier that day and what my friend said before we started, was to try and meditate. I was like how am I suppose to meditate when my mind is focused on the pain! Haha.

Eventually though after the first 5 min. it wasn’t that bad. My friend said that when he got his wrist tattooed it hurt him bad when they shaded it in and I was like oh man. When it eventually got down to the actual filling in it actually didn’t really hurt at all until it got near my veins then I had to close my eyes and take a deep breathe because that hurt but only for less than a min. But for the most part it just felt like when you scratch your wrist repeatedly. The filling in was by far less painful, barely no pain really except when it came near the veins, than the outlining which was the opposite of my friend but we all differ. I guess I have a higher pain tolerance than I thought I did.

But oh man I’m so happy! First tattoo on a whole journey of eventually tattooing both my arms in traditional Filipino motifs and symbols. I’m happy with my first tattoo since it’s the mark of my decolonization, my spirituality, reclaiming my cultural heritage, and my connection with my ancestors. Imagine how much more when I eventually get those traditional tattoo’s? :D At least now that I dealt with this one I know what to expect now.

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01 May 2012 2 notes Comments Tags: filipino. pinoy. philippines. linglingo-o. tattoo. culture.

Just a brief collection of pictures of events that happened in my life recently. From a circus, my brothers communion, Tito Bong’s 40th birthday, to my brothers baseball, and several more that isn’t on here.

I really have nothing else to excuse myself for the lack of updates except pure laziness. But I think instead of writing in detail of events I’ll just put up pictures with a few commentary on whatever is happening. I think that will be much easier for myself because I really do love blogging on here it’s just for some reason I lost the inspiration to actual sit down and write. But the blogging of life events is still there.

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01 May 2012 1 note Comments Tags: personal. filipino.
I feel like I’m in the Victorian Era. [ so very, very late. ]

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Okay first off I love anything Victorian. A couple of days ago (more like months ago) my brother had his violin recital for his Suzuki school and me an my cousin decided to walk around the grounds for pictures.

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Ah I’m lacking in updates in my blog. -.- I think I’ll just be posting pictures with lack of wording unless I actually have time or I’m just plain out not lazy to explain in detail everything. Ah laziness. Haha.

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01 May 2012 0 notes Comments Tags: personal. blog. mansion. violin. Victorian. house.