Bundle of two illustrated books published by RPD Publications: Simbahán: An Illustrated Guide to 50 of the Philippines' Must-Visit Catholic Churches and Káin Ná!: An Illustrated Guide to Philippine Food.
Simbahán: An Illustrated Guide to 50 of the Philippines' Must-Visit Catholic Churches
While the temples and stupas may be the architectural icons of much of Asia, the church is the arguably the Philippines’ most distinctive building. Tellingly, despite three hundred years of the Hispanic rule, the Filipinos opted to retain their indigenous names for places of worship, instead of the Spanish iglesia. Thus,– “church” in much of central and southern Philippines – was chosen as the title of this book. From the Manila way of naming things,accented in the middle syllable, it moves away towards the far and the unheard-ofsimbahánaccented on the last syllable.
Some churches in this book are brimming with devotees, such as Manaoag, Quiapo or Cebu; some are historic, such as the Manila Cathedral or Barasoain. A few have been awarded international status, such as Paoay and Miag-ao, while others have been given the country’s highest artistic honors, such as Malaueg, Guiuan or Jimenez. Some are easy to reach, like San Sebastian or Baclaran, but others challenge even the hardened traveler, such as Mahatao, Capul or Caraga. A few are really ancient, like San Agustin; some are audaciously modern, like Victorias. Each one effuses some facet of that cultural fusion of art, life and nature that could only blossom in the Philippines.
As the unabashedly Roman Catholic country celebrates 500 year of Christianity,hopes to provoke a “wander-lust” among pilgrims and tourists – beyond the beaches and “fun” – to visit 50 remarkable monuments to the piety and artistry of the Filipinos.
Filipino food is the summary of Filipino history—from the indigenous food of the prehistoric era, to the influences of Asian cooking generated by trade, and the Colonial influences brought on by conquest. Yet for all its richness and diversity, little is known beyond dishes like,,.aims to change that.
The first illustrated tome of its kind contains essential information on Philippine food and eating habits.(which means"let's eat!") is a warm invitation to the country's communal dining table and into its regional kitchens. It is divided into 12 chapters,(breakfast),(home cooking),(afternoon delights),(street food),(desserts),(bar chow),(festival food),(beverages),(bakery finds),(rice treats),(dipping sauces), and a section on ingredients key to the Filipino larder.