Here’s is a chance for you to know about the Filipino people. Read “BAHALA NA (Come What May), a historical fiction about WWII in the Philippines and how the Filipinos keep their faith to sustain them in times of trouble. “Bahala na!” “Leave it to God!”

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The Philippines is one of those countries that are blessed with people who speak different tongues. It can be due to the fact that the country has been inhabited by people across the globe and those influences contribute to the richness of the languages. There are about 87 different languages and dialects spoken in the Philippines.Tagalog was made the national language in 1946 and was changed to Pilipino in 1962. English is also widely used.

BAHALA NA (Come What May) is enriched with the use of some of the Pilipino phrases mentioned below. With the influx of Filipinos everywhere, it might be a great idea if you learn a few words. It can also be beneficial if you decide to visit the Philippines for business or for pleasure. Pronunciation is a bit tricky since we put the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first so you just have to watch it. The words are said phonetically. Have fun and I will come back every so often and add more words. Here are some useful phrases for beginners.

1.    Magandang Umaga Po – Good Morning Sir/Madam

2.    Magandang Hapon Po – Good Afternoon Sir/Madam

3.    Magandang Gabi – Good Evening

4.    Kumusta? – How are you?

5.    Mabuti – I’m fine

6.    Salamat – Thank you

7.    Walang Anuman – You’re welcome. Literally it means “It does not matter.”

8.    Sino – Who

9.    Ano – What

10.Bakit – Why

11.Saan – Where

12.Gaano – How much

13.Dito – Here

14.Duun – There

15.Bahala Na – Come What May

Copyright © 2013. By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May.



Little unknown part of Philippine-American War

Honor in the Dust is an eye opener. I lived in Oyster Bay for 40 years and I never heard about the events mentioned in the book. All I heard was TR’s role with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Honor in the Dust changed the history. This is an unknown and hidden part of Philippine history and I am appalled at the atrocities of the U.S. soldiers stationed in the Philippines under Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency and the way it was ignored and covered up for fear of political fallout. After reading this book, I look at Theodore Roosevelt in a different light.

The events in Samar, the resettlement camp in Batangas, the “water cure” are things generations of Filipinos should know about and be a lesson not to be repeated. Tyranny is the worst thing a country cannot and should not endure. Filipinos are freedom loving people. I can say that wholeheartedly about the people of Batangas where I came from. They are known for their bravery but they are the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth. They will share you everything they have – their food, even their shirt if you need it.

By Rosalinda R Morgan, author of BAHALA NA (Come What May).


SPECIAL OFFER – For a limited time only – From May 13, 2013 until May 31, 2013.

In honor of our veterans and in celebration of Memorial Day on May 27, 2013, you can get a signed copy of “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, a WWII novel for a special price of $16.95 with free shipping to anywhere in U.S., Hawaii and Canada.  Please send your name and address together with a check for $16.95 payable to Rosalinda Morgan and mail to Rosalinda Morgan, 3056 Sugarberry Ln., Johns Island, SC 29455.  Envelope has to be postmarked by May 31, 2013.

Book Description:

At a market near Baguio, out of boredom, Benjamin picks up a magazine to pass the time. Little does he know, reading the magazine will turn into an obsessive quest to meet the girl whose picture appeared in the magazine. He sees Adelaide’s picture as “Reyna Elena” and is smitten. And so begins the pursuit of meeting her. Will he ever meet Adelaide?

Then World War II starts and Benjamin is caught in a place 465 kilometers away from home as the Japanese are landing everywhere. How will he get home? The story takes you on a long and perilous journey across the mountains and plains of Northern Luzon, into the war stricken city of Manila into the Japanese occupied provinces. What happens if he encountered the Japanese on the way?

Through the start of the war into the Japanese occupation, Batangueños show their unswerving faith, love, courage and determination in the midst of never-ending struggle to survive. As Gen. MacArthur returns to liberate the Philippines, lives turn into an upheaval as evacuations are the norm of the day.

Bahala Na is a fresh look at the traditions and social mores of the era just before and during World War II. It also describes eyewitness accounts of World War II events that were never written before.


May is Fiesta Time in Batangas

In the month of May, town fiestas are very common in Batangas and different barrios celebrate their own respective fiestas.  Alitagtag was probably the only town in Batangas or maybe in the Philippines that celebrated two fiestas, one on May 3 and another one on May 7.  May 3 was the feast day of the Holy Cross in Binukalan in Alitagtag.  It was also the town fiesta of the neighboring town of Bauan.  May 7 is the big town fiesta in Alitagtag.

In the olden days, preparation was undertaken to really go all out to impress everyone.  Every house in town started preparing for the big day starting on May 4.  The people work hard to make their homes presentable, cleaning and scrubbing floors and windows, putting new curtains on the windows and have the whole house in a festive mood.  Streets were decorated with bamboo arches and brightly colored paper streamers.  The town plaza had vendors selling toys, trinkets and food.  There were ferris wheels, carousel and other entertainment on the plaza near the church.

Batanguenos love to eat and they are great cooks and fiestas around the towns showcase their expertise in cooking delicious meals.  Preparation for making suman was scheduled to have the ingredients for the recipes bought and be ready on May 4.  Banana leaves were picked to be used in cooking suman.  Suman is a desert or snack whose ingredients are malagkit na bigas, (a special sticky rice), coconut milk and brown sugar, salt and wrapped in banana leaves.  It was mixed and then steamed to perfection.  This desert was cooked on May 5.

On May 6, a pig was slaughtered.  For several months before the feast, every house had one pig that they fattened and designated for the fiesta.  If you could not afford to have a pig, you would ask one of your relatives if you could share their pig.  All parts of the pig were cooked into different recipes.

Lechon (roasted pig) was an important dish for fiesta or big events as turkey on Thanksgiving Day in the United States or ham for Christmas in European countries. Chicken was also cooked on the same day. Another food specialty that was cooked on May 6 was called kalderetang kambing which was essentially stewed goat’s meat. Pancit which is a kind of noodle recipe was cooked on the eve of the feast.

Besides food, there were also some local fiesta games in Alitagtag. Palo Sebo was a traditional game played at fiesta time. Pabitin was another popular game with children in many fiestas. In some towns, prominent members of the community organized a ball for charity. By tradition, the Rigodon dance opened the ball.

On the eve and day of the fiesta, marching bands went around the town, making the day joyous and really festive. On the night of the fiesta, there was a big procession with carroza, a float carrying the image of the patron saint starting from the church and went through the barrios and back to church.

For more info on town fiesta and other customs and traditions, get your copy of the book “BAHALA NA (Come What May): A WWII Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival”.  Besides untold eyewitness account of the war in the Philippines, the book depicts the customs, traditions and way of life little known to people outside the Philippines.

“BAHALA NA (Come What May) is available at in paperback and Kindle.

Copyright©2013 Rosalinda Morgan