31.5.17

(Product Development) Eastern Samar Pineapples






The pineapple growers of Maydolong, Eastern Samar have been growing the sweetest, juiciest fruit organically for decades on intensely fertile soil. In 2011, they were given a production facility by the government to make vinegar, jam, and "tidbits" (apparently the term for those pineapple bits on pizza). Though things have been slow to start for them, the community is getting ready for the harvest season (roughly around July til September, but you know how the climate is these days).

After Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the region, NGOs descended upon communities to provide assistance. A Czech NGO called People in Need (PIN) began supporting product development for agricultural startups, one of them being the pineapple producers. PIN got in touch with us because we had an existing project in cooperation with them, and for months now we've been throwing the idea around of coming out and taking a look.

And we finally did (Samar is gorgeous!). After a 3 hour ride from Tacloban to our lodgings, we took a 2.5 hour ride to Maydolong to the pineapple production facility. It's quite a full setup from the Department of Science and Techbology, and they even have like 3 years worth of glass jars that came with the grant. The space doesn't have piped in water yet, but they find ways to bring fresh water during production.

We were expecting the Ormoc Queen type (as Ormoc is close by and, well, generalizations), the long, skinny, sweet-yet-fibrous one. But the farmers in the area grow the "Hawaiian" type, which is fatter and also very VERY juicy. Never eaten juicier pineapples. The fruit takes 2 WHOLE YEARS to mature. 2 years! Like a tree crop. Aside from this long growing period, during peak season, when there is an avalanche of pineapples, some of the harvest just rots away, or the pineapples are sold for close to nothing.

Hence the beginning of this little project of ours, for sure we will try to give updates as we make more progress.

8.3.17

(New Event) From Distant Shores


Hi everyone! Live (and free) classical music is one of the best things out there. We have a couple of visiting performers (and my brother, who is also a classical guitarist) that will be having a small classical guitar music concert this Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8 PM at ritual on Arnaiz Ave., Makati. Our guest artists are: Pongpat Pradit (Thailand), Naoki Ikuta (Japan), and Gonzalo Misa (Philippines).

Concert is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. Please enjoy your snack and drinks before or after the live portions, or during the breaks. Though we love small kids and pets, this may not be the best place to have them spend an hour or two.

Please come! We would love to have you.

19.7.16

(New Event) Korean Cooking with Lily Min


We thought that Korean food could be a good first thing to do. In the span of a decade, everyone has already decided that they have a favorite Korean dish, restaurant, or particular frozen snack food from their favorite Korean grocery. The speed at which these establishments have become part of our lives is astounding! And yet, not many people have Korean friends who can help them unlock the secrets of the shelves: those eight obviously-different tubs of miso, those strange grains of varying shades of brown, those sticky sauces, those hairy leaves.

So in this workshop series, Korean Cooking with Lily Min, the brilliant cookbook author will demonstrate popular restaurant favorites as well as little-known dishes for us. She will teach us how to hack “BonChon” chicken and how to make rice cakes with edible flowers on them. She will also show us how to make kimchi. Classically trained in traditional and royal Korean cuisine, Lily can field questions and give context to your favorite dishes! 

Workshops will be in English. AM sessions are at 10AM-12PM and PM sessions are at 130PM-330PM. Session fee is 1,300 for one half-day session, and 2,300 for two half-day sessions. All sessions will be held at our shop (Ritual at Unit 203, Languages Internationale Building, 926 Arnaiz Ave., Makati). Please email hola@ritual.ph for inquiries.

Reservations are open for the 25 July morning and afternoon sessions. Registration for the rest will be open in a few days.

Workshop schedule is as follows:

25 JULY 2016 (MONDAY)



1 AUGUST 2016 (MONDAY)

AM SESSION: KOREAN RESTAURANT FAVORITES 2
(Jabchae / Stir-Fried Clear Noodles with Vegetables and Beef & Korean Sushi)

PM SESSION : DELICIOUS KOREAN SNACKS 2
(Steamed Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake & Three-Colored Rice Cake Balls)

8 AUGUST 2016 (MONDAY)

AM SESSION: KOREAN RESTAURANT FAVORITES 3
(Beef Barbeque with Soy Sauce, Traditional and Wrap Versions & Sea Cucumber-Shaped Dumplings)

PM SESSION: EASY FERMENTS AND PICKLES
(Fresh Baguio Pechay Kimchi & Korean-Style Pickles with Soy Sauce)

15 AUGUST 2016 (MONDAY)

AM SESSION: HEALTHY KOREAN FOOD
(Mung Bean Jelly Salad & Bibimbap / Rice Mixed with Stir-Fried Vegetables and Beef)

PM SESSION: EASY FERMENTS AND PICKLES
(Fresh Baguio Pechay Kimchi & Korean-Style Pickles with Soy Sauce)

30.6.16

(Event) Composting Workshop 4 July 2016

Hi people! Please join Roland Sianghio as he discusses composting in the city this Monday, 4 July 2016! We've been using his pail system with happy results. It does involve buying an (inexpensive) inoculated sack of coco peat to cover your wet garbage. We are not selling his system, nor is he getting paid for this talk. It is absolutely free and aimed towards creating the conversation about dealing with your waste in the city!


19.6.16

(Event) As In Shop with Kalsada
















Happy father's day to everyone! We'll be at 59 Mahabagin St (near corner Matimtiman), Teacher's Village East, Quezon City, at As In's little homebase. Kalsada Coffee will be there as well. Ritual stuff, craft beer, coffee, cacao, maybe some bananas, and also pre-loved nice things from As In!

Hang out with us from 3-9PM.