Aeta… the first Philippine settlers!

The statue depicts an ancient Aeta, believed to be the first settlers in the Philippines. Their descendants still roam the region of Zambales and some migrated to the other parts of the country. Most of them, kicked out of their land like the Indians of North America, are now begging for food and financial assistance to live.

Isn’t it a pity that the ancient settlers are those normally put at the bottom of a country’s social caste system and the foreign invaders lord over them as if the invaders were those who settled in the country first before them?

OriginalPeople.Org: The Aeta (pronounced as “eye-ta,”), Agta or Ayta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky afro-like textured hair with a higher frequency of naturally lighter hair color (blondism) relative to the general population, small nose, and dark brown eyes. They are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations.

The Aeta were included in the group of people termed “Negrito” duringSpanish colonial rule as Negritos. Various Aeta groups in northern Luzon are known as “Pugut” or “Pugot,” a name designated by their Ilocano-speaking neighbors, and which is the colloquial term for those with darker complexions. In Ilocano, the word also means “goblin” or “forest spirit.”

How Hot It can Get?

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili hot sauce…!

A friend of mine who went on tour abroad gave me this hot sauce. She knew that I am fond of chilis and hot sauces and she did some research on what’s the hottest chili in the world and this is what she brought me. She is really sweeeeeeet…!

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It is said in a recent study that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is now the new world’s hottest chili pepper, with some of its variants measuring more than 2 Million Scoville heat units (the Scoville scale is a measure of the ‘hotness’ of a chilli pepper or anything derived from chilli peppers, i.e. hot sauce). To comparatively know how hot it is, the popular “Habanero” chili pepper is registered at 600,000 SHU. One piece of this Trinidad Scorpion is equivalent to having three Habanero pieces! That’s how hot this Scorpion devil is!

Gotta use 10 swipes of deodorants on my underarm this time… It’ll surely result to a ginermous amount of sweat and tears!

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