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Halo Halo

Halo halo is a Philippine treat. You can try one version of the treat using the recipe below.

Ingredients
*Assortment of fresh or canned fruit, diced into small pieces (suggestions: bananas, coconut, melons, mangos, pineapples)
*Gelatin dessert, cubed (optional)
*Plain, vanilla, or flavored yogurt
*Caramel ice cream topping or pancake syrup
*Finely crushed ice
*Milk or cream
*Ice cream

Instructions
1. Fill a tall glass about half full with fruit and gelatin cubes.
2. Top with 2 tbsp. of yogurt.
3. Drizzle with topping or syrup.
4. Add a handful of finely crushed ice.
5. Pour ½ cup of milk or cream into the glass. Poke holes in the mixture with a knife to allow the liquid to filter to the bottom of the fruit.
6. Top with a scoop of ice cream.

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Make a Parol

Enter “Philippines” in the Search box to learn about bold Christians in the Philippines and to find ways you can pray for them.

Then learn how to make a Christmas decoration from the Philippines using the instructions below.

A “parol” (pah-rohl) is a star lantern. Families in the Philippines use star lanterns as Christmas ornaments. They hang the lanterns in windows and even decorate their yards with them. Filipino children learn to make star lanterns in school. Some families make their own lanterns; others buy them.

Traditional star lanterns are made by constructing two star-shaped frames out of bamboo sticks, then fastening the frames together. The frames are covered with colorful paper and decorated with tassels hung from one or more points. Candles were placed inside the lanterns in past times, just as candles were used to light Christmas trees in the past. Today electric lights usually light the lanterns.

You can make a star ornament by cutting a 4- or 5-pointed star from colored poster board. Make the star any size you want. Use ribbon, tinsel, crepe paper, or yarn to make short tassels. Glue the tassels to the points of the star, or attach them with thread to holes punched in the points. You may want to draw pictures or glue decorations on the front and back of the star, and hang your star in a window.


The Philippines: Champorado

Children in the Philippines eat champorado for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.

Ingredients
2 cups of freshly cooked rice
½ cup of chocolate chips or a chocolate bar cut in pieces
1 to 2 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
Yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk

Instructions
1. Add chocolate to hot, freshly cooked rice, and stir until the chocolate is melted. Add sugar if desired.
2. Scoop ½ cup of the mixture into a bowl. Top with yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk.

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Esther Update

Asia

A previous post told about Esther, a girl who was injured when her bus was bombed by radical Muslims.

Update
Today, more than 15 years after her bus was bombed, Esther is a teacher at a nursing college and a youth leader at her church. Radical Muslims still blow up buses in the Philippines. Esther remembers the bombing any time she travels on a bus. She is startled when she hears noises, like the sound of a mango falling on a roof. When she smells smoke, it reminds her of the bus exploding.

Recently Esther’s parents were traveling in their vehicle through a town in Mindanao when they heard a loud noise. A bomb had exploded, and it killed a person on a motorcycle in front of them, and another motorcyclist behind them. Many others were injured, but by God’s grace, Esther’s parents were spared.

It’s not easy living in a place where bombs can explode at any time. Esther trusts God and remembers His mercy toward her. She believes that the Lord will help her find peace.

(Source: VOM Australia)

Esther tells her story in the video clip below.


Interview: Gracia Burnham

The Philippines

Gracia and Martin Burnham were missionaries in the Philippines. They were kidnapped by a gang of radical Muslims who took them into the jungle. The Burnhams lived with the kidnappers in harsh conditions for about a year.

Read a story about their ordeal here.

Listen to VOM volunteer reporter Wesley P. interview Gracia.