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Old February 24th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #61
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Eggs Benedict


Chicken liver pate with cranberry jelly and crostinis


Crispy Calamari and Beef Meatballs


Asian Appetizer Platter


Crabcake and Chorizo Croquettes


Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad


Cafe Uma Special Caesar Salad
Pancetta, croutons, chorizo crabcake, poached egg, roasted garlic caesar dressing and mixed greens


Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
Shredded beef sirloin, caramelized onions and bell peppers, homemade cheese sauce with french fries and mixed greens


Limoncello Shrimp Linguine
Sauteed shrimps, linguine tossed in a lemon cream sauce and topped with green peas, pine nuts and arugula


Cafe Uma Special Noodle Soup
Egg noodles vegetables in a 5 spice broth topped with pork dumplings, seared salmon and soft boiled egg


Asian Braised Lamb Shank


Fish and Chips


Mixed Grill Platter
Porkloin, cervelat sausage, chicken breast, waldorf salad, roesti potatoes, poached egg and mixed greens


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Grilled pork shoulder "carnitas style", corn and roasted vegetable relish, red bean and tomato salsa, mexican rice, fried egg, cheese and tortilla
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Salsiccie All'Uva con Insalata Mista
Warm salad of homemade italian sausage sauteed with white wine and grapes, organic greens, tomatoes and balsamic glaze



Crema di Zucca
Pureed pumpkin squash finished with cream, pancetta, roasted pumpkin, poached egg with salsa verde and porcini oil


Pizza Frutti di Mare All'Uma
With tomatoes, assorted seafood, roasted garlic, onions and topped with shredded arugula, caviar and lemon oil


Pizza Salmone con Rucola


Spaghetti All'Uma
Our house special pasta dish cooked aglio olio with pancetta, shrimp, tomato, green peas and topped with poached egg, caviar and truffle oil


Spaghetti con Molecche
Pan fried soft shell crab tossed with spaghetti, garlic, chili, white beans, peas, topped with arugula and lemon oil


Papardelle Agnello con Verdure Arrostite
Homemade papardelle pasta with lamb ragu, pancetta and topped with roasted vegetables


Risotto Frutti di Mare
Saffron and tomato risotto with assorted seafood, vegetables, pan fried soft shell crab, arugula and lemon oil


Ravioli All'Uma
Homemade mushroom raviolis with pancetta cream sauce, toasted walnut, truffle oil and basil leaves

Porchetta alla Romana
Italian herb marinated slow roasted kurobuta pork belly with broccoli-cauliflower puree, creamed cabbage with pancetta, roasted vegetables and marsala wine reduction


Guance di Manzo Brasato
Braised wagyu beef cheeks with pumpkin squash pure, green beans, pan fried ox tongue and truffle oil


Stinco di Agnello con Aranci
Braised australian lamb shank in white wine, tomatoes, orange and olives with creamed vegetable risotto and roasted vegetables


Tonno Palermitana
Herb crusted pan seared tuna belly cooked rare with saffron cream sauce, homemade gnocchi, artichoke hearts and sweet peas


Fritto Misto di Mare
Deep fried mixed seafood with mixed greens, grilled polenta salad and salsa verde


Bruschetta All'Uma
Grilled homemade bread with 3 kinds of toppings : tomato basil salad, chicken liver pate with pancetta and grape, roasted vegtables with truffle mayonnaise
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Chargrilled Angus "The Works" Burger


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Grilled Bangus (milkfish) Belly Salad


Inihaw (grilled) Porkchop


Beef Teriyaki Pizza


Char Kway Teow


Salt and Pepper Tofu


Beef Rendang


Wok Fried Egg w/ chicken rice, adobo flakes and chinese chorizo


Churros, Hot Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream


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NEGROS - ORGANIC FOOD BOWL OF ASIA


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Fresh Start Organic Farm! I'm proud to be one of the feature writers for this company that is pushing up Negros Island's efforts to cement the title of being the ORGANIC FOOD BOWL OF ASIA! Keep up the good work Fresh Start and Negros Island.
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the organic movement is now gaining ground in our island. proof is a lot of negrenses are getting more health conscious and would prefer buying organic products. i believe, this organic produce has gone as far as europe. that's hitting 2 birds in one stone. we provide a healthy option to people and at the same making money out of it.
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THE STREETS OF BACOLOD


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SOME MORE STREET SCENES IN NEGROS OCCIDENTAL



Restos along Lacson


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This 200-hectare marine sanctuary is the first fish sanctuary established by then Municipal Government of Sagay. Today, the protection expanded to 32,000 hectares.



















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A LOOK BACK AT THE HISTORY OF NEGROS


República dé Négros-Cantonal Republic of Negros


On November 3 to November 6, 1898, the Negrenses rose in revolt against the Spanish authorities headed by politico-military governor Colonel Isidro de Castro in the provinces of Negros Occidental viz. Oriental. The Spaniards decided to surrender upon seeing armed troops in a pincer movement towards Bacolod. The marching revolutionaries, led by General Juan Araneta from Bago and General Aniceto Lacson from Talisay, were actually carrying fake arms consisting of rifles carved out of palm fronds and cannons of rolled bamboo mats painted black. By the afternoon of November 6, Colonel de Castro signed the Act of Capitulation, thus ending Spanish rule in Negros Occidental. This event is commemorated in Negros Occidental every Cinco de Noviembre as the day the Negrenses bluffed the Spaniards to attain their freedom.
For a detailed article on this event, see Negros Revolution.

November 5 has been declared a special non-working holiday in the province through Republic Act. No. 6709 signed by Corazon Aquino on February 10, 1989.

On November 27, 1898 the Cantonal Republic of Negros was established. It came under U.S. protection on April 30, 1899. On July 22, 1899 it was renamed Republic of Negros (República de Negros), but on April 30, 1901 this was extinguished by the United States.

Leaders

Presidents were:

* 5 November 1898 - 22 July 1899 Aniceto Lacson (to 27 November 1898 in Negros Occidental only)
* 24 November 1898 - 27 November 1898 Demetrio Larena (in Negros Oriental).

President of the Constituent Assembly (22 July 1899 - 6 November 1899) was José Luzuriaga

Civil Governor (6 November 1899 - 30 April 1901) was Melecio Severino.

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Al cinco de noviembre

The Negros Revolution, now commemorated and popularly known as Al Cinco de Noviembre or Negros Day, was a political movement that in 1898 created a cantonal form of government in Negros Island in the Philippines, ending Spanish sovereignity and resulting in a government run by the Filipino natives, at least for that part of the archipelago and for a relatively short period of time. The newly established Negros Republic would last for approximately four months, before American forces landed on the island unopposed on February 2, 1899.

Prelude to Revolution

It has been stipulated that the Spanish civil and religious authorities in Negros did not initially suspect that the sugar barons and traders of the island would participate in an uprising against Spain.[1] The clergy in Negros had not acquired vast tracts of land, unlike their counterparts in the island of Luzon. Negros had become a rich province and "the local leaders were content, sharing even in many instances the social previleges of the Spanish elite."[2]

Negros did not seem enthusiastic about the August 23, 1896 Cry of Balintawak and the subsequent revolt headed by the Tagalog Katipuneros.[3] Rather, it disapproved the same as battalions of volunteers were organized in Bais, Valladolid, La Carlota and Isabela in order to defend the island. There had been, however, early on, attempts by various groups on the grassroots level to revolt against the Spanish colonizers. See Dios Buhawi and Papa Isio.

However, a greater part of the sugar planters soon began to sympathize towards the proposed ends of the insurrection, until two years later, such sympathy bore fruit when these same sugar planters broke out in open revolt. By that time, Aniceto Lacson, a rich landlord of Talisay City had joined the Katipunan, and Juan Araneta, Rafael Ramos, Carlos Gemora, Venura and other leaders of what would become the revolution of 1898 were negotiating with their comrades in Iloilo and were arming themselves.

By the middle of August, 1898, as numerous rumors of a coming insurrection in the Visayas spread, a number of parish priests sought refuge in Iloilo. The Negrense revolutionaries agreed that the revolt would begin on November 3, 1898. It was to be led by Aniceto Lacson with Nicolas Golez of Silay City as deputy commander. South of Bacolod City, the revolt would be led by Juan Araneta of Bago City with Rafael Ramos of Himamaylan as deputy commander

Chronicle of the Revolt

November 3


Aniceto Lacson rode to Silay. A committee headed by Lacson and acting for the province included Golez, Leandro Locsin and Melecio Severino assembled and decided to begin the revolt on November 5. They then advised Juan Araneta of their decision.

November 4

Juan Araneta, from one of his haciendas in Ma-ao, advised all the southern mayors to begin the revolt the following day. In the afternoon, a woman from Kabankalan Norte (the present-day barrio of Eustaquio Lopez) in Silay told Fr. Tomas Cornago of the impending revolt, even though the planning for the same was held secretly. He inquired of his friend, Doroteo Quillama, cabeza of the barrio, seeking to verify the report. The cabeza claimed no knowledge of the revolt. That same afternoon, groups of armed men passed the haciendas of Silay, and proceeded towards the town. The guardia civil in Silay were, however, unable to report this to Bacolod, since the rebels had cut the telegraph lines in Talisay (Talisay is between Silay and Bacolod) the day before

November 5

The revolt began in Central and Northern Negros in the morning and by the afternoon had spread to other towns such as San Miguel and Cadiz. In Silay, Lt. Maximiano Correa, commanding the Spanish garrison, had ten Spanish cazadores (Spanish, literally, "hunters") and seven Filipino civil guards. They were entrenched inside the municipal building, but surrendered without a fight when they realized that the townspeople were determined to burn the building to the ground should there be resistance. The Silay parish priest, Fr. Eulogio Saez, a businessman named Juan Viaplana and Jose Ledesma persuaded the Spanish forces to lay down their arms, but in order to save face, the lieutenant had it appear in the official records that the capitulation was the result of a bloody battle with "dead and wounded littered all over the field of battle".[4] Ten Mauser and seven Remington rifles were surrendered by the Spanish garrison. Later, a Filipino flag embroidered by Olympia Severino and her sisters was hoisted by the victorious townspeople.

In Bacolod, the Spanish Governor of the province, Isidro de Castro, sent a force of 25 cazadores and 16 civil guards to engage a swarm of rebels seen camping near the Matab-ang River. After a brief skirmish, they withdrew, leaving two of their number dead. The Governor decided to make a stand in the Bacolod Convent (presently the Bishop's Palace), where hundreds of Spanish families had taken refuge. They waited for the attack, but it did not come

November 6


In the morning, the rebels advanced upon Bacolod. Lacson and Golez approached from the north, crossing the Mandalagan River. Araneta with a thousand bolo-men took positions at the Lupit River in the south-east of Bacolod. The wily revolutionaries augmented their lightly-armed men with "cannon" made of bamboo and rolled amakan, and "rifles" carved out of wood and coconut fronds. The bluff worked; Governor Castro was persuaded that it was useless to defend the capital.

Jose Luis de Luzuriaga, a rich businessman who was deemed acceptable to both rebels and Spanish authorities was sent to mediate. At noon, a delegation from each of the major belligerents met at the house of Luzuriaga. The rebel delegation included Lacson, Araneta, Golez, Locsin, Simon Lizares, Julio Diaz and Jose Montilla. In an hour, it was agreed by both sides that "Spanish troops both European and native surrendered the town and its defenses uncondionally, turning over arms and communication" and the "public funds would be turned over to the new government".

November 6, 1898, therefore, is the day that the revolution in Negros triumphed.




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Paris de Negros
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AT THE turn of the century, Silay was known as the Paris of Negros. For the Negrenses, Silay was the "cultural and intellectual hub" of the province. The longest seaport in Asia was there at Mambulac (1.70 kilometers).

Ten percent of the Silaynons belonged to the principalia. Under Spanish laws, the principalia obtained titles making communal lands their private property.

In the poblacion of Silay, those who belonged to the principalia built their homes near the plaza - and near the two seats of power, the municipio and the iglesia. Those who belonged to this kind could be addressed by the title Don. (And they were allowed to vote).

Those who were not from the poblacion were the "taga-bukid (from the mountains). The upriver natives were "taga-ilaya" and the downriver folks were the "taga-dalom".

The dons and doñas of Silay constructed their mansions inside the fence (later wall) to possibly prevent the intrusion of Moro pirates who frequently raided the shorelines of Negros. Those who were not allowed to get inside the gates were known as "de afuera."

Imported consumer goods passing the seaport flooded the mercado of Silay. Available items were chandeliers from Europe, crochery from China, olive oil/chickpeas/codfish from Spain, tea from China, champagne from France, gin in barrels, cognac in casks, cotton cloth from Madras, straw hats with silk flowers, pomade in jars, medicines from America, hair for wigs, diaries from Morocco, etc.

From the Chinese mestizos and urbanized indios emerged native hacenderos. They considered themselves sugar barons living in magnificent mansions with an entourage of kusinera, lavandera, jardenera, mayordoma, muchacha y cochero following them. They spoke Spanish, enjoyed Italian opera at Kahirup Theater, and hosted banquets for foreign guests.

In every mansion, there was a piano. The children were sent to Manila or Europe to study music, medicine, or law. When they returned to Silay, they called themselves ilustrados, the enlightened ones. The doñas even overshadowed the friars with their glittering heirlooms. The envious friars secretly called them "bestias cargadas de oro."

It was rumored that the rich had camarin (granary) in their compound to keep their silver coins. There was a doña who was even assisted by the maids in taking a bath. She would lie back on a chaise longue and the maids would shampoo and comb her long hair, soap, rinse, dry, and powder her body.

At the end of the milling season, the hacendero and his wife would travel around the world. They would buy so many things and chartered a ship in coming back to Puerto de Silay.

The Buena familias had reserved pews for Sunday mass at the left side facing the altar of San Diego Church. If the mass would start at 6AM, the servants would be there by 5:30AM to watch over the seats until their "amos" (masters) arrived.

In some mansions, the members of the family would count the bills after selling their sugar and the counting would take days. Sometimes, friends who dropped by were invited to help in the counting.

Another hacendero would hire an orchestra in his residence so that musicians could play for a week. His neighbors and other Silaynons were also invited to come and listen.

Workers in the farms had also their own way of enjoying life. They would love to serenade the beautiful "inday" in the village. They were singing love songs taught by their grandfathers. The young men in the farm were proud to own a guitar.

The young ladies were also proud to show off what they know in preparing native dishes - laswa, tinola, paksyo or adobo. The mothers would always maintain a vegetable and a flower garden, especially if she had girls in the house. Several bahay kubos where the families lived were also distributed in an area at the center of the hacienda.

A typical bahay kubo was made of nipa and bamboo. The house was divided into five parts: a small area outside the door known as the "balkon" where family members could rest; the wider area inside was used by the family for eating, for sleeping, and served as sala when visitors arrived. The "cuartos" (bedrooms) were always assigned to the "dalagas" (unmarried daughters) in the family.

The men in the village would always gather in the house of a "mananggite" (tuba gatherer) after a day's work to savor their favorite "tuba" to match "linagpang pantat" (grilled catfish soaked in hot water with salt and hot pepper).

For the children of the canefield, the best thing they could dream was to be the best "tapasero" (cane slasher), the best plowman, the best fisherman, the best wrestler during fiestas, and the best father who could produce 12 children after 12 years of marriage.

Ah, that was life in the Paris of Negros. Those were the years when dapdaps where blooming red at the riverbanks; when silver coins were measured by the gantas; when food was not a problem; when dreams were colorful; when we were not born yet.

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REMNANTS OF A GLORIOUS PAST

THE RUINS
In Talisay City, Negros Occidenta

The structure of The Ruins is of Italianate architecture with neo-Romanesque columns, having a very close semblance to the facade of Carnegie Hall in New York City. In New England, they often were homes to ship’s captains. A belvedere, facing west, affords a beautiful view of the sunset in a glassed-in sunroom with bay windows.The mansion was built in the early 1900’s by the sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson (1865-1948) and was home to his unmarried children with his first wife, Maria Braga (+1911), a Portuguese from Macau.

The mansion was the largest residential structure ever built at that time and had in it one of the finest furnitures, chinawares, and decorative items, as the father of Maria Braga was the captain of a ship that sailed across Europe and Asia and would cart with him these items. One of their daughters maintained a beautiful garden of lilies in and around the 4-tiered fountain fronting the mansion, all brought in from abroad.One of the sons supervised the construction of the mansion making certain that the A-grade mixture of concrete and its pouring was precisely followed.The mansion met its sad fate in the early part of World War II when the USAFFE (United States Armed Forces in the Far East), then guerilla fighters in the Philippines, burnt the mansion to prevent the Japanese forces from utilizing it as their headquarters. It took days of inferno to bring down the roof and the two-inch wooden floors.To this day, the 903 square meter structure still stands tall amidst sugar plantation and continues to awe both local and foreign tourists. Truly, a picture-perfect backdrop and a magnificent sight to see..



















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