lutong bigas (cooked rice)
rice plant / unmilled rice
Paano Magsaing ng Bigas
How to Cook Rice
giniling na butil ng palay
punla ng palay
seedling of rice
A bilao is a flat round-shaped rice winnower, a traditional implement in the Philippines. It is usually made from woven wood.
To winnow is to free grain from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, small stones, etc., especially by throwing it into the air and perhaps allowing the wind to blow away impurities.
Up until a few decades ago, you would see a bilao hanging in the back of the house by the kitchen. And you’d see women using a bilao to adroitly “turn” (toss) white rice grains on it for the purpose of removing unwanted particles, like small stones.
These days, you’re more likely to see the bilao used as a food container. So now, you’re most likely to see it lined with banana leaves on top of which a lot of food is arranged.
Biko is a sweet rice delicacy that’s traditionally served on New Year’s Eve. The essential ingredients are malagkit (glutinous or sticky rice), gata (coconut milk) and brown sugar.
This is an abbreviation of a government agency.
nasunog na kanin
(the layer of crunchy rice at
the bottom of the pot)
burnt rice in the bottom of the pot
Both people who live in the mountains and people who stay on the lowlands enjoy rice as their main food. Growing rice, however is much more difficult in the mountains, especially in the craggy hills of Northern Luzon.