Ampalaya Wine

Ampalaya or Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia) is  a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in the Amazon, Caribbean, South east Asia such as Philippines for its edible fruit. For the culinary uses in the Philippines, popularly known as the AMPALAYA, may be stir fried with ground beef and oyster sauce or sometimes with eggs and diced tomato. One of the popular dish in Philippines was pinakbet especially in region of Luzon which is Ilocos, consists mainly of bitter melons, okra, eggplant, tomatoes, string beans and other various regional vegetables altogether stewed with sauteed shrimp paste or the bagoong-based stock.

Ampalaya or Bitter Melon https://www.flickr.com/photos/hulagway/5986630302
Ampalaya or Bitter Melon
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But the indigenous farmers of Liliw, Laguna had found a more creative way of utilizing one of the most ubiquitous crops of the land – the lowly bitter ground.

Ampalaya Wine and Ampalaya Blended Lambanog
Ampalaya Wine and Ampalaya Blended Lambanog

Grown on the foothills of Mount Banahaw, in the town of Liliw, these bitter melon, known to many as ampalaya are planted and harvested with care, fermented to perfection, and finally bottled into the wine that you are holding right now – preserving both the smooth mellow taste of a full bodied wine, and the healthful benefits of bitter melon.

Finally, you can now drink to your health. CHEERS!

The Mystic Mt. Banahaw
The Mystic Mt. Banahaw

In year 2013, a Filipino scientist based in Australia was giving the local farmers of Liliw a seminar on organic farming. When he asked to visit the plantation of upland farmers near Mt. Banahaw, he saw tons of harvest that were left to rot in the fields because of over production.

After a few months, Dr. Val came back, this time his friend, a genius Filipino scientist based in California, USA and the brains behind the technology that converts fruits and vegetables into wine. Thus, the winery conceived and CROPS Corp. was born.

Ampalaya Wine and Ampalaya Blended Lambanog
Ampalaya Wine and Ampalaya Blended Lambanog
Ampalaya Blended Lambanog
Ampalaya Blended Lambanog

CROPS is an acronym for Community Related Organization’s Products and Services. Its initial product offering is the Ampalaya Wine. who would’ve thought, the farmers included, that a lowly bitter melon can be made into a high – quality wine with a unique flavour and aroma, but without the bitter taste of ampalaya.

The Top 10 Health Benefits of Ampalaya or Bitter Melon

  1. Anti – Diabetes                                       6. Good for the heart
  2. Anti – Cancer                                           7. Skin improvement
  3. Antioxidant                                              8. Goodbye “Bad hair day”
  4. Immuno – booster                                 9. Effective in weight loss
  5. Appetite Suppressor                             10. Helps in digestion

The Top 8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

  1. Provides longevity
  2. Reduces the risk of heart attack
  3. Lowers the risk of heart disease
  4. Reduces risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  5. Lowers risk of stroke
  6. Cuts risks of cataracts
  7. Cuts risk of colon cancer
  8. Slow down brain decline

For more info about the Ampalaya Wine of CROPS Wine and Spirit of Liliw, Laguna; you can contact Mr. Andy Brofar.

GLOBE: +63 927 9629 133      SMART: +63 919 7258 952

Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival 2016

The Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival named in honor of the founder GAT TAYAW. It was Gat Tayaw and his followers decided to erect a bamboo pole and to name the town after the bird that would first alight at the top of the pole within four days. A crow, however, was the first bird to alight on the pole. A crow was considered bad and so Gat Tayaw and his men moved south and erected another bamboo pole. A beautiful bird alighted on the pole and sang, “Liw, Liw, Liw”. Thus the town became Liliw. After the Spanish Regime, Americans came, it became Lilio since the Americans found it easier to pronounce it than Liliw. However, the municipal council passed a resolution which declared LILIW as the official name and spelling of the town. This was to avoid confusion in pronouncing and spelling the name of the town.

Gat Tayaw
Gat Tayaw

THE TSINELAS

Tsinelas or Slippers derived from the Spanish word chinela, is a light low-cut footwear that can be easily slipped onto the foot. It has a very simple design consisting of a flexible sole and a Y-shaped hold-strap strategically placed in order to bind the slipper to the foot. Most of the Filipinos considered it as a necessity and has been incorporated in the standard inventory of every household, regardless of their social and economic class. Due to its practicality and usefulness, it has become part of Philippine popular culture.

 

THE FESTIVAL

Pinakamalaking Tsinelas
Pinakamaganda at Pinakamalaking Tsinelas
Gat Tayaw Street
The Gat Tayaw Street
BADONG Footwear
BADONG Footwear
ZHOOZ Footwear
ZHOOZ Footwear

The Gat Tayaw Street, shoe stores are decorated with products colorful shoes, slippers, sandals and even bags of different designs and materials. Liliw, Laguna is celebrating its week-long Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival  every year.  The highlights of the festival are the parade of floats showcasing the agricultural and industrial products of Liliw which includes a variety of locally produced footwear.

GRAND BAILETE

Liliweños used to celebrate Bailete every year for the good harvest, they used to dance on the street with a marching band while drinking a local wine called LAMBANOG.

 

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The Marching Band
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Liliweños wearing a traditional Filipiniana.
DRUMBEATERS of Liliw, Laguna
DRUMBEATERS of Liliw, Laguna

Live Life to the Fullest

As we grow older, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let us down probably will. You’ll have your heart broken and you’ll break others’ hearts. You’ll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you’ll cry because time is flying by. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you’ve never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, and no second chances. You just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts. Don’t be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all; live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.