Promdi is a Filipino slang for “from the province” (probinsyano). The term has probably been coined because some provincial person would pronounce “from the province” as “prom di prabins”. Some would cringe if called promdi since it used to connote a person of less education and experience. However, I don’t think that is true anymore.
I named my blog PromdiLiving because I’m a promdi and proud of it. Through PromdiLiving.com, I wish to feature the beautiful tourist destinations in the Philippine countryside, the delectable cuisines, and the unique Filipino life and culture.
Who is the PromdiBlogger?
My name is Glady Reyes but I am neither related to the actress nor do I have any talent in acting. I’m blogging from Bacolod City, the capital of the province of Negros Occidental. I was born and raised in Iloilo, another charming province in Western Visayas. I found my way to the Sugar Capital of the Philippines through my work.
Although there’s no place like your hometown, I now consider Bacolod City as my home. Life is much sweeter for me in Bacolod City and I don’t mean romantically. I’ve been living here since 2004 and I believe this is the best place to live in the Philippines. Bacolod City, and Negros Occidental in general embodies the simple and laid back lifestyle in the province yet basically all the amenities you might find in a metro city are also here.
This blog is my personal journey to discover the Philippines and who I am as a Filipino. I invite you to follow me in my journey through this blog.
Why blog about Philippine provinces?
Many people leave the provinces hoping for a better life in the big city only to find out that what they left behind was actually paradise. Our country is separated not only by water but also by our culture. There are 80 provinces comprising the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. If we want to see other countries, why not explore our own backyard first? See the colorful festivals, taste the exotic cuisine, and experience the laidback life in the Philippines provinces. There’s so much to see in the Philippine countryside and so much to learn about our own people.
Why Advocate #PinayGeeks?
Although I am far from being the brightest in my class, I am a Chemical Engineer by profession. What I lack in mental ability to be one of my esteemed #PinayGeeks, I make up in passion. A passion to encourage more Pinays to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It all started when I stumbled upon a blog post about Ada Lovelace Day which is an international day celebrating the accomplishments of women in STEM. I was so excited about it and started searching for the same celebration in the Philippines but found none. So I decided to start my own initiative to highlight Filipinas in STEM. This is also in support of the She for We initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the 2015 National Science and Technology Week.
#PinayGeeks are Pinay scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technology experts. The word geek may have different meaning to different people but using the hashtag #PinayGeeks, it became easier to remember and you can immediately associate it with Pinays in STEM. I would like to encourage you as well to help me in spreading the word that our #PinayGeeks have accomplished so much and contribute so much to the Philippines and to humanity. And we still need a lot of Pinays to get involve in STEM especially from the countryside.