MANILA -- Last year, April was declared as National Filipino Food Month with the signing of Presidential Proclamation No. 469 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 13, 2018.
This year marks the first time it will be celebrated with special events by the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement (PCHM), National Commission of the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Department of Agriculture.
With the theme “Ang Sarap! Piyesta ng Pagkaing Pilipino,” the National Filipino Food Month was recently launched at Manila Hotel with performances from the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Halili Cruz Dance Company, and "Star in A Million" Season 2 champion Frenchie Dy.
“The food we eat makes us who we are. The food we eat makes us Filipino,” noted Rico S. Pableo, Jr., executive director of the NCCA, which hopes to highlight how food and culture are integral towards one another.
Atty. Jose D. Lina, Manila Hotel president and director, welcomed guests to the Atrium of the Café Ilang-Ilang, which will be celebrating National Filipino Food Month by featuring heritage recipes from around the country. The Café Ilang-Ilang buffet will include classic favorites such as stuffed lechon, Zamboanga’s curacha in Alavar sauce, as well as new discoveries like Cavite’s pancit choco en su tinta, and the Bicolano kinunot na pagi.
Lina also said he hopes to celebrate Filipino food and heritage beyond National Food Month by including these dishes in the Café Ilang-Ilang buffet year-round.
Chef Jam Melchor, who is the current president of the PCHM, highlighted the different activities going on around the country in April.
Meanwhile, Felice Sta. Maria and Mickey Fenix from the Food Writers Association of the Philippines, announced that there will be a new edition of "Sangkap," which compiles the winning entries of the Doreen Fernandez Food Writing Awards.