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Literary Fiesta

Filipino dining in Philippine literature Pahiyas festival, illustration by Manuel Baldemor It’s not Pinoy dining if it’s not a feast. And our Philippine literature has told many stories that illustrate our healthy appetite, traditional palayok (clay pot) cooking, siesta, fiesta, flavors, and fusions.  Doña Victorina fans herself amid the smoke of a roasting pig. Her guests are coming, their noses up in the air sniffing the flavors. On the table, adorned with gilded copa de vino (wine glass) and plato, are sinigang na dalag with alibambang leaves, callos, adobo, tinola, and pochero. Everybody was in high spirits. Never mind if the doña is broke (to begin with). At least her guests are full. Jose Rizal drew a perfect picture of the Pinoy fiesta and salu-salo (gathering) culture. Our national hero himself loves to eat. He prefers a hefty serving of champorado and tuyo for breakfast. For dessert, he likes minatamis na santol (sweetened santol) made from boiled santol slices soaked for three days in hugas bigas (water used to wash rice). Before starving in Europe, where he published El Filibusterismo, Rizal would feast in carneng asada (beefsteak with sauce), made from lean meat marinated in olive oil, lime juice, and parsley and served with fried potatoes. Gabriela Silang loved pinakbet. Emilio Aguinaldo listed sardines with tomatoes among his favorites. Marcelo H. del Pilar would die (pun intended) for his apparent favorite, pochero, the local version of the Spanish cocido. Andres Bonifacio got his strength and protein source in nilitsong manok sa zaha (grilled chicken wrapped in sampaloc and banana leaves). The Filipino salu-salo Never mind if some of our celebrated dishes are not “purely” Pinoy. “What is Filipino food and how does food become Filipino?” asks the late food critic Doreen Fernandez. She argued that food only became Pinoy by process of indigenization, like patis (fish sauce) put in a foreign dish. And this is how Pinoy fusion came to life. What we have on our modern plates are many fusions, crazy or ingenious, like paella with lechon, sinigang na steak, adobong tapa, pancit with kangkong. Yes, you get the picture.  Could their favorite Filipino flavors be the reason behind the intelligence and nationalism of our heroes Rizal and Bonifacio? Too bad, many young Pinoys nowadays barely know what minatamis na santol is, or any Pinoy traditional merienda for that matter. What replaced maruya, nilagang kamote, turon, kutsinta, and ginataang mais are French fries, burger, pizza, and pasta. You know what they say: You are what you eat.   In another table setting, Padre Damaso looks across the dining table. Everybody’s enjoying tinola, a stew of chicken and green papaya, but not him. Who wants chicken neck for lunch? He didn’t finish his plate. And this, people, was how the concepts of degustation and small plates were born. They’re not, after all, a French discovery or New York’s. We can blame our mañaña habit. We’re too slow to grab the credit. And oh, we are pioneers of the culture of not finishing plates, too. Blame these all to Padre Damaso (or Jose Rizal?). The tinola brouhaha scene in Noli Me Tangere started it all.  Lechon haus mural by boonsai While it’s rude in other cultures not to devour all the food served on the plate, in the Philippines, it’s not. Pinoy eating tradition tells you it’s okay to have leftovers. Telenovela , movies, and literature are great examples. When a family fights over the dining table, the father (or any member) walks away with an unfinished plate. In Ibong Adarna, over a scrumptious dinner, the brothers were all too busy planning how to catch the elusive bird that they forgot to finish their plate.       Besides books, paintings also tell our delicious food experience. Fernando Amorsolo captured Pinoy eating habits in his painting Afternoon Meal of the Rice Workers. It shows Pinoy families cooking meals in a palayok and eating under the shade of a tree, seemingly ready to sleep after an afternoon feast. With all the food trends coming and going on our plates and literature pages flying off to oblivion, what remains steadfast in our eating habit is this: Siesta. –NICKKY FAUSTINE P. DE GUZMAN.....»»

Category: newsSource: mb.com.ph mb.com.phOct 18th, 2020

‘Pit Señor sa mga way uyab kini” viral story online

    CEBU CITY, Philippines— If you are a devotee of the Señor Sto. Niño you’d know why most of the devotees would prefer to attend the last scheduled Mass of the novena masses leading to His fiesta celebration. That’s because of the short traditional Sinulog dance that happens after the mass. This is when […] The post ‘Pit Señor sa mga way uyab kini” viral story online appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

Lapu police probe E.O. violators during fiesta

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines– The Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) is now investigating the video that was posted on Facebook, which reportedly violated the Executive Order (E.O.) of Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan that prohibits Oponganons from inviting visitors during the fiesta celebration of the Virgen dela Regla on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Police Colonel Arnel Banzon, […] The post Lapu police probe E.O. violators during fiesta appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

Carcar lays down rules for celebrating city’s fiesta

CARCAR CITY, Philippines — The City Government of Carcar in the southern part of Cebu will allow devotees from other local government units (LGUs), who will be visiting the city during the fiesta celebration of its patron saint, St. Catherine of Alexandria, from November 24-25, 2020. In her executive order (EO) No. 101 series of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Carcar lays down rules for celebrating city’s fiesta

CARCAR CITY, Philippines — The City Government of Carcar in the southern part of Cebu will allow devotees from other local government units (LGUs), who will be visiting the city during the fiesta celebration of its patron saint, St. Catherine of Alexandria, from November 24-25, 2020. In her executive order (EO) No. 101 series of […] The post Carcar lays down rules for celebrating city’s fiesta appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2020

Police apprehend 150 people during Lapu-Lapu fiesta

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Around 150 individuals were apprehended by the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) on Saturday, November 21, 2020, for violating the health and safety protocols during the city’s fiesta celebration in honor of its partroness, Virgin dela Regla. Police Colonel Arnel Banzon, city director of LCPO, told CDN Digital that of this […] The post Police apprehend 150 people during Lapu-Lapu fiesta appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2020

Chan orders police to monitor residential areas during fiesta

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to deploy personnel who will be roving around residential areas across the city during the fiesta celebration of the Virgen Dela Regla from November 20-21, 2020. Chan said that the move is to ensure that Oponganons are compliant with […] The post Chan orders police to monitor residential areas during fiesta appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2020

Lucky streak for Gari Escobar

Singer-composer-recording artist and businessman Gari Escobar is feeling more and more of an achiever these days. And his current state of euphoria is caused by his nomination as Best Pop Artist of the Year in the 2020 Aliw Awards, slated on Dec. 8 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the historic Manila Hotel no less......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

Lapu officials mull incorporating motorcade in future Virgen dela Regla fiestas

  LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- The Lapu-Lapu City Government wants to continue holding the motorcade in future fiesta celebrations of the Virgen Dela Regla. Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Cultural and Historical Affairs chairperson Cindi Chan said this after the activity gained positive feedbacks from Oponganons. “We would probably go back gyud sa naandan gyud, but I will […] The post Lapu officials mull incorporating motorcade in future Virgen dela Regla fiestas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Lapu mayor reminds public: Liquor ban still in effect

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan is reminding the public that the liquor ban in the city is still in effect, even during the fiesta celebration in honor of Our Lady of the Rule on November 20 and 21, 2020. Chan gave this reminder on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, as the city continues to […] The post Lapu mayor reminds public: Liquor ban still in effect appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

Virgen dela Regla transferred to Lapu City Hall for overnight vigil

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- The image of the Virgen Dela Regla was already transferred to the Lapu-Lapu City Hall this afternoon, November 11, 2020, where it will stay overnight in preparation for tomorrow’s motorcade. The motorcade will replace the fluvial procession of the image which used to signal the start of its fiesta celebration in previous […] The post Virgen dela Regla transferred to Lapu City Hall for overnight vigil appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

No Devotee City for Fiesta Señor 2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Since visitors from outside Cebu City aren’t expected for the Fiesta Señor 2021 due to the continuous threat of the COVID-19, the city government has decided not to put up the Devotee City next year. Mayor Edgardo Labella announced this on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. This came after the Basilica Minore […] The post No Devotee City for Fiesta Señor 2021 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

What not to expect in Sinulog 2021: Floats, higantes, stalls

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Sinulog 2021 going virtual will mean a lot of changes for Cebuanos, who have developed a fiesta tradition associated with the grand parade and the street dancing. There will be no need for activities that will naturally draw crowds or will involve people being confined in tight spaces because the […] The post What not to expect in Sinulog 2021: Floats, higantes, stalls appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2020

Birhen sa Regla fluvial procession canceled

CEBU CITY, Philippines- The Nuestra Señora de Regla-Parish National Shrine in Lapu-lapu City has canceled the fluvial procession of the image of the Nuestra Señora de Regla this year in line with its fiesta celebration on November 20-21 due to the pandemic. Fr. Bernard Corpuz, parish priest of the Nuestra Señora de Regla-Parish National Shrine, […] The post Birhen sa Regla fluvial procession canceled appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2020

Public leniency can lead to canceling Fiesta Señor motorcades

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Motorcades in line with the Fiesta Señor celebration this 2021 could be canceled, organizers on Monday, November 2 announced. Cebu City Councilor Philip Zafra, in a phone interview with reporters, said concerns on enforcing minimum health standards as well as compliance over it had prompted them to reconsider their plans to […] The post Public leniency can lead to canceling Fiesta Señor motorcades appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

Sinulog 2021: Three options for motorcade mulled

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government and the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño are looking into three options that would possibly be the final plan for the motorcade of the Holy Image for the Fiesta Señor 2021. Councilor Philip Zafra, City Council’s chairperson for the committee on peace and order, told CDN Digital […] The post Sinulog 2021: Three options for motorcade mulled appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Agusan del Norte& rsquo;s pride crowned first Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen

Jannarie Zarzoso of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte bested eight other regional beauties and was crowned the 1st Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2020. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

Several sporting events lined up for Lapu fiesta 

Talisay City, Cebu—A lineup of sporting events will be part of the activities leading up to the feast of the Virgin of Rule, Lapu-Lapu City’s patron. Spearheaded by the Lapu-Lapu City Sports Commission with the support of the Lapu-Lapu City government, the series of sporting events will be dubbed as the 2020 Lapu-Lapu Fiesta League. […] The post Several sporting events lined up for Lapu fiesta  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

Cordova wants to be part of Traslacion route

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The town of Cordova wants to be part of next year’s Traslacion. This developed after Cordova town Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho requested organizers of the Fiesta Señor and Sinulog Festival to include them in the Translacion motorcade. Cho, in a statement issued by Cordova municipal government’s public information office (PIO) on […] The post Cordova wants to be part of Traslacion route appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Barrio Fiesta finds hope in & lsquo;new normal& rsquo;

A truly Filipino brand, Barrio Fiesta expands its market presence amid the pandemic as it explores new ways of getting its products to consumers......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Barrio Fiesta maker bullish on 2020 sales

Prime Global Corp., maker of the Barrio Fiesta brand, is taking on the “new normal” with optimism as it leverages the opportunities presented by the health crisis while keeping revenue prospects at P500 million in 2020, almost at the same level in 2019......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020