MANILA – Nayong Pilipino Foundation’s (NPF) “Mga Pamanang Lutuin Mula sa ating mga Nayon” culinary summit took place today at the historic Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila and was attended by students taking up culinary studies or related courses.
During her speech which was read by NPF Programs Unit Head Josephine Grace Mirafuentes, Executive Director Gertie Duran-Batocabe emphasized the importance of Filipino food education.
“Sharing food and cooking techniques will give the younger generations a chance to learn about their culture. Giving culture a taste, a smell, and a feeling can increase respect and understanding between groups of people,” she said.
Opening the summit was Dr. Michelle Eusebio from the University of the Philippines – Diliman with a short lecture entitled “Food and Foodways in the Philippines’ Distant Past”.
Renowned food writer and publisher, Mr. Ige Ramos demonstrated a Filipino favorite dish, the Maria Orosa 1922 Pork Adobo recipe.
Kapampangan heritage and culinary researcher, Ms. Karen Shih prepared the classic Asadong Kapampangan and shared best practices on how to prepare and present the dish.
The event was moderated by Philippine Culinary Heritage Explorer, Curator, TV Host, Producer, Ms. Clang Garcia.
The resource speakers were asked how Filipino food could be promoted and highlighted beyond the month dedicated to it and how culinary summits served as a reminder to celebrate the people who produce them, from the cooks in the kitchen to the farmers and fishers who provide the ingredients.
The summit was able to bring together the food community to share ideas with the goal of letting people know about the Philippines’ culinary heritage.