Nothing gathers people together like food and it was indeed a feast fit for royalty as the culmination of the Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino or National Food Month was celebrated last April 30 here in the City of Royalties – Davao.

Culinary specialties from all over the region were highlighted and thoroughly enjoyed by the guests composed of local and national leaders, diplomats and tourism industry stakeholders.

For Starters

Davao WOW Kinilaw with Salted Eggs by Villa Margarita; Bottom Left: Gatchips’ Banana Chips; Top Right: Bibingka or rice cake of Mers in Davao del Sur, and the famous empanada of Seaside Restaurant in Davao Oriental; Bottom Right: Bulcachong, Davao’s popular version of bulalo using carabao meat by the Waterfront Insular Hotel.

The Mains

Lolob Adlai cooked in Agik-ik leaves of Davao Occidental; Right: Nilotlot, native chicken cooked in Bamboo of the Bagobo Tagabawas from Davao del Sur.
Kagikit of the Kagan tribe given a modern twist by Hijo Resorts Davao
Chicken Pastil; Middle: Beef Kulma, Tausug’s popular dish by Dusit D2 Davao; Right: Piyaren Udang of Marco Polo
Bulcachong; Middle: Native Chicken Adobo by Lao Integrated Farms; Right: Sayur Nangka by Waterfront Insular Hotel

Something Sweet

IChef’s Marang Puff; Bottom Left: Flourless Davao Chocolate Cake; Top Right Seda Abreeza’s Durian Panna Cotta and Mangosteen Peanut Oat Bars.

DOT-XI Regional Director Tanya Rabat-Tan said Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino or Filipino Food Month is primarily aims to promote and preserve the culinary tradition as a support to various agricultural and cultural communities in the region.

“The Department believes in the importance of culinary arts and traditions in the identity of the Filipinos, the importance of putting premium to local products and how it forms and transforms our consciousness,” Director Tan said.

Guest speaker Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol emphasized in his message that the month-long celebration also provides credit to the Filipino farmers and fisher folks who tirelessly maintain the agricultural industries vibrant and make culinary traditions possible.

The event is a spearheaded by Department of Tourism Region XI, together with partners, Department of Agriculture-XI, and National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

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